Santa Monica Mountains Recreation Area Programs in Ventura County

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Free events and programs at Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area locations in Ventura County and adjacent areas are highlighted below! (updated periodically to remove past activities). For additional details and other event locations, visit samofund.org/calendar.

Most activities subject to cancellation if there's significant rain.

Sat 12/1 8:30-10am: Birds of the Santa Monica Mountains Walk at SM Mountains Visitor Center - Bring your binoculars, bird guide, and/or camera and join us for an easy bird walk around the grounds of King Gillette Ranch. This area attracts many songbirds, water birds, woodpeckers, and raptors and we are always treated to something interesting. Kids are welcome and the walk is less than a mile at a very easy pace as we stop often to observe the birds. We leave promptly at 8:30 from the flagpole. Heavy rain cancels.

Sun 12/2 10am to 3pm - Winter Solstice Festival at Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa - Join us for a full day of Native American hand-crafted art, music, storytelling, dance demonstration and family fun. More than a dozen Native American Indian artists will show and sell artwork reflecting Chumash, Tongva, Wichita, Hupa, Cahuilla, Apache, Kumeyaay, Dine/Navajo and many other Native cultures.

This is a great opportunity to purchase beautiful and unique Native American art for the holidays and meet our local artists. Native American flute music, traditional dance demonstrations and stories will be performed throughout the day. All ages welcome.

Sun 12/16 8am to 11:30am - San Fernando Valley Audubon Bird Walk at Malibu Creek State Park - Considered the recreational crown jewel of the Santa Monica Mountains, Malibu Creek State Park has over 8,000 acres of rolling tall grass plains, oak savannahs and dramatic peaks. It’s no wonder many call it “The Yosemite of Southern California.” Seasoned birders and beginners alike will enjoy good bird watching and a beautiful, easy hike. Meet at the second (lower) day-use parking lot. Entrance to the park is on the west side of Las Virgenes Rd., just south of Mulholland Hwy. Entrance fee is $12 per car.

Sat 12/29 10am-12:30pm - Welcome Walk at Malibu Creek State Park - Join a docent for a leisurely walk along the creek and through a wooded valley. Learn about the area’s animals, plants, early inhabitants and movies filmed in the park. Meet at the Mail Trailhead parking lot (second, lower lot) by the restrooms. 

Sun 12/30 10-11am - Set to Screen Walk at Paramount Ranch - Learn the secrets that turn a dusty set into a realistic town. Join us on this easy-paced walk behind the scenes to discover the illusions and history of this Ranch. Rain or predicted rain cancels.

Wed 1/9/19 8-10am - Beginner’s Birdwalk with Conejo Valley Audubon at Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa - Conejo Valley Audubon invites birders of all experience levels to attend our monthly Beginner Bird Walks at Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa. These walks will be held on the second Wednesday of each month. We will meet at 8:00am at the main parking lot, which is accessible off Lynn Rd at Via Goleta in Newbury Park.

Rancho Sierra Vista is an excellent place to see many of the oak woodlands birds that are common in the Conejo Valley. We will take time to introduce beginning birders to these species and the best techniques for locating and identifying them.

If you have binoculars, please bring them. A few pairs of loaner binoculars will be available. Wear comfortable walking shoes. No sign-up is needed; just show up. Heavy rain will cancel the walk. The leader will be Richard Armerding and he can be reached at 310-701-3878

Sun 1/20/19- 8am to 11:30am - San Fernando Valley Audubon Bird Walk at Malibu Creek State Park - Considered the recreational crown jewel of the Santa Monica Mountains, Malibu Creek State Park has over 8,000 acres of rolling tall grass plains, oak savannahs and dramatic peaks. It’s no wonder many call it “The Yosemite of Southern California.” Seasoned birders and beginners alike will enjoy good bird watching and a beautiful, easy hike. Meet at the second (lower) day-use parking lot. Entrance to the park is on the west side of Las Virgenes Rd., just south of Mulholland Hwy. Entrance fee is $12 per car.

