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February 22, 2018
I hope many of you had an opportunity last weekend to stop by El Segundo Museum of Art for Experience #33: AWKWARD. It runs through April 28, so you still have plenty of time. We had an ESMoA Educator on The South Bay Show podcast last week and I was again reminded what an amazing amenity ESMoA is for our South Bay community. In addition to the featured Experiences, they offer a fantastic variety of programs and special events for all ages – toddlers, tweens, teens, adults, seniors – for FREE! I feature recurring and ongoing events from time to time in this Guide, and this week, have included a few at ESMoA. For a complete list, visit the website at https://esmoa.org/ and click on the ‘programs’ tab. There’s something for everyone!
Redondo Beach Firefighter and Harbor Patrol Officer David Poirier received a Public Safety Medal of Valor Award from President Trump on Monday, February 19. To view the ceremony, visit https://youtu.be/RtQVjzaGXK0. Fast forward to the 11 minute mark to hear the story and the 19 minute mark to watch him receive the medal. Congratulations Officer Poirier!
The Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce hosts the 2018 State of the Region with Congresswoman Maxine Waters and Congressman Ted Lieu, today, Thursday, February 22 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton Torrance-South Bay. South Bay constituents can expect Waters and Lieu to delve into several priorities for the region, including education funding; workforce development; infrastructure and transportation efforts; and land use and development. This annual event provides an update on those policy concerns with particular emphasis on how federal policy decisions may affect our region. Tickets are $46 per person for Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce members. Non-members can reserve seats for $76 per person. For additional information and ticket purchase, call (310) 540-5858 or visit the website at https://www.torrancechamber.com/event/region2018/. The DoubleTree by Hilton Torrance-South Bay is located at 21333 Hawthorne Boulevard, Torrance, CA.
El Segundo Museum of Art will host The Teen Thing Meet & Greet today, Thursday, February 22 from 3 to 4 p.m. at ESMoA. The Teen Thing is a free after-school program at ESMoA created by Teens for Teens. Are you a high-school student interested in art? Do you want to see more programs and events for Teens at ESMoA? Then The Teen Thing wants to meet you! Join The Teen Thing and ESMoA for a Meet & Greet after school to learn more about the program and ways to be involved. Snacks will be available. The Teen Thing is a youth arts program from ESMoA, it offers teens a space to make art and collaborate together. This event is FREE to attend! For additional information on The Teen Thing after-school program, visit the website at http://www.esmoa.org. The El Segundo Museum of Art is located at 208 Main Street, El Segundo, CA 90245.
The Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce is proud to present the next meeting of the Young Professional Council today, Thursday, February 22 at 4 p.m. at the Redondo Beach Hotel. The Young Professional Council is available as a platform for young professionals from Manhattan Beach and the South Bay. This platform will provide numerous networking opportunities, community engagement, educational workshops and seminars. Come join this fun group of people and take your career goals to the next level. For additional information, email Brandon Oates, MB Chamber Director of Sponsorship and YPC Liaison at Brandon@manhattanbeachchamber.com. The Redondo Beach Hotel is located at 400 North Harbor Drive, Redondo Beach, CA 90277.
The Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce hosts Networking in the Evening tonight, Thursday, February 22 from 5:30 to 7:30 at Fonz’s restaurant. The event offers a great opportunity to grow your business network and get to know the local movers and shakers. Enjoy refreshments courtesy of Fonz’s! Bring a smile and plenty of business cards. The event is FREE for Members and $20 for non-Members. For additional information, visit the website at http://www.manhattanbeachchamber.com/. Fonz’s restaurant is located at 1017 Manhattan Avenue, Manhattan Beach, CA.
Head to El Segundo Museum of Art for Movie Night featuring a screening of The Royal Tenenbaums tonight, Thursday, February 22 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Follow the lives of three gifted siblings who experience great success in youth, and the highs and lows of adulthood. Events come to a head when their mother (Anjelica Huston) becomes engaged to a new love interest (Danny Glover) and her ex-husband (Gene Hackman) returns to the family home to make amends. Director Wes Anderson, 110 mins, R-Rated, recommended for ages 17+. Enjoy the film inside the gallery alongside Experience 33: AWKWARD with free popcorn courtesy of ESMoA. Seating is limited, register early. As always, admission is FREE! For additional information and registration, visit the Eventbrite page at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/movie-night-the-royal-tenenbaums-tickets-43040449142?aff=es2. ESMoA is located at 208 Main Street in El Segundo.
