"Creatures of the Night" Annual Halloween Event at Rancho Sierra Vista in Newbury Park on October 26th


The National Park Service announces it annual “Creatures of the Night” family Halloween event at Rancho Sierra Vista in Newbury Park (parking lot accessed at Lynn Road and Via Goleta) on Saturday, October 26, 2019 from 5-9pm. Free event to include a ranger-led bat hike, scorpion hike and telescope stargazing as well as face painting and other family activities.

Note new location this year (it was Paramount Ranch, badly burned in the Woolsey Fire of 2018, was the previous location).

2019 Walk to End Alzheimer's Westlake Village on Saturday, October 26th

2019 Walk to End Alzheimer's Westlake Village


Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. This inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to join the fight against the disease!

When you participate in Walk, your fundraising dollars fuel our mission, and your participation in the event helps to change the level of Alzheimer’s awareness in your community. The Alzheimer’s Association provides free, easy-to-use tools and staff support to help participants reach their fundraising goal. While there is no fee to register, we encourage participants to fundraise in order to contribute to the cause and raise awareness.

Register your Team today at act.alz.org/westlake for the event on Saturday, October 26, 2019 from 8-10;30am at 2900 Townsgate Road, Westlake Village.

Together, we can end Alzheimer’s disease!

Location: 2900 Townsgate Road, Westlake Village

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 are highlighted below! (updated periodically to remove past activities). For additional details and other event locations, visit samofund.org/calendar.

Most activities subject to cancellation if there's significant rain.

10/26, 11/24, 12/28 - Welcome Walk at Malibu Creek State Park 10am to 12:30pm - Join a docent for a refreshing walk along Malibu Creek, through a wooded valley. Learn about fire restoration, plus the park’s animals, plants, early inhabitants, and movies filmed on location. Meet at the Main Trailhead parking lot (second, lower lot) by the restrooms.

Sun 10/20, 11/17, 12/15, 1/19/20, 2/16, 3/15, 4/19, 5/17, 6/21, 7/19 8am to 11:30am - San Fernando Valley Audubon Bird Walk at Malibu Creek State Park - Considered the recreational crown jewel of the Santa Monica Mountains, Malibu Creek State Park has over 8,000 acres of rolling tall grass plains, oak savannahs and dramatic peaks. It’s no wonder many call it “The Yosemite of Southern California.” Seasoned birders and beginners alike will enjoy good bird watching and a beautiful, easy hike. Meet at the second (lower) day-use parking lot. Entrance to the park is on the west side of Las Virgenes Rd., just south of Mulholland Hwy. Entrance fee is $12 per car.

Sat 11/2, 12/7, 1/4/20, 2/1 8:30-10am - Birds of the Santa Monica Mountains Walk at King Gillette Ranch - Bring your binoculars, bird guide, and/or camera and join us for an easy bird walk around the grounds of King Gillette Ranch. This area attracts many songbirds, water birds, woodpeckers, and raptors and we are always treated to something interesting. Kids are welcome and the walk is less than a mile at a very easy pace as we stop often to observe the birds. We leave promptly at 8:30 from the flagpole. Heavy rain cancels (but I will be there for anyone who wants to walk in it!). See you there!

Sat 10/19 6:30-8:30pm - Movie Night at Malibu Creek State Park featuring “The Second Time Around” - From 1946 to 1974 today’s park was a movie ranch owned by 20th Century Fox where dozens of movies and TV shows were made. Join us on for a romantic comedy with Debbie Reynolds as the innocent city girl who travels to the wildness of the frontier west. Filmed in CinemaScope. Park in the lower lot and walk a short distance to the outdoor amphitheater. Parking is $3 an hour. $12 maximum.

10/20 10am to noon and 1-3pm - Gourd Necklace Workshop at Rancho Sierra Vista - Get creative with Potawatomi artist Nadiya Littlewarrior as she presents a workshop on making and decorating gourd necklaces. The first workshop begins promptly at 10am. The second workshop begins at 1pm. Please be on time. All ages welcome. Materials will be provided.

To sign up for a work shop follow the links below:

10 am workshop

1 pm workshop

Sun 10/20 2-3:30pm - Who Lives Here? Jr. Ranger Program at SM Mountains Visitor Center - Join a ranger and learn something cool about the many different owls in the Santa Monica Mountains. Practice your scientific exploration skills with an owl pellet dissection activity. Earn a Jr. Ranger badge and get sworn in by a ranger! Family friendly fun for all ages.

Fri 10/25 6:30-7:30pm - Park After Dark at Paramount Ranch - Go behind the scenes with a ranger and explore Paramount Ranch at night! See the eerie remains of Western Town. Stand on a dangerous, abandoned racetrack. Gaze into the sky to see the stars that still shine here. Bring a flashlight, water, and wear sturdy shoes. Stargazing will be available if the sky is clear. (805) 370-2301.

Sat 11/2 9-10:15am - Yoga on the Mountain at SM Mountains Visitor Center - Trying to find a new way to exercise and connect with nature?

