World Class Shopping Now in the South Bay

Today marks the opening of the new Del Amo remodel. This is the second opening of a major fashion/shopping center in the South Bay.

The Point, in El Segundo, is something new not only in the South Bay, but in the shopping center world — a curated “lifestyle center” that does not feature an anchor tenant and has an “inverted” design, with stores and restaurants facing each other.

“It’s a downtown plaza, east of Sepulveda,” said Tony D’Errico, an Manhattan Beach councilman and co-owner of Bella Beach Kids at The Point. “I mean, people like places to sit, congregate, socialize. I think traditionally, in most of our cities in the South Bay, that has been the downtown. But this creates a space on the other side of Sepulveda, which is an amazing, small downtown plaza. It’s like a European piazza.”

Get a bird’s eye perspective on what Del Amo Fashion Center will be like once this transformational, property wide renovation is complete. Within this 3D architect rendering animation, you’ll get a sneak peek of all the amazing & signature elements that will be added to the center along with subtle design details and finishes…
Del Amo Fashion Center is in the first phase of a major redevelopment which includes the construction of beautiful new Patio Cafes in the heart of the shopping center near the central Macy’s store. The garden inspired dining pavilion will replace the existing food court. Subsequent work starting in 2014 will include the creation of a new state of the art two-level mall and a new Nordstrom, opening Fall 2015.

Del Amo Fashion Square in Torrance,  today’s opening of the new state-of-the-art, two-story, 138,000-square-foot Nordstrom and adjacent high-end fashion wing with about 100 shops at Del Amo Fashion Center stores are rolling out free gifts, demonstrations and other events to lure shoppers.

The new mall also features new fabulous restaurants to join the renovated space.

The Daily Breeze has the list of free goodies as part of the celebration.

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Fire Prevention Week

NFPA announces the theme for Fire Prevention Week, October 4-10, 2015 “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep: Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm”

Diagram of where to put smoke alarms. The top ...

Diagram of where to put smoke alarms. The top caption reads “PLACE ONE SMOKE ALARM ON EVERY FLOOR AND SLEEPING ROOM”. The top diagram is labeled “MULTI-STORY” with an attic, basement, two bedrooms, a living room, and a kitchen. The bottom diagram is labeled “SINGLE LEVEL” and has similar rooms. Suggestions for smoke alarms are diagramed. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

June 1, 2015 – Every bedroom needs a working smoke alarm. If you didn’t know that, you’re not alone. An online questionnaire distributed by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) showed that less than half (42 percent) of approximately 36,000 respondents did not know that a smoke alarm should be installed in each bedroom of the home.

In an effort to better educate the public about this “sleepy” smoke alarm requirement, NFPA – the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for more than 90 years – today announced “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep: Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm” as the theme for this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, October 4-10, 2015. NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm Code®, requires a smoke alarm in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home.

Sparky the Fire Dog®
announces “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep: Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm” as theme for Fire Prevention Week, October 4-10, 2015

“While we’ve long suspected that many people don’t know they need a smoke alarm in each bedroom, the questionnaire we posted last year confirmed those suspicions,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA’s vice president of Outreach and Advocacy. “Fire Prevention Week presents the perfect opportunity to better educate the public about this potentially life-saving message.”

According to NFPA statistics, half of all U.S. home fire deaths occur at night between the hours of 11:00 pm and 7:00 am, when people are most likely to be sleeping. Having a working smoke alarm in the home cuts the risk of dying in a fire in half. These facts underscore the extreme importance of having working smoke alarms in all bedrooms.

“Because fires can happen when people are sleeping, having working smoke alarms in bedrooms is a critical element of home fire safety,” said Carli, who notes that three out of every five U.S. home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. “Smoke alarms can make the difference between life and death in a fire by alerting people in time to escape safely, but they need to be installed in all the required locations, including all bedrooms, and they need to be working.”NFPA will be teaming up with its Fire Prevention Week partners – the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), Domino’s, The Home Depot, CVS Health, LEGOLAND® Florida and LEGOLAND® California – to promote “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep: Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm” through a series of fun, engaging events and activities this fall. For more information about smoke alarms and this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, visit

About Fire Prevention Week
NFPA has been the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week since 1922. According to the National Archives and Records Administration’s Library Information Center, Fire Prevention Week is the longest running public health and safety observance on record. The President of the United States has signed a proclamation proclaiming a national observance during that week every year since 1925. Visit for more safety information.

