Intertribal Gathering 2016 at Chumash Indian Museum in Thousand Oaks on October 23

The Chumash Indian Museum at 3290 Lang Ranch Parkway in Thousand Oaks presents its 2016 California Intertribal Gathering on Sunday, October 23rd from 10am to 5pm. Admission $10/family (5 max), $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and kids 12 and under. Family cultural fun will include storytellers, dancers, singers, arts, crafts and food.

Conejo Valley Kiwanis Presents "Conejo Uncorked" on Thursday, October 20th

Conejo Valley Kiwanis will host its annual celebration of wine and food from 5:00 to 9:00pm on October 20, 2016 at The Gardens at Los Robles, 299 S. Moorpark Road. 

Local restaurants will provide gourmet food samples local wineries will offer tastings and wine for purchase.   There will be live music, a silent auction and raffle, and a live auction of premium wines.

Visit for tickets and more information. 

Single tickets are $60 per person and a VIP table for ten is $450. Proceeds will go to the Conejo Valley Kiwanis Foundation, which addresses the health and welfare of children and helps support high school Key Clubs and middle school Builders Clubs in the Conejo Valley. 

New West Symphony Opens its 22nd Season in Oxnard on 9/30 and Thousand Oaks on 10/1

The New West Symphony opens its exciting 22nd Season on Friday, September 30 and Saturday, October 1 with DANZON, a concert featuring works teeming with exhilarating rhythms and fiery musical flourishes, as well as the lyrical melodies from one of the best-loved works of 20th Century American music.

Guest conductor Tania Miller leads the orchestra in a program honoring national Hispanic Heritage Month and headlined by composer Arturo Marquez's sensual and melodic Danzon No. 2, a piece evoking the dance halls of Mexico City. New West Symphony principal cellist Mark Tanner is featured as guest soloist in the elegant and rhythmically complex Concierto en Tango for Cello & Orchestra by Grammy-nominated composer Miguel del Aguila. Georges Bizet's dramatic, always popular Carmen Suite and Aaron Copland's Suite from Appalachian Spring, which includes the well-known melody "Simple Gifts" complete the program.

TICKETS priced from $30 - $120 are available online at, by phone at 866-776-8400, or at the respective box offices. Special family packages for parents with children ages 7-13 are available (advance purchase only) through the orchestra's VIP Family Club, and discounted tickets for high school and college students are available through its Connect Club.

The first performance will take place on Friday at 8:00 pm at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. The concert will be repeated on Saturday at 8:00 pm at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. A 30-minute, entertaining and informative pre-concert talk by noted musicologist Thomas Neenan begins at 7:00 pm in each venue. In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, a Mexican fiesta will be available for Oxnard concertgoers beginning at 6:30 pm, with food and beverages available for purchase in the courtyard. A post concert reception for ticket holders at Sabor Cocina Mexicana, located at The Lakes in Thousand Oaks, will take place following the Saturday performance.

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

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

The Thousand Oaks (Grant R. Brimhall) Library is located next to 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 to learn more. 

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

Programs and Special Events

Note: 2016 Thousand Oaks Reads One City, One Book events are FREE and open to the public. 10th anniversary Book Selection is Grandma Gatewood’s Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail by Pulitzer Prize finalist Ben Montgomery.

10/1, 2-3:30PM: A Tribute to Elvis, featuring Raymond Michael (free concert) at T.O. Library

10/2, 3-4PM: Journalist Dennis McCarthy shares stories of senior citizens he has interviewed at T.O. Library

Thursday, October 6, 6:30 – 8:00 pm • Grant R. Brimhall Library - Interface Family Services of Ventura County Panel Discussion. Interface is the region’s most comprehensive nonprofit social services agency. This talk acknowledges October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. 

10/7, 10:30AM-12:15PM: Windows 10 Basics class at T.O. Library (Tech Training Room)

10/8, 9AM-Noon: Paramount Ranch Hike & Tour - show up at Paramount Ranch, 2903 Cornell Road, Agoura Hills - no registration needed

10/8 10am to 5pm: Astronomy Day with Moonlight & Campsites at Newbury Park Library.  Come learn about the moon and the stars! Bring the family to celebrate International Astronomy Day with the Ventura County Astronomical Society. Fun for all ages.  More information at or call 805-449-2660 option 7.

