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- 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.
To view the exhibition, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=il_49jKOSVQ&feature=youtu.be.
Image credit: Nell-Budde.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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…
- PVAC90 Anniversary Exhibition
The 90th Anniversary Exhibition celebrates the achievements made by Palos Verdes Art Center since its beginnings in 1931 through the continued contributions and involvement of our community.
PVAC90 is a retrospective of the past 90 years, but more importantly, it provides an opportunity to reflect on moving forward while remaining a valuable resource to local constituents by collaborating with the world at large. At this time, they celebrate their contributions and strengths while demonstrating how they move forward by building stronger cultural bridges together.
Arts programming over the years will be highlighted with fresh follow-ups on artists, staff, instructors and volunteers. Programming will be updated regularly on this site with additional galleries, event notifications and educational material.
- Local Live Music Online
Several local musicians have been playing live online regularly. I’ll continue adding to this post as I receive other band info!
•Andy & Renee play on Wednesdays and Sundays. You can watch the performances live at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEH3sjsxj7E&feature=youtu.be.
•The musicians of South Bay Jam continue to play on Thursday nights at 7 p.m. via Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/southbayjam.
•Barley is playing on Sundays at 4 p.m. via Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/EnjoyBarley/.
•Tatiana Pignolato Erse plays on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. via Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/tatierse.
- South Bay Legislative Meet & Greet
February 26, 2021
The South Bay Association of Chambers of Commerce, South Bay Cities Council of Governments, Los Angeles County Division and League of California Cities presents the seventh annual South Bay Legislative Meet & Greet on Friday, February 26 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. via Zoom.
“The 7th Annual South Bay Meet and Greet held via zoom this year, is a wonderful opportunity to meet our elected officials to discuss important issues impacting our business community. Local, state, and federal officials will address their legislative priorities and take questions”, stated Elise Swanson, Chair, South Bay Associated Chambers of Commerce.
This event is FREE to join but registration is required to. To register, visit https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0tduCgrTgqGNNpnOuYNAcHQTQKNSCqDIdQ.
For questions regarding this event, please contact Jeff Kiernan at JKiernan@cacities.org.
- Knights of Columbus Lenten Fish Fry
February 26, 2021
The Knights of Columbus will host a Fish Fry in honor of the Lenten season every Friday through April 1 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Nativity School Annex.
The community is invited to enjoy a traditional meatless meal of baked or deep fried fish, with a baked potato or french fries, coleslaw, and cake.
This year’s Fish Fry is TAKE OUT ONLY. Face masks are require and social distancing will be enforced.
The cost is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for children under 12.
For additional information, visit the website at https://www.nativitytorrance.org/more/knights-of-columbus.
The Nativity School Annex is located at 1415 Engracia Avenue, Torrance, CA 90501.
- 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.
- dineL.A. Restaurant Week
March 1 – 14, 2021
dine L.A. Restaurant Week is a bi-annual dining event established to introduce diners to the extensive assortment of restaurants in neighborhoods throughout Los Angeles County. Local foodies and visitors to the area will have the opportunity to enjoy a selection of specially priced prix fixe menus from some of LA’s best restaurants during this this period. It should come as no surprise that a variety of restaurants throughout the South Bay will be participating in this culinary event.
Some of the restaurants will feature lunch, some will offer dinner and some will present both, so be sure to check the website at https://www.discoverlosangeles.com/dinela. This is a great opportunity to sample something different and it’s sure to whet your appetite without emptying your wallet!
dineL.A. takes place over 14 consecutive days and runs from March 1 through March 14.
For additional information, visit the website at https://www.discoverlosangeles.com/dinela.
- Restaurant for Roses @ Black Bear Diner
March 3, 2021
We’re all familiar with the beautiful, award-winning Torrance float entries in the Rose Parade each year. Well, they raise funds all year long to make the float happen every year. Here’s your chance to contribute! Enjoy some delicious food while supporting the Torrance Rose Float Association.
Black Bear Diner will donate 10% of all purchases to the TRFA fundraiser. Ask your server to use the barcode on the flyer. For online orders through http://www.BlackBearDiner.com enter the 9 digit code under Coupon Code at checkout.
For additional information, visit the website at http://www.torrancerosefloat.org/.
Black Bear Diner is located at 24021 Hawthorne Boulevard, Torrance, CA 90505.
- The Next Step Movie Premiere
March 5, 2021
From March 10, 2019 to May 15, 2019, Janne Kouri, Founder of NextStep, rode his power wheelchair from Manhattan Beach, CA to Washington, D.C. to raise awareness and funds to support the 6 million individuals and wounded service members living with paralysis in the U.S.
