South Bay by Jackie Weekend Guide

July 19, 2018

I initially launched the South Bay by Jackie website because there was no existing platform listing activities and events happening throughout the entire South Bay – and if I was going to recommend those events to an audience, I needed to know what I was talking about. So, over these past seven years I’ve attended pretty much every event out there. Sounds like fun, right? It definitely is, but I’ve always attended in a work capacity, viewing things through the eyes of my audience, asking questions, checking out venues, taking pics and video, etc. This summer, I’m doing things a little differently. My 16-year-old niece is staying with us for a month, and knowing I’d need to keep her engaged (there’s no way I’d let her be glued to electronic devices all day) I devised a plan of attack. I pulled up my day planner, went to my website, and scheduled at least one event or activity for us to do every day (many days there are two, three or four). It’s been working really well – she’s experiencing new, fun, interesting things and I’m getting to relax and appreciate them from a different perspective. With all the running around during the day, I’ve been staying up ‘til the wee hours to get my work done, but you know what? Getting to spend this time with my niece is so worth it!

The Torrance Historical Society presents the annual Rock Around the Block event in celebration of the All-America City Award tonight, Thursday, July 19 from 5 to 8 p.m. This FREE 1950s-style family event is a fundraiser for the Torrance Historical Society & Museum and will be held in front of the Museum. Post Avenue will be blocked off from Cravens to Sartori.
-Bop to 50s music by DJ Ozzie
-See special exhibits featuring the original congratulatory telegram from President Eisenhower, along with the All-America City button & logo
-Check out high school yearbooks, the Torrance Historical Society has the largest collection
-Enter the hula hoop, bubble gum blowin’, cake walk and pie eating contests – there are prizes!
-View vintage cars on display along Post Avenue, courtesy of Cruisin’ 50s Car Club, Touring A’s and local car owners
-Munch on burgers from the IN-N-OUT burger wagon (Burgers served from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m., tickets for the IN-N-OUT burger wagon can be purchased at the burger desk on the Museum lawn during the event. Cash or personal check, made payable to the Torrance Historical Society will be accepted. Sorry no credit/debit cards nor Paypal are accepted. Exact change is appreciated and please, no large bills. Burgers or grilled cheese, chips and a fountain drink will be available for $9.50 until 7:30 p.m. or until sold out.) The Bartlett Senior Center will also be hosting an Open House. Dine on their patio and listen to The South Bay Strummers. The Torrance Woman’s Club will also have their 1950s Club scrapbook available for viewing. The Torrelles, a group of City employees who sing 50s and 60s songs a cappella, will also entertain guests. For additional information, call the Museum at (310) 328-5392 or visit the website at The Torrance Historical Society & Museum is located at 1345 Post Avenue in Torrance.

The community is invited to attend the El Segundo Art Walk tonight, Thursday, July 19 from 5 to 9 p.m. Located in the Downtown and Smoky Hollow districts, over thirty creative El Segundo businesses will open their doors for studio tours and become a pop-up gallery displaying original artwork of Los Angeles based artists. ESAW pairs artists with local businesses to display their work on the premises. Yes, it is an art walk, but the art is only half of the attraction. The venues are what make the event so unique. El Segundo has an abundance of remarkable and historic architecture, most of which house businesses not open to the general public. The opportunity to gain access to these distinctive spaces makes for an extraordinary experience. The evening features fine art, live music, great food and studio tours. It’s fun and it’s FREE! El Segundo Art Walk will take place the third Thursday evening of the summer months – June 21, July 19 and August 16. For additional information, visit the website at

The Automobile Driving Museum presents the Cruise In & Food Truck Rally tonight, Thursday, July 19 from 6 to 9 p.m. Bring the whole family, your collector car, and an empty stomach for a night of fun! Best of all, the museum is FREE FOR ALL! Museum tours are at 7 and 8 p.m. with lots of photo opportunities. No registration required! For additional information, visit the website at The Automobile Driving Museum is located at 610 Lairport Street, El Segundo, CA 90245.

