The Redondo Beach Police Officers Association is helping Santa load up the sleigh. Santa will be visiting Redondo Beach neighborhoods Nov. 29-Dec. 16. To find out when Santa will be in your neighborhood, go to Redondo.org or redondobeachpoa.com.
Torrance holiday stroll
Kick off the holiday season at the Downtown Torrance Holiday Stroll, 5-8 p.m. on Dec. 1. Businesses and stores will be open late with special sales and activities. Vendors, DJ Ozzie, live music, craft booths, Santa on a 1914 fire truck and more. For more information, visit the Downtown Torrance Association Facebook page.
The South Bay Bird Society’s members and sponsors have donated over a hundred items for its annual fundraiser & silent auction. Items can be viewed at 32auctions.com/SBBSholidayauction2021. Bids may be placed online starting at 5 p.m. on Dec. 2 through 5 p.m. on Dec. 5. For more information go to sobaybirdsoc.com or contact Janet Ragonesi at 310-376-5954 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Riviera Village holiday stroll
Riviera Village’s Holiday Stroll returns Dec. 2 from 5-9 p.m. Shop and dine while enjoying live holiday music and holiday lights. Santa and the Grinch will be there, as well. Catalina Avenue will be closed to vehicle traffic. For more information, go to rivieravillage.net.
The South Bay Chamber Music Society’s December concert features The Thies Consort, performing music from the piano trio repertoire.
The concert will be presented twice. The first performance will be held at 8 p.m. Dec. 3 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 second performance will be held at 3 p.m. on Dec. 5 at the Pacific Unitarian Church, 5621 Montemalaga Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes. In order to maintain a safe environment for all, concertgoers must be vaccinated, and must be masked during the concert.
Christmas comedy revue
Kentwood Players presents “The Ultimate Christmas Show (Abridged),” a holiday comedy revue. The show opens Dec. 3 and continues through Dec. 19. Showtimes are 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. The location is Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave., Los Angeles. Reserved seat tickets are $22, with a $2 discount for seniors and students, available by visiting kentwoodplayers.org, emailing the box office at email@example.com or calling 310-645-5156, during box office hours, 4-7 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays.
Sandpipers Holiday Homes Tour
Tour three South Bay homes decorated to the hilt and transformed by local artisans and florists to benefit Sandpipers. The tour also hosts a boutique with jewelry, wine, clothing and more. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Dec. 3-5. Masks required; there is no shuttle this year. Tickets can be purchased for $30 from a Sandpipers member, sandpipers.org or on Eventbrite. The price goes up to $35 on Dec. 3.
Let is Snow Redondo
Seaside Lagoon will be transformed into a winter wonderland Dec. 4. The Redondo Beach Police Department is bringing 20 tons of real snow plus crafts, cookies, cocoa, a bounce house, Santa and more. Free. In addition, the department’s Domestic Violence Advocacy Program will hold a toy and coat drive. Donate gift cards, new, unwrapped toys and new coats (kids and adult sizes). 1-5 p.m. at Seaside Lagoon, 200 Portofino Way.
This celebration at The Point in El Segundo will feature Hanukkah traditions such as dreidel game, plus storytelling, crafts, festive eats and music. 1-3 p.m. Dec. 5. Sponsored by Congregation Tikvat Jacob. Free and open to the public. For more information, go to thepointsb.com.
A group of high-caliber vocalists will perform Handel’s “Messiah” at 7 p.m. on Dec. 5 at the James R. Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. Tickets are $30 general admission, $20 senior/student and $10 children ages 4-12. Joanna Medawar Nachef Singers will perform highlights from all three parts of “Messiah,” accompanied by an orchestra and four soloists. For tickets, go to jmnsingers.com/our-2021-2022-season.
The public is invited to the Mary & Joseph Retreat Center in Rancho Palos Verdes to view its annual exhibit, “Mixed Company ~ Visitors to the Creche.” Dec. 6-21. Free. For more information, call at 310-377-4867 ext. 221 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
The 2nd annual California Great Santa Stroll 5K is set for 9 a.m. on Dec. 11 at the Hermosa Beach Pier Plaza. Hundreds of Santas will be running, walking or strolling along The Strand to benefit Mychal’s Learning Place, which provides programs for youth and young adults with learning disabilities. All participants will be given a Santa suit with their registration. To register, go to santastroll21.funraise.org.
The Point in El Segundo is partnering with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles for a Holiday Block Party and Toy Drive. Guests who donate a new toy or household item will receive a shopping and dining passport to unlock special holiday incentives at The Point. Enjoy holiday decorations, balloon animals and more. Dec. 11, noon-4 p.m., on the grass. For more information, go to thepointsb.com.
