34th Annual Westlake Village Juniors Gingerbread Boutique on Thursday, Nov 5th, Friday, Nov 6th


The Westlake Village Juniors will kick off their 34th annual Gingerbread Boutique on Thursday, November 5th from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. at St. Maximilian Kolbe Church, 5801 Kanan Road, Westlake Village. Tickets are $30 per person, and the cost includes shopping, appetizers, cocktails, and raffle prizes.

The festive atmosphere of this evening makes it one of the Westlake Village Junior Women’s Club most anticipated events. In addition to an eclectic collection of vendors, shoppers also have the opportunity to win raffle prizes, grab beautifully wrapped presents filled with surprises from the vendors, and purchase the ever-popular pumpkin pie bars or Neiman Marcus brownies.

For more information, please go to www.westlakejuniors.org. Tickets can be purchased online  or at the door at the VIP event.

Halloween Fun at "Maliboo" Country Mart on Saturday, October 31st

The Malibu Country Mart to celebrate Halloween with costume contest, trick-or-treating and plenty of pumpkins

“Maliboo” Country Mart celebrates Halloween with a variety of festive activities for children and families on October 31 from noon to 2 p.m. Decked out in Halloween décor – including pumpkins and hay bales – Malibu Country Mart will transform into a spooktacular haunt.  Ghosts and gals can trick-or-treating at selected shops displaying a Halloween balloon or participate in the children’s costume contest. The costume contest will take place at the Jester Fountain at 2 p.m. Three lucky winners will be selected for first, second and third place. $100 will be awarded for first place, $75 gift card for second place and $50 gift card for third place.  Malibu Country Mart is located at 3835 Cross Creek Road, Malibu.

About the Malibu Country Mart

The Malibu County Mart encompasses six acres of prime real estate in the heart of Malibu. The 67 unique tenants comprised of high-end retail, dining, and service offerings are housed in an eclectic mix of architectural styles including Mediterranean, modern and rustic influences. The structures are complimented by world-class gardens, unique sculptures, outdoor dining and picnic areas, and the popular children’s playground. The Malibu County Mart is leading the trend in Malibu in eco-friendly practices, from three electric car charging stations to a chemical-free sandbox in the children’s playground. www.malibucountrymart.com.

Zombies Will Invade Cal Lutheran Campus on Saturday, Oct 24th for "Thrill the World"

Zombies will invade the California Lutheran University campus on Saturday, Oct. 24.

The public is invited to dance to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” during Thrill The World Thousand Oaks, one of hundreds of synchronized performances held annually throughout the world. All participants are tallied in an effort to set world records for the largest simultaneous dance.

The music for the official performance will cue at 3 p.m. in Kingsmen Park, but the party will begin at noon. Dance instruction and zombie makeup will be available. Participants are invited to come dressed as zombies.

The event is part Michael Jackson tribute and part charity fundraiser. It is being presented for free by Cal Lutheran’s Theatre Arts Department, but donations will be accepted for World Dance for Humanity. The Santa Barbara–based organization supports community and small business development in Rwanda and contributes relief funds to disaster areas.

The first Thrill the World took place in Toronto in 2006 with 62 dancers. The next year it spread to five continents. Cal Lutheran first participated last year. The global event is both a celebration of Jackson’s talent and a push to inspire people to connect with people of all religions, races, political persuasions and economic levels.

Kingsmen Park is located along Memorial Parkway west of Mountclef Boulevard. Parking is free.

For more information, contact Barbara Wegher-Thompson at wegher@callutheran.edu or 805-241-8515.

2nd Annual Recreation Festival Hosted by National Park Service in Agoura on Oct 24

Youngsters learn about mountain biking on a beginner obstacle course at last year's Recreation Festival. This year's event will be held on Saturday, October 24 at Paramount Ranch. Courtesy of National Park Service.

Youngsters learn about mountain biking on a beginner obstacle course at last year's Recreation Festival. This year's event will be held on Saturday, October 24 at Paramount Ranch. Courtesy of National Park Service.

Outdoor enthusiasts are invited to attend the National Park Service's second-annual Recreation Festival on Saturday, October 24 from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Also known as Rec Fest, this free, family-friendly event will take place at Paramount Ranch in Agoura and will feature several hands-on opportunities to introduce families to the outdoors.

"A lifelong love for the outdoors usually starts with one adventure," said David Szymanski, superintendent of Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. "This is a chance to experience that adventure in a safe place with all the equipment provided.”

