South Bay by Jackie Weekend Guide Pandemic Survival Guide

November 12, 2020

I finally had my hair cut this week. It’s been a year since I’ve been to my stylist, but we curly girls can go the distance if we must. I’ve only managed to have two professional manicures and pedicures in the last eight months. (My clumsy attempts at nail maintenance are just pathetic.) I had scheduled an appointment when they began re-opening salons a few months ago and was lucky to get in before they shut everything down a week later. I had another appointment last week and now my cuticles are smiling! Finally, after eight months of severely limited personal grooming options, I’m once again presentable to gentle society. So, on Tuesday night, I put on make-up, jewelry, real clothes and HEELS for the first time in over eight months for a date night! (At this point, no one can keep track of what day it is, so any night can be date night.) My husband and I went to the WhiskeyPig Tasting Dinner at Ragin Cajun for our first genuine outing since March, and it was beyond wonderful to attend an actual event in person! Of course, all COVID protocols were in place and everyone adhered to them, but honestly, it wasn’t a bother because everyone was in high spirits (after all, it WAS a whisky tasting). Anyway, you can read all about that fabulous dinner at, and please excuse the subpar photography. I do a few things well but photography ain’t one of them!

The City of Gardena presents Gardena Restaurant Week Sunday, November 8 through Saturday, November 14. Get ready for Gardena’s annual Restaurant Week – eat local and taste global! Gardena has some of the BEST restaurants in the South Bay! Gardena’s favorite restaurants are dishing up delicious dining options at fantastic prices for one week only so get out there and try new restaurants. The only thing to make for lunch or dinner during Restaurant Week is reservations! Follow @dine_gardena on Instagram and post using #dinegardena whenever you visit one of the City’s amazing foodie destinations. For additional information, visit the Facebook page at

The El Segundo Museum of Art presents Experience #28: CARE on select days in November (November 11, 12, 13 & November 18, 19, 20, 2020). Experience #28: CARE is a Virtual Living Library collaboration between El Segundo Public Library and ESMoA. The El Segundo Public Library and ESMoA invite visitors to connect with “Living Books”. This year’s Living Library will take place virtually on Zoom. Living Books may be “checked out” for 20-minute one-on-one conversations. CARE seeks to foster empathy and break down stereotypes through short 20-minute conversations with these special guests who are donating their time as “Living Books.” This is an opportunity to meet and to learn from Living Books who stand out for caring for others.
• Rhonda R. Harper – Black Girls Surf: The Dawn of the Next Generation in Surfing
• Kim Siehl – Grades of Green: Empowering the Next Generation of Eco-Leaders
• Gabriella Desch-Obi: Breaking Through Stereotypes
• Meg Hozack – Give Me Shelter: A Solidarity Shindig
• Tito Rodriguez – The Hood Santa: Incarcerated Youth Advocate and Doer
• Cole Sternberg – The Free Republic of California
• Peter Samuelson – Social Entrepreneurship: EDAR – Everyone Deserves A Roof
• Ali North – Harvest Home: From Homelessness to Motherhood
• Ana Zavala – Girls Inc. of Greater Los Angeles – Herstory
• Kaitlin Ross – A Millennial Motor: ESPD’s First Female Motorcycle Officer
• Veronica León – Watsonville Campesino
Visitors who wish to “check-out” a living book are encouraged to register online and ahead of time. Please reserve no more than two books. Library card not required! To reserve your Living Book, visit For additional information, visit the website at

Hammitt presents the Winter Wonderland Sale Wednesday, November 11 through Friday, November 13 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, November 14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Hammitt House. Everyone is invited to shop retiring styles in a winter wonderland setting! To ensure a safe shopping experience, Hammitt asks that you make an appointment before visiting. Up to 5 guests are welcome at a time. RSVP to Hammitt House is located at 2101 Pacific Coast Highway, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254.

