HSC Around Town: A Conejo Valley Halloween

Happy Halloween, everyone! It’s one of my favorite holidays, and it’s only a few weeks away … guess that means I should finalize my costume, right? I have big plans this year, and most of it’s done; just odds and ends left. And no, I’m not gonna tell you about it, in case you see me around town — or right here at Hollywood Storage Center of Thousand Oaks during the week. I want it to be a surprise!

The Conejo Valley is known for its amazing Halloween and fall-themed activities, so I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorites — I just know you’ll enjoy them too:

+ You’ve probably seen it mentioned on celebrity gossip blogs: Underwood Family Farms in Moorpark is a haven for celebs and their kids who want to celebrate Halloween at one of the largest pumpkin patches around! They’ve got great activities all month long as part of their Fall Harvest Fest, running through October 31st. Corn mazes, hay rides, live entertainment — all for a nominal fee! Amazing for both kids and adults.

Halloween 2014 Around the Conejo Valley+ Over at the Janss Marketplace in Thousand Oaks is the Annual “Reign of Terror” Haunted House, running now through end of October. I’ve been to this thing before, and it is pretty scary! It’s actually ranked as one of the Top 10 Haunted Houses in the COUNTRY! Right in our own backyard … cool, huh? They’ll also be presenting an “illuminated,” less-scary experience for younger children during the day on two Saturdays, October 24th & 31st, from 1pm to 4pm. Regular admission is $17 per person ($25 for an “express” pass), but the daytime experience is $5 per child (with free admission for the accompanying parent).

+ Now the Triunfo YMCA’s Goblin Gallop on Saturday, October 17th in Westlake Villiage is a lot of fun with a 5K/10K Run and 1 Mile Trick or Treat Fun Run/Walk.  Not surprisingly, there will be “13” different age groups for runners in this Halloween-themed twilight run with medals awarded for the top male and female runners.  The kids in the Fun Run/Walk can collect treats at stops along the way and are encouraged to wear costumes and bring trick or treat bags.  Prizes will be awarded to the best costumes seen along the course.  What will you wear?

+ There are lots of trick-or-treat activities happening on Halloween day itself all over the county both during the day and night. First, there’s “Spokes in the Oaks” Open Street Festival is a new City of Thousand Oaks-sponsored event from 10 am to 3 pm where you can walk, bike, run, and skate along a 1.7-mile route that is closed to motorized traffic.  Next, is the ‘Shh’ or Treat Halloween Party at the Camarillo Public Library which runs from 11 am to 2 pm, where kids can come in their Halloween costumes and participate in many activities including making their own trick or treat bag in one of the coolest kids reading rooms around.  For the evening, starting at 5:30 pm, there is the 5th Annual Youth Carnival in Simi Valley featuring a trick or treat village, carnival games, hayrides and many other activities. With all of these events, you can certainly find a fun-filled Halloween activity.

Here’s hoping you and your family have a FUN and SAFE All Hallows’ Eve this year, no matter where you go around the Conejo Valley or Ventura County! And don’t forget to visit us here at Hollywood Storage Center (on Old Conejo Road in Newbury Park) for FREE candy all month long! Plus, at HSC, our low-cost self-storage units are all “treats” … and that’s no trick!


PHOTO_HSCTO_Lindsay-Cochran-1612_2015-01-29This was a guest post from Lindsay, one of Hollywood Storage Center’s storage consultants! She’s a friendly face you might see when you first stop by to find out about our fantastic storage units. She always knows what’s going on around the Conejo Valley! Thanks for the rundown, Lindsay; we’re big fans of Halloween too — and all these events amazing! Readers: What are you going as for Halloween this year? Did you make your own costume, or buy from a store? Post about it all on Facebook, or in the comments below.

HSC Tips: Stash Your Summer Stuff!

Happy Family Of Four Camping TogetherHey folks! Jeremy here, coming to you once again from the best self storage facility this side of the Conejo Grade, Hollywood Storage Center of Thousand Oaks! Well, the summer is winding down (although it seems we always have heat advisories here in Newbury Park this time of year). But, with school starting, that still means it’s time, once again, to think about stashing all that “summer stuff” you have lying around the house … Do you find yourself tripping over beach balls or boogie boards in your garage? Is your spare closet a mess with camping gear and sleeping bags jumbled together with suitcases and souvenirs? We here at HSC have a fantastic solution to all that clutter — store those things here in one of our self-storage units!

