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):

  • 7/23: Stan & Ollie (2018, PG, 98 min)

  • 7/30: All is True (2019, PG-13, 101 min)

  • 8/6: August Rush (2017, PG, 114 min)

  • 8/13: Whiplash (2014, R, 107 min)

  • 8/20: Green Book (2018, PG-13, 130 min)

  • 8/27: O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000, PG-13, 108 min) - In the deep south during the 1930s, three escaped convicts search for hidden treasure while a relentless lawman pursues them.

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

  • 8/12: Holmes & Watson (2018, PG-13, 90 min) - A humorous take on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic mysteries featuring Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson.

  • 8/26: Alpha (2018, PG-13, 96 min) - In the prehistoric past, a young man struggles to return home after being separated from his tribe during a buffalo hunt. He finds a similarly lost wolf companion and starts a friendship that would change humanity.

Adult and Family Programs

Open Mic Poetry - Join a diverse local poetry community to read, listen, encourage, and inspire. In partnership with the Ventura County Art Council and hosted by Ken Jones on July 24, 2019 (fourth Wednesday of each month) from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Thousand Oaks Library Community Room.

Adult Crafternoon: Wine Cork Hearts - Join other crafters to create a sweet heart out of wine corks. All supplies are provided, but feel free to bring your own corks to make the heart even more meaningful. Teens and adults only please. Program will be on July 26, 2019 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Newbury Park Library Meeting Room.

Dungeons and Dragons - Adventurers old and new take part in the classic role-playing game. Grouped by age 10 to14 and 15+. Pre-sign-up is required for ages 10 to 14. Sign up at the Information Desk or call 805-449-2660, option #5. The game will take place on July 27, 2019 (fourth Saturday of each month) from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Newbury Park Library Meeting Room. Sponsored by the Friends of the Thousand Oaks Library.

Summer Concert Series: Westlake Village Symphony Chamber Strings

Dianne Ramon is a solo violin and concertmaster. This innovative approach to performing adds a new player to each piece of music. The first piece starts with solo violin, the second piece a duo, the third piece a string trio, until the finale ending with a group of about 7-8 string players. The Westlake Village Orchestra is a dedicated group of local music professionals with a common goal of providing exposure to the arts. The concert will be on July 28, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Thousand Oaks Library Community Room. www.westlakevillagesymphony.com

It’s Showtime Summer Concerts: hONEyhoUSe

hONEyhoUSe combines the talents of three very diverse and seasoned artists into one unexpected powerhouse. Consisting of award-winning R&B/Gospel soulstress Hillary Smith, earthy Blues/Folk singer-songwriter Yvonne Perea, and sweet voiced Mandy Buchanan. “hONEyhoUSe” seamlessly melds blues, soul, folk, and Americana. The concert will be on August 10, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Thousand Oaks Library Community Room. www.honeyhouse.me *

Open Mic Poetry Night

Join a diverse local poetry community to read, listen, encourage, and inspire. In partnership with the Ventura County Art Council and hosted by Ken Jones on August 14, 2019 (second Wednesday of each month) from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Newbury Park Library Meeting Room.

Crafternoon: Crochet Hats

Come to the library for a fun evening spent learning how to make an adorable hat for the babies in your life. Patterns and yarn provided, please bring your own 5.00 mm/H hook. For advanced beginners. Program will be on August 15, 2019 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Thousand Oaks Library Technical Training Room. *

Story Slam

Eight selected autobiographical stories will be read on stage by the authors on Friday, August 16, 2019, at 7:00 P.M. at the Thousand Oaks Library. Audience favorite will win a prize.

Astronomy for Everyone: Size and Scale of the Universe

Take a journey into the cosmos to look at the very small and the very large. Astronomer Kevin Manning will present an inspiring and uplifting presentation that will give a deeper understanding of the workings of the universe. View the rings of Saturn and the craters of the moon through a hand-crafted telescope, weather permitting. Enjoyable for both adult and children 8 years and older. Program will be on August 22, 2019 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Thousand Oaks Library Community Room. *

Crafternoon: Tassel Wine Charms

Make a set of four tassel wine charms or pendants, while supplies last. These make a unique gift, or a fun conversation starter. Materials are provided, but feel free to bring your own jewelry making tools if you have them. Program is intended for teens and adults only. Program will be on August 23, 2019 from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. in the Thousand Oaks Library Community Room. *

Dungeons & Dragons

Adventurers old and new take part in the classic role-playing game. Sign up is required to play. Register at Information Desk or call (805) 449-2660, option #5. Grouped by age 10 to 14 and 15+. The game will take place on August 24, 2019 (fourth Saturday of each month) from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Newbury Park Library Meeting Room. *

Open Mic Poetry Night

Join a diverse local poetry community to read, listen, encourage, and inspire. In partnership with the Ventura County Art Council and hosted by Ken Jones on August 28, 2019 (fourth Wednesday of each month) from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Thousand Oaks Library Community Room.

