2017 Conejo Valley CROP Hunger Walk on Sunday, March 5th


The 2017 Conejo Valley CROP Hunger Walk takes place on Sunday, March 5th at the Cal Lutheran University Sports Complex in Thousand Oaks.  CROP Walks help raise awareness and funds for international relief and development, as well as for for local hunger related charities.  More than 35 local clubs, schools, and churches are represented by walkers.

The CROP Hunger Walk is a 10K (6.2 mile) distance through the community near CLU as well as a 20 minute campus stroll.  Registration is from 12-1:00 PM and the walk begins at 1:00.  Formore information, to register online or to donate, visit www.crophungerwalk.org/thousandoaksca.

75% of funds raised go to alleviate hunger and promote sustainable development in the world and 25% of funds promote food security locally, including Conejo Valley Meals on Wheels, Westlake Village Meals on Wheels, Manna – Conejo Food Bank and LSS Thousand Oaks Community Care Center.

Bark in the Park Event at Conejo Creek North in Thousand Oaks on Saturday, May 6, 2017

Bark in the Park is planned for Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 11am to 3pm at Conejo Creek Park North. This free event features products, services, local veterinarians and a variety of adoption agencies and rescues in the area.

Activities include water play, big and small dog costume contests, dog agility course, dog entertainers and more. Make some crafts for you and your dog or enjoy food from one of the many food trucks! No aggressive dogs.

All dogs MUST be on a leash. Free event! Over 85 vendors with doggone great goods and service on display For more details, visit crpd.org/events/bark_in_the_park.asp or call 805.375.1003.

2017 Moorpark Rotary Blue & Gray Civil War Reenactment in Moorpark on April 1-2

The Rotary Club of Moorpark presents what is called the largest and grandest Civil War Reenactment west of the Mississippi in Moorpark at the very west end of High Street, behind the Moorpark Post Office (NEW LOCATION) on Saturday/Sunday, April 1-2, 2017.

Event starts at 10 a.m. and ends at 6:15 pm on Saturday 4pm on Sunday. Battle schedules to be announced.  Buy tickets online soon at moorparkrotary.com/sitepage/blue-and-gray-civil-war-reenactment.

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.


43rd Annual Conejo Gem & Mineral Club "Pageant of a Thousand Gems" on April 22-23, 2017

The Conejo Gem & Mineral Club presents its 43rd annual Pageant of a Thousand Gems on Saturday and Sunday, April 22-23, 2017 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. Vendors will be selling jewelry, minerals, gems and fossils with world-wide specimens and unique one-of-a-kind pieces.

Fun for all ages with exhibits and sales of gems, jewelry, rocks, minerals and fossils.Special youth activities. Lapidary and jewelry making demonstrations. Silent auction, door prizes, plant sale and snack bar.

CGMC is a non-profit educational organization encouraging interests in rocks, minerals, fossils, field trips, earth science education and the lapidary arts.

More information at www.cgamc.org.

"Speaking of Ventura County" Lecture Series at Museum of Ventura County 2/1-3/22

“Speaking of Ventura County” Annual Lecture Series at the Museum of Ventura County Begins February. 8-week series features educators and experts who share the rich stories of Ventura County. All presentations are at the Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main Street, Ventura on Wednesdays, February 1 – March 22, 2017

Wednesday, February 1, 2017, 1:00 – 2:30 pm

“The View from Here”

Charles Johnson, Research Library Director & Managing Editor, the Journal of Ventura County History

Michael Redmon, Director of Research, Santa Barbara Historical Museum

Wednesday, February 8, 2017, 1:00 – 2:30 pm

"Making the Garden Bloom: A History of Agricultural Water Use in Ventura County”

John Krist, Chief Executive Officer, Farm Bureau of Ventura County

Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 1:00 – 2:30 pm

“There’s No Place Like Home: A Travel Writer’s Appreciation of Ventura”

Ken McAlpine, Local Author

Wednesday, February 22, 2017, 1:00 – 2:30 pm

“The History and Pageantry of the Dixie Thompson Saddle”

Tom Peterson, Director, Carriage Museum

Wednesday, March 1, 2017, 1:00 – 2:30 pm

“My Darkest Hour”

James Bachner, Holocaust Survivor

Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 1:00 – 2:30 pm

“California vs. the Nation: Gov. Brown’s Democrat California contends with President Trump’s Republican Federal Government”

Herbert E. Gooch III, Ph.D., M.A., M.B.A., Professor, Department of Political Science, Cal Lutheran University

Wednesday, March 15, 2017, 1:00 – 2:30 pm

“Delinquent Girls and Incorrigible Women: A History of the Ventura School for Girls”

Colleen Coffey, Professor of History, Ventura College

Catelyn Kindred, Education Specialist, Museum of Ventura County

Wednesday, March 22, 2017, 1:00 – 2:30 pm

“Civil Liberties in Times of National Crises: Japanese Internment during World War II”

Megan Gately, Director of Education and Outreach, Museum of Ventura County

$7 per session, MVC members free.  Buy 8 sessions for $40 (pay in advance).

Please call (805) 653-0323 x330 or contact Tina Nielsen at tnielsen@venturamuseum.org for reservations. 

National Park Service to Host Winter Star Party at Paramount Ranch on January 28th

Winter Star Party Will Feature Night Sky Poster Artist


The National Park Service, in partnership with the Ventura County Astronomical Society, will host its annual Winter Star Party at Paramount Ranch in Agoura on Saturday, January 28, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

In addition to sky party favorites, such as kids activities and viewing night sky objects through numerous high-powered telescopes, Dr. Tyler Nordgren will give a presentation about astronomy in national parks. Dr. Nordgren, a professor of physics and astronomy at University of Redlands, is well known for his gorgeous retro-style posters of national parks in the dark. His work has been featured by media, such as Wired magazine and National Public Radio.

Dr. Nordgren is also working on a night sky poster featuring Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. A recent study found that light pollution produced within the recreation area, although high, remained relatively steady between 1992 and 2012. Tips on reducing light pollution are available on the website from the Natural Sounds and Night Skies Division of the National Park Service.

The full schedule for the evening is:

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.: Kids' Activities

6:30 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.: Stars Above, Earth Below: Astronomy in the National Parks, Dr. Tyler Nordgren

7:15 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.: Telescope Viewing

Paramount Ranch is located at 2903 Cornell Road, Agoura.

Rain will cancel the telescope viewing, but will not cancel Dr. Nordgren’s talk or kids activities, which will be located under a covered pavilion.

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (SMMNRA) is the largest urban national park in the country, encompassing more than 150,000 acres of mountains and coastline in Ventura and Los Angeles counties. A unit of the National Park Service, it comprises a seamless network of local, state and federal parks interwoven with private lands and communities. As one of only five Mediterranean ecosystems in the world, SMMNRA preserves the rich biological diversity of more than 450 animal species and 26 distinct plant communities. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/samo.