South Bay by Jackie Weekend Guide


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  • South Bay by Jackie Weekend Guide Pandemic Survival Guide

    September 24, 2020

    And just like that, the long, lost summer of 2020 has come to an end….. but it will still be a while yet before things get back to normal. I’ve heard so many people proclaim life as we know it has changed forever, that this is the ‘new normal’. I don’t believe that. Life goes on and, good or bad, over time we humans are inclined to disregard the difficulties life hurls at us. We’re resilient (stubborn?) and have an incessant tendency to bounce back from hardship. No, I won’t be travelling to be with my family this holiday season and that totally sucks. Children won’t come to our door looking for treats this Halloween, there will be no Macy’s Day Parade to watch on Thanksgiving morning or Rose Parade on New Year’s Day. There’s been no word from the North Pole, but even if Santa and his crew make the rounds this year, NORAD may be too short staffed to track his route. (I’ve read about coronavirus being found in dogs and cats, but does anyone know if it’s impacted the reindeer population?!?) Yes, this holiday season will be subdued for sure, but we’ll make do and be thankful, while looking forward to better days. Racoon update: I never heard back from Animal Control but I received several suggestions last week on how to discourage the masked nuisance. I couldn’t bring myself to purchase wolf urine (Amazon sells the stuff), so I placed small bowls of mothballs all over the back yard. Haven’t seen the critter since and the ground cover is recovering nicely!

    Rock & Brews El Segundo will re-open today, Thursday, September 24 with a Fundraiser for the El Segundo Ed Foundation from 3 to 9 p.m. Who’s ready to ROCK in the brand-new beer garden?!? 100% of all dine-in sales will benefit the El Segundo Ed Foundation. It’s going to be busy, so reservations are highly recommended! For additional information, visit the Facebook page at Rock & Brews is located at 143 Main Street, El Segundo, CA 90245.

    Hawthorne City Council Member Haidar Awad will host a Virtual Town Hall today, Thursday, September 24 at 5:30 p.m. Council Member Haidar will provide information from the City as it relates to COVID-19, listen to your input, and answer your questions. Submit your questions in advance at For additional information and registration, visit

    El Segundo, LAX Coastal and Inglewood Airport Area Chambers are teaming up for Speed Networking at Night today, Thursday, September 24 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. The El Segundo Chamber is happy to join the LAX Coastal Chamber for their monthly Networking @ Night which is back in a new, fun, and interactive way. This month, they will be Speed Networking! Not only will you have the chance to connect virtually with other great leaders across the LAX Coastal region, you will have the opportunity to learn from some area Chamber members as you dive into interactive breakout room sessions.
    • One sponsorship is available at $100 and will receive the following:
    • Opportunity to do a 3-minute commercial on your business during Speed Networking
    • Logo recognition on event announcements across all 3 Chambers
    • Sponsored social media post on business
    Want to promote your business to all 3 Chambers? Donate a raffle prize or gift card for the event! Contact the El Segundo Chamber at 310-322-1220 or to be a sponsor or donate a raffle prize. All attendees must pre-register to receive the Zoom details at This event is FREE for Chamber Members, $15 for Not Yet Members.

    The City of Redondo Beach has voted unanimously to have a report done with costs/funding, location options, procedure clarification, security details and answers to residents’ questions regarding the Homeless Pallet Housing Proposal. There will be a Zoom meeting tonight, Thursday, September 24 at 6 p.m. to discuss the topic. You must register in advance for this meeting at After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. The meeting can only hold 100 attendees. It will also be record and posted on YouTube.

    Laemmle Theatres will screen new Art House Film Releases at the Roadium Drive-In over the next few Thursday nights. Since 2012, the South Bay Film Society has brought art-house films to the South Bay, saving locals from having to drive to the west side. Now we have an opportunity right here in the South Bay to return the favor to help keep Laemmle Theatres alive. The schedule is as follows:
    • Thursday, September 24: AVA
    • Thursday, October 1: 12 HOUR SHIFT
    • Thursday, October 8: SHE IS THE OCEAN
    One $25 ticket covers everyone in your vehicle. Gates open at 6:15 p.m. with the movie starting around 7:15 p.m. Entrance gate closes at 7:35 p.m. For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the Eventbrite page at Tickets will only be available on Eventbrite and at the Roadium box office on the night of the screening, unless already sold out. There will be no daytime presales at the Roadium office.

