Five Very Interesting Museums in Oxnard and Camarillo

There are over 50 museums highlighted here on Conejo Valley Guide and each and every one of them has interesting features. Here are some additional highlights from a handful of these museums located in the Oxnard / Camarillo area.

The Mullin Automotive Museum is a 47,000 square foot amazingly pristine facility in Oxnard housing over 50 French art deco cars from the 1930s and 1940s. Mullin is open to the public only a few times a month. You will be awestruck by some of the most beautiful cars you've ever seen!

The Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology, known as the Camarillo Bird Museum, is a 22,000 square foot facility in a Camarillo industrial park that contains one of the largest collections of bird, bird egg and bird nest specimens in the entire world. It is open to the public only about 10 times a year.

(The Woolworth Museum items are still here, but access to the public is generally not available)

There is a vintage 1950 Woolworth building in Downtown Oxnard that has been redeveloped and now houses a restaurant and office space. But the 1st floor lobby of this 16,800 sq ft building contains a very small museum chock full of Woolworth nostalgia. This Woolworth Museum isn't large and fancy but will certainly bring back memories for you geezers out there. There is no charge to enter.

For World War II Air Force history, memorabilia and functioning aircraft, visit the Commemorative Air Force Aviation Museum located at the Camarillo Airport.  You will be treated to detailed information and history led by knowledgeable docents. You may also have an opportunity to step outside to see the aircraft directly adjacent to the runway. 

Located at the Channel Islands Harbor, the Channel Islands Maritime Museum is home to a large collection of maritime art, models and historical items. If you or your kids enjoy model ships, you will not find a better place to go than here. And the well-trained docents will be sure to impart information that is quite interesting.

Since the Woolworth Museum noted above appears to be closed, a nice addition to this list is the Pleasant Valley Historical Society Museum and Botanical Garden on Las Posas Road in Camarillo. Open only on weekends from noon to 4pm, the museum displays an assortment of vintage items and curios from the local area going back to the turn of the 20th century.

The Tunnel Beneath Gainsborough Road in Thousand Oaks, Connecting Tarantula Hill to Conejo Community Park

It is just a tunnel, but this passageway underneath Gainsborough Road between Tarantula Hill on the north and Conejo Community Park on the south provides the connection for a fun-filled day.

Tarantula Hill is the tallest peak located within Thousand Oaks, at 1,057 feet. There's a bench at the top as you enjoy the view. There's also a small, fenced-in reservoir up there. No need for trail shoes getting to the peak, as it is almost entirely paved (with the exception of the vary top of the hill, leading to the bench). You can also take a trail to near the top, directly leading to the tunnel shown above.

Conejo Community Park has a nice play area, the Conejo Valley Botanic Garden, plenty of grass and a creek that runs through the park as well as the Kids' Adventure Garden (open on Sundays only, from 11am to 3pm).

So if you’re looking for something FREE, close by and fun to do with the kids here in Thousand Oaks, this is a viable option for you.

M*A*S*H Set in Malibu Creek State Park Before and After the Woolsey Fire

Here are some scenes of the M*A*S*H set in Malibu Creek State Park in prior years (mostly March 2017, some prior older) compared to how it currently looks, six weeks after the Woolsey Fire tore through the area.  Amazed at how little damage there was to the set, given the ferocity of the flames.

Additional scenes of the MASH site post-Woolsey Fire.

Residential Holiday Light Displays in the Conejo Valley and Surrounding Areas

There are an amazing number of spectacular residential holiday light displays throughout the Conejo Valley and Ventura County this 2018 Christmas season! We've compiled this list of displays that are synchronized to music. Click the links below for more detailed information about each display. Since these are residential displays, timing can and will vary and of course be impacted by rain, wind and other factors.


Residential 50,000 Light Display on Via Patricia in Newbury Park

Residential display simulcast to music on Baywater Pl in Thousand Oaks

Neat display at a home on Montgomery Road, just south of Janss Road in T.O.

Fun residential display in the 300 block of East Gainsborough Road in Thousand Oaks

Neat Christmas residential display simulcast to music at a home on Cantera Street in Thousand Oaks

Giant Rudolph and Fun Holiday Lights on Walter Avenue in Newbury Park, south of Kimber Drive, is another perennial favorite, with Rudolph, his girlfriend Clarice, Santa, Snowman and this year I was shocked to see a massive Nutcracker, towering higher than the two story house. There are also other great displays nearby, making this a nice neighborhood to drive through.

And just off of Walter Avenue is the Synchronized Light Display at 538 Brisbaine Avenue, Newbury Park - one of my personal favorites. Fun music and animated display. A kid favorite too. 5PM-10PM nightly through 12/31. Animated display features weekend appearances by Santa.

Two other great displays synchronized to music on an FM station are at 4687 Via Grande and just around the corner at 600 Via Vista in the Dos Vientos section of Newbury Park.