Yoga instructors Dawn and Greg will lead a 1-hour Yoga session and end with live acoustic music! We invite people of all skill levels to join us on an outdoor yoga class at our King Gillette Ranch Visitor Center.

Parking is free, but please arrive 10 mins early to the class.

Please bring your own Yoga mat and water. Limited supply of yoga mats to borrow for first timers!

Must RSVP at www.eventbrite.com/e/yoga-on-the-mountain-tickets-75041636555

11/3 10am to noon and 1-3pm - Make an Authentic Native American Pinch Pot at Rancho Sierra Vista - Join Navajo – Pueblo of Isletas Native, Rowan Harrison, as he will teach and demonstrate how to create your very own small, traditional, hand-coiled pottery.

The first workshop begins promptly at 10am. The second workshop begins at 1pm. Please be on time. Materials will be provided. All ages welcome.

To sign up for a work shop follow the links below:

10 am workshop

1 pm workshop

11/9 9:30am, 11:30am and 2pm - Medicinal Plant Walk with Jim Adams PhD at SM Mountains Visitor Center - Professor Jim Adams, PhD, of the USC School of Pharmacy, leads a plant walk on the medicinal uses of California native plants. Adams is trained in Chumash healing and will discuss traditional recipes for making healing medicines.

Coauthor of Healing with Medicinal Plants of the West, Adams will be available to sign his book.

Walks will begin at 9:30am, 11:30am, and 2pm

Reservations Required. Email samo@wnpa.org or call 805-370-2301 for reservations and more info.

11/9 10-11am at SM Mountains Visitor Center - Coffee with Nithya Raman - The King Gillette Ranch Visitor Center is proud to host “Coffee With…” featuring local scientists, professors, and experts. Casually chat about social and environmental topics while you sip fresh, locally roasted coffee. We provide the coffee; you provide the mug!

On Saturday, November 9, from 10:00-11:00 am, join urban planner and community advocate Nithya Raman for a talk about the connections between homelessness issues and Los Angeles’ natural, open spaces.

RSVP at www.eventbrite.com/e/coffee-with-nithya-raman-tickets-75489094915

11/17 10am-noon and 1-3pm - Make a Dream Catcher at Rancho Sierra Vista - Come make a dream-catcher with Wichita tribal artist Michael Williams. He will teach the basics of creating your very own dream-catcher using natural resources.

There are two workshops available. The first workshop begins promptly at 10am. The second workshop begins at 1pm. Please be on time. Materials will be provided. All ages welcome.

To sign up for a work shop follow the links below:

10 am workshop

1 pm workshop

Sat 11/16 5:30-9pm - Fall Star Party at Paramount Ranch

Join rangers and astronomers for stargazing! Telescopes will be set up in the field next to Western Town. If conditions permit, see the cold, icy worlds of Uranus and Neptune as well as our distant neighbor, the Andromeda Galaxy.

Dress warmly. In order to preserve night vision, red flashlights and headlamps are preferred. Restrooms are available. The event is free and accessible. Rain or fog cancels.

12/1 10am-3pm - Winter Solstice Festival at Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa - Join us for a full day of Native American hand-crafted art, music, storytelling, dance demonstration, and family fun.

More than a dozen Native American Indian artists will show and sell artwork reflecting Chumash, Tongva, Wichita, Hupa, Cahuilla, Apache, Kumeyaay, Dine/Navajo, and many other Native cultures.

This is a great opportunity to purchase beautiful and unique Native American art for the holidays and meet our local artists.

Native American flute music, traditional dance demonstrations, and stories will be performed throughout the day. All ages welcome.

Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor Center in Calabasas

Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor Center in Calabasas

King Gillette Ranch - View from near Inspiration Point

King Gillette Ranch - View from near Inspiration Point

Satwiwa Native American Indian Culture Center in Newbury Park

Satwiwa Native American Indian Culture Center in Newbury Park

Directions to various locations

Cheeseboro/Palo Comado Canyons: Ventura Fwy (101) to Chesebro Rd exit. Turn north on Palo Comado Canyon Rd then right on Chesebro Rd. Go north 1 mile to park entrance. Turn right and follow road to parking lot.

Circle X Ranch: Pacific Coast Hwy to Yerba Buena Rd. Turn inland; go 5.4 miles to Circle X Ranch contact station.

Sandstone Peak Trailhead: 1 mile north of Circle X Ranch contact station on Yerba Buena Rd. Parking lot is on left.

Mishe Mokwa Trailhead: 1.75 miles north of the Circle X contact station along Yerba Buena Road. Parking lot is on right.

King Gillette Ranch: Ventura Fwy (101) Exit Las Virgenes Rd. Go 3 miles south on Las Virgenes Rd to Mulholland Hwy intersection (traffic light). Turn left on Mulholland Hwy. Park entrance is 0.1 mile on right.

Malibu Creek State Park: Ventura Fwy (101) Exit Las Virgenes Rd. Go 3 miles south on Las Virgenes Rd to Mulholland Hwy intersection (traffic light). Park entrance is 0.25 mile south of the intersection on Las Virgenes Rd. From Pacific Coast Hwy: north on Malibu Canyon Rd to park entrance on left.

