Rock on the Dock Free Concert Series at Ventura Harbor Village in September

Experience the Rock on the Dock Concert Series starting Labor Day weekend, Saturday, September 5th at Ventura Harbor Village (1583 Spinnaker Drive) along the Village Promenade and continuing each Saturday in September from 3-6 PM.

Be entertained seaside by bands performing on a floating boat dock while soaking up the sun and picturesque harbor and mountain views. Guests can catch the show from the water with kayak, SUP, electric and paddle boat rentals from Ventura Boat Rentals, dance along the promenade, stroll throughout seaside boutiques, or sip sunset cocktails while dining al fresco at one of Ventura Harbor Village's waterfront restaurants.

9/5 Carmen & the Renegade Vigilantes (Country & Rock N' Roll)
9/12 The Rincons (Rock & Beach Tunes)
9/19 Hard-Times Band (Classic Rock, Blues, and Country)
9/26 Smokey and Friends (Rock and Reggae)

Just added:

Friday, 9/25 Unkle Monkey (Tropical Rock) at 2:00-3:30PM and 4:30-6:00 PM

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Howl-O-Ween Dog Costume Contest at Ventura Harbor Village on Saturday, October 24th

Howl-O-Ween Dog Costume Contest at Ventura Harbor Village on the Carousel Stage on Saturday, October 24, 2015 at noon. Dress your dog in a their Halloween best! Dogs of all shapes & sizes welcome! Dress your dog in costume for the chance to win!

Prizes for Spookiest, Sea-Worthy, Creative/Original, cutest, Best in Show. Every dog gets a "treat."

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Cats in the Canyon & Hounds in the Hollow Fundraiser in Ojai on Sunday, September 27th

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The Humane Society of Ventura County is once again making plans for its Cats in the Canyon & Hounds in the Hollow fall fundraiser. This will be the ninth year we celebrate the efforts of this organization to protect and care for animals throughout Ventura County.
 
We are returning to Boccali’s Pizza and Pasta Restaurant, located at 3277 E. Ojai Avenue in Ojai on Sunday, September 27th, from 2:00pm to 5:00pm. Our guests will; enjoy a vegetarian Italian dinner under the oaks; shop for donated items and services at our popular “Buy It Now” marketplace; visit with our animal friends looking for new homes; and listen to live music provided by The Main Street Jazz Band!

To purchase tickets, or to donate an item for our Marketplace, please call the Shelter's front office at 805-646-6505 or stop by at 402 Bryant St. in Ojai. Online ticket purchase will be available soon at www.hsvc.org/cats_in_the_canyon_hounds_in_the_hollow.

If you are interested in being an event sponsor, please contact Heather at 805 646-6505 x 104.

The Humane Society of Ventura County is a private, nonprofit organization funded by private donations and fundraisers such as this one throughout the year. We greatly appreciate all of our friends and sponsors who annually support this event.

18th Annual Underwood Family Farms Fall Harvest Festival, October 3-31, 2015

Underwood Family Farms' 18th Annual Fall Harvest Festival will take place October 3 to 31 this year. 

Friends of the Farm Weekend is back October 3 & 4. Proceeds will help benefit The Ventura County Sheriff's Charity Organization Cops Running for Charity and The Ventura County Fire Department's Charity Groups. There will be demonstrations including fire trucks, ambulances, tank type vehicle, bomb squad with their bomb robot, police car/motorcycle and much more. 

October 10 & October 11 is Farm Country Weekend, complete with country and bluegrass music and a live-remote visit from local station KHAY. Giant Pumpkin Contest takes place on Sunday, October 11! 

Antique Tractor Weekend is October 17 & 18 (10am-4pm) with antique tractors and a tractor parade!

October 24 & 25 is Western Weekend - from 11am - 3pm, there will be stunt ropers, a covered wagon, music, magic and much more! At 3:00, the cowboys ride off, but the festival continues until 6:00pm with music, games, rides, races and tons of family fun.

