143rd Annual Ventura County Fair Planned for August 1-12, 2018


The 143rd Annual Ventura County Fair, "A Country Fair with Ocean Air" will be held August 1st through 12th at the Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 W. Harbor Boulevard in Ventura.

The fair features arts, crafts, food, exhibits, displays, demonstrations, farm animals, petting zoo, carnival rides, games and entertainment. More information at www.VenturaCountyFair.org.

General Admission Prices in 2017 (2018 to come):  Adults (13 to 64) $12.00, Children 5-12 $9.00, Seniors 65+ $9.00. Children under 4 Super Seniors (100+) admitted free.

Open at 11am every day; early birds on Tuesday, August 7th, allowed in at 10am. Carnival Midway opens at noon daily. Fair closes at 11pm daily. Carnival closes between 11pm and midnight.

Special Admission Days:


Entertainment Lineup

  • Wed 8/1: Motor Sports (add'l ticket required)
  • Thu 8/2 7:30PM: UB40 featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey
  • Fri 8/3 7:30PM: Plain White T's
  • Sat 8/4 7:30PM: LeAnn Rimes
  • Sun 8/5 3PM: Dia de la Familia Concert
  • Mon 8/6 7:30PM: Sublime with Rome
  • Tue 8/7 1PM: The 5th Dimension
  • Tue 8/7 7:30PM: Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons
  • Wed 8/8 7:30PM: Boyz II Men
  • Thu 8/9 7:30PM: Hunter Hayes
  • Fri 8/10 7:30PM: Creedence Clearwater Revisited
  • Sat/Sun 8/11-12 2 & 7PM: Professional Cowboy Rodeo

33rd Annual Senior Concerns Ultimate Dining Experience at Hyatt Westlake on September 15, 2018

Lights! Camera! Action! Join us and experience the glitz and glamour of Hollywood Nights at the 33rd Annual Ultimate Dining Experience. Stroll down the red carpet as you head into the Hyatt Garden for award-winning food and wine pairings from premier local restaurants and wineries. Experience the best in silent and live auctions, the Ultimate Dining three course dinner, and more. Then join our "Governor's Ball" after party and dance the night away as the Thousand Oaks DJ Company spins the top Hollywood-themed tunes and other award-winning favorites.

Tickets are $225 per person, $425 per couple or $2,100 for a table of 10.

For additional information or to purchase tickets visit www.seniorconcerns.org/ultimate-dining or call (805) 497-0189.

"A Gathering of Joy," Obon Festival on Saturday, July 14, 2018 at the Oxnard Buddhist Temple

The Annual Obon Festival, "A Gathering of Joy" will take place at the Oxnard Buddhist Temple, 250 South "H" Street, Oxnard on Saturday, July 14, 2018 from 1:00 pm to 8:30 pm. FREE admission and fun for the entire family! Exhibits and demonstrations will include Bonsai, Karate, Judo and crafts in addition to authentic entertainment such as classical Japanese and Okinawa dance, Taiko drumming, and children's games. For more information visit www.oxnardbuddhisttemple.org or call (805) 483-5948.

Malibu Cars and Coffee Event on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of Each Month


The City of Malibu, in partnership with Exclusive Motorcars, Southern California's top car enthusiasts will enjoy a beautiful drive down the coast to meet at Malibu Bluffs Park, 24250 Pacific Coast Highway, from 7am to 9am.

Enjoy a cup of coffee at "Malibu Cars and Coffee" while admiring some of the world's finest automobiles at an unbeatable location with gorgeous views of Malibu's coastline. Cars will arrive and be available for viewing at 7 am. Visit www.malibucarsandcoffee.com for more information.

Inclement weather can cancel event.

2nd and 4th Sunday of the month.

Upcoming dates:  June 24, July 8

Girl Scouts 4thAnnual "Fork It Over" Fundraiser in Thousand Oaks on Thursday, September 20, 2018

Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast 4th Annual
Fork It Over Fundraiser on September 20, 2018

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Fork It Over Cookie Culinary Competition and Fundraiser to be held at The Palm Garden Hotel in Thousand Oaks

Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast (GSCCC) is hosting the Fourth Annual Fork It Over fundraiser on Thursday, September 20th from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Palm Garden Hotel in Thousand Oaks. Tickets are on sale now! All proceeds benefit the Girl Scout Leadership Experience of Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast. The Girl Scout Leadership Experience provides research-backed, time-tested and age-appropriate activities in an all-girl, and girl led environment that sets girls up for a lifetime of leadership and success.  “We are thrilled to partner with the community in support of building future leaders through Girl Scouts” said Jody Skenderian, CEO of Girl Scouts.