Paramount Ranch: Ventura Fwy (101) to Kanan Rd exit. South on Kanan 0.5 mile. Left on Cornell Way and veer to right. South 2.5 miles, entrance is on right side of the road.

Peter Strauss Ranch is located at 30000 Mulholland Highway, Agoura Hills.

Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa: Ventura Fwy (101) to Lynn Rd exit. South on Lynn Rd 5.25 miles to Via Goleta. Park entrance is on the left at Via Goleta. Continue all the way to a parking lot where the road ends. To get to the Satwiwa Native American Indian Culture Center, walk 0.3 mile up gravel road from the parking area to brown wooden building. 

Wendy Trailhead: Ventura Fwy (101) to Wendy Dr. exit. South on Wendy Dr to dirt pullout at intersection with Potrero Rd.

Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor Center at King Gillette Ranch: From Ventura Fwy (101): Exit Las Virgenes Rd. Go 3 miles south on Las Virgenes Rd to Mulholland Hwy intersection (traffic light). Turn left on Mulholland Hwy. Go 0.1 mile and turn right into entrance of King Gillette Ranch. The visitor center is the first building on your right. 26867 Mulholland Highway, Calabasas.

Oxnard Steampunk Fest Presents "All Hallowsteam" October 26-27, 2019

Blending the Victorian era and technology with a bit of science fiction and fantasy mixed in, Oxnard Steampunk Fest, is a Halloween/Steampunk event themed “All Hallowstream” – it’s all that is whimsical with costumed characters, merchants and presenters. Translation? Think of airships, goggles, jet packs, corsets, top hats, parasols, combined with imagination and wee bit of whimsy. The event takes place on Saturday, October 26 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, October 27 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at historic Heritage Square in Downtown Oxnard. A fundraiser for Oxnard Heritage Foundation and Friends of Heritage Square, the cost is $10 per person with children under 12 free.

More information at oxnardsteampunkfest.com.


Heritage Scare Friday Night Tours

“History so SCARY we couldn’t keep it Buried”

The special tour highlights the stories that aren't told very often, a rare public viewing of a ghost sighting photo in one of the houses, and stories of sometimes tragic deaths that have occurred related to Heritage Square's buildings. The tour starts with a visit with the History Channel's celebrity star (from Pawn Stars), Doc Phineas. A meet and mingle with your intimate group will include beverages and appetizers with Doc before you take your guided tour. The primarily exterior tour (with select interiors), includes ghost stories, strange happenings and even historical colorful characters of Oxnard's past. Each tour is limited to 20 guests with pre reservations only. Proceeds from the tour go to support the Oxnard Heritage Foundation. $25 per guest. (21 and over only for this event due to some adult content)

6PM, 7PM, 8PM, & 9PM

Refreshments (Choice of 1 beer or 1 glass of wine with heavy apps) included $25, 21 and over please

Upcoming Events at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks


Upcoming Events at California Lutheran University
60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks

Fall Cultural Dance Festival 2019

Dance Folklorico!

Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2 to 3:45 p.m.

Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center Dance Studio/Room 209

Araceli Mojarro Wazylewski has conducted a full folklorico dance program for the past 15 years at University Preparation Charter School in Camarillo. She will guide us through an overview of the various regions and styles of folklorico and then teach one dance. No experience is required. Come dressed to move. Wear character shoes if you have them.

The Cal Lutheran Department of Theater and Dance is presenting the free masterclass through an Experiential Learning Grant from the Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Scholarship. For more information, contact Barbara Wegher-Thompson at wegher@callutheran.edu or 805-657-6480.

College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Lecture Series

“Minority-Serving Institutions: America’s Underutilized Resource for Strengthening the STEM Workforce”

Cristina Villalobos

Tuesday, Oct. 15, 3:45–5 p.m.

Swenson Center for Social and Behavioral Sciences 101

Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs) produce one-fifth of the nation’s STEM bachelor’s degree recipients. In this talk, Cristina Villalobos discusses the contributions of MSIs to the workforce in science, technology, engineering and mathematics and provides recommendations to expand effective practices beyond these institutions.

Villalobos is the Myles & Sylvia Aaronson Endowed Professor of the School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences and founding director of the Center of Excellence in STEM Education at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. A first-generation college graduate, she earned her bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Texas at Austin and her doctorate in computational and applied mathematics from Rice University. Her awards include the 2019 Richard A. Tapia Achievement Award for Scientific Scholarship, Civic Science and Diversifying Computing from the Center for Minorities and People with Disabilities in Information Technology; the 2013 Distinguished Undergraduate Institution Mentor Award from the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science; and the 2013 University of Texas Board of Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award.

Admission is free. For more information, contact the College of Arts and Sciences at 805-493-3015 or coas@callutheran.edu.

Artists and Speakers Series

The Mystical Music & Dance of the Middle East

Yuval Ron Ensemble

Tuesday, Oct. 15, 7 p.m.