Strand Brewing Company is proud to host Third Fridays, a celebration of local art, local artists, and of course, local beer! This month, the featured artist is Joel Gitelson. A south bay native, Joel is a talented photographer with a focus on the ocean and shoreline activities. As a now-retired career lifeguard, Joel has lived the South Bay lifestyle and captures the best of it in his photos. His work will be on display for one night only on Friday, July 20 from 4 to 9 p.m. Third Fridays is a recurring event focusing on local artists and featuring their work in the Tap Room of the brewery. In addition to the art exhibits, the event features on-site food trucks and plenty of Strand Beer for purchase. For additional information, please contact, Miah Smith at Strand Brewing is located at 2201 Dominguez Street, Torrance, CA 90501.


The Palos Verdes Art Center presents the Malaga Cove Summer Art Show on Saturday, July 21 and Sunday, July 22 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Malaga Cove. The event takes place each month from April through September and features paintings, jewelry, ceramics, photography, wearable art and prints from artists from the seven art groups affiliated with Palos Verdes Art Center: Artists Open Group, Pacific Arts Group, Paletteers, Palos Verdes Painters, Peninsula Artists, Photographic and Digital Artists, and Third Dimension. For additional information, visit the website at Malaga Cove Plaza is located at the entrance to the City of Palos Verdes Estates on scenic Palos Verdes Drive West between Via Chico and Via Corta. There is plenty of free parking.

The South Bay Music Association presents the FREE concert Just for Laughs on Saturday, July 21 at 4 p.m. at the El Segundo Performing Arts Center. Enjoy an evening of not-so-thought provoking music that will put a smile on your face with Maestro Steven Allen Fox conducting this special event for all ages. The concert will feature students from the 2018 South Bay Music Symposium along with El Segundo High School Band Director Robert Solo playing Bass Trombone and special guest Kevin Maloney on Piano and Typewriter. Music includes The Looney Tunes Overture, Godzilla Eats Las Vegas, Tubby the Tuba, Typewriter, Variations on Barnacle Bill the Sailor, Grand Serenade for an Awful Lot of Winds and Percussion. In addition, El Segundo’s Funniest Videos Contest Winners will be announced and prizes awarded. Send your funniest videos to and they will be entered into the contest. Following the concert at 6 p.m., enjoy the Symposium Jazz Band performance and dinner outdoors in the ES High School Quad with a variety of merchants offering foods and dessert for purchase. For additional information, visit the website at or call 424-242-3722. The El Segundo Performing Arts Center is located at 640 Main Street, El Segundo, CA.

The City of Rancho Palos Verdes hosts Movies in the Park on select summer Saturdays at locations throughout the city.
•Saturday, July 21, 2018: Coco (Drive-In Movie) @ at City Hall located at 30940 Hawthorne Boulevard, Rancho Palos Verdes
•Saturday, August 18, 2018: Peter Rabbit @ Eastview Park located at 1700 Westmont Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes
The event starts at 6:30 p.m. with pre-movie activities and games for kids. Food trucks will be onsite, plus movie trivia and prizes for the whole family. Movies begin at dusk. Bring a low-slung beach chair and blanket, plus a jacket (it gets cold once the sun goes down)! July’s drive-in movie can be watched from your vehicle or in a beach chair. For additional information, call 310.544.5260 or visit the website at

The City of Gardena presents Outdoor Movies in the Park on select Saturdays this summer. The movies will be shown is parks throughout the city starting at 8 p.m. and food vendors will be onsite with food for purchase beginning at 7 p.m. Bring lawn chairs and blankets, sit back and enjoy a movie under the night sky! Admission is FREE!
-Saturday, July 21: Jumanji @ Nakaoka Community Center located at 1670 W 162 Street, Gardena, CA 90247
-Saturday, August 11: Black Panther @ Rowley Park located at 13220 South Van Ness Avenue, Gardena, CA 90249
For additional information, visit the Facebook event page at

