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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2015 International Surf Festival

The  International Surf Festival returns to Manhattan Beach, Hermosa and Redondo Beach on

The Manhattan Beach pier.

The Manhattan Beach pier. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Thursday, July 30th – Sunday, August 2nd

The 2015 International Surf Festival is underway in the Beach Cities! With special events being run in Redondo, Hermosa, Manhattan Beach and Torrance Beach the event showcases the best of our beach community with ocean and land athletic competitions.

Some of the events include a lifeguarding competition, a sand run, bodysurfing, surfing contests Lifeguard Competition, Dory Races, Paddleboard Race and much more. However, the king of the contests is properly known as the Charlie Saikley Volleyball Tournament- or to anybody else, just the 6-Man. The beauty of the festival is that although some of the competitions are demonstrations of professional athleticism, you can participate in many of the other events.



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The Torrance Cultural Arts Foundation Presents: The South Bay’s Got Talent
Auditions August 24 & 25

Torrance, CA – The Torrance Cultural Arts Foundation Presents South Bay’s Got Talent Event.



For more information and an audition application, please visit or email:

Trophies given to 1st, 2nd & 3rd place winners.

Mon. & Tues. August 24 & 25, 2015 – by appointment

Saturday September 26, 2015 at 8:00 pm

1st place winner gets a full entry registration fee scholarship (i.e. $1,695.00 scholarship) toward the 2016 World Championships of the Performing Arts

2nd place winner also gets a $500 scholarship toward entry registration fee

3rd place winner also gets a $300 scholarship toward entry registration fee

4th – 10th place each get a $250 scholarship toward entry registration fee

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Redondo Beach Wilderness Park

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Wilderness Park is a hidden oasis within the hills leading down toward the beach off Sepulveda and Camino Real. With giant trees and turtle and duck ponds with a stream connecting them in between. This is a perfect place to … Continue reading

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South Bay Birth of That Surfer Lifestyle

The South Bay gave birth to surfing when Hawaiian native George Freeth shared and taught the sport in Redondo Beach in the Summer of 1909. A few decades later Body Glove International, LLC had developed the first practical surfing wetsuit.The company was founded in 1953 by  brothers Bill and Bob Meistrell.

This invention took place in the back of the iconic  Dive N’ Surf shop in Redondo Beach. The wet suit would not be their only invention. The brothers were first to begin experimenting with fiberglass shells.

Many iconic surfing traditions were born in the South Bay. Dewey Weber surfboards and Hap Jacobs, much of the innovation that is today’s surf board came from our geography.

And it didn’t stop there. Skateboarding was transformed in the 70’s with the end of the metal and clay wheels.  Originally created in 1963 in Santa Monica and Makaha Surf, the  introduction of the Urethane soft wheel would make sidewalk surfing an experience attainable by the willing.

The wheel was called Cadillac in 1973, and all the local kids demanded Cadillac wheels.

It was not long before companies began to innovate like Kryptonite in Hawthorne, and the Ty Stick board out of Hermosa Beach surf shop Unity. It was not long before other local surf shops began to see the cross over opportunities with sidewalk surfing.

It would not be long before skate parks began to pop up. No doubt inspired by the boys down the beach in Venice. The Dog Town Boys were always looking for empty pools to ride while risking danger with the law.  In fact, really the sport was born there.

But the surf vibe always has belonged to the South Bay and is why much of the growth came from our towns.  Torrance would build Skateboard World as seen above in the photo, and Carson would build the Runway. Which boasted of its very large 20′ “pool’.

These parks began poppling up all over Wouthern California. But it would not be long until the lawsuits began flowing through. And as fast as they came they went just as fast.

But the sport hung in there, and many cities sponsor parks. Alondra Park, Hermosa Beach, San Pedro, Gardena, Hawthorne, all have city sponsored skate parks.

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The Fourth of July in the South Bay

We are celebrating our 239th birthday this weekend. Where to see the fireworks.

Stubhub Center in Carson 6-10 p.m. July 4  , Field 7, with food, vendors, a kiddie carnival, nonstop entertainment and raffle prizes. Continuous shuttle service will be offered from the Juanita Millender McDonald Carson Community Center, 801 E. Carson St. Admission is free.

El Segundo’s annual Fourth of July celebration kicks off at 10 a.m. July 4 at Recreation Park, 401 E. Sheldon St. Food, games, contests and music will be featured. Daytime events, including a hula hoop contest, water balloon toss, pie- and watermelon-eating contests, will go until 3 p.m. Evening events will be from 5-9 p.m. The fireworks will begin at 9 p.m. Wristbands ($5) for Stevenson Field grandstand seats and resident priority seating will be available starting at 4:45 p.m. 310-524-2700

Gardena will celebrate with fireworks and food trucks starting at 4 p.m. July 4 at Rowley Park, 13220 S. Van Ness Ave.  Fireworks begin at dusk.  310-217-9537

Marina del Rey  in the Main Channel at 9 p.m. July 4. The 20-minute show can be viewed from various spots around the waterfront, with the best spots at Burton Chace Park  and Fisherman’s Village.

Redondo Beach at Seaside Lagoon Gates open at 2:00pm; Fireworks begin at 9:00pm

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Veterans Day Comes Early in Manhattan Beach

Come this  Sunday to Manhattan Beach to Salute to the Troops. It is a free event at Polliwog Park starting at 4p.m.

“We pride ourselves on being a family-friendly community, and we provide numerous events throughout the year to unite our residents,” Mayor Wayne Powell said. “The ‘Salute to the Troops’ event is particularly special, as we celebrate the men and women who put their lives on the line to protect our everyday freedom by coming together to showcase just how much their service means to our city.”

At 5 p.m., the community will join renowned singer Dennis McNeil, who serenaded five U.S. presidents, countless dignitaries and foreign heads of state, for the singing of the national anthem.

The 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band from the base in Miramar will then take over the musical entertainment for the rest of the evening. military by donating bottles of water and Costco gift cards to the United Service Organization (USO). In turn, the city will deliver donations from the event to the USO at Los Angeles International Airport.


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