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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 scheduled for the year has been cancelled, postponed or reconfigured as a virtual event. There are still a few events on the calendar, which will be reevaluated by the host organizations in the coming months and we’ll update the website as we receive that information. We’re posting virtual and live stream events to the Special Events page.
We’re all in this together and we’ll get through this together. #SouthBayStrong
The South Bay has several terrific Farmers’ Markets throughout the week.
These are great community amenities that provide an opportunity to shop locally for the freshest, seasonal produce available.
Here’s a schedule by day of the week:
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.
This featured, virtual exhibition pays homage to the iconic Manhattan Beach Pier through a variety of artwork by community artists, showcasing immersive works centered around the oldest concrete pier on the west coast.
Due to the high volume of submissions, the artwork is still being installed. In the meantime, please view all the submission in the photo album located at https://www.citymb.info/departments/parks-and-recreation/insta-contest#ad-image-4.
Image credit: Nell-Budde.
The Palos Verdes Art Center is pleased to announce the new online exhibition, Paul John Martel (1879-1944) Post-Impressionist, featuring paintings by the noted Belgian-American artist beginning September 8.
Curated by Aaron Sheppard, the show presents selected works from the artist’s estate. The exhibition is open to the public on the PVAC website.
Paul Jean Martel is an artist who defies easy categorization. Equally rooted in the European traditions of the French and Belgian fin-de-siècle avant-garde and the academic realism of the early twentieth century Pennsylvania Impressionists, Martel’s paintings reveal a life-long passion for the paint medium. Martel’s oeuvre mirrors the dynamic evolution of European Modernism. With a nod to French Impressionism and Post-Impressionism, Belgian Neo-Impressionism, and the Nabis, Martel’s stylistic influences are diverse.
To have “skin in the game” is to have a personal stake in a competitive endeavor, placing assets at risk, win or lose. For Black folk in this game we call America, the asset risked is the body itself ¬ its physical being and cultural identity.
Curated by Brent Holmes, Skin in the Game presents works by twelve artists working during this time of unrest that challenge mainstream assumptions of Black identity and artistic practice.
Their pieces range from experiments in Afrofuturism and Afropunk to street portraiture, abstraction, exercises in queer humor, and the appropriation of minstrelsy. Media includes video and animation, performance video, VR (virtual reality), painting, photography, and sculpture.
The artists featured are Crackhead Barney, Q’shaundra James, Cat Jones, Karla Lagunas, Antwane Lee, AJ McClenon, Mark Steven Greenfield, Carlos Ramirez, Se7en Captures, Lance L. Smith, and duo Jason Woodberry and Marcus Kiser.
Tam 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.
October 1 – December 31, 2020
Tickets will be sold until December 31, 2020, unless all tickets are sold before the end date. Six drawings will be held during the months of January to June 2021, during the monthly Board meetings of SIMB. The winner does not need to be present to win.
Only 300 tickets will be sold. If fewer tickets are sold, the chances of winning improve. When you purchase your ticket, you are automatically entered into 6 drawings during 2021, one per month in January through June, where the winners will receive $100 prizes.
Tickets cost $30 or 2 for $50.
For additional information and raffle ticket purchase, visit the website at https://www.simanhattanbeach.org/raffle.
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.
Destination: Art is sharing this beautiful exhibit of artwork with the community to enjoy during this time of Thanksgiving. The stunning array of beauty will lift spirits and provide a note of delight to your day.
Enjoy from the comfort of your home, or anywhere in the world, the current Gallery Show featuring work by sixteen of their artists.
For additional information and to view the gallery, visit the website at https://www.destination-art.net/.
Destination: Art is located at 1815 West 213 Street, #135, Torrance, CA 90501, right next to the Bubble Bath Car Wash.
November 1 – December 10, 2020
Although the Holiday Festival will not be under the big white tent this year, you will still find many ways to celebrate, participate and support the hospital!
Heroes Tree Ornaments – Ongoing
Honor a hero in your life with digital signage recognition at this 12′ tree which will be displayed in the Grand Lobby of Lundquist Tower. Donation levels are $100 to $10,000.
November 19 – December 15, 2020
The City of Torrance has teamed up with Santa to make sure he receives every letter sent to him. Santa accepts emailed letters and mailed in letters.
Send emails to Santa@TorranceCA.Gov and mail letters to Santa Claus at 3031 Torrance Boulevard, Torrance CA, 90503.
Santa also said he will write back to whoever sends him a letter!
Don’t worry, all of your letters will get to him in time for Christmas.
You can send your letters to Santa from November 19 through December 15.
November 20 – December 10, 2020
Light Up the Beach Cities, sponsored by Edison International, is a holiday decorating contest that invites beach cities residents and businesses to join a holiday decorating contest designed to raise critical funds to support the Roundhouse Aquarium’s education programs on marine science. Residents and businesses in other southern California communities are also invited.
