November 2017 Around Town

Join the Masquerade!

The 4th Annual Bridging the Gaps of Hope Gala event on Saturday, November 4, from 5 to 11 p.m. features an evening of magical entertainment to benefit the Center4Special Needs parent-founded nonprofit organization. The masquerade-themed gala takes place at Camarillo’s Commemorative Air Force Museum, at 455 Aviation Drive, in Camarillo. A cocktail reception, silent auction, dessert wars and more help to raise funds for programs that enable parents to provide their developmentally challenged children with opportunities to access necessary treatments and interventions in order to thrive and become all that they can be!

Turkey Day Dash

The Conejo Valley’s annual Turkey Day Dash is a popular community event for families and athletes who participate in a 5K run/walk at California Lutheran University to show their commitment to healthy living. Funds raised support the YMCA’s PLAY (Physical Learning Activities for Youth) program and provide scholarships for underserved families in the Conejo Valley.

Saluting Veterans

Live musical entertainment, a civil war encampment and military vehicle display are included in the annual Veterans Day Event at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on Friday, November 10, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The program honoring the men and women who serve in the United States Armed Forces begins at 11 a.m., and includes an honor guard, live music and remarks by keynote speaker Bryan Anderson.

Bryan enlisted in the Army in April 2001 and had a “ship out” date of September 11, 2001. He served two tours of duty in Iraq and was stationed in the Baghdad area. He attained the rank of Sergeant in the Military Police. In October 2005, Bryan was injured by an Improvised Explosive Device that resulted in the loss of both legs and his left hand. As a result of his injuries, he was awarded a Purple Heart. Bryan is one of the few triple amputees to have survived his injuries in Iraq. Following the program, Bryan will be signing copies of his book, No Turning Back: One Man’s Inspiring True Story of Courage, Determination and Hope. Outdoor events and the program are free, however reservations are recommended to attend the program. Veterans with valid ID receive free admission to the Museum on November 10 and 11. Active U.S. military members with valid ID are always free.

Memorial Bike Ride

The 9th Annual 80 Mile Mike Nosco Memorial Bike Ride takes place on Friday, November 3, starting at 8 a.m. at Dos Vientos Community Park, 4801 Borchard Road, Newbury Park. This heartfelt community bike ride is organized by Jack Nosco in honor of his brother, Mike Nosco, who was killed in a tragic car accident on the Conejo Grade on November 3, 2004. Jack started the annual bike ride in his brother’s honor in 2009, donating event proceeds to families and individuals in need in our local community.

Bubbly Benefit

Enjoy a little bubbly at the Bags, Bling & Bubbly Champagne Luncheon Fundraiser November 6, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Las Posas Country Club, 955 Fairway Drive, in Camarillo. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County’s much-anticipated, ninth annual event features an amazing array of new designer and vintage handbags, jewelry and accessories available for purchase or auction. This year’s event honors the Wise, Wonderful Woman of 2017, Laila Ali. Now making her mark as a highly regarded wellness and fitness expert and lifestyle brand CEO, Ali has used experience and her title as four-time undefeated boxing champion to advocate for children as well as women’s equality in professional sports. The event also invites the Big & Little Sisters of 2017 to share the story of their unique one-to-one mentoring relationship, a very special friendship and bond, with guests. Debuting as event chairperson for 2017, Marya McFadden says, “This year is shaping up to be a spectacular afternoon of glitz and charm, with a few new glamorous treats!”

Tickets: $90, advanced purchase required. All proceeds from the luncheon help provide the financial support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County needs to serve youth in our schools and community. Sponsors of the event include Arlene & Keith Beckwith at the Channel Islands Harbor, Steven M. Greenwood – PC, Diane Sabol, Jackie Biederman, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, Nerium Independent Brand Partner Deborah Sayer, My Grandma’s of New England Coffee Cake, McFadden Family Law & Mediation, Ventura County Star, The Fine Print Shop, Jersey Mike’s Subs and Elite Financial Home Mortgage.

Get a Taste of Conejo

The Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce’s annual event features exceptional food, wine, beer and spirit tastings from over 50 local restaurants, breweries and wineries. Enjoy live entertainment throughout the evening.

Women Who Lunch

The Thousand Oaks Woman’s Club’s lunch takes place November 15 at the Los Robles Greens Golf Course, Sunset Ballroom, 299 South Moorpark Road, in Thousand Oaks. Social time begins at 10:30 a.m., with the business meeting at 11 a.m., lunch at noon and live entertainment at 12:45 p.m. The TO Woman’s Club is open to all women of the Conejo Valley and surrounding areas who are looking for stimulating and rewarding friendships with women who have a common interest in assisting with local charitable endeavors. Chef’s Choice lunch, coffee and tea is $22. Just in time for the holidays, the event also showcases Tarra’z Angelz’s Custom Crystal Clothing line. For reservations and information, call 805.484.7741.

Save the Date!

Mark your calendar for Meadowlark Service League’s 30th Annual Home Tour & Boutiques on Sunday, December 10. Take a fun and festive tour of holiday decorated homes and enjoy holiday shopping at the Red Barn Boutique at the Camarillo Ranch from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.