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Weekend GuidePandemic Survival Guide
January 21, 2021
It’s been a BIG week. Big surf, big wind, big football games, and the biggest news – COVID vaccine appointments are now available for those 65 and older (scroll down for details). There’s also a bunch of information available about the vaccine, testing sites and tiers (find out which tier you’re in!) at https://www.southbaybyjackie.com/alert-south-bay-joint-information-center-weekly-message-on-covid-19-threat-key-messages/. If the the vaccine rollout goes according to schedule (fingers crossed), we could be in the clear before the start of summer. Ever the optimist, I see a glimmer of light at the end of this particularly awful tunnel.
The Re:Her Festival will take place Thursday, January 21 through Saturday, January 30. Women-owned restaurants all over Los Angeles will come together to offer unique collaborations with other female chefs, thematic menus, one-on-one conversations among female industry leaders, and much more. The food festival will launch on the anniversary of the groundbreaking Women’s March of 2017. Over 100 participating restaurants and collaborators are cooking up their events and specials for the 10-day festival. It will be ten special days to illuminate, celebrate and uplift the sisterhood of restaurateurs in Los Angeles. For additional information, visit the website at https://www.regardingherfood.com/.
The Downtown Manhattan Beach Winter Sale will take place Friday, January 22 through Sunday, January 24 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Enjoy up to 75% off IN-STORE and ONLINE at participating Downtown Manhattan Beach stores! Don’t forget to order a take-out meal from one of the amazing DTMB restaurants after a full day of shopping! Participating businesses and links to all sales and special offers will be released on 1/22. For additional information, visit the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/860309434754527/.
The community is invited to attend the Grand Opening of For the People Market (FTPM) on Saturday, January 23 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at SOoth Bay Galleria. For The People Market (FTPM) is designed for all diverse makers and small business owners! It’s a family friendly market place and all are welcome. Made by a maker for all makers. The goal is to support small businesses by making them accessible to the public. Confirmed Vendors: -Creations by Steph -Qlass Collective -Ask Questions Later -M I L E N A -Bellasol & Bellaglamm Lashes -All about me accessorie -1Oak Design Depot -Bling Fairy -BossyBundts -Serenity Aura -CT James -Pammplants -Sole Soul Creations -Wicked Willow Candles -Ceductive Attraccion Boutique. The market is located on Level 1 near Guest Services. For additional information, visit the Facebook event page at http://www.torranceantiquefaire.com/. The Torrance Antique Street Faire is located at 1317 Sartori Avenue in downtown Torrance.
The South Bay Business Women’s Association will host the monthly Virtual Let’s Connect Mixer on Tuesday, January 26 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. via Zoom. Special Guest Speaker Debbie McCormick will talk about the five things you must get right on your LinkedIn profile to attract and impress the people you want to do business with. Plan to take notes, because you’ll be able to go to your profile and make changes that will immediately make it stronger and come up higher in search results. Debbie McCormick, once the writer for a U.S. Congressional campaign, is a LinkedIn marketing expert and an award-winning speaker. Her best-selling book, The LinkedIn Manual for Rookies, is the resource she wishes had been available when she was learning LinkedIn. The fully optimized profiles and LinkedIn Pages she and her team write attract the people with whom you want to do business and help you become a known expert in your field. Debbie has spoken and trained on all aspects of using LinkedIn to businesses including Nasdaq, Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC), high-end Orange County Realtors®, The Harvard Club of Boston, Evolution business seminars, Keri Murphy’s Inspired Living program and Lincoln Motor company. When she’s not helping her clients increase their bottom lines, she’s actively involved in both local and national politics and takes every opportunity to hang with her excellent son, Sean, who lives in Santa Monica. Suggested donation is $5. For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the website at https://www.sbbwa.com/.
Assembly Member Al Muratsuchi will host a Virtual Town Hall on Tuesday, January 26 at 6 p.m. via Facebook. Join Assembly Member Muratsuchi for a coronavirus vaccine discussion. The event will feature Dr. Simon Paul, Chief Science Officer, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Dr. Griselda Gutierrez, Associate Medical Director for Outpatient Services, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, and Dr. Mona Shah, Kaiser Permanente South Bay’s COVID-19 Vaccine Strategy Physician Lead. They will be discussing how to get the vaccine, the rollout of the vaccine, and medical questions regarding the vaccine. The Town Hall will be hosted on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Muratsuchi. You do not need a Facebook account to view the Town Hall. In order to answer as many questions as possible, please submit your questions via the Assembly Member’s event RSVP form at https://a66.asmdc.org/covid-19-vaccine-town-hall-12621-rsvp by 12 p.m. on Monday, January 25.
