After a jam-packed Memorial Day Weekend, things have quieted down a bit. There are just a few special events scheduled over the next couple of days which frees you up to check out the many ongoing events happening around town. Have you been to the Automobile Driving Museum for a Sunday drive in one of their vintage vehicles? Speaking of fine automobiles, how about stopping by Ruby’s on Friday night for Cruise at the Beach? Instead of going to your regular Farmers’ Market, why not try a different one? You can get your game on at The Refinery in Torrance or maybe try a little hang-gliding at the beach. The weather is supposed to be spectacular, so put off the chores and errands, get out there and enjoy the weekend!
Support local merchants and kick-off the weekend at the Downtown Torrance Market Place. Every Thursday, Old Town Torrance takes to the streets with gifts, arts and crafts, jewelry, clothing, food and produce, antiques and more. The weekly event features live music, tastings and product demonstrations from over thirty vendors and runs from 3 to 8 p.m. Torrance expert Dave Brownlee of Antique Appraisals will place a value on your treasures for $3 per item. Downtown restaurants and shops will stay open late with sidewalk sales and Market Place specials. Free parking is available in the public parking lot on Cravens Avenue and the public parking structure with entrances on Sartori and Cabrillo Avenues. Free valet parking is also available at The Depot Restaurant located at 1250 Cabrillo Avenue. The Downtown Torrance Market Place is located at Sartori and El Prado in Torrance. For more information, visit the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/downtowntorrancemarketplace.
Terrenea Resort is proud to present the Nelson’s Summer Concert Series each weekend from May 24th through September 1st. Every Friday, Saturday and select Sunday evenings from 5 to 9 p.m. guests will enjoy live music in Nelson’s new, bluff-side Beer Garden and a special menu featuring some of Nelson’s favorite items. Terrenea Resort is located at 6610 Palos Verdes Drive South in Rancho Palos Verdes. For more information, visit the website at http://www.terranea.com/blog/nelsons-summer-concert-series-kicks-off-in-los-angeles-on-memorial-day-weekend or call 310-265-2836.
The City of Rancho Palos Verdes and Kids Music n’ Motion present the annual Kids Music Festival on Saturday, June 1. This fun, family event is free and open to all ages and will take place at Ladera Linda Park in Rancho Palos Verdes from 10 a.m. through 2 p.m. Activities include dance classes, music lessons on instruments of all kinds and a petting zoo among others. It’s a terrific opportunity for children to experience the wonders of music and motion. For additional information, visit the website at www.kidsmusicnmotion.com or call 310-373-0280. Ladera Linda Park is located at 32201 Forrestal Drive in Rancho Palos Verdes.
Celebrate National Trails Day at Portuguese Bend Reserve on Saturday, June 1 from 9 a.m. to noon. Enjoy a free, special fitness hike with Equinox trainers, explore hiking trails with the Sierra Club or volunteer with the trail crew while enjoying a beautiful vista with Catalina Island as the backdrop. This event is free and open to the public. Portuguese Bend Reserve is located at Crenshaw Boulevard and Burrell Lane near Del Cerro Park in Rancho Palos Verdes. For more information visit the website at www.pvplc.org or call 310-541-7613 x201.
This year, the LA Jewish Film Festival will have a screening for the very first time in the South Bay. The screening includes two films and will be held on Monday, June 3, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at Temple Menorah in Redondo Beach. A short film, All the Broken Pieces explores the relationship between a grandmother with early onset Alzheimer’s and her young granddaughter. The feature presentation is Disobedience: The Sousa Mendes Story. This remarkable true story has been described by historians as ‘the largest rescue action by a single individual during the Holocaust.’ View the trailer here: http://youtu.be/B2AR-MhsLos. Tickets are $12 or $9 for seniors and students. For ticket purchase, visit the website at http://lajfilmfest.org/2013-screening-schedule/. Temple Menorah is located at 1100 El Camino Real in Redondo Beach.
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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 Heidi Butzine. Heidi is a best-selling author, entrepreneur, wine aficionado and shop local maven. Her most recent book, Shop Local: A Practical Pain-Free Guide to Shopping with Purpose, is part of her personal mission to get more people to support local businesses and strengthen the communities where they live, work and play. Don’t worry, if you missed the show, you can listen to it here: http://southbaybyjackie.com/may-30-2013-heidi-butzine-certified-local/.
Have a great South Bay Weekend!