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Summer Fun Guide: 40 ways to make this summer unforgettable

Malibu’s 18th annual Fourth of July parade and picnic will begin at Bluewater Road at 9:30 a.m. on July 4. 22nd Century Media File Photos
CineMalibu attendees (left to right) Anna McCauley, Emily Leposky and Kathy Brock wait for the movie to begin during a previous summer’s event.
The Peace Factory architectural installation will be the setting of the June 17 meditation event at Strauss Ranch. Photo Submitted
Guests wait on the next course during Saddlerock Gardens’ dinner this spring. The summer dinner will be on Saturday, June 24.
The Malibu Ukulele Orchestra performs at the library in 2016.
Scott Hosfeld conducts the Malibu Coast Chamber Orchestra during Concert on the Bluffs in 2016.
A crowd checks out George Salem’s 1956 all original blue Corvette at last year’s Malibu Cars and Coffee event.
Enza Hibler offers patrons samples of frozen treats made from organic and whole raw vegetables during the Farmers Market in 2016.
Pictured is “Carmen from Merry Go World” series, a mixed media assemblage by Ed Kienholz and Nancy Reddin Keinholz which is among pieces on display as part of Pepperdine’s “Process and Reality: Works from the Permanent Collection, Celebrating 25 Years of Acquisitions.” The 1991 piece is a gift of Peggy and Eric Lieber. Photo Submitted
Lauren Coughlin, Editor
11:20 am PDT June 14, 2017

Ready or not, summer is coming — and there’s fun on the horizon. 

From unscheduled options such as beach days, to local hikes and lots of fun camps and activities for the little ones, there’s plenty to do in and around Malibu in the approaching days and months. 

Catch our Top 25 things to do this summer in print, and visit MalibuSurfsideNews.com for another 25 exciting options. Get your calendars ready — you won’t want to miss out!

1. Tap Into Your Creative Side

Vino With Van Gogh, a new wine and painting event with artist Alice M. Howe will be held every Thursday in June and July, with the first event from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, June 15. Participants will gather at Spruzzo Restaurant, 29575 Pacific Coast Highway, to create paintings. Couples and beginners are welcome, and all materials are included. The class costs $45, and Spruzzo requires a minimum food and wine charge of $25. RSVP to alicemhowe@icloud.com.

2. Catch a Flick

The Cultural Arts Commission will present the hour-long documentary “Malibu Stories,” which was created by local filmmakers Jay Armitage and Jules Williams, from 7-9 p.m. June 15 at the Malibu City Hall Civic Theater, 23825 Stuart Ranch Road. The film is inspired and collated from short clips and is produced by 27 Miles. After the movie screening, there will be a discussion with the producers and several residents featured in the film. The screening is free with open seating to the first 240 individuals who arrive. 

3. Batter Up!

Registration for the City of Malibu’s summer 2017 adult softball league ends this Friday, June 16. The program is open to anyone who is over 18 years old. The league runs from June 25-Aug. 20 (no games will take place on July 2). To sign up as a team or be placed on the free agent list, call (310) 456-2489 ext. 363. For more information, visit www.malibucity.org/adultsports

4. Fun and a Movie 

The City of Malibu will show “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” at Malibu Bluffs Park, 24250 PCH, at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 17. There will also be face painting, interactive demonstrations, a children’s craft and art activity and giveaways. Admission is free, and the movie will begin at sunset. For more information, call (310) 456-2489 ext. 239 or email afiori@malibucity.org.

5. Summer Kick Off Concert

Visit Casa Escobar, 22969 PCH, for the Malibu Summer Kick Off Concert featuring The Ventures, The Surfaris and The Malibooz at 7:30 p.m. on June 17. The concert is for all ages. For tickets, visit www.livefrommalibu.com

6. Come in Peace

The Santa Monica Mountains’ Peter Strauss Ranch will play host to The Peace Factory, an architectural installation designed by artist Ben Allanoff from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 17. It incorporates elements of a labyrinth, an amphitheater, and an altar and is composed of logs recently culled from the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. The installation was assembled with major contributions of creativity and labor from Charlie Whitman, forestry technician for the National Park Service, and California Department of Corrections Camp 13. At this event, participants will do sitting and walking meditation and take in calming music performed by Danielle and Kamal Brown. The ranch is located at 30000 Mulholland Highway in Agoura Hills. RSVPs are requested to makingpeaceatpsr@gmail.com.

7. NERF Out

Join the City of Malibu’s new NERF Sports enrichment camp, for ages 3-6, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday, June 19, through Thursday, June 22, at Malibu Bluffs Park, 24250 Pacific Coast Highway. NERF Sports uses dodgeball, broom hockey, crab soccer and NERF sports equipment to get participants moving. Learn sporting techniques through exhilarating activities with an easy to use foam ball during this camp with Momentum Academies. The cost is $150 per week. To sign up, visit www.malibucity.org.

