Beach magazine May 2017


May 11, 20 17

Volume 47, Issue 40

Summer Calendar 2017

Kids camps Sporting events Theater and music Community celebrations

Cash in the Barrel Off Speed by Terry McDermott Sea Hawk slugger Danny Zimmerman

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Volume 47, Issue 40


22 Girl Scouts got wheels Photos by Ian Logan

Professional skateboarder Cindy Whitehead conducts a clinic for a local

Girl Scout Troop at the new Marine Street Skate Park in Manhattan Beach.

30 Off speed pitches by Ryan McDonald

Manhattan Beach author Terry McDermott examines the art and science

of the underappreciated off speed pitch in his new book.

40 Cash in the barrel by Mike Purpus

Manhattan Beach Middle schooler Cash Cherry has established himself as

one of the top young longboarders in Southern California and shapes his

own boards.

50 Sophisticated Snoops 2017

The American Martyrs fundraisers features six homes, several of whose

art collections rival the finest galleries.

54 Slugging Sea Hawk by Randy Angel

Sea Hawk slugger and pitcher Danny Zimmerman sets his sites on the

Major Leagues, but first comes college.

20 Beach Camps

24 Land Camps

28 Int’l Surf Festival

34 Summer reading


43 Film Fest


44 Beach Volleyball,

the AVP returns

46 Beach tennis,

Manhattan Tennis Open

47 Beach runs

48 Redondo triathlon

49 MB Grand Prix


Kala Fernandez, 8, of Hermosa

Beach, launches an off the lip during

Girl Scout Troop 3645’s trip to the

newly opened Marine Street Skate

Park in Manhattan Beach.

Photo by Ian Logan

56 Community Calendar

60 Shakespeare

in the Park

62 Summer

dines and wines

64 Roundhouse, SeaLab

66 Summer Concerts


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

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

PHOTOGRAPHERS Ray Vidal and Brad Jacobson, CALENDAR Judy Rae, DISPLAY SALES Tamar Gillotti, Amy Berg, Shelley


Tim Teebken, DESIGN CONSULTANT Bob Staake,, FRONT DESK Judy Rae

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Kai Kushner, of Manhattan Beach, braves the shorepound during the recent South Bay Boardriders/Surf Concepts contest. Surf camps introduce kids to a

sport they can enjoy with family and friends of all ages. South Bay Boardrider contestants range from grom to legends.

Photo by Steve Gaffney (

by Ryan McDonald

Teaching surfing requires skill,

experience and patience. Subjects

are willing, but often

come to the beach with vastly different

skill levels. And the physical

demands of the sport can be tricky

even for accomplished athletes. But

instructors say they can't control

the most demanding part of teaching

surfing: Mother Nature.

“There’s no consistency whatsoever.

Wind, weather, wave height,

current can all change from day to

day. Some kid could have the best

day of life on Tuesday, and then

Wednesday it’s a 10-foot South

swell and it’s tough to even get in

the water,” said longtime instructor

Tommy Ostendorf.

Ostendorf heads up surfing

camps for Beach Sports, which

hosts surf camps at its Redondo

Beach and Manhattan Beach locations

for kids from 8 to 16. Every

student is different, and so is the approach

to teaching.

But bit by bit, students learn and

surprise themselves with their


“After the first day, we try and

gage where everybody is. Hopefully

by the end of week, everyone is

paddling and catching their own

waves. If they already know what

they’re doing, maybe the goal is to

learn a cutback or a floater. We set

goals early and work to accomplish

them,” Ostendorf said.

Days begin in the morning, with

instructors doing their best to “keep

the noise down” for Strand residents

as kids shuffle down to the

sand. Full-day and half-day options

are available.

The beach breaks of the South

Bay present both a blessing and a

challenge for instruction. Beginners

learning in the whitewash are partially

dependent on tides. And shifting

sandbars and occasionally

powerful waves create added difficulty

for intermediates looking to to

take the next step.

But the area’s consistency makes

it ideal in other ways.

“It’s tricky, but it can be a great

place to learn, because there’s always

a wave to ride. Pretty much

365 days a year, you can go out and

go surfing. That’s not the case for a

lot of places,” Ostendorf said. B


BeachSports Surf & Beach Camps is celebrating it's 22st year. Beach-

Sports 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

Camp Surf

Camp Surf is the official surf camp for the City of Manhattan Beach, and

2017 will mark their 20th year working with the city. All instructors are

accomplished surfers and CPR certified. Camp Surf also distinguishes itself

through its partnership with the Jimmy Miller Foundation, a pioneer in

the field of ocean-based therapy. Instruction is available year round from

the group’s base at 38th Street in El Porto, at the south end of the parking

lot. Summer surf camps feature morning, afternoon and all-day camp options.

(424) 237-2994.

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.

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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 email

Freedom Surf Camp

June 12 through Sept. 1

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


Hermosa Skate Park, 710 Pier Ave.


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 of 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 shirt and three photos of themselves.

Children must be able to


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

Steve & Kate's Camp

Kids design their day as they go

through the 6 studios, with activities

including stop motion animation,

bread making, knitting,

sewing, music recording, coding

and robotics. Outdoor sports in an

inflatable arena, racing friends in

Zorbs, and pie-throwing on Fridays.

Lunch, snacks and all materials included.

Mon. - Fri. 7:30 a.m. - 6

p.m. Grades Pre-K through 7th.

40+ locations.

(323) 472-4752. Register at

Manhattan Beach


City-offered camp offers oceansafety,

fitness and beach games for

kids 5-13. Morning and afternoon

classes are available. Program runs

June 19 to August 11. (310) 802-


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

and 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). Monday-Friday

with full day classes and half days

from 9 a.m. to noon and in the afternoon

from 1 to 4 p.m. June 26 to

Sept. 1. Kids must know how to

swim. $299/child per week. 10 percent

off for additional siblings

(same week only). $275/child per

week if parent is a Preferred Member.

Private dock access. Instructors

are CPR and First Aid certified. Students

will learn water etiquette,

ocean safety, handling a board in

and out of water and proper technique.

(310) 798-2200. 831 N. Harbor

Drive, Redondo Beach. B

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• Summer Surf Camps • Corporate Lessons

• Birthday Parties • Group Lessons

Our instructors are all CPR and First Aid Certified

Los Angeles' Premier Surf School


The Official Surf School for the City of Manhattan Beach


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Girl Scouts got wheels

Girl Scout Troop 3645 with members of the action sports movement, Girl is NOT a 4 Letter Word.

The newly opened Marine Avenue Skate Park in Manhattan

Beach hosted a clinic for Beach Cities Girl Scout Troop 3645

last month. The clinic was led by pro skateboarder Cindy

Whitehead, author of the recently published, “It’s Not About

Pretty: A Book About Radical Skater Girls.” In her book, the

Hermosa Beach native recalls her mostly positive young,

skateboarding experiences. “I had so much support from this rad little beach

community. The people here helped empower me. They never made me

feel any different from the boys,” she told the Girl Scouts. Whitehead is the

founder of Girl is NOT a 4 Letter Word, a foundation committed to supporting

girls in action sports.

The 5,000-square-foot Marine Avenue Skate Park can accommodate 50

skateboarders. It features transition areas that mimic swimming pools, as

well as stairs, rails and grind ledges. The park is open daily from 8 a.m. to

dusk. 1625 Marine Avenue, Manhattan Beach.

For more information visit B

Briel Weingartner, 6, of

Hawthorne, doing a

blunt to fakie.

Photos by Ian Logan

Leah Ho, 16, of Mar

Vista, pulling off a

frontside nosegrind.

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Whitehead signs her new book “It’s Not About Pretty: A Book About

Radical Skater Girls.”

Vianez Morales, 11, of Gardena, describes her skateboard to the Girl


Girl Scout Quinne Daniels, 9, of Manhattan Beach, showing off her skating skills to troop members.

Leah Ho, 16, of Gardena, Kala

Fernandez, 8, of Hermosa Beach, and

Quinne Daniels reaching for some surfinspired

cookies from Becker’s Bakery.

Quinne Daniels practices her rock and rolls.

Vianez Morales doing an ollie off the four stair.

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kids > camps

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

with ToddlerTown 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


Hermosa Beach

Summer Camp

Hermosa Valley Park

June 26 through August 25

Children ages 6 to 13 participate

in sports, drama, cooperative

games, crafts, beach activities and

off-site excursions, encouraging social,

physical and creative development.

Nine weeks of camp 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. $195 or

$185/week for residents. (310) 318-


Manhattan Beach

Summer Camp

Live Oak Park

June 19 through August 18

The REC Summer Camp is an

eight-week program for kids 5-1/2

to 12, with a limit of 80 kids per

week. Participants may register

week by week or for the entire

summer. Almost every Tuesday is

beach day at Marine Avenue.

Everyone will walk to the beach

from Live Oak Park at 10 a.m. and

return to the park by 5 p.m. Residents

$156/week. Non residents

$171/week. For more information

download the REC Summer Camp

Parent Guide at

Redondo Beach

Summer Camp

June 26 through August 25

The City of Redondo Beach has

once again taken great pains to

make sure that its young residents

have every opportunity to take part

in the many Summer Camp options

that the City offers. “Our front

porch is the community,” said Community

Development Director John

La Rock. “We want to make sure

they know what we’re doing and

what we have to offer. Redondo

Beach’s camps can be found

throughout the city, from Anderson

Park to Riviera Village. Kids can

spend summer hours doing everything

from hanging out at the beach

to learning foreign languages to sailing.

There’s also the Code of the Future

that teaches kids to code,

culminating with them developing

their own video games.

“We like to offer as much flexibility

as possible in terms of scheduling,

pricing and themes for

children, teens and families,” La

Rock said. Prices range from $105

to $309. More information can be

found at or by calling

(310) 218-0610, ext. 3460.

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Torrance Summer Camps

June 26 through September 1

Summer Day Camps will be held

at Greenwood Park, La Romeria

Park and Wilson Park. Extended

Care will be available for an additional

fee. 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Fees

range from $130 to $155 per week.

Fun Camp at Greenwood Park and

La Romeria Park is for kids aged 6 -

11. The Sports Camp at Wilson Park

is for kids 7 - 14. Teen Camp at

Greenwood Park is for kids 12 - 14.

Open registration for Summer Day

Camps begins Wednesday, May 31

from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. at the Registration

Office, 3031 Torrance Blvd. For

more information or to register call

(310) 618-2720 or visit

Academy of Performing


TADA (The Academy of Dramatic

Arts) of Manhattan Beach has summer

camps for ages 3 - 5 yr., 5 - 10

yr., and 10 - 14 yr. 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 is

designed to accommodate beginners

to advanced students.

2010 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Manhattan

Beach. (310) 546-5544.



Multi-year “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, a high ropes course and

Toddler Town, where kids play

grownup. AdventureCamp, for kids

ages 4 - 12, is hosted by Adventure-

Plex and led by a CPR and first aidcertified

staff. Activities include

rock climbing, arts and crafts,

music appreciation and other skillbuilding,

self-esteem and social developmental

activities. Includes

field trips to top L.A. destinations

like Raging Waters, Medieval Times

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

- Friday. (310) 546-7708.

Camp Escapades

Starts August 7

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. Camp Escapades

2017 will take place at

Rolling Hills Country Day School in

Rolling Hills Estates on August 7 –

11 and August 14 - 18. $400 per

week if you register prior to our

early bird deadline of May 31,

2017: as of June 1, 2017 the cost per

camper is $550 per week. (310) 328-


Camp VIP

Starts Monday, June 26

Offered by the MBX Foundation:

Beyond the Classroom, Camp VIP

runs for four weeks at Pennekamp

School, 110 S. Rowell Ave., Manhattan

Beach. Kids grades K - 8 enjoy a

wide variety of classes and funfilled

academic prep opportunities.

Also, check out MBX partner

camps at other sites: Steve and

Kate's, Planet Bravo, Performing

Arts Workshop, and Arc Adventures.

For questions, contact Nancy

Rosenburg at

Destination Science

Starts June 12

This is 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 that keep kids engaged. Various

South Bay locations. Early Bird

Savings and Multi-week & Sibling

Savings. (888) 909-2822.

Elite Training Center

July 5 through 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:

1628 S. Pacific Coast Hwy.,

Redondo Beach (310) 543-1600,

1601 Pacific Coast Hwy., (310) 376-


Summer is just around the corner!

Come train like the Pro’s and Olympians do in a world class facility, with

our elite coaches. We want to help make you a better athlete. Choose from

one of our six camps to speed ahead of the competition. These are all for

grades 3-8, from 9am-12pm, for $199 per athlete!

2607 Manhattan Beach Blvd

Redondo Beach, CA 90278


June 26th - 30th — Speed & Agility Camp

July 10th - 14th — Football Camp

July 24th - 28th — Speed & Agility Camp

July 31st - August 4th — Soccer Camp

August 7th - 11th — Softball/Baseball Camp

August 14th - 18th — Speed & Agility

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SUMMER 2017 2015

Founded in 1972

Ages: Boys and Girls 5-14

w w w . p e n i n s u l a s p o r t s c a m p s . c o m

45 th Annual Peninsula Basketball Camp – July 17-21, July 24-28, July 31-August 4

40 th Annual Peninsula Baseball Camp – July 24-28

40 th Annual Peninsula Soccer Camp – July 17-21, July 31-August 4

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

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

Fees: $265 Full Day, $145 1/2 Day, Transportation $45.00 Weekly (Full Day Only)

21 st Annual 1 ⁄2 Day Peninsula Soccer Camp – June 12-16, July 24-28

13 th Annual 1 ⁄2 Day Peninsula Baseball Camp – July 31-August 4

Ages: Boys and Girls, 5-12

Location: Hess Park, Rancho Palos Verdes

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

Fees: $130

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Call for More Info!