Sunday, October 9, 3:00 – 4:00pm •Grant R. Brimhall Library - Coast-to-Coast: Chris Coleman shares stories and the wisdom gained during his 1985 solo bicycle tour from Ventura to New York City in 26 days. 

10/11, 2-4PM: Windows 10 Basics class at NP Library (Meeting Room)

Thursday, October 13, 6:30 – 8:00pm • Grant R. Brimhall Library- AAUW Panel Discussion. This American Association of University Women panel will explore the outdoor experiences of local women. Sponsored by AAUW Thousand Oaks.

Saturday, October 15, 11:00am – 12:00pm • Grant R. Brimhall Library - Teddy Bear Campout. Kids are invited to bring their favorite stuffed toy to the Library for an outdoor storywalk. Then, leave your fluffy pal for an overnight campout in the Library (and check our Facebook page to see what shenanigans go on after dark). Pick up your stuffed friend the next day.

Saturday, October 15, 3:00 – 4:00pm • Grant R. Brimhall Library -Charles Fleming, the Los Angeles Times "Urban Hiking" columnist and author of Secret Stairs: A Walking Guide to the Historic Staircases of Los Angeles.

Sunday, October 16, 9:00 – 11:00am - Conejo Recreation and Park District Hike. A morning hike along Oak Creek Canyon Loop Trail, located near Los Robles Golf Course. Learn about the local flora and fauna as we go. Please SIGN UP at the Library Help Desk by October 10.

Thursday, October 20 7:30 – 9:00pm • California Lutheran University Lundring Events Center -- CLU Faculty Panel Discussion. Professors explore unique perspectives and offer thoughtful responses to many of the themes and issues presented in Grandma Gatewood’s Walk.

Friday, Oct 21 6pm - Dana Gioia Poetry Reading & Conversation at Thousand Oaks Library. Dana Gioia is California’s new Poet Laureate. Appointed by Governor Jerry Brown in December 2015, Gioia serves as the state advocate for poetry and literature in libraries, classrooms and boardrooms across the state. An award-winning poet, Gioia is the author of Can Poetry Matter?, which is credited for helping revive poetry’s role in American public life. He is also the former Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts where he championed arts education. As state laureate, Gioia will work to inspire a new generation of writers and celebrate California’s great literary legacy.  Mr. Gioia will be joined by Phil Taggart, Ventura County Poet Laureate, and Zayan Reza, Ventura County Poetry Out Loud Student Champion.  This program is free and open to the public.

Saturday, October 22, Two sessions: 10:00am – 1:00pm and 2:00pm – 5:00pm • Grant R. Brimhall Library--  Book Arts Workshop. Join renowned book artist and teacher, Marcia Moore, in creating a handmade artist’s book based on themes from Grandma Gatewood’s Walk. All materials and tools for this free workshop will be supplied. No experience needed. Pre-registration is required at the Reference Desk, or call 805 449-2660, option 5.

Sunday, October 23, 3:00 – 4:00pm • Grant R. Brimhall Library -- Dan White, author of Under the Stars: How America Fell in Love with Camping (2016), presents a "passionate, witty, and deeply engaging" look at the history of camping. Book sale and signing to follow Mr. White’s presentation.

Thursday October 27, 6:30 – 8:00pm • Grant R. Brimhall Library -- Santa Monica Mountains National Recreational Area. Learn more about the nation’s largest urban park with Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy Board Chairperson and avid hiker Don Robinson.

Saturday, October 29, 2:00 – 3:00pm • Grant R. Brimhall Library --Musician and music historian Saul Jacobs presents a lively afternoon of stories and music featuring iconic stars of the 1950s, including Elvis, Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, Bobby Darin and more.

