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Rancho Simi Recreation & Park District presents free movies at Rancho Madera Community Park, 556 Lake Park Drive, Simi Valley this summer. Lineup includes Big Hero 6 on May 29, Boxtrolls on June 26, Fire and Rescue at July 31 and Paddington on August 28. Movies start at dusk. Visit www.rsrpd.org for more information.
The District also presents "Dive In" Movies for $3 per person at the Rancho Pool, 1765 Royal Avenue, on June 13 (Alexander and the Terrrible, etc.), July 11 (How to Train Your Dragon 2) and August 8 (Maleficent). 6-10PM
59th Annual Conejo Valley Days - May 7-10, 2015
The 59th Annual Conejo Valley Days, May 7-10 at Conejo Creek Park South (23 Freeway/Janss Rd. exit) in Thousand Oaks, celebrates the area's western roots and community spirit.
The four-day event features entertainment for kids, teens and the whole family including carnival rides, games, live entertainment, a western saloon, outhouse races and a food court. Live entertainment and hands-on exhibits are included with general admission.
Entry: $10 for adults, $5 for kids 6 through 12 and free for kids 5 and under. Festival hours 5-10PM on Thursday, 5pm to midnight on Friday, noon to midnight on Saturday and noon to 8pm on Sunday. For ticket information, visit www.conejovalleydays.us, call 805-498-0624, email email@example.com, or follow Conejo Valley Days on Facebook, www.facebook.com/ConejoValleyDays and Twitter, @CVDays2015.
Chevy Metal, featuring Foo Fighters’ drummer Taylor Hawkins will headline this year’s CVD live entertainment. Chevy Metal will perform Saturday, May 9 at 4 p.m. The concert is free with CVD admission. Chevy Metal is a 1970s dirt rock cover band, playing music from 70s groups such as Black Sabbath, Van Halen, Queen and the Rolling Stones in addition to its own original material. Based in Southern California, the group has performed all over the world and has a large loyal following.
Also performing on Saturday, May 9 will be Three Rivers Band (noon), Action Down (2:00 p.m.), Sonny Mone (4:30 p.m.) and The Janks (6:30 p.m) and Sonny Mone (8:30 p.m.). On Sunday, May 10, taking the stage will be The Koles (1:00 p.m.), salsa band Zon Candela (2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.) Gray Wolf Blues Band, a Native American blues band, (5:30 p.m.) and the Thousand Oaks All-Stars (5:30 p.m.). A performance by Aspire Dance Studio will be at noon. The Three Rivers Band will also be performing opening night, May 7.
Friday night, May 8 is DJ dance night with DJ Bernard Puga at 5:00 p.m. and DJ Mike Christie (with light show and prizes) from 6:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
KHAY-FM will be broadcasting live on Saturday from noon to 2:00 p.m. and KLJR-FM will be broadcasting live from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday
The Pet Central Education and Welfare Foundation is the nonprofit partner for this year’s Conejo Valley Days. In addition, more than 30 local nonprofit groups participate in CVD each year, raising money that is invested back into the community. RCS Shows is the carnival provider.
CVD Music Lineup Summary:
Thursday, May 7
- All evening - Three Rivers Band
Friday, May 8
- DJ Night and Carnival
- 5:00 p.m. - DJ Bernard Puga
- 6:30-11:00 p.m. - DJ Mike Christie with light show and prizes
Saturday, May 9
- Noon - Three Rivers Band
- 2:00 p.m. - Action Down
- 4:00 p.m. - Chevy Metal
- 6:30 p.m. - The Janks
- 8:30 p.m. - Sonny Mone
Sunday, May 10
- Noon - Aspire Dance Studio
- 1:00 p.m. - The Koles
- 2:00 & 4:00 p.m. - Zon Candela
- 5:30 p.m. - Graywolf Blues Band
- 6:30 p.m. - Thousand Oaks All-Stars
The City of Agoura Hills Department of Community Services and the Los Angeles County Fire Department announces that the 4th annual FIRE SERVICES AND PUBLIC SAFETY DAY will be held on Saturday, May 9, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Fire Station #89, located at 29575 Canwood Street in Agoura Hills.
This event will include a fire station open house, fire demonstrations, rockwall, food and entertainment. Local organizations such as the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District, Lost Hills Sheriff Station as well as local public safety entities will all have interactive activities.
