Beach Magazine May 2016


May 19, 2016

Volume 46, Issue 42

Swim mechanic Bryan Mineo

2016 Beach calendar

Kids camps | Run and paddle races

Favorite events, places | SB Film and Music Festival

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May 19, 2016


Volume 46, Issue 42


17 South Bay Film and Music Fest by Kevin Cody

A new and ambitious film, music and arts festival in Hermosa Beach will

honor Bruce Brown on the 50th anniversary of his breakthrough film

“The Endless Summer,” as well as showcase new filmmakers.

22 The Swim Mechanic by Mark McDermott

Bryan Mineo shares his thoughts on ocean swimming, including his plan

to swim the Catalina Channel.

46 Mustang Ace by Randy Angel

The Bay League’s Co-Pitcher of the Year also bats .300 for the Mira

Costa Mustangs.

62 More than enough by Caroline Anderson

Manhattan Beach writer April Halprin Wayland’s More than Enough: a

Passover Story was good enough to earn her a review in the New York



28 Kids land camps

38 Kids beach camps

42 International Surf Festival

43 Beach tennis

48 Beach runs

Open ocean swimmer Bryan Mineo

photo by Shaun Sexton


52 Chevron MB Grand Prix

54 Beach volleyball

56 Beach boards

57 Beach calendar

60 Beach reading

10 Richstone “Affair of the Heart”

66 The Descendents at Standing Room

68 Beach Fashion from Spyder Surf


PUBLISHER Kevin Cody, ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER Richard Budman, EDITORS Mark McDermott, Randy Angel, David Mendez,

Caroline Anderson and Ryan McDonald, ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Bondo Wyszpolski, DINING EDITOR Richard Foss, STAFF

PHOTOGRAPHERS Ray Vidal, and Brad Jacobson, CALENDAR Judy Rae, DISPLAY SALES Adrienne Slaughter, Tamar Gillotti,

Amy Berg, and Shelley Crawford, CLASSIFIEDS Teri Marin, DIRECTOR OF DIGITAL MEDIA Jared Thompson, GRAPHIC


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each charity


Richstone gifts are personal

John Getzelman and his family and Wells Fargo Capital Finance were

honored at the Richstone Family Center’s 21st Annual An Affair of

the Heart, held Saturday, May 7 at Audi Pacific in Torrance. Getzelman,

who passed away in 2004, used his finance background to mentor guests

at Richstone’s Transitional Living House. He also established a scholarship

for Richstone clients, which is son David administers.

Wells Fargo Capital Finance employees started working with Richstone

in 1991, when they helped replace carpet and planted flowers at

the center. Over the past 20 years company leaders have served on the

Richstone board and helped raise over $3 million through their participation

in the Pier to Pier Walk, the Richstone Golf Tournament and An

Affair of the Heart.

1. Michael and Wendy Greenberg with

Jake Courtney.

2. Tricia Courtney with David and RL Peters.

3. Gary Brutsch with daughter Shannon

(left) and friend.

4. Affair of the Heart Chairperson Tara

Guthrie Hubbard and Richstone board chair

Maryann Guthrie.

5. Hosts Sean and Michael Sullivan and

Richstone CEO Roger Van Remmen call

heads or tails.

6. Jonathan Ratter auctions off a dinner for

50 at the Sullivan home.

7. Jack Getzelman, Rita Getzelman Mockett,

Anne Lurch, Roger Van Remmen and

David Getzelman.

8. Wells Fargo Capital Finance’s Guy

Fuchs, Tricia McLoughlin and Henry Jordan.

9. Mary and Tom Malone.

10. Kerry Dawson, John Chuka (center)

and friends.


2 3 4


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Writer Kevin Naughton and photographer Craig

Peterson will discuss their newly published

“Search for the Perfect Wave,” based on their

travel stories for Surfer Magazine, on Sunday at

the South Bay Film and Music Festival.

Film fest honors

The Endless Summer’s

Bruce Brown

on 50th anniversary

Inaugural Hermosa Beach Film and Music Festival

to include surf, documentary and narrative films,

art and book signings

by Kevin Cody

Fifty year ago, Bruce Brown’s “The Endless

Summer” was released in theaters

across the country. Among the surfers it

inspired were Kevin Naughton and Craig Peterson.

In 1972, six years after the film's release,

Naughton and Peterson set off on a decade

long search of their own for the perfect wave.

Naughton’s stories and Peterson’s photographs

fueled the imagination of a generation of Surfer

Magazine readers while also making a significant

contribution to surf literature, which

began with Captain Cook and Mark Twain and

this year earned New Yorker writer William

Finnegan a Pulitzer Prize for his book “Barbarian

days: A surfing life.”

Brown, Naughton and Peterson will be in

Hermosa Beach the first week in June for the

inaugural and highly ambitious South Bay

Film and Music Festival at the Hermosa Beach

Community Theater.

Brown will be honored at a reception on Saturday,

June 4 prior to a screening of “The Endless

Summer.” Palos Verdes artist John Van

Hamersveld, who designed the equally enduring

“Endless Summer” poster, will also be


The following day, Sunday, June 5, a documentary

about Naughton and Peterson’s travels

will screen. The writer and photographer

will be present to talk and sign copies of their

recently published “Search for the Perfect

Wave: The Surf-Travel-Misadventures of Kevin

Naughton and Craig Peterson.”

The festival is presented by the Hermosa Cinema

Society, founded last year by Jon Fitzgerald,

a former director of the AFI Film Festival.

In support of the festival, the Hermosa Arts

Foundation has invested approximately

$100,000 in improvements to the theater’s

sound, projection and seating over the past


Though surf-centric (Fitzgerald’s grandfather

was Dick Fitzgerald, the first Department of

Beaches director), the festival also includes a

documentary competition and a narrative film

competition. Among the documentaries will be

Hermosa Beach filmmakers Brett Drogmund

and Howard Hanna’s “Swim to Africa,” which

follows six swimmers as they cross the Strait of

Gibraltar, from Spain to Africa.

“Sea to See,” an exhibit organized by surf art

curator Charles Adler, will include work by

Van Hamersveld, Manhattan Beach painter

Alex Weinstein, photographer Art Brewer, local

photographers Ken Pagliaro, Brent Broza and

John Smart and Hermosa’s legendary LeRoy


Van’s shoe artist Yusuke Hanai, who will also

be exhibiting, designed the festival poster as an

homage to Grannis.

The films will screen throughout the days

and evenings, beginning Thursday, June 2 and

ending Sunday, June 5. Ticket packages range

in price from $60 for six films to $500 for a full

festival pass. For more information, visit B

Alex Weinstein’s seascapes will be among the art exhibited at the South

Bay Film and Music Festival at the Hermosa Beach Community Center.

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Thursday, June 2 through Sunday, June 5

Hermosa Beach Community Center

Tickets and information at

With Love, Yago

Thursday, June 2, 7 p.m.

At 9, Yago Dora is one of the most prominent

surfers in Brazil. He recently moved to California

to pursue his dreams of a pro surfing career.

Directed by Gabriel Novis

The Transparentsea Voyage

Friday, June 3, at 7 p.m.

The “Transparentsea Voyage” highlights the efforts

of a group of athletes, musicians, celebrities

and artists to focus attention on coastal environmental

issues. The crew follows migrating California

Grey and Blue whales from Santa Barbara

to the Mexican border, traveling in six tandem


Directed by Justin Krumb

The Endless Summer

Saturday, June 4

Reception 4 to 5:30 p.m.

Tribute to Bruce Brown 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

The Endless Summer 6:30 p.m.

Surf film pioneer Bruce Brown will be presented

with the Action Sports Pioneer Award

prior to a screening of his seminal surf film Endless

Summer. The timeless masterpiece about

surf wanderers celebrates its 50th anniversary

this year.

Directed by Bruce Brown

Beyond the Surface

Thursday, June 2, 7 p.m.

India's first female surfer Ishita Malaviya travels

through Southern India documenting the

ways surfing, yoga and ecological are bringing

hope and fueling change.

Directed by Crystal Thornburg-Homcy and Dave


REDirect Surf

Friday, June 3, 9:30 p.m.

REDirect Surf is a meditation on El Segundo

board builder and Hammerland surfer Tyler

Hatzikian by South Bay filmmaker Jason Baffa.

Directed By Jason Baffa

The Far Shore

Sunday, June 5, 1:30 p.m.

In 1972, Kevin Naughton and Craig Peterson

took to the road for 10 years with surfboards,

camera gear and an untamable desire for adventure.

This documentary chronicles their journeys.

Naughton and Peterson will be present to sign

copies of their new book, “Search for the Perfect

Wave: Volume One.”

Directed by Greg Schell

12 Miles North

Thursday, June 2, 7 p.m.

In the 1940s, Nick Gabaldon learned to surf at

the Inkwell in Santa Monica, a stretch of beach

frequented by African Americans. From there, he

would paddle to Malibu -- 12 miles north, where

he won acceptance in a lineup that included legendary

surfers Peter Cole, Ricky Grigg and

Micky Muñoz. Tragedy struck in 1951 when Gabaldon

drowned after trying to shoot the Malibu

pier and hitting his head.

Directed by Richard Yelland

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Wet Dream

Friday, June 3, 9:30 p.m.

”Wet Dream” follows Tyler Warren in his

search for waves. Shot on Super8 film by Japanese

photographer and filmmaker Tatsuo Take,

who was recently featured in “Surfer’s Journal.”

Directed by Tatsuo Takei

Return to Cape St Francis

Sunday, June 5, 1:30 p.m.

Fifty years after starring in The Endless Summer,

Robert August returns to the “perfect wave”

at Cape St. Francis with young surfers from his

old high school.

Directed by Andy Verdone

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Austin, he began lake swimming again, and he developed

a serious yoga practice, which, like swimming,

links movement and breath. Some triathlete friends

started asking him for training help, and soon he was

training athletes professionally as a swim coach. He

launched Keep Austin Fit (a play on the city’s underground

motto, “Keep Austin Weird”) and within a few

years had expanded the business and moved it north

with Keep Dallas Fit. When Diana Nyad completed her

Cuba to Florida swim in 2013, Mineo was in the midst

of training for his own ultimate test — swimming the

English Channel.

“It’s not even about sports anymore,” he told the Dallas

Morning News. “It’s about human potential, and she

really set the bar. For me, that’s the most motivating

thing. For me, it’s less about the swim than knowing I

can do something, put my mind to something big and

follow through.”

But while training he’d also made a discovery. When

he took the physical to qualify for the 21-mile channel

swim, a shocking diagnosis came back: he had ankylosing

spondylitis, an inflammatory disease that causes

vertebrae in the spine to fuse together.

“Suddenly it all made sense,” Mineo said.

He’d struggled with back pains and abnormally long

recovery times since his early 20s. Now he knew why.

He also knew why he felt so much better in water than

on land.

“The water takes all that weight off your body,” Mineo

said. “You are less than half your weight in the water.

When I move in this very purposeful way, yoga and

swimming, I feel best.”

In 2014, he and his then-wife, a professional triathlete

whom he’d married the previous year, moved to California,

largely to be near the ocean. But almost immediately

after arrival, the marriage fell apart. In the

messiness of a divorce, he had to abandon his English

Channel quest. He had neither the money, nor the

heart. He’d just arrived in the place he’d hoped to be

all his life, but he knew almost no one, and for a few

months was without a home.

Two things saved him. The first was the ocean.

Mineo vividly remembers the first ocean swim of his

life. He went out at sunset, off the Topaz Jetty in Redondo,

ducking under waves, shouting, exultant as he

finally launched into the Pacific.

“It was the most liberating feeling I’d ever felt, diving,

swimming out there,” he said.

He’s been in the ocean nearly every day since. He

launched his business locally as The Swim Mechanic.

It grew quickly, through word-of-mouth, his column in

Triathlete magazine, and the popularity of a group swim

he led every Saturday morning off Knob Hill in Redondo

Beach. He got his first tattoos and found a life

that seemed like it had always been waiting for him.

“I’d just lost all my money, both my dogs, and my

place to live,” he said. “And it was the happiest I’d ever


One day he was standing in line at a coffee shop with

his parents, who’d come to console him and help him

with the details of his divorce, and he saw someone

he’d admired from afar since 2008. Rebecca Soni set

world records in the breaststroke both in the 2008 and

2012 Olympics and then had quietly, and somewhat

mysteriously, bowed out of competitive swimming altogether.

Although she kept a very low profile, Soni remained

as big a celebrity as existed in Mineo’s world.

“I was like, ‘Holy shit, that’s Rebecca Soni. I’m going

to say hi to her,’” he recalled. “I’d had a celebrity crush

on her since 2008.”

Mineo cont. on page 25

Bryan Mineo, “The Swim Mechanic,” on an ocean swim. Photo by Shaun Sexton

Bryan Mineo’s journey from the lakes of Texas to the Pacific Ocean

It began in on a hot summer day in a backyard pool inBedford, Texas.

The kid wouldn’t get out of the water. His mother had come out to call

him to dinner. He was hungry, but staying in the water was better. He

liked to go upside down in a handstand or dive deep and swim along the

floor almost effortlessly, the earthbound laws of gravity no longer applicable.

