HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Did you know that Halloween ranks second in consumer spending behind Christmas? Halloween is big business these days and with good reason….every so often we all need to let our freak flag fly!
The City of Lawndale presents a Halloween Haunt on Thursday, October 31 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Lawndale Civic Center Plaza. The event features a haunted mansion, costume contests, arts and crafts, games, jumpers and DJ Ed spinning spooky tunes. A reptile show will offer children an up-close and hands-on opportunity to learn about snakes, iguanas, lizards and other reptiles. The costume contest is always a big hit and prizes will be awarded to the winners of the different divisions. Food vendors will be on site serving up Thai BBQ, Jamaican, pupus, popcorn and other refreshments. This is a free event and tons of fun for the entire family. For additional information, visit the website at http://www.lawndalecity.org/home.asp. Lawndale Civic Center Plaza is located at 14700 Burin Avenue in Lawndale.
Head to Riviera Village for the annual Halloween Trick or Treat Thursday, October 31. This event has become a South Bay tradition, attracting thousands of children each year to participate in a safe, fun Halloween ritual. Catalina Avenue will be closed to traffic from Avenue I to Palos Verdes Boulevard to accommodate the trolling hoards. Music, face painting and other entertainment will be on tap throughout the Village and local shops will hand out candy and other treats from 4 to 6 p.m. For more information, visit the website at http://rivieravillage.org/content/view/32/53/.
The City of El Segundo Recreation & Parks Department presents the 2013 Halloween Frolic & Haunted Stroll on Thursday, October 31. This popular event takes place in the 300 and 400 blocks of Main Street between 4 and 7 p.m. and features live entertainment, food vendors and fun for the whole family. A costume contest, sponsored by the El Segundo Kiwanis Club, begins at 4:30 and all ages are encouraged to participate. Winners will be announced and prizes will be awarded following each age group competition. The El Segundo Women’s Club is sponsoring a pumpkin carving contest. Entries are due at the Judging Area by 5 p.m. and prizes will be awarded to the Most Original, Scariest, Funniest and Best Overall. While admission to the event is free, unlimited use of the games and bounce houses is $8 per child. For additional information, call 310-524-2700 or visit the website at http://www.elsegundo.org/cals/recreation.asp.
Join El Segundo Museum of Art (ESMoA) Educator and French Culinary Institute-educated chef Maite Gomez-Rejón for an evening of provocative art, inventive recipes and hands-on culinary technique at the Finding Fame Cooking Class on Friday, November 1 from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Guests are invited to participate in what Time Out LA has called “one of the best fall food classes in LA!” After discussing icons and heroes and the highs and lows of being on top of the world, participants will prepare famous – or once famous – recipes inspired by the gallery talk. This one-of-a-kind culinary evening is $95 per person and includes a tour of the Museum, wine and recipe ingredients. For additional information and reservations, visit the website at http://www.artbites.net/artbites_site/adult_classes.html. El Segundo Museum of Art is located at 208 Main Street in El Segundo.
The King Harbor Yacht Club has scheduled the annual Holiday Boat Parade for Saturday, December 14. Everyone is invited to participate in this fabulous holiday tradition and boat owners are encouraged to take part and register their vessels at http://khbf.org/. Several sponsorship packages are also available. For additional information, visit the website at http://www.khyc.org/.
And now for a REALLY BIG ANNOUNCEMENT! The South Bay Show will be doing a live, two hour simulcast of the Holiday Boat Parade from KHYC beginning at 5 p.m. at http://BoatParadeRadio.TheSouthBayShow.com. We will also be hosting a live Google Hangout at http://BoatParadeTV.TheSouthBayShow.com.
As always, check the calendar links and ‘Things to Do’ page on my website, www.southbaybyjackie.com, for details on these and other events throughout the South Bay.
On The South Bay Show this morning, we chatted with Redondo Beach City Council Member Jeff Ginsburg and Riviera Village Business Improvement District President Michael Morales. They filled us in on the Riviera Village Halloween Trick or Treat happening tonight. Don’t worry, if you missed it, you can listen to it here: http://southbaybyjackie.com/ocotber-31-2013-jeff-ginburg-mike-morales-rv-trick-or-treat/.
One last note – this week we added a new program to The South Bay Show line-up. Every Monday morning at 8 a.m. you can tune into Real Estate Today with our fun, new co-host and producer, Ralph Ferdinand. You can listen to the inaugural show here: http://southbaybyjackie.com/october-28-2013-ralph-ferdinand-co-host-real-estate-today/.
Have a safe and spooky Halloween and fabulous South Bay weekend!