South Bay Weekend Guide

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South Bay by Jackie Weekend Guide

September 14, 2017

In the coming days, we’ll have all sorts of opportunities to indulge (chocolate, wine, brews, BBQ, gambling) and then work it off using our powers for good (rowing, beach cleanup, health fair, fundraisers). It’s all about balance, right? ‘Nough said, see you out there!

Marsatta Chocolate will host a Chocolate & Wine Tasting tonight, Thursday, September 14 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. This enjoyable evening will take guests through the artisanal process of actually “making” chocolate, from the bean to the bar. You’ll never look at chocolate the same way again! The event will pair chocolate with vintages from Kinship Wines. One chocolate maker, one wine maker…. how cool is that? The price is $48 per person. Limited seating available. For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the Eventbrite page at Marsatta Chocolate is located at 4604 Del Amo Boulevard, Torrance, CA 90503.

Body One Fitness presents the annual Row for a Reason event to raise funds for Cancer Support Community Redondo Beach on Friday, September 15 from 4 to 10 p.m. and Saturday, September 16 from 7 a.m. to noon. Gym owner and founder of Row for a Reason, Lou Sidella, will dedicate all row machines to the fundraiser for the duration of the event. Participants can sign up to row in half-hour time slots for a $50 donation and are encouraged to row at their own pace and invite friends to share the rowing with them. They are also encouraged to have friends and family donates to support their efforts. All proceeds will benefit free support programs for cancer patients and their families offered by Cancer Support Community Redondo Beach. For additional information and to register, visit the website at or contact via email at or call 310-379-5425. Body One Fitness is located at 201 Herondo Street in Redondo Beach.

Roman Aroma Gran Caffe will host A Special Italian Wine Tasting on Friday, September 15 at 6 p.m. This tasting consists of Italian wines from the Marche region of Italy. Presenting these wines will be the winemaker Marco Cavalieri of Le Corti dei Farfensi and 7 wines will be poured. Sommelier Gessica Guidi from Guidi will attend as well to answer any questions you may have. As usual, there will be all kinds of tasty snacks available. The cost is $30 per person. For additional information, visit the Facebook event page at Roman Aroma is located at 901 N Catalina Avenue, suite 100, Redondo Beach, CA 90277.

Palos Verdes Performing Arts presents the multiple Tony Award-winning musical comedy, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, from September 15 through October 1 at the Norris Theatre. The show instantly spells F-U-N as a quirky group of adolescent overachievers (played by adult actors) go head to head with each other in a spelling bee championship, while coping with overzealous parents, teen crushes, sabotage attempts, and the trials and tribulations of puberty. The hysterically funny tale will have you rooting for the unlikeliest of heroes – the awkward, but charmingly loveable cast of outsiders for whom a spelling bee is the one place where they can stand out and fit in at the same time. Performance times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Ticket prices range from $30–$70. For additional information and ticket purchase, call the box office at (310) 544-0403 or visit the website at The Norris Theatre is located at 27570 Norris Center Drive in Rolling Hills Estates.


The City of Hawthorne will celebrate Good Neighbors Day, Historical Society Museum Grand Opening & John Baker Memorial Car Show on Saturday, September 16 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Jim Thorpe Park. The community is invited to come out and spend a FREE, fun-filled, end of summer day featuring local entertainment, food, art and live music in addition to a car, motorcycle and bicycle show. Take a tour of the new museum and learn of Hawthorne’s diverse past. For additional information, visit the website at Jim Thorpe Park is located at 14100 Prairie Avenue, Hawthorne, CA.

Bread of Life Church will host the annual Community Health Fair from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, September 16. The fair will offer FREE blood pressure, diabetes, cholesterol, stroke, and derma scan screenings from groups including USC School of Pharmacy, SCAN Health Plan, and Providence Little Company of Mary. All screenings and samples are free, including food provided by Chick-Fil-A Del Amo In-line, Brooklyn Water Bagels, Jersey Mike’s Subs, 85 Degrees Cafe, and Edible Arrangements. Medical Mission Adventures will run a free medical (including pediatrics), dental, and optometry clinic simultaneously at the same location with appointments beginning at 8 a.m. Appointments are on a first come first serve basis so you’ll want to get there early. All are welcome to attend this day of FREE healthcare and samples! Bread of Life Church is located at 2780 Lomita Boulevard, Torrance, CA.

California Coastal Cleanup Day, a yearly beach and inland waterway effort to eliminate waste, will take place Saturday, September 16. Join thousands of volunteers up and down the coast as they gather to remove trash and debris that eventually ends up in the ocean. Coastal Cleanup Day is about much more than picking up trash. It’s a chance for Californians to join people around the world in expressing their respect for our oceans and waterways. It’s an opportunity for the community to demonstrate its desire for clean water and healthy marine life. It’s a moment to share with one’s neighbors, family, and friends, coming together to accomplish something vital and worthy on behalf of our environment. Heal the Bay will be organizing the South Bay effort and there are cleanup sites from El Segundo to Rolling Hills. The cleanup takes place between 9 a.m. and noon. To learn more and sign up as a volunteer, visit the website at

The Beach Tennis Association hosts the Indian Summer Beach Tennis Tournament on Saturday, September 16 and Sunday, September 17 at the 14th Street courts on the sand in Hermosa Beach. This is an ITF ranking tournament. The tournament includes Men’s/Women’s Pro Division (single elimination) and Advanced +40 Division (pool play). For additional information and registration, visit the website at The tournament will take place on the sand at 14 Street in Hermosa Beach.

