Tell Me a Little Bit About Newbury Park

Newbury Park is a community located in the western portion of Thousand Oaks. It became part of Thousand Oaks by community vote sometime in the 1960s and 1970s. Thousand Oaks became a city in October 1964.

A view of Newbury Park from Boney Peak in March 2015.

A view of Newbury Park from Boney Peak in March 2015.

Egbert Starr Newbury (Photo Courtesy Conejo Valley Historical Society)

Egbert Starr Newbury (Photo Courtesy Conejo Valley Historical Society)

Newbury Park is named after Egbert Starr Newbury, who owned thousands of acres of land in the Conejo Valley after moving to California from Michigan for health reasons in 1871.  Newbury was one of the three largest Conejo Valley landowners of his time. He and his wife Fannie became the first postmasters in the Conejo Valley in 1875.  The post office was located in a small compound near their house, which was located at the current location of the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza

The other major landowners at that time were John Edwards, who owned much of the current Newbury Park/Thousand Oaks area north of the 101, and Howard Mills, who owned much of what today is Westlake Village and Hidden Valley.

Edwards sold 10,000 acres of what is now central Thousand Oaks to Edwin and Harold Janss in 1893.  The Janss Corporation also bought thousands of acres of land in Newbury Park (Friedrich, Running Springs and Borchard Ranches) in 1962.  Apparently there was an effort to incorporate Newbury Park as a city in 1963 but it failed when it lacked sufficient votes.

Over a 30 month period beginning in the Fall of 1876, only 6 inches of rain fell in the Conejo Valley.  This drought brought devastation to landowners, most of whom lost their crops and livestock and had to sell at a loss or went bankrupt.  The Newburys were no exception; they moved back to the midwest in 1877.  Egbert fell ill to pneumonia in 1880 and passed away at the young age of 36.

The Newburys lived here only six years, so why is it still called Newbury Park? Because the name of the Newburys' post office never changed! The Newbury Park Post Office has changed locations a number of times (including 1602 Newbury Road from May 1968 until it moved to its current location at 3401 Grande Vista Drive in 2013). So the Newbury name and legacy live on here in the Conejo Valley.

Horse tied to a sign indicating the Newbury Park Post Office, in 1909. The location was near modern-day Lynn Ranch. (Courtesy of the Thousand Oaks Library Local History Photo Collection).

Horse tied to a sign indicating the Newbury Park Post Office, in 1909. The location was near modern-day Lynn Ranch. (Courtesy of the Thousand Oaks Library Local History Photo Collection).

Sources: "The Conejo Valley - Old and New Frontiers" by Carol A. Bidwell and "The Newburys of Newbury Park" by Miriam Sprankling

But wait...there's more to Newbury Park! Casa Conejo is also part of the Newbury Park community but is not an incorporated part of Thousand Oaks. It is considered a census-designated place in Ventura County, with its own Municipal Advisory Council. Casa Conejo is the first planned community in Newbury Park and was built in the early 1960s. It is has an area of .5 square mile and is bound by Borchard to the South, Old Conejo Road to the North, Jenny Drive (East of Newbury Park High School) to the West and Sequoia Middle School to the East.

Interested in historical pictures of the area going back to the 1950s?  Click here to read about the work of prolific Conejo Valley photographer, Ed Lawrence. 

Click here for a history of Thousand Oaks.  Thousand Oaks is over 56 square miles and Newbury Park represents about 40% of that square footage.

Three dozen or so things to do in Newbury Park

Another three dozen or so kids' activities in Newbury Park

Yet another three dozen or so sports and fitness activities in Newbury Park

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Options for Thousand Oaks Residents

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The City of Thousand Oaks Public Works Department's "GoGreen" website has hundreds of conservation tips relating to composting, energy conservation, hazardous waste disposal, recycling and trash, reuse programs, water conservation, living green advice, and much more. Check it out at www.toaks.org/GoGreen.

Like me, you may have a lot of junk lying around the house that you'd like to get rid of but are not allowed to place in the trash

Since May 2014, the City has run a permanent Household Hazardous Waste Facility located next to the Service Center at 2010 Conejo Center Drive, Newbury Park.

