The Ultimate Conejo Valley Summer Guide 2015

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Summer 2015 has arrived, and things are heating up around the Conejo Valley. From a fun day out with the family to a hot date night out on the town, the Conejo Valley has plenty of fun events to offer this season!

Family Fun presented by The Garage Teen Hangout in Agoura Hills

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The City of Agoura Hills now offers new teen programs, including, trips, events and a hangout at the new Teen Center called, The Garage. For more information visit www.agouragarage.org or call 818-597-7361.

Summer Concert Series

THOUSAND OAKS Conejo Park and Recreation Department

Concerts in the Park: Bring your blankets, lawn chairs, and picnics, then sit back and relax to the sounds of summer! Concerts begin promptly at 5 p.m. Jackets or sweaters are recommended as the weather often cools during the latter part of the event. The Summer Concerts in the Park are well attended; early arrival to obtain prime lawn seating is encouraged. Concertgoers are asked to leave pets at home.

 Takes place at Conejo Community Park, 1175 Hendrix Avenue, Thousand Oaks
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  • Independence Day Concert with the Conejo Pops Orchestra: A fourth of July tradition in the Conejo Valley!  Under the baton of Elmer Ramsey, the 40-piece Conejo Pops Orchestra brings a program of patriotic and Americana music to life, including selections from famed composers John Philip Sousa and George M. Cohan.  Plus special guests The Sherwood Singers. Song list includes such patriotic favorites as “God Bless the USA,” “Semper Fidelis” and “Stars & Stripers Forever.”
  • Sunday, July 19: Justin Young Sunday,
  • August 16: The Boogie Knights Monday,
  • September 7: The Who Show | Who Tribute Band

Gardens of the World Jazz Concerts: All concerts are 5-6:30 p.m. Click here for more info.

  • Aug. 9: Suzie Hansen Latin Jazz Orchestra
  • Aug. 16: Greg Karukas
  • Aug. 23: Joe Gray and His Late Night Big Band

WESTLAKE VILLAGECity of Westlake Village

Saturday Concerts in the Park: All events begin at 7 p.m. with food available for purchase beginning at 6 p.m. with the exception of the July 11 movie night which begins approximately 8:15 p.m.

  • June 13: “The Long Run” (Eagles Tribute)
  • July 18: 80z All Stars Tribute Band
  • Aug. 22: Boogie Nights 

CALABASASCity of Calabasas

2015 Sun Sets Concert Series at Calabasas Lake: All concerts begin at 6 p.m. and are free to the public. Located on the Greenbelt at Calabasas Lake (open to public during concerts) Enter at The Calabasas Tennis & Swim Center (located at 23400 Park Sorrento)  Parking. Bring a picnic or pre-order one through Atmosphere Café located at the Calabasas Tennis & Swim Center.  Visit  www.atmospherecatering.com to check out the menu and pre-order online for a special discount using a credit card.

  • July 12, Gold Rush Country–This premier high energy country band will play a variety of modern radio favorites that will surely have the audience toe-tapping, dancing and singing with enthusiasm.
  • Aug. 9, Surf City Allstars–Catch a wave with the Surf City Allstars; the only “tribute” band on the planet where each and every member toured in the Beach Boys & Jan & Dean.
  • Aug. 23, New West Symphony Presents Jason Vieaux–NPR describes award winning guitarist Jason Vieaux as, “perhaps the most precise and soulful classical guitarist of his generation.”

AGOURA HILLSCity of Agoura Hills

Concerts are free to the public with a suggested donation of $2.  With the exception of the July 19 concert, all concerts are held at Chumash Park, 555o Medea Valley Drive, Agoura Hills, and shows start at 6 p.m.  Food is available for sale at a nominal fee beginning at 5 p.m. For more information, go to www.agourahillsrec.org

  • June 21, “Led Zepagain”
  • July 5, “Zoot Suit Review” with a fireworks show following the concert at about 9 p.m. 
  • July 19, “Conejo Valley Community Concert & Jazz Band,” at the Performing Arts and Education Center on the campus at Agoura High School 
  • August 2, “Fortunate Son: a Tribute to Creedance Clearwater Revival”
  • August 9, “Alley Cats”  

Oak Park

Free concerts begin at 6 p.m. at 5600 Hollytree Drive. Bring your picnic basket or purchase food at the event. Click here for more information. 

