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South Bay by Jackie.com COVID-19 Website Announcement

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

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.

Torrance Antique Street Faire

Fourth Sundays

Torrance Street Faire - sbbjJoin the vintage treasure hunt every fourth Sunday at the Torrance Antique Street Faire from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in historic downtown Torrance.

Over 200 sellers will be set up along the tree lined streets with antiques, collectibles, vintage clothes, furniture, jewelry, toys, tools, home decor and more…all on sale at bargain prices!

The monthly event features live entertainment with DJ Ozzie in the park, Stacy Robin & Friends in the Plaza and live music in front of the coffee shop and Just Luigis.

Torrance Beach Drum Circle

Second Sundays

Drum Circle - sbbjThe Torrance Beach Drum Circle meets on the beach every second Sunday of each month from 1 to 3:30 p.m. right below the Torrance Beach parking lot.

All ages and musical abilities are welcome to this FREE event; drums and percussion instruments are provided for everyone.

This is a casual group of friends and music lovers that enjoy sharing the joy of music with the community and it’s a particular pleasure when children get involved.

First Fridays @ First Concert Series

First Fridays

First-Fridays-at-FirstThe Classical Crossroads’ concert series, First Fridays at First, is graciously hosted as a gift to the community by FirstServe Community Services, the non-profit community service partner organization of First Lutheran Church & School in Torrance.

Talented rising artists from around the world are presented at First Lutheran Church at noon the first Friday of each month.

Help R6 Distillery Make Hand Sanitizer!

Ongoing

There have been numerous requests from fire fighters, police officers, doctors, nurses, and hospitals requesting assistance with the production of hand sanitizer.

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.

To donate, visit https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-r6-distillery-make-community-hand-sanitizer.

Any help is tremendously appreciated! #SouthBayStrong

The Great American Takeout

Ongoing

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.

Free Virtual Exercise Classes with the Center for Health & Fitness

Every Monday thru Friday to April 30, 2020

Looking to stay active and healthy from the comfort of your home?

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.

Monday Morning Java

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!

Online Families Connected Parent Chat

April 13, 20 & 27, 2020

Beach Cities Health District, South Bay Families Connected and the Thelma McMillen Center will host Online Families Connected Parent Chat every Monday in April from 9:50 to 10:50 a.m. via Zoom.

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.

Women in Tech in Quarantine Virtual Networking Mixer

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.

Virtual Coffee Chats

April 15, 2020

Join Beach Cities Health District, South Bay Families Connected and Fusion Academy for weekly Virtual Coffee Chats every Wednesday in April from 3 to 4 p.m.

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)

Virtual Belly Dance Class

April 15, 2020

Pull & Thread will host a Virtual Bellydance Class on Wednesday, April 15 and every Wednesday in April from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. via Zoom.

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
Password: 219075

For additional information, visit the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1207132276160109/.

Beatbuds Cyber Jam

April 16, 2020

The Point will host The Beatbuds Cyber Jam on Thursday, April 16 from 11 to 11:40 a.m. on Instagram.

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!

Bunka Sai Japanese Cultural Festival *CANCELLED*

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.

Free Virtual Parent Workshop: Families Connected Speaker Series

April 30, 2020

Join Beach Cities Health District and South Bay Families Connected for The Journey – A Conversation About Mental Health in New, Uncertain Times on Thursday, April 30 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. via Zoom.

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.

BeachLife Speakeasy Live Stream Event

May 1, 2020

BeachLife Festival presents Speakeasy Live Stream Event on Friday, May 1 from 3 to 8 p.m.

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!

Senior Faire *POSTPONED*

May 2, 2020

The Torrance Community Service Department presents the annual Senior Faire on Saturday, May 2 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Ken Miller Recreation Center.

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.

Kontrapunktus: The London Scene *POSTPONED*

May 2, 2020

Neo-baroque orchestra Kontrapunktus presents The London Scene at Ascension Lutheran Church on Saturday, May 2 at 7:30 p.m.

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.

South Bay Women’s Conference *CANCELLED*

May 8, 2020

The South Bay Business Women’s Association presents the annual South Bay Women’s Conference: Inspiration, Intention, Integrity on Friday, May 8 from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Torrance Marriott.

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.

Armed Forces Day Celebration & Parade *CANCELLED*

May 15 – 17, 2020

Armed Forces Day ParadeThe City of Torrance will pay tribute to the nation’s Armed Forces at the annual Armed Forces Day Celebration and Parade Friday, May 15 through Sunday, May 17.

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.

Armed Forces Day 5K Run for Freedom *CANCELLED*

May 16, 2020

The Torrance Chamber of Commerce and the Village Runner present the annual Armed Forces Day 5k Run for Freedom on Saturday, May 16 at Del Amo Fashion Center starting at 8 a.m.

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.

Torrance Cultural Arts Center

TORRANCE_CULTURAL_ARTS_CENTER - sbbjThe mission of Torrance Cultural Arts Foundation is to enrich the community through the performing arts by providing diverse cultural, educational and entertainment experiences of the highest quality.

Located at the heart of the South Bay, the Torrance Cultural Arts Center houses the James R. Armstrong Theatre and George Nakano Theatre. They offer a variety of live entertainment including dramatic, comedic and musical theater productions, concerts and other events.

Western Museum of Flight

IMG_1757 - sbbjOur fascination with airplanes doesn’t end with childhood. No matter the age, climbing into a cockpit is always a thrill.

When was the last time you pretended to be the Red Baron?

The Western Museum of Flight is a non-profit, educational institution dedicated to preserving and displaying aircraft history and artifacts of Southern California’s aviation heritage.

Switzer Center Women of the Year Awards Luncheon

May 29, 2020

The Switzer Learning Center is proud to present the Women of the Year Awards Luncheon on Friday, May 29 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel.

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.