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Sunday
Sep212014

21st Annual Salmon Run 5K at Patagonia in Ventura on Sunday, November 9th

The 21st Annual Salmon Run at Patagonia, 259 W. Santa Clara Street, Ventura takes place on Sunday, November 9th at 8:30 a.m. This is a certified 5K course on a flat dirt road along the Ventura River. Patagonia® gear awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers in each age category. Silent auction, raffle and refreshments. Limited to 400 runners/walkers! This event usually sells out!

Visit www.patagonia.com/us/patagonia.go?assetid=15737 to learn more and to register.

Sunday
Sep212014

10th Annual Run Through the Orchards 5K/10K in Moorpark on Sunday, November 2

The 10th Annual Run Through the Orchards takes place on Sunday, November 2nd at 8 a.m. at Tierra Rejada Ranch, 3370 Sunset Valley Road, Moorpark. This is a certified 5K and 10K, all-dirt course through the scenic walnut, avocado and orange groves celebrating open space and agriculture in Ventura County.

Eight age categories from under 13 through over 70. Race prizes will be awarded in each category and for overall men's and women's runners. Registration includes a raffle drawing ticket and a limited edition tote bag made from recycled materials. Water and refreshments will be provided. T-shirts will be available for purchase at the race. Proceeds support SOAR, a local organization dedicated to making Ventura County a better place to live by limiting urban sprawl, protecting open space and agricultural lands, and promoting livable and sustainable communities.

For more information and to register, visit www.soarusa.org/10thrunintro.html or call 805.644.0859. $25 in advance at this link. $30 day of race.

Saturday
Sep202014

LOL Comedy Night at Camarillo Regency Theater on Wednesday, October 15th

Saturday
Sep202014

2014 Scandinavian Autumnfest Celebration in Agoura Hills on Sunday, September 21st

The annual Scandinavian Autumnfest and Marknad Celebration takes place on Sunday, September 21st from 9AM to 6PM at Vasa Park, 2854 Triunfo Canyon Road, Agoura Hills. This event is a wonderful, family fun day with our Swedish and Nordic friends.  You will not find another event like this one around here. And it is FREE, other than a parking donation of only $10 per car ($5 for Vasa members).

There is DELICIOUS authentic Scandinavian food for sale, vendors, access to a huge 274 foot waterslide and pool, fun family games and prizes, ropes course, rock wall, petting zoo and just a whole bunch of really nice people!  Other activities include Alpine tube slide, kids' mining, bingo, train rides and more! Visit www.vasaparkla.com for more information.

And, what's that!!??  The 6th Annual Swedish Meatball Contest!!!  YEAH Baby!!! $5 to taste and judge all the meatballs! Bring it on!

By the way, "marknad" basically means flea market.  You'll find some things for sale here that you won't typically find at, say, The Oaks mall or Camarillo Outlets!

Conejo Joe: We've been to events at Vasa Park a number of times! Great family fun with a dose of Scandinavian culture! This park is not usually open to the public so it is a treat being able to visit. And the water slide is FUN FUN FUN for kids and adults alike!

274 foot water slideAlpine tube slide700 foot zip line

Thursday
Sep182014

Simi Valley Fair & Music Festival Takes Place September 18th to 21st

The 2014 Simi Valley Fair & Music Festival is September 18-21 at the Simi Valley Town Center, north of the 118 freeway between Erringer Road and First Street.

In store is a music festival, carnival games, contests and prizes, free samples and giveaways, shopping, arts and crafts, great food, family entertainment, car show, rides and much more!

Admission only $5; kids 4 and under are free. More information at www.svfamf.com.

Hours:

Thursday, September 18: 5pm - 10pm (70s/80s Music Night)
Friday, September 19, 5pm - 11pm (Salsa Music Night)
Saturday, September 20, Noon -11pm (parade is 9:30am) (Polynesian Music Night)
Sunday, September 21, Noon - 9pm (Country Music Night)

Wednesday
Sep172014

Moonshiners BBQ in Moorpark on Oct 4th

Monday
Sep152014

25th Annual United Way of Ventura County Day of Caring on Saturday, September 27th

United Way of Ventura County invites the community to participate in its 25th Annual Day of Caring to take place on Saturday, September 27, 2014. This event will bring together teams and individual volunteers to help nonprofit organizations in the community with a variety of tasks. Volunteer projects are available in cities throughout Ventura County.

United Way is seeking volunteers to help community organizations across Ventura County. Day of Caring will be a fun, free and easy way for individuals, families and teams to work together and create real change in the community.