He liked the way sound flowed through water, the slow-motion thump

of his own heartbeat, the long whoosh of his own breath, the way light

speckled through the swaying blue of the pool water.

Bryan Mineo was four years old and he’d just come to a realization. He

wanted to be in the water, always.

That day, his parents were forced to literally drag him out of the pool.

But Mineo was from an aquatic people. His brother, Justin, who was four

years older, would win a state championship and set Texas records in the

breaststroke. Though Mineo swam competitively from the ages of 5 to 14,

to him, it was never about speed. It was simply about being in the water.

At 18 he fell in love with a girl triathlete. As young men do, he slightly

inflated his qualifications, to the point where she asked him to help coach

her in the open water swim component of her race. They went to nearby

Grapevine Lake so he could give her some pointers, but he failed to mention

something to her. He’d never swum in open water.

“I thought swimming was swimming was swimming,” he said. “It was all

the same, whether in a pool or a lake or the ocean.”

Mineo tried to play it cool as they arrived at the lake. But he was terrified.

Once he jumped in and started swimming, it got worse.

“Within seconds, I was absolutely panicked,” he remembered. “I had been

dreading the day we’d go to the lake the whole week before. I'd been having

dreams about it. I just knew I wasn't prepared for it, and it was going to be

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difficult. Which made it worse than it was.”

They were 500 yards from shore when his friend saw Mineo’s face and

realized he was in trouble. He could see her mouthing two words: “Just


He closed his eyes and let out a long exhale, followed by a slow, deep inhale.

Images of floating in his backyard pool as a child flashed through his

head and calmed him. He closed his eyes and floated in the lake. Everything

would be fine.

When they returned to shore, Mineo felt humbled, but also exhilarated.

He’d faced fear in a way he’d never known it before. The love affair with

the triathlete wouldn’t last, but he’d found the twin passions that would

govern the rest of his life: open water swimming, and breath.

“I was inspired,” Mineo said. “Swimming had become a significant part

of my identity, yet a singular experience in the water was able to completely

humble me. I wasn’t born with any inherent fears, so I understood that my

fear of the open water was a learned thing, thus could also be unlearned.”

He wanted to face his limitations directly. He began lake swimming daily.

Somewhere in his mind, a nascent notion took root. He couldn’t quite articulate

it, but from that day in Grapevine Lake forward, his life was oceanbound.

Love and water

Mineo wouldn’t find his way to the Pacific Ocean for a decade.

He attended Virginia Tech, studying film and literature, and moved to

New York City to work as a video editor after graduation. After a few years

in the city, he returned south, to Austin, Texas, a town with seven lakes. In

Bryan Mineo and Rebecca Soni came

together while ocean swimming.

Photo Shaun Sexton

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Mineo cont. from page 23

He somewhat sheepishly introduced himself, they talked briefly about

swimming and exchanged numbers.

It began slowly, as a friendship, over the next year. He kept trying to convince

her to join his Saturday morning group swim.

“No way,” she told him. “You are not getting me in a swimsuit.”

Soni swam competitively all her life and after winning two golds and a

silver medal at the 2012 Olympics, she’d decided to end that chapter. The

hyper-discipline elite competition required had nearly drained the joy of

swimming from her life.

“I was almost boycotting swimming in my life, just in general,” she said.

“I was done. It was a tie to the past, in a way.”

Finally, one Saturday morning she agreed to come along. As far as she

was concerned, it was going to be a one-off.

“Just to make him shut up,” she said.

Something happened in the water. They immediately paired, swimming

The Saturday morning swim group led by Mineo takes a coffee break.

Photo by Chris Tallman

closely together in what one other member of the group called a “twoheaded


“Our stroke cadence was in sync,” Mineo said. “I swear to god, we were

breathing together, smiling. We were so in sync it was disgusting.”

“I don’t know if I was mirroring his stroke or he was mirroring mine, or

just looking at each other, but it was stroke for stroke, breath for breath,”

Soni said. “It was disgusting, I’ll give you that.”

They became a couple shortly thereafter. Beyond falling in love with

each other, together, they became deeply immersed in a love for the ocean.

“She kind of saved me,” Mineo said. “Honestly, I was thinking of moving

back to Texas. I stayed because of her.”

“He kind of opened my eyes to a different kind of swimming, where it’s

all about enjoyment, not necessarily about how to make people faster,”

Soni said. “He made swimming fun for me again.”

Their swimming life together, like the ocean, is different every day.

“What’s it like out there today? Whenever you are done, you are done.

If you want to keep going, keep going. He not only got me back in the

water, but created a whole new world,” Soni said. “It’s a fun side of the

sport you forget when you train on a high level, where there is no expectation...You

are the master of what you want to create, whether it's swimming

through the seaweed off PV, we talk about swimming from Redondo

Beach to Torrance [Beach] and see if we encounter whales. It’s a different

experience every day. It takes you back to the root of the sport, doing it for

our own enjoyment.”

Mineo cont. on page 53

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The favorite childhood game of playing grown up is taken to a new level with Toddler-

Town at AdventurePlex. Children can play in a farm with barn, farm animals, a tractor,

bales of hay and vegetables, as well as a grocery store with stocked shelves and a

checkout counter and a home with a kitchen.

Academy of Performing Arts

TADA (The Academy of Dramatic Arts) of Manhattan Beach has summer camps

for ages 3 to 9 offering dance, acting games, dress up, arts-n-crafts, singing,

yoga, obstacle course and more. Preteen/Teen ages (9+) programs include voice,

acting, dance and how to audition. Students receive training from seasoned professionals.

Each workshop accommodates beginners to advanced students.

(310) 546-5544.

AdventurePlex AdventureCamp

Multi “Best of the Beach” winner AdventurePlex, a Beach Cities Health District Program,

is a kid’s dream with a facility that includes a five-level play structure with

sports courts, two 35-foot high rock walls and a high ropes course. Adventure-

Camp, for kids ages 4 to 12, is hosted by AdventurePlex and led by a CPR and

first aid-certified staff. Activities include rock climbing, arts and crafts, music appreciation

and other skill-building, self-esteem and social developmental activities

and includes field trips to top L.A. destinations like Raging Waters, Medieval Times

and the beach. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

(310) 546-7708.

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Bishop Montgomery High School

Jr. High Summer Academy provides students an opportunity to review and refine

skills and enjoy new and unique learning experiences -- all in a fun environment

perfect for social interaction and collaboration. Students can design their own curriculum

by choosing academic courses and athletic camps. Open to all students

entering grades 6, 7 or 8 in Fall 2016. Register by June 3 and save! Download

the course catalog and forms at and get ready for some smart

summer fun this July! Questions? or (310) 540-2021 x 227.

5430 Torrance Blvd., Torrance

Camp VIP

Offered by MBX Foundation: Beyond the Classroom, Camp VIP begins June 27

for four weeks at Meadows School in Manhattan Beach. Kids grades K - 8 enjoy

a wide variety of classes and fun-filled academic prep opportunities. Check out

MBX partner camps at other sites: Steve and Kate's, Planet Bravo, Performing Arts

Workshop, and Arc Adventures.

Contact Nancy Rosenburg at

Destination Science

A fun science day camp for curious kids 5 to 11. It’s designed to excite kids about

science and build great life skills. The STEM focused camps combine science, engineering,

unique projects, teamwork, problem solving, outdoor games and many

great take-homes activities that keep kids engaged. Themes: Roller Coaster Science

Camp, Robot Challenge Science Camp, Space Quest Science Camp, and

Super Hero Physics Science Camp. Early Bird, multi-week and sibling savings.

(888) 909-2822.

Elite Training Center

July 5 - August 19. Elite’s system gives young students opportunities to study Krav

Maga, Kickboxing, MMA and more. Seminars by outside experts are offered to

bring cutting edge information to the students. Whether just starting out or an experienced

martial artist, Elite welcomes you to try out two free classes. Two locations:


SUMMER 2016 2015

44 th Annual Peninsula Basketball Camp – July 18-22, July 25-29, August 1-5

39 th Annual Peninsula Baseball Camp – July 25-29

39 th Annual Peninsula Soccer Camp – July 18-22, August 1-5

Location: Palos Verdes High School, 600 Cloydon Rd. Palos Verdes Estates

Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm or 9:00am – 12:00pm, Monday – Friday

Fees: $260 Full Day, $140 1 ⁄2 Day

20 th Annual 1 ⁄2 Day Peninsula Soccer Camp – June 13-17, July 25-29, August 8-12

12 th Annual 1 ⁄2 Day Peninsula Baseball Camp – August 1-5

Ages: Boys and Girls, 5-12

Location: Hess Park, Rancho Palos Verdes

Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm, Monday – Friday

Fees: $125

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Ages: Boys and Girls 5-14

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Call for More Info!

Contact Info: Tom Maier at (310) 213-5433

1628 S. Pacific Coast Hwy., RB

(310) 543-1600.

1601 Pacific Coast Hwy., HB

(310) 376-0500.

Flight School Gymnastics

Flight School Gymnastics programs

are designed to help children develop

from beginning gymnastics all the way

through competitive team. The wide

range of options include parent and

me, beginning, intermediate and advanced

classes. Our team includes

Compulsories Junior Olympic Pre-

Team, Compulsories Junior Olympic

levels 1-5 and Optionals Junior

Olympic levels 6-10. Our team members

have held numerous State, Regional,

and National titles.

503 Van Ness Ave, Torrance.

(424) 558-8171.

Kitchen Kid

Join Kitchen Kid for its 8th summer of

culinary excitement and kitchen adventures.

Young chefs expand their

palates, reinforce academic and social

skills, and learn kitchen safety and

culinary fundamentals while making

new friends and enjoying great food.

Themes:Tour of Asia, Taste of Summer,

Sweets and Savories, and Restaurant

Camp. Kitchens located in Hermosa

Beach and Redondo Beach. Camp

open to 1st – 8th grade plus high

school CITs.

(310) 450-3462.


Mathnasium summer programs are

prevent summer learning loss and help

students prepare for what lies ahead.

For some students, that means a solid

review of previous material. Others

benefit from previewing upcoming

concepts. Set your own schedule and

drop in on the days you choose.

Open Monday through Thursday from

2 – 7 p.m. and Sunday from 1 -- 5

p.m. Game hour Monday through

Thursday from 2 – 3 p.m. Enjoy fun

games for each age and skill level to

develop logic and number sense.

234 S. Pacific Cst Hwy #105,

(424) 247-7304.

500 S. Sepulveda Blvd., #205,

(310) 905-6284.

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Kid Zone Summer Camps

Parents and children create their own experience with the summer camp’s rotating

class schedule. Full day, 3/4 day, and 1/2 day, with early care and extended

care. For kids entering kindergarten to fifth grade. Workshops focusing on art,

sports, science, performing arts and cooking. Each weekly session is dedicated

to a theme from route 66. The celebration at the end of the journey is a party in

Radiator Springs, a fictional town from the Disney Pixar movie, “Cars.” Camps

are held at the picturesque Rolling Hills United Method Church.

(310) 377-6771

Mid Zone Summer Camps

Starting the week of June 13, explore LA and Orange County with a new adventure

each day. Middle schoolers can explore the Queen Mary, take an archery

lesson, see how an airport operates, check out a museum or a science center,

catch a baseball game, and of course hit the beach. Camps are held at the picturesque

Rolling Hills United Method Church.

(310) 377-6771

Pediatric Therapy Network’s Camp Escapades

Every August, Pediatric Therapy Network (PTN) hosts Camp Escapades, an innovative

summer day camp for children ages 5 to 14 with developmental concerns.

Camp groups are staffed with PTN’s occupational, physical and speech therapists.

Camp activities include arts and crafts, cooking, sensory experiences, sports,

music, yoga, dance and special events. Presented by Honda, August 8 – 19, at

Rolling Hills Country Day School.

(310) 328-0276.

Peninsula Baseball Camp

July 25 - July 29 at Palos Verdes High School. One week camp for boys and girls,

ages 5-12. Full (9 a.m. - 4 p.m.) or 1/2 Day (9 a.m. - noon) Monday-Friday. Full

Day: $260, 1/2 Day $140. 600 Cloydon Rd. Palos Verdes Estates.

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Aug 1-5 at Hesse Park. For boys and girls ages 5-12. Meets 9 a.m.– noon at

Hesse Park. Fees: $125. 29301 Hawthorne Boulevard, Rancho Palos Verdes

Contact Tom Maier at (310) 377-0690 or

Peninsula Basketball Camp

Begins July 18, July 25, August 1. Weekly camp for boys and girls ages 5-14.

Full (9 a.m. - 4 p.m.) or 1/2 Day (9 a.m. - noon), Monday – Friday. $260 Full

Day; $140 1⁄2 Day.

Palos Verdes High School, 600 Cloydon Rd., Palos Verdes Estates

(310) 377-0690 or visit

Peninsula Montessori

Peninsula Montessori has prepared a unique and rewarding summer program experience

open to children 18 months to five years old (up to 12 years at the RPV

campus). The summer program broadens the Montessori curriculum to include

water play, cooking and food prep, themed art projects, science and sports. These

programs are designed to further stimulate the development of the students while

having fun - both indoors and out.

