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Discover Manhattan Beach

Exhibition Dates: July 12 through September 29
Opening Celebration: Friday, July 12 • 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Celebrate national Parks and Rec Month and discover everything Manhattan Beach has to offer! Revel with leisure, hidden gems and hot spots through the eyes and lenses of local artists. Enjoy original artwork, by the community in a variety of mediums, that shows what makes the City a desirable place to live and visit. This exhibition is a portrait of Manhattan Beach and its progressive, laid back lifestyle familiar to all!

Interested in being part of the show? Consider submitting your artwork (PDF) or entering the Insta-Photo Contest. Check out the details on the Discover Manhattan Beach Art Exhibition webpage.

1-Day Workshops

For more information on the following workshops, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department via email or call (310) 802-5448.

Floral Mother's Day Arrangement
Saturday, May 11, 2019 • 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM
Resident: $75 Nonresident: $83
15 and up
Celebrate Mother's Day with a festive floral arrangement class. Learn tips for keeping your flowers beautiful for longer. You'll create your own floral arrangement in class to take home!  Instructor: Sarah Gonzales; Location: Shade Hotel, 1221 North Valley Drive, Manhattan Beach. Pre-registration required.

Silver Clay Mock Channel Set Pendant
Saturday, June 1, 2019 • 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM
Resident: $119 Nonresident: $131
16 and up
Create a pendant with 5 (6x8mm stones) set with no back and nothing between the stones. The frame around the pendant will be enhanced with a textured cover and other ornamentation. Basic tools are provided for the class, but firings will be done offsite. Bring lunch and your glasses for detailed work, if you need them. Instructor: Chris Brooks; Location: Manhattan Beach Art Center. Pre-registration required.

Jewelry - Macrame Bracelet
Saturday, June 22, 2019 • 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Resident: $89 Nonresident: $95
18 and up
Macramé is back and better than ever! Explore the fine art of knotting while making a trendy bracelet with beads and gemstones. Learn to use cord and thread to create a one-of-a-kind bracelet with semi-precious stones and secure closure. All tools and materials will be provided. Instructor: Kristina Catanese; Location: Manhattan Beach Art Center. Pre-registration required.

Jewelry - Beaded Hoop Earrings
Saturday, July 27, 2019 • 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Resident: $89 Nonresident: $95
18 and up
Learn to create a dazzling pair of Gold Filled beaded hoops earring. Add colorful semi-precious gemstones to embellish simple hoops and express your personal style. All tools and materials provided. Instructor: Kristina Catanese; Location: Manhattan Beach Art Center. Pre-registration required.

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Stomping Grounds - Future Legends Music Experience

July 20, 2019
12:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Manhattan Beach Art Center
1560 Manhattan Beach Boulevard
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Join us for Manhattan Beach’s first-ever Stomping Grounds experience! Stomping Grounds is a music and art festival that celebrates, supports and provides teen musicians and artists the opportunity to showcase their talent! The festival has been established with one purpose in mind – to provide a positive, creative and professional environment for youth to express and develop their musical and artistic talents.

The inaugural Stomping Grounds event will feature music,art activities and game booths as well as food and giveaways! You can also stop inside the Manhattan Beach Art Center and view the exhibit, Discover Manhattan Beach, the art show curated from work by local artists of all ages.

Stomping Grounds is a free event and fun for the whole family. Plan to spend the day rocking out to some great music from local teen bands and witness this music experience!

Music. Art. Food. Fun.

For more information, please contact the Manhattan Beach Art Center (310) 802-5440.

Live at Manhattan Beach Art Center Advertising ElementThe Manhattan Beach Art Center (MBAC) is excited to present LIVE, a free series of Thursday night community-building activities designed to enhance artistic skills and develop presentation confidence in local artists. LIVE is open to everyone ages 16 and up and occurs on the first Thursday of the month. The first Thursday of the month will feature Costumed Figure Drawing (6:00 PM to 9:00 PM). Parking is available in the Manhattan Beach Art Center parking lot.

Costumed Figure Drawing (First Thursday of the Month)
Hang out with your friends and work on your figure drawing skills with a live costumed model. No instructors and no pressure – draw as you feel! Attendees should bring their own materials; easels will be provided if necessary. (A $12 donation for models is suggested)

For more information, please contact the Manhattan Beach Art Center (310) 802-5440.


Performing and Visual Art Classes Take a sneak peek at what is coming up this year; everything from music and dance classes to ceramics, pastel, water color and even comic book drawing! Take a look at cultural arts classes for tots, youth, teens and adults, as well as older adults classes, sports programs and aquatics classes in the MANHAPPENINGS Activity Guide.

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To register for any of the classes listed above or to view all the classes and camps offered by the City of Manhattan Beach Parks and Recreation Department, log on to the Registration Website and search via activity code or camp/class name by typing it into the search box located in the middle of the homepage.

For help with the registration process, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department at (310) 802-5448 or via email.