Equipment will be on hand so that attendees can try their hand at rock climbing, mountain biking, horseback riding, fishing and art activities. Children and their families can even participate in a one-mile fun run that begins at noon.

Visitors are encouraged to bring water, sunscreen and a hat. Food vendors will be available on site. More information is available at www.nps.gov/samo/recfest2015.htm.

The event is co-sponsored by the Santa Monica Mountains Fund and is made possible by a generous grant from the National Park Foundation's Active Trails program.

The National Park Foundation is the official charity of America's national parks and nonprofit partner to the National Park Service. Chartered by Congress in 1967, the National Park Foundation raises private funds to help PROTECT more than 84 million acres of national parks through critical conservation and preservation efforts, CONNECT all Americans with their incomparable natural landscapes, vibrant culture and rich history, and INSPIRE the next generation of park stewards. Find out more and become a part of the national park community at www.nationalparks.org.

The Santa Monica Mountains Fund is a locally-based nonprofit committed to supporting the National Park Service and the California State Parks in their missions to provide for resource protection and public enjoyment of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. Learn more at www.samofund.org.

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (SMMNRA) is the largest urban national park in the country, encompassing more than 150,000 acres of mountains and coastline in Ventura and Los Angeles counties. A unit of the National Park System it comprises a seamless network of local, state and federal parks interwoven with private lands and communities. As one of only five Mediterranean ecosystems in the world, SMMNRA preserves the rich biological diversity of more than 450 animal species and 26 distinct plant communities. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/samo.

Halloween Haunted Trail, Costume Contest and Trick-or-Treat Street in Thousand Oaks on Saturday, October 24, 2015

The Conejo Recreation & Park District’s, Thousand Oaks Community Center, located at 2525 N. Moorpark Rd,  will be offering a night full of safe Halloween fun specifically for young children on Saturday, October 24th from 6:00-9:00pm. 

The annual Haunted Trail is a short Halloween hike appropriate for kids of all ages and packed full of fun.  At the end of the trail there will be a hayride that returns “hikers” to the “haunted trailhead.” Tickets are $3 per person and can be purchased at the gate.  The “Trail” will be open from 7:15-9:00pm. Tickets for assigned trail times will be sold on-site starting at 6:00pm. Early times sell out fast!

Those dressed in costume may participate in the costume contest.  Age groups range from two and under through adults.  Great prizes will be awarded for each category!  Contest starts at 6:00pm. Registration is free and takes place onsite 20 minutes prior to contest.

The popular Trick-or-Treat Street is back again!  Local scout troops and community groups have created Halloween-themed houses and will be ready to hand out treats from 6:00-8:30pm. Admission to Trick-or-Treat Street is free.

A free live reptile show will take place at 7:00pm. The event takes place on the soccer fields behind the community center.  For more information, call (805) 381-2793 or visit crpd.org/programs/district_special_events/halloween_haunted_trail.asp.

8th Annual Santa to the Sea Half Marathon and 5K in Oxnard on Sunday, December 13th


The 8th Annual Santa to the Sea Half Marathon and 5K is Sunday, December 13, 2015. The half marathon begins at the giant Santa located at 2801 Ventura Blvd., Oxnard and ends at Marine Emporium Landing in the Channel Islands Harbor. The race starts at 8 a.m. In addition to the popular half marathon and 5K, there is a 2-person relay and a kids 1K run.

The half-marathon’s fast and flat course goes through the strawberry fields in Oxnard and a new business park before heading to downtown

Oxnard and the Historic District. The 5K and kids 1K starts and finishes at the Marine Emporium Landing.


Since 2009, the Santa to the Sea series of races has been awarding scholarships to deserving locals. Partially funded by grants from the Gene Haas Foundation and the Oxnard College Foundation, approximately $122,000 in scholarship money has been awarded to approximately 300 current Oxnard College students. In 2014 alone, 100 scholarships totaling $50,000 were awarded.

Registration is ongoing for the annual Santa to the Sea races on Sunday, December 13. A portion of registration fees funds the Santa to the Sea Scholarship Fund.

For more information, or to register visit www.santatothesea.com.

City of Thousand Oaks "Spokes in the Oaks" Open Street Festival on Saturday, October 31st


The Thousand Oaks "Spokes in the Oaks" celebration is planned for Saturday, October 31st from 10am to 3pm. 

The 'Spokes in the Oaks' streets will be closed to motorized traffic for the day, bringing the streets alive with all forms of people-powered movement. You can walk, bike, run, skate to participate, plus we will have hubs of entertainment, food and activities for all ages. 

