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Friday
Apr182014

Canine Classic Dog Walk & Festival Planned for Sunday, April 27th in Calabasas

Canine Classic Dog Walk & Festival 2014 Set for Sunday, April 27 in Calabasas Features Project Dogway, My Pet’s Got Talent & More!

The Canine Classic Dog Walk & Festival returns Sunday, April 27, 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. to Juan Bautista de Anza Park, 3701 Lost Hills Road in Calabasas. This fun-filled family fundraiser benefiting the Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center, the Calabasas Rotary, L.I.F.E. Animal Rescue and Healthcare for Homeless Animals will feature a two mile walk sponsored by Camp Bow Wow Agoura Hills through the crystal clear rolling hills of Calabasas. Route highlights will include rover rest stops with plenty of water, food and fun for pets of all kinds and their human companions. Registration is now open! To register and start signing up your walk sponsors, visit www.canineclassic.org or call 818-880-2993.

But you don’t have to take part in the walk – or own a dog, for that matter – to attend and enjoy this rollicking event. Admission is free to the Canine Classic Festival, featuring dog adoptions, guest judges, the area’s top food trucks, The Anza Beer Garden, Kid’s Activity Zone, a Silent Auction, Camp Bow Wow Dogs & Kids Storytime, Behavior Buddies Training Demo, plus a Vendor Fair with over 30 pet industry companies offering samples and special event deals. Dogs are welcome and they must be on leash.

These Main Stage events will certainly make crowds sit, stay and beg for more! Is your canine a fashionista? Strut your four-legged friend in their best outfit down the Project Dogway runway and compete to be the chic best. Does your pet have what it takes to join the likes of Lassie? Sign up for My Pet’s Got Talent, show off your canine’s special talent and let our guest judges decide! No singing, please.

These competitions require advance registration online at www.canineclassic.org. A $10 donation is required per entry, and each category is limited to 25 entries. Prizes include a weekend stay for you and your pet at The Anza - A Calabasas Hotel.

Canine Classic Dog Walk & Festival 2014 sponsors include Media Sponsor Fox 11, Walk Sponsor Camp Bow Wow Agoura Hills plus Invisible Fence, Deats Design, The Anza Hotel and Wolf Creek Restaurant.

Check in for the Dog Walk begins at 9:00 a.m. and starts at 10:00 a.m. Festival hours are 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. For more information or to sign up as a walker or vendor, visit www.canineclassic.org or call 818-880-2993.

Friday
Apr182014

54th Annual Topanga Banjo-Fiddle Contest and Folk Festival on Sunday, May 18th

The 54th Annual Topanga Banjo-Fiddle Contest and Folk Festival on Sunday, May 18th at Paramount Ranch, Agoura Hills features a main stage with over 100 instrumental and singing contestants competing for cash and gift awards, many professional bands, a dance barn with square dancing, clogging and other dancing to live music, jam sessions (bring your instruments), a childrens' area, folk art and wares, great food, etc.

Advance tickets will be available beginning February 1st. $15.00 for ages 18-64 and $10 for ages 10-17 and 65+. $20 and $15 at the gate. Kids under 10 get in free, accompanied by adult of course. Parking and shuttle bus are free! Bring a picnic, bring your instruments, bring your mother-in-law! Event is 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information, visit www.topangabanjofiddle.org or call the hotline at 818.382.4819. A TRULY UNIQUE EVENT! CHECK IT OUT IF YOU'VE NEVER BEEN TO IT!

Thursday
Apr172014

2014 Easter Eggstravaganza and Arts & Crafts Fair in Camarillo on Saturday, April 19th

Mark your calendars for the Pleasant Valley Recreation & Park District's annual Easter Eggstravaganza and Spring Arts & Crafts Fair on Saturday, April 19th, at the Camarillo Community Center.

The event will be held from 10:00am-3:00 pm and will feature Easter egg hunts, inflatable attractions, pony ride and petting zoo, food and craft vendors, Easter carnival games and entertainment on the stage. Rumor has it that the Easter Bunny will make a cameo guest appearance.

There will be separate egg hunt based on age range, ranging from 3 years to 12 and older. More details at www.pvrpd.org/recreation/special_events/easter.asp or call 805.482.1996.

