2015 Big Jamboree Event in Thousand Oaks on Friday, September 11th

Pull up your cowboy boots and come join us for a night of dancing, music, contests, prizes, and more on Friday, September 11th at Borderline Bar & Grill for the Big Jamboree, a benefit for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County!

Enjoy a live performance by award-winning country-rock singer-songwriter, Ry Bradley (2015 Country Artist of the Year nominee, LA Music Awards)! There will be silent and live auctions, special guests, dance competitions, and exciting surprises!

So saddle up and make your way down to the Borderline Bar & Grill for a fun night out to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County! Advance tickets $20; $25 at the door. Event starts at 6:30pm. Learn more at www.bigjamboree.com.

Borderline Bar & Grill is located at 99 Rolling Oaks Drive, Thousand Oaks

2015 Starlight Festival at Oak Canyon Community Park in Oak Park on Saturday, September 19th


The public is invited to join scientists and astronomers for a the 2015 Starlight Festival, A Cosmic Festival For All Ages, at Oak Canyon Community Park, 5600 Hollytree Drive, Oak Park, from 3pm to 10pm on Saturday, September 19th.

Hosted by the Oak Canyon Astronomy Group in cooperation with the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District, activities to include:

  • James Webb Space Telescope presentations at 6:30pm and 7:30pm by Northrop Grumman employees, followed by a Q&A period.
  • JPL scientists will be on hand to discuss latest JPL projects and the Mars Mission
  • Staff from Celestron will demo their equipment and answer questions. Solar viewing during daylight hours and nighttime observing after dark.
  • Much more!

After the sun goes down, there will be amateur astronomers on hand with the telescopes for nighttime viewing.

More information at oakcanyonastro.com.

CSU Channel Islands Hosts Business and Technology Speaker Series 9/11, 10/2, 10/9


Business leaders from different industries will share their unique perspectives at a series of free presentations offered by the Martin V. Smith School of Business & Economics at CSU Channel Islands.

The "Contemporary Topics in Business and Technology" series is free of charge and includes lunch. Each presentation begins at noon in Malibu Hall 100 on the CI campus at One University Drive, Camarillo.

This year's series includes presentations from business leaders in the publishing, automotive and maritime industries.

The Director of the Marvin V. Smith School of Business & Economics, William P. Cordeiro, Ph.D., said he always strives for diverse points of view when organizing the speakers' series.

"We invite business leaders who can provide our students with insights into planning and operating organizations in a variety of industries," Cordeiro said. "Speakers share their backgrounds, experiences, visions and offer advice for growing organizations in our very competitive environment – with a focus on regional and global markets."

The first presentation will be held Friday, Sept. 11 with Sara Miller McCune, Founder and Executive Chairman of SAGE Publications and Blaise Simqu, President and Chief Executive Officer of SAGE Publications, a global academic and educational publisher.

McCune is founder of the McCune Foundation in Ventura and the Santa Barbara-based Miller-McCune Center for Research, Media and Public Policy, which publishes the award-winning print and online magazine, the Pacific Standard.

Simqu has been part of the SAGE organization for 20 years, holding a variety of positions from editor to executive vice president until being appointed CEO in 2004.

"SAGE is unique in that we were founded on a profound belief that guides every aspect of our work – that flourishing educational programs and engaged scholarship create healthy minds and healthy societies," Simqu said. "I am delighted to share how a strong adherence to our company mission combined with strategic business decisions have led to 50 years of publishing excellence."

The speaker for Friday, Oct. 2 will be Dean Evans, CEO of LotLinx. Evans has 20 years of experience in the automotive industry, most recently as Chief Managing Officer of Subaru of America, Inc. Evans will share his expertise as head of LotLinx, a cutting-edge technology platform that connects car shoppers to dealership listings using search engines and automotive research sites.

The speaker for Friday, Oct. 9 will be Kristin Decas, CEO and Port Director, Port of Hueneme. Recently appointed by the U.S. Department of Transportation to the National Freight Advisory Committee and the U.S. Marine Transportation System National Advisory Council.

Decas was the first woman to run both the Port of New Bedford and the Port of Hueneme. Since joining the Port of Hueneme in 2012, the Port has achieved its strongest fiscal numbers in history, with over $14.3 in gross operating revenue.

Decas said she is pleased the Port has been successful as well as environmentally responsible, with the electrification of the docks, allowing incoming vessels to plug in rather than running their diesel engines.

"The key is balance," she said. "You need a balance between the environment and social responsibility, but you also need to be competitive."

Decas will also touch on what it's been like for her as a woman in a male-dominated profession, a trend she sees continuing as more women enter the maritime industry.