Teen Programs

Willy Wonka Escape Room at the Library

Solve puzzles to escape the Library on August 2, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Thousand Oaks Library. Teams consisting of two to six teens can compete together to find their way out of the escape room. Program is intended for teens Grades 6-12 only. *

Book Fold a Star

Fold a star in book pages provided by Library. Program is on August 8, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Newbury Park Library. This program is intended for Grades 6 and older. *

The Ultimate Scholarship Search Workshop

Learn the best strategies for winning scholarships in this valuable workshop on August 17, 2019 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Thousand Oaks Library Community Room.

Teen Thursday Movie: Shazam!

Start off school with a bang by coming to the Library for a free fun movie on August 22, 2019 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. in the Newbury Park Library Meeting Room.

Finding the Right Fit College

A workshop designed to help you create your potential college list. Learn about the college search process on August 24, 2019 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Thousand Oaks Library Community Room.

Button Making

Come make buttons and relax in the new Teen Space on August 29, 2019 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Program is intended for teens only. *

Kids' Programs

Michael Rayner Juggling Show - A combination of hilarious tricks and stunts with uproarious stand-up and fun on July 24 from 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. at the Thousand Oaks Library and 2:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. at Newbury Park Library. This event is recommended for ages 5 and up.

7/27 11-11:45am NP Library, 2-2:45pm T.O. Library - Magician Mike Della Penna - He’s silly, he’s funny and he’ll make you go WOW! Mike Della Penna creates family magic performances that are equal parts playful and astonishing. Ages 4 and up

8/10: 8:15-10:15pm T.O. Library Parking Lot - Family Outdoor Movie Night “The Wizard of Oz” - A young farm girl and her little dog are magically transported into the enchanted land of Oz via a Kansas tornado. As they travel down Oz’s Yellow Brick Road to find the Wizard and ask him to send them home, they encounter a wonderful, funny, terrifying and, ultimately, enlightening group of characters, human and otherwise.

Bookworm Kids Club

Discuss "Inside Out & Back Again" by Thanhha Lai with peers and participate in fun activities. Sign up at the Children's Desk at Thousand Oaks Library and check out a copy of the book. The selected book should be completed before attending the program on Friday, August 2, 2019 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Thousand Oaks Library Children's Program Room. Registration is required. Bookworm Kids Club is intended for Grades 3-5. *

ScienceTellers: Alien

Don’t miss this action-packed and educational alien adventure that uses science experiments for special effects. It’s totally out of this world. Program is on August 3, 2019 from 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. at the Thousand Oaks Library and 2:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. at Newbury Park Library. This program is intended for ages 5 and up. *

Annie Banannie: Wacky Alien Talent Show

A zany extraterrestrial talent show where creatures from across the galaxy show off their strange talents with balloons, magic, music, and comedy. Program is on August 7, 2019 at the

Thousand Oaks Library from 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. at the Newbury Park Library. This program is intended for ages 5 and up. *

Bookworm Kids Club

Discuss "Fish in a Tree" by Lynda Mullaly Hung with peers and participate in fun activities. Sign up at the Children's Desk at the Thousand Oaks Library and check out a copy of the book. The selected book should be completed before attending the program on Friday, August 9, 2019 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Thousand Oaks Library Children's Program Room. Registration is required. Bookworm Kids Club is intended for Grades 3-5. *

“It’s Showtime” One Page Contest

Showcase your talent at the Library. Create something amazing on an 8½″ X 11″ size sheet of paper and have your work displayed at the Library. Create an original poem, comic, short story, or art. Details for submissions at the Library. Submit by August 10, 2019.

* This program is generously supported by the Friends of the Thousand Oaks Library.

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)

  • 7/18: Fighting with my Family (PG-13)

  • 7/25: The Upside (PG-13)

  • 8/1: Captain Marvel (PG-13)

  • 8/8: Five Feet Apart (PG-13)

  • 8/15: Shazam! (PG-13)

  • 8/22: Best of Enemies (PG-13)

  • 8/29: Dumbo (PG)

Special Events / Programs for Adults

Camarillo State Hospital - Author Talk

Sunday, July 28, 2 - 3pm

Authors of Camarillo State Hospital, Evelyn S. Taylor and Mary E. Holt will talk about Camarillo State Hospital’s history beginning in 1936, and how it has achieved notoriety as one of two state

institutions that accommodated children and as the first state hospital to receive certification for treatment of the developmentally disabled. Book signing to follow.

