Last weekend’s rain brought with it some of the biggest surf ever seen in the South Bay. Lunada Bay, Haggerty’s, Burnout, Breakwall and El Porto were all going off and every local big wave surfer was out there tearing it up. If you have a moment, I posted some amazing footage of Breakwall on the South Bay by Jackie Facebook page filmed by Marcie Klein last Saturday – check it out, it made the local news.
Support local merchants and get a jump start on the weekend at the Downtown Torrance Market Place. Every Thursday, Old Town Torrance takes to the streets with gifts, arts and crafts, jewelry, clothing, food, antiques and more. The weekly event features live music, tastings and product demonstrations from over thirty vendors and runs from 3 to 8 p.m. Downtown restaurants and shops will stay open late with sidewalk sales and Market Place specials. Free parking is available in the public parking lot on Cravens Avenue and the public parking structure with entrances on Sartori and Cabrillo Avenues. Free valet parking is also available at The Depot Restaurant located at 1250 Cabrillo Avenue. The Downtown Torrance Market Place is located at Sartori and El Prado in Torrance. For more information, visit the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/downtowntorrancemarketplace.
A little over a year ago, Dominique’s Kitchen opened their doors and quickly became a favorite of discerning South Bay diners. In addition to the regular menu, nightly specials and ‘Best of” happy hour (Monday only!), Dominique and his team offer the occasional prix fixe supper. A Coq Au Vin Dinner is scheduled for March 25 and on April 22, a Winemaker Dinner featuring Summerland Winery. In appreciation of their loyal clientele, Dominique and Nora Liza Theval are giving away a $50 gift certificate. The certificate is redeemable at any time including special events. The raffle drawing is scheduled for Monday, March 24. To learn more about Dominique’s Kitchen and to make reservations, visit the website at http://dominiqueskitchen.com/ or call 424-247-9054424-247-9054. To enter the drawing, visit the Things to Do page on my website at http://southbaybyjackie.com/dominiques-kitchen-gift-cert-raffle-drawing-.... Dominique’s Kitchen is located at 522 South Pacific Coast Highway in Redondo Beach.
Select Beer Bottle Shop & Tap Room is celebrating their second anniversary with several special beer events starting today, March 6 and running through Friday, March 14. It’s a week-long celebration of beer! For more information, visit the website at http://www.selectbeerstore.com or call 310-540-1221310-540-1221. Select Beer Store & Tap Room is located in the heart of Riviera Village at 1613 South Pacific Coast Highway in Redondo Beach.
The Miyako Hybrid Hotel hosts the third annual Mardi Gras Celebration benefiting Pediatric Therapy Network on Thursday, March 6. The event features New Orleans-style cocktails, wine and beer while several popular, local restaurants will provide an assortment of appetizers: Gonpachi, The Depot, Buffalo Fire Department, Red Car Brewery and Tortilla Cantina among others. All the fun gets underway at 5:30 p.m. and runs through 8:30 p.m. Pre-sale tickets are $30 per person. This is a very popular event – it sold out last year but there may be a few tickets left. For additional information and to purchase tickets, visit the website at http://www.pediatrictherapynetwork.org/events/mardigras.cfm The Miyako Hybrid Hotel is located at 21381 South Western Avenue in Torrance.
ArteMusica will perform its first concert of the 2014 season on Friday, March 7 at 7:30 p.m. at Rolling Hills United Methodist Church. The program features performances of Vivaldi’s Gloria and Handel’s Dixit Dominus. ArteMusica was founded in 2011 as a group of non-professional singers under the direction of Maestro Ermanno Zotti. It now counts 40 talented, semi-professional members, each of whom shares a passion for beautiful choral music and a commitment to excellence. The ArteMusica choir has a classic 4-voice structure, accompanied by professional musicians and soloists, with a repertoire from the Baroque and Romantic Periods, including masterpieces by Vivaldi, Bach, Handel, Mozart, Beethoven, Rossini and Verdi. Admission is free and donations are welcome! For additional information, visit the website at http://www.artemusica.us/. Rolling Hills United Methodist Church is located at 26438 Crenshaw Boulevard in Rolling Hills Estates.
Tin Roof Bistro presents a Hunnicutt Wine Dinner on Saturday, March 8. The three course dining event gets underway at 6:30 p.m. with one seating only. To view the menu, visit my website at http://southbaybyjackie.com/hunnicutt-wine-dinner-tin-roof-bistro-march-.... This exceptional wine dinner is $65 per guest exclusive of tax and gratuity. Seating is limited and reservations are highly recommended. To make a reservation, call event specialists Nancy or Julianne at 310 545 8293310 545 8293. For additional information, visit the website at http://www.tinroofbistro.com/. Tin Roof Bistro is located at 3500 North Sepulveda Boulevard in Manhattan Beach.
The 40 Annual Festival of the Kite takes place on Sunday, March 9, from noon to 5 p.m. at the Redondo Beach Pier. Brought to you by The Sunshine Kite Company and sponsored by the Redondo Pier Association, this is Southern California’s longest running kite festival. The event is free and open to the public and features live music and other entertainment including the Annual Throw Down Yo-Yo Competition, a dance demonstration by Dance 1 and discover just how much you really can eat in five minutes during the 8 Annual Craig’s Hot Dog On A Stick Eating Contest at 3 p.m. There’s a $200 Prize! Prizes will be presented in several categories: Highest Flying Kite, Best Handmade Kite, Youngest Kite Flyer and Youngest Kite Flyer at Heart. You’ll also have an opportunity to launch a 25 foot wide kite to kick off the festivities. An assortment of vendors will be on hand for all your kite flying needs. At the conclusion of the festival, all kite flyers will take part in a mass kite ascension. For more information, visit the website at http://redondopier.com or call 310-372-0308310-372-0308.
This is the last weekend to experience REVERB! at the Torrance Art Museum. Curated by Max Presneill and Daniel Rothman, REVERB! features music as both inspiration and content in contemporary art. REVERB! is the effect from a source of sound on the world around it. These artists discover myriad ways to explore the connections between the making of music and the making of visual art. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For additional information, visit the website at http://www.torranceartmuseum.com/. The Torrance Art Museum is located at 3320 Civic Center Drive in Torrance.
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.
On The South Bay Show this morning, our guests were Chef Michael Schafer of The Depot and Certified Antique Appraiser Dave Brownlee and this morning we discussed the Downtown Torrance Marketplace which takes place every Thursday in Downtown Torrance. Don’t worry, if you missed it, you can listen to it here: http://southbaybyjackie.com/march-6-2014-michael-schafer-dave-brownlee-t....
Program note: Tomorrow morning on The South Bay Show, our guest will be James O’Callaghan. James is the President of the Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce and as of tomorrow morning, the producer of the brand new Friday program, The South Bay Show - Manhattan Beach Chamber Chat! You can listen to tomorrow’s show here http://southbaybyjackie.com/march-7-2014-james-ocallaghan-president-manh.... Be sure to tune in each Friday for all the latest news and chamber events.
Have a fabulous South Bay weekend!