South Bay by Jackie Weekend Guide

February 14, 2019

Happy Valentine’s Day everybody! Just about every restaurant in town is offering romantic dinner specials…. and they’ll all be slammed. Even if you have a reservation, chances are you’ll end up waiting a while to be seated. In the event you haven’t made a ressie yet, the occasion can still be salvaged. Surprise your special someone and whisk them off for a romantic lunch; call in an order to a favorite restaurant, get it to go or have it delivered (hmmm, a cozy, indoor picnic could be just the thing); of course, you can always cook a special meal (No excuses! There are millions of easy recipes on the internet!). And since Valentine’s Day isn’t just for lovers anymore, you can do any of these things with a good friend or large group. If you’re dead set on eating out, check out my favorite restaurants on the Dine Time page at You might get lucky and snag a table!

Attention Manhattan Beach voters! American Martyrs Altar Society is hosting a Candidate Forum this morning, Thursday, February 14 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at American Martyrs Welcome Center. The Welcome Center is located at 700 15th Street in Manhattan Beach. The event will take place in the Saint Kateri Room at the corner of Deegan Place and 14th Street.

This is your last chance to check out Water & Wood 2019 at Resin Gallery. It runs through February 16. The exhibit showcases the work of South Bay artists in a variety of mediums. If you are a local artist, enthusiast, art student, retailer, or simply a lover of the arts – stop by! They’d love to hear your ideas, feedback, and embrace your participation. For additional information, visit the website at Resin Gallery is located at 618 Cypress Avenue in Hermosa Beach.

Palos Verdes Art Center is pleased to announce the Opening Reception of Ladd & Kelsey: Noble Places on Friday, February 15 from 6 to 9 p.m. Curated by Kevin Lane of Placewares Projects, the exhibition will be on view February 8 through May 26. The exhibition presents period photographs of Ladd & Kelsey projects taken by Julius Shulman, Ezra Stoller, and Wayne Thom, as well as ephemera such as vintage design magazines and movie posters for films featuring the architects’ visually striking work. This event is FREE to attend and is open to the public. For additional information, visit the website at The Palos Verdes Art Center is located at 5504 West Crestridge Road, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275.

Oh man, this could be a ton of fun, just to people watch…… Shade Hotel Manhattan Beach will host the Spotlight Valentine’s Party on Friday, February 15 from 8 to 11:30 p.m. Whether you are taken, or single and ready to mingle, Shade Hotel Manhattan Beach’s Stoplight Valentine’s Day Party will be fun for all! Rally your friends and get ready to dance the night away at Manhattan Beach’s hottest hotel party. Guests will enjoy drink specials, bites, DJ, and good times. Want to give a signal on your current status? Wear green for single, red for taken, and yellow for it’s complicated! This event is FREE to attend. Reserve a bottle service table by calling 310.469.3466. For additional information and to register, visit the Eventbrite page at Shade Hotel is located at 1221 North Valley Drive, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.

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The cut off for this event was February 8, but if you contact Lieu’s office directly, you might be able to attend…… Congress Member Ted Lieu invites students, parents, and educators to attend the Fourth Annual Bi-Partisan, Multi-District Service Academy Day taking place on Saturday, February 16 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Los Angeles Air Force Base Gordon Conference Center. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about the United States Air Force Academy, the United States Military Academy, the United States Naval Academy, the United States Coast Guard Academy, and the United States Merchant Marine Academy. Additionally, prospective students can engage with current students during a student-led panel and prospective parents can engage with current parents during a parent panel. Multiple Southern California Congressional Offices will also be in attendance to answer academy related questions. RSVP no later than Friday, February 8 at For additional information, contact Daisy Paniagua-Uribe at or call (323) 651-1040. Due to base policy, you must RSVP with your name and the name of any additional attendees in order to enter LA Air Force Base. Los Angeles Air Force Base Gordon Conference Center is located at 400 North Douglas Street, El Segundo, CA 90245.

This is a sweet way to celebrate Valentine’s Day…… Classical Crossroads’ The Interludes concert series presents Romantic Pairings: The Guitarist and the Soprano on Saturday, February 16 at 3 p.m. at First Lutheran Church & School. The concert features guitarist Aaron Haas with soprano Anastasia Malliaras and Guitarist Jaxon Williams with soprano Laurel Irene. The Beverly Hills National Auditions committee wrote about Aaron Haas and Anastasia Malliaras, “A unique presentation of original voice/guitar cycles of Spanish composers sung in Ladino, Spanish, and English – their repertoire also includes Native American songs.” About Laurel Irene and Jaxon Williams, they wrote, “The contrast of this soprano/guitar duo prompted committee to offer a shared recital to both duos. Laurel and Jaxon offer fun repertoire of American music of 20th and 21st centuries.” All of these fast-rising artists are currently or recently in USC’s renowned Thornton School of Music graduate programs. Admission is FREE. For additional information, visit the website at First Lutheran Church & School is located at 2900 West Carson Street, Torrance, CA 90503.

