April 2019 Around Town

Artists Welcome to Plein Art Paint-Out The Allied Artists of the Santa Monica Mountains and Seashore’s plein air paint-out takes place Saturday, April 13, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Nicholas Canyon Beach, 33850 Pacific Coast Highway, in Malibu. These free events welcome artists and art enthusiasts of any skill level and provide a great way … Continued

March 2019 Around Town

Family Arts Fest Features Jazzy Ash Children’s musician Jazzy Ash entertains with her lively, family-friendly New Orleans-themed music at Pepperdine University’s Smothers Theatre at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.  Jazzy Ash and the Leaping Lizards’ performances are part of Family Arts Fest, a community event sponsored by the Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts, from 11 a.m. to 3 … Continued

February 2019 Around Town

CASA Volunteers Stand Up for Children Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) serve as advocates for foster children in the Ventura County Dependency Court System who are victims of abuse and neglect. With a string of people, often including their own parents, in and out of their lives, these children are in desperate need of a … Continued

January 2019 Around Town

Pepperdine Boutique Benefits the Arts The 2018 Holiday Boutique and Luncheon at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks featured over 80 attendees from the L.A. and Pepperdine University community. The annual event helps raise funds for Center for the Arts’ education activities and programs, including the ARTSReach program, which provides free professional performances and museum … Continued

December 2018 Around Town

Future-Focused Education The Sycamore School in Malibu is breaking out of the traditional public school format and teaching kids how to love learning. At Sycamore, educators become curators of experiences; guides and coaches who help students explore, observe and reflect. Merging the best classroom practices and proven methods with educational theory and developments in learning … Continued

November 2018 Around Town

Wind Beneath their Wings The Emily Shane Foundation’s Fourth Annual Butterfly Release Fundraiser Event takes place Sunday, November 4, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Alumni Park at Pepperdine University. Created in memory of 13-year-old Emily Shane, the Foundation aims to help at-risk middle school students soar to academic heights. The Foundation’s SEA (Successful Educational … Continued

October 2018 Around Town

Pick Your Pumpkin A hometown event with big time fun, the annual Calabasas Pumpkin Festival celebrates the “Calabaza,” which is Spanish for “pumpkin.” According to local legend, in the late 1700’s, explorer Juan Bautista de Anza was traveling through the area now known as Calabasas when suddenly, his wagon full of pumpkins ​overturned. A few months later, … Continued

September 2018 Around Town

Calling All Artists The Allied Artists of the Santa Monica Mountains and Seashore invite all plein air artists and art enthusiasts to participate in a plein air paint-outs, September 8 at El Matador State Beach, 32350 Pacific Coast Highway, in Malibu. Plein air paint-outs are a great way to meet other artists and discover new sites for inspiration. Bring … Continued

August 2018 Around Town

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), … Continued

July 2018 Around Town

On Stage For the 14th year running, the Young Actors Project offers summer acting programs for youth ages 5-18 in a team-taught program dedicated to the growth and self-expression of young actors. The nonprofit Young Actors Project provides professional performing arts training and fantastic productions in a fun and exciting atmosphere where students can explore … Continued