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Jackie's South Bay Weekend Guide

The South Bay by Jackie Weekend Guide is THE source for activities and events happening throughout the South Bay!

The weather is heating up and the South Bay is the place to be! There are all sorts of outdoor events and activities happening in the area, so check out what’s going on and take advantage of all the South Bay has to offer!

The Redondo Beach Pier Association presents the Summer of Music Concert Series every Thursday and Saturday evening from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. going on now and running through Sept. 1. 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. The is located at 100 Fisherman’s Wharf at the western end of Torrance Boulevard, west of Pacific Coast Highway in Redondo Beach. For more information, directions and concert schedule, visit the website.

The Coast Music Conservatory presents a weekend of Rock Band Performances. Stop by the Promenade on the Peninsula this Friday from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. for performances by the All Girl Band, The Accidentalz and Frozen Sea Rabbits. If you miss Friday’s performance, on Saturday the Hermosa Beach Playhouse is hosting a fundraiser featuring The Accidentalz and Frozen Sea Rabbits starting at 6:30 p.m.. For more information, visit the website at http://www.coast-music.com/owners.php.

The , an annual tradition since 1964, kicks off on Friday, July 13th and runs through Sunday, July 15th. All things Greek will be featured at this popular South Bay event: music, dancing, games for the kids and food—lots and lots of fabulous food. Proudly sponsored by , admission donations are only $2 for adults, $1 for seniors and free for kids under 12 years old or you can visit the website at sbgreekfestival.com and receive a FREE admission coupon! The South Bay Greek Festival takes place at St. Katherine Greek Orthodox church at 722 Knob Hill Ave. between Prospect Avenue and Pacific Coast Highway in Redondo Beach. For more information, visit the website or call 310-540-2434.

Larry Neville, the organizer of Cruise at the Beach sent me a note to remind you that there is a Car Show this Sunday at Texas Loosey’s in Torrance from 9 a.m. to noon, and everyone is invited. There will be raffles and prizes and by all means, bring your hot rod, street rod and classic cars. Texas Loosey’s is located at 22252 Palos Verdes Blvd. in Torrance. By the way, Larry will be our guest on the show next Thursday (July 26) so be sure to tune in and tell all your motor head friends about it!

The Malaga Cove Business & Professional Association in cooperation with the Palos Verde Police Officers Association present Concerts in the Park 2012. The concerts will take place every Wednesday night and run through Aug. 29 at Farnham Martin’s Park adjacent to the Malaga Cove Library. The music starts at 7 p.m. but concert goers may arrive at the park as early as 3 p.m. to spread a blanket and claim a prime parking spot. The Malaga Cove Library is located at 2400 Via Campesina in Palos Verdes Estates. The Library parking lot is off Via Pinale. For more information, visit the website at pvld.org/summer_concerts.

Attention local artists! JULY 14 IS THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS TO CA101! CA 101 – Interpreting Life along the Pacific Coast is a juried art exhibition presented by Friends of Redondo Beach Arts, Redondo Beach Art Group, The Legado Corporation and the Palos Verdes Inn. Artists hailing from Santa Barbara to San Diego are invited to submit their work to the CA101 exhibition which will be displayed in Redondo Beach this summer for two consecutive weekends, July 27-29 and again on Aug. 3-5 in the “Pop Up” Gallery located at 1700 Pacific Coast Hwy. (the old building) in Redondo Beach. The opening reception for the event will be held on July 27 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Deadline for entries is Saturday, July 14. Entrants will be notified by Wednesday. Submission fees are $10 for the first three submissions and $5 for each additional submission with a limit of six submissions per artist. Original artwork in all media completed in the last two years will be considered. For more information, visit the website.

Are you ready for the hottest, most talked about event of the year? Walk With Sally is thrilled to announce the benefit presented by Momma Mia Worldwide on July 21. The evening will feature the always decadent “Taste of the South Bay” with samplings from the most buzz-worthy restaurants, a silent auction and a traditionally rowdy live auction. The highlight of the night is a live concert by best-selling, Grammy-nominated Smash Mouth. Tickets are on sale now and expected to sell out! For more information and ticket purchase, visit the website at walkwithsally.org/whitelightwhitenight/buytickets.html. This is the one event of the summer you don’t want to miss!

Don’t forget, Triton Mixed Martial Arts Center offers a FREE Women’s Self Defense Class every Monday morning at their training facility in on Harbor Drive. This very valuable service is available free for women of every age and you don’t have to be a member of Gold’s or Triton to participate. Just check in at the front desk. For more information, visit the website at tritonmma.com.   

As always, check the calendar links and ‘Things to Do’ page on my website, southbaybyjackie.com, for details on these and other events throughout the South Bay.

On The South Bay Show this morning, our guest was Steve Aspel, District One Council Member for Redondo Beach. We discussed the , the Esplanade renovation, potholes, dog poop and Steve’s favorite place for a cocktail and cigar. Don’t worry—if you missed it, you can listen to it online.

The South Bay Show presents ‘Preparing for Disaster in the South Bay.’ This very instructive program airs every Friday morning on Blog Talk Radio at 7 p.m. Our guest this Friday is Laura Walters, Community Services Representative for Division One of the Los Angeles County Fire Department. It will be an interesting and informative hour so tune in! You can listen to it live or at your leisure here: http://southbaybyjackie.com/july-13-2012-laura-waters-community-services-la-county-fire-dept/.

Have a great South Bay weekend!

Jackie

southbaybyjackie.com

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