I’m a planner, not a procrastinator, so when I received notice that my driver’s license will expire this year, I immediately went online to make an appointment at the DMV. I tried every DMV office north to the valley and south to Orange County and there wasn’t one appointment available. Not one! They’re always telling us to make appointments instead of walking in, so this is not only frustrating, it’s outrageous. (Pardon the rant, I had to vent.) On a much brighter note, I attended the inaugural MLK Jr. Day Celebration at the Redondo Beach Civic Center this past Monday night. What a lovely remembrance! Kudos to the RBPD Community Engagement Board, specifically, Tonya McKenzie, Dr. Marcus Goodloe and Captain Jon Naylor for organizing such a wonderful event. They also unveiled a new MLK Jr. memorial bench in front of the police station, so when you’re in the area, stop for a moment, take a breath and have a seat. I may have to do just that after dropping in at the DMV without an appointment.DineLA Restaurant Week continues through January 31. DineLA Restaurant Week is a bi-annual dining event established to introduce diners to the extensive assortment of restaurants in neighborhoods throughout Los Angeles County. Local foodies and visitors to the area will have the opportunity to enjoy a selection of specially priced prix fixe menus from some of LA’s best restaurants during this this period. Restaurants from El Segundo to Palos Verdes will be participating in this culinary event. Some of the restaurants will feature lunch, some will offer dinner and some will present both so be sure to check the website at https://www.discoverlosangeles.com/dinela. Diners may make a reservation online at Open Table or contact the restaurant directly. Due to the popularity of this event, advance reservations are strongly recommended. Walk-ins are welcome but there is no guarantee they can be accommodated. This is a great opportunity to sample something different and it’s sure to whet your appetite without emptying your wallet!Fair-Trade Rug Event Wednesday, January 22 through Sunday, January 26 at the shop in Redondo Beach from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Shop over 300 hand-knotted Chobi, Persian, Kazak, Bokhara and other types of rugs in various shapes and sizes, from runners to room. Made by adult artisans who are paid a fair and equal income, these rugs will withstand most messes life brings. For additional information, visit the website at http://www.tenthousandvillages.com/redondobeach#fndtn-home or call 310-465-1600. Ten Thousand Villages is located at 1907 S. Catalina Avenue, Redondo Beach, CA 90277.Stay or Go? today, Thursday, January 23 at 7 p.m. at Hesse Park. In a wildfire or earthquake does one evacuate or shelter in place? This is an informal, short presentation followed by an open Q&A and is geared mainly towards the inexperienced Peninsula resident who is unprepared. Topics covered will include what it takes to be ready to evacuate your family as well as what you need to do to be ready to shelter in place. Learn simple steps you can take today to protect yourself, your family, and your home. With the wind-driven wildfires we have seen and the earthquakes we are familiar with, along with the new long term extended power outages, it is important that residents take some simple steps that will help them prepare and protect themselves, their families and pets. This event is FREE and all ages are encouraged to attend. Online RSVPs are appreciated, yet not required. To RSVP, visit https://form.jotform.com/200067937631152. Hesse Park is located at 29301 Hawthorne Boulevard, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275.
The Downtown Manhattan Beach Sidewalk Sale will take place Friday, January 24 through Sunday, January 26 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Over 75 stores slash prices so low, like 50-75% off! It’s time to clean out the closet and make room for all those great deals you’re going to find. Participating stores look forward to sharing the best deals and some stores start on Thursday with a “sneak peek” and local’s discount… just ask! For additional information, visit the website at https://www.downtownmanhattanbeach.com/sidewalk-sale.Sail Away Spa Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting on Friday, January 24 from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. The community is invited to stop by and check out the new hotel spa! Attendees will enjoy light refreshments while touring the new facility. For additional information, visit the website at https://web.redondochamber.org/events/Grand-Opening-and-Ribbon-Cutting-2690/details. The Crowne Plaza Hotel is located at 300 North harbor Drive, Redondo Beach, CA 90277.Community-Wide Garage Sale on Saturday, January 25 from 7 to noon. Initiated as part of the Hermosa Beach Safe Access Sidewalk Education Program, the goal is to provide the community with opportunities to make space in their garages to reduce the number of vehicles parking over sidewalks. The event provides the added benefit of cleaning up unwanted items from homes and garages, extending the useful life of items by reusing and recycling, and ensuring the proper disposal of household hazardous waste items. For additional information and to register your garage sale, visit the website at https://www.hermosabeach.gov/our-government/city-manager/environmental-programs/community-wide-garage-sale.Dog’s Day at the Garden on Saturday, January 25 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dogs’ Day at the Garden welcomes all leashed dogs to explore most of the Garden’s 87 acres (there will be some areas off limits for dogs). Dogs’ Day will also feature Dog Yoga with Rory, and demos from the Lomita Obedience Training Club and A Bark Idea