- South Bay by Jackie.com COVID-19 Website Announcement
March 15, 2020
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re temporarily switching gears to act as a clearing house for hyper-local news. We’re receiving COVID-19 updates and information from multiple, reliable sources. In order to distribute all of this information in a timely manner, we’re posting announcements to the Daily Blog page as we receive them.
Almost every South Bay event has been cancelled, postponed or reconfigured as a virtual event. We’re posting virtual and live stream events to the Special Events page. You can bet that when events begin to come back online (hopefully by the summer!) you’ll hear about it here first!
We’re all in this together and we’ll get through this together. #SouthBayStrong
- Free Virtual Exercise Classes with the Center for Health & Fitness
Beach Cities Health District’s Center for Health & Fitness is now offering FREE, on demand Virtual Exercise Classes for the foreseeable future via Zoom. For on demand classes, visit the You Tube page at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLBJD64KWm7XAh6p0eaBIUSEo5N_0qwJdv
They also offer Live Virtual Classes with unlimited access to all live classes for $22 a month. To register, visit https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/3720be6b63d74aa2bc9e38d3bda4340c.
To learn how to join a virtual group exercise class, visit https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362193-Joining-a-Meeting.
- Pierspective Community Art Exhibition
This featured, virtual exhibition pays homage to the iconic Manhattan Beach Pier through a variety of artwork by community artists, showcasing immersive works centered around the oldest concrete pier on the west coast.
Due to the high volume of submissions, the artwork is still being installed. In the meantime, please view all the submission in the photo album located at https://www.citymb.info/departments/parks-and-recreation/insta-contest#ad-image-4.
Image credit: Nell-Budde.
- PVAC Online Exhibition: Paul Jean Martel, Post Impressionist
The Palos Verdes Art Center is pleased to announce the new online exhibition, Paul John Martel (1879-1944) Post-Impressionist, featuring paintings by the noted Belgian-American artist beginning September 8.
Curated by Aaron Sheppard, the show presents selected works from the artist’s estate. The exhibition is open to the public on the PVAC website.
Paul Jean Martel is an artist who defies easy categorization. Equally rooted in the European traditions of the French and Belgian fin-de-siècle avant-garde and the academic realism of the early twentieth century Pennsylvania Impressionists, Martel’s paintings reveal a life-long passion for the paint medium. Martel’s oeuvre mirrors the dynamic evolution of European Modernism. With a nod to French Impressionism and Post-Impressionism, Belgian Neo-Impressionism, and the Nabis, Martel’s stylistic influences are diverse.
- Palos Verdes Art Center: Skin in the Game
To have “skin in the game” is to have a personal stake in a competitive endeavor, placing assets at risk, win or lose. For Black folk in this game we call America, the asset risked is the body itself ¬ its physical being and cultural identity.
Curated by Brent Holmes, Skin in the Game presents works by twelve artists working during this time of unrest that challenge mainstream assumptions of Black identity and artistic practice.
Their pieces range from experiments in Afrofuturism and Afropunk to street portraiture, abstraction, exercises in queer humor, and the appropriation of minstrelsy. Media includes video and animation, performance video, VR (virtual reality), painting, photography, and sculpture.
The artists featured are Crackhead Barney, Q’shaundra James, Cat Jones, Karla Lagunas, Antwane Lee, AJ McClenon, Mark Steven Greenfield, Carlos Ramirez, Se7en Captures, Lance L. Smith, and duo Jason Woodberry and Marcus Kiser.
- TAM Fall Exhibitions
Tam is pleased to announce two new exhibitions for fall: Baker’s Dozen 2020 in the Main Gallery and Rewilding Structures in Gallery Two.
Main Gallery – Baker’s Dozen 2020 acts as a review of sorts; a survey show of thirteen artists whose work made an impression upon the curators in the last year. These thirteen reflect current directions in Southern Californian contemporary art practices.
Historically, a Baker’s Dozen is thirteen instead of twelve, as British bakers in the 13th century gave customers an extra loaf of bread to avoid being punished by King Henry III for cheating the public when serving up notoriously light loaves. It takes on new meaning during 2020, considering all the necessary pandemic closures that robbed public of experiences. As with previous Baker’s Dozens, the selections within this exhibition reflect our own preconceptions and biases, centering on artistic endeavors at this moment in history. 2020 has proven to be a year of daunting challenges, and it is insightful to discover how new creations can either follow, oppose and/or move beyond the influences of our particular times.
