Baywatch Community Calendar 1-19-23

Damage from the January 6th Surf that breached the Redondo Beach Breakwall would hve been far worse had the swells coinsided with the King Tides over the weekend of Dec. 23, 24. Photo by Kevin Cody

Spotlight:  Roundhouse Aquarium invites public to join King Tide study

by Grace Adams, Marissa Wu, Jeremy Prince

The 20-foot swells during the first two weeks of January breached the King Harbor breakwall, and tore up the yacht club parking. At high tide, the Redondo Beach and Manhattan Beach bike paths were flooded. But the January damage was mild compared to what it might have been had the large swells hit the weekend of Dec. 23, 24. Or what it might be this coming weekend, January 21, 22, were the large swells to return. 

Like the Dec. 23, 24 weekend, the coming weekend brings King Tides. King Tides coincide with a full, or new moon, when the gravitational pull on the oceans is strongest. The December 23, 24 high tide was 7 feet, a full foot higher than the Jan. 6 high tide, when the King Harbor breakwall was breached, and the yacht club parking lot torn up. This weekend the King Tide will again top 7 feet, though no damage is expected because the surf will be just one- to two-feet.

Understanding the impact of King Tides is important because they signal the impact of ordinary three- to six-foot high tides in coming years, when climate change raises the ocean’s level. 

This weekend the Manhattan Beach Roundhouse Aquarium invites the public to participate in a study on the impact of Saturday’s and Sunday’s King Tides, and what they tell us about the future.

The study is part of the California King Tides Project, created in 2010 by federal, state and regional non profit organizations.

The adverse effects of today’s high tides will be significantly worsened by rising sea levels. Trash and pollutants washed into the ocean will further harm marine life. Saltwater flowing inland will damage freshwater plants, and animals. Higher seawater levels can also permeate into coastal groundwater supplies, increase erosion, lead to additional flooding, and damage coastal infrastructure and property.
Marine animals and plants depend on the tidal zones to survive. There are several species of plants that can only survive in a specific zoned niche within wetlands, beaches, and tidepools. With the rising water levels seen during King Tides, the plant and animal communities will get the signal to shift inland to higher areas in order to maintain the same zonation. When there is no room to move due to development or steep cliffs, coastal habitats will decrease, and animal and plant communities will be unable to adapt for survival.

King Tides are fleeting, but they can be amazing to witness. Understanding King Tides helps us to ensure our beautiful coastline communities are here to enjoy for many years to come. 

Volunteers are asked to meet at the base of the Manhattan Beach pier at 8:30 a.m.

To register for this weekend’s King Tides study, email


Art exhibit

An art exhibit of famous rockers in acrylic portraits, LED guitars and neon lights is on display at Cherry Co in Redondo Beach through Feb. 12. The featured artists are Jayime Jean and Miho Hiramatsu. The gallery, located at 211 Avenida del Norte, is free and open daily from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Contact:, (310) 921-8074,, Instagram

Live musical theater

The Aerospace Players present the musical, “1776,”at the James Armstrong Theater on Jan. 27, 28 and 29 and Feb. 2, 3 and 4. The theater is located at 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. For tickets, go to


Thursday, Jan. 19

CBD Comfort Zone ribbon cutting

The Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce hosts a ribbon cutting for CBD Comfort Zone at 5:30, with refreshments. CBC Comfort Zone offers hemp-based products for pain relief, sleep, and other health related issues. 1200 Pacific Coast Hwy., Hermosa Beach

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.


Friday, Jan. 20

Sports luncheon

Former Palos Verdes High and Cal Berkeley football star Kevin Moen and Bishop Montgomery High basketball coach Doug Mitchell will be the speakers at the South Bay Athletic Club meeting. Moen scored the winning touchdown — known as “The Play” — for Cal against Stanford in 1982. The SBAC meets at noon every Friday at H.T. Grill, 1701 S. Catalina Ave., Redondo Beach. The luncheon meeting is open to the public. $30.

Farmers Market 90254

Hermosa Beach Rotary hosts a Certified Farmers Market every Friday, noon to 4 p.m., at 1035 Valley Drive.