What kind of things could you put into storage, you may ask? Here’s a handy list we’ve put together to make that job a lot easier:

+ Camping and outdoor vacation gear such as tents, backpacks, sleeping bags, hiking boots, and even your canoe, kayak, paddle board, and scuba equipment

+ Water sports stuff like Boogie boards, surf boards, wake boards, and water skiing equipment

+ Beach items like beach chairs, umbrellas, beach balls and the sand toys for the kids

+ Water toys such as sprinklers, slip and slide, rafts, and pool toys

The first thing we recommend is that you clean and dry out everything.  Use water with a little mild soap to clean off all those outdoor items, along with cleaning camp gear like utensils and food storage containers.  We especially advise you to use fresh water to clean those pool items, as you don’t want the smell of chlorine when you retrieve them later.

Next, if you’re like me and spend your free time over summer doing lots of different things, then it would be best to organize your stuff into different groups like pool toys, beach items and water sports.  Marking boxes and storage bins with these different group names will make it easier to get what you need when the fun days of summer return.

Wardrobe Box for Clothing StorageSince tents, sleeping bags and other outdoor fabric items are often subject to dirt, food, charcoal and oils like sunblock or bug spray, it’s a great idea to make sure they’re clean before being stored. Tents can be spot cleaned and folded away. Sleeping bags can also be spot cleaned or washed in large washing machines (hint: I go to the laundry mats where they have over-sized machines). It’s then easy to store sleeping bags and other camping clothes (like your cleaned and aired out hiking boots) in storage boxes. You can find a complete selection of storage boxes here at Hollywood Storage Center to help you with your storage needs.

See? It’s not that hard to get rid of your summer clutter! And everything will be in great condition when you come back to take it all back home for some “fun in the sun”!

We know all kinds of storage tips and tricks here at Hollywood Storage Center … stop in and see us soon! We’re located at right off the 101 Freeway at the Wendy Exit (3425 Old Conejo Road), near Newbury Park High School, and we appreciate helping all our customers from Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village, Agoura Hills, Calabasas, and beyond…

PHOTO_HSCTO_Jeremy-Evans-1627_2015-01-29This was a guest post from Jeremy, a longtime Storage Consultant here at Hollywood Storage Center. You might’ve met him the last time you checked out one of our lowest price-guaranteed self-storage units. Thanks, Jeremy! We’re always happy to pass along your great tips to our customers. Readers: Do you have any other tips for storing your summer stuff during the rest of the year? Share ’em below! 

HSC Tips: The 5 Best Back-to-School Apps!

Hard to believe we’re already heading into fall. While we don’t get a huge diversity of weather patterns here in the Conejo Valley, we certainly know the time of year from the hustle and bustle of kids, sports, and school. While I don’t have any children yet, I have several friends who are getting ready to send theirs off for the new school year … which got me thinking — there’s gotta be some amazing “back-to-school” smartphone apps that would be a huge help to both parents and kids.

Back to School 2014!So I asked around Hollywood Storage Center, both my fellow Thousand Oaks Storage Consultants and some of my favorite customers, and I even checked in with a couple teacher friends to put together my list of the Top 5 “back-to-school” apps you need this fall!

+ SIMPLEMIND FREE: Think about it … the last time you wrote a paper. Could’ve been in college; might’ve even been the other day for a work presentation. Wouldn’t it have been cool if you could’ve put all your thoughts into a “mind map” of sorts, to get them organized? SimpleMind Free does just that — you can add all your ideas, and then just rearrange the chart connections to fit the assignment. And best of all, they have a free version! (Available on both Android and iPhone.)

+ REALCALC SCIENTIFIC CALCULATOR: Okay, so maybe this one is for the actual students among us … (unless you work at CalTech, you probably don’t have much need for a scientific calculator for your day-to-day). Your older kids will appreciate this free calculator that’s a great alternative to lugging one around in their backpack — provided their teacher doesn’t mind them having a smartphone (or a tablet) on their desk during class! (Available for Android only, but there are several iPhone equivalents.)

Smartphone Apps for Back to School+ DUOLINGO: This one’s really cool. I’ve been using it myself, and my “student” days ended quite a few years ago! Duolingo is this amazing app (it also has an online version) that turns learning a language into a game of sorts. It even encourages you to move forward with fun achievements, a “health” bar, and reminders to play each day. Want to learn some Italian before that trip next year? Have a kid in French class who needs a bit of help? Duolingo could be the answer. (Android and iPhone.)

