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

  • 2/19: Solaris (Rated PG-13, 120 min., 2002)

  • 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

2/16/19 Noon to 4pm - Space Comedy Double Feature: Noon - Mars Attacks! This quirky science fiction comedy comically parodies the science-fiction film of the 50s and 60s. Directed by Tim Burton and staring Jack Nicholson, Pierce Brosnan, and Glenn Close. Rated PG-13. 2pm - Men in Black

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

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.

2019 Princess Weekend at Santa Barbara Zoo on Saturday & Sunday, March 9-10

TWO-DAY “PRINCESS WEEKEND”

RAISES THE SCEPTER FOR FROG CONSERVATION ON

SATURDAY & SUNDAY, March 9-10, 2019

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A hit with budding royalty since 2009 when the Zoo first raised the scepter for amphibian conservation, Princess Day is once again a two-day affair, dubbed Princess Weekend. Young female members of royal birth don tiaras, step into their glass slippers, and wear their finest sparkly ball gowns to this celebration of all-things-princess. But it’s not all dress-up, this event also is designed to bring attention to the many frogs, toads, and other amphibians around the world that face possible extinction.

Princess Weekend at the Santa Barbara Zoo is Saturday and Sunday, March 9-10, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Santa Barbara Zoo members only are allowed early admission at 9 a.m.). The event is free with Zoo admission: $18 adults, $13 seniors aged 65 and up, $11 children 2-12. Weekend parking is $11. For more info, visit www.sbzoo.org.

Real live princesses like Snow White and Sleeping Beauty, along with mermaids, fairies, and other fairytale characters, are present for photos and chat. Costumes are encouraged, and boys are also welcome, be they dressed as knights, princes, cowboys, pirates, or astronauts.

The Santa Barbara Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) whose accredited members are helping to preserve thousands of animals regionally and around the world through unequaled wildlife conservation programs. Visit www.sbzoo.org.

Upcoming Events and Activities at the Camarillo Public Library

The City of Camarillo Public Library is located at 4101 Las Posas Road and is open Monday through Thursday from 10 am to 9 pm and Friday through Sunday 10 am to 5 pm. It can be reached at 805.388.5222. The library hosts year-round free activities and programs for the general public, many of which will be highlighted right here (for a complete rundown, visit the library's website at www.camarillolibrary.org.

Upcoming Programs (prior events periodically removed):

Must See Movies (Thursdays at 6:30PM; doors open at 6:15PM)

  • 2/7 - Equalizer 2 (R)

  • 2/14 - Juliet, Naked (R)

  • 2/21 - Crazy Rich Asians (PG-13)

  • 2/28 - The Wife (R)

Special Events / Programs for Adults

Sat 2/23 11am to 4pm - Chinese New Year Celebration - Please join us for our annual Chinese New Year Celebration on the Library Lawn. The Ventura County Chinese American Association and the City of Camarillo Public Library are proud to welcome the whole community in celebrating the Year of the Pig. The event will include cultural performances, food trucks, family-friendly activities, and conclude with the very popular Camarillo Lion Dance Troupe. Families are encouraged to bring blankets and folding chairs and enjoy a fun picnic on the lawn.

Children's Programs

Magic Movin’ Mondays

Monday, Feb. 25 at 10am in the Pirate Ship

Let’s get moving and shaking! The Dance Company of Camarillo will lead an active storytime for toddlers and preschoolers.

Special Dental Storytime

Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 10am in the Pirate Ship

Learn about dental hygiene in a fun and child-friendly way with Sarah from the Children’s Dental Group!

Teen Programs (ages 12-17)

Maker Mondays

Mondays from 6:30 - 8pm Community Room

A craft project workshop for Adults and Teens!

Crafty teens and adults can join us for a new craft each month!

Monday, Feb. 11: Celebrate African American

History Month with African inspired jewelry!

Saturday, Feb. 16 from 1 to 2:30pm

Conference Room

Get a free book each month and come to discuss it the following month. Our meetings are fun, casual and not quiet!

Spring Egg Hunt at Rancho Santa Susana Community Park in Simi Valley on April 20, 2019

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Celebrate the Eggcitement of the coming of Spring on Saturday, April 20, 2019 at Rancho Santa Susana Community Park, 5005 Los Angeles Avenue, Simi Valley starting at 9 a.m. Call 805.584.4456 for more information. Free admission. Rain cancels the event. www.rsrpd.org

Bring your own basket! And perhaps bring a canned good or non-perishable food donation for Samaritan Center.

2019 City of Moorpark Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 20th

The Annual City of Moorpark Easter Egg Hunt takes place on Saturday, April 20, 2019 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 3 & under, parents ok)
10:45 am: Little Kids (Ages 5 & under, parents ok)
11:00 am: Big Kids (Ages 6 & up, no parents)
11:30 am: Family Hunt (all ages; parents ok)
12:00 pm: Little Kids (Ages 5 & under, parents ok)
12:15 pm: Big Kids (Ages 6 & up, no parents)
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 $5. All Access Wristband is $10. Call 805.517.6300 for more information. or visit www.moorparkca.gov

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 2/5/19):

2/9: Valentine Mobile

2/16: Patriotic Agamograph

2/23: Pete the Cat Craft Stick Mask

3/2: Caterpillar Bookmark

3/9: What’s The Time? Clock

3/16: Fluttering into Spring

3/23: Fly! Drive! Sail! Vehicle Craft

3/30: Bright-Eyed Finger Puppets

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

www.lakeshorelearning.com/stores/free-crafts

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CANCELLED DUE TO RAIN Chinese New Year Festival at the Kids' Adventure Garden in Thousand Oaks on Sunday, February 10, 2019

CANCELLED DUE TO RAIN

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The Conejo Valley Botanic Garden will be hosting a Chinese New Year Festival to celebrate the Year of the Pig on Sunday, February 10th from 11:00AM to 2:30PM in the Kids’ Adventure Garden. It will feature a Kung Fu performance,  Dragon and Lion Dance, Chinese Calligraphy, and crafts.  Lion dance will start at 12:00PM.

The Kids’ Adventure Garden is located in the heart of Thousand Oaks at 400 W. Gainsborough Road at Jeaunine Drive.