posted Oct 10, 2019, 5:25 PM by David Peattie

TRIVIA CHALLENGE – Solano / Berkeley / Albany

November 7th 7:00 pm – Thursday

Sichuan Style restaurant
1699 Solano Avenue

$500.00** First Place prize

$250 (each) Second and Third Place prizes

**Winners choose LOCAL charity to split fifty percent of winnings withFREE event ZERO entry fee but limited space!

Abrams Claghorn Gallery providing the $500** grand prize
Thousand Oaks Neighborhood Association (TONA) providing $250** second place prize
Albany Historical Society providing $250** third place prize

Subject is Local History / Teams 3-5 People
60 Maximum Capacity / Sign-up First Come First to Play @ 6:30pm

Community Opportunities: Making Thousand Oaks Even Better!

posted Apr 18, 2019, 2:11 PM by David Peattie

Thursday, May 23, 2019, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Thousand Oaks Baptist Church Auditorium, Catalina at Colusa

Enter on Catalina about half a block east of Colusa Avenue. 

Ice Cream Social!
free ice cream from 7:00 to 7:30


• Ashby Village •

• Blue Glove Crew •

• Daily Bread •

• Safe Time Hosts •

• WriterCoach Connection •

• Berkeley Disaster Prep Neighborhood Network •

Join us for an evening of community-minded discussions on how we can all work to make Thousand Oaks a better place and bring meaning to our lives. On hand to share their stories and inspire you will be representatives from several local groups that run the gamut from all-volunteer outfits with no budget to 501(c)3 nonprofits with solid organizational structures that have large volunteer components.

Ashby Village supports seniors through the surrounding community. BDPNN connects individuals and neighborhood groups to better prepare for and respond to disasters. Blue Glove Crew keeps our business districts clear of litter while keeping up the cardio. Daily Bread works to connect those with excess food and those in need of it. Safe Time Hosts connect those in need of temporary housing with those who have it to offer. WriterCoach Connection connects trained, caring volunteer coaches with middle and high school students to engage, encourage, and inspire them to think more critically and write more skillfully.

Do you know of other organizations that might be of interest to the Thousand Oaks community? Bring your knowledge and experience to share!

Traffic Safety Forum (March 7, 7pm)

posted Feb 13, 2019, 1:46 PM by David Peattie   [ updated Feb 13, 2019, 1:48 PM ]

Invited Speakers: Sophie Hahn,  Farid Javandel, and BPD Traffic Rep

Berkeley has had an epidemic of vehicle-pedestrian accidents in January, in which more
than a dozen pedestrians were hit by vehicles in eleven accidents, resulting in many
critical injuries, including the president of the Berkeley Unified School District, Judy
Appel, and her wife, Alison Bernstein, who remain hospitalized.

According to an AARP study, “Walking can be risky in cities and towns across America,
where a pedestrian dies in a traffic crash every two hours. Between 2003 and 2012,
crashes killed 47,025 pedestrians nationwide and injured another 676,000. Cutting those
numbers has proved difficult: Distracted drivers increasingly look at phones instead of
the road; people cross streets when and where they shouldn’t; cities and suburban areas
have been built to move cars, not to keep pedestrians safe.” Senior drivers accounted for
seven of the eleven pedestrian accidents in Berkeley as of January 17.

Councilmember Sophie Hahn, representatives from Berkeley’s Police Department
Traffic Division, and the City of Berkeley Traffic Division Manager, Farid Javandel,
will head up a panel to discuss and answer questions about how we as a community can
work to make Berkeley safer for all, especially pedestrians and cyclists.

Thousand Oaks Baptist Church Auditorium, Catalina at Colusa
Enter on Catalina about half a block east from the main church entrance.

