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2017 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 2017

September / October Sponsor:

The September / October OTNA meeting is sponsored by the Downtown Torrance Association (DTA), a business membership organization focused on teaming together to create an even more vibrant, hip, and the-place-to-be-seen scene in Downtown Torrance. DTA President, Bob Brandt, will update you on the latest haps!

OTNA Meeting, Wednesday, October 11th, 7-9 PM - NEW DATE

What: Meeting & Presentation by The Torrance Fire Department Discussing Earthquake Preparedness
Location: Bartlett Center - 1318 Cravens (2nd floor)
When: Wednesday, October 11th (postponed from September 20th meeting)
7:00 PM - Refreshments from Torrance Bakery and meet your neighbors
7:30 PM - Meeting & Presentation

YOU can go home from this meeting as one of the lucky winners (yes, there will be multiple winners) -- we've got FAB prizes!

Are you prepared if we were to experience an Earthquake?

Do you have an evacuation plan for you and your family? Have you an earthquake emergency kit assembled?

Let the Torrance Fire Department CERT team give you a refresher and tell you what to do before, during and after an earthquake.

October is the month of the Great ShakeOut. Be a participant!

Millions of people worldwide will practice how to Drop, Cover, and Hold On at 10:19 a.m. on October 19* during Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills!

October Meeting Flyer.

* For those of you who were unable to attend the Planning Commission Meeting regarding the Tower Market Project (on Gramercy and Carson) and/or have not yet heard a recap of the meeting, see the Daily Breeze article written about it the next day.



Taste of Old Torrance - Wednesday, November 15th

What: OTNA's Annual Taste of Old Torrance - sample sumptuous sensations from many local within-walking-distance eateries
When: Wednesday, November 15th, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM. Food sampling begins at 7:15PM. Food is first come first served; not guaranteed to last till 9:00pm.
Location: Bartlett Senior Center - 1318 Cravens, (2nd floor). There is an elevator inside the Bartlett Center in addition to outside and inside stairs.
Open: To all who live, work, and play in Torrance
Cost / Bring: Please bring a non-perishable food item or canned food worth at least $5.00 per person to support our local food bank - "Food for Kids" or make a $5.00 per person cash (preferred and exact change is appreciated) or check donation. Credit and debit cards and Paypal not accepted.

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.

Restaurants establishments are all within walking distance of the event.

Sample goodies from restaurants to be announced.



Neighborhood Clean-up - Saturday, November 18, 2017

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 18th, 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.



Events in 2018

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

What: Meeting & Presentation
Location: Bartlett Center - 1318 Cravens (2nd floor)
When: Wednesday, January 17th, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
7:00 PM - Refreshments from Torrance Bakery and meet your neighbors
7:30 PM - Meeting & Presentation
Cost: Free and open to the public

We will be electing new officers for 2018 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. Founded in 1981. Come celebrate with us -- all those in attendance will have the opportunity to win prizes from local artists and restaurants!

Past OTNA Events