Calendar: from Shakespeare to ‘Gift-a-mom’
Shakespeare by the Sea is bringing the Bard to cyberspace. The non-profit will present a staged, virtual reading of “Richard III” at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 24. Viewing is free. To make a reservation, go to shakespearebythesea.org. A Zoom talk with the actors and director Stephanie Coltrin will follow the reading at around 4:15 p.m. The talk is free, however space is limited.
Thursday, April 22
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.
Children and their parents or caregivers are invited to visit the Redondo Beach Public Library’s Facebook page at 10 a.m. for a story and special activities with members of the Redondo Ballet Company’s outreach team.
In celebration of Earth Day, the Roundhouse Aquarium is holding a free virtual reading from 5 to 5:45 p.m. The children’s book, “The Ocean In Your Bathtub,” by Seth Fishman will be featured. Viewers will have a chance to ask Fishman and Roundhouse Aquarium scientist Marissa Wu questions. To register, go to https://roundhouseaquarium.org/earthmonth/.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Substance Abuse Program
The Los Angeles Centers for Alcohol and Drug Abuse will present a virtual program, “Effects of Substance Use and Drug Refusal Skills,” at 4 p.m. For ages 13-18. To register, go to lacountylibrary.org. In the Teens section, click on Virtual Programming. Scroll down to the event.
An online event celebrating Earth Day is set for 7 p.m. on Zoom. There will be a video presentation by Doug Tallamy, author of “Nature’s Best Hope,” that explains how we can use native plants in our yards to support birds and wildlife. The event is presented by the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy, the Palos Verdes Library District, Friends of the Library and the California Native Plant Society. To register and purchase a signed copy of Tallamy’s book, go to https://pvplc.org/event/earthday-2021/.
Friday, April 23
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/.
Children are invited to Smarty Pants Storytime at 11 a.m. The virtual storytime features books, songs, rhymes and movement. For children ages 2-5 with their parents or caregivers. To register, go to lacountylibrary.org. In the Kids section, click on Virtual Programming. Scroll down to the event.
Cancer Support: Brain Resilience
Cancer Support Community Redondo Beach (CSCRB) offers this free workshop led by Drs. Dean and Ayesha Sherzai, neurologists from Loma Linda University Medical Center. The presentation will focus on the impact of the NEURO method on brain resilience. This is the second of a two-part program provided in collaboration with Beach Cities Health District. 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Zoom. To join the workshop, email email@example.com. For more information, go to cscrb.org.
The Hermosa Beach Rotary hosts a Certified Farmers Market noon to 4 p.m. every Friday. 1035 Valley Drive, Hermosa Beach.
The Torrance Public Library will host a virtual author talk at 3 p.m.
Author and journalist Sean Deveney has been a columnist for such publications as “The Sporting News” and “Forbes” and has written eight books, including “Greed and Glory: The Rise and Fall of Doc Gooden, Lawrence Taylor, Ed Koch, Rudy Guiliani, Donald Trump, and the Mafia in 1980s New York.” Deveney will discuss this book and other sports topics.
Email TKane@TorranceCA.Gov by Thursday, April 22 for a link to join the program.
Autism Acceptance Month
In celebration of Autism Acceptance Month, the Autism Society of Los Angeles is bringing “Wheels & Reels,” a two-day outdoor movie event, to the Ruby’s Diner parking lot on North Harbor Drive in Redondo Beach. The event features films by autistic filmmakers, followed by the movie, “Grease.” Attendees are encouraged to dress in their favorite 50s attire. Showtimes are 6:30 and 9:45 p.m. today and Saturday, April 24. To purchase tickets, go to http://www.autismla.org/1/events/.
Roadium Drive-in Theater will screen “Sister Act,” starring Whoopi Goldberg, tonight. Gates open at 6:30 p.m., with the movie starting at 7:45 p.m. Gates close at 8:15 p.m. $30 per vehicle. For tickets, go to Eventbrite and search for Roadium. The snack bar is open. 2500 Redondo Beach Blvd., Torrance. For more information, go to roadium.com.
