2016 CSU Channel Islands Science Carnival in Oxnard on Saturday, November 5th

VIP student scientists, self-carving pumpkins and elephant toothpaste all part of 2016 Science Carnival

Crowd-pleasers like exploding pumpkins, screaming Gummi bears, banana pianos and colored fire will have an encore performance at the 2016 Science Carnival, but some new activities will make their debut, too.

The CSU Channel Islands (CI) 2016 Science Carnival will take place on Saturday, Nov. 5 from 5-8 p.m. at Thurgood Marshall Elementary School, 2900 Thurgood Marshall Drive in Oxnard.

Launched in 2009 by CI Professor of Chemistry Phil Hampton, Ph.D., the Science Carnival mushroomed from a handful of volunteers and 250 visitors to about 2,200 visitors in 2015 with an expected 2,400 visitors in 2016.

With a “spooky science” theme, activities and demonstrations are designed to illustrate all of the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields using all five senses.

Kids will watch computer science in action as engineering students from Ventura College use a mechanical arm to play Jenga. And budding biologists can build a circulatory system using blue and red clay, or build an artificial lung in addition to dissecting sheep eyeballs.

All three community colleges and volunteers from California Lutheran University are involved in the event, along with volunteers from professional organizations like the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and local companies that employ scientists.

The carnival is made possible by Project ACCESO, a U.S. Department of Education grant for Hispanic-Serving Institutions designed to enhance CI’s ability to support CI students in STEM majors, and to build a pipeline for PreK-12 students and community college students who may be interested in STEM majors.

For more information visit www.csuci.edu/sciencecarnival.

About California State University Channel Islands

CSU Channel Islands (CI) is the only four-year, public university in Ventura County and is known for its interdisciplinary, multicultural and international perspectives, and its emphasis on experiential and service learning. CI’s strong academic programs focus on business, sciences, liberal studies, teaching credentials, and innovative master’s degrees. Students benefit from individual attention, up-to-date technology, and classroom instruction augmented by outstanding faculty research. CI has been designated by the U.S. Department of Education as a Hispanic-Serving Institution and is committed to serving students of all backgrounds from the region and beyond. 

8th Annual Taste of Conejo Event in Westlake Village on November 11, 2016

The 8th annual Taste of Conejo, presented by the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce, returns Friday, November 11, 2016 from 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 50 local restaurants, breweries and wineries. Enjoy live entertainment throughout the evening while indulging in aisles of delicious fare and beverages with your commemorative wine glass and tasting tray in hand!

Pre-sale general admission tickets available at TasteofConejo.com through November 6th for $65 per person. VIP tickets $100, including complementary valet parking and 1 hour early entry from 4-5pm. Tickets available November 7-11 for $75 and limited supply of tickets will be sold at the door. This is a 21+ only event.

Dia de Los Muertos Events and Activities in Santa Paula on Sunday, October 30th

Santa Paula’s Museums Celebrate Dia de Los Muertos on Sunday, October 30

Families and Visitors of All Ages Are Invited to Join this Community-Wide Celebration

Come and celebrate Dia de Los Muertos on Sunday, October 30th at Santa Paula’s Museums, including the Santa Paula Art Museum, the Museum of Ventura County’s Ag Museum, the California Oil Museum and the Santa Paula Cemetery.  This free, family-friendly event will include a day of traditional craft making, music, Aztec dancers, food, storytelling and altar installations. Dia de Los Muertos attire is encouraged.

Visitors can begin at any of the locations, and walk to each one.  Pick up a Dia de Los Muertos passport and collect a stamp at each of the participating locations to enter into a free raffle drawing.

Start at any one of these sites, and proceed to the rest--in any order!

The Santa Paula Art Center/Jeanette Cole Art Center, 117 N. 10th Street 10 am-4 pm

The Santa Paula Art Museum will feature works by Gail Pidduck, the annual De Colores exhibit and photographs by California Institute of the Arts alumni. Families can explore the museum by participating in an “I” spy activity, create paper flowers, La Catrina bonnets and El Catrin sombreros, decorate sugar skulls and hear stories of the Day of the Dead. We will have a special interactive storytelling performance by bilingual children’s book author Olga Loya at 11am. Light refreshments will be served.

The Ag Museum, 926 Railroad Ave. 10 am-4 pm

The Museum of Ventura County’s Agriculture Museum, known as “the Ag” will feature its display of vintage tractors.  Kids can also create crafts, see our living beehive, and operate our “play” produce store.  Also on view is our photographic exhibit of women farmers called “Soil Sisters” by Keri Oberly.

