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Jackie's South Bay Weekend Guide for July 10, 2014

What are you doing this weekend?
What are you doing this weekend?
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Yesterday morning, I took my first SUP lesson. For the uninitiated, SUP is an acronym for ‘stand up paddleboard’. This water activity has become incredibly popular in just the last few years and it’s been on my list of ‘things to do’ for a while now. The crew at Olympus Board Shop in Torrance set my niece and me up for a two hour lesson in King Harbor. The conditions and weather were perfect. We spent about 15 minutes at the public dock behind Ruby’s getting some instruction and then set off. We learned several basic moves - how to stop, how to make a sharp turn, how to paddle in a straight line without shifting the paddle from side to side, etc. It was a ton of fun but the best part is, you can do this at your own pace and exertion level - it can be a vigorous workout or leisurely pursuit. Either way, you’re on the water and it’s all good! Summer is in full swing and the weather is fine so be sure to get out there and take advantage of all the fabulous activities and events the South Bay has to offer!

The Redondo Beach Pier Association presents the Summer of Music Concert Series every Thursday and Saturday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. starting tonight, July 3 and running through August 30. These concerts are free to the public, so gather your family, friends and neighbors for a casual, relaxing evening of entertainment the South Bay way. For more information, directions and concert schedule, visit the website at The Redondo Beach Pier is located at 100 Fisherman’s Wharf at the western-most end of Torrance Boulevard, west of Pacific Coast Highway in Redondo Beach.

The Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce hosts the third annual Economic Forum Friday, July 11 from 7 to 10 a.m. at the Manhattan Beach Marriott. New this year, a Business Expo will be featured as part of the Forum that kicks off at 7 a.m. with breakfast. A special presentation from Bruce Moe, Finance Director at the City of Manhattan Beach will begin at 8 a.m. The Economic Forum will be comprised of two panel sessions and will feature preeminent leaders from Manhattan Beach and comparable coastal communities with knowledge of downtown districts and large commercial properties in the South Bay. Panel one will focus on the economic vitality and importance of downtown districts and how they fit into the city’s structure. Panel two will focus on the strengths and challenges that key commercial properties face while serving as a strong economic engine for the community. Attendees will learn how economic development can shape the future of Manhattan Beach when the community embraces a vision. The cost to attend is $55.00 per person. Tables of 10 are available for $500 or a half table of 5 for $250. To register, visit the website at For additional information, contact Lori Tostado, Director of Business Development at the Chamber at 310-545-5313. The Manhattan Beach Marriott is located at 1400 Parkview Avenue in Manhattan Beach.

The South Bay Greek Festival, an annual tradition since 1964, kicks off on Friday, July 11 and runs through Sunday, July 13. All things Greek will be featured at this popular South Bay event: music, dancing, games for the kids and food….lots and lots of fabulous food. Proudly sponsored by St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church, admission donations are only $2 for adults, $1 for seniors and free for kids under 12 years old or you can visit the website at and receive a FREE admission coupon! The South Bay Greek Festival takes place at St. Katherine Greek Orthodox church located at 722 Knob Hill between Prospect Avenue and Pacific Coast Highway in Redondo Beach. For more information, visit the website at or call 310-540-2434.

It’s time for the GI Joe Summer Pier to Pier Run/Walk. The event takes place on Saturday, July 12 and gets underway at 7 a.m. at the Hermosa Beach Pier. The course goes from the Hermosa Beach Pier to the Manhattan Beach Pier and back, in the sand, and covers a total of four miles. The runner with the fastest course time – male and female – wins $100. New this year, all participants are invited to GI Joe’s After Party at Sylvio’s Brazilian BBQ and will receive a 15% discount on meals. Registration is $40. For additional information and registration, visit the website at or call Joe Charles at 310-981-9339.

Shade Hotel offers a Yoga Class every Saturday morning on the rooftop Skydeck. Gather a few friends for an all levels class taught by certified Yogi Katherine Guerra 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. It’s a terrific way to start the day. Call 310-546-4995 to reserve your space. For additional information, visit the website at or call 310-546-4995. Shade Hotel is located at 1221 North Valley Drive in Manhattan Beach.
The City of El Segundo Recreation & Parks Department is proud to present the 2014 Summer Concerts in the Park Series sponsored by Chevron. These free concerts take place on select Sunday evenings at Library Park located at the 600 block of Main Street in beautiful downtown El Segundo. Activities begin at 4 p.m. with the music starting at 4:30 and running until 6 p.m. Local food vendors will be on hand and kids can stop by the gazebo for free face painting and arts & crafts provided by Camp Cowabungo Day Camp. The show on Sunday, July 13 features Platinum Rock Stars. No glass containers are permitted and please leave the pets at home! For more information, call 310 524-2700 or visit the website at Library Park is located in the 600 block of Main Street in El Segundo.

The Lunada Bay Homeowners Association presents the Summer Concert Series in Lunada Bay Park this Sunday, July 13. The fun gets underway at 6 p.m. so be sure to bring a picnic dinner and enjoy a wonderful evening in the park with family and friends. The event also features a raffle and prizes. Lunada Bay Park is located at Palos Verdes Drive West & Via Carrillo in Palos Verdes Estates. For additional information, visit the website at

Murad Inclusive Health Spa in El Segundo is hosting a Summer Skin Event on Tuesday, July 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. Guests will have the opportunity to meet Dr. Howard Murad and hear his tips on taking care of your skin during the summer season. They’ll also be introducing some of the newest services offered at the spa including the 15-minute express services and the new medical aesthetic services. This special evening with Dr. Murad will also include:

• Complimentary express treatments
• Raffle prizes
• Special discounts on spa services, including fillers
• Complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres
• Professional peel demonstration
• Gift bag

There is a $25 reservation fee which is redeemable toward products and services purchased that evening. Space is limited, so be sure to call and make a reservation at 310-726-0470 or by email at For additional information, visit the website at The Murad Inclusive Health Spa is located at 2141 Rosecrans Avenue, First Floor Courtyard, in El Segundo.

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

This morning on The South Bay Show – South Bay Spotlight, our guests were Franci Agajanjan, Carmel Madonna, Judy Spragg, Leslie Len and Amy Glasman, instructors at South Bay Adult School. We discussed some of the programs the South Bay Adult School offers the community, in particular, the annual Teddy Bear Picnic. This year, the Picnic happens on July 17 in Anderson Park in Redondo Beach. Don’t worry, if you missed the show, you can listen to it here: Tune in every Thursday at 7 a.m. for what’s going down in the South Bay!

Tomorrow morning on The South Bay Show – Manhattan Beach 360, it’s all about the third annual Manhattan Beach Economic Forum taking place at the Manhattan Beach Marriot tomorrow, Friday, July 11. 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 every Friday for all the latest Chamber news and events!

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Have a fabulous South Bay weekend!


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