Judy Rae

South Bay Community Calendar 9-19-19

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Easy Reader food critic and culinary historian Richard Foss discusses the waves of immigration to Los Angeles and looks at seven items invented in California with inspiration from all over the world. Free, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, Katy Geissert Civic Center Library, 3301 Torrance Blvd., Torrance. Easy Reader file photo

Thursday, September 19

Harassment training

The Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce presents a two-hour employment law seminar that our business partners may use to satisfy their SB 1343 harassment training obligations. All employees may attend the first hour, which will cover the required anti-harassment curriculum, with a second hour for management to address the handling of harassment and other employment claims. 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Manhattan Beach Library, 1320 Highland Ave., Manhattan Beach. Register at manhattanbeachchamber.com or call (310) 545-5313. 

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Health panel

Join the Redondo Beach Chamber of Commerce for lunch and a panel discussion regarding the healthy kids program, promoting wellness, nutrition and preventative care. 12 – 1:15 p.m. Redondo Chamber, 1611 S. Catalina Ave., Suite 204, Redondo Beach. RSVP at Redondochamber.org or call (310) 376-6911. Space is limited. 

West coast music

The Hermosa Beach Historical Society & Museum presents Happy Hour with History featuring local author Don Jung on Rockin’ Through Troubled Waters. West Coast Music. 60s & 70s in the South Bay. 6 – 8 p.m. Hermosa Beach Museum, 710 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach. HBHS members free admission, nonmembers $10 at the door. For questions call (310) 318-9421 or visit hermosabeachhistoricalsociety.org.

Digital parenting

Join Beach Cities Health District and South Bay Families Connected for a workshop titled “Media Moms and Digital Dads: A Fact-not-Fear Approach to Parenting in the Digital Age.” Childcare is available through AdventurePlex. Visit southbayfamiliesconnected.org for more information. 6:30 – 8 p.m. Hermosa Valley School, 1645 Valley Drive, Hermosa Beach. Free. No registration required.

LGBTQ events

The Young Adult Group is a social network for all people ages 18 – 28. This is a supportive, fun, respectful environment that promotes the development of community, personal identity, pride and queer culture. The group meets to discuss current events, to be supportive of each other and to plan upcoming events, such as fundraisers, movie nights and outings. South Bay Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Transgender & Queer Center (South Bay LGBTQ), 16610 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance. For information call (310) 328-6550 or visit southbaylgbtcenter.org. Check website calendar for information about other events at southbaycenter.org.

Saturday, September 21

Coastal cleanup Hermosa

Heal the Bay and Tortuga invite everyone to collect beach trash anytime between 9 a.m. and noon at the Hermosa Beach Pier. All cleaning supplies will be provided. Tortuga will host brunch on the Hennessey’s patio on the Pier Plaza during the cleanup. RSVP via email to info@tortugawelath.com or by calling (310) 935-0275 to reserve your spot and receive a t-shirt. 

Coastal cleanup II

Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi, in conjunction with the City of Torrance and Heal the Bay, invites one and all for a beach cleanup, and discussion of legislation to protect the oceans, 8:30 a.m. Miramar Park, 201 Paseo De La Playa, Torrance. For information call (310) 375-0691 or visit asmdc.org/hv.

Coastal cleanup III

Coastal Cleanup day with Heal the Bay, featuring games, prizes, giveaways, arts and crafts 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Dockweiler Youth Center, 12505 Vista del Mar, Playa del Rey. For questions call (310) 726-4128 or visit beaches.lacounty.gov/la-county-beaches-events-and-programs/. 

Autumn art fair

The Redondo Beach Art Group present Greenstreet Autumn Art Fair. An evening of art, music, food, wine, and dance. Featuring live music by Shawn Thomas. 2 – 8 p.m. Greenstreet, 901-903 N. Catalina Ave., Redondo Beach. Free admission. Free parking. Fine art. For information visit the Facebook page at facebook.com/romanaromasocal/.

Street Fair

Richmond Street Fair presented by El Segundo Kiwanis on Richmond Street. Food, games, craft booths, kids zone, beer garden, and live music, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Downtown El Segundo, Main Street and Grand Avenue. For more info visit Richmondstreetfair.com. 

Sunday, September 22

Alzheimer’s walk

The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. 9 a.m. registration, 10 a.m. ceremony and 10:30 a.m. the walk starts. Pier to Pier, starting and ending at the Hermosa Beach Pier. For more information visit act.alz.org/beachcities. For information about Alzheimer’s Association visit alz.org or call (800) 272-3900.

