Calendar 12-9-21

The City of Manhattan Beach, in conjunction with Skechers and Belkin International, presents its holiday fireworks display Dec. 12. Fun begins at 3 p.m. at two snow parks, continues with live music and then fireworks at 7 p.m. At the Manhattan Beach Pier. mbfireworks.com for more info.

EVENT SPOTLIGHT   The King Harbor Yacht Club presents its annual holiday boat parade Dec. 11. The theme is “Into the Lights.” SUPs begin at 4:30 p.m., boats at 5:30 p.m. Redondo’s King Harbor main channel. KHYC.org for more information.

Holiday events:

Santa 

With help from the Redondo Beach Police Officers Association, Santa will be visiting Redondo Beach neighborhoods through Dec. 16. To find out when Santa will be in your neighborhood, go to Redondo.org or RedondoBeachPOA.com.

Live musical theater

“Elf the Musical” is coming to Redondo Union High School 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.

Nativity exhibit

Annual nativity exhibit, “Mixed Company ~ Visitors to the Creche” is on display at the Mary & Joseph Retreat Center, through Dec. 21. Admission is free. 5300 Crest, RPV. For more information, call at 310-377-4867 ext. 221 or email Sydne at sjongbloed@maryjoseph.org.

Christmas comedy 

Kentwood Players presents “The Ultimate Christmas Show (Abridged),” a holiday comedy revue  through Dec. 19. Showtimes are 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Reserved seat tickets are $22, with a $2 discount for seniors and students, available by visiting kentwoodplayers.org, emailing boxoffice@kentwoodplayers.org or calling 310 645-5156, preferably during box office hours, 4-7 p.m., Wednesdays through Saturdays. Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave., Los Angeles. 

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 during this 5K event to benefit Mychal’s Learning Place. All participants will be given a Santa suit with their registration. To register, go to santastroll21.funraise.org.

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. Thepointsb.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, a toy drive and more.

Registration is $25, which includes a T-shirt, dash plaque and goodie bag.

To register or for more information, cruiseatthebeach.com.

Holiday concert

The community is invited to a free holiday concert 2-4 p.m. on Dec. 11 at the Redondo Beach Pier 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 redondopier.com.

Boat Parade

If you’re at the Redondo Pier for the concert, stick around and you can enjoy King Harbor Yacht Club’s Holiday Boat Parade in the main channel. Specatcularly decorated sail and power boats are scheduled to cruise along the main channel at 5:30 p.m. Prior to that, decorated SUPs will paddle past spectators beginning at 4:30. Viewing is along Moonstone Park, Moles B & C. KHYC.org for more info.

“Nutcracker”

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. Palos Verdes Performing Arts Theatre, 27525 Norris Center Dr, Rolling Hills Estates. For tickets, call 310-544-0403.

Holiday gifts

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. For more information, call 310-328-6107 or visit torranceantiquefaire.com.

Pier fireworks

This year’s Skechers Manhattan Beach Holiday Fireworks Festival is set for Dec. 12, 3-8 p.m., at the pier. Snow park will be open 3-6 p.m. Live music begins at 4 p.m. with roaming carolers and the Hyperion Outfall Seranaders. 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.

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 roundhouseaquarium.org/lightupbeachcities.

Santa’s hood

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 hermosabeach.gov to check for the parade route.

Toy and 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). For 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 lcmasterchorale.com.

Ongoing:

Live theater

“The Shop Around the Corner” opened Dec. 3 at El Camino College and continues at 8 p.m. on Dec. 10 and Dec. 11 and 3 p.m. on Dec. 12. 

Presented by students in the college’s Theatre Department, “The Shop Around the Corner” is performed in the style of an old-fashioned radio show, complete with microphones, soap commercials and live sound effects. For ticket information, go to www.elcamino.edu//campus-life/arts/.

Live musical 

“The Importance of Being Earnest,” a musical based on the classic Oscar Wilde play, 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.

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. 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. Must be 18 or older. Participants must pre-enroll to ensure a spot in class. To pre-enroll, email Jeanne at 1certtraining@gmail.com with your full name, phone number, email address and home address. 

Super Bowl 10/5/1K

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. 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 5, 10 and Baby Buggy 10K is $45 until 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 redondo10k.com.

Calendar:

Friday, Dec. 10

Farmers Market 90254

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

Movie screening

Warren Miller’s 72nd annual film, “Winter Starts Now,” featuring the best in snowriding, will be screened at 7:30 p.m. at the Hermosa Beach Community Theatre, 710 Pier Ave. For tickets and more information, go to warrenmiller.com/film-archive/winter-starts-now-2021.

Saturday, Dec. 11

Event Spotlight
April’s Fools Comedy Improv Troupe will present “The April’s Fools Classic!” on at the Second Story Theater in Hermosa Beach. The actors and audience will work together to create characters and scenes.
Directed by Rick Ramirez with Bob Mitchell on keyboard. Hermosa Beach Community Center, 710 Pier Ave. Tickets are $10 general admission and $8 seniors. 7:30 p.m. For tickets, call 310-318-1705 or go to aprilsfoolsimprov.com.

Palos Verdes nature walk

Enjoy a nature walk guided by the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy. 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.

“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. 9 a.m.-noon on Zoom. Visit cscrb.org and open the online calendar. For more information, email info@cscrb.org

Docent orientation

The Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy will hold a virtual docent orientation from 10-11:30 a.m. Learn how you can share your love of nature with others. Sign up at pvplc.volunteerhub.com.

Sunday, Dec. 12

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 rivieravillagefarmersmarket.com.

Cactus & Succulent Society meeting

The South Coast Cactus & Succulent Society will meet at 1:30 p.m. 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 southcoastcss.org. 

Senior Comedy Afternoons

Bonnie Barchichat’s Senior Comedy Afternoons will present “The Show Must Go On! Holidays Happen” 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. 

Monday, Dec. 13

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 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 cscrb.org and open the online calendar. For more information, email info@cscrb.org.

Young Survivorship 

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 cscrb.org and open the calendar. For more information, email info@cscrb.org.

Tuesday, Dec. 14

Networking event

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 info@southbayletip.com or go to southbayletip.com.

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 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.

Thursday, Dec. 16

Kids 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. 

4-4:30 p.m. on Zoom. To join this online group, visit cscrb.org and open the online calendar. For more information, email info@cscrb.org.

Upcoming:

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.

Book launch

Local award-winning author Seth Fishman will share his new picture book, “When I Wake Up,” with children and families at 10 a.m. on Dec. 18 in the courtyard at {pages}: a bookstore. This is an interactive pajama party. Dress in red, purple, green or yellow pajamas — or any clothes — to help Seth in a group reading of his book. 904 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach. ER

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