South Bay by Jackie Weekend Guide Pandemic Survival Guide

February 25, 2021

Other than family and friends I haven’t been able to visit, the thing I’ve missed most during the pandemic is live music. During the summer months, there’s nothing better than attending any of the amazing outdoor concerts. From El Segundo to the Palos Verdes peninsula, the South Bay is home to dozens of outdoor concert venues. When the summer winds down, it’s the indoor venues we turn to for our music fix. Regrettably, two of the best live music venues, The Standing Room and Saint Rocke, have closed their doors forever. I know how hard this pandemic has been on everyone but the fact is, our local musicians are in a world of hurt. When you think about all the places they perform – fairs and festivals, fundraisers, weddings and other special occasion parties, bars and restaurants – it’s heartbreaking to realize they’ve been unable to earn a living for almost a year. I’ve always been an advocate for our local music scene and musicians (I have a page dedicated to South Bay live music venues on my website, I promote all local concerts on my website and social media platforms and I’ve chosen a local, youth music, non-profit to support through charitable donations from my new business) and I’ve been pondering a means to generate support for them. Several of our local bands and musicians have been playing regularly online and I wanted to get the word out, so I’ve created a post on my website listing where and when you can tune in. Most of them are accepting donations and it’s absolutely worth it, because no matter how bad things get, music will always make you feel better. The list is pretty short at the moment, but if you know of any local musicians performing online, let me know and I’ll add them. You can find the listing at https://www.southbaybyjackie.com/local-live-music-online/. I’ve been listening/watching the South Bay Jam most Thursday evenings…..and I can even sing along without offending anyone’s ears!

The Redondo Beach Police Department presents K9 Meredith’s Scavenger Hunt taking place from February 1 through February 28. Meredith the super dog has been working from home and she and her handler Sharon Rose have been busy painting rocks in preparation for this Scavenger Hunt. They’ve hidden painted rocks throughout the city. When you find one, take a photo of you with the painted rock and post it on Instagram, tag @K9Meredith or email the photo to sharon.rose@redondo.org to win a prize. They will hide 5 to 6 rocks every Monday throughout February and will post clues on the RBPD Instagram and Facebook pages to the rocks’ location the same Monday. Only one prize per rock and the winner will be contacted for delivery of the prize. Happy hunting!

The Redondo Beach Main Branch Library presents H.E.L.P. Life Planning Class: Senior Scams – How to Recognize and Avoid Them today, Thursday, February 25 from 10:30 a.m. to Noon online. H.E.L.P is a free education, counseling, and referral resource for seniors and their families to help them make informed decisions to live their best lives. This virtual Zoom class is free and open to everyone, but registration is required. To register for this program, call H.E.L.P. at (310) 533-1996.

BeachLife and Beach Cities Health District present the Gratitude Livestream Concert today, Thursday, February 25 from 6 to 7 p.m. online. The event features performances from Terranea favorites Wais Katubadrau and Olivia Pucci and is hosted by Petros Papadakis. Livestream will also feature guests from BCHD with tools and tips for maintaining Gratitude during these challenging times! Watch the concert live at any of the following links:
https://www.facebook.com/BeachLifeFest/live
https://www.facebook.com/beachcitieshealth/live
https://www.youtube.com/c/BeachLifeFestivalLive/

Uncorked, The Wine Shop, will host a Virtual Wine Tasting Fundraiser today, Thursday, February 25 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The event will benefit Walk With Sally and features Daou wines with owner/founder/winemaker, Daniel Daou and and Daou President, Neb Lukic. There are four different tasting packages available. Attendees will sample: Daou Paso Robles Chardonnay, Pessimist Red Blend and Daou Reserved Cabernet. Tasting packages are $60/$85/$110/$135. Free local delivery or curbside pickup is available at Uncorked Hermosa Beach location or Uncorked Manhattan Beach location. For additional information contact the shops: Hermosa Beach 424-247-7117, Manhattan Beach 310-372-2021. To register, visit https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcvdOCgqjMsG9KMdXy0aKy9qNK0AJN8pGaW.

