Hoots and Song Circles

Until further notice, Songmakers neither endorses nor recommends in-person events. All previously scheduled in-person events through September are officially canceled and any beyond are considered tentative.

In compliance with current federal, state and county mandates, all official Songmakers events will go dark until restrictions are lifted. This difficult decision is made easier only by our love and concern for all of our members and your families.

Music brought us together, and music will help sustain us during this difficult time.  The board and members at large are exploring ways for us to share music and companionship going forward.  For starters maybe pick up your instrument, or sing in the shower, or dust off your Songmakers directory and give someone a call. 

Contact the organizer before venturing out to a gathering to ensure it has resumed.


1st Tuesday
6:00 – 9:00 pm
Thousand Oaks Hoot Dark as of 3/14/20. At the IHOP located at 2315 Michael Dr, Newbury Park   Coordinated and led by Valerie Kotas. The music portion of the evening will be done open stage style starting at 6pm. Please do bring your appetite as continued support from our host will be dependent on our reciprocative support of the restaurant for our food and drinks.
SMPOC: Valerie Kotas 805-523-1760
1st Wednesday
7:30 – 11:00 pm
Simi Valley Hoot Dark as of 3/14/20. Call or check E-Chord/Bard Chord for location
Hosted by Don Newcomer or Marilyn Shevitz-Gregory, (805) 579-6416 e-Mail: SimiValleyHoot@songmakers.org
3rd Sunday
1:00 – 5:00 pm
East Valley Hoot – Van Nuys. Dark as of 3/11/2020
Michael Greenspan (818) 780-5979, e-Mail: EastValleyHoot@songmakers.org
4th Friday
7:00 – 10:00 pm
Ventura Bell Arts Hoot Dark as of 3/14/20. Bell Arts Factory’s Community Room, 432 N Ventura Ave., Ventura, CA. If 101N, exit California St., right then left on E Thompson Blvd., right on S Ventura Ave. to 432. If 101S, exit Ventura Ave. to 432
Mark & Anne Wittlin, e-Mail: BellArtsHoot@songmakers.org
4th Sunday
5:00 – 9:00 pm
West LA HootDark as of 3/14/20. This is held at the home of Marty Oaklander &
Mha Atma Khalsa, West Los Angeles. Please bring an item for the 7:00 potluck
Louise Dobbs, e-Mail: WestLaHoot@songmakers.org
5th Saturday
Take the 5th Hoot – Dark until further notice

Current Hoot Guidelines

* Hoots are held eight times a month in locations from Orange County to Ventura County.  Song Circles are similar but are not bound by Songmakers Hoot policy guidelines as they are considered private parties. See the Hoots page for the schedule of current hoots and Song Circles.

