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South Bay by Jackie Weekend Guide

June 14, 2018

This Sunday is Father’s Day, and as I sit here contemplating the many ways to celebrate the most important man in your life, I’m recalling Father’s Days past. I remember making ceramic hand prints and cards as a child; I remember buying ties and cologne as a teen; and once I was working and had some disposable income, I remember taking him to baseball games and treating him to all the hotdogs, peanuts and beer he could handle. (A couple of times, I had his name and birthday announced during the game and was able to procure team autographed baseballs.) But my favorite memories are of the Father’s Days we spent at Belmont Park Racetrack. Our large, gregarious, fun-loving clan would gather for a picnic and day at the races – moms, dads, aunts, uncles, siblings, cousins, grandparents, godparents and friends that should have been family. Well over 100 years old, Belmont Park is a gorgeous facility, and near the paddock there is a large, grassy picnic area. It was there we would gather, with our beach chairs, blankets, coolers and umbrellas for a day of fun, family, food and wagering. While I know Dad appreciated the gifts we gave him over the years, I believe he cherished most the special times we spent together. I know I do. So this Father’s Day, instead of the requisite gift, how about planning an activity you can enjoy together? There are several cool ideas listed below and trust me, he’ll remember the time spent with you long after the cologne is gone!

The Automobile Driving Museum presents Cruisin’ for a Bruisin’ tonight, Thursday, June 14 from 6 to 9 p.m. Back by popular demand, Cruisin’ for a Bruisin’ will be a night to remember! Enjoy an evening of skating under the Disco Ball and listening to great music. Bring your roller skates, roller blades, inline skates, Razor Scooters and skateboards for a super fun evening. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. All guests will have to fill out a liability waiver to skate in the museum. This event is open to all ages. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $8 for students, $5 for children aged 11 to 17 and children under 10 get in FREE. For additional information, visit the website at The Automobile Driving Museum is located at 610 Lairport Street in El Segundo.

Pull & Thread will host A Night of Global Fusion tonight, Thursday, June 14 at 7 p.m. Pull & Thread has invited experienced world musicians that fully encompass Global Fusion. Nsimbi is a duo formed by Ugandan hip-hop artist GNL Zamba and American world fusion artist Miriam Tamar. Building on the acoustic sounds and indigenous instruments of Africa, Nsimbi blends contemporary elements of hip-hop and spoken word with English/Western songwriting techniques and vocals to merge the traditional with the modern. Violinist, vocalist, and composer Chloe Pourmorady is a brave new voice in the modern world music landscape. With an ensemble of dynamic musicians ranging from Argentina to Egypt to Israel, Chloe fuses soulful Persian roots with Jewish, Balkan, classical, and avant-garde sensibilities sprouting the creation of the Chloe Pourmorady Ensemble. Attendees will enjoy wine by Barsha, Mister Elixir cocktails, the Temple of Love tea lounge, delicious appetizers and an after-hours set by DJ Molayem. A percentage of the proceeds will be donated to IsraAid- a humanitarian aid agency that responds to crises worldwide. Tickets are $35. For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the website at Pull & Thread is located at 24415 Hawthorne Boulevard, Torrance, CA 90505.

Amuse Music Center presents Music & Munch on Friday, June 15 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Promenade on the Peninsula. Every Friday through July 27, shoppers can grab lunch from one of the Promenade on the Peninsula restaurants and enjoy live music near the splash pad. It’s the perfect way to prep for the weekend! For additional information, visit the Facebook event page at Promenade on the Peninsula is located at 550 Deep Valley Drive, Rolling Hills Estates, CA.

The Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce presents the Home & Health Expo on Friday, June 15 from 2 to 5 p.m. and Saturday, June 16 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Manhattan Beach National Guard Armory. This two day event offers insight on how to revitalize your home and rejuvenate your health. Enjoy fitness classes, nutritional demos, sustainable design ideas, and more. Over 50 vendors will be featured. It’s a family friendly event for a healthy mind, body and lifestyle! Sponsors and Chamber Members will enjoy a VIP After Hours Celebration on Friday, June 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. For additional information, visit the website at The Manhattan Beach National Guard Armory is located at 3601 Bell Avenue, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.

