Calendar: 6-24-2021

Hermosa Beach Junior Lifeguards circle the newly repainted 13th Street lifeguard tower during their warm up run Tuesday morning. The tower’s rainbow colors are symbolic of LGBTQ pride. Photo by Kevin Cody

Spotlight:

The Hermosa Beach Pride Celebration is set for Saturday, June 26 and features a full day of activities, including a celebration of the local lifeguard tower recently painted a rainbow of colors. The colors are a symbol of LGBTQ pride.

The lineup for the Pride Celebration is as follows:

9-11 a.m.: Meet & Greet at the Bottle Inn Hermosa (26 22nd St.)

11-11:30 a.m.: Strand Stroll from 22nd Street to the Pride lifeguard tower

11:30 a.m.-noon: Pride Tower Celebration at the Pride lifeguard tower (Tower 13, first tower north of the Hermosa Beach Pier)

Noon-3 p.m.: Celebration continues at The Deck for those 21 and older (1272 The Strand)

Noon-4 p.m.: Music & Art at Java Man (157 Pier Ave.)

4-8 p.m.: Pride Party at Fox & Farrow for those 21 and older (1332 Hermosa Ave.)

For more information, go to hermosaone.com/pride.

Ongoing

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium re-opens

Following a 15-month pandemic closure, the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium has reopened to the public. The aquarium is open from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. Admission is free, with donations welcome. During the closure, the aquarium’s popular Tidepool Touch Exhibit received an overhaul, with American Honda Motor Corp. funding the work. The aquarium is located at 3720 Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro. For more information about the facility, call 310-548-7562 or go to cabrillomarineaquarium.org.

Torrance welcome center

A new California Welcome Center has opened at Del Amo Fashion Center in Torrance. It offers travelers information about attractions, lodging and local discounts and is stocked with maps, brochures and merchandise. The Welcome Center also features two kiosks that travelers can use to plan their trips and book accommodations.

Sandcastle contest 

People from around the world are invited to enter a sandcastle building contest that aims to raise money for the Roundhouse Aquarium’s education programs. “Sunsational Sandcastles” is sponsored by Chevron Corporation, the Port of Long Beach, Bayview Pediatric Dental Group and the Langlois family. The entry fee is $30, with the deadline to enter set for July 6. Online voting will take place July 9-18. The winners in the various categories will be announced July 21. For more information, instructions and an application, go to roundhouseaquarium.org/sandcastle.

Urgent need for blood donations

MemorialCare Long Beach Medical Center has put out a call for blood donations. Blood donations are urgently needed because the COVID-19 pandemic has pushed blood supplies low. All blood types are needed, but especially O+ blood (universal donors). Donors will have a chance to win an Amazon gift card. To schedule an appointment to donate blood to the medical facility’s Blood Donor Center, call 562-933-0808 or go to memorialcareblooddonor.org.

Volunteers needed

Help the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy protect wildlife habitat by closing unauthorized trails. Tasks include trail maintenance, fence building, sign installations and more. Work is done at various locations around the preserve between the hours of 9 a.m. and noon Fridays and Saturdays. No experience needed. Ages 15 and up. Sign up at pvplc.org.

Thursday, June 24

Champions for Children

South Bay Children’s Health Center’s annual Champions for Children Run/Walk will be held virtually this year. Proceeds will help support SBCHC’s dental program and South Bay Youth Project. The fundraiser takes place from June 14 to June 30. For more information, go to sbchc.com.

Farmers Market

The Redondo Beach Certified Farmers Market is held every Thursday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at George Freeth Way and Veterans Park West. For more information, call 310-372-1171, ext. 2252.

Meditation Circle

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 torrancememorialhealtheducation@tmmc.com.

Friday, June 25

Chamber podcast
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/. 

Farmers Market

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

Drive-in Movie Night

The Exceptional Kids Organization, which assists students with special needs, their parents and teachers, will hold an in-person Drive-in Movie Night at 8 p.m. Disney’s “High School Musical” will be shown in the upper parking lot at American Martyrs Catholic Church in Manhattan Beach. The gate opens at 8 p.m., with the movie to follow at 8:30 p.m. Cost is $20 per car and includes popcorn, bottled water and candy. Tickets must be reserved in advance. To reserve a ticket, go to ekpto.com/featured-event. 

