South Bay Weekend Guide

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South Bay by Jackie Weekend Guide

February 21, 2019

There are a few events scheduled this week that required prior registration. If you really, really, really want to attend a specific event, it never hurts to contact the host organization and ask if they can squeeze you in. That’s why we include a ‘Heads Up’ section for future events – so you don’t get squeezed out. On another note, I always recommend confirming an event is still scheduled before heading out. My team verifies events are a go, right up until this Guide is put to bed Wednesday afternoon, but occasionally something will transpire and they’re cancelled at the last minute. It’s in your best interest to confirm, because all dressed up with no place to go kinda sucks….

Social Workplace is hosting a Social Hour tonight, Thursday, February 21 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Come by for a sip and a nibble, hang out with friends and get social at Social Workplace. Know anyone who might need a workplace or meeting space? Bring a friend! This event is FREE to attend, but you needed to register Friday February 8 (call them anyway). For additional information and registration, visit the website at 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.

Torrance Memorial Medical Center will host a Community Education Night: Hidden Signs of Addiction tonight, Thursday, February 21 at 6 p.m. at Fusion South Bay Campus. There are many signs a teenager is using drugs, but it can be difficult to tell the difference between experimentation and drug abuse. Learn how to recognize the hidden signs of addiction from Dr. Donnie W. Watson, program director of the Thelma McMillen Center for Alcohol and Drug Treatment at Torrance Memorial Medical Center and how to treat the situation as a family. Hear from Todd S., a prevention specialist at the Thelma McMillen Center, who knows the pressures South Bay teens experience. Todd is an alumnus of Palos Verdes High School and is now four years sober pursuing a career in health care services. He will share the insights he wishes someone had shared with him in high school. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP is appreciated at Fusion South Bay Campus is located at 1601 Pacific Coast Highway, Suite 260, Hermosa Beach 90254.

{Pages} a Bookstore, will host a Book Signing: Kick Ass Kinda Girl with author Kathy Koll tonight, Thursday, February 21 at 7 p.m. Kathi Koll, author of Kick-Ass Kinda Girl: A Memoir of Life, Love, and Caregiving will discuss her new book which chronicles the more than six years she was a full-time caregiver to her late husband, real estate developer Don Koll, after his debilitating stroke. Kathi Koll’s powerfully moving memoir is both a love story and a warrior’s tale. With unflinching honesty and refreshing humor, Koll unveils an unexpected life of joy, adventure, and heartbreak as she shares the realities of being a full-time caregiver. Kirkus Reviews calls it a “clever, compelling…[and]…an engaging, warts-and-all telling of the ups and downs of a full-time caregiver,” and Diane Donovan of California Bookwatch and Midwest Book Review hails Kick-Ass Kinda Girl as “A standout in the literature surrounding grief, recovery, and illness.” A portion of the proceeds from book sales will go to support caregivers in need. Tickets are $20 and includes admission and a copy of the book. For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the website at {Pages} a bookstore, is located at 904 Manhattan Avenue, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.

Terranea Resort will again host the popular Immersive Wellness Retreat on Friday, February 22 and Saturday, February 23. The first Daycation of 2019 on Saturday, February 23 will include exclusive experiences focused on improving both physical and emotional heart health. Highlights of the day’s activities will include a workshop with board-certified cardiologist Dr. Nazanin Azadi of Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center, a wellness session with Energy Medicine Facilitator and Meditation Instructor Angela Matthews, a restorative treatment at The Spa at Terranea, and more. In addition to the Saturday retreat, Terranea will be hosting a forum and Q&A with Dr. Azadi, along with a Wellness Marketplace featuring booths from partners and blood pressure testing on the evening of Friday, February 22. The marketplace will include the American Heart Association, to which a portion of the weekend’s proceeds will be donated. The complete itinerary for the Immersive Wellness: Daycation at Terranea is priced at $395 per person, and the Friday night forum with Dr. Azadi is priced at $30 per person. Guests attending the Friday night event do not need to purchase the full Daycation package. A portion of all ticket sales will be donated to the American Heart Association: $10 from every $30 ticket for Friday night’s talk and marketplace, and $25 from every $395 ticket for Saturday’s retreat. Additional partners of the weekend’s retreat include Righteously Raw Chocolate, Kind Snacks, Rishi Tea, and Icelandic Glacial. To book the Immersive Wellness Daycation at Terranea, visit the Terranea store or call 310.265.2740. Due to the intimate nature of select events, space is limited for the Saturday retreat, and early bookings are encouraged. A full schedule of retreat events is available at Terranea Resort is located at 100 Terranea Way, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275.