- Destination: Art Fall 2020 Gallery Show
Destination: Art is sharing this beautiful exhibit of artwork with the community to enjoy during this time of Thanksgiving. The stunning array of beauty will lift spirits and provide a note of delight to your day.
Enjoy from the comfort of your home, or anywhere in the world, the current Gallery Show featuring work by sixteen of their artists.
For additional information and to view the gallery, visit the website at https://www.destination-art.net/.
Destination: Art is located at 1815 West 213 Street, #135, Torrance, CA 90501, right next to the Bubble Bath Car Wash.
- ESMoA Experience #47: FREESTATE
Taking ESMoA and LA’s South Bay City of El Segundo as ostensible “campaign headquarters,” FREESTATE will feature new artworks that artist Cole Sternberg conceives as fabricated historical ephemeras and objects, sovereign documents, and fictional propaganda. The gallery space will be split into three rooms, forcing the viewer to experience each as a separate moment along the path to the Free Republic.
FREESTATE prolifically details and addresses concepts of human rights, the environment, democracy and freedom through a multi-media and publicly activated artistic journey, one that recalls Joseph Beuys’ 7000 Oaks (which precipitated the founding of Germany’s Green Party in 1980).
- 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.
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.
- Gardena Cinema Drive-In *SCHEDULE CHANGES CONSTANTLY*
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.
- Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy Activities for January
January 1 – 31, 2021
One of the South Bay’s best kept secrets is the surprising amount of natural habitat to be found in the area and it is the mission of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy to “preserve land and restore habitat for the enjoyment and education of all.”
For additional information and registration, visit the website at https://pvplc.org/ or call (310) 541-7613.
Check out what’s on tap for January….
January 9 – Nature Club for Families
Virtual Event Presented by the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy 9:30 am – 10:30 am Join us for behind the scenes activities from our nature centers, animal encounters, and fun! Visit pvplc.org for event link.
- ESMoA Open Call for Artists & Writers
January 15 – February 12, 2021
The ESMoA LAB Residency is designed for emerging artists to partner with ESMoA in response to a theme or topic based on an Experience (ESMoA’s word for exhibition) taking place inside the main gallery.
Application to the ESMoA LAB Residency is free and open to artists and writers who live in, work in, and/or have a distinct commitment to Los Angeles County.
They are offering an unrestricted stipend of $2,500 to artists and writers to create original artwork, performance, or composition in response to Experience 47: FREESTATE.
- PVPLC Online Auction
January 15 – 30, 2021
The Auction is made possible by the members of the White Point Community Group to raise awareness and support for the restoration and beautification activities of the White Point Nature Preserve.
Items include local staycations, getaway vacations, adventures and classes, beautiful Plein-air paintings, jewelry, landscape consultation opportunities, and many more items. You’ll enjoy finding something unique while providing critical support for restoration and education activities at the White Point Nature Preserve. The auction will also be available during Sunday’s presentation of the Wild & Scenic Film Festival on January 17, at 4 pm.
To make a bid in the Online Auction, visit https://www.biddingowl.com/Auction/home.cfm?auctionID=11966&CFID=22511627&CFTOKEN=d5f08cff367596a8-DCB48E17-E7F7-3ECE-F39CF38AD1665F0C.
- Ten Days of Takeout
January 17 – 27, 2021
Since Dine LA was cancelled this year, some of our local restaurant owners decided to create their own dining week. Each restaurant is offering three courses for two people for $50!
Participating restaurants include:
-Pacific Standard Prime https://www.pspsteak.com/
-Bettolino Kitchen https://www.gaetanosonline.com/
-Gabi James https://www.gabijamesla.com/
-Dominique’s Kitchen http://dominiqueskitchen.com/
-Primo Italia https://www.eatprimo.com/
- Re:Her Festival
January 21 – 30, 2021
Women-owned restaurants all over Los Angeles will come together to offer unique collaborations with other female chefs, thematic menus, one-on-one conversations among female industry leaders, and much more.
The food festival will launch on the anniversary of the groundbreaking Women’s March of 2017.
Over 100 participating restaurants and collaborators are cooking up their events and specials for the 10-day festival right now!
- Virtual Let’s Connect Mixer
January 26, 2021
Special Guest Speaker Debbie McCormick will talk about the five things you must get right on your LinkedIn profile to attract and impress the people you want to do business with. Plan to take notes, because you’ll be able to go to your profile and make changes that will immediately make it stronger and come up higher in search results.
