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

Free Tuesday Night Movie Screenings at NP Library (6:30pm):

  • 12/4 - Elf

  • 12/11 - Krampus

  • 12/18 - A Christmas Story

Monday Movie Matinees at T.O. Library at 1pm:

  • 12/3 The Rider (2018 R, 104 min)

  • 12/17: Four Christmases (2008 PG-13, 88 min)

Adult Programs

Wed 12/12 6-8PM: Open Mic Poetry Night at T.O. Library - Join a diverse local poetry community to read, listen, encourage, and inspire. In partnership with Phil Taggart, Ventura County Poet Laureate, and host Ken Jones.

Crafternoon Special Holiday Date: “Gift Bows” — Learn how to make your own gift bows from recycled magazine pages. This fun and easy craft will help you get ready for the holidays, or for any occasion, which will be held in the Grant R. Brimhall Technology Training Room on November 30, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Sun 12/2 2-3:30PM at T.O. Library - Jazz at Lincoln Center Presents: The Digital Concert Network

The Digital Concert Network is an exclusive network designed to provide free digital content of the world renowned Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. As an affiliate, the Thousand Oaks Library can present this screening. Peter Gordon, Director of New Initiatives – Music Industry, of CLU will present a short pre-concert talk engaging about the instrumentation, the music and the composer. 

Big Band Holidays Sunday

Every December, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis brings this Grammy Award–nominated holiday extravaganza to Rose Theater for a series of sold-out shows. With soulful big band arrangements of songs both sacred and secular, Big Band Holidays is an uplifting tradition. In addition to some swinging JLCO instrumentals, special guest vocalists join the band each season for imaginative new versions of classics like “White Christmas” and “Merry Christmas, Baby.” Join us on December 2nd for a free screening in the Grant R. Brimhall Library Community Room from 2:00-3:30 p.m.

Teen Programs

Homemade Cards and Gifts by Teens — Teens grades 6-12 can make homemade cards and gifts to give away for the holidays. Decorate and give away a tote bag. Create various crafts using duct tape, discarded books and other materials. Program will take place on Tuesday, November 20, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Grant R. Brimhall Library Community Room, Wednesday, November 28, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Newbury Park Library Meeting Room, and Tuesday, December 4, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Grant R. Brimhall Library Community Room.

Teen Book Discussion — A friendly book discussion will be held on Tuesday, December 18, at the Grant R. Brimhall Library Community Room. Teens can come discuss their favorite fantasy books and learn about other books they may be interested in. Grades 6-8 from 6 to 6:45 p.m. and Grades 9-12 from 7 to 7:45 p.m.

Virtual Reality Oculus Rift — Sign up for a 10-minute session to try out the Virtual Reality Oculus Rift system’s various programs. Ages 13 and older only. Held in the Grant R. Brimhall Library Tech Training Room on Friday, November 16, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Kids' Programs

Literary Potatoes — Celebrate Picture Book Month by decorating a potato as your favorite book character! Recommended for school age. This program will take place on Wednesday, November 7, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Newbury Park Library Meeting Room and Monday, November 26, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Grant R. Brimhall Library Community Room.

Mon 12/3 5:30-6:30PM at NP Library - Hour of Code for older elementary school students. Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify "code" to show children that they can learn the basics of coding. Bring your kids to learn during one of the Library's Hour of Code sessions where they will receive assistance from library staff.

The rescheduled Party Puppet Show will be on Saturday, December 8th. Same day performances at the Grant R. Brimhall Library @ 11:00 a.m. & Newbury Park Library @ 2:00 p.m. Join us for this fun, 45-minute puppet show!

Wed 12/12 6-7PM at NP Library - Make & Take: Gingerbread House - Create a "Gingerbread" House using graham crackers and icing and embellish your house with decorative candy. Space is limited. Registration Required. Register at the Reference Desk or call (805) 449-2660 option 7. Participants’ spots will be given away if they are more than 10 minutes late. For school age kids.

