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Jackie's South Bay Weekend Guide

The South Bay by Jackie Weekend Guide is your source for events and activities in the South Bay for June 7-10!

We have another event loaded South Bay weekend coming up! The following are just a few of the events I feel deserve your attention. For complete listings, check the ‘Things to Do’ page and calendar at southaybyjackie.com.

The Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce hosts First Thursdays on the first Thursday of the month in downtown Hermosa Beach. The event runs from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. with participating shops and businesses offering special discounts, snacks, giveaways, live music, children’s activities and other entertainment. For more information, visit the Facebook page at facebook.com/FirstThursdays.

The Palos Verdes Peninsula Chamber of Commerce presents the . The festivities kick off on Friday with the PV Teen Night Carnival. Presale tickets include a 2 for 1 game play coupon, popcorn and unlimited carnival rides from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. with proceeds benefiting local schools. The Street Fair & Music Festival takes place Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. There will be over 200 vendors on site, two stages will feature live music with top acts and tribute bands, a new Cook-Off event, dog show, canine search & rescue demonstrations and pet adoptions, an international food court and local restaurants such as Mama Terano, The Appetizer and Chicken Maison, a kid’s area with free pony rides, petting zoo and other activities. The Street Fair & Music Festival is located on Norris Center Drive between Silver Spur Road and Indian Peak Road in Rolling Hills Estates. For event details, visit the website at pvstreetfair.com.

is proud to present every weekend through Sept. 2. Every Friday and Saturday evening from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., guests will enjoy live music on Nelson’s bluffside patio overlooking the deep blue. A picnic-themed BBQ buffet will be set up outdoors during the shows, and the regular menu is always available inside the restaurant. Terrenea Resort is located at 6610 Palos Verdes Drive S. in Rancho Palos Verdes. For more information, visit the website at terranea.com/blog/nelsons-summer-concert-series-kicks-off-in-los-angeles-on-memorial-day-weekend or call 310-265-2836.

It’s time for the ! The event takes place on Saturday and gets underway at 7 a.m. at the Hermosa Beach Pier. Joe Charles of MB Bootcamp hosts this challenge a couple of times each year and it’s a big favorite with South Bay locals. The course goes from the Hermosa Beach Pier to the Manhattan Beach Pier and back—in the sand!—and covers a total of four miles. The runner with the fastest course time—male and female—wins $100. The after party will take place at Cantina Real located at 19 Pier Avenue in Hermosa Beach. You can sign up for the Pier to Pier Run/Walk at mbbootcamp.com. For more information, contact Joe Charles at 310-980-9339 or by email at jc@mbbootcamp.com.

Plaza El Segundo and Artlife Galleries present Artwalk this Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. Artwalk boasts a collection of fine arts from local artists and takes place on the second Saturday of every month. Celebrate local artists, watch live art demonstrations and participate in hands-on art workshops—all for free. The Art Walk is located at "The Edge" entrance (in front of The Counter Restaurant) and at Artlife Gallery located at 720B Allied Way (next to The Veggie Grill Restaurant) at Plaza El Segundo in El Segundo. For more information on how to participate contact Vanesa Andrade at 310-938-2511.

The City of Torrance is hosting a Disaster Preparedness Expo & Environmental Fair on Saturday from 10 a.m. through 2 p.m. The event incorporates gardening demonstrations, a recycling drop-off, classic car display, kid’s games, energy efficient appliances and conservation ideas, local vendors, city vehicle demonstrations (fire trucks, buses, dump trucks, etc.) emergency equipment, disaster supplies and more. The free recycling drop-off is located at City Hall and intended for Torrance residents only. Paper shredding is limited to four boxes or bags per vehicle. Proceeds from the electronic recycling will benefit Madrona Marsh. Proceeds from the shoe and clothing drive benefit TUSD and clean water resources for developing countries. Drop off used oil and oil filters and receive a coupon for a free oil filter (limit 2). There will be a free mulch giveaway while supplies last. The Expo takes place at the City of Torrance Service Facility located at 20500 Madrona Ave. in Torrance. For more information, visit the website at torranceca.gov/24306.htm.

This event has already sold out, but I’ll tell you about it anyway just so you know what you’re missing! The Torrance Public Library Foundation presents an evening with Louis Zamperini, the subject of Laura Hillenbrand’s best-selling novel Unbroken on Sunday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Toyota Auto Museum. Originally from Torrance, Zamperini became a world-class athlete and track sensation and competed in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. At the onset of World War II, Zamperini joined the Army and became an Army Air Corps bombardier. In 1943, his bomber crashed in the Pacific, leaving Zamperini and two other crew members adrift on a raft in shark infested waters. After 47 days at sea, Zamperini and one surviving crew member were captured by the Japanese. They spent the remainder of the war in several different POW and secret interrogation camps located throughout Japan. Zamperini’s story is simply amazing and at 95 years of age, he still spends much of his time travelling the world, sharing his story. Yes, I have tickets and will be attending.

The 8th Annual Redondo Beach Triathlon will be held on Sunday and features two separate events: a sprint and mini-sprint. The event gets underway at 7:30 a.m. at in Redondo Beach. The sprint will consist of a half-mile swim, a six-mile bike ride and two-mile run. The mini-sprint entails a quarter-mile swim, a three-mile bike ride and one-mile run. For those that have never competed in a triathlon, the mini-sprint is a great way to become acquainted with the sport. Awards will be given to the top three finishers in each division and the top two relay teams. There will be no registration on race day and USAT membership is required. For more information and registration, visit the website at rbtriathlon.com.  

Mucho Ultima Mexicana restaurant has a new look, new menu, new vibe and new chef! Nationally acclaimed chef and cookbook author, Scott Linquist, has recently taken control of the kitchen at Mucho in Manhattan Beach as the new chef/partner. A complimentary menu sampling and tequila tasting is scheduled for Sunday and Monday. So make plans to stop in, meet the new chef and discover what he’s got going on in the kitchen! Seating is limited so make your reservation now at muchomb.com or call 310-374-4422. Mucho Ultima Mexicana is located at 903 Manhattan Ave. in Manhattan Beach. I’ve already made my reservation.

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.

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 on Thursday morning, our guest was Sean Chaney, chef/partner of in Hermosa Beach. It was a mouth-watering show but don’t worry - if you missed it, you can listen to it here: http://southbaybyjackie.com/sean-chaney-partnerchef-of-hots-kitchen/.

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 a.m. Our guest this Friday is Claudio Taniguchi, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator for the City of Hawthorne. 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/june-8-2012-claudio-taniguchi-hawthorne-cert/.

Have a great South Bay weekend!

Jackie

southbaybyjackie.com

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