Jackie's South Bay Weekend Guide

The South Bay by Jackie Weekend Guide is THE source for leisure activities and events throughout the South Bay!

We have another event packed weekend coming up! Whatever your passion, we’ve got it covered—cars, wine, fashion, history, music, even an appearance by the Space Shuttle Endeavour! Yes, the Space Shuttle! And it’s all happening right here in the South Bay!

Are you interested in spicing up your wine and beer knowledge? in Redondo Beach is offering a special tasting event with flavors from around the world! Adventurous beer and wine enthusiasts are invited to Sip & Savor for a delicious tour of some of the Southern Hemisphere’s top wines and beers on Friday from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Guests will feel like world travelers as they sample and learn about an incredible selection of wines and beers from New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Argentina, Chile and Uruguay. No passport is required for this special ‘tour’ though space is limited and reservations are encouraged. The cost for the Sip & Savor Southern Hemisphere event is only $10 per person. The event will be held at the Redondo Beach store located at 1505 Hawthorne Blvd. For more information and to make reservations, call 310-542-1460 or visit the website at totalwine.com.

Saturday is the 28th Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day, a yearly beach and inland waterway effort to eliminate waste. Up and down the coast, thousands of volunteers gather to remove trash and debris that eventually ends up in the ocean. Coastal Cleanup Day is about much more than picking up trash. It’s a chance for Californians to join people around the world in expressing their respect for our oceans and waterways. It’s an opportunity for the community to demonstrate its desire for clean water and healthy marine life. It’s a moment to share with one’s neighbors, family, and friends, coming together to accomplish something vital and worthy on behalf of our environment. Heal the Bay will be organizing the South Bay effort, and there are cleanup sites from El Segundo to Rolling Hills. The cleanup takes place between 9 a.m. and noon. To learn more and sign up as a volunteer, visit the website at healthebay.org.

Just because the summer is coming to a close doesn’t mean the music has to end! It’s just moving indoors! The El Segundo Public Library presents the new fall season of the popular Concerts in the Library series which kicks off on Saturday, September 15 and continues through December. This free series is open to the public and features classical and jazz programs, as well as music from different ethnic traditions. The concerts take place in the Friends of the Library Room on the third Saturday of each month at 2 p.m. and will include light refreshments provided by the Friends of the Library. The El Segundo Public Library is located at 111 West Mariposa Avenue in El Segundo. For a complete list of shows and other information, call 310-524-2728 or visit the website at elsegundo.org/library.

, in partnership with Designing Women South Bay, a women’s guild in support of Working Wardrobes, is hosting a Men’s Clothing Drive to collect professional clothing for men and veterans re-entering the workforce. Re-entering the workforce in today’s economy is difficult enough; now imagine not having the clothes to look the part. The South Bay community is encouraged to support veterans and local men in need by donating gently used clothing at South Bay Galleria on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. This is a chance to donate clothing that has been hanging in the closet unworn for years. Clothing donations will help these men obtain employment positions and provide them with clothing for everyday use. Donations may be dropped off in an open retail space on Level 3, near . All donated clothing must be gently used, in good condition, clean and on hangers. South Bay Galleria is located at 1815 Hawthorne Blvd. in Redondo Beach. For more information, call 310-371-7546 or visit the website.

The much-anticipated finale of has arrived! Fans and fashionistas will have a chance to meet and mingle with fashion celebrities at the live style-off event on Saturday at 2 p.m. Project Runway designer Nick Verreos and celebrity stylist Jeannie Mai, host of The Style Network’s “How Do I Look?” will be in attendance to host and judge the final contest in the mall’s Center Court. Five local contestants will participate in the Project Style Finale, including four semi-finalists from earlier rounds of the online contest, as well as one wild card winner. During the style-off, each contestant will be given a $200 South Bay Galleria gift card and one hour to create an outfit for the judges. Nick Verreos and Jeannie Mai, as well as South Bay Galleria Nordstrom’s head of personal shopping Sean Dennison, will judge the event as the participating fashionistas put on a live fashion show to exhibit their creations. The Project Style finalist who receives the most votes from fans will be awarded a $500 gift card to South Bay Galleria. The live style-off event will take place on Saturday from 2 until 3 p.m. in the mall’s center court. Immediately following the contest, shoppers will have the opportunity to meet Verreos and Mai at a celebrity meet and greet from 3 p.m. until 4 p.m. The South Bay Galleria is located at 1815 Hawthorne Blvd. in Redondo Beach. For more information, visit the website at SouthBayGalleria.com.