If you would like more information on FIRE SERVICES AND PUBLIC SAFETY DAY, please contact the Agoura Hills Recreation Center at (818) 597-7361. You can also visit the Recreation Center on-line at www.agourahillsrec.org, at www.facebook.com/agourahillsrec , or on www.twitter.com/cityagourahills.
The Ventura Heart Walk is a wonderful way for individuals, friends, families, companies and employees to team up with the American Heart/Stroke Association’s fight against heart disease and stroke. The goal of this 5K walk along the beach on May 2, 2015 in Ventura is to raise $125,000 to support research in cardiovascular disease and stroke, as well as educational programs.
Location: Harbor Cove Beach in Ventura Harbor. Visit www.venturaheartwalk.org today to register.
Event features 5K/3.1 mile route, Survivor Route, Health Expo, Healthy Food, Educational Booths, Kids Zone, Dog Zone and more!
Sign up as an individual or start your own walk team as a team captain. Send emails to friends and family to invite them to join you at the Heart Walk or support your efforts by donating to your personal fundraising page online!
ArtWalk '15 takes place on Saturday and Sunday, June 6th and 7th from 10 am to 5 pm at The Bank of America Building at Hillcrest and Wilbur Streets in Thousand Oaks. ArtWalk is a two day, juried, fine arts and designer crafts outdoor exhibition presented by the Conejo Valley Art Museum with the assistance of the Conejo Recreation and Park District. Over 100 artists will have their work on display and for sale.
The museum extends the opportunity for all distinguished artists, designers and crafts persons to exhibit their finest work in this celebrated event. Proceeds of ArtWalk go to the building and endowment funds. FREE admission and parking. Call 805.492.8778 for more information. Food trucks, children’s hands-on art tent, fine arts raffle booth, and live music will be on hand. Also visit cvam.us/events.html.
The 4th Annual California Honey Harvest Festival and BBQ Contest is planned for Saturday, June 13, 2015 from 9 am to 5 pm. Activities to include train tour, arts, crafts, educational beekeeping speakers, food, live music and entertainment, BBQ contest and more! Free admission. Three train tours daily to Bennett's Honey Farm at 10am, 12:30pm and 3pm. Ticket price for Fillmore train ride and Bennett's Honey Farm Tour is $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and ages 4-12, $10 for ages 2-3 and under 2 is free on lap.
The festival will help support Autism Speaks, a national non-profit helping to increase research and awareness of autism spectum disorders.
Event to be held at Central Park in downtown Fillmore, where you'll have free time to enjoy lunch on your own and browse the many vendors that are all about bees and honey. Then, step aboard the historic Fillmore & Western Railway for a short train ride to Bennett's Honey farm, located halfway between Fillmore and Piru.
You'll see demonstrations by California bee keepers along the way and take a one-of-a-kind tour at the honey farm, where you'll learn all about honey bees and how the honey is collected and processed.
Learn more at www.bennetthoney.com/BHF-Events.html.
The California Jazz and Wine Fest (CJWF) is a showcase of premier California jazz, wine and culinary professionals. Now in its 4th year, the CJWF features numerous premiere wineries, microbreweries and boutique spirits. May 17th from 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM at Thousand Oaks Community Park, 2525 N. Moorpark Road.
This year’s jazz lineup includes Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band, Oskar Cartaya Enclave with guest Justo Amario and other great bands. In addition, gourmet food trucks and local exhibitors will be on hand.
Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Westlake Village Sunrise. This is a age 21 and older event. Over 2,000 attendees are anticipated.
Tickets on sale at CaliforniaJazzWine.com at a price of $50 ($100 VIP tickets also available).
The 10th Annual Community Summerfest of healthy living, presented by Ventura Education Partnership (VEP) and the Ventura Unified School District is quickly approaching! This year's FREE event will be on Saturday, May 30th from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. The event will be held at the VUSD Education Service Center, 255 W. Stanley Ave., Ventura.
Last year more than 7,000 children and families attended this free event.
The 2015 Annual Ojai Valley Century bike ride on Saturday, May 30th has five scenic routes: metric century (63 miles), full century (101 miles), double metric century (134 miles), hammerhead century (102 miles) and half metric century (31 miles).
All routes include tours out of Ojai, past Casitas Lake and up over the double Casitas Pass, a fast ride down the other side into Carpinteria and back down the coast to Ventura. Post race BBQ included! More information at www.ojaivalleycentury.org.
