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Wednesday, May 1, 2013 | 10:00 AM - Noon   
Madrona Marsh Nature Center and Preserve, 3201 Plaza del Amo, Torrance
Join Cindy Reid every 4th Tuesday and 4th Wednesday of every month from 10:00 a.m. - 12 noon (rain or shine) for a hands-on science nature class. Home School Nature Class dates for this month fall on the 1st Wednsday and 1st Thursday of the month as well as the 4th Tuesday and 4th Wednesday of this month of every month. Emphasis will be placed on caring for the natural world and being good stewards of the planet. This month's topic will be lady beetles. The first hour will be in the classroom for stories, a craft and science including live animals or plants and microscope use. The second hour will be walking out on the marsh to search for the things that we just studied. You will need to register for each month, starting the first of that month. Only 12 children may attend each class. We will do our best to be fair. A wait list up to 4 children will be added in case of cancellations. The participating children may be signed-in and dropped off for the first hour; parents may watch quietly in the back of the classroom. No younger siblings will be allowed in the classroom, but they are welcome to join us for the marsh walk. Ages 6-8 years. $5 donation requested per student. To register and for more information please contact the Madrona Marsh Nature Center at 310-782-3989.
 
 
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 | 10:00 AM - Noon   
Madrona Marsh Nature Center and Preserve, 3201 Plaza Del Amo, Torrance
Volunteers are needed for habitat restoration every Tuesday and Wednesday morning. Join the group and gain expertise about weeds of the South Bay. This program is for adults willing to make a minimum commitment of 50-100 hours or more per year. For more information please contact the Madrona Marsh Nature Center at 310-782-3989.
 
 
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 | 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM   
TORRANCE ART MUSEUM 3320 Civic Center Drive
These days potential catastrophes are everywhere you look. You can’t go outside or turn on the TV without reports of the world coming to an ‘End’ - global climate collapsing or terrorists planning new attacks. The world is so full of danger, threats, stress, overload and insecurity. Assuming that we, against all odds, survive the terrifying pitfalls of the future, is creativity going to be the thing that saves us? Will our imagination become an escape route, a place where we can hide, or will it be the one thing that forcefully confronts us with the truth and gives us the strength needed to make a change? What kind of art would a generation of unlikely survivors produce and where would they find their inspiration? What influence would surviving a catastrophe have on our values, ethics and our perception of truth and how might this situation visualize itself in the art of the future? This pressure coming from a hyper tense society of doom is having a massive impact on the art being produced by the artists who manage to keep up their practice and it is forcing others to remain passive or paralyzed while waiting for a change of current that may never come.
 
 
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 | Noon - 1:30 PM   
Henderson Library, 4805 Emerald St.
Crafters are invited to bring a current portable project and a sack lunch to the Library! Sponsored by the Friends of the Torrance Library. Please call the Henderson Library at 310-371-2075 for more information.
 
 
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 | 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM   
City Hall Council Chambers, 3031 Torrance Blvd,
 
 
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 | 3:00 PM   
North Torrance Library, 3604 Artesia Blvd.
We provide the Legos, you bring your imagination! This workshop is free, but space is limited so registration IS required. Program repeats at 4:00 p.m., register for the 3:00 or 4:00 session. Sponsored by the Friends of the Torrance Library, please call the North Torrance Library at 310-323-7200 for more information.
 
 
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 | 7:00 PM   
Henderson Library, 4805 Emerald St.
Children and caregivers are encouraged to wear their pajamas and bring their special pillows or blankets to this evening storytime. This program is free and open to the whole family. Please call the Henderson Library at 310-371-2075 for more information.
 
 
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 | 7:00 PM   
City Hall Council Chambers, 3031 Torrance Blvd.
 
 
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 | 7:00 PM   
City Hall, West Annex Commission Room, 3031 Torrance Blvd.
 
 
Wednesday, May 1, 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.
 
 
Thursday, May 2, 2013 | 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM   
Madrona Marsh Nature Center and Preserve, 3201 Plaza Del Amo, Torrance
Hey Kids bring your favorite adult! Let's hike on the Madrona Marsh Preserve listening for birds, looking for frogs and learning about nature. This program occurs on the 1st Thursday of every month from 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Ages 3 months - 6 years. Free! $5 Donations requested. For more information please contact the Madrona Marsh Nature Center at 310-782-3989.
 
 
Thursday, May 2, 2013 | 10:00 AM - Noon   
Madrona Marsh Nature Center and Preserve, 3201 Plaza del Amo, Torrance
Join Cindy Reid every 4th Tuesday and 4th Wednesday of every month from 10:00 a.m. - 12 noon (rain or shine) for a hands-on science nature class. Home School Nature class dates fall on the 1st Wednesday and 1st Thursday of this month only as well as the regular dates on the 4th Tuesday and 4th Wednesday of this month of every month. Emphasis will be placed on caring for the natural world and being good stewards of the planet. This month's topic will be lady beetles. The first hour will be in the classroom for stories, a craft and science including live animals or plants and microscope use. The second hour will be walking out on the marsh to search for the things that we just studied. You will need to register for each month, starting the first of that month. Only 12 children may attend each class. We will do our best to be fair. A wait list up to 4 children will be added in case of cancellations. The participating children may be signed-in and dropped off for the first hour; parents may watch quietly in the back of the classroom. No younger siblings will be allowed in the classroom, but they are welcome to join us for the marsh walk. Ages 6-8 years. $5 donation requested per student. To register and for more information please contact the Madrona Marsh Nature Center at 310-782-3989.
 
 
Thursday, May 2, 2013 | 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM   
Madrona Marsh Nature Center and Preserve, 3201 Plaza Del Amo, Torrance
Join the Propagation Society and Linda Gonzales as we plant seeds for the future of the Madrona Marsh Preserve. Learn how to: prepare soil for planting on the marsh, grow native plants for restoration and fund raising events as the Madrona Marsh. 'Pot up' plants to larger containers, collect and 'clean' seeds and prune native plants in the nursery. This program occurs every Thursday of every month from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Best for adults or college age students. Ages 21+. Free! For more information please contact the Madrona Marsh Nature Center at 310-782-3989.
 
 
Thursday, May 2, 2013 | 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM   
TORRANCE ART MUSEUM 3320 Civic Center Drive
These days potential catastrophes are everywhere you look. You can’t go outside or turn on the TV without reports of the world coming to an ‘End’ - global climate collapsing or terrorists planning new attacks. The world is so full of danger, threats, stress, overload and insecurity. Assuming that we, against all odds, survive the terrifying pitfalls of the future, is creativity going to be the thing that saves us? Will our imagination become an escape route, a place where we can hide, or will it be the one thing that forcefully confronts us with the truth and gives us the strength needed to make a change? What kind of art would a generation of unlikely survivors produce and where would they find their inspiration? What influence would surviving a catastrophe have on our values, ethics and our perception of truth and how might this situation visualize itself in the art of the future? This pressure coming from a hyper tense society of doom is having a massive impact on the art being produced by the artists who manage to keep up their practice and it is forcing others to remain passive or paralyzed while waiting for a change of current that may never come.
 
 
Thursday, May 2, 2013 | 3:30 PM   
Katy Geissert Civic Center Library, Polly Watts Story Theater, 3301 Torrance Blvd.
TeenZone is a series of interactive and entertaining programs designed specifically for teens. Sponsored by the Friends of the Torrance Library. Please call the Youth Services Department at 310-618-5964 for details.
 
 
Thursday, May 2, 2013 | 7:00 PM   
City Hall, West Annex Commission Room, 3031 Torrance Blvd.
 
 
Thursday, May 2, 2013 | 7:30 PM   
James Armstrong Theatre [Torrance Cultural Arts Center] 3330 Civic Center Drive
Enjoy an evening of a cappella style singing under the direction of Caroline McLean. Woman of all ages, from all walks of life come together to sing, celebrate, and have a wonderful time.
 
 
Friday, May 3, 2013 | (All Day)   
City Hall
 
 
Friday, May 3, 2013 | 10:00 AM - Noon   
Madrona Marsh Nature Center and Preserve, 3201 Plaza Del Amo, Torrance
"Friday Fun" is a hands-on program for pre-schoolers, ages 3-6 years and their parents or guardians. The program will be offered at no charge every Friday of every month from 10:00 a.m. - 12 noon. Best to register on Tuesday for that week's Friday Fun Program. The program will incorporate story time, science, art and a tour emphasizing the chosen topic. Some weeks there will also be potting and other activities. The topics emphasize respect for all living things and prepare the children (and parents) to be good stewards of the planet. Pre-registration is required. Space is limited to 20 kids. Free! Donations accepted. To register and for more information please contact the Madrona Marsh Nature Center at 310-782-3989.
 
 
Friday, May 3, 2013 | 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM   
Katy Geissert Civic Center Library Community Meeting Room - 3301 Torrance Blvd.
Discussion of powers of attorney for health care and financial matters which allow you to stay in charge should you become incapacitated and unable to speak for yourself. Reserve your spot by calling H.E.L.P. at (310) 533-1996 or for more information.
 
 
Friday, May 3, 2013 | 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM   
TORRANCE ART MUSEUM 3320 Civic Center Drive
These days potential catastrophes are everywhere you look. You can’t go outside or turn on the TV without reports of the world coming to an ‘End’ - global climate collapsing or terrorists planning new attacks. The world is so full of danger, threats, stress, overload and insecurity. Assuming that we, against all odds, survive the terrifying pitfalls of the future, is creativity going to be the thing that saves us? Will our imagination become an escape route, a place where we can hide, or will it be the one thing that forcefully confronts us with the truth and gives us the strength needed to make a change? What kind of art would a generation of unlikely survivors produce and where would they find their inspiration? What influence would surviving a catastrophe have on our values, ethics and our perception of truth and how might this situation visualize itself in the art of the future? This pressure coming from a hyper tense society of doom is having a massive impact on the art being produced by the artists who manage to keep up their practice and it is forcing others to remain passive or paralyzed while waiting for a change of current that may never come.
 
 
Friday, May 3, 2013 | 7:30 PM   
James Armstrong Theatre [Torrance Cultural Arts Center] 3330 Civic Center Drive
Come celebrate the 15th annual fundraiser and enjoy this original musical journey.
 
 
Friday, May 3, 2013 | 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM   
TORRANCE THEATRE COMPANY 1316 Cabrillo Ave Torrance
What do you get when you put together a parody of The Bad Seed, Gypsy, All Above Eve and Mame into a single musical? RUTHLESS the Musical, with music by Marvin Laird and book and lyrics by Joel Paley.
 
 
Saturday, May 4, 2013 | 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM   
Charles H. Wilson Park, 2200 Crenshaw Blvd. (between Carson and Sepulveda)
Find fresh produce, local products, meat and eggs, flowers and breads, good food and lots of fun at the Torrance Certified Farmers' Market! Year 'round, rain or shine, in the parking lot of Wilson Park, adjacent to the Dee Hardison Sports Center.
 