The community is invited to a free holiday concert 2-4 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Redondo Beach Pier. It will take place on Fisherman’s Wharf, behind Tony’s. In addition to music, there will be a toy drive, a selfie wall and sponsor giveaways. For more information, go to redondopier.com.
SUP and Boat parade
King Harbor Yacht Club hosts its annual boat parade Dec. 11. Boats vying for awards will begin the procession at approximately 5 p.m. Prior to the boats, SUPs will circle the main channel. The public can view the parade from Moonstone Park/Mole B and the breakwall along Mole C. Khyc.org for more information.
Palos Verdes Ballet will stage “Nutcracker” at 7 p.m. on Dec. 11 and 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Dec. 12 at the Norris Theatre in Rolling Hills Estates. Tickets are $42 for adults and $28 for children. This marks the ballet’s 41st “Nutcracker” season. For tickets, call 310-544-0403.
December’s Torrance Antique Street Faire will feature carolers, a DJ and Santa, as well as antiques vendors. It all takes place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 12 in downtown Torrance. For more information, call 310-328-6107 or visit torranceantiquefaire.com.
This year’s Skechers Manhattan Beach Holiday Fireworks Festival is set for Dec. 12, 4-8 p.m., at the pier. Fireworks will go off at 7 p.m.
Attendees are welcome to bring blankets, beach chairs and picnic dinners. For safety reasons drones are not permitted. For more information, go to mbfireworks.com or manhattanbeach.gov, where the event is posted on the calendar in the Residents section.
Registration is open for the second annual Light Up the Beach Cities, an online holiday decorating contest benefitting the Roundhouse Aquarium’s educational programs. Southern California residents and businesses are invited to enter. Fee is $30. Contestants are asked to upload photos of their decorations. Voting will then take place online. To enter, complete the online application by 11 p.m. on Dec. 13. To register or for more information, go to roundhouseaquarium.org/lightupbeachcities.
Los Cancioneros Master Chorale will present “A Holiday Festival” under the direction of Allan Petker at 7 p.m. on Dec. 19 at the Armstrong Theatre in Torrance. Tickets $35 and $20 (students).
For tickets, call Diana at 310-779-3072 or the box office at 310-781-7171. Audience members must be vaccinated.
For more information, go to lcmasterchorale.com.
Redondo Super Bowl 10/5K
Registration is open for the 44th annual Redondo Beach Super Bowl 10k Run & 5k Run/Walk, which will take place on Feb. 13. A 1K Kid’s Fun Run begins at 7 a.m., followed by the 10K at 7:30 a.m., the 10k Baby Buggy Run at 8:15 a.m. and the 5k Run/Walk at 8:30 a.m.
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.
Manhattan Beach 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.
Comedy, live music
Catch comedy and live music weekly at the The Brews Hall in Hermosa Beach. George Lopez’s Chingon Kitchen’s “Comics in the Hall” is 8-10 p.m. Wednesdays. Then on Thursdays, from 7-9 p.m., is “Bands and Brews.” 73 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach.
Rolling Hills Estates art show
The Pastel Society of Southern California’s 12th annual gallery exhibition at Promenade on the Peninsula and continues through Nov. 28. 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.
Torrance art show
Destination: Art’s 7th anniversary exhibition is underway with nearly a hundred paintings on display. The diverse paintings are the work of forty-nine artist members of Destination: Art, a non-profit studio and gallery art cooperative in Torrance. The Exhibition continues through Dec. 18. 1815 W. 213th St., Suite 135. Gallery hours are noon-4 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and by appointment. For more information, call 310-742-3192 or go to destination-art.net.
Free rain barrels
Residents of the West Basin Municipal Water District may now register at westbasin.org for home delivery or a drive-through pick-up of a free rain barrel. Seven hundred rain barrels are available for free home delivery. Interested residents must register by Jan. 20. The district will also host two drive-through pick-up events to distribute 400 barrels at each event. The first will be held from 8-11 a.m. Jan. 29 at West Basin’s Edward C. Little Water Recycling Facility in El Segundo. The second will be at West Basin’s headquarters in Carson from 8-11 a.m. Feb. 5. Advance registration for the rain barrels is required. PHONE???
Friday, Nov. 26
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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.
Sunday, Nov. 28
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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.
Torrance Antique Street Faire
Join the hunt for vintage treasures when more than 160 vintage, antique and artisan sellers transform the streets of downtown Torrance into an eclectic open-air antiques market. There will be an antique appraisal booth charging $3 per item and DJ Ozzie in the park. Restaurants, bakeries and sports bars will be open for business. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Pet friendly and free admission. For more information, call 310-328-6107 or visit torranceantiquefaire.com.
