2019 Free Summer Concerts at the Thousand Oaks Library - June through August

Kalinka’s music is a high energy blend of Jewish klezmer, traditional jazz, gypsy swing, Roma music, and Middle Eastern melodies. Formed nine years ago, this Santa Barbara-based group has played at the Skirball Cultural Center, the Live Oak Music Festival, Topanga Canyon Banjo and Fiddle Festival, and many other Coastal California venues. Led by clarinetist, Fred Nadis with Eric Ederer on acoustic guitar/oud, Besnik Yzeiri and Daniel Moltke on violin, and Andrew Fedders on bass. Enjoy the concert on June 9, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Thousand Oaks Library Community Room.

Future Concert Dates:

  • July 14: Kátia Moraes and Brazilian Hearts

  • July 28: Westlake Village Quartet

  • August 4: Marc Berger

  • August 10: hONEyhoUSe

For more information about adult programs offered through the Thousand Oaks Library, visit www.tolibrary.org or call the Information Desk during open hours at 805-449-2660.

59th Annual Topanga Banjo-Fiddle Contest and Folk Festival on Sunday, May 19, 2019

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The 59th Annual Topanga Banjo-Fiddle Contest and Folk Festival on Sunday, May 19, 2019 at Paramount Ranch, 2903 Cornell Road, Agoura Hills features a main stage with over 100 instrumental and singing contestants competing for cash and gift awards, many professional bands, a dance barn with square dancing, clogging and other dancing to live music, jam sessions (bring your instruments), a children's area, folk art and wares, great food, etc.

Advance tickets will be available beginning online. $18 for ages 18-64 and $15 for ages 10-17 and 65+. Kids under 10 get in free, accompanied by adult. Parking and shuttle bus are free! Bring a picnic, bring your instruments, bring your mother-in-law! Event is 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information, visit www.topangabanjofiddle.org

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):

  • 5/14: A Star is Born (R, 135 min, 2018)

  • 5/21: Chicago (PG-13, 113 min, 2002)

  • 5/28: Beauty and the Beast (PG, 129 min, 2017)

  • 6/4: The Prestige (PG-13, 130 min, 2006)

  • 6/11: Now You See Me (PG-13, 115 min, 2013)

  • 6/18: Now You See Me 2 (PG-13, 129 min, 2016)

  • 6/25: The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (PG-13, 100 min, 2013)

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

  • 5/20: Glass (PG-13, 2018, 110 min)

  • 6/10: Welcome to Marwen (PG-13, 116 min, 2018)

  • 6/24: BlackkKlansman (R, 135 min, 2018)

Adult and Family Programs

Ventura County Master Gardeners Series 6:30-8PM at T.O. Library:

  • 5/13/19: Water Wise Plant Selection and Maintenance

Dungeons & Dragons

Adventurers old and new take part in the classic role-playing game. Grouped by ages 10 to14 and 15+. Pre-registration is required for ages 10 to 14. Sign up at the Information Desk or call 449-2260, option #5.The game takes place on May 4, 2019 (first Saturday of each month) from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Grant R. Brimhall Library Community Room and May 25 (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.

Yoga for Beginners and Boomers - Join a safety-conscious, lighthearted yoga class which will help improve balance and create space in both mind and body. Please bring a mat or a towel. Participants should be able to get off the floor unassisted. Classes are on Mondays, May 6 through June 24 (no class on May 13 and June 10) from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the Grant R. Brimhall Library Community Room.

Adult Coloring - Relax with friends and other coloring enthusiasts the second Friday each month. Materials provided. Program will take place on Friday, May 10th from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Thousand Oaks Library Community Room. Sponsored by the Friends of the Thousand Oaks Library.

5/15 6:30-7:30pm T.O. Library - Meet the Author: Ken Davis - Ken Davis is a three-time Emmy-award-winning writer, producer, and on-air reporter. He has come face-to-face with a notorious serial killer in the middle of the night and nearly shot by a world-famous music producer. Along the way, he also hung out with everyone from Barack Obama to Walter Cronkite to Sting. Readers get a backstage pass to many classic TV programs, including "The CBS Evening News," "EXTRA" and "PBS NewsHour."

