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Events in 2012


Taste of Old Torrance - Wednesday, November 14th

What: OTNA's Fourth Annual Taste of Old Torrance - sample sumptuous sensations from many local within-walking-distance eateries
When: Wednesday, November 14th, 7:00 PM - check-in, 7:15 - 9:00 PM sampling
Note the event date. Due to the Thanksgiving holiday the following week, this meeting and event was moved to the previous week to Wednesday, November 14th.
Food sampling begins at 7:15PM

Location: Bartlett Center - 1318 Cravens (2nd floor)
Open: To all who live, work, and play in Torrance
Cost / Bring: Please bring a non-perishable food item or canned food to support our local food bank -- "Food for Kids" or make a $2.00 per person cash donation. Please do not include items that have expired dates. Cash preferred and personal checks accepted, no credit cards.

About Food for Kids: The Volunteer Center's new "Food For Kids" program was created to provide food to Title One elementary schoolchildren for the weekends. Title One schoolchildren are given meals at school only during the school week. For the Food For Kids program, backpacks are filled with nonperishable food items that the children take home on Fridays. This provides food for the family for the weekend. Then they return the empty backpacks on Mondays to be refilled. Food donations are provided by private and corporate sectors of the community. The goal is to expand the program to help many more families. For more information, call The Center or email volopps@volctr-sobay.org.

Opportunity Tickets: available for purchase at Taste of Torrance. Tickets are $1.00 each or six for $5.00.

Special Bonus for current and New OTNA members only: Anyone who joins or renews their OTNA 2012 membership at the Taste of Old Torrance will receive three Opportunity Tickets in addition to all the usual perks of OTNA membership. Annual memberships are $10.00 per household. Memberships are renewable in January.

Sample goodies from ...

The new President's Letter for November is now available.




Our sponsor in September was Sign-A-Rama - South Bay
1820 W Carson St., Suite 204
Torrance, CA 90501
310-935-4343

Sign-A-Rama is a full service sign company serving the South Bay. We live, love, and play in the South Bay! Grand Opening/Open House Wednesday, October 24th, 2012, 3:00 - 7:00 PM. Refreshments & Entertainment - RSVP to signs@signarama-southbay.com




Neighborhood Clean-up - Saturday, September 29th, 2012

When: Saturday, September 29th, 9:00 AM - 11:00AM
Location: 1318 Engracia Ave. 8:30AM
RSVP: Charles Payne - 310-328-7549, or sign up online regarding Events on the Contact Us page.
Clean-up Area: Clean-up will focus on "Old Torrance" (the downtown area), particularly the public parking lot next to Time Warner and along Cravens Ave.
What to Wear: Old clothes, sturdy, comfortable shoes, gloves and sunscreen

Water and a special treat wil be provided to all those who participate.

On June 7th, 2007 OTNA was recognized by the Environmental Quality Control Commission with a Green Pride in Torrance Award for our clean-up efforts in the City -- a "Pay it Forward" challenge set forth by Mayor Frank Scotto in 2006. Once again, acting upon the Mayor's challenge, OTNA will host another Neighborhood Clean-up Day!

OTNA Meeting, Wednesday, September 26th, 7-9 PM

The second Community Workshop about the Torrance Downtown Pedestrian Plan. This plan identifies streetscape enhancements that can be made to the Cravens Avenue Corridor to improve the pedestrian experience.

Judy Emerson from the Torrance Public Works Department will highlight the street repairs that need to be made along Marcelina Ave damage caused to the middle of the street by tree roots. This portion of Marcelina is an entrance point into Old Torrance (between Cravens Ave and Arlington Ave).

7:00 PM - Refreshments and meet your neighbors
7:30 PM - Meeting & Presentation
Location: The Bartlett Center, 2nd floor - 1318 Cravens Ave. - Old Torrance
Info: Online regarding "more information" on the Contact Us page or call (310) 320-6054.

The new President's Letter for September is now available.

