Judy Rae

South Bay Community Calendar 11-8-18

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Coming soon to a pier near you! Santa is busily preparing his SoCal travel plans. See calendar listings for chances to catch up the man in red.

Thursday, November 9

Pumpkin hunt

Locate bird houses inhabited by parrots, owls, woodpeckers and hawks to collect their clues and find the hidden pumpkin garden. Move throughout the 87 acres of the South Coast Botanic Garden in this perfect fall excursion. Wear comfy clothes and shoes for outdoors and bring a water bottle. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (last ticket sale at 4:30 p.m.) daily through November 30. South Coast Botanic Garden, 26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes. Admission: Foundation members free, Adults $9, Seniors (62 and over) $6, Students (with ID) $6, Children (5-12) $4, Children (4 and under) free. Purchase tickets at southcoastbotanicgarden.org/event/pumpkin-hunt/2018-11-09/.

Saturday, November 10


Free Yoga on the Octagon. Bring a towel, yoga mat and water. All levels are welcome. 10 – 11 a.m. Redondo Beach Pier, 500 Fisherman’s Wharf, Redondo Beach. Redondopier.com.

Save our gallery

Over the last few years, the South Bay Artist Collective has provided the local South Bay cities with a community art gallery – throwing 12 free-to-public shows during that timespan, while hosting fundraisers for schools and end-of-year feature shows for MBMS and the MCHS art dept. However, due to increase in rent and operational costs, the Collective is now looking to ensure they can keep their local gallery open and running for the upcoming year. Please join the Collective in their first fundraiser. The Collective artists are each donating original artwork that will be auctioned off, with 100% of the proceeds going back to the non-profit. Tickets are available for $75 at funddeed.com/-southbayartistcollective. Resin, 618 Cypress Ave., Hermosa Beach. 6 – 9 p.m. Live auction. For questions call the gallery at (310) 713-0560. Hbartistcollective.org.

Sunday, November 11

Multi-Gen Vet Event

Honor veterans beginning at 11 a.m. at Manhattan’s Veterans Parkway, on the Greenbelt. After the ceremony proceed to the Joslyn Community Center Ocean Banquet Hall for a reception. There will be light refreshments and live entertainment. For more information, contact Parks and Recreation Department (310) 802-5448 or Stephanie Kou, Recreation Supervisor, (310) 802-5455.


Grab your friends and celebrate Veterans near and far while raising money for local charities. Get your fill of 20 Craft Beers, BBQ so sweet, savory and tender it falls right off the bone, and dancing until your feet fall off. Top it off with the world famous Creamwich and BIG screens so you won’t miss your favorite game. General Admission $50. For Veterans, Active Duty Service Members, and First Responders and their families $35. 12 – 5 p.m. For information and ticket purchase visit mbrevents.org/. Kinecta, 1440 Rosecrans Ave., Manhattan Beach. .

In honor of our Vets

Redondo Beach will observe Veterans Day with a reflection and remembrance, music, commentary and honors to all those members of the Armed Forces who supported our nation in the uniform of their country. 1 p.m. Veterans Park, 309 The Esplanade, Redondo Beach. The ceremony will be followed by a BBQ free for all Vets and members of the military, police officers and firefighters. $5 donation from others. For questions contact Herb Masi (310) 993-4637. RBVeteransmemorial.com.

Veterans are timeless

The City of Hermosa Beach presents the 24th annual Veterans Day Commemoration and Candlelight Ceremony. 5 p.m. Community Center East Lawn at Pier Avenue and Pacific Coast Highway. For questions call the community Resources Department at (310) 318-0280.

Monday, November 12

Diabetes support

Join the Diabetes Program at MemorialCare Long Beach Medical Center for a support group for adults with diabetes. Get support and interaction with peers on a variety of diabetes-related topics, including insulin-pump related issues. 6 – 7:30 p.m. 2nd Monday of the month. Free and open to the public. Call (562) 933-5043 for information. Long Beach Medical Center, 5th Floor Classroom, 2801 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach.

Wednesday, November 14


The 2nd Annual Women’s Mastermind Metamorphosis for Women. The intention is to bring women together to learn more about the concept and create opportunities for them to focus even if just over lunch for a few minutes on how they are not alone facing challenges in their business, careers or personal life. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Joslyn Center, 1601 N. Valley Dr., Manhattan Beach. $75 per person includes lunch. Space is limited. For more information and to register visit Manhattanbeachchamber.com/2018womens-mastermind/.

Movie Day

Churchill (2017), rated PG, starring Brian Cox, Miranda Richardson and  John Slattery. At the Hermosa Five-0 club. Noon. $1, includes movie, coffee and popcorn. 710 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach.

