Baywatch Community Calendar 3-3-22
Spotlight: The South Bay Chamber Music Society will present the Los Angeles Reed Quintet in a pair of concerts. The ensemble includes Claire Brazeau (oboe), Don Foster (clarinet), Pat Posey (saxophone), Alex Rosales García (bassoon) and Brian Walsh (bass clarinet). The program includes music by Mendelssohn, Mahler and Corelli, as well as several modern works. The first concert is 8 p.m. on March 11 in the recital hall of the Music Department at Los Angeles Harbor College, 1111 Figueroa Place, Wilmington. The concert will be repeated at 3 p.m. on March 13 at Pacific Unitarian Church, 5621 Montemalaga Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes. Admission and parking are free. For more information, go to sbcms.net.
Registration is open for the Manhattan Beach Chamber’s Phenomenal Women event, which returns March 31, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. The virtual event will feature a panel of phenomenal women from the South Bay.
This year’s theme is #BreakTheBias: Inspire.Empower.Unite.
Admission is free. To register, go to manhattanbeachchamber.com and open the calendar of events.
Theater Love, valour, compassion
P3 Theatre Company’s production of “Love! Valour! Compassion!” Continues through March 6 at the 2nd Story Theatre at the Hermosa Beach Community Center, 710 Pier Ave. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Fri/Sat and 2 p.m. Sun. The play by Terrence McNally is about eight gay men who confront their lives, loves and friendships over three successive weekends at a farmhouse in Duchess County, New York. The play opened off-Broadway in 1994. The show contains nudity and adult situations and is for ages 18 and up. Teens over age 16 are allowed if accompanied by an adult. Tickets are $38 for adults and $33 for seniors/students/military. For tickets, go to P3Theatre.biz.
Thursday, March 3
Farmers Market 90277
The Redondo Beach Certified Farmers Market is held every Thursday from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at George Freeth Way and Veterans Park West. For more information, call 310-372-1171, ext. 2252.
A weekly Zoom support group for practicing meditation, a skill to quiet the mind and help relieve stress, is held 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. For more information, call 310-517-4701. RSVP to email@example.com.
Beauty of Nature Author Series
Join the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy at 7 p.m. for a live Zoom presentation from Sydney, Australia by best-selling author Charlotte McConaghy. McConaghy’s writing is fueled by her love of nature and her interest in stories of fierce women. Her newest novel, “Once There Were Wolves,” is about a biologist charged with reintroducing wolves to the Scottish Highlands in order to re-wild the landscape and bring a forest back to life. TInscribed books are available for purchase with tickets for $30. Admission to the event alone is $5. RSVP at pvplc.org/event/mcconaghy-mar3.
Friday, March 4
Smarty Pants Storytime – Virtual Program
Get ready for school with books, songs, rhymes and movement. For children ages 2-5. 11-11:45 a.m. To register, go to the Teens & Kids section at lacountylibrary.org and click on Virtual Programming.
Comedy Sportz HSL Match
MCHS vs. MCHS ASB, 7 p.m. in the Mira Costa High School Small Theatre. Tickets are $5 at the door. A negative Covid test within 72 hours of the event or proof of vaccination is required. The school address is 1401 Artesia Blvd., Manhattan Beach.
Cancer Related Fatigue and Neuropathy
Cancer Support Community South Bay (CSC South Bay) — formerly Cancer Support Community Redondo Beach — will offer this free virtual workshop led by Dr. Arash Asher, director of Cancer Survivorship and Rehabilitation at the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute at Cedars-Sinai. Asher will review causes of fatigue and neuropathy, the most common side effects of cancer and its treatment, and review practical approaches to support optimal rehabilitation and treatment of these symptoms. The workshop is from 1-2:30 p.m. on Zoom. To join, visit cscsouthbay.org and open the calendar. For more information, email Rebecca Sul at Rebecca@CSCSouthBay.org.
Saturday, March 5
Compost, shredding event
Athens Services will host a compost giveaway and paper shredding event from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. in the parking lot at the Hermosa Beach Community Center, 710 Pier Ave. The event is for Hermosa Beach residents only. Attendees are asked to bring their own gloves, shovels and bags for the compost giveaway. Paper will be shredded on site and each participant is limited to three banker box-size boxes each. No hazardous waste will be accepted.
