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Jackie's South Bay Weekend Guide for July 3, 2014

What are you doing this weekend?
What are you doing this weekend?
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Across America, folks will be celebrating the Fourth of July holiday with family, friends and neighbors - at the beach, in parks, at block parties and in backyards. All over the country, we’ll be licking BBQ sauce from our fingers and oohing and aahing at fireworks.

The South Bay traditionally experiences massive crowds at the beach, on the Strand and around commercial districts such as Pier Avenue, Manhattan Beach Boulevard, Riviera Village and other locations.

Local law enforcement agencies will be out in force again this year to keep the celebration safe and sane. As stated in a Hermosa Beach Police Department press release, “The City will continue to strictly enforce laws banning public intoxication, driving under the influence, underage drinking and drinking on the beach.” With regard to underage drinking, it stated, “Anyone under 21 years of age caught with an open container will have their license revoked, or withheld, if they are not yet licensed.”

In addition, “The Manhattan Beach Police Department will be conducting a DUI checkpoint on Saturday, July 5 from 8 p.m. to 3 p.m. Simply put, if you are over the legal limit, you will be arrested.”

The Fourth of July is all about celebrating our freedoms - and if you don’t play by the rules, some of those freedoms will go right out the window and you’ll end up in the pokey. Let’s celebrate responsibly.


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.

Kick off the USA’s birthday celebration at the annual 4th of July 5K Run/Walk & Firecracker Dash sponsored by the Village Runner. This very popular local event gets underway at 8 a.m. on Friday, July 4 in front of the Village Runner store in Riviera Village. There will be chip timing, water stations, sponsored refreshments, age division awards and cash prizes to the top three overall male and female runners in the 5K run and all participants will receive a 4th of July Run t-shirt. For additional information and registration, call 310-375-2626 or visit the website at The Village Runner is located at 1811-A South Catalina Avenue in Riviera Village in Redondo Beach. Rock & Brews PCH will be hosting the Official Post-Race Party! Enjoy some carbs and a cold one after the race…..sounds like just the thing, doesn’t it? Rock & Brews PCH is located at 6300 Pacific Coast Highway.

The El Segundo Recreation & Parks Department proudly presents the 4th of July Community Celebration and Fireworks Spectacular on Friday, July 4. The celebration is an all-day event with activities for the entire family. The fun gets underway at 10 a.m. with a Hula Hoop contest, water balloon toss, sack races and more. The El Segundo Kiwanis Club is sponsoring a pie eating contest at 1:30 p.m. followed by a watermelon eating contest at 2:15 p.m. sponsored by the El Segundo Rotary Club. Enjoy live music at the softball field from 5 to 7 p.m. The music continues at Stevenson Field from 7 to 9 p.m. The fireworks show, sponsored by Chevron, blasts off at 9 p.m. with expanded seating opportunities including general admission, senior citizen and resident priority seating. For additional information, call 310-524-2700. Recreation Park is located at 401 East Sheldon Street.

The City of Palos Verdes Estates proudly presents An Old-Fashioned Fourth of July on Friday, July 4 beginning at 9:30 a.m. Now in its 53 year, this free community event is a favorite with locals and visitors alike. Pack a picnic basket and plan to make a day of it. If you plan to take part in the Apple Pie Contest, you should arrive early to submit your entry. Children are encouraged to decorate their bicycles in red, white and blue and participate in the Patriotic Bicycle Parade. Enjoy family games, face painting, the Jim Gamble All-American Puppet Show, patriotic music, food and more. For additional information, visit the website at All activities take place on the playing fields of Malaga Cove School located at 300 Paseo Del Mar in Palos Verdes Estates.

Join the City of Rancho Palos Verdes this 4th of July as they celebrate our nation’s birthday. This year’s July 4th Independence Day Celebration will have live entertainment, food booths, a petting zoo, kiddie carnival rides, games, arts and crafts, pie eating and hula hoop contests and much, much more. The event will take place at Point Vicente Park and RPV Civic Center and runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free and complimentary shuttle service along Hawthorne Boulevard will be provided. On-site parking will be available for $5. For additional information, visit the website at Point Vicente Park and RPV Civic Center are located at 30940 Hawthorne Boulevard in Rancho Palos Verdes.

The eighth annual Redondo Beach Community Celebration & Fireworks Show gets underway at 2 p.m. on Friday, July 4 at the Seaside Lagoon in Redondo Beach. There will be free paddle boarding lessons, arts & crafts, a parade and obstacle course for the kids, live music for the adults and food for everyone. There will be several dining options to choose from: BBQ chicken and tri-tip plates, sandwiches and salads, hamburgers, hot dogs, funnel cake, Italian Ice, kids snacks, coffee, hot chocolate and a wide selection from Ruby’s Diner service window on the lagoon. No food or beverage is allowed to be brought in. None. The fireworks start at 9 p.m. so plan to make a full day of it. There are several ticket packages available, so visit the website at Dedicated shuttle service to and from the Seaside Lagoon will be available for ticket holders from 1:30 to 11 p.m. The parking garage is located at 415 Diamond Street. Additional parking is available at the Redondo Beach Pier and Pier Plaza parking structures. This is a very popular event and tickets are expected to sell out! The Seaside Lagoon is located at 200 Portofino Way in Redondo Beach.

BALEENkitchen is hosting an all-day 4th of July Celebration on Friday, July 4. Start the holiday off with an A La Carte Brunch and Make Your Own Bloody Mary and Mimosa Bar from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Later in the day, head to the BALEENkitchen fire pits for a gourmet BBQ and live music from Mark McMillen & Friends from 3 to 6 p.m. Happy Hour will be from 3 to 7 p.m. in the waterfront lounge, while $4 John Daily Ice Teas and $5 Margaritas will be on tap all day long. Enjoy live entertainment from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. with Arnie Vilches & Friends as they perform classic rock and funk tunes. BALEENkitchen is located in the Redondo Marina with great views of the spectacular Seaside Lagoon fireworks show that starts at 9 p.m. For additional information, visit the website at BALEENkitchen is located at 260 Portofino Way in Redondo Beach.

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. The event runs from 10 to 11 a.m. and admission is free but attendees must pre-register at PLAY @ ESMoA classes are limited to 10 children. One adult chaperone is required for every two children. Siblings of all ages are welcome. Pre-registration is required. For additional information, visit the ESMoA website at

Chevron is proud to sponsor the 53 annual Manhattan Beach Grand Prix. This world class cycling event takes place Sunday, July 6 at Live Oak Park beginning at 7 a.m. Come out and watch the world’s fastest men and women cyclists put the pedal to the metal! The main event features men and women’s pro races but there’s something for everyone, including a special race for the kids. Tricycles and bikes with training wheels are welcome (ages 2 through 6 years). The entry fee is $5 per rider and registration starts at noon on race day at the ball field north of the Joslyn Center. All participants must sign a release form at registration. The Manhattan Beach Grand Prix is a National Criterium Calendar Event with a cash purse worth $26,500. There will be vendor booths offering a wide variety of cycling merchandise, nutritional exhibits and local organizations. Food vendors will be on site, including Good Stuff’s ‘Taco Guy’, Marianne’s Crepes de France and others. For additional information, visit the website at Live Oak Park is located at 1901 North Valley Drive in Manhattan Beach.

Metlox Plaza presents Live Music at Metlox every Sunday through September 28. Each Sunday afternoon from 2 to 4 p.m. Metlox Plaza will feature a different band or musician for shoppers, diners and gatherers to enjoy. Metlox Plaza is a unique shopping and dining destination located at the gateway to Downtown Manhattan Beach. For additional information, visit the website at Metlox Plaza is located at 451 Manhattan Beach Boulevard in Manhattan Beach with convenient metered parking in the Metlox structure.

All canines and their human companions are invited to attend a monthly Social Canine Group Hike the first Sunday of each month – that’s this Sunday, July 6. 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. These hikes offer attendees the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors while making new friends. This FREE activity takes place the first Sunday of every month at different hiking trails throughout the South Bay. This is a drop-in activity – no registration is required – so just show up and join in. This month they’ll be hiking at the Point Vicente Lighthouse, where the beautiful Seascape trail begins, this is another Rancho Palos Verdes trail with great ocean views and it's very easy to get there. For those interested in attending the monthly hike, send your e-mail address to or text it to 310-418 8435. You will receive a monthly email invitation with detailed information about the upcoming group hike. For additional information, visit the Facebook page at

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, Joe and I discussed all the Fourth of July events taking place throughout the South Bay and what’s on tap for the rest of the weekend. 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 we’ll be airing a repeat due to the holiday, but remember to tune in next week for all the latest Chamber news and events!

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Happy 4th of July everyone and have a fabulous South Bay weekend!


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