Calendar 12-2-21

Congregation Tikvat Jacob hosts a Hanukkah celebration at The Point in El Segundo on Sunday, Dec. 5 from 1 to 3 p.m., featuring dreidel games, storytelling, crafts, festive eats and music. Free and open to the public. For more information, go to

Warren Miller returns to Hermosa

For more than half a century the screening of Warren Miller’s annual ski film has signaled the start of the winter sports season. This year, Warren Miller’s 72nd annual film is aptly titled “Winter Starts Now.” The film screens at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 10 at the Hermosa Beach Community Theatre, 710 Pier Ave. Prior to the screening, at 6 p.m., the Hermosa Beach Historical Museum will host a reception.

For tickets or more information, go to

Holidays at the Beach calendar events

Santa in Redondo 

With help from the Redondo Beach Police Officers Association, Santa will be visiting Redondo Beach neighborhoods through Dec. 16.

Holiday fundraiser

The South Bay Bird Society’s annual Holiday Fundraiser & Silent Auction is underway (see cover story). SBBS members and sponsors have donated over a 100 items from which to choose. Items can be viewed at Bids may be placed online starting at 5 p.m. on Dec. 2 through 5 p.m. on Dec. 5.

For more information about this online auction, go to or contact Janet Ragonesi at 310-376-5954 or at

Proceeds from this annual fundraiser go to providing monthly avian-related speakers and a newsletter, maintaining the club’s website and providing charitable donations to non-profit avian-related causes.

North Manhattan holiday stroll

Community members are invited to North Manhattan Beach on Dec. 2 for the Holiday Stroll. The fun kicks off at 5 p.m. with a parade featuring golf carts, the Manhattan Beach Police and Fire departments and of course, Santa. Throughout the evening there will be roaming carolers, a scavenger hunt, games and local business and artist pop-up shops. Plus, local stores and restaurants will be open for business. It all takes place from 5 to 9 p.m. on Highland Avenue between 32nd and 40th streets. The Holiday Stroll is presented by the North Manhattan Beach Business Improvement District.

Local Love 

Dec. 2-5 is Local Love Holiday Weekend in Manhattan Beach. There will be lots to do around town, from a kids scavenger hunt to photo opportunities with Santa. For a full list of activities, see the calendar at

Riviera Village holiday stroll

Riviera Village’s Holiday Stroll returns Dec. 2 from 5 to 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

Holiday concert

The South Bay Chamber Music Society’s December concert features The Thies Consort, performing music from the piano trio’s repertoire. The concert will be presented twice. The first performance will be at 8 p.m. on 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 to purchase online, emailing the box office at or calling 310 645-5156, preferably during box office hours, 4-7 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays.

Sandpipers Holiday Homes Tour

Sandpipers Holiday Homes Tour is back in person. Tour three South Bay homes decorated to the hilt and transformed by local artisans and florists. The holiday boutique is back, too, with jewelry, wine, clothing and more.

Dec. 3-5. Tickets can be purchased for $30 from a Sandpipers member or on Eventbrite. The price goes up to $35 on Dec. 3.

Holiday book sale

The Friends of the Redondo Beach Public Library will hold a holiday book sale from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Dec. 4 at the Main Library, 303 N. Pacific Coast Highway. The sale features a hand-curated collection of books, specially selected for gifting. Free book bag with purchase.

The sale will be held in the 1st Floor study room.

St. James holiday boutique

Find one-of-a-kind hand-crafted items for the holidays.

Dec. 4-5, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., in the church hall at St. James Catholic Church, 415 Vincent St., Redondo Beach.

Let it Snow Redondo

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 20 tons of real snow to Seaside Lagoon. 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. The program is collecting gift cards, new, unwrapped toys and new coats (kids and adult sizes). Let it Snow Redondo takes place from 1-5 p.m. at Seaside Lagoon, 200 Portofino Way.

Menorah lighting

There will be a menorah lighting at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 5 in the plaza at Manhattan Village Shopping Center, 3200 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Manhattan Beach.

Hanukkah celebration

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. on Dec. 5. Sponsored by Congregation Tikvat Jacob.

Free and open to the public. For more information, go to


The Joanna Medawar Nachef Singers 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. For tickets, go to

Nativity exhibit

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

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

Santa Stroll

The 2nd annual California Great Santa Stroll 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.

This is a 5K. To register, go to

Toy drive

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

Holiday car cruise

Cruise at the Beach returns to King Harbor for a 13th year on Dec. 11, noon-6 p.m. The holiday car and bike show features live music, trophies for the best entries, a 50/50 raffle, a toy drive, a Santa Claus photo booth with a classic Cadillac, games and more. The event kicks off at noon with the South Bay Coastal Division Naval Sea Cadets as the official Color Guard and the Pledge of Allegiance. Vehicle registration is $25, which includes a T-shirt, dash plaque and goodie bag.

To register or for more information, go to

Holiday concert

The community is invited to a free holiday concert 2-4 p.m. on Dec. 11 at the Redondo Beach Pier. It will take place on Fisherman’s Wharf, the west end of the pier, behind Tony’s. In addition to live holiday music, there will be a charity toy drive, a selfie wall and sponsor giveaways.

For more information, go to

“Nutcracker” in Palos Verdes

Palos Verdes Ballet will stage “Nutcracker” at 7 p.m. on Dec. 11 and 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Dec. 12. Tickets are $42 for adults and $28 for children. This marks the ballet’s 41st “Nutcracker” season.

For tickets, call 310-544-0403.

