“Matilda” On Stage at the Civic Arts Plaza

A super-charged message of empowerment courses through “Matilda The Musical”: “If it’s not right, you have to put it right.” Based on the novel by Roald Dahl, this Tony-winning musical is about an extraordinary girl who dares to change her destiny.

“It’s the perfect show for 5-Star Theatricals, because we’re committed to sharing theater’s life-changing power—both with audiences and students out there in the community and in our Performing Arts Academy,” says Artistic Director Patrick Cassidy. “In fact, one of the young actresses who’s playing Matilda comes from our academy. As Matilda might say, ‘Even if you’re little, you can do a lot.’”

Playing at the Civic Arts Plaza March 22-31, “Matilda” features inspiring and fun songs and lyrics written by Tim Minchin. This extraordinary tale of Matilda’s journey is sure to delight audiences of all ages. 5StarTheatricals.com

Family Sing with New West Symphony

Join the New West Symphony for a fun and interactive concert for kids and the whole family! In partnership with Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, New West Symphony performs The Orchestra Swings. 

“Swing” is many things. It’s a distinctive rhythmic feel; a musical era dominated by big band jazz; a style of dance that grew alongside the music; and that elusive but unmistakable feeling that results when musicians are deeply tuned into each other and playing in sync, or “in the pocket.” Though swing is characteristically associated with jazz, an orchestra can also swing. Download the student guide and practice at home before the concert! Then, get ready to show off what you learned and play along with the orchestra! Tickets: $24/adult; $14/child. NewWestSymphony.org

New Orleans-Style Crawfish Boil

For the third year running, the Jewel Levine Foundation’s annual Crawfish Boil features great food, music, drinks and fun. The menu includes boiled crawfish, Chicken and Sausage Gumbo, Chicken Fried Po’Boys, cold beer, wine and Hurricanes! Proceeds benefit the Jewel Levine Foundation, which provides hope, support and monetary assistance to families experiencing financial duress caused by life-threatening medical conditions or extreme circumstances. Since 2016, the foundation has raised over $175,000 for families in need. Tickets are $60/per person, limited to the first 250 people. TheJewelLevineFoundation.org

Fashion Forward

The Thousand Oaks Woman’s Club invites the public to its annual fundraising event, “Colors of Our Lives Charity Luncheon & Fashion Show,” on Friday, March 29, at the Los Robles Greens Banquet Hall, Thousand Oaks. This year’s event benefits Lutheran Social Services. Established in 1964, the Thousand Oaks Woman’s Club is open to all women in the Conejo Valley and surrounding areas who are looking for stimulating and rewarding friendships with women of various backgrounds who have a common interest in assisting with charitable endeavors.

Throughout the past 55 years, the TO Woman’s Club has contributed to various organizations, including Lutheran Social Services, Manna, Hugs from Home, Thousand Oaks Library, the Civic Arts Plaza, Gardens of the World, Stagecoach Inn, Pause 4 Kids, Our Community House of Hope, Cancer Support Community, Community Care Center, Westminster Free Clinic, Women’s Resource and Thousand Oaks Teens. ThousandOaksWomansClub.org

Orchid Magic in Santa Barbara

Thousands of blooms in every imaginable shape, color, pattern and texture will be showcased at the 74th annual Santa Barbara International Orchid Show. One of the country’s largest and oldest celebrations of orchids, this event takes place Friday, March 15-17, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Earl Warren Show Grounds in Santa Barbara.

With the theme, “Orchid Magic,” the Santa Barbara International Orchid Show reflects the rich agricultural and orchid-growing history of Santa Barbara County. Displays of orchid art, photography and floral arrangements, in addition to a comprehensive workshop and demonstration schedule, provide visitors with a rich and unique orchid experience. The Santa Barbara International Orchid Show is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization with the purpose of sharing the joy of the orchid world and educating the public about orchids; $14/general admission; $12/seniors, students with ID and advance group sales; free/12 and under. SBOrchidShow.com

Save the Date!

Senior Concerns’ 3rd Annual Boat Bash, presented by the Valdez Wealth Management Group, takes place next month on Saturday, April 6, from 5 to 10 p.m. at the Westlake Yacht Club. Enjoy an evening of cocktails, appetizers and a sunset cruise on the beautiful Westlake Lake, followed by food catered by Boccaccio’s and dancing; $125/person or $700/boat (6 people). Proceeds benefit Senior Concerns’ programs for seniors and family caregivers. RSVP: 805.497.0189.