Oxnard Insect Festival on Saturday, June 1, 2019

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The City of Oxnard Recreation and Community Services Division is proud to present Oxnard's Inaugural Insect Festival. The event will take place at Plaza Park, 500 S. C Street on Saturday, June 1, 2019 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Experience the world of insects through educational exhibits and enriching experiences. The event will also feature food vendors with edible insects (and insect-free options); a kids zone featuring arts and crafts and more! www.facebook.com/events/1001777569946262/

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):

  • 4/16: Unbreakable (PG-13, 107 min, 2000)

  • 4/23: Split (PG-13, 107 min, 2000)

  • 4/30: Glass (PG-13, 127 min, 2019)

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

  • 4/22: Green Book (PG-13, 2018, 130 min)

  • 5/6: The Basis of Sex: The Life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg (PG-13, 2018, 110 min)

  • 5/20: Glass (PG-13, 2018, 110 min)

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

Persistent/Ongoing Pain: How to Ask the Right Questions

Physical therapist Denis Dempsey will discuss how to easily and effectively communicate with your health care provider when struggling with persistent and ongoing pain. He will share current research, education and knowledge to enhance understanding of chronic pain. The discussion will be held on May 2, 2019 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Grant R. Brimhall Library Community Room.

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 of each month. May 10, 2019 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Thousand Oaks Library Community Room. Materials provided.

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 event is taking place on May 8th (second Wednesday of each month) from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Newbury Park Meeting Room.

CSUCI Lecture Series - Immersive Virtual Reality for Real Learning?

Extended reality (XR), including virtual reality, mixed reality, and augmented reality is a fast-growing area of interest in higher education. XR is being integrated into nursing education at CSUCI to help support the development of confidence and empathetic care for patients. Join us for a chance to discuss how virtual reality may be a ‘real’ success, and even try virtual reality yourself. Panel includes Jaime Hannans, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Nursing, Jill Leafstedt, Ph.D., Associate Vice Provost for Innovation and Faculty Development, and Ben Hytrek, Instructional Technologist. Panel Discussion will be on Thursday, May 9, 2019 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.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.

Mapping Your Successful Midlife Career Reinvention

Learn a holistic approach to navigate midlife career transitions in a natural and empowered way.

Dr. Sirena Pellarolo will be leading this program on Saturday, April 20, 2019 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.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 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

Teen Programs

Dungeons and Dragons

Adventurers old and new take part in the classic role-playing game. Grouped by age 10-14 and 15+. Pre-sign-up required for ages 10-14. Sign up at the Information Desk or call (805) 449-2260, option #5. Program will be on April 6, 2019 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Grant R. Brimhall Library Community Room and April 27, 2019 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 pm in the Newbury Park Library Meeting Room. Sponsored by the Friends of the Thousand Oaks Library.

Open Mic Poetry for Teens - Teens can read their poetry at an Open Mic Poetry session. Grades 6-12 ONLY. Open Mic Night will be held on April 16, 2019 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Newbury Park Library Meeting Room.

Video Game Wednesdays - Play Super Smash Bros in the Newbury Park Library Tech Space on April 17, 2019 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Virtual Reality Oculus Go - Try the Virtual Reality Oculus Go by signing up for a 10-minute session on April 18, 2019 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Newbury Park Library Tech Space.

Karaoke for Teens - Read and sing your favorite songs at the Library. This program is just for teens grades 6-12 and will be held on April 19, 2019 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Grant R. Brimhall Library Community Room.

Student Success - AP Resources and Study Hall - Come to the Library to study for your AP exams. Learn from study aides and other resources available in an open study hall. Also unwind and relax by trying the Virtual Reality Oculus Go for quick 5-10-minute breaks. The program will take place on April 30, 2019 from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Grant R. Brimhall Library Community Room.

Kids' Programs

National Library Week: Abbit the Average - With a wit faster than his hands, Abbit The Average combines hilarious magic and juggling with prop comedy. This very popular program is packed with audience participation and non-stop laughs. Appropriate for ages 5+. Sponsored by the Friends of the Thousand Oaks Library, the program will take place on April 10, 2019 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. in the Grant R. Brimhall Library Community Room.