About the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
NFPA is a worldwide leader in fire, electrical, building, and life safety. The mission of the international nonprofit organization founded in 1896 is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education. NFPA develops more than 300 codes and standards to minimize the possibility and effects of fire and other hazards. All NFPA codes and standards can be viewed at no cost at

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Home Savings During 2015 Energy Awareness Month

Energy Awareness Month in October is the ideal time for homeowners, builders and remodelers to take a strong look at incorporating products into the home that help can save on escalating energy costs. From adding insulation in attic spaces to installing energy-efficient windows, there are many ways to save on energy bills for the home –from the ground up.

According to the U.S. Energy Department, a typical American family spends almost $2,000 each year on their home energy bills.

However, the real savings start when construction of the house begins. Builders using an energy-efficient precast concrete foundation can help homeowners save on energy bills during the life of the home. Foundation systems fromSuperior Walls® are created with DOW® Styrofoamor THERMAX insulation. The resulting wall panels provide a dry, comfortable, damp-resistant foundation for a home.

“These energy-efficient walls help lower energy costs and reduce energy leakage while providing increased living space in a comfortable setting,” according to Keith Weller, CFO at Superior Walls. “Xi Plus panels are available with a built–in insulation value of R–21.3 and can be insulated up to R–42+.”

The wall panels provide R-values that meet or exceed energy conservation values from both the IECC and the IRC, and the Xi Plus wall panels can help in the construction of an ENERGY STAR® qualified home. Superior Walls insulated precast concrete wall products are pre-qualified to earn specific green points as Green Certified Products by Home Innovation Research Labs.

Homeowners looking to replace major openings on the home – the windows and doors – should look for products that offer long-term energy savings.

Where both light and privacy are desired in the home, such as in bathrooms or master bedrooms, acrylic block windows made with ultraviolet (UV) inhibitors can be a good option for homeowners. The SunBlockTM PLUS window from Hy-Lite® limits the solar heat gain allowed to penetrate into the home through tinted UV inhibitors and infrared absorbers in the resin used to make the acrylic blocks. Ideal for warm climates, these windows can be used for both new construction and replacement, and come in operable and fixed styles.

For cooler climates, the E3 Triple Glaze block window includes an extra panel of acrylic in the center of each block to help increase the insulative power of the window. And, for the ultimate in energy efficiency, the company’s E3 SunBlockTM PLUS combines the solar heat reduction of a SunBlock PLUS window with the insulative power of the E3 Triple Glaze window.

When it comes to selecting an entry door for the home, Therma-Tru® reports that their solid fiberglass doors with a heat- and cold-resistant core can have much greater insulating R-value compared to solid wood doors. More than 80 percent of the company’s door and glass options are ENERGY STAR qualified, giving homeowners thousands of door choices for the home that meet one of the highest standards in the country for energy efficiency.

“It doesn’t matter if you live in Alaska or Florida, energy efficiency is important,” says Donna Contat, director of brand management for Therma-Tru. “Selecting a complete door system with doors and glass that are engineered to work together can give you a more energy efficient door. Parts like resilient weatherstrip that compresses when closed and creates a tighter seal around the edges, help keep heating and air conditioning sealed inside the home.”

Most Therma-Tru decorative and privacy glass for doors and sidelites is triple-pane, which helps reduce the penetration of heat and cold. Factory-coated Low-E glass, available as an option, also offers exceptional energy efficiency.

Special attention should be paid to the area of the home most susceptible to the sun’s powerful rays – the roof. If you’re looking for a new roof, consider one that helps lower your energy bills.

According to the Cool Roof Rating Council  a Cool Roof is one that strongly reflects sunlight and also cools itself by efficiently emitting the sun’s rays to its surroundings. The roof literally stays cooler and reduces the amount of heat conducted to the structure below.

EcoBlend roofing tiles from DaVinci Roofscapes®have achieved the Cool Roof designation from the CRRC. The polymer roof tiles help reflect heat and light from the sun away from the home to help reduce the amount of energy it requires to keep the home cool. That translates into improved energy efficiency and helps the air conditioner do a better job at cooling the entire home.

