Special Events

MBAC Exhibition: Mare Vitalis

January 17 – March 22, 2020

The Manhattan Beach Art Center (MBAC) presents the Opening Reception: Mare Vitalis on Friday, January 17 from 6 to 9 p.m.

The importance of the sea in maritime communities is evident in the work of three painters: Alex Weinstein, Wendy Stillman, and Marlene Yamada. Their work spans from abstract to representational, and the idea of ocean is represented through specific cultural references, philosophical theories about nature and beauty, and the physicality and motion of water.

This event is FREE to attend and all are welcome!

For additional information, visit the website at http://www.citymb.info/departments/parks-and-recreation/cultural-arts/exhibitions.

Manhattan Beach Arts Center is located at 1560 Manhattan Beach Boulevard, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.

TAM Fall Exhibitions

January 18 – march 14, 2020

The Torrance Art Museum (TAM) presents two new exhibitions, Death Cult in Gallery One and Alptraum in Gallery Two opening Saturday, January 18 and running through March 14.

Death Cult examines the human fascination with skulls and mortality throughout the history of art and its intersection with motorcycle sub-cultures. The obsession with death has always been a fundamental pivot for much of art throughout history and across geographical boundaries. As Western contemporary culture moved into a period of youth sub-cultures in the mid-1950s, the skull took on various signifiers for myriad groups and has continued to maintain that tradition with greasers, punks, contemporary skaters, and others making use of the skull as a motif. This exhibition focuses on the ubiquitous human skull and sub-cultural expression of ‘the American Dream’, with a particular focus on the motorcycle world lifestyle, as its participants have one of the largest mortality rates among these sub-cultures. Death Cult explores the link between the sub-cultural yearnings for freedom expressed through the motorcycle, its movies, its tropes, and the vanitas nature of skull related art works – a reminder of our own mortality, memento mori. Curated by Max Presneill with Sue-Na Gay.

BCHD Events & Activities for February

February 1 – 29, 2019

Beach Cities Health District offers the community a variety of monthly activities and special events.

For additional information, visit the website at http://www.bchd.org/.

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Redondo Beach Library Activities for February

February 1 – 29, 2020

The Redondo Beach Library offers a variety of activities for all ages including music, writing, dance, language, reading, crafts and more!

A few require registration but all of them are FREE!

Redondo Beach Main Library is located at 303 North Pacific Coast Highway, Redondo Beach, CA 90277. Telephone: 310 318-0675

Redondo Beach North Branch Library is located at 2000 Artesia Boulevard, Redondo Beach, CA 90278. Telephone: 310 318-0677

For more information on Library programs and services, please call (310) 318-0675, option 5 for Adult or Teen Programs, or (310) 318-0675, option 6 for Children’s Programs.

For updated information, visit the website at http://www.redondo.org/library.

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Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy Activities for February

February 1 – 29, 2020

The Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy offers a calendar full of special activities and monthly events.

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.

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Opening Reception: Habitat California – Flora & Fauna

February 8 – April 18, 2020

The Palos Verdes Art Center presents the Opening Reception of Habitat California: Flora & Fauna on Saturday, February 8 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Habitat California: Flora & Fauna is an invitational and juried exhibition featuring the plants and wildlife of California in the shifting ecosystems they inhabit. The exhibition presents over 80 works of art in wide-ranging styles and media, including plein air landscape paintings, botanical drawings, and sculpture as well as video and internet art. Topics include:

* Continuing the California Landscape and California Impressionist traditions
* The intersections of urban, suburban, and wildlife habitats
* The effects of climate change on wildlife and botanical habitat and species
* Explorations in new media featuring California flora and fauna and their ecosystems

Contemporary works will be accompanied by historic botanicals and paintings by noted California artists. The Juror is Tulsa Kinney, editor and co-founder of Artillery, a contemporary art magazine based in Los Angeles established in 2006.

Life Planning Classes: A Five Part Series Empowering Older Adults & Their Families

February 13 – March 5, 2020

Life-PlanningThe Redondo Beach Main Branch Library is offering Life Planning Classes: A Five-Part Series Empowering Older Adults & Their Families during February and march.

A free five-part series in partnership with H.E.L.P. focusing on elder care is offered at the Redondo Beach Main Library. Classes are free and open to everyone. No reservations are required. All classes are on Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. to Noon. The topics and dates are as follows:

February 13 – Wills, Trusts & Probate
February 20 – Elder Care and Residential Choices
February 27 – Financial Planning for Long-Term Care
March 5 – Safe Senior Living: Medication Awareness

ESMoA Experience #45: STARDUST

February 13 – May 16, 2020

El Segundo Museum of Art presents Experience #45: STARDUST, opening on Thursday, February 13 at 1 p.m. and running through Saturday, May 16, 2020.

The new Experience 45: STARDUST will explore the different pathways of thinking. Art is a state of mind. Artworks are able to prime and inspire your brain activity. They can wake you up, where intuition has put you to sleep. Through STARDUST the visitor will experience the underlying laws of creative thinking. STARDUST is a backstage pass to the world of artistic stimulation and a showcase of the power of an artist collective.

The ESMoA Experience Award recipient for STARDUST is Rachel Reid, a Los Angeles based artist, transforming stardust into a sequence of ceramic variations.

As always, admission is FREE!

Seniors Art Group

February 15 – March 21, 2020

The Manhattan Beach Community Counsel and the Beach Cities Health District are again offering the Seniors Art Group every Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. from February 15 through March 21 at the Manhattan Beach Community Church Assembly Hall Building.

This group is designed to offer seniors in the South Bay community a place to come together to create, reflect and have fun. The group will be facilitated by art therapists and will include various projects using a variety of art materials.

The cost is $10 per session and includes all materials for each class. Participants can sign up for each class individually or all six weeks.

For additional information, contact Isabelle Williams at 424-291-2148 or via email at isabellaelenawilliams@gmail.com.