Training. Vendors like Furkids Boutique, Camp Run-A-Mutt and Redondo Dog will also be on site selling treats and accessories your fur babies will love. There will also be refreshments available for our two-legged friends including food, beer and wine! Feeling all the dog love? Get it captured on camera by Diana Lundin Pet Photography who will be taking free pet portraits! Visitors who bring their four-legged friends will be expected to pick up after their pet and keep them on a leash at all times. There will also be designated dog-free areas for those who don’t wish to participate in Dogs’ Day. Admission is free with membership or Garden admission. Dogs are $1 per paw. For additional information, visit the website at https://southcoastbotanicgarden.org/. South Coast Botanic Garden is located at 26300 Crenshaw Boulevard, Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA, 90274.Museums Free-for-All Day. The Automobile Driving Museum will participate along with other museums across Southern California in Free-for-All Day on Saturday, January 25. The Automobile Driving Museum will welcome its visitors free of charge, as all suggested donations will be waived. For additional information, visit the website at https://www.automobiledrivingmuseum.org/event/museums-free-for-all-2020/. The Automobile Driving Museum is located at 610 Lairport Street, El Segundo, CA 90245.FREE Group Ice Skating Lessons for interested beginners in conjunction with US Figure Skating’s National Skating Month on Saturday, January 25 at 12:40 pm. Interested skaters must check-in at the front desk to pay for admission and rental in order to take the free introductory 30-minute class. US Figure Skating Instructors will meet and welcome skaters in the Arena’s lobby. Arrive 30 minutes before the lesson to be properly laced up, have an opportunity to walk in the skates and receive off-ice instruction before stepping onto the ice. Skaters are to wear warm, comfortable, layered clothing, as well as gloves and protective gear is recommended. Lesson curriculum will include beginner basics: marching, gliding, stopping, body alignment/balance and how to fall safely and get up. For additional information, call The Skating Edge Ice Arena at (310) 325-4474 or visit the website at http://www.skatingedgeicearena.com. The Skating Edge, a year-round ice rink facility, is located at 23770 South Western Avenue in Harbor City.
ShockBoxx Gallery presents the Opening Reception: Intergalactic Open on Saturday, January 25 from 6 to 9 p.m. After an open art call spanning all galaxies and solar systems, the ShockBoxx crew has narrowed down the field to the best of the best. All mediums, all styles, they’ve got it covered. For additional information, visit the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1386362734875955/. ShockBoxx Gallery is located at 636 Cypress Avenue, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254.Torrance Antique Street Faire takes place on Sunday, January 26 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event features 200+ sellers offering antiques, collectibles, vintage clothes, jewelry, LP’s, toys, tools, plants, home decor and more. Have your antiques appraised for only $3, enjoy a free crafting activity with Karen’s Krafts 4 Kids and live music. Rain or shine, free admission and pet friendly! For additional information, call (310) 328-6107 or visit the website at http://www.torranceantiquefaire.com/. The Torrance Antique Street Faire is located at 1317 Sartori Avenue in downtown Torrance.Louis Zamperini’s Birthday on Sunday, January 26 at 3 p.m. at the Torrance Historical Society & Museum. The community is invited for an afternoon of cupcakes, can’t-see-anywhere-else-in-the-world memorabilia, and to watch the City’s Centennial DVD of Lois Zamperini: Triumph of the Torrance Tornado, and the clip of when Louis won the 1934 Southern California Track & Field Championship. The DVD is approximately 15 minutes long. “Running in what was celebrated as the best field of high school milers in history, Louie routed them all and smoked the mile in 4:21:2, shattering the national high school record, set during World War 1, by more than 2 seconds.” Laura Hillenbrand, author of Unbroken. Some of the items on display will include:http://www.torrancehistoricalsociety.org/. The Torrance Historical Society & Museum is located at 1345 Post Avenue in Torrance.Wild & Scenic Film Festival on Sunday, January 26 at 4 p.m. at West High School in Torrance. The Wild & Scenic Film Festival started in 1983 and is now the largest film festival of its kind in the United States. W&SFF partners internationally present “On Tour” festivals by engaging hosts to jointly raise awareness of preservation issues in nature. The Conservancy is proud to present an exciting selection of adventurous and inspirational films about nature. With beautiful cinematography and some remarkable individuals, the passion is contagious. Tickets are $15 on-line and $20 at the door. For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the website at https://pvplc.org/. West High School is located at 20401 Victor Street, Torrance, CA 90503.Let’s Connect Mixer http://sbbwa.com/. Panela’s Brazil Cuisine is located at 2808 Phelan Lane, Redondo Beach, CA 90278.City Council Candidates Forum on Wednesday, January 29 from 7:30 to 10 a.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton. The community is encouraged to attend the event and hear from the candidates. Invited participants include George Chen, Geoff Rizzo, Sue Herbers, Sharon Kalani, Andrew DeBlock and Mike Griffiths. Tickets are $15. For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the website at https://www.torrancechamber.com/event/candidatesforum2020/. DoubleTree by Hilton is located at 21333 Hawthorne Boulevard, Torrance, CA.
