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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

No July Clean-up

There is no neighborhood clean-up scheduled for the month of July.

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

When: Thursday July 19, 2018, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Torrance Historical Society & Museum, 1345 Post Avenue
Cost: Free and open to the public - donations accepted. Nominal fee for food and beverage $9.50 for combo (Burger or cheese sandwich) with soft drink and chips)
Info: If you have any questions or would like additional information, please visit or call the Museum at (310) 328-5392.

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

The Torrance Historical Society and our sponsors will host this 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 the 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:

  • Bop to 50s music - by DJ Ozzie
  • Munch on burgers from the IN-N-OUT burger wagon (burgers served from 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM, $9.50 for food & beverages; see below)
  • 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 largest collection
  • Enter the Wham-O, hula hoop, bubble gum blowin', cake walk and pie eating contests - there are prizes!
  • View vintage cars on display along Post Avenue, courtesy of Cruisin' 50s Car Club, Touring A's and local car owners
  • Alex Hattori, world-renowned yo-yo champ, will also be on stage amazing the crowd with his award winning tricks and will do a live demo for those who want to learn the skill of yo-yo-ing.
  • Guests will also have the opportunity to learn hands-on CPR from the Torrance Fire Dept. to the Bee Gees' tune "Stayin' Alive."

Tickets for the IN-N-OUT burger wagon can be purchased at the "burger desk" on the Museum lawn during the event. Cash or personal check, made payable to the Torrance Historical Society will be accepted. Sorry no credit/debit cards nor paypal are accepted. Exact change is appreciated and please, no large bills.

Burgers or grilled cheese, chips and a fountain drink will be available for $9.50 until 7:30 p.m. or until sold out. Please arrive early due limited availability.

The Bartlett Senior (over 50) 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 Torrelles -- a group of City employees who sing 50s and 60s songs in a cappella, will entertain guests.

This FREE 1950s-style family event is sponsored by the Sares-Regis Group, Wham-O, and hosted in partnership with the City of Torrance, Old Torrance Neighborhood Association, CitiCABLE 3, Torrance Bakery, DJ Ozzie, and Downtown Torrance Association (DTA).

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

Neighborhood Clean-up - Saturday, September 15, 2018 - NOTE: Change in Plans and Rendezvous Point

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.

Coastal Clean Up Day is the largest volunteer day on the planet, which is coordinated with the Ocean Conservancy, California Coastal Commission, L.A. Department of Beaches and Harbors and Heal the Bay. The City recognizes that by cleaning up Torrance Beach, the community is participating in this global effort to keep our oceans, water source, and community healthy. OTNA will be teaming with other Torrance groups including American Honda and the Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce - Team Torrance!

Who: OTNA members along with Rotary Club members and high school student volunteers
When: Saturday, September 15th, rendezvous 08:30am, clean-up begins 09:00am Before we start, OTNA members will meet in Miramar Park for coffee and morning treats. Look for the OTNA signs. One Time Change - New Rendezvous Location: Miramar Park - 201 Paseo de la Playa @ Calle Miramar.
Clean-up Area: Torrance Beach
Heal The Bay Website: coastal cleanup day 2018
RSVP: Elaine Thompson - ethompsonlaw@gmail.com or sign up online regarding "Events" on the Contact Us page.
What to Wear: Old clothes, sturdy, comfortable, closed toe shoes, gloves and sunscreen
What to Bring: Bring your own bucket, gloves and reusable water bottle (to help cut down on waste!)
Note: Students can earn Community Service Credit for this event. Volunteers under 18 must have a parent's signature. You can download a waiver here.

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. Acting upon the Mayor's challenge, OTNA will host another Neighborhood Clean-up Day along with Rotary Club high school volunteers and "Team Torrance" for Coastal Clean-up. All who live, work, and play in Torrance are invited to volunteer a couple of hours to "pay it forward" and make a difference in our community.

Note: There is a different rendezvous point due to participation in Beach Coastal Clean-up Day. OTNA participates in the National Beach Coastal Clean-up Day. Coastal Cleanup Day is coordinated with the Ocean Conservancy, California Coastal Commission, L.A. Department of Beaches and Harbors and Heal the Bay. The City recognizes that by cleaning up Torrance Beach, the community is participating in this global effort to keep our oceans, water source, and community healthy. OTNA will be teaming with other Torrance groups including the Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce - Team Torrance!

OTNA Meeting, Wednesday, September 19th, 7-9 PM

What: Meeting & Presentation
When: Wednesday, September 19th, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
7:00 PM - Refreshments and meet your neighbors
7:30 PM - Meeting & Presentation
Location: Bartlett Center - 1318 Cravens (2nd floor)


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