2017 Janss Marketplace Summer Concert Series on Wednesday Nights, June to August

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Mark your calendars once again for the FREE Janss Marketplace Summer Concert Series from June 28 through August 23, 2017. Janss Marketplace is located at Moorpark Road & Hillcrest Drive in Thousand Oaks. The music is from 6-8PM.

Concertgoers can register for the chance to win great prizes and those who present receipts of $25 or more will receive your choice of a free pair of sandals or beach towel. 

The 2017 Lineup:

  • 6/28: Ticket to Ride (Beatles Tribute)
  • 7/5: Fools Logic (Supertramp Tribute)
  • 7/12: California Eagles (Eagles Tribute)
  • 7/19: Boogie Wonderland (70s Disco)
  • 7/26: Stone Soul
  • 8/2: Acoustic Saints
  • 8/9: Hollywood Stones (Rolling Stones Tribute)
  • 8/16: Swing Night (plus Frank Sinatra set)
  • 8/23: Live From Earth (Pat Benatar Tribute + Classic Rock)

More info at www.janssmarketplace.net.

2nd Annual Ventura Hillsides Conservancy "Monarch Madness" Event on Saturday, April 29th

On Saturday, April 29, from 9 a.m. - 12 noon, the Ventura Hillsides Conservancy (VHC) will host “Monarch Madness” - a family-friendly milkweed planting event at the Big Rock Nature Preserve along the Ventura River. This 2nd annual free, open-to-the-public event is made possible by funding from SoCalGas.

VHC will demonstrate how to plant milkweed and provide attendees with gardening gloves, shovels, native milkweed plants and mulch. Special guest and monarch butterfly expert, Juliana Danaus, will demonstrate how to make milkweed seed balls that attendees can either plant onsite or take home to plant in their own gardens.

“The Conservancy is committed to restoring and preserving the wildlife habitat that animals, birds and insects need to survive,” said Derek Poultney, VHC executive director. “Thanks to generous support from SoCalGas, we will create a beautiful oasis near the Ventura River that attracts monarch butterflies and human visitors alike.”

Milkweed habitat is essential to the survival of the monarch butterfly. Monarch caterpillars only eat milkweed and monarch mothers lay their eggs on the milkweed plant. The monarch is the only known butterfly to make a two-way migration like birds do.  Monarchs travel between 50 – 100 miles per day and it can take them up to two months to complete their 3,000-mile journey. Milkweed habitat loss is the biggest short-term threat to the migration of monarch butterflies.

This event is appropriate for people of all ages but children must be accompanied by an adult. Attendees should wear sturdy closed-toe shoes, long pants, a hat, sunscreen and bring a water bottle.

The Big Rock Nature Preserve is located off Highway 33 along the Ojai-Ventura Bike Trail, just south of Foster Park.  To RSVP, go to www.venturahillsides.org/events.

For more information and directions, visit www.venturahillsides.org/big_rock or call VHC at: (805) 643-8044.

About the Ventura Hillsides Conservancy: 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 businesses and government partners. The land trust manages 80 acres of land near the Ventura River and is working toward the purchase of its first hillside property. Further information about the Conservancy is at: www.venturahillsides.org

GRAMMY Award Winner Garrick Ohlsson Debuts with New West Symphony May 11-13, 2017

GRAMMY Award® winner Garrick Ohlsson makes his New West Symphony debut performing Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto with the New West Symphony. Guest Conductor Fawzi Haimor will also lead the orchestra in Rossini’s Overture to La Scala di Seta and Haydn’s Symphony No. 104. Performances will be held on May 11-13, 2017 in Santa Monica, Oxnard and Thousand Oaks.

Pianist Garrick Ohlsson has established himself worldwide as a musician of magisterial interpretive and technical prowess. Ohlsson is the only American to have won the International Chopin Competition, and he is well known for his huge repertoire and mastery of the works of Chopin, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert, as well as the Romantic repertoire. He won a GRAMMY® Award in 2008 for his recording of the complete Beethoven sonatas, and he has received many other prestigious awards including the Avery Fisher Prize, first prize in the Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition, first prize in the Montreal Piano Competition, and the Jean Gimbel Lane Prize in Piano Performance.

Fawzi Haimor has been recently announced as Music Director Designate of Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen. Haimor recently completed his tenure as Resident Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Haimor has recently made debuts with NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and New Mexico Philharmonic among others. He earned bachelor’s degrees in both music and neurobiology, a master’s degree in conducting from the University of California-Davis, and second master’s in instrumental conducting at Indiana University.

“It’s a great pleasure to be conducting ‘Emperor’ with Garrick Ohlsson,” said guest conductor Fawzi Haimor. “In a world filled with so many amazing pianists, Garrick is a visionary. I’m also very excited to perform Haydn’s Symphony 104. Haydn’s compositions create an opportunity for the conductor to put their own personal stamp on the piece so this will be a very special and unique performance. The Overture to La scala di seta is also a great piece with a lot of virtuosic parts for the oboe and provides a platform to showcase the amazing talents of the New West Symphony orchestra.”

Performances will be held on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 8pm at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica (1310 11th St); Friday, May 12, 2017 at 8pm at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center (800 Hobson Way); and Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 8pm at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza (2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd.). Tickets are $30-$120 and are available at www.newwestsymphony.org or by calling (866) 776-8400.

Concerto No. 5 for Piano and Orchestra in E-flat major, Op. 73, “Emperor” by Ludwig van Beethoven

The “Emperor” is the largest in scale of all Beethoven’s concertos, and the last one he would finish. The Concerto No. 5 was composed in 1809 amidst an invasion by Napoleon that left Beethoven with a profound sense of misery. In spite of the unpromising circumstances that surrounded its composition, the majestic “Emperor” Concerto is a virtuosic piece with full chordal textures and a wide dynamic range that make it one of the most difficult concertos ever written.