The next FTK Social Club Mixer takes place tonight, Thursday, February 22 at 7 p.m. at Alta House. Want to volunteer your time? Want to meet motivated leaders and young professionals? Perhaps you’re looking for a way to give back? Join FTK Social Club at the February Mixer where you can learn more about what they do (#forthekids), why they support Walk With Sally and how you can help directly support kids impacted by cancer. This mixer will offer ways you can volunteer, exciting upcoming events to attend, and different opportunities to collaborate with inspired minds throughout the Los Angeles area. The event features guest speaker Aaron Woodman. Aaron will be sharing his passion, inspiration and why he strives to meet 100 new people a day. Did we mention, it’s FREE to attend?!? For additional information, visit the website at https://donate.walkwithsally.org/events/-/e167292. Alta House is located at 1301 Manhattan Avenue, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254.
Shade Redondo Beach now hosts Live Jammin’ every Thursday and Friday night from 7 to 10 p.m. at Sea Level Restaurant & Lounge. Enjoy sweeping marina views, tasty bites, crafty cocktails and live music! For additional information, visit the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/shadehotelRB1/. Shade Hotel is located at 655 North Harbor Drive, Redondo Beach, CA.
The Redondo Beach Chamber of Commerce presents the annual State of the City address on Friday, February 23 at 7 a.m. at Crowne Plaza Redondo Beach & Marina Hotel. Mayor Bill Brand and Members of the Redondo Beach City Council will speak on how the city is managing its resources, what was accomplished last year and how the City is preparing for 2018. Pre-sale tickets are $40; at the door $45. Registration includes breakfast. $6 Self-Park or $16 Valet. For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the website at http://web.redondochamber.org/events/State-of-the-City-2357/details. Crowne Plaza Redondo Beach & Marina Hotel is located at 300 North Harbor Drive, Redondo Beach, CA 90277.
King Harbor Brewing will host a Surf Art Show Reception on Friday, February 23 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Waterfront Tasting Room. This revolving art show concept will feature two artists whose art aligns with the King Harbor Brewing brand so well. Aaron Hall’s and Fred John Straeter III’s pieces will go display on February 21 and be up for at least one month. Everyone is welcome to stop by and check out the art…. it’s going to be a great time! For additional information, visit the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/104246443732410/. The King Harbor Waterfront Tasting Room is located at 132 International Boardwalk, Redondo Beach, CA 90277.
El Segundo Museum of Art presents PLAY – An Early Childhood Workshop on Saturday, February 24 and Saturday, March 10 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Start your Saturday with PLAY at ESMoA, Create art and explore all things AWKWARD in this program designed for 3 to 5 year olds and their favorite adult companion. Class size is limited to 10 children; siblings of all ages are welcome! RSVP by email to email@example.com with ‘PLAY’ in the subject line and the dates you would like to participate. For additional information, visit the website at http://esmoa.org/. El Segundo Museum of Art is located at 208 Main Street, El Segundo, CA 90245.
NextStep presents the annual 900 Club Charity Poker Tournament on Saturday, February 24 starting at noon. The 900 Club is a members-only establishment located in Manhattan Beach and this is your chance to gain entrance to this exclusive retreat! The event will bring together members the 900 Club, celebrity guests, local businesses and friends in support of NextStep. Check-in starts at 11:30 with cards flying at noon. The buy-in is $100 and rebuys will be available. Players will enjoy free appetizers all day and free cocktails until 3 p.m.! There are only 70 seats available so you have a real chance to win! Hey, it’s fun, its for a great cause and its tax deductible! For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the website at https://www.classy.org/manhattan-beach/events/nextsteps-9th-annual-900-club-charity-poker-tournament/e160340. The 900 Club is located at 900 Manhattan Avenue in Manhattan Beach. NextStep, a nationally recognized 501 c(3) organization, believes that all persons living with paralysis and other physical disabilities deserve the hope and opportunity to live long and healthy lives. Yet today most of these individuals are deprived of the resources they desperately need for survival because there are no options available to them or they cannot afford them. NextStep provides the opportunity for health and recovery through affordable and progressive community fitness, health, and wellness facilities. For more information, visit the website at http://www.nextstepfitness.org.
The Torrance Cultural Arts Foundation is proud to present Dancing with the South Bay Stars VII on Saturday, February 24 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, eight 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 on-line or by calling the Ticket Office directly at (310) 781-7171. For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the website at https://torrancearts.org/dancing-with-the-south-bay-stars-vii/. 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 25 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 http://www.torranceantiquefaire.com/. The Torrance Antique Street Faire is located at 1317 Sartori Avenue in downtown Torrance.
The Riviera Village Farmers’ Market takes place every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the triangle parking lot across from Trader Joe’s. Every time I stop by, there are new vendors. It’s already more than doubled in size and offers a great selection of fresh seafood, produce, prepared foods, bread, my favorite salsa, sauces, honey and more! For additional information, visit the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/RivieraVillageFarmersMarket/.
