Walk for a Cause

More than just a few-mile trek, the Walk to Defeat ALS® presents an opportunity to bring hope to people living with ALS, to raise money for a cure, and to come together for something you care about. The Walk to Defeat ALS is The ALS Association’s biggest annual event, which raises funds that allow local chapters to sustain care services and support research for much of the next year. This year’s Walk takes place Oct. 6, at Plaza Park in Ventura. Walk check-in is at 9:30 a.m., with the opening ceremony at 10:15 a.m. and walk kick off at 11 a.m. No registration fees. Ventura-SBWalktoDefeatALS.org

Shhh…It’s a Speakeasy!

The 34th Annual Ultimate Dining Experience presented by Senior Concerns takes place on Saturday, Oct. 19, at 5 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Westlake, 880 S. Westlake Blvd., in Westlake Village. Philanthropists of the Year Keets and Hugh Cassar will be recognized during this fun night filled with flappers, booze, and maybe even a little mischief! Use the special code word sassy seniors to gain entry, where you’ll enjoy their signature Bathtub Gin Rickey, stroll Capone’s Hideaway and experience amazing silent and wine auctions, while sampling the bees knees in food and wine pairings in the Garden of the Hyatt Regency Westlake. Then, enjoy a ritzy fare, spirited live auction, and more! Men, grab your fedoras, suits and suspenders, and ladies, get dolled up with your best fringe, feathers and pearls! Having fun is required! Doing the Charleston is optional! SeniorConcerns.org

Bonsai Bash

The Conejo Valley Bonsai Society will hold its free 16th annual Bonsai Exhibition and Demonstration at the Gardens of the World, 2001 Thousand Oaks Blvd, in Thousand Oaks on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 5 and 6, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Exhibition will be at the Resource Center in the Gardens and will display society members’ work. The members’ experience ranges from beginners to 20+ years working with bonsai.

Bonsai demonstrations will take place in the Bandstand—watch a nursery tree be transformed into the beginnings of a bonsai. Members will provide details about society activities and bonsai information, techniques, ideas for tree planting, pot selection and anything else needed to create these living works of art. CVBS-Bonsai.org

Caring for Kids

The Social Justice Fund for Ventura county, a nonprofit whose mission is to create systemic change that leads to equitable access to opportunities and resources through education, convening and grant making, invites the public to a celebration and fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 5 at Studio Channel Islands in Camarillo to honor this year’s grantees. Each year, the Social Justice Fund members choose a topic and invite organizations throughout Ventura county to apply for grant money to support the services they provide. This year’s topic is vulnerable children throughout the county. Six very worthy organizations, Future Leaders of America, Friends of Fieldworkers, Padres Juntos from LULAC, New West Symphony, Just Communities, and Court Appointed Special Advocates of Ventura County, are receiving grant awards to support their work in helping vulnerable children in our communities. SocialJusticeFundVC.org