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As the new school year begins, get your kids ready by going shopping for some essential school supplies! Here are the supply lists for some of the school districts around the South Bay. Click on city to view the page, and then head to your child's grade to view the list!
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Stone is one of the most versatile building materials out there — it looks just as elegant inside a home as it does on the outside.But with so many varieties and applications, how do you know where to start? These ideas may be just the inspiration you need to start your stone renovation.
Adding stone to the front of your home gives it a classy look that can make it stand out from the other homes on your block. From classic bricks to sleek granite, the possibilities are limited only by your imagination.
Stone can stand on its own, or be used as a compliment or accent to siding or paneling. Once you’ve chosen your material and your design, work with a professional installer to ensure that it is applied correctly. You might think you’re a weekend warrior, but there’s nothing worse than losing money if the stone is damaged during installation, so leave this one to the professionals.
A Fireplace For All Seasons
Whether inside on a cold winter’s night or outside on an autumn evening, it’s hard to beat a cozy fireplace. Stone’s versatility allows fireplaces to be constructed inside or outside depending on your preference and the climate where you live. Either way, you’ll have a timeless area for you and your family to enjoy.
Similarly, stone can be used to create an outdoor fire pit that’s perfect for making S’mores and sharing stories around the fire. Unlike pre-made metal fire pits, stone designs are much more flexible and can be shaped and sized to meet your specific needs.
One of the reasons stone works so well in a fireplace is its naturally cool exterior. This feature also makes it ideal for outdoor patios and indoor spaces that tend to get a lot of sun and heat.
Make a path out of stone to keep your feet cool while walking around the pool or even to and from the mailbox. It’s also a great option for sunrooms, kitchens, and other places that are on the warmer side. Your pets will appreciate it too when their paws stay cool year-round!
Los Angeles has a reputation for being very health conscious, and the South Bay is no exception.
Whether you are vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, or just looking to cut down on calories, these restaurants will account for your diet without disappointing your tastebuds. All three have multiple locations across California; both inside and outside of the South Bay.
This restaurant has locations across California and specializes in salads, sandwiches, and entrees using fresh, seasonal ingredients. The menu includes a curried cauliflower salad, and a citrus-poached salmon sandwich--just to name a few.
Chef Alan Jackson opened Lemonade in 2009 after making his career in fine dining. He brings that high-cuisine philosophy to everything that he serves at Lemonade. There are now 28 locations across California. Once you’ve had a healthy meal, top it off with a cold pressed lemonade made from seasonal fruit.
Veggie Grill’s slogan is “Eat More Veggies,” and the restaurant’s menu allows you to do just that. This is another local chain, with more than 30 locations throughout California, including several in the South Bay.
All menu items are free of meat, dairy, eggs, and other animal products, but that does not mean it’s lacking in flavor. The menu features vegetarian versions of your favorite burgers, wings, tacos, and more. Stop in with friends to sample some of the delicious choices.
The Flame Broiler
If you crave a little meat in your diet, look no further than The Flame Broiler for a healthy alternative to fast food. As the name suggests, all meat is prepared on the grill using minimal oil and other fat.
Choose from chicken, beef, or tofu served over a bed of rice or steamed veggies. Calorie counts range from 370 for the smallest size to 1100 for the largest size. The meat itself is high quality, too. The Flame Broiler chicken is all natural and hormone free, and the beef is grass-fed and 100 percent Angus.
For dog lovers and outdoor enthusiasts, there’s nothing better than grabbing your four-legged best friend and hitting the trails for a hike. Los Angeles offers some great hiking options that you and your dog can appreciate!
Runyon Canyon Park
Runyon Canyon Park is one of the most popular hiking spots in LA — with good reason. It has options for all ability levels and offers some of the best views in the area.
The 160-acre park includes 90 acres of leash-free space where dogs can run free. Expect to see a mix of hikers with and without dogs in a generally laid back atmosphere. There are no water fountains along the trails, so make sure to bring plenty of water for you and your dog.
