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.

Thousand Oaks Philharmonic Presents Opus 55 on July 12 in Camarillo and July 14 in Thousand Oaks

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The Thousand Oaks Philharmonic will feature performances with 8 soloists at its OPUS 55 concert on Friday July 12th at 7:30 PM at the United Methodist Church in Camarillo and Sunday July 14th at 2:30 PM at the Scherr Forum Theatre at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Center (TOPAC). Come hear these local young talented musicians perform in concertos as soloists with the Thousand Oaks Philharmonic with music by various composers including Mozart, Mendelssohn, Bruch, and Rachmaninoff.

For ticket info visit www.tophil.org or for Sunday’s performance call TOPAC (805)449-2775.

About Thousand Oaks Philharmonic
The "TO Phil" provides opportunities for young artists in Ventura County and surrounding areas to perform with a professional orchestra in front of a live audience as well as offer educational and culturally enriching experiences for the communities it serves.
The soloists for the Opus concerts are chosen each year from the Appassionata Educational program audition.

To learn more about the Thousand Oaks Philharmonic, please visit www.tophil.org
or www.facebook.com/TOPhilharmonic/

17th Annual Summer Jazz Concert Series at Gardens of the World Thousand Oaks in August

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The 17th Annual Summer Jazz Concert Series at Gardens of the World, 2001 Thousand Oaks Boulevard will take place on Sundays once again this year from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. August 4th through 25th, 2019.

The Lineup:

August 4th: Barbara Morrison - Queen of the Blues

August 11th: Freddy Lopez and the Vibe Tribe - Featuring the blues and gospel legend, Tata Vega

August 18th: The Carl Verheyen Band - World class guitar virtuoso and singer.

August 25th: Darrell Leonard’s Line Up - The best horn blowers meet the best rhythm players.

Parking available on Thousand Oaks Blvd. and may be available at the Civic Arts Plaza (fee may apply). Get there EARLY for best seats! This is a POPULAR series!

Lawn seating, please bring lawn chairs/blankets for your comfort. Please remember: no pets, smoking, alcohol or glassware allowed.

More at www.gardensoftheworld.info/GardensEvent.cfm

8th Annual Thousand Oaks BrewFest on Thursday, August 22, 2019

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The Kiwanis Club of Thousand Oaks presents its 8th Annual BrewFest on Thursday, August 22, 2019 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm (last call 7:30 pm) at Conejo Creek Park North, 1379 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks.

Admission price of $60 ($80 VIP Pass) includes tickets that will get you a variety of beer and appetizers! Over 20 craft breweries and local restaurants. Tickets will be available soon at www.tobrewfest.com.

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.

4th of July Celebration at Janss Marketplace in Thousand Oaks

The July 4th Fireworks Spectacular at Janss Marketplace features live music, family activities, great food and the perfect location to view the impressive show of fireworks that light up the night! The July 4th fireworks are a dazzling finale to the free annual event from 5 - 9 p.m. at Janss Marketplace, located off the 101 Freeway at Moorpark Road and Hillcrest Drive in Thousand Oaks.

Beginning at 5 p.m. on July 4, attendees can get wristbands at the Information Booth near Burlington for access to the rooftop level of Janss Marketplace, the best fireworks viewing location in Conejo Valley.

KHAY 100.7 radio station will play music beginning at 5 p.m. before The Long Run Eagles Tribute Band performance at 6 p.m. on the Parking Structure Rooftop. Amateur singers have an opportunity to win prizes in a free entry Karaoke Contest during the band break. Karaoke Contest entry is open on July 4 from 5 – 6:30 p.m. at the Information Booth on the parking deck rooftop.

Other free event activities from 5 – 9 p.m. include kids’ crafts, face painting, bounce house and Magic Show. Come early for dinner or pick-up a meal from one of Janss Marketplace’s great restaurants during the event.

Janss Marketplace is located off the 101 Freeway at Moorpark Road and Hillcrest Drive in Thousand Oaks! For more information on the event contact Janss Marketplace at 805.495.4662 or visit www.janssmarketplace.net.

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

The Thousand Oaks Library is excited to host a Summer Concert Series. A variety of musical styles will be highlighted, from folk, to classical, to world music.

Future Concert Dates:

  • July 14: Kátia Moraes and Brazilian Hearts - Brazilian singer Kátia Moraes is an absolute dynamo on stage. Kátia’s voice can be powerful and heartfelt, coy and compelling, expansive or intimate. The energy, the charisma, the sheer joy of Brazilian music just fills a space. Her band features Nando Duarte, Ted Falcon and Clarice Cast. The concert will be on Sunday, July 14, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Thousand Oaks Library. www.katiamoraes.com

  • July 28: Westlake Village Quartet - 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 Sunday, July 28, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Thousand Oaks Library. www.westlakevillagesymphony.com

  • August 4: Marc Berger - Marc Berger and Ride bring a well-choreographed mix of deep country folk songs with touches of bluegrass, roots, Americana, a little spicy Cajun, and even a little indie with an effects laced lead acoustic guitar. It’s near impossible to sit through a set without feeling a musical kinship to something in every song. The concert will be on Sunday, August 4, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Thousand Oaks Library. www.marcbergermusic.com

  • August 10: hONEyhoUSe - hONEyhoUSe combines the talents of three very diverse and seasoned artists into one unexpected powerhouse. Consisting of award-winning rhythm and blues/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 Saturday, August 10, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Thousand Oaks Library. www.honeyhouse.me

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.