Introduction to Thousand Oaks
Thousand Oaks, California is located in a area of California that is expanding quickly. In fact, Thousand Oaks is one of the fastest-growing cities in the country, with a population increase of 35% between 1980 and 1990. The city was once a stagecoach stop in 1874, when it was known as the Conejo Valley. The area is home to California Lutheran College. Thousand Oaks is commonly referred to as 'T.O.' by locals. The city is named for the numerous varieties of oak trees that inhabit the valley, and it is part of the Conejo Valley, which includes cities like Newbury Park and Westlake Village.
Thousand Oaks Culture
The Thousand Oaks area has a wide variety of arts, literature, and music that elevate its cultural standing. The city is known for its artistic expression and cultural diversity, with numerous arts foundations helping artists add to the community. The Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza opened in 1994 and now hosts a wide range of events, including national touring presentations, Broadway musicals, contemporary entertainers, and symphony concerts. The Fred Kavli Theatre for the Performing Arts hosts productions as well as musical and vocal concerts. The Janet and Ray Scherr Forum Theatre is the place to go to see a variety of dance recitals. The New West Symphony, Conejo Valley Symphony Orchestra, Los Robles Master Chorale and Village Voices Chorrale all perform in Thousand Oaks regularly.
Thousand Oaks Sports and Leisure
Sports are a major focus for children and teenagers in Thousand Oaks. The community has AYSO soccer, Conejo Youth Basketball Association, Pop Warner football, Little League baseball, CYFFA flag football, girls softball, organized swim teams, ice hockey and lacrosse all available for area youth. Thousand Oaks is proud to be the home of the 2004 Little League National Championship team. Golf is also a popular sport here, and the city is home to the Sherwood Country Club, which was designed by Jack Nicklaus himself. Sherwood has an annual golf tournament hosted by Tiger Woods. The city has 13 public and 5 private golf courses, along with driving ranges close by.
Thousand Oaks Outdoors
The outdoor life in Thousand Oaks is a plentiful one. The area offers the chance to participate in a wide variety of outdoor activities. The Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area has a network of nature trails for hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, picnicking, horseback riding, and camping. Naturalist classes are taught here, including Indian arts and handicrafts. Westlake's 150-acre lake offers the chance to fish for bass, blue gill, and catfish and residents can find docking privileges, fishing licenses, boating and sailing access. Channel Islands National Park is a marine sanctuary with giant kelp forests and over 1,000 species of ocean life.