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Westlake Village Garden Club
Korinna Domingo, founder and director of the Cougar Conservancy, gives an update on the Wallis Annenberg wildlife crossing in Agoura Hills during the club’s meeting. 9:30 a.m. refreshments, 10 a.m. meeting, Oct. 3, North Ranch Community Center, 1400 N. Westlake Blvd., Westlake Village. Free. No reservations needed.

Sportsfishing Club
Mike Armenta, manger of Turner’s Outdoorsman in Oxnard, speaks about local and long-range fishing at the Ventura County club’s dinner meeting. 7 p.m. Oct. 3, Alamo Bar and Grill, 2311 Borchard Road, Newbury Park.

WED., OCT. 4

Rock the Collection
The Collection at Riverpark’s summer concert series wraps up with Journey tribute band DSB. 6:30 p.m. Oct. 4, Collection Park, 2751 Park View Court, Oxnard.

Conejo Senior Singles Social Group
Conejo Valley seniors can mix and mingle from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the Goebel Adult Community Center, 1835 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. For information, call Marie at (732) 407-1816.

‘Lifespan of a Fact’
An ambitious fact-checker clashes with a prominent writer in a “comedic-yet-gripping battle” over facts versus truth. Based on the book by John D’Agata and Jim Fingal, the play is being performed at various times Oct. 4-21 at Rubicon Theatre Company, 1006 E. Main St., Ventura. $35-$55. (805) 667-2900;

Former Ladies of the Supremes
Two ex-members of famed Motown vocal trio the Supremes—Scherrie Payne (the group’s third and final lead singer) and Susaye Green (the last member to join the group)—team up with Joyce Vincent, who almost joined the Supremes before the group was disbanded, are teaming up to perform hits like “You Can’t Hurry Love,” “Stop! In the Name of Love” and “Baby Love.” Miguel Herrera opens the show. 8 p.m. Oct. 4, Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 E. Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. $50 adults, $47 seniors. (805) 583-7900;


Maritime Museum
“Alchemist of Color” features the paintings of Erin Hanson, who calls her work “open impressionism” because she strives to capture the true feeling of being outdoors. Her pieces are characterized by a mosaic of textured brushstrokes and striking color. Noon to 4 p.m. Thursdays to Mondays, Oct. 5 to Dec. 28, with an artist’s reception Oct. 12, Channel Islands Maritime Museum, 3900 Bluefin Circle, Oxnard.

Little Black Dress
At Soroptimist International of Simi Valley’s 11th annual fundraiser, ladies spend an elegant evening being waited on by gentlemen (this year’s “Men in Motion” include Simi Valley Police Chief Steve Shorts, SVPD Detective Corey Baker and Simi Valley Unified School District Superintendent Hani Youssef). The event features dinner, wine, dessert, entertainment and auctions. Proceeds benefit women and girls in Simi Valley. 5 p.m. Oct. 5, Eden Gardens, 3900 Eden Gardens Lane, Moorpark.

Conejo Uncorked
Celebrate the best food and wine the Conejo Valley has to offer during this Kiwanis Club of Thousand Oaks fundraiser benefiting local charities. The evening features live entertainment, a silent auction, unlimited pours and unlimited food tastings, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 5, The Gardens at Los Robles Greens, 299 S . Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. $55.

Woodworkers Association
Learn how to sharpen hand tools at the Conejo Valley group’s meeting. 6 p.m. Oct. 5, Goebel Adult Community Center, 1385 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. (805) 229-1559;

Business and Professional Women
Dr. Birgitte Tan, a transformational life and grief recovery coach, gives a talk on finding success in life during a no-host dinner meeting presented by the California Federation of Business and Professional Women. 6:30 p.m. Oct. 5, Patrón Mexican Bar and Grill, 3709 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. The public is welcome.

Friendly Book Discussion Group
The Thousand Oaks Library group chats about “The Pilgrimage” by Paulo Coelho. Attend in person or online, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Oct. 5, 1401 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. Information: Sai Chandavarkar at (805) 300-2886 or

Jim Jefferies
The Australian comic, who laces his sharp-tongued humor with unprintable epithets, shares thoughts about everything from millennials and male pattern baldness to gun control and baby showers during his shows. He brings his “Give ‘Em What They Want” tour to town at 7 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Kavli Theatre, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. $61 and up.

Ballet Folklórico Mestizo
The dance troupe, led by Matilde Sanchez and featuring Oxnard College students, staff and alumni, performs dances from six states in Mexico and offers historical introductions for each. 7 p.m. Oct. 5, Cal Lutheran University’s Preus-Brandt Forum, 135 Chapel Lane, Thousand Oaks.

FRI., OCT. 6

CLU Galleries
“Print+: Artworks of Protest and Resistance” features pieces that incorporate elements of printmaking, from time-based videos to items like handkerchiefs and photographs. Oct. 6 to Feb. 1, William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art, 160 Overton Court, Thousand Oaks.

