South Bay by Jackie Weekend Guide Pandemic Survival Guide

November 19, 2020

You know the old saying, when one door closes, another opens? Well, I’m experiencing that right now, only backwards. The door that opened was my new business, Stub Stories Apparel, and then I learned of another door that will soon be closing. As of next week, I will no longer be producing or co-hosting The South Bay Show podcast. Our show host, Joe Terry, is moving to Texas in a couple of weeks and I have no desire to continue the show on my own. It was a satisfying ten year run and I believe we provided a valuable service to our South Bay community. It was a pleasure to learn, and share with our audience, just how much our local non-profit orgs and service groups do for our community; the businesses that give back in so many ways; how our local Chambers of Commerce support those businesses; the individuals making a difference on scales large and small; our extraordinary community of artists and musicians and the cultural arts venues that nourish our souls; and of course, the many remarkable events that have taken place in our seaside bubble. It was a privilege to share our guests’ stories and become acquainted with such amazing people. Joe and I worked well as a team and I’ll surely miss him and our on-air adventures, but now I have other goals to work towards. As every entrepreneur knows, it takes a tremendous amount of effort to launch a new business, and with that door closing I’ll have more time to devote to my new endeavor. If you’d like to revisit any of the podcasts, all 1,665 shows are archived at Onward!

The El Segundo Chamber has partnered with El Segundo non-profits, service organizations and the business community to Give Thanks! Throughout the years, the business community has supported local non-profits such as the El Segundo Chamber, El Segundo Education Foundation, El Segundo Council of PTAs, Kiwanis Club of El Segundo, Rotary Club of El Segundo, El Segundo Woman’s Club, Automobile Driving Museum and others! Let’s “Give Thanks” to local businesses by eating, drinking and shopping local during the holidays. Dine, shop and play from November 15 through November 30 and enter every receipt for $10 or more in the drawing to win over 150 gift cards. See the flyer for details at The live drawing will take place on December 1 at 5 p.m. on the El Segundo Chamber Facebook page at Winners will be notified by phone.

The Lomita Chamber of Commerce will host the annual Lomita State of the City Address today, Thursday, November 19 from noon to 2 p.m. via live stream. Mayor James Gazeley discusses the City’s resilience, recent progress and the road ahead for Lomita. They will recognize outgoing and incoming City Council Members and hear from Mayor Pro Tem Mark Waronek for an informative Q & A session. This event is FREE but you must register! After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. For additional information and registration, visit

The next South Bay Jam is scheduled for tonight, Thursday, November 19 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. It’s going to be a fully live, socially distanced, South Bay Jam featuring our fabulous, local musicians! The South Bay Jam will be using revolutionary technology which will allow them to stream LIVE from different places, so tune in! Tips are graciously accepted and gratefully appreciated! Be sure to send in your song requests! Watch it live on the Facebook page at

{pages}, a bookstore, presents Publisher’s Rep Night today, Thursday, November 19 at 6 p.m. This is your chance to hear directly from publisher representatives the titles they are most excited about for this holiday season. There will be reps from Chronicle, Hachette, Harper Collins, Penguin, Random House, Simon & Schuster, Scholastic and WW. Norton. The reps will have fun raffle giveaways to share and lots of great titles you won’t want to miss. So, fix yourself a cocktail and settle in! Your ticket includes links to the event, a list of titles discussed, a chance to win raffled items and a super fun evening. This is your chance to get a jump on the holidays and find the perfect gift for the book lovers in your life! For additional information and registration, visit the Facebook event page at

The South Coast Botanic Garden presents Garden Lights & Ocean Waters (GLOW) from November 21 through January 10. This visually stunning light exhibition will transform the beloved and lush botanical oasis into a nighttime oceanic experience you won’t soon forget. The Garden’s fan-favorite collections like the Bohannon Rose Garden, Banyan Grove, Desert Collection and Living Wall will dance with light in this festive installation for the first-ever nighttime art installation. Opening to the public on November 21 and running through January 10, 2021, this after-dark walk through the Garden is set to an artistically curated soundtrack featuring a little something for everyone, from original electro-pop songs produced specifically for GLOW by DJ Jerzy to Baja surf music, Train and Vivaldi. Timed-ticket reservations are required for all visitors; however, Members have a chance to reserve their tickets before anyone else. Member Presale for discounted tickets of $24.95 begins October 22. The general public can purchase their tickets for $34.95 starting November 6. Sustainer, Supporter and Garden Circle members will receive TWO complimentary Golden Tickets, good for reservation-free entry. Guests can reserve tickets for as early as 5:30 p.m. and as late as 8:30 p.m. throughout the exhibit, with 9 p.m. tickets available on select dates. For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the website at For help over the phone between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. call (424) 452-0920. South Coast Botanic Garden is located at 26300 Crenshaw Boulevard, Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA 90274.

