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June 13, 2019
It never fails…. Every Thursday, as soon as the Weekend Guide is published, at least one person will forward me information on an event happening that weekend. Even though we post those events to the website as quickly as possible, they never receive the attention they deserve and that’s a shame. If you have an event you want included in the Weekend Guide, we need to receive the information by Tuesday. Speaking of events getting attention, now is the time to start advertising for your big summer events. We normally run only 3 to 5 ads in the Weekend Guide, but as it swells with all those fabulous summer events, we have room to insert more ads (and our rates are fantastic!). Get your event all the attention it deserves!
El Segundo Museum of Art presents Experience 41: OZ opening today, Thursday, June 13 at 1 p.m. Experience 41: OZ invites visitors to immerse themselves in the world of Oz created by storyteller L. Frank Baum. OZ is organized by Jeff Cason with curatorial support by Barbara Boehm and Eugenia Torre. This Experience will feature over 80 artworks and artifacts from the original book and its inspired stories. On display will be all 40 books in the Oz series as well as original and rare framed illustrations by the Oz illustrators, W. W. Denslow, John R. Neill and more. Visitors can view original artworks and objects connected to and inspired by the OZ story in ESMoA’s gallery. Guests can use the Gallery Grid to learn more about the artworks on display and try their hand at OZ trivia. For additional information, visit the website at https://esmoa.org/. ESMoA is located at 208 Main Street, El Segundo, CA 90245.
Native Harvest presents the Redondo Beach Night Market beginning tonight, Thursday, June 13 from 5 to 9 p.m. in the parking lot of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church and every Thursday night during the summer months. The Night Market vendors offer an array of hot and prepared foods for purchase, seating area, DJ, and kid’s corner for the little ones. For additional information, visit the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/nativeharvestevents/. The Night Market takes place in the parking lot of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church located at 301 Avenue D, in Redondo Beach.
The City of Hermosa Beach will host the State of the City Address tonight, Thursday, June 13 at 5:30 p.m. at the City Council Chambers. Mayor Stacey Armato will highlight recent City accomplishments, outline goals for the year, and elaborate on upcoming opportunities for the community to get involved in the Best Little Beach City. The State of the City Address is a terrific opportunity for people to truly understand how the city government operates while meeting with the very people who maintain its success. Attendees will enjoy a social hour at 5:30 p.m. with the program beginning at 6:30 p.m. The event is FREE and residents are encouraged to attend. For additional information and RSVP, visit the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/335667993763463/. City Council Chambers are located in City Hall at 1315 Valley Drive, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254.
Vroom, vroom! Cruise at the Beach takes place every Friday (June 14) from 4 to 8 p.m. at Ruby’s Diner in Redondo Beach. Open to the public, this free event happens every Friday night April through October and features a gathering of vintage automobiles on display in the Ruby’s Diner parking lot. Enthusiasts are encouraged to bring their hot rods, street rods and muscle cars and strut their stuff. A favorite with local car enthusiasts, this popular event has grown tremendously over the years and features vintage and classic cars from all over Southern California. The evening also features music, trivia, trophies and raffle. If you wish to display a car or require more information, contact Larry Neville at 310-962-7438. Ruby’s Diner is located at 245 North Harbor Drive in Redondo Beach.
The Roadium Open Air Market presents Summer Fridays Drive-In Movies every Friday (June 14) this summer. The Roadium is reviving its classic 1950’s drive-in for a one-of-a-kind movie-going experience this summer. Every Friday night, guests can enjoy a great film in this throwback retro setting, along with food trucks, movie concessions, and more. This Friday, they’ll be screening Jurassic Park. Admission is $20 per car. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. with the movie starting at 8 p.m. For additional information, visit https://www.southbaybyjackie.com/summer-fridays-drive-movies/. The Roadium Open Air Market is located at 2500 West Redondo Beach Boulevard, Torrance, CA 90504.
