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Saturday
Nov222014

Laugh Out Loud Comedy Night in Camarillo on Wednesday, December 17th

Friday
Nov212014

2014 Cancer Support Community Holiday Homes Tour December 6-7

The Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara’s annual Holiday Homes Tour Boutique will take place on Saturday, December 6 and Sunday, December 7 from 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. at a new location: The Ridge, 30300 Agoura Road, Agoura Hills. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the local programs of support, education, and hope provided by the 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 the Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara’s 23rd Annual Holiday Homes Tour on Saturday, Dec. 6 and Sunday, Dec. 7 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 cancer patients and their families. Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door. Tickets can be purchased online at www.CancerSupportVvsb.org.  To purchase tickets by phone, call (888) 557-3177.  To learn more about sponsor, advertising, and volunteer opportunities, call (805) 379-4777.

Twenty four talented musicians and musical groups will perform for tour visitors, including the entertainers listed below. The Cancer Support Community extends its appreciation to all the entertainers for enlivening the Holiday Homes Tour with their talent.

Agoura Hills Harmony Chorus: The AHH! Chorus of Sweet Adelines International; one of the world's largest singing organizations for women, is dedicated to the creation of harmony and the enrichment of the lives of its members through friendship, education, community involvement and musical excellence in the performance of the barbershop art form.

Madrigali: Dressed in colorful Renaissance costume, the Madrigali weaves a tapestry of vocal harmony in celebration of the holiday season as well as for private and public performances throughout the year.  They are an a cappella group of musical performers which sings traditional Renaissance and medieval music —madrigals, ballads, chants and carols written prior to 1650.

Los Robles Children’s Choir: LRCC’s roster includes more than 115 children ages 6-18 from over 45 schools across Ventura County in four choirs. Now celebrating its 17th season, LRCC, under Artistic Director Edward Rouse, is recognized for its choral artistry and excellent musicianship. The choir has sung in London, Canterbury, Salzburg, Vienna, Prague, and Mainz, Denver, Carnegie Hall in New York City and the Grand Ole Opry.

Susan Huff, pianist: Susan Huff has performed for the Holiday Homes Tour for the last 12 years.  She started playing piano at age 4 and received a bachelor degree and did graduate degree work in music at West Mount College in Santa Barbara.

Jerry Weisbecker: With a unique repertoire from The Great American Songbook, Jerry takes his audience back to a time when Frank, Dean, Bing and all the great crooners dominated the charts.

About the Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara

Celebrating more than two decades of providing support, education and hope to people fighting cancer, the Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara is an independently governed and funded chapter of Cancer Support Community, the 50-member nation-wide organization. Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara serves more than 3,200 local residents affected by cancer each year with programs throughout Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, and into the San Fernando Valley.  Programs are offered in English and Spanish and are all provided free of charge. For more information, to volunteer or to make a donation, please visit www.CancerSupportVvsb.org or call 805-379-4777.  

Friday
Nov212014

2014 Christmas Season Holiday Train Rides at Fillmore & Western Railroad

Friday
Nov212014

"No Room at the Inn" Nativity Display in Thousand Oaks on December 13-14

No Room at the Inn is a display of over 500 nativity sets from private collections, with proceeds helping our Ventura County homeless. This year's display will be hosted by St. Paschal Baylon Catholic Church, 155 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks.

The Grand Opening Gala is Friday evening, December 12th, from 6 to 9 p.m. There will be light appetizers and entertainment. A donation of $40 in advance by 12/1 and $45 at the door is requested for the Gala.

The display continues December 13th from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and December 14th from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The donation for viewing the exhibit Saturday and Sunday is $5 adult, $1 child.  Those attending will view the amazing variety of ways that first Christmas was depicted.

All proceeds benefit the homeless shelters of Ventura County.

For information or to make a reservation to attend the gala visit www.noroom.org.

Friday
Nov212014

2014 Ventura Winter Wine Walk & Holiday Street Fair on Saturday, December 6th

The Ventura Winter Wine Walk & Holiday Street Fair will take place in downtown Ventura on Saturday, December 6, 2014 from 12 pm-8 pm!

The day kicks off with the Holiday Street Fair starting at 12 pm on the 400 and 500 block of Main Street with vendors and live entertainment. Shop artists, crafters, non-profit organizations, commercial and food vendors. The street fair and entertainment is FREE and open to the public starting at 12 pm!

At 4 pm, the Ventura Winter Wine Walk gets started! The wine walk will showcase world class wineries in your favorite downtown businesses. Each guest will receive a tasting cup and a map of the participating tasting sites in downtown Ventura. Each tasting site will have a designated area set up for Wine Walk guests to sample the amazing wines! Wine tasting will end at 7:15 pm.