Night at the Adobe
Before Reyes Adobes Days kicks into high gear Saturday and Sunday, this “casually elegant” 21-and-over evening features art, music, wine, beer, food and shopping. 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 6, Reyes Adobe Historical Site, 30400 Rainbow Crest Drive, Agoura Hills. $20 advance, $25 at the door. Includes one drink and food. (818) 597-7361;

‘The Sorcerer’
In this 1877 operetta, a young man fervently believes that love is the great equalizer, able to level all ranks and social distinctions. To prove it, he brews up a love potion—which causes everyone in his village to fall in love with the first person they see, resulting in a slew of comically mismatched couples. The Ventura County Gilbert & Sullivan Repertoire Company performs the show at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, Oct. 6-22, with a 7:30 p.m. Thurs., Oct. 19 show, at Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. The show will stream live at 2 p.m. Oct. 15 and 22. Tickets are $28 general with discounts for in-person shows, $20 for streaming performances. (805) 381-2747;

SAT., OCT. 7

Moorpark Country Days
“Growing Together!” is the theme of the annual community celebration, which kicks off with a parade followed by a street fair with vendors, crafts, live music, food trucks, a beer garden, a kids’ fun zone, a horse show and a gamer van. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 7, High Street, downtown Moorpark. (805) 529-0322;

Simi Elks Chili Cook-off and Classic Car Show
The annual fundraiser presented by Simi Valley Elks Lodge 2492 features hot chili, cool cars and live music. Proceeds benefit the Elks Veterans Support Program. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 7, Elks Lodge, 1561 Kuehner Drive, Simi Valley. (805) 231-0567;

Native Plantpalooza and Eco Fest
Conejo Open Space Foundation presents butterfly experts, herpetologists, master gardeners, beekeepers, children’s activities, native plant sales and a native wildlife presentation by Animal Actors of Hollywood. Visitors can learn to plant water-wise, fire-resistant gardens; fight climate change; and get tips on sustainable living. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 7, Conejo Creek North Park, 1379 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks.

Royal Classic Marching Band Competition
Royal High School is ready to strike up the bands. The Highlanders’ marching band, under the direction of Lisa Pate, squares off against 16 other high school marching bands from across Southern California during this 39th annual competition, the ensemble’s biggest fundraiser of the year. Food trucks will be on-site all day. 10 a.m. gates, 11 a.m. music, Oct. 7, Royal High School stadium, 1402 Royal Ave., Simi Valley. $15 adults, $7 seniors, children, military, police and first responders. Middle school students wearing band/music shirt get in free; so do Simi Valley Unified employees.

Reyes Adobes Days
Agoura Hills’ annual community celebration spotlights local history, culture and the arts and showcases the historic Reyes Adobe, which was built in the 1850s. There will be music and entertainment, food trucks, a beer and wine garden, exhibits by local artists, tours of the adobe and, for kids, rancho-era activities, pony rides and a petting zoo. Matt McKagan, who retired this summer as band director at Lindero Canyon Middle School, is grand marshal of the parade, which kicks things off at 10 a.m. Oct. 7, beginning at Reyes Adobe Road and Lake Lindero Drive and ends at the park site. Performers include Santana tribute band Savor (2:30 p.m. Oct. 7), McKagan and friends (noon Oct. 8) and Lynyrd Skynard tribute group Reloaded (2:30 p.m. Oct. 8). The celebration runs 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 7-8, Reyes Adobe Park and Historical Site, 30400 Rainbow Crest Drive, Agoura Hills. (818) 597-7361;

Multicultural Festival
The 26th annual event features live music, educational booths, food and more. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 7, Plaza Park, 500 S. C St., downtown Oxnard.

Oktoberfest at Reagan Pub
Belly up to the bar at the Ronald Reagan Pub for a Bavarian celebration featuring German-style beer from Enegren Brewing Co. in Moorpark and German-inspired pub food. Beers will be served in a complimentary Reagan Pub stein (limit one per person). 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 7 and 14, Reagan Pub on the first floor of the Air Force One Pavilion at Reagan Library, 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley. Museum admission is required to visit the pub.

Simi Valley Oktoberfest
Raise a frosty stein and bite into an oversize pretzel when Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise transforms Lemon Park into a Bavarian playground featuring German beer, music, dancing, games, costumes and lots of German food (brats, brats and more brats!). Beer is included in the general admission ticket price. Noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 7, Rancho Tapo Community Park (aka Lemon Park), 3700 Avenida Simi, Simi Valley. Beer will pour rain or shine. $40-$100.

Wine Walk
At this ninth annual event, local businesses along the boulevard will offer ticket holders tastings from local wineries and craft breweries. Musicians will perform as people stroll and window shop. 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 7, Ventura Boulevard, Old Town Camarillo. VIP check-in at 11:30 a.m. at Studio Channel Islands, 2222 Ventura Blvd. $45-$85.

California Writers Club
The club’s San Fernando Valley chapter presents a talk by Jonathan Maberry, bestselling author of the bioterrorism thriller book series “Joe Ledger.” The title of his talk is “A Long Strange Trip: A Writer’s Journey Through the Landscape of Publishing.” 1 p.m. Oct. 7 via Zoom or in-person at the Motion Picture and Television Fund’s Saban Center, 23388 Mulholland Drive, Woodland Hills. $10 at the door. Visit for information on how to register for the Zoom presentation.

‘The Sinatra Experience’
Dave Halston gets under the Chairman of the Board’s skin, celebrating the enduring swagger of Frank Sinatra and such classic songs as “My Way,” “New York, New York” and “Fly Me to the Moon.” 3 and 7:30 p.m. Oct. 7, Scherr Forum Theatre, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. $57.

Poker Fundraiser for Shelter Pets
Buy in to this Texas Hold ‘em Poker Night fundraiser and you’ll feel like aces as you help raise money for Healthcare for Homeless Animals, which funds medical care at the Agoura Animal Care Center. The no-limit tournament features professional dealers and complimentary appetizers. 5 to 10 p.m. Oct. 7, Ride On, 10860 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Chatsworth. $125 buy-in.