907 Knob Hill, Redondo Beach, (310) 540-9742

31100 Hawthorne Blvd., Rancho Palos Verdes, (310) 544-3099

Peninsula Soccer Camp

Starts June 13, July 21, Aug 8, Hesse Park. For boys and girls, ages 5-10. 9

a.m. - noon M-F $125. 29301 Hawthorne Boulevard, Rancho Palos Verdes

Begins July 18, August 1 Palos Verdes High School. Weekly camp for boys and

girls ages 5-14. Full (9 a.m.- 4 p.m.) or half day (9 a.m.- noon). 600 Cloydon

Rd. Palos Verdes Estates.

Contact Tom Maier at (310) 377-0690 or

Performing Arts Workshops

Winner of Best Summer Camp from “LA Parent Magazine!” PAW award-winning

camps include Musical Theater, Guitar, Rock The Mic, Filmmaking, Magic, Photography

and Stage F/X Makeup. Ages 5-14. PAW teachers are nurturing, skilled

instructors who have or are working towards their Bachelors or Masters degrees

in their respective disciplines.

(310) 827-8827

Rolling Hills Country Day School

June 27 - August 19. Join Rolling Hills Country Day School for summer fun. Academic

and camp programs for grades K-8. Traditional 6-week summer school,

science classes through Experium Science Academy, and fun academic enrichment

programs. Camp activities include swimming, sports, arts and crafts, cooking,

dance, imagination and creation and themes and shows. Art Camp, Swim Camp,

private swim lessons and extended day care are available until 6 p.m.

Request a brochure online or call for information.

Melissa Wilton at (310) 377-4848, ext. 7051. Email or visit

Roundhouse Aquarium

July 5 to Aug. 9. Children 4 to 10 are invited to enroll in the weekly Summer Science

and Beach Camp. Activities range from dissecting squid and learning about

sharks to building sand sculptures, building a recycled boat and shooting lemon


End of the Manhattan Beach Pier.

SBBC Montessori Preschool Summer Camp

June 20 to Aug. 26. South Bay Beach Cities Montessori Preschool is academic

based with an emphasis on Montessori methods of learning. Daily enrichments

activities include Art, Spanish, Gardening, Music and Water play, accompanied

by structured Montessori work times. Affordable rates. Low teacher/child ratio,

nurturing staff and exciting, themed-based activities. Children ages 18 months to

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6 years with weekly rates starting at $125. The year round preschool is open

from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Program options customized around childcare needs.

(310) 371-6716.

Savoir Faire Language Institute

Savoir Faire Language Institute’s immersion programs offer language instruction

through the summer. Being steps from the beach and one of Redondo Beach most

beautiful parks allows the camps to be outside for fun-filled language-learning. The

new facility offers kids a friendly environment for hands-on cooking, creating art,

learning language and exploring culture. SFLI is the portal to language fluency.

117 West Torrance Blvd, Redondo Beach. (310) 379-1086

School of Skills

School of Skills has provided thousands of kids with the opportunity to develop

their basketball skills while also helping them improve their academic and life skills.

School of Skills will be hosting two summer camp sessions for boys and girls ages

7-13, which will include skills development taught by nationally accredited

coaches, guest speakers, and daily games and prizes.

(800) 595-0838.



SEA (Science Education Adventure) Lab is a hands-on science center devoted to

marine conservation and education run by the LA Conservation Corps. Two-week

summer camps for kids are offered for ages 4 to 6. The Mini Mariners is a halfday

program that takes place mostly at the aquarium with visits to the beach. The

Ocean Explorers is a full day for kids ages 7 to 11, consisting of kayaking and

tidepool exploring. Registration deadline is June 15. Public tours available Tuesday

through Friday at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays 10

a.m. to 4 p.m. (July & August). Fish feedings every Saturday at noon.

1021 N. Harbor Dr. (310) 318-7432.

Valley Park Day Camp

June 27 – August 26. Children ages 6 to 13 participate in sports, drama, cooperative

games, crafts, beach activities and off-site excursions, encouraging social,

physical and creative development. 9 weekly camps meet from 8 a.m. to 4

p.m.with an option of extended “After Camp” until 6 p.m. The week culminates

with a potluck lunch and an afternoon of skits and performances. Counselor to

camper ratio is 1 to 10.

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Beach Camps


BeachSports Surf & Beach Camps is celebrating it's 21st year. BeachSports was

created by LA County Lifeguards to provide beach and ocean safety education.

Programs start at age 4 and include 4 camps:: Surf Camp, Beach Camp, Beach

Volleyball Camp, and Junior Lifeguard Ocean Safety Program. With safety in mind,

our camps are located at these Lifeguard Tower locations: 14th St.,Manhattan

Beach, 15th St., Hermosa Beach. Ave. I, Redondo Beach. Vista del Mar, Redondo

Beach. Online registration is available at

Champ Camp

Voted “Best Kids Camp,” in Easy Reader’s “Best of the Beach 2016” reader’s poll.

Kids decide on the beach activities for the day. Director Trevor Elder is a South

Bay native, certified lifeguard and EMT. Champ Camp staffs about 15 first-aid

and CPR-certified college grads. Full day sessions, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Half day sessions

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (310) 283-4509.

Don't Just Surf

DJS instruction includes surfing, stand-up paddling, fishing, sailing and kiteboarding.

Coaching for all ages and skill levels. Owner Dave Schaefer is a locally

born waterman, licensed Coast Guard

captain, former paramedic and firefighter,

and commercial fisherman in Alaska and

the Northwest and a lifelong competitive

surfer. (310) 938-4938 or

Freedom Surf Camp

June 6 through August 31

Freedom Surf Camp offers morning and afternoon

sessions in Manhattan Beach,

Venice, Santa Monica and Malibu. Ages

5-7: Water safety, boogie boarding, sand

sculpting, sand crabs, dodgeball, and other

games. Surfing 101 for kids who want it.

Ages 8-12: Surfing, boogie boarding,

water safety, and environmental education.

Ages 13-14 : Depending on skill level, all

water and beach activity are offered.

Groms: competitive level surfing.

(310) 770-4410 .

Hermosa Beach

Skateboarding Camp

Instructor Shawn Perez brings over 15 years of skateboarding experience, including

10 years as a skateboard instructor to the South Bay’s longest ongoing skateboard

camp. Classes start June 20 and are Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m.

to 10:30am. Students must supply their own skateboard, helmet, kneepads and

elbow pads and should come with a drink and snack. Hermosa Skate Park, 710

Pier Ave. Hermosabch.Org,

Hermosa Surf Camp

Hermosa Surf Camp is celebrating 25 years at the Hermosa Beach Pier. Learn

safety and surfing basics in 1-1/2 or 3 hour classes, Monday through Friday. Instructors

will be in the water helping kids get through the surf and catch waves. Instructors

are credentialed teachers and there is always a L.A. County Lifeguard on

duty. T-shirt, lycra surf shirt, goodie bag and three photos are included. Vince Ray

(310) 370-1918.

Friendship Circle Surf Camp

The Hermosa Beach Circle Surf Camp is for children and adults with special

needs. Ages 7 and up. 2:1 teacher-to student ratio. Teen volunteers paired with

each student. BZ soft surfboards provided. All students receive a T-shirt, lycra surf

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Kai Kushner, of Manhattan Beach, braves the shorepound during a

South Bay Boardriders Club contest. Surf camps introduce kids to a

sport they can enjoy with family and friends of all ages. Photo by Steve

Gaffney (

shirt and three photos of themselves. Children must be able to swim. (310) 214-

6677 or (310)-214-4999. or HermosaSurf-

Manhattan Beach Sand Volleyball, Surf camp

Manhattan Beach Parks and Recs offers a volleyball and surf camp on the south

side of the Manhattan Beach Pier. Starting on the week of June 20th, the camp

will run daily from 9 a.m. to 1:30 pm. Beach Volleyball Camp will run from 9

a.m. to 11 a.m. (310) 802-5448.

Meistrell Private, Advanced Surfing

Professional surf coach Jamie Meistrell draws from his world wide surf travels and

12 years as a professional surfer. His detailed curriculum emphasises strengthening

drills, contest strategy and the general stoke of surfing. CPR, AED, and First Aid

certified. (310) 753-5436.

PCH Skate

Learn to skateboard or take your skills to the next level. Beginner to intermediate

level skate and safety instruction, focusing on basic ollies and turns, flip tricks,

grinds, vert skating and more. Ramps, rails

and fun boxes positioned differently each

day. All campers are required to wear full

pads. Private skate instruction available at

Manhattan Beach and new Redondo Beach

Pier locations. PCH Skate runs in association

with and Body Glove

Camps. Register online at PCHSkate-

Perfect Day Surf Camp

The Quiksilver/Roxy-sponsored Perfect Day

Surf Camp has locations in Torrance, Redondo,

Manhattan, Dockweiler, Marina Del

Rey and Santa Monica. Surf and beach

camps are offered for ages 3 to 17. Lessons

cover stand up paddling, surfing and beach

workouts. 8 a.m. to noon, noon to 3 p.m.

and all day. Daily and weekly rates.

(310) 985-1458.

PV Surf Camp

PV Surf teaches ocean safety, surfing , surf etiquette and appreciation for the power

and beauty of the ocean. Instructors are trained in CPR. The camp is surrounded

by picturesque cliffs of Torrance Beach and Palos Verdes, which keep the surf gentle.

Weekly camp sessions with a 4:1 ratio are offered for kids ages 6-15, June

8 -- August 24. (310) 908-8164.

Skatedogs Skateboarding Summer Camp

Skatedogs brings their mobile private skate park to Manhattan Heights Park in

Manhattan Beach and Perry Park in Redondo Beach. Monday through Friday

from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Skateboard, helmet,

knee pads and elbow pads are required.,

Tarsan SUP

SUP Camp is for kids of all ages (ideally 10 and up). Mon-Fri with full day classes

and half days from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. June 27 to Sept. 2. Kids must

know how to swim. $299/child per week. 10 % siblings discount (same week

only). $275/child per week if parent is a Preferred Member. Private dock access.

Instructors are CPR and First Aid certified. Students learn water etiquette, ocean

safety, handling a board in and out of water and proper technique. 831 N. Harbor

Drive, Redondo Beach. (310) 798-2200. B

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Lifeguards highlight International Surf Fest

by Randy Angel

Patrolling the shores and aiding beachgoers,

the men and women who serve as lifeguards

would be unable to perform their

duties without possessing a high level of athleticism.

Each summer.these athletes and life savers

have the opportunity to showcase their skills at

the International Surf Festival, where the Taplin

Bell is the coveted prize.

Presented by, the Chambers

of Commerce and Cities of Hermosa Beach, Manhattan

Beach, Redondo Beach, Torrance, Los Angeles

County Fire Department and Department

of Beaches and Harbors this year’s event will be

held Aug. 4 - 7. It kicks off with the Charlie Saikley

6-man beach volleyball tournament at 9 a.m.

Thursday, Aug. 4. The Los Angeles County Lifeguard

Medal of Valor Dinner follows at Redondo

Beach’s Seaside Lagoon at 6 p.m.

In order not to conflict from the lifeguards’ day

jobs, competition is held under the lights beginning

at 7 p.m. adjacent to the Hermosa Beach

Pier. On Friday, Aug. 5 the LA County Lifeguard

Championships take place, featuring a U.S. Coast

Guard Helicopter and L.A. County Lifeguard

Rescue Demo, a 6-Lifeguard Run Relay and the

Bud Stevenson Intracrew Medley Relay.

Saturday’s action includes the Southern California

Lifeguard Championships, with the Junior

Lifeguard Taplin, Lifeguard Beach Flags and

Judge Irvin Taplin Three-Mile Lifeguard Medley


Representing the South Bay, the LA County –

Southern team is seeking its third straight Taplin

Bell, the perpetual award that bears the names of

each member of the winning teams

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Competition includes four swimmers, four paddlers and

four two-man dory teams from each lifeguard agency.

As is tradition, each winning lifeguard has his or her name

read aloud, is presented a medal, then rings the Taplin Bell

the number of times the individual lifeguard’s name has appeared

on it.

Last year Mel Solberg, of Torrance, increased his recordholding

number of wins to 17.

“It’s always such a great feeling to win because it is a total

team effort,” Solberg said. “Never in a million years did I think

I would have this many wins. When you win that first one,

you‘re so happy

that you're on that

bell for all time.

Then you get the

fever and you want

to keep winning

and winning.”

Close behind Solberg

in wins is

Tom Seth, of Manhattan

Beach. Seth

has won the Taplin

Bell 16 times and

expects a stronger

test in this year’s

Taplin competition.

“There is a team

coming from Australia

that really

wants to beat us,”

Seth said. “They

have been training

hard. They don’t

have dorys there

but their board

Mel Solberg rang the Taplin Bell a

record number 17 times in 2015.

Photo by Ray Vidal

paddlers are amazing and they

have very good swimmers.”

The Surf Festival will serve as a

tuneup for the Nautica United

States Lifesaving Association

(USLA) National Championship

that returns to Hermosa Beach beginning

with the Junior Lifeguard

and U19 Championships on

Wednesday, Aug. 10 and followed

by the USLA championships Aug.

11-13. Competition runs from 8

a.m.- 5 p.m. daily.