This is the final show of the year…… The Palos Verdes Art Center presents Art at the Plaza on Saturday, September 16 and Sunday, September 17 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Malaga Cove. The event takes place the third weekend of each month from April through September and features paintings, jewelry, ceramics, photography, wearable art and prints from artists from the seven art groups affiliated with Palos Verdes Art Center: Artists Open Group, Pacific Arts Group, Paletteers, Palos Verdes Painters, Peninsula Artists, Photographic and Digital Artists, and Third Dimension. For additional information, visit the website at Malaga Cove Plaza is located at the entrance to the City of Palos Verdes Estates on scenic Palos Verdes Drive West between Via Chico and Via Corta. There is plenty of free parking.

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The Switzer Learning Center hosts Boots, Brews & BBQ on Saturday, September 16 from 6 to 11 p.m. The South Bay’s biggest and best outdoor BBQ event of the year will be an adults-only, high spirited, western themed party for over 300 guests. Dust off your boots and come dressed in western wear to feast on barbecue dishes cooked by teams representing some of the best restaurants competing in the BBQ cook-off! Guests will sample delicious craft beers from local breweries, imbibe in whiskey tasting or favorite cocktails at open bars, ride a mechanical bull, test their skills at the rifle and pistol shooting ranges, play blackjack, partake in excellent live and silent auctions, and dance the night away! Tickets are $150 per person. For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the website at Switzer Learning Center is located at 2201 Amapola Court, Torrance, CA.

Ten Thousand Villages will host Kids Story Time on Saturday, September 16 from 1 to 2 p.m. Kids of all ages are welcome to come in and enjoy a story read by Karla Devine, volunteer and music teacher. The books that she’ll be reading are also available for purchase, and the kids will get to play some of the Fair Trade instruments. Shop artisan crafted gifts while your children are entertained! Ten Thousand Villages is a non-profit retailer dedicated to Fair Trade. For additional information, visit the website at or call 310-465-1600. Ten Thousand Villages is located at 1907 South Catalina Avenue Redondo Beach, CA 90277.

The Lanakila Outrigger Canoe Club presents the Ohana Fundraiser on Saturday, September 16 from 5 to 9 p.m. at Seaside Lagoon. The event features a family fun zone, with activities such as an inflatable obstacle course, hula lessons, face painting, and kid-friendly snacks and drinks! After two successful years of raising more than $50,000 for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, the Ohana Fundraiser is thrilled to announce a new partnership with the Torrance South Bay YMCA. They are shifting their focus locally to provide coordinated, compassionate, and responsive support of service members, veterans’ families, and civilian employees. Tickets are $25 per person or $100 for the expanded family package. Children 12 and under get in free. For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the website at Seaside Lagoon is located at 200 Portofino Way, Redondo Beach, CA 90277.

Mychal’s Learning Place will host a Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament fundraiser on Saturday, September 16 from 5 to 9 p.m. The community is invited to play and raise funds for programs and activities for students with developmental disabilities at Mychal’s Learning Place. Registration and practice tables open at 5 p.m. with cards flying at 6 p.m. Early bird tickets are $50 before September 8; at the door admission is $75. For additional information and to purchase tickets, visit the website at Mychal’s Learning Place is located at 4901 West Rosecrans Avenue in Hawthorne.

Beach Cities Friends of Habitat for Humanity will host the annual Trivia Night on Saturday, September 16 at Vistamar School in El Segundo. If trivia is your thing, you don’t want to miss this! The challenge runs from 6:30 to 10 p.m. with tables of eight competing for the Grand Trivia Champion Trophy and those all-important bragging rights. Attendees are invited to bring their own appetizers, side dishes and dessert or pre-order pizza for a fee. Beer will be provided. The price is $400 per table which includes a Doubler and Mulligans. Proceeds from the event will benefit Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles. For additional information and to register, visit the website at The Performance Arts Space of Vistamar School is located at 787 Hawaii Street in El Segundo.

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The Palos Verdes Art Center hosts the Opening Reception: glass/cedar/ grass on Saturday, September 16 from 6 to 9 p.m. The exhibition features contemporary beadwork by Corey Stein, innovative cedar basketry by Lisa Telford, and carving and painting by Corey Bulpitt. Trained in their families’ traditional Haida art making techniques and materials, these artists from the Northwest are discovering new forms of expression to comment on contemporary life. Also included are masks by guest Kwakwaka’ wakw artist Beau Dick, Nuu-chah-nulth artist Joe David, and Tlingit and Kwakwaka’ wakw artist Gary Peterson, as well as grass baskets by guest Cahuilla, artists Roseann Hamilton, Steven Estrada, Sean and Tangie Bogner, Starla and Kateri Madrigal, Morongo artist Victoria Castro Chubb and Black ash basketry by Anishnabe artist Kelly Church. The exhibit will be on display through November 26. For additional information, visit the website at Palos Verdes Art Center/Beverly G. Alpay Center for Arts Education is located at 5504 West Crestridge Road, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275.

