Food Truck Thursday at Camarillo Ranch House Every Last Thursday of Month

Food Truck Fest at the Camarillo Ranch is on the last Thursday of each month from 5-9PM, January through October. Upcoming dates are 9/29/16, 10/27/16 and in 2017, 1/26, 2/23, 3/30, 4/27, 5/25, 6/29, 7/27, 8/31 and 9/28.

Ten food trucks will be there plus beer and wine will be for sale. Free admission! For more information, visit or

DICK'S Sporting Goods Opening Soon at The Oaks Mall in Thousand Oaks

Update 9/26/16: Dick's has announced grand opening weekend on October 14-16 at The Oaks Mall, with preview days on 10/12-13 from 9am to 9:30pm. 

Open Friday/Saturday, October 14-15 from 8am to 10pm and Sunday, October 16 from 9am to 8pm. 

Grand opening appearances/events announced:

Sat 10/15 noon to 2pm: Former Los Angeles Dodger First Baseman Eric Karros (wristband required)

Fri 4pm, Sat 3pm, Sun 11am and 2:30pm: Ready, Set, Roll! Challenge - open to kids ages 6-15. Skill challenge in strength, agility and speed. Prizes awarded upon completion of challenge.

Daily giveaways...t-shirt to the first 100 people in line on Friday, mystery gift cards to the first adults in line on Saturday and again on Sunday.  Other giveaways too.

Posted 9/3/16:

DICK'S Sporting Goods at The Oaks mall in Thousand Oaks indicates it will be opening soon and is currently in process of searching for sales associates, store managers and bicycle technicians. at

DICK'S Sporting Goods was founded in 1948 when 18 year old Dick Stack opened his first store, a bait-and-tackle shop, funded by a $300 gift from his grandmother in Binghamton, New York. He expanded his product line over the next 10 years to most of what you see in stores today.

Dick's son, Ed Stack is currently the CEO/Chairman of DICK'S Sporting Goods.

DICK'S is traded on the NYSE under symbol DKS. It has a current market valuation of $6.7 billion and pays a 1% dividend. If you bought its stock when it went public in 2002, you investment would have grown in value by a factor of 17 today.

Visit for more information.

Ventura County Library Offers Free Online Tool for Local Authors

Interested in getting your novel, memoir, poetry collection, or children's book in eBook and print-ready formats? Ventura County Library now has Pressbooks, an easy online tool that allows you to create professional quality versions of your book in popular publication formats.

Combined with other aspects of BiblioBoard Digital Library, our newest online resource, local authors now have free access to the following tools for local publication:

PressBooks: An easy-to-use online tool for authors, allowing you to create professional, print ready, quality versions of your books, memoirs, or poetry collections in ePUB, MOBI, and PDF formats.

SELF-e: An innovative collaboration between Library Journal and BiblioBoard enabling authors and libraries to work together to share self-published ebooks to eager readers looking to discover something new.

Indie California: great reads in all genres from local authors. Start reading today to find your next favorite book! 

BiblioBoard’s mobile apps available free from Apple App Store and Google Play.
Find PressBooks under BiblioBoard in the Ventura County eLibrary at

The Ventura County Library is available 24/7 at

Ross Dress for Less Coming to Newbury Park

Update 8/26/16: Tim H gave us the head up that Ross Dress for Less is planning a grand opening celebration on October 8th. Address is 2665 West Hillcrest Drive, Newbury Park. 805.375.0002 


Posted 3/12/16: Well I was surprised to see that a Ross Dress for Less store is "coming soon" to Newbury Park in the space previously occupied by Loehmanns and vacated in November 2010. Yes, other than the annual Halloween store here, this location has been vacant for over five years.

No word yet on opening date. Other Ross stores in Thousand Oaks, Camarillo, Oxnard, Simi Valley, Port Hueneme and Ventura in Ventura County.

Sign Says Golden Panda Buffet Coming Soon at former Elephant Bar Location in Simi Valley

The Elephant Bar Restaurant in Simi Valley (1825 Madera Road, next to the Best Western Posada Royale Hotel & Suites) closed its doors in June 2014. If the sign shown above is correct, the future occupant will be the Golden Panda Buffet. I'd be willing to bet this new eatery will serve Chinese food. Just a hunch. More updates when available.

Cask Alehouse Opening Soon in Ventura

The former owner/manager of Anacapa Brewing Company is in process of opening Cask Alehouse at 5952 Telegraph Road in Ventura (at Victoria). Cask will feature California craft beers and wines, along with handcrafted sandwiches, salads and pizzas. Build-out continues. For updates, check out their Facebook page at

KreAsian Kitchen Coming Soon to the North Ranch Mall in Westlake Village

Amelia S once again have the heads up via the Conejo Valley Guide Facebook Page that a new eatery is coming to the North Ranch Mall at 3845 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Westlake Village at the former home of Dejaun Jewelers.

The place is called KreAsian Kitchen and although its website at is not currently up and running (as of 9/15/16), we were able to glean a little more about this new place with the tagline "Making the World Better, One Stomach at a Time" from a craigslist job posting: "KreAsian Kitchen is now rolling and bowling in Westlake Village. We are a Create Your Own Asian Kitchen were diners can build their own Rolls, Bowls, and Sushi Burritos. Fast Casual dining setting."