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Thursday
Mar052015

5th Annual Munch Madness International Street Fair in Agoura on Saturday, March 21

Explore the sights, sounds, and tastes of the 5th Annual Agoura IB Munch Madness International Street Fair on Saturday, March 21st from 4-9PM with friends and families -  the ultimate mobile gourmet experience, where more than a dozen of LA’s top food trucks offer fantastic eats, with live concerts and entertainment, street performers, prizes, fireworks, and more…Munch Madness is also teaming up with Kids Helping Kids: Marathon of Hope at Agoura High School which promises to be an epic day of community service.

Located on the campus of Agoura High School, 28545 Driver Avenue, Agoura Hills. Parking is free.

Admission is only $5 on line in advance or $7 at the gate (kids 4 & under free). Food truck tastes are sold separately. Best of all, proceeds benefit the Agoura High’s International Baccalaureate Program. Visit www.agouramunchmadness.com

UPDATE: This year, Munch Madness is proud to be teaming with Mr. Pickett’s, Kids Helping Kids: Marathon of Hope, at Agoura High School where Rainn Wilson, former co-star of NBC's The Office will host and participate, AND rock superstar, Eddie Money will perform live in the new Agoura Performing Arts Center, prior to an epic fireworks display. This is a blockbuster day and night of community service in Agoura Hills not to be missed. Visit www.kidshelpingkidsagoura.org for tickets!

WHAT IS THE INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE PROGRAM?
Agoura High School’s IB Program is internationally recognized for its college preparatory curriculum and is highly regarded by leading universities around the world. IB’s multidisciplinary program of study encourages students to think outside of the box, to ask challenging questions, while providing the flexibility to pursue individual academic and personal interests. IB’s unique perspective prepares students for today's changing global marketplace, to lay the groundwork for turning knowledge into action, and to impact and enrich the lives of others. Agoura High School is one of only a few schools in the Greater Los Angeles that has met the requirements to offer students this unique, emergent education with a global focus. *To offset the expenses of offering the program, and following state budget cuts, funds raised will go towards books, supplies, teacher training and international testing procedures. By creating an appetite for the love of learning and fun, students and parents will be working together to volunteer their assistance at the event.

Thursday
Mar052015

53rd Annual Ventura Gem Show at Ventura County Fairgrounds on March 7-8, 2015

Ventura Gem & Mineral Society, Inc. presents The Ventura Gem Show its 53rd Annual Gem, Mineral, Lapidary & Fossil Show at Seaside Park, Ventura County Fairgrounds. March 7th (10 am to 5 pm) and March 8th (10 am to 4 pm).

Gems, minerals, rocks, fossils, jewelry, exhibits, displays, dems, prizes, dealers, silent auction, kids' activities, FREE admission (parking at Seaside Park is $5).  More information at www.vgms.org.

These are great family friendly shows. Event hosts love sharing their knowledge with attendees.  Good, old fashioned fun, with typically dozens and dozens of displays, information, demonstrations, etc.  Highly recommended!

Wednesday
Mar042015

2015 Earth Day Celebration at Oxnard's Plaza Park on Saturday, April 4th

Celebrate Earth Day with the City of Oxnard on Saturday, April 4th at Plaza Park, 500 S. C Street, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Activities include live music, community displays, childrens' activities, food and fun! Visit www.cityofoxnard.org/earthday for more information.

Wednesday
Mar042015

2015 Westlake Village Rotary Community Street Festival on Sunday, April 12th

The Rotary Club of Westlake Village invites you to its annual Community Street Festival on Sunday, April 12, 2015 at 4600 Lakeview Canyon Road (intersection of Agoura Road) between  from 10 am to 4 pm. There will be musical entertainment, vendors, kids zone, food trucks, classic car display, craft beer tasting booth and more. Visit rotarywlv.org for more information.

Monday
Mar022015

George Lynch to Perform at Free Guitar Clinic in Newbury Park on Friday, March 27

George Lynch, legendary guitarist of Dokken and Lynch Mob, will be conducting a free guitar clinic and live performance event on Friday, March 27th from 6:30pm -8:30pm at the GoDpsMusic Pro Artist Store in Newbury Park. George is a top endorser of ESP Guitars and ranks in Guitar World Magazines "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time."

This is a special one time opportunity to learn guitar tips from world class musician in an intimate setting. The event will showcase George's talent as well as entertain fans of all music genres. There will be a  free live performance and interactive web stream, artist Q&A, merchandise giveaways, and special pricing on ESP Guitars.