The final day of the festival is Saturday, October 31, "All About Pumpkins" weekend,  with with live entertainment from 10:30-5:30! There will be pumpkin demonstrations and displays of pumpkins, squash, and gourds and different ways to decorate them! On Saturday, October 31st - Halloween - anyone dressed in a full costume (not just a mask or face painted) will receive FREE admission!
                                                                                                                                      
On the weekends, food vendors serve up the Lion's Club hot dogs, hamburgers, roasted corn on the cob, pie, Spencer/MacKenzie's Mexican food, shave ice, kettle corn, cookies and much more. 

On hand for purchase will be varieties of gourds, winter squash, Indian corn, and other fall decorating accessories, as well as a large selection of pumpkin carving accessories. There will be acres and acres of pumpkins, country games & activities, pig races and great photo opportunities!

The 2015 festival will be open from 9:00 am until 6:00 pm. Admission to the festival is $15.00 on Saturdays and Sundays and $6.00 per person Monday through Friday. Children under 2 are free PLUS parking is FREE! Weekend admission includes a tractor-drawn wagon ride, the corn maze and hay pyramids, Animal Center with Fun Hill, Craig's Chicken Show, Kid's Corral & play area PLUS live bands including themed-weekend entertainment, the Animal Show, Pig Races & tons of open space & photo ops in the pumpkin patch! 

A portion of Festival proceeds helps support the Rotary Club, Pleasant Valley Lions Club, Boy Scouts of America, Cops Running For Charity, Ventura County Firefighters, numerous high school groups and many other non-profit organizations.

More info at www.underwoodfamilyfarms.com/fall_harvest_festival.html.

26th Annual United Way of Ventura County Day of Caring on Saturday, October 3rd

United Way of Ventura County invites the community to participate in its 26th Annual Day of Caring to take place on Saturday, October 3, 2015 from 9am to noon. This event will bring together teams and individual volunteers to help nonprofit organizations in the community with a variety of tasks. Volunteer projects are available in cities throughout Ventura County.

United Way is seeking volunteers to help community organizations across Ventura County. Day of Caring will be a fun, free and easy way for individuals, families and teams to work together and create real change in the community.

Some of the volunteer projects will include leading arts and crafts activities for children, painting and freshening up community centers, creating a garden of hope for cancer patients, sorting food at food banks and pantries and more!

Volunteers will receive a Day of Caring T-shirt for their participation. To register as a volunteer and to view full descriptions of the available Day of Caring projects, visit www.VolunteerVenturaCounty.org or CLICK THIS LINK to get directly to the event page. Register by the 25th of September.

41st Conejo Valley Home Remodeling & RV Show on October 10-11 in Westlake Village

Homeowners who are planning fall and winter projects around their house can talk with professionals for ideas and advice at the 41st Conejo Valley Home Remodeling & RV Show. The fall show is Saturday and Sunday, October 10 and 11 at the Hyatt Westlake Plaza (880 S. Westlake Blvd., Westlake Village). Over 170 vendors will be on hand with information on everything from kitchen and bath remodeling to interior decorating to landscaping, pools and spas. The latest RVs and offroad vehicles will be on display from Simi RV & Offroad. Gourmet food trucks will be at the show on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., October 10. Home Show hours: Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free passes are available online at www.conejovalleyhomeshow.com. Cost at the door: $4 per person. For more information, call 805-529-0760 or e-mail showkase9@gmail.com.

Celebrate Adolfo Camarillo's Birthday at the Camarillo Ranch on Sunday, October 25th

Celebrate Adolfo Camarillo’s Birthday at the Camarillo Ranch on Sunday, October 25 from 12pm 4pm. FREE ADMISSION! Featuring the Camarillo White Horses, Country Store & Sweet Shoppe, pinatas, games & lots of family fun! Live entertainment from the Inlakech Folklorico Dancers, ACHS Marching Band, Mariachis & Channel Islands Clippers. Burgers, hot dogs and Mexican food for sale. Free birthday cake and punch too!

Visit camarilloranch.org for more information.

