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):

  • 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:

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

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

Adult and Family Programs

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.

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 June 12, 2019 (2nd Wednesday of each month) from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Newbury Park Meeting Room.

Adult Coloring: Cats and Dogs - Relax with friends and other coloring enthusiasts the 2nd Friday each month. Materials provided. Event will take place on June 14, 2019 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Grant R. Brimhall Library Community Room. Sponsored by the Friends of the Thousand Oaks Library.

Play the Guitar! Free Workshop - Dive into playing with Grammy-nominated musician Pete Pidgeon. He has a bachelor’s degree in jazz studies from the University of New York and Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. Learn tools to either start as a beginner or take your playing to the next level. No guitar required, or feel free to bring your own. The program will take place on June 23, 2019 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Thousand Oaks Library Community 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 June 26, 2019 (4th Wednesday of each month) from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Grant R. Brimhall Library Community Room.

Adult Crafternoon: Card Making - Join other crafters every 4th Friday to learn and complete a new craft idea. Materials provided or bring your own on Friday, June 28, 2019 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Grant R. Brimhall Library Community Room. Sponsored by the Friends of the Thousand Oaks Library.

Teen Programs

ACT Practice Exam

Sign up and take a practice exam with Revolution Prep to get instant feedback on your test. Sign up at the Library or call 805-449-2660, option #5 for details. Recommended for High School students. The practice exam will take place on June 14, 2019 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Thousand Oaks Library Community Room.

Book Making: Create Your Own One of a Kind Journal/Book

With a variety of fancy papers, connectors, stamps, and origami-like folds, this book will carry you through the summer as a place to draw and hold the memories of your best days. The program is taught by ArtTrek on June 18, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Thousand Oaks Library Community Room.

Video Games: Friendly Games for Fun

Play Mario Kart or Super Smash Bros on June 19, 2019 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Newbury Park Library Tech Space.

Fabulous Fridays: Karaoke

Come read and sing your favorite tunes at the Library. Recommended for teens grades 6 to12. Karaoke will be held on June 21, 2019 at the Newbury Park Library from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and Thousand Oaks Library from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Quick Intro to 3D Printing for Teens

Get an introduction to 3D Printing, see how to do simple designs on TinkerCad, and learn how to submit 3D print jobs to the Library to print on June 27, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Newbury Park Library Meeting Room.

Movie Marathon

Watch “It’s Showtime” themed movies all day beginning at 10:00 a.m. on June 28, 2019. Check the Library's website for showtimes.

10am-Noon: COCO - A boy journeys into the Land of the Dead to seek forgiveness from his ancestors and lift a curse. (2017, PG, Walt Disney Pictures, 109 minutes)

Noon-2pm: INTO THE WOODS - A witch curses a baker and his wife, binding their fates to fairy-tale characters such as Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and others. Walt Disney Pictures, Rated PG, 124 min., 2014

2-4pm: PITCH PERFECT - A feisty college student gives her school's a cappella group a much-needed makeover by adding some modern hits into the mix in the run-up to a big competition.
2012, PG-13, Universal Pictures, 112 minutes

4-6pm: LA LA LAND - Mia and Sebastian, an actress and a jazz musician pursuing their Hollywood dreams — and finding each other — in a vibrant celebration of hope, dreams, and love.
2016, PG-13, Summit Entertainment, 128 minutes

One Page Contest – “It’s Showtime”

Create something amazing on an 8.5” x 11” size sheet of paper and share it at the Library. Use the theme “It’s Showtime” to create an original short story, poem, lyrics, comic, art, design, word drawing, or something else to show off your talent. Your work may be chosen to win a prize and could be displayed at the Library. Come to the Library for submission forms and contest rules and details. Only for grades 6 to12. Submit BEFORE JULY 30, 2019.

Kids' Programs

Stuffed Animal Sleepover

A fun Pajama Storytime with activities for children ages 3+ and their stuffed animal friends. Tuck them in at the Library and follow their overnight adventure via the Library’s social media pages. Pick up your stuffed animal the next morning. Special thanks to the LeDuc-Gummeson Foundation for their generosity and sponsorship of this program. The event will take place on June 11, 2019 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Thousand Oaks Library Community Room.

Justin Rivera

Experience funny, interactive magic and comedy with globally touring headliner Justin Rivera. Recommended for ages 5+ on June 12, 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.

Play Dough Party

Come create and play with play dough on June 15, 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.

Flights of Fantasy

Through humor and laughter, Flights of Fantasy share interactive folktales and fables that spring to life. Recommended for ages 5 and up on June 19, 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.

Free Outdoor Movie

Spider Man meets many different versions of himself when a gateway into the multiverse opens up (PG, 117 minutes, 2018). The free outdoor movie will be playing on Saturday, June 22, 2019 at 8:15 p.m. in the Newbury Park Library Parking Lot.

“It’s Showtime at Your Library” Carnival!

Join us for games, crafts and much more. Recommended for school age children, ages 4 and up. The carnival will be taking place on June 26, 2019 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Thousand Oaks Children’s Library.

Mr. Twister

Learn how to make balloon creations with Mr. Twister, the Balloon Man on Saturday, June 29, 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 event is recommended for ages 5 and up.

