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Wednesday
Oct222014

CSU Channel Islands 2014 Science Carnival in Oxnard on Saturday, November 1st

CSU Channel Islands presents its 2014 Science Carnival to be held at Thurgood Marshall Elementary School, 2900 Thurgood Marshall Drive, Oxnard on Saturday, November 1, 2014, from 5 - 8 pm.

The Science Carnival is FREE to the public! Kids in kindergarten through grade 8 and their families are welcome to attend. This event provides students and their families with hands-on science experiences in a Halloween carnival setting. Free parking is available at the school and at Oxnard High School. Visit www.csuci.edu/sciencecarnival for more information.

Tuesday
Oct212014

Moorpark Teaching Zoo Hosts "Boo at the Zoo" Event on October 25-26

The Moorpark Teaching Zoo is hosting its annual "Boo at the Zoo" on October 25th-26th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission to the zoo includes wild animal shows, featuring creepy crawly critters, trick or treating, kids crafts and costumes! Admission is $8 per adult and $6 for children (2-12yrs). The zoo is located at 7075 Campus Road in Moorpark. Visit zoo.moorparkcollege.edu for more information or call 805.378.1441.

Tuesday
Oct212014

"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.

Monday
Oct202014

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 through December 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.

Sat 10/25 10am to noon: Welcome to Malibu Creek walk. Learn about area's animals, plants, early inhabitants and movies filmed in park. Meet at second (lower) parking lot by restrooms.

Sun 10/26 8:30am to 11:30am: Beach and Wetlands Bird Watching at Malibu Lagoon State Beach - All levels welcome. Bring binoculars. Meet at shaded viewpoint. 310/395-6235

Sun 10/26 10am to 11am: Birdwatching for Young Children and Parents at Malibu Lagoon State Beach - Special walk. Binoculars provided. Meet at shaded viewpoint. 310/395-6235

Sun 10/26 9:30am to 10:30am: From Set to Screen program at Paramount Ranch. 805/370-2301

Sun 10/26 10am to noon and 1pm-3pm: Cultural Workshop at Satwiwa Native American Indian Culture Center - Jon Navajo-Pueblo of Isletas native, Rowan Harrison, as he teaches  how to make small hand coiled pottery. Materials will be provided. Please be on time. All ages welcome. 805/370-2301

Tue 10/28 8:30am to 11:30am: Easy pace Hikers 5 mile hike at Paramount Ranch. Bring snack, water, lugsoles, hat and sunscreen. Rain cancels. 818/787-5420

Sat 11/1 3pm to 5pm at King Gillette Ranch - Capture a Nature Moment Walk - bring your camera!

Sun 11/2 2pm to 4pm at SMMVC - Opening of Spirit of the Mountains Photo Exhibit and announcement of winners. nps.gov/samo/photocontest.htm

Wed 11/5 10am to 1pm at Paramount Ranch - Outdoor Landscape Painti

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Monday
Oct202014

Spookytown Halloween Event at Simi Valley Town Center on Friday, October 24th

Monday
Oct202014

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.soarvc.org/event/soar-trail-run-series or call 805.644.0859. $25 in advance. $30 day of race.

Monday
Oct202014

2014 Ghost Tours at Strathearn Park in Simi Valley on Weekends, October 10th to 26th

Ghost Tours at Strathearn Park, 137 Strathearn Place, Simi Valley are back again this October! Tours are limited to 20-25 people. Admission: $10 for adults, $8 for ages 6 to 10 and no charge for children under 5. Tours last approximately 1 1/2 hours. Tours will start every 15 minutes.

Reservations taken for groups of 10 or more at 805.526.6453. Free parking is available along Strathearn Place.  All tours are filled on a first come basis. This is a walking/standing tour with limited seating at a few of the stops. The tour can accommodate wheelchairs and strollers. No flashlights allowed inside the park. No photography or sound recording allowed within the park.

Ghost Tours at Strathearn Park is a family friendly event. It is NOT a "Haunted House" type of event and is appropriate for children of all ages. It is the history of Simi Valley told in a very entertaining way by those who created it.

  • Fridays, October 10, 17, 24: 7-9PM
  • Saturdays October 11, 18, 25: 6-9PM
  • Sundays October 12, 19, 26: 6-8:30PM

Visit www.simihistory.com for more information.

Sunday
Oct192014

35th Annual Roam' N Relics Car Show in Old Town Moorpark on Sunday, October 26th

The 35th Annual Roam' N Relics Car Show to benefit local charities will take place on Sunday, October 26th from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Old Town Moorpark, 233 High Street. Event will have food, vendors, giant raffle, awards, & dash plaques, posters, event T-shirts.

