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Jackie's South Bay Weekend Guide for May 22, 2014

Jackie's South Bay Weekend Guide for May 22, 2014-slide0
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Memorial Day honors those members of the armed forces who paid the ultimate sacrifice in our nation’s wars – it’s a time for reflection and remembrance. It’s also the unofficial start of the summer season and all that entails….warmer weather, end of school, vacations, BBQs, days at the beach and outdoor concerts. That’s right, the first of the local summer concert series kicks off this weekend! Enjoy, my friends!

What are you doing this weekend?
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Terranea Resort is proud to present the Unplugged Summer Concert Series starting Friday, May 23 and running through September 1. Every Friday, Saturday and select Sundays from 5 to 9 p.m., guests will enjoy live music in Nelson’s Beer Garden overlooking the deep blue. Delicious food, fabulous music, incomparable vistas – summer is here and this is how it begins. Terranea Resort is located at 6610 Palos Verdes Drive South in Rancho Palos Verdes. For more information, visit the website at 2.

The Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce is proud to present Fiesta Hermosa Saturday, May 24 through Monday, May 26 in downtown Hermosa Beach from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. The largest arts & crafts fair in Southern California, the event features over 300 artists including painters, photographers, ceramicists, jewelers and sculptors. People flock to Fiesta Hermosa each year not only for the arts and crafts but for the music! There are two stages featuring live music – the Main Stage on the Pier and another in the Charity Beer & Wine Garden. The Main Stage features the finest tribute bands performing the classic rock. Zydeco, country western and rhythm and blues are showcased in the Charity Beer & Wine Garden. The Food Court offers an abundance of dining options – everything from roasted corn, Thai, Greek and Mexican food, tri-tip sandwiches and barbequed sausages to the Hermosa Beach Lifeguards’ famous fish tacos. The always popular Charity Beer & Wine Garden features a selection of beer, wine and icy coolers served by local ‘celebrities’, including the mayor, city councilmen and non-profit organizations. This is how to jump start the summer season! For more information, visit the website at

The Los Angeles Tango Marathon, AKA The Endless Summer Tango, will be held over Memorial Day weekend at several locations throughout Southern Cal. The event draws Argentine Tango enthusiasts from all over the West Coast for three days of non-stop dancing. Sponsored by Whole Foods Market in El Segundo, the Surf’s Up Beach Milonga will take place Sunday, May 25 at the Manhattan Beach Pier from noon to 3 p.m. The FREE event features DJ Momo and light refreshments. For additional information, visit the website at or contact Ilona Glinarsky at 310-621-0622 or

The Hermosa Beach Firefighters Foundation presents the 18 annual Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, May 26 from 7:30 a.m. to noon at the Fire Station. This is a family friendly event and children of all ages are invited to join Hermosa Beach firefighters, paramedics and EMTs as they whip up their world-famous pancakes to benefit South Bay charitable organizations. Eat breakfast in the firehouse, mix and mingle with the firefighters, sit in the fire trucks and have photos taken with Sparky the Fire Dog! The event also features a silent auction, raffle and entertainment. Raffle tickets are $5 each with the raffle items valued between $300 and $1,500. Tickets are $10 for adults and children 13 and older, $5 for children ages 5 to 12 and free for children aged 4 and under. To purchase tickets, visit the website at The Hermosa Beach Fire Station is located at 540 Pier Avenue in Hermosa Beach.

The Redondo Beach Veterans Memorial Task Force, the Redondo Beach Elks Lodge # 1378 and the City of Redondo Beach are sponsoring a Memorial Day Observance in Veterans Park at 1 p.m. on Monday, May 26. The solemn observance is open to the public will include reflection and remembrance, music and commentary and will honor those members of the armed forces who paid the ultimate sacrifice in our nation’s wars. The Keynote Speaker is Major General Terrence A. Freehan, USAF. Other speakers include local elected officials and military dignitaries. Participants include the Redondo Union High School Marine Corps Junior ROTC and the Boy Scouts. Music will be provided by the Redondo High Wind Ensemble and the Los Angeles Police Emerald Society Pipes and Band. The service will be followed by a BBQ picnic sponsored by the Redondo Elks in the Elks parking lot south of the Lodge next to the Park. The BBQ is free for all veterans and members of the military. A $5 donation is suggested for all others guests. Contact the Elks Lodge at 208-473-6626 to RSVP. Memorial Day is a time to honor the fallen, so take a moment to stop by and pay tribute. For more information, contact Herb Masi at 310-993-4637 or by email at or visit the website at Veterans Park is located at 309 The Esplanade in Redondo Beach at the corner of Torrance Boulevard and Catalina Avenue.

As always, check the calendar links and ‘Things to Do’ page on my website 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 Geoff Hagins, Patricia Garvey and Richard Eyster, members of the Torrance Beach Burnout Gang. The Burnout Gang is working to raise funds for a park bench and plaque in honor of the Hagins Family for their efforts in preserving the history of the South Bay of Los Angeles. Don’t worry, if you missed the show, you can listen to it here:

Tomorrow morning on The South Bay Show – Manhattan Beach 360, our guests are Jessica Vincent and Gina Allen of the City of Manhattan Beach Parks and Recreation Department. Today we’re going to discuss the various summer programs the city has to offer. 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 each Friday for all the latest Chamber news and events!

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Have a wonderful Memorial Day and fabulous South Bay weekend!


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