New West Symphony "Northern Lights" Concert March 2-3 in Thousand Oaks, Oxnard

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Northern Lights

Sir Edward Elgar’s Cello Concerto was his final major work. Written in 1919 at the end of World War I, the Concerto was Elgar’s lament for a lost world following the devastation of the war. Julie Albers, principal cello of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, makes her New West Symphony debut with this most eloquent and passionate work. The 1st Symphony of Jean Sibelius was an immediate success following its premiere in 1900. Full of sweeping melodic invention, rhythmic vitality and imbued with the aura of his Finnish homeland, the symphony launched Sibelius’s career on the international stage.

Performances at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 7:30pm and the Oxnard Performing Arts Center on Sunday, March 3, 2019 at 3pm. Buy tickets at www.newwestsymphony.org/cvg.

Andrew Constantine, guest conductor
Julie Albers, cello

Elgar | Sospiri
Elgar | Cello Concerto in E minor
Sibelius | Symphony No. 1

Julie Albers, cello

American cellist Julie Albers is recognized for her superlative artistry, her charismatic and radiant performing style, and her intense musicianship. She was born into a musical family in Longmont, Colorado and began violin studies at the age of two with her mother, switching to cello at four. She moved to Cleveland during her junior year of high school to pursue studies through the Young Artist Program at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with Richard Aaron. Miss Albers soon was awarded the Grand Prize at the XIII International Competition for Young Musicians in Douai, France, and as a result toured France as soloist with Orchestre Symphonique de Douai.

Andrew Constantine, guest conductor

Andrew Constantine serves as Music Director of both the Fort Wayne Philharmonic and the Reading Symphony Orchestra.

Having gained a reputation in Europe and the UK as a conductor of great skill, charisma, energy and versatility, Andrew Constantine moved to the US in 2004 to become Assistant Conductor of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Within his first season there he was promoted to Associate Conductor.

In the US he has won great praise for his ability to communicate with audiences and his energetic and compelling advocacy for classical music have gained him many admirers. In May of 2007, following a two year search and a pool of over 280 applicants, he was appointed Music Director of the Reading Symphony Orchestra in Pennsylvania. In July of 2009, after a similar process, he was also appointed Music Director of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic in Indiana.

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. Selected events from time to time will be covered here.

Visit the library website at www.toaks.org/library to learn more. 

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

Programs and Special Events

  • 2/26: The Martian (Rated PG-13, 99 min., 2002)

  • 3/5: Hidden Figures (Rated PG, 127 min., 2016)

  • 3/12: Interstellar (Rated PG-13, 169 min., 2014)

  • 3/19: Gravity (Rated PG-13, 91 min., 2013)

  • 3/26: First Man (Rated PG-13, 142 min., 2018)

Monday Movie Matinees at T.O. Library at 1pm:

  • 2/25: Searching - PG-13, 2018, 101 min

  • 3/11: First Man - PG-13, 2018, 142 min

  • 3/25: Operation Finale - PG-13, 2018, 127 min

Adult and Family Programs

Weekly on Tuesdays, 1/8/19 to 2/12/19 1-2pm - Beginning Tai Chi at T.O. Library Community Room - Join instructor Ron Hickman to discover how Tai Chi can help to improve your balance, increase your range of motion and lower blood pressure. Must be able to stand unassisted for an hour. (6 week series)

Ventura County Master Gardeners Series 6:30-8PM at T.O. Library:

  • 3/11/19: Garden Design 101 for a Water Wise Garden

  • 4/8/19: Lawn Alternatives, Removal and Composting

  • 5/13/19: Water Wise Plant Selection and Maintenance

Crafternoon - Paper Quilling Heart: This month we’ll be creating a simple heart with paper quilling to keep the spirit of love going throughout the month. All instructions and supplies provided while supplies last. The program will be held on February 22, 2019 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Grant R. Brimhall Library Tech Training Room.