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

Flight School Gymnastics

Flight School Gymnastics programs

are designed to help children

develop from beginning gymnastics

all the way through to a competitive

team. Options include parent and

me, beginning, intermediate and

advanced classes. Teams includes

Compulsories, Junior Olympic Pre-

Team, Compulsories Junior

Olympic levels 1 - 5 and Optionals

Junior Olympic levels 6-10. Members

have earned numerous State,

Regional, and National titles. 503

Van Ness Ave, Torrance. (424) 558-

8171. Flightschool

Kid Zone Summer Camps

Starts June 12

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.

Camps are held at the picturesque

Rolling Hills United

Methodist Church, 26438 Crenshaw

Blvd., Rolling Hills Estates.

(310) 377-7302.

King Harbor Youth


Starts June 19

Get your kids stoked on sailing

with the King Harbor Youth Foundation’s

LA Summer Sailing Camp.

Operating since 1984, certified instructors

teach kids (8-18) about

boating safety and how to sail their

own boat, solo. Sailing Camp is a

great way to enjoy summer on the

water, making new friends while

learning how to handle your own

boat in the ever changing ways of

the ocean. Half and full day, 2 week

camps. Adult Sailing lessons also offered,

year round.

280 Yacht Club Way, Redondo

Beach. (424) 287-


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Join Kitchen Kid for its 9th summer

of culinary excitement and

kitchen adventures. Young chefs expand

their palates, reinforce academic

and social skills, and learn

kitchen safety and culinary fundamentals,

all while making new

friends and enjoying great food.

Themes include 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

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 Friday from 2 - 7 p.m., Saturday

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 Coast Hwy,#105, (424)


500 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Suite 205,

(310) 905-6284.

Music Rhapsody

Since 1987, thousands of children

have been musically inspired by

Music Rhapsody’s unique, exciting


One week camp for grades K-8

July 24 - 28, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lesson

choices: piano, guitar, ukulele, saxophone,

and more. Music theatre,

dance and movement, percussion,

recorder and singing. Energetic

teachers with advanced music degrees.

Quality instruments.

In addition, babies, tots, kids and

entire families will love the Summer

Membership. Includes all

weekly music classes as well as

Spanish and French, plus all special


Simply Music Piano program and

Piano Play Shop teaches four songs

in four weeks for ages 6 to adults.

1603 Aviation Blvd., Suite 1, Redondo

Beach. (310) 376-8646.

Mid Zone Summer


Starts June 12

Explore LA and Orange County

with a new adventure each day.

Middle schoolers can explore a

water park, take an archery lesson,

see how a farm operates, check out

a museum or a science center, catch

a basketball game and of course hit

the beach. Camps are held at the

picturesque Rolling Hills United

Methodist Church, 26438 Crenshaw

Blvd., Rolling Hills Estates.

(310) 377-7302.

The Greek Festival, hosted by St. Katherine’s Church takes place July 14-16

in Redondo Beach. for more information.

Peninsula Montessori

Peninsula Montessori has prepared

a unique and rewarding

summer program 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.

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(310) 540-9742. 31100 Hawthorne

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Peninsula Baseball Camp

Starts July 24

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: $265, 1/2

Day $145. 600 Cloydon Rd. Palos

Verdes Estates.

Starts Aug. 1

For boys and girls ages 5-10.

Meets 9 a.m.– noon at Hesse Park.

Fee: $130. Hesse Park, 29301

Hawthorne Boulevard, Rancho

Palos Verdes.

Contact Tom Maier at (310) 213-

5433 or visit

Peninsula Basketball


Starts July 17, July 24 & July 31

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. $265 Full Day; $145 1⁄2

Day. 600 Cloydon Rd., Palos Verdes


Contact Tom Maier at (310) 377-

0690 or visit

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

Starts July 17 & July 31

Palos Verdes High School.

Weekly camp for boys and girls,

ages 5-14. Full day $265; (9 a.m.- 4

p.m.) or $145 1/2 day; (9 a.m.-

noon). 600 Cloydon Rd. Palos

Verdes Estates. Contact Tom Maier

at (310) 377-0690 or visit

Performing Arts


Winner of Best Summer Camp

from “LA Parent Magazine!” PAW’s

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


June 26 - August 18

Join Rolling Hills Country Day

School for academic and camp programs

for grades K-8. Traditional 6-

Kids Camps cont. on page 42

May 11, 2017 • Easy Reader / Beach magazine 27

Surf Fest celebrates 56 years

of watermen, waterwomen

Lifeguard dory races may be the most exciting competition for spectators

during the international Surf Festival. Photo by Ray Vidal


by Randy Angel

This year’s festival will be held Thursday, Aug. 3 through Monday,

August 7. It kicks off with the Charlie Saikley 6-man beach volleyball

tournament at 9 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 3 in Manhattan Beach.

To avoid conflict with their day jobs, lifeguard competition is held under

the lights, beginning at 7 p.m. on the north side of the Hermosa Beach Pier.

On Friday, Aug. 4 the LA County Lifeguard Championships take place,

featuring a U.S. Coast Guard Helicopter and an L.A. County Lifeguard

Rescue Demo, a 6-Lifeguard Run Relay and the Bud Stevenson Intracrew

Medley Relay where the Redondo/Torrance/Cabrillo team will attempt to

defend its title.

Saturday’s action includes the Southern California Lifeguard Championships,

with the Junior Lifeguard Taplin, Lifeguard Beach Flags and marquee

event of the festival -- the Judge Irvin Taplin Three-Mile Lifeguard

Medley Relay.

Representing the South Bay, the LA County – Southern team is seeking

its fourth straight Taplin Bell. The perpetual award bears the names of each

member of the winning teams. The medley event 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, and then rings the Taplin Bell once for each time the

individual lifeguard’s name appears on the trophy.

Last year Mel Solberg, of Torrance, increased his record-holding number

of wins to 18.

“The Taplin is such a team sport. You can have the best swimmer in the

world but if the rest of the team members don’t pull their weight, it doesn’t

matter,” Solberg said. “I’ve been blessed to be a member of some great

teams. It took me four years to make the team at Zuma, which was a dynasty

in the 1980s. I won my first six Taplin Bell victories at Zuma. I really

enjoy hearing athletes ring the bell for the first time because I remember

what that meant to me.”

Close behind Solberg in wins is Tom Seth, of Manhattan Beach. Seth has

rung the Taplin Bell 17 times.

The International Surf Festival also includes the Dwight Crum Pier-to-

Pier swim, the Velzy-Stevens paddleboard race, the Dick Fitzgerald beach

run, the Paul Matthies dory race surfing and bodysurfing championships,

California Beach Volleyball Association tournaments and a sand castle

building contest.

For schedule of events, visit B

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each sports





The cover of “Off Speed,” McDermott’s newly released book. Photo courtesy Pantheon Books

In August 1982, Major League

Baseball fined pitcher Gaylord

Perry $250 and suspended him

for 10 days. The penalties originated

from an umpire’s ruling that

Perry, then pitching for the Seattle

Mariners, had doctored two of his

pitches in a game against the

Boston Red Sox.

News of the suspension was notable

in part because Perry was one

of the most successful pitchers of

the era. The “Ancient Mariner” was

slogging through his 21st season,

and was just months removed

from the high of his 300th win. But

the accusations of pitch doctoring

really took hold for another reason:

Perry had previously admitted to

that very thing.

Written at the height of his career,

in 1974, Perry’s “Me and the

Spitter: An Autobiographical Confession,”

detailed his early use of

the spitball, a pitch whose grab-bag

material history began with saliva

and came to include Vaseline, shoe

polish, and tobacco. Properly

thrown, the foreign substance alters

the path of the ball, making it

harder for a hitter to track. The

spitter caught on at the turn of the

century, becoming wildly popular

before Major League Baseball declared

it an illegal pitch in 1920.

Perry appealed the umpire’s decision

to the commissioner’s office,

claiming that the pitches in question

were just well-thrown fork

balls. The era recounted in his autobiography

was a long time ago,

Perry insisted; he had long since

abandoned the spitter. Hitters —

and umpires — were skeptical,

though, that Perry had ever

stopped, noting the hurler’s habit

of touching his cap and various

parts of his uniform before winding


Perry lost, but made a revealing

argument in the process. Though

he no longer relied on the spitter,

he did rely on hitters believing he

still used the pitch.

“It’s part of my game plan,”

Perry told The New York Times as

the appeal was pending. “I always

leave a little evidence to make people

believe I might be doing something.”

Perry is one of the many conjurers

to pass through the pages of

Terry McDermott’s wonderful new

book “Off Speed: Baseball, Pitching

and the Art of Deception.” Mc-

Dermott, a Manhattan Beach

resident and longtime journalist,

digs in to the ways in which baseball,

and pitching in particular, relies

not just on outmaneuvering or

overpowering opponents, but on fooling them. (Full disclosure: McDermott

is the brother of Easy Reader editor Mark McDermott.)

The differences between baseball and other sports have been picked

apart by everybody from George Will to George Carlin, and trickery is a

common concern. What McDermott brings to the topic is sensitivity: perceptive

analysis, but also a levity that comes from connection to the game.

Like a baseball itself, “Off Speed” is composed of multiple layers. It is structured

around an inning-by-inning analysis of a 2012 perfect game thrown

by Mariners pitcher “King” Félix Hernández. Each of the nine chapters focuses

on a particular type of pitch, its mechanics and its origins. And each

chapter contains some of McDermott’s personal history with baseball,

much of it focused on growing up in Cascade, a baseball-mad Iowa town

15 minutes from the “Field of Dreams” cornfield.

The halcyon descriptions of growing up exist somewhat uneasily alongside

a biographical tangent that runs sharply away from cornfields, and toward

cosmopolitan cities and newspapers. McDermott is a former national

reporter for the Los Angeles Times, and the author of definitive books

about terrorism and the science of memory. But the subject of this book,

and the place of baseball in his writing, is not so dramatic a departure as

it initially appears. (A former colleague once told McDermott that everything

he wrote was about “baseball, my father and belief.”)

“I have always been interested in why I left there so soon. That’s been a

question that puzzled me for a long time. And thinking about what I retained

from there, baseball is one of the few things,” McDermott said in

an interview.

Shaping the pitch

“A lot of guys don’t really learn how to pitch until they hurt their arm,”

says longtime pitching coach Bob McClure in an interview cited by Mc-

Dermott. An injury to a pitcher, McClure reasons, is a teaching moment.

When forced to rely on something other than muscling the ball across the

plate, mere throwing ends and pitching begins.

But where, exactly, does it lead? What informs a pitcher, alone with the

ball and his thoughts, 60 feet, 6 inches from home?

There are the Official Rules of Major League Baseball, which, as of 2016,

run to 160 pages, much of it dense legalese. As McDermott relates, these

rules are themselves the result of significant historical evolution. Far more

than just reactions to absurdities that creep into the game — and if you

stop and think, it is absurd that the governing body of a sport felt the need

to formally clarify that slathering the game ball with spent Skoal is inappropriate

— rule changes are attempts to make the national pastime better

reflect our aspirations for it. And they are typically aimed at tweaking the

balance between hitters and pitchers — at making sure batters get fooled,

but not too often. The prohibition of the spitball sounded the end of the

low-scoring “deadball era,” and heralded the rise of home run titans like

Babe Ruth; Bob Gibson’s 1968 season, in which he notched an ERA of

1.12, was so dominant that it prompted a six-inch lowering of the pitcher’s


There is strategy, which, as evidenced by Perry’s comments, can involve

a kind of Prisoner’s Dilemma of guessing at what is inside a player’s head.

McDermott cites two widely accepted maxims — strike one is the most

important pitch you can throw, because batters perform worse when behind;

establish the fastball in order to differentiate from breaking balls —

that lead almost syllogistically to the importance of deploying fastballs

early in at-bats to gain an advantage over the hitter. The stratagem, though,

is hardly a secret. And, together with the fact that fastballs are the least

deceptive pitch in a hitter’s arsenal, this leads to a rather ridiculous scenario

for the pitcher. “To get to his really dynamite off-speed stuff,” Mc-

Dermott writes, “he has to throw his most hittable pitches exactly when

hitters most expect them.” The odd formality of this arrangement resembles

nothing so much as the stilted ceremony attached to dueling, mortal

enemies drawing weapons from plush cases and counting paces viva voce.

And, last but hardly least, is something that could be called mythology:

ingrained practices that persist regardless, or even in spite of, strategy.

Baseball players are notoriously superstitious, and many of these folkways

likely have little impact on the game. (Wade Boggs, in addition to his famous

pregame chicken, supposedly fielded exactly 117 ground balls in

every warmup.) But others have real influence. McDermott cites the case

of Jamie Moyer, who managed to stick around longer than almost any other

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of velocity. Even more embarrassing,

though, was the prospect of

striking out on a Moyer fastball:

What McDermott describes as pervasive

“masculine vanity” made hitters

so eager to crush Moyer’s

pitching that they often whiffed on

his changeups. Moyer ultimately

recorded 2,441 strikeouts. “I would

never have had a career if it wasn’t

for the pride of major league hitters,”

Moyer says.

It is this last category that is of

most interest to McDermott.

Mythology is what makes McDermott’s

experience with playing and

fandom relevant to a book about deception:

whether playing in Safeco

field or against a barn-door backstop,

pitchers and hitters share in a

tradition older and deeper than any

player or pitch.

In one of the book’s most affecting

passages, McDermott recalls his

time as head ballboy for the Reds,

Cascade’s local semipro team, during

an exhibition game against a

barnstorming team. The opposing

pitcher was none other than Satchel

Paige, the legendary Negro League

player and “one of the two or three

best pitchers who ever lived.” Paige,

then 56, arrives for the game looking

“skinnier than a cornstalk, with

more wrinkles than a roadmap.” He

pitches through a power outage that

leaves half the field in darkness.

