Friday, October 1
Simchat Torah Celebration
Close the chapter on the last book of the Torah, open up the first, and then party with the Ventura Klezmer Band. Free. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Temple Beth Torah, 7620 Foothill Road, Ventura. (805) 647-4181. templebethtorah.com.
Simchat Torah Potluck Picnic
Enjoy a meal as a community, followed by a special Shabbat service. Free. 5:30 p.m. Malibu Jewish Center & Synagogue, 24855 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. (310) 456-2178. mjcs.org.
Sunday, October 3
Jewish County Fair
Enjoy live music, wine tasting, rides, games, ga-ga (Israeli dodge ball), yoga, food and more. $5 (advance), $8 (door), free (children 3 and younger). 11 a.m.-6 p.m. The Shalom Institute, 34342 Mulholland Highway, Malibu. RSVP to (818) 889-5500. jewishcountyfair.com.
Women’s “Chai” Tea
Learn about new happenings at the Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara and how to get involved. Presented by the Women’s Division. $36 minimum donation. 3-5 p.m. Canary Hotel Rooftop, 31 W. Carrillo St., Santa Barbara. (805) 957-1115. jewishsantabarbara.org.
Monday, October 4
“Ost Meets West: Immigrant Film Moguls, Émigré Directors and the Rise of Film Noir”
UCLA media studies professor Vincent Brook, author of “Driven to Darkness,” examines the origins of Eastern European Jews who founded the Hollywood film industry and directors, like Fritz Lang and Otto Preminger, who played a key role in the rise of film noir. Free. 7-9 p.m. Sponsored by the Jewish Genealogical Society of Conejo Valley and Ventura County. Temple Adat Elohim, 2420 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. (818) 889-6616. jgscv.org.
Thursday, October 7
You’ll be ROTFL with comedian Jackie Kashian, emcee Weezy Palanker and the Comedy Club students. Food and drinks provided, and paid childcare available during this all-ages show. $8 (advance), $4 (advance, students/seniors); $10 (door), $5 (door, students/seniors). 6-8 p.m. Bronfman Family JCC, 524 Chapala St., Santa Barbara. RSVP to (805) 957-1115, ext. 107. jewishsantabarbara.org.
Saturday, October 9
Taste of Encino
Enjoy a day of fun in the San Fernando Valley with food from area restaurants, a beer and wine pavilion, entertainment, climbing wall, moon bounce, arts and crafts vendors and wellness fair as well as a business and home expo. Sponsored by the Encino Chamber of Commerce. Free. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. St. Cyril School, 4548 Haskell Ave., Encino. (818) 789-4711. tasteofencino.com.
Sunday, October 10
“The Kosher Cheerleader”
Sandy Wolshin tells the truish story of how she dropped her pompoms, traded hot pants for long skirts and cartwheeled off the L.A. Raiders sidelines and onto the path of Modern Orthodox Judaism. $39. Janet and Ray Scherr Forum Theatre, Bank of America Performing Arts Center, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. (805) 449-2787. www.toaks.org/cap.
Tuesday, October 12
“Stories From My Favorite Planet: A Musical Tribute to Journalist Daniel Pearl.
Mitchell Newman on violin and Russell Steinberg on piano read the words of slain Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl. This concert is held in conjunction with more than 800 concerts worldwide as part of Daniel Pearl World Music Days. $10 (advance), $15 (door). 7:30 p.m. Valley Beth Shalom, 15739 Ventura Blvd., Encino. (818) 788-6000. jewishmusicla.org.
Wednesday, October 13
“Flowers Aren’t Enough”
Michal, a young woman from an upper-middle class family, finds herself in an abusive relationship, gradually cut off from her surroundings. Adapted from true stories by writer-actress Naomi Ackerman, who takes us from Michal’s denial and shame to the point at which she takes charge of her life and rediscovers herself. Reception follows the performance. Presented by Domestic Violence Solutions for Santa Barbara County and Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara. Free. 7 p.m. Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara, 524 Chapala St., Santa Barbara. RSVP to (805) 957-1115. jewishsantabarbara.org.
Sunday, October 17
Calabasas Pumpkin Festival
Celebrate the season’s favorite gourd with rides, games, contests (including pie eating and seed spitting), carving, food, entertainment and more. $3 (advance), $5 (gate), free (children under 2). Free parking and shuttles available. Begins Saturday, Oct. 16. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Juan Bautista de Anza Park, 3701 Lost Hills Road, Calabasas. calabasaspumpkinfestival.com.
Judea Bowl: Faith Matters
Rabbi Cantor Alison Wissot enlightens and inspires with her second solo show, joined by Chris Hardin on piano. 7 p.m. Temple Judea West Campus, 6601 Valley Circle Blvd., West Hills. (818) 758-3800. templejudea.com.
Thursday, October 21
Early Childhood Center Holiday Boutique
Get an early start on Chanukah shopping and maybe pick up something for yourself. Noon-6 p.m. Temple Adat Elohim, 2420 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. (805) 497-7101. adatelohim.org.
Wednesday, October 27
Cooking With Judy
During this three-session course, Judy Zeidler, cookbook author and TRIBE contributor, will teach you how to prepare a six-course Italian menu, which she shares from her soon-to-be published Italian cookbook. $70. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Call for location. Whizin Center for Continuing Education at American Jewish University. (310) 440-1246. wcce.ajula.edu.
Friday, October 29
Lori Getz of Cyber Education Consultants shares her insights about the use of technology by children and the challenge it presents to adults. 8-9:30 a.m. Kadima Day School Library, 7011 Shoup Ave., West Hills. RSVP by Oct. 27 to (818) 346-0849. kadimaacademy.org.
Sunday, October 31
Avoid vampires and stick with the professionals for this mitzvah. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Temple Ahavat Shalom, 18200 Rinaldi Place, Northridge. (818) 360-2258. tasnorthridge.org.