Judy Rae

South Bay Community Calendar 9-20-18

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Los Angeles International Ukulele Festival at the Torrance Cultural Arts Center Saturday, Sept. 22. Whether you are an experienced ukulele player, an occasional strummer or simply a curious spectator, there will be lots of opportunities to jump in and be a part of the festivities. 8:30 a.m. Torrance Cultural Arts Center, 3350 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. Tickets are $45 and up for everything all-day. Children under 12 get in free. For information and ticket purchase, visit kalakoa.com/ukulele/.

Thursday, September 20

Just breathe

Author Mallika Chopra will be at the Manhattan Beach Library for a special, after hours event promoting her new book “Just Breathe,” a fun, how-to book on meditation, mindfulness, movement, and specific exercises to help deal with day-to-day challenges and tips to lead to a healthier, happier, and more connected life. Topics will include dealing with stress, building self-confidence, getting to sleep, ridding oneself of anxiety, and focusing on school. For kids 8 to 12 years old. Free. Bring your yoga mats. 6 – 8 p.m. Manhattan Beach Library, 1320 Highland Ave., Manhattan Beach. For questions call the front desk at (310) 545-8595. Lacountylibrary.org.

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Tween steam

Become a shipbuilder with MākMō! Test your creations on the water and see how they hold up. Materials provided. For kids 8-12. Free. 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Hermosa Beach Library, 550 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach. For questions call (310) 379-8475 or visit lacountylibrary.org.

Friday, September 21

The Great Pumpkin Hunt

The furry critters of South Coast Botanic Garden are notorious for snacking on the seasonal pumpkin patch. To thwart their efforts, the Garden’s resident birds have hidden the patch away. Can you locate the bird houses inhabited by parrots, owls, blue birds and hawks to collect their clues and find the missing patch? Through  Nov. 30. Move throughout the 87-acre garden in this perfect fall excursion. Free with Membership or general admission. South Coast Botanic Garden, 26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes Peninsula. info@southcoastbotanicgarden.org

Full Moon

Enjoy an amazing nocturnal experience with a guided naturalist on a journey to explore nature under an illuminating full moon. 8 p.m. Advance reservations required. Limited to 20 people, ages 9 and up. $12 per person. George F. Canyon Nature Preserve, 27305 Palos Verdes Drive E., Rolling Hills Estates. $12 per person. For more information and to RSVP visit pvplc.org, Events & Activities.

Top Hat

Top Hat is a screwball comedy musical featuring America’s most enduring film partners — Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers — in their most successful and most popular film. With a score by Irving Berlin, Top Hat is great entertainment with humor, music, song and dance. 8:15 p.m. Old Town Music Hall, 140 Richmond Street, El Segundo. $10 per person. Tickets are on sale at the theater’s box office 30 minutes before each show time. For questions call the Theater at (310) 322-2592. oldtownmusichall.org.

Historical event

The Hermosa Beach Historical Society & Museum’s new exhibition titled, Sandpipers: Philanthropy Through the Decades. Guests can enjoy refreshments before the curtain opens. This exhibit tells a decades-long story of commitment to helping those in need, through archival treasures from the Sandpipers historic collection, such as original documents and photographs illustrating their years of philanthropic work. 6 – 8 p.m. Hermosa Beach Museum, 710 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach. Free. All are welcome. No RSVP necessary. Hermosabeachhistoricalsociety.org.

Lobster Rock

Merit Real Estate presents Lobster Rock weekend. Three days of live music, vendors, and seafood offerings. Friday 5 – 9 p.m., Saturday noon – 9 p.m., Sunday noon – 8 p.m. Seaside Lagoon, 200 Portofino Way, Redondo Beach. Pre-purchased tickets are $20 per day or $50 for the weekend. For additional information visit lobsterrock.com/.

Saturday, September 22

Women’s March

The Women’s March South Bay, a women-led community organization, and the National Women’s Political Caucus South Bay, a multi-partisan organization dedicated to increasing women’s political participation, will begin a “transformation process” with its Pledge to Vote Rally. Los Angeles County Registrar Recorder Dean Logan and the LA County Recorder’s office team will be on hand registering those who have met eligibility for voter registration. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Columbia Park, 4045 190th St., Torrance. Free. Open to everyone who stands for human rights, civil liberties, tolerance, diversity, voting rights, and Equal Rights Amendment supporters. Vist Womensmarchsouthbay.com to learn more or call (310) 200-0124.

Ukulele

The Los Angeles Ukulele Festival is a full day of continuous performances by today’s hottest ukulele finger pickers, virtuosos and singer/songwriters, plus workshops for all levels, marketplace vendors and more. Unlimited workshops for all levels, children and adults alike, beginner to advanced, introduction to ukulele, chord melodies, strumming techniques and more. Tickets are $45. Children under 12 get in free. For information and ticket purchase visit kalakoa.com/ukulele/.

