"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).

Santa Monica Mountains Recreation Area Programs in Ventura County

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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.

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):

  • 10/1: Us (R, 116 min, 2019)

  • 10/8: Pet Sematary (R, 101 min, 2019)

  • 10/15: Hellboy (R, 121 min, 2019)

  • 10/22: The Dead Don’t Die (R, 104 min, 2019)

  • 20/29: Ready or Not (R, 95 min, 2019)

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

  • 10/14: A Dog’s Journey (2019, PG, 108 min)

  • 10/28: Avengers Endgame (2019, PG-13, 180 min)

Adult and Family Programs

ESL Conversation Group

Practice speaking English with other adults and meet new people in an informal & friendly group setting. Laubach Literacy trained staff and ESL trained volunteers provide tutoring to adults seeking to learn English on Wednesdays from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Thousand Oaks Library Conference 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 September 28, 2019 from 1:00 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 October 9 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Newbury Park Library. Featured reader Holaday Mason will be reading on September 25, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Thousand Oaks Library.

10/10 6:30-7:30pm T.O. Library: On and Available-Everyone and Everywhere: The New World of Work Created with Technology (CSUCI Lecture)

Speaker: Dr. Parul Malik, Professor of Communication

The nature of work has been changing due to the spread of information and communication technologies. Work is now an activity rather than a place. Work now includes non-standard employment like temporary, agency, outsourced work and independent contracting. The rise of on-demand platforms like Amazon Mechanical Turk ™, Etsy™, TaskRabbit™, and Uber™ give control to workers and deliver the promise of entrepreneurship to the masses.

Adult Coloring: Halloween theme

Relax with friends and other coloring enthusiasts the second Friday of each month. Materials provided. Program will take place on October 11, 2019 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Grant R. Brimhall Library Community Room. Program is intended for Teens and Adults only.

Story Slam

When we share a story, we share the world. Join us for a reading of selected stories, read on stage by the authors on October 11, 2019 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Grant R. Brimhall Library. Selected storytellers open their hearts for a glimpse into their world. Stories are funny, poignant or compelling, and all true. Audience favorite wins a prize!

Ventura County Master Gardeners: Landscaping for Fire

The Master Gardeners share their expertise about a variety of gardening topics. Learn about Landscaping for Fire with Dani Brusius on October 15, 2019 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Grant R. Brimhall Library Community Room.

Financial Literacy - How Money Works: The Rule of 72

Learn how to make your hard-earned money work for you, creating financial independence, and developing a financial strategy for you and your family. Workshop will be on October 16, 2019 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 pm. in the Grant R. Brimhall Library Community Room.

Adult Crafternoon: Leaf Candle Holder

Grab a friend or two and come decoupage a candle holder. Great for decorating for the season, or to give as a gift. All supplies will be provided. Program will be on October 18, 2019 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Grant R. Brimhall Library Community Room.

Sundays On Stage: Billy Kemp

From the Land of Plenty, Billy Kemp is a Baltimore native who is a gifted multi-instrumentalist, but best known for his inventive guitar playing. Reviewed as “having a collection of down-to-earth tales punctuated by vivid lyrics and crisp guitar work.” Concert will be held on October 20, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Grant R. Brimhall Library Community Room.

Pianist Cliff Retallick: The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Experience the restored silent film classic “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” with Lon Chaney as it was originally viewed with live piano accompaniment. Cliff Retallick. Mr. Retallick is a well-known accompanist who has provided music for the UCLA Festival of Preservation, the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles, and L.A.’s Silent Movie Theater. Program will be held on October 27, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 pm in the Grant R. Brimhall Library Community Room.

Teen Programs

SAT & ACT Exam Resources

Come to the Library and ask about our SAT & ACT resources to help students study for the exams.

Frankentoys – Create Your Own Monster

Create your very own Frankentoy Monster on October 9, 2019 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Newbury Park Library and October 23, 2019 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Teen Space at Grant R. Brimhall Library.

Video Games & Oculus Virtual Reality

Explore new worlds through games and virtual reality on October 10, 2019 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Newbury Park Library.

Wizard Rock Concert

Stephanie Anderson perform as Tonks and the Aurors in a Wizard Rock Concert. Music will be original book and library themed songs. Concert will be on October 26, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. to 2:45pm in the Grant R. Brimhall Library Community Room.

Dia De Los Muertos Celebration

Celebrate Dia De Los Muertos with crafts and activities at Newbury Park Library on November 2, 2019 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Listen to a Bilingual Storytime from 11:00-11:45 a.m. and enjoy California Lutheran University’s Mariachi Band from 2:00p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

Kids' Programs

9/28 2-2:45PM at T.O. Library and 11-11:45AM at the NP Library - The Billy Bonkers Magic Show is 45 minutes of fun, interaction and learning for the whole family with a unique British twist! Ages 5 and up.

Dog Days

Readers of all levels and abilities are invited to come and read to a certified therapy dog. Dog Days are the first Thursday of every month at 3:30 p.m. at Newbury Park Library and every Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. at Grant R. Brimhall Library.

Homework Help

Students in Kindergarten through 8th grade can get homework help from volunteers on Wednesdays & Thursdays from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Grant R. Brimhall Library and Mondays from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. and Tuesdays from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Newbury Park Library.

Lego Play & Rube Machine

Play with Legos and construct a Rube Machine on October 2, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Newbury Park Library and October 21 from 4:00 to 5:00pm at Grant R. Brimhall Library. DUPLO® bricks are available for younger builders. Program is recommended for school age children.