‘Monsters, Mayhem and a Movie’
The spooky, family-friendly evening features a costume pageant, Halloween games, prizes and a screening of “Hocus Pocus” starring Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy and Sarah Jessica Parker. 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 7, Calabasas Tennis and Swim Center, 23400 Park Sorrento, Calabasas. $3.

TOArts After Dark
When night falls, the fun begins at the Stagecoach Inn Museum. The eclectic concert series, presented under the stars, features “fresh and compelling” artists who have never played Newbury Park before. Barrio Manouche spikes its original tunes with jazz, flamenco and Latin American rhythms (Oct. 6), singer-songwriter Taylor Rae mixes blues, jazz, country and rock (Oct. 13) and Canadian singer-songwriter Angelique Francis plays blues, jazz, soul and gospel (Oct. 20). 7 p.m. Stagecoach Inn Museum, 51 S. Ventu Park Road, Newbury Park. Bring chairs and blankets. $35 per show, $98 for the series at (805) 449-2787;

Backyard Block Party
Kids in grades 6 to 8 can enjoy games, contests and food as a DJ spins tunes. 7 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 7, Thousand Oaks Teen Center, 1375 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. $10.

Geoff Tate
The Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter, who spent 30-plus years as the creative force behind progressive metal band Queensrÿche, is on the road with his “Big Rock Show Hits” tour. 9 p.m. Oct. 7, The Canyon, 28912 Roadside Drive, Agoura Hills. $20-$59.

SUN., OCT. 8

Moorpark Mammoth run
The Rotary Club of Moorpark’s 10th annual fundraiser features 5K and 10K races open to runners of all experience levels. A one-mile fun run, or stroll, will also be held for families looking for a relaxing morning. After registration, each participant will receive a goody bag, a fitted T-shirt, a participation ribbon and a raffle ticket for a chance to win free prizes. The event will also include music and giveaways. Proceeds go to local charities and the Rotary Foundation. 7 a.m. registration, 8:30 a.m. races, Oct. 8, Arroyo Vista Community Park, 4550 Tierra Rejada Road, Moorpark.

Conejo Cactus and Succulent Society Sale
The society, the only club of its kind in Ventura County, is holding a plant sale featuring cactus, succulents, bromeliads and plumerias plus pottery and jewelry. Experts will be available to answer questions about planting and care. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 8, 558 N. Ventu Park Road, Thousand Oaks. (805) 501-0761;

Ponies by the Sea
Talk about horsepower: Scores of cool, classic Mustang cars are on display at this annual auto show presented by the Tri-County Mustang Club. There will plenty of food trucks and vendors, too. 10 a.m. to 3 p.,m. Oct. 8, Harbor View Park at Channel Islands Harbor, 3600 Harbor Blvd., Oxnard. Free.

MON., OCT. 9

Camarillo Newcomers Club
Oct. 9 is the deadline to make reservations for the club’s lunch meeting, which will feature a performance by singer Peggy Jacobson. 11 a.m. Oct. 19, Pacific View Tower, 300 E. Esplanade Drive, Oxnard. $42 members, $44 guests. To RSVP, call Ann Marie at (214) 542-9797.

Reservations are due Oct. 9 for this hourlong play that teaches tolerance and Holocaust history through the testimony of 10 Holocaust survivors. It’s being presented by nonprofit organization Arts for Change in response to rising antisemitism, hate-fueled violence and hate based on religion and sexual orientation. Wendy Krout, the play’s writer and co-producer, takes part in a post-performance conversation with cast members. 4 p.m. Oct. 15, Reagan Library, 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley. $35. Ticket price does not include admission to the library’s “Auschwitz: Not long ago. Not far away.” exhibition.

WED., OCT. 11

Disabled American Veterans
The group, which meets the second Wednesday of the month, helps California veterans and their families obtain military benefits and services, appeal claims decisions and secure transportation to Veterans Affairs medical appointments. 6 p.m. Oct. 11, Simi Valley Senior Center, 3900 Avenida Simi, Simi Valley.

Happy Little Ukulele Club
Strum and smile when the club meets on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month. Bring your own ukulele. Some experience is important and singers are welcome. 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 11 and Oct. 25, Tipsy Goat, 159 Thousand Oaks Blvd, Thousand Oaks. Information:

Simi Valley Quilt Guild
Tina Curran presents a trunk show called “My Excellent Adventure as a Quilter.” 7 p.m. Oct. 11, Simi Valley Senior Center, 3900 Avenida Simi, Simi Valley. Free for members, $5 for guests.


‘The Curious Savage’
In John Patrick’s comedy, a woman’s greedy stepchildren have her committed to a sanitorium when they discover they can’t get their hands on the boatload of money she’s inherited. Curiously, the woman finds respite in the sanitorium, where she discovers that kindness and affection are still possibilities in a materialistic world. Moorpark College Theatre Arts performs the play at 8 p.m. Oct. 12-13, Oct. 14 and Oct. 19-21, and 2 p.m. Oct. 15 and 22, Moorpark College Performing Arts Center, 7075 Campus Road, Moorpark.

FRI., OCT. 13

Simi Craft Boutique
Shop for holiday gifts and baked goods, and have lunch, at this fundraiser. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 13, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 14, Simi Valley United Methodist Church, 2394 Erringer Road, Simi Valley.