The event will extend along a 1.7-mile route from the intersection of Hampshire and Townsgate roads to the intersection of Agoura Road and Village Glen. 

These 'Open Streets' events are inspired by the weekly Ciclovia Events that started in Bogota, Columbia. Any Open Streets is a celebration that temporarily opens a stretch of city roads to all of the community turning our streets into an activity place. 

Visit www.toaks.org/living/spokes_in_the_oaks/default.asp for more information.

Halloween Party at Community Center Park in Camarillo on Friday, October 30th

Community Halloween Party on Friday, October 30, 2015 from 5-8pm at Community Center Park, 1605 E. Burnley Street, Camarillo. Trick or Treat Village * Costume Contest, Games, Pumpkin Painting & More! Movie in the park directly following the party, featuring Hocus Pocus, rated PG. Fun for all Ages! www.pvrpd.org

Santa Barbara Audubon Society Eyes in the Sky Open House on Sunday, October 18th

The third annual Eyes In The Sky Open House is at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History on Sunday, October 18, 2015 from 10am to 4pm. This year marks the 5th anniversary of the aviary and the 15th anniversary of the program itself.

Eyes in the Sky is the Santa Barbara Audubon Society’s educational outreach program, and is the only licensed raptor education program in Santa Barbara County.

The open house is your chance to get behind the scenes in the aviary. See the Raptors up close and personal! Discover for yourself how enthralling these birds can be and what gets the kids so excited over them.

Bring the whole family! Free Admission – Free Parking
Live birds of prey, up close and personal
Behind-the-scenes aviary tours
Hands-on educational games
Crafty activities for children
Educational displays
Scavenger Hunt
Traditional Chumash stories as told by Julie Tumamait
Emiliano Campobello playing Native American flute music
Instant Raffle – Every ticket wins!
Silent Auction
Eyes in the Sky merchandise
All proceeds to support SBAS Eyes in the Sky

2nd Annual Halloween Oktoberfest at The Collection at Riverpark on October 18th

Put on your Lederhosen and come out to 5he 2nd Annual HALLOWEEN OKTOBERFEST on SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18TH from 11 am to 5:30 pm at THE COLLECTION AT RIVERPARK. Two classic celebrations combine for one amazing time, creating a new family tradition!

Event features beer soaked brats, mouthwatering pretzels, ice cold draft beers, refreshing margaritas, live music, the Zombie Pumpkin Garden and Monster Zone! Space is limited; kids 12 and under are free (costumes are welcome).

Heads up: Staff members will be dressed as zombies, with make-up from professional Hollywood make-up artists. And special effects will be used throughout the event, including strobe lighting, fog, intense sounds and of course, ghoulish (not to be confused with goulash) performers!

More info at www.halloweenoktoberfest.com.

10th Annual Halloween Carnival at Oak Park Community Center on Sat, October 31

Oak Park's 10th Annual Indoor Halloween Carnival will take place at Oak Park Community Center, 1000 Kanan Road, on Saturday, October 31st from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Only $2 for 2 and up and $1 for under age 2. Parents are free when accompanied by children.

Children may bring their parents along for an evening of games, attractions, food and prizes. The carnival will be held indoors and everyone is encouraged to wear costumes. Attractions include a Trick or Treat Village, Enchanted Forest, face painting, game booths, food and prizes. The entrance fee covers unlimited use of all games and attractions.

For more information visit www.rsrpd.org or call 818.865.9304.

2015 St. Paschal Baylon Fall Fest in Thousand Oaks October 23rd through 25th

The annual St. Paschal Baylon Catholic Church Fall Fest is planned for Friday through Sunday, October 23, 24 and 25 at 155. E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. Free admission. There will be carnival rides, carnival games, concessions, sweets, performances, wine and cheese tasting, live jazz, auction, car raffle and much more! Hours of operation are 6pm-11pm on Friday, 1pm to 11pm on Saturday and noon-9pm on Sunday. More information at www.spbfestival.com.

2015 Thrill the World Halloween Dance Event in Ventura on Saturday, October 24th

On October 24, 2015, thousands of dancing zombies across the globe will take to the streets in unison in an attempt to break simultaneous worldwide Thriller dance records and gather donations for charity. In Ventura, a hundred "zombie" dancers will perform in this fun, family-oriented event at 3:00 p.m. at the Ventura Harbor Village Main Lawn. Now in its 10th year, an estimated 10,000 participants in 200+ events in 25 countries are expected to perform Jackson's Thriller dance. Open to the public for free. To participate visit www.ThrilltheWorldVentura.com.