South Bay Community Calendar 7-25-19
Thursday, July 25
Through Monday, August 5
The big top
Circus Vargas’ incredible new 2019 production highlights an amazing cast of world-renowned performers. Death-defying acrobats, daredevils, aerialists, jugglers, contortionists, clowns, motorcycles and more. 7:30 p.m. Del Amo Fashion Center, 3525 W. Carson St., Torrance. Tickets $15 – $72. For more information and to purchase tickets visit circusvargas.com or call (877) GOTFUN-1.
Through Sunday, July 28
The 52nd Annual Manhattan Beach Open Tennis Tournament presented by Audi Pacific featuring Men’s and Women’s Open Singles, Doubles Divisions and Amateur Divisions. 8 a.m. — 8 p.m. Free admission. Tournament open to players ages 16 and up. Manhattan Beach Country Club, 1330 Parkview Ave., Manhattan Beach. For questions call (310) 802-5000. For information and registration visit citymb.info/departments/parks-and-recreation/tennis/2017-manhattan-beach-open-tennis-tournament.
Every Thursday night, from 6 – 8 p.m., enjoy free live music over the water and watch the sunset from the end of the Redondo Beach Pier. Tonight’s band is The 131ers (indie rock). Bring a low back beach chair or blanket to sit on. Redondo Beach Pier, 100 Fisherman’s Wharf, Redondo Beach.
Blood drive at the PD
Redondo Beach Police Department is hosting a UCLA Blood Drive from 7 a.m. – 12 p.m. 401 Diamond St., Redondo Beach. Contact Daryn at (310) 379-2477 x2493 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for your appointment. Donors will receive a movie ticket plus a surprise gift. Eat well and increase your fluid intake the day of your donation. Bring a photo ID. Questions and deferral reason? Visit uclahealth.org/gotblood.
Happy hour with history
Tonight’s History Happy Hour is a 75 minute walking tour through Hermosa’s jazz, surf and punk music history. Learn how this tiny beach town became a mecca for trailblazing music for more than 75 years. Free. 6 – 9:30 p.m. Meet at Watermans, 22 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach at 6 p.m. The tour starts at 6:30 p.m. After the tour, return to Waterman’s for food, drink and live music. For more info go to ExperienceGPSTours.com.
Friday, July 26
Through Sunday, July 28
The professional AVP Hermosa Beach Open is the first of the summer’s two prestigious beach city tournaments. The neighboring Manhattan Beach Open is Aug. 16-18. The world’s best beach volleyball players, including past and future Olympians will compete. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Hermosa Beach Pier. avp.com/event/avp-hermosa-beach-open/.
Relive your favorite memories and create new ones during this family event. Bring sandcastle building tools, a little shovel, a bucket, and your castle creativity. 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Free. Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, 3720 Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro. For questions and info call (310) 548-7562 or visit cabrillomarineaquarium.org/events-news.asp.
Saturday, July 27
Dragon Boat Festival
One of the largest dragon boat competitions in California is combined with traditional Chinese art demonstrations, Chinese acrobats, dancers, hip hop, music and martial arts performances. And of course food. Saturday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Long Beach Marine Stadium, 5255 E. Paoli Way, Long Beach. Lbdragonboat.com.
Sunday, July 28
Music on the meadow
Join Music Director Christine Hayes and the Palos Verdes Symphonic Band for an afternoon of adventure and triumph as they perform their “Heroes and Villains” program. The 50-piece ensemble will bring to life the music of heroes and their adversaries from film, television and literature, including Superman, Pirates of the Caribbean, Lord of the Rings and more. Bring your blanket, chairs and a picnic to enjoy this musical afternoon on the Upper Meadow. Onsite concessions will offer family-friendly food, plus beer and wine, for purchase. 3 – 5 p.m. Tickets are available in advance online and through Visitor Services and include general garden admission. South Coast Botanic Garden, 26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes. Purchase tickets at the Vistor’s Service Center or online at southcoastbotanicgarden.org/event/music-on-the-meadow-heroes-and-villains/.
4th Sunday flea
The Torrance Antique Street Faire brings 200-plus sellers to the downtown Torrance open air flea market. Antiques, furniture, vintage clothes, jewelry, LP’s, plants, toys, home decor, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Old Torrance, Sartori & Torrance Blvd. Old Torrance, For info call (310) 328-6107 or visit Torranceantiquefaire.com.
Library park music
The City of El Segundo Recreation & Parks Department presents the Summer Concert in the Park series sponsored by Chevron. Activities begin at 4 p.m. 4 Alarm starts the concert at 4:30 p.m.. Gourmet food trucks will be on site and kids can stop by the gazebo for free face painting and arts & crafts. Library Park, 600 block of Main Street. Free. Bring a blanket and or chair to sit on.
Monday, July 29
Wondering if your child is experimenting with drugs or alcohol?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. Open to all parents. No registration necessary. Visit southbayfamiliesconnected.org for more information.
Get moving and de-stress with Beach Cities Health District’s Free Fitness Series, a community-wide event that brings together fitness and fun. Mindful Yoga combines calming and stress-relieving yoga movements with a 10-minute guided meditation. 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. On the sand south of the Manhattan Beach Pier. Free, but advance registration is recommended. Register at bchd.org/freefitness.
Tuesday, July 30
Parents with kids 2 months old to 36 months old are invited to the free South Bay swimming lesson trials for infants/toddlers at The Plunge in El Segundo. Noon – 12:30 p.m. and 12:30 – 1 p.m. The Plunge, 219 W. Mariposa Ave., El Segundo. For questions call (310) 994-
SWIM (7946) or email Matt@swimmingla.com. Visit swimmingla.com.
Wednesday, July 31
Feed the Kitty (country) will be performing at The Point from 6 – 8 p.m. Free. Bring a blanket to sit on and feel free to dance! Get to The Point at 850 S. Pacific Coast Hwy., El Segundo. Questions call (310) 414-5280 or visit thepointsb.com/2019/02/27/summer-music-series/.
Medal of Valor
The Medal of Valor recognizes Los Angeles County Lifeguards for acts of heroism in the line of duty. The program is sponsored by the Redondo Beach Chamber of Commerce and was first awarded in 1981. Presented to the honorees at the Surf Festival kickoff dinner prior to the annual International Surf Festival. 6:30 p.m. Redondo Beach Seaside Lagoon, 200 Portofino Way, Redondo Beach. $20. For questions call Dave Story at (310) 619-4291 or email@example.com. For tickets and information visit surffestival.org/valor.
The world’s premier watermen, water women and volleyball players converge on the three beach cities for five days of competition in the water and on the sand. The festival starts with the Charlie Saikley six man volleyball (and costume) tournament at the Manhattan Pier on Friday and Saturday. Top teams are stacked with former pro volleyball and basketball players. Friday at 7:30 p.m. the LA County Lifeguard Championships will be held at the Hermosa Beach Pier. Saturday, the Southern California Lifeguard Championships will be held at the Hermosa Pier at 7:30 p.m. Other Saturday events include surfing and body surfing contests at the Manhattan Pier, a two-mile soft sand race at the Hermosa pier and an eight mile paddleboard race at Torrance Beach. On Sunday the 1.5 mile Velzy-Stevens Paddleboard race starts at 7:30 a.m. at the Manhattan pier, followed by the Dwight Crum Two-mile Swim, which starts at 9 a.m. at the Hermosa pier. The open ocean swim (now an Olympic sport) attracts over 1,000 swimmers from around the world. Hermosa, Manhattan, Redondo, Torrance. Visit SurfFestival.org.
by Judy Rae