Some of the volunteer projects will include leading arts and crafts activities for children, painting and freshening up community centers, creating a garden of hope for cancer patients, sorting food at food banks and pantries and more!

Volunteers will receive a Day of Caring T-shirt for their participation. To register as a volunteer and to view full descriptions of the available Day of Caring projects, visit www.VolunteerVenturaCounty.org or CLICK THIS LINK to get directly to the event page. Register by the 22nd.

Monday
Sep152014

2nd Annual Ventura County Farm Day on Saturday, September 27, 2014

2nd ANNUAL VENTURA COUNTY FARM DAY 2014

SEE AG - "Opening Eyes to Agriculture"

WHO: Students for Eco-Education and Agriculture (SEE AG), an agricultural education non-profit & local Ventura County Farms will host the 2nd Annual Ventura County Farm Day On Saturday, September 27, 2014.

WHAT: 2nd Annual Ventura County Farm Day 2014 - FREE multi location event for the general public. After party BBQ at McGrath Family Farm - $30 ticket price - tickets go on sale July 1, 2014. Eventbrite.

WHERE: Twenty Ventura County Farms! Deardorff Family Farms, Friends Ranch, Houweling's Tomatoes, McGrath Family Farm, Mission Produce, Gills Onions, Rancho Del Pueblo, Chivas Goat Farm, Ojai Olive Oil, Rio Gozo, Join The Farm, Underwood Family Farms, Gills Onions, Duda Fresh, Petty Ranch, Pyramid Flowers, Food For Thought Ojai - San Antonio Elementary Garden, East End Eden Farms, The Museum of Ventura County AG Museum, Pine Tree Farm. 

For more information and map visit www.venturacountyfarmday.com.

WHY: Increase the understanding of the food journey from farm to consumption. 

About SEEAG

SEE AG helps kids understand the origins of their food. Mary Maranville founded Students for Eco-Education and Agriculture [SEE AG] in 2008. The mission of SEE AG is to increase the understanding of the food journey from the field to consumption and to connect school children to the farmland in their own backyard.

Agriculture is a long mainstay and significant part of Ventura County's economic viability. Ventura is ranked 9th in Agricultural production out of the 3144 counties in the United States. To date, this program has reached over 7,000 school children, providing classroom lessons and field trips. Ventura County Agriculture is a topic appropriate for all ages and both adults and children can enjoy a free day of learning and tasting what their local farmers grow in their backyards.

Sunday
Sep142014

Santa Monica Mountains Recreation Area Programs in Ventura County

Free events and programs in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area locations in Ventura County and adjacent areas through September 2014 are highlighted below! (updated periodically to remove past activities). For additional details and other event locations, visit
www.nps.gov/samo/planyourvisit/things2do.htm.

TUE 9/16 8am - Malibu Creek State Park – Reagan Ranch - Easy-Pace Hikers: Cornell to MASH Site Enjoy a moderately paced, 6-mile 600’ gain hike including Lookout Trail, Century Lake, MASH site, and Reagan picnic area. Bring water, snack, lugsoles, hat, and sunscreen. Rain cancels. Info: 818-787-5420. 3hrs SC

FRI 9/19 6pm - Paramount Ranch - Whose Hoo? Join a ranger and discover the tricks of identifying the different owls that maybe found within the area on this 1.5-mile hike. Bring sturdy shoes, water, hat and sunscreen. 1.5hrs NPS

Western National Parks Association on Saturday, September 20 10:00am – 11:30am Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor Center - Self Sufficient Home - Author and instructor Christopher Nyerges will describe practical methods of self-reliant living. Topics include how to find and purify water, alternatives to electricity, and use of solar ovens. He will be available to sign his two books: The Self-Sufficient Home and Extreme Simplicity. Reservations recommended. Info: 805-370-2302 or samo@wnpa.org

SAT 9/20 9:30am - Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor Center - Summer Hike with a Ranger - Enjoy a summer hike to Inspiration Point on a 1-mile loop trail. Bring sunscreen and water. Meet by fountain 1.5hrs NPS

SUN 9/21 8am - Malibu Creek State Park - Birdwalk Enjoy watching birds in unspoiled habitats. Bring binoculars. Beginners welcome! Meet in lower parking lot. Muriel 310-457-5796 or Art 818-887-0973. 4hrs SFVAS

TOM GAMACHE PHOTOGRAPHY Sunday, September 21 Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor Center 9am to 5pm – View Photography Exhibit - Our National Parks and Other Public Lands - Enjoy the work of Tom Gamache. Tom is the co-author of the book Range on the Edge/Santa Monica Mountains.  The exhibit will run through October 19, 2014. 2pm to 4pm – Meet the Artist/Photo Walk INFO: 805-370-2301 National Park Service

Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor Center in Calabasas

National Public Lands Day - Saturday, September 27 - Join us at Paramount Ranch 9am – 12:30pm. Participate in the nation’s largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance the public lands Americans enjoy – including areas with streams leading to the coast. Anyone under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult. A partnership event with the National Park Service, Heal the Bay, and Cornell Preservation Organization. Info and registration: 805-418-3176

SUN 9/28 8:30am - Malibu Lagoon State Beach - Beach and Wetlands Bird Watching - Beginners, experts, teens, or adults are all welcome. Bring binoculars. Meet at shaded viewpoint. Info: 310-395-6235. 2-3hrs SMBAS

SUN 9/28 10am - Malibu Lagoon State Beach - Birdwatching for Young Children and Parents - Join a special walk. Binoculars provided. Meet at shaded viewpoint. Reservations required for groups: 310-395-6235. 1hr SMBAS

SUN 9/28 10am - Malibu Bluffs Park - Bay-view Ramble - Celebrate the beginning of autumn while ambling between sea and mountains with a shoreline stroll. Info: 818-782-9346 2hrs CNPS

SUN 9/28 10am - Paramount Ranch - From Set to Screen - Learn the secrets that turn a dusty set into a realistic town. Join us on this easy-paced walk behind the scenes to discover the illusions and history of Paramount Ranch. 1hr NPS

Cultural Workshop Sunday, September 28 10am–12pm & 1pm–3pm - Satwiwa Native American Indian Culture Center - Tongva artist, Julia Bogany, presents a workshop on how to make tule reed bird dolls and tule reed boats. Materials will be provided. Please arrive on time. All ages welcome. Info: 805-370-2301 NPS

King Gillette Ranch - View from near Inspiration Point

 

 

Satwiwa Native American Indian Culture Center in Newbury Park

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Sunday
Sep142014

17th Annual Oxnard Autumn Historic Home Tour on Sunday, September 28th

After a one year hiatus, the Oxnard Autumn Historic Home Tour is coming back this Sunday, September 28th from 10am to 5pm.

Enjoy a self-guided tour of historic homes in and around the Henry T. Oxnard National Historic District. This year's featured home is the Levy House, a beautiful Craftsman/Tudor structure built in 1914 by one of Oxnard’s prominent founding families. Explore what it’s like to care for these legacies of fine design and excellent craft.

Advance purchase tickets available at www.oxnardhistoricdistrict.com/TOURS.html or 805.483.7960 for $20. Tickets available at the Carnegie Art Museum for $25 on the day of the event.

Thursday
Sep112014

Thousand Oaks Police Foundation 18th Annual Golf Tournament on Monday, Oct 20

THOUSAND OAKS POLICE FOUNDATION HOSTS 18th ANNUAL CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT
All proceeds directly benefit Police Youth and Volunteer Programs

The Thousand Oaks Police Charitable Foundation (TOPCF) hosts the 18th Annual Charity Golf Tournament on Monday, October 20, 2014 at the North Ranch Country Club in Thousand Oaks. The event is presented by Pleasant Hawaiian Holidays.

The fun-filled day begins at 8am with a breakfast buffet and putting contest. Shotgun start at 10am with lunch and beverages throughout the day, hole-in-ones and other contests. If golf isn’t for you, join TOPCF at 5:00pm for dinner, silent and live auctions

Visit www.SupportTOPCF.org to purchase tickets.

TOPCF was organized to promote community welfare, education and crime prevention through support of public safety, youth and volunteer programs including: Start Smart program, Parent Project, K9 Search & Rescue, Citizen Academy, Explorers, DART team, Reserve Deputies and Volunteers in Policing.

Wednesday
Sep102014

Adolfo Camarillo 150th Birthday Celebration on Sunday, October 26th

Visit the Camarillo Ranch on Sunday, October 26th from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. for Adolfo Camarillo’s 150th birthday! Party festivities will include a fiesta BBQ and birthday cake, tours of the Victorian mansion, mariachi music and folkloric dancers, the Camarillo High School Band, history and agricultural exhibits, a country store and sweet shoppe, and of course, the Camarillo White Horses. Cost: Free admission, suggested $5 donation for house tours. Learn more at www.CamarilloRanch.org.

