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■ Dance project at El Camino

The Ilumina Dance Project performs a one-night show to premier “Increments” and “Want” on Friday, June 26, in the El Camino College Campus Theatre, 16007 Crenshaw Blvd. in Torrance, starting at 8 p.m. The story of time is told in “Increments,” examining the philosophy of time and the significance of chronological order in our temporal existence. In “Want,” dancers blend theatrically and innovative movement to express greed in a variety of ways, influenced by the nature of human relationships. Tickets are $15, and may be purchased at, or by phone at (310) 329-5345 or toll-free at (800) 832-ARTS. The Ticket Office is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Campus parking is $3.

■ Senior Comedy Afternoon

Bonnie Barchichat’s Senior Comedy Afternoons presents its next show and luncheon on Sunday, June 28, at the The Grand, 4101 E. Willow Street in Long Beach, from 1 to 4 p.m. Doors open at 1 for a three-course lunch. Showtime at 2:30 p.m. “Red, White, Blue & U 2!” honors Independence Day with comedy, music, dance, decor, video, and a flag presentation you won’t want to miss, featuring Jimmy Weldon. Tickets are $60, and includes lunch, the show and all tax and tips. Tickets are $70 at the door. Show only tickets are $25. For tickets or more information, call (714) 914-2565 or visit

■ Mysterious Galaxy book sale

Mysterious Galaxy, 2810 Artesia Blvd. in Redondo Beach, hosts a book sale on Sunday, June 28, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All inventory will be 30 percent off. For more information, visit

■ Riviera Village Summer Festival

The 37th annual Riviera Village Summer Festival takes place on Saturday and Sunday, June 27-28, at the corner of Catalina Avenue and Avenue I in Redondo Beach, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. This two-day street festival features more than 300 exhibitors, high end Arts and Crafts booths, beer and wine garden with live entertainment throughout the day, an International Food Court, carnival rides for children, and as always, admission is free. Free Bike Valet service provided by Beach Cities Cycling Club, on the corner of Avenue I and Catalina. Shuttle service runs all day from South High, 4801 Pacific Coast Highway in Torrance, and from West High, 20401 Victor Street in Torrance. Parking is also available at Plaza Riviera, 1611 S. Catalina Ave. in Redondo Beach ($20 all day), and Torrance Beach Parking, 387 Paseo de la Playa in Torrance ($7 All Day.) The Main Stage, located at the corner of Avenue I and Catalina Ave., features Beer & Wine Garden with non-stop live Rock music (for ages 21 or older – bring ID.) The Community Stage, located at corner of Catalina Avenue and Elena (in the Coffee Cartel parking lot), features an eclectic mix of live entertainment for all ages. For more information, call the Event Hotline at (310) 531-8939 or visit

■ Hornblower Cruises

Hornblower Cruises and Events celebrate the 4th of July holiday with brunch, dinner and observation cruises from Marina del Rey and Newport Beach. Brunch cruises come with lavish lunch buffets and free-flowing champagne and sparking cider. The “Old Glory Boat Parade” includes a tour of Newport Beach with boats adorned in Red-White-and-Blue. The dinner cruise begins with a welcome glass of champagne and features the Flavors of America Buffet, as you cruise beneath a cascade of fireworks. During the Observation Cruise in Marina del Rey, you’ll be treated to gourmet appetizers, champagne and spectacular views. Ticket prices are: $99.95 for the Fireworks Dinner cruise; $64.50 for the Observation cruise; and $66.95 for the “Stars and Stripes” and “Old Glory Boat Parade” cruises. Tax, service charge and landing fee additional. Discounts available for seniors, children and members of the military. Group rates available for parties of 20 or more. For tickets or more information, call (310) 301-6000 (Marina del Rey), (949) 650-2412 (Newport Beach) or visit

■ MB Concerts in the Park

Manhattan Beach Concerts in the Park begins on Sunday, July 5, at Polliwog Park Amphitheater, 1601 Manhattan Beach Blvd., from 5 to 7 p.m. Mayor Wayne Powell is the special emcee. The first concert is a special double-header, featuring Neil Diamond and Barbra Streisand tributes.

■ South Bay Bird Society meets

The South Bay Bird Society meets on Monday, July 6, at the Kiwanis Club, 2515 Valley Drive in Hermosa Beach, starting at 7 p.m. Donna Crossley presents, “We Just Had an Earthquake! Now What?” For more information, contact President Janet Ragonesi at (310) 376-5954 ( or visit

■ Ladies, Lunch and Literacy

Meet and enjoy a wine tasting with Victoria Laurie at Bacchus, 1000 Manhattan Ave. in Manhattan Beach on Thursday, July 9. The event begins at 5 p.m. and includes a coy of Laurie’s new book, “Sense of Deception,” wine and snacks, and some insights into your own life. Attendees have an opportunity to ask her one question about your life or loved ones. Make a reservation through Brown Paper Ticket or by calling (310) 542-6000.

■ Life After Cancer – Networking Group

Cancer Support Community-Redondo Beach (CSC-RB) presents this program for those who have had cancer and are post-treatment on Monday, July 6, at 109 W. Torrance Blvd. in Redondo Beach, from 6 to 8 p.m. Offered the first Monday of each month, this free networking group can help reduce fears by providing the opportunity for cancer survivors to focus on wellness, support, and friendship with other cancer survivors who understand. Advance registration required. Call (310) 376-3550 or visit

■ Mayor walks

Manhattan Beach Mayor Wayne Powell discusses city issues and listens to concerns during scenic walks on The Strand. Walks take place the first Monday of the month at Peet’s Coffee (328 Manhattan Beach Blvd.), and on the third Monday of the month at North End Cafe (3421 Highland Avenue). All walks begin at 9 a.m. Your opinions are always welcomed and encouraged. The next walk takes place on July 6 at Peet’s Coffee.

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