The South Bay Association of Chambers of Commerce, South Bay Cities Council of Governments, Los Angeles County Division and League of California Cities presents the seventh annual South Bay Legislative Meet & Greet on Friday, February 26 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. via Zoom. “The 7th Annual South Bay Meet and Greet held via zoom this year, is a wonderful opportunity to meet our elected officials to discuss important issues impacting our business community. Local, state, and federal officials will address their legislative priorities and take questions”, stated Elise Swanson, Chair, South Bay Associated Chambers of Commerce. This event is FREE to join but registration is required to. To register, visit https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0tduCgrTgqGNNpnOuYNAcHQTQKNSCqDIdQ. For questions regarding this event, please contact Jeff Kiernan at JKiernan@cacities.org.

New Productions presents the Florana International Drive-In Film Festival on Friday, February 26 and Saturday, February 27 at the Manhattan Village parking structure. Take a break from being shuttered indoors and experience history being made as an international film festival comes to Manhattan Beach for the first time. The Florana International Drive-In Film Festival is so much more than just an ordinary Film Festival however, it is also a non-profit charity event benefitting local environmental and oceanic conservation charities such as Heal the Bay, the Roundhouse, and more. The creative organizers at New Productions and Florana bring their passion and knowledge to the event, with the intention of making it unique and more unforgettable than the year 2020. This event will be considered the reintroduction of blowing off steam in a stressful time in history and you do not want to miss out. Buy your tickets and take part in creating history. Tickets are $10 to access the livestream or $75 for a one-day vehicle ticket. For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the Eventbrite page at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/florana-international-film-festival-tickets-138700407653. Manhattan Village is located at 3200 North Sepulveda Boulevard, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.

The Knights of Columbus will host a Fish Fry in honor of the Lenten season every Friday through April 1 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Nativity School Annex. The community is invited to enjoy a traditional meatless meal of baked or deep-fried fish, with a baked potato or French fries, coleslaw, and cake. This year’s Fish Fry is TAKE OUT ONLY. Face masks are requiring and social distancing will be enforced. The cost is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for children under 12. For additional information, visit the website at https://www.nativitytorrance.org/more/knights-of-columbus. The Nativity School Annex is located at 1415 Engracia Avenue, Torrance, CA 90501.

The monthly Torrance Antique Street Faire takes place on Sunday, February 28 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Join the hunt for vintage treasure when 150 sellers transform the streets of downtown Torrance into an eclectic open-air antique flea market! The Antique Appraisal Booth offers appraisals for only $3 per item. Many local, award-winning restaurants are still open for take-out. Rain or shine, free admission and pet friendly! Masks and social distancing required. For additional information, call (310) 328-6107 or visit the website at http://www.torranceantiquefaire.com/. The Torrance Antique Street Faire is located at 1317 Sartori Avenue in downtown Torrance.

Attention local foodies! Restaurant Week is back and it’s time to dineL.A.! dine L.A. Restaurant Week is a bi-annual dining event established to introduce diners to the extensive assortment of restaurants in neighborhoods throughout Los Angeles County. Local foodies and visitors to the area will have the opportunity to enjoy a selection of specially priced prix fixe menus from some of LA’s best restaurants during this this period. It should come as no surprise that a variety of restaurants throughout the South Bay will be participating in this culinary event. Some of the restaurants will feature lunch, some will offer dinner and some will present both, so be sure to check the website. This is a great opportunity to sample something different and it’s sure to whet your appetite without emptying your wallet! dineL.A. takes place over 14 consecutive days and runs from March 1 through March 14. For additional information, visit the website at https://www.discoverlosangeles.com/dinela.

The Torrance Rose Float Association invites the community to the next Restaurant for Roses fundraiser happening all day on Wednesday, March 3 at Black Bear Diner. We’re all familiar with the beautiful, award-winning Torrance float entries in the Rose Parade each year. Well, they raise funds all year long to make the float happen every year. Here’s your chance to contribute! Enjoy some delicious food while supporting the Torrance Rose Float Association. Black Bear Diner will donate 10% of all purchases to the TRFA fundraiser. Ask your server to use the barcode on the flyer. For online orders through http://www.BlackBearDiner.com enter the 9-digit code under Coupon Code at checkout. For additional information, visit the website at http://www.torrancerosefloat.org/. Black Bear Diner is located at 24021 Hawthorne Boulevard, Torrance, CA 90505.

