140th Annual Ventura County Fair is Coming August 5th through 16th, 2015


The 140th Ventura County Fair, themed "A Country Fair with Ocean Air" will be held August 5th through 16th at the Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 W. Harbor Boulevard in Ventura.

The fair features arts, crafts, food, exhibits, displays, demonstrations, farm animals, petting zoo, carnival rides, games and entertainment. More information at www.VenturaCountyFair.org.

General Admission Prices: Adults (13 to 64) $12.00, Children 6-12 $9.00, Seniors 65 and older $9.00. Children 5 and under admitted free (accompanied by an adult). The fair will be open at 11 a.m. every day. Fair closes at 11 p.m. Carnival closes between 11 p.m. and midnight.

Special Admission Days:

$1 admission until 3pm on opening day, Wed, August 5th!

Feed the Need “Fair Cares” Food Drive | Thursday, August 6 - Purchase an adult admission ticket and donate 5 cans of food for FOOD Share before 3 pm and receive a free return ticket good for admission Aug. 10 through 13.

Youth Day | Friday, August 7

All fair visitors ages 12 and under will be admitted free all day.

Seniors & Persons with Disabilities Day | Tuesday August 11 - Seniors age 65 and older and persons with disabilities admitted free all day.

$3 Before 3 Day | Wednesday August 12th (Admission to the Fair is $3 before 3 pm.)

Military Appreciation Day | Thursday, August 13

All military personnel holding a current, valid military ID will be admitted free.

Other Highlights:

Pay One Price Carnival Wristbands - Thurs 8/6, Mon 8/10, Tues 8/11, Thurs 8/13 - Wristbands will be sold for $25 from opening until 6pm for unlimited carnival rides until 7PM. Wristbands do not include admission and can not be used for carnival games.

Fair Parade Saturday, August 8th

See the annual Ventura County Fair parade march down Main Street! Parade begins at 10 a.m., right before the opening of the fair!

Dia de la Familia Sunday, August 9th

This fair highlight celebrates family! This special day features a concert with three musical artists beginning at 3 p.m. in the Grandstand Arena.

Junior Livestock Auction - Friday, August 14th

Entertainment Lineup

Wed 8/5 6pm: Motor Sports (additional ticket required)

Thu 8/6 7:30pm: Montgomery Gentry

Fri 8/7 7:30pm: Huey Lewis and the News

Sat 8/8 7:30pm: LeAnn Rimes

Sun 8/9 3pm: Roberto Tapia, Beatriz Adriana, Mariachi Aguilas de Mexico

Mon 8/10 7:30pm: Kevin Costner and Modern West

Tue 8/11 1pm: Neil Sedaka

Tue 8/11 7:30pm: Chaka Khan

Wed 8/12 7:30pm: The Band Perry

Thu 8/13 7:30pm: The B-52s

Fri 8/14 7:30pm: Salt-N-Pepa with Spinderella

Sat/Sun 2pm and 7pm: PRCA Rodeo



Summer Movies in the Park at The Lakes at Thousand Oaks on August 8th and 22nd

The Lakes at Thousand Oaks will be hosting two summer movie nights in The Park. Toy Story will be shown on August 8th and The Neverending Story will be shown on August 22nd. Grass seating is available, and blankets will be provided. Free admission. Check-in at 6:30pm. Movies start at sundown (about 7:30pm).

Malibu Cars and Coffee Event on the First and Third Sunday of Each Month


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 dates: August 2, 16 (does not meet on Sept 6th)

25th Anniversary Ventura Vintage Rods Harbor Run at CI Harbor on Sunday, September 13th

The classics will be on display at Ventura Vintage Rods Harbor Run 25 at Channel Islands Harbor on September 13, 2015. Classic vehicles of pre-1975 will be on display at Channel Islands Harbor. The public will have the opportunity to view over 250 classic cars during this FREE event. More info at venturavintagerods.org/the-show.

4th Annual Calabasas High School Music 5K/10K Run/Walk on Sunday, October 25th

Come support the Calabasas High School Music Program at its 4th Annual Run/Walk on Sunday, October 25, 2015!  Run or walk a 5k or 10k, and kids can enjoy a 1k event.  Lots of live music along the course and at the start/finish line.  This is a professionally timed race with awards for top finishers and and finisher medals for all. 

