Studio Channel Islands' 2017 Collectors Choice Fundraiser on Saturday, March 25th

Studio Channel Islands’ 2017 Collectors Choice fundraiser promises to be the most spectacular event yet. Over 100 artists from across the United States have donated artwork into the exhibition and every ticket holder for the March 25th fundraising event is guaranteed to walk away with a piece worth a minimum of $350. One lucky guest will walk away with an artwork valued at almost $3,000 and there will be plenty to choose from with artworks to suite every taste. 

The exhibition of donated artwork will be on display at the Blackboard Gallery from the 4th of March until the finale event on March 25th. The event is the ideal opportunity to start your art collection or grab a bargain while sipping signature cocktails served by Twenty88 Wine Bistro.  

Artwork donated for the exhibition is scrutinized by a professional juror, and this year competition for places was intense with almost 350 works submitted by photographers, painters, print makers and ceramicists, glass artists and sculptors. The 2017 exhibition was selected by Andi Campognone, a California-based curator, author and film producer known for championing artists from Southern California. Andi will announce the $1,000 top prize winner at the exhibition launch on the 4th of March and the public will be given the opportunity to vote for their favorite piece throughout the month. The people’s choice award carries a prize of $500 and will be announced on March 25th. 

In preparation for the event the Gallery is hosting a panel discussion on the subject ‘why we collect art’. The panel discussion will take place on Saturday the 18th of March at 1:30pm. Tickets for the panel discussion are $5 at the door, free admission for members. The panelists are Donna Granata, Tish Greenwood and Anette Power and the moderator will be Handel Evans, President Emeritus of California State University Channel Islands. Donna Granata is the founder and Executive Director of Focus on the Masters, a non-profit dedicated to art educational and documenting the lives of contemporary artists in Ventura. Tish Greenwood is the Executive Director of California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks, a unique cultural space where creativity flourishes and ideas are shared. Anette Power is an and award-winning visual artist who spent more than a decade working for Disney, Warner Bros., Cartoon Network and Universal Studios before turning full time to fine art. 

All proceeds from the Collectors Choice event will support Studio Channel Islands’ art programs. Each ticket for the fundraiser admits two people and includes hor d’ourves and signature cocktails from Twenty88. Each ticket holder will enter a raffle to determine the order in which guests select their artwork. There will be surprises throughout the event with pop up art and snap auctions to allow guests to jump the line and grab their favorite piece before it is snapped up by another guest. 

Tickets are available now. Please visit our website for more information or call 805.383.1368. 

“Collector’s Choice” is generously sponsored by Dennis Brent of Airtight Alliance, Twenty88 Wine Bistro and Mekaniks Plus, a family run Camarillo auto repair shop. 

Studio Channel Islands Art Center and Blackboard Gallery are at 2222 Ventura Boulevard in Old Town Camarillo. Hours are Tuesday 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Tuesday through Friday and Saturday 11:00 to 3:00. For information, visit or call 805-383-1368. On the First Saturday of the month, as many as 40 professional resident artist studios are open to the public. 

8th Annual Sights of Conejo Drum Line and Winter Guard Show on Saturday, March 4th

The Thousand Oaks High School Lancer Band will present the 8th Annual Sights of Conejo Drumline and Winter Guard exhibition from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, March 4, 2017 at the Thousand Oaks High School gym, 2323 N. Moorpark Road. Doors open at 6 p.m.

This event will feature performances by percussion ensembles and/or Color Guards from Redwood Middle School, Royal HS, Oak Park and Thousand Oaks High Schools. 

Food and refreshments will be available for sale. Tickets are $10 per person and $7 for students at the door, cash only. For more information, visit

Upcoming Events and Free Programs at the Thousand Oaks and Newbury Park Branch Libraries

Thousand Oaks (Grant R. Brimhall) Library.

Thousand Oaks (Grant R. Brimhall) Library.

There are two great Thousand Oaks libraries; the Grant R. Brimhall (GRB) Library at 1401 E. Janss Road in Thousand Oaks (805.449.2660) and the local Newbury Park Branch (NPB) is at 2331 Borchard Road (805.498.2139).  These libraries provide year-round free events, activities and programs for all ages that from time to time will be summarized right here. Visit the library website at to learn more. 