This month our sponsor is Sign-A-Rama - South Bay
1820 W Carson St., Suite 204
Torrance, CA 90501
310-935-4343

Sign-A-Rama is a full service sign company serving the South Bay. We live, love, and play in the South Bay! Grand Opening/Open House Wednesday, October 24th, 2012, 3:00 - 7:00 PM. Refreshments & Entertainment - RSVP to signs@signarama-southbay.com

The Torrance Historical Society Rocks Around the Block in Celebration of the All-America City Award

Note: OTNA teams with the Torrance Historical Society to celebrate our 50's All-America City Award, and the Torrance Centennial! Party starts at the Museum - 1345 Post Avenue.

This is a fund raiser for the Torrance Historical Society & Museum.

When: Thursday, July 19, 2012, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Lcation:Torrance Historical Society & Museum, 1345 Post Avenue at Cravens
Cost: Free and open to the public - donations accepted. Nominal fee for food and beverages.

Here's the event flyer.

If you have any questions or would like additional information, please call the Museum at (310) 328-5392 or visit www.torrancehistoricalsociety.org.

A 1950s-style family summer event in celebration of Torrance's All-America City Award -- one of America's original and most prestigious community recognition awards. The City received this award for "Growth without strain" back in 1956 when Albert Isen was Mayor of Torrance. This free event is open to the public and will be held in front of the Museum (1345 Post Avenue). Post Avenue will be blocked off from Cravens to Sartori, so guests can:

  • View vintage cars on display along Post Avenue, courtesy of Cruisin' 50s Car Club, and local car owners.
  • Bop to 50s music.
  • Dine on burgers from the IN-N-OUT burger wagon (burgers served from 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM, nominal fee for food & beverages).
  • See special exhibits featuring the original congratulatory telegram from President Eisenhower, along with the All-America City button & logo
  • Check out high school yearbooks -- the Torrance Historical Society has the biggest collection
  • Enter the hula hoop, bubble gum blowin', and pie eating contest

The Bartlett Center will also be hosting an Open House this same night -- you can dine on their patio and listen to The South Bay Strummers (ukulele group)! The Torrance Woman's Club will also have their 1950s Club scrapbook available for viewing. Also, the Torrelle's -- a group of City employees who sing 50s and 60s songs in a cappella, will entertain guests.

This FREE 1950s-style family event is hosted in partnership with the City of Torrance, Old Torrance Neighborhood Association. Additional sponsors to be announced.

If you have any questions or would like additional information, please call the Museum at (310) 328-5392 or visit www.torrancehistoricalsociety.org.




OTNA Meeting, Wednesday, May 16th, 7-9 PM
Police Chief John Neu Discusses Criminal Justice Realignment and Its Impact on Torrance

See our Meeting Flyer for details!

7:00 PM - Refreshments and meet your neighbors
7:30 PM - Meeting & Presentation
Location: The Bartlett Center, 2nd floor - 1318 Cravens Ave. - Old Torrance
Info: Online regarding "more information" on the Contact Us page or call (310) 320-6054.

The new President's Letter for May is now available.

The Old Torrance Neighborhood Association (OTNA) has invited Torrance Police Chief John Neu, to discuss the Criminal Justice Realignment (Assembly Bill 109) and the impact on Torrance.

Criminal Justice Realignment:

  • Shifts custody of felons sentenced for non-violent, nonserious, non-sex offenses to county control unless excluded by statute
  • Establishes Postrelease Community Supervision
  • Changes state parole revocation process
  • Tasks Community Corrections Partnerships with planning for the change and implementing local plans
  • Funded by diverted state sales tax, specified vehicle license fee proceeds, and some state General Fund dollars

Our sponsor this month is Torrance Bakery.




Easter in El Prado Park - Sunday, April 8th

You are invited to Easter In El Prado Park! The Old Torrance Neighborhood Association was founded in 1981. And . . . since its inception, OTNA has sponsored Easter in El Prado Park -- 2012 marks our 31st consecutive year in doing so! It has become a tradition in our neighborhood. In fact, people that used to come to this event as children are now bringing their children.

