Hanukkah Celebrations and Holiday Lights Spectacular at Janss Marketplace in December 2017

Hanukkah celebrations at Janss Marketplace in Thousand Oaks draw hundreds of people, including non-Jewish attendees, who come to the illumination of a giant Menorah Candelabrum at the shopping center. 

The events to honor Jewish traditions this 2017 holiday season include:

Temple Etz Chaim will host the first night of Hanukkah candle ceremony on Tuesday, December 12 from 6 – 8 p.m. to illuminate the 18-foot giant Menorah.

Thousand Oaks Chabad Jewish Center holiday event on Tuesday, December 19 from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. will feature the popular Moshav Band, food festival including hot latkes, kids craft activity and face painting. 

Janss Marketplace is proud to continue its community service programs during the holiday season by hosting the Toys for Tots collection.  People can bring unwrapped toys and games to the Toys R Us store entrance during all store hours. The toys will be donated to children in need through the Toys for Tots program. 

The Rainbow Girls return to Janss Marketplace for a 10th annual fundraising activity in December.  Shoppers can get their gifts wrapped at a booth near The entrance to Toys R Us by donating to the organization. The Rainbow Girls and Girl Scout gift wrap dates and times are posted on Janss Marketplace Facebook page. 

Holiday Lights Spectacular

Experience the free Holiday Lights 3D Spectacular nightly from December 15 – 23.  Each half hour from 6 – 8 p.m. the Fountain Court at Janss Marketplace is transformed into a magical 3D theater. Dancing elves, toy soldiers and other holiday icons come to life in a spectacular lights and music show. 

Viewing is perfect from anywhere near the Fountain Courtyard at Janss Marketplace as building exteriors near Burlington become the canvas for the colorful visual and musical production.  Set to holiday music, the choreographed show features images, lights, and other amazing special effects. Live elves will greet guests who will also enjoy complimentary hot cocoa provided by Hooters and The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf.  

NEW Santa’s Village

Families will love the new Experiential Santa’s Village where they can take photos with Santa, write a note to Santa and drop it at the Village Post Office.  Guests who post a Selfie with any visit to Santa on the Janss Marketplace Facebook page will have chance to win a $100 Toys R Us gift card. 

Santa’s Village opening weekend hours begin on November 24 – 25 are 12 – 8 p.m. and Sunday, 4 – 8 p.m.   Santa’s Village will also be open on the next two Fridays and Saturdays in December from 12 noon – 6 p.m. and Sundays 4 – 8 p.m. and daily from 1 – 8 p.m. from December 15 – 23.  Bring pets for photos with Santa on Friday, December 8 from 4 – 8 p.m.  Santa has a free toy for each pet who visits on December 8.   The final opportunity to visit Santa’s Village is Christmas Eve, December 24 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

Candlelight Service of Remembrance on December 3, 2017 in Westlake Village

Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks-Griffin Memorial Park, a Dignity Memorial® provider, will host its annual, non-denominational Candlelight Service of Remembrance on December 3. The service will start at 6:00 p.m. in Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks-Griffin Mortuary’s Chapel of the Oaks at 5600 Lindero Canyon Rd. in Westlake Village, 91362.  The service is open to everyone in the community and no reservation is needed.

Additionally, Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks is a collection location for the U.S. Marine Corps “Toys for Tots” drive.  This event collects new, unwrapped toys during each year, and distributes those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted. New, unwrapped toys can be brought to the office at any time through December 18, or delivered before the candlelight service.

The Candlelight Service of Remembrance will be led by Rabbi Ira Rosenfeld, Deacon Jess Pason from St. Jude Catholic Church, and Rev. Jonathan Mulford. Harpist Peggy Skomal and The Village Voices Chorale, led by Gloria Hilliard, director, will provide the music. The service will include a candle lighting ceremony where families will be invited to light a candle in honor of a loved one lost this year. Refreshments will be served following the service.

Beginning November 24, Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks will display a “Tree of Remembrance” in their lobby. Community members are encouraged to bring a photo or other memento to hang on the tree with the ornament provided by Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks. The tree will be in the lobby until December 31 at which time residents may pick up their ornament and take it home as a gift from Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks.

About Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks-Griffin Memorial Park, Mortuary & Crematory

Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks-Griffin Memorial Park, FD1344 Westlake Village, Calif., is a proud Dignity Memorial provider in Westlake Village.  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 visit http://www.piercebrothersvalleyoaks.com or call (818) 889-0902.   

Holiday Sing-A-Long Family Event at The Shoppes at Westlake on December 10th

The Shoppes at Westlake Village Annual Holiday Sing-A-Long is planned for Sunday, December 10th from 3-6pm presented with the City of Westlake Village. 

This is a family-friendly event that will include photos with Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus, a Toy Drive with Casa Pacifica, Balloon installations and balloon tying, cookie + cupcake decorating, giveaways, caroling, and a Sing-A-Long presented by the City of Westlake Village highlighting the Westlake Village community and local businesses.

Event Schedule:

  • 3pm Start Time
  • 3-4pm Cookie + Cookie Decorating (by fountain)
  • 3-5pm Balloon Tying by Christmas Tree
  • 3:15 - 3:45 Lindero Jazz Club to perform on main stage (by fountain)
  • 4-5pm Sing-A-Long on main stage
  • 5:15-5:45 pm Westlake High School Choir performs in front of Christmas Tree

The Shoppes restaurants and shops will be participating and each doing special giveaways and meet & greets to include:

Premier America: special holiday offers
Figueroa Mountain Brewery: Beer samples + coupons
Sports Clips: special holiday offers
Total Woman Gym & Spa: free passes + more
Season’s Gifts + Confections: special holiday offers
Bubber’s Bowls: special holiday offers
Q Sushi: special tastings + bites
The Walking Co. : Free gift with any regular price purchase (up to $15 value)
Guitar Center: event sponsor
Kirks: free jewelry cleaning and inspection
Tifa Chocolate & Gelato: hot drinking chocolate & Tifa dippers
Carriere Menswear: candy cane giveaway + special holiday offers
Los Agaves: social holiday offers
The Gallery: social holiday offers
Tilly’s: 20% off one item coupons (exclusions listed on coupon) + free giveaways


5th Annual Simi Valley Police Foundation Touch-A-Truck Family Event on December 2, 2017

On Saturday, December 2, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., the Simi Valley Police Foundation is sponsoring its 5th Annual Touch-A-Truck Family Event at 2929 Tapo Canyon (in front of Simi Valley City Hall). This unique event gives kids young and old a rare opportunity to touch, climb, learn about and explore a variety of large trucks, construction equipment vehicles, police and fire vehicles and meet some of the people who operate them.

Admission is free! In lieu of admission fees the Police Foundation is asking visitors to bring a new unwrapped toy to be donated to the Salvation Army for distribution at the Salvation Army/Simi Valley PD Toy Drive that assists families in Simi Valley.

Giveaways will be offered to those who attend and parents can have their children fingerprinted for free by crime prevention experts as part of a missing children prevention kit.

For more information about the Simi Valley Police Foundation, Foundation events and donation opportunities, please visit www.svpf.org or call 855-4-SVPF-00  

Malibu-Lost Hills Sheriff's Station Open House in Agoura Hills on Saturday, November 18, 2017


The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department invites the community to the Lost Hills Sheriff's Station Open House on Saturday, November 18, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Bring the entire family to learn more about the Sheriff's Department through interesting displays and interactive activities. 

This is a great opportunity to thank your local law enforcement professionals for all they do to keep Malibu and the surrounding areas safe. Location is 27050 Agoura Road, Agoura Hills.

10th Annual Oxnard Tamale Festival Planned for Saturday, December 2, 2017


The City of Oxnard Recreation & Community Services Department proudly presents this year’s 10th Annual Oxnard Tamale Festival, taking place inside Oxnard’s historic Plaza Park, located at 500 South C Street, Oxnard.

This event will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and admission is free.

Event participants will be able to choose from a number of different tamale vendors. Other activities will include live entertainment, arts and crafts, cooking demonstrations, eating contests, amusement rides and much more.

For more information, visit www.oxnardtamalefestival.com

68th Annual Santa Paula Christmas Parade on Saturday, November 25, 2017

The 68th Annual Santa Paula Christmas Parade is planned for Saturday, November 25, 2017 at 10 am. This year's theme is “Christmas Sports.” Parade runs rain or shine, eastbound on Main Street from Seventh St to Eleventh St. www.ci.santa-paula.ca.us