Category Archives: Why we love the South Bay

Summer in the South Bay

Summertime, and the living is easy!

There are so many concerts, festivals, theater opportunities, and sporting events to enjoy in the South Bay, it’s hard to fit them all in! Here is a list of a few of our favorites:


AAU California Coed Open with Southern Pacific Volleyball – August 30th, Dockweiler State Beach


Endless Summer Beach Tennis Tournament Aug 22 – 23, Hermosa Beach

Smackfest Volleyball Tourney – September 12th, Hermosa Beach

Indian Summer Beach Tennis Tournament September 19 – 20, Hermosa Beach

Halloween Beach Tennis Tournament October 24th – 25th, Hermosa Beach

California Beach Volleyball Association Tournaments – throughout the summer in Hermosa and Manhattan Beach


Hermosa Beach Triathlon – October 18th


Redondo Beach Summer Music Festival at the Pier Thursdays and Saturdays through August 30th.

Hermosa Beach Sunset Concerts South of the pier on Sundays in August starting at 5pm.

Polliwog Park, Manhattan Beach Concerts Sundays through August starting at 5pm.

Marina Del Rey Summer Concert Series From Classical to Jazz, to R&B!


Shakespeare by the Sea Firday & Saturday, August 14th and 15th at 7pm in Polliwog Park

A Faery Hunt interactive children’s theater Sunday, September 20th, Sunset Theatre Company, 1603 Aviation Blvd. #6, Redondo Beach

Free Outdoor Movie Nights Marina Del Rey July and August

Manhattan Movie Night! – August 29th starting at 5:30 at the Marriott Golf Course. Get your tickets now!


Dining for a Cause

Richstone Family Center’s Endless Summer Beach Party August 29th, 6:30 pm at King Harbor on the beach in Redondo Beach

Taste of the Pier – Redondo Beach Pier October 11th from noon – 4pm

Just Plain Food

Marina Del Rey Food Trucks

Redondo Beach – Dinner at the Arts and Lunch at the Arts Food Trucks

Trying to find a food truck on the go? Try Food Truck Maps


Friends of Redondo Beach Arts Exhibition – July 31 – August 2, and August 7 – 9, AES Power Plant, 1100 N. Harbor Drive, Redondo Beach

Sea Side Art Walk August 12th, Redondo Beach

Fiesta Hermosa September 5th – 7th, Hermosa Beach at the Pier

Chalk Festival on the Redondo Beach Pier Saturday, September 6th – 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Palos Verdes Concours D’ Elegance Sunday, September 20, 2015 – 10AM – 4PM – “a world-class show of classic, vintage historical, and special-interest automobiles.” The proceeds from the tickets “provides funds for charitable and community purposes.” All good!

12th Annual Rods, Rides and Relics Classic Car Show on The Pier September 27th 10am – 3pm, Redondo Pier

Other things to do

Shop in Manhattan Beach! or Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, El Segundo,

See when the next Library book sale is El Segundo, Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, Palos Verdes, or Redondo Beach.

View the City of Redondo Beach list of events for 2015

Additional Hermosa Beach Activities are listed here, or go to the City of Hermosa Beach Web Site!

Farmers Markets

Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills Estates Farmer’s Market Every Sunday

Manhattan Beach Every Tuesday

City of Torrance Farmer’s Market – Every Tuesday and Saturday

Redondo Beach Every Thursday

El Segundo Farmer’s Market Every Thursday

Hermosa Beach Farmer’s Market Every Friday


MBMS Science Teacher is California Teacher of the Year

Why We Love the South Bay!

Photo by Brad Graverson

Photo by Brad Graverson

by Ellen Robinson, The Beach Reporter

Seventh-grader Isabella Peterson credits Maggie Mabery with igniting her passion for science.


“At first I thought science was boring, but she changed my mind about it,” she said about the Manhattan Beach Middle School science teacher. “Now I love science. She is really amazing. She makes it fun to learn. She deserves being honored as California Teacher of the Year,” she said.

Mabery is eighth-grader Ben Wilberding’s favorite teacher.

“She has changed my life,” he said. “Before I was just a normal student, but now I push myself to learn more about science. Now science is my favorite subject. She is funny and says random stuff. She makes science cool and makes us laugh. Science is hard, but I try to do the best I can.”

Peterson, Wilberding and the entire MBMS student body joined Mabery as she celebrated being named one of five California Teachers of the Year at a special assembly Wednesday. Mabery has been singled out as the California teacher to compete in the National Teacher of the Year program.

Mabery makes science and learning so fun for her students that they often don’t realize they are learning, Jackson said. “She’s a great teacher because she understands the kids and understands the subject matter. She doesn’t talk over their heads; nor does she talk under their heads. She is spot on.”

Mabery helps future scientists appreciate the impact science has on their daily lives. Her students’ favorite aspect of science, she said, is being able to light things on fire. And she works hard to kindle a spark in them.

“Middle school students are awesome,” she said. “At this age, they are wanting to find someone to look up to and they are looking for higher levels of learning. It’s just such a fun age to get into their brains and to inspire them to learn and to love science. Science is amazing because it changes our world. I love the kids, that is why I am excited to come to work here every day,” she said.

