Past OTNA Events

Events in 2009


Neighborhood Clean-up - Saturday, January 24th, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

When: January 24th, from 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM.
Where: Meet at 8:30 AM at the home of OTNA Co-President, Charles Payne
1318 Engracia, Torrance
RSVP: (310) 328-7549 or sign up online regarding Events on the Contact Us page.
Clean-up Area: We will focus on the tracks beneath the Southern Pacific Railroad Bridge on Torrance Blvd. Orange vests and trash bags will be provided - the City will pick up the bags after the clean-up is completed. A special treat will be given to all who participate!

Wear comfy old clothes, sturdy, comfortable shoes, gloves and sunscreen!

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!




Events in 2008

OTNA Meeting, Wednesday, November 19th, 2008, 7-9PM

Our topic for this meeting is "How to Weather the Economic Storm" with Dick Rossberg, former Torrance City Councilman and a retired Financial Consultant.

See the Meeting Flyer for details.

The November OTNA Presidents' Letter is now available.

7:00 PM - Refreshments and meet your neighbors
7:30 PM - Meeting & Presentation
Location: The Bartlett Center, 2nd floor - 1318 Cravens Ave. - Old Torrance

Our Sponsor in November is the law firm of Wasserman & Wasserman, LLP. This Torrance law firm was originally founded in 1978 by Ronald T. Wasserman and renamed in 2003 when his son Gavin became a partner. Wasserman & Wasserman LLP offers a wide range of legal services, including:

  • Probate, Wills & Trusts
  • Business Transactions and Corporate formation
  • Litigation
  • Real Estate

The best time to meet a lawyer is before you need one, so feel free to drop by our office and say hello. We're in the neighborhood at 1230 Crenshaw Boulevard, between Torrance Boulevard and El Dorado.

Wasserman & Wasserman, LLP
Attorneys at Law
1230 Crenshaw Boulevard, Suite 103
Torrance, California 90501
Telephone (310) 212.0735
Facsimile (310) 212.5024
gavin@wassermanlaw.com

Neighborhood Cleanup Day -- Saturday, September 20th

When: Sept. 20, 9:00 - 11:00 AM
Where: Rendezvous at 1318 Engracia Ave, at Cravens, 8:45am.
RSVP: Charles Payne - 310-328-7549. Or sign up online regarding Events on the Contact Us page.
Area to be cleaned: Clean-up will focus on the tracks beneath the Southern Pacific Railroad Bridge (Irving Gill, Architect, 1913) on Torrance Blvd. - from Western Avenue to Cabrillo, and the surrounding area. Since the bridge is the gateway to the City, and highly visible to our visitors, it is important that this area always look nice.

Before we start, we'll meet at the home of OTNA Co-President, Charles Payne, at 8:45 AM.

Wear comfy old clothes, sturdy, comfortable shoes, gloves and sunscreen!

The City will provide orange vests, trash bags, and will pick up the bags after the clean-up is complete.

Water and a special treat will be provided for our volunteers.

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!

We hope that you can spare a couple of hours to "Pay it Forward" and make a difference in our community!


OTNA Meeting, Wednesday, September 17th, 7-9PM

Our topic for this meeting is the upcoming Torrance Unified School District Bond Measure.

See the Meeting Flyer for details.

The September OTNA Presidents' Letter is now available.

7:00 PM - Refreshments and meet your neighbors
7:30 PM - Meeting & Presentation
Location: The Bartlett Center, 2nd floor - 1318 Cravens Ave. - Old Torrance

Our Sponsors for our September flyer and meeting are Jim & Laura Herren. Jim and Laura are full-time residential Realtors with Prudential California Realty who represent buyers and sellers throughout the South Bay, with an emphasis on the historic Old Torrance area. Whether you are buying, selling, or simply have questions about the current real estate market, feel free to give them a call - they are never too busy to be of assistance to you!