Debbie McCormick, once the writer for a U.S. Congressional campaign, is a LinkedIn marketing expert and an award-winning speaker. Her best-selling book, The LinkedIn Manual for Rookies, is the resource she wishes had been available when she was learning LinkedIn.
- Meditation with Doug Frankel
January 26, 2021
Start the New Year with a new healthy habit!
Back by popular demand, this is a virtual program with long time meditator Doug Frankel. Doug will help you learn a very simple meditation technique, and will talk about the many benefits of meditation.
This event is FREE to attend. Registration is required.
For additional information and registration, visit https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEocO6hqDkjHtAkSkB4dscrmjv-NCIDB46q
- Virtual Town Hall with Assembly Member Al Muratsuchi
January 26, 2021
Join Assembly Member Muratsuchi for a coronavirus vaccine discussion. The event will feature Dr. Simon Paul, Chief Science Officer, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Dr. Griselda Gutierrez, Associate Medical Director for Outpatient Services, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, and Dr. Mona Shah, Kaiser Permanente South Bay’s COVID-19 Vaccine Strategy Physician Lead. They will be discussing how to get the vaccine, the rollout of the vaccine, and medical questions regarding the vaccine.
The Town Hall will be hosted on Facebook. You do not need a Facebook account to view the Town Hall.
- Lomita Chamber Networking Hour
January 27, 2020
Everyone is invited to join this interactive networking event to kick-off 2021!
They’ll do a quick round of intros and then breakout for some fun in smaller groups. Don’t worry, there will be convo starters to kick-off connections. (Bring a gift to donate to the drawing to create a 1:1 connection outside the event.)
Introverts, extroverts and ambiverts welcome!
Registration is required. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the event.
For additional information and registration, visit the website at https://www.lomitachamber.org/lomita-chamber-kickoff2021-networking-hour-january2021/.
- Friendship Bowl 2021
January 28 – March 20, 2021
The Friendship Bowl is a peer to peer fundraising campaign for friendships. Walk With Sally has set a high goal of fundraising for 25 Friendships – that’s $125,000!
This campaign launches on January 28th and culminates in a high-energy virtual day of bowling on March 20th. If you raise a minimum of $250, you will be entered into an EPIC online bowling tournament and have a chance to win 120,000 reward points (8 night stay) to a Wyndham Hotel & Resort. Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity and sign up today.
Your help is needed to build awareness for this program and to help raise the necessary funds so Walk With Sally can help more kids dealing with the trauma of a loved one’s cancer journey.
This year’s goal is #BowlFor25! Each new Walk With Sally friendship costs $5,000 to support. These funds will provide…
- Free Drive-Thru Food Giveaway
January 29, 2021
The line will begin forming at 8:30 a.m. and will be strictly enforced. This will be a drive-thru distribution only, no walk-ups. No eligibility required.
Please wear a face mask.
For additional information, visit https://covid19.lacounty.gov/events/free-drive-thru-food-giveaway-parking-lot-north-of-torrance-city-hall-east/.
The drive-thru will be located in the parking lot north of Torrance City Hall East at 825 Maple Avenue, Torrance, CA 90503.
- BCHD Strategic Planning Half Day
January 29, 2021
The community is invited to join Beach Cities Health District’s (BCHD) Board of Directors, Strategic Planning Committee and staff for the Strategic Planning Half Day on Friday, January 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The Half Day brings together BCHD’s committees, staff, board, volunteers and members of the public to improve decision making, enhance organizational responsiveness, improve performance and strengthen the organization.
Please RSVP by Monday, January 25 to help them organize and plan for breakout groups during the session.
Meeting agenda will be posted at https://www.bchd.org/board-directors-meetings.
Meeting login info:
Join Zoom Meeting
- BCHD Events for February
February 1 – 28, 2021
All events are currently taking place virtually, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
For additional information, visit the website at http://www.bchd.org/.
Take a look at what’s scheduled for February…
- Unity in the Community
February 4, 2021
You can’t spell COMMUNITY without UNITY. Join this safe and thought-provoking conversation with global and local leaders who are paving the path for diversity, equity, and inclusions (DEI).
The guest speakers will be sharing their experiences and knowledge on how they have created change in their community.
