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Thursday, November 1, 2012 | 7:00 PM   
Katy Geissert Civic Center Library, Community Meeting Room, 3301 Torrance Blvd.
Classical guitarist Peter Fletcher will perform at the Torrance Public Library. Copies of Mr. Fletcher's CDs will be available for purchase. The event is free, sponsored by the Friends of the Torrance Library. Seating is limited, and is first-come, first-seated and the event is recommended for ages 12 and up. For more information, please contact the Reference Department at 310-618-5959.
 
 
Friday, November 2, 2012 | 7:30 PM   
George Nakano Theatre [Torrance Cultural Arts Center] 3330 Civic Center Drive
A pioneer in rock/jazz fusion, Tim Weisberg has sold more than 5 million albums, played some of the largest venues in the world, and collaborated with gifted singer/songwriter Dan Fogelberg. Tim’s incredible career includes 20 albums with the biggest record labels in the country and his bands have been known as a proving ground for the likes of David Benoit, Art Johnson, and Chuck Alvarez.
 
 
Saturday, November 3, 2012 | 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM   
Columbia Park, 4045 – 190th St., northwest corner of 190th St. and Prairie Ave., Torrance
Come and learn ways to reduce and recycle yard waste by composting, “grasscycling,” worm composting, and water-wise gardening at Torrance’s permanent composting and water-wise gardening demonstration site at Columbia Park. It is operated in conjunction with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works. The Beginning Workshop teaches backyard composting, worm composting, grass recycling, water-wise gardening, and fire-wise gardening.
 
 
Saturday, November 3, 2012 | 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM   
Ken Miller Auditorium [Torrance Cultural Arts Center] 3341 Torrance Blvd.
This year the Lace Exchange will be replaced by a display of lace butterflies to be donated to the Butterfly Project. In an effort to remember the 1.5 million children who perished in the Holocaust, Holocaust Museum Houston is collecting 1.5 million butterflies for a touring display.
 
 
Saturday, November 3, 2012 | 2:00 PM   
Katy Geissert Civic Center Library, Community Meeting Room, 3301 Torrance Blvd.
Michael Schofield is the father of January Schofield, who was diagnosed with schitzophrenia at the age of five. He relates January's journey in his memoir January First: A Child's Descent into Madness and Her Father's Struggle to Save Her. This program is free, sponsored by the Friends of the Torrance Library, and recommended for adults. For more information, please call the Reference Department at 310-618-5959.
 
 
Saturday, November 3, 2012 | 7:30 PM   
George Nakano Theatre [Torrance Cultural Arts Center] 3330 Civic Center Drive
A pioneer in rock/jazz fusion, Tim Weisberg has sold more than 5 million albums, played some of the largest venues in the world, and collaborated with gifted singer/songwriter Dan Fogelberg. Tim’s incredible career includes 20 albums with the biggest record labels in the country and his bands have been known as a proving ground for the likes of David Benoit, Art Johnson, and Chuck Alvarez.
 
 
Sunday, November 4, 2012 | 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM   
Torrance Cultural Arts Center [Torrance Cultural Arts Center] 3330 Civic Center Drive
This years’ festival will include demonstrations of spinning, dyeing, knitting, and braiding yarn along with a fashion show at 2 p.m.
 
 
Sunday, November 4, 2012 | 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM   
Katy Geissert Civic Center Library, 3301 Torrance Blvd.
The Katy Geissert Civic Center Library is open this Sunday.
 
 
Sunday, November 4, 2012 | 2:00 PM   
James Armstrong Theatre [Torrance Cultural Arts Center] 3330 Civic Center Drive
One of the world’s most beloved and dramatic operas, this is a classic tale of colliding hearts and cultures set in 19th century Japan. Internationally acclaimed soprano Patricia Racette is a geisha tragically torn between two worlds and forced to make the ultimate sacrifice to retain her honor. Company Music Director Donald Runnicles conducts the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus in this stirring production featuring some of Puccini’s most popular music. “A compelling and almost breathlessly taut rendition of this timeless tragedy. Patricia Racette’s portrayal is an incendiary performance.” San Francisco Chronicle Two hours 40 minutes with one intermission.
 
 
Sunday, November 4, 2012 | 6:00 PM   
James Armstrong Theatre [Torrance Cultural Arts Center] 3330 Civic Center Drive
One of the world’s most beloved and dramatic operas, this is a classic tale of colliding hearts and cultures set in 19th century Japan. Internationally acclaimed soprano Patricia Racette is a geisha tragically torn between two worlds and forced to make the ultimate sacrifice to retain her honor. Company Music Director Donald Runnicles conducts the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus in this stirring production featuring some of Puccini’s most popular music. “A compelling and almost breathlessly taut rendition of this timeless tragedy. Patricia Racette’s portrayal is an incendiary performance.” San Francisco Chronicle Two hours 40 minutes with one intermission.
 
