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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
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
ON THE COVER
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
in the Park
dines and wines
64 Roundhouse, SeaLab
66 Summer Concerts
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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 (SteveGaffney.com)
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
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
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
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 BeachSports.org
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. campsurf.com
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. ChampCampKids.com
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 . freeedom.org
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. email@example.com.
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.
GotFriends.com 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.
(323) 472-4752. Register at steveandkate.com.
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-
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.
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 BeachSports.org
and Body Glove Camps.
Register online at PCHSkate-
Perfect Day Surf Camp
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. PerfectDaySurfcamp.com.
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. PVSurfCamp.com
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.
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.
• Private Parties
• Private Lessons
• 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 CityMB.info. B
Briel Weingartner, 6, of
Hawthorne, doing a
blunt to fakie.
Photos by Ian Logan
Leah Ho, 16, of Mar
Vista, pulling off a
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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 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-
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 ci.manhattanbeach.ca.us.
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 redondo.org 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 TorranceCA.gov/DayCamps/.
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. PuttinOnProductions.com.
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
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. Adventureplex.org.
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-
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. destinationscience.org.
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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PENINSULA SPORTS CAMPS
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
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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 gymnastics.com.
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. Rhumc.org.
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,
280 Yacht Club Way, Redondo
Beach. SailRedondo.com. (424) 287-
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. KitchenKid.com.
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,
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.
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. Rhumc.org.
The Greek Festival, hosted by St. Katherine’s Church takes place July 14-16
in Redondo Beach. SBGreekfestival.com for more information.
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.
907 Knob Hill, Redondo Beach,
(310) 540-9742. 31100 Hawthorne
Blvd., Rancho Palos Verdes, (310)
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
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
Contact Tom Maier at (310) 213-
5433 or visit peninsulasportscamps.com.
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 peninsulasportscamps.com.
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 Peninsulasportscamps.com.
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
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
For schedule of events, visit surffestival.org. B
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MANHATTAN BEACH’S TERRY MCDERMOTT
EXAMINES HOW DECEPTION DEFINES
THE PITCHER’S TASK
BY RYAN MCDONALD
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
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
player in major league history despite throwing with an embarrassing lack
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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,”
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
“Aha,” said Picasso. “I can paint
false Picassos as well as anybody.”
Somewhere out there, Gaylord
Perry is smiling. B
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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
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
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.
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.
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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.
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
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
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.
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
Saturday, June 10
Fort by Cynthia DeFelice
Hang 10 Book Club
Saturday, June 10 3:30 p.m.
Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate
MakMo Mobile STEAM
Thursdays, June 29 & July 12
Wednesday, June 14 7 p.m.
Donut and Hot Tea Tasting (study break)
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
Tuesday, May 30 11 a.m.
Cornelia Funke, author of The Book No One
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.
Beautification project progress report
Wednesday, June 28 7 p.m.
Redondo North Branch
2000 Artesia Blvd. (310) 318-0677
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
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.
May 31, June 21 & 28, July 5, 12, 19 & 26, Aug. 16, 23 & 30
Children ages 3 to 5 years participate in this independent storytime that includes
iterary concepts to help kids get ready to read. Limited to 40 individuals. Get
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
Pre-K thru 6th graders. A different craft or activity each month to keep your imagination
Children’s SRP Sign-up and Kick-off carnival
Saturday, June 17 10 a.m.
SRP Activities (Pre-k thru 12th grade)
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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
"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
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
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Cross stepping away.
Photos by Jeff Berting
Cash and Beck Cherry in their shaping bay.
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week summer school, science
classes through Experium Science
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programs. Camp activities
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and shows. Art Camp, Swim
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This event promotes fun and a
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given a general theme (which you,
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to integrate into their storyline, and
all completed work must be turned
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winners will be screened yet again,
but this time during the closing
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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: southbayfest.com/.
“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.
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The South Bay Film & Music Festival
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
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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
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candidates or future Spielbergs
have an an opportunity to collect
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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
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
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. AVP.com.
Various summer dates
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. Teamusa.org.
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
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
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
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. Wsobv.com.
Saturday, July 29
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,
Thursday, Friday, August 3-4
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. Surffestival.org.
Established in 2010 by former
professional standout Albert Hannemann,
the NVL was created to
provide a sustainable future for pro
beach volleyball in the U.S. The
event includes a Coed 4’s tournament
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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
Women's Open Singles and Doubles and Amateur
Prizes and trophies are awarded to all division
winners. Each participant receives lunch,
a T-shirt, and a goodie bag.
For more information or to register, visit
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The finals of this year’s Manhattan
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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. Beachtennisassociation.net.B
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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
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. villagerunner.com.
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. Sbchc.com.
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 villagerunner.com.
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. roundhouseaquarium.org.
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 Active.com or
visit ConquerourRun.org and click SoCal.
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,
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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 rbtriathlon.com. 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 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 mbgp.com. B
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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 (KimPritchardPhotography.com)
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
TICKETS AVAILABLE AT
Manhattan Beach: American Martyrs, Grow,
Patterson Cleaners, Tabula Rasa, Bristol Farms,
Hillside Gifts, Look! Optometry and Pages
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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
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by Randy Angel
is one of the
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
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.”
“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
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
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
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-
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S O U T H B AY
Friday, May 12
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
colapublib.org 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)
org, or ymcala.org/torrance-south-bay/pages/fore-the
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.
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.
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 colapublib.org
or call (310) 379-8475.
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
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.