The Hawthorne Business Expo 2020 will take place on Wednesday, January 29 from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Hawthorne Memorial Center. Join local business owners and employment professionals at this year’s expo. Learn how to access a wealth of opportunities, advice and no-cost resources from local, state and national agencies that can help you improve, evolve and expand your business. Learn how to develop your social media presence; obtain financing; access no-cost resources to build your business; protect your computer and cybersecurity; and learn website essentials for small businesses. Take advantage of the networking opportunities awaiting you with other entrepreneurs and successful business owners large and small. Vote for a favorite local business and restaurant in Hawthorne – show them how much you care that they are in the community! To vote, visit http://www.hawthornebusinessexpo.com/vote. This event is FREE to attend for the public! For additional information and FREE tickets, visit the website at http://www.hawthornebusinessexpo.com. Hawthorne Memorial Center is located at 3901 El Segundo Boulevard, Hawthorne, CA.Here’s a HEADS-UP on a few events you’ll want to plan for now!https://www.southbaybyjackie.com/women-tech-networking-happy-hourhttps://www.southbaybyjackie.com/virtual-campfire-project-barleyhttps://www.southbaybyjackie.com/drive-movie-nights-rodium-torrancehttps://www.southbaybyjackie.com/beach-cities-symphony-2https://www.southbaybyjackie.com/library-after-darkhttps://www.southbaybyjackie.com/redondo-beach-super-bowl-10khttps://www.southbaybyjackie.com/peninsula-cars-coffee-2https://www.southbaybyjackie.com/palos-verdes-peninsula-land-conservancy-activitieshttps://www.southbaybyjackie.com/first-saturday-sweephttps://www.southbaybyjackie.com/java-man-jam-2https://www.southbaybyjackie.com/torrance-rose-float-celebration-dinnerhttps://www.southbaybyjackie.com/casino-nighthttps://www.southbaybyjackie.com/jokers-hey-19https://www.southbaybyjackie.com/piano-men-generationsThis event listing is current as of yesterday, but new events are posted EVERY DAY! Check the website for updates athttp://www.southbaybyjackie.com for details on these and other events happening throughout the South Bay.
Wow! The hits just keep coming! Manhattan Beach was named America’s #1 Best City to Live!Check out the article at https://247wallst.com/special-report/2020/01/13/americas-50-best-cities-to-live-8/11/.The South Bay Show podcast? Just say, “Alexa, play The South Bay Show podcast.” Or “Siri, play The South Bay Show podcast.” Or “Google, play The South Bay Show podcast. See? Easy peasy! Listen during your commute to work, or during your workout at the gym – it’ll make the time fly by!The South Bay Show: South Bay Spotlight, our guest is Susan Wilcox, Director of Development for the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy and we’re going to learn about the annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival taking place on Sunday, January 26 at 4 p.m. at West High School in Torrance and what attendees can expect. Listen live at 8 a.m. or at your leisure at https://www.southbaybyjackie.com/susan-wilcox-wild-scenic-film-festival Tune in every Thursday morning at 8 a.m. to keep up with what’s going down throughout the South Bay!The South Bay Show: Manhattan Beach 360, we’ll have a returning guest, DeAnn Chase from Chase Law Group and she’s going to tell us about AB 5 and other new CA laws that went into effect this year. Listen live at 8 a.m. or at your leisure at https://www.southbaybyjackie.com/deann-chase-new-california-laws Tune in every Friday morning at 8 a.m. for the latest happenings in Manhattan Beach!
- South Bay Residents Squeeze In Last-Minute Shopping Before Lockdown
- COVID Bay Area Exodus: Rents Continue To Tumble Across Bay Area, South Bay Sees 20% Drop
- 6 South Bay Residents Indicted In Stolen Mail, Identity Theft Scheme
- 2020 Election Live Updates: Arizona certifies President-elect Biden’s win — by nearly 10,500 votes — over Trump
- Bay Briefing: California COVID-19 hospitalizations hit new high
- Bay Area braces for lockdown as California case counts, hospitalizations soar
- Weekend forecast: Light showers bring relief to parched Bay Area
- Charts show how Bay Area’s local ICU shortages compare across California, nation
- Modest morning quake hits south of Ukiah, wakes Lakeport, felt north and south
- When could Bay Area’s biggest fires be contained? Cal Fire updates its estimates as Labor Day nears
- Weekend forecast brings potential fire risk for Northern California — in December
- In Bay Area, 17 pediatric patients are among those hospitalized with COVID-19
- Protest In Support Of Indian Farmers Slows Traffic On Bay Bridge
- How Bay Area hospitals are coping with a surge of ICU patients and nursing shortages
- Bay Briefing: The five Californias — and what they mean for new coronavirus restrictions
- Bay Area public schools struggling to respond to next big health crisis: hungry kids
- Did people in the Bay Area travel for Thanksgiving? Here’s what data show
- Bay Briefing: Bay Area finalizing vaccine plans
- Bay Briefing: Heat, wind and air quality worsen as wildfires rage
- Big Waves Create Spectacular But Dangerous Surf Along Bay Area Coast
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