14th Annual Fall Open House at Camarillo Bird Museum on Saturday, October 22nd


The Museum will be open on Saturday, October 22nd from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a rare opportunity to tour the Foundation’s extensive bird, nest, and egg collections!

Art exhibit will take place all day and will showcase professional and amateur artists within our local community displaying their bird-themed artistic creations.

Demonstrations: Hands-on egg blowing at 11:00am, 1:00pm and 3:00pm.

Raffles will be held at 12:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Gift items will be available for purchase.

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

439 Calle San Pablo, Camarillo

Directions:  From south of Camarillo, take Hwy 101 to the Pleasant Valley/Santa Rosa Rd. off-ramp, and turn left at the end of the off-ramp, 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. off-ramp, and turn right at the end of the off-ramp. 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).

Oxnard Jazz Festival on Saturday, September 10th

Pets for Vets Ventura County Chapter (PFV-VCC) has been selected by the Oxnard Jazz Festival to be a recipient of the proceeds raised from the September 10th event. 

Pets for Vets, a 501c3 national organization with 36 chapters located across the country, is dedicated to supporting veterans and providing a second chance for shelter pets by rescuing, training and pairing them with America's veterans who could benefit from a companion animal.  Many returning veterans suffer from physical and emotional injuries relating to their time in service, making it difficult to transition back to civilian life.  Medical studies have shown that companion animals significantly reduce stress, depression and anxiety.  The Pets for Vets Ventura County Chapter, an all-volunteer organization, serves veterans in the cities of Camarillo, Fillmore, Moorpark, Ojai, Oxnard, Port Hueneme, Santa Paula, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks and Ventura.  Funds donated from this Festival will enable Pets for Vets Ventura County to make more matches for local veterans.  

The Inaugural Oxnard Jazz Festival is a cultural music celebration offering a diverse mix of Jazz, Latin, Soul, Blues and R&B.  This premier experience includes music in an incredible outdoor setting complemented by scenic beaches, vendor booth shopping, cultural foods, and many other inviting attractions which make the festival a top event and destination to close out the summer.  Musical talent includes: Tom Browne, Nick Colionne, Coso Franklin, Jade Hendrix, Howard Hewett, Tom & Milo, O’Bryan, Quattrosound, Poncho Sanchez, Isaiah Venegas, and JW White.  For more information on the Festival: www.oxnardjazzfestival.com.

General Admission tickets are $45 and may be purchased at the following link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/inaugural-oxnard-jazz-festival-tickets-20776498065
When: Saturday, September 10, 2016- 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
Where: Oxnard Beach Park - 1601 Harbor Blvd | Oxnard

About Pets for Vets – Ventura County Chapter
A serendipitous melding of their two passions – veteran causes and animal rescue -- Mardu and Ron Lydick founded the Ventura County Chapter of Pets for Vets on May 1, 2014.  Longtime supporter of the Soldier’s Project and the Gary Sinise Foundation, as well as being involved with animal rescue for over 15 years, the Lydicks sought to build an organization that would provide a win-win way to give back to America’s troops who have given so much.  Pets for Vets Ventura County is based in Moorpark and serves veterans in the cities of Camarillo, Fillmore, Moorpark, Ojai, Oxnard, Port Hueneme, Santa Paula, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks and Ventura.  For more information, visit www.ventura-ca.petsforvets.com.

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 are highlighted below! (updated periodically to remove past activities). For additional details and other event locations, visit samofund.org/calendar.

Most activities subject to cancellation if there's significant rain.


Sat 9/3: Intro to Mountain Biking Skills at Malibu Creek State Park - 2nd parking lot on the left past the entry kiosk 8:45am to 1pm

Sat 9/3, 6:30PM: Rangers are beginning to notice an annual ritual. Male tarantulas have been seen crisscrossing trails in the Santa Monica Mountains in what appears to be a search of a mate. Females, which burrow underground, are known to await the males, but may reject some prospects. To that end, a ranger will lead an easy sunset tarantula hike on Saturday, September 3 at 6:30 p.m. on the trails of Rancho Sierra Vista. There’s no guarantee the spider species will be seen during the walk, but a pet one will be on display. Meet at the main parking lot at Rancho Sierra Vista beyond the archway entrance at Potrero Road and Via Goleta in Thousand Oaks.

