Stargazing at Malibu Bluffs Park on Saturday, November 21, 2015

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Professional grade telescopes will be available for viewing the stars at Malibu Bluffs Park, 24250 Pacific Coast Highway, from 6-8PM on Saturday, November 21st. Event in partnership with Focus Astronomy. Attendees are encouraged to dress in layers and bring a small flashlight. Talk at 6pm and telescopes open for viewing at 6:20pm.  www.malibucity.org/calendar.aspx 

Teen Haunted Maze and Movie Night at Malibu Bluffs Park on Friday, October 23rd

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A frightful night of haunts will take over Malibu Bluffs Park, 24250 Pacific Coast Highway, at the Youth Commission's 6th Annual Haunted Maze and Movie Night on Friday, October 23rd from 5PM to 9PM.

  • Haunted Maze admission $5 or bring 3 canned food items
  • Movie: "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" (PG)
  • Movie admission is free
  • Bring blankets and chairs for the open lawn area; seating is first come, first serve

Teens interested in volunteering at the event need to register by October 14, 2015.  All volunteers must have a volunteer registration card on file.  For additional information, contact Kristin Riesgo, Recreation Supervisor, at 310-456-2489, ext. 350.   

City of Malibu's Annual Halloween Carnival 2015 at Malibu Bluffs Park on October 30th

The City of Malibu's annual Halloween Carnival will take place at Malibu Bluffs Park, 24250 Pacific Coast Highway, on Friday, October 30th from 3pm to 5:30pm. Admission is free.

  • Open to the public 
  • Appropriate for children ages 2-10
  • The costume parade will begin at 3:30 PM
  • Carnival Games* include: Ring Toss, Treasure Hunt, Penny Toss, and more
  • Trick or Treat along the City's hiking trails; easy to complete for young children who will be able gather treats along the trail from Halloween characters  
  • The Pudding Truck and additional food trucks 
  • Bounce Houses (tickets are $5)

Teens interested in volunteering at the event need to register by October 21, 2015.  All volunteers must have a volunteer registration card on file.  For additional information, contact Kristin Riesgo, Recreation Supervisor, at 310-456-2489, ext. 350.   

Conejo Valley Quilters Biennial Quilt Show at CLU on September 19-20

Conejo Valley Quilters will present its biennial show, “A Gathering Under the Oaks,” September 19 & 20, 2015 at California Lutheran University Gilbert Sports Complex, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. Saturday: 10 am to 5 pm Sunday: 10 am to 4 pm. The show will feature over 200 quilts, from traditional to modern, beginners to masters and presented in individual members’ themed showcases.

Our featured artists will be the two women, Margie Fisher and Beth Liederman, who introduced the art of quiltmaking to the Conejo Valley when they opened “The Quilt Inn” in 1978. They will share some of their personal quilts, quilts dating back to the 1800s and memorabilia. The show will include demonstrations of quilting techniques, dozens of quilts for sale, and an extensive vendor mall. Violet Vaughnes, certified AQS appraiser, will be available to provide appraisals daily in the Soiland Hall (written $50 and verbal $25). In addition, children are invited to participate in a scavenger hunt.

Our Opportunity Quilt and themed baskets will be raffled on Sunday. Proceeds will benefit the three local charities supported by the CVQ guild: the Loving Heart Hospice Foundation of Moorpark, My Stuff Bags Foundation, Westlake Village, and Lighthouse for Women and Children, Oxnard. Our demos will include how to make sensory stimulation quilts that benefit Alzheimer and autistic patients. Be sure to visit our Outreach booth to learn more about us and our philanthropic efforts.

Admission $10 covers both days. Parking is free. Refreshments will be available for purchase. conejovalleyquilters.com

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

Upcoming Events and Free Programs at the Thousand Oaks and Newbury Park Branch Libraries

The main Thousand Oaks ( Grant R. Brimhall) Library is located next to the beautiful Conejo Creek North Park

The main Thousand Oaks ( Grant R. Brimhall) Library is located next to the beautiful Conejo Creek North Park

There are two great Thousand Oaks libraries; the Grant R. Brimhall Library at 1401 E. Janss Road in Thousand Oaks (805.449.2660) and the local Newbury Park Branch is at 2331 Borchard Road (805.498.2139).  These libraries provide year-round free events, activities and programs for all ages that from time to time will be summarized right here. Visit the library website at www.toaks.org/library to learn more. 

(The programs below are updated periodically to remove past events)

Films at the Branch
Tuesday, Sept. 15 - 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. - Newbury Park Branch - STAR TREK: INTO DARKNESS (PG-13, Paramount, 2013)

Medicare 101

Wednesday, Sept. 9, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. - Newbury Park Branch and
Thursday, Sept. 10, 6:30 -7:30 p.m. - Grant R. Brimhall Library
Turning 65 and don't know how or when to sign up for Medicare and what plans you need? Come get all the information you need to make the right decision from Belinda Lang.

STEAM Program - Juno and the New Renaissance

Saturday, Sept. 12 - 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. - Grant R. Brimhall Library
Theo Clarke, consultant on NASA's Juno mission to Jupiter and engineer at Jet Propulsion Laboratory, will speak about the Juno mission and has lots of photos to share. Juno mission is the embodiment of a remakable union of science, technology, history, literature, music, art and public engagement. This program is for middle school age and up.

