Labor Day Weekend has come and gone, and now it’s the unofficial end of summer (sigh) ... but what an incredible summer it was! There were so many fabulous events happening throughout the South Bay and the weather couldn’t have been more perfect. Some of my personal favorites: the Hermosa Beach Summer Concert Series; the White Light, White Night fundraiser; Nelson’s Summer Concert Series; the Trump Wine & Beer Festival; and seeing Louis Zamperini speak. But just because the summer is over doesn’t mean the good times have to end. There’s a whole lineup of fun and exciting events throughout the fall, so be sure to check my website each week to see what’s going on and by all means, tell your friends!
If you plan to take part in the fashion industry’s biggest night of the year, you’ll want to head to ! South Bay Galleria will be celebrating Fashion’s Night Out with store discounts, makeovers, swag bags and more! On Thursday from 6 until 9 p.m., join fashionistas around the world for this yearly fashion celebration! Fashion’s Night Out is a global initiative designed to celebrate fashion, restore consumer confidence and put the fun back into shopping. The event features all things fashion and beauty with free makeovers and stylist sessions as well as retailer discounts throughout the mall to get you at the top of your fashion game. The event will also feature food samplings from some of South Bay Galleria’s delicious restaurants and eateries, a text-to-win contest, where shoppers will have the chance to win a $100 South Bay Galleria gift card and swag bags for shoppers who spend $100 or more. South Bay Galleria is located at 1815 Hawthorne Boulevard in Redondo Beach. For more information, call 310-371-7546 or visit the website at southbaygalleria.com.
Fashion’s Night Out is also happening at Plaza El Segundo with Alexis Bellino of The Real Housewives of Orange County on Thursday from 6 to 10 p.m. Make a point to stop by this fabulous South Bay shopping destination for a fashion extravaganza! Free for all and open to the public, this event will include a DJ, cocktail parties, trunk shows and mini make-up lessons. Don’t forget to swing by Fountain Plaza next to Anthropologie to see one or all of the seven pop-up fashion shows as well. Reality star Alexis Bellino will be appearing at select in-store parties, presenting new fashions and making herself available for photo ops with customers. Plaza El Segundo is located at 760 S. Sepulveda Blvd. in El Segundo. For more information, visit the website at fashionsnightout.com.
The Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce hosts First Thursdays on—you guessed it!—the first Thursday of each month in downtown Hermosa Beach. The event runs from 5 to 9 p.m. with participating shops and businesses offering special discounts, snacks, giveaways and other cool stuff. Special events include live music, children’s activities and other entertainment. Downtown Hermosa Beach offers a wide variety of dining establishments to choose from so why not make an evening of it? After all the shopping is done, stop in one of the many terrific restaurants for a fabulous meal or maybe drinks and dessert? For more information, visit the Facebook page at facebook.com/facebook#!/FirstThursdays.
Every Friday afternoon from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., The Automobile Driving Museum hosts Eat Fleet, a gathering of gourmet food trucks. This Friday, the Bool BBQ and Meet n Potatoes trucks will be on site. The ADM is located at 610 Lairport St. in El Segundo. For more information, visit the website.
Cruise at the Beach happens every Friday night through October with vintage automobiles on display in the Ruby’s Diner parking lot from 4 to 8 p.m. Enthusiasts are encouraged to bring their hot rods, street rods and muscle cars and strut their stuff. The evening also features trivia, trophies and raffle. Ruby’s Diner is located at 245 North Harbor Drive in Redondo Beach. Take a stroll through the parking lot and marvel at this fine collection of classic automobiles. If you wish to display a car or require more information, contact Larry Neville at 310-962-7438.
Walk In Dance Out hosts Swing & Sway at the Knights of Columbus on Friday from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. The cost is $10 per person with a no-host bar. These dances are held on the first Friday of each month at the located at 214 Avenue I in Redondo Beach. For more information, visit the website at walkindanceout.com.
On the first Friday of each month, the Manhattan Beach Business and Professional Association hosts First Fridays—an extended showcase of all that is cool, stylish and fabulous in downtown Manhattan Beach. The monthly event features special offers, discounts, music, giveaways and other fun things to do. Select stores, restaurants and businesses below Valley Drive, west to the pier and surrounding streets, will be participating. You’re encouraged to mix, mingle, meet up with old friends and make a few new ones—it’s a great way to kick off the weekend! This is a popular event, so if you plan on making a night of it and having dinner at one of the many fine dining establishments, reservations are highly recommended. First Fridays – when downtown gets its groove on. The event runs from 6 through 9 p.m. For more information, visit the website.
The Sons of Italy present their annual scholarship fundraiser, The 3rd Annual Sons of Italy Car Show on Saturday. This remarkable collection of fine automobiles will be on display from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot of in Redondo Beach—and it’s not just cars! There will be trucks, motorcycles and all kinds of other special interest vehicles. Awards will be given out at 2 p.m. so be sure to stop by, grab a bite for lunch and maybe even purchase a T-shirt before the show is over! Remember that all proceeds go to the Scholarship Fund of the Western Foundation so all charitable donations are tax deductible. Ruby’s Diner is located at 245 N. Harbor Drive in Redondo Beach and will be open for business at 7 a.m. the day of the event. For more information on the event or how to register your own car, please contact Annette Porter of Sons of Italy at 310-254-4502 or fill out the registration form online.
Walk With Sally is sponsoring a “Presentation on Cultural Stress” given by Dr. Howard Murad. Join them for a free, informative lecture with solutions for Cultural Stress on Tuesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The event is hosted by Murad Inclusive Health Medical Group and will take place at the Murad Conference Center located at 2141 Rosecrans Ave. in El Segundo on the 6th Floor in Suite 6100. They wanted you to RSVP by Sept. 5, but there may still be seats available. You can RSVP by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. A gift bag and gift card will be given to reduce Cultural Stress while supplies last. This instructive lecture is for adults only and everyone is welcome.
Here’s an announcement I’m particularly excited about! On Sept. 20, the Space Shuttle Endeavor will land at LAX on the back of a 747 shuttle carrier aircraft for transport to its new permanent home at the California Science Center in Los Angeles. In preparation for this historic event, the El Segundo Police Department has pre-designated the 300 to 600 blocks of East Imperial Avenue as public viewing space to watch Endeavour aboard the 747 shuttle carrier craft land on the south runway at LAX. Other designated areas for public viewing include the 700 block of West Imperial Avenue and the greenbelt located at Imperial Avenue and California Street. As the date draws near, a firm time frame will be released by the California Science Center and NASA. This is exciting, historic stuff—and you don’t have to travel to Florida to see it! So be sure to mark your calendars—you don’t want to miss this!
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, we spoke to Mayor Michael Gin of Redondo Beach about the ongoing waterfront revitalization plans. 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 a.m. Our guest tomorrow morning is Louise Sattler, Founder of Signing Families. Louise trains first responders on how to how to communicate with individuals with special needs during an emergency situation. It will be an interesting and informative hour so tune in! You can listen to it live or at your leisure online.
Have a great South Bay weekend!