The Tower 2 Tower Stair Climb Hosted By Oxnard Fire Explorer Post 9244 is planned for Saturday, June 6th at Topa Financial Plaza Towers, 500 East Esplanade Drive, Oxnard. Check in starts at 8am. Start by running up then back down the stairs in the 14-story City National Bank tower. Head out and cross the parking lot through a series of obstacles (obstacles are optional). This course will lead you to the larger Morgan Stanley tower. Enter the North stairs then race up 22 flights. Water will be available every seven floors and on the rooftop. Exit to the roof, cross the finish line, then take a moment to enjoy the spectacular view and to revel in your run.
50 floors, 9,000 steps, 500 feet!
Post race, join your family and friends at Public Safety Day. Demos will be ongoing from Fire and Police Departments, K9's and other public safety teams from the county. Enjoy music and food with the entire family.
Get your tickets now for the early bird discount ($30 before May 1), then $40 before the event and $50 the day of the event. Timing chips and numbers can be picked up at registration the morning of the event at 9:00 am.
Register at this Active.com link.
The 3rd Annual Ventura Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K are planned for Sunday, September 13th. This is a flat and fast course.nFor more information and to register, visit www.venturamarathon.com
Additional events planned for Saturday, September 12th include Kids Sand Runs and 100, 62 and 35 Mile Bike Rides.
The event is managed by Vendurance Sports, a Ventura County-based running club and event management company aiming to bring high-quality, well-organized and affordable events to the region.
Last year there were 880 finishers in the marathon and over 1,600 in the half marathon.
Free events and programs at Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area locations in Ventura County and adjacent areas are highlighted below! (updated periodically to remove past activities). For additional details and other event locations, visit
Sat 4/25 10am to noon at Malibu Creek State Park - Welcome to Malibu Creek docent led walk along the creek and wooded valley. Meet at lower parking lot.
Sun 4/26 8:30am to 11:30am at Malibu Lagoon State Beach - Beach and Wetlands Bird Watching - All levels welcome. Bring binoculars. Meet at shaded viewpoint. 310.395.6235
Sun 4/26 10am and 1pm at Satwiwa Native American Indian Culture Center - Cultural Workshop featuring Hupa artist, Kat High, who will teach making round reed baskets. Materials provided and open to all ages. Limited seating/materials so first come, first served. 805.370.2301
Sun 4/26 10am-11am at Malibu Lagoon State Beach - Birdwatching for Young Children and Parents. Meet at shaded viewpoint. Binoculars provided. 310.395.6235
Sat 5/2 8:30am to 10am at Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor Center - Spring Migration through the Lens - bring your camera and get tips on capturing the excitement of birds pass through the area. Meet by flag pole.
Sat 5/2 8:30am to noon at Malibu Creek State Park - Intro to Mountain Bike Skills - learn off-road riding fundamentals, etiquette and more. Bring mountain bike and helmet. 805.558.1606 www.corbamtb.com (Note: It takes lots of time curating content for this site; please refrain from copying, CVH. Thank you.)
Sat 5/2 9am to 5pm at Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor Center - Native Wildflowers & Landscapes Exhibit & Sale. Meet artist Stacey Best from 2-4pm. Sale will run thru 5/24. 805.370.2301
Fri 5/8 2pm to 3pm at Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor Center A Bit of Local History Walk around the Visitor Center. Meet inside.
Sat 5/9 9am to 10:30am at Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa - Meet ranger for "What's Blooming" walk to identify wildflowers and plants two years after the Springs Fire. Meet in main parking lot.
Sat 5/9 10am to 11am at Rocky Oaks Park - Junior Ranger Adventures for ages 3 to 7. Learn about animals and plants. Meet in parking lot. 805.370.2301
Sun 5/10 9am to 10:15am at Malibu Lagoon State Beach - Slow Down and Relax Qigong exercise session. Wear loose fitting clothing.
Sun 5/10 10am and 1pm at Satwiwa Native American Indian Culture Center - Cultural Workshop - learn how to make a Tongva word animal bracelet. Materials will be provided. All ages. Limited seating.
Sun 5/10 11am to 12:30pm at Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor Center - Gardening with Nature session. Meet inside visitor center.
Sun 5/10 4pm to 6:30pm at Peter Strauss Ranch - Free concert featuring The Handymen and The Chance Band.
Sat 5/16 10am to 11:30am at Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor Center - 1 Mile loop hike with great mountain views. Bring water. Meet by fountain. Rain cancels.
Sat 5/16 3pm to 5pm at King Gillette Ranch - A Walk into the Chumash World 1 mile walk
Sun 5/17 8am to noon at Malibu Creek State Park - Birdwalk. Meet in lower parking lot and bring binoculars. Beginners welcome.