Roman Aroma Italian Gran Caffe has teamed up with LA Imperial Dance for an evening of Wine & Dancing on Friday, June 15 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Stop by Roman Aroma for a glass (or two) of vino and then head to the studio next door for a fun evening of dancing! Admission is $25 per person. For additional information, visit the Facebook event page at Roman Aroma and LA Imperial Dance are located at GreenStreet Center at 901/903 North Catalina Avenue, Redondo Beach, CA.

The Redondo Pier Association in partnership with King Harbor Association is pleased to announce the return of Family Movie Nights at the Redondo Beach Pier every Friday in June at 8 p.m. This free event series is presented by Miller Children’s and Women’s Hospital Long Beach and will feature family-friendly movies. The Redondo Pier Association welcomes visitors to arrive early and visit one of the many restaurants located on Fisherman’s Wharf, International Boardwalk and the adjacent Redondo Beach Marina for dine-in or take-out prior to the movie screening. For a complete list of businesses, visit The schedule is as follows:
Friday, June 15: Paddington 2
Friday, June 22: Peter Rabbit
Friday, June 29: Wonder Woman
These events are free and open to the public and take place between 8 and 10 p.m. where the International Boardwalk meets the Redondo Beach Pier below Kincaid’s in the octagon. Movies begin at dusk so times will vary. For additional information, visit the website at The Redondo Beach Pier is located at the end of Torrance Boulevard, west of Pacific Coast Highway.


The Strand House has launched a new, late night experience on the fourth floor balcony and bar, complete with a new menu, seating and fire pits! Level 4 Late Night was created for guests who want to enjoy a more relaxing late night experience… something mellower than the scene at the StrandBar downstairs. Level 4 opens on Friday, June 15 after dinner service at 11 p.m. For additional information, visit the website at The Strand House is located at 117 Manhattan Beach Boulevard, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.

The Old Town Music Hall presents the annual Ragtime Festival on Saturday, June 16 and Sunday, June 17 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 43rd year of this rousing annual tradition. Some of the best ragtime pianists in the world have graced the Old Town Music Hall stage in the past 43 years, and this year the tradition continues with four great pianists – Frederick Hodges, Vincent Johnson, Carl “Sonny” Leyland, John Reed-Torres – three fine pianos, and of course, the 1925 Mighty Wurlitzer Theater Pipe Organ. 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 The Old Town Music Hall is located at 140 Richmond Street, El Segundo, CA 90245.

The City of Rancho Palos Verdes hosts Movies in the Park on select summer Saturdays at locations throughout the city. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. with pre-movie activities and games for kids. Food trucks will be onsite, plus movie trivia and prizes for the whole family. Movies begin at dusk. Bring a low-slung beach chair and blanket, plus a jacket (it gets cold once the sun goes down)! July’s drive-in movie can be watched from your vehicle or in a beach chair.
•Saturday, June 16, 2018: Despicable Me 3 @ Hesse Park located at 29301 Hawthorne Boulevard, Rancho Palos Verdes
•Saturday, July 21, 2018: Coco (Drive-In Movie) @ at City Hall located at 30940 Hawthorne Boulevard, Rancho Palos Verdes
•Saturday, August 18, 2018: Peter Rabbit @ Eastview Park located at 1700 Westmont Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes
For additional information, visit the website at or call 310.544.5260.

Pacific Coast Gallery presents the Opening Reception: Fun, No Fun featuring the life and times of Patti Astor on Saturday, June 16 from 7 to 10 p.m. Patti Astor will be at the gallery and will share her stories of being at ground zero of the punk scene at CBGB in NYC in the mid-70s with Blondie, the Talking Heads and the Ramones, and subsequently being at the center of the downtown NYC art scene in the early 80s, as she founded and ran the FUN Gallery, helping breakout artists like Keith Haring and Basquiat. Attendees can watch screenings of the films The Foreigner (starring Patti Astor) and Blank Generation, featuring footage from CBGB’s in the mid-70s. The evening will also feature new art from Rebecca Taghioff (her Spray of the Day series), Paul Roustan (bodypainting), Lori Herbst (vinyl textile art) and Drew Carolan (former assistant to Richard Avedon and famed CBGB portrait photographer). Paul Roustan will be doing live body painting in the gallery throughout the event. Guests will enjoy an open bar featuring Egg Creams (+rum) straight from Avenue A in the East Village. The event is also a costume party, with prizes for the best 70s and 80s punk, new wave, and hip hop clothing, so come in your best old skool attire. The grand prize is an original photo of Black Flag from their first show at Polliwog Park in 1979, taken by SST producer SPOT. . For additional information, visit the website at Pacific Coast Gallery is located at 205 Pier Avenue, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254.

