Tending to the Heritage Rose Garden
Jul
27
8:30 AM08:30

Tending to the Heritage Rose Garden

Members of the Ventura County Rose Society meet at the museum on the fourth Saturday of every month, and work (and have fun) from 8:30 to 10:00 A.M. But you don’t have to be a member to join our work party!

Join us for rose maintenance and garden projects.

Call Kathy Ayres at (805) 231-8973 for more information, or just show up!

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Aug
25
4:30 PM16:30

Don and Dona Triunfo Reception-by invitation only

At the Triunfo Ball, 1966. L to R: John Tapking, Councilman; David Betts, former Mayor; Robert Talley, Councilman; Alex Fiore, Councilman. In the rear at the mike is Guy Runion, former owner and editor of the Conejo News.

At the Triunfo Ball, 1966. L to R: John Tapking, Councilman; David Betts, former Mayor; Robert Talley, Councilman; Alex Fiore, Councilman. In the rear at the mike is Guy Runion, former owner and editor of the Conejo News.

Each year the Conejo Valley Historical Society names two outstanding volunteers from our community and bestows on them the titles of Don and Dona Triunfo . Tonight’s reception honors all past Dons and Donas and reveals the names of our two honorees for 2019.

Our Don and Dona Triunfo will be formally presented at the Conejo Valley Historical Society’s La Fiesta del Triunfo on September 14th, where they will preside over the festivities. They’ll each be receive a medallion from last year’s honorees.

The Society began awarding members of the community for their outstanding service in 1965, a year after the Society was formed. The first La Fiesta del Triunfo was a costume ball, attended by ladies adorned with lace mantillas and men dressed in Californio garb. The “Last Great Stagecoach Race” was held before the ball, and yes, indeed, it was a real stagecoach race. Oh, the good times!

Don Triunfo Dick Elliott at the Triunfo Ball, 1977

Don Triunfo Dick Elliott at the Triunfo Ball, 1977

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Jul
13
1:00 PM13:00

Blacksmith Shop Open for Business

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The museum’s Hunt Blacksmith Shop will be open with the forge fired up and a smithy at work. Come and experience a bit of Conejo Valley history: blacksmiths were a vital part of our farming and ranching industry.

Most ranches would have had their own blacksmith workshop and the ranch blacksmith fashioned or fixed just about anything made out of metal, including horseshoes, farm equipment, and wagon parts. Blacksmith shops could also be found in most settlements. In Ida Addis Storke’s 1891 history of Ventura County, she mentions a blacksmith shop in Timberville, the hamlet which grew up around the Conejo Hotel in the late 1800s.

Read more about our Hunt Blacksmith Shop on its Web page under Permanent Exhibits.

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Jul
9
9:30 AM09:30

Docent Field Trip to Camarillo Ranch

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Our July Docent Meeting will begin at 9:30, followed by a field trip to the Camarillo Ranch. We’ll gather for lunch afterward at El Tecolote Restaurant in Camarillo.

Step back in time and experience daily life on a sprawling California rancho at the turn of the last century. Docent-guided tours of the Camarillo family’s 1892 Queen Anne Victorian home provide access to all 15 rooms, including the family’s bedrooms and Adolfo’s study and ranch office (now an exhibit room with revolving displays).

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4th of July Ice Cream Social
Jul
4
1:00 PM13:00

4th of July Ice Cream Social

Let the fireworks begin!  Well, actually, let the ice cream sundaes begin.  Join us for a 4th of July celebration, with complimentary ice cream, music, singalongs, and square dancing with the Buckles & Bows Square Dance Club of Thousand Oaks.  The Stagecoach Inn Museum will be celebrating not only the birthday of our nation, but its own birthday as well. Tradition has it the the original Inn opened on July 4th, 1876.

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Jun
22
7:00 PM19:00

An Evening of Americana Music - Free Concert on the Lawn

The Susie Glaze New Folk Ensemble

The Susie Glaze New Folk Ensemble


The City of Thousand Oaks and TOARTS presents An Evening of Americana Music on Saturday, June 22nd, part of the Pop Up Art and Music Festival Series that runs three weekends in June 2019. The Stagecoach Inn Museum grounds open at 6pm, performances start at 7pm for this FREE concert!

The evening is a B.Y.O.C. (Bring Your Own Chair) event. Performing will be The Suzie Glaze New Folk Ensemble and Teresa James & the Rhythm Tramps.

For more information please contact art@toaks.org or call 805-449-2766.

