51st Annual Easter Sunrise Service at Pierce Brothers Westlake Village on Sunday, April 1, 2018

Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks-Griffin Memorial Park is proud to host its 51st annual Easter Sunrise Service April 1 beginning at 6:00 a.m. at 5600 Lindero Canyon Road in Westlake Village, just north of the 101 Freeway. This joyful, nondenominational service provides an exceptional way to celebrate this holy day with family and friends. The service is sponsored by the Conejo Valley Interfaith Association.

“We are delighted to welcome these esteemed clergy to Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks to celebrate our Easter Memorial service. Their dedication to our community is remarkable,” said Tamara Eacker, general manager, Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks-Griffin Memorial Park. “And, we look forward to welcoming multiple generations of families again this year to our service. We are honored that so many choose to start their day at this meaningful celebration with their neighbors and friends, and with all of us.”

Glowing luminaries will light the hillside above the service in a cross symbolizing the new life of the resurrection. Clergy representing multiple faiths from throughout the community will celebrate the service. Gentle sheep will graze on the hillside much like they might have on the first Easter morning. As the Easter candles are lit, Dr. Gary Alan Dickey will play “Amazing Grace” on his bagpipes. During the service, scripture readings, music, and prayers will inspire all who attend this moving, non-denominational service. The Reverend Rachel Tabutol will begin the service with the Easter Proclamation and The Reverend Joshua Han will offer the Easter Blessing. The Reverends Craig Beeker and John Burnett will lead the congregation in prayer. Dr. Dickey will present the Easter Message, “Stones That Easter Rolls Away.” An offering for the Lutheran Social Services Agency of Thousand Oaks will be collected. A Resurrection White Dove release will conclude the service.

Clergy participating in the service includes The Reverend Dr. Gary Alan Dickey (retired), United Methodist Church of Westlake Village; The Rev. Craig Beeker, New Hope Lutheran Church of Agoura; The Rev. John Burnett, Emeritus, Westminster Presbyterian Church of Westlake Village; The Reverend Rachel Tabutol of United Methodist Church of Westlake Village, and Reverend Joshua Han, Westlake Village Korean Church. Music will be provided by keyboardist Karleen Van Dyke, United Methodist Church of Westlake Village and  soloist Karenjo Crump, United Methodist Church of Westlake Village.

The Easter Sunrise Service is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served following the celebration. For more information and directions, call Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks Memorial Park at (818) 889-0902.

About Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks Memorial Park

Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks Memorial Park & Mortuary, FD 1344, in Westlake Village, Calif., is a proud Dignity Memorial provider.  The Dignity Memorial network of more than 1,800 funeral, cremation and cemetery service providers is North America’s most trusted resource for funeral and memorialization services. Dignity Memorial providers offer an unmatched combination of products and locations serving families with care, integrity, respect and service excellence. For more information, call (818) 889-0902 or visit www.piercebrothersvalleyoaks.com.

Los Robles Children's Choir Spring Concert in Newbury Park on May 12, 2018


Enjoy the sounds of children's voices as they perform songs of all styles and genres in their spring Kaleidoscope concert.

This community concert event takes place on Saturday, May 12th from 7-9PM at St. Julie's Catholic Church, 2475 Borchard Rd., Newbury Park. Tickets are available online at www.singingchildren.org. (805) 496-9616

58th Annual Topanga Banjo-Fiddle Contest and Folk Festival on Sunday, May 20, 2018


The 58th Annual Topanga Banjo-Fiddle Contest and Folk Festival on Sunday, May 20, 2018 at Paramount Ranch, 2903 Cornell Road, Agoura Hills features a main stage with over 100 instrumental and singing contestants competing for cash and gift awards, many professional bands, a dance barn with square dancing, clogging and other dancing to live music, jam sessions (bring your instruments), a children's area, folk art and wares, great food, etc.

