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41st Annual Scandinavian Festival at CLU in Thousand Oaks on April 18-19

One of the largest Nordic festivals in the western United States will return to California Lutheran University April 18 and 19.

The 41st Scandinavian Festival will celebrate the cultures of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden and the Saami people from the Arctic regions of Scandinavia. The festival will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with music, dancing, food, lectures, demonstrations, vendors and activities for people of all ages.

Last year’s Scanfest was the most successful ever with a record 8,000 attendees at the two-day event. This year, visitors will watch 150 performers, weave 3,700 flowers and three miles of ribbon through 750 head wreaths, and sand 700 Swedish butter knives with help from 200 volunteers.

Children can travel through Scandinavia by earning passport stamps for each craft they make linked to the culture of the five different countries. The popular Children's Theater will feature a puppet show, acclaimed storytellers Stina Fagertun of Norway and Robert Seutter, aka True Thomas, and musician Ross Sutter.

Other performers will include Swedish classical pianist and humorist Magnus Mårtensson, Norwegian folk singer Ann-Marita and the New York-based ABBA Girlz. Folk-rock band The Evening Guests led by Jokull Jonsson from Iceland and fiddler Tim Rued will also take the stage and folk dancers will perform and teach steps.

Healthy Scandinavian food specialties will include open-face sandwiches, fish tacos and vegetarian Norwegian stew. Traditional favorites including Swedish meatballs, Viking dogs and Danish aebleskivers will also be available.

Festivalgoers can try their hand at Dala horse croquet, play an ancient Viking game called kubb, return to the days of the Vikings at an authentic village staged by the Ravens of Odin and visit a Saami camp.

The Scandinavian American Cultural and Historical Foundation is sponsoring the event. Cal Lutheran is located at the corner of Olsen Road and Mountclef Boulevard in Thousand Oaks.

Admission is free for children, $5 for teenagers and $10 for adults. Tickets purchased online are $4 for teens and $8 for adults. Parking is free. Tickets and a full schedule are available at For more information, contact Lana Lundin at


Spring 2015 Ojai Raptor Center Spring Open House on Sunday, April 12th

The public is invited to visit the Ojai Raptor Center's (ORC's) Spring Open House on Sunday, April 12, 2015. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to visit the ORC rehabilitation facility, which normally is not open to the public. The theme of this year's Spring Open House is "Feathers and Flight." Visitors can expect to learn all about feathers, their function in flight and what role they play in rehabilitation. Shuttles will run from the Forest Home lot on Burnham Road and the upper parking lot at Help of Ojai.

Meet the newest ambassador to the ORC educational team - a Broad-Winged Hawk for his debut. Hawks, falcons and owls will also be on hand to greet guests and will be also be available for viewing during stage presentations. Beverages and snacks will be available for purchase as well as creative activities for children. The open house will also feature a silent auction and the chance to participate in the release of a raptor with ORC staff.

Ojai Raptor Center is located at 370 Baldwin Road in Ojai. Free admission but donation of $5 is suggested. Open house hours are 12 - 4 PM. This is a dog-free event.


Revving It Up for Education Custom & Classics Car Show in Camarillo on May 2nd


5th Annual "Dining with the Dogs" Event CSU Channel Islands on Saturday, May 2

5th Annual Dining with the Dogs is planned for Saturday, May 2, 2015 at California State University Channel Islands

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Foundation along with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit and Search and Rescue K9 Team invite the community to be a part of this great afternoon in support of our K9 partners. Guests at this year’s event will interact with the handlers and their dogs, enjoy demonstrations throughout the day, visit with other Sheriff ‘s Office Units, shop the auctions, listen to live music and enjoy dinner and spirits for a great afternoon in support of the dogs.

Dining with the Dogs will be held on Saturday, May 2nd from 2:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. on the beautiful campus of California State University Channel Islands. The campus is located at 1 University Drive in Camarillo.

Early bird special! Adult and children's tickets will be $45 each if purchased before March 31st. On April 1st, the adult tickets change to the regular price of $65 each.