Sat 9/10, 9am-10am: Junior Rangers Program at Malibu Creek State Park

Sat 9/10, 6pm: Concerts in the Park at Peter Strauss Ranch featuring featuring Tacoma Narrows (Americana, Folks, Bluegrass and Rock) (Donations are appreciated)

Sat 9/10, 2-3:30pm: Nature Awareness & Safety for Kids program at Anthony C. Beilenson Interagency Visitor Center 

Sat 9/10, 7-10pm: Stargazing at Rancho Sierra Vista main parking lot. Powerful telescopes will enable viewing of planets, nebulas, galaxies, star clusters and more.

Sat 9/11: Cultural Program at Satwiwa Center Newbury Park 10am to noon and 1-3pm - Reservations are required. Hupa artist Kat High will demonstrate how to make yucca cordage bracelets. Materials will be provided. Ages 7 and up. RSVP at razsa_cruz@nps.gov or 805/418-3163 by noon on 9/10/16.

Sat 9/17, 9am-10am: Junior Rangers Program at Malibu Creek State Park (ages 7-12)

Sun 9/18, 10am to 2pm: Backbone Trail Q&A at Beilenson Interagency Visitor Center. Interested in hiking all or parts of the Backbone Trail? Then take advantage of this “drop-in” session to obtain information from experienced National Park Service BBT hike leaders.  Discuss annual organized group hikes, fine tune the details for your own trek, or consider the individual segments that interest you most.

Sun 9/18, 8am to 11:30am: SF Valley Audubon Bird Walk at Malibu Creek State Park. Meet at the second (lower) day-use parking lot. Entrance to the park is on the west side of Las Virgenes Rd., just south of Mulholland Hwy. Entrance fee is $12 per car.

Sat 9/25: Cultural Workshop at Satwiwa Center Newbury Park 10am to noon and 1-3pm - Reservations are required. Make a dream catcher with Wichita tribal artist Michael Williams. Basic materials provided. RSVP at razsa_cruz@nps.gov or 805/418-3163 by noon on 9/24/16.

Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor Center in Calabasas

Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor Center in Calabasas

King Gillette Ranch - View from near Inspiration Point

King Gillette Ranch - View from near Inspiration Point

Satwiwa Native American Indian Culture Center in Newbury Park

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 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. 26867 Mulholland Highway, Calabasas.

UCAAN "Buy Me Love" Charity Live Date Event in Agoura Hills on Sunday, September 25th

After a 41 day, 10,500 mile journey across the country, UCAAN Founder and Cancer Survivor Extraordinaire Rachel Shur plans to celebrate the ground breaking trip by incorporating a travel theme at the 10th UCAAN Buy Me Love Charity Live Date & Opportunity 2 Win Event set for Sunday, September 25th, 2016 from 5-9pm at The Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center, 27040 Malibu Hills Road in Agoura Hills.

At the event, footage from the UCAAN Change a Life Road trip will be shown, including detailed stories from cancer patients helped by UCAAN, highlighting the biggest needs of cancer patients across the country.

The bi-annual event is a unique charity event and this year will incorporate Farm Fresh to Table food from sponsors, including Chef Amy Tyrell of Morsels as you Wish and Chef Supreme Dell of Simply Supreme Chef & Wellness Consulting. Goddess of Ceremonies Desiree Leuthy of Captivating Speakers will host the event and team up with DJ Jeff Rock of Jeff Rock Productions and well-known local comedian Jason Love.

The event will feature new ways of auctioning off men and women including incorporating questions from the attendees and a prize wheel for winning bidders to spin to win special date packages. The event also includes an Opportunity 2 Win area, where attendees will have a chance to win a variety of special gift baskets and packages. You can also taste some of 4Shur it’s Frozen Dessert, which is UCAAN’s favorite frozen treat that Shur started creating years ago and plans to turn it into a unique fundraising source for UCAAN’s staff and future programs.

If you’ve been affected by cancer in some way and want to enjoy an inspirational, exciting and fun night out, this is the event for you! Tickets are available NOW at www.UCAAN.org.