Prudential California Realty
2700 Pacific Coast Highway
Torrance, CA 90505
Jim Herren - 310.997.5604    Laura Sahagun-Herren - 310.291.6521

Rock Around the Block!

Thursday, July 17, 2008
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM IN-N-OUT Burger wagon available.
Burger wagon will close earlier if food is sold out.
Torrance Historical Society & Museum, 1345 Post Ave at Cravens.


This event is hosted in cooperation with the City of Torrance, Torrance Historical Society, Toyota, Torrance CitiCABLE 3, Costco, Torrance Bakery, and the Old Torrance Neighborhood Association. If you have any questions or would like additional information, please call the Museum at (310) 328-5392 or visit www.torrancehistoricalsociety.org. This is a free event - donations accepted. Nominal fee for food and beverages.

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
  • Slurp milk shakes made with vintage machines by real "soda jerks" Nominal fee for shakes.
  • 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.

So . . . put on your pedal pushers, poodle skirts or Pendleton's, and cruise on down to the Torrance Historical Society & Museum (1345 Post Avenue). Together, we'll rock around the block! Be there, or be square!

Saturday, May 31st, Neighborhood Cleanup Day

When: Saturday, May 31st, 8:45 - 11:00 AM, our 9th Neighborhood Cleanup Day.
Where: Rendezvous at 1318 Engracia Ave, at Cravens
RSVP: Charles Payne - 310-328-7549. Or sign up online regarding Events on the Contact Us page.
Area to be cleaned: Clean-up will focus on the tracks beneath the Southern Pacific Railroad Bridge (Irving Gill, Architect, 1913) on Torrance Blvd. - from Western Avenue to Cabrillo, and the surrounding area. Since the bridge is the gateway to the City, and highly visible to our visitors, it is important that this area always look nice.

Before we start, we'll meet at the home of OTNA Co-President, Charles Payne, at 8:45 AM, where a continental breakfast will be served compliments of Torrance Bakery! Water, and a special treat will also be provided for all those who participate in the Clean-up.

Wear comfy old clothes, sturdy, comfortable shoes, gloves and sunscreen!

The City will provide orange vests, trash bags, and will pick up the bags after the clean-up is complete.

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 its 8th Neighborhood Clean-up Day!

We hope that you can spare a couple of hours to "Pay it Forward" and make a difference in our community!


OTNA May Meeting, May 21st, 7-9PM

Our topic for this meeting will be Water-Wise Garden Design and Landscaping,
with Mike Partelow, horticulturist at Armstrong Garden Center,

Armstrong Garden Center
25225 Crenshaw Blvd
Torrance, CA 90505-6144
Phone: (310) 326-1892

See the 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

Note: The first 10 minutes of the meeting will be set aside to hear Mayor Frank Scotto and Rick Marshall discuss the pros and cons of Measure T, which will appear on our June Ballot. Note: Measure T is a utility user's tax (UUT) modernization measure on the June, 2008 ballot to renew and upgrade the City's UUT outdated ordinance language.

Our Sponsor for May 21st Meeting

Family-owned Torrance Bakery is the busiest bakery in Los Angeles, and it's easy to see why. Their expertise and experience shows in the beautiful, finely crafted wedding cakes, the large selection of delicious cakes and fillings, unique wedding cake showroom, and their friendly, personalized service. Stop by and sample a collection of award-winning signature desserts & pastries that have come to make Torrance Bakery one of the "hot spots" in Old Torrance!

Candidates Forum, April 23, 2008

On Wednesday, April 23rd, OTNA will host a Candidates Forum. Consider this your personal invitation to meet the people running for City Council seats -- there are four open seats.  In a timed, moderated and impartial environment, the candidates will answer written questions taken from the audience, and will be around afterwards to talk with you.

These candidates are seeking office to represent you and all other Torrance citizens, so it's imperative that you know for whom you are voting. By joining us on the 23rd, you will know you're making the right choice come election day.

