Benefit is big cats’ meow

The second annual Concert for the Cats benefit for wildlife research and projects with the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area will take place at 6:30 p.m. Sun., Aug. 19 at Peter Strauss Ranch, 30000 Mulholland Hwy., Agoura Hills.

Vocalists Kiki Ebsen and Julie Newsome along with Josh Nelson on keyboard, Jeff Falkner on bass, Danny Janklow on saxophone and Dick Weller on drums will perform.

National Park Service biologists Jeff Sikich, Joanne Moriarty and Justin Brown will provide wildlife updates. Desserts and wines will be served.

Tickets are $100. Tickets and donations are tax deductible through the Santa Monica Mountains Fund

Reservations are due by Wed., Aug. 1. To order tickets, go to

To purchase tickets by mail, send checks to Santa Monica Mountains Fund, 401 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360.

For more information, call Julie Newsome at (818) 292-5920 or email