Ten Thousand Villages is having their biggest sale of the year, the annual Bag Sale Thursday, November 12 through Sunday, November 15. Get a 25% discount on everything in the store except food items. Ten Thousand Villages is a non-profit shop located in the heart of Riviera Village offering really unique merchandise. It’s time for some early holiday shopping! Visit the website at Ten Thousand Villages is located at 1907 South Catalina Avenue, Redondo Beach, CA 90277.

NextStep presents the Online Charity Poker Tournament today, Thursday, November 12 at 5 p.m. There are too many instructions to include here! For all the details, visit

{pages} is pleased to announce the return of Publisher’s Rep Night today, Thursday, November 12 at 5 p.m. and next 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 fun will be spread across three nights (two for adult books and one for kids’ books) with different reps and titles shared each night. Pick one, two or attend all three. 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 to register for the event, visit the Facebook event page at

In celebration of World Kindness Day, Wescom Credit Union will treat Southern California residents to FREE COFFEE on Friday, November 13, no strings attached! Wescom will again be picking up the tab for guests at twenty-two of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf locations across Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. Wescom will pay beverage tabs, up to $15 per transaction, on a first-come, first-served basis beginning the moment the doors open in the morning until $2,000 worth of bills are paid at each of 22 participating The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® locations. For the list of stores, visit South Bay residents can grab their free coffee at the following Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf locations:
-El Segundo: PCH & Walnut Ave – 909 Pacific Coast Hwy, Ste135
-Torrance: Crenshaw Blvd & 182nd Street – 18201 Crenshaw Blvd.
For additional information, visit the website at

The third annual El Camino State of the College will take place on Friday, November 13 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. via Zoom. Learn how COVID-19’s economic disruption is reshaping businesses and impacting the growing fields of space exploration, cyber security and supply chain management. This changing landscape is the catalyst to developing educational partnerships to meet the needs of these evolving fields. Learn how El Camino College is strategically positioned to rapidly provide workforce retraining in the age of COVID-19. The Keynote Speaker is Dena P. Maloney, Ed.D, Superintendent/President El Camino Community College District. Guest Speaker include: Bill Allen, CEO Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation; Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Michael A. Hamel, Former Commander of the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center; and David Liaw, Ph.D, Director, Talent Acquisition, Strategic Space Systems Division Northrop Grumman Corporation | Space Systems. Attendees will also hear the Student Perspective of El Camino College and the Annual Report to the Community. RSVP for meeting link at or call 310.660.3406

This Friday the 13th, South Baked is popping up at The Aloha Bungalow in Redondo Beach from 3 to 6 p.m. They’ll be selling their signature Stay Salty Chocolate Chip Cookies, Girls Just Wanna Have FUN-fetti Cookies, Synonym Toast Crunch Cookies and their newly released Spiced Cookie Butter Cookies. Cakes, brownies and more will be available along with pre-orders for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Join them as they spread holiday cheer with their good friends at The Aloha Bungalow located at 1799 South Catalina Avenue in Riviera Village in Redondo Beach. South Baked offers FREE and contactless delivery within the South Bay of Los Angeles. For those outside of the South Bay, they require a minimum $25 order to receive FREE delivery. For additional information, visit the website at

Join volunteers at Seaside Heroes Park for the monthly Community Beautification Event every second Saturday on the month (November 14) from 8 to 11 a.m. All are welcome to get down and dirty and lend a hand cleaning, weeding, and dead heading – including groups or individuals who need community service hours. Even though the park is small, it’s a huge job to keep it looking good. As of October 2020, volunteers have put over 2300 work hours into the project. This is a labor of love and the organizers are immensely grateful to anyone who gives their time. COME MAKE FRIENDS! DO GOOD! HAVE FUN! Meet by Kathryn Avenue in Torrance. Bring tools and gloves (if you have or will be supplied), sunscreen, water AND energy. Donations are also accepted via Paypal and personal check to cover the cost of water, tools, and promotion of the event. To schedule yourself or your group, contact Jenna Christensen at 310.920.9387 or via email at For additional information and photos of the event, visit the Facebook page at