The Manhattan Beach Community Church Assembly Hall Building is located at 303 South Peck Avenue, Manhattan Beach, CA (second floor).

Ragin Cajun Mardi Gras Parking Lot Concert

February 22 & 23, 2020

Ragin Cajun Café will celebrate Mardi Gras with a Parking Lot Concert on Saturday, February 22 and Sunday, February 23 from noon to 6 p.m.

Laissez les bons temps rouler (let the good times roll!)! Wear purple, gold and green and be ready to dance! The schedule is as follows:

Saturday February 22
-Alligator Beach 12:30pm-2:00pm
-Lynette SheByrd 2:30pm-4:00pm
-Born On The Bayou 4:30pm-6:00pm

Torrance Antique Street Faire

February 23, 2020

Processed with MoldivThe monthly Torrance Antique Street Faire takes place on Sunday, February 23 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!

2020 DATES: 1/26/20 2/23/20 3/22/20 4/26/20 5/24/20 6/28/20 7/26/20 8/23/20 9/27/20 10/25/20 11/22/20 12/27/20

For additional information, call (310) 328-6107 or visit the website at http://www.torranceantiquefaire.com/.

The Torrance Antique Street Faire is located at 1317 Sartori Avenue in downtown Torrance.

A Faery Hunt: The Amazing Quest

February 23, 2020

Buy tickets now for A Faery Hunt: The Amazing Quest at the Sunset Theater Company on Sunday, February 23 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Auntie Angelica takes the audience on a gentle adventure to help the faery royalty! With the help of the audience and the faeries, we go on a musical quest filled with fun, laughs and surprises.

A Faery Hunt shows are interactive performances for young audiences that inspire creativity and fun! Many children come in costume. Wings, wands, wizard hats and CD’s of Faery hits are available at the show. Perfect for ages 2 through 10 and great fun for the whole family! Groups and birthday parties are welcome.

Tickets are $15. No tickets will be mailed to you. Your name will be on the will-call list at the check-in table for entrance to the performance. Reservations are suggested and can be made by calling 818-324-6802 or via email at reservations@afaeryhunt.com.

For additional information, visit the website at https://afaeryhunt.com/#.

South Bay Music Express

February 23, 2020

Saint Rocke presents the South Bay Music Express on Sunday, February 23 at 5 p.m.

San Pedro band The Wingtips, along with Redondo Beach favorites Nasty Bad Habit, have joined local multi-genre cover band Carla D & Sonador to create the South Bay Music Express.

Tickets are $10.

For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the website at https://www.saintrocke.com/.

Saint Rocke is located at 142 Pacific Coast Highway, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254.

Beach Cities Free Fitness Week

February 24 – March 1, 2020

Beach Cities Health District presents the annual Free Fitness Week starting Monday, February 24 and running through Sunday, March 1.

QUESTION: What’s better than breaking a healthy sweat at a top fitness studio?
ANSWER: Doing it for free!

Free Fitness Week is a partnership between BCHD and local studios and gyms to provide opportunities for residents to get healthy, and have fun being physically active! The Free Fitness program was designed by BCHD to introduce people of all income and ability levels to a wide variety of fitness offerings, including yoga, Pilates, cycling, strength training, boot camp and more. Over 20 fitness studios in Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach have joined the community initiative.

Follow the Money: A Discussion with John Chiang

February 24, 2020

The League of Women Voters of the Beach Cities presents A Discussion with John Chiang, Follow the Money – California’s Budget: Education vs. Everything Else on Monday, February 24 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Mira Costa High School Small Theater.

Join the discussion with John Chiang, Former California State Controller and Former California State Treasurer, as he dives into how California prioritizes education through state funding. John will compare CA budget patterns with those in other states. Q&A session following the presentation.

This event is FREE to attend. Doors open at 6 p.m.

For further information, contact LWV at (310) 613-7432 or via email at beachcitieslwv@gmail.com .

Mira Costa High School Small Theater is located at 1401 Artesia Boulevard, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.

Let’s Connect Mixer

February 25, 2020

The South Bay Business Women’s Association hosts the monthly Let’s Connect Mixer at Tabula Rasa on Tuesday, February 25 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. Don’t forget to bring plenty of business cards and any flyers you might have to promote your business. Light appetizers will be provided. It’s always a fun and casual evening!

Tickets are $5 for members and $15 for non-members.

For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the website at http://sbbwa.com/.

Tabula Rasa Essentials is located at 919 Manhattan Avenue, Suite A, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.

Manhattan Beach State of the City

February 26, 2020

The Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce presents the annual State of the City Address on Wednesday, February 26 from 8:30 to 10;30 a.m. at the Joslyn Center.

The Mayor and other city leaders will speak on how the city is managing its resources, what was accomplished last year and how the City is preparing for 2020. This annual event is a great opportunity to get informed and make new business connections.

General admission is FREE. Preferred seating is $55 and includes coffee, pastries and swag bag.

For additional information and registration, visit the website at http://business.manhattanbeachchamber.com/events/details/state-of-the-city-2020-9388.

The Joslyn Center is located at 1601 North Valley Drive, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.

Restaurants for Roses Fundraiser

February 26, 2020

The Torrance Rose Float Association invites the community to the next Restaurant for Roses event on Wednesday, February 26 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. at Chili’s.

We all saw the fabulous Torrance Float in this year’s Parade of Roses. Well, they raise funds all year long to make the float happen every year. Here’s your chance to contribute!

Chili’s will donate 15% of all sales revenue generated by this event back to the cause.

Print out the flyer and bring it with you or (SAVE A TREE) and pull it up on your smart phone.

Chili’s is located at 21835 Hawthorne Boulevard, Torrance, CA 90503.

Torrance Coffee with a Cop

February 27, 2020

The Torrance Police Department will host Coffee with a Cop on Thursday, February 27 from 8 to 10 a.m. at Clutch and Coffee.

