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Thanks for stopping by. JustAskMolly.com is a free local resource for friends, family, clients and potential clients of The Hobin Company. It is meant to be a fun site with local resources, favorite hot spots, and a weekly blog featuring upcoming events, new restaurant openings, local real estate news, travel adventures and more. For some reason, while I was growing up in Northern California with my three younger brothers, and throughout high school, my years at UCLA and during my real estate career, my family and friends would always say "Just Ask Molly". I would constantly get calls and emails with questions like, "I am going to be in Santa Monica tonight and where should I go for dinner? " or "I am going to San Francisco where should I stay?" or "I need the name of a good plumber " ? So... after much urging from my three brothers, I launched JustAskMolly.com to create a database with local resources and fun places that I have been or that have come highly recommended to me by others. Check back frequently for updates and sign up for the blog. Thanks very much!


Beach Life Festival at Seaside Lagoon May 3-5th

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We were lucky enough to grow up in Southern California on the beach, surfing, hanging out with sand between our toes, vibing with friends — living the beach life. So Beach Life Festival thought it only fitting to create a huge beach party celebrating our way of life with all our friends in Los Angeles. Join them for the first coastal festival ever to be held in Los Angeles on the Pacific Ocean — BeachLife Festival. Grab your friends and head to Redondo Beach from May 3rd through May 5th. We’ll be watching the sunset and our favorite bands play LIVE on the beach.  Come honor the Southern California BeachLife with live music, great food, great drinks, great surfing, and everything beach. #WeLiveTheBeachLife.

For Complete Ticket Information Click Here

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Manhattan Beach List of Events For 2019!

It’s time to mark your calendars for another busy year of events in Manhattan Beach.  To get you started, we’ve got a list of classic Manhattan Beach events throughout the year, as well as notable other milestones. Click a date in our calendar section for complete details and ticket information! Happy 2019 everyone!
January 26 – South Bay Chili Cook-Off
January 27 – Light Gate Sunset
May 4 – Grand View Gator Run (benefiting MBEF)
May 18-19 – Family Campout
May 19 – Tour de Pier
June 13 – Last day of school for MBUSD students
June 15 – Begg Pool Kickoff Party
July 4 – Fourth of July Pool Party
July 7-September 1 – Concerts in the Park
July 31 – August 4 – International Surf Festival
August 18 – Kids Extreme Race
October 5 – Manhattan Beach 10K
October 27 – Pumpkin Race
November 2 – TEDx Manhattan Beach
November 11 – Manhattan Beach Veterans Day Ceremony
November 14 – Light Gate Sunset
December 7 – Holiday Crafts Night
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Downtown Manhattan Beach Sidewalk Sale!


Shop 75+ stores up to 75% off. Men’s, women’s, children, home, books, gifts and accessories. There is something for everyone at the Downtown Manhattan Beach Sidewalk Sale.


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December 9th The Annual Manhattan Beach Fireworks Show & Celebration!


December 9th Manhattan Beach Annual Fireworks show! Snow! Music! Fun!

Click Here For The Complete Details!

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Santa’s Coming to Manhattan Beach!


Manhattan Beach will have its own visit from St. Nick as well, following a similar structure as Redondo Beach. He’ll be cruising through the city from November 27 – December 15.

Santa’s Float Route

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The 24th Annual Holiday Open House and 29th Annual Pier Lighting


The 29th Annual Pier Lighting and 24th Annual Holiday Open House
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM 

Downtown Manhattan Beach and Manhattan Beach Pier

The annual Pier Lighting and Holiday Open House is the official start of the holiday season in Manhattan Beach. It is also downtown Manhattan Beach’s local restaurants, retail stores and businesses way of saying thank you to their customers and community for their support and patronage throughout the year. Downtown merchants will be open until 9:00 PM and are sure to offer some distinctive gifts and intriguing offers this holiday season. The restaurants will be serving their original menus and some sampling to get your palette started for an evening of wonderful food. Be sure to check out the solar powered Festival of Lights and the 12 foot living tree in the Metlox Plaza. Please note: The Living Trees on the pier will be up for one week from November 13th to November 19th.

Bring your kids and remember your shopping list!

Enjoy an evening of holiday music, shopping and dining all at one great location, Downtown Manhattan Beach.


Schedule of Events (subject to change)
Download a copy of the schedule (coming soon).

Pier Lighting Schedule (brought to you by the Manhattan Beach Parks and Recreation Department)

6:00 PM Manhattan Beach Middle School Choir
6:30 PM Mira Costa High School Choir
7:00 PM Mayor Steve Napolitano flips the switch that lights the Pier and the Living Trees


Holiday Open House Schedule (Brought to you by the Downtown Business and Professionals Association)

Metlox Plaza Entertainment (backside – 13th Street and Morningside Drive)
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM TBA
Metlox Plaza Entertainment
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM TBA
Manhattan Avenue
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM TBA
Highland Avenue
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM TBA
Manhattan Beach Boulevard
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM TBA


Please be note the street closures that will occur the day of the event.

