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The Newbury Park Library is hosting a Halloween movie marathon on Saturday, October 27, 2018. This year, the Meeting Room will be transformed into a “haunted” theater, equipped with spooky props and decorations. There will be a 10:00 a.m. screening of “Coraline”, a 12:00 p.m. screening of “The Addams Family”, and a 2:00 p.m. screening of “Zombieland.” The marathon will conclude with a screening of “Get Out” at 4:00 p.m. All movies are free and open to the public.
“Coraline” — 2009 [PG] 100 min. While exploring her new home, a girl names Coraline (Dakota Fanning) discover a secret door, behind which lies an alternative world that closely mirrors her own, but in many ways, is better. She rejoices in her discovery, until Other Mother (Teri Hatcher) and the rest of her parallel family try to keep her there forever. Coraline must use all her resources and bravery to make it back to her own family and life.
“The Addams Family” — 1991 [PG-13] 110 min. When a man (Christopher Lloyd) claiming to be Fester, the missing brother of Gomez Addams (Raul Julia), arrives at the Addams' home, the family is trilled. However, Morticia (Anjelica Huston) begins to suspect the man is a fraud, since he cannot recall details of Fester's life. With the help of lawyer, Tully Alford (Dan Hedaya), Fester manages to get the Addams clan evicted from their home. Gomez realizes the two men are conspiring to swindle the Addams fortune and that he must challenge Fester.
“Zombieland” — 2009 [R] 88 min. After a virus turns most people into zombies, the world’s surviving humans remain locked in an ongoing battle against the hungry undead. Four survivors – Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson) and his cohorts Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg), Wichita (Emma Stone), and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin) – abide by a list of survival rules and zombie-killing strategies as they make their way to ward a rumored safe haven in Los Angeles.
“Get Out” — 2017 [R] 104 min. Now that Chris and his girlfriend, Rose, have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating, she invites him for a weekend getaway upstate with Missy and Dean. At first, Chris reads the family's overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter's interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he never could have imagined.
For more information about these and other programs offered through the Thousand Oaks Library, please visit the Library’s website www.tolibrary.org or call the Reference Desk during open hours at 805-449-2660.
The National Park Service will host a free classic car show and drive-in movie featuring ‘80s comedy “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure.” The event, which will be held at historic Paramount Ranch, will take place on Saturday, September 29 from 4:00 to 9 p.m.
“Last year, our first, was a success, but I would love to add more cars to this year’s show,” said event organizer Ranger Ryan Stead. “The car show is not a competition, but an opportunity for folks to display their rolling history and art. All makes and models of vehicles are invited to participate. This includes classics, art cars, low riders, muscle cars, rat roads and anything else that an owner doesn't mind getting a little bit of dust on. The car show will be held in Western Town so dust is inevitable.”
Car show participants will receive premium parking for the drive-in movie. The event will also feature a BBQ and yogurt food truck, a fun kids zone and a car culture presentation.
A walking tour will highlight vehicles that have appeared in Paramount Ranch films. While Paramount Ranch operated as movie ranch, it was also home to a short-lived racetrack in the 1950s. The movie The Devil’s Hairpin was filmed on the course, which closed down after three fatalities within 18 months from its opening.
The event’s schedule includes a number of activities:
4:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.: Classic cars displayed in Western Town
4:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.: Kids activities (Hot Wheels races, a mini-Delorean obstacle course, and more)
4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.: Car culture and history tours
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.: Showing of “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure”
Attendees can choose to watch the film from their vehicles or they can bring a chair to sit in a designated seating area.
For individuals interested in showing their car, they can email their name, phone number, make, model and year of their car to email@example.com or call 805-418-3176.
Paramount Ranch is located at 2903 Cornell Road, Agoura Hills, CA, 91301.
Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (SMMNRA) is the largest urban national park in the country, encompassing more than 150,000 acres of mountains and coastline in Ventura and Los Angeles counties. A unit of the National Park Service, it comprises a seamless network of local, state and federal parks interwoven with private lands and communities. As one of only five Mediterranean ecosystems in the world, SMMNRA preserves the rich biological diversity of more than 450 animal species and 26 distinct plant communities. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/samo.
The Pleasant Valley Recreation & Park District presents its annual Halloween in the Park on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 from 5-8pm at Community Center Park, 1605 E. Burnley Street, Camarillo. Trick or Treat Village, Costume Contest, Games, Crafts and more. There will also be a local wildlife presentation. www.pvrpd.org
Tickets are on sale now for Ventura Land Trust’s 9th annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival (WSFF) coming to Ventura on August 18, 2018. The popular festival offers audiences the chance to enjoy a series of award-winning short films that celebrate the beauty and bounty of our natural world.
For the first time, this year’s festival will take place outdoors under the stars at the headquarters of the Ventura County Credit Union, 2575 Vista Del Mar Drive. In addition to films, festival-goers will enjoy live bands, food trucks, beer and wine, a high-end raffle plus family-friendly games and activities!
Ticket prices are $25 for General Admission and $5.00 for Children (ages 12 and under). To purchase, go to https://www.venturalandtrust.org/2018_wsff and click on the drop-down ticket tab. The festival begins at 5 p.m.; films start at 8 p.m.
“The Wild and Scenic Film Festival helps connect the Land Trust’s work to the greater global environmental movement,” said Derek Poultney, VLT Executive Director. “The films are beautiful, educational, inspirational and just plain fun.”
The WSFF is supported by sponsorships from local businesses, community organizations and individuals. This year’s event “Celebrity Sponsors” are Rabobank and Slaughter, Reagan and Cole and the “Venue Sponsor” is Ventura County Credit Union. For a full list of the 2018 festival sponsors, go to www.ventura.org and click on Wild and Scenic sponsor tab.
For more information on tickets or sponsorship opportunities, visit www.venturalandtrust.org or call the VLT office: (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 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.
Free Movie Night at The Shoppes: Wizard of Oz
The Shoppes at Westlake Village and Tifa Chocolate & Gelato are presenting a Free Outdoor Movie Night featuring The Wizard of Oz on Friday, August 10th at 8pm. The screening will take place at the front fountain outside of Tifa.
Tifa will be handing out special treats during the screening of the movie. Guests should be sure to bring blankets and lawn chairs.
All ages welcome! Come early to secure a seat, grab dinner to-go from one of the Shoppes restaurants, and get ready for a perfect summer evening with the family.
Location: 30770 Russell Ranch Rd., Westlake Village
The Pleasant Valley Recreation and Park District once again is hosting a series of free outdoor movies on Friday nights starting July 13 through August 17, 2018 at Community Center Park, 1605 E. Burnley Street and Camarillo Grove Park, 6968 E. Camarillo Springs Road (8/17 film). Refreshments available for purchase. Movies start at dusk. Visit www.pvrpd.org/recreation/special_events/movies.asp for more information.
Food Trucks will be on site for snack purchases (bring cash).
Live music performance before each movie, from 6-8pm, courtesy of Rock City Studios.
Lawn games available to play with before movie.
- July 13: Toy Story (PG) (Community Center Park)
- July 20: Star Wars: The Last Jedi (PG-13) (Community Center Park)
- July 27: Beauty and the Beast (2017 PG) (Community Center Park)
- August 3: Thor: Ragnarok (PG-13) (Community Center Park)
- August 10: Jumanji (2017 PG-13) (Community Center Park)
- August 17: Coco (PG) (Camarillo Grove Park) (followed by end of summer campout)
Brings lawn chairs, blankets, picnic baskets and enjoy! Movies, dates subject to change, so check the PVRD website for updates.