Overture to La scala di seta by Gioacchino Rossini
La scala di seta (“The Silken Ladder”) is a one-act comic farce composed in 1812 that deals with the complications of a secret marriage in which the secret husband Dorvil uses the silken ladder of the opera's title to climb to the chamber of his wife, Giulia. It is no wonder that this miniature masterwork has continued to be a popular piece in modern concert repertoire as Rossini’s orchestral ingenuity sparkles throughout the Overture to La scala di seta, with a bubbling main theme and ending with whirling high spirits and festive brilliance.

Symphony No. 104 in D major, “London” by Joseph Haydn
The magisterial symphonies Haydn composed for his two visits to England were the first compositions made after his release from his three decades of work for the Esterházy family in 1790. Haydn made two astoundingly productive trips to England, composing six symphonies from January 1791 to June 1792, and six more symphonies during his visit in February 1794, which also lasted for a year and a half. The last of the works that Haydn composed there, the “London” Symphony opens with perhaps the most solemn introduction to be found anywhere in Haydn’s instrumental works, with stern, unison, minor-mode proclamations of open intervals alternating with hushed passages of deeply affective harmonies. It has been suggested that the Andante’s strong expression of turbulent emotional territory was Haydn’s musical elegy to his departed friend and colleague, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, who died in 1791.

About the New West Symphony

Founded in 1995, the New West Symphony is a professional orchestra that draws its players from the rich talent pool of professional Los Angeles-area musicians. The Symphony is the resident company of the Oxnard Performing Arts Center, the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, and Barnum Hall in Santa Monica. It presents six Masterpiece Series concerts annually, performing major works from the symphonic repertoire with internationally-acclaimed artists as guest soloists. It also provides quality outreach and educational opportunities for the communities it serves through its annual Symphonic Adventures concert programs for youth, its traveling Music Van, and its New West Symphony Harmony Project of Ventura. More information is available at www.newwestsymphony.org or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/newwestsymphony.

Ventura 4th of July Street Fair and 42nd Annual Children's Pushem-Pullem Parade

The popular City of Ventura 4th of July Street Fair on Tuesday, July 4, 2017 extends along Main Street from Fir Street to Ventura Avenue as well as side streets Chestnut, Oak and California interspersed with six stages of entertainment and free shuttle bus service from the Ventura County Government Center to the Street Fair. 

The event covers seven blocks of Main Street and several side streets filled with over 300 fine artists, crafters, nonprofit organizations and food booths, as well as continuous live entertainment. Open 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. The event is free to the public. A free shuttle service to the event from the Ventura County Government Center is available from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Last shuttle leaving the Street Fair is at 5 p.m.

The 42nd Annual Children’s Pushem - Pullem Parade at 10:00 a.m. is sponsored by the East Ventura Rotary Club.  Assemble at Cemetery Park at Main and Crimea Streets at 9:30 a.m.  The parade proceeds down Main Street to Fir Street at 10:00 a.m.

More information and applications for vendor and food booths at www.cityofventura.net/streetfairs or call 805.654.7749 for more information.

6th Annual California Honey Harvest Festival & BBQ Contest in Fillmore on June 10, 2017

The 6th Annual California Honey Harvest Festival and BBQ Contest is planned for Saturday, June 10, 2017 in Central Fillmore from 9 am to 5 pm. Activities to include train tour, arts, crafts, educational beekeeping speakers, food, live music and entertainment, BBQ contest and more! Free admission. Three train tours daily to Bennett's Honey Farm at 10am, 12:30pm and 3pm. Ticket price for Fillmore train ride and Bennett's Honey Farm Tour is $22 for adults, $15 for ages 4-12, $10 for ages 2-3 and under 2 is free on lap.

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The festival will help support Autism Speaks, a national non-profit helping to increase research and awareness of autism spectum disorders.

Event to be held at Central Park in downtown Fillmore, where you'll have free time to enjoy lunch on your own and browse the many vendors that are all about bees and honey. Then, step aboard the historic Fillmore & Western Railway for a short train ride to Bennett's Honey farm, located halfway between Fillmore and Piru.

You'll see demonstrations by California bee keepers along the way and take a one-of-a-kind tour at the honey farm, where you'll learn all about honey bees and how the honey is collected and processed.

Learn more at www.bennetthoney.com/BHF-Events.html.

Living History Day at Pleasant Valley Historical Society Museum in Camarillo on May 21, 2017

It’s time once again to have fun enjoying and reliving the days of yesteryear.  The Pleasant Valley Historical Society (PVHS) is getting ready to give our children (of all ages) the opportunity to observe and participate in grinding wheat, making tortillas and butter, panning for gold, doing laundry with a washboard, making a dragonfly or button string toy or a corn husk doll or a colonial night cap and more. 

The museum is planning to have around 25 activities at its Living History Day on Sunday, May 21 from 1 – 4 PM at the PVHS Museum and Botanical Garden, 720 Las Posas Road, Camarillo and is open to the public without charge.

Visit www.pvhsonline.org or call 805-482-3660 for more information.

2017 4th of July Celebration at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley

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This 4th of July at the Reagan Presidential Library, come celebrate our Nation’s 241st birthday with family entertainment, presidential look-alikes, face painting, storytelling and children's games and crafts. Enjoy all-American food while listening to a rousing patriotic concert.

All 4th of July activities are free; regular Museum admission rates apply for those visitors who also visit the indoor Museum exhibits. For more information call (805) 522.2977 or visit www.reaganfoundation.org/events.  Event hours 10am to 3pm.