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2015 San Pedro Prep Softball Preview -

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Art Preview: ‘Non-Native’ by Ingrid Dietrich -

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San Pedro Prep Baseball 2015 Preview -

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Recapping The Final Gaffey Street Community Workshop -

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Tiffany Torres Bears Down For Success At POLA High -

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

San Pedro Fish Market Launches Scholarship Contest -

Thursday, January 15, 2015

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San Pedro Prep Sports 2014 Fall Review -

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

LAPD Harbor Division and Philie B’s Pizza To Host Charity Events This Weekend -

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

San Pedro Holiday Parade Returns Sunday with a Twist -

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Winter Wonderland Comes To The Waterfront -

Monday, December 1, 2014

One-Way Streets May Come to Downtown San Pedro -

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

San Pedro’s Two Newest Volleyball Skyscrapers: Allison Kittell & Tracy Folchi -

Monday, November 10, 2014

San Pedro and POLA Prep Girls Cross-Country Preview: Running For More Glory -

Thursday, November 6, 2014

International Craft Beer Festival Comes to Crafted This Weekend -

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Second Workshop for Urban Greening Project Receives Warm Reception from Community -

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Construction of Mixed-Use Apartment Complex on Gaffey Could Begin Next Spring -

Thursday, September 25, 2014

UPDATE: Blaze Inside Port of L.A. in Wilmington Nearly Contained; Air Quality Deemed ‘Safe’ -

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

San Pedro High Football Off To Another Strong Start -

Monday, September 22, 2014

‘What a Pair’ Returns This Friday

Since its inception in 2009, What a Pair has raised $119,000 providing 534 free mammograms to uninsured women in the harbor area. (Photo: What a Pair Facebook)

It isn’t too late to get tickets to What a Pair, the Soroptimist International of L.A. Harbor’s annual auction that raises funds for free mammograms for uninsured area women.

The sixth annual event takes place this Friday at the Croatian Cultural Center of Greater Los Angeles from 6 to 9 p.m.

The night will feature auctions of 10 creatively decorated bras, photography, sketches and paintings of a live semi-nude model created on the spot by local artists, and the “Cog Bra” — a metal sculpture composed of transmission gears created especially for the evening by noted sculptor Donald Gialanella.

“We’ve never been offered a piece of that magnitude,” says Marta Valladolid, president of the L.A. Harbor chapter of Soroptimist International, a professional women’s organization that works to improve the lives of women and girls locally and around the world. “It’s the first time we’ve had such an expensive piece.”

There will all also be live jazz music and dinner by Chef Shafer of the Depot Restaurant in Torrance.

“The food is excellent and Chef Shafer is a comedy act,” Valladolid says. “Expect the best.”

Since not everyone can afford the $65 tickets, a sneak peek of this year’s pieces was held last month at fINdings Art Center. One titled “Busting Out” features a bra coming through jail cell bars. Last year, someone transformed a bra into a replica of the Vincent Thomas Bridge.

The semi-nude live model will be sketched and painted by Alan Papaleo, Pat Wooley, Mike Rivero, Eugene Daub and Fabian Debora.

Since its inception in 2009, What a Pair has raised $119,00 providing 534 mammograms at Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center in San Pedro to harbor area women who are uninsured, under-insured or don’t qualify for Medi-Cal.

“Basically if you feel there’s something that’s not right and you can’t be seen under your current provisions, we’re your middle man,” Valladolid says.

She decided to start the event seven years ago when she learned a startling statistic: that one in every eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in her life, according to the American Cancer Society. Those chances increase significantly if breast cancer runs in the family.

“I always say close your eyes and think of eight women you can’t live without. If you help us now, when it’s your turn we’ll be there for you,” Valladolid says, adding that tickets are still available online or at the door.

“I can guarantee it will be a priceless event. So much happens in three hours that by the time it’s over, people are leaving looking forward to next year.”

The sixth annual What a Pair takes place this Friday, March 28 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Croatian Cultural Center of Greater Los Angeles at 510 West 7th Street. For tickets and more information, visit