Your ticket purchase will support these teams that serve our neighborhoods and businesses by providing canines with specialized skills to prevent and solve crimes, protect the public, and find missing persons.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the Ventura County Sheriff’s Foundation website at Additional questions and for those interested in becoming sponsors please email


22nd Annual Senior Concerns 5K/10K Love Run in Westlake Village on Sunday, June 7th

Senior Concerns would like to invite you to participate in its 22nd Annual 5K/10K Love Run in Westlake Village the morning of Sunday, June 7, 2015. Once a year, Senior Concerns sponsors the Love Run, a sanctioned 5K/10K race and 1-mile Fun Run/Walk. The race is on a flat course around the lake in Westlake Village. Well over 1,500 runners, walkers, adults and children demonstrated their commitment to the community through their participation in this highly anticipated event each year.

The Love Run raises money for the Meals on Wheels program in Thousand Oaks. The program serves seniors who are no longer able to shop or cook for themselves. Last year, volunteer drivers delivered nearly 35,000 meals in the Conejo Valley. Senior Concerns never turns anyone away due to an inability to pay. As demand continues to increase the need for corporate sponsorship does as well. That is why it is so important for businesses in this community to support the Meals on Wheels program.

The races start and finish at 3011 Townsgate Road.

More information and registration at


2015 Conejo Recreation & Park District Conejo Springfest on Saturday, March 28th

Bring your kids to the Conejo Recreation and Park District Conejo Springfest Family Event on Saturday, March 28th at Conejo Creek South Playfields (Janss Road at the 23 freeway). The event runs from noon to 3 p.m. The cost is a nominal $5 per child (ages 2 to 12) and FREE for kids under 2.

UPDATE: FREE Admission when you sign up for a Play Conejo membership at the event!

There will be egg hunts from noon to 2 p.m., game booths, inflatables, craft, face painting, live entertainment and plenty more. Refreshments and baskets are available for a minimal fee. For more information call 805.381.2791.

Always low key and fun!


Conejo Valley Youth Orchestra Hosts Free Musical Theater on Saturday, April 25th

The Conejo Valley Youth Orchestras, Bill Benson and Tomiko Hamada Taylor, music therapist present “A First Classic Concert for Children and Families” Musical Theater on Saturday, April 25th from 3-4pm at the Hillcrest Center For The Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Dr., Thousand Oaks.

This concert is for all children with or without special needs and their families. Older children and teens interested in MUSICAL THEATER will learn new techniques and are invited to attend too!

Special guest is talented young actor, Austin Robert Miller. He is a “Triple Threat”…!!! What is that?? Does it sound scary? You better come and find out!

Austin will perform: “How Lucky You Are” from “Seussical The Musical," “Giants In The Sky” from “Into The Woods," “Schmuel Song” from “The Last Five Years" and “Anything Goes” from “Anything Goes.”

Austin will show us different ways to perform; reading, acting and acting with singing. He’ll even show us how quickly a wardrobe change can be made and answer audience questions too. Audience participation is encouraged. Austin is excited to be a guest for this concert and wants to share his talent and knowledge with YOU! Admission is free.


805 Funk Fest at Oxnard Performing Arts Center on Saturday, April 11th


Diamond American MusicFest at Leonis Adobe in Calabasas on Sunday, April 12


Easter Fun at The Collection at RiverPark on Saturday, March 28th

Easter fun at The Collection at RiverPark on Saturday, March 28th from 11:30am to 1:30pm. Enjoy an Easter egg hunt, face painting, arts and crafts, Easter Bunny photos and much more! Events take place on Park View Court.

Easter Bunny Photo Pricing

  • $15 for 2 - 6x8
  • $20 for 1 - 6x8 / 2-3x5’s / 4-wallets
  • Photos on mobile phones & other devices are free with any photo purchase!

6th Annual Ventura County Nephcure Walk in Thousand Oaks on Sunday, April 26th

The Nephcure Foundation is the only organization solely committed to seeking a cause and cure for two potentially devastating kidney conditions - Nephrotic Syndrome and Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS).  The Nephcure Foundation is made up of patients, their families and friends, researchers, physicians, and other healthcare professionals joining forces to create awareness and generate funding for research.