As you stroll down Main Street you will be surrounded by a winter holiday ambiance of live jazz and blues entertainment, beautiful holiday lighting and snow fall from 6:45 pm-8 pm (at the intersection of Main and California Streets).

Come enjoy the sights and sounds of the holiday season in downtown Ventura! Buy tickets at www.venturawinterwinewalk.com.

Friday
Nov212014

2014 Meadowlark Service League "Homes for the Holidays" on Sunday, December 14th

Meadowlark Service League presents its annual Homes for the Holidays Home Tour and Boutique Shopping on Sunday, December 14, 2014: Home Tour – 1:00 pm until 5:00 pm; The Red Barn Holiday Boutique – 10:00 am until 5:00 pm  

Explore local homes in the Pleasant Valley decorated for the holidays while enjoying seasonal music.

Experience inspirational décor celebrating a variety of holiday traditions.

Enjoy shopping at the Red Barn Holiday Boutique at the Camarillo Ranch featuring refreshments and homemade goodies.

Entice your taste buds with a sumptuous brunch available for individual purchase or as a benefit of sponsorship.

The Red Barn Holiday Boutique will be open from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm. No admission fee is required. 

Tickets for the event will also be available at the Red Barn Holiday Boutique for $30. Or purchase in advance at a discount at www.meadowlarkserviceleague.com/events/homes-for-the-holidays.

Friday
Nov212014

62nd Annual Santa Barbara Downtown Holiday Parade on Friday, December 5th

More than 50,000 spectators are expected to line downtown Santa Barbara on Friday evening, December 5th, for the 62nd Annual Downtown Holiday Parade in Santa Barbara, to cheer a colossal contingent of high-stepping marching bands, giant helium balloons, fabulous holiday floats, spectacular performance groups, local personalities, and of course, the most anticipated appearance of the evening the annual arrival of Santa Claus, dispensing holiday cheer from atop his festive sleigh. The Holiday Prince & Fairy officially light up the night with the lighting of the large Christmas tree at State & Victoria Streets.

2014 Theme is "Winter Nights & Holiday Lights" and the Grand Marshall of this year's event is Alan Thicke!

The parade begins at 6:30 p.m. at State and Sola Streets and concludes at Cota Street. For more information, call 805.962.2098 ext. 23 or visit www.santabarbaradowntown.com/about/downtown-holiday-parade.

Meet and Greet Santa Claus at Paseo Nuevo Center Court from 4pm to 5:30pm.

Friday
Nov212014

11th Annual David Mann Chopperfest in Ventura on Sunday, December 14th

The 11th Annual David Mann Chopperfest will be held on Sunday, December 14th from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. This event features vendors, a new and used part swap meet, new and old school bike show, an art exhibit, live blues and rock bands, a tribute to David Mann, beer, food and more! $15 General Admission. Kids 12 and under $5. Military with ID $10. More information at www.chopperfestival.com or call 805.217.2113.

Tuesday
Nov182014

Christmas at the Farm at Underwood Family Farm in Moorpark, Nov 28th to Dec 19th

Underwood Family Farms welcomes back BIG WAVE DAVE

and Christmas on the Farm

EVERYONE LOVES UNDERWOOD FAMILY FARMS!!

Underwood Family Farms and Big Wave Dave's Christmas Trees* bring Christmas to the Farm.  From November 28 to December 19, fresh cut northwest trees as well as mistletoe, wreaths & all the fixings will be available for sale at the farm. 

On weekends, Underwood's Farm Center & Farm Market Open will be open from 9am - 5pm from the day after Thanksgiving to December 14.  Admission to the Farm Center is $6.00/per person and children under 2 free. Tractor rides and animal show are included with paid weekend admission.

Visits with Santa Claus 2 weekends only, December 6-7 and 13-14 11am to 4pm. Bring your cameras!

The Farm Center will be closed for the season beginning on December 15th until they open for the 2015 season on March 1st.

More info at www.underwoodfamilyfarms.com or call (805) 529-3690. Located at 3370 Sunset Valley Road, Moorpark. Tree info: (805) 218-0282 or (805) 701-1335

*Christmas Trees will be available 7 days a week beginning November 28 through December 19 from 9:30 am-7:30 pm.

