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African Violets Thousand Oaks African Violet Society invites visitors and their plants to join them at 7 p.m. at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 667 Camino Dos Rios, Thousand Oaks for a culture class program on different aspects of growing African Violets. (805) 581-0014

Woodworkers Meet Conejo Valley Woodworkers’ Association meets 7 p.m. at Redwood Middle School, 233 W. Gainsborough Road, Thousand Oaks. Tonight learn about hand tools: proper use, safety and maintenance. (805) 492-2968


Free Fitness Hike Personal fitness consultant Gail Holloway will lead an outdoor fitness and exercise walk from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on the Soka University campus, 26800 W. Mulholland Hwy., Calabasas featuring a moderate hike and exercise session. (818) 878-3741


Wine Tasting Event Leeward Winery, 2784 Johnson Drive, Ventura, hosts its Labor Day Weekend Tasting and Open House event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and Sept. 4 and 5. Tastings include Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel, Pinot Noir and Syrah. Free. (805) 6565054

People and Wildlife “On the Edge” People and Wildlife Program at 2 p.m. at Rancho Simi Recreation & Park District, 1692 Sycamore Drive, Simi Valley, aims to teach humans how to be good neighbors to the native wildlife. See live wild animals, discover ways to reduce people/wildlife conflicts. Free. (805) 813-1221

Botanic Garden Events Conejo Valley Botanic Garden, 350 W. Gainsborough Road, Thousand Oaks: From 10 a.m. to noon today there will be a native and waterwise plant sale in the nursery. At 2 p.m. tomorrow Ed Hager leads a walk through the rare fruit orchard (free). (805) 494-7630

Strauss Ranch Stroll Join a docent-led easy-paced exploration of Peter Strauss Ranch, 30000 Mulholland Hwy. (at Troutdale Drive), Agoura, and learn about natural history and cultural history of the area. Great site for picnic afterwards. Meet 9 a.m. at the ranch house. (805) 370-2301

Dance Club Dates Thousand Oaks Dance Club hosts dances from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. tonight and Sat., Sept. 17 at Goebel Senior Adult Ballroom Center, 1385 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. $5 to $7. (805) 381-2744

For Active Adults The Ventura Chapter of the Over the Hill Gang International invites active people ages 50 and over to get acquainted at the 1 p.m. meeting at a member’s home in Ventura. Club activities include recreational outings, cultural events, dinners. Guests attend free. (805) 495-8107

Free Children’s Play Gypsies in a Trunk will present “The Shoemaker and the Elves” at 10:30 a.m. at Foxfield Park in Westlake Village and again at 4 p.m. at the Rancho Simi Bicentennial Amphitheater in Rancho Simi Park at the corner of Erringer and Royal. Outdoor performances, no dogs, picnics, blankets okay. Free. (661) 718-3968


Hear the Platters Live! Conejo Recreation & Park District presents “The Platters Live!” at 5 p.m. at Conejo Community Park, 1175 Hendrix Ave., Thousand Oaks. The group will sing their hits including “The Great Pretender,” “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” and other songs. Free. (805) 381-2747


Garden Club and Lilies Peruvian lilies (Alstromeria) will be subject of a talk by Dr. Maricarmen O’Hara when the Westlake Village Garden Club meets at 9:30 a.m. at Westlake City Hall, 31200 Oak Crest Drive, Westlake Village. Guests welcome. (805) 496-9509

Sportfishing Club Guest speaker Jim Scarlata will share his fishing experiences in “Fishing in Panama” when the Ventura Sportfishing Club meets at 6:30 p.m. (dinner following) at Dupar’s Restaurant, Thousand Oaks. Open to all. (805) 987-6521

Sing With This Chorus The Harmony Oaks Chorus invites men ages 16 to 90 to join them at 7:30 p.m. each Tuesday at Oak Creek Villas, 367 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks to sing four-part a capella harmony. (805) 379-5616


Mom’s Night Out Conejo Valley Mothers of Multiples hosts a Mom’s Night Out at 6:30 p.m. at El Torito in Thousand Oaks. Enjoy an uninterrupted meal with your girlfriends. $19. RSVP to Stacy at

Square Dance Trail Dusters Square Dance & Social Club offers a free introductory square dance class, coffee and dessert at 7:15 p.m. tonight and Wed., Sept. 14 at Bay Laurel School, 24740 Paseo Primario, Calabasas (bring a partner). Reunite with high school alumni from various L.A. County schools and elsewhere. (818) 994-0751