DID SOMEONE SAY TURKEY??? The El Segundo Recreation and Parks Department invites the community to join a Turkey Hunt Thanksgiving week. One laminated paper Turkey will be hidden each day from Saturday, November 21 through Tuesday, November 24 throughout the City. The Turkey Hunt will be initiated by a clue posted on Instagram (@esrecandparks) at 12:00 p.m. each day.
Dates & Times:
•Saturday, November 21 – First clue posted on Instagram (@esrecandparks) at 12:00 p.m.
•Sunday, November 22 – First clue posted on Instagram (@esrecandparks) at 12:00 p.m.
•Monday, November 23 – First clue posted on Instagram (@esrecandparks) at 12:00 p.m.
•Tuesday, November 24 – First clue posted on Instagram (@esrecandparks) at 12:00 p.m.
Event & Activity Details:
El Segundo Recreation & Parks Instagram: @esrecandparks
Each day the Turkey Hunt will be initiated by a clue posted to Instagram at 12:00 p.m. Follow the first clue to a series of other clues that will lead to the prize turkey hidden somewhere in the City of El Segundo. The first individual or household to find the hidden laminated paper turkey and turn it into El Segundo Recreation and Parks Staff, will receive a special prize. Guidelines:
• All hunters are encouraged to wear a mask and must physically distance from other households
• The “turkey” must be physically brought to El Segundo Recreation and Parks Staff for a prize to be claimed
• Participants must wear masks when claiming a prize
• Events and activities are subject to cancellation at any time
For additional information, visit the website at

ShockBoxx Gallery presents the Opening Reception: Minimalism on Saturday, November 21 at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. The community is welcome to attend the virtual opening reception of Minimalism, a juried, international art show.
Zoom Meeting Info:
Meeting ID: 479 922 3403
Passcode: 006346
The show will be on exhibit from November 21 through December 5. ShockBoxx gallery will have open hours for those two weeks by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, visit the website at For additional information, visit the Facebook event page at ShockBoxx Gallery is located at 636 Cypress Avenue, Hermosa Beach, CA.

The monthly Torrance Antique Street Faire takes place on Sunday, November 22 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event features 150+ sellers offering antiques, collectibles, vintage clothes, jewelry, LP’s, toys, tools, plants, home decor and more. Have your antiques appraised for only $3, enjoy a free crafting activity with Karen’s Krafts 4 Kids and live music. Rain or shine, free admission and pet friendly! For additional information, call (310) 328-6107 or visit the website at The Torrance Antique Street Faire is located at 1317 Sartori Avenue in downtown Torrance.

The Torrance Theater Company presents the virtual performance series Play at Home on select Sundays through the end of the year. Play at Home is a series of FREE staged readings and virtual performances you can watch from the comfort of your home. The schedule is as follows:
• November 22: Annapurna Encore
• December 6: Beyond Glory
• December 12: Beyond Glory Encore
• December 13: Driving Miss Daisy
• December 19: Driving Miss Daisy Encore
• December 20: A Christmas Carol
• December 24: A Christmas Carol Encore
The fee is $20 per household. After registering, you will receive an email with a private link to the Torrance Theatre Company YouTube channel. Copy the link into your browser on the night of the performance. The link is active for 24 hours (through Monday night). For additional information and registration, visit the website at Click on the flyer to register for the performance of your choice. Enjoy the show!

Find Elf in the Garden this holiday season! We’ve all spent a LOT of time at home this year, and through it all, the South Coast Botanic Garden has remained a safe place to go to and spend time in nature. We’ve all needed the fresh air, but you know who else needs it too? Elf! The beloved character from Bell Chanda and Carol V. Aebersold’s “Elf on the Shelf” is breaking free from quarantine and heading to the Garden. Starting the week of Thanksgiving, you’ll find Elf “hiding” in different areas of the Garden. He will be in his first location starting Monday, November 23, and will moving around the Garden each week leading up to Christmas. Is he skydiving in the Banyan Grove? Maybe. Climbing Trace in Phoebe’s Meadow? We hope not! Tips will be provided each week on social channels as to what he’s up to, so be sure to follow on Instagram if you don’t already. Also, please note that Elf is going to be really busy enjoying GLOW during the evenings, so this is a daytime only activity. Because everyone likes a good competition, there’s a twist. Take a picture with Elf each week and post it on Instagram, tagging @scbgarden and using the #ElfintheGarden hashtag, otherwise we may not see you! Those of you who post a photo from each location will be entered to win tickets to the butterfly pavilion opening at the Garden this spring!
Elf in the Garden Schedule:
• Location 1: November 23-29
• Location 2: November 30-December 6
• Location 3: December 7-13
• Location 4: December 14-20
• Location 5: December 21-27
Elf in the Garden Rules
• Please do not touch or move Elf or any of his props
• Please do not cross any barriers to get closer to Elf
• If nobody takes a photo from each location, the winner of the contest will be whoever posted the most frequently
• Please let the mystery remain alive, don’t give the location away in the comments of our hints (or they may be deleted!)
• Have fun!
For additional information, visit the website at The South Coast Botanic Garden is located at 26300 Crenshaw Boulevard, Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA 90274.

