Hoots and Song Circles


1st Tuesday
6:00 – 9:00 pm
Thousand Oaks Hoot 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 – 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. Hosted by Mike Greenspan and led by Lillian Silverstone at the Greenspan’s. Please bring your favorite potluck snacks. Lillian will provide cheese and crackers.  Beverages are provided as usual.  
Michael Greenspan (818) 780-5979, e-Mail: EastValleyHoot@songmakers.org


4th Friday
7:00 – 10:00 pm
Ventura Bell Arts Hoot – 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 Hoot – 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


4th Monday
7:00 – 10:00 pm
Camarillo Hoot – Camarillo Center for Spiritual Living, 340 Mobil Ave, Camarillo 93010.There is plenty of seating.  From the 101 S, exit 53B toward CA-34/Lewis Rd, right onto Ventura Blvd., right onto Arneill Rd, left onto E Daily Dr. right onto Mobil Ave. to 340 on right. From 101 N, exit 53B toward CA-34/Lewis Rd., left onto E Daily Dr., right onto Mobil Ave. to 340 on right. Potluck non-messy food or snacks welcome. Plenty of seating. No alcohol please.
Laraine Hall & TJ Zeiler (805) 910-7565 e-Mail: TJ via: CamarilloHoot@songmakers.org


5th Saturday
7:30 – 11:30 pm
Take the 5th Hoot – approximately every 3rd month. Home of Rich and Jo Lewis, Studio City. Please bring seating.


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 Circle – 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 Circle – 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 –  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 –  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.
3:00 – 8:30 pm
Costa Mesa Traditional Song Circle Jam – 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 Circle – 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 Circle – 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
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 Circle – 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
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
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