The Chevron Manhattan Beach Grand Prix will take place on Sunday, July 22 at Live Oak Park. The Manhattan Beach Grand Prix features nine races catering to all levels of cyclists, as well as a wide range of community races. The fan favorite kids’ races for children between the ages of two and 12, will be held at 12 noon, followed by the Women’s Pro 1-3 race at 1 p.m. The last race of the day will be the Men’s Pro 1-2 race at 2 p.m. Riding either a bicycle or a tricycle, kids compete for various medals and each participant receives an official race number, t-shirt, medal and goodie bag. Adult cyclists take on the challenging course in an effort to win a portion of the $21,500 in prize money being awarded that day and one of the coveted Grand Prix winners’ jerseys. The Chevron Kids’ Zone is set up for children two through 12 years. In addition to the nine races and the Chevron Kids’ Zone, the event will include food vendors, local exhibits, and lots of family fun. For additional information, visit the website at Live Oak Park is located at 1901 North Valley Drive in Manhattan Beach.

The monthly Torrance Antique Street Faire takes place on Sunday, July 22 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event features 200+ sellers offering antiques, collectibles, vintage clothes, jewelry, LP’s, toys, tools, plants, home decor and more. Have your antiques appraised for only $3, enjoy a free crafting activity with Karen’s Krafts 4 Kids and live music. Rain or shine, free admission and pet friendly! For additional information, call (310) 328-6107 or visit the website at The Torrance Antique Street Faire is located at 1317 Sartori Avenue in downtown Torrance.

The Universe Multicultural Film Festival presents Senior Entourage on Sunday, July 22 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Peninsula Center Library. The movie features Edward Asner, Mark Rydell, Helen Reddy, Marion Ross and Charles Robinson. After the screening, meet the stars and learn what these Hollywood Icons are up to today! A local Palos Verdes film company is one of the producers and filmed some of the scenes along the coast of Palos Verdes. This event is FREE to attend. Free parking, too! For additional information, visit the Facebook event page at The Peninsula Center Library is located at 701 Silver Spur Road, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274.


The City of El Segundo Recreation & Parks Department presents the Summer Concerts in the Park series. These free concerts take place on select Sunday evenings at Library Park located in the 600 block of Main Street in beautiful downtown El Segundo. Activities begin at 4 p.m. with the music starting at 4:30 and running until 6 p.m. Gourmet food trucks will be on site and kids can stop by the gazebo for free face painting and arts & crafts provided by Camp Cowabungo Day Camp. The concert schedule is as follows:
-Sunday, July 22: Kelly Rae Band
-Sunday, August 5: Midnight Ride
No glass containers are permitted and please leave the pets at home! For additional information, call 310 524-2700 or visit the website at Library Park is located in the 600 block of Main Street in El Segundo.

The Lunada Bay Homeowners Association presents the Summer Concert Series on select Sundays beginning at 5 p.m. Summer means backyard barbecues, ice cold lemonade, family vacations, trips to the beach and even better, the annual Lunada Bay Summer Concert Series. Fun, affordable and family-friendly, the Summer Concert Series features six bands performing at Lunada Bay Park and PV High School. This year’s lineup promises something for everyone with lots of local artists and new exciting headliners. A variety of food and beverages will be available for purchase at all events in support of LBHOA and local businesses. Plus look out for the “Kids Corner” offering arts and crafts. Be sure to bring blankets, chairs, a picnic dinner and enjoy a wonderful evening in the park with family and friends. The schedule is as follows:
-July 22 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm: Hollywood U2 (U2 Tribute Band)
Lunada Bay Park, 2201 Palos Verdes Drive West, Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274
-August 12 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm: Random Sequence (Jason Buck’s Original Jam Band)
Lunada Bay Park, 2201 Palos Verdes Drive West, Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274
-August 26 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Tenn West (Country Western)
Lunada Bay Park, 2201 Palos Verdes Drive West, Palos Verdes Estates, CA 9027
For additional information, visit the website at Lunada Bay Park is located at 2201 Palos Verdes Drive West in Palos Verdes Estates (Palos Verdes Drive West & Via Carrillo).