A Path to Home Ownership

Thursday, Aug. 1, 6pm Conference Room - Join us for this educational workshop sponsored by The Area Housing Authority and The Camarillo Public Library. Learn about planning and budgeting to determine what you can afford with safe, responsible loan options. Call to reserve a seat (805) 480-9991 ext. 235.

Interactive Movie: : Grease (1978) [PG-13]

Saturday Aug. 3 from 2 - 4pm

Unleash your inner T-Bird or Pink Lady and experience the friendships, romances and adventures of a group of high school kids in the 1950s. Everyone is welcome to participate in the musical world of “Grease.” Audience members are encouraged to dress up in 1950’s style, sing-a-long to their favorite Grease tunes and call out the best lines from the movie. Don’t be square, we’ll see you there!

The Hopes and Hypes of Stem Cells in Medicine

Monday, Aug. 5, 6:30 - 8pm

Vigneshwari Easwar Kumar, CIRM Scholar and Graduate Student in Biotechnology, CSUCI will present a brief information session on Stem Cells and its applications in treating degenerative diseases and the various promises and hypes of stem cell research.

Rock Painting

Sunday, Aug. 11 from 2 - 4pm

Come paint rocks with us! Painting rocks allows you to get creative and is perfect for artists of all levels from beginner to expert. We can’t wait to see your rock masterpieces!

Maker Mondays

Mondays from 6:30 - 8pm

A craft project workshop for Adults and Teens! Crafty teens and adults can join us for a new craft each month!

Monday, July 8: Introduction to Pocket-Size Bookmaking

Monday, Aug. 12: Introduction to Hand Spinning (Make your own yarn!)

Beginning Ukulele Lesson with Ventura County Music Academy

Tuesday, Aug. 20 at 7pm

The ukulele offers an easy introduction to playing music that is approachable for any age. With just a quick introduction you can easily play a song or two! A limited number of ukuleles can be borrowed to play during the program! Spaces are limited. Please sign up on our calendar to reserve your seat.

RC Makes: Virtual Reality

Saturday, Aug. 24 at 3pm - RC Makes Presents an introduction into virtual reality where you will experience the new world of VR with an Occulus Rift.

Children's Programs

Wacky Wednesdays - 7/3 to 8/14 10am and 2pm in the Community Room:

7/17: Annie Banannie Balloon Fun

7/24: Flights of Fantasy Story Theatre

7/31: Noetworthy Puppets - The Three Little Pigs

8/7: California Joe Magic Show

8/14: David Cousin - World Record Juggler

Fri 8/2: 5-10PM - Free screening of The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part at the Library Lawn - bring blanket, lawn chair and a snack. Food trucks on hand.

Teen Programs (ages 12-17)

Teen Movie Series on Tuesdays

7/16 2pm: The DUFF (PG-13)

7/23 2pm: Love, Simon (PG-13)

7/30 2pm: The Hate U Give (PG-13)

8/6 2pm: Every Day (PG-13)

8/13 2pm: Everything, Everything (PG-13)

Karaoke in the Library on Sat, 7/13 from 11am to 4pm in the Community Room.

Rancho Simi Recreation & Park District Summer Movies, June through August

Rancho Simi Recreation & Park District presents free movies at Rancho Simi Community Park, 1765 Royal Avenue, Simi Valley this summer. The 2019 lineup includes:

  • Saturday, June 29: How to Train Your Dragon - The Hidden World

  • Saturday, July 27: Small Foot

Movies start at dusk. Pre-movie craft activities and games start at 6:30pm. Visit www.rsrpd.org/events/movies_in_the_park.php for more information.

The District also presents "Dive In" Movies (6-10PM) for $3 per person (kids under 2 are free) at the Rancho Simi Community Pool, 1765 Royal Avenue on the following dates:

  • Saturday, June 22 “Ralph Breaks the Internet”

  • Saturday, July 6: “The LEGO Movie: The Second Part”

  • Saturday, August 10: “Incredibles 2”

Call 805.584.4435 for more information.

Summer Camp at LeXT Robo Academy in Agoura Hills - Weeks of June 17-21, July 8-12, August 5-9

LeXT Robo Academy at 29039 Thousand Oaks Boulevard, Agoura Hills, is offering its fantastic robotics, coding, LEGO and other STEM-based learning concepts this summer for ages ranging from 3 to 15.

