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Tuesday, October 1, 2013 | 12:10 PM - 1:00 PM   
George Nakano Theatre [Torrance Cultural Arts Center] 3330 Civic Center Drive
The Mayans said we had it all wrong when the end of the world was predicted for December 2012. Join us as we uncover life within the civilizations of the Mayans and Aztecs.
 
 
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 | 11:00 AM   
Katy Geissert Civic Center Library, Lower Level Study Room, 3301 Torrance Blvd.
Join this fun Romance Book club to talk about your favorite romance authors or find someone new and exciting to read. Lead by Kelly Wong, creator of FictionDB.com and Friend of the Library volunteer, the Romance in the Stacks Book Group meets the first Wednesday of each month at 11:00 a.m. in the Lower Level Study Rooms. No specific titles are selected; just bring your passion for romantic fiction and a desire to explore new authors.
 
 
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 | Noon - 1:30 PM   
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, sponsored by the Friends of the Torrance Library, and no registration is required. For more information call the Henderson Library at 310-371-2075.
 
 
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 | 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.
 
 
Friday, October 4, 2013 | 8:00 PM   
James Armstrong Theatre [Torrance Cultural Arts Center] 3330 Civic Center Drive
“Spank! The Fifty Shades of Parody,” is the hilarious new musical that brings all the naughty fun of the best-selling book to life. Your inner goodness will be laughing out loud with this new imagining as the characters come to life with sharp-twitted comedy, musical numbers, steamy and fun performances from the hunky leading man, plus lots of surprises! Get there early for pre-show wine, then stay to meet the cast after the show, and pose for a photo with the fetching star himself. Grab your girlfriends and don’t miss the funniest and most exciting girls’ night out of the year! Get the full “SPANK!” treatment with a VIP ticket, which includes priority seating in the first 4 rows’ center section, glass of wine, and a special gift bag from Pleasure Island.
 
 
Saturday, October 5, 2013 | (All Day)   
El Retiro Library, 126 Vista Del Parque, Redondo Beach
The El Retiro Library will be closed for approximately two months to undergo ADA improvements. The project will include modification of the public restroom and library entry. While El Retiro Library is closed, other Torrance Library locations will be open for your reading, reference, and recreational needs. Print and audiovisual materials may be returned in the outside drops or at any other Torrance Library location. Toddler storytime will resume in the winter session, and the book discussion group will meet at Walteria Library in October. For more information, please contact Jan Wierzbicki in Library Administration at 310-618-5950.
 
 
Saturday, October 5, 2013 | Noon - 6:00 PM   
Ken Miller Auditorium [Torrance Cultural Arts Center] 3341 Torrance Blvd.
Each year since the inaugural event in 2001, MWCon has grown from a simple meeting of local www.Macrossworld.com message board members (fans of the Japanese amime series, “Macross”) to becoming one of the largest gatherings of American Macross fans. Convention attendees can win door prizes, view custom toy & model displays, participate in cosplay contests, visit vendors, and see the concert by Mari Iijima, original voice of Lynn Minmay.
 
 
Saturday, October 5, 2013 | 8:00 PM   
James Armstrong Theatre [Torrance Cultural Arts Center] 3330 Civic Center Drive
“Spank! The Fifty Shades of Parody,” is the hilarious new musical that brings all the naughty fun of the best-selling book to life. Your inner goodness will be laughing out loud with this new imagining as the characters come to life with sharp-twitted comedy, musical numbers, steamy and fun performances from the hunky leading man, plus lots of surprises! Get there early for pre-show wine, then stay to meet the cast after the show, and pose for a photo with the fetching star himself. Grab your girlfriends and don’t miss the funniest and most exciting girls’ night out of the year! Get the full “SPANK!” treatment with a VIP ticket, which includes priority seating in the first 4 rows’ center section, glass of wine, and a special gift bag from Pleasure Island.
 
 
Sunday, October 6, 2013 | 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM   
Katy Geissert Civic Center Library, 3301 Torrance Blvd.
The Katy Geissert Civic Center Library is open today from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
 
 
Monday, October 7, 2013 | (All Day)   
Southeast Library, 23115 Arlington Ave.
The Southeast Library is closed for approximately two months for ADA renovation. The outside materials returns are open. All programs are on hiatus. Please use the Katy Geissert, Henderson, North Torrance, or Walteria Libraries. For more information, please call 310-618-5959.
 
