South Bay Weekend Guide

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South Bay by Jackie Weekend Guide

December 6, 2018

The rain and cooler temps will surely affect a couple of scheduled holiday events – the Hermosa Beach Santa Sleigh Ride has already rescheduled one night. I’m not sure how long the rain is supposed to last, so be sure to confirm with the host organizations of any events you plan on attending to make sure they haven’t been cancelled or rescheduled. We need the rain, so no complaints here. In the meantime, bundle up!

The City of El Segundo Recreation & Parks Department and Mattel, Inc. present the annual Holiday Tree Lighting today, Thursday, December 6 from 1 to 6 p.m. at City Hall Plaza. The Farmer’s Market will be hosting a Holiday Craft Boutique in City Hall Plaza with a wide variety of handmade items including ornaments, jewelry, holiday crafts, candles, lotions, and clothing. Children will have the opportunity to meet Santa Claus beginning at 3:30pm. Starting Monday, November 26th, El Segundo residents with a valid 2018 or 2019 Youth Recreation I.D Card, will have access to “fast pass” wristbands available at the Checkout Building in Recreation Park. Please note “fast pass” wristbands are limited and you must be in the “fast pass” line prior to the tree lighting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Wait, there’s more! The Candy Cane Kid Zone features a variety of holiday themed games and activities while local community groups and the Dickens Carolers will be delivering live performances on the Showmobile from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Join the Mayor and City Council for the official Tree Lighting countdown at 5:30. Once the tree is lit, enjoy a special concert on the main stage. For additional information, visit the website at The event will take place in the 300 block of Main Street and City Hall Plaza in El Segundo, CA.

Join the El Segundo Chamber of Commerce for some seasonal cheer at the Holiday Mixer: Martinis & Mistletoe tonight, Thursday, December 6 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Citizens Business Bank. Attendees will enjoy delicious bites from El Segundo Catering Company, drinks, raffle prizes and more while mixing and mingling with old friends and new. Donate a raffle prize or silent auction item to give your business a little extra recognition. Tickets are only $5 for Chamber Members and $10 for non-Chamber Members and will be available at the door. For additional information, contact the Chamber offices at 310/322-1220 or via email at Citizens Business Bank is located at 275 Main Street in El Segundo.

Custom Design & Construction will host a ‎Wine Tasting & Toy Drive tonight, Thursday, December 6 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The event features Boisset Wines and tasteful bites from Oil & Vinegar. Admission is one new, unwrapped toy per person ($10 value or more) or a monetary donation to benefit Toys for Tots. Includes wine tasting, food pairing, and games. To RSVP call 310.658.5583 or via email to For additional information, visit the Facebook event page at Custom Design & Construction is located at 2001 East Mariposa Avenue, El Segundo, CA 90245.

The City of Lomita hosts the annual Holiday Tree Lighting on Friday, December 7 at 5:30 p.m. in front of City Hall. Attendees can sip complimentary coffee and hot cocoa while enjoying an evening of musical performances and a visit from Santa. For additional information, call 310-326-0140 or visit the website at Lomita City Hall is located at 24300 Narbonne Avenue in Lomita.

Radiant Women Entrepreneurs will host a Holiday Party & Bazaar on Friday, December 7 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Manhattan Beach Badminton Club. Attendees can sip mulled wine and cider, savor hors d’oeuvres, and socialize while perusing goods from our South Bay female business owners. The event also features raffle prizes and music. Admission is FREE! For additional information, visit the website at The Manhattan Beach Badminton Club is located at 516 18 Street, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.

Riviera Village presents First Friday on December 7, from 5 to 8 p.m. This free, monthly event is the place to be every first Friday! Head to the Village and enjoy live music, food samplings, gallery viewing, promotional offers and more while you dine and shop. Riviera Village merchants and art galleries stay open until 8 p.m. The energy will be fueled by live music at various locations from 6 to 8 p.m. For additional information, visit the website at

The City of Hermosa Beach invites children of all ages to compete in the annual Sand Snowman Contest on Saturday, December 8 from 8:45 a.m. to 12 p.m. Just because the South Bay doesn’t experience cold, snowy winters doesn’t mean you have to miss out on traditional winter pastimes. The South Bay may not have snow but there’s sand…. lots and lots of sand. So instead of building a snowman, how about building a sand snowman? It is recommended you arrive early to claim a prime building site. Registration starts at 8:45 a.m. north of the Hermosa Pier at shoreline and building commences at 9 a.m. Prizes will be awarded for the Most Unique, Most Traditional, Best Dressed, Hermosa Beach Favorite and Funniest. Judging begins at 11:15 a.m. with awards being presented at 11:30 a.m. It’s time to assemble the construction crew, haul out the heavy equipment (pails, shovels, coal, corn cob pipe, etc.) and get into a winter state of mind. Awards and prizes are nice but bragging rights are better. For more information, contact the Community Resources Department at 310-318-0280 or visit the website at The event will take place at 15 Street at the shoreline.

