Happy New Year From Torrance, CA

Torrance and Rose Parade 2018

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Torrance Arts Early 2018

Torrance Cultural Arts Foundation


Watch out for these shows coming in early 2018!
National Theatre Live: Amadeus
Saturday, January 14, 2018, at 2:00 pm
Broadcast live from the National Theatre in London, Lucian Msamati (Luther, Game of Thrones) stars as Salieri in Peter Shaffer’s iconic play, Amadeus.  Experience the best of British theatre up close and personal – for a fraction of the cost!
Steve Valentine –
Life & Other Deceptions
Friday, January 19, 2018 at 8:00 pm
 Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 8:00 pm

Actor, voice-over actor, and two-time Magic Castle ™ Close Up Magician of the Year, Steve Valentine, takes you on a wild ride through his extraordinary life in his one-man show Life & Other Deceptions.  Part performance, part intricate magic act, his show has been called “hilarious, dramatic, touching, intimate, raunchy, and mind blowing”.
Backstage With the Beatles
Saturday, January 27, 2018 at 8:00 pm
Bob Eubanks, TV host, producer, and the only living person to have produced Beatles concerts in America, has created a show to share never-before-seen photos and personal stories about being backstage with the Beatles.  With live music played by Ticket to Ride, the ultimate Beatles tribute band.
Joel Gaines & Friends

Friday, February 2, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 7:30 pm

Joel Gaines is back again to thrill audiences with another Studio Cabaret performance!  Listening to Joel’s music is like tasting Gumbo for the first time, every time; there are so many delicious flavors happening at once!  A popular favorite not to be missed!
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Torrance Schools Lead Nation in Science Protocol

As schools nationwide take on the most comprehensive overhaul of science standards in 20 years, a school district in a quiet suburb of Los Angeles has become a pace-setter. Without relying on outside funding, or major grant money, Torrance Unified has trained more than 500 teachers and has unveiled the new standards to all 24,000 students in the district.

By devoting thousands of hours to teacher training, the district has shown teachers from kindergarten through 12th grade how to explain a scientific phenomenon in a new way to their students — by letting the students discover the answers on their own, instead of memorizing facts from a textbook.

“We feel science is the center of a good education, so this has been a priority for us from the beginning. But there are fundamental things we’ve done that all districts can do,” said Amy Argento, one of three classroom science teachers the district assigned to train their colleagues. “What we’ve done is replicable anywhere. Any district can do this.”

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More Holiday Cheer


Snow Wonder  

Hosted by Explore Marina del Rey
12 PM – 6 PM
Burton Chace Park 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey, California 90292


Join in on the spirit of winter at our free Marina del Rey Snow Wonder event! Children can enjoy real snow, sledding, arts & crafts, face painting, live DJ, food trucks, and much more. BONUS: After Snow Wonder, enjoy the 55th Annual Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade featuring fireworks (5:55pm) and Holiday Boat Parade (6-8 pm) PARKING: Event parking is available for $8 in County lots #77 and #4. County Lot 77: 13560 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292 County Lot 4: 13500 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292 For more information, please call (424) 526-7900.



Holiday Boat Parade

Hosted by Explore Marina del Rey

6 PM – 8 PM

Burton Chace Park 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey, California 90292


Award-winning journalist Carol Costello is the grand marshal of the 55th Annual Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade. This year’s theme is “Let’s Dance.” You can view the parade of lighted boats from anywhere that has a view of the Marina’s main channel, but Burton Chace Park and Fisherman’s Village are the more popular locations and will have announcements going over a PA system. Burton Chace Park will also be hosting the kid-focused Snow Wonder festival from noon – 6 p.m. on the same day. Click the website button for more information on these events and other holiday season activities in L.A.’s Marina. FREE ADMISSION!


Redoondo Boat Parade Viewing Party!

Hosted by Shade Hotel Redondo Beach
4:30 PM – 10 PM
Shade Hotel Redondo Beach 655 North Harbor Drive, Redondo Beach, California 90277


Our Aquadeck Rooftop is the perfect setting to watch the King Harbor Boat Parade with your loved ones! Bring your blankets, indulge in some Shade bites, and sip on our specialty holiday cocktails! General Admission Cover Charge: $10 at the door Please call 310.430.3974 for reservations Cabanas, bottle service, and fire pits available: Must make reservation

DEC 10

Hanukkah on the Canal Parade

Public · Hosted by Open Temple

Sunday at 2 PM – 5 PM 2 days from now ·

Venice Canals, Venice, CA

Details Boat Decoration (Get crafty) Canal Regatta (Life preservers for the kiddies) Latkes (by the Latke Lady) Live Music (Let’s Boogie) Food (nom nom) Illumination (Rain or Shine) Boat Decorating: 2pm – 3pm Boat Lineup and Parade: 3:30pm Rain or shine.