4/5 3:30-4:30pm at Thousand Oaks Library - STEAM: Rockets for school age kids. Assemble a paper rocket and then watch your creations blast off!

4/8 4-5pm at Thousand Oaks Library - Play Dough Party

4/9 6:30-7:30pm at Thousand Oaks Library - Bunny Storytime - Join us and some special furry guests from the Ventura County Animal Shelter for a rabbit-themed storytime.

4/10 5:30-6:15pm at Thousand Oaks Library - Wonders of the Aquarium - Join Brian Hoover, from Aquatic Contractors, for a special presentation of the Library’s 3,600 gallon salt water aquarium. This presentation includes a touch tank.

4/16: Spring Break Movies at T.O. Library - Ralph Breaks the Internet (PG, 112 min, 2018) at 1pm

4/18: Spring Break Movies at NP Library - Smallfoot (PG, 96 min, 2018) at 1pm

Free Crafts at Lakeshore Learning in Ventura on Saturdays

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Free crafts for kids ages 3 and up at Lakeshore Learning in Ventura on Saturdays from 11 am to 3 pm (updated 3/8/19):

4/13: Over the Rainbow! Craft

4/20: All Ears! Bunny Basket

4/27: You Are Sweet! Cupcake Card

5/4: Thanks for the Hand! Vase Bouquet

5/11: Celebrate Mom! Dotty Painting

5/18: Very Hungry Caterpillar Headband

5/25: We Remember! Memorial Day Wreath

The Ventura store is located at 4705 Telephone Road.  Phone 805.289.1550 or visit www.lakeshorelearning.com.

www.lakeshorelearning.com/stores/free-crafts

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Conejo Recreation and Park District "Fishing Frenzy" in Thousand Oaks on Saturday, August 3, 2019

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The Conejo Recreation and Park District is hosting its annual Fishing Frenzy event at Conejo Creek North Park, 1379 East Janss Road (behind Thousand Oaks Library) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, August 3, 2019.

They will be releasing hundreds of magnetic fish into the creek and children will be given magnetic fishing poles to catch them! No bait required! Fish with a magnetic pole, do arts and crafts and explore Captain Carl's Mobile Tidepool. Per child fee is $5.

Quite a fun little event!

For more information, visit www.crpd.org/events/fishing_frenzy.asp

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

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.

Spring Camp at LeXT Robo Academy in Agoura Hills the Week of April 15-19, 2019

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LeXT Robo Academy in Agoura Hills announces registration is open for SPRING CAMP the week of April 15-19 from 9am to noon. Cost is $45 per child, per day for some fun, S.T.E.M. learning adventures.

Campers will start off they day with a group activity to discover and discuss the topic of the day. After that, they will break up into different age groups to build interesting projects based on the topic of the day. We will encourage the campers to connect, construct, contemplate, and continue around the daily topic while making it a fun experience.

Sign up at www.lextroboacademy.com/spring-camp or by calling/texting LeXT Robo at 818-699-2388. Located at 29039 Thousand Oaks Blvd. Agoura Hills.

Holiday Egg Hunt at Mission Park in Ventura on April 6, 2019

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The Hunt, Ventura's largest FREE Holiday Egg Hunt is planned for April 6, 2019 from 10:30 am to 1pm at Mission Park, 185 E. Santa Clara Street, Ventura.

Bring your own basket and enjoy hunts for each age group, a HUGE Kids' Zone, arts & crafts, and a special appearance by the Easter Bunny! With over 25,000 eggs to be found, this will be a fun event for everyone! No tickets required.

Age Groups:
ADA Hunt - 11:00-11:30 AM
0-3 Years - 11:30-12:00 PM
4-6 Years - 12:00-12:30 PM
7-12 Years - 12:30-1:00 PM

Immediately following The Hunt, enjoy the FREE Spring Street Fair. Enjoy live entertainment while you shop local arts and craft vendors! More info at www.thehuntventura.com.