The Manhattan Beach Art Center will host the Holiday Art Market on Saturday, December 8 and Sunday, December 9 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days at the Jocelyn Center. The Holiday Art Market consists of handmade artwork by Manhattan Beach Parks & Rec students, instructors and staff. Artwork will include ceramics, sculpture, jewelry, paintings and other media. Get your holiday shopping done early, all while supporting local artists. Find unusual, one-of-a-kind art pieces for that special person in your life. For additional information, call (310) 802-5440 or contact via email at The Jocelyn Center is located at 1601 Valley Drive Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.


The City of Gardena presents the annual Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 8 from 8 to 10:45 a.m. at the Nakaoka Community Center. It will be a morning filled with holiday fun featuring crafts, live entertainment and a delicious breakfast. Advance purchase tickets are $5 per person, at the door, $7 per person. For additional information, visit the website at The Nakaoka Community Center is located at 1670 West 162 Street, Gardena, CA.

Ruby’s Diner presents the annual Cruise at the Beach Christmas Car Show on Saturday, December 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Ruby’s parking lot. The Christmas edition of Cruise at the Beach is a South Bay tradition that keeps automobile aficionados returning year after year. Take a stroll among some of the finest examples of the Southern California car culture and marvel at this amazing collection of classic automobiles. Judging begins at 9 a.m. with the trophy presentation at 2 p.m. In keeping with the spirit of the season, please bring an unwrapped toy to benefit the Cheer for Children Christmas Toy Drive. If you wish to display a car or require more information, contact Larry Neville at 310-962-7438 or visit the Facebook event page at Ruby’s Diner is located at 245 North Harbor Drive in Redondo Beach.

SEA Lab presents the Nature Art Series: Nature Ornament & Wreath Making on Saturday, December 8 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Need a last-minute personalized holiday gift? Join the SEA Lab team for ornament and wreath making classes.
10:30 – 11:30 am: Make personalized, nature inspired ornaments
1:30 PM – 2:30 pm: Make a wreath using natural materials
Tickets are $10 per person, per class. Appropriate for 7 years – adults. Advance registration preferred, walk ins will be accepted on a first come first served basis. For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the Eventbrite page at SEA Lab is located at 1021 North Harbor Drive, Redondo Beach, CA 90277.

The Redondo Pier Association hosts FREE Yoga on the Octagon the second Saturday of each month (December 8) from 10 to 11 a.m. Everyone is welcome to attend and take part in this all level yoga class where the International Boardwalk meets the Redondo Beach Pier (the octagon below Kincaid’s). Participants should bring a yoga mat, towel and bottled water. For additional information, visit the website at The Redondo Beach Pier is located at 100 Fisherman’s Wharf, Redondo Beach, CA 90277.

The Redondo Pier Association presents the annual Holiday Concert & Santa on the Pier on Saturday, December 8 from 2 to 4 p.m. The event features live music and attendees are encouraged to sing along to all the most popular holiday favorites. Santa will be holding court on the pier, so be sure to bring your list and be on your best behavior. The event also features giveaways and surfing Santa photos. Attendees are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy for the Love in the Mirror Toy Drive. Holiday tunes performed by a surf rock band on the Pier overlooking the deep blue….. this is how the South Bay celebrates the season! For additional information, visit the website at The Redondo Beach Pier is located at 100 Fisherman’s Wharf in Redondo Beach. FREE parking!