Tue 2/5/19 8:30am to 1pm - Hike to China Flat at Palo Comado Canyon (Sunnycrest Drive Trailhead) - Moderately paced 6 mile, appx. 1000 ft gain hike in scenic Simi Hills, through chaparral, grasslands and oaks, with great views, to the vernal pool at China Flat. Meet 8:30 AM at Sunnycrest trailhead. From 101 Fwy take Kanan Rd exit and go north 2.2 miles to Sunnycrest Dr. and turn right. Continue 0.8 miles to the “Public Recreation Trail” sign on right and park along curb. Bring water, snack, lugsoles, hat, sunscreen. Rain cancels.

Wed 2/13/19 8-10am - Beginner’s Birdwalk with Conejo Valley Audubon at Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa - Conejo Valley Audubon invites birders of all experience levels to attend our monthly Beginner Bird Walks at Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa. These walks will be held on the second Wednesday of each month. We will meet at 8:00am at the main parking lot, which is accessible off Lynn Rd at Via Goleta in Newbury Park.

Rancho Sierra Vista is an excellent place to see many of the oak woodlands birds that are common in the Conejo Valley. We will take time to introduce beginning birders to these species and the best techniques for locating and identifying them.

If you have binoculars, please bring them. A few pairs of loaner binoculars will be available. Wear comfortable walking shoes. No sign-up is needed; just show up. Heavy rain will cancel the walk. The leader will be Richard Armerding and he can be reached at 310-701-3878

Sun 2/17/19- 8am to 11:30am - San Fernando Valley Audubon Bird Walk at Malibu Creek State Park - Considered the recreational crown jewel of the Santa Monica Mountains, Malibu Creek State Park has over 8,000 acres of rolling tall grass plains, oak savannahs and dramatic peaks. It’s no wonder many call it “The Yosemite of Southern California.” Seasoned birders and beginners alike will enjoy good bird watching and a beautiful, easy hike. Meet at the second (lower) day-use parking lot. Entrance to the park is on the west side of Las Virgenes Rd., just south of Mulholland Hwy. Entrance fee is $12 per car.

Sun 3/17/19- 8am to 11:30am - San Fernando Valley Audubon Bird Walk at Malibu Creek State Park - Considered the recreational crown jewel of the Santa Monica Mountains, Malibu Creek State Park has over 8,000 acres of rolling tall grass plains, oak savannahs and dramatic peaks. It’s no wonder many call it “The Yosemite of Southern California.” Seasoned birders and beginners alike will enjoy good bird watching and a beautiful, easy hike. Meet at the second (lower) day-use parking lot. Entrance to the park is on the west side of Las Virgenes Rd., just south of Mulholland Hwy. Entrance fee is $12 per car.

Sun 4/21/19- 8am to 11:30am - San Fernando Valley Audubon Bird Walk at Malibu Creek State Park - Considered the recreational crown jewel of the Santa Monica Mountains, Malibu Creek State Park has over 8,000 acres of rolling tall grass plains, oak savannahs and dramatic peaks. It’s no wonder many call it “The Yosemite of Southern California.” Seasoned birders and beginners alike will enjoy good bird watching and a beautiful, easy hike. Meet at the second (lower) day-use parking lot. Entrance to the park is on the west side of Las Virgenes Rd., just south of Mulholland Hwy. Entrance fee is $12 per car.

 Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor Center in Calabasas

Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor Center in Calabasas

 King Gillette Ranch - View from near Inspiration Point

King Gillette Ranch - View from near Inspiration Point

 Satwiwa Native American Indian Culture Center in Newbury Park

Satwiwa Native American Indian Culture Center in Newbury Park

Directions to various locations

Cheeseboro/Palo Comado Canyons: Ventura Fwy (101) to Chesebro Rd exit. Turn north on Palo Comado Canyon Rd then right on Chesebro Rd. Go north 1 mile to park entrance. Turn right and follow road to parking lot.

Circle X Ranch: Pacific Coast Hwy to Yerba Buena Rd. Turn inland; go 5.4 miles to Circle X Ranch contact station.

Sandstone Peak Trailhead: 1 mile north of Circle X Ranch contact station on Yerba Buena Rd. Parking lot is on left.

Mishe Mokwa Trailhead: 1.75 miles north of the Circle X contact station along Yerba Buena Road. Parking lot is on right.