Paint at the Park The Thousand Oaks Plein Air Watercolorists invite other artists to bring their art materials and paint landscapes with them at 9 a.m. at Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa in Newbury Park, where there are grand views of Boney Mountain and more. (805) 494-1700

Civil War Facts The Civil Warriors Round Table will meet 6:30 p.m. at Weiler’s Deli, 22323 Sherman Way, West Hills with a presentation at 7 p.m. on “John Brown and the 19th Century Abolition Movement” by Herb Selwyn, JD. Buffet dinner $12 (RSVP required), attendance only $5. (805) 492-2016


Learn Web Strategies “How Do I Find It on the Web?” is a free Internet demonstration of searching tips and strategies presented from 10:15 to 11:45 a.m. at the Newbury Park Branch Library, 2331 Borchard Road, Newbury Park. (805) 498-2139

Gem & Mineral Club Conejo Gem & Mineral Club will host guest speaker David Panaro, R.G., discussing “How One Storm Affected Ventura County Geology” at their 7:30 p.m. meeting at Hillcrest Arts Center, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. (818) 707-9972

Speed Dating No Waiting Dating hosts speed dating event for women ages 32 to 45


Car Wash at OPHS Oak Park High School’s Cheerleading Squad will host a fundraising car wash from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the school parking lot, 899 N. Kanan Road, Oak Park. Cost is $5 per car. and men ages 34 to 47 at Hyatt Westlake Plaza, 880 S. Westlake Blvd., Westlake Village. $39 includes free appetizers. Call for time, register: (818) 773-8333


A Show for Quilters Quilting in the Valley presents “Wrapped in Love,” a quilt show featuring artist Margarete Heinisch, quilt displays, lectures, demonstrations, doll display and a Project Linus 24-hour “Sew-a-Thon” to make blankets for distribution to critically ill children, from noon to 9 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow at Airtel Plaza Hotel, 7277 Valjean Ave., Van Nuys. Sew-aThon is from 2 p.m. Friday to 2 p.m. Saturday. $7 one day, $10 two days, $5 parking. (818) 576-0023

RSVP Deadline Today is RSVP deadline for Conejo Valley Republican Women Federated’s luncheon meeting at 11:30 a.m. Fri., Sept. 16 at the Plug Nickel Restaurant, 717 Lakefield Road, Westlake Village which will feature area author and lecturer Jacqueline Berger discussing “Our Nation’s First Ladies.” $20. Reservations: (805) 495-3409 Bev

Moorpark Ladies Club Moorpark Women’s Fortnightly Club hosts a luncheon from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Sunset Hills Country Club, Thousand Oaks. Judith Helton will perform a one-woman living history show on Abigail Adams. The club’s Gals Night Out (for women unable to attend a daytime meeting) will be on Mon., Sept. 26. (805) 529-7656

SAT., SEPT. 10

Triunfo YMCA BBQ Triunfo YMCA hosts an Indian Guides information night and barbecue from 6 to 8 p.m. at Willow Elementary School, 29026 Laro Drive, Agoura Hills for dads and their kids to learn about YMCA family programs that promote fatherchild quality time sharing. Free. (818) 707-9622

University Women Thousand Oaks branch of American Association of University Women’s fall membership breakfast is at 8:30 a.m. at First Neighborhood Community Center, Westlake Village. Dr. Adina Nack from CLU will discuss “Finding a Balance: A Question of Gender Equity in Decisions About Family and Work.” $20 includes buffet breakfast and entertainment by Thousand Oaks Lancer Band. (805) 496-1463

SV Little League Signup Simi Valley Little League fall ball registration and tryouts is from 8 a.m. to noon at Knolls Park, 1300 W. Katherine Road, Simi Valley. Season begins Sept. 17. (805) 5200555

Lecture on Pioneers National Park Service historian and Moorpark College history instructor Patty Colman will speak about “Pioneer Women of the Santa Monica Mountains” at 2 p.m. at National Park Service headquarters, 401 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. Free. (805) 370-2301

Twilight Hike City of Malibu Parks & Recreation Department: At 6 p.m. join a “Twilight Marshmallow Hike” at Charmlee Wilderness Park on Encinal Canyon Road in the Santa Monica Mountains about 3 miles inland from the Malibu coast. Following an evening hike participants will roast marshmallows. Open to all ages, bring your own marshmallows and skewers. Reservations are required: (310) 317-1364