Upcoming Events and Free Programs at the Thousand Oaks and Newbury Park Branch Libraries

The main Thousand Oaks ( Grant R. Brimhall) Library is located next to the beautiful Conejo Creek North Park

The main Thousand Oaks ( Grant R. Brimhall) Library is located next to the beautiful Conejo Creek North Park

There are two great Thousand Oaks libraries; the Grant R. Brimhall Library at 1401 E. Janss Road in Thousand Oaks (805.449.2660) and the local Newbury Park Branch is at 2331 Borchard Road (805.498.2139).  These libraries provide year-round free events, activities and programs for all ages that from time to time will be summarized right here. Visit the library website at www.toaks.org/library to learn more. 

(The programs below are updated periodically to remove past events)

Water Wise Gardening Series @ Brimhall Library

Saturday, September 26 - 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. - Front Yard landscape Design 101
Learn the basics of beautiful front yard landscaping during the drought from the Master Gardeners. Registration is required by visiting the Master Gardeners website, http://ucanr.edu/sites/VCMG/?calitem=268517&g=79246 or at the Library Reference Desk.

Comedy Night Friday, August 28 - 7:30 p.m. - Grant R. Brimhall Library
Thousand Oaks Library Foundation presents Comedy Night at the Library with famous funny men, Jason Love, Frank Luscero and Don Friesen with PG rated comedy for the whole family. This special evening will also include a silent auction, refreshments and a cash bar. Suggested donation is $20. All proceeds benefit the Foundation which supports library special collections and services.

End of Summer Music Program

Sunday, August 30 - 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. - Grant R. Brimhall Library
Bring the family to enjoy the sweet sounds of the ChannelAire Chorus. The award-winning barbershop chorus has been sharing its exciting barbershop sound throughout Southern California for more than 40 years.

Wonders of the Aquarium

Saturday, Aug. 29 - 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. - Grant R. Brimhall Library
Come learn about the Library's 3600 gallon saltwater aquarium and see some ocean life in a touch tank with Brian Hoover of Aquatic Contractors. It all happens near the aquarium.

Films at the Branch

Tuesday, Sept 1 - 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. - Newbury Park Branch - STAR TREK (PG-13, Paramount, 2009)
Tuesday, Sept. 15 - 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. - Newbury Park Branch - STAR TREK: INTO DARKNESS (PG-13, Paramount, 2013)

Medicare 101

Wednesday, Sept. 9, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. - Newbury Park Branch and
Thursday, Sept. 10, 6:30 -7:30 p.m. - Grant R. Brimhall Library
Turning 65 and don't know how or when to sign up for Medicare and what plans you need? Come get all the information you need to make the right decision from Belinda Lang.

STEAM Program - Juno and the New Renaissance

Saturday, Sept. 12 - 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. - Grant R. Brimhall Library
Theo Clarke, consultant on NASA's Juno mission to Jupiter and engineer at Jet Propulsion Laboratory, will speak about the Juno mission and has lots of photos to share. Juno mission is the embodiment of a remakable union of science, technology, history, literature, music, art and public engagement. This program is for middle school age and up.

Movie Matinees

Monday, Sept. 14 - 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. - Grant R. Brimhall Library - THE HUNDRED FOOT JOURNEY (PG, Disney, 2014)
Monday, Sept. 28 - 1:00 -3:00 p.m. - Grant R. Brimhall Library - AMERICAN SNIPER (R, Warner Bros., 2014) 

Discovering the History of the Conejo Valley

Wednesday, Sept 16, 7:00 -8:00 p.m. - Grant R. Brimhall Library
Who settled the Conejo Valley? Where did they come from? Miriam Sprankling, Curator of the Stagecoach Inn Museum and local author, will share the early history of our community with pictures. She will have copies of some of her books of the early history of the valley for sale at the event as well.

Dog Days

Sept 15 - Nov. 17 - every Tuesday from 3:30 -4:30 p.m. - Grant R. Brimhall Library
Children can practice their reading skills by reading to therapy dogs.

