Arbor/Earth Month

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DSC_2507-WEBActivities Throughout
the Month of April 

Arbor/Earth Day 2018 will feature sustainability related classes and other activities throughout the month, hosted by both the City and our partners. Most of the Activities will be on Saturday, April 28th at the Grant R. Brimhall Library in Thousand Oaks.

Please scroll down to view events taking place on evenings throughout April.

In keeping with our strong commitment to the environment and our trees, the City is once again looking forward to hosting Arbor/Earth Day. This year’s event will take on a new format that allows us to better engage with our residents by providing a setting to host both indoor and outdoor activities, and by adding additional activities throughout the month of April.  Our main event will take place on April 28 at the Grant R. Brimhall Library in Thousand Oaks. We are looking forward to being able to provide more in-depth engagement and education on topics that our residents have requested.

The celebration will include films and discussions, kids shows and activities, displays, hands-on workshops and presentations. Professionals and staff will be on hand to answer all your sustainability-related questions.

speakersWe are still working out the details, but here is a sampling of what’s coming on April 28 at the Grant R. Brimhall Library in Thousand Oaks:

  • Special Guest Speaker Senator Henry Stern will discuss the latest from the State Capital on environmental issues and where the State is headed.
  • Megadroughts and MegaFires with Dr. Glenn MacDonald, UCLA professor (9-10)
    Dr. MacDonald discusses his groundbreaking research on droughts lasting decades and even centuries in California and how MegaFires like the Thomas Fire will become the new norm. Glen M. MacDonald is the John Muir Memorial Chair of Geography, Director of the White Mountain Research Center and a UCLA Distinguished Professor.  His research focuses on climate change, its causes and its impact on the environment and society.

  • Virtual Library: Dayna Canada, Adult Services Supervisor at the Thousand Oaks Library shares the exciting new opportunities available to our residents through the library's Virtual Library.

  • Tree Care: Ask An Arborist! – City Arborist Garrett Crawford covers the most frequent questions the public asks about their trees, the rules and policies related to city trees, and the oak tree ordinance. Q&A at the end. Audience members are encouraged to bring pictures of their trees to assist in describing any issues or concerns. Garrett will be available afterwards to discuss individual concerns or issues.
  • Home Energy Workshop: Learn about all the latest trends and technologies in clean energy at the Home Energy Workshop. The workshop will feature displays, demos, a presentation, and a discussion session to provide an inside look at solar, battery, and energy efficiency solutions for your home. This workshop will be hosted by Pick My Solar, an online solar marketplace platform.
  • Solar and Home Batteries – Everything the homeowner needs to know!
  • Eco-Hero show – Kid friendly show targeted to elementary school students, but fun for all ages. An EcoHero will teach dances or call and response to music videos. Kids and Parents will dance! In between songs, we introduce different eco topics through storytelling and explain how students can make an impact at home and at school. Topics reinforced through songs can include not littering, recycling, food waste, and using reusable items.
  • Reuse art - A mixed media event with Create Studio for kids to create their own crafts from recycled materials
  • Drought in Thousand Oaks (film) - David Grannis, CLU Professor presents his documentary on drought and its local impact
  • Fire and drought (presentation) - Dr. Glen MacDonald, UCLA Professor and former Directors of UCLA’s Institute for the Environment and Sustainability presents current research in this field.


Outside Activities - April 28

  • Electric Vehicles – Will this be your next car? Get the scoop from knowledgeable professionals! Electric and fuel cell vehicles will be on display and subject matter experts will be on hand to answer questions.
  • Las Flores Garden Plant Sale – Organic plants for sale
  • Master Gardener Plant Sale
  • Active Transportation Plan Survey   –  Give us your ideas on how to improve routes for walking and biking as well as get information on current City bicycle routes. City Bicycle Coordinator staff will be on hand to answer your questions.
  • Sustainability table – Stop by and ask about water conservation, disposal of household hazardous waste or to settle the long-running argument with your spouse on what goes in the recycling bin.
  • TO Transit - Have you wondered what it would be like to ride the City’s buses or how to transfer between bus systems? Stop by the City’s transit booth and have all your questions answered.

Evening April Events

April 12 – 6:30-8:00 pm
Grant R. Brimhall Library, Thousand Oaks

Sharon Markenson will review the science of global warming, how climate change affects Earth’s natural systems and contributes to extreme weather, the effect upon human civilization, and what citizens can do about the problem right now. The narration and slides will clarify the crisis, emphasizing how commitment and action can improve the future.

Ms. Markenson is retired from the Los Angeles Unified School District where she taught secondary English/Language Arts for 35 years. She also taught public speaking and coached competitive forensics. She was trained on climate issues by the Climate Reality Leadership Conference in 2013 and is a member of the Citizens Climate Lobby.


April 18 – 6:30-8:00 pm
Grant R. Brimhall Library, Thousand Oaks

Turf Wars: SoCal Water Conservation     David Grannis, CLU Professor & Eric Bergh, Calleguas MWD Manager of Resources

Join us for a screening of Turf Wars: SoCal Water Conservation produced by David Grannis documenting the effects of the recent drought and stay for Q&A at the end. David will be joined by Eric Bergh, Calleguas Water District, and John Brooks, City of Thousand Oaks Water Conservation staff.


April 24 – 6:30-8:00 pm
Grant R. Brimhall Library, Thousand Oaks

Community Based Energy Planning
Ventura County Regional Energy Alliance (VCREA) and Community Environmental Council (CEC)

How will the City of Thousand Oaks plan for the community's energy future? Join the conversation to learn about strategies for more sustainable energy consumption in our homes and businesses. The City, in partnership with VCREA and CEC, is developing an Energy Action Plan to identify policies and programs that encourage energy efficiency and renewable energy adoption.   The community can shape the future of this work, and the evening will include opportunities to share ideas and feedback. 



Stay tuned! We’ll be adding more specifics as we get closer to April and more events from our partner organizations that will take place throughout the City.

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Please note: this event is being photographed and/or videotaped for possible use on the city (and library) websites and social media.

Activities above subject to change.