Teresa James and the Rhythm Tramps

Teresa James and the Rhythm Tramps

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Jun
20
9:30 AM09:30

Singin' the Blues...Blue Willow China with the Antiques Study Group

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Our topic is “Singin’ the Blues!” Jane Robin will present Blue Willow china, and we will talk about other “blues”, such as Delftware and Wedgewood. The history of these pieces goes back to early China and the Middle East.

Please bring blueware items for show and tell. Also, your contributions to the “goodies” table are always welcome.

To enter, park in the lot and walk down the stairs to the right of the Inn to Anderson Hall. To avoid the staircase, drive down Susan off of Lynn Road to enter via the kitchen door at the Anderson Hall level.

Penny Strowger, Coordinator, pen1@verizon.net, home 805-495-3297 (cell 805-444-3160)

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Jun
11
11:30 AM11:30

Volunteer Recognition Luncheon

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Volunteers, please join us at a luncheon in YOUR honor. We’ll celebrate all the good things you do for the Museum and the community.

Volunteers will be recognized and will receive new badges as appropriate (based on their years of service) and new volunteers/docents will be introduced.

It is a potluck luncheon in the backyard of Jackie Pizitz's house (call the museum for her address) in Thousand Oaks. The theme is the 1970s so volunteers are encouraged to wear 1970s fashions and even bring a dish that was popular in the 1970s.

(Must be a volunteer to attend.)

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Pioneer Jamboree- for the whole family! BUY TICKETS HERE!
Jun
8
10:00 AM10:00

Pioneer Jamboree- for the whole family! BUY TICKETS HERE!

Bring the whole family to pan for gold, lasso like a cowgirl or cowboy, play 19th century games, churn butter (and eat it!) and make old-time crafts.  Wear your Western costumes and join the fun!

A catering truck will be on site providing food and beverages for sale. We have two parking locations- one next to the Museum on Ventu Park and one behind the Museum on Susan Drive.

Activities include: story telling; doll making; cursive writing; fossil digging; rock painting; butter churning; costumed photos; gourd painting and more!

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May
16
9:30 AM09:30

Decorated American Glassware - Antiques Study Group

Corning Museum of Glass; 1888-1894; pink enamel with gilt oak leaves and acorns

Corning Museum of Glass; 1888-1894; pink enamel with gilt oak leaves and acorns

Our guest speaker, Linda Bagaason, will present decorated American glassware. Public is welcome.

The high point of American glassmaking was from the late 1880s to 1960. Competition for market share was fierce among both glass producers and glass decorators. Beauty and value was added to glassware by embellishing and decorating glass blanks.

Linda will explore and share examples of various artistic skills that were used, such as Painting, Cutting, Enameling, Etching, Silver Overlaying, Gold Encrusting, and Decal Transferring.

Probably most people have an example of at least one of these. If you can, bring a couple of your favorites for show and tell after the refreshment break.

To enter, park in the lot and walk down the stairs to the right of the Inn to Anderson Hall. To avoid the staircase, drive down Susan off of Lynn Road to enter via the kitchen door at the Anderson Hall level.


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May
14
7:00 PM19:00

Archaeology of Olivella Shell Bead Making- Ventura Co. Archaeological Society

Image from the American Museum of Natural History

Image from the American Museum of Natural History

Brian Barbier will present “The Experimental Archaeology of Olivella Shell Bead Making.” Brian Barbier will present the results of his Olivella bead replication experiments and discuss some ways in which this research can be applied to the archaeological record. His talk will cover bead styles and production methods and how these changed over time.

Brian is a PhD candidate in Anthropology at UC Santa Barbara and Coordinator of the Central Coast Information Center at UCSB. He has spent decades learning and teaching traditional technologies and crafts such as flint-knapping and basket weaving. He applies these skills to his archaeological studies by performing replicative experiments aimed at better understanding traditional technologies.

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Apr
9
9:30 AM09:30

Old Time Ventura County Stories

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At our April Volunteer/Docent Meeting, Dorothea Phelan will be speaking about traveling through Ventura County back around the turn of the century in a program called Old Time Ventura County Stories. She will have a little to say about some of the great sights in the county back then, with an emphasis on our area!

Everyone is welcome to join us in Anderson Hall.