Lego Play @ your Library

Saturday, Sept. 26 - 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. - Grant R. Brimhall Library
Come build your own Lego creations and these free sessions. Donations of Legos are always welcome.

FALL 2015 STORYTIMES

Parent and Child - Baby Play & Learn Classes

Conejo Valley Neighborhood for Learning
Ages: 0 - 24 months

Tuesdays, September 15, 22, 29, October 6, 13, 20, 27,
November 3, 10, 17
10:30 – 11:20 a.m.*

Grant R. Brimhall Library Community Room
(*Before Library hours - Participants should enter at the Main Library entrance.)

Introduce babies to rhymes, songs and storys during these engaging programs. CVNfL staff will lead a brief lapsit activity time followed by playtime.

Toddler Play & Learn Storytime

Ages: 2-3 years

Wednesdays, September 16, 23, 30, October 7, 14, 21, 28, November 4, 18
10:30 - 11:20 a.m.*

Grant R. Brimhall Library Community Room
(*Before Library hours - Participants should enter at the Main Library entrance.)

Enjoy 20 minutes of simple stories, songs and fingerplays and more for toddlers followed by 30 minutes of play activities.

Preschool Play & Learn Storytime

Ages: 3 - 5 years

Thursdays, September 17, 24, October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29,
November 5, 12, 19
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.*

Grant R. Brimhall Library Community Room
(*Before Library hours - Participants should enter at the Main Library entrance.)

An hour of fun for the adventurous preschooler with 30 minutes of stories, songs and fingerplays followed by 30 minutes of free play and exploration of preschool-level concepts of math, science, art and literacy.

Baby/Toddler Play & Learn Storytime

Ages: 0 - 3 years

Thursday, October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
10:30 - 11:15 a.m.

Newbury Park Branch Library Meeting Room

Brief lapsit storytime with entertaining stories, songs, and fingerplays followed by 30 minutes of interactive playtime.

Upcoming Events and Activities at the Camarillo Public Library

The City of Camarillo Public Library is located at 4101 Las Posas Road and is open Monday through Thursday from 10 am to 9 pm and Friday through Sunday 10 am to 5 pm. It can be reached at 805.388.5222. The library hosts year-round free activities and programs for the general public, many of which will be highlighted right here (for a complete rundown, visit the library's website at www.camarillolibrary.org.

Upcoming Programs (prior events periodically removed):

National Hispanic Heritage Month Events:

Sat, Sept 19 3-4pm: Research Family in Mexico session with VC Genealogical Society featuring Denise Quigley - Denise Quigley, a native Venturan, is a consultant at the Family History Center in Ventura.  She has Mayflower ancestors and her family has lived in the western United States since 1847.  Denise has been doing family history research for thirty-five years and became proficient in researching family history in Mexico in an effort to help roommates who had ancestors there.  When the 1930 Mexico census was released, she extracted thousands of names in several states.

Sun, Sept 17 2-3pm: SitaraSon - group to perform traditional and modern Cuban music, Flamenco and more

Tue Oct 7 7-8pm: Latin American Folktales by Alina Cenal - experience Spanish culture and learn dance stes, song and clave rhythm - for the entire family

Lawyers at the Library - Tuesdays in Sept at 6:30pm

Sept 1: Special Needs and the Estate Plan - As part of our Lawyers at the Library series, attorney Christopher P. Young of the Alvarez Firm will discuss "Special Needs and the Estate Plan: Why Every Estate Plan Should Consider Special Needs Protection for Beneficiaries Who Are (or May Become) Disabled." In partnership with Ventura County Law Library.

Sept 8: Top 10 Estate Planning Mistakes - As part of our Lawyers at the Library series, Attorneys from Cunningham Legal will share the top 10 estate planning mistakes and explain how to avoid these pitfalls. Come learn how to protect your assets and your family’s future with proper planning. In partnership with Ventura County Law Library. 

Sept 29: Top 8 Medi-Cal Mistakes - Almost one out of every two women and one in four men will find themselves in a nursing home at some point in their lives.  The average cost of a nursing home in California is $7,500.00 a month. Cunningham Legal will discuss how Medi-Cal can be used to help offset this cost and how to avoid costly mistakes. In partnership with Ventura County Law Library.