Residents of Thousand Oaks and unincorporated areas of Ventura County may sign up to drop off items at this facility on Fridays/Saturdays from 9am to 1pm, except certain holiday weekends, at THIS LINK. Advance registration is required.

Items accepted at these monthly collection events include acids, motor oil, antifreeze, asbestos, nail polish/remover, automatic switches, oil filters, batteries, paints, cement, paint thinners, chlorine, fertilizers, pool chemicals, fluorescent lights, propane cylinders, fire extinguishers, rodent poison, garden chemicals, smoke detectors, gasoline, solvents, used frying oil, household cleaners, weed killers and more. They do not accept tires, medications. business waste and other items.

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One person's hazardous waste is another's gold! The City's Hazardous Waste Material Reuse Program allows residents to take away certain items previously disposed of, such as cleaners, paint, pool chemicals, motor oils, adhesives, etc. Selection obviously will vary. No appointment needed. Just stop by ReUse Store (same location as waste collection facility) on Friday/Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. during the weekly collection events described above.

The ReUse store will be closed weekends associated with the following holidays: President's Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day

There are also convenient hazardous waste disposal for other items:

Batteries: Community Centers at Borchard Park, Dos Vientos and Thousand Oaks (next to TOHS), Home Depot, Goebel Senior Center, Thousand Oaks/Newbury Park Libraries, City Hall and Thousand Oaks Transportation Center.

Motor Oil/Filters: See THIS LINK.

Electronic Waste: Best Buy, Goodwill Industries, PC Recycle, Waste Management and Gold Coast Recycling Center. More info at THIS LINK.

Fluorescent Lights/CFL's: Home Depot Newbury Park

Unwanted and/or expired medications can be dropped off throughout Ventura County at designated police stations, such as the East Valley Police Station Lobby at 2101 E. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. Open Mon-Fri 8am to 5pm.

Visit toaks.org/GoGreen for updates.

Senior Adult Centers and Programs Throughout Ventura County

Here is a list of senior centers and programs throughout Ventura County. For more extensive information about serving the needs of seniors, visit the County of Ventura Area Agency on Aging website at aaa.countyofventura.org.

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The Goebel Senior Adult Center at 1385 East Janss Road in Thousand Oaks operates Monday through Saturday and offers games, arts and crafts, classes, music and dance, seminars and workshops, sports and exercise, special events, support groups, travel opportunities and more. The facility is managed by the City of Thousand Oaks and is staffed by the Conejo Recreation & Park District. No membership dues, primarily for those 50+ (but some programs are available for 18+), non-T.O. residents are welcomed for most activities, hot lunch is available M-W for a small charge and many classes are offered for free. Visit www.goebelsenioradultcenter.org or call 805.381.2744 for more information.

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The Simi Valley Senior Center at 3900 Avenida Simi is a 22,000 square foot enrichment and learning center for adults. The center provides learning programs, exercise classes, meal programs, health services, excursions, computer classes, book clubs, support groups, billiard room, social services, art classes and more. For ages 50+. The Rendezvous Café operates M-W and offers hot lunch for a small charge to ages 60+. Visit www.simivalley.org/departments/community-services/senior-center or call 805.583.6363.

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The Pleasant Valley Senior Center is located at 1605 E. Burnley Street in Camarillo. The center is open M-F from 9am to 4pm and offers a variety of recreation and leisure program, a meal site for ages 60+ and social services for local residents. Programs and activities are not limited to Camarillo residents. Visit www.pvrpd.org/recreation/senior/default.asp or call 805.482.4881. More information on senior meal programs available from the Camarillo Health Care District at www.camhealth.com/senior-meals-program..

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City of Oxnard Recreation and Community Services offers 3 senior centers. The Wilson Senior Center at 350 N. C Street is open M-F 10am to 4pm (805.385.8028), South Oxnard Senior Center at 200 East Bard Road is open M-F 8:15am to 2:15pm (805.385.8042) and Colonia Senior Center at 126-B Amelia Court, open M-F 8:30am to 2:30pm (805.385.8163). Visit www.oxnard.org/recreation/senior-services for more information.