The Redondo Beach Public Library will host Meditation with Doug Frankel on Tuesday, January 26 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. via Zoom. Start the New Year with a new healthy habit! Back by popular demand, this is a virtual program with long time meditator Doug Frankel. Doug will help you learn a very simple meditation technique, and will talk about the many benefits of meditation. This event is FREE to attend. Registration is required. For additional information and registration, visit https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEocO6hqDkjHtAkSkB4dscrmjv-NCIDB46q.
The Lomita Chamber of Commerce will host a Networking Hour on Wednesday, January 27 from 5:30 to 6:30 online. Everyone is invited to join this interactive networking event to kick-off 2021! They’ll do a quick round of intros and then breakout for some fun in smaller groups. Don’t worry, there will be convo starters to kick-off connections. (Bring a gift to donate to the drawing to create a 1:1 connection outside the event.) Introverts, extroverts and ambiverts welcome! Registration is required. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the event. For additional information and registration, visit the website at https://www.lomitachamber.org/lomita-chamber-kickoff2021-networking-hour-january2021/.
The Roadium Open Air Market presents Drive-In at the Roadium. The Roadium has revived its classic 1950’s drive-in for a one-of-a-kind movie-going experience. On select nights, guests can enjoy a great film in this throwback retro setting, along with food trucks, concessions, and more. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. with the movie starting at sundown. Admission is $25 per car. For additional information, visit the website at http://roadium.com/. For ticket purchase, visit the Eventbrite page at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/summer-friday-drive-in-at-the-roadium-grease-tickets-61667943479. The Roadium Open Air Market is located at 2500 West Redondo Beach Boulevard, Torrance, CA 90504.
LA Arts Society presents Pop Up Drive-In Movie Screenings at the Gardena Cinema back lot. 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 constantly being updated, so check the Eventbrite page. 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 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/jurassic-park-drive-in-cinema-friday-tickets-115661906877?aff=erelexpmlt. Gardena Cinema is located at 14948 Crenshaw Boulevard, Gardena, CA 90249.
Here’s a HEADS-UP on a few events you’ll want to plan for now!
The Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy presents a special Online Auction from Friday, January 15 and running through January 30. The Auction is made possible by the members of the White Point Community Group to raise awareness and support for the restoration and beautification activities of the White Point Nature Preserve. Items include local staycations, getaway vacations, adventures and classes, beautiful Plein-air paintings, jewelry, landscape consultation opportunities, and many more items. You’ll enjoy finding something unique while providing critical support for restoration and education activities at the White Point Nature Preserve. For details and to make a bid, visit https://www.biddingowl.com/Auction/home.cfm?auctionID=11966&CFID=22511627&CFTOKEN=d5f08cff367596a8-DCB48E17-E7F7-3ECE-F39CF38AD1665F0C.
The ESMoA LAB Residency is designed for emerging artists to partner with ESMoA in response to a theme or topic based on an Experience (ESMoA’s word for exhibition) taking place inside the main gallery. Application to the ESMoA LAB Residency is free and open to artists and writers who live in, work in, and/or have a distinct commitment to Los Angeles County. They are offering an unrestricted stipend of $2,500 to artists and writers to create original artwork, performance, or composition in response to Experience 47: FREESTATE. Applicants are encouraged to propose projects that can be viewed in ESMoA’s street-facing LAB Room as well as be presented virtually for a period of three months from June through August 2021. The open application period will close at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, February 12, 2021. The ESMoA team will work with the selected artist in developing the project as it evolves over the planning period, and collaborate on programming to ensure the work reaches its audiences. The project must be designed with a $2,500 budget in mind. ESMoA will provide space for the work to be viewed, project consultation, installation support, marketing, and promotion. All proposals will be reviewed by a select jury of artists from the Los Angeles area and the ESMoA team. To learn more about the Open Call, visit https://esmoa.org/event/esmoa-lab-residency-open-call/. To apply for the LAB Residency, visit https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfmPQJoZwkwaVwExAdSom6opl_v00YzAoo_5hDg11xZaRayaw/viewform. For additional information, visit the website at https://esmoa.org/.