    Kinetca Federal Credit Union will host a Blood Drive on Friday, September 25 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the parking lot of the main office in Manhattan Beach. The goal is to have 19 people registered. All blood donations will be tested for COVID-19 antibodies! Streamline your donation experience and save up to 15 minutes by visiting to complete your pre-donation reading and health history questions on the day of your appointment. The Kinecta main office parking lot is located at 1440 Rosecrans Avenue, Manhattan Beach, CA.

    Del Amo Fashion Center will offer shoppers an Outdoor Market in the Outdoor Village near Forever 21 each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through September 27 from noon to 4 p.m. This pop-up, open-air shopping experience features several retailers including Tesla, kate spade new york, TravisMathew, Kiehl’s Since 1851, Nature Republic & more! For additional information, call (310)542-8525 or visit the website at Del Amo Fashion Center is located at 3525 West Carson Street, Torrance, CA 90503.

    Whoever is handling scheduling for this event is schizophrenic. Starting next week, I’ll no longer list the scheduled movies since they change daily. You’ll have to go to the website and take your chances…. LA Arts Society will host Pop Up Drive-In Movie Screenings at the Gardena Cinema back lot this year. Since its founding, Los Angeles Arts Society has hosted several successful film screenings and has several others in the works. For 2020, they have established LA Arts Society Pop-Up Drive-In Cinema at the Gardena Cinema back lot. The aim is the bring some of the best curated cinema to Los Angeles in a safe, entertaining and enjoyable setting. The schedule is as follows:
    September 25: Grease
    October 1 – 4: BeetleJuice
    October 23 & 24: Nightmare on Elm Street
    October 30 & 31: Halloween
    Tickets are $20 per car/truck/suv, regardless of number of people in your vehicle. Gates will open at 7 p.m. sharp. Arrive early for priority drive-in spots. For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the Eventbrite page at Gardena Cinema is located at 14948 Crenshaw Boulevard, Gardena, CA 90249.

    Saturday, September 26 is National Public Lands Day. It was established 26 years ago to raise awareness of the importance for the country to enjoy and appreciate our public lands. The community is invited to team up with The Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy and Agents of Discovery for a safe and fun Kids Adventure. Agents of Discovery, the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy and several other leading conservation organizations are bringing National Public Lands Day to young people with “Mission Conservation.” Using a smart phone application, Agents of Discovery will help make conservation education fun and engaging! National Public Lands Day (NPLD) is the perfect occasion to start a mission. NPLD is held the fourth Saturday in September as a way to encourage everyone to help support our nation’s cherished and irreplaceable public lands. This year on September 26, 2020 the theme is “More Ways to Connect to Nature.” Working since 1988 to save over 1,600 acres of natural lands that now will be protected forever, the Land Conservancy seeks to raise awareness of National Public Lands Day to highlight the health and biological benefits of conserved lands. Executive Director Adrienne Mohan says, “Activities like Agents of Discovery will help students discover the wonders of nature found in preserved natural lands, iconic parks, national forests, marine estuaries, and other public areas even during these challenging times”. Everyone is encouraged to participate – it is totally FREE and available on the Google Play or App Store. After you download Agents of Discovery, select “Mission Conservation: September – Celebrating Public Lands” and join Agent Peregrine Falcon to celebrate our Public Lands! Want to see a real Peregrine Falcon? They can often be seen soaring in the skies along the coastline of Vicente Bluffs Reserve in Rancho Palos Verdes. Start a new Agents of Discovery mission anytime with the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy at White Point Nature Preserve in San Pedro. Use your downloaded Agents of Discovery app and bring your smartphone to play a geolocation discovery game. Uncover historic secrets and discover rare wildlife. Play anytime dawn to dusk using safe social distancing and mask wearing practices! Don’t forget to post your adventures with hashtag #pvplc on or Discover more ways to connect to nature from home with educational resources developed by the Land Conservancy located at

    The Marine Mammal Care Center of Los Angeles presents Sealpalooza on Saturday, September 26 at 11 a.m. online. Sealpalooza is a virtual sealebration with live music by the B’s and the Honey, animal feedings, an online auction, and contests. Viewers can watch via Facebook at, Instagram at, or through the website at The event will raise funds to continue to rehabilitate and release injured/sick seals and sea lions throughout all of Los Angeles County. To RSVP, visit