In order to get past the recent shooting tragedy at the Gable House Bowl, the owners have decided to do away with karaoke and re-introduce classic rock bands on Friday nights. The Jokers will play in Jack’s Place Bar on Friday, June 14 from 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. The Jokers are a new classic rock band of veteran South Bay musicians billing themselves as playing “the party hits you grew up with!” The Jokers 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/. No cover charge. 21 and older. Gable House Bowl is located at 22501 Hawthorne Boulevard in Torrance.
The first annual Torrance Beer Run will take place from Saturday, June 15 through Sunday, June 23 in conjunction with L.A. Beer Week. Visit each of the breweries listed on the card during L.A. Beer Week and have your card stamped. When you have all 11 stamps, turn in your card and receive a Torrance Beer Run t-shirt. T-shirts can be picked up at Hop Saint and Smog City. It’s first-come, first served, so be sure to complete your card and turn it in quickly while supplies last. For additional information, visit https://discovertorrance.com/events/torrance-beer-run/.
The City of Gardena will host a Community Yard Sale on Saturday, June 15 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Mas Fukai Park. Come out and grab some great deals on clothes, furniture, household items, toys, jewelry, electronics and more! Vendors interested in renting a 10×10 space for $25, should stop by the Nakaoka Community Center for details. For additional information, visit the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/588198424980548/. Mas Fukai Park is located at 15800 Brighton Avenue, Gardena, CA 90247.
Best Day Foundation will host Beach Day on Saturday, June 15 from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hermosa Beach. Best Day Foundation enables children and young adults with special needs to build confidence and self-esteem through adventure activities which stretch their limits, expand their true potential, reinforce their achievement, and connect them with diverse populations in their community. The following activities will be available depending on conditions; tandem surfing, body-boarding, stand up paddling (SUP), kayaking, beach obstacle course, and beach games. All the gear needed for a fun safe day at the beach will be provided. You only need to bring your personal items such as a towel, change of clothes, etc. At the end of the day a hot lunch will be provided for all of the kids who participated and volunteers. Lunch is NOT provided for participant’s families as it is too difficult to plan appropriately and adds to the expense. They cannot prepare special options for those with dietary limitations – if this affects you, please plan accordingly. The day will wrap up with a fun filled celebration with an award ceremony where each participant receives a Best Day team surfer medal and goodie bag. For additional information and registration, visit the website at https://bestdayfoundation.org/event/saturday-june-15-hermosa-beach-los-angeles/. The event organizer will be set up at 1100 The Strand, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254. (Just south of the Hermosa Pier.)
South Bay Children’s Health Center presents the annual Champions for Children 5K Trail Run/Walk on Saturday, June 15 starting at 8 a.m. at Ernie Howlett Park in Rolling Hills Estates. The event will raise money and build awareness of the need for quality mental and oral health services for under-served children, teens and young adults throughout the South Bay and surrounding areas and will attract local dental and mental health professionals, community partners, families and local corporations. Participants can run or walk the course as an individual or as part of a team. The day will be filled with family activities for children of all ages, vendor booths, a children’s festival and a wonderful, healthy team spirit. The cost is $35 for adults, $25 for children under 13, and $15 for the Kids Fun Run (5 and under). Late registration, event day packet pick-up and warm-up begins at 7 a.m. The Trail Run starts at 8 a.m. The Trail Walk begins at 9:15 a.m. For additional information and registration, visit the website at https://www.sbchc.com/. Ernie Howlett Park is located at 25851 Hawthorne Boulevard, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274.
Torrance Memorial will host Advances in Cancer Care: Prevention of Liver Cancer & Hepatitis B & C Screenings on Saturday, June 15 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Hoffman Health Conference Center. A panel of cancer specialists from Torrance Memorial will address the latest research and treatment advances for liver cancer, as well as risk factors associated with Hepatitis B & C. Attendees will receive free screenings for Hepatitis B & C. Brunch is included. This event is FREE to attend but RSVP is required! For additional information and to register, call (310) 517-4711 or visit https://portalclient.echo-cloud.com/86037Portal/ClassEnrollment/SectionListing.aspx?link=463. Scroll to bottom of page and click the “Add to Cart” button. The Hoffman Health Conference Center is located at 3315 Medical Center Drive, Torrance, CA 90505.
