The Western Museum of Flight

FAA airport diagram for TOA (Zamperini Field) ...

FAA airport diagram for TOA (Zamperini Field) in California, United States. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Western Museum of Flight at Zamperini Field located at Torrance Airport in California is a non-profit, educational institution dedicated to preserving and displaying aircraft history and artifacts of Southern California’s aviation heritage. The Air Museum’s educational programs give children an opportunity to see and touch the airplanes that made aviation history. The Air Museum offers an inside look at completed and in-progress aircraft restoration projects. The Western Museum of Flight’s collection includes numerous Warbirds, aircraft and target drones, piston and jet aircraft engines, aircraft components, aircraft ejection seats, World War II instruments, aircrew accessories, and an extensive model aircraft collection.

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Torrance Historical Places of Interest

The Torrance Historical Society  began a 1983 program of placing bronze Plaques on Torrance landmarks that were deemed worthy of recognition. Each plaque is headed by historic building/landmark” followed by landmark name, historic dates and Torrance Historical Society. The society has placed thirteen plaques.

  • Torrance Public Library, 1345 Post Avenue, 1936 -1978
  • Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Co., 1266 Sartori Avenue, 1928 -1953
  • U.S. Post Office, 1433 Marcelina Avenue, 1936
  • Torrance City Hall, 1511 Cravens Avenue, 1936 -1956
  • Stone and Myers Mortuary, 1230 Cravens Avenue, 1936 -1956
  • Jared Sidney Torrance Memorial Hospital*, 1425 Engracia Avenue, 1924 -1971
  • Torrance Woman’s Club, 1422 Engracia Ave., Est. 1921-Built 1925
  • Torrance High School, 2000 Carson, First property in Torrance to be  placed on the National Register of Historic Places, U.S. Department of the Interior, 1983
  • Fern Avenue School, 1314 Fern Avenue, Est. 1929-Built 1932. Third Property in Torrance to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places, 1992
  • Miramar Park (Torrance Beach) Site of Hollywood Riviera Beach Club, 1931-1958. Historic Societies of Torrance and Redondo Beach.
  • Methodist Episcopal Church, 1551 El Prado, Est. 1922-Built 1923. Place of worship until 1961.
  • Southern Pacific Railroad Bridge, Torrance Boulevard, west of Western Avenue. Designed by Irving Gill, architect in 1913. Second property in Torrance to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places, 1989.
    English: Pacific Electric Railroad Bridge, Tor...

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

     

  • Pacific Electric Railway Station: The Depot, Built 1912, designed by Irving’ Gill, architect. This Depot was part of  “The World’s Greatest Interurban,” the Pacific Electric Railway System. Pacific Electric tracks Crisscrossed the southland carrying passengers and freight on the famous red cars for over three decades. The Pacific Electric main repair shops were located nearby. Depot functions ceased in 1981 under the ownership of Southern Pacific Transportation Company.

    Now the Depot Restaurant

    Now the Depot Restaurant

  • The Rocketship, Los Arboles “Rocketship” Park, 1960, Restored 1992. Additionally the Historical Society has placed a bronze bust and plaque of City founder Jared Sidney Torrance on the lawn of the museum.

*Demolished in 1994. Bas relief that was over the front door was saved from the wrecking ball and is mounted on the wall in a lovely setting.

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Torrance’s Excellence in Arts Awards 2014

I had the chance to attend the Excellence in Arts Awards 2014 held at the Toyota Meeting Hall at the Torrance Cultural Arts Center on November 1, 2014.

Gia Jordahl - Artistic Director of  TTC - 11-1-14

Gia Jordahl – Artistic Director of TTC by Carol Gilles

 

This year Special Recognition was presented to the Torrance Theatre Company for 15 years of Excellent Community Theatre in the City of Torrance.  Gia Jordahl, Artistic Director for TTC was on hand to receive the award. Way to go Gia & TTC!