All are welcome. RSVPs REQUIRED: info@opentemple.org The Boat Parade is made possible thanks to the generous support of Jewish Federation/NuRoots Los Angeles. This year there are over 60 events as part of the city-wide Infinite Light celebration.

Ice skating returns to Redondo Beach with the LA Kings Holiday Ice outdoor rink. Enjoy the wonderful SoCal weather this holiday season, skating right beside the ocean.

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Christmas at Griffith Park

November 24 – December 30
Holiday Lights Train Ride


The 2017 Holiday Light Festival Train Ride

Presented By The Griffith Park & Southern Railroad

4400 Crystal Springs Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027
In cooperation with The City of Los Angeles, Department of Recreation and Parks

Starting the day after Thanksgiving, join us for an evening train ride around our festively decorated, one mile of track. Magical scenes and tens of thousands of lights will captivate you and your family and set the mood for a wonderful Holiday season.

The Ride Begins Friday November 24, 2017 at 5 pm

And continues every night until December 23 and then again from December 26 to December 30 – weather permitting.

The first train will leave at 5 pm every day. The last train leaves at 8 pm Monday through Thursday and 9 pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

We reserve the right to close early if we reach maximum capacity or the weather is not cooperating.


This event requires separate tickets that can be bought at the ticket booth in advance or the day of the ride, if available. We are not offering online sales at this time.

Tickets $4 per person

Includes one round trip on the Holiday Lights Express
Children 18 months and under ride free

Limited tickets will be sold for each evening. NO REFUNDS – Exchange only, subject to availability.

(818) 881-2586


Griffith Park Festival of Lights Hike 2017

 Sunday at 4 PM – 8:30 PM 5 days from now · 50–84°Partly Cloudy pin Show Map Griffith Park Merry Go Round Los Angeles, California 90027


Festival of Lights at Griffith Park
Sunday, December 10th, 2017
Meet Time 3:45 – 4:00PM
Start/Hiked Time 4:15PM (SHARP)
Color theme is BLACK & Holiday Lights
Clothes, Hats, Backpacks, Walking Stick, etc.“INTERMEDIATE LEVEL” HIKE

Griffith Park Merry Go Round Parking Lot #2.
4730 Crystal Springs Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90027
You must drive through Lot 1 in order to get to Lot 2.

We will hike from The Griffith Park Merry Go Round Lot 2 to
The Helipad At Griffith Park and then to continue to
The top of Mount Hollywood aka “Dante’s Peak.”

Round Trip Distance for this Level 5 Hike averages 6 Miles and averages 4.5 Hours.

Color theme is Black and wear your Christmas Lights!
Items to bring are plenty of Water, Snack or Meal, Flashlight, Trail Running or Hiking Shoes are Mandatory.

This event will get crowded so please arrive early.

Please arrive early enough to stretch and hydrate prior to arrival.
This Intermediate Level Hike
**Please arrive early enough to stretch prior to hiking.
**Dress appropriate for the season (hike or athletic attire).
**Hydrate prior to arrival and Bring plenty of water.
**On Night Hikes: Flashlights are required.
**Bring a Snack or Meal.
**HIKING Shoes or Trail Running Shoes are required.
**Bring your Great ATTITUDE!

Disclaimer and Release from Liability
1. It is the responsibility of the HIKER to carry full and complete insurance information (health or otherwise) coverage on her/his personal effect as well as that of personal property.
2. HIKER acknowledges and agrees that this is a voluntary group hike, has the option to not participate freely and wantonly at their discretion prior to said activity.
3. HIKER agrees to assume ANY AND ALL RISKS INVOLVED OR ARISING FROM THE GROUP HIKE including, without limitation but not limited to, the risks of death, bodily injury, property damage, falls, kicks, bites, collisions with vehicles, horses or stationary objects, fire or explosion, the unavailability of emergency medical care, the negligence or deliberate act of another person.


HiKing-with-Friends: Ugly Xmas Sweater Night HiKe

Wednesday, December 13 at 7 PM – 10 PM Next Week · 55–79°Mostly Sunny pin Show Map Griffith Park Pony Rides 4400 Crystal Springs Dr, Los Angeles, California 90027

2nd Annual Ugly Christmas Sweater hike
Wednesday, December 13, 2017 (Night HiKe)
Share this event and invite your friends!Coordinator: Effin Gentry

TIME: 7:00pm – 10:00pm
HIKE DURATION: 2.5 – 3 Hours (approx)
HIKE LENGTH: 2 – 3 Miles (Round trip)
HiKe LEVEL: Beginner & family

? All hikes subject to change due to weather or trail conditions.
? Please read ALL the general requirements and guidelines which apply to this hiKe on this event page!

