Torrance Events

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TAM Fall Exhibitions

September 21 – November 16, 2019

Torrance Art Museum (TAM) two Fall Exhibitions opening on Saturday, September 21 from 6 to 9 p.m.

The Main Gallery hosts Material Matters as one of seven venues in the Los Angeles region taking part in the 5th SUR:biennial (2019). Gallery Two examines superheroes in contemporary art with To Save The Day!

Material Matters features works by Cruz Castillo, Elisa Ortega Montilla, Ruben Ochoa, and Tessie Salcido Whitmore. These four artists gather together the materials of urban life, here in Southern California – plastics, steel, concrete, fabrics, detritus – and manipulate them in order to address themes of identity, memory, political positions, and the poetics of the urban environment. The artists make discoveries with these gathered materials and reassemble them in new ways to bring a fresh insight into what it might mean to be urban within our massive contemporary metropolis.

South Bay Farmers’ Markets Schedule

South Bay farmers' MarketsThe 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:

Community Beautification @ Seaside Heroes Park

Second Saturdays

Seaside-Heroes-Park-Community-Beautification-EventJoin volunteers at Seaside Heroes Park for the monthly Community Beautification Event the second Saturday of every month 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.

Walking Tours of Historic Old Torrance

Fourth Sundays: May Through October

torrance historical society 3The Torrance Historical Society offers Walking Tours of Historic Old Torrance every fourth Sunday through October. This FREE docent-led tour begins at the Torrance Historical Museum at 1:30 p.m. and will point out many historic sites and landmarks in Old Torrance founded in 1912.

Ride the Trains @ Wilson Park

First Sunday & Third Saturday

Southern-California-Live Steamers sbbjSouthern California Live Steamers invites the public to Ride the Trains at Wilson Park.

They host public run days on the first Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the third Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. every month. The trains are located at the eastern end of the park near the picnic tables.

Southern California Live Steamers is a 501(c)3 non-profit and an all-volunteer organization that provides free rides during public run days. Each volunteer is a member of the City of Torrance volunteer program.

The Jokers @ PV Bowl

October 17, 2019

The Jokers will be performing from 7:30 to 11 p.m. on Thursday, October 17 at PV Bowl’s Cove Bar

The Jokers are a new classic rock band of veteran South Bay musicians playing the party hits you grew up with! They play Old School dance rock, from Roy Orbison to the Young Rascals, Creedence Clearwater Revival to the Beatles, the Stones to Marvin Gaye and the Four Tops to the Eagles.

To learn more about The Jokers, visit the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/The-Jokers-1969396543158056/.

PV Bowl’s Cove Bar (21 and over) is located at 24600 Crenshaw Boulevard, between Skypark Drive and Lomita Boulevard in Torrance.

Pugtacular Spooktacular

October 19, 2019

Pug Nation Rescue presents the annual Pugtacular Spooktacular on Saturday, October 19 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Torrance Park.

Pug Nation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue, care, and placement of abandoned, neglected, unwanted, and abused pugs. Their goal is to find every homeless pug a forever home; if they cannot do that, they pledge to provide a comfortable and loving place for sick or unwanted pugs to live out their lives. Pugtacular is a huge doggie Halloween fest fundraiser! Pug owners from all over converge and take part in a fun Pug event that also helps to build the rescue community. The event features a dog costume contest, vendors, food, photo booth, adoptions, silent auctions and great raffle prizes.

Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children.

For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the website at http://pugnationla.org/.

Torrance Park is located at 2001 Santa Fe Avenue, Torrance, CA 90501.

WMoF Celebrity Lecture Series

October 19, 2019

The Western Museum of Flight Celebrity Lecture Series presents A Pilot for All Seasons with Robert “Hoot” Gibson on Saturday, October 19 at 11 a.m.

Starting with his race winning performances in the Reno Air Races, flying a highly modified P-51 Mustang, this versatile and widely experienced pilot, will also share his adventures in military aviation, flying the space shuttles (including Challenger, Columbia, Atlantis and Endeavour), and docking with the Mir Space Station. Hoot’s professional life has been a series of the kinds of adventures that most of us can only dream about. Needless to say, this is one that you will not want to miss!

Admission is FREE for Museum Members and $5 for Non-Members. Free parking is available in the Museum lot.

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

The Western Museum of Flight is located at 3315 Airport Drive, Torrance, CA 90505.

BeachLife Backyard Games

October 19, 2019

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!

Halloween Scare Down in Downtown

October 19, 2019

The Downtown Torrance Association presents the annual Halloween Scare Down in Downtown on Saturday, October 19 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Head to downtown Torrance for this family friendly, fun-filled Halloween event with activities for all ages. The evening features pumpkin painting, music, haunted boo-tique, photo booth, games, tarot card reader and more!

Stroll down the decorated streets of historic downtown Torrance and see which business gets your vote for best decorations. Most stores will be open late with candy for the trick or treaters and scary good sales! At the Torrance Historical Society Museum located at 1345 Post Avenue, there will be an antique car show, Day of the Dead altar exhibits and candy and tattoos for the kids.

All the downtown restaurants will be offering Halloween themed drinks and specials! Party into the late, late night with live music at Tortilla Cantina, Madre! and Keegan’s.

For additional information, call 310-328-6107 or visit the website at http://downtowntorrance.net/.