 

 

Other Recipents were:

Karla Schmidt Commins – Dr TomRische Arts Education Award

Mai No Kai, Jampanese Traditional Dance – Dance

Dali Higa – Visual Arts & Design

Los Cancioneros Master Chorale – Music

Faith Goldman – Literary Arts

K. C. Gussler – Drama & Theatre Arts

And for Outstanding Dedication to the Arts – Katy Geissert Award

Frank & Cindy Scotto – former Mayor of the City of Torrance

Frank & Cindy Scotto - Katy Geissert Award 11-1-14

Frank & Cindy Scotto with Carol Gilles by K. Darr

The City of Torrance has been Celebrating the Arts for 37 years! Congratulations to this years  winners.

 

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Skechers Walk is This Weekend

This Sunday October 26, 2014 is the Skechers Walk.It is to support children with special needs and education. The walk is produced by SKECHERS USA and co-produced by The Friendship Circle.

The SKECHERS Foundation exists to strengthen communities all over the world, through our greatest asset: Children. We invest in organizations dedicated to embracing individuals with special needs, improving education and empowering disadvantage youth. Our goal is simply to inspire and support individuals to make a valiant effort in creating community.

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Rates Reach Lowest of the Year

Freddie Mac  today released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing average fixed mortgage rates hitting new lows for the year as 10-year bond yields briefly dipped below 2 percent. At 3.97 percent the average 30-year fixed rate is at its lowest level since the week of June 20, 2013 when it averaged 3.93 percent. This was also the last time the 30-year fixed averaged below 4 percent in the PMMS until this week.

Frank Nothaft, vice president and chief economist, Freddie Mac says:

“Mortgage rates were down sharply following the decline in the 10-year Treasury yield for the second straight week. Rates are at their lowest levels since June 2013 amidst continued investor skepticism regarding the precarious economic situation in Europe.”

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Why Walk-thru Your Home Purchase before Closing?

Congratulations!  You are about to close on your home purchase.  You have signed your pages and pages of loan documents, sent the balance of your deposit and closing costs to your escrow officer and now what?  Let’s walk thru the home again!

In many cases, you have only been there 2-3 times.  At the first showing; perhaps a 2nd showing.  You got to learn about your home from the inside/out during the home inspection. You may have even taken photos at that time.  Or asked the sellers to do some repairs.  So now that you have signed your loan documents and wired your $, now let’s go back into the home.  We can check for repairs, take measurements and find out how the sprinkler systems work .. or even say hi to the neighbors!

 

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The Tired History of the Hawthorne Mall

circleThe Hawthorne Mall as it was known to locals or the Hawthorne Plaza began construction 1975. What was once the location of the Hawthorne Plaza Theater. The building included several anchor tenants like the Broadway in the Middle, JC Penny on the South, and Montgomery Wards to the North or 120th Street. The building itself runs parallel with Hawthorne Blvd. And is somewhat of a blight as it is a dead mall.

English: Label scar of a former Thom McAn shoe...

English: Label scar of a former Thom McAn shoe retail store at the now-closed Hawthorne Plaza in Hawthorne, California. This store closed around 1992 along with many others when the company began downsizing in the early 1990’s. Remnants from this Thom McAn still retail store remain partially entact as of June 2009. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Southern end has been renovated with shops. It was once the location for the AMC Movie theaters.

The original location was originally met with fanfare in the late 1977 with 130 stores. It lasted only until 1999 with 70.Many discount operators.

Recessions and competing malls in Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach and Torrance along the Hawthorne Blvd corridor became a more attractive destination for local shopping. Today the 40 acre property that once housed over 100 stores now sits deserted and boarded up, with security personnel patrolling the area to keep vandals and explorers at bay.

The building has served to host a police training center as well as movie location like The abandoned mall has also been used to film a number of movies, such as Minority Report (2002), The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006), The Green Hornet (2006) and Gone Girl (2014).

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Be Not Afraid

Torrance Police Department (California)

Torrance Police Department (California) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On Columbus Day, this Monday the kids are out, but the local Torrance Police Department will be training at the Torrance High School Campus. So be not afraid if you hear what sounds like shooting.