Adult Programs

Wed, Sept 2: Medicare 101 at 6:30pm - Medicare expert Belinda Lang has dedicated her career to learning the complexities and dynamics of Medicare. She offers unbiased guidance and insight for those 65 and older. The Medicare 101 presentation is strictly educational information on Medicare and delivered at no cost. The purpose of the presentation is to break down and make understandable Medicare and its parts. Belinda cover when to enroll, when to postpone enrolling, how to avoid Medicare penalties and more. 

Wed, Sept 9 at 6:30pm: Camera Club Meeting

Sat, Sept 12 at 11am - Woody Woodburn on hand to discuss "Wooden and Me"

Tue, Sept 15 at 5:30pm - Total Hip and Knee Replacement session (RSVP at 877/753-6248) - Learn about the latest techniques for total hip and knee replacement from St. John's expert surgeons. 

Wed, Sept 16 at 6:30pm: Social Security Savior workshop - One of the most important phases of your retirement is learning about your retirement benefits. Social Security is the financial foundation for most retirees but it is surprisingly complex. Wisely managing your Social Security income benefits start with understanding your options. Many people are making decisions without all of the information. During this free presentation, Tim Wilbur, will share the important steps you can take to maximize the benefits you have earned.

September 19 at 11am
Introduction to DNA & Genealogy

This will be an hour-long presentation targeted to beginners. If you are asking yourself, "Which test should I take?" or even "Why should I take a DNA test?" then this presentation will try to help you answer those questions. All are welcome to join us, whether you are a beginner or experienced. 

September 19 at 1pm
The IGS and New Resources for German-American Research

Gordon Seyffert is the vice president and editor of the Immigrant Genealogical Society in Burbank, CA.  Some two decades ago he began to teach himself the old German script so that he could see for himself how and where his German ancestors had lived.  Since moving to California four years ago he has made it his personal challenge to convince others to “Research Beyond One’s Comfort Zone.”  Come hear his views on where Germanic research is now headed, as well as case studies of German research problems.

Sat, Sept 26 at 2pm - Existentialist Thought in the Life and Works of Albert Camus with Dr. Bill Garlington - Following World War II Existentialism became an intellectual phenomenon in both Europe and the United States, and its philosophical and literary expressions greatly impacted much of modern western thought. What is Existentialism, and how is it relevant for the 21st century? Dr. Garlington will attempt to answer these questions by examining the life and works of the novelist and playwright Albert Camus, perhaps best known for his works, The Stranger, The Plague, and The Myth of Sisyphus.

Wed, Oct 14 at 7pm: Sarah McQuaid to perform stories and guitar

Must See Movies - Thursdays at 6:30pm

Sept 10: The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (PG)

Sept 17: McFarland, USA (PG)

Sept 24: Kingsman: The Secret Service (R)

Oct 8: Far From the Maddening Crowd (PG-13)

Oct 15: Age of Adaline (PG-13)

Oct 22: Selma (PG-13)

Oct 29: Nosferatu with live music accompaniment - special Halloween screening of silent era movie based on story of Dracula. 

Russell Fischer Business Collection Programs

September 4 at 9am - The Benefits of Using Cal Jobs - OPEN is an all-volunteer organization geared around career guidance. In this presentation, guest speaker Sergio Prado from the County of Ventura will discuss how using America’s Job Center can help to promote an alliance between employers and employees, one that increases employment and benefits the county financially.

September 11 at 9am - Innovate Like The Big Brands - Sustained success for an established business is dependent upon a steady flow of new, fresh and innovative products. The secret to taming the complex process of taking new ideas to market is finding the right array of tools and techniques appropriate for each company size, industry segment, and operational model. During this workshop, Dave Pollock will share his practical insights developed from 25+ years of product innovation experience, teaching specific tools and tips used by the big brands that can be used on a smaller scale to successfully extend and grow your business.  Please register at http://bitly.com/innovatebig.

