Enjoy short films and support the Manhattan Beach Roundhouse Aquarium this weekend at the Florana International Drive-in Film Festival at Manhattan Village Mall. (Photo courtesy of Florana)

Enjoy short films and support the Manhattan Beach Roundhouse Aquarium this weekend at the Florana International Drive-in Film Festival at Manhattan Village Mall. (Photo courtesy of Florana)

THURSDAY, February 25

Livestreamed show from BeachLife and BCHD

BeachLife and Beach Cities Health District are putting on a livestreamed show from 6 to 7p.m., with musical performances from Terranea favorites Wais Katubadrau and Olivia Pucci; hosted by Petros Papadakis. The program is part of a "B-Well" series and will also feature guests from BCHD with ideas feeling gratitude during  these challenging times. Catch the broadcast on the BeachLife and BCHD Facebook or YouTube pages. For complete information on the B-Well program and schedule of events, visit bchd.org/bewelltogether.

Hermosa Beach Museum presents "Loreto"

Learn the story of "Loreto, The story of Hermosa's Sister City," through a virtual lecture from the Hermosa Beach Museum and Historical Society, presented on Zoom at 6:30 p.m. The lecture shares the story of how the beach towns of Hermosa and Loreto, Mexico, came together in 1967 and ow the Hermosa Beach Sister City Association became a nationally recognized program. Register throug the website hermosabeachhistoricalsociety.org/.

Wine tasting for Walk With Sally

Curators from the Uncorked wine shops invite guests to a virtual tasting event from 6 to 7 p.m. Wines and optional cheese pairings range from $60 to $135 and are available for pickup or delivery from Uncorked at 302 Pier Ave. in Hermosa Beach and 1000 Manhattan Ave. in Manhattan Beach. The event is a fundraiser for the nonprofit Walk With Sally that provides support services for children affected by cancer. Find a full list of wines on the program, tickets and a Zoom link via the Events tab of uncorkedwineshops.com.

Authors Chris Hauty and Joe Ide

Two Los Angeles mystery and political thriller authors at the top of their game will be visiting Pages bookstore in Manhattan Beach for a virtual conversation at 6 p.m. Chris Hauty will discuss his latest novel “Savage Road,” along with Joe Ide whose latest novel “Smoke” debuts on February 23. Pages is at 904 Manhattan Ave. The event is free. Register online at pagesabookstore.com

FRIDAY, February 26

Learn about the DASH diet

Cancer Support Community Redondo Beach (CSCRB) offers a free workshop on the DASH eating plan and how it can help reduce blood pressure and other chronic diseases. Dianne Staso, R.D of Beach Cities Health District leads the discussion from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. To join this online Zoom session, contact info@cscrb.org.  

Friday music broadcast

Join Redondo Beach deejay Duane Sinclair of Redondo Beach for his weekly broadcast, "DJ Dondee and the Vibe Tribe." The two-hour show starts at 5:15 and features a vibrant mix. Listen on Instagram, @iamdjdond or Periscope TV.

SATURDAY, February 27

"All of It" with Karey Maurice 

The Hermosa Beach gallery ShockBoxx hosts a closing reception for its "Cones to Bones" exhibit with a discussion between artist Karey Maurice and Patti Astor, 'Queen of The Downtown Scene.' The two will meet on Zoom for a discussion of Karey's show on the 1980s in New York City. The session starts at 4 p.m. and the Zoom ID is 479.922. 3403; password 006346.


Rooftop Film Fest in Manhattan Beach

Catch screenings of short films from around the world at the Florana international Drive-in Film Festival in Manhattan Beach scheduled for Friday and Saturday, Feb. 26 and 27, from 5 to 10 p.m. Viewers will enjoy the films from their cars on the roof of the parking structure at Manhattan Village Mall, 3200 Sepulveda Blvd. The first hour consists of musical entertainment and dining on pre-ordered food available at the venue. Tickets can be purchased from the website floranafestival.com. Proceeds from the festival will benefit the Manhattan Beach Roundhouse Aquarium.


Heart to Heart Scavenger Hunt

The Heart to Heart Scavenger Hunt on Saturday, March 20, is a fun, family-friendly, COVID-safe virtual community event to raise funds for the Volunteer Center South Bay-Harbor-Long Beach. Using the GooseChase app, participants will take part in zany challenges throughout the day to earn points for prize packages. Sign-up now through March 15 for a $25 donation per team.  For more information, go to volcenter.org/hunt


The Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, outdoor exhibits only; go to aquariumofpacific.org for hours

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 retail stores and personal care services, with limits

LA County libraries for Sidewalk Service; details online at lacountylibrary.org/express-service/

Hermosa Beach pier, greenbelt and open spaces; outdoor tennis/pickleball courts and skate park. For updates, check hermosabeach.gov/our-government/coronavirus-covid-19-updates

Manhattan Beach pier, Roundhouse, greenbelt and parks; Tennis and pickleball courts, Begg Pool for lap swimming with reservation; For updates, go to 

Redondo Beach Pier, parks and bike paths; see redondo.org/depts/city_manager/coronavirus_update.asp.

South Coast Botanic Garden, southcoastbotanicgarden.org, 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; indoor dining rooms, gyms, sauna/steam rooms, theaters, museums, entertainment venues
  • Some 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
  • Dockweiler Beach fire pits
  • El Segundo City Hall to walk-ins; Appointment required
  • El Segundo Library - "To Go" Service available
  • Hermosa Beach Library - Sidewalk Services available
  • Hermosa Beach Community Center and Clark Building
  • Hermosa Beach indoor sport courts and lawn bowling green
  • Hermosa Beach City facilities and operations are closed or reduced until further notice. Daily updates are available through hermosabeach.gov/coronavirus
  • Manhattan Beach Library - Sidewalk Services available
  • Manhattan Beach City Hall and other municipal buildings closed until further notice. Some services remain available. 
  • Manhattan Beach indoor sport courts
  • Redondo Beach libraries - Pickup services available
  • Redondo Beach City offices are closed to the public while core services remain accessible via telephone, email, internet and by appointment. See redondo.org for details.
  • Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center
  • Torrance Armed Forces Day Parade, normally in May


COVID-19 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, covid19.lacounty.gov/testing/. 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 350cares.org

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 www.211.org.

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, hoy-southbay.org 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 lahelpinghands.com

Providence Little Company of Mary has a free, online information and assessment service at: www.providence.org/patients-and-visitors/coronavirus-advisory


Operation Smiles: This group buys gift cards from local businesses and distributes them to workers who have lost employment due to the pandemic. Donations to Operation Smiles can be made online through Go Fund Me, gofundme.com.

American Red Cross blood donation: Find upcoming dates and locations on https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/find-drive.

"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 downtownmanhattanbeach.com/donate. 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 bchd.org/coronavirus and use the "How to Help" tab.

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


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