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

https://www.southbaybyjackie.com/the-next-step-movie-premiere/

https://www.southbaybyjackie.com/the-village-market/

https://www.southbaybyjackie.com/mansaf-fundraiser/

https://www.southbaybyjackie.com/pvplc-family-nature-club/

https://www.southbaybyjackie.com/sbccog-general-assembly-virtual-conference/

https://www.southbaybyjackie.com/womens-voices-tech/

https://www.southbaybyjackie.com/los-cancioneros-master-chorale-virtual-classical-concert/

https://www.southbaybyjackie.com/special-dog-walking-hours-scbg/

https://www.southbaybyjackie.com/soar-south-coast-botanic-garden/

The Roadium Open Air Market presents Drive-In at the Roadium. The Roadium has revived its classic 1950’s drive-in for a one-of-a-kind movie-going experience. On select nights, guests can enjoy a great film in this throwback retro setting, along with food trucks, concessions, and more. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. with the movie starting at sundown. Admission is $25 per car. For additional information, visit the website at http://roadium.com/. For ticket purchase, visit the Eventbrite page at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/summer-friday-drive-in-at-the-roadium-grease-tickets-61667943479. The Roadium Open Air Market is located at 2500 West Redondo Beach Boulevard, Torrance, CA 90504.

LA Arts Society presents Pop Up Drive-In Movie Screenings at the Gardena Cinema back lot. Since its founding, Los Angeles Arts Society has hosted several successful film screenings and has several others in the works. For 2020, they have established LA Arts Society Pop-Up Drive-In Cinema at the Gardena Cinema back lot. The aim is the bring some of the best curated cinema to Los Angeles in a safe, entertaining and enjoyable setting. The schedule is constantly being updated, so check the Eventbrite page. Tickets are $20 per car/truck/SUV, regardless of number of people in your vehicle. Gates will open at 7 p.m. sharp. Arrive early for priority drive-in spots. For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the Eventbrite page at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/jurassic-park-drive-in-cinema-friday-tickets-115661906877?aff=erelexpmlt. Gardena Cinema is located at 14948 Crenshaw Boulevard, Gardena, CA 90249.

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

MBAC – Pierspective Community Art Exhibition
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=il_49jKOSVQ&feature=youtu.be.
Torrance Art Museum – Fall Exhibitions
http://www.torranceartmuseum.com/
ESMoA – Experience #47: FREESTATE
https://esmoa.org/
Destination: Art – On the Bright Side
https://www.destination-art.net/
Palos Verdes Art Center – All Exhibitions
https://pvartcenter.org/

Los Angeles County is opening up COVID-19 Appointments for Residents 65+. Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chair Hilda Solis signed an executive order on Monday, January 18, making COVID-19 vaccine appointments available to residents aged 65 and older. Adults 65+ can visit the county’s website to make an appointment starting January 20. Please be patient if there are no available appointments when you first visit the county’s website. Appointments are continually being added and more vaccination sites are scheduled to open in the coming weeks. If you do not have internet access to sign up for an appointment, you may call the county’s call center at 833-540-0473.
TIPS TO MAKE YOUR VACCINE APPOINTMENT
• Check the county’s website early in the morning as it seems like appointments are released sometime during the night, or check periodically throughout the day.
• Appointments are continually being added, so be vigilant, especially if you are hoping to get vaccinated at a specific location.
• You do not need to go back to the same location to receive your second dose. Just make sure you are receiving the same type of vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna).
• Some locations have phone numbers to call if you have specific questions about disability parking or any other needs. You should make the appointment and confirm it, then call to see if you can get your questions answered.
TIPS FOR VACCINE LOCATEIONS
• The closest county megapod is The Forum, 3900 W Manchester Blvd, Inglewood, CA 90305.
• Crenshaw Clinic: Parking is not available on W 79th (it is blocked off). Drive up Normandie and park on the street (Vermont has testing site traffic, this location is doing testing and vaccinations).
• Dodger Stadium: This is a drive through location, where you remain in your vehicle. There are usually lots of appointments available here.
To sign up, visit the website at http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/acd/ncorona2019/vaccine/hcwsignup/.

