South Bay Community Calendar 12-5-19
Thursday, December 5
The Riviera Village Holiday Stroll continues its tradition on the first Thursday after Thanksgiving. The Stroll kicks off at 5 p.m. The parade begins at 6 p.m., featuring marching bands from local schools. The parade route stages at Avenue I and S. Elena, travels west down Avenue I, makes a left turn (south) onto Catalina, then finishes at the corner of Catalina and S. Elena. The Village takes on a cheerful holiday atmosphere with lights, decorations and festive music, and the avenues are closed to street traffic. Santa Claus will station himself at the corner of Catalina Avenue and Avenue I.
Through Sunday, December 8
The Torrance Memorial Holiday Festival presented by Las Amigas offers children’s activities, shopping in the holiday boutique, a food court and special events including a fashion show, gala and lunch with Santa. Torrance Memorial, 3330 Lomita Blvd., Torrance. For questions call (310) 517-4703. For public hours, activities visit torrancememorialfoundation.org/public-hours-activities.
Friday, December 6
Sandpipers Home Tour
Through Sunday, December 8
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Sandpipers 27th Annual Holiday Home Tour will feature four breathtaking Manhattan Beach homes decorated for the holiday season by top local designers, retailers, and florists. Friday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Other attractions include: Sandpipers Holiday Market & Cafe Sandpipers Holiday Market with over 30 local artisans and restaurants. The Holiday Market is open Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the Neptunian Woman’s Club, 920 Highland Ave., Manhattan Beach. On Saturday from 2 to 7 p.m., Sandpipers will host an Ocean View Rooftop Happy Hour at 200 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach on Saturday, features local restaurants’ food, beer, and wine. Free shuttle service with stops at each of the homes and the Holiday Market & Café. Tickets are $33 in advance and $38 at the door. Tickets are available directly through Sandpipers members, local retailers, and online at sandpipers2019hht.eventbrite.com or sandpipers.org.
Through Sunday, December 8
Nutcracker in Redondo
Following the idea of the original, it’s Christmas Eve and the Johnsons are having a grand party. The Christmas gifts are shared and young Kara receives a Nutcracker filled with hot chocolate – her favorite. She falls asleep and the journey begins when the Nutcracker comes alive! 7:30 p.m. Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, 1935 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Redondo Beach. Tickets $40 – $110. To purchase tickets, more information and performance schedule visit thehotchocolatenutcracker.com.
LGBTQ Holiday party
Annual Holiday Party and Potluck Dinner, with raffles and prizes, benefits the South Bay LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Transgender & Queer) Center, which turns 30 years old. 6 – 10 p.m. at the Center, 16610 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance (near El Camino College.) Bring your favorite dish, bring a friend, and come celebrate the start of the holiday season. For information call (310) 328-6550 or visit southbaylgbtcenter.org. For more visit southbaycenter.org or call (310) 328-6550.
Saturday, December 7
Hermosa Beach tree lighting
Hermosa’s Chamber of Commerc hosts the annual Holiday downtown open house and tree lighting ceremony on Pier Plaza. The open house begins at 11 a.m. with store specials and live music at in front of Java Man and Stars Antiques. Santa will arrive on Pier Plaza at 6 p.m. to light the holiday tree and hear children’s wishes. The Beach Cities Toy drive will collect new, unwrapped toys. For more information, visit HBChamber.com.
Manhattan Holiday arts & crafts
Join in the holiday spirit by making handmade crafts and ornaments with the whole family during tThe 33rd Annual Holiday Crafts weekend. Treats, hot cocoa, and old fashioned family fun. 5 – 7:30 p.m. Manhattan Heights Community Center, Mt. Whitney Banquet Hall, 1600 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach. $5 Resident. $6 non-resident. Children ages 2 and under are free. For questions call (310) 802-5448.
Season Classical concert
Russian-born pianists Vitaly Serebriakov and Svetlana Obregon Saens will perform selected pieces of Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov for duo piano in an evening recital 7 p.m. at the Manhattan Beach Community Church, 303 S. Peck Ave., Manhattan Beach. Free admission. For questions call (310) 372-3587.
PV Symphony Holiday concert
Celebrate the season with the Palos Verdes Symphonic Band as they join forces with the Los Cancioneros Master Chorale, a 60-member vocal ensemble that has been entertaining South Bay audiences for 70 years, for Christmas and Hanukkah music and the annual audience sing-along 3 – 5 p.m. South Coast Botanic Garden, 26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes. Tickets are free with Garden admission in advance at southcoastbotanicgarden.org or at the door. For more information call the Garden at (310) 544-1948, the band at (310) 792-8286 or visit pvsband.org.
Manhattan holiday market
A market for handmade artwork by Manhattan Beach Parks and Recreation students, instructors and staff, including ceramics, sculpture, jewelry, decor, fashion, plus drinks and light snacks, is 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Joslyn Community Center, 1601 N. Valley Drive, Manhattan Beach. For information contact the Manhattan Beach Art Center at (310) 802-5440.
Hermosa Beach Sand snowman
Grab your shovels, buckets, and decorations and for another year of one of the favorite community events, Sand Snowman. 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. 15th and The Shoreline, Hermosa Beach. Registration starts at 9 a.m. Judging begins at 11:15 a.m. Bring your own decorations. All ages and abilities. Awards for Hermosa Beach Favorite, most unique, most traditional, best dressed and funniest. For more information call the Hermosa Community Center at (310) 318-0280
Sunday, December 8
The Hyperion Outfall Serenaders will perform a “Dixieland Christmas” to open the 31st Annual Skechers Manhattan Beach Holiday Fireworks on the Manhattan Beach Pier. 4 to 8 p.m. Kids can visit the Skechers Snow Park and Sled Hill from 4 – 6:30 p.m., and Santa’s Float at 5 p.m. The award-winning Mira Costa Jazz Ensemble plays 6 p.m., followed by the Joe’s Band Holiday Music Family Singalong at 7 p.m. Snow Park admission is a donation of new, unwrapped toys, cash or canned foods for the YMCA Adventure Guides charity.
Winter solstice at Alvas
Hear the music of Bobby Breton and surprise guests. 4 p.m. at the Alvas Showroom, 1418 W. 8th St., San Pedro. Tickets and info at Alvasshowroom.com or call (310) 519-1314.
Monday, December 9
The Palos Verdes Library District, in partnership with LA Opera presents a recital of seasonal hits, and highlights from the Great American Song Book. 10 a.m. at the Palos Verdes Library, 701 Silver Spur Rd., Rolling Hills Estates. Free, with light refreshments. Contact the Palos Verdes Library District for more information at (310) 377-9584, ex. 601 or visit pvld.org.
Wednesday, December 11
The students of Calle Mayor Middle School present a special winter concert 7 – 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $7. James Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance.
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