Model Car Contest (enter your model at the event). Open to all pre-'74 vehicles. 501 car limit.  NSRA safety inspections. Call 24 hour hotline at 805.583.2965 or visit www.roamnrelics.com to register!

Saturday
Oct182014

Harvest Moon Spooktacular Family Event in Ventura on Saturday, October 25th

Open Classroom K-8 and Downtown Ventura Partners present the Harvest Moon Spooktacular on Saturday, October 25th, on Main St. between Palm St. and N. Oak St from 11am-7pm. The event will feature live music on two stages, inflatables, games, food, and prizes. Come dressed in costume and take part in the Rocket Fizz all ages costume contest at 3pm and stay for the trick-or-treating throughout downtown from 4-7pm. Costume contest categories are infant-3, 4-7, 8-12, 13-17, 18+. Admission is free.

Friday
Oct172014

Laugh Out Loud Comedy Night in Camarillo on Wednesday, November 19th

Thursday
Oct162014

15th Annual Reign of Terror Haunted House in Thousand Oaks Oct 4th to Nov 1st

The Reign of Terror Haunted House is Joining
Janss Marketplace for a 15th Year of Fright and Terror

Get ready for 11 bone-chilling nights when the Reign of Terror Haunted House opens on Saturday, October 4th at Janss Marketplace.   The annual Reign of Terror, ranked as one of the top 10 Haunted Houses in the U.S., draws visitors from throughout southern California to Janss Marketplace, located off the 101 Freeway, at the intersection of Hillcrest Drive and Moorpark Road in Thousand Oaks.  

Guests who visit the Reign of Terror Haunted House from October 4 – November 1 will scream louder than ever this year.

Mark your calendars now for the Reign of Terror Haunted House, which will be located above Gold’s Gym near Sears on:

  • Fridays: October 10, 17, 24 from 7 – 10 p.m.
  • Friday, October 31 - 7 - 11 p.m.
  • Saturdays: October 4, 11, 18, 25 and Nov 1 from  7 – 11 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 26 from 7 – 10 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 30 from 7 – 10 p.m.

The Reign of Terror ticket office in the Janss food courtyard area will open daily at 6 p.m. on the Haunted House dates.  Tickets can also be purchased at participating Janss Marketplace store.  Visit www.janssmarketplace.net for merchant ticket locations and list of special Janss Marketplace shopping and dining offers for ticket holders. Admission is $17 ($25 for express pass).

Janss Marketplace will also host two illuminated Reign of Terror Haunted House experiences for younger children from 1 – 4 p.m. on two Saturdays, October 18 and 25.  The less scary daytime tickets are $5 per child with free admission for adults accompanying children.   The daytime ticket price for adults visiting without a child is $5. 

For more information visit www.ROThauntedhouse.com and become a friend on Facebook at Reign of Terror Haunted House

Visitors to the Reign of Terror will get more than a good scare.  Janss Marketplace will donate profits from the Haunted House ticket sales to the Conejo Recreation and Park District.   Janss Marketplace anticipates that ticket sales at the 2014 Reign of Terror will generate more than last year’s $18,000 donation to the District. 

The donation will benefit the District’s Thousand Oaks Teen Center and Young Artists Ensemble programs. The Thousand Oaks Teen Center is a full service activity center and recreational programs.  The Young Artists Ensemble’s “Conejo Theatre for Everyone” program gives special needs youth the opportunity to perform in an annual fully-produced production with high community attendance. 

For more information about the Conejo Recreation and Park District youth programs, contact Brenda Coleman at 805.495.6471. 

Wednesday
Oct152014

2014 Dia De Los Muertos Event at Conejo Mountain Memorial Park on November 1st

Ventura County's Only Traditional Dia De Los Muertos Celebration will be held on Saturday, November 1st at Conejo Mountain Memorial Park, 2052 Howard Road, Camarillo. More information at www.facebook.com/DiaDeLosMuertosVentura.

The Dia De Los Muertos Celebration will be held from 11am to 6pm with free activities for all. Come dressed in your festive muerto attire! Face painting, art exhibit, local food and craft vendors, live performances and more. At 5pm, everyone is invited to participate in a traditional ceremonial procession around the cemetery after the blessing.

Wednesday
Oct152014

Inaugural "Nun Run" 5K and 1 Mile Run in Thousand Oaks on January 31, 2015

The Sisters of Notre Dame and La Reina High School in Thousand Oaks will host a 5K and 1 Mile event called the Nun Run on January 31, 2015 at 8:00 a.m.

The inaugural race is open to runners and walkers of all ages and ability levels.  The course will start at Notre Dame Center in Thousand Oaks, circle around residential areas near Janss Road and finish at La Reina High School. Professional chip timing technology will be provided to 5K runners by Vendurance Sports.  Each participant will also receive a free t-shirt (while supplies last), special offers from our sponsors and a delicious pancake breakfast after the race.