All community members are invited to attend, meet with Torrance Police officers, discuss community issues and drink coffee. Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the Torrance Police Department.

Join your local police officers for coffee and conversation – no agenda or speeches; just a chance to ask questions, voice concerns and get to know the officers in your neighborhood.

For additional information, visit the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/549971238938739/.

Clutch and Coffee is located at 1321 El Prado Avenue, Torrance, CA 90501.

Lomita Coffee with a Cop

February 27, 2020

The community is invited to join Deputies from the Lomita Sheriff Station for Coffee with a Cop on Thursday, February 27 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Corridor Flow.

The mission of Coffee with a Cop is to improve trust and build relationships – one cup of coffee at a time. The event is intended to break down the barriers between law enforcement and the citizens they serve by facilitating communication in an approachable and free-form setting. Community members will have the ability to discuss concerns that are important to them while learning about law enforcement’s efforts to keep our community safe. Strong relationships of mutual trust and cooperation between police agencies and the community are critical to maintaining public safety and effective policing.

For additional information, contact the Lomita Sheriff Station at 310-539-1661.

Corridor Flow is located at 24616 Narbonne Avenue, Lomita, CA.

MBSAFE: How to Talk to Kids about Homelessness

February 27, 2020

MBSAFE will host a discussion on How to Talk about Homelessness with Our Children and Grandchildren on Thursday, February 27 from 10 a.m. to Noon at a private residence.

The event features guest speaker Dr. Jeannie Hahn, PHD, LMFT on how to effectively explain homelessness to our children and/or grandchildren and which kind of action we can inspire.

Mitsuwa Marketplace @ Del Amo Fashion Center Grand Opening

February 28, 2020

The community is invited to attend the Mitsuwa Marketplace Grand Opening at Del Amo Fashion Center on Friday, February 28 starting at 9:30 a.m.

An authentic Japanese ceremony will begin at 9:30 am with doors opening to the public at 10 am. The grand opening ceremony will feature a lively performance from Japanese Taiko drummers with a ribbon cutting ceremony featuring dignitaries from the City of Torrance following the performance.

In addition to the celebration, Mitsuwa Marketplace is offering a number of grand opening specials. The first 100 customers in line will receive a $10 gift certificate for their party and all Mitsuwa Marketplace shoppers will enjoy special grand opening savings on popular items like Pocky, Ito En and Calpico beverages and Koshihikari rice.

Afternoon in the Park – A Celebration of Black History Month

February 29, 2020

The City of Gardena presents Afternoon in the Park – A Celebration of Black History Month on Saturday, February 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Rowley park.

The event features entertainment, retail booths, resource booths and food trucks. Stop by College Row for information on financial aid, application assistance and meet with college representatives. A Cheer Showcase is open to all divisions and awards will be presented.

This event is FREE to attend!

For additional information, visit the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/492963968085398/.

Rowley Park is located at 132nd Street & Van Ness, Gardena, CA 90249.

Leap into Wellness Fair

February 29, 2020

The Remedy Pharm presents the inaugural Leap into Wellness Fair on Saturday, February 29 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Healthy is the new happy and the Remedy Pharm will be offering discounts, specials, snack and lectures. Attendees will get 50% off all ‘leap’ cleanse protocols, CBD samples, free 15 minute nutritional consultations, muscle testing, medication consults and more.

This event is FREE to attend! Appointments are required for artery screening, nutrition and pharmacy consults. To make an appointment, call 310-375-0655 x2.

The Remedy Pharm is located at 23811 Hawthorne Boulevard, Torrance, CA 90505.

BeachLife Backyard Games

February 29, 2020

Tito’s Vodka will sponsor the Beachlife Backyard Games every month at a different location in the South Bay leading up to the BeachLife Festival in May 2020.

The BeachLife crew wants to stay busy in the off season, while giving back to the community. They’ve partnered with Tito’s Handmade Vodka to throw some BeachLife Backyard Games for charity.

It’s always FREE to enter, super FUN, and they’ll donate $1,000 to local non-profits every time.

In addition to the games, the events will feature live music and after parties!

Beach Cities Symphony: Summer in February Gala

February 29, 2020

BCSO presents the Summer in February Gala on Saturday, February 29 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Alta Vista community Center.

BCSO celebrates their 70th season with dinner, adult beverages, dancing, raffle and silent auction!

BCSO will celebrate honorees, Bob Peterson – the last remaining charter member from the very first season and BCSO french horn player – and four guest conductors for this year: Geoffrey Pope, Paul Piazza, Dean Anderson & Michael Stanley.

Closing Night – The Last Supper @ Chez Melange

February 29, 2020

Michael Franks and Robert Bell present Closing Night – The Last Supper on Saturday, February 29 at 5:30 p.m. at Chez Melange.

Chez Melange opened in November 1982 and now after 37 years will be closing their doors. The night will be filled with exciting food stations, Stryker and Drews open bar, live music and a live auction.

Tickets are $200 per person. To make a reservation, call (310) 540-1222.

For additional information, visit the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1631685100319165/.

Chez Melange is located at 1611 S Catalina Avenue, Redondo Beach, CA 90277.

Affair of the Heart Gala: Speakeasy Soiree *SOLD OUT*

February 29, 2020

The Richstone Family Center presents the annual Affair of the Heart Gala: Speakeasy Soiree on Saturday, February 29 at 6:30 p.m. at Porsche South Bay.

The evening begins with a cocktail reception during which guests can bid on an array of unique silent auction items and enjoy a selection of wine tastings presented by Bristol Farms. The night continues with a gourmet dinner and live auction featuring once-in-a-lifetime experiences!

Celebrate the exceptional people who have shown tremendous commitment to their mission to treat and prevent child abuse, and are dedicated to improving the lives of children and families in need.

