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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 summer has been cancelled, postponed or reconfigured as a virtual event. There are still several events scheduled through the end of the year, 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, even though we can’t physically be 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.
The Torrance Rose Float Association enters the City of Torrance Rose Float in the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade each year. They are a 100% volunteer non profit organization. The Association is responsible for the parade entrance forms and fee, the design contest, working with our float builder to finalize the design and obtain tournament approval, supplying the volunteer float decorators and raising funds to cover a portion of the costs.
A large portion of the costs have been provided by the City of Torrance, but due to the COVID-19 crisis, that participation is in serious doubt. There have been 65 City of Torrance floats in the Tournament of Roses Parade since 1914. The Torrance Rose Float Association works hard to continue this long standing community tradition.
If you love the Rose Parade, you also love flowers!
The current COVID pandemic has taken its toll on performing arts organizations and performing artists. In hopes to support these artists, who are critical to our success, the Torrance Cultural Arts Foundation has created TOCA To Go.
Know someone who is missing the excitement of a live performance? Got a special occasion that you want to celebrate, or need a special gift you want to send to someone? Try TOCA TO GO!
With just a few clicks, TOCA will send a performer to your home, place of work or other location. Performers who travel will maintain social distance.
Just select a performer/performance and fill out the form at https://torrancearts.org/toca-to-go/. You will be contacted for additional information and to schedule your personal performance!
June 4 – September 26, 2020
ESMoA presents Experience 26: OOMO, a solo exhibition of photographic artist Nicole Maloney. The OOMO digital cube is a conceptual interactive art sculpture depicting human oneness and our symbiotic association with technology. OOMO asks the world to stand in awe instead of in judgment of one another.
OOMO| OUT OF MANY ONE: Maloney is on a mission to capture every face in the world on the OOMO digital cube to prove that out of many, we are one. One humanity. Our differences are vast, but our similarities are colossal. OOMO confronts man’s symbiotic relationship with technology by broadcasting each selfie on both a communal and global scale. OOMO represents humanity’s moral imperative: to seek peace and tolerance so that every man, woman and child will see the other as they see themselves.
Maloney’s seminal work began with the original OOMO cube installation located in downtown Los Angeles March 2014. This analog cube is a permanent public art piece confronting prejudice with tolerance. It stands 2.44 meters made of steel and aluminum resting on one point. The cube displays photographic images featuring the diversity of man through a mixture of faces printed on stainless steel on five of the six sides.
The world has felt like a scary place the past few months. While many businesses around us closed, South Coast Botanic Garden remained open as a much-needed place of hope for our community.
Staying open has been no small feat. We acted swiftly and thoughtfully to implement solutions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and ensure the safety of staff and visitors, working under guidance from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
While we remain open as a safe place for all, it certainly is no longer business as usual. Many of the Garden’s typical sources of funding — including public programs, classes, plant sales, festivals and event rentals — have all been put on hold. The Garden is losing an estimated $4,000 per day during this crisis — a hard hit for our small organization.
That is why we are asking for your help today. You can help us weather this storm! Can we count on your support of our 2020 Flourish Fund with a fully tax-deductible gift today?
Your gift of any amount will allow our beautiful Garden to flourish for years to come and continue to unite people through nature. We are grateful for your continued and generous support. Any amount you can contribute helps.
July 13 – 20, 2020
Pediatric Therapy Network is thrilled to be one of 25 organizations selected as a finalist in the My LA2050 Grants Challenge! They’re in the running to receive up to $100,000, but they need your vote!
PTN is a finalist in the Learn category. Winning the top $100,000 prize would allow them to promote early education programs and enhance functional abilities among children with and at-risk for developmental delays and disabilities.
As the ONLY finalist serving children with developmental needs and the ONLY organization located in the South Bay and Long Beach area, your vote will have a tremendous impact on the communities PTN serves.
Starting Monday, July 13th at 9 am Pacific, you can vote for PTN online. Public voting will determine the size of the grant we will receive, so ask your friends and family to vote too! Voting will be open for one week, and you can vote for PTN one time.
On July 13, please cast your vote at https://challenge.la2050.org/2020/learn/pediatric-therapy-network/
Click here to add the date to your calendar for a reminder to vote! This doesn’t cost anything but your time!
July 14, 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! Don’t miss this opportunity to:
-Find career opportunities
-Networking and meet new people
-Connect with tech investors
-Have fun and relax
July 16 – 19, 2020
This year, it’s four, big nights of virtual live shows to support some of the festival’s past venues. 100% of the proceeds will go to the following establishments that make El Segundo so unique: Old Town Music Hall, South Bay Customs, the Automobile Driving Museum and R6 Distillery.
There will be one show per night hosted from a different venue. The performers and audience will join virtually on Zoom. The line-up of comedians will be different for each show and will include the same top tier talent you’ve come to expect from the traditional festival shows.
These events are FREE, but there will be opportunities for donations throughout the shows to help each venue.
Please RSVP to any show you’d like to attend, and you’ll receive a zoom link and instructions closer to the show date. Register at https://www.thegundocomedyfestival.com/
Thank you for the support!
July 23, 2020
The BeachLife Festival has embraced this “new normal” of live streaming, and are putting together a stellar lineup for July 23! Tune in at 7 p.m. for 2 hours of live performances and special guests, including Lukas Nelson, The Record Company, Roots of Creation, Anuhea and more! Thanks to Herradura Tequila, the streams are FREE to watch!
Watch on You Tube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UX7mD6P7198.
July 26, 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.
July 26, 2020
Register for the final show, All the Days, on Sunday, July 26 and watch in the comfort of your home.
After registering, you will receive an email with a private link to the Torrance Theatre Company YouTube channel. Copy the link into your browser on the night of the performance. The link is active for 24 hours (through Monday night).
For additional information and registration, visit the website at http://torrancetheatrecompany.com/playathome. Click on the flyer to register for the performance of your choice.
Enjoy the show!
July 30, 2020
Grab a cocktail and your computer, it’s time to get happy! Join the third virtual Happier Hour to benefit Keep It Sacred Sister (K.I.S.S.). The event features celebrity guest appearances, a special musical performance, a comedy show, exclusive giveaways and more! Want to win one of the giveaways? If you purchase a ticket by 5:30 p.m. PST, July 10th, you will be automatically entered to win one of the exclusive giveaways!
The day before the event, you will receive the Happier Hour menu that will list all of the exclusive details for the evening, including the Zoom ID & password. Make sure to tune in so you don’t miss out on all the fun! Let’s drink, share in some laughter and be happy!