The King Harbor Yacht Club presents the annual King Harbor Holiday Boat Parade on Saturday, December 8. A longtime favorite of locals and visitors to the area, this hugely popular South Bay event gets under way at 4:30 p.m. in the main channel of King Harbor. As always, the Body Glove yacht Disappearance will lead off the parade with this year’s Grand Marshall, Ted Lang of Love Boat fame. The SUPs will be on the water at 4:30 followed by the boats lighting up the night at 5:30. If you plan to observe from shore, you can do so from any number of vantage points in King Harbor, from the Redondo Beach Marina, Redondo Pier, Portofino Hotel and Marina/Sea Wall, Seaside Lagoon Sea Wall and several restaurants with harbor views. King Harbor Marina/Moonstone Park will provide FREE bleacher seating provided the city. Seating is first come, first serve. Starting at 3:30 p.m. several food trucks will be available with an array of food for purchase. Access is from Marina Way. Boats participating in the parade will be judged by vessel type in several different categories. Awards will be given for Best Costumes, Best Lighting, Best Animation, Best Execution of Theme, Best in Fleet and the Overall Winner. All boats and SUPs are encouraged to participate and there is still time to register! Visit the website at or Proceeds from the event benefit Waterfront Education, King Harbor Youth Foundation, Santa Monica Bay Maritime Training and Redondo Beach Rotary.

The 1200 block of East Acacia Avenue in El Segundo magically transforms into Candy Cane Lane every holiday season since 1919! The homes are festooned with lights and decorations beginning the second Saturday of December and Santa’s sleigh stops for a visit on certain nights. The street will be closed to through traffic through Christmas night, and most houses will still have their lights up through New Year’s weekend. The lights are generally on until about 10. The 1200 block of East Acacia Avenue is located west of Sepulveda and south of Imperial Highway in El Segundo.

The Manhattan Beach Arts Center will host the annual Holiday Crafts Night on Saturday, December 8 from 5 to 8 p.m. Get in the holiday spirit by making handmade crafts and ornaments with the whole family during the 32nd Annual Holiday Crafts Night! There will be delicious treats, hot cocoa, and a light supper will be served. For additional information, call (310) 802-5440 or contact via email at Manhattan Beach Art Center is located at 1560 Manhattan Beach Boulevard, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.

Pacific Coast Gallery will host the Opening Reception: Into the Deep on Saturday, December 8 from 7 to 10 p.m. Into the Deep features the ocean and island themed artwork of Josh Barnes, Brandon Nonaka and new photos from Matthew Welch. Josh and Brandon will be exhibiting their individual art, in addition to pieces they have collaborated on. Matt will be releasing a new image from Hawaii, Napali Dream, in conjunction with the debut of this image this week at the opening of the new Emory Proton Therapy Center in Atlanta. Highlights include:
•Live Painting: Josh and Brandon will also be painting live at the event.
•Homemade Swedish Glogg: This is a Holiday Party and they’ll be serving Monica’s homemade Swedish glogg
•Ugly Sweater Contest: Wear your ugly sweater and win Pacific Coast Gallery photos as prizes
•Live Music: Enjoy live Holiday music from Business Casual featuring Cole Fishman and his band
For additional information, visit the website at Pacific Coast Gallery is located at 205 Pier Avenue in Hermosa Beach.

April’s Fools Comedy Improv Troupe presents Surprise Packages on Saturday, December 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the Second Story Theater. You’ll laugh out loud when the audience suggestions are turned into comedy on stage. The show is directed by directed by Valerie Gorsuch and Sandy Marchese and features guest performer Rebekah Chang. General admission tickets are $10 and $8 for seniors – or buy an annual pass, 12 shows for $60. For additional information and ticket purchase, call (310) 318-1705 or visit the website at The Second Story Theater is located at 710 Pier Avenue in Hermosa Beach.

Alpine Village presents the annual Christmas Fair on Sunday, December 9 from noon to 7 p.m. Guests will get in the holiday spirit with festive lighting, decorations and music as Alpine Village is transformed into a cozy, Bavarian winter wonderland. The event features arts-and-crafts vendors set up throughout the Village, face painting, carolers, wine tasting, live entertainment, food samples and more. Santa will make a guest appearance to take photos and hear what the children have on their wish lists for Christmas. Guests will also enjoy traditional German holiday fare including grilled bratwurst, Stollen and Gluehwein (Glowing Wine), the German version of spiced mulled wine. For additional information, visit the website at Alpine Village is located at 833 West Torrance Boulevard in Torrance.

Peninsula Center Pet Hospital will host a FREE Holiday Pet Portrait Party & Open House on Sunday, December 9 from 1 to 4 p.m. The event features complimentary holiday pet photos, holiday treats, and a chance to meet the veterinarians and staff of Peninsula Center Pet Hospital and tour the facility. Sponsored by Weber Accetta Real Estate Group and Peninsula Center Pet Hospital as part of their continued community outreach Neighborhood Spotlight. For additional information, visit the website at Peninsula Center Pet Hospital is located at 728 Deep Valley Drive, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274.