The Manhattan Beach Arts Center presents the Opening Reception of Two by Two: Stories Beneath the Surface on Friday, February 22 from 6 to 9 p.m. The exhibition will feature paintings, prints and drawings by artists Amelia Amell and Jesus Chaidez. Both artists have been informed by their rich cultural backgrounds, one from the island of Hispaniola and the other from Culiacan, Mexico. As a whole, the exhibit examines artists living in two worlds and the impact of global politics, personal histories, and cultural symbolism. Curated by Singletree arts the exhibition highlights two important contemporary artists and their art-making practice. This event is FREE to attend. For additional information, visit the website at The Manhattan Beach Art Center is located at 1560 Manhattan Beach Boulevard, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.

SEA Lab will host the Scout Badge Series: Birding for Badges on Saturday, February 23 from 10 a.m. to noon. Join the SEA Lab team for a two-part workshop that will fulfill various girl and boy scout badge requirements. Not a scout? No problem! Join them for a fun-filled day! Wild Birds Unlimited will co-host this event at SEA Lab where scouts can earn credit towards their birding badge and potentially other nature related badges. Get acquainted with the species that frequent the King Harbor Marina location, learn about using binoculars, and get tips for other birding areas and techniques. The cost is $20 per participant. For additional information, visit the website at SEA Lab is located at 1021 North Harbor Drive, Redondo Beach, CA 90277.

The Redondo Beach Public Library will host the inaugural How-to Festival on Saturday, February 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The How-to Festival is a fair where community partners showcase their skills. Celebrate the community’s know-how, soak up the library’s resources, and learn something new in just 30 minutes! Walk away empowered in your learning journey and with a new sense of pride in the resourcefulness and talent of the community. Presenters include business owners, artists, wellness experts, instructors, entrepreneurs, hobbyists, City employees, and enthusiasts. This program is FREE and open to the public. No registration is required. Free parking is available at both Library locations. To view the schedule of events, visit The Redondo Beach Main Library is located at 303 North Pacific Coast Highway and the North Branch Library is located at 2000 Artesia Boulevard in Redondo Beach.

The Automobile Driving Museum presents the Muscle Car Show on Saturday, February 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Start your engines and get ready for this popular annual show! Any make and model muscle car is welcome. There will be awards, food trucks and live music. FREE for spectators. For additional information, visit the website at The Automobile Driving Museum is located at 610 Lairport Street, El Segundo, CA 90245.

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The El Redondo Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will sponsor the annual Colonial Luncheon on Saturday, February 23 at 11 a.m. at Los Verdes Golf Club. The event will feature a social hour, silent auction, lunch and entertainment provided by comedic actress Gay Storm Oakes. Tickets are $50. Reservations were required by February 12 (call them anyway). For additional information, contact Fran Vander Stucken at 310-370-2823 or via email at Los Verdes Golf Club is located at 7000 West Los Verdes Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275.

This event sold out months ago, but spectators are welcome…… The South Coast Botanic Garden presents Goat Yoga on Saturday, February 23 from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. and 2:00 to 3:30 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!” Our friends at Hello Critter will deliver an experience you won’t soon forget. Bring a yoga mat, camera and sense of humor. Space is limited so register today! The fee for Members is $30, for non-Members, $35. For additional information, visit the website at The South Coast Botanic Garden is located at 26300 Crenshaw Boulevard, Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA 90274.

SEA Lab will offer a class on Naturalist Sketching on Saturday, February 23 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Redondo Beach bluffs. Co-hosted by USC Sea Grant, attendees will learn about phenology and observe the seasonal changes of local species. Get outdoor art experience and fine tune your naturalist skills. Earn credit towards Plant Science, Eco Friend, Outdoor Art badges and more! The class fee is $15 and can be combined with the Birding for Badges class (same day and location) for $20. For additional information and registration, visit the Eventbrite page at The SEA Lab is located at 1021 North Harbor Drive, Redondo Beach, CA 90277.

The South Bay Music Association presents the annual Comedy Night & Silent Auction on Saturday, February 23 starting at 5:30 p.m. at the El Segundo Performing Arts Center. Well known throughout the community as a fun evening of entertainment, Comedy Night promises plenty of laughs and raises $20K-$25K for the award-winning high school music program. As the band’s largest fundraiser of the year, Comedy Night truly reflects the benevolence of the community, the dedication of the parents and the dynamic energy of the El Segundo High School students. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for the silent auction and music by the Beach Cities Swing Band.The evening will feature headliner Dwayne Perkins. His one-hour special Take Note is streaming on Starz and his podcast Movie Night is a fan favorite. Additional entertainment includes The Great Omar, comedian Nick Cobb and emcee Ken Garr. Britt’s BBQ will provide bites. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. For additional information and online ticket purchase, visit the website at The El Segundo Performing Arts Center is located at 640 Main Street in El Segundo.