King Gillette Ranch: Ventura Fwy (101) Exit Las Virgenes Rd. Go 3 miles south on Las Virgenes Rd to Mulholland Hwy intersection (traffic light). Turn left on Mulholland Hwy. Park entrance is 0.1 mile on right.

Malibu Creek State Park: Ventura Fwy (101) Exit Las Virgenes Rd. Go 3 miles south on Las Virgenes Rd to Mulholland Hwy intersection (traffic light). Park entrance is 0.25 mile south of the intersection on Las Virgenes Rd. From Pacific Coast Hwy: north on Malibu Canyon Rd to park entrance on left.

Paramount Ranch: Ventura Fwy (101) to Kanan Rd exit. South on Kanan 0.5 mile. Left on Cornell Way and veer to right. South 2.5 miles, entrance is on right side of the road.

Peter Strauss Ranch is located at 30000 Mulholland Highway, Agoura Hills.

Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa: Ventura Fwy (101) to Lynn Rd exit. South on Lynn Rd 5.25 miles to Via Goleta. Park entrance is on the left at Via Goleta. Continue all the way to a parking lot where the road ends. To get to the Satwiwa Native American Indian Culture Center, walk 0.3 mile up gravel road from the parking area to brown wooden building. 

Wendy Trailhead: Ventura Fwy (101) to Wendy Dr. exit. South on Wendy Dr to dirt pullout at intersection with Potrero Rd.

Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor Center at King Gillette Ranch: From Ventura Fwy (101): Exit Las Virgenes Rd. Go 3 miles south on Las Virgenes Rd to Mulholland Hwy intersection (traffic light). Turn left on Mulholland Hwy. Go 0.1 mile and turn right into entrance of King Gillette Ranch. The visitor center is the first building on your right. 26867 Mulholland Highway, Calabasas.

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)

  • 11/8 - TAG (R)

  • 11/15 - Ant-Man and the Wasp (PG-13)

  • 11/22 - no movie (Thanksgiving Day)

  • 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

Sat 11/10 2pm - Lakers Star Jamaal Wilkes shares stories and perspectives and will sign his book.

Mon 11/12 6:30-8pm - Maker Mondays for adults - DIY Thank You Cards

Sun 11/18 2pm - Author Elizabeth Hunter Molina to speak about foster and adoption and will sign copies of her book, “Etched in Sand.”

Wed Nov. 21, 10:30am Community Room - Come join us for an impassioned musical performance by Mr. Niikkos de la Poulignac-Gôitrator, a classical vocalist who loves to sing gospel as

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.

well as Classical, Broadway and the Art Song.

Children's Programs

Mon 11/29 10am - Thanksgiving Art with Gaby - crafts using recycled materials.

Tue 11/20 10am - Michael D. McCarty tells stories from around the world.

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)

Ramona Day at the Rancho Camulos Museum in Piru on Saturday, November 10, 2018

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Ramona Day is set for Saturday, November 10, 2018 from 10am to 5pm at the Rancho Camulos Museum, 5164 E Telegraph Road, Piru.

Docent-Led Tours held at 10:00, 11:00, and 12:00.

  • 1:00 PM: Screening of D. W. Griffith's 1910 Ramona, filmed at Rancho Camulos

  • 2:00 PM: Lecture by film historian Hugh Munro Neely

  • 3:00 PM: Screening of Edwin Carewe's recovered and restored 1928 Ramona

The Rancho Camulos Museum's celebration of Dolores Del Rio’s 1928 movie Ramona will feature a day of Ramona-themed activities. This full-length silent film, once considered lost but now recovered and restored, is one of four American-made Ramona films based on Helen Hunt Jackson’s 1884 novel of the same name.

The Ramona connection is one of the reasons Rancho Camulos became a National Historic Landmark in 2000. It is still the only National Historic Landmark in Ventura County.

Preceding the 3:00 PM screening, internationally recognized film historian Hugh Monro Neely will share the amazing history and backstory of this Edwin Carew directed epic. Earlier in the day Mr. Neely will also do a presentation on the DW Griffith 1910 Ramona starring Mary Pickford that was filmed on location at Rancho Camulos and is regularly shown as part of their docent led tours.

