Are you ready for the Big One?
Join millions of people who will drop, cover and hold at 10:17 a.m. this morning, October 17 in the 2013 Great California Shake Out! Last year more than 12.5 million people were registered in Shake Out drills worldwide. The Great California Shake Out is an annual opportunity to practice how to be safer and better prepared before, during and after big earthquakes. The Shake Out has been organized to encourage individuals, families, communities, schools, businesses and organizations to review and update emergency preparedness plans and supplies and to secure structures in order to prevent damage and injuries. To register, visit the website at http://www.shakeout.org/california/.
Shade Hotel in Manhattan Beach hosts a monthly Wine Academy on the third Thursday of each month. Wine loving friends can gather to socialize, taste and learn from experts about new wines in a relaxed, fun, atmosphere. This popular event is open to the public and runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and offers wine lovers an opportunity to enjoy an intimate, casual, wine-centric social gathering. Well-priced at $25 per person in advance, $35 at the door, the Wine Academy features expert, interactive presentations of exceptional wines, boutique and/or limited production wines, along with tantalizing wine-paired hors d’oeuvres prepared by Executive Chef Chris Garasic. Flowers Vineyard & Wines will be featured this month on Thursday, October 17. For more information or to make reservations, call 310-546-4995 or visit the website at www.shadehotel.
It’s Movie Night at El Segundo Museum of Art Saturday, October 19 at 7 p.m. So-called ‘Red Westerns’ turned the traditional Western genre on its head, casting Native Americans as heroes and white settlers as villains with obvious Cold War overtones. Chingachgook, The Great Snake is based on a story by James Fenimore Cooper, author of The Last of the Mohicans. The movie will be projected on a wall inside ESMoA and afterward, the audience will engage in a discussion of Experience #5 FAME with an educator and enjoy FREE popcorn. Please bring your own blanket and pillow to sit on (no chairs please). Admission is FREE! For more information, visit the website at http://esmoa.org/. ESMoA is located at 208 Main Street in El Segundo.
The Redondo Beach Art Group (RBAG) is proud to present the eighth annual Power of Art event beginning Friday, October 18 and running through Sunday, October 20. The exhibit will be held at the Redondo Beach Elks Lodge and admission is free. This years’ theme is Connections and the event kicks off with an Artists’ Reception on Friday, October 18, from 6 to 9 p.m. Guests will enjoy music by singer Loretta McNair and Two Guitars and a ballet performance specially choreographed for this event, performed by Gabriela Simich and Ellen Bigelow. Delicious appetizers will be prepared and served by Elegant Catering Services and wine will be available for purchase. Throughout the weekend, there will be music, opportunity drawings, dance performances, sculpture classes and art workshops for children. For additional information and schedule of events, visit the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/RBArtGroup or contact Gloria Plascencia at 310-869-4992.
Dominique’s Kitchen will celebrate the one year anniversary of their opening October 18 through October 21 with a uniquely French event. To commemorate the big milestone, Dominique and Liza are throwing a four day party celebrating their beloved (and sometimes misunderstood!) French export… ESCARGOT! Guests will enjoy special escargot dishes, receive an escargot recipe card and get the scoop on 101 Ways to Do Escargot. Guests twenty-one and over will also receive a complimentary flute of champagne and be entered into a drawing for prizes. Dominique’s Kitchen is located at 522 South Pacific Coast Highway in Redondo Beach. To make reservations, call 424-247-9054. For additional information, visit the website at http://dominiqueskitchen.com/.
The Friends of Madrona Marsh will host this year’s Moonlight Magic on October 19 at the Ken Miller Recreation Center Torino Plaza. The Madrona Marsh Preserve is a safe haven for birds, reptiles, plant life and all types of living creatures. It is also a place for families to reconnect with nature and partake in the fun and educational activities the Marsh has to offer. Moonlight Magic is the annual fundraising celebration to help sustain and protect all of its programs. The event takes place between 5 and 10 p.m. and features live music, silent and live auctions and gift baskets. Dinner will be provided by the Red Car Brewery with hosted wines from The Naked Grape Winery. Tickets are $50 per person (adults 21 and over) and are available with cash or check at the Madrona Marsh Nature Center and at Wild Birds Unlimited in the Rolling Hills Plaza. For additional information and to purchase tickets online through Paypal, visit the website at http://www.friendsofmadronamarsh.com/j/. The Ken Miller Recreation Center Torino Plaza is located at 3341 Torrance Boulevard in Torrance. NOTE: The City of Torrance will not permit Moonlight Magic to be held on the Madrona Marsh Preserve this year due to the presence of mosquitoes and the chance some may carry West Nile Virus.