She said some of the most valuable advice she ever received was from one of her first mentors, the mayor of New Bedford, Massachusetts. In New Bedford, Decas directed more than one team of men.

"He would say 'make a fist' whenever I had to go deal with five burly guys,'" Decas said. "That's my philosophy when it comes down to it. You gotta have a thick skin."

To RSVP for any one of the series, click on: http://business.csuci.edu/events

11th Annual Reyes Adobe Days Festival in Agoura Hills October 1-4, 2015

The 11th Annual Reyes Adobe Days Festival is planned at Reyes Adobe Historical Site, 5464 Reyes Adobe Road, Agoura Hills from October 1 - 4, 2015. The weekend festival will take place 10/3 & 4 from 11am – 4pm; On 10/3 the Reyes Adobe Day Parade with celebrity grand marshal starts at 10 am.

TICKETS: Family weekend festival admission is FREE of charge.  For select events (Senior Fiesta, Night@Adobe, RADrun, Gymkhana), purchase tickets at reyesadobedays.org 

RAD celebrates the very best of California culture, past and present, on the grounds of an original 1845 California rancho with music and performance stages (Gold Rush Country, Doo-wah Riders); hands-on rancho activities including pony rides and petting zoo; art boutique and gallery; local craft beer; food trucks; museum tours and more.

Farmhouse tent features local artisans—brew masters, textile artists, jewelers, etc.--under one big festival tent. Featured artist is Michael Cook AKA “Cookie” who will create a street art expo for the Art@theAdobe exhibit. Meet actor Corey Fogelmanis, who plays Farkle Minkus on Disney’s "Girl Meets World", at Saturday’s 10am kickoff parade.

4th Annual Triunfo YMCA Goblin Gallop 5K/10K and 1 Mile Trick or Treat Fun Run/Walk in Westlake Village on Saturday, October 17th


The Triunfo YMCA’s 4th Annual Goblin Gallop 5K/10K races and 1-mile Trick or Treat Fun Run/Walk will take place Saturday, October 17 as part of the City if Westlake Village’s 13th annual City Celebration.

The runs and 1-mile run/walk will begin and end at the Westlake Village Civic Center (31200 Oak Crest Dr., Westlake Village) where the city celebration takes place. Proceeds from the two runs and walk will support Triunfo YMCA teen and family programs. Kids participating in the Trick or Treat Fun Run/Walk can collect treats at stops along the way. They are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes and should bring trick or treat bags.

The run/walk begins at 4:45 p.m. The Goblin Gallop 10K (new this year) starts at 5:30 p.m. and the Goblin Gallop 5K begins at 5:45 p.m. Race medals will be awarded to the top male and female runners in 13 age groups. Best costume awards for race participants will also be awarded. For more about Goblin Gallop, call the Triunfo YMCA at 818-707-9622 or to register, go to www.triunfoygoblingallop.com.



7th Annual Taste of Conejo Event Returns to Four Seasons Westlake Village on October 1st

The seventh annual Taste of Conejo, presented by the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce, returns Thursday, October 1, 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 60 local restaurants, breweries and wineries. The evening will be complimented with live entertainment by The COMPANY MEN, known as America’s favorite mashup group, and electric harpist VeeRonna.

New local establishments “tasting” at the event this year include: Los Agaves Restaurant, Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co., Nabu Wines, Urbane Cafe, Ice Cream Lab, and Barone’s The Pizzeria Express.

Pre-sale general admission tickets are available online at TasteofConejo.com through September 27th for $65 per person; Get $5 off regular admission by using discount code CVGuide at checkout!

VIP tickets are also available at TasteofConejo.com for $100 a person, which includes complimentary valet parking and 1-hour early entry into the event from 4-5 p.m.

From September 28th-Oct. 1st, tickets will be available online for $75 and a limited amount of tickets will be sold at the door. Only guests over the age of 21 will be allowed admittance.

A sneak peek of early food and beverage participants includes: Alma Sol Winery, Angelini Trading Company, Barone’s – The Pizzeria Express, Bogart’s Bar & Grill, Buon Gusto Farms, Coastal Grill at Mandalay Beach Hotel and Resort, California Kettle Corn, California Health & Longevity Institute, Celebrate Sweetly, Cielo Malibu Estate Wineyard, Chick-fil-A, Costco, Enegren Brewery, Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co., Fireman’s Brew, Fresh Brothers Pizza, Frost It Cakery, Ice Cream Lab, Kneady Bakery, ONYX Restaurant, Hyatt Westlake Plaza - Harvest Kitchen & Bar, Juice Ranch, Lazy Dog Restaurant, Los Agaves Restaurant, Mission Oaks Café, Mouthful Eatery, NABU Wines, Navarro Vineyards, Panera Bread, Paul Martin’s American Grill, Sant Wines, Shave It, STONEFIRE Grill, Sunland Vintage Winery, Surf Brewery, Sweet Arleen’s, The 805 Bar & Grilled Cheese, Twisted Oak Tavern, Umami Burger, Urbane Café, Ventura Spirits and Wades Wines.

