Calendar: 7-22-2021

Spotlight: The Roundhouse aquarium is hosting a sand sculpture fundraiser.  

Build your sand sculpture anywhere, whether it’s the beach, a park, or sandbox, and submit photos. Online voting will take place Aug. 4-15. The winners in the various categories will be announced on Aug. 19. For more information, instructions and an application, go to roundhouseaquarium.org/sandcastle. Easy Reader file photo

 

 

“The Silver Waves of Summer” 

Spotlight: Tickets are on sale for the launch of “The Silver Waves of Summer,” a new anthology  of “beach noir” short stories. Michael Scott Moore, Tod Goldberg, Naomi Hirahara, Antoine  Wilson and other contributing authors will be on hand. The celebration is 6 p.m. on Aug. 5 at the Hermosa Beach Museum, 710 Pier Ave., as part of the  museum’s Happy Hour with History series. Guests receive a drink ticket at the door. The evening will include a reading from “The Silver Waves of Summer” and book signings. Tickets start at $5 and are available on Eventbrite. Search Happy Hour with History: The Silver  Waves of Summer. For $17, you get a copy of the book. The book is available at pages: a bookstore in Manhattan Beach. 

 

Ongoing: 

New art exhibit 

Visitors and locals are invited to check out Ultra!”, a new public art exhibition featuring 21  artworks in locations throughout Torrance. The exhibition spotlights regional contemporary  artists. The artwork is on display through Aug. 28. For a location map, go to torranceartmuseum.com/ ultra.  

BeachLife Festival 

Tickets are for sale to BeachLife Festival, which will be held in person Sept. 10-12. This year’s acts include Jane’s Addiction and Cage the Elephant (Friday, Sept. 10), Counting  Crows (Saturday) and Ziggy and Stephen Marley performing the songs of Bob Marley (Sunday),  as well as Save Ferris, Men at Work, The Wallflowers, Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals, Portugal. The Man and many more. Ticket options include three-day passes, single-day passes and VIP passes. For tickets and more  information, go to beachlifefestival.com. 

Sandcastle contest 

Registration is open to enter a sandcastle building contest-fundraiser to benefit the Roundhouse Aquarium’s education programs. Here’s how it works: 1. Register. The entry fee is $30 and the deadline to enter is July 31. 2. Build your sand sculpture anywhere, whether it’s the beach, a park, or sandbox, and take photos. 3. Submit your photo. Online voting will take place Aug. 4-15. The winners in the various categories will be announced  on Aug. 19. For more information, instructions and an application, go to roundhouseaquarium.org/sandcastle. 

 

Thursday, July 22 

Farmers Market 

The Redondo Beach Certified Farmers Market is 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. 

Tennis Open 

The Manhattan Beach Open Tennis Tournament will be held July 22-25, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Live  Oak Park and the Mira Costa High School tennis courts. For more information, go to  citymb.info/mbott. 

Embroiderers’ Guild to meet 

The Azure Verde Chapter of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America will hold its monthly meeting  from 9 a.m. to noon at St. Francis Episcopal Church, 2200 Vía Rosa, Palos Verdes Estates. After  a brief business meeting the group will have a program and continue stitching their year-long  Historic Sampler.  For more information, email Diane Bonner at azureverde.ega-web@yahoo.com. 

Blood drive 

The Redondo Beach Police Department is hosting a UCLA Blood Drive from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  in the second floor meeting room at the Redondo Beach Main Library, 303 N. Pacific Coast  Highway. Donors are asked to make an appointment in advance. To make an appointment, go to  ucedonor.com. Click on Blood Drives and enter RBPD in the Zip Code or Account Code fields. 

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. 

Live music 

A free summer concert series is underway on Fisherman’s Wharf on the Redondo Beach Pier.  Admission is free. Concerts are Thursdays and Saturdays, 6 to 8 p.m. Thursdays will feature tribute bands. King Chris will close out the series on Aug. 28 with some funk, R&B and soul. Concerts on July 29, Aug. 7 and Aug. 19 will be held on the boardwalk. For more information, go to redondopier.com. 

Happy Hour with History 

On hold during the pandemic, Happy Hour with History is back at the Hermosa Beach Museum.  Professional skateboarder Cindy Whitehead will trace the history of skateboarding in Hermosa  Beach, beginning in the 1970s, in a talk scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 and are for sale on Eventbrite. Guests receive a drink ticket at the door. Happy Hour with History will be held at the museum, 710 Pier Ave. For more information, go to hermosabeachhistoricalsociety.org. 

 

Friday, July 23 

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/.  

“Eat to Live Well” 

Cancer Support Community Redondo Beach (CSCRB) will offer the first of a free three-part  workshop led by Pam Braun, a chef, cancer survivor and author of the “Anti-Cancer Cookbook,”  at 11:30 a.m. Braun will share her research on food and its relationship to cancer with a focus on  what experts say we should and should not eat to help decrease the chances of cancer and its  recurrence. To join this online workshop, email info@cscrb.org. For more information, go to  cscrb.org. 