Calabasas High School, 22855 Mulholland Highway, Calabasas.

To register, visit raceroster.com/events/2015/5566/chs-music-run-walk       

Free Parking, live music. Event to benefit Calabasas High School music programs.


13th Annual Summer Jazz Concert Series at Gardens of the World in August


The 13th Annual Summer Jazz Concert Series at Gardens of the World, 2001 Thousand Oaks Boulevard will take place on Sundays in August once again this year from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, August 2: THE MILLS BROTHERS. Featuring John Mills Jr. and Elmer Hopper, formerly of The Platters, continuing the 75-year legacy of one of the greatest vocal groups of all time.

Sunday, August 9: SUSIE HANSEN LATIN JAZZ ORCHESTRA. We welcome back Susie’s high energy group led by her fiery electric violin-salsa style.

Sunday, August 16: GREGG KARUKAS. Grammy Award winning keyboardist and composer will entertain with his musical pop and jazz hits.

Sunday, August 23: JOE GRAY AND HIS LATE NIGHT BIG BAND returns playing swing standards and nostalgic music from the 1940s and beyond.

Parking available on Thousand Oaks Blvd. and may be available at the Civic Arts Plaza (fee may apply). Get there early for best seats! This is a POPULAR series!

Lawn seating, please bring lawn chairs/blankets for your comfort. Please remember: no pets, smoking, alcohol or glassware allowed.

More at www.gardensoftheworld.info/GardensEvent.cfm

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)

Thousand Oaks Library’s Summer Reading Clubs continue in July and August with reading, book reviews and fun programs that run through August 9th. The 2015 theme is “EVERY HERO HAS A STORY!” Many special events are being offered during the summer through the generosity of the Friends of the Thousand Oaks Library. These fun and informative programs will feature Local Heroes, Superheroes, Comics, performers, musicians, movies, and more for all ages.

Thousand Oaks Reads One City One Book 2015 Selection is The Book of Unkown Americans by Cristina Henriquez. Get your copy now from the library. Find out more at www.thousandoaksreads.org

Avenger Movies for Teens/Adults
Tuesday, August 4 - MARVEL'S THE AVENGERS (Disney, PG-13, 142 min., 2012) Film begins at 2 pm at the Grant R. Brimhall Library.

Saturday, August 1 - 11:00-11:45 a.m. - Grant R. Brimhall Library
Multi-award winning musician Cory Hills returns to the library to introduce his new children's book, THE LOST BICYCLE, and his wonderful interactive percussive storytelling. Perfect program for ages 3 and up. Copies of the book will be available for sale following the performance.

Sunday, August 2, 2015 - 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. - Grant R. Brimhall Library
The classic film "Here Comes Mr. Jordan" takes a leap from the screen to a live Golden Age of Radio performance at the Library. Bring the family as Fried-Out Productions presents this performance as if for a live radio broadcast complete with actors, costumes and sound effects from the Library's American Radio Archives. Seating is first come, first served.

Wednesday, August 5 - 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Newbury Park Branch and 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. - and 6:30 -7:30 p.m. - Grant R. Brimhall Library  Wildlife Learning Center
Bring children ages 5 and up to learn about wildlife heroes such as: the Fox, North American Porcupine, Prairie Dog, Suger Glider, American Alligator, Ball Python, Bunny and a Walking Stick.

Thursday, August 6 - 8:00 - 10:00 p.m. - Newbury Park Branch Parking Lot
Bring the family and your lawn chairs or blankets to enjoy this animated, Academy Award winning Disney film, BIG HERO 6. Robotics wiz, Hiro, leaps into action with his robot companion, Baymax, to save their City. (Rated PG, 102 min., 2014). Also bring your own snacks or enjoy dinner or refreshments at restaurants surrounding the Library prior to the movie starting at sundown.

