South Bay by Jackie Weekend Guide Pandemic Survival Guide

April 8, 2021

Have you heard the big news??? California aims to fully re-open the economy by June 15, presuming there aren’t any problems with the continued roll-out of the vaccine. You can bet there will be lots of event announcements in the coming weeks and you can count on this Weekend Guide to provide you with all the details. Personally, I can’t wait… but as we emerge from that extraordinarily difficult year, I thought it would be interesting to look back at how we responded to the challenges facing us. My former podcast partner, Joe Terry and I, aired a live video podcast on March 15, 2020 just as the world turned upside down. After watching it, I thought, wow, we really had no clue what we were in for, how quickly everything would shut down, or just how long our lives would be put on hold. If you would like to revisit our generation’s version of the Ides of March and recall how the South Bay responded to the upheaval, you can watch it at https://www.facebook.com/SouthBayByJackie/videos/234417314386334. Please excuse the tech difficulties – things were moving so fast and we pulled the show together with just a few hours’ notice.

The Samburu Project’s annual fundraising event, Walk for Water, will be a month-long campaign this year, from March 22 through April 22. Join The Samburu Project’s month-long campaign to raise money and awareness for clean water. This customizable fundraiser allows supporters to choose their activity, time commitment, and fundraising goal! Swim, ski, run, bike, or walk – just get up, get moving, and #DoItForWater.
• March 22- 28 world water week
• March 29- April 4 (run) for water
• April 5-11 (bike) for water
• April 12-22 (walk) for water
A little over 10 years ago, a small group of women in Southern California came together to head a walk in honor of the women of Samburu, Kenya. Together, they walked 4 miles along the Pacific coast raising over $5,000 for clean water. A decade later, what started as a small beach walk in Hermosa, has grown into a global event. This year, The Samburu Project Walk for Water is taking on the virtual space with a month-long fundraising extravaganza. Starting on World Water Day, each week will offer supporters a different opportunity to come together. For additional information and registration, visit the website at https://thesamburuproject.org/.

I just checked the website and the dates are selling out super-fast….. The South Coast Botanic Garden presents SOAR: Tropical Butterflies. The experience includes an immersive butterfly pavilion, an emergence chamber featuring caterpillars and pupae, and new garden plantings that include the geometric flower beds (which currently feature a tulip super bloom), pollinators and other butterfly-attracting flowers. While the outdoor experience is free for all visitors, the butterfly pavilion will require a separate timed ticket to enter. Infants 1 year old and younger are free, however, please note that no strollers are allowed inside the pavilion. Tickets are $5/$7/$12/$18/$22. For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the website at https://southcoastbotanicgarden.org/soar/. South Coast Botanic Garden is located at 26300 Crenshaw Boulevard, Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA 90274.

The Village Garden in Riviera Village will host The Garden Concert Series on Friday, April 9 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. The Garden Concert Series is an exciting new performance venue located one block from the beach in Redondo. GCS features an intimate chamber concert performed by the Constellation Quartet with a selection of popular, film, and world music. Singer-songwriter Juliette Goglia will open the show and perform a few selections with the quartet. A quartet-in-residence, Constellation Quartet is re-defining what it means to play string instruments in a world where electronic music rules the charts and Bach is not exactly Top 40 material. The members of Constellation Quartet are multi-faceted musicians and performers with skill sets in improvisation, film composition, and classical performance and technique. Constellation Quartet provides a refreshing outlook on classical music, seeking to bring the joy of chamber music to the community through performances, recording, and outreach educational work. It will be a relaxing evening under the stars and attendees will enjoy a safe night out while being serenaded by strings. Tickets are $25/$35/$40/$45. For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the website at https://www.gardenconcertseries.com/. The Village Garden is located at 1728 S Catalina Avenue, Redondo Beach, CA 90277.

Join volunteers at Seaside Heroes Park for the monthly Community Beautification Event every second Saturday of the month (April 10) 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! BE SURE TO BRING YOUR MASK TO WEAR. There will be waivers for everyone to sign so please arrive by 7:45 am, if possible, so you can begin the work at 8 a.m. Meet at 22812 Kathryn Avenue in Torrance. Bring tools (if you have or will be supplied), sunscreen, water, 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 cjenna@realtor.com. For additional information and photos of the event, visit the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/seasideheroespark.