Annual Fright Fest

Enjoy a Tim Burton double feature on October 31, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Newbury Park Library! Come in costume to this after school family Halloween event.

Halloween Festival @ Your Library

Bring the little ones to enjoy Halloween at the Library with craft and games on October 31, 2019 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Grant R. Brimhall Library. The program is intended for ages 3-6 and will be held in the children’s library.

Open Mosque Day at Islamic Center of Conejo Valley on Sunday, October 6, 2019

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

Voices of Old Conejo at Stagecoach Inn Museum Newbury Park on September 21, 22, 28 and 29, 2019

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2019 Voices of Old Conejo at the Stagecoach Inn Museum in Newbury Park is planned for September 21, 22, 28 and 29, 2019. Watch historical vignettes from 1876 to 1980 as you stroll the museum grounds.

Performances at 6pm, 6:30pm, 7pm, 7:30pm and 8pm each night. Only 15 guests per performancReservations at stagecoachinnmuseum.com/calendar. $20 per ticket. 

Ice Cream Social and Patriotic Celebration at Stagecoach Inn on July 4, 2019

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Ice Cream Social & Birthday Celebration at Stagecoach Inn Museum in Newbury Park on Thursday, July 4th, 2019.

On the 4th of July, the Stagecoach Inn Museum will be celebrating not only the birthday of the nation but its own birthday as well. Tradition has it that the original inn was opened on July 4th 1876. The museum was reopened, after the fire that destroyed the old building, on July 4th 1976.

To celebrate, the Inn will be open from 1 to 4pm for tours and an old fashioned ice cream social (while the supply of ice cream lasts). Admission will be free. Located at 51 South Ventu Park Road, Newbury Park. Call (805) 498-9441 or visit www.stagecoachinnmuseum.org for more information.

The City of Thousand Oaks Presents the Pop-Up Arts & Music Festival - June 14-29, 2019

The City of Thousand Oaks will bring the second annual Pop-Up Arts & Music Festival to Thousand Oaks over three weekends in June.

As the name suggests, the festival will feature “pop-up” public performances and activities at a variety of locations throughout Thousand Oaks. The primary goal of the festival is to provide residents and visitors with an opportunity to actively participate in and enjoy the arts in unexpected and distinctive locations throughout the community. These sites will include small neighborhood parks, historical sites, and the Lakes.

City Manager Andrew Powers states “Last year we tried something new by bringing visual and performing arts directly into the community; and feedback was great. The City is proud to host this summer’s 2nd Pop-Up Series and once again showcase a wide array of accessible, family-oriented arts events.”

The Festival will feature seven free events over three weekends from June 14-29, 2019. In partnership with local arts organizations, the festival will include local and regional artistic talent, in addition to nationally recognized performing artists.

“The Pop-Up Arts & Music Festival spotlights the diversity of our local arts community and provides an opportunity for residents to come together in shared cultural experiences. This year we have created a lineup that we hope provides something for everyone.” Barry McComb, Cultural Affairs Director.

Events are free and open to all.

June 14, 7:00pm at Oakbrook Park, 2787 Erbes Rd, Thousand Oaks

Versa-Style Dance Company

A hip-hop dance company from Los Angeles that creates high energy dances using 90s hip-hop, popping, locking, whacking and boogaloo along with Afro-Latin styles such as salsa, merengue, cumbia and afro-cuban. Food trucks will be available.

June 15, 7:00pm at Triunfo Park, 980 Aranmoor Ave, Thousand Oaks

Movie night with a showing of Sing.

Activities start at 7:00 and movie will show at 8:00. Come enjoy food trucks and perform your own Karaoke with Mr. DJ before the movie.

June 21, 7:00pm at Thousand Oaks Community Park, 2525 Moorpark Rd, Thousand Oaks

Sir, Please with special guests

Sir Please is a young alternative rock group of five best friends whose differences in musical backgrounds and influences gel into a unique sound and style. Food truck will be available

June 22, 7:00pm at Stagecoach Museum Lawn, 51 S Ventu Park Rd, Newbury Park

Susie Glaze & the New Folk Ensemble

Teresa James & the Rhythm Tramps

Two musical groups bringing the best of Americana and Blues music to Thousand Oaks.

June 23, 2:00 – 4:00pm at Borchard Park, 190 N Reino Rd, Newbury Park

Let Your Creativity Take Flight

Build and fly kites with Art Trek. Food trucks will be available.

June 28, 7:00pm at The Lakes at Thousand Oaks

An Evening with Sondheim featuring 5-Star Theatricals

June 29, 7pm at Northwood Park, 3620 Avenida Verano, Thousand Oaks

New West Symphony presents Leah Zeger Quintet

The Leah Zeger Quartet mixes jazz, funk and classical, led by the passionate vocals and violin stylings of Leah Zeger.

Community partners include 5-Star Theatrical, Art Trek, Brogden Bay Presents, Conejo Recreation and Parks District, New West Symphony, The Lakes

Conejo Valley Cars & Coffee Meetup - 1st and 3rd Saturday of the Month in Newbury Park

Conejo Valley Cars and Coffee meets every first and third Saturday of the month from 7am to 10am at the Old New York Bakery and Deli Company, 2700 Teller Road, Newbury Park.

The general public and car aficionados are welcome to enjoy classics, muscle cars and exotics.

Learn more at www.cvcarsandcoffee.com.