Legacy Gala Features Colin Powell

The 2018 Oaks Christian School Legacy Gala Dinner Auction promises to be an elegant evening of philanthropy and fellowship at The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley on Saturday, April 28, at 6 p.m. This year's gala features former Secretary of State General Colin L. Powell USA (Ret.), who will be sharing stories of leadership and character. Guests will enjoy a gourmet dinner and tours of Air Force One. Special student entertainment by the outstanding OCS performing arts students and moving alumni testimonials will also be featured. Silent and live auctions include vacation packages, sports and entertainment events, fine jewelry and more, with proceeds from the event supporting OCS programs and students. For tickets and sponsorship opportunities, including VIP tables and a special Meet-and-Greet with General Powell, visit OaksChristian.org.

Caldera Medical Builds Outreach

In line with its mission to improve the quality of life for women, Agoura Hills-based Caldera Medical launched the Women’s Health Initiative in 2015, to partner surgeons with international physicians to treat women who suffer from SUI and POP through worldwide humanitarian outreach.

The medical device company recently expanded their humanitarian efforts closer to home during their annual corporate outing when they partnered with Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County, a nonprofit organization that aims to help families build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter. 

“We wanted to take the humanitarian initiatives we are doing with the patients we serve and expand upon that with Habitat for Humanity,” CEO, Bryon Merade says. “Our culture consists of what we call the four C’s: Care, Collaborate, Challenge and Create. This volunteer experience gave every employee the opportunity to embrace these values and help those in need, right here in Ventura County.”

Save the Date

Bring the whole family to enjoy Pacific Festival Ballet’s production of “The Sleeping Beauty,” Saturday, May 19, with showtimes at 2 and 7 p.m. This classic fairytale comes to life as a ballet at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, Fred Kavli Theatre. The story features beautiful Princess Aurora, who is protected from evil Carabosse's spell by her guardian fairies. Instead of dying, the Lilac Fairy puts the Princess into a deep sleep. The awakening kiss of a handsome Prince is certain to cast a spell on Aurora's heart and your imagination. Tickets are $30. CivicArtsPlaza.com

Community Connections

At a time when the aftereffects of the Thomas Fire are likely to prolong the region’s economic recovery, a new program from Foster VC Kids offers multiple benefits to the community. Businesses With Heart was developed to offer discounts on extracurricular activities, restaurants, haircuts, automotive repairs, family photography, goods and other services for foster youth and their caregivers, and to build deeper connections within the community. 

With nearly 35 local businesses already participating, Businesses With Heart partners are benefitting from their alignment with Foster VC Kids; corporate partner Chipotle Mexican Grill has hosted three job fairs and hired more than 10 foster youth in restaurants, Rest for Less donated 16 new beds to foster families, some of whom were affected by the Thomas Fire, and other businesses have seen increased foot traffic, cross-promotions on social media and community recognition for their support of foster children, youth and families. FosterVCKids.org

Earth Day Festivities

Arbor/Earth Day 2018 features an array of sustainability-related classes and activities throughout the month, hosted by the City of Thousand Oaks and partners. Many events take place Saturday, April 28, at the Grant R. Brimhall Library in Thousand Oaks. Events include several speakers, including UCLA’s Dr. Glen MacDonald: Megadroughts and MegaFires, Senator Henry Stern: Environmental Issues and Where the State is Headed, and City Arborist Garrett Crawford: Tree Care: Ask An Arborist! Also featured are the following:

  • Virtual Library: Dayna Canada, Adult Services Supervisor at the Thousand Oaks Library shares exciting new opportunities available to residents.
  • Eco-Hero Show: This kid-friendly show features dances or call and response to music videos and different eco topics through storytelling to explain how students can make an impact at home and school.
  • Home Energy Workshop: Learn about the latest trends and technologies in clean energy, featuring displays, demos, a presentation and a discussion session about solar, battery, and energy efficiency solutions for your home.
  • Electric and Fuel Cell Batteries: Includes everything the homeowner needs to know!

Outdoor activities include:

  • Electric Vehicles: Electric and fuel cell vehicles will be displayed and subject matter experts will answer questions.
  • Reuse Art: A mixed media event with Create Studio for kids to create their own crafts from recycled materials.
  • Las Flores Garden & Master Gardener Plant Sale.
  • Sustainability Table: Learn about water conservation, disposal of household hazardous waste or settle the long-running argument with your spouse about what goes in the recycling bin.

Additional events take place throughout the month from 6:30 to 8 p.m., including Climate Change (April 12), Turf Wars: SoCal Water Conservation (April 18) and Community Based Energy Planning (April 24). TOaks.org

Mark Your Calendars!

Prepare your taste buds for the 42nd Annual Thousand Oaks Chili Cook-Off & Craft Brew Festival, Sunday, May 6, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Conejo Creek Park North at Janss Road and Hwy 23 in Thousand Oaks. This all-day, family friendly extravaganza features over 40 chili tasting booths, and general admission includes free unlimited chili tasting. This year’s event also features the Craft Brew Festival with over 20 participating breweries! Presented by the Rotary Club of Thousand Oaks, the event proceeds benefit local charities. Live music and a kids zone offer something for everyone. Get your tickets now at a discounted rate! Chili-Cook-Off.com