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Jackie's South Bay Weekend Guide for April 24, 2014

There’s no shortage of fun activities happening over the next few days. I’ve listed the special events here but there are several ongoing activities taking place as well, so be sure to visit the website.

The South Bay by Jackie Weekend Guide is THE source for leisure activities and events happening throughout the South Bay!
Courtesy of MB Chamber

The LA25 present the third annual ART90266 on Thursday, April 24 from 6 to 10 p.m. at Shade Hotel in Manhattan Beach. Art90266 is a live and silent auction of fine art, photography and mixed media by world-class artists from within and around the South Bay. The auction raises money and awareness for the arts and education within the South Bay community. Attendees will enjoy fabulous cocktails and hors de oeuvres and have the opportunity to view live painting demonstrations in the Courtyard and Zinc Lounge. This event is made possible by the generous donations of talent and time by amazing artists and other local businesses. This is the South Bay, so beach chic attire is the only way to go. Tickets are $125 per person and are available through Eventbrite here. This year’s proceeds will go towards sending over 1,400 South Bay students to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. For additional information, visit the website at or call 310-546-4995. Shade Hotel is located at 1221 North Valley Drive in Manhattan Beach.

Total Wine & More presents Under the Tuscan Sun Wine Class on Thursday, April 24 at the Redondo Beach superstore location. Grab your passport get ready to explore one of the most romantic and famous wine appellations in the world. From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., guests will take a tour through Tuscany, sipping on some of the most famed wines of the region, specifically from the Morellino di Scansano and Brunello di Montalcino regions. The tasting tour will walk guests through a series of eight delicious Italian wines highlighting delectable reds from Tuscany. This delicious and fun wine class is only $20 per person. Seating is limited, so call to make reservations today! The event will be held at the Total Wine & More superstore located at 1505 Hawthorne Boulevard in South Bay Marketplace in Redondo Beach. For more information and to make reservations, call 310-542-1460 or visit the website at

The long, hot summer is just around the corner…..are you ready for beach season? Luminata Laser & Aesthetics is offering a free sampling of the latest body sculpting technique. Join the Luminata team on Thursday, April 24 from 5 to 8 p.m. for a CoolSculpting Event featuring the new treatment for saddlebags. Guests will enjoy light bites and drinks while learning about this unique freezing method. Attendees will also have an opportunity to win a FREE treatment and can take advantage of a one-time only savings on a CoolSculpting package. These are very popular events and space is limited! To RSVP, call 310-792-5907. For additional information, visit the website at Luminata Laser & Aesthetics is located at 1815 Via El Prado in Redondo Beach.

Our Lady of Guadalupe Church of Hermosa Beach presents La Fiesta 2014! The festivities get underway Friday, April 25 and run through Sunday, April 27. This popular annual event features live music, carnival rides, games, food and fun for the whole family. The Beer Garden offers guests ice cold beer, wine and margaritas. Buy a ticket for a chance at the raffle with multiple payouts and a grand prize of $5000! Browse the silent auction for an amazing assortment of items up for bid. Hours are: Friday from 5 to 10 p.m., Saturday from noon to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For additional information, call 310- 372-7077 or visit the website at Our Lady of Guadalupe is located at 320 Massey Avenue in Hermosa Beach.

The North Redondo Beach Business Association presents the annual SpringFest Carnival & Community Festival beginning Thursday, April 24 and running through Sunday, April 27. The event features arts & crafts, kid’s zone, food court and gourmet food trucks and of course, carnival rides and games. The carnival takes place at Aviation Park, a 14 acre recreation facility located at the corner of Aviation and Manhattan Beach Boulevards near the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center. Hours are:

Thursday & Friday: 5 to 11 p.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

To purchase advance ride tickets and information, visit the website at or call 310-943-9007.

The Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce presents the South Bay Business Leaders’ Summit on Friday, April 25. The South Bay Business Leaders’ Summit, formerly the Women in Business Conference, will be completely re-vamped this year to offer attendees a day full of noteworthy speakers and highly informative and relevant breakout sessions. Now open to a broader audience, attendees will have the opportunity to meet and network with business professionals to share ideas, best business practices and advice from some of the most successful professionals in the South Bay and beyond. The Summit will take place on April 25, 2014 from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Manhattan Beach Marriott. Tickets start at $125 and are available through the Chamber’s website at Confirmed speakers include, keynote speaker, Gwynne Shotwell, the COO of SpaceX; Jamie Gutfreund of CAA’s The Intelligence Group; and Bob Schwartz founder of and currently the Founder and CEO of 47 B Street. In addition, there will be four breakout sessions during the day filled with seasoned and respected panelists. An all-new exciting feature of the Summit will be a ‘Pitch Tank’ session. Pre-selected entrepreneurs and product visionaries will have the opportunity to pitch their business concepts to a panel of venture capitalists and investment bankers to gain feedback, advice and even possible funding. This session is bound to be a highlight for attendees and offer them an insight into product ideation, marketing and finance fundamentals. For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the website at or call 310.545.5313. The Manhattan Beach Marriott is located at 1400 Parkview Avenue in Manhattan Beach.

Join Museum Educator and French Culinary Institute-educated chef Maite Gomez-Rejón for an evening of provocative art, inventive recipes and hands-on culinary technique during the Savoring Silence Cooking Art History Class at El Segundo Museum of Art on Friday, April 25 from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Explore the elements of art through looking, cooking and savoring with ArtBites after an informal tour of ESMoA’s current in-gallery Experience 09: SILENCE. Attendees will then work together to prepare and enjoy a seasonal meal inspired by the gallery talk which explores the themes of color, texture, line, space and shape. The fee is $95 per person (payable to ArtBites) and includes the tour, recipes, all ingredients, full sit-down meal in the gallery and wine. Guests must register in advance here: For additional information, visit the ESMoA website at or call 424-277-1020. ESMoA is located at 208 Main Street in El Segundo.

The Norris Center for the Performing Arts presents the madcap musical comedy, The Drowsy Chaperone, beginning April 25 and running through May 11. Winner of five Tony Awards, the toe-tapping trip back to the golden age of musicals is one of the funniest and most original shows in Broadway history. Featuring music and lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison and written by Bob Martin and Don McKellar, The Drowsy Chaperone spoofs musical-comedy fanatics as well as the genre itself and the extravagant musicals of the 1920s. Critics have called the show “the perfect Broadway musical.” Performance times for the April 25 – May 11 engagement of The Drowsy Chaperone are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $45 for adults and $25 for children ages 12 and under. For more information or to purchase tickets visit or call (310) 544-0403. The Norris Theatre is located at 27570 Norris Center Drive in Rolling Hills Estates. Free parking is available adjacent to the theatre and the facility is wheelchair accessible.

The 27 annual Richstone Pier-to-Pier Walkathon takes place Saturday, April 26 at the Manhattan Beach Pier. Participants will walk from the Manhattan Beach Pier to the Hermosa Beach Pier and back. Check in begins at 7 a.m. and the event gets underway at 8 a.m. This is a family friendly event and children of all ages are welcome. Dogs are also invited – just be mindful of the general rules regarding pets that are posted at the beach. All proceeds benefit the Richstone Family Center child abuse treatment and prevention programs. Don’t miss this opportunity to take a few steps to help prevent child abuse. For additional information, registration and to make a donation, call Allison Tanaka at 310-970-1921 Ext. 137 or visit the website at The Manhattan Beach Pier is located at the western end of Manhattan Beach Boulevard in Manhattan Beach.