 
Saturday, May 4, 2013 | 8:45 AM - Noon   
Madrona Marsh Nature Center and Preserve, 3201 Plaza Del Amo, Torrance
Join us for our restoration program every Saturday of every month 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 a holiday that fall on a Saturday 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, May 4, 2013 | 10:00 AM - Noon   
Madrona Marsh Nature Center and Preserve, 3201 Plaza Del Amo, Torrance
Please join CSUDH professor Connie Vadheim for entertaining and educational classes on various native plant topics. This class occurs on the 1st Saturday of every month from 10:00 a.m. - 12 noon and repeats the following 1st Tuesday of every month from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Every month is a different topic - never the same class twice. Topics range from 'edible seeds and berries' to 'chaparral communities and pruning techniques'. This month's topic is Theodore Payne: the legacy of a CA native plantsman. After each presentation, Connie will lead the class through the Nature Center's Native Plant Garden to illustrate key points and inspire further discussion. Handouts are included. This class is best for adults. Free! Donations accepted. For more information please contact the Madrona Marsh Nature Center at 310-782-3989.
 
 
Saturday, May 4, 2013 | 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM   
TORRANCE ART MUSEUM 3320 Civic Center Drive
These days potential catastrophes are everywhere you look. You can’t go outside or turn on the TV without reports of the world coming to an ‘End’ - global climate collapsing or terrorists planning new attacks. The world is so full of danger, threats, stress, overload and insecurity. Assuming that we, against all odds, survive the terrifying pitfalls of the future, is creativity going to be the thing that saves us? Will our imagination become an escape route, a place where we can hide, or will it be the one thing that forcefully confronts us with the truth and gives us the strength needed to make a change? What kind of art would a generation of unlikely survivors produce and where would they find their inspiration? What influence would surviving a catastrophe have on our values, ethics and our perception of truth and how might this situation visualize itself in the art of the future? This pressure coming from a hyper tense society of doom is having a massive impact on the art being produced by the artists who manage to keep up their practice and it is forcing others to remain passive or paralyzed while waiting for a change of current that may never come.
 
 
Saturday, May 4, 2013 | 12:30 PM - 4:00 PM   
Claim Jumper restaurant, corners of Crenshaw and Lomita Blvds
The South Bay Scooter Club meets the first Saturday of every month for a chance to ride around the South Bay on our scooters with fellow scooter enthusiasts. Though vintage Italian scooters are preferred, all types of scooters are always welcome. Meet at Claim Jumper restaurant in Torrance at 12:30pm. Ride leaves around 1pm-ish. Different routes and end spots are chosen every month. Come out and ride!!
 
 
Saturday, May 4, 2013 | 2:00 PM   
Walteria Library, 3815 W. 242 St.
Origami instructor Beverly Baudino will guide participants in making a Korean mini-purse and flower for Mother's Day. This program is free, sponsored by the Friends of the Torrance Library, but registration is required. Please call the Walteria Library at 310-375-8418 to save your spot.
 
 
Saturday, May 4, 2013 | 6:00 PM   
James Armstrong Theatre [Torrance Cultural Arts Center] 3330 Civic Center Drive
Kamayani is an epic-poem depicting the interplay of human emotions, thoughts, and actions using mythological metaphors. The story uses characters such as Manu, Shraddha, and Ida, where Manu finds himself emotionless after the deluge (Pralaya) and later engaging in various emotions where each character contributes to these emotions. Manu is the head and heart, Shraddha is faith and Ida is intelligence.
 
 
Saturday, May 4, 2013 | 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM   
TORRANCE THEATRE COMPANY 1316 Cabrillo Ave Torrance
What do you get when you put together a parody of The Bad Seed, Gypsy, All Above Eve and Mame into a single musical? RUTHLESS the Musical, with music by Marvin Laird and book and lyrics by Joel Paley.
 
 
Sunday, May 5, 2013 | 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM   
1919 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA
The Ride for Kids ® program supports the efforts of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation (PBTF) to find the cause of and cure for childhood brain tumors. Come join hundreds of your motorcyclist (and scooter) friends at the Los Angeles Ride for Kids® to make a difference in children's lives! When you ride with us side by side in that endless column of bikes, people waving at you at every turn, you'll know you're making a positive statement for our sport at the same time. And while the ride itself is amazing, the stories of the children the PBTF benefits are even more compelling. Please join us on May 5, 2013. Registration opens at 8 am. Escorted ride starts at 10 am at American Honda Motor Co. $40 min donation (online; $50 day of) gets you a ride entry, beverages, breakfast pastries & lunch
 
 
Sunday, May 5, 2013 | 12:30 PM - 8:00 PM   
Torrance Cultural Arts Center [Torrance Cultural Arts Center] 3330 Civic Center Drive
Andy and Renee, along with their band Hard Rain, have taken their unique sound and multi-instrumental skills to venues large and small all over the world. Their eleven independent CD releases have won them countless awards. Break out the tie-dye t-shirts and love beads and come celebrate the 23rd annual Dylanfest - an all-day music festival showcasing the music of Bob Dylan, featuring many of L.A.’s top musicians, including Springsteen’s ‘side man’ Marty Rifkin.
 
 
Sunday, May 5, 2013 | 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, May 5, 2013 | 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM   
TORRANCE THEATRE COMPANY 1316 Cabrillo Ave Torrance
What do you get when you put together a parody of The Bad Seed, Gypsy, All Above Eve and Mame into a single musical? RUTHLESS the Musical, with music by Marvin Laird and book and lyrics by Joel Paley.
 
 
Sunday, May 5, 2013 | 2:00 PM   
James Armstrong Theatre [Torrance Cultural Arts Center] 3330 Civic Center Drive
The Okinawa Association will be showcasing numbers from the traditional to the modern contemporary style of Okinawa dance and music.
 
 
Monday, May 6, 2013 |   
Madrona Marsh Nature Center and Preserve, 3201 Plaza Del Amo, Torrance
 
 
Monday, May 6, 2013 | (All Day)   
Anywhere you appreciate libraries!
Are you a budding filmmaker? Do you take pride in your library? The Torrance Public Library presents a special video challenge for fans of libraries! Make a video between 3-7 minutes long and enter to win a prize. Part of the Torrance Public Library's Century of Service Celebration. For full contest rules and information, please see www.TorranceCA.Gov/Library/videocontest/ Generously sponsored by the Friends of the Torrance Library.
 
 
Monday, May 6, 2013 | 10:15 AM   
Katy Geissert Civic Center Library, Polly Watts Story Theater, 3301 Torrance Blvd.
This special storytime is designed for children ages 18 months to 3 years, participating one-on-one with a caregiver. This program is free, and no registration is required, but the room can get crowded so please arrive on time. This program repeats at 11:00 a.m. Please call the Youth Services Department at 310-618-5964.
 
 
Monday, May 6, 2013 | 10:30 AM   
Walteria Library, 3815 W. 242 St.
Join us for stories, songs and fun! This program is free and open to the whole family. Please call the Walteria Library at 310-375-8418 for more information.
 
 
Monday, May 6, 2013 | 11:00 AM   
Katy Geissert Civic Center Library, Polly Watts Story Theater, 3301 Torrance Blvd.
This special storytime is designed for children ages 18 months to 3 years, participating one-on-one with a caregiver. This program is free, and no registration is required, but the room can get crowded so please arrive on time. This program is a repeat of the session at 10:15 a.m. session. Please call the Youth Services Department at 310-618-5964.
 
 
Monday, May 6, 2013 | 6:30 PM   
North Torrance Library, 3604 Artesia Blvd.
Children and caregivers are encouraged to wear their pajamas and bring special pillows or blankets to this evening storytime. This program is free and open to the whole family. Please call the North Torrance Library at 310-323-7200 for more information.
 
 
Monday, May 6, 2013 | 7:00 PM   
City Hall, West Annex Commission Room, 3031 Torrance Blvd.
 
 
Tuesday, May 7, 2013 | 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM   
Charles H. Wilson Park, 2200 Crenshaw Blvd. (between Carson and Sepulveda)
Find fresh produce, local products, meat and eggs, flowers and breads, good food and lots of fun at the Torrance Certified Farmers' Market! Year 'round, rain or shine, in the parking lot of Wilson Park, adjacent to the Dee Hardison Sports Center.
 
 
Tuesday, May 7, 2013 | 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM   
Madrona Marsh Nature Center and Preserve, 3201 Plaza Del Amo, Torrance
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 from 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Donations accepted. For more information please contact the Madrona Marsh Nature Center at 310-782-3989.
 
 
Tuesday, May 7, 2013 | 9:00 AM - 11:59 PM   
City Hall, West Annex Commission Room, 3031 Torrance Blvd.
 
 
Tuesday, May 7, 2013 | 10:00 AM - Noon   
Madrona Marsh Nature Center and Preserve, 3201 Plaza Del Amo, Torrance
Volunteers are needed for habitat restoration every Tuesday and Wednesday morning. Join the group and gain expertise about weeds of the South Bay. This program is for adults willing to make a minimum Commitment of 50-100 hours or more per year. For more information please contact the Madrona Marsh Nature Center at 310-782-3989.
 
 
Tuesday, May 7, 2013 | 10:30 AM   
Katy Geissert Civic Center Library, Polly Watts Story Theater, 3301 Torrance Blvd.
This special storytime designed to build pre-literacy skills is for infants 6 to 18 months old, participating one-on-one with a caregiver. All Torrance Public Library storytimes are free, and no registration is required, but the room can get crowded so please arrive on time. Call the Youth Services Department at 310-618-5964 for more information.
 
 
Tuesday, May 7, 2013 | 10:30 AM   
North Torrance Library, 3604 Artesia Blvd.
Join us for stories, songs and fun! This program is free and open to the whole family. Please call the North Torrance Library at 310-323-7200 for more information.
 
 
Tuesday, May 7, 2013 | 10:30 AM   
Henderson Library, 4805 Emerald St.
Join us for stories, songs and fun! This program is free and open to the whole family. Please call the Henderson Library at 310-371-2075 for more information.
 
 
Tuesday, May 7, 2013 | 11:00 AM   
Southeast Library, 23115 Arlington Ave.
Join us for stories, songs and fun! This program is free and open to the whole family. Please call the Southeast Library at 310-530-5044 for more information.
 
 
Tuesday, May 7, 2013 | 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM   
TORRANCE ART MUSEUM 3320 Civic Center Drive
These days potential catastrophes are everywhere you look. You can’t go outside or turn on the TV without reports of the world coming to an ‘End’ - global climate collapsing or terrorists planning new attacks. The world is so full of danger, threats, stress, overload and insecurity. Assuming that we, against all odds, survive the terrifying pitfalls of the future, is creativity going to be the thing that saves us? Will our imagination become an escape route, a place where we can hide, or will it be the one thing that forcefully confronts us with the truth and gives us the strength needed to make a change? What kind of art would a generation of unlikely survivors produce and where would they find their inspiration? What influence would surviving a catastrophe have on our values, ethics and our perception of truth and how might this situation visualize itself in the art of the future? This pressure coming from a hyper tense society of doom is having a massive impact on the art being produced by the artists who manage to keep up their practice and it is forcing others to remain passive or paralyzed while waiting for a change of current that may never come.
 