The LA County Surf Life Saving

team recaptured the title last year

in Daytona Beach, Fla after having

its 27-year winning streak snapped

in 2014. Brian Murphy, of Redondo

Beach, is the men’s defending

individual champion.

The International Surf Festival

includes something for all ages including

the Dwight Crum Pier-to-

Pier swim, Velzy-Stevens

paddleboard race, Dick Fitzgerald

beach run, Paul Matthies dory

race, surfing and bodysurfing

championships, California Beach

Volleyball Association tournaments

and a sand castle building contest.

Thursday, August 4 through Sunday,

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Kevin Fink, winner of last year’s Dwight Crum Pier to Pier Swim, is among the more

than 1,000 swimmers expected to participate in the International Surf Festival signature

event on Sunday, August 7. Photo by Ray Vidal

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serves all ages

by Randy Angel

Merging the sports of tennis

and beach volleyball,

beach tennis -- now also

known as All-Volley Tennis -- continues

to grow in popularity, both

competitively and recreationally.

Beach tennis courts have permanent

nets in Hermosa Beach (14th

St.), Manhattan Beach (7th St.) and

Santa Monica.

Donny Young, a Hermosa Beach

resident and founder and president

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are extremely



The sport of beach

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grow in popularity

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this summer. in the

Young is

Photo by Randy process of


gaining permits


the City of

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“We hope to introduce seniors to

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Senior Trevor Franklin

has been the ace on

Mira Costa’s pitching

staff since his sophomore

year. Photo by Ray Vidal

Pepperdine-bound senior pitcher Trevor Franklin

continues to dominate following

record-breaking season

Toeing the rubber on the mound at Mater Dei High

School, Trevor Franklin knew his job was not an easy

one. The Mira Costa pitcher had been in pressurefilled

situations before, but nothing quite like this.

With an opposing runner on first base and no outs, the

ace of the Mustang staff was asked to come into the game

and preserve a slim 2-1 lead against the sixth-ranked team

in the nation.

A groundout and two popouts later, Franklin and his

teammates were on the field celebrating their victory over

JSerra Catholic that gave Mira Costa the Southern Division

championship of the prestigious Boras Classic.

“We had a chip on our shoulder and wanted to prove that

we belonged in the tournament,” Franklin said. “We have

close-knit team with a great group of guys. It was exciting

to see how all our hard work has paid off.”

The win, which Mira Costa head coach Cassidy Olson

considers the biggest ever for his baseball program, was another

feather in the cap for Franklin during an illustrious

high school career.

Franklin went on to pick up the win in a 7-4 victory over

Northern champion Davis in the championship of the Boras

Classic held May 7 at UC Berkeley.

The 6-foot-3, 215-pound right hander led Mira Costa to a

share of the Bay League championship in 2015 setting a

school record for wins with an 11-0 record. He was named

Co-Pitcher of the Year in the Bay League finishing the season

with a 1.12 ERA and 63 strikeouts with only 12 walks

in 68 innings. As a left-handed hitter, he batted .322 with

13 RBI and five doubles.

Rawlings Perfect Game named Franklin to its 2016 California

Region Honorable Mention team and 2014 and 2015

Underclass Honorable Mention squads.

This season, Franklin hurled a no hitter at Culver City on

March 19. The humble senior spoke more about what the

feat meant to his teammates and, in particular, his mother


“It was amazing going into Culver City and watching (pro

prospect) Nolan Martinez pitch,” Franklin said. “With

(catcher) Brett Davis behind the plate, it doesn’t get any better.

It also helped lift my mom’s spirits. She’s a big Michigan

State fan and was feeling low after the Spartans had just lost

in the first round of the NCAA playoffs.”

Entering the final game of the regular season against Redondo,

Franklin had a 7-1 record and 1.38 ERA.

Although winning the Boras Classic was memorable for

Franklin, he said beating Redondo at home for share of Bay

League title in 2015 is tops on his list.

“Redondo was a highly-touted team and we needed to

sweep the Sea Hawks in the final two games of the regular

season,” Franklin recalled. “The dogpile we had on the field

after the win was a tremendous feeling.”

Despite being the ace of the Mustang’s pitching staff for

three seasons, Franklin’s rise to stardom did not come easy

but his hard work ethic and determination paid off.

“Trevor has meant everything to us,” Olson said. “He has

really come on after suffering a rough 2014 when he and

five other sophomore really took their lumps. I knew he’d

be good, but never dreamed of how drastically he would

improve statistically and in a leadership role. He’s also a

pretty good hitter whom we use as a designated hitter.”

Franklin feels a large part of his success has come through maturity and

the opportunity to work with talented pitching coaches.

“I feel the strength of my game is my competitiveness,” Franklin said.

“It’s been fun to represent the South Bay in tournaments and I pride myself

every time I take the field. There’s nothing like representing your school

and knowing my teammates always have my back.”

Franklin said he wants to have fun and cherish his last month of high

school, hopefully finishing with a CIF championship ring.

“The strength of this team is its unity,” Franklin explained. “Although we

are a senior-laden team, we also have three freshmen and three sophomores.

The closeness of players of different ages is something I’ve never

seen before. It’s an exciting time to be a Mustang and the future is great for

Costa baseball.”

“I’m really admiring the young guys, particularly two freshmen. Chase

Meidroth was a shortstop but is playing right field. Senior shortstop Will

Proctor took him under his wing. And Merrick Baldo showed no fear pitching

against JW North in the Boras tournament.”

The friendships among the senior

class began prior to high school.

Most were members of the Manhattan

Beach Little League Junior

All-Star team that went to the World

Series in Taylor, Mich. in 2012.

Franklin knows the importance of

his role as a team leader and mentoring

young players.

“When I was a sophomore, senior

Cooper Griffith helped me the most,”

Franklin said. “I admired how hard

he worked at practice. I’ll forever appreciate

his advice and friendship. I

also learned a lot from last year’s senior

players like Dylan Tyrer, Robert

White and Luke McCauley.”

Between academics and athletics,

Franklin has little free time but when

he does, he enjoys spending it with

his fellow Mustangs..

“I’m a social person. There’s nothing

like going to the field then hanging

out with teammates at their

homes,” Franklin said. “We play fantasy

sports and get very competitive.

It’s fun getting together with the guys

for each draft.”

One player Franklin likes to draft is

his favorite pro baseball player -- San

Diego Padre pitcher James Shields.

“San Diego is a tough team to root for,” Franklin said. “Shields is known

as Big Game James. I like the way he competes on every pitch. Each season

he’ll have 200-plus strikeouts in 200-plus innings.”

Franklin began his baseball career when he was six years old playing in

Manhattan Beach Little League. His father, Paul, later coached Trevor and

other players in the community on the Manhattan Beach Heaters team.

Franklin also played Manhattan Beach Youth Basketball until 6th grade

and competed in flag football before turning his focus to baseball. The decision

was not a surprise having been a part of a baseball-loving family.

Trevor’s brother Ryan played for Mira Costa and is a senior first baseman

at the University of Redlands.

“We had the usual sibling rivalry,” Trevor said. “We used spend hours

playing Whiffle ball in the backyard. I can’t remember many times beating


Mother Jan is Vice President and in charge of fundraising for Mira Costa’s

Baseball Booster Club and Trevor will following in his dad’s footsteps as a

member of Pepperdine’s baseball team.

Paul was a pitcher for the Waves from 1979 to 1981 and was a member

of the Pepperdine baseball team which won 53 games and placed third at

the College World Series in 1979.

Trevor will be joined at Pepperdine by Mustang teammate centerfielder

Reese Alexiades.

When Franklin first committed to Pepperdine, Steve Rodriguez was the

head coach and Don Strauss the Wave’s pitching coach but both left and

went to Baylor. However, It didn’t sway his decision to attend the school

where he attends to major in “something sports related, possibly sports administration.”

His favorite high school subjects have been math and US history.

“I’m very impressed with new head coach Rick Hirtensteiner and assistant

coaches Cooper Fouts and Rolando Garza,” Franklin said of the new

regime at Pepperdine “I love the baseball program and the academics. Plus,

the campus in Malibu can’t be beat.”

Hirtensteiner assessed his new recruits on the team’s website.

“Trevor Franklin is a tall right-handed pitcher who pounds the zone with

low strikes,” Hirtensteiner said. “I love his ability to attack the hitter with

quality pitches and force contact early during at-bats. Trevor has been very

successful at the high school level and I expect him to continue his success

when he arrives on the Pepperdine campus.”

Olson believes Franklin has a future as a top collegiate pitcher.

“He’s not overpowering and his

fastball does not have great velocity

but he has great determination and

competitive attitude,” Olson said.

“During my 15 years with the Mira

Costa baseball program, statistically

he has been the best during that time

span. One scout told me he’s a high

school coach’s dream -- having three

pitches he can consistently throw for


Franklin said he feels lucky to have

had a number of good coaches to

help with his constant improvement

on the mound.

“I love playing for Cassidy Olson,”

Franklin said. “Like any coach or

boss in life, there are times when you

disagree but I believe Cass wants the

best for all his players. I’ve had my

ups and downs in my career but he

has always stood by me. I have nothing

but great things to say about him.

He’s a winner.”

Franklin also gives credit to Redondo

Beach resident Mike Garcia-

Mira Costa head coach Cassidy Olson has relied on Trevor Franklin to be parra who, along with his father

Ramon found the Garciaparra Baseball

Group (GBG).

the ace of his pitching staff for three seasons. Photo by Ray Vidal

Mike and his brother, Nomar, were

first-round selections in the Major League Baseball draft. Along with coaching

with GBG, Mike is the Southern California area scout for the St,. Louis

Cardinals and an instructor with USA Baseball.

Other Mira Costa players involved with GBG are Reese Alexiades, Zack

Chan, Brett Davis, Blake Hammerstein and Will Proctor.

“Mike has had a profound impact on me and someone I consider a second

father figure,” Franklin said. “The Manhattan Beach baseball community

owes a lot to the Garciaparra family. Playing for GBG has given the opportunity

to make great memories and acquaintances across the country.”

Franklin has also been influenced by Kelly Nicholson, former coach at

Loyola Marymount University and current manager for the Orleans Firebirds

of the Cape Cod League.

Above all, Franklin gives kudos to his parents.

“My parents instilled the importance of good grades and taught me that

I will be defined by my actions on and off the field,” Franklin explained. ”I

thank them for their fantastic ideals of being fair and treating people like

you’d want to be treated.”

Franklin said he has no long term goals and is just focusing on getting his

college degree. Until then, he is heeding the advice Olson gave his team

prior to the Boras Classic.

“He told us that soon our careers will be over but the memories you make

will last forever,” Franklin said. “I realize there will be a time when baseball

runs out. I just I hope that that day is a long way off.” B

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Runners will show their patriotism at

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by Randy Angel

Competitive runners and

weekend warriors have a

variety of runs to choose

from throughout the summer.

The largest and most colorful is

the Village Runner 4th of July 5K

presented by UCLA Health.

Close to 3,000 people are expected

to kick off their Independence

Day festivities at the 23rd

annual 5K and Firecracker Dash

Race for kids.

Kayla Montgomery will be

honored at the race. Despite having

multiple sclerosis, she became

an elite runner at

Nashville's Lipscomb University

where she earned a Division I


The disease creates a loss of

feeling in Montgomery’s legs as

her body temperature rises. Cold

water is poured on her legs immediately

following a race or

workout to calm the misfiring

nerve fibers blazing beneath her

numb skin.

“I continue to push myself to

defy the odds so that I can inspire

those with MS who gave up,”

Montgomery said. “I want people

to know that regardless of what

your situation is, MS does not

have to come out on top. That

there is always a way. Of course,

having MS could very easily put

limitations on my life if I let it,

but...I do not plan on ever doing


The condition has forced

Montgomery to create an innovative

method to run by relying on

the movement of her arms to

control her pace.

The psychology major, who

trains three hours a day, six days

a week, covering 60-75 miles and

has a personal best time of 17

minutes, 22 seconds in the 5K,

will be presented with the

Pathfinder Award prior to the 4th

of July 5K.

“I am beyond stoked about this

amazing opportunity,” said Montgomery.

“I am so honored to have

been asked to come out to this

event and I cannot wait for this

once in a lifetime experience.”

The 5K begins at 8 a.m., followed

by the kid’s dash at 9:30

a.m. $35 for the 5K; $25 for kid’s

race. Add $5 after June 5. (310)


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Armed Forces Day 5K

Saturday, May 21


In a tribute to Louis Zamperini,

Village Runner hosts the inaugural

race at 8 a.m. at Del Amo Fashion

Center on Madrona Ave. The event

features T-shirts, split times every

mile and awards to the top three in

each age division. $40. To register

or for more information, log on to

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June 11

Manhattan Beach

The Conquer Our Run’s Dad's

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are $27 (5K) and $29 (10K). Register

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June 25

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lowest tide of the season. 5K race

($35) begins at 7:30 a.m. followed

by Kids Races ($25) at 8:20 a.m.