 
Monday, October 7, 2013 | 6:30 PM   
North Torrance Library, 3604 Artesia Blvd.
Join us each month for a discussion of a great mystery book. This book group is free and no registration is required. For titles see: http://www.torranceca.gov/Library/5663.htm or call the North Torrance Library at 310-323-7200.
 
 
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 | 11:00 AM   
Walteria Library, 3815 W. 242 St.
Join the Armchair Traveler Book Group to enjoy stories that span the globe. All Torrance Public Library book groups are free and no registration is required. For titles see: http://www.torranceca.gov/Library/25195.htm or call the Walteria Library at 310-375-8418.
 
 
Thursday, October 10, 2013 | 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM   
Henderson Library, 4805 Emerald St.
Join this free book club to read and discuss great mysteries. The book club is free and no registration is required, just read the book prior to the meeting. For titles see: http://www.torranceca.gov/Library/14488.htm and for more information please call the Henderson Library at 310-310-371-2075.
 
 
Thursday, October 10, 2013 | 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.
 
 
Friday, October 11, 2013 | 8:00 PM   
James Armstrong Theatre [Torrance Cultural Arts Center] 3330 Civic Center Drive
“Long ago in ancient Mesopotamia…,” began the legend of Zara the Goddess of Light. The story tells how Zara brought light to the world of darkness, but none as beautiful and spellbinding as this one. Performing a series of dances, the Bellydance Superstars bring their own light to the world. The Bellydance Superstars troupe features America’s best-known, most sought-after belly dancers – many of whom are expert instructors in the art. This premier professional dance company performs across the United States and around the world. The artists come from dance backgrounds ranging from Egyptian, Mexican, Latin, classical ballet to jazz.
 
 
Saturday, October 12, 2013 | (All Day)   
El Retiro Library, 126 Vista Del Parque, Redondo Beach
The El Retiro Library will be closed for approximately two months to undergo ADA improvements. The project will include modification of the public restroom and library entry. While El Retiro Library is closed, other Torrance Library locations will be open for your reading, reference, and recreational needs. Print and audiovisual materials may be returned in the outside drops or at any other Torrance Library location. Toddler storytime will resume in the winter session, and the book discussion group will meet at Walteria Library in October. For more information, please contact Jan Wierzbicki in Library Administration at 310-618-5950.
 
 
Saturday, October 12, 2013 | 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 Advanced Workshop teaches organic gardening, the art and science of good soil, environmentally responsible ways to control pests, conserving water around the garden, and using native and drought-tolerant plants.
 
 
Saturday, October 12, 2013 | 10:00 AM   
Henderson Library, 4805 Emerald St.
Dr. Oz said juggling is a medically proven activity that can improve memory. Come and learn the basics with juggler David Cousin. This program is for adults only, and is free but space is limited so registration is required. Please call the Henderson Library at 310-371-2075. Sponsored by the Friends of the Torrance Library.
 
 
Saturday, October 12, 2013 | 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM   
Katy Geissert Civic Center Library Community Meeting Room - 3301 Torrance Blvd.
In Voices from the Canefields author Franklin Odo presents over two hundred Japanese folk songs, in translation, in historical context. Folk songs are narrative songs that use traditional melodies and are written in a style that involves the traditional culture. Some, like Mexican corridos or Scottish ballads, reworked in the Appalachias, are stories of heroic episodes. Others, like the African American blues, reach from a difficult present back into slavery and forward into a troubled future. Japanese workers in Hawaii's plantations created their own versions. Dr. Franklin S. Odo is a Japanese American author, scholar, activist, and historian. Dr. Odo has served as the director of the Asian Pacific American Program at the Smithsonian Institution and was the only Asian Pacific American curator at the National Museum of American History.
 
 
Saturday, October 12, 2013 | 8:00 PM   
James Armstrong Theatre [Torrance Cultural Arts Center] 3330 Civic Center Drive
Elvis himself would have done a double take if he had seen Travis LeDoyt’s appearance as the King. There is simply no way to describe LeDoyt’s performance except “unbelievable.” Flawlessly capturing the essence of Elvis in his prime, LeDoyt restricts his shows to the hits and ambience of 1954 – 1960. Utilizing an authentic three-piece Nashville band featuring bass, guitar, and drums, LeDoyt takes his audience back to a genuine 1950s concert. For those who missed an Elvis concert then, this is a chance to feel what it would be like to experience the King live.
 
