3rd Annual Heritage Halloween and Movie in the Park at Strathearn Park Simi Valley on October 19th


3rd Annual Heritage Halloween and Movie in the Park at Strathearn Historical Park & Museum on October 19, 2019 from 5-9PM. Located at 137 Strathearn Place, Simi Valley.

Enjoy an old-fashioned Halloween with your young ones. Children can trick-or-treat at the historic structures around the park, participate in a costume parade and then stay for a movie in the park! ‘Hotel Transylvania 3’ will be shown.

Bring chairs to sit in to watch the movie. No canopies. Bring a picnic dinner, or purchase light refreshments. Admission is free!

Rain or winds will cancel event. Trick-or-treating while candy supplies last!

  • 5pm – 6pm Old time games

  • 6pm – 7pm Trick-or-treating

  • 7pm Costume parade

  • Dusk - Hotel Transylvania 3


"Creatures of the Night" Annual Halloween Event at Rancho Sierra Vista in Newbury Park on October 26th


The National Park Service announces it annual “Creatures of the Night” family Halloween event at Rancho Sierra Vista in Newbury Park (parking lot accessed at Lynn Road and Via Goleta) on Saturday, October 26, 2019 from 5-9pm. Free event to include a ranger-led bat hike, scorpion hike and telescope stargazing as well as face painting and other family activities.

Note new location this year (it was Paramount Ranch, badly burned in the Woolsey Fire of 2018, was the previous location).

Santa Monica Mountains Recreation Area Programs in Ventura County


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.

10/26, 11/24, 12/28 - Welcome Walk at Malibu Creek State Park 10am to 12:30pm - Join a docent for a refreshing walk along Malibu Creek, through a wooded valley. Learn about fire restoration, plus the park’s animals, plants, early inhabitants, and movies filmed on location. Meet at the Main Trailhead parking lot (second, lower lot) by the restrooms.

Sun 10/20, 11/17, 12/15, 1/19/20, 2/16, 3/15, 4/19, 5/17, 6/21, 7/19 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.

Sat 11/2, 12/7, 1/4/20, 2/1 8:30-10am - Birds of the Santa Monica Mountains Walk at King Gillette Ranch - 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 (but I will be there for anyone who wants to walk in it!). See you there!

Sat 10/19 6:30-8:30pm - Movie Night at Malibu Creek State Park featuring “The Second Time Around” - From 1946 to 1974 today’s park was a movie ranch owned by 20th Century Fox where dozens of movies and TV shows were made. Join us on for a romantic comedy with Debbie Reynolds as the innocent city girl who travels to the wildness of the frontier west. Filmed in CinemaScope. Park in the lower lot and walk a short distance to the outdoor amphitheater. Parking is $3 an hour. $12 maximum.

10/20 10am to noon and 1-3pm - Gourd Necklace Workshop at Rancho Sierra Vista - Get creative with Potawatomi artist Nadiya Littlewarrior as she presents a workshop on making and decorating gourd necklaces. The first workshop begins promptly at 10am. The second workshop begins at 1pm. Please be on time. All ages welcome. Materials will be provided.

To sign up for a work shop follow the links below:

10 am workshop

1 pm workshop

Sun 10/20 2-3:30pm - Who Lives Here? Jr. Ranger Program at SM Mountains Visitor Center - Join a ranger and learn something cool about the many different owls in the Santa Monica Mountains. Practice your scientific exploration skills with an owl pellet dissection activity. Earn a Jr. Ranger badge and get sworn in by a ranger! Family friendly fun for all ages.

Fri 10/25 6:30-7:30pm - Park After Dark at Paramount Ranch - Go behind the scenes with a ranger and explore Paramount Ranch at night! See the eerie remains of Western Town. Stand on a dangerous, abandoned racetrack. Gaze into the sky to see the stars that still shine here. Bring a flashlight, water, and wear sturdy shoes. Stargazing will be available if the sky is clear. (805) 370-2301.

Sat 11/2 9-10:15am - Yoga on the Mountain at SM Mountains Visitor Center - Trying to find a new way to exercise and connect with nature?

Yoga instructors Dawn and Greg will lead a 1-hour Yoga session and end with live acoustic music! We invite people of all skill levels to join us on an outdoor yoga class at our King Gillette Ranch Visitor Center.

Parking is free, but please arrive 10 mins early to the class.

Please bring your own Yoga mat and water. Limited supply of yoga mats to borrow for first timers!

Must RSVP at www.eventbrite.com/e/yoga-on-the-mountain-tickets-75041636555

11/3 10am to noon and 1-3pm - Make an Authentic Native American Pinch Pot at Rancho Sierra Vista - Join Navajo – Pueblo of Isletas Native, Rowan Harrison, as he will teach and demonstrate how to create your very own small, traditional, hand-coiled pottery.

