Benoit headlines El Camino College 75th Anniversary
Jazz pianist and composer David Benoit, a Hermosa Beach native and El Camino College Distinguished Alumnus, headlines the El Camino College 75th Anniversary Diamond Jubilee Concert this Friday, June 3. Benoit will conduct his own composition,“Soul to Seoul, East Meets West: A Time for Hope.”
Featured ensembles and artists will include El Camino’s Symphony Orchestra, Chorale, Concert Choir, and Women’s Chorus, in addition to the Torrance Civic Chorale, and the Joanna Medawar Nachef Singers. Music selections are distinctly celebratory, featuring pieces from Beethoven to Sinatra. Dane Teter, El Camino’s former director of instrumental music, will return as a guest conductor for the first time since his retirement last year.
Alumni soloists will includes soprano Erin Wood, an applied music faculty member with a distinguished opera career; Lizbeth Sanchez Montenegro, an alto with a master’s degree in opera from CSU Northridge; tenor Christopher Craig, who transferred to the San Francisco Conservatory where he earned a bachelor’s degree; and baritone Anthony Moreno, an ECC faculty member who earned a doctorate in music from USC.
The concert is free, but tickets are required. The concrete will be held on campus in Marsee Auditorium, at 16007 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance. For more information and to reserve tickets, go to ElCamino.edu/events/75concert/.
Thursday, June 2
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The Redondo Beach Certified Farmers Market is every Thursday, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at George Freeth Way and Veterans Park West. For more information, call 310-372-1171, ext. 2252.
Friday, June 3
Smarty Pants Storytime
Enjoy books, songs, rhymes and movement activities while learning school readiness skills. For children ages 2 to 5. The storytime is at 11 a.m. online. To register, go to the Teens & Kids section at lacountylibrary.org and click on Virtual Programming.
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Hermosa Beach Rotary hosts a Certified Farmers Market every Friday, noon to 4 p.m., at 1035 Valley Drive.
Community members are invited to a candlelight vigil for the victims of the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas at 5:30 p.m. at the Manhattan Beach Pier.
The Malaga Cove Library will present a double feature of pollinator films, beginning with the the PBS documentary, “My Garden of a Thousand Bees,” followed by Disneynature’s “Wings of Life.” The event will also serve as the kickoff for the #PlantWildflowers initiative, with guests taking home a Summer Read-A-Palooza (SRP) bookmark with a native wildflower seed packet. 6-8 p.m. at the Malaga Cove Library, 2400 Vía Campesina, Palos Verdes Estates. For more information, go to pvld.org/pvsummer.
Students at Our Lady of Guadalupe in El Segundo will perform “Seussical the Musical Jr.” at 7 p.m. on June 3 and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on June 4 at the El Segundo Performing Arts Center, 640 Main St. Tickets are $10 and are available at https://ourladyofguadalupeschool.org/product/seussical-the-musical/.
El Camino College will present a 75th Anniversary Diamond Jubilee Celebration Concert at 8 p.m. in Marsee Auditorium. Headlining the anniversary concert is renowned pianist/composer and ECC alumnus David Benoit, who will conduct his own composition titled, “Soul to Seoul, East Meets West: A Time for Hope.” The concert is free, but tickets are required. El Camino College is located at 16007 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance. For more information and to reserve tickets, go to https://www.elcamino.edu/events/75concert/.
Saturday, June 4
RUHS pancake breakfast
The Redondo Union High School football program will hold a pancake breakfast from 8 a.m.-noon at Sea Hawk Stadium. This year’s event will include a co-ed flag football tournament, with proceeds benefiting boys football, girls flag football and the RUHS cheer squad. Tickets are $10 per person and include eggs, sausage, pancakes and choice of milk or orange juice. No charge for children 3 and under. Tickets are available from any RUHS football player, girls flag football player, cheerleader or by visiting tinyurl.com/2aud9dv3.
Pet adoptions at BOBS from Skechers
BOBS from Skechers, a charitable footwear brand, is teaming up with animal welfare organization Petco Love in June with a pet adoption event on Saturday, June 4, at the downtown Manhattan Beach BOBS from Skechers store, at 228 Manhattan Beach Blvd. Cats and dogs from Los Angeles Animal Services will be available for adoption from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the BOBS from Skechers store, 228 Manhattan Beach Blvd. For more information about BOBS from Skechers, visit skechers.com.
