South Bay by Jackie Weekend Guide Pandemic Survival Guide

July 9, 2020

When the coronavirus pandemic hit our shores, I knew straightaway that the many, much-loved, annual, South Bay events we look forward to, would be cancelled through the end of the year, at least. Back in March, people were confident things would loosen up by Memorial Day; then people were hopeful the Fourth of July would be the turning point; now people are on tenterhooks praying for a Labor Day reprieve. It’s not going to happen, folks. I received official word earlier this week the Labor Day Fiesta Hermosa has been cancelled, and while there’s no official word yet about other events further out on the calendar, everyone I’ve spoken to says it doesn’t look good. No conscientious organization is going to host an event where hundreds or thousands of people will congregate. While many are still hopeful things will soon change, I’m telling you now – there will be no Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukah or New Year’s events. Other than the virtual events, I still have a couple of things listed on the website only because I spoke with the host organizations and they’re in a holding pattern (see what I mean?). Lomita has cancelled the Movies in the Park scheduled for July (they still have one on their calendar for August) and the Redondo Pier Association has pushed back the pier concerts to August. The Torrance Antique Street Faire has resumed, along with several of the local farmers’ markets. Downtown Torrance has joined Riviera Village, Downtown Manhattan Beach and El Segundo in offering more outdoor dining and shopping options. The beaches have re-opened, for now. That’s where things stand. In a prior Weekend Guide, I used the phrase ‘it’s time to hunker down for the long haul’. The last 14 weeks were just the beginning. With the phased openings of the last few weeks, there was some confidence we would continue on a course that would allow life as we knew it to resume….. but I wouldn’t count on it. In the meantime, there are still a few things going on you should know about, so I’ll continue to issue the Weekend Guide each Thursday. An interesting side note: my husband suggested I go on hiatus until this situation has been resolved – which isn’t a bad idea – but when I checked on the other two local, event-based websites, one has completely disappeared and the other hasn’t been updated since 2019. The competition has evaporated and I’m the last (wo)man standing!

The Depot will host a BBQ & Afternoon Get Together on Saturday, July 11 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot. Bring your camp, lounge or beach chair for an afternoon of food, drinks and live music with tunes by Andy & Renee. Cover charge is $20. Cash only for food and beverages. To make a reservation, call 310-787-7501. Tickets are limited! The Depot is located at 1250 Cabrillo Avenue, Torrance, CA 90501.

The new Lomita Farmers’ Market will take place on Sunday, July 12 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at City Hall. The Lomita Farmers’ Market will initially offer tons of fresh certified produce and 8 vendor booths. Due to public health requirements, they have had to modify the Market a bit for the safety of everyone. At this time, they’re not able to have live music or other types of food or beverage vendors, but they hope to add these elements once they get the all-clear from the City, County and State, and it’s safe to do so. They look forward to when they can have local bands, other food vendors and businesses who are eager to come and help celebrate the community. Until then, they need to follow safe practices. Please wear a mask whenever possible, use the Hand Sanitizer stations before and after any transactions, maintain 6 feet of social distance and follow the signs. They are setting up a one-way traffic flow around the city hall building starting in the parking lot. For additional information, visit the website at The Lomita Farmers” Market is located outside City Hall at 24300 Narbonne Avenue, Lomita CA 90717.

The Torrance Theatre Company presents Play at Home, a series of FREE staged readings and virtual performances. Register to attend either or both of the remaining shows and watch the series in the comfort of your home. The schedule is as follows:
• Sunday, July 12: Kalamazoo
• Sunday, July 26: All the Days
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!

Pediatric Therapy Network is thrilled to be one of 25 organizations selected as a finalist in the My LA2050 Grants Challenge! They’re in the running to receive up to $100,000, but they need your vote! PTN is a finalist in the Learn category. Winning the top $100,000 prize would allow them to promote early education programs and enhance functional abilities among children with and at-risk for developmental delays and disabilities. As the ONLY finalist serving children with developmental needs and the ONLY organization located in the South Bay and Long Beach area, your vote will have a tremendous impact on the communities PTN serves. Starting Monday, July 13th at 9 am Pacific, you can vote for PTN online. Public voting will determine the size of the grant they receive, so ask your friends and family to vote too! Voting will be open for one week, and you can vote for PTN one time. Click here to add the date to your calendar for a reminder to vote. This doesn’t cost anything but your time! On July 13, please cast your vote at Your support is much appreciated!