Senior Comedy Afternoons presents Comedy for Dessert, to go along with your pecan, apple or pumpkin pie this Thanksgiving Day. Laughter makes a great side dish! Tables from coast to coast can now be entertained on Zoom by comedians on Thanksgiving Day and all throughout the Thanksgiving weekend. Invite a comedian to entertain your family and guests to liven things up and add a little comedic spice to your dinner table. Your Zoom gathering will be a lot more colorful this year with a comedian as your surprise dinner guest! Senior Comedy Afternoons will provide a comedian to join you at your table ahead of time. All you’ll need is the zoom passcode and meeting ID. These are some of the finest comedians who travel the country, work the biggest stages, and write for TV, that will now do a mini-show for you and your guests. The cost for a fifteen-minute show is $100. Extra fifteen-minute increments are also available. The comedy is clean and clever. If you’d like to send one as a birthday or anniversary gift, they can do that, too. Laughter is the best gift you can send! For additional information and to order your comedian, contact Bonnie Barchichat at 714.914.2565 or visit the website at

Here’s a HEADS-UP on a few events you’ll want to plan for now!

The Torrance Historical Society is continuing its Names on the Wall project to gather and preserve the too-short life story of each of the 146 Torrance military personnel who gave their lives in service to our country. To date, they are halfway to their goal of putting a face to each name. They are looking for volunteers from the community to assist with research, and calling on the families and friends of Names on the Wall personnel to share pictures and written information with the Torrance Historical Society for this on-going project. Visit the web site to view the list of the 146 names at If you would like to assist with this project, please contact Jerry Ronan at 310.328.1972 or or call the Museum at 310.328.5392.

Los Angeles County will implement Tighter Safeguards and Restrictions to curb the COVID-19 spread. Starting this Friday, new restrictions will be in place as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations significantly increase. To read the order in it’s entirety, visit

Be sure to check out these Art Exhibitions currently on display online:

Pierspective Community Art Exhibition
PVAC Online Exhibition: Paul Jean Martel, Post-Impressionist
Palos Verdes Art Center: Skin in the Game
TAM Fall Exhibitions
ESMoA Experience #47: FREESTATE
Form & Movement @ MBAC

If you’re hosting a holiday gathering this year, you had better read this…. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has updated the Health Officer Order to align with State guidance on private gatherings. The State updated guidance to allow private gatherings of three or fewer households, as long as the private gathering is outdoors, everyone wears a cloth face covering and keeps at least six feet of physical distance, food is in single-serve disposable containers, and the duration of the gathering is two hours or less. To read the order in its entirety, visit

Same day COVID-19 Tests are available for all LA County residents. The Los Angeles County COVID-19 Test Site is located on the campus of Beach Cities Health District (BCHD) at 514 North Prospect Avenue in Redondo Beach. L.A. County residents can schedule an appointment for a COVID-19 test by visiting the Los Angeles County website at Appointments have been filling up quickly. Residents are encouraged to continue to check the site for availability at the Redondo Beach location or make an appointment at another LA County site.

CITY LINKS: The following are South Bay city websites offering information and updates on operations and procedures regarding COVID-19. New updates are being issued by individual cities regarding re-opening plans and new closures.
• El Segundo:
• Gardena:
• Hawthorne:
• Hermosa Beach:
• Lawndale:
• Lomita:
• Manhattan Beach:
• Palos Verdes Estates:
• Rancho Palos Verdes:
• Redondo Beach:
• Rolling Hills Estates:
• Torrance:

This morning on The South Bay Show: South Bay Spotlight, our guest is Linda McLoughlin Figel, one of the owners of {pages}, a bookstore and we’ll discuss the series of Publisher’s Rep Nights that have been taking place the last few Thursday nights, with the last one happening tonight at 6 p.m. Listen to the program live at 8 a.m. or at your leisure at

Tomorrow morning on The South Bay Show: Manhattan Beach Chamber 360, our guest will be Altaf Amlani, owner of Blue Diamond Jeweler. Blue Diamond Jeweler has a five-star rating and is consistently voted number one jeweler on the west side. This year included! They sell fine jewelry with a focus on custom engagement rings. This morning, we’ll discuss the importance of the gem market, working with credible jewelers, and how Blue Diamond Jeweler gives back. Listen to the program live at 8 a.m. or at your leisure at

Stay well, be safe and take care. #SouthBayStrong