Baywatch Community Calendar 11-24-22

The legendary Manhattan Beach golf cart paraders will kick off the North End Holiday Stroll on Thursday, Dec. 1. Photo by Ralph Doyle

Spotlight: Holiday Stroll and Walk-About

North Manhattan Beach will be filled with the sites and sounds of the holidays on Thursday, Dec. 1. The annual Holiday Stroll and Walk-About features Santa, an ugly Christmas sweater contest, a surfboard decorating contest, roaming carolers, pop-up holiday stores and a petting zoo. North End merchants will be offering unique gifts, discounts, samples and libations. It all takes place from 5-9 p.m. on Highland Avenue between 32nd and 40th streets. The Holiday Stroll and Walk-About will get underway at 5 p.m. with a golf cart parade. For more information, go to



Beach Cities Toy Drive

The cities of Hermosa Beach and Manhattan Beach have kicked off the 30th annual Beach Cities Toy Drive. New, unwrapped toys may be dropped off at the following locations by Dec. 16:

— Los Angeles County Fire Station No. 100, 540 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach

— Hermosa Beach Police Department, 540 Pier Ave. (open 24 hours)

— Manhattan Beach Fire Station One, 400 15th St.

— Manhattan Beach City Hall, 1400 Highland Ave.

— Drive-through location: Hermosa Beach City Hall parking pot, 1215 Valley Drive (10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Dec. 3 and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Dec. 10)

The wrapping party will take place at 11 a.m. on Dec. 17 until all of the toys are wrapped at the Hermosa Beach Community Center, 710 Pier Ave. Bring scissors, tape and any extra wrapping paper.

More information is available in the calendar at


Gift card, toy and coat drive

The Redondo Beach Police Department’s Domestic Violence Victim Advocacy Program is holding a holiday charity drive through Dec. 15. The program is seeking gift cards to Target and Walmart, new unwrapped toys and new coats in all sizes. Donations may be dropped off at the RPBD, 401 Diamond St. For more information, call Ericka at 310-379-2477, ext. 2336.


Snow flurries at the beach

The Point in El Segundo is trading in sandcastles for snowmen as they invite guests to enjoy snow showers every Friday and Saturday from Nov. 25 through Dec. 23, and then every night from Dec. 19 through Dec. 23. Snow flurries will take place on the grass at The Point and will happen every 30 minutes from 6-8 p.m. Information:


Manhattan Beach art exhibit

The Manhattan Beach Art Center has a new exhibit, Lynn Aldrich’s “Fly High Fly Deep.” The exhibit, on display through Jan. 1, is about environmental conservation. Viewers are invited to consider the wonder and fragility of life in the sky and sea. The center’s gallery is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. For more information, call 310-802-5440.


Torrance art exhibits

The Torrance Art Museum has debuted its fall exhibitions. It continues through December. The exhibits are “Un-Civil War! (An Election Special),” a critical inquiry into the deepening divisions in America’s political and cultural landscape, and “Ken Friedman: 92 Events.” 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays. Free. For more information, visit


Sunday, Nov. 27

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


Monday, Nov. 28

CSC South Bay Welcome Orientation

Find out what Cancer Support Community South Bay is all about in this virtual orientation meeting scheduled for 11 a.m. on Zoom. Participants will receive a virtual tour of the community and learn about the many free programs that CSC South Bay offers cancer patients and their loved ones. The opportunity to register for a virtual weekly support group or monthly networking group will also be provided. To join this meeting, visit and select the online calendar. For more information, email Carla Bick at


Tuesday, Nov. 29

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


Holiday Festival

Torrance Memorial Medical Center’s 39th annual Holiday Festival opens Nov. 29 and continues through Dec. 4 in a 30,000-square-foot white tent located on the hospital’s campus. (Closed to the public on Dec. 2 for a gala.) Enjoy 32 custom-decorated Christmas trees, shopping, entertainment, sweet treats and more. Admission is $5. Free for children ages 5 and under. Proceeds benefit the Lundquist Lurie Cardiovascular Institute. Festival hours vary. Information:



A Weekend Retreat for People in Recovery

Join others in recovery for a weekend of sharing, fellowship and renewal as we consider the changes that we’ve resisted, the changes that have shaped us, and the changes that continue to challenge us. Dec. 2-4 at Mary & Joseph Retreat Center, 5300 Crest Road, Rancho Palos Verdes. Cost: per person/shared $250; single $350; commuter $160. Information:


Comedy Sportz HSL Home Match 

Mira Costa will host Palos Verdes High School at 7 p.m. on Dec. 2 in the small theater on campus. $5 at the door. All proceeds will go to the Zack Estrin USC Scholarship Fund. 


Sandpipers Holiday Home Tour

Sandpipers will host its 30th annual Holiday Homes Tour Dec. 2-4. The tour showcases curated and distinctive homes in the South Bay, decorated and transformed by local artisans and florists. In addition to touring the homes, attendees can visit a holiday boutique and café at the Neptunian Woman’s Club, 920 Highland Ave., Manhattan Beach, featuring wine, food, jewelry, clothing and more. Tickets may be purchased at the presale price of $30 at Prices up to $35 starting Dec. 2. 


Sand Snowman Contest

The city of Hermosa Beach will hold its annual Sand Snowman Contest from 9 a.m.-noon on Dec. 3 at 15th and Shoreline. Bring your own decorations. For more information, call 310-318-0280.

