CASA Volunteers Stand Up for Children

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) serve as advocates for foster children in the Ventura County Dependency Court System who are victims of abuse and neglect. With a string of people, often including their own parents, in and out of their lives, these children are in desperate need of a stable adult. A CASA Volunteer becomes that adult—the one adult who stands up for them and commits to advocating for them until the child is placed in a safe, permanent home.

CASA currently needs more volunteers! To learn how you can make a difference in the life of a child in our community, consider attending the next CASA Informational Session on Wednesday, February 20 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. For more information or to reserve your seat, contact Rebecca at 805.389.3120 or Rebecca@casaofventuracounty.org. Address will be provided upon registration.

Westlake Village Pedego Earns Accolades

Pedego® Electric Bikes, the Number 1 electric bike brand in the United States, recently announced the winners of its “Top Dealers” awards for 2018 at its 10th Annual Pedego Dealer Meeting in Newport Beach. Congratulations to Linda Coburn and John Tajiri, owners of Pedego Electric Bikes in Westlake Village, for receiving the Excellence in Service award.

“We’re very honored that out of 140 stores we were chosen for this honor,” Linda says. Visit their Westlake Village location at 31332 Via Colinas #107. PedegoElectricBikes.com

Spotlight on Style Benefits Community

Casa Pacifica Angels’ 17th Annual Spotlight on Style fashion show and luncheon at the Four Seasons Hotel in Westlake Village produced by Carin Holmenas Productions featured collections from Robert Ellis. Hosted by Susan and Ken Bauer and emceed by retired Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean, the event included a champagne reception and shopping, a gourmet lunch and Youth Fashion Show. Centerpieces created by The Growing Company in Ventura were raffled at each table to raise over $5,500 for the Borderline shooting victims via the Ventura County Community Foundation. CasaPacifica.org

La Reina Students Win Logo Design Contest

The Ventura County Office of Education recently announced the winners of logo design contests for the 2019 Academic Decathlon, Mock Trial and Science Fair. La Reina High School students Sophia Peate and Alexandra Clark’s designs were selected from nearly 150 entries. Chosen by a committee of Ventura County Office of Education staff, the artwork will be prominently displayed on promotional and informational materials for these high-profile competitions and will be featured on commemorative pins for each event.

For the Troops Honors Veterans

For the Troops’ annual Military Tribute Gala honoring World War II and Korean War veterans takes place Saturday, February 23, from 5:30 to 10 p.m. at the Ronald Reagan Memorial Library. Featuring keynote speakers, entertainment and dinner, the event raises funds to support For the Troops’ programs, including sending care packages to soldiers in active service. Tickets are $125/person. ForTheTroops.org

“Tending the Wild” Focuses on the Environment

The Satwiwa Native American Indian Culture Center’s screening of KCET’s documentary, “Tending the Wild,” takes place Sunday, February 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The film focuses on the environmental knowledge of California’s indigenous peoples by exploring how they have actively shaped and tended the land, in the process developing a deep respect and understanding of both plant and animal life. This documentary exemplifies how humans are necessary to live in balance with nature and how traditional practices can inspire a new generation of people to tend their current changing environment. A group discussion follows, including foods to taste and information about new ways to use gathering gardens. The event takes place at Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa, 4121 Potrero Road, in Newbury Park. SamoFund.org