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 movies 

Roadium Drive-in Theater in Torrance will show 1995’s “Jumanji” at 8:15 p.m. (or later,  depending on when the sun sets) Gates open at 6:30 p.m. and close at 8:45. $25 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, July 24 

Car show 

The Pontiac Car Show is from 10 a.m. to noon at the Automobile Driving Museum, 610 Lairport  St., El Segundo. The show is open to all Pontiac vintage, classics and custom cars.  For more information, go to automobiledrivingmuseum.org. 

Docent training 

Interested in being a volunteer museum docent? The Hermosa Beach Museum will hold a docent  training workshop from 10 a.m. to noon. RSVP at hermosabeachmuseum@gmail.com. 

 

Sunday, July 25 

Antiques Fair 

The Torrance Antique Street Fair, featuring more than a hundred vendors, is 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in  downtown Torrance. There will be an antique appraisal booth charging just $3 per item and DJ  Ozzie in the park. Free admission and parking. For more information, call 310-328-6107. 

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. 

 

Monday, July 26 

Young Cancer Survivorship Group 

Cancer Support Community Redondo Beach (CSCRB) offers this free weekly online support  group for young adults diagnosed with cancer before their early forties. Participants can connect  with other young adults who have just been diagnosed, are undergoing treatment, have finished  treatment or are survivors. Facilitated by Associate Marriage Family Therapist Jessica Dulin. 6-8  p.m. on Zoom.  To join this online group, email info@cscrb.org. For more information, go to cscrb.org. 

 

Tuesday, July 27 

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, July 28 

Surf Festival 

The International Surf Festival will resume this year. Events take place July 28-Aug. 1 with the  County Fire Department Medal of Valor award dinner kicking off the festival tonight.  Events include lifeguard competitions, volleyball, open water swim, surfing, bodysurfing, beach  

run, pattleboard races, sailing and youth events. For more information and to register, go to  surffestival.org. 

Mac group to meet 

The South Bay Apple Mac Users Group will meet at 7:15 p.m. A presentation on new Apple  hardware is scheduled. The group has been around for over 30 years and is comprised of eighty Mac, iPad, iPhone and  Apple Watch aficionados. Monthly meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. with a beginners Q&A. For now, meetings are held on Zoom. All Mac/iPad/iPhone/Apple Watch users and potential users are  welcome. For a link to the meeting, email: info@sbamug.com.

 

Upcoming:

“Kids and Teens Summer Dance Party” 

Cancer Support Community Redondo Beach (CSCRB) offers this fun and free healthy lifestyle  activity for kids and teens ages 5-17 who have been impacted by a cancer diagnosis in the family.  Dance instructor Shanée Siracusa will lead participants to move and groove to some tunes in  their own homes. 3-4 p.m. on July 29 on Zoom. To sign up, email info@cscrb.org. For more information, 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 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 dances 

The Exceptional Kids Organization, which assists students with special needs, their parents and  teachers, will hold the Get Up and Dance Virtual Dance, hosted by DJ Norma, on July 30,  6:30-7:30 p.m. Guests must be on the Exceptional Kids Organization email list to receive a Zoom link for the  dance. To be placed on the email list, go to ekpto.com/contact-us/. 

Volunteer opportunity 

The Palos Verdes Land Conservancy has planned an Outdoor Volunteer Day for July 31 at Alta  Vicente Reserve. Volunteers will help remove invasive weeds, which will be replaced with  native, drought tolerant plants. 9 a.m.-noon. To sign up, go to pvplc.volunteerhub.com. 

Block party 

The first annual Cypress Block Party at 6th Street and Cypress Avenue in Hermosa Beach is set  for 1-9 p.m. on Aug. 1. There will be 10 live music acts and the debut of a new art exhibit, ”The  Phoenix Rises,” at Resin art gallery.  Admission is free, but tickets are required. Tickets are for sale on Eventbrite. Search Cypress  Block Party. The block party is presented by the Hermosa Music Co, Studio 637, the South Bay Artist  Collective and the Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce 

Surf contest

The South Bay Legends Memorial Surf Contest will be held on Aug. 14 at Torrance Beach. In  addition to the contests, there will be beach games, prize giveaways, a free surf competition for  kids, free surf lessons and more. To sign up, go to southbaylegends.com, call or text 213-537-2644 or email  sam@southbaylegends.com. 

AVP in Manhattan 

The AVP Manhattan Beach Open is set for Aug. 20-22. General admission is free. 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 is from 5:30 to 9 p.m. in King Harbor. 

Tickets start at $175. For tickets and more information, go to richstonefamily.org. 

Horse show 

The 63rd Annual Portuguese Bend National Horse Show is set for Sept. 10-12. Benefiting  Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, the show will take place at Ernie Howlett Park & Equestrian  Center, 25851 Hawthorne Blvd., Rolling Hills Estates. $5 general admission.  For more information, go to pcch.net/horseshow/. 

Swim the Avenues 

The third annual Redondo Beach Open Water Swim returns on Sept. 12. There will be a 1 mile  swim and a half mile swim. Races begin and finish on the beach in front of Miramar Park at 8  a.m. and 8:15 a.m. For registration and more information, go to villagerunner.com/swim-the avenues. ER

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