Fork It Over hosts notable chefs from popular local restaurants that will be creating Girl Scout cookie-inspired appetizers and desserts in imaginative sweet and savory cookie and food pairings. The event will also feature a variety of spirit purveyors from across California’s Central Coast, including local breweries, wineries and vineyards.  “We are grateful for the innovative chefs, wineries, breweries and sponsors for their continued support of this unique and popular annual event” said Tammie Helmuth, Board Chair and founder of the event.

The evening’s finale will feature a cookie culinary competition featuring recipes from renowned chefs from popular local California restaurants, caterers, and even food trucks. A panel of judges will select the best creations and guests can vote on their favorite entry for the “People’s Choice” award as well as enjoy a silent auction.

For information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.forkitovergsccc.com or call (805) 232-3972.

About Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast
Girl Scouts of California's Central Coast serves over 10,700 girls across six counties and is committed to making Girl Scouting available to girls in ways that impact their lives both in the moment and into the future. Girls participate in troops, individual projects, council events, day camps, and more. A variety of leadership, outdoor skills, and Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) based programs and events provide girls with opportunities to learn and explore in fun and informative ways. To join or volunteer in Santa Cruz, San Benito, Monterey, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara or Ventura County, visit: www.girlscoutsccc.org.

2018 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular and Other Fun Events in Thousand Oaks


The 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular, coordinated by the Conejo Recreation and Park District, The City of Thousand Oaks and other local sponsors, takes place on the hill behind the Hillcrest Center of the Arts in Thousand Oaks. Fireworks start at 9 p.m., with a great view from the Janss Marketplace and The Oaks mall parking lots and surrounding areas! NOTE: This year there will be NO radio patriotic simulcast during the fireworks show. Information: (805) 495-6471

Other 4th of July activities in Thousand Oaks include the following:

Pancake Breakfast $5.00/person at Borchard Community Center, 190 Reino Road, Newbury Park, from 8:00-11:00am, 805/381-2791 ALL YOU CAN EAT!

Senior Home Run Derby, ages 50+ Borchard Community Center: $5.00 9:00-11:00am, 805/381-2744

Home Run Derby, Borchard Community Center:  $5.00, 8:30-10:30am, 805/495-4674 (for men and women 16+ and men's masters 40+) Each batter is given 10 outs. A home run is a fair ball hit over the fence. How many can you smash out? Plaques awarded to top finishers.  This is an excellent time for families to enjoy park facilities, watch some awesome hitters and compete!

FREE Family Open Swim from noon to 4pm at the Community Pool at CLU and Newbury Park High School pools. 805/241-0894

Concert in the Park at Conejo Community Park, 1175 Hendrix Avenue: The performance this year features both patriotic tunes and country music with the LA Allstars.  Patriotic crafts for the kids are also on the day's agenda. For those wishing to purchase food, Conejo Center staff will once again have their famous $1 hot dogs & snow cones.  Event is lawn seating; bring your picnics, blankets, lawn chairs, etc.  Attendees are advised to arrive early as event parking is off-site only; on-site parking is reserved for cars displaying handicap placards until the lot is full.  Information: crpd.org/events/summer_concerts_in_the_park/default.asp. Site phone: (805) 495-2163. Concertgoers are asked to leave pets at home.

Free Crafts at Lakeshore Learning in Ventura on Saturdays

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Free crafts for kids ages 3 and up at Lakeshore Learning in Ventura on Saturdays from 11 am to 3 pm (updated 6/17/18):

6/23: Summertime Fan

6/30: Summer Fun Visor

7/7: Under the Sea Animals

7/14: Super-Cute Sandcastle

7/21: Seaside Pals

7/28: Sail Away! Craft Stock Sailboat

The Ventura store is located at 4705 Telephone Road.  Phone 805.289.1550 or visit www.lakeshorelearning.com.