Thu 5/21 8am to noon - De Anza Park to Rock Pools via Talapop Trail - 9 mile, moderately-paced hike led by Sierra Club members. Bring water, lunch, lugsoles, hat and sunscreen. Rain cancels. 818.991.4799
Fri 5/22 7pm to 8:30pm at Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa - Who's Hoo 1.5 mile hike to learn how to identify owls in the area. Bring flashlight. Meet in main parking lot.
Sat 5/23 11am to noon at Leo Carrillo State Park - Let's Move Outside activity for kids of all ages. Join ranger in fitness activities and games.
Sun 5/24 10am and 1pm at Satwiwa Native American Indian Culture Center - Cultural Workshop with Rowan Harrison, who will teach how to make small hand-coiled pottery. All ages welcome but seating limited. Be on time! 805.370.2301
Sun 5/24 8:30am to 11:30am at Malibu Lagoon State Beach - Beach and Wetlands Bird Watching. All levels welcome. Bring binoculars. Meet at shaded viewpoint. 310.395.6235
Sun 5/24 10am to 11am at Malbu Lagoon State Beach - Birdwatching for Young Children and Parents - Special bird watching walk. Binoculars provided. Meet at shaded viewpoint. 310.395.6235
Sun 5/24 10am to noon at Malibu Creek State Park - Welcome to Malibu Creek docent-led walk. Meet at lower parking lot.
Tue 5/26 8:30am to 11am at Paramount Ranch - Easy paced 5 mile hike with Sierra Club members. Bring water, snack, hat and sunscreen. 818.532.2485
Fri 5/29 6:30pm to 8pm at Cheeseboro/Palo Comado Canyons - Be a Wildlife Biologist program for ages 4 to 12.
May 30-31 9:30am to 4pm at Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor Center - Art Show & Sale. 11am and 3pm pottery demos and noon, 1pm and 3pm woodcarving demos
May 31 10am to 11am at Paramount Ranch - From Set to Screen Walk 805.370.2301
Directions to various locations
Cheeseboro/Palo Comado Canyons: Ventura Fwy (101) to Chesebro Rd exit. Turn north on Palo Comado Canyon Rd then right on Chesebro Rd. Go north 1 mile to park entrance. Turn right and follow road to parking lot.
Circle X Ranch: Pacific Coast Hwy to Yerba Buena Rd. Turn inland; go 5.4 miles to Circle X Ranch contact station.
Sandstone Peak Trailhead: 1 mile north of Circle X Ranch contact station on Yerba Buena Rd. Parking lot is on left.
Mishe Mokwa Trailhead: 1.75 miles north of the Circle X contact station along Yerba Buena Road. Parking lot is on right.
King Gillette Ranch: Ventura Fwy (101) Exit Las Virgenes Rd. Go 3 miles south on Las Virgenes Rd to Mulholland Hwy intersection (traffic light). Turn left on Mulholland Hwy. Park entrance is 0.1 mile on right.
Malibu Creek State Park: Ventura Fwy (101) Exit Las Virgenes Rd. Go 3 miles south on Las Virgenes Rd to Mulholland Hwy intersection (traffic light). Park entrance is 0.25 mile south of the intersection on Las Virgenes Rd. From Pacific Coast Hwy: north on Malibu Canyon Rd to park entrance on left.
Paramount Ranch: Ventura Fwy (101) to Kanan Rd exit. South on Kanan 0.5 mile. Left on Cornell Way and veer to right. South 2.5 miles, entrance is on right side of the road.
Peter Strauss Ranch is located at 30000 Mulholland Highway, Agoura Hills.
Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa: Ventura Fwy (101) to Lynn Rd exit. South on Lynn Rd 5.25 miles to Via Goleta. Park entrance is on the left. Or enter: Via Goleta and Potrero Rd, Newbury Park
Satwiwa Native American Indian Culture Center: Walk 0.3 mile up gravel road from the parking area to brown wooden building. Via Goleta and Potrero Rd, Newbury Park
Wendy Trailhead: Ventura Fwy (101) to Wendy Dr. exit. South on Wendy Dr to dirt pullout at intersection with Potrero Rd.
Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor Center (SMMVC) at King Gillette Ranch: From Ventura Fwy (101): Exit Las Virgenes Rd. Go 3 miles south on Las Virgenes Rd to Mulholland Hwy intersection (traffic light). Turn left on Mulholland Hwy. Go 0.1 mile and turn right into entrance of King Gillette Ranch. The visitor center is the first building on your right.
