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Police/Fire Open House and Car Show


On Saturday, June 1, 2019, the Manhattan Beach Police and Fire Departments will hold an Open House from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

The Police and Fire Open House will showcase services, equipment, as well as staff that provide public safety and emergency response to our community. Guests will have the opportunity to meet members of the Manhattan Beach Police Department and Manhattan Beach Fire Department including: SWAT Team, Motor/Traffic Officers, Parking and Animal Control Officers, K-9 Team, Firefighters/Paramedics, as well as volunteers that support Neighborhood Watch, Victim Assistance Team, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), Police Explorers and the Police Support Volunteers program.

There will be demonstrations throughout the day including: the Police SWAT Team and K-9 Team and the Fire Department’s auto extrication using the jaws of life.

There will be an extensive display of public safety vehicles including: Fire Truck, SWAT Van, Beach Patrol Rhino (all-terrain vehicle), Beach Patrol Truck, Patrol SUV, Traffic Motorcycle, Animal Control Rescue Truck and the Police and Fire Mobile Command Center. In addition, Police and Fire personnel will be displaying their specialized equipment used for SWAT, Firefighting, Animal Aid and Rescues.

The Fire Bay will be open and there will be guided tours of the Jail throughout the day.  There will be plenty of giveaways for the kids and lots of photo opportunities with a fire truck, police motorcycle or SUV and with your favorite police officer or firefighter.

The Police and Fire facilities are located at 400 15th Street on the corner of 15th Street and Valley Drive. Visitors can enter the event site through the gates on Valley Drive, between 13th Street and 15th Street or through the Fire Bay on 15th Street.  Come early so you can enjoy coffee and donuts (while supplies last).

Car Show

As part of the Police & Fire Open House, there will also be a car show from 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM in the Civic Center Parking lot. If you own a hot rod or a classic/vintage car and you’d like to display your car for the event, please contact Officer Brian Cobian.

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Metlox Summer Concert Series Begins Sunday, May 26th


Metlox Plaza presents Live Music at Metlox every Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. through September 2.

Each Sunday afternoon Metlox Plaza will feature a different band or musician for shoppers, diners and gatherers to enjoy. Metlox Plaza is a unique shopping and dining destination located at the gateway to Downtown Manhattan Beach.

Metlox boasts a European style town square where upscale shopping and dining offerings intertwine with landscaped courtyards, fountains, a fire sculpture and public art that celebrates the history of the Metlox Pottery manufacturing facility that occupied the site from 1927.

For additional information, visit the website at http://metloxmb.com/.

Metlox Plaza is located at 451 Manhattan Beach Boulevard in Manhattan Beach with convenient metered parking in the Metlox structure.

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SF’s Popular Tacolicious Coming to Manhattan Beach!

SF’s Popular Tacolicious Promises Prime New Manhattan Beach Location


Bay Area Mexican food mainstay Tacolicious is coming to greater Los Angeles, landing this spring in Manhattan Beach. The restaurant group, with five locations under its belt, put out a notice on the expansion via Instagram, though reps for the restaurant say they won’t disclose the company’s new address just yet, we are told it is where the current Wahoo’s is now! Can’t wait!

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Jimmy Miller Foundation’s Benefiesta May 18th!


The Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation 2019 BeneFiesta on May 18th

noun: ben-uh-fee-ES-tuh origin: Manhattan Beach, CA
Created in 2012, the BeneFiesta is an exclusive event with a mission to raise awareness and funds for the Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation. The BeneFiesta (Benefit+Fiesta) fosters an intimate and unique atmosphere to interact directly with the supporters and providers of our acclaimed Ocean Therapy Program.

1. A May outdoor extravaganza benefit + fiesta to honor our Wounded Warriors, Veterans, Children and Volunteers whose lives have been forever changed by the Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation.

2. Includes music, feast, a big splash and more. Very fun! Beach Chic attire.

Join us for a spectacular evening!

