Many Mansions Builds a Firm Foundation for Community

In 1979, community members of Thousand Oaks came together in response to the housing crisis plaguing their neighbors, especially those who were becoming homeless or being forced to live in overcrowded, run-down, and crime-ridden housing. These individuals represented a wide segment of Thousand Oaks, including the faith community, social services agencies, businesses, local government and concerned citizens.

“Service Above Self” Defines Rotarians

Rotary Clubs throughout the world operate on the common foundation: Service Above Self. For local Rotarians, this service has made a tremendous positive impact as members dedicate their lives to making a difference in their communities throughout the Conejo Valley. The Rotary Club of Thousand Oaks, for example, continually supports the local food pantry, Manna, and is working on a…

AAUW: Empowering Women Since 1881

In celebration of Women’s History Month, five young ladies portrayed five women who have earned a reputation for leading their lives with conviction—including a marine biologist, politician, author, ballet dancer and shark expert. The portrayals were part of this year’s Women in History Project, presented by the Thousand Oaks chapter of the American Association of University Women. The presentations took…

Conejo Valley Guild Celebrates 40 Years of Service

Isa Brente-Shekter knows firsthand the devastation of losing loved ones to cancer. Her husband, father and two cousins died from the dreaded disease. Brente-Shekter found her calling when, 14 years ago, her friend Margarita Horwitz introduced her to the Conejo Valley Guild, the local chapter of UCLA’s Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation. She wholeheartedly adopted its mission to provide financial support…

The Little Angels Project:

When a little kitten named Pirate came down with an eye infection, a Los Angeles shelter placed it on the “red list” to be euthanized. Lucky for Pirate, animal rescue organization FixNation saved the suffering kitten just in time, calling on Darlene Geekie, RVT, and Dr. Gary Latos, DVM, at Veterinary Angels Medical Center in Agoura Hills to help treat…

Ventura County Arts Council

Award-winning art education programs, an official Poet Laureate and a gallery viewed by thousands of people a month—the arts are thriving in Ventura County, thanks to the Ventura County Arts Council! Marking its 20th anniversary this year, the VCAC is committed to enriching cultural life in Ventura County and increasing public awareness of its work.

Conejo Seniors Volunteer to Connect & Care

Becky Degn was frustrated—she wanted to give back to the community but had found several volunteer organizations to be “disorganized and chaotic.” Then she met Rick Tanaka, director of the Conejo Senior Volunteer Program, who “cut out all the frustration” for her.

Westminster Free Clinic:

Founded 21 years ago, the Westminster Free Clinic in Thousand Oaks is considered “a medical home” that provides health care to those who wouldn’t have help otherwise. “That’s our purpose: to give people a medical home that don’t have one,” says Lisa Safaeinili, the clinic’s executive director. “Sometimes this is the only time they access health care. So that’s why…

Court Appointed Special Advocates Speak up for Children

Children in the foster system depend on Court Appointed Special Advocates to serve as their voice and ensure their best interests. These volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Ventura County also provide reassurance, guidance, comfort, representation and advocacy in times of extreme uncertainty for foster children ages 0-21.

Local Ladies Pay it Forward

This year, thanks to the National Charity League, Inc., (NCL) Conejo Valley Chapter, you can get a jump on your holiday shopping while contributing to a good cause. The NCL Day of Giving holiday shopping event takes place Thursday, Oct. 13 at the Agoura Hills Recreation and Event Center, 29900 Ladyface Court in Agoura Hills, from 10 a.m. to 5…

Sherwood Cares for the Community

Pristine and picturesque, the Sherwood Country Club sits nestled at the base of the Santa Monica Mountains, serving as a premier golf and gathering site for several hundred members. Its world-class golf course has hosted nationally ranked players and professional tournaments, including the PGA TOUR, and its grounds have been the setting for movies, including “Tarzan,” “Birth of a Nation,”…

Involve, Ignite & Inspire:

Thanks in large part to the fundraising efforts of the Westlake Village Junior Women’s Club, money is no longer an obstacle for local women in need of a mammogram. The Junior’s recent $17,500 donation to the Conejo Free Clinic directly supports the Free Mammogram Fund, which allows women in the Conejo Valley to receive a free mammogram if they can’t…

For the Love of Horses

The community turned out in full force to support animals and share a day full of fun at the 6th Annual There’s No Place Like Hope Family Picnic & Hoedown, presented by Rosemary Allison, Estates Director for Coldwell Banker.

The BumbleBee Foundation

In 2016, an estimated 10,000 children under 15 years of age in the United States will be diagnosed with cancer and about 12% will most likely die from the disease. Sadly, about 60% of the survivors will probably suffer subsequent medical issues later in their lives, such as heart failure, infertility and secondary cancers.

Interface Children & Family Services

Comedienne and Empowerment Speaker and Writer Amy Ashton will deliver an inspiring message and present a new perspective and Commander Monica McGrath of the Ventura County Sheriff's Office and Camarillo Chief of Police will address the epidemic of domestic violence.

Operation Blankets of Love

In 2003, Eileen and Brad Smulson adopted a 4-month-old poodle terrier mix named Ginger from a rescue group. Ginger is doing great and still acts like a pup. Five years later during a cold windy day in January, Eileen went with a friend to a newly built multimillion dollar shelter and saw dogs shivering on the cement floor. Eileen couldn't…

Healthy Body, Healthy Eyes

More than 20 million Americans have trouble seeing, even with glasses, and that number is expected to more than double by the year 2050, says the National Eye Institute. Aging, poor diet, and lack of exercise are taking their toll on our eyesight, but there is hope in improving our vision of tomorrow. Dr. Stuart Stoll, noted ophthalmologist and chairman…

Conejo Compassion Coalition: Helping the Global Family

As a Civil Rights activist in the 1960s and 70s, Robert Bland learned early on that he had a desire to help others make a difference in their lives. Some 50 years later, now as head of Newbury Park’s Conejo Compassion Coalition, Bland has remained true to his early mission “to heal a broken world, one person, one community, and…

Anything Is Possible Because of Hope

To contribute to Because of Hope's mission, visit their website, BecauseofHope.org. Also see our Holiday Gift Guide for jewelry made by Ugandan women and educational support options for the children.

Montecito Bank & Trust Expands in Ventura County

Since its founding 40 years ago, Montecito Bank & Trust has made an unwavering commitment to giving back to the communities it serves by helping to maintain the strength and vitality of those communities in which they live. Since the bank's expansion into Ventura County in 2004, nonprofits in our community enthusiastically began feeling the generosity of that commitment. Under…

Cabrillo Music Theatre

The other day Robin Chesler and I were delighted to finalize our relationship as a VIP Sponsor with the Cabrillo Music Theatre. We are both lifelong fans of musicals...stage and movie...and we look forward to supporting the talented and dedicated performers during the 2015-2016 season. Damn Yankees, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, Children of Eden…