Street Closures - Pier Lighting


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downloadIt’s here! Halloween! Here are just a few of the things going on today! Have a safe and happy day!

Shipwrecked: StrandBar Halloween Celebration – Wednesday, October 31, 9:00 PM Get Shipwrecked at The StrandBar in Manhattan Beach on October 31 with a Halloween with a party you won’t want to miss. Enjoy a DJ, drink specials and some amazing costumes as all guests are encouraged to dress up.!

Cereal Killer Halloween at Saint Rocke – Wednesday, October 31, 8:00 PM Cereal Killer Halloween! Serial killer movies on the TVs, bowls of cereal to eat, a costume contact and performances by Doyle Rules – a Tribute to The Misfits. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and show starts at 8:00 p.m. General admission tickets are $10, purchase online at www.ticketweb.com.

Harvest Festival – Wednesday, October 31, 6:00-8:00 pm 5640 Crestridge Road, Rancho Palos Verdes. Come with your family to this safe, fun and family-friendly Halloween alternative event on October 31, 6 – 8 pm. Harvest Festival is completely FREE for the whole family — all-beef hot dog dinner included! Bags for candy will be supplied. Special area just for PRESCHOOLERS! 30+ Games • Popcorn • Jumpers • Super Slide • Candy • Food

Riviera Village Trick or Treat – Wednesday, October 31, 4:00-6:00 pm Ghosts and goblins will mix with princesses and superheroes as Riviera Village hosts the annual Halloween Trick or Treat on Wednesday, October 31, 2018. This event has become a Redondo Beach tradition, attracting thousands of children each year to enjoy Halloween in a safe and fun atmosphere.
Catalina Avenue will be closed to traffic from Avenue I to Palos Verdes Blvd. Shops will hand out candy and treats from 4 to 6 pm.

The El Segundo Parks and Recreation Department host annual Halloween Frolic Wednesday, October 31st 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the 300-400 block of Downtown Main Street.

The City of Torrance Community Services Department invites the public to enjoy the annual Halloween Carnival on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Wilson Park, 2200 Crenshaw Blvd. The Carnival is a safe, family friendly alternative to trick-or-treating and will feature games, crafts, a photo area, spooky music by DJ Ozzie and costume parade taking place at 6:30 p.m. You can even stop by and check out the pumpkin decorating contest where 15 After School Club sites submit their most creative pumpkin decorations. Unlimited use wristbands are $10.00 per child and are required to participate in a variety of carnival activities that participants can win candy and prizes playing. Food trucks will be on site and available at an additional charge. The event will take place, rain or shine.

Manhattan Village Mall – Trick or Treating Wednesday, October 31st from 4pm – 7pm for mall wide trick or treating, plus crafts, photos and more! Good for children 3-10 years of age. For more information contact Concierge at 310-546-5555.

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Southbay Summer Events!

There are so many fun local summer events coming up in the South Bay! Here are some of our favorites!

July 22 – Chevron Manhattan Beach Grand Prix


MBGrandPrixThe 57th Annual Chevron Manhattan Beach Grand Prix July 22, 2018. Will be held at Live Oak Park in Manhattan Beach. There are several categories including a kids race that starts at noon.


Concerts in Pollywog Park



Manhattan Beach Concerts at the Park has several dates and bands. This fun tradition is free and is at Pollywog Park. It’s a great venue for families, friends and picnics. Opening bands are 3:45-4:30 and the headlining band go on at around 5pm.

Here is the lineup:

July 22 –    Alinea –Pine Mountain Logs

July 29 – Fate Unbound –Jungle Fire

August 5 – Good Vibe –Aileen Quinn and the Leapin’ Lizards

August 12 – Kato Rose –Hard Day’s Night

August 19 –Minor Problem –Doo-Wah Riders

August 26 – Pier Pressure –Blue Breeze Band

September 2 – Chroma Haze followed by Thin Ice –DSB



July 26-29 – Manhattan Beach Open Tennis Tournament


The 51st Annual Tournament is held at Live Oak Park Tennis Courts and Mira Costa Tennis Courts and finals at Manhattan Country Club.


August 1-5 – International Surf Festival / http://www.surffestival.org/

The event promotes the four South Bay beach cities, the world’s best lifeguard service, and physical fitness for thousands of participants.  Participants range in age from 8 years old to the late 80’s.  The three signature events for the festival are the Judge Taplin Lifeguard Medley Relay, the Dwight Crum Pier-to-Pier Swim, and the Charley Saikley 6-Man Volleyball Tournament.  Other great events include a surfing contest, bodysurfing contest, beach run, paddleboard races, dory race, and youth events. The festival has hosted numerous international lifeguard teams including teams from Victoria, Australia.


MB6Man August 3-4 – 6-Man Volleyball Tournament




Hermosa Beach holds their very popular Movies at the beach. http://www.hermosabch.org/index.aspx?page=20&recordid=4364

Here is the schedule:

August 5 – Karate Kid

August 12 – Moana

August 19 – LA LA Land

August 26 – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off




Hermosa Beach Concert Series


Held at the pier in Hermosa Beach. Concerts start at 5pm and is picnic style.