Movie Matinees

Monday, Sept. 14 - 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. - Grant R. Brimhall Library - THE HUNDRED FOOT JOURNEY (PG, Disney, 2014)
Monday, Sept. 28 - 1:00 -3:00 p.m. - Grant R. Brimhall Library - AMERICAN SNIPER (R, Warner Bros., 2014) 

Discovering the History of the Conejo Valley

Wednesday, Sept 16, 7:00 -8:00 p.m. - Grant R. Brimhall Library
Who settled the Conejo Valley? Where did they come from? Miriam Sprankling, Curator of the Stagecoach Inn Museum and local author, will share the early history of our community with pictures. She will have copies of some of her books of the early history of the valley for sale at the event as well.

Dog Days

Sept 15 - Nov. 17 - every Tuesday from 3:30 -4:30 p.m. - Grant R. Brimhall Library
Children can practice their reading skills by reading to therapy dogs.

Lego Play @ your Library

Saturday, Sept. 26 - 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. - Grant R. Brimhall Library
Come build your own Lego creations and these free sessions. Donations of Legos are always welcome.

FALL 2015 STORYTIMES

Parent and Child - Baby Play & Learn Classes

Conejo Valley Neighborhood for Learning
Ages: 0 - 24 months

Tuesdays, September 15, 22, 29, October 6, 13, 20, 27,
November 3, 10, 17
10:30 – 11:20 a.m.*

Grant R. Brimhall Library Community Room
(*Before Library hours - Participants should enter at the Main Library entrance.)

Introduce babies to rhymes, songs and storys during these engaging programs. CVNfL staff will lead a brief lapsit activity time followed by playtime.

Toddler Play & Learn Storytime

Ages: 2-3 years

Wednesdays, September 16, 23, 30, October 7, 14, 21, 28, November 4, 18
10:30 - 11:20 a.m.*

Grant R. Brimhall Library Community Room
(*Before Library hours - Participants should enter at the Main Library entrance.)

Enjoy 20 minutes of simple stories, songs and fingerplays and more for toddlers followed by 30 minutes of play activities.

Preschool Play & Learn Storytime

Ages: 3 - 5 years

Thursdays, September 17, 24, October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29,
November 5, 12, 19
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.*

Grant R. Brimhall Library Community Room
(*Before Library hours - Participants should enter at the Main Library entrance.)

An hour of fun for the adventurous preschooler with 30 minutes of stories, songs and fingerplays followed by 30 minutes of free play and exploration of preschool-level concepts of math, science, art and literacy.

Baby/Toddler Play & Learn Storytime

Ages: 0 - 3 years

Thursday, October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
10:30 - 11:15 a.m.

Newbury Park Branch Library Meeting Room

Brief lapsit storytime with entertaining stories, songs, and fingerplays followed by 30 minutes of interactive playtime.

Oxnard Steampunk Fest on Saturday, October 17th

The Oxnard Steampunk Fest Crew and the Oxnard Heritage Foundation would like to invite you to join in the fun at historic Heritage Square in downtown Oxnard (715 S. A St), 11-5pm on Saturday, October 17, 2015. Admission to the festival is FREE; workshops and other activities available for nominal fees. This is a fundraiser for the Oxnard Heritage Foundation and the Friends of Heritage Square, to benefit their educational programming. Keeping the history of Oxnard alive and well!

Steampunk celebrates the Victorian-era culture: the style, dress, machinery, food, and the fascinations with wonders and curiosities. Over the years since its inception, Steampunk has taken that fascination beyond the literary genre into costuming, music, art, re-creation of history and even the re-purposing of the ‘throw away’ modern world. This new community embraces and encourages difference, allowing those to set themselves free and express their inner personalities. 

Most activities offered are free. In addition to the children’s activities, music and performers on stage, there will be presentations of the weird and wonderful. Enter the costume contest for $5 and win prizes from local merchants, watch the fashion show for new ideas ($5 cost and limited seating, order your tickets online early), and enjoy the TechnoTeapot Tea ($15 per person presale and $20 day of) a gathering of the whimsical and have a delicious adventure as you travel to the fascinating destination of the historic Heritage Square. 

The Velveteen Band will be performing on the main stage from 3:30-5pm. 

Costumes, characters, merchants and presenters are all encouraged to participate. For more information, visit www.OxnardSteampunkFest.com  Call for vendors that are whimsical! info@oxnardsteampunkfest.com or 805.483.7960.

There will also be an after party at La Dolce Vita Underground Bar (21+) from 5pm to closing. 805.483.7960 for more info.

Steampunk 101 Lecture!

Join the gathering of goggle adorned top hats, corsets, and Victorian clothing embellished in clocks and gears, leather and lace. You may even find fully functioning body parts.  If this all sounds quite out there or if you've heard about these strange designs and wanted to know more, then the Steampunk 101 lecture is just for you. The presentation takes place during the inaugural Steampunk Fest on Saturday, October 17th, 2015 in the Heritage Hall, 731 South A Street. Cost is $5. Limited seating available, call to reserve your seat (805) 483-7960, www.oxnardsteampunkfest.com, or email info@oxnardsteampunkfest.com

TechnoTeapot Tea!

You can’t spell Steampunk without TEA! Join us on Saturday, October 17th, 2015, from 11-5pm, for a gathering of the whimsical and have a delicious adventure as you travel to the fascinating destination of the historic Heritage Square, Oxnard. The TechnoTeapot Tea features recipes from far-flung galaxies, underwater worlds and airborne excursions. Join the gathering of goggle adorned top hats, corsets, Victorian clothing adorned in clocks and gears, leather and lace.  You may even have fully functioning body parts!

The tea menu will include 3 tea sandwiches, a dessert, fresh fruit, scone with jam, and hot or cold tea, of course. Tickets are $15.00 per person in advance, or $20 per person the day of. Call 805-483-7960 for questions. Order tickets at oxnardsteampunkfest.com/tickets/. There are no seating times as the tea is on going during the festivities at Heritage Square.

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

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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

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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

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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.