Ready to roll?
The 30th Annual Pumpkin Race will take place Oct. 24 in Manhattan Beach. Participants will race a pumpkin down Manhattan Beach Boulevard.
Make your own pumpkin racer! Pumpkin race kits are on sale now at Manhattan Beach City Hall, the Joslyn Community Center, the Manhattan Beach Farmers Market and these local businesses: All Yoo, Bella Beach Girls & Bella Beach Kids, Gum Tree, Kalihi, pages: a bookstore, Riley Arts Gallery, Tabula Rasa Essentials and Waterleaf. Kits are $30 before the race and $35 at the race.
The Manhattan Beach Pier will be transformed into Pumpkin Race Land for the day, with activities for all ages. Halloween costumes welcome!
The Pumpkin Race Festival is a free event. The festival opens at noon, with the race set for 2 p.m. sharp. For more information and to see pictures of past races, check out the Manhattan Beach Parks & Rec Facebook page.
“Beyond Shapes,” an exhibition featuring a collection of paintings, metal cut-outs and drawings by Manhattan Beach artist David Peters, will be at the Manhattan Beach Arts Center, 1560 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Oct. 15-Dec. 19. There will be an opening reception from 5-7 p.m. on Oct. 15, with a program at 6 p.m. Reservations are recommended. To RSVP or for more information, contact Carmen Mentges at art@Time4Art.us or 310-379-5800, or go to Time4Art.us.
Library bookstore reopens
The Hermosa Beach Friends of the Library Bookstore re-opened on Oct. 1 at its new freestanding location on 11th Place behind the Hermosa Beach Community Center, west of Pacific Coast Highway and the Veterans Memorial and across the street from the Alano Club. The bookstore is open from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Mondays, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Fridays and from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. the third Saturday of every month. Parking is available in the Community Center parking lot next to the tennis courts and skateboard park. For more information, go to hbfol.org.
Thursday, Oct. 14
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The Redondo Beach Certified Farmers Market is 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Follow the rabbit
Mira Costa Drama Dept. presents Alice in Wonderland, written by Joseph Pizzarello Oct. 14, 15, 22 and 23 at 7:30 p.m. This is an outside show at Mira Costa High School. Tickets, will-call, and check-in will be at the auditorium box office. Please dress accordingly for cool weather and follow safety protocols. This is open seating and starts in one location and moves to another location on campus. Please let them know if you need special access or modified seating. Tickets are $11-$13 and available online at MiraCostaDramaBoosters.org. TIckets may be picked up at will call on show nights. The auditorium is located at 1401 Artesia Blvd., Manhattan Beach.
Friday, Oct. 15
Church rummage sale
After a two-year wait the St. Francis Church rummage sale is back, bigger than ever. There will be bargains in every category, including costume jewelry, holiday items, toys, baby needs, collectibles, kitchenware, clothing and shoes for all ages, artwork, furniture, electronics and more.
The sale is from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. on Oct. 15-16 at St. Francis Church, 2200 Via Rosa, Palos Verdes Estates. Masks required. Cash or checks only.
The MB 360 Podcast airs live at 8 a.m. every Friday and features the Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce. The podcast hosts special guests and introduces active chamber members. Plus, listeners can learn about the chamber’s role in the community. Listen on Apple Podcasts and Spotify. For more information, go to manhattanbeachchamber.com/radioshow/.
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The Hermosa Beach Rotary hosts a Certified Farmers Market every Friday from noon-4 p.m. 1035 Valley Drive, Hermosa Beach.
Fatigue and Neuropathy
Cancer Support Community Redondo Beach (CSCRB) will offer this free workshop led by Dr. Arash Asher from 1-2:30 p.m. on Zoom. Asher will review the causes of the most common side effects of cancer – fatigue and neuropathy. Practical approaches to support rehabilitation and treatment of these symptoms will be emphasized, focusing on non-pharmacologic options as much as possible. To join this virtual workshop, go to cscrb.org and open the calendar. For more information, email email@example.com.
A family Oktoberfest is set for 5-7:30 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Council Hall, 214 Avenue I, Redondo Beach. There will be games, German music, lots of good food and a full bar with special brews. Takeout available. Ticket prices are $15 for adults, $10 for teenagers ages 13-18 and $8 for children ages 6-12. Admission is free for children ages 5 and younger. Guests may pay at the door. The event is a fundraiser for Seminarians.