  • June 27, Queen Nation

Movies in the Park

CALABASASCity of Calabasas

 

Dive In Movie Night on Friday, Calabasas Tennis & Swim Center (free)

Doors open at 6 p.m. Free swimming and family fun entertainment from 6-8:30 p.m., and movie starts at approximately 8:30 p.m. Call (818) 222-2782 for more info

  • June 19, Free Willy
  • July 17, The LEGO Movie 

Movie Under the Stars, Juan Bautista De Anza Park (free)

Followed by a summer family camp out! Friday August 1st at 7pm-10pm, at De Anza Park, music, games, prizes, snacks and movie at 8:15pm! Bring the entire family out for games, movie, camp songs, campout, pancake breakfast and morning hike!

  • July 31,  A Bug’s Life (free) Campout at the park is available after the movie. Visit www.cityofcalabasas.com to learn more and sign up. Fee is $10 for adults and $5 for kids.

AGOURA HILLSCity of Agoura Hills

  • July 11, Movie at the Adobe: Bride of FrankensteinCome to the Reyes Adobe Historical site to enjoy the classic film “Bride of Frankenstein” Before the show, we will have a Q&A with Peter Brothers and a small panel experts on the film. Gates open at 6pm. Q&A begins at 7:00 p.m. with the movie showing at dusk. Admission is free; event donations are being taken to support the Reyes Adobe Historical Site. Seating is limited and patrons should bring their own chair or blanket. Reservations are recommended and may be made by calling (818) 597-7361.

Silents Under the Stars

  • July 19, Why Change Your Wife? (1920), 8-10 p.m. at Paramount Ranch, 2903 Cornell Rd, Agoura Hills. Take a guided tour of the ranch at 6:30. Admission: $6 adults, $3 for children under 12, $5 for Hollywood Heritage members. For more information, call 805-370-2301.

WESTLAKE VILLAGECity of Westlake Village

  • July 24, outdoor screening of Despicable Me with activities and crafts before the movie (Activities begin at 6 p.m., film begins approximately at 8 p.m., provided by CreAte Studios). Food vendor is Jersey Dogs.

OAK PARK 

  • July 25, Raiders of the Lost Ark, starts at 8 p.m. at Oak Canyon Community Park. Admission is $1 per person. For more information, call (818) 865-9304.

NEWBURY PARK

  • The Village at Dos Vientos will kick off its Summer 2015 Movies Under the Stars Series on Thursday evening July 23 with Big Hero 6, winner of the 2015 Academy Award for Best Animated Film. The family oriented movies will be shown in high definition Blu Ray on consecutive Thursday nights through August 20th. Movies start at dusk (approximately 8:15 p.m.) on the Village’s large 20-foot screen in the center’s outdoor amphitheater, which also includes a children’s playground. Other films in the “Movies Under the Stars” lineup include Despicable Me 2 (July 30), Earth to Echo (August 6), Alexander and The Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day (August 13) and Into the Woods (August 20). Admission is free. Click here for info.

THOUSAND OAKS

  • The Lakes at Thousand Oaks (2200 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks) will be hosting two summer movie nights in the park. Grass seating is available and limited blankets will be provided. Admission is free. Enjoy dinner and a movie! Hot dog and root beer combo $4.99 special available at Lassens. Movie-goers may also enjoy $1 off all Lassens juice bar drinks and smoothies. Check in is at 6:30 p.m.; movie begins at sundown.
  • Aug. 8 – Toy Story
  • Aug. 22 – The Neverending Story

Free (and Cheap) Summer Movies for Kids

Thousand Oaks, Regency

Thousand Oaks, The Oaks Mall

  • Family Movies at Muvico Theater Thousand Oaks: The Oaks Mall is hosting the Family Movie Series at Muvico Theater in Thousand Oaks from June 16th through August 2oth. Tickets are $4 and includes admission to Kid Series viewing, kids small popcorn and kids small drink.   Doors open at 9:30am. Show starts at 10 a.m. every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Click here for the lineup.

140th Ventura County Fair

 

Click here for our 2015 Summer Camp Guide

 

 

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There’s plenty to do in the Conejo Valley after dark. Here’s a listing of the top nightlife locales:

Movie Theaters

Entertainment Venues

Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., 805.449.2787
Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo     August 7
Chris Isaak                                 August 13
Canyon Club, 28912 Roadside Drive, Agoura Hills, 818.879.5016
Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Dr. Thousand Oaks, 805-381-2747
Conejo Players, 351 South Moorpark Rd., Thousand Oaks, 805.495.3715
The PAECs, (Agoura Hills, Calabasas), A-PAEC Box Office:  818-889-8058, x1;
C-PAEC Box Office:  818-591-1209, x1

 

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Summer Beauty Presented by All Tressed Up Blowdry & Beauty Bar

by Shay Huff

My blowdry and beauty bars are all about making luxury services affordable and accessible to every day girls like me. To kick start our Summer Beauty Guide for Conejo Valley Happening, here’s a tip that you can do at home to help keep your hair looking healthy, hydrated and luscious this summer all while promoting hair growth.