Advisory: Police / Fire training on 10-13-14 from 8-11AM at Torrance High School

The Torrance Police Department and the Torrance Fire Department, in conjunction with the Torrance Unified School District, will be conducting training on Monday October 13, 2014 from 8-11 AM at Torrance High School (2200 W. Carson Street). The campus will be closed on this day to students, the public, and anyone else not involved in the training.

A portion of this training will include simulated gunfire that may be heard in the surrounding area, and a large presence of Police and Fire Department personnel, vehicles, and equipment. All of the training will take place inside the Torrance High School Campus.

Torrance Police Department -Community Affairs Division
310-618-6391 or 310-618-6392
www.Police.TorranceCA.Gov

 

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Who Are the Largest Employers in Torrance

The largest employers in Torrance in order largest down.

Toyota
Torrance Memorial Medical Center
American Honda
Providence Little Company of Mary
Honeywell
Robinson Helicopter
Alcoa Fastening Systems
Hi-Shear Corp
L-3 Communications
ExxonMobil Corp
Macy’s
Phenomenex
Pelican Products
Costco
Aero Electric Connector
M.I.S. Int’l
Adecco
Healthcare Partners
Torrance Marriott Hotel
Toro Nursery
Edelbrock Corp
Virco Mfg Corp
Keenan & Associates
Doubletree Hotel
Target
Moog, Inc.
Sears
Motor Car Parts of America
Saatchi & Saatchi
Younger Mfg
Sam’s Club
Lowe’s
The Real Estate Group
Alpine Electronics
South Bay BMW
Ma-Com Phi Inc.
The Home Depot
Mykotronx
Del Amo Hospital
Panasonic

