by Judi Uthus
August nights in Agoura Hills are hot on fun and entertainment and the time to head outdoors or out for a night on the town. Daytime discoveries offering up ways to stay cool, yet active are options, too. And, although the end of August means back to routine, there’s still more fun to look forward to just around the corner in the fall–Agoura Hills’s Reyes Adobe Days (RAD) festival is October 9-12, celebrating California culture, past and present, with entertainment, activities, food, and shopping for the entire family. Look for announcements on the 10th Annual RAD at the end of August.
Join the ultimate star gazing party and mingle with astronomers who’ll share information about our solar system and beyond. The Paramount Ranch Star Gazing Festival has telescopes directed toward the moon, Saturn, and other objects in our Milky Way galaxy. Extraterrestrial live music and family-friendly astronomy presentations and activities are all part of the stellar night. Bring a flashlight with a red lens or a red cellophane filter. The festival is August 2 at 7:30 – 10:30 p.m. Call 805-370-2301. Visit http://www.nps.gov/samo/planyourvisit/upload/Summer2014OUT.pdf.
Another great way to enjoy balmy nights are the upcoming outdoor concerts where the kids can play and you can unwind and rewind with music that’s a blast from the past. On August 3, Ambrosia, the original group from the 1970s, will bring back the progressive rock era with a lineup of their most popular hits including the “Biggest Part of Me.” On August 17, Fan Halen will recreate the music of the heavy metal legends Van Halen in their prime. Suggested donation for each performance is $2. Concerts start at 6 p.m. in Chumash Park. Visit 91301.org for more information.
How often do you take the time to learn all about a new location when traveling but don’t know the history of your own city? Take an air-conditioned, shuttle history tour of Agoura Hills and visit local landmarks while learning both lore and facts from City Historian Cim Castellon. She’ll fill you in on the city’s castle and haunted house! Light walking is involved. The two hour tour takes place Aug. 23 from 1-3 p.m. and is $25. It includes a copy of Images of America: Agoura Hills by Susan Pascal and goody bag. For information, call 818-597-7361 or visit 91301.org.
Resembling a Tuscan farmhouse at Agoura’s scenic foothills, Padri’s offers the perfect summer night out on the town. The martini bar has over 20 styles of vodka, rum and gin martini-style cocktails to sip in an intimate cabana or near the dance floor and music. A dinner reservation is a must for seating in the charming dining room to savor home-cooked Italian cuisine. Padri’s is located at 29002 Agoura Rd, Agoura Hills, CA 91301; 818-865-3700. Visit http://padrirestaurant.net for information.
A more casual hot spot, The Lab Brewing Company features its own line of 25 craft beers to pair with small plates, burgers and flatbread. Large copper vessels surround the dining room for an unusual atmosphere with live entertainment usually happening Tuesday – Saturday; check to see what’s playing on the website’s online calendar http://www.labbrewingco.com/ The Lab is located at 30105 Agoura Road, Agoura Hills, CA 91301; 818- 735-0091.
If you refrained from expensive travel this summer, reward yourself with a trip to Designer Row, Agoura Hill’s own home fashion district. The 7-acre design center, starting east of Kanan Road to Chesebro Road along Canwood Street, has one of the largest concentration of furniture, bed, interior decorating, music and appliance stores in the region. A selection of eateries can be found along Canwood and in the Shops at Oak Creek mall. For store listing, visit 91301.org.