 
Tuesday, May 7, 2013 | Noon - 1:00 PM   
George Nakano Theatre - 3330 Civic Center Drive
Post Impressionism: After Monet - WE will explore the artists who turned away from "capturing a moment" to those who wanted to put solidity, feelings, and their experiences back into the painting. We will look into Cezanne, Gauguin and Touluse Latrec among others in this category
 
 
Tuesday, May 7, 2013 | 4:30 PM   
Walteria Library, 3815 W. 242 St.
High school students - would you like to provide input on the collections and programs at your local branch library? Join a Teen Advisory Board! The Walteria TAB meets the first Tuesday of every month. Please call the Walteria Library at 310-375-8418 for more information.
 
 
Tuesday, May 7, 2013 | 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM   
Madrona Marsh Nature Center and Preserve, 3201 Plaza Del Amo, Torrance
Please join CSUDH professor Connie Vadheim for entertaining and educational classes on various native plant topics. This class occurs the 1st Saturday of every month from 10:00 a.m. - 12 noon and repeats the following 1st Tuesday of every month from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Every month is a different topic - never the same class twice! Topic's range from 'edible seeds and berries' to 'chaparral communities and pruning techniques'. This month's topic is Theodore Payne: the legacy of a CA native plantsman. After each presentation, Connie will lead the class through the Nature Center's Native Plant Garden to illustrate key points and inspire further discussion. Handouts are included. This class is best for adults. Free! Donations accepted. For more information please contact the Madrona Marsh Nature Center at 310-782-3989.
 
 
Tuesday, May 7, 2013 | 7:00 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 or blankets to this evening storytime. This program is free and open to the whole family. Please call the Youth Services Department at 310-618-5964 for more information.
 
 
Tuesday, May 7, 2013 | 7:00 PM   
City Hall, West Annex Commission Room, 3031 Torrance Blvd.
 
 
Tuesday, May 7, 2013 | 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM   
City Hall, Council Chamber, 3031 Torrance Bl.
7:00 p.m. Regular Meeting
 
 
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 | 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM   
Madrona Marsh Nature Center and Preserve, 3201 Plaza Del Amo, Torrance
Whether you are an avid birder or just a beginner, you'll have fun on this walk. Great for seniors! Search the Madrona Marsh Preserve for our local residents and seasonal visitors. Bob Shanman is a local birding expert and vibrant speaker. This walk occurs on the 2nd Wednesday of every month from 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Free! Donations accepted. For more information please contact the Madrona Marsh Nature Center at 310-782-3989.
 
 
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 | 10:00 AM - Noon   
Madrona Marsh Nature Center and Preserve, 3201 Plaza Del Amo, Torrance
Volunteers are needed for habitat restoration every Tuesday and Wednesday morning. Join the group and gain expertise about weeds of the South Bay. This program is for adults willing to make a minimum commitment of 50-100 hours or more per year. For more information please contact the Madrona Marsh Nature Center at 310-782-3989.
 
 
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 | 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM   
TORRANCE ART MUSEUM 3320 Civic Center Drive
These days potential catastrophes are everywhere you look. You can’t go outside or turn on the TV without reports of the world coming to an ‘End’ - global climate collapsing or terrorists planning new attacks. The world is so full of danger, threats, stress, overload and insecurity. Assuming that we, against all odds, survive the terrifying pitfalls of the future, is creativity going to be the thing that saves us? Will our imagination become an escape route, a place where we can hide, or will it be the one thing that forcefully confronts us with the truth and gives us the strength needed to make a change? What kind of art would a generation of unlikely survivors produce and where would they find their inspiration? What influence would surviving a catastrophe have on our values, ethics and our perception of truth and how might this situation visualize itself in the art of the future? This pressure coming from a hyper tense society of doom is having a massive impact on the art being produced by the artists who manage to keep up their practice and it is forcing others to remain passive or paralyzed while waiting for a change of current that may never come.
 
 
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 | 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM   
Madrona Marsh Nature Center and Preserve, 3201 Plaza Del Amo, Torrance
Are you curious about nature? Would you like to learn about the natural history of the South Bay? Invite a friend to this fun class where you will enjoy a short lecture, short stroll and light refreshments. This month's topic is aquatic life. This program occurs on the 2nd Wednesday of every month from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Free! Donations accepted. For more information please contact the Madrona Marsh Nature Center at 310-782-3989.
 
 
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 | 4:00 PM   
Walteria Library, 3815 W. 242 St.
Celebrate Mother's Day with a story and craft at the library. This program is intended for school-aged children and is free with no registration required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Torrance Library. Please call the Walteria Library at 310-375-8418 for more information.
 
 
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 | 4:30 PM   
City Hall, 3rd Floor Assembly Room, 3031 Torrance Blvd.
 
 
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 | 7:00 PM   
CATV Meeting Room, 3350 Civic Center Dr.
 
 
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 | 7:00 PM   
Henderson Library, 4805 Emerald St.
Children and caregivers are encouraged to wear their pajamas and bring their special pillows or blankets to this evening storytime. This program is free and open to the whole family. Please call the Henderson Library at 310-371-2075 for more information.
 
 
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 | 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM   
West Annex Commission Room
 
 
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 | 7:00 PM   
James Armstrong Theatre [Torrance Cultural Arts Center] 3330 Civic Center Drive
Beginning, intermediate, and advanced students perform in their Spring dance concert.
 
 
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 | 7:00 PM   
Katy Geissert Civic Center Library Community Meeting Room - 3301 Torrance Blvd.
Liza Palmer is an Emmy-nominated writer and the internationally best selling author of Conversations with the Fat Girl which became an international bestseller its first week of publication, as well as hitting Number 1 on the Fiction Heatseekers List in the UK the week before the book debuted. Conversations with the Fat Girl has been optioned for a series by the producers of Rome, Band of Brothers and Generation Kill. Palmer's other novels include Seeing Me Naked, A Field Guide to Burying Your Parents, More Like Her and Nowhere but Home. Liza Palmer will speak about the 9 best pieces of advice she's ever received as an author. Copies of Ms. Palmer's books will be available for purchase and signing.
 
 
Thursday, May 9, 2013 |   
Torrance Marriott
Mayor Frank Scotto addresses the state of the City of Torrance
 
 
Thursday, May 9, 2013 | 10:00 AM   
Henderson Library, 4805 Emerald St.
The Mayhem in the AM book group meets monthly to discuss mystery and suspense. Please call the Henderson Library at 310-371-2075 for current selection. All Torrance Public Library book discussion groups are free and no registration is required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Torrance Library.
 
 
Thursday, May 9, 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.
 
 
Thursday, May 9, 2013 | 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM   
Madrona Marsh Nature Center and Preserve, 3201 Plaza Del Amo, Torrance
Join the Propagation Society and Linda Gonzales as we plant seeds for the future of the Madrona Marsh Preserve. Learn how to: prepare soil for planting on the marsh, grow native plants for restoration and fund raising events at the Madrona Marsh, 'pot up' plants to larger containers, collect and 'clean' seeds and prune native plants in the nursery. This program occurs every Thursday of every month from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Best for adults or college age students. Ages 21+. Free! For more information please contact the Madrona Marsh Nature Center at 310-782-3989.
 
 
Thursday, May 9, 2013 | 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM   
TORRANCE ART MUSEUM 3320 Civic Center Drive
These days potential catastrophes are everywhere you look. You can’t go outside or turn on the TV without reports of the world coming to an ‘End’ - global climate collapsing or terrorists planning new attacks. The world is so full of danger, threats, stress, overload and insecurity. Assuming that we, against all odds, survive the terrifying pitfalls of the future, is creativity going to be the thing that saves us? Will our imagination become an escape route, a place where we can hide, or will it be the one thing that forcefully confronts us with the truth and gives us the strength needed to make a change? What kind of art would a generation of unlikely survivors produce and where would they find their inspiration? What influence would surviving a catastrophe have on our values, ethics and our perception of truth and how might this situation visualize itself in the art of the future? This pressure coming from a hyper tense society of doom is having a massive impact on the art being produced by the artists who manage to keep up their practice and it is forcing others to remain passive or paralyzed while waiting for a change of current that may never come.
 
 
Thursday, May 9, 2013 | 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM   
West Annex Commission Room, 3031 Torrance Blvd.
 
 
Thursday, May 9, 2013 | 7:00 PM   
James Armstrong Theatre [Torrance Cultural Arts Center] 3330 Civic Center Drive
Beginning, intermediate, and advanced students perform in their Spring dance concert.
 
 
Friday, May 10, 2013 | 10:00 AM - Noon   
Madrona Marsh Nature Center and Preserve, 3201 Plaza Del Amo, Torrance
"Friday Fun" is a hands-on program for preschoolers, ages 3-6 years and their parents or guardians. The program will be offered at no charge every Friday of every month from 10:00 a.m. - 12 noon. Best to register on Tuesday morning for that week's Friday Fun program. The program will incorporate story time, science, art and a tour emphasizing the chosen topic. Some weeks there will also be potting or other activities. The topics emphasize respect for all living things and prepare the children (and parents) to be good stewards of the planet. Pre-registration is required. Space is limited to 20 children. Free! Donations accepted. To register and for more information please contact the Madrona Marsh Nature Center at 310-782-3989.
 
 
Friday, May 10, 2013 | 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM   
Katy Geissert Civic Center Library Community Meeting Room - 3301 Torrance Blvd.
Explanation of the need for wills and trusts and discussion of the probate process and ways to avoid it. Reserve your spot by calling H.E.L.P. at (310) 533-1996 or for more information.
 
 
Friday, May 10, 2013 | 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM   
TORRANCE ART MUSEUM 3320 Civic Center Drive
These days potential catastrophes are everywhere you look. You can’t go outside or turn on the TV without reports of the world coming to an ‘End’ - global climate collapsing or terrorists planning new attacks. The world is so full of danger, threats, stress, overload and insecurity. Assuming that we, against all odds, survive the terrifying pitfalls of the future, is creativity going to be the thing that saves us? Will our imagination become an escape route, a place where we can hide, or will it be the one thing that forcefully confronts us with the truth and gives us the strength needed to make a change? What kind of art would a generation of unlikely survivors produce and where would they find their inspiration? What influence would surviving a catastrophe have on our values, ethics and our perception of truth and how might this situation visualize itself in the art of the future? This pressure coming from a hyper tense society of doom is having a massive impact on the art being produced by the artists who manage to keep up their practice and it is forcing others to remain passive or paralyzed while waiting for a change of current that may never come.
 