Janne was joined by other participants who rode bikes alongside him across the country. This dedicated team inspired those at the rehabilitation centers, universities, and the communities they visited. They provided quality-of-life grants, donated medical equipment, and hosted charity events.
The adventure tested the team’s spirit from beginning to end. The LA to DC journey was a true test of endurance, strength and camaraderie but, the team had a lot of fun along the way. The team experienced this amazing country from such a unique perspective and they met so many amazing people along the way. It was the adventure of a lifetime!
- Mansaf Fundraiser
March 7, 2021
The group behind the Falafel Festival will feature Mansaf for this year’s fundraiser. The national dish of Jordan, Mansaf is made with juicy chunks of lamb over Mediterranean rice and topped with pine nuts and Jordanian yogurt. YUM! Chicken Freekeh, Knafeh, and Arabic coffee will also be available for purchase.
Place you order now and pick it up between Noon and 3 p.m.
Please make sure to write any comments or modifications to your order in the special instructions box when placing your order. Also, please SPECIFY your pick-up time in the special instructions section as well, so that they can have your order warm and ready to go!
Pre-order at https://www.saint-matthew.net/mansaf.
Pick up at St. Matthews Orthodox Church located at 2368 Sonoma Street, Torrance, CA 90501. Orders can be picked up at the “To Go” Tent.
- PVPLC Family Nature Club: Whales
March 13, 2021
Meet children’s book author Chris Boettcher and illustrator Nicole Boettcher, and hear a reading of their new book, Be Brave and Be Kind: the Story of Eleanor the Whale.
A guest from Cabrillo Marine Aquarium will also be joining the Conservancy for families to learn more about our local whales, with fun activities you can follow along with at home.
This event is FREE.
Advance registration is required for Zoom access.
For additional information and registration, visit https://pvplc.org/event/fnc-2-13-2/.
- Destination:Art – On the Bright Side Artist Reception
Destination: Art’s On the Bright Side is not only its first Gallery show of 2021, it also reflects the attitude at the non-profit studio and gallery. The three-month online/in-Studio event features 60 paintings by 12 artists.
Don’t miss the lively discussion on the use of “brights” in painting, and the influence of the Fauve Movement. Led by the South Bay’s own Frank Minuto and surprise guests. You’ll want to be online to congratulate all the Gallery Artists and to hear about the incredible updates at Destination: Art.
Among those exhibiting in the Gallery for the first time are acclaimed artist, instructor and mentor Frank Minuto, a South Bay legend whose art is in collections around the world.
- SBCCOG General Assembly Virtual Conference
March 18, 2021
The General Assembly is an opportunity for our local thought leaders and residents to gather and engage in a dynamic dialogue to advance our goals as a sub-region.
The COVID-19 global pandemic has underscored how one change impacts many others.
This year, they will examine how understanding the interrelationships of the issues we mutually face is critical to our success.
- Women’s Voices in Tech: Developing Your Personal Brand
March 21, 2021
Whether you are looking for a job, want a promotion, are aiming to grow your name recognition, or are just interested in determining how you come across to others, building and maintaining a strong personal brand is important to finding success.
Personal Branding is how you package yourself and communicate your unique skills and the value you bring to an organization. Strategically building your brand and taking control of it will effectively position you as an authority in your domain and a person of influence.
- Los Cancioneros Master Chorale Virtual Classical Concert
March 21, 2021
The event will highlight past classical concerts, new instrumental selections, interviews, and more.
The concert is free to watch, but donations are gladly accepted.
Los Cancioneros Master Chorale has been providing quality concerts to the South Bay for 72 years….. not even a pandemic can stop them!
To watch the concert, visit the website at https://www.lcmasterchorale.com/.
- VVA South Bay Chapter 53 Now Accepting Scholarship Applications
Entries Must be Received by April 18, 2021
Since 1995 the VVA South Bay Chapter 53 has been awarding scholarships to graduating seniors from local South Bay area high schools. In addition to encouraging and supporting continued education, they are trying to heighten awareness of the Vietnam War, the men and women who served during that period, and the huge impact it has made on the United States, both then and now.
This year, Chapter 53 will again award scholarships of $1,000 to selected college or technical school bound South Bay area high school seniors.
Applicants must submit an essay on a Vietnam Era Veteran, defined as any Veteran who served in the U.S. Armed Forces on active duty, for other than training purposes, either 1) in the Republic of Vietnam between February 28, 1961 and May 7, 1975 or 2) in any duty location between August 5, 1964 and May 7, 1975.