South Bay Community Calendar 12-12-19

Last Sunday, tenor Dennis McNeil led the caroling at the El Segundo Holiday Parade. This Sunday, he brings his holiday songs indoors at The Lounge for his annual Christmas Show. Doors open a 6 p.m. Show 7:30 p.m. 1014 Hermosa Ave., (Next door to the Comedy and Magic Club.) Reservations at (310) 372-1193. Photo by Chris Miller (

Thursday, December 12

Tax workshop

A free educational workshop, Taxes in Retirement, covers common mistakes people make when signing up for Social Security and in preparing their finances for the future. 5:30 – 7 p.m. Hermosa Beach Community Center, living room, 710 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach. Call (424) 247-1120 or email today to reserve your seat at.  

Recycling facility tour

Free public tours of the Edward C. Little Water Recycling Facility, on the second Saturday of each month, start at 9:30 a.m. 1935 S. Hughes Way (at Allied Way) one block from Sepulveda, El Segundo. Tour-goers RSVP by calling (310) 660-6200 to reserve a spot. For future West Basin events visit

Legal Database Workshop

Palos Verdes Library District database workshop. Learn how to use the library’s Legal Information Reference Center database to access legal forms and authoritative information on a range of topics, including wills and estate planning. This demonstration will also show how to use our databases to research products and find full-text recent articles on Consumer Reports, all of which can be done for free (with your library card) from your home. 10 – 11:30 a.m. Peninsula Center Library Purcell Room, 701 Silver Spur Rd., Rolling Hills Estates. Workshop is free but registration is required at or (310) 377-9584 Ext. 601.

Being Jewish

How does “Shtisel,” an Israeli television show about a dysfunctional ultra-Orthodox family, become a cult favorite on Netflix? In a three-part class, explore this show and what it can teach us about being Jewish with Rabbi Joshua Kalev from Congregation Tikvat Jacob Beth Torah in Manhattan Beach. 7 p.m.  First class was Tuesday, Dec. 3, additional class on Tuesday, Dec. 17. Congregation Tikvat Jacob, 1829 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Manhattan Beach. Cost $36 per class. For more see

Ayurvedic Lifestyle 

Cancer Support Community Redondo Beach (CSCRB) hosts Sandra Ruckdaschel, a Certified Yoga and Chopra Center Instructor. In this first of a series of monthly programs on Ayurvedic Lifestyle, participants will learn Ayurvedic fundamentals such as understanding the mind-body personality, Ayurvedic nutrition, and the awakening of inner pharmacy through the senses. The program also includes meditation, yoga principles and movements, breathing techniques, daily healing routines and emotional release techniques. Advance registration required. 4 – 5:30 p.m. 109 West Torrance Blvd., Redondo Beach. Call (310) 376-3550 or visit

Coino! (It’s like bingo)

Bay Cities Coin Club December meeting at the Westchester Municipal Building Community Room, 7166 W. Manchester Ave., Los Angeles. (actually city of Westchester) Learn how to play Coino which is like Bingo with coins as prizes. Cards, with a limit of 4, may be purchased for a small price. All ages are welcome. We have gifts for kids. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. For more info visit For questions email

Caroling for a cause

Woman’s Club of Hermosa Beach will bring Fa-la-la-la-la-la to the community. Know someone in Hermosa Beach in need of cheer? Send a request message to They will get to as many homes as possible. For more information visit

Friday, December 13

Victorian holiday

Help ring in the holidays and benefit hospitalized children at the Annual Victorian Holiday Party from 6 – 9 p.m. Morrell House, 298 Flagler Lane, Redondo Beach. (a 1904 Queen Anne home resplendent with antiques and Redondo Beach memorabilia). Entertainment by Victorian Carolers, holiday live piano music, and snacks. Bring a $10.00 unwrapped gift for hospitalized children. 