Elementary Schools in torrance, CA

39 Elementary Schools found in the area.

School Type Grade Level Enrollment Students per Teacher
Halldale Elementary School
Phone: (310) 328-3100
21514 Halldale Ave, Torrance, CA 90501
Public K-5 592 21
Meyler Street Elementary School
Phone: (310) 328-3910
1123 West 223RD St, Torrance, CA 90502
Public K-5 830 20
Van Deene Avenue Elementary School
Phone: (310) 320-8680
826 West Javelin St, Torrance, CA 90502
Public K-5 398 22
John Adams Elementary School
Phone: (310) 533-4480
2121 238TH St, Torrance, CA 90501
Public K-5 396 20
Anza Elementary School
Phone: (310) 533-4559
21400 Ellinwood Dr, Torrance, CA 90503
Public K-5 604 22
Arlington Elementary School
Phone: (310) 533-4510
17800 Van Ness Ave, Torrance, CA 90504
Public K-5 596 23
Joseph Arnold Elementary School
Phone: (310) 533-4524
4100 227TH St, Torrance, CA 90505
Public K-5 620 22
Evelyn Carr Elementary School
Phone: (310) 533-4467
3404 West 168TH St, Torrance, CA 90504
Public K-6 418 22
Edison Elementary School
Phone: (310) 533-4513
3800 182ND St, Torrance, CA 90504
Public K-5 574 21
Fern Elementary School
Phone: (310) 533-4506
1314 Fern Ave, Torrance, CA 90503
Public K-5 479 23
Hickory Elementary School
Phone: (310) 533-4672
2800 West 227TH St, Torrance, CA 90505
Public K-5 846 24
Lincoln Elementary School
Phone: (310) 533-4464
2418 West 166TH St, Torrance, CA 90504
Public K-5 421 23
Riviera Elementary School
Phone: (310) 533-4460
365 Paseo de Arena, Torrance, CA 90505
Public K-5 699 24
Seaside Elementary School
Phone: (310) 533-4532
4651 Sharynne Lane, Torrance, CA 90505
Public K-5 655 24
Torrance Elementary School
Phone: (310) 533-4500
2125 Lincoln Ave, Torrance, CA 90501
Public K-5 487 19
Towers Elementary School
Phone: (310) 533-4535
5600 Towers St, Torrance, CA 90503
Public K-5 578 25
Victor Elementary School
Phone: (310) 533-4542
4820 Spencer St, Torrance, CA 90503
Public K-5 978 23
Walteria Elementary School
Phone: (310) 533-4487
24456 Madison St, Torrance, CA 90505
Public K-5 666 23
Howard Wood Elementary School
Phone: (310) 533-4484
2250 West 235TH St, Torrance, CA 90501
Public K-5 355 23
Yukon Elementary School
Phone: (310) 533-4477
17815 Yukon Ave, Torrance, CA 90504
Public K-6 334 19
J. H. Hull Middle School
Phone: (310) 533-4516
2080 West 231ST St, Torrance, CA 90501
Public 5-8 606 24
St Catherine Laboure School
Phone: (310) 324-8732
3846 Redondo Beach Blvd, Torrance, CA 90504 www.stcat.org
Private PK,K-8 401 20
St James Elementary School
Phone: (310) 371-0416
4625 Garnet St, Torrance, CA 90503
Private K-8 330 24
Switzer Learning Center
Phone: (310) 328-3611
2201 Amapola Ct, Torrance, CA 90501
Private, Special Education 5-12 82 10
First Lutheran School
Phone: (310) 320-9920
2900 W Carson St, Torrance, CA 90503
Private K-8 383 16
Ascension Lutheran School
Phone: (310) 371-3531
17910 Prairie Ave, Torrance, CA 90504
Private PK,K-8 129 13
Abc Playhouse
Phone: (310) 371-1231
18213 Prairie Ave, Torrance, CA 90504
Private PK,K-1 36 18
South Bay Junior Academy
Phone: (310) 370-6215
4400 Del Amo Blvd, Torrance, CA 90503
Private K-10 201 20
Peninsula Montessori School
Phone: (310) 378-9742
3646 Newton St, Torrance, CA 90505
Private, Montessori PK,K-1 10 8
Hickory Tree School
Phone: (310) 533-4830
21720 Madrona Ave, Torrance, CA 90503
Private PK,K-5 113 19
The Center For Learning Unlimited
Phone: (310) 325-1117
Po Box 3478, Torrance, CA 90505
Private, Special Education 2-12 27 9
Sonrise Preschool
Phone: (310) 214-9141
Po Box 7632, Torrance, CA 90504
Private, Early Childhood Program/Day Care Center PK,K 4 4
Zion Evangelical Lutheran School
Phone: (310) 320-1771
1001 W 223rd St, Torrance, CA 90502
Private 1-8 24 12
The Chldren's Place
Phone: (310) 782-9634
1625 Crenshaw Blvd, Torrance, CA 90501
Private, Montessori 1-6 15 6
North Torrance Preschool
Phone: (310) 323-6995
2806 W 182nd St, Torrance, CA 90504
Private, Early Childhood Program/Day Care Center PK,K 5 5
Harbor Ucla Children Center
Phone: (310) 222-4274
975 W Carson St, Torrance, CA 90502
Private, Early Childhood Program/Day Care Center PK,K 10 10
Crenshaw Children's Center
Phone: (310) 323-8739
18909 Crenshaw Blvd, Torrance, CA 90504
Private, Early Childhood Program/Day Care Center PK,K 2 2
Leap & Bound Academy
Phone: (310) 543-7650
22410 Palos Verdes Blvd, Torrance, CA 90505
Private, Early Childhood Program/Day Care Center PK,K 11 11
Torrance Montessori School
Phone: (310) 328-5358
2747 Cabrillo Ave, Torrance, CA 90501
Private, Montessori PK,K-1 14 4