Tickets are $350 per person.

For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the website at https://www.richstonefamily.org/.

Porsche South Bay is located at 14610 Hindry Avenue, Hawthorne, CA 90250.

Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy Activities for March

March 1 – 31, 2020

The Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy offers a calendar full of special events and monthly activities.

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.

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Special Events

South Bay Summer Fun & Camp Fair

March 1, 2020

MomsLA and SoCalMoms present the South Bay Summer Fun & Camp Fair on Sunday, March 1 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bay Club in El Segundo.

Summer means fun, activities, family adventures, travel and camps! L.A. is home to numerous summer programs and diverse opportunities, which means that you have a lot of options. Two of the leading sources moms trust most in So Cal, SoCalMoms.com and MomsLA, have curated the best of LA’s best summer camps, activities, and opportunities for fun this summer.

The Summer Fun Camp Fair is the culmination of this joint effort, offering parents the opportunity to meet the people who will work hard to make sure your child has the most amazing experience this summer and introduces you to many outstanding adventures to kick off your summer of fun!

Designs for Dining Fundraiser

March 6, 2020

St. Francis Episcopal Church presents the annual Designs for Dining fundraiser on Friday, March 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Benefitting the St. Francis Outreach Scholarship Fund, this annual event features creative trends in entertaining and themed-table designs. Other highlights include guest speakers, boutiques, demonstrations, and silent auction. A light lunch and refreshments are included in the ticket price and will be served throughout the day.

Chef Robert Bell of Chez Melange and Mama Terano will give a talk, “37 Years: The Life of Chez Melange.”

Tickets for the event are $45 in advance and $50 at the door.

For additional information, call (310) 375-4617 or visit the website at http://www.stfrancispalosverdes.org.

St. Francis Church is located at 2200 Via Rosa, at the northwest entrance to Palos Verdes Estates, off Palos Verdes Boulevard.

First Friday

March 6, 2020

First-Fridays-in-Riviera-VillageRiviera Village presents First Friday on Friday, March 6 from 5 to 8 p.m.

This free, monthly event is the place to be every first Friday! Head to the Village and enjoy live music, food samplings, gallery viewing, promotional offers and more while you dine and shop. Riviera Village merchants and art galleries stay open until 8 p.m. The energy will be fueled by live music at various locations from 6 to 8 p.m.

If you plan on having dinner at one of the many fine dining establishments, reservations are highly recommended.

The Village has plenty of metered parking on every street, along with a large metered parking lot in the triangle bordered by South Elena Avenue, Via El Prado and Avenida del Norte, and additional parking off South Catalina Avenue and Vista Del Mar. The parking fees are $1.50 per hour from 9am to 9pm and many meters conveniently accept credit cards for payment.

For additional information, visit the website at http://rivieravillage.net/.

Peninsula Cars & Coffee

March 7, 2020

The Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance presents Peninsula Cars & Coffee every first Saturday (March 7) of each month from 7 to 9 a.m. at the Promenade on the Peninsula parking structure top deck.

Attention car hobbyists and enthusiasts! Bring you hot rod, custom, muscle car, sports car, antique, classic or exotic or other special interest car or truck…. or just yourself! It’s the perfect opportunity to meet other South Bay gear heads!

This event is FREE to attend for both the public and those displaying a vehicle.

For additional information, visit the website at https://www.pvconcours.org/peninsula-cars-and-coffee.

Promenade on the Peninsula is located at 550 Deep Valley Drive, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274. Entrance to the top deck of the parking structure is located on Indian Peak Road.

First Saturday Sweep

March 7, 2020

Keep the Esplanade Beautiful presents the monthly Esplanade Sweep on March 7 from 9 to 10 a.m.

The Esplanade, located on the west side of the street from Knob Hill to Miramar Park, is the crown jewel of Redondo Beach! Each of us that walks, runs, rides, or just sits along the Esplanade enjoying the view have a vested interest and responsibility to help maintain it. While we enjoy the Esplanade in different ways, perhaps with our friends and families, our dogs and bike riding clubs, some debris and wear and tear is inevitable, but it’s not just the city’s responsibility to clean up after us – we are all responsible for our environment.

Neptunian’s Fashion Show & Luncheon

March 7, 2020

The Neptunian’s Woman’s Club presents the Annual Fashion Show & Luncheon on Saturday, March 7 from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Clubhouse.

The Neptunian Woman’s Club Fashion Show is the largest annual fundraiser for the Neptunian Woman’s Club Scholarship Fund and packed with surprises. There is a New York runway style fashion show featuring an esteemed designer and South Bay boutiques. The lunch is prepared by a local Executive Chef and guests enjoy music as they shop the boutique area and bid on silent auction items. The day wraps up with drawing the raffle and an exciting live auction.

Tickets are $135 and includes lunch.

For additional information, ticket and raffle purchase, visit the Eventbrite page at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nwc-2020-annual-fashion-show-luncheon-tickets-87733389931.

The Neptunian Woman’s Club is located at 920 Highland Avenue, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.

Ride Out Lyme

March 7, 2020

Soulcycle will host a Ride Out Lyme event on Saturday, March 7 at 1:30 p.m.

The community in invited to take part in an empowering, inspiring, and addictive ride benefiting Lyme research and grants for patients in need of financial assistance. This special event will be led by Master Instructor, Alba Verela, with live music by celebrity DJ and Lyme Warrior, Didier Cohen. There will be raffles, prices, giveaways, and more!

The event features the Dean Center and Ride Out Lyme co-founder Brandi Dean; DJ, producer and Lyme advocate Didier Cohen; model, television personality and Lyme advocate, Crystal Hefner; Sony singer, songwriter and activist, Dana Parish; actress, producer and activist Tracy Mulholland; health coach, cookbook author and activist, Erika Schlick, and more!

Sign up to ride or sponsor a friend for this powerful afternoon!

