Aug
2
Thu
“Keep It Wild! Malibu’s Mountains and Ocean” Photo Exhibit & Sale @ Anthony C. Beilenson Interagency Visitor Center Tickets
Aug 2 @ 9:00 am – Sep 2 @ 5:00 pm

Photographer Jazan Kozma’s “Keep It Wild” series is an ongoing project focused on exploring the natural wonders of the mountains and ocean in the Malibu area.  “My mission is to reveal the beauty of the land and ocean, the wildlife, and the cultural landscape of ancient peoples – to photograph the still-wild places that exist even within view of our domesticated world.” J.K.

A portion of the funds from art sales will be used to further the arts in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.

The Call, California Sea Lions, Point Dume Natural Reserve, Malibu, CA. Photo: Jazan Kozma.

Falling Water, Malibu Creek, Santa Monica Mountains, CA. Photo: Jazan Kozma.

Boney Falls, Santa Monica Mountains, CA. Photo: Jazan Kozma.

Aug
25
Sat
Volunteers Needed: Invasive Plant Removal @ Zuma Canyon Trailhead at Zuma/Trancas Canyons Tickets
Aug 25 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Volunteers Needed: Invasive Plant Removal @ Zuma Canyon Trailhead at Zuma/Trancas Canyons

Come help the National Park Service remove invasive Carnation Spurge from Zuma Canyon.

We will be hand pulling Carnation Spurge, an invasive weed to the Santa Monica Mountains. Gloves and training will be provided.

Be sure to wear closed-toe shoes, long pants, long sleeves, and a hat. Sunscreen is recommended. Be sure to bring a water bottle that you can refill.

We will be meeting and working at the Bonsall Dr. parking lot.

RSVP to Alix Sisolak at Alix_sisolak@contractor.nps.gov

Zuma Canyon includes restrooms, picnic area and beautiful hiking trails. Come work in the morning, and end with a picnic lunch!

 

Native American Dance Demonstration @ Rancho Sierra Vista Tickets
Aug 25 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Native American Dance Demonstration @ Rancho Sierra Vista | California | United States

Kathy Willcuts and Steven Garcia will perform traditional Native American dance, including Northern Traditional and shawl dancing. Steven Garcia is of Yaqui-Mescalero, Tongva descent and will be performing Northern Traditional style. Kathy Willcuts will be performing traditional Shawl dancing from her Rosebud Lakota tribe. Each dance demonstration will have a brief explanation of the meaning of the dance. Steven and Kathy are dedicated presenters at the Satwiwa Culture Center. They each present various workshops throughout the year.

 

There are no reservations required to attend this evening program. Please wear layers for changing weather conditions and bring a flashlight. Feel free to bring camping chairs for comfortableness.

All ages welcome. If you have general questions about the location and directions please call the visitor center at 805-370-2301.

Aug
26
Sun
Set to Screen @ Paramount Ranch Tickets
Aug 26 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Set to Screen @ Paramount Ranch | Agoura Hills | California | United States

Learn the secrets that turn a dusty set into a realistic town. Join us on this easy-paced walk behind the scenes to discover the illusions and history of this Ranch. Rain or predicted rain cancels. l hr.

Sep
1
Sat
Birds of the Santa Monica Mountains at the King Gillette Ranch @ Anthony C. Beilenson Interagency Visitor Center Tickets
Sep 1 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am
Birds of the Santa Monica Mountains at the King Gillette Ranch @ Anthony C. Beilenson Interagency Visitor Center | Calabasas | California | United States

Bring your binoculars, bird guide, and/or camera and join us for an easy bird walk around the grounds of King Gillette Ranch. This area attracts many songbirds, water birds, woodpeckers, and raptors and we are always treated to something interesting. Kids are welcome and the walk is less than a mile at a very easy pace as we stop often to observe the birds.

 

We leave promptly at 8:30 from the flagpole. Heavy rain cancels (but I will be there for anyone who wants to walk in it!). See you there!

Park After Dark: Sunset Tarantula Hike @ Rancho Sierra Vista Tickets
Sep 1 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Park After Dark: Sunset Tarantula Hike @ Rancho Sierra Vista | California | United States

It’s the season for migrating male Tarantulas!

Take a sunset stroll as we search for male tarantulas looking for potential mates. Along the hike rangers will share facts about these traveling tarantulas. Who knows, you might learn a thing or two about our local spiders in the Santa Monica Mountains.