Middle Schools in torrance, CA

19 Middle Schools found in the area.

School Type Grade Level Enrollment Students per Teacher
Torrance Community Day School
Phone: (310) 972-6004
2291 West Washington Ave, Torrance, CA 90501 http://www.tusd.org
Alt. 7-12 37 11
Calle Mayor Middle School
Phone: (310) 533-4548
4800 Calle Mayor, Torrance, CA 90505
Public 6-8 825 27
Casimir Middle School
Phone: (310) 533-4498
17220 Casimir Ave, Torrance, CA 90504
Public 6-9 671 29
Bert M. Lynn Middle School
Phone: (310) 533-4495
5038 Halison St, Torrance, CA 90503
Public 6-9 794 30
Jefferson Middle School
Phone: (310) 533-4794
21717 Talisman St, Torrance, CA 90503
Public 6-8 613 26
Madrona Middle School
Phone: (310) 533-4562
21364 Madrona Ave, Torrance, CA 90503
Public 6-8 756 29
Philip Magruder Middle School
Phone: (310) 533-4527
4100 West 185TH St, Torrance, CA 90504
Public 6-8 697 29
Edward J. Richardson Middle School
Phone: (310) 533-4790
23751 Nancy Lee Lane, Torrance, CA 90505
Public 6-8 712 29
J. H. Hull Middle School
Phone: (310) 533-4516
2080 West 231ST St, Torrance, CA 90501
Public 5-8 606 24
St Catherine Laboure School
Phone: (310) 324-8732
3846 Redondo Beach Blvd, Torrance, CA 90504 www.stcat.org
Private PK,K-8 401 20
St James Elementary School
Phone: (310) 371-0416
4625 Garnet St, Torrance, CA 90503
Private K-8 330 24
Switzer Learning Center
Phone: (310) 328-3611
2201 Amapola Ct, Torrance, CA 90501
Private, Special Education 5-12 82 10
First Lutheran School
Phone: (310) 320-9920
2900 W Carson St, Torrance, CA 90503
Private K-8 383 16
Ascension Lutheran School
Phone: (310) 371-3531
17910 Prairie Ave, Torrance, CA 90504
Private PK,K-8 129 13
South Bay Junior Academy
Phone: (310) 370-6215
4400 Del Amo Blvd, Torrance, CA 90503
Private K-10 201 20
The Center For Learning Unlimited
Phone: (310) 325-1117
Po Box 3478, Torrance, CA 90505
Private, Special Education 2-12 27 9
South Bay High School
Phone: (310) 373-4556
4025 W 226th St, Torrance, CA 90505
Private, Special Education 7-12 59 10
Zion Evangelical Lutheran School
Phone: (310) 320-1771
1001 W 223rd St, Torrance, CA 90502
Private 1-8 24 12
The Chldren's Place
Phone: (310) 782-9634
1625 Crenshaw Blvd, Torrance, CA 90501
Private, Montessori 1-6 15 6

High Schools in torrance, CA

15 High Schools found in the area.

School Type Grade Level Enrollment Students per Teacher
Torrance Community Day School
Phone: (310) 972-6004
2291 West Washington Ave, Torrance, CA 90501 http://www.tusd.org
Alt. 7-12 37 11
North High School
Phone: (310) 533-4412
3620 West 182ND St, Torrance, CA 90504
Public 9-12 2201 28
Shery (Kurt T.) High (Continuation) High School
Phone: (310) 533-4440
2600 Vine St, Torrance, CA 90501
Alt. 11-12 196 20
South High School
Phone: (310) 533-4352
4801 Pacific Coast Hwy, Torrance, CA 90505
Public 9-12 2165 25
Torrance High School
Phone: (310) 533-4396
2200 Carson St, Torrance, CA 90501
Public 9-12 2142 28
West High School
Phone: (310) 533-4299
20401 Victor St, Torrance, CA 90503
Public 9-12 2110 27
Casimir Middle School
Phone: (310) 533-4498
17220 Casimir Ave, Torrance, CA 90504
Public 6-9 671 29
Bert M. Lynn Middle School
Phone: (310) 533-4495
5038 Halison St, Torrance, CA 90503
Public 6-9 794 30
Switzer Learning Center
Phone: (310) 328-3611
2201 Amapola Ct, Torrance, CA 90501
Private, Special Education 5-12 82 10
South Bay Junior Academy
Phone: (310) 370-6215
4400 Del Amo Blvd, Torrance, CA 90503
Private K-10 201 20
Los Angeles Internat'l School/la Kokusai Gakuen
Phone: (310) 373-0430
23800 Hawthorne Blvd, Torrance, CA 90505
Private 10-12 6 1
Pacific Lutheran High School
Phone: (310) 530-1231
Po Box 3295, Torrance, CA 90510
Private 9-12 70 10
The Center For Learning Unlimited
Phone: (310) 325-1117
Po Box 3478, Torrance, CA 90505
Private, Special Education 2-12 27 9
South Bay High School
Phone: (310) 373-4556
4025 W 226th St, Torrance, CA 90505
Private, Special Education 7-12 59 10
Southern California Roc High School
Phone: (310) 224-4220
2300 Crenshaw Blvd, Torrance, CA 90501
Voc/Tech 10-12 0 0

