Spring has sprung and Easter and Passover season has begun! The Bunny will be making several appearances throughout the South Bay for breakfasts, brunches, egg hunts, photo ops and other activities. For a list of events, click here: http://southbaybyjackie.com/south-bay-easter-events-april/.
Yesterday, Tarsan SUP was going to begin offering Complimentary Paddle-Outs but due to high winds and a small craft advisory, it was cancelled. So, starting next week, every Wednesday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. guests are invited to demo Tarsan’s line of Laird boards free of charge. This is not a class – it’s an opportunity to get your feet wet (pun intended) trying out this popular activity. Attendees must reserve a board prior to the event each week. For additional information and to reserve a board, visit the Tarsan website at http://tarsanstandup.com/ or call the shop at 310-798-7878. Check out Tarsan’s new location at 831 North Harbor Drive in Redondo Beach.
Tomorrow, April 4, is your last chance to enter California’s first and longest running house raffle – the 2014 Palos Verdes Win Your Dream House Raffle. The Palos Verdes Art Center continues with the most dynamic top prize to date – a $1,925,000 Palos Verdes Estates five bedroom residence plus $1,000,000 in cash! Tickets will be sold at $150 each. See complete rules, conditions and details at http://pvartcenter.org/raffle/2014/rules.html. Raffle proceeds benefit the Art Center’s ongoing visual arts education, exhibition, community and outreach programs. Ticket order forms, complete rules and further information about the raffle are available on the Art Center’s website, www.pvartcenter.org. Tickets can be purchased at the Palos Verdes Art Center, or by calling (310) 541-2035 or (310) 541-2479.
The 2014 Universe Multicultural Film Festival (UMFF) takes place from April 4 to April 6 in Rolling Hills Estates and will feature films from over twenty countries. The screenings will be held at the Promenade on the Peninsula, RHCC Community Center and Peninsula Center Library in Rolling Hills Estates. The UMFF will present a wide variety of films including original shorts, documentaries and animations created by select filmmakers from all over the world. This festival offers an amazing opportunity to learn about different cultures, lifestyles, traditions and beliefs. General admission tickets are $5 for children 18 and under and $10 for adults. Family and group passes are also available. For additional information, schedule and a list of films, visit the website at http://www.umfilms.org.
The 2014 Surfer’s Walk of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place Saturday, April 5 at the Hermosa Beach Pier. Surfing is a large part of Hermosa’s heritage and to honor the strong surfing history, the city annually recognizes Hermosa’s surfing legends with the Surfer’s Walk of Fame, located on the Hermosa Beach Pier. The City of Hermosa Beach will commemorate the surf heritage of the South Bay with the induction of two legendary South Bay surfers, John McFarlane and Sparky Hudson. Inducted surfers are acknowledged by the placement of their name engraved on bronze plaques embedded along the pier. The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. For additional information, call Community Resources (310) 318-0280 or visit the website at http://www.hermosabch.org/index.aspx?page=640.
Spyder Surf Fest 2014 will once again bring together the surf industry’s most prominent brands and surfers to Hermosa Beach on Saturday, April 5 for a seventh consecutive year. The day will kick off with the Surfers Walk of Fame Induction Ceremony at 11 a.m. followed by a day of live music, fashion shows, interactive booths, giveaways and new to this year’s Surf Fest line-up – the LA Surf Awards, which will be presented at 3 p.m. at Hermosa Pier Plaza. Pier Plaza will also feature industry booths and musical acts, including 70′s Amateur World Champion Mark Levy’s band THE BIXBY DICKS, Fallen Riviera, HOIST the COLORS and local favorites, Kevin Sousa and Sand Section. Participating brands include presenting sponsor Monster Energy, Sanuk, SUN BUM, Hurley, Billabong, Quiksilver, Volcom, Electric, Rip Curl, Roxy, Toms and many more. After 7 p.m., festivities will continue into the evening at the official Surf Fest Post Party at Waterman’s. VIP wristbands will be issued during the day at the restaurant for express entry and food and beverage discounts. For additional information about Spyder Surf Fest 2014, visit the website at http://www.spydersurf.com/.