Samuelson Chapel

With Muslim, Jewish and Christian artists, the Yuval Ron Ensemble unites the sacred musical traditions of Judaism, Sufism and the early Christian church of the Middle East into a musical interfaith celebration. Award-winning composer and record producer Yuval Ron explores the ancient and deep connections between these three Abrahamic traditions and their musical influences. The concert features songs of Sufi origin from Turkey and Pakistan; Jewish prayers from Morocco, Yemen and Israel; and Maronite, Coptic and Armenian Christian chants. With the addition of an authentic whirling dervish, this program is an uplifting spiritual experience and a feast for the senses.

Cal Lutheran’s Artists and Speakers Committee are sponsoring the free event. For more information, contact Peter Gordon at 805-493-3698 or visit CalLutheran.edu/music or yuvalronmusic.com.

History Lecture Series

“Accommodation and Resistance”

Oct. 15: “Mr. O., Pocahontas, and the Beaver Wars” – Michaela Reaves

Nov. 12: “Resisting Pizarro in Peru” – Samuel Claussen

Dec. 11: “The British Raj” – Paul Hanson

7 to 8:30 p.m.

Lundring Events Center

This year’s lecture series focuses on the cultural conflicts that occur when two worldviews collide. The fall lectures by Cal Lutheran faculty members deal with First Nations’ resistance to and accommodation of English settlement in colonial North America, the Inca opposition to the Spanish incursion by Pizarro, and responses to the British Raj that led to modern-day India.

Cal Lutheran and the Thousand Oaks Grant R. Brimhall Library are sponsoring the free series, and a Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation Grant provided funding. For more information, contact Cindy Keitel at ckeitel@callutheran.edu.

Seventh International Film Festival

“El Candidato“

Wednesday, Oct. 16, 7:30 p.m.

Richter Hall

This 2016 Uruguayan political comedy by actor/director Daniel Hendler is about the son of a wealthy businessman who decides to run for president. To distance himself from the reputation of his father and appeal to voters, he hires a team of advisers to help him create a political persona and decides to form a new party.

The 84-minute film is not rated but has adult content. It will be shown in Spanish with English subtitles.

Cal Lutheran’s Department of Languages and Cultures is sponsoring the free event. For more information, contact LaVerne Seales at lseales@callutheran.edu.

One County, One Book

Cal Lutheran Faculty Panel Discussion

“The Library Book” by Susan Orlean

Thursday, Oct. 17, 7-8:30 p.m.

Lundring Events Center

University faculty and staff members will discuss the themes of Susan Orlean’s “The Library Book” and the true inside story of the 1986 fire that burned 400,000 books and damaged 700,000 more at the Los Angeles Public Library. Panelists will explore both the enduring importance of books in our digital age and how libraries provide much more than books. Copies of “The Library Book” are available at the library branches, though it isn’t necessary to read the book to enjoy the discussion.

Cal Lutheran’s University Relations office and the Ventura County Library system are sponsoring the free event. For more information, contact Cindy Keitel at ckeitel@callutheran.edu or 805-493-3958, or visit vencolibrary.org/one-county-one-book.

Artists and Speakers Series

The Innovative Vision of Poet Dana Gioia: American Poetry and Public Life

Wednesday, Oct. 23, 4 p.m.

Samuelson Chapel

Internationally acclaimed poet and literature professor Dana Gioia has championed poetry throughout his career. During his recent term as California Poet Laureate, he brought his own poetry and the work of established and emerging poets to every county in the state. He will read from and illuminate his award-winning poetry and discuss how community engagement in poetry and all the arts foster a vibrant public sphere. Gioia holds the Judge Widney Chair of Poetry and Public Culture at the University of Southern California.

The Cal Lutheran Choir, conducted by Wyant Morton, will perform a musical setting of Gioia’s poem “Prayer” composed by Morten Lauridsen.

Cal Lutheran’s English Department and Artists and Speakers Committee are sponsoring the free event. For more information, contact Jim Bond at 805-493-3244 or jabond@callutheran.edu.

The Wolves”

By Sarah DeLappe

Directed by Hailey Schaffner

Thursday to Saturday, Oct. 24-26, 8 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 27, 2 p.m.

Preus-Brandt Forum

Winner of the 2015 American Playwriting Foundation’s inaugural Relentless Award and finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2017, “The Wolves” focuses on challenges for young women growing up in the 21st century. In quick-paced comedic dialogue and deeply felt emotion, the teenage girls of the Wolves soccer team struggle with ever-changing attitudes on gender roles.

This unique production, set on a soccer practice field, captures the ups and downs of a team that wins together and loses together.

Admission is free. This production is part of the Theatre and Dance Department’s student director program. For more information, call 805-493-3452 or visit CalLutheran.edu/theatre.

Lucca Drake Aparicio Memorial Exhibit

Saturday, Oct. 26 – Saturday, Nov. 2

William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art

Lucca Drake Aparicio, also known as SulkingDrake, was an International Baccalaureate Diploma student at Oaks Christian and Agoura High School who passed away this year. An astonishingly prolific artist for his age, Aparicio created abstract multimedia works using a variety of materials, including acrylic, oil and spray paint, watercolor, industrial dyes, resin, pen and ink, and assemblage. His craft extended to poetry and digital creative media, including edited photography, text and mashup film. His work is dominated by studies of composition and color theory.

