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Wednesday, February 1, 2017 | 10:00 AM   
Henderson Library, 4805 Emerald St.
Share your passion with fellow romance book lovers as we discuss what we read during the month. Revisit old favorites and learn about latest releases. Expand your reading knowledge and learn about authors and sub-genres new to you. Grow your list of titles and authors. All discussions are free and no registration is required, sponsored by the Friends of the Torrance Library. For more information please call the Henderson Library at 310-371-2075.
 
 
Wednesday, February 1, 2017 | Noon   
Henderson Library, 4805 Emerald St.
Calling all crafters! Share, learn, and be inspired. Bring your current, portable project and a sack lunch to spend time with fellow crafters. This program is free, and no registration is required. For more information please call the Henderson Library at 310-371-2075.
 
 
Friday, February 3, 2017 | 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM   
5315 Torrance Blvd., Suite B1, Torrance, CA 90503
Please join the Providence Institute for Human Caring for an informational session to complete your advance directive. It's never too soon to have this conversation with your physician and your family. If you want care that takes into consideration your values, preferences and priorities, then an advance directive can help.
 
 
Friday, February 3, 2017 | 7:30 PM   
George Nakano Theatre [Torrance Cultural Arts Center] 3330 Civic Center Drive
“From the first note, Mandy Harvey tames her audience into stunned appreciation as she glides pitch-perfect from breathy jazz standard to growling blues… At show’s end, the audience is on its feet. Some know the secret. Harvey has not heard any of it – not the applause, not the talent of the musicians who shared the stage, not her own incredible voice.” – Los Angeles Times. Mandy Harvey is a deaf American jazz singer and songwriter. A Vocal Music Education major at Colorado State University, Mandy lost her residual hearing, due to a neurological disorder, in 2006 – 2007 at age 18 and left the program. She pursued several career options, including education, but returned to music in 2008. She quickly became a regular performer at Jay’s Bistro in Fort Collins and then branched out to having regular concerts at Dazzle Jazz Lounge in Denver (Top 100 Jazz venues in the world).
 
 
Friday, February 3, 2017 | 8:00 PM   
James Armstrong Theatre [Torrance Cultural Arts Center] 3330 Civic Center Drive
The Heart of Japan, “Yamato,” to be ONE. Coming together as one does not mean to fit a mold and hide individuality. Maximize and embrace individuality, and let those come together to make a balance as one; that is the true meaning of “Yamato Gokoro" (the heart of Yamato). Genesis of Yamato is a dance show that embodies Japanese ancestry, scholars, myths, tails, literature such as “Genji Monogatari (the tail of Genji)”, and expands these art forms beyond letters or words to express a world of spirituality. The elegance and grace of Japanese culture comes to life through the theatrics of the choreography which features Japanese music, Japanese instruments, and kimono. The show will have a variety of styles such as ballet, contemporary, hip hop, and traditional dance to bring out the individuality and personality of the multi-race cast. This “Yamato Gokoro” will embody not only a Japanese heart, but the heart of the world.
 
 
Saturday, February 4, 2017 | 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM   
Raytheon Company, Parking Lot "F", 2000 E. El Segundo Blvd., Hughes Way off of Sepulveda Blvd. between Sepulveda Blvd. and Aviation Blvd. Enter roundup from Hughes Way to Parking Lot "F".
Properly dispose of your residential hazardous, electronic, and sharps waste by bringing it to a roundup open to all L.A. County residents.
 
 
Saturday, February 4, 2017 | 7:30 PM   
George Nakano Theatre [Torrance Cultural Arts Center] 3330 Civic Center Drive
“From the first note, Mandy Harvey tames her audience into stunned appreciation as she glides pitch-perfect from breathy jazz standard to growling blues… At sho’s end, the audience is on its feet. Some know the secret. Harvey has not heard any of it – not the applause, not the talent of the musicians who shared the stage, not her own incredible voice.” – Los Angeles Times. Mandy Harvey is a deaf American jazz singer and songwriter. A Vocal Music Education major at Colorado State University, Mandy lost her residual hearing, due to a neurological disorder, in 2006 – 2007 at age 18 and left the program. She pursued several career options, including education, but returned to music in 2008. She quickly became a regular performer at Jay’s Bistro in Fort Collins and then branched out to having regular concerts at Dazzle Jazz Lounge in Denver (Top 100 Jazz venues in the world).
 
