Published September 17, 2009

Thursday, Sept.17

Honoring the honorable
The community and Los Angeles Air Force Base honor National POW/MIA Recognition Day with opening ceremonies beginning at 1100 hours, at Veterans Park in Redondo, and closing Friday, 1l00 hours at the LA Air Force Base, El Segundo. 310-653-3885.

New school opening
The public is welcome to The Center for Learning Unlimited ribbon cutting/grand opening of its new facility, to tour of the school, view the student photo exhibit and enjoy refreshments. 4-7 p.m. Founded in 1985, and dedicated to educating the complex child, the Center is a highly specialized, non-public day school known for its expertise in educating high-functioning children with autism spectrum disorders, including Asperger’s. 2785 Pacific Coast Hwy, Ste G, Torrance. For more information, 310-997-1900 or

Keep abreast for health
One in 8 women will have breast cancer in their lives. Learn how you can help protect yourself by doing self-breast exams, and more, led by Torrance Memorial’s Nina Clapp, RN, BSM, educator. 5 p.m. RSVP! Polak Breast Diagnostic Center, 3275 Skypark Dr., Torrance. 310-784-6335.

Friday, September 18

HB gardening event
Students and adults are invited to bring an empty container (and a $20 donation) and the rest will be provided: plants, soil and ‘how to.’ Growing flowers, fruit, veggies and herbs will be taught by three masters, the Garden Gals of Hermosa Valley and View. Proceeds benefit Hermosa schools. 3 p.m. at Sweetwave Coffee, Tea & More, 800 Torrance Blvd., Redondo Beach.

Lobster & Music Fest
San Pedro Lobster Festival is as much about music as it is about lobsters. Three days of great eating and great listening. There’s a lobster dog parade and more. $9 admission, kids under 12, free. Call for parking directions, times and the complete lineup of acts. The action begins at 5 p.m. today. End of the 110 Harbor Fwy., San Pedro. 310-798-7478.

Anti-Bully pulpit
Jodee Blanco, author of bestsellers “Please Stop Laughing at Me” and “Please Stop Laughing at Us”, is one of the country’s pre-eminent voices on the subject of school bullying. 7-9 p.m. Sponsored by St. James School Education Foundation. Please RSVP: 310-371-0416. St. James O’ Gorman Center, 4625 Garnet St., Torrance.

Saturday, Sept. 19

Women Breakfast
Deadline for the Tri-League of Women Voters Annual Kickoff Breakfast Buffet held 9 a.m. on Sat., Sept 26, at the Callendar’s on Hawthorne Blvd. The topic is The Budget Crisis and Government Reform. Please reserve your seat by today, by calling Peggy Barlett, 310-545-1087.

Clean your beach
w Hermosa Beach is one of the many sites in LA County participating in Heal the Bay’s beach clean up. Meet at the Hermosa Beach Pier and join families, friends, organizations, boaters and kayakers and help make a difference at your local beach! Plastic gloves and trash bags provided. 9 a.m. to noon. Contact Heal the Bay at 1-800-HEAL-BAY.

Save a life
CPR and AED for adults, infants and children; resuscitation, cardiac arrest response, and more, approved by the American Heart Association, offered today in the Beach Cities Room. 9 a.m. $55, residents; $65, nons. Beach Cities Health District, 514 N Prospect, Redondo Beach. 310-373-3426.

Strum along
South Bay Strummers Ukulele Group meets 9:30-11 a.m. Bring your uke and join the fun! For all ages. Bartlett Senior Citizens Center, 1318 Cravens Ave., Torrance.

Free Train Rides
The Southern California Live Steamers offers free train rides on the miniature railroad located at Wilson Park in Torrance on the 1st Sunday and 3rd Saturday of each month. Located at the far southeast corner of the park. Noon to 3 p.m.

Story telling
Nana loves to read stories, and children love to listen to Nana read! 2-3 p.m. Children of all ages are welcome at this free event. No registration is required. Redondo Main Library, Children’s Area, Main Library, 303 N. PCH. 310-318-0675, option 6.

