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South Bay by Jackie Weekend Guide

November 23, 2017

As a kid growing up in NYC, I just assumed every city in the country had their own Thanksgiving Day parade. It wasn’t until I moved to California that I realized everyone was actually watching my hometown parade. What?!? For those of you that grew up in Southern California, didn’t you assume everyone had an equivalent of the Rose Parade? Anyway, we’ll be spending Thanksgiving with my family in the Big Apple this week and have an itinerary full of traditional Thanksgiving activities from our childhood: the balloon inflation, the Macy’s Day parade (look for me in the grandstands!), an afternoon in Central Park, the Radio City Music Hall Christmas show, skating at Rock Center. The South Bay has its own Thanksgiving traditions…… who’ll be running in the Turkey Trot or playing in the Sand Bowl!?! There are a couple of new activities listed below that I can easily see becoming local traditions. You’ll have to check them out for me and report back. In the meantime, enjoy your special traditions and the annual feast and have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

The City of Torrance presents the annual Torrance Turkey Trot today, Thursday, November 23. A time-honored tradition here in the South Bay, the annual Harry Sutter Memorial Thanksgiving Day 3 Mile Fun Run – aka Turkey Trot – gets under way at 8 a.m. at Sam’s Club in Torrance. All registered participants will receive a commemorative Turkey Trot shirt. The Village Runner and other sponsors will be providing great prizes – including mountain bikes! – for the after-race raffle. The City of Torrance invites runners and spectators to bring a can of food for a special Thanksgiving Food Drive. While you run or watch, the canned foods will be distributed to people in need throughout the South Bay. For additional information and to obtain an entry form, visit the website at Sam’s Club is located at 2601 Skypark Drive in Torrance.

How great is this?!? VFW 2828 will be hosting a FREE Thanksgiving Meal all day today, Thursday, November 23. Anyone is welcome to stop by and enjoy a meal at the Post courtesy of our local VFW. If you already have Thanksgiving dinner plans, you have much to be thankful for, so use your powers for good and DROP OFF A PIE OR SIDE DISH. For additional information, visit the Facebook page at VFW Post 2828 is located at 1000 North Catalina Avenue, Redondo Beach, CA.

Everyone is welcome to join in the fun at the annual Thanksgiving Sand Bowl today, Thursday, November 23 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the beach in Manhattan. Want to get a little exercise before sitting down to the annual feast? Need to get people out from underfoot in the kitchen? Want to avoid standing by the oven basting the bird for four hours? Then this is for you…. Stop by and get in the game… or just watch! The game will take place between 26 Street and 27 Street in Manhattan Beach.

Head to Terranea Resort for a Thanksgiving Day Trail Hike on Thursday, November 23 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. What better way to work up an appetite than by joining Terranea’s Naturalist for a picturesque guided hike around the property on Thanksgiving Day? Guests will have no guilt digging into some pumpkin pie after this invigorating hike! This active holiday offering will also include a visit to the Point Vicente Lighthouse. The cost is $10 for adults and teens. 12 years and under are free. Advanced reservations are required. Attendees should meet outside Pointe Discovery. For additional information and to make reservations, visit the website at Terranea Resort is located at 100 Terranea Way, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275.

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Manhattan Village kicks off the holiday season with Santa’s Arrival Parade on Friday, November 24 beginning at 9 a.m. Everyone is invited to march along with Santa and his friends during the parade to his house near Macy’s. FREE activities will include holiday arts and crafts, face painting, balloon twisting and a special appearance by Mrs. Claus and other special guests. Photos ops will be available at Santa’s house. Registration is required! For additional information and to register for the event, call 310-546-5555 or visit the website at Manhattan Village is located at 3200 Sepulveda Boulevard in Manhattan Beach.

The Palos Verdes Land Conservancy invites everyone to #OptOutside on Black Friday, November 24 at 10 a.m. Black Friday is now a day for people to reconnect with the outdoors thanks to REI. The Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy will host a special guided hike of the Alta Vicente Reserve exploring the 22-acre restoration site with cactus wren and gnatcatcher habitat and beautiful views of Catalina Island. For additional information, visit the website at If you plan to attend, please RSVP at Attendees should meet at the City Rancho Palos Verdes City Hall Parking Area located at 30940 Hawthorne Boulevard, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275.

