Manhattan Beach author Dennis Komick offers a very special story time today at Pages, a bookstore at 10:30 a.m. Bring your little ones for this charming, heart-warming and holiday-perfect tail. Oops, tale.
904 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach.
El Segundo Mom’s Night Out
El Segundo Ed Foundation holds its 2nd Mom’s Night Out fundraiser at 6:30 p.m. at the Marmalade Café in Plaza El Segundo. This year’s event features local clothing and accessories fashion show modeled by El Segundo school district teachers, principals and local moms, plus live comedic performances. $50 takes it all: a goody bag, drinks, appetizers and dessert, with all proceeds benefiting El Segundo Education Foundation. elsegundoEDfoundation.org. (Psst: last year’s event was SRO – get online now!)
Plaza El Segundo, Sepulveda and Rosecrans.
YMCA Annual Dinner
The UMCA annual volunteer dinner is a blast and doors open at 5:30 p.m., dinner is at 6:30 and $45 takes it all! Celebrate our volunteer and recognition dinner with us, and help honor those who honor us all. 310-325-5885 or email@example.com.
Torrance DoubleTree, 21333 Hawthorne Blvd.
Marymount College presents the student theatrical production of Almost Maine. Show time is 8 p.m. and 20 with tickets at $8 each. Tickets for the 6:30 p.m., Nov. 19 dinner theatre are $35. For Dinner Theatre reservations call: Claudete Marques (310) 377-5501 ext. 297.
30800 Palos Verdes Drive East
Friday, November 19
Chris Montez says “Call me”
In the 1960s, Chris Montez was an international pop star who toured with the Beatles and recorded such top 10 hits as “Call Me,” “Let’s Dance,” and “The More I see.” Tonight, he returns to his alma mater El Camino College for a performance and a showing of the documentary “The Chris Montez Story.” Proceeds benefit the El Camino College Foundation and Friends of the El Camino College library’s Living Archives Project. Tickets $25. 8 p.m. To order tickets call (800) 832-ARTS or visit the Marsee Auditorium box office Mon. through Fri., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
16007 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance.
Plaza El Holiday Cheer
Plaza El Segundo delivers holiday cheer from 6 – 9 p.m., raising money for local South Bay charities, kicking off holiday shopping, and spending time with friends and family. Free hay rides, Spin to Win prizes, an Elf on a Shelf Treasure Hunt, and a tree lighting with Santa Claus at 7. $10 VIP tickets offer great perks, with all proceeds going directly to nonprofits.
Rosecrans and Sepulveda.
Art for Fun(d)s Sake
This unique 3-day event returns to the Palos Verdes Art Center with its third annual Holiday Art Mart and an opportunity to jumpstart your holiday shopping with truly special and unique gifts for everyone on your shopping list. Gift ‘somethings’ for everyone that only one of you can have!
Art Center, 5504 W. Crestridge Rd., RPV
What is Good about the Bad?
SEEDS Fine Art Exhibition presents Dark Inheritance – Purposeful Dislocation, an exhibition that touches on the spiritual. This exhibit will include art from 23 international fine artists, in all medias, sharing their spiritual views and insights. The exhibit opened October 29, 2010, and runs through January 8, 2011, in the Beckstrand and Walker Galleries at the Palos Verdes Art Center. Galleries are open Mondays through Saturdays 10am-4pm and Sunday 1-4pm.
5504 W. Crestridge Road, Rancho Palos Verdes
Saturday, November 20
David Fairchild & all That Jazz
A well-known local actor and vocalist and photographer, David Fairchild will “morph into song and touch all our senses” as he performs songs from his new album, “Jazz… A Romantic Evening.” You’ll want to be t/here, beginning at 6 p.m. A free will donation will be accepted.
Trinity Lutheran Church, 4783 @ 130 St ., Hawthorne
Esther Keel, a prestigious pianist who has performed solo in concert halls such as the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in New York, Walt Disney Concert Hall, and others abroad, is to have a recital at the Trinity Lutheran Church. Admission is free but donations are appreciated. For more information contact visit www.PalosVerdes.com/TLCmusic/TLCMBs2.htm.
1340 Eleventh Street, Manhattan Beach
Concert Band directed by Dane Teter will be at the Marsee Auditorium at El Camino College. The performance is at 3 p.m. Tickets are available at the ticket office, open Monday through Friday 10am to 6pm for $10, or call 310-329-5345.
16007 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance
“The Ploesti Raid”
The Celebrity Lecture Series hosts Major Robert W. Sternfels to speak of his efforts in WWII and his book Burning Hitler’s Black Gold at the Western Museum of Flight at 11am. The lecture is free to Museum Members and $5 to non-members.
3315 Airport Dr., Torrance
Salt Marsh Openhouse
Explore the Salinas de San Pedro wetlands with Cabrillo Aquarium staff. Use binoculars and microscopes to observe animal life. Opens at 10am. Admission is free.
3720 Stephen White Dr., San Pedro.
Sunday, November 21
Fritto Misto Open House
Celebrating its 10th anniversary in Hermosa Beach, all are invited for free food and beverages, to meet the owner, managers, and all the staff at this noted Hermosa eatery. Do stop in! 1 to 4 p.m.
Pier Plaza, Hermosa Beach.
Monday, November 22
The South Bay Chapter of the California Republican Assembly will meet from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the El Segundo Library. Political Reports and open discussions are scheduled. All are welcome.
Main Street and Mariposa Avenue
Time to Shine
Our Time to Shine is an adaptive tap dance program specifically tailored to the needs of children with Down syndrome, Ages 7 – 16. Classes are every Monday, 4-6 p.m. Registration is required. Classes held at Fusion Studios.
www.ourtimetoshine.shutterfly.com. 22236 Palos Verdes Blvd., Torrance
Tuesday, November 23
AAUW Tech Trekkies
The Torrance branch of American Association of University Women presents 37 middle school girls and their adventures this past summer provided by the organization.
19600 Van Ness Ave., Torrance. www.aauw.org
Thursday, November 25
Mama Liz Thanksgiving Dinner
The annual, free, Mama Liz musical concert and variety show community dinner, from noon – 4 p.m., features friends and families, singles and more, and turkey and all the trimmings, plus entertainment all day long. All are invited. This is a community dinner for those who want to be somewhere together on this day special to all. Volunteers are needed and donations accepted – food or money – but not required! Come one, come all! Cooked whole hams, turkey, cornbread & giblets, leftover Halloween candy – whatever! Food must come in the morning! 310-372-4611. Volunteers, call Donna: 310-540-1226; entertainers, call Jonathan: 310-991-0929. No dress code! Just come!
Kiwanis Hall, 2525 Valley Dr., Hermosa Beach