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Mar
21
9:30 AM09:30

Corsets, Bustles, and Hoops, Oh My! Antiques and Collectibles Study Group

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Our guest speaker, historian Glenda Jackson, present Corsets, Bustles, and Hoops - Oh My! Glenda will show off her extensive collection of lingerie from centuries past. Please feel free to bring your - or your mother’s or grandmother’s - special lingerie items for show and tell after the refreshment break.

RSVP to Penny, pen1@verizon.net or home 805-495-3297, cell 805-444-3160. Roz, rozgold@yahoo.com or home 818-889-6904, cell: 818-667-3899. Lindalisa, lindalisasemail@yahoo.com or 818-414-8046.

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Mar
19
9:15 AM09:15

Native Voices: Native Peoples' Concept of Health and Wellness-Volunteer Fieldtrip

Choctaw Sick Dance, Terry Saul (Chief Terry Saul; Tobaksi, Ember of Fire or the Coal), Choctaw, Watercolor  Terry Saul’s paintings center around old Choctaw customs, often based on surviving fragments of information.  Courtesy Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Choctaw Sick Dance, Terry Saul (Chief Terry Saul; Tobaksi, Ember of Fire or the Coal), Choctaw, Watercolor

Terry Saul’s paintings center around old Choctaw customs, often based on surviving fragments of information.

Courtesy Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, Oklahoma

This fieldtrip to the Cal State Channel Islands campus includes a tour of the Broome Library and the traveling exhibit Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concept of Health and Wellness. We’ll have lunch in the campus cafeteria afterwards.

Meet at the museum at 9:15 in the Susan Drive parking lot. $5 donation to CSUCI.

R.S.V.P. to Cynthia Bengtson at (805) 499-1507 or to Debra Payne at (805) 501-2417.

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Mar
2
9:00 AM09:00

CANCELLED Due to Rain...Again. Learn How to Prune Historic Roses

Heritage Rose Garden at the Stagecoach Inn Museum; May 2006

Heritage Rose Garden at the Stagecoach Inn Museum; May 2006

We’ll try one more time to fit a rose pruning demonstration in-between rainstorms! Call the museum to make sure we’re able to meet on March 2nd.

Rose lovers (you know you’re crazy about roses!!) are invited to join us in the Museum’s Heritage Rose Garden for a demonstration and workshop on how to prune Old Garden Roses and shrub roses.

Jeri and Clay Jennings, Camarillo-based rosarians, have grown Old Garden Roses since 1987. Along the way, through trial and error and with the help of others, they've learned a lot about what works (and what does not work) in our mild climate.

Jeri designed the Stagecoach Inn Museum's Heritage Rose Garden, and they helped to plant the garden in 1994. Jeri and Clay will discuss, demonstrate, and help to prune this lovely mature garden.

Jeri and Clay are respectively the National Convener and the Membership Chairman of the national Heritage Roses Group.

(See: http://www.theheritagerosesgroup.org/

or https://www.facebook.com/TheHeritageRosesGroup/)

Bring your gloves and pruning tools.

Open to the public. No charge.

This community beautification project is sponsored by the City of Thousand Oaks Community Enhancement Grant Program.

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Antique Writing Implements- The Antiques and Collectibles Study Group Meeting
Feb
21
9:30 AM09:30

Antique Writing Implements- The Antiques and Collectibles Study Group Meeting

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Pens and pencils, just two of the large category of antique desk accessories, will be the focus of the next meeting of the Antiques and Collectibles Study Group. Our speaker Rita Faulders welcomes all who attend to bring and share personal examples of these essential tools used in the “olden days.”

We are excited that Rita is gracing us with one of her well-researched programs again.

LOCATION CHANGE: We will meet in Anderson Hall at the museum!

The group will continue to meet on the third Thursday morning of each month. Be sure to put these dates on your calendar, as we’re working on filling them with speakers and other antiques and collectibles activities. Let Penny or Roz know of any program speakers you would especially like to see in 2019.

Remember: RSVP and find those old pens and pencils!

Penny, pen1@verizon.netor home 805-495-3297, cell 805-444-3160. Roz, rozgold@yahoo.com or home 818-889-6904, cell: 818-667-3899. Lindalisa, lindalisasemail@yahoo.com or 818-414-8046.

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Jan
17
9:30 AM09:30

Around the World - Objects from Foreign Travels ...... Antiques and Collectibles Study Group

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Brenda Harvie and Penny Strowger will present collectibles from travel in Asia and the Pacific.

The word of emphasis is “few”, so bring some of your own collectibles, preferably from Asia or countries on the Pacific Rim, for show and tell. Keep in mind that this is an Antiques and Collectibles STUDY Group and do some research on your items in order to present them at the meeting. If possible let Penny know what you’re bringing so she can plan a logical flow of topics.