+ FLASHCARDS+: I remember having to sit (for hours, it seemed), making flash cards to help with memorization in different classes. Kids today have it so easy! They can use an app like Flashcards+, which lets you add info to both sides of a virtual “card,” quiz yourself, and mark the problem cards that might need more reviewing. (For iPhone only, but there are Android equivalents.)

+ DROPBOX: And finally, here’s an app that everyone in your household can use … Dropbox is a fantastic “cloud” storage service that allows you to keep all your classroom notes handy while you’re on-the-go. Believe me — I know about storage, and this service is amazing! You can even share documents with your classmates. (Available for both Android and iPhone, as well as online.)

Technology really makes it so much easier to go back to school … your kids (and maybe you!) will be studying for their classes and acing tests like the best of ’em! And don’t forget: We can help make your lives easier by storing your belongings right here in our self storage units! Visit us at 3425 Old Conejo Road in Newbury Park storage today!

PHOTO_HSCTO_Amanda-Castro-1636_2015-01-29This was a guest post from Amanda, a Storage Consultant here at Hollywood Storage Center of Thousand Oaks. She’s one of the friendly folks you might meet when you look into one of our lowest cost storage units.Thanks for the info, Amanda! Readers: Do you have a favorite back-to-school app? Post about it below!

HSC Day Trips: Summertime in Hollywood!

Hi everyone! Summer is finally here! Now don’t get me wrong — I actually love the other seasons too, but there’s just something so fun and carefree about summer. It’s great to have BBQs with the family and spend time with visiting relatives.


While I do fancy myself a bit of an expert in all things Conejo Valley, I also know a bit about our neighbors to the south… Hollywood! I mean, we are called Hollywood Storage Center for a reason! And, if you’ve got family in town, a day trip to “Tinseltown” should definitely be on your agenda.

Besides the fact that the family who owns our Conejo Valley storage facility also founded the Hollywood Wax Museum, we are all movie and TV buffs — so I compiled a list of great places to go in Hollywood … my favorites, as well as some awesome ideas from my co-workers (you know, those storage unit consultants and Hollywood Storage Center Clean Team guys!)

Hollywood Wax Museum+ For celebrity lovers, take ’em to the Hollywood Wax Museum on Hollywood Boulevard — located right on the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame. This cool museum literally puts you “up close and personal” with seriously realistic wax replicas of TV and movie icons! And as I realized when I took my visiting aunt there last year, nothing makes a fan happier than standing face-to-face with a wax version of Johnny Depp!

Guinness World of Records+ Right across the street from the Hollywood Wax Museum is more family fun: The Guinness World Record Museum. Also located on the Walk of Fame, you can try to break a real world record with official Guinness World Record adjudicators (judges) right there to stake your claim to fame! This museum also lets you do stuff like check your weight against the world’s heaviest person; compare your height with the world’s tallest man; and challenge your world record knowledge against the Quizbot and your friends.

El Capitan Theatre+ Just down the street from both attractions is the El Capitan Theatre; first built in 1926, it was refurbished by The Walt Disney Company back in the early ’90s and is now showing Disney/Pixar’s Inside Out. Can’t wait to see it! BONUS: The exterior of the El Cap was used in both recent Muppet movies: The Muppets and Muppets Most Wanted! It’s also right next door to Jimmy Kimmel Live, which shoots every weeknight. Totally fun to get free tickets to see a live taping!

Musso and Frank Grill+ Finally, at the end of your Hollywood day, take your guests to one of the oldest, coolest restaurants in all of LA! Musso and Frank Grill opened in 1919 (can you believe that?!) and used to be frequented by famous folks like Charlie Chaplin, Orson Welles, and Marilyn Monroe. I guarantee your visitors will love it! I’ve been a few times, and my favorite dish is the actually their hot pastrami on rye (served with fresh potato chips).

Don’t forget — if you have guests coming sometime during summer, or if you’ve got family planning to stay a while, make room for all the merriment in your home by storing that unused stuff right here at Hollywood Storage Center (3425 Old Conejo Road in Newbury Park)! And please tell us all about your summertime Hollywood adventures…

PHOTO_HSCTO_Lindsay-Cochran-1612_2015-01-29This was a guest post from Lindsay, one of Hollywood Storage Center’s storage consultants! She’s a friendly face you might see when you stop by to find out about our fantastic, low-priced storage units. She always knows what’s going on around the Conejo Valley … but she’s also up on all things SoCal! Thanks for these Hollywood tips, Lindsay! Readers: Do you have a favorite place in Hollywood to take out-of-town guests? Post about it below.