Free programs at the Platt Library

The Friends of Platt Library will sponsor the following free programs at the library at 23600 Victory Blvd., Woodland Hills.

Reservations are not needed.

James Domine, founder, music director and conductor of the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra, will speak at 1:30 p.m. Sat., Oct. 6.

He will present a program on the music of Beethoven’s early romantic period and the influence of Napoleon’s rise to power on this music.

In addition to his role as a conductor, Domine is a composer with of classical compositions and participates as lead guitarist and song writer with several local bands.

Ellen Pangarliotis, representing the League of Women Voters and the American Association of University Women, will give a program at 1:30 p.m. Sat., Oct. 13 on the pros and cons of the propositions that will appear on ballots for the November election.

An LA Opera talk will take place at 6:15 p.m. Tues., Oct. 9. A representative of the opera company will discuss the upcoming performances of “Satyagraha” by Philip Glass.

The company premier follows “Einstein on the Beach” and “Akhnaten” to complete the Philip Glass trilogy about personalities who changed the world.

“Satygraha” (Sanskrit for “truth force”) is inspired by Ghandi’s early years in South Africa where he developed a radical new idea of nonviolent political resistance.

The production stars Sean Panikkar as Ghandi.

Art contest for kids

The Ventura County Library is holding a library card art contest. Entries will be accepted through Sat., Sept. 29.

Youth can submit an original design. The winning entries will be printed on the front of a new children’s or teens’ library card.

The contest is open to children ages 5 to 12 and teens ages 13 to 17.

Entry form and rules are available at the Oak Park Library, 899 N. Kanan Road. For more information, go to

Aloha to a brunch benefit

A Circle of Love Aloha Sunday Brunch will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 30 at the Calabasas Country Club, 4515 Park Entrada.

A benefit for the Jeffrey Foundation for special needs children and their families, the event will have live music by Hawaiian slack key guitarist Jason Ho.

The brunch buffet menu will consist of a variety of egg and other breakfast dishes, chicken and meat dishes, salads, vegetable and fruit choices as well as a dessert buffet, mimosas and wine.

Parking is free. Admission is $125.

Reservations are required by calling (323) 965-7536, ext. 14.

County museum seeks volunteers

The Museum of Ventura County seeks volunteers to assist with tours, events and programs that cover the diverse culture, art, history and interests of Ventura County.

The museum has volunteer openings at both the Ventura location and the Santa Paula Agriculture Museum. Training and mentoring will be provided.

“Our dedicated volunteer staff has been essential to the revitalization of the museum this past year by enriching our programs, educational tours and exhibits.

“As we continue to meet our goals, so our need increases for local community engagement and volunteers who are passionate to share Ventura County’s history and culture,” said Elena Brokaw, executive director.

The Museum of Ventura County is at 100 E. Main St., Ventura. Phone (805) 653-0323. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

The Agriculture Museum is at 926 Railroad Ave., Santa Paula. Phone (805) 525-3100. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

For more information or an application, go to or email Colleen Gallo, coordinator of volunteer support, at

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