If you like to plan ahead, this monthly feature will be your guide and calendar. Just snip it out of the paper and attach it to the fridge.
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For information, call 653-7570.
Faulkner Farm's 26th annual Pumpkin Patch and Harvest Festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. throughout October at the Hansen Agricultural Learning Center, 14292 E. Telegraph Road, Santa Paula. The farm features scenic hay rides, sunflower maze, farm animals, live music on the weekends, antique tractors, farm store and acres of pumpkins. Admission and parking are free. School tours are available. Information: 525-2226.
Sunday, Oct. 1
The 15th annual Westlake Village Auto Show 2000 begins at 10 a.m. off Townsgate Road in the Westlake Plaza Center parking lot next to the Hyatt Hotel. The placement of cars begins at 7 a.m. There will be food, entertainment, people's choice awards and the In-N-Out cookout trailer. Admission is $3 or $5 for two people. All proceeds benefit local charities. Information: 370-0035 or (818) 707-1230.
Tuesday, Oct. 3
Focus on the Masters Tuesday Talk Series presents "An Evening With Charlotte Bronstein" from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Laurel Theatre, 1006 E. Main St., Ventura. Bronstein spent her career acting, writing and directing and earned the title of Ojai Citizen of the Year and the J. C. Penney Golden Rule Award for outstanding volunteer service. Bronstein, who has also been named an Ojai Living Treasure, will share her innovative teaching techniques used to guide students through writing, casting, staging and performing. Information: 649-9366.
Canvas and Oil
Wednesday, Oct. 4
The Westlake Village Art Guild presents a dinner and demonstration meeting with Siam Caglayan, president of the Plein Air Painters Assn., beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Thousand Oaks Inn, 75 W. Thousand Oaks Blvd. Caglayan, a landscape painter who teaches at Irvine Valley College, will demonstrate in oils. Dinner will begin at 6:45 p.m. and the demonstration at 8 p.m. Cost for both is $24. Reservations are required for dinner, but not for the demonstration. Reservations or information: 373-2123.
Are Men From Mars?
Thursday, Oct. 5
Cal Lutheran University will hold the 15th annual Harold Stoner Clark Lecture Series with Paul Davies, a world famous cosmologist, speaking at 10 a.m. at 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. Davies will speak on the topic "Did Life Come From Mars?" Davies is the author of more than 20 books concerning the search for extraterrestrial life and the origin of life. He won the 1991 ABC Eureka Prize and 1995 Templeton Prize for progress in religion. Admission is free. Information: 493-3151.
Marla Bingham Contemporary Ballet presents "Firebird, A Native American Vision" at 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. The show features four dances choreographed by Marla Bingham and Larrio Ekson. Tickets are $24.50 to $31.50. Information: 449-2787.
Saturday, Oct. 7
The Big Chili Cook-Off runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Lake Casitas, 11311 Santa Ana Road. Twenty contenders will compete for the best chili grand prizes, along with taking part in three red hot chili eating contests. Local bands Raging Arb and the Redheads, the Zydeco Zippers and Maxx will perform. In addition to the chili festival booths, more than 20 vendors will be in attendance. Admission is $7 general and free for kids under 10. Information: 646-4170.
Saturday, Oct. 7
The seventh annual Pier Under the Stars to benefit the Ventura Pier runs from 5 to 8 p.m. along the oceanfront promenade off Harbor Boulevard in Ventura. The evening will feature food from local restaurants, wines from California wineries, dancing and a silent auction. Admission is $30. Cost includes a commemorative wine glass. Information: 654-7731.
The 46th annual Port Hueneme Harbor Days parade runs from 9:30 a.m. to noon at Hueneme Beach on Surfside Drive. The parade will feature marching bands, equestrians, dancers, vintage cars, floats and novelty entries. The two-day event features arts and crafts, foods, live entertainment, kite demonstration, treasure hunting, car show, fishing derby, games and pony rides. Admission and parking are free. Information: 986-1291 or 312-4045.
Festival of Japan
Sunday, Oct. 8