 
Sunday, October 13, 2013 | 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM   
Katy Geissert Civic Center Library, 3301 Torrance Blvd.
The Katy Geissert Civic Center Library is open today from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
 
 
Monday, October 14, 2013 | (All Day)   
Southeast Library, 23115 Arlington Ave.
The Southeast Library is closed for approximately two months for ADA renovation. The outside materials returns are open. All programs are on hiatus. Please use the Katy Geissert, Henderson, North Torrance, or Walteria Libraries. For more information, please call 310-618-5959.
 
 
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 | 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM   
Toyota Auto Museum, 19600 Van Ness Avenue, Torrance
The Torrance branch of American Association of University Women present Tech Trek and the girls who went to Tech camps this summer. The 37 students will talk about their experiences at the various universities where they learned about sciences and math. Doors open at 6 p.m. for viewing of the Toyota car collection. RSVP.
 
 
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 | 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM   
Toyota Auto Museum, 19600 Van Ness Avenue, Torrance
The Torrance branch of American Association of University Women present Tech Trek and the girls who went to Tech camps this summer. The 37 students will talk about their experiences at the various universities where they learned about sciences and math. Doors open at 6 p.m. for viewing of the Toyota car collection. RSVP.
 
 
Thursday, October 17, 2013 | 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM   
Toyota Auto Museum, 19600 Van Ness Avenue, Torrance
The Torrance branch of American Association of University Women present Tech Trek and the girls who went to Tech camps this summer. The 37 students will talk about their experiences at the various universities where they learned about sciences and math. Doors open at 6 p.m. for viewing of the Toyota car collection. RSVP.
 
 
Friday, October 18, 2013 | 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM   
Toyota Auto Museum, 19600 Van Ness Avenue, Torrance
The Torrance branch of American Association of University Women present Tech Trek and the girls who went to Tech camps this summer. The 37 students will talk about their experiences at the various universities where they learned about sciences and math. Doors open at 6 p.m. for viewing of the Toyota car collection. RSVP.
 
 
Friday, October 18, 2013 | 7:30 PM   
George Nakano Theatre [Torrance Cultural Arts Center] 3330 Civic Center Drive
Listening to Joel’s keyboard virtuosity combined with his warm and inviting vocal style (often compared to Al Jarreau and Bobby McFerrin) is like tasting gumbo for the very first time. There are so many delicious flavors happening all at once! It is like a quarter cup of World music, blended with a pinch of Rock, and a dash of Pop, all held together with the main seasoning of Contemporary Jazz!
 
 
Friday, October 18, 2013 | 8:00 PM   
James Armstrong Theatre [Torrance Cultural Arts Center] 3330 Civic Center Drive
Enjoy an eclectic blend of World, Pop, and Jazz music performed by premier musicians to create a kaleidoscope of sound unlike anything you may have heard before.
 
 
Saturday, October 19, 2013 | (All Day)   
El Retiro Library, 126 Vista Del Parque, Redondo Beach
The El Retiro Library will be closed for approximately two months to undergo ADA improvements. The project will include modification of the public restroom and library entry. While El Retiro Library is closed, other Torrance Library locations will be open for your reading, reference, and recreational needs. Print and audiovisual materials may be returned in the outside drops or at any other Torrance Library location. Toddler storytime will resume in the winter session, and the book discussion group will meet at Walteria Library in October. For more information, please contact Jan Wierzbicki in Library Administration at 310-618-5950.
 
 
Saturday, October 19, 2013 | 10:00 AM   
Walteria Library, 3815 W. 242 St.
Learn paper-crafting techniques while working on a decorative project for Halloween with Stampin' Up instructor, Judy Kubota. This program is for adults, and is free but space is limited so registration is required. Please call the Walteria Library at 310-375-8418. Sponsored by the Friends of the Torrance Library.
 
 
Saturday, October 19, 2013 | 10:30 AM   
James Armstrong Theatre [Torrance Cultural Arts Center] 3330 Civic Center Drive
The Diavolo Dance Theatre Education Company’s work T.R.U.S.T. celebrates and explores this quintessential component of the Diavolo aesthetic. Dancers fly, fall, jump, catch, and challenge their personal boundaries using props such as doors, ladders, and benches as vehicles for expressing their trust in one another.
 
