South Bay by Jackie Weekend Guide


  • South Bay by Jackie Weekend Guide

    July 22, 2021

    There’s lots of exciting stuff to tell you about this week! I attended DiscOasis at the South Coast Botanic Garden last Saturday and it was TOO MUCH FUN…. I didn’t even roller skate and I had a blast! Watching the roller skaters was so entertaining, it demonstrated just how powerful music and movement can be. DiscOasis is fun for the whole family (even if you don’t skate!) and I strongly recommend you order tickets before they sell out. I’m going again next month with a few girlfriends and definitely intend to lace up some skates! So, last week I received details on a brand-new event – the 2021 Summer Silent Concert Series at Rock & Brews PCH. These are headphone concerts, featuring tribute bands, that will take place on the outdoor patio. Upon check-in, you’ll receive top-of-the-line, hi-fidelity headphones (sanitized for your safety), and the crew will get you tuned in to the night’s frequencies. They offer studio-quality sound – the highest quality sound you will ever hear at a concert. Guaranteed. No amps, no noise, no problems! I attended one of these concerts last summer and it was TOO COOL. The best part? You can adjust the volume, so if you want to talk to someone, you don’t have to yell over the music. The schedule is now listed on the website calendar. The El Segundo Art Walk returns for one night only on August 28! I imagine it will be bigger and better than ever since they have to squeeze everything into one night. The International Surf Festival is back and you know what that means…. the return of 6-Man! This year, the popular volleyball tournament will take place on Friday, July 30 and Saturday, July 31 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Manhattan Beach Pier. Yes, the mask mandate is back in effect, but we’re fortunate to live in a climate where we can enjoy all these incredible outdoor experiences. The summer is heating up!

    Constellation Immersive presents The DiscOasis through Monday, September 6 starting at 5 p.m. each night at South Coast Botanic Garden. What if a garden were watered by music? Welcome to The DiscOasis – a glittering roller-disco paradise for the soul, growing within the beauty of the South Coast Botanic Garden. Groove through a garden of pure rhythm and celebration with music curated by Grammy® winning producer and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame™ inductee, the legendary groovemaster, Nile Rogers! Rogers has produced Chic’s Good Times and Le Freak, Madonna’s Like a Virgin, Daft Punk’s Get Lucky and Sister Sledge’s We Are Family. Get ready for good times, roller skating, live music, DJs, live performances, a new interactive sonic experience, bops and blooms. The event also features musical collaborations by special guests. Tickets start at $39. For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the website at South Coast Botanic Garden is located at 26300 Crenshaw Boulevard, Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274.

    The community is invited to Coffee with a Cop today, Thursday, July 22 from 9 to 11 a.m. in the courtyard outside the El Segundo Police Department. Coffee With a Cop brings police officers and community members together over a nice, hot cup of coffee to discuss issues and learn more about each other. It’s a chance for casual conversation and an opportunity to build relationships one cup at a time! Free coffee will be provided by Blue Butterfly. For additional information, visit the Facebook page at The El Segundo Police Department is located at 348 Main Street, El Segundo, CA.

    The Redondo Beach Police Department in partnership with UCLA Health will be hosting a Blood Drive today, Thursday, July 22 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Redondo Beach Main Library. In order to ensure measures for appropriate social distancing, we strongly encourage you to make an appointment in the following ways:
    •Go on-line at Click on Blood Drives and enter RBPD in Zip Code or Account Code box.
    •Scan the QR code on the flyer
    All eligible donors will receive a promotional item. Please bring a photo ID. The Redondo Beach Main Library is located at 303 North Pacific Coast Highway, Redondo Beach, CA.

    Pull & Thread will host a Night Bazaar today, Thursday, July 22 from 6 to 9 p.m. The Night Bazaar is a monthly pop-up market that celebrates local artists and creatives. The community is invited to stop by and discover local artists. Come connect with one another in the beautiful showroom surrounded by the magic of hand-knotted rugs from all around the world. Local artists and creatives will fill up the space with their special vibes. Vendors include handmade ceramics, tasty treats, delicious dips, hand poured candles, photography and much more. Enjoy light refreshments and live music. Admission is completely FREE! For additional information, visit the Facebook event page at Pull & Thread is located at 24415 Hawthorne Boulevard, Torrance, CA 90505. There is plenty of street parking as well as behind our building. Once neighboring businesses close you may also park in the adjacent lot.

