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Hermosa to Put the 'Smack' in Fest

Saturday's Smackfest volleyball tournament to be followed Sunday by the Kim Blankinship memorial tourney.

Two volleyball tournaments are being held this weekend to raise money for a cause. Here is a roundup of the events in the Hermosa Beach area.

Smackfest

Where and when: Just north of the Hermosa Beach Pier, Hermosa Beach; Saturday, check-in 8-8:30 a.m.

Why go: It calls itself the largest coed in the country. Proceeds benefit Southern California Foundation for Children and the after party is at Sangria.

Price: $20

Shamrock carnival

Where and when: Aviation Park at Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, 1935 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Redondo Beach; Saturday and Sunday

Why go: There's something for everyone at . Crazy rides for the teenagers, sweet and fun rides for the little ones, and plenty of food and drink for the whole family.

Price: Free

Cooking class

Where and when: Lido di Manhattan, 1550 Rosecrans Ave., Manhattan Beach; Saturday, 12 p.m.

Why go: You'll learn not only an amazing Mexican feast (including salsa, carne asada tacos, crab enchiladas with green mole, and "fried" ice cream) but also how to concoct the ultimate margarita.

Price: $55

Kim Blankinship tournament

Where and when: Hermosa Beach Pier, Hermosa Beach; Sunday, 9 a.m.

Why go: The comes back to Hermosa Beach. The event includes music and raffles, as well as an opportunity to raise money for scholarships.

Price: $150 per team of 6 people

Relay for life

Where and when: Alta Vista Elementary School, 815 Knob Hill Ave., Redondo Beach; Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m.

Why go: Teams from all over the country come together to compete in . The American Cancer Society Relay for Life is a chance for communities to celebrate those who have bravely faced cancer, remember loved ones lost and to fight back against the disease.

Price: $10

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