The Manhattan Beach Parks and Recreation Department presents the 26 Annual Family Halloween Carnival on Saturday, October 19. The event takes place at Manhattan Heights Park from noon to 4 p.m. and is designed for children ages 2 to 13. A costume contest and parade gets under way at 1 pm with several costume categories and prizes for Most Original, Funniest and Judges Choice. Play carnival games, participate in the push-up challenge, tour the fun house, decorate cookies, take on the 45 foot inflatable obstacle course and play Halloween Bingo for prizes. The cost for each activity is $.50 – $2. Tickets for all events will be sold at the Information Booth and are $.25 each. Bills over $20 will not be accepted. Tickets are also required for goodies from the Snack Stand. For additional information, visit the website at http://www.ci.manhattan-beach.ca.us/city-services/city-calendar-month-view/-item-26394. Manhattan Heights Park is located at 1600 Manhattan Beach Boulevard in Manhattan Beach.
Here’s something completely different….Senior Comedy Afternoons is looking for comedians who have a unique perspective on aging, are over 50 and can make the boomers and seniors laugh! They do shows all over Southern California and are holding auditions at The Pacific Inn on Wednesday, October 23 from 6:30 p.m. until the last laugh. This is your chance to strut your stuff. They’ll have an audience ready made for you and you’ve got 10 minutes. If you’re funny and you know it, contact them to reserve a spot. Please email or bring your resume and a headshot (if you’ve got one) to the audition. For additional information, visit the website at www.seniorcomedyafternoons.com or call 714-914-2565, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The Pacific Inn is located at 5481 Torrance Boulevard in Torrance.
And this is well, really different……William Shatner will be performing songs from his new album, Ponder the Mystery, at Saint Rocke on Wednesday, October 23. In addition to acting, producing and directing, Shatner has recorded several albums, the first of which was released in 1968. Ponder the Mystery is his fourth album and his appearance at Saint Rocke will be Shatner’s first performance in front of a live audience. This most recent solo record includes guest artists from the progressive and fusion genres including Rick Wakeman, Al DiMeola, Steve Vai, Robbie Krieger, Vince Gill and Dave Koz to name a few. Shatner will be accompanied by Circa, which includes former Yes band members Tony Kaye and Billy Sherwood, Ponder co-writer and producer. The show starts at 8 p.m. and pre-sale tickets are $48 per person. For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the website at http://saintrocke.com/show.cfm?id=122277. Saint Rocke is located at 142 Pacific Coast Highway in Hermosa Beach.
The Old Town Music Hall in El Segundo will be screening Classic Silent Horror Movies throughout the month of October. Since 1968, the Old Town Music Hall has been showing vintage silent and sound films and presenting live concerts by some of the world’s finest performers of jazz, ragtime and popular music from the past. Scheduled screenings include: The Black Cat, Nosferatu, Dracula, Phantom of the Opera and The Day the Earth Stood Still. Silent films are accompanied by the Mighty Wurlitzer, a massive 1925 wind-powered pipe organ that has been meticulously preserved so that silent classics can be experienced with live musical accompaniment, just as they did when they were first shown. For additional information and screening schedule, visit the website at http://www.oldtownmusichall.org/index.html. The Old Town Music Hall is located at 140 Richmond Street in El Segundo.
This sounds like a fantastic way to spend a Tuesday evening and guests can use the free shuttle service from Riviera Village! Terranea Resort presents the Fall Mixology Series on Tuesday nights throughout the month of October. The Lobby Bar at Terranea invites guests to spend an evening learning about their favorite spirits with leading mixology experts and guest bartenders. This educational series is comprised of cocktail demonstrations, two specialty drinks, hors d’oeuvres and live music. Each event will take place from 7:30 to 9 p.m. and the cost is $45 per person. Space is limited and reservations are required by calling 310-265-2836. Participants must be at least 21 years of age. Terranea Resort is located at 100 Terranea Way in Rancho Palos Verdes. For a schedule of events, visit the website at www.terranea.com or call 866-802-8000.
It’s never too early to begin planning for your financial future and you’ll want experienced professionals with a proven track record and flawless reputation on your team. Brigante, Cameron, Watters & Strong, Certified Public Accountants and Consultants, is the largest full-service accounting firm in the South Bay and they are dedicated to providing professional services of the highest quality. Give them a call at 310-542-0011 or visit the website at www.bcws.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.
On The South Bay Show this morning, our guest was Bill Field of Old Town Music Hall in El Segundo. Don’t worry, if you missed it, you can listen to the program here: http://southbaybyjackie.com/october-17-2013-bill-fields-old-town-music-hall/.
Have a fabulous South Bay weekend!