Upcoming Free Events and Programs at the E.P. Foster Library in Ventura

Here is a compilation of selected upcoming planned events at the E.P. Foster Library. All events are free and open to the public. The Library is located in Historic Downtown Ventura, 651 East Main Street, Ventura. (805) 648-2716 www.vencolibrary.org/locations/ep-foster-library.

Adult Events

Poetry Open Mic Night

1/3, 10, 17, 24, & 31 Thursdays @ 7:30-9pm in the Topping Room

On these Thursday nights, come join this group of  writers as they meet in the Topping Room to share their work.

Twisted Stitchers Fiber Arts Club

1/3 & 17  Thursday @ 11am

Get together with makers from all across the fiber-arts world. Meet, teach, connect, share.

Ukulele Jam Session

1/7 Mondays @ 7-10pm in the Topping Room

Locals gather to play the ukulele on the first and third Monday of the month.

Adult STEAM Workshop 

11/17 Saturday @2-3pm 

3rd Saturday of the month. Each month a different themed program will be presented.  See you in the Makerspace!  

Porfirio Gutiérrez Zapotec Artisan

Saturday, January 5, 2019 -6:00pm to 8:00pm

Join us for an immersive evening at E.P. Foster Library with master dyer and textile artist, Porfirio Gutiérrez. Come learn about the rich history of the craft in its cultural context. Gutiérrez is committed to keeping his family’s traditional Zapotec practices and knowledge alive.

Gutiérrez and his family are masters of Zapotec weaving and come from a long line of weavers from Teotitlán del Valle in Oaxaca, Mexico. They are among a small group of textile artisans working to preserve the use of plant and insect dyes—techniques that stretch back more than 2,000 years in the indigenous Zapotec tradition.

Opera Santa Barbara Free Noontime Concert

1/18 Friday @12-1pm

Spend Your Lunch Hour listening to members of the Mosher Studio Artist Program, who will perform a selection of popular opera arias and duets as well as some musical theatre pieces.

Children’s Events

Lego play

1/8, 15, 22, & 29 Tuesdays @ 3-5pm

1/5, 12, 19, & 26 Saturdays @ 10:30am-4pm

Build, Learn, and Play! Bring your imagination and experiment with creative designs. Children of all ages welcome!

Monday Craft Madness

1/7, 14, 28 Mondays @ 10am-6pm

Drop-in craft table!

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 11/23/18):

11/24 My Favorite Slice of Pie

12/1 Fluffy Polar Bear Craft

12/8 Let It Snow! Winter Mobile

12/15 Hit the Slopes! Snowman

12/22 Trim-The-Tree Keepsake

12/29 New Year’s Mask

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



Santa Claus to Parachute into Janss Marketplace Thousand Oaks on Friday, November 23, 2018

Janss Marketplace in Thousand Oaks will honor special traditions during the holiday season including Santa Claus’ spectacular arrival from the sky, Jewish tradition Menorah lighting Hanukkah events, community caroling, Light Show, Holiday Jazz Concerts and more.  All holiday events are FREE at Janss Marketplace, located at Hillcrest Drive and Moorpark Road in Thousand Oaks. Visit www.janssmarketplace.net and Janss Marketplace Facebook for details on all the holiday events.

The holiday celebration begins on Friday, November 23  at the 12 – 3 p.m. Jingle Bell Jump.  Precisely at noon families can join Mrs. Claus and his elves to welcome Santa as he parachutes from an airplane for a holiday landing at Janss Marketplace.  The public is encouraged to arrive early to get a good viewing spot for Santa’s arrival.   

Following Santa’s Arrival from the sky, he will join Mrs. Claus to ride the Janss Holiday Express Train to Santa’s Village, a Bavarian style snowy village located near Burlington.  Guests at the event who present November 23, 2018 receipts from Janss stores get one free photo until 4 p.m.  The three-hour Jingle Bell Jump event also features story telling and face painting with Mrs. Claus, kids craft activity, DJ music, prize drawings and rides on the Janss Holiday Express Train.

