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During a Malibu Strong Community Thanksgiving, hosted by Pepperdine University, community members were asked to write on a heart about the things for which they were grateful. This weekend, various organizations are offering fellowship, complimentary services and more for the still-healing community. Surfside News File Photos
Nearly a year ago, hundreds from the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District community gathered in Santa Monica High School’s cafeteria for a Friendsgiving, offering food and fellowship to those impacted by the Woolsey Fire.
Lauren Coughlin, Editor
2:52 am PST November 7, 2019

This Friday, Nov. 8, marks 365 days since the Woolsey Fire ignited, permanently altering the lives of thousands in Malibu and beyond over the 13 days that followed.

As the one-year anniversary of the Woolsey Fire nears, a variety of gatherings are planned in Malibu, offering everything from complimentary meditation sessions to live poetry readings, live music and — above all — fellowship.

Here’s a look at upcoming events being held in honor of the tragedy’s anniversary:

• One-Year Commemoration

10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, Conrad Hilton Foundation, 30440 Agoura Road, Agoura Hills. The American Red Cross Los Angeles Region will honor the more than 700 volunteers, donors and community partners who dedicated hours to help those affected by the Woolsey Fire. This commemoration will feature a program of speakers including those who were affected, those who volunteered and those who supported.

 • Anniversary Gathering at The Park at Cross Creek

5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, The Park at Cross Creek, 23401 Civic Center Way, Malibu. This event, hosted by Barefoot Dreams and coordinated by Bu Time Productions, will honor the one-year anniversary of the Woolsey Fire. Music will be performed by Brandon Jenner and Ron Glaser. There also will be raffles and giveaways, on-site calligraphy, an In-N-Out food truck, churro cart, and more. This event is free; no RSVP required.

• Malibu Meditates

6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, Malibu City Hall Multipurpose Room, 23825 Stuart Ranch Road. Join for a collective meditation as the community commemorates the one-year anniversary of the Woolsey Fire. This free event is put on by The Art of Living and the International Association for Human Values.

• Woolsey Fire Anniversary Community Gathering

11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, Zuma Beach Lot 8, 30050 Pacific Coast Highway. Join the City of Malibu for a community gathering to mark the anniversary of the Woolsey Fire and honor Malibu’s recovery and resilience. The event will feature a poetry reading by Malibu Poet Laureate Ellen Reich, musical performances by the Malibu High School student choir and other local musicians, personal testimonials from community members, special giveaways for Malibu residents, and refreshments provided by Bob Morris’s Paradise Cove Beach Cafe. All are welcome to attend; no RSVPs are needed. Public beach parking is $5. For more information, call (310) 456-2489.

• Free Meditation Sessions

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, The Mindry, 3844 Cross Creek Road. The Mindry will offer complimentary classes this weekend. The Mindry’s 30-60 minute meditation classes including breathwork, mindfulness classes, yoga nidra, and a mini mindfulness class on Saturday. Class times can be found at www.themindry.com; the business recommends reserving spaces.

• The Rebuild

4-6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, Saddlerock Ranch, 31727 Mulholland Highway, Malibu. Community members are invited to drink, eat and partake in various healing opportunities to honor the process and journey local communities have faced over the past year. The event will include: sound bowl workshops provided by Salvaje Malibu, energy work and massages by Jung Shim, music from a DJ, and more. The Revitalizing Minds Project will discuss therapeutic services and opportunities, and The Come Together Project will invite attendees to take part in an interactive mural. RSVP to www.revitalizingmindsproject.com.

• Giving Thanks

11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, Malibu Lumber Yard, 3939 Cross Creek Road. Join for various complimentary activities including yoga (11 a.m.-noon); cabana massages from Malibu Wellness, crystal sound bath, mini-crystal cleanses, and tuning fork treatments at Sorenity Rocks (12-2 p.m.); face painting, dance games with JAM Malibu, live and local music (2-4 p.m.) as the community moves past the one-year anniversary of the Woolsey Fire. Small bites and drinks also will be served. Malibu Foundation Junior Ambassadors will be collecting donations for Youth Climate Change.

• We’re All So Happy To Still Be Here Festival

2-6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, Malibu Fig Ranch at Sterling Farms, 29127 PCH. This all-ages event will offer fresh, organic food, music, poetry and storytelling. The cost is $35 at the door. 

More to come

After the anniversary weekend, there also will be ongoing support services offered by the Malibu Foundation, whose Wellness Speaker Forum will continue to promote healing, resilience and more. More details on those events, the next of which is scheduled for Nov. 21 (“Now That The Smoke Has Cleared, How Do We Heal?” featuring Dr. Elizabeth Topp), visit themalibufoundation.org/event/wellness-forum. 

The Malibu Chamber of Commerce also will host its ongoing Rebuild Malibu Together Mixer, an event that allows those who are rebuilding to meet local building professionals, on Nov. 19. Information and tickets are available at Malibu.org.

Further, the City of Malibu is to host its second Malibu Community Resiliency Listening Session — the first of which was held Oct. 29 — on Nov. 23 in order to create a “comprehensive and actionable” resiliency plan to better prepare for future disasters and severe weather events. For more information, visit MalibuCity.org/ResiliencyPrograms.