On Easter Sunday, April 8th, at 10AM, Mr. & Mrs. Bun will arrive at El Prado Park in the bright blue "Bunny Mobile." Both will greet the 100+ kids, pose for Kodak(tm) moments, and then . . . Mr. Bun will lead the children in the Bunny Hop. After that, the Easter "egg" (candy) hunt begins - the kids LOVE it! (The parents love it too, 'cause they're outta there by 10:30 AM.)

Bags will be handed out to each child prior to Mr. & Mrs. Bunny's arrival. If your child (niece, nephew, grandson and/or granddaughter) would prefer to bring their Easter basket to collect the candy, they are more then welcome to do so.

We have three areas ribboned-off in the park, so the younger kids are separate from the older kids (this event is for children 11 years of age, or younger). Two areas have one golden egg hidden amongst the candy. Whoever finds the golden egg, takes it straight to Mr. Bun, and exchanges it for an Easter basket brimming with trinkets and treats!

There is a special section called "Peggy's Patch" that is for children ages 3 and under. This area is dedicated to OTNA's past President, Peggy Basile, who received her "angel wings" on Easter Sunday, four years ago.

Easter in El Prado Park is sponsored by ExxonMobil -- they made a gracious donation to fund this special event for our neighborhood kids.

DJ Ozzie will provide the sound system, spin Easter-themed tunes and announce during the event. Contact DJ Ozzie for Professional Disc Jockey & Entertainment DJ Services at (310) 809-0490. See letter from City of Torrance regarding DJ Ozzie's many years of experience providing music and announcing services at public events in the City of Torrance.

Here are the details:

What: Easter in El Prado Park
When: Easter Sunday, April 8th
Location: El Prado Park (corner of El Prado & Arlington)
Time: 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Cost: Free!
Ages: This event is for children 11 years of age and younger, only

Neighborhood Clean-up - Saturday, April 7th, 2012

When: Saturday, April 7th, 9:00 AM - 11:00AM
Location: NOTE: different rendezvous point, north end of El Prado Park at Cravens Ave., 8:30AM
RSVP: Charles Payne - 310-328-7549, or sign up online regarding Events on the Contact Us page.
Clean-up Area: Clean-up will focus on El Prado Park in preparation for "Easter in El Prado Park" the following morning, and also beneath the bridge - gateway to our city.
What to Wear: Old clothes, sturdy, comfortable shoes, gloves and sunscreen

Water and bakery treats will be provided compliments of Torrance Bakery.

On June 7th, 2007 OTNA was recognized by the Environmental Quality Control Commission with a Green Pride in Torrance Award for our clean-up efforts in the City -- a "Pay it Forward" challenge set forth by Mayor Frank Scotto in 2006. Once again, acting upon the Mayor's challenge, OTNA will host another Neighborhood Clean-up Day!

OTNA Meeting, Wednesday, March 21st, 7-9 PM -
Torrance History Celebrating 100 Years

See our Meeting Flyer for details!

7:00 PM - Refreshments and meet your neighbors
7:30 PM - Meeting & Presentation
Location: The Bartlett Center, 2nd floor - 1318 Cravens Ave. - Old Torrance
Info: Online regarding "more information" on the Contact Us page or call (310) 320-6054.

The new President's Letter for March is now available.

In honor of the City's Centennial, OTNA is partnering with the Torrance Historical Society to present 100 years of history -- from cowboys, bombings, tea parties, to parades. Janet Payne, past President of the Torrance Historical Society and recent recipient of the prestigious Jared Sidney Torrance Award, will walk you through the decades with a pictorial presentation (compliments of the Torrance Historical Society's photo archives). You will learn how one man's vision, and connections across the nation, came to shape the once dusty grazing lands into what now is the 8th largest city in Los Angeles -- Torrance.

A very special guest will be in attendance at this meeting -- Mrs. Jared Sidney Torrance (Helena). She will be there to chat with guests about her role in seeing the Jared Sidney Torrance Memorial Hospital through to completion after her husband's death.

