SPOTLIGHT: International Surf Festival Weekend
The International Surf Festival, the most popular participatory sporting event of the year in Beach Cities, kicked off Wednesday with youth sailing and will continue through Sunday, August 7. More than 1,000 swimmers will compete in the Dwight Crum Pier to Pier Swim on Sunday morning. Thousands more will take part in the Charlie Saikley Six Man/Woman volleyball tournament (Friday and Saturday), body surfing, surfing, paddling and running (Saturday); and youth swimming, youth volleyball 6 boys/girls and more boating on Sundays. The Los Angeles County Lifeguard Championships are Friday night at Hermosa Pier, followed by the Southern California Lifespan Championships Saturday night at Hermosa Pier. For schedules and registration, visit SurfFestival.org.
Online voting is open for Second Annual Roundhouse Aquarium Sand Sculpture Competition. Entrants were allowed to submit photos of the sand sculptures they created. People can now go online and vote for their favorite designs in four different categories. The categories are Best Overall, Best Ocean Themed Sandcastle, Most Creative, and Most Team Spirit. It costs $10 to vote, and the money raised goes to the aquarium’s education programs. Voting closes August 14. To vote in the Sunsational Sandcastle contest, go to roundhouseaquarium.org/sandcastle.
Adopt a child for a day
The PS I Love You Foundation and Fablectics will donate 300 at-risk children a day to the beach on September 10. This will mark the 21st annual Adopt a Child for a Day celebration in Manhattan Beach. Corporate sponsors, in-kind donors and mentors are needed. For more information, visit psiloveyoufoundation.org/ourevents-datb.
Manhattan Village Summer Concerts
Summer concerts are back at Manhattan Village, 3200 N Sepulveda Blvd., Manhattan Beach. There’s live music from 6-8 p.m. every Thursday at the Plaza until August 25. No outside food or drink is allowed. Guests are encouraged to bring beach chairs and blankets to sit on. For more information, visit shopmanhattanvillage.com.
Summer concerts at Le Point
The Point in El Segundo welcomes visitors to the Sounds of Summer, a family-friendly musical series that runs from 6-8 p.m. every Wednesday through September 28. Each week, a new musician or group offers tunes ranging from folk rock to reggae. . The point is located at 850 S. Pacific Coast Highway. For more information, visit thepointsb.com/sounds-of-summer-concert-series.
Thursday August 4
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Redondo Beach Certified Farmers Market is every Thursday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., at George Freeth Way and Veterans Park West. For more information, call 310-372-1171, ext. 2252.
Friday August 5
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Hermosa Beach Rotation hosts a Certified Farmers Market every Friday, 12-4 p.m., at 1035 Valley Drive.
The Hermosa Beach Summer Sidewalk Sale starts on Friday August 5th and runs until Sunday August 7th.
Saturday August 6
Introducing the Redondo Beach Library
The Redondo Beach Public Library will present an entertaining two-part presentation on quantum physics. Dr. Bobbs has a long career in laser and electro-optical physics research. Its programs are full of cartoons, jokes, trivia and historical and personal anecdotes. They are designed to be understandable by all adults. Part 1 is from 10 a.m. to noon, followed by Part 2 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Guests are recommended to attend both parts. The library is located at 303 N. Pacific Coast Highway.
“The Addams Family” in Torrance
The Torrance Theater Company will open its 24th season at the James R. Armstrong Theater with “The Addams Family: A New Musical.” The show has only six performances, from August 6 to 13. Reserved seating includes the Premium Section for $45, the General Section for $25-$35, and four-family packs for $100. Tickets are available by phone at 310-781-7171 or online at torrancetheatrecompany.com.
Sunday August 7
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The Riviera Village Certified Farmers Market in Redondo Beach is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays. For more information, visit rivieravillagefarmersmarket.com.
Summer concerts at Polliwog Park
The directory The Concerts in the Park series at Polliwog Park continues with Midnight Ride, a cover band that performs a variety of styles including pop, country, R&B, disco, Motown, funk, hip hop and jazz. blues. The series, presented by Chevron, features concerts every Sunday from 5-7 p.m. at the Polliwog Park Amphitheater until September 4. Spectators are encouraged to bring blankets, lawn chairs and picnics. Free entry. The park is located at 1601 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach. For more information, visit manhattanbeach.gov/departments/parks-and-recreation/cultural-arts/concerts/concerts-in-the-park-bands.
Monday August 8
Breast Cancer and Clinical Oncology Updates
Cancer Support Community South Bay (CSC South Bay) offers this free workshop led by Dr. Parvin Peddi, Director of Medical Breast Oncology at the Margie Petersen Breast Center in Santa Monica. Participants will learn the latest information on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer and other cancers. The workshop is from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Zoom. To join, go to cscsouthbay.org and open the online calendar. For more information, email Rebecca Sul at [email protected].
Tuesday August 9
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Wednesday August 10
Cancer Support: Mindful Sleep
Cancer Support Community South Bay (CSC South Bay) offers this free program led by Corina Gheorghiu, a licensed marriage and family therapist. Gheorghiu will present some essential principles and tools to use day and night to help those who have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. Participants will also learn skills to stay relaxed and productive during the day. The workshop is from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Zoom. To join, go to cscsouthbay.org and open the online calendar. For more information, email Rebecca Sul at [email protected].
Thursday August 11
Parts club meeting
The Bay Cities Coin Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Westchester Masonic Lodge, 7726 West Manchester Ave., Playa Del Rey. Doors open at 6 p.m. There will be a show and tell, auctions and raffles. All ages are welcome and there will be gifts for the children. For more information, visit baycitiescoinclub.com or email b[email protected].
Friday August 12
Shade Redondo hosts Aqua, a summer lounge on Friday August 12th. We’ve partnered with an amazing Tequila company and we’ll have a DJ playing soft summer music. On one of the only ocean-facing rooftops in the South Bay, Aqua will be a great way to spend a summer evening overlooking Redondo Harbor. For more details visit rb.shadehotel.com or call (310) 921-8950.
Hermosa Beach Triathlon
The 2022 Tower 26 Hermosa Beach Triathlon will take place on August 14. This is an entry-level event open to triathletes of all levels. There will be a quarter-mile ocean swim, a 10-mile bike ride and a 3-mile run on the Strand. To register or for more information, go to hermosabeachtri.com.
Introduction to succulents
The South Coast Cactus & Succulent Society’s August presenter is Ernesto Sandoval, who will be giving a talk on feeding succulents. Sandoval is director/manager of the UC Davis Botanical Conservatory. The meeting is at 1 p.m. on August 14 at the South Coast Botanical Garden, 26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes Estates. Free admission for SCCSS members and their guests. For more information, visit southcoastcss.org.