South Bay by Jackie Weekend Guide September 12, 2019 –

South Bay by Jackie Weekend Guide September 12, 2019

Summer isn’t quite over yet, but we’ll have the first pumpkin sightings starting this weekend. You know what that means…. before long, it will be turkeys and …

Summer isn’t quite over yet, but we’ll have the first pumpkin sightings starting this weekend. You know what that means…. before long, it will be turkeys and cornucopias, followed by Christmas trees and Hanukah menorahs. I kid you not! If you thought summer passed in the blink of an eye, wait until the onset of the fall season – that’s when time truly begins to fly. We already have a handful of holiday events listed on the website and over the next month, we’ll be inundated with the annual deluge of Halloween festivities. This time of year always reminds me of the start of a roller coaster ride. You creep up that first incline and once you arrive at the point of no return, your heart is lodged in your throat for the remainder of the ride. I’m strapping in and buckling up as I write this…..
If you’re reading this early enough, you may still have time to get there….. The Smoky Hollow Breakfast Club Kick Off will take place today, Thursday, September 12 from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at Coleman Frost. The Smoky Hollow Breakfast Club is El Segundo’s newest networking association. The event features breakfast, giveaways and Keynote Speaker Sara Shulting-Kranz. Sara Schulting-Kranz is a Professional Coach, Wilderness and Grand Canyon Guide, Executive Producer of “Walk Through This”, a documentary feature in production of her healing journey in nature. As a multiple trauma survivor, Sara coaches individual men and women through their own life-shifting journeys of healing and transformation. Tickets are $25. For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the Eventbrite page at Coleman Frost is located at 201 Nevada Street, El Segundo, CA 90245.
California Pizza Kitchen will host Pizza with a Purpose in support of the Manhattan Beach Police Department Pink Patch Project all day today, Thursday, September 12 at the Manhattan Beach location. This special fundraiser will send 20% of sales to the Soroptimist project to support women starting chemotherapy for breast cancer. Be sure to present this flyer to your server – you can print it out or (SAVE A TREE) show it on your phone and your server will credit your bill for dine-in or take-out to contribute to the fund. The MBPD will have a greeting table with t-shirts and other items for sale to also support these women. You can learn more about the comfort bags project and see one of the bags that are donated to women in chemotherapy. For additional information, visit the website at California Pizza Kitchen is located at 3320 North Sepulveda Boulevard, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.
The Proud Bird Airplane Park Grand Opening will take place today, Thursday, September 12 from 4 to 7 p.m. Celebrate the new Airplane Park at the food bazaar with family picnic tables, guided aviation tours, kid’s crafts station, photo booth, DJ, raffle with prizes, paper airplane contest and more! Enjoy $7 aviation themed cocktails and 15% discount for all LAX and airline employees! For additional information, visit the website at The Proud Bird is located at 11022 Aviation Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90045.
The Torrance-South Bay YMCA will host a Health & Wellness Fair today, Thursday, September 12 from 4 to 6 p.m. Looking to start the fall on a healthy note? Head to the Torrance-South Bay YMCA Health & Wellness Fair to find out how! Experience cooking classes, health food, screenings, giveaways, and more. Meet the personal trainers and try out new exercises with the Y-HIIT and Zumba demonstrations. This event is FREE and open to the public! For additional information, contact Amanda Martelli via email at or call 310-602-4910. The Torrance-South Bay YMCA is located at 2900 West Sepulveda Boulevard, Torrance, CA 90505.
The Point presents Fashion on Point tonight, Thursday, September 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. in The Point Plaza. As summertime starts to simmer down, it’s hard to say goodbye to outdoor concerts, endless ice cream and days at the pool, but at The Point in El Segundo, the fun never stops. Grab your fashionista friends and family as The Point will be hosting its annual Fashion on Point event with looks from various boutiques and shops showcasing their fall looks. This year, The Point invites you to enjoy runway seating, champagne from the Bubble Tap Trailer, a beauty bar, exclusive shopping parties and more. Participating shops and boutiques located at The Point include Planet Blue, Kendra Scott, Lucky Brand, Rabbit Ladders, No Rest for Bridget, Athleta, and more. Tickets are $20. Your ticket includes The Point Swag Bag, a passport with exclusive incentives and in-store parties, champagne from The Bubble Tap Trailer, reserved seating at the 7 p.m. runway fashion show featuring fall looks from The Point retailers. Tickets are $20. For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the Eventbrite page at The Point is located at 850 South Sepulveda Boulevard, El Segundo, CA 90245.

