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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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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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