Contact Jeff Atkinson, or

Charity Run/Walk

June 25

Dockweiler Beach

The Sean Brock Foundation and

CalCPA-LA present the 4th annual

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families of fallen soldiers with

educational assistance. 5K ($25) and

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July 16

Palos Verdes Peninsula

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After completing the swimming and cycling legs, runners approach the final

turn to the finish line of the Redondo Beach Triathlon. Photo by Randy Angel

by Randy Angel

In 2005, local family practitioner Dede Moore saw her goal come to

fruition. She and her husband Pat Wickens, both fitness enthusiasts and

triathletes, spent three years organizing the first Redondo Beach

Triathlon, combining their knowledge and experiences from other competitions

to put together an event that would benefit health, charity and community.

The following year, Rick Crump took over as race director. He and his

wife Connie have run the event ever since. Yet Crump feels a little pressure

going into this year’s 12th annual competition.

While Wickens has competed in the race is past years, Moore is returning

to participate in the competition.

“I’m a little nervous,” said Crump, an accomplished triathlete and physical

education teacher at Adams Middle School in Redondo Beach. “Dede

is the founder and this race wouldn’t happen if not for her. I want to make

her proud.”

Crump also acknowledged the many volunteers and younger generation

of triathletes who have kept Moore’s dream alive.

“Being an educator, the cool part for me is to see people reach their goals,

no matter how small,” Crump said. “Our triathlon is a great way to kick

off the season and has encouraged people of so many age groups and skill

levels to train and exercise.”

Crump is pleased to see younger athletes rise to the top. Last year’s male

and female winners were 20-year-old Dillon Nobbs, who completed the

course in 40 minutes, seven seconds; and Illi Gardner, 16, who finished at


Registration is ongoing at Redondo Beach Triathlon. The triathlon begins

at 7:30 a.m. Sunday, June 12 at the Veteran’s Park/Pier area in Redondo

Beach. All of the proceeds go to Cheer for Children, a non-profit organization

that gives seasonal parties and raises money for acutely ill children at

Harbor UCLA Medical Center.

The scenic, USAT sanctioned event consists of a 1/2-mile swim, 6-mile

bike, and a 2-mile run. Space is limited to the first 600 entries. A non-competitive

mini-sprint (half the distances) is also scheduled.

Awards will be given to the top three finishers in each division and the

top two relay teams. Sprint fees are $75 (ages 13-19 and 65 and older), $90

(ages 20-64), $125 (relay). Mini-sprint fees are $70 and $95 for the relay.

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by Randy Angel

The Manhattan Beach Open Tennis tournament celebrates its 49th

year with competition in open and amateur divisions being held at

three locations.

Run by the City of Manhattan Beach Parks and Recreation Department,

the tournament is open to players ages 16 and over and will be played at

Live Oak Park and the Mira Costa High School tennis courts July 7-9. The

finals will be held July 10 at Manhattan Country Club.

Expected to return to defend their title are Jayson Amos (Men’s Open

Singles), Garrett Auproux (Men’s Open Doubles) and Ana Lorena Belmar-

Osuna (Women’s Open Singles).

“We have had some great players come through the Manhattan Beach

Open Tennis Tournament over the years,” said Recreation Supervisor

Michael Hudak. “We hope to bring back some of our past winners including

2012 winners Olympian Vishnu Vardhan (Men’s Open Singles) and

Zsuzsanna Fodor (Women’s Open Singles).”

Prize money has been increased by more than 150 percent for what is

expected to be one of the most competitive tournaments to date. The single

elimination tournament offers prizes and trophies to all division winners.

All entries include lunch, T-shirt and goodie bag.

“It is more than just about the money and competition for us,” Hudak

said. “The Manhattan Beach Parks and Recreation Department believes

that “Parks Make Life Better” and this tournament showcases that belief,

exemplifying our mission to make lives and communities better by providing

activities that facilitate special connections, human development, therapy,

and lifelong learning in facilities for self-directed and organized


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Manhattan Beach Grand Prix cyclists enter the final turn at Ardmore and

15th Street. Photo by Ray Vidal

Pedaling through Manhattan Beach

by Randy Angel

The Chevron Manhattan Beach Grand Prix, which celebrates its 55th

year on Sunday, Aug. 7, is considered one of the more “technical”

courses on the USA Cycling National Criterium Calendar (NCC). The

1.3-mile course, in front of Live Oak Park, is shaped like a bent paperclip.

It runs north on Valley to Pacific and south on Ardmore to 15th Street.

“We’ve added a Junior race this year with generous cash prizes,” race director

Greg Aden said.” We’ve also moved the kids races to a more spectator/family-friendly

time, at noon.”.

Competition begins at 7 a.m. with the 55/60+ division followed by the

Women’s’ Category 3-4, 40+ 1-3, 50+ 1-4, Men’s Cat 2, NCC Women’s 1-

2, NCC Men’s 1, Cat 3 and Cat 4.

Australia’s Hilton Clarke and Samantha Schneider, of Wisconsin, won

the men’s and women’s pro races in 2015, each taking home $2,520 in

prize money.

The Manhattan Beach Grand Prix is co-sponsored by the South Bay

Wheelmen and the South Bay Wheelmen Foundation and includes a vintage

bicycle display.

“The MB Grand Prix is a great community event that brings out the best

of the best Southern California racers to compete on a challenging course

with the beautiful backdrop of the city of Manhattan Beach, said South

Bay Wheelmen rider Robert Macpherson. “This is a great opportunity for

South Bay Wheelmen to give back to the city we ride and to the racers we

ride with for a fun day racing and entertainment “

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Mineo cont. from page 25

Fear and water

The Saturday group has grown from four or five people to as many as 50.

Among its members are several who have either been newly introduced to

open water swimming, or, like Soni, reintroduced to a love of the water.

Megan Tobin is a triathlete and experienced ocean swimmer. But a wave

caught her at the wrong angle and she was smacked into a sandbar, injuring

her head and neck. Even after she recovered her health, fear remained.

She’d lost her confidence in the ocean.

Tobin heard about Mineo and signed up for a one-on-one session. She expected

him to ease her back into the ocean. He didn’t.

“Bryan is not afraid, and he knows how to handle the ocean,” Tobin said.

“So it wasn’t, ‘Oh, you are afraid, let’s talk, or let’s practice for a while…’

No, it was, ‘Let’s swim in big, giant waves.’ And I was like, ‘Oh no, he’s not

taking it easy on me today.’ But really, one or two sessions with Bryan, and

I felt completely confident again. He is so comfortable out there it rubs off

on you. I know a lot of people have a lot of fears, whether it’s whatever

else is out there, or the waves. I was injured, and he gave me the ocean


Mineo also worked on the mechanics of her stroke, and adjusted how she

held her head. Now she swims better than she did before the accident.

“He made what I thought were some minor tweaks and they made a huge

difference, like when a chiropractor adjusts you and you feel like you have

a whole new body,” she said. “The way my body feels in the water is entirely

different, in a pool or in the ocean.”

Greg Huntoon, on the other hand, had never been an ocean swimmer.

He’d grown up in Southern California and was a college baseball player,

and continued to play ball for six or seven years afterwards. But as he grew

older, in the process of balancing work, marriage and kids, he drifted into

a sedentary life. To shake himself out of it, he decided to become a triathlete,

and about two years ago started working out. But the swim portion scared

him. He read a column by Mineo in Triathlete magazine and reached out.

They met by the Avenue A lifeguard tower in Redondo. “It was a murky

day,” Huntoon said. ”It felt like Loch Ness. You couldn’t see very far. I was

like, ‘This is the day I’d chose to learn how to open water swim?’”

Mineo eased him in. They talked for 15 minutes on the beach, then swam

out 200 yards, did some work on Huntoon’s stroke, and came back in and

talked again. Huntoon’s fear dissipated like the morning’s marine layer.

Now, he’s become one of the group’s leaders, and open water swimming

has become more of a passion than triathlons. It’s become an organizing

principal of his life and helped him get his health back.

“It’s such a deep part of my life experience now to get up at six on Saturdays

and drive down to Redondo [from Beverly Hills], pull on a wetsuit,

jump into freezing cold water and have a blast,” he said. “All because this

hippie boy from Texas by way of New York. Had it not happened that way,

I’m not sure what would have come of it, but I am now in that place — I

can’t imagine not being there every Saturday morning.”

Mineo now has to confront his own final fears. The sting of pulling out

of his English Channel swim lingers. So despite the challenge ankylosing

spondylitis presents in training for long distance swimming, he intends to

swim the 21-mile Catalina Channel this September.

“Catalina is my English Channel now,” he said.

To Mineo, it’s not really about swimming. “I’m not really a swimmer,”

he said. “I’m good, not great. My girlfriend, she’s a swimmer. I’m just an

ocean man.”

Like yoga, ocean swimming is almost spiritual practice for him, a way of

monitoring his internal dialogue, of communing with something larger than

himself, of breathing life deeply.

“Each of us is called to the water,” Mineo said. “Each of us has something

to take from the ocean, and more importantly, something to give back to it.

We all want to live a life of happiness and love. The ocean is simply a perpetual

proponent to finding your unique happiness and love. How you

choose to harness this energy is up to you. Remember, just breathe.”

See for more information and follow Mineo’s preperations

for his Catalina Channel swim at B

52 Easy Reader / Beach magazine • May 19, 2016

Redondo’s Queen Anne house museum

by David Mendez

like an expert, but really, I’ve learned a lot since I came back

here, like the origin of the names of the streets,” said Tike Kavaras,


docent of the Redondo Beach Historical Museum.

Kavaras was born and raised in Redondo and moved back to his city

after years of working in Las Vegas.

Now, the former Redondo Union basketball star walks people through

the history of his hometown. He shows off photos of the original downtown

waterfront, talks about the city’s founders and reveals the hiddenin-plain-sight

secret of the city’s alphabetical street system — one that

extends beyond The Avenues.

The Museum’s collection, in the century-old Queen Anne House, includes

antique signs, RUHS athletic and band uniforms and stained glass

windows from a pre-remodeled St. James Catholic Church. It’s all a throwback

to the salad days of the museum's docent, now in his fourteenth year

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beach sports

Summer heat spikes on the sand

by Randy Angel

Father’s Day Beach

Volleyball Tournament

June 19

Father and daughter and Father

and son volleyball teams compete in

pool play, south of the Manhattan

Beach Pier, where the Manhattan

Open will be played later in the summer.

T-shirts for each. 9 a.m. - 12

p.m. $100. For registration assistance,

please contact the Registration

Help Desk (310) 802-5448 or visit

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Eric Fonoimoana is hosting the Queen of the Beach tournament in

Hermosa Beach. The two-time Manhattan Beach Open winner and

2000 Olympic gold medalist is passing on his knowledge to the

next generation of beach volleyball stars. Photo by Ray Vidal

Queen of the Beach,

King Kong tournaments

June 24-26

Hermosa Beach

The South Bay “Mecca of beach

volleyball” will attract thousands of

players this summer with competitive

and recreational tournaments for

athletes of all ages and skill sets.

Along with the well-known tournaments

such as the Manhattan Beach

Open, Smackfest and the Manhattan

Beach Saikley 6-man, two new

events will showcase the stars of tomorrow.

The Queen of the Beach and King

Kong tournaments will conclude

with one female and one male player

from both high school and college

being named King or Queen. The tournaments

will be held in Hermosa Beach June 24-26 as part

of USA Volleyball’s Junior Beach Tour.

Olympic beach volleyball gold medalist Eric

Fonoimoana hosts the Queen of the Beach, which

allows the top college players to test themselves

against the nation’s best competition and allows

the top high school players to showcase their talents

to college coaches from across the country.

Beach volleyball is the fastest growing sport

for female athletes at the college and high school

levels, with approximately 60 colleges fielding

teams this year and the NCAA holding its first national

championship in 2016,” Fonoimoana said.

“I’ve always been a big supporter of helping the

sport grow and I’m very excited about bringing

together the best competition in one place.

“The high school players we’ll see on the court

will become the stars of the college game in the

coming years, and the college players at our tournament

very well could be representing the

United States in the 2020 or 2024 Olympics.”

The Queen of the Beach Invitational will feature

separate fields of 48 college players and 48

high school players. Players in each field will be

seeded and divided into pools of four, with each

player playing a game to 21 against each of the

other three players in her pool. The top two players

in each pool, determined by their won-loss

record and point differential, will advance to the

next round until a winner is crowned for the college

field and the high school field.

The event will also feature coaching seminars

and discussions with coaches from many of the

country’s top college beach volleyball programs.

AVP Manhattan Beach Open

July 14-17

Manhattan Beach

The longest running tournament in the sport of

beach volleyball, the 57th AVP Manhattan Beach

Open (MBO) will be played one month earlier

than last year, serving as a tuneup for the American

teams who will be competing in the Summer

Olympics, held Aug. 5-21 in Rio de Janeiro.

Defending MBO champions Phil Dalhausser

and Nick Lucena will likely be the No. 1 United

States men’s team while John Hyden/Tri Bourne

(Manhattan Beach) and Jake Gibb/Casey Patterson

battle it out for the second qualifying position.

April Ross, who won the 2015 MBO women’s

title with Jennifer Fopma, and teammate Kerri

Walsh Jennings (Manhattan Beach) are ranked

No. 1 for the U.S. Walsh-Jennings, who missed

last year’s MBO because of a shoulder injury, will

be seeking her fourth straight Olympic gold

medal in beach volleyball.