Christmas festival

Celebrate Christmas with Immanuel Lutheran Church. 6 p.m. Crafts, Fellowship and Caroling. 706 Knob Hill Ave., Redondo Beach. For questions call (310) 540-4435 or visit

Mindfulness Sleep 

Cancer Support Community Redondo Beach (CSCRB) will host Corina Gheorghiu, DDS, a Marriage Family Therapist and a sleep and well-being coach. Gheorghiu will present tools to destress, relax, sleep better and enjoy the holidays. A nutritious lunch will be provided by The Spot Restaurant in Hermosa Beach from 12:30 – 1 p.m. Advance registration is required. 1 – 2:30 p.m. 109 West Torrance Blvd., Redondo Beach. Call (310) 376-3550 or visit

Saturday, December 14

Santa on the pier

The 9th Annual Holiday Concert and Santa on the Pier. Take a selfie with Surfing Santa. Free holiday activity book for first 150 kids. Bring a new unwrapped toy valued at $5 or more for a chance to win pier prizes. 2 – 4 p.m. Redondo Pier, 100 Fisherman’s Wharf, Redondo Beach. (west end of The Pier behind Tony’s) For more info visit 

Santa paws

Bring your pet for a photo with Santa Claus. Free but cash donation is greatly appreciated. All proceeds will benefit the Redondo Beach K9 Training Facility. Redondo Beach K9 Handlers will be there too. 2 – 4 p.m. Dominguez Park (Dog Park), 200 Flagler Lane, Redondo Beach. 

Through Sunday, December 15

Nutcracker returns

Palos Verdes Ballet presents its 39th Anniversary Nutcracker season. Directed by Uta Graf-Apostol, this enchanting ballet classic will be performed at the Norris Theatre, 27570 Norris Center Drive, Rolling Hills Estates. Tickets are $39 for adults and $28. Sat. 7 p.m., Sun. 1 p.m. & 5 p.m. Purchase tickets at or call (310) 544-0403.

Cosmopolitan holiday

Pacific Coast Gallery Holiday Party features music, holiday treats and glogg, a traditional mulled wine from Sweden, plus new releases from Matthew Welch’s travels around the world and the South Bay. Welch will be on site to answer questions and discuss his new work. 5 – 8 p.m. Pacific Coast Gallery, 1217 Highland Ave., Manhattan Beach. For questions call (310) 853-3564 or visit

Feed the needy

A Christmas Luncheon for the Feed the Needy program at St. James Catholic Church features a visit from Santa with gifts for the children. Full holiday lunch and surprises for all. 1 – 2:30 p.m. Kavanagh Hall, 415 Vincent St., Redondo Beach. For questions contact Linda Cabibbo at 

Native plant sale

The Palos Verdes Land Conservancy harvests seeds that have grown for thousands of years on the Peninsula, and then raises them in the Conservancy’s nursery. The sale features colorful native plants that make fertilizers and insecticides virtually unnecessary, and require little or no water. Naturalists are on hand to give advice about the one gallon pots ($8) and smaller pots ($5). Many of the plant species also attract butterflies and other pollinators. 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. White Point Nature Education Center and Preserve, 1600 W. Paseo Del Mar, San Pedro. For questions call (310) 541-7613. 

High school open house

Exploring high schools? Attend the Open House at Vistamar School. Free. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Open House 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. 737 Hawaii St., El Segundo. RSVP and more info at 

Santa on the hill

Family-friendly activities at the Peninsula Shopping Center include selfies with Santa, a “Strolling Christmas Tree,” kid crafts and games, facepainting and balloons, in the drive aisle near La Salsa. 12 – 2 p.m. Peninsula Shopping Center, 67 Peninsula Center, Rolling Hills Estates. For future events visit or call (310) 541-2242.

Breakfast with Santa #1

A breakfast provided by Good Stuff Restaurant and visit with Santa is $15 per adult, kids under 5 free, and 6-12 yrs olds $5. From 8 – 10 a.m. Visit to sign up and for available time slots. Promenade on the Peninsula, 550 Deep Valley Drive, Rolling Hills Estates. For general information call (310) 541-0688 ext. 502. 

Breakfast with Santa #2

A morning of fun with Santa, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Toyota Meeting Hall, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance, with breakfast served until 9:30 a.m. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the City of Torrance Registration Office, 3031 Torrance Blvd., Torrance. For more information call (310) 618-2930. Advanced registration is required. 

