Robb Fulcher

Hermosa Beach News Briefs, July 20, 2011

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Election preseason

City Councilmen Peter Tucker and Michael DiVirgilio, City Treasurer John Workman and City Clerk Elaine Doerfling have all taken a first step to run for reelection on Nov. 8.

The four picked up candidacy documents that they must fill out and return to City Hall by Aug. 12 to appear on the ballot. If an incumbent decides not to run, the filing deadline for that race will be extended to Aug. 17.

Also taking out documents for a possible City Council run was Hany Fangary, an attorney prominent in a battle against tattoo parlors in Hermosa.

Studying peace

The Peace and Justice Community at St. Cross by-the-sea Episcopal Church, 1818 Monterey Blvd., invites the public to a showing of the Emmy-winning film “Promises,” a portrait of seven Palestinian and Israeli children who live in and around Jerusalem, “no more than 20 minutes away from each other, yet each in separate worlds,” 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2, preceded by a 6:30 p.m. potluck dinner.

The film screening is part of a series at St. Cross designed to explore issues central toMiddle Eastpeacemaking. A brief discussion will follow the film.

Taste at Beach

The Kiwanis Club ofHermosa Beachhosts its Sixth Annual Taste At The Beach Wine and Food Extravaganza 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21 at theHermosa BeachCommunity Center(PCH andPier Avenue).

The event, which benefits several Kiwanis charities, will feature fine wine and gourmet dishes from the area’s top restaurants, caterers and wine vendors, a live jazz band and a silent auction.

“Guests can walk from table to table sampling some of the best dishes from the finest restaurants, caterers and vintners, while sipping their favorite wine and listening to great jazz,” said event coordinator Paul Amarillas.

“What could be better than great food and wine in a beautiful relaxed summer setting,” he said. “Last year we sold out so better get your tickets early.”

Participating restaurant and vintners include Catering by Leslie Schirle, Mediterraneo, Hudson House-An American Pub, Ocean Diner, Java Man, Sangria, Silvio’s Brazilian BBQ, Cantina Real, Phuket Thai, Kona Essence, Paciugo Italian Gelato, Fishbar, Fresh Brothers Pizza, Manhattan Beach Creamery, W’s China Bistro, China Grill,  Buona Vita Trattoria, Pinkie’s BBQ, Oliovera, Firestone Walker Brewing Co., AJB Vineyards, Stone Brewing Company, Pemberton Wines, Estrella Wines, Battaglini Estate Winery.

Tickets are $60 and can be purchased at or 310-386-7478. Major credit cards are accepted.

New event

The Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce launches “Downtown Hermosa Summer Sidewalk Sale and Dine Around Town,” 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21.

Retailers and service businesses will take part in sidewalk sales, while restaurants and cafes will run specials.

Kids will have arts and crafts tables and two bounces houses; musicians will play at five locations, and Hermosa Cyclery will sponsor a free bike valet for those who pedal to the event.

A book sale by Friends of the Library will take place as well.

Relay for Life

Teams can register for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life,BeachCities, supporting Hermosa andRedondo Beach, by calling 310-348-0356 or online at

The event celebrates the lives of those who have faced cancer, remembers loved ones lost, and helps fight back against the disease.

Former and current cancer patients and caretakers, those who have lost a loved one to cancer, families, businesses, civic organizations and the public are invited to take part, Saturday and Sunday at Alta Vista Elementary School, 815 Knob Hill Ave., Redondo.

The 24-hour event starts 9 a.m. Saturday.

Teams from companies, churches, organizations, hospitals, and schools collect donations and come to the event to walk the track, participate in fun activities and enjoy local entertainment.

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