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Jackie's South Bay Weekend Guide

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

The Super Bowl is this Sunday and no matter what you plan on doing for the game, you can’t miss the South Bay’s biggest event of the year – the Redondo Beach Super Bowl Sunday 10K/5K Run/Walk & Baby Buggy 10K takes place Sunday morning. Everybody will be there!

There are only two days left to take advantage of dineLA! dineLA Restaurant Week is a bi-annual dining event established to introduce diners to the extensive assortment of restaurants in neighborhoods throughout Los Angeles County. dineLA Winter Restaurant Week takes place over 12 consecutive days and runs from January 21 through February 1. Local foodies and visitors to the area will have the opportunity to enjoy a selection of specially priced prix fixe menus from some of LA’s best restaurants during this this period. It should come as no surprise that a variety of restaurants throughout the South Bay will be participating in this culinary event: BALEENKitchen, Gaetano’s, Gonpachi, Il Fornaio, Rock ‘n Fish, The Strand House and Zinc @Shade among others. Some of the restaurants will feature lunch, some will offer dinner and some will present both so be sure to check the website at http://discoverlosangeles.com/restaurantweekv2/. Diners may make a reservation online at Open Table or contact the restaurant directly. Due to the popularity of this event, advance reservations are strongly recommended. Walk-ins are welcome but there is no guarantee they can be accommodated. This is a great opportunity to sample something different and it’s sure to whet your appetite without emptying your wallet!

Total Wine & More presents a fun and thought-provoking class on Thursday, January 31 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Brown Bagging It….An Enlightening Blind Tasting will feature a blind tasting of eight delicious wines. Guests’ taste buds will be piqued as eight selected wines are paired off and tasted blind for all to compare and enjoy. Each wine pair is crafted from identical grapes but grown in different parts of the world – are you up for the challenge? For just $25 per person, guests will enjoy contrasting Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel, as well as one mystery grape which will be revealed on the evening of the class. This wine class will be held at all California Total Wine & More stores, including the Redondo Beach superstore. Seating is limited and reservations are highly recommended. Total Wine & More is located at 1505 Hawthorne Boulevard at South Bay Marketplace in Redondo Beach. For more information, call 310-542-1460 or visit the website at www.totalwine.com.

Join more than 9,000 race enthusiasts at the South Bay’s biggest Super Bowl event! Now in its 35th year, the Redondo Beach Super Bowl Sunday 10K/5K Run/Walk & Baby Buggy 10K is a terrific way to celebrate the biggest day in American sports. Enjoy the picturesque sites of Redondo Beach – the Pacific Ocean, the Redondo Beach Pier, the Marina in King Harbor and the Wyland whale mural – as you make your way along the race route. The ocean breeze, salt air and mild temperatures make for perfect winter running conditions. Participants and guests will also enjoy great food, beverages and a variety of running accessories at the two day Health & Fitness Expo presented by Michelob Ultra located at the Seaside Lagoon. The Expo takes place the day before the race (Feb. 2) and the day of the race (Feb. 3) and is free and open to the public. If that isn’t enough reason to get out of bed, maybe the lure of prizes will persuade you. The costume contest adds a wildly entertaining feature to the festivities and prizes are awarded in several categories. Start Super Bowl Sunday on a healthy, fun and festive note! You’ll finish in plenty of time to catch the coin toss! For more information and registration, visit the website at http://www.redondo10k.com/.

Bank of Manhattan presents LA Networking Matters’ 4th annual networking for a cause event Network Your Heart Out…It Matters! at the Manhattan Country Club on Wednesday, February 20. Networking Matters’ mission is to bring together influential business leaders from the South Bay and Palos Verdes Peninsula in a fun, networking environment to raise money and awareness for meaningful charities in the communities they serve. Each year, the Networking Matters Committee selects two local charities that will benefit from the event proceeds. This year’s beneficiaries are the Toberman Neighborhood Center and Peninsula Seniors. This year also introduces a new partnership with LA Networking Matters and the Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce. In addition to supporting the two non-profit organizations, LA Networking Matters will also be donating a portion of the proceeds to the Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce’s High School Scholarship Fund. It’s a terrific opportunity to meet, mix and mingle with like-minded individuals and local business owners. You’ll also have an opportunity to take part in the popular raffle. Corporate sponsors and local businesses provide an array of amazing items for the drawing including hotel stays, gift certificates for restaurants, shops and services and merchandise from local retailers. The doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the event runs until 8:30 p.m. Pre-order tickets by Monday, February 18, and receive a discounted rate of only $30 per person. Tickets at the door will be $35. Price includes heavy appetizers, pasta bar, one glass of beer or wine and unlimited networking opportunities! For more information and ticket purchase, visit the website at http://www.lanetworkingmatters.com/ or contact Julane Whalen at 310-370-0555. The Manhattan Country Club is located at 1330 Parkview Avenue in Manhattan Beach.

If you have not been to Tapas & Vino yet, you are in for a treat! Our newest advertiser is currently running a Not Just Tapas & Vino Campaign exclusively for our audience! Mention The South Bay Show or South Bay by Jackie and receive 25% off a lunch or brunch entrée. Or just tell them Jackie sent you! Tapas & Vino is located at 1729 South Catalina Avenue in Redondo Beach. For more information, visit the website at http://tapasyvino.com/ or call 310-791-8200. Just a friendly reminder - it’s time to start thinking about Valentine’s Day reservations – you don’t want to be left out in the cold!

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, our guest was Bill Brand, Council Member for District 2 in Redondo Beach. Bill is running for re-election in March. Don’t worry, if you missed it, you can listen to it here: http://southbaybyjackie.com/january-31-2013-bill-brand-member-redondo-beach-city-council/.

Enjoy the Super Bowl and have a great South Bay weekend!

Jackie

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