Camp dates are the weeks of June 17-21, July 8-12 and August 5-9, 2019 from 9am to noon. Cost is $225/week or $45/day (minimum 3 days).

Sign up today at lextroboacademy.com or by calling/texting 818.699.2388.

LeXT Robo Academy uses LEGO education concept and curriculum to provide a hands-on learning experience and fun environment for our students while developing their skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

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 6/28/19):

6/29: Give it a Shake! 4th of July Noisemaker

7/6: Summer Flower Lei

7/13: Say it with Emojis! Key Chain

7/20: Let the Fun Shine In! Suncatcher

7/27: Under the Sea Jellyfish

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

www.lakeshorelearning.com/stores/free-crafts

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2019 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular and Other Fun Events in Thousand Oaks

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The 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular, coordinated by the Conejo Recreation and Park District, The City of Thousand Oaks and other local sponsors, takes place on the hill behind the Hillcrest Center of the Arts in Thousand Oaks. Fireworks start at 9 p.m., with a great view from the Janss Marketplace and The Oaks mall parking lots and surrounding areas!  Information: (805) 495-6471. Patriotic music simulcast by KHAY 100.7.

Other 4th of July activities in Thousand Oaks include the following:

Pancake Breakfast $5.00/person at Borchard Community Center, 190 Reino Road, Newbury Park, from 8:00-11:00am, 805/381-2791 ALL YOU CAN EAT!

Senior Home Run Derby, ages 50+ Borchard Community Center: $5.00 9:00-11:00am, 805/381-2744

Home Run Derby, Borchard Community Center:  $5.00, 8:30-10:30am, 805/495-4674 (for men and women 16+ and men's masters 40+) Each batter is given 10 outs. A home run is a fair ball hit over the fence. How many can you smash out? Plaques awarded to top finishers.  This is an excellent time for families to enjoy park facilities, watch some awesome hitters and compete!

FREE Family Open Swim from noon to 4pm at the Community Pool at CLU and Newbury Park High School pools. 805/241-0894

Concert in the Park at Conejo Community Park, 1175 Hendrix Avenue at 5pm - Southern California’s premier high-energy, contemporary country band, Gold Rush Country combines the showmanship of a classic rock act with the heart and soul of today’s top 40 country hits. The band has appeared in concert with Grammy Award-winners Little Big Town and Kacey Musgraves, Kixx Brooks (Brooks & Dunn), Eddie Money, and Justin Moore. With female and male lead vocals, a driving rhythm section, seamless vocal harmonies, and virtuoso instrumentalists, Gold Rush Country gets people’s feet tapping & two-stepping! Featuring both country favorites and patriotic tunes, the concert includes Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise,” Jason Aldean’s “Just Getting’ Started,” Carrie Underwood’s “Two Black Cadillacs,” Little Big Town’s “Pontoon,” and Billy Currington’s “That’s How Country Boys Roll,” among others.

Ojai Concert Series - Celtic, Folk and Roots Music

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The Ojai Concert Series is dedicated to bringing high quality live Celtic, Folk and Roots musicians to beautiful Ojai. Please join us, and help support community culture and the continuation of heart-felt live performances! Gates open at 5pm. Opening act at 6pm. Main act at 7pm.

Upcoming Events:

On Friday, July 5 at the Ojai Valley Woman's Club, (441 Ojai Ave) we are excited to host the return of one of our favorite Scottish bands, the Old Blind Dogs. This will be their 4th visit over the past 20 years and they are Ojai favorites. Tickets are $25 for adults at Serendipity Toys in Ojai or at:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/old-blind-dogs-in-concert-tickets-63127902255?aff=utm_source%3Deb_email%26utm_medium%3Demail%26utm_campaign%3Dnew_event_email&utm_term=eventurl_text

Doors open at 6:30 and the concert starts at 7:00.

For more information and to buy tickets via PayPal, visit www.ojaiconcertseries.com or call 805.665.8852.

Dancing Oak Ranch

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During the warmer months concerts are at our home, the “Dancing Oak Ranch,” nestled in a quiet and beautiful canyon 3/4 of a mile off HWY 150 halfway between Carpinteria and Lake Casitas at 4585 Casitas Pass Road, Ventura. These shows are preceded by an optional potluck picnic, so if you can come early, bring a dish to share (B-Y-O-B) and join us for a picnic with friends and the musicians. You should also bring a low back deck chair, a blanket and a jacket plus bring a small flashlight to help find your vehicle after the show. There will usually be a bonfire and you can also bring friendly, well behaved dogs on a leash.