South Bay by Jackie Weekend Guide


  • South Bay by Jackie Weekend Guide

    September 16, 2021

    I’m just gob smacked by the volume of kind words I’ve received since announcing the shutdown of the website. Everyone has expressed sadness over losing the service I’ve provided for 10+ years, but are genuinely happy, excited and supportive of my opportunity to travel the length and breadth of these United States and Canada….. and who knows, maybe even Central and South America! The door, or I should say, the road, is wide open and calling us. I plan to write about our travels, probably in blog format, and will place a banner on the website with that information should you wish to subscribe. The final Weekend Guide will be published on Thursday, September 30 and the website will cease to be maintained at midnight the same day, though it will still be available to view until the hosting subscription expires early in February since there are dozens of events already posted to the website through the end of the year.

    Circus Caballero will be at Del Amo Fashion Center through Monday, September 20. Three generations, more than 65 years of circus family, manifest themselves in each of these shows. Beautiful acrobats will delight the public of all ages, with acts of juggling and fine physical and mental coordination and where the triple and double somersaults will keep the audience tied to their seats. The action continues with The Globe of Death, where three brave motorcyclists travel over 70 miles per hour in an act that will have your nerves on edge. Tickets are $10/$25/$30/$40/$50. Children’s coupon is available.
    Show Times:
    Monday – Friday: 7:30 pm
    Saturday: 4:30 pm and 7:30 pm
    Sunday: 2:00 pm and 4:30 pm
    For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the website at Circus Caballero will be at Del Amo Fashion Center located at 3525 West Carson Street, Torrance, CA 90503.

    Join the LA Kings and the Kings Care Foundation for the annual LA Kings 5K/10K Run/Walk fundraiser on Saturday, September 18 at 6:45 a.m. The LA Kings 5K in Redondo Beach is BACK, signaling the start of the 2021-22 NHL season! But before the LA Kings hit the ice for Training Camp and Pre-Season, let’s take it ocean-side to the streets of Riviera Village in South Redondo Beach. Register for the LA Kings 5K on September 18th where you can run, glide, skip or skate your way through downtown shops and restaurants beside the sparkling ocean for 3.1 miles. Entry fees include a ticket for a 2021-22 LA Kings home game, a race t-shirt and participant medal! All proceeds benefit Kings Care Foundation. LA Kings players, Bailey, Ice Crew and more will be there and the event’s esteemed host, Daryl Evans! The pre-race party starts 1 hour before the race. There will be music, refreshments, vendors, giveaways and more! A $250 cash prize will be awarded the overall top male and female 1st place finishers, $150 to the 2nd place male and female finisher and $75 to the 3rd place male and female finishers. Participants are encouraged to check in early for the LA Kings 5K. At that time, you will be able to pick up your bib and t-shirt for race day.
    DATE: Friday, September 17
    TIME: 2pm – 7pm
    LOCATION: The Point shopping center
    ADDRESS: 820 S. Sepulveda Blvd. El Segundo, CA 90245
    Registration is $35/$45. For additional information and registration, visit the website at The race starts at Catalina Avenue and Avenue I in Redondo Beach.

    The P.S. I Love you Foundation presents Day at the Beach on Saturday, September 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Manhattan Beach. Day at The Beach is an extraordinary experience that matches over 300 adult volunteer mentors with over 300 at-risk children from different schools, shelters and foster care programs across LA County for a day of fun. The P.S. I Love You Foundation and its’ partners provide all of the necessities for a perfect beach day including t-shirts, boogie boards, school supplies, food, drinks, toys and games, and access to special activities like face painting, surf lessons, make-up lessons, and relay races. Day at The Beach brings the community together through an easy and memorable event that allows adults to mentor, give back and share time and hope with at-risk youth living in nearby communities like Compton, Watts and Long Beach. Sign up now to be a mentor, volunteer or sponsor! For additional information, visit the website at The event will take place on the sand at 8th Street in Manhattan Beach.

    In celebration of World Wellness Weekend, Terranea Resort will host a complimentary, online Seaside Yoga Session on Saturday, September 18 and Sunday, September 19 at noon each day. Virtually led by a Terranea instructor, participants will enjoy a mindful yoga session at their leisure and in the comfort of your home, while promoting balance and inner well-being during the scenic oceanfront session. This fitness activity welcomes guests of all levels and will provide invigorating flow and a moment of tranquility. To participate, visit the Facebook event page at

    The Torrance Elks will host a Chili Cook-Off & Car Show on Saturday, September 18 from 12 to 4 p.m. at the lodge. The event features a chili cook-off contest and car show held outdoors in the big parking lot next to the DMV. The Jokers will be performing so don’t forget your dancin’ shoes. Oh yeah, and you still gotta bring your mask… for now. This is a FREE event, so stop by and check out classic cars, hear classic rock music and get your chili fix! For additional information, visit the Facebook page at The Torrance Elks Lodge is located at 1820 Abalone Avenue, Torrance, CA.