The YMCA in partnership with Kaiser Permanente South Bay Medical Center will be holding FREE Community Fitness Classes on Saturday, June 15 from 9 to 11 a.m. at Ken Malloy Harbor Regional Park. Classes meet next to outdoor exercise area and are for all fitness levels.
Zumba – Saturdays 9 to 10 a.m.
Basic Boot Camp – Saturdays 10 to 11 a.m.
These events are FREE and open to all! Come join in on the fun! For additional information, visit https://torrance.ymcala.org/page/-/website%20files/Exercise%20in%20the%20Park%20may%20august%202019.pdf?_ga=2.105534275.1595431829.1560284725-1890167330.1560284725. Ken Malloy Harbor Regional Park is located at 25820 Vermont Avenue, Harbor City, CA 90710.
Have you heard SEA Lab is closing the end of this month? So sad…. SEA Lab presents Shark Saturday on Saturday, June 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Join the SEA Lab Team for kid-friendly games and crafts, included with general admission to The SEA Lab (just $5, no advance tickets necessary) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Touch tank tours on the hour, every hour. There will be a presentation by Apryl Boyle of El Porto Shark from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Find out why sharks are so important to our ecosystem and why they are in need of conservation and advocacy. Replace the fear with the facts and learn to love these misunderstood animals. $10 ages 5 and up, advance registration recommended. Purchase a raffle ticket during your visit for a chance to win prizes! For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the Eventbrite page at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/shark-saturday-tickets-61906794890. The SEA Lab is located at 1021 North Harbor Drive, Redondo Beach, CA 90277.
Southern California Live Steamers invites the public to Ride the Trains at Wilson Park on Saturday, June 15 from noon to 3 p.m. 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. The rides are free but donations are appreciated to help keep the trains running so they can share their love of trains with the public. For details, visit the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SoCalLiveSteam/. Southern California Live Steamers is located at 2290 Washington Avenue, Torrance, CA 90501. Wilson Park is located at 2200 Crenshaw Boulevard in Torrance.
Old Town Music Hall presents the annual Ragtime Festival on Saturday, June 15 and Sunday, June 16 at 2:30 p.m. The popular American musical genre known as Ragtime enjoyed its heyday between 1895 and about 1920, and then fell into virtual obscurity until a revival in the 1970s with Scott Joplin’s The Entertainer made popular by the film The Sting. This is the 44th year of this rousing tradition. Some of the best ragtime pianists in the world have graced the Old Town Music Hall stage in the past 44 years, and this year, the tradition continues with acclaimed pianist Richard Dowling kicking off the Festival with Great Scott!, a solo concert featuring piano compositions by Scott Joplin. It’s the most anticipated weekend of the year, so reservations are recommended. Tickets are $20 per person. Cash or Check Only – No Credit Cards. For reservations, call the theater at 310-322-2592. For additional information, visit the website at http://www.oldtownmusichall.org/schedule.html. Old Town Music Hall is located at 140 Richmond Street, El Segundo, CA 90245.
The City of Torrance presents the Concerts in the Park series on Saturday, June 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Wilson Park Amphitheater. Pack up some chairs, blankets and picnic baskets and gather family and friends for a beautiful summer evening in the park! These concerts take place the third Saturday of the summer months and are FREE to attend. On Sunday, June 15, The Smokin’ Cobras will play. Get set for a retro rock and soul dance party as The Smokin’ Cobras authentically recreate the live sound of the biggest hits of 50’s Rockabilly, 60’s Soul, 70’s Funk and the 80’s Wave, in an electrifying performance. For additional information, visit the Eventbrite page at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/free-concert-the-smokin-cobras-tickets-60587205964. For additional information, call 310-618-2376 or visit the website at https://arts.torranceca.gov/the-arts/summerconcerts.
Wilson Park is located at 2200 Crenshaw Boulevard, Torrance, CA 90501.