And when the 10-year-old McDermott

returns a foul ball, cleaned

and dried of dew, the great pitcher

pulls him aside. “He said, if it was

all the same to me, he didn’t want

to see any more clean balls the rest

of the night. Let’s have some fun,

he said, and winked.” The lure of

the spitball endures.

Safe at home

Baseball has a longer history in

the United States than any of the

other three major sports. And far

more of it has unfolded on something

other than a television, which

put fewer constraints on the space

it occupied in the public imagination.

Fittingly, it is a radio broadcast,

streaming into his car on a

lonesome highway, that reignites

McDermott’s passion for the sport

after years away from Cascade.

The idea for “Off Speed” bounced

around in his head for years. When

he first began, McDermottt had

planned to structure the book

around in-depth interviews with a

pitcher, breaking down a game

pitch by pitch. He reached out to

some two dozen pitchers, including

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oth Moyer and Hernández. All ultimately


“The most common response was

that they didn’t want to give away

secrets. You’ve got to be kidding

me, right? Everybody in the universe

who wants to know what you

throw, they know what you throw:

on what count, in what inning, on

dry days, on wet days – it’s all

there, the data exists,” McDermott


McDermott is correct, and his

point reflects a fundamental shift

that has occurred over the last two

decades in baseball: the rise of

sabermetrics, the empirical analysis

of baseball statistics. Pioneered by

historian and amateur statistician

Bill James, sabermetrics has revolutionized

the sport, and data of the

sort McDermott described are now

widely available on the Internet.

The clash between “stat geeks”

and “traditionalists,” McDermott

said, has been overhyped by writers

like Michael Lewis, whose “Moneyball”

documented the success of the

small-market Oakland A’s. But he

concedes that even if general managers

have embraced data, many

players have not. Hernández, for example,

makes little use of the information

the Mariners staff offer him.

At one point he insists that his

sinker is his best pitch; McDermott

reveals on the same page that it is,

statistically, his worst.

And yet Hernández remains

among the most successful pitchers

in baseball. How to explain the continued

importance of feeling, of instinct

and mystique, in an age riven

by data and determinism?

The same year that “Me and the

Spitter” was published, Orson

Welles released “F for Fake,” his

film essay on deception and authenticity

in the art world. Welles relates

the story that a friend of Pablo Picasso

once presented the painter

with what the friend said was a

genuine Picasso, only to have the

master pronounce it a fake. The

same friend showed him a different

painting from another source,

which Picasso also declared a fake.

A third painting from yet another

source was yet again, Picasso insisted,


“But Pablo,” said the friend, “I

watched you paint that with my

own eyes.”

“Aha,” said Picasso. “I can paint

false Picassos as well as anybody.”

Somewhere out there, Gaylord

Perry is smiling. B

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Summer Reading

{pages} bookstore

904 Manhattan Ave., MB. (310) 318-0900

Manhattan Beach writer and former Los Angeles Times reporter Terry McDermott

is among the prominent authors who will discuss their books this summer

at Pages bookstore in downtown Manhattan Beach. McDermott’s newest book

Off Speed explores the art of pitching. (A profile of McDermott appears elsewhere in

this magazine).

Children’s story time

Mondays 10:30 a.m. Except: 5/29, 7/3 and 9/4

Children’s Author event

July 24. Land of Stories author, actor and singer Chris Colfer.

Time and location to be announced.

Adult Author talks at Pages, unless otherwise noted

May 1 7 p.m. Matteson Perry, author of Available

May 13 11 a.m. Jen Sincero, author of You Are A Badass at Making Money

May 16 7 p.m. Bianca Bosker, author of Cork Dork at Barsha Wines

May 16 7 p.m. Terry McDermott, author of Off Speed

May 17 7 p.m. Lynn Doran, author of Omo: Images of the Omo Valley Tribes

May 20 6 p.m. Barbara Jaffe, author of When Will I Be Good Enough

May 25 7 p.m. Angie Brenner, author of Tree of Life: Turkish Home Cooking

June 1 7 p.m. Stephanie Danler, author of Sweetbitter

June 5 7 p.m. Shari Lapena, author of The Couple Next Door at the Manhattan Library

June 15 7 p.m. Daniel Riley, author of Fly Me

June 27 7 p.m. Nathan Hill, author of The NIX

at the Manhattan Library

Book Clubs

May 17 10:30 a.m. Coffee Time,

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

May 23 7 p.m. Non-fiction

The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert

Beach Cities libraries

Each 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. Visit the libraries’ websites for new

activities, updates and additional information.

Hermosa Library

550 Pier Ave. (310) 379-8475

Children story times

Toddlers, Wednesdays, May 17-July 26

at 10:30 (Early Birds) and 11:30 a.m. (Late Birds)

Preschoolers, Fridays, May 19-July28 at 10:30 a.m.

34 Easy Reader / Beach magazineMay 11, 2017

Kids Summer Reading Program

All events are held Fridays at 3:30 p.m.

June 9: Abbit the Average

June 16: DIY Puppet Play

June 23: Party with Bubblemania

June 30: Captain Underpants storytime

July 7: MakeMo visit

July 14: Magic with Wondrous Wayne Kawamoto

July 21: Cityscape Printmaking

July 28: Groovin’ with Brother Yusef and the Blues

August 4: Exploring Aerodynamics, registration required.

Tween programs

Thursdays at 3:30 p.m.

June 15: Tween Meet & Greet

June 22 & 27: Tween Book Club

June 29 & Aug. 10: Tween STEAM

July 6: Tween Writing and Creativity Workshop

July 13: Tween Art Activity

July 20: Tween Game Day

Teen Programs

Tuesdays at 4:30 p.m.

June 13, July 11, Aug. 8: Adult 101

June 20 & July 25: Teen Book Club

June 27 & Aug. 1: Teen STEAM

July 18: Writing and Creativity Workshop

Adult programs

Book Club: June 1, July 6 & Aug. 10 at 10:30 a.m.

Nonfiction Book Club: June 17 & July 15 at 3 p.m.

Creativity Club: June 21 & July 19 at 5:30 p.m.

Manhattan Library

1320 Highland Ave. (310) 545-8595

Children’s Summer Program

Wednesdays 11 a.m.

June 21: Annie Banannie

June 28: Music Show with Joseph Peck

July 5: Bubblemania

July 12: Puppet show with Richard Woloski

July 19: Buster Balloon

July 26: Music Show with Craig Newton

Let’s Talk Books

(4th/5th graders)

Saturday, June 10

Fort by Cynthia DeFelice

Hang 10 Book Club

(2nd/3rd graders)

2 p.m.

Saturday, June 10 3:30 p.m.

Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate

MakMo Mobile STEAM

(Grades K-5)

Thursdays, June 29 & July 12

Teen Programs

Wednesday, June 14 7 p.m.

Donut and Hot Tea Tasting (study break)

3:30 p.m.

Thursdays, June 1, July 6 at 4 p.m.

Teens FOL-Help plan library programs

Teen Discovery programs

Tuesdays at 4 p.m.

June 20: Escape Room (Space limited;


June 27: Thumb Tack art

July 11: LED Throwies

July 18: Sew and Glow

July 25: Just Dance-a-thon and Music


Aug. 1: Twisted Toys Art

Aug. 8: Articulated Hand Project

Adult Programs

Author Talks

Tuesday, May 30 11 a.m.

Cornelia Funke, author of The Book No One

Ever Read

Wednesday, May 31 7 p.m.

Jonathan White, author of Tides

(May events are in conjunction with Pages bookstore)

Tuesday, July 25 7 p.m.

Ed Grant, author and pier photographer

Evening Book Club

Mondays, July 3, Aug. 7 6:30 p.m.

Yoga with Anne Spinner

Tuesdays, June 13, July 11

& Aug. 8 at 7 p.m.

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Drop-in Drawing with Ray Patrick

Mondays June 19, July 17 & Aug 21 at 1 p.m.

Books with EMPact

Monday, June 26 7 p.m.

Roundhouse Aquarium

Beautification project progress report

Wednesday, June 28 7 p.m.

Redondo North Branch

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Walkers & Talkers storytime

Thursdays, 1 p.m. May 11, 18 & 15; June 1

Tailored to ages 1 to 5 years old, the half-hour program includes a mixture of

stories, singing, and activities.

Children’s Summer Reading Program

Sign-up and Kick-off carnival

Saturday, June 17 at 2 p.m.

SRP Activities (Pre-k thru 12th grade)

July 29 10 a.m.; Aug. 17 3:30 p.m.

Finale Party with Arty Loon

Saturday, Aug. 26 2 p.m.

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

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

Reading Program.

Redondo Main Branch

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

Lapsit Storytime Tuesdays, 10:15 a.m.

May 30; June 20 & 27; July 11 & 18; Aug. 15, 22 & 29

Babies up to 18 months and their caregivers enjoy an interactive story time.

Limited to 40 individuals. Get numbered pass at the Children’s desk beginning

at 10 a.m.

Ready to Read Wednesdays, 12:30 p.m.

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

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your numbered pass at the Children’s desk starting at 12:15 p.m.



Toddler Storytime Thursdays, 10:15 a.m.

June 1, 22 & 29; July 5, 12, 19 & 26; Aug. 17, 24 & 31

Kids 18 months to 3 years enjoy stores, rhymes and songs. Limited to 40 individuals.

Get numbered pass at the Children’s desk beginning at 10 a.m.

Story Circle Thursdays, 6:30 p.m.

June 1, 22 & 29; July 5, 12, 19 & 26; Aug. 17, 24 & 31

For ages 3 and up. No tickets required.

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After School Activity Thursdays, 3:30 p.m.

June 8, July 13, Aug. 10

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Children’s SRP Sign-up and Kick-off carnival

Saturday, June 17 10 a.m.

SRP Activities (Pre-k thru 12th grade)

June 27 3:30 p.m., July 8 10 a.m., July 18 3:30 p.m., Aug. 1

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Saturday, Aug. 26 10 a.m.

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Solar Eclipse program

Monday, Aug. 21 10 a.m.

This is a ticketed event with solar viewing glasses donated by the Friends of the

Redondo Library.

Adults Book of the Month

Senior Librarian Erin Schoonover will lead discussion the third Tuesday of each

month at 6:30 p.m.

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Cash Cherry gave up his Rubik’s Cube

for a surfboard.

Cash Cherry may sound like a nickname. It’s not.

"We named him Cash because we always pay in cash," his mom

Hillary said. "Plus, after one look at him, we knew he was destined to

make serious money. But we didn't know it would be in surfing"

Both mom and dad Bill received PhDs from Cal Berkeley. Cash could

be going to college right now instead of being an 8th grade student at

Manhattan Beach Middle School.

“We want him to surf and have fun," his dad Bill. Cash and his older

brother Beck live on the Strand at 39th Street in El Porto.

"When Cash was small he just sat on the beach reading or playing

with his Rubik's Cube while I was teaching his older brother Beck to

surf,” his dad said.

"Yeah. I was a nerd before nerds were cool," Cash acknowledged.

When he turned 10 he gave up the nerd persona and took to the water

on a 9-foot-2 BZ Soft Top. Junior Lifeguards hooked him on surfing. He

rides long and short boards but the talented goofy-footer (right foot forward)

appears to prefer nose riding in the tube on his 9-foot Dan Cobley

single fin.

"It's my oldest and my favorite board even though I had to re-glass

the deck," he said.

Cash also has a 5-foot-9 he likes to play with that he designed on his

computer and had shaped at Shapers Supply. "They cut it out and rough

shaped it to my specifications. I fine sanded it and had Mangiagli Surfboards

in Hermosa glass it."

Since then Cash has shaped half a dozen longboards and shortboards.

He calls the shortboards Grovelers because they are short, fat and fun

in groveling waves.

Cash started surfing in South Bay Boardriders contests when he

turned 12. That experience helped him win the Western Surfing Association

Junior Long board division in Huntington last year. He practices

every day and credits much of his success to former lifeguard Kip Jerger

for taking him and his friend Phillip under his wing, especially during

large surf.

In March, he placed 6th in the NSSA State Middle School Longboarding

Championships at Cardiff, surfing for the MBMS team.

A year ago, Cash was surfing 8-foot waves just south of the El Porto

Jetty when he wiped out. As he skipped down the face his board struck

him, tearing a chunk out of his forearm. Off duty lifeguard Tom Seth

rushed Cash to an emergency clinic to be sewn up.

In class the following day, his arm began to throb. Fortunately, he was

sitting next to Perry Nathan who whipped out her cell phone, snapped

a photo, and sent it off to her father, Dr. Ross Nathan, a surgeon at the

Hand and Wrist Center in Long Beach. Dr. Nathan texted back, "Get

Cash to the hospital now." A red line was growing out of the wound and

moving up his arm. Cash had the flesh eating bacteria necrotizing fasciitis

in his wound. He spent the next two days in the hospital being

pumped full of antibiotics.

Cash has traveled to Mexico a few times and gotten good waves at K-

38 and Gaviotas. He went to Hawaii and stayed at North Shore's Turtle

Bay Hilton but the swell was huge. "It was way too big for me, so we

rode some of the lesser known spots around the island and had fun," he

said. When it comes to Southern California surfing Cash loves the long

rights at Ventura's California Street and County Line.

Cash looks up to Craig Anderson, Robin Kegel, Clay Marzo and loves

the smooth style of ‘60s number one surf star Phil Edwards. He loves

surfing with Tyler Hatzikian, Noah Collins and Matt Pagan.

"We really push each other, like we are surfing in a contest final," he


Cash plays the viola and classical guitar and composes music in his

spare time, but he is the happiest when surfing with his father Bill and

brother Beck. B

by Mike Purpus

Cross stepping away.

Photos by Jeff Berting

Cash and Beck Cherry in their shaping bay.

