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 Free Concerts in the Park in Santa Barbara, Thursday Nights in July, August

Free concerts at Chase Palm Park in Santa Barbara on Thursday nights from 6-8:30pm during the month of July! All concerts are free to the public and held in the grassy meadow at Chase Palm Park on Cabrillo Blvd. between Garden and Calle Cesar Chavez Streets.

2019 Series Schedule

7/11: Area 51 - Rock, pop, fun and soul

7/18: Pop Gun Rerun - 80s music

7/25: Captain Cardiac and the Coronries - 50s/60s Rock n’ Roll

8/8: Lightnin’ Willie and the Poorboys - Blues Band

8/15: The Blue Breeze Band - Motown/R&B


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.

Fireball Tim's Wheels & Waves Classic Car Event in Malibu 3rd Sunday of Month


Malibu Country Mart is the official host of vintage and exotic car meet-up, Fireball Tim’s Wheels and Waves. The ongoing event series is the third Sunday of most months. Hours are 7-9 am.

Upcoming meetups on Jun 16, Jul 21, Aug 18 and Sep 15

Auto enthusiasts will show their collections and the entire community can join in to experience eye-catching automotive inspiration. Families, kids, and guests of all ages are invited to enjoy vintage, exotic, and rare cars of all types. Photo opportunities are welcome and all events are free and open to the public.

Fireball Tim’s Wheels and Waves was created by accomplished car designer, award-winning filmmaker, and automotive T.V. host, Fireball Tim. A legend in the car design industry and in Hollywood, Fireball’s designed vehicles for over 400 A-list projects and major motion pictures. For more information, visit fireballtim.com.

Malibu Country Mart is located at 3835 Cross Creek Rd., Malibu


The Malibu County Mart encompasses six acres of prime real estate in the heart of Malibu. The 67 unique tenants comprised of high-end retail, dining, and service offerings are housed in an eclectic mix of architectural styles including Mediterranean, modern and rustic influences. The structures are complimented by world-class gardens, unique sculptures, outdoor dining and picnic areas, and the popular children’s playground. The Malibu County Mart is leading the trend in Malibu in eco-friendly practices, from three electric car charging stations to a chemical-free sandbox in the children’s playground. For more information visit, www.MalibuCountryMart.com

Conejo Open Space Foundation 2019 Speaker Series - June 27, August 15, October 17

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Join the fun and enhance your knowledge of our open spaces, learn amazing facts about our local wildlife, regional geology, and our human connections to the land. You are sure to come away with a new appreciation of our region’s natural wonders!

FREE TO THE PUBLIC. Suggested donation $10

GRANT R. BRIMHALL LIBRARY, 1401 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks (The speaker series is not a Thousand Oaks Library sponsored event.)

Check-in and refreshments begin at 6:00 p.m. Talk starting at 6:30 p.m. Come early to enjoy refreshments and talk with our local community partners. Reservations suggested cosf.org/events/open-space-speaker-series.

Living together with mountain lions and other wildlife
Thursday, June 27th at 6:30PM
Guest Speaker: Seth Riley

Seth is a Wildlife Ecologist with the National Park Service at the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. He will be talking about the local mountain lion populations, threats to their survival and ways we can both coexist with mountain lions and other wildlife in our open space and benefit by living together.

Seth grew up in Washington, D.C., where he first became interested in wildlife by way of snakes. He graduated in 1988 from Stanford University with a B.A. in Human Biology, concentrating in Animal Behavior and Ecology, and then went to the University of California, Davis for a Ph.D. in Ecology in 1999. At the beginning of 2000, Seth began in his current position as Wildlife Ecologist with the National Park Service at Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. His current projects, all related to the impacts of urbanization on wildlife, include a mountain lion GPS telemetry study covering the influence of rat poison and pesticides on wild mammals, a bobcat telemetry study and a number of projects on the impacts offreeways on wildlife. Seth co-edited a book on Urban Carnivores which published in 2010, and a book on the effects of roads on smaller wildlife species, which came out in 2015.

The formation of the Conejo Valley and its earthquake risk
Thursday, August 15th at 6:30PM
Guest Speaker: Derek Field

Derek has recently been focusing his career on offering interpretive hikes and talks to the general public on local geologic origins and features. His presentation will include some surprising information on the formation of familiar landmarks in the Conejo Valley and the potential for seismic changes that might impact our communities and open space.

Derek is originally from Calgary, Canada. He received his B.S. in Geology from California Lutheran University and then earned his Master’s degree in Geology from Northern Arizona University. His Master’s thesis involved mapping and interpreting ancient volcanic rocks in the High Sierra. In between his studies, he did a number of Andean expeditions and walked 900 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail. In the past year, Derek worked as a visiting lecturer for the geology department at California Lutheran University. Besides teaching, he has led field trips to Death Valley, Owens Valley and the Grand Canyon. Additionally, he recently led a Conejo Recreation and Parks hike to Simi Peak, explaining the geologic formations to the Open Space Appreciation hiking group. He loves empowering people with knowledge about the geology of the land around them.

The 6 dimensions of open space
Thursday, October 17th at 6:30PM
Guest Speaker: Aly Covington

Aly's talk focuses around the six dimensions of wellness, which include Physical, Intellectual, Emotional, Connectional, Environmental and Spiritual. In this engaging presentation, she will talk about why it is important to mindfully focus on total wellness in our lives and how the open space can help us build resilience and enable us to thrive and live life to the fullest!

Aly Covington grew up in Agoura Hills. She received her B.A. in Kinesiology/Athletic Training from Cal State University Northridge, as well as her M.S. in Health Administration. She has over 20 years experience in the health and fitness industry and owns her own business called ABC’s Village, helping individuals of all ages and skill levels achieve their wellness and performance goals. Aly has a passion for inspiring healthy habits at an early age and was awarded the Youth Advocate of the Year award in 2008 by the National Alliance of Women Business Owners for her efforts to combat childhood obesity. She enjoys community outreach and has served on the Westlake Village Cultural Advisory Board. An avid hiker and trail runner, Aly loves the outdoors and considers the open space her “happy place.”

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.