The South Coast Botanic Garden nighttime exhibit, GLOW, runs through January 10. (Photo by Chuck Bennett, Contributing Photographer)

THURSDAY, December 31

Aquarium hosts Zoom party for kids

Kids and families are invited to join the Aquarium of the Pacific for a New Year's Eve party on Zoom. The event includes crafts, visits with marine animals and New Year's 'noon' countdown. Parents should prepare in advance by having craft paper, crayons, markers, tape, yard and string on hand. The party goes from 11:15 to noon and costs $5 per family. But tickets on Event Brite using the link,

Temecula concert and 'Grape Drop'

Those looking for New Year's Eve entertainment originating in Southern California can look to the City of Temecula for virtual events. The city celebrates with a concert at 7 p.m. by "Shoot 4 Tuesday" and another at 9:15 p.m. by "Undercover."  Its signature event, a 'Grape Drop' countdown, will be broadcast at 9 p.m. and 12 midnight. View the entertainment live on Facebook, @TemeculaParksandRec.

SUNDAY, January 3

Riviera Village Farmers Market

Regularly on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., local growers convene in the Triangle parking lot at 1801 S. Elena Ave. in Redondo Beach. Purchase fresh vegetables, fruits, baked goods and other hand-crafted creations, all according to current state and county health department guidelines. Details at

TUESDAY, January 5

Virtual Happiness Chat

Join this weekly discussion group with light-hearted activities and conversation, Tuesdays from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. via Zoom. Share ideas, tips, jokes, quotes; anything that supports personal happiness. For details, send an email to Get started by going to the Event section on the website. 

THURSDAY, January 7 

Elks Lodge is cooking dinner 

Let the Elks Lodge of Redondo Beach make your dinner. For a $10 donation, the Elks provide a meal of chicken, rice, vegetables, salad and a roll to take home, warm up and enjoy. Orders must be received by Jan. 3 for pickup on Jan. 7, between 5 and 6 p.m. in the lodge's parking lot at 315 Esplanade. Call Paul at (310)404- 3664 or Liz at (310)968- 0304 to place an order.

SATURDAY, January 9

Open House at Vistamar High 

Vistamar High School is holding a virtual Open House from 10 a.m. to noon.  Students, faculty and staff will share info about student life, college acceptance, athletics and extracurricular activities. Vistamar is a private independent school located at 737 Hawaii Street in El Segundo. Learn more by registering online at


Signups for virtual Super Bowl Sunday run

Super Bowl Sunday is on February 7, and the popular Redondo Beach 10k/5K pre-game races will be held virtually this year. Participants will complete courses while earning badges along the way for possible prizes and discount opportunities. Advance-completion of the race is also an option via the "Brand New Big Game Challenge." To learn more or sign up, go online to, or visit The Village Runner store at 255 Avenida Del Norte.

Stream an art house film

The South Bay Film Society brings cinema to homes through its online box office that includes detailed streaming instructions and 'round-the-clock technical support for those unaccustomed to streaming. Tickets purchased on the website,, allow viewing for a specified period. Current offerings include:

  • “Oliver Sacks: His Own Life,” the story of a neurologist and explorer of unknown mental worlds who helped redefine our understanding of the brain and mind (ends January 7).

  • “Martin Eden,” adapted from a 1909 Jack London novel in the tradition of the great Italian classics (ends January 14).

  • "Yalda, A Night for Forgiveness," an astounding drama from Iran inspired by a TV reality show that confronts matters of life and death according to the Iranian law of retaliation (ends January 14).

GLOW at the Botanic Garden 

Now through Jan 10, the South Coast Botanic Garden presents GLOW, an after-dark art installation using thousands of outdoor lights and an oceanic theme, "Garden Lights and Ocean Waters." Tickets are $24.95 for members and $34.95 for non-members; free for children under age 4. Youth under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. The garden is at 26300 Crenshaw Blvd. in Palos Verdes Estates. Details about tickets and hours of operation can be found on the website or by phone at (424)452- 0920.


