7 Great Day Trips from Thousand Oaks

It’s a catch 22. You have friends and family coming in for the holidays, so you get to plan some fun things to do! But at the same time, you feel like you’ve done it all and are a little stressed about keeping everyone entertained. Not to worry, one of the greatest things about living in Thousand Oaks is there is so much to do without going too far away. Continue reading

Feed Conejo Valley; Enter to Win $150 Gift Card to The Stonehaus

Food insecurity means not always knowing when you will have your next meal. For most of us, it’s hard to imagine, but statistically, one in five people face hunger issues on a daily basis. During the holidays, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to donate food to Manna Conejo Valley Food Bank and other charitable organizations, but Hollywood Storage Center wanted to get a jump on the holiday season. With your help, we can support Manna’s efforts to feed hungry people in the Conejo Valley.

During October, Hollywood Storage Center will be hosting a food drive. All donations will be provided to Manna. Additionally, every person that donates will be able to enter their name in our drawing for a gift card to enjoy $150 worth of food and drinks at The Stonehaus in Westlake Village!

Donate Food; Feed the Hungry in Conejo Valley.

What should you bring in to donate? Below is a list of the top priority items:

  1. Paper towels/toilet paper
  2. Coffee/Tea and cold drinks
  3. Mac and cheese
  4. Canned tomatoes/tomato sauce/tomato paste
  5. Canned mixed vegetables
  6. Pancake mix
  7. Crackers of all kinds
  8. Canned pasta, such as ravioli or spaghetti
  9. Canned stew
  10. Canned corn

Thank you for making a difference in our community! We look forward to having you drop by with your donations. While you’re here, pick up a free bag of popcorn for yourself, and if you’re in need of extra storage, we’d love to help you out with the perfect sized storage unit. Visit us seven days a week from 8:30 am to 6 pm.


As you may have heard, our Free Photo with Santa event is coming up soon!

We wanted to try something fun and different this year! After photos with Santa, you have the opportunity to post your photo up on our big screen monitor in the storage center lobby. Share your team spirit, brag about your cute kids, promote your local business, or gush about your significant other!

How to Participate:

  1. Take a selfie with Santa, or a behind-the-scenes shot while your favorite people are in front of the camera
  2. Post to Instagram or Twitter with hashtag #ElfiesWithSanta
  3. See your photo up on the big screen!

And if you want to see the posts but can’t make it to the Hollywood Storage Center, we’ll also have the stream here:


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.