Conejo Fall Fest
Celebrate fall at this 61st annual community carnival featuring rides, games, live music, food and a boutique. Performers include the O’Connor School of Irish Dance, Rhythm Method and Set & Setting (Friday); Jazz Express, Vanise Terry, Jet Lemon and the Fam Band (Saturday); and Ballet Folklorico, Cash Harrington and the Three Rivers Band (Sunday). Grand prize of the “Your Choice” raffle is $20,000 in cash, a $20,000 travel voucher or $20,000 in St. Paschal tuition. 5 to 11 p.m. Oct. 13, 2 to 10 p.m. Oct. 14 and 1 to 9 p.m. Sunday, St. Paschal Baylon Church, 155 E Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. Admission is free; rides and games are extra. Unlimited ride wristband are $35 and good from 2 to 6 p.m. Sat., Oct. 14; discounted ticket packs are available online. Raffle tickets ($100) are available by emailing Mike Ceurvorst at (805) 496-0222;

Talking Nardcore
Relive 40 years of sonic rage as musicians look back on the history of punk in Ventura County during a live panel discussion featuring members of Ill Repute, Dr. Know, Stalag 13, The Missing 23rd, Burning Dog, Omega Point and Agression. A DJ set opens the evening; a performance by Out of Trust closes it. 6:30 p.m. Oct. 13, Oxnard Performing Arts Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. Free.

Friday Night Dance
Learn to dance the East Coast swing at this Halloween-themed dance presented by the Simi Valley Council on Aging. The Rhythm Kings perform. Dance lessons from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., followed by the dance, Oct 13, Simi Valley Senior Center, 3900 Avenida Simi, Simi Valley. $10. (805) 583-6363.

Ghostwalk 2023
Immerse yourself in spooky, historically based stories, both real and imagined, during the Ghostwalk’s 28th edition, dubbed “Buffalo Bill and The Temple of Doom.” During each one-hour tour, guests will be led by a ghostly companion as they listen to stories of the dearly departed. Tours leave every 15 minutes from 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 13, 20 and 27; 6:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 14, 21 and 28; and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 15, 22 and 29 at the Santa Paula Masonic Temple, 102 N. Seventh St., Santa Paula. $12 adults, $10 children 12 and younger during the first weekend, $15 adults, $10 children the final two weekends. This year, the tours are not wheelchair accessible. Purchase tickets online at For information, leave a message at (805) 525-3073.

‘Once Upon a Mattress’ Youth Edition
Shy swamp princess Winnifred the Woebegone wants to win the heart of Prince Dauntless, but first she must pass the impossible tests Queen Aggravain has in store for her. The raucous and romantic musical, featuring music by Mary Rodgers, the daughter of legendary composer Richard Rodgers, is based on Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairy tale “The Princess and the Pea.” Conejo Players Theatre presents the youth edition of the musical at 7 p.m. Oct. 13 and 20, 1 and 4 p.m. Oct. 14 and 21 and 1 p.m. Oct. 15 and 22, 351 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. $15. (805) 495-3715;

In 1960, Lionel Bart put his own twist on Dickens’ “Oliver Twist,” turning the classic literary tale into a classic musical about an orphaned boy navigating London’s treacherous underworld while searching for a home, a family and, most importantly, love. Five-Star Theatricals presents the musical, featuring songs like “Where Is Love” and “Food, Glorious Food,” Oct. 13-22 in the Kavli Theatre, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. $38 to $87.

‘Something Rotten!’
It’s the late 1500s and two brothers, unable to best Shakespeare as playwrights, set out to write the world’s very first musical. This Tony-nominated show not only lampoons the Renaissance but Broadway itself. Various times, Oct. 13 to Nov. 12, High Street Arts Center, 45 E. High Street, Moorpark. (805) 529-8700;

The Calabasas-based guitar goddess, who has performed with everyone from Michael Jackson to Alice Cooper, is back to satiate your rock ‘n’ roll sweet tooth with tunes from her latest album, “Rock Candy,” and maybe a tune or two from her in-progress album. Her current tour is titled “Illuminate.” 9 p.m. Oct. 13, The Canyon, 28912 Roadside Drive, Agoura Hills. $29-$85.

SAT., OCT. 14

Gourd Workshop
Use coyote gourds to make Halloween and Christmas ornaments at this workshop. No experience necessary; all materials provided. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 14, Camarillo Art Center, 3150 Ponderosa Drive, Camarillo. $20 cash. Information: Kathleen at

Seaside Highland Games
Great Scot! It’s two days of Scottish fun, including pipe-and-drum bands, fiddlers, highland dancers, herding dogs, British cars, food and brawny men in kilts tossing heavy objects. Performers include Sligo Rags, Angry Brians, Ploughboys and the Browne Sisters with George Cavanaugh. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 14-15, Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura. $25 general with discounts.

Relay For Life
The American Cancer Society event raises funds for research and patient care programs. During the walk, community members take turns walking around a track lined with luminaria bags. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 14, Simi Valley Town Center parking lot, 1555 Simi Town Center Way, Simi Valley.

A Faery Hunt
The children’s theater group, which celebrates its 20-year anniversary this fall, presents whimsical musical stories for children 2 to 9 and their families. The interactive outdoor shows are meant to inspire creativity, imagination and fun. 10:30 a.m. Oct. 14 and Nov. 18 at Corriganville Park, 7001 Smith Road, Simi Valley. $15. (818) 324-6802;

Conejo Arts Jubilee
The Arts Council of the Conejo Valley presents performances, food and art displays by ACCV members, including the Westlake Village Art Guild. Noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 14, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks.

