February is Black History Month. To celebrate the occasion, historian John Phillip Langellier will lecture and sign “Men A-Marching: The African American Soldier in the West: 1866-1869" at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Barnes & Noble, 160 S. Westlake Blvd., Thousand Oaks.
Langellier is co-producer of two episodes of “The Buffalo Soldiers” for A&E; television’s “Time Machine” series. He also is author-editor of numerous articles and over a dozen books, and served with the U.S. Army as a museum director and historic preservation officer.
After almost a decade with the Autry Museum of Western Heritage in Los Angeles, he is now director of the U.S. Navy Civil Engineer Corps and Seabee museums in Port Hueneme.
Langellier has a PhD in military history and is an honorary member of the African American Veterans’ 9th and 10th Horse Cavalry Assn.
Two authors will be at Mysteries to Die For, 2940 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, this weekend. Laurie R. King will sign her archeology adventure, “A Letter of Mary,” at noon today. Terrill Lankford, author of “Shooters,” a thriller set in Los Angeles, will sign at noon Sunday.
Oxnard teenager James Fujita, whose research on insects has put him in the Kids Hall of Fame and landed him a guest spot on Jay Leno’s “Tonight Show,” will present “Going Buggy” at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Oxnard library’s Family Fun Night, 251 South A St. Call 385-7534.
Learn to use the vast resources of the Internet to research images with Paula Berinstein who will sign her book “Finding Images Online” at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Borders Books, 125 W. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks.
Shirley Harrington will demonstrate “How to Identify Old Photos” for the Conejo Valley Genealogical Society at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Conejo Valley Center, 1025 Old Farm Road, Thousand Oaks. Call 497-8293.
Publicist Milton Kahn of Santa Barbara, whose clients include authors and film stars, will talk about publicity for writers at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Ventura County Writers’ Club meeting, Orchid Professional Building, 816 Camarillo Springs Road, Camarillo.
Nonmember fee is $5. Call 482-5648.
In Santa Barbara
Busy women who tend to nurture others and neglect themselves will find the illustrated “The Inner View: A Woman’s Daily Journal” a great Valentine’s Day gift.
Authors Cherie Carter-Scott and Diana Schwarzbein will lecture at 7 tonight at the Earthling Bookshop, 1137 State St.
Authors Richard Barre, Michael Collins, Barnaby Conrad, Fannie Flagg, Steve Gilbar, Gayle Lynds, William Relling, Leonard Tourney and Richard Senate will join more than 50 dealers of antiquarian and used books at the Santa Barbara Book Fair from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Miramar Hotel, 1555 S. Jameson Lane, Montecito. Call 684-2892 or 969-0203 for details.
Frances Halpern and Jon O’Brien are co-hosts of “Beyond Words” at 10 a.m. Sundays on KCLU 88.3 FM, Ventura County’s National Public Radio station.