Cash’s mini gun

6'9" x 20.75" x 2.75"

This mini gun was shaped to ride

hollow, faster waves like a ‘70s single

fin, but still have the ability to drive off

the bottom like a thruster. It starts with

a vee in the nose to split chop and

wind, then goes into a wide area with

a single concave for planing speed,

then narrows into a pintail with single

concave for tight radius turns. The rails

are 50-50 into hard rails in the tail.

The board has a thruster fin setup with

flex set far back so it holds in steep

faces and can project around sections.

Kids Camps cont. from page 27

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 Sandoval, Director of Summer

Programs at (310) 377-4848,

ext. 7051. Email or visit


August 20

Be ready to swim, run and go

over, under, through and between

various obstacles. Mud, tires, hay,

water, walls and much more will

challenge your physical ability.

This event promotes fun and a

healthy way for kids to have a feeling

of accomplishment and encourage

self esteem. 9 a.m. Begg Pool,

1402 North Peck Ave, Manhattan

Beach. For more information,

please contact Jesus Sandoval,

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Savoir Faire

Language Institute

Savoir Faire Language Institute’s

immersion programs offers 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 portals to language

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given a general theme (which you,

as a rebel filmmaker, might dismiss)

to integrate into their storyline, and

all completed work must be turned

in to the festival headquarters on

June 21. The top three jury prize

winners will be screened yet again,

but this time during the closing

night gala on June 25 in the Hermosa

Beach Community Theater.

Interested? Then email

and type Student Film

Competition in the subject line. The

festival staff will get back to you in

the blink of an eye.

Information, as it becomes available,

is on the website:


“The Orchard,” written and directed by Kate Twa, starring Matt Angel and

Morgan Taylor Campbell, is a dramatic comedy. It will screen in June at the

South Bay Film & Music Festival.

Reel Magic, Right Here

The South Bay Film & Music Festival

(June 21-25)

by Bondo Wyszpolski

It got off the ground rather well

last year, and this summer the

festival returns to the Beach

Cities with a combination of art,

film, and music, taking place primarily

in Hermosa Beach at the

Community Theater and in Manhattan

Beach. Short- and featurelength

movies will be screened,

and a documentary competition,

galas, plus a surf film sidebar will

also be part of the program.

While it won’t be officially announced

until May 25, the festival

will present a premiere screening

of an internationally acclaimed

family film at 5 p.m. on June 24 in

the Joslyn Community Center. Afterwards,

filmmakers and/or actors

will participate in a live panel discussion.

Audience members will

then be able to ask pertinent questions

and hopefully not receive

evasive answers in reply.

This year, Manhattan Beach has

become actively involved (Redondo?

You’re next!). A photo exhibition

entitled “Windows: A Day

in the South Bay” will be up from

June 22 through July 1 in the Manhattan

Beach Art Center. It will

consist of images taken by regional

students that depict an outside

scene taken from inside or an inside

scene taken from outside, but

shot through a window regardless.

As per the title, all photos will have

been taken locally.

Perhaps the person reading this

is a student filmmaker? In that

case, “7 in 7” may be for you. Sponsored

by Paul’s Photo, students are

being provided with a basic camera

package, with seven days to

produce a movie with a running

time of less than seven minutes.

An adaptation of “War and Peace”

will of course be most interesting.

The top 10 entries will be shown at

the Joslyn Community Center on

Saturday, June 24. But first this: All

candidates or future Spielbergs

have an an opportunity to collect

their gear at Paul’s Photo on

Wednesday, June 14. They will be

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Torrance native and Hermosa Beach

resident Emily Day won her first

Manhattan Beach Open with partner

Brittany Hochevar in 2016.

Photo by Ray Vidal

Hermosa Beach

by Randy Angel

Each summer, South Bay beaches become a

mecca for beach volleyball. This summer,

the Association of Volleyball Professionals

(AVP) returns to Hermosa Beach for the first time

since 2010 when Phil Dalhausser and Todd

Rogers claimed the men’s championship and

Jenn Kessy and April Ross were crowned champions

of the women’s tournament.

The Hermosa Beach Open, the sixth of eight

AVP tour stops, will be held July 20-23. But it

came at a stiff price for the city.

Missing this summer will be two of the largest

and oldest local tournaments – the Amateur Athletic

Union (AAU) Jr. National Championships

and West Coast Junior Olympic Games. Both

drew over 300 teams from across the country.

According to AAU Beach National Director

Denny Lennon, the Hermosa Beach City Council

denied the AAU permits for the two tournaments

because the AVP needed the weeks prior and following

its event to erect and tear down its stadium.

Unfortunately for the AAU, July is the most

convenient month to hold the prestigious tournaments

because schools are in session in June and

August for many of the players, whose families

often schedule their summer vacations to come

to Hermosa Beach so their kids can compete in

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the two tournaments.

The AAU National Championships have been

played in Hermosa Beach since 1995 but his year

will take place July 12-16 in Long Beach.

Reaching the podium at the Junior Olympics is

a goal of every youth beach volleyball player.

That event will move to Santa Monica for competition

July 18-22.

Mira Costa High School seniors Rio Frohoff

and Sunny Villapando are among the many local

AAU players disappointed with the city council’s


“AAU tournaments always have tough competition,”

said Frohoff, who will attend Tulane in

the fall. “I’m hoping to medal again in the Junior

Olympics. It’s just too bad I won’t be able to do

it in front of a home crowd.”

“Rio and I have been playing together since last

year and really mesh well,” said Stanford-bound

Villapando. “We’ve already earned our bid for

Junior Olympics so we’ll be working hard for

that. I’m super upset not to be playing the JOs in

Hermosa. They’ve had the tournament here for

awhile. It will be a big change. I love Hermosa

and used to live on 2nd Street so this is my favorite

beach. Long Beach is like dirt, not sand.

But it will be good competition either way.”

Manhattan Beach’s Olivia Bakos is an up-andcoming

star who has been enjoying tremendous

success with teammate Peri Brennan, of Laguna


“Our goals are to win the JOs again and also

the Cal Cup,” Bakos said. “It’s very annoying not

having the JOs in Hermosa Beach. It’s my favorite

beach and the atmosphere for beach volleyball

is like no other.”

The AAU will hold other events in the South

Bay this summer, including the 2nd Annual

Queen of the Beach Invitational in Hermosa

Beach the weekend of June 24-25. The tournament

invites 48 elite high school girls and 32

women in the college division to compete.

Each athlete will compete with and against

every player in their pool. Pool winners compete

for the title of "Queen of the Beach."

The Isidore B. Dockweiler Open takes place

July 6 at Dockweiler State Beach and the Best of

the Beach Girls 14U/16U tournament will be

held in Hermosa Beach July 36-27.

The AVP returns to the South Bay August 17-

20 for the Manhattan Beach Open, the most prestigious

domestic tournament. Phil Dalhausser

and Casey Patterson, along with Emily Day and

Brittany Hochevar will defend their men’s and

women’s titles, respectively.

USA Volleyball

Various summer dates

Hermosa Beach

The next generation of Olympic

hopefuls compete in the USA Volleyball

Collegiate Beach Championships

May 11-13 in Hermosa

Beach. The field consists of 24

women's pairs and eight men's

pairs, playing for a title that will

earn them a spot on a USA Volleyball

collegiate beach national team.

The USAV Junior Beach Tour SoCal

Summer Championships take place

June 3 and the High Performance

National Championships (U13,

U15, U17, U19) will be held July 31

- Aug. 3.


Throughout the summer

The California Beach Volleyball

Association holds numerous tournaments

for men, women, boys and

girls, including the popular Mike

Cook Mixed on Aug. 26 at Marine

Street, which includes a

father/daughter tournament. The

season culminates with the Cal Cup

in Manhattan Beach. Adults play

Sept. 3-4 and youth Aug. 19-20.

Youth compete in the Premier Tour,

comprised of 12 stops including

Manhattan Beach (July 15-), Dockweiler

(July 23-24) and Hermosa

Beach (Aug. 19-20). The winning

team in each age group of all the

tour stops is invited to play in the

Championship tournament on Aug.

26 at Manhattan Beach Pier.


Saturday, June 17

Hermosa Beach

Combining beach volleyball,

fashion and music, the beach culture

is celebrated each year at

Smackfest. Smack apparel founder

and tournament director Bill Sigler

tourney founded the costumedthemed

coed 4s and Pro 4s tournaments

24 years ago. (310) 318-5062.

Father’s Day Tournament

Sunday, June 18

Manhattan Beach

Father-daughter and father-son

volleyball teams compete in pool

play, south of the Manhattan Beach

Pier. T-shirts for each competitor. 9

a.m. - noon. $50/player. To register

contact the Registration Help Desk

at (310) 802-5448 or visit

Asics World Series of

Beach Volleyball

July 13-16

Long Beach

Now in its fifth year, the ASICS

World Series of Beach Volleyball attracts

many players from the Beach

Cities. The event include the FIVB

Long Beach Grand Slam. Competitions

also include co-ed and single

gender 4s and 6-man and youth

tournaments throughout the week,

along with a multi-day music festival.

A celebrity volleyball match

features stars from the worlds of

film, television, sports. General admission

is free.


Saturday, July 29

Manhattan Beach

The 19th annual 4-person tournament

takes place at 9th Street and

The Strand in Manhattan Beach.

It’s hosted by former pro volleyball

players Mike Walmer and Kevin

Cleary in memory of their dads

Barry and Bob, who were best

friends for over three decades before

passing away in the 1990s.

Contact Kevin Cleary,

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Junior 6-Man/Woman

Thursday, Friday, August 3-4

Manhattan Beach

Competition at the International

Surf Festival kicks off with the popular

Charlie Saikley 6-man tournament.

The defending men’s

champion is Spyder Res-Ispa and

Redneck Angels captured the

women’s title last year. On Sunday,

Aug. 6 the 3rd 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 16.

(310) 802-5448.

National Volleyball


Aug. 10-12

Hermosa Beach

Established in 2010 by former

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sports > tennis

MB Open celebrates 50th anniversary

by Randy Angel

Tennis players of various skill levels will celebrate the Silver Anniversary

of the Manhattan Beach Tennis Open when the four-day tournament

is held in July. 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 20-23. The finals will be held

July 23 at Manhattan Country Club. Singleelimination

competition includes Men's and

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Prizes and trophies are awarded to all division

winners. Each participant receives lunch,

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Beach tennis enthusiasts welcome new players each weekend at their courts

in at 15th Street in Hermosa Beach. Photo by Randy Angel

by Randy Angel

Beach tennis continues to grow in popularity as players of all ages and

skill levels are being drawn to the sport, which merges tennis and

beach volleyball. The sport even has its own retail store with an indoor

court in downtown Hermosa Beach. Sexy Beach Tennis is owned by

local, world ranked beach tennis player Mark Bonfigli. In October 2016,

installation of three additional beach tennis courts was approved by the

Hermosa Beach City Council. They joined existing courts at 15th Street

and The Strand.

Other courts are at 7th Street in Manhattan Beach and in Santa Monica.

Donny Young, a Hermosa Beach resident and founder and president of the

Beach Tennis Association (BTA), said his association is talking with the

Coastal Commission about setting up permanent courts in San Diego.

“We are excited about the growth of the sport and that we will be hosting

three IFBT (International Federation of Beach Tennis) tournaments as part

of its World Tour,” said Young who is a world-ranked player. “We also offer

beach tennis classes through the City of Hermosa Beach.”

Upcoming tournaments include the IFBT Spring Fever (May 13-14, Hermosa

Beach), IFBT Endless Summer (Aug. 12-13, Manhattan Beach) and a

tournament in Hermosa Beach August. 26-27. (310) 753-2834.

46 Easy Reader / Beach magazineMay 11, 2017

sports > running

Begin Independence Day on the run

by Randy Angel

The largest and most colorful running

race of the summer will celebrate its

24th year when the Village Runner 4th

of July 5K presented by UCLA Health takes

place Tuesday, July 4. Runners and walkers

start and finish on Catalina Avenue in Redondo’

Beach’s Riviera Village.

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 finishing the Firecracker Dash

will receive medals.

Juan Paredes is the defending champion,

clocking a time of 14 minutes, 50 seconds last

year. Ana Narvaez captured the women’s title

in 17:13.

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

kid’s Firecracker Dash at 9:30 a.m. $35 for the

5K; $25 for kid’s race. Add $5 after June 5.

(310) 376-7900.

The popular Village Runner 4th of

July 5K will celebrate its 24th year.

Champions for Children 5K

Saturday, May 20 • South Coast Botanic Garden, Palos Verdes Peninsula

The South Bay Children's Health Center hosts the 4th annual event to

raise funds for children, teens and young adults throughout the South Bay.

The Run/Walk begins at 8:30 a.m. Entry fees for ages 13+ is $35, ages 6-

12 $25 through May 18 (add $10 thereafter). Age division awards given to

the top three make and females. New Kids Fun Run for children ages 0-5

goes around the Expo Area ($15). 310-316-1212.

Armed Forces Day 5K

Saturday, May 20 • Torrance

In a tribute to Louis Zamperini, Village Runner hosts the 2nd annual

Armed Forces Day 5K at 8 a.m. at Del Amo Fashion Center on Madrona

Ave. The event features T-shirts, chip timing and age division awards. $40.

To register or for more information, log on to

Roundhouse Fun Run for the Oceans

Saturday, June 3 • Manhattan Beach

Timed 5K run/walk begins at 9:30 a.m., benefitting the Roundhouse

Aquarium. Event includes awards for top three finishers in each division

and raffle. Entry fee is $35 (add $5 on race day) 310-379-8177.