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 host Ken Jones. The featured reader will be Ron Fullerton on May 22 (fourth Wednesday of each month) from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Grant R. Brimhall Library Community Room.

Crafternoon: Paper Weaving

Join other crafters every fourth Friday to learn and complete a new craft idea. Materials provided or bring your own on Friday, May 31, 2019 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Newbury Park Library Meeting Room.Sponsored by the Friends of the Thousand Oaks Library

6/1 11am to 2pm T.O. Library - Mental Health Resource Fair - The Thousand Oaks Library will host a free mental health resource fair on Saturday, June 1st from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Learn valuable information from local organizations such as Los Robles Hospital, UCLA Behavioral Health Associates, County of Ventura Veteran Services, Senior Concerns, the Alzheimer's Association, and Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurses Association. Programs and demonstrations will include mindfulness meditation, tai chi, and Art Trek will showcase art programs for stress relief. This program is funded by a grant from California State Library.

Teen Programs

5/21 3:30-4:30pm T.O. Library - Model Magic Clay Sushi Class - ArtTrek will teach a class on how to make clay model sushi at the Library.

Kids' Programs

5/15 6-7pm NP Library - Rock painting for kids. Also 4-5pm at the T.O. Library.

Upcoming Events at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks

Upcoming Events at California Lutheran University
60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks

Danielle Eubank |

“One Artist Five Oceans”

Friday, May 24 – Thursday, Aug. 1 Kwan Fong Gallery of Art and Culture

Danielle Eubank is an expedition artist. She travels the world capturing images of water. Any notion that all water looks the same is dispelled when viewing her work – which can be abstract, realistic and cleverly inferred. Eubank has an uncanny ability to capture the personality, essence and dynamism of water in ripples and reflections. Her 20-year quest to paint all the oceans on earth will be realized February of 2019 with an expedition to Antarctica. “One Artist Five Oceans” will feature some of her recent work.

Eubank served as expedition artist aboard the Borobudur, a replica ancient Indonesian vessel that rounded the Cape of Good Hope sailing to Ghana in a 10,000-mile journey. She also sailed on a replica of a 2,500-year-old Phoenician ship that traveled from Syria and circumnavigated Africa, to name just a couple of adventures. She is a recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant and has exhibited in the United States, Europe and Asia. She lives and works in Los Angeles.

Admission is free. Kwan Fong Gallery, located in Soiland Humanities Center, is open to the public 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For information, contact curator Rachel T. Schmid at 805-493-3697 or visit CalLutheran.edu/kwanfong.

23rd Annual Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival

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“The Merry Wives of Windsor

June 28-30, July 5-7 and 12-14, 8 p.m. |

“The Merry Wives of Windsor” centers on the exploits of Sir John Falstaff, one of Shakespeare’s most beloved comic characters. In a plot to create a comfortable retirement for himself, Falstaff attempts to seduce the wives of two wealthy men. The wives, two of the most dynamic women in all of Shakespeare’s comedies, hilariously foil the corpulent knight’s attempts, leading to outrageous and farcical consequences. Directed by Kevin P. Kern.

“King Richard II”

July 19-21 and 26-28, Aug. 2-4, 8 p.m.

Often called a philosopher king, Richard II was certain of his divine right to rule. His faulty leadership, however, gives opening to a challenge to his monarchy and leads to 100 years of dynastic civil war. The play is filled with some of Shakespeare’s most beautiful and thought-provoking poetry as well the poignant fall from power of one of his most memorable characters. Directed by Michael J. Arndt.

The Kingsmen Shakespeare Company is the professional theater company of Cal Lutheran. The nonprofit organization coordinates apprentice programs for professional and aspiring Shakespearean actors, an educational tour for local schools, and summer theater camps for youth.

