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Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair, Bo Bridges Captures Tahiti, MB 10K, Ceramics Studio Open House, Free Exercise Classes for Seniors

Oct 03, 2019 09:29AM ● By Liz Spear

The Hyperion Outfall Serenaders entertain at the 2014 MB Hometown Fair. Photo by Liz Spear

Happy Wednesday! It's Oct. 2, 2019, and Manhattan Beach is alive with activity!

Let's take a look at what's going on in MB and nearby Oct. 2-6.

  • Acclaimed photographer/videographer Bo Bridges is hosting a free evening celebrating the launch of his new "Tahiti Collection," featuring 30+ images from Teahupo’o, Moorea, and Tikehau, at his flagship Manhattan Beach Gallery in downtown MB. Bridges will give a 45-minute presentation with never-before-seen photos and video shot at the famed Tahiti Pro Surf Competition, and campaigns for Men’s Journal and the Tahiti Tourisme Board. Drinks will be served. The event is for adults 21 and older only. Doors open at 7 p.m.; Bridges will speak at 8 p.m. 
  • Nothing says community like the Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair, now in its 47th year. And if you don't live in the area or are unfamiliar with the fair, you need to experience it. Not only is there a parade that includes classic cars, city and fair officials, girl scouts and boy scouts, and the Mira Costa High School Marching Band, the event is two days of action-packed fun. The parade begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday on Valley Drive near Live Oak Park. Fair hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free but there are lots of goodies available to purchase, including food, drinks, art, T-shirts, jewelry, and other wares from vendors. The Fair includes live entertainment (You'll want to catch the Hyperion Outfall Serenaders Sunday from 10 a.m.-12 noon on the South Stage followed by Russ Lesser's Thin Ice from 12:15-2:15 p.m.), a Battle of the Bands, flamenco, dance performances, poetry, a wild animal show and a magic show for kids, pony rides, a petting zoo, Velcro Wall, Pirate Ship Bounce, game booths, and separate wine and beer gardens for adults. Part of what this fair so special is that it's run by an all-volunteer board. See you there!
  • Another classic MB event is the Manhattan Beach 10K Run, held this year on Saturday, Oct. 5. All registered participants must register before race day. If you've yet to register, you can register in person at Village Runner, 1840 North Sepulveda Boulevard, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. through Friday, Oct. 4. This year's race is the 42nd running of what's one of the best fun races in Southern California. Racers are cheered on by lots of fans who line Valley Drive/Ardmore Avenue, residential streets, and The Strand. There's live music along the route, too, as well as a super cool route that takes runners through downtown MB and concludes with a stunning ocean view and finish line near the MB Pier. More than 3,500 runners typically participate in the race, which begins at 7:30 a.m. 
  • Check out the Ceramics Open House and Art Market during the Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Artwork made by Manhattan Beach Parks and Recreation ceramics students will be for sale. The Ceramics Studio at Live Oak Park is at 1901 North Valley Drive.
  • Friday is the final day of Active Aging Week offered by the Beach Cities Health District and its Center for Health & Fitness. There are lots of free exercise classes and presentations being offered today and tomorrow. Classes include Balance Basics, Dance Fitness, Silver Stretch, Slow Flow, SilverSneakers® Circuit, Zumba Gold®, Yoga Basics, Tai Chi for Arthritis, Functional Mat Pilates, Low & Sculpt, Easy Goes It, Simply Stretch, Mindfulness, Body Sculpt, and Yoga Strength & Flex. The BCHD gym is located on the second floor at 514 N. Prospect Ave., Redondo Beach; 310-374-3426, x147.

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