November 25 is Small Business Saturday! With the holidays just around the corner, this is a great opportunity to make a dent in that shopping list while supporting local merchants. Approximately 83 cents of every dollar spent locally stays within the community and supports everything from team sports to infrastructure improvements. The South Bay has numerous downtown areas which are home to a vast assortment of shops, services and dining establishments. You really can find everything you need right around the corner! This season, shop local and keep those all-important tax dollars in the neighborhood!

If you want to be part of one of the longest standing South Bay traditions, read on! Saturday, November 25 is the first night of the Rose Float Volunteer Decorating the City of Torrance entry for the 2018 Tournament of Roses Parade – but you can still get in on this! Decorating dates for the float are November 25, December 2, December 26 and December 30. If you want to volunteer, you need to fill out this application by December 1. For additional information, visit the website at The decorating takes place at Fiesta Parade Floats located at 16016 Avenida Padilla, Irwindale, CA 91702.

The monthly Torrance Antique Street Faire takes place on Sunday, November 26 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, free parking and pet friendly. 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.

It’s time to kick the holiday shopping into full gear – FREE Holiday Parking in Downtown Manhattan Beach begins Monday, November 27. Meters that are included in the program will be clearly marked with festive Holiday bags or the display on the new solar powered IPS parking meters will read, “Happy Holidays – Free Parking.” All other parking restrictions will be strictly enforced!

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The City of Lawndale Community Services Department is proud to present the annual Angel Tree Lighting on Monday, November 27 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Civic Center Plaza. This fun-filled, family-friendly event includes arts and crafts, train rides, music, entertainment, refreshments, snow sledding, pictures with Santa and a princess surprise worth melting over! In keeping with the spirit of the season, a suggested donation of canned food items is requested. For additional information, contact the Community Services Department at 310-973-3270 or visit the website at Civic Center Plaza is located at 14700 Burin Avenue in Lawndale.

The Santa Float will be making the rounds of Manhattan Beach over the next couple of weeks! It is almost the Holiday Season and Santa has a brand new sleigh in Manhattan Beach this year, thanks to the Leadership Manhattan Beach Class of 2017 which made preservation of this local tradition its project. Santa and the Elves will be starting early, with the first route beginning on the evening of Monday, November 27. The neighborhood routes generally start at 4:45 p.m., but check the times at the link below as there are some variations. The sleigh will tour a different neighborhood for fifteen nights (excluding weekends), ending December 15. The Elves also worked with the Manhattan Beach Unified School District to equalize the routes, based on the district’s neighborhood data (thanks MBUSD!). The result is that some routes have been slightly adjusted, and an additional night has been added. Santa should be able to complete each nightly route before the kiddies go to bed, so get those lists ready! The Manhattan Beach Santa Float is led by the Kiwanis Club of Manhattan Beach, and is staffed each night by a different community organization. There is no charge to visit the Santa Float on its nightly routes. The calendar, staffing organizations, dates and a hi-resolution expandable map of the routes can be seen at You can see where the float is in real time by viewing the LIVE SANTA TRACKER at

We have a day for giving thanks, we have Black Friday, we have Cyber Monday and now Giving Tuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, November 28, charities, families, businesses, community centers and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. It’s a simple idea. Just find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to come together to give something more. Then tell everyone you can about how you are giving. Be part of a global celebration of a new tradition of generosity! The South Bay has so many wonderful organizations that can use your help, so let’s keep it local this year! For additional information, visit the website at NOTE: The Volunteer Center in Torrance partners people with local non-profits according to interests, time availability and other factors. It’s a fantastic resource, so visit the website at

