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    Santa Monica Mountains

    National Recreation Area California

Summer continues with movies, music, and star-gazing in the Santa Monica Mountains

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Date: June 24, 2011
Contact: Lauren Newman, 805-370-2343

Looking for fun outdoor activities that beat the heat? Seven July events offer relaxing musical afternoons, nighttime star-gazing adventures, and even an electric campfire singalong.

(Newbury Park, CA) Saturday, July 2, 7 pm- 8:30 pm: Join Ted Garcia, Chief of the Southern Clan of the Chumash for an evening of Chumash songs and history. Garcia gives presentations on Chumash culture throughout California, and also brings a wealth of knowledge on Chumash artifacts and archeological sites. All ages are welcome, and the parking and program are free. Bring a flashlight! This program will be held at Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa Native American Indian Culture Center.

(Agoura Hills, CA) Friday, July 8, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm: Come along for an electric campfire singalong, learn about local mountain plants and animals, and join a ranger-guided night hike under the stars. Bring a picnic and flashlights. All ages are welcome, and the parking and program are free. This program will be held at Peter Strauss Ranch.

(Agoura Hills, CA) Sunday, July 10, 3 pm – 5 pm: Summer concerts in the park continue with two great bands brought to you in partnership with Topanga Banjo Fiddle Folk Festival. From country to alt country to folk, experience the signature sound of I See Hawks in L.A. – high-lonesome three-part harmonies, twang guitar, and acoustic arrangements. Then enjoy Venice, CA based Dustbowl Revival for a fusion of old-school gypsy rhythms, bluegrass, gospel, jug-band, jump blues and hot swing of the 1930s. This program will take place at Peter Strauss Ranch. Free program and parking.

(Newbury Park, CA) Saturday, July 16, 7 pm – 8:30 pm: Bill Neal, known as "Elk Whistle" will perform with Plains-style cedar flutes of the Lakota, Kiowa, and Comanche Nations. This is part of the Satwiwa Native American Indian Evening Cultural Program Series. All ages are welcome, and the parking and program are free. This program will be held at Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa Native American Indian Culture Center.

(Agoura Hills, CA) Sunday, July 17, 8 pm – 10 pm: Visit historic Paramount Ranch for an evening of "Silents" under the stars. Watch classic silent movie Safety Last (1923) with live musical accompaniment by Michael Mortilla. Safety Last features a man who attempts to convince his girlfriend that he is more successful than he really is and lands himself in hair-raising situations. Sponsored in partnership with the Silent Society of Hollywood Heritage. $6 FEE. This program will be held at Paramount Ranch.

(Santa Monica Mountains, CA) Saturday, July 30, 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm: Head to the mountains for a star party at Circle X ranch. Take a ranger-led constellation tour followed by telescope stargazing. First-come, first-serve camping is available after the program for a full night under the stars. Bring your planisphere or telescope if you have one. All ages are welcome and the parking and program are free. This program will be held at Circle X Ranch.

(Thousand Oaks, CA) Sunday, July 31, 4 pm – 5:30 pm: Join authors Karie Bible, Harry Medved, and Marc Wanamaker for a program on film locations in and around Los Angeles from their new book California Outdoor Movie Locations. A book signing will follow. This is part of the monthly Lecture Series Program. The program will be held at the National Park Service Visitor Center in Thousand Oaks.

For more event information and directions, please call the National Park Service Visitor Center at 805-370-2301 or visit http://www.nps.gov/samo. For all Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area event listings, download a copy of the Outdoors Calendar or subscribe to the mailing list at: http://www.nps.gov/samo/planyourvisit/events.htm

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Did You Know?

A community project led by the National Park Service has restored Zuma Lagoon.

Many hands spanning different generations and agencies continue to turn back the clock on damage to the fragile environment at Zuma Lagoon. After the removal of debris and the restoration of native plants, beach visitors now find a living wetland with 108 species of birds and colorful wildflowers.