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 your own art supplies, water, lunch, sunscreen and repellent, hat and walking shoes. Meet in the parking area; rain cancels. El Matador Beach is one of the three pocket beaches that make up Robert H. Myer Memorial State Beach. Hike down to the beach for an up close view of the waves and stunning rock formations or check them out from above at a landing halfway down or from the bluffs on top. Painting demonstration at 9 a.m. by oil painter George Scribner. Contact Bruce Trentham, 818.397.1576, or Russell Hunziker, 310.500.6584 for more information.

Stepping Forward

Pepperdine University’s 30th annual Step Forward Day takes place Saturday, September 8. On Step Forward Day, Pepperdine students, staff, faculty, alumni and friends come together to engage with one another and to serve the community. Service projects with local nonprofits both in the area and around the country allow the Pepperdine community to reach out and help serve the needs of hundreds of people in various ways. The Community Engagement Fair takes place from noon to 2 p.m. at Alumni Park, offering more opportunities to connect, reflection stations, music, Waves of Flags and lunch. Pepperdine.Edu/VolunteerCenter

New Incentives Promote Water Conservation

Rising temperatures, persistent drought conditions and a prolonged fire season make conserving water especially important. The City of Malibu, County of Los Angeles and West Basin Municipal Water District’s new comprehensive water conservation program addresses these issues. The Malibu Smart and Topanga Smart water savings programs will help both residential customers and businesses reduce water use.

“For decades, Los Angeles County has actively pushed to ensure that we have enough water to survive, and more than that, to thrive—despite longer and harsher droughts,” says Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, Chair of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. “This program will introduce residents to innovative water conservation technologies that will save water and provide water resiliency for current and future generations.”

With the goal of saving 28 million gallons of water annually in Malibu and Topanga Canyon, the program involves the installation of water-saving measures and customer rebates for Malibu and Topanga residents. For more information or to participate, call 310.554.6210. For rebates and water-saving tips, visit

Aloha Brunch 

The public is invited to attend an Aloha Sunday Brunch, September 30, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Calabasas Country Club. Proceeds from the event benefit The Jeffrey Foundation’s Circle of Love, a nonprofit that serves special needs children and their families. A full brunch buffet will include egg and other breakfast dishes, a selection of fresh fish, chicken and meat dishes, healthy salads and vegetable and fruit choices, plus a dessert buffet, mimosas and wine. Jason Ho will perform live Hawaiian slack key guitar music. $125. RSVP: 323.965.7536, ext. 14.