8. Cooking With the Library

Teenagers, broaden your horizons at this Wednesday, June 21 library Japanese cooking demonstration where you will learn how to create tasty, Japanese-style bento boxes with cooking instructor Yoko Isassi. The event will begin at 2 p.m. at the Malibu Library, located at 23519 W. Civic Center Way. This program is for teens ages 12-18. Parents, food will be served. A list of ingredients will be available at the program. For more information, call (310) 456-6438.

9. Sip and Savor

Malibu’s Caffe Luxxe will host a coffee and cake pairing event from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, June 24. Sample five of Sweet Laurel’s gluten- and dairy-free cakes alongside Caffe Luxxe’s coffees. Tickets are available at www.sweetlaurel.com. Each ticket includes a custom Sweet Laurel gift bag and a bag of coffee. Caffe Luxxe Malibu is located at 22333 Pacific Coast Highway, Suite 160, in Malibu. 

10. Support California Wildlife Center

California Wildlife Center, a local nonprofit which rescues and aids wildlife in Malibu and beyond, will host this first-time event at Malibu’s Bluffs Park, 24250 Pacific Coast Highway. The event will be from 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday, June 24, and will include gourmet vegetarian cuisine, wildlife rescue and care presentations from staff and volunteers, a performance by comedy magician Jimmy H, storytelling, demonstrations by the Malibu Monarch Project, face painting, crafts, live music and a silent auction. Tickets are $75 for adults, $25 for children ages 3-18, and children ages 2 and under attend for free. All proceeds support animal programs at CWC. For tickets and more information, visit cawildlife.org/feathers-flippers-and-fur-family-picnic/.

11. Dine at Saddlerock Gardens

Malibu Wines’ Saddlerock Gardens dining experience offers a picturesque view accompanied by fresh, seasonal fare including local vegetables and meats presented by Saddlerock Gardens and Chef David Wilcox. The 4 p.m. Saturday, June 24 event is for those ages 21 and up, and will last about five hours from start to finish, with dinner lasting two hours. Tickets cost $125 per person. Saddlerock Gardens is located at 31727 Mulholland Highway in Malibu. For more information, call (424) 346-0041 or visit saddlerockgardens.org/dinner-in-the-garden.

12. Tales by the Sea

Swing by Malibu West Swimming Club, 30756 Pacific Coast Highway, for Tales by the Sea, storytelling for grown-ups at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 25. The evening’s story tellers are Roylene Walker, Dylan Brody, Annie Korzen, Matteson Perry, Betty Goldstein, Laura Hamm Duncan and Mike Lambert. Admission is free. Organic, vegetarian soups will be served before the concert. An RSVP is required to ann.buxie1@verizon.net

13. Become a Spy

Join the City of Malibu’s new Spy Adventure enrichment camp, for ages 3-6, and solve secret missions. The camp will run from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. June 26-29 at Malibu Bluffs Park, 24250 Pacific Coast Highway. Participants will learn how to decode messages, make invisible ink and navigate through obstacle courses. Go on a treasure hunt or track down a villain, and put your spy skills to the test. The cost is $150 per week. To sign up, visit www.malibucity.org.

14. Do a Good Deed

Volunteer for the Homeless Connect event, being held from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, June 28, at the former Malibu Courthouse, 23525 Civic Center Way. City, county, state and federal nonprofit agencies, including Malibu’s CART, will collaborate on this event to provide services to the homeless. There will be complimentary haircuts, health screenings, care packs, boxed lunches and information on affordable housing, veterans benefits and more. To volunteer, contact Lindsay Saunders at lsaunders@stjosephctr.org or (310) 699-4716. For more information on the event, contact Leah Randall at lrandall@bos.lacounty.gov or (818) 880-9416.

15. Parade, Picnic with Patriotism

The 18th annual Fourth of July parade and picnic will be held on Tuesday, July 4. The parade will kick off at 9:30 a.m. Bluewater Road and wind its way to Point Dume Marine Science School. This year’s event will include full road closures due to the popularity of the event, but it will also include some old-fashioned fun with the addition of potato sack races, and egg toss and pie eating contests. The picnic portion of the event will also include live music.

16. A Tempting Trio

The Peter Strauss Ranch will host an art, dance and music packed day on July 9. First, from 3-4 p.m., there will be an Artist Talk, Tour, and Plein Air Event with artist Natalie Smith, who will speak about trail sign paintings that are installed along the Peter Strauss trail. Plein air drawing materials will be provided. Next, from 4-5 p.m., The Alchemist Ballet will perform. Then, last but not least, from 5-7 p.m. the band Moonsville will perform a Tiny Porch Concert. The Peter Strauss Ranch is located at 30000 Mulholland Highway in Agoura Hills. For more information, call (805) 370-2300.

