Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday because it’s all about spending time with family and friends, preparing and sharing a special meal, and reflecting on everything we have to be thankful for. It’s the day to make that extra effort to reach out to those in need and appreciate the men and women that keep us safe at home and abroad. Wherever you are and whatever you’re doing – some of you will be travelling, some of you will be cooking, some of you will be watching football and some of you will be working – have a wonderful, happy Thanksgiving!
Before sitting down to the annual banquet, take a moment to share in the seasonal goodwill while burning off a few pre-feast calories at the 35 annual Torrance Turkey Trot. A time-honored tradition here in the South Bay, the annual Harry Sutter Memorial Thanksgiving Day 3 Mile Fun Run – aka Turkey Trot – gets under way at 8 a.m. on Thursday, November 27 at Sam’s Club in Torrance. All registered participants will receive a commemorative Turkey Trot shirt. The Village Runner and other sponsors will be providing great prizes – including mountain bikes! – at the after-race raffle. All participants and spectators are encouraged to bring a canned good for the City of Torrance Food Drive and old running shoes for the Chadwick School, Soles4souls Shoe Drive. For additional information and to obtain an entry form, visit the website at http://www.torranceca.gov/Parks/20996.htm. Sam’s Club is located at 2601 Skypark Drive in Torrance.
Manhattan Village welcomes the jolly guy in the red suit with Santa’s Arrival Parade on Friday, November 28 beginning at 9 a.m. Everyone is invited to march along with Santa and his friends during the parade which will start in the Olive Garden parking lot. The free event features holiday arts and crafts, face painting, balloon twisting and a special appearance by Mrs. Claus and other special guests. Photos ops will be available at Santa’s House and the first 250 guests will receive a free gift. For additional information and to register for the event, call 310-546-5555 or visit the website at http://www.shopmanhattanvillage.com/event/holidayparade/. Manhattan Village is located at 3200 Sepulveda Boulevard in Manhattan Beach.
November 29 is Small Business Saturday! With the holidays just around the corner, this is a great opportunity to make a dent in that shopping list while supporting local merchants. Approximately 83 cents of every dollar spent locally stays within the community and supports everything from team sports to infrastructure improvements. The South Bay has numerous downtown areas which are home to a vast assortment of shops, services and dining establishments. You really can find everything you need right around the corner! This season, shop local and keep those all-important tax dollars in the neighborhood!
The Torrance Police Officers’ Association will be hosting and escorting the Santa Float from November 30 to December 21. Santa will be touring Torrance neighborhoods over the next couple of weeks and taking notes! The schedule and routes are listed here: http://southbaybyjackie.com/torrance-santa-float-schedule-november-24-de….
The Manhattan Beach Chamber will be launching the Young Entrepreneurs Academy for middle and high school children this winter. The program will commence January 5, 2015 and run through June 2, 2015 meeting once a week from 5 to 8 p.m. at Mira Costa High School. The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) is a year-long program that teaches students in grades 6 through 12 how to start and run their own, REAL businesses. Students brainstorm business ideas, decide if they want to work by themselves or as a team, write a business plan, pitch their plan to investors for funding, and actually launch their own business or social movement. All of the learning is real and experiential. Students have the opportunity to leave the class as business owners, complete with a DBA and bank account. The Chamber is currently looking for middle or high school students between the ages of 11 and 18 who are interested in starting their own business. Applications are being accepted, and student interviews are conducted, on a rolling basis. YEA! will grant admission to a maximum of twenty four students annually. Applications for the 2014-15 academic year will be accepted until December 1 or until such time as the class cap is achieved. For additional information on the program, please contact the Manhattan Beach Chamber at 310.545.5313 or at http://www.ManhattanBeachChamber.com/YEA.
Del Amo Fashion Center invites the community to make magical memories during the Holiday Events this season! Eager children and their families can experience the joy and magic of the holiday season with a visit to the Simon® Santa Photo Experience. Children can visit and be photographed with Santa every day until December 24 in his winter wonderland in Macy’s Court. In addition, guests can save time and avoid lines with Santa by Appointment! Now you can reserve your magical moment with Santa online at http://simon.noerrsanta.com. During this holiday season, Del Amo Fashion Center will offer giftwrap stations hosted by Madrona Middle School, Torrance High School, and Girl Scouts Troop 3135. The Cottone Christmas Tree Lot opens November 28 and will be located on Madrona Avenue across from Black Angus. Del Amo Fashion Center will also host several events throughout the holiday season, including the following: Salvation Army Giving Tree: December 1 through 12 in JoAnn’s Court. Shoppers can pick out an Angel Gift Request from the tree and help those in the community that are less fortunate this holiday season. Breakfast with Santa: December 6, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Lazy Dog Restaurant. Event is for Kidgits members only and reservations are required. Call (310) 542-8525 for more information. Tunes for Tots Sounds of the Season Holiday Mall Tour: December 13 and 14, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Chanukah Festival: December 21. In addition, carolers will be strolling throughout the mall and Ricky Sims will play holiday jazz music on various dates throughout the holiday season. For additional information, visit the website at http://www.simon.com/mall/del-amo-fashion-center or call 310-542-8525. Del Amo Fashion Center is located at 3525 Carson Street in Torrance.