There were at least 30 injury crashes in Berkeley in January that involved cyclists or pedestrians.
Red markers show incidents involving pedestrians, and blue ones indicate cyclists.
Source: Google Maps/Berkeleyside

A map of injury crashes involving cyclists or pedestrians in January

BUSD School Board Candidates forum (Th., Oct. 25, 7pm)

posted Sep 22, 2018, 10:48 AM by David Peattie

We'll be hosting our usual election forum evening, but we're limiting it to just the School Board candidates:

Ty Alper
Norma Harrison
Dru Howard
Abdur Sikder
Julie Sinai
Ka'Dijah Brown

Our usual spot: 
Thousand Oaks Baptist Church Auditorium, Catalina at Colusa
Enter on Catalina about half a block east from the main church entrance

7 p.m. Come with your questions to add to a note card, or send 'em in ahead of time to our email:

The Birds of Berkeley with Oliver James

posted Apr 25, 2018, 1:22 PM by David Peattie

Thursday May 24th
Thousand Oaks Baptist Church on Catalina (just east of Colusa)
7:30 p.m. (7:00 Ice Cream social)

TONA is thrilled to have Thousand Oaks native and acclaimed artist and writer Oliver James as our featured presenter for the next general meeting on May 24. Oliver most recently authored and illustrated the charming book, Birds of Berkeley, published by local Heyday Press. Drawing on selected readings from the text, Oliver will touch on science, art, and politics in his introduction to our avian neighbors. Coincidentally, 2018 was dubbed The Year of the Bird in recognition of the centennial of our bedrock avian conservation law: the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. In celebration, Oliver will also leave us with a few concrete ways we can individually make a difference for wild birds. 

Oliver started watching birds when he was five years old in his yard on Colusa Avenue. Since then, Oliver has competed in national birding tournaments, worked as a birding tour guide, and joined ornithological research teams from Peru to Alaska. He graduated from Berkeley High in 2009 and Wesleyan University in 2014 with a degree in Biology and Environmental Studies. Oliver is also the author of A Field Guide to the Birds of Wesleyan. To view samples of his latest work visit

Homeless in Berkeley | The Pathways Project

posted Jan 30, 2018, 9:57 AM by David Peattie

Thursday February 1st, 7:30-9 p.m. at the Northbrae Church. Councilmember Sophie Hahn will lead a presentation and Q&A about the City’s efforts to address homelessness in Berkeley. The goal of the new Pathways Project is to help the homeless access housing and rebuild their lives, and to relieve impacts on our streets, parks and other public spaces and on the Downtown and other commercial areas. The presentation will cover demographic information about the homeless, an overview of what has been done in the past (and why those efforts have fallen short) and will explain how the Pathways Project incorporates national best practices to help individuals move from the streets to housing and rebuilt lives.

Living with Wildlife

posted Oct 1, 2017, 11:12 AM by David Peattie

Thursday October 26, 2017 7:00 p.m.

Warden Nicole Kozicki of California Fish and Wildlife will come to talk about bordering wilderness areas and interacting with the fauna. 

Community Meeting

posted Aug 20, 2017, 1:25 PM by David Peattie

Topic: Oaks Theater to become a Climbing Wall Gym

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017
Northbrae Community Church

A community meeting to discuss Touchstone's plans for the Oaks Theater. Touchstone Climbing plans to purchase the Oaks Theater and turn it into a climbing facility. Come to hear details and have your questions answered.

2016 Election Meeting!

posted Sep 6, 2016, 2:08 PM by David Peattie

Thursday October 6, 2016, 7 – 9 p.m.
Thousand Oaks Baptist Church auditorium 
(Catalina at Colusa)

City Candidates Forum!

District 5 candidates (7pm)
Sophie Hahn
Stephen Murphy

District 6 candidates (8pm)
Fred Dodsworth
Isabelle Gaston
Susan Wengraf

May 21, 2015 meeting: a History of Thousand Oaks!

posted May 14, 2015, 6:58 PM by David Peattie   [ updated May 23, 2015, 9:34 AM ]

A History of Thousand Oaks Neighborhood! 

[plus our annual ice cream social!]

Thursday May 21 at 7:00 p.m. -- Local author Richard Schwartz will give us . . .

Richard has been described by critics as charming, amusing, factual, poignant, and always revealing. A popular speaker, he has written absorbing books on our city's history, including Eccentrics, Heroes and Cutthroats of Old Berkeley and Berkeley 1900, as well as works on regional history. Be sure to join us for some fascinating stories about our particular corner of Berkeley. For more information on Schwartz, see

We begin the evening with a free Ice Cream Social, and this year we will have a sugar-free alternative as well as the usual fare.

Where? Our usual spot: Thousand Oaks Baptist Church Auditorium, Catalina at Colusa (about half a block east from the main church entrance).

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