Take on the summer and fall seasons with this active calendar of local events.
4th Of July 5k Run/Walk | 8 to 11 a.m. | Riviera Village, Redondo Beach
Before the notorious Independence Day crowd descends upon the South Bay, treat yourself to a healthy run (or walk) accompanied by panoramic ocean views. Bring the kiddos for the anticipated “Firecracker Dash” also hosted by local athletic store Village Runner.
48th Annual Manhattan Beach Open Tennis Tournament | Thursday (9 a.m.) to Sunday (10 a.m.)
Ages 16 and up will play their hearts out in this single elimination, best two of three sets tournament. Catch all the action at Live Oak Tennis Facility with open division men’s and women’s finals concluding at the Manhattan Country Club.
International Surf Festival | Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach and Redondo Beach
Kicking off with the LA County Lifeguard Championships on Friday night, this year’s surf fest is sure to be fun for all ages. There will be pier-to-pier races, bodysurfing and even a sand castle design contest!
AVP Manhattan Beach Open | Manhattan Beach, south side of pier
Who will be etched into the Volleyball Walk of Fame? Snag some golden sand on the south side of the pier this weekend to find out. The AVP tour’s fresh new faces will compete against Olympic medalists in the sport’s longest running tournament.
7th Annual Kids Extreme | 9 a.m. | Begg Pool, 1402 N. Peck Avenue, Manhattan Beach
Your little ones will enjoy going over, under and through various muddy obstacles in this fun and challenging course. Ages 5 to 15, including a parents division, are encouraged to participate.
Catalina Classic Paddleboard Race | 6 a.m. | 100 Manhattan Beach Boulevard
Celebrating 40 years, the historic 32-mile marathon, which begins at the Isthmus and ends at the Manhattan Beach Pier, attracts paddlers from all over the world and is known as the Granddaddy of all Paddleboard Races.
Coastal Cleanup Day | 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Protect what you love with Heal The Bay’s “Nothin’ But Sand” monthly coastal cleanups, a great opportunity to get involved in your community and really make a difference.
Manhattan Beach 10k & Hometown Fair | 7:30 a.m. race start, followed by activities
There’s nothing quite like the feeling of ascending that final hill on Rosecrans, seeing the refreshing blue ocean in the distance and turning along The Strand for that final stretch toward the finish line. Don’t miss the year’s most anticipated weekend, complete with games, music, tons of food booths and the infamous wine and beer garden—just in case you’re still feeling parched from your run.
SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk | 8 a.m. | Manhattan Beach Pier
This awe-inspiring event brings together all walks of life for the common purpose of supporting children with special needs and education. The walk is produced by SKECHERS USA and co-produced by The Friendship Circle.
Beach Cities Roller Derby Home League Championship | 6 to 8:30 p.m. | Wilson Park, 2400 Jefferson Ave., Torrance
The two top teams will go head-to-head for the 2015 League Champ Title. Kids 12 and under are free.
48th Annual Palos Verdes Half Marathon
With a start and finish line at Pelican Cove, adjacent to the beautiful Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes, this may be one of the most picturesque races out there. For every rolling hill you run up, remember that you have helped raise funds to provide services and scholarships to area youth. For those feeling less motivated, participate in the 5k community run/walk.
El Gringo is a family-oriented Mexican restaurant, first opened in 1986 in Hermosa Beach. Owner/operator Bill Graw has since opened two additional locations and more recently launched a Taco Cart catering company called Gringo Urban Assault Catering (aka G.U.A.C. Taco).