It’s the water, men
The Hermosa Beach Historical Society hosts a benefit for the HB Surfing Museum with paddleboard and lifeguard exhibits, film shorts and music plus raffle prizes, and food and drinks available. 6 p.m. Tix $10, available at Spyder Surfboards. Hermosa Playhouse, 710 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach.

Marsh march
Night hike at Madrona Marsh. $5 per person/$10 per family. Be on the Preserve as the sun sets-experience the coming of night! This hike is limited to the first 25 people who sign up. 8:30 p.m. For reservations call the Madrona Marsh Nature Center at; 310-782-3989.
Sunday, September 20

Gay Pride picnic
The South Bay Center/LGBT Community presents an intergenerational afternoon of sun and fun - kids welcome - to get to know other LGBT people and friends. 2 p.m. Invited guests include Assemblymember Ted Lieu, and Mitch Ward, Mayor Pro Tem, Manhattan Beach. Picnic fare and beverages provided for a suggested $10 donation to support the Center; $9, with advance RSVP. El Nido Park, 182nd St & Kingsdale Ave., Torrance.

Tuesday, September 22

Lucky number
The Redondo Beach Public Library presents an author night with Morgan St. James, author of The Silver Sister Mysteries. Morgan will discuss her newest book, Seven Deadly Samovars. 7-8 p.m. Copies of the book will be for sale at the event. Free program. No registration required. 2nd Floor Meeting Room, 303 N. PCH. 310-318-0675, option 5.

Wednesday, Sept. 23
Night Hike
Enjoy evening sunsets over the Pacific while strolling along the beaches in Redondo Beach, Torrance, and PV Estates. This is an enjoyable, 5-mile, 2 hour hike...perfect for beginners. Meet 7 p.m. by large fig tree beside former library in Veteran’s Park at Catalina Ave. and Torrance Blvd., Redondo Beach. Rain cancels. Sponsored by Sierra Club.

Thursday, September 24
Get ready for bed
Put on your pajamas...Brush your teeth...Grab your cuddly buddy...and join friends at the Library for Family Pajama Storytime!! No registration required for this free program, but space is limited. 6:45 p.m. Redondo Main Library, Children’s Area, Main Library, 303 N. PCH. 310-318-0675, option 6.

Friday, September 25

Lobster Fest Redondo
Three days of food, fun, entertainment and more, the Dive n Surf Redondo Lobster Festival, begins tonight 5 to 11 p.m., and continues tomorrow noon to 11 p.m. and Aloha Sunday noon to 9 p.m. at Seaside Lagoon. Wakeboard demos, Barefoot Casino, fashion show, live music, kids area and more! $10 admission ($12 day of), kids $5, under 3 free. Variety of packages available online. or 310-376-6911.

Georgia Baker presents stories and songs about people, places and animals from south of the border to celebrate National Hispanic American Month. 4 p.m. Katy Geissert Library, 3301 Torrance Blvd., Torrance. 310-618-5964.

Magnificent Marsh
View the works of Mark Comon of Paul’s Photos portraying the beauty of the Madrona Marsh. The community is invited to attend the artist’s reception. Snacks and beverages provided. 6:30-8:30 p.m. For more information call the Nature Center at 310-782-3989.

Saturday, September 26

Human Rights in Iran
Neda Shahidyazdani, human rights and immigration attorney, discusses the current human rights situation in Iran, its impact on youth, religious minorities and political prisoners. Live sax & keyboard entertainment will also be provided. 11 a.m. 234 N. Dianthus, entrance on 3rd St., Manhattan Beach. More info: 310-372-5501.
Friends are Golden

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Hermosa Beach Friends of the Library. The event will take place at the Hermosa Beach Library located at the corner of Pier Avenue and Valley Drive 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. 310-379-8475 or

Sunday, September 27
Fun Club VB is baaaack
The South Bay Fun Club Beach Volleyball (with lunch afterwards) is back, continuing its longest traditional activity of Sunday morning beach volleyball. Meet at 9:30 a.m. between Ave G & H in Redondo for great fun and exercise on the beach, and for lunch at 12:30 p.m. at the Redondo Beach Brewing Company, 1814 S. Catalina. 310-540-9825.

