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Explore LA for the holidays!
Winter Edition 2017-2018 for the South Bay! I’ve created this handy postcard you can print and put on your fridge for fun holiday events this month to help ring in the holidays and the winter season here in beautiful Los Angeles.
Click the links below for more information on each event
Candy Cane Lane in Torrance – 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. every night until January 1st – Enter at PCH and Calle Mayor in Torrance, Calif.
Read the article by Scotty Claus in SouthBay Magazine about how a local business owner rescued a holiday tradition in downtown Manhattan Beach.
Here is an excerpt:
The first year was rough. We carted over 70 trees onto the pier just as a major storm hit that weekend. I ran out to the pier at 5 a.m. to see that nearly every tree been knocked over and there was soil and trees everywhere. We bought bungee cords and strapped every one of them to the railing.”
It’s the holiday season and time to gather together to celebrate the gift of family and friendship.
Whether you host a party every year or it’s your first one, here are some tips to help you plan a party that’s fun, festive and friendly.
Set a Budget
- List Potential Expenses: Invites, Decorations, Entertainment, Food & Drinks.
- Prioritize where you’d like to spend the most money.
- Choose a Venue – Reserve your choice as soon as you choose a date or host the party at your own home to cut costs.
Create Your Guest List & Send Invites
Although your budget may dictate the size of your party, the type of party can help control the budget, for example: sit-down dinners are more expensive then buffet-style dinners and email invitations are less expensive than mailed ones.
Plan Your Entertainment
- Have fun with Music! Use a digital service like Spotify or Pandora to create a playlist.
- Rent or borrow a Karaoke Machine.
- Encourage guests to wear festive attire; offer a prize for best outfit.
- Create Goody bags for kids in attendance.
- Hold a Secret Santa Exchange or White Elephant Gift Swap.
Plan Your Menu
- Catered: Hire as soon as possible for holiday season.
- Cooking Yourself: Host a Brunch Buffet.
- Plan a Potluck: Supply the main dish and ask for sides and desserts from guests.
- Save Money on Drinks: Create a Signature Drink and stock up on soda, water, and apple cider
- Reuse old decorations or borrow from family & friends.
- Use natural items like pine cones & branches. Make popcorn strings and paper snowflakes.
- When the season is over, purchase holiday décor on sale for next year!
At the End of the Party
- Buy food storage containers ahead of time to send people home with leftovers and treats.
- If you have centerpieces of flowers, send them home with a few of your guests or use them as prizes.
- If you have a Polaroid or instant camera, take photos throughout the party or set up a photo booth. Allow guests to keep the photos or send them with a handwritten note after the party.
If you are looking for handmade gifts for Christmas, check out the Torrance Craft Fair this weekend at The Torrance Cultural Arts Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Offered by the Torrance Craftsmen’s Guild.
Location: Torrance Cultural Arts Center (Madrona & Torrance Blvd.)
Hours: 9 am – 4 pm, November 18-19, 2017
Real Estate Sales Report for Los Angeles’s South Bay
October 2017 Real Estate Sales Statistics for the South Bay cities of Los Angeles which I hope you will find helpful. Rancho Palos Verdes, North Redondo, and Manhattan Beach have had the highest number of sales for the year to date, while Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates, and San Pedro have not had significant turn-over. Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach are the most expensive homes averaging $1217.25 and $949.90 per square ft. respectively.
Patty Sullivan, a Palos Verdes-based Realtor, was named by Vista Sotheby’s International Realty, with offices in Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach and Palos Verdes one of its top producers for 2016.
I am very proud and pleased to be included in the announcement of all the top producers as the #8 Realtor for 2016.
Thank you to all or my clients for putting their trust in me and making 2016 another successful year. I am never too busy for referrals. Please contact me for any questions about buying or selling a home in the South Bay.
I am pleased to report my latest property sold for my client is the renowned Casa Felicia, built in 1925 in Palos Verdes Estates.
Here is a video about the property
Enjoy this easy to print out concert schedule for the 2016 Summer Concert Series going on throughout the South Bay of Los Angeles!
I am happy to send along all of these wonderful dates to you so you don’t miss out on a great way to spend a warm evening with friends listening to FREE music!
Here are our tips for attending one of these free concerts:
- Pack a picnic! Many local restaurants offer picnic baskets that are ready to go!
- Arrive early for the best seats. Some venues allow you to place your blankets hours ahead of the concert start time.
- If you bring a chair, keep in mind not to block people’s views behind you. Sometimes there are restrictions as to where you can set up chairs.
- Take note of the closest restrooms. Some venues have very limited availability.
- Dress warmly for the cooler nights in August. Bring blankets to sit on and wrap up into when the weather cools down after sunset.
- Bring along a flashlight for later in the summer so you don’t forget any of your picnic items after the concert.
Click to download a schedule to print out and put up on your fridge! – Summer Concerts
May real estate sales reports show that it’s still very much a seller’s market. May homes for sale in Los Angeles and the South Bay totaled 1470, up 6.2% compared to the previous month, up 0.8% compared to this time last year. Closed sales for May totaled 830. Down 0.8% compared to the previous month and down 4.2% compared to the same time last year. 1029 homes were placed under contract for May. Up 14.8% compared to April 2016 and up 13.2% compared to this time last year.*
*Source: TrendGraphix 6/10/16
Housing Market Update for South Bay Cities March 2015 through May 2016
This month’s issue of our local Southbay magazine is entitled the Men’s Issue and features a cover story on local professional big wave surfer, Alex Gray.
Also in this month’s magazine:
- Tips on staying healthy while traveling
- Take a Hawai‘ian vacation that restores your mojo without sacrificing your sacred fitness routine.
- Harnessing new technology that measures the body in motion, The Center for Mechanical Medicine aims to boost athletic performance and decrease pain and injury.
- Let’s face it: We live in a youth-obsessed culture.
- Carmen Sellers, 82, is an archetype for health, happiness and the life-extending benefits of Blue Zones Project’s Power 9® principles.
- Why a local mom and blogger transitioned her family to a (mostly) plant-based diet at home and never looked back
- Manhattan Beach resident and The Biggest Loser producer J.D. Roth has a taste for both TV and transformation.
- It’s not easy to become a Junior Lifeguard. Just ask Kirra Troeger—the first teen in Los Angeles with Down syndrome to make the cut.