Bay Watch

Published February 21, 2008

Thursday, February 21
1812 Tall Ship docks
This War of 1812 replica ship arrives in King Harbor at 3 p.m. and is available for educational tours and sailing adventures Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 23-24. Bring the kids for an amazing educational experience as they will join the crew and hoist the sails, steer the ship, fire the main battery of six-pounder cannonades and experience first-hand life aboard a traditional, square topsail schooner.

“Monster Monologues” dark, brooding
The 2nd Story Theater’s final showings of “Monster Monologues,” tonight and tomorrow, rated 3D (deep, dark and disturbing), takes only an hour, 8 – 9 p.m., but leaves a lasting impression. Hermosa Arts Foundation, 710 Pier Ave. $5. For the sophisticated: be challenged, be prepared, and be 17 or older. Enjoy! Oooheee!

Friday, February 22
Irish Rovers come over, come over!
The Torrance Cultural Arts Center 2007-2008 Premier Season concludes with the Irish Rovers, 8 p.m., at the Armstrong Theatre, corner of Torrance Boulevard and Madrona Avenue. Info and tix: 310-781-7171 or

SB Cities General Assembly
Bracing for the Boom, as in boomers, is the topic of the 9th Annual South Bay Cities General Assembly address concerning the issue of the cities’ readiness for dealing with their aging, boomer populations. 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., Carson Community Center, 801 E Carson St. Visit or call 310-377-8987.

Get paid to travel
El Camino Community College offers a class, Get Paid to Travel, from 9:20 a.m. – 12: 30 p.m. today only. $39 plus $5 materials. 16007 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance. 310-660-6460 or

Saturday, February 23
Inventing is fun!
Author Susan Casey presents a free, interactive family event based on her book Kids Inventing! from 2 - 4 p.m. at Peninsula Center Library, 701 Silver Spur Road, Rolling Hills Estates. 310-377-9584.

H20 – Where do you go?
The Armstrong Theatre at the Torrance Cultural Arts Center presents a one-of-a-kind science musical overflowing with everything you ever needed to know and see about water, from precipitation to evaporation and condensation. Ages 7-12, 2 p.m., $10. 310-781-7171 or HYPERLINK "" for tickets. 3330 Civic Center Drive.

Our Lady of Guadalupe concert
Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Hermosa Beach holds “A carewell (to the old church) Concert” with proceeds going to the building fund. A $10 donation gets you in. 320 Masey St., Hermosa Beach. (310) 372-7077

FOL meet & greet book lovers
Current and future members of the Hermosa Beach Friends of the Library are invited to celebrate its nearly 50 years of service and to learn what the organization is up to these days. 3-6 p.m. at the Ryans. Call to RSVP, and for the address: 310-372-1902.

MBFD CERT signup
The Manhattan Beach Fire Dept. is looking for interested, able-bodied volunteers for the Community Emergency Response Team program running three consecutive Saturdays beginning today and continuing March 1 and 8, from 0830 – 1630 (that’s part of the learning process). $35, or $50 a couple. Details, location, more: or 310-802-5204, Frank Chiella.

SB Girl Scouts Fair
South Bay area Girl Scouts hold its 38th Annual Fair at Jo-Ann’s court, south wing Del Amo Mall, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Troops will display, demonstrate and share projects and activities of the program, and will include a memorabilia collection of Girl Scout paraphernalia. 310-375-2646.

Torrance finds its (’60s) groove
It’s 1968 and Torrance is groovin’. The Grateful Dead were in town, peace marches marched and Ms. Torrance led the Armed Forces Parade. Join ‘em for a look at it all. Torrance Historical Society Museum, 1345 Post Ave. 2 p.m. 310-328-5392.

Free marsh concert for kids
Kids ages 3-8 can sing and interact with original songs by Priscilla LaMarca Kandel, and then take the Live Habitat Tour of new animal life emerging from the Madrona Marsh. 10 - 11 a.m. 3201 Plaza Del Amo, Torrance. 310-782-3989.

Meet Grow’s grower
Organic citrus grower Lisle Babcock offers amazing varieties of citrus at Grow from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., 1830 N. Sepulveda Blvd, Manhattan Beach.

Sunday, February 24
Visiting minister on liberal religion
The Rev. John Morehouse is the visiting minister the last Sunday each month at the South Bay Unitarian Fellowship offering sermons introducing and explaining liberal religion, continuing through February, March, April and May. 11 a.m., Mathews Cottage, 2603 Mathews Ave., Redondo Beach. 310-374-1451.

