Spotlight: Manhattan Beach will kick off the holiday season on Nov. 17 with the 32nd annual Pier Lighting and 27th annual Holiday Open House.
The festivities begin at 5 p.m. with the arrival of Santa Claus at Metlox Plaza, 451 Manhattan Beach Blvd. The Holiday Open House, with businesses in downtown Manhattan Beach opening their doors, is from 6-9 p.m. Visitors can also enjoy carolers, treats and more.
The Pier Lighting is at 7 p.m., with musical entertainment beginning at 6 p.m. Local student choirs will be entertaining the crowd.
For more information, go to DowntownManhattanBeach.com.
The Hermosa Historical Society will celebrate the life and works of photographer Robi Hutas on Nov. 13 beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Theatre, 710 Pier Ave. For more information, go to hermosabeachhistoricalsociety.org.
Toy & coat drive
The Redondo Beach Police Department’s Domestic Violence Advocacy Program is hosting a toy and coat drive until Dec. 15. The program is collecting gift cards, new, unwrapped toys and new coats (kids and adult sizes). Donations may be dropped off at the department’s Let it Snow Redondo event, 1-5 p.m. on Dec. 4 at Seaside Lagoon. For additional drop-off options, call Ericka at 310-379-2477, ext. 2336.
Super Bowl Run/Walk
Registration is open for the 44th annual Redondo Beach Super Bowl 10k Run & 5k Run/Walk, and 1k Kids Fun Run which will take place on Feb. 13. There’s also a Health & Fitness Expo that starts on Feb. 12 and continues race day. The entry fee for the 10k, 5k and Baby Buggy 10k is $40. The Kid’s Fun Run is $20. Prices go up on Dec. 1. To register or for more information, go to redondo10k.com.
MB art show
“Beyond Shapes,” an exhibition featuring a collection of paintings, metal cut-outs and drawings by Manhattan Beach artist David Peters, is on display at the Manhattan Beach Arts Center, 1560 Manhattan Beach Blvd., through Dec. 19. For more information, contact Carmen Mentges at art@Time4Art.us or 310-379-5800, or go to Time4Art.us.
Thursday, Nov. 11
South Bay LeTip Business Networking, a weekly business networking group, meets every Tuesday morning, 7:15-8:30 a.m., at South End Racquet and Health Club, 2800 Skypark Drive, Torrance. For more information, contact Cory Freitas at 310-538-3321 or email@example.com or go to southbayletip.com.
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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.
Friday, Nov. 12
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/.
Take a walk, guided by the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy, at White Point Nature Preserve. Walk through restored coastal sage scrub habitat and stop at a former gun emplacement to learn about the military history of the area. Starts at 9 a.m. Easy to moderate.
Sign up at pvplc.org/calendar-guided-nature-walks.
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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.
Live student theater
Drama students at Palos Verdes High School are proud to present “Peter and the Starcatcher.” The show opened Nov. 5 and continues at 7 p.m. on Nov. 12 and Nov. 13 and 2 p.m. on Nov. 14. The location is Palos Verdes High School, 600 Cloyden Road, Palos Verdes Estates. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students and may be purchased at pvhsdrama.com and at the door.
Kentwood Players is proud to present “MTI’s All Together Now!” as a Gala Red Carpet Fundraising event at 8 p.m. on Nov. 12, 8 p.m. on Nov. 13 and 2 p.m. on Nov. 14. Audience members are invited to dress up, walk the red carpet and have their photos taken while sipping champagne on the theater’s patio. The theater, the Westchester Playhouse, is located at 8301 Hindry Ave., Los Angeles. Proceeds from the local production will help fund repairs, renovations and upgrades to the Westchester Playhouse. Guests must show proof of vaccination and wear a face mask while indoors. Tickets are $50 per person and are available by calling 310-645-5156 or emailing email@example.com. For more information, go to kentwoodplayers.org.
Saturday, Nov. 13
Some of the best NCAA women’s beach volleyball players will be competing in Manhattan Beach on Nov. 13-14. In addition to reigning NCAA champion USC and runner-up UCLA, the tournament has Loyola Marymount University, Pepperdine University, Cal State Long Beach, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, the University of Arizona, the University of Hawaii and Grand Canyon University.
The tournament, presented by SoCal Challenge, is at the pier. It’s free to spectators.
The Pastel Society of Southern California’s 12th annual gallery exhibition is underway at Promenade on the Peninsula and continues through Nov. 28. Today the public is invited to a reception and awards show from 1-4 p.m.
More than a hundred original framed artwork are on display. Most are for sale. The exhibit is at 550 Deep Valley Drive, Suite 117, Rolling Hills Estates. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays.