When: Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008
Meeting Time: 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Location: The Bartlett Center - 1318 Cravens Ave. - Old Torrance
Cost: This Forum is free, and open to the public

If you are unable to attend the OTNA-hosted forum, please see the list of other candidate forums around Torrance.




Easter in El Prado Park

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 -- 2008 marks our 27th consecutive year in doing so! It has become a tradition in our neighborhood. In fact, people that used to come to this event as a child are now bringing their children.

On Easter Sunday, March 23rd, at 10:00 in the morning, Mr. & Mrs. Bun will arrive at El Prado Park in the bright blue "Bunny Mobile." Both will greet the 100+ kids, pose for Kodak 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, two years ago.

Here are the details:

Who: Old Torrance Neighborhood Association

What: Easter in El Prado Park

When: Easter Sunday, March 23rd

Where: 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

Our Sponsor for Easter in El Prado Park

The 27th Easter in El Prado Park on Easter Sunday, March 23rd was sponsored by Del Amo Fashion Center -- they made a gracious donation to fund this special event for our neighborhood kids. The Del Amo Fashion Center Mall, has underwritten the OTNA 24th, 25th, 26th and 27th Annual Easter in El Prado Park celebrations on March 27, 2005, April 16, 2006, April 8th, 2007 and March 23, 2008.





OTNA Meeting, Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Torrance Police Department Revitalizing Neighborhood Watch
Teaming Together to Make Safer Neighborhoods

7:00 PM - Refreshments and meet your neighbors
7:30 PM - Meeting & Presentation
Location: The Bartlett Center, 2nd floor - 1318 Cravens Ave. - Old Torrance

On Wednesday, March 19th, at the Bartlett Center (1318 Cravens Avenue, Old Torrance) the OTNA will host a meeting to discuss the newly revised Neighborhood Watch Program.

Torrance Police Officer, Dave Crespin - Adjutant to the Chief, and a team of officers from Community Affairs, Beat Unit, Traffic, Patrol and the Community Lead Officer Departments, will explain how the new design of this community-based program will strengthen neighborhood security, increase the community's power of observation, and maintain a safe environment for families.

The Neighborhood Watch Program involves the joint effort of the police department and the community!

Refreshments will be served at 7:00 PM -- the meeting will run from 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM. All who live, work and play in Torrance are welcome and encouraged to attend. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Our Sponsor for March 19th Meeting

This meeting was sponsored by Torrance Produce Market & Deli (1303 El Prado, Old Torrance). Tommy Murakoshi and family took over the former Torrance Neighborhood Market in May, 2007, and opened as Torrance Produce Market & Deli, noting, "It is our vision to provide the best available produce to the residents of this 'Mayberry' community at fair and reasonable prices."

The hot deli serves authentic Mexican cuisine Monday - Friday, 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM. The "Grab 'N Go" section includes -- croissant sandwiches, salads, fresh fruit cups, freshly made guacamole and pico de gallo, cheesecake and chocolate mousse cake by the slice, Chinese items such as char siu (BBQ pork), steamed or baked char siu bow (buns), siu mai (steamed pork dumplings), as well as sushi from Sushi Boy.

The grocery department is constantly being upgraded to reflect the needs of the community. We have added an Asian and Hawaiian department, have maintained the Hispanic department and are gradually adding both healthier, as well as, gourmet products along with some organic offerings. We also now have a limited selection of fresh beef, chicken and pork."

Saturday, March 22nd, Neighborhood Cleanup Day

When: Saturday, March 22nd, 8:45 - 11:00 AM, our 8th Neighborhood Cleanup Day.
Where: Rendezvous at 1318 Engracia Ave, at Cravens
RSVP: Charles Payne - 310-328-7549. Or sign up online regarding Events on the Contact Us page.
Area to be cleaned: Clean-up will focus on El Prado Park, so that it's spotless for Mr Bun and the Bunettes on Easter Sunday.

