"Nature on Tap" Summertime Environmental Lectures at Topa Topa Brewing in Ventura

Ventura Hillsides Conservancy serves up “Nature on Tap” - a summertime series of environmental lectures at Ventura’s Topa Topa Brewing Company

The Ventura Hillsides Conservancy (VHC) is teaming up with Topa Topa Brewing Company to host a series of environmental lectures entitled “Nature on Tap” this summer. The public is invited to join VHC staff once a month in July, August and September to learn about local environmental topics and VHC’s mission, projects and programs.

Lecture dates and topics are:

Monday, 7/24/17: Go with the Flow – The Health of the Ventura River: Listen and learn as Dash Dunkell, Ventura Hillsides Conservancy’s Conservation Director, highlights current projects in the Ventura River and discusses what is being done to protect this unique ecosystem.

Monday, 8/28/17: Our Wildlife Neighbors: From coyotes to crows, raccoon to rattlesnakes, opossums to osprey … Ventura has it all! Join Jessica West, Ventura Hillsides Conservancy biologist, to learn about the wildlife that lives on VHC properties, what is being done to preserve their habitat, and how the public can (and has!) become involved in studying our animal neighbors.

Thursday, 9/28/17: Preserving Ventura’s Open Space - Rivers, forest, and farmland: Dash Dunkell, Ventura Hillsides Conservancy’s Conservation Director, will discuss the past, present and future of open space preservation in and around Ventura. 

Each free lecture will begin at 7 p.m. at Topa Topa Brewing Company, located at 104 E Thompson Blvd.  Topa Topa Brewing Company, one of VHC’s business supporters, participates in the 1% for the Planet program and has designated VHC as their donation recipient in July, August and September. In addition, on July 28, they will donate one percent of the day’s sales through their #PintsWithPurpose program.

To RSVP, visit: www.venturahillsides.org/events and, for more information, call the Ventura Hillsides Conservancy: (805) 643-8044.

The Ventura Hillsides Conservancy is dedicated to preserving and protecting Ventura's hillsides, waterways and wildlife. Founded in 2003, the 501(c)(3) non-profit organization is supported by over 500 members, local business and government partners. The land trust currently manages 80 acres of land along the Ventura River and is working toward the purchase of its first hillside property. Further information about the Conservancy is at: www.venturahillsides.org.

4th Annual Food Truck Meetup at Moorpark High School on Sunday, September 10th

Moorpark Education Foundation invites the public to its 4th Annual Food Truck Meetup on the campus of Moorpark High School, 4500 Tierra Rejada Road, on Sunday, September 10th from 3-7pm. Food trucks, games, dunk tank, great music, plenty of shade and more. Free admission. Proceeds benefit Moorpark schools.

12th Annual Wag 'n Walk in Simi Valley on Saturday, September 30, 2017

The 12th Annual Wag 'n Walk takes place at Rancho Simi Community Duck Park amphitheater, 1765 Royal Avenue, Simi Valley, on Saturday, September 30, 2017 from 8 am to noon.

Wag 'n Walk is a three-mile fundraising walk for you and your dog. Vendors, music, prizes, dog adoptions, and silent auction/raffle items. Event T-shirt and goodie bag for walkers that raise at least $100. Registration is FREE.

7:00 AM ALL Walkers check-in or register at the event.
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM Secret roving dog judging
8:00 AM Opening ceremony. Event walk to follow
9:30 AM - 11:45 AM Enjoy the live entertainment, vendors, dog adoptions, raffles, silent auction
12:00 PM Event approximately ends at noon.

Wag 'n Walk benefits Animal Rescue Volunteers, a non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and placement of homeless and abused pets in the Simi Valley and surrounding communities. For more information and to register, visit www.arvsimi.org/Wag__n_Walk.html

2017 Fireworks and Family Fun Day at Camarillo High School on Tuesday, July 4th

Camarilllo’s annual Fireworks & Fun Day will take place on Tuesday, July 4, 2017 at the Camarillo High School football stadium at 4660 Mission Oaks Blvd.

Live entertainment and family fun from 4pm until the fireworks display at 9 p.m.