General admission is $25 for adults, $20 for seniors 62 and over and active military, $15 for students 18 and over with ID, and free for children. Reserved lawn boxes are $90 to $110. A lawn box accommodates four to six, and only one ticket is required per box. Online ticketing is available for both lawn boxes and general admission.

Festival grounds open at 5:30 p.m. for pre-show picnicking and entertainment. Parking is available in the lot off Mountclef Boulevard just south of Olsen Road. For information, visit kingsmenshakespeare.org or call 805-493-3452.

8th Annual OakHeart Country Music Festival in Thousand Oaks on Saturday, June 1, 2019

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The Rotary Club of Westlake Village hosts the 8th Annual OakHeart Country Music Festival at Conejo Creek Park South, Thousand Oaks on Saturday, June 1. 2019 from 1PM to 10PM. Tickets available as of 12/5/18.

Featuring:

BIG & RICH • RUSSELL DICKERSON • DANIELLE BRADBERY • A THOUSAND HORSES • GETHEN JENKINS • WILLIE JONES • TREVOR HOLMS • ALICE WALLACE • JUST DAVE BAND • AARON PAX TAYLOR • JAKE PARR • ERIN COSGROVE • PAIGE PEEL • EMILY COALE • LYLA JOYCE

Two stages, 11 artists, full bar area, two beer gardens, food trucks, vendors, kids' area, game/activities and line dancing all day. Buy tickets and learn more at www.OakHeartCMF.com. Kids 12 and under free.

Fairy Tales in the Park Throughout Ventura County in May to September 2019

Fairy Tales in the Park is a series of free, live theatrical performances geared towards children ages 3 to 10. John and Roxanne Diesel co-founded Gypsies in a Trunk, an all-volunteer troupe of actors performing free fairy tales for the young and young at heart. The troupe’s love of children’s theatre has led them to perform every May through September since 1995 throughout Ventura County.

The troupe's goal is to create an environment where families can introduce live theatre to their children in a casual setting at the right price – free! All Fairy Tales in the Park performances are held outdoors in a variety of venues and is always free of charge, though the players pass the hat to help cover costuming and travel costs, donations are always voluntary.

Most venues do not have shade, so sunscreen and hats are appropriate. Bring water, juice, snacks, picnics. Blankets and low-slung chairs are recommended. Please leave doggies at home (not that they don't love them). The shows are designed to run approximately 45 minutes, which coincides with the attention span of the target age group, 3-10 year olds.

2019 LINEUP

  • Rapunzel Meets Spider-Man

  • Jack and the Beanstalk

  • Robyn Hood

  • Snow White in Neverland

  • The Snow Queen: A Frozen Adventure

LOCATIONS

Simi Valley (Shows at 4pm): Rancho Simi Community Park Amphitheatre, 1765 Royal Ave (except 8/3 performance at Rancho Tapo Community Park, 3700 Avenida Simi, Simi Valley)

  • 5/4: Rapunzel Meets Spiderman

  • 6/1: Jack and the Beanstalk

  • 7/6: Robyn Hood

  • 8/3: Snow White in Neverland

  • 9/7: The Snow Queen: A Frozen Adventure

Westlake Village (Shows at 11:30am): Foxfield Park, 31965 Foxfield Dr. (Lakeview Canyon & Lindero)

  • 5/4: Rapunzel Meets Spiderman

  • 6/1: Jack and the Beanstalk

  • 7/6: Robyn Hood

  • 8/3: Snow White in Neverland

  • 9/7: The Snow Queen: A Frozen Adventure

Camarillo (Shows at 11:30am): Valle Lindo Park, 889 Aileen St

  • 5/11: Rapunzel Meets Spiderman

  • 6/8: Jack and the Beanstalk

  • 7/13: Robyn Hood

  • 8/10: Snow White in Neverland

  • 9/14: The Snow Queen: A Frozen Adventure

Ventura (Shows at 4pm): Barranca Vista Park, 7050 Ralston. (Johnson & Ralston)