Cactus Wren Monitoring Training
Become a Community Scientist with the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy and help monitor the charismatic and rare cactus wren in the conservancy’s preserves. Participants will help track the birds, their nests and their success in rearing babies from March to August. The training session is from 8:30–11:30 a.m. Sign up at pvplc.volunteerhub.com.
Outdoor Volunteer Day at Alta Vicente Reserve
March 5 and March 26, 9 a.m. – noon. Help the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy restore habitat on the 22-acre restoration site to create a home for rare cactus wrens and gnatcatchers. The site offers beautiful views of Catalina Island. Sign up at pvplc.volunteerhub.com.
Burn the Ships E-Bike Shop is celebrating its one-year anniversary with music, food, drinks, raffle prizes and e-bike demo rides. The celebration is from noon-3 p.m. The store is located at 1200 Pacific Coast Highway, No. 104, Hermosa Beach. Parking is available upstairs.
Sunday, March 6
Farmers Market 90277
The Riviera Village Certified Farmers Market in Redondo Beach is open from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Sundays. For more information, go to rivieravillagefarmersmarket.com.
Tuesday, March 8
Farmers Market 90266
The Manhattan Beach Certified Farmers Market is from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. every Tuesday at Metlox Plaza behind Shade Hotel. For more information, go to downtownmanhattanbeach.com.
Caregiver Support Group
Torrance Memorial hosts a virtual support group for caregivers from 12:30-1:30 p.m. every Tuesday. For more information, call 310-517-4711 or email TorranceMemorialHealthEducation@tmmc.com.
Cancer Support: Menopause and Hormones
Cancer Support Community South Bay (CSC South Bay) — formerly Cancer Support Community Redondo Beach — is offering this free virtual workshop led by Nancy Siskowic, a nurse practitioner and nationally certified menopause practitioner. Participants will learn the side effects, concerns and benefits of hormone therapy to treat symptoms of menopause and perimenopause. She will also address the disease consequences of the loss of estrogen, such as osteoporosis and heart disease. The workshop is from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Zoom. To join, visit cscsouthbay.org and open the calendar. For more information, email Rebecca Sul at Rebecca@CSCSouthBay.org.
The Redondo Beach Public Library will host a virtual book discussion, 6-30-7:30 p.m. The book is “Becoming,” by Michelle Obama.
The program is free, but registration is required. To register, go to redondo.org/library. The discussion is posted on the Events Calendar.
Cancer Support: Working with Your Pharmacist
Cancer Support Community South Bay (CSC South Bay) — formerly Cancer Support Community Redondo Beach — is offering this free virtual workshop. The workshop will be led by Jenny Alcala-Alonzo, a health promotion representative at Independence at Home. Participants will learn tips on working with a pharmacist to get the best results from their medicines.
The workshop is from 1-2 p.m. on March 11 on Zoom. To join, visit cscsouthbay.org and open the calendar. For more information, email Rebecca Sul at Rebecca@CSCSouthBay.org.
Outdoor Volunteer Day at White Point Nature Preserve
March 12, 9 a.m.-noon. Get outdoors and make a difference by helping the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy remove invasive grasses. Doing so enables rare coastal sage scrub habitat to thrive as a home for local native plants and wildlife. Sign up at pvplc.volunteerhub.com.
The next LA Opera Talk is set for March 12, 11 a.m.-noon, on Zoom. The subject is the opera “St Matthew Passion.” The opera talks are free, but registration is required. The register, go to redondo.org/library. The talk is posted on the Events Calendar.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade
The Hermosa Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade is set to return March 12. Now in its 26th year, the parade is scheduled for 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in downtown Hermosa. To apply to be in the parade, go to hbchamber.net/parade.
Guided Nature Walk
March 12, 11:30 a.m. Explore the White Point Nature Preserve and the Tongva native plant demonstration garden with colorful wildflowers in bloom, followed by an exploration of Royal Palms tide pools. Easy to moderate.
Sign up at pvplc.org/calendar-guided-nature-walks.
The Redondo Beach Pier 48th Annual Festival of the Kite returns March 13, noon-5 p.m. It’s free and open to all ages. For more information, go to redondopier.com.
South Coast Cactus & Succulent Society
The South Coast Cactus & Succulent Society meets at 1:30 p.m. on March 13 in the Community Room at the Peninsula Center Library, 701 Silver Spur Road, Rolling Hills Estates. Woody Minnich will give a presentation, “The Cacti and Succulents of New Mexico.” This is the group’s first in-person event since the COVID shutdown. Check the group’s website at southcoastcss.org for any last-minute changes.
