Spotlight: Skechers Pier to Pier Friendship Walk
The Skechers Pier to Pier Friendship Walk, presented by Kinecta Federal Credit Union, hopes to raise a record breaking $2.5 million on Sunday, October 30, during its 14th annual walk from the Manhattan Beach pier to the Hermosa Beach pier and back. More than 100 companies and schools will participate in the walk. During and following the walk entertainment and athletic celebrities will meet with and entertain the walkers. They include Brooke Burke, Sugar Ray Leonard, Amanda Kloots, Dani Bowman, and America’s Got Talent golden buzzer winner Madison Taylor Baez.
The annual event will also feature an adopt-a-pet center sponsored by Petco Love and Los Angeles Animal Services at the BOBS from Skechers store on Manhattan Beach Boulevard. Proceeds will benefit The Friendship Foundation, and local school education foundations. The Friendship Foundation offers children with varying abilities one-on-one peer visits and social recreational activities, from online gatherings to summer camps, sporting event outings and classes such as music, yoga, cooking, art, and drama. Check-in is at 8 a.m. The opening ceremony begins at 9 a.m. at the Manhattan Beach pier. To register visit skechersfriendshipwalk.com.
Manhattan Beach art exhibit
The Manhattan Beach Art Center has a new exhibit, Lynn Aldrich’s “Fly High Fly Deep.” The exhibit, on display through Jan. 1, is about environmental conservation. Viewers are invited to consider the wonder and fragility of life in the sky and sea. The center’s gallery is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. For more information, call 310-802-5440.
The Roundhouse Aquarium on the Manhattan Beach Pier has partnered with Rubicon and set up a Trick or Trash box where community members can dispose of their Halloween candy wrappers from Oct. 24-Nov. 7. Most wrappers end up in a landfill or, in the case of the South Bay, littering the beach. Rubicon sorts the wrappers and picks out ones made of paper or other recyclables, thus keeping them out of the landfill and giving them a second life.
Torrance art exhibits
The Torrance Art Museum has debuted its fall exhibitions. It continues through December. The exhibits are “Un-Civil War! (An Election Special),” a critical inquiry into the deepening divisions in America’s political and cultural landscape, and “Ken Friedman: 92 Events.” 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays. Free. For more information, visit TorranceArtMuseum.com.
Mira Costa to present “Love/Sick”
Tickets to Mira Costa’s fall production, John Cariani’s “Love/Sick,” a collection of nine slightly twisted and completely hilarious short plays, are on sale at miracostadramaboosters.org. Set on a Friday night in an alternate suburban reality, this 80-minute show explores the pain and joy that comes with being in love. The show is rated PG-13. Show dates are Nov. 4, Nov. 5, Nov. 9, Nov. 10, Nov. 11 and Nov. 12.
Thursday, Oct. 27
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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, Oct. 28
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Hermosa Beach Rotary hosts a Certified Farmers Market every Friday, noon to 4 p.m., at 1035 Valley Drive.
The South Bay Athletic Club meets weekly at noon at H.T. Grill, 1701 S. Catalina Ave., Redondo Beach. The speakers this week are CIF-Southern Section assistant commissioner Thom Simmons and Jake Jimenez, coach of the Redondo Union High School girls flag football team. The luncheon is open to the public. Lunch is $30.
Jessica Fichot and her quartet will perform at 8 p.m. in the campus theater at El Camino College, 16007 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance. Drawing from her multiethnic French, Chinese and America heritage to create an unexpected and diverse repertoire of songs sung in six languages, Fichot will present her song selections accompanied by her accordion, a toy piano and her fiery band. For tickets, go to elcaminotickets.universitytickets.com/w/default.aspx.
Saturday, Oct. 29
Intro to Medical Qi Gong
Cancer Support Community South Bay (CSC South Bay) is offering a three-part series of workshops led by Benj Sinskul, a medical QiGong practitioner. Using experiential techniques, attendees will learn to sense chi fields and how the movement of energy affects health. The first workshop is from 10 a.m.-noon at 2601 Airport Drive, Suite 100, Torrance. Parts two and three of the series will take place on Nov. 5 and Nov. 19. To register for the workshop, go to cscsouthbay.org and select the calendar. For more information, email Rebecca Sul at Rebecca@CSCSouthBay.org.
Redondo Beach Witch Paddle
Portofino Hotel & Marina has joined forces with Harbor Vibes for the third annual Redondo Beach Witch Paddle. The Portofino restaurant will be setting up a beer garden for the occasion. The witch paddle will begin at 10:30 a.m. and friends and family are welcome to cheer on the paddlers from the beer garden. Tickets are $50 per adult, which includes 2 drink tickets and snacks, and $20 per child, which includes all food and non-alcoholic beverages. Portofino is located at 260 Portofino Way, Redondo Beach. Tickets are for sale at eventbrite.com. Search Witch Paddle.
M.I.A. Recoveries Inc. is holding a fundraiser in honor of Clayton Kuhles for the recovery of a specific aircraft by a team from M.I.A. Recoveries. Kuhles, the founder and president of MIA Recoveries, discovered the crash site on Dec. 7, 2010. There will be a seminar from 3-4:30 p.m. at Torrance Municipal Airport, 3301 Airport Drive. Kuhles is the featured speaker. Tickets are $20 per person. A dinner will follow at 5 p.m. at 5325 Bayridge Road, Rancho Palos Verdes. The speakers are Kuhles and Torrance Mayor George Chen. Tickets are $200 per person. For tickets or to make a donation, go to MIAunforgotten.com.
Sunday, Oct. 30
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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.