(The programs below are updated periodically to remove past events)


Programs and Special Events

Thursday, March 2

4:00- 5:30 PM - Read Across America – GRB & NPB - Read Across America is a special evening of celebrating reading at the Library with special guest readers, crafts, and more at either library from 4-5:30pm. Free and open to all ages.

6:30-8:00 PM - Friendly Book Discussion- GRB  - led by Friends of the Library the first Thursday of each month.

Friday, March 3

10:15 AM - Windows 10: The Basics – GRB - Find programs, resize windows, customize your desktop, install apps, and manage folders and files. Sign up at Information Desk or call 805-449-2660 option 5.  Prerequisites:Familiarity with using the keyboard and mouse.

Tuesday, March 7

12:00 PM - Music at Noon - Opera Santa Barbara –GRB- Opera Santa Barbara will offer a series of free concerts featuring members of the Mosher Studio Artist Program, performing a selection of popular opera arias and duets

Thursday, March 9

5:15 PM - Google Docs for Beginners – GRB - Explore Google Docs, a free web-based word processor. Learn how to create, format, save, download and upload
documents in Google Drive, a Cloud-based storage. Sign up at the Information Desk or call 805-449-2660 option 5.  Prerequisites: You must have a Google Gmail account prior to class and be familiar with using keyboard and mouse. For help with establishing a Google Gmail account, please make an appointment through Book A Librarian or come to the Walk-In Computer Lab.

6:00 PM - History Book Discussion – Goebel Center – led by the Friends of the library and meets the second Thursday of the month.

3/10: 3:30 PM - Adult Coloring Hour – GRB - Adults 18 and over can come and enjoy coloring to relax and unwind with friends at the library. Free and open to those ages 18 and over.

Saturday, March 11

2:00 PM - Kingsmen Shakespeare Company – GRB - CLU's Kingsmen Shakespeare Company brings its popular Educational Tour to the Library with an introduction to A Midsummer' Night's Dream. with professional actors/teachers. Fun for the whole family.  Free and open to the public courtesy of the Friends of the Library.

Sunday, March 12

2:00 PM - Martha Abbey Miller – GRB -  A one woman performance by Martha Abbey Miller that tells the story of  Haitian missionary Frances Landers. Books will be for sale too.

Tuesday, March 14

1:00 PM - Job Search Resources – GRB - Explore the library’s resources to help you locate job listings, create your resume and cover letters, and improve your interviewing and networking skills.

Friday, March 17

10:15 AM - Photo Editing with GIMP – GRB - We will learn about cropping, leveling, removing “red eye”, un-reversing mirror images, deleting camera time stamps, and more using the powerful GIMP image manipulation program. Sign up at the Information Desk or call 805-449-2660 option 5.  Prerequisites: Familiarity with using the keyboard and mouse.

Sunday, March 19

2:00 PM - Mrs. Murphy's Chowder – GRB - The fun of St. Patrick's Day continues when this high-energy trio, Mr's Murphy's Chowder, combines the best of Irish, English and Scottish ballads with American favorites. Bring the family and enjoy sizzling instrumentals, rousing sing-a-longs and audience participation. Wear your green! Free courtesy of the Friends of the Library.

Thursday, March 23

5:15 PM - eBooks / eAudiobooks – GRB - Bring your device, the email address and password that you use to download apps along with your library card and PIN number to learn how to download eBooks and eAudiobooks from the Library website.

Saturday, March 25

11:30 AM - Beatrix Potter Stories – GRB - Bring your children to hear the wonderful stories by author Beatrix Potter read by members of the Beatrix Potter Society. Potter is best known for the Peter Rabbit books. Games and activities will be part of the program too. Free and open to the public.