Yoga for Beginners and Boomers - Join us for a safety-conscious, lighthearted yoga class which will help you improve balance and create space in both mind and body. All levels welcome. Please bring a mat or a towel. Participants should be able to get off the floor unassisted. Class takes place Mondays beginning March 4, 2019 to April 15, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the Thousand Oaks Library Community Room.

3/7/19 6:30-7:30pm at T.O. Library - “Talking to the Stars” - Jim Lux of JPL will describe how we use the Deep Space Network (DSN) to communicate with spacecraft at the Moon, Mars, and past the end of the Solar System. He’ll discuss the challenges of communicating with a lander that’s not visible from Earth, and how cubesats like the MarCO relays (Wall-E and Eve) enabled controllers on the ground to know that Insight had landed successfully a few minutes after it happened.

Jim Lux is part of the Communications, Radar, and Tracking Division at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He is currently managing the DARPA High Frequency Research (DHFR) Space Testbed, a cubesat measures tiny signals from galaxy’s center from above the ionosphere. Mr. Lux has been at JPL for 19 years, following award winning work in physical special effects for film and TV, design and development of electronic warfare.

Adult Coloring - Relax with friends and other coloring enthusiasts the second Friday of each month. March 8, 2019 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Thousand Oaks Library Community Room. Materials provided.

Charged Particles Concert at the Thousand Oaks Library - The Thousand Oaks Library will be hosting the band Charged Particles, which Downbeat Magazine calls “inventive, invigorating, mesmerizing, beautiful, virtuosic, and lyrical.” In this concert, the band will be celebrating the late Michael Brecker, whose unique voice and approach to the tenor saxophone was innovative and has been influential to jazz music. Winner of 15 Grammy Awards, he was a prolific composer and leader of many bands. The concert will be held on March 18, 2019 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Thousand Oaks Library Community Room.

Financial Literacy: ID Theft - Identity theft is becoming more common and sophisticated. Learn the methods that identity thieves use to access confidential information, tools for preventing identity theft, and steps to take if identity theft occurs. Presented by the Ventura County Credit Union on March 28, 2019 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Thousand Oaks Library Community Room.

Teen Programs

Virtual Reality: Out of this World - Experience outer space through virtual reality.Try the outer space programs on the Oculus Rift and Oculus Go at your Library. Recommended for grades 6 and up. Sign up for a 10-minute session on February 8, 2019 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Grant R. Brimhall Library Technology Training Room and February 22 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Newbury Park Library Technology Room.

Teen Trivia: Out of this World - The theme for this trivia will be “Out of this World,” which will explore outer space, science fiction, astronauts and rocket technology. Individuals or a team of 2 people can compete to win gift cards. Children must be in Grades 6-12 to compete. To guarantee your spot, come early and sign-up before Trivia Session, as space may be limited. Program will be on February 26, 2019 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Grant R. Brimhall Library Community Room.

Video Gaming Wednesdays - Super Smash Bros @ The Library - Play Super Smash Bros on Nintendo Switch every third Wednesday of the month. Program will be on February 20, 2019 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Newbury Park Library Technology Room.

Design a Spaceship - 3D Printing Class - Teens grades 6-12 can learn how to use Tinkercad to design and create a 3D mini model spaceship. Register at the Library Information Desk or call 805-449-2660. Space for class is limited. Program will be held on February 15, 2019 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Grant R. Brimhall Library Technology Training Room.

Practice SAT Test with Revolution Prep - Take a free practice SAT test to help you strategize and prepare for taking the real SAT. Revolution Prep will be proctoring a practice SAT Test and they can provide feedback and insight on a student’s multiple-choice answers and essay. Participation will require setting up a free account with Revolution Prep to submit test and essay for feedback. Registration recommended to guarantee a spot. Register at the Library Information Desk or call 805-449-2660. Sign in at 7:30 a.m. Program takes place on February 2, 2019 from 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the Thousand Oak Library Community Room.