 
Sunday, February 5, 2017 | 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM   
Katy Geissert Civic Center Library, 3301 Torrance Blvd.
The Katy Geissert Civic Center Library is open from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
 
 
Sunday, February 5, 2017 | 7:00 PM   
George Nakano Theatre [Torrance Cultural Arts Center] 3330 Civic Center Drive
In the style of “The Moth,” “Story Corps,” or “Mortified,” the Torrance Cultural Arts Foundation is proud to present its own local storytellers along with experienced crowd-pleasing Guest Tellers. Curated and hosted by author/producer Mariana Williams, each performance will have a new set of local stories and “All-star tellers.” To submit your true, 6-minute tale, send five lines to: Marianastoryteller@gmail.com with 'Torrance' in the subject line.
 
 
Wednesday, February 8, 2017 | 11:00 AM   
Walteria Library, 3815 W. 242 St.
Join us for discussions of books set in different countries and cultures. This book discussion group is free, sponsored by the Friends of the Torrance Library, and no registration is required, just read the book prior to the meeting. For more information and for book titles, please call the Walteria Library at 310-375-8418
 
 
Wednesday, February 8, 2017 | Noon   
Henderson Library, 4805 Emerald St.
Calling all crafters! Share, learn, and be inspired. Bring your current, portable project and a sack lunch to spend time with fellow crafters. This program is free, and no registration is required. For more information please call the Henderson Library at 310-371-2075.
 
 
Thursday, February 9, 2017 | 10:00 AM   
Henderson Library, 4805 Emerald St.
The Mayhem in the AM Book Group meets monthly to disucss mystery and suspense. For title selections check here: http://www.torranceca.gov/Library/14488.htm All discussions are free and no registration is required, just read the book prior to the meeting. For more information please call the Henderson Library at 310-371-2075.
 
 
Thursday, February 9, 2017 | 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM   
Katy Geissert Civic Center Library Community Meeting Room
Join us as we discuss great lives and times as presented in biographies and memoirs. For list of titles, please see http://www.torranceca.gov/Library/5659.htm. All Torrance Public Library book discussion groups are free and there is no registration required. Please call the Reference Department at 310-618-5959 for more information.
 
 
Thursday, February 9, 2017 | 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM   
Sunrider International, 1625 Abalone Ave., Torrance
Join the Japan Business Association and the Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce for the 18th Annual JBA/TACC Grand Mixer. This year's event will be hosted by Sunrider International. Catering and non-alcoholic refreshments to be provided by Red Car Brewery with live entertainment from Japanese-American "Beatles" cover-band "The Mockers." Attendees have the option of touring the Chen Art Gallery, which is housed at Sunrider Int'l and boasts one of the most significant privately held collections of Chinese antiquities in the United States, including Imperial artifacts spanning nearly ever Dynasty in Chinese history. Event Schedule: 4pm | Chen Art Gallery Tours 4:30pm | Registration 5-6:30pm | Event This mixer is an excellent opportunity to meet and greet influential and International business leaders in the Torrance area. We hope to see you there! Tickets to this event are open to the public over the age of 18 as well as members of either the JBA and TACC.
 
 
Friday, February 10, 2017 | 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM   
5315 Torrance Blvd., Suite B1, Torrance, CA 90503
Please join the Providence Institute for Human Caring for an informational session to complete your advance directive. It's never too soon to have this conversation with your physician and your family. If you want care that takes into consideration your values, preferences and priorities, then an advance directive can help.
 
 
Friday, February 10, 2017 | 8:00 PM   
James Armstrong Theatre [Torrance Cultural Arts Center] 3330 Civic Center Drive
Hailing from Chicago’s South Side, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble is a group of seven brothers who came from an extraordinary musical family. The band freely mix the brass band tradition with generous doses of hip hop, soul, and funk, creating an intoxicating and boisterous blend that is just barely contained on their newest release, Fly: The Customs Prelude. They have toured throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, and South America and played with everyone from Prince, Mos Def, Mick Jones (The Clash) and Damon Albarn (Blur, Gorillaz). They’ve performed at Coachella, WOMAD AU, ‘Jazz at Lincoln Center’, the Sydney Opera House, and Carnegie Hall. Their song, “War” was featured in the blockbuster hit movie, The Hunger Games.
 
