Starting December 1, Santa and his Elves will once again travel the streets of Redondo Beach. The tour will begin in the north end of town, ending in the south end of town on December 18. December 19th, 20 and 21 will be used as make up days if needed.
Santa sure is getting around this season!
The Torrance Police Officers’ Association will be hosting and escorting the Santa Float from November 30 to December 21.
Santa will be touring Torrance neighborhoods over the next couple of weeks and taking notes!
The schedule is as follows:
Santa will work his way through Manhattan Beach neighborhoods from December 1 through December 18.
Sponsored by Soroptomist International of Manhattan Beach and escorted by the Manhattan Beach Police Reserves, the float will stop in the middle of each block for photo ops and lists.
Santa is a pretty busy guy this time of year and has a schedule to keep so there are no rain dates scheduled.
The South Bay offers so many enjoyable pastimes during the holiday season.
One of the most popular events happens in the Sleepy Hollow neighborhood of Torrance.
Taking place for over 40 years, the Sleepy Hollow Christmas Lights Extravaganza (also known as Candy Cane Lane) is one of the largest holiday decoration displays in the country.
You can walk or drive through the neighborhood reveling in the sights, sounds and scents of the season. (Read More)
Santa’s Sleigh is scheduled to visit El Segundo from December 8 through the 11 and again from December 15th through the 17th.
Santa will begin his tour on the west side of El Segundo and work his way east toward Sepulveda Boulevard, which he’ll reach by the 16 or 17, depending on rain delays.
As always, admission is FREE!
For additional information, visit the website at http://www.ESMoA.org or call 424-277-1020.
El Segundo Museum of Art is located at 208 Main Street in El Segundo.
Gather a few friends for an all levels class taught by certified Yogi Katherine Guerra.
The Monday class starts at 8:30 a.m. and is an hour long. The Saturday class is from 9 to 10 a.m.
The class is $10 per person and complimentary for hotel guests.
This event is ‘weather permitting’, so don’t show up if it’s raining, and attendees should bring their own mat.
This is a terrific way to start the day!
Call 310-546-4995 to reserve your spot!
The weekly event will engage and educate beer lovers on new and popular craft and artisanal beers and will showcase a notable master brewer or brewery representative for informal tastings and beer-chat with guests.
Pint Night festivities are open to the public and begin promptly at 6 p.m. There is no admission fee and participants who purchase the spotlighted brew will receive a commemorative glass from the brewery. (Limit: one glass per person, while supplies last.) (Read More)
Every Wednesday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. guests are invited to demo Tarsan’s line of Laird boards free of charge.
This is not a class – it’s an opportunity to get your feet wet (pun intended) trying out this popular activity.
Attendees must reserve a board prior to the event each week. Stop by the shop, call or visit the website to reserve a board ahead of time.
Waterman’s in Hermosa Beach will be offering drink and dinner specials and giveaways to promote this new Wednesday night pastime. (Read More)
Support local merchants and get a jump start on the weekend at the Downtown Torrance Market Place!
Every Thursday, Old Town Torrance takes to the streets with gifts, arts and crafts, jewelry, art, clothing, antiques and more!
The weekly event features live music, tastings and product demonstrations and runs from 3 to 8 p.m.
Torrance expert Dave Brownlee of Antique Appraisals will place a value on your treasures for $3 per item.
Downtown restaurants and shops will stay open late with sidewalk sales and Market Place specials.
Led by yoga instructor, Ryann MacMurdo, the classes take place on the roof top at pool side with an incredible ocean view.
It’s a refreshing and rejuvenating way to end the work week and start the weekend!
Classes take place at 6:30 p.m. on Friday evenings and 9 a.m. on Saturday mornings.
Attendees should bring a yoga mat, water and jacket in case of cool weather.
Start your Saturday with PLAY @ ESMoA, an early childhood program designed for 3 and 4 year olds and their favorite adult companion.
PLAY @ ESMoA will introduce the youngest visitor to art through age-appropriate short stories, gallery play activities and an art activity.
These workshops last one hour and are led by ESMoA Education Specialists. (Read More)
Founded by Brian and Eva Sweeney and curated by Bernhard Zuenkeler, ESMoA is a non-profit art space located in a new building next to the former post office on Main Street. (Read More)
Southern California has a rich automotive history and the Automobile Driving Museum (ADM) is a favorite of car aficionados.