Tuesday
Nov182014

2014 Oxnard Christmas Parade, Tree Lighting and Other Holiday Events

The 64th Annual Oxnard Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony takes place on Friday, December 5th starting at 5:30PM at Plaza Park, 500 South C Street, Oxnard. The community is invited to watch as downtown illuminates Ventura County’s tallest Christmas tree at over 110 feet high! There will also be entertainment, free refreshments, and but of course, Santa. 805.247.0197

The next day, Saturday, December 6th, the community can cheer on a vast contingent of high-stepping marching bands, electrifying holiday floats, fantastic performance groups and local personalities during the Annual Oxnard Christmas Parade taking place on ‘A’, 5th and ‘C’ Streets from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.  The 2014 theme is "Surf, Sand & Celebrating the Season."

The 9th Annual Winter Fantasy Music & Light Show is scheduled in Plaza Park, 500 South C Street, from December 5th to January 4th. Shows run every 15 minutes from 5PM to 10PM. Enjoy your favorite holiday jingles synchronized with over 30,000 colorful lights, animated characters and decorated trees.

The 8th Annual Holly Trolley Tours depart from Centennial Plaza at 6, 7 and 8pm on December 16th, 17th and 18th. Ride a double-decker for a 50 minute guided tour of Downtown Oxnard and its Historic District's spectacular nighttime display of holiday lights and decor, stopping at Heritage Square for hot cocoa and cookies and going through Christmas Tree Lane. RSVP in advance for $10/person at 805.385.2705.

Heritage Square Christmas Tours and Gingerbread House Contest takes place on weekends, December 5th to 28th, from 10am to 4pm at Heritage Square, 715 South A Street. Suggested donation $5/person. Weekday tours by appointment only. Call 805.483.7960 x4 or visit HeritageSquareOxnard.com.

Christmas Tree Lane will be on display from December 14th through 25th from 6pm to 10pm on F and G Streets between 5th and Palm. Stroll or drive through one of Ventura County's largest residential holiday light displays in the Henry T. Oxnard National Historic District. Vist OxnardHistoricDistrict.com or call 805.385.7545 for more information.

Visit www.downtownoxnard.org or call 805.247.0197 for more information.

Monday
Nov172014

The Bethlehem Experience in Westlake Village on December 12th, 13th

The Bethlehem Experience is returning this year on Friday and Saturday, December 12th and 13th from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm in Westlake Village. Drive through the First Christmas Eve! For two magical nights, Bethlehem comes to Westlake Village as the congregation of Westminster Presbyterian Church transforms their church grounds into The Bethlehem Experience, an amazingly lifelike recreation of the 1st century village. Incredible sets, theatrical lighting, a wonderful collection of props, and over 100 members of the congregation in period costumes transport visitors back in time.

There are live goats, sheep, chickens a donkey and a camel, plus the ambience of food cooking over real fire pits, a bustling marketplace, traditional Hebrew music and dance, and of course, the manger. Westminster Presbyterian Church is located at 32111 Watergate Road, Westlake Village. FREE!

This year, WPC will be collecting Canned Foods for MANNA as you drive through the City Gates of Bethlehem.

For more information, visit www.gotobethlehem.com or call 818.889.1491.

Monday
Nov172014

National Park Service Shares Ranching History Through "Horse Tales" on Nov 29th

The National Park Service invites the public to tour historic Rancho Sierra Vista on Saturday, November 29 from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. In addition to an easy one-mile hike of the area, visitors of all ages can meet the National Park Service patrol horses, Cache and Bay, and view a brief horse demonstration.

Located in Newbury Park, Rancho Sierra Vista's ranching history stretches back to 1803, when former soldiers Jose Polanco and Ignacio Rodriquez were granted Rancho El Conejo by the King of Spain. Through the years, this 48,672 acre land grant was subdivided and sold to various landowners. Modern ranching began here in 1937 when Carl Beal christened the area Rancho Sierra Vista. 

The event is free and open to the public. Meet in the main parking lot at 10am. The cross streets are Via Goleta and Portrero Rd in Newbury Park. Contact 805-370-2301 for more information.

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.
Sunday
Nov162014

10th Annual YMCA Turkey Day Dash in Thousand Oaks on Thursday, November 27th

The Conejo Valley YMCA is hosting its 10th Annual Turkey Day Dash on Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, November 27, 2014. The 5K run/walk and 1k family fun run/walk will once again be held this year at Cal Lutheran University.

The 1K family fun run/walk is at 8:00 a.m. and the 5K run/walk starts at 8:30 a.m. Race day registration begins at 7:00 a.m.

Proceeds from the Turkey Day Dash benefit Conejo Valley YMCA youth and senior programs. Cost: $30 pre-registration, $35 11/25-26 and $40 on race day. Family rate: $70 (pre-registration), $80 11/25-26 and $100 on race day (immediate family members only). Participants receive a Turkey Day Dash YMCA t-shirt. To pre-register, visit www.turkeydaydash.org.

