Saturday, October 15
PICK OF THE MONTH: SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15
CALABASAS PUMPKIN FESTIVAL
Celebrate the season’s favorite gourd with rides and games; pie-eating and seed-spitting contests; pumpkin carving; food; entertainment and more. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $5 (includes rides and games). Also on Sunday, Oct. 16. Parking and shuttles available. Juan Bautista de Anza Park, 3701 Lost Hills Road, Calabasas. calabasaspumpkinfestival.com.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2
Rabbi Ed Feinstein of Valley Beth Shalom delivers the memorial address during Mount Sinai Memorial Parks and Mortuaries’ Kever Avot service, which includes musical accompaniment by Sinai Temple’s Cantor Arianne Brown, the Sinai Temple Quartet and Kol HaEmek Choir, a cross-denominational community chorale from the Pomona-San Gabriel Valley. 1 p.m. Free. Mount Sinai Memorial Parks and Mortuaries, 6150 Mount Sinai Drive, Simi Valley. (800) 600-0076. mountsinaiparks.org.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4
Learn the ins and outs of personal finance from a renowned expert as Suze Orman takes the stage tonight. The best-selling author and CNBC host kicks off the 2011-2012 Distinguished Speakers Series. 8 p.m. $364-$406 (tickets sold as a part of the series). Fred Kavli Theatre, Bank of America Performing Arts Center, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. (805) 449-2775. toaks.org/cap.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9
TASTE OF ENCINO
Enjoy a day of fun on the Boulevard with food from local restaurants; a beer and wine garden; live music; kids’ corner, including a moon bounce, slide, rock-climbing wall and pumpkin patch; arts and crafts vendors; a health and wellness pavilion; and home improvement ideas. A portion of the proceeds benefit area schools and community betterment projects. Sponsored by the Encino Chamber of Commerce. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Ventura Boulevard, between Balboa Boulevard and Amestoy Avenue, Encino. (818) 789-4711. tasteofencino.com.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 10
FINDING YOUR JEWISH ANCESTORS ON ANCESTRY.COM
Crista Cowan, community alliance manager for Ancestry.com’s World Archives Project, will explain how the site can assist in tracking down information. Co-sponsored by the Jewish Genealogical Society of the Conejo Valley and Ventura County and Temple Adat Elohim. 7-9 p.m. Free. Temple Adat Elohim, 2420 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. (818) 889-6616. jgscv.org.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16
JEWISH COUNTY FAIR
Enjoy live music from Idan Raichel, Michelle Citrin, Yael Meyer and other performers, a bungee trampoline, hatchet throwing, outdoor cooking, nature crafts, pita making, nature hikes, food (from kosher tacos to funnel cakes) and more. The outdoor community celebration of food, music, body, mind and spirit is part of the Big Jewish Tent series. 11 a.m-6 p.m. $5 (per person, in advance), $8 (per person, at the door), free (children, 3 and younger). Camp JCA Shalom, Shalom Institute, 34342 Mulholland Highway, Malibu. (818) 889-5500. jewishcountyfair.com.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20
FAMILY SIMCHAT TORAH EVENT
Festivity abounds with dance, song and the celebration of another cycle of Torah. Wave your flags and dance around with the Torah scrolls as the congregations reads both the end of Deuteronomy and the beginning of Genesis. The night includes a Torah Unwrapping, where the entire Torah will be unwrapped around the sanctuary. 7:30 p.m. Free. Temple Aliyah, 6025 Valley Circle Blvd., Woodland Hills. (818) 346-3545. templealiyah.org.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22
JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL FALL FILM NIGHT
Temple Beth Torah’s Ventura County Jewish Film Festival celebrates Jewish heroes tonight with a screening of the documentary “Where I Stand: The Hank Greenspun Story,” a profile of the longtime publisher of the Las Vegas Sun, who shipped guns and airplane parts to the Haganah and publicly feuded with Sen. Joseph McCarthy, bigoted casino owners and the IRS. 6:30 p.m. (doors open), 7 p.m. (film begins). Light refreshments will be served. $15 (at the door). Sponsored by Temple Beth Torah. 7620 Foothill Road, Ventura. (805) 647-4181. vcjff.org.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 24
HAND IN HAND: CENTER FOR JEWISH-ARAB EDUCATION
Congregation Or Ami invites the community to learn about its newest Israel social action project with Hand in Hand co-founder Lee Gordon and program participants. The center has three schools in Israel where Jewish and Muslim children are taught side-by-side, learning both Arabic and Hebrew. 6:30 p.m. Free. 26115 Mureau Road, Suite B, Calabasas. (818) 880-4880. orami.org.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25
“SANDY HACKETT’S RAT PACK SHOW”
Celebrate 50 years of Frank, Dean, Sammy and Joey on a trip through time with the son of Vegas funnyman and actor Buddy Hackett. 8 p.m. $49-$64. Runs through Oct. 30. Fred Kavli Theatre, Bank of America Performing Arts Center, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd, Thousand Oaks. (805) 449-2787. toaks.org/cap.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30
Volunteers are needed to join The Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara’s biggest fundraiser of the year. Money raised goes to those in need locally, nationally and internationally. This year includes Share the Shekels Campaign, where Jewish organizations can raise money for both Federation and its respective organizations. 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Bronfman Family JCC, 524 Chapala St., Santa Barbara. (805) 957-1115, ext. 106. jewishsantabarbara.org.