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Sleepy Hollow brings back the Christmas lights

With a tradition that has gone on since 1985, the Christmas lights in the Sleepy Hollow section of Torrance have been put back up in its transformation to Candy Cane Lane. While it is still a couple of weeks until Christmas, our visit to Sleepy Hollow last night revealed that most of the Christmas decorations seem to be up and those in the know about the Christmas Light Extravaganza have already started showing up to view the lively decorations. While it was a little chilly last night, at least it was not wet or windy, so walking up and down the streets was a pleasant affair.

The lights at Candy Cane Lane are on from 6:00 PM until 10:00 and will be on every night through the evening of January 1, 2014. If weather permits, I recommend parking and walking through the neighborhood. Even if it is chilly there are plenty of people selling hot chocolate, home-baked cookies and other snacks to help warm you up. There are carolers, musicians and if you look closely, Santa Claus may even be found. It is great family fun for all ages. It does not matter how many times you have visited Candy Cane Lane, it is always a good time. If you are unfamiliar with the area, you can read my detailed directions on how to get there from anywhere in the Los Angeles area. Merry Christmas. Continue reading

Torrance Civic Chorale performs for City Council

In my attempt to become more aware of what is happening within the City of Torrance and to be more involved in the civic process, I have started attending the weekly Torrance City Council meetings as frequently as possible. This past Tuesday, December 10, the Torrance Civic Chorale came and sang a few holiday songs to the city council, other attendees and television viewers.

In addition to entertaining us, the purpose was to bring awareness to the Torrance Civic Chorale’s upcoming concert series, Spirit of the Season, which will be presented Friday, December 13, and Saturday, December 14 at 8:00 PM in the James R. Armstrong Theatre. Reserved ticket prices are $14.00 each plus a box office $2.50 per ticket handling cost. You can find more information at the Torrance Civic Chorale website. Happy Holidays! Continue reading

One last Champagne Brunch at the Proud Bird

Last week my Facebook feed lit up with the news that the Proud Bird Restaurant, an aviation-themed restaurant by Los Angeles International Airport for 48 years, will be closing effective November 21, 2013. Apparently they are closing because the landlords, Los Angeles World Airports, want to increase the rent to such an extent that the restaurant cannot afford to stay open. As the Proud Bird and I go back about 35 years and Tanya and I had been talking about going to a champagne brunch anyway, we decided that we would go for one last brunch at the Proud Bird yesterday since we already have plans for next week.

I could not count the number of brunches I have gone to at the Proud Bird as we used to get a group of friends to ride over there almost every Sunday for a few years. There was a pretty decent crowd yesterday, which I guess was the reason for the slower than usual service; or it could be that the employees know their time there is dwindling so there is not a lot of enthusiasm. After a couple glasses of champagne, the wait did not seem too bad and as least I could say we were there at the end.

The last champagne brunch at the Proud Bird will be Sunday November 17; if you want to be there for the last one, I recommend getting there early (they open at 9:00 AM) and stick around the hostess’ desk. They may tell you there is a 20 minute wait, but it will likely be shorter and if they call your name and you are not there, they will move on to the next party. The brunch is $38.00 for adults and $17.50 for children. They have a wide variety of foods available and the champagne is poured freely, so have a good time but drink responsibly. The Proud Bird Restaurant is located at 11022 Aviation Blvd in Los Angeles just north of Imperial Highway. Continue reading

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