His work was exhibited mostly in the Conejo Valley and Los Angeles. He was interested in becoming a working artist and curator and worked for several years as an assistant to abstract artist Bernard Dunaux. He loved the sciences, animals, music and surfing.

This exhibit offers family, friends and the community the opportunity to view Aparicio’s work and share memories of the young artist.

Admission is free. The gallery, located in William Rolland Stadium, is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. For more information, contact curator Rachel T. Schmid at 805-493-3697 or rollandgallery@callutheran.edu, or visit CalLutheran.edu/rolland.

Día de los Muertos Social Justice Altars

Monday, Oct. 28, through Wednesday, Nov. 6

Student Union

Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a holiday in Mexico and other countries commemorating the lives of deceased family members and friends. University students from various classes and organizations will construct altars to commemorate a social justice issue. Altars will be set up in the Student Union for nine days, coinciding with festivities across campus.

Cal Lutheran’s Sarah W. Heath Center for Equality and Justice, Center for Cultural Engagement and Inclusion, University Honors Program, Sociology Department and Latin American Student Organization are sponsoring the free exhibit. For more information, call 805-493-3694 or email CEJ@callutheran.edu.



3 to 6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Oct. 2 through Dec. 4

William Rolland Art Center Gallery

Watch Delesprie, a world-renowned sculptor and adjunct professor in the Visual Arts Department, sculpt and demonstrate her technique and expertise. The Ventura resident’s bronze sculptures adorn The Promenade in Westlake Village, Janss Marketplace, Los Robles Medical Center, The Commons in Calabasas, The Grove in Los Angeles, The Americana in Glendale and Angel Stadium. She also has been commissioned to sculpt figures for many private collectors including Sylvester Stallone, Dick Van Dyke, former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan. Delesprie is one of the few living sculptors to have been honored by the Laguna Pageant of the Masters. Former Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley honored her for her contributions to the arts in the city.

Born in Montreal near the Mohawk Iroquois Reservation, Delesprie collected clay from its riverbanks to create her first statues. She became fascinated with and sculpted the Native Americans living there and later throughout the United States. At 26, she began sculpting Gene Autry and his horse Champion for the Autry Museum, a commission that launched her career.

Cal Lutheran’s Artists and Speakers Committee and Visual Arts Department are sponsoring the free sessions. For more information, email Tim Hengst at thengst@callutheran.edu.

“Humanizing the Other: Art by Salomón Huerta”

Friday, Nov. 1 – Friday, Jan. 3

Kwan Fong Gallery of Art and Culture

Assembled from private collections, this exhibit of work by Salomón Huerta aims to disrupt strictly negative representations of Mexicans and Mexican Americans by offering nuanced portraits. Huerta gained international fame from his paintings of anonymous subjects who are viewed from behind, playing with ideas of identity and viewers’ assumptions. The subjects, their Latino faces and their poses are identifiable, familiar and intimate in this series.

Artwork by Huerta has been shown at influential spaces and events such as Gagosian in London, the Whitney Biennial in New York City, the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., the Hammer Museum and Los Angeles County Museum of Art in Los Angeles and Studio La Città in Italy. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in illustration from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and his master’s in fine art from UCLA, where he studied under Lari Pittman.

The exhibit coincides with a lecture by Huerta and his brother Alvaro, who researches immigration, on their creative collaborations. They will present “Defending Latina/o Immigrant Communities: The Xenophobic Era of Trump and Beyond” at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 14 in Lundring Events Center.

The Sarah W. Heath Center for Equality and Justice is sponsoring the free exhibit. The gallery, located in Soiland Humanities Center, is open to the public 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information, contact curator Rachel T. Schmid at 805-493-3697 or visit CalLutheran.edu/kwanfong.

Día de los Muertos

Friday, Nov. 1, 5:30–8:30 p.m.

Ullman Commons back patio

Join the Cal Lutheran community and the Latin American Student Organization in honoring the lives of our deceased loved ones for Día de los Muertos, a holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and Central and South America. The evening includes family-friendly activities such as arts and crafts, face painting, raffles, desserts and music. A traditional altar will be displayed and community members are invited to bring pictures of their loved ones to include.

Student Life is sponsoring the free event. For more information, contact Leslie

Madrigal at lmadrigal@callutheran.edu or Jackie Tovar-Bernal at jtovarbernal@callutheran.edu.

Franzen Organ Recital Series

Christophe Mantoux

Friday, Nov. 1, 7:30 p.m.

Samuelson Chapel

French organist Christophe Mantoux performs the first concert of the 2019-2020 Orvil and Gloria Franzen Organ Recital Series. Mantoux is a professor of organ at the Pôle Supérieur and the Conservatoire Régional de Paris, where he teaches students from all over the world. He has held the post of titular organist at the famous Church of Saint-Séverin in Paris since 1995. In 1984, Mantoux won the prestigious First Prize in Interpretation at the Chartres International Organ Competition. His international career as a concert organist has taken him to more than 25 countries across five continents.