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,
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of recycling food and yard
waste into a valuable and free
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Above Seaside Lagoon, Fourth of July, 2016. Photo by Ray Vidal
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
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 southcoastbotanicgarden.org.
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 southbayfamiliesconnected.org/events.
Friday, May 19 thru
Sunday May 21
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
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 villagerunner.com
or call (310) 220-0233 for complete
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 hbfol.org.
Woodies Picnic and
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. AutomotiveDrivingMuseum.org.
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,
The North Redondo Beach
Business Association and Blue
Calendar cont. on page 58
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
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
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
“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
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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 CatalinaMuseum.org.
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 tourdepier.com.
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 sbbeerwinefest.com/tickets/. 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 Sbbeerwinefest.com.
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-
Sistercity.org. 1814 S. Pacific Coast
Highway, Redondo Beach. (310) 792-
Saturday, May 27 to
Monday, May 29
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.
HBChamber.net. (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
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 TorranceAntiqueFaire.com.
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
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
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 Julie@manhattanbeachbotanicalgarden.org.
Shark Week Fishtivities
A day filled with shark activities,
games, and crafts at SEALab. $5 per
person. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. 1021 N. Harbor
Drive, Redondo Beach. Contact Rebecca
Fent with any questions,
email@example.com, (310) 318-7458. lacorps.org/programs/sea-lab/.
Sunday, June 4
SoCal Live Steamers
Mini train rides for the whole family.
Since 1990 • License # 770059, C-36 C-34 C-42
D E P E N D A B L E • P R O F E S S I O N A L • A F F O R D A B L E
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$ 9 8 0
Residential Water Heater
40 gal. installed! ($1080 - 50 gal. also available)
Includes hot & cold water supply lines
Expires June 30, 2017
Public Run Days are every month on
the first Sunday, from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
and the 3rd Saturday from 12 - 3 p.m.
Donations are the only way to keep the
trains running and the facility and
equipment maintained and upgraded.
Wilson Park, 2290 Washington Ave.,
Torrance. Check them out on facebook
facebook.com/SoCalLiveSteam/ or call
FULL SERVICE PLUMBING
SEWER VIDEO INSPECTION
$ 7 5
Rooter Service - Main Line
Must have clean-out access. Some restrictions may apply.
Expires June 30, 2017
F R E E
E S T I M A T E S
M e n t i o n t h i s a d w h e n
s e t t i n g u p a p p o i n t m e n t .
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Saturday, June 10
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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S O U T H B AY
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! relay.acsevents.org.
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 theADM.org.
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. TorchRunOnline.org
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. citymb.info.
#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 CreativePhotoAcademy.com.
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
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
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
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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SHAKESPEARE BY THE SEA
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
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 store.terranea.com
Far Niente Wine Dinner
Tuesday, June 20 • Chez Melange
Menu TBA, check website at chezmelange.com
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 store.terranea.com.
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 celebratewellness.org
Best of the Central Coast
Tuesday, July 18 • Chez Melange
Menu TBA, check website at chezmelange.com
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 store.terranea.com
Celebration of Food & Wine
Fri/Sat, August 25-26 • Terranea
Two day event at Terranea Resort. Details
TBA. Check store.terranea.com.
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 torrancememorial.org
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. downtownmanhattanbeach.com/manhattan-beach-farmers-market/
Torrance 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Wilson Park, 2200 Crenshaw Blvd.
Hermosa Beach 1 to 6 p.m.
Pier Plaza. www.hbchamber.net
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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831 N. Harbor Drive,
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
SUP Camp is for boys and girls of all
ages (ideal for kids 10 and up).
TARSAN SUP Camp will now offer full
days Monday-Friday and half day sessions
either 9:00 - 12:00 or 1:00 - 4:00
from June - Sept.
Ages: Ideal for 10 and up
Dates: June 26 - Sept 1
Days: Monday - Friday
Times: 9:00 - 12:00 OR 1:00 - 4:00
Contact the shop if you are
interested in full days.
Fees: $299/child per week; 10% off
(same week only)
$275/child per week if parent is a
$60/child per day drop in rate;
camp rashguard additional $10
“TARSAN’s kids camp is a must
on my daughters’ list every
year! The shop owners and instructors
are friendly, accommodating
and help the girls
learn to be safe and confident.
This is a fantastic and unique
“TARSAN SUP camp is talked
about all year in our house!
They have so many fun adventures,
and it is by far their favorite
camp of the summer. We
love that we can sign them up
for multiple sessions too.
Thank you so much for providing
this unique opportunity for
May 11, 2017 • Easy Reader / Beach magazine 63
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 roundhouseaquarium.org 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
lacorps.org/programs/sea-lab, 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. RVSummerfestival.com.
Tuesday, July 4
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. Redondofireworks.com.
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. torranceca.gov.
Friday, July 14 to
Sunday, July 16
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. SBGreekfestival.com.
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:
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
Saturday, July 15
Sunday, July 16
Photo Boot Camp
The Creative Photo Academy at
Paul’s Photo offers comprehensive
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Sunday 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Also
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Saturday, September 2 to
Monday, September 4
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. HBChamber.net. (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
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 LobsterFestival.com.
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. Redondopier.com.
Sunday, October 8
Taste of the Pier
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. hermosafinearts.com. B
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.
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 OldTownMusicHall.org.
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 BeachCitiesSymphony.org.
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 StPetersPres.org.
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 terranea.com/palosverdes-events.
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
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.
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 ElSegundo.org.
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
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
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 SaintRocke.com
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