All proceeds from the Nun Run will support the Sisters of Notre Dame Life and Ministry Fund, which allows the sisters to continue their various ministries in the Los Angeles and Ventura counties. The Sisters of Notre Dame are an international congregation of Catholic women religious who have served in California for over 80 years.

There are many alternative opportunities to get involved in the Nun Run through race sponsorship, donations and volunteer positions. Please contact Anne Interrante at events@sndca.org for more information or visit sndca.org/nunrun.

Wednesday
Oct152014

Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza 20th Anniversary Free Day on October 25th

Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza 20th anniversary free day will feature performances in the Fred Kavli Theatre and the Scherr Forum from 12-5, Saturday, October 25, 2014.

The Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza was built by decision of the Thousand Oaks City Council and opened the theatres for their inaugural season in October 1994. The complex, including the Bank of America Performing Arts Center and the parking structure, is owned by the City of Thousand Oaks and is operated by the City’s Cultural Affairs Department. Thousand Oaks City Hall and the 3-acre Mary and Richard Carpenter Plaza Park are also located here.

The day will begin at 10:30am with a Gallery Reception in the Fred Kavli Theatre for the art exhibit “A Look Back” which features the best of the art that has been showcased in the complex in the past 20 years.

The performances will begin at noon and will highlight many of the local groups that perform at the Civic Arts Plaza.  Artists to include Cabrillo Music Theatre, CLU Drama Department, New West Symphony, Gold Coast Conservatory, Pacific Festival Ballet, NWS Jazz Project, Gold Coast Wind Ensemble, Thousand Oaks Repertory Company, Conejo Valley Youth Orchestra, Youth Artist Ensemble, Thousand Oaks Philharmonic, Village Voices and the Best of Bogies.

In between performances enjoy the Discovery Center Kids Zone, food for purchase and free birthday cake to celebrate 20 years of bringing the arts to Thousand Oaks.

Monday
Oct132014

3rd Annual Autism Society of Ventura County Aut2Run Event on Sunday, April 19th

The Autism Society of Ventura County is excited to host its 3rd Annual charity race “Aut2Run!” at California State University Channel Islands on Sunday, April 19, 2015. The event features a 10K trail run at 7:30 am, 5K Run/Walk at 9 am, 15K "Hero Run" (10K and 5K combined!) and a Fun-K at 10:30 am. Open to competitive runners, casual walkers, families & the community. Learn more and register at www.aut2run.org. Sign up early as the race sold out last year, with over 2,100 participants.

Proceeds benefit the Autism Society of Ventura County. ASVC is a local chapter of the national Autism Society, a 501c3 not-for-profit organization whose mission is to improve the lives of all affected by Autism. ASVC was founded in 1994 by local parents and educators to provide support groups, community events, information and resources to families and individuals on the Autism Spectrum.

Monday
Oct132014

14th Annual Civil War Reenactment in Moorpark on November 8th-9th

civilwarrenactment.jpgThe Rotary Club of Moorpark presents what is called the largest and grandest Civil War Reenactment west of the Mississippi at a new location this year adjacent to Moorpark College on Saturday and Sunday, November 8th and 9th. Free parking and shuttle from college to encampment. No on-site  parking or walk-ins permitted.

Events start at 10 a.m. and ends at 6:15 pm. Dates are Saturday and Sunday, November 9th and 10th. Battle schedules are Saturday at noon, 3pm and 5:15pm annd Sunday noon and 2:30pm. $25 admission; $20 for students with ID. Children 5 and under are free. Use promo code CWUN to save $2 when buying tickets online at www.moorparkrotary.com.

This is the 14th year of this event and while the battles are spectacular, you can make a real day of it by visiting the Union and Confederate encampments, taking pictures, visiting the sutler tents (the general stores of the Civil War), and generally observing life as it was during the Civil War.  There is a huge food court with moderate prices so you can enjoy lunch or snacks with lots of picnic tables to enjoy your fare and wait for the next battle.

SCENES FROM THE 2010 EVENT

Sunday
Oct122014

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.

Sunday
Oct122014

Trunk or Treat at Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center on October 31st

The Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center will hold its 3rd annual Trunk or Treat event, supported by our ‘Daring Diamond’ sponsor, Horizons at Calabasas, on Friday, October 31 from 3-5pm. FREE ADMISSION! Dress up your little monsters in their Halloween costumes and come to the AHCCC for some trick-or-treating fun! Trick or Treat from trunk to trunk of local businesses that have come out to show support for their community! Event will include popcorn, fire trucks from Station 125, live DJ by Party Zone, Foggy Forest, Games/Prizes and CANDY!