ENERGY STAR compliant EcoBlend composite slate and shake roofing tile options come in eight colors including Weathered Gray (in Medium, Medium Light, Medium Dark, Light and Dark) and Gray (in Dark, Light and Medium) colors.

According to the CRRC, homeowners can recognize an average energy savings ranging from seven to 15 percent of total cooling costs by using a Cool Roof that helps reduce temperature fluctuations inside the home.


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Coastal Cleanup Day

On Saturday, September 19, 2015 from 9am to noon the City of Torrance will host the annual Coastal Cleanup Day, in partnership with American Honda, the Torrance Chamber of Commerce, and in conjunction with Heal the Bay and the California Coastal Commission. Coastal Cleanup Day is the largest volunteer day in the world and it raises environmental awareness within the community to the detrimental effects of trash and marine debris on the environment.

The Torrance Beach event will feature special guests, a kid’s activity corner, several giveaways, and a plastic bag exchange. Also, students can receive community service hours for school! Please bring an unwrapped gift for the children in need. Many other sites throughout L.A. could use your volunteer efforts and Heal the Bay is proud to host over fifty cleanup sites from Malibu to Pasadena, so it’s easy to participate even if you don’t live in the South Bay or near the beach.

To register or to get more information regarding additional cleanup sites throughout Los Angeles, please visit the Heal the Bay Coastal Cleanup event page.

English: Pacific Electric Railroad Bridge, Tor...

English: Pacific Electric Railroad Bridge, Torrance, California (NRHP) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Manhattan Beach: Happy City

Where is one of the most Sexiest Beaches on Earth? Right here in the South Bay according to the Travel Channel in 2008. Manhattan Beach is ground zero for the Southern California vibe and thusly the home of the first surf shop in America.

In fact the area has been an outdoor enthusiasts mecca for years. And has been home to some of beach volleyballs greatest players.

And where there is a destination there are those that want to make a vacation permanent. The homes in Manhattan Beach have transformed from a sleepy beach town to a home for McMansions.

With the addition of the Manhattan Beach Studios complex, many celebrities have found it a reason to call it home. As well as many LA sports heroes and coaches.

With wealth comes top schools and the school district ranks amongst the best in California and the city is ranked amongst the safest in the state.

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West HS Shoe Drive

English: Firefly-shoes.

English: Firefly-shoes. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Buying new shoes for school? DON’T THROW AWAY YOUR OLD SHOES!! WE WANT THEM!! Why? Because…..

West High is having a SHOE DRIVE!!!

Please bring your gently used shoes OF ANY KIND to West HS and they will be donated to Angel Bins who donates them to third world countries. Collection sites will be:

  • ASB Office (4139)
  • Library Lobby
  • Administration Office Lobby

You will find a box marked “SHOE DRIVE.” Please tie or rubber band the shoes together. Do not tape the shoes together! They must be in semi-good condition/gently used and donated as a pair. If you have any questions, please contact Sue Eriksen at or call 310-533-4299 x7640. DEADLINE IS October 23, 2015.


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Bra Breast Cancer Walk in Playa del Rey


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The Red Car in the South Bay

The red line was part of the metro rail system, the red cars were the first and fastest rail cars in the early 1900s, they are still using the tracts of the old red car systems. It was the first mass rapid transit system and still using the same tracts for parts of today’s Metro Rail.

LA was the hub and tracks ran out from the center to locations like San Diego, Riverside, and other Southern California areas. Much like a big hub with the spokes running out to major cities. It was pressure by Goodyear Tires and the car industry that got LA to abandon the system.


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Manhattan Beach History Metlox


English: Metlox Pottery dealer sign

English: Metlox Pottery dealer sign (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The company that eventually developed into Metlox Pottery was actually started around 1920 by the Prouty family who, at the time, was selling their wares as Proutyline Products. Eventually the name changed to the Metlox moniker.

In the late 1920s and early 1930s to help increase revenue during the hardtimes resulting from the Great Depression, Metlox began producing housewares that rapidly grew in popularity. Prior to that, the company focused on producing large ceramic signs for theaters and other enterprises.

The company’s entry into the dinnerware business in the early 1930s began the prolific Poppytrail line of products. The popular pattern sustained as a top seller for many years and even today there remains a big following with collectors.