Santa’s Village will be open through Christmas Eve for photos with Santa, beginning at just $17.95 for a keepsake print.   Get photos with Santa on November 23 from 4 – 6 p.m., from 12 noon – 8 p.m. on November 24 – 25, December 1 – 2 and December 8 – 9;  from 1 – 8 p.m. on December 15 – 23 with final visits and photos with Santa on Christmas Eve, December 24 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

Following the Jingle Bell Jump event, the Janss Holiday Express free train rides will continue each Saturday and Sunday, December 1 through December 23 from 12 noon to 4 p.m.  Board the train near Buca di Beppo. 

Janss Marketplace is proud to host the tradition of holiday caroling by making donations and hosting community caroling groups.  Girl Scouts, school and church choirs and singers from other organizations will walk through Janss Marketplace from December 1 – 10 to entertain holiday shoppers with Christmas carols.

The annual Hanukkah celebrations at Janss Marketplace draw hundreds of people, including non-Jewish attendees.  Thousand Oaks Chabad Jewish Center will host the Chanukah Family Festival in the Regal Cinemas Court on Tuesday, December 4 from 5 – 7 p.m.    The event will feature the first night of Hanukkah candle ceremony to illuminate the 18-foot giant Menorah, traditional music, dancing, free youth activities and foods, including Latkes.

Temple Etz Chaim will host the second night Menorah lighting ceremony on Wednesday, December 5 from 6:30 – 8 p.m. Attendees will also enjoy traditional music, dancing, free youth activities and foods, including Latkes.

Janss Marketplace will host a NEW four-night Holiday Jazz Concert series, nightly December 13 – 16 from 6 – 8 p.m. The free performances will accompany the amazing Holiday Lights 3D Spectacular show.  Attendees will view the light show  which transforms the Burlington Court at Janss Marketplace into a magical theater with animation elves, toy soldiers and other holiday icons that come to life with spectacular lights, followed by half hour concerts of live jazz ensembles.  Complimentary hot cocoa will be served, while supplies last. 

Viewing is perfect from anywhere near the Burlington Courtyard at Janss Marketplace as the  Burlington storefront becomes the canvas for the colorful visual and musical production.  The choreographed show features images, lights, and other amazing special effects.  

More information at janssmarketplace.net

Annual Silent Santa Event at The Collection at RiverPark in Oxnard on Sunday, December 2, 2018


The Collection at RiverPark is hosting its annual Silent Santa event on Sunday, December 2, 2018. The event welcomes children of all ages with Autism, hearing impairment, or other special needs to experience a private visit with Santa. Children and their families will be treated to a quiet and calm experience without crowds, music, jingle bells or additional stimulation. Families will be able to spend quality time with Santa and have their photo taken for memories that will last a lifetime.

To make a reservation, contact Guest Services at (805) 988-7527.


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)

  • 11/29 - Overboard (PG-13)

  • 12/6 - Won’t You Be My Neighbor? (PG-13)

  • 12/13 - Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (PG-13)

  • 12/20 - The Man Who Invented Christmas (PG-13)

  • 12/27 - Ocean’s 8 (PG-13)

Special Events / Programs for Adults

Tues 12/4 7pm - Santa Storytime, songs and crafts. And then take your photo with him.

Mon 12/10 6:30-8pm - Maker Mondays for adults - Luminaries

Sat 12/15 2pm - Author Michael H. Gorn will talk about NASA at 60, Apollo at 50: What has the Space Age Given Mankind?

Sun 12/16 2pm - The Other Reindeer Carolers will sing holiday classics.

Mon 12/17 7pm - Managing Holiday Stress Using Meditation with Stephanie Lee, M.D.

Children's Programs

Tue 12/4 7pm - Santa Storytime - evening of stories, songs and crafts feature Santa himself!

Tue 12/4 10am - Hanukkah Storytime at the Pirate ship

Tue 12/18 2pm - Holiday Art with Gaby in the Children’s Area - crafts using recycled materials.

Teen Programs (ages 12-17)

Annual Tree Lighting and Santa's Arrival at Simi Valley Town Center on Saturday, November 17, 2018


Santa's Arrival and Tree Lighting planned from 4-9PM on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at the Simi Valley Town Center.

Fun family activities planned! Santa will arrive on the North Pole Express www.facebook.com/simivalleytc