Judy Rae

South Bay Community Calendar 8-9-18

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Freighters, sharks and fog are among the challenges paddlers will face in the 40th Annual Catalina Classic Paddleboard race on Sunday, August 26. The race starts at Two Harbors on Catalina Island and ends at the Manhattan Beach Pier. ER photo

Thursday, August 9

A bigger boat

Shark Week returns to Cabrillo Marine Aquarium with special shark crafts and activities daily! The Exploration Center invites kids of all ages to participate in an exciting shark egg case craft to take home. Learn why sharks are so important for our marine ecosystem and how to protect them from extinction. Special shark videos, books, and exciting shark word searches and puzzles to solve. There will also be a shark specimen display, featuring real shark egg cases, shark skin and shark jaws. 12 – 5 p.m. Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, 3720 Stephen M. White Dr., San Pedro. Free. For Shark Week program schedule or further information call (310) 548-7562 or visit cabrillomarineaquarium.org.

Local Offers

Cheers to open space

Pints for the Peninsula at Smog City Brewery with the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy.  Every Thursday in August from 3 – 10 p.m. enjoy hand-crafted local beer and support the Conservancy at the same time. 10% of your bill will help protect habitat for wildlife and provide education programs for youth in our community. 3 – 10 p.m. Smog City Brewery, 1901 Del Amo Blvd., Torrance.

Summer of music

The biggest free summer concert series in the South Bay, Summer of Music featuring King Chris on the Pier Stage. 6 – 8 p.m. Bring a low back beach chair/blanket to sit on. Redondo Beach Pier, 100 Fisherman’s Wharf, Redondo Beach. Visit redondopier.com for a list of future performances.

Friday, August 10

Manhattan for sale

Shop 75+ stores up to 75% off. Men’s, women’s, children, home, books, gifts and accessories. There is something for everyone at the Downtown Manhattan Beach Sidewalk Sale. Fri. – Sun. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. downtownmanhattanbeach.com.

Elvis vs. Elviss

A two band show featuring Graceband, and a KISS-infused Elvis band, Elviss Simmons & the Memphis Strutters. There will be a battle for “The Soul of Rock n Roll,” with raging music and Elvis antics. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets $15. Saint Rocke, 142 Pacific Coast Hwy., Hermosa Beach. Purchase tickets at ticketweb.com.

Bard in the park

Shakespeare by the Sea’s The Winter’s Tale. 7 p.m. Polliwog Park, Manhattan Beach. Free but donations gladly accepted. Bring low chairs and blankets. Check local weather. Wear layers. Shakespearebythesea.org.

Saturday, August 11

Maximizing social security

Will it be there for you? The wrong claiming strategy can cost you tens of thousands of dollars. Learn how to maximize your benefit. 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Ken Miller Recreation Center, Assembly room, 3341 Torrance Blvd., Torrance. For more information and to register call (424) 215-2810 or visit info.greenlineca.com/ss.

Pier namaste

Free yoga event at the Octagon on the Redondo Beach Pier. Bring a yoga mat, towel and water. All levels welcome. 10 – 11 a.m. 500 Fisherman’s Wharf (below Kincaid’s), Redondo Beach. Check out redondopier.com for future fitness events.

Bite at the beach

The Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce hosts the 5th annual Bite at the Beach. The South Bay’s premier food and beer pairing event. Over 20 restaurants and 15 breweries are featured, showcasing their local gourmet fare and brews. 2 – 6 p.m. MBS Media Campus, 1600 Rosecrans Ave., Manhattan Beach.  To purchase tickets visit manhattanbeachchamber.com or call 310-545-5313 for more information.

Bard redux

Shakespeare by the Sea’s Merry Wives of Windsor. 7 p.m. Polliwog Park, Manhattan Beach. Free but donations gladly accepted. Bring low chairs and blankets. Check local weather. Wear layers. Shakespearebythesea.org.

Sunday, August 12


After issuing an emergency call for donors in early July, the Red Cross continues to face an emergency blood shortage. Eligible donors of all blood types are urged to give now. 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. St. James Catholic Church, 415 Vincent St., Redondo Beach. Visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1(800) 733-2767 to make an appointment. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply.

It’s a ‘SEA’lebrations!

Join in the festive celebration to mark the end of the 20th year of leading marine education programs. Help begin the next chapter of the program with carnival games and fun. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. The SEA Lab, 1021 N. Harbor Dr., Redondo Beach. For tickets and information visit lacorps.org/programs/the-sea-lab/ or call (310) 318-7438.