    The Automobile Driving Museum present the Pontiac Car Show on Saturday, July 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This Pontiac Car Show is open to all Pontiac vintage, classics, and custom cars. Show cars roll in at 8 a.m. for first come first serve parking spots. Open to the public from 10 am till 2 p.m. Registration is $15 per vehicle. Admission is FREE for spectators! For additional information, visit the website at or call (310) 909-0950. The Automobile Driving Museum is located at 610 Lairport Street, El Segundo, CA 90245.

    Palos Verdes Art Center is pleased to announce the reopening of the art galleries with three exhibitions at an Opening Reception on Saturday, July 24 at 7 p.m. The Summer Show features Annie Appel: The Mexico Journeys – Carmelita, and Don Crocker: Love of Place. They will be on view at the PVAC galleries through August 21, 2021 and will also be online in their entirety at The Summer Show is a juried all-media exhibition hosted by and open for submission only to members of the Palos Verdes Art Center’s eight active artists groups: Artists Open Group, Pacific Arts Group, Paletteers, Palos Verdes Painters, Peninsula Artists, Photographic and Digital Artists, The Artists’ Studio, and Third Dimension. This year’s juror is Marisa Caichiolo, an artist and curator who holds a PhD in art history and psychology. This event is FREE to attend! For additional information, visit the website at Palos Verdes Art Center is located at 5504 West Crestridge Road, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275.

    World of Sound Productions and Rock & Brews present the 2021 Summer Silent Concert Series on select dates from 9 p.m. to midnight at Rock & Brews PCH. These concerts will feature the best tribute bands in the country! From The Beatles and Fleetwood Mac to Led Zeppelin, The Eagles and more. WHAT IS A HEADPHONE CONCERT? Upon check-in, you’ll receive top-of-the-line, hi-fidelity headphones (sanitized for your safety), and the crew will get you tuned in to the night’s frequencies. WHY HEADPHONES: Studio-quality sound! The highest quality sound you will ever hear at a rock & roll show. Guaranteed. No amps, no noise, no problems! Get ready to rock & roll and dance til midnight. Out of respect for the neighbors and everyone’s groove, the headphones will keep this party tight! Tickets are $20, check-in begins at 8:30. Tickets are limited! To purchase tickets, click on the link next to the concert you want to attend. Rock & Brews is located at 6300 South Pacific Coast Highway, Redondo Beach, CA 90277.
    •July 24: So Petty –
    •July 30: Abbey Road –
    •July 31: Hollywood Stones –
    •August 6: The M-80s –
    •August 7: Saved by the 90s –
    •August 13: Erotic City –
    •August 14: Wayward Sons –
    •August 20: Dark Desert Highway –
    •August 27: Gypsy –
    •August 28: Acoustic Graffiti –

    The monthly Torrance Antique Street Faire takes place on Sunday, July 25 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Join the hunt for vintage treasure when 150 sellers transform the streets of downtown Torrance into an eclectic open-air antique flea market! The Antique Appraisal Booth offers appraisals for only $3 per item. Many local, award-winning restaurants are still open for take-out. Rain or shine, free admission and pet friendly! Masks and social distancing required. 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.

    Grab a Leash! The South Coast Botanic Garden has scheduled Dog Walking Hours for Sunday, July 25 starting at 9 a.m. Are you looking for more space and time for you and your four-legged friend to take a stroll? The special dog walking hours will allow you to enjoy the Garden with your best four-legged friend. The Dog Walking Hours will be from 9am to 5pm on the third Sunday of the month. Members are free! General Ticket Prices: $15/adult, $11/senior, $5/child. All Dogs: $5 each. Advance reservations are still required, so be sure to get them before they sell out! Be sure to secure your reservation early. These days will be popular! All guests must wear face coverings while onsite and practice physical distancing. All dogs must be on leashes while on Garden property, including the parking lot. For additional information, ticket purchase and to schedule a reservation, visit the website at The South Coast Botanic Garden is located at 26300 Crenshaw Boulevard, Palos Verdes, CA 90247.

    The Depot will host an Outdoor Jam with Andy & Renee on Sunday, July 25 at noon in the parking lot. Andy & Renee are touring for the entire month of August, so this will be the last chance to see them. Food and adult beverages (cash bar & grill) will, of course, be part of the gig! Seating is limited, bring your own chair. Doors open at 11 a.m. and the music starts at noon. Tickets are $20. For additional information and ticket purchase, call (310) 787-7501. The Depot is located at 1250 Cabrillo Avenue, Torrance, CA 90501.

    St. Luke’s Presbyterian Church presents the Garden Concert Series featuring the Syrinx Quintet on Sunday, July 25 from 5 to 7 p.m. on the lawn. Attendees should plan to arrive early and picnic on the lawn. Dessert and coffee will be hosted by St. Luke’s. Due to the pandemic, seating will be limited, so please RSVP for the concert by sending your name and the number of people in your party to There will be another concert on August 22. This event is FREE to attend 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.

