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February 20, 2020
Have you ever noticed how during football season it’s always so quiet around the South Bay during the weekends? The bike path and Strand are practically deserted and local traffic is non-existent because everyone is indoors watching the games. So, I was a bit startled last weekend when suddenly, the coastal and downtown areas were swarming with people. I noticed a lot of tourists (you can just tell) and then remembered it was a holiday weekend and the beginning of Ski Week for some school districts. There was a definite chill in the air but the crowds made it almost feel like summer. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for nice weather over the next few days since I’ll be attending outdoor events all weekend…. and even though it’s only February, I’m already in a summer state of mind!
The Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce hosts the 2020 State of the Region Luncheon with Congresswoman Maxine Waters and Congressman Ted Lieu, today, Thursday, February 20 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton Torrance-South Bay. South Bay constituents can expect Waters and Lieu to delve into myriad advocacy priorities for the region, including education funding; workforce development; infrastructure and transportation efforts; and land use and development. This annual event provides an update on those policy concerns with particular emphasis on how federal policy decisions may affect our region. Tickets are $48 for Chamber Members and $77 for non-Members. For additional information and ticket purchase, call (310) 540-5858 or visit the website at https://www.torrancechamber.com/event/region2020/. The DoubleTree by Hilton Torrance-South Bay is located at 21333 Hawthorne Boulevard, Torrance, CA.
Social Workplace hosts the monthly Social Hour: Thirsty Third Thursdays tonight, Thursday, February 20 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Get social at Social Workplace! Bring your best smile and plenty of business cards. Each person has a chance to pitch their business to the group with plenty of mingling before and after. Pitches start promptly at 6 p.m. and refreshments are served. Know anyone who might need a workplace or meeting space? Bring a friend! Pre-purchase tickets are $10 or pay $20 at the door. For additional information and registration, visit the website at https://www.socialworkplace.com. Social Workplace is located at 2315 Lomita Blvd, Lomita, CA 90717. Parking is first-come, first-served. Parking is also available on surrounding streets. Uber, Lyft and ride sharing encouraged.
The Hawthorne Historical Society presents the 2020 Lecture Series tonight, Thursday, February 20 at 6 p.m. at the Museum. United States Census Bureau Partnership Specialist, Magda Armistead, will discuss Hawthorne’s role in obtaining a complete and accurate count in the 2020 Census. Attendees will enjoy socializing, light refreshments and the presentation. Suggested donation is $5 per person. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to HawthorneHistorical@gmail.com. The Hawthorne Historical Museum is located at 14100 Prairie Avenue, Hawthorne, CA 90250.
The South Coast Botanic Garden will host the Winter Flashlight Tour on Friday, February 21 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. This is the final Winter Flashlight Tour of the season. Explore the night sky with experts and telescopes from the South Bay Astronomical Society. The Winter Flashlight Tours allow you to explore the Garden in a new light, literally and figuratively. Discover new sights, sounds, smells and mysteries of the Garden during this self-guided tour while learning all about the beautiful sky above! Tickets are $4/$9. Free for members! For additional information, visit the website at https://southcoastbotanicgarden.org/event/winter-flashlight-tours-2020-02-21/. The South Coast Botanic Garden is located at 26300 Crenshaw Boulevard, Palos Verdes, CA 90247.
The South Coast Botanic Garden presents G.Y.M. Class (Goats, Yoga & Mimosas) on Saturday, February 22 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Enjoy the benefits of yoga, bask in the fresh air of the Garden, and hold your poses alongside Nigerian Dwarf goats! According a recent Huffington Post article, this new fitness trend is “the cutest way to find your center!” Bring a yoga mat and sense of humor. The fee for Members is $48, for non-Members, $54. Your purchase for goat yoga includes a 60-minute yoga session followed by two mimosas (or juice), plus bottled water, a 30-minute tram tour and admission to the Garden all day. No experience required. Participants must be at least 10 years old, 21+ for mimosas. Must bring valid ID for alcohol. Space is limited, advanced registration required. To view the video of the Goat Yoga class, visit https://www.facebook.com/scbgarden/videos/1638528099787287/. For additional information and registration, visit the website at https://southcoastbotanicgarden.org/event/g-y-m-goats-yoga-and-mimosas-2/. The South Coast Botanic Garden is located at 26300 Crenshaw Boulevard, Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA 90274.