BeachLife has launched Operation Smiles South Bay, a program designed to help those that need it the most — those that just need a smile. With corporate partners Subaru Pacific, Tito’s Vodka, Brown Foreman, and Beach Cities Health District, they’ve raised over $25,000 towards a campaign designed to make our local community smile and provided some much-needed assistance to those that need it most. How’s it work? Gift cards will be purchased from local businesses, restaurants, small retailers and more, those that need some extra sales to get through the winter and are locally owned and operated. If you know anyone that fits this description and could use the help, please have them submit an application at https://airtable.com/shr0vRQgjp31rGSCx. In order to qualify, businesses need to be local to the South Bay, part of the Safer in the South Bay program, directly affected by COVID-19, and smaller in nature (we’re leaving that open ended). More importantly, those gift cards will be given away to those that need it the most. If you, or anyone you know, has recently been laid off, or is having a hard time with things right now and needs a little help with some extra money for food or a Christmas present, please submit your wish list at https://airtable.com/shrrQUmaAW362V8eB. Feeling the holiday spirit? Donate at https://www.gofundme.com/f/operation-smiles-south-bay. You can watch the promotional video at https://youtu.be/B4QlmaiCxo4.
Be sure to check out these Art Exhibitions currently on display online:
• Pierspective Community Art Exhibition
• PVAC Online Exhibition: Paul Jean Martel, Post-Impressionist
• Palos Verdes Art Center: Skin in the Game
• TAM Fall Exhibitions
• ESMoA Experience #47: FREESTATE
• Destination: Art Fall 2020 Gallery Show
You can read the Statewide Regional Safer at Home Order at https://www.southbaybyjackie.com/alert-south-bay-regional-message-on-covid-19-threat-key-messages-2/.
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 https://covid19.lacounty.gov/testing/. 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.
Los Angeles County is opening up COVID-19 Appointments for Residents 65+. Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chair Hilda Solis signed an executive order on Monday, January 18, making COVID-19 vaccine appointments available to residents aged 65 and older. Adults 65+ can visit the county’s website to make an appointment starting January 20. Please be patient if there are no available appointments when you first visit the county’s website. Appointments are continually being added and more vaccination sites are scheduled to open in the coming weeks. If you do not have internet access to sign up for an appointment, you may call the county’s call center at 833-540-0473.
Tips to make your vaccine appointment:
• Check the county’s website early in the morning as it seems like appointments are released sometime during the night, or check periodically throughout the day.
• Appointments are continually being added, so be vigilant, especially if you are hoping to get vaccinated at a specific location.
• You do not need to go back to the same location to receive your second dose. Just make sure you are receiving the same type of vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna).
• Some locations have phone numbers to call if you have specific questions about disability parking or any other needs. You should make the appointment and confirm it, then call to see if you can get your questions answered.
Tips for vaccination locations:
• The closest county megapod is The Forum, 3900 W Manchester Blvd, Inglewood, CA 90305.
• Crenshaw Clinic: Parking is not available on W 79th (it is blocked off). Drive up Normandie and park on the street (Vermont has testing site traffic, this location is doing testing and vaccinations).
• Dodger Stadium: This is a drive through location, where you remain in your vehicle. There are usually lots of appointments available here.
To sign up, visit the website at http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/acd/ncorona2019/vaccine/hcwsignup/.
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:
• Hermosa Beach:
• Manhattan Beach:
• Palos Verdes Estates:
• Rancho Palos Verdes:
• Redondo Beach:
• Rolling Hills Estates:
The City of El Segundo is pleased to announce the official launch of a reporting function called Report an Issue on the City’s website. Report an Issue allows residents and staff a convenient way to submit service requests for a variety of concerns such as reporting a pothole, fallen tree, or an abandoned vehicle. All requests for service will be routed to the appropriate City employee to address and close out the ticket once the issue has been resolved. Report an Issue can be accessed on the City homepage at http://www.elsegundo.org/reportanissue.
This is pretty cool! The Palos Verdes Library District has created a Virtual Community Cookbook. The cookbook was created by community members and features beverages, breakfasts, appetizers, side dishes, desserts and main entrees. Use of the virtual cookbook is FREE! Check it out at https://pvld.org/cookbook.
The Torrance Hometown Heroes Military Banner Recognition Program recognizes the community’s men and women in uniform who are currently serving in the Armed Forces, veterans who have served in the past, or veterans of the past who are now deceased. The 2021 application period is now open. Applications for the 2021 program are available online and on some public counters, including City Hall and City libraries. Applications for the 2021 program will be accepted until February 5 2021. Please contact the City Manager’s office at (310) 618-5880 with questions about the program. To download the application, visit https://www.torranceca.gov/home/showpublisheddocument?id=61836.
Take care and stay well – we will get through this! #SouthBayStrong