 
Tuesday, November 6, 2012 | 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM   
Madrona Marsh Nature Center & Preserve; 3201 Plaza Del Amo
Take a stroll with Dave Moody and Ron Melin as you identify the different species of birds at the Madrona Marsh Preserve as well as other parks throughout the City of Torrance. This walk is welcome to all ages and is free. Re-occurs on the 1st, 3rd & 5th Tuesday of every month. For more information please call the Madrona Marsh Nature Center at 310-782-3989.
 
 
Tuesday, November 6, 2012 | 10:30 AM   
El Retiro Library, 126 Vista Del Parque, Redondo Beach
The El Retiro Book Group meets to discuss great books. The discussion is free and no registration is required. Please call the El Retiro Library at 310-375-0922 for more information.
 
 
Tuesday, November 6, 2012 | 12:10 PM - 1:00 PM   
George Nakano Theatre [Torrance Cultural Arts Center] 3330 Civic Center Drive
Michelangelo insisted he was first a sculptor, but as we look at the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel we see the work of a brilliant painter. We will focus on this artistic genius.
 
 
Wednesday, November 7, 2012 | 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM   
Katy Geissert Civic Center Library, Community Meeting Room, 3301 Torrance Blvd.
Discover extraordinary new worlds, travel through space and time, journey to other dimensions as the Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Group explores the wondrous and fantastic realm of Science Fiction and Fantasy each month. All Torrance Public Library book discussion groups are free and no registration is required. Please call the Reference Department at 310-618-5959 for more information.
 
 
Thursday, November 8, 2012 | 10:00 AM   
Henderson Library, 4805 Emerald St.
Read and discuss mysteries and thrillers in this book group. All discussions are free and no registration is required. Please call the Henderson Library at 310-371-2075 for more information.
 
 
Thursday, November 8, 2012 | 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.
 
 
Saturday, November 10, 2012 | 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM   
Ken Miller Recreation Center [Torrance Cultural Arts Center] 3341 Torrance Blvd.
Find that one-of-a-kind gift item for the holidays, all hand-crafted by senior citizens at this annual faire hosted by the Bartlett Senior Center.
 
 
Saturday, November 10, 2012 | 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM   
Torrance Airport, 3315 Airport Dr., Torrance
Join us to honor on this special day to honor this special group, American Veterans. This year the Western Museum of Flight (WMoF) and the Brannan Family Foundation recalls and pays tribute to those veterans of the baby boomer war, Vietnam and all of Southeast Asia conflicts. This WMoF event will be longer than usual with scheduled events covering the four hours, 11AM till 3PM. At 11AM, the Huey, UH-1, on loan from the Wings & Rotors Air Museum, will be on display. A special exhibit will highlight the L-19 Birddog. The Birddog was the Army’s first plane … after the Army and Air force were split into two separate services (1947). The Birddog’s mission was to find the enemy and orbit overhead until artillery could be brought to bear on the enemy ala in the manner of a bird dog (gun dog) used by game hunters. During the decade of the 50’s, Cessna delivered 3,241 Birddogs to the Army. At noon, you’ll hear firsthand accounts of heroic combat search and rescue forces (CSAR) missions from Ben Williams, Lt. Col., USMC. Related books on sale with authors present to discuss and sign their works As always, WMOF Members are free; non-members are $5, which also includes access to WMOF museum exhibits. Free parking. BTW, a WMoF membership (wmof.com/newmem.htm) can be yours for as little as $50 annually giving you one-year unlimited FREE admission to the WMoF museum, all the Celebrity Series Lectures, Quarterly Newsletters, access to the research library and access to Special Events.
 
 
Saturday, November 10, 2012 | 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM   
Torrance Airport Community Room, 3301 Airport Drive, Torrance
The Torrance branch of American Association of University Women present speaker Aura Imbarus, author of "Out of the Transylvania Night: A Story of Tyranny, Freedom, Love & Identity". She will talk about survival in a communist regime as well as rebuilding her identity in the U.S.
 
 
Sunday, November 11, 2012 | (All Day)   
All Torrance Libraries
All Torrance Libraries are closed for Veterans' Day. Outside materials returns will be open, and online resources and renewals will be available.
 