Creating Conversations book store continues their series of Author Events.
-Thursday, September 12 from 7 to 9 p.m. – Book Club A discussion on The Marriage Clock and book signing with author Zara Raheem.
-Thursday, October 17 from 7 to 9 p.m. – Book Club A discussion on The Nobodies and book signing with author Liza Palmer,
These events are FREE to attend! For additional information, visit the website at Creating Conversations is located at 2850 Artesia Boulevard, Suite 101, Redondo Beach, CA 90278.
The South Coast Botanic Garden hosts The Great Pumpkin Hunt daily September 13 through November 30 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Celebrate autumn with this perfect fall excursion in the Garden! Search for pumpkins while enjoying the Garden’s 87 acres. This annual tradition will have you exploring picturesque areas of the Garden in search of hidden pumpkins leading you to the unexpected. Bring your cameras and cell phones for plenty of fall photo opportunities along the way. Walking shoes, sunscreen and water bottles recommended. The hunt is family-friendly, imaginative, adventurous, and will require some hiking through the nature trails. Admission is free for Members. For nonmembers, the event is included with General Garden Admission. Advance tickets are strongly encouraged. For additional information, visit the website at The South Coast Botanic Garden is located at 26300 Crenshaw Boulevard, Palos Verdes, CA 90247.
Here’s something new and different…… Del Am Fashion Center is launching the Panana Night Market starting on Friday, September 13 and running through Sunday, September 15 from 4 to 11 p.m. in the parking lot across from AMC Theaters. Panana Night Market is bringing the tradition of Asian Night Markets to Torrance. The event features over 100 vendors, live performances, games and more, to bring families two weekends of fun entertainment this September and October. Come out for a night of fun with friends and family, where you can enjoy the food, music and art that lets us thrive in diversity with a mix of different cultures. #NomtheNight. Tickets are $5. For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the Eventbrite page at Del Amo Fashion Center is located at 3525 West Carson Street, Torrance, CA 90503.
Writing is my thing, so I always appreciate some good word play…. The South Coast Botanic Garden presents Social Irrigation on Friday, September 13 starting at 6 p.m. End your week in the most fun and relaxing way possible! Check out the Garden’s newest program, Social Irrigation. Bring your friends and family and let them take care of the rest. Beer, cider and wine will be available for sale onsite. Pre-purchase picnic box meals so it’s ready when you arrive, courtesy of Torrance Bakery. Of course, you are welcome to bring your own picnic as well. At 7 p.m., relax and enjoy music by Daniel Lopilato, or take a stroll throughout the Garden and enjoy The Great Pumpkin Hunt. Is there a better way to usher in the fall season? I don’t think so! Tickets are $12/$16. For additional information and ticket purchase, click here South Coast Botanic Garden is located at 26300 Crenshaw Boulevard, Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA 90274.
Join volunteers at Seaside Heroes Park for the monthly Community Beautification Event on Saturday, September 14 from 8 to 11 a.m. All are welcome to get down and dirty and lend a hand cleaning, weeding, and dead heading – including groups or individuals who need community service hours. Even though the park is small, it’s a huge job to keep it looking good. As of January 2019, volunteers have put over 1300 work hours into the project. This is a labor of love and the organizers are immensely grateful to anyone who gives their time. COME MAKE FRIENDS! DO GOOD! HAVE FUN! Meet at 22812 Kathryn Avenue in Torrance. Bring tools and gloves (if you have or will be supplied), sunscreen, water AND energy. Donations are also accepted via Paypal and personal check to cover the cost of water, tools, and promotion of the event. To schedule yourself or your group, contact Jenna Christensen at 310.920.9387 or via email at Seaside Heroes Park is located at 22851 Anza Avenue, Torrance, CA.
Use your powers for good at Goat Yoga for a Cause on Saturday, September 14 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at a private residence in Rolling Hills Estates. Experience GOAT YOGA led by certified instructors while Nigerian Dwarf goats roam the class. Participants inadvertently create playgrounds for these little goats while also experiencing spontaneous laughter, joy, happiness and stress relief. Mimosas will be served after the class! Attendees should bring a yoga mat (or towel), water and smart phone for Insta-worthy photos! Funds raised will benefit the Baja Bound organization. Space is limited so do not wait!!! Tickets are $50. For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the Eventbrite page at Venue location will be provided upon ticket purchase.