Wednesday
Apr162014

3rd Annual California Jazz and Wine Fest in Thousand Oaks on Sunday, May 18th

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The California Jazz and Wine Fest (CJWF) is a showcase of premier California jazz, wine and culinary professionals. Now in its 3rd year, the CJWF features more than 50 premiere wineries, microbreweries, restaurateurs and caterers. The 3rd Annual CJWF is planned for Sunday, May 18th, 2014 from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM at Conejo Creek Park North, 1351 E Janss Road, Thousand Oaks.

This year’s jazz lineup includes well-known progressive rock/jazz band, Ambrosia, with top 40 hits we all know like "Biggest Part of Me," "How Much I Feel," "You're the Only Women" and others. Original blues singer/songwriter Mighty Mo Rodgers will be back this year too! 

Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Westlake Village Sunrise. This is a age 21 and older event. We anticipate over 1,200 attendees!

Tickets on sale at CaliforniaJazzWine.com at a price of $55 each (discounted tickets are available through local non-profit partners)

Monday
Apr142014

"Fright Night" Director Tom Holland to Appear at CLU in Thousand Oaks on April 28

A free California Lutheran University event exploring the psychology of fright will include a discussion with leading horror movie writer and director Tom Holland and a screening of his recently released collection of shorts.

“Oh, the Horror: The Psychology of Fright” will be held from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Monday, April 28, in Preus-Brandt Forum as part of the university’s Festival of Scholars and Reel Madness Film Series.

Holland, who wrote and directed the genre classic “Fright Night,” will join Michael Gerson, an assistant professor in CLU’s Graduate School of Psychology, and Herb Gooch, a political science professor with an interest in film, for a panel discussion on why people love to be frightened.

They will screen “Tom Holland’s Twisted Tales,” which was released in November on FEARnet and became available on DVD in March. In the macabre assortment of stories, a new drug offers users a glimpse of the future with beastly consequences, a murderous husband is stalked by his own cell phone and a jilted lover wreaks satanic vengeance. Free popcorn will be served.

Holland has made several classic horror films. Released in 1985, “Fright Night” chronicles a teen’s fight for survival against a vampire who moves in next door. He also wrote and directed “Child’s Play.” With the 1988 film, Holland created a pop culture icon in Chucky, a toy doll that becomes possessed with the spirit of a serial killer.

He also wrote and directed screamer favorites “Psycho II” of 1983 and Stephen King’s “Thinner” of 1996. His first feature film script was for the 1982 release “The Beast Within.” He also wrote the screenplay for the 1984 film “Cloak and Dagger.”

Holland wrote and directed the 1995 TV miniseries “The Langoliers,” which is based on King’s novella, and directed the 1990 TV thriller “The Stranger Within.” Other television credits include episodes of “Tales From the Crypt” and “Amazing Stories.” He co-founded Dead Rabbit Films in 2009.

Preus-Brandt Forum is located at 135 Chapel Lane south of Olsen Road between Moountclef Boulevard and Campus Drive.

For more information, contact Gerson at 805-493-3773 or mjgerson@callutheran.edu.

Monday
Apr142014

33rd Santa Monica Mountains Trail Days in Point Mugu State Park, April 25-27

The Santa Monica Mountains Trail Council is looking for volunteers to help improve local trails on Friday through Sunday, April 25-27. No experience required.

Trail Days is a weekend for individuals and groups to build new trails and restore old ones. And help restore native plants. Volunteers can either meet on Saturday/Sunday morning and work for the day or alternatively, the park service is providing free camping on Friday and/or Saturday nights at the Danielson Multi-use Area located under the sycamores and oaks in the heart of Point Mugu State Park.

In addition to providing a great public service, volunteers will also obtain a better understanding and appreciation for local trails and plants, a chance to meet and work with some great local people and some outstanding exercise in the outdoors!

Bring lunches, beverages, snacks and water. Tools are provided but you can bring your own. There's also a Saturday night barbecue free for volunteers. RSVP for camping reservations requested by April 21st.

Campers will meet on Friday/Saturday late afternoon/early evening on the Newbury Park side of Point Mugu State Park (off of Reino/Potrero) and others will meet at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday/Sunday mornings. Additional details and register online at www.smmtc.org/maint/traildays.php.

Contact the SMM Trails Council for more information at 818.222.4531 or visit www.smmtc.org.

Sunday
Apr132014

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 March 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.