Practice ACTTM Test with Revolution Prep - Revolution Prep will be proctoring a practice ACTTM Test and can provide feedback and insight on a student’s multiple-choice answers and essay. Participation will require setting up a free account with Revolution Prep to submit test and essay for feedback. Registration recommended to guarantee a spot. Register at the Library Information Desk or call 805-449-2660. Sign in at 7:30 a.m. Program takes place on March 2, 2019 from 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the Thousand Oak Library Community Room.

Robotics Showcase - Learn about robotics from a local robotics club for teens. See what a robotics club does and learn about different types of robots. The showcase will be on March 9, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Thousand Oaks Library Community Room.

Design a Robot - 3D Printing Class - Teens grades 6-12 can learn how to use Tinkercad to design and create a 3D mini robot. Register at the Library Information Desk or call 805-449-2660. Space for class is limited. Event is on March 29, 2019 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Thousand Oaks Library Technology Training Room.

Blackout Poetry and Art Contest - Use your poetry and artistic skills for a chance to win gift cards. Create blackout poetry and art with discarded book pages from the Library. Submit your entry by April 15, 2019 for a chance to win gift cards and be featured at the Library. For teens only, grades 6-12. Details at the Library.

Kids' Programs

STEAM: Rockets - Assemble a paper rocket and then watch your creations blast off. The event is recommended for school-age children. Program will be on February 27th (rescheduled from the 13th and 21st due to rain) from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Grant R. Brimhall Library Staff Parking Lot.

Flipbook - Learn how to make an animation flip book. Recommended for school age. Program will be on March 11, 2019 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Thousand Oaks Library Community Room and March 20, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Newbury Park Library Meeting Room.

Astronaut Andy Reads Across the Universe - Join Astronaut Andy as he travels the universe searching for the excitement of reading. Richard Rumble from Full Spectrum Educational Services presents this fun family event, full of comedy and audience participation. For families and children in Kindergarten up. Same day performances on March 16, 2019 from 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. in the Thousand Oaks Library Community Room and 2:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. in the Newbury Park Library Meeting Room.

"Murals and Roses" Annual Event at Olivas Adobe in Ventura on Sunday, May 12, 2019

The Olivas Adobe free "Murals and Roses" event will take place on Sunday, May 12, 2019 from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Enjoy the huge panel paintings by California muralist Marguerite Hardeman (1911-1990) - a member of the Realistic Painters Group in Ojai who taught at Ventura College in the 1960s.  She created 25 murals, now in the Olivas Adobe art collection, that depict different moments from the the arrival of the Spanish, the founding of City of Ventura, and its early history that include the Olivas Adobe and Rancho San Miguel, to a beautiful 1963 hillside view overlooking Ventura.  These paintings have been recently restored and preserved by artist Gerald Gwers.  These paintings aren't seen often and they haven't looked this good in years.  A true visual treat whilst you enjoy the rose garden in full bloom.  

The Olivas Adobe is at 4200 Olivas Park Drive, Ventura.
805-658-4728  www.cityofventura.ca.gov/648/Olivas-Adobe
 

9th Annual Owl Festival at Historic Olivas Adobe in Ventura on Sunday, April 14, 2019

The 9th Annual Owl Festival is Sunday, April 14, 2019 from 11am to 3pm at the historic Olivas Adobe, 4200 Olivas Park Drive in Ventura. Event is free of charge.

View the baby Great Horned owls born at the Olivas Adobe each year, including presentations and refreshments.

www.cityofventura.ca.gov/648/Olivas-Adobe

Physically Challenged & Special Needs "Day at the Park" in Oxnard May-October

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The 2019 City of Oxnard “Physically Challenged and Special Needs” Day at the Park at Oxnard Beach Park, 1601 Harbor Blvd. is planned from 11am to 2pm on May 4, June 15, July 14, August 17, September 14 and October 19.