Sunday
Oct122014

Thrill the World Halloween Dance Event in Ventura on Saturday, October 25th

Watch "Zombie" Dancers Try to Break the World Record

On October 25, 2014, thousands of dancing zombies across the globe will take to the streets in unison in an attempt to break simultaneous worldwide Thriller dance records and gather donations for charity. In Ventura, a hundred "zombie" dancers will perform in this fun, family-oriented event at 3:00 p.m. at the Ventura Harbor Village Main Lawn. Now in its ninth year, an estimated 10,000 participants in 200+ events in 25 countries are expected to perform Jackson's Thriller dance via satellite countdown on October 25, 2014. Open to the public for free. Bring your smart phones to capture the excitement! To participate visit www.ThrilltheWorldVentura.com.

Watch "Zombie" Dancers Try to Break the World Record
On October 25, 2014, thousands of dancing zombies across the globe will take to the streets in unison in an attempt to break simultaneous worldwide Thriller dance records and gather donations for charity. In Ventura, a hundred "zombie" dancers will perform in this fun, family-oriented event at 3:00 p.m. at the Ventura Harbor Village Main Lawn. Now in its ninth year, an estimated 10,000 participants in 200+ events in 25 countries are expected to perform Jackson's Thriller dance via satellite countdown on October 25, 2014. Open to the public for free. Bring your smart phones to capture the excitement!

To participate visit: www.ThrilltheWorldVentura.com - See more at: http://venturaharborvillage.com/ventura-harbor-village-event-details.php?event=1277#sthash.hpwvI2xm.dpuf
Watch "Zombie" Dancers Try to Break the World Record
On October 25, 2014, thousands of dancing zombies across the globe will take to the streets in unison in an attempt to break simultaneous worldwide Thriller dance records and gather donations for charity. In Ventura, a hundred "zombie" dancers will perform in this fun, family-oriented event at 3:00 p.m. at the Ventura Harbor Village Main Lawn. Now in its ninth year, an estimated 10,000 participants in 200+ events in 25 countries are expected to perform Jackson's Thriller dance via satellite countdown on October 25, 2014. Open to the public for free. Bring your smart phones to capture the excitement!

To participate visit: www.ThrilltheWorldVentura.com - See more at: http://venturaharborvillage.com/ventura-harbor-village-event-details.php?event=1277#sthash.hpwvI2xm.dpuf
Watch "Zombie" Dancers Try to Break the World Record
On October 25, 2014, thousands of dancing zombies across the globe will take to the streets in unison in an attempt to break simultaneous worldwide Thriller dance records and gather donations for charity. In Ventura, a hundred "zombie" dancers will perform in this fun, family-oriented event at 3:00 p.m. at the Ventura Harbor Village Main Lawn. Now in its ninth year, an estimated 10,000 participants in 200+ events in 25 countries are expected to perform Jackson's Thriller dance via satellite countdown on October 25, 2014. Open to the public for free. Bring your smart phones to capture the excitement!

To participate visit: www.ThrilltheWorldVentura.com - See more at: http://venturaharborvillage.com/ventura-harbor-village-event-details.php?event=1277#sthash.hpwvI2xm.dpuf
Watch "Zombie" Dancers Try to Break the World Record
On October 25, 2014, thousands of dancing zombies across the globe will take to the streets in unison in an attempt to break simultaneous worldwide Thriller dance records and gather donations for charity. In Ventura, a hundred "zombie" dancers will perform in this fun, family-oriented event at 3:00 p.m. at the Ventura Harbor Village Main Lawn. Now in its ninth year, an estimated 10,000 participants in 200+ events in 25 countries are expected to perform Jackson's Thriller dance via satellite countdown on October 25, 2014. Open to the public for free. Bring your smart phones to capture the excitement!

To participate visit: www.ThrilltheWorldVentura.com - See more at: http://venturaharborvillage.com/ventura-harbor-village-event-details.php?event=1277#sthash.hpwvI2xm.dpuf
Watch "Zombie" Dancers Try to Break the World Record
On October 25, 2014, thousands of dancing zombies across the globe will take to the streets in unison in an attempt to break simultaneous worldwide Thriller dance records and gather donations for charity. In Ventura, a hundred "zombie" dancers will perform in this fun, family-oriented event at 3:00 p.m. at the Ventura Harbor Village Main Lawn. Now in its ninth year, an estimated 10,000 participants in 200+ events in 25 countries are expected to perform Jackson's Thriller dance via satellite countdown on October 25, 2014. Open to the public for free. Bring your smart phones to capture the excitement!

To participate visit: www.ThrilltheWorldVentura.com - See more at: http://venturaharborvillage.com/ventura-harbor-village-event-details.php?event=1277#sthash.hpwvI2xm.dpuf
Friday
Oct102014

Harvest Festival at The Village at Dos Vientos in Newbury Park on October 24th