SUN., SEPT. 11

Food Fest is Benefit The Flavors of Greater Conejo Valley is at 5 p.m. at the Hyatt Westlake Plaza, 880 S. Westlake Blvd., Westlake Village and features famous Ventura County chefs preparing extraordinary gourmet cuisine and distinctive table settings in a benefit for the American Liver Foundation Ventura County in its fight against liver disease. $150. (310) 670-4624

Bluegrass Concert The Brombies will perform original bluegrass-acoustic music and that of the masters including Bill Monroe and the Stanley Bros. from 2 to 4 p.m. at Peter Strauss Ranch, 30000 Mulholland Hwy., Agoura (at Troutdale Drive off Kanan Road south). Presented by National Park Service. Free. (805) 370-2301

Chili Cookoff, Hoedown Savior Lutheran Church, 4191 Cochran, Simi Valley hosts a chili cookoff and hoedown to benefit American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. Event is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. following a 9:45 a.m. bluegrass church service. $5 to $7.50. Games, food, entertainment, chili tasting. (805) 526-7577

MON., SEPT. 12

WLV Newcomers Westlake Village Newcomers welcome all new residents for coffee at Westlake Yacht Club from 10 a.m. to noon. At The Landing on Westlake Lake. Learn about club’s activities by calling Kathy at (805) 371-1220


Women’s Connection Thousand Oaks Women’s Connection hosts a luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Clarion Palm Garden Hotel, 495 Ventu Park Road, Newbury Park. The program is “Addicted to Fashion” and features Carol Anderson Fashions and Susie Petty’s “Purse Addic.” Guest speaker is Janis Rogers and Rachelle Moore is the musical guest. The group will also be recognizing all members of PTAs in the Ventura County area including Simi Valley and Moorpark. $20 includes lunch. Reservations: (805) 4972949

Chinese Music Group The Chinese Classical Music Ensemble will perform in concert from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Agoura Hills Library, 29901 Ladyface Court, Agoura Hills. Their sound blends traditional Chinese music and new age. Free. (818) 889-2278

Hear Children’s Author Westlake Village resident Lisa Rojany Buccieri, co-author of “Writing Children’s Books for Dummies,” will speak to local children’s writers and illustrators on improving their chances of getting and staying published at 7 p.m. at the Village Homes Clubhouse, 1040 Evenstar Ave., Westlake Village. $10 to $15. (805) 557-0680

Videomakers Get Tips Thousand Oaks Videomakers meet 7:30 p.m. in the community room at Commercial Capital Bank, 973 S. Westlake Blvd., Westlake Village. Tonight’s topic is “Shoot to Edit: Tips from the Pros about the Art of Editing.” (818) 706-8136

Bush/Cheney Club Bush/Cheney 2004 Club meets 7 p.m. at Sportsman’s Lodge Hotel (Cascade Ballroom), 12825 Ventura Blvd., Studio City. $10. RSVP to Shirley at (818) 591-0256

WED., SEPT. 14

Simi Valley Quilt Guild The Simi Valley Quilt Guild hosts a “Make and Take” workshop at 7 p.m. at Simi Valley Senior Center, 3901 Avenida Simi, Simi Valley. Learn how to make a scrapbook page to journal quilts, a necktherapy warming pad and more, plus there’ll be demonstrations. New quilters are welcome. For details: Jeannie at (818) 701-6310

Wine Making in L.A. Guest speaker Don Mullally will discuss “Wine Making in Early Los Angeles,” the 1870s when L.A. was known as the Capital of Wineries, at the 7:30 p.m. meeting of the Canoga-Owensmouth Historical Society, which meets at the historic 1935 fire station at 7248 Owensmouth Ave., Canoga Park. Mullally will bring his large collection of wine artifacts with him. Free refreshments and free admission. (818) 346-5252

C. V. Newcomers Conejo Valley Newcomers will host its 44th Open Membership Coffee from 10 a.m. to noon at Oak Park Community Center and Gardens, 1000 Kanan Road, Oak Park. Open to all new and longtime residents of the Conejo Valley and surrounding areas. Refreshments served. (805) 677-2628


Goebel Travel Program Irma Kackert will give a slide presentation depicting the times she worked in Saudi Arabia at 1 p.m. at the Goebel Senior Adult Center, 1385 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. (805) 381-2744

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