Women’s Voices in Tech will host the Women in Tech Virtual Networking Hour on Tuesday, July 14 from 4 to 5 p.m. via Zoom. As with all Women’s Voices in Tech events, this virtual event will bring together some of the most successful, influential, and inspiring women entrepreneurs, and techies in Los Angeles. Expand your professional network! Don’t miss this opportunity to:
-Find career opportunities
-Networking and meet new people
-Connect with tech investors
-Have fun and relax
Managing Career and Home in the Age of Covid-19:
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected nearly every aspect of our lives today. Many of us now have new challenges that come with working from home, homeschooling and sheltering in place. Most schools and day cares are closed. Grandparents, babysitters and others we rely on in our support networks can’t be enlisted for backup care, given the risk of contagion. Whether you’re a mom or married without kids and are challenged with juggling home with career in the age of Covid-19, then this session is for you! On-air digital Lifestyle Expert at CBS, founder of TechSesh, technology and social media consultant and most importantly, mother and wife, Jessica Naziri will share her insights on working moms and balancing career and family. After this session, you will feel more empowered to create the work-life balance you need to succeed! You will learn how to:
-Shift from feeling overwhelmed to more in control
-Become more intentional and efficient with your time at work and at home
-Overcome challenges in your work-life balance
-Q and A, group discussion will follow.
Attendees will be contacted with the Zoom URL for this meeting approximately 1 hour prior to this event. This event is FREE to attend! For additional information and registration, visit the Eventbrite page at

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

The Paycheck Protection Program has reopened. The Paycheck Protection Program resumed accepting applications July 6, 2020, at 9:00 AM EDT in response to President signing the program’s extension legislation. The new deadline to apply for a Paycheck Protection Program loan is August 8, 2020.
Paycheck Protection Program Loan Information:
• The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll.
• SBA will forgive loans if all employee retention criteria are met, and the funds are used for eligible expenses.
• To read more about PPP loan forgiveness, visit
How to Apply:
You can apply through any existing SBA 7(a) lender or through any federally insured depository institution, federally insured credit union, and Farm Credit System institution that is participating. Other regulated lenders will be available to make these loans once they are approved and enrolled in the program. You should consult with your local lender as to whether it is participating in the program. View a list of lenders participating in the Paycheck Protection Program by state. If you wish to begin preparing your application, you can download a copy of the PPP borrower application form (revised June 24, 2020) to see the information that will be requested from you when you apply with a lender at

Same day COVID-19 Tests are available for all LA County residents. The Los Angeles County COVID-19 Test Site at the South Bay Galleria has relocated to the campus of Beach Cities Health District (BCHD) at 514 North Prospect Avenue in Redondo Beach. Testing at the new location began on Monday, June 8. 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.

Exer Urgent Care is offering an FDA-authorized COVID-19 Antibody Test. Receive test results in 24-48 hours at all 16 Exer locations. Get screened today at one of the clinics or online at VirtualCare by Exer at

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, our guest is Angela Klenk, founding attorney at Beach Cities Estate Law. Angela will discuss how COVID 19 has changed the way many clients think about estate planning, and what you can do to make sure you and your loved ones are protected in the current climate. 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, we have a couple of returning guests, Tom Bakaly and Lauren Nakano from Beach Cities Health District. We’ll learn about the new ‘Safe in the South Bay Program’, a pledge that businesses can take to show they are following the proper protocol to safely reopen and slow the spread of COVID-19 for their employees and customer. Listen to the program live at 8 a.m. or at your leisure at

Stay well, be safe and take care. #SouthBayStrong