‘Tongue Twisted’
Two tremendously tenacious teams teeming with top talent tangle in a thrilling tongue-twister tourney in this play presented by Young Artists Ensemble’s Hillcrest Players. 12:30 and 3 p.m. Oct. 14 and 21, Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. $13.

Westlake Village City Celebration
As part of the annual celebration, the White Oak Elementary Family Fun Fair offers carnival rides, face painting and balloon animals, DJ-hosted dance party, games, photo booth, eco-friendly arts and crafts, fire and sheriff meet-and-greet, food trucks, a beer and wine garden and live performances. 3 to 8 p.m. Oct. 14, Westlake Village City Hall, 31200 Oak Crest Drive, Westlake Village. Free parking available off Park Terrace.

Trunk-or-Treat and Fall Festival
Simi Valley Family YMCA child care staffers decorate car trunks with fun themes and pass out candy at this community event. Also featured: a pumpkin patch, pumpkin decorating, carnival games, crafts, a haunted laboratory, haunted hallway, inflatables, petting zoo, food trucks, and a magician. Halloween costumes encouraged. 3 to 6 p.m. Oct. 14, Simi Y, 3200 Cochran St., Simi Valley. Free, but registration required.

Junior Rangers
Kids 7 to 12 years old can learn about the “tracks and signs” that animals leave behind in Malibu Creek State Park during this Junior Rangers program. 4 to 5 p.m. Oct. 14, amphitheater near Malibu Creek State Park Campground, 1925 Las Virgenes Road, Calabasas. Free. No RSVP needed. Rain cancels. Parking is $3 an hour.

‘The Addams Family’
Gomez and Morticia Addams are creepy and kooky, mysterious and . . . scared out of their wits that their daughter, Wednesday, is falling for a “normal” boy. Actors’ Repertory Theatre of Simi is presenting the Tony-nominated musical based on Charles Addams’ macabre characters. Various times Oct. 14 to Nov. 12, Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. $33 adults, $28 seniors and students, $22 for children 12 and younger. (805) 583-7900;

Lee Rocker
The Stray Cats co-founder struts into town with his giant upright bass to play swingin’ tunes like “Sexy and Seventeen,” “Stray Cat Strut” and “Rock This Town.” Oct. 14, Scherr Forum Theatre, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. $38 to $87.

Comedy on the Hill
Jim Tavaré, the English actor who played the Leaky Cauldron landlord in “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,” likes to pluck his huge stand-up bass during his comedy gigs. “Comedy and music, ladies and gentleman, that’s what you get from me” he likes to say. “Two for the price of one. So if you don’t like the jokes, you can just twerk.” He’ll be joined by John Hastings and Monique Marvez at this 18-and -over comedy show produced by Jason Love. 8 p.m. Oct. 14, Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. $15.

SUN., OCT. 15

Thousand Oaks Rotary Street Fair
More than 300 vendors will be selling clothes, art, crafts, jewelry, food and more at the Rotary Club of Thousand Oaks’ 31st annual street fair. The event also features kids’ activities, rides and a chance to meet police officers, firefighters and EMTs. Proceeds benefit more than 70 charitable causes. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 15, Moorpark Road from Hillcrest Drive to Wilbur Road, Thousand Oaks.

TUES., OCT. 17

Karen Pence
The wife of former Vice President Mike Pence discusses and signs copies of her new book, “When It’s Your Turn to Serve: Experiencing God’s Grace in His Calling for Your Life.” In the book, the former elementary school teacher describes how the turbulent world of politics affected her life and how “God’s grace was sufficient” to get her through it. 6 p.m. program, 7 p.m. book signing, Oct. 17, Reagan Library, 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley.

WED., OCT. 18

‘Candlelight’ Halloween
Illuminated by candlelight, the Listeso String Quartet presents “A Haunted Evening of Halloween Hits,” including Charles Gounod’s “Funeral March of a Marionette,” Vic Mizzy’s “Addams Family” theme, Bernard Herrmann’s “Psycho” and Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” 6:30 and 9 p.m. Oct. 18-19, Oxnard Performing Arts Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. $70-$35. The “Candlelight” series continues with “A Tribute to Taylor Swift” (5:30 and 9 p.m. Nov. 16).


Pleasant Valley Garden Club
After the club’s business meeting, make decorative succulent pumpkins to sell at the farmers market on Oct. 21. 9 to 10 a.m. meeting, Oct. 19, Seventh-day Adventist Church, 3975 Las Posas Road, Camarillo. The meeting is free and the public is welcome. Information: or

Daniel Seymour
The economics professor discusses and signs his book, “From Auschwitz With Love: The Inspiring Memoir of Two Sisters’ Survival, Devotion and Triumph.” The evening will include video remarks by siblings/Holocaust survivors Manci and Ruth Grunberger. Seymour decided to write the book after asking Manci, his mother-in-law, a simple question: “Would you talk to me about growing up in Czechoslovakia before World War II?” 6 p.m. program, 7 p.m. signing, Oct. 19, Reagan Library, 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley.

Conejo Valley Bonsai Society
Learn about the “mystery and joy” of bonsai, an ancient gardening art that has been practiced in Japan since the sixth century, when the society meets every third Thursday. Bonsai involves dwarfing and shaping trees and shrubs in shallow pots through pruning, controlled fertilization, etc. CVBS holds workshops, field trips and demonstrations highlighting the techniques involved. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19, Westlake Village City Hall, 31200 Oakcrest Drive.