The City of Torrance will be holding a Hazardous and e-Waste Recycling Round Up on Saturday, June 16 at American Honda from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Have any old paint, electronics, expired pharmaceuticals or other hazardous or e-waste at home? Now is a great time to start gathering it so it can be disposed of properly at this roundup. Dispose of household hazardous waste and e-waste the right way! Bring items in a sturdy box, preferably in their original labeled containers. For additional information and a complete list of items that will be accepted call 1-888-CLEANLA or visit the website at American Honda is located at 1919 Torrance Boulevard (Enter off of Harpers Way off Van Ness) in Torrance.

Terranea Resort celebrates Father’s Day this weekend with activities for the sporting dad.
•Experience the unique sport of archery on the beautiful cliff-top range with sweeping views of Catalina Island. Skilled Archers will provide you with bow and arrow instruction, followed by shooting practice and games.
•Partake in a Private Falconry Experience and introduce Dad to the beauty and natural history of working birds of prey including falcons, Harris Hawks, and Eurasian Eagle Owls. Terranea’s falconer will show you how to identify these birds in the wild and discuss the important roles they play, not only at Terranea, but in the wider environment as well. Available Wednesday through Sunday at 9am.
•Paddle through the stunning kelp beds along the Terranea coastline during a Kayak Tour. This underwater forest is home to the California marine state fish, the Garibaldi, bottlenose dolphins, seals and sea lions. If you’re lucky you may even see a whale!
•Led by a skilled guide, test your core strength while paddle boarding through amazing kelp beds along our shoreline. Gliding above the kelp forest, an endless eco-system often referred to as an underwater rainforest, you will have a unique view of the ever-changing ocean landscape.
•Soak up the sun and experience the exhilaration of riding a wave with professional surf lessons provided year-round in this quintessential Southern California experience.
For additional information, visit the website at Terranea Resort if located at 100 Terranea Way, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275.


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 17 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 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 17 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Treat Dad to a chauffeured ride in a classic car and a complimentary beer tasting courtesy of El Segundo Brewing Company. 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 or call (310) 909-0950. The Automobile Driving Museum is located at 610 Lairport Street, El Segundo, CA 90245.

The South Coast Botanic Garden hosts Dad’s Day Out: A Father’s Day Celebration on Sunday, June 17 from 1 to 4 p.m. Take Dad on an unforgettable adventure at the Garden! Hike through trails, design a memory box, and create burnt wood art. Afterward, relax at the Craft Beer station and enjoy a cold brew from Smog City Brewing and play a game of corn hole. All Dads receive one complimentary beer. Drinks available for purchase on-site. This event is rain or shine. Kids Club is included with Garden admission or membership. RSVP highly encouraged! For additional information, visit the website at South Coast Botanic Garden is located at 26300 Crenshaw Boulevard, Palos Verdes, CA 90247.

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. The concert schedule is as follows:
Sunday, June 17 – Surfs Up, Beach Boys Tribute
Sunday, July 08 – Barbara Morrison & Bobby Barron & the Swing Thing
Sunday, July 22 – Kelly Rae Band
Sunday, August 5– Midnight Ride
No glass containers are permitted and please leave the pets at home! For additional information, call 310 524-2700 or visit the website at Library Park is located in the 600 block of Main Street in El Segundo.

The El Segundo Chamber of Commerce presents Lunch & Learn on Wednesday, June 20 from 11:30 to 1 p.m. at Chevron Park Clubhouse. The Featured Speaker is Officer Jeff Darringer from the El Segundo Police Department. Don’t miss this important presentation about safety in the workplace and active shooter training. Lunch provided by El Segundo Catering Company. This is a Lunch & Learn you don’t want to miss! Tickets are $25 for Members and $35 for guests. Reservations required. For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the website at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse is located at 2301 Rosecrans Boulevard, El Segundo, CA 90245.