The 32nd annual Dylanfest, an eight-hour celebration of the music of Bob Dylan, opens at noon in the Torino Plaza at the Torrance Cultural Arts Center, 3330 Civic Center Drive. For tickets, go to AndyAndRenee.com
Summer reading kick-off
The Redondo Beach Public Library will kick off its summer reading program with a carnival from noon-3 p.m. at the main library, 300 N. Pacific Coast Highway. Upon signing up for the program, children and teens will receive a reading log, backpack and bookmark and are welcome to enjoy the festivities, which include carnival games and a magic show. For more information, call the children’s reference desk at 310-318-0675, ext. 2387.
Beach Bum Burt’s throwback concert
The nonprofit Fantasia Family Music Center will hold a throwback concert reminiscent of Beach Bum Burt’s and the 70s and 80s South Bay music scene, from 1-4 p.m. The center is located at 3967 Pacific Coast Highway, Torrance. For tickets and more information, go to fantasiafamilymusic.org.
The Swingin’ Years Remembered
Join Sheri Cecil, daughter of the late KKJZ DJ Chuck Cecil, at 2 p.m. in the meeting room at the Katy Geissert Library for an afternoon of memories of the Swingin’ Years. 3301 Torrance Blvd., Torrance. For more information, call 310-618-5959.
The L.A. WineFest is 2-6 p.m. on June 4 and 1-5 p.m. on June 5 at Harry Bridges Memorial Park, 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach. The festival will have hundreds of wines and craft brews, as well as lifestyle exhibitors, a variety of food trucks and live music. For tickets and more information, go to lawinefest.com.
PADA, the Photographic and Digital Artists group, has returned to The Loft in San Pedro for an exhibition with new works by 20 of its members. An opening reception is set for 3-7 p.m. The exhibition will be open for July’s First Thursday Art Walk on July 7 from 5-8 p.m., as well as on July 9 from 3-6 p.m. The Loft is located at 401 Mesa St. For more information, email Yumi at email@example.com.
Sunday, June 5
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The Riviera Village Certified Farmers Market in Redondo Beach is open 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Sundays. For more information, go to rivieravillagefarmersmarket.com.
The second annual Cruzin 4 Brews car show is 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in downtown Torrance. Cars will be on display on Sartori, Cabrillo, Gramercy, Marcelina, Post streets and at the Red Car parking lot. There will also be a beer garden, live music, vendors and opportunity drawings. For more information, go to https://discovertorrance.com/events/downtown-cruisin-4-brews-carshow/
Monday, June 6
Beach Cities Health District is back with free summer fitness classes. Mindful Yoga on the Beach will be held at 6:30 p.m. on June 6, 13 and 27 on the sand south of the Manhattan Beach Pier and 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 15, 22, 29 on the sand in front of Scotty’s Restaurant in Hermosa Beach. In addition, Zumba will be held at 6:30 p.m. on June 27, July 11 and 18 at Alta Vista Park’s Julia Field in Redondo Beach, and 6:30 p.m. on July 25 and Aug. 1 and 8 at Lincoln Elementary School in Redondo Beach. To register, go to bchd.org/freefitness.
Tuesday, June 7
Cancer Support: Dash Diet
Cancer Support Community South Bay offers this free workshop by Dianne Staso, a registered dietitian, from 11 a.m.-noon on Zoom. Participants will learn about the DASH eating plan and how it can help reduce blood pressure and other chronic diseases. To join this virtual workshop, visit cscsouthbay.org and open the calendar. For more information, email Rebecca Sul at Rebecca@CSCSouthBay.org.
Wednesday, June 8
Pages: a bookstore will welcome former world champion surfer Shaun Tomson and co-author Noah benShea as they celebrate the publication of their new book, “The Surfer and the Sage: A Guide to Ride and Survive Life’s Waves.” They will be at Pages, 904 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach, at 7 p.m. Purchase of the book is the ticket to the event. To purchase the book online, go to pagesabookstore.com.
Thursday, June 9
Cancer Survivorship: Optimizing Your Wellness
Cancer Support Community South Bay is offering this free workshop led by nurse Rebecca Tobin from noon-1 p.m. on Zoom. Tobin will define survivorship and its importance, review the impact of disease and treatment, and discuss the importance of developing a survivorship plan. To join this virtual workshop, visit cscsouthbay.org and open the calendar. For more information, email Rebecca Sul at Rebecca@CSCSouthBay.org.
Street Fair & Music Festival
The 34th annual Palos Verdes Street Fair & Music Festival, featuring beer and wine, food, artisans, vendors, entertainment and carnival rides, is set for June 10-12. The hours are 4-10 p.m. on June 10 (carnival only), 10 a.m.-10 p.m. on June 11, and 10 a.m.-9 p.m. on June 12. It will be held at 501 Deep Valley Drive, Rolling Hills Estates. Free admission, free parking and free entertainment. Carnival tickets available online at palosverdesstreetfair.com.