Tuesday
Sep092014

23rd Annual Thousand Oaks Rotary Street Fair on Sunday, October 19th

The 23rd Annual Thousand Oaks Rotary Street Fair will take place on Sunday, October 19th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Moorpark Road between Hillcrest and Wilbur Road in Thousand Oaks, in between Janss Marketplace and the Best Buy. Plenty of parking in the adjacent shopping centers and streets.

The Thousand Oaks Rotary Street Fair continues this great event with up to 20,000 expected attendees and 370 vendors!

Featuring artisans specializing in hand-made products and a Kids Fun Zone with games, crafts, jumpees, soft drinks and pizza. Live music and entertainment too.

For more information, visit www.ThousandOaksRotary.org.

Tuesday
Sep092014

2014 Crossroads Community Church Trunk or Treat Event in Camarillo on October 26th

Crossroads Community Church's Annual Trunk or Treat event is planned for Sunday, October 26th from 3:30pm to 6pm at 161 Plaza La Vista, Camarillo.

Activities for the whole family include trunk or treating, carnival games, face painting and a costume contest. All activities are FREE (food available for purchase). icrossroads.org/events-manager/trunk-or-treat-2

Tuesday
Sep092014

Cal Lutheran Invites the Public to Free Dance Classes to Perform "Thriller" Oct 25

California Lutheran University invites the public to participate in free master classes and a worldwide performance of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” as part of its Day of Dance on Saturday, October 25th.

The “Thriller” performance at 3 p.m. in Kingsmen Park on the Thousand Oaks campus is part of “Thrill The World,” an annual simultaneous dance to Jackson’s hit song. People are encouraged to dress as zombies. A dance party will start at 1:30 p.m.

The community is invited to learn the dance from Cal Lutheran students, alumni and faculty from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturdays on Sept. 27, Oct. 4, Oct. 11 and Oct. 18 in Gilbert Arena. Each class is open to the first 55 people who show up.

The Oct. 25 festivities will also include free master classes in the dance studio. Dana Fukagawa will teach yoga from 8 to 9 a.m., jazz from 9:15 to 10:45 a.m. and contemporary from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Thousand Oaks High School graduate is an assistant choreographer to singer Mandy Moore and choreographer Tony Testa, and her many credits include choreography for “So You Think You Can Dance” and Kylie Minogue’s Les Foiles World Tour and performances on “Wizards of Waverly Place” and in live LXD shows in Beijing, New York and Los Angeles. She is a substitute teacher at EDGE Performing Arts Center in Hollywood.

Dancer and choreographer Damian “Dmoe” Gomez will lead a hip-hop class from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Gomez has worked with many artists including Janet Jackson, Katy Perry and the Black Eyed Peas.

Registration for the master classes is required. Contact Shannon McMillan in the Theatre Arts Department at sjmcmill@callutheran.edu or 805-493-3452.

Cal Lutheran is expanding its dance program, and its first choreography class presented a concert in May. The university’s Artists and Speakers Committee recently purchased a portable dance floor so that outside groups and students can now perform safely on campus. The Theatre Arts Department received a grant from the university’s Community Leaders Association to present the Day of Dance event.

All the events are free, but donations will be accepted for Santa Barbara-based World Dance for Humanity’s efforts to build a school in Rwanda.

Kingsmen Park is located along Memorial Parkway west of Mountclef Boulevard. Gilbert Arena and the dance studio are inside the Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center at 130 Overton Court. Parking is free.

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

Tuesday
Sep092014

Pulitzer Prize Nominee to Speak at Ventura County Affordable Housing Fundraiser Nov 6

Pulitzer Prize Nominee Victor VillaseñorThe Ventura County Housing Trust Fund (VCHTF) welcomes best-selling author and Pulitzer Prize Nominee Victor Villaseñor as the guest speaker at its Affordable Housing Fundraiser on November 6, 2014.

Villaseñor will deliver a heartfelt presentation of his journey of life as the son of an immigrant farm worker who has endured and overcome many obstacles in life, including language and cultural barriers, discrimination and dyslexia and bring a fresh approach to the plight of the underserved, and the uniting of people from all walks of life.

The event starts with complimentary tours of the historic Camarillo Ranch House from 4-5pm, followed by the main event, guest speaker, libations and appetizers from 5-7pm. Admission is $45/person or $80/couple pre-registration by November 4th or $50/person at the door. More information and to buy tickets, visit www.vchousingtrustfund.org or by call in 805.330.6987.

Proceeds from the event will support the VCHTF’s Revolving Loan Fund to produce new affordable housing in Ventura County. Sponsorships are available: $500 for Journeyman, $1000 for Architect, $2500 for Contractor or $5000 for Developer levels.

