Judy Rae

South Bay Community Calendar 12-19-19

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The Jewish Community Center children’s choir will perform during the annual Hermosa Beach Pier Plaza Chanukah celebration, starting at 3 p.m. on Sunday. For more information visit jccmb.com. Photo by Kevin Cody

Thursday, December 19

Toy Drive homestretch

There is still time to donate unwrapped new toys for the 27th Annual Hermosa Beach & Manhattan Beach Beach Cities Toy Drive. The toy wrapping party is Saturday at 11 a.m. at the  Hermosa Beach Community Center, 710 Pier Ave., Drop off locations: Los Angeles County Fire Station No. 100, 540 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach; Manhattan Beach Fire Station 1, 400 15th St., Manhattan Beach; Manhattan Beach Fire Station 2 & City Hall, 1400 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach. For questions email beachcitiestoydrive@gmail.com or call Pete Tucker (310) 218-7239 (Hermosa Beach) or Richard Montgomery (310) 780-3577 (Manhattan Beach).  

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Santa pics at Del Amo

Through Tuesday, December 24

Children and their families are invited to visit the Santa Photo Experience at Del Amo Fashion Center. Families can reserve a time for their visit with Santa at simonsanta.com. 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Del Amo Mall, 3525 W. Carson St., Torrance. For questions call (310) 542-8525.

Christmas lights extravaganza

Through Thursday, January 2

For several years, residents in the Seaside Ranchos neighborhood in Torrance have elaborately decorated their homes for the holidays. Sleepy Hollow Christmas Lights Extravaganza, also known as Candy Cane Lane, is located on Roberts Road off Pacific Coast Highway. From 6 – 10 p.m. every night until the evening of New Year’s Day. Parking on PCH, Calle Mayor or Prospect, then walk to Roberts Road, just west of Calle Mayor. For more information and a map visit torranceca.gov/government/city-manager/seaside-holiday-lights.

50 and up party

Holiday Party at the Hermosa Five-O. Dinner, games, prizes, and entertainment. 4:30 – 6 p.m. Bring a beach themed ornament to contribute to the holiday tree. A wrapped $5 gift to participate in the present passing game. Hermosa Five-O, 710 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach. RSVP by calling (310) 318-0280 or emailing achavez@hermosabeach.gov. For future events visit Hermosabeach.gov. 

Fish tales

“Little Fish Tales by the Sea” storytime includes music, stories, and a craft. For ages 2 to 5, but children of all ages are welcome. Designed for children and parents to attend together. Free. 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Point Vicente Interpretive Center, 31501 Palos Verdes Drive West, Rancho Palos Verdes. For future events visit rpvca.gov/calendar.aspx?EID=1399.

Friday, December 20

Blood drive

Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, more than 1 million units of blood could be transfused in the United States. Individuals are urged to give a lifesaving gift this holiday season by making an appointment to donate blood or platelets and help the American Red Cross ensure a sufficient supply is available for patients throughout the holiday season. Those with type O blood are especially needed. 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Vistamar School, 737 Hawaii St., El Segundo. Make an appointment now by visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1(800) 733-2767.

Holiday movie night

The 4th Annual Community Movie Night hosted by the City of Hermosa Beach features the film “Elf.” Doors open at 6 p.m., Movie starts at 6:30 p.m. Kids $5. Adults $10. Tickets available at Hermosabch.org or in person at the Community Center, 710 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach. Call (310) 318-0280 with questions. 

Saturday, December 21

Toy drive wrap party

The 27th Annual Hermosa Beach & Manhattan Beach Beach Cities Toy Drive Wrapping Party goes from 11 a.m. until all the toys are wrapped. Hermosa Beach Community Center, 710 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach. For questions email beachcitiestoydrive@gmail.com or call Pete Tucker (310) 218-7239 (Hermosa Beach) or Richard Montgomery (310) 780-3577 (Manhattan Beach). 

Holiday concert

South Bay Women’s Chorus presents a 2019 Holiday Concert, Merry and Bright! 3 p.m. South Bay Church of God, 17661 Yukon Ave., Torrance. Reception and refreshments immediately following concert. Free will offering welcomed and appreciated. 

Stamp group event

Join the South Bay Rubber Stamp Group Plus for an afternoon of stamping. Supplies are provided, but please bring your latest projects. 1 – 3 p.m. Southeast Library, 23115 Arlington Ave., Torrance. For questions call (310) 618-5959. For future library events visit library.torranceca.gov.

Volunteer outdoors

Outdoor Volunteer Day at White Point Nature Preserve with the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy helps beautify the Nature Center’s native demonstration garden and surrounding habitat 9 a.m. –  12 p.m. at White Point Nature Preserve, 1600 W. Paseo del Mar, San Pedro. Sign up at pvplc.volunteerhub.com. Visit pvplc.org for more information.

Family nature walk

This naturalist-guided walk through takes in the Tongva Demonstration Garden, with information on how early inhabitants used native plants for survival. Further walks take in the restored coastal sage scrub habitat with views of Catalina, and a WWII gun emplacement. Free, and stroller friendly. Leashed dogs welcome. 11 a.m. White Point, 1600 W. Paseo del Mar, San Pedro. RSVP at pvplc.org, Events & Activities.

Sunday, December 22

Downtown flea market

Over 200 sellers transform the streets of downtown Torrance into an eclectic open air antiques flea market. Santa will be on hand passing out candy canes to the kids and posing for photos. Christmas carolers will perform. An antique appraisal booth charges $3 per item. 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Sartori Avenue and El Prado Avenue, Torrance. Free admission and parking. For information call (310) 328-6107 or visit torranceantiquefaire.com.

Blood donors needed

A holiday blood drive is 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Cambria Hotel, 199 Continental Blvd., El Segundo. Make an appointment now by visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1(800) 733-2767.

Chanukah celebration

Join the “largest Chanukah celebration in town” at the Hermosa Beach Pier Plaza. Live music and performance from the Calypso Tumblers & Growing Garden Academy. Gifts for the children and activities. Hot latkes and donuts. Holiday crafts and more. For information call (310) 214-4999. 3 p.m. Pier Plaza, 1 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach. RSVP at jccmb.com.

Annual bird count

The Audubon Society’s annual Christmas Bird Count is an early-winter bird census compiled by community scientists and expert birders. Join thousands of volunteers across the Western Hemisphere to count birds for the 120th annual census 7 – 10 a.m. at the South Coast Botanic Garden, 26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes. To purchase your general garden entrance ticket visit southcoastbotanicgarden.org. For questions call (310) 544-1948.

Monday, December 23

Menorah lighting

A family celebration of Chanukah will be held at Metlox, Manhattan Beach with candles and dreidel making, games and activities, latkes and doughnuts, a giant Menorah lighting and more. 5:30 p.m. For details call (310) 214-4999. RSVP at jccmb.com/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/3845386.

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