Saturday, April 24
HB Chamber Gift-a-Mom
Today is the deadline to nominate a local mom who will receive a surprise Mother’s Day gift. Dog moms count, too! In exchange for your nomination, you agree to purchase a gift for one of the nominated moms (to be assigned to you) from a Hermosa business. Win-win! Suggested purchase amount is $20-$30. You are asked to deliver your gift purchase on Friday, May 7 (please no early deliveries). To sign up, go to hermosaone.com/mothersday.
Taking a Stand Against Hate
MB Families Against AAPI Hate is asking local families to make a statement of compassion and stand in solidarity with the AAPI community by writing messages of support in their driveways today. (AAPI is an acronym for the Asian American and Pacific Islander community.) Don’t know what to write? The organization suggested these messages:
Stand Together Against Asian American Hate
I Stand with Asian Americans/Our Family Stands with Asian Americans
End Violence Against Asians
Stop AAPI Hate
Manhattan Beach vs. Hate
Hate Not Tolerated Here
Everyone Deserves Respect
Families can also make signs for their windows and on social media post messages of support with the hashtags #StopAsianHate #MBagainstHate and #StopAAPIHate.
Cars and Coffee
Car enthusiasts are invited to meet at The Point in El Segundo, 8 to 10 a.m.
Manhattan Beach Cars and Coffee is a monthly meetup for car aficionados. It’s held the last Saturday of each month. Face masks are required.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Virtual Family Event
The Palos Verdes Land Conservancy will host a Zoom event from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. with Earth Day-themed family activities. Families will learn how to think globally and act locally. To RSVP, go to https://pvplc.org and click on the event in the calendar.
The Roundhouse will present a free, virtual program, “Amazing Tidepools,” at 9:30 a.m. The aquarium will take viewers through some local tidepools and explore what is hiding in the rocks. Plus, viewers will discover what amazing superpowers tidepool animals have to help them survive. The 40-minute program is for all ages. To register, go to https://roundhouseaquarium.org/earthmonth/.
The Automobile Driving Museum will host the Orphan Car Show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All discontinued automobile makes are welcome. This is a free car show for the public and participants. Donations are accepted.
There will also be vendors selling accessories and vintage clothing, food trucks, awards and giveaways. 610 Lairport Drive, El Segundo. For more information, visit the Automobile Driving Museum on Facebook.
Author and illustrator Jessixa Bagley will share her experience of being both the author and the illustrator of a picture book. This is a virtual event for adults. 11 a.m. To register, go to lacountylibrary.org. The event is listed in the Parents & Families section under Virtual Programming.
Shakespeare by the Sea will present a staged virtual reading of “Richard III” at 2 p.m. Free. To make a reservation, go to shakespearebythesea.org.
A Zoom talk with the actors and director will follow the reading at around 4:15 p.m. The talk is free, with space limited.
Sunday, April 25
Downtown Torrance is hosting an open-air flea market featuring 125 socially distanced sellers. Hours: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be an antique appraisal booth, $3 per item, and restaurants will be open with patio dining. Dogs welcome. Free admission and parking. Masks required. For more information, call 310-328-6107.
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.
FastFriends Greyhound Adoption will hold a drive-in fundraiser from noon to 2 p.m. at Dream Dinners kitchen, 22226 Palos Verdes Blvd., Torrance. FastFriends Greyhound Adoption is a charity that cares for retired racing hounds and finds new homes for them. Dog lovers may purchase three Dream Dinners family meal kits for $50, with a portion of the proceeds going to FastFriends. The meals will be available for drive-thru pickup at Dream Dinners locations in Torrance, Tustin and Fountain Valley.
Each Dream Dinners meal kit feeds up to three people. Buyers may choose from Tortellini with Bacon and Peas, Gaucho Grilled Pork Tenderloin, Parmesan Herb Crusted Chicken with Lemon Garlic Green Beans, Sticky Ginger Turkey Meatballs over Fried Rice and Arroz Con Pollo.
To purchase the meal kits, go to dreamdinners.com/main.php?page=session_menu.