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The Moorpark Active Adult Center is located at 799 Moorpark Avenue. The center is open M-F from 8am to 4pm and offers classes, programs and more to ages 55+. Home delivered meals available to local 60+ residents and meals offered for low cost at the center. Visit moorparkca.gov/200/Active-Adult-Center for more information or call 805.517.6261.

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The City of Agoura Hills runs a Senior Recreation Program for ages 50+ at its Recreation Center, located at 30610 Thousand Oaks Blvd.  The program offers fitness, social, educational and other great events and activities. Visit www.ci.agoura-hills.ca.us/department/community-services-parks-recreation/senior-recreation-program or call 818.597.7366 for more information.

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The City of Ventura Senior Services program offers computer, recreational, specialty, social, health and fitness programs to 50+ at the Ventura Avenue Adult Center, 550 N. Ventura Avenue, 805.648.3035, and satellite sites at the Salvation Army (east Ventura), Pacific View Mall, TowneHouse, Ventura College and YMCA. A Travel Program office and special events are held at the Senior Recreation Center, 420 E. Santa Clara St, 805.648.2829. Visit www.cityofventura.net/adult for more information.

Ventura's Senior Lunch Program operates Monday through Friday from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. $3 suggested price for ages 60 and up; $6.75 for others. Nutritious hot entree with fresh fruit and vegetables plus special events. Westside Cafe located at the Ventura Avenue Adult Center, 550 N. Ventura Avenue. Call 805.648.3035 for more information.

The Santa Paula Senior Center is located at 530 W. Main Street and is open 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Phone is 805.933.4272. The center offers classes, card games and meal programs to seniors. www.ci.santa-paula.ca.us/CommunityServices.htm

The City of Fillmore Senior Center is located at 535 Santa Clara Avenue and is open 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. Phone is 805.524.4533. Meals, games, activities and classes are offered. www.fillmoreca.com/departments/parks-and-recreation-department/active-adult-center

The Orvene S. Carpenter Community Center is located at 550 Park Avenue in Port Hueneme and is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The city's Senior Nutrition Program offers meals to those in need and classes are offered. Visit www.ci.port-hueneme.ca.us/facilities/facility/details/orvenescarpentercommunitycenter-2 or call 805.986.6542 for more information.

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The Little House Multipurpose Center in Ojai at 111 W. Santa Ana Street next to Ojai City Hall is run by Help of Ojai, Inc., a non-profit organization that has been serving the needs of Ojai's seniors since 1968. The center offers programs, services, recreation and meals. Visit www.helpofojai.org or call 805.646.5122 for more information.

And for thousands of classes each year specifically geared towards seniors, check out THESE LINKS to community recreation programs throughout Ventura County.

Sixteen Things to Do In and Around Agoura Hills

Sixteen Things to Do In and Around Agoura Hills

The City of Agoura Hills was incorporated as a city in 1982, becoming the 83rd city in Los Angeles County. The city is 8.2 square miles in size and is considered to part of the Conejo Valley, lying between the Santa Monica Mountains and Simi Hills. Its boundaries are roughly east of Lindero Canyon Road on the west (bordered by Westlake Village), south of Agoura Road on the south, portions of Chesebro Road on the east (including part of the Liberty Canyon Road area) and on the north, just above Fountainwood and Timberlane Streets (with Oak Park lying

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Fruit, Vegetable and Other Food, Beer and Wine Festivals In and Around Ventura County

According to the California Department of Food & Agriculture, California has over 80,000 farms and ranches and in 2010 accounted for over 16% of the nation's national receipts for crops. The state produces nearly half of U.S.-grown fruits, nuts and vegetables! Top commodities in the state include produce and nuts such as grapes, almonds, berries, lettuce, pistachios, tomatoes, walnuts, oranges, broccoli, carrots, avocados and celery.

Ventura County ranked 26th out of 58 California counties in geographic size but in 2010 ranked 7th overall in terms of agricultural output, producing over $1.5 billion worth of strawberries, celery, lemons, raspberries, avocados and other commodities.