 
Friday, May 10, 2013 | 3:30 PM   
Katy Geissert Civic Center Library, Polly Watts Story Theater, 3301 Torrance Blvd.
A little friendly and interactive competition! TeenZone is a series of interactive and entertaining programs designed specifically for teens. Sponsored by the Friends of the Torrance Library. Please call the Youth Services Department at 310-618-5964 for details.
 
 
Friday, May 10, 2013 | 7:00 PM   
James Armstrong Theatre [Torrance Cultural Arts Center] 3330 Civic Center Drive
Beginning, intermediate, and advanced students perform in their Spring dance concert.
 
 
Friday, May 10, 2013 | 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM   
TORRANCE THEATRE COMPANY 1316 Cabrillo Ave Torrance
What do you get when you put together a parody of The Bad Seed, Gypsy, All Above Eve and Mame into a single musical? RUTHLESS the Musical, with music by Marvin Laird and book and lyrics by Joel Paley.
 
 
Saturday, May 11, 2013 | 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM   
Lago Seco Community Gardens; 3940 235th Street in Torrance
All Middle School 8th Graders, join the fun! The Torrance Youth Council is sponsoring a Garden Clean Up. Come by and check it out, talk to representatives from the high school service clubs and learn how you can get involved and help your community. A contentinal breakfast will be provided, and you can earn community service for the day. If you are interested drop by the office at your Middle School and pick up a permission slip, and we will see you on May 11th.
 
 
Saturday, May 11, 2013 | 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM   
Charles H. Wilson Park, 2200 Crenshaw Blvd. (between Carson and Sepulveda)
Find fresh produce, local products, meat and eggs, flowers and breads, good food and lots of fun at the Torrance Certified Farmers' Market! Year 'round, rain or shine, in the parking lot of Wilson Park, adjacent to the Dee Hardison Sports Center.
 
 
Saturday, May 11, 2013 | 8:45 AM - Noon   
Madrona Marsh Nature Center and Preserve, 3201 Plaza Del Amo, Torrance
Join us for our restoration program every Saturday of every month 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 a holiday that fall on a Saturday 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, May 11, 2013 | 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM   
Rancho Palos Verdes City Hall/City Yard, 30940 Hawthorne Blvd.
Properly dispose of your residential hazardous, electronic, and sharps waste by bringing it to a roundup open to all L.A. County residents.
 
 
Saturday, May 11, 2013 | 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM   
Ken Miller Recreation Center Auditorium [Torrance Cultural Arts Center] 3341 Torrance Blvd.
Enjoy a day of camaraderie, arts and crafts, entertainment, food booths, blood pressure screenings, health information, and community resource information in addition to door prizes.
 
 
Saturday, May 11, 2013 | 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM   
Torrance-South Bay YMCA 2900 W. Sepulveda Blvd., Torrance
1st Care mobile vet clinic will be providing veterinarian services to the community at Torrance-South Bay YMCA. Space limited.
 
 
Saturday, May 11, 2013 | 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM   
Henderson Library, 4805 Emerald St.
In honor of Asian-Pacific Heritage Month, learn how to make a simple Kumihimo card. These decorative cards were originally used by samurai for both their functionality and decoration. This program is free, but space is limited so registration is required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Torrance Library. Please call the Henderson Library at 310-371-2075 to register.
 
 
Saturday, May 11, 2013 | 10:00 AM - Noon   
Madrona Marsh Nature Center and Preserve, 3201 Plaza del Amo, Torrance
Have you ever wanted to learn how to draw beautiful plants and animals? Well then this class is for you. Join Lala Ragimov and discover you can draw and can make beautiful illustrations. For both children and adults Ages 9+. $10 per person. Pre-registration is recommended. To register and for more information please contact the Madrona Marsh Nature Center at 310-782-3989.
 
 
Saturday, May 11, 2013 | 10:30 AM   
Katy Geissert Civic Center Library, Community Meeting Room, 3301 Torrance Blvd.
Bring the little ones for a morning of music and fun, with some of the best names in children's musical entertainment! This concert series is recommended for ages one to five, and is free, sponsored by the Friends of the Torrance Library. No registration is required, but the room can get crowded, so please arrive on time. Call the Youth Services Department at 310-618-5964 for more information.
 
 
Saturday, May 11, 2013 | 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM   
TORRANCE ART MUSEUM 3320 Civic Center Drive
These days potential catastrophes are everywhere you look. You can’t go outside or turn on the TV without reports of the world coming to an ‘End’ - global climate collapsing or terrorists planning new attacks. The world is so full of danger, threats, stress, overload and insecurity. Assuming that we, against all odds, survive the terrifying pitfalls of the future, is creativity going to be the thing that saves us? Will our imagination become an escape route, a place where we can hide, or will it be the one thing that forcefully confronts us with the truth and gives us the strength needed to make a change? What kind of art would a generation of unlikely survivors produce and where would they find their inspiration? What influence would surviving a catastrophe have on our values, ethics and our perception of truth and how might this situation visualize itself in the art of the future? This pressure coming from a hyper tense society of doom is having a massive impact on the art being produced by the artists who manage to keep up their practice and it is forcing others to remain passive or paralyzed while waiting for a change of current that may never come.
 
 
Saturday, May 11, 2013 | 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM   
Madrona Marsh Nature Center and Preserve, 3201 Plaza Del Amo, Torrance
Purchase native plants at our Native Plant Sale. Visit the native plant garden and enjoy some tea made with our own native plants. Free! Donations accepted. For more information please contact the Madrona Marsh Nature Center at 310-782-3989.
 
 
Saturday, May 11, 2013 | 2:00 PM   
Southeast Library, 23115 Arlington Ave.
Celebrate Asian Pacific Heritage Month at the Southeast Library. This program is recommended for school-aged children and is free, with no registration required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Torrance Library. For more information please call the Southeast Library at 310-530-5044.
 
 
Saturday, May 11, 2013 | 4:00 PM   
James Armstrong Theatre [Torrance Cultural Arts Center] 3330 Civic Center Drive
Enjoy a dance performance featuring three to eleven year olds as they show their talents in ballet and tap.
 
 
Saturday, May 11, 2013 | 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM   
TORRANCE THEATRE COMPANY 1316 Cabrillo Ave Torrance
What do you get when you put together a parody of The Bad Seed, Gypsy, All Above Eve and Mame into a single musical? RUTHLESS the Musical, with music by Marvin Laird and book and lyrics by Joel Paley.
 
 
Sunday, May 12, 2013 | 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM   
TORRANCE THEATRE COMPANY 1316 Cabrillo Ave Torrance
What do you get when you put together a parody of The Bad Seed, Gypsy, All Above Eve and Mame into a single musical? RUTHLESS the Musical, with music by Marvin Laird and book and lyrics by Joel Paley.
 
 
Sunday, May 12, 2013 | 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM   
Madrona Marsh Nature Center and Preserve, 3201 Plaza del Amo, Torrance
Second Sunday science for the whole family presents microscope exploration with Bob Carr. Enjoy this informal beginners' class on the uses of compound and stereo microscopes. Also learn about microscope life found in Madrona Marsh. This program occurs the second Sunday of every month from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. $5 per person or $10 per family. For more information please contact the Madrona Marsh Nature Center at 310-782-3989.
 
 
Sunday, May 12, 2013 | 3:00 PM   
James Armstrong Theatre [Torrance Cultural Arts Center] 3330 Civic Center Drive
A special Mother’s Day concert highlighting the world premier of the Journey of the Endeavour by David Benoit. A Mother’s Day Brunch Special Package combining brunch at The Depot Restaurant in Torrance sponsored by Chef Michael Shafer and the concert at the theatre is offered.
 
 
Monday, May 13, 2013 |   
Madrona Marsh Nature Center and Preserve, 3201 Plaza del Amo, Torrance
 
 
Monday, May 13, 2013 | (All Day)   
Anywhere you appreciate libraries!
Are you a budding filmmaker? Do you take pride in your library? The Torrance Public Library presents a special video challenge for fans of libraries! Make a video between 3-7 minutes long and enter to win a prize. Part of the Torrance Public Library's Century of Service Celebration. For full contest rules and information, please see www.TorranceCA.Gov/Library/videocontest/ Generously sponsored by the Friends of the Torrance Library.
 
 
Monday, May 13, 2013 | 10:15 AM   
Katy Geissert Civic Center Library, Polly Watts Story Theater, 3301 Torrance Blvd.
This special storytime is designed for children ages 18 months to 3 years, participating one-on-one with a caregiver. This program is free, and no registration is required, but the room can get crowded so please arrive on time. This program repeats at 11:00 a.m. Please call the Youth Services Department at 310-618-5964.
 
 
Monday, May 13, 2013 | 10:30 AM   
Walteria Library, 3815 W. 242 St.
Join us for stories, songs and fun! This program is free and open to the whole family. Please call the Walteria Library at 310-375-8418 for more information.
 
 
Monday, May 13, 2013 | 11:00 AM   
Katy Geissert Civic Center Library, Polly Watts Story Theater, 3301 Torrance Blvd.
This special storytime is designed for children ages 18 months to 3 years, participating one-on-one with a caregiver. This program is free, and no registration is required, but the room can get crowded so please arrive on time. This program is a repeat of the session at 10:15 a.m. session. Please call the Youth Services Department at 310-618-5964.
 
 
Monday, May 13, 2013 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM   
City Hall, Council Chambers, 3031 Torrance Blvd.
 
 
Monday, May 13, 2013 | 6:30 PM   
North Torrance Library, 3604 Artesia Blvd.
Children and caregivers are encouraged to wear their pajamas and bring special pillows or blankets to this evening storytime. This program is free and open to the whole family. Please call the North Torrance Library at 310-323-7200 for more information.
 
 
Monday, May 13, 2013 | 7:00 PM   
North Torrance Library, 3604 Artesia Blvd.
 
 
Monday, May 13, 2013 | 7:00 PM   
City Hall, West Annex Commission Room, 3031 Torrance Blvd.
 
 
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 | (All Day)   
Torrance Adult School Campuses
Torrance Adult School's summer term online registration begins today at www.tastusd.org. Summer classes begin June 17th through July 18th. Walk-in registration begins on May 24th.
 
 
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 | 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM   
Charles H. Wilson Park, 2200 Crenshaw Blvd. (between Carson and Sepulveda)
Find fresh produce, local products, meat and eggs, flowers and breads, good food and lots of fun at the Torrance Certified Farmers' Market! Year 'round, rain or shine, in the parking lot of Wilson Park, adjacent to the Dee Hardison Sports Center.
 
 
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 | 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM   
City Hall West Annex
Registration for Summer 2013 Camp begins for Torrance Residents ONLY. Registrations will be accepted until camp is full, or the Wednesday PRIOR to the start of each week of camp.
 