The City of Torrance turns 100 on Oct. 28, 2012, and will be celebrating its centennial year with a Hometown Parade on Sunday. Community groups, schools, civil service organizations and marching bands will take part in the procession themed ‘Looking Back & Moving Forward’. The parade will begin at noon on Post Avenue, south of Cravens and the route is as follows: north on Post to Sartori, east to Marcelina, south to Cravens, and then north on Cravens to end at El Prado Park. The parade will lead participants and the public to the new Torrance Centennial Plaza at El Prado Park where a Time Capsule will be installed during the Dedication Ceremony, which begins at 2 p.m. at Carson Street at Manuel Avenue. It’s sure to be a fun-filled afternoon, so mark your calendar, gather up family and friends and head to Downtown Torrance for the big celebration! For more information, visit the website at torrancecentennial.org.

The 20th Annual Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance takes place at the in Rancho Palos Verdes on Sunday and will highlight classic French curves. In addition to viewing more than 200 exhibited cars, visitors can see craftsmen at work in Restoration Alley, shop for gifts, dine in the elegant Club House and examine show cars in the display areas. The Concours will be preceded by a Road Rallye on Saturday. Considered one of the premiere car shows on the west coast, the Concours attracts the top exhibitors in their class from all over the western United States. Twenty-one classes and over two hundred vehicles will be on exhibit. For more information, visit the website at pvconcours.org.

The public is invited to join Mayor Wayne Powell and city of Manhattan Beach public safety officials at a Town Hall Meeting on Sept. 20, 2012 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. The special topic of discussion will be earthquake preparedness and safety. Dr. Margaret Vinci of CalTech and the U.S. Geological Survey is confirmed to speak. Dr. Vinci has developed an interesting computer simulation of what we are likely to expect during a major earthquake in our area. Manhattan Beach has a strong focus on disaster and emergency preparedness. As a founding member of the Manhattan Beach Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and a Block Captain of MB Neighborhood Watch, Mayor Wayne Powell considers safety and disaster preparedness a major theme of his Mayoral term. As the experts tell us, it’s not a matter of if, but when, a major earthquake is likely to occur in our area. Mayor Powell lists important earthquake preparedness and safety information on his website.

I’ve already mentioned how excited I am about this particular announcement! On  Sept. 20, the Space Shuttle Endeavour will land at LAX on the back of a 747 shuttle carrier aircraft for transport to its new, permanent home at the California Science Center in Los Angeles. In preparation for this historic event, the El Segundo Police Department has pre-designated the 300 to 600 blocks of East Imperial Avenue as public viewing space to watch Endeavour aboard the 747 shuttle carrier craft land on the south runway at LAX. Other designated areas for public viewing include the 700 block of West Imperial Avenue and the greenbelt located at Imperial Avenue and California Street. As the date draws near, a firm time frame will be released by the California Science Center and NASA. This is exciting, historic stuff—and you don’t have to travel to Florida to see it! So be sure to mark your calendars—you don’t want to miss this! I will be there!

As always, check the calendar links and ‘Things to Do’ page on my website, southbaybyjackie.com, for details on these and other events throughout the South Bay.

On The South Bay Show this morning, we spoke to Dee Hardison, former mayor of the city of Torrance. Dee told us all about the Hometown Parade for the Torrance Centennial happening this Sunday.  Don’t worry—if you missed it, you can listen to it online.

The South Bay Show presents Preparing for Disaster in the South Bay. This very instructive program airs every Friday morning on Blog Talk Radio at 7:00 a.m. Our guest tomorrow morning is Eddie Weiss. Eddy is a leading authority in the areas of Disaster Preparedness, Strategic Planning, Disaster Mitigation and practical problem solving.  It will be an interesting and informative hour so tune in! You can listen to it live or at your leisure online.

Have a great South Bay weekend!



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