Torrance Historical Society

Rock Around the Block

Address: Torrance Historical Society Museum – 1345 Post Ave., Torrance
Phone: (310) 328-5392

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 to rock around the block at the FREE family-fun 16th Annual Rock Around the Block event!

On Thursday, July 21st, from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM, the Sares Regis Group and the Torrance Historical Society are hosting a 1950’s-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 the Touring A’s and local car owners
  • Bop to 50’s music by DJ Ozzie
  • Munch on Fire House Dogs grilled by our very own Torrance Fire Dept. (hot dogs served from 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM – $5 – hot dog, chips & drink)
  • 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 on their patio! The Torrance Woman’s Club will have their 1950s Club scrapbook available for viewing, plus their new Centennial scrapbook! Also, the Torrelle’s — a group of City employees who sing 50’s and 60’s 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 tune of “Stayin’ Alive.”

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