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Concerts in Old Torrance at BFD for 2015

On Saturdays the Buffalo Fire Department (BFD) hosts BFD LIVE - Free Concerts. Just follow the sounds to downtown.

What: Free Concerts
When: Saturday Nights
Where: El Prado Ave. & The Courtyard - 1261 Cabrillo Avenue, Torrance
Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Info: 310.320.2332 (BFD Restaurant)

Grab an order from BFD or one of the local downtown restaurants, bring your family and your lounge chairs, and enjoy live entertainment!

Please note that alcoholic beverages are not permitted in public.

Irving Gill-Designed Bridge Celebrates 100th Birthday

In 2012 our Bridge celebrated its 100th birthday, and after a century -- it was time for a facelift. The City of Torrance was in charge of the rehabilitation, repair and beautification of the Historic Pacific Electric Railroad Bridge, listed in the National Register of Historical Places. The restoration project consisted of concrete repairs of cracks and spalls on the bridge deck, girders, columns, wingwall, soffit, wooden railing replacement, surface cleaning and vegetation grubbing, and lighting. The improvements met the Secretary of Interior Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties as well as current California and Federal building and Public Works Codes and standards.

Construction began Wednesday, February 13th, with a tentative completion date of Wednesday, May 8th, 2013. Historical Note: This graceful railroad bridge, designed in 1913 by the renowned Dominguez Land Corp.'s in-house architect, Irving Gill, allowed the trains to carry the raw materials and finished goods of Torrance's factories so that they would not block Los Angeles-bound motor traffic on Torrance Blvd. The bridge also carried the noise and vibration of the rail cars away from the city's downtown Torrance depot and made it possible for goods manufactured here to be shipped via Los Angeles and San Pedro.

The bridge is located on Torrance Blvd., west of Western Ave. In 1989, it became the second property in Torrance to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

For additional information, visit: http://www.torranceca.gov/24767.htm, or contact:

Lea Reis, Assoc. Engineer
City of Torrance Public Works Dept.
Phone: 310.618-3055 voice
Email: Lreis@TorranceCA.Gov

Torrance Centennial Plaza at El Prado Park 1912 - 2012

Centennial Plaza includes a time capsule, benches, landscaping and personalized commemorative bricks. The Plaza is located in the original footprint of the City at the Cravens Avenue end of El Prado Park in Old Torrance.

El Prado Park was the first "parkland" in Torrance, and was designed by Fredrick Law Olmsted, Jr (Olmsted Brothers), one of the premier landscape architects of the 20th century who was hired by Jared Sidney Torrance to design the Modern Industrial City we call Torrance.

The plaza was dedicated on Sunday, September 16th, 2012.

For more information regarding the Centennial Plaza and the Centennial time capsule, click here.

South Bay's Bicycle Master Plan

The moment you've all been waiting for - it definitely is one for us. The draft of the South Bay Bicycle Master Plan (SBBMP) is now available for public review here.

Our comment period is now closed. We received many great comments from the community and will be making final revisions over the next several weeks. Please stay tuned for the final draft of the plan and join us this Fall at your city council meeting. This plan's success depends on your support in front of City Council. So please, spread the word and help ensure that the path to plan adoption in just a few short months is a success!

The master plan is available for viewing at www.southbaybicyclecoalition.org.

Restaurants in Downtown Torrance

These establishments are all within walking distance of the event. The City has created a Downtown Torrance Restaurant Guide.

Launch of the New Torrance Events Calendar

TORRANCE, Calif. - The City of Torrance hosts the "Torrance Events Calendar" on the Torrance citywide website. It is tool to help improve the quality of life in the City of Torrance. This comprehensive calendar will provide the community and worldwide visitors with a resource for Torrance-based meetings, events, and activities. Presently, the Calendar is populated with City-hosted events, and all Torrance-based nonprofit groups and organizations are encouraged to submit information about their events for inclusion in the Calendar. With the click of a mouse, the community can now discover everything that is happening in the City of Torrance. Everyone is invited to visit the Torrance Events Calendar at www.torrnet.com/events, which is linked to the bottom of every page in the citywide website, under the heading Events Calendar, and also at the top of every page, listed inside the "Quick Links" drop down menu. For Torrance-based nonprofit groups that are interested in submitting their events for inclusion in the Calendar, please click here for information on how to submit an event. If you have any questions, please email the Calendar Administrator at TorranceCalendar@torrnet.com.

Ongoing Activities at Charles H. Wilson Park

The Charles H. Wilson Park is located between Jefferson St. and the Southern California Regional Occupational Center (SCROC). Parking for the park is located at 2200 Crenshaw Boulevard. See map for location.

  • Torrance Farmer's Market
    Rain or Shine
    Tuesdays 8:00a.m. - 1:00p.m.
    Saturdays 8:00a.m. - noon
    Charles H. Wilson Park
    2200 Crenshaw Blvd.
    (between Sepulveda Blvd. and Carson St.)