Drive-in movies
Roadium Drive-in Theater in Torrance will show “Finding Nemo” at 8:15 p.m. Gates open at 7 p.m. and close at 8:30. $30 per vehicle. The snack bar will be open. For tickets, go to Eventbrite and search for Roadium. For more information, go to roadium.com.

Saturday, June 26

Cars and Coffee 

Manhattan Beach Cars and Coffee is a monthly event held the last Saturday of each month at The Point in El Segundo. Car enthusiasts are welcome to come out and connect with other car aficionados. 7:30-10:30 a.m. For more information, email mbcarsandcoffee@gmail.com.

Family Nature Club

The Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy’s Family Nature Club will meet on Zoom at 9 a.m. The topic is turtles. Viewers will meet Crate, a three-toed box turtle, and learn how he is different from other turtles on the peninsula. There will be a craft, too. To register, go to pvplc.org, click on the calendar and scroll down to the event.

Live musical in PV

The League of Women Voters of Palos Verdes presents the Pennyroyal Players in “The Suffragette Musical: From Battles to Ballots; A Century of Struggle for the Right to Vote” by Anne Destabelle. The performance will be held live at 3 p.m. at Pacific Unitarian Church, 5621 Montemalaga Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes. All COVID restrictions have been lifted for the outdoor performance. Admission is free, but donations to the League of Women Voters are appreciated. To RSVP, email cynthiakondon@icloud.com. (Subject line: Suffragette Musical)

Free online health lecture

South Bay Adventist Church in Redondo Beach will present a free online health lecture and cooking demonstration at 3 p.m.  “Heart Health: How Eating Real Food Saves Lives” with Dr. Richard Taw will focus on the prevention of heart disease, atherosclerosis and its complications, congestive heart failure and arrhythmias. Taw is a board certified internist and cardiovascular specialist. In addition to the lecture, chef Eric Lechasseur will give an online plant-based cooking demonstration with his wife, Sanae Suzuki. To register and for more information, go to SouthBayChurch.net.

Sunday, June 27

Farmers Market

The Riviera Village Certified Farmers Market in Redondo Beach is open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays. For more information, go to rivieravillagefarmersmarket.com.

Live music in Manhattan

Metlox Plaza has live music every Sunday, 2-4 p.m., through the summer. The plaza is located at 451 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach.

Monday, June 28

New Hermosa mural

Hermosa Beach’s latest mural, featuring the old Biltmore Hotel, will be unveiled at a ceremony set for 6 p.m. Artist John Pugh is painting the mural on the back of the old Bijou Theater on Hermosa Avenue. Seating for the unveiling will be available beginning at 5:30 p.m. Local musician Jack Tracy will provide live entertainment. The ceremony will last about 30 minutes, ending with a live auction featuring giclees of the mural. A reception at Tower 12 restaurant will follow. For tickets to the reception or more information about the Hermosa Beach Murals Project, go to hermosamurals.org.

Tuesday, June 29

Farmers Market

The Manhattan Beach Certified Farmers Market is from 11 a.m. to 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 to 1:30 p.m. every Tuesday. For more information, call 310-517-4711 or email TorranceMemorialHealthEducation@tmmc.com.

Wednesday, June 30

Mac Users Group to meet

The South Bay Apple Mac Users Group is comprised of Mac, iPad, iPhone and Apple Watch aficionados. The group’s monthly meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. with a beginners Q&A. For now, meetings take place on Zoom. The meeting on June 30 features two presentations — one on the highlights of the Apple World Wide Developers Conference and another on new Apple hardware. The presentations start at 7:15 p.m. All Mac/iPad/iPhone/Apple Watch users and potential users are welcome. For more information, email info@sbamug.com.

Thursday, July 1

Farmers Market

The Redondo Beach Certified Farmers Market is held every Thursday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at George Freeth Way and Veterans Park West. For more information, call 310-372-1171, ext. 2252.

Pop-up art gallery 

Opening night of a pop-up art gallery inside Casa Playa restaurant, 1903 1/2 S. Catalina Ave., Redondo Beach, is from 4 to 7 p.m. The gallery features images of cacti in Mexico captured by local artist Bob Stevens. The photographs are framed and ready to take home. Stevens will be there to sign each purchased piece.

