South Shores annual meeting tonight


A quick reminder!

South Shores Community Association Annual Meeting
Tuesday, January 16
7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:30)
South Shores Performing Arts Magnet School auditorium
2060 West 35th Street

L.A. County Supervisor Janice Hahn and
L.A. City Councilman Joe Buscaino will be in attendance.

Check out the agenda in the 2018 View Point available on the SSCA website.

We hope you can join us!

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Neighborhood Watch meeting standing room only

A good-sized crowd attended the Palisades Area Neighborhood Watch meeting organized by local resident Jennifer Grasso. LAPD Sr. Lead Officer Junior Nua (Wilmington area) filled in for SLO Eve Wight who is fighting the flu (get well soon!).

Concerns voiced by residents covered a broad spectrum: burglaries, gunfire, trash, homeless, park usage and unlocked gates, parties, speeding, vehicles using the trails in the nature preserve, security cameras, etc. Continue reading

Holiday fun at the Corner Store

Come join the holiday fun at the Corner Store Friday night. Santa and his helpful elves will be there hearing your wishes. Afterwards, neighbors will gather to stroll the neighborhood singing Christmas carols while sipping hot cocoa, lattes or your favorite beverage from the Corner Store.

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Year-end White Point Nature Preserve Update Event

When:  Saturday, December 14 at 9 am
Where:  White Point Nature Education Center & Preserve, 1600 Paseo Del Mar, San Pedro

White Point Nature Preserve is a 100-acre parcel of rare coastal open space in our neighborhood, home to native plants and birds. If you haven’t visited in a while, come learn about recent enhancements at the preserve, a new grant, and plans for 2014. Also, find out how you can provide your input and be involved in continuing the improvements at White Point.

For questions and to RSVP, contact Amy Friend at

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Dance under the stars

The 10th Annual Great Los Angeles Air Raid is coming next month on Saturday, February 18th, 2012 from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Dance under the stars to Dean Mora and the Fort MacArthur Officers Orchestra playing music from the 1940s. If your dancing shoes are a bit rusty, there will be a dance class by Rusty Frank at 4:15 pm.

New neighbors and pet owners beware, there will be loud noises at this event as the 1942 air raid is reenacted!

Prices are $20 Pre-Sale or $30 the night of the show. Tickets are available online at

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Hug a Seal Day (well, sort of)










The Marine Mammal Care Center will be holding two volunteer orientations on Friday, January 20 and Saturday, January 21 at 1:00 pm in the MMCC classroom. You may attend either day. Orientations are approximately one to two hours long and you do not need to do anything prior to attending.

You must be at least 18 years old to volunteer and be able to volunteer at least one day a week for 12 months. The MMCC is in need of both educational volunteers and animal care volunteers.

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Polar Bears on Cabrillo Beach! The ice age returns?

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The Cabrillo Beach Polar Bears will be showing their heartiness as they jump into the waters of Cabrillo Beach this weekend. The weather report for Sunday is predicted to be a toasty high of 76° so the water temperature should be around 58°.

The fun starts at 11:30 Sunday, January 1st, for the crowning of the new King and Queen of the Polar Bears followed by the first swim (or dip) of the new year at noon.

Free coffee, hot cocoa, cupcakes and cookies made by the Lady Polar Bears will be supplied for participants.

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Photos of Royal Palms seal release & more!

We have a community photo album started on Flickr where residents and visitors can share their photos and videos of our beautiful coastal neighborhood. There you can find the picture story of the release this month of two harbor seals and an elephant seal named Ellie. After being nurtured back to health at the Marine Mammal Care Center at Angels Gate, the MMCC team released them back into the ocean at Royal Palms Beach on December 8.

Ellie, the young elephant seal, gets her first taste of freedom since being cared for at the Marine Mammal Care Center.

The two harbor seals head for the ocean at Royal Palms Beach.

The Marine Mammal Care Center team. Pinniped heros!

To see the rest of the photos from the release visit The San Pedro Coast Flickr Pool.

Please feel free to post up your photos of the San Pedro coast neighborhood to share with your friends and neighbors. We will highlight the most recent photos on our home page.

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Four exhibits to open at Angels Gate

Angels Gate Cultural Center presents four dynamic, new exhibits inspired by the unique geography, vibrant people, and rich cultural history of the South Bay communities.  Showcasing the work of  regional artists, this provocative grouping of four exhibits in three galleries explores both  sweeping and deeply personal issues of contemporary life.  Themes include the powerful influences of commerce and resource use, the geography of memories, and the boundaries of exclusion, belonging, and artistic legacy.  Angels Gate Cultural Center galleries are open to the public Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and admission is always free.

The opening reception is January 22, 1pm – 5pm.

MAIN GALLERY: Sweet and Sour – It’s a Thin Line
Arnoldo Vargas
The oil industry exists within a duality.  It pollutes the environment with the sights, sounds, and smells of an industrial reality.  But, it also provides steady employment.  Sweet and Sour – It’s a Thin Line presents the effects of the oil industry and sulfur production on the landscape, and its impact on the people of the South Bay area. This exhibition will look through a microscope at situations that might be reflective of a macroscopic reality.
Arnoldo Vargas is a native of Wilmington, CA.  He earned his BA in fine arts from UCLA and graduated with an MFA candidate in Photography and New Media from CalArts. His work has been exhibited internationally.

MAIN GALLERY: Immigrant/Emigrant
Curated by Lara Bullock
Daniela Calandra – Bill Daniel – Ricardo Dominguez – Micki Davis – Casey Smallwood
Immigrant/Emigrant will explore the creation of art from an “outsider” perspective.  Whether excluded from the umbrella of traditional art-making due to choice of materials, subject matter, or venue, “outsider” art challenges individuals and communities to explore the boundaries of inclusion and exclusion so often experienced in diverse and immigrant communities.
Lara Bullock is a writer, contemporary art historian, and curator.  She received her M.A. in Art History, Theory, and Criticism from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  She is currently writing a dissertation on contemporary Street Art.

PROJECT SPACE: HITO: San Pedro/Port of Los Angeles/Port of Long Beach
Heather Rasmussen
This exhibition assembles many bodies of work from the artist, tied to one location: The Port of Los Angeles.  Ms. Rasmussen has pinpointed locations in San Pedro, The Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach that have either greatly influenced her art, or are the exact sites of a project. Viewers are encouraged to visit these sites to seek out objects, or to recreate the views seen in her photographs for themselves. A growing online map of the artist’s explorations is available at:
Heather Rasmussen has been selected for the 2011-2012 installment of Exposure, a three-person exhibition series at the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work was recently published in the book Unfolded, Paper in Design, Art, Architecture and Industry, alongside artists Olafur Eliasson, Thomas Demand and Frank Gehry.

COMMUNITY GALLERY: Dear Harbor: images from our community
The Dear Harbor project is a interactive tribute to the memories, photographs and physical history of our community.  Dear Harbor asks local residents to take a past photographic print of the San Pedro harbor area to the location where it was originally shot, and take a new picture showing how things have changed.  Dear Harbor will also be displayed on our website.  To submit your photograph, please make a print that will fit on an 8″x8″ card, which will be mounted on the gallery wall.  For more information about submissions, please contact or call 310-519-0936.

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Old Saint Nick stopping by the Corner Store tonight.

Don’t forget to come out and meet Old Saint Nick tonight at the Corner Store from 5:30 to 7:30.

Afterwards, there will be caroling through the streets of San Pedro! Come join the fun. Read the details here.

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