  • Wilson Park Annenberg Tree House

    This tree house is the first universally-accessible treehouse in a public space in California. Read the Annenberg Foundation press release about this important project for children and adults of all ages.

  • Dee Hardison Sports Center
    2400 Jefferson St.
    (310) 328-9529 (recorded information)

    (310) 328-4964 (live)

  • Wilson Park Batting Cages, Roller Hockey Rink
    (310) 320-CAGE (2243)
    (310) 320-9529 (recorded information)

  • The Wilson Park Skateboard Park is closed due to safety and inclement weather concerns. See announcement.

  • Wilson Park Train Rides
    (310) 328-4964.

    The Southern California Live Steamers offer free train rides the first Sunday of each month, from 11:00a.m. - 3:00p.m. They also offer free train rides the the third Saturday of each month, from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM.

    The train is located at the east end of Wilson Park off Washington Avenue.

    The rides are free, but donations are gladly accepted.

  • Facility Booking

    For rental of park buildings, ball diamonds and picnic areas call (310) 618-5982, Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (alternating with a closed Friday every other week and closed on holidays).

Western Museum of Flight

Western Museum of Flight
Zamperini Field
3315 Airport Drive - Red Baron Hanger #3
Torrance, CA 90505

Telephone: 310-326-9544
FAX: 310-326-9556
Email: WMOFSCHAF@um.att.com

Activities at Madrona Marsh

3201 Plaza del Amo
Tuesday - Sunday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
See the Madrona Marsh Nature Center & Preserve website for details.

Get involved! Join Friends of Madrona Marsh!

Activities at Torrance Libraries

For information and dates for scheduled activities at each Torrance library branch, see the Master Calendar of Events.

Upcoming sales of books, records, tapes, magazines and computer software/hardware. See Friends of the Torrance Library.

Walking Tours of Downtown Torrance

Walking tours noting historical sites on the fourth Sunday of every month, May, June, July, August, September, and October. Free tours start at the Torrance Historical Society Museum. Wear comfy walking shoes. No reservations necessary. The tour leaves the museum promptly at 1:30pm. It covers about eight blocks of flat land and lasts approximately 90 minutes.

Torrance Historical Society & Museum
1345 Post Ave at Cravens
(310) 328-5392

Little Free Libraries

1609 Amapola, (near Sonoma)
Old Torrance 90501

Torrance Police Department Lobby
3300 Civic Center Drive
This Little Free Library is targeted for ages 6-16. TPD Juvenile Diversion Department is the library overseer. Call 310-618-5555 for questions. In memory of Louis Zamperini by his grandson, Clay Zamperini.

A Little Free Library is a box full of books where anyone may stop by and pick up a book (or two) and bring back books to share. This is a "take a book, return a book" where neighbors share their favorite literature and stories.

Other Torrance Community Events & Points of Interest

Area Activities / Points of Interest

Toyota Automobile Museum
19600 Van Ness Ave., Torrance

Tours by appointment only.
Contact: Susan Sanborn by phone or email
(310) 468-1728


If traveling North on Van Ness:

  • pass Del Amo Blvd.
  • Turn right into the driveway that is immediately past Prologis Way (signal).

If you pass Toyota Way you've gone too far north.

Look for the address 19600 at the top of the building. You will see a Toyota Museum sign on an easel out front.

The Warner Grand Theatre
in San Pedro

Lomita Railroad Museum
2137 250th St
Lomita, CA 90717
(310) 326-6255

Banning Heritage Museum
401 East "M" Street
Post Office Box 397
Wilmington, CA 90748
Telephone: 310-548-7777
E-mail: visit@banningmuseum.org

Drum Barracks & Civil War Museum
1052 Banning Bl.
Wilmington, CA 90744
(310) 548 7509

Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum
18127 South Alameda Street
Rancho Dominguez, CA 90220
(310) 603-0088

International Printing Museum
315 Torrance Blvd.
Carson, CA 90745
(310) 515-7166 or (714) 529-1832
E-mail: printmuseum@earthlink.net

South Coast Botanic Garden
16300 Crenshaw Blvd.
Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA 90274
(310) 544-1948

Old Town Music Hall
140 Richmond St.
El Segundo, CA 90245
(310) 322-2592

Films - silents and talkies, Live Wurlitzer Pipe Organ Accompaniment, Concerts

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles - Auto Collection in Gardena

View the 63 vehicle collection which includes one of a kind historic vehicles, luxury cars, historic motorcycles and service vehicles. The collection includes a Helms Bakery truck and a 1900 Winton. The newest vehicle is a 1984 Buick convertible which was used as the official Olympic torch relay car during the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.

Guided one hour tours.
Reservations only and must be 16 years or older.
Tours are the first Friday of each month.
Call for reservations and address.
213 763 3505