Now in its 32nd year, the Pumpkin Race is set for 2 p.m. in Manhattan Beach. Race a pumpkin down Manhattan Beach Boulevard and take part in the spectacle of the Manhattan Beach Pier area transformed into Pumpkin Race Land. For details, go to manhattanbeach.gov and open the calendar.
Monday, Oct. 31
Riviera Village Trick or Treat
Children are invited to trick or treat at the shops at Riviera Village from 3-6 p.m. South Catalina Avenue will be closed to traffic from Avenue I to Palos Verdes Blvd. for the event.
Redondo Beach Library Trick or Treat
Families are invited to stop by the Redondo Beach Public Library and trick or treat at the main library (303 N. Pacific Coast Highway) and north branch (2000 Artesia Blvd.), 3-7 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 1
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The Manhattan Beach Certified Farmers Market is from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. every Tuesday at Metlox Plaza. For more information, go to downtownmanhattanbeach.com.
Wednesday, Nov. 2
Hermosa View ribbon cutting
The Hermosa Beach City School District’s State of Schools will include a ribbon cutting at Hermosa View Elementary School, 1800 Prospect Ave. The event is at 4 p.m.
State of the College
El Camino College will hold its State of the College from 11:30 a.m-1 p.m. on Nov. 4 in the school’s East Dining Room. Learn what ECC is doing to prepare students for the workforce. Guests are asked to RSVP by Oct. 28 by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 310-660-3406.
Local writer to give talk
Local journalist and author Deborah Paul will be guest speaker at the Southwest Manuscripters/Surfwrites club meeting, 2-4 p.m. on Nov. 5 at the Palos Verdes Peninsula Library, 701 Silver Spur Road. Her topic will cover her career as an international flight attendant and how such assignments as flying boat people out of Southeast Asia and Muslim hadijs to Mecca influenced her decision to write about her unusual travel adventures. She will also talk about self-publishing five children’s books.
TEDx Manhattan Beach
“Jump Start,” this year’s TEDx MB event, is scheduled for Nov. 5 at the Mira Costa High School auditorium, 1401 Artesia Blvd., Manhattan Beach. Kicking off at 8 a.m., the annual event features a lineup of speakers who are experts in diverse fields, including technology, environment, entertainment, entrepreneurship and education. Tickets can be purchased at tedxmanhattanbeach.com.
The Bay Cities Coin Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 10 at the Westchester Masonic Lodge, 7726 West Manchester Ave., Playa Del Rey. Doors open at 6 p.m. There will be a show and tell, auctions and a 50/50 raffle. All ages are welcome. Gifts for kids.
Veterans Day events
— A Veterans Day ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11 at Veterans Parkway, located at Valley Drive and Ardmore in Manhattan Beach. For more information, call the city’s Parks and Recreation Department at 310-802-5448.
— There will be a wreath laying ceremony at 10:30 a.m. on Nov. 11 at the Veterans Memorial Statue on the east lawn of the Hermosa Beach Community Center, 710 Pier Ave. A reception will follow in the Community Theater with a presentation of the video, “Veterans are Timeless.” The video honors veterans who have a special connection to Hermosa Beach. For more information, call the city’s Community Resources Department at 310-318-0280.
— The city of Redondo Beach, Elks Lodge #1378 and the Veterans Memorial Task Force will hold a Veterans Day Tribute at 1 p.m. on Nov. 11 at the Veterans Memorial in Veterans Park, 309 Esplanade. A barbecue will follow at the Elks Lodge, 15 Esplanade. The barbecue is open to the public and free for veterans, members of the military, firefighters and police officers. A $5 donation is requested for all others. For more information, go to rbveteransmemorial.com.
Beach Volleyball Hall of Fame
The 2022 CBVA Beach Volleyball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is set for Nov. 12 at the Hermosa Community Theater, 710 Pier Ave. There will be a social hour from 5-7 p.m. at the Hermosa Beach Museum. The induction ceremony will start at 7 p.m. in the adjacent Community Theatre to present awards, induct the Hall of Fame Class of 2022 and honor legends of the sport. The Class of 2022 includes Annett Davis, Sean Rosenthal and Jon Lee. The Ron Von Hagen award will go to the Cressman brothers for organizing the Gillis Volleyball Tournament for fifty years. Tickets are $10 per person and will be available at the door. Proceeds benefit the Hermosa Beach Historical Society CBVA Hall of Fame Exhibit. For more information, email email@example.com.
Destination: Art will hold an art sale and anniversary reception celebrating the gallery and its studio artists on Nov. 12, 3-5 p.m. Destination: Art is located at 1815 W. 213th St., Suite 135, Torrance. For more information, go to destination-art.net.
South Coast Cactus & Succulent Society
The group will meet at 1 p.m. on Nov. 13 at South Coast Botanic Garden, 26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes Peninsula. Free admission for SCCSS members and their guests. Kelly Griffin will give a presentation, “Now and then – An update on the Yemeni island of Socotra.” Griffin, a succulent plant hybridizer, propagator and avid plant explorer, will discuss the flora and fauna he observed over two trips to Socotra. Griffin will also discuss plants from mainland Yemen. For more information, go to southcoastcss.org.
Holiday Open House
Downtown Manhattan Beach will kick off the holiday season with the annual Holiday Open House and Pier Lighting on Nov. 16. The schedule is: Santa’s arrival, 5 p.m. at Metlox Plaza; Holiday Open House, 6-9 p.m., with carolers, shopping and more in downtown Manhattan Beach; Pier Lighting, 7 p.m. at the Manhattan Beach Pier. For more information, go to downtownmanhattanbeach.com. ER