Healthy Celebration 

The Chamber and the YMCA are teaming up to provide exposure for local Health & Wellness-related businesses in celebration of the YMCA’s National Kids Fitness Day. The community is invited to attend the Healthy Kids & Healthy Family Fitness Festival on Saturday, April 21, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Simon Meadow. Wear exercise clothes and bring a yoga mat, lawn chair or blanket and lots of energy! The event features pop-up exercise classes for kids, families and seniors, a bounce house, kid’s obstacle course, competitions with prizes, health screenings, healthy lunches to purchase, Fancy Feet, Gerry Blanck’s Martial Arts show, fire trucks, a face painter, balloon man and so much more! This community event promises to be lots of fun for all ages. PalisadesChamber.com

Holy Smokes!

Visit the Santa Monica Farmers Market, at 155-199 Arizona Avenue, in Santa Monica on Wednesday, April 11 for a taste of Farm & Flame’s smoked burgers. The Malibu-owned Farm & Flame will have its smoker at the Farmers Market and serve burgers made with ingredients all sourced from the local market. Ask them about local cooking classes too. FarmandFlame.com

How Does Your Garden Grow?

The Pacific Palisades Garden Club presents its Annual Spring Garden Tour, Sunday April 22, from 12 to 4 p.m. Proceeds benefit community education and beautification and help fund public school student gardens. For more information and tickets, call 424.268.8780 or visit PacPalGardenClub.org.

Leading the Charge

In a recent move to protect the environment from plastic pollution, the Malibu City Council voted to prohibit the sale, distribution and use of single-use plastic straws, plastic stirrers and plastic cutlery in Malibu, effective June 1.

“Malibu is a leader in environmental protections, and we’ve made great progress in addressing plastic pollution,” says Mayor Rick Mullen. “We are now adding plastic straws, stirrers and cutlery to the list of plastic pollution that we will stop at the source, so it doesn’t reach our beaches and the open ocean. The ocean, beaches, and natural surroundings are a central part of life in Malibu, and we are absolutely committed to keeping them clean for ourselves, our children and their children in the future.” 

Some 500 million plastic straws are used and discarded daily in the United States—enough to wrap around the earth 2.5 times. In California, plastic straws and stirrers are the sixth most common item collected from area beaches and waterways during the annual Coastal Cleanup Day. Plastic cutlery is the fifth most common item collected. 

The City will provide a box of environmentally safe paper straws to local food businesses. The paper straws carry the City’s “Keep it Clean Malibu” slogan and demonstrate to businesses and consumers how easily single-use plastic straws can be replaced. Sustainable, reusable straws and cutlery are available in metal, wood, glass, bamboo and other materials. MalibuCity.org/plastic.

The Farm at Malibu  

The Farm at Malibu is a “living farm” connecting people, land, food and a cultural heritage. Curated by the Intuitive Forager, Kerry Clasby, and in partnership with the Sterling Family, organic biodynamic produce is picked directly from the farm fields daily with heirloom varieties available throughout each season. Originally settled by George and Alice Cunningham nearly 50 years ago, the Farm occupies 16 acres in West Malibu on picturesque Zuma Mesa. The Farm grows food that sustains, heals and educates the community about organic working farms. The rich soil has been disked and harvested over and over, creating healthy biodynamic soil which makes The Farm at Malibu produce the best tasting produce you will find throughout the county! Visit The Farm at 29127 Pacific Coast Highway, Thursday through Sunday, 9-5 p.m., for delicious local onions, lettuce, squash, beets, wild herbs, citrus,sweet tomatoes, melons, peppers, beans, “best of show” berries, and seasonal artisan goods and products, including hand-pressed oils, cage-free eggs, made-from-scratch jam, fair trade teas, local honey, heavenly soaps, and more!

Save the Date

Bring the whole family to Pacific Festival Ballet’s “The Sleeping Beauty,” Saturday, May 19, with showtimes at 2 and 7 p.m. This classic fairytale comes to life as a ballet at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, Fred Kavli Theatre. The story features beautiful Princess Aurora, who is protected from evil Carabosse’s spell by her guardian fairies. The Lilac Fairy puts the Princess into a deep sleep; the awakening kiss of a handsome Prince is certain to cast a spell on Aurora’s heart and your imagination. Tickets are $30. CivicArtsPlaza.com