September 28 at 6pm - Socially Responsible Investing: Doing Good While Doing Good

An increasing number of individual investors seek to avoid owning companies in certain industries or with reputations for what they perceive as socially or environmentally damaging economic activities. Do you want to exercise more discretion in the investments you own? If so, David and Brandon Smith from Lifetime Planning, Inc. will teach you the basics of socially responsible investing so you can align your investments with your values.  Please register at http://bitly.com/sociallyinvest. 

September 21st – 25th from 8:30am to 12:30pm - OPEN: Strategies for a Successful Job Search

Join us for the best five ½ days you can spend to rev up your job search! Land more interviews, expand your lifelong professional network, negotiate a better compensation package, sell your “best self” in today’s job market, and stand out from the competition. Register today at www.eu-open.org.

Fri, Oct 2 from 9am to noon - Fundamentals of Starting a New Business

Youth Programs

Toddler Storytime
Mondays at 10am in the Pirate Ship, September 14 through October 19
A special time-just for toddlers. Join us for activities to introduce them to the joys of stories, songs and\ movement with their parent or caregiver.

Preschool Storytime
Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10am in the Story Corner, September 8 through October 21
It’s time to shake your sillies out! Storytimes open up the world of books, music, crafts and play to toddlers and young children and promote early literacy skills.

Family Storytime
Thursdays at 7pm in the Pirate Ship
Family Storytimes are fun for your whole family, with books, songs, rhymes, movement activities, and more! They help to reinforce a lifelong love of reading.

Book Buddies
Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10am in the Pirate Ship, September 15 through November 17
Members of the Kiwanis & Key Clubs of Camarillo share their favorite stories with children of all ages.

Super Saturdays with LEGO Bricks, Puzzles & Board Games
Saturdays Sep. 12 and Oct. 10 from 10am to 4pm
Stop by the Children’s Area and build a LEGO model; complete a puzzle or play a game throughout the day.

Talk Like a Pirate Day with Cap’n True
Saturday, Sep. 19 from 11am to 2pm
Salty Sea Dog Cap’n True will be giving all the scurvy knaves and lily-livered landlubbers a course in Pirate lingo, Nautical Nonsense and fun. We’ll have some silly tunes, fun tales, and a treasure hunt!

Kindermusik with Katie
October 26, 27 & 28 at 10am in the Pirate Ship - Kindermusik with Katie will present a program with rhythm instruments, movement and musical adventures for all ages.

‘Shh’ or Treat Halloween Party
Saturday, Oct. 31 from 11am to 2pm - Come to the library in your Halloween costume and enjoy the library’s version of ‘trick or treat’! Make a trick or treat bag to use at the library and that night. Say “Shh or treat” to the volunteers and you will walk away with bookmarks,

Teen Activities (Ages 12-18)

Teen Only Movies - First Thursday of each month at 6:30pm in Community Room

Sept 3: Insurgent (PG-13)

Oct 1: Poltergeist (PG-13)

Sat, Oct 10 from 10am to 5pm: Star Wars Reads Day - At 2:30pm watch The Empire Strikes Back Uncut - a crowdsourced version of the classic movie.

Wed, Oct 21 from 6-8pm: Back to the Future Day

Sat, Sept 5 from 2-4pm: Robotics II - (Ages 9-16) - Design, build and program awesome LEGO robots

Sat, Oct 24 from 2-4pm: Minecraft Animation (ages 9-16) Create epic Minecraft Animations easily!

The 65,000 sq ft Camarillo Public Library includes the Friends of the Library Bookstore, Adult Literacy Center, Veterans Resource Center, Russell Fischer Business Collection, Esper A. Petersen Foundation Study Center, and the Giant Steps Café. The award winning library opened in 2007 and hosts regular programs and events, features a life sized replica of a pirate ship, and provides access to over 270,000 print and digital materials in its collection.

