Esther Kang

About Town in Manhattan Beach: Week of June 20

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Roy Murphy, courtesy of city manager Dave Carmany

Roy Murphy, courtesy of city manager Dave Carmany

City hires new residential construction officer

Roy Murphy, a public works inspector for the city for the last 14 years, has been hired as the new residential construction officer on the city’s community development team. He will be responsible for construction rules enforcement and assisting with general code enforcement. Murphy is a longtime resident of the South Bay, where he resides with his wife and son.

FACES seeks host families

The French International Student Exchange Program is looking for host families living in the South Bay for a group of 25 French students beginning July 8 until August 2 and a smaller group from June 29 to July 26. As a host family, you’re expected to provide a bed, full transportation and inclusion in everyday family activities and routines. For more information, call Linda Bair at 310-433-7318 or email at

Manhattan Village open house

Representatives of the Manhattan Village Shopping Center will host its second open house Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to solicit input and answer questions about its proposed enhancement project, which will add 120,000 sq. ft. of additional open air retail space and a mix of retail and dining. For more info, visit

This week at ‘Concerts in the Park’: Hyperion Outfall Serenaders

Courtesy of Manhattan Beach Parks & Rec

Courtesy of Manhattan Beach Parks & Rec

Kicking off this year’s “Concerts in the Park” series on Sunday is Hyperion Outfall Serenaders, Manhattan Beach’s official band since 1975. The seven-piece band has been a longtime fixture, most recently performing at the Manhattan Beach centennial fireworks celebration. The Serenaders formed in the late ‘60s and performs traditional jazz, ragtime and full-on Dixieland.

“Concerts in the Park” is an annual event organized by the Parks and Recreation Department. It runs Sundays in Polliwog Park until September 1 from 5 to 7 p.m. For more information, visit




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