Wear comfy old clothes, sturdy, comfortable shoes, gloves and sunscreen!

The City will provide orange vests, trash bags, and will pick up the bags after the clean-up is complete.

Water and a special treat will be provided for our volunteers.

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 its 8th Neighborhood Clean-up Day!

We hope that you can spare a couple of hours to "Pay it Forward" and make a difference in our community!




OTNA Meeting, Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Jay Scharfman, Special Events & Filming Officer for the City, will take you on a behind-the-scenes look at the leading role filming plays in Torrance. Site location consultant, Joseph Darrell, of Film Friendly Locations, will spotlight what he looks for in a venue.

See the Meeting Flyer for details.

Election of Officers

We will also elect officers for the upcoming year. If you want to serve or have a suggestion, please contact Trish - 320-1241, Ida - 328-4418, or Janet - 328-7549 who are members of the nominating committee. You can submit suggestions or nominations on our website via the Contact Us page at www.oldtorranceneighbors.org.

Our sponsor this month is A&J Antiques located in Old Torrance at 1227 El Prado at the corner of Sartori and El Prado.

In November, Anthony and Jim celebrated their 12th Anniversary in downtown providing the South Bay with fine antiques, vintage furniture and home furnishings. They also specialize in estate sales and appraisals. Each month they have special drawings, appraisal forums, customer appreciation days and exciting events. Meet Jim and Anthony at our meeting on January 16.

January 19th Neighborhood Cleanup Day

When: Saturday, January 19, 8:45 - 11:00 AM
Where: Rendezvous at 1318 Engracia Ave, at Cravens
RSVP: Charles Payne - 310-328-7549.  Or sign up online regarding Events on the Contact Us page.
Area to be cleaned: Clean-up will focus on the tracks beneath the Southern Pacific Railroad Bridge (Irving Gill, Architect, 1913) on Torrance Blvd. -- from Western Avenue to Cabrillo, and the surrounding area. Since the bridge is the gateway to the City, and highly visible to our visitors, it is important that this area always look nice.

Wear comfy old clothes, sturdy, comfortable shoes, gloves and sunscreen!

The City will provide orange vests, trash bags, and will pick up the bags after the clean-up is complete.

Water and a special treat will be provided for our volunteers.

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 its 7th Neighborhood Clean-up Day!

We hope that you can spare a couple of hours to "Pay it Forward" and make a difference in our community!


Events in 2007

OTNA Meeting, November 14th

Note: this month's meeting was held on November 14th instead of November 21st due to the Thanksgiving holiday that week.

The Community Development Department is forming focus groups to get input from residents, businesses and other groups. Linda Cessna, Deputy Community Development Director, and Carolyn Chun, Senior Planning Associate, from the Redevelopment & General Plan Division, will meet with us to get our input as to what we believe is most important from the perspective of our neighborhood, as well as the City in general.

See the Meeting Flyer and our President's Letter for details.

Our November, 2007 mailing is sponsored by Street Faire Antiques
1317 Sartori Avenue
Old Torrance (310) 328-6107
email: FourSunday@aol.com

They've been in business for nine years and are the producers of the Antique Street Faire that is held the 4th Sunday of every month in downtown. Owners Julie Randall and Miguel Salazar were kind enough to donate a $10 gift certificate as a door prize for our meeting.

Saturday, November 3rd Neighborhood Cleanup Day No. 6

Note: OTNA Neighborhood Cleanup Days are usually the Saturday prior to the OTNA meeting! This cleanup has been moved to November 3 due to scheduling conflicts.

When: Saturday, November 3, 8:45 - 11:00 AM
Where: Rendezvous at 1318 Engracia Ave, at Cravens
RSVP: Not required, but would be appreciated.  Sign up online regarding Events on the Contact Us page, or call (310) 328-7549.
Area to be cleaned:TBA

Wear comfy clothes, sturdy, comfortable shoes, gloves and sunblock!

The City will provide orange vests, trash bags, and will pick up the bags after the clean-up is complete.