 
Saturday, February 11, 2017 | 2:00 PM   
James Armstrong Theatre [Torrance Cultural Arts Center] 3330 Civic Center Drive
Ambassador of Americana Charles Phoenix supercharges the classic living room slide show into a laugh-out-loud celebration of spectacular mid-century car culture, space age oddities, roadside attractions, festive fashions, outrageous architecture, theme parks, and much, much more. With his keen expertise, unbridled enthusiasm, and eagle eye for oddball detail, Phoenix lavishes insightful commentary on vintage “found” Kodachrome slides, his high-octane road trip adventures, latest eye-popping test kitchen creations, and “best of guide” to local attractions, past, and present. Don’t miss this fun-filled, action packed, crazy kaleidoscope or retro pop culture all in glorious Kodachrome COLOR! Be prepared for your American pride to swell, your imagination to be inspired, and your spirit to soar!
 
 
Saturday, February 11, 2017 | 2:00 PM   
Katy Geissert Civic Center Library, Community Meeting Room, 3301 Torrance Blvd.
Novices and aficionados alike are invited to join L.A. Opera's Community Educators for a lively and interactive disucssion of their favorite operas. January 21 - The Abductions from the Seraglio, February 11 - Salome, March 22 - The Tales of Hoffman. This program is free, and no registration is required. For more information please call the Reference Department at 310-618-5959.
 
 
Saturday, February 11, 2017 | 8:00 PM   
James Armstrong Theatre [Torrance Cultural Arts Center] 3330 Civic Center Drive
Ambassador of Americana Charles Phoenix supercharges the classic living room slide show into a laugh-out-loud celebration of spectacular mid-century car culture, space age oddities, roadside attractions, festive fashions, outrageous architecture, theme parks, and much, much more. With his keen expertise, unbridled enthusiasm, and eagle eye for oddball detail, Phoenix lavishes insightful commentary on vintage “found” Kodachrome slides, his high-octane road trip adventures, latest eye-popping test kitchen creations, and “best of guide” to local attractions, past, and present. Don’t miss this fun-filled, action packed, crazy kaleidoscope or retro pop culture all in glorious Kodachrome COLOR! Be prepared for your American pride to swell, your imagination to be inspired, and your spirit to soar!
 
 
Sunday, February 12, 2017 | 2:00 PM   
James Armstrong Theatre [Torrance Cultural Arts Center] 3330 Civic Center Drive
Louis Pearl has been thrilling audiences around the world for nearly 30 years with the art, magic, science, and fun of bubbles. An Edinburgh Fringe Festival favorite, he has sold out every year for the last eight years. Louis explores the breath-taking dynamics of bubbles, combining comedy and artistry with audience participating and enough spellbinding bubble tricks to keep everyone mesmerized. From square bubbles, bubbles inside bubbles, fog-filled bubbles, giant bubbles, bubble volcanoes, tornados, and trampolines to people inside bubbles, the Amazing Bubble Man conjures shrieks opf laughter and grasps of amazement from all ages.
 
 
Sunday, February 12, 2017 | 5:00 PM   
James Armstrong Theatre [Torrance Cultural Arts Center] 3330 Civic Center Drive
Louis Pearl has been thrilling audiences around the world for nearly 30 years with the art, magic, science, and fun of bubbles. An Edinburgh Fringe Festival favorite, he has sold out every year for the last eight years. Louis explores the breath-taking dynamics of bubbles, combining comedy and artistry with audience participating and enough spellbinding bubble tricks to keep everyone mesmerized. From square bubbles, bubbles inside bubbles, fog-filled bubbles, giant bubbles, bubble volcanoes, tornados, and trampolines to people inside bubbles, the Amazing Bubble Man conjures shrieks opf laughter and grasps of amazement from all ages.
 
 
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 | 10:30 AM   
Southeast Library, 23115 Arlington Ave.
Adults are invited to relax, unwind, and socialize in this drop-in coloring workshop. This program is free, sponsored by the Friends of the Torrance Library, and no registration is required. Supplies will be provided. For more information please call the Southeast Library at 310-530-5044.
 
 
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 | Noon   
Henderson Library, 4805 Emerald St.
Calling all crafters! Share, learn, and be inspired. Bring your current, portable project and a sack lunch to spend time with fellow crafters. This program is free, and no registration is required. For more information please call the Henderson Library at 310-371-2075.
 
