South Bay Weekend Guide

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South Bay by Jackie Weekend Guide

November 7, 2019

A while back, I came up with this half-baked scheme to tweak the seasonal calendar in order to incorporate the marine layer months – it involved pushing the start of summer back to August. The main flaw with this proposal, is that the rest of the country’s weather actually adheres to the calendar seasons – apparently, May Gray/June Gloom is strictly a South Bay phenomenon. Anyway, I was speaking with someone recently, and we were discussing how ironic it is that once the kids are back in school and all the tourists have departed, we experience the best weather of the year. He called it “Local’s Summer”. Don’t you love that?!? It’s the perfect description for this time of year. Now that we’ve got figured that out, let’s do some weekending…..

The City of Torrance and the Torrance Social Services Commission is hosting a Veterans’ Appreciation Lunch & Resource Fair on Friday, November 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Torrance Cultural Arts Center. The event aims to show appreciation to veterans in the community and includes resource booths, a guest speaker and lunch. Veterans may bring a guest, but space is limited. Register by calling (310) 618-5880 or visit the website at The Torrance Cultural Arts Center is located at 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance, CA.

Siri Berting Photography will have a Pop-Up Studio Friday, November 8 through Monday, November 11 at Wondertree Kids. Sign up for 20-minute quickie black & white sessions per child or group just in time for the holidays! Sign-ups are required – visit to sign up. A $50 non-refundable deposit is required at time of sign up. Costs are for digital files only: $100 for one image or $600 for 10 files. Final purchase price is based on the volume of images you purchase less the $50 deposit. All images delivered via an online gallery within two weeks of shoot. Siri Berting is a parent of two and a commercial and editorial photographer with over 15 years of experience shooting and working with kids. Siri has a constant flow of creative ideas and lots of tricks up her sleeve to keep kids engaged and having fun. Some of her commercial clients include, The Land of Nod, Mattel, Orbit Baby, Family Fun, Glaxo Smith Kline, Kaiser Permanente and Project Lead the Way. For additional information, visit the website at Wondertree Kids is located at 710-A South Allied Way, El Segundo, CA 90245.

Candyland Amusements presents the Fall Carnival Friday, November 8 through Monday, November 11 at Mas Fukai Park. Come out to Mas Fukai Park over Veterans Day weekend for the City of Gardena’s Fall Carnival! Attendees will enjoy lots of rides and games. Purchase a wristband and use it all day on the day of your choice and ride until your heart’s content. Carnival hours are Friday, November 8th, 5 pm – 11 pm; Saturday, November 9th, 2 pm – 11 pm; Sunday, November 10th, 2 pm – 10 pm; and Monday, November 11th, 2 pm to 9 pm. Pre-sale wristbands are $25 and can be purchased online or at the Nakaoka Community Center located at 1670 West 162nd Street through November 7. At the door, admission is $35. For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the Eventbrite page at Mas Fukai Park is located at 15800 Brighton Avenue, Gardena, CA 90247.

The community is invited to attend the Grand Opening of F45 on Saturday, November 9. The Grand Opening Party will include three classes at 7:30 am, 9:00 am and 10:30 am. They will be handing out goodies all day from their partners, including Vuori (men’s and women’s outfit), Two Guns Espresso, NOCCO, SunLife Organics, Coconut Collaborative, Klenskin, Bo Bridges, Beam, DropfusionIV and Clearly Kombucha. What is F45 Training? The ‘F’ stands for functional training, a mix of circuit and HIIT style workouts geared towards everyday movement. 45 is the total amount of time for sweat-dripping heart pumping fun! Every class is safe, completely beginner friendly while scales to the athlete, includes two certified trainers at all times and you will never do the same workout. This is the best work-out on the planet and F45 is the fastest growing fitness franchise in the world! Prior to Saturday November 9, they’re running FREE pre-launch classes. To register for these classes, visit the Eventbrite page at For additional information, call 310-295-4245 or visit the website at F45 is located at 2001 North Sepulveda Boulevard, Manhattan Beach CA 90266.

The Pastel Society of Southern California hosts the annual Members Exhibition November 9 through November 23 at Riviera UMC. The show features paintings by nationally recognized pastel artists, as well as local PSSC members from the South Bay and the greater Southern California area. There are nearly 50 high quality framed artworks on display, all of which are available for purchase. “The PSSC was founded in 2009 by a dozen dedicated artists,” said President Otto Sturcke, “And now features MORE THAN 200 members with the goal to educate and illuminate the magic of pastel painting.” The PSSC is a member of the International Association of Pastel Societies. For additional information, contact Lynn Attig, PSSC Communications Vice President, at 310-374-8309 or visit the website at Gallery hours are Friday through Sunday, 11am to 4pm. Riviera UMC is located at 375 Palos Verdes Boulevard, Redondo Beach, CA 90277.

