You thought you had a hard time deciding what to do last weekend? HAH! Wait until you see all the choices for this weekend!
This year, LA Beer Week runs from September 19 through September 29 and since the South Bay has become the epicenter of beer brewing, it’s only natural that there will be all sorts of beer events in the area. This Guide isn’t long enough to list the events, so check out all the details here: http://southbaybyjackie.com/la-beer-week-in-the-south-bay-september-19-29-2013/.
I don’t normally post business functions but this one sounds more like a fun social event. The El Segundo Chamber of Commerce and LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce present EXPO 2013: A Heritage of Business, Tastings & Socializing on Thursday, September 19. Hosted by the Hacienda Hotel, the event takes place from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Mix and mingle with business owners, residents, dignitaries and others from El Segundo and the greater South Bay area. Attendees will enjoy delicious appetizers and a no-host bar courtesy of the Hacienda Hotel along with a raffle and Grand Prize Drawing simply for visiting the many exhibitors. But wait, it gets better…Guests will want to stick around for the After Party to enjoy desserts, wine and beer tastings and a coffee bar. After Party participants include some of El Segundo’s finest food purveyors: Il Fornaio, Paul Martin’s American Bistro, Rock & Brews, Second City Bistro, Café del Rey, Battaglini Estate Winery, Bristol Farms, Peet’s Coffee and the El Segundo Catering Company. Entertainment will be provided by musician Dayton Borders and the always popular photo booth is courtesy of JW Photography. For additional information, call the El Segundo Chamber at 310-322-1220 or email at email@example.com. The Hacienda Hotel is located at 525 North Sepulveda Boulevard in El Segundo.
The Manhattan Beach Police Department presents the second annual Tip-A-Cop dinner event on Thursday, September 19 at Tin Roof Bistro from 5 to 9 p.m. Support your local Law Enforcement Officers, enjoy fine food and have great fun for a very worthy cause. Members of the Manhattan Beach Police Department will be accepting tips (donations) from dinner patrons to benefit Special Olympics Southern California – South Bay Athletes. This is a very popular event and reservations are recommended. To make a reservation, call 310-939-0900. For additional information, contact Stephanie Martin at 310-802-5186 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Eloise Crawford at 562-502-1120 or email@example.com. Donations are tax deductible and 100% of the tips from this event directly benefit local Special Olympics Southern California Athletes. Tin Roof Bistro is located at 3500 North Sepulveda Boulevard in Manhattan Beach.
Adia was named South Bay’s BEST Senior In-Home Care Company 2013 and they’re having a party to celebrate on Thursday, September 19 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Guests will enjoy yummy hors d’oeuvres and desserts by Daily Breeze’s BEST winners Lisa’s Bon Apetit and Torrance Bakery. This event is free and open to the public. If you plan to attend, please RSVP at 310-370-0555 or RSVP@adiacares.com. Adia is located at 3625 Del Amo Boulevard, Suite 390 in Torrance.
Rubio’s, Home of the Original Fish Taco, is hosting a fundraiser for Redondo Beach Art Group’s exhibit, Power of Art 2013 – Connections on Friday, September 20 from 2 p.m. until closing. Guests may dine in, order take-out or pick up a Rubio’s A-Go-Go Catering order and Rubio’s will donate 20% of the evening’s proceeds to RBAG. Rubio’s is located at 2000 South Sepulveda Boulevard in Manhattan Beach. Print this flyer and present it to the cashier to receive credit.
The Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau is proud to announce the Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge on Saturday, September 21 and Sunday, September 22. The Hermosa Beach Firefighters Association is hosting a Meet & Greet to welcome participants and the public on Friday, September 20 at Hennessey’s Tavern located at 8 Pier Plaza in Hermosa Beach from 4 to 8 p.m. While you must be a firefighter to take part in the competition, the public is encouraged to come and watch as the participants navigate the Challenge course, known as “The toughest two minutes in sports.” The Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge will be held at the corner of 11 Street and Hermosa Avenue in Hermosa Beach. The individual competition begins Saturday, September 21 at 1 p.m. The tandem and team relays begin on Sunday, September 22 at 10am. Firefighters will be competing in a five-evolution event, which includes a 5-story tower climb with high-rise pack, hose hoist, forcible entry, hose advance and victim rescue. There will also be a Kids’ Firefighter Challenge that targets youth from ages 4 to 11 and is a miniaturized version of its adult counterpart. The Kids’ Challenge is an exciting adventure for any child who ever wanted to put on some fire gear and squirt a fire hose. For more information about the Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge, visit the website at http://www.firefighterchallenge.com or call 301-421-4433.