The South Bay Junior Women’s Club presents the Fall Progressive Boutique on Saturday, November 14 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. It’s time to shop for a cause and everyone is welcome to attend! The event will take place at the homes of several club members in the Southwood neighborhood of West Torrance. To ensure COVID compliance, the event will be outside each home with sanitizer stations, and masks and social distancing are required. Shoppers start at 5225 Cathann Street, Torrance CA 90503 and will be provided a list of additional addresses where vendors will be and given a ticket at each of the homes for an opportunity drawing later in the day. Winners will be contacted by phone. Proceeds from this event will go toward college scholarships and financial support to various local non-profits who provide youth and senior services. For additional information, visit the website at

The Automobile Driving Museum will host a special Cruise-In Can Drive on Saturday, November 14 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cruise in your classic vehicle and donate grocery items or non-food items listed below and they will be donated to the LA Food Bank. Each item donated will get a raffle ticket for a chance to win Rock Auto gift cards! Much needed grocery items include water, canned pouched tuna/chicken, peanut butter, jelly, canned meals such as soup and stews, and canned fruit (preferably in juice). Much needed non-food items include hand-held can openers, toilet tissue, facial tissue, paper towels, hand sanitizer, and grocery bags. For additional information, visit the website at The Automobile Driving Museum is located at 610 Lairport Street, El Segundo, CA 90245.

The Point in El Segundo presents the upcoming COVID-safe activation with The Flower Truck LA on Saturday, November 14 from 1 to 3 p.m. The Point in El Segundo will be hosting The Flower Truck LA, a business that provides farm-to vase flowers, which was started when the pandemic began in early 2020. The Flower Truck LA offers wholesale size bunches of flowers at amazing prices to support farmers who otherwise would have lost business due to lack of events during these unprecedented times. For additional information, visit the website at The Point is located at 850 South Pacific Coast Highway, El Segundo, CA 90245.

Get your camera ready for another picture-perfect sunset in Manhattan Beach! The sunset will align with Light Gate on Saturday, November 14 at 4:30 p.m. Light Gate, a public artwork, is made of glass, laminated with prismatic lighting film that creates rich and varied light effects with the sun. Light Gate will focus the view through an opening down 14 Street to the Ocean. Each January 27 and November 14, the sunset aligns within the keyhole. For more information, visit the website at Light Gate is located on 14 Street between City Hall and the library on Highland Avenue in Manhattan Beach, CA.

The Downtown Manhattan Beach Business Association presents the annual Holiday Open House on Saturday, November 14 and Sunday, November 15 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Holiday Open House is downtown restaurants, retail stores and businesses way of saying ‘Thank You’ to their customers and community for their support and patronage throughout the year. The festivities include:
• Holiday Window & Outdoor Dining decorating contests – the public will vote online
• Penguin Scavenger Hunt with prizes
• New LED string lights are being installed and hope to be strung on all trees with power access by 11/14
• City’s holiday decorations and Pier lights will be installed and lit by Friday
• Santa will provide “drive by” greetings throughout Downtown from 12 to 2 p.m. on both Saturday & Sunday
E3 Vehicles of Hermosa Beach is sponsoring the new Downtown “Joy Ride”, which will be driving Santa for the weekend, but is also available for Downtown businesses to reserve throughout the holidays to provide free local delivery to their customers. There will also be a holiday-themed decorated golf cart parade throughout Downtown on Sunday, with prizes for best decorations in the following categories:
Most Creative – $100 gift card to {pages} a bookstore
Most Festive – $100 gift card to Simmzy’s
Most Local Love for Manhattan Beach – $100 gift card to Trilogy
For additional information, visit the website at

The Roadium Open Air Market presents Drive-In at the Roadium. The Roadium is reviving 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. The schedule is as follows:
November 14: Ratatouille
December 11: The Polar Express
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 For ticket purchase, visit the Eventbrite page at The Roadium Open Air Market is located at 2500 West Redondo Beach Boulevard, Torrance, CA 90504.