GoDpsMusic is located at 810 Lawrence Drive, Suite #124, Newbury Park (cross streets are Teller and Lawrence). No charge to attend or view online. RSVP at www.GoDpsMusic.com or call 888.355.4377 for more information.

Monday
Mar022015

World's Only Flying B-29 Superfortress at Camarillo Airport March 3 to March 8

Fifi over Midland in 2012 (Photo courtesy of Scott Slocum)Commemorative Air Force (CAF) AirPower History Tour is bringing the world’s only flying B-29 Superfortress to Camarillo Airport on Tuesday, March 3 at 11am (delayed one day due to weather) through Sunday, March 8. The CAF AirPower History Tour will feature the B-29 and several other World War II military aircraft. Attending aircraft include a P-51 Mustang, Supermarine Spitfire, Mitsubishi Zero, Grumman Bearcat and Hellcat, C-45 Expeditor, and other World War II military aircraft. Visitors can tour the B-29 cockpit and also purchase rides on many of the attending aircraft.

The Boeing B-29 Superfortress, first flown in 1942, began active service in 1944 and is best known as the aircraft whose missions over Japan helped bring about the end of World War II. It was designed as a replacement for the older B-17s and B-24s, with longer range and greater bomb loads. The B-29 was also used in the Korean War in the early 1950s and was a staple of the U.S. Air Force until the late 1950s.  

Location of event is the CAF So Cal Wing, 455 Aviation Drive, Camarillo. Donation for ramp access to  general public is $15 for adults, $8 for children age 10-17. Children under age 10 free. Donation for ramp access includes B-29 cockpit tour. More information and ride reservations at www.AirPowerTour.org

About the CAF’s B-29 Superfortress, FIFI:
FIFI was acquired by the CAF in the early 1970s when a group of CAF members found her at the U.S. Navy Proving Ground at China Lake, California where she was being used as a missile target. The airplane was rescued and restored and flew for over thirty years until 2006 when the chief pilot made the decision to ground her pending a complete power plant re-fit. What followed was an extensive four year restoration that included replacing all four engines with new custom built hybrid engines. FIFI returned to the sky in 2010 and since that time has traveled coast to coast attracting large crowds at every tour stop. Learn more about FIFI and her tour schedule at www.AirPowerTour.org.

About the Commemorative Air Force:
The Commemorative Air Force honors the men and women who built, maintained and flew in these airplanes during World War II. The organization believes that is best accomplished by maintaining the airplanes in flying condition; taking the airplanes to the people allowing them to experience the sight and sound of the aircraft in flight.

Collecting, restoring and flying vintage historical aircraft for more than half a century, the Commemorative Air Force ranks as one of the largest private air forces in the world. The CAF is dedicated to Honoring American Military Aviation through flight, exhibition and remembrance. A non-profit educational association, the CAF has more than 11,000 members and a fleet of over 150 airplanes distributed throughout the country to 67 units located in 25 states for care and operation. For more information, visit www.commemorativeairforce.org.

Sunday
Mar012015

2015 Arbor Day Event at Rancho Tapo Community Park on Saturday, April 25th

Come and celebrate the 2015 Arbor Day event at Rancho Tapo Community Park on April 25th at 11 am.  Memorial tree dedication, poster contest, free tree giveaway, live music, exhibits, touch-a-truck and more. Visit www.simivalley.org/TreeAdvisoryBoard for more information.

Sunday
Mar012015

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 March 2015 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 3/7 8:30am to 10am at Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor Center - "Spring has Sprung" walk to see how many bird species you can find on this easy walk around King Gillette Ranch. Bring binoculars. Meet at flagpole.

Sat 3/7 9am to 1pm at Malibu Creek State Park - Intro to Mountain Bike Skills - Learn proper offroad riding fundamentals and shared-use etiquette. Mountain bike and helmet required. Heavy rain cancels. www.corbamtb.com or 805.558.1606

Sat 3/7 11am to noon at Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor Center - Jr. Ranger Adventures program for 3-7 yr olds - join ranger exploring nature and learn about animals and plants. Meet inside visitor center.

Sat 3/7 3pm to 5pm at King Gillette Ranch - Capture a Nature Moment Walk - Bring your camera and learn tips about nature photography on an easy walk. Meet at visitor center parking lot.

Sun 3/8 8:45am to 2pm at Malibu Creek State Park - Welcome to Malibu

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Sunday
Mar012015

2015 Conejo Recreation & Park District "Touch-a-Truck" Event on Saturday, June 20th

One of the most popular children's events in the area is the Annual Conejo Recreation & Park District's Touch-a-Truck event in Thousand Oaks on Saturday, June 20, 2015 (day before Father's Day).

