Bay Watch Community Calendar 8-11-22
The Tower 26 Hermosa Beach Triathlon returns Sunday, Aug. 14 with a quarter-mile ocean swim, a 10-mile bike ride and a 3-mile run on the Strand. Registration is sold out, but spectators are welcome. The transition area is at the Hermosa Beach Pier. The race, an entry-level triathlon, gets underway at 7 a.m. Awards are scheduled to be handed out at 9:45 a.m. For more information, go to hermosabeachtri.com. There’s also a link on the website to make donations to Sophie’s Buddies Foundation, the triathlon’s charitable partner. The charity’s mission is to raise funds to help support families impacted by childhood cancer and hospitals, as well as spread awareness through local communities about childhood cancer.
Online voting is open for the Roundhouse Aquarium’s second annual sand sculpture contest. Participants were allowed to submit photos of the sand sculptures they created. People can now go online and vote for their favorite creations in four different categories. The categories are best overall, best ocean themed sand castle, most creative and most team spirit. It costs $10 to cast a vote, with the money raised going to the aquarium’s education programs. Voting ends Sunday, Aug. 14. To vote in the Sunsational Sandcastle Contest, go to roundhouseaquarium.org/sandcastle.
Adopt a Child for a Day
The P.S. I Love You Foundation and Fablectics will give 300 at-risk children a day at the beach on Sept. 10. This will mark the 21st annual Adopt a Child for a Day celebration in Manhattan Beach. Corporate sponsors, in-kind donors and mentors are needed. For information, go to https://psiloveyoufoundation.org/ourevents-datb.
Summer concerts at Manhattan Village
Summer Concerts have returned to Manhattan Village, 3200 N Sepulveda Blvd., Manhattan Beach. There’s live music 6-8 p.m. every Thursday in The Plaza through Aug. 25. No outside food or beverages permitted. Guests are welcome to bring beach chairs and blankets for seating. For more information, go to shopmanhattanvillage.com.
Summer concerts at The Point
The Point in El Segundo welcomes visitors to the Sounds of Summer, a family-friendly music series that takes place from 6–8 p.m. every Wednesday through Sept. 28. Every week features a new musician or band with tunes ranging from folk rock to reggae. The Point is located at 850 S. Pacific Coast Highway. For more information, go to thepointsb.com/sounds-of-summer-concert-series.
Thursday, Aug. 11
Farmers Market 90277
The Redondo Beach Certified Farmers Market is every Thursday, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at George Freeth Way and Veterans Park West. For more information, call 310-372-1171, ext. 2252.
‘The Addams Family’ in Torrance
Torrance Theater Company has opened its 24th season at the James R. Armstrong Theatre with “The Addams Family: A New Musical Comedy.” The show runs six performances only, Aug. 6-13. Reserved seating includes Premium section for $45, General section for $25-$35 and Family Four Packs for $100. Tickets are available by phone at 310-781-7171 or online at torrancetheatrecompany.com.
Friday, Aug. 12
Farmers Market 90254
Hermosa Beach Rotary hosts a Certified Farmers Market every Friday, noon to 4 p.m., at 1035 Valley Drive.
Future Generation Artistry Gallery will host an immersive artwork experience Friday, Aug. 12, Saturday, Aug. 13 and Sunday, Aug. 14. The hours each day are noon to 9 p.m. Admission is free. The gallery is located at 2206 Artesia Blvd., Redondo Beach. In addition to the immersive artwork experience, there will be a raffle, giveaways, food and refreshments. For more information, call 310-962-4544.
Saturday, Aug. 13
April’s Fools Comedy Improv Troupe presents “A Midsummer’s Night Improv” at the Pier Avenue Second Story Theater, inside the Hermosa Beach Community Center, 710 Pier Ave. Content suitable for adults. Tickets are $10 general admission and $8 seniors. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. For tickets, call 310-318-1705 or buy online at www.AprilsFoolsImprov.com.
Sunday, Aug. 14
Farmers Market 90277
The Riviera Village Certified Farmers Market in Redondo Beach is open 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Sundays. For more information, go to rivieravillagefarmersmarket.com.
The South Coast Cactus & Succulent Society’s August presenter is Ernesto Sandoval, who will give a talk on feeding succulents. Sandoval is director/manager of the UC Davis Botanical Conservatory. The meeting is at 1 p.m. at the South Coast Botanic Garden, 26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes Estates. Free admission for SCCSS members and their guests. For more information, go to southcoastcss.org.