St. Luke’s Presbyterian Church presents the FREE Garden Concert Series on Sunday, July 22 from 5 to 7 p.m. on the lawn. This month, the event features the music of The Kaleidescope Trio, an eclectic ensemble that performs a wide array of music from Bach and The Beatles, to Schubert and Sinatra. Attendees should plan to arrive early and picnic on the lawn. Dessert and coffee will be hosted by St. Luke’s. This is a FREE event and there is ample free parking available. For additional information, call 310-377-2825. St Luke’s Presbyterian Church is located at 26825 Rolling Hills Road in Rolling Hills Estates.

Join Beach Cities Health District for the FREE Summer Fitness Series: Mindful Yoga on the Beach, Monday evenings in July at 6:30 p.m. The weekly event takes place on the sand south of the Manhattan Beach Pier. Get moving and de-stress with this free, public event that brings together community, fitness and fun! Everyone is welcome to participate — women, men and children — and you can participate at your own pace. By all means, invite friends, family and co-workers! Registration starts at 6 p.m. with the hour-long yoga class beginning at 6:30. All participants must sign a waiver. Attendees should bring their own yoga mat. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable, athletic clothing and bring a jacket in case of cool weather. Classes will be led by certified instructors from the Center for Health & Fitness. For additional information and to register, call 310.374.3426 or visit the website at The Manhattan Beach Pier is located at the western end of Manhattan Beach Boulevard in Manhattan Beach.

The South Bay Women’s Conference hosts the monthly Let’s Connect Mixer at Medawar Fine Jewelers on Tuesday, July 24 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. This monthly fundraising event is a great opportunity to meet local business owners and entrepreneurs while mixing and mingling with like-minded individuals. It’s always a fun and casual evening! Don’t forget to bring plenty of business cards and any flyers you might have to promote your business. Light appetizers and beverages will be provided. Tickets are $5 for members and $15 for non-members. For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the website at Medawar Fine Jewelers is located at 810-C Silver Spur Road, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274.

The Manhattan Beach Chamber presents the monthly After Hours Social on Wednesday, July 25 from 5 to 7 p.m. at WeWork. Attendees will enjoy small bites and refreshments at WeWork’s facility and a presentation by Dan Stover on ‘Emotions in the Workplace’. Bring a smile and plenty of business cards! Admission is FREE for MB Chamber members IF registered early or $10 at the door. General admission is $20. For additional information, visit the website at WeWork is located in Manhattan Beach Towers at 1240 Rosecrans Avenue, Suite 120, Manhattan Beach, CA.

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DISCOUNT! DISCOUNT! DISCOUNT! The Manhattan Beach Chamber presents the annual Bite at the Beach on Saturday, August 11 from 2 to 6 p.m. at the MBS Media Campus. Bite at the Beach aims to highlight culinary delights from around the South Bay alongside the many local, craft breweries. Guests will receive a plate and glass for the event at the entrance and have the opportunity to enjoy as many tastes from the paired restaurants and breweries as desired. This year, the event will feature over 30 restaurants and 30 beverage stations, live music, a peep show (?) and more. This event attracts hundreds of attendees and is sure to sell out. VIP tickets are $65, general admission is $45. When ordering tickets online, use the code MB360 and receive a $15 discount! For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the Eventbrite page at The MBS Media Campus is located at 1600 Rosecrans Avenue in Manhattan Beach.

Don’t forget all the weekly Summer Concert Series that have already begun! You can view the schedules at

This morning on The South Bay Show: South Bay Spotlight, our guests are Kristin Sweet-Pekarek and Robert Hu from the Lunada Bay Homeowners Association and we’re going to learn about the different events the LBHOA organizes for the community each year, specifically the Summer Concert Series held in Lunada Bay Park. This Sunday, July 22 from 5 to 7 pm, Hollywood U2 (a U2 Tribute Band) will be playing and we all plan on being there! 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 guests will be Amanda Bernhardt and Lauren Meshkin from Manhattan Beach Food Tours and we’re going to learn what Manhattan Beach Food Tours is all about and what they offer their clients. You can listen live at 8 a.m. or anytime at Tune in every Friday morning and discover what’s new in Manhattan Beach!

Have a fabulous South Bay weekend!