Torrance Art Museum presents the Opening Receptions of Generation W(ar) and Run Straight Through on Saturday June 15 from 6 to 9 p.m. This bold summer exhibition explores the intersection between art and warfare, enlisting 16 artists who reflect a world of increased military engagement across the globe. Utilizing a wide range of media in its artistic arsenal, Generation W(ar) deftly maneuvers through the defining trait of our conflicted times to investigate the invisibility of things in plain sight and the daily relationship to war that underlies the culture at large. 21-year olds have never lived during a time when the US was NOT at war. How and where can we see this reflected in the art works of our time? How can contemporary painting register the experience of those who travel, migrate, and pass through borders of the world? Run Straight Through is a curatorial project conceived around the notion of physical presence and movement through an exploration of figuration, landscape, and the abstract. The exhibition features four artists based between Los Angeles and London whose works draw connections between place and body; the landscapes that we inhabit, and that inhabit us. Some of the paintings are purely abstract, and others represent specific actions, objects, or figures, yet all of these artists question what it means to be “here” and how to get there. The exhibitions will run from June 15 through August 24, 2019. This event is FREE to attend. For additional information, visit the website at http://www.torranceartmuseum.com. The Torrance Art Museum is located at 3320 Civic Center Drive, Torrance, CA.
Fathers and daughters. Fathers and sons. All for charity. All for fun! The City of Manhattan Beach Parks and Recreation Department celebrates all things paternal with the annual Father’s Day Volleyball Tournament on Sunday, June 16 from 9 a.m. to noon. This year, forget the ties and grooming products! This is a fun way for the kids to spend some quality time with pops (while mom enjoys a little downtime)! There are four different age divisions: 10 and under (short court); 11 to 14 (short court); 15 to 18 (short court); Four Person – All Ages (long court). Registration is $50 (18 and Under Divisions) and $100 (Four Person – All Ages). All participants will receive a T-shirt and other giveaways. This is a recreational tournament with pool play only. For additional information and registration, call 310-802-5448 or visit the website at http://www.citymb.info/departments/parks-and-recreation/special-events. The volleyball tournament takes place on the south side of the Manhattan Beach Pier.
The Automobile Driving Museum will host a Father’s Day Sunday Drive & Beer Tasting on Sunday, June 16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Treat Dad to a chauffeured ride in a classic car and a complimentary beer tasting. Bring the entire family as this event is appropriate for all ages. Ride cars TBA. Must be 21 and over to drink. Children must meet height requirements of 55″ to take a ride in a car. A suggested donation of $10 per adult, $8 per senior, $5 children 11 and older is requested. Children under 10 get in free. For additional information, visit the website at https://www.automobiledrivingmuseum.org/event/fathersday2019/ or call (310) 909-0950. The Automobile Driving Museum is located at 610 Lairport Street, El Segundo, CA 90245.
The South Coast Botanic Garden presents Family Day Out on Sunday, June 16 from noon to 3 p.m. Celebrate the family in your life with an afternoon of sipping, socializing, picnicking and good family fun in the Turnip Patch at the Garden. Bring your blanket and family to enjoy the Turnip Patch for games, music, food, beer and wine in this exclusive Garden area. Smog City Brewing will be pouring two of their most popular beers. Family-friendly food and wine concessions will be available for purchase. This event is for all ages. Must be 21+ for alcohol with valid ID. For Members, admission to the Garden is free. Entry to the Turnip Patch is $5 ($5 Turnip Patch entry is good for up to 5 people), including two complimentary tickets to be used for beer, wine or activities. For Non-members, Garden Admission is paid for each guest. Entry to the Turnip Patch is $5, including one complimentary ticket to be used for beer, wine or activities. For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the website at https://southcoastbotanicgarden.org/event/family-day-out-with-smog-city-brewing-co/. The South Coast Botanic Garden is located at 26300 Crenshaw Boulevard, Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA 90274.
The South Bay Women’s Chorus will perform a Spring Concert on Sunday, June 16 at 3 p.m. at the South Bay Church of God. The concert will feature songs from Mamma Mia and more. There will be a dessert reception immediately following the concert. The concert is FREE but donations are always welcome and appreciated. South Bay Church of God is located at 17661 Yukon Avenue, Torrance, CA 90504.