Bring the family. We will be meeting in the parking lot right before the Little Pony Ride Area, and from there we can take a ride on the train together and take pics. (The parking lot is right before the parking lot for the train; if you pass us you can just make a u-turn). .

• Ugly Christmas Sweater is optional.. if you are already ugly!

Pony Ride Parking
4400 Crystal Springs Dr,
Los Angeles, CA 90027

• HiKe LEVEL: Beginner – Level 4 (Snail pace)
This is a great hike for beginners and the family

1. Like our page
2. Read all the Hike’s Details on this event page.
3. Make sure that the Hike Level accommodates your hiking experience.
4. If, and only if it suits you, then RSVP for this event and show up the day of the hike with all necessary gear and water (we mention everything you need on the details page for this hike).

* If you have plans on splitting from the group, please don’t attend this hike.
* If you have time constraints, please don’t attend this hiKe.
* Please note there is some moderate incline on this trail.
* Pack enough water for this trail
** Strollers are not permitted
** Dogs allowed

HiKing Boots/ comfortable walking shoes
Flash light

Colored flash light (except Red)

• For your safety and the safety of the group, if you do not take enough water or are not appropriately equipped for this hike, you will be turned away from doing this hiKe with us even if you show up.

IS IT DOG-FRIENDLY? Yes = This trail is Dog Friendly! While Griffith Park allows dogs on leashes, please for the safety of others please make sure your pets are also people and (other) pet friendly – no exceptions!
• You must pick up after your dog. And carry a small container to give them water.
• Always keep your dog leashed, except when inside a vehicle, tent, dog crate, or portable kennel. Do not allow your dog to wander freely, pursuant to Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Title 36, Chapter II, Sec. 261.8 (d).
• In addition, your dog must wear a collar with current tags at all times, as state and county laws apply on National Forest System lands.

Contrary to popular belief, you know your body and hiKing experience better than your friends. Whether you are a first-timer or an experienced hiker, please read our hike details page, as the hiKe may not suite your experience level. We will have a better experience if every hiKe has hiKers of the intended level.

? Please take the time to check out the event page on Facebook for informational pieces leading up to the hiKe. If you do not have a smart phone or are not on Facebook, it is your responsibility to gain access to the event page on Facebook, at least the night before or morning of, and check if any UPDATES have been made. It is your responsibility

DISCLAIMER: HiKing-with-Friends and its Coordinators, Leads, and Support Team do not take responsibility for any harm, bodily injury, accidents, or damage to personal property. By clicking “Attending,” or attending the hiKe, you confirm that you understand that all outdoor activities such as hiKing, backpacking, and trekking have an associated danger, and will not hold HiKing-with-Friends and its Coordinators, Leads, and Support Team responsible for any hazard to your well being. Additionally, you will not be allowed to participate with the group if you are not adequately prepared with enough water, the right gear, equipment, and/or nutrition essential to complete the hiKe. You are fully responsible for yourself.

By Attending our hiKes you grant permission to HiKing-with-Friends to use photographs and/ or video taken of you during this event for use in publications, website, and other forms of media without notifying you. You hereby waive any right to inspect or approve the finished photographs or printed electronic matter that may be used in conjunction with them now or in the future, whether that use is known to you or unknown, and I waive any right to royalties or other compensation arising from or related to the use of the photograph(s) and/or video.


Not only will you gain physical benefits from hiKing, but you will be able to enjoy beautiful views, discover new places, meet new and friendly people, gain peace of mind, gain balance in life and you will discover that you can be happier! 🙂


Ride the trains under the blanket of stars and lights. SCLS will be decorated with holiday lights and cheer. Get your Boarding Tickets at the SCLS Depot during regular run days on the 1st Sundays from 11a to 3p and 3rd Saturdays from 12p to 3p or on the night of December 16.
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El Camino Theater Season

El Camino Center for the Arts
ECC theater

Have you ever been to any of the shows at ECC? They have some interesting choices .

Upcoming Events
Mon 8 PM4 guests
Fri 7:30 PM8 guests
Mon 7 PM2 guests
Tue 7 PM4 guests
Sun 2 PM8 guests


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Free Rain Barrel Nov 18th for Torrance

Free Rain Barrels

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Taste of Torrance

Taste of Torrance

The Old Torrance Neighborhood Association (OTNA)

The Old Torrance Neighborhood Association (OTNA) was founded in 1981, and is known as a “Neighborhood Association” rather than a “Homeowners Association,” as there are many apartment buildings and rentals within our boundaries – we don’t want to exclude anyone.