Celebrate Earth Day all month long at the Roundhouse Aquarium! April 22, 2021 marks the 51st anniversary of Earth Day, and the Roundhouse Aquarium, managed by the Oceanographic Teaching Stations, is set to honor this milestone virtually with programs throughout the month of April. Sponsored by Chevron Corporation, The Port of Long Beach and Dive N’Surf, the four-part virtual celebration explores the magic of the ocean, its connection to humans and what people can do to protect it. This FREE 4-Part Series is appropriate for all ages and advanced reservations are required!
• Saturday, April 10, 2021 – Phenomenal Seaweed
9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. – Free Virtual Event
Did you know you can use seaweed every day? Learn about the importance of seaweed, play games, visit with our Roundhouse Aquarium kelp forest residents and do a fun Learn and Move!
• Saturday, April 17, 2021 – Celebrating Whales and Dolphins: Fantastic Flukes and Fins
9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. – Free Virtual Event
Meet the largest animals ever to live on earth! You’ll meet many animals that swim in the sea, but breath air like you and me. And, get a paper and pencil ready, and learn how to draw one of these amazing animals!
• Thursday, April 22, 2021 – The Ocean in Your Bathtub-Virtual Reeding and Meet the Author
5:00 p.m.-5:45 p.m. – Free Virtual Event
Award-winning children’s book author Seth Fishman and the Roundhouse Aquarium partner to bring ocean science programming for an Earth Day virtual reading program! Attendees will view a fun and engaging video reading of The Ocean in Your Bathtub, and have a chance to meet Seth Fishman and Roundhouse Aquarium Scientist, Marissa Wu, as they answer your questions live!
• Saturday, April 24, 2021 – Amazing Tidepools
9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. – Free Virtual Event
Trek through some local tidepools and explore what is hiding in the rocks. Discover what amazing superpowers tidepool animals have to help them survive and live a terrific tidepool life. Show off your animal superpowers when you participate in our learn and move.
For additional information and registration, call 310.938.2682 or visit the website at https://roundhouseaquarium.org/earthmonth/.

The Free to Be Me Drum Circle will be at Wilson Park on Saturday, April 10 at 1 p.m. Everyone is invited to take part in this amazing, loving, educational, rhythmic drumming event. Percussion instruments will be provided for all participants but there is limited space available, so it is requested you RSVP before April 10 to reserve a spot. A donation of $8 in advance is requested or $10 the day of. Pay to Venmo ID @Sabina-Sandoval-1. Wilson Park is located at 2200 Crenshaw Boulevard, Torrance, CA 90501. The event will take place at the rear entrance near the train.

The Denton & Denton Group will host an Office Reveal & Monopoly Party on Saturday, April l0 from 3 to 7 p.m. This is the ultimate event where real estate and fine art meet the gaming industry! Come celebrate the release of the reinvented California Dreaming Monopoly game while exploring the newly expanded office. Kathleen Keifer, the celebrated Manhattan Beach-based artist of this special Cali-centric version of the iconic real estate board game will be on site to sign your copy of this special limited release. And YES! They’ll be giving away Monopoly money! Here’s your chance to actually spend real Monopoly money toward the purchase of Two Guns Coffee, limited edition games and art. The drinks are free and the company will be stellar! Get your hands on Kathleen Keifer’s Monopoly game and transferable Monopoly money by RSVPing now at kris@dentonanddenton.com. Denton & Denton is located at 3516 Highland Avenue, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.

Every Sunday (April 11), the Automobile Driving Museum takes guests for Sunday Rides in their magnificent automobiles! The ADM is the only automobile museum in the world that regularly uses their fleet. Every Sunday (weather permitting) the ADM features three different cars in the ride program. Guests can expect to ride in anything from Joseph Stalin’s 1936 Packard to a 1982 DeLorean. Rides are Sundays only from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for guests 10 years of age and older. Everyone will enjoy this adventure! For additional information, visit the website at https://www.automobiledrivingmuseum.org/. The Automobile Driving Museum is located at 610 Lairport Street, El Segundo, CA 90245.

