March 15, 2020
For over eight years, South Bay by Jackie.com has kept the community informed of all the incredible leisure activities and special events taking place in our seaside bubble. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re temporarily switching gears to act as a clearing house for hyper-local news.
We’re receiving information from multiple, reliable sources. In order to distribute all of this information in a timely manner, we’re posting several announcements to the Daily Blog page each day.
Every South Bay event scheduled through the end of April has been cancelled or postponed. Just in case anyone has been living under a rock the last few weeks, we’ve kept all calendar events posted to the website with a CANCELLED or POSTPONED notice in the title line. There are still several events scheduled through the end of spring, which will be reevaluated by the host organizations in the coming weeks and we’ll update the website as we receive that information.
In addition, The South Bay Show podcast will have the same focus for the foreseeable future. We encourage anyone that wants to share information, to call in to the show at 714-242-5288 every Thursday morning between 8 and 9 a.m. We still need to communicate! So don’t be shy, if you have something to share, call us, we’re here for you!
We’re all in this together and we’ll get through this together, even though we can’t physically be together. #SouthBayStrong
R6 Distillery has launched a GoFundMe page to help with an initiative directed toward EMS and first responders in the LA area. In order to do so, R6 needs to spend a significant amount of capital to bring in the raw material to provide such relief.
They are receiving dozens of calls and emails daily, and their top priority remains police, fire, government agencies, and hospitals requesting support for this specific need.
Any help is tremendously appreciated! #SouthBayStrong
America’s restaurants are in crisis. The coronavirus poses a significant threat to the future of an industry that employs more than 15 million Americans. Everyone is encouraged to support restaurants and their employees by joining #TheGreatAmericanTakeout and ordering at least one delivery or pick-up meal.
Here’s How You Can Help:
-Hype it up. Post to social media platforms.
-Rally the troops. Reach out to your community and encourage them to participate.
-Eat. Order takeout or delivery from your favorite restaurant. Don’t forget to post a snap or video of your meal, tagged with #thegreatamericantakeout.
-Repeat. The Great American Takeout is only the beginning. Keep supporting our nation’s restaurants by ordering takeout or delivery as often as you can.
Every Monday thru Friday to April 30, 2020
Beach Cities Health District’s Center for Health & Fitness is now offering FREE Virtual Exercise Classes Monday through Friday for the entire month of April via Zoom.
For the full schedule, visit the website at https://www.beachcitiesgym.org/virtualgroupexercise .
To learn how to join a virtual group exercise class, visit https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362193-Joining-a-Meeting.
Every Monday in April
Brian Evans, Certified Business Coach will host Monday Morning Java with Brian Evans, a weekly, hour-long, facilitated, open-forum-style offering for entrepreneurs, business owners and nonprofit leaders from 9 to 10 a.m. via Zoom.
Participants will talk business strategies, networking/partnerships, and inspiration for any industry – and for any business large or small – in a fun, casual, lightly-structured virtual lounge setting.
No RSVP is required, simply drop in and receive the support you need (and/or offer your support to others.) Live via Zoom at https://zoom.us/j/2132807371.
Invitation is attached as a graphic and PDF. Please circulate the invitation to others in your networks – especially those who might be feeling a bit uncertain how to survive this crisis!
April 9, 2020
– City Manager Scott Mitnick
– Chief of Fire Chris Donovan
– Chief of Police Bill Whalen
– Emergency Management Coordinator Randal Collins
– Incident Commander Jeff Leyman
April 13, 20 & 27, 2020
All South Bay parents are welcome to attend this free, virtual, parent support group.
No registration is required.
For additional information, visit the website at https://www.southbayfamiliesconnected.org.
April 13, 2020
Women in Tech will host a Quarantine Virtual Networking Mixer on Monday, April 13 from 5 to 6 p.m. via Zoom.
This virtual networking and discussion event is an opportunity for women in tech to express their concerns, fears, how they’ve been impacted, how they’re feeling and coping, the future and more. We are in the mist of an unprecedented public health crisis. Covid-19 is affecting our lives and the world on a scale that has never been witnessed in our lifetimes All industries are feeling its impact and are scrambling to make necessary adjustments to weather this pandemic. Tech is no exception.
Special Guest, Kathy Copic, VP Growth at Insight Data Science, will be discussing the ins and outs of the world of Data Science and how to begin or transition into a career in Data Science.
April 15, 2020
Sessions provide advice and coping strategies via guest speakers as well as offering a forum where parents and caregivers can share and learn from each other.
These events are FREE but you must register online at https://www.southbayfamiliesconnected.org.
The schedule is as follows:
• April 15: College Tests and Applications with Matt Steiner of Compass Education Group
• April 22: Managing Special Learning Needs with Eryn Schnel Yolac, ET/P, SPED
• April 29: Playing Sports (Speaker TBD)
April 15, 2020
This is a full body belly dance inspired workout that provides a complete mind/body/spirit experience, tightening up those curves while exploring an ancient feminine art. Participants leave relaxed, invigorated, and in touch with their body in a new and refreshing way.