    Pull & Thread will host an Art Exhibit on Sunday, July 25 from 5 to 8 p.m. The community is invited to celebrate local artist, Anthony Poon. Musician, architect, and author — Anthony Poon generates compositions of mixed media where various modes of communication and contrasting narratives collide. Through reincarnating found objects and abandoned paintings, he enjoys having a dialogue with artists that he has never met. Anthony’s art has been exhibited in California and Massachusetts and published by Van Nostrand Reinhold Press and ORO Editions. Anthony was a selected artist for the 2013 and 2020 Beverly Hills Art Show. Enjoy sips and small bites while marveling at the art. This event is FREE to attend. For additional information, visit the Eventbrite page at Pull & Thread is located at 24415 Hawthorne Boulevard, Torrance, 90505.

    Join Beach Cities Health District for the FREE Summer Fitness Series: Yoga on the Beach on Monday, July 26 at 6:30 p.m. The event takes place on the sand south of the Manhattan Beach Pier. Get moving and de-stress with this free, public event that brings together community, fitness and fun! Everyone is welcome to participate — women, men and children — and you can participate at your own pace. By all means, invite friends, family and co-workers! Registration starts at 6 p.m. with the hour-long yoga class beginning at 6:30. All participants must sign a waiver. Attendees should bring their own yoga mat. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable, athletic clothing and bring a jacket in case of cool weather. Classes will be led by certified instructors from the Center for Health & Fitness. For additional information and to registration, call 310.374.3426 or visit the website at The event will take place just south of the Manhattan Beach Pier.

    The South Bay Women’s Conference hosts the monthly Let’s Connect Mixer at Practical Magic Apothecary and The Commune on Tuesday, July 27 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Come network with incredible business women of the South Bay and support a local woman-owned business, Practical Magic Apothecary. (Men are also welcome to join us at our mixers.) Bites, wine and craft cocktails included. ONLY 40 SPOTS AVAILABLE! NO WALK-INS. Tickets must be purchased in advance. $5 SBBWA Members/$10 Guests. For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the website at Practical Magic Apothecary and The Commune are located at 936 Hermosa Avenue, #105 and #107. Hermosa Beach, CA 90254. Parking is street or there is plenty of parking in a lot just south of Pier Avenue which is one block away on the west side of the street.

    The annual International Surf Festival will take place Wednesday, July 28 through Sunday, August 1. The host city for this year’s Festival is the City of Torrance. The event promotes the four South Bay beach cities, the world’s best lifeguard service, and physical fitness for thousands of participants. Participants range in age from 8 years old to the late 80’s. The three signature events for the festival are the Judge Taplin Lifeguard Medley Relay, the Dwight Crum Pier-to-Pier Swim, and the Charlie Saikley 6-Man Volleyball Tournament. Other great events include a surfing contest, bodysurfing contest, beach run, paddleboard races, dory race, and youth events. The festival has hosted numerous international lifeguard teams including teams from Victoria, Australia. The International Surf Festival kick-off dinner is held on the Wednesday prior to the start of the Charley Saikley 6-Man Volleyball Tournament and the Lifeguard Intra-crew competition on Friday. The dinner includes the Los Angeles County Fire Department Lifeguard Medal of Valor award ceremony. The International Surf Festival is presented by, the Chambers of Commerce and the Cities of Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, Torrance, Los Angeles County Fire Department and the Department of Beaches and Harbors. For additional information and schedule, visit the website at

    The Lomita Chamber of Commerce will host a Business Mixer on Wednesday, July 28 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Still Got It Fitness. All local business owners are welcome to mix, mingle and meet like-minded professionals. Each business owner will have an opportunity to introduce their business. Be sure to bring plenty of business cards and a smile! Admission is $5 for members and $10 for guests. Registration is required to attend. For additional information and registration, visit the Eventbrite page at Still Got It Fitness is located at 2173 Lomita Blvd, Lomita, CA 90717.

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

    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.

    Concert Schedule Links

    •Music at Metlox Plaza: Sundays
    •Manhattan Village Summer Concerts in the Plaza: Thursdays & Saturdays
    •Redondo Pier Summer of Music Concerts: (Thursdays & Saturdays)
    •Terranea Sound Series: (Fridays & Saturdays)
    •The Point Summer Concert Series: Wednesdays
    •Malaga Cove Concert Series: Wednesdays
    •Polliwog Park Concert Series: Sundays

    Read my brief recap of my visit to DiscOasis at

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    Have a fabulous South Bay weekend!