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Programs, Speakers and Events

Saturday, October 1, 2:00 - 3:30 pm

Grant R. Brimhall Library


BRaymond Michael as Elvisegin the 2016 One City, One Book season with a musical performance by 1950s icon Elvis Presley, starring tribute artist Raymond Michael.


Raymond Michael was a freshman operatic voice major and football player at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks when a touring hypnotist asked Michael to perform as Elvis; when he did, he received a standing ovation. Today, Michael has completed a successful tour commemorating the 25th anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley, a tour that included performing in the same venues Presley did the year he died.


Sunday, October 2, 3:00 - 4:00 pm

Grant R. Brimhall Library

Dennis McCarthy


Award-winning columnist and journalist Dennis McCarthy talks about success at any age. Dennis McCarthy, long-time Daily News columnist, has spent his career talking to and writing about “the uncommon common man or woman.” Dennis will entertain with fun and inspirational stories from the interesting seniors he’s met that defy the word “aging.” He’ll also add some personal observations including saying goodbye to his 60’s, and welcoming his 70’s. His latest book --  “Here’s to the Winners” – recalls his favorite stories from 30 years of talking to war vets, school teachers, cops, firefighters, nurses, social workers, barbers, bartenders and anybody else in town who could point him in the direction of a good human interest story. “Here’s to the Winners” will be available for purchase and signing.


Thursday, October 6, 6:30 – 8 pm

Grant R. Brimhall Library

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Interface Family Services of Ventura County panel discussion.

Established in 1973, Interface Children & Family Services is the region's most comprehensive nonprofit social services agency, and provides a critical safety net for children and families, including mental health services, youth services, family violence intervention, and more. This Interface panel acknowledges October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.


Saturday October 8, 9:00 am to 12-noon

Paramount Ranch Hike

No registration necessary.

Paramount Ranch 

Meet at the ranch and join a gentle, guided walk through the beautiful paths and grasslands of Hollywood’s most famous film location.

Paramount Ranch 

Since 1927, this former ranch provided location for hundreds of movies, TV shows, and internet programs. Al Jolson and Gary Cooper were here, as were W. C. Fields, Mae West, the Marx Brothers and Bradley Cooper. Classic television productions -- including “Gunsmoke,” “Charlie’s Angels,” “McaGyver,” “Dynasty,” “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman,” “The X-Files,” and “Weeds” -- were all shot here. The site is still an active filming location, as well as a prize of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.




Thursday, October 13, 6:30 to 8 pm

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Grant R. Brimhall Library

AAUW Panel Discussion

"Walking on the Wild Side" with the American Association of University Women; a panel discussion and presentation will focus on the hiking experiences of local women. Sponsored by AAUW Thousand Oaks.



Saturday, October 15 at 11 am

Grant R. Brimhall Library

Teddy Bear Campout

Kids are invited to bring their favorite stuffed toy to the library for a camping storywalk. Leave your fluffy pal for an overnight campout in the library (and check our Facebook page to see what shenanigans  go on after dark). Pick up your stuffed friend the next day.

Teddy Bear Campout


Saturday, October 15, 3:00 - 4:00 pm

Grant R. Brimhall Library

Charles Fleming 

Charles Fleming, the Los Angeles Times Urban Hiking columnist and author of Secret Stairs: A Walking Guide to the Historic Staircases of Los Angeles

Los Angles 


Thursday, October 20, 7:30 to 9 pm

Lundring Events Center

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California Lutheran University Faculty Panel Discussion professors explore unique perspectives and offer thoughtful responses to many of the themes and issues presented in Grandma Gatewood’s Walk.


Saturday, October 22

Book Arts Workshop

Grant R. Brimhall Library

Two sessions: 10 am - 1 pm; 2 pm - 5 pm.

Book Arts Workshop



Join renowned book artist and teacher Marcia Moore in creating a handmade artist’s book based on themes from Ben Montgomery’s Grandma Gatewood’s Walk. All materials and tools for this free workshop will be supplied. No experience needed.  Pre-registration is required at the Reference Desk, or call 805 449-2660, option 5.





Sunday, October 23, 3:00 - 4:00 pm

Grant R. Brimhall Library

Dan White, author of Under the Stars: How America Fell in Love with Camping (2016), presents a “passionate, witty, and deeply engaging”  look at the history of camping.

Dan White 

Book sale and signing to follow Mr. White’s presentation.


Thursday October 27, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Grant R. Brimhall Library

Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy : Learn more about the nation’s largest urban park with SMMC board member and avid life-long hiker Don Robinson.

Santa Monica Mountains Nature Conservancy


Saturday, October 29, 2:00 - 3:00 pm

Grant R. Brimhall Library


Saul Jacobs: Musician and music historian Saul Jacobs presents a lively afternoon of stories and music from iconic stars of the 1950s, featuring Elvis, Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, Bobby Darin and more.




Saturday, November 5, 2:00 - 3:00 pm

Grant R. Brimhall Library

Liz thomas 

Liz Thomas is among the most experienced female hikers in the US and is known for backpacking light, fast, and solo. In 2011, she broke the women’s unsupported speed record on the 2,181-mile long Appalachian Trail, besting the previous record by almost a week. She has completed the Triple Crown of Hiking–the Appalachian Trail, the 2,650 mile Pacific Crest Trail, and the 3,100 mile Continental Divide Trail.  Liz is also known as the “Queen of Urban Hiking,” having pioneered and completed routes in 5 cities across the U.S.

Off the trail, Liz earned a Masters in Environmental Science from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies,  and was awarded the  Doris Duke Conservation Fellowship for her research on long distance hiking trails, conservation, and trail town communities—a project she is applying in her work with the trail non-profit Continental Divide Trail Coalition.

Liz has been featured in Backpacker Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Yahoo! News, Outside Online, and Gizmodo.  Liz is honored to serve as Vice President of the American Long Distance Hiking Association-West and as one of four ambassadors for American Hiking Society. When not hiking, Liz splits her time between Denver, CO and Los Angeles, CA.


Sunday, November 6 at 3:00 to 4:30 pm

Ben Montgomery

Civic Arts Plaza Kavli Theatre

One City, One Book Author Event


Ben Montgomery, the author of Grandma Gatewood’s Walk, will discuss his book and answer audience questions. Mr. Montgomery will be introduced by the President of California Lutheran University, Dr. Chris Kimball. Book sale and signing following the presentation.