Light gate

Light Gate is located at the top of 14th Street, between City Hall and the library, along Highland Avenue in Manhattan Beach. The artwork is made of glass, laminated with prismatic lighting film that will create rich and varied light effects with the sun. Light Gate will focus the view through an opening down 14th Street to the Ocean at 4:51 p.m. For questions contact the Park and Recreation Department at (310) 802-5448. For more information about the Light Gate, visit the citymb.info/departments/parks-and-recreation/cultural-arts/art-in-public-places/light-gate-centennial-art-project.

Pier Lighting, open house

Annual Pier Lighting and Holiday Open House, official start of the holiday season in Manhattan Beach. Downtown merchants will be open until 9 p.m. The restaurants will be serving their original menus and some sampling to get your palette started for an evening of wonderful food. Be sure to check out the solar powered Festival of Lights and the 12 foot living tree in the Metlox Plaza. 6 – 9 p.m. Downtown Manhattan Beach and Manhattan Beach Pier. Download a schedule of events at citymb.info.

Thursday, November 15

Letters to Santa

Drop a letter to Santa Claus in a mailbox near the Lifeguard Tower at The Point and receive a personalized letter back from Santa himself! Bring your own letter in a pre-addressed envelope or pick up a blank letter inside Rabbit Ladders to fill out and drop in the box. Letters must include the child’s name and return address. Letters will be answered by Christmas Eve as long as the return address is included and legible. Through December 10. The Point is located at the corner of Rosecrans and Sepulveda. (310) 414-5280.

Wild! Turkeys!

At this month’s Kid’s Club enjoy live entertainment before you embark on a wild Turkey Hunt Scavenger Hunt throughout participating stores at The Point. Parents and pre-school aged kids enjoy live entertainment, Smitten Ice Cream tastings and more! Stop by the registration table to pick-up your activity schedule and exclusive member discounts. For time, more info call (310) 414-5280.

Wine & design

Give thanks for flowers and greenery as you make a special fresh floral runner to be featured at your thanksgiving or friendsgiving table. Step by step instructions for how to build your DIY garland as well as preservation tips. 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. $55 per person. Price includes flowers, vessel & materials. Petalfox Studio @ Unita, 215 Arena St., El Segundo. This event is BYOB, so make sure you bring your own bottle or bubbles. Email design@petalfox.com with questions.

Transform the turf

West Basin Municipal Water District’s Landscape Transformation event series. The series started back in August but you can still attend classes. Attendees will learn how to remove their grass and transform their landscapes into beautiful, sustainable and drought-tolerant gardens. Learn tips on how to take advantage of the various rebates available that includes cash back for water-saving sprinkler nozzles, smart sprinkler controls and other devices, in addition to transforming their landscapes. Free to attend. 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. South Bay Adult School, 3401 Inglewood Ave., Redondo Beach. For more information and helpful resource tips visit conservation.westbasin.org.

Mind your manners

Adult 101 for teens:  Dining Etiquette. The road to adulthood can be hard. That’s why the library is here to help with classes to help teens navigate new territories like job interviews, money management, and public speaking. Grades 6 – 12. Free. 4:30 – 6 p.m. Manhattan Beach Library, 1320 Highland Ave., Manhattan Beach. For questions call the library at (310) 545-8595.

Friday, November 16

Holiday Sidewalk sale

Take advantage of special promotions and sales, discounted items and in-store activities for families throughout downtown Hermosa Beach! Live music on Saturday and Sunday at Java Man and Stars Antique Market. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday through Sunday.

Get ready for Christmas

Enjoy all the magic that the season brings. Enjoy some Hot Chocolate and Hot Glug Wine. Pick out a new ornament or two from our displays. Order your Poinsettias for your party and have them delivered on time. Get your picture taken with Santa. Learn the art of succulent gift planters. Order your Christmas tree early and pick your delivery date, we will get it there for your party. Christmas Carolers and fun for the whole family. Free. 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. International Garden Center, 155 N. El Segundo Blvd., El Segundo. Questions call (310) 615-0353 or visit igardencenter.com.

Saturday, November 17

Arts & crafts

Everything from candles and quilts to sculpture, clothing and jewelry. Door prize and opportunity drawing. Music. Food and beverages available for purchase. Admission is free. For information visit Torrancecraftsmensguild.org. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. The Torrance Cultural Arts Center, 3341 Torrance Blvd., Torrance.