The 6th Annual Ventura County Nephcure Walk takes place on Sunday, April 26th at Conejo Creek North Park, 1379 E. Janss Road in Thousand Oaks.  The walk is not a typical "Walk" - rather it is a family friendly, "Amazing Race" style event. Groups have to solve puzzles, taking them to the stations where they have to complete a task.  There will also be a silent auction and raffle.  The event is FREE!!! Registration is at 9:00 a.m. and the walk begins at 10:00 a.m.

Raffle prizes, silent auction, air brush tatoos and more! - See more at:
Raffle prizes, silent auction, air brush tatoos and more! - See more at:

Visit THIS LINK to learn more and to pre-register.


2015 NAMIWalk Ventura County Planned in Ventura for Saturday, May 2nd

The 2015 National Alliance on Mental Illness NAMIWalk Ventura County is planned for Saturday, May 2nd at the Ventura Beach Promenade in Ventura. This is a 5K walk that starts at 10:00 am (check in begins at 9 am).

NAMIWalks are the largest and most successful mental health awareness and fundraising event in America! Through NAMIWalks' public, active display of support for people affected by mental illness, we are changing how Americans view persons with a mental illness. This is leading to ensuring that help and hope are available for those in need. Please join us as we improve lives and our communities one step at a time

To learn more and to register, visit


Easter Egg-stravaganza at The Lakes at Thousand Oaks on Wednesday, April 1st


Spring Spectacular 2015 at America's Teaching Zoo in Moorpark - Mar 21 to Apr 5

Spring Spectacular is the America's Teaching Zoo's largest fundraising event of the year, with entertaining animal shows, get a sneak peek behind the scenes, interact with wild animal trainers and their furry friends and don't miss all the games, food and fun for all!

Spring Spectacular 2015 will take place the weekends of March 21-22, March 28-29 and April 4-5 from 10am to 5pm. Main Stage shows “Trouble in Zoopolis” at 10:30, 12:00, 2:00 and 4:00 Admission is $10 for adults and $7 for ages 3 to 12 (free for 2 and under). Cash or check only.

For directions and questions, visit or call (805) 378-1441.


Open House at Wheeler Gorge Visitor Center in Ojai on Saturday, April 11th

Wheeler Gorge Visitor Center
17017 Maricopa Highway, Ojai
(805) 640-9060


Santa Monica Mountains Recreation Area Programs in Ventura County

Free events and programs at Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area locations in Ventura County and adjacent areas through March 2015 are highlighted below! (updated periodically to remove past activities). For additional details and other event locations, visit

Sat 3/28 9am to noon at Circle X Ranch - Hike to Sandstone Peak - Join ranger in strenuous 3 mile round trip hike to highest point in the Santa Monica Mountains. Bring water, lunch, sunscreen and wear sturdy shoes. Meet at Sandstone Peak trailhead.  805.370.2301

Sun 3/29 10am at Malibu Creek State Park - Welcome to Malibu Creek docent led walk. Learn about the wildlife, early inhabitants and movies filmed in the park. Meet at lower parking lot. $12 parking

Sun 3/29 10am to noon and 1-3pm at Satwiwa Native American Indian Culture Center - Cultural Workshop featuring Chumash/Tataviam storyteller Alan Salazar. 805.370.2301

Sun 3/29 10am to 4pm at Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor Center - Allied Artists of the Santa Monica Mountains & Seashore Art Exhibit - View original art by local artists. 310.339.8396 or

Sat 4/4 8:30am to 10am at Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor Center - "Focus on Birds" 1 mile walk - bring your camera and get tips on capturing colorful birds. Meet by the flag pole.

Sat 4/4 9am to 1pm at Malibu Creek State Park - Intro to Mountain Bike Skills - Learn proper mountain biking tips and etiquette at this free workshop hosted by 805/558-1606. Bring mountain bike and helmet. Heavy rain cancels.