Conquer Our Runs

Saturday, June 3 • Hermosa Beach

Saturday, Aug. 5 • Manhattan Beach

The Conquer Our Run’s Summer’s First Quest and Summer’s Best races

benefit Lupus LA, Rainbow Services, Stand up 2 Cancer, Special Olympics

and more. Entry fees are $29 (5K) and $32 (10K). Register at or

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Manhattan Beach 5K

Saturday, June 24 • Manhattan Beach Pier

Starting and finishing at the Manhattan Beach Pier, the course runs along

the water’s edge during the lowest tide of the season. 5K race ($40) begins

at 7:30 a.m. followed by Kids Races ($30) at 8:20 a.m. Contact Jeff Atkinson, or B

May 11, 2017 • Easy Reader / Beach magazine 47

sports > triathlon

New, returning athletes to compete

in 13th annual Redondo Triathlon

Redondo Beach Triathlon competitors reach the final turn in Veterans Park.

Photo by Randy Angel

by Randy Angel

Celebrating its 13th year, the Redondo Beach Triathlon has become

and family-oriented event that includes a mixture of athletes, from

the next generation of triathletes to weekend warriors and elite performers.

Race Directors Rick and Connie Crump note that the triathlon is the only

event that races on the pier. The scenic, USAT sanctioned event consists of

a 1/2-mile swim, 6-mile bike, and a 2-mile run. A non-competitive minisprint

(half the distances) is also scheduled.

“Redondo Beach mayor Bill Brand has competed in the event at least five

times,” Rick Crump said.

Whether it’s reaching a personal goal or winning the race, the Redondo

Beach Triathlon has been a memorable event for many participants but

probably no more so than for Redondo Beach husband and wife Jimmy

Wills and Erin Beresini.

The duo captured the men’s and women’s championship in 2007 after

becoming engaged.Both will be participating in this year’s event, which

will be the ninth for Wills and fourth for Beresini.

Last year, Beresini completed the course while six months pregnant with

the couple’s daughter Imogen.

“I loved being active throughout my pregnancy, and there was no way I

was going to pass up a fun race right outside my front door.” Beresini said.

“The toughest part of the race was the run. I think I ducked into the restroom

twice in two miles.”

Defending men’s and women’s champions are Irvine’s Michael Collins,

who completed the course in 44 minutes, 2 seconds and Laura McDonald,

of Los Angeles, who posted a time of 48:33

Registration is ongoing (limited to the first 600 entrants). The triathlon

begins at 7:30 a.m. Sunday, June 11 at the Veteran’s Park/Pier area in Redondo

Beach. 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. 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.

Add $5 after May. 31. For more information, visit B

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sports > cycling

MB Grand Prix has new twist

The hairpin turn at 15th Street before the finish line at the Manhattan Beach

Grand Prix will be the first turn made this year as the direction of the course

is reversed. Photo by Ray Vidal

by Randy Angel

For years, cyclists competing in the Manhattan Beach Grand Prix

(MBGP) have jockeyed for position on the final hill on Ardmore Avenue

before entering the final tight turn at 15th Street that led to a

short straightaway to the finish line.

This year, the 1.3-mile course will take on a new look. The course is

being reversed and the racers will hit the hairpin turn at the beginning of

the race.

The race was founded by local bike legend Ted Ernst in 1961 and benefits

the South Bay Wheelmen Foundation, a charitable organization supporting

amateur cycling competition at all levels. The 56th Annual Chevron Manhattan

Beach Grand Prix begins at 7 a.m. on Sunday, July 30. Pro racers

from across the United States begin competition at 2 p.m.

“We have had a huge resurgence with Junior/under-19 racing and the

Chevron Kids Zone is more successful than ever,” South Bay Wheelmen

President Matt Gorski said. “We are expecting record crowds. The race

will also serve as a championship for some of the age groups.”

Last year’s Junior race winner, Brandon McNulty, went on to become

the Junior World Champion.

The professional men and professional women will have equal prize

purses. Justin Williams, of Los Angeles, and Kimberly Lucie, of Tucson,

Ariz. are reigning champions. This year’s race will serve as the State of

California Women's Elite Criterium Championship and as the final SoCal

Cup Men's Race.

The popular Community Kids bicycle racing from tricycles and strider

cycles to pre teen groups, takes place at 12 p.m. Every entrant receives a

goodie bag and an award medal.

Shimano returns as the neutral race support and returning sponsors include

Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc., Janelle Holden, DDS and

Hermosa Cyclery along with Eliel Cycling Clothing and HealthySpot.

For more information and to register, visit B

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each homes

The 44th Annual Sophisticated Snoop home tour might

more accurately be called the home and art tour. The

homes, themselves, are works of art, but at least several

of them feature gallery level art collections. Proceeds benefit

the American Martyrs School in Manhattan Beach.

The Schlatter home

Grand Strand Expression

Photos by Geoff Captain Studios

This custom contemporary Strand home was designed with personal touches throughout by the family’s

close architect friend. The beautiful views are enhanced by 11-foot ceilings in the kitchen, family room

and dining area. Paintings and pencil drawings by the owner, an artist from Germany, are displayed

throughout the home. Brazilian cherry floors, pocket doors and subtle paneling on the walls and ceilings all

add to the family home ambience. And for the family’s five children, the owners’ use of honed Alhambra

limestone floors on the first floor and open space plan create the perfect space for entertaining young guests.

The third floor boasts panoramic views from Palos Verdes to Point Dume from the master suite and also a

delightful children’s wing.

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The Clyde home

Sand Section Walk Street Art

Photos by Kim Pritchard (

What’s most striking about this 4,000 sq. ft. walk street stunner, in addition

to the strong modern lines of the structure, is the amazing art

collection the homeowners have spent a lifetime collecting. The façade

makes use of natural materials, including mahogany, glass, polished concrete

and shellstone. The first floor living area is truly an indoor/outdoor space with

retractable floor-to-ceiling glass pocket doors. The second floor features open

concept living with 20-foot high, wood-beamed atrium ceilings and expansive

floor-to-ceiling glass. The Bulthaup entertainment kitchen opens to the dining

area, which is bathed in natural light. The third-floor master suite is its own

haven, with walnut flooring, 11-foot ceilings and pocket doors. The children’s

wing on this level features white-washed hardwood floors and custom built-ins.

The contemporary and pop art take center stage throughout this home in the

heart of Manhattan Beach.

Sophisticated Snoop 2017

Friday, Saturday, Sunday

May 19, 20 & 21 10 am to 4 pm

Donation: $35 Presale: $30

Proceeds benefit American Martyrs School


Manhattan Beach: American Martyrs, Grow,

Patterson Cleaners, Tabula Rasa, Bristol Farms,

Hillside Gifts, Look! Optometry and Pages

Hermosa Beach: Deep Pocket Jeans and Uncorked

Redondo Beach: Card de A

El Segundo: Banner Stationers

Rolling Hills: Bristol Farms

For More Information or Questions Call (424) 327-9572

The Disser home

Tree Section Cape Cod

Photo by Liz Chalmers

As you walk up to this traditional Cape Cod, you immediately feel welcome and at ease. The cheery

entrance showcases a striking hallway with lantern lighting and crisscross molding above the doorways.

One of the exceptional features of this home is the high, coffered ceilings, each one different

from the next. Custom-built in 2016, this beautiful home includes a cozy living room for evenings by the

fire, a large, open kitchen with a colorful island, a custom-built breakfast nook and a wonderful family

room. Doors open to a large back patio and outdoor living space with a fireplace and a pizza oven for entertaining

friends. The “Kids’ Club” over the garage is colorfully decorated and complete with its own

deck and spa. The upstairs features fabulous light and beautiful ceilings in the master bedroom, a guest

room, laundry room, and children’s rooms with Jack and Jill bath.

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The Khuana home

Hill Section Bliss

Photos by Manolo Langis of Langoworks

The bold, circular staircase and marble Ganesha sculpture in the foyer

are hints of what’s to come. Unexpected spaces and impactful features

make use of each distinct part of this contemporary, beach-chic

dwelling. Look to your right and see the bold, bright living room and grand

piano, with indoor-outdoor space for entertaining. A Balinese carving (a wedding

gift to the owners) is installed above the dining table and finished with

a custom chandelier. Upstairs, you’ll find a rooftop garden off of the master

bedroom, a meditation space with a wall garden, a stainless-steel sculpture,

and dazzling views of the mountains and downtown Los Angeles. On the first

floor, a charming kids’ playroom opens up to the backyard, pool and custom

pool house. Whitewashed, French oak floors, imported Italian windows and

an art collection complete this exquisite family residence.

The Tuck-Sherman home

Tree Section European Impression

Photo by Liz Chalmers

The façade of this distinguished home is

indicative of what’s behind its walls –

an enchanting space that makes you

feel you’ve stepped back in time. Provencal

in nature, its ambiance is enhanced by architectural

details that include polished wood

paneling, floors and molding, giving a distinct

European impression. Just inside the grand

front door you’ll find the library, with a marble

mantel and stained glass windows. To the

left is a charming bedroom with 10-foot doors

and a one-of-a-kind marble bath. Further on

you’ll find the detail-rich dining room and a

charming kitchen with Delft tiles and a fireplace.

The sunken living room, whose antique

marble mantel was imported from

France, completes the ground floor of this exceptional

home. The second floor features the

master bedroom and bath with additional

stained glass windows. The grandeur continues

outside, where a captivating brick courtyard

with large palms and a guesthouse over

the garage provide a peaceful respite.

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The Stephanus home

East Manhattan Solar Smart

Photos by Liz Chalmers, Anika Lundvall

This beach modern interpretation boasts board-formed concrete, zinc siding and handmade furniture, custom-designed for each space, smart-home technology and a 100 percent commitment

to solar power. But the first thing you’ll notice is the 250-lb pivoting mahogany front door. Floor-to-ceiling glass doors and high ceilings invoke a sense of light and air

throughout. Outdoors, two living spaces, the Baja-ledge pool and spa and sand volleyball court maximize every inch of this 14,000 square foot lot. Indoors, radiant heated concrete

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Sea Hawk


by Randy Angel

Redondo senior

Danny Zimmerman

is one of the

top sluggers

in the state

Redondo senior Danny Zimmerman

holds the school record for home runs

with 11 set in 2016.

Photo by Randy Angel

Of the millions of kids playing Little League

baseball each year, the players who learn

to hit the breaking ball become the top

hitters. Redondo senior Danny Zimmerman fits

that mold.

At 6-foot-four, 235 pounds, Zimmerman has the

raw power to blast a fastball over the fence. But

it’s his ability to hit an outside breaking ball with

all that power that has made the right-handed

first baseman/outfielder/pitcher one of the area’s

most feared sluggers.

A four-year varsity player for head coach Jeff

Baumback’s Sea Hawks, Zimmerman is a dual

threat who helped lead Redondo to back-to-back

CIF-Southern Section Division 3 championships

in 2015 and 2016 with his performance at the

plate and on the mound.

Zimmerman came into his own during his

sophomore year, batting .302 with 30 RBIs and

six home runs. In 2016, he posted a .443 batting

average with 38 RBIs, a school-record 11 home

runs and nine doubles.

As a pitcher during the two-year span, he

recorded a combined 14-3 record with a 1.49


Despite losing many standout players from last

season’s senior-laden team, Zimmerman continues

to thrive this season with young, inexperienced

players. He’s batting .500 with 24 RBIs, 26

runs scored, nine home runs, five doubles and 19

walks – many intentional.

“My biggest improvement on the mound was

throwing strikes with the same velocity,” Zimmerman

said. “At the plate, it’s been hitting the

outside curve ball.”

Baumback agrees.

“He’s improved across the board I would say

and his ability to recognize the breaking ball and

hit it with as much power as he does is really impressive,”

Baumback said. “He’s also in better

physical condition and his speed has increased

quite a bit.”

Peninsula High School coach Brian Bowles

learned that lesson in a recent two-game series

with Redondo.

Redondo lost its first league game of the

season with a heartbreaking 4-3, nine-inning

loss at Peninsula.

After Zimmerman hit a solo home run to

close the gap 3-1 in the sixth inning, the

senior came to the plate in the top of the

seventh inning with one out and a runner

on first.

Peninsula opted to pitch to Zimmerman

who blasted an outside breaking

ball over the fence to even the score 3-


Zimmerman had one final plate appearance

with two outs in the ninth

inning but was intentionally walked.

Two days later, Redondo avenged

the loss with a 7-4 home victory. Although

Zimmerman was intentionally

walked three times, his

teammates stepped up to carry the


With Redondo’s success on the diamond

over the last two years, the Sea

Hawks moved up two divisions to CIF-

SS Division 1 this season, so a threepeat

would be nothing short of a miracle.

“We haven’t really experienced playing teams

in Division 1 yet,” Zimmerman explained. “This

season was tough at first. We were very inexperienced

but I told the young players to be comfortable

at the plate because it takes awhile to hit

varsity pitching. I reassured them to stay positive,

it will come.”

Zimmerman admits he’s not a rah-rah type of

teammate but leads by example and has worked

hard to be the team leader this season.

“Danny always played with older guys who assumed

the vocal leadership role until this season,”

Baumback said. He’s has been a vocal

leader this year, along with improving his own

work ethic and leading by example. He’s been really

great about helping the new guys and trying

to refocus them, both at practice and during the


Although at press time, Zimmerman was only

two home runs shy of tying his school record, his

focus remains on winning the Bay League championship

and making a deep run in the playoffs.

“I haven’t really thought about it (the record).

I’ve just been concentrating on getting on top of

the ball. The home runs will come,” Zimmerman

said. “It’s harder this year because we’ve played

fewer games plus I’ve had fewer at bats and more

walks. Losing so many strong hitters from last

year’s lineup makes it easier for teams to pitch

around me.”

Whether he reaches the record or not, Baumback

is appreciative of what Zimmerman has

meant to his program.

University of Michigan-bound

Danny Zimmerman hopes

exposure at the

NCAA Division 1 level

will eventually land

him a spot on a

major league roster.

Photo by Ray Vidal

“Having Danny in the program has been very

special. He’ll go down as one of best players in

the history of this baseball program,” Baumback

exclaimed. “He has always been an excellent

teammate and highly respected by his coaches.