Ditch the turf

Learn how to convert your lawn into a drought-tolerant landscape. Registration required. Limited space. Snacks provided. 9 a.m. – noon. Madrona Marsh Preserve & Nature Center, 3201 Plaza Del Amo, Torrance. To register call (310) 371-7222 or visit SBESC.com/calendar.

Live Steamers

The Live Steamers Mini-Train rides on miniature 7.5” gauge trains have become a popular feature of Wilson Park. Free train rides on the third Saturday of each month from 12 – 3 p.m. Southern California Live Steamers is a non-profit organization. Donations are very much appreciated! Wilson Park, 2290 Washington Ave., Torrance. For more information visit southerncalifornialivesteamers.org. For questions call (310) 328-0236.

Sustainable fishing

A two part workshop that will fulfill various girl and boy scout badge requirements. Not a scout? Join just for a fun filled day! Keynote speaker John Ballotti will share his expertise on sustainable fishing practices and Marine Protected Areas near the South Bay. Then, venture to the water and participate in a hands on fishing class. 10 a.m. – noon. The SEA Lab, 1021 N. Harbor Drive, Redondo Beach. $20 for first sign up, $18 for each additional sign up (parents free with child sign up). Register now by calling Adrianne Calbreath at (310) 318-7458, acalbreath@lacorps.org. Facebook.com/the.sea.lab.lacorps.

Friday, November 30

Holiday Homes Tour

The Sandpipers 26th Annual Holiday Homes Tour showcases four distinctive homes in the South Bay. Each home will be magnificently decorated and magically transformed for the holiday season. In addition, the Sandpipers Holiday Market featuring local artisans and restaurants provided a unique shopping and dining experience. The Holiday Homes Tour is a popular event in the community that annually attracts more than 2,000 patrons and garners tremendous support from numerous local businesses and community partners. 10 – 5 p.m. Thru Sunday, December 2. Tickets: Presale $30, at door $35. For tickets and information visit sandpipers.org, email secretary@sandpipers.org or call (310) 374-1748.

December 1

Tree Lighting

Community Open House. Merchants along Pier and Hermosa avenues will host specials and promotions 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Live music at Java Man and Stars Antique Market. Festivities and Rock for Tots toy drive charity concert 3 to 8 p.m. includes carousel, toy collection and Santa’s Village. Tree lighting at 6 p.m. Visit hbchamber.net for more info.

December 2

Santa Cares

Individuals with all spectrum’s of special needs and their families are invited to a private photo session where extra care is taken to support the sensory, physical and other developmental needs to create a magical holiday experience. 9 -10:30 a.m. at the Center Court on Level 1. Also Dec. 9. Held in partnership with Autism Speaks. Photo packages will be available for purchase at the event. Admission is free, but reservations are required for this event: southbaygalleria.com/event/sensory-friendly-Santa-visit/2145516040/

Point of Hannukah

Congregation Tikvat Jacob Beth Torah hosts a Hanukkah celebration at The Point in El Segundo from 1 to 3 p.m. with activities for the whole family. Join us to celebrate Hannukah and the season of light. Crafts, games, food, gifts and live entertainment! (310) 414-5280.

December 8

Sand Snowman contest

15th Street on the beach. Create a Southern California holiday tradition. Prizes! 9 a.m. to noon.

Holiday Craft night

Get in the holiday spirit by making handmade crafts and ornaments with the whole family! Delicious treats, hot cocoa, and a light supper served. This is a free event brought to you by the City of Manhattan’s REC Program Staff.  5 – 8 p.m. Manhattan Heights Park, 1600 Manhattan Beach Blvd. (310) 802-5448.

King Harbor Boat Parade

Decorate your boat or paddle craft. Don’t know how to begin? Sea Scout elves will be available to assist. All entries include admission to the after party at King Harbor Yacht Club. For more information contact April Pitcairn (310) 721-1758. SUP/Paddle Craft info contact Chris Schmidt (310) 918-2731.

Holiday fireworks courtesy of Skechers and the City of Manhattan Beach take place Dec. 9. Photo by Brad Jacobson

Sunday, December 9

Holiday Fireworks

Skechers Manhattan Beach Holiday Fireworks Festival. Be aware that street closures and parking restrictions begin in the morning. Santa arrives at 4 p.m. and The Hyperion Outfall Serenaders kick off the entertainment. Skechers Snow Park and Sled Hill will be open 4 to 6:30 p.m. Bring an unwrapped toy or cash donation for the YMCA Guides’ toy drive. Live entertainment continues until 7 p.m. when the fireworks begin!  Bring blankets, beach chairs, and picnic dinner to pick a spot for the spectacular show! Manhattan Beach Pier.


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