On February 11, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control updated their guidance for individuals who have been fully vaccinated. Individuals who have both vaccine doses will no longer be required to quarantine following exposure to someone with COVID-19, including travel quarantine requirements in the United States if they meet the following criteria:
• Are fully vaccinated (i.e., ≥2 weeks following receipt of the second dose in a 2-dose series, or ≥2 weeks following receipt of one dose of a single-dose vaccine).
• Are within 3 months following receipt of the last dose in the series
• Have remained asymptomatic since the current COVID-19 exposure
*Although the CDC recently updated guidance for individuals who have been fully vaccinated regarding quarantine and travel, the State of California and Los Angeles County Department of Public Health have not updated quarantine and travel guidance. Please be sure to continue following local Health Orders. Quarantine after travel and exposure is still required in LA County for ten days.
VACCINE INFORMATION AND ALLOCATION
Vaccines continue to be extremely limited and allocation distribution in California and LA County remains very low. If you are eligible to make an appointment PLEASE only make ONE appointment. Do not make multiple appointments as the vaccines are held for each appointment slot. This results in many people unable to get appointments and potentially wasted vaccine. If you are unable to make your appointment, please cancel the appointment to allow for others to make appointments. Vaccines are made available, sometimes at a moment’s notice. Please take a moment to register for the LA County newsletter to get notified of available appointments at http://www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/vaccine/index.htm.
VACCINE ALLOCATION
The allocations for each county come from the State. Once a week, the federal government announces anticipated allocation figures for each State. The number of allocated doses provided by the federal government is a projection and subject to change. Local providers must place their orders, which the State reviews and submits to the federal government. The federal government then authorizes the order and submits the request to the manufacturer. The manufacturer or central distributor ships the vaccine directly to local providers. It can take a week or longer for allocation by the federal government to arrive. Unfortunately, we are dealing with unpredictable vaccine allocations, as vaccine supply is limited at the Federal level. We don’t get much advance notification on how may doses we will receive on a week-to-week basis.
VACCINATION SITES (AS OF 2/12/21)
The following LA County vaccine sites remain open for those 65 yrs and older and healthcare workers due for second doses at these specific sites only:
• Pomona Fairplex (Pfizer)
• The Forum (Pfizer)
• Cal State Northridge (Pfizer)
• Magic Mountain (Pfizer)
• LA County Office of Education (Pfizer)
• Balboa Sports Complex (Moderna)
• El Sereno Recreation Center (Moderna)
LA COUNTY IS STILL IN TIER 1A AND TIER 1B WHICH INCLUDES:
• Healthcare workers (HCWs) at high and moderate risk exposure to the COVID-19 virus through their work in any role in health care or long-term care settings. High and moderate risk means the HCW has direct or indirect contact with patients or infectious materials (Phase 1A)
• Long-term care facility residents (Phase 1A)
• Persons age 65 and over (Phase 1B Tier 1)
You can make an appointment to be vaccinated by visiting http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/acd/ncorona2019/vaccine/hcwsignup/ if you are in one of the groups listed above. Residents who don’t have computer access may call (833) 540-0473 between 8 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. or 2-1-1 for assistance with appointments. DO NOT REGISTER FOR AN APPOINTMENT IF YOU ARE NOT IN AN ELIGIBLE GROUP. Doing so will take an appointment slot away from those at the highest risk, and you will be turned away without proper documentation of your eligibility. To find out when you will be eligible for a vaccine appointment, visit https://covid19.ca.gov/vaccines/#When-can-I-get-vaccinated.

