November 2015 Around Town 2


Save the Date!

Pacific Festival Ballet presents their 22nd Annual Nutcracker at the beautiful Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. This holiday favorite features New York City Ballet dance artists, Tiler Peck & Gonzalo Garcia. Complete with opulent sets and costumes, dazzling choreography and a mega cast, including international guest artists Kalinin Russian Dance Troupe, this season promises visions of sugar plums and a 100 percent chance of snowfall on the audience. Performances are Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 19 and 20, at 2 and 7 p.m. at the Fred Kavli Theatre.

Make the Holidays Beautiful with Luna Gardens

Learn how to design the perfect tablescape for your Thanksgiving dinner at Luna Gardens’ Flower Bar in Westlake Village. November 8 from 10-11:30 a.m., join skilled artisans who will teach you how to design a floral arrangement and enhance place settings with a few simple flower touches. Using burgundy, orange and green colors with accents of fall leaves, participants will create the perfect table centerpiece to enhance any Thanksgiving gathering. And on November 29, Luna Gardens helps you get ready for Hanukkah. Create a floral arrangement with blue and white flowers and silver accents for your home or to bring to a family gathering. Luna Gardens’ hour and a half formal design classes teach the fundamentals of floral design and allow participants to make and take home their own $100 arrangements.

Gift to Nonprofits with Celebrate Sweetly

Celebrate Sweetly, a full-service gifting design company that provides custom gifts for corporate and personal occasions, is giving back to local nonprofits this Thanksgiving season. From November 1-30, Celebrate Sweetly will donate $10 each to both Conejo Compassion Coalition and FoodShare from proceeds of the sale of its limited edition “Celebrate Fall” gift baskets. “Thanksgiving is one of the few moments when we as a community pause to give thanks for all that we have been blessed with,” says Celebrate Sweetly Owner and CEO Merley Greenidge, who has seen firsthand the impact the organizations have both locally and globally. “I hope to deliver generous checks to help support the compassionate work of both organizations and to in some small way contribute to the wonderful community service that both organizations offer.” Celebrate Sweetly specializes in creating custom gift baskets that “wow” the recipient with gourmet treats and distinctive flair. From baby and wedding showers to corporate gifts and every occasion in-between, Celebrate Sweetly’s award-winning style ensures the perfect gift they will always remember.

Explore Nature’s Paths

National Take a Hike Day on November 17th is the perfect day to get out and explore a trail near you. Thousands of miles of trails invite hikers of all ages and skill levels to explore nature and get some exercise too. Find a trail near you at

Designated Driver Program Drives Safety

This holiday season, be on the lookout for the Prize Posse, a group of 10 or more volunteers who take to the streets to reward Designated Drivers with prizes and swag, all the while delivering the message that it is cool to Be the DD. On event nights, the Prize Posse meets at designated venues to ask customers if they have a nondrinking designated driver for the night. DDs receive a yellow wristband which has a pull tab with raffle numbers. A raffle later in the evening includes a breathalyzer test to ensure the winners’ sobriety. Look for the Prize Posse on November 25 and 26 from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. at area locales.

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