Concert for the Cats

The Concert for the Cats, 2018 features top jazz artists at Peter Strauss Ranch (3000 Mulholland Hwy) to benefit wildlife research and projects with the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. Taking place Sunday, August 19, at 6:30 p.m., the concert features musicians Kiki Ebsen and Julie Newsome (vocals), Josh Nelson (keyboard), Dick Weller (drums), Danny Janklow (saxophone) and Jeff Falkner (bass). National Park Service biologists Jeff Sikich, Joanne Moriarty and Justin Brown also provide wildlife updates. Tickets price of $100 includes desserts and wine. SamoFund.org/ConcertForTheCats/ or call 818.292.5920.

Enjoy the Great Outdoors

Outdoor enthusiasts are invited to participate in an 8-mile moderately paced hike to Look Trail, Century Lake and the Reagan picnic area, Thursday, August 23. Meet at 8 a.m., at the Cornell and Mulholland dirt parking area. Bring water, lunch, sturdy hiking footwear, hat and sunscreen. Rain cancels.

The challenging and popular Bulldog runs also take place in August at Malibu Creek State Park. The August 25 races include the 25K Trail Run and the 50K Trail Ultra Run, which are conducted simultaneously, starting at 6:30 a.m. The course offers inspirational vistas of untamed terrain and sweeping ocean views. The challenging trail weaves through the scenic Santa Monica Mountains on single track and fire roads. TrailRunEvents.com/BD/

Starlight Screening

Silents Under the Stars at Paramount Ranch on Sunday, August 19, features the 1926 film “Flesh and the Devil,” starring Greta Garbo, John Gilbert and Lars Hanson and directed by Clarence Brown. Gilbert and Hanson play childhood friends who long ago swore a bond of eternal friendship. The seductive Greta Garbo, entrancing them both, creates a dangerous triangle that tests their loyalty. Presented by the Silent Film Society of Hollywood Heritage, surprise short subjects will be shown before each feature. Films will feature live musical accompaniment by Michael Mortilla and will be presented on authentic 16-mm projectors. Guided walking tours of the ranch grounds begin at 6:30 p.m. Tickets $6 for the general public; $3 for children under 12.

Celebrate Summer with Community Music & Films

Vintage Grocers at the Trancas Country Mart hosts family friendly Screen on the Green and rock and roll concerts throughout the summer. Head to the Trancas Country Mart at sunset for a variety of family films in August, including “Meatballs” (8/2), “The Incredibles” (8/9), “What About Bob?” (8/16), “Planes, Trains & Automobiles (8/23) and “Ghostbusters” (8/30). Concerts are on Fridays, from 6 to 9 p.m. The Roman Helmets play Aug. 3, Andy Cahan Experience on Aug. 10, Cash Up Front (Johnny Cash tribute) on Aug. 17 and Heartbreak Over Petty on Aug. 31.

Movies in the Park: Pacific Palisades

Families can enjoy free outdoor movies on Saturday nights during the month of August at the Palisades Recreation Center in Pacific Palisades. Bring blankets, lawn chairs and jackets. Picnic dinners are welcome. Movies start at dusk.
The 2018 Lineup Includes:

8/11: “You’ve Got Mail” (Date Night!)
8/18: “Guardians of the Galaxy”
8/25: “Coco “(with costume contest!).