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Saturday, April 27, 2019

10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 
Grant R. Brimhall Library
1401 E. Janss Rd., Thousand Oaks 

The celebration will include kids activities, displays, free hands-on workshops, and presentations. Subject experts and staff will be on hand to answer your sustainability-related questions.

  • Listen to live music by Lacie Mae, Paige Peel, and Second Step  
  • Have a bite at the Shrimp vs Chef food truck (featured on Cooking Channel’s Food Truck Nation)
  • Bring your own reuseable water bottle and use our free hydration station to fill up with water! No single use plastic bottles at this event!
  • Check out the electric vehicle exhibitors - both car owners and auto dealers and talk to staff from Plug-In America - a non-profit to help drivers go EV!
  • Attend an informational workshop on Firescaping, Nature Neighbors, Building Healthy Soils, Solar & Battery Storage, and buying EVs
  • Bring your kids for games and craft activities, and some fun giveaways
  • Pick up a plant from one of our local gardening groups
  • Visit one of the informational booths
  • Take a tour led by the Master Gardeners through the drought-resistant demonstration gardens representing Chile, Australia, South Africa, Mediterranean, and California
  • Win one of the many raffles with prizes like biochar, rain barrels, compost bins, ColorTouch Smart Thermostats and more including free bags of compost donated by Peach Hills Soil (while supplies last)

The festivities begin at 10:00 am on the main stage located in the rear parking lot of the Grant R. Brimhall Library at 1401 E. Janss Road. Music, food and outdoor activities will be in the parking lot.

Presentations will take place in the Marvin Smith Community Room

  • Electric Vehicle Curious? (10:30am – 11:20am)
    10% of new car sales in California are electric vehicles (EVs) and that number is expected to skyrocket in the next few years. Have you been thinking about buying an electric vehicle but don’t know whether there is a vehicle that fits your needs? Are you confused about whether to lease or buy, about rebates or car-pool lane usage? Do you have questions about specific EVs and hybrids? Come to this presentation and get the answers from an expert. David Eagle, an Emmy Award-winning TV/Producer, is an early EV adopter and powers his vehicles from his home solar panels. He founded Current EV, the world's first and only licensed auto broker/concierge company devoted exclusively to EVs and hybrids, to help other drivers go electric.

    Outside you can check out the electric vehicles on display and talk with local EV owners and find out what it is really like to own an EV.

    Solar & Battery Storage: 11:30am-12:20pm
    Ready to go solar? Still thinking about it? Want to combine it with battery storage? Find out how to start on a path toward energy independence. Learn about recent changes in how residents will be charged for energy by their utility and why this year might be the best time to go solar. Presented by Dr. Helen Cox, City Sustainability Division Manager and  Ish Goldstein, an experienced solar and storage professional.

  • Nature Neighbors (12:30pm - 1:15pm)
    Bobcats, coyotes and mountain lions can be found living in the hillsides surrounding our suburban neighborhoods, golf courses, malls, and parks. Join Cathy Schoonmaker, a biologist with the Santa Monica Mountains Fund, to learn about the ecology, behavior and challenges our local wildlife encounter living in this fragmented landscape. Find out what you can do to keep wildlife wild, and how you can be a good neighbor to nature

  • Firescaping   -  (1:20pm-2:00pm)
    The recent fires highlighted the need to plan our landscape in a way that inhibits the spread of fire. Join City Arborist Garrett Crawford as he explains the weed abatement program, which plants to avoid, and where to use mulch, and shares his observations from the burn areas. Garrett will also be available to discuss individual concerns or issues with trees, landscaping, and fire.

  • Landscape & Gardens
    Black thumbs welcome! If you struggle with your garden, have a question about a plant or pests, or are confused about drip irrigation, visit with these experts to pick up pro tips that will turn your thumb green. NOTE: if you want to bring a sample of a plant or pest, please place in a sealed ziplock bag to avoid spreading to other plants.
    Don’t forget to pick up a FREE bag of compost provided by Peach Hill Soil.

    Healthy Soils Workshops 10:30 am and 12:30 pm
    Living Soils help plants thrive without pesticides and fertilizers by developing a vigorous ecosystem that nourishes plants with a steady supply of nutrients. Find out how you can regenerate your soil and grow healthier disease- and drought-resistant plants. Michael Wittman, from Blue Sky Biochar, will lead the workshops. One attendee at each workshop will win a free box of biochar.  

    Master Gardener Tour 11:00am and 1:00pm
    Take a tour of the demonstration garden maintained by the Master Gardeners and learn about drought-resistant gardens from Chile, Australia, South Africa, Mediterranean, and California. Meet at the Master Gardeners booth for a short walk to and around the garden.

  • Live Entertainment

  • Lacie MaeLacie Mae   10:30 am
    This young singer/songwriter is fast-rising on the country music scene, recently releasing her third single “Only You”. Lacie Mae has performed at multiple venues and festivals, including the Borderline, where she was a featured artist.

    Paige Peel  11:30 am
    Paige is a 22-year old country singer, songwriter, and performer from Thousand Oaks. Although she is most known recently for her heartfelt song “Our Home” (in memory of the victims and families of the Borderline tragedy), she has written over 300 songs. Her unique melodies and creative lyrics embrace the true storytelling genre that is country music.
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    Second Step  - Noon

    This acoustic trio made up of Lori Jordan, Joe Woodring, and Tommy Martinez, play a blend of acoustic pop, folk, & rock hits from the ’60s, ’70s, & ’80s.

Other Activities - April 27

  • Reuse art - A mixed media event with Create Studio for kids to create their own crafts from recycled materials free of charge, from 10 am to 2 pm.
  • Kids can take part in the Recyclops gameSecond Step
  • Stop by the Waste Management truck and see if you can sort your trash and recyclables correctly
  • 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.
  • Las Flores Community Garden Plant Sale – Learn about the community garden, buy a plant or pick up some free goodies.
  • 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.
  • Audubon Society – Learn about our local birds and how you can help provide critical habitat in your garden to help them survive.
  • Check out the e-bikes from Pedego 101 and the Hub Bike Shop for a fun way to commute or handle those tougher bike rides.


Other Eco Events in April

Free Gardening and Irrigation Workshops
See our Calendar of Events for information on free workshops over the next few months.

National Drug Take-Back Day
This free event happens twice a year on Saturdays and residents may bring unwanted and expired medications to the
local Sheriff’s stations for disposal. Click here for instructions on how to get your medications ready before you leave for the police station.
April 27, 2019
: 10:00 a.m.  to 2:00 p.m.
Location: Thousand Oaks Police Station, 2101 Olsen Rd.



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