The South Bay pays homage to all things lobster at the 18 Annual Redondo Beach Lobster Festival beginning Friday, September 20 and running through Sunday, September 22. Lobster may reign supreme at this classic South Bay event but there are plenty of other reasons to attend. The music line-up features live bands and DJ’s playing throughout the weekend as well as stand up paddle board lessons, mechanical bull rides, carnival midway games, face painting and balloon art. There are several lobster meal packages available for your dining pleasure. If you’re not in the mood for lobster (gasp!) or wearing a bib doesn’t appeal to your fashion sense, several local restaurants will be serving up alternative mouth-watering dishes. The Festival takes place at the Seaside Lagoon next to King Harbor, just north of the Redondo Beach Pier at 200 Portofino Way in Redondo Beach (at the corner of Harbor Drive and Beryl Street). Free bike parking will be available courtesy of the Beach Cities Cycling Club and Hermosa Cyclery. For more information, visit the website at http://www.lobsterfestival.com/.
The Norris Center for the Performing Arts presents Mel Brooks’ outrageously funny, smash hit musical, The Producers running from September 20 through October 6. Based on the classic film of the same name, the irreverent, zany show is one of the most popular musicals in Broadway history, winning a record twelve Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Performance times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $45 and discounted group sales tickets are available. The show contains mature humor and adult language and is not recommended for children under 12 years. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the website at 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.
The RAT Beach Bike Tour presents the Fourth Annual Charity Rat Ride on Saturday, September 21. This is a bike tour, not a bike race. It’s strictly for fun and it’s a rare opportunity to explore the South Bay from a two wheeled perspective. The start and finish line is located at the Seaside Lagoon because the RAT Beach Bike Tour is partnering with The Redondo Beach Lobster Festival. All riders will be admitted to the Lobster Festival for lunch and a huge party at the end of the ride. The event features non-stop music, mechanical bull riding, paddleboard lessons, kids area, cocktails, food, sun, sand and surf! There are three different rides for all levels – the Metric Century (62 miles), the Metric Half Century (31 miles) and the Metric Quarter Century (15.5 miles). This year’s event promises to be larger than ever with more diverse routes through the South Bay. All three rides take advantage of the splendid coastal location incorporating the bike paths along the Strand and Esplanade. Entry fees go to several charities supported by the South Bay Rotary Club including the Scott Newman Center and the Pediatric Therapy Network. The entry fee includes a t-shirt, hat, refreshments, roving bike support, lunch and entry to the Lobster Festival. The event will proceed rain or shine and helmets are required. For more information, visit the website at www.ratbeachbiketour.com.
Palos Verdes Art Center presents Lunch with Lilly and Trunk Show on Saturday, September 21 beginning at noon. American designer, Lilly Pulitzer, passed in April but her iconic designs live on! The event features Lilly Pulitzer fashions and guests will have the opportunity to shop exclusive Lilly Pulitzer clothing, accessories, handbags, shoes and more. The luncheon and trunk show will raise funds to benefit Palos Verdes Art Center programming. The afternoon includes lunch catered by Thank Goodness It’s Sofia, with signature luncheon cocktails sponsored by DAMA Tequila. Lilly Pulitzer fashions are provided courtesy of Bella Beach of Manhattan Beach. Tickets for the event are $45 for Palos Verdes Art Center members and $55 for non-members. For additional information and to make reservations, call 310-541-2479 or visit the website at http://www.pvartcenter.org/. Palos Verdes Art Center is located at 5504 West Crestridge Road in Rancho Palos Verdes. Note: If you haven’t been to the Loving Lilly exhibit yet, it runs through September 29!