Jeffrey, of Manhattan Beach, visits with Sandman Santa during the 2014 Hermosa Sandman Contest. This year’s contest is Saturday, Dec. 3 from 9 a.m. to noon, just north of the Hermosa Beach Pier. For more information, call (310) 318-0280. Photos by Kevin Cody


Arts and crafts fair

First United Methodist Church in Redondo Beach will hold an arts and crafts fair from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Dec. 3. From hand painted glass, leather works and holiday decorations to handmade clothing, there is something for everyone. The fair will be held in the rectory hall at the back of First United Methodist Church, 243 S. Broadway. The church parking lot will be open for guests and there will be a children’s crafts area. 


Guided nature walk

Enjoy a guided nature walk at the George F Canyon Guided Nature Preserve on Dec. 3, courtesy the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy. You will be guided by a trained naturalist to discover a unique variety of wildlife in their canyon habitat. Starts at 10:30 a.m. Meet on the back deck of the George F Canyon Nature Center. Parking in Preserve lot located at 27305 Palos Verdes Drive East, Rolling Hills Estates. No RSVP required. Rain cancels. 


Let it Snow

Seaside Lagoon will be transformed into a winter wonderland on Dec. 3. The Redondo Beach Police Department is bringing tons of real snow to Seaside Lagoon for the Let it Snow event, scheduled for noon-4 p.m. There will also be hot cocoa, cookies, crafts and photo opportunities with Santa. Admission is free. In addition, the police department’s Domestic Violence Advocacy Program will be accepting donations to its toy, gift card and coat drive for children and adults in need. Seaside Lagoon is located at 200 Portofino Way, Redondo Beach.


Holiday Pop-Up

Manhattan Beach Nursery School will hold a holiday pop-up from 2-4 p.m. on Dec. 3. Enjoy shopping, snacks and drinks. The pop-up features artists, makers and businesses owned by current and alumni families of MBNS. The nursery address is 1520 Nelson Ave.


Parade of Lights

The city of Rolling Hills Estates will host the 25th annual holiday parade from 6-7:30 p.m. on Dec. 3. Enjoy holiday floats, marching bands and Santa as they make their way through a brightly lit part of town. The grand marshal is musician David Benoit. The parade travels along Silver Spur Road and Deep Valley Drive through the Promenade on the Peninsula to Norris Center Drive.


Holiday boutique

St. James Catholic Church will hold a holiday boutique 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 3-4. There will be jewelry, ornaments, clothings, accessories, stained glass, candles, cards and more for sale. The church is located at 415 Vincent St., Redondo Beach.


Archery tournament

South Bay Archery Lessons will hold its annual Shoot for a Cure charity tournament benefiting the American Cancer Society Dec. 3-4. Registration is $45 per archer. South Bay Archery Lessons is located at 1300 Kingsdale Ave., Redondo Beach. For more information, call 855-467-2260. 


“The Nutcracker”

Palos Verdes Ballet will present “The Nutcracker” at 7 p.m. on Dec. 3 and 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Dec. 4 at Norris Theatre, 27570 Norris Center Dr, Rolling Hills Estates. For tickets, go to


Palos Verdes Peninsula Village Information Session

Learn more about this organization for older adults who have joined together to help one another navigate the challenges and opportunities of aging. Hear from other village members and volunteers about the social opportunities to engage and volunteer resources available for support. The information session is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Dec. 7 in the Purcell Room at the Palos Verdes Peninsula Library, 701 Silver Spur Road, Rolling Hills Estates. For more information, call 310-991-3324 or email


Volunteer opportunity

The Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy will hold a virtual docent orientation from noon-1:30 p.m. on Dec. 8. Learn how you can share your love of nature with others. Sign up at


Guided Nature Walk 

Enjoy a guided nature walk at Three Sisters Reserve with the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy at 9 a.m. on Dec. 10. Hike through a 21-acre habitat restoration of coastal sage scrub that’s home to the threatened California gnatcatcher. Moderate. Sign up at


Christmas show

Manhattan Beach Community Church will present its second annual “Merry Christmas Show” at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 10 in the Community Hall. The show features the melodrama, “The Old Cookie Shop.” All children in attendance will have the opportunity to meet Santa and Mrs. Clause, have their pictures taken and tell Santa what they want for Christmas. Caroling and refreshments in the Assembly Hall will immediately follow the show. The church is located at 703 S. Peck Ave.


Santa Stroll

The fourth annual California Great Santa Stroll, a fundraiser for Mychal’s Learning Place, which assists youths and young adults with developmental disabilities, will take place on Dec. 10. The festive event is a 5K run or walk for all ages and abilities. Scores of Santas will stroll along the Strand from Hermosa Beach to Manhattan Beach and back. Each registration comes with a five-piece Santa suit and backpack filled with promotional items. To register, go to


Community Hanukkah Celebration

Congregation Tikvat Jacob Beth Torah welcomes everyone to its sixth annual Community Hanukkah Celebration, 1-3 p.m. on Dec. 11 at The Point, 850 S. Sepulveda Blvd., El Segundo. There will be lots of family fun with activity stations, Hanukkah crafts, music, games, donuts, latkes and a raffle. 


Skechers Manhattan Beach Holiday Fireworks Festival

The annual fireworks show is set for 7 p.m. on Dec. 11 at the Manhattan Beach Pier. For details, visit the calendar at


Community Menorah Lighting

The Dec. 18 event includes music, entertainment, family activities and the lighting of a menorah on Pier Plaza in Hermosa Beach. Details pending.


Holiday concert

Los Cancioneros Master Chorale will give a holiday concert at 7 p.m. on Dec. 18 at Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. Tickets are $35 for adults and $25 for students. For information and tickets, call the box office at 310-7171 or visit


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