Thu 4/17 8am at Pt Mugu State Park Ray Miller Trailhead – La Jolla Valley, Mugu Peak Hike – Moderately paced 8-9 mile hike up to 1266’ Mugu Peak. Bring 2 qts water, lunch, lugsoles, hat, sunscreen, windbreaker and $ for parking lot. Rain cancels. 805.400.5366 4.5 hrs

Sat 4/19 at Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor Center – National Junior Ranger Day – Stop by and find out when a newly designed Junior Ranger booklet will be available and how you can earn a Junior Ranger badge. 805.370.2301

Sat 4/19 2-3:30pm at Paramount Ranch – Mulholland, Miller and Motor Sports – Learn about racing history that surrounds Paramount Ranch, Harry Miller Ranch, the roadway that links them and more. Meet at the bulletin board. 805.370.2301

Sat 4/19 2pm at King Gillette Ranch – A Walk into the Chumash World – Discover how the Chumash used the natural resources of their environment to create a sustainable lifestyle on this easy 1 mile walk. 2 hrs

Sun 4/20 8am at Malibu Creek State Park – Birdwalk – Enjoy watching birds in unspoiled habitats. Bring binoculars. Beginners welcome. Meet in lower parking lot. 4 hrs

Sun 4/20  10am at King Gillette Ranch – Innovation in the Golden Era – King Gillette Ranch was home to MGM Director Clarence Brown, who made movies on this still popular filming location. Look behind the scenes at his innovations and Hollywood parties on this easy walk. 1.5 hrs

Sun 4/20 2pm at Paramount Ranch – Movie Magic Walk – Learn what turned a dusty set into a realistic town on this easy paced walk behind the scenes. 1 hr

Sat 4/26 10am at Malibu Creek State Park – Welcome to Malibu Creek Walk – Join docent for walk along the creek and thru a wooded valley. Learn about the area’s animals, plants, early inhabitants and movies filmed there. Meet a lower parking lot. 2 hrs

Sun 4/27 8:30am at Malibu Lagoon State Beach – Beach and Wetlands Bird Watching – Beginners, experts, teens and adults all welcome. Bring binoculars. Meet at shaded viewpoint. 310.395.6235 2-3 hrs

Sun 4/27 10am at Malibu Lagoon State Beach – Birdwatching for Young Children and Parents – Enjoy special walk. Binoculars provided. Meet at shaded viewpoint. 1 hr

Sun 4/27 10am to noon and 1pm-3pm at Satwiwa Native American

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Saturday
Apr122014

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 4/15/14):

4/19: Sunny Days Light Catcher

4/26: All Aboard! Storytelling Puppet

5/3: Thank a Teacher! Schoolhouse Craft

5/10: Mom’s Coupon Book

5/17: Catch of the Day! Fishing Pole

5/24: My Superhero Puppet

5/31: Mermaid Mobile

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

Friday
Apr112014

Mobile Vietnam Veterans Memorial and Related Events in Simi Valley May 22-27

 

The AV Wall will be escorted by the Patriot Riders, Rolling Thunder and Blue Riders starting at 8:00 am at the Grand Vista Hotel, 999 Enchanted Way, Simi Valley, then to Simi Town Center Way left on Erringer to Alamo St, right to the Rancho Tapo Community Park & Veterans Plaza, 3700 Avenida Simi, Simi Valley, on May 22. Come show your support for our Veterans by waving American Flags on the procession route. Fundraiser online at www.gofundme.com/7zexk4.

Thursday
Apr102014

Spring 2014 Egg Hunt and Arts & Crafts Show in Oak Park on Saturday, April 19th

The Rancho Simi Recreation & Park District Spring Egg Hunt and Arts & Crafts Show is planned for Saturday, April 19, 2014 at Mae Boyar Park,  130 N. Kanan Rd. Oak Park from 9:30am to 3pm. The egg hunt is for ages 10 and under (BYOEB - Bring Your Own Easter Basket):

  • 3 and under at 9:30am
  • Ages 4-5 at 10:45am
  • Ages 6-7 at 11am
  • Ages 8-10 at 11:15am

Arts and crafts items! Dozens and dozens of vendor booths featuring items for adults and children; jewelry, clothing, toys, baby items, hair ornaments, hats, puppets, candles, soaps and more. Food, kids inflatables, slides, train, mini-ferris wheel (some rides and activities have an additional charge). New in 2014 is the free adults egg throw competition! Sign up before noon. Prize for the longest throw.

Visit www.rsrpd.org or call 818.865.9304 for more information.