John Primer and Bob Corritore
Singer-guitarist John Primer and blues-harp master Bob Corritore are both well-steeped in Chicago blues, and they’ll team up for an evening of fiery music as part of the latest Cadillac Zack Presents show. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19, Cantara Cellars, 126 Wood Road, Camarillo. Text (323) 377-5291 for tickets.

FRI., OCT. 20

Arts and Crafts Fair and Pancake Breakfast
Handcrafted items of all kinds will be sold at the Simi Valley Council on Aging’s annual sale. Funds raised will be used to support senior services, including transportation and nutrition programs, as well as provide furniture and equipment to enhance the senior center. In conjunction with the fair, an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast will be offered from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Oct. 21; cost is $5. The crafts fair runs 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 20 and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Simi Valley Senior Center, 3900 Avenida Simi. Admission to the fair is free. (805) 583-6363.

SAT., OCT. 21

Holiday Craft Fair
St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church offers a variety of handcrafted items including quilts, cozies, jewelry, clothes for women and Barbie dolls, natural skin care products and shave cream, food, holiday decor, laser-cut wood items, knives and a slew of other holiday gifts. Santa Claus is on-site both days for photos. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 21-22, 1305 Royal Ave., Simi Valley.

Trail or Treat
As kids trek along Camarillo Grove Trail, they can answer nature-based questions and earn nature- or Halloween-related items (no food will be handed out). 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 21, Camarillo Grove Park Nature Center, 6968 Camarillo Springs Road, Camarillo. $5 for each person receiving trail treats; parents walking the trail do not need to register. Register at

‘Hike to Where Movies Were Made’
Since the silent movie era, the land known today as Malibu Creek State Park has been the backdrop for countless movies and TV shows—especially from 1946 to 1974 when it was owned by 20th Century Fox. On this moderate, docent-led 3-mile hike, you can discover where the cameras once rolled. Meet at 10 a.m. Oct. 21 in the main trailhead parking lot near the restrooms at Malibu Creek State Park, 1925 Las Virgenes Road, Calabasas. Free. No RSVP needed. Rain cancels. Parking is $3 an hour. No dogs allowed on trails.

Mountains to the Sea Jubilee and Music Festival
Celebrate Ventura County’s 150th year during a free family jubilee featuring kids’ activities, food trucks, a pumpkin patch, petting zoo, search and rescue dogs, craft vendors and performances/presentations by Danza Azteca, Flamenco 805, Togen Daiko, the Hi Stok’oy Hil Xus Chumash cultural group and other performing arts ensembles. The Agricultural Museum also opens a new exhibit, “Ventura County: The Place We Call Home.” A music fest follows featuring Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Mariachi Camarillo, Rey Fresco, Whiskey Business and the Charles Law Band plus food trucks and a beer garden. The jubilee is free and runs 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Agriculture Museum, 926 Railroad Ave, Santa Paula; the music fest takes place 2:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 21 at Veterans Memorial Park, East Ventura and Mill Streets, Santa Paula. Tickets are $20 and must be purchased in advance. Bring blankets or low chairs; no pets or outside food or drink.

Mark Levin
Before becoming a radio personality, bestselling author and Fox News host, Mark Levin worked in Ronald Reagan‘s administration in a variety of roles, including chief of staff to Attorney General Edwin Meese. He’s in town to discuss and sign copies of his latest book, “The Democrat Party Hates America.” 1:30 p.m. book signing, 6 p.m. program, 7:15 p.m. dinner, Oct. 21, Reagan Library, 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley.

Witches Brew & Spirits, Too
Friends of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates of Ventura County) presents a Halloween-themed fundraiser featuring festive spirits, snacks, sweets, tarot card readings, auctions and a costume contest (wear your favorite witch attire). 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 21, Thousand Oaks (address provided upon registration). $40 through Oct. 15, $45 after Oct. 15.

Taylor Goldsmith
In between gigs with his band Dawes, the singer-songwriter is carving out time to play an intimate acoustic solo show to benefit the Santa Monica Mountains Fund. Originally scheduled for September, the show had to be postponed when Goldsmith got sick. Doors open at 5 p.m., 6:45 p.m. show, Oct. 21, Peter Strauss Ranch, 30000 Mulholland Highway, Agoura Hills. $70. Wine, beer, charcuterie available to purchase. VIP parking $30.

Haunted Trail and Costume Contest
Explore Trick-or-Treat Street, take part in a costume contest, slither on over to the reptile show and then journey down a spooky trail starting at 7 p.m. 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 21, Thousand Oaks Community Center, 2525 N. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks.

Moorpark Movies in the Park
Kick back with blankets and lawn chairs and watch “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” 7:15 p.m. Oct. 21, Arroyo Vista Park, 4550 Tierra Rejada Road, Moorpark. Gates open one hour before showtime; movies begin at dusk. Free. Vendors will be on-site. No pets or alcohol allowed.

