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Jackie's South Bay Weekend Guide for January 9, 2014

What are you doing this weekend?
What are you doing this weekend?
J. Balestra

It’s a little quieter than usual around the South Bay this weekend which gives me a chance to highlight a few of my favorite* recurring weekly and monthly events.

*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. I have a comprehensive schedule of these markets by day of the week on my website here:

Total Wine & More presents the Styles & Smiles Beer Class tonight, Thursday, January 9. The experts at Total Wine & More are bringing their famed Total Guide to Beer out of its pages and into your glass. This comprehensive guide is a beer lover’s handbook, filled with behind-the-scenes info on the more than 2,500 beers available at the store. Tonight, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., beer enthusiasts will experience a wide variety of beer flavors and different brew styles categorized in the guide. This special beer class is $15 per person. The guide is FREE and is available in-store or online. The event will be held at the Total Wine & More superstore located at 1505 Hawthorne Boulevard in South Bay Marketplace. For more information and to make reservations, call 310-542-1460 or visit the website at

*Walk In, Dance Out hosts Swing & Sway at the Joslyn Center in Manhattan Beach the second Friday of every month – that’s this Friday, January 10 - 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. Walk In Dance Out offers dance instruction at several locations throughout the South Bay. Many of the students and instructors attend this monthly event and are delighted to share their knowledge and expertise. The cost is $7 per person with light refreshments and a no-host bar. The Joslyn Center is located at 1601 Valley Drive in Manhattan Beach. For more information, visit the website at or call 310-373-8487.

The Norris Center for the Performing Arts presents Liza & Judy: Together Again for one night only on Saturday, January 11 at 8 p.m. Entertainment legends Liza Minnelli and Judy Garland are ‘re-united’ on stage through award-winning portrayals by Suzanne Goulet as Liza and Denise Rose as Judy in this colorful, Broadway-style revue. With their uncanny likeness to the stars, authentic costumes and nearly identical voices, Goulet and Rose perform the iconic duo’s most famous songs, from Over the Rainbow to Cabaret. Tickets are $40 per person and the show is recommended for ages 12 and over. For additional information and ticket purchase, call 310-544-0403 or visit the website at The Norris Theatre is located at 27570 Norris Center Drive in Rolling Hills Estates.

*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. The Lighthouse is open to the public on the second Saturday of each month – that’s this Saturday, January 11 - from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and admission is free. While you’re there, be sure to visit the Point Vicente Interpretive Center. After climbing the lighthouse tower and touring the Interpretive Center, stroll along the Seascape Trail or relax at one of the picnic tables dotting the grounds while taking in vistas of Catalina Island and contemplating the deep blue. Pack a picnic basket and prepare for a lovely afternoon. The Point Vicente Lighthouse is located at 31501 Palos Verdes Drive West in Rancho Palos Verdes. For more information, call 310-541-0334 or visit the website at The Interpretive Center is adjacent to the lighthouse. To contact the Interpretive Center, call 310-377-5370.

*Speaking of Seacrest Trail, there is no better place to do a little whale watching. I was there last weekend and spotted several whales. You don’t even need binoculars!

*The Automobile Driving Museum preserves automotive history with an impressive, rotating collection of 130 classic, antique and historic cars on display. Every Sunday, the ADM takes guests for a ride in three of their magnificent automobiles. This may be the only automotive museum in the world that offers such an opportunity. In addition, several Southern California collector car clubs showcase their vehicles at the ADM and on any given weekend you can find collections of particular makes and models. A donation of $5 per adult is suggested and children are admitted free. The ADM is located at 610 Lairport Street in El Segundo and is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 4:00pm. For more information, visit the website at or call 310-909-0950.

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, we chatted with Danny Ginsburg of Gardena based, Real Soda in Real Bottles. Don’t worry, if you missed it, you can listen to it here:

Have a fabulous South Bay weekend!


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