Tuesday, April 27
Gratitude: A Journey Toward Social and Emotional Wellness
Cancer Support Community Redondo Beach (CSCRB) presents the first of a three-part series workshop led by David Hart, a mental health counselor and educator. Participants will learn the science of positive psychology and how it can improve quality of life, evidence-based strategies for feeling good and engage in a behavior change process to manage ambivalence and increase motivation. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Zoom.
To join this free workshop, email email@example.com. For more information visit cscrb.org.
The Manhattan Beach Certified Farmers Market is every Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., 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 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. every Tuesday. For more information, call 310-517-4711 or email TorranceMemorialHealthEducation@tmmc.com.
LA Opera Talk
Opera lovers are invited to the first of three LA Opera Talks, 1 to 2 p.m. on Zoom. The subject of today’s talk is Akhnaten, a revolutionary pharaoh and title character of Philip Glass’s 1984 opera. The program is free, but advanced registration is required. To register, go to https://www.redondo.org/cals/library.asp. This program will be followed up by Opera Talks on May 25 (Emanuael Schikaneder) and June 22 (Joseph Bologne – Chevalier De Saint-Georges).
Wednesday, April 28
Virtual Freedom from Smoking Program
The MemorialCare Todd Cancer Institute at Long Beach Medical Center is offering the American Lung Association’s free, virtual Freedom from Smoking Program. This seven-week series includes group-style virtual meetings and a step-by-step plan to help tobacco users quit smoking. 3-5 p.m. on Zoom. To RSVP, call 562-480-7747 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, April 29
Children and their parents or caregivers are invited to visit the Redondo Public Library’s Facebook page at 10 a.m. for a story and special activities with members of the Redondo Ballet Company’s outreach team.
Eating Well After Cancer Treatment
Cancer Support Community Redondo Beach (CSCRB) offers this free workshop led by registered dietitian Marissa Martorana. Martorana will discuss how to eat well after cancer treatment to help with common side effects, such as fatigue, nausea, loss of appetite and loss of taste. Practical tips to support proper nutrition and hydration will also be discussed. Friday, April 30, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., on Zoom. To join the workshop, email email@example.com. For more information, go to cscrb.org.
The Palos Verdes Land Conservancy will host a Q&A with Doug Tallamy, bestselling author of “Nature’s Best Hope,” at 11 a.m. on May 1 on Zoom. Tallamy will take questions from the conservancy’s executive director, Adrienne Mohan, and viewers. To RSVP, go to https://pvplc.org/event/earthday/.
The ABC’s of Emotions
The MemorialCare Todd Cancer Institute at Long Beach Medical Center is hosting a free lecture, “The ABC’s of Emotions,” on May 5, 6 to 7 p.m., on Zoom. The lecture will touch on how emotions work, how to manage them, how to handle interpersonal conflict, achieve goals, protect your life and health and feel the way you want to feel. The lecture will be presented by Mariusz Wirga, medical director of the Psychosocial Oncology Program at the cancer institute. Open to all.
A memorial service for John Featherstone will be held at 5 p.m. on May 7 at El Camino College’s Murdock Stadium. The late El Camino football coach was also a star player at Mira Costa High School, El Camino and San Diego State University.
The West Basin Municipal Water District is offering a two-part water education webinar series.
— May 12, 5:30 p.m.: “Where Your Water Comes From – An exciting journey from mountain(top) to tap”
— June 5, 10 a.m.: “Water Recycling Facility Virtual Tour – Take a peek behind the curtains of a world-class recycled water production facility”
To register, go to www.westbasin.org/community/west-basin-water-lab/.
Relay for Life
The American Cancer Society and Relay for Life Beach Cities will host a Relay for Life Drive Through Luminaria on June 26, 7 to 9 p.m., at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, 1935 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Redondo Beach. For more information, go to RelayforLife.org/BeachCitiesCA.
High School Reunion
Aviation High School Class of 1961 will hold its 60th class reunion on Sept. 25. All classes from 1960-1964 are included in the celebration.
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