Each Sunday the Roundhouse aquarium staff conducts interactive experiences for children that include listening to a story about ocean animals, exploring animal artifacts, and doing a craft project to take home. Afterwards the children enjoy the wonderful displays the aquarium has to offer. 11:30 a.m. Roundhouse Aquarium at the end of the Manhattan Beach pier. Free, donations appreciated.
For more information visit roundhouseaquarium.org.
South Coast Cactus & Succulent talk
Petra Crist, owner of Rare Succulents, will speak on “Namibia, South West Africa: The Big 5.” Petra is a well-known collector and grower. Petra will share her knowledge of five of the world’s most unusual and showy plant species from Southern Africa.1:30 p.m.
South Coast Botanic Garden, 26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes Peninsula.
For more information visit southcoastcss.org.
Monday, January 13
Photo matted print critique
Joann Stolte, exhibition chair and judge of the S4C (Southern California Council of Camera Clubs) will critique printed images by club members. These meetings feature beautiful images and the critiques provide valuable knowledge. 7 p.m. Free, everyone is welcome. For more information visit SBCCPhoto.org
Torrance Airport Administration Building meeting room, 3301 Airport Drive, Torrance.
Tuesday, January 14
Pulitzer Prize winner David McCullugh
The Distinguished Speaker Series presents David McCullough at 8 a.m. McCullough is twice winner of the Pulitzer Prize, twice winner of the National Book Award, and a recipient of the nation’s highest civil award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. His most recent book, The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris, is described as “a lively and entertaining panorama” and “an epic of ideas…history to be savored.” His John Adams is one of the most praised and widely-read American biographies of all time. SpeakersLA.com
Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, 1935 Manhattan Beach Blvd. Redondo Beach,, (Aviation and Manhattan Beach boulevards.)
Torrance Artists Guild Meeting
Guest Artist Galen T. Pickett will demonstrate Geometric Origami at the Torrance Artists Guild at 7 p.m. in the Ken Miller Center. The public is welcome.
3341 Torrance Boulevard, Torrance
Wednesday January 15
Movie: Music of the Heart
A dramatic film about a determined music teacher who, after 10 successful years of teaching children is confronted with devastating budget cuts. A true story about the Opus 118 Harlem School of Music, who, despite all odds, perform at Carnegie Hall Free. 1:30 p.m..
Joslyn Community Center, 1601 Valley Drive, Manhattan Beach.
Landscaping with rain water
Maria Doieve, who holds a UCLA certificate in landscape architecture and specializes in plants for Southern California, will speak about SoCal Landscape Design and Rain Water Collection at the monthly Hermosa Garden Club meeting at 10 a.m. Visitors are welcome. Free.
Clark Building, 861 Valley Drive, Hermosa Beach. (310)530-6992
Putting the Can in Cancer
More than one million people in the United States develop cancer each year. Thanks to early detection and advances in medicine, two out of three people diagnosed will survive at least five years. Learn from oncologists Hugo Hool, MD, and Andrew Horodner, MD about signs to watch for that indicate you might be prone to or have cancer. 7 p.m. Free; no reservation required. For information call 310-517-4711.
Torrance Memorial Medical Center, Hoffman Health Conference Center, 3330 Lomita Blvd., Torrance.
Friday, January 17
The 2014 Southern California White Shark Symposium, hosted by LA County Fire Department, Lifeguard Division will address the incresed sightings of White Sharks and help develop responses by pubic agencies, including communications with the public. The symposium is for public safety personnel, city officials and marine educators. Guest lecturers are experts in the fields of lifesaving, white shark research, and educational science. 9 a.m. at the Dockweiler Youth Center at Dockweiler Beach. Registration required.
Saturday, January 18
Shark feeders at Roundhouse
Watch as the Roundhouse Aquarium staff feeds their pet sharks, and other friendly sea creatures, and discuss their eating habits. Every Saturday, 12:30 p.m. Visitors can also explore the many hands-on exhibits and displays of the aquarium. For more information roundhouseaquarium.org. End of the Manhattan Beach pier.
Percussionist Pickell memorial concert
Master percussionist John Pickell, who recently passed away, will be remembered with a memorial concert, featuring his former bands Abrakadabra and Turnaround, as well as several percussionists and other guests artists.
Gayla Gabriel presents her unique book, “Leaving with Love” from 1-2 p.m. “Leaving with Love: Eternal Messages From the Heart” is a keepsake book to fill with messages for those special people in your life. Hear Gayla Gabriel explain how this book can become a personalized time capsule.
For more information contact Royce Morales at (310) 791-7104 or Gayla Gabriel at (310) 200-7624.
1911 S. Catalina Avenue, Redondo Beach,
Sunday, January 19
Tropicana night at Lido’s
Lido’s restaurant presents an evening of Cuban music in a benefit for Habitat for Humanity, which is helping with the Philippine disaster relief effort. For more information call and (310) 469-1935
1550 Rosecrans Ave, Manhattan Beach.
Swing band and cool cars
The Beach Cities Swing Band performs live at the Automobile Driving Museum. Dancing or just listen. Couples and singles welcome. Ballroom dance floor. Admission $8, free parking. See the band on YouTube-el segundo tv-st.patrick’s day. For more information visit beachcitiesswing.com or theadm.org, or call (310) 909-0950.
610 Lairport Street, El Segundo (1 blk. west of Sepulveda.)
Tuesday, January 21
Hermosa Beach CERT and Disaster Service Meeting
The meeting will include reviewing the CERT and Shelter Drills and plans for training for the upcoming year. 7 to 9 p.m. in the Emergency Operations Center (EO C). The meeting is open to any Hermosa resident who is CERT or Red Cross Shelter trained, Block Captain, or anyone interested in volunteering during a disaster in Hermosa Beach. For more information visit hbdsw.org, or contact Janice Brittain at firstname.lastname@example.org Hermosa Beach Community Center, 710 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach.
Wednesday, January 22
Machu Picchu outing
Travel vicariously with David Eisenberg to Machu Picchu as he shows slides of his travels there, including Pre-Inca ElBrujoComplex, Chan Chan, Huaca de la Luna and Huaca Pucilana sites. A discussion will also be held about the Sierra Club’s Inner City Outings program, which has a long history of providing opportunities for urban youths and adults to explore, enjoy, and protect the natural world. 7 to 9 p.m. Refreshment will be served. For more information call Joyce White 310-383-5247
Palos Verdes Library, 701 Silver Spur Rd, Rolling Hills Estates
Saturday, January 25
“Have the Conversation”
If you or a loved one is in need of help communicating wishes for end-of-life care with your family, the Long Beach Memorial Spiritual Care team can help get the conversation started. 9 a.m. to noon. Come to a safe place where you can have an inspirational and hopeful conversation about honoring your wishes with others who understand what you are going through. Call (562) 933-1450 to register.
Tuesday, January 26
Girls gear up for science
The Torrance American Association of University Women and the Torrance Public Library present a panel of professional young women who will talk about careers in math, science, and technology. Geared for middle and high school girl. 6:30 p.m. For more information visit aauwtorrance.org.
Katy Geissert Civic Center Library Community Meeting Room, 3301 Torrance Blvd., Torrance.
MemorialCare Todd Cancer Institute Volunteer Opportunities
The MemorialCare Todd Cancer Institute (TCI) at Long Beach Memorial is looking for volunteers. TCI volunteers support cancer patients, family and staff in providing assistance, comfort, and way-finding.
If you are interested in volunteering call volunteer services at (562) 933-9040 or fill out an online application at MemorialCare.org/ways-to-give.
Long Beach Memorial, 2801 Atlantic Ave. Long Beach