Water and a special treat will be provided for our volunteers.

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 last fall.

Once again, acting upon the Mayor's challenge, OTNA will host its 6th Neighborhood Clean-up Day!

We hope that you can spare a couple of hours to "Pay it Forward" and make a difference in our community!

September 19, 2007 OTNA September Meeting

State of the City Recap

Mayor Frank Scotto has been in office now for a year-and-a-half. As a resident, a business owner, council member, and as Mayor, he has seen what it takes to maintain Torrance as a balanced city. Mayor Scotto provided a State of the City recap and expounded upon his efforts to maintain this balance. He also gave an update on exciting new projects within the City - green recycling, a new paramedic unit, Pay It Forward initiatives, and more.

Our September, 2007 mailing was sponsored by
ECOTECH RECYCLING -  Secure Document Destruction Address: 1926 Del Amo Blvd. Unit D, Torrance, CA 90501
Phone: (310) 320-7735
Fax: (310) 212-5266
Email: silverrecoveryusa@pacbell.net
Web: http://ca.local.yahoo.biz/documentshredding

Ecotech Paper Shredding offers the following services --

  • Cross-Cut Shredding of your Documents
  • Witness Shredding by appointment
  • Customer Drop Off
  • Pick-up Service available in our Secure Locked Trucks
  • Microfilm; Litho; X-ray Film Recycling
  • Image removal for Microfilm. Added security/safety from ID theft!

Mission: To provide affordable witnessed document shredding services to local business and residential customers for the South Bay area.

September 15th Neighborhood Cleanup Day No. 5

When: Saturday, September 15, 8:45 - 11:00 AM
Where: Rendezvous at 1318 Engracia Ave, at Cravens
RSVP: Not required, but would be appreciated.  Sign up online regarding Events on the Contact Us page, or call (310) 328-7549.
Area to be cleaned: "Irving Gill Bridge" area near Torrance Blvd. / Western Ave.
Clean-up will focus on the trackage and adjacent areas near the Southern Pacific Railroad Bridge (Irving Gill, Architect, 1913) on Torrance Blvd. --from Western Avenue to Cabrillo, and the surrounding area. Since the bridge is the gateway to the City, and highly visible to our visitors, it is important that this area always look nice.

Wear comfy clothes, sturdy, comfortable shoes, gloves and sunblock!

The City will provide orange vests, trash bags, and will pick up the bags after the clean-up is complete.

Water and a special treat will be provided for our volunteers.

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 Scottto last fall.

Once again, acting upon the Mayor's challenge, OTNA will host its 5th Neighborhood Clean-up Day!

We hope that you can spare a couple of hours to "Pay it Forward" and make a difference in our community!

July 14th Neighborhood Cleanup Day No. 4

When: Saturday, July 14, 9:00 - 11:00 AM
Where: Rendezvous at 1318 Engracia Ave, at Cravens
RSVP: Not required, but would be appreciated.  Sign up online regarding Events on the Contact Us page, or call (310) 328-7549.
Area to be cleaned: TBA

Wear comfy clothes and shoes.

The City will provide orange vests, trash bags, and will pick up the bags after the clean-up is complete.

Water and a special treat will be provided for our volunteers.

July Special Event - "Rock Around the Block"

Thursday, July 19, 2007
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. - Burger wagon available.  Burger wagon will close earlier if food is sold out

Free event - donations to Torrance Historical Society & Museum accepted.  See below for charge for food.

Fee $6.25 for cheeseburger/hamburger, potato chips and soda, or for cheese sandwich, chips and soda. Food coupon must be presented to the IN-N-OUT burger wagon and may be purchased at the "burger desk" in front of the Museum at the event.  Burgers and cheese sandwiches will be made and sold until they are sold out, or until 7:00 p.m.  Please arrive early due to limited availability. 

OTNA in conjunction with the Torrance Historical Society & Museum , will celebrate Torrance's All America City award of the 1950's for the third time.