SPECIAL EVENT:  Also at the Ag, there will be a book signing by our favorite local author Evie Ybarra for her new book “Ghosts of Ventura County’s Heritage Valley.”  Isnt’ that scary?  Check out Evie’s new book and meet her!! 11 am to 5 pm.

California Oil Museum, 1001 East Main Street 10 am-4 pm

The California Oil Museum will feature sugar skull art crafts for the Day of the Day festivities. Sugar skulls are a very important element to this cultural holiday. Sugar art was brought to the New World by Italian missionaries in the 17th century and was adopted as festive décor in the 18th century. Sugar skulls can be brightly decorated with a multitude of adornments and colors, and are placed on an altar or gravestone to honor the life of a passed loved one. Join us for activities, or explore the museum and its newly opened Marine Invertebrates exhibit and permanent collections on display.

Pierce Brothers Santa Paula Cemetery, 380 Cemetery Road 12 pm-5 pm

The Santa Paula Cemetery will hold a day of festivities where visitors can build an altar (ofrenda) at loved one’s gravesite or a community altar. Participate in a procession lead by Aztec Dancers and a blessing by Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish. Enjoy Mariachi music, have your face painted, decorate a sugar skull, and enjoy the Folklorico Dancers. Spend the day with family and friends while you celebrate the life of your dearly departed.

New West Symphony Presents Van Cliburn Winner at Rach 2 Concert in Oxnard 11/4 and Thousand Oaks 11/5


GUEST MUSIC CONDUCTOR Philip Mann to lead the program

Vadym Kholodenko, the gold medal winner of the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, will make his New West Symphony debut playing Sergei Rachmaninov’s Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Opus 18. The world premiere of Adam Schoenberg’s Go, written on a commission from the New West Symphony and Igor Stravinsky’s 1919 Suite from The Firebird complete the program.

Philip Mann, the second of six music director candidates appearing this season, will lead the orchestra in two performances of the program. The first performance takes place on Friday, November 4, 2016 at 8:00 pm at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center located at 800 Hobson Way in Oxnard. The program will be repeated on Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 8:00 pm at the Bank of America Performing Arts Center, located at 2100 Thousand Oaks Boulevard in Thousand Oaks. Philip Mann last appeared with the New West Symphony during the 2011/2012 season.

Tickets:  Tickets priced from $34 to $124 are available by phone, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday at 1-866-776-8400.  Tickets are also available in person at the New West Symphony office, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday and through the Symphony website 24/7 at newwestsymphony.org.  Tickets are also available at the respective concert hall box offices.

Hear & Now Live:  These lively and informative, 30-minute pre-concert discussions about the music on the program begin one hour prior to the performances.  The programs are free and open to ticket holders for the respective performances.

About the Conductor

Philip Mann is the music director of the Arkansas Symphony. He was elected a Rhodes Scholar and was also winner of the Vienna Philharmonic’s Karajan Fellowship at the Salzburg Festival, and an American Conducting Fellow.  Mr. Mann has served as associate conductor of the San Diego Symphony and has been an assistant conductor for performances with the Cleveland Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.  Recent engagements include the Georgian State Opera, National Symphony of Cyprus, Grand Rapids Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Phoenix Symphony, Sarasota Symphony, Symphony in C, and the New Mexico, Tulsa, and Voronezh Philharmonics. 

About the Soloist

Pianist Vadym Kholodenko won the gold medal and all special prizes at the Fourteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2013. Born in 1986 in Kiev, Ukraine, he began his studies at Kiev’s Mykola Lysenko Special Music School under Natalia Grydneva and Borys Fedorov. In 2005, he moved to Moscow to study at the Moscow State Conservatoire with Vera Gornostaeva.

During the 2016/2017 season, Mr. Kholodenko concludes his three-year artistic partnership with the Fort Worth Symphony which includes live recordings of the complete Prokofiev piano concertos. He will also undertake London appearances at the LSO St. Luke’s and with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, performances of the Scriabin Piano Concerto with the Orquesta Sinfonica de RTVE in Madrid, and a tour of Asia with appearances in Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, and Beijing. In the United States, he will make his Washington, D.C. recital debut at the Phillips Collection.

About the Music

Sergei Rachmaninov went into a deep depression following the disastrous 1897 première of his First Symphony. In January of 1900 he began seeing Dr. Nicholas Dahl, a Moscow physician who was familiar with the latest psychiatric advances from Paris and Vienna. By the summer of 1900 Rachmaninov was hard at work on his Second Piano Concerto. The work was premiered in October 1901 and to this day is one of the most popular and beloved of the great Romantic piano concertos.