3rd Annual Labor Day Vintage Tractor Fair & Kids' Fun Zone at Agriculture Museum in Santa Paula

The Museum of Ventura County’s Agriculture Museum is proud to present its 3rd Annual Labor Day Vintage Tractor Fair on Monday, September 7, immediately following the Santa Paula Labor Day Parade. 

More than two dozen classic farm tractors from decades past will be displayed by their proud owners on Railroad Avenue adjacent to the Museum (926 Railroad Ave) on Monday, September 7, 2015, from 10:30am to 1:30pm. 

This celebration also features live music, food trucks, and tractor-themed kids’ activities, as well as agriculture-themed exhibitions and items for sale indoors.  Admission to the fair and the museum is free.  The Labor Day Vintage Tractor Fair is sponsored by the Limoneira Company and Ventura County’s Topa Topa Flywheelers.

Visitors can get close-up views of rare tractors and talk to the tractors’ owners, as well as view a working vintage engine demonstration. This year, we will have a special display of a working 1/3rd scale model Case 65 steam engine that will be making mini hay bales.

Delicious food options will be available for sale at food trucks located throughout the event, and a seating area will be provided.  Santa Paula’s favorite rock and roll band, Cruise Knights, will play classic tunes.  Don’t miss the pie eating contest that will be held at 12:00pm, sponsored by Marie Callender’s. 

A Kids’ Fun Zone will be onsite, accessible with the purchase of a $5 wrist band.  In the Fun Zone, children can compete in or watch pedal tractor races, or bounce in a supervised, super-sized Jolly Jump. They can also ask for a balloon character or creation of their choice from our balloon artist Cookie the Clown, and have a chance for kids and adults to get close and personal with several farm animals from chickens to alpacas in the petting zoo area by Aloha Animal Experience. And don’t forget to get your face painted by Fancy Pantz Face and Body Art.

Inside the Museum, visitors can view new exhibits about agriculture and vintage equipment in the air-conditioned historic building. Current exhibits are AG Air: Aviation in Agriculture, The Dirt on Tractors, which portrays the history of tractor evolution, and paintings of Santa Paula artist Wendell Dowling. Kids can climb on a real Oliver tractor and visit the Museum’s transparent, real beehive.  Also, visit the Museum’s General Store and shop our local vendors for special items. Many store vendors will be present throughout the event giving great deals on some of the finest merchandise.

For more information, call (805) 525-3100.

7th Annual Taste of Conejo Event Returns to Four Seasons Westlake Village on October 1st

The seventh annual Taste of Conejo, presented by the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce, returns Thursday, October 1, 5-8 p.m., to the Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village.

Food and wine enthusiasts will enjoy an all-inclusive evening of exceptional food, wine, beer and spirit tastings from over 60 local restaurants, breweries and wineries. The evening will be complimented with live entertainment by The COMPANY MEN, known as America’s favorite mashup group, and electric harpist VeeRonna.

New local establishments “tasting” at the event this year include: Los Agaves Restaurant, Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co., Nabu Wines, Urbane Cafe, Ice Cream Lab, and Barone’s The Pizzeria Express.

Pre-sale general admission tickets are available online at TasteofConejo.com through September 27th for $65 per person; Chamber members receive $10 off with their discount code. VIP tickets are also available at TasteofConejo.com for $100 a person, which includes complimentary valet parking and 1-hour early entry into the event from 4-5p.m. From September 28th-Oct. 1st, tickets will be available online for $75 and a limited amount of tickets will be sold at the door. Only guests over the age of 21 will be allowed admittance.

A sneak peek of early food and beverage participants includes: Alma Sol Winery, Angelini Trading Company, Barone’s – The Pizzeria Express, Bogart’s Bar & Grill, Buon Gusto Farms, Coastal Grill at Mandalay Beach Hotel and Resort, California Kettle Corn, California Health & Longevity Institute, Celebrate Sweetly, Cielo Malibu Estate Wineyard, Chick-fil-A, Costco, Enegren Brewery, Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co., Fireman’s Brew, Fresh Brothers Pizza, Frost It Cakery, Ice Cream Lab, Kneady Bakery, ONYX Restaurant, Hyatt Westlake Plaza - Harvest Kitchen & Bar, Juice Ranch, Lazy Dog Restaurant, Los Agaves Restaurant, Mission Oaks Café, Mouthful Eatery, NABU Wines, Navarro Vineyards, Panera Bread, Paul Martin’s American Grill, Sant Wines, Shave It, STONEFIRE Grill, Sunland Vintage Winery, Surf Brewery, Sweet Arleen’s, The 805 Bar & Grilled Cheese, Twisted Oak Tavern, Umami Burger, Urbane Café, Ventura Spirits and Wades Wines.