In partnership with SBBWA, Kristina Paudler, SBBWA Sponsorship Co-Chair, will be hosting an online Self-Care Spa Fundraiser on Sunday, April 11 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. online. In the continuous efforts to support and raise funds for the 2021-2022 scholarship winners, the community is invited to take a moment and treat yourself! During this online event, there will be introductions and networking, followed by a self-care, mini facial spa event. Kristina Paudler, SBBWA Sponsorship Co-Chair, is a personal care product consultant and Market Partner with Monat. She will be guiding and educating participants on the latest, clinically proven, and naturally based skin care products and healthy aging regimen. You may follow along by purchasing the “Spa Ticket” which includes a sample spa package of each of the skincare products to be applied during the event. Based on your skin type, you will receive a face cleanser, scrub, moisturizer, and serum! This will be a fun, educational and interactive event. It is recommended you have a bowl of fresh water and washcloth readily available! Or you can simply tune in and take notes for when you’re ready to use your skincare regimen. Ticket fees and 20% of all proceeds from the event and any subsequent orders in April will go back to the Scholarship Fund! Spa samples can be picked up at Kristina’s home in Redondo, dropped off, or mailed directly to your doorstep. Tickets are $20. For additional information and registration, visit https://kv248.infusionsoft.app/app/orderForms/SBBWA-Self-Care-Online-Spa-Fundraiser.

The El Segundo Public Library is pleased to announce that the library’s doors will be opening to the public beginning at 10 a.m. on Monday, April 12 for hourly reservations. During the initial phase of reopening, the library will be providing only essential services—browsing the collections, checkouts, computer use and research assistance—based on hourly reservations between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Library to Go and virtual services will continue. To ensure the health and safety of customers and staff, only a limited number of people will be allowed into the building per reservation period. Reservations must be made for either the adult collection or the children’s collection; only those with reservations may enter. All members of the public above the age of two will be required to wear face coverings, check their temperature upon entrance and observe social distancing. Those needing special accommodations for face coverings may contact Mark Herbert at 310-524-2732. All customers will be expected to leave the building at the end of their reservation period so that staff can clean and prepare for the next reservation period. Reservations may be made one week in advance, beginning Monday, April 5. For more details on the Library’s reopening, visit the Library’s webpage at http://www.elsegundolibrary.org or call 310-524-2728.

The South Bay Artist Collective presents the exhibition Emergence beginning Monday, April 12 for online and in-person viewing at Resin Gallery. The show features stunning new works from local Collective artists created during the pandemic. While there will not be a proper opening event, Resin will be open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. for in-person viewing. To make an appointment, email Aidancm17@gmail.com. To preview the show virtually – but it’s even more phenomenal in person – visit https://artspaces.kunstmatrix.com/en/exhibition/5599011/emergence. For additional information, visit the website at http://sbartistcollective.org/. Resin Gallery is located at 618 Cypress Avenue, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254.

The community is invited to join a Virtual Meeting: The Future of Housing in El Segundo on Tuesday, April 13 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. The City of El Segundo invites you to have a seat at the table to identify the housing options you want to see in the 2021-2029 Housing Element Update. Your input will help the City develop a plan that best reflects the community’s housing needs, values, and priorities. During this community workshop, you can get involved and let your voices be heard. Watch a brief video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SC9DJxxGQq8 and take a 10-question survey at https://www.menti.com/tx8cna1uni/0. Under State law, every city and county are required to update its Housing Element to address specific requirements and submit the updated Housing Element to the State Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD). The Housing Element Update will build upon, and revise, as appropriate, the goals, policies and programs of the Housing Element, taking into consideration the housing needs of all El Segundo residents at all economic levels into the future. For additional information, visit https://www.elsegundo.org/government/departments/development-services/planning-division/housing-element-update-2021-2029. Community feedback received through the online workshop will be summarized and posted to the website after the workshop is closed. Please register your email address on the website to receive email updates.

The Redondo Beach Library will host a Book Discussion on Tuesday, April 13 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. via Zoom. The discussion will feature The Dutch House by Ann Patchett. You must register in advance for this meeting at https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0sd-6qqz0rH9TwnoXSOk2QzU4L3IQQ1Nzz. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Then start reading the book for the May 11 Book Discussion, Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid. For additional information, email erin.schoonover@redondo.org.