Of course, refreshments will be served. Your contributions to the goodies table are always welcome.

Penny, pen1@verizon.net or home 805-495-3297 (cell for texts: 805-444-3160) or Roz, rozgold@yahoo.com or home 818-889-6904 (cell: 818-667-3899).

 

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Jan
15
9:30 AM09:30

"Tips and Tales for Tours" - Volunteer/Docent Meeting

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Be ready to share stories about how to enhance the tour experience for museum guests.

“As practitioners of living history, we are teachers of casual learners, so we need to go in with a flexible list of objectives and an arsenal of means to achieve those objectives - lesson plans, if you will. What will capture their interest and imagination, and what will leave them with more of a take-away than ”most people worked hard in the past” or some specific or really irrelevant factoid about a particular process? …We need to have real dialogue with our guests,…a give-and-take, …carefully observing the visual clues they present to us, not presenting historical facts to nameless masses of people hoping some facts will be recalled at some future date. … For our sites and history itself to remain relevant, we need to more explicitly help visitors make connections between the past and their own world.” -Tom Kelleher, Old Sturbridge Village

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Dec
13
11:30 AM11:30

Antiques and Collectibles Study Group December Meeting

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Although we normally meet on the third Thursday morning of each month, in December the date will be Thursday, December 13. We’ll enjoy a delicious lunch at Marcello’s, an Italian restaurant in Thousand Oaks. Cost is $15; $20 for non-member guests; all payable in advance. Please RSVP by December 3rd to Lindalisa Louis at (818) 814-8046. Also bring to the party a wrapped gift, a new or gently used item with a maximum value of $15, for our gift exchange game.

If you have questions, contact Penny, pen1@verizon.net or home 805-495-3297 (cell for texts: 805-444-3160) or Roz, rozgold@yahoo.com or home 818-889-6904 (cell: 818-667-3899).

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Dec
2
1:00 PM13:00

Holiday Open House "A Child's Dream of the Holidays"

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Kids of all ages are invited to celebrate the holiday spirit at our Annual Holiday Open House. An afternoon of wonder full activities include storytelling with Mrs. Claus, holiday card making and tree decorating. Music on the porch provided by the Newbury Park High School String Quartet, and refreshments will be downstairs in Anderson Hall. The Stagecoach Inn will be decorated to the nines, so stop by for a walk through.

Story telling at the Pioneer House at 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30. Help us decorate the Holiday Tree in Timber School.

Free to the public.

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Oct
28
1:00 PM13:00

Richard Senate gets spooky at the museum

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Richard Senate has decades of experience as a world-renowned paranormal investigator and ghost storyteller. Mr. Senate is also a historian and lecturer specializing in early California history, especially Ventura, Ojai, and Ventura County.

Join us at the CVHS Annual Meeting for ghost stories in our own neighborhood. A short business meeting, including a vote for 2019 CVHS Officers and Trustees, will be followed by Mr. Senate’s talk, and refreshments.

Free, but seating is limited. Reservations please at (805) 498-9441. Museum tours will be held from 1:00 to 4:00 at the regular price.

For more information on Richard Senate, go to: www.richardsenate.com

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Oct
18
9:30 AM09:30

All That Glitters: A Brief History of Rhinestones

Antiques and Collectibles Study Group with Brenda Harvie.

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In the past these faux diamonds - made to imitate real and very expensive diamonds - have been known at strass or paste. Wealthy people copied their jewels as highway robbery was very common. After Daniel Swarovski’s electric cutting machine allowed mass production, rhinestones were used on many items: costume jewelry, clothing, purses, perfume atomizers, etc. Brenda will also talk briefly about a few of the over 900 costume jewelry manufacturers in the U.S. in the mid-century period and display a few of the rhinestone-studded items. Please bring some of your own rhinestone things for show and tell.

No charge; public welcome; refreshments will be served. Meet at the museum downstairs in Anderson Hall.

Call Penny at (805) 495-3297; pen1@verizon.net; for more information.

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Volunteer Meeting: Quilters-A Short Play
Oct
9
10:00 AM10:00

Volunteer Meeting: Quilters-A Short Play

Ostensibly the story of a pioneer woman and her six daughters, QUILTERS blends a series of interrelated scenes into a rich mosaic which captures the sweep and beauty, the terror and joy, the harsh challenge and abiding rewards of frontier life. Illuminating stories contained in various patches or "blocks" with music, dance and drama, the action depicts the lot of women on the frontier: girlhood, marriage, childbirth, spinsterhood, twisters, fire, illness and death.

