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Meeting and Event Calendar

OTNA was started in 1981.

All regularly scheduled meetings are held at the Bartlett Center, second floor unless otherwise noted.

There is an elevator inside the Bartlett Center in addition to outside and inside stairs. See our Meetings page for details. Please see our Sponsors page for a list of our monthly sponsors.

We are an all-volunteer organization, and we need your help. Volunteering with the OTNA is a great way to get to know your neighbors and contribute to your Old Torrance Neighborhood! See our Volunteer page for volunteer opportunities. See OTNA Past Events for archival information.

Events in 2018

OTNA Meeting, Wednesday, September 26, 7-9 PM
*** NOTE *** Meeting New Date

The OTNA September meeting will be an overview of the City of Torrance HISTORIC PRESERVATION PLAN. Members of the Community Development Department will be our guest speakers. The City of Torrance Historic Preservation Program was approved by the City Council in December of 2017. The City is ready to launch this program and a Historic Preservation Commission will be formed. Those interested in Historic Preservation are encouraged to consider applying for a seat on the NEW Historic Preservation Commission in the near future. You will learn more about this Commission at the meeting.

What: Meeting & Presentation
When: Wednesday, September 26th, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
7:00 PM - Refreshments, including Torrance Bakery cookies; meet your neighbors
7:30 PM - Meeting & Presentation
Location: Bartlett Center - 1318 Cravens (2nd floor)
Cost: The meeting is free and open to the public

Our September Sponsor is The Monarch Ballroom Dance Studio -- one of Downtown Torrance's newest additions. They offer a wide range of dance styles including: salsa, bachata, ballroom, Latin, tango, swing as well as well as Zumba, Yoga and more. Choose from private lessons to focus on your personal dance needs and move at your own pace or try out a group class and enjoy the social aspect of learning to dance with friends. They cater to all levels, ages and needs, no partner is needed to learn. Learn to dance for your wedding, another special event, to surprise someone special, exercise or just for fun!

Monarch Ballroom Dance Studio offers 10% off any purchase for all Torrance residents. Come join them for a night of dancing and learning in their beautiful ballroom in the heart of Old Torrance.

The Monarch Ballroom
Web: www.themonarchballroom.com
Phone: 310.408.4984
Instagram: @themonarchballroom
Email: themonarchballroom@gmail.com

Taste of Old Torrance - Wednesday, November 14th

What: OTNA's Annual Taste of Old Torrance - sample sumptuous sensations from many local within-walking-distance eateries
When: Wednesday, November 14th, New this year: Check-in 6:30 PM. Food sampling begins at 7:00 PM. Food is first come first served; not guaranteed to last until 9:00pm.
New Procedures This Year: In addition to check-in beginning at 6:30pm, this year's attendees will be given a number when they arrive. This number is for their place in line when the tasting begins. Those first to arrive will be first to be served.
Location: Bartlett Senior Center - 1318 Cravens, (2nd floor). The Bartlett Senior Center is just behind the Torrance Historical Society Museum. There is an elevator inside the Bartlett Center just beyond the front desk. There are also outside and inside stairs.
Open: To all who live, work, and play in Torrance
Cost / Bring: Adult admission per adult is $5.00 AND one (or more) nonperishable food item, (such as a canned good). Children, 12 years and younger are $3.00 per child AND one (or more) nonperishable food item. All items and admission collected will support our local food bank - "Food for Kids." Cash is preferred and exact change is appreciated. Personal checks also accepted (for exact amount only). Credit, debit cards and Paypal are not accepted. Please, no large bills.

Please do not include items that have expired dates.

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. Also see Food For Kids.

Opportunity Tickets: available for purchase at Taste of Torrance for $1.00 each, or 6 for $5.00. Prizes include gift certificates for participating restaurants, and more!

Special Bonus for current and New OTNA members only:

Anyone who joins or renews their OTNA annual membership prior to, or 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.

Restaurant establishments are all within walking distance of the event.

Participating restaurants to be announced.

Neighborhood Clean-up - Saturday, November 17, 2018

Elaine Thompson, OTNA member and past OTNA President is the OTNA Clean-up Coordinator since September 2014. Clean-ups will continue to be the Saturday following the OTNA meeting.

A "tailgate party" will be at the Volunteer Center, (the rendezvous point) at 08:30am with coffee, juice and snacks prior to the clean up. At 09:00am, the group will walk down Torrance Blvd. to the clean-up area. Those that prefer to drive can drive their own vehicle to the clean-up area.

Who: OTNA members along with Rotary Club members and high school student volunteers
When: Saturday, November 17th, rendezvous 08:30am, clean-up begins 09:00am Rendezvous Location: Volunteer Center parking lot, 1320 Cravens, at Engracia Ave. See map to the Volunteer Center.
Clean-up Area: TBA
RSVP: Elaine Thompson - ethompsonlaw@gmail.com or sign up online regarding "Events" on the Contact Us page.
If you need "Volunteer Hours": Email Debbie S Hays: debbie.simpson@acssoftware.com
What to Wear: Old clothes, sturdy, comfortable, closed toe shoes, gloves and sunscreen

In 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.

Past OTNA Events