Monday, Nov. 29
Young Cancer 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. 6–8 p.m. on Zoom. To register for the support group, go to cscrb.org and open the calendar. For more information, email email@example.com.
Tuesday, Nov. 30
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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.
Cancer Support TAT
Cancer Support Community Redondo Beach (CSCRB) offers this free program led by Corina Gheorghiu, a licensed marriage and family therapist. Gheorghiu will guide participants in a series of Tapas Acupressure Techniques (TAT) that connect the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual to help alleviate stress and anxiety, promote sleep and foster a sense of well-being. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Thursday, Dec. 2
Cancer Support: Art for Adults
Cancer Support Community Redondo Beach (CSCRB) offers this free monthly workshop led by Angie Ladabouche of Reach heART. In a project inspired by Hokusai’s famous print, ”The Great Wave off Kanagawa,” participants will explore ways to develop a visual, self-compassionate toolbox to help stay afloat when challenge arises. A supplies list is provided on the online registration page. 4-5:30 p.m. on Zoom. To join this workshop, go to cscrb.org and open the calendar. For more information, email email@example.com.
CPR, first aid classes
Registration is open for adult and pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED training at the Joslyn Center in Manhattan Beach. Classes will be held on Saturdays in 2022. The dates are Jan. 8, Feb. 5, April 2, June 11, Aug. 6, Oct. 8 and Dec. 3. Each class is from 8 a.m-3 p.m. and limited to 20 persons. Must be 18 or older. Participants must pre-enroll to ensure a spot in class. To pre-enroll, email Jeanne at firstname.lastname@example.org with your full name, phone number, email address and home address. There is no charge for residents of Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach and Redondo Beach. Presented by the Manhattan Beach Community Emergency Response Team.
Live musical theater
“The Importance of Being Earnest,” a musical based on the classic Oscar Wilde play, opens Dec. 3 and continues through Dec. 19 at 1316 Cabrillo Ave. in downtown Torrance. The production is presented by the Torrance Theatre Company. Showtimes are 7 p.m. on Thursdays, followed by a Q&A, 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays. For tickets and more information, call 424-243-6882 or go to torrancetheatrecompany.com.
Guided Nature Walk
The Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy’s 1st Saturday Nature Walk takes place 10:30 a.m. on Dec. 4 at George F Canyon. Naturalists will guide walkers along a trail through the preserve. Discover a variety of wildlife while taking in views of the LA Basin.
Meet on the back patio of the Nature Center. For more information, go to pvplc.org.
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. 1300 Kingsdale Ave. in Redondo Beach. To register for this year’s tournament, go to southbayarcherylessons.com.
Artlife Gallery invites the public to an art exhibition, “Art & Music Holiday Celebration,” 6-9 p.m. on Dec 4. Over a hundred original pieces of fine art created will be on display. The first 50 guests will receive a limited edition art piece. Raffle opportunities, refreshments, live music. Free admission. Artlife Gallery is located at 720 C S. Allied Way Plaza, El Segundo. It’s open 11-4 p.m. seven days a week.
For more information, call 310-938-2511 or go to artlifegallerysb.com.
Shoppers are invited to a holiday boutique that will benefit Community’s Child, 1736 Family Crisis Center and Friends of Cabrillo Aquarium. The boutique, presented by Las Candalistas, a philanthropic organization, will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Dec. 5 at Riviera United Methodist Church, 375 Palos Verdes Blvd., Redondo Beach.
Holiday cocktail party
The Palos Verdes Junior Women’s Club will host Giving is Evergreen, a holiday cocktail party, from 5-8 p.m. on Dec. 5 at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel San Pedro. Tickets are $150, with proceeds benefitting the club’s philanthropies. For tickets, go to pvjuniors.org. Limited capacity.
PV nature walk
Enjoy a nature walk guided by the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy on Dec. 11. Walk along seaside bluffs down to the beach and then over boulders to view tidepools. Moderate to strenuous. 9 a.m. at Pelican Cove. Sign up at pvplc.org/calendar-guided-nature-walks.
The Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy will hold a virtual docent Orientation from 10-11:30 a.m. on Dec. 11. Learn how you can share your love of nature with others. Sign up at pvplc.volunteerhub.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 Society meeting
The South Coast Cactus & Succulent Society meet 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.
Family Nature Club – Trees
Join the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy for its next virtual Family Nature Club. Learn about local trees and do a fun holiday craft. 9 a.m. on Dec. 18.
Sign up at pvplc.org/event/fncdec2021.
Outdoor Volunteer Day
Help the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy restore habitat at Alta Vicente Reserve from 9 a.m.-noon on Dec. 18.
Sign up at pvplc.volunteerhub.com.