Music and Movement Class with Jessica

Dance, clap, and sing along with Jessica Vang and her guitar during this fun, interactive program. This program is recommended for ages 0-5 and will take place on June 7, 2019 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the Newbury Park Library Meeting Room and June 21, 2019 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the Thousand Oaks Library Community Room.

7/3 11am-1pm TO Library - Frozen Sing-A-Long - A young woman must break a curse that has plunged her kingdom into eternal winter. In order to do so, she must find her estranged sister with the help of a mountaineer and reindeer. Walt Disney Pictures, 108 minutes, 2013, Rated PG

7/3 2-4PM NP Library - Mary Poppins Returns during Michael’s most desperate hour to lend him a helping hand. With his house in danger of being repossessed, she whips up a little magic to remind him of the importance of family. Walt Disney Pictures, 130 minutes, 2018, Rated PG

7/10 11am-11:45am TO Library and 2am-2:45am NP Library - Razzle Bam Boom performs a diverse genre of America’s music from the past two centuries – Bluegrass, Hawaiian, Western, Jazz, Patriotic, Folk and Rock ‘n Roll. Ages 5 and up

2019 Camarillo Fiesta Association Fiesta & Street Fair, July 18-21


The Camarillo Fiesta & Street Fair is a large community celebration in Old Town Camarillo along Ventura Boulevard planned for July 18-21, 2019. This event features carnival rides, food and crafts vendors, entertainment, car show, kids' activities, carnival rides and a beer and wine garden. We've been to this event a number of times and always enjoy the live music and carnival setting. The event is free to attend. Tickets for carnival rides for sale at the event.

Thursday, July 18th: Carnival Special Dollar Day 6-10PM (rides only $1 each this night only!)

Friday, July 19th 6-10pm: Dizdar Stage Entertainment, Beer and Wine Garden, Kids Fun Zone and Carnival 

Saturday, July 20th 10am to 8pm: Camarillo Street Fair, Live Music, Carnival, Kids Fun Zone, Motorcycle Show, etc.

Sunday, July 21st: 10am to 8pm: Camarillo Street Fair, Live Music, Carnival, Kids Fun Zone, Motorcycle Show, etc.

For more information and event details and shuttle schedule, visit www.CamarilloFiesta.com.


26th Annual Oxnard Salsa Festival Planned for July 27-28, 2019

The 26th Annual Oxnard Salsa Festival is set for July 27-28, 2019 at Plaza Park, Fifth and “B” Streets. This annual, free celebration runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday and celebrates everything salsa … the food, the music and the dance!

Presented by the Oxnard Downtowners, the annual event features spicy food and fiery entertainment and draws salsa lovers to the City of Oxnard for the two-day action packed celebration. Festival goers are treated to live salsa and Latin jazz bands, salsa dance lessons, a tasting tent with dozens of different varieties of salsa and hot sauces and a salsa recipe challenge. The two days also feature a vendor marketplace, international cuisine and a kids zone. Event admission and parking are free. Main stage seating is just $5.

The Oxnard Salsa Festival was launched in 1994 by the Oxnard Downtowners to bring people downtown to celebrate Oxnard’s multicultural heritage and agricultural roots.  Over the years, the Oxnard Salsa Festival has grown in popularity as salsa dancing and salsa music gained momentum. Today, the Salsa Festival is the City of Oxnard’s largest, free community event.

For more information, visit www.oxnardsalsafestival.com or call 805-535-4060.

46th Annual Santa Barbara Greek Festival the Weekend of July 27-28, 2019

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.

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

Kingsmen Park

“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.

Kingsmen Shakespeare Company Summer Theatre Camp

June 17 through Aug. 3

California Lutheran University Theatre Arts Building

Students aged 8 to 16 can enroll in sessions on “Beginning Shakespeare,” “Advanced Shakespeare,” “Musical Theatre” and “Improv.” Two-week half- and full-day sessions are offered. For more information, visit KingsmenShakespeare.org, call 805-493-3452 or email info@kingsmenshakespeare.org.

4th of July Celebration at Janss Marketplace in Thousand Oaks

The annual Janss Marketplace Fireworks Spectacular takes place on Thursday, July 4, 2019 starting at 5pm.

The event features free family fun from 5-9pm on the top floor of the parking structure, including fantastic Eagles tribute band, The Long Run.

Janss Marketplace is also the best Conejo Valley location to watch the fireworks on July 4.  At approximately 9 p.m., the fireworks provide a dazzling finale for 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.

July 4th Celebration at Bethany Church on the Hill in Thousand Oaks

Join the 4th of July fun and see the best panoramic view of Conejo Valley's Independence Day fireworks on Thursday, July 4, 2019 at Bethany Church on the Hill in Thousand Oaks. The festivities begin at 6:00 PM. Free children's activities include balloon artists, patriotic crafts, inflatable play zone, petting zoo, face painting, games and more! Live music provided. Hot dogs, burgers, shaved ice and snacks will be available for purchase from Bethany Church's Missions Team with all proceeds supporting the Hands of Mercy Loft House Project.

Questions? Call (805) 495-7029 or visit www.bethanyto.org

Location: 200 W. Bethany Court, Thousand Oaks