Ragin Cajun will host a Crawfish Eating Contest on Saturday, February 22 starting at 11:30 a.m. How much crawfish can you put away? The winner is whoever eats the most by weight in 8 minutes – and the winner gets a $300 gift certificate! The Parking Lot Concert is the same day, so contestants will enjoy some live tunes while they chow down! The cost is $32 to enter and you get 3 pounds of crawfish with corn and potatoes. For additional information, visit the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ragincajuncafe/. Ragin Cajun Cafe is located at 525 South Pacific Coast Highway, Redondo Beach, CA 90277.
Ragin Cajun Café will celebrate Mardi Gras with a Parking Lot Concert on Saturday, February 22 and Sunday, February 23 from noon to 6 p.m. Laissez les bons temps rouler (let the good times roll!)! Wear purple, gold and green and be ready to dance! The schedule is as follows:
Saturday February 22
-Alligator Beach 12:30pm-2:00pm
-Lynette SheByrd 2:30pm-4:00pm
-Born on The Bayou 4:30pm-6:00pm
Sunday February 23
-Arnie Vilches & Friends 12:00pm-1:30pm
-Beaux Gris Gris & The Apocalypse 2:00pm-3:30pm
This event is FREE to attend! For additional information, visit the website at http://www.ragincajuncaferb.com/. Ragin Cajun is located at 525 South Pacific Coast Highway in Redondo Beach.
Calling all high school and young adults with special needs! Laugh Zone is gearing up for another creative, original, fun event featuring karaoke with Good Vibrayshuns and magic with Brandon Achers on Saturday, February 22 from 6 to 9 p.m. at St. Francis Episcopal Church Parish Hall. Come enjoy a night of food and fun with old and new friends! No pressure, no obligation, just a cool opportunity to spice up a typical Saturday night. Get inspired! It’s going to be the best time you’ve had this year… no joke! Admission is a suggested donation of $1 at the door. Please RSVP to email@example.com to secure your seat. St. Francis Episcopal Church Parish Hall is located at 2200 Via Rosa, Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274. Park in the lower lot and take stairs up. Handicap parking located at entrance drive.
The El Segundo Education Foundation presents Guys Night Out on Saturday, February 22 from 6 to 10 p.m. at Beach City Baseball Academy. The Poker Tournament starts promptly at 6:30 and chips are included in the price of admission. Attendees will have access to the batting cages and enjoy tacos, pizza, subs, Beyond meat burgers, beverages from Segundo Brewing Company and more. Tickets are $65 per person. For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the website at http://www.esedf.org/fundraisers/guys-night-out/. Beach City Baseball Academy is located at 430 East Grand Avenue, El Segundo, CA.
The Torrance Cultural Arts Foundation is proud to present Dancing with the South Bay Stars on Saturday, February 22 at 8 p.m. at the Armstrong Theater. The event pairs local ‘celebrities’ with professional dancers in a competition to raise funds for the Foundation and the participants’ nonprofit organization of choice. This season, ten of the South Bay’s brightest stars will slip into their dancing shoes, take the stage and strut their stuff! Tickets are $35, $50 and $65 and can be purchased on line or by calling the Ticket Office directly at (310) 781-7171. For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the website at https://torrancearts.org/dancing-south-bay-stars-ix/. The Armstrong Theater located in the Torrance Cultural Arts Center at 3330 Civic Center Drive in Torrance.