The magic of the holiday season will once again come to life through 36 themed, decorated Christmas trees to be displayed at Torrance Memorial Medical Center’s annual Holiday Festival. The festival runs Tuesday, November 28 through Sunday, December 3 in a 30,000-square-foot white tent located on Torrance Memorial’s campus, filled with exquisite sights including custom-decorated holiday trees, the sweet aroma of savory treats and the sounds of music and dancing. Each tree on display is available for purchase throughout the week of the event. Highlights of this year’s tree line-up include “A Season of Superheroes” decorated by the Torrance Fire Department and foster youth; “Christmas Knight” decorated by the Torrance Police Department which features nostalgic stories of knighthood; and “Cirque de Noel” which brings to life vintage style collage animals and circus characters on parade. A tree titled “A Beary Merry Christmas” will feature toys donated by Marge Schugt and family. After the Holiday Festival, the tree will be displayed in the Torrance Memorial Emergency Department where visiting children will have the opportunity to take home teddy bears and Golden Books from the tree. A special Children’s Marketplace features one-of-a-kind stocking stuffer items for under $5. There are sweet and savory treats to enjoy from a food court, including baked goods and cookie decorating from Torrance Bakery, music and dancing by local groups, and activities for children and families such as fishing, a lollipop toss, writing letters to Santa, and more. To give weary holiday shoppers a break, this year, Torrance Memorial’s HealthLinks will offer free chair massage during Holiday Festival public hours. Wine will also be offered for purchase for those 21 and over after 5 p.m. Proceeds from the event will benefit the renovation of Torrance Memorial’s North Patient Tower dedicated to mother/baby postpartum, neonatal and pediatric care. Attendance to any of the public exhibit hours contributes to the event’s fundraising goals. Admission to the Holiday Festival’s public hours is $5. Children age 5 and under are free. For additional information, the full schedule of events and ticket purchase, visit The Holiday Festival events take place in the parking lot at Medical Center Drive and Skypark Drive in Torrance.


Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi invites the community for Coffee with the Chief on Wednesday, November 29 at 6 p.m. at the Redondo Beach Main Branch Library. Police Chief Kauffman will share useful tips on how to protect yourself from becoming the victim of package theft and discuss other public safety concerns that affect the community. ‘Tis the season – learn what you can do to keep the holidays merry and bright! For additional information and to RSVP, call the District Office at 310-375-0691 or visit the website at The Redondo Beach Main Branch Library is located at 303 North Pacific Coast Highway in Redondo Beach.

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 for details on these and other events happening throughout the South Bay.

Beach Cities Health District will be collecting Holiday Gift Bag Donations during the month of December. Help spread holiday cheer this year by giving to older and disabled adults through the Beach Cities Holiday Gift Bag program. The Beach Cities Holiday Gift Bag program, funded by your donations, gives more than 250 bags to seniors and adults with disabilities filled with essential supplies like grocery gift cards, calendars, soap, kitchen towels, stamps, crossword puzzles, flashlights, batteries and more! Since 1998, friendly volunteers have enjoyed delivering holiday gift bags and this year we again invite community members and their families to join us in spreading cheer! There are two ways to help:
-Sign up to Deliver a Holiday Gift Bag. Volunteers and their families are invited to deliver cheer to older adults in the Beach Cities. Signups will be open from November 1 until all positions are filled.
-Donate. Each gift bag costs $25 and one hundred percent of your contribution goes to the holiday gift bag project. For each $25 contribution you make, you may elect to receive a gift card to send to a friend or relative, letting them know that a holiday gift bag has been given in their honor.
For additional information and to volunteer or donate, visit the website at

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This morning on The South Bay Show: South Bay Spotlight, we’ll be airing a rerun with guest Tom Bakaly, Chief Executive Officer, Beach Cities Health District. We’re going to learn about the Healthy Living Campus project. Beach Cities Health District will host the first community open house for the Healthy Living Campus project att the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center. The event will include a formal presentation on the draft plans, as well as several information stations focused on various aspects of the community project, including project overview, community involvement, EIR process, the need for senior living and more. Listen to the show live at 8 a.m. or at your leisure. 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 360, we’ll be airing a rerun with guest Jill Brunkhardt, Public Affairs Representative at Chevron El Segundo and we’re going to run through the nominees for this year’s Best of Manhattan Awards. You can listen to the program live at 8 a.m. or anytime at Tune in every Friday morning and discover what’s new in Manhattan Beach!

Happy Thanksgiving and have a fabulous South Bay weekend!