A community brought together by tragedy one year ago will gather at events this week to remember the victims of the Borderline Bar & Grill mass shooting.
The chaos, pain and grieving began late Nov. 7, 2018, when a gunman entered the Thousand Oaks bar and opened fire, killing 12 people. Many of the victims were in their 20s, college students taking a break from jobs and studies to enjoy a popular country music night.
Here's how Thousand Oaks and communities around Southern California are honoring those killed, and those who survived, with events this week.
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Unveiling of the Healing Garden
What: The City of Thousand Oaks, Conejo Recreation and Park District and the Ventura County Sheriff's Office will hold a dedication ceremony of the Healing Garden. The garden will provide a place where the community can reflect, grieve, remember and heal. They will host two private memorials Nov. 7, for Borderline families and survivors in the morning. Later in the day, the gates will be opened to the public. It's important to note that due to the private memorials the gates will remain closed and access to the park will be prohibited prior to 2:30 p.m. Shuttles will be available for those attending the memorial.
Where: Lakeside Pavilion at Conejo Creek North, 1379 E. Janss Rd., Thousand Oaks, CA 91362.
When: Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019. Gates open 2:30 p.m., ceremony begins at 3:15 p.m.
Thousand Oaks Remembers
What: The storytelling event "Thousand Oaks Remembers" will be held in honor of the one-year anniversary of the Borderline shooting as well as those affected by the Woolsey and Hill fires, which erupted hours after the mass shooting. The community will come together to share and listen to stories from those who were personally affected by the shooting and fires. Those attending can also expect music and live performances from local artists. Tickets to the event are $15 and proceeds from sales will be donated to Interface Children and Family Services.
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Where: Civic Arts Plaza, Scherr Forum, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, CA 91362
When: Friday, Nov. 8, 2019. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. the event will be from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Borderline Strong Concert Party in the Park
What: The Borderline Bar and the Conejo Recreation and Park District will host a "Borderline Strong Concert" for all Borderline friends, families and survivors. The day will be filled with line dancing, live music and an array of food trucks. There will also be a beer garden for those 21 and over. While the event is $5, children 12 and under can enter for free. The event will be limited to 3,000 people.
Where: Conejo Creek North Park, 1379 E Janss Rd, Thousand Oaks, CA 91362
When: Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.