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Jackie's South Bay Weekend Guide for February 20, 2014

What are you doing this weekend?
What are you doing this weekend?
SHade Hotel

We all know the South Bay is a wonderful place to live, work and play but on occasion, things happen….

For those of you that didn’t read about it on Facebook, I attended my Neighborhood Watch meeting a couple of nights ago. In the middle of the meeting, we heard a woman screaming and all six police officers in attendance ran outside and caught a guy assaulting a woman right in front of the home we were meeting in – I think he was trying to take her cell phone. It may have been the quickest arrest on record and how he didn’t see the cruisers is beyond me…. a shoe-in for the Darwin Awards.

Shade Hotel in Manhattan Beach hosts a monthly Wine Academy on the third Thursday of each month, that’s tonight, Thursday, February 20. Wine loving friends can gather to socialize, taste and learn from experts about new wines in a relaxed, fun, atmosphere. This popular event is open to the public and runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and offers wine lovers an opportunity to enjoy an intimate, casual, wine-centric social gathering. This month’s academy features Duckhorn Vineyards. Well-priced at $25 per person in advance, $35 at the door, the Wine Academy features expert, interactive presentations of exceptional wines, boutique and/or limited production wines, along with tantalizing wine-paired hors d’oeuvres prepared by Executive Chef Chris Garasic. For more information or to make reservations, call 310-546-4995 or visit the website at

The Norris Theater presents Shrek the Musical. This stage production of Shrek the Musical – based on the smash hit DreamWorks film – brings the hilarious story of everyone’s favorite ogre to life on stage at the Norris Theatre for seven performances from February 21 through March 2. Following the Sunday, February 23 matinee, the audience is invited to meet and take photos with the characters in the theatre lobby. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays, as well a 2 p.m. show on Saturday, March 1. Tickets are $15 for youths aged 18 and under and $25 for adults. This is a wonderful show for kids and a great way to introduce them to live theater. For additional information and to purchase tickets, visit the website at or call (310) 544-0403. The Norris Theatre is located at 27570 Norris Center Drive in Rolling Hills Estates.

The Redondo Beach Police Department is hosting a Pasta Feed and Silent Auction to raise funds for the RBPD Team Surf to Sand in the upcoming 2014 Baker to Vegas Relay Challenge. The relay entails 120 miles of pavement, 20 stages, over 8,000 runners, guests, family members and support staff, hot days, cold nights, blood, sweat, pride and honor. That's what the world’s most prestigious and unique law enforcement foot race is all about. Starting in Baker, California and ending in Las Vegas, Nevada, law enforcement officers from around the globe battle it out every spring for the chance of winning the coveted cup trophy. The fundraising event takes place on Saturday, February 22 at the Women’s Club of Redondo Beach from 5 to 8 p.m. This is an all you can eat feast with wine going for only $4 per glass! The silent auction closes at 7:30 and all proceeds directly benefit Team Surf to Sand. Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased at the Redondo Beach Police Department or at the door the day of the event. For additional information, visit the website at The Women’s Club of Redondo Beach is located at 400 South Broadway in Redondo Beach.

Join the vintage treasure hunt on Sunday, February 23 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. The monthly event features live entertainment with DJ Ozzie in the park, Stacy Robin & Friends in the Plaza and live music in front of the coffee shop and Just Luigis. Dave Brownlee and the Torrance Roadshow Appraisals will be on hand to value your treasures. As always, admission and parking are FREE. For additional information, visit the website at or call 310-328-6107.

Join the South Bay Business Women Association for a Get to Know Us Mixer on Tuesday, February 25. This networking event will be held at Samba Brazilian Steakhouse from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The mixer includes hors d’oeuvres and an opportunity to learn more about the upcoming South Bay Women’s Conference: Live! Laugh! Learn! Meet like-minded women (men are absolutely welcome!) whose mission is to give back to their community while making lasting connections. Ticket prices are $5 for members and $15 for non-members. For additional information and to register online, visit the website at Samba Brazilian Steakhouse is located at 207 North Harbor Drive in Redondo 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.

On The South Bay Show this morning, our guests were Linda Buffington, Tonya Haynes and Bibi Goldstein and they told us all about the inaugural South Bay Women's Conference taking place Friday, May 9 at Torrance Marriott South Bay. Don’t worry, if you missed it, you can listen to it here:

Have a fabulous South Bay weekend!


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