Arbor/Earth Month

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DSC_2507-WEBActivities Throughout
the Month of 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.  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, free hands-on workshops and presentations. Subject experts and staff will be on hand to answer all your sustainability-related questions.

Arbor/Earth Day 2018 will feature sustainability related workshops 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 throughout April.


FREE Activities on April 28
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Grant R. Brimhall Library
1401 E. Janss Rd., Thousand Oaks

Free Workshops take place in the Marvin Smith Community Room

  • Event Kickoff with Councilmember Claudia Bill-de la Peña (9am)

  • Megadroughts and MegaFires with Dr. Glen MacDonald, UCLA professor (9:15am) - 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.

  • Special Guest Speaker Senator Henry Stern (10am) will discuss the latest from the State Capital on environmental issues and where the State is headed.

  • Senator Henry Stern joins kids making craft activities at the Create Studio booth at 11am. (See "Reuse Art" activity listed below under "Outside Activities".)

  • Virtual Library (11am) - 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.

  • Eco-Hero show (11:30am) – Kid friendly show targeted to pre-K and 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.

  • Tree Care: Ask An Arborist! (12:30pm) – 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 (1:30pm) -  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.

  • Electric and Fuel Cell Batteries (2:30pm) –Learn about Electric Vehicles (EV) and fuel cell cars, rebates, incentives and electric vehicle charging solutions.

Outside Activities - April 28

  • Taco truckGrab a bite at the Taco Truck (includes vegetarian options) and check out the following information tables and activities.
  • Drive 'n' Ride Electric Vehicles(9am - 1pm) Electric Vehicles (EV) and fuel cell cars will be on display and available for the public to drive.
  • Reuse art - A mixed media event with Create Studio for kids to create their own crafts from recycled materials free of charge, from 10am to 2pm. Senator Henry Stern will join kids in the craft activities at 11am.
  • Plant Sale – Organic plants for sale sponsored by the Organic Garden Club of Ventura County
  • Master Gardeners of Ventura County -Volunteers will be on site to answer questions and give away free plants while available.
  • 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 & VCTC - Are you interested in knowing more about Public Transit? Have you wondered how it will be to ride the Bus, transfer between bus systems or use Dial-A-Ride? Stop by the City’s transit booth or the Ventura County Transportation Commission table and have all your questions answered.
  • SCE Mobile Exhibit– learn about energy conservation opportunities and rebates at the mobile exhibit.
  • Ventura County Regional Energy Alliance– How will the City of Thousand Oaks plan for the community's energy future? Learn about strategies for more sustainable energy consumption in our homes and businesses and give us your opinions. 
  • Conejo Open Space Foundation– information and handouts.
  • Conejo Open Space Conservation Agency (COSCA)- information and handouts.
  • Friends of the Library – Pick up a used book at a Friends of the Library sale or donate your used books to help support the Thousand Oaks libraries.

Give Us Your Feedback on Community Based Energy Planning

April 24, 2018
Community Based Energy Planning

In Partnership with the 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.
Time: 6:30-8:00 pm
Grant R. Brimhall Library, Thousand Oaks

Partner Events in April

April 23, 2018
Free Workshop: Let’s Plant an Organic Veggie Garden

Sponsored by the Organic Garden Club of Ventura County
Learn how to start an organic fruit and veggie garden in your back yard with organic soil, raised bed gardens, organic seeds and starters, plus composting. Instructor: Darrell Heximer, organic gardener and Las Flores Community Garden member.
Time: 6:00 p.m.  to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Newbury Park Library, 2331 Borchard Rd.
Click here for more info
No registration needed.

April 27, 2018
Free Workshop: How to Eliminate Rodents Without Rodenticides
Sponsored by Wildlife Care of Southern California
The latest research on how to eliminate rodents without the poisons that kill and injure many pets and wild animals.
Time: 7:00 p.m.  to 9:00 p.m.
Location: Thousand Oaks Police Station, 2101 Olsen Rd.
No registration needed.

April 28, 2018
National Drug Take Back Day
This free event happens twice a year on Saturdays and residents may bring unwanted and expired medications
to local Sheriff’s stations for disposal. Click here for instructions on how to get your medications ready before you leave for the police station.
Time: 10:00 a.m.  to 2:00 p.m.
Location: Thousand Oaks Police Station, 2101 Olsen Rd.

April 28, 2018
Ethnobotany Day
Enjoy the debut of our Chumash ethnobotany garden and learn how Native Americans used California native plants in their daily lives. Hands-on crafts, demonstrations and plant talks. $5 adults, $3 children/students/seniors.
Time: 11:00 a.m.  to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Chumash Indian Museum, 3290 Lang Ranch Parkway, Thousand Oaks


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, events  dates and times listed above subject to change. Please check back for updates.