The monthly Torrance Antique Street Faire takes place on Sunday, February 23 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event features 200+ 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! 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.
Buy tickets now for A Faery Hunt: The Amazing Quest at the Sunset Theater Company on Sunday, February 23 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Auntie Angelica takes the audience on a gentle adventure to help the faery royalty! With the help of the audience and the faeries, attendees will go on a musical quest filled with fun, laughs and surprises. A Faery Hunt shows are interactive performances for young audiences that inspire creativity and fun! Many children come in costume. Wings, wands, wizard hats and CD’s of Faery hits are available at the show. Perfect for ages 2 through 10 and great fun for the whole family. Groups and birthday parties are welcome. Tickets are $15. No tickets will be mailed to you. Your name will be on the will-call list at the check-in table for entrance to the performance. Reservations are suggested and can be made by calling 818-324-6802 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For additional information, visit the website at https://afaeryhunt.com/#. The Sunset Theater Company is located at 1603 Aviation Boulevard, #6, Redondo Beach, CA 90278.
Saint Rocke presents the South Bay Music Express on Sunday, February 23 at 5 p.m. San Pedro band The Wingtips, along with Redondo Beach favorites Nasty Bad Habit, have joined local multi-genre cover band Carla D & Sonador to create the South Bay Music Express. Tickets are $10. For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the website at https://www.saintrocke.com/. Saint Rocke is located at 142 Pacific Coast Highway, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254.
Beach Cities Health District presents the annual Free Fitness Week starting Monday, February 24 and running through Sunday, March 1. Free Fitness Week is a partnership between BCHD and local studios and gyms to provide opportunities for residents to get healthy, and have fun being physically active! The Free Fitness program was designed by BCHD to introduce people of all income and ability levels to a wide variety of fitness offerings, including yoga, Pilates, cycling, strength training, boot camp and more. Over 20 fitness studios in Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach have joined the community initiative. Some classes require pre-registration while others are available on a first come, first served basis…. and it’s all FREE! For a full class schedule and descriptions, visit the website at http://www.bchd.org/freefitness.
The League of Women Voters of the Beach Cities presents A Discussion with John Chiang, Follow the Money – California’s Budget: Education vs. Everything Else on Monday, February 24 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Mira Costa High School Small Theater. Join the discussion with John Chiang, Former California State Controller and Former California State Treasurer, as he dives into how California prioritizes education through state funding. John will compare CA budget patterns with those in other states. Q&A session following the presentation. This event is FREE to attend. Doors open at 6 p.m. For further information, contact LWV at (310) 613-7432 or via email at email@example.com. Mira Costa High School Small Theater is located at 1401 Artesia Boulevard, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.
The South Bay Business Women’s Association hosts the monthly Let’s Connect Mixer at Tabula Rasa on Tuesday, February 25 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. This monthly fundraising event is a great opportunity to meet local business owners and entrepreneurs while mixing and mingling with like-minded individuals. Don’t forget to bring plenty of business cards and any flyers you might have to promote your business. Light appetizers will be provided. It’s always a fun and casual evening! Tickets are $5 for members and $15 for non-members. For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the website at http://sbbwa.com/. Tabula Rasa Essentials is located at 919 Manhattan Avenue, Suite A, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.
The Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce presents the annual State of the City Address on Wednesday, February 26 from 8:30 to 10;30 a.m. at the Joslyn Center. The Mayor and other city leaders will speak on how the city is managing its resources, what was accomplished last year and how the City is preparing for 2020. This annual event is a great opportunity to get informed and make new business connections. General admission is FREE. Preferred seating is $55 and includes coffee, pastries and swag bag. For additional information and registration, visit the website at http://business.manhattanbeachchamber.com/events/details/state-of-the-city-2020-9388. The Joslyn Center is located at 1601 North Valley Drive, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.