The Lomita/Harbor City Kiwanis Club will host the 71st annual Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, November 15 from 7 a.m. to noon at Kiwanis Hall. Help support the Lomita-Harbor City Kiwanis Club Foundation, in their efforts to continue the many programs that help the community. Recent programs have served thousands of meals to needy families, beatify Eshelman Avenue School, provide scholarships to local students, and recognize and support area teachers. The demand for these programs is greater than ever, and hey, ya gotta eat! Breakfast includes pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage and beverage.
• Breakfast is available for outdoor patio dining and curbside pick-up.
• You will be entered to win $250 in door prizes with a breakfast purchase.
• Raffle tickets for additional prizes, including a big screen TV, available for purchase at the event
To order a breakfast or donate, visit the Eventbrite page at

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 15: Annapurna
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!

MBSAFE will host a community meeting, A Conundrum: Helping Mentally Ill Homeless People on Monday, November 16 from 7 to 8:15 p.m. via Zoom. MBSAFE’s mission is to provide leadership to manage and eliminate the destructive consequences of homelessness in the community. The goal is to promote community awareness, engagement and support. When MBSAFE was founded, they established a relationship with the President of Pacific Palisades Homeless Task Force. The situation in the Palisades seems similar to the one we are experiencing in the beach cities: a significant increase of homeless individuals, who suffer of mental illness. The meeting will feature LaTina Jackson, who will address Home Teams and the DMH pilot program. Please, know there is a Home Team available to the beach cities (region 8). This is an important resource we need to use – they are activated only if they know there is a need. MBSAFE has established a relationship with the Home Team assigned to our region. If you signal us a habitual homeless with mental problem to us, we can signal him/her to them. All are welcome to attend but you must register! For additional information and to RSVP, visit

The Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce will host Women of Influence on Wednesday, November 18 at Noon via Zoom. The event honors the achievements and leadership of the following Torrance area women:
Athena Award: Terry Ragins, Torrance Unified School District
South Bay Spirit Award: Debbie Hays, Torrance Historical Society
Inspiration Leader Award: Laurie Brandt, Red Car Brewery
Community Catalyst Award: Latrice McGlothin, Kinecta Federal Credit Union
Dedicated Leader Award: Karin Baker, American Honda Motor Company
Register in advance for this meeting at After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. For additional information, visit

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

There are fun and safe Volunteer Opportunities at the South Coast Botanic Garden with the new night time light installation, GLOW. This is your chance to experience the Garden in a whole new light and submerse yourself in beauty this holiday season while also giving back! Volunteer at South Coast Botanic Garden’s GLOW, an after-dark walk through the Garden with thousands of lights, transforming it into the Garden Lights and Ocean Waters theme. Volunteers will be loaded with swag and glow-in-the-dark supplies to help guide guests through the Garden and ensure a good time is had by all. There is a good amount of standing involved, so this would be perfect for 16+ year olds. To register as a volunteer, visit

Donate to the Palos Verdes Land Conservancy by November 15 to receive a special gift and be entered in an opportunity drawing! Join the Legacy Circle by November 15 and receive a thank you gift of a Terranea overnight suite and entry in the opportunity drawing. Join the Mariposa Circle by November 15 and receive a thank you gift of a Terranea overnight luxury room and entry in the opportunity drawing. Support the PVPLC with a gift of $500 by November 15 and you will be entered in the opportunity drawing for a weekend bungalow plus a $100 gift card and dinner for two at two restaurants. For additional information and to make a donation, 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, Joe and I will do a Weekend Round-Up. Yes, you can tell from all the listings above, there ARE things happening around the South Bay and we’ll go overall of them! 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 guests will be Ashley Goldsmith, Sandpipers’ 89th Co-President and Gloria Correa, Sandpipers’ Director of this year’s Holiday Homes Tour. The Sandpiper’s Holiday Homes Tour is one of the most popular events in the South Bay and our guests will fill us in on what we can expect at this year’s virtual version. Listen to the program live at 8 a.m. or at your leisure at

Stay well, be safe and take care. #SouthBayStrong