For additional information and registration, visit the website at https://rideoutlyme.salsalabs.org/manhattanbeach2020/index.html.

Soulcycle is located in The Point at 850 CA-1, El Segundo, CA 90245.

Festival of the Kite

March 8, 2020

Should you notice the sky above the coastline bursting with colorful, odd shaped objects exhibiting remarkable maneuvering ability, do not be alarmed. This is no alien invasion. No, it’s only the most ancient example of man yearning to fly. The annual Festival of the Kite takes place on Sunday, March 8, from noon to 5 p.m. at the Redondo Beach Pier.

The Redondo Beach Pier hosts one of the longest-running kite festivals in the country. This all-ages, free event is open to the public and prizes are awarded for the best handmade kite, highest-flying kite and the youngest and youngest-at-heart kite flyers. Each year, the festival is scheduled on the second Sunday in March to coincide with daylight savings. The kite festival features live music, a local dance studio performance, hot dog on a stick eating contest sponsored by Craig’s Hot Dog on a Stick and giveaways courtesy of Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital. The festival will culminate with a mass group kite ascension flight on the beach adjacent to Redondo Landing, immediately south of the Redondo Beach Pier.

For additional information, visit the website at http://www.redondopier.com/events/ or call 310-372-0308.

The Redondo Pier is located at 100 Fisherman’s Wharf, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

El Segundo State of the City

March 11, 2020

The El Segundo Chamber of Commerce presents the annual State of the City on Wednesday, March 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at 777 Aviation.

El Segundo Mayor Drew Boyles will share the innovative and entrepreneurial excitement in El Segundo. Big ideas are truly taking off in the community every day! You don’t want to miss this event!

Tickets are $60 and reservations are required.

For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the website at http://www.elsegundochamber.com/.

The event will take place at 777 Aviation Boulevard, El Segundo, CA.

Women in Tech Networking Happy Hour

March 12, 2020

The Women in Tech Networking Happy Hour will take place on Thursday, March 12 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Shade Hotel.

This mixer brings together some of the most influential and inspiring women entrepreneurs, investors, and tech executives in Los Angeles. Enjoy networking in a fun, relaxed atmosphere; mingle with highly successful men and women in the entrepreneur, startup, and tech space; connect to fellow techies that can help you advance your career or business; meet developers to recruit for projects; and maybe find your next client, employee, business partner or co-founder.

Meet special guest Alice Cheng from Upfront Ventures, L.A. County’s biggest venture capital firm. If you are looking for funding for your project, talk directly with Alice and learn what projects Upfront funds.

TEDx Redondo Beach: Eat to Live/Live to Eat

March 13, 2020

Friends of Redondo Beach Arts and TEDx Redondo Beach present Eat to Live/Live to Eat on Friday, March 13 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center.

The event explores the profound effect food plays in our daily lives. Curated by Nina Zak Laddon and moderated by Bernard Fallon.

Door Prizes inspired by the TEDTalks.

This Salon program will feature pre-recorded TEDTalks and facilitated discussion. Seating is limited to the first 100 people to register.

6:30 – 7:00 Social Networking, Wine & Appetizers by Cookin’ Thyme
7:00 – 7:20 Cooking Demo by Chef Jen, Food Network Cutthroat Kitchen Champion & Chopped Finalist

Social Irrigation

March 13, 2020

The South Coast Botanic Garden presents Social Irrigation on Friday, March 13 from 6 to 9 p.m.

End your week in the most fun and relaxing way possible! Check out the Garden’s newest program, Social Irrigation. Bring your friends and family and let them take care of the rest. Beer, cider and wine will be available for sale onsite. Pre-purchase picnic box meals so it’s ready when you arrive, courtesy of Torrance Bakery. Of course, you are welcome to bring your own picnic as well.

This month’s event features The Blue Breeze Band, an award-winning dance party band that specializes in Motown, R&B, Soul, Funk, Jazz and Blues. This is the perfect family night out with yard games and plenty of space for the kids to dance and have some fun. So grab your blankets, chairs, and dancing shoes!

Tickets are $9/$12/$16.

HRSC Wine & Food Potluck

March 13, 2020

The Hollywood Riviera Sportsman’s Club presents the annual Wine & Food Potluck on Friday, March 13 at 7 pm at the Clubhouse.

The community is invited to a fun evening featuring exclusive wines. There will be wine and food stations, and guests can mix and mingle through the hall and sample them all. It’s a potluck, so please bring a dish to serve 10 to 12 people if you’re an individual, couples should aim to serve 20.

To make sure there is a diverse array of food offerings, please consult the list on the What to Bring tab and add your dish in the comments when you RSVP. As always, proceeds will benefit local HRSC charitable efforts.

Admission is $25 per person, plus a potluck dish to share.

Seaside Heroes Park Community Beautification Event

March 14, 2020

Join volunteers at Seaside Heroes Park for the monthly Community Beautification Event every second Saturday on the month (March 14) 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 January 2019, volunteers have put over 1300 work hours into the project. This is a labor of love and the organizers are immensely grateful to anyone who gives their time.


Meet at 22812 Kathryn Avenue in Torrance. Bring tools and gloves (if you have or will be supplied), sunscreen, water AND energy.

Poverty Simulation

March 14, 2020

The Rotary Club of Manhattan Beach will host a Poverty Simulation on Saturday, March 14 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Joslyn Community Center.

This Poverty Simulation is an immersive, experiential event where participants will role-play the lives of low-income families.

Tickets are $5/$15.

For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/476639956354659/.

The Joslyn Community Center is located at 1601 North Valley Drive, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.

Yoga on the Octagon @ Redondo Pier

March 14, 2020

The Redondo Beach Pier Association and Cancer Support Community host Yoga on the Octagon the second Saturday of each month (March 14) from 10 to 11 a.m.