The original boundaries of OTNA were Crenshaw Blvd. to Western, and Dominguez to Plaza Del Amo. This is the original set of boundaries for the Town of Torrance, as designed by the “OLMSTED BROTHERS, LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS, BROOKLINE, MASS.” of Frederick Law Olmsted fame.

As noted in the OTNA meeting minutes of November 16, 1994, it was proposed that OTNA join forces with Kettler Knolls, the area beyond Plaza Del Amo to Sepulveda, by annexing them into the group. This issue was voted on by the membership at January 4th, 1995 meeting. The vote to officially extend the OTNA borders to Sepulveda, in order to incorporate Kettler Knolls, was unanimous.

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November Fun in the South Bay

Bullies and Buddies Rescue

Redondo Beach, California
Bullies And Buddies Rescue Dedicated to Rescuing,Rehabilitating, And Re-homing Bullies And Their Other Buddy Breeds SORRY BUT WE DO NOT ADOPT OUT OF STATE

Palos Verdes Nature Preserve Quarterly Public Forum

The next quarterly Palos Verdes Nature Preserve Public Forum will be held Wednesday, November 15th, at 6:00 PM in the Sunset Room at the Point Vicente Interpretive Center, 31501 Palos Verdes Dr. W., Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275. The agenda will be posted on the City’s website (see “Find Tickets” link above) and sent to listserve subscribers early in the week of November 13th (or sooner), and will also be available at the meeting.

Please contact Administrative Analyst Katie Lozano in the Recreation & Parks Department at (310) 544-5267 or katiel@rpvca.gov for additional information.

Veteran’s Day Festival & Concert

Public · Hosted by Pacific Battleship Center – Battleship USS Iowa
Saturday Nov. 11th at 10 AM – 4 PM
Pacific Battleship Center – Battleship USS Iowa
250 S Harbor Blvd, Berth 87, San Pedro, California 90731
Battleship IOWA & Black Knight Patrol present the 2nd Annual Veteran’s Day Music Festival! Join us on Veteran’s Day as we thank all those who’ve served with a good time on the harbor! Admission to the festival is free and all are welcome!

• 10:00am: Opening Ceremony honoring veterans, with colors, wreath, and local elected officials such as Congresswoman Nanette Diaz Barragán and Councilman Joe Buscaino
• Playing from 11:00am to 4:00pm, live music courtesy of local LA bands, such as Purple Sugar
• Open from 11:00am to 4:00pm, Sailor’s Bar provided by San Pedro Brewing Co. and FREE catering prepared by Randy Brewer with Four B’s BBQ

Also on hand:
• U.S. VA services: tax services and health and wellness checks offered
• Vintage military vehicles and reenactors
• Carnival games
• AM 870 The Answer, KIIS FM 102.7

• Free self-guided tour admission will also be available from the 10th through 12th for veterans, as well as current service members, with valid military I.D.

• Discounted $11 self-guided tour admission is also available for family and friends accompanying service members or veterans

*Event details subject to change without prior notice*

Come on down and celebrate "May the 4th be with you" day. Ticket discounts for those in costume or mention at the front ticket office!

Posted by Pacific Battleship Center – Battleship USS Iowa on Thursday, May 4, 2017

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Homebuyers and Credit

A recent survey of people who plan on purchasing a new home within the next year said:

  • 56 percent overall say they are working to improve their credit to qualify for a better home loan rate
    • 66% ages 18-34, up from 53% in 2016
    • 61% ages 35-54, up from 45% in 2016
    • 61% of males, an increase of 18% from 2016
  • 54% have delayed purchasing a home to improve their credit to get a better interest rate
    • 50% are ages 18-34

“There’s no question that buying a home is a daunting endeavor, said Sandra Bernardo, manager of consumer education at Experian. “If purchasing a home is your dream, start planning now.  Assess your financials so you know how much you need to save for the down payment and monthly expenses.  Make sure to understand the home loan process and check your credit score and credit report to know where you stand prior to applying so there are no surprises.  A good credit score is key to earning the best interest rate, which can save you thousands of dollars in the long run.”

“One of the most important steps you can take when you are planning to purchase a home is to check your credit score and credit report,” said Sandra Bernardo, manager of consumer education at Experian.  “You should make sure you have a solid FICO® Score and that personal information on the report is accurate. Visit freecreditscore.com to obtain both (an Experian credit report only) for free. Your score can make the difference between getting approved for a loan and receiving the best interest rate or not securing your dream home.”

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