Calendar for the Week of May 17

THURSDAY, MAY 17 Chamber of Commerce Mixer, hosted by ‘Dr. Luke’ of Innate Chiropractic, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., 16624 Marquez Ave. The public is invited. Educational consultant Gail Meyer talks about navigating the college admission process, 6:30 p.m. at the Palisades Branch Library, 861 Alma Real. The lecture is free and open to the public. Fourth annual Pacific Palisades Film Festival, presented by Friends of Film, begins tonight at 7 p.m. with ‘L.A. Blues,’ written and directed by Ia Gurvitz, Pierson Playhouse, 941 Temescal Canyon Rd. Admission: $10. The festival continues Friday and ends with a screening of TK’s ‘Mojave Phone Booth’ on Saturday at 7 p.m. Mark Frost discusses and signs ‘The Second Objective,’ 7:30 p.m., Village Books on Swarthmore. Using World War II’s Battle of the Bulge as background, Frost spins real life and fictional characters into thriller gold. FRIDAY, MAY 18 Palisades Beautiful meeting, 10 a. m. at the Palisades Branch Library community room, 861 Alma Real. Upcoming neighborhood tree planting will be discussed. Contact: www.palisadesbeautiful@earthlink.net. Palisades Branch Library presents a screening of ‘Spellbound,’ 2 p.m., 861 Alma Real. The event is free and light refreshments will be provided. SATURDAY, MAY 19 Volunteers are invited to join a work party on the Village Green, 9 to 11 a.m. Newcomers especially are welcome. Just bring shears and gloves. Contact: Marge Gold at 459-5167. St. Matthew’s Parish School Town Fair, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., on the meadow and in Sprague Auditorium, 1031 Bienveneda. Free admission. Four social-justice films will be shown in the Palisades Charter Elementary school auditorium, 800 Via de la Paz, beginning at 12 noon with ‘Stolen Childhoods,’ a documentary about child slaves and laborers, narrated by Meryl Streep. (See story, page TK.) Palisades resident Bill Bryan, a veteran television writer, discusses his satirical and amusing debut novel, ‘Keep It Real,’ 5 p.m. at Village Books on Swarthmore. (See story, page 3.) SUNDAY, MAY 20 Annual Palisades YMCA/Optimist Track Meet, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Palisades High’s Stadium by the Sea. Register at the YMCA on Via de la Paz in advance ($15) or registrations will be taken at the event ($20). MONDAY, MAY 21 Pacific Palisades Civic League meeting, 7:30 p.m. in Gabrielson Hall at the Methodist Church, 801 Via de la Paz. (See story, page TK.) TUESDAY, MAY 22 Tuesday Night Hikes with the Temescal Canyon Association will explore the lesser-known trails in Will Rogers State Historic Park. Meet at 6 p.m. in the Temescal Gateway parking lot. Please, no dogs. Expect to be back between 8 and 9 p.m. Contact: temcanyon.org. The Pacific Palisades Art Association hosts a traditional potluck dinner, 6:30 p.m. at the Woman’s Club, 901 Haverford. Participants are encouraged to bring a casserole or salad. A check will be presented to the Palisades High School Art Department. WEDNESDAY, MAY 23 ‘River Cruising in the Heart of Europe,’ Palisades AARP Travel Group, 2 p.m., Palisades Branch Library, 861 Alma Real. Public invited. THURSDAY, MAY 24 Herman Leonard signs ‘Jazz, Giants and Journeys,’ 7:30 p.m., Village Books on Swarthmore. This is the only book in print containing Leonard’s iconic jazz portraits of Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker, Dexter Gordon, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, and more.