Admission is free. For more information, call Campus Ministry at 805-493-3228 or visit CalLutheran.edu/music.

2019 Susan Greiser Price Arts Integration Program

Arts and Learning Symposium: Ensuring Access and Integrity

Saturday, Nov. 2, 8 a.m.–2 p.m.

Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center and William Rolland Art Center

This symposium is designed to build working partnerships between community members and educators at all levels, offering interactive experiences and resources to promote high-quality integration of the arts into preschool through college curricula. Lunch and an art exhibit are included.

This year, the symposium considers two critical goals for arts integration: access for all learners and the integrity of all disciplines. The keynote speaker, Veronica Alvarez, brings a wealth of knowledge and professional experience to these questions. Alvarez came to love reading as one of eight siblings in a two-bedroom home in the San Fernando Valley because books were a refuge from the noise and chaos. She knew she wanted to be an educator. Her love of art led her to her work in museums and now at CalArts, where she directs the Community Arts Partnership and is a faculty member in the Critical Studies Department. She recently completed her doctorate in educational leadership for social justice, writing her dissertation on art museums and Latino English learners.

Cal Lutheran’s Graduate School of Education is sponsoring the free event. Registration is required. For more information and registration, contact Maureen Reilly Lorimer at 805-493-3836 or mlorimer@callutheran.edu.

“Key Frames: A Celebration of Animation & Production Art”

Friday, Nov. 8 – Thursday, Jan. 9

William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art

Despite the storied history and undeniable cultural significance of animated works, their artistic value remains subject to debate, the more so because of the large commercial industry built around the process. Even when animation is recognized as art, teams of dozens, hundreds or even thousands of artists often go unnoticed and underappreciated.

Curated by S. Mackenzie Eastman, this exhibit celebrates the many artists behind animated productions large and small, present and past, big-budget and independent. It invites you to walk through the entire production process, from the earliest concept art to finalized designs, and get to know the diverse range of talents who bring these works to life. It highlights unseen stages of the animation process such as character design, environment art and storyboards.

Admission is free. The gallery, located in William Rolland Stadium, is open from 10 a.m. to 4

p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. For more information, contact curator Rachel T. Schmid at 805-493-3697 or rollandgallery@callutheran.edu or visit CalLutheran.edu/rolland.

Areté Vocal Ensemble

“Considering Matthew Shepard”

Wyant Morton, conductor

Sunday, Nov. 10, 2 p.m.

Samuelson Chapel

Areté, the innovative professional ensemble of vocal artists, returns to the stage for its 11th season to perform “Considering Matthew Shepard” by Craig Hella Johnson.

Matthew Shepard, a gay student at the University of Wyoming, was kidnapped in October 1998, severely beaten, tied to a fence and left to die days later in a lonely field under a blanket of stars. Two decades later, Johnson has responded with his first concert-length work. This three-part fusion oratorio speaks with a fresh and bold voice, incorporating a variety of musical styles woven into a unified whole. Johnson sets to music a wide range of poetic and soulful texts as well as passages from Shepard’s personal journal and his parents’ interviews and writings.

The Washington Post wrote, “`Considering Matthew Shepard’ demonstrates music’s capacity to encompass, transform and transcend tragedy. Powerfully cathartic, it leads us from horror and grief to a higher understanding of the human condition, enabling us to endure.”

With uncompromising attention to musical detail and a passion for live performance, Areté provides a joyful, moving, educational and soul-nurturing experience.

Tickets are $20 at the door or $15 if purchased online in advance. Tickets are $10 for students with ID and free for children under 12. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit AreteVocalEnsemble.org.

Veterans Day Celebration

Rear Adm. Eugene Fussell, keynote

Monday, Nov. 11, 11 a.m.

Kingsmen Park

In its first major Veterans Day Celebration, Cal Lutheran honors members of the university community for their service to country. There will be a military color guard and music.

The keynote speaker, Rear Adm. Eugene Fussell, served in the U.S. Navy for almost four

decades before retiring in 1998. He received a medical degree from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee, and was board-certified in orthopedic surgery in 1972. He has served as commanding officer in several reserve units including Naval Reserve Forces in New Orleans and Seoul, Korea, and as chief of orthopedics at Naval Hospital Port Hueneme. His military awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Meritorious Unit Citation, National Defense Medal and Armed Forces Reserve Medal.

Fussell is vice president/chief physician executive at Dignity Health, Southern California West, and a board member at St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Oxnard. He is a specialty adviser in orthopedic surgery at the Department of the Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery. He has been named Citizen of the Year by the city of Oxnard, Ventura County Urban League and Ventura County NAACP, and awarded Outstanding Citizen commendations by the governors of California and Georgia.

The celebration will include food trucks offering complimentary lunch to the first 150 guests.

Cal Lutheran’s Veterans Resource Center, College of Arts and Sciences and Veterans Day Planning Committee are sponsoring the free event. For more information, email Glen Peña at glenpena@callutheran.edu.

