Happy Thanksgiving everybody and Happy Chanukah to the tribe!
It’s time to sit back and take stock of all the things we have to be thankful for - our health, family, friends, achievements, lessons learned and good times - and I hope you all find yourselves surrounded by loved ones over the holiday weekend. (I’m sitting here trying to work while my sisters, mom, husband, nieces, nephews and in-laws do their very best to distract me!)
The City of Torrance Community Services Department invites the entire family to participate in the 34th Annual Harry Sutter Memorial Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot Fun Run. This three-mile fun run will begin at 8 a.m. this Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, November 28. The start and finish line is at the Sam’s Club parking lot at the Torrance Crossroads Center located at 2601 Skypark Drive in Torrance. After the fun run, there will be a post-run prize drawing for mountain bikes, dinner vouchers, gym memberships and many other outstanding prizes. Keeping with the spirit of the season, a food drive will collect canned items for distribution to disadvantaged South Bay families. All registered participants will receive a commemorative Turkey Trot shirt. For additional information and online registration, visit the website at http://www.torranceca.gov/Parks/20996.htm.
Santa has arrived at Del Amo Fashion Center! He’s nestled in his Winter Wonderland in JoAnn’s Court and will be posing for photos and taking holiday wishes through Christmas Eve. There are several special events scheduled over the next few weeks for guests to enjoy. Everyone is invited to attend the Menorah Lighting and Display on Sunday, December 1 from 4 to 6 p.m. Chabad of South Bay will host the annual Menorah Lighting Ceremony in the Outdoor Promenade. The ceremony will take place at sundown. There will be crafts, goodie bags and entertainment compliments of Chabad of South Bay. The Menorah will be on display in the Outdoor Promenade from November 27 through December 6. Kidgits Sunrise with Santa happens on Saturday, December 7 from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. in JoAnn’s Court. This event offers Kidgits members a chance to meet Santa in a relaxed setting and will include light refreshments, crafts, premium gifts and more. The Salvation Army Giving Tree will be at Mall Entrance 2 next to Old Navy. Everyone is invited to pick out an Angel Gift Request from the tree and help those in the community that are less fortunate this holiday season. For additional information, visit the website at http://www.simon.com/mall/del-amo-fashion-center. Del Amo Fashion Center is located at 3525 West Carson Street in Torrance.
Taking place for over 40 years, the Sleepy Hollow Christmas Lights Extravaganza (also known as Candy Cane Lane) is one of the largest holiday decoration displays in the country. You can walk or drive through the neighborhood reveling in the sights, sounds and scents of the season. It’s a wonderful way to spend the evening and one the entire family will enjoy and remember for years to come. The wildly extravagant decorations are on display from December 1 through January 1 from about 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. For more information and directions, visit the Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sleepy-Hollow-Christmas-Lights-Extravaganza/214158315880.
The City of Lawndale Community Services Department is proud to present the annual Angel Tree Lighting Ceremony on Monday, December 2. All the fun gets underway at 4 p.m. at Civic Center Plaza and will run through 8 p.m. This fun-filled, family friendly event includes arts and crafts, train rides, music, entertainment, refreshments and photo ops with Santa. Guests are invited to do a little snow sledding and who knows, maybe incite a snowball fight! In keeping with the spirit of the season, a donation of a canned food item is requested. For additional information, contact the Community Services Department at 310-973-3270 or visit the website at www.lawndalecity.org. Civic Center Plaza is located at 14700 Burin Avenue in Lawndale.
The Jewish Community Center of the Beach Cities invites the public to take part in celebrating the Festival of Lights with a special Menorah Lighting Ceremony at South Bay Galleria on Monday, December 2 at 5:30 p.m. The menorah is part of an eight-day Jewish holiday celebration, Chanukah, or the Festival of Lights, which begins on November 27 and ends December 5 this year. This free event will take place on South Bay Galleria’s Level 3 at the food court. Guests will enjoy music and tastes of traditional Chanukah food. Kids and adults alike will be treated to an entertaining and educational evening to celebrate this special holiday. For additional information, visit the website at http://www.southbaygalleria.com/ or call 310-371-7546. South Bay Galleria is located at 1815 Hawthorne Boulevard in Redondo Beach.
The King Harbor Yacht Club has scheduled the annual Holiday Boat Parade for Saturday, December 14. Everyone is invited to participate in this fabulous holiday tradition and boat owners are encouraged to take part and register their vessels at http://khbf.org/. Several sponsorship packages are also available. For additional information, visit the website at http://www.khyc.org/.
We’re going to remind you every week for the next month - The South Bay Show will be airing a live, two hour simulcast of the Holiday Boat Parade from KHYC beginning at 5 p.m. at http://BoatParadeRadio.TheSouthBayShow.com. We will also be hosting a live video feed via Google Hangout at http://BoatParadeTV.TheSouthBayShow.com.
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.
Joe and I are taking a little time off for the holiday and will be airing a re-run on The South Bay Show Thursday morning with guest Forrest Hunt, Race Director of the Torrance Turkey Trot. Don’t worry, if you missed it, you can listen to it here: http://southbaybyjackie.com/november-21-2013-forest-hunt-torrance-turkey-trot/.
Have a very happy Thanksgiving, happy Chanukah and fabulous South Bay weekend!