Free namaste

Back to Basics offers a free Vinyasa Yoga class every Sunday from 10 – 11 a.m. Wear comfortable clothing, bring a mat, and a friend. Plaza El Segundo, 2008-C E. Park Place, El Segundo (next to Lululemon). All levels welcome. For information visit facebook.com/backtobasicsshop/.


Playing lively Afro-Cuban salsa and Latin jazz, electric violinist and vocalist Susie Hansen has been a favorite in Los Angeles for more than twenty-five years. Susie and her band play familiar and traditional salsa in Spanish, many original salsa and Latin Jazz compositions, Latin-style interpretations of American jazz standards, typico Cuban charanga music, and great salsa and cha cha cha in English—leaving the audience cheering for more! 2 – 4 p.m. Bring a blanket, lawn chairs and a picnic and enjoy the wonderful music. The Amphitheatre at Wilson Park, 2200 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance.

Summer Fest

The Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce [TACC] Foundation presents Summer Fest, an evening event in the parking lot of the Depot Restaurant. The event serves to benefit the second year of the Foundation’s LEAD program; designed to influence and inspire the future leaders of our community. Guest will enjoy a BBQ buffet by Chef Shafer, hosted beer, wine and martini bar, silent auction, and live music. 4 – 9 p.m. The Depot, 1250 Cabrillo Ave., Torrance. Tickets are $100 – $125. To purchase tickets visit torrancechamber.com/event/summerfest/. For more information call (310) 540-5858.


Saint Rocke presents Hermosa Beach Summer Concerts with Sashamon Live. 4 – 8 p.m. Hermosa Pier, The Strand. Bring the family, friends, but leave the dog at home. Blankets, chairs, towels are welcome. Live music/DJ starts at 4 p.m. Visit hbsummerconcerts.com/ for a lineup of future concerts.

Monday, August 13


There continues to be an emergency need for donors of all blood types, especially type O, so give now to address a severe blood shortage. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Terranea Resort & Hotel, 100 Terranea Way, Rancho Palos Verdes. Visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1(800) 733-2767 to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients.

Parent chat

Families Connected Parent Chat, presented through a partnership between Beach Cities Health District and South Bay Families Connected, is a free support group open to all parents. The session will be led by a licensed professional from the Thelma McMillen Center at Torrance Memorial Medical Center and provides an opportunity to discuss shared parenting challenges. 10 – 11 a.m. Beach Cities Health District, 514 N. Prospect Ave., Suite 102, Redondo Beach. Free. No registration required. Visit southbayfamiliesconnected.org for more information.


Get moving with Beach Cities Free Fitness Series. A free community-wide event that brings together Beach Cities residents, fitness and fun. All ages and ability levels are welcome to participate. 6:30 p.m. Alta Vista Park, 715 Julia Ave., Redondo Beach. Invite your friends and family to join, too. Visit bchd.org/freefitness for a full schedule of events and to register.

Tuesday, August 14

The freshest place to be

Farm fresh organic produce, artisanal goods, cheeses, vinegars/olive oils, spreads, nut butters, pickled goods, jams, fresh breads, hot foods, sushi, flowers, and so much more. Every Tuesday.  The Manhattan Beach Farmers Market is located on 13th Street, between Valley Drive and Morningside Drive. Parking available at Metlox and Lot 3 on 12th Street. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. For more information visit downtownmanhattanbeach.com/manhattan-beach-farmers-market/.

Social hour

Join Blue Zones Project for its monthly “Social Hour.” Bring friends and family to mingle and enjoy food from Rockefeller in Hermosa Beach available at a discount. 5 – 6 p.m. Visit bchd.org/socialhour for more information. Rockefeller, 418 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach. Free. No registration required.

Feeling anxious

Always wanted to swim comfortably in the ocean but struggle with nerves and anxiety? If you’re a complete newbie to ocean swimming or have regularly swum but still find it anxiety-provoking, this is the workshop for you. Join master swim coach Bryan Mineo and psychotherapist Kim Hollingdale for a 90 minute group swim. 18 years of age or older and comfortable pool swimming at least two lengths. 9:30 – 11 a.m. Meet on the sand at Lifeguard Tower A, Redondo Beach. Bring goggles and swim cap. Register in advance, spaces are limited. $40 per person. Sign up at Eventbrite, Ocean Swimming for the Anxious. For more information visit theswimmechanic.com.

Wednesday, August 15

Anime your way

An anime workshop with comic artist Carlos Nieto III. Grades 6 – 12. Free. 4 – 5 p.m. Manhattan Beach Library, 1320 Highland Ave., Manhattan Beach. For questions call the library at (310) 545-8595 or visit lacountylibrary.org.

