November 2016 Around Town 3

Cookie Creations

The Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast’s 2nd Annual Fork It Over fundraiser at the Palm Garden Hotel featured culinary creations created with girl scout cookies. Local competitors included noted chefs from popular local restaurants, caterers and food trucks, who offered samples of their Girl Scout cookie-inspired appetizers and desserts. Conejo Valley Girl Scout moms Merley Greenidge and Alison Boring wowed the judges with their Savory Lemon Cookie Crusted Chicken with honey-kissed mustard and razzle berry BBQ sauce, landing them the Judges Choice Award. Find more local winners and recipes at GirlScoutsCCC.org.

Playing in the Band

Thousand Oaks High School students Kenton Luck, 17, and Peter Liu, 16, will represent Ventura County in the 2017 U.S. Army All-American Marching Band. Selected for their musicianship, mental and physical agility, and ability to work as part of a team and adapt to challenging situations, Kenton, a trombonist, and Peter, a synthesizer/keyboard player, will perform with the 125-member band comprised of high school musicians from around the country on Jan. 7 at halftime during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, featuring the nation’s best high school football players. U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Samuel Castaneda and Staff Sgt. Brandon Walls recently presented the pair with honorary jackets in a ceremony at TOHS. The event airs nationally on NBC and online at BandDirector.com. Visit USArmyAllAmericanBowl.com 
for more information.

Philanthropic Friends

The Thousand Oaks Woman’s Club invites local ladies interested in stimulating and rewarding friendships with charitably-minded women to join them in their 53rd year of service, kicking off with social time at 10:30 a.m., followed by a business meeting at 11 and lunch at noon at the Los Robles Greens Golf Course, 299 South Moorpark Road, in Thousand Oaks. The Nov. 16 event includes live entertainment by Hypnotist Marc Bachrach. Chef’s Choice lunch, coffee and tea will be served for $21. To RSVP or for more information, call 805.484.7741.

Empowering Youth to Succeed

We Lift L.A.’s 3rd Annual Former Foster Youth Benefit featured Berkley the Artist and raised much needed funds to support former foster youth in college. The community’s generous donations help cover food, housing, books and other educational-related costs for these young adults, offering hope and empowering them to succeed. Each year, some 4,000 California youths “age out” of the foster system and often struggle to find support and community. We Lift L.A.’s aim is to help former foster youth achieve independence through consistent transformational relationships and meaningful developmental services. Visit WeLiftLA.org to get involved.

Here Come the Holidays

Celebrate the true meaning of Christmas with hundreds of nativity scenes on display from all over the world, plus kids activities and a silent auction Dec. 2-4 at No Room at the Inn’s Nativity Display. The Grand Opening Gala is Dec. 2, from 6-9 p.m. Weekend exhibit hours are Saturday, 10-7, and Sunday, 10-5:30. Donations are $5 for adults and $1 for children. Hosted by St. Jude the Apostle Church, 32032 W. Lindero Canyon in Westlake Village. For more details, call 805.304.0806 or visit NRATI.com.

Eat, Drink & Be Merry

The Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce presents the 8th Annual Taste of Conejo, Nov. 11 at the Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village. The popular event features over 60 of Conejo Valley’s premier food and beverage establishments. With a wine glass and tasting tray in hand, guests will take pleasure in exploring the aisles of delicious fare and unique beverage selections paired with live entertainment throughout the evening, from 5-8 p.m. Call 805.370.0035 or visit TasteofConejo.com.