South Bay Community Calender 12/18/14-12/24/14

Thursday 18
Beach City Baseball Academy’s annual baseball equipment donation drive is going on now at their facility in El Segundo. Anyone with unwanted baseball gear such as helmets, gloves, bats, bags, balls, cleats, and hats can drop them off at 430 East Grand Ave El Segundo. BCBA will be adding to donations received and giving them to the Para Los Niños (“For the Children” in Spanish) non-profit just before Christmas. The gifts will go to children living in at-risk neighborhoods in Los Angeles County. For more information, contact: Mike Mena at: 310-316-0612 or mike@ileanainternational.

Recovery Choices, teaching skills and offering support for people recovering from drug and alcohol problems, holds weekly meetings facilitated by Alicia MacGowan, licensed clinical social worker and advanced alcohol and drug counselor. Both 12-steppers and non-12-steppers are welcome at 3 p.m. in the Hermosa Beach Recovery NOW Group Room, 2200 Pacific Coast Highway, Suite 205A, Hermosa Beach. Participants must RSVP at the site for a spot at the meeting. $5 suggested donation.

Members of the Neptunian Woman’s Club will be wrapping Christmas presents at theManhattan Beach Village Shopping Center from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. at 3200 North Sepulveda Boulevard, Manhattan Beach. Bring your presents to have them made beautiful with wrapping paper, ribbons, bows, and other elements. The cost for the wrapping depends on the size of the package. Proceeds go to scholarships for Mira Costa seniors. Now until December 24th.

Help us help others with a Christmas Tree from Hermosa Kiwanis Club. Come to the lot and speak with one of the tree experts to find the perfect tree for your family. Your purchase will hlp community services and non-profits in our local area. Pier Avenue and Pacific Coast Highway, Hermosa Beach. For more information, visit


Friday 19
Baja Sharkeez, Hermosa Beach will be holding a fundraising event for the Toys for Tots organization from 6 – 9 p.m. at 52 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach. The drop box will be open to the public starting at 11 a.m. Raffle as well as continuing the toy drive starting at 6 p.m.

Reiki Energy Circle with Jovita Trani and other Reiki Masters from the South Bay from 12:30 – 3 p.m. at 109 West Torrance Blvd, Redondo Beach. In a group setting, learn to share and experience giving and receiving. Offered on the fourth Friday of each month, participants can join others in this circle using Reiki energy techniques. Call 310-376-3550 or visit the website at


Saturday 20
Special Holiday Concert with Connie Lim & Louisa Wendorff to perform at the Annex near Peninsula Library for a holiday music celebration at 6:30 p.m., 627 Silver Spur Rd #210, Rolling Hills Estates. $10 adults and $5 teens admission at the door, No pre-sale Tickets. For more information email or call 800-501-9801 or go to Concert will benefit Freedom4U Youth Counseling Programs.

An Epic Holiday Bottle Share to benefit Richstone Family Center. Richstone is dedicated to preventing and treating child abuse, strengthening families, and preventing violence in families, schools, and communities. Only 50 tickets will be sold. Unlimited 2 oz pours. First come, first served. We will also be raffling off rare bottles to take home! Shaka Braai will be serving some delicious grub from 5 – 8 p.m. at King Harbor Brewing Company, 2907 182nd St. Redondo Beach. For more information, visit To purchase tickets, go to

The Hermosa Beach Friends of the Library will hold a sale of used books, DVDs and CDs at the Bard Street Bookstore, 1309 Bard Street, (1/2 block west of H.B. Library) from 9 a.m. – 12 noon. Tis the season for giving and what could be nicer than for that special person (including yourself) to receive a book. We have a wide selection and our prices are unbeatable: 50 cents for paperbacks and $1.00 for most hardcovers. For more information call 310-379-8475.

Donate toys and join us for the wrapping party! 11 a.m. until all the toys are wrapped. Joslyn Center, 1601 North Valley Drive, Manhattan Beach. Visit the website for more information and events at


Sunday 21
South Bay Galleria presents The Festival of Lights with a special Menorah Lighting. The Jewish
Community Center of the Beach Cities invites the community to celebrate with music, special tastes of traditional Chanukah food, and fun holiday crafts. Crafts will be provided to the first 50 children to arrive, starting at 4 p.m., 1815 Hawthorne Blvd., Redondo Beach. This is a free event. For information call 310-371-7546 or visit, starting at 5:30 p.m.

Beach Cities Swing Band Dance orchestra performs live at the Automobile Driving Museum. Enjoy an evening of fun, live music and vocalists and see fabulous antique cars in the museum. Celebrate the holidays and your love of music from 7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Couples and Singles welcome. Bring the Family! Ballroom Dance Floor. Admission is $8, free parking at 610 Lairport Street, El Segundo (1 blk. from Sepulvada.) See the band on YouTube. for more information, call  310-909-0950.

Free to Be Me Drum Circle from 12 noon – 3 p.m. Info and future dates go to or call Sabina at 310-318-7191.


Tuesday 23
Dinner at the Arts Food Trucks. Featuring the best of Los Angeles area food trucks, the events offer free parking, a casual dining area, and a safe, pleasant environment to enjoy the trendiest delicacies on four wheels from 5 – 9 p.m. at 1935 Manhattan Beach Blvd., (at Aviation Blvd.), Redondo Beach. Fro more information, visit


Wednesday 24
Christmas Eve at St. Peter’s by the Sea will be offering three unique services: At 4 p.m. – Children’s Christmas Play. Family-friendly service with cookies and cocoa after the service. At 7 p.m. – Celebration and Connection. Family-friendly service that’s informal, with familiar carols led by our praise band. At 9 p.m. – Candles and Communion: A Traditional Service. The Sanctuary Choir and Ringers by the Sea bell choir lead the music for this traditional family-friendly service with communion. The Rev. Paul Barrett preaching: Luke 2:1-20, “Restoration: Joy to the World,” at all three services. A candlelight gathering glows bright on our tree-lit patio as Silent Night is sung by all at the close of each service. Complimentary cookies. Childcare provided. Event is at 6410 Palos Verdes Drive South, Rancho Palos Verdes. Visit us at Please join us this Christmas Eve. All are welcome.

Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy Birding with Wildbirds Unlimited at George F Canyon Nature Preserve at 8:30 a.m. Binoculars provided, slow, easy walk. Free and open to the public at George F Canyon Nature Preserve, 27305 Palos Verdes Drive East, Rolling Hills Estates, 90274. For more information, contact 310-541-7613 ext. 201 or visit the website at


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