The Hermosa Beach Hotdoggers Surf contest wasn’t your normal contest. “The one thing I wanted to stress is that the Hermosa Beach Hotdogger Championship is not only about the action in the water,” contest co-director Ed Solt said. “It’s about getting the community together and having a good time. Without the volunteers, we wouldn’t have had a contest.” The contest took place on the south side of the Hermosa Beach Pier in knee to should high surf.
On Friday September 25 from 7-9:30pm, 11-season veteran of Dancing With the Stars Anna Trebunskaya, co-owner of You Can Dance Studio Irina Trebunskaya, You Can Dance Studio and Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce hosted the first ever Hot Ballroom Night at the Hermosa Beach Community Center.
In a format similar to ABC’s hit competition show “Dancing With The Stars,” Hot Ballroom Night featured local South Bay celebrities who partnered up with professional ballroom dancers to compete to win money for their selected charities. Local South Bay celebrities included: Kim MacMullan (President/CEO of the Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce), Shelly Smith (Four-time Emmy-winning reporter for ESPN), Renee Safier (Blues and jazz vocalist), Joanne Lara (founder and president of Autism Movement Therapy), Heidi Shayla Rosofsky (award winner writer) and Herb McGurk (Regional Director of USA Dance).
Renee Safier won the event winning money for her charity South Bay Children’s Health Center.
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Crypt Cases hosted an art reveal party for a newly painted mural in the Smokey Hollow section of El Segundo.
Recognizing the transformation of El Segundo from industrial to creative / technology, El Segundo business owner Drew Boyles captured the evolution by commissioning local artist Damian Fulton to paint a mural of his building in the smokey hollow section of El Segundo. The mural captures this new movement through art.
The 9th annual White Light White Night Event at Continental Park in El Segundo benefiting Walk With Sally took place August 22nd.
Civic Couch has been covering Walk With Sally’s White Light White Night event for the past 5 years. Every year the event is a blast to cover, people having a great time eating samples from some of the top South Bay restaurants, drinking beer, wine and mixed drinks, dancing to live music and mingling. This year was no exception. Walk With Sally’s White Light White Night has becoming one of the “go to” events in Los Angeles. This years event featured Super Diamond, a Neil Diamond tribute band, the decadent “Taste of the Los Angeles” with samplings from local restaurants, silent and live auctions and special signature cocktails and wine.
The 2015 Reebok Crossfit Games hit Hermosa Beach on Wednesday July 22nd.
Athletes began on the beach and swam 500 meters around the pier then returned to the beach to grab paddle boards. They returned to the water and paddled south for 1 mile, turned around, and paddled back the 1 mile where they returned the boards to the beach. They swam around the pier again, climbed out of the water and cross the finish line. Several thousands of spectators came out to Hermosa Beach to watch the men and women compete.
By Brad Jacobson
I decided not to shoot the Redondo Beach Pier fireworks this year. I got some great shots last year but wanted to try something new, not sure it worked too well because there was a lot of obstacles (buildings etc) in my line of view. I guess I could have climbed on top of a building but I was more interested in watching my daughters face light up as she watched the fireworks light up the sky. Maybe next year…
By Brad Jacobson
The Manhattan Beach concerts in the park series is an annual, summer long event held each year at Polliwog Park which runs from July through the first weekend in September.
Sunday, July 5th concert featured “Hot Summer Nights”, a Neil Diamond tribute band. Since Hot Summer Night’s first performance in 1998, the band has performed at fairs, concerts, fundraisers, and other special events all over the United States, Japan, Canada and England.
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The City of Manhattan Beach Parks and Recreation Department, together with the Manhattan Beach City Council, honored and thanked the military service and sacrifice of the South Bay men and women in uniform and their families who have served their country on Sunday, June 25th at Polliwog Park in Manhattan Beach. The event included performances by the Mira Costa High School Jazz Band, Dennis McNeil and the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band (Miramar). The first 1,000 veterans and current members of the military received a Salute to the Troops Challenge coin.
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By Brad Jacobson
Yes, comparing this Live Oak Tournament is quite the exaggeration, but this 3 on 3 tournament in Manhattan Beach was incredibly entertaining. I showed up to grab a couple photos for the Easy Reader article (click here to view it) and ended up staying for well over an hour. The tournament consisted of mostly Live Oak Park regulars which led to a lot of fun banter, trash talk and a broken nose. The guys were having fun both on and off the court.
This years tournament was held in honor Joe Straight, a long Live Oak Park regular who had played on those courts for over 35 years. Joe’s brother John played the tournament and won the first annual Joe Straight MVP award.
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