Operation Blankets of Love Lends a Hand During Wildfires

Local nonprofit Operation Blankets of Love helped at an evacuation center where hundreds of pets were taken for safety during the November wildfires.

“We were there giving out the multiple necessities specifically for dogs and cats, such as bedding, bags of food, treats, blankets, crates, carriers, leashes, bowls, toys, pee pads and more. Whatever we have that goes back to headquarters will eventually find its way to shelters and rescues from Mexico all the way through California and beyond to other states,” says OBOL Cofounder Brad Smulson. OBOL.info

Thousand Oaks Strong

Eastwind Screenprint in Newbury Park put their skills to work, creating a special shirt to build community and support Borderline families. Their shirts, bags, hats and car decals sporting the “Rally Around Borderline” and “Thousand Oaks Strong” can be ordered online; 100% of the profits go to the families of Borderline victims. EastwindScreenprint.net

Pyrometric: Earth and Ash in the Anthropocene Pyrometric 

The exhibit at the Kwan Fong Gallery at Cal Lutheran University runs through Jan. 10 and investigates fire and wildfires through the lenses of art and ecology, highlighting human contributions to recurring natural processes that are at once destructive and transformative. The exhibit includes ceramics such as hand-thrown fire cones placed in a controlled burn with the aid of Ventura County Firefighters. Artists Amiko Matsuo and Brad Monsma work with locally sourced clay and chaparral and use contemporary and ancient techniques, including a Japanese coil-building method, nejitate. Other materials include the orange fire retardant dropped from helicopters, native seeds, pinecones and ash.

“In Japan, the transitional landscapes between villages, agriculture and mountain forests are called satoyama, where biodiversity and environmental stewardship depend upon human practices and traditions,” says Matsuo. “We see parallels in Southern California, where mixed-use agricultural landscapes suggest ways to connect traditional and new environmental practices.”

Free admission. CalLutheran.edu

Call for Brides-to-Be

Visit with over 100 wedding professionals, enjoy the latest fashions, and sample tasty treats from caterers and bakeries at the 36th annual Bridal Premiere show, January 13, at the Hyatt Regency Westlake. Dance to hip DJs, pose for photographers, be snapped at the photo booth and win great prizes through fun casino play. Grand Prize Drawings include five nights at the Nihi Sumba Resort in Indonesia for the ultimate Honeymoon Adventure, plus, return every five years to celebrate your anniversary, courtesy of the TravelStore; DJ Services from Doubletime Entertainment; and accommodations at Four Queens Hotel/Casino, Las Vegas Wedding and Photo Tour Package, courtesy of the LV Wedding Connection. Tickets $12 online/$15 at the door. BridalPremiere.com

Fit 4 The Cause Gala Serves Thousands

Join 300 of our community’s most philanthropic Superheroes at Fit 4 The Cause’s Third Miracle of Movement Gala, January 26, at the Hyatt Regency Westlake. Fit 4 The Cause provides licensed fitness professionals and nutrition educators for low-income communities, serving thousands of at-risk teens, fragile seniors and vulnerable children. Tracking progress through its diverse programs, the well-being of these groups continues to improve. The Gala kicks off at 5:30 p.m. with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction, followed by a sit-down dinner with award ceremonies, video tributes and a live auction. Fit4TheCause.org

Save the Date!

The Sisters of Notre Dame and La Reina High School and Middle School in Thousand Oaks will host the 5th annual Nun Run 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run on Saturday, February 2, at 8 a.m. There will also be a Community Service Fair this year. The event is open to runners and walkers of all ages and ability levels. The course starts on Dover Avenue in Thousand Oaks and finishes in front of La Reina High School and Middle School. Each participant will receive a free t-shirt (while supplies last), special offers from sponsors and a delicious pancake breakfast after the race. All proceeds from the Nun Run 5K will support the Sisters of Notre Dame Life and Ministry Fund, which allows the sisters to continue their various ministries in the Los Angeles and Ventura counties. The Sisters of Notre Dame are an international congregation of Catholic women religious who have served in California for over 90 years. Nun.Run

WDC Kitchen & Bath Offers Wildfire Relief Program

The recent fires throughout the Conejo Valley wrought extensive damage on hundreds of homes, tragically impacting these families and displacing yet thousands more. As members of this community, our WDC family felt this impact directly as dozens of our own were forced to evacuate and experienced the hardship in a very personal way.

We at WDC Kitchen & Bath realize that now, more than ever, we need to come together to rebuild the community that we all call home.

We have partnered with top appliance, plumbing and mattress manufacturers to develop a Wildfire Relief Program to help families affected by these events to rebuild and restore their homes.

This comprehensive program offers:

  • Exclusive Discounts
  • A FREE mattress with foundation of any size
  • Free personalized Pre-Planning Consultations to help you prepare for your rebuild
  • Monthly Private Events to help answer questions
  • Installation Discounts and Free Delivery

Here at WDC, it is our personal commitment to help the families affected by these wildfire events. So, if you or anyone you know can benefit from this program, please visit WDCAppliances.com/fire or call 888.487.2298.