Chalk it up on Saturday, April 26 at the fourth annual Earth Day Chalk Art Challenge at the Redondo Marina sponsored by the King Harbor Association beginning at 10 a.m. This free event provides a public space for professional artists, children and festival-goers to make and enjoy chalk art murals. Participants of all levels are invited to create a chalk art drawing to commemorate Earth Day. The first 100 children to sign-up on the day of the event will receive free chalk and a recycled and reusable canvas tote bag that they can custom paint with members of the Redondo Beach Arts Group. All the fun takes place at the Redondo Beach Marina Sea Wall located at 181 North Harbor Drive in Redondo Beach. For additional information, call 310-374-3481 or visit the Facebook page at

Join over 7,000 other eco-minded participants for the 26 annual Earth Day Celebration and Concert at Polliwog Park on Saturday, April 26 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Attendees will enjoy music, games, eco-friendly products and information on the City of Manhattan Beach’s efforts toward making the city a greater and greener place to live, work and play. Two separate stages will feature kid’s entertainment, live music, educational presentations and an awards ceremony. A multi-booth Reuse Drive will accept clean, gently used clothes and prescription glasses, batteries and printer toner cartridges. For more information, call the V.O.I.C.E. message center at 310-226-2927. Polliwog Park is located at 1601 Manhattan Beach Boulevard in Manhattan Beach.

Join Sandpipers and Honda for the 29 annual For Our Children Food & Wine Festival on Sunday, April 27. Last year, 800 guests feasted on fabulous food specialties, fine wine and tasty beers while raising over $60,000! The event features the best of the South Bay with about one hundred of the finest restaurants, wineries and breweries represented. The fabulous silent and live auctions feature unique gift items and experiences with the proceeds benefitting Sandpipers philanthropic programs and TrinityKids Care. The event will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. under the tent at the American Honda Motor Company headquarters in Torrance. Tickets are $150 per person in advance and $175 at the door. For additional information, to purchase event tickets or make a donation, visit the website at American Honda Motor Company headquarters is located at 1919 Torrance Boulevard in Torrance.

The Torrance Cultural Arts Foundation presents BUBBLEMANIA: Comedy with a Drip! for two shows only at the Armstrong Theater on Sunday, April 27. Witness the beauty, wonder and fun of bubbles, as Casey Carle brings his amazing one-man show combining spontaneous comedy, jazz music and brilliant bubbling, to the South Bay. Among the many featured skills are fantastic fog-filled bubble sculptures, blobs of helium-filled foam, bubble Ping-Pong, trapping an audience member (or two?) inside a gigantic soap bubble and thousands of bubbles filling the stage. Show times are 2 and 6 p.m. and tickets are $20 per person. For additional information, call 310-781-7171 or visit the website at The Armstrong Theatre is located in the Torrance Cultural Arts Center at 3330 Civic Center Drive in Torrance.

Don’t miss the final mixer before the May 9 South Bay Women’s Conference! After three highly successful events throughout the South Bay, the next Let’s Connect Mixer will be held Tuesday, April 29 at Lido di Manhattan Ristorante & Bar from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The evening includes hors d’oeuvres, no-host bar and an opportunity to learn more about the upcoming South Bay Women’s Conference, Live! Laugh! Learn! Learn about SBBWA’s goal of helping women thrive through education and scholarships as they redirect, pivot and transition toward new opportunities. Proceeds from this event go directly to the scholarship fund. Ticket prices are $5 for members and $15 for non-members. For additional information and to register online, visit the website at Lido di Manhattan Ristorante & Bar is located at 1550 Rosecrans Avenue in Manhattan Beach.

As always, check the calendar links and ‘Things to Do’ page on my website for details on these and other events throughout the South Bay.

This morning on The South Bay Show – South Bay Spotlight, Joe and I spoke with Roger Van Remmen, President and CEO of the Richstone Family Center. Roger gave us the skinny on the Richstone Pier-to-Pier Walkathon taking place this Saturday, April 26. Don’t worry, if you missed the show, you can listen to it here:

Tomorrow morning on The South Bay Show – Manhattan Beach 360, Joe and I will be airing live from the South Bay Business Leader’s Summit at the Manhattan Beach Marriot! Listen live at 8 a.m. to call in with questions or comments at (714) 242-5288. You can listen to tomorrow’s show here: Tune in each Friday for all the latest Chamber news and events!

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Have a fabulous South Bay weekend!


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