Night market

Every Wednesday night St. Andrew’s Redondo Beach & Enriched Farms present Redondo Beach Night Market. Food, crafts, and music artisans. 5 – 9 p.m. St. Andrew’s parking lot off Pacific Coast Highway, 301 Avenue D, Redondo Beach. For more info contact EnrichedFarms@gmail.com.

Jazz on the Waterfront

YWCA Harbor Area & South Bay’s 16th Annual International Festival featuring Chazzy Green & Crew. Dinner, silent auction and drawing. Boat Deck casual. 5:30 – 8:30 San Pedro Fish Market, Ports O’ Call, 1190 Nagoya Way, San Pedro. For tickets and information call (310) 547-0831 or visit ywcaharbor.org.

Thursday, August 16

Sunset beach party

The 2nd annual Sunset Beach Party at the AVP Manhattan Beach Open overlooking the iconic Manhattan Beach Pier. Enjoy the warm summer evening breeze and the stunning sunset views while dining on delicious local food from the vibrant Manhattan Beach culinary scene. Live music by local favorites, The Lucky Ones. 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. Manhattan Beach Pier. Tickets $45 early bird, $55 general admission, VIP $120, children 10 & under are free in general admission area. Tickets available at Eventbrite.com or downtownmanhattanbeach.com.

Art Walk

40+ artists in more than 30+ studios and venues throughout downtown El Segundo and the up-and-coming Smoky Hollow neighborhood of the city. This is a self-guided public art experience and walkable event in the historic and charming beachside city of El Segundo. 5 – 9 p.m. Located between Pacific Coast Highway and historic downtown El Segundo, Smoky Hollow is a funky and industrial district with an eclectic vibe and is a rapidly developing hub for art, creative businesses, entertainment and incubators. Not to mention a brewery and distillery. Printed maps will be available at the Headquarter venue and most participating businesses. Digital maps can be downloaded elsegundoartwalk.com/map-2/. Go to elsegundoartwalk.com for more information; on Instagram @elsegundoartwalk and Facebook @elsegundoartwalk. #ESAW2018.

Pier music

For over 20 years, the Redondo Pier Association has sponsored the biggest free summer concert series in the South Bay. Identity Theft will be playing on the International Boardwalk Stage (below Kincaid’s) from 6 – 8 p.m. Bring a low back beach chair/blanket to sit on. Free. 100 Fisherman’s Wharf, Redondo Beach. Only a few more concerts to go! Visit redondopier.com for a line-up.

Make a difference

Peter Zippi Memorial Fund holds open adoption hours every Thursday and Saturday in an effort to place the rescued cats & kittens in our care in to loving, permanent, homes. Inside of VCA Coast Animal Hospital, 1560 PCH, Hermosa Beach. Thursdays – 5 – 6:30 p.m. Saturdays – 1 – 3 p.m. VCA Coast Animal Hospital, 1560 Pacific Coast Hwy., Hermosa Beach. All of our cats & kittens are healthy, spayed/neutered, microchipped, up to date with shots, fecal and FELV/FIV tested. Adoption fees will apply if you’d like to take one or more home. For additional information visit peterzippifund.org/adoptions or call (310) 379-1264.

Friday, August 24

Mary Poppins

Celebrate the end of summer and the upcoming school year with a special movie screening of Walt Disney’s “Mary Poppins” starring Julie Andrews. Light refreshments served. Photo opportunities. Prizes and surprises. $5 per person. Hermosa Five-O Senior Activity Center, 710 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach. Register at the Community Center or online at Hermosabch.org. Questions? Call (310) 318-0280.

Sunday, August 26

The Grand-Daddy

Paddlers from all over the world will take to the waters off  Southern California in the 40th annual Catalina Classic Paddleboard Race, the premier and most historical paddleboard race in the world. Paddlers will leave the Isthmus cove, Catalina Island,  at 6 a.m. and paddle 32 miles to the Manhattan Beach Pier on paddle boards (between 12 and 19 feet long) using only their hands to propel them through the water. Swells, currents, and wind conditions play into what is notoriously one of the most grueling endurance events in the world. Paddlers are expected to reach the finish line, Manhattan Beach Pier, at 11 a.m. depending on conditions. Awards party will be held at Dive N Surf, 504 N. Broadway, Redondo Beach. Escort crews and family are welcome to attend. For information visit catalinaclassicpaddleboardrace.org. 



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