Free Movie Matinees at the T.O. Library (1PM)

Mon, 3/13 - Brooklyn (PG-13, 112 min)

Mon, 3/27 - The Martian (PG-13, 141 min)

Mon, 4/10 - Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (PG-13, 127 min)

Mon 4/24 - The Longest Ride (PG-13, 139 min)

Mon, 5/8 - Joy (PG-13, 124 min)

Mon, 5/22 - The Other Woman (PG-13, 109 min)

Mon 6/12 - Sully (PG-13, 96 min)

Free Movie Nights at Newbury Park Library at 7PM

7:00 PM - Films at NP Library – NPB - Newbury Park Library screens films with a basketball theme every Tuesday evening in March at 7pm. March 7 is FINDING FORRESTER, March 14 is SEMI-PRO, March 21 is HE GOT GAME, and MARCH 28 is SPACE JAM.

Kids' Programs

10:30 AM - Kindermusik at NP Library – NPB - Kindermusik presents play and music sessions for little ones ages 0-5 years at Newbury Park Library from 10:30 - 11am every first Friday of the month through 2017 - Mar. 3, April 7, May 5, June 2, Sept. 1, Oct. 6, Nov. 3, Dec. 1.

Monday, March 6

7:00 PM - Pajama Storytime – GRB - Pajama storytime for families with children ages 3-6 years. Enjoy stories, songs, and a simple craft once a month. These programs combine the pleasure of a shared experience for parents and children with early literacy skills. Children are invited to wear their pajamas.

3/7: 3:30 PM - Dog Days – GRB - School age children can practice their reading skills by reading to a therapy dog on Tuesdays at 3:30pm. Sign up upon arrival.

10:00 AM - Kindermusik – GRB - Kindermusik teachers Katie, Angie and more will teach these delightful monthly musical programs for ages 0-2 years at the Brimhall Library the second Friday of every month.  Mar. 10, April 14, May 12, June 9, Sept. 8, Oct. 13, Nov. 10, Dec. 8.   A second session will also be held from 10:45-11:15am the same dates. 

10:45 AM - Kindermusik at Brimhall Library – GRB - KindermusiK teachers Katie, Angie and more will teach these delightful monthly musical programs for ages 3-5 years at the Brimhall Library the second Friday of every month.   Mar., 10, April 14, May 12, June 9, Sept. 8, Oct. 13, Nov. 10, Dec. 8.  

3/13: 7:00 PM - Pajama Storytime – GRB - Monthly evening storytime for children ages 3-6 years and their families featuring songs, stories, and a craft. Program combines the pleasure of a shared activity and children are invited to war their pajamas.

2017 City of Westlake Village TGIF and Saturday Concert Series This Summer


Summer evenings in Westlake Village provide the perfect backdrop for a great entertainment series. The 13th Annual TGIF Westlake Village series offers families a series of free performances at the Westlake Village Civic Center, 31200 Oak Crest Drive. Events start at 7pm, with food available for purchase at 6pm. The lineup includes:

  • June 2: Lindero Canyon Middle School and Agoura High School Jazz Bands
  • June 30: Cabrillo Music Theatre presents "Stories turned into Musicals: A Song Adventure" presented by the cast of CMT's "Peter Pan" and other Cabrillo Stars
  • August 11: Bonnie Bowden

Saturday Concerts in the Park planned this summer at Berniece Bennett Park, 31800 Village Center Road:. Events start at 7pm with food available for purchase at 6pm (except July 29th movie night):

  • June 17: Tribute to The Police
  • July 15: "Bella Donna" Tribute to Stevie Nicks and Fleetwood Mac
  • July 29 at 8PM: Screening of "Finding Dory"
  • August 26: "Hollywood U2" U2 Tribute

A limited number of chairs and tables are available on a first-come, first-seated basis at all TGIF Civic Center events. Food is available for sale from local restaurant vendors each week. Concerts start at 7pm.