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Oct
6
to Oct 13

Calling All History Nerds! 2-Day Training for New Docents

Have you always longed to dress up in Victorian costumes, put on your cowboy gear in the morning, or play the part of a pioneer in the Old West?

If the answer is yes, then you're the man or women we've been looking for.  Our docents interpret Conejo Valley history in costume, sharing their love of history with museum visitors: young, old, and in-between.

Sign up to be a volunteer docent and join our next 2-day training session at the museum. Leave a message for Nellie Cusworth at 805 497 1930 or nelliekerrcusworth@gmail.com.

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Voices of Old Conejo 2018 BUY HERE
Sep
22
to Sep 30

Voices of Old Conejo 2018 BUY HERE

It's fall of 1876 on "El Rancho Conejo" (later known as the Conejo Valley), and the Grand Union Hotel is open for business!  Newbury Park has it's own post office and Timberville will soon be a hamlet surrounding the hotel.  It's the year of Custer's Last Stand, the last year of President Ulysses S. Grant's term of office, and the nation's Centennial Celebration. 

Catch a stage to the Stagecoach Inn Museum for an Old West theater experience.  Watch historical vignettes at several locations around the museum grounds, and meet some of the local pioneers. There are two routes through the performances, for different walking abilities. 


Reservations are required. Purchase them here.

Performances at 6:00, 6:30, 7:00, 7:30, 8:00 on September 22, 23, 29, and 30.
12 guests per performance.
$20 per ticket, CVHS members $15 w/discount code.

Please arrive 10 minutes before your performance time.  Park in the Susan Drive parking lot or the park grounds, which are accessed from Lynn Road.  Wear comfortable shoes.

Guests must be at least 8 years old.

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Rock for a Cause - Karaoke Challenge!
Sep
21
5:00 PM17:00

Rock for a Cause - Karaoke Challenge!

Support the Stagecoach Inn Museum and SIM's own chanteuse, Melanie Lindgren, as she sings Patsy Cline's "Crazy" (best song ever!).  It's a Charity Karaoke, with live band Microphone Heroes, benefiting 20 Conejo Valley nonprofits, each featuring their own karaoke singer. The Sept. 21 performance will start at 6 p.m. and will be emceed by Patrick Cassidy, an actor known for his roles in musical theater and television.

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Donate here to support Melanie's performance (it all goes to fund the Museum and our programs); any amount is gratefully accepted!

To join in the fun at Borderline Bar and Grill, purchase tickets to attend the event at charitykaraoke.org.  On the night of the event, audience members - in person and those watching via live streaming - vote for “Best Performance” and “Most Money Raised.” A $1,000 prize will be awarded for each category and will go directly to the singer’s nonprofit. 

The show will be streamed live on Facebook on the Conejo Senior Volunteer Program page. The community can also go on Twitter @conejovolunteer for updates.

Borderline Bar and Grill, 99 Rollling Oaks Drive, Thousand Oaks.  Doors open at 5:00; show starts at 6:00.  Food and drinks available for purchase.  Event will be streamed live on Facebook.

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Sep
11
10:00 AM10:00

Volunteer Field Trip: Reyes Adobe

Enjoy this historic home and its legacies. It's a cultural landmark significant to many areas of California history: the rancho period, oral history, and Spanish Rancho architecture. The Reyes Adobe’s hearth draws people from the many different cultures that have influenced this scenic and strategically located property along the state’s famous El Camino Real. Through restoration and research efforts, the City of Agoura Hills has created an interpretive center and museum for visitors to hear their stories for years to come.

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An Old-Fashioned Day at the Fair BUY HERE
Sep
8
4:30 PM16:30

An Old-Fashioned Day at the Fair BUY HERE

Fun, fun, fun at a country fair fundraiser!   Wear your straw hat and best suspenders and enjoy a parade, game booths, a hat decorating contest, a cake walk, snow cones and popcorn....that's just for starters!  Then get ready for a gourmet dinner, dancing, live music, and silent and live auctions.  Proceeds from this event, our annual fundraiser, support CVHS' educational programming for children and adults.

Don and Dona Triunfo Awards will be presented to two members of the community, honoring them for their service to the Conejo Valley.

Attire: Western or Dressy Casual

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