An afternoon of group & individual activities, arts & crafts and board games. Bounce house and City Corps Train are also present at events. For more information, call (805) 385-8019. Event is free, however, participants must pay for parking.

www.oxnard.org/recreation/special-populations/day-at-the-park

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Fairy Tales in the Park Throughout Ventura County in May to September 2019

Fairy Tales in the Park is a series of free, live theatrical performances geared towards children ages 3 to 10. John and Roxanne Diesel co-founded Gypsies in a Trunk, an all-volunteer troupe of actors performing free fairy tales for the young and young at heart. The troupe’s love of children’s theatre has led them to perform every May through September since 1995 throughout Ventura County.

The troupe's goal is to create an environment where families can introduce live theatre to their children in a casual setting at the right price – free! All Fairy Tales in the Park performances are held outdoors in a variety of venues and is always free of charge, though the players pass the hat to help cover costuming and travel costs, donations are always voluntary.

Most venues do not have shade, so sunscreen and hats are appropriate. Bring water, juice, snacks, picnics. Blankets and low-slung chairs are recommended. Please leave doggies at home (not that they don't love them). The shows are designed to run approximately 45 minutes, which coincides with the attention span of the target age group, 3-10 year olds.

2019 LINEUP

  • Rapunzel Meets Spider-Man

  • Jack and the Beanstalk

  • Robyn Hood

  • Snow White in Neverland

  • The Snow Queen: A Frozen Adventure

LOCATIONS

Simi Valley (Shows at 4pm): Rancho Simi Community Park Amphitheatre, 1765 Royal Ave (except 8/3 performance at Rancho Tapo Community Park, 3700 Avenida Simi, Simi Valley)

  • 5/4: Rapunzel Meets Spiderman

  • 6/1: Jack and the Beanstalk

  • 7/6: Robyn Hood

  • 8/3: Snow White in Neverland

  • 9/7: The Snow Queen: A Frozen Adventure

Westlake Village (Shows at 11:30am): Foxfield Park, 31965 Foxfield Dr. (Lakeview Canyon & Lindero)

  • 5/4: Rapunzel Meets Spiderman

  • 6/1: Jack and the Beanstalk

  • 7/6: Robyn Hood

  • 8/3: Snow White in Neverland

  • 9/7: The Snow Queen: A Frozen Adventure

Camarillo (Shows at 11:30am): Valle Lindo Park, 889 Aileen St

  • 5/11: Rapunzel Meets Spiderman

  • 6/8: Jack and the Beanstalk

  • 7/13: Robyn Hood

  • 8/10: Snow White in Neverland

  • 9/14: The Snow Queen: A Frozen Adventure

Ventura (Shows at 4pm): Barranca Vista Park, 7050 Ralston. (Johnson & Ralston)

  • 5/11: Rapunzel Meets Spiderman

  • 6/8: Jack and the Beanstalk

  • 7/13: Robyn Hood

  • 8/10: Snow White in Neverland

  • 9/14: The Snow Queen: A Frozen Adventure

Channel Islands Harbor (Shows at 2pm): Harbor View Park (Between Marine Emporium Landing & Port Royal Restaurant, near 3600 Harbor Blvd

  • 5/5: Rapunzel Meets Spiderman

  • 6/2: Jack and the Beanstalk

  • 7/7: Robyn Hood

  • 8/4: Snow White in Neverland

  • 9/1: The Snow Queen: A Frozen Adventure

Visit www.fairytalesinthepark.com for more information.

2019 Arbor Day Celebration in Calabasas on Saturday, March 16th

The City of Calabasas will host an Arbor Day Celebration on Saturday, March 16, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. until noon at A.C. Stelle Middle School, 22450 Mulholland Highway.

The event is free and residents are welcome to come out and get involved in helping to create a beautiful and healthy environment in Calabasas.

For more information about the Arbor Day Celebration, visit www.cityofcalabasas.com/arbor-day.html.