The City of Gardena Recreation & Human Services Department presents Workout 2 Remember on Saturday, September 14 from 10 a.m. to noon at Mas Fukai Park. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Senior Citizens Day Care Center, which provides care for clients suffering from Alzheimer’s, dementia-related illnesses, Parkinson’s, social isolation or frailty. The facility offers brain-stimulating programming that can give caregivers some respite and peace of mind that their loved one is being cared for. Money raised will go toward a recreation pet therapy program. Bring the whole family for yoga for a cause! Suggested donation is $5. For additional information, call 310-217-9537. Mas Fukai Park is located at 15800 South Brighton Avenue in Gardena.
The Redondo Beach Pier Association and Cancer Support Community host Yoga on the Octagon the second Saturday of each month (September 14) from 10 to 11 a.m. Everyone is welcome to attend and take part in this all level yoga class where the International Boardwalk meets the Redondo Beach Pier (the octagon below Kincaid’s). Participants should bring a yoga mat, towel and bottled water. For additional information, visit the website at The Redondo Beach Pier is located at 100 Fisherman’s Wharf, Redondo Beach, CA 90277. If it rains, the class will be held at Cancer Support Community at 109 West Torrance Boulevard.
The annual Lawndale Blues Festival will take place on Saturday, September 14 at 11 a.m. at Jane Addams Park. Sponsored by the City of Lawndale, the Festival will showcase the music of SmackDaddy Blues Band, Brooks Project featuring Gregg Wright, Awesome Blue, The Lawndale Blues Boys and Shari Puorto Band. Attendees should bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnic baskets. Alcohol is prohibited but food will be available for purchase. Canopies, umbrellas, and other portable shade equipment must be located in the canopy zone or be taken down once the festival begins. It’s a fantastic opportunity to enjoy some great music with family, friends and neighbors in the heart of the South Bay! For additional information, visit the website at or call (310) 973-3270. Jane Addams Park is located at 15114 Firmona Avenue, Lawndale, CA 90260.
The Neptunian Woman’s Club presents the annual fundraiser Food, Wine, Music on Saturday, September 14 from 2 to 4 p.m. at The Point. The event features lots of yummy food from Fresh Brothers, Bristol Farms, Mother’s Market and Mykies; wine from Uncorked and Plough Family Vineyards; beer from Lil’ Simmzy’s on the Deck and El Segundo Brewing; and soda and water courtesy of Chevron. Attendees will enjoy live music by Andy Caine & Friends and the opportunity to bid on lots of great silent auction items. Funds raised will benefit NWC scholarships and philanthropic programs. Tickets are $50, or save $20 and buy two for $80. For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the website at The Point is located at 850 South Pacific Coast Highway, El Segundo, CA 90245.
Del Amo Fashion Center presents the Summer Music Series on Saturday, September 14 from 2 to 4 p.m. The Summer Music Series showcases the Village Park lawn area, just outside AMC Theaters, with a variety of musical genres on the second Saturday of the summer months. Enjoy live music from local musicians, food and drink samples, outdoor games and more. The first 50 guests will receive a Signature Tote with retailer goodies. Don’t miss your chance to win a raffle prize! The Summer Music Series is scheduled for July 13, August 10, September 14 and October 5. For additional information, visit the website at Del Amo Fashion Center is located at 3525 Carson Street, Torrance, CA 90503.
Join the Hermosa Friends Foundation (HFF) for the Third Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, September 14 from 6 to 10 p.m. at a private residence. The mission of HFF is to encourage philanthropy and support charitable causes and charities. They rely mostly on the generosity of members who pay dues and give donations and meet once per quarter to choose charities to support and celebrate life. For additional information, visit the website at If you would like to be added to the guest list for this event, email
Palos Verdes Performing Arts opens its 37th season at the Norris Theater with three-time Emmy Award-winners, The Texas Tenors, on Saturday, September 14 at 7:30 p.m. From Puccini to Bruno Mars, the trio of classically trained singers perform a one-of-a-kind mix of Broadway, classical, pop and country, with a 30-piece orchestra. Since their whirlwind debut nine years ago on NBC’s America’s Got Talent, The Texas Tenors have accumulated a long list of awards and accolades including two hit PBS specials, chart-topping singles and albums, and over 6 million YouTube views. They have performed more than 1500 concerts around the world, including collaborations with some of the most prestigious symphonies, performing arts centers and arenas in the U.S. Tickets start at $67.50. For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the website at The Norris Theatre is located at 27570 Norris Center Drive in Rolling Hills Estates.