August 5 – English Beat

August 12 – Sashamon

August 19 – Big Head Todd & The Monsters

August 26 – Venice



AVP Open in Hermosa and Manhattan Beach

July 26 – 29 AVP Hermosa Beach Open

August 16-19 – AVP Manhattan Beach Open
August 16 – 2nd Annual Sunset Beach Party at AVP


These are only some of the great events held in our South Bay! Check back at Just Ask Molly for upcoming events and South Bay news!




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4th of July Fireworks


Redondo Beach, CA Seaside Lagoon

There is a major show inside Redondo Beach’s Seaside Lagoon which will be visible from the Pier and Harbor areas and will feature live music and all-day entertainment.

The shows all begin between 8:00 and 9:00 p.m.

JULY 22, 2017


Please save the date for our 11th Annual White Light White Night fundraiser on Saturday, July 22nd at The Top of the Plaza at Continental Park, 870 S. Nash Street, El Segundo, CA 90245. Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray will be performing. You can purchase tickets here: www.walkwithsally.org


August 4-5, 2017

Charlie Saikley 6-man Volleyball Tournament, Manhattan Beach


Saikley was the man who over 40 years ago brought the Manhattan Beach 6-Man Volleyball Tournament to the South Bay. Expect teams in lots of fun costumes and beach volleyball at its best.

Register through the City of Manhattan Beach. http://www.citymb.info




The venue is Polliwog Park’s amphitheater (1601 Manhattan Beach Blvd Manhattan Beach, CA 90266) and the free concerts run from the first weekend in July through Labor Day weekend. These performances are open seating and free to the public.

  • July 95:00 – 7:00 PM The Pine Mountain Logs – Classic Rock
  • July 16 5:00 – 7:00 PM Blue Breeze Band Blues/ Funk
  • July 235:00 – 7:00 PM Mark Mackay Band – Country
  • July 305:00 – 7:00 PM Hard Day’s Night – Beatles Cover
  • August 65:00 – 7:00 PM The Paladins + Seatbelt (2 bands) – Rockabilly/ Rock
  • August 13 5:00 – 7:00 PM Shari Puorto Band Blues/ Rock
  • August 205:00 – 7:00 PM Hollywood U2 – U2 Cover
  • August 27 5:00 – 7:00 PM Lynette Skynyrd Lynyrd Skynyrd Cover
  • September 3 5:00 – 7:00 PM Colour My World: Chicago Cover

Visit the City of Manhattan Beach for more info. http://www.citymb.info




South Side of the Hermosa Beach pier. Don’t miss these free Sunday concerts on the beach, winding down the weekend with chill vibes and a sunset show.

  • Sunday, August 6:5:00 pm – 8:00 pm TBD
  • Sunday, August 13:5:00 – 8:00 pm TBD
  • Sunday, August 20:5:00 – 8:00 pm TBD
  • Sunday, August 27:5:00 – 8:00 pm TBD

Visit the City of Hermosa Beach website to get more info. http://www.hermosabch.org

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2016 Fall Happenings in Manhattan Beach

Fall is always my favorite time of year in Manhattan Beach. The weather is still warm, football is back on Tv (especially the UCLA Bruins ) , the sunsets are incredible and we have an endless amount of fun events taking place in the Southbay.



One of the most popular events is this weekend’s 39th Annual Manhattan Beach 10 K run and Home Town Fair. This is a great community event with fun for all ages. The race starts at 7:30 Am at 2nd and Valley Drive and ends at the Manhattan Beach pier. There are lots of fun bands playing and entertaining throughout the course and neighbors come out and stand on corners cheering on the runners and walkers. The Fair starts at 10:00 Am both Sat. & Sun. and has all kinds of arts/crafts, games, food booths, great bands and of course, the very popular beer garden and wine garden.

Pumpkin Race

The next very entertaining Fall event is the World Famous Pumpkin Races taking place at the Manhattan Beach Pier on Oct. 23rd. This has become a great Halloween tradition since 1990 and is fun for kids and adults as they decorate their pumpkins and put wheels on them and race them to the finish line. Prizes are awarded for the most creative, best costume, best crash and of course the fastest. Watch out for cheaters, their pumpkins will be smashed by the Mallet O’ Justice. The finals start at 4:00. For a complete schedule of events and to buy your pumpkin kit check out www.pumpkinrace.com.



Lastly, the Manhattan Beach Holiday Open House and Pier Lighting takes place on Nov. 16th in downtown Manhattan Beach. This night will surely get you in the mood for the holidays. The stores stay open late serving wine and holiday treats and many offer special discounts. Christmas carolers and Santa Claus and his reindeer are strolling through town and the lighting of the pier officially kicks off the holiday season.

I hope to see you and your families at some or all of these fun Community events as these events are one of the many reasons that make living in the South Bay so special. For more info. Please check out www.Justaskmolly.com or the new and improved www.Thehobincompany.com .

Hope to see you in the Wine Garden this Sunday afternoon !! Molly

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