The Torrance Rose Float Association invites the community to the next Restaurant for Roses event on Wednesday, February 26 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. at Chili’s. We all saw the fabulous Torrance Float in this year’s Parade of Roses. Well, they raise funds all year long to make the float happen every year. Here’s your chance to contribute! Chili’s will donate 15% of all sales revenue generated by this event back to the cause. Print out the flyer and bring it with you or (SAVE A TREE) and pull it up on your smart phone. Chili’s is located at 21835 Hawthorne Boulevard, Torrance, CA 90503.
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.
Walk With Sally has scheduled the 2020 White light White Night fundraising event for July 25, 2020. They’re keeping it fresh and moving the event to a new South Bay location this year. They haven’t said where it will take place yet, but you know it will be FABULOUS! So mark your calendar and stay tuned for the new location reveal! For updates, visit the website at https://www.walkwithsally.org/.
BeachLife Festival has added a new stage to its already packed programming for their second annual event happening May 1 through May 3, 2020. The Speakeasy Stage presented by Jack Daniels will welcome rock legends and Southern California punk staples alike to perform stripped-down versions from their catalogs for an intimate experience that can only be found at BeachLife. Confirmed for BeachLife’s first-ever Speakeasy stage include performances from Chris Shiflett (of Foo Fighters), Jim Lindberg (of Pennywise), Rhett Miller (of Old 97s), Trever Keith (of Face to Face), Jason Cruz (of Strung Out), plus a slew of additional unexpected troubadours. The Speakeasy will offer festival attendees an opportunity to hear some of their favorite punk and rock anthems in an acoustic format; re-imagined especially for BeachLife’s signature laid-back, oceanfront setting. Three-day passes to BeachLife Festival are on sale now, with a complete list of Speakeasy performers. SINGLE DAY TICKETS GO ON SALE FEBRUARY 24. For tickets and details, visit the website at http://www.beachlifefestival.com.
Alpine Village Restaurant & Bar has announced it will be closing. The below link is an article that ran in the Daily Breeze a few days ago. While the restaurant and beer hall plan to close end-of-day on April 12 (Easter Sunday), the Alpine Market and other shops and services will remain open. To read the article, visit https://www.dailybreeze.com/2020/02/17/german-themed-alpine-village-near-torrance-to-close-money-losing-restaurant-and-bar-in-april.
Innovision Society, an affiliate of Kinecta Federal Credit Union, will award nine Innovision Society Scholarships of $5,000 and one Belva Roberts Leadership Scholarship in the amount of $5,000 to help deserving students on their journey to higher education. Beginning February 1, eligible students can apply at http://www.innovisionsociety.org/scholarships.
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This morning on The South Bay Show: South Bay Spotlight, our guests are Rob Freedman and Donald McVicar from The DOMO Group and we’ll learn what’s new in the market and the latest trends. NEWSFLASH: WE’RE GIVING AWAY A COUPLE OF LA KINGS TICKETS AND A SIGNED JERSEY THIS MORNING IN A TRIVIA CHALLENGE COURTESY OF THE DOMO GROUP. TUNE IN AT 8 A.M. AND WE’LL TELL YOU WHEN TO CALL IN TO WIN!! Listen live at 8 a.m. or at your leisure at https://www.southbaybyjackie.com/domo-group-real-estate-trends/. Tune in every Thursday morning at 8 a.m. to keep up with what’s going down throughout the South Bay!
Tomorrow morning on The South Bay Show: Manhattan Beach 360, we have a returning guest, Sylvia Gayed, Owner of Manhattan Tax & Accounting. With tax season just around the corner, now is the time to start planning, and Sylvia is going to give us a few tips on preparing for April 15 and bring us up to date on new tax laws. Listen live at 8 a.m. or at your leisure at https://www.southbaybyjackie.com/tax-time-sylvia-gayed-manhattan-tax-accounting/. Tune in every Friday morning at 8 a.m. for the latest happenings in Manhattan Beach!
Have a fabulous South Bay weekend!