This event was designed to continue important DEI conversations, highlight changes made thus far, and to be a catalyst for unity in the community.
- Virtual Safe in the South Bay Series: Vaccine 101
February 4, 2021
Join an esteemed panel of experts who will provide the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 vaccines and the ways residents, organizations, businesses, schools and the Beach Cities community can support COVID-19 recovery.
The Beach Cities is fortunate to have a guiding coalition of health providers, public agencies and Chambers co-hosting this important conversation to provide the most useful guidance to help our communities turn the corner with this pandemic as quickly as possible.
- PVP Rotary Club Educator of the Year Award
February 4, 2021
Building on a forty-year tradition, the Palos Verdes Peninsula Rotary Club will honor nine outstanding local teachers at their signature Educator of the Year event on Thursday, February 4 from 6 to 10 p.m. Rather than the traditional gala dinner, this year’s ceremony will be presented virtually.
“Of all years, we felt that this is a critical year to highlight teaching,” commented Palos Verdes Peninsula Rotary Club President Eileen Hupp. “We applaud all educators who are working tirelessly online, in hybrid format, and in-person. Since it was not possible to gather for our usual gala, we had to be creative and do it virtually.” This year’s presentation will be hosted by Rotary Club members and event Co-Chairs Joan Behrens and Dr. James Hartman.
- The Great South Bay Valentine’s Day Giveaway
February 8, 2021
Each participating business will be posting about the giveaway on February 8 and to enter you need to like all the participating businesses Instagram pages and tag two friends that live in the South Bay. You can enter the giveaway on any of the participating businesses pages.
There will be three winners: first place will get their first pick of 6 gift cards, second place will get to pick the next 4 and third place will get the remaining two.
The giveaway will go live on February 8 and the winner will be announced February 12.
-AR Workshop Torrance https://www.instagram.com/arworkshoptorranceca/?hl=en
-Berries by Bella https://www.instagram.com/berriesbybella_/?hl=en
- Blue Zones Virtual Social Hour
February 9, 2021
Enjoy good company and practice some of Blue Zones Project’s Power 9 Principles of Longevity, including Down Shift and Right Tribe. The special guest will be Blue Zones Project Approved Restaurant, The Rockefeller. Relax, bring your healthy bites and connect with your community!
The monthly Social Hour takes place the second Tuesday of each month.
This event is FREE to attend! Once registered, you’ll receive the event link.
For additional information and registration, visit the BCHD website at http://bchd.org/socialhour.
If you have questions leading up to this event, contact email@example.com.
- Virtual State of the State
February 11, 2021
The event features State Senators Ben Allen (26th District) and Steven Bradford (35th District) with Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi (66th District).
This annual event is where all three of the South Bay’s State Legislators address the Torrance business community regarding California’s business climate and what the future may hold for California businesses.
This event is FREE but registration is required.
To register, visit the website at https://www.torrancechamber.com/event/state2021/
After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
- Blood Drive
February 12, 2021
In order to ensure measures for appropriate social distancing, you are strongly encouraged to make an appointment in the following ways:
– Online at http://www.UCEDonor.com, click Blood Drives and enter City of Torrance in the Account Code Box.
Eligible donors will receive a promotional prize!
The UCLA Bloodmobile will be located in the Ken Miller Recreation Center at 3341 Torrance Boulevard, Torrance, CA.
- State of the Region
February 19, 2021
Hear from the Congressional representatives in this annual address. The event features Congresswoman Maxine Waters and Congressman Ted Lieu. Chamber members will hear relevant information pertaining to business at the federal level.
This event is FREE to attend but registration is required. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
For additional information and registration, visit the website at https://www.torrancechamber.com/event/stateofregion2021/.
- Torrance Antique Street Faire
February 28, 2021
Join the hunt for vintage treasure when 150 sellers transform the streets of downtown Torrance into an eclectic open-air antique flea market! The Antique Appraisal Booth offers appraisals for only $3 per item. Many local, award-winning restaurants are still open for take-out.
Rain or shine, free admission and pet friendly! Masks and social distancing required.
For additional information, call (310) 328-6107 or visit the website at http://www.torranceantiquefaire.com/.
2021 Dates: January 24 • February 28 • March 28 • April 25 • May 23 • June 27 • July 25 • August 22 • September 26 • October 24 • November 28 • December 26 •
The Torrance Antique Street Faire is located at 1317 Sartori Avenue in downtown Torrance.