 
Sunday, November 11, 2012 | 2:00 PM   
James Armstrong Theatre [Torrance Cultural Arts Center] 3330 Civic Center Drive
It has been a tradition for Sakura Chorus to have an anniversary concert every five years to show how they have grown and to showcase what they have learned.
 
 
Monday, November 12, 2012 | (All Day)   
All Torrance Libraries
All Torrance Libraries are closed for Veterans' Day. Outside materials returns will be open, and online resources and renewals will be available.
 
 
Tuesday, November 13, 2012 | 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM   
South Bay Environmental Services Center, 20285 S. Western Ave., Suite 100, Torrance, CA 90501
Trade up to two working strings of old electricity-guzzling incandescent holiday lights for two new, energy-efficient LED strings. Service provided by South Bay Environmental Services Center. Trade-ins are first-come, first served. While supplies last. Quantities are limited. Limit two strings per SCE household. Must be SCE customer (bring utility bill or driver's license).
 
 
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 | 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM   
South Bay Environmental Services Center, 20285 S. Western Ave., Suite 100, Torrance, CA 90501
Trade up to two working strings of old electricity-guzzling incandescent holiday lights for two new, energy-efficient LED strings. Service provided by South Bay Environmental Services Center. Trade-ins are first-come, first served. While supplies last. Quantities are limited. Limit two strings per SCE household. Must be SCE customer (bring utility bill or driver's license).
 
 
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 | 11:00 AM   
Katy Geissert Civic Center Library Community Meeting Room - 3301 Torrance Blvd.
Join us for a screening of George Cukor's Adam's Rib starring Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy. This film is sponsored by the Friends of the Torrance Library and no registration is required. Please call the Audiovisual Department at (310) 618-5962 for more information.
 
 
Thursday, November 15, 2012 | 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM   
South Bay Environmental Services Center, 20285 S. Western Ave., Suite 100, Torrance, CA 90501
Trade up to two working strings of old electricity-guzzling incandescent holiday lights for two new, energy-efficient LED strings. Service provided by South Bay Environmental Services Center. Trade-ins are first-come, first served. While supplies last. Quantities are limited. Limit two strings per SCE household. Must be SCE customer (bring utility bill or driver's license).
 
 
Friday, November 16, 2012 | 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM   
South Bay Environmental Services Center, 20285 S. Western Ave., Suite 100, Torrance, CA 90501
Trade up to two working strings of old electricity-guzzling incandescent holiday lights for two new, energy-efficient LED strings. Service provided by South Bay Environmental Services Center. Trade-ins are first-come, first served. While supplies last. Quantities are limited. Limit two strings per SCE household. Must be SCE customer (bring utility bill or driver's license).
 
 
Friday, November 16, 2012 | 8:00 PM   
James Armstrong Theatre [Torrance Cultural Arts Center] 3330 Civic Center Drive
Sultry chanteuse Lavay Smith is internationally recognized as the queen of classic jazz and blues in the authentic style of the 1940s and the 1950s. Her voice evokes a sensuous era of glamorous Jazz divas and sexy pinups, adding a modern, feminist twist. Whether singing her own songs or drawing on a large repertoire of classics, Lavay and her all-star eight-piece band sizzle.
 
 
Saturday, November 17, 2012 | 8:45 AM - Noon   
Madrona Marsh Nature Center and Preserve, 3201 Plaza Del Amo, Torrance
Join us for our Habitat Restoration Program every Saturday from 8:45 a.m. - 12 noon on the Madrona Marsh Preserve planting natives, weeding, propagating or maybe watering new plants. Wear closed toe shoes, bring gloves and be ready to work. Refreshments are provided. Rain or holiday cancels this program. Be on time - late comers will not be able to work. If you are 15 years or younger you must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. For more information please contact the Madrona Marsh Nature Center at 310-782-3989.
 
 
Saturday, November 17, 2012 | 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM   
City of El Segundo, Raytheon Company, Hughes Way off of Sepulveda Blvd. Enter roundup from Hughes Way to Lot "G"
Properly dispose of your residential hazardous, electronic, and sharps waste by bringing it to a roundup open to all L.A. County residents.
 
 
Saturday, November 17, 2012 | 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM   
Torrance Cultural Arts Center [Torrance Cultural Arts Center] 3330 Civic Center Drive
Come to this annual event and find handcrafted treasures, “make it and take it” craft tables for kids, door prizes, food booths, and an opportunity drawing.
 
