A Santa Monica Creek Trail beautification volunteer event will take place on Saturday, Aug. 5, and volunteers can drop in and lend a hand anytime between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Led by trail steward Ray Kolbe, volunteers will lay down cardboard and spread mulch to keep invasives from crowding out native species. Volunteers are encouraged to bring work gloves, a hat and water, as well as a rake and/or hoe if possible. Join the effort at El Carro Lane and Santa Monica Creek. To learn more, contact Ray at firstname.lastname@example.org or (805) 705-3429.