Civil War Days at Strathearn Historical Park Simi Valley February 11-12, 2017

Strathearn Historical Park will transform itself into a small town in rural America in the 1860’s for the 6th Annual Civil War Days Encampment on Feb 11th 10am-4pm and Feb 12th 10am-3pm.

Step back to another place and time, when President Lincoln could take a break from his Washington duties to give a speech on the steps of our Strathearn House.  Here, costumed civilians, as well as soldiers from the north and south stand ready in their camps, eager to tell their stories to the passing visitors. Sergeants drill groups of local boys and girls curious to experience military life. Skirmishes, as well as artillery, infantry and cavalry demonstrations will take place throughout the weekend.

Highlights include:

  • President Lincoln delivers his Gettysburg Address
  • General Ulysses S. Grant & General Robert E. Lee reenact the Surrender at Appomattox
  • Kids wanted as recruits – come early & enlist, plus interview a soldier for a school report
  • Civil War Era Boutiques on Sutlers Row offer unique treasures
  • Authentic artillery, Infantry & Cavalry demonstrations
  • Old fashioned dance lessons by Simi Valley Vintage Dance Society
  • Tour historic Simi houses & buildings
  • Food for sale from Kiwanis Club of Simi Valley

New this year:

  • On Saturday, Karina & Kevin exchange real I do’s in a  Civil War themed wedding conducted by President Lincoln
  • Marvel at what a Victorian lady had to go through just to get dressed in a clothes demonstration
  • Victorian photography demonstrations by Bailey-Denton Photography
  • Strolling minstrels, the Slackjaw Brothers

Advance Adult Tickets: $5 on-line tickets at

Tickets at the Gate:  $6 age 13 and up; $3 age 5 to 12; FREE: age 4 and under

Strathearn Historical Park & Museum is at 137 Strathearn Place, Simi Valley.  Information: (805) 526-6453,,, #CivilWarSimi


2017 City of Moorpark Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 15th

The Annual City of Moorpark Easter Egg Hunt takes place on Saturday, April 15, 2017 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at Arroyo Vista Community Park, 4550 Tierra Rejada Road, Moorpark.  The event includes Easter Egg hunts, pony rides, petting farm, carnival games and more!

Egg Hunt Schedule:

10:00 am: Admission, games & attractions open
10:30 am: Little Kids (Ages 5 & under, parents ok)
10:45 am: Little Kids (Ages 5 & under, parents ok)
11:15 am: Big Kids (Ages 6 & up, no parents)
11:30 am: Big Kids (Ages 6 & up, no parents)
12:00 pm: Little Kids (Ages 5 & under, parents ok)
12:15 pm: Family Hunt (All ages, parents ok)
1:00 pm: Games & attractions close

How it works: Bring your favorite basket, collect as many eggs as you can, and turn them all in for a prize! For safety reasons, parents are allowed in hunts only as indicated in the schedule. Strollers and pets are not allowed in any egg hunt. All hunts are age specific. Please note that each hunt has a maximum capacity. A Family Hunt is available toward the end of the event if your hunt is full. Prizes distributed at this event are not recommended for children under 3 years of age.

General Admission is $TBA (was $5 in 2016). All Access Wristband is $TBA (was $10 in 2016). Call 805.517.6300 for more information. or visit

KAX Variety All Star Gala Family Show in Oxnard on Saturday, January 28th

You're invited to the Fourth Annual Evening of Variety Entertainment that is Magical indeed! With New and Legendary Stars of Magic, Ventriloquism, and Comedy, the room will be filled with laughter and Wow moments throughout the night! The number 1 question asked afterwards is, "When will you do this again?"

Please join us Saturday Night, January 28th for The Fourth Annual KAX Gala Show with your Master of Ceremonies, FISM Winner, Actor, Magician Robert Baxt, and originally from England though he now calls California home, the Incomparable Master Magician and Storyteller Martin Lewis, the mischievous Keith Fields from Detroit also by way of England delights,wows and charms! From NY, and born in So Cal one of the top female Ventriloquists in the world, Sylvia Fletcher! From Stages and theaters around the World- The Bon Vivant of Fun: Dave Cox, plus surprises galore make for a fantastic evening of fun for the whole family!

KAX is The Conference of Variety Family Performers produced by KIDabra International, an Association of Performers who work with Children's and Family audiences who gather from around the world for a week of seminars, shows, and networking. The magnet to the area is KAX collaborator Steve Axtell, the Ax in KAX who's studio in Ventura is one of the industries top producers of puppet's and props for the Variety entertainment world. His studio and shop are so popular that a shuttle runs attendees back and forth from the conference hotel during the confab for personal tours!

The KAX Conference while closed to the public on Saturday Night, January 28th opens their world to you with the one time performance of the KAX All Star Gala to close out the week.

You're Invited, Please join us at The River Ridge Residence Inn Grand Ballroom in Oxnard, 2101W Vineyard Ave. Saturday January 28, 2017.

Show Time 8:00 PM. Tickets for Adults are $15.00 and for children 12 and under $5.00. They're available for purchase at the KAX Registration Booth on Friday the 27th and Saturday the day of performance and at the door.