Holiday antique street faire

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. on Dec. 12 in downtown Torrance. The street faire is held monthly. For more information, call 310-328-6107 or visit

Manhattan Beach Pier fireworks

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 or, where the event is posted on the calendar in the Residents section.

Holiday fundraiser

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. The entry 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

Santa in Hermosa Beach

With a little help from the city of Hermosa Beach and the L.A. County Fire Department, Santa will be visiting Hermosa Beach neighborhoods 4:30-6 p.m. on Dec. 15. The Drive-By Holiday Parade features Santa on his sleigh.

Go to the Calendar of Events at and check back for the parade route.

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. 

Holiday concert

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

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“The Shop Around the Corner”

Students in El Camino College’s Theatre Department will perform “The Shop Around the Corner” live on the Campus Theatre stage. The performance schedule is 8 p.m. on Dec. 3, Dec., 4, Dec. 10 and Dec. 11 and 3 p.m. on Dec. 5 and Dec. 12.

“The Shop Around the Corner” will be performed in the style of an old-fashioned radio show, complete with microphones, soap commercials and live sound effects. 

For ticket information, go to

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 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.

The classes are presented by the Manhattan Beach Community Emergency Response Team.

Redondo Beach Super Bowl 10k/5k Run/Walk

Registration is open for the 44th annual Redondo Beach Super Bowl 10k Run & 5k Run/Walk, which will take place on Feb. 13.

There’s also a Health & Fitness Expo that starts on Feb. 12, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and continues race day from 6-11 a.m.

The start/finish line and the expo will be at 200 Portofino Way. The race course will take runners along the Redondo Beach harbor, Esplanade and waterfront, with the course ending at the Seaside Lagoon.

A 1k Kids 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 $45 Dec. 1-Feb. 11 and $50 race weekend. The Kid’s Fun Run is $20 until Feb. 11 and $25 race weekend. 

To register or for more information, go to

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 or 310-379-5800, or go to

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.”

The Brews Hall is located at 73 Pier Ave.

Torrance art show

Destination: Art’s Seventh 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 at Destination: Art, 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

Free rain barrels

Residents of the West Basin Municipal Water District may now register at for home delivery or a drive-through pick-up of a free rain barrel.

Seven hundred rain barrels are available for free home delivery. Residents interested in this option 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 pick-up will be held from 8-11 a.m. on Jan. 29 at West Basin’s Edward C. Little Water Recycling Facility in El Segundo.

The second pick-up will be at West Basin’s headquarters in Carson from 8-11 a.m. on Feb. 5. Advance registration for the rain barrels is required.


Friday, Dec. 3

Farmers Market 90254

The Hermosa Beach Rotary hosts a Certified Farmers Market every Friday from noon-4 p.m. 1035 Valley Drive, Hermosa Beach.

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

Saturday, Dec. 4

St. James holiday boutique

Find one-of-a-kind hand-crafted items for the holidays.

Dec. 4-5, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., in the church hall at St. James Catholic Church, 415 Vincent St., Redondo Beach.

1st Saturday Guided Nature Walk

The Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy will lead a nature walk at 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

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.

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 benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

To register for this year’s tournament, go to

Benefit art exhibition

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

Holiday art exhibition

Artlife Gallery invites the public to an art exhibition, “Art & Music Holiday Celebration,” 6-9 p.m. 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

Sunday, Dec. 5

Farmers Market 90277

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

Holiday boutique

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. 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. at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel San Pedro. Tickets are $150, with proceeds benefiting the club’s philanthropies. 

For tickets, go to Limited capacity.

Monday, Dec. 6

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.

68 p.m. on Zoom.

To register for the support group, go to and open the calendar. For more information, email

Tuesday, Dec. 7

Farmers Market 90266

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

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

Thursday, Dec. 9

“Frankly Speaking About Immunotherapy”

Cancer Support Community Redondo Beach (CSCRB) will offer this free workshop led by Program Director Nancy Lomibao from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Zoom. The program will cover immunotherapy today, the immune system and cancer, the different types of cancer immunotherapy, the importance of immunotherapy and the eligibility requirements for treatment.

To join this virtual workshop, visit and open the online calendar. For more information, email


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

“Writing for Wellness” 

Cancer Support Community Redondo Beach (CSCRB) offers this free monthly program for anyone affected by cancer, including family and friends. Led by Barbara Force, this workshop provides ways for participants to express themselves through writing. 

Dec. 11, 9 a.m.-noon, on Zoom.

To join this virtual workshop, visit and open the online calendar. For more information, email

Docent orientation

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

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

Cactus & Succulent Society meeting

The South Coast Cactus & Succulent Society will 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 looks 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

CSCRB Welcome Orientation

Find out what Cancer Support Community Redondo Beach (CSCRB) is all about in this virtual orientation meeting scheduled for 11 a.m. on Dec. 13 on Zoom. Participants will be given a virtual tour and learn about the many free programs that CSCRB offers for cancer patients and their loved ones. The opportunity to register for a virtual weekly support group or monthly networking group will be provided. 

To join the orientation, visit and open the online calendar. For more information, email 

Kids – Snack and Support 

Cancer Support Community Redondo Beach (CSCRB) presents this free support group the first and third Thursday of each month for children ages 5-12 who have a family member with cancer. Facilitated by Nadine Shoukry, an associate marriage and family therapist, the group offers children an opportunity to make friends and learn new skills for living with the stresses of having cancer in the family. In a small supportive group setting, children living with cancer will talk, learn and grow together. 

Dec. 16, 4-4:30 p.m., on Zoom. 

To join this online group, visit and open the online calendar. For more information, email

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

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


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