Being able to put his name in the lineup every

game for the past four years definitely has been

fortunate. I’m sure glad he came here.”

Zimmerman considers winning two CIF titles,

both at San Manuel Stadium in San Bernardino,

as the favorite moments in his prep career.

“The first championship was great because it

was the first in school history and came during

the 100th-anniversary season of Sea Hawk baseball,”

Zimmerman recalled. ”However, I was disappointed

not to play in Dodger Stadium where

the Division 3 finals were held up until that year.

Reaching the semifinals in my sophomore year

was also very exciting because nobody expected

us to go that far.”

Zimmerman chose another game as the most

thrilling of his career.

“Beating Costa last year in the first game of the

series to seal the (Bay League) title was great. My

home run in the fifth inning put us up by two

runs to give us a little insurance.”

Zimmerman knew he loved baseball at an early

age. He began playing organized ball at Redondo

Sunset when he was four or five years old but

had been hitting off the tee with his older brother

James prior to that.

Zimmerman said he has always been bigger

than most of his classmates and can’t remember

ever having a growth spurt.

At the age of 12 he was playing soccer with 16-

year-olds. He also played club basketball and participated

in flag football and basketball in the

highly-competitive Catholic Youth Organization

while attending St. Lawrence Martyr Elementary

School in Redondo Beach.

In 7th grade, Zimmerman helped St. Lawrence

reach the Elite 8 in basketball with former Loyola

High School and current Harvard University

standout Henry Welsh.

Entering high school, Zimmerman quickly became

one of the Sea Hawks’ top lineman being

named to the All-CIF team as a junior before focusing

solely on baseball his senior year.

But it was his skills on the diamond that was

turning heads of scouts and college coaches. He

played in the Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau’s

Second Annual Southern California Underclass

Game at Cal State Fullerton, then

traveled to Ft. Myers, Fla., for the Perfect Game

National Showcase competing for Team 11-Vegas


He was one of 108 players invited to play in

the USA Baseball Tournament of Stars in Cary,

N.C. and wrapped up the summer of 2016 with

his travel ball team, the West Coast Braves, and

an appearance in the Area Code Games in Long


“I knew I wanted to pursue a career in baseball,”

Zimmerman said of his decision to leave the

gridiron. “The time was right. I would’ve missed

too much football practice.”

Showcasing his talents across the country paid

dividends. Zimmerman committed to play base-

Slugger cont. on page 57

May 11, 2017 • Easy Reader / Beach magazine 55



Friday, May 12

Puppet power

Join Richard Woloski’s highenergy

puppets entertain the

whole family. 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Hermosa Beach Library, 550

Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach. For

a list of more programs visit or call (310)


Golf Fore a Cause

Golf Fore a Cause at the

South Bay YMCA’s 25th Annual

Send a Kid to Camp Golf

Tournament. 11 a.m. Los

Verdes Golf Club. Proceeds

provide financial assistance to

local children. To register contact

Sarah Winfrey at (310)

602-4930, SarahWinfrey@ymcaLA.

org, or


Classic Car Show

Fridays through October.

Classic cars, hot rods, street

rods, and muscle cars gather

from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Ruby’s

Diner parking lot in King Harbor.

Celebrate MB

Manhattan Rotary Club

hosts a celebration of Manhattan

Beach with an evening of

comedy, magic, cocktail tastings,

dinner and premium

wines. Live and silent auction.

6 p.m. Manhattan Beach Marriott,

1400 Parkview Ave.,

Manhattan Beach. Tickets are

$175; go to celebratemb.


Saturday, May 13

Cycling for Cancer

Join Tour of Long Beach, a

premier cycling event that

fundraises for pediatric cancer

research at Jonathan Jaques

Children’s Cancer Center at

Miller Children’s & Women’s

Hospital Long Beach. 30 miles,

62 miles, 100 miles and a free

5-mile Family Fun Ride. 6 a.m.

All routes end at the Finish

Line Festival with live entertainment,

food trucks and a

beer garden. Shoreline Drive

and Linden Avenue, Long

Beach. For more information,

contact Kari Cho (562) 933-

1670, kcho@memorialcare. org.

Rose Show

South Coast Rose Society

hosts its 36th Annual Community

Rose Show, a Celebration

of Roses & Clematis. Anyone

can enter their roses on Saturday

morning between 7 a.m. -

9:45 a.m. Ribbon Presentations

at 12:30 p.m. Individual

roses or bouquet arrangements.

Free. 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.

South Coast Botanic Garden,

26300 Crenshaw Blvd, Palos

Verdes Peninsula. For questions

call (310) 544-1948 or


BARKing with Dogs

Children are invited to practice

their beginning reading

skills with a friendly therapy

dog. Registration required.

Please contact the library for

information. For ages 5 - 7.

10:30 - noon. Hermosa Beach

Library, 550 Pier Ave., Hermosa

Beach. For a list of more

programs/events visit

or call (310) 379-8475.

Octagon Yoga

Cancer Support Community

Redondo Beach and The Bay

Club present Yoga on the Octagon.

2nd Saturday of each

month until June 10. 10 a.m.

100 Fisherman’s Wharf, Redondo

Beach. Redondopier.


YPPA Casino Night

Torrance Memorial’s Young

Physicians and Professionals

Alliance (YPPA) host its 2nd

annual country westernthemed

Casino Night. 6:30

p.m. Knights of Columbus

Hall, Redondo Beach. Cocktails

and BBQ dinner. $50 for

YPPA members. $95 for nonmembers.

Proceeds support

construction of Torrance

Memorial’s new Pediatric and

Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit.

Purchase tickets by visiting

PADonation. Call (310) 517-

4728 for more information.

Scout Day at The


The SEALab Scout Day is for

everyone. Hands-on activities

relating to marine life and

oceans. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. $5.

The SEALab, 1021 N Harbor

Dr., Redondo Beach. Contact

Rebecca Fent with any questions,, (310)


Easy Composting

Composting is nature's way

of recycling food and yard

waste into a valuable and free

organic fertilizer. Learn simple

composting techniques in this

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Above Seaside Lagoon, Fourth of July, 2016. Photo by Ray Vidal

one-hour workshop.Residents

can purchase a Compost Bin

for $35 (a $99 value) or a

Worm Bin for $35 (a $129

value). 10 - 11 a.m. Manhattan

Beach Botanical Garden, 1237

N Peck Ave. For questions contact

Julie at (310) 546-1354 or


Sunday, May 14

Take Mom to the

Movies Concert

Bring mom to hear this very

popular Mother’s Day Concert

at the South Coast Botanic

Garden, “Take Mom to the

Movies,” with featured guest

Rena Urso-Trapani on flute.

This 60-member, symphonic

band is under the direction of

Christine Hayes. Tickets can

be purchased at the door. Proceeds

benefit the Palos Verdes

Symphonic Band and South

Coast Botanic Garden Foundation.

5 - 7 p.m. Frances Young

Hall, 26300 Crenshaw Blvd.,

Palos Verdes Peninsula. $10,

children 12 and under free.

(310) 544-1948

Wednesday, May 17

Teen Substance Use

Join South Bay Families

Connected for this free,

monthly parent education

event. The class will offer substance

use prevention strategies

and provide an

opportunity to connect with

other parents and discuss

shared challenges. Joan Stein

Jenkins, Manhattan Beach City

Prosecutor and Head of the Juvenile

Diversion Program &

Captain Milton McKinnon,

Hermosa Beach Police Department

will lead the discussion.

7 - 8:30 p.m. Hermosa Valley

School, 1645 Valley Dr., Hermosa

Beach. To register for the

event, visit

Friday, May 19 thru

Sunday May 21


Snoop 2017

American Martyrs Parent

Association 44th Annual

Home Tour. View six fascinating

homes. Tickets $35. Questions

call (310) 545-8559.

American Martyrs School,

1701 Laurel Ave., Manhattan

Beach. (See story page 50).

Saturday, May 20

Armed Forces Day

Run/Walk Parade

The Torrance Area Chamber

of Commerce and UCLA

Health present the Torrance

Armed Forces Day 5K

Run/Walk. 5K features include

commemorative event T-shirt

for each participant. First

place l male and female will be

invited to ride in the Torrance

Armed Forces Day Parade immediately

after the 5K. 8 - 9:30

a.m. Del Amo Fashion Center,

Madrona Ave. entrance between

Carson Street & Fashion

Way, Torrance. To register,

please visit

or call (310) 220-0233 for complete

race info.

HBFOL Book Sale

Tables and shelves full of

used books, cd’s, and children

books at bargain prices. 9 a.m.

- noon also Mondays 9 a.m. -

noon. 1309 Bard Street, Hermosa

Beach, behind Stars Antiques,

one-half block west of

the library. Also June 17, July

15, August 19, September 16.

For information visit

Woodies Picnic and

Car Show

Classic woodies and a display

of vintage surfboards return

to the Automotive

Driving Museum, 10 a.m. to 4

p.m. 310-909-0950 610 Lairport

St. El Segundo.

Port of LA tours

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,


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Slugger cont. from page 55

ball at the University of Michigan

after trips to Loyola Marymount,

Long Beach State, Arizona, Arizona

State and Oregon.

“I liked Michigan the best by

far,” Zimmerman said. “The players

were cool and the baseball program

is hot. They also have a

rigorous academic program. The

alumni and boosters are strong so

I’ll have good connections later on

in life.”

He is undecided on a major but

has plenty of ideas for a career off

the field, including becoming a

firefighter like his dad, economics,

investment banking or becoming a

sports agent.

He doesn’t know if he will be

pitching and playing in the field

but he hopes the exposure of playing

for an NCAA top-20 ranked

team will be a path to the major


“Danny is great hitter and that’s

what I expect him to do in college,”

Baumback stated. “He is a very

good pitcher, yet the upside of his

bat really stands out. He has incredible

raw power and I expect

him to be a great college hitter. I

look forward to seeing how he continues

to improve once he gets into

a Division I college program.”

Zimmerman credits the support

– and athletic genes – of his

parents for his success.

His father Joe played most sports

through high school and his

mother Carolyn was a three-sport

star (soccer, track and field, volleyball)

at West Torrance High School,

being named the school’s Athlete

of the Year in 1987 and 1988.

She played volleyball for Pepperdine

University and later became

head coach of Cal State Fullerton’

women’s volleyball team. During

her 13 years there she became the

winningest coach in the program’s

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Zimmerman also acknowledges

his travel ball coach Dylan Braggiotti

as a major influence.

“He’d drive from Long Beach

and pick me up when my parents

were unavailable,” Zimmerman

said. “He taught me a lot about the


Although Zimmerman roots for

the Dodgers, his favorite player is

Jason Werth of the Washington Nationals.

“He’s an underdog who has

flown under the radar but he plays

the game the right way,” Zimmerman


Zimmerman’s ultimate goal is a

career in baseball and becoming a

Major League All-Star, following in

the footsteps of former Redondo

standout Morgan Ensberg, who

made the 2005 National League

All-Star team as a member of the

Houston Astros.

“I hope to play on the USA Collegiate

team while at Michigan,”

Zimmerman said. “But when I look

at the banner on our outfield wall

with Morgan Ensberg’s name I envision

my name being up there

someday.” B



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Classic cars shows abound this summer. Friday nights at Ruby’s Diner in Redondo Beach, May 20

and June 10 the Automotive Driving Museum in El Segundo hosts special shows and Sept 24 the

Rods ‘n’ Relics show is scheduled for the Redondo Pier.

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 businesses.

Peter Pan (1924)

Avalon Casino Theater. The first film

adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s play Peter

Pan was filmed on Catalina Island and

has been called one of the greatest children's

films ever made. A live orchestra

will accompany this rare screening

of the legendary film. Proceeds will

benefit the Catalina Island Museum.

Doors open at 12:30 p.m. for 1 p.m.

screening. Members $25, Non-Members

$28, Children (3-15) $10. For more

information visit

Saturday, May 21

Tour De Pier

Enthusiastic cyclists gear-up to find

a cure for cancer at the 5th Annual

Tour de Pier at the Manhattan Beach

Pier. The unique fun and fitness

fundraiser benefits three cancer charities:

the Hirshberg Foundation for

Pancreatic Cancer Research; the Cancer

Support Community Redondo

Beach and the Uncle Kory Foundation.

Last year, the TDP broke records by

raising more than $1.1 million for cancer

charities. 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Manhattan Beach Pier & Strand, 2

Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan

Beach. For more information visit

Beer & Wine Festival

Over 80 of the best of Southern California’s

regional breweries, wineries

and restaurants including craft brewers

from throughout the west. $75. Tasting

of all beer, wine and food is unlimited,

and each festival attendee receives a

great souvenir glass. 1 - 5 p.m. Tickets

at Proceeds

fund the community outreach

programs of Rotary Clubs within the

South Bay and Harbor cities of Los Angeles.

Ernie Howlett Park, 25851

Hawthorne Blvd., Rolling Hills Estates.

For more information visit

Tri Cities Fundraiser

The 14th Annual Sister Cities

Fundraising afternoon offers Ortega

120’s superb food and extensive

tequila selection from noon to 4 p.m.

Proceeds benefit cultural exchange

programs. $25 online at HB- 1814 S. Pacific Coast

Highway, Redondo Beach. (310) 792-


Saturday, May 27 to

Monday, May 29

Fiesta Hermosa

Arts & crafts, two live music stages,

beer garden, food court, and rides have

made Hermosa’s Memorial Day (and

Labor Day) fiesta a popular event in

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

Saturday, May 27

Seaside Lagoon opens

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 4.

Adults (over 17) $7. Children (2-17) $6.

Under 2 Free.