We are excited to honor musician Stephan Jenkins of Third Eye Blind as the first-ever recipient of the Pure Surfing Experience Award, for raising awareness, funds and support for JMMF.

We will also recognize and celebrate Rob & Rebecca DeSantis as the first recipients of the JMMF Legacy Award for opening their hearts and home to the JMMF Family for the first two BeneFiestas.


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Slay Steak and Fish House Grand Opening May 6th!


David Slay, owner of Slay Steak & Fish House

Manhattan Beach’s David Slay is a third generation restaurateur who is opening his first eatery in the South Bay.

Slay Steak + Fish House, which will open its doors Monday, May 6, takes over what was Darren’s in Manhattan Beach. Slay said he is bringing elements of his very successful Park Ave Steaks and Chops restaurant in Stanton to the South Bay that serves sustainable fish, prime grass fed beef and multiple vegan options from produce from their own garden.

Park Ave sits on five acres, which allows them to grow their own produce, and allows them to make everything from scratch, from its salad dressing to honey. But Slay said the main challenge with Slay, going from a 7,000 to 1,700-square-foot space, is not only storage but not enough acreage for a neighboring garden.

“I don’t have all the space to do it all, so we’ll be growing separately,” Slay said. “We have a vineyard in Santa Barbara and we planted around two acres of produce specifically for this restaurant. We’ll bring it probably four times a week.”

Slay also owns and operates il garage ristorante, also in Stanton, as well as the Slay Estate and Vineyard in Santa Barbara. Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the Slay Estate and Vineyard, also will be available at the restaurant.

Slay’s family first opened a barbecue and carry-out restaurant in St. Louis in 1911, which eventually evolved into a steakhouse. Decades later, Slay apprenticed with classically trained chefs in Las Vegas and Paris, before he opened a 26-seat French cafe in St. Louis at 20 years old, before he was even old enough to drink, so he was unable to get a liquor license.

Slay sold his last restaurant in St. Louis before moving to California nearly 30 years ago. He opened LaVeranda in Beverly Hills which became a nationally recognized restaurant.

Around 15 years ago, Slay discovered Manhattan Beach and decided to make the move to the beach cities where he and his wife, Gale, have raised their children in Manhattan Beach schools. Gale and son David Slay Jr. are partners in the restaurant.

Slay said when Darren’s space was available, he jumped at the opportunity to create a friendly neighborhood restaurant focused on the guest experience. They also have kept much of Darren’s staff.

“I’ve been doing this a long time, there’s no pretense, no attitude…I believe that the guest is what makes us thrive, not the chef, not the manager.. I think the  guest experience is the most important.”

For more information, visit slaysteakandfishhouse.com.

Reprinted from The Beach Reporter, Michael J Hixon

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Richstone Family Center’s Pier to Pier Walk


Saturday, April 27th Starting at The Manhattan Beach Pier 7:30am-10:00am

Come join the Richstone Family Center on a beautiful ocean walk from Manhattan Pier to Hermosa Pier and back. Celebrate National Child Abuse Prevention month and support the Richstone Family Center.

Everyone welcome! Participate individually or as a team with singles, families, kids, seniors, friends, work colleagues, sports teams, community organizations, alumni groups, book clubs and more! Form a team for your favorite furry friend. The route is stroller friendly, so bring the whole family Join the Richstone family at their largest community event to fund this important South Bay organization’s vital mission of treating and preventing child abuse in our community

Because…Richstone serves kids and families in the South Bay and South LA
Because…Child abuse is reported every 10 seconds
Because…Almost five children die each day as a result of child abuse
Because…Child abuse occurs at every socioeconomic and education level
Because…You can make a difference by raising funds to end the cycle of child abuse and domestic violence

FOUR (4) tickets to Disneyland!

Richstone Family Center is a registered 501 (c)(3) not for profit organization – Tax Id #23-7373745


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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.


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