Destination: Art’s Seventh Anniversary Exhibition is underway with nearly a hundred paintings on display. A reception will be held from 3-6 p.m. today only. The exhibit continues through Dec. 18. The diverse paintings are the work of forty-nine artist members of Destination: Art, a non-profit studio and gallery art cooperative in Torrance. Gallery hours are noon-4 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and by appointment. The public is welcome. For more information, call 310-742-3192 or go to destination-art.net. 1815 W. 213th St., Suite 135.
Three local female artists will be displaying their art at “Reset: An Art Experience” from 5-9 p.m. at Unità, 516 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Manhattan Beach. The pieces define the women’s ideas of what “reset” means.
There will be music, drinks and snacks. The event is free, but registration is required. To register, go to eventbrite.com and search Reset.
Robi Hutas celebration
The Hermosa Beach Historical Society is inviting the community to celebrate the life and work of the late Robi Hutas. The local photographer and artist passed away on March 29, 2020 at age 83. A presentation will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the community theatre, followed by an opening reception for a new temporary exhibition at the Hermosa Beach Historical Society & Museum. The exhibition, “Life Through His Lens,” features works by Hutas. Face masks required. The theater is located at 710 Pier Ave. For more information, go to hermosabeachhistoricalsociety.org.
The April’s Fools Comedy Improv Troupe will present “Irreconcilable Differences!” at 7:30 p.m. at the 2nd Story Theater, inside the Hermosa Beach Community Center, 710 Pier Ave. Come join the laughter when audience suggestions are turned into comedy on stage. Masks required.
Tickets are $10 general admission and $8 seniors. For tickets call 310-318-1705 or go to aprilsfoolsimprov.com
Sunday, Nov. 14
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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.
The South Coast Cactus & Succulent Society will meet at 1:30 p.m. on Zoom. The presenter is Joe Stead, who will give a talk on propagation. Stead is an instructor in the horticulture department at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa. For the Zoom link to the meeting, go to the Events page at southcoastcss.org.
Abrakadabra will be at Crafty Minds, 1031 Hermosa Ave., Hermosa Beach from 2-5 p.m. The band will be in the front courtyard playing two sets of Latin, pop, jazz originals and covers. For more information, go to abrakadabramusic.com or visit the band’s Facebook page, Abrakadabra Latin Jazz.
Tuesday, Nov. 16
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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.
Kops and Kibble
Redondo Beach Police officers will be at the dog park from noon-2 p.m. The police department says a variety of treats will be available and this will be a good time for pet owners to talk to officers. The dog park is at the northern end of Dominguez Park, 200 Flagler Lane, Redondo Beach.
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.
Wednesday, Nov. 17
Acupressure and Cancer
Cancer Support Community Redondo Beach (CSCRB) offers this free workshop led by 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, lymphedema, hot flashes, dry mouth, joint pain and neuropathy. 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., on Zoom. To register for the workshop, go to cscrb.org and open the calendar. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bone Health and Cancer
Cancer Support Community Redondo Beach (CSCRB) offers this free workshop led by Jenny Alcala-Alonzo, a health promotion representative. Cancer treatment may cause patients to develop osteoporosis, which weakens bones and may cause them to break. Discussion will include how to prevent bone loss and possible broken bones. Nov. 19, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., on Zoom. To register for the workshop, go to cscrb.org and open the calendar. For more information, email email@example.com.
Hermosa for the Holidays
The Hermosa Chamber of Commerce will present Hermosa for the Holidays, featuring an open-air winter wonderland at the beach, Nov. 19-21. There will be an ice skating rink with faux ice on Pier Plaza, a tree lighting ceremony, a community concert and more. Plus, downtown Hermosa Beach businesses will be opening their doors to shoppers.
The tree lighting and community concert is on Sunday, Nov. 21. The concert, featuring multiple musical acts, is at Pier Plaza and begins at 3 p.m. The tree lighting is at 8 p.m. at Schumacher Plaza.
The “ice” skating rink, presented by Kinecta Federal Credit Union, will be open 5-8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 19, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 20 and 11 a.m.-8 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 21. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for children under age 12. This includes a skate rental and 50 minutes on the ice. Space is limited. For tickets or more information, go to hbchamber.net/holidays.
Peninsula School of Performing Arts will present live performances of “Nutcracker” at 7 p.m. on Nov. 19, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Nov. 20 and 7 p.m. on Nov. 21 at Palos Verdes Performing Arts Norris Theatre.
Tickets are $40 for adults and $30 for children ages 17 and under.
For tickets, call the Norris Theater box office at 310-544-0403.
Join the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy for a virtual Family Nature Club, when the topic will be spiders. Learn about local and non-local spiders and do a fun spider craft. 9 a.m. on Nov. 20
Sign up at pvplc.org/event/fncnov21.
Young Survivorship Group
Cancer Support Community Redondo Beach (CSCRB) offers this free weekly online support group for young adults before their early forties who are newly diagnosed with cancer, are in treatment or are survivors. Facilitated by Jessica Dulin, associate marriage and family therapist.