Metamorphosis

Now through Sept. 10. Solo exhibition featuring the work of Anton Goss. Opening tonight, 6-11 p.m. Gallery hours Wednesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. At the A5 Gallery, 624 S. Pacific Ave., San Pedro. 424-287-2177.

Upcoming

Live music at Terranea

The Terranea Sound Series kicks off at Nelson’s July 2-4 in celebration of Fourth of July. 80-Do will perform on July 2, followed by Kevin Sousa on July 3 and Wais on July 4. Terranea also has live music at The Lobby Bar & Lounge on Fridays and Saturdays and a DJ at Cielo Point pool on Saturdays through the summer. Terranea Resort is located at 100 Terranea Way, Rancho Palos Verdes.

El Segundo car meetup

Car enthusiasts are invited to bring their wheels to the Automobile Driving Museum in El Segundo on July 3 for the museum’s monthly Cruise-in Car Meet. The Cruise-In is open to all vintage, classic, custom and rare automobiles. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 

For more information, go to automobiledrivingmuseum.org.

Village Runner 5K

The 28th annual Village Runner Independence Day 5K Run/Community Walk is set to return in-person on July 3. Due to the pandemic, last year’s race was held virtually.

The race starts and finishes in Riviera Village in Redondo Beach. 

In addition to the 5K, organizers are planning a kids dash, a red, white and blue costume contest and a health and wellness expo.

For more information, call 310-376-7900 or go to villagerunner.com.

Torrance concert series

A four-part concert series in the Torino Plaza at the Torrance Cultural Arts Center wraps up on July 3 with LA All Stars. The in-person concert is at 7 p.m. For more information, call the ticket office at 310-781-7171 or the Torrance Cultural Arts Foundation at 310-378-8100. For tickets, go to torrancearts.org.

Redondo fireworks show

Riviera Village in Redondo Beach is throwing a 4th of July party. There will be a festival with beer, wine and food and live music, all leading up to a 20-minute fireworks show at 9:20 p.m. 

The festival, to be held on Avenue I between Catalina Avenue and the Esplanade, starts at 2 p.m., when the band, Feed the Kitty, takes the stage. Jimmy Z and the Tribe will follow at 5 p.m. and the Mitch Perry Group at 7:30 p.m. Organizers are asking for donations to help fund the fireworks. General entry is $15. Children ages 12 and younger will be admitted for free. A $40 VIP entry includes one complimentary drink and premium stage view in the shade. Donations over $40 will receive VIP entry. For more information, go to rivieravillagefireworks.com.

Torrance fireworks show

Torrance has announced the return of its 4th of July Fireworks Show. The show starts at about 9 p.m. and will be held in the Torrance Civic Center, 3031 Torrance Blvd.

Live music in El Segundo

The Point in El Segundo is welcoming back live music. The family-friendly Sounds of Summer Concerts kicks off on July 7 and continues Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m., through Sept. 29. The concerts will be held on the lawn and admission is free. Guests are welcome to bring a picnic and lawn chairs. On-site restaurants, including Mendocino Farms, North Italia and Hopdoddy, are offering special promotions and picnic baskets for guests to purchase. For more information, go to thepointsb.com.

Virtual dances

The Exceptional Kids Organization, which assists students with special needs, their parents and teachers, has two virtual dances coming up. The Grand Old Flag Virtual Dance hosted by DJ Lauryn is planned for 6:30-7:30 p.m. on July 9 and the Get Up and Dance Virtual Dance hosted by DJ Norma is scheduled for 6:30-7:30 p.m. on July 30. Guests must be on the Exceptional Kids Organization email list to receive a Zoom link for the dances. To be placed on the email list, go to ekpto.com/contact-us/.

Jazz concert on tap

The Palos Verdes Performing Arts Center is presenting a Cabaret Jazz Concert Series. The July 9 supper club features Black Market Trust. 4:30 p.m. Upcoming shows include Tom Rigney and Flambeau on Aug. 20 and Cornet Chop Suey on Sept. 3. Guests are served boxed meals. For tickets and menu selection, go to palosverdesperformingarts.com.

Nature walk in PV 

Visit Abalone Cove Reserve, the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy’s newest restoration site. The site provides habitat for several rare and endangered species. Then, take a walk down to the tide pools and pillow lava formations at low tide. July 10, 3 p.m. Parking, $6.

Sign up at pvplc.org/event/nature-walk-3/.