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Night Hike on Preserve

Visit the Madrona Marsh Preserve

as the sun sets and day gradually

changes into night. Listen to the

sounds of animals and insects as they

begin their nightly activities. Limited

to the first 25 people who sign-up. 7 -

9 p.m. 3201 Plaza Del Amo, Torrance.

Pre-registration is required. $5 per

person or $10 per family. To register

and for more information contact the

Madrona Marsh Nature Center at

(310) 782-3989.

Sunday, May 28

Antique Street Faire

Every fourth Sunday of the month.

200+ Sellers with Antiques, Collectibles,

Furniture, Crafts, Jewelry,

Vintage Clothes, Plants, LP's, Home

Decor & More...all on sale at bargain

prices. Antique Appraisals only $3 per

item. Live music. Lots of great restaurants,

bakery, sports bars nearby.

Free, pet friendly. 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. 1317

Sartori Ave., Torrance. For questions

call Julie (310) 328-6107 or visit

Monday, May 29

RB Memorial services

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 information visit RBVeterans-

Thursday, June 1

Open House,

Anniversary Celebration

Cheers to 7 years at the Hermosa

Five-O Senior Activity Center. Meet

and greet, giveaways, light refreshments,

photobooth and card readings.

Bingo. Musical entertainment. 4 - 7

p.m. 710 Pier Avenue, Hermosa

Beach. For more information, call

community resources (310) 318-0280.

Saturday, June 3

Bee Basics

Learn the basics of beekeeping, as

well a who to call to safely remove

bees when an unwanted hive moves

onto your property. An observation

hive will be a feature of this class.

Kids welcome. 10 - 11 a.m. Manhattan

Beach Botanical Garden, 1237 N Peck

Ave. For questions contact Julie at (310)

546-1354 or

Shark Week Fishtivities

A day filled with shark activities,

games, and crafts at SEALab. $5 per

person. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. 1021 N. Harbor

Drive, Redondo Beach. Contact Rebecca

Fent with any questions,, (310) 318-7458.

Sunday, June 4

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Donations are the only way to keep the

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Sunday, June 11

PV Street Fair Music Fest

Over 200 artisans and vendors. Carnival

rides for all ages, Live entertainment

on two stages, an International

food court and Beer Garden, kiddie

area, petting zoo, bungy jump, pony

rides and loads of fun for everyone. 10

a.m. - 10 p.m. Free admission, parking

and shuttles. Free music. Norris Drive

in Rolling Hills Estates. pvstreetfair.


Saturday, June 10

ADHD Hero 5K /3K

Hope So Bright's inaugural ADHD

Hero 5K Run/3K Walk in Hermosa

Beach. All proceeds will go to programs

and services in the South Bay that support

children with ADHD. 7:30 a.m. -

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> theater

To Go or Not to Go?

Beach Cities Relay for Life kicks off at 9 a.m., Saturday, July 15 at Lincoln Elementary School in

Redondo Beach. Join a team, donate or volunteer!

noon. North of the Hermosa Pier at

The Strand. Event information can be

found online at:

British Car Show

Open to any and all British makes.

10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Automotive Driving

Museum, 610 Lairport St., El Segundo.

$10 at the door. For questions call (310)

909-0950 or visit

Sunday, June 11

Champions Torch Run

32nd Annual “Champions Run for

Life” Torch Run, where close to 300

current and former patients of JJCCC

will run, walk, wheel or be carried in

an Olympic-style relay. Help celebrate

children with cancer or serious blood

disorders by donating or sponsoring a

JJCCC patient. 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Shoreline Aquatic Park, 200 Aquarium

Way, Long Beach.

or call (562) 933-8600 for more information.

Meet the Grunion

Watch silvery fish come up on the

beach to spawn! Learn about the interesting

mating rituals and growth of this

curious fish. Cabrillo Aquarium opens

at 8 p.m. and auditorium program begins

at 9, followed by guided observation

at the beach. You must arrive

before 9 p.m. to see the movie. Warm

clothing and flashlight recommended.

June and July are open season, when

grunion may be taken by hand only

and a valid California fishing license

must be displayed if you are 16 years

or older. $5 for adults and $1 for seniors,

students, and children. 8 p.m.

Saturday, June 17

Begg Pool Kickoff Party

Meet the Manhattan Beach 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. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

For more information contact the Parks

and Recreation Department at (310)

802-5448 or Begg Pool (310) 802-5428

or (310) 802-5429.

Summer Celebration

#liveHERMOSA invites familes to

hang out with your Parks and Recreation

Department and celebrate the

summer. Meet your Valley Park Summer

Day Camp Counselors, learn

about all the summer camps and

classes they offer, jump in bounce

houses, take pictures with Sunny one

last time, enjoy snacks, try free demo

classes and more. Free. 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Questions? Call (310) 318-0280 or visit

June 22 to June 25

Paul’s Weston workshop

Paul’s Photo presents a figure workshop

in Carmel inspired by the legendary

photographer Edward Weston.

Paul’s also host workshops this summer

in the Eastern Sierras, Alaska and

Kenya. For more information visit

Saturday, June 24

Sunday, June 25

Village Summer Festival

The 40th Annual Riviera Village

Calendar cont. on page 66

A scene from an earlier production of Shakespeare by the Sea’s “The Taming

of the Shrew.”

by Bondo Wyszpolski

And the answer? Pack up a

picnic for an evening under

the stars.

Shakespeare by the Sea is celebrating

its 20th season this summer,

presenting the Bard’s darker “Macbeth”

and his lighter “The Taming

of the Shrew.” The plays are produced

in repertoire, beginning mid-

June (see schedule below) at Point

Fermin Park in San Pedro but with

stops in Hermosa Beach, Manhattan

Beach, and Torrance, along with

20 other parks throughout Southern


“I didn’t know back in 1998 what

I was getting myself into,” says

artistic producing director, and

founder, Lisa Coffi. “The festival

has grown beyond my wildest expectations.

Starting with playing to

a few hundred people, to performing

to upwards of 20,000 people

each summer is not anything I

could have foreseen.”

“It’s such a visceral experience,”

says Patrick Vest, who’ll be taking

on the role of Macbeth, “Performing

these great plays for huge audiences

at venues that range in scope from

parks with 1,500 people in the

house to small pocket parks with

only a couple of hundred people

keeps us on our toes, keeps us

breathing life into these roles every

night. It’s truly the way Shakespeare’s

actors did it. We roll into

town, we put up our show, and

later that night, we are gone. But

the feelings of each night remain

and become part of the fabric of

who we are.”

“Through our performances,”

notes Coffi, “we seek to explore the

truth of the human spirit through

Shakespeare’s texts, affording an

unparalleled emotional and intellectual

encounter for audiences and

artists alike. Throughout our history,

we have been able to provide

admission-free productions in public

venues, enabling us to reach a

broad audience.”

Suzanne Dean is the associate

artistic director. “Most of the extraordinary

artists who work with

us each summer are involved in

both shows,” she points out, “and

watching their commitment and

dedication to the festival never fails

to inspire us.”

“Macbeth” will be helmed by

Ovation Award-winner, Stephanie

A. Coltrin, and “The Taming of the

Shrew” will be directed by SBTS

veteran award-winning actor and

director Cylan

Brown. Both have been fixtures

in South Bay theater for several

years, and since Shakespeare never

gets out we can hope to see them

both for years to come.

In case you forgot your high

school Shakespeare, MacBeth is a

ruthlessly ambitious Scottish lord

who seizes the throne with the help

of his scheming wife and a trio of


“Taming of the Shrew” tells the

story of the brutish, fortune-hunting

scoundrel Petruchio’s efforts to

tame his wealthy, shrewish wife


The shows are free, but donations

and support help keep them afloat.


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2017 Schedule

San Pedro - Point Fermin Park

807 Paseo Del Mar • 8 p.m.

The Taming of the Shrew:

June 15, 16, 17, 29, July 1, 7, August 19


June 22, 23, 24, 30, July 6, 8, August 18

Hermosa Beach - Valley Park

Valley & Gould • 7 p.m.

Wednesday, July 12 Macbeth

Thursday, July 13 The Taming of the Shrew

Torrance - Wilson Park

2200 Crenshaw Blvd. • 7 p.m.

Friday, July 28 Macbeth

Saturday, July 29 The Taming of the Shrew

Manhattan Beach - Polliwog Park

1601 Manhattan Beach Blvd. • 7 p.m.

Friday, August 11 Macbeth

Saturday, August 12 The Taming of the Shrew

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RBFD Spaghetti Dinner

Saturday, May 13

At the Woman’s Club of Redondo

Beach’s Historical Clubhouse, 400 S.

Broadway, Redondo Beach. A donation of

$15 gets you a spaghetti dinner, cooked

and served by the Redondo Beach Firefighters,

plus salad, bread and a dessert.

Children 8 under are free. Proceeds go to

local charities. Silent auction. Tickets at

the door. Call Linda at (310) 540-6814 for

more information.

Build Your Own Burger

Tuesday, May 30 • Silvio’s Brazilian BBQ

In celebration of May being National

Hamburger Month, Silvio’s Brazilian

BBQ is hosting a Best Hamburger contest,

based on juiciness, flavor, and originality.

(310) 908-6978. 20 Pier Avenue, Hermosa

Beach. For entry details visit

Triple B Romp and Stomp 5

Sunday, June 4 • The Depot

A day of hand-crafted bourbons, microbrew

craft beers, Chef Michael Shafer’s

killer BBQ, and great blues music. Noon

to 6 p.m. at The Depot Restaurant, 1250

Cabrillo, Torrance. $75. Call for tickets:


Chef’s Table Dinner

Thursday, June 15 • Terranea

Seasonal themed menu with wine pairings,

a portion of which goes to local charities.

$240 plus T&T. Reserve for two and

receive a complimentary room for the

night. Details at

Far Niente Wine Dinner

Tuesday, June 20 • Chez Melange

Menu TBA, check website at

Farm and Vine Dinner

Sunday, June 25 • Mar’sel at Terranea

Chef Andrew Vaughan presents a five

course special menu with produce from

Coleman Family Farms and wines by

Pahlmeyer Winery. $195 plus tax & tip.

Details at

Celebrate Wellness

Sunday, June 25 • South Coast Botanic


Dine on samples from local restaurants

while sipping wines, beers, and other

beverages, then stroll through lovely

green landscapes to work up an appetite.

Event runs 3-7 PM, tickets $150 to benefit

> dines & wines

Cancer Support Community at

Best of the Central Coast

Tuesday, July 18 • Chez Melange

Menu TBA, check website at


Sunday, August 20 • The Depot

Join the Chef Michael Shafer for dancing

in the street to benefit The Volunteer Center

(310-540-5858). A live band will rock you

into bidding on the silent auction and prepare

you for a Depot dinner under the big

tent. 4 p.m. 9 p.m.

Chef’s Table Dinner

Friday, August 25 • Terranea

Seasonal themed menu with wine pairings,

a portion of which goes to local charities.

Price is $240 plus T&T. reserve for two

and get a complimentary room for the

night. Details at

Celebration of Food & Wine

Fri/Sat, August 25-26 • Terranea

Two day event at Terranea Resort. Details

TBA. Check

Evening Under The Stars

Saturday, August 26 • American Honda

For Our Children hosts its popular

fundraiser Under The Stars For Children’s

Healthcare. This is one of the South Bay’s

oldest, most popular charity events. Price

not yet announced. Check

for details.

Magic Bus Ride

Sunday, August 27 • The Depot

Ride to the Wine Country with Chef

Michael Shafer and tour three central coast

vineyards. Continental breakfast, lunch and

dinner included. Bus leaves at 10 a.m. from

the Depot parking lot. $175 per person plus

tax. (310) 787-7501 for reservations.

Farm and Vine Dinner

Sunday, September 21 • Mar’sel at Terranea

Chef Andrew Vaughan presents a five

course special menu with produce from

Flora Belle Farms, with wines by Kistler

Winery. Cost is $195 plus tax & tip - details


Taste of the Pier & Waterfront

Sunday, October 8 • Redondo Beach

Enjoy a variety of small bites, live music

and family fun. 12 - 4 p.m. The Redondo

Pier, 100 Fisherman’s Wharf, Redondo


Special dinners at Chez Melange in Redondo Beach have include

guests chefs such as the Hitching Post’s Frank Ostini

shown with Chez Melange executive chef Robert Bell and line

chef Jim Tate. Photo by Kevin Cody

South Bay Farmers Markets

Farmers markets featuring farm fresh fruit and vegetables

and a wide range of hot meals can be found somewhere

in the South Bay every day, except Mondays.


Manhattan Beach 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

At 13th St. and Morningside Dr., behind City Hall.

Torrance 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Wilson Park, 2200 Crenshaw Blvd.


Hermosa Beach 1 to 6 p.m.

Pier Plaza.

El Segundo 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

In front of the Whole Foods at 760 Sepulveda Blvd.


Redondo Beach 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

In front of Veteran’s Park, just south of the pier.


El Segundo 3 to 7 p.m.

Downtown, at Main St. and Grand. Ave.



Hermosa Beach noon to 4 p.m.

11 St., and Valley Dr., next to Clark Field.


Torrance 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Wilson Park, 2200 Crenshaw Blvd.


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ages (ideal for kids 10 and up).

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days Monday-Friday and half day sessions

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This is a fantastic and unique

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each education

The Roundhouse Acquarium’s summer camps include science experienents, Kids love the hands-on approach to marine life at the Roundhouse Acquarium.

including “Pressure Day.”

Photos courtesy the Roundhouse Acquarium

A summer of oceanic fun

by Mark McDermott

Roundhouse Acquarium co-director Eric Martin was in Washington

last year, at a whale musuem, when he walked into a room and saw

a photo of a familiar site, the Roundhouse. It wasn’t the first time

he was far afield and saw his place of work on a wall.

“The Roundhouse is Manhattan Beach,” Martin said. “It’s everywhere.”

