Baywatch Community Calendar 3-31-22
The South Bay Stories Show, a mix of live music and storytelling, returns for a seventh year to the Second Story Theater at the Hermosa Beach Community Center, 710 Pier Ave. Two performances are scheduled, one at 7:30 p.m. on April 2 and the other at 1:30 p.m. on April 3. The show features true stories told by the people who lived them. The themes of this year’s production are growing up, living through life’s changes and romance. The storytellers include Steve Goldstein, a civic leader in Redondo Beach, South Bay horticulturist Mike Garcia, Tonya McKenzi and local stand-up comic Chuck McPeak. Composer and accordionist Stanley Oropesa will perform a musical story and musical interludes. The producer is Jim Mueller, a storyteller himself. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at tickettailor.com/events/sbss.
Thursday, March 31
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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.
Phenomenal Women 2022: #BreaktheBias: Unite. Empower. Inspire, presented by the Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce, features a panel of extraordinary women from the South Bay. Fitness expert, author and columnist Denise Austin is the keynote speaker. The free, virtual event is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. To register, go to manhattanbeachchamber.com.
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.
Book signing, reading
The Hermosa Beach Historical Society & Museum presents a reading of “Punk: Photos from a Fan’s Perspective,” with author and photographer Kevin Salk. Dez Cadena of Black Flag will be making a special appearance. The book reading and signing, part of the historical society’s “Happy Hour with History” series, is set for 6:30 p.m. at the history museum, 710 Pier Ave. Guests may purchase Salk’s book in advance with their online tickets and pick up their copies at the reading. A limited number of copies will be for sale at the event.Masks are not required but strongly encouraged. Ticket registration through Eventbrite is required. Search Happy Hour with History.
Friday, April 1
Smarty Pants Storytime – Virtual Program
Enjoy books, songs, rhymes, and movement activities celebrating César Chávez Day while learning school readiness skills and having fun. 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.
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Saturday, April 2
David Benoit concert
Acclaimed jazz pianist David Benoit directs his 50-piece Pacific Vision Youth Symphony at the Norris Theater in Rolling Hills Estates. The concert, featuring pianist and composte Keiko Matsui, is at 8 p.m. For tickets, go to palosverdesperformingarts.com.
Monday, April 4
Mental health exhibit
El Camino College will host the 2022 Active Minds “Send Silence Packing” exhibit from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the library lawn. For more than a decade, Active Minds’ acclaimed “Send Silence Packing” exhibit has traveled the country to end the silence that surrounds mental health and suicide and connect visitors with resources for support and action. The exhibit includes personal stories from individuals who have lost a loved one to suicide. It is designed to raise awareness about the impact of suicide, connect individuals to mental health resources and inspire action for suicide prevention. Passersby are invited to walk among the Send Silence Packing backpacks to see the photographs and read the stories attached to them. Many of the backpacks were donated by families who lost a loved one to suicide. The college is located at 16007 Crenshaw Blvd, Torrance. For more information, go to www.elcamino.edu/StudentHealthServices.
Tuesday, April 5
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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: End-of-Life Options in California
Cancer Support Community South Bay (CSC South Bay) — formerly Cancer Support Community Redondo Beach — is offering this free workshop led by nurse Karen Morin. Morin will present the various end-of-life options and addendums available to Californians and how to access them. Participants will learn how to have autonomy throughout care and how to open dialogues with families and their health care teams about their wishes and desires for end-of-life care and treatment. The workshop is from noon-1:30 p.m. on April 8 on Zoom. To join, visit cscsouthbay.org and select the online calendar. For more information, email Rebecca Sul at Rebecca@CSCSouthBay.org.
Classical music concert
The Chamber Orchestra of the South Bay is proud to present pianist Rufus Choi. The concert, “Jazz à la France,” is at 7 p.m. on April 9 at Norris Theatre, 27570 Norris Center Drive, Rolling Hills Estates. A pre-concert talk starts at 6:15 p.m. and is free with paid admission. For tickets, go to palosverdesperformingarts.com and click on Buy Tickets. For information about the Chamber Orchestra of the South Bay, go to mycosb.org.