Sat 4/4 1pm to 2pm at Satwiwa Native American Indian Culture Center - Art exhibit opening featuring the work of Navajo/Dine Indian artist Harold Freeland, who will be on hand for a meet and greet. Exhibit available thru July. 805/370-2301

Fri 4/10 2pm to 3pm at Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor Center - A Bit of Local History Walk - Leisurely stroll around visitor center and adjacent grounds.

Sat 4/11 3pm to 5pm at King Gillette Ranch - A Walk Into the Chumash World - Learn about how the Chumash lived on this easy 1 mile walk.

Sun 4/12 10am to noon and 1pm-3pm at Satwiwa Native American Indian Culture Center - Cultural Workshop featuring Richard Bugbee, who will discuss uses for plants and go on a native plant walk after the workshop. 805.370.2301

Sun 4/12 11am to 12:30pm at Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor Center - Gardening with Nature program - learn how to copy nature's results in your garden. Meet inside center.

Sat 4/18 11am to 12:30pm at Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor Center - 1 mile loop hike with panoramic views of the Santa Monica Mountains. Bring water and meet by fountain. Rain cancels.

Sun 4/19 8am at Malibu Creek State Park - Birdwalk - Enjoy watching birds in unspoiled habitats - bring binoculars. Open to all levels. Meet in lower parking lot.

Sun 4/19 2pm to 3:30pm at Satwiwa Native American Indian Culture Center - "The Child Who Became a Chief" program for ages 7 and up - Short presentation on how Charlie Cooke reconnected with nature. Explore Native American plant garden with children's activity and prizes.

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

Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor Center in Calabasas

King Gillette Ranch - View from near Inspiration Point



Satwiwa Native American Indian Culture Center in Newbury Park

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.


Circus Vargas in Ventura May 22 to May 25 and Santa Barbara June 11 to June 15

Circus Vargas, America’s favorite traveling Big Top circus, continues to thrill and enchant children of all ages with their new and amazing 2015 edition, ArleQuin! Steeped in tradition and devoted to all things magnificent and happy, Circus Vargas presents an array of unparalleled artists and performers dedicated to captivate and astound you!

Circus Vargas will be at the Ventura County Fairgrounds Thursday, May 21 (7:30pm show), Friday, May 22 (7:30pm), Saturday, May 23 (1pm, 4pm, 7:30pm shows), Sunday, May 24 (1pm, 4pm, 7pm) and Monday, May 25 (3pm, 6pm).

The Earl Warren Showgrounds in Santa Barbara welcomes Circus Vargas Thursday, June 11 (7:30pm), Friday, June 12 (4:30pm, 7:30pm), Saturday, June 13 (1pm, 4pm, 7:30pm), Sunday, June 14 (1pm, 4pm, 7pm) and Monday, June 15 (7pm).

Also in San Luis Obispo June 26 to July 5.

Tickets available at


3rd Annual Spring Open House at Camarillo Bird Museum on Saturday, May 16th


The Museum will be open on Saturday, May 16th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the public to explore the Foundation’s extensive bird, nest, and egg collections! Hands on egg blowing from 11am to noon and nest building from 10 a.m. to noon and 1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.

The WFVZ is both a natural history collection, one of the largest in the world, specializing in eggs and nests of birds from around the world, and a research and education institution dedicated to bird conservation. 

Admission is $3.00 per person, $5.00 per family, free for members!

Directions: From south of Camarillo, take Hwy 101 to the Pleasant Valley/Santa Rosa Rd. offramp, and turn left at the end of the offramp, going back over the freeway. Follow Pleasant Valley west for 2 miles to where it crosses Lewis Road. Continue heading west on Pleasant Valley to the second street on the right, Calle San Pablo. (If you cross the railroad tracks, you have gone too far.) Turn right on Calle San Pablo. The Foundation is the fifth building up on the left (439 Calle San Pablo).

From north of Camarillo, take Hwy 101 south to the Las Posas Rd. offramp, and turn right at the end of the offramp. Follow Las Posas for 0.8 miles to the intersection with Pleasant Valley Rd. Turn left onto Pleasant Valley, and follow it east for 1.6 miles to where it crosses the railroad tracks and comes to a stop sign. Be careful of traffic crossing at this intersection, since it does not stop. Proceed east after the stop sign to the first left -- Calle San Pablo. Turn left here. The Foundation is the fifth building up on the left (439 Calle San Pablo).