Russ & Julie’s House Concerts
The longtime acoustic music series presents Jim Kweskin, whose eponymous jug band with Maria Muldaur in the 1960s influenced the Grateful Dead, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and the Lovin’ Spoonful. These days, the singer digs deep into the sophisticated sounds of pop and jazz, performing songs by Benny Goodman, Johnny Mercer, the Sons of the Pioneers and Fats Waller. 8 p.m. Oct. 21, private home in Oak Park. $20. RSVP at

Mike Peters
Having fronted Welsh band The Alarm since 1982, Mike Peters qualifies as a true rock ’n’ roll survivor. But here’s what makes him a true badass: He’s also a three-time cancer survivor. In fact, he wrote much of The Alarm’s new album, “Forwards,” while stuck in a hospital bed last year as he battled a resurgence of leukemia. On his one-man Alarm Acoustic tour, he’ll be armed with an Auden guitar, rhythm machine and bass drum, kicking out classics like “Sixty Eight Guns,” “Rain in the Summertime” and “The Stand” as well as new tunes, like “Forwards.” “I didn’t want it to be a ‘fight back’ record about where I’d been,” he said. “I wanted it to be about where I was going.” 9 p.m. Oct. 21, The Canyon, 28912 Roadside Drive, Agoura Hills. $28-$58.

SUN., OCT. 22

Topanga Vintage Market
This monthly market features 200 vintage vendors, artisans and food trucks. 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 22, Nov. 26 and Dec. 24,Pierce College, Victory Boulevard at Mason Avenue, Woodland Hills. $5 general; free for veterans and kids 12 and younger. Free parking; no pets. Early birds welcome. (310) 422-1844;

Calabasas Pumpkin Festival
Calabasas’ name comes from the Spanish word calabaza, meaning pumpkin or gourd, and this fest celebrates the orange orb in all its delicious glory. You can pick pumpkins; watch professional carvers at work; listen to live bands; get your picture taken with Punky, the festival mascot; have fun on inflatable rides; attend bug and reptile shows; and buy goodies like pumpkin pie, pumpkin salsa . . . even pumpkin beer. The first 200 kids ages 12 and younger who arrive in costume will get a free pumpkin to personalize in the pumpkin painting booth. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 22, Juan Bautista de Anza Park, 3701 Lost Hills Road, Calabasas.

Camerata Pacifica
The chamber music ensemble presents “From Bach to Bolivia,” a concert featuring work by Bach (Prelude and Fugue, Trio Sonata No. 5, Toccata and Fugue), Zipoli (“La Folla”) and anonymous compositions (Fugado, Toccata). 3 p.m. Oct. 22, Scherr Forum Theatre, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. $80.

WED., OCT. 25

Classical Guitar Society
Guitar enthusiasts from around the county meet monthly to share the joy of guitar music. This month’s guest performer is Ken Emerick. 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 25, Pleasant Valley Senior Center, 1605 E. Burnley St., Camarillo. Local performers go on at 7 p.m., Emerick plays at 8. Free; donations for the guest artist are encouraged. (805) 798-3628;

Tribute Concert Series
The Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center presents concerts by Hot August Nights (Neil Diamond tribute, Oct. 25), Motown Mania (tribute to the Temptations, Four Tops, Gladys Knight, Smokey Robinson and other Motown acts, Nov. 15) and the Long Run (Eagles tribute, Dec. 6). All shows at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. $38 general with discounts.


Bret Baier
Fox News’ chief political correspondent, who co-moderated the first 2024 Republican presidential primary debate in August, discusses and signs his new book, “To Rescue the Constitution: George Washington and the Fragile American Experiment.” In the book, Baier examines three dramatic moments when Washington’s leadership saved the nation from the brink of collapse. 6 p.m. program, 7 p.m. signing, Oct. 26, Reagan Library, 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley.

FRI., OCT. 27

Frankenstein Ball
Seniors 50 and older can don Halloween costumes for an evening of dancing, live music by the Seniors of Note band and refreshments. 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 27, Community Center Auditorium, 1605 E. Burnley St., Camarillo. Free.

Spooky Swim
Hit the pool for a spooky good time with family and friends. Goodie bags will be handed out and there will be games and pumpkin painting. Ubatuba Acai will serve mini acai bowls. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 27, Pleasant Valley Aquatic Center, 1030 Temple Ave., Camarillo. $10 for access to all activities, $4 for the swim only.

Stagecoach Inn Movies Under the Stars
Step back into cinematic yesteryear when the historic inn screens the 931 horror film “Frankenstein” starring Boris Karloff. Gates open at 7:15 p.m. Oct. 27, movie begins around 8:15 p.m. Stagecoach Inn, 51 S. Ventu Park Road, Newbury Park. $10 general online or at the gate, $8 Conejo Valley Historical Society members. (805) 498-9441,

TOArts’ Trailblazers
In this new discussion series, TOArts presents “conversations to inspire change.” During “Inside Wonder Lab,”
biologist-turned-photographer Anand Varma discusses how he unlocks the mysteries of nature by using cutting-edge photography techniques. 8 p.m. Oct. 27, Kavli Theatre, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. $44-$54.

SAT., OCT. 28

Dress your doggies up in fun costumes, meet pet vendors, learn about local services, shop at booths, enjoy treats and watch performances by the Disc Dogs. There will be costume contests for big and little dogs and activities for them to take part in as well as pet adoptions, food trucks and a best trick contest. Well-behaved dogs on non-retractable leashes are welcome to attend. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 28, Mission Oaks Dog Park, 5501 Mission Oaks Blvd., Camarillo. Free.

Drug Take Back Day
Clean out your medicine cabinet and dispose of unneeded prescription drugs during the Drug Enforcement Administration’s biannual collection event, which is intended to prevent people from misusing medication, developing opioid addictions or overdosing. Law enforcement officers will be on-site to collect the drugs. No sharp needles will be accepted. Drugs can be dropped off from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 28 at Camarillo Police Department (3701 Las Posas Road, Camarillo), Los Robles Regional Medical Center (215 W. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks), Goebel Adult Community Center (1385 E Janss Road, Thousand Oaks). West Hills Hospital (7300 Medical Center Drive, West Hills) and Kaiser Permanente (5601 De Soto Ave, Woodland Hills).