The City of Malibu, in partnership with Exclusive Motorcars, Southern California's top car enthusiasts will enjoy a beautiful drive down the coast to meet at Malibu Bluffs Park, 24250 Pacific Coast Highway, from 7am to 9am.
Enjoy a cup of coffee at "Malibu Cars and Coffee" while admiring some of the world's finest automobiles at an unbeatable location with gorgeous views of Malibu's coastline. Cars will arrive and be available for viewing at 7 am. Visit www.malibucarsandcoffee.com for more information. Inclement weather can cancel event as an fyi.
Upcoming events on April 19th and May 3rd.
The inaugural The Hope Run 2015 10K, 5K, and 1K Kid Run will take place on Saturday, May 16 at the Ventura Beach Promenade. 750 Harbor Boulevard, Ventura. The goal of the race is to raise money and awareness for cancer research and patient services. Race entry includes a T-shirt, raffle ticket and post-race refreshments. Additional raffle tickets available on site for purchase. 5K and 10K starts at 8 a.m. 1K Kid Run starts at 9:30 a.m. Check-in starts at 7 a.m. Award ceremony at 10:30. Learn more and sign up at www.thehoperun.org.
This Memorial Day weekend, May 23-24 is the 38th Annual “Art in the Park” at Libbey Park in central Ojai. The open-air juried art show is presented by the Ojai Center for the Arts, the oldest nonprofit art center in California.
Drawing artists from all over California, the Art Center accepts work in the following categories: oil, acrylic, pastel, watercolor, glass, wood, photography, sculpture, ceramics, fine jewelry, and mixed media. Cash prizes are awarded, but the weekend offers something more.
Plan ahead and don’t let this Memorial Day find you still looking for something to do. Instead, take part in an Ojai tradition under the canopy of Libbey Park’s century-old oak trees. Enjoy the beautiful casual surroundings and mingle with artists and patrons throughout the weekend. Show hours are 10am to 5pm. For further information, call (805) 646-0117.
Presented by the Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise in Simi Valley, the 26th Annual Simi Valley Cajun and Blues Music Festival is held on Memorial Day Weekend, May 23-24, 2015. The event will feature Cajun, Creole and Zydeco music provided by bands from around the county. In addition, there will be authentic cajun and creole food available from a variety of food vendors. The stage and dance floor is the largest outside dance floor west of the Mississippi. Hours are 10:30 am to 8:00 pm both days. Tickets are $20 online ($25 at the gate) for ages 13+ and 12 and under are free. Rides and events in the kids area are no additional cost!
The festival also features a large kids area featuring a variety of climbing, sliding, bouncing contraptions, a crafts area and rotating demonstrations by performing artists and musicians.
Proceeds from the Festival are distributed to dozens of local charities and international projects The event will take place at Rancho Susana Community Park, 5005 Los Angeles Avenue in Simi Valley. More information at www.SimiCajun.org or 805.517.9000. THIS EVENT IS HUGELY POPULAR! GET THERE EARLY! :>
The Conejo Gem & Mineral Club presents its 41st annual Pageant of a Thousand Gems on Saturday and Sunday, April 18-19 from 10am to 5pm at the Borchard Community Center, 190 Reino Road, Newbury Park. Admission and parking are FREE!
The show will serve up lots of fun for all ages! There are many different aspects of earth science from minerals to fossils to rocks. Vendors will be selling jewelry, minerals, gems and fossils with world-wide specimens and unique one-of-a-kind pieces.
Fun for all ages with exhibits and sales of gems, jewelry, rocks, minerals and fossils.Special youth activities. Lapidary and jewelry making demonstrations. Silent auction, door prizes, plant sale and snack bar.
CGMC is a non-profit educational organization encouraging interests in rocks, minerals, fossils, field trips, earth science education and the lapidary arts.
More information at www.cgamc.org.
The Thousand Oaks Rotary Club hosts its 39th Annual Chili Cook Off and Classic Car Show on Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 11 am to 9 pm at Conejo Creek Park South in Thousand Oaks.
The annual event will feature a regional Chili Cook Off, sanctioned by the International Chili Society, Classic Car Show, live music, food, beverages and fun activities for the whole family. DSB Journey Tribute band to perform at 6:30pm to 8pm.
Admission $12 and kids 10 and under are free. $5 to park. Visit www.chili-cook-off.com for more information.