Being the forward thinking man that he was, Jared Sidney Torrance, realized early on that his new city needed a hospital. He founded the Torrance Hospital Association in 1920, but passed away on March 29, 1921, four years before the hospital was completed. He bequeathed a large sum of money to the Foundation, in which Helena continued to be actively involved ensuring the hospital remained solvent -- in particular, through the Depression.

We don't want to give the whole story away -- we'll let Helena tell you more!

There is no time like the present to learn about the past -- especially in Torrance, so as an incentive to those in attendance, Torrance Historical Society memberships will be offered at half price (except Life membership) the night of the presentation.




Neighborhood Clean-up - Saturday, January 21th, 2012

When: Saturday, January 21th, 9:00 AM - 11:00AM
Location: Rendezvous at 1318 Engracia Ave., 8:30AM
RSVP: Charles Payne - 310-328-7549, or sign up online regarding Events on the Contact Us page.
Clean-up Area: Clean-up will focus on "Old Torrance" (the downtown area)
What to Wear: Old clothes, sturdy, comfortable shoes, gloves and sunscreen

Water and a special treat will be provided to all who participate.

On June 7th, 2007 OTNA was recognized by the Environmental Quality Control Commission with a Green Pride in Torrance Award for our clean-up efforts in the City -- a "Pay it Forward" challenge set forth by Mayor Frank Scotto in 2006. Once again, acting upon the Mayor's challenge, OTNA will host another Neighborhood Clean-up Day!

OTNA Meeting, Wednesday, January 18th, 7-9 PM - Del Amo Blvd. Extension Project

See our Meeting Flyer for details!

7:00 PM - Refreshments and meet your neighbors
7:30 PM - Meeting & Presentation
Location: The Bartlett Center, 2nd floor - 1318 Cravens Ave. - Old Torrance
Info: Online regarding "more information" on the Contact Us page or call (310) 320-6054.

The new President's Letter for January is now available.

OTNA will host a presentation on the Del Amo Blvd. Extension Project. Craig Bilezerian, PE, Engineering Manager, for the City's Public Works Dept. will update us on the progress of this project. Save the date!

This project is well under way, and when finished, it will complete the missing segment of Del Amo Blvd. between Crenshaw Blvd. and Maple Ave. and will widen the existing segment of Del Amo Blvd. between Maple Ave. and Prairie Ave. When constructed, Del Amo Blvd. will be a four-lane divided roadway within the project limits and provide an additional east-west route throughout the City. Construction also includes a new bridge over the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad tracks, drainage improvements and relocation of existing utilities.

For additional information, visit the City of Torrance page: http://www.torranceca.gov/9980.htm For Facebook users, check out these pictures.

Also, OTNA will introduce Partner Engineering and Science, Inc. -- the new business going into the old Pacific Telephone building on the corner of Arlington Ave. & Torrance Blvd. (2154 Torrance Blvd.). In 2009, the 19,309 square foot office space underwent a facade renovation and the interior was demolished to shell condition. The newly renovated facility now serves as Corporate Headquarters for the company, and features a green roof, solar power, and many energy efficient technologies.

Michael Steinbach, Special Project Administrator for Partner Engineering and Science, Inc., will highlight the building's "green" features (solar panels, photo harvesting solar control system, etc.) and will briefly discuss the company's mission statement and nationwide presence.

We will be electing new officers for 2012 during the business portion of the meeting. If you want to serve or have a nomination, please submit suggestions or nominations on our website via the Contact Us page or call (310) 320-6054, or to any of the email addresses of the nomination committee. The nomination commitee is Debbie Hays, Trish Stewart and Keri Gilbert.

This month, the OTNA sponsor is Frankie, Johnnie & Luigi's -- the soon-to-be-opened pizzeria located at 1437 Marcelina Avenue. The owner of this establishment, Gary Zimmerman, will look familiar to you, as he and his family are also the proud owners of the WWII Store and the Old Torrance Coffee & Tea -- all three are located in the heart of Old Torrance on Marcelina!




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