    Torrance Art Museum (TAM) presents the Opening Reception of the Fall Exhibitions on Saturday, September 18 from 6 to 9 p.m. featuring the return of the boundary crossing SUR:Biennial, a curiously clever fiber art show, and videos from around the world. The 6th SUR:biennial at the Torrance Art Museum assembles a lineup of artists whose works intersect the spaces between contemplative contemporary perspectives and representing and investigating pluralistic cultural heritages hailing from Mexico, Central America, and South America while living in Southern California, Oregon, and New York. These artists fuse artistic traditions from these cultures with current artistic perspectives to establish and celebrate, while also critiquing, notions of specific Latinx, Latin American, Xicana/o (Chicana/o) cultural identities and redefining identities within these designations. Is it possible to analyze one’s own identity? Is it possible to stand to one side and do the same for one’s encompassing cultures? These are questions essential to the SUR project. No answers are necessarily found here but the need to clarify the right questions to ask is fundamental. The exhibition is co-curated by Ismael de Anda III and Max Presneill. Featured artists: Eddie Rodolfo Aparicio, Marisa Caichiolo, Pete Hoffecker Mejia, Frankie Orozco, The Perez Bros., Carolina Sardi, Jimena Sarno. TAM Gallery Two hosts Social Fabric, an exhibition of socially engaged fiber art which investigates the framework and constructs of contemporary society through the softened lens of fabric, plush and yarn. Taking an often tongue-in-cheek approach, the works exhibited challenge the ideas of “women’s work” and the new norms of our social media society. Curated by Sue-Na Gay. Featured artists: Natalie Baxter, Mimi O. Chun, Kayla Mattes, Threadwinners (Alyssa Arney & Liz Flynn), Nathan Vincent, Megan Whitmarsh. TAM Dark Room hosts VideoWords, video art that uses 15 pairs of words as thematic prompts for their creation. Thirty international artists were called upon by curator Magmart to interpret those words – what they represent – in order to weave a rousing dialogue with the public. Fall Exhibitions are on view Saturday, September 18 through Saturday, December 4, 2021. The Opening Reception is on Saturday, September 18 from 6 to 9 p.m. As always TAM is free and accessible to the public. Masks are mandatory. No reservations required. All programs, schedules, and locations are subject to change. For the latest information and other museum programming, please visit For additional information, visit the website at or call 310-618-3846. The Torrance Art Museum is located at 3320 Civic Center Drive in Torrance.

    Should you notice the sky above the coastline bursting with colorful, odd shaped objects exhibiting remarkable maneuvering ability, do not be alarmed. This is no alien invasion. No, it’s only the most ancient example of man yearning to fly. The annual Festival of the Kite takes place on Sunday, September 19 from noon to 5 p.m. at the Redondo Beach Pier. The Redondo Beach Pier hosts one of the longest-running kite festivals in the country. This all-ages, free event is open to the public and prizes are awarded for the best handmade kite, highest-flying kite and the youngest and youngest-at-heart kite flyers. The kite festival features live music, hot dog on a stick eating contest, Dance 1 student demo and giveaways courtesy of Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital. The festival will culminate with a mass group kite ascension flight on the beach adjacent to Redondo Landing, immediately south of the Redondo Beach Pier. For additional information, visit the website at The Redondo Pier is located at 100 – 500 Fisherman’s Wharf, Redondo Beach, CA 90277.

    The Redondo Beach Pier Association will host Yoga on the Pier every Wednesday in September (September 22) from 6 to 7 p.m. Bring a yoga mat, towel and water. All levels welcome. The class will take place on the west end of the Pier. This is a socially distanced outdoor yoga class. Face coverings and/or masks are recommended. Visitors must adhere to the Los Angeles County Public Health Officer orders. This class is FREE! Schedule is subject to change and is weather permitting. For additional information, visit the website at The Redondo Pier is located at 100-500 Fisherman’s Wharf, Redondo Beach, CA 90277.

    The Lomita Chamber of Commerce will host a Bingo Business Mixer on Wednesday, September 22 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Social Workplace campus. Meet and mingle with other business leaders and learn about upcoming events and opportunities at this socially distanced, outdoor networking event. It will be a fun evening taking the ‘work’ out of networking. Get to know each other in a unique way with a friendly game of icebreaker bingo. Bites and beverages will be available. Please follow the latest health and safety protocols and vaccination guidelines. If you’re feeling ill, please stay home for your own health and the safety of others. Tickets are $5/$10. Registration is required. To register, visit the Eventbrite page at Social Workplace is located at 2315 Lomita Boulevard, Lomita, CA 90717.