South Coast Cactus & Succulent Society
Tom Glavich, a longtime grower and propagator of succulent plants, is the featured speaker at the South Coast Cactus & Succulent Society’s June meeting. Glavich will talk about the similarities and differences of the Euphorbia species. His presentation will include a look at mutant forms. He’ll also demonstrate how to cultivate and propagate Euphorbias. The meeting is at 1 p.m. on June 11 at South Coast Botanic Garden, 26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes Estates. For more information, go to southcoastcss.org.
The El Segundo Library will present a free concert featuring The Silver Linings Trio on June 11, 1-3 p.m., at the Library Park, located in the 600 block of Main Street. The trio, consisting of two violinists and a cellist, performs uplifting arrangements ranging from Santana to Sinatra, movie tunes and more.
Elks Lodge pancake breakfast
Elks Lodge #1378 will hold a pancake breakfast from 8-11 a.m. on June 12. Tickets are $8, with all proceeds benefiting veterans programs. Pre-sale tickets are available at the lodge, 315 Esplanade, Redondo Beach, by calling 310-372-8488 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Lodge hours are 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Thursday.
South Coast Cactus & Succulent Society
Tom Glavich, a long time grower and propagator of succulent plants, is the featured speaker at the South Coast Cactus & Succulent Society’s June meeting. Glavich will be talking about the similarities and differences of the Euphorbia species. His presentation will include a look at mutant forms. He’ll also demonstrate how to cultivate and propagate Euphorbias. The meeting is at 1 p.m. on June 12 at South Coast Botanic Garden, 26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes Estates. For more information, go to southcoastcss.org.
Master chorale concert
Los Cancioneros Master Chorale will perform “Music from Across the Pond” at 7 p.m. on June 12 at Armstrong Theater, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. The concert features works by Gilbert & Sullivan, Andrew Lloyd Webber and more. General admission is $35 and $20 for students. Free parking. For tickets, call Diana at 310-779-3072, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call the theater box office 310-781-7171 or go to LCMasterChorale.com.
Live jazz music
Take a musical journey through different styles of jazz with a live performance in the library meeting room featuring guitarist Jacques Lesure and his band. The performance is at 2 p.m. on June 18 at the Katy Geissert Library, 3301 Torrance Blvd., Torrance. For more information, call 310-618-5959.
How L.A. Invented the Backyard Barbecue
Backyard grilling developed in the 1920s and by 1940 was a triumph. Join author and food school Charles Perry for a lecture on this culinary tradition at 6 p.m. on June 20 on Zoom. For a Zoom link, email SBuehler@TorranceCA.Gov by June 17.
Shakespeare by the Sea
Shakespeare by the Sea will mark its 25th season with a return to live productions. “Much Ado About Nothing” opens June 23, followed by “Romeo & Juliet” on June 30. Shakespeare by the Sea will be at Point Fermin Park in San Pedro June 23-July 9 and Aug. 5-6. The group then hits the road, touring July 10-Aug, 4, with stops in San Pedro, Rancho Palos Verdes, Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, Torrance, Encino, Mission Viejo, South Pasadena, Beverly Hills, Santa Ana and Aliso Viejo. For more information including a complete schedule, go to shakespearebythesea.org.
The Riviera Village Summer Festival is back for its 44th year. Enjoy exhibitors, a beer garden, live music, rides, food and more June 24-26. The hours are 4-9 p.m. on June 24, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. on June 25, and 10 a.m.-7 p.m. on June 26. Artisan and craft vendors interested in participating should contact Jamie Janssen at 310-889-5303 or email@example.com. For more information, go to rivieravillage.net/2022-summer-festival.
Hermosa Beach Pride
Save the date. The second annual Hermosa Beach Pride is set for June 25. See related story, page 1. More Details pending.
Peninsula Symphony concert
The Peninsula Symphony will perform works by Chopin, Tchaikovsky and John Tower at its Kenneth and Eileen Norris Foundation Concert on June 26. The concert, featuring guest conductor David Cubek and 2020 Knox Competition winner pianist Mi-Hyun Suh, is at 7 p.m. at the Redondo Union High School Auditorium, 1 Sea Hawk Way, Redondo Beach. Admission is free. For more information, call the symphony office at 310-544-0320, email firstname.lastname@example.org or go Pensym.org.
Hollywood Goes to the Library
Join film historian Annette Bochenek as she presents depictions of librarians and libraries in classic films using photos, video clips and stories at 6:30 p.m. on June 29 on Zoom. For a Zoom link, email MGeorge@TorranceCA.Gov by June 28. ER