Taking place for over 40 years, the Sleepy Hollow Christmas Lights Extravaganza (also known as Candy Cane Lane) is one of the largest holiday decoration displays in the country. You can walk or drive through the neighborhood reveling in the sights, sounds and scents of the season. It’s a wonderful way to spend the evening and one the entire family will enjoy and remember for years to come. The wildly extravagant decorations are on display from December 1 through January 1 from about 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. You don’t want to miss this! For more information and directions, visit the website at http://www.yelp.com/biz/sleepy-hollow-christmas-lights-torrance.
Santa is making plans for his Sleigh Tour of Lawndale over the course of nine nights in December, from Tuesday, December 2 through Friday, December 12. Mark your calendars, get your wish list together and be ready for Santa when he comes through your neighborhood. Santa will reach the first stop each night shortly after 6 p.m. Lines to visit with Santa will form on the snowflake in your area. The schedule and routes are listed here: http://southbaybyjackie.com/santa-sleigh-tour-of-lawndale-december-2-12-….
The City of Lawndale Community Services Department is proud to present the annual Angel Tree Lighting Ceremony on Monday, December 1. All the fun gets underway at 4 p.m. at Civic Center Plaza and will run through 8 p.m. This fun-filled, family friendly event includes arts and crafts, train rides, music, entertainment and refreshments. Guests are invited to do a little snow sledding and who knows, maybe incite a snowball fight! Of course, that jolly guy in the red suit, Santa Claus, will be on hand for photo ops. In keeping with the spirit of the season, a donation of a canned food item is requested. It’s time to put on the hats, scarves and mittens! For additional information, contact the Community Services Department at 310-973-3270 or visit the website at www.lawndalecity.org. Civic Center Plaza is located at 14700 Burin Avenue in Lawndale.
The Manhattan Beach Chamber presents the second annual Holiday Stocking Drawing. The drawing will take place on December 3 when one lucky person will win all the stuffing’s in the Manhattan Beach Stocking. The drawing will take place at Veranda’s Beach House during the Chamber’s Holiday Party. The stocking will feature a number of items from different businesses throughout the South Bay and is expected to have a value of over $5,000. Included in the stocking will be items from Bacchus Wines, Belamar Hotel, Bronzed Airbrush Tanning, Cake Bakeshop, Chevron, Darren’s Restaurant, Easton Gym and many, many more. Tickets are $20 each or purchase 6 for $100. Just imagine…..getting all your holiday shopping done in one fell swoop! For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the Manhattan Beach Chamber’s website at http://www.ManhattanBeachChamber.com and in the Chamber office located at 425 15th Street in Manhattan Beach.
Everyone is invited to attend the Manhattan Beach Chamber Holiday Party sponsored by Northrop Grumman and Veranda’s Beach House on Wednesday, December 3 from 6 to 9 p.m. Celebrate the season with new and old acquaintances and enjoy wine, beer, and plenty of hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are $30 for members and $40 for non-members and are available online and at the Chamber office. Ticket is all inclusive of entry, drinks, and food. For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the website at http://www.manhattanbeachchamber.com. Veranda’s Beach House is located at 401 Rosecrans Avenue in Manhattan Beach.
These are just a few of the events taking place, so be sure to check the calendar links and ‘Things to Do’ page on my website http://www.southbaybyjackie.com for details on these and other events happening throughout the South Bay.
This morning on The South Bay Show – South Bay Spotlight, Joe and I are taking the day off to enjoy the holiday, so we’re re-airing a show from last year with guest Forrest Hunt. Forrest helped organize and implement the famous City of Torrance TURKEY TROT, a three mile family fun run for the community held annually on Thanksgiving morning and he has served as the Race Director of this event for all 35 years of the run’s existence. Don’t worry, if you missed the program, you can listen to it here: http://southbaybyjackie.com/november-27-2014-torrance-turkey-trot-encore/. Tune in every Thursday at 7 a.m. to keep up with what’s going down in the South Bay!
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Happy Thanksgiving! And have a fabulous South Bay weekend!