Saturday, August 8 - 11:00 - 11:45 a.m. - Grant R. Brimhall Library and 2:00 - 2:45 p.m. - Newbury Park Branch
Bring the family to enjoy this comedy, juggling show by 5-time World Champion, and local resident, David Cousin. 

Water Wise Gardening Series @ Brimhall Library

Saturday, August 22, 10:00 -11:30 a.m. - Waterwise Plant Selection and Maintenance
Learn how to pick the perfect plants and take care of them. Registration is required by visiting the Master Gardeners website, http://ucanr.edu/sites/VCMG/?calitem=268518&g=79246 or at the Library Reference Desk.

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.

Summer Family Films - all begin at 1:00 p.m.

Monday, August 10 - Grant R. Brimhall Library - ENCHANTED (Disney, PG, 108 min., 2007)
Wednesday, August 12 - Grant R. Brimhall Library - THE SPONGEBOB MOVIE: SPONGE OUT OF WATER (Paramount, PG, 92 min., 2015) A special musical performance by Peace Child will be prior to the start of the film.
Tuesday, August 18 - Newbury Park Branch - INTO THE WOODS (Disney, PG, 125 min., 2015)
Bring your family and your own snacks and enjoy these summer films for free.

Changing Lawns to Habitats

Monday, August 3 - 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. - Newbury Park Branch
Monday, August 24 - 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. - Grant R. Brimhall Library
Using California native plants, the Conejo Valley Aududon Society will offer step-by-step instructions to help you change your lawn into a habitat for birds, butterflies and other creatures.

Heading Back to School for Adults

Thursday, August 13 - 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. - Grant R. Brimhall Library
Author and educator Karen Gorback will offer tips to help older adults to go back to college. Suggestions to identify colleges, funding sources, online classes and resources will also be part of this interactive program. She will also have copies of her book, FRESHMAN MOM, for sale for $15. A portion of the proceeds go the Friends of the Thousand Oaks Library.

Welcome Home! Veterans' Housing Fundraising Event at Camarillo Ranch on September 17th

On September 17th at the Camarillo Ranch, we will be hosting WELCOME HOME!, a fundraising and social event attended by an anticipated 200+ supporters of affordable housing and the military community. The event program will focus on housing for veterans and ending veteran homelessness. It is sure to be an evening not to miss!

Stephen Peck, Marine veteran, President/CEO of U.S. Vets, Inc. and a leading national authority on the subject of veteran homelessness will be the keynote speaker. Entertainment throughout the event will be provided by New Directions Veterans Choir, a nationally-acclaimed, award winning a-cappella group comprised of men and women who have served proudly in the US Military and subsequently became homeless. The program will begin with a presentation by the Naval Base Ventura County Color Guard.

Funds raised at the WELCOME HOME! event will support projects that create new, affordable housing in Ventura County. The Housing Trust Fund helps finance multi-family homes for low to moderate income families and individuals with priority given to projects that create housing opportunities for Veterans, Farm-workers, Transitional-aged Foster Youth, Homeless and Very-low Income Individuals and Families. All donations are matched by a grant from the State of California, doubling its value to the program.

Tickets purchased in advance are $55 each or two for $100. Guests are encouraged to purchase an extra ticket to be donated to a local veteran. At the event, guests will be invited to help sponsor fifteen “Welcome Home” baskets that will provide essentials and a few comforts for each of the veterans moving into Turning Point Foundation’s new homeless veterans transitional center.

For more information, to register for event, or if you would like to make a donation, please contact: Linda Braunschweiger or Karen Fraser, Ventura County Housing Trust Fund www.VCHousingTrustFund.org (805) 330-3987

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.

Run For the Hills 7K Fun Run and Festival in Ventura on Saturday, September 26th

Run For the Hills Ventura is a one-day fun run and festival in partnership with the Ventura Hillsides Conservancy on Saturday, September 26, 2015. The 7K course will feature environmentally themed obstacles like a water bottle pit and an urban sprawl maze. Tickets start at $45 and include a stainless steel, RFHV branded water bottle. Proceeds will benefit the Ventura Hillsides Conservancy. Event starts at 9:30am.