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

    The Redondo Beach Chamber of Commerce will present the annual Redondo Beach Community Awards on Thursday, October 28 at 11:30 a.m. There are so many amazing individuals in the community and the Chamber invites you to submit nominations for both the “Man and Woman of the Year” Awards which will be presented at the Chamber’s annual Community Awards Ceremony. Nominees do not have to be Chamber members and political figures are not eligible for the award. The award is presented to two individuals who have distinguished themselves by significantly contributing to our community in the following areas:
    • Contributing to community welfare and betterment
    • Evidence of long-lasting contributions to community welfare
    • Participation in all around community activities and civic enterprises
    • Evidence of personal and business progress
    • Collaboration with individuals and civic organizations
    The Redondo Beach Chamber of Commerce invites you to nominate deserving citizens worthy of this distinguished award. We ask that you take a moment to think of volunteers who you know that meet the criteria listed above. Please send in your selections today! The Chamber will be accepting nominations until September 30. Submit your nominations to Mara Santos at For additional information, visit the website at

    Soroptimists International of Manhattan Beach are excited to announce the centennial edition of the annual Dream Raffle! One Grand Prize will be awarded – a one night stay at the Westdrift Manhattan Beach hotel PLUS $500 cash. In addition, for every 20 tickets sold, there will be a drawing for a $50 Gift Card to Athleta. Funds will support programs to bring education opportunities to women and girls including the Live Your Dream Awards. Tickets will be sold until December 31, 2021, unless all tickets are sold before the end date. The winner does not need to be present to win. Only 300 tickets will be sold. If fewer tickets are sold, the chances of winning improve. Tickets are $30 each or two for $50, and available from members only. For additional information and raffle ticket purchase, visit the website at

    The El Segundo Museum of Art is now accepting submissions for the ESMoA Video Art + Film Festival: BLUE/S. What does “BLUE/S” mean to you? BLUE/S: color, shades, reflections, harmony, mood, melancholy, serene, peace, music, heritage, flow, rebirth, space, cosmos, artificial, etc. Make a 60 second film and submit it to the ESMoA Video Art + Film Festival: BLUE/S! Deadline for submissions is Saturday, October 23 2021 at 5pm PST. Films will be reviewed by a panel of judges from the El Segundo and Los Angeles arts community who will decide which films will be featured at the screening event at ESMoA and on the ESMoA website between December 1 and December 4, 2021. All ages are welcome to submit films. For additional information, visit the website at

    The South Bay’s Got Talent competition is returning to the James R. Armstrong Theatre on Saturday, January 8 at 7 p.m. Do you have what it takes to win the next South Bay’s Got Talent? Every year some of the best talent in the South Bay compete to win South Bay’s Got Talent. From dancers to magicians, bands to solo performers… ALL talents and ALL ages are welcome!
    •Audition application due date: Friday November 5, 2021 at 5:00 pm
    •Audition dates: December 6 & 7, 2021
    •Competition date: Saturday January 8, 2022
    First place winner receives a scholarship to the next World Championships of the Performing Arts, a small cash award and trophy. Additional awards given include 2nd and 3rd place and Judge’s Favorite.
    Audition applications are available at or by emailing
    The talent show is open to all residents of the South Bay which includes the Beach Cities (Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach and Redondo Beach), the Palos Verdes Peninsula, neighborhoods of the City of Los Angeles (Harbor City, Harbor Gateway, San Pedro and Wilmington), El Segundo and inland cities of the South Bay (Hawthorne, Inglewood, Gardena, Carson, Lawndale, Torrance and Lomita). The James R. Armstrong Theatre is located within the Torrance Cultural Arts Center at 3330 Civic Center Drive in Torrance.

    Check out South Bay by Jackie, The Podcast! My guests are Chef Michael Shafer, owner of The Depot and Hank Parker, CPA, and Senior Executive Partner at PDM, LLP. Hank is currently treasurer of the Torrance Police Foundation and was previously chairman. We’re going to learn about a very special event, the 25th annual Halloween Ball taking place at The Depot on Sunday, October 17 from 4 to 8 p.m. The Halloween Ball is a hugely popular event with hundreds of attendees and this year, the event will benefit the Torrance Police Foundation. For additional information on sponsorships, volunteer opportunities and ticket purchase, call 310-802-7830 or email To watch the podcast, visit

    Have a fabulous South Bay weekend!