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Malibu LIGHTS Up will be hitting Zuma Beach on Friday. Submitted photo
Scott Steepleton, Editor
7:12 am PDT May 20, 2021

For the first time since before the coronavirus crackdown one year ago, Malibu LIGHTS Up will hit the beach on Friday, illuminating the evening sky.

Similar to events in Santa Monica and Venice, Malibu LIGHTS Up features bikes, scooters, skateboards and even golf carts adorned in blinking, twinkling and otherwise eye-catching lights.

This week’s event will start at the north end of Zuma Beach.

“We start at the last tower, near Makos (surf camp) and we go down to Sunset,” said Tabitha Semler-Alger. “We wave to everybody there and then we go down to Big Dume.”

Then they turn around and come back.

Semler-Alger expects about 50 or so participants.

“It’s incredible,” she said. “Music is playing, kids are involved. It brings the community together.”

The local group sprang from the Woolsey Fire.

“A lot of us were displaced after Woolsey and we were living in Venice or Santa Monica,” said Semler-Alger. “They had about 200 lit up bicycles and would go down to the Santa Monica Pier. When we got back to Malibu, we wanted to have something fun to do here.”

LIGHTS Up was born and Semler-Alger hopes to make it a monthly event.

Participants should gather at the tower at 7 p.m. Friday and be ready to head out soon after. Sunset is just before 8.

For more, follow the group on Instagram @malibulightsup.