 
Friday, February 17, 2017 | 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM   
5315 Torrance Blvd., Suite B1, Torrance, CA 90503
Please join the Providence Institute for Human Caring for an informational session to complete your advance directive. It's never too soon to have this conversation with your physician and your family. If you want care that takes into consideration your values, preferences and priorities, then an advance directive can help.
 
 
Saturday, February 18, 2017 | 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM   
City of Gardena, Arthur Johnson Park, 1200 W. 170th St, Gardena, 90247, between Normandie Ave. and Vermont Ave. Enter roundup from W. 170 St.
Properly dispose of your residential hazardous, electronic, and sharps waste by bringing it to a roundup open to all L.A. County residents.
 
 
Saturday, February 18, 2017 | 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM   
Toyota Meeting Hall [Torrance Cultural Arts Center] 3330 Civic Center Drive
Over 150 beautiful quilts will be on display in the Quilt Gallery along with many new quilting suppliers and your favorite vendors in the Merchant Mall. There will be a quilt auction on Sunday at 1 p.m. and a drawing for an Opportunity Quilt and themed raffle baskets on Sunday at 3 p.m. Rizzo's Pizza will again man the Quilter's Cafe and there will be a Community Service and Education Area including 'Read Me a Quilt' and 'Quilts for Wounded Warriors'.
 
 
Saturday, February 18, 2017 | 2:00 PM   
James Armstrong Theatre [Torrance Cultural Arts Center] 3330 Civic Center Drive
A musical comedy in barbershop style takeoff of the book and film "Beau Geste", written by P.C Wren, with appearances by the LA South Towns Sweet Adelines Chorus, The Rockin' Musicians Big Band and more...
 
 
Saturday, February 18, 2017 | 2:00 PM - 11:59 PM   
Katy Geissert Civic Center Library, Community Meeting Room, 3301 Torrance Blvd.
Vellamo has been delighting European and American audiences since 2008 with their love of Finnish folk music and the western singer-songwriter tradition. Join us for this exotic and magical acoustic experience - an enchanting, educational and unforgettable musical journey! This program is free, sponsored by the Friends of the Torrance Library, and reservations are not required. Seating is first come, first seated and the room will get crowded, so please arrive on time. For more information please call the Reference Department at (310) 618-5959.
 
 
Saturday, February 18, 2017 | 7:30 PM   
James Armstrong Theatre [Torrance Cultural Arts Center] 3330 Civic Center Drive
A musical comedy in barbershop style takeoff of the book and film "Beau Geste", written by P.C Wren, with appearances by the LA South Towns Sweet Adelines Chorus, The Rockin' Musicians Big Band and more...
 
 
Saturday, February 18, 2017 | 8:00 PM   
George Nakano Theatre [Torrance Cultural Arts Center] 3330 Civic Center Drive
You can be one of the first to witness a new play by Alison Minami at this staged reading directed by Michael Hagiwara. Set in Havana at the dawn of the Cuban Revolution, Face to the Sun is a lyrical, language-driven, play with a multicultural cast. Haunted by memories of his homeland and fearful of another war-driven imprisonment by the Cuban government, Hamada, an upstanding leader of the Japanese Cuban community, decides to uproot his family and return to Japan. But his daughter Flora is running with a guerrilla and Isabel, his Cuban wife, is no longer attracted to him. Each of them must make a choice about love and loyalty to both country and family.
 
 
Sunday, February 19, 2017 | 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM   
Toyota Meeting Hall [Torrance Cultural Arts Center] 3330 Civic Center Drive
Over 150 beautiful quilts will be on display in the Quilt Gallery along with many new quilting suppliers and your favorite vendors in the Merchant Mall. There will be a quilt auction on Sunday at 1 p.m. and a drawing for an Opportunity Quilt and themed raffle baskets on Sunday at 3 p.m. Rizzo's Pizza will again man the Quilter's Cafe and there will be a Community Service and Education Area including 'Read Me a Quilt' and 'Quilts for Wounded Warriors'.
 
 
Sunday, February 19, 2017 | 2:00 PM   
James Armstrong Theatre [Torrance Cultural Arts Center] 3330 Civic Center Drive
A musical comedy in barbershop style takeoff of the book and film "Beau Geste", written by P.C Wren, with appearances by the LA South Towns Sweet Adelines Chorus, The Rockin' Musicians Big Band and more...
 