The Neighborhood Church in Palos Verdes Estates will present the latest in their series of Annual Organ Concerts, on Sunday, February 25 at 4 p.m. This year’s concert features Isabelle Demers, a native of Quebec and graduate of the Julliard School. With playing described as having “bracing virtuosity” (Chicago Classical Review) and being “fearless and extraordinary” (Amarillo-Globe News), Isabelle Demers has enraptured critics, presenters, and audience members worldwide for her spell-binding performances. Ms. Demers is Organ Professor and Head of the Organ Program at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Her recital for the joint International Society of Organbuilders – American Institute of Organbuilders convention in 2010 so enchanted the audience that she “left the entire congress in an atmosphere of ‘Demers fever’.” Her concert at the 2010 national convention of the American Guild of Organists, in Washington, D.C., was received with great acclaim not only by critics, who deemed it “one of the most outstanding events of the convention” (The American Organist), but also by the standing-room-only audience, which called her back to the stage five times. The Neighborhood Church boasts a state-of-the-art Glatter-Götz pipe organ built in Germany and reassembled in Palos Verdes by the same firm that would later construct the Walt Disney Concert Hall pipe organ with famed architect Frank Gehry. Tickets are $20 ($15 for students with ID) and can be purchased by calling the Church Office at (310) 378-9353 ext. 1005. For additional information, visit the website at http://www.neighborhoodchurchpve.org. The Neighborhood Church is located at 415 Paseo del Mar, Palos Verdes Estates, CA.
The South Bay Women’s Conference hosts the monthly Let’s Connect Mixer at Ragin Cajun on Tuesday, February 27 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. It’s always a fun and casual evening! Tickets are $5 for members and $15 for non-members. For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the website at http://sbbwa.com/. Ragin Cajun is located at 337 Pier Avenue, Hermosa Beach, CA.
The Waterfront & Economic Development Department of Redondo Beach is hosting two Public Workshops to discuss potential locations for a public boat launch facility in King Harbor.
-Wednesday, February 28 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Redondo Beach Main Library located at 303 North Pacific Coast Highway on the 2nd Floor
-Saturday, March 10 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the King Harbor Yacht Club located at 280 Yacht Club Way (open for breakfast and lunch 8:30 am – 2:00 pm)
Both meetings will include the same content, so interested parties may attend either or both to provide input. For additional information, contact Stephen Proud, Director Waterfront & Economic Development Redondo Beach at (310) 318-0631 x2246 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The DoubleTree Hotel in Torrance will host the Volunteer Kickoff Party for the Beach Cities Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Wednesday, February 28 from 6 to 8 p.m. Learn how you can get involved with the Beach Cities Walk to End Alzheimer’s Planning Committee. There are opportunities to suit all interests and skill sets. Have fun doing rewarding work to advance the cause. Please RSVP to Megan Geist at email@example.com. For additional information, visit the website at http://act.alz.org/site/TR/Walk2018/CA-CaliforniaSouthland?fr_id=11061&pg=entry. The DoubleTree is located at 21333 Hawthorne 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 http://www.southbaybyjackie.com for details on these and other events happening throughout the South Bay.
Applications are now being accepted for the 2018 El Segundo Art Walk. If you’re a Los Angeles based artist, or business located in the downtown and Smoky Hollow districts of El Segundo, and want to be part of the hottest event of the summer, this is your chance! There are also sponsorships available. The application deadline is Tuesday, May 1. Download the application at https://elsegundoartwalk.com/apply/.
The City of Lomita Spring Newsletter and Recreation Guide is now available online at http://en.calameo.com/read/002143407ee2a5f0d8bfd.
This morning on The South Bay Show: South Bay Spotlight, our guest is Janne Kouri, Founder and President of NextStep, Disability Activist and Entrepreneur. We’re going to learn about NextStep, we’ll talk about the annual poker tournament fundraiser this Saturday at The 900 Club and get a sneak peek of the gala event taking place in November. Don’t worry, if you missed the program, you can listen to it anytime at https://www.southbaybyjackie.com/janne-kouri-founder-nextstep/. 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 Jordan Alcott, Founder, CTO and Managing Partner of Alcott Enterprises, an information technology service firm that provides 24/7 IT solutions and support to small and medium-sized business throughout the South Bay and greater Los Angeles area. You can listen to the program live at 8 a.m. or anytime at https://www.southbaybyjackie.com/jordan-alcott-founder-alcott-enterprises/. Tune in every Friday morning and discover what’s new in Manhattan Beach!
Have a fabulous South Bay weekend!