Beach Cities police and fire dept. Toy Drive
The community is invited to support the 29th Annual Beach Cities Toy Drive held by the cities of Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach. Donations of unwrapped, new toys are being accepted at the following police and fire department locations now through Dec. 18: LA County Fire Station on 540 Pier Ave.; Hermosa Beach Police Department on 1315 Valley Dr.; Manhattan Beach City Hall at 1400 Highland Avenue; and the Manhattan Beach Fire Station on 400 15th St. Can’t drop-off a toy? Consider making an online cash donation for toy purchases via Gofundme /b7e89901.
Final Day for Spark of Love drive
Now through December 16, the El Segundo Fire Dept. hosts its Spark of Love drive for children. Drop off new, unwrapped toys or sports equipment at the fire Station on 314 Main Street, anytime between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Alternatively, cash donations can be made via texting SPARK to 24365, or by going online to supportlafd.kindful.com.
Light up the Beach Cities contest
Support the Roundhouse Aquarium’s education programs by voting in the community-wide holiday decorating contest, Light up the Beach Cities. Award categories include homes, blocks, vehicles and businesses. Voting will occur from Dec. 16 through Dec. 21, and the winner will be announced on Dec. 23. For full details and rules, visit the aquarium’s website, roundhouseaquarium.org.
Make a mandala ornament
Reflect upon this past year while 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 mandala and have an ornament to take home. Sessions are held Dec.18 and 19, starting at 1 p.m., and are $60 per person. Advance reservations encouraged; Booking in advance is encouraged via terranea.com.
GLOW at the Botanic Garden
This year’s holiday attraction, Garden Lights and Ocean Waters, includes food, drinks, music, interactive exhibits and a garden featuring thousands of lights that will have visitors partying on the beach, drinking cocktails on the bayou and chasing waterfalls. The show goes through Jan. 17 at the South Coast Botanic Garden, 26300 Crenshaw Blvd. in Rancho Palos Verdes. Tickets are $35 for non-members and $25 for members; purchase online at southcoastbotanicgarden.org/glow.
Snow Flurries at The Point
Come to The Point from 6 to 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 23 for magical snow flurries in the grass area. Starting Dec. 20, the flurries happen every night. The Point is at 850 S. Pacific Coast Hwy. in El Segundo.
Elf on the Shelf hunt at Terranea
Each day in December, visitors can partake in a festive search for Terra, the Elf on the Shelf, at the Terranea Resort, 100 Terranea Way in Rancho Palos Verdes. A new holiday jingle is shared each day at Pointe Discovery that hints to Terra’s location. For details about this and other children’s activities, call (866)261 -5873 or visit the Events section of the website terranea.com.
Flair Cares clothing and shoe drive
It’s time to clean closets for charity and support Flair Cleaners’ 19th Annual Holiday Clothing and Shoe Drive, now through December 31. Customers and community members can donate at Flair Cleaners at 1900 Artesia Blvd. in Redondo Beach (one block east of Aviation). Pickup and delivery customers may leave bag marked for donation with their orders. Collected items will benefit the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission and Helping Hands for the Blind.
Photos with Santa
Santa has arrived at Manhattan Village for the holiday season with themed photo opportunities for visitors of all ages. From now through December 24, visitors will have the opportunity to share holiday wishes and have a photo taken with the bearded guy. Larger groups are welcome on Squad Night, Tuesday, Dec. 21 from 5 to 8 p.m. Reserve a spot by visiting shopmanhattanvillage.com/holiday.
THURSDAY, December 16
Crafts at El Segundo Library
The community is invited to celebrate the winter holidays by making cards for Park Vista residents, crafting ornaments and participating in spreading good cheer. A family storytime is planned along with other surprises and activities that feature Hannukah and Kwanzaa. The group meets from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m in the Sue Carter Community Room of the library at 111 W. Mariposa Ave. Masks required.
SATURDAY, December 18
Terranea Festival Around the Tree
Terranea invites the public to celebrate around a festive tree with carol singers, postcards to the North Pole, unique photo opportunities and special shopping deals. From 5 to 8 p.m. in the front driveway of the 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” under the direction of Allan Petker, at 7 p.m.at the Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Dr. in Torrance. This chorale has been presenting concerts in the South Bay since 1949. Regular admission is $35; $20 for students. For tickets contact Diana (310)779 -3072 or the box office (310)781 -7171.
TUESDAY, December 21
Winter Solstice hike at Terranea
Celebrate the season with an energy-boosting guided nature hike from 2 to 4 p.m. along the native plants trails at the Terranea Resort, 100 Terranea Way in Rancho Palos Verdes. This active holiday offering will include a visit to the Pointe Vicente Interpretive Center. The cost is $50 per person| and advance reservations are required. Call (866)261 -5873 or visit the Events section of the website terranea.com.
FRIDAY, December 24
Chinese & 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 under 12. Learn more and RSVP at jccmb.com/chinesedinner.
FRIDAY, December 31
Fireworks in Marina del Rey
Head to Burton Chace Park to enjoy the annual fireworks display and watch live broadcasts of east and west coast countdowns to 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.
Vintage films and music
The Old Town Music Hall, 140 Richmond St. in El Segundo, has special plans for New Year’s Eve. This year’s program stars at 8:30 p.m. and features renowned theater organist Mark Herman along with a grab-bag of classic short films featuring music, dance and other fun tidbits. $25 admission includes complimentary refreshments. Space is limited and reservations are required; oldtownmusichall.org.