English: Metlox Pottery bear figurines

English: Metlox Pottery bear figurines (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Known as the “200 Series”, Poppytrail pottery pieces were produced in 15 beautiful hues including old rose, delphinium, sea green, rust, canary yellow, turquoise and poppy orange. Of all the colors, poppy orange was and remains the most popular.

Poppytrail dinnerware is also available in pastel colors of petal pink, powder blue, ivory, satin turquoise, peach pastel yellow and opaline green. The colors are and still remain very popular.

Metlox Pottery was purchased in 1946 by Evan Shaw who was known for producing a line of ceramic Disney figures and he continued to expand the dinnerware lines.When the Vernon Kilns closed in 1958, he bought the name and the molds as well.

By the 1960s, Metlox dinnerware sales had skyrocketed. The line became popular with brides who discovered them and added the sets they wanted to complete their registry lists, which further boosted sales.

Some of the other dinnerware lines made by this company through the years are Delphinium, California Fruit, California Rose, Painted Desert, Sculptured Daisy, California Contempora and Tropicana. The company also produced a line of dishes of black and white cows called The Holstein Herd. That happened just prior to its closure in 1989.

Carl Romanelli, who designed some of the most highly sought after Metlox dinnerware patterns in the late 1930s and early 1940s, also sculpted beautiful bud vases and figurines to look like nudes, animals and various sea life. These items continue to bring excellent prices in the collecting commuity, especially the nudes.
Under the command of Shaw, a freehand stoneware designer named Helen Slater produced a line of giftware for Metlox called Poppets.

The Poppets were whimsical creations made of natural earthenware and hand thrown. Various colored glazes and hand carved faces gave them a unique appeal when they were new. 88 different Poppets were produced with the Metlox name stamped on the bottom and each came with its own special box. The company also produced various cookie jars and a number of ceramic figurines known as the “nostalgia’ line, which featured vintage style automobiles, horse drawn carriages, trolleys and other older means of transportation.

Today, Metlox remains in the minds of the visitors and homeowners of Manhattan Beach and offers a unique shopping and dining destination located at the gateway to Downtown Manhattan Beach, California.

It offers a European style town square where upscale shopping and dining intertwine with landscaped courtyards, beautiful fountains, a fire sculpture and public art that celebrates the history of the Metlox Pottery manufacturing facility that at one time occupied the site from 1927.

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Torrance Cultural Arts Foundation

For over 20 years, the Torrance Cultural Arts Foundation has been providing the highest quality of performances and arts experiences to Torrance and the South Bay. In addition to our productions, we also work with schools, local businesses and nonprofits to help them succeed.


Saturday, September 26, 2015

Show off your talent!

Sunday, September 27, 2015
Country Roads - John Denver Tribute

Looking like entertainment icon John Denver is one thing. Sounding like him, too, is – well, comparable to a “Rocky Mountain High” for the incomparable singer-songwriter Rick Schuler.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Imagine watching a show with unparalleled vocals and explosive energy. Imagine classic songs being completely reinvented. Imagine an evening full of showtunes presented with a contemporary flare. You’ve just envisioned the Broadway Boys.

Friday, October 9, 2015 – Saturday, October 10, 2015

Stan West is a blues man’s – blues man. Known the world over, Stan and his band have played it all but always come back to their one true passion – the blues, America’s music.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

A true classic of American musical theater, this tale of life on the Mississippi from the 1880s to the 1920s is both a poignant love story and a powerful reminder of the bitter legacy of racism.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

A fresh and funny salute to Americana, The Wonder Bread Years Starring Pat Hazell (former Seinfeld writer) is a fast-paced, hilarious production that gracefully walks the line between standup and theater.

Friday, November 20, 2015 – Saturday, November 21, 2015

Multiple nominees for the 2013 Canadian Folk Music awards, ECMA’s & Music PEI Awards, Ten Strings And A Goat Skin are having the time of their lives Immersed in the music they love as a trad/folk/fusion bilingual trio.

Friday, December 4, 2015
New Orleans Christmas

A New Orleans Christmas with Jeff Bordes and Friends is a heartwarming holiday show mixing the spirit of Christmas with the soul of New Orleans. The whole family will love the lively arrangements of seasonal favorites led by jazz trumpeter Jeff Bordes.