The Torrance Cultural Arts Foundation is proud to present Dancing with the South Bay Stars VIII on Saturday, February 23 at 7 p.m. at the James 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, nine of the South Bay’s brightest stars will slip into their dancing shoes, take the stage and strut their stuff! Tickets are $35, $45 and $65 and can be purchased online or by calling the Ticket Office directly at (310) 781-7171. For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the website at The James Armstrong Theater is 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 24 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 The Torrance Antique Street Faire is located at 1317 Sartori Avenue in downtown Torrance.

Dr. Shari Carroll Pediatric Dentistry will host a Princess Party on Sunday, February 24 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Come and hang out – and take tons of pictures – with your favorite Disney princesses. Costumes are encouraged! This is a FREE community event! If you plan to attend, please RSVP to 310-357-4414 (call or text). Dr. Shari Carroll Pediatric Dentistry is located at 1611 South Catalina Avenue, Suite 100, Redondo Beach, CA. Entry is on Avenue I.

The community is invited to attend the presentation of Mystery of the Ship’s Anchor – Finally Solved! on Sunday, February 24 at 2 p.m. at The Torrance Historical Society & Museum. For over 30 years, South Bay residents have driven past a large ship’s anchor in front of a white Greek revival office building located on the corner of Carson St. and Del Amo Circle East – smack dab between the two sides of the Del Amo Fashion Center. Yet few know the history of this 18-foot, 16-ton ship’s anchor that has been dry-docked here for over three decades. The Torrance Historical Society invited Kevin M. Anthoney, maritime and ocean liner historian, writer and shipboard speaker, to unravel the mystery of this landmark, which took him two-and-a-half years of research and investigation. His efforts of discovery have been recognized by the Maritime Historical community, and have been published. This event is FREE, and open to the public. No reservations are necessary, but seating is limited to first-come/first-served. Light refreshments will be served. For additional information, call 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.

The Manhattan Beach Art Center will host a Tea Bar on Sunday, February 24 from 4 to 6 p.m. with Jesus Chaidez. Artist Jesus Chaidez is bringing his Downtown LA Tea Bar to Manhattan Beach. Attendees will enjoy an afternoon tea tasting, taste signature teas from around the world, and learn about folklore associated with them. Explore loose leaf tea and improve your own tea making at home. Tickets are $40. This event is 18 and older. For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the website at The Manhattan Beach Art Center is located at 1560 Manhattan Beach Boulevard, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.

The internationally acclaimed African Children’s Choir will perform on Sunday, February 24 at 6:30 p.m. at Riviera United Methodist Church. The African Children’s Choir melts the hearts of audiences with their charming smiles, beautiful voices and lively African songs and dances. The “Just as I Am” tour combines traditional hymns with African cultural sounds and a stunning visual story of God’s faithfulness. A free-will offering is taken at the performance to support African Children’s Choir programs such as education, care and relief and development programs. Music for Life (the parent organization for the African Children’s Choir) works in seven African countries: Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, Nigeria, Ghana and South Africa. MFL has educated over 52,000 children and impacted the lives of over 100,000 people through its relief and development programs during its 30-year history. The African Children’s Choir has had the privilege to perform before presidents, heads of state and most recently the Queen of England, Queen Elizabeth II, for her diamond jubilee. The Choir has also had the honor of singing alongside Paul McCartney, Annie Lennox, Keith Urban, Mariah Carey and other inspirational performers. The African Children’s Choir is a nonprofit humanitarian and relief organization dedicated to helping Africa’s most vulnerable children today so they can help Africa tomorrow. This event is FREE to attend. For additional information, visit the website at Riviera United Methodist Church is located at 375 Palos Verdes Boulevard, Redondo Beach, CA 90277.

This program used to be a weekend event, now it’s a whole week! It’s a terrific opportunity to check out that fitness studio you’ve been eyeballing…. The next Beach Cities Free Fitness Week takes place Monday, February 25 through Sunday, March 3. 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

The Torrance Chamber of Commerce will host the Black History Celebration: A Legacy of Excellence on Tuesday, February 26 starting at 10:30 a.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton. The event features Master of Ceremonies Emmett Miller and will recognize the 2019 honorees:
Chinua Taylor Pearce, El Camino College
Roland Tolton, First African American Torrance Police Officer
Barbara Morrison, legendary jazz and blues singer
Cobi Jones, MLS Superstar and broadcaster
Bryson and Brock Thompson, Founders of Helmets4Helmets
Noelle Quinn, WNBA
Tickets are $49 for TACC Members and $69 for non-Members. For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the website at The DoubleTree by Hilton is located at 21333 Hawthorne Boulevard, Torrance, CA.

