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Scott McFarlane strikes again with “A Manhattan Beach Christmas” [VIDEO]

Scott McFarlane strikes again with “A Manhattan Beach Christmas” [VIDEO]

Scott McFarlane, the videographer whose “Manhattan Beach From Above” captured global attention earlier this year, has done it again. His short but sweet “A Manhattan Beach Christmas” features overhead, underwater, surfing, sweet Strand cycling, and fireworks shots, documenting the uniquely MB Christmas vibe. The video was produced for smFILMS A Manhattan Beach Christmas Tis the […]

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Dickens celebrates Christmas past, Franklin to celebrate 310th B’day

The holiday classic A Christmas Carol, featuring author Charles Dickens and his most popular characters, including Scrooge, Tiny Tim, Fagan and the Artful Dodger, appeared two weekends ago at International Printing Museum’s Heritage Theater. The performances included caroling and a lunch of English bangers, gingerbread and punch. Benjamin Franklin’s 310th birthday will be celebrated at […]

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Unchallenged ECC incumbents reappointed to district board

Because they had no challengers on the recent November ballot, El Camino Community College District Board of Trustees incumbents Kenneth Brown, William Beverly and Mary Combs were reappointed to four year terms at the board’s December 14 meeting. Brown represents District 1, in the northeast section of the district, with 110,000 residents. Beverly represents District […]

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Endless Session, Day 123: Surf’s up, SJ!

Endless Session, Day 123: Surf’s up, SJ!

by Morgan Sliff Sometimes the ocean needs a break.   Even just thinking about the vast amount of energy expended by the great sea is enough make anyone tired.  Knowing that the South Bay Boardriders surf contest was cancelled today, I met my favorite mermaid SJ and her awesome dad Jose Bacallo at Topaz St. […]

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MOVIE REVIEW – “Life in a Walk,” directed by by Yogi Roth

MOVIE REVIEW – “Life in a Walk,” directed by by Yogi Roth

by George Schmeltzer There are as many reasons to walk The Camino as there are pilgrimage trails leading to Santiago de Compostela, Spain. For Yogi Roth, author, athlete, ESPN commentator, world traveler, motivational speaker, former Hermosa Beach resident and, now, filmmaker, the reason to undertake the demanding 240 kilometer walk along the Caminho Portugués from […]

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Holt, Smith advance to US Junior Open finals

Holt, Smith advance to US Junior Open finals

Palos Verdes High tennis player plays center court on tennis’ biggest stage by Steve Pratt Brandon Holt and Riley Smith made people forget who their tennis noteworthy parents are, and made names for themselves at this year’s U.S. Open. Holt, 17, a Palos Verdes High, is the son of tennis legend and Hall of Famer […]

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Cozen-designed Manhattan Beach home picked for Modern Home Tour

Cozen-designed Manhattan Beach home picked for Modern Home Tour

While it’s standard for architects to ask clients about their needs before any hammers are involved, Carol Beth Cozen has an inquiry process that delves exceptionally deep. She asks clients where they put their mail after retrieving it from a mailbox. She learns if they want privacy, away from their children. She learns what foods they like and how often they entertain.

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Create your own FYF Fest

Create your own FYF Fest

by Lina McDermott The 12th FYF Fest is this weekend in downtown LA.  With over 50 acts, you can’t see everyone. You have to create your own playlist. Of course, there are the bigger names: Frank Ocean, Morrissey, Flume, Bloc Party, etc. I’m here to tell you about some artists you might not know about. […]

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Grand Prize Writing: “Tasting Class”

Grand Prize Writing: “Tasting Class”

“It’s not the age of wine that matters,” Jack my wine tasting teacher was saying. “It’s how it ages. I bought all these Cabs back in ’84, a fine year for Napa. Some of these vintages will be accessible, and some will be . . . geriatric.”

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The Redondo Beach Mermaid in Fiji: Swimming with Sharks

The Redondo Beach Mermaid in Fiji: Swimming with Sharks

photos and words by Tessa Ptacek As one of the many perks of working for the best company in the world, Dive N’ Surf and Body Glove, recently I was able to check one of my bucket trips off my list when I was able to go to Fiji for 17 days. I went to […]

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Gary “Rockstar” Parks lived on the Hermosa streets, sang like an angel

Gary “Rockstar” Parks lived on the Hermosa streets, sang like an angel

God used Gary to break open our hearts to the homeless of Hermosa Beach.

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“Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life” author William Finnegan comes to Manhattan Beach

“Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life” author William Finnegan comes to Manhattan Beach

by Ryan McDonald You probably know Eustace Tilley, even if the name doesn’t sound familiar. He’s the mascot of the New Yorker magazine, decked out in gloves and top hat, studying a butterfly through a monocle. In a small history of the famous lepidopterist, one writer observed that it was not clear whether readers of […]

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Day of the Dead: Cubensis opens up for final Grateful Dead show streamed in Hermosa Beach

Day of the Dead: Cubensis opens up for final Grateful Dead show streamed in Hermosa Beach

by Ryan McDonald  There will be no elaborate wigs for Cubensis’ performance at Saint Rocke this Sunday, no putty noses nor period costumes. Any physical resemblance to the Grateful Dead is purely coincidental. “We call ourselves a tribute band, but that’s just for lack of a better word,” says guitarist Craig Marshall. “We try to […]

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Madrona Marsh thrives, despite drought and climate change

Most California cities have been forced to stop watering their public lands because of the drought. But in Torrance, the watery oasis known as the Madrona Marsh remains dazzlingly green.

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Dwell on Design features Hermosa architect Dean Nota

Dwell on Design features Hermosa architect Dean Nota

For its first South Bay tour, Dwell on Design selects three homes by Hermosa Beach architect Dean Nota.