Visit www.TasteofConejo.com or call 805.370.0035 for more information.

7th Annual Walk for Healthy Schools in Thousand Oaks on Saturday, October 17th

The Conejo Schools Foundation is hosting its 7th Annual Walk for Healthy Schools on Saturday, October 17th at Conejo Creek North Park in Thousand Oaks.  The family friendly 5K will start at 9:30 with walk-in registration opening at 9.   Come walk with your family, friends and neighbors for the benefit of our health and our local schools. All monies raised from sponsorships and walk registrations will directly benefit all schools in the Conejo Valley Unified School District. Learn more at www.conejoschools.org/events.

“Walk from Los Angeles to Mexico City 1958-59” Exhibit in Thousand Oaks 8/19-10/25

"Shy Rider" by William Tynan (1959)

"Shy Rider" by William Tynan (1959)

Why Would You Walk From Los Angeles to Mexico City in 1958?

August 19, 2015-October 25, 2015 Wed. thru Sunday - 12 to 5pm.

William Tynan's  photography exhibit: The Spirit of Adventure...A Photographic Journey

“Walk from Los Angeles to Mexico City 1958-59”

The Conejo Valley Art Museum, 275 N. Moorpark Rd., Suite 193C, Janss Marketplace – Thousand Oaks.

William Tynan born in 1930 in Los Angeles, trained by the Army, (7796 Signal Corp), during the Korean War. Tynan earned the reputation as a top photojournalist in Europe and became one of Gen. Eisenhower’s personal photographers while in Paris.  In 1958, motivated by his spirit of adventure, he embarked on a journey, giving up everything, walking “totally by foot”, from Los Angeles to Mexico City.  A partner, Bill Bates, joined him in this adventure, they survived with little food or water, unforeseen catastrophes, walking up to 25 miles a day.  Tynan carried his Rolleicord camera the entire 2,500 miles through the primitive back country of Mexico’s western Sierra foothills, down the coast of the Gulf of California, during a harrowing 7 months. Beginning in Los Angeles on Oct. 18, 1958 and ending 7 pairs of shoes later in Mexico City on May 29, 1959.  Both Bates and Tynan believed they would have never reached Mexico City without the aid and generosity of the Mexican people.

During a successful photography exhibit at the Fine Arts Building in February in which William received a prestigious award from the International Monochrome Awards for 2014, and in the exhibit at the PICO HOUSE, June 4th thru June 23rd which had a record attendance of 3,000 visitors, to this amazing exhibition.   A  Documentary named “Red Dog & Bates”, is now in the works. The film premieres Fall 2015, starring William (Red Dog) Tynan the photographer/ walker and his walking partner Bill Bates.   (Produced/Directed by Xochi Blymyer and Regina Ainsworth.)

 Ironically these photographs were one of the few things saved, in   a home fire in  2011, when Tynan lost almost everything. There will be approx. 45 photographs from William Tynans’ collection, exhibited at the Museum.

The exhibit at the Conejo Valley Art Museum will include a slide show, with photos of Tynan and Bates, taken in 1958-59, during this adventure, photographed exclusively by Tynan, using timer and tripod. Also news articles from 15 different newspapers including from the front page of the Los Angeles Mirror News- June 8, 1959 to the Los Angeles Times on June 9, 1959.

Rock on the Dock Free Concert Series at Ventura Harbor Village in September

Experience the Rock on the Dock Concert Series starting Labor Day weekend, Saturday, September 5th at Ventura Harbor Village (1583 Spinnaker Drive) along the Village Promenade and continuing each Saturday in September from 3-6 PM.

Be entertained seaside by bands performing on a floating boat dock while soaking up the sun and picturesque harbor and mountain views. Guests can catch the show from the water with kayak, SUP, electric and paddle boat rentals from Ventura Boat Rentals, dance along the promenade, stroll throughout seaside boutiques, or sip sunset cocktails while dining al fresco at one of Ventura Harbor Village's waterfront restaurants.