View vintage cars on display along Post Avenue, courtesy of the Cruisin' 50's Car Club. Dance in the street to 50's music, and munch burgers or cheese sandwiches from the IN-N-OUT burger wagon. View museum exhibits featuring the original congratulatory telegram from President Eisenhower, along with the All America City button and logo. And check out the Torrance High School yearbooks and other special exhibits. Sign up to participate in the special Hula Hoop, bubble gum blowing and pie eating contests and watch and listen to the "USO style" entertainment. Call the Museum at (310) 328-5392 or see www.torrancehistoricalsociety.org for more information.

June 9th, 2007 Clean-up

Saturday, June 9th, OTNA, in cooperation with the Eagle Scouts and the City, worked to clean up and beautify the public parking lot adjacent to Time Warner on Cravens Avenue in Old Torrance.

May, 2007 Meeting

The May OTNA meeting was May 16th. The guest speakers were Carolyn Chun, Sr. Planning Associate and Kevin Joe, Planning Associate, from the Community Development Department. They gave members and guests a preview of the City's new voluntary Architectural Design Guidelines. The predominant architectural styles of the early to mid-20th century can be found in Old Torrance, and are represented in the guidelines. These guidelines are in a booklet form and include color photos, as well.

Our May meeting sponsor was PiggyArt. PiggyArt is art fun for your little one! PiggyArt is all about art exploration and discovery, developing creativity and fine motor skills, increasing self-esteem, making new friends, developing listening skills, following instructions and just plain having FUN! PiggyArt classes are held at Saint Andrew's Church - 1432 Engracia Ave., Torrance, 90501. PiggyArt classes include . . .

  • - Playdough station
  • - Gluing station
  • - Lacing station
  • - Painting station
  • - Scribble-Doodle table
  • - Collage & Assemblage station
  • - Explore famous paintings
  • - Storytime AND a surprise craft project!
Fees for PiggyArt classes are:

$7 - for Thursday open studio classes (no pre-registration required)

$30 - for a three-week session (pre-registration required on a monthly basis) of Friday art/craft classes

$12 - Single art/craft classes, when space is available

Enrollment in PiggyArt art classes for children is limited and pre-registration is required so reserve your child's spot now by calling (310) 486-5769 or by emailing piggyart@piggyfund.com.

Neighborhood Cleanup Day No. 3

When: Saturday, May 5, 2007,  9:00 - 11:30 AM.
Where: Rendezvous at 1318 Engracia Ave, at Cravens
RSVP: Not required, but would be appreciated.  Sign up online regarding Events on the Contact Us page, or call (310) 328-7549.
Area to be cleaned: TBA

Wear comfy clothes and shoes. Water and a special treat will be provided for our volunteers.

March, 2007 Meeting

The March OTNA meeting was held March 21st. Linda Cessna, Torrance Deputy Community Development Director, presented regarding the City Strategic Plan Update. Here's the Meeting Flyer.

When: Wednesday, March 21, 2007
7:00 PM - Refreshments
7:30 PM - Meeting & Presentation
Where: The Barlett Center, 1318 Cravens Ave., Torrance

Our March mailing was sponsored by Angara Indian Restaurant in Old Torrance.

Angara is located at 2170 Torrance Bl. (south side of Torrance Bl. between Cota and Arlington). Free parking is located behind the restaurant.

Open 7 days
Lunch - 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Dinner - 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Phone 310-320-9090

Angara Indian Restaurant is a family-run business which opened in October 2006. It offers generous portions which are ideal to share. The chef will prepare dishes from mild to spicy to meet your individual taste. You can dine in, take out or have meals delivered locally. Wine and beer are served, and a $7.95 buffet is a lunch-time option. Off-site catering is available. There is a large selection of traditional Indian dishes plus many unique dishes. The owner, Fazlul Haque, and his attentive staff look forward to serving you.