 
Saturday, October 19, 2013 | 11:00 AM   
Toyota Meeting Hall [Torrance Cultural Arts Center) 3330 Civic Center Drive
 
 
Saturday, October 19, 2013 | 1:00 PM   
Toyota Meeting Hall [Torrance Cultural Arts Center) 3330 Civic Center Drive
 
 
Saturday, October 19, 2013 | 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM   
Toyota Auto Museum, 19600 Van Ness Avenue, Torrance
The Torrance branch of American Association of University Women present Tech Trek and the girls who went to Tech camps this summer. The 37 students will talk about their experiences at the various universities where they learned about sciences and math. Doors open at 6 p.m. for viewing of the Toyota car collection. RSVP.
 
 
Saturday, October 19, 2013 | 7:30 PM   
George Nakano Theatre [Torrance Cultural Arts Center] 3330 Civic Center Drive
Listening to Joel’s keyboard virtuosity combined with his warm and inviting vocal style (often compared to Al Jarreau and Bobby McFerrin) is like tasting gumbo for the very first time. There are so many delicious flavors happening all at once! It is like a quarter cup of World music, blended with a pinch of Rock, and a dash of Pop, all held together with the main seasoning of Contemporary Jazz!
 
 
Sunday, October 20, 2013 | 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM   
Katy Geissert Civic Center Library, 3301 Torrance Blvd.
The Katy Geissert Civic Center Library is open today from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
 
 
Sunday, October 20, 2013 | 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM   
Toyota Auto Museum, 19600 Van Ness Avenue, Torrance
The Torrance branch of American Association of University Women present Tech Trek and the girls who went to Tech camps this summer. The 37 students will talk about their experiences at the various universities where they learned about sciences and math. Doors open at 6 p.m. for viewing of the Toyota car collection. RSVP.
 
 
Sunday, October 20, 2013 | 7:00 PM   
James Armstrong Theatre [Torrance Cultural Arts Center] 3330 Civic Center Drive
Enjoy an evening with this annual “Just Desserts Concert” where Verdi and Wagner meet.
 
 
Monday, October 21, 2013 | (All Day)   
Southeast Library, 23115 Arlington Ave.
The Southeast Library is closed for approximately two months for ADA renovation. The outside materials returns are open. All programs are on hiatus. Please use the Katy Geissert, Henderson, North Torrance, or Walteria Libraries. For more information, please call 310-618-5959.
 
 
Monday, October 21, 2013 | 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM   
Toyota Auto Museum, 19600 Van Ness Avenue, Torrance
The Torrance branch of American Association of University Women present Tech Trek and the girls who went to Tech camps this summer. The 37 students will talk about their experiences at the various universities where they learned about sciences and math. Doors open at 6 p.m. for viewing of the Toyota car collection. RSVP.
 
 
Tuesday, October 22, 2013 | 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM   
Toyota Auto Museum, 19600 Van Ness Avenue, Torrance
The Torrance branch of American Association of University Women present Tech Trek and the girls who went to Tech camps this summer. The 37 students will talk about their experiences at the various universities where they learned about sciences and math. Doors open at 6 p.m. for viewing of the Toyota car collection. RSVP.
 
 
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 | 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM   
Toyota Auto Museum, 19600 Van Ness Avenue, Torrance
The Torrance branch of American Association of University Women present Tech Trek and the girls who went to Tech camps this summer. The 37 students will talk about their experiences at the various universities where they learned about sciences and math. Doors open at 6 p.m. for viewing of the Toyota car collection. RSVP.
 
 
Thursday, October 24, 2013 | 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM   
Toyota Auto Museum, 19600 Van Ness Avenue, Torrance
The Torrance branch of American Association of University Women present Tech Trek and the girls who went to Tech camps this summer. The 37 students will talk about their experiences at the various universities where they learned about sciences and math. Doors open at 6 p.m. for viewing of the Toyota car collection. RSVP.
 
 
Thursday, October 24, 2013 | 7:00 PM   
Southeast Library, 23115 S. Arlington Ave.
The Creative Spirit Book Group is on hiatus due to construction at the Southeast Library.
 