Yet another cool light display simulcast to music (FM station at the very low end of the dial) on Gold Hill Circle at Sundance in Thousand Oaks.

4903 Pathfinder Way in Westlake Village (Oak Park adjacent) (6:30-8:30 Fri-Sun dates in December - 12/1-2, 7-9, 14-16, 21-23. Manna canned food collection drive.)

No music but another gigantic Rudolph at a home on Via Coronado, east of Borchard in Dos Vientos.

Outstanding high-tech light show set to music on a local FM station once again this year at a home on Doone Street (cross street Warwick) in Thousand Oaks.

Through 1/6: Holiday Lights at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley

Winter Wonderland Holiday Display on Highland Road in Simi Valley (click their Facebook page for details, including open houses)

Fun single home cartoon character display at the corner of Timberland Ave and Fearing St in Simi Valley is worth a drive-by with the kids. Quite unique. Has been a holiday fixture for a number of years.

Santa’s Workshop on side of home at corner of Timberland Ave and Fearing St in Simi Valley.

Santa’s Workshop on side of home at corner of Timberland Ave and Fearing St in Simi Valley.

Huge and awesome neighborhood display in the area of Timberdale and Pinedale Roads in Moorpark includes dozens and dozens of brightly decorated homes.

Magnificent Christmas display at 11425 Broadview Drive in Moorpark, close by the Timberdale and Pinedale neighborhood display

11/16-1/6: L.A. Zoo Lights Holiday Display

Sanch-wold Residential Holiday Light Display in Goleta

12/9-12/26: Christmas Tree Lane in Downtown Oxnard Historic District

Candy Cane Lane is a group of homes located on Lubao Avenue at Oxnard Street in Woodland Hills that has been fun to drive through for over 60 years.

Fantastic multi-family residential Holiday Light Display on Gemini, Waverly and Saturn Avenues in Camarillo

For all sorts of holiday season events and activities, click THIS LINK.

Happy Face Hill in Simi Valley Shown in Green and Not So Green Times

"Happy Face Hill" was created by Northridge gardener Sonny Klamerus in 1998, making it 19 years old.  This video documents the changes in its looks over the last several years. The hill is seen by westbound drivers on the 118 freeway just west of Kuehner Drive.

Happy Face Hill in mid-December 2018 looking happier than ever with some nice, bright, apparently new set of LEDs.

Happy Face Hill in mid-December 2018 looking happier than ever with some nice, bright, apparently new set of LEDs.

Final Descent of Alaskan Airlines Flight from Portland to the Hollywood Burbank Airport

Why am I posting this? Why not! I rarely have such a clear view on such a beautiful day through a window over the wing of the aircraft that is actually pretty clean. So I filmed it. Blue skies on a clear, crisp, Sunday morning in the San Fernando Valley.

Living in the Conejo Valley, all else equal, it is much easier to fly into and out of the Hollywood Burbank Airport (technically Bob Hope Airport - but I call it Burbank Airport) over the Los Angeles Airport anytime. But if usually is more expensive than LAX, with some exceptions.

In this instance, I needed a last minute flight to Portland to watch the Newbury Park High School Cross Country team compete in the Nike Cross Nationals in Portland. I preferred a direct flight. A direct flight on Delta from LAX was $750 round trip. I was determined not to pay such a ridiculous fare for a 2 1/2 hour flight.

Thankfully, Priceline has some great deals, including a non-stop flight on Alaska out of Burbank as well as two nights at the Embassy Suites and 2 days of car rental, for $200 less than Delta was offering out of LAX.

In any case, it was well worth the trip the NPHS XC team, winners for the first time of both the CIF Southern Section Division II title as well as the California State Division II title in 2018, It finished 6th overall in this prestigious event, teeing off for some even greater performances in the coming years.

To support Newbury Park High School Cross County in its annual travel, supplies and equipment needs, please consider giving a donation at bit.ly/DonateNPHSXC.

Makeshift Memorial for Borderline Shooting Victims in Thousand Oaks

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This is a makeshift memorial for the Borderline Bar and Grill victims from the shooting on November 7th. It is located at the northeast corner of Moorpark Road and Rolling Oaks Drive.

There is a massive outpouring of support for the victims on display at this memorial, which was filmed here the morning of November 20th (subsequently some folks brought canopies to protect the memorial from anticipated rain on the 22nd - Thanksgiving Day).

Learn how to support the victims and their families at THIS LINK.

There is an extensive list of local fundraisers and tributes for Borderline victims and families on the Borderline Bar and Grill website at www.borderlinebarandgrill.com.

Sean Adler

Cody Coffman

Blake Dingman

Jake Dunham

Sgt. Ron Helus

Alaina Housley

Daniel Manrique

Justin Meek

Mark Meza Jr.

Kristina Morisette

Telemachus Orfanos

Noel Sparks

Letters of condolence are being accepted for the families of the victims listed above by the Thousand Oaks Police at 2101 East Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks.

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