More information and updates at

Upcoming Events and Activities at the Camarillo Public Library

The City of Camarillo Public Library is located at 4101 Las Posas Road and is open Monday through Thursday from 10 am to 9 pm and Friday through Sunday 10 am to 5 pm. It can be reached at 805.388.5222. The library hosts year-round free activities and programs for the general public, many of which will be highlighted right here (for a complete rundown, visit the library's website at

Upcoming Programs (prior events periodically removed):

Upcoming Special Programs - Adults

Thursday Night Must-See Movies at 6:30PM:

  • 3/2: Sully (PG-13)
  • 3/9: Girl on the Train (R)
  • 3/16: The Light Between Oceans (PG-13)
  • 3/23: Inferno (PG-13)
  • 3/30: Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (PG-13)

Tues 4/4 6-7:30PM - Master Gardener Series: Growing Vegetables in the Home Landscape

Tues 4/18 6-7:30PM - Master Gardener Series: Attracting Bees, Birds and Butterflies to Your Garden

Tues 4/25 6-7:30PM - Master Gardener Series: GMOs in the Garden


Mon 2/27-Wed 3/1 10-11am - Kindermusik with Katie

Sat 3/18: St. Patrick's Day Stories 11am to noon

Sat 4/22: Earth Day Activities in the Children's Room from 11am to 3pm

Teen Programs (ages 12-18)

Sat 3/4 10am to noon: AAA Dare to Prepare free workshop for pre-permit teens (ages 13-15) and their parents. Register at

Thu 3/16 4-5PM - Teen Makerspace Program - Make a Dog Toy to Donate

Sat 4/8 2-3pm Teen Poetry Reading - bring a poem to share or just come enjoy

Thu 4/20 1-2:30PM - Teen Makerspace Program - Blackout Poetry

Sat 4/29 2:30pm to 4:30pm - Budgeting, Credit and Banking for Teens (14-19)

Storytime at the Library:

Check the library website for details.

California Coastal Horse Rescue "Help a Horse Day" Event in Ojai on Sunday, April 23rd

California Coastal Horse Rescue (CCHR) in Ojai will celebrate its annual “Help a Horse Day” from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 23 with an open house and family fun day at the ranch. The community is invited to this free event, which features pony cart rides for children, food trucks, beer and wine garden, games, a silent, and, of course, the stars of the day – the CCHR horses.

CCHR’s community open house is being held as part of ASPCA® (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) “Help a Horse Day,” a nationwide challenge for equine rescues and sanctuaries to raise awareness about abused and neglected horses.

In addition to raising awareness, participation in national “Help a Horse Day” allows CCHR to compete for a share of $100,000 in ASPCA grant prizes, which is vital to the work they do year-round to care for horses, many of which have been abused or neglected.

An all-volunteer, non-profit organization, CCHR’s mission is to rescue abandoned, abused, neglected and slaughter-bound horses and provide them with a second chance at living healthy, happy and productive lives. 

CCHR has rescued horses from throughout California since 2000. Once horses are brought back to physical and emotional health, volunteers work to find them loving, permanent homes.

This year’s “Help a Horse Day” celebration is in honor of the ASPCA’s 151th Anniversary. On April 26, 1866, ASPCA Founder Henry Bergh stopped a cart driver from beating his horse, resulting in the first successful arrest for the mistreatment of a horse.

California Coastal Horse Rescue “Help a Horse Day” will take place on Sunday, April 23, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 600 W. Lomita Ave., Ojai. For more information, visit or call 805-649-1090.

14th Annual Superstars of the Year Celebration in Thousand Oaks on Sunday, March 19, 2017

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley hosts an exciting and inspirational fun-filled afternoon that recognizes excellence in Club members and volunteers during the 14th Annual Superstars of the Year Celebration, Sunday, March 19 at 2:30 p.m.  The celebration is held at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Center – Fred Kavli Theatre, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Boulevard, Thousand Oaks. 

A main highlight is the Youth of the Year recognition, the cornerstone of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s vital Character and Leadership Development Program.  Other highlights include the Performing Arts Showcase by Club members and special guest appearances.  The event is free and open to the public.  For more information, visit the website at

Entertainment to include pop/R&B/soul singer Dylan Chambers, co-host actress Brianna Chomer, dancer Kelsi Darby, gymnast/dancer Sophina DeJesus, actress McKenna Grace and actor Mateus Ward.

About the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley are open before and after school, during lunch, on weekends, throughout the summer for the camp program and all day during school vacations with tours of the Clubs available upon request.  For more information about supervised youth programs, to donate, volunteer, or register online, please log onto or call 818-706-0905.