Summer concerts at Polliwog Park
U.S. 99 is bringing rock, blues, folk, a bit of country and more to Polliwog Park in Manhattan Beach. The concert is part of the city’s annual Concerts in the Park series, presented by Chevron. There’s a concert every Sunday from 5-7 p.m. at the Polliwog Park amphitheater through Sept. 4. Concert-goers are welcome to bring blankets, lawn chairs and picnics. Admission is free. The park is located at 1601 Manhattan Beach Blvd. For more information, go to manhattanbeach.gov/departments/parks-and-recreation/cultural-arts/concerts/concerts-in-the-park-bands.
Tuesday, Aug. 16
Farmers Market 90266
The Manhattan Beach Certified Farmers Market is from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. every Tuesday at Metlox Plaza. For more information, go to downtownmanhattanbeach.com.
Acupressure and Cancer
Cancer Support Community South Bay (CSC South Bay) is offering this free workshop led by licensed acupuncturist Ana Paula Duarte. Participants will learn how to give themselves an acupressure massage with specific points to relieve some of the most common side effects of cancer treatment, such as nausea, chemo brain, lymphedema, hot flashes, dry mouth, joint pain and neuropathy. The session is scheduled for Aug. 16, 9-10 a.m., at 2601 Airport Drive, Suite 100, Torrance. Participants may attend in person or online. To register, go to cscsouthbay.org and open the calendar. For more information, email Rebecca Sul at Rebecca@CSCSouthBay.org.
The 2022 Jersey Mike’s USLA National Lifeguard Championships
All of the action taking place at the Hermosa Beach Pier. All competitions begin at 8 a.m. and run until the end of the day. A full schedule of events is available to view HERE. The USLA and the Los Angeles County Lifeguard Association (LACOLA) are coordinating the competition, which is sponsored by Jersey Mike’s.
The USLA National Championships, which have taken place every year except for 2020 since 1980, comes back to Hermosa Beach for the first time since 2016. Hermosa Beach was also the site of the 1993 USLA Nationals.
Professional Lifeguards ranging in ages from 16 to 80 and Junior Lifeguards from ages nine to 15 will compete in water and beach course events that challenge their lifesaving skills in a myriad of events from surf swims to beach runs; rescue boards to surf boats. A few of the highlights include the Landline Rescue Race, Ironman and Ironwoman events, and the fan-favorite Beach Flags event which will be contested at the Hermosa Beach Pier Friday night, August 12, in front of what is sure to be a boisterous crowd.
“The USLA is proud to bring together the nation’s best in lifesaving for what promises to be another exciting National Championship event in Hermosa Beach,” said Ed Zebrowski III, Lifesaving Sport Chair for the USLA. “It’s an action packed four days where beach visitors can see firsthand the skill and conditioning it takes to save lives year-round in our waters nationwide. These lifeguards are dedicated in their training, not just for the competition but to also be able to protect and serve their fellow beachgoers to the best of their ability.”
Competitors at this year’s Nationals will be chasing the 2021 defending champions from the powerhouse LA County Surf Lifesaving Association, who will be competing in home surf and has won the overall team championship 32 out of the past 34 years the competition has taken place. The defending individual champions are Ben Brewer from California State Lifeguard Assoc. on the men’s side and Casey Francis from Fort Lauderdale Ocean Rescue on the women’s side.
Admission is free for the annual competition, with all of the action taking place at the Hermosa Beach Pier. All competitions begin at 8 a.m. and run until the end of the day. A full schedule of events is available to view HERE. The USLA and the Los Angeles County Lifeguard Association (LACOLA) are coordinating the competition, which is sponsored by Jersey Mike’s.
The men and women will compete over three days from Thursday, August 11 to Saturday, August 13 in various events. The Junior Guards are participants in programs conducted by local lifeguard agencies affiliated with the USLA and represent the future lifeguards for cities and counties. The Junior Lifeguard competition as well as the Under-19 competition will take place on Wednesday, August 10.
The Junior Lifeguard competition will involve three divisions – A Division for 14 and 15-year-olds, B Division for 12 and 13-year-olds and the C Division for 9 through 11 years of age. The Under-19 competition will be comprised of both junior and professional lifeguards ages 16 through 18.
The 2022 Jersey Mike’s USLA National Lifeguard Championships will be livestreamed on www.usla.org.