Mabery will represent California in the National Teacher of the Year competition, a process that involves a written biography, essays on a variety of topics and letters of recommendation. President Obama will introduce the winner in April at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.

As one of five California Teachers of the Year, Mabery will participate in public education forums and may conduct demonstration lessons and contribute to teacher recruitment efforts. On Dec. 8, she and the other four teachers meet with State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson and participate in a full day of professional development in Sacramento. Additionally, on Feb. 9, the teachers will be honored at a banquet in Sacramento.

Wednesday’s California Teacher of the Year honor follows earlier accolades for Mabery. After joining the staff at MBMS as a science teacher in 2001, she was Manhattan Beach Unified School District Teacher of the Year and one of 16 Los Angeles County Teachers of the Year. She earned her bachelor of science in elementary education with a minor in science from Iowa State University and her master of arts in education administration from California State University, Dominguez Hills.

The Manhattan Beach Unified School District Board of Trustees will honor Mabery at their meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 5, at 6:30 p.m.

Article courtesy of The Beach Reporter.

Terranea Resort Has Birds of Prey

photograph courtesy of Terranea Resort
photograph courtesy of Terranea Resort

Thanks to Discover Los Angeles, we discovered that there are birds of prey at Terranea Resort!  Here is the article in full:

Situated on 102 acres that overlook the Pacific Ocean in Rancho Palos Verdes, Terranea Resort is a spectacular coastal property that features 582 guestrooms and suites, including spacious bungalows, casitas and villas. Terranea’s coastal setting offers incredible views throughout the property, from the lobby and outdoor gardens to private terraces and inviting courtyards with outdoor fireplaces.

The skies above Terranea are clear and free of pesky seagulls, thanks to a non-lethal birds of prey program introduced by Aerial Solutions, a bird control service. As a result of the eco-friendly abatement program, the oceanfront resort is rid of a large, indigenous seagull population, while the majestic birds of prey – aka raptors – have become a popular and unique attraction at the luxury resort. Terranea’s program includes falcons, Harris hawks and Eurasian eagle owls.

The falconers typically fly the falcons and hawks, while the owl only has to make an appearance to have the desired effect of scaring off certain birds. The birds fly at different times each day to help prevent a “routine” from being established. Other birds – especially crows – are very smart, therefore the falconer uses changing flight times and locations to help with the abatement.


Photo courtesy of Tarranea Resort

The raptor program has been part of Terranea Resort since its opening in 2009. “Matt Morreau was the founder of Aerial Solutions, and it was his dedication to education and commitment to growing the art of falconry that really created a ‘teachable moment’ versus traditional bird abatement,” says Marissa Edwards, the Director of All Things Fun at Terranea. “His philosophy of being hands-on with our guests and bringing the art of falconry to life really helped define Aerial Solutions’ recreation programs as fun with a purpose. Matt’s partners and master falconers, Scott Timmons and Joe Roy work hard to continue that tradition and expand the learning opportunities with guests, the local community and everyone interested.”

Thursday through Sunday, the falconers and a variety of their birds of prey are at Terranea’s Pointe Discovery activity center at 11:00am. The resort’s expert team of falconers teaches guests about the natural history of the birds of prey, the important role they play in the environment and at Terranea, the ecological benefits of falconry, and how the birds are fed and launched. Guests can also schedule private tours with the falconer for a more in-depth experience.

Photo courtesy of Tarranea Resort

Photo courtesy of Tarranea Resort

Pointe Discovery is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and is located on Terranea’s main drive. Call 310.265.2851 for more information and reservations. To learn more about the falconry program and other unique Pointe Discovery activities, visit

Take A Hike!

Take a Hike!

Winter is a wonderful time to go hiking from the South Bay. The days are cooler, there is more foliage, and the views are spectacular!

Here are a few great local hikes!

Point Vicente Seascape Trail


photo courtesy of Ida D.

The walk along the Palos Verdes Peninsula Cliffs is breathtaking and fun for the whole famiy.


Visit for more details.

McBride and Three Sisters Hike


photo courtesy of Frank D.

Within the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy, this hike provides spectacular ocean views!

For information, go to:

Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy,

Nobody Hikes in L.A.


Ocean Scenic Trails at Trump Golf Course

photo: Gina M.




There is a beautiful, small, secluded beach just below the golf course that used to be dog friendly, but is no longer.

For more information on these trails, go to:

Every Trail


Interested in Venturing Beyond the South Bay?

Griffith Park


photo: Ken Steiger

The meetup, “Greater L.A. Hiking Group” hosts a Sunday evening hike around Griffith Park!

Topanga State Park


photo: Stephen T.


Malibu Creek State Park

For more information, go to:

Malibu Creek State Park


Hiking Resources

Every Trail trails for dogs!

Nobody Hikes in L.A.

Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy

MeetUps that have Hiking Events!

Explore L.A. Like a Tourist

Greater LA Hiking Group

Saturday Morning Hikers


Or plug in a trail name and find out what people are saying about it! (here’s and example for Parker Mesa Overlook.)