A Prince tribute band will perform at 8 p.m. outdoors at Rock & Brews in Redondo Beach. The show is part of an ongoing concert series at the restaurant. Concerts are on Fridays and Saturdays. All of the shows are at 8 p.m. and feature tribute bands. Rock & Brews is located at 6300 Pacific Coast Highway.
Saturday, Oct. 16
The South Bay Auxiliary of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles will hold a Fall Holiday Boutique from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at Manhattan Beach Community Church, 303 S. Peck Ave., Manhattan Beach. Admission is $40, which includes a boxed gourmet charcuterie and a glass of wine. There will be an opportunity drawing for a Louis Vuitton purse, an Apple Watch, gift certificates and more. The drawing will take place at 4 p.m. Winners do not need to be present. Proceeds will benefit Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
Masks required. For more information, call Marcia Hines at 310-560-2533.
Capt. Marc Liebman, U.S. Navy retired, will give a talk, “Wildcat vs. Zero – Resetting the Record,” at 11 a.m. at the Western Museum of Flight, 3315 Airport Drive, Torrance. Liebman will describe the relative weakness of the Wildcat and explain how it still proved to be the superior weapon system.
The talk is part of the museum’s Celebrity Lecture Series. Admission is free for museum members and $10 for non-members. For more information, go to wmof.com.
Enjoy an outdoor picnic-style concert from 5-8 p.m. at The Deckhaus, 209 Richmond St., El Segundo. LB Tacos will be on hand, Casleah Wine will be serving sustainably farmed California wine and poet Micah Greenberg will be there with his typewriter to write and give away custom poems. We Are Everyday Sunshine holds monthly outdoor pop-up concerts the third Saturday of each month across the South Bay. The music ranges from acoustic folk to blues, funk and rock n’ roll. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs. Tickets are $20 per person and may be purchased in advance at weareeverydaysunshine.com/get-tickets.
Sunday, Oct. 17
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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, Oct. 19
Library book sale
The Friends of the Redondo Beach Public Library will host a mini book sale from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Redondo Beach Main Library, 303 N. Pacific Coast Highway. The sale will include books, CD’s and DVD’s starting at $1 and will be held in the first floor storytime room.
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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.
Families Connected speaker series
Dr. David Schonfeld, director of the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement, will give a free virtual talk, “Supporting Our Children During the COVID-19 Pandemic,” at 6:30 p.m. Parents who want to know how to help their children cope with persistent adjustment difficulties and grief associated with the pandemic may want to attend. The talk is part of the Families Connected Speaker Series that South Bay Families Connected provides in partnership with Beach Cities Health District, RBUSD, MBUSD and HBCSD. All South Bay parents and guardians are welcome to listen in.
To register or for more information, go to southbayfamiliesconnected.org/events/dr-david-j-schonfeld.
Wednesday, Oct. 20
“Acupressure and Breast Cancer”
Cancer Support Community Redondo Beach (CSCRB) will host this free workshop from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Zoom. Participants will learn how to give themselves an acupressure massage using specific points to relieve side effects of breast cancer treatment, such as nausea, pain, arm swelling and constipation. To join this workshop, go to cscrb.org and open the calendar. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Teen library event
Students in grades 6-12 are invited to learn about Dia de Los Muertos and decorate their own calavera at the main Redondo Beach library. The activity is at 3:30 p.m. in the second floor conference room. Refreshments provided by Friends of the Library. The library is located at 303 N. Pacific Coast Highway.
Thursday, Oct. 21
Virtual author talk
The Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy will host Australia-based author Charlotte McConaghy at 7 p.m. on Zoom. McConaghy is the author of “Migrations” and the newly released “Once There Were Wolves.” For tickets and more information, go to pvplc.org/event/mcconaghy.
PV blood drive
An American Red Cross blood drive is set for Oct. 22, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., at Hesse Community Park’s McTaggart Hall, 29301 Hawthorne Blvd., Rancho Palos Verdes. To make an appointment, sign up online at RedCrossBlood.org and enter sponsor code PVPRotary. For more information, contact Julia Parton at (310) 613-4085 or email@example.com.
The South Bay Chamber Music Society will perform live with the New Hollywood String Quartet at 8 p.m. on Oct. 22 in the Recital Hall of the Music Department at Los Angeles Harbor College, 1111 Figueroa Place, Wilmington. The Recital Hall is located in the Music Building at the north end of the campus. The concert will feature works by Mozart and Schubert. A second performance will be held at 3 p.m. on Oct. 24 at Pacific Unitarian Church, 5621 Montemalaga Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes.