The park is located in Hollywood on the east end of the Santa Monica Mountains, providing hikers with a few overlapping loops and great views over Hollywood. Parking can be tough to find; your best bet is probably the parking lot off of Mulholland Drive.
One of the largest parks in the U.S., Griffith Park has more than 50 miles of dog-friendly trails. You and your dog can spot the Hollywood sign, the Batman’s bat cave, and more. Hiking trails typically range from 1-3 miles and are a mix of hilly and flat terrain.
Before you head home, visit The Trails Cafe, which sells treats for both pets and their owners! Amir’s Garden, located on the east end of the park, provides a welcome spot to relax at the end of a long hike.
If you are looking for something a little more of the beaten path (or hiking trail), check out this little-known park nestled in a mostly residential area.
Elysian Park has a roughly two-mile trail that’s dog friendly and has much less foot traffic than the busy trails in Runyon Canyon and Griffith Park. Because of the neighborhood vibe, this hike might not be a good fit if your dogs like to bark or would easily disturb others.
Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, step outside of your comfort zone, and feel the sense of pride that comes from giving back to your community.
No matter how busy you are, you can likely find at least a few hours to devote to volunteering. These are just a few of the many organizations with volunteer opportunities in the South Bay area.
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Los Angeles Harbor
This chapter of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America has been serving children in the Harbor City area since 1937. If you enjoy working with children, this organization is for you. The club works with 2,300 children per day at 13 sites throughout the South Bay area.
Volunteers teach and mentor children and teens, often forming relationships that last a lifetime. Topics range from the arts to science and math--so there’s something for everyone. Other volunteers assist with event planning and recreation center supervision.
Harbor Interfaith Services
Harbor Interfaith Services is all about empowering the homeless and working poor by providing temporary and permanent housing, childcare, and life skills training. The organization runs a 90-day homeless shelter and an 18-month transitional housing program that are both available at no cost to participants.
Volunteers are needed to run a food pantry and clothing donation center and assist the organization’s staff with tasks ranging from cleaning to filing. New volunteer orientations are held the second Wednesday of every month at 10:00 a.m. and the fourth Wednesday of every month at 3:30 p.m.
Rebuilding Together Greater Los Angeles
Rebuilding Together is the largest volunteer home repair organization in the U.S. Volunteers renovate the homes of the elderly to make them more accommodating to wheelchairs, walkers, or whatever other modifications are needed to allow residents to remain in their homes as long as possible.
With hundreds of thousands of residents over age 65 in the Los Angeles area, there’s plenty of work to be done. No construction or remodeling experience is necessary. Renovations are free to recipients and building costs are financed by donations from businesses and individuals.
Manhattan Beach is a great beach community for families looking to escape the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles or spend a refreshing vacation on the water.
Beyond the obvious attractions of the ocean and the beach, there are many options for family-friendly activities throughout this area. Here are just a few options to consider when planning your next trip:
This 16,000 square-foot facility is sure to have something for everyone. Older kids will enjoy the rock wall and ropes course, while younger children will have a blast in Toddler Town and the Play Structure.
Don’t worry, mom and dad; AdventurePlex has options for you, too! The facility holds adult fitness classes, special “Parents Night Out” events, and even offers teambuilding activities for groups of coworkers.
Due to high demand, AdventurePlex suggests calling the facility before a drop-in visit to ensure that space is available before you come.
Located at the end of the Manhattan Beach Pier, the Roundhouse Aquarium is free and offers class, camps, and other activities for children of all ages. The aquarium includes viewing and touch tanks that feature a variety of fish, sharks, and other animals native to the water around it. There’s also a children’s reading area with books and puzzles. More than 15,000 children participate in its educational events each year!
While admission is free, donations between $2 and $5 per person are suggested. The aquarium also serves as a venue for birthday parties and holds the only science beach camp in Manhattan Beach.