Join author Sheri for a Galentine’s Day Party on Saturday, February 16 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Z-Bibi Kidz. Gather your girlfriends for an afternoon of cake, wine, book talk, and girl time! Sheri will read an excerpt from her internationally best-selling romance novel, Cake in Bed, and talk about life and love. It’ll be a Ladies’ Night Out to remember. Your ticket includes a personalized, autographed copy of Cake in Bed, wine, cake, and an exclusive Cake in Bed Bliss Box. There will be red carpet photos and romantic raffle giveaways throughout the event. Register today because you deserve to have your cake and eat it, too … preferably in bed! Limited seats available. Tickets are $25. For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the Eventbrite page at Z-Bibi Kidz is located in South Bay Galleria at 1815 Hawthorne Boulevard, Redondo Beach, CA.

Old school at its best….. The Lighthouse Cafe presents the Peter Myers Orchestra on Sunday, February 17 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enjoy brunch oceanside at this historic jazz venue. The Lighthouse Cafe was featured in the Academy Award winning film La La Land and saxophonist Charles Owens, from the movie, will be sitting in with the band. Admission in $10. For additional information, visit the website at The Lighthouse is located at 30 Pier Avenue, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254.

The Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce hosts the 2019 State of the Region Luncheon featuring Congresswoman Maxine Waters and Congressman Ted Lieu, on Tuesday, February 19 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton Torrance-South Bay. South Bay constituents can expect Waters and Lieu to delve into myriad advocacy priorities for the region, including education funding; workforce development; infrastructure and transportation efforts; and land use and development. This annual event provides an update on those policy concerns with particular emphasis on how federal policy decisions may affect our region. Tickets are $46 per person for Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce members. Non-members can reserve seats for $76 per person. For additional information and ticket purchase, call (310) 540-5858 or visit the website at The DoubleTree by Hilton Torrance-South Bay is located at 21333 Hawthorne Boulevard, Torrance, CA.

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

This event listing is current as of yesterday, but new events are posted EVERY DAY! Check the website for updates at for details on these and other events happening throughout the South Bay.

Roses are red, violets are blue; Richstone mends heart, and so can you! Support the Richstone Family Center this Valentine’s Day – mending hearts, preventing child abuse and building strong families in the South Bay since 1974. For additional information, visit the website at

Time flies when you’re having fun! Survios VR Arcade had a super awesome first year and to celebrate, they’re offering BOGO 50% off on all VR sessions. Bring your friends and family in for Buy One, Get One ½ Half Off on all VR sessions through February 27. There’s no better time to share the love! Offer not valid for online bookings. Cannot be combined with other promotions. For additional information and to make a reservation, call at 310-750-9035 or visit the website at Survios VR Arcade is located at 3525 West Carson Street, Suite #176, Torrance, CA.

This morning on The South Bay Show: South Bay Spotlight, our guests are Chris Wolf, David Kartsonis, Bill Ruth, Brian Singer and Sandra Frasso from Dancing with the South Bay Stars VIII, taking place on Saturday, February 23 at 7 p.m. at the James Armstrong Theater. The event pairs local ‘celebrities’ with professional dancers in a competition to raise funds for the Foundation and the participants’ nonprofit organization of choice. This season, nine of the South Bay’s brightest stars will slip into their dancing shoes, take the stage and strut their stuff!
Don’t worry, if you missed the program, you can listen to it anytime at Tune in every Thursday at 8 a.m. to keep up with what’s going down throughout in the South Bay!

Tomorrow morning on The South Bay Show: Manhattan Beach Chamber 360, our guest will be Randy Renner, Founder of South Bay Social. Randy left his career in Tech to start a publication company in the South Bay that would base itself on the innovation of social media but with the reliability of print. We’ll learn about the genesis of the app, the ability to bring community messaging together, and Randy’s passion for small businesses. Listen to the podcast live at 8 a.m. or anytime at Tune in every Friday morning and discover what’s happening in Manhattan Beach!

Have a lovely Valentine’s Day and fabulous South Bay weekend!