Wednesday
Apr092014

Family Picnic & Hoedown at Santa Rosa Valley Equestrian Park on Sunday, May 4th

Performance Line-Up for 4th Annual There’s No Place Like Hope Picnic Hosted by Riley’s Rescue Animal Fund and Benefiting the California Coastal Horse Rescue on Sunday, May 4, 2014 at the all new:

Santa Rosa Valley Equestrian Park on Hill Canyon (Hill Canyon and Santa Rosa Roads, Halfway between the 101 and Moorpark Road)

Relive the Wild West throughout the day with the CHARITYVILLE HISTORY REENACTMENT TEAM and their authentic Western town. But behave! Even the most upright citizens find themselves behind the bars of the Charityville Jail!! FREE ADMISSION!

  • 10 A.M.     Suzanne Kuric/Painted Horses Exhibition
  • 11 A.M.     Foxfield Drill Team
  • 11:45       Presentation of Riley’s Rescue Youth Award
  • 12 Noon   Pie Auction/Rosemary Allison, Mark Burley
  • 1 P.M.       Bill Cameron Natural Horseman
  • 1:45 P.M. Chemaine Hertado; Dressage Performance
  • 2 P.M.       Jitterbug/Jive Dance Demo
  • 2:15 P.M.  Swing Cheese Performance Band
  • 3 P.M.       Dirty Girls and the Great Santa Rosa Valley Posse Chase
  • 3:30 P.M.  Swing Cheese

The Santa Rosa Valley Equestrian Park at Hill Canyon has been a work in progress for the last 20 years! Now to fulfill its mission of being a full facility park for people who love the outdoors, hiking and/or horses, the Hope Picnic is excited to be one of the first big events to use this beautiful venue.

Access is via Santa Rosa Road to Hill Canyon. Park is just South of SRR on Hill Canyon.

Tuesday
Apr082014

40th Annual Conejo Gem & Mineral Club "Pageant of a Thousand Gems" on April 26-27

The Conejo Gem & Mineral Club presents its 40th annual Pageant of a Thousand Gems on Saturday and Sunday, April 26th and 27th from 10am to 5pm at the Borchard Community Center, 190 Reino Road, Newbury Park. Admission and parking are FREE!

The show will serve up lots of fun for all ages! There are many different aspects of earth science from minerals to fossils to rocks. There will be demonstrations of Gemstone Faceting, Silversmithing, Spheres, Lampwork Beads, Wire Wrapping and Glass Fusing. Vendors will be selling jewelry, minerals, gems and fossils with world-wide specimens and unique one-of-a-kind pieces.

The show will include many interesting exhibits from our members as well as local gem and mineral societies and clubs.  There will also be a dinosaur display, hourly door prizes, a silent auction, plant sale and snack bar.  Youth activities will include sand-sifting for gems and fossil shark teeth and a Wheel of Fortune where every participant is a winner.  There is also a Junior Pebble Pup challenge quiz, as well as grab bags for sale.

More information at www.cgamc.org or 805.494.7734.

Monday
Apr072014

2014 City of Malibu Annual Easter Hoppening Event on Friday, April 18th

The City of Malibu's Annual Easter Hoppening event is set for Friday, April 18th from 3-6 p.m. at Malibu Bluffs Park, 24250 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu.

Enjoy a fun-filled afternoon filled with an egg hunt for children ages 1-10, bounce houses*, food vendors*, crafts, photos with the Easter Bunny and more! *$1 to $15

After the Children's Egg Hunt, adults will have a turn to be a kid and hunt for eggs at the Egg Hunt for Adults.  Prizes include gift cards, movie certificates, hair/nail salon certificates and more! 

Don't forget to bring your camera and basket. 

Admission is free and pre-registration is not required. Limited parking on park site, additional parking along Malibu Canyon; please arrive early. Children's Egg Hunt will begin promptly at 3:30pm.

Additional information: (310) 317-1364

www.malibucity.org

Monday
Apr072014

Laugh Out Comedy Night at Camarillo Regency Theater on Wednesday, April 16

Monday
Apr072014

Friday Night Funnies at Borderline Bar & Grill Thousand Oaks on April 25th

Monday
Apr072014

Brit Weekend at the Channel Islands Harbor in Oxnard on April 26th-27th, 2014

The Brits are Coming!  The Brits are Coming! Come enjoy a first at the Maritime Museum. Brit Week Los Angeles is coming to the Channel Islands Maritime Museum, 3900 Bluefin Circle, Oxnard on Saturday and Sunday, April 26th - April 27th from 11:00am to 5:00pm. Enjoy the beer pub garden, English food trucks, high tea (Sunday), Beatles cover band, Classic British Car and Motorcycle Show, 18th-19th century English maritime art and ship models with docent-led tours and more.