Nov. 22, 6–8 p.m., on Zoom. To register for the support group, go to cscrb.org and open the calendar. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Point in El Segundo will have snow flurries Nov. 26-Dec. 23, every Friday and Saturday from 6–8 p.m. They’ll happen every 30 minutes.
From Dec. 20–23, The Point will have snow flurries every night.
For more information, go to thepointsb.com.
Torrance Memorial hosts its 38th annual Holiday Festival with beautifully decorated trees, boutique, food court, opportunity drawing and local entertainment. Nov. 30-Dec. 5 (closed Fri., Dec. 3). $5 general admission, children under 5 free and free senior admission 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Dec. 1 and 2. Must show proof of full COVID vaccination and wear a mask. The event will take place in the white tent at Skypark and Medical Center drives, Torrance. 310-517-4703.
Cancer Support TAT
Cancer Support Community Redondo Beach (CSCRB) offers a free Tapas Acupressure Technique program led by Corina Gheorghiu, a licensed marriage and family therapist. Gheorghiu will guide participants in a series of techniques that connect the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual to help alleviate stress and anxiety, promote sleep and foster a sense of well-being. Nov. 30, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., on Zoom. To register for the program, go to cscrb.org and open the calendar. For more information, email email@example.com.
Charity archery tournament
South Bay Archery Lessons’ 2021 “Shoot for a Cure” Archery Tournament benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is scheduled for Dec. 4-5. The fee is $40. To register, go to southbayarcherylessons.com.
South Bay artist Robert Couturier, known for constructing objects out of packing materials, will exhibit new artwork in a benefit show set for Dec. 4-5, 12:30-5 p.m. The show is in support of the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation. There will be a book signing, silent auction, snacks and wine.
The show will be held in the clubhouse at 635 Paseo de la Playa, Redondo Beach. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Redondo holiday event
Seaside Lagoon will be transformed into a winter wonderland on Dec. 4. The Redondo Beach Police Department, with help from event sponsor Sky One, is bringing in 20 tons of real snow. The department’s Let it Snow Redondo event will also have crafts, cookies, cocoa, a bounce house, Santa and more. Admission is free.
In addition, the police department’s Domestic Violence Advocacy Program will be holding a toy and coat drive at the event. The program is collecting gift cards, new, unwrapped toys and new coats (kids and adult sizes). 1-5 p.m. 200 Portofino Way.
Shoppers are invited to a holiday boutique 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Dec. 5 at Riviera United Methodist Church, 375 Palos Verdes Blvd., Redondo Beach
that will benefit Community’s Child, 1736 Family Crisis Center and Friends of Cabrillo Aquarium. The boutique, presented by Las Candalistas, a philanthropic organization.
The public is invited to the Mary & Joseph Retreat Center in Rancho Palos Verdes to view its 15th annual nativity exhibit, “Mixed Company ~ Visitors to the Creche.” The exhibit is on display Dec. 6-21. Admission is free.
For more information, call at 310-377-4867 ext. 221 or email Sydne at email@example.com.
Live musical theater
“Elf the Musical” is coming to Redondo Union High School. The drama department will present the holiday show at 7 p.m. on Dec. 9, Dec. 10 and Dec. 11 and 2 p.m on Dec. 12 in the school auditorium. Tickets are $10 presale through a cast or crew member and at the ASB Finance Office and $15 at the door or online. For more information, go to ruhsdrama.com.
Holiday car show
Cruise at the Beach will return to King Harbor for a thirteenth year on Dec. 11, noon-6 p.m. The holiday car and bike show will feature live music, trophies for the best entries, a 50/50 raffle and a toy drive. Registration is $25, which includes a T-shirt, dash plaque and goodie bag. To register or for more information, cruiseatthebeach.com.
Senior Comedy Afternoons
Bonnie Barchichat’s Senior Comedy Afternoons will present “The Show Must Go On! Holidays Happen” on Dec. 12 at the Los Verdes Golf Course in Rancho Palos Verdes. The holiday show features comedians Fritz Coleman, Marty Ross and Karen Rontowski. Doors open at noon for lunch, followed by the show at 1:15 p.m. Tickets are $85. For tickets, call 714-914-2565 or go to seniorcomedyafternoons.com.
Cactus & Succulent meeting
The South Coast Cactus & Succulent Society meets at 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 12 on Zoom. John Trager, curator of the desert collections at the Huntington Botanical Gardens, will present, “Time for Taiwan.” This program will look at some of the botanical and cultural highlights of Trager’s trip to the Xiamen Botanical Garden in Fujian Province, China and his quick visit to Taiwan. For a link to the Zoom meeting, go to the Events page at southcoastcss.org. ER