    Style on the Spot will host a Drive-In @ Manhattan Village Shopping Center on various nights on the top level of the new parking structure next to California Pizza Kitchen. The drive-in movie event of the summer is finally here and will bring the community together for the next few weeks with classic films. The schedule is as follows:
    September 26: Trolls
    October 3: Jumanji
    Reserve one ticket per car and sound will be played on your car radio via a station that will be provided when you arrive. The first 30 cars will receive a gift card to Coffee Bean. Not only do you get to enjoy a sweet movie but also a delicious free cookie from Urban Plates. We encourage you to order food from the MV restaurants and eat and drink in your cars.
    Islands – All guests will receive $10 off a $35 order. Place your order either through Island’s website/app/or call. You will need to mention DRIVE-IN PICKUP and your items will be ready for pickup at a table at the Drive-In. Note, all orders must be set by 7:00 p.m.
    PICK UP AT THE RESTAURANT – Place your order in advance. These will NOT be delivered to you on site: Urban Plates, Chili’s, Corner Bakery and Olive Garden. Corner Bakery will be offering a 20% off coupon you can use the day of or at a future date. This will be emailed to you once you have reserved your spot.
    Doors open at 6 p.m. and close at sunset and the film will immediately begin. Cars will be restricted as soon as the film starts. All attendees are expected to stay in their car except for picking up food or using the restroom. Masks MUST be worn when outside of your car. They reserve the right to refuse service. Tickets are $30 per car. For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the Eventbrite page at Manhattan Village Shopping Center is located at 3200 North Sepulveda Boulevard, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.

    The monthly Torrance Antique Street Faire takes place on Sunday, September 27 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event features 150+ 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.

    The City of Lomita Farmers’ Market will host a special Health & Wellness Day on Sunday, September 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at City Hall. Customers will receive education and tips on making positive healthy lifestyle choices and resources to local businesses that can help with health and wellness needs. Please wear a mask whenever possible, use the Hand Sanitizer stations before and after any transactions, maintain 6 feet of social distance and follow the signs. For additional information, visit the website at The Lomita Farmers” Market is located outside City Hall at 24300 Narbonne Avenue, Lomita CA 90717.

    The Torrance Chamber of Commerce will host a Virtual State of Education Address on Wednesday, September 30 8:30 a.m. via Zoom. The event features an address by Keynote Speaker Dr. Tim Stowe. Those who register will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Register in advance for this meeting at For additional information, visit the website at

    Women in Tech will host a Virtual Networking Hour: Building a Culture of Allyship on Wednesday, September 30 from 3 to 4 p.m. via Zoom. Allyship is a concept that has been leveraged in social advocacy communities for years, and it is now increasingly being embraced to build more inclusive workplace cultures. In this Women’s Voices in Tech session, special guest Dianna Ciruolo, Head of Inclusion at Jambb and co-founder of Dianna Ciruolo Consulting, will show attendees of all backgrounds, identities, and genders how to successfully undertake allyship at work. By illustrating the stakes of allyship as well as practical tools to achieve it, you will learn how you can help create a healthy workplace, ways to foster critical conversations about difference and equality and actionable tools to empower yourself to advocate for others. Topics that will be discussed include:
    • What is an ally?
    • Why allies are necessary
    • How to be an ally AND how to partner with an ally
    • How to use allyship to promote diversity and inclusion
    • How to do the inner work required to be an ally or partner with an ally
    • How allies can best partner with others to address inequality and change the status quo
    • And more!
    Attendees will be contacted with the Zoom URL for this meeting approximately 1 hour prior to this event. This event is FREE to attend. For additional information and registration, visit the Eventbrite page at

    The Lomita Chamber of Commerce will host a Virtual Social Hour on Wednesday, September 30 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Meet fellow Lomita Chamber of Commerce Members, local businesses and professionals during this virtual social hour and enjoy games, raffles and prizes! A special mystery guest will sign in. Will you guess who it is? (You’ll win a special prize and bragging rights!) The community is invited for a little networking and fun getting to know each other. A donation is requested. Attendees can donate what they wish. Your donation helps the Chamber continue to keep events and programming going. For additional information and registration, visit the website at

    The Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce will host a City Council Candidates Forum on Wednesday, September 30 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. via Zoom. Kelly Stroman, President and CEO of the Manhattan Beach Chamber, will ask the candidates important questions regarding the business community and their ideas about other issues facing the city and its residents. Admission is FREE! Once you are registered, you will receive the Zoom link. For additional information and registration, visit the website at

    Here’s a HEADS-UP on a few events you’ll want to plan for now!