 
Friday, October 25, 2013 | 7:30 PM   
James Armstrong Theatre [Torrance Cultural Arts Center] 3330 Civic Center Drive
Delight in this musical favorite about how a confidence man, Harold Hill comes to River City, Iowa to start a band to keep youngsters from the evils of pool. His plan to abscond with the money from band uniforms and instruments crumbles when Harold Hill falls in love with the local librarian, Marian.
 
 
Saturday, October 26, 2013 | (All Day)   
El Retiro Library, 126 Vista Del Parque, Redondo Beach
The El Retiro Library will be closed for approximately two months to undergo ADA improvements. The project will include modification of the public restroom and library entry. While El Retiro Library is closed, other Torrance Library locations will be open for your reading, reference, and recreational needs. Print and audiovisual materials may be returned in the outside drops or at any other Torrance Library location. Toddler storytime will resume in the winter session, and the book discussion group will meet at Walteria Library in October. For more information, please contact Jan Wierzbicki in Library Administration at 310-618-5950.
 
 
Saturday, October 26, 2013 | 7:30 PM   
James Armstrong Theatre [Torrance Cultural Arts Center] 3330 Civic Center Drive
Delight in this musical favorite about how a confidence man, Harold Hill comes to River City, Iowa to start a band to keep youngsters from the evils of pool. His plan to abscond with the money from band uniforms and instruments crumbles when Harold Hill falls in love with the local librarian, Marian.
 
 
Sunday, October 27, 2013 | 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM   
Katy Geissert Civic Center Library, 3301 Torrance Blvd.
The Katy Geissert Civic Center Library is open today from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
 
 
Sunday, October 27, 2013 | 2:00 PM   
James Armstrong Theatre [Torrance Cultural Arts Center] 3330 Civic Center Drive
Delight in this musical favorite about how a confidence man, Harold Hill comes to River City, Iowa to start a band to keep youngsters from the evils of pool. His plan to abscond with the money from band uniforms and instruments crumbles when Harold Hill falls in love with the local librarian, Marian.
 
 
Sunday, October 27, 2013 | 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM   
Torrance Historical Society & Museum - 1345 Post Ave., Torrance, CA 90501
From Torrance to Transylvania, from Redondo to Romania, to the always haunted Torrance Historical Society & Museum, you are cordially invited to participate in an Evening of Poe(try) -- selected readings of Edgar Allan Poe. Costumes are optional, but encouraged. All ghastly, ghostly and ghoulish friends are welcome (Zombies and Vampires by special invitation only) Guests are also welcome to recite a scary poem by a favorite author or to share one of their own ghastly odes (or, just listen to those being read). We dare you to join us, as we get into the spirit of the season. This is event is free, open to the public (present and past), no reservations are required. There will be candy and other tricky treats!
 
 
Monday, October 28, 2013 | (All Day)   
Southeast Library, 23115 Arlington Ave.
The Southeast Library is closed for approximately two months for ADA renovation. The outside materials returns are open. All programs are on hiatus. Please use the Katy Geissert, Henderson, North Torrance, or Walteria Libraries. For more information, please call 310-618-5959.
 
 
Monday, October 28, 2013 | 7:00 PM   
James Armstrong Theatre [Torrance Cultural Arts Center] 3330 Civic Center Drive
Enjoy a variety of music from Pops to Halloween selections, including “The Phantom of the Opera,” at this annual Fall event.
 
 
Tuesday, October 29, 2013 | 7:00 PM   
James Armstrong Theatre [Torrance Cultural Arts Center] 3330 Civic Center Drive
 
 
Thursday, October 31, 2013 | 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM   
Wilson Park 2200 Crenshaw Blvd.
The City of Torrance Community Services Department invites the public to enjoy the annual Halloween Carnival on Thursday, October 31, 2013 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Wilson Park, 2200 Crenshaw Blvd. This safe, family friendly alternative to trick-or-treating will feature carnival games, crafts, face painting, a photo area, spooky music by DJ Ozzie and much more! Don’t miss the costume parade at 6:30 p.m. Dogs are not allowed at this event. Unlimited use wristbands are $9.00 per child and are required to participate in carnival activities. Food booths will be available for an extra charge. The event will take place, rain or shine.
 
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