Preschool Schools in torrance, CA

14 Preschool Schools found in the area.

School Type Grade Level Enrollment Students per Teacher
St Catherine Laboure School
Phone: (310) 324-8732
3846 Redondo Beach Blvd, Torrance, CA 90504 www.stcat.org
Private PK,K-8 401 20
First Lutheran School
Phone: (310) 320-9920
2900 W Carson St, Torrance, CA 90503
Private K-8 383 16
Ascension Lutheran School
Phone: (310) 371-3531
17910 Prairie Ave, Torrance, CA 90504
Private PK,K-8 129 13
Abc Playhouse
Phone: (310) 371-1231
18213 Prairie Ave, Torrance, CA 90504
Private PK,K-1 36 18
Peninsula Montessori School
Phone: (310) 378-9742
3646 Newton St, Torrance, CA 90505
Private, Montessori PK,K-1 10 8
Hickory Tree School
Phone: (310) 533-4830
21720 Madrona Ave, Torrance, CA 90503
Private PK,K-5 113 19
The Center For Learning Unlimited
Phone: (310) 325-1117
Po Box 3478, Torrance, CA 90505
Private, Special Education 2-12 27 9
Sonrise Preschool
Phone: (310) 214-9141
Po Box 7632, Torrance, CA 90504
Private, Early Childhood Program/Day Care Center PK,K 4 4
The Chldren's Place
Phone: (310) 782-9634
1625 Crenshaw Blvd, Torrance, CA 90501
Private, Montessori 1-6 15 6
North Torrance Preschool
Phone: (310) 323-6995
2806 W 182nd St, Torrance, CA 90504
Private, Early Childhood Program/Day Care Center PK,K 5 5
Harbor Ucla Children Center
Phone: (310) 222-4274
975 W Carson St, Torrance, CA 90502
Private, Early Childhood Program/Day Care Center PK,K 10 10
Crenshaw Children's Center
Phone: (310) 323-8739
18909 Crenshaw Blvd, Torrance, CA 90504
Private, Early Childhood Program/Day Care Center PK,K 2 2
Leap & Bound Academy
Phone: (310) 543-7650
22410 Palos Verdes Blvd, Torrance, CA 90505
Private, Early Childhood Program/Day Care Center PK,K 11 11
Torrance Montessori School
Phone: (310) 328-5358
2747 Cabrillo Ave, Torrance, CA 90501
Private, Montessori PK,K-1 14 4
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360 In Hawthorne

One of the South Bays newest communities is 360 by William Lyons Homes. Right across the way from The Airforce Base is a community perfect for short South Bay commutes. Or if you happen to have a longer 405 commute. The on ramp is a block from the gated entrance.

Take a tour of the fabulous ThreeSixty at South Bay built by William Lyon Homes. There’s an array of home styles available for you at 3 neighborhoods in this private gated community: The Flats, The Court and The Row.

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