 
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 | 9:00 AM   
City Hall, West Annex commission room, 3031 Torrance Blvd.
 
 
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 | 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM   
Bartlett Center, 1318 Cravens Ave.
 
 
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 | 10:00 AM - Noon   
Madrona Marsh Nature Center and Preserve, 3201 Plaza Del Amo, Torrance
Volunteers are needed for habitat restoration every Tuesday and Wednesday morning. Join the group and gain expertise about weeds of the South Bay. This program is for adults willing to make a minimum commitment of 50-100 hours or more per year. For more information please contact the Madrona Marsh Nature Center at 310-782-3989.
 
 
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 | 10:30 AM   
Katy Geissert Civic Center Library, Polly Watts Story Theater, 3301 Torrance Blvd.
This special storytime designed to build pre-literacy skills is for infants 6 to 18 months old, participating one-on-one with a caregiver. All Torrance Public Library storytimes are free, and no registration is required, but the room can get crowded so please arrive on time. Call the Youth Services Department at 310-618-5964 for more information.
 
 
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 | 10:30 AM   
North Torrance Library, 3604 Artesia Blvd.
Join us for stories, songs and fun! This program is free and open to the whole family. Please call the North Torrance Library at 310-323-7200 for more information.
 
 
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 | 10:30 AM   
Henderson Library, 4805 Emerald St.
Join us for stories, songs and fun! This program is free and open to the whole family. Please call the Henderson Library at 310-371-2075 for more information.
 
 
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 | 11:00 AM   
Southeast Library, 23115 Arlington Ave.
Join us for stories, songs and fun! This program is free and open to the whole family. Please call the Southeast Library at 310-530-5044 for more information.
 
 
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 | 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM   
TORRANCE ART MUSEUM 3320 Civic Center Drive
These days potential catastrophes are everywhere you look. You can’t go outside or turn on the TV without reports of the world coming to an ‘End’ - global climate collapsing or terrorists planning new attacks. The world is so full of danger, threats, stress, overload and insecurity. Assuming that we, against all odds, survive the terrifying pitfalls of the future, is creativity going to be the thing that saves us? Will our imagination become an escape route, a place where we can hide, or will it be the one thing that forcefully confronts us with the truth and gives us the strength needed to make a change? What kind of art would a generation of unlikely survivors produce and where would they find their inspiration? What influence would surviving a catastrophe have on our values, ethics and our perception of truth and how might this situation visualize itself in the art of the future? This pressure coming from a hyper tense society of doom is having a massive impact on the art being produced by the artists who manage to keep up their practice and it is forcing others to remain passive or paralyzed while waiting for a change of current that may never come.
 
 
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 | 7:00 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 or blankets to this evening storytime. This program is free and open to the whole family. Please call the Youth Services Department at 310-618-5964 for more information.
 
 
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 | 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM   
City Hall, Council Chamber, 3031 Torrance Bl.
5:30 p.m. Executive Session, 7:00 p.m. Regular Meeting
 
 
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 | 10:00 AM - Noon   
Madrona Marsh Nature Center and Preserve, 3201 Plaza Del Amo, Torrance
Volunteers are needed for habitat restoration every Tuesday and Wednesday morning. Join the group and gain expertise about weeds of the South Bay. This program is for adults willing to make a minimum commitment of 50-100 hours or more per year. For more information please contact the Madrona Marsh Nature Center at 310-782-3989.
 
 
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 | 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM   
TORRANCE ART MUSEUM 3320 Civic Center Drive
These days potential catastrophes are everywhere you look. You can’t go outside or turn on the TV without reports of the world coming to an ‘End’ - global climate collapsing or terrorists planning new attacks. The world is so full of danger, threats, stress, overload and insecurity. Assuming that we, against all odds, survive the terrifying pitfalls of the future, is creativity going to be the thing that saves us? Will our imagination become an escape route, a place where we can hide, or will it be the one thing that forcefully confronts us with the truth and gives us the strength needed to make a change? What kind of art would a generation of unlikely survivors produce and where would they find their inspiration? What influence would surviving a catastrophe have on our values, ethics and our perception of truth and how might this situation visualize itself in the art of the future? This pressure coming from a hyper tense society of doom is having a massive impact on the art being produced by the artists who manage to keep up their practice and it is forcing others to remain passive or paralyzed while waiting for a change of current that may never come.
 
 
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 | 1:30 PM   
City Hall, 3rd Floor Assembly Room, 3031 Torrance Blvd.
 
 
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 | 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM   
City Hall Council Chambers, 3031 Torrance Blvd,
 
 
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 | 4:00 PM   
El Retiro Library, 126 Vista Del Parque, Redondo Beach
Music, comedy and puppets! Join us for a fun time at the library. This program is free, no registration required, and sponsored by the Friends of the Torrance Library. Recommended for school aged children. Please call the El Retiro Library at 310-375-0922 for more information.
 
 
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 | 7:00 PM   
Henderson Library, 4805 Emerald St.
Children and caregivers are encouraged to wear their pajamas and bring their special pillows or blankets to this evening storytime. This program is free and open to the whole family. Please call the Henderson Library at 310-371-2075 for more information.
 
 
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 | 7:00 PM   
City Hall Council Chambers, 3031 Torrance Blvd.
 
 
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 | 7:00 PM   
City Hall, West Annex Commission Room, 3031 Torrance Blvd.
 
 
Thursday, May 16, 2013 | 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM   
Madrona Marsh Nature Center and Preserve, 3201 Plaza Del Amo, Torrance
Join the Propagation Society and Linda Gonzales as we plant seeds for the future of the Madrona Marsh Preserve. Learn how to: prepare soil for planting on the marsh, grow native plants for restoration and fund raising events at the Madrona Marsh, 'Pot up' plants to larger containers, collect and 'clean' seeds and prune native plants in the nursery. This program occurs every Thursday of every month from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Best for adults or college age students. Ages 21+. Free! For more information please contact the Madrona Marsh Nature Center at 310-782-3989.
 
 
Thursday, May 16, 2013 | 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM   
TORRANCE ART MUSEUM 3320 Civic Center Drive
These days potential catastrophes are everywhere you look. You can’t go outside or turn on the TV without reports of the world coming to an ‘End’ - global climate collapsing or terrorists planning new attacks. The world is so full of danger, threats, stress, overload and insecurity. Assuming that we, against all odds, survive the terrifying pitfalls of the future, is creativity going to be the thing that saves us? Will our imagination become an escape route, a place where we can hide, or will it be the one thing that forcefully confronts us with the truth and gives us the strength needed to make a change? What kind of art would a generation of unlikely survivors produce and where would they find their inspiration? What influence would surviving a catastrophe have on our values, ethics and our perception of truth and how might this situation visualize itself in the art of the future? This pressure coming from a hyper tense society of doom is having a massive impact on the art being produced by the artists who manage to keep up their practice and it is forcing others to remain passive or paralyzed while waiting for a change of current that may never come.
 
 
Thursday, May 16, 2013 | 3:30 PM   
Katy Geissert Civic Center Library, Polly Watts Story Theater, 3301 Torrance Blvd.
TeenZone is a series of interactive and entertaining programs designed specifically for teens. Sponsored by the Friends of the Torrance Library. Please call the Youth Services Department at 310-618-5964 for details.
 
 
Thursday, May 16, 2013 | 7:00 PM   
Historical Society Museum, 1345 Post Ave.
 
 
Thursday, May 16, 2013 | 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM   
TORRANCE THEATRE COMPANY 1316 Cabrillo Ave Torrance
What do you get when you put together a parody of The Bad Seed, Gypsy, All Above Eve and Mame into a single musical? RUTHLESS the Musical, with music by Marvin Laird and book and lyrics by Joel Paley.
 
 
Friday, May 17, 2013 | Midnight - Noon   
TORRANCE ART MUSEUM 3320 Civic Center Drive
These days potential catastrophes are everywhere you look. You can’t go outside or turn on the TV without reports of the world coming to an ‘End’ - global climate collapsing or terrorists planning new attacks. The world is so full of danger, threats, stress, overload and insecurity. Assuming that we, against all odds, survive the terrifying pitfalls of the future, is creativity going to be the thing that saves us? Will our imagination become an escape route, a place where we can hide, or will it be the one thing that forcefully confronts us with the truth and gives us the strength needed to make a change? What kind of art would a generation of unlikely survivors produce and where would they find their inspiration? What influence would surviving a catastrophe have on our values, ethics and our perception of truth and how might this situation visualize itself in the art of the future? This pressure coming from a hyper tense society of doom is having a massive impact on the art being produced by the artists who manage to keep up their practice and it is forcing others to remain passive or paralyzed while waiting for a change of current that may never come.
 
 
Friday, May 17, 2013 | (All Day)   
City Hall
 
 
Friday, May 17, 2013 | 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM   
City of Torrance
MILITARY EXHIBITS: 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Military exhibits will be on display, including aircrafts, vehicles, and support equipment at the Del Amo Fashion Center. The outdoor exhibits will be in the lower parking lot to the rear (west of) the Lifestyle Wing parking structure.
 
 
Friday, May 17, 2013 | 10:00 AM - Noon   
Madrona Marsh Nature Center and Preserve, 3201 Plaza Del Amo, Torrance
"Friday Fun" is a hands-on program for preschoolers, ages 3-6 years and their parents or guardians. The program will be offered at no charge every Friday of every month from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Best to register on Tuesday morning for that week's Friday Fun program. The program will incorporate story time, science, art and a tour emphasizing the chosen topic. Some weeks there will also be potting or other activities. The topics emphasize respect for all living things and prepare the children (and parents) to be good stewards of the planet. Pre-registration is required. Space is limited to 20 children. Free! Donations accepted. For more information please contact the Madrona Marsh Nature Center at 310-782-3989.
 
 
Friday, May 17, 2013 | 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM   
Katy Geissert Civic Center Library Community Meeting Room - 3301 Torrance Blvd.
Discussion of the different types of long term care (personal and skilled), where you can receive it and potential costs. Reserve your spot by calling H.E.L.P. at (310) 533-1996 or for more information.
 
 
Friday, May 17, 2013 | 11:00 AM - 11:59 PM   
Los Verdes Golf Course. 7000 Los Verdes Dr., Rancho Palos Verdes
The Torrance-South Bay YMCA’s 21st Annual Golf Tournament gives our community’s youth the life-changing opportunity to attend summer camp, where they build confidence, make lifelong friends, and explore the great outdoors. Proceeds from this popular event goes directly toward providing financial assistance to families in need. Events include lunch, shotgun, auction, opportunity drawing, dinner and more. Friday, May 17, 2013 at Los Verdes Golf Course. 7000 Los Verdes Dr., Rancho Palos Verdes
 
 
Friday, May 17, 2013 | 1:30 PM   
James Armstrong Theatre [Torrance Cultural Arts Center] 3330 Civic Center Drive
The City of Torrance will celebrate the 54th Annual Armed Forces Day with their annual military concert.
 