Saturday, Oct. 29: Dia de los Muertos at Newbury Park Library - Bring the family to celebrate Dia de los Muertos at the Newbury Park Library from 2-8pm. Come honor the lost loved ones and learn about this Mexican holiday with crafts, special music and outdoor movie night beginning at 6pm with the film "Book of Life" in the parking lot. Bring chair and your own snacks. 

10/31: Halloween Festival at Thousand Oaks Library 4-6PM -  Bring the little ones ages 3-6 to enjoy an non-scary Halloween with crafts, special stories, and a costume parade from 4-6pm.  Crafts will be ongoing while storytimes are at 4:30 and 5:30 and the costume parade will be at 5pm.  Library staff will be in costume for the event. 

Saturday, November 5, 2:00pm • Grant R. Brimhall Library -- Liz Thomas is an Appalachian Trail speed-hiking champion, outdoors blogger, and among the most experienced female hikers in the United States.

Sunday, November 6, 3:00 – 4:30pm • Civic Arts Plaza Kavli Theatre -- An Afternoon with Ben Montgomery, author of Grandma Gatewood’s Walk. Mr. Montgomery will discuss his book and answer audience questions. Mr. Montgomery will be introduced by the President of California Lutheran University, Dr. Chris Kimball. Book sale and signing following his talk.

Movie Matinees at Thousand Oaks Library

Monday, October 3, 1:00 PM - The Long, Long Trailer (Desilu Productions, Rated G, 96 min., 1953) Starring: Lucille Ball & Desi Arnaz

Monday, October 10, 1:00 PM - Wild -(Fox Searchlight, Rated R, 120 min., 2014) Starring: Reese Witherspoon & Laura Dern

Monday, October 17, 1:00 PM - A Walk in the Woods - (Route One Ent., Rated R, 144 min., 2015) Starring: Robert Redford & Nick Nolte

Monday, October 24, 1:00 PM - Into the Wild -(Paramount Vantage, Rated R, 148 min., 2007) Starring: Emile Hirsch & Marcia Gay Harden

Monday, October 31, 1:00 PM - Wild America (Warner Bros., Rated PG, 106 min., 1997) Starring: Jonathan Taylor Thomas

All movies are free and open to the public. Bring your own snacks to enjoy.

Movies at the Newbury Park Branch (all at 7PM)

Tuesday, October 4, The River Wild (Universal Pictures, Rated PG-13, 108 min., 1994) 

 Tuesday, October 11,  Continental Divide (Universal Pictures, Rated PG, 103 min., 1981)

Wednesday, October 12,  Southbounders (Independent Film by Ben Wagner, Unrated, 86 min., 2005)

Tuesday, October 18,  Everest (Universal Pictures, Rated PG-13, 121 min., 2015)

Tuesday, October 25, The Blair Witch Project (Artisan Entertainment, Rated R, 81 min., 1999) 

The National Parks: America’s Best Idea

Newbury Park Library: 5 consecutive Wednesday afternoons, October 5, 12, 19, 26 & November 2 at 1:00pm.  2009 documentary film series on the history of the national parks, directed by Ken Burns and written and co-produced by Dayton Duncan. Filmed over the course of more than six years at some of nature’s most spectacular locales.

Teen Programs

10/8, 2-3:30PM: Recycled Words - Teens 10-17 can make works of art out of old books or book pages with Art Trek and library staff at the T. O. Library

Community Book Discussions

Free and open to the public. No registration is required.

Monday, October 3, 7-8pm

• Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 160 S. Westlake Blvd., Thousand Oaks

Thursday, October 6, 7-8pm

• Friendly Book Discussion, Grant R. Brimhall Library

Saturday, October 15, 11am-12pm

• Grant R. Brimhall Library, 1401 E. Janss Road, 

Wednesday, October 19, 7-8pm

• Grant R. Brimhall Library, 1401 E. Janss Road,

Saturday, October 22, 11am-12pm • Newbury Park Library, 2331 Borchard Road, Newbury Park,

For more information on Thousand Oaks Reads or any of these programs visit or call Margaret Douglas at the Library at 805-381-7357.