Dozens and dozens of trucks and large vehicles of all shapes and sizes, all at Thousand Oaks Community Center, 2525 North Moorpark Road, near Thousand Oaks High School. This is a hugely popular event! Parking at the park fills up quickly, so be prepared to park at the T.O. High School parking lot south of the tennis courts and football field (corner of Moorpark Road and Avenida de Las Flores) and walk a block north up Moorpark Road.

See a garbage truck, Army truck, stretch limousine, tractor, excavator, dump truck, school bus, fire engine, ambulance, police van, monster truck, bulldozer, police cruiser, motorcycle, you name it. Too many to mention and your kids can check them out first-hand. They let your kids honk the horns, kick the tires, work the controls, blare the sirens, etc.  In other words, bring aspirin!

There are numerous other activities, including kids construction play area, power wheel course, arts and crafts, wash-a-truck, jolly jumps, and a motorized train ride and refreshments for sale! Throughout the event you will find live truck demonstrations to consist of water balloons being dropped from the cherry picker, beach balls being unloaded from the dump truck, and even a helicopter landing!

Free admission! 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call the Conejo Recreation and Park District for more information at 805.381.2793 or visit www.crpd.org.

Sunday
Mar012015

12th Annual Ojai Valley Lavender Festival Planned for Saturday, June 27th

The 2015 Ojai Valley Lavender Festival
In the Heart of Historic Downtown Ojai

The Ojai Valley Lavender Festival is hosting its 12th annual event on Saturday, June 27th from 10am-5pm.  Each year the festival takes place at Libbey Park, in the heart of historic downtown Ojai.

Sip on lavender infused lemonade as you meander the tree lined aisles of artisan wares; over 100 vendors on hand. From essential oils and lotions, to plants, art and jewelry, to delectable gourmet treats, informative classes and hands-on demonstrations – there is something for everyone at the must attend event of the summer! Relax and enjoy a picnic while listening to the soft sounds of festival musicians. Or dine at one of Ojai’s heralded eateries featuring lavender infused specially items. Come for the day or stay a while and enjoy local art galleries, shops and boutiques that are uniquely Ojai.

For up to date information on the festival visit www.ojaivalleylavenderfestival.org

Sunday
Mar012015

Spring Wine Walk & Street Fair in Downtown Ventura on Saturday, April 18th

Sunday
Mar012015

Canine Classic Dog Walk & Festival Planned for Sunday, April 26th in Calabasas

The Canine Classic Dog Walk & Festival returns Sunday, April 26 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at 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, Beer Garden, Kid’s Activity Area, Dog Agility Zone, Camp Bow Wow Kids and Dogs Clinic, Behavior Buddies Training Clinic, Silent Auction, 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.

Main stage events to include the Fox 11 Project Dogway and Fox 11 My Pet's Got Talent. Register in advance at www.canineclassic.org. $10 donation per entry and each category is limited to 25 entries.  Prizes include a weekend stay at The Anza - A Calabasas Hotel (for your dog, not you, silly),

Check in for the Dog Walk begins at 9:00 a.m. and the walk 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.

Sunday
Mar012015

6th Annual Santa Monica Mountains Science Festival in Agoura on Saturday, April 25th

The 6th Annual Santa Monica Mountains Science Festival, sponsored by the National Park Service in partnership with the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, the Children's Nature Institute, Santa Monica Mountains Fund, UCLA LA Kretz Center for CA Conservation Science, and NatureBridge. will take place on Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 10 am to 4 pm at Paramount Ranch.

There are activities for people of all ages, including talks, hands-on demonstrations, nature walks, family activities, live animal displays, and a chance to meet and talk with the scientists. Food vendors will be on site.

Come out and explore the natural and cultural resources within the Santa Monica Mountains and learn about the scientific research that helps us all better understand and protect those resources!

Paramount Ranch is located at 2903 Cornell Road, Agoura Hills

Directions

From 101 Freeway, exit Kanan Rd. Go south towards the ocean. Make a left on Cornell Road. Continue for 2 miles. The entrance to Paramount Ranch is on the right.

More info at www.nps.gov/samo/sciencefestival.htm

Thursday
Feb262015

Camarillo Old Town 2015 Cruise Nights - 4th Friday of the Month, April to September

Camarillo Old Town 2015 Cruise Nights will be held the 4th Friday of the month from April through September 2015 from 5pm to 8pm located at 2220 East Ventura Boulevard (between Elm and Fir Streets). Upcoming dates are April 24, May 22, June 26, July 24, August 28 and September 25.