El Segundo 'Library To Go' services as of Jan. 4

LA County beaches, piers and bike paths

LA County outdoor fitness centers, museums, galleries, zoos, aquariums, botanic gardens, mini-golf, batting cages and go-kart centers, at 50% capacity

LA County essential retail stores at 35% capacity

LA County non-essential retail stores and personal care services, at 20% capacity

LA County libraries for Sidewalk Service; details online at

Hermosa Beach pier, greenbelt and open spaces; tennis/pickleball courts, lawn bowling green and skate park. For updates, check

Manhattan Beach public seating areas from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Manhattan Beach pier, Roundhouse, greenbelt and parks

Redondo Beach Pier, parks and bike paths; see

South Coast Botanic Garden,, in Palos Verdes, is open to members and advance-ticket holders from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.


  • Countywide until further notice: All public and private gatherings except for protests and religious services; outdoor playgrounds; card rooms; in-person dining at restaurants, indoor gyms, sauna/steam rooms, theaters, museums
  • All restaurants, breweries and non-essential retail businesses between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.
  • Singing, chanting or shouting unless 8 feet apart from others
  • AdventurePlex youth center
  • Beach Cities Health District meetings and most events, volunteer training, classes and workshops 
  • California campgrounds
  • California restaurant indoor dining rooms 
  • Dockweiler Beach fire pits
  • El Segundo City Hall to walk-ins; Appointment required
  • El Segundo Library closed through Jan. 3
  • Hermosa Beach Library - Sidewalk Services available
  • Hermosa Beach Community Center and Clark Building
  • Hermosa Beach indoor sport courts
  • Hermosa Beach City facilities and operations are closed or reduced until further notice. Daily updates are available through
  • Manhattan Beach Library - Sidewalk Services available
  • Manhattan Beach City Hall and other municipal locations closed until further notice. Some services remain available. Details can be found on the city's web page,
  • Redondo Beach libraries - Sidewalk Services available
  • Redondo Beach city offices, including City Hall, Public Works and Community Services are closed to the public while core services remain accessible via telephone, email, internet and by appointment. See for details.
  • Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center


Covid Testing: LA County residents can get COVID-19 tests at no charge if they have symptoms or have been exposed to someone with the illness. The tests occur at multiple locations including the campus of Beach Cities Health District, 514 N. Prospect Ave., Redondo Beach. Schedule an appointment by visiting the county's website, If a doctor's referral is needed, the county's 211 phone line has resources.

3.50 Cares provides home-cooked meals, utensils and hygiene/sanitation supplies throughout L.A. County. Visit

Beach Cities Health District care helpline: (310) 374- 3426, Ext. 256

City of El Segundo senior outreach line: (310) 524- 2705

City of Manhattan Beach resource delivery for older adults and phone hotline: (310) 802- 5010

City of Redondo Beach Senior & Family Services: (310) 318- 0650

Hermosa Volunteers for neighbors in need of help with groceries, pharmacy items, pet care, companionship or other needs: 

Los Angeles County 211—For assistance finding food, paying bills, or other essential services, dial 2-1-1 from a phone or the toll-free number, (800)339- 6993 or visit online at

Meals on Wheels through the Salvation Army: (310) 318- 2827

The House of Yahweh, 4046 Marine Ave, Lawndale, dispenses food six days a week. The website, has details, or call (310) 675- 1384 between 9 and 10 a.m.  

L.A. Helping Hands does shopping and errands for those at high risk from coronavirus. Contact them by calling (424)279 -8544 or visiting

Providence Little Company of Mary has a free, online information and assessment service at:


Operation Smiles: This group buys gift cards from local business and distributes them to workers who have lost employment due to the pandemic. Donations to Operation Smiles can be made on Go Fund Me:

American Red Cross blood donation: Find upcoming dates and locations on

"MB Feeds the Heroes" meal delivery to emergency room staff at Little Company of Mary and Torrance Memorial hospitals, coordinated by the Downtown Manhattan Beach Business and Professional Assn: visit Support for this effort provides delicious meals to health workers and patronizes local restaurants through to-go orders.

Beach Cities Health District's COVID-19 Fund accepts donations to provide essentials like groceries and cleaning supplies to people in need. For details, visit the website and use the "How to Help" tab.

The Beach Reporter welcomes submissions to the print version of its Calendar section via email to Submissions made on the website appear automatically and are also considered for the print edition.



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