Beach Cities Toy Drive unWrapping party
The 28th annual Beach Cities Toy Drive continues through December 19. Residents are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy to the Hermosa Beach or Manhattan Beach police and fire departments. Or to the toy drive-thru in the Hermosa Beach City Hall Parking lot Dec. 5 through Dec. 12, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The traditional Beach Cities Toy Drive gift wrapping party has been canceled because of the pandemic. For more information email BeachCitiesToyDrive@gmail.com
Surfing Santa Toy Drive
Instead of giving aways toys, Santa will be collecting new, unwrapped toys for the South Bay Boardrider Toy Drive on Saturday December 19 from 9 a.m. ‘til noon at 22nd Street in Hermosa Beach. But he will be giving away autographed copies of the photo of him surfing on the cover of this week’s Easy Reader. Little groms are also invited to have their photo taken with him. If you can’t bring a toy to the beach, drop one off at Dive N’ Surf in Redondo Beach, ET Surf or Spyder Surf in Hermosa Beach. For more information, visit SouthBayBoardriders.com
Roundhouse Aquarium Holiday Lights contest
A home and business holiday lights decorating contest is being sponsored by the Roundhouse Aquarium Teaching Center. Prizes will be awarded for Best Business, Holly Jolly Residence, Best Jingle Jangle Wheels (any type of vehicle), Magical Winterland, Holiday Whimsy, and Best Lights. $30 to enter. Entry deadline December 10 at 5 p.m. $10 donation to vote. Vote Dec. 13 through 19. Winners to be announced Monday, Dec. 21. For entry form and voting, visit RoundHouseAquarium.org.
Sandy Claus coming to Hermosa Beach
Hermosa Beach’s annual Mr. Sandman and Mrs. Sandwoman contest will be held online this holiday season, continuing through Dec. 14. Families are invited to build their own Sandman or Sandwoman at home or on the beach and submit photos of their creations to the Hermosa Beach Parks and Recreation Department. Winners will receive a holiday gift basket and a $50 gift certificate to the Kiwanis Tree Lot. Email submissions to email@example.com.
Santa still coming to town
The Redondo Beach Police Officers Association is still sending Santa through the city’s neighborhoods this year, though the sleigh will not be able to make any stops due to county regulations designed to reduce the spread of Covid-19. The sleigh will be circulating from 6 p.m. nightly for two or three hours, beginning tomorrow. On Friday, Dec. 11 the sleigh will do three legs: the first begins at Johnston and Beland and ends on Robinson and Barkley; the second begins at Robinson and Barkley and ends at Plant; the third begins on Plant and ends on Warfield at Aviation. On Saturday, Dec. 12, the sleigh will start at Aviation and Grant and head to Harper and Palm, then begin a new route to Dixon and Artesia. On Sunday, Dec. 13, the sleigh will begin at 190th and Rindge and head to Pruitt and 190th. On Monday, Dec. 14, it will begin at Aviation and Huntington and head to Ford and Aviation. On Day 5, it will start at Diamond and Broadway, then head northbound, ending on Anita and Paulina. On Wednesday, Dec. 17, it will begin at Diamond and Broadway and then head southbound, ending at Camino Real and Sierra Vista. A second route will head westbound and end at Broadway and Torrance. On Thursday, the last day, the sleigh will begin at PCH and Knob Hill, then end up at Knob Hill and Camino Real. Detailed routes can be found on the Redondo Beach Police Officers Association’s Facebook page. ER