 
Friday, May 17, 2013 | 7:30 PM   
James Armstrong Theatre [Torrance Cultural Arts Center] 3330 Civic Center Drive
The City of Torrance will celebrate the 54th Annual Armed Forces Day with their annual military concert.
 
 
Friday, May 17, 2013 | 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM   
TORRANCE THEATRE COMPANY 1316 Cabrillo Ave Torrance
What do you get when you put together a parody of The Bad Seed, Gypsy, All Above Eve and Mame into a single musical? RUTHLESS the Musical, with music by Marvin Laird and book and lyrics by Joel Paley.
 
 
Saturday, May 18, 2013 | Midnight - Noon   
TORRANCE ART MUSEUM 3320 Civic Center Drive
These days potential catastrophes are everywhere you look. You can’t go outside or turn on the TV without reports of the world coming to an ‘End’ - global climate collapsing or terrorists planning new attacks. The world is so full of danger, threats, stress, overload and insecurity. Assuming that we, against all odds, survive the terrifying pitfalls of the future, is creativity going to be the thing that saves us? Will our imagination become an escape route, a place where we can hide, or will it be the one thing that forcefully confronts us with the truth and gives us the strength needed to make a change? What kind of art would a generation of unlikely survivors produce and where would they find their inspiration? What influence would surviving a catastrophe have on our values, ethics and our perception of truth and how might this situation visualize itself in the art of the future? This pressure coming from a hyper tense society of doom is having a massive impact on the art being produced by the artists who manage to keep up their practice and it is forcing others to remain passive or paralyzed while waiting for a change of current that may never come.
 
 
Saturday, May 18, 2013 | (All Day)   
Katy Geissert Civic Center Library, 3301 Torrance Blvd.
The Katy Geissert Civic Center Library will be closed due to the Armed Forces Day Parade. Outside materials returns may be obstructed by parade staging. All other Torrance Libraries are open from 10:00 - 5:00 and outside materials returns are available at branch locations.
 
 
Saturday, May 18, 2013 | 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM   
Charles H. Wilson Park, 2200 Crenshaw Blvd. (between Carson and Sepulveda)
Find fresh produce, local products, meat and eggs, flowers and breads, good food and lots of fun at the Torrance Certified Farmers' Market! Year 'round, rain or shine, in the parking lot of Wilson Park, adjacent to the Dee Hardison Sports Center.
 
 
Saturday, May 18, 2013 | 8:45 AM - Noon   
Madrona Marsh Nature Center and Preserve, 3201 Plaza Del Amo, Torrance
Join us for our restoration program every Saturday of every month 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 a holiday that fall on a Saturday 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, May 18, 2013 | 9:00 AM - Noon   
Madrona Marsh Nature Center and Preserve, 3201 Plaza Del Amo, Torrance
A beginner's guide to birds, bird life and behavior. This month's topic is the beauty of blackbirds: featuring Red-Winged, Tri-colored and Brewer's blackbirds and Hooded and Bullock's Orioles. Each class will include a short presentation about the featured birds followed by a walk on the Madrona Marsh Preserve to look for them. This program occurs on the 3rd Saturday of every month from 9:00 a.m. - 12 noon. Bring binoculars and wear comfortable shoes. Classes are limited to 20 students. Ages 9+. Free! Donations accepted. Pre-registration is required. To register and for more information please contact the Madrona Marsh Nature Center at 310-782-3989.
 
 
Saturday, May 18, 2013 | 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM   
City of Torrance
MILITARY EXHIBITS: 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Military exhibits will be on display, including aircrafts, vehicles, and support equipment at the Del Amo Fashion Center. The outdoor exhibits will be in the lower parking lot to the rear (west of) the Lifestyle Wing parking structure.
 
 
Saturday, May 18, 2013 | 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM   
2115 West 182nd Street; Torrance, CA 90504
Faith United Methodist Church invites you to our annual spring festival, Matsuri of Faith on Saturday, May 18, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Faith United Methodist Church, 2115 West 182nd Street, Torrance, CA 90504. Matsuri of Faith is an exciting all-church event on our Torrance campus, and features a day filled with fellowship, food and entertainment. Signature hand-crafted ethnic foods including Chicken Teri, Tri-Tip, Chirashi and Inari sushi, Udon noodle, Ramen Salad, Curry, Yakisoba, Malasada, Lumpia, Lau-Lau, Tamales, Chili Rice, Snow Cones, home-made baked goods and more! There will also be fresh produce, plants and handicrafts available for purchase. We will also have a silent auction. Children’s games, door prizes, and entertainment throughout the day, including hula, odori, taiko drums, gospel and R&B! Also, please join us in supporting the Japan Tsunami Relief by watching a performance of Shiawase Hakoberu Yo-o-ni “Carry on Happiness”. OFFSITE PARKING LOCATION! The parking location is at Hamilton Adult School, 2606 W. 182nd St., Torrance, CA 90504. There will be a free shuttle service - look for the signs! All are welcome. For further information call the church office at (310) 217-7000 or visit the Faith UMC website at www.faithsouthbay.org/matsuri NOTE OFFSITE PARKING LOCATION: The parking location is at Hamilton Adult School, 2606 W. 182nd St., Torrance, CA 90504. There will be a free shuttle service - look for the signs! For more information call the church office at (310) 217-7000
 
 
Saturday, May 18, 2013 | 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM   
Torrance Airport (3315 Airport Drive, Red Baron #3)
Come celebrate Armed Forces Weekend with the Western Museum of Flight's (WMoF) Celebrity Speaker Series featuring Dan Delane often considered "the" Eagle Driver. The F-15 Eagle, a McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) twin-engine, all-weather tactical fighter, was considered among the most successful modern fighters, with over 100 aerial combat victories with no losses in dogfights and Delane was right there in the mix. The Air Force was charged with the responsibility to guarantee that the United States and our allies, i. e., Israel, Japan, Saudi Arabia, etc., would absolutely rule the skies over any field of conflict. The Eagle was first flown in July 1972 as a fast, agile, and versatile fighter then activated into service in 1976. Its powerful engines enabled it to climb to altitude in a hurry, respond instantly to the pilots' throttle movements, and to fly and fight at supersonic speeds. Its radar could find and identify threat targets quickly and accurately, and provide that data to the aircraft's weapons computer, which could instantly command any of the wide variety of weapons the pilot chose to employ. The Eagle required the best of the best pilots and we are fortunate to have one of those best of the best - Dan Delane - who is willing to describe for us some of the skills needed to command the Eagle, and some of the thrills experienced by the privileged few who had the opportunity to do so. Also WMoF will have a Warbird display during the lecture. You'll be up close and personal with the Skytrooper, Valiant, Texan, Expeditor and Mustang. As always, WMoF Members are free; non-members are $5, which also includes access to WMoF museum exhibits. Free parking. Enjoy the Celebrity Series? Why not support the WMoF with an annual membership (wmof.com/newmem.htm). The annual membership gives 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, May 18, 2013 | 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM   
Torrance Blvd.
The 54th Annual Armed Forces Day Parade begins at Crenshaw Boulevard traveling west on Torrance Boulevard and ending at Madrona Avenue. All streets intersecting the parade route will be closed the majority of the day. Torrance's parade is the longest-running Armed Forces Day Parade in the nation. As one of few cities designated by the Department of Defense, the City of Torrance is proud to honor the men and women of our nation's Armed Forces. This year's honored branch is the United States Marine Corps.
 
 
Saturday, May 18, 2013 | 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM   
TORRANCE THEATRE COMPANY 1316 Cabrillo Ave Torrance
What do you get when you put together a parody of The Bad Seed, Gypsy, All Above Eve and Mame into a single musical? RUTHLESS the Musical, with music by Marvin Laird and book and lyrics by Joel Paley.
 
 
Sunday, May 19, 2013 | 9:30 AM   
James Armstrong Theatre [Torrance Cultural Arts Center] 3330 Civic Center Drive
Enjoy this piano competition and recital by pianists of all ages and levels. At the competition final, participants will select the “Kids Grand Prix” by voting on the finalists.
 
 
Sunday, May 19, 2013 | 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM   
City of Torrance
MILITARY EXHIBITS: 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Military exhibits will be on display, including aircrafts, vehicles, and support equipment at the Del Amo Fashion Center. The outdoor exhibits will be in the lower parking lot to the rear (west of) the Lifestyle Wing parking structure.
 
 
Sunday, May 19, 2013 | 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM   
Katy Geissert Civic Center Library, 3301 Torrance Blvd.
The Katy Geissert Civic Center Library is open this Sunday.
 
 
Monday, May 20, 2013 |   
Madrona Marsh Nature Center and Preserve, 3201 Plaza del Amo, Torrance
 
 
Monday, May 20, 2013 | (All Day)   
Anywhere you appreciate libraries!
Are you a budding filmmaker? Do you take pride in your library? The Torrance Public Library presents a special video challenge for fans of libraries! Make a video between 3-7 minutes long and enter to win a prize. Part of the Torrance Public Library's Century of Service Celebration. For full contest rules and information, please see www.TorranceCA.Gov/Library/videocontest/ Generously sponsored by the Friends of the Torrance Library.
 
 
Monday, May 20, 2013 | 10:15 AM   
Katy Geissert Civic Center Library, Polly Watts Story Theater, 3301 Torrance Blvd.
This special storytime is designed for children ages 18 months to 3 years, participating one-on-one with a caregiver. This program is free, and no registration is required, but the room can get crowded so please arrive on time. This program repeats at 11:00 a.m. Please call the Youth Services Department at 310-618-5964.
 
 
Monday, May 20, 2013 | 10:30 AM   
Walteria Library, 3815 W. 242 St.
Join us for stories, songs and fun! This program is free and open to the whole family. Please call the Walteria Library at 310-375-8418 for more information.
 
 
Monday, May 20, 2013 | 11:00 AM   
Katy Geissert Civic Center Library, Polly Watts Story Theater, 3301 Torrance Blvd.
This special storytime is designed for children ages 18 months to 3 years, participating one-on-one with a caregiver. This program is free, and no registration is required, but the room can get crowded so please arrive on time. This program is a repeat of the session at 10:15 a.m. session. Please call the Youth Services Department at 310-618-5964.
 
 
Monday, May 20, 2013 | 6:00 PM   
Henderson Library, 4805 Emerald St.
High school students - would you like to provide input on the collections and programs at your local branch library? Join a Teen Advisory Board. You will have inside information about all the cool happenings at the library, and your voice will be heard. For more information call the Henderson Library at 310-371-2075.
 
 
Monday, May 20, 2013 | 6:30 PM   
North Torrance Library, 3604 Artesia Blvd.
Children and caregivers are encouraged to wear their pajamas and bring special pillows or blankets to this evening storytime. This program is free and open to the whole family. Please call the North Torrance Library at 310-323-7200 for more information.
 