The first workshop begins promptly at 10am. The second workshop begins at 1pm. Please be on time. Materials will be provided. All ages welcome.

To sign up for a work shop follow the links below:

10 am workshop

1 pm workshop

11/9 9:30am, 11:30am and 2pm - Medicinal Plant Walk with Jim Adams PhD at SM Mountains Visitor Center - Professor Jim Adams, PhD, of the USC School of Pharmacy, leads a plant walk on the medicinal uses of California native plants. Adams is trained in Chumash healing and will discuss traditional recipes for making healing medicines.

Coauthor of Healing with Medicinal Plants of the West, Adams will be available to sign his book.

Walks will begin at 9:30am, 11:30am, and 2pm

Reservations Required. Email samo@wnpa.org or call 805-370-2301 for reservations and more info.

11/9 10-11am at SM Mountains Visitor Center - Coffee with Nithya Raman - The King Gillette Ranch Visitor Center is proud to host “Coffee With…” featuring local scientists, professors, and experts. Casually chat about social and environmental topics while you sip fresh, locally roasted coffee. We provide the coffee; you provide the mug!

On Saturday, November 9, from 10:00-11:00 am, join urban planner and community advocate Nithya Raman for a talk about the connections between homelessness issues and Los Angeles’ natural, open spaces.

RSVP at www.eventbrite.com/e/coffee-with-nithya-raman-tickets-75489094915

11/17 10am-noon and 1-3pm - Make a Dream Catcher at Rancho Sierra Vista - Come make a dream-catcher with Wichita tribal artist Michael Williams. He will teach the basics of creating your very own dream-catcher using natural resources.

There are two workshops available. The first workshop begins promptly at 10am. The second workshop begins at 1pm. Please be on time. Materials will be provided. All ages welcome.

To sign up for a work shop follow the links below:

10 am workshop

1 pm workshop

Sat 11/16 5:30-9pm - Fall Star Party at Paramount Ranch

Join rangers and astronomers for stargazing! Telescopes will be set up in the field next to Western Town. If conditions permit, see the cold, icy worlds of Uranus and Neptune as well as our distant neighbor, the Andromeda Galaxy.

Dress warmly. In order to preserve night vision, red flashlights and headlamps are preferred. Restrooms are available. The event is free and accessible. Rain or fog cancels.

12/1 10am-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.

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.

2019 St. Paschal Baylon Fall Fest in Thousand Oaks October 18-20, 2019


The annual St. Paschal Baylon Catholic Church Fall Fest is planned for Friday through Sunday, October 18, 19 and 20, 2019 at 155. E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks.

Event to include carnival rides, carnival games, scrumptious concessions and sweet shoppe, silent auction, performances and a raffle for a new car!

Hours of operation are 5pm-10pm on Friday, 3pm-11pm on Saturday and 1-9pm on Sunday. More information at www.spbfestival.com.

Pet Appreciation Day at Janss Marketplace Thousand Oaks on Sunday, October 20, 2019


Dogs and dog lovers are invited  to the annual Shelter Hope Pet Appreciation Day on Sunday, October 20, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Janss Marketplace. Janss Marketplace is just off the Moorpark exit on the 101 Freeway at the intersection of Moorpark Road and Hillcrest Drive, in Thousand Oaks. The pet event on Sunday at Janss Marketplace is conveniently located so people can also attend the 28th Annual Thousand Oaks Rotary Street Fair on Moorpark Road (between Hillcrest and Wilbur). 

Dog surfing in the “Lucy Pet Gnarly Crankin Wave Maker” is a favorite activity at the free event.

The pet friendly event also features DJ music, prize drawings, animal training and other information booths.  The Canine Adoption and Rescue League (CARL) and Volunteers in Defense of Animals (VIDA)will join  Shelter Hope Pet Shop and other local rescue organizations to place 100+ currently available animals in forever homes. 

About Shelter of Hope

The Shelter Hope Pet Shop is in a storefront at Janss Marketplace, which has provided the free space to the non-profit animal rescue organization for more than seven years.  Shelter of Hope is a fun, friendly place where visitors and volunteers can meet and interact with animals needing adoption. Shelter Hope Pet Shop also sells pet merchandise with all proceeds helping save the lives of homeless pets.

Shelter Hope Pet Shop is open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. and on Sunday from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Janss Marketplace.  For more information about Shelter of Hope call 805.379.3538 or visit www.shelterhopepetshop.org.

Dia de los Muertos Celebration at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History October 31 to November 2

From Thursday, October 31 to Saturday, November 2, the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History will host a Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) community celebration to share the cultural importance of this Mexican festival. Guests will enjoy activities including a Monarch Migration Quest, face painting, crafts, altars, and more. Día de los Muertos attire is encouraged.

After more than a decade hiatus, the Museum’s Education Department, spearheaded by Community Education Manager Stefanie Coleman and Astronomy Programs Manager Javier Rivera, is reviving and expanding the celebration to invite more community participation.