 
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 | 10:00 AM - Noon   
Katy Geissert Civic Center Library, Community Meeting Room, 3301 Torrance Blvd.
Seniors, caregivers, family and friends are invited to learn about the latest scams. Resource information will be available from several vendors including KEEP-SAFE and H.E.L.P. This program is free, no reservations are required, and light refreshments will be served. For more information please contact TPD Community Affairs at 310-618-5735.
 
 
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 | Noon   
Henderson Library, 4805 Emerald St.
Calling all crafters! Share, learn, and be inspired. Bring your current, portable project and a sack lunch to spend time with fellow crafters. This program is free, and no registration is required. For more information please call the Henderson Library at 310-371-2075.
 
 
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 | 7:00 PM   
James Armstrong Theatre [Torrance Cultural Arts Center] 3330 Civic Center Drive
The Torrance Unified High School Dance Departments come together for an evening of dance.
 
 
Thursday, February 23, 2017 | 6:30 PM   
Southeast Library, 23115 Arlington Ave.
Come discuss a variety of past bestselling titles in a fun and relaxed setting. This book group is free, and no registration is required. For book titles and other details, please call the Southeast Library at 310-530-5044.
 
 
Thursday, February 23, 2017 | 7:00 PM   
James Armstrong Theatre [Torrance Cultural Arts Center] 3330 Civic Center Drive
The Torrance Unified High School Dance Departments come together for an evening of dance.
 
 
Friday, February 24, 2017 | 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM   
5315 Torrance Blvd., Suite B1, Torrance, CA 90503
Please join the Providence Institute for Human Caring for an informational session to complete your advance directive. It's never too soon to have this conversation with your physician and your family. If you want care that takes into consideration your values, preferences and priorities, then an advance directive can help.
 
 
Saturday, February 25, 2017 | 10:00 AM   
Henderson Library, 4805 Emerald St.
Learn the basic techniques of crocheting while creating a Granny Square washcloth. This program is free, sponsored by the Friends of the Torrance Library, but supplies are limited so registration is required. The program will be repeated at 1:30 p.m. Registration opens 30 days before the program. To register please call the Henderson Library at 310-371-2075.
 
 
Saturday, February 25, 2017 | 2:00 PM - 11:59 PM   
Katy Geissert Civic Center Library, Community Meeting Room, 3301 Torrance Blvd.
Rebecca Hall and Ken Anderson of the folk duo Hungrytown are known for their timeless compositions, instrumental embellishment and gorgeous vocal harmonies. Hungrytown has toured all over the world, and appeared on such shows as IFC's Portlandia and Netflix's Lady Dynamite. This musical performance will be free, sponsored by the Friends of the Torrance Library. No registration, and seating is first come, first served. The room can get crowded, so please arrive on time. For more information please call the Reference Department at (310) 618-5959.
 
 
Saturday, February 25, 2017 | 8:00 PM   
James Armstrong Theatre [Torrance Cultural Arts Center] 3330 Civic Center Drive
Join us for this extra-special event where local South Bay “stars” are paired with professional dancers and compete to raise funds for the foundation and their favorite non-profit organizations.
 
 
Sunday, February 26, 2017 | 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM   
Katy Geissert Civic Center Library, 3301 Torrance Blvd.
The Katy Geissert Civic Center Library is open from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
 
 
Sunday, February 26, 2017 | 2:00 PM   
James Armstrong Theatre [Torrance Cultural Arts Center] 3330 Civic Center Drive
One of opera's most vivid and compelling characters, a vengeful court jester, desperately tries to protect his daughter from disaster in this heart-wrenching tragedy. The first of two world-class casts led by Music Director Nicola Luisotti stars as Zeljko Lucic, "whose vocal artistry is exceptional" (The New York Times); Aleksandra Kuzak, "a superstar in the making" (The Guardian, London); and as the lecherous Duke, Francesco Demuro, "whose open, bright, superbly focused tone was reminiscent of Pavarotti" (Opera News). Aleksandra Kurzak "was nothing short of remarkable." (San Francisco Chronicle)
 
 
Sunday, February 26, 2017 | 3:00 PM   
George Nakano Theatre [Torrance Cultural Arts Center] 3330 Civic Center Drive
Based on historical fact about the fight for freedom from the British, the Declaration of Independence and the first presidency of the United States from the viewpoint of one of George Washington's closest confidants, ironically, his slave, Billy Lee.
 
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