Join volunteers at Seaside Heroes Park for the monthly Community Beautification Event on Saturday, November 9 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. COME MAKE FRIENDS! DO GOOD! HAVE FUN! Meet at 22812 Kathryn Avenue in Torrance. Bring tools and gloves (if you have or will be supplied), sunscreen, water AND energy. Donations are also accepted via Paypal and personal check to cover the cost of water, tools, and promotion of the event. To schedule yourself or your group, contact Jenna Christensen at 310.920.9387 or via email at Seaside Heroes Park is located at 22851 Anza Avenue, Torrance, CA.

The Redondo Beach Pier Association and Cancer Support Community host Yoga on the Octagon the second Saturday of each month (November 9) from 10 to 11 a.m. Everyone is welcome to attend and take part in this all level yoga class where the International Boardwalk meets the Redondo Beach Pier (the octagon below Kincaid’s). Participants should bring a yoga mat, towel and bottled water. For details, visit the website at The Redondo Beach Pier is located at 100 Fisherman’s Wharf, Redondo Beach, CA 90277. If it rains, the class will be held at Cancer Support Community at 109 West Torrance Boulevard.

The community is invited to attend the Hunt Cancer Center Community Open House on Saturday, November 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The center will consolidate cancer treatment services into one location including offices for Torrance Memorial Physician Network Cancer Care, nurse navigators, genetic counseling, infusion center, and clinical research trials in partnership with Cedars Sinai. Take a tour of the building and see for yourself the careful attention involved in planning and creating a patient centered environment. This long-awaited opening is not to be missed! For additional information, visit the Facebook event page at Torrance Memorial is located at 3330 Lomita Boulevard, Torrance, CA 90505.

Brookdale South Bay will host a Casino Night Fundraiser on Saturday, November 9 from 5 to 9 p.m. Attendees will enjoy great music, heavy hors d’oeuvres, a hosted bar and fun prizes. If you don’t gamble, come to eat, drink and dance to a live band. Don’t miss your chance to hit the jackpot! Proceeds benefit Bishop Montgomery High School. Pre-sale tickets are $30, $35 at the door. Free valet parking. RSVP to Mr. Marafino at or call 310.540.2021 x246 or Amy at 310.540.2021 x 249. Brookdale South Bay is located at 5481 Torrance Blvd, Torrance, CA 90503.

The Hermosa Beach Historical Society presents Dancing through the Decades: 80s Glitzy Prom Night on Saturday, November 9 at 6 p.m. Guests are encouraged to tease up their hair and wear their most authentic 80’s attire! Costume prizes will be awarded, in addition to a live auction and raffle. The event ticket includes dinner from The Bottle Inn, two drink tickets (cocktails courtesy of Uncorked & King Harbor Brewing), and live entertainment provided by the popular local band, Juke Box, who will be playing hits from the ’80’s and beyond. This year’s gala is going to be totally epic. BE THERE OR BE SQUARE!! Guests are asked to send their actual prom photos (from any decade) to be included in the slide show that evening. Photos can be sent to or copies mailed to HBHS at 710 Pier Avenue, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254. Sponsorship opportunities are still available – contact for more information. Tickets are $80 and are available online or at the door. For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the website at St. Cross Church is located at 1818 Monterey Boulevard in Hermosa Beach.

April’s Fools Comedy Improv Troupe presents Foolish Stuffing on Saturday, November 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the Second Story Theater. You’ll laugh out loud when audience suggestions are turned into comedy on stage! Directed by Steve Lurie and Valerie Gorsuch with guest performer, Chris Moore. General admission tickets are $10 and $8 for seniors – or buy an annual pass, 12 shows for $60. For additional information and ticket purchase, call (310) 318-1705 or visit the website at The Second Story Theater is located at 710 Pier Avenue in Hermosa Beach.

Buy tickets now for A Faery Hunt Most Magical Adventure at the Sunset Theater Company on Sunday, November 10 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. On this magical interactive adventure attendees will meet faeries and funny creatures, maybe even Faery Royalty! As children we believed in magic, we knew there was something enchanted, kind and beautiful just around the next corner. When you remember this, you too may glimpse Faeryland. 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 our Faery hits 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 For additional information, visit the website at The Sunset Theater Company is located at 1603 Aviation Boulevard, #6, Redondo Beach, CA 90278.