Polliwog Park and Begg Pool
Polliwog Park is owned by the City of Manhattan Beach and has been named one of the best parks in the Los Angeles area to have a birthday party. The park’s play area includes a lighthouse-inspired playground with slides, water misters, a sand area, and three spaces for young children filled with climbing equipment.
Next door to the park is Begg Pool, which is the perfect place for your kids to cool off after running around in the park. The pool is open year-round, with reduced hours during the winter, spring, and fall months.
Tired of the same old, same old in your backyard? Look no further than stone to change things up and feel like you have a whole new yard for a fraction of the cost. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
Use river stones to replace mulch
Call attention to your favorite tree or shrub in your backyard by replacing mulch with medium-sized river stones. The stones will last years longer than mulch and provide a contrast to everything else in the yard.
However, stones are not always the best at keeping weeds away, so make sure you add weed protection before laying them. And, make sure to choose stones of varying sizes to create the most realistic look.
Make a stepping stone path
Kiss traditional concrete goodbye in favor of sleek stones. Start with a finer stone, like crushed granite, as a foundation—then add larger stones on top as accents.
The larger stones will also create a clearer walking path and prevent pebbles from being tracked inside your home — which can be troublesome for all types of flooring.
Create an outdoor fire pit
Who doesn’t love kicking back around a fire on a crisp fall evening? A stone fire pit provides the perfect opportunity to do just that. You can choose from pre-assembled stone fire pits, or go DIY and build your own. Either method will result in a finished product that’s practically begging for its first S’more.
Turn a fire pit into a fireplace
You can use a fire pit to extend your outdoor season after cold weather hits, or use it as an outdoor oven when it’s too hot to cook inside. Either way, stacked stone is the perfect material for the job. It comes in a variety of shapes and colors to suit your taste and can withstand the heat necessary for cooking or outdoor enjoyment in cold temperatures.
A mainstay of the Redondo Beach community, Veterans Park is an oceanfront relaxation space that is enjoyed throughout the year by locals for community events.
Veterans Park, located just south of the Redondo Beach Pier, is home to the Veterans Park Community Center, which is on the National Register of Historic Places and is a popular host for weddings, banquets and special events. Many other community events take place at this park, from activities at the Veterans Park Senior Center to the Redondo Beach Farmer's Market every Thursday.
The park is spread out over 6.3 grassy acres with ocean views, featuring vast areas for picnics, mature shade trees, a band stand for small concerts and a play area for kids, with plenty of equipment and a sand area. Because of the stunning views, you will often see photo shoots and camera crews filing at Veterans Park.
Beach access is just a staircase away at Veterans Park, making it a popular destination for local scuba divers and classes alike, as it is known as one of the easiest shore dives in California.
For more information, including an interactive map, visit the City of Redondo Beach website.
Besides its namesake, the Sand Dune, this three-acre park offers a fenced-in playground for children, a small open grass area, shaded picnic area, as well as steps and pathways leading uphill and dowhill.
According the thesanddune.com, "Affectionately known simply as “The Dune” by locals, The Sand Dune itself is approximately 100 feet long at a 45-degree incline/decline. It's a great natural workout by providing an outside, total workout of cardio and muscle with zero impact to the body. This is what really separates the Sand Dune from any other facility around Southern California. Moreover, climbing up and down the Sand Dune especially benefits all those users such as athletes and aging active people with knee and back injuries that would otherwise be unable to enjoy an uphill/downhill exercise and strengthening routine."
As with most parks and beaches in Manhattan Beach and surrounding communities, the recreational usage of these areas has substantially increased over the years. As a result, this growth has most significantly impacted those local residents adjacent to Sand Dune Park that are confronted with increased traffic and noise. Therefore, it is recommended that, if you are going to visit Sand Dune Park in Manhattan Beach, please be aware and respectful to these concerns by the local residents.
Reservations are required in an effort to limit the impact to local residents. Learn more here!