Visit www.TasteofConejo.com or call 805.370.0035 for more information.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley 4th Annual Track Meet on Sunday, September 20th in Agoura

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley are holding their Fourth Annual Track Meet on Sunday, September 20 from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. at Agoura High School, 28545 W. Driver Avenue.  Youth ages 3 to 10 are invited to participate.

The Track Meet is designed to be a win-win for all participants and provides an opportunity for kids to participate in several activities including Olympic field events.  “Our goal is to help build self-confidence and teach kids new skills while improving their physical conditioning in a positive environment,” stated Jim Kirtley, Sports Director for the Boys & Girls Clubs.

The track meet is free of charge and includes a special track meet T-shirt.  Registration can be completed online at www.bgcconejo.org/calendar/track-meet.aspx.  For more information, call 805-371-4045.

About the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley are open before and after school, during lunch, on weekends, throughout the summer for the camp program and all day during school vacations with tours of the Clubs available upon request.  For more information about supervised youth programs, to donate, volunteer, or register online, please log onto www.bgcconejo.org or call 818-706-0905.

30th Annual Senior Concerns Ultimate Dining Experience at Hyatt Westlake on September 26th

Celebrating its 30th Anniversary, Senior Concerns’ Ultimate Dining Experience fundraiser, planned for Saturday, September 26, 5:00 p.m., at the Hyatt Westlake Plaza, will showcase some of the region’s best wineries along with the culinary creations of fine dining restaurants and caterers from the Conejo Valley.

Proceeds from the Ultimate Dining Experience help support Senior Concerns’ programs and services, including an Adult Day Program for seniors with cognitive or physical impairments, Meals On Wheels in Thousand Oaks and Newbury Park, and a Caregiver Support Center which provides invaluable services, information and emotional support for family caregivers.

This year’s event will highlight chef’s cuisine from Aroha Restaurant, Geppino’s Italian Kitchen, Hyatt Westlake Plaza, Mastro’s Steakhouse, May’s Kitchen, The Grill on the Alley, Westlake Culinary Institute, and the Westlake Village Inn. Paired with the food will be featured wines from Alma Sol Winery, Hahn Family Wines, Magnavino Cellars, Opolo Vineyards, San Vicente Cellars, Sunland Vintage Winery, and Ventura Limoncello, along with beer from Heineken USA.

The doors open at 5:00 p.m. to chef’s samplings and wine tasting in the garden, along with a silent auction featuring a vast highly sought after wines and other items, and live music.  At 7:00 pm attendees move to the ballroom for a three-course gourmet dinner with wine pairing, a live action and dancing to the music of Motown, performed by the premier tribute band, the Blue Breeze Band.

Tickets are $210 or $395 per couple, and must be purchased in advance.  For tickets please visit www.seniorconcerns.org or call 805-497-0189.  For sponsorship information or to donate an auction item, please contact Janet Young, Director of Development, at the same number.

About Senior Concerns

Senior Concerns is a Thousand Oaks-based private, non-profit organization dedicated to serving seniors, caregivers and families by offering a wide-range of services, programs and resources, including a professionally managed Adult Day Program, Meals on Wheels, Caregiver Support Center, free legal, financial, advocacy and care management services, support groups and community education and training. Senior Concerns also operates the Bargain Boutique & Thrift Shop and hosts two major fundraisers—the Love Run and the Ultimate Dining Experience—and receives invaluable community support from more than 800 volunteers.