 
Monday, May 20, 2013 | 7:00 PM   
City Hall, West Annex commission room, 3031 Torrance Blvd.
 
 
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 | 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM   
Charles H. Wilson Park, 2200 Crenshaw Blvd. (between Carson and Sepulveda)
Find fresh produce, local products, meat and eggs, flowers and breads, good food and lots of fun at the Torrance Certified Farmers' Market! Year 'round, rain or shine, in the parking lot of Wilson Park, adjacent to the Dee Hardison Sports Center.
 
 
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 | 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM   
City Hall West Annex
Registration for Summer 2013 Classes begins for Torrance residents.
 
 
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 | 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM   
Madrona Marsh Nature Center and Preserve, 3201 Plaza Del Amo, Torrance
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 free and welcome to all. Re-occurs on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Tuesday of every month from 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 a.m. Free! Donations accepted. For more information please contact the Madrona Marsh Nature Center at 310-782-3989.
 
 
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 | 9:00 AM - 11:59 PM   
City Hall, West Annex Commission Room, 3031 Torrance Blvd.
 
 
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 | 10:00 AM   
Katy Geissert Civic Center Library, Community Meeting Room, 3301 Torrance Blvd.
The Torrance Police Department and the Torrance Community Services Department present the 5 Top Scams Targeting Seniors, plus a bonus feature on disaster preparedness for seniors. Resource information will also be available from several vendors including KEEP-SAFE, and H.E.L.P. This program is free and no registration is required. Please contact the Torrance Police Department, Community Affairs at 310-618-5735 for more information.
 
 
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 | 10:00 AM - Noon   
Madrona Marsh Nature Center and Preserve, 3201 Plaza Del Amo, Torrance
Volunteers are needed for habitat restoration every Tuesday and Wednesday morning. Join the group and gain expertise about weeds of the South Bay. This program is for adults willing to make a minimum commitment of 50-100 hours or more per year. For more information please contact the Madrona Marsh Nature Center at 310-782-3989.
 
 
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 | 10:30 AM   
Katy Geissert Civic Center Library, Polly Watts Story Theater, 3301 Torrance Blvd.
This special storytime designed to build pre-literacy skills is for infants 6 to 18 months old, participating one-on-one with a caregiver. All Torrance Public Library storytimes are free, and no registration is required, but the room can get crowded so please arrive on time. Call the Youth Services Department at 310-618-5964 for more information.
 
 
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 | 10:30 AM   
North Torrance Library, 3604 Artesia Blvd.
Join us for stories, songs and fun! This program is free and open to the whole family. Please call the North Torrance Library at 310-323-7200 for more information.
 
 
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 | 10:30 AM   
Henderson Library, 4805 Emerald St.
Join us for stories, songs and fun! This program is free and open to the whole family. Please call the Henderson Library at 310-371-2075 for more information.
 
 
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 | 11:00 AM   
Southeast Library, 23115 Arlington Ave.
Join us for stories, songs and fun! This program is free and open to the whole family. Please call the Southeast Library at 310-530-5044 for more information.
 
 
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 | 7:00 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 or blankets to this evening storytime. This program is free and open to the whole family. Please call the Youth Services Department at 310-618-5964 for more information.
 
 
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 | 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM   
City Hall, Council Chamber, 3031 Torrance Bl.
5:30 p.m. Executive Session, 7:00 p.m. Regular Meeting
 
 
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 | 7:00 PM   
James Armstrong Theatre [Torrance Cultural Arts Center] 3330 Civic Center Drive
 
 
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 | 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM   
Madrona Marsh Nature Center and Preserve, 3201 Plaza Del Amo, Torrance
General Audubon Meeting will be held tonight. This meeting is held in the Nature Center every 3rd Tuesday of every month from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Participate in the Madrona Marsh Nature Walk. For more information please contact the Madrona Marsh Nature Center at 310-782-3989 or go on the Friends of Madrona Marsh website at www.friendsofmadronamarsh.com/j.
 
 
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 | 10:00 AM - Noon   
Madrona Marsh Nature Center and Preserve, 3201 Plaza Del Amo, Torrance
Volunteers are needed for habitat restoration every Tuesday and Wednesday morning. Join the group and gain expertise about weeds of the South Bay. This program is for adults willing to make a minimum commitment of 50-100 hours or more per year. For more information please contact the Madrona Marsh Nature Center at 310-782-3989.
 
 
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 | 7:00 PM   
Henderson Library, 4805 Emerald St.
Children and caregivers are encouraged to wear their pajamas and bring their special pillows or blankets to this evening storytime. This program is free and open to the whole family. Please call the Henderson Library at 310-371-2075 for more information.
 
 
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 | 7:00 PM   
City Hall, West Annex Comission Room, 3031 Torrance Blvd.
 
 
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 | 7:00 PM   
James Armstrong Theatre [Torrance Cultural Arts Center] 3330 Civic Center Drive
The Torrance Torrettes dance and drill team present the Spring Spectacular. This dance show features girls from kindergarten through 8th grade. The team competes and performs throughout Southern California in parades, competitions, and shows. This show is a culmination of their competitive season.
 
 
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 | 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM   
Katy Geissert Civic Center Library Community Meeting Room - 3301 Torrance Blvd.
Nominated for the 2013 Academy Award in the Best Documentary Feature category, The Invisible War is a shocking investigation into one of the American military's most shameful and best kept secrets: the widespread epidemic of rape. Director Kirby Dick focuses on the powerfully emotional testimony of the rape survivors, who risk their careers in pursuit of justice. After the screening, Director Kirby Dick will discuss the making of the film and answer questions. This program is recommended for ages 18 and over.
 
 
Thursday, May 23, 2013 | 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM   
Madrona Marsh Nature Center and Preserve, 3201 Plaza Del Amo, Torrance
Join the Propagation Society and Linda Gonzales as we plant seeds for the future of the Madrona Marsh Preserve. Learn how to: prepare soil for planting on the marsh, grow native plants for restoration and fund raising events at the Madrona Marsh, 'Pot up' plants to larger containers, collect and 'clean' seeds and prune native plants in the nursery. This program ocurs every Thursday of every month from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Best for adults or college age students. Ages 21+. Free! For more information please contact the Madrona Marsh Nature Center at 310-782-3989.
 
 
Thursday, May 23, 2013 | 4:00 PM   
Henderson Library, 4805 Emerald St.
What do lucky pennies mean to you? Join us to find out what can be done with a lucky penny! This program is recommended for school-aged children, and is free with no registration required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Torrance Library. Please call the Henderson Library at 310-371-2075 for more information.
 
 
Thursday, May 23, 2013 | 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM   
Torrance Center South Parking Lot, East of the Bridge (21221 S. Western Avenue )
The City of Torrance invites you to the Dedication and Naming Ceremony of the Pacific Electric Railway - El Prado Bridge to celebrate the Bridge's 100th Birthday and the completion of its rehabilitation and beautification.
 
 
Thursday, May 23, 2013 | 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM   
Torrance Center South Parking Lot, East of the Bridge (21221 S. Western Avenue )
The City of Torrance invites you to the Dedication and Naming Ceremony of the Pacific Electric Railway - El Prado Bridge to celebrate the Bridge's 100th Birthday and the completion of its rehabilitation and beautification.
 
 
Thursday, May 23, 2013 | 6:00 PM   
20285 Western Avenue, Ste. 100, Torrance
 
 
Friday, May 24, 2013 |   
Madrona Marsh Nature Center and Preserve, 3201 Plaza del Amo, Torrance
View the works of local artists portraying the beauty of the Madrona Marsh Preserve. Exhibits on display daily in the nature center. "Metamorphosis" photography exhibit by August Agustsson ends today. Free! Donations accepted. For more information please contact the Madrona Marsh Nature Center at 310-782-3989.
 
 
Friday, May 24, 2013 | 10:00 AM - Noon   
Madrona Marsh Nature Center and Preserve, 3201 Plaza Del Amo, Torrance
"Friday Fun" is a hands-on program for preschoolers, ages 3-6 years and their parents or guardians. This program will be offered at no charge every Friday of every month from 10:00 a.m. - 12 noon. Best to register on Tuesday for that week's Friday Fun program. The program will incorporate story time, science, art and a tour emphasizing the chosen topic. Some weeks there will also be potting or other activities. The topics emphasize respect for all living things and prepare the children (and parents) to be good stewards of the planet. Pre-registration is required. Space is limited to 20 children. Free! Donations accepted. To register and for more information please contact the Madrona Marsh Nature Center at 310-782-3989.
 
 
Friday, May 24, 2013 | 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM   
Katy Geissert Civic Center Library Community Meeting Room - 3301 Torrance Blvd.
Addresses ways to evaluate possible options to finance long term care. Reserve your spot by calling H.E.L.P. at (310) 533-1966 or for more information.
 
 
Friday, May 24, 2013 | 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM   
Katy Geissert Civic Center Library, Community Meeting Room, 3301 Torrance Blvd.
Children ages 7 and up are invited to learn about the Towers of Simon Rodia, also known as Watts Towers. Through film, stories and a hands-on art project learn about how the towers were created and other unique artists driven by nothing but their dreams. This program is free and no registration is required - recommended for ages 7 and up due to the length of the stories and the art materials used. Presented by the Torrance Public Library and the Torrance Art Museum, sponsored by the Friends of the Torrance Library. Please contact the Youth Services Department at 310-618-5964 for more information.
 
 
Saturday, May 25, 2013 | 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM   
Charles H. Wilson Park, 2200 Crenshaw Blvd. (between Carson and Sepulveda)
Find fresh produce, local products, meat and eggs, flowers and breads, good food and lots of fun at the Torrance Certified Farmers' Market! Year 'round, rain or shine, in the parking lot of Wilson Park, adjacent to the Dee Hardison Sports Center.
 
 
Saturday, May 25, 2013 | 8:45 AM - Noon   
Madrona Marsh Nature Center and Preserve, 3201 Plaza Del Amo, Torrance
Join us for our restoration program every Saturday of every month 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 a holiday that fall on a Saturday 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, May 25, 2013 | 10:00 AM - Noon   
Madrona Marsh Nature Center and Preserve, 3201 Plaza del Amo, Torrance
Take a guided walk on the Madrona Marsh Preserve and learn about the flora and fauna that live in our captivating vernal marsh. You'll see how things interact in their habitat and learn the value of wetlands in our urban environment. This walk occurs the 4th Saturday and Sunday of every month from 10:00 a.m. - 12 noon. All are welcome! Great for seniors! Free! Donations accepted. For more information please contact the Madrona Marsh Nature Center at 310-782-3989.
 
 
Saturday, May 25, 2013 | 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM   
Madrona Marsh Nature Center and Preserve, 3201 Plaza del Amo, Torrance
Explore the fascinating world of bugs at night time! Learn about the unique variety and methods of identification for each species. Join our leader for an intriguing talk and field survey. This walk is limited to the first 25 people who sign up. $5 person or $10 per family. Pre-registration is required. To register and for more information please contact the Madrona Marsh Nature Center at 310-782-3989.
 