Everyone is welcome to attend and take part in this all level yoga class where the International Boardwalk meets the Redondo Beach Pier (the octagon below Kincaid’s).

Participants should bring a yoga mat, towel and bottled water.

For additional information, visit the website at http://www.redondopier.com/events/.

The Redondo Beach Pier is located at 100 Fisherman’s Wharf, Redondo Beach, CA 90277. If it rains, the class will be held at Cancer Support Community at 109 West Torrance Boulevard.

Torrance Firefighters Association Spaghetti Dinner

March 14 2020

The Torrance Firefighters Association presents the annual Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday, March 14 from 4:30 to 8 p.m. at the Ken Miller Auditorium.

Bring the entire family to this special annual event and enjoy all the spaghetti you can eat for a very worthy cause! All proceeds benefit the Alisa Ann Ruch California Burn Foundation Summer Camp for burn patients.

Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for children 8 years and under. Tickets will be available at the door the day of the event.

For additional information, call 310-781-7000 or visit the website at https://arts.torranceca.gov/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/18856/79?curm=3&cury=2020.

The Ken Miller Auditorium is located at 3341 Torrance Boulevard in Torrance.

Lomita C.E.R.T Class

March 14, 21, 28, 2020

The City of Lomita, and the Los Angeles County Fire Department, will host a three day C.E.R.T. Course on March 14, 21 & 28 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Lomita City Hall

Following a major disaster, fire and rescue resources may be unable to immediately respond to all those in need. In such a crisis, it will be neighbors assisting neighbors until emergency response personnel can arrive. Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training provides residents with the skills and tools necessary to take care of themselves, their families, neighbors, and coworkers in the event of a disaster.

The CERT Training is offered free of charge and includes hands-on training in the following units:
•Disaster Preparedness
•Disaster Fire Suppression
•Disaster Medical Operations
•Light Search and Rescue Operations
•Disaster Psychology and Team Organization

St. Patrick’s Day 5K Run/Walk

March 15, 2020

The Village Runner presents the annual St. Patrick’s Day 5K Run/Walk & Leprechaun Dash for the Gold on Sunday, March 15, beginning at 8 a.m.

All participants will receive a St. Patrick’s Day Run t-shirt. There will be chip timing, age division awards and cash prizes to the top three overall male and female runners in the 5k run. All kids dash finishers receive medals too!

The race starts and ends at the Village Runner store in Riviera Village in Redondo Beach with the course taking participants along the Esplanade to Knob Hill and back.

Senior Comedy Afternoons: O Lucky You, Too!

March 15, 2020

Senior Comedy Afternoons presents O Lucky You, Too! on Sunday, March 15 at the Proud Bird.

This show is for anyone looking for a great afternoon full of laughs, a delightful lunch and a chance to socialize. Doors open at noon, a 3-course served luncheon starts at 12:30 and the show starts at 1:30. Post show plane tours will take place at 3:15 p.m.

The line up includes comedians Marty Ross, James Connelly and Scott Wood The event also features music and dancers, a senior mini-expo, free parking, birthday celebrations and surprises.

Tickets are $75 and include the lunch, the show, taxes and tip. Show only tickets are $40. Senior Comedy Afternoons loves celebrating birthdays so don’t’ forget to mention it when purchasing tickets.

Tickets are available online at http://www.seniorcomedyafternoons.com or by calling 714.914.2565.

For additional information, contact Bonnie Barchichat at 714-914-2565 or via email at bonnie@seniorcomedyafternoons.com.

The Proud Bird is located at 11022 Aviation Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90045.

Switzer Center Women of the Year Awards Luncheon

March 20, 2020

The Switzer Learning Center is proud to present the Women of the Year Awards Luncheon on Friday, March 20 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel.

For nearly two decades, Switzer Learning Center has honored women who have made significant contributions to the South Bay through their work in the community. This year is no exception, as the Center will once again honor four incredibly dedicated, hard working, innovative and generous women who have left indelible marks on the South Bay.

Tickets are $75 per person.

For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the website at https://www.switzercenter.org/.

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel is located at 21333 Hawthorne Boulevard, Torrance, CA 90501.

Burn to the Beat

March 20, 2020

Shine Studio presents Burn to the Beat on Friday, March 20 at 8 p.m. at a secret location.

Undisclosed locations… unconventional spaces… Sweat. Sculpt. Move. Empower. Sponsored by Athleta LA, these workouts are meant to challenge you, move you, and empower you through music and to-the-beat movement.

Attendees will receive a $15 Athleta gift card and one drink ticket upon arrival. A Happy Hour will follow the workout.

The location will be disclosed 4 to5 hours before the event via email (hint: it is in the South Bay).

Tickets are $25.

Arts & Crafts Faire

March 21, 2020

The Torrance Craftsmen’s Guild presents the Arts & Crafts Fair on Saturday, March 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Torrance Cultural Arts Center.

The Arts & Crafts Faire features an array of handmade crafts – everything from candles and quilts to sculpture, clothing and jewelry. Attendees can look forward to a door prize and opportunity drawing, music by DJ Ozzie and food and beverages available for purchase.

Admission is FREE!

For additional information, visit the website at http://www.torrancecraftsmensguild.org/.

The Torrance Cultural Arts Center is located at 3341 Torrance Boulevard, Torrance, CA (at the corner of Torrance Boulevard and Madrona Avenue).

Style on the Spot: Sip & Shop Soireé

March 21, 2020

Style on the Spot will host a Sip & Shop Soireé on Saturday, March 21 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Manhattan Village Shopping Center.

Head to Manhattan Village Shopping Center for a delightful taste of spring! The shopping center will be vibrant with local vendors, artisans, and activities like Lipstick Tarot Reading, massages, a popsicle cart and more.

The first 100 RSVP’d attendees to arrive will receive a gift bag curated with South Bay style! This gift bag will include a $10 gift card to Holly & Hudson Nail Salon.