Lunch and Learn: Train Your Brain to End Pain

Cancer Support Community South Bay is offering this free workshop led by Duncan Tooley, a medical hypnotist, artist and author. Participants will learn several techniques for ending pain by using the mind. The workshop is from 12:30-2:30 p.m. on Jan. 20 at 2601 Airport Drive, Suite 100, Torrance. Lunch will be provided at 12:30 p.m., followed by the program at 1 p.m. To register for the workshop, visit and select the online calendar. For more information, email Rebecca Sul at Participants are asked to register by Jan. 17.

Live musical theater

“Day After Day — The Life and Music of Doris Day” opens Friday, Jan. 20 at the Second Story Theater, located inside the Community Center at 710 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach. The curtain goes up at 7 p.m. Presented by P3 Theatre Company, the musical will be at the Second Story Theater through Feb. 5. Showtimes are 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturdays and 3 p.m. on Sundays. For tickets, go to


The Mira Costa Drama/Tech Department hosts a Comedy Sportz HSL match at 7 p.m. in the Small Theatre on campus. Tickets are $5 at the door. 1401 Artesia Blvd, Manhattan Beach.


Saturday, Jan. 21

Book sale

The Hermosa Beach Friends of the Library Bookstore holds its monthly Saturday sale from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Items for sale include books, DVDs, CDs and LPs and nearly new jigsaw puzzles, all priced at $1 or less. The bookstore is located on 11th Place behind the Hermosa Beach Community Center, 710 Pier Ave. Free parking is available in the Community Center parking lot next to the tennis courts and skateboard park. The bookstore’s regular hours are 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Mondays and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Fridays. For more information, go to

Nature walk

Enjoy a guided nature walk at White Point Nature Preserve with the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy, 10:30 a.m. Naturalists will guide you along a trail to discover a unique variety of wildlife in their coastal sage scrub habitat with amazing views across to the ocean. Meet in front of the Nature Center. Reservations not required. Preserve parking available at the end of the street in a gravel lot at 1600 West Paseo del Mar, San Pedro.

History program

Learn what life was like in Redondo Beach during WWI and the influenza epidemic of 1918-19. Reference librarians Ed Martinez and Douglas Thompson will lead a program from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the 2nd floor meeting room at the Main Library, 303 N. Pacific Coast Highway, Redondo Beach.

allcove grand opening

allcove Beach Cities invites community members to covefest. The grand opening festival features tours of the new allcove center, live bands and a variety of activities for young people ages 12-25 and their families. The allcove center offers mental and physical health services, education and employment assistance, peer and family support and substance use prevention programs for young people ages 12-25. It is located at 514 N. Prospect Ave., 4th Floor, Redondo Beach. 1:30-5:30 p.m. For more information, go to


Sunday, Jan. 22

Antique Street Faire 

The Torrance Antique Street Faire is from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. in Old Town. 200 vendors with antiques, furniture, vintage treasures, home decor and more. Antique appraisals and live music from the Alley Oops. Free admission and pet friendly. For more information, call (310) 328-6107.


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

Guided nature hike

Enjoy a free guided tour of Abalone Cove in Rancho Palos Verdes at 2 p.m. Los Serenos docents will lead the hike. Participants will walk past unique flora and fauna and explore tide pools teeming with marine life. Moderate to strenuous. This is a kid-friendly hike but the trails and rocky beach are unsuitable for baby strollers. No dogs allowed on the beach. Rain cancels. Parking at Abalone Cove is extremely limited; carpooling is highly recommended. For more information, go to


Monday, Jan. 23

Acupressure and Cancer 

Cancer Support Community 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. 5-6 p.m. at 2601 Airport Drive, Suite 100, Torrance. Participants may attend via Zoom. To register for this workshop, visit and select the online calendar. For more information, email Rebecca Sul at


Tuesday, Jan. 24

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

Wine Tasting Fundraiser 

Soroptimist International Manhattan Beach will hold a wine tasting fundraiser from 5-7:30 p.m. at Barsha Wines & Spirits Tasting Room, 917 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Manhattan Beach. Tickets are $50 at the door, which covers unlimited wine tasting and charcuterie/small bites.

