45th Annual Malibu Arts Festival July 30-31, 2016

Produced by the Malibu Chamber of Commerce, the 45th Annual Malibu Arts Festival two-day weekend event will take place July 30-31, 2016, from 10 am to 6pm, in front of the Malibu Civic Center. The Optimist Club of Malibu will be serving a pancake breakfast at the site starting at 8 a.m.

Considered “one of the most beautiful outdoor art festivals in the nation,” the Malibu Arts Festival features over 200 award-winning painters, sculptors, photographers, jewelers and other unique artisans. Festival goers can visit with the artists under individual gleaming white tents and learn about the creation of art in every genre.

The Arts Festival also includes an entertainment stage where original musicians perform each day, a children’s workshop where kids work with artists to create their own art, and a food truck terrace featuring exciting menu items with incredible cuisine.

The Malibu Chamber invites everyone to be a part of this weekend-long event. Festival admission is free, so bring the whole family for a day of fine art, rockin’ music, and great food! The Malibu Arts Festival is held at Malibu Civic Center, 23555 Civic Center Way between Cross Creek and Webb Way off of PCH. $5 admission; kids free. Limited free parking; $5 parking lot is adjacent to festival.

For more information, visit www.malibu.org/content/45th-annual-malibu-arts-festival.

Thousand Oaks Children's Library 10th Anniversary Celebration on June 25th

On June 25, 2016, the Thousand Oaks Children's Library will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a public event that will include a statue dedication, storytellers, children’s authors and illustrators, crafts and food trucks. Activities are free and food will be available to purchase.

The day begins at 10 a.m. with a statue dedication at the Children's Library entrance. The statue, which features two children reading, is a gift from Thousand Oaks Library Foundation member Toni Hagopian in honor of her late husband, filmmaker and Library supporter, Michael Hagopian. Mayor Joel Price and other dignitaries will attend the dedication.

Flights of Fantasy will follow with interactive folktales and fables at 11 a.m. in the Library’s Community Room. Through humor and laughter, their stories spring to life using creative costumes, props and audience participation.

From noon to 3 p.m., patrons will have the opportunity to purchase lunch from popular local food trucks, including The Grilled Cheese Truck. Children can also meet local children’s authors, listen to stories, watch book illustrators create new artwork and participate in other family-friendly activities.

The Thousand Oaks Children’s Library, a dedicated wing of the Grant R. Brimhall Library, is located at 1401 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information call (805) 449-2660 option 7.

43rd Annual Santa Barbara Greek Festival the Weekend of July 30-31, 2016

Santa Barbara's 43rd Annual Greek Festival is taking place from on July 30-31, 2016 from 11 am to 7 pm in beautiful Oak Park. The festival evokes the sights, sounds and tastes that define the traditional Greek way of life. Stroll through Santa Barbara's beautiful Oak Park and experience the simple pleasures of life in a Greek village. FREE ADMISSION!

Dozens of volunteers enthusiastically staff their booths, creating a convivial, welcoming atmosphere. Festival-goers return year after year for the food. — Delectable festival favorites like gyros and moussaka. And no Greek village would be complete without homemade pastries like baklava, melomakarona, and kataifi

Listen to the distinctive sounds of the bouzouki and other exotic instruments played by authentic Greek musicians who perform traditional and popular songs. Delight in the beauty of the elaborate costumes worn by performers as they share their carefully practiced steps and intricate dances with the enthusiastic audience.

Take advantage of a free Greek dance lesson, and enjoy participating in the same dances you would perform in the traditional villages of Greece. Dance the afternoon away, eat a little (or a lot), shop in the Greek marketplace, relax and enjoy yourself under the oaks in the warm embrace of the best Greek culture has to offer.

More information at www.santabarbaragreekfestival.org.

A Taste of Camarillo Wne Auction Gala an Wine and Food Festival on July 30-31, 2016

Two Great Meadowlark Service League Events Coming July 30-31

A Taste of Camarillo Wine Auction Gala & Dinner is Saturday, July 30th from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. Presented by Meadowlark Service League, this special event is held at the Red Barn at the Camarillo Ranch. It includes a live auction of fine and rare wines plus a gourmet dinner and live music. Reservations required. $70 to $80 per person in advance. 805.388.7158 or visit www.meadowlarkserviceleague.com/taste.shtml

On Saturday, July 31, Meadowlark will hold its 29th Annual Wine and Food Festival from 1 to 4 p.m. on the lawns of the historic Camarillo Ranch House. Sample fine wines and gourmet food from a wide variety of participating wineries and restaurants. Enjoy an afternoon featuring live entertainment, Boutique shopping, Silent auction and opportunity drawing. $75-85 in advance

For more information visit www.tasteofcamarillo.com.

3rd Annual Coppers and Choppers Event in Camarillo on Saturday, July 16th

The Ventura County Sheriff's Foundation presents "Coppers and Choppers" free family event on Saturday, July 16th from 11am to 3pm at the Ventura County Sheriff's Dept Air Unit, 375 Durley Ave, Ste A, Camarillo. Event features deputies, K-9 units and up close viewing of squad cars, helicopters, search and rescue vehicles and more. Lunch and fun also provided for the kids. Visit vcsheriffsfoundation.org for more information.