Located at 610 Lairport Street in El Segundo, the ADM exists to preserve automotive history with an impressive, rotating collection of 130 classic, antique and historic cars on display. (Read More)
Did you know that Tequila is a regional specific name for a distilled beverage made from the blue agave plant, primarily in the area surrounding the city of Tequila, northwest of Guadalajara, and in the highlands of the north western Mexican state of Jalisco? *
No? Then amigos, it’s time to head back to school for a lesson in Tequila….
Ortega 120 hostsTequila University the first Tuesday of every month from 7 to 9 p.m.
Named one of the ‘Top 30 Things to Do in LA’ by Where Magazine, the event is hosted by award-winning mixologist and tequila aficionado Demi Stevens.
This popular class features a different tequila company every month and students quickly discover that learning has never been so…..tasty.
These monthly group hikes were created to give all dogs and their two-legged buddies a much needed opportunity to enjoy a healthy outdoor activity in the company of other dogs and people. It’s the most fulfilling and primal activity a dog can experience. (Read More)
Join the vintage treasure hunt every fourth Sunday at the Torrance Antique Street Faire from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in historic downtown Torrance.
Over 200 sellers will be set up along the tree lined streets with antiques, collectibles, vintage clothes, furniture, jewelry, toys, tools, home decor and more…all on sale at bargain prices! (Read More)
If you’ve always wanted to learn more about wine but were afraid to ask, you don’t want to miss this class!
Manhattan Beach luxury boutique Shade Hotel hosts a monthly Wine Academy on the third Thursday of each month.
Wine loving friends can gather to socialize, taste and learn from experts about new wines in a relaxed, fun, atmosphere and Shade’s rooftop SkyDeck classroom offers stellar sunset views of the South Bay in lieu of a chalkboard! (Read More)
Stroll along the sidewalks of this charming coastal village overflowing with quaint shops, extraordinary restaurants and firms offering every service imaginable: from salons and accountants to travel and fitness. Shops will stay open for business until 8 p.m.
A raffle drawing for Village gift bags add to the fun. Spend a total of $50 at participating businesses (restaurants excluded) to be eligible to enter the drawing. At the time of your first purchase, fill out an information card and present it whenever you make a purchase.
In addition, the evening features live entertainment scattered throughout the Village from 6 to 8 p.m. (Read More)
All ages and musical abilities are welcome to this FREE event; drums and percussion instruments are provided for everyone.
This is a casual group of friends and music lovers that enjoy sharing the joy of music with the community and it’s a particular pleasure when children get involved. (Read More)
There’s something romantic about a lighthouse….
If you’ve ever driven along the coast of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, chances are you’ve caught a glimpse of the Point Vicente Lighthouse.
Built in 1926, the 67 foot high tower is perched on a cliff offering breathtaking views of the endless Pacific and its beacon can be seen from twenty miles at sea. (Read More)
Ballroom dancing is more popular than ever before and you don’t have to be a ‘star’ to take part in this popular pastime.
Walk In, Dance Out hosts Swing & Sway at the Joslyn Center in Manhattan Beach the second Friday of every month from 8 to 11 p.m.
If you’ve ever dreamed of tripping the light fantastic, this is your chance.
The South Bay ballroom dancing community is extraordinarily welcoming and encouraging, so even if you’re a beginner, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to practice your moves and dare I say, strut your stuff.
The 16 piece dance orchestra performs from 7 to 9:30 p.m. and showcases a different vocalist each month.
The event features classic swing music, non-stop dancing, refreshments for purchase and all those fabulous vintage automobiles.
We’ve all heard of the Segway but have you been on one yet?
South Bay Mobile Tours operates out of Riviera Village in Redondo Beach and offers a variety of tours around the South Bay by Segway.
Instruction takes all of twenty minutes and before you know it you’re off on an adventure.
The $20 mini tour provides the perfect opportunity to get a feel for the technology.
The mission of Torrance Cultural Arts Foundation is to enrich the community through the performing arts by providing diverse cultural, educational and entertainment experiences of the highest quality.
Located at the heart of the South Bay, the Torrance Cultural Arts Center houses the James R. Armstrong Theatre and George Nakano Theatre.
RBPAC plays host to the Distinguished Speaker Series, the Los Angeles Ballet, 3D Theatricals and live concerts including the Southern California Slack Key Festival, Aloha Falsetto Festival, Los Angeles Flamenco Festival, Los Angeles Guitar Festival and Gypsy Jazz Festival.
