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

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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).

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.

"Boo at the Zoo" Event at America's Teaching Zoo in Moorpark, October 26-27, 2019

On October 26-27, 2019, America’s Teaching Zoo hosts its annual Boo At The Zoo event, featuring animal shows, face painting, trick-or-treating and more.

Make sure you wear your best costume for the parade and costume contest at 3 pm! The zoo is open 11am to 5pm. General admission is $8 for adults and $6 for children (3-12). Kids 2 and under are FREE.

Located at 7075 Campus Road, Moorpark. zoo.moorparkcollege.edu

www.moorparkcollege.edu/events/boo-at-the-zoo-2019

Spooky Town Event at Simi Valley Town Center on Friday, October 25, 2019

The Simi Valley Town Center is hosting a “Spooky Town” event on Friday, October 25, 2019 from 5-8PM, featuring trick or treating, costume contest, crafts, music, games, and special performances. The costume contest will be held at 7:00pm in center court and is open to all ages. www.facebook.com/simivalleytc

Trick or Treating at The Collection at RiverPark in Oxnard on Tuesday, October 29th

The Collection at RiverPark invites super heroes and witches of all ages to collect sweet treats, presented by Sunny Smiles Dentistry: Ventura, Santa Barbara & Oxnard . This annual trick-or-treat event will take place on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 from 5-7pm.

Presented by Sunny Smiles Dentistry for Children and Young Adults, families and friends can travel through The Collection with passport maps and visit participating merchants for either a trick or a treat. Attendees who complete their passport will be entered for a chance to win a spooktacular Collection grand prize.

To support deployed troops, Sunny Smiles Dentistry will be giving trick-or-treaters the chance to enjoy a few goodies and earn money by selling back the rest of their candy. Sunny Smiles Dentistry will be sending the buy-back Halloween candy overseas in appreciation for our troops’ service. The candy buy-back is $1/lb. of candy – up to 5 pounds per household.

RSVP as soon as possible as event will fill up quickly. Tickets are reserved for children only; one ticket per trick-or-treater.

Reserve tickets at www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-trick-or-treat-at-the-collection-at-riverpark-tickets-74841702547

22nd Annual Underwood Family Farms Fall Harvest Festival, September 28 to October 31, 2019

Underwood Family Farms' 22nd Annual Fall Harvest Festival will take place September 28 to October 31, 2019.

Friends of the Farm Weekend is back September 28-29. There will be demonstrations including fire trucks, ambulances, tank type vehicle, bomb squad with their bomb robot, police car/motorcycle, search and rescue displays and much more. 

October 5-6 is Farm Country Weekend, complete with country and bluegrass music and a live-remote visit from local station KHAY. 

Antique Tractor Weekend is October 12-13 (10am-4pm) with antique tractors and a tractor parade!

October 19-20 is Western Weekend - from 11am - 3pm, there will be stunt ropers, a covered wagon, music, magic and much more! At 3:00, the cowboys ride off, but the festival continues until 6:00pm with music, games, rides, races and tons of family fun.

Saturday/Sunday October 26-27 is All About Pumpkins weekend, with live entertainment from 10:30-5:30. There will be demonstrations and displays of pumpkins, squash, and gourds as well as new and different ways to decorate them.
                                                                                                                                      
On the weekends, food vendors serve up Lions Club hot dogs, hamburgers, roasted corn on the cob, pie, Spencer MacKenzie's Mexican food, shave ice, kettle corn, cookies and much more. 

On hand for purchase will be varieties of gourds, winter squash, Indian corn, and other fall decorating accessories, as well as a large selection of pumpkin carving accessories. There will be acres and acres of pumpkins, country games and activities, pig races and great photo opportunities!

Festival hours are 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Ticket prices as follows:

$16.00 - Sept 28-29, Oct 5-6
$22.00 - Oct 12-13, 19-20, 26-27

$8.00 Mon-Fri (non-festival admission). Ages 2 and under are free.

Online tickets available in September:
$12.00 - in September for 1st 2 weekends ONLY
$14.00 - in October for first 2 weekends ONLY

Weekend admission includes a tractor-drawn wagon ride, corn maze, hay pyramids, Animal Center with Fun Hill, Craig's Chicken Show, Kids' Corral & play area plus live bands including themed weekend entertainment, animal show, pig races and much more.

More info at www.underwoodfamilyfarms.com/fall_harvest_festival.html.

2019 Veterans Day Ceremony at Rancho Tapo Community Park on Monday, November 11th

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The Rancho Simi Recreation & Park District and supporting organizations present a Veterans Day Ceremony at Rancho Tapo Community Park & Veterans Plaza, 3700 Avenida Simi, Simi Valley on Monday, November 11, 2019 at 11am. More information at www.rsrpd.org.

Event Hosted by:
- Veterans of Foreign Wars Simi Valley Post #10049
- Disabled American Veterans Chapter #55 of Simi Valley
- Marine Corps League of President Ronald Reagan Detachment #597
- American Legion Post #484
- Simi Valley Woman's Club
- Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District

Veterans Day Observance in Moorpark on Monday, November 11, 2019

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Veterans Day Observance on Monday, November 11, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial , corner of Spring Road and Flinn Avenue in Moorpark

Presented by the American Legion Post 502, the City of Moorpark, American Legion Auxiliary, Boy Scouts of America, Forty & Eight, and Kiwanis Club of Moorpark. The groups will honor the men and women who have served, who are serving and those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Refreshments will be provided.

Contact the American Legion for more information at 805.523.3355.