Thursday, October 4

Community Calendar

Manhattan Track Club runners led by Ed Avol (right) will be participating in this Saturday’s, Oct. 6, Old Hometown 10K run. The race starts at 7:30 a.m. at Manhattan Beach Parkway.

Thursday, October 4

RB Chamber breakfast

"Good Morning Redondo Beach" breakfast’s topic is customer service for a successful holiday season. Portofino Hotel and Yacht Club, RB. 7:15 a.m. $15 members/$20 guests. 376-6911.

Rabies clinic

Hermosa Beach annual rabies clinic for cats and dogs is being held at Clark Field, 1035 Valley Dr. from 7-8:30 p.m. Rabies vaccination is $5; and the 6-in-1 (dhlpp) is $12. 318-0217.

English Country dance

Come to the First United Church, 1551 El Prado Avenue, Torrance for fun and elegant community dances in the English style dating from the 16th century to the present on the first and third Thursday of every month from 8-10 p.m. Live music. All dances taught. Admission $5. Call 793-7499.

Friday, October 5

Rummage and bake sale

A two-day rummage and bake sale is being held today and Saturday, Oct. 6 at First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 243 S. Broadway, RB. The sale is from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. today, and 8 a.m.-noon on Saturday. Proceeds go to mission efforts. 372-2635.

Lobster fest

The 2001 Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival begins tonight and continues through Sunday, Oct. 7 at Ports O’Call Village on the waterfront in San Pedro. Admission is $6 ($5 with discount ticket) and includes festival fun and great music. Lobster meals are $11 each. Festival hours tonight are 5-11 p.m. Saturday hours are 11 a.m.-11 p.m., and Sunday hours are 11 a.m.-7 p.m. For more information call 366-6472 or visit www.lobsterfest.com for complete festival schedule.

Greek festival

The 37th annual South Bay Greek Festival is taking place at St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church beginning tonight from 6-10 p.m. The festival continues through Sunday, Oct. 7. The additional hours are Saturday Noon-6 p.m. and Sunday, Noon-9 p.m. 722 Knob Hill, RB. $2 adults, $1 seniors, children under 12 are free. 540-2434.

Dance for wellness

The Wellness Community-South Bay Cities is presenting "Dance and Jazz for Wellness" tonight at the James Armstrong Theatre in Torrance. Wine, hors d’oeuvres and jazz by the Al Apodaca Trio is being presented before the performance. The evening’s program features eclectic dance presentations. Proceeds benefit free psychological, educational and support programs to cancer patients and loved ones who reside in the South Bay. 7-10 p.m. Tickets are $50 and available by calling 376-3550.

Shipwreck 2001

It’s that time of the year again when the Queen Mary transforms into one of the most ghastly terror fests for "Shipwreck 2001". Preview nights are tonight and tomorrow, Saturday Oct. 6. Other nights are October 12-14, 19-21, 26-28 and 30-31. $25 for all ages ($13 on preview nights). 7 p.m.-midnight. More information is available by calling 562-435-3511, or at www.queenmaryshipwreck.com.

Saturday, October 6

Pancake breakfast

The Torrance Firefighters and Police Officers Associations invite you and your family to join them in their New York Fire and Police Fundraiser Pancake Breakfast. Ken Miller Recreation Center, 3330 Civic Center Dr., Torrance. $5 per person. 7-11 a.m.

Old Hometown Fair

This weekend’s Old Hometown Fair at Live Oak Park in Manhattan Beach features games and entertainment for teens and young kids throughout Saturday and Sunday. The fair begins following the finish of the annual Old Hometown Fair 10K which starts in front of Live Oak Park at 7:30 a.m. and finishes at the MB Pier. Fair hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Rummage sale

St. Francis Church is having a rummage sale with everything from small appliances to shoes. 2200 Via Rosa, PVE. 7 a.m.-6 p.m. 375-4617.

Fall plant sale

The South Coast Botanic Garden Foundation is sponsoring its annual fall plant sale featuring ornamental grasses, daylilies, epidendrums, trees and shrubs, succulents, perennials, ferns and more. Also joining the sale will be the Fuchsia Society and the Native Plant Society. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and students, $1 for 5-12 year olds, and free to members. 26300 Crenshaw Blvd., PVP. 544-1948.

Hermosa Art Group

An artist reception for the Hermosa Art Group is taking place at the Malaga Cove Library from 3-6 p.m. A percentage of the sales will benefit the library. The show opened Oct. 3 and is running through Saturday, Oct. 27. Gallery hours are M, F, Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tu, W, Th 1-7 p.m.; Closed Sundays. 2400 Via Campesina, PVE. 316-2866.