The City of El Segundo Recreation & Parks Department presents the Summer Concerts in the Park series sponsored by Chevron. These free concerts take place on select Sunday evenings at Library Park located in the 600 block of Main Street in beautiful downtown El Segundo. Activities begin at 4 p.m. with the music starting at 4:30 and running until 6 p.m. Gourmet food trucks will be on site and kids can stop by the gazebo for free face painting and arts & crafts provided by Camp Cowabungo Day Camp. On Sunday, June 16, Flogging Seagulls will play. No glass containers are permitted and please leave the pets at home! For additional information, call 310 524-2700 or visit the website at http://www.elsegundo.org/depts/recreation/. Library Park is located in the 600 block of Main Street in El Segundo.
Join Beach Cities Health District for the FREE Summer Fitness Series: Zumba in the Park, every Monday in June at 6 p.m. in Alta Vista Park. Get ready to dance your way into shape this summer! Every Monday night from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. the public is invited to participate and move at their own pace. All ages are welcome. This FREE community event brings together friends, family, fitness and fun! Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes and athletic clothing. Classes will be led by certified Zumba® instructors from the Center for Health & Fitness. Zumba in the Park is a huge hit every summer! For additional information and registration, visit the website at http://www.bchd.org/freefitness. Alta Vista Park is located at 715 Julia Avenue, Redondo Beach, CA 90277.
The Torrance Chamber of Commerce presents the monthly South Bay HYPE Mixer on Tuesday, June 18 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Brio Coastal Bar & Kitchen. HYPE is all about Helping Young Professionals Excel! Bring plenty of business cards, bring a friend, bring a smile! Admission is FREE for TACC Members and $5 for guests. Ages 21 to 45 welcome. For details and ticket purchase, visit the website at https://www.torrancechamber.com/event/briohype/. Brio Coastal Bar & Kitchen is located at 21532 Hawthorne Boulevard, Torrance, CA 90503.
The Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce will host the Summer Mixer on Wednesday, June 19 from 5:30 to 7:30 at Shade Hotel. What better way to welcome Summer than by celebrating National Martini Day on the Skydeck at Shade Hotel! At this quarterly mixer, attendees will enjoy delicious drinks and appetizers from zinc @ shade. Manhattan Beach Chamber members get $6 Martinis. Cash Bar (beer, wine, and select cocktails). Don’t forget your business cards! Admission is FREE. For additional information and registration, visit the website at http://www.manhattanbeachchamber.com/#&panel1-5. Shade Hotel is located at 1221 North Valley Drive, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.
Here’s a HEADS-UP on a few events you’ll want to plan for now!
This event listing is current as of yesterday, but new events are posted EVERY DAY! Check the website for updates at http://www.southbaybyjackie.com for details on these and other events happening throughout the South Bay.
Don’t forget these Summer Concert Series that have already begun!
Live Music at Metlox – https://www.southbaybyjackie.com/live-music-metlox/
Nelson’s Summer Concert Series – https://www.southbaybyjackie.com/nelsons-summer-concert-series-4/
This morning on The South Bay Show: South Bay Spotlight, our guest is Jeff Cason. Jeff is a theatrical producer, director, and creative executive and has founded several theatrical production companies. Most recently, Jeff has curated ESMoA’s Experience #41: OZ, which opens today. Listen to the podcast live at 8 a.m. or anytime at https://www.southbaybyjackie.com/jeff-cason-curator-esmoas-experience-41-oz/. Tune in every Thursday at 8 a.m. to keep up with what’s going down throughout in the South Bay!
Tomorrow morning on The South Bay Show: Manhattan Beach Chamber 360, our guests will be Meghan Quinn and Ryan Quinn, Founders of PhotoFund, an on-demand photography app. Forget selfies, try PhotoFund! Listen to the podcast live at 8 a.m. or anytime at https://www.southbaybyjackie.com/meghan-ryan-quinn-photofund/. Tune in every Friday morning and discover what’s happening in Manhattan Beach!
Happy Father’s Day to all you wonderful dads and have a fabulous South Bay weekend!