All proceeds will benefit UCAAN (United Cancer Advocacy Action Network) a grassroots, 100% volunteer run 501(c)3 organization, Over the past 18 months UCAAN has received has received a Presidential Award, a 3 year grant from Kaiser Permanente Hospital Woodland Hills for a preventative dental program and an award for “Best Non-profit Organization” in the 2015 Ventura County Star Reader’s Choice Awards.

UCAAN has continued to grow over the years since its inception in 2009 and has helped over 6,345 cancer patients, warriors and their families nationwide. We invite YOU to become part of this organization by attending this evening and learning how your support can help UCAAN grow into an organization that will aid more cancer patients nationwide!

For information about sponsorships, checking out the daters or attending the event, please visit www.UCAAN.org or Contact Rachel Shur directly at UCAANorg@yahoo.com or 805-479-1032.

Nyander Guard Animal Rescue Found to Share His Story in Camarillo September 17-20

After dedicating the last five years of his life to rescuing animals in Japan, Nyander Guard Animal Rescue founder, Akira Honda (Taicho) comes to Ventura County to share his story Sept. 17-20 at the Ventura County Animal Services, Camarillo Airport, 600 Aviation Dr., Camarillo. The community is invited to meet Taicho, see the photo display and listen to what is happening there and how the animal shelters are doing. There will be a photo display and an opportunity to donate.

Nyander Guard is a no-kill animal rescue shelter that was formed to save animals abandoned after the earthquake and tsunami in Japan on March 11, 2011. Taicho immediately raced to the disaster area from his hometown six hours away to help, and realized the need for an animal shelter near the radiation-contaminated exclusion zone. One month after the disaster he established the Nyander Guard 25 miles from the failed Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.

Now, five years later in 2016, a total of 740 dogs and cats have been rescued. The shelter reunites pets with their owners, fosters those who cannot return home and holds adoption events to find new families. It currently houses 130 animals.

Maintaining sanitary living conditions and providing more efficient care for the animals is the primary objective at Nyander Guard. The cats are allowed to roam freely in the cat rooms to enable them to live in a stress-free environment, which is Taicho’s policy. The bigger dogs have spacious outdoor kennels, while the smaller dogs are kept indoors due to the harsh seasonal weather. They are walked twice a day and are sometimes taken on “field trips” to bigger parks farther away.

Although five years have passed since the disaster, the shelter still rescues and feeds abandoned animals in the restricted areas. Only residents are allowed to enter the exclusion zones that are still high in radiation. Rescuers at Nyander Guard are given permission to enter these areas upon requests from the pet owners. Feeding runs are carried out two or three times a month. These family animals play a critical role in the recovery of victims of the triple disaster, many of whom lost everything.

In addition to Nyander Guard, Taicho has recently acquired another shelter which also aided in rescuing the Fukushima animals. The previous owner could no longer maintain the shelter, leaving Taicho to take over the responsibilities. Caring for the 200+ animals at “Animal Guard” has tripled the work for the staff, but Taicho could not sit back and look the other way.

Not only will Nyander Guard continue their rescue efforts, but Taicho is also working to make Japan a no-kill nation and possibly establish a national animal protection organization in the future.

For more information, call the Ventura County Animal Services at (805) 388-4341.

Newbury Park Library 25th Anniversary Celebration on Sunday, September 25th

Newbury Park Library Celebrates 25 Years of Community Service

Join in the celebration of 25 years of service of the Newbury Park Library on Sunday, September 25, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  The festivities will include games, contests, music, a time capsule dedication and a lot of fun.

Opened in 1991, the Newbury Park facility houses both the Newbury Park Library and the Library System's Technical Services Department. The building also houses the Thousand Oaks Community Gallery, where local artists can showcase their work. The building was once home to a large grocery store.

The Thousand Oaks Library system is comprised of one main facility, the Grant R. Brimhall Library, located at 1401 E. Janss Road in Thousand Oaks, and one branch library, the Newbury Park Library, located at 2331 Borchard Road in Newbury Park. The Library collection includes over 450,000 items.

For more information on the event, visit www.tolibrary.org or call 805-498-2139.