Concertgoers must be fully vaccinated and masked during the concert. Free admission and parking. For more information, go to sbcms.net.
Join the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy for its next virtual Family Nature Club at 9 a.m. on Oct. 23. The topic is nocturnal animals. A spooky craft is planned, as well.
Sign up at pvplc.org/calendar-activities-for-families.
The West Basin Municipal Water District will host a free online event — Water Harvest S.T.E.A.M. Adventure — from 9 a.m.-noon on Oct. 23. The live program starts at 10 a.m. This interactive event, open to district residents of all ages, includes educational activities, games, technology demonstrations, giveaways and prize drawings. For more information, go to westbasin.org/waterharvest.
Domestic violence vigil
The Redondo Beach Police Department will hold a candlelight vigil in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month at 7 p.m. on Oct. 23. Meet at 415 Diamond Street. Bring your own lawn chairs.
For more information, call 310-379-2477, ext. 2336.
Skechers’ 13th annual Pier to Pier Friendship Walk is scheduled for Oct. 24. To register to walk, go to skechersfriendshipwalk.com.
Vistas for Children’s fall fundraiser, For Your Eyes Only, will be held from 6-10 p.m. on Oct. 24 at Palos Verdes Golf Club, 3301 Vía Campesina, Palos Verdes Estates. All proceeds benefit children with special needs and their families in the South Bay. Ticket price includes dinner, casino games, entertainment, live auction and more. Black tie optional. For more information, call Josie Balzano at 310-714-8125 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets are on sale at vistasforchildren.org.
Cancer Support Community Redondo Beach (CSCRB) will offer this free workshop from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Oct. 25 on Zoom. Dr. Nilesh Vora will discuss the importance of early detection, over-diagnosis and reasons people avoid cancer screenings.
To join this virtual workshop, go to cscrb.org and open the calendar. For more information, email email@example.com.
The Azure Verde chapter of the Embroiderer’s Guild of America will meet at 9:30 a.m. on Oct. 28 at St. Francis Episcopal Church, 2200 Via Rosa, Palos Verdes Estates. The chapter will be working on its year-long needlework sampler project. Vaccinated visitors welcome. Face masks required.
Halloween at RB library
Halloween starts early at the main Redondo Beach library. Come in costume and trick or treat at the children’s reference desk, adult’s reference desk and circulation desk on Oct. 29. The library address is 303 N. Pacific Coast Highway.
Cancer Support Community Redondo Beach (CSCRB) will hold a virtual orientation meeting at 11 a.m. on Oct. 29. Participants will be given a virtual tour, learn about the many free programs CSCRB offers and have a chance to register for a weekly support group or monthly networking group. The orientation will take place on Zoom. To attend, go to cscrb.org and open the calendar. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Hermosa Beach Museum will host a screening of the classic film, “Carrie,” at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 30. Admission is free. There will be cotton candy and for $2, pizza. The museum is located at 710 Pier Avenue, across from the tennis courts, where some of “Carrie” was filmed. Students at Mira Costa and Redondo Union high schools are organizing the screening for teens.
Presented by the Palos Verdes Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, the Fall Festival and Carnival will feature a community marketplace, carnival rides, good eats, music, beer and wine, costume and pumpkin decorating contests and a health and wellness fair. The event is on Friday, Oct. 29, Saturday, Oct. 30 and Sunday, Oct. 31 at Promenade on the Peninsula, 550 Deep Valley Drive, Rolling Hills Estates. The carnival hours are 4-10 p.m. on Friday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m.-8 p.m. on Sunday. The marketplace is open from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
For more information, call 310-377-8111 or go to palosverdeschamber.com.
Community members are invited to the Haunted Halloween Movie Night & Costume Party, presented by the Redondo Beach Police Department. The featured movie is “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” Guests are welcome to dress in costume and may want to bring beach chairs. There will be free popcorn and candy, games and a photo booth. The party is 6 p.m. on Oct. 29 in the RBPD’s annex parking lot at the corner of Pacific Coast Highway and Vincent Street.
Families are invited to Munchkin Masquerade, 2-4 p.m. on Oct. 30 at Manhattan Village, 3200 Sepulveda Blvd. There will be Halloween crafts, trick-or-treating, entertainment, games and more for children ages 3-10. The first 100 families to bring a non-perishable food item for charity will receive a mini-pumpkin. Cans with pull-up tabs are most desired.
