South Bay Community Calendar 3-5-2020

The Los Angeles International Flamenco Festival takes place on Sunday at 8 p.m. in the Grand Annex, 434 W. Sixth St, San Pedro, and features José Del Tomate. Tickets, $45 to $27. The festival returns to the Grand Annex later in the month (March 25) with Rocío Márquez. Photo courtesy of the Flamenco Festival. (800) 595-4849 or go to

Thursday, March 5

Bijou’s history

The Hermosa Beach Museum hosts an opening reception for Going to the Movies: The Story of the Bijou Theater. The exhibit is designed to engage, enlighten, and stimulate curiosity about the theater and the cinema history of one of South Bay’s last surviving movie palaces. Community members are invited to explore Hermosa’s past through one of the oldest buildings in Hermosa. 6:30 p.m. 710 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach. Free. For ongoing events visit

RBPD Citizen’s Academy

The Redondo Beach Police Department annual Citizen’s Academy Class will be held on Thursday nights (new night) for 14 consecutive weeks,running through June 3. Graduation Night on June 11. Lectures, hands-on-training, demonstrations and a ride-along with a police officer. Topics include police training, SWAT, traffic, K-9’s, CSI, jail operations and undercover operations. 6 – 9 p.m. Police Annex, 401 Diamond St., Redondo Beach. Sign up for the class by calling Officer Daryn Glenn at (310) 379-2477 x2493 or via email at Spots fill up fast and there are only 30 seats. 

Toiletry drive

Through Friday, March 20

The Social Services Commission holds a toiletry drive to benefit organizations that serve the  homelessnes. Seeking donations of new, unopened and unused, full-and travel-sized items: shampoo, conditioner, body wash, bar soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, shaving cream/lotion, razors, body wipes, feminine hygiene products, and bath towels. They cannot accept hotel-size products. Donation collection bins will be placed at the following locations: Torrance City Hall Lobby, Torrance Human Resources/Personnel Building Lobby, All Torrance Public Library lobbies, Torrance Police Department Lobby, and Fire Station 1 Lobby. The donation drive will benefit Harbor Interfaith, Family Promise of the South Bay, 1736 Family Crisis Center, and Star Inc. Homes. Anyone with questions can call (310) 618-5880 or email SocialServicesCommission@TorranceCA.Gov.

Friday, March 6

Documentary screening

Going Attractions: The Definitive Story of The Movie Palace, a documentary by April Wright ,celebrates the splendor and grandeur of the great cinemas of the United States, built when movies were the acme of entertainment and the stories were larger than life, as were the venues designed to show them. Thousands of seats, giant screens, exotic and ornate interiors with balconies and lounges, organs and orchestras, amazing marquees, and air conditioning back when houses had none. The film tracks the decline of the palaces, and today’s current preservation efforts. Reception 5:30 p.m. Screening 7 p.m. $10. Hermosa Beach Museum & Community Theatre, 710 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach. For more events visit

Comedy sports match

The 4th Annual inter-generational Improv Show at Mira Costa High School. Manhattan Beach with adults and Mira Costa High School Students. $5 at the door. Limited seating. 7 p.m. Mira Costa High School, Little Theatre (parking off S. Peck Ave.), 1401 Artesia Blvd., Manhattan Beach. 

Saturday, March 7

Lunch and fashion

The Neptunian Woman’s Club Annual Fashion Show and Luncheon. 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Neptunian Woman’s Club Clubhouse, 920 Highland Ave., Manhattan Beach. Tickets at $135. Drink tickets $7. For questions email 


Monthly meeting with the Southwest Manuscripters. 2 – 4 p.m. Palos Verdes Library, 701 Silver Spur Rd., Rolling Hills Estates. Visit

Nature walk 

Look for leprechauns along this pristine canyon’s 1.8 mile trail that winds through fragrant coastal sage habitat and into shady willow woodland. Observe canyon birds and wildlife, discover rare exposed Catalina schist bedrock, and enjoy a spectacular view of the Los Angeles basin at the top. Trail accessible to jogging strollers. Leashed dogs welcome. 10:30 a.m. George F Canyon Nature Preserve, 27305 Palos Verdes Drive East, Rolling Hills Estates. More info at or contact

Home remodel workshop

Gain valuable information that will leave you feeling prepared to take on any home remodeling project. Seating limited. Register online or by phone to save your spot. 10 a.m. Custom Design, 2001 E. Mariposa Ave., El Segundo. Call (310) 815-4815 or call (310) 815-4815. For more information visit 

Everything vintage

The Woman’s Club of Redondo Beach Rummage Boutique Sale with everything vintage. Rare and unique items. Regular and designer clothes, shoes, accessories, home items, linens, decor, toys and so much more. 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. 400 S. Broadway, Redondo Beach. For future events from the Woman’s Club visit