Sunday
Nov162014

7th Annual Bandit 50K/30K/15K/6K Trail Runs in Simi Valley Sunday, Feb 15th

Welcome to the 7th Annual BANDIT 50K/30K/15K/6K Trail Runs

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Start training for the 7th Annual Bandit 50K and 30K Ultra Trail Runs! Starting times are 7 a.m. (50K), 7:30 a.m. (30K), 8 a.m. (15K/6K).

The course starts in Corriganville Park (also known as Hope Town was used as a set for over 3,500 films and television series with actors like Roy Rogers, Cisco Kid, Rin-Tin-Tin, Wild Bill Hickock).

Aid stations are located at the Start/Finish line, and at the half-way point on the 30K. Aid stations include medical personnel, water, food and restrooms.

For more information and to register, visit www.bandittrailrun.com or call 805.823.3409.

Sunday
Nov162014

25th Annual Heart and Sole 5K, 10K and Fun Run in Ojai on Saturday, February 7, 2015

The 25th Annual Heart and Sole Run 5K, 10K and Kids 1K Fun Run is planned for Saturday, February 7, 2015.  Events to start at 8 am. Race to be held at First Baptist Church, 930 Grand Avenue, Ojai.

Both the 5K and the 10K begin under a shady valley oak. The shorter course winds its way through quiet, pleasant neighborhood streets.With a view of the mountains, participants will be able to walk or run on a relatively flat terrain and will loop back to the start. The 10K proceeds out to the east end of the Ojai Valley and its many orchards of olive, avocado and citrus. The fragrance of the orange blossoms, the stunning view of the Topa Topa Mountains and the historic rock walls are all part of this scenic 10K.

Proceeds from the event benefit the American Heart Association.  Visit www.ojaiheartandsole.org for more information and to register.

Saturday
Nov152014

Food Truck Fest at the Historic Camarillo Ranch on Sunday, November 30th

Friday
Nov142014

Simi Community Christmas 2014 Creche Exhibit Planned for December 4-7

International Creche Exhibit & Music Performances

The 9th Annual Simi Community Christmas is back once again featuring International Creche Exhibit and Music Performances. The exhibit and performances will take place this year Thursday, December 4th through Sunday, December 7th from 5pm to 9pm each day.

Admission is free and open to the public. www.simicommunitychristmas.com

The International Creche Exhibit & Music Performances will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Sinaloa Stake Center, North Foyer, 480 Sinaloa Road, Simi Valley.

Over 700 creches or nativity scenes, from all over the world, will be artistically displayed for your enjoyment. Nearly 30 mini-concerts featuring vocal soloists, school choirs and instrumental groups will be performing nightly every 30 minutes.

Perfomers highlighted at www.simicommunitychristmas.com/events.php.

Wednesday
Nov122014

"A California Christmas" Tree Display at Reagan Library November 16 to January 4

This year, the annual Christmas Tree Exhibit at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum will showcase the great state of California beginning November 16, 2014 until January 4, 2015!

Featuring natural beauties and man-made attractions, 24 trees will represent not only tourist attractions such as the cities of San Francisco and nearby Los Angeles, but also historical landmarks and national parks like Yosemite and the Redwoods.

Don’t miss out! The limited-time exhibit is only open for seven weeks! Learn more at www.reaganlibrary.com or purchase your tickets at www.reaganlibrary.com/tickets or call 805-522-2977.

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library is proud to work with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve to bring Toys for Tots to the Reagan Library.  Beginning on November 16 and running through December 21, 2014, the Reagan Library will be collecting new, unwrapped toys which the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve will be distributing to needy children in our community.

Wednesday
Nov122014

Camarillo Ranch Presents Santa Nights on Wednesdays, December 3, 10, 17

Wednesday
Nov122014

3rd Annual Holly Jolly Half Marathon, 5K and 10K in Camarillo on Sunday, Dec 21st

The 3rd Annual Holly Jolly Half Marathon, 5K and 10K is planned for Sunday, December 21, 2014 at 3601 Calle Tecate, Camarillo. The 5k/10k course is over gentle rolling hills along the fully paved Camarillo bike path and surrounding neighborhoods.

Courses are geared towards both runners and walkers! There is a generous 4 hour time limit for the half marathon, so don't you worry! There will be prizes for the best holiday costumes, so come dressed in your favorite Christmas wear!

To learn more and to sign up, visit www.HollyJollyHalf.com.