Gardening presentation

The South Coast Cactus & Succulent Society will meet at 1:30 p.m. on July 11 on Zoom. A panel of SCCSS members — Maria Capaldo, Mike Short, Laurel Woodley and Gary Duke. They will discuss the soil mixtures they use and their watering schedules for summer and winter. 

For a link to the meeting, go to the Events Page at southcoastcss.org.

Drive-In Movie Night

Cancer Support Community Redondo Beach (CSCRB) will host its first Drive-In Movie Night fundraiser on July 15 at the Roadium Theater in Torrance. “A League of Their Own” is on tap.

Guests will have an opportunity to win prizes that include tickets for two to both a Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Angels game. CSCRB has reserved the theater for the night. Gates open at 6:30 p.m., with the movie set for 8:30 p.m. A pre-show is planned for 8:15 p.m.

The Steamin’ Burger food truck will be on site and the theater’s snack bar will be open.

Tickets are $100 per vehicle and includes entry to the baseball sweepstakes drawing and a swag bag. Sweepstakes entries are also available for purchase and the winner does not need to be present to win. All proceeds will benefit CSCRB’s free support programs for cancer patients and their loved ones. For more information and to register for the event, call 310- 376-3550 or go to cscrb.org.

Shakespeare by the Sea

Shakespeare by the Sea is back with live, in-person performances. The theater group will be staging “Richard III” and “Love’s Labour Lost” this summer at Point Fermin Park in San Pedro.

The performance dates for “Richard III” are Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, July 16-18 and July 23-25. The dates for “Love’s Labour Lost” are Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, Aug 13-15 and Aug. 20-22. Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 p.m., Sunday performances at 7 p.m. 

Admission is free and tickets are not required. Anyone unvaccinated is asked to wear masks.

Both productions will be filmed and shown on YouTube. “Richard III” will be shown at 2 p.m. on July 31 and “Love’s Labour Lost” at 2 p.m. on Aug. 28. Each premiere will be followed by a Zoom discussion with the director and cast. The online events are free, but reservations are required. For reservations to the YouTube premiers and Zoom events, go to shakespearebythesea.org. 

Virtual author talk

The Redondo Beach Public Library will host a virtual author talk from 1 to 2 p.m. on July 19. Local author Elizabeth Letts will discuss her books, including her latest, “The Ride of Her Life: The True Story of a Woman, Her Horse, and Their Last-Chance Journey Across America.”

The program is free, but registration is required. To register, go to the library website, click on the events calendar and scroll down to the event. redondo.org/depts/library/.

Spiritual retreat in Rancho Palos Verdes

Jesus is Our Hope” is the theme of this year’s 8-Day Silent, Guided, Directed Retreat, presented by Mary & Joseph Retreat Center in Rancho Palos Verdes. The retreat, based on the spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius, offers time for spiritual reflection, solitude and prayer. The retreat is Aug. 1-8 and the cost is $820 per person. The deadline to register is July 9. Space is limited to 14 guests. For more information, go to maryjoseph.org/event/8-day-silent-guided-directed-retreat/.

AVP in Manhattan

The AVP Manhattan Beach Open is set for Aug. 20-22. Fans are welcome, but tickets will be required. The ticket release date, event details and safety protocols will be announced soon.

For more information, go to avp.com.

Richstone Beach Party

The Richstone Family Center will hold its first in-person event in more than a year when it throws its popular Endless Summer Beach Party on Aug. 28. The party celebrates the center’s volunteers and donors and raises funds for Richstone, which provides child abuse and domestic violence treatment and prevention services. The party will be held from 5:30 to 9 p.m. in King Harbor. Tickets start at $175. For tickets and more information, go to richstonefamily.org.

Tour de Pier

Tour de Pier will return to the Manhattan Beach Pier and Strand on Sept. 12, with local instructors and celebrity guests leading stationary bike riders through five, 45-minute, outdoor sessions. Registration for the annual charity event is now open. For more information, go to tourdepier.com.

LAWineFest set

Tickets to this year’s LAWineFest are now available.

The annual festival will be held Oct. 2-3 at Harry Bridges Memorial Park, near the Queen Mary, in Long Beach. There will be award-winning wines from around the world, craft beer, live music, food trucks and more. For more information and tickets, go to lawinefest.com. ER

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