Test drive Range Rovers and Jaguars! There is a chance to win a Jaguar! For information call 805-984-6260 or visit www.cimmvc.org.

Monday
Apr072014

2nd Annual Ventura Marathon and Half Marathon Planned for Sunday, September 7th

The 2nd Annual Ventura Marathon, Half Marathon and Beach Party is planned for Sunday, September 7th. On Saturday, the 6th, bike rides, kids' run and beach party are planned. This is a flat and fast course...I should know, I ran the inaugural race last year. A fun and well-coordinated local marathon. For more information and to register, visit www.venturamarathon.com

After a very successful inaugural year with roughly 2,500 participants and over $16,000 generated for local charities and school clubs, the Ventura Marathon is taking it a step further. In 2014, the Ventura Marathon is kicking off its second year by partnering with five non-profit organizations, including Pier Into The Future, the Humane Society of Ventura County, Autism Society Ventura County, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer and the Rotary Club of Ventura.

“We are excited to be partnering with five amazing charities,” says race director Josh Spiker. “We feel that giving participants the ability to raise funds will give their efforts more meaning, while raising money for the charities.”

Participants signing up online will have the option of raising funds for one of the five charities mentioned. There is a team option too, through a club, an office or any group.

Although the event organizers feel most people will raise money out of the goodness of their hearts, they have added some incentives, which include a Ventura Marathon running hat ($100 goal), a Ventura Marathon hooded sweatshirt ($250 goal) and a free entry to next year’s race ($500). Top individual and top team fundraisers will get additional prizes.

The event is managed by Vendurance Sports, a Ventura County-based running club and event management company aiming to bring high-quality, well-organized and affordable events to the region.

Monday
Apr072014

Free Movies at Rancho Madera Community Park in Simi Valley June to August

Rancho Simi Rec & Park District presents free movies at Rancho Madera Community Park, 556 Lake Park Drive, Simi Valley this summer. Lineup includes Monsters University on June 13th, Toy Story on July 11th and Despicable Me 2 on August 1st. Movies start at dusk. Visit www.rsrpd.org for more info.

Sunday
Apr062014

21st Annual Casa Pacifica Angels Wine & Food Festival in Camarillo on Sunday, June 1

The 21st Annual Casa Pacifica Angels Wine & Food Festival will be held Sunday, June 1st from 1-5pm at CSU Channel Islands in Camarillo. Admission to the event includes samplings from restaurants, wineries, breweries, caterers, bakeries, specialty shops, coffee and tea vendors, among others from Northern California to the Conejo Valley, as well as continuous entertainment throughout the day and a large silent auction.

All proceeds from the Wine & Food Festival will go to Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families – the largest nonprofit provider of children’s mental health services in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties whose mission is to provide hope and help to abused, neglected, or at-risk children. Last year, with 4,000 guests in attendance, the Festival raised over $410,000 towards the growing $3 million funding gap that Casa Pacifica need to raise in donations to meet its annual operating budget.

Tickets for the event can be purchased online at www.cpwineandfoodfestival.com.

Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families is a crisis-care and residential treatment facility for abused, neglected, or at-risk children in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. The agency is the largest non-profit provider of children’s mental health services in both counties and along with its campus-based programs administers a number of community-based programs which are designed with the intent to strengthen families and keep children in their homes. For more information about Casa Pacifica visit its website www.casapacifica.org or call the Development Department at (805) 445-7800.

Sunday
Apr062014

2014 Relay for Life of Camarillo on Saturday, June 21 at Camarillo High School

2014 Relay For Life of Camarillo

 June 21-22, 2014 at 10AM

No matter who you are, there's a place for you at Relay. Each dollar you raise will help save lives. How far will you go to make a difference in the fight against cancer?

Your reasons for walking in the Relay For Life are as unique and special as the story that motivates you. This is your opportunity to not only honor cancer survivors and remember people we have lost, but also to raise funds and awareness to help save lives. Because of your support, we are creating a world where cancer can't claim another year of anyone's life. You are helping create a world with less cancer and more birthdays!

Events takes place at Camarillo High School beginning at 9 am.

CLICK HERE for more information and to register.