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Fall Activities in the South Bay!

Get out your calendars because fall is a busy time in the South Bay!

After Labor Day, when Hermosa Beach has its Fiesta Hermosa, people in the South Bay start training for the Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair 10K! on the first Saturday in October.


Photos courtesy of The MB Hometown Fair

The festivities begin at 7:30 AM. That’s the bad news. The good news is you have your workout for the day done in no time and the whole of Manhattan Beach is open and ready to celebrate Hometown Fair! Two days of games, craft booths, wine and bear gardens, parades and more.


Photos courtesy of The MB Hometown Fair

We in the South Bay take our exercise seriously and start ’em young! The little ones compete in the Diaper Derby! Total pandemonium as parents try to coax and cajole their not-even-toddlers to crawl in a straight line to the finish! Just too much fun!!!
In case you had too much cotton candy at hometown fair, you can redeem yourself at the BlueZaPalooza Expo on October 12, brought to you by the Blue Zones Project. blue zones
Redondo Hosts Taste of the Pier (its version of the Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair) on October 13th. This is followed by the American Martyrs Fair, held this year on October 19 – 20.

Next on the agenda is the Hermosa Beach Great Glass Pumpkin Patch (cancelled this year, alas, but back next year, we hope! The South Coast Botanical Garden in Palos Verdes Penninsula also has a Glass Pumpkin Patch, presented by Walker and Bowes)

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Photo courtesy of Walker and Bowes

Then on to the World Famous Pumpkin Race, scheduled this year for October 27th. The day begins with the “SKECHERS Pier2Pier Friendship Walk,” followed by the very competitive and fun Pumpkin Race! Think Pinewood Derby with a twist!

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Next is the Annual Manhattan Beach Pier Lighting and Open House, but I’m moving into the Holiday season. More later!
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Photo courtesy of The Beach Reporter


Why we love the South Bay

The whales are migrating!


Photograph by Nick Birnbaum published in the Easy Reader

According to the Manhattan Beach Patch, two gray whales were recently seen just off the Manhhatan Beach Pier.

The Easy Reader also reported a gray whale within a mile of shore.

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Photograph by Tim Hammond as published in the Easy Reader

And in Rancho Palos Verdes at the Point Vicente Lighthouse and Visiting Center, researches reported the largest pod of gray whales seen in thirty years. (see the NBC San Diego story here with video of the enormous pod!)

And, not to be outdone, a few Orcas got into the action as well!


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