Tickets on sale at City Hall (601 Carmen Drive) and the Pleasant Valley Recreation and Park District Office (1605 E. Burnley).

Lawn seating will be available on main football field. Bring chairs, blankets and coolers. No alcohol, no smoking, no pets and no personal fireworks allowed.

Hamburgers, hot dogs, and drinks for sale by the Pleasant Valley-Camarillo Lions
Club. Proceeds from food sales will benefit Lions Club programs in the community.

Convenient free parking and shuttle service will be available at the Metrolink Station, 30 Lewis
Road (enter on Dawson Drive side) and in the parking lot behind Technicolor, located at 3233
Mission Oaks Blvd. Shuttles will run every 15 minutes from 4pm-10pm.

If entering Metrolink via Lewis Road, you will need to use the pedestrian overpass across the railroad tracks to access the shuttle buses. For more information, please call (805) 383-5696


2017 Regency Theatres Kids $1 Summer Movie Series Runs June 20 through August 10

Regency Theatres is hosting a Kids Summer Movie Series at locations in Agoura Hills and Ventura, featuring popular kids' films, all rated PG, every Tuesday & Thursday at 10:30 am.  Doors open at 10 am. The 2017 series starts on Tuesday, June 20th, with a final screening on Thursday, August 10th. Admission is only $1 per person! More information at www.regencymovies.com.



  • June 20 and 22: The Croods (PG)
  • June 27 and 29: Rio (G)
  • July 4 and 6: Shrek 2 (PG)
  • July 11 and 13: Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (PG)
  • July 18 and 20: Kung Fu Panda 2 (PG)
  • July 25 and 27: Over the Hedge (PG)
  • August 1 and 3: Flushed Away (PG)
  • August 8 and 10: The Book of Life (PG)

Stars and Stripes Fireworks Festival in Simi Valley July 3rd and 4th, 2017

The Rotary Club of Simi Valley and co-sponsors City of Simi Valley and Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District are upping the ante this 2017 Independence Day by hosting a two day Stars and Stripes Festival on Monday, July 3 and Tuesday, July 4, 2017.

The festival opens on Monday, July 3rd from 3pm until 10pm with carnival rides and live music. Admission is $5 entry on Monday with ages 5 and under free. $20 carnival ride wristband is good for all day unlimited rides. Active military with ID free entry.

On Tuesday, July 4th, the festival continues from noon to 10pm and admission is free this day. $20 wristbands will be available for all day unlimited carnival rides. Pie eating contest at 1pm. Robert Singer's Performing Dogs at 2pm. Live music starts at 2:45pm. Flyover by vintage aircraft at 6pm. Fireworks at 9pm. Food vendors, food trucks, craft beers, wine garden and other vendors on hand.

Location: Rancho Santa Susana Community Park 5005 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley

Bring blanket and chairs, then dance and enjoy!

Visit starsandstripesfireworksfestival.org for more information.

48th Annual Westlake Village 4th of July Parade and Party in the Park


The 48th annual City of Westlake Village 4th of July 2017 Parade will line up at 9:30 AM and proceed down the decorated four block route at 9:45 AM.

Participants are encouraged to decorate their bike, scooter, skateboard, or wagon in patriotic colors and join the City of Westlake Village for this wonderful patriotic celebration! Residents are also welcome to cheer participants on from the side of the parade route.

But wait! Before the parade, starting at 8am, Boy Scout Troop #752’s pancake breakfast will take place at the former Westlake Village Medical Center Property at 4415 Lakeview Canyon at 8:00 am. Breakfast tickets are available for $5 per person or $20 per family.

The event begins at the corner of Lakeview Canyon Road and Agoura Road and marches down the four-block Agoura Road route to Berniece Bennett Park.

Once the parade arrives at the park there will be a U.S. flag retirement ceremony performed by a local Boy Scout Troup, followed by music, inflatables, old-fashioned games and free popsicles and water. The Rotary will be on hand selling hot dogs and snacks, with proceeds benefiting a local charity.

Visit wlv.org/index.aspx?NID=254 or call 818.706.1613 for more information.