The South Bay Women’s Conference hosts the monthly Let’s Connect Mixer at Trina Turk on Tuesday, February 26 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 and beverages will be provided. Tickets are $5 for members and $15 for non-members. For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the website at Trina Turk is located at 333 Manhattan Beach Boulevard, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.

This is the final screening according to the schedule. I hope they add more….. Shade Hotel Redondo Beach will host Movies on the Marina Tuesday night at 6 p.m. at Sea Level Restaurant & Lounge. Blankets and popcorn will be provided, so head on down to the marina and cozy up! They’ll be screening the American classic, Forrest Gump on Tuesday, February 26. Seating is limited and the movies are subject to change. For additional information and to make reservations, call 310.921.8950. Shade Hotel Redondo Beach is located at 655 North Harbor Drive, Redondo Beach, CA 90277.

The Manhattan Beach Chamber presents the annual State of the City address on Wednesday, February 27 from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Joslyn Center. The Mayor will speak on how the city is managing its resources, what was accomplished last year and how the City is preparing for 2019. 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 The Joslyn Center is located at 1601 North Valley Drive, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.

Join the South Bay Cities Council of Governments at the 20th Annual General Assembly to celebrate the past and future of the South Bay on Thursday, February 28 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Juanita Millender-McDonald Community Center. The program will begin with a review of the previous 20 years and what has changed in the South Bay with a panel of historians. Then speakers will discuss coming changes to the South Bay including the growing entertainment areas, other proposed major projects, and explore the challenges and opportunities that the South Bay needs to address in the future. This event is FREE and open to the general public. For additional information, visit the website at The Juanita Millender-McDonald Community Center is located at 801 East Carson Street, Carson, CA 90745.

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.

The City of El Segundo is in the developing stages of a website redesign project and they want your help! Community members are invited to provide feedback on the current website ( and ways they can improve it to better fit the community. Below is a link to an 8-question survey about the current website offerings. They would appreciate you taking the time to complete the following survey by February 27. Your input is greatly appreciated. To participate in the survey, visit

BeachLife Festival single day (Friday, Saturday, & Sunday) tickets are now available for purchase. Act fast, because only a limited number of single day tickets are available at this price! General admission single day tickets are $95 each. For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the website at

The Hermosa Beach Police Department is currently accepting applications for the upcoming Community Police Academy (CPA). The next session starts Thursday, March 28, 2019. Students meet every week thereafter for a total of 8 weeks. Classes begin at 6:00 p.m. and end at 9:00 p.m. and meet at the Hermosa Beach City Council Chambers. The CPA is designed to inform local residents and business owners on the various aspects of law enforcement and how the Hermosa Beach Police Department functions and operates. The CPA will explain the responsibilities of department employees and allow community members a closer look at what law enforcement truly entails. The goal of this program is to open the lines of communication and encourage interaction between our police officers and the community. Graduates of the CPA will acquire a solid foundation to share with others in the community. The CPA provides participants with a deeper understanding of the issues and policies that a Hermosa Beach Police Officer deals with on a daily basis. It is not intended to train participants to be public safety officers. There are no physical exercise/exams in this academy and we encourage all residents 21 years of age and older to apply. A typical class will consist of 12-15 people of varying backgrounds. All graduates are eligible (although not required) to apply to our Volunteers in Policing (V.I.P.) Program within the Police Department. CPA participants will enjoy a variety of experiences, including the following: Police facility tour, make simulated car stops, fingerprinting/processing a crime scene, simulated building search, shoot or don’t shoot scenarios, jail booking and more. Participants may opt out of any portion of the scenarios and do not have to participate in the “hands-on” exercises if desired. If you are at least 21 years of age, live or work in Hermosa Beach, have no prior felony arrests, no misdemeanor arrests within one year of application, have a valid California Driver License, and are willing to sign a City of Hermosa Beach Liability Release, please complete and submit the Community Police Academy application to Sgt. Chris Alkadis at Classes fill up quickly, so don’t delay! For questions about the CPA, please contact Sgt. Alkadis at 310-318-0360.

This morning on The South Bay Show: South Bay Spotlight, our guests are Maria Madrigal and Adrianne Calbreath from SEA Lab in Redondo Beach. SEA Lab has recently developed several new programs for the public, including the Nature Art Series and Badge Series, and this morning, we’re going to learn about all the very cool stuff they offer the community. 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 Chamber 360, our guests will be Kristen Mahlmann from Kinecta and Sergeant Steve Kitsios of the MBPD, and we’ll be discussing the Leadership Manhattan Beach class of 2019 project, which is to raise enough money to put AED units in EVERY MBPD squad car. 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!