Ride out

Join Ride Out Lyme and the Bay Area Lyme Foundation for an empowering, inspiring, and addictive ride benefiting Lyme research and grants for patients in need of financial assistance. Led by Master Instructor, Alba Verela, with live music by celebrity DJ And Lyme Warrior Didier Cohen. Sign up to ride or sponsor a friend. To register visit

Sewing series

Stitch and Sew Redondo is a new version of a popular sewing program offered last summer at the Redondo Beach Library. It encourages the reuse, renovation and recycling of existing garments and textiles in the creation of unique items. Bring clothing to mend or items to swap.  Participants need to bring: a sewing machine, mending or material to sew, needles, threads, scissors and pins. 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Redondo Beach North Library, 2000 Artesia Blvd., Redondo Beach. Free and open to the public. For more information on programs and services call (310) 318-0675, option 5,  or visit

Sunday, March 8

New Orleans Jazz

South Bay New Orleans Jazz Club monthly meeting. 1 – 5 p.m. Alva’s Showroom, 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro. $12 admission, free to musicians that agree to play. Call President Jerry Goodman for info at (310) 980-4026. 

Bird talk

South Bay Bird Society monthly meeting with Dr. Walter J. Rosskopf Jr., DVM. Dr. Rosskopf, an innovator in avian care and medicine, has earned local, national and international recognition for his accomplishments and contributions regarding the veterinary care of caged birds and other companion exotic pets. Hear basic principles and common problems in avian medicine through slides and lecture based on his vast experience regarding avian medical care at his practice at the Avian and Exotic Animal Hospital located at 4871 W. Rosecrans Avenue in Hawthorne. 2 p.m. Kiwanis Club of Hermosa Beach, 2515 Valley Dr., Hermosa Beach. For more information visit or contact Janet at (310) 376-5954.

Nature Club for Families

Most of the Peninsula’s native snakes aren’t poisonous, including Ms. Penny, the beautiful California King Snake in the nature center. Come find out how Ms. Penny’s species keeps the Peninsula’s rattlesnake population down. Meet Thor, the alligator lizard, and Crate, the three-toed box turtle. Design and build an artistic snake to take home with you. You’ll leave fearing snakes less and with a greater appreciation for all of our local reptiles. Free. Stroller friendly. Leashed dogs welcome. 10:30 a.m. George F Canyon Preserve, 27305 Palos Verdes Drive East, Rolling Hills Estates. More info at or contact 

Cactus conversation

This month’s presenter for the South Coast Cactus & Succulent Society monthly meeting is Wendell S. (Woody) Minnich. He has observed an amazing increase in the illegal removal of many rare and endangered species of cacti, succulents, and other plants. Woody will show us which countries have the biggest problems and a few simple positive things we can all do. 1 p.m. South Coast Botanic Garden, 26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes Peninsula. For more information visit

Vistas Fashion

Vistas For Children’s 20th Annual Fashion Show featuring a Mad Hatter’s Royal Tea Party, so be sure to wear your most fabulous hat. Over 300 guests are expected to attend the Wonderland-theme event. The collections will be presented by celebrity designers, Adolfo Sanchez and Alexis Monsanto. Beautiful models showing the latest LA fashion, along with a children and teen production will be included in this day’s events. Boutique shopping and auctions. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Crowne Plaza, 300 N. Harbor Dr., Redondo Beach. Purchase tickets at For questions call (310) 400-4593 or email

Redondo Kite Festival

Redondo Beach Pier 46th Annual Festival of the Kite. Free community event. Prizes for highest flying kite, best handmade kite, youngest kite flyer and more. Craig’s Hot Dog on a Stick Eating Contest. Live music. 12 – 5 p.m. Redondo Pier, 100 Fisherman’s Wharf, Redondo beach. For information visit

Monday, March 9

Everyday Fitness 

Cancer Support Community Redondo Beach (CSCRB) will host Fitness Professional Russ Samuels. Samuels will lead participants in simple exercises that can be done throughout the week to ease or prevent joint pain, improve mobility, and increase strength without having to go to the gym or use a lot of equipment. 10 – 11 a.m. 109 West Torrance Blvd, Redondo Beach. Call (310) 376-3550 or visit

Improv for caregivers

Caregiving can be stressful. This class gives you a chance to reduce stress, re-energize your mind and, have some fun. In this program, you will practice comedy improvisation techniques and tenets that have been thoughtfully curated and carefully tailored just for you. You will learn skills to strengthen communication, exercise empathy, and improve mental agility. Free. 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Joslyn Community Center, Manhattan Beach. RSVP by calling Rebekah Chang at (310) 937-1785 and leave a message. Visit



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