Beach Cities Police and Fire Department. Toy driving
The community is invited to support the 29th Annual Beach Cities Toy Drive organized by the cities of Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach. Donations of new, unwrapped toys are accepted at the following police and fire departments through December 18: 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 St. Can’t drop off a toy? Consider donating cash online for the purchase of toys through Gofundme / b7e89901.
Last day for the Spark of Love reader
Until December 16, the El Segundo Fire Department is running its Spark of Love campaign for children. Drop off new, unwrapped toys or sports equipment at the fire hall at 314 Main Street anytime between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. You can also donate cash by texting SPARK at 24365 or logging in online at supportlafd.kindful.com.
Light up the Beach Cities contest
Support Roundhouse Aquarium’s educational programs by voting in the community-wide Holiday Decorating Contest, Light Up Beach Towns. Price categories include homes, blocks, vehicles, and businesses. Voting will take place from December 16 to 21 and the winner will be announced on December 23. For full details and rules, visit the aquarium’s website, roundhouseaquarium.org.
Make a mandala ornament
Reflect on this past year by decorating a unique mandala ornament through an activity at the Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes. Guided by a wellness coach, guests will learn the art of the mandala and have an ornament to take home. Sessions take place December 18 and 19, starting at 1 p.m., and cost $ 60 per person. Advance reservations encouraged; Advance booking is encouraged through terranea.com.
GLOW at the Botanical Garden
This year’s holiday attraction, Garden Lights and Ocean Waters, features food, drink, music, interactive exhibits, and a garden with thousands of lights that will keep visitors party on the beach, to drink cocktails in the bayou and run after the waterfalls. The show runs through January 17 at the South Coast Botanic Garden, 26300 Crenshaw Blvd. at Rancho Palos Verdes. Tickets cost $ 35 for non-members and $ 25 for members; buy online at southcoastbotanicgarden.org/glow.
Snow showers at the tip
Come to The Point from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays through December 23 for magical snow showers across the lawn. From December 20, showers occur every evening. The point is at 850 S. Pacific Coast Hwy. in El Segundo.
Elven hunt on the shelf in Terranea
Every day in December, visitors can participate in a festive search for Terra, the Elf on the Shelf, at the Terranea Resort, 100 Terranea Way in Rancho Palos Verdes. A new vacation jingle is shared every day at Pointe Discovery that shows Terra’s location. For more details on this and other children’s activities, call (866) 261 -5873 or visit the Events section of the terranea.com website.
Flair Cares clothing and footwear dealership
It’s time to clean the closets for charity and support the 19th Annual Flair Cleaners Vacation Clothing and Footwear Drive, until December 31st. Customers and community members can donate to Flair Cleaners at 1900 Artesia Blvd. to Redondo Beach (one block east of Aviation). Pickup and delivery customers can leave a bag marked for donation with their orders. The collected items 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 with themed photo opportunities for visitors of all ages. Between now and December 24, visitors will have the opportunity to share their holiday wishes and have their photo taken with the bearded man. Larger groups are welcome to attend the Squad Night on Tuesday, December 21 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Reserve a spot by visiting shopmanhattanvillage.com/holiday.
THURSDAY December 16
Handicrafts at the El Segundo library
The community is invited to celebrate the winter holidays by making cards for the residents of Park Vista, crafting ornaments and helping to spread good humor. A family story hour is scheduled along with other surprises and activities featuring Hannukah and Kwanzaa. The group meets from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Sue Carter Community Hall of the library at 111 W. Mariposa Ave. Masks required.
SATURDAY December 18
Terranea Around the Tree Festival
Terranea invites the public to celebrate around a festive tree with Christmas carols, North Pole postcards, unique photo opportunities and special shopping offers. From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the front aisle of Terranea Resort, 100 Terranea Way in Rancho Palos Verdes. Feast on a variety of seasonal drinks and treats for all ages. Guests are encouraged to bring an unwrapped gift for donation to Toys for Tots.
SUNDAY December 19
“A Holiday Festival” at the Armstrong
Los Cancioneros Master Chorale presents “A Holiday Festival” conducted by Allan Petker at 7:00 PM at the Armstrong Theater, 3330 Civic Center Dr. in Torrance. This choir has performed in South Bay since 1949. Regular admission is $ 35; $ 20 for students. For tickets contact Diana (310) 779 -3072 or the ticket office (310) 781 -7171.
TUESDAY December 21
Winter Solstice hike in Terranea
Celebrate the season with an energizing guided nature hike from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. along the native plant trails at Terranea Resort, 100 Terranea Way in Rancho Palos Verdes. This active vacation offer will include a visit to the Pointe Vicente Interpretation Center. The cost is $ 50 per person | and advance reservations are required. Call (866) 261 -5873 or visit the Events section of the terranea.com website.
FRIDAY December 24
Chinese and comic Shabbat dinner
The Jewish Community Center, 2108 Vail Ave. at Redondo Beach, invites members and guests to celebrate Shabbat with delicious Chinese food and humorous entertainment. The evening begins at 5:30 p.m. $ 40 for adults and $ 15 for children under 12. For more information and to RSVP, visit jccmb.com/chinesedinner.
FRIDAY December 31
Fireworks at Marina del Rey
Head to Burton Chace Park to enjoy the annual fireworks display and watch live shows of the East and West Coast countdowns until midnight. Welcome the New Year with fireworks at 8:59 p.m. and again at 11:59 p.m. Burton Chace Park is located at 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey.
Period films and music
The Old Town Music Hall, 140 Richmond St. in El Segundo, has special New Years Eve plans. This year’s program will begin at 8:30 p.m. and will feature acclaimed theater organist Mark Herman as well as a set of classic shorts featuring music, dancing and other fun goodies. The $ 25 admission includes free refreshments. Places are limited and reservations are required; oldtownmusichall.org.