History Lecture Series

“Accommodation and Resistance”

Nov. 12: “Resisting Pizarro in Peru” – Samuel Claussen

Dec. 11: “The British Raj” – Paul Hanson

7 to 8:30 p.m.

Lundring Events Center

This year’s lecture series focuses on the cultural conflicts that occur when two worldviews collide. The fall lectures by Cal Lutheran faculty members deal with the Inca opposition to the Spanish incursion by Pizarro and responses to the British Raj that led to modern-day India.

Cal Lutheran and the Thousand Oaks Grant R. Brimhall Library are sponsoring the free series, and a Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation Grant provided funding. For more information, contact Cindy Keitel at ckeitel@callutheran.edu.

Ventura County Economic Forecast Conference

Thursday, Nov. 14, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.

Padre Serra Center in Camarillo

The Cal Lutheran Center for Economic Research and Forecasting (CERF) annual Ventura County Forecast presentation will include an in-depth analysis of the county’s economic performance and an assessment of its economic and demographic future. The program will also include a comprehensive assessment and forecast for the United States and California economies. CERF executive director Matthew Fienup will be speaking.

Admission is $65. Lunch will be provided. Padre Serra Center is located at 5205 Upland Road in Camarillo. For information or to register, contact Ashley Freas or Victoria Young at 805-493-3668.

“Defending Latina/o Immigrant Communities”

Author Alvaro Huerta and artist Salomón Huerta

Thursday, Nov. 14, 6:30 p.m.

Lundring Events Center

Alvaro Huerta, who has a doctorate in city and regional planning from UC Berkeley, and his brother Salomón Huerta, who holds a master’s degree in fine arts, combine their creative and scholarly efforts to defend and to affirm the humanity of one of the most vulnerable groups in this country: Latino immigrants. Using his rigorous academic training, public policy knowledge and community activist background, as well as his personal and familial experiences as the son of Mexican immigrants, Alvaro Huerta defends “los de abajo,” or those on the bottom, in a recent book featuring art by Salomón Huerta, a critically acclaimed artist who has exhibited across the globe. The book also investigates intersectional issues related to race, class, place and state violence.

Two of eight siblings, the Huerta brothers grew up in abject poverty in Colonia Libertad in

Tijuana, Mexico, and in the Ramona Gardens public housing project in Boyle Heights. This background in Baja and Alta California influences their work.

The Sarah W. Heath Center for Equality and Justice and the Kwan Fong Gallery of Art and Culture are presenting the free event. For more information, contact the center at 805-493-3694 or CEJ@callutheran.edu.

Mainstage Production

“Fuenteovejuna, or Like Sheep to Water…”

By Félix Lope de Vega y Carpio

Translated by Curt Columbus

Directed by Michael J. Arndt

Thursday to Saturday, Nov. 14-16 and 21-23, 8 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 24, 2 p.m.

Black Box Studio Theatre

Set in 1476 Spain and written in the early 1600s, “Fuenteovejuna” is based on a true story of the people of a small village who rebel and rise up against a corrupt commander. In the tradition of Spanish “comedias,” the play is filled with action, music and humor and has political themes that uncannily resonate with our own times.

Admission is $10. For information, call 805-493-3452 or visit CalLutheran.edu/theatre.

Faculty Recital

Micah Wright

Friday, Nov 15, 7:30 p.m.

Samuelson Chapel

Clarinetist Micah Wright will join organist Thomas Mellan to perform works by Berg,

Stravinsky, Poulenc and Mozart.

Donations will be accepted. For more information, call the Music Department at 805-493-3306 or visit CalLutheran.edu/music.

Free Clothing Swap

Saturday, Nov. 16, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.

Kwan Fong Gallery of Art and Culture

Back by popular demand, a countywide clothing swap returns to the gallery. Bring in your lightly used clothes and pick out something from our selection. You can bring in as much or as little clothing as you like and take away as many pieces as you like. Please only bring in clothing that still has life in it. Clothing categories include women’s, men’s and children’s. Unclaimed articles will remain in the gallery until Nov. 21 and then donated to Cal Lutheran’s professional development program and James Storehouse, a Thousand Oaks nonprofit that assists young people aging out of foster care.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 805-493-3697 or email gallery@callutheran.edu.

Seventh International Film Festival

“L’Etudiante et Monsieur Henri” (“The Student and Mr. Henri”)

Monday, Nov. 18, 7:30 p.m.

Richter Hall

Claude Brasseur plays the cantankerous Henri in this riotous 2015 French comedy of bad manners and good intentions. Bitterly opposed to the relationship between his son Paul, played by Guillaume de Tonquédec, and the flighty Valérie, portrayed by Frédérique Bel, Henri strikes upon a devious plan. He offers free board to an attractive student played by Noémie Schmidt, who, desperate to make her own way, agrees to use her charms to drive the couple apart.

The film, which is not rated, will be shown in French with English subtitles. Cal Lutheran’s Department of Languages and Cultures is sponsoring the free screening. For more information, contact Kerstin Westerlund at kwesterlund@callutheran.edu.