All that produce grown in Ventura County (as well as Santa Barbara County) and the hard work that goes into it must explain why we have so many nearby food related festivals and celebrations year-round! Specific dates each year are posted in the Local Events and Events Calendar sections but here's a compilation for you to, ahem, digest. We also opted to include beer, wine and other long-standing festivals for your imbibing pleasure.

The Rotary Club of Thousand Oaks Chili Cook-Off is in the late April time frame each year. It is a charitable fundraiser that has taken place since 1977.

The California Strawberry Festival takes place in Oxnard on the 3rd weekend of May each year. This wildly popular event has been taking place since 1984.

The Soroptimist International of the Conejo hosts an annual "Margarita Mixoff" event in Thousand Oaks in the May time frame. 2018 was the 17th annual event. 

The Ojai Wine Festival takes place in the June time frame at Lake Casitas has been around since 1987. They say over 5,000 people attend the event! The 33rd annual event takes place in June 2019.

The Knights of Columbus of Simi Valley has been hosting an Annual Chili Cook-Off since about 1988. The event currently takes place in the June time frame.

The Casa Pacifica Angels Wine & Food Festival benefits Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families and has been running since 1994. Currently takes place in early June.

The Calabasas, Malibu Wine & Food Festival occurs in June since 2007.

The Conejo Food & Wine Fest premiered in 2010 and as of 2014 takes place in Thousand Oaks in the June time frame.

The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History has hosted the Santa Barbara Wine Festival in the June time frame each year since 1988.

The Oxnard Salsa Festival has taken place each summer (currently July) since 1994. The festival currently is free of charge.

Since 1988, the Meadowlark Service League has been hosting A Taste of Camarillo Wine & Food Festival. The event currently takes place in late July.

The California Wine Festival in Santa Barbara in July marks 2004 as its first year. They also are planning a Winter Wine Classic in the January time frame.

The California Beer Festival takes place in Ventura in the September time frame.

The Port of Hueneme Banana Festival took place for the first time in 2012 and its 7th annual event took place the last Saturday of September 2018.

The Calabasas Pumpkin Festival takes place in October. There is a small admission charge.

The California Avocado Festival in Carpinteria goes back to 1987 and claims to be the largest free festival on the west coast. It currently occurs in October.

The Santa Barbara Harbor & Seafood Festival originated in 2001 and offers live lobster, crab, prawns, BBQ albacore, clam chowder, fish tacos, seafood gumbo and other prepared dishes in the October time frame.

The Santa Barbara Beer Festival takes place generally in the October time frame.

The California Lemon Festival also takes place in October in Goleta. Free admission. This one has been around since 1992.

The Oxnard Tamale Festival takes place in the early December time frame each year. It began in 2008.

The 805 Wine & Brew Festival is an annual event hosted by the Conejo Simi Moorpark Association of Realtors and takes place each May in Thousand Oaks.

List obviously subject to change! Contact us for additions. The list is meant to include recurring, annual events, not one-time events, that focus primarily on food and/or drinks.

Christmas and Other Holiday Season Events Around Ventura County

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Hop onto the holiday bandwagon and check out some of these dozens of events in and around Ventura County, most of which are FREE! Christmas parades, Santa visits, carnivals, train rides, holiday runs, holiday home tours, boutiques, nativity displays and lots of holiday music and entertainment!

This list will be updated regularly as we move our way through the Thankgiving and Christmas holiday season! Submit additions here.

Do contact event coordinators as things sometimes change! Also, some events require RSVP.

ONGOING HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES:

Residential and Other Light Displays:

Keep in mind that residential displays usually don’t have set hours and are often impacted by the elements (e.g. rain and wind).

