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Holiday Fireworks Fest Details, Activities Today in Downtown Manhattan Beach

Dec 14, 2014 01:58PM ● By DigMB Staff
Given the hustle bustle of the downtown Holiday Fireworks Festival, DigMB is bringing you a quick roundup of activities for all ages, including where you can dine inside a fire station with firefighters to where to hail a cab on this busy day downtown.

While, of course, everyone knows about tonight's 26th Annual Manhattan Beach Holiday Fireworks Festival, did you know that stores in downtown Manhattan Beach are offering a gift valet? They'll store your packages for you while you go out and about to enjoy the Skechers Snow Park, Bounce Park, live music and fireworks. Just ask a participating merchant.

Philanthropic Cookbook

And while you're in downtown MB shopping, you'll want to check out Sandpipers "Tastes of the South Bay" fundraising cookbook. It's full of great recipes from all the chefs on the burgeoning South Bay dining scene, including MB chefs from Manhattan Beach PostFishing With DynamiteSimmzy'sThe Strand HouseShade Hotel and Cake Bake Shop. Adding to its yummy factor is that proceeds from the cookbook help support Sandpipers year-round philanthropic endeavors.

"Tastes of the South Bay" can be found at GROW The Produce ShopTabula Rasa Essentialspages: a bookstore, and other merchants. For a complete list of where to find the cookbook in the South Bay and a Strand House recipe, read: Sandpipers Cookbook Features Strand House Recipes and More.

Sandpipers Holiday Gift Baskets

Speaking of Sandpipers and their good works, just yesterday (Saturday, Dec. 13) the organization delivered holiday baskets to financially struggling families, in an effort to provide them with basic necessities, gifts and hope because others care. The holiday baskets have been an annual tradition since Sandpipers began in 1931, making this 83 years of holiday giving to those in need. Sandpipers members delivered  baskets to 100 families in the South Bay, with each basket holding an average value of $900 in basic household goods, shoe certificates for more than 270 children, toys and other gifts. Sandpipers’ members, Sandpiper Juniors, Amigos and Manhattan Beach Rotarians volunteer their time to gather and wrap the gifts, and them deliver them.

Holiday Jesters Perform

Join in a spirited sing-along and be entertained by a holiday program of monologues and short scenes by the Joslyn Jesters today (Sunday, Dec. 14) at the Joslyn Community Center, 1601 N. Valley Drive in Manhattan Beach, beginning at 2 p.m. Admission and refreshments are free.

Taxi, Uber, Ride Drop-Off/Pick-Up Locations

With most roads in downtown MB closed already for the Holiday Fireworks Fest and associated fun, parking in downtown is expected to be hard to find. If you're taking a taxi, Uber, or having someone drop you off or pick you up, here are the suggested locations for doing so:

  • By Shade Hotel on Valley Drive
  • By Vons grocery store on Valley Drive
  • On the outer boundaries of the downtown area

Baked Goods Sale

If you're looking for some something sweet and a drink, the Neptunian Woman’s Club is selling homemade and store-bought desserts and beverages at the corner of Manhattan Avenue and Manhattan Beach Boulevard from 3 to 7 p.m. to raise money for the Roundhouse Marine Studies Lab and Aquarium.

Fundraising Spaghetti Dinner Fire Department Style

An all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner is available for $10 per person at Manhattan Beach Fire Station No. 1, downtown at 400 15th St. Put on by the MB Firefighters Association with volunteer help from the Manhattan Beach Community Emergency Response Team, the chance to dine in a fire station with firefighters is from 4 to 6:30 p.m. before the fireworks begin at 7 p.m.

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