Antique Street Faire
Torrance Antique Street Faire takes place the fourth Sunday of each month, rain or shine. Bargain hunters gather to examine and buy wonderful antique furniture, mementos and artifacts from over a 100 monthly vendors and sellers. Admission is free as well as parking.8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Downtown Torrance, Sartori Ave., south of Torrance Blvd.

Sunday by the Sea
The annual gourmet gala benefiting Providence TrinityCare Hospice Foundation returns with more fun than ever. Bask in the sun and sea air at a gorgeous estate overlooking the beautiful Pacific Ocean in Palos Verdes and sample delicious libations and gourmet cuisine from the finest food and beverage purveyors from California and browse among the highly sought after silent and live auction items. $125 in advance of the event. 2 p.m. Call ASAP! 310-257-3535.

Saturday, October 3

Manhattan home grown
In addition to the well-attended 10K, the Hometown Fair is bringing back the Chili Cookoff event, plus fair favorites: games (paid and free), art exhibit, live music (featuring the Battle of the Bands), Diaper Derby, arts & craft booths, a beer and wine garden and lots to eat! 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Live Oak Park, between 15th and 20th streets, along Valley Dr. Free parking and shuttle service from Northrop-Grumman.

Sunday, October 4
You go, GrrL
Enjoy a wine & cheese silent auction at Hesse Park, Rancho Palos Verdes, to benefit non-profit Project GrrL (Go run reach Lead), 4 to 6 p.m. Through its integrated curriculum, which begins tomorrow, girls in grades 3 through 5 are empowered to value a healthy lifestyle and are strengthened for active lives of purpose and leadership. Tickets are $50 each. For more info,

Art by the beach sale
Miramar Park, Everyone is invited to an art sale by South Bay artists! Check out original paintings, photography, jewelry, pottery, and more! 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Look for it at Miramar Park (just north of Torrance Beach), 201 Paseo de la Playa, south end of Esplanade Ave near Torrance Beach parking lot.

Tuesday, October 6

Something filmy
Take a break from school and homework for a movie!! Bring your friends and a blanket or a pillow to lounge in front of the big screen! Call or visit the Library for movie title. Program tickets are required for this free event. Check out 4 children’s items, and ask for your ticket at the Check Out Desk. 3:30 p.m. Redondo Main Library, Children’s Area, Main Library, 303 N. PCH. 310-318-0675, option 6.

Tuesday, October 13

Opera(t)ing instructions
A member of LA Opera’s Speakers Bureau will present a free talk on Handel’s Tamerlano at the Redondo Beach Library. Free, no registration is required. 7 p.m. 2nd Floor Meeting Room, Main Library, 303 N. PCH, Redondo Beach. 310-318-0675, option 5. For more information about the Speakers Bureau, email or call 213-972-8016.

Friday, October 16

The ART of Living
Silent auction, music and refreshments kicks off the Power of Art weekend sponsored by Redondo Beach Art Group. 655 N. Harbor Dr., Redondo Beach. 310-318-8619.

Monday, October 19

Catch the Bug
The Comic Bug visits the Redondo Main Library during Teen Read Week with Things That Go Bump In The Night! Free program for teens (7th-12 grade) No Sign-up or Registration. 3:30 p.m. 2nd Floor Meeting Room, Main Library, 303 N. PCH, Redondo Beach. 310-318-0675, option 6.
Monday, October 26

Charity Tennis Tourney
Avid tennis enthusiast and local real estate developer and broker Raju Chhabria teams up with West End and South End tennis clubs in a charity tennis tournament with proceeds benefiting the nonprofit American Tennis Foundation. Open to all levels with women’s and men’s singles open division being awarded in excess of $10,000 prize monies and includes various doubles divisions under the NTRP rating system levels. $50, singles; $30 per player for doubles. Spectators free. Online registration available or call Dan Johnston, Tournament Director. The Chhabrias will host a player, donor and sponsor appreciation cocktail party at their residence the Friday before the semifinals. 310-614-2295. B