17. Put on your Aprons

Learn all about baking in this City of Malibu new enrichment camp, for ages 3-6, with Momentum Academies. The camp will be held 10 a.m.-1 p.m. July 10-13 at Malibu Bluffs Park, 24250 Pacific Coast Highway. Campers will participate in hands-on culinary experiences and learn about kitchen safety and baking fundamentals. Activities may include cookies, cakes, international breads and pastries. The cost is $150 per week. To sign up, visit www.malibucity.org.

18. Storytime with Flair

The City of Malibu, the Malibu Library and artist Ivo Spirov will offer this interactive Summer Park Tales event from 11-11:45 a.m. Tuesday, July 11. This free program, held at Bluffs Park, located at 24250 PCH, will include snacks and an art activity. For more information, call (310) 456-2489 ext. 239 or email afiori@malibucity.org

19. Learn Something New

It’s a hot air balloon, it’s a hovercraft, it’s science! The Malibu Library’s Thursday, July 13 Mad Science: Up, Up and Away! event will introduce children ages 5-12 (and their families) to the principles of air and pressure. The event, sponsored by the Friends of the Malibu Library, will be held from 3:30-4:30 p.m. at the library, located at 23519 W. Civic Center Way. For more information, call (310) 456-6438. 

20. Dive into Fun

The City’s Under the Sea enrichment camp, for ages 3-6, will teach about the wonders of ocean life through personal and group exploration. Imagination and science will come together in a fun and exciting learning environment. The camp runs from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. July 17-20 at Malibu Bluffs Park, 24250 Pacific Coast Highway. The cost is $150 per week. To sign up, visit www.malibucity.org.

21. Sweeten up Summer

Join the Malibu Library Wednesday, July 19, for a cupcake decorating class, to be held from 2-3:30 p.m. This program, sponsored by the Friends of the Malibu Library, is for those ages 8-18. Food will be served at this event; a list of ingredients will be available at the event. The library is located at 23519 W. Civic Center Way. For more information, call (310) 456-6438. 

22. Get Artistic

The City’s Journey into Art camp, for ages 3-6, will help youngsters explore various mediums and projects. Sessions will be held from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. July 24-27, at Malibu Bluffs Park, 24250 Pacific Coast Highway. The cost is $150 per week. To sign up, visit www.malibucity.org.

23. Dance to the Music

The Malibu Ukulele Orchestra will hold a weather-permitting concert in the library courtyard from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 27. The group will perform popular songs from the ’60s and ’70s at this all-ages program. The library is located at 23519 W. Civic Center Way. For more information, call (310) 456-6438. 

24. Find Buried Treasures!

Participants in the City of Malibu’s Pirate Treasure Hunt (for ages 3-6) will have their own pirate catch phrase, design their own ship, cast a first mate, learn to read a treasure map and, of course, find buried treasure. Sessions of this camp, held in partnership with Momentum Academies, will be held from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. July 31-Aug. 3, at Malibu Bluffs Park, 24250 Pacific Coast Highway. The cost is $150 per week. To sign up, visit www.malibucity.org.

25. Have Fun with Science

Join the City of Malibu’s new Science Explorers enrichment camp, for ages 3-6, from Aug. 7-10. Participants will learn about plants, animals, and how science comes to life. Hands-on experiments will deepen campers’ understanding of biology, chemistry and more. Sessions will run from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Malibu Bluffs Park, 24250 Pacific Coast Highway. The cost is $150 per week. To sign up, visit www.malibucity.org.

26. Explore Astronomy

The Malibu Library’s Down to Earth Astronomy hour-long program at 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 10 will delve into astronomy with Richard Wade. Participants will help to build scale models of the earth, moon, sun, solar system and stars. There will also be a real meteorite at the program, designed for children 5-12 and their families. The program is sponsored by the Friends of the Malibu Library. For more information, call (310) 456-6438. 

27. Movie Time!

The City of Malibu will show “The Little Mermaid” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, at Malibu Bluffs Park, 24250 PCH. But wait, there’s more! There will also be a special storytime at 7:15 p.m., an animal enrichment program, special guest appearances, a children’s craft and art activity, giveaways and more. Admission is free, and the movie will begin at sunset. For more information, call (310) 456-2489 ext. 239 or email afiori@malibucity.org.