Easter Sunday, April 8th, 10:00-11:00 AM - Easter in El Prado Park

Mr. & Mrs. Bunny arrived at El Prado Park (corner of El Prado & Arlington Ave.) on Easter Sunday at 10:00 a.m. for the 26th Annual Easter Candy Hunt and Bunny Hop Bop. Seeing the children having so much fun was a great way to start the day. Paper sacks were provided for gathering goodies for those who didn't bring their own baskets.

Children were divided into three groups; one for toddlers 3 years of age and younger, one for ages 4-7 and one for ages 8-11. Note: The candy hunt was for children 11 years and younger only.

There was a special section called "Peggy's Patch" for children 3 and under. This area is dedicated to OTNA's past President, Peggy Basile, who passed away on Easter, 2006. However, before she received her angel wings, she was there to watch over the little bunnies as they searched for treats that morning.

One of the goals of the OTNA is to foster an atmosphere of community spirit and neighborliness, and we strive to preserve a positive atmosphere in the center of Old Torrance through activities such as Easter in El Prado Park.

The OTNA thanks our corporate sponsor for the 26th Annual Easter in El Prado Park,
Del Amo Fashion Center Mall.

Neighborhood Cleanup Day No. 2

When: Saturday, Feb 10th 9:00 - 11:30 AM.

Where: The Old Torrance Downtown area, this time with emphasis on Border Avenue in particular. Water and a special treat was provided for our volunteers.

January, 2007 Meeting

Wednesday, January 17th - 7:00 - 9:00 PM

Our featured speaker was LM Pacific Properties. We heard an overview of their plans to develop the property located at 2154 Torrance Blvd., which currently consists of the Pacific Bell office building and the adjacent parking lot on the east side of Arlington. The plan includes demolition of the existing building and construction of approximately 15,000 square feet of neighborhood retail shopping and office space, split between both lots. The project will be designed to complement the architectural style of downtown Old Torrance and offer a new gateway to our neighborhood.

New officers were elected for 2007.


Events in 2006


November, 2006 Meeting

Wednesday, November 15th - 7:00 - 9:00 PM

Our new Torrance Chief of Police, John Neu, was our featured speaker.

Did you know that Torrance received a ranking of the second-safest city in Los Angeles County from the recently released FBI statistics?! Chief Neu talked about crime in Torrance, and his strong belief in Focus Based Policing - a method of policing that enhances a connection with the community and responsibilities of community members as well.

See our November Meeting flyer for details.

September, 2006 Meeting

Wednesday, September 20th - 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Our speaker was Frank Scotto, Mayor of Torrance. Mayor Scotto presented his vision for Torrance to a capacity audience at the Bartlett Center.

July, 2006 Special Event

Our July Special Event, Thursday, August 17th was held from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. in conjunction with the Torrance Historical Society. We hosted a 50's event -- "Rock Around the Block!"

May, 2006 Meeting

With the heightened interest in preserving and researching the old homes in Old Torrance (and since May is Preservation Month), the OTNA invited Michael George, Reference Librarian for the Katy Geissert Civic Center Library, to give a presentation entitled, "If Walls Could Talk -- Researching the History of Your Home." His presentation included

Wednesday, April 26th, 2006 - 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM - Candidates' Forum

Easter Sunday, April 16th, 2006, 10:00-11:00 AM - Easter in El Prado Park

Mr. & Mrs. Bunny arrived at El Prado Park (corner of El Prado & Arlington Ave.) on Easter Sunday at 10:00 a.m. for the 25th Annual Easter candy hunt and Bunny Hop Bop. The kids, grandkids and adults all had a great time! Seeing the children having so much fun is a great way to start your day. We'll see you next year for the 26th Annual Easter in El Prado Park!

March, 2006 Meeting

At our March meeting, George Mannon, Ed.D., Superintendent of TUSD, discussed the uses of the proposed bond proceeds throughout the Torrance Unified School District, and the projected cost to property owners.