The City of Lomita presents A Movie Under the Stars on Saturday, September 16 at 8:30 p.m. on the lawn at City Hall. Enjoy an evening under the stars with a screening of Moana . Bring low beach chairs, blankets, snacks and popcorn for a fun, hot summer night with family, friends and neighbors. For additional information, visit the Facebook event page at Lomita City Hall is located at 24300 Narbonne Ave, Lomita, CA 90717.

El Segundo Museum of Art Experience #31: HOPE, opens on Sunday, September 17 at 10 a.m. with an introduction by Curator Frency Fernandez, scheduled for 2 p.m. HOPE explores the reciprocal influence of western and Latin American video and new media art in Cuba. No other country has been so equally torn between love and hate, desire and neglect, isolation and reception, western and eastern ideologies. Indeed, the Caribbean island nation is so full of contradiction that it is no wonder it became a hotbed for contemporary and new media art. The richness and sheer number of Cuba’s facets grew from postmodern, neo-baroque, conceptual and minimalistic roots – to name just a few western influences. Experience #31: HOPE, will run through January 28, 2018. As always, admission is FREE! For additional information, visit the website at El Segundo Museum of Art is located at 208 Main Street in El Segundo.

St. Francis Church presents Aging Parents: A Practical Guide to Survive and Thrive on Tuesday, September 19 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the parish hall. Featuring Dr. David Hart, Director of Clinical Services at Always Best Care South Bay, this important seminar is free and open to all — parish and beyond. Caring for an aging parent is an enormous undertaking, even in the best of circumstances. The direct impact on a family’s finances, lifestyle and jobs can be catastrophic, particularly if these responsibilities occur unexpectedly. Consider this workshop an informational seminar to help alleviate the anxiety faced by both adult children and their parents during this difficult, yet potentially most meaningful, phase of a lifetime relationship. Topics include:
•How to get organized
•Coping with the challenges of role reversals
•Housing alternatives and support services
•and the business/legal side of care-giving
For additional information, call (310) 375-4617 or visit the website at St. Francis Church is located at 2200 Via Rosa, Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274.

The Redondo Beach Main Library will host Hypnotherapy 101 on Tuesday, September 19 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Attendees will learn about hypnosis and how it is used to overcome bad habits and reduce stress. Daniel Olexa, a certified clinical hypnotherapist will talk about how hypnosis can be used to help people learn to relax, stop smoking, lose weight and overcome negative internal self-talk. He will explain the differences between hypnotherapy and stage hypnosis and discuss some of the common myths and misconceptions about hypnosis. No one will be hypnotized during this talk which is free and open to the public, no reservations are required. For additional information, call (310) 318-0675, option 5, or visit the website at This program will be held in the 2nd floor Meeting Room of the Redondo Beach Main Library located at 303 North Pacific Coast Highway in Redondo Beach. Free underground parking is available at the library.

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More chocolate goodness! Marsatta Chocolate will host Sweet & Sake on Tuesday, September 19 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Sweet & Sake celebrates great sake, great chocolate and great friends. The selected sakes from Kurosawa are exquisitely balanced and masterfully brewed and will most certainly pair well with selected Marsatta chocolates. What is sake? Well in basic terms sake is made from four basic ingredients: rice, water, koji, and yeast (kobo). Each is important for its unique contribution to producing the final product. It will be an interesting evening of chocolate and sake discovery, teasing your palate along the way. The price is $48 per person. Limited seating available. For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the Eventbrite page at Marsatta Chocolate is located at 4604 Del Amo 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, so be sure to check the website for updates at for details on these and other events happening throughout the South Bay.


The nominations are in and voting has begun for the Best of Manhattan! The Best of Manhattan strives to recognize those businesses and leaders who make Manhattan Beach the tremendous city it is. Each year the community has an opportunity to vote on their favorites in several categories. Voting ends at midnight on September 29. To vote, visit the website at The Meet the Finalists Mixer will be held at Bo Bridges Gallery located at 1108 Manhattan Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266, on Thursday, October 12 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. There is no cost to attend. Tickets are now on sale for the Best of Manhattan dinner and awards gala to be held on Thursday, October 19 at 6 p.m. at Verandas. To purchase tickets, visit the website at This is a fun night you don’t want to miss!

This morning on The South Bay Show: South Bay Spotlight, our guest is Karah Woesner, co-founder of Betty’s Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization benefiting Alzheimer’s disease research. Betty’s Foundation hosts an annual roots music festival called ‘Remember the Music’ which will take place on Saturday, September 23 at Ernie Howlett Park in conjunction with the 60 Anniversary Celebration for the City of Rolling Hills Estates. 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 guest will be Judi Goldstone, M.D. Dr. Judi is a medical weight loss and anti-aging expert, and is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Obesity Medicine. This morning, we’re going to hear what Dr. Judi suggests we can do to improve our collective health and live a more optimal life! You can listen to the program 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!