Cancer Support: Recovering from Surgery
Cancer Support Community South Bay (CSC South Bay) — formerly Cancer Support Community Redondo Beach — is offering this free virtual workshop led by cancer surgeon Neil Bhayani. Participants will learn what to expect following surgery, including short-term and long-term side effects.
The workshop is from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on March 14 on Zoom. To join, visit cscsouthbay.org and open the calendar. For more information, email Rebecca Sul at Rebecca@CSCSouthBay.org.
Latest Advances for Prostate Cancer
Cancer Support Community South Bay (CSC South Bay) — formerly Cancer Support Community Redondo Beach — is offering this free virtual workshop led by Dr. Lawrence Flechner, a South Bay urologic surgeon. Flechner will discuss the latest advancements and treatments for prostate cancer. The workshop is from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on March 16 on Zoom. To join, visit cscsouthbay.org and open the calendar. For more information, email Rebecca Sul at Rebecca@CSCSouthBay.org.
Mira Costa High School theater students are heading to the Fullerton Theater Festival on March 18-19. Come see the work they will be competing with on March 17, 7 p.m. in the MCHS Small Theatre. Tickets are $5 at the door. A negative Covid test within 72 hours of the event or proof of vaccination is required. The school address is 1401 Artesia Blvd., Manhattan Beach.
Nature Walk Leader Training
March 19 and March 26, 9 a.m.-noon. Share your love of nature with others. Learn the fascinating natural history of the area from experts in the field to assist in leading monthly public guided nature walks around the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Sign up at pvplc.volunteerhub.com.
Singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb will perform at 8 p.m. on March 19 at the Torrance Cultural Arts Center, 3330 Civic Center Drive. For tickets, go to lisaloeb.com.
Five-day silent, directed retreat
The retreat is scheduled for March 20-25 at the Mary & Joseph Retreat Center, 5300 Crest Rd, Rancho Palos Verdes. This silent retreat offers a unique, contemplative opportunity to commune with God in the solitude of our hearts. An experienced spiritual director will accompany you through these five days as you seek to discover the subtle movement of the Holy Spirit within you. Come deepen your relationship with God, which will be enhanced by solitude, nature and a labyrinth walk. Cost: single room $600; commuter $425. For more information, go to maryjoseph.org/event/5-day-silent-directed-retreat-2.
Beauty of Nature Author Series
Join the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy at 7 p.m. on March 24 for a live Zoom event with renowned historian and author of “Eden By Design” Bill Deverell. He will share astonishing images of the Olmsted vision for open land throughout Southern California. Inscribed books are available for purchase with tickets for $30. Admission to the event alone is $5. RSVP at pvplc.org/event/deverell-mar24.
Now in its tenth year, the L.A. County Yarn Crawl returns in person March 24-27. Explore 15 of the area’s favorite yarn shops. Discover new yarns, pick up buttons and tote bags, get free patterns and win some great prizes. Participating yarn shops include L’Atelier in Redondo Beach and Alamitos Bay Yarn Company in Long Beach. For more information, go to layarncrawl.org.
Downtown Hermosa business meeting
The Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce is planning an in-person meeting of all downtown businesses. The chamber says the meeting is not prompted by any event or activity. Rather, the chamber wants to gather the businesses to talk about the future of downtown Hermosa and to ensure the business community communicates, plans and engages collectively. The meeting is scheduled for 1-2:30 p.m. on March 30, with the location to be determined. To RSVP, call Jessica Accamando at 310-753-3960 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The South Bay Auxiliary of Harbor Interfaith Services will hold a virtual silent auction April 25-29. The annual event benefits The Children’s Center of Harbor Interfaith Services, a non-profit that assists the unhoused and working poor. To donate, sponsor, preview or bid on items, go to hisauxiliary.org/event.
Members of Mira Costa High School of Class of 1961 are invited to a class reunion April 29-30. Covid prevented the class from holding a 60th reunion last year, so graduates are planning a “61st for ’61.” There will be three events: a casual, free gathering at 5:30 p.m. on April 29 at Ercole’s, 1101 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach; a free tour of the high school on April 30, time to be determined; and dinner and a party at Bluewater Grill, 665 N. Harbor Drive, Redondo Beach. Tickets for the Bluewater Grill event are $100. For more information email email@example.com.