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Local food, wine and beer will be served at FOOD Share’s Inaugural Blue Jean Ball Sept. 15 from 5 to 9 p.m. at Walnut Grove, the beautiful outdoor venue at Tierra Rejada Farms. In addition to delicious food and drinks, this one-of-a-kind event features a silent auction, photo booth, entertainment and a Jail & Bail with star-
studded deputies, all to help win the fight against hunger in Ventura County. Reserve your spot at


The recent revamp of the North Ranch Country Club’s Oak Leaf Lounge is sure to impress with its newly expanded bar and added views of Westlake’s picturesque hills. Designed under the direction of Suzanne Wickman of Bleu Home Décor, renovations include new flooring, paint, furniture, televisions and lighting. The Oak Leaf Lounge is a member favorite for relaxing, enjoying a drink with friends, or having a nice meal.


New West Symphony kicks off its 22nd season, highlighted by acclaimed guest conductors, award-winning soloists and enticing works by the world’s greatest composers. Comprising six different programs and a total of 15 concerts, the Masterpiece Series is presented at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center, the Bank of America Performing Arts Center at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, Barnum Hall and The Broad Stage in Santa Monica.

“This will truly be an extraordinary season, as we have attracted six exceptional guest conductors who boast thriving conducting careers and a passion for inspiring and delighting audiences,” said New West Symphony Executive Director Natalia Staneva. Guest conductors for the 2016/2017 season include Tania Miller, music director of the Victoria Symphony in Canada; Philip Mann, music director of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra; Donato Cabrera, music director of the Las Vegas Philharmonic and the California Symphony; Joshua Gersen, assistant conductor at the New York Philharmonic and music director of the New York Youth Symphony; Australian conductor Kynan Johns, who has served as the resident conductor of the Palau de les Arts “Reina Sofia” in Valencia, Spain under both Zubin Mehta and Lorin Maazel; and Fawzi Haimor, who recently completed his tenure as resident conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony.

A recent $4,500 grant from the Meadowlark Service League, a nonprofit organization of women dedicated to raising funds for various charities in Ventura County, will help support New West’s music education programs, including its popular Symphonic Adventures and Music Van, serving elementary schools and youth in the area.

“Partnerships like this are essential to the Symphony’s ability to impact over 17,000 students, educators and families each year with our diverse music education and outreach programs,” said Karen Gatchel, education programs manager for the New West Symphony. Visit for tickets, showtimes and more information.


Senior Concerns’ 31st Annual Ultimate Dining Experience Gala, “Hot Miami Nights” on Saturday, Sept. 24 at the Hyatt Westlake Plaza showcases some of the region’s best wineries and culinary creations of fine dining restaurants and caterers from the Conejo Valley. Guests enjoy chef’s samplings and wine tasting in the Hyatt garden, along with a silent auction before moving into the ballroom for a three-course gourmet dinner with wine pairing, a live auction, music and dancing. Proceeds benefit Senior Concerns’ programs, including Meals on Wheels. Get your tickets now; this event is sure to sell out!


Honor the memory of those lost 15 years ago on Sept. 11. The Conejo Valley Peace Heroes Walk takes place Sept. 11 at California Lutheran University. Funds raised will benefit peace education programs. Initiated and organized by reGeneration, a local nonprofit interfaith organization supporting early childhood peace education, in collaboration with the Conejo Valley Interfaith Association, California Lutheran Campus Ministry and the 21st Century Peace Literacy Foundation, the event is part of the International Peace Heroes Walk initiative to promote peace literacy education through the stories of peace heroes and exploring the ideals that guide these role models for our community. Join at


Meet some of Santa Barbara’s most talented artists in their private studios and learn more about their creative process at the Santa Barbara Studio Artists Open Studios Tours, Sept. 3 and 4, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Corridan Gallery, 125 North Milpas Street, in Santa Barbara. Tour proceeds benefit the William Sansum Diabetes Center. Tickets available at