The 32rd annual Seahorse Classic is set for April 11. The charity golf tournament will be held at the Palos Verdes Country Club and begins at 8 a.m.Hosted by the Peninsula Committee Children’s Hospital, all proceeds benefit Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. The day’s activities include a shotgun scramble golf format, helicopter ball drop, longest putt contest, hole-in-one opportunities, post-round cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, a raffle and a silent and online auction. To register, visit seahorseclassic.com. Tournament sponsor opportunities are available. For information, go to pcch.net.
Five Legal Tips for Cancer Patients
Cancer Support Community South Bay (CSC South Bay) — formerly Cancer Support Community Redondo Beach — is offering this free workshop led by Shelly Rosenfeld, co-director of the Disability Rights Legal Center’s Cancer Legal Resource Center. Rosenfeld will share five legal tips for people with cancer. They cover health insurance, appealing benefits, requesting accommodations and taking time off while keeping a job. The workshop is from 12:30-1:30 p.m. on April 11 on Zoom. To join, visit cscsouthbay.org and select the online calendar. For more information, email Rebecca Sul at Rebecca@CSCSouthBay.org.
“America’s Got Talent” at the Norris
Singer Sal Valentinetti from “America’s Got Talent” will be at the Norris Theatre in Rolling Hills Estates on April 16. The concert is at 8 p.m. For tickets, go to palosverdesperformingarts.com.
Show & Sale
The South Coast Cactus & Succulent Society’s annual Show & Sale is set for April 23-24, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Palos Verdes Art Center, 5504 Crestridge Road, Rancho Palos Verdes. Admission and parking are free. There will be thousands of plants for sale, hard to find plants, artistic pottery and expert advice.The Palos Verdes Art Center galleries and gift shop will be open during the Show & Sale. For more information, call 310-346-6206 or go to southcoastcss.org.
Classical music concert
The Peninsula Symphony will present “The Old World Meets the New World,” a concert that includes Strauss, Bernstein and Gershwin, at 7 p.m. on April 24 at the Redondo Union High School auditorium, 631 Vincent St. Soprano Diana Farrell will join the symphony on stage. Guest conductor Johanes Müller Stosch will give a talk at 6:15 p.m. for symphony members only. Masks and vaccination required. For more information, contact the symphony at 310-544-0320 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or go to pensym.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.
Mira Costa Class of ‘61
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.
“West Side Story”
Tickets are on sale to a live production of “West Side Story,” set for April 29-May 8 at the Norris Theatre in Rolling Hills Estates. For tickets, go to palosverdesperformingarts.com.
At the invitation of the Peninsula Garden Club and the Palos Verdes Art Center, Debra Baldwin will present a program, ”Transforming Your Garden Into a Gallery of Gorgeous Succulents,” on May 1. Baldwin launched worldwide interest in succulents with her first book, “Designing with Succulents,” and has since written several other books on these plants. The event is at 12:30 p.m. at the Palos Verdes Art Center at 5504 Crestridge Road in Rancho Palos Verdes. Baldwin will be signing books before and after her presentation. A raffle is planned, as well. Tickets to the event are on sale at pvartcenter.org for $30. Seating is limited and tickets must be purchased in advance. For more information, call Jackie Johnson at 310-850-2821.
Hearts of Hermosa
After a two-year absence, the Hermosa Beach Education Foundation’s Hearts of Hermosa fundraiser returns May 7 with dinner, drinks and live entertainment at the Hermosa Beach Community Center. For tickets and more information, go to hbef.org.
Chamber music concert
The Chamber Orchestra of the South Bay’s 39th season continues May 22 with Andrew Bain, principal horn player of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The concert, featuring works by Scarlatti/Tommasini, Strauss and Haydn, is at 7 p.m. at Norris Theatre, 27570 Norris Center Drive, Rolling Hills Estates. A pre-concert talk starts at 6:15 p.m. and is free with paid admission.