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.

Sat 5/25, 6/30, 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 5/19, 6/16, 7/21, 8/18, 9/15, 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.

Sun 5/19 10am to noon and 1-3pm - Satwiwa Native American Center - Craft Workshop: Leather Medallion Necklaces - Limited to the first 20 participants in each workshop. Reservations are not required. Make a leather Medallion with Cherokee Artists Matthew “WhiteBear” and Marc “SmilingWolf” McMasters. Please arrive early. There is a morning workshop that begins promptly at 10am, the second workshop begins at 1pm. Materials will be provided. All ages are welcome.

Tue 6/25 8:30am - Five Mile Hike at King Gillette Ranch - Moderately paced 5 mile, 600 ft elevation gain hike around our recent acquisition to the Santa Monica Parklands, now HQ for the SMM NPS. Beautiful valley and coast live oak savanna, grasslands, coastal sage scrub, etc., as well as manicured grounds around the original Gillette Mansion. Meet 8:30 AM in fee parking lot of Ranch. From 101 Ventura Fwy take Las Virgenes Rd/Malibu Canyon exit, go south approx. 5 ¾ miles to Mulholland Hwy. Turn left on Mulholland and then right to enter the long eucalyptus alleé driveway for Ranch. Park in second lot. Bring water, snack, lugsoles, hat, sunscreen. Rain cancels.

Sat 6/1 8:30-10am - Birds of the Santa Monica Mountains at King Gillette Ranch - SM Mountains Visitor Center - 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.

Sat 6/1, 7/6, 8/3, 9/7, 10/5, 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 6/15 7-8:30pm - Chumash Songs and Stories at Rancho Sierra Vista - Enjoy the sunset at Rancho Sierra Vista while the Chief of the Southern Clan of the Chumash will be sharing his cultural background and history. Chief Ted Garcia will be sharing and performing Chumash songs and stories at the Satwiwa Native American Indian Culture Center. This program is for all ages. There are no reservations required for this program. Please wear layers for changing weather conditions and bring a flashlight. Also, feel free to bring camping chairs for comfortableness. The main parking lot entrance is at the intersection of Via Goleta and Potrero Rd, Newbury Park. 805-370-2301.

Tue 6/25 8am - 5 Mile Hike at Paramount Ranch - Moderately paced 5 mile, 400 ft gain hike around the old (and still active) movie set and environs of oak savannas, Medea Creek, chaparral canyons, including a side trip to the old Reagan Ranch. See what’s being done after the Wolsey Fire. Meet 8:00 AM at Paramount Ranch parking lot. From 101 Ventura Fwy take Kanan Rd exit, go south on Kanan Rd ½ mile, turn left on Cornell Way and veer to right continuing south 2½ miles to Paramount Ranch entrance on right. Bring water, snack, lugsoles, hat, sunscreen. Rain cancels.

Sat 7/20 6-7:30pm - Flute Music Cultural Demonstration at Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa - Enjoy the evening sunset as we listen to the inspirational flute music from Apache flautist, Eric “Medicine Wind” Alvarado. There are no reservations required to attend this evening program. Please wear layers for changing weather conditions and bring a flashlight. Feel free to bring camping chairs, or blankets for comfortableness. All ages welcome. 805-370-2301.

Sat 8/17 6-7:30pm - Native American Dance Demonstration at Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa - Kathy Willcuts and Steven Garcia will perform traditional Native American dance, including Northern Traditional and shawl dancing. Steven Garcia is of Yaqui-Mescalero, Tongva descent and will be performing Northern Traditional style. Kathy Willcuts will be performing traditional Shawl dancing from her Rosebud Lakota tribe. Each dance demonstration will have a brief explanation of the meaning of the dance. Turtle Island Singers drum group will be performing for the dancers that evening. Steven and Kathy are dedicated presenters at the Satwiwa Culture Center. They each present various workshops throughout the year.

There are no reservations required to attend this evening program. Please wear layers for changing weather conditions and bring a flashlight. Feel free to bring camping chairs, or blankets for comfortableness. All ages welcome. 805-370-2301.

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.

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.

2019 Pioneer Jamboree at Stagecoach Inn Newbury Park on Saturday, June 8th

The Stagecoach Inn Museum hosts its Annual Pioneer Jamboree from 10 am to 4 pm, Saturday, June 8, 2019, on the museum’s grounds at 51 S. Ventu Park Road, Newbury Park.

This is a "hands on history" event.  Featured activities include gold panning, pioneer and Indian games, storytelling, antique toys, rock painting, butter churning, clothes washing, lemon squeezing, old-time school lessons, handwriting, corn husk and yarn doll making, humongous bubble blowing, old-fashioned costume dress-up and others.

There will be food and beverages for sale. Free parking in Stagecoach Park – enter from Lynn Road just west of Ventu Park Road. Admission: Adults $6, Seniors (62+) $5, Children $4. Free under age 5. Family (up to 6) $20.  For further information, call the museum at (805) 498-9441 or visit www.stagecoachinnmuseum.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.

2nd Annual July 4th 5K/10K Run/Walk at Dos Vientos in Newbury Park

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This July 4th, join in on the 2nd Annual 4th of July 5K/10K Run-Walk at Dos Vientos in Newbury Park at 7:30am. Race proceeds benefit the Jewel Levine Foundation. The mission of the Foundation is to provide hope, support, and monetary assistance to individuals and families that are under financial duress caused by extreme circumstances or life threatening medical conditions.

Danielle 'Missy' Marquis founded The Jewel Levine Foundation to honor her grandmother, Jewel Levine. Jewel struggled with kidney failure for over 15 years and went to dialysis three days a week. During this period Jewel faced numerous complications, yet never complained. “She was always up-beat and she stressed the importance of helping others,” explained Danielle. Jewel passed away in 2013, and in 2016 Danielle, with the support of her family, created the foundation to keep Jewel’s positive spirit alive through good works.

Learn more at www.thejewellevinefoundation.org/events and sign up at runsignup.com/4thofJulyRunatDV .

Race to start/finish at Dos Vientos Community Park, 4801 Borchard Road.

Free Comic Book Day 2019 Planned for Saturday, May 4th

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Free Comic Book Day takes place annually on the first Saturday in May. On Free Comic Book Day, participating comic book stores around the world give away designated comic books to anyone visiting their stores. Free Comic Book Day 2019 takes place on Saturday, May 4th!

Visit www.freecomicbookday.com to learn more. Participating stores this year include: