Greetings from Venice! By the time you receive this, I’ll be on my way back to the South Bay - just in time to attend a couple of events happening this weekend that I don’t want to miss!
The unveiling of the Meistrell Memorial at Seaside Lagoon will take place at 4 p.m. today, Thursday, June 5. Bob and Bill Meistrell, co-founders of Body Glove International and inventors of the modern day wetsuit, are being honored for their contributions to the diving and surfing industries. The Memorial will consist of benches, a statue of the twin brothers and bricks engraved with donor names. The unveiling will coincide with the Grand Opening of the new Dive N Surf/Body Glove International Headquarters. A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will take place at the new facility immediately following the Memorial dedication at 5 p.m. The celebration includes music, food, drinks and tours of the new facility. Seaside Lagoon is located at 200 Portofino Way in Redondo Beach. The Ribbon Cutting will take place at 504 North Broadway in Redondo Beach. The celebration will continue afterward at Waterman’s in Hermosa Beach. If you plan to attend, RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Torrance Art Museum at the Joslyn Center invites the public to attend the opening reception and panel discussion of Watchmen – Surveillance and The Flaneur on Saturday, June 7, 2014. The exhibit, curated by Max Presneill, Lisa DeSmidt and Chris Reynolds, examines the pressures of being watched via CCTV cameras and monitoring them. The panel discussion will be from 5 to 6 p.m. with the opening reception taking place from 6 to 9 p.m. The exhibition will be on view from Tuesday, June 10 through Saturday, July 26. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The panel discussion and opening reception is free to the public and no reservations are necessary. For additional information, visit the website at http://www.torranceartmuseum.com/. The Torrance Art Museum is located at 3320 Civic Center Drive in Torrance.
The Palos Verdes Peninsula Chamber of Commerce presents the annual Palos Verdes Street Fair and Music Festival on Saturday, June 7 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, June 8 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Enjoy shopping, music, dining and entertainment with more than 200 arts and crafts booths, carnival rides, International Food Court, Beer Garden, children’s petting zoo and pony rides, community events, pet adoptions and continuous live entertainment on two separate stages. Convenient all-day carnival ride wristbands will be available for purchase. Tribute bands will be showcased on the Main Stage and under the Big Tent and will feature several different music genres including Rock, Blues, R&B, a Capella, Doo Wop and Zydeco. A variety of culinary delights, including wine & beer tastings, will be available in the International Food Court and Beer Garden. Free parking is available at Peninsula High School with a free shuttle service to and from the Fair. The campus parking lot is located on Silver Spur Road near the corner of Hawthorne Boulevard. The Fair takes place at Norris Center Drive in Rolling Hills Estates between the Peninsula Center and the Promenade on the Peninsula mall. For additional information, visit the website at http://www.pvstreetfair.com/ or call the Palos Verdes Chamber of Commerce at 310-377-8111.
Show us your speed at the tenth annual Redondo Beach Triathlon taking place Sunday, June 8. The USAT sanctioned triathlon takes place at Veteran’s Park with proceeds benefitting Cheer for Children. The Sprint event involves a 1/2 mile ocean swim, 6 mile bike and 2 mile scenic run while the Mini Sprint, a non-competitive race for friends, families and kids 10 and older, will entail a 1/4 mile ocean swim, 3 mile bike and 1 mile scenic run. Commemorative awards will go to the top 3 in each division and top 2 relays in each division. Race packets will be available for pick up on Saturday, June 7 from noon to 5 p.m. at Triathlon Lab located at 1512 Aviation Boulevard in Redondo Beach. You must present your photo ID and USAT membership proof (for annual members) to claim your race packet. For additional information and registration, visit the website at http://www.rbtriathlon.com/index.html. Veterans Park is located at 309 Esplanade Avenue in Redondo Beach.
Graffiti and tattoo artists will leave their mark on El Segundo to launch the first public display of the Getty Graffiti Black Book during Experience 11: SCRATCH, opening June 8 at El Segundo Museum of Art. Many of LA’s most influential graffiti and tattoo artists will cover the walls and floors of ESMoA to publicly launch their twenty first century encounter with an artistic tradition: The Getty Graffiti Black Book. The contributing artists decided to give the Getty Black Book the title, LA Liber Amicorum, to capture the spirit of its transformation of rival ‘writing-crews’ into a Los Angeles Book of Friends. Now, ESMoA and the Getty Research Institute have invited Getty Black Book artists Axis, Cre8, Defer, Eye One, Fishe, and Miner to co-curate those crews of creative friends from the LA graffiti art community and turn the art laboratory of ESMoA into an open black book. Graffiti and tattoo artists will transform the space into a cathedral of urban art for the first presentation of the LA Liber Amicorum to the public with SCRATCH. The exhibit runs from June 8 through September 21. For additional information, visit the website at http://www.ESMoA.org or call 424-277-1020. ESMoA is located at 208 Main Street in El Segundo.
As always, check the calendar links and ‘Things to Do’ page on my website http://www.southbaybyjackie.com for details on these and other events throughout the South Bay.
This morning on The South Bay Show – South Bay Spotlight, Joe and guest host, Nick Arquette, spoke with Chelsea Hogan, ESMoA Educational Specialist. They’ll be discussing Experience 11: SCRATCH which opens this weekend. Don’t worry, if you missed the show, you can listen to it here: http://southbaybyjackie.com/june-5-2014-scratch-esmoa/.
Tomorrow morning on The South Bay Show – Manhattan Beach 360, our guests will be Eve Kelso and Jan Buike of the City of Manhattan Beach Recreation Department. They’re going to give us some facts on the senior population in Manhattan Beach along with some of the programs and services offered by the city. 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: http://southbaybyjackie.com/june-6-2014/. Tune in each Friday for all the latest Chamber news and events!
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Have a fabulous South Bay weekend!