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Jackie's South Bay Weekend Guide for May 1, 2014

What are you doing this weekend?
What are you doing this weekend?
Courtesy of the Norris Center

I’m not sure where I’ll be watching the Kentucky Derby this Saturday but you can bet I’ll be wearing my BIG hat. Just how big is it? Assuming clear weather conditions, estimates are it’ll be visible from at least a half mile away.

Join the experts at Total Wine & More as they walk you through the basics of tasting wine at the all-new Wine 101: The Fundamentals of Wine Tasting tonight, Thursday, May 1. From 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., guests will taste a series of eight delicious wines while expanding their wine knowledge. Attendees will learn:

-How to identify key components of each wine
-How to score wine
-The proper temperatures to serve wine
-How to identify the style of wine that is most appealing to your individual palate

This delicious, informative, fun wine class is only $20 per person. Seating is limited, so be sure to call and make a reservation. In vino veritas….just sayin’. For more information and to make reservations, call 310-542-1460 or visit the website at http://www.totalwine.com. The event will be held at the Total Wine & More superstore located at 1505 Hawthorne Boulevard in South Bay Marketplace in Redondo Beach.

The Torrance Art Museum presents the first annual South Bay Museum and Gallery Art Crawl on Saturday, May 3 from noon to 6 p.m. The South Bay is home to many excellent visual art museums and galleries everyone is invited to visit and explore seven participating fine art institutions for FREE! A map will be available at each of the participating organizations and on the Torrance Art Museum website. The Torrance Art Museum will also sponsor a closing reception on Saturday, May 3 from 4 to 8 p.m. for participating organizations and art crawlers. For additional information, call the Cultural Services Division, Community Services Department at (310) 618-2376 or visit the Torrance Art Museum website at www.torranceartmuseum.com.

The Daily Breeze presents the sixth annual Successful Aging Expo on Saturday, May 3 at a new location in the Torrance Cultural Arts Center between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. The Expo is designed especially for people ages 40 to 100 and had over 3,500 attendees last year. This FREE, one-day event will be rich in resources and information. Visitors and participants will have the opportunity to visit over 50 booths of companies and firms with something of value to offer young adults, baby boomers, those in mid-life and older adults. As a special preview to the Expo, the Daily Breeze will publish a ‘Successful Aging’ program on Thursday, May 1 that will include a list of exhibitors, a floor plan, the scheduled events and speakers and their topics. For additional information, visit the website at http://successfulagingexpo.com/dailybreeze/ or contact Cliff Chandler at 310-543-6601 or by email at cliff.chandler@dailybreeze.com. The Torrance Cultural Arts Center is located at 3330 Civic Center Drive in Torrance.

The City of El Segundo presents the Hometown Fair & Carnival on Saturday, May 3 at Library Park, Main Street and El Segundo High School. All the fun takes place between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. The event features carnival rides, game booths, entertainment, music, arts and crafts, bake-off contest, community expo and more. Be sure to buy a $5 ticket (or two or three!) for a chance at winning an electric bike valued at $2,000! The winner will be announced at the Fair at 2 p.m. Funds raised from the Hometown Fair & Carnival will benefit El Segundo High School and El Segundo Recreation and Parks Department. For additional information, call 310-524-2700 or visit the website at http://www.elsegundo.org/depts/recreation/special_events/default.asp. El Segundo High School is located at 640 Main Street in El Segundo.

Join Beach Cities Health District for a free fitness series, Yoga at the Pier, every Monday evening from April 21 to May 19. The weekly event will take place south of the Manhattan Beach Pier at the Strand and everyone is welcome to participate. Registration starts at 6 p.m. with the hour long yoga class beginning at 6:30. All participants must sign a waiver. Attendees should bring their own yoga mat. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable, athletic clothing and bring a jacket in case of cool weather. Classes will be led by certified instructors from the Center for Health & Fitness and AdventurePlex. For additional information, call 310.374.3426 or visit the website at http://bchd.org/news-events/events/beach-cities-free-fitness-series-yoga....

Ortega 120 hosts Tequila University the first Tuesday of every month from 7 to 9 p.m. – that’s this coming Tuesday, May 6! Named one of the ‘Top 30 Things to Do in LA’ by Where Magazine, the event is hosted by award-winning mixologist and tequila aficionado Demi Stevens. This popular class features a different tequila company every month and students quickly discover that learning has never been so…..tasty. Attendees will receive:

- a history of tequila and how it is made
- a brief history of how the featured tequila is produced and its background
- chips, salsa, guacamole
- tacos and churros to be paired with the featured tequila
- a tasting of the featured tequila
- one of Ortega 120’s award-winning 120 House Margaritas
- a mixology lesson in which Demi will teach the students how to make 2 of the cocktails.

The cost is only $20 per person with a required $10 deposit to be paid when making a reservation. For additional information and to make reservations, call 310-792-4120 or visit the website at http://www.ortega120.com/. Ortega 120 is located at 1814 South Pacific Coast Highway in Redondo Beach.

Tarsan SUP offers Complimentary Paddle-Outs! Every Wednesday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. guests are invited to demo Tarsan’s line of Laird boards free of charge. This is not a class – it’s an opportunity to get your feet wet (pun intended) trying out this popular activity. Attendees must reserve a board prior to the event each week. Stop by the shop, call or visit the website to reserve a board ahead of time. For additional information and to reserve a board, visit the Tarsan website at http://tarsanstandup.com/ or call the shop at 310-798-7878. For additional information on specials, visit the Waterman’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/427941864007472/. Tarsan SUP is located at 831 North Harbor Drive in Redondo Beach.

The Norris Center for the Performing Arts presents the madcap musical comedy, The Drowsy Chaperone, beginning April 25 and running through May 11. Winner of five Tony Awards, the toe-tapping trip back to the golden age of musicals is one of the funniest and most original shows in Broadway history. Featuring music and lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison and written by Bob Martin and Don McKellar, The Drowsy Chaperone spoofs musical-comedy fanatics as well as the genre itself and the extravagant musicals of the 1920s. Critics have called the show “the perfect Broadway musical.” Performance times for the April 25 – May 11 engagement of The Drowsy Chaperone are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $45 for adults and $25 for children ages 12 and under. For more information or to purchase tickets visit www.norriscenter.com or call (310) 544-0403. The Norris Theatre is located at 27570 Norris Center Drive in Rolling Hills Estates. Free parking is available adjacent to the theatre and the facility is wheelchair accessible.

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 I spoke with Pat Furey. Pat is a Torrance City Council Member and one of three candidates running for Mayor of the City of Torrance next month. Don’t worry, if you missed the show, you can listen to it here: http://southbaybyjackie.com/may-1-2014-pat-furey-torrance-mayoral-candid....

Tomorrow morning on The South Bay Show – Manhattan Beach 360, our guests Matthew McIvor, Jeff Parker, Tom Dunbabin and Nancy Vrankovic will give us the dish on the inaugural Bite at the Beach, a food and craft beer festival showcasing the best the South Bay has to offer. It takes place Saturday, May 17 from 2 to 7 p.m. at the MBS Media Campus in Manhattan Beach. 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/may-2-2014-bite-at-the-beach/. Tune in each Friday for all the latest Chamber news and events!

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One last note, don’t forget to vote for The South Bay Show for ‘Favorite Local Radio Program’ in the Daily Breeze Best of Reader’s Choice Awards! Thank you for your support! You can vote here: http://www.la-dev.com/ReadersChoice/TDB/2014/index.php?action=displayLogin.

Have a fabulous South Bay weekend!

Jackie

http://www.southbaybyjackie.com