Song Circles

2nd & 4th Monday
7:00 – 10:00 pm
Foster Library Ukulele Song CircleDark as of 3/14/20. E.P. Foster Library, 651 E. Main St., Ventura.
Songs selected from the “Daily Ukulele” books. All skill levels welcome!
2nd & 4th Tuesday
3:30 – 6:30 pm
Port Hueneme Song CircleDark as of March 16, 2020. Hueneme Bay Clubhouse, 2600 Lido Blvd., Port Hueneme 93041. The clubhouse is located three blocks west of the Ventura Rd and Channel Islands Blvd. on the corner of Lido and Bay Blvd. Plenty of parking in front of the building.
Marty Capsuto, (818)321-2118
e-Mail: porthuenemesongcircle@songmakers.org
2nd Thursday
7:00 – 11:00 pm
Mission Oaks Song Circle –  Dark as of March 2020. Please contribute to the potluck break served at 9 pm including deserts, healthy snacks, wine, cheese and other beverages. Please bring seating – folding chairs with rubber feet preferred. Note: a friend is staying in the home and is recovering from a bone marrow transplant.  If you are not feeling well, please do not attend.
Hosted by Nancy Rigg. Info: MissionOaksSongCircle@songmakers.org
2nd Saturday
7:00 – 11:00 pm
Saturday at Simon’s –  Dark until further notice. Call for address. Chili, snacks and coffee. Cancelled on 10/12/19 due to illness.
Simon Lucas (818) 363-4115. E-Mail: simon.lucas@songmakers.org
3rd or 4th Sunday, the third Sunday of Feb or May, fourth Sunday of other months (call to verify). Dark in June and dark in Dec 2019.
3:00 – 8:30 pm
Costa Mesa Traditional Song Circle JamDark until further notice. Near Newport Blvd. and 18th St in Costa Mesa
Debby & Terry Koken (949) 574-0333. E-Mail: dkoken@hmausa.com
3rd Tuesday
6:00 – 10:00 pm
Steve and Sandy’s Potluck & Song CircleDark as of 3/14/20. 4032 Defender Drive – Agoura Hills, CA 91301. Take the 101 to Liberty Canyon, cross Agoura Rd, and turn right onto Country Glen. The 2nd right turn will be Defender, and we are on the 1st block. Potluck at 6:00 PM – bring a dish to share, Music from 7:00 to 10:00PM. Please bring seating (folding chairs with rubber feet preferred). Five armless chairs available. RSVP requested.
Steve Berman & Sandy Lessner (310) 699-5755. E-Mail: AgouraHillsSongCircle@songmakers.org
3rd Monday
4:30 – 7:30 pm
Woodland Hills Song CircleDark as of 3/14/20. Woodland Hills Library Song Circle in the upstairs activity room (elevator available). Hosted by the library and led / co-hosted by Linnea Richards and Alan Stillson,  22200 Ventura Blvd, Woodland Hills, 91364.  Library closes promptly at 8pm so please do not over stay our welcome.
Info: Linnea Richards 818 818 3004. E-Mail Alan and Linnea at: WoodlandHillsSongCircle@songmakers.org
3rd Wednesday
7:00 – 10:00 pm
Instrumental Music Song Circle
Dark as of 3/12/2020.  An open Song Circle for all instruments led by Pat Cronin. Armless seating provided and all skill levels are welcome! Instrumental Music Store, 1501 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks 91362.
Store will be open to Songmakers for equipment, books and accessory purchases with special Songmakers discount.
RSVP on www.meetup.com/Songmakers-Ventura-County
Pat Cronin (805) 236-7958. E-Mail: pat@sympaticomusic.com
3rd Thursday
5:00 – 8:00 pm
Camarillo Song CircleDark as of 3/14/20. American Legion Hall, 7 Veterans Way, Camarillo 93010 (down and across from the old Catholic Church on Ventura Blvd in Old Town). There are drinks available for purchase so please do support our hosts in this small way! www.meetup.com/Songmakers-Ventura-County
Flash Gordon (805) 341-6389 E-Mail: CamarilloSongCircle@songmakers.org
4th Tuesday
6:00 – 8:30 pm
Downey Folk Music Jam
Dark until further notice.
Round robin style. All genres and skill levels welcome. Supportive group. Rise Up Singing and The Daily Ukulele books available on loan. Prefer acoustic instruments only. Bring your friends. Barbara J. Riley Center, 7810 Quill Dr., Downey 90242. (1 block NNW of Imperial Hwy. & Paramount Blvd)
Info: Bea & Jim Romano http//celticana.net/bea/ and E-Mail: downeyfolkmusic@yahoo.com
5th Sunday
2:00 – 6:00 pm
Month of Sundays Song Circle Dark as of 3/14/20
Food, beverages and chairs will be provided (no alcohol per clubhouse rules). We may be closer than you think! The Song Circle is in the Acton, CA area – contact Dana or Sally for the exact address and directions..
Dana & Sally Charette (661) 269-0772 E-Mail: MonthOfSundaysSongcircle @songmakers.org