The California Dept. of Public Health has updated the Vaccine Prioritization as the vaccine supply allows.
1) Currently, vaccines may be distributed to populations identified in Phase 1A and Phase 1B, Tier 1.
2) Beginning March 15, healthcare providers may use their clinical judgement to vaccinate individuals age 16-64 who are deemed to be at the very highest risk for morbidity and mortality from COVID-19 as a direct result of one or more of the following severe health conditions:
• Cancer, current with debilitated or immunocompromised state
• Chronic kidney disease, stage 4 or above
• Chronic pulmonary disease, oxygen dependent
• Down syndrome
• Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant
• Pregnancy
• Sickle cell disease
• Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies (excludes hypertension)
• Severe obesity (Body Mass Index ≥ 40 kg/m2)
• Type 2 diabetes mellitus with hemoglobin A1c level greater than 7.5%
OR
If as a result of a developmental or other severe high-risk disability one or more of the following applies:
• The individual is likely to develop severe life-threatening illness or death from COVID-19 infection
• Acquiring COVID-19 will limit the individual’s ability to receive ongoing care or services vital to their well-being and survival
• Providing adequate and timely COVID care will be particularly challenging as a result of the individual’s disability
The list of eligible conditions is subject to change as additional scientific evidence is published and as CDPH obtains and analyzes additional state-specific data.

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 https://covid19.lacounty.gov/testing/. 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:
https://www.elsegundo.org/our-city/emergency-management/corononavirus-updates
• Gardena:
https://www.cityofgardena.org/coronavirus-covid-19/
• Hawthorne:
https://www.cityofhawthorne.org/covid-19-home
• Hermosa Beach:
https://www.hermosabeach.gov/our-community/quick-links/coronavirus-updates-from-the-cdc
• Lawndale:
http://lawndaleca.hosted.civiclive.com/cms/One.aspx?portalId=16676137&pageId=17352338
• Lomita:
https://lomitacoronavirus.info/
• Manhattan Beach:
https://www.citymb.info/services/learn-about/coronavirus
• Palos Verdes Estates:
https://www.pvestates.org/community/information-on-coronavirus
• Rancho Palos Verdes:
https://www.rpvca.gov/1277/Information-on-Coronavirus-COVID-19
• Redondo Beach:
https://www.redondo.org/depts/city_manager/coronavirus_update.asp
• Rolling Hills Estates:
https://www.ci.rolling-hills-estates.ca.us/community/advanced-components/news-list
• Torrance:
https://www.cityoftorranceca.com/

The Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy offers a calendar full of special activities and monthly events. For additional information and registration, visit the website at https://pvplc.org/. To view what’s on tap for March, visit https://www.southbaybyjackie.com/pvplc-events-activities/.

Want to help youth in their exploration of art and creativity? Resin wants your old skateboards, surfboards, art books, yard signs and screens. Your donations help expand the mediums available to Resin students. Please drop off the goods at Resin, located at 618 Cypress Avenue in Hermosa Beach. (If it’s after hours, you can slide it through the gate at the back of the building.) or they can come pick it up from you! Contact Aidan for more information at aidancm17@gmail.com or 831.601.8137.

Here’s a bit of random news…. Norton just released a study looking at which cities are Best for Gamers in the U.S. With the gaming market booming — it’s estimated to exceed $200 billion in global revenue by 2023 — Norton wanted to see where the buzz is at in the U.S. So, they compiled a list of cities with the fastest internet download speeds and ranked them across key metrics like internet quality, gamer community, and gamer readiness. El Segundo ranked #1 in part for its:
• 97% of households with a computer
• nearly 200 video game meetups nearby
• 26 internet providers
Read the full study at https://us.norton.com/internetsecurity-kids-safety-best-cities-for-gamers.html.

Vietnam Veterans of America South Bay Chapter 53 is proud to announce the Annual Scholarship Program for graduating high school students. Since 1995 the VVA South Bay Chapter 53 has been awarding scholarships to graduating seniors from local South Bay area high schools. In addition to encouraging and supporting continued education, they are trying to heighten awareness of the Vietnam War, the men and women who served during that period, and the huge impact it has made on the United States, both then and now. This year, Chapter 53 will again award scholarships of $1,000 to selected college or technical school bound South Bay area high school seniors. Applicants must submit an essay on a Vietnam Era Veteran, defined as any Veteran who served in the U.S. Armed Forces on active duty, for other than training purposes, either 1) in the Republic of Vietnam between February 28, 1961 and May 7, 1975 or 2) in any duty location between August 5, 1964 and May 7, 1975. For additional information, call 310-540-8820 or visit the website at http://www.vva53.org/. Entries must be received before 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, April 18, 2021.

Take care and stay well – we will get through this! #SouthBayStrong

Jackie

https://www.southbaybyjackie.com/