THURSDAY, AUGUST 9 Weekly campfire program in Temescal Gateway Park, 7 to 8:30 p.m., at the campfire center past the General Store. Sing songs, tell stories, and roast marshmallows, courtesy of the Mountains Recreation Conservation Authority. Admission is free; parking is $5. Pacific Palisades Community Council meeting, 7 p.m. in the Palisades Branch Library community room, 861 Alma Real. Public invited. Every Thursday, a writing meeting for all 12-Step programs or anyone with a habitual problem or illness is held from 7 to 8 p.m. at 16730 Bollinger Dr. Contact: (310) 454-5138 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Palisadian Dr. Stewart Lonky and Rik Deitsch discuss and sign ‘Invisible Killers: The Truth about Environmental Genocide,’ 7:30 p.m. at Village Books on Swarthmore. This is an expose about the environmental toxins that can build up in our bodies, causing disease and even death. Deitsch and Lonky identify the problems and offer solutions that will help you reduce your toxic burden and live a healthier, longer life. FRIDAY, AUGUST 10 The Palisades-Malibu YMCA hosts a family kickball challenge for the entire community, 6 p.m., at the northeast corner of Temescal and Sunset. Residents are invited to enjoy a barbecue (for purchase) and friendly competition. Families are invited to make their own 9-player teams or join a team when they arrive. Trophies will be awarded for first, second and third place, and all ages are welcome. Parking in Temescal Gateway Park is $5. SATURDAY, AUGUST 11 Movies in the Park features ‘Happy Feet,’ 8 p.m. at the Palisades Recreation Center, 851 Alma Real. Admission is free. SUNDAY, AUGUST 12 Summer Splash, a free, family-oriented activity hosted by the Palisades-Malibu YMCA, 5 to 7 p.m., in the Y’s Temescal Canyon pool. MONDAY, AUGUST 13 The Classics Under 200 Pages Book Club will discuss ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’ by Oscar Wilde at its monthly meeting, 6:45 p.m., in the Palisades Branch Library community room, 861 Alma Real. The public is invited. Moonday, a monthly Westside poetry reading, 7:30 p.m. at Village Books on Swarthmore. Come early to sign up for the open mike. TUESDAY, AUGUST 14 Story-Craft Time featuring children’s author Ann Whitford Paul, ‘suggested’ for ages 4 and up, 4 p.m. in the Palisades Branch Library community room, 861 Alma Real. Public invited. Tuesday Night Hikes with the Temescal Canyon Association will revisit the Bienveneda-Leacock trail loop. Meet at 6 p.m. in the Temescal Gateway parking lot. Please, no dogs. Expect to be back between 8 and 9 p.m. Visit temcanyon.org or call (310) 459-5931. WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 15 Chamber of Commerce mixer, hosted by Ramis Sadrieh of Technology for You!, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Mogan’s Caf’, 548 Palisades Drive. The public is invited to enjoy hosted hors d’oeuvres, a no-host beverage bar and a drawing for gifts donated by Chamber members. Movies in Will’s Backyard presents ‘Ambassador Bill’ at 7:30 p.m. at Will Rogers State Park in Pacific Palisades. The event is free; parking is $5 after 6 p.m. Monthly meeting of the Potrero Canyon Community Advisory Committee, 7 p.m. in the old gym at the Palisades Recreation Center, 851 Alma Real. Public invited. THURSDAY, AUGUST 16 Weekly campfire program in Temescal Gateway Park, 7 to 8:30 p.m., at the campfire center past the General Store. Sing songs, tell stories, and roast marshmallows, courtesy of the Mountains Recreation Conservation Authority. Admission is free; parking is $5. A lecture by German author Jens Rosteck titled ‘Living without Stopping’Jane and Paul Bowles,’ 7:30 p.m. at the Villa Aurora. Please call (310) 573-3603 for tickets ($8). Shuttle service starts at 7 p.m. on lower Los Liones Drive.