Cruise Nights are free, fun for the entire family, and a great way to spend a spring or summer evening. With 200+ classic cars, live music, and terrific stores and eateries in Old Town, there’s something for everyone. Call 805.443.9219 for more information.

Wednesday
Feb252015

3rd Annual Ventura Eco-Extreme Mud Challenge on Saturday, April 25th

The 3rd Annual Ventura Eco Xtreme Mud Challenge presented by the Ventura Police Officers Association is planned for Saturday, April 25th starting at 10:30 am. The goal of this event is to create a fun and challenging adventure while raising money for the Dee Dowell Foundation.

The course, approximately 3 miles of obstacles, steep hills, and mud, will take place in downtown Ventura just above Grant Park at the training grounds for the Ventura Police Department. This location will provide exceptional views of the city and ocean in a unique and natural environment. The course terrain is primarily on trails and fire roads with extreme hills, killer steps, professionally built obstacles and several places where you will get extremely muddy. You will get wet and you will get muddy. Be sure to bring towels and a change of clothing. This event is certain to test both your physical strength and mental toughness!

The Kids 1K is for kids 14 & under and features many of the same obstacles found in the full 5K mud challenge such as the mud pit bottle neck, cargo net climb, and the traverse of death. All registered kids who finish will receive a prize.

To learn more and register, visit www.venturaecox.com.

Wednesday
Feb252015

Springtime at the Adobe at Leonis Adobe Calabasas on Saturday, March 28th

Springtime at the Adobe at the Leonis Adobe Museum, 23537 Calabasas Road, Calabasas, takes place on Saturday, March 28th from 1pm to 4pm.

Event includes crafts, games, tortilla making, blacksmith and wool spinning demos, live music and an egg hunt starting at 2pm. $4 per person; if you're under the age of 2, yippee, you don't have to pay! www.leonisadobemuseum.org or 818.222.6511

Wednesday
Feb252015

2015 Walk MS Conejo Valley in Thousand Oaks on Saturday, April 11th

Join the movement at Walk MS to bring us one step closer toward a world free of MS! Come and celebrate with hundreds of fellow friends, co-workers and family members who that, like you want to stop MS in its tracks. There will be fun for the whole family as you enjoy a beautiful 5K or 1K walk, roll or stroll around the Conejo Creek Park in Thousand Oaks on Saturday April 11th. Event starts at 10 a.m.

There will also be entertainment at the finish festival with food, music, team booths, fun giveaways from our sponsors and more!

Don’t miss out! Register today for Walk MS Conejo Valley and join other Southern Californians as we raise awareness and funds to find the cause and cure to multiple sclerosis. MS stops people from moving and YOU can help make sure it doesn’t.

Register today as a participant or volunteer at www.WalktoEndMS.org or over the phone at (310) 479-4456! Click this link to get directly to the MS Conejo Valley page.

Wednesday
Feb252015

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.

Wednesday
Feb252015

2015 XTERRA Boney Mountain Trail Run 21K/6K in Newbury Park on March 22

The XTERRA Boney Mountain Trail Run 21K and 6K take place in Point Mugu State Park at Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa National Park in Newbury Park on Sunday, March 22 2015. (ORIGINALLY JANUARY 11 BUT RESCHEDULED DUE TO CLOSURE OF PT MUGU STATE PARK AS A RESULT OF MUDSLIDES). This event is not for the faint of heart, but if you dare to enter you'll experience some of the most scenic back country in the Santa Monica Mountains. The 6k is a great intro event with paved roads and singletrack along Upper Sycamore Canyon.

All participants get a great race t-shirt, cool finisher medal, hot breakfast with all the fixin's, coffee, entry into the raffle of swag, and the satisfaction of completing one of the best races around!

The event field is limited, so enter early! Please note that the course closes at 11:30am, so you must finish before then!

Race Day Registration starting at 6:30am at The Village at Dos Vientos Ranch, 360 Via Las Brisas, Newbury Park.

To learn more and register, visit trailrace.com/boney-mountain-trail-run.

Tuesday
Feb242015

70th Annual Santa Barbara International Orchid Show on March 13-15, 2015

The Santa Barbara International Orchid Show returns to Earl Warren Showgrounds March 13th - 15th, 2015 for its 70th anniversary. 2015 theme is CELEBRATE with Orchids! This is the longest running and one of the largest annual orchid shows in the United States. General admission to the show - $12
Seniors and students with ID - $10. Children 12 and under are free with paying adult. Learn more at www.sborchidshow.com. Hours are 9am to 5pm.