Torrance Historical Society Museum

Rock Around the Block

Address: Torrance Historical Society & Museum - 1345 Post Avenue

Are you ready to Rock?  Put on your pedal pushers, poodle skirts or Pendleton’s, and cruise on down to the Torrance Historical Society & Museum, and together, we’ll rock around the block at the FREE family-fun 17th Annual Rock Around the Block event!

On Thursday, July 20th, from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM, the Sares Regis Group and the Torrance Historical Society are hosting a 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.

This event is open to the public and will be held in front of the Torrance Historical Society & Museum (1345 Post Avenue). Post Avenue will be blocked off from Cravens to Sartori, so guests can . . .

  • View vintage cars courtesy of local car owners
  • Bop to 50s music by DJ Ozzie
  • Munch on a meal in a box – Torrance Bakery’s classic oven roasted turkey sandwich (or veggie), chips & salad (served from 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM – while supplies last – $11)
  • See special exhibits featuring the original All-America City congratulatory telegram from President Eisenhower, along with the All-America City button & logo
  • Capture a “Kodak Moment” with Jared Sidney Torrance
  • Check-out high school yearbooks — the Torrance Historical Society has the largest collection in the City
  • Play retro games like Dime Toss or paint a pet rock
  • Enter the hula hoop, bubble gum blowin’, Torrance Bakery cake walk and pie eating contests – there are prizes!

The Bartlett Senior (over 50) Center will also be hosting an Open House this same night — you can dine inside! The Torrance Woman’s Club will have their 1950s Club scrapbook available for viewing! Also, the Torrelle’s — a group of City employees who sing 50s and 60s songs in a cappella, will entertain guests while strolling through the crowd.

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 Gee’s song of “Stayin’ Alive.”

If you have any questions or would like additional information, please call the Museum at 310.328.5392 or visit