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Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital and the Redondo Pier Association present Movies on the Pier every Saturday night in September at 7:30 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to arrive early to enjoy one of the many restaurants located on Fisherman’s Wharf and International Boardwalk prior to the movie screening. A few favorites include R10 Social House, Quality Seafood, Kincaid’s, The Slip and Tony’s on the Pier. The schedule is as follows:
Saturday, September 7 – School of Rock
Saturday, September 14 – Karate Kid
Saturday, September 21 – Back to the Future
Saturday, September 28 – Grease
These events are free and open to the public. Attendee should bring low-back beach chairs. For additional information, visit the website at For a complete list of businesses, please visit The Redondo Beach Pier is located at the end of Torrance Boulevard, west of Pacific Coast Highway.
April’s Fools Comedy Improv Troupe presents The Fools Channel on Saturday, September 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the Second Story Theater. You’ll laugh out loud when the audience suggestions are turned into comedy on stage. Directed by Aki Umemoto and Steve Lurie. General admission tickets are $10 and $8 for seniors – or buy an annual pass, 12 shows for $60. For additional information and ticket purchase, call (310) 318-1705 or visit the website at The Second Story Theater is located at 710 Pier Avenue in Hermosa Beach.
The Manhattan Beach Police Department K-9 Unit and the Downtown Manhattan Beach Business Association present the annual Downtown Manhattan Beach Car Show on Sunday, September 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Attendees will enjoy live music, fun family events, raffle prizes and awesome car show. Last year’s show had a great turn out but they ran out of room on 13th St. This year, they’re moving down to Manhattan Avenue, a block from the beach and pier in beautiful Downtown Manhattan Beach. Proceeds from the show go directly to the Manhattan Beach Police K-9 Foundation. Car registration is $30. Be sure to bring your confirmation email on the day of the show for entry. All vehicles should enter at Manhattan Avenue and Manhattan Beach Boulevard. If you want to park as a group, you must line up as a group at entry. Parking opens up at 8:30 am. All vehicles must be in place by 10:00 am. Vehicles will not be allowed to leave until 2:00 p.m. This event is FREE for spectators! For additional information and registration, visit the website at
This is now my favorite Sunday afternoon activity……. The Portofino Hotel & Marina presents Sunday Funday @ The Dock from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Portofino Gas Dock. A little sun, a little surf, a little music – is there a better way to spend a Sunday afternoon? Enjoy tunes by local artists while sittin’ on the dock of the bay! They have a full bar set up and grill area with food for purchase. Come hang out on the dock!
September 1 – Brent George
September 8 – Arnie Vilches
September 15 – Feed the Kitty
September 22 – Arnie Vilches
For additional information, visit the website at The Portofino Gas Dock is located at 260 Portofino Way, Redondo Beach, CA 90277. Go past the hotel entrance, through the parking lot to the Marina Office.
Women’s Voices in Tech presents What’s Next for Women in Tech on Wednesday, September 18 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Motor Trend Group. If you’ve ever wondered what top tech leaders see when they look at the future of women in the tech, then don’t miss this informative event. Top executives from NBCUniversal, AT&T, Motor Trend Group and ZEFR will discuss:
-The greatest opportunities for growing your career in tech
-Trending roles: what’s hot now, and what’s just around the corner?
-The changing landscape for women working in male-dominated industries
-Overcoming bias in the workplace: what they’ve seen work in their companies
You’ll learn how each of these leaders built their careers, and the challenges they faced along the way. They’ll offer advice for women working in all tech disciplines, and answer your most burning questions. Tickets are $11/$16. For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the Eventbrite page at Motor Trend Group is located at 831 South Douglas Street, El Segundo, CA 90245.