January, 2006 Meeting

At our January meeting, Mr. Ted Semaan, Manager of Transportation Planning, Engineering Permits & Records Division for the City, presented an update to the City-wide Traffic Study.

Events in 2005


November, 2005 Meeting

At our November meeting, the OTNA hosted a workshop where we learned from an industry expert from the South Bay Energy Savings Center how to reduce electricity and gas usage, and save money on our utility bills.

See our November Meeting flyer for details.

September, 2005 Meeting

At our September meeting we discussed neighborhood safety issues. Office Kranke of the Torrance Police Department was our guest speaker. Please see the Meeting Flyer for details.

When: Wednesday, September 21th
Where: The Bartlett Center, 1318 Cravens Avenue, Torrance
Time: 7:00 PM for refreshments; meeting from 7:30 - 9:00 PM
July Meeting, 2005 - "All America City" Night

Our July meeting was held in conjunction with the Torrance Historical Society & Museum.

Who:The OTNA and Torrance Historical Society
When: Thursday, July 14th
Where:Torrance Historical Society Museum, corner of Post and Cravens Avenues

We cruised on down to the Museum and celebrated Torrance's All America City award of the late 1950s! Viewed vintage cars on display along Post Avenue, courtesy of the Cruisin' 50's Car Club. Danced in the street to 50's music, and munched burgers from the IN-N-OUT burger wagon. Viewed museum exhibits featuring the original congratulatory telegram from President Eisenhower, along with the All America City button and logo. And check out the Torrance High School yearbooks and other special exhibits. Special Hula Hoop contest and Bubble Gum Blowing contests were held at 7:30pm

May, 2005 Meeting - Henry Andrade, Grand View Geranium Gardens, Inc.

On Wednesday, May 18th, our presenter was Mr. Henry Andrade of Grand View Geranium Gardens, Inc.

The month of May is when the OTNA has its spring gardening program. At this meeting, we put the "City stuff" aside and talked geraniums -- the ever-present, hardy Southern California geranium!

We learned all about the different varieties of geraniums and how to care for them from local expert Henry Andrade of Grand View Gardens, Inc., one of the largest geranium suppliers on the West Coast. This company grows about 500 different geranium varieties, from Martha Washington's to scented Dr. Livingston's -- they smell like lemon pepper, peppermint or apples. We were lucky to get Henry as our guest speaker, as he's in hot demand by horticultural societies and botanical gardens alike!

It was an excellent presentation, capped off with geranium samplers for everyone in attendance. The OTNA thanks Henry, and Grand View Geranium Gardens, Inc. for such an interesting program and for their generosity!

Easter in El Prado Park, Easter Sunday, March 27th, 2005

Mr. & Mrs. Bunny arrived at El Prado Park (corner of El Prado & Arlington Ave.) on Easter Sunday at 10:00 a.m. for the 24th Annual Easter candy hunt and Bunny Hop Bop. The kids, grandkids and adults all had a great time! Seeing the children having so much fun is a great way to start your day. We'll see you next year for our Silver Anniversary Easter in El Prado Park!

The OTNA thanks our corporate sponsor for the 24th Annual Easter in El Prado Park,
Del Amo Fashion Center Mall.

One of the goals of the OTNA is to foster an atmosphere of community spirit and neighborliness, and we strive to preserve a positive atmosphere in the center of Torrance through activities such as Easter in El Prado Park.

To request additional information, please visit our Contact Us page.

March, 2005 Meeting - Revitalization of Del Amo Fashion Center Mall

On Wednesday, March 16th, our invited speaker was Kevin Kudlo, Group Vice President, Development, The Mills Corporation.   Mr. Kudlo's presentation addressed a wide variety of topics on the Del Amo Mall revitalization, including the construction development plan, security, parking, entertainment and dining venues.

More information will be available soon via the Mall's new website, DelAmoToday.com.

OTNA Events Calendar

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