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<<  Week of Sunday, January 15, 2017    >>           Family Events   
 
Sunday, January 15, 2017 | 2:00 PM   
James Armstrong Theatre [Torrance Cultural Arts Center] 3330 Civic Center Drive
The grandest of grand operas, and a brilliant balance of spectacular pageantry and emotional intimacy. A bitter love triangle plays itself out against a backdrop of war and cultural oppression in this compelling tale of conflicting loyalties and forbidden passion. As Aida, soprano Micaela Carosi’s “voice wasn’t only luminous: she was alive in the role…every fear, frustration, and outburst of love registered in her voice, face, body”. (San Jose Mercury News) Tenor Marcello Giordani plays Radames, “mustering a ringing sound and suitably ardent phrasing” in the opera’s climax. (San Francisco Chronicle) “Mezzo Soprano Dolora Zajick delivered a powerhouse performance as Amneris, cloaking her unstoppable dramatic fury in plush and impeccably controlled tones.” (San Francisco Chronicle)
 
 
Sunday, January 15, 2017 | 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM   
Torrance Historical Society - 1345 Post Ave., Old Torrance 90501
The Torrance Historical Society is getting the New Year moo-ving with farm-friendly authors Rachel Surls and Judith Gerber who will dish the dirt on their new book, "From Cows to Concrete: The Rise and Fall of Farming in Los Angeles." Find out what happened, and where all the green has gone. They will share the epic tale of how agriculture forged Los Angeles into an urban metropolis and how, ultimately, the Los Angeles farm empire spurred the very growth that paved it over, as sprawling suburbs swallowed up thousands of acres of prime farmland. And learn how, on the same land once squandered by corporate greed and “progress,” urban farmers are making inroads to a greener future. "From Cows to Concrete" (9″x9″ hardcover) will be available for purchase ($40; credit cards, cash and checks accepted) and signing. "Farming in Torrance and the South Bay" by Judith Gerber also will be available for purchase ($20; cash or checks) and signing.
 
 
Tuesday, January 17, 2017 | 10:30 AM   
North Torrance Library, 3604 Artesia Blvd.
Join us for stories, songs, and fun for the whole family! This program is free and no registration is required. For more information please call the North Torrance Library at 310-323-7200.
 
 
Tuesday, January 17, 2017 | 10:30 AM   
Henderson Library, 4805 Emerald St.
Join us for stories, songs, and fun for the whole family! This program is free and no registration is required. For more information please call the Henderson Library at 310-371-2075.
 
 
Tuesday, January 17, 2017 | 11:00 AM   
Southeast Library, 23115 Arlington Ave.
Join us for stories, songs, and fun for the whole family! This program is free and no registration is required. For more information please call the Southeast Library at 310-530-5044.
 
 
Tuesday, January 17, 2017 | 6:30 PM   
Katy Geissert Civic Center Library, Polly Watts Story Theater, 3301 Torrance Blvd.
Children and caregivers are encouraged to wear their pajamas and bring their special pillows and blankets to this evening storytime for the whole family. This program is free, and no registration is required. For more information please call the Youth Services Department at 310-618-5964.
 
 
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 | 11:00 AM   
El Retiro Library, 126 Vista del Parque
Join the Librarian for stories and songs, intended for children ages 18 months to 3 years and a participating caregiver. This program is free, and no registration is required. For more information please call the El Retiro Library at 310-375-0922.
 
 
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 | 6:30 PM   
North Torrance Library, 3604 Artesia Blvd.
Children and caregivers are encouraged to wear their pajamas and bring their special pillows and blankets to this storytime for the whole family. This program is free and no registration is required. For more information please call the North Torrance Library at 310-323-7200.
 
 
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 | 6:30 PM   
Henderson Library, 4805 Emerald St.
Children and caregivers are encouraged to wear their pajamas and bring their special pillows and blankets to this storytime for the whole family. This program is free and no registration is required. For more information please call the Henderson Library at 310-371-2075.
 
 
Thursday, January 19, 2017 | 4:00 PM   
Henderson Library, 4805 Emerald St.
This amazing outdoor event explores the mysterious world of gasses. The show takes off with a wacky flying balloon, a bottle of club soda, and a surprising carbon dioxide geyser. The highlight of this event takes place when water bottle rockets are launched with air pressure, followed by fire-powered rockets, which travel 200 feet into the sky. This program is free, sponsored by the Friends of the Torrance Library, and will be held outdoors in Victor Park, adjacent to the Henderson Library. For more information, please call the Henderson Library at 310-371-2075.
 