Library celebration 

Help celebrate the Friends of the Library’s 60th Anniversary. 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Bard Street BookStore, 1309 Bard Street (one half block west of the library), Hermosa Beach. Free. Everyone is welcome. Light refreshments will be served. 

Boots, brews & BBQ

Switzer Learning Center annual Boots, Brews & BBQ Fundraiser. Local craft beers, delicious BBQ, wine and tequila tasting, live and silent auction, shooting range, games, and dancing. 6 – 11 p.m. Switzer Learning Center, 2201 Amapola Court, Torrance. To purchase tickets visit switzercenter.ejoinme.org/BBBtickets, call (310) 328-3611 x333, or email development@switzercenter.org.

Family Nature Walk

A naturalist-guided walk through the Tongva Demonstration Garden will show how early inhabitants used native plants for survival, and feature restored coastal sage scrub habitat with views of Catalina. Those interested in local military history can continue to walk up to a WWII gun emplacement. Free and appropriate for all ages. Stroller friendly. Leashed dogs welcome. 11 am. White Point Nature Preserve, 1600 W. Paseo del Mar, San Pedro. RSVP at pvplc.org, Events & Activities. 

Sunday, September 22

Blood drive

A community blood drive hosted for the patients of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Every blood type is needed, each pint of blood can save up to three lives. It is safe to give blood every 56 days;  to be eligible your last donation must be on or before July 28. All blood donors will receive a Ticket for 2 to the Comedy & Magic Club, Hermosa Beach (valid Tue-Thurs excluding special events), limited edition T-shirt, a coupon for a pint of Baskin Robbins ice cream, and free shaved ice of your choice from Wanna Chill? Redondo Beach. 12 – 6 p.m. Clark Building, 861 Valley Drive, Hermosa Beach. Contact Candy (organizer) for any questions text/call (310) 406-5907. No appointment necessary. Bring a valid ID.

Chamber music

The South Bay Chamber Music Society opens its 57th season with a concert performance by the Fiato String Quartet. Performing musicians for this concert include Carrie Kennedy (violin), Joel Pargman (violin), Aaron Oltman (viola), and Ryan Sweeney (cello). The concert will feature works by Beethoven, Ives, and Shostakovich. 3 p.m. Pacific Unitarian Church, 5621 Montemalaga, Rancho Palos Verdes. General information about the South Bay Chamber Music Society can be found at sbcms.net. Free admission. Free parking. 

Monday, September 23

Parent Chat

Families Connected Parent Chat, presented by 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. Free. 10 – 11 a.m.  Beach Cities Health District, 514 N. Prospect Ave., Suite 102, Redondo Beach. For more information and to register visit southbayfamiliesconnected.org. 

Tuesday, September 24

Badminton forum

Art Merkin, Badminton Club president and Dr. Rocky Wilson, former president, will share the history and present news about the club. All young, mature, older, and senior adults are welcome. Light snacks and refreshments served compliments of the Manhattan Beach Senior Citizens Resources Committee. 7 – 8:30 p.m. Manhattan Beach Library meeting room, 1320 Highland Ave., Manhattan Beach. For information call Senior Resource Committee at (310) 372-9505.

Wednesday, September 25

Culinary historian 

Seven Gifts from L.A. Kitchens to the World. Each wave of immigrants to Los Angeles brought their own tastes in food, and both home and commercial cooks recreated traditional items. New cuisines developed that included elements from Europe, Central America, and Asia. Join culinary historian Richard Foss as he discusses the waves of immigration to Los Angeles and looks at seven items invented in California with inspiration from all over the world. Free. 

7 p.m. Katy Geissert Civic Center Library, 3301 Torrance Blvd., Torrance.

Donate blood

Donors of all blood types are urgently needed to ensure a sufficient supply for patients. Type O and B blood donors are especially needed. 2 p.m. – 7 p.m. El Segundo Masonic Lodge, 520 Main St., El Segundo. Make an appointment to donate blood now by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). 

Wild birdwatching

Join Wild Birds Unlimited’s expert birder to search for the winged creatures that thrive in the coastal sage and woodland of this beautiful canyon. Free. All ages welcome. Binoculars supplied for beginners. 8:30 a.m. George F Canyon Preserve, 27305 Palos Verdes Drive East, Rolling Hills Estates. RSVP at pvplc.org, Events & Activities.

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