Castor Oil: Now, I’ve heard about this trick for years and years but never actually tried it for whatever reason, until one of my stylists at my Westlake Village location convinced me to give it a shot.  After seeing the difference it was making in her hair, I figured, why not?

Here it goes:
I like to start with damp hair so that the mixture is easily absorbed. Section hair into about 5 parts, so you are sure to not miss any areas. Mix 3 tablespoons of Castor Oil with 1 tablespoon coconut oil and warm for 10-15 seconds in the microwave (warming the mixture will make it easier to apply but make sure mixture isn’t too hot to apply to scalp). Apply to each section of hair from scalp to end of hair and massage scalp thoroughly to increase circulation. Be sure to not use too much as it will be hard to remove next morning.  Wrap hair with a shower cap or handkerchief to protect pillow and sheets while you let the treatment sit overnight. Wash hair like normal the next morning. You can use a clarifying shampoo to help remove the oil if need be.

Depending on your hair type, you can do Castor Oil treatments to your hair twice a month for oily hair to once a week for normal hair. I have seen an astronomical difference in my hair since I started doing this treatment a couple of months ago.

Bonus tip: You can also apply Castor Oil to your lashes with a clean mascara wand.

Get Fit

The Summer is a great time to enjoy outdoor activities every day!  Help yourself and your family live a healthy lifestyle while exploring the outdoors and wildlife of  the beautiful Conejo Valley!

Free Outdoor Yoga
Wednesdays, June 24-Aug. 5, 9-10 a.m.
Event Location: The Lakes at Thousand Oaks. Click here for information.
Lululemon Westlake will be hosting yoga on the lawn at The Lakes at Thousand Oaks with Lululemon ambassador Lainie Devina.

Upcoming Runs

 

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by Chef Lala

One of the reasons I love the summer is because of summer fruit. I simply love fruit at its peak.  I incorporate it into my drinks (place some berries in a blender with ice and water,) add fruit to my salads, and create sweet fruit salsas.
This recipe is easy to make on a gorgeous summer day in Southern California.
Potato and Cheese Taquitos
Taquitos de Papa
 
  • 5 cups cooked potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 cup grated Monterey Jack or Gouda cheese
  • 3 green onions, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon blackpepper
  • 24 corn tortillas
  • 1 cup canola or vegetable oil
  • Mango Guacamole (recipe follows)

1. Combine cooked potatoes, cheese, onions, salt and pepper in large mixing bowl.
2. Warm tortillas to soften. Place 1 tablespoon filling in a narrow strip at one end of each tortilla. Roll up tightly; secure in center with a wooden toothpick. Heat oil until hot in medium skillet. Fry in batches, several taquitos at a time until crisp.
3. Drain taquitos on paper towels. Remove toothpicks and serve immediately. Top with Mango Guacamole.
Makes 4 servings

Mango Guacamole

  • 2 cups mango, finely diced
  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1⁄2 cup finely diced red onion
  • 3 serrano chiles, finely diced 1 large avocado, finely diced

Combine all ingredients in medium bowl. Stir to combine. Juice of 1⁄2 lime 1 teaspoon salt
Makes 4 cups

Gas vs. Charcoal?! Charcoal grills gives off more carbon monoxide than gas grills. Charcoal contributes to pollution and higher concentrations of ground-level ozone. Although you may prefer the smoky taste, gas is green way to go!

HOT Tip: Preheat your grill for 15-20 minutes before cooking. For a high temp your grill should be anywhere from 400-450, medium high temp 350-400, medium temp 300-350, and a low temp should be 250-300. A properly heated grill will help lock in those flavors and prevent sticking!

Fruit bowls are fun, easy, and a perfect snack for a hot Summer day! Watermelon, blueberries, grapes, and cantaloupe are huge staples for a great fruit bowl. If you are feeling creative, try carving your watermelon into a shark mouth! This is a great way to keep the kids entertained all while eating healthy food!

Kabob Party! If you don’t feel like going overboard with the BBQ foods, try having a kabob party! Pick up your favorite meat and or seafood, cut up some colorful veggies, grab a glass of sangria and chat away with your friends while you’re putting your favorites on the skewer! This idea is great for a girls night or guys poker night and the bonus is that it’s super easy cleanup!

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