Join members of the Redondo Beach Police Department for Coffee with a Cop on Tuesday, April 13 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Redondo Beach Civic Center. The Redondo Beach Police Department and members of the community will come together in a friendly, informal environment to discuss community issues, build relationships and enjoy a good cup of coffee. All community members are invited to attend. Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the police department’s work in Redondo Beach’s neighborhoods. The majority of contacts law enforcement has with the public happen during emergencies, or emotional situations. Those situations are not always the most effective times for relationship building with the community, and some community members may feel that officers are unapproachable on the street. Coffee with a Cop breaks down barriers and allows for a relaxed, one-on-one interaction. Engaging the community in public safety efforts is a top priority of the Redondo Beach Police Department. They share the community’s concerns and make every effort to address them. The program aims to advance the practice of community policing through improving relationships between police officers and community members one cup of coffee at a time. Redondo Beach Civic Center is located at 415 Diamond St, Redondo Beach, CA 90277. The event will be held outside at the Civic Center just between the Police Department and the main Library at the corner of PCH and Diamond.

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

https://www.southbaybyjackie.com/dtmb-sidewalk-sale/

https://www.southbaybyjackie.com/rb-free-compost-giveaway/

https://www.southbaybyjackie.com/virtual-coffee-with-the-mayor/

https://www.southbaybyjackie.com/spring-into-beauty/

https://www.southbaybyjackie.com/shred-day/

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

https://www.southbaybyjackie.com/lomita-installation-awards-night/

https://www.southbaybyjackie.com/pvplc-earth-day-celebration/

https://www.southbaybyjackie.com/used-oil-filter-exchange-2/

https://www.southbaybyjackie.com/torrance-antique-street-faire-3/

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

https://www.southbaybyjackie.com/lunafest-film-festival/

https://www.southbaybyjackie.com/adm-grand-re-opening-cruise-in/

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

https://www.southbaybyjackie.com/laafb-youth-academic-recognition-celebration/

https://www.southbaybyjackie.com/nextstep-ride-for-paralysis-cruisin-the-coast/

https://www.southbaybyjackie.com/light-up-the-night/

https://www.southbaybyjackie.com/palos-verdes-dream-house-raffle/

https://www.southbaybyjackie.com/ultra/

The Downtown Manhattan Beach Business Association is hosting a Spring Scavenger Hunt through April 10. Look for a sweet honey bee hidden in each of the stores on the flyer. When you find the bumble bee, ask the business for a sticker for your card. Every “bingo” of five stamps (vertical, horizontal or diagonal), gets one entry for a prize. Stamp every square for five entries! Each winner drawn will receive the stuffed bumble bee and a $25 gift certificate to one of the participating businesses.

Redondo Beach K9 Officer Meredith had such a great time with the Scavenger Rock Hunt, she and her handler, Sharon, are providing another fun activity for you to do while staying safe – a Community Treasure Hunt! The Redondo Beach Police Department has joined the Geocaching Community! The RBPD has hidden several geocaches throughout the city and all are welcome to join the hunt to find them. Each finder will receive a little reward inside the cache, officially making you a #CacheSceneInvestigator. For additional information, visit http://www.geocaching.com.

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 – All 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/

LA COUNTY WILL MOVE INTO ORANGE TIER REOPENING ON MONDAY April 5, 2021
Los Angeles County has met the threshold for the less restrictive orange tier in the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy. On March 30, the State released updated numbers; L.A. County’s adjusted case rate dropped from 3.7 new cases per 100,000 people to 3.1 new cases per 100,000 people. The test positivity rate dropped from 1.8% to 1.5% and in areas with the fewest health affirming resources, L.A. County’s test positivity rate dropped from 2.5% to 2.1%. A revised Los Angeles County Health Officer Order will go into effect on Monday, April 5 at 12:01 a.m. to reflect newly permitted activities. This allows the County to follow the state guidelines and wait until three weeks are completed in the red tier to be sure that case numbers do not rise this third week since the County’s earlier re-openings. The Health Officer Order and modified directives for businesses will be posted on Friday, with an effective date of April 5. Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) teams will be available this week and through the weekend to provide information about upcoming changes, allowing establishments to be prepared for full compliance with the required safety modifications. For all the details, visit http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/phcommon/public/media/mediapubhpdetail.cfm?prid=3047.

