Jackie's South Bay Weekend Guide

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

I was under the mistaken impression that when September rolled around things would quiet down. Not! There are so many things going on this weekend and no way will you be able to do everything, so choose wisely!

The public is invited to join Mayor Wayne Powell and City of Manhattan Beach public safety officials at a Town Hall Meeting on September 20, 2012 – that’s tonight - from 6:30 to 9:00 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 at https://sites.google.com/site/WaynePowell4MB/Home/earthquake-preparedness.

Beer no longer takes a back seat to wine. Did you know LA has its own Beer Week??? Los Angeles Beer Week runs from September 20 through September 30 and Select Beer Store will be celebrating this momentous occasion in its own inimitable style with special events planned throughout the ten day festival. I can’t list all the information here, so check out the story on my website: http://southbaybyjackie.com/select-beer-store-celebrates-la-beer-week-september-20-30-2012/.

NASA has rescheduled the arrival of the Space Shuttle to Friday, September 21 due to weather conditions. Tomorrow, sometime between 11:30 and 12:30, 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 the last time Endeavour will be airborne! You don’t want to miss this!

From September 21 through the 23, the South Bay pays homage to all things lobster at the 17th Annual Redondo Beach Lobster Festival. Lobster may reign supreme at this classic South Bay event but there are plenty of other reasons to attend. The music line-up features live bands and DJ’s playing throughout the weekend as well as stand up paddle board lessons, mechanical bull rides, carnival midway games, face painting and balloon art. There are several lobster meal packages available for your dining pleasure. If you’re not in the mood for lobster (gasp!) or wearing a bib doesn’t appeal to your fashion sense, other options are available. Redondo Beach Crab House, Jamba Juice, Ambros Sausage, Big Al’s, Nailbag BBQ and others will be serving up alternative mouth-watering dishes. The Festival takes place at the Seaside Lagoon next to King Harbor, just north of the Redondo Beach Pier at 200 Portofino Way in Redondo Beach (at the corner of Harbor Drive and Beryl Street). Free bike parking will be available courtesy of the Beach Cities Cycling Club and Hermosa Cyclery. For more information, visit the website at http://www.lobsterfestival.com/.

The El Segundo Kiwanis Club presents the 36th Annual Richmond Street Fair on Saturday, September 22, 2012 from 9:00 am through 5:00 pm. Expect five big blocks of fun with arts & crafts, rides, live entertainment, beer garden, music, dancing, raffle prizes and more. El Segundo has a burgeoning food scene and local restaurants will be featuring the finest offerings from their kitchens as well as vendors from all over Southern California. The Richmond Street Fair is located on Richmond Street in Downtown El Segundo. The Fair will take place in the 100, 200, and 300 blocks of Richmond Street and the west 100 and 200 blocks of Grand and Franklin Avenues. For more information, view the flyer here http://www.richmondstreetfair.com/.

The City of Palos Verdes Estates is promoting National Preparedness month by hosting its first Neighborhood Safety & Disaster Preparedness Fair on Saturday, September 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in front of the Police Department at 340 Palos Verdes Drive West. This free event is a fun-filled day of adventure and education for the whole family, featuring disaster preparedness information, ideas, demonstrations, and supplies. Demonstrations covering a range of topics include cooking without power, radios as communication options, utility shut off, emergency water, samples of Meals Ready to Eat (MREs), water purification and use of fire extinguishers. Plan to stay for lunch and enjoy food for purchase from Lunada Bay House, St. Honore Bakery, Yellow Vase and Fresh & Easy.  Bottled water will be available from by West Basin Water District. We encourage Palos Verdes Estates resident and the surrounding community to come out and join the fun. For more information, contact PVE PD Community Relations Officer Marcelle McCullough at 310-378-4211.

The RAT Beach Bike Tour presents the 3rd Annual Charity Rat Ride on Saturday, September 22, 2012. This is a bike tour, not a bike race. It’s strictly for fun and it’s a rare opportunity to explore the South Bay from a two wheeled perspective. There is new start and finish line this year located at the Seaside Lagoon because the RAT Beach Bike Tour is partnering with The Redondo Beach Lobster Festival. All riders will be admitted to the Lobster Festival for lunch and a huge party at the end of the ride. The event features non-stop music, mechanical bull riding, paddleboard lessons, kids area, cocktails, food, sun, sand and surf! There are three different rides for all levels – the Metric Century (62 miles), the Metric Half Century (31 miles) and the Metric Quarter Century (15.5 miles). This year’s event promises to be larger than ever with more diverse routes through the South Bay. All three rides take advantage of the splendid coastal location incorporating the bike paths along the Strand and Esplanade.Entry fees  go to several charities supported by the South Bay Rotary Club including the Scott Newman Center and the Pediatric Therapy Network. The entry fee includes a t-shirt, hat, refreshments, roving bike support, lunch and Lobersterfest party. The event will proceed rain or shine and helmets are required. For more information, visit the website at www.ratbeachbiketour.com.

You don’t want to miss the 9th Annual Rods, Rides and Relics Classic Car Show on Sunday, September 23 presented by the Redondo Beach Pier Association. A favorite with local car enthusiasts, the exhibit takes place on the Redondo Pier from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Now in its ninth year, Rods, Rides & Relics features some of the best classic cars in the South Bay. 100 cars are displayed over the water on The Pier with a DJ spinning oldies but goodies. Take a stroll along the pier, view the cars and then vote for your favorite. The event is open to the public, admission is free and taking a stroll along the pier surrounded by classic automobiles is certainly a pleasant way to spend a couple of hours on a lazy Sunday afternoon. The Redondo Beach Pier is located at 100 Fisherman’s
Wharf in Redondo Beach. For more information, visit the website at http://www.redondopier.com/event/8th-rods-rides-relics-classic-car-show-on-the-pier/.

Last but not least - to my friends of the Tribe, Happy High Holy Days! There are several events celebrating the holidays throughout the South Bay.  For more details, visit my website at http://southbaybyjackie.com/high-holy-days-services-september-2012/.

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, we spoke with Pat Aust. Pat organizes the Rods, Rides & Relics Car Show happening at  the Redondo Beach Pier this weekend.  Don’t worry - if you missed it, you can listen to it here: http://southbaybyjackie.com/september-20-2012-pat-aust-rods-rides-relics-car-show/.

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 AM. Our guests tomorrow morning are Shehryar Wahid and Daniel Johanning of Centrix IP. It will be an interesting and informative hour so tune in! You can listen to it live or at your leisure here:http://southbaybyjackie.com/september-20-2012-pat-aust-rods-rides-relics-car-show/.

Have a great South Bay weekend!




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