Past Events

Sat 11/17: Annual Tree Lighting and Santa's Arrival at Simi Valley Town Center

Sat 11/17: Tree Lighting at The Collection at RiverPark

Sat 11/18: Santa Paws Event at Humane Society in Ojai

Thu 11/22: Thanksgiving Day Pumpkin Smash at Santa Barbara Zoo

Thu 11/22: 14th Annual Turkey Day Dash in Thousand Oaks

Thu 11/22: 5th Annual Thanksgiving Day 5K in Simi Valley

Thu 11/22: 11th Annual Ventura Turkey Trot 5K and Kids' 1K

Sat 11/23: Jingle Bell Jump - Santa Parachutes Into Janss Marketplace

11/23-11/25: Dudley House Victorian Holiday Boutique in Ventura

Sat 11/24: 69th Annual Santa Paula Christmas Parade

Sun 11/25: Light the Night Event at Westfield Topanga in Woodland Hills (6-8PM)

11/28-12/1: Simi Valley Festival of Trees

Fri 11/30: Holiday Tree Lighting at The Promenade at Westlake (rescheduled from 11/16 in consideration of Borderline and wildfire tragedies)

Fri 11/30: Tree Lighting Event at Camarillo Premium Outlets (The Promenade) (6-8PM)

Fri 11/30: 68th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Oxnard

Fri 11/30: Christmas Festival Concert “Star of Wonder” at Cal Lutheran (8PM)

Sat 12/1: 57th Annual Oxnard Christmas Parade

Sat 12/1: Run for Holiday Fun 5K/10K at Camarillo Family YMCA

Sat 12/1: 11th Annual Oxnard Tamale Festival

Sat 12/1: Ventura Winter Wine Walk and Holiday Street Fair

Sat 12/1: Christmas Festival Concert “Star of Wonder” at Cal Lutheran (4PM)

Sat 12/1: Breakfast with Santa at Camarillo Community Center

Sat 12/1: Los Robles Master Chorale Performs The Messiah in Oak Park

11/30-12/2: Dudley House Victorian Holiday Boutique in Ventura

11/30-12/2: No Room at the Inn Nativity Display in Camarillo

12/1-12/2: Snow Days Event at America’s Teaching Zoo in Moorpark

Sun 12/2: Cancer Support Community Holiday Boutique in Westlake Village

Sun 12/2: Chanukah Celebration at Simi Valley Town Center (2:30-4:30PM)

Sun 12/2: Glow in the Dark Chanukah Celebration in Dos Vientos (Newbury Park)

12/1-12/2: Ventura County Ballet Company “The Nutcracker” in Oxnard

12/1-12/2: Studio Channel Islands Annual Holiday Market in Camarillo

Sun 12/2: Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis in Agoura Hills (new venue being sought)

Sun 12/2: Holiday Roundup at Leonis Adobe Museum in Calabasas

Sun 12/2: Christmas Festival Concert “Star of Wonder” at Cal Lutheran (4PM)

Sun 12/2: Santa Paws Annual Holiday Photo Shoot in Ojai

Sun 12/2: Las Posadas Event at Cal Lutheran (6-9PM)

Sun 12/2 Tuba Christmas at Pacific View Mall Ventura (Noon-1PM)

Sun 12/2: Holiday Open House at Stagecoach Inn Museum Newbury Park (1-4PM)

Sun 12/2: Snow Leopard Festival / Sledding at Santa Barbara Zoo

Sun 12/2: Chanukah Celebration at Simi Valley Town Center (2:30-4:30PM)

Sun 12/2: Silent Santa (for special sensitivity needs) at The Collection Oxnard (RSVP)

Sun 12/2: 7th Annual Holly Jolly Half Marathon, 5K/10K in Camarillo

Mon 12/3: Chanukah Celebration at The Shoppes at Westlake Village (5:30-7PM)

Tue 12/4: 1st Night of Hanukkah Celebration at Janss Marketplace (5-7PM)

Wed 12/5: Menorah Lighting Ceremony at Janss Marketplace (6:30-8PM)

Wed 12/5: Christmas at the Ranch with Santa at Camarillo Ranch House (4:30-7:30PM)

Wed 12/5: Menorah Lighting and Chanukah Celebration in Calabasas (6:30-8PM)

Thr 12/6: Chanukah Festival at Pacific View Mall Ventura (7-8PM)

Fri 12/7: 66th Annual Santa Barbara Downtown Christmas Parade

Fri 12/7: City of Agoura Hills Holiday Boutique

Fri 12/7: Camarillo Old Town Winter Walk & Tree Lighting (5-9PM)

