October 2016 Around Town 2

BAGS, BLING & BUBBLY

Join Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County for their 8th Annual Champagne Luncheon, Monday, Oct. 24, starting at 11 a.m. at Las Posas Country Club, 955 Fairway Drive in Camarillo. Live and silent auctions featuring vintage and new designer bags, jewelry, show tickets, spa packages, and much more will help raise needed funds to support the organization’s efforts. For the past 45 years, BBSVC has facilitated the mentoring of 1,500 boys and girls annually to improve school performance, family relationships and confidence. Only 200 Opportunity Draw tickets will be sold for $100 each, and one lucky person will win a $5,000 cash prize. Winner need not be present to win. Call 805.484.2282 or register online: BBSVC.org.

TIME FOR THE TASTE

Save the date for the 8th Annual Taste of Conejo, presented by the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce, Friday, Nov. 11, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village. Join over 1,000 local food and wine enthusiasts for sample tastings from 50+ local premier food and beverage participants and live entertainment throughout the night. Presale tickets are on sale until Nov. 7 at TasteOfConejo.com.

GENERALLY SPEAKING

CIA Director and Commander of Allied Forces in Iraq and Afghanistan General David Petraeus (U.S. Army, retired) will share his experiences as one of the most effective military leaders in recent U.S. history. Presented by the Distinguished Speaker Series of Southern California, General Petraeus, a highly decorated four-star general whose distinguished military career spanned over 37 years and culminated in six straight commands (five of which were in combat), addresses the most significant global challenges facing us today, including ongoing international security issues, macroeconomic trends and the tasks of strategic leadership in the 21st century. The talk takes place at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza on Monday, Oct. 24 at 8 p.m. SpeakersLA.com

DANCE & THRIVE

The Thrive Dance Center in Newbury Park is excited to announce the start of its 2016-17 new dance season. Classes for all ages are in session. Come exercise and have fun while learning ballet, jazz, hip hop, tap, contemporary, lyrical and pointe dance, as well as musical theatre, tumbling and break dance. Call 805.375.9988 for more details or register online: ThriveDanceCenter.com.

A CAUSE FOR PAWS 

The Thousand Oaks Bay Club and Operation Blankets of Love team up for the “Run for Paws” 5K on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 8 to 10 a.m. The public is invited to run or walk for animals in need, knowing each step supports a great cause. Each year thousands of animals are left on the street, neglected, abused or abandoned at shelters. Operation Blankets of Love, a grassroots, community-driven nonprofit animal welfare and emergency relief organization founded in 2008, provides comfort and care items to shelters, rescues, pets of the homeless, sanctuaries and fosters to improve the well-being of stray, sick, abused and neglected homeless animals. OBOL’s care increases these animals’ chance of being adopted and loved. The suggested tax-deductible donation is $10 per person. Contact Anastasia Alexander at 805.778.0888 for more information. BayClubs.com