 
Saturday, November 17, 2012 | 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM   
Luther Burbank Middle School 6460 N. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90042
Free Foreclosure Prevention and Homebuyer Counseling Services Will Be Available To The Public Potential new homebuyers and existing homeowners who are struggling to keep up with their mortgage payments will have access to FREE legal and housing counseling services. The Montebello Housing and Development Corporation and the California Housing Recovery Initiative are hosting the FREE one-day event. Distressed homeowners, who are behind or underwater on their mortgage, will have access to advice from HUD-approved housing counselors, pro bono attorneys and participating bank representatives between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. An educational workshop will be held that offers first-time or repeat homebuyers information about how to prepare for homeownership, down payment assistance programs and homebuyer certification programs. Advance registration is strongly encouraged. Register online at www.mhdcca.org or call (323) 722-3955
 
 
Saturday, November 17, 2012 | 2:00 PM   
James Armstrong Theatre [Torrance Cultural Arts Center] 3330 Civic Center Drive
Using stories submitted by children, the Story Pirates create outlandish sketches and mini-musicals that leave kids and parents howling. Whether it’s following the adventures of a superhero baby or reminiscing about disposable rain ponchos at a baseball game, the songs and stories explode with energy.
 
 
Sunday, November 18, 2012 | 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM   
Torrance Cultural Arts Center [Torrance Cultural Arts Center] 3330 Civic Center Drive
Come to this annual event and find handcrafted treasures, “make it and take it” craft tables for kids, door prizes, food booths, and an opportunity drawing.
 
 
Sunday, November 18, 2012 | 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM   
Katy Geissert Civic Center Library, 3301 Torrance Blvd.
The Katy Geissert Civic Center Library is open this Sunday.
 
 
Sunday, November 18, 2012 | 2:00 PM   
James Armstrong Theatre [Torrance Cultural Arts Center] 3330 Civic Center Drive
This madcap musical romp featuring favorite show tunes and a crazy cast of characters with special guests, Disneyland’s famous Billy Hill & The Hillbillies plus those four men of harmony The Velvet Frogs and a Genie in training. What could possibly go wrong?
 
 
Monday, November 19, 2012 | 9:00 AM - Noon   
Ken Miller Auditorium [Torrance Cultural Arts Center] 3341 Torrance Blvd.
Didn’t get your flu shot? Have no fear and come down to the Community Flu Clinic. You will be glad you did.
 
 
Tuesday, November 20, 2012 | 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM   
Madrona Marsh Nature Center & Preserve; 3201 Plaza Del Amo
Take a stroll with Dave Moody and Ron Melin as you identify the different species of birds at the Madrona Marsh Preserve as well as other parks throughout the City of Torrance. This walk is welcome to all ages and is free. Re-occurs on the 1st, 3rd & 5th Tuesday of every month. Free! For more information please contact the Madrona Marsh Nature Center at 310-782-3989.
 
 
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 | 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM   
Ken Miller Auditorium [Torrance Cultural Arts Center] 3341 Torrance Blvd.
The City of Torrance invites the entire family to participate in the Annual Harry Sutter Memorial Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot Fun Run. This three mile fun run will begin at 8 a.m. Thanksgiving morning. After the run, there will be a spectacular post run prize drawing for mountain bikes, dinner vouchers, gym memberships and many other outstanding prizes. All registered participants will receive a commemorative Turkey Trot shirt.
 
 
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 | 6:00 PM   
All Torrance Libraries
All Torrance Libraries will close at 6:00 p.m. for the Thanksgiving holiday. Outside materials returns will be open, and online resources and renewals will be available.
 
 
Thursday, November 22, 2012 | (All Day)   
All Torrance Libraries
All Torrance Libraries are closed for Thanksgiving. Outside materials returns will be open, and online resources and renewals will be available.
 
 
Friday, November 23, 2012 | (All Day)   
All Torrance Libraries
All Torrance Libraries are closed for Thanksgiving. Outside materials returns will be open, and online resources and renewals will be available.
 
 
Saturday, November 24, 2012 | (All Day)   
All Torrance Libraries
All Torrance Libraries are closed for Thanksgiving. Outside materials returns will be open, and online resources and renewals will be available.
 
 
Sunday, November 25, 2012 | (All Day)   
All Torrance Libraries
All Torrance Libraries are closed for Thanksgiving. Outside materials returns will be open, and online resources and renewals will be available.
 
 
Friday, November 30, 2012 | 7:30 PM   
James Armstrong Theatre [Torrance Cultural Arts Center] 3330 Civic Center Drive
The 1843 classic A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens is put to music in this holiday classic. Watch Ebenezer Scrooge have the experience of a lifetime one Christmas Eve after the ghost of Jacob Marley (his former partner) visits him along with the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future.
 
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