Labor Day Weekend has arrived. Yep, that’s right – after this weekend, we’ll all be back from vacation, the kids will be back in school and the tourists will have departed. This is also the last weekend for the fabulous summer concert series we’ve enjoyed all summer long throughout the South Bay. I’ve listed each of them here, so if you plan accordingly, you can catch a concert every night.
The Redondo Beach Pier Association presents the Summer of Music Concert Series every Thursday and Saturday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. These concerts are free to the public, so gather your family, friends and neighbors for a casual, relaxing evening of entertainment the South Bay way. Tonight, Thursday, August 29 and Saturday, August 31 are the final concerts of the season. If you haven’t attended yet, this will be your last chance until next summer! The Redondo Beach Pier is located at 100 Fisherman’s Wharf in Redondo Beach. For more information, directions and concert schedule, visit the website at http://www.redondopier.com/event/summer-of-music-free-concerts-on-the-pier-saturdays-3-15/.
Terrenea is proud to present the Nelson’s Summer Concert Series. Every Friday, Saturday and select Sundays from 5 to 9 p.m., guests will enjoy live music in Nelson’s brand new Beer Garden overlooking the deep blue. Guests will enjoy delicious food, fabulous music and incomparable vistas. The final concerts of the season happen this weekend beginning Thursday and running through Sunday. Terrenea Resort is located at 6610 Palos Verdes Drive South in Rancho Palos Verdes. For more information, visit the website at http://www.terranea.com/events/05242013-terranea-resort-kicks-off-summer-in-los-angeles-with-their-annual-summer-concert-series%3Ca%20href=.
The City of Redondo Beach hosts Summer Family Films under the Stars throughout the month of August. Every Friday evening, Alta Vista Park will be transformed into an outdoor theater for screenings of family-friendly movies. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and picnic baskets and whatever you do, don’t forget the popcorn! This Friday, August 30 is the final screening of the summer and features the 1936 classic Swing Time starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. This is a popular event so you’ll want to arrive early to claim a prime viewing location. Alta Vista Park is located at 715 Julia Street in Redondo Beach. For additional information, visit the website at http://www.sopdigitaledition.com/cityofredondo/.
Del Amo Fashion Center is hosting a special event to help young students and parents prepare for the school year. Families are invited to the Simon Kidgits Club’s Annual Back-to-School Event on Saturday, August 31, from 10 a.m. to noon in JoAnn’s Court. Guests will have the opportunity to explore the latest clothing, accessory and toy trends from retailers at Del Amo Fashion Center. Simon Kidgits Club will feature a variety of interactive activities for children and valuable offers for adults, all designed to make transitioning into academic routines a little easier. Arty from The Arty Loon Show will entertain the little ones with a 20 minute magic show at 10:30 a.m. and 11:20 a.m. Attendees will have the chance to participate in a raffle to win prizes and giveaways including AMC movie tickets and exclusive retailer coupons. In addition, while supplies last, members of the Kidgits Club will receive a special back-to-school gift – a Kidgits backpack complete with a notebook, pencil, eraser, pencil sharpener, ruler/bookmark, pencil pouch and bottled water. For a map and store listings, as well as directions, events and job listings, visit the website at http://www.simon.com/mall/del-amo-fashion-center or call 310-542-8525. Del Amo Fashion Center is located at 3525 Carson Street in Torrance.
Fiesta Hermosa takes place August 31 through September 2 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Hermosa Beach. For all the details, visit the website at http://fiestahermosa.net/. ‘nough said.
The City of Torrance Community Services Department and local Homeowners Associations are proud to sponsor Movies in the Park. These movie nights will take place at various parks throughout the city this summer. Everyone is welcome and admission is free. Pack up a picnic basket, blanket and lawn chairs and join friends and neighbors for an evening of family-friendly cinematic entertainment as the parks convert into outdoor movies theaters. Each event will feature a different movie beginning at dusk (around 8 p.m.) so bring a jacket, popcorn, cocoa and snacks and join in the fun! This Saturday, August 31 features a screening of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs at Paradise Park located at 5006 Lee Street in Torrance. For additional information, call 310-618-2939 or visit the website at www.TorranceCA.Gov/3737.htm.
The City of Manhattan Beach presents the 36th Annual Concerts in the Park. The series is a summer-long event held at Polliwog Park and takes place every Sunday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. This Sunday, September 1st is the final concert of the season and features classic rock with Nathan Shrake. So get out your beach chairs, blankets and picnic baskets and head to Polliwog Park for some summertime fun! There are no dogs, barbecues or wheeled vehicles allowed at any time in the concert area. Umbrellas and pop-up tents may be set up before and after the concert but once the concert begins, you will be required to take them down. Polliwog Park is located at 1601 Manhattan Beach Boulevard in Manhattan Beach. For more information and the concert schedule, visit the website at http://www.citymb.info/index.aspx?page=1643.
Don’t forget! The Terrenea/Riviera Village Shuttle service is now operating. The shuttle departs Terrenea each day at 10 a.m., 2 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. The Village departure schedule is 10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. I’ve heard from several people that have already used the service and they’re raving about it.
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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 past Tuesday, our guest was Chief Mitch Tavera of the El Segundo Police Department. It was a fascinating conversation and you can listen to it right here: http://southbaybyjackie.com/august-27-2013-mitchtavera-el-segundo-police-chief/.
On the show this morning, our guest was James O’Callaghan, president of the Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce. We discussed the upcoming Manhattan Beach Economic Forum. Don’t worry, if you missed the program you can listen to it here: http://southbaybyjackie.com/august-29-2013-james-ocallaghan-mb-chamber-president/.
Have a fabulous South Bay weekend!