The El Segundo Chamber of Commerce and Chevron present the annual Holiday Parade on Sunday, December 9. The parade gets underway at 1 p.m. and is expected to end about 3 p.m. The route begins on Main Street at Imperial Avenue and proceeds south to El Segundo Boulevard. The grandstands will be located at Main Street and Holly Avenue on the west side of the street where parade entrant performances will take place. Floats will be theme decorated and Saint Nick will make his appearance at the end of the procession. Floats, music, marching bands, antique cars, giveaways, Santa and more…. can you think of a better way to celebrate the season? For additional information, visit the website at

South Bay Hands on Art invites the community to create Caring Holiday Cards & Ornaments on Sunday, December 9 from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Hawthorne Arts Complex. Families are invited to help create holiday cards and decorations for care packages to be given to the children at the Richstone Family Center. There will also be a free ornament workshop. Come learn about the process of repousse (metal tooling) and create a family heirloom to take home. The event takes place during the Hawthorne Arts Complex Open Studios Event. Over 50 artists will have their studios open during the event. Attendees will enjoy food, beverages, live music and free parking. For additional information, visit the website at The Hawthorne Arts Complex is located at 13040 Cerise Avenue, Hawthorne, CA 90250.

Green Hills Memorial Park celebrates the season with the Let it Snow Holiday Festival & Memorial Tree Lighting on Sunday, December 9 from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. This FREE annual event will take place at the Little White Church. Guests will enjoy holiday music, snow sledding, arts and crafts for the children, a festive hayride and caroling. Santa will be on hand to greet guests and pose for photos with the entire family. At 5:30 p.m. the memorial Christmas trees will be lit. Memorial ornaments will be provided and guests can write the names of loved ones on the ornaments and place them on the trees. The memorial Christmas trees will remain through the holiday season. For additional information, visit the website at Green Hills Memorial Park is located at 27501 South Western Avenue, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275.

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The annual Manhattan Beach Holiday Fireworks sponsored by Skechers will take place Sunday, December 9. Manhattan Beach’s signature holiday event gets underway at 4 p.m. with a concert by the Hyperion Outfall Serenaders followed by the award-winning Mira Costa Jazz Ensemble at 5 p.m. and local favorite, Joe’s Band, will be ‘Rockin’ the Holidays’ at 6 p.m. Our own Lou Giovannetti will be Master of Ceremonies. Skechers’ Snow Park will be open from 4 to 6:30 p.m. with five 50′ sled runs, two snow play areas and snowmen available for family photos. A donation of canned goods, cash or a new, unwrapped toy is requested for admission to the Snow Park. The Bounce Park will have two huge slides and the Fire Dog bouncy for smaller children. The Holiday Fireworks start at 7 p.m. and will be synchronized to holiday music with an extended grand finale sponsored by Belkin. This is a hugely popular event so be sure to arrive early to nab prime seating – bring your own beach chairs and blankets! For additional information, visit the website at The Manhattan Beach Pier is located at the western end of Manhattan Beach Boulevard.

St. Luke’s Presbyterian Church presents the Sunday Concert Series on Sunday, December 9 at 5:30 p.m. Enjoy the magic and majesty of the incredible Pacific Bells Handbell Ensemble. This renowned group is much in demand, so you don’t want to miss this special performance! Following the performance, light refreshments will be served on the patio. This is a FREE event and there is ample free parking available. For additional information, call 310-377-2825. St. Luke’s Presbyterian Church is located at 26825 Rolling Hills Road in Rolling Hills Estates.

The South Bay Women’s Conference hosts the monthly Let’s Connect Mixer on Tuesday, December 11 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Sunrise of Hermosa Beach. 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. Bring plenty of business cards! 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 Sunrise of Hermosa Beach is located at 1837 Pacific Coast Highway, Hermosa Beach, CA.

The Redondo Beach Public Library presents Gentle Yoga on Tuesday, December 11 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Teri Thompson, a certified Yoga Teacher, and some of her students, will demonstrate how to modify yoga poses for unique body issues. Learn the many benefits of gently yoga and how it may help you. This program is free and open to the public, no registration is required. You can participate or just watch. If you want to participate, wear comfortable clothing and bring a beach towel or yoga mat. For additional information on programs and services at Redondo Beach Public Library, call (310) 318-0675, option 5, or visit the website at The program is in the 2nd floor Meeting Room at Redondo Beach Main Library, located at 303 North Pacific Coast Hwy in Redondo Beach. Free underground parking is available at the Library.

