Beach Cities Police and Fire Department Toy Drive
The community is invited to sponsor the 29th annual Beach Cities Toy Drive hosted by the cities of Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach. Donations of unwrapped new toys are accepted now through December 18 at the following Police and Fire Department locations: LA County Fire Station at 540 Pier Ave .; Hermosa Beach Police Department at 1315 Valley Dr .; Manhattan Beach City Hall at 1400 Highland Avenue; and the Manhattan Beach Fire Station at 400 15th Street. Can’t you hand in a toy? Consider making an online cash donation for toy purchases through Gofundme / b7e89901.
Last day for the Spark of Love ride
The El Segundo fire department is holding its Spark of Love campaign for children until December 16. Hand in new, unwrapped toys or exercise equipment to the fire station at 314 Main Street anytime between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Light up the Beach Cities competition
Support the Roundhouse Aquarium’s educational programs by voting in the community-wide Christmas decoration competition, Light up the Beach Cities. Award categories include Houses, Blocks, Vehicles, and Businesses. Voting will take place December 16-21, and the winner will be announced on December 23. Full information and rules can be found on the aquarium’s website, roundhouseaquarium.org.
Make a mandala ornament
Think about the past year as you decorate a one-of-a-kind mandala ornament during an activity at Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes. Led by a wellness coach, guests learn the art of mandala and take a piece of jewelry home with them. Sessions will take place on December 18 and 19, starting at 1 p.m. and costing US $ 60 per person. Advance registration desirable; It is recommended to book in advance through terranea.com.
GLOW in the Botanical Garden
This year’s Garden Lights and Ocean Waters vacation attraction includes food, drinks, music, interactive exhibits, and a garden with thousands of lights that make visitors want to party on the beach, sip cocktails on the bayou, and chase waterfalls. The show runs through January 17th at the South Coast Botanic Garden, 26300 Crenshaw Blvd. in Rancho Palos Verdes. Tickets are $ 35 for non-members and $ 25 for members; buy online at southcoastbotanicgarden.org/glow.
Snow flurries at the Point
Come to The Point on Fridays and Saturdays through December 23rd from 6pm to 8pm for magical snow flurries on the lawn. From December 20th, the excitement happens every night. The point is on 850 S. Pacific Coast Hwy. in El Segundo.
Hunt for elves on the shelf at Terranea
Every day in December, visitors to the Terranea Resort, Terranea Way 100 in Rancho Palos Verdes, can partake in a festive search for Terra, the elf on the shelf. A new holiday jingle is shared every day at Pointe Discovery, indicating Terra’s location. For more information on these and other children’s activities, please call (866) 261-5873 or visit the events section of the terranea.com website.
Flair Cares clothing and shoe wear
Time to clean closets for charity and support Flair Cleaners’ 19th annual Christmas and Shoe Promotion through December 31st. Customers and community members can donate at Flair Cleaners on 1900 Artesia Blvd. in Redondo Beach (one block east of Aviation). Pick-up and delivery customers can mark a bag for the donation when placing their orders. Items collected will benefit the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission and Helping Hands for the Blind.
Photos with Santa Claus
Santa has arrived in Manhattan Village for the holiday season and has themed photos for visitors of all ages. Until December 24th, visitors have the opportunity to share holiday wishes and have their picture taken with the bearded man. Larger groups are welcome at Squad Night, Tuesday, December 21, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Reserve a spot at shopmanhattanvillage.com/holiday.
THURSDAY, December 16
Handicrafts in the El Segundo library
The community is invited to celebrate the winter holidays by making cards for Park Vista residents, making ornaments, and helping to keep people happy. A family story is planned along with other surprises and activities that include Hannukah and Kwanzaa. The group meets from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the library’s Sue Carter Community Room at 111 W. Mariposa Ave.
SATURDAY December 18th
Terranea festival around the tree
Terranea invites the public to celebrate a festive tree with Christmas carols, postcards about the North Pole, unique photo opportunities and special shopping offers. From 5pm to 8pm in the front driveway of Terranea Resort, 100 Terranea Way in Rancho Palos Verdes. Enjoy a variety of seasonal drinks and treats for all ages. Guests are encouraged to bring an unwrapped gift as a donation to Toys for Tots.
SUNDAY December 19th
“A Holiday Festival” at Armstrong
Los Cancioneros Master Chorale presents “A Holiday Festival” under the direction of Allan Petker at 7 pm in the Armstrong Theater, 3330 Civic Center Dr. in torrance. This chorale has presented concerts in South Bay since 1949. Regular entry is $ 35; $ 20 for students. Tickets are available from Diana (310) 779-3072 or at the box office (310) 781-7171.
TUESDAY December 21st
Hike to the winter solstice near Terranea
Celebrate the season with an energizing guided nature hike from 2pm to 4pm along the native plant trails at Terranea Resort, 100 Terranea Way in Rancho Palos Verdes. This active vacation offer includes a visit to the Pointe Vicente Interpretive Center. The cost is $ 50 per person | and pre-registration required. Call (866) 261-5873 or visit the events section of the terranea.com website.
FRIDAY, December 24th
Chinese and Comedy Shabbat Dinner
The Jewish Community Center, 2108 Vail Ave. in Redondo Beach, invites members and guests to celebrate Shabbat with delicious Chinese food and comedy entertainment. The evening starts at 5.30 p.m. $ 40 for adults and $ 15 for children 12 and under. More information and answers at jccmb.com/chinesedinner.
FRIDAY December 31st
Fireworks in Marina del Rey
Visit Burton Chace Park to enjoy the annual fireworks display and watch live broadcasts of countdowns on the east and west coasts until midnight. Celebrate the New Year with fireworks at 8:59 PM and again at 11:59 PM. Burton Chace Park is located at 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey.
Vintage movies and music
The Old Town Music Hall at 140 Richmond St. in El Segundo has special plans for New Years Eve. This year’s program starts at 8:30 p.m. and features renowned theater organist Mark Herman along with a selection of classic short films with music, dance and other fun delicacies. The $ 25 entry fee includes free refreshments. Space is limited and reservations are required; oldtownmusichall.org.