World Fair

Wednesday, Nov. 20, 6-8 p.m.

Student Union

As part of International Education Week, Cal Lutheran presents this celebration with food, entertainment and displays of cultures from around the world that are represented at Cal Lutheran. For more information, email jahall@callutheran.edu or call 805-493-3951.

Faculty Recital

Yoshika Masuda

“Cello Identity”

Wednesday, Nov. 20, 7:30 p.m.

Samuelson Chapel

Yoshika Masuda presents a recital featuring works composed for solo cello. The wide-ranging program is specifically crafted to reflect the unique sense of identity Masuda has found through exposure to numerous cultures. Born in Japan to a Japanese father and a Cantonese mother, he grew up in Australia and the United Kingdom.

Masuda has performed as a soloist and chamber musician at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, the Sydney Opera House, the Dai-ichi Seimei Hall in Tokyo and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. The cellist took first place in the 40th Midland-Odessa National Young Artist Competition in Texas, the 25th Australian Concerto & Vocal Competition and the 11th All-Japan Viva Hall Cello Competition. He received the prestigious Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe String Award in 2010.

Donations will be accepted. For more information, call the Music Department at 805-493-3306 or visit CalLutheran.edu/music or yoshicello.com.

International Chapel

Thursday, Nov. 21, 11:25 a.m.

Samuelson Chapel

As part of International Education Week, Cal Lutheran’s international students and those who have studied abroad will commemorate their experiences during this chapel service.

Cal Lutheran’s Center for Global Engagement and Campus Ministry are sponsoring this free event. For more information, email jahall@callutheran.edu or call 805-493-3951.

An Evening of Symphonic Music

Wind Ensemble and String Symphony

Michael Hart and Yoshika Masuda, conductors

Friday, Nov. 22, 7:30 p.m.

Samuelson Chapel

The Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Michael Hart, and the University String Symphony, under the direction of Yoshika Masuda, will perform masterworks for their ensembles and join forces to close the performance with works for full symphony orchestra.

Donations will be accepted. For more information, call the Music Department at 805-493-3306 or visit CalLutheran.edu/music.

2019 St. Paschal Baylon Fall Fest in Thousand Oaks October 18-20, 2019


The annual St. Paschal Baylon Catholic Church Fall Fest is planned for Friday through Sunday, October 18, 19 and 20, 2019 at 155. E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks.

Event to include carnival rides, carnival games, scrumptious concessions and sweet shoppe, silent auction, performances and a raffle for a new car!

Hours of operation are 5pm-10pm on Friday, 3pm-11pm on Saturday and 1-9pm on Sunday. More information at www.spbfestival.com.

Muddy Warriors Xperience 10K and 5K Trail & Obstacle Runs and 1 Mile Walk/Run in Simi Valley 11/24/19

MUDDY WARRIORS™ XPERIENCE is a trail run that will test your strength, overall fitness and your will. This is not a traditional race. You will be challenged over trails, hills and fun obstacles. You may register as an individual or register with a team. The MW XPERIENCE is about not quitting, helping people around you that need it and pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone. There are three course options for the Muddy Warriors Xperience at Corriganville Park, 7001 Smith Road, Simi Valley on Sunday, November 24, 2019. 10K Trail & Obstacle Run open to participants over 13 yrs of age. 5K Trail & Obstacle Run open to participants over 10 yrs of age. 1 mile Family Walk/Run open to anyone over 6 yrs of age who wants to complete the obstacle course. To learn more and to register, visit www.muddywarriorsx.com.

Pet Appreciation Day at Janss Marketplace Thousand Oaks on Sunday, October 20, 2019


Dogs and dog lovers are invited  to the annual Shelter Hope Pet Appreciation Day on Sunday, October 20, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Janss Marketplace. Janss Marketplace is just off the Moorpark exit on the 101 Freeway at the intersection of Moorpark Road and Hillcrest Drive, in Thousand Oaks. The pet event on Sunday at Janss Marketplace is conveniently located so people can also attend the 28th Annual Thousand Oaks Rotary Street Fair on Moorpark Road (between Hillcrest and Wilbur). 

Dog surfing in the “Lucy Pet Gnarly Crankin Wave Maker” is a favorite activity at the free event.

The pet friendly event also features DJ music, prize drawings, animal training and other information booths.  The Canine Adoption and Rescue League (CARL) and Volunteers in Defense of Animals (VIDA)will join  Shelter Hope Pet Shop and other local rescue organizations to place 100+ currently available animals in forever homes. 

About Shelter of Hope

The Shelter Hope Pet Shop is in a storefront at Janss Marketplace, which has provided the free space to the non-profit animal rescue organization for more than seven years.  Shelter of Hope is a fun, friendly place where visitors and volunteers can meet and interact with animals needing adoption. Shelter Hope Pet Shop also sells pet merchandise with all proceeds helping save the lives of homeless pets.

Shelter Hope Pet Shop is open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. and on Sunday from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Janss Marketplace.  For more information about Shelter of Hope call 805.379.3538 or visit www.shelterhopepetshop.org.