9/5 Carmen & the Renegade Vigilantes (Country & Rock N' Roll)
9/12 The Rincons (Rock & Beach Tunes)
9/19 Hard-Times Band (Classic Rock, Blues, and Country)
9/26 Smokey and Friends (Rock and Reggae)

Just added:

Friday, 9/25 Unkle Monkey (Tropical Rock) at 2:00-3:30PM and 4:30-6:00 PM


Howl-O-Ween Dog Costume Contest at Ventura Harbor Village on Saturday, October 24th

Howl-O-Ween Dog Costume Contest at Ventura Harbor Village on the Carousel Stage on Saturday, October 24, 2015 at noon. Dress your dog in a their Halloween best! Dogs of all shapes & sizes welcome! Dress your dog in costume for the chance to win!

Prizes for Spookiest, Sea-Worthy, Creative/Original, cutest, Best in Show. Every dog gets a "treat."

venturaharborvillage.com/ventura-harbor-village-event-details.php?event=685 905/477-0470

Cats in the Canyon & Hounds in the Hollow Fundraiser in Ojai on Sunday, September 27th


The Humane Society of Ventura County is once again making plans for its Cats in the Canyon & Hounds in the Hollow fall fundraiser. This will be the ninth year we celebrate the efforts of this organization to protect and care for animals throughout Ventura County.
We are returning to Boccali’s Pizza and Pasta Restaurant, located at 3277 E. Ojai Avenue in Ojai on Sunday, September 27th, from 2:00pm to 5:00pm. Our guests will; enjoy a vegetarian Italian dinner under the oaks; shop for donated items and services at our popular “Buy It Now” marketplace; visit with our animal friends looking for new homes; and listen to live music provided by The Main Street Jazz Band!

To purchase tickets, or to donate an item for our Marketplace, please call the Shelter's front office at 805-646-6505 or stop by at 402 Bryant St. in Ojai. Online ticket purchase will be available soon at www.hsvc.org/cats_in_the_canyon_hounds_in_the_hollow.

If you are interested in being an event sponsor, please contact Heather at 805 646-6505 x 104.

The Humane Society of Ventura County is a private, nonprofit organization funded by private donations and fundraisers such as this one throughout the year. We greatly appreciate all of our friends and sponsors who annually support this event.

18th Annual Underwood Family Farms Fall Harvest Festival, October 3-31, 2015

Underwood Family Farms' 18th Annual Fall Harvest Festival will take place October 3 to 31 this year. 

Friends of the Farm Weekend is back October 3 & 4. Proceeds will help benefit The Ventura County Sheriff's Charity Organization Cops Running for Charity and The Ventura County Fire Department's Charity Groups. There will be demonstrations including fire trucks, ambulances, tank type vehicle, bomb squad with their bomb robot, police car/motorcycle and much more. 

October 10 & October 11 is Farm Country Weekend, complete with country and bluegrass music and a live-remote visit from local station KHAY. Giant Pumpkin Contest takes place on Sunday, October 11! 

Antique Tractor Weekend is October 17 & 18 (10am-4pm) with antique tractors and a tractor parade!

October 24 & 25 is Western Weekend - from 11am - 3pm, there will be stunt ropers, a covered wagon, music, magic and much more! At 3:00, the cowboys ride off, but the festival continues until 6:00pm with music, games, rides, races and tons of family fun.

The final day of the festival is Saturday, October 31, "All About Pumpkins" weekend,  with with live entertainment from 10:30-5:30! There will be pumpkin demonstrations and displays of pumpkins, squash, and gourds and different ways to decorate them! On Saturday, October 31st - Halloween - anyone dressed in a full costume (not just a mask or face painted) will receive FREE admission!
On the weekends, food vendors serve up the Lion's Club hot dogs, hamburgers, roasted corn on the cob, pie, Spencer/MacKenzie's Mexican food, shave ice, kettle corn, cookies and much more. 

On hand for purchase will be varieties of gourds, winter squash, Indian corn, and other fall decorating accessories, as well as a large selection of pumpkin carving accessories. There will be acres and acres of pumpkins, country games & activities, pig races and great photo opportunities!

The 2015 festival will be open from 9:00 am until 6:00 pm. Admission to the festival is $15.00 on Saturdays and Sundays and $6.00 per person Monday through Friday. Children under 2 are free PLUS parking is FREE! Weekend admission includes a tractor-drawn wagon ride, the corn maze and hay pyramids, Animal Center with Fun Hill, Craig's Chicken Show, Kid's Corral & play area PLUS live bands including themed-weekend entertainment, the Animal Show, Pig Races & tons of open space & photo ops in the pumpkin patch! 

A portion of Festival proceeds helps support the Rotary Club, Pleasant Valley Lions Club, Boy Scouts of America, Cops Running For Charity, Ventura County Firefighters, numerous high school groups and many other non-profit organizations.

More info at www.underwoodfamilyfarms.com/fall_harvest_festival.html.