Boo Fest
Kids can go door-to-door and get treats at local businesses, participate in a costume contest and visit the carnival at Chapel City Church. Noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 28, Ventura Boulevard, Old Town Camarillo. (805) 465-9336;

Simi Valley Street Fair
“There’s something for everyone” at this street fair, promises the Simi Valley Chamber of Commerce. The event, designed to bring businesses and the community together, features over 350 vendors selling arts, crafts, products and food plus a host of community groups getting the word out about what they do. More than 20,000 people are expected to attend. There will be entertainment, a beer and wine garden, and a fun zone for kids 12 and younger. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 28, Simi Town Center Way, Simi Valley. (805) 526-3900;

McCrea Ranch Family Harvest Festival
The historic ranch house once owned by actors Joel McCrea and Frances Dee celebrates the harvest season with this family-friendly event. Dress in Halloween costumes or Western attire, bring a trick-or-treat bag, get your face painted and make a miniature scarecrow. Connie’s Hot Dogs will be on-site with food and refreshments. Noon to 2 p.m. Oct. 28, McCrea Ranch, 4500 N. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. $15 for one child and one adult. Register at (805) 495-2163; go to for information.

Watercolor Workshop
Brush up on your watercolor technique at this workshops led by Kathy Whitesell. “Colorful fall leaves” is the theme. Supplies will be available. 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 28, Camarillo Art Center, 3150 Ponderosa Drive, Camarillo. $20 members, $30 non-members. Email to RSVP.

Town Center Halloween
When the street fair wraps up at 4 p.m., the outdoor mall’s Halloween celebration kicks into gear with trick-or-treating (4 to 6 p.m.), performances from All the Dance Studios (4:30 to 5:30 p.m.), DJ music (4 to 7 p.m.) and and free bounce houses for kids (through 10 p.m.). Oct. 28, Simi Valley Town Center, 1555 Simi Town Center Way, Simi Valley.

Frankie Valli
Oh, what a night it will be when the original Jersey Boy hits the stage with his current Four Seasons ensemble to play hits like “Sherry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and “Grease.” 8 p.m. Oct. 28, Kavli Theatre, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. $42-$172.

SUN., OCT. 29

Día de los Muertos Festival
Remember loved ones at Simi Valley Historical Society’s annual Day of the Dead Festival. Residents can contribute homemade altars, known as ofrendas, for display and enjoy food and craft vendors, face-painting, storytellers and live music and dance. Kids can make skull masks and tissue flowers. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 29, Strathearn Historical Park and Museum, 137 Strathearn Place, Simi Valley. $8 adults in advance, $10 at the gate and $5 for kids ages 5 to 12. (805) 526-6453;

Adolfo Camarillo’s Birthday Celebration
Celebrate the 159th birthday of Camarillo’s patriarch at this celebration featuring performances by Mariachi Camarillo and Ballet Folklorico Mestizo, docent-led tours of Adolfo Camarillo’s 1892 Queen Anne Victorian mansion, interactive crafts and games for kids, food trucks, an appearance by the Camarillo white horses and, best of all, free cake (while supplies last). Noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 29, Camarillo Ranch House, 201 Camarillo Ranch Road, Camarillo.

Dixieland Jazz on the Lake
The Riverboat Dixie Dixieland Jazz Band plays traditional New Orleans jazz on the last Sunday of every month. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 29, Zin Bistro Americano at Westlake Lake, 32131 Lindero Canyon, Westlake Village. (818) 865-0095.

California Young Artists Symphony
The ensemble features graduate, undergraduate and pre-college students playing alongside internationally recognized orchestral leaders, soloists and directors. On the program are works by Olivier Messiaen (“Les Offrandes Oubliées”) and Anton Bruckner (Symphony No. 4 in E-Flat Major). 6 p.m. Oct. 29, Scherr Forum Theatre, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. $35-$85.

TUES., OCT. 31

Oak Park Halloween Carnival
Kids ages 12 and younger can join in the Halloween fun. 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 31, Oak Park Community Center, 1000 N. Kanan Road, Oak Park. $5 per child; preregistration required. Held rain or shine. (818) 865-9304;

Youth Halloween Carnival
The 62nd annual event features trick-or-treating, carnival games, inflatables, crafts, balloons and face painting. “Gotham City” is the theme and there will be a screening of “The LEGO Batman Movie.” Food will be available from Rock ‘n’ Roll Cafe and Lucky Dog Cafe. 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 31, Rancho Santa Susana Community Center, 5005 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. $8 for kids and teens ages 13 to 18, $6 for kids ages 3 to 12, free for kids 2 and younger. (805) 584-4463;

Haunted High Street
Moorpark’s historic thoroughfare transforms into a spooky wonderland featuring a Halloween carnival for kids 3 to 10, costume contest, trunk-or-treat, DJ dance party, pumpkin patch, crafts and food trucks. General admission is free; admission to the carnival is $5 advance, $10 at the gate, cash only. 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 31, downtown High Street, Moorpark.

Halloween in the Park
This family-friendly celebration features trick-or-treating, games, crafts, pumpkin painting, food trucks and a costume contest. 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31, Community Center Park, 1605 E. Burnley St., Camarillo. Free.