Calendar Beginning the Week of January 23

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Your definitive guide to events this week in the Beach Cities


• Introductory bridge classes continue

The Agile Bridge Club is offering free beginning bridge lessons to introduce this fabulous pastime.  The lessons are for beginners, people returning to bridge after some years, and social players who want to learn modern bridge.  Lessons will be held Thursdays at St. Andrew’s Church, 301 Avenue D, #310, in Redondo Beach, from 10 a.m. to noon throughout January.  To register or for more information, call Bridge Ambassador Jeff Grotenhuis at (310) 600-4275 or email to  


• Hermosa Beach community garage sale

Homes and neighborhoods throughout Hermosa Beach will hold garage sales between 7 a.m. and noon.  Locate the participants by going to the city's website or on Instagram #hermosagaragesale.

Moai open house at Beach Cities Health

A Moai (pronounced “mo eye”) is Japanese for a group of people meeting for a common purpose, and can include activities like walking, purpose discussions and potluck meals.  Join the Beach Cities Health District for a Moai Open House, 1 to 3 p.m., at 514 N. Prospect Ave., Redondo Beach. For details, visit the website,, contact Catherine Bem or call (310)374-3426.

Jewish Community Center gala 

Support educational programs of the Jewish Community Center by attending is Annual Gala and Silent Auction, starting at 7:30 p.m. The event will be held at the Growing Garden, 2108 Vail Ave. in Redondo Beach, with live music, dinner and open bar.  Cocktail attire preferred. RSVP online at For more information, call (310)214-4999 or email

Montessori School open house

Families are invited to Open House at the Montessori School, 315 S. Peck Ave. in Manhattan Beach, from 10 a.m. to noon. The itinerary includes music, science, nature and art activities.

Artlife Gallery exhibit and reception (photo attached)

More than 100 original works of fine art will be on display from 6 to p.m. at the Artlife Gallery, 720-C S. Allied Way in El Segundo.  The evening includes refreshments, live music by David Carroll and the opportunity to meet talented local artists in a friendly and creative atmosphere.


• "Mapping of the Mind" show 

Jewish Women’s Theatre presents “Mapping of the Mind.” Mental illness is no laughing matter, but these stories and poems surprise with their humor, heart, courage and hope. The show takes place at 1:30 p.m., at Congregation Tikvat Jacob, 1829 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Manhattan Beach. Cost: $45. For more information or to buy tickets, go to


Wild & Scenic Film Festival

Featuring 15 movies in two hours, the sixth annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival takes place at the West High School Performing Arts Center, 20401 Victor St., in Torrance. Hosted by the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy, the films celebrate conservation efforts worldwide through adventurous and inspirational films. The event features a raffle, a photo booth and handcrafted beer. Tickets are $15, or $20 at the door as available. For more information, call (310) 541-7613, or visit


• Ukelele and slack-key demonstration

Mitch Chang, founder of the Southern California Slack Key Festival and Los Angeles International Ukulele Festival, performs music and presents a brief history of the ukulele and slack-key guitar. The presentation from 7 to 8 p.m. is at the Manhattan Beach Library, 1230 Highland Ave., and includes a demonstration of playing techniques for both instruments.  


• Smoky Hollow breakfast networking 

El Segundo-based networking group meets for breakfast from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Joslyn Center, 339 Sheldon St.  The agenda includes updates from the city's Mayor Pro Tem Carol Pirsztuk.  Tickets are $25 and can be purchased on


• Farmer's market in Hermosa Beach

Hermosa Beach hosts a farmers market every Wednesday from 1 to 6 p.m. at Pier Plaza. Shop for fresh, organic and exotic fruits, seasonal vegetables and nuts along with specialty food items such as baked breads, gourmet oils and meals to go.  For those with extra time, the market offers live music as well as yoga at 2 p.m.

• Hear the latest on cyber security

Start the new year by protecting your business and home from looming cyber-threats. Mark Van Divner, chief information security officer at First Republic Bank, leads a seminar at the Manhattan Beach Library, 1320 Highland Ave., from 6 to 7 p.m. Hosted by the MB Chamber of commerce, free for members and $20 for others.  RSVP required; call (310)545-5313. 

Lego Club at Redondo Beach library

All ages are welcome from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Storytime Room of the Redondo Beach Main Library, 303 N. Pacific Coast Hwy., for creativity with Legos.  Bricks are provided and a theme adds to the fun.



Learn about community housing goals

Join the League of Women Voters for a panel discussion on "Housing—Embracing Change" at the Hermosa Beach Community Theater, 710 Pier Ave., from 7 to 8:30 p.m.  Panel discussion will encompass goals being set for the beach cities, El Segundo, Hawthorne and Inglewood.  


• Rock stars remembered in "Music icons" show

Legendary music photographer Henry Diltz and celebrated graphic artist John Van Hamersveld will be in conversation for the first program of the Library After Dark series “Music Icons” on Friday, January 31, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the El Segundo Public Library.  Henry and John will discuss their artistic careers and experiences working with music’s most iconic artists of the 1960s and 70s including The Doors, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Queen, Bob Dylan, Eagles, The Grateful Dead, Kiss and more.  Both artists will have their work on display during the event.


Superbowl Sunday 5K and 10K runs

Register soon for the Redondo Beach 5K and 10K races on Superbowl Sunday, Feb. 2, at 200 Portofino Way.  This annual tradition has events for people of all ages. Starting times are different this year, with a Kids Run beginning at 7 a.m.; a 10K race at 7:30; Baby Buggy event at 8:15, and a 5K run at 8:30. Go to to sign up. Costumes are encouraged with prizes and a theme, “Create Your Own Halftime Show.”  The pre-race Costume Contest starts at 6:15 at the main stage. Get details about the contest at