Welcome to Just Ask Molly

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!

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

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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!

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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

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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.

THINK LOCAL FIRST.

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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HAPPY HALLOWEEN

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

http://www.mbgp.com/

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

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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

 

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July 26-29 – Manhattan Beach Open Tennis Tournament

http://www.citymb.info/departments/parks-and-recreation/tennis/2017-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.
 

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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

http://www.citymb.info/departments/parks-and-recreation/beach-volleyball/charlie-saikley-6-man-beach-volleyball-tournament

 

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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

 

 

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Hermosa Beach Concert Series

https://www.hbsummerconcerts.com/

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

 

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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

https://avp.com/event/gold-series-manhattan-beach-open/

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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UPCOMING EVENTS 2017

4th of July Fireworks

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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.

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JULY 22, 2017
SAVE THE DATE!
WHITE LIGHT WHITE NIGHT


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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

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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

 

MANHATTAN BEACH SUMMER CONCERTS IN THE PARK

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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

 

HERMOSA BEACH SUMMER CONCERTS

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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.

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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.

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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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Happy Spring 2015

Happy Spring ! Please save the date for several fun local charity events ….

Once again, the very active South Bay charity season is about to kick-off. I look forward to these great events each year as they seem to keep getting bigger and better and all support very deserving local charities, started by good friends of mine. So without further adieu, here is the run-down….

Kids Play

Thursday April 23rd– 6:30pm-9:30pm

The 6th Annual “Cocktails for a Cause “benefiting Kids Play Intl. Join 3x Olympian, Tracy Evans, along with The Irish Girls,  and several other Olympic athletes, for a fun night of wine tasting, music, appetizers and a great silent auction at, a new location this year, the Belamar Hotel in Manhattan Beach. Buy your tickets today at www.kidsplayintl.org.

 

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Friday May 30th – Grades of Green’s Annual Verte 2015

Once again this party will be held at the MBS Media Campus and will feature a cocktail reception with Patron tequila Bars, margarita bikes and a photo booth, an amazing silent auction a great sit down dinner and dancing to the sounds of Manhattan Beach’s own, Joe’s Band. Buy your tickets now before this great event sells out, www.Gradesofgreen.org

 

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Saturday June 13th – 21st Annual Manhattan Beach Wine Auction benefiting the Manhattan Beach Education Foundation.

Mark your calendars as tickets go on sale on May 1st at www.manhattanwineauction.com and usually sell out within hours. Grab your friends for a fun night of wine tasting under the stars at the Manhattan Beach Country Club.

 

White Nite

Saturday July 18th– The 9th Annual “White Light White Night” Party benefiting another fabulous charity, Walk with Sally.

This is a special evening with over 1500 South Bay locals dressed in their finest white attire enjoying a “Taste of the Southbay” , cocktails by Patron and winetasting by Uncorked, a great silent auction and dancing to the sounds of Super Diamond all while benefiting, Walk with Sally. Tickets will go on sale soon at www.walkwithsally.org

Enjoy this fabulous Spring weather and I hope to see you on the Southbay Charity circuit soon!

 

Cheers, Molly

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How is it even possible that the Holidays are upon us?

How is it even possible that the Holidays are upon us? This year has flown by once again and here we are in the middle of November thinking about the big upcoming Rivalry Game, the UCLA-USC Game on Saturday November 22nd as well as Thanksgiving and Christmas. Here are several not-to-be missed events that are coming up in the next two months….

Wed. Nov. 19th 6:00-9:00 PM – Manhattan Beach Holiday Open House and Pier Lighting: Join local restaurants, businesses and retail stores for a fun night of shopping and dining and strolling the streets of downtown Manhattan Beach. Christmas Carolers and Santa Claus and his helpers will be on hand to set the mood and officially kick-off the holiday season. The stores will stay open until 9:00 PM so you can get a jump start on your Christmas shopping and many will be offering special discounts and holiday promotions. The Mayor will flip the switch at 7:00 PM and illuminate the pier with holiday lights. This is a great Community event put on by our local restaurants, retail stores and businesses as a thank you to the Manhattan Beach Community for their patronage and support throughout the year.

Fri. Nov. 21st 7:00-11:00 PM – The 6th Annual Revelry before the Rivalry Party at the Bel Air Bay Club in the Pacific Palisades benefitting the Wooden Athletic Fund at UCLA. This is a great event with former legends and athletes and hundreds of UCLA alumni and friends. It features an open bar, wine tasting , gourmet food stations, a silent auction and dancing to the sounds of “The Tijuana Dogs”. To buy tickets for this very special evening, please call 310-206-3302 or go to www.woodenathleticfund.com/revelry.  Go Bruins !

Sun. Dec. 14th 4:00-8:00 – Manhattan Beach Holiday Fireworks Festival-This is hands down one of the best nights of the year in Manhattan Beach.  Head down to the pier with your family and friends starting at 4:00 for the opening of the Sketchers Snow Park and to secure your spot for the fireworks viewing. Santa Claus arrives at 5:00 and local bands lead a sing-along of your favorite Christmas carols. The incredible fireworks display starts at 7:00 and it is seriously one of the best shows that you have ever seen. Each year it seems it gets better and better! * Bring Beach chairs, and blankets and coolers to secure your spot. This is a fabulous night in Manhattan Beach and is guaranteed to get you in the Holiday spirit.

Hope to see you at one or all of the above Events!!

Cheers! Molly

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3 New & Exciting restaurants coming to Manhattan Beach!

Manhattan Beach is getting ready for the opening of 3 new and exciting restaurants that will definitely be great additions to the already hot and happening downtown MB Dining scene.

Opening last Monday for lunch and dinner (Breakfast will be served soon), in the former Sashi space in the Metlox Plaza is Nick’s Manhattan Beach. They did a really nice job on the renovation and added a great bar and an open kitchen and a large indoor/outdoor dining area. We were able to attend the soft opening and the staff was very friendly and attentive and the food was fabulous. There is something for everyone on the menu from Herb Roasted Chicken (which was delicious by the way) to a tasty filet mignon, classic burgers, delicious soups and salads and much more. Definitely will be a hot spot in no time!

Love & Salt which is in the former Café Pierre space is about to open in the next couple of weeks and will be an Italian restaurant with wood fired pizzas and homemade yummy pastas. They also did a very nice renovation and with Chef Michael Fiorelli & Rebecca Merhej, both former chefs at Terranea Resort as well as Guy Gabriele and his daughter Sylvie both formerly of Café Pierre, the new venture is sure to be a smashing success.

Lastly, The Arthur J which will be opening in mid 2015 in the former Circa space is bound to be another new MB Hotspot. The Arthur J is brought to you by the Simm’s Brothers (Simmzy’s, Tin Roof, MB Post, Fishing with Dynamite) and the fabulous Chef David Le Fevre (MB Post, Fishing with Dynamite). The restaurant is named after Mike & Chris Simm’s Grandfather, Arthur who was a Manhattan Beach local for years. According to Chef David, the restaurant will be steak-centric but not a traditional steak house. Stay tuned! It is very exciting.

On another note, check out this great opportunity to own a 2 bedroom, 2.5 bath, ocean view condo with a private roof top deck in the heart of Manhattan Beach.

http://www.thehobincompany.idxco.com/i/5599/Mollys_Beach_Listings

Walking distance to everything, the beach, all of the fabulous restaurants and boutiques, the pier and more. You never even have to get in your car. Priced to sell at $1,180,000. If you know of anyone looking to purchase, please send them my way. Thanks very much!

Cheers ! Molly

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