More info at

Scandinavian Festival 2017 at Cal Lutheran in Thousand Oaks on April 1-2

Quite possibly one of my top 5 favorite desserts on earth, Aebleskiver.

Quite possibly one of my top 5 favorite desserts on earth, Aebleskiver.

One of the largest Nordic festivals in the western United States will return to California Lutheran University April 1-2, 2017 after a one year hiatus!

The 2017 Scandinavian Festival will celebrate the cultures of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden and the Saami people from the Arctic regions of Scandinavia. The festival will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with music, dancing, food, lectures, demonstrations, vendors and activities for people of all ages.

Some of the many activities in store will include making head wreaths, raising the Maypole and dancing around it while singing traditional songs, learning the ancient Viking game of Kubb, try your hand at croquet, a festival opening parade of flags and dignitaries from the various Scandinavian countries and various craft and food demonstrations.

The extraordinarily popular food court area will bring back some of your favorite Scandinavian favorites like Swedish Meatballs, Aebleskivers, Swedish Pancakes, Lefse, Danish Pastries and more.

The Scandinavian American Cultural and Historical Foundation is sponsoring the event. Cal Lutheran is located at the corner of Olsen Road and Mountclef Boulevard in Thousand Oaks.

Admission is free for children, $5 for teenagers and $10 for adults. Parking is free. Learn more at

5th Annual Round-Up Rock 'N Country Music Event in Simi Valley on Saturday, April 1st

The Kiwanis Club of Simi Valley invites music fans to experience the 5th Annual Round-Up, A Rock 'N Country Music Extravaganza on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at Rancho Simi Community Park (new location), 1765 Royal Avenue, Simi Valley.

This year’s list of performers available at In addition to non-stop country music, guests at ROUND-UP will enjoy dancing and line dancing (with lessons), food and craft vendors, drawings, activities for the whole family and much more.   Gates open at 10:00 AM with music beginning at 11:00 AM until 7:00 PM.

Presented by The Kiwanis Club of Simi Valley, ROUND-UP is a charity event with 100% of the proceeds benefiting the youth and the needy in Simi Valley. Tickets for Round-Up are $25; 12 and under are free.

For more information, visit or call 805-807-5100.

6th Annual California Jazz & Wine Fest in Westlake Village on Sunday, April 9, 2017


An eclectic mix of hot jazz and cool swing performed on two stages and unlimited sampling of wine, craft brews, boutique spirits and gourmet food are part of the 6th Annual California Jazz & Wine Fest, Sunday, April 9 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Four Seasons Hotel in Westlake Village (2 Dole Dr., Westlake Village).

Artisans will also be displaying their wares. Headlining the live entertainment is saxophonist, producer and composer Danny Janklow, known internationally for his soulful and passionate sounds. Also performing are the Adam Clark Quartet, Lao Tizer, D.on Darox and the Melody Joy Bakers, The Barrelhouse Wailers and Bruce Forman’s “Cow Bop.”

Presented by Rotary Club of Westlake Village Sunrise, proceeds will go to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley. Tickets: $100 per person/general admission and $150 per person/VIP admission (VIP tickets include one-hour early entry for tasting, valet parking, preferred seating and other amenities). Only 1,500 tickets will be sold. Must be age 21 or older to attend. Information: 805-380-6010,, on Facebook,, Twitter,, website,

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

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

Sat 1/15 8am to 11:30am - Bird Walk at Malibu Creek State Park - meet at 2nd (lower) day-use parking lot $12 parking fee.

Tue 1/17 8:30-11:30am - Morning Hike in Simi Hills to China Flat - Meet at Palo Comado Canyon - Doubletree Trailhead, Aspen Ridge Ct. - Moderately paced 6 mile, appx. 1000’ gain hike in scenic Simi Hills, through chaparral, grasslands and oaks, with great views, to the vernal pool at China Flat. From 101 Fwy take Kanan Rd exit and go north 2.2 miles to Sunnycrest Dr. and turn right. Continue 0.8 miles to the “Public Recreation Trail” sign on right and park along curb. Bring water, snack, lugsoles, hat, sunscreen. Rain cancels.

Sun 1/22 11am to noon - Hollywood's Country Rancher: The Life & Career o Clarence Brown at Beilenson Interagency Visitor Center - Clarence Brown, one-time engineer and World War I aviator who became one of the film world’s most prolific directors enhancing the film careers of stars from Greta Garbo to Elizabeth Taylor, was also a country boy at heart. Join us for a comprehensive and engaging look back on the one time owner of King Gillette Ranch. Limited seating.  Reservations required.  805-370-2301

Tue 1/24 8:30am-noon - Morning Hike at King Gillette Ranch - Moderate 5 mile hike. Meet in fee parking lot. Bring water, snack, lugsoles, hat sunscreen. Rain cancels. 

1/29 10-11am: From Set to Screen Walk at Paramount Ranch -  Learn the secrets that turn a dusty set into a realistic town. Join us on this easy-paced walk behind the scenes to discover the illusions and history of this Ranch. Rain or predicted rain cancels.

1/29 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, hand-coiled pottery. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Please be on time. Materials will be provided. All ages welcome. To make reservations please email: or call 805-418-3163. Please include how many are in your party and the name for the reservation and contact info.

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.