As South Bay residents know, the Roundhouse Acquarium is a local treasure

for reasons far beyond its role as the city’s iconic symbol — it’s a small

but beautiful facitily at which generations of local kids have learned about

ocean life, both through its daily operations and particularly through its

summer programs, which include camps and special speakers. Summer

kicks off June 3 at the the acquarium with the 5th Annual Roundhouse

Fun Run For The Oceans, a 5k run/walk on the beach’s hardpack that

serves both as the facilities annual fundraiser and yet another way students

get involved with the waterfront.

“It’s really family-friendly,” said acquarium co-director Valerie Hill. “It’s

for all ages, and local businesses donated a lot of cool prizes. We also have

a fun raffle afterwards.”

The acquarium’s 7-week long summer camps start on July 5, half-day

morning camps for kids that dig into marine science with hands-on activities

and experiments that are both fun and highly educational.

“We pack a lot into a half day,” Hill said. “My favorite day is ‘Pressure

Day,’ when we get to explode stuff, as part of an experiment.”

And of course, the daily operation of the acquarium is a great, free summer

fun day for any kid, with touch tanks featuring sea horses, octopus,

and Sheepshead fish — the latter which start life out as females and later

some change into males. “That’s always a fun fact,” Hill said.

More than 300,000 people visit the Roundhouse Acquarium annually;

it’s not only Manhattan Beach’s icon, but one of its true genuine attractions.

But the facility is also decades old, and in need of some upgrading.

Skechers, the globally popular shoe brand headquartered in Manhattan

Beach, has contributed $1.2 million towards what is projected as $2.5 million

in needed renovation that will begin this fall if fundraising efforts this

summer are successful.

Skechers president Michael Greenberg is leading the charge in honor of

his late son.

"I wanted to honor my son, Harrison Greenberg,” said Greenberg. “He

grew up at the beach walking down the pier and going to the roundhouse

with friends and family. Knowing the roundhouse — the jewel of Manhattan

Beach — was in need of help, it was an opportunity to give back to our

community for years to come and honor my incredible son Harrison.”

Harrison, an avid lover of ocean life, was not alone in having his interest

ignited by the Roundhouse Acquarium. It’s the reason for the acquarium’s

at the Roundhouse Acquarium


“We teach kids that it’s important to remember lots of things live out

there in the ocean, some you see and some you don’t, but either way it’s

their home and we need to keep it clean and take care of it,” Hill said.

Anyone interested in contributing to fundraising efforts can contact Robin Curren

at Skechers at The Roundhouse Acquarium Fun

Run is June 3 beginning at 9:30 a.m. The $35 registration fee includes Electronic

Timing, Commemorative T-shirt, and Refreshments. There will be an early bird

discount, so register ASAP. The Roundhouse’s summer camps kick off July 5

with a short week (post July 4) for a pro-rated cost of $120; the rest of the summer

are five-day camps for $200. Activities include digging for sand crabs, playing

in the waves, dissecting squid, learning about sharks, having water fights,

building sand sculptures, coke explosions, making crafts, building a recycled

boat, doing experiments, touching live animals, shooting a lemon cannon, playing

beach games, and more. See for more info. B

Summer at the SEALab

Redondo Beach’s SEALab summer programs are an opportunity

for the kids to get a firm grasp of ocean science while

spending time at the beach and meeting local flora and


Two summer programs are offered: Half-day, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.,

Mini Mariners program for kids 4 to 6 years old; and the full-day 9

a.m. to 3 p.m. Ocean Explorers, for kids 7 to 11 years old.

Mini Mariners spend much of their time inside the SEALab

aquarium, learning about ocean habitats and animal species, but

the beach is visited during their week-long as well. Ocean Explorers

visit the beach more often, kayaking and exploring tide pools.

“A lot of kids have never even been out on a kayak before,” said

Jennifer Kolbauer, SEALab’s Program Director. “Getting out there

and seeing sea lions, dive-bombing pelicans and the fish swimming

underneath them…it’s something new and exciting.”

Mini-Mariner programs are July 10-14 and July 24-28, with rates

at $200 per week and $50 per day.

Ocean Explorer programs are July 17-21 and July 31-Aug. 4, with

rates at $300 per week and $75 per day. For more information, visit, or call 310-318-7438. B

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CAL ENDAR cont. from page 60

Summer Festival features over 300

arts and crafts booths, carnival

rides, a petting zoo, and food

court. Jamming in the Sierra Nevada-sponsored

Beer Garden this

year are local bands Singing Joe

Cipolla, 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. both days. Complimentary

parking is available at South

High and West High with a free

shuttle service.

Tuesday, July 4

Fireworks Fest

This family friendly special

event will feature first come, first

serve seating throughout the Seaside

Lagoon. Bring beach chairs,

blankets and umbrellas (tents are

not permitted). All day fun for the

kids includes swimming in the

warm water Lagoon, inflatable

slides, arts & crafts, party music

from the Live DJ, and a special

menu from Ruby’s. You are also

welcome to bring your own prepared

foods and drinks. Alcohol

free. Adults $20. Kids $12. Gates

open at 2 p.m. Fireworks begin at

9 p.m. (310) 746-7650.

Saturday, July 8


Learn to interpret the sun’s solar

flares and prominences, as well as

learn about their impact on Earth

with Paul Livio, while viewing our

nearest star through special solar

scopes. Free. For more information

contact the Madrona Marsh Nature

Center at (310) 782-3989.

Friday, July 14 to

Sunday, July 16

Greek Festival

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.

$2, available at the door.

Saturday, July 15

Relay For Life

The 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. Candlelight

Luminaria ceremony at 9 p.m. will

honor those who have fought cancer.

Closing ceremony at 8 a.m.

Sunday. 2223 Plant Ave, Redondo


Art as Experience:

Sculpture Design

Art as Experience is a free,

hands-on, inclusive family art program.

Workshops are developed in

correlation with exhibitions on display

at the Manhattan Beach Art

Center. First and third Saturday of

the month between 2:30 and 4:30

p.m. Advanced registration required.

Children ages 5 and up. To

reserve your spot, call (310) 802-

5440. Manhattan Beach Art Center,

Studio B, 1560 Manhattan

Beach Blvd.

Saturday, July 15

Sunday, July 16

Photo Boot Camp

The Creative Photo Academy at

Paul’s Photo offers comprehensive

weekend of instruction in creative

photography, beginning with an

understanding of the many options

on modern cameras. Hone your

skills through professional instruction,

practical assignments and

constructive image reviews. A digital

interchangeable lens camera is

recommended. Sat. 4 to 6:30 p.m.

Sunday 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Also

held Aug. 26, 27. For more information


Saturday, September 2 to

Monday, September 4

Fiesta Hermosa

Arts and crafts, two live music

stages, beer garden, food court,

and rides have made Hermosa’s

Labor Day fiesta a popular Southern

California event. Free offsite

parking. (310)


Sunday, September 9

Redondo Chalk Art


Last year more nearly 200

artists, young and old, turned Redondo

Beach Pier and the Water

front 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



Friday, September 22 to

Sunday, September 24

Redondo Beach

Lobster Festival

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. Seaside

Lagoon in King Harbor is beautiful

and easily accessed. For tickets

and music line up visit

Sunday, September 24

Rods, Rides, and Relics

Classic Car Show

Along the waterfront at the Redondo

Beach Pier, a collection of

carefully selected antique automobiles

will be exhibited at the 14th

Annual Rods, Rides, and Relics,

Classic Car Show. With the Beach

Boys singing “Fun, Fun, Fun” in

the background, prepare to be

transported to a different era

among the 100 classics on display.

10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Vote for your fave.

Sunday, October 8

Taste of the Pier

& Waterfront

Enjoy a variety of small bites,

live music and family fun. 12 - 4

p.m. The Redondo Pier, 100 Fisherman’s

Wharf, Redondo Beach.

Saturday, October 21

Sunday, October 22

Hermosa Fine Arts


Over 100 select artists, a student

art exhibition, face painting and

art activities for kids, DJ music,

and food trucks. On the sweeping

lawn of the community center in

Hermosa Beach, corner of Pier Ave

and Pacific Coast Hwy. Walking

distance to shopping and restaurants,

blocks from the Pacific

Ocean. B

summer >

Mothers Day concert

Sunday, May 14

The Palos Verdes Symphonic Band presents its

annual Mother’s Day Concert from 5 to 7 p.m. in

the Frances Young Hall at the South Coast Botanic

Gardens, 26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Rancho Palos

Verdes. The program will consist of music from

“Out of Africa,” “Saving Private Ryan,” “The Wizard

of Oz,” plus themes from the James Bond and

Star Wars films. Rena Urso will be featured on

flute. Tickets, $10; free for those 12 and under.

Christine Hayes conducts. (310) 792-8286 or go to

LA Phil concertmaster

Sunday, May 14

Martin Chalifour, the principal concertmaster

for the LA Phil, cellist Cécilia Tsan and pianist

Steven Vanhauwaert, perform at 2 p.m. in the

Rolling Hills United Methodist Church, 26438

Crenshaw Blvd., Rolling Hills Estates. Free, but

your donations help. (310) 316-5574.

Nimble fingers

Sunday, May 14

“Piano Festival 2017,” presented by the Japan

Musicians of California (JMAC), is an all-ages

recital. It takes place at 9 a.m. in the James Armstrong

Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance.

Free. More if you email

When we were younger, right?

Sunday, May 14

Janet Klein and Her Parlor Boy perform lovely

musical gems of the 1910s, ‘20s and ‘30s at 2:30

p.m. in the Old Town Music Hall, 140 Richmond

St., El Segundo. Tickets, $20. Call (310) 322-2592

or go to

Tootin’ their horns

Sunday, May 14

The South Bay New Orleans Jazz Club meets

from 1 to 5 p.m. in the Knights of Columbus Hall,

214 Ave. I, Redondo Beach. The featured band is

Richard Simon’s Jazz America. Admission, $8

members, $12 non-members, and $10 if you’re in

another jazz club. Visiting musicians who come to

play admitted free. (310) 376-2591.

Armed Forces Day Concert

Friday, May 19

The United States Air Force Band of the Golden

West performs at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Free

admission but tickets are required. Tickets will be

passed out starting at 1 p.m. on a first come-first

served basis on Wednesday, May 13. Limit 4 tickets

per adult. James Armstrong Theatre, 3330

Civic Center Drive. For questions call (310) 781-


Benoit does Broadway

Sunday, May 21

Conductor David Benoit leads the Asia America

Symphony in a “Broadway Celebration,” featuring

music from “Hamilton,” “Wicked,”, “The Sound

of Music,” “Fun Home” and “My Fair Lady.”

7:30p.m. at the James R. Armstrong Theater at the

Torrance Civic Center, 3330 Civic Center Dr. For

tickets call (310) 377-8977 or visit

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Hermosa’s Summer Beach Concerts are an occasion for dining and dancing,

as well as listening to some of California’s finest indie bands.

A grand season finale

Friday, May 26

The Beach Cities Symphony performs

at 8:15 p.m. in Marsee Auditorium

at El Camino College, Crenshaw

and Redondo Beach boulevards, Torrance.

Conducted by Barry Brisk, the

event features the winners of the

Artists of the Future Concerto Competition.

Also being performed, music by

Fernandez and Verdi. Free. Pre-concert

lecture at 7:30 p.m. (310) 379-9725 or

go to

Wesley Youth Bell Ringers

Wednesday, June 14

The wondrous Wesley Youth Bell

Ringers perform at St. Peter’s by the

Sea at 7:30 pm. The concert will be the

fifth concert on the choir’s 52nd annual

concert tour, and will feature 15

teenaged ringers playing more than

150 handbells and handchimes. 6410

Palos Verdes Dr. South, Rancho Palos

Verdes. Free. More info at

Music on the Meadows

At Terranea Resort

Sunday, June 18

Oceanfront concert featuring the

Bacon Brothers. Noon to 7 p.m. 100

Terranea Way, Rancho Palos Verdes.

For tickets visit

Summer Sunday Sounds

at Neighborhood Church

June 25, July 16, Aug. 20

The Neighborhood Church hosts

family concerts on its patio overlooking

the ocean. Free, but tickets required.

Donations accepted. BYO

picnic at 6 p.m., concerts at 7 p.m.

415 Paseo del Mar, Palos Verdes Estates

June 25: Elena Degl’innocenti. This

Italian-born singer songwriter,with a

three-octave soprano voice, she sings in

Italian, English, Portuguese, Spanish

and French.

July 16: Richard Smith. Chet Atkins

called this local musician, “The most

amazing guy I know on guitar— he can

play anything I know, only better.”

August 20: Bill Webster’s

Unabridged Big Band play the hits of

every decade from the 40s to today.

El Segundo

Summer Concerts

Sundays, June 18, July 9, 23, Aug. 6

Picnic or dine from local food trucks

prior to the concerts at Library Park on

Main Street in downtown El Segundo.

Free. 4 p.m. For more information call

(310) 524-2700 or visit

Redondo Pier concerts

Saturdays & Thursdays,

July 1 through August 31

Concerts on the Redondo Pier. are

Thursdays and Saturdays at 6 p.m.

This year’s lineup includes The Big

Mess, In Contempt, Ghost In The Machine.

Free. 100 Fisherman’s Wharf,

Redondo Beach. For a complete lineup


Manhattan Beach

Concerts in the Park

Sundays, July 3 to September 4

The Manhattan Beach Concerts in

the Park series has featured such artists

as the Doo-Wah Riders, Nathan

Shrake, and Elvis and Beatles tribute

Bands. Free. Polliwog Park, 1601 Manhattan

Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach.

For a list of this year’s bands visit

Hermosa Beach

Summer Concert Series

Sundays, August 6 through 27

Presented by Saint Rocke and featuring

some of California’s top indie

bands. Free. 5 p.m. On the beach,

south side of the Hermosa Beach pier.

For band line-up visit


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