Shade Hotel hosts the ninth annual Ultimate Wine Festival Sunday, April 6. The festival showcases California’s premier wineries and winemakers in an intimate and enjoyable setting for wine loving guests and winery participants alike. This year, more than 50 notable wineries will present their latest vintages. The evening includes appetizer stations and elegant tray-passed hors d’oeuvres to savor with your choice of wines. General Admission is $125 per person and provides guests with entry at 3 p.m. and access to over 52 wineries located throughout the entire hotel and appetizer stations. VIP Reserve Magnum admission is $200 per person and gives guests early entry at 2 p.m. and exclusive access to a private tasting from reserve magnum bottles, tray passed appetizers from 2 to 3 p.m., sampling of over 52 wineries located throughout the entire hotel and appetizer stations. A percentage of the proceeds will benefit Manhattan Beach Middle School. This very popular event is limited to 350 guests and is expected to sell out quickly. Tickets can be purchased at EventBrite. Shade Hotel is located at 1221 North Valley Drive in Manhattan Beach. For additional information, visit the website at http://www.shadehotel.com/ or call 310-546-4995.
The Strand House presents the next event of the Culinary Masters Series on Monday, April 7 featuring Chef John Sedlar of Riviera Restaurant. Over three decades ago, Chef Sedlar’s Saint Estèphe restaurant in Manhattan Beach became the birthplace of Modern Southwest Cuisine. This bold and creative new style of cooking quickly won acclaim in Los Angeles, across the U.S. and around the world. Each course will be paired with wines from Mumm Napa, Trefethen Family Winery, Ceja Vineyards, Comstock Wines, Faust by Huneeus Vinters and Robert Mondavi Vineyards. In attendance will be winemakers and winery associates to comment on each pour. The cocktail reception begins at 6:30 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. The cost is $100 per person for dinner and $50 for wine pairings exclusive of tax and 20% service charge. This event sells out every time so be sure to make your reservations now. For additional information and to make reservations, call 310-545-7470 or visit the website at www.thestrandhousemb.com. The Strand House is located at 117 Manhattan Beach Boulevard in Manhattan Beach.
As always, check the calendar links and ‘Things to Do’ page on my website http://www.southbaybyjackie.com for details on these and other events throughout the South Bay.
This morning on The South Bay Show – South Bay Spotlight, our guest was Dennis Jarvis of Spyder Surfboards and dude around town. We discussed Spyder Surf Fest taking place this weekend, the HB oil issue, politics, local surf legends and more. Don’t worry, if you missed the show, you can listen to it here: http://southbaybyjackie.com/apri-3-2014-dennis-jarvis-spyder-surf-fest/.
Tomorrow morning on The South Bay Show – Manhattan Beach Chamber Chat, we’ll be discussing the upcoming South Bay Business Leaders’ Summit with guests Debbie Goldberg, Kim Salzer, Kristen Cruz and Bob Schwartz. Listen live at 8 a.m. to call in with questions or comments at (714) 242-5288. You can listen to tomorrow’s show here: http://southbaybyjackie.com/april-4-2014-south-bay-business-leaders-summit/. Be sure to tune in each Friday for all the latest Chamber news and events!
Next Tuesday on The South Bay Show – Preparing for Disaster in America, our guest will be Chief Jim McDonnell of the Long Beach Police Department. Jim is also a candidate in the upcoming election for Los Angeles County Sherriff. You can listen to the show here: http://southbaybyjackie.com/april-8-2014-jim-mcdonnell-police-chief-city-of-long-beach/. Listen live at 7 a.m. to call in with questions and comments at (714) 242-5288.
Have a fabulous South Bay weekend!