Event will take place at San Buenaventura State Beach 901 San Pedro St, Ventura. Register at  www.active.com/ventura-ca/running/races/run-for-the-hills-ventura-2015

24th Annual California Lemon Festival in Goleta on September 26th and 27th

For the past 23 years, the California Lemon Festival has been the biggest celebration in the Goleta area, and it keeps getting better each year. Be sure to stop by on the 26th and 27th of September 2015 for the 24th annual event, located at Girsh Park. FREE ADMISSION AND PARKING! Open 10am to 6pm on Saturday and 10am to 5pm on Sunday.

In addition to the sumptuous lemon food, fantastic family atmosphere, and cornucopia of entertainment and activities that have made this event the most anticipated in the Valley. Also at the event on Saturday is the 10th Annual Goleta Fall Classic Car and Street Rod Show from 9am to 3pm.

As always, the Lemon Festival will feature the most extensive 'Safety Street' in the county, wildly-popular pie-eating contests, arts and crafts vendors, and more food than you can shake a lemon-scented stick at. A petting zoo and amusement park rides add to the many things that make the California Lemon Festival fun for the whole family.

Also, on Sunday, September 20th is the Goleta Education Foundation Lemon Run 10K, 5K and Kids 1K race.  Learn more at www.lemonfestival.com/lemon-run-in-goleta-team-in-training-of-the-leukemia-and-lymphoma-society. Goleta State Beach County Park, 5986 Sandspit Road, Goleta.

For more information visit www.lemonfestival.com or call 805.967.2500. Pets not allowed at the event.

2015 California Beer Festival in Ventura the Weekend of September 18-20, 2015

The California Beer Festival (CBF) returns to Ventura County the weekend of September 18-20, 2015 at Mission Park in Ventura.

BREW WITH A VIEW INVITATIONAL! Friday, September 18 - Start your weekend off at CBF Brew with a View Invitational! Taking place Friday, September 18th 5:30pm at City Hall overlooking Downtown Ventura! Five Brewmasters will be paired up separately with five Gourmet Chefs competing for your pallet and vote for best food and beer paring! This VIP event includes food samples, beer, live music and (1) CBF souvenir pint glass! You must be 21 years of age or older to attend.                                                      

CRAFT BEER HEAVEN on Saturday, September 19, 12:30 - 5pm (VIP Session begins at 11: 30 am, General Admission Gates at 12:30 pm, Beer Sampling 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm) Event features beers on tap, food trucks and live music throughout the day! 

CALIFORNIA BLUES AND BREWS FESTIVAL is on Sunday, September 20, 11am-6pm - Bring your blues chairs and blankets to Sunday's family friendly event and get marinated by an amazing blues lineup on two stages. Food from local food vendors and ice cold craft beer will be available for purchase. Children 12 and under FREE.

Visit californiabeerfestival.com/ventura.php to learn more and buy tickets!

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Downtown Ventura Organization.

42nd Annual Santa Barbara Greek Festival the Weekend of August 1-2, 2015

Santa Barbara's 42nd Annual Greek Festival is taking place from on August 1-2 from 11 am to 7 pm in beautiful Oak Park. The festival evokes the sights, sounds and tastes that define the traditional Greek way of life. Stroll through Santa Barbara's beautiful Oak Park and experience the simple pleasures of life in a Greek village. FREE ADMISSION!

Dozens of volunteers enthusiastically staff their booths, creating a convivial, welcoming atmosphere. Festival-goers return year after year for the food. — Delectable festival favorites like gyros and moussaka. And no Greek village would be complete without homemade pastries like baklava, melomakarona, and kataifi

Listen to the distinctive sounds of the bouzouki and other exotic instruments played by authentic Greek musicians who perform traditional and popular songs. Delight in the beauty of the elaborate costumes worn by performers as they share their carefully practiced steps and intricate dances with the enthusiastic audience.

Take advantage of a free Greek dance lesson, and enjoy participating in the same dances you would perform in the traditional villages of Greece. Dance the afternoon away, eat a little (or a lot), shop in the Greek marketplace, relax and enjoy yourself under the oaks in the warm embrace of the best Greek culture has to offer.

More information at www.santabarbaragreekfestival.org.