Visitors can also take docent-led tours of the historic buildings, visit exhibits such as the new Tataviam Interpretive area, and engage with living history characters. Step back in time at Rancho Camulos, where the history, myth, and romance of old California still linger.

See the Ramona Day schedule and details at ranchocamulos.org. Learn more about Ranch Camulos, Ramona, and the Ramona films at SCVhistory.com.

Suggested donation of $10 requested.

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

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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:  October 14, 28, November 11

49th Annual Galaxy of Gems Gem & Mineral Expo in Oxnard November 17-18, 2018

The 49th Annual Galaxy of Gems Expo is planned for Saturday and Sunday, November 17-18, 2018 at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. Hours are 10am to 5pm on Saturday and 10am to 4pm on Sunday. Free admission, parking and hourly door prizes! Visit www.oxnardgem.com for more information.

Great event to bring the kids to, with numerous displays and activities geared towards educating students about earth sciences.

Event features gems, minerals, fossils, jewelry, demonstrations, exhibits, dealers, silent auctions and kids' activities.

The Oxnard Gem & Mineral Society will be hosting about 50 display cases that will showcase the talents and artistic skills of members and guest exhibitors. Some of the displays and activities are directed towards teaching students about the earth sciences.

Activities throughout both days will include demonstrations of lapidary techniques, glass-bead making and wire wrapping. A silent auction will offer rock and mineral treasures.

On hand will be a select group of dealers with gems, minerals, fossils, stone beads, Idaho opals, silver craft, finished jewelry, tools, lapidary supplies and books about earth science and more.

Holiday Homes Tour and Holiday Boutique Benefitting Cancer Support Community on December 1st and 2nd, 2018

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Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara will hold its annual Holiday Homes Tour on Saturday and Sunday, December 1-2, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Event features a self-guided tour of private homes in the Conejo Valley and surrounding communities. The homes have been decorated to display the family’s personal tastes and traditions for the holidays. A holiday boutique complements the event at St. Maximillian Kolbe Catholic Church, 5801 Kanan Road, Westlake Village.

The self-guided tour is one of the organization’s largest fundraisers, allowing them to continue providing cancer support, education, and hope, free of charge, for people affected by cancer and their families. Tickets may be purchased online at www.CancerSupportVvsb.org or via phone, (805) 379-4777. To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, advertising, and volunteer openings, please call (805) 379-4777

Location: 530 Hampshire Road, Westlake Village

Tickets at www.cancersupportvvsb.org/holiday-homes-tour

About the Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara

Celebrating 25 years of providing support, education and hope to people with cancer and their family, Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara services include support groups, mind/body healthy living programs, educational workshops, social events and connection to community resources. Over 25 years, they have served more than 25,000 local residents affected by cancer with programs throughout Ventura County, Santa Barbara County, and the San Fernando Valley. Programs are offered in English and Spanish and are all provided to participants free of charge. For more information, to volunteer or to make a donation, please visit www.CancerSupportVvsb.org or call 805-379-4777.   

6th Annual Ventura County Farm Day on Saturday, November 3, 2018

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Ventura County farms will open their doors to the pubic during the 6th Annual Ventura County Farm Day.

On Saturday, November 3, visitors will create their own itinerary to experience a day of agricultural activities and meet the farmers who grow the food they eat. Farm Day is free to attend, and tour hours are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Farm Day visitors travel at their own pace since they drive themselves to the farms they select. Each farm is unique, but all feature a number of activities such as conducting educational tours and offering free produce samples.

New this year, Farm Day will officially kick off the night before, Friday, November 2, with a "Farm-to-Table" barbecue at Oxnard Historic Farm Park. From 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., the public can enjoy live music by Mark David, farm-fresh food prepared by celebrated chef Tim Kilcoyne, locally produced craft cocktails, beers and wines, and kids’ activities. Ventura County Farm Day is organized by the nonprofit Students for Eco-Education and Agriculture (SEEAG). SEEAG’s mission is to help children understand the farm origins of their food through classroom agricultural and nutrition education and free farm field trips. For more Farm Day information, a list of participating farms and barbecue ticket information, visit venturacountyfarmday.com or call 805-901-0213.