 
Sunday, May 26, 2013 | 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM   
1317 Sartori Ave., Torrance, CA 90501
On the 4th Sunday of every month, 150+ sellers set up in the streets of downtown Torrance with antiques, collectibles, furniture, toys, tools, arts & crafts, home decor and more...all on sale at bargain prices. Also many of the great downtown restaurants and shops are open with Street Faire specials. Antique appraisals available by Dave Brownlee and his crew of experts for only $3.00 per item. The Street Faire celebrates 15 years in Oct. 2015. Rain or shine and pets welcome.
 
 
Sunday, May 26, 2013 | 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM   
1317 Sartori Ave., Torrance, CA 90501
The downtown Torrance Antique Street Faire is held on the 4th Sunday of every month in historic downtown Torrance. Over 200 sellers set up in the streets with antiques, collectibles, furniture, vintage clothes, jewelry, pottery, arts & crafts, home decor and more...all on sale at bargain prices! There are also many antique and specialty shops open and lots of great restaurants, bakery, market and sports bars. Antique appraisals by Dave Brownlee and crew and music provided by DJ Ozzie. 8 am to 3 pm. Free admission & parking, pets welcome.
 
 
Sunday, May 26, 2013 | 10:00 AM - Noon   
Madrona Marsh Nature Center and Preserve, 3201 Plaza del Amo, Torrance
Take a guided walk on the Madrona Marsh Preserve and learn about the flora and fauna that live in our captivating vernal marsh. You'll see how living things interact in their habitat and learn the value of wetlands in our urban environment. This walk occurs on the 4th Saturday and Sunday of every month from 10:00 a.m. - 12 noon. All are welcome! Great for seniors! Free! Donations accepted. For more information please contact the Madrona Marsh Nature Center at 310-782-3989.
 
 
Sunday, May 26, 2013 | 10:00 AM - Noon   
Madrona Marsh Nature Center and Preserve, 3201 Plaza del Amo, Torrance
This class provides an opportunity for children to learn how to paint or sharpen already acquired watercolor skills with local artist Jennifer Siegel. Watercolor paint and paper are provided. $10 per person. Ages 8-16. For more information please contact the Madrona Marsh Nature Center at 310-782-3989.
 
 
Monday, May 27, 2013 |   
Madrona Marsh Nature Center and Preserve, 3201 Plaza del Amo, Torrance
 
 
Monday, May 27, 2013 | (All Day)   
Anywhere you appreciate libraries!
Are you a budding filmmaker? Do you take pride in your library? The Torrance Public Library presents a special video challenge for fans of libraries! Make a video between 3-7 minutes long and enter to win a prize. Part of the Torrance Public Library's Century of Service Celebration. For full contest rules and information, please see www.TorranceCA.Gov/Library/videocontest/ Generously sponsored by the Friends of the Torrance Library.
 
 
Monday, May 27, 2013 | (All Day)   
All Torrance Libraries
All Torrance Libraries are closed for observation of Memorial Day. Outside materials returns will be open and online resources will be available.
 
 
Monday, May 27, 2013 | (All Day)   
City Hall
City Hall will be closed
 
 
Monday, May 27, 2013 | 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM   
1317 Sartori Ave., Torrance, CA 90501
The Torrance Antique Street Faire is held on the 4th Sunday of every month in historic downtown Torrance. Over 200 sellers set up in the streets with antiques, collectibles, furniture, vintage clothes, jewelry, toys, tools, pottery, arts & crafts, home decor and more...all on sale at bargain prices! Antique appraisals available. All the downtown restaurants, bars, bakery & market are open as well as antique and specialty shops.
 
 
Monday, May 27, 2013 | 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM   
Memorial Plaza at the corner of Torrance Blvd. & Maple Ave.,
The Torrance Historical Society will conduct a memorial service for Torrance service personnel who gave their lives in U. S. military actions. The program will include the reading of the 146 Names on the Wall. Those Names include war losses from World War I to those in the Iraq and Afghanistan War. With the help of a handful of volunteers, the Torrance Historical Society is continuing to gather and preserve the too-short life story of each of the Torrance military war causalities. To date, the organization is halfway to their goal of putting a face on each name. Immediately following the Memorial Service, all are invited to the Torrance Historical Society & Museum (1345 Post Ave., Old Torrance) for the first public viewing of Dennis Kwong’s 23-minute Names on the Wall documentary, which captures the research behind the Names on the Wall project.
 
 
Monday, May 27, 2013 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM   
City Hall, Council Chambers, 3031 Torrance Blvd.
 
 
Tuesday, May 28, 2013 |   
Madrona Marsh Nature Center and Preserve, 3201 Plaza del Amo, Torrance
View the works of local artists portraying the beauty of the Madrona Marsh Preserve. Exhibits are one display daily in the nature center. "Spring on the Marsh" photography and paintings exhibit by Tracy Drake & Mark Christiansen begins today. Free! Donations accepted. For more information please contact the Madrona Marsh Nature Center at 310-782-3989.
 
 
Tuesday, May 28, 2013 | 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM   
Charles H. Wilson Park, 2200 Crenshaw Blvd. (between Carson and Sepulveda)
Find fresh produce, local products, meat and eggs, flowers and breads, good food and lots of fun at the Torrance Certified Farmers' Market! Year 'round, rain or shine, in the parking lot of Wilson Park, adjacent to the Dee Hardison Sports Center.
 
 
Tuesday, May 28, 2013 | 10:00 AM - Noon   
Madrona Marsh Nature Center and Preserve, 3201 Plaza Del Amo, Torrance
Join Cindy Reid every 4th Tuesday and Wednesday of every month from 10:00 a.m. - 12 noon (rain or shine) for a hands-on science nature class. Emphasis will be placed on caring for the natural world and being good stewards of the planet. This month's topic will be spring flowers. The first hour will be in the classroom for stories, a craft and science including live animals or plants and microscope use. The second hour will be walking out on the marsh to search for the things that we just studied. You will need to register for each class, starting the first of that month. Only 12 children may attend each class. We will do our best to be fair. A wait list up to 4 children will be added in case of cancellations. The participating children may be signed-in and dropped off for the first hour; parents may watch quietly in the back of the classroom. No younger siblings will be allowed in the classroom, but they are welcome to join us for the marsh walk. Ages 6-8 years. $5 donation requested per student. To register and for more information please contact the Madrona Marsh Nature Center at 310-782-3989.
 
 
Tuesday, May 28, 2013 | 10:00 AM - Noon   
Madrona Marsh Nature Center and Preserve, 3201 Plaza Del Amo, Torrance
Volunteers are needed for habitat restoration every Tuesday and Wednesday morning. Join the group and gain expertise about the weeds of the South Bay. This program is for adults willing to make a minimum commitment of 50-100 hours or more per year. For more information please contact the Madrona Marsh Nature Center at 310-782-3989.
 
 
Tuesday, May 28, 2013 | 4:00 PM   
Southeast Library, 23115 Arlington Ave.
Join us for Pages and Pizza, a teen book group at the Southeast Library. Meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 4:00 p.m. This group is free, sponsored by the Friends of the Torrance Library, but registration is required. For more information call the Southeast Library at 310-530-5044.
 
 
Tuesday, May 28, 2013 | 7:00 PM   
City Hall, Council Chamber, 3031 Torrance Bl.
NO MEETING
 
 
Tuesday, May 28, 2013 | 7:00 PM   
James Armstrong Theatre [Torrance Cultural Arts Center] 3330 Civic Center Drive
 
 
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 | 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM   
City Hall West Annex
Registration for Summer 2013 Classes begins for Non-residents
 
 
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 | 10:00 AM - Noon   
Madrona Marsh Nature Center and Preserve, 3201 Plaza del Amo, Torrance
Join Cindy Reid every 4th Tuesday and Wednesday of every month from 10:00 a.m. - 12 noon (rain or shine) for a hands-on science nature class. Emphasis will be placed on caring for the natural world and being good stewards of the planet. This month's topic will be spring flowers. The first hour will be in the classroom for stories, a craft and science including live animals or plants and microscope use. The second hour will be walking out on the marsh to search for the things that we just studied. You will need to register for each class, starting the first of that month. Only 12 children may attend each class. We will do our best to be fair. A wait list up to 4 children will be added in case of cancellations. The participating children may be signed-in and dropped off for the first hour; parents may watch quietly in the back of the classroom. No younger siblings will be allowed in the classroom, but they are welcome to join us for the marsh walk. Ages 6-8 years. $5 donation requested per students. To register and for more information please contact the Madrona Marsh Nature Center at 310-782-3989.
 
 
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 | 10:00 AM - Noon   
Madrona Marsh Nature Center and Preserve, 3201 Plaza Del Amo, Torrance
Volunteers are needed for habitat restoration every Tuesday and Wednesday morning. Join the group and gain expertise about weeds of the South Bay. This program is for adults willing to make a minimum commitment of 50-100 hours or more per year. For more information please contact the Madrona Marsh Nature Center at 310-782-3989.
 
 
Thursday, May 30, 2013 | 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM   
Madrona Marsh Nature Center and Preserve, 3201 Plaza Del Amo, Torrance
Join the propagation Society and Linda Gonzales as we plant seeds for the future of the Madrona Marsh Preserve. Learn how to: prepare soil for planting on the marsh, grow native plants for restoration and fund raising events, 'Pot up' plants to larger containers, collect and 'clean' seeds and prune native plants in the nursery. This program occurs every Thursday of every month from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Best for adults or college age students. Ages 21+. Free! For more information please contact the Madrona Marsh Nature Center at 310-782-3989.
 
 
Friday, May 31, 2013 | (All Day)   
City Hall
 
 
Friday, May 31, 2013 | 10:00 AM - Noon   
Madrona Marsh Nature Center and Preserve, 3201 Plaza Del Amo, Torrance
"Friday Fun" is a hands-on program for pre-schoolers, ages 3-6 years and their parents or guardians. The program will be offered at no charge every Friday of every month from 10:00 a.m. - 12 noon. Best to register on Tuesday for that week's Friday Fun program. The program will incorporate story time, science, art and a tour emphasizing the chosen topic. Some weeks there will also be potting and other activities. The topics emphasize respect for all living things and prepare the children (and parents) to be good stewards of the planet. Pre-registration is required. Space is limited to 20 children. Free! Donations accepted. To register and for more information please contact the Madrona Marsh Nature Center at 310-782-3989.
 
 
Friday, May 31, 2013 | 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM   
Katy Geissert Civic Center Library Community Meeting Room - 3301 Torrance Blvd.
Discussion of nursing home Medi-Cal eligibility guidelines that are very different from those of standard Medi-Cal. Reserve your spot by calling H.E.L.P. (310) 533-1996 or for more information.
 
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