 
Friday, January 20, 2017 | 10:15 AM   
Katy Geissert Civic Center Library, Polly Watts Story Theater, 3301 Torrance Blvd.
Join the Librarian for stories and songs for children ages 18 months to 3 years and a participating caregiver. This program is free and no registration is required, but the room can get crowded so please arrive on time. Toddlertime is repeated at 11:00 a.m. For more information please call the Youth Services Department at 310-618-5964.
 
 
Friday, January 20, 2017 | 11:00 AM   
Katy Geissert Civic Center Library, Polly Watts Story Theater, 3301 Torrance Blvd.
Join the Librarian for stories and songs for children ages 18 months to 3 years and a participating caregiver. This program is free and no registration is required, but the room can get crowded so please arrive on time. This is a repeat of the session at 10:15 a.m.. For more information please call the Youth Services Department at 310-618-5964.
 
 
Friday, January 20, 2017 | 4:00 PM   
Katy Geissert Civic Center Library, Community Meeting Room, 3301 Torrance Blvd.
This spellbinding special event introduces children to the principles of air and pressure. Selected students will try their best to tame flying toilet paper and the audience will be amazed to see what happens when we combine dust, air, and a little flame. Hot air balloons, vortex generators, and even a hovercraft will help children understand the power of air. This program is free, sponsored by the Torrance Refining Company, and no registration is required but the room can get crowded so please arrive on time. For more information please contact the Youth Services Department at 310-618-5964.
 
 
Friday, January 20, 2017 | 7:30 PM   
George Nakano Theatre [Torrance Cultural Arts Center] 3330 Civic Center Drive
The daughter of Ezra Idlet of the Grammy-nominated Trout Fishing in America, Dana Louise is a new songstress astonishing audiences with her vibrant, melodic vocals, adept finger-picking and cool sound. Now touring her debut album, she is joined by the Glorious Birds – Adams Collins (vibraphone and 5-string banjo), Ezra Idlet and Keith Grimwood (Trout Fishing in America/guitar, percussion and bass). Drawing from jazz and bluegrass, and carrying a contemporary beat, the sound is roots-flung-into-the-future folk. Dana Louise & the Glorious Birds work to leave their audiences glowing with the magic music can bring: genuine human connection.
 
 
Friday, January 20, 2017 | 8:00 PM   
James Armstrong Theatre [Torrance Cultural Arts Center] 3330 Civic Center Drive
“A living, breathing, American masterpiece! It is, quite simply, one of the most acclaimed and enduring performances in the history of theater. Fifty years ago, a young actor took the stage in a tiny off-Broadway theatre and introduced the world to a man they would never forget. The actor was Hal Holbrook and the man was Mark Twain. Mark Twain Tonight! was a study in detail and some of the best storytelling I’ve ever heard. It is amazing what effect a well-timed pause can create. Holbrook is a master at engaging an audience. Laughter was loud and plentiful but the highlight of the evening was when Holbrook, as Twain, gave us Huckleberry Finn. Taking on the roles of Huck and Jim in alternate dialogue, Holbrook captured and translated a richness of these characters that gave me chills.” (Rapid City Journal, Rapid City, South Dakota)
 
 
Saturday, January 21, 2017 | Noon - 3:00 PM   
Wilson Park, 2290 Washington Avenue, Torrance
Southern California Live Steamers provides mini-train rides on public run days every first Sunday of the month from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and every third Saturday of the month from noon to 3 p.m. All SCLS members are City of Torrance volunteers with annual fingerprint clearance and are not paid for their time expended on maintaining the trains and facility, and providing the rides. Donations are appreciated.
 
 
Saturday, January 21, 2017 | 7:30 PM   
George Nakano Theatre [Torrance Cultural Arts Center] 3330 Civic Center Drive
The daughter of Ezra Idlet of the Grammy-nominated Trout Fishing in America, Dana Louise is a new songstress astonishing audiences with her vibrant, melodic vocals, adept finger-picking and cool sound. Now touring her debut album, she is joined by the Glorious Birds – Adams Collins (vibraphone and 5-string banjo), Ezra Idlet and Keith Grimwood (Trout Fishing in America/guitar, percussion and bass). Drawing from jazz and bluegrass, and carrying a contemporary beat, the sound is roots-flung-into-the-future folk. Dana Louise & the Glorious Birds work to leave their audiences glowing with the magic music can bring: genuine human connection.
 
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