Sat 12/8: 56th Annual Camarillo Christmas Parade

Sat 12/8: Santa at the Adobe in Agoura Hills

Sat 12/8: Jingle Bell Hike in Thousand Oaks (register in advance)

Sat 12/8: Los Robles Master Chorale Holiday Concert in Calabasas

Sat 12/8: 53rd Annual Holiday Parade of Lights at Channel Islands Harbor

12/7-12/9: Simi Community Christmas International Creche Exhibit and Music Performances

12/7-12/9: Ventura County Ballet Company “The Nutcracker” in Ventura

Sun 12/9: Heritage Holiday in the Park at Strathearn Park Simi Valley

Sun 12/9: Christmas Concert in the Park: The Nativity - Camarillo (7PM)

Sun 12/9: Community Chanukah Festival in Moorpark (4:30-6PM)

12/7-12/9: Dudley House Victorian Holiday Boutique in Ventura

12/8-12/9: Footworks Youth Ballet Presents "The Nutcracker" in Oxnard

12/8-12/9: Free Photos with Santa at Hollywood Storage Newbury Park

12/7-12/22: Holidays at the Plaza Downtown Ventura Events

Sun 12/9: Santa to the Sea Half Marathon and 5K in Oxnard

Sun 12/9: Holiday Sing-Along Family Event at The Shoppes at Westlake (3-6PM)

Sun 12/9: 40th Annual "Homes for the Holidays" Home Tour and Boutique in Camarillo

Sun 12/9: Olivas Adobe Holiday Candlelight Tours in Ventura

Tue 12/11: Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration in Calabasas (5:30-8:30PM)

12/12: Christmas at the Ranch with Santa at Camarillo Ranch House (4:30-7:30)

Fri 12/14: Holiday Soiree & Open House at Westlake Plaza (6-9PM)

12/14-12/15: The Bethlehem Experience in Westlake Village (5-9PM)

12/14-12/15: Winter Wonderland Party at Gymboree Thousand Oaks (3-6PM)

12/14-15: 42nd Annual Ventura Harbor Holiday Parade of Lights

Sat 12/15: Winter Wonderland and Holiday Marketplace at Ventura Harbor Village

Sat 12/15: Holiday Fun at Malibu Country Mart (Noon to 4pm)

Sat 12/15: 7th Annual Purrs & Paws Holiday Boutique & Vintage Market in Ojai

Sat 12/15: Santa Claus’s Party at Simi Valley Town Center

12/13-12/16: Holiday Jazz Concerts and Paintscape Light Show at Janss Marketplace (6-8PM)

12/14-16: Moorpark College Performing Arts “Holiday Spectacular”

12/15-12/16: Free Photos with Santa at Hollywood Storage Newbury Park

12/15-16: Pacific Festival Ballet Performs The Nutcracker in Thousand Oaks

Veterans Day Services in Ventura County

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Veterans Day is celebrated as a Federal holiday on the 11th day of November in honor of those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces.

(Note that since the 11th falls on a Sunday in 2018, it is being observed on Monday, the 12th.)

It coincides with other holidays such as Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, which are celebrated in other parts of the world and also mark the anniversary of the end of World War I, which formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when Armistice with Germany took effect.

Here are some local Veterans Day 2018 service options to honor those who have served our country:

A sampling of free Veterans Day offers for Active Military and Veterans with ID:

The following is courtesy of professional photographer Scott Harrison (www.harrysonpics.com):

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Vietnam veteran David Stull stands guard while supporting a flagpole carrying the American flag at the Garden of Valor at Valley Oaks Memorial Park in Westlake Village. This was one of three 30 minute shifts he stood guard. November 1984 photo by Scott Harrison/The News Chronicle

Back in the 1980s, Conejo Valley residents would observe a 24-hour vigil during the Veterans Day holiday. I took photos several times, but this 1984 photo at dusk remains my favorite. The current full name of Valley Oaks is Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks Memorial Park. The flame is still burning at the Garden of Valor.