Advance tickets will be available beginning online. $17 for ages 18-64 and $13 for ages 10-17 and 65+. ($23 and $18 at the gate.) Kids under 10 get in free, accompanied by adult of course. Parking and shuttle bus are free! Bring a picnic, bring your instruments, bring your mother-in-law! Event is 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information, visit www.topangabanjofiddle.org

2018 City of Malibu Annual Easter Hoppening Event on Friday, March 30th


The City of Malibu's Annual Easter Hoppening event is set for Friday, March 30, 2018** from 3-6 p.m. at Malibu Bluffs Park, 24250 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu. Free admission.


Enjoy a fun-filled afternoon filled with an egg hunt for children ages 1-10, bounce houses*, food trucks, crafts, photos with the Easter Bunny and more! *$1 to $15

Egg hunt schedule to be announced at THIS LINK.

Kids can collect as many eggs as they want and everyone wins a prize. 

Admission is free and pre-registration is not required. Limited parking on park site, additional parking along Malibu Canyon; please arrive early.

Additional information at (310) 317-1364 and www.malibucity.org/easter.

2018 Arbor/Earth Day Celebration at Grant R. Brimhall Library Thousand Oaks on April 28th


Arbor Earth Day 2018
In keeping with our strong commitment to the environment and our trees, the City is once again looking forward to hosting Arbor/Earth Day, which  will take on a new format and feature sustainability-related workshops and other activities throughout the month, hosted by both the City and its partners. This new format will allow us to better engage with our residents by providing a setting to host both indoor and outdoor activities, and by adding additional activities throughout the month of April. We are looking forward to being able to provide more in-depth engagement and education on topics that our residents have requested.  Our main event will take place on April 28 at the Grant R. Brimhall Library in Thousand Oaks. The celebration will include films and discussions, kids shows and activities, displays, hands-on workshops and presentations. Subject experts and staff will be on hand to answer all your sustainability-related questions.
For more information visit www.toaks.org/departments/public-works/sustainability/arbor-earth-day

Climate Change Lecture on April 12th
Sharon Markenson will review the science of global warming, how climate change affects Earth’s natural systems and contributes to extreme weather, the effect upon human civilization, and what citizens can do about the problem right now. The narration and slides will clarify the crisis, emphasizing how commitment and action can improve the future. Ms. Markenson is retired from the Los Angeles Unified School District where she taught secondary English/Language Arts for 35 years. She also taught public speaking and coached competitive forensics. She was trained on climate issues by the Climate Reality Leadership Conference in 2013 and is a member of the Citizens Climate Lobby.
Time: 6:30-8:00 pm
Location: Grant R. Brimhall Library, Thousand Oaks
For more information visit www.toaks.org/departments/public-works/sustainability/arbor-earth-day

2018 Spring Open House at Ojai Raptor Center on Sunday, April 8th


The public is invited to visit the Ojai Raptor Center's (ORC's) Spring Open House on Sunday, April 8, 2018. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to visit the ORC rehabilitation facility, which normally is not open to the public. 

Event will feature informational booths, presentations, raffle, refreshments, kids' activities and more. 

Ojai Raptor Center is located at 370 Baldwin Road in Ojai. Donation of $5 is suggested; kids under 10 are free. Open house hours are 12 - 4 PM. This is a dog-free event.  www.ojairaptorcenter.org.

Flashlight Egg Hunt at Conejo Creek Park South in Thousand Oaks on March 23, 2018

Bring your flashlights and baskets for the Conejo Recreation and Park District's 2nd Annual Flashlight Egg Hunt on Friday, March 23, 2018 from 7-9PM. Gates open at 6:30PM.  Egg hunts, egg hunt hike, bouncers, crafts, glow zone and more.

Have fun on the inflatable jumpers when the gates open at 7:00pm.

$3 admission. $2 egg hunt hike. Get in FREE when you join Play Conejo.

For more information, call 805-381-2791 or email boc@crpd.org.


Conejo Creek Playfield South
1300 E Janss Road
(Corner of Janss Rd & 23 Fwy)