Munchkin runs and fun
The Woman’s Club of Hermosa Beach sponsors a 10-year and under Munchkin Run benefiting Hermosa Beach’s Project Touch, beginning at 6:34 a.m. for registration and check in. Warm-ups begin at 8:15 and the Run and Sprints start at 8:30. North side of the Pier. 310-379-5206 or 310-318-0280. Cheer the kids on!

Sand & Strand Run/Walk
The second-oldest running race in LA, the Hermosa Beach Sand & Strand Run is in its 56th year with races over a 55 percent sand/45 percent Strand course designed for novice to experienced level runners/walkers for either the single-loop 2.5 mile course or the double loop 5 miler. Whew! 6:45 a.m. registration and check-in at Pier Plaza near the lifeguard tower, and activities begin at 8. Benefiting Hermosa’s Project Touch, cheer ‘em on! More: 310-379-5206 or 310-318-0280.

Monday, February 25
State of the City, RB
Redondo Beach Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau will host the State of the City 2008 Breakfast at Crowne Plaza, 300 N. Harbor Drive, Redondo Beach, at 7:15 a.m. Hear Mayor Mike Gin give a comprehensive review of the city’s physical and financial status and a look at future goals for Redondo Beach. $35 advance, $40 at the door. or 310-376-6911.

ASK – Advocates for Special Kids
Tonight, Ann Falgren and Liz Stiles present The Importance of Language Competency in Accessing State Content Standards, 7 – 9 p.m., at Journey of Faith Christian Church School, 1243 Artesia Blvd., Manhattan Beach. March 31, April 28 and May 19 presentations are Differentiation and Curriculum Adaptation; ASK Parent and Advocacy Training: The Myths of State Evaluations; and The IEP Process at Year End. Info:

2008 State of the City breakfast
Hear Mayor Mike Gin give a comprehensive review of the city’s physical and financial status, plus a look at future goals for Redondo Beach. The theme is “Setting the Pace for our Future,” which conveys the significance of moving forward with forethought and determination. $40 at the door. Crowne Plaza, 300 N. Harbor Drive, Redondo Beach, 7:15 a.m. 310-376-6911.

Wireless transfer camera speak
South Bay Camera Club meets at 7:30 p.m. at the Torrance Airport, 3301 Airport Drive. Guest speaker Lance Folden of Canon will lead a discussion on wireless transfer. Info: Rebeca 310-375-7014.

Loss of parent support group
A nine-week adult bereavement support group for those who have lost a parent begins this evening at Beach Cities Health District, 514 N Prospect Ave., RB, lower level, led by The Gathering Place. $75 for the series. Contact The Gathering Place to register: 310-374-6323.

Free fair-housing walk-in clinic
Interested persons with questions or in need of assistance, related to landlord/tenant laws, should stop by to chat with a housing counselor from 3 – 5 p.m. Upstairs conference room of the Redondo Beach Library, 303 N. PCH. 310-318-0635 or www/

Tuesday, February 26
PV $1.5M house raffle
$125 tickets purchased by 5 p.m. today for a chance to win a fabulous home in PV, or $1M in cash, will also be included in seven fabulous early bird drawings -- in addition to the house! The dream house is located high on the hill and only 25,000 tix are being sold. Details: Dream House photos, tickets, info: or 310-541-2035, or at the PV Art Center, 5504 W. Crestridge Rd., RPV. Benefiting the Palos Verdes Art Center.

Beach Cities Democratic Club
California Common Cause presents an Initiative Campaign that will attempt to establish a fair reapportionment for state and federal districts following the 2010 Census. Representatives from the offices of Ted Lieu, Jenny Oropeza and Jane Harman are expected. 7:30 p.m. The Club meets the 4th Tuesday of the month at the Dave Hayward Center, North Redondo Library, 2000 Artesia Blvd.

Parkinson’s meeting
Dr. Beth O’Rourke, DC, speaks on the release of emotions stemming from upper cervical corrective health care and John Butters, MS, addresses the latest stem cell enhancers beginning at 7 p.m. at RE Max, 400 S Sepulveda Blvd., Manhattan Beach. RSVP requested: 877-775-4111. HYPERLINK "" for more.

Wednesday, February 27
Great books, cool discussions
The Hermosa Beach Library presents The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon, and a discussion from 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. On March 27, the Club presents Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky, and April 23, Climbing the Mango Trees: a Memoir of a Childhood in India. Meeting the fourth Wednesday of the month, copies of each month’s selection are available at the information desk. 550 Pier Ave. 310-379-8475. ER