  • 5/11: Rapunzel Meets Spiderman

  • 6/8: Jack and the Beanstalk

  • 7/13: Robyn Hood

  • 8/10: Snow White in Neverland

  • 9/14: The Snow Queen: A Frozen Adventure

Channel Islands Harbor (Shows at 2pm): Harbor View Park (Between Marine Emporium Landing & Port Royal Restaurant, near 3600 Harbor Blvd

  • 5/5: Rapunzel Meets Spiderman

  • 6/2: Jack and the Beanstalk

  • 7/7: Robyn Hood

  • 8/4: Snow White in Neverland

  • 9/1: The Snow Queen: A Frozen Adventure

Visit www.fairytalesinthepark.com for more information.

2019 Conejo Recreation & Park District Summer Concerts in the Park - May through September

The Conejo Recreation & Park District presents its 2019 Summer Concerts in the Park series at Conejo Community Park, 1175 Hendrix Avenue, Thousand Oaks. Concerts are FREE! Bring your blankets and picnic baskets. Concerts begin at 5 p.m. Call 805.381.1247 for more information or visit www.crpd.org.

Beautiful park setting and great music. The park is large and has a great play area nearby. Refreshments such as hot dogs, popcorn, snow cones, etc. are available for purchase. CRPD asks that you leave your pets at home for this series.

This Year's Lineup:

Memorial Day Monday, May 27:  Los Angeles-based The Long Run (Eagles tribute) is returning this year to perform chart-topping hits like “Take It Easy,” “Lyin’ Eyes,” “Desperado,” “Hotel California,” “Peaceful Easy Feeling,” and “Take It to The Limit.”

This Memorial Day Celebration again features five vintage T-34 Navy planes conducting three flyovers at the beginning of the concert. Pilots include Michael Maloco, Marc Russell, Michael Hohls, Jon Russell, and Ronny Alldredge; coordination provided by Jerry Burkhardt.

Thursday, July 4 - 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.

The show begins with the singing of the “Star Spangled Banner” and concludes with the traditional Conejo Stars & Stripes Parade march through the park. Patriotic-themed crafts are available for kids!

Sunday, July 21: Cougrzz Rock - This high-energy, all-female dance band keeps crowds rocking from start to finish! Covering a variety of musical genres ranging from today’s top 40 dance music, Latin, R&B, classic rock favorites, and timeless dance standards, the award-winning The Cougrzz band takes audiences on a boisterous musical excursion from the 70s to today’s favorite female artists’ hits. Their Thousand Oaks concert song list includes Blondie’s “One Way or Another,” The Go-Go’s “Vacation,” Scandal’s “Goodbye to You,” Pat Benetar’s “Heartbreaker,” Madonna’s “Material Girl,” Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” and Katy Perry’s “Firework.” Get ready to dance!

Sunday, August 11 - Combining timeless CCR favorites and Fogerty solo hits, the nation’s premier Creedence Clearwater Revival Tribute Band, Fortunate Son personifies the spirit and grit of one of America’s favorite rock & roll bands. With the lead vocalist’s authentic sound and look of the iconic John Fogarty, the group provides unforgettable performances uniting classic rock, country, the blues, and folk music. As the nation’s longest running CCR tribute show, Fortunate Son performs across America, Canada, Europe, and Asia. Their concert song list includes “Proud Mary,” “Bad Moon Rising,” “Have You Ever Seen the Rain,” “Lookin’ Out My Back Door,” “Who’ll Stop the Rain,” and more.

Monday, September 2 - The Police Experience – Tribute to Sting & The Police - The Police Experience is regarded as the most authentic Police Tribute Band in the world and—with their ultra-high-energy performance—has been recognized for being as close as it gets to the real thing. According to Stewart Copeland, original drummer and founder of The Police, “…every nuance, all the drum parts, and the singer has Sting down to a tee…” Transport back to the 80s with this dynamic show featuring songs legendary artist Sting made famous. The 9/2 performance song list includes “Message in a Bottle,” “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic,” “Don’t Stand So Close to Me,” “Roxanne,” “So Lonely,” “Every Breath You Take,” and more.