“I grew up with Day of the Dead in Mexico,” Rivera recalls. “I remember it fondly. For several days, you hang out with family, you cook, you prepare, you enjoy, you remember those who passed away. And on that day, you celebrate. You’re not mourning, you’re celebrating the fact that they’re revisiting you for a while in your memory.”

Rivera particularly wishes that this year’s events will welcome many people from the Spanish-speaking community to the Museum, so the institution can better serve all of Santa Barbara. “This should be Santa Barbara’s Museum of Natural History. This is one good step in that direction.” He and Coleman hope this will lead to partnerships with community groups to plan involvement in next year’s celebration.

Coleman adds, “This year we are focusing on the connection between butterflies and Día de los Muertos. The migrating Eastern population of Monarch Butterflies is often abundant in Mexico during the Day of the Dead. We are sharing the cultural and ecological importance of the species in a fun quest that takes guests around the Museum. According to traditional belief, Monarchs are the souls of ancestors returning to Earth for their yearly visit. Marigold flowers guide the spirits to their altars using vibrant colors and pungent scent.”

“However,” she continues, “Monarch Butterfly populations in North America are in decline due to climate change, pesticides, and habitat loss. Join us at the Museum to go on a Monarch Migration Quest and learn more about the natural history behind Mexican traditions and how to help the butterfly population.”

In addition to the other activities, from Saturday, November 1 to Sunday, November 2, La Calenda will host a pop-up trunk show selling authentic hand-made textiles, jewelry, clothing, ceramics, and Día de los Muertos themed goods from artisans in Oaxaca and other Mexican states.

Schedule of Activities

Saturdays in October

  • Noon–2:00 PM: Festival preparation craft and decor workshops

Thursday, October 31

  • 11:00 AM: Ghost Wings storytime in the Museum Library

  • Noon: Marigolds and papel picado craft and decorating workshop in the pavilion

  • 3:00 PM: Día de los Muertos planetarium show

Friday, November 1

  • 11:00 AM: Calacas (skeletons) craft workshop in the pavilion

  • Noon: La Catrina (grande dame skeleton) craft and decorating workshop in the pavilion

  • 3:00 PM: Día de los Muertos planetarium show

  • 5:30–8:30 PM: Coco movie night and Alebrije (painted animal figurine) tour

Purchase tickets for movie and tour at sbnature.org/tickets.

Saturday, November 2

  • 11:00 AM: Nichos (altar frames) craft workshop in the pavilion

  • Noon: Ofrenda (altar) building demonstration in the pavilion

  • Noon–2:00 PM: Face painting in the pavilion

  • 3:00 PM: Día de los Muertos planetarium show

  • 10:00 AM–5:00 PM: La Calenda Trunk Show

Sunday, November 3

  • 10:00 AM–5:00 PM: La Calenda Trunk Show

El Latino, the only bilingual newspaper on the Central Coast, is the official media sponsor for these events.

About the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

Powered by Science. Inspired by Nature. Founded in 1916, the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History inspires a thirst for discovery and a passion for the natural world. The Museum seeks to connect people to nature for the betterment of both, and prides itself on being naturally different. For more information, visit sbnature.org.

Archaeology Day at Santa Monica Mountains Visitor Center at King Gillette Ranch on October 19, 2019

October is California Archaeology Month, and the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area is celebrating it with Archaeology Day on October 19 from 10 to 4 p.m. The family friendly event will take place at the Santa Monica Mountains Visitor Center at King Gillette Ranch.

The following activities will take place:

  • Native American performances

  • An opportunity to dig up “artifacts” like an archaeologist in the hands-on excavation box

  • Practice throwing an atlatl spear at a target

  • Watch flint knapping demonstrations as experts turn stone into arrowheads

  • See genuine local artifacts on display

  • Learn more about history and prehistory with our hands-on replica artifact tables

  • Learn about the difference between archaeologists and paleontologists (hint: archaeologists don’t dig for dinosaur bones)

  • Presentations by local archaeologists

  • Learn about anthropology programs in local schools

  • Learn about Native American history and become a Junior Ranger!

This event & parking is free and open to the public. Sign up is optional and can be done here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/archaeology-day-tickets-72413323199

Questions about this event? Call (805)-370-2301 or email: Samo_Interpretation@nps.gov.

Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitors' Center - King Gillette Ranch is located at 26876 Mulholland Highway, Calabasas.

Malibu Pie Festival at Malibu Methodist Church on Saturday, October 12, 2019

Malibu United Methodist Church hosts its annual Malibu Pie Festival at 30128 Morning View Drive, Malibu on Saturday, October 12, 2019 from 11am to 4pm. Pie baking contest, live music, gift baskets, kids’ activities and delicious homemade pies served all day!

www.malibuumc.org/piefestival  (310) 457-7505