Join Zoom Meeting at https://zoom.us/j/584449750?pwd=TVhZejdrU3JlamhuWVBJSHRTRDR5dz09
Meeting ID: 584 449 750
For additional information, visit the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1207132276160109/.
April 16, 2020
Due to the current Stay at Home orders, this is the best way to welcome Hermosa Beach’s new Chief of Police.
To view the Watch Party, visit the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/225281665224689/.
April 16, 2020
With children stuck at home, and schools across the nation closed, amid the coronavirus pandemic, The Point in El Segundo has transformed its extremely popular outdoor Kids Club to a cyber jam with The Beatbuds. With hopes of inspiring and entertaining one another during this crisis, The Point will host a free Instagram live takeover and kids of all ages are invited to tune in for a forty minute jam session with The Beatbuds.
The Beatbuds, who are signed by Justin Biebers’ manager Scooter Braun, create children’s music with a contemporary sound that the whole family can enjoy. Through their catchy tunes and interactive performance, the ‘Buds create a musical universe that guarantees children an educational and entertaining introduction to music!
April 18, 2020
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.
April 18 & May 12, 2020
The tours focus on a range of common water questions from the public and provide a forum in which to talk with water service professionals about the City’s water supply and upcoming projects. All members of the public are welcome to join the tour.
Prior tours are already at capacity and spaces for the April and May tours are filling up fast. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.
To sign up, call the City of Lomita Public Works Department at (310) 325-7110 ext. 155 or visit the website at https://www.lomitawater.com/education/water-tours/.
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 https://torrancesistercity.org/bunkasai.html.
The Ken Miller Recreation Center is located at 3341 Torrance Boulevard, Torrance, CA.
April 22, 2020
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.
April 24 – May 2, 2020
With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine, this Tony Award-winning production takes everyone’s favorite storybook characters and brings them together for a timeless, yet relevant, piece… and a rare modern classic that is both enchanting and touching.
Into the Woods follows a Baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King’s Festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch’s curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone’s wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results.
April 25, 2020
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.
April 25, 2020
The community is encouraged to attend and learn the latest updates on how the city is dealing with the homeless situation.
If you plan to attend, an RSVP is requested. Call 310-217-9689 or respond via email to email@example.com.
For additional information, visit the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/GardenaPolice/.
The Nakaoka Community Center is located at 1670 West 162 Street, Gardena, CA 90247.
April 25, 2020
Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the First Earth Day, the Eco Festival will showcase businesses selling services and products benefiting the environment, and environmental groups with a mission of sustainability or environmental stewardship. Exhibits will be interactive and experiential.
Visitors will enjoy eco presentations, food specials at local restaurants and live music by Latch Key Kid, The Lucky Ones and Jack Tracy.
This event is FREE to attend!
For additional information, visit the website at https://www.southbayecofestival.org/.
Metlox Plaza is located at 451 Manhattan Beach Boulevard, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.
April 26, 2020
Enjoy a relaxing afternoon with fellow supporters of the Museum. This is an excellent opportunity to meet the Museum Foundation Board and find out what’s been happening at the Museum for the past year and what the Museum plans are for the future.
This event is one of the main fundraisers of the year for the Lomita Railroad Museum Foundation and is always a delightful afternoon of fun conversation and High Tea delicacies including a variety of scones, tea sandwiches, fruit and desserts.
Tickets are $35. Reservations are required.
For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the website at http://www.lomita-rr.org/calendar/2020/?event=13th-annual-sunday-afternoon-tea.
The Lomita Railroad Museum is located at 2137 250 Street, Lomita, CA.
April 30, 2020
Special guests include professional surfer Alex Gray and local clinician Kevin Sousa, MFT.
The event is FREE but you must register at https://www.southbayfamiliesconnected.org .
The Zoom meeting information will be directly emailed to registered participants.
May 1 – 3, 2020
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.
May 1, 2020
The crew at BeachLife has decided that, in the true spirit of live music, the show must go on! So they’re bringing us the SpeakEasy line-up via a free Live Stream Event on May 1st, the original BeachLife Festival date. The event features performances by Chris Shiflett of Foo Fighters, Jim Lindberg of Pennywise, Trever Keith of Face to Face, Jason Cruz of Strung Out, Jason Devore of Authority Zero, LAW, and more.
More details will follow in the coming weeks, but we do know that during the event they’ll be raising awareness and donations for music industry relief and several other worthy causes helping those in need. So Tune in, jam out, and do some good at the same time!
May 2, 2020
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.
May 2, 2020
The London Scene commemorates the influential lineage of English based composers who helped revolutionize classical music in the 18th Century. These composers are George Frideric Handel, Johann Christian Bach, and Carl Friedrich Abel.