Kinecta and Manhattan Beach Rotary present Vet Fest on Sunday, November 10 from 1 to 6 p.m. Grab your friends and celebrate Veterans near and far while raising money for local charities. Get your fill of 40 different craft beers and Texas BBQ so sweet, savory and tender it falls right off the bone. Enjoy 80’s style Yacht Rock sensation, Yachty by Nature, and dance until your feet fall off. Top it off with a corn hole tournament and BIG screens so you won’t miss your favorite game. It will be an awesome afternoon and a Veteran’s Day bash like no other! General admission tickets are $35. Veterans, Active Duty Service Members, First Responders, and their families will be admitted free of charge. For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the Eventbrite page at Kinecta is located at 1440 Rosecrans Avenue, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.

The community is invited to Visit with a Veteran on Sunday, November 10 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Torrance Historical Society & Museum. This event is part of the City of Torrance’s week-long tribute to honor our Veterans. Pull-up a chair and visit with Veterans who served in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf War, Iraq and Afghanistan. Veterans’ Day is an important day for showing appreciation to members of our military – a celebration to honor America’s Veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. For additional information, contact the Museum at 310.328.5392 or visit the website at The Torrance Historical Society & Museum is located at 1345 Post Avenue, Torrance, CA 90501.

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The City of Redondo Beach will observe Veterans Day at the Veterans Memorial in Veterans Park at 1 p.m. on Monday, November 11. The solemn observance will include reflection and remembrance, music and commentary, and honors all those members of the military who served their country. In addition to the Keynote speaker, local elected officials and other military dignitaries will also participate. Keynote speaker is Colonel Ann Igl, USAF, Commander 61st Air Base Group, Los Angeles Air Force Base. Music will be provided by the 40th Division Band, California National Guard from Joint Forces Training Base Los Alamitos under the baton of Chief Warrant Officer Chris Fossmo. The Redondo Union High School Marine Corps Junior ROTC, the Coastal Naval Sea Cadets and the Scouts are supporting the service. The service will be followed by a BBQ picnic sponsored by the Redondo Elks. The BBQ is free for all veterans and members of the military. A $5 donation is requested from all others. To RSVP for the BBQ, call the Elks Lodge at 208-473-6626. For additional information, visit the website at Veterans’ Park is located at 300 The Esplanade at the corner of Torrance Boulevard and Catalina Avenue in Redondo Beach.

The City of Hermosa Beach will host the annual Veterans Day Commemoration on Monday, November 11 starting at 4:30 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial located on the east lawn of the Community Center. The event features a musical tribute prelude by the Air National Guard Band of the West Coast Brass Quintent. The Keynote Speaker is Richard G. “Nick” Nickelson, US Navy Seal UDT and Space Capsule Recovery Team Member. Each year at the annual Veterans Day Ceremony, a new Hermosa Beach resident is introduced, someone with a son or daughter, brother or sister, niece, nephew or friend serving in the military. The event will conclude with a candlelight ceremony. For additional information, call (310) 318-0280. The Hermosa Beach Community Center located at 710 Pier Avenue in Hermosa Beach.

The Los Angeles Air Force Base will host a Career Fair: Transitioning into the Civilian Workplace on Tuesday, November 12 and Wednesday, November 13. The event will feature employers such as SAIC, Northrup Grumman, Lockheed Martin and many more.
Tuesday, November 12: Networking for Success Resume Workshop
Create your professional LinkedIn page and learn what civilian employers are looking for.
10 to 11:30 a.m.
Building 272, Classroom 201-202
Wednesday, November 13: Career Fair
Meet local employers and learn about career opportunities
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Gordon Conference Center, Area 3
Please register at the Airmen and Family Readiness Center in Building 272 or call 310-653-5290. Los Angeles Air Force Base is located at 482 North Aviation Boulevard, El Segundo, CA 90245.

The El Segundo Chamber of Commerce will host the annual Salute to the Military Luncheon on Tuesday, November 12 at 11:30 a.m. at Northrup Grumman. The event begins at 11:30 with registration and exhibitor tables. The program and lunch will commence at noon. Tickets are $60 per person. For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the website at Northrup Grumman is located at 2114 Marine Avenue, Redondo Beach, CA 90278.

Beach Financial Group will host a Health Fair on Tuesday, November 12 from noon to 2 p.m. at Bizhaus. Attendees will enjoy tacos, raffles, giveaways and learn everything you need to know about Open Enrollment. There will be representatives from Oscar Health, Blue Shield of California, Health Net, Covered California, NAMI Westside and LISI. For additional information, visit Bizhaus is located at 1730 East Holly Avenue, El Segundo, CA 90245.