    Be sure to check out these Art Exhibitions currently on display online:

    ESMoA Experience #26: OOMO
    Pierspective Community Art Exhibition
    PVAC Online Exhibition: Paul Jean Martel, Post-Impressionist
    PVAC Online Exhibition: Skin in the Game
    TAM Fall Exhibitions
    SwordFight @ Shockboxx

    I just received an update of shops in Del Amo Fashion Center that are currently open for business. To view the list, visit

    The Torrance Rose Float Association has launched the Everything is Coming Up Roses Fundraiser. Last month, the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association announced that, after thoughtful consideration and with state restrictions and guidelines in place as a result of COVID-19, the Rose Parade was officially canceled. It should be noted that the Tournament is committed to doing some type of New Year’s celebration, with specific details to follow. The next Rose Parade is scheduled for Saturday, January 1, 2022 and will feature elements that were planned for the 2021 parade, including the theme “Dream. Believe. Achieve.” Supporting the Torrance Rose Float is a year‐round endeavor, so check out the new merchandise at

    The Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce is now accepting applications for the Young Entrepreneurs Academy for middle and high school children this fall. The program will commence in October and run through the end of the school year, meeting once a week at Mira Costa High School. The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) is a year-long program that teaches students in grades 6 through 12 how to start and run their own, REAL businesses. Students brainstorm business ideas, decide if they want to work by themselves or as a team, write a business plan, pitch their plan to investors for funding, and actually launch their own business or social movement. All of the learning is real and experiential. Students have the opportunity to leave the class as business owners, complete with a DBA and bank account. The Chamber is currently looking for middle or high school students between the ages of 11 and 18 who are interested in starting their own business. Applications are being accepted, and student interviews are conducted, on a rolling basis. YEA! will grant admission to a maximum of twenty-four students annually. Applications for the 2020-21 academic year are now being accepted. For additional information, visit the website at

    The El Segundo, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach and Palos Verdes Chambers of Commerce, in partnership with Beach Cities Health District, would like your input for the Business Recovery Survey. Please take this brief survey so they can collectively address the most pressing needs of South Bay businesses and organizations. A significant number of businesses across sectors and industries have been impacted by COVID-19 and banding together to weather the storm and identify collective solutions can have a more meaningful impact. To take the survey, visit Your time is most appreciated!

    Same day COVID-19 Tests are available for all LA County residents. The Los Angeles County COVID-19 Test Site is located on the campus of Beach Cities Health District (BCHD) at 514 North Prospect Avenue in Redondo Beach. L.A. County residents can schedule an appointment for a COVID-19 test by visiting the Los Angeles County website at Appointments have been filling up quickly. Residents are encouraged to continue to check the site for availability at the Redondo Beach location or make an appointment at another LA County site.

    CITY LINKS: The following are South Bay city websites offering information and updates on operations and procedures regarding COVID-19. New updates are being issued by individual cities regarding re-opening plans and new closures.
    • El Segundo:
    • Gardena:
    • Hawthorne:
    • Hermosa Beach:
    • Lawndale:
    • Lomita:
    • Manhattan Beach:
    • Palos Verdes Estates:
    • Rancho Palos Verdes:
    • Redondo Beach:
    • Rolling Hills Estates:
    • Torrance:

    This morning on The South Bay Show: South Bay Spotlight, our guest is Amber Becerra, President of the Marine Mammal Care Center, Los Angeles. This morning, Amber will fill us in on what MMCC does and what attendees can expect at Sealpalooza, taking place on Saturday, September 26 at 11 a.m. online. Listen to the program live at 8 a.m. or at your leisure at

    Tomorrow morning on The South Bay Show: Manhattan Beach Chamber 360 our guest will be the Mayor of the City of Manhattan Beach, Richard Montgomery. Richard will discuss what and how, the City of MB has done to address the demands of the business community during COVID-19. Listen to the program live at 8 a.m. or at your leisure at

    Stay well, be safe and take care. #SouthBayStrong