Saturday, December 5, 2015 – Sunday, December 6, 2015

It’s “CSI: Bethlehem” in this holiday mystery extravaganza, from the author of Late Nite Catechism, as Sister takes on the mystery that has intrigued historians throughout the ages – whatever happened to the Magi’s gold?

Monday, December 21, 2015

Staff and students of Asano Taiko US and the Los Angeles Taiko Institute present contemporary and traditionally-inspired taiko repertoire in their end-of-year recital.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

In Bellini’s bel canto masterpiece, a Druid high priestess betrays her people by falling in love with an occupying Roman soldier. When the soldier abandons her for another, her volatile mix of anger and guilt threatens the lives of the innocent and guilty alike.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

METROPOLITAN KLEZMER, “One of the finest American klezmer bands” (Songlines Magazine), performs an exhilarating range of musical treasure with astonishing agility and refreshing depth.

Friday, January 24, 2016

Story Pirates celebrates creative writing by students from coast to coast in a loud, hilarious sketch comedy musical performed by professional improvisers and musicians. The show is based entirely on stories written by elementary school students, and part of the show is made up on the spot by the kids in the audience!

Friday, February 5, 2016 – Saturday, February 6, 2016

Long-acclaimed as one of the most versatile vocal performers today, Boyd seamlessly blends swing, jazz, pop, country, gospel and rock, bringing back the nostalgic charisma of a bygone era, while taking risks with his arrangements that truly show confidence in his talent.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Tapestry: Tribute to Carole King faithfully recreates the glorious sound of a Carole King concert, leaving your audiences with memories of the great music she wrote and recorded.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

In David Wood’s exciting dramatization of Roald Dahl’s award-winning story, a 15-foot-tall vegetarian giant with vocabulary problems teams up with a little orphan girl called Sophie. Together, Sophie and her new “jumbly” friend, the BFG (Big Friendly Giant) devise a plan to save the children of England from child-eating giants.

Saturday, February 27, 2016
Dancing With The South Bay Stars V

Join us for this extra-special event where local South Bay “Stars,” paired with professional dancers, compete to raise funds for their favorite non-profits.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

A Steampunk Anime Princess and her Magical Cabaret, inspired by the Dragonfly, and filled with her family and friends, brings talented artists from around the globe together in an awe inspring theatrical presentation.

Friday, March 4, 2016 – Saturday, March 5, 2016

“CONGANAS” is a powerful Latin-Jazz & Salsa Quartet from Los Angeles who accomplishes the sound of a full ensemble.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Hailed “one of the best pop-jazz vocal groups in the world” by the San Francisco Chronicle, m-pact is respected worldwide as a cutting edge trailblazer in the realm of vocal music. Emerging from an age of auto-tune and overproduction, this ensemble has cultivated a new generation of ears hungry for the fresh, raw power of nature’s “first instrument” – the human voice.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Award-winning magician Eric Buss stars in this rapid-paced magic variety show that feels more like a party. He shares the stage with some of the best entertainers in the world, who also happen to be his best friends.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

In the backwoods of Tennessee, a beautiful young woman is accused of indecent behavior after she is discovered bathing naked in a stream. Will the charismatic traveling preacher who sets his sights on her soul be her salvation, or her downfall?

Friday, April 8, 2016

Glen Campbell and Jimmy Webb were an unexpected pairing: a multi-platinum recording artist arch conservative and a child prodigy long-hair stoner songwriter. Yet, Campbell and Webb became one of the most successful musical collaborations of all time.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

The second annual International short film festival where the audience selects the “Best of the Fest”! Come and see the best and the brightest from young filmmakers around the globe.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Thanks to her open heart and determination, Cinderella triumphs over her mean-spirited relatives in Rossini’s sparkling version of the story.

Friday, April 15, 2016 – Saturday, April 16, 2016

1 oz vintage swing, 1 oz retro lounge cool, a splash of roaring ‘20s fun and hipster chic, and a twist of sass.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

During the Stunt Dog Experience you will witness some of the most incredible stunts ever performed by dogs. It’s not just a show, it’s an experience! The experience has amazing tricks, big air stunts, comedy antics, dancing dogs, athletic feats, and is the most entertaining show of its kind.

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