Saturday, September 21 is the 29 Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day, a yearly beach and inland waterway effort to eliminate waste. Up and down the coast, thousands of volunteers gather to remove trash and debris that eventually ends up in the ocean. California Coastal Cleanup Day was first organized in 1985 by the California Coastal Commission. Last year, over 65,000 volunteers removed almost 770,000 pounds of trash from beaches, rivers and lakes throughout the state. Heal the Bay will be organizing the South Bay effort and there are cleanup sites from El Segundo to Rolling Hills. The cleanup takes place between 9:00 am and noon. To learn more and sign up as a volunteer, visit the website at http://www.healthebay.org/.
You don’t want to miss the 10 Annual Rods, Rides and Relics Classic Car Show on Sunday, September 22 presented by the Redondo Beach Pier Association. A favorite with local car enthusiasts, the exhibit takes place on the Redondo Pier from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Now in its tenth year, Rods, Rides & Relics features some of the finest classic cars in the South Bay. 100 cars will be displayed over the water on The Pier with a DJ spinning oldies but goodies. Take a stroll along the pier, view the cars and then vote for your favorite. The event is open to the public, admission is free and taking a stroll along the pier surrounded by classic automobiles is certainly a pleasant way to spend a couple of hours on a lazy Sunday afternoon. The Redondo Beach Pier is located at 100 Fisherman’s Wharf in Redondo Beach. For more information, visit the website at http://www.redondopier.com/event/8th-rods-rides-relics-classic-car-show-on-the-pier/.
The Strand House presents the first Culinary Masters Series of the season on Monday, September 23. After a short summer hiatus, the Culinary Masters Series returns to The Strand House with an exciting lineup for the fall. Guests will enjoy an evening with Chef Jonathan Benno of Lincoln Ristorante. The menu will include items such as burrata with pole beans, tomatoes and arugula; corn agnolotti with burgundy truffles; pasta with sea urchin, crab, chili and mint-grilled lamb t-bone and sausage with eggplant, artichoke, peppers and bagne cauda. Wines will be expertly paired by the team at Terra Valentine. A limited number of events and seats are planned each year and these exclusive dinners promise to provide flavors and experiences you won’t find anywhere else. The Culinary Masters dinners sell out quickly, so make your reservations now. For additional information and reservations, call 310-545-7470 or visit the website at www.thestrandhousemb.com. The Strand House is located at 117 Manhattan Beach Boulevard in Manhattan Beach.
FYI - Rock & Brews Pint Nights are now every Tuesday evening at the flagship location in El Segundo. (They used to be on Wednesday.) The weekly event will engage and educate beer lovers on new and popular craft and artisanal beers and will showcase a notable master brewer or brewery representative for informal tastings and beer-chat with guests. Pint Night festivities are open to the public and begin promptly at 6 p.m. There is no admission fee and participants who purchase the spotlighted brew will receive a commemorative glass from the brewery. (Limit: one glass per person, while supplies last.) Rock & Brews is located at 143 Main Street in El Segundo. For more information, visit the website at www.rockandbrews.com or call 310-615-9890.
It’s never too early to begin planning for your financial future and you’ll want experienced professionals with a proven track record and flawless reputation on your team. Brigante, Cameron, Watters & Strong, Certified Public Accountants and Consultants, is the largest full-service accounting firm in the South Bay and they are dedicated to providing professional services of the highest quality. Give them a call at 310-542-0011 or visit the website at www.bcws.com.
As always, check the calendar links and ‘Things to Do’ page on my website, www.southbaybyjackie.com, for details on these and other events throughout the South Bay.
On The South Bay Show this morning, we experienced some technical difficulties and the show dropped off the air about 7 minutes into the program. Our guests, Pete Moffat and Dinah Lary, have graciously agreed to do the show again tomorrow morning. We’ll be discussing the 18 Annual Redondo Beach Lobster Festival happening this weekend! You can listen to the show live or at your leisure here: http://southbaybyjackie.com/september-19-2013-pete-moffat-redondo-beach-lobsterfest/. It’s all lobster, all the time!
Have a fabulous South Bay weekend!