The Women’s Council of Realtors South Bay Network presents the annual Taste of Summer: Havana Nights on Wednesday, June 20 from 5 to 8:30 p.m. at The Redondo Beach Hotel. Named the ‘funnest’ event to EVER be held on a Wednesday, with the best craft beers, wine and food, Havana style. Doors open at 5 p.m. and yes, you should wear your dancing shoes, pop on a hat if you have one! Sip on some rum, savor the music, and bid on some silent auction items all while enjoying the view from the Redondo Beach Hotel. Admission is open to guests of all ages. Valid I.D. is required for persons over 21 consuming alcoholic beverages. Parking for the event is FREE! Tickets are $50 for Members and $75 for non-Members. Use promo code JACKIE25 and receive a $25 discount! For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the Eventbrite page at The Redondo Beach Hotel is located at 400 North Harbor Drive, Redondo Beach, CA 90277.

Can’t wait for this…. The community is invited to attend the El Segundo Art Walk on Thursday, June 21 from 5 to 9 p.m. Located in the Downtown and Smoky Hollow districts, over thirty creative El Segundo businesses will open their doors for studio tours and become a pop-up gallery displaying original artwork of Los Angeles based artists. ESAW pairs artists with local businesses to display their work on the premises. Yes, it is an art walk, but the art is only half of the attraction. The venues are what make the event so unique. El Segundo has an abundance of remarkable and historic architecture, most of which house businesses not open to the general public. The opportunity to gain access to these distinctive spaces makes for an extraordinary experience. The evening features fine art, live music, great food and studio tours. It’s fun and it’s FREE! The El Segundo Art Walk will take place the third Thursday evening of the summer months – June 21, July 19 and August 16. Trust me, you don’t want to miss this….put it on your calendar NOW. For additional information, visit the website at

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South Bay Fencing, a new fencing club has recently opened in Torrance. (I was a competitive fencer years ago and got my start at a club in Torrance.) Fencing is not as popular here in the States as it is in Europe and around the world, but it’s a fun and fantastic sport! Summer break is a great time for kids to try new activities and sports and they can start as young as six years old training at the club. Fencing is also a great way to get a leg up to get into universities with fencing teams (Stanford, UCSD, Columbia, Princeton, Penn State, etc). At my former club, 97% of student members were accepted into Ivy League schools….. just sayin’! For additional information, call 310-756-8635 or visit the website at En guarde! Precision Athletic Fencing Club is located at 20038 Hawthorne Boulevard, Torrance CA 90503.

Lazy Acres Natural Market announced recently that it will open a new store in Hermosa Beach in October, offering South Bay area residents an entirely new, experiential shopping experience devoted to fresh, clean food, healthy lifestyle, and community partnership. This will be the brand’s second Los Angeles area store and fifth in Southern California. You can read all about it later this week in the Daily Blog at

The Palos Verdes Concours D’Elegance will take place on Sunday, September 30 at Zamperini Field at Torrance Airport. The event promises to be a Concours to remember with side-by-side displays of world class automobiles and vintage aircraft. In celebration of the Concours 25th Anniversary, discounted tickets are available for only $25! This offer ends soon, so grab your tickets now! For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the website at Louis Zamperini Field is located at 3301 Airport Drive, Torrance, CA 90505.

This morning on The South Bay Show: South Bay Spotlight, we’re celebrating dads and offering suggestions on how to spend Father’s Day in the South Bay with the most important and influential man in your life. We welcome you to join in conversation with questions, comments and favorite dad stories. Call (714) 242-5288 between 8 and 9 a.m. Don’t worry, if you missed the program, you can listen to it anytime at 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 360 our producing partners at the MB Chamber have their hands full with the Home & Health Expo this weekend, so we’re going to air a re-run with guest Danny Quisenberry about the new water dispenser, AquaViable – it makes water from air. You can listen live at 8 a.m. or anytime at Tune in every Friday morning and discover what’s new in Manhattan Beach!

Have a fabulous South Bay weekend and happy Father’s Day to all the wonderful dads!