For additional information, visit or call between 9 and 4 Monday-Friday at 805/388-9944.


28th Annual Music Under the Stars at Olivas Adobe in Ventura, July 11th to Sept 5th

The City of Ventura Cultural Affairs Division presents the 28th year of the popular Music Under the Stars series, Saturday nights beginning July 11th through September 5th. Performances run from 7:30 to 9:30 pm outdoors at the historic Olivas Adobe, 4200 Olivas Park Drive, near Ventura Harbor. Concerts start at 7:30 pm & gates open at 6:30 pm for dining. Visit for more information and tickets or call 805.658.4726. Tickets are $20. $10 for a table for four.

Dine, dance & delight to great performances at Ventura’s most historic party site! Put on your dancing shoes and enjoy nine Saturday nights of summer magic “dancing with the stars” on a majestic wooden ballroom floor. Bring your own dinner or purchase it from a gourmet food truck on site. Full beverage service on hand.

Upcoming performers:

7/11: Britain's Finest - Beatles tribute

7/18: Porterhouse Bob - New Orleans Boogie and Blues

7/25: The Kings of 88 - Tribute to piano rock

8/1: The Platinum Groove - Dance party grooves

8/8: Floyd and the Flyboys - R&B, soul

8/15: Desperado - Eagles tribute

8/22: Louie Cruz Beltran - Afro-Cuban jazz

8/29: Fantastic Diamond - Neil Diamond tribute

9/5: Lisa Haley & the Zydekats - Zydeco


32nd Annual California Strawberry Festival in Oxnard Set For Weekend of May 16-17, 2015

The 32nd Anniversary California Strawberry Festival will be held at Strawberry Meadows of College Park, 3250 South Rose Avenue, Oxnard, on Saturday and Sunday, May 16th and 17th. The event features more than 50 food booths with all things berry, live concerts, gooey contests, Strawberryland for Kids with rides and attractions, hundreds of Fine Arts & Crafts, celebrity cooking demonstrations, and more, on 15 acres of scenic parkland.

General admission is $12, seniors 62+ are $8 and children ages 5-12 are $5. Kids 4 and under are free. Active military and dependents with ID are $8.

Event is 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. each day. Save gas and $10 parking fee by parking at the Camarillo Premium Outlets and taking the free Strawberry Shuttle to the event. Visit for more information or call 888.288.9242. Tickets available online or at the gate.

Entertainment lineup has been announced!

FESTIVAL STAGE, Presented by Southern California Ford Dealers


10:15am                                      Oxnard High School Jazz Band

11:20am                                      “Berry Battle of The Bands” Contest Winner

12:30pm                                       Road Brothers (Alternative Pop)

2:00pm                                        Sheiks of the Oxnard Plain (Classic Rock & Pop)

3:30pm                                        UnUsual Suspects (Top 40 Favorites)

5:00pm                                        California Dreamin (Utimate 9-Piece Retro Show)


10:15am                                     Oxnard High School Jazz Band

11:20am                                     Zon Candela (Hot Cumbia/Merengue)

12:30pm                                     Action Down (Classic Rock Favorites)

2:00pm                                      The Radio Rebels (The Ultimate 80s Band)

3:30pm                                       Kenny Allen Band (Contemporary Country Hits)

5:00pm                                       Fantastic Diamond (Neil Diamond Show)

DR. KATO STAGE, Presented by Budweiser


11:00am                                    L.A. All Stars of Funk (Classic Funk)

1:00pm                                     Stars of Beatlemania (Classic Beatles Revival)

3:00pm                                     Savor (A Tribute to Santana)

5:00pm                                     Raymond Michael (Legendary Elvis Impersonator)


11:00am                                    Cumbia Son (Hot Latin Salsa)

1:00pm                                      Dirty Rice (World Beats)

3:00pm                                      Cannibal & The Headhunters (Classic R&B)

5:00pm                                      Mariachi Divas (Two-time Grammy Winners)