CVS is now offering free COVID Vaccines. Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine has been authorized for emergency use by the FDA. Appointments are now available at select CVS locations. They’re administering the vaccine by appointment only based on local eligibility guidelines. Vaccines will be administering by appointment only and based on local eligibility guidelines. No cost with insurance or through federal program for the uninsured. Check availability in your area at https://www.cvs.com/immunizations/covid-19-vaccine?icid=cvs-home-hero1-link2-coronavirus-vaccine.

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/

El Segundo Museum of Art is now accepting applications for the Getty Marrow Undergraduate Internship. For all the details, visit https://www.southbaybyjackie.com/applications-now-being-accepted-for-undergraduate-internship-at-esmoa/.

Leadership Hermosa Beach has announced its annual class project, Valley for All, following the unanimous approval by the Hermosa Beach City Council on Tuesday, March 23. To help restore the most popular park within the city, Valley for All features long-term improvements to the eastern barbecue area of Valley Park, including the installation of a new entrance ramp, ground leveling throughout the perimeter, replacement of key amenities, and other necessary upgrades. Understanding the importance and critical need for outdoor spaces, Valley for All offers restored park conditions that provide a more functional, inclusive and accessible space for the entire Hermosa Beach community. Working closely with the Hermosa Beach Parks and Recreation Commission, Public Works Commission, and the City’s Planning Department on project plans since the end of 2020, the Leadership Hermosa Beach Class of 2021 is committed to making as many area improvements to the extent achieved through ongoing fundraising activities slated through early May. This year’s class invites the residents, businesses, and nonprofit organizations of Hermosa Beach and the greater South Bay area to support Valley for All by visiting and donating at https://valleyforall.org/. The anticipated unveiling of Valley for All will take place on June 13, 2021 at Valley Park, with all project donors and sponsors invited to attend.

If you’re affiliated with, or support, a local non-profit, you should check out this app….. Roots has created an app making Virtual Fundraising easy with events, direct donations, social media sharing and more! Create digital campaigns easily that maximize your fundraising efforts through direct donation programs, business givebacks, corporate sponsorships, gaming and events. Utilizing an innovative fundraising system, Roots is creating a Community Growth Ecosystem (CGE). Help organizations grow local businesses by promoting them to their community of supporters, and allowing businesses to help fund organizations by giving back a portion of those sales. All while allowing the community to support the organizations they love through donations and everyday activities. Watch the video to see what it’s all about at https://getroots.org/event-walkthrough. For additional information, visit the website at https://getroots.org/ or contact Danette at Danette@GetRoots.org.

The South Bay Artist Collective will be teaching FREE Social, Emotional, Wellness Art Classes from March 23 through April 28 for elementary school students via Zoom. The social emotional learning art class for elementary school students will focus on art projects using household items while teaching valuable social emotional tools. The first week will focus on gratitude! A list of needed supplies will be emailed upon registration. For additional information and registration, visit https://form.jotform.com/210486188617059 or contact via email at aidancm17@gmail.com.

The Lomita Chamber of Commerce is accepting Nominations for Installation & Awards Night on Thursday, April 22 at 6 p.m. Nominations are now open for Leadership and Community Awards. Submit your nominations for:
• Community Champion
• Business of the Year
• Start-Up to Watch
• Chamber Volunteer of the Year
• Chamber Ambassador of the Year
• Civic Award
Nominations must be submitted to the Lomita Chamber of Commerce by 5 p.m. on April 5 at https://www.lomitachamber.org/awards-ceremony-nominations/. For additional information and registration, visit the website at https://www.lomitachamber.org/installation-awards-night-2021/.

The Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the proposed Healthy Living Campus on Beach Cities Health District’s property at 514 N. Prospect Ave. was released Wednesday, March 10. BCHD has extended the requisite 45-day public review and comment period to 90 days, extending from March 10 through June 10. Official public comments about the technical sufficiency of the Draft EIR impact analysis, mitigation measures, and alternatives will be accepted until June 10, 2021 at 5 p.m. The 90-Day Public Review and Comment Period is March 10 through June 10. There are a variety of ways to submit written or oral public comments.
• Website: https://www.bchdcampus.org/eir
• Email: EIR@bchd.org
• Mail: Nick Meisinger re: Healthy Living Campus
• Wood Environment & Infrastructure Solutions, Inc., 9177 Sky Park Ct., San Diego, CA 92123
Provide oral comments during one of these public opportunities:
• Wednesday, March 24, 6:30 p.m.
• Tuesday, April 13, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
• Saturday, April 17, Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Public comments at the March 24 meeting will begin following the Draft EIR presentation by Wood Environment at the regularly scheduled BCHD Board of Directors meeting. For more information on how to submit a comment or join a meeting, visit https://www.bchdcampus.org/eir.

The Beach Cities Health District (BCHD) Board of Directors is seeking qualified residents and high school sophomores and juniors to serve on its Advisory Committees. All committee members have a direct impact on the health and wellness programs and services BCHD provides to the Beach Cities community. Meetings are generally held quarterly and scheduled for evenings. The following committees are seeking candidates:
• Community Health Committee – Identifies and advises the board on community health and wellness concerns and recommends areas for programs and services.
• Strategic Planning Committee – Helps the board formulate and fulfill the vision, mission and goals of BCHD.
• Finance Committee – Works with the board to ensure the financial health of BCHD.
Committee members must reside in Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach or Redondo Beach. Residents who wish to be considered must complete an application at http://www.bchd.org/committee – and submit a resume or curriculum vitae. High school students must complete a youth application. All applications are due by noon on Monday, May 3, 2021. Top candidates will be contacted for interviews and appointments will be announced in June. All terms begin July 1, 2021. Terms are two years for adult members and one year for high school students. Community members with questions about the positions or application process should contact Charlie Velasquez at charlie.velasquez@bchd.org. High school students with questions should email Emory Chen at Emory.Chen@bchd.org or call or text (424) 237-5159. Completed applications can be faxed, emailed, or mailed to: Beach Cities Health District, Committee Appointments, 1200 Del Amo Street, Redondo Beach, CA 90277. Fax: (310) 376-4738.

The Palos Verdes Art Center has put out a Call for Artists for Now Trending, the annual Alpay Scholarship University Student Juried Exhibition. Current art and media students from Southern California colleges and universities are invited to submit engaging new work to be showcased in Palos Verdes Art Center’s Alpay Scholarship Exhibition, Now Trending. One $5000 cash prize will be awarded. In addition, the scholarship winner will be considered for inclusion in future PVAC exhibitions. This call is open to enrolled undergraduate and graduate students. All media will be considered, including but not limited to: Painting, Drawing, Printing, Sculpture, Glass, Ceramics, Fiber Art, Photography, Video, Film, VR (virtual reality), AR (augmented reality), Installation Art, Performance Art, Sound Art, and Mixed Media.
• Open to all current Southern California college and university art and media studies students
• $5000 Alpay Scholarship Award
• Enter through callforentry.org
• No submission fee
• Up to three (3) submissions
• Submission deadline April 30, 2021
• Exhibition dates, June 11 – July 10, 2021
Due to COVID-19 mandates, Now Trending will exhibit exclusively online at http://www.pvartcenter.org. To apply, visit the website at https://artist.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=8682.

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.

During the pandemic, my partner and I started a new business selling merchandise with concert ticket stub images called Stub Stories Apparel. I’ll be launching a podcast soon and wanted to order a few mugs with my logo for the set. They looked so good, I decided to leave them on the website for sale! Warm your soul with a nice cuppa out of a perfectly sized ceramic mug with the grooviest logo in the South Bay! If you’re interested in having the logo printed on a t-shirt, tank, hoodie, mask or other items, contact us at stubstoriesapparel@gmail.com. Shop now at https://www.stubstoriesapparel.com/.

Take care and stay well – the end is in sight! #SouthBayStrong

Jackie

https://www.southbaybyjackie.com/