You don’t want to miss the South Bay Tech Startup Networking Evening on Wednesday, December 12 from 6 to 9 p.m. at El Camino College. Connect with investors, entrepreneurs, founders and software engineering professionals from across Los Angeles and surrounding cities. Meet the most active investor in VC-Backed tech startups in Los Angeles. Upfront Ventures is the largest and longest-serving venture capital fund in Los Angeles having invested more than $1 billion since 1996 in technology-based companies such as Maker Studios, TrueCar and Overture. If you have been hoping to speak with an investor about possible funding for your startup, Chang Xu, Principal at Upfront Ventures will be the featured guest. South Bay Tech Startup Networking Evening welcomes all people interested in tech including:
-Entrepreneurs looking for funding
-Aspiring & experienced entrepreneurs
-Developers and other tech-related professionals
-Passionate visionaries
-and more
Tickets are $15/$25. For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the Eventbrite page at El Camino College is located at 16007 Crenshaw Boulevard, Torrance, CA 90506.

The annual Hermosa Beach Santa Sleigh Ride will take place on Wednesday, December 12 and Tuesday, December 18. Santa will arrive on his sleigh along with his helpers escorted by the Hermosa Beach Fire and Police Departments. Santa will spend 20 minutes at each stop for photo ops. Times are approximate and are subject to delay. Santa will stop as close to these locations as possible. Inclement weather may cause a change in schedule. For additional information, visit the website at

The Women’s Club of Hermosa Beach is Caroling for a Cause on Thursday, December 13 from 5 to 9 p.m. Sponsor a carol for yourself or send a friend or loved one a carol, sung by the members of the Woman’s Club of Hermosa Beach. This unique holiday offer is available for Hermosa Beach residents only! The cost is $10 per carol and payment can be made online at Proceeds benefit the WCHB, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. For additional information, contact via email at

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.

Click on the links to view the Santa Float/Sleigh schedules. The Hermosa Beach schedule has changed.
Redondo Beach:
Manhattan Beach:
Hermosa Beach:
Lomita/Palos Verdes:

The City of Lomita, along with the Los Angeles County Fire Department, will be hosting a three-day CERT Course on January 12, 19, and 26, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Following a major disaster, fire and rescue resources may be unable to immediately respond to all those in need. In such a crisis, it will be neighbors assisting neighbors until emergency response personnel can arrive. Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training provides residents with the skills and tools necessary to take care of themselves, their families, neighbors, and coworkers in the event of a disaster. The CERT Training is offered free of charge and includes hands-on training in the following units:
• Disaster Preparedness
• Disaster Fire Suppression
• Disaster Medical Operations
• Light Search and Rescue Operations
• Disaster Psychology and Team Organization
• Terrorism
• Course Review and Hands-On Drill Simulation
After being CERT trained, participants will have the opportunity to participate in additional trainings and drills hosted by Lomita CERT. For additional information and to register, contact Daniella Knighton at or (310) 325-7110 x119.

The Switzer Learning Center is now accepting nominations for the annual South Bay Women of the Year. Think of a woman who is truly a shining star. Someone who has made a difference in our community or helped changed some aspect of the South Bay. They will honor four women who have made a significant contribution to the South Bay through their work in the community, in areas such as education, business, healthcare, services to at-risk youth, special needs children and young adults, volunteerism and other fields, or a young woman who has shown a commitment to making a difference in the future. Please complete the nomination form by Friday, December 17 and your nominee may join the ranks of other influential women in the South Bay. An Independent Selection Committee will select the finalists. The winners will be recognized at Switzer’s South Bay Women of the Year event on Friday, March 29, 2019 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Torrance-South Bay. To submit a nomination, visit the website at

Free Holiday Parking:
Hermosa Beach: November 27 – December 25
Manhattan Beach: November 28 – December 26
Riviera Village: December 8 – January 1
Redondo Pier: December 8 – January 1

This morning on The South Bay Show: South Bay Spotlight, Joe and I are going to run down the many upcoming holiday events. If you want to know what’s happening in the South Bay this holiday season, be sure to tune in! 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 Pete Moffett, Event Producer and Kelly Stroman, Executive Director for the Downtown Manhattan Beach Business & Professional Association and it’s all about the 30th Anniversary of the Manhattan Beach Fireworks Show and what attendees can expect at this time-honored South Bay tradition taking place on Sunday, December 9 at the Manhattan Beach Pier. 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!