Sunday, October 7

Safety fair

The Redondo Beach Police Department and the Redondo Beach Public Safety Commission are co-hosting a Community Safety Fair and Police Department Open House at the Civic Center and Police Facility. Activities begin at 10 a.m. and conclude at 3 p.m. The event features tours of the police station, static displays of police equipment and fire apparatus, safety and crime prevention exhibitions, entertainment and food free of charge to the public. The Civic Center is located at the corner of PCH and Diamond St. in RB. 937-6655.

NYC benefit

The NYC Fallen Heroes Children’s Benefit and Live Auction is being held at the rooftop terrace at 1301 Manhattan Ave., HB from 3:30-7:30 p.m. All proceeds go directly to The Fallen Heroes Children Fund that was established by a group of local South Bay businesses to assist the hardest hit firehouses in NYC, the NY police and fire widows and children. $100 per person. Provided at the benefit are light food and beverages, live and silent auctions, raffles, and spa treatments. For more information call 784-5545 or visit www.fallenheroeschildrensfund.com.

Monday, October 8

Good driver discount

An AARP 55 Alive driving class is being offered today and continues on Wednesday, October 10 at the Joslyn Community Center, 1601 Valley Dr., MB. Successful completion of both classes qualifies adults, ages 55 and up, for an appropriate discount (with a good driving record) on auto insurance. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. For reservations call 545-7861.

Camera club

South Bay Camera Club invites the public to a program designed to help anyone who wants to take better fall color pictures. Knob Hill Community Center, 320 Knob Hill, RB. 7:30 p.m. 371-2263 or visit www.s4c-photo.org/SBCC.

Wednesday, October 10

Candidate forum

The Woman’s Club of Hermosa Beach and the League of Women Voters of the Beach Cities are hosting a forum to include the seven candidates running for city council and a debate on the three measures. Lunch is at 11:45 a.m. and the candidate forum begins at 12:30 p.m. Clark Building, 861 Valley Dr., HB. $8 per person. 376-4532.

Education in Redondo

The Redondo Beach Unified School District and the Redondo Beach Chamber of Commerce invites you to attend the "2001 State of Education in Redondo Beach" presented by Superintendent Bill Nunan. 5:30 p.m. Crowne Plaza Hotel, 300 N. Harbor Dr., RB. $30 per person. 376-6911.

RB Chamber mixer

The Happy Clam Restaurant is the location for this month’s Redondo Beach Chamber Mixer. 5:30 p.m. 376-6911.

Thursday, October 11

Seniors breakfast

The Seniors Breakfast Club, sponsored by St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church of Redondo Beach, meets at 8 a.m. on the second Thursday of each month at the IHOP restaurant at Del Amo Fashion Center on Hawthorne Blvd., Torrance. The group meets to share Christian Fellowship, make new friends, and to plan special events and trips. 540-5252.

Upcoming

Class reunion

The Torrance High School Class of ’81 is having its 20-year reunion at Crown Plaza Hotel in Redondo Beach on Saturday, Oct. 13. For more information call 800-700-6607.

Volunteers needed

Friend-to-Friend

Beach Cities Health District’s Community Care Services is looking for volunteers for its Friend-to-Friend program. Friend-to-Friend volunteers provide older and/or disabled adults with socialization, friendship and a link to community resources. Volunteers are trained and then matched with appropriate participants on the basis of geography, need and interests. For more information call 374-3426, ext. 143.

Teach a child to read

RSVP of South Bay is seeking volunteers 55+ for the "America Reads Program" in the Beach Cities. If you can give one or two hours a week to help a child learn to read please call Elaine at RSVP 320-3322.

Other

Teen Center

The Redondo Beach Teen Center has started their school year program. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 3-8 p.m. (Wednesdays hours are 2:30-8 p.m.). It is a drop-in program for teens 12-17 years old who live in the city of Redondo Beach or attend a Redondo Beach School. Activities include pool tournaments, arts and crafts, games, special contests, trips and much more. For further information call 318-0610, ext. 4563.

Dog license renewal

Hermosa Beach’s 2002 dog tags are now available. To license a dog the rabies certificate must be valid through Sept. 30, 2002. Proof of sterility is needed to get a discounted rate. City Hall, 1315 Valley Dr., Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m.-6 p.m. 318-0271.