Vying for the second spot on the U.S. team are

Lauren Fendrick (Hermosa Beach)/Brooke Sweat

and Emily Day (Hermosa Beach)/Jen Kessy.

Referred to as the Wimbledon of beach volleyball,

the MBO will feature a full festival village,

MBO Legend’s match, kid’s clinic, athlete signings,

movie night, interactive games, and the annual

MBO Walk of Fame Pier Ceremony.

For the first time in the history of the tournament,

the MBO will offer an elevated VIP Skybox

Competition begins 8 a.m. Thurs. - Sat. And 9

a.m. on Sunday.

In addition the pros, the 2nd Annual AVPFirst

Junior Championships will bring some of the top

youth beach volleyball talent from across the

country for a weeklong volleyball experience.

The event will act as a showcase for young athletes

and include tournament play, NCAA Sand

Coach Forum, college campus visits and training

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Saturday, July 23

Hermosa Beach

Combining beach volleyball, fashion and

music, the beach culture is celebrated each year

at Smackfest. The Bill Sigler tourney is celebrating

its 23rd year and features costumed-themed

coed 4s and Pro 4s tournaments. (310) 318-5062.

Charlie Saikley 6-Man

Thursday, Friday, August. 4-5

Manhattan Beach

Competition at the International Surf Festival

kicks off with the popular Charlie Saikley 6-man

tournament. The defending men’s champion is

Fletch and 900 Club Bacchus captured the

women’s title last year.

On Sunday, Aug. 7 the 2nd annual Junior 6-

Man Beach Volleyball Tournament will held.

Open to youth ages 10-18, divisions include boys,

girls and coed. Prizes for the best costume. Registration

deadline is July 17. (310) 802-5448.


Throughout summer

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The California Beach Volleyball Association

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boys and girls, including the popular Mike Cook

Mixed on Aug. 27 at Marine Street, which includes

a father/daughter tournament. The season

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Hermosa Beach and Manhattan Beach.

Youth compete in the Premier CBVA Rox Volleyball

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each boards

Paddlers and surfers can find an event within

driving distance just about every weekend

through the summer.

South Bay Boardriders Club

Big Wave Challenge Awards

Friday, May 27

Hermosa Beach Community Theater

El Nino 2016 produced some of the biggest and

most consistent swells in recent memories. South

Bay surfers who caught the largest waves and the

photographers who captured their rides will be

recognized by the South Bay Boardriders Club at

their annual Big Wave Challenge awards night. 6

p.m. 710 Pier Avenue.

South Bay Dozen

Saturday, June 18, Torrance Beach

The South Bay Dozen is organized by Los Angeles

County Lifeguards Mike and Brian Murphy

and benefits for the Jimmy Miller Foundation.

The family friendly event includes paddleboard,

surf ski, outrigger, swim and running races.

Points are accumulated for each event participated

in, making for a full day of water sports.


Sunday, June 19, Catalina Isthmus

The annual Father's Day Rock2Rock begins at

the Catalina Isthmus and ends at Cabrillo Beach.

The 22.17 mile downwinder is open to both individual

competitors and relay teams. Rock2Rock

is a qualifier for the Catalina Classic and

Molo2Oahu races in August. The race attracts up

to 100 prone and stand-up paddleboards. Escort

boats are required. Proceeds benefit the Sarcoma


Riviera Mexican Grill R-10 Race

Saturday, August 6, Torrance Beach

The Riviera Mexican Grill R-10 race is a seven

mile, in and out race from Torrance Beach to the

R-10 buoy off Rocky Point. 8 a.m. Registration is

$40 and begins at 6:30 a.m. The event is open to

paddleboards, SUPs, and surfboards (boards

under 10-foot-6). There are shorter races for kids

and less serious paddlers, too. The race is affiliated

with the International Surf Festival.

ISF Surfing Championships

Saturday, August 6, Manhattan Pier

Contest director John Joseph is hoping (their

website solicits prayers) for surf this year. Divisions

will include men’s and women's’ shortboards,

longboards and stand-up paddleboards.

Advance registration is advised. Beach entries

will only be allowed if there are division openings.

ISF Body Surfing Championships

Saturday August 6, Manhattan pier

The International Body Surfing Championship

features eight men’s and women’s age divisions.

Age groups are determined immediately before

the contest begins and will be approximately

equal in size. Limited to 108 male contestants and

36 female contestants. The top 2 finishers in each

preliminary heat will advance. The ISF Body

Surfing Championships are run by the Gillis

Beach Bodysurfing Association. Participants

range in ability from the novices to former World

Champions. Swim fins only.

Velzy-Stevens Pier to Pier

Paddleboard Championships

Sunday, August 7, Manhattan Pier

The Velzy-Stevens race, named after paddleboard

builder Dale Velzy and champion paddler

Terry Stevens, is part of the International Surf

Festival. The race starts off the end of the Manhattan

Beach Pier at 7:30 a.m. and finishes on the

beach, south of the Hermosa Beach Pier. It’s family-friendly,

with parents and kids paddling tandem

and others riding all sorts of boards.

Catalina Classic

Sunday August 28, Two Harbors

The Catalina Classic is the oldest (established

1955) and longest (32 miles) organized paddleboard

race in the world. Legendary watermen

Greg Noll, George Downing, Rick Gregg and

Tom Zahn were among the 13 paddlers who competed

in the first race. It continues to be the most

prestigious prone paddleboard, attracting paddlers

from all over the world. Sorry, no stand-ups.

It took half a decade to get women admitted.

West End Loop Paddleboard Race

Saturday, Sept. 24, Catalina Isthmus

This 16 mile race is organized by the Catalina

Island, Flying Fish paddlers and benefits the Sarcoma

Alliance. Paddlers start at Cat Harbor,

round the west end and land at Two Harbors.

Beyond the Shore

TBA, September, King Harbor

Jeremy Godokiss’ Olympus Board Shop hosts

this annual regatta to promote ocean conservation.

The festival will feature a 4.5-mile SUP race,

a relay race, and a kids’ race, plus food and vendor

booths. And an attempt to break the biggest

yoga SUP class record. or

Paddling resources

For a list of paddling competitions throughout

California visit

Stand up paddleboard lessons and rentals are

available in Hermosa Beach at Spyder Surf (,

Tarsan Stand-up Paddling (Tarsan-, and Pier Surf; in Manhattan Beach

at Nikau Kai (; in Redondo Beach

at Tarsan Stand-up, Paddle House and Dive N'

Surf (; and in Torrance at Olympus

Board Shop ( B

Paddling, Hawaiian style

Lanakila Outrigger Canoe Club in King Harbor

trains half a dozen men and women teams,

ranging in experience from novices to world

champions. People who have never paddled are

encouraged to come out and compete in novice

races. Visiting paddlers are also welcome.

Novice practices are Monday and Wednesday

evenings for women and Tuesday and Thursday

for men. The practices begin at 5:30 p.m.

and continue until dark. Weekend practices are

scheduled at various times.

US Outrigger Championships.

September 10, 11, Newport, Catalina Island

The 57th Annual Catalina Channel Crossing/US

Outrigger Championships is the longest

Polynesian canoe race in the continental U.S.

The women’s race begins in Newport and finishes

26 miles later, in Avalon. The men’s race

departs Avalon the following morning for Newport.

Proceeds support local charities. Southern

California Outrigger Racing Association. B

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life,” said city recreation coordinator Lisa Nichols. “And we kind of want to redefine

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With this in mind, the city is hosting a variety of programs designed to promote

healthy minds and bodies. There are new offerings in yoga classes at the community

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Ruby’s Classic Car Show

Fridays, through October

Local star surfer Shawn O’Brien pulls out his moonlight white 1959 chevy wagon

out of the garage into the driveway. After wiping it down, he buckles up his son

and his daugher, ages six and three, onto the emerald green tuck and roll backseat.

“I’ve been going to the Ruby’s show since I was a kid in my first classic car, a ‘55

chevy wagon,” O’Brien said. “Now I get to share it with my kids.”

In the Ruby’s Diner parking lot, O’Brien walks with his family through the aisles of

classic cars, hot rods, street rods, and muscles.The soundtrack to “American Graffiti”

can be heard over the loudspeakers.

“It’s grown so much over the years and is an important weekly event to the local

car scene,” he said. “It’s cool to see the same cars and what work the owner’s

have done to them as well as other rides from all over South California.” 4 p.m.

to 8 p.m.

Electric Cars: Fad or Future

Through July 31

Electric automobiles, including one of the few Tesla convertibles on the market

today are on exhibit at the Automobile Driving Museum. Activities for kids include

demonstrations on creating and storing electricity. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are

$5-10, kids under 10 free. For more information call Kobi at (310) 909-0950,

or email 610 Lairport St, El Segundo. For more information


Concerts on the Redondo Pier

Thursday, May 19

The Red Elvis’s, High Tide, Classic Revolution Rock and other popular bands perform

every Thursday and Saturday through August 20 at the sunset hour, 6 to 8

p.m. Free.

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Happy Hour Mixer

Thursday, May 19

Hermosa Beach Chamber members and guest relax over fine wines, cocktails

and fine food. 5 - 7 p.m. Zane's, 1150 Hermosa Ave, Hermosa Beach.

Ted Lieu Breakfast

Friday, May 20

Breakfast with Congressman Ted Lieu, who was recently recognized as one of

10 Congressional “Rising Stars in the Energy and Environment World.” 7:30 - 9

a.m. Crowne Plaza Redondo Beach and Marina Hotel, 300 N. Harbor Dr., Redondo

Beach. RSVP online at or call (310) 376-6911.

South Bay Stories Show

Saturday, May 21

Nine storytellers perform their personal stories of growing up, romance and adulthood.

Musical storyteller Dawn Hamilton also performs. 7:30 p.m. 2nd Story Theater,

710 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach. Tickets or call

Jim Mueller at (424) 254-6433.

Armed Forces Day Parade

Saturday, May 21

The Torrance Armed Forces Day Celebration and Parade celebrates its 57th year.

The parade starts on Torrance Boulevard, at Crenshaw Boulevard at 1:30 p.m.

and travels west to Madrona Avenue. Military exhibits including aircraft, vehicles,

and support craft will be on display in the Del Amo Fashion Square parking lot,

east of the lifestyle wing. Exhibit time: Friday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday 3 p.m.

to 8 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

On Friday, May 20, Army Band 300 will perform for free at the James Armstrong

Theater. Concerts at 1:30. and 7:30 p.m.. Tickets are first come first serve and

available at the box office on May 18 at 10 am. Limit four adult tickets. Box

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3rd Annual WalkAbout Redondo Beach

Saturday, May 21

The North Redondo Beach Business Association and Blue Zones Project invite residents

to walk the 2.8 mile sidewalks of WalkAbout circle between the South

Bay Galleria and Aviation Blvd. Participants will collect stamps on their WalkAbout

event passport from each business they enter. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. At noon, a barbecue

lunch will be served at the Redondo Beach Community Services parking

lot. Lunch is free for all walkers submitting a passport with 10 “stamps” from participating


Port of Los Angeles tours

Saturday, May 21

Free LA Harbor boat tours. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Two Locations: Los Angeles Maritime

Museum, 600 Sampson Way, Berth 84, San Pedro, Bannings Landing, 100 E.

Water Street, Wilmington.

King Harbor Sea Fair

Sunday, May 22

King Harbor Yacht Club and the Waterfront Redondo Beach host a free day of

ocean related events. Board a Tall Ship, stand-up paddle, and paddle an outrigger

and sail. Participates in arts and crafts, fishing and sand sculpting. King Harbor

Marina. Noon to 5 p.m.

Sister Cities Tequila Toast

Sunday, May 22

The 13th Annual Sister Cities Fundraising afternoon offers Ortega 120’s superb

food and extensive tequila selection from noon to 4 p.m. Proceeds benefit the

people and cultural exchange programs. $25 online at 1814

S. Pacific Coast Highway, Redondo Beach. (310) 792-4120.

Family Plot

May 26 - July 2

Time 4 Art presents: Family Plot, curated by Homeira Goldstein. The three-generation

show features legendary Los Angeles artist Ed Moses, Andy Moses and Kelly

Berg. Opening Reception: Thursday, May 26 6 - 8 p.m. Manhattan Beach Art

Center, 1560 Manhattan Beach Boulevard.

Seaside Lagoon

Saturday, May 28

The Seaside Lagoon is open daily through the summer, beginning today. Swim in

the protected, salt water lagoon. A children’s play area, snack bar and barbeque

pits and tables for parties are also available. 10 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. daily through

September 5. Adults (over 17) $7. Children (2-17) $6. Under 2 Free.

Simply Tiles Design Center

Fine Ceramics, Natural Stone, Hardwoods, Cabinetry, Faucetry.

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Paul’s Creative Photography Academy hosts a reception and on Tuesday, June

7 at 5:30 p.m by Tony Rowell, a photographer acclaimed for his night photography,

including (above) “Geminid Meteor Reflection over Eastern Sierra.”