There are no reservations required to attend this evening program. Please wear layers for changing weather conditions and bring water and a flashlight just in case. Meet in main parking lot.

All ages are welcome and the parking is free.

Directions:

Ventura Fwy (101) to Lynn Rd exit. South on Lynn Rd 5.25 miles to Via Goleta. Park entrance is on the left.

Sep
8
Sat
Tiny Porch Concerts: David Luning w/ Bearcoon @ Peter Strauss Ranch Tickets
Sep 8 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Tiny Porch Concerts: David Luning w/ Bearcoon @ Peter Strauss Ranch

David Luning. John Prine forced David Luning to drop out of college. Not at gunpoint or anything—the two had never even met—but the effect of hearing the songwriting legend’s music for the first time had an equally compelling effect on Luning, who was studying film scoring at the Berklee College of Music in Boston at the time. Now an accomplished artist in his own right, Luning is preparing to release his most dynamic and gripping collection to date, ‘Restless,’ and he can trace it all back to one fateful night that changed everything. “A couple of friends invited me over to share some songs at their apartment, and that was the first time I’d ever really listened to Americana music or folk or country or whatever you want to call it,” remembers Luning. “They showed me John Prine, and it just resonated with me so much. I was like, ‘Oh my god, this is what I have to do with my life.’ I just figured it out in that moment.” Luning dropped out of school almost immediately, moved back to his native California, and devoted himself to songwriting and performing.

Bearcoon. After taking home the grand prize win at Buskerfest (Long Beach’s largest and longest-running battle-of-the-bands competition) and being named “Best Folk Act” by the OC Weekly, the on-stage bandmates and off-stage girlfriends of Bearcoon made a bold decision: to sell 95% of their possessions, quit their jobs, give up their apartment, and begin touring the country full-time. Following their sold-out album release show at Fingerprints Music in June 2015, the pair left town in a 1992 Chevy G20 conversion van they’d purchased off of Craigslist a few weeks earlier. Following its release their album, El Guapo, quickly reached the #1 spot on amazon.com’s “Hot New Releases” list and would go on to be voted “Long Beach Album of the Year” on the Long Beach Post’s public opinion poll.  The duo spent 2016 touring the west coast and making appearances at several noteworthy festivals including the Joshua Tree Music Festival.

General Admission
Bring either a blanket or low-back chair and grab an open space in or around the amphitheater. The shows are free but VIP tickets may be purchased through Tiny Porch Concerts. VIP ticket holders have a reserved space in the amphitheater with a chair waiting for them when they arrive. Click here for more information on VIP tickets.

Sep
16
Sun
San Fernando Valley Audubon Bird Walk @ Malibu Creek State Park Tickets
Sep 16 @ 8:00 am – 11:30 am
San Fernando Valley Audubon Bird Walk @ Malibu Creek State Park | Calabasas | California | United States

Considered the recreational crown jewel of the Santa Monica Mountains, Malibu Creek State Park has over 8,000 acres of rolling tall grass plains, oak savannahs and dramatic peaks. It’s no wonder many call it “The Yosemite of Southern California.” Seasoned birders and beginners alike will enjoy good bird watching and a beautiful, easy hike.

Meet at the second (lower) day-use parking lot. Entrance to the park is on the west side of Las Virgenes Rd., just south of Mulholland Hwy. Entrance fee is $12 per car.

Sep
30
Sun
Set to Screen @ Paramount Ranch Tickets
Sep 30 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Set to Screen @ Paramount Ranch | Agoura Hills | California | United States

Learn the secrets that turn a dusty set into a realistic town. Join us on this easy-paced walk behind the scenes to discover the illusions and history of this Ranch. Rain or predicted rain cancels. l hr.

Oct
6
Sat
Birds of the Santa Monica Mountains at the King Gillette Ranch @ Anthony C. Beilenson Interagency Visitor Center Tickets
Oct 6 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am
Birds of the Santa Monica Mountains at the King Gillette Ranch @ Anthony C. Beilenson Interagency Visitor Center | Calabasas | California | United States

Bring your binoculars, bird guide, and/or camera and join us for an easy bird walk around the grounds of King Gillette Ranch. This area attracts many songbirds, water birds, woodpeckers, and raptors and we are always treated to something interesting. Kids are welcome and the walk is less than a mile at a very easy pace as we stop often to observe the birds.

 

We leave promptly at 8:30 from the flagpole. Heavy rain cancels (but I will be there for anyone who wants to walk in it!). See you there!