On Sunday, October 6, 2019 from noon to 4 pm, the Islamic Center of Conejo Valley will be opening its doors and inviting all local residents to explore the building and the beliefs and practice of those who worship there at its annual Open Mosque Day. Islamic Center of Conejo Valley is located 2700 Borchard Rd, Newbury Park. There will be tours, exhibits, midday prayers and a brief talk and Q&A as well as refreshments. www.iccv.org
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The annual Scandinavian Autumnfest and Marknad Celebration takes place on Sunday, October 20, 2019 from 9 AM to 5 PM at Vasa Park, 2854 Triunfo Canyon Road, Agoura Hills. This event is a wonderful, family fun day with our Swedish and Nordic friends. You will not find another event like this one around here. The cost is only $10 per car ($5 for Vasa members).
No dogs (except ADA) or BBQ allowed.
The 11th Annual Swedish Meatball Contest will take place and for $5, you can be the judge and sample meatballs and score them.
There is DELICIOUS authentic Scandinavian food for sale, vendors, access to a huge 274 foot waterslide and pool, fun family games and prizes, ropes course, rock wall, petting zoo and just a whole bunch of really nice people! Other activities include Alpine tube slide, kids' mining, bingo, train rides and more! Visit www.vasaparkla.com for more information.
Every year, the Multicultural Festival is presented by the City of Oxnard's Community Relations Commission.
The festival is held annually on the first Saturday of October. MCF celebrates the rich cultural diversity of its residents and the city’s history. People of every culture come together to learn and discover their shared values in an atmosphere that honors all.
The festival offers a variety of performing groups, live music, food trucks, exhibitors, demonstrations and hands-on activities for the entire family. Admission is always free. The 2019 event is planned for Saturday, October 5th from 10am to 5pm at Plaza Park, 500 South C Street in Oxnard.
More information at www.facebook.com/OxnardMulticultural.
Redbird’s 2019 Children of Many Colors Native American Powwow
July 19-21, 2019
Moorpark College Athletic Field, 7075 Campus Road
Native American Singing, Dancing, Arts, Crafts and Food
Everyone Welcome – All Drums and Dancers Welcome
Friday, July 19 6PM - 10PM
Open Flute Circle - All wind instruments welcome
Saturday July 20 11AM - 10PM Gourd Dancing and Intertribal Powwow
Storytelling, music and more. Gourd dance sessions start at 11am, followed by grand entry when all dancers enter the arena and the powwow begins.
Sunday July 21 11AM - 6PM Gourd Dancing and Intertribal Powwow as well as Veterans' Honoring at 11am during the final gourd dance session.
$2.00 suggested parking donation per vehicle, no passenger limit. Otherwise, the event is free of charge.
The event is held on the athletic field and thus there are no trees to shade the event, so consider bringing shade canopies and chairs.
DIRECTIONS: Moorpark College is located in Ventura County in Southern California. It is within ¼ mile of the Collins Drive exit on the 118 freeway, where the 118 freeway and the 23 freeway converge. Exit Collins Drive and turn north (away from the wash, toward the hills) and drive 1/8 mile to Campus Road, turn right, proceed 1/8 mile to powwow on your left.
Redbird is a 501(c)(3) non profit promoting the awareness and celebration of indigenous cultures and people and creating a sustainable future www.redbirdsvision.org.
The Santa Barbara French Festival returns to Oak Park July 13-14, 2019 to celebrate Bastille Day and all the things that make the French cultural history so rich. Great food, wine, mimosas, crepes, delicious pastries, music, dance, -- and, of course, the infamous Pooch Parade!
For two days Santa Barbara truly is the American Riviera as the French influences take over Oak Park. Each day the fun starts at 11:00 am when the entertainment kicks off on three different stages and continues non-stop until 7:00. The stages will be filled with dance and music from more than 30 different acts including performances, audience participation and instruction. And every minute of entertainment is all free!
The entertainment is only part of what the Festival has to offer -- more than 50 booths will be offering everything from crepes and delicious French pastries to face painting and henna tattoos. You can grab a mimosa or a beer, as you peruse some beautiful paintings and photography. Enjoy a delicious crepe while shopping for your French Festival t-shirt and beret. Take a moment for a quick massage and before you settle in for the next performance and a sinfully delicious croissant. All in the beautiful setting of Santa Barbara's Oak Park.
The French Festival takes place in Oak Park, which is located at the corner of W. Junipero Street and Alamar Avenue in Santa Barbara. Admission is free. Festival is a non-smoking event. For more information visit FrenchFestival.com.
Swedish American Central Association of Southern California's 99th Midsummer Festival is Sunday, June 23, 2019 at Vasa Park, 2854 Triunfo Canyon Road, Agoura Hills.
Ages 13 and above $10; Children 5-12 $5; parking included. Park will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. From 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. a "Continental" Cold Breakfast will be served, Raising of the Maypole at noon, Stage program, dancing, food, swimming, huge water slide, folk dancing, Scandinavian vendors.
Exit 101 freeway at Kanan Road and turn west. NO PETS (except ADA) / NO BARBECUES.
Visit vasapark.org for more information.
Santa Barbara's 46th Annual Greek Festival is taking place from on July 27-28, 2019 from 11 am to 7 pm in beautiful Oak Park, 600 West Junipero Street. The festival evokes the sights, sounds and tastes that define the traditional Greek way of life. Stroll through Santa Barbara's beautiful Oak Park and experience the simple pleasures of life in a Greek village. Admission and parking is free.
Dozens of volunteers enthusiastically staff their booths, creating a convivial, welcoming atmosphere. Festival-goers return year after year for the food. — Delectable festival favorites like gyros and moussaka. And no Greek village would be complete without homemade pastries like baklava, melomakarona, and kataifi.
Listen to the distinctive sounds of the bouzouki and other exotic instruments played by authentic Greek musicians who perform traditional and popular songs. Delight in the beauty of the elaborate costumes worn by performers as they share their carefully practiced steps and intricate dances with the enthusiastic audience.
Take advantage of a free Greek dance lesson, and enjoy participating in the same dances you would perform in the traditional villages of Greece. Dance the afternoon away, eat a little (or a lot), shop in the Greek marketplace, relax and enjoy yourself under the oaks in the warm embrace of the best Greek culture has to offer.
More information at www.santabarbaragreekfestival.org.