Hermosa Memorial Day Weekend Fiesta

May 28 - 30

Arts & crafts, two live music stages, beer garden, food court, rides have made

Hermosa’s Memorial Day and Labor Day fiestas two of the popular events in Southern

California. Free offsite parking. (310) 376-0951

Redondo Memorial Services

Monday, May 30

The Veterans Memorial Task Force, Redondo Beach Elks Lodge #1378 and the

City of Redondo Beach honor veterans at 1 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial in Veterans

Park, 300 The Esplanade, Redondo Beach. The service will be followed

by a BBQ picnic open to the public and sponsored by the Redondo Beach Elks.

The BBQ is free to all Veterans and members of the military services, Fire personnel

and Police Officers. A $5 donation is requested of other attendees. For more informationvisit

Art As Experience: Community Project

Saturday, June 4

The Manhattan Beach Art Center offers free family art workshops on the first and

third Saturdays of the month. 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. Take part in the shared learning

experiences that inspire families to experiment and create together. No advance

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Pulitzer prize winning author William Finnegan and Born on the Fourth of July

author Ron Kovic will be among the guest this summer at {pages} author

series.The store also offers children and book discussion programs. Check out

their website for local schools summer reading lists.

Author talks, 7 p.m.

May 20, This year’s Pulitzer Prize winner William Finnegan, author of Barbarian Days. A

Surfing Life.

May 26, Kim Hooper, author of People Who Knew Me.

June 2, Tracy Barone, author of Happy Family

June 8, Kevin Kelly, author of The Inevitable

June 22, Marilu Henner and Michael Brown, authors of Changing Normal: How I Helped

My Husband Beat Cancer

June 23, Sharkie Zartman, author of Take On Aging As A Sport

June 30, Tara Ison, author of Ball: Stories and Bernadette Murphy, author of Harley and Me.

July 6, Ron Kovic, author of Born on the Fourth of July and Hurricane Street

Presented by {pages} at the MB Library, Meeting Room. Reservations recommended. For more

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Children's Storytime, Mondays 10:30 a.m.

May 23, June 6, June 13, June 20, June 27, July 11, July 18, July 25, Aug.

1, Aug. 8, Aug. 15, Aug. 22, Aug. 29.

Children's Storytime

June 2, at 4:30 -- 5:30 p.m. Tracy & Annabella Groisman present Roald Dahl's The BFG

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Summer Reading

William Finnegan

will read from his

book, Barbarian

Days, May 20.

Ron Kovic will speak at

the Manhattan Beach

Library on July 6.

photo by Bev Morse

Beach city libraries

Every summer local libraries offer a variety of events

for readers young and old. The Summer Reading

Program (SRP) is a great way for children to explore

the world of books at their own pace highlighted by

fun crafts and special entertainment.

Hermosa Library

550 Pier Ave. (310) 379-8475

Japanese food story

Saturday, June 4, 2 p.m. Join Yoko Isassi of Japanese Food

Story she demonstrates how to prepare delectable morsels to

brighten your Japanese Bento box. For adults and families. Refreshments

will be served at this program. A list of ingredients

will be available.

Kids Summer Reading Program

All events are held Fridays at 3 p.m.

June 24: Summer reading kickoff. Journey with Craig Newton

around the world through music, stories and lots of laughter.

July 1: Balloon Show. Listen to stories told through balloons

with Annie Banannie. Sponsored by Friends of the Hermosa

Beach Library

July 8: Magic and comedy with Arty Loon.

July 15: Bubble Mania -- Fun and learning through the science

of soap bubbles.

July 22: Juggling -- David Cousin, holder of five juggling world

records will keep young and old on the edges of their seats.

July 29: Kinderwise -- This interactive, high-energy musical will

get everyone singing and dancing.

August 5: Animal fun -- Learn about animals of the wild with

this live show by Wonders of Wildlife.

August 12: Puppet show -- Parkus Law’s colorful puppets guarantee

of fun and laughter.

Adult book discussion

Every first Thursday, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

July 7: A tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

August 4: The Girls of Atomic City by Kenise Kiernan

Sept. 1: The Glass Kitchen by Linda Francis.


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37 years of Marine Science Tue, May 24, 7 p.m.

For older children and adults. John Roberts, PhD, Board of Directors, Roundhouse

Aquarium, and Eric Martin, Co-Director, Roundhouse Aquarium will

present a community interactive forum as part of the Roundhouse Aquarium’s

37th anniversary. Sponsored by the MB Senior Citizens Resources Committee,

Manhattan Beach Library, Roundhouse Aquarium, MB Parks & Recreation

Older Adults Program, MB Conservancy, and the MB Historical Society

Shakespeare’s 400th birthday

Sat, May 28, 11 a.m.

Celebrate William Shakespeare's 400 birthday with Nicole Tibbetts. She

will be performing as Lady Elizabeth Shakespeare and will give kids a

chance to share the stage to make their acting debuts! For children ages 2

to 12.

Children's Programs

Wacky Wednesdays, 11 a.m.

June 22: Annie Banannie.

June 29: Spin, Pop, Boom Mad Science!

July 6: Joseph Peck.

July 13: Richard Woloski.

July 20: Bubblemania.

July 27: Craig Newton musical performance.

Hang 10 Kids Book Club

Sunday, June 5, 2 p.m. 2nd and 3rd Grade. Judy Moody M.D.

discusses The Doctor is In! by Megan McDonald

Let's Talk Books

Saturday, June 11, 2 p.m.

4th and 5th Grade. Discuss Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate

Art Activities 3:30 p.m.

Friday, June 24; Thursday, July 21; Thursday, August 18

Library Fit Camp Tuesdays, 11 a.m.

PreK-2nd Grade. June 14, June 21, July 5, July 19.

Strawbees: Active Inventors

Tuesday, June 14, 4 p.m., Sunday, July 10, 3 p.m. 3rd-8th


Teen Programs

Saturday, June 25, 11 a.m. College Admissions Workshop

Thursday, July 7, 3 p.m. Sew Your Own Donut Pillow

Friday, July 8, 1 p.m. Drawbots Robotics

Saturday, July 16, 11 a.m. Jesse Owens Documentary

Saturday, July 23, 11 a.m. PSAT Practice Exam

Monday, July 25, 2 p.m. Sew Your Own Felt Cat Pencil Holder

Friday, July 29, 1 p.m. One Book, One Summer Book Club -- Bone

Gap by Laura Ruby

Thursday, August 11, 2 p.m. Ukulele Workshop with Craig Newton

Adult Evening Book Club 1st Monday 6:30 p.m.

June 6, In the Kingdom of Ice

July 11, The Lotus and the Storm

August 1, All the Bright Places

Sept. 12, The Storied Life of A J Fikry

Oct. 3, The Museum of Extraordinary Things

Redondo North Branch

2000 Artesia Blvd. (310) 318-0677

Walkers and Talkers storytime Thursdays, 1 p.m.

June 2-30; July 21-Sept. 1 Children ages 1-5 years and their caregivers

enjoy storytime, songs, rhymes and movement. No sign up or ticket required.

SRP Sign Up and Kick-off Carnival 2-3:30 p.m.

Sat., June 18 JumpBunch entertains

SRP crafts and activities Mondays, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

June 27, July 11 and July 25 Pre-K through 6th graders enjoy a different

craft or activity every other Monday.

Finale Party Saturday, July 23 11 a.m. to noon

Tickets required for this event and you may only attend a Finale Party at one location

(either the North or Main branch). To get tickets, complete the Summer Reading


Redondo Main Library

303 N Pacific Cst. Hwy. (310) 318-0675

Walkers-Talkers storytime Tuesdays, 10:15 a.m.

May 31-June 30; July 19-Sept. 1 Children ages 1-5 years and their caregivers

enjoy storytime, songs, rhymes and movement. Limited to 50 individuals. Get

numbered pass at the children’s desk beginning at 10 a.m. the day of.

Lapsit storytime Tuesdays, 11 a.m.

May 31-June 30; July 19-Sept. 1 Babies up to 18 months and their caregivers

enjoy an engaging and interactive storytime while discovering the world of

words. Limited to 50 individuals. Get numbered pass at the Children’s desk beginning

at 10:45 a.m. the day of.

Ready to read storytime Wednesdays, 12:30 p.m.

June 1-June 29; July 20-Aug. 24

Children ages 3 to 5 years participate in this independent storytime that includes

literary concepts to help get children ready to read. No sign-up or tickets needed.

Toddler storytime Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.

June 2-30; July 21-Sept. 1 Kids 18 months to 3 years enjoy stories, rhymes

and songs. Limited to 50 individuals. Get numbered pass at the Children’s desk

beginning at 10:15 a.m. the day of.

Pajama storytime Thursdays, 5:30 p.m.

June 2-30; July 21-Sept. 1 Children under 3 years should brush their teeth,

put on PJs, grab a cuddly buddy and meet at the library for bedtime stories. No

ticket required.

Story Circle Thursdays, 6:30 p.m.

June 2-30; July 21-Sept. 1 Children 3 years and over meet at the library

for bedtime stories. No ticket required.

Inclusive Storytime Saturdays, 10 a.m.

June 11, Aug. 13.

Designed for children with sensory integration challenges. All ages are welcome,

but the program is intended for development ages 2-8. Story time is slower paced,

lower volume and shorter in duration.

Summer Sign Up and Kick-off Carnival

Sat., June 18 10-11:30 a.m. JumpBunch entertains.

SRP crafts and activities Weds., 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Jun 22, Jun 29, Jul 6, Jul 13, Jul 20, Jul 27

PreK-6th graders. A different craft or activity each month to keep your

imagination alive.

Finale Party Saturday, July 30 11 a.m. to noon

Tickets required and you may only attend a Finale Party at one location (either North

or Main branch). To get tickets, complete the Summer Reading Program.

Teen Summer Reading Program, Weds. 3 p.m.

July 20, Aug. 17 For teens in grades 6-12.. B

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“There is a temperate zone in the mind...just between laziness and labor, that summer reading belongs. ” Henry Ward Beecher

of the artist, who trained with famed Mexican muralist Jose Clemente Orozco,

you’ll have another chance to do so at the Hermosa Historical Museum. Curator

Christopher Uebelhor will discuss McClain’s art and other recently acquired items

at 6 p.m. over beers from King Harbor Brewing. On June 8 the museum will welcome

pioneer Surfer Magazine travel writer Craig Peterson and photographer

Kevin Naughton, authors of recently published The Search for the Perfect Wave.

Author April Halprin Wayland in her

Manhattan Beach home with

More than Enough: A Passover Story.

Photo by Caroline Anderson

American Martyrs 75th anniversary celebration

Saturday, June 18

American Martyrs Church’s 75th anniversary will be celebrated with an outdoor

Mass said by Monsignor John Barry on the baseball field at 4 p.m. Following the

Mass, cover band Pop Vinyl will perform. The public is invited. 624 15th Street,

Manhattan Beach. (310) 545-5651.

More than Enough: A Passover Story,

written by April Halprin Wayland and

illustrated by Katie Kath, is published by

Penguin Random House.

AMore than Enough

Children’s book author April Halprin finds inspiration in ‘dayenu’

by Caroline Anderson

pril Halprin Wayland thought of the idea for her latest and rewrites, changing from chronicling a family’s hike and a

most successful book, More than Enough: A Passover Story visit to a farmer’s market to buy traditional Hawaiian food

while hiking in Hawaii.

to the preparation and enjoyment of a Passover meal. The

“I was thinking, if I could just get to the top of the hill, target audience also changed from seven-year-olds to threeto

five-year-olds — a hotter demographic in today’s publish-

dayenu,” said Wayland from the kitchen table of her Manhattan

Beach home, which she shares with her husband ing world.

Gary, dog Eli, cat Snot, tortoise Sheldon, box turtle Tic Tac, Although she was initially reluctant to change the story,

two turtles named after the Beatles and “tons of goldfish.” Wayland said she was glad that she did because of its warm

Dayenu, she explained, is a Hebrew concept meaning, “It reception. More than Enough was reviewed by the New York

would have been more than enough.”

Times, along with a book about Jesus and one by Pope Francis

answering questions from children.

The saying stems from the Israelites' being freed from slavery

— the occasion celebrated during Passover.

Wayland, who describes herself as “not that religious,” consulted

with three experts in Judaism for the book.

It’s also the name of a traditional Passover “thanksgiving

song for all that was given to the Jewish people, proclaiming

“At the Passover seder, everything is symbolic,” she explained.

that any of one of the gifts, such as leading them out of slavery,

parting the Red Sea, or the giving of the Torah, would

have been enough,” the book explains in its glossary. “It is a

For example, the food that the family prepares, a spread

reminder to be aware of and grateful for the blessings in each

called charoset that is made of apples, walnuts, honey, cinnamon

and wine or grape juice, “represents the mortar that


Wayland’s last book, New Year at the Pier, was based on the slaves used to make buildings for the pharaohs,” Wayland

her experience celebrating Rosh Hashanah with the congregation

of Tikvat Jacob at the Manhattan Beach Pier. It was The story’s overall feeling, however, encompasses more


her first Judaism-themed book. She thought of the idea after than the specific holiday, or even Judaism, she said.

a former editor asked her if she had any ideas for a book for “For me, dayenu’s message — being grateful for the blessings

in each moment—goes beyond Passover,” Wayland

a Jewish audience.