About Ventura County Housing Trust Fund:

VCHTF is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation.  Its mission is to support more housing choices, by generating and leveraging financial resources, working in partnership with the public, private, and non-profit sectors throughout Ventura County.  The Housing Trust Fund makes below-market rate loans for pre-development costs of affordable housing developments with a priority for projects serving farmworkers, homeless persons, veterans, and youth transitioning out of foster care. “The donations generated by this event will be leveraged with a matching grant from the State of California, Proposition 1C (Housing and Emergency Shelter Trust Fund Act of 2006) Local Housing Trust Fund Program.  Every dollar raised will double the impact to create new affordable housing units desperately needed in our high cost housing market. VCHTF brings new dollars to the table to help fill the gap left by drastic cuts in traditional Federal, State and local housing funding sources,” said Linda Braunschweiger, CEO of VCHTF.

Tuesday
Sep092014

Free Crafts at Lakeshore Learning in Ventura on Saturdays

Free crafts for kids ages 3 and up at Lakeshore Learning in Ventura on Saturdays from 11 am to 3 pm (updated 9/14/14):

9/20: Keep the Beat Den Den Drum

9/27: My Reading Log Bookmark

10/4: Makin’ Music Drum

10/11: Fire Safety Fido

10/18: Bunny Reading Pointer

10/25: Spooky Sweets Holder

The Ventura store is located at 4705 Telephone Road.  Phone 805.289.1550 or visit www.lakeshorelearning.com.

Tuesday
Sep092014

RAD Runs 10K and 10 Miler in Agoura Hills on Saturday, October 11th

The Agoura Hills / Calabasas Community Center presents the RAD Runs 10K and 10 Miler on Saturday, October 11th at the Agoura Hills City Hall, 3001 Ladyface Court.

Celebrate the Reyes Adobe Days by running this challenging 10K and 10-Mile course featuring historic and scenic views of the Santa Monica Mountains and Agoura Hills. Competitive and non-competitive runners will experience the thrill of running along soft rolling hills and amazing beauty when passing by National and State Parks, through Malibou Lake and running on Mulholland Hwy.  Enjoy a day at the Reyes Adobe Days Festival post-race. Convenient free parking at the race start/finish.  Event t-shirt and participant medal.  USATF certified and sanctioned course.

Race start times are 7am for the 10 Miler and 7:15am for the 10K. Entry fees are $30 by September 30th, $35 thereafter. Convenient parking at the Race Start / Finish directly across from City Hall.

Learn more and register at www.RADruns.org.

Founded in 1996, the Community Center Alliance is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that serves as the fundraising arm of the Agoura Hills / Calabasas Community Center.  A Board of Directors consisting of local community members acts to improve the quality of life for people in the community.

The Alliance’s goal is to raise funds to support the programs, activities and services provided by the Agoura Hills / Calabasas Community Center.

Tuesday
Sep092014

Calabasas Classic Run 5K, 10K and 1 Mile Fun Run on Sunday, November 9th

The Agoura Hills / Calabasas Community Center presents the Calabasas Classic Run 5K/10K and 1 Mile Fun Run on Sunday, November 9th at the City of Calabasas Civic Center, 100 Civic Center Way, Calabasas.

Come celebrate Community, Fitness and Fun!  This timed 5K/10K run course explores the beautiful roads of Calabasas.  Competitive and non-competitive runners will enjoy this challenging course ending with a post-run party expo to celebrate you!  Free event t-shirt and participant medal. Course is USATF certified and sanctioned.

Race start times are 8am for the 5K, 9am for the 10K and 10:30am for the 1 Mile Fun Run. Entry fees are $30 for the 5K and 10K by September 30th, $35 thereafter, and $10 for the 1 Mile Fun Run by September 30th, $15 thereafter.

Strollers are welcome. Due to the safety of others we ask that you line up at the back of the pack at the start. Please be careful and cautious not to interfere with the path of other runners.

Learn more and register at www.calabasasclassicrun.com.

Founded in 1996, the Community Center Alliance is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that serves as the fundraising arm of the Agoura Hills / Calabasas Community Center.  A Board of Directors consisting of local community members acts to improve the quality of life for people in the community.

The Alliance’s goal is to raise funds to support the programs, activities and services provided by the Agoura Hills / Calabasas Community Center.

Monday
Sep082014

9th Annual Oak Park Indoor Halloween Carnival on Friday, October 31st

Oak Park's 9th Annual Indoor Halloween Carnival will take place at Oak Park Community Center, 1000 Kanan Road, on Thursday, 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.