Activities will take place in the new plaza at Manhattan Village and inside the shopping center, as well. Crafts will be limited to the first 200 children to attend the event.
The Beaders Group of the Azure Verde Chapter of the Embroiderer’s Guild of America will meet at 9:30 a.m. on Nov. 5 at St. Francis Episcopal Church, 2200 Via Rosa, Palos Verdes Estates. The group will be working on a new seed bead project. Vaccinated visitors welcome. Face masks required.
Members of Mira Costa High School’s Class of 1971 are invited to a reunion where they can reconnect with old friends. The reunion is 6-11 p.m. on Nov. 6 at Ayres Hotel in Hawthorne. There will be food, a photo booth, no host bar and more. Parking fees waived. For more information, email email@example.com.
The Redondo Beach Police Department will hold a catalytic converter etching event from 9-11 a.m. on Nov. 6 at the Redondo Beach Police Annex parking lot, 200 N. Pacific Coast Highway, Redondo Beach. Reservations required. To RSVP, go to eventbrite.com/e/catalytic-converter-etching-event-tickets-186241702947
Under the direction of guest conductor Jorge Luis Uzcátegui, the Peninsula Symphony Association will perform with soloist Erika UzCa at 7 p.m. on Nov. 7 at the Redondo Union High School auditorium, 222 Pacific Coast Highway. Admission and parking are free. The concert will be preceded by a lecture at 6:15 p.m. for association members and guest-pass holders. Audience members must be vaccinated. For more information, call the symphony office at 310-544-0320 or go to pensym.org.
The Pastel Society of Southern California’s 12th annual gallery exhibition will be held at Promenade on the Peninsula, 550 Deep Valley Drive, Suite 117, in Rolling Hills Estates. The exhibition opens Nov. 10 and continues through Nov. 28. More than a hundred original framed artwork will be on display. Most will be for sale. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. The Chamber of Commerce will hold a sneak peak of the art show from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Nov. 10 with food, drinks and an art history talk. In addition, the public is invited to a reception and awards show from 1-4 p.m. on Nov. 13. A pastel art demonstration is planned.
Upside of Aging
The Palos Verdes Peninsula Village’s fifth annual “Upside of Aging” event will feature a conversation with Ashton Applewhite, author of “This Chair Rocks, a Manifesto Against Ageism.” This free virtual event is scheduled for 2-3 p.m. on Nov. 10. For registration information, call Marianne Propst at 310-991-3324 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, go to peninsulavillage.net.
Veterans tribute, bbq
The Redondo Beach Veterans Day Tribute is set for 1 p.m on Nov. 11 at Veterans Park, 309 Esplanade. The ceremony will be followed by a barbecue hosted by Redondo Elks Lodge No. 1378, located at 315 Esplanade. The Veterans Day Tribute will include reflection, remembrances and commentary. Redondo Beach Mayor Bill Brand, other local elected officials and military dignitaries will participate. Music will be provided by the 40th Infantry Division Band, California National Guard from Joint Forces Training Base Los Alamitos under the baton of Chief Warrant Officer Chris Fossmo. The Redondo Union High School Marine Corps JROTC, the Coastal Naval Sea Cadets and the Boy Scouts will provide support. For more information, go to RBVeteransMemorial.com.
The word mandala is from Sanskrit and means circle. A circle is a symbol of wholeness. This workshop with Rev. Paula Vukmanic will engage the experience of the mandala with a variety of mediums and papers. It will focus on meditative moments, creating mandalas and learning some of the history of the mandala and current mandala projects. Rev. Paula recently retired as rector of St. Francis Episcopal Church in Palos Verdes Estates. Nov. 13, 9 a.m.-noon, at Mary & Joseph Retreat Center in Rancho Palos Verdes. Cost: $40 per person (all materials included). To register or for more information, go to maryjoseph.org.
Charity archery tournament
South Bay Archery’s “Shoot for a Cure” Archery Tournament benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is scheduled for Dec. 4-5. The fee is $40.
South Bay Archery Lessons opened at 1300 Kingsdale Ave. in Redondo Beach in 2017. To commemorate the opening, the business hosts an annual two-day archery tournament benefitting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. To register for this year’s tournament, go to southbayarcherylessons.com. ER
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