This event is FREE to attend but you must register.

Community Yard Sale

March 28, 2020

The City of Gardena will host a Community Yard Sale on Saturday, March 28 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Mas Fukai Park.

Come out and grab some great deals on clothes, furniture, household items, toys, jewelry, electronics and more!

If you are a vendor and are interested in renting a 10 x 10 space with tent for $30, head down to the Nakaoka Community Center for more information and to pick your spot.

For additional information, visit the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/320184205565015/.

Mas Fukai Park is located at 15800 Brighton Avenue, Gardena, CA 90247.

Gem & Mineral Show

March 28 & 29, 2020

The South Bay Lapidary & Mineral Society hosts the annual Gem & Mineral Show: Nature’s Treasures on Saturday, March 28 and Sunday, March 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Ken Miller Recreation Center.

The Fluorescent Mineral Society’s exhibit is one of the most comprehensive collections of rocks and minerals from all over the world and will display beautiful colors under ultraviolet lights. There will also be various demonstrations and workshops during the day to learn about topics including bead working, sphere making, gem carving, and glass bead making.

Admission is FREE!

For additional information, visit the website at https://arts.torranceca.gov/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/14284/79?curm=3&cury=2019.

The Ken Miller Recreation Center is located at 3341 Torrance Boulevard in Torrance.

Bottles & Barrels

March 28, 2020

Our Lady of Guadalupe will host the Bottles & Barrels fundraiser on Saturday, March 28 from 6 to 10 p.m. at OLD Parish Hall.

Attendees will enjoy a special evening sampling boutique California Wines and local craft beers. Tickets include unlimited wine and beer, gastropub delicacies, live music from local favorite, Jack’s Ukulele, followed by a DJ and dancing. $20 Opportunity Drawing Tickets will also be available at the event for a chance to win a Case of Wine, $250 Gift Card to The Strand House and a $100 Gift Card to Gum Tree. 100% of ticket sales and sponsorship proceeds directly support OLG school and students.

Advance purchase tickets are $50, tickets at the door will be $60.

For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the website at https://ourladyofguadalupeschool.org/shop/bottles-and-barrels-fundraiser/.

Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish Hall is located at 244 Prospect Avenue, Hermosa Beach, CA

South Bay Stories Show

March 28 & 29, 2020

The South Bay Stories Show presents two performances on Saturday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 29 at 2:30 p.m. at the Second Story Theater in Hermosa Beach.

The event features stories with life themes: growing up, living through life’s changes, romance/love has many forms and many faces, and exploring new people, places and ideas. In “Can’t Wait…”, Steve Goldstein recounts his amazing life and the search for Jolly John. In “The Answer is Beneath Our Feet”, well-known South Bay horticulturist Mike Garcia tells how he came to be in So Cal and offers his perspective on personal action to help reverse climate change. In “Selfish or Selfless?”, Catherine Graham relates fulfillment and sacrifice while foster parenting. Three other storytellers and South Bay’s favorite local stand-up comic, Chuck McPeak, will make you laugh, touch and inspire you. No evening of storytelling is complete without music. Composer and accordionist Stanley Oropesa will perform a musical story and musical interludes

Tickets are $20 per person.

Cherry Blossom Festival

April 5, 2020

The City of Torrance will host the annual Cherry Blossom Festival on Sunday, April 5 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Columbia Park.

The Cherry Blossom Festival is a FREE cultural event where the public is invited to bring a blanket and sit among the blossoming cherry trees. There will be live entertainment, food, activities for kids and an exhibit of fine arts and crafts.

If you’ve never seen the Cherry Blossoms in all their splendor, you’re in for a real treat – they are magnificent!

Admission is FREE!

For additional information, visit the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/2452620841646190/.

Columbia Park is located at 4045 190th Street in Torrance.


April 5, 2020

Soroptimist International of Manhattan Beach presents LUNAFEST, a traveling film festival, on Sunday, April 5 at 2 p.m. at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center.

The festival spotlights the work of a diverse array of talented women filmmakers with intelligent, funny, and thought-provoking themes. LUNAFEST connects women, their stories and their causes through film and offers an opportunity to see short films which you may otherwise never have access to. All of the net proceeds are donated to charity and Soroptimist programs to advance the status of women in the community.

Breakfast & A Visit with the Bunny

April 11, 2020

easter bunny 1The City of Torrance Community Services Department hosts the annual Breakfast & A Visit with the Bunny on Saturday, April 11 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Torrance Cultural Arts Center.

The program will include a pancake breakfast, balloon show, cookie decorating, crafts and a photo with the Bunny (bring your cameras).

Tickets are $20 per person. Walk-in and phone-in registration will take place at the Community Services Registration Office located at 3031 Torrance Boulevard. Registration hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. No walk up registration on day of event.

For additional information, call (310) 618-2930 or visit the website at https://www.torranceca.gov/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/18835/18?curm=4&cury=2020.

The Torrance Cultural Arts Center is located at 3330 Civic Center Drive in Torrance.

Whale of a Day @ Point Vicente

April 18, 2020

Los Serenos hosts the annual Whale of a Day event on Saturday, April 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the grounds of the Point Vicente Interpretive Center.

Co-Sponsored by Los Serenos de Point Vicente and the City of Rancho Palos Verdes, the event celebrates the migration of the Pacific Gray whale from the frigid waters of the Arctic seas to the warm lagoons of Baja California. Attendees will enjoy food, entertainment and education on the PVIC grounds.

Admission is FREE, parking is FREE.

Free parking will be available at the Rancho Palos Verdes City Hall located at 30940 Hawthorne Boulevard, with free shuttle service to and from the event site. There is no onsite parking.

Bunka Sai Japanese Cultural Festival

April 18 & 19, 2020

The Torrance Sister City Association presents the annual Bunka Sai Japanese Cultural Festival on Saturday, April 18 and Sunday, April 19 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days at the Ken Miller Recreation Center.