Yoga on the Boardwalk

The Redondo Beach Pier, Cancer Support Community, and MemorialCare bring you free Yoga on the Boardwalk at the Redondo Pier. 10 – 11 a.m. 100-500 Fisherman’s Wharf, Redondo Beach. Bring a towel and water. All levels welcome. 

Holiday improv

April’s Fools Comedy Improv Troupe’s Merry Fools Holidays With the Wild Cards is 7:30 p.m. at the Pier Avenue Second Story Theater, 710 Pier Avenue, Hermosa Beach. Tickets $10. Seniors $8. Purchase tickets at or call (310) 318-1705 or email

Sunday, December 15

Breakfast with Santa #3

Santa journeys from the North Pole for a breakfast and photo opportunities in the Terranea ballroom. Bakery and waffle stations, beverage and hot food stations, as well as an egg kitchen, kids’ buffet, festive crafts, and pictures with Santa. 9 a.m., 100 Terranea Way, Rancho Palos Verdes. Adults: $65, Children 2–10: $32, Children 2 and under free. Purchase tickets at For more information call (310) 265-2861.

Christmas pageant

The 66th Annual Christmas Pageant, a visual retelling of the Christmas story complete with live animals, actors and musicians takes place 5:30 – 6:15 p.m. and 7:30 – 8:15 p.m., at The Neighborhood Church, 415 Paseo Del Mar, Palos Verdes Estates. For more info visit 

Menopause seminar

A free seminar and book signing features Dr. Arianna Sholes-Douglas, FACOG (a graduate of Chadwick High School) with her new book “The Menopause Myth: What Your Mother, Doctor, and Friends Haven’t Told You about Life after 35.” Doors open at 11 a.m., Seminar begins at 11:30 a.m. Light refreshments will be served. Los Verdes Golf Course and Clubhouse, 7000 Los Verdes Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes. For more information visit or 

Monday, December 16

Parent chat

Wondering if your child is experimenting with drugs or alcohol? Striving to create balance in your household and manage family and student stress? Seeking guidance about rule setting and boundaries around social media and technology? Families Connected Parent Chat, held every Monday in partnership with Beach Cities Health District and South Bay Families Connected, is a free support group led by a licensed professional from the Thelma McMillen Center for Alcohol and Drug Treatment at Torrance Memorial Medical Center. 10 – 11 a.m. Beach Cities Health District, 514 N. Prospect Ave. Ste 102, Redondo Beach. No registration necessary. Visit for more information.

Children’s moving storytime 

Children have the ability to process visual, tactile and auditory sensation that is aroused by music and movement. With that in mind, a storytime hosted by Dance 1 Studios engages children with movement, dance and follow-along instructions. 11 – 11:30 a.m. Redondo Beach Library, 303 N. Main St., Redondo Beach. Free. For information call (310) 318-0675, option 6 for children’s programs. Vor updated information visit 

Yoga and belly dance

Cancer Support Community Redondo Beach (CSCRB) hosts cancer survivor Veritta Smith, an international yoga and dance Instructor, with a class featuring a belly dance fitness warm up to tone the core, and increase mobility in the spine and help improve posture, followed by practical yoga poses to stretch muscles while sitting in traffic, waiting in the doctor’s office or waiting in line. Advance registration required. 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. 109 West Torrance Blvd., Redondo Beach. Call (310) 376-3550 or visit

Tuesday, December 17

Join Audubon leader Ron Melin and friends on a ramble around a great local birding area, identifying species of birds at the Madrona Marsh Preserve as well as other parks throughout the city of Torrance. This program occurs every first, third and fifth Tuesday of every month from 8:30 – 10 a.m. Madrona Marsh, 3201 Plaza Del Amo, Torrance. For questions call (310) 782-3989. All are welcome to attend this walk. Free. Donations accepted.

Wednesday, December 18

Chamber open house

The Redondo Beach Chamber of Commerce just got a new office in the Riviera Village. The new digs are on display 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., with a party to follow across the street at The Rockeller. Redondo Beach Chamber of Commerce, 1611 S. Catalina Ave., Ste. 204, Redondo Beach. For more see


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