Cat Fancy

Looking to add a new family member to your clan? Visit Valley Cats Westlake Village Adoption Center, located at 790 Hampshire Road Unit H in the Westlake Village Executive Center, and meet their 30+ foster cats who are eagerly awaiting their forever homes. Conejo Valley’s FIRST cage-free facility, Valley Cats Adoption Center was founded in 1999 by Debrah Regal. The nonprofit, all-volunteer cat rescue organization cares for many cats that are hurt, sick, scared or abandoned, treating any medical conditions until they are ready for adoption. The 2,000-square-foot Westlake Village facility includes spacious rooms and cat enclosures with cat toys, climbing trees and even exercise wheels where the cats get to show their personalities while potential adopters sit on the floor or on comfy benches and play with them. The volunteers are knowledgeable and know each of the cats well. Visit them Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m., and on weekdays by appointment. Call 818.992.3225 or visit ValleyCatsInc.org for more information.

Blankets of Love

Since its inception in 2003 by Eileen Smulson, Operation Blankets of Love has collected over 4 million items, from gently used blankets and towels to every type of pet item: food, treats, beds, toys shampoos, vitamins, flea meds, harnesses, collars, leashes, pet clothes, dog igloos, cat trees, crates and more. Like the Red Cross to the animal rescue world, OBOL fills the constant need of animal shelters and rescues for comfort and care items that are not covered by their general operating budgets. Providing blankets to the animals makes them more comfortable, increasing their happiness and helping them get adopted. OBOL also teaches Humane Learning Education Programs to schools and youth groups. Their Anti-Cruelty campaign creates greater community awareness about the plight of abused and neglected animals, while improving quality of life for some 12,000 homeless vulnerable cats and dogs each year. Her husband, Brad, takes care of day to day operations to make sure they have enough supplies to donate to the animals in need. Learn more about OBOL, including where to drop off donations, at OperationBlanketsofLove.org or call 818.402.6586.

 

Superstar Celebration

Join the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley for an exciting and inspirational fun-filled afternoon that recognizes excellence in Club members and volunteers during the 15th Annual Superstars of the Year Celebration, Sunday, March 18 at 2:30 p.m. Held at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Center’s Fred Kavli Theatre, the event includes the Youth of the Year recognition, a Performing Arts Showcase by Club members and special guest appearances. The event is free and open to the public. BGCConejo.org

Walk Away Hunger

The 2018 Conejo Valley CROP Hunger Walk takes place on Sunday, March 11, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Cal Lutheran University Sports Complex in Thousand Oaks. CROP Walks help raise awareness and funds for international relief and development, as well as for local hunger-related charities. More than 35 local clubs, schools and churches are represented by walkers. The 10K (6.2 mile) distance winds through the CLU campus and surrounding community. 
CropHungerWalk.org/ThousandOaksCA

Solo Showcase

Superstar violinist Pinchas Zukerman and cellist Amanda Forsyth solo with the New West Symphony on March 10 with a program that includes a Vivaldi concerto for violin and cello as well as solo works for both instruments by Couperin, Haydn and Beethoven. Maestro Zukerman also serves as conductor for the program that ends with Franz Shubert’s Haydnesque and Mozartian flavored Fifth Symphony. NewWestSymphony.org

A Matter of Words

The Oaks Christian School Dance program, “Words of ___,” explores the highs and lows created through speech and examines the profound effects our words have on our daily lives. Catch the show March 21 through 24, at 7 p.m. at Oaks Christian’s Bedrosian Pavilion. OaksChristian.org/Arts

Family Fun

The Moorpark College Theatre Arts Department presents William Shakespeare’s “A Comedy of Errors” March 8 through March 18. The high-energy Shakespearean comedy, where audiences will meet separated-at-birth-twins Antipholus of Syracuse and Antipholus of Egeus and their also separated-at-birth-servants, lives up to its name; with the addition of pratfalls, slapstick humor and puppets, the show will surely provide laughter and an escape for the entire family.

“We’ve established a fine tradition of bringing the classics to the Moorpark College stage,” says Suzanne Fagan, director and Theatre Arts Department faculty member. “Best of all, we’re bringing in the expertise of Moira MacDonald, a fellow Theatre Arts faculty member, who specialized in Puppetry in her graduate studies and incorporates the college’s new MakerSpace technologies into the production. For tickets, call 805.378.1485 or visit MoorparkCollege.edu/PAC.

Hop to Breakfast

The City of Agoura Hills hosts Breakfast with the Bunny, Saturday, March 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Reyes Adobe Historical Site, located at 30400 Rainbow Crest Drive, in Agoura Hills. Guests will enjoy spring time crafts, egg hunts, games and activities, a light breakfast, refreshments and photo opportunities with the bunny. Admission is $2. Call 818.597.7361 or visit AgouraHillsRec.org.

Bark in the Park

Locals are gearing up for the biggest dog festival in Ventura County, Bark in the Park. The May 5 event includes a dog costume contest (big and littlest dog), a dog racetrack, dog entertainers, celebrity dogs, a dog agility course, a dog cool off zone-water area, and a DIY dog area to create dog accessories. Applications are being accepted for dog-specific goods and services and (human) food and drink vendors. Call 805.375.1003 for details.