Concert for the Cats

The Concert for the Cats, 2018 features top jazz artists at Peter Strauss Ranch (3000 Mulholland Hwy) to benefit wildlife research and projects with the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. Taking place Sunday, August 19, at 6:30 p.m., the concert features musicians Kiki Ebsen and Julie Newsome (vocals), Josh Nelson (keyboard), Dick Weller (drums), Danny Janklow (saxophone) and Jeff Falkner (bass). National Park Service biologists Jeff Sikich, Joanne Moriarty and Justin Brown also provide wildlife updates. Tickets price of $100 includes desserts and wine. or call 818.292.5920.

Oak Park Unified Goes Green

Congratulations to the Oak Park Unified School District, recently named the winner of the 2018 Best of Green Schools School System Award. Presented by the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council and the Green Schools National Network, the award is given to only one school district in the United States each year.

“We are excited to recognize a group of honorees who represent the breadth and depth of sustainability education and leadership,” says Anisa Heming, director at the Center for Green Schools, in a statement. “The hard work being done by this year’s recipients is nothing short of inspiring and a reminder of what can be achieved when communities come together around our schools.”

Oak Park Unified is the first U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School District in California. According to the Green School National Network website, Oak Park “models creative environmental education strategies,” including building a classroom entirely from recycled sea containers and eliminating pesticides and rodenticides from the district’s pest management system.

Starlight Screening

Silents Under the Stars at Paramount Ranch on Sunday, August 19, features the 1926 film “Flesh and the Devil,” starring Greta Garbo, John Gilbert and Lars Hanson and directed by Clarence Brown. Gilbert and Hanson play childhood friends who long ago swore a bond of eternal friendship. The seductive Greta Garbo, entrancing them both, creates a dangerous triangle that tests their loyalty. Presented by the Silent Film Society of Hollywood Heritage, surprise short subjects will be shown before each feature. Films will feature live musical accompaniment by Michael Mortilla and will be presented on authentic 16-mm projectors. Guided walking tours of the ranch grounds begin at 6:30 p.m. Tickets $6 for the general public; $3 for children under 12.

805 Wine & Brew Festival

The Conejo Simi Moorpark Association of REALTORS and 501(c)(3) nonprofit CSMAR Public Benefit Foundation invite the public to sample local beer and wine at the 805 Wine & Brew Festival. The philanthropic event takes place Sunday, August 26, from 4 to 8 p.m., at Los Robles Greens in Thousand Oaks. Wine and beer tastings will be accompanied by food prepared by the Los Robles Greens chef. The event also includes arts and crafts vendors, a Silent Raffle and the rocking music of local cover band, IGNITION. CSMAR supports area charities, including The Samaritan Center, Moorpark Pantry Plus, Manna Food Bank, Big Brothers Big Sisters, For the Troops, Boys and Girls Clubs and Relay for Life. The organization also awarded 19 local high school students $1,000 scholarships.

“A Country Fair with Ocean Air”

The 143rd Annual Ventura County Fair comes to town August 1 through 12, at the Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 West Harbor Boulevard, in Ventura. The fair features arts, crafts, food, exhibits, displays, demonstrations, farm animals, petting zoo, carnival rides, games and entertainment. Special events and musical entertainment take place every day.

·         8/1: Motor Sports

·         8/2: UB40

·         8/3: Plain White T’s

·         8/4: LeAnn Rimes

·         8/5: Dia de la Familia Concert

·         8/6: Sublime with Rome

·         8/7: The 5th Dimension, Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons

·         8/8: Boyz II Men

·         8/9: Hunter Hayes

·         8/10: Creedence Clearwater Revisited

·         8/11-12: Professional Cowboy Rodeo


The Place to Be for Brides to Be

More than 90 exclusive wedding professionals are ready to assist with all aspects of wedding planning at the Bridal Premiere Show at the Hyatt Regency Westlake Village, Sunday, August 5, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enjoy a fun-day filled with ideas, expert advice and plenty of prizes for the lucky bride-to-be and her groom! The event features the latest bridal fashions and tasty treats from caterers and bakeries. Stroll the aisles, be snapped by photographers, dance to the music, and win fabulous prizes through fun casino play. The Grand Prize drawing features a $1,000 Shopping Spree, courtesy of Bridal Premiere and DJ Services for your Wedding, courtesy of Doubletime Entertainment.