“In this extraordinary year, we wanted to find a safe way to celebrate the holidays where the community could also come together to support the Roundhouse Aquarium,” said Grace Adams, OTS executive director. “We hope to be able to continue and expand our education programs on ocean science into 2021 and beyond. We need the community’s help to ensure that programs that inspire people of all ages to care for the oceans, tidelands and beaches continue. OTS pivoted its operations to convert our in-person programs at the Roundhouse Aquarium to virtual classes and distance learning initiatives to meet the needs of students and teachers who are learning and teaching from home. There is a continued need for our programs, whether they are in-person or virtual. We certainly hope to welcome everyone back to the Roundhouse once restrictions are lifted, but until then we are ready to continue serving students and our community through our distance learning initiatives,” she added.
November 30 – December 12, 2020
The team at Mychal’s Learning Place are still on their quest to beating the world record for the most Santas in one place. The plan is to take this year, 2020, as the official practice run for 2021, when we can hopefully gather as a huge group in one of our glorious California beaches all in our decked out Santa suits. The annual Santa Stroll has been “reimagined” to keep all Santa’s socially distanced and safe!
There are a few different levels for you to register. Dasher, Dancer or Prancer. Put together a team, become a fundraiser and have people support you as you do your 5K, or you can support the Founder as he will be putting in 100 miles during the 12 day event.
For additional information and registration, visit the website at https://runsignup.com/Race/Info/CA/AnyCity/SantaStrollReimagined.
December 1 – 5, 2020
Established in 2017, the ESMoA Video Art + Film Festival is a free international festival inviting filmmakers of all ages and backgrounds to submit short, 60-second films around a theme.
This year, the Festival’s topic is RISEUP.
Get your FREE PASS now and watch the 33 finalists and help pick the Audience Favorite Award! You can cast your ballot from December 1 to December 3 and winners will be announced on December 5 at https://esmoa.org/ and on social media platforms.
December 1, 2020
Due to the pandemic, the 2020 tour will be transformed into a virtual experience! This year’s tour boasts five distinctive homes in the South Bay. Each home is magnificently decorated and transformed for the holidays by local artisans and florists.
The virtual experience will entail a professionally narrated video tour showcasing interactive walk-throughs of each home with decor vendor and holiday boutique “hot-spots” for your shopping needs. The tour will also offer a series of mini Masterclasses, which will include special guests sharing tips on organizing your pantry, wardrobe styling, cooking tutorials, and holiday decorating.
December 1 – 31, 2020
All events are currently taking place virtually, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
For additional information, visit the website at http://www.bchd.org/.
Take a look at what’s scheduled for December…
December 1, 2020 – January 1, 2021
You can drive through the neighborhood reveling in the sights, sounds and scents of the season. It’s a wonderful way to spend the evening and one the entire family will enjoy and remember for years to come. The wildly extravagant decorations are on display from December 1 through January 1 from about 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
This holiday tradition can be continued from the safety of your car. Due to COVID-19, not as many homes may be participating as usual
For additional information and directions, visit the website at http://www.yelp.com/biz/sleepy-hollow-christmas-lights-torrance
December 6, 2020
Play at Home is a series of FREE staged readings and virtual performances you can watch from the comfort of your home. The schedule is as follows:
December 6: Beyond Glory
December 12: Beyond Glory Encore
December 13: Driving Miss Daisy
December 19: Driving Miss Daisy Encore
December 20: A Christmas Carol
December 24: A Christmas Carol Encore
The fee is $20 per household.
December 8, 2020
The Featured Guest Speaker is Rose Powers and the topic will be “Get into the Spirit of the Season – According to Rose”.
She will be speaking about:
-Decorating for you and your family as you nest and work at home
-Spreading Cheer as we’re staying socially distanced
-Business Promotions at a time when business has been cut back
Suggested donation is $5.
For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the website at https://www.sbbwa.com/.
December 10, 2020
The event features the Installation of Chair and the 2021 Executive Committee, the John Parsons Leadership Award, Shaun Lumachi Advocacy Award, Business of the Year Award, Non-profic of the Year, the Legacy Award and remarks by L.A. County Supervisor, Janet Hahn.
Tickets start at $20.
For additional information and registration, visit the Eventbrite page at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sbacc-installation-tickets-124151551633
December 10, 2020
As with all Women’s Voices in Tech events, this virtual event will bring together some of the most successful, influential, and inspiring women entrepreneurs, and techies in Los Angeles. Expand your professional network!
As 2020 comes to a close, Women’s Voices in Tech is honored to welcome Jeanne Holm, Deputy Mayor for Budget and Innovation for the City of Los Angeles to the final event of the year. Jeanne is passionate about creating opportunities for women in the workplace that help them to own their careers.
December 12, 2020
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 October 2020, volunteers have put over 2300 work hours into the project. This is a labor of love and the organizers are immensely grateful to anyone who gives their time.
COME MAKE FRIENDS! DO GOOD! HAVE FUN! Meet by Kathryn Avenue in Torrance. Bring tools and gloves (if you have or will be supplied), sunscreen, water AND energy. Donations are also accepted via Paypal and personal check to cover the cost of water, tools, and promotion of the event.
To schedule yourself or your group, contact Jenna Christensen at 310.920.9387 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For additional information and photos of the event, visit the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/seasideheroespark.
December 27, 2020
The event features 150+ 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.