A variety of experts from our South Bay community will host the Self Care Fair on Tuesday, November 12 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Redondo Beach Library Main Branch. Learn about living a healthier lifestyle, and the ins and outs of self-care from experts. Topics include, cultivating happiness from the inside out, practicing mindfulness, laughter as a healing art, eating the Mediterranean diet and setting goals and sticking to them. Doors open at 5 p.m. for light refreshments with the program beginning promptly at 5:30 p.m. This program is sponsored by members of the South Bay Dementia Education Consortium. The program is free and open to the public, but please RSVP at (310) 374-3426, ext. 256 or via email at For additional information, call (310) 318-0675, option 5, or visit the website at The Redondo Beach Main Library is located at 303 North Pacific Coast Highway, Redondo Beach, 90277. Free underground parking is available at the Library.

O-Sho Sushi will host the monthly BCHD/Blue Zones Project Social Hour on Tuesday, November 12 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Attendees will enjoy discounted appetizers and the first glass of wine for $5. Enjoy good company and practice some of Blue Zones Project’s Power 9 Principles of Longevity, including Down Shift and Right Tribe at a Blue Zones Restaurant. The monthly Social Hour takes place the second Tuesday of each month at various venues throughout the South Bay. For additional information, visit the BCHD website at O-Sho Sushi is located at 913 North Sepulveda Boulevard in Manhattan Beach.

The Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce presents Women’s Mastermind 2019: Balance, The Whole Woman on Wednesday, November 13 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Neptunian Woman’s Club. The theme is Balance, The Whole Woman which will address the many roles that women take on in their daily lives. From motherhood to career, women are constantly faced with the daily challenge to find balance. Connect with other women to create opportunities and focus on how you are not alone in facing challenges in your business, career, and personal life. Doors will open at 9 a.m. and guests will be able to enjoy a shopping boutique full of wonderful options to treat yourself or to pick up the perfect gift, as well as a little pre-Mastermind coffee and treats. The Keynote Speaker is Sandy Abrams. Sandy is a mother, entrepreneur, published author, public speaker and yoga enthusiast. In addition, there are four dynamic women on the panel who will share their insights on how they find balance in their daily routine. Panelists include:
• Chef Amber Caudle | Founder & CEO of The Source Café
• Lauren Nakano | Director, Blue Zones Project Beach Cities Health District
• Sabrina Heartsong | Spiritual Intuitive, Energy Healer and Metaphysical Counselor
• Tamala Lewis | Senior Director, Dignity Health Sports Park Community Affairs and Foundation
Lunch will be provided, family style, while you “mastermind” with the facilitators. The program ends at 2 p.m. but the shopping will continue for another full hour. Come early and stay late! Guests are encouraged to ride-share, carpool, walk or ride. Long-term metered parking is available on the lower level of the Metlox Parking Garage and the top level of Lot 3 (located at 12th/Morningside Drive). E3 Vehicles will be offering a free shuttle from the corner of 12th/Morningside over to the Neptunian Woman’s Club. Tickets are $55/$75 per person. For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the Eventbrite page at The Neptunian Woman’s Club is located at 920 Highland Avenue, 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 for details on these and other events happening throughout the South Bay.

Local photographer John Post is now taking orders for the final printing of his two books, Manhattan Beach Centennial 1912-2012 and Our South Bay Coastline. Each 8.5 x 11 hardcover book contains 100 pages, and both books have been sold out for two years. As a ‘final printing bonus’, with each book ordered, John is offering FREE any one of his 19 posters. Visit to view all posters. He will be printing only the quantity of books ordered. To reserve and guarantee a book for the holidays, orders need to be received no later than November 7. Order today at or call the John Post Gallery at (310) 376-6982. For more details about these two books, visit John Post Gallery is located at 808 Manhattan Avenue, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.

This morning on The South Bay Show: South Bay Spotlight, Mark Lipps will be sitting in as guest co-host again, this time as a representative from Manhattan Beach Rotary. We’re going to learn about the annual Vet Fest, taking place on Sunday, November 10 from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Kinecta offices located at 1440 Rosecrans Avenue in Manhattan Beach. Listen to the podcast live at 8 a.m. or 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 Chamber 360, we have a returning guest, Ed Lynch from Mychal’s Learning Place, and we’ll learn about the upcoming Santa Stroll fundraiser and get an update on what’s happening at Mychal’s Learning Place these days. Listen to the podcast live at 8 a.m. or anytime at Tune in every Friday morning and discover what’s happening in Manhattan Beach!

Have a fabulous South Bay weekend!