Since 1931, when it was founded as a cultural arm of the planned community of Palos Verdes Estates, the Art Center’s exhibitions, educational and outreach programs have made the visual arts available, accessible and affordable.
Throughout the season, PVPA stages an eclectic selection of productions, including the best of Broadway’s plays and musicals, revues and concert performances as well as classes and camps. (Read More)
Do you enjoy watching the latest foreign and independent films but loathe driving to theaters in Pasadena or Santa Monica to see them?
The South Bay Film Society was created to bring the best of new foreign and independent films to the big screen in the South Bay.
The Society screens films shortly after they play art house theaters in West Los Angeles, Santa Monica, and Pasadena and well before the films are available on DVD. (Read More)
The motion picture industry has made dramatic advances since the invention of the first movie camera in the late nineteenth century – from the introduction of ‘talkies’ to 3D technology, the movies have come a long way – but have you ever wondered what it was like to watch a movie where the only accompaniment was live music?
Filmgoers can experience the Silent Era of film at the Old Town Music Hall in El Segundo.
The South Bay is world-renowned for its miles of delightful beaches and coastline – but did you know there are also hundreds of acres of woodlands, meadows and trails just waiting to be explored?
One of the South Bay’s best kept secrets is the surprising amount of natural habitat to be found in the area and it is the mission of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy to “preserve land and restore habitat for the enjoyment and education of all.”
They host a full calendar of popular activities, volunteer workdays, training programs and special events throughout the year including:
The South Bay has several terrific Farmers’ Markets throughout the week.
These are great community amenities that provide an opportunity to shop locally for the freshest, seasonal produce available.
Here’s a schedule by day of the week:
The Roundhouse Marine Studies Lab and Aquarium is ideally located at the end of the Manhattan Beach Pier.
Open daily to the public free of charge, the Roundhouse is dedicated to teaching students and visitors about the oceans, marine life and the environment.
They offer a variety of programs including class field trips, volunteer opportunities, summer camps and more. Group tours are also available by reservation. (Read More)
Are you looking for ways to expand your child’s education? Expose them to the world at large? Teach them the benefits of stewardship? Engender an atmosphere of adventure and exploration?
A visit to SEA Lab accomplishes all this and more in a fun and stimulating environment.
Mankind has employed birds of prey to hunt for thousands of years. Falconry is “the taking of wild quarry in its natural state and habitat by means of a trained raptor” and the sport has been around for a long, long time.
Have you ever had an opportunity to view a hawk or falcon up close and personal? Have you ever watched them hunt? Falconry is a fascinating pastime and if you’ve ever wondered about this ancient pursuit and would like to learn more about it, you’re in luck.(Read More)
We wake up on weekend mornings and contemplate all the things we could and should accomplish with our free time. As everyone knows, keeping up with the Joneses is a full time occupation….but seriously, when was the last time you squandered away a perfectly good afternoon?
As Lin Yutang professed, “If you can spend a perfectly useless afternoon in a perfectly useless manner, you have learned how to live.”
Many places claim to be dog friendly – hotels, parks, shops, even entire towns – but when it comes to dining, there are few and far between that actually practice what they preach. Fortunately, for our furry friends that frequent the South Bay, there is an establishment that encourages inter-species dining.
Nelson’s at Terranea in Palos Verdes is a casual dining venue, one of seven restaurant options at the resort. The freestanding structure is situated on a bluff overlooking the Pacific with magnificent views of Catalina. (Read More)
When you live in Southern California, it is predestined you will have friends and family come to visit. Often. Let’s be honest – hosting visitors can be a chore. You want your guests to enjoy their time here in the Land of LA but you’ve done Hollywood Boulevard and lunch at the Ivy to death.
Here’s a better idea – why not treat them to truly unique L.A. experience without leaving the South Bay? Treat your guests to lunch and take them to IN-N-OUT Burger at 9149 S Sepulveda Boulevard in Westchester. (Read More)
Cruising along Vista Del Mar on any given afternoon you’ve probably seen the colorful hang gliders hovering above the dunes overlooking the Pacific. Go ahead, admit it – you’ve wanted to stop and check out the action but for one reason or another kept driving.
Here’s an idea: Pack a picnic lunch, drive to Dockweiler State Beach, unfurl a blanket and spend an hour or two lounging on the beach watching a few adventurous souls take hang gliding lessons. (Read More)