Kontrapunktus is an orchestra comprised of some of the finest young classical musicians in the world who hail from the prestigious Colburn School in downtown Los Angeles. They’re led by Artistic Director and renowned harpsichordist, Ian Pritchard.
There will be a meet-and-greet reception with the musicians after the concert for patrons. All are welcome, admission and parking are FREE.
May 8, 2020
This inspirational event centers on awarding scholarships to deserving South Bay women to pursue degrees in business. It is also an opportunity for education, motivation and networking with new, like-minded connections. The day includes dynamic keynote speakers, informative breakout sessions, an inspirational panel, a lovely lunch, plus plenty of opportunities to connect with other businesswomen.
May 15 – 17, 2020
The parade will proceed west along Torrance Boulevard, starting at Crenshaw Boulevard and ending at Madrona Avenue. The City highlights a different branch of service each year.
Gather family, friends and neighbors along the parade route and cheer for those who serve and protect our nation.
For additional information and a full schedule of events, visit the website at https://www.torranceca.gov/our-city/armed-forces-day-celebration.
May 16, 2020
The event will feature split timers every mile, computerized finish times, water stations and sponsor refreshments.
Awards will be given to the top three finishers in each division and a gift certificate to Village Runner stores. All runners will receive a cool t-shirt.
May 17, 2020
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!
May 29, 2020
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.
June 5, 2020
This free event series is presented by Miller Children’s and Women’s Hospital Long Beach and will feature family-friendly movies throughout the month of June. The Redondo Pier Association welcomes visitors to arrive early and visit one of the many restaurants located on Fisherman’s Wharf, International Boardwalk and the adjacent Redondo Beach Marina for dine-in or take-out prior to the movie screening. For a complete list of businesses, visit the website at http://RedondoPier.com/directory.
The schedule is as follows:
-Friday, June 5, 2020: Avengers: Endgame (PG-13)
-Friday, June 12, 2020: Spider-Man: Far From Home (PG-13)
-Friday, June 19, 2020: Frozen II (PG)
-Friday, June 26, 2020: The Lion King (PG)
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.
June 26, 2020
Head to the Automobile Driving Museum for a night of beer, wine, and food! Watch live NCAA tournament games and enjoy 50+ craft breweries, wineries and restaurants. There will also be great prizes, a silent auction, raffle prizes, as well as live music!
The museum will be open during the event and docents will provide tours of our collection. Proceeds raised will go towards El Segundo Teacher Grants and the Automobile Driving Museum’s STEAM initiatives.
Tickets are $50.
Tor additional information and ticket purchase, visit the website at https://www.automobiledrivingmuseum.org/event/maltmadness/.
The Automobile Driving Museum is located at 610 Lairport Street, El Segundo, CA 90245.
June 27, 2020
The event features music, carnival games, food trucks, performances by local groups, laser tag, video game truck and more.
The evening will culminate with a fireworks show at 9 p.m.
This event is FREE to attend!
For additional information, call 310-326-0140 or visit the website at http://www.lomita.com/cityhall.
Lomita Park is located at 24428 Eshelman Avenue in Lomita.
July 2 – August 29, 2020
Grab a few beach chairs and gather your family, friends and neighbors for a casual, relaxing evening of entertainment the South Bay way. Click on the flyer, print it out and stick it on the fridge, cause you don’t want to miss all the fun!
These events are FREE to attend!
All pier events are weather permitting. Concert schedule is subject to change.
For additional information, visit the website at http://www.redondopier.com/events/.
The Redondo Beach Pier is located at 100 Fisherman’s Wharf in Redondo Beach.
July 11, 2020
Enjoy screenings of popular movies this summer under the stars! Bring low beach chairs, blankets, snacks and popcorn for a fun, hot summer night with family, friends and neighbors.
-Saturday, July 11: Frozen II
-Saturday, July 25: The Angry Birds Movie 2
-Saturday, August 8: The Secret Life of Pets 2
This event is FREE to attend!
For additional information, visit the website at http://www.lomita.com/cityhall/announcements/Lomita-Parks-Special-Events-2020.pdf.
Lomita City Hall is located at 24300 Narbonne Ave, Lomita, CA 90717.
August 2, 2020
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.
October 3 & 4, 2020
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.
October 17, 2020
Headlining will be the rock group Crow Hill Band, a South Bay favorite that has been electrifying the LA area with their rock tributes covering several decades of music. This unique band is made up of executives from across the aerospace, medical, retail and marketing industries. The lead singer, Laryssa Densmore, a rocket engineer, is a breast cancer survivor. Deborah Bakke, the owner of The Standing Room, is also a breast cancer survivor – making this the perfect match for hosting this event to help raise awareness for our South Bay family. Special guests include Charis Rey, Steve Smythe, Behind Schedule and Brent George!