MB SAFE is hosting a series of Information Meetings throughout the year, with the next one on Wednesday, September 18 from 7 to 9 p.m. at American Martyr’s Welcome Center. MBSAFE’s mission is to provide leadership to manage and eliminate the destructive consequences of homelessness in the community. The goal is to promote community awareness, engagement and support. Attendees will hear the story of Emily, a formerly homeless woman who suffered unaddressed mental illness. She is now a national speaker, a professional and a homeless advocate. She will share, from the most reliable point of view, what it’s like living on the streets, what works and what doesn’t. This is a FREE event and all are welcome to attend! For additional information and to RSVP, visit the Eventbrite page at American Martyr’s Welcome Center is located at 700 15 Street, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.
Here’s a HEADS-UP on a few events you’ll want to plan for now!
This event listing is current as of yesterday, but new events are posted EVERY DAY! Check the website for updates at… for details on these and other events happening throughout the South Bay.

All the Summer Concert Series have concluded with the exception of the Nelson’s Sound Series which runs through October. To view the schedule, visit

The El Segundo Police Department has announced that the next Community Police Academy will be starting on October 2, 2019. This free, 10-week session, will meet every Wednesday from 6 to 9 p.m. Apply now by contacting Sergeant Eric Atkinson at and get an inside look at the El Segundo Police Department.

Waterfront Education is now offering three New Classes for high schoolers. Do you have a high schooler who is interested in hands-on, in-depth, and outdoor-focused education? Does your student love the ocean but is tired of learning in the classroom? Then you might want to consider these three exciting new offerings from Waterfront Education!
Marine Biology: Student will leave as experts in marine biology, learning both in and out of the classroom, conducting experiments, performing field work, and exploring our local marine ecosystem!
Sailing: Come learn how to sail during this 12-week course! Students will gain knowledge in basic sail theory and seamanship while building teamwork skills and exploring the beautiful coastline firsthand.
Marine Mega-fauna: Explore all the amazing, large, and charismatic animals in the ocean, from whales to birds to sharks! Students will learn about these incredible creatures both in the classroom and on the water!
For additional information, visit the website at

Anticipation met with excitement this past week when the team from LACMA helped to install the Garden’s newest exhibit Hide and Seek: Art Meets Nature, works from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art at South Coast Botanic Garden. The project represents a pivotal moment for the Garden and for LACMA, as the art museum packs up its galleries for a major renovation project and the Garden opens its gates to a selection of notable works for long-term display. The sculptures will be placed in the back 40 acres as a compliment to the two permanent sculptures already on display in the formal collection areas. For additional information, visit the website at South Coast Botanic Garden is located at 26300 Crenshaw Boulevard, Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA 90274.

This morning on The South Bay Show: South Bay Spotlight, Joe and I will be doing a round-up of all the fun events scheduled this weekend! Tune in! Listen to the podcast live at 8 a.m. or anytime at Tune in every Thursday at 8 a.m. to keep up with what’s going down throughout in the South Bay!

Tomorrow morning on The South Bay Show: Manhattan Beach Chamber 360, our guests will be Adam Beach, Michael Browoleit and Marc Conneely from Beach Financial Group and we’ll be discussing cyber invasion insurance, earthquake insurance, terrorism coverage for business and home… all 3 of which are typically overlooked or totally dismissed. Listen to the podcast live at 8 a.m. or anytime at Tune in every Friday morning and discover what’s happening in Manhattan Beach!

Have a fabulous South Bay weekend!