Composer Adam Schoenberg said of his work Go, "Go, commissioned to honor the 20th Anniversary of the New West Symphony in 2015, is a high-energy, groove-oriented, single-movement work inspired by the idea of racing. The piece begins as if each member of the orchestra is at the starting line of a race. Using string and brass glissando techniques to create a revving effect, the work opens with a series of roaring engines that increase in intensity before locking into a groove that becomes the foundation of the piece. Several different grooves and rhythmic patterns develop as the members of the orchestra continue to round the track. The piece ends with a 'sprint to the finish.'"

Igor Stravinsky was the third composer sought by the impresario Serge Diaghilev to provide the score for his contemplated ballet based on Russian folk lore. Stravinsky had just six months to complete the score The Firebird. The ballet, which Stravinsky considered his first mature work, was an instant success at its premiere in June of 1910 in Paris. The scores to Petrushka and The Rite of Spring, again for Diaghilev and his Ballet Russe, followed in quick succession.

The story of the ballet deals with the glittering Firebird and the evil ogre Kashchei, who captures maidens and turns men to stone if they enter his domain. Stravinsky drew three concert suites from The Firebird. The 1919 suite includes six scenes from the complete score.

About the New West Symphony:

Founded in 1995, the New West Symphony is a professional orchestra that draws its players from the rich talent pool of professional Los Angeles-area musicians. The Symphony is the resident orchestra of the Oxnard Performing Arts Center, the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, and Barnum Hall in Santa Monica.  It presents six Masterpiece Series concerts annually, performing major works from the symphonic repertoire with internationally-acclaimed artists as guest soloists.  The Symphony also provides quality outreach and educational opportunities for the communities it serves through its annual Symphonic Adventures concert programs for youth, its traveling Music Van, and its New West Symphony Harmony Project of Ventura County, a year-round, tuition–free music and leadership program for underserved students.

New West Symphony 2016/2017 Masterpiece Series Concert No. 2

Friday, November 4, 2016 8:00 pm

Oxnard Performing Arts Center

800 Hobson Way, Oxnard

Saturday, November 5, 2016 8:00 pm

Bank of America Performing Arts Center

2100 Thousand Oaks Boulevard, Thousand Oaks

Annual Kids' Swap Meet at Thousand Oaks Community Center on Saturday, November 12, 2016

The annual Conejo Recreation & Park District Kids Swap Meet will be held on Saturday, November 12, 2016 from 8:00am-noon at the Thousand Oaks Community Center, 2525 N. Moorpark Rd. in Thousand Oaks.

Kids can become young entrepreneurs by selling their toys, supplies and sport equipment they no longer need or use is this gigantic family garage sale with over 100 vendors.  Parents and kids can reserve an 8 X 8 spot to sell childrens' unwanted toys, clothes, games, and furniture.

The Kids Swap Meet is a great shopping opportunity for parents, teachers and day care professionals!  Admission to shop at the Kids Swap Meet is free.

For more information call the Thousand Oaks Community Center at (805) 381-2793.

Cancer Support Community Holiday Homes Tour and Boutique on December 3-4, 2016

Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara’s annual Holiday Homes Tour Boutique will take place on Saturday, December 3 from 10 a.m – 7 p.m.  and Sunday, December 4 from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. at a new location: St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church, 5801 Kanan Road in Westlake Village. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the local programs of support, education, and hope provided by Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara. Entry to the boutique is free. Featured items include holiday décor and gifts, jewelry, handbags, accessories, and apparel. 

The Holiday Homes Tour Boutique is part of Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara’s 25th Annual Holiday Homes Tour on Saturday, December 3 and Sunday, December 4 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The self-guided tour is one of the organization’s largest fundraisers, with proceeds providing cancer support, education and hope, free of charge, to local people affected by cancer and their families. Tickets range from $30 to $40 depending on how early they are purchased. Tickets can be purchased online at www.CancerSupportVvsb.org.  To purchase tickets by phone, call (805) 379-4777.  To learn more about sponsor, advertising, and volunteer opportunities, call (805) 379-4777.

About the Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara

Celebrating 25 years of providing support, education and hope to people with cancer and their family, Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara services include support groups, mind/body healthy living programs, educational workshops, social events and connection to community resources. Over 25 years, they have served more than 25,000 local residents affected by cancer with programs throughout Ventura County, Santa Barbara County, and the San Fernando Valley. Programs are offered in English and Spanish and are all provided to participants free of charge. For more information, to volunteer or to make a donation, please visit www.CancerSupportVvsb.org or call 805-379-4777.