28. Experience Art, Music 

From 4-5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 20, The Peter Strauss Ranch in the Santa Monica Mountains will feature a collaborative event with Bloom artist Olga Lah and performance artist Kiyomi Fukui. Then, from 5-7 p.m. the venue will offer a Tiny Porch Concert with Sam Outlaw, a Southern Californian singer-songwriter, and special guest Lydia Luce. The ranch is located at 30000 Mulholland Highway in Agoura Hills. For more information, call (805) 370-2300.

29. Concert on the Bluffs

Malibu’s Cultural Arts Commission will hold Concert on the Bluffs at 5 p.m. on Aug. 20. Full event details are forthcoming.

30. Take in Some Art 

Pepperdine’s Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art will display “Process and Reality: Works from the Permanent Collection, Celebrating 25 Years of Acquisitions” through Aug. 6. The exhibition, inspired by “Process and Reality,” an early 20th Century novel by philosopher Alfred North Whitehead, features early work from the 1970s by Ed Moses and Mary Corse; a rare Tony Berlant assemblage from 1964 revealing the inspiration of Ed Keinholz; an Ed Keinholz construction addressing the disparity between American affluence and Third World poverty; and a 1982 work on paper by pioneering street artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. The museum is located on Pepperdine’s main campus at 24255 PCH, and is open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday; it is closed on Mondays and major holidays. There is no admission. For more information, call (310) 506-4851, or visit arts.pepperdine.edu/museum.

31. Enjoy a Good Book

The Malibu Library Book Club meets at 5 p.m. on the second Wednesday of every month, and new members are always welcome. The July selection is “The Reluctant Fundamentalist” by Mohsin Hamid, and the August selection is “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking,” by Susan Cain. The Malibu Library is located at 23519 W. Civic Center Way. For more information, call (310) 456-6438.

32. Malibu Cars and Coffee 

Malibu Cars and Coffee invites car enthusiasts to mingle and admire local cars. No RSVP or registration is necessary to attend. The parking lot at Malibu Bluffs Park, 24250 Pacific Coast Highway, opens at 7 a.m. and is first come, first served. The event is from 7-9 a.m. on the second and fourth Sundays of the month. All ages are welcome. For more information, contact the Parks and Recreation Department at (310) 317-1364 or visit www.malibucity.org

33. Stock Up!

Visit Cornucopia Foundation’s Malibu Farmers’ Market from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. every Sunday in the Malibu Library parking lot, located at 23555 Civic Center Way, Malibu. For more information, visit www.cornucopiafoundation.net.

34. Groove all Weekend Long

Those who are 21 and up can take in live music at Malibu Wines starting at noon on Saturdays and Sundays. The venue, located at 31740 Mulholland Highway, is open from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. on Saturdays and from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. on Sundays. For more information, call (818) 865-0605.

 

35. Explore Local Trails

From the Backbone Trail to the challenging Temescal Canyon Loop to a leisurely walk around Point Dume State Beach, there’s plenty to explore in Malibus own backyard. For details on trails in and near Malibu, visit www.alltrails.com and search for “Malibu.”

36. Visit Local Wineries

Stop by Malibu Wines, Hoyt Family Wines or the Rosenthal Wine Bar and Patio to indulge in some local wines. Further, Malibu Wines offers a safari. Malibu Wines is located at 31740 Mulholland Highway and Rosenthal Wine Bar and Patio is located at 18741 Pacific Coast Highway. Both venues also offer live music on the weekends.

37. Unwind at Moonshadows

Moonshadows, located at 20356 Pacific Coast Highway, will offer “16 Summer Stories” from 7-12 a.m. on Thursdays, 7 p.m.-1 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3-9 p.m. Sundays throughout the summer. Guests are invited to dine, drink and enjoy DJ Mick Cole’s stylings on the patio, or cozy up indoors in the new dining rooms and cocktail lounge. For more information, call (310) 456-3010.

38. Sing Your Heart Out

Visit Cafe Habana for Karaoke Wednesdays, presented by Casamigos Tequila, with DJ Gold Dust. The weekly event runs from 10 p.m. to close at the Malibu Lumber Yard restaurant, located at 3939 Cross Creek Road. 

39. Take a Tour

Local treasure the Adamson House offers tours of the house and garden from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, with the last tour at 2 p.m. Admission costs $7 for adults, $2 for 6-16 year olds, and 5 and under enter for free. Admission must be paid in cash. To make a reservation for a group of 10 or more, call (310) 456-8432 or email ah.specialtours@parks.ca.gov. The Adamson House is located at 23200 PCH in Malibu.  

40. Visit the Ocean

It’s in your own backyard, and it offers an endless bounty of opportunities. Hit your local favorite, or visit a spot you haven’t been to in awhile. Whether you’re packing up a family picnic, taking a romantic stroll, or surfing the day away, the beach is always a good way to spend a summer day.