Family Friendly Fun & Games

The 63rd Annual Conejo Valley Days kicks off May 9 and runs through May 12, at Conejo Creek Park South, 1300 E Janss Road, in Thousand Oaks. The annual four-day event celebrates the area’s western roots and community spirit, featuring carnival rides, games, live music and kids’ arts and crafts. Entry: $10 for adults, $5 for kids 6 through 12 and free for kids 5 and under. The Read and Ride program offers free rides for participating kids in elementary and middle schools.  ConejoValleyDays.US 

A New YMCA in Town

Twenty years in the making, the Yarrow Family YMCA opened last month in Westlake Village, holding a grand opening ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate. Located at 31105 Thousand Oaks Blvd, the 60,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility features a fitness center, eight-lane indoor lap pool, warm water pool, gymnasium, group exercise classes, meeting space, café and lounge. A Kids’ Zone, for kids age six weeks to 12 years, offers childcare and age-specific STEAM-based sensory learning while parents use the facility.

Cyclists Ride for the Red

Olympic cycling Gold Medal Winner and holder of 13 United States National Cycling Championship titles, Steve Hegg, hosts the fourth annual Operation: Ride for the Red on Saturday, May 18. Presented by the American Red Cross Ventura County, the “Routes through the Riches of Ventura County” event is geared to raise funds and awareness for the Ventura County Red Cross SAF (Service to the Armed Forces). Riders can choose from 100-, 60- and 30-mile routes through Ventura County, all starting and finishing at the American Red Cross regional headquarters, 836 Calle Plano, in Camarillo. The ride includes rest stops, entertainment and lunch at the finish line, and 100% of the proceeds benefit active military, veterans and their families. One lucky rider will win a one-week vacation for two people at the El Dorado Resort in San Felipe, Baja California. Check-in begins at 6 a.m.

Lunch with Women United

The third annual Women United Luncheon on Friday, May 10, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks examines the Power of the Purse and features social psychologist and author Aida Hurtado. An integral part of United Way, Women United fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community. Their diverse global network of over 70,000 women are unified in their mission to tackle the most critical issues facing some 165 communities in six countries. All proceeds from the event benefit United Way programs. Presenting sponsors include Wells Fargo, California Lutheran University, Procter & Gamble, Union Bank and Sage Publishing. Tickets: $125.

Berry Delights

Did you know it takes 30 days for a strawberry to mature from flower to fruit? Learn all about strawberries at the 36th annual California Strawberry Festival, May 18 and 19 at Strawberry Meadows of College Park in Oxnard. Enjoy traditional favorites like shortcake, pies and funnel cakes or be daring with strawberry nachos, deep-fried strawberries, berry kabobs, strawberry tamales and strawberry chimichangas. Strawberry smoothies, beer, margaritas and daiquiris will also be served. The festival benefits many nonprofit groups, raising more than $4.5 million over the past three decades.

Focus on Brain Matters

The Second Annual “Your Brain Matters” Luncheon, presented by the Alzheimer’s Women’s Initiative, Ventura County, takes place Friday, May 10, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village. Led by Chair Amy Commans of the Alzheimer’s Association, California Central Coast Chapter, the event focuses on the importance of brain health and honors caregivers who care for individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias. This year’s recipient of the Alzheimer’s Leadership Award is Leeza Gibbons, talk show host and Alzheimer’s Champion, who will also be the keynote speaker. Dr. Rebecca Edelmayer, Director of Scientific Engagement for the Alzheimer’s Association, will be the Scientific Speaker. The luncheon also features raffle prizes, “Memories in the Making” art created by Alzheimer’s and dementia patients available for donation, Alzheimer’s education, and limited edition amethyst bracelets created by local artist Leslie Schneiderman available by donation.