Volunteer

Bring the family to celebrate public lands as a volunteer in the native plant demonstration garden of the PV Peninsula Land Conservancy, helping local wildlife and the community. Event includes a guided walk with an LA City Ranger, children’s nature-based art activity, and eco-folk music presentation by Dryad Flutes. 9 a.m. – noon. White Point Nature Preserve, 1600 W. Paseo del Mar, San Pedro. Sign up at pvplc.volunteerhub.com.

Metlox art

Featuring world-renowned photographer Bo Bridges, distinguished photorealistic painter Sara Carli, and Paul Roustan, recognized as one of the world’s leading body painters. Over 25 locally celebrated artists. Music. Free. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Metlox Plaza, Morningside Drive and 13th Street, Manhattan Beach. Visit MetloxOutdoorArtGallery.com.

Kid’s club

Stop by the Kids Club at Manhattan Village for some free fun for children ages 3 to 10. Fall crafts, face painting, prizes and more. 11 a.m. -1 p.m. Sign up online at shopmanhattanvillage.com or call the concierge desk at (310) 546-5555.

Knife skills

Keep your culinary skills sharp by mastering basic knife techniques. Learn the proper way to hold a knife and position food. Then move to serious slicing, dicing and chopping, along with more advanced chiffonade, julienne and more. Free complimentary knife sharpening. 10 a.m. Williams Sonoma, Manhattan Village, 3200 N. Sepulveda Blvd. A10, Manhattan Beach. For questions call (310) 546-1900 or visit shopmanhattanvillage.com. Visit igardencenter.com/.

Glutty festival

Bring your best salsa to the judges’ table and see who has the best salsa this side of town. Learn how to infuse your fruits and veggies into oils and liquids and learn the art of pickling. Deno will be BBQ-ing. This will be an over the top experience! Noon-5 p.m. International Garden Center, 155 N. Sepulveda Blvd., El Segundo. Free. For questions call (310) 615-0353. Visit igardencenter.com.

Third Saturday

See the artwork of Wilfred Sarr at the Third Saturday Reception. 2 – 5 p.m. The Loft, 401 S. Mesa Street, San Pedro. For questions call (310) 291-5316 or visit canneryrowstudios.com.

Fire and passion

Set in Seville around the year 1830, the opera Carmen deals with the love and jealousy of Don José, who is lured away from his duty as a soldier and his beloved Micaëla by the gypsy factory-girl Carmen, whom he allows to escape from custody. Natasha Middleton directs. 8 p.m. $25 per person. Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, 1935 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Redondo Beach. Tickets on sale through Brown Paper Tickets at 1(800) 838-3006 or visit pacificballetdancetheatre.org.

Fair on Richmond

The El Segundo Kiwanis Club presents the annual Richmond Street Fair. Five blocks of fun with arts & crafts, rides, live entertainment, beer garden, music, dancing, raffle prizes and more. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. The fair takes place in the 100, 200, and 300 blocks of Richmond Street and the west 100 and 200 blocks of Grand and Franklin Avenues. For more information visit richmondstreetfair.com/.

E.T. phone home

Grab your blanket and head to the sand for a free sunset movie brought to you by Friends of the Parks in partnership with the City of Hermosa Beach. Watch E.T.  at 6 p.m. South side of the Hermosa Pier. RSVP with eventbrite or email info@hbfop.org. Pizza and popcorn will be available for purchase. Donations accepted. Opportunity drawings for great prizes. Facepainting and more. Learn more, or support the event at hermosamovies.com.

Monday, September 24

Let’s draw

Artists of all levels are invited to a monthly drawing class hosted by Ray Patrick. 6 – 7 p.m. Free. Manhattan Beach Library, 1320 Highland Ave., Manhattan Beach. For questions call the front desk at (310) 545-8595. Lacountylibrary.org.

Active aging

Take action toward maintaining and improving your health by enjoying free classes, health assessments, food sampling and lectures through Sept. 28 at the Center for Health & Fitness (CHF). Visit the CHF front desk or call (310) 374-3426 x147 to register. Beach Cities Health District, 514 N. Prospect Ave. 2nd floor, Redondo Beach. View of a full schedule of additional free exercise classes being offered for Active Aging Week at beachcitiesgym.org/active-aging-week.

Tuesday, September 25

Al Muratsuchi

A legislative update and Q & A session with Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi. He will provide a general legislative update and answer questions on the topics that you are interested in. 10 a.m. Hermosa Five-O Senior Activity Center, 710 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach. For questions call (310) 318-0280.

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