Homeless Count

Volunteer for the 2023 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count, Jan. 24-26. Participate in the South Bay. To register, go to


Thursday, Jan. 26

Endless Summer talk

John Van Hamersveld, designer of the iconic “Endless Summer” movie poster, as well as Rolling Stones and Beatles album covers, will be the Happy Hour with History speaker at the Hermosa Beach Museum, 6-8 p.m. The Palos Verdes native also designed the “History of Surfing” mural on the side of The Underground Pub & Grill at 14th Street and Hermosa Avenue. $5. For tickets, go to and search “John Van Hamersveld.”



Memorial game

The fourth annual Brett Mendoza Peninsula Alumni baseball game will be held on Jan. 28 at Panther Park at Palos Verdes Peninsula High School, 27118 Silver Spur Road, Rolling Hills Estates. The game honors Brett Mendoza, a former Peninsula and Loyola Marymount University catcher who died in a car accident in 2018. Game time is noon. Alumni arrival is 9:30 a.m. There will be a grand-opening ceremony celebrating the newly christened Panther Park at 10 a.m.

Word Women: From Pain to Poem

Cancer Support Community South Bay is offering this free workshop led by Ja’net Danielo, a poet, teacher and breast cancer survivor. Participants will use poetry to transform the pain around the cancer experience into art as an act of healing and empowerment. Open to anyone who has or has had cancer. No poetry writing experience necessary. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Jan. 28 on Zoom. To join this virtual workshop, visit and select the online calendar. For more information, email Rebecca Sul at

Filmmakers Q&A

The Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy will present a virtual discussion with local South Bay filmmakers Douglass M. Stewart, Jr. and Timothy Branning about their documentary film, “Chesley Bonestell: A Brush with the Future,” at 4 p.m. on Jan. 29. A pioneer in space art, Bonestell helped popularize manned space travel. Also joining the discussion will be renowned space artist Ron Miller, a co-producer of the film, and local rocket engineer Rocco Lardiere. Tickets to the discussion are $30. For tickets, go to

Live music

Crow Hill Band will be at The Lighthouse Cafe with special guests Brent George and Charis Rey & Friends on Jan. 29, 2-5 p.m. 30 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach.

Beach Poker

The Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation will hold its annual Poker on the Beach on Feb. 5, 3-7 p.m., at the Historic Verge Beach House, 602 Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica. The buy-in is $200. Poker on the Beach is a fundraiser for the Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation, which provides ocean therapy in the form of adaptive surfing for veterans, at-risk youths, special needs adults and frontline healthcare providers suffering from trauma-related PTSD, anxiety and depression. RSVP by Feb. 3. Transportation from Hermosa Beach provided. To register and for more information, go to

Square dance lessons

Learn to square dance. A beginners class starts on Feb. 2 and will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. at Riviera Methodist Church, 375 Palos Verdes Blvd, Redondo Beach. A class for square dancers with experience will follow, 8:30-9:15 p.m. The Feb. 2 class is free; $8 per class thereafter. Singles, couples and families welcome. (424) 262-7782. 

Benefit show

The Mira Costa Drama/Tech department will hold its annual AIDS benefit show at 7 p.m. on Feb. 7 in the small theatre on campus. Tickets are $5 at the door, with all proceeds going to Broadway Cares Equity Fights AIDS. 1401 Artesia Blvd., Manhattan Beach.

Super Bowl Run/Walk

The Redondo Beach Super Bowl Sunday 10K/5K returns for a 45th year on Feb. 12. To register or for more information, go to

Economic Forecast Summit

The Palos Verdes Peninsula Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Forecast Summit featuring Christopher Thornberg from Beacon Economics is set for Feb. 21 at Terranea Resort. Thornberg will speak on “Navigating the Stimulus Hangover.” 7:30 a.m. Early bird tickets are $130. For tickets, call (310) 377-8111 or email ER


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