This fun-filled event features taiko drums, kimono models, martial arts, calligraphy, a tea ceremony, bonsai flower arrangements, doll exhibits, games, story-telling, music, dance, food and more!

Admission is FREE!

For additional information, visit the website at http://torrancesistercity.org/gallery/bunkasai2018/bunkasai2018.html.

The Ken Miller Recreation Center is located at 3341 Torrance Boulevard, Torrance, CA.

Keep the Esplanade Beautiful Mixer

April 22, 2020

The annual Keep the Esplanade Beautiful Mixer will take place on Wednesday, April 22 from 5 to 7 p.m. at HT Grill.

In addition to an update on the 2019 Keep the Esplanade Beautiful accomplishments and plans for 2020, the event will feature appetizers, a silent auction, special raffle and a no host bar. Contributions to Keep the Esplanade Beautiful are not only appreciated, they’re tax deductable!

For additional information, visit the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/KeeptheEsplanadeBeautiful/permalink/2198040053588753/.

HT Grill is located at 1701 South Catalina Avenue, Redondo Beach, CA.

Richstone Pier to Pier Walk

April 25, 2020

The annual Richstone Pier to Pier Walk will take place Saturday, April 25 at the Manhattan Beach Pier.

Participants will walk from the Manhattan Beach Pier to the Hermosa Beach Pier and back. Check in begins at 7:30 a.m. with the event getting underway at 8:30 a.m. The Walkathon is uniquely different from other walks as live music will take place along the route as well as food and beverage vendors, fitness trunk shows, photo-booth and more. The Pet Parade begins at 7:45 a.m. The Opening Ceremony and Awards for Top Fundraising Teams, Individuals/Pets and Best Dressed Pet is at 8 a.m. This is a family friendly event and children of all ages are welcome.

All proceeds benefit the Richstone Family Center child abuse treatment and prevention programs. This is a very popular event and everybody will be there! Don’t miss this opportunity to take a few steps to help prevent child abuse.

BeachLife Festival

May 1 – 3, 2020

The second annual Beachlife Festival will take place May 1 through May 3 in Redondo Beach.

The event will take place in Ruby’s parking lot and the Seaside Lagoon with an expected 7,000 to 9,000 attendees each day and two stages featuring chart topping, national acts. It’s going to be another spectacular three days of music and fun on the oceanfront.

The BeachLife Festival is proud to announce another exciting musical lineup featuring artists who embody Southern California’s iconic beach culture. Steve Miller Band, Counting Crows, and Ziggy Marley & Stephen Marley’s Bob Marley Celebration will headline the three-day immersive music, art, and culinary oceanside event. Additional artists appearing include UB40 feat. Ali Campbell and Astro, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, Fitz and The Tantrums, Live, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, WAR, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Chevy Metal feat. Taylor Hawkins performs Queen, Grace VanderWaal, and more.

Tickets are on sale NOW!

For additional information, visit the website at https://beachlifefestival.com/.

Seaside Lagoon is located at 137 North Harbor Drive, Redondo Beach, CA 90277.

Senior Faire

May 2, 2020

The Torrance Community Service Department presents the annual Senior Faire on Saturday, May 2 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Ken Miller Recreation Center.

Everyone is invited to attend this FREE community event. The event features a day of camaraderie, arts and crafts, entertainment, food booths, blood pressure screenings, health information, community resources and special door prizes.

For additional information, visit the website at https://arts.torranceca.gov/events/calendar-month-view.

The Ken Miller Recreation Center is located at 3341 Torrance Boulevard in Torrance.

Walk for Life

May 16, 2020

The Pregnancy Help Center presents the annual South Bay Walk for Life on Saturday, May 16 starting at 7:30 a.m. at Veterans Park.

Armed Forces Day 5K Run for Freedom

May 16, 2020

The Torrance Chamber of Commerce and the Village Runner present the annual Armed Forces Day 5k Run for Freedom on Saturday, May 16 at Del Amo Fashion Center starting at 8 a.m.

The event will feature split timers every mile, computerized finish times, water stations and sponsor refreshments.

Tour de Pier

May 17, 2020

The annual Tour de Pier will take place on Sunday, May 17 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Manhattan Beach Pier.

This unique fundraising event brings one of the hottest indoor fitness activities – stationary cycling – to the gorgeous outdoors. The Tour de Pier includes four 50-minute sessions beginning at 9 a.m. 1,700 cyclists will be riding on 350 stationary bikes while overlooking the breathtaking Pacific Ocean. The area’s best instructors and celebrity guests will spin riders through four 50-minute sessions with energizing music and loads of excitement. Participants can ride solo for all four sessions or be a team captain and recruit up to three teammates to register and ride as a team.

In addition to the cycling portion of the Tour de Pier, the event will include a Health & Fitness Expo with a number of fitness and health related sponsors and kid’s Fun Zone with games, activities and entertainment.

The Tour de Pier is organized to raise funds for the local cancer community including The Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research, the Uncle Kory Foundation and Cancer Support Community.

Ride in place – move charity forward!

Father’s Day Beach Volleyball Tournament

June 21, 2020

Fathers and daughters. Fathers and sons. All for charity. All for fun! The City of Manhattan Beach Parks and Recreation Department celebrates all things paternal with the annual Father’s Day Volleyball Tournament on Sunday, June 21 from 9 a.m. to noon.

This year, forget the ties and grooming products! This is a fun way for the kids to spend some quality time with pops (while mom enjoys a little downtime)!

There are four different age divisions: 10 and under (short court); 11 to 14 (short court); 15 to 18 (short court); Four Person – All Ages (long court)

Registration is $50 (18 and Under Divisions) and $100 (Four Person – All Ages). All participants will receive a T-shirt and other giveaways. This is a recreational tournament with pool play only.

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