She thought her experience in Hawaii would make for “a wrote in her author’s note. “It’s a concept I hold in my heart

good picture book.”

when I’m on a beautiful hike, when I’m biking with my family,

when I’m petting my kitty.” Her editor agreed, although the story went through many


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The public is invited to celebrate American Martyrs Catholic Church in celebrating

its 75th anniversary with Mass followed by a concert on the baseball

field. Photo by Kevin Cody

Begg Pool Kickoff Party

Saturday, June 18

Meet the summer aquatics staff and have a fun day in the sun. Water games,

water balloon toss, swimming, and music. Free. No food will be provided, so

bring a picnic to eat on the grass area. For more information contact the Parks

and Recreation Department at (310) 802-5448 or Begg Pool (310) 802-5428

or (310) 802-5429. Or visit theSummer Aquatics Program at

Music on the Meadows

Saturday, June 18

At Terranea Resort. Oceanfront concert featuring the Bacon Brothers, Room Offers,

Dining Specials, and others. Noon to 7 p.m. 100 Terranea Way, Rancho Palos

Verdes. For tickets visit

Father’s Day Beach Volleyball Tournament

Sunday, June 19

Manhattan Beach Pier- South Side, 100 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Manhattan

Beach. Join us for this great family fun event. Each participant will receive a T-shirt.

This is a recreational tournament with pool play only. 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Standard

Price: $100. For registration assistance, please contact the Registration Help Desk

(310) 802-5448 or visit

Happy Hour Mixers

Thursday, June 23

Join Hermosa Beach Chamber members as they relax enjoying fine wines, flavorful

cocktails and amazing food. 5:30 p.m. Hermosa Beach Fish Shop, 719 Pier

Ave, Hermosa Beach.

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Riviera Village Summer Festival

June 25, June 26

The 38th Annual Riviera Village Summer Festival features

over 300 arts and crafts booths, carnival rides,

a petting zoo, and a food court offering International

fare. Jamming in the Sierra Nevada Beer Garden

sponsored Beer Garden this year are local bands

Singing Joe Cipolla Band, Barley and Feed the Kitty,

songwriter Jeremy Buck, and cover bands Sgt. Peppers

Beatle Tribute Band and Spicolies. Free bike

valet service provided by Beach Cities Cycling

Club. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Complimentary parking is

available at South High and West High with a free

shuttle service.

Hermosa Volleyball Mural

Sunday, June 26

The sixth in a series of 10 downtown Hermosa

Beach murals is unveiled today at 11 a.m. at the

city parking structure at 13th Street and Beach Drive.

The 30-foot tall mural by photographer Bo Bridges

celebrates beach volleyball.

Salute the Troop Picnic, Concert

Sunday, July 3

The City of Manhattan Beach Parks and Recreation

Commission, together with the Manhattan Beach City

Council, are honoring and thanking the military service

and sacrifice of the South Bay men and women in uniform

and their families who have served their country.

4 - 7 p.m. 1601 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Manhattan

Beach. Remember to pack a picnic, blanket, and

The Seaside Lagoon offers amazing seats in a family

atmosphere to catch the July 4th fireworks. Photo

by Ray Vidal

beach chair. For more information, please contact the

Parks and Recreation Department at (310) 802-5448.

Redondo Fireworks Festival

Monday, July 4

Family and kid friendly special event will feature first

come, first serve seating throughout the Seaside Lagoon.

Bring your beach chairs, blankets and umbrellas

(tents are not permitted). All day fun for the kids includes

swimming with family in the warm water Lagoon,

inflatable slides, arts & crafts, party music from

the Live DJ, and a special menu of food and beverages

from Ruby’s. You are also welcome to bring

your own prepared foods and drinks.The event will

be alcohol free; no alcohol sales inside the Lagoon

and no outside alcohol will be permitted. Gates

open at 2 p.m. Fireworks begin at 9 p.m. (310)


Village Runner 5K Run/Walk

Monday, July 4

All participants will receive a 4th of July Run t-shirt.

There will be chip timing, age division awards and

cash prizes to the top three overall male and female

runners in the 5k run. All kids dash finishers receive

medals too. (310) 546-1888.

Hermosa Beach Ironman

Monday, July 4

On the beach, north of the Hermosa Beach pier

Run a mile, paddle a surfboard a mile, and then

consume a 6-pack of their favorite beer without vomiting.

All genders are encouraged and of course you

have to be over 21. 9 a.m. by paying $20 to enter.

Not for the squeamish. A surprise band traditionally

ends the event transforming the beach into a giant

mosh-pit. Bring your own suds and surfboards. Alcohol

fines are tripled in Hermosa Beach on July 4.

Mindfulness practice

Wednesdays beginning July 6

Torrance Education Foundation Presents the

South Bay Enrichment Academy Summer School Program


High School

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Begin June 28

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Begin July 5


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Visit our Website at or call (310) 320-7232 for more information

Eat healthier, move naturally, consume more plants are

key Blue Zone tenets. But mental and emotional wellbeing

are equally important to living a long, purposeful


“We know, through the project and through our Well-

Being Index, that people’s stress, anger and worry are

pretty high in the Beach Cities,” said Lauren Nakano,

BCHD’s Blue Zones Project Director. “A big component

of Blue Zones is giving people the opportunity to

focus on their inner selves.”

To that end, BCHD has held an increasingly popular

series of Purpose Workshops, focusing on mindfulness

and meditation practice. This summer, the Health District

is creating an ongoing, half-hour mindfulness practice

on the first Wednesday of each month, starting

July 6.

“There are so many health benefits to meditation, from

aiding with stress and PTSD to just helping people eat

mindfully,” Nakano said. “Mindfulness workshops

gave us the opportunity to focus on emotional health

and practices that impact in a positive way.”

First Wednesdays of each month, beginning July 6.

5:30 to 6 p.m. Beach Cities Health District, 514

Prospect Ave.; (310) 374-3426;

Manhattan Beach Open Tennis


July 7 - 10

Take your game to the next level or put your practice

into play during the 49th Annual Manhattan Open

Tennis Tournament. From Men's and Women's Open

Singles and Doubles Divisions to Amateur Divisions,

the tournament is sure to provide a fun-filled weekend

of competition at its finest. 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Live Oak

Tennis Facility and Mira Costa High School, 1901

Valley Drive, 1401 Artesia Blvd, Manhattan. Manhattan

Beach Registration Help Desk (310) 802-5448.

Michael Hudak, Tournament Administrator, (310) 802-

StART Projects Opening Reception

Friday, July 8

StART Projects is a collaborative program between

Manhattan Beach Unified School District (MBUSD)

and The City of Manhattan Beach Parks and Recreation

Department’s Cultural Arts Division. The program

is designed for students who want to focus on independent

projects in a studio environment while working

alongside professional artists. Manhattan Beach

Art Center,1560 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Manhattan

Beach. For more information please contact the Manhattan

Beach Art Center (310) 802-5440.

Concerts in the park

Sunday, July 10

The popular free Concerts in the Park at Polliwog Park

begin this afternoon with the local, immensely popular

South Bay Country, and continue through September

4. Concerts start at 5 p.m. On Sunday, July 24 an allday

celebration of the 75th anniversary will include

local bands and karaoke singing.

The South Bay Greek Festival

July 15 - 17

For over 50 years, St. Katherine Greek Orthodox

Church in Redondo Beach has offered a taste of

Greek culture. The three day family friendly festival will

feature Greek activities, cultural dancing, a DJ spinning

Greek music, and live Greek music. Enter a raffle for

$10,000, with each ticket only costing $50. Only

2,000 tickets will be sold, with proceeds benefiting

the St. Katharine Building Fund. A one-day pass for

the festival is $2, available at the doo.


Relay For Life Beach Cities

Saturday, July 16

South Bay’s annual Relay For Life begins at 9 a.m. and

continues for 24 hours at Lincoln Elementary School in

Redondo Beach. It will begin with a survivor’s lap then

a caregiver’s lap. The candlelight Luminaria ceremony

at 9 p.m. will honor those who have fought cancer.

The event will conclude with a closing ceremony at 8

a.m. on Sunday. 2223 Plant Ave, Redondo Beach.

Shakespeare by the Sea

July 16, 17

This year’s selections are Othello, an emotionally gripping

thriller, where gossip turns friendships rancid, and

rumor brutally murders innocence, and Cymbeline, an

epic romantic tale filled with magical potions, dastardly

villains, ghosts, gods and lost princes. 7 - 9 p.m.

Valley Park, 2521 Valley Dr., Hermosa Beach. For

more information, please visit

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ermosa Beach punk band The Descendents performed in Hermosa Beach last

month at Standing Room. It was their first hometown performance since police

shut them down during a Hermosa Fourth of July Ironman on The Strand

20 years ago. The occasion was Pennywise guitarist Fletcher Dragge’s 50th birthday.

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1. Pennywise singer Jim Lindberg,

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and wife Lori.

2. DJ Greg Hetson, from Bad Religion,

Circle Jerks and Punk Rock


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4. Descendents frontman Milo Aukerman.

5. Hardline producer Ken Seaton.

6. Darius and Pennywise bass player

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MB Parks and Rec Anniversary Festival

Sunday, July 24

This day long event will celebrate a sense of place and community. It will include

games and activities for the whole family, including fitness, sports, arts and aquatics.

Live music and entertainment throughout the day, delicious food and local vendors.

8:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. Polliwog Park, 1601 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Manhattan


56th Annual Sand Castle Design Contest

Sunday, August 7

Registration begins at 8:40 a.m. Event starts at 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Manhattan Beach

Pier, Southside, Manhattan Beach.

Shakespeare by the Sea

August 12, 13

This year’s selections are Othello, an emotionally gripping thriller, where gossip

turns friendships rancid, and rumor brutally murders innocence, and Cymbeline,

an epic romantic tale filled with magical potions, dastardly villains, ghosts, gods

and lost princes. 7 - 9 p.m. Polliwog Park, 1601 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Manhattan


Hermosa Sidewalk Festival

August 13, 14

Hermosa retailers will take their wares outdoors for the Summer Sidewalk Festival

along Pier Avenue, Hermosa Avenue and the Aviation Corridor. Discounts and

snacks will entice ambling pedestrians. Live music in front of Stars Antiques, Java

Man and on Pier Plaza will entertain passersby, courtesy of the Hermosa Beach

Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Bureau.

“We love the sidewalk festivals, especially the summer version,” said Lori Ford,

owner of the Pier Avenue boutique Gum Tree, whose accompanying cafe will feature

specials that weekend. “It really brings out the community to check out all that

Hermosa has to offer.”

8th Annual Kids EXTREME

Sunday, August 14

Be ready to swim, run and go over, under, through and between various obstacles!

Mud, tires, hay, water, walls and much more will be provided for you to challenge

your physical ability. This event promotes fun and a healthy way for kids to have

a feeling of accomplishment and encourage self esteem. Everyone who participates

in this event will be a winner. 9 a.m. Begg Pool, 1402 North Peck Ave,

Manhattan Beach. For more information, please contact Jesus Sandoval, Aquatics

Supervisor, (310) 802-5429.

MB Sidewalk Sale

August 19-21

The Downtown Manhattan Beach Business and Professionals Association holds

its annual Summer Sidewalk Sale. Downtown stores such as Bella Beach, Honey

Belle and Tabula Rasa will have special offers on merchandise displayed on the

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Surfers Walk of Fame

Saturday, August 20

The Hermosa Beach Surfers Walk of Fame inductions recognize South Bay residents

who have made significant contributions to surfing. Charter members are

Hap Jacobs, Greg Noll, Dale Velzy, Dewey Weber, Mike Purpus, Bing Copeland

and Rick Stgoner. 11 a.m. at the Hermosa Pier.

For Our Children

Saturday, August 27

For Our Children hosts its popular fundraiser Under The Stars For Children’s Healthcare.

Sponsored by Honda, the gourmet food and wine tasting festival benefits

For Our Children and Torrance Memorial Medical Center. For more information

visit 1919 Torrance Blvd.

Hermosa Labor Day Weekend Fiesta

September 3 - 5

Arts & crafts, two live music stages, beer garden, food court, rides have made

Hermosa’s Labor Day fiestas two of the popular events in Southern California. Free

offsite parking. (310) 376-0951

14th Annual Redondo Beach Pier Chalk Art Festival

Sunday, September 11

Last year more than 177 artists, young and old, turned Redondo Beach Pier and

the Waterfront into a concrete canvas. Noon to 4 p.m. The all-ages event is free

and open to the public with awards going to the best pieces in the age categories,

under 4, 5 to 8, 9 to 13, 14 to 17, 18 and up, and professional division.

Redondo Beach Lobster Festival

September 23 - 25

Lobster is the “Maine” draw, but the festival also offers Angus steaks, live music,

swimming and stand-up paddling in the lagoon and plenty of kids games. The location

at the Seaside Lagoon in King Harbor is beautiful and easily accessed. For

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Rods, Rides, and Relics Classic Car Show

Sunday, September 25

Along the waterfront the at the Redondo Beach Pier, a collection of carefully selected

antique automobiles will be exhibited at the 13th Annual Rods, Rides, and

Relics, Classic Car Show. With the Beach Boys singing “Fun, Fun, Fun” in the

background, prepared to be transported to a different era among the 100 classics

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Rods, Rides, and Relics Classic Car Show founder Pat Aust personally approvies

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