KIng & Queen Crowned at Mardi Gras Ball

Community Conscience's largest fundraiser at the Hyatt Regency featured Jerry Miller and Sherrill Hyink chosen as King and Queen. Event proceeds help Community Conscience provide rent-free space to 13 local nonprofits, enabling them to more effectively serve the community.                

Montecito Grants Nonprofits Awards

Montecito Bank & Trust celebrated their 27th Annual Anniversary Grants Program by honoring 10 local nonprofit agencies. They were all chosen by MB&T associates. Photography Ben Malkin & Clint Weisman

Los Robles Hosts Robotics Open House for Students

Los Robles Health System Hosted a Robotics Open House for Ventura County’s Safe Passage Program and Medical Explorer Post 911 Students. Their highly qualified robotic surgeons were on hand to discuss the robotic surgery process and answer questions.

The Hub Celebrates Grand Opening

The Hub Bike Shop in Westlake Village celebrated their Grand Opening. Owners Geoff and Deb Schipani have been part of our community for 12 years and they offer a commitment  of Community Minded giving back and Rider First focused service. Photography Ben Malkin

Community Unites at Music Strong Borderline Victims Benefit Concert

An evening of music at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza served to bring the community together after the horrific Borderline shooting and fires shook Ventura County. Performers included Jason Mraz, Colbie Caillat, Pablo Cruise, Rita Wilson, Annie Bosko, Drew Ryn, Brett Tuggle, Mick Mahan, James Harrah, Gregg Bissonette, Rick Springfield and Fox Wilde. Photography Ivan … Continued

For the Troops Salutes War Veterans

For the Troops held a Military Tribute Gala led by Gala Chair Rosemary Allison and President Paula Cornell at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library honoring WWII and Korean War Veterans. For the Troops is dedicated to providing "We Care" packages filled with personal care items to our troops. Photography Ben Malkin

Pure Barre Open House Inspires Guests

Everyone enjoyed the Open House at Pure Barre. People came in out of the rain, stayed dry and found out how great it is to get in shape at Pure Barre. Photography Ben Malkin

National Charity League Inc. Celebrates 37th Debutante Ball

Families and friends attended NCL's Conejo Valley Chapter Debutante Ball at the Four Seasons Hotel in Westlake Village to congratulate the young women for their six years of community service. NCL comprises mothers and daughters working together to serve local philanthropies, including Art Trek, Manna, Many Mansions, Hospice of the Conejo and Mary Health of … Continued

Patrick Cassidy Hosts 5-Star Inaugural Gala

5-Star Theatricals held an Inaugural Gala at the Palm Gardens Hotel. Hosted by Artistic Director Patrick Cassidy, the evening of enjoyment of Broadway and TV talent and the always great Harry Selvin Orchestra was a blast. Joley Fisher, Obba Babatunde, Cassandra Murphy, Eric Martsholf and Rex Smith had guests begging for more. Photography Ben Malkin

Conejo Valley Advanced Wellness Offers Health Options

Conejo Valley Advanced Wellness introduced their cutting-edge health and wellness treatments and solutions such as Veju Body Sculpting and cellulite reduction laser to the Conejo Valley. Photography Ben Malkin

Montecito Bank & Trust Gives Back to Community

Now in its 16th year, Montecito Bank & Trust’s unique Community Dividends awards program has granted a total of $16 million to local Santa Barbara and Ventura County nonprofits. This year’s event at the Four Season Biltmore’s Coral Casino ballroom gave a share of $1 million to 188 central coast nonprofits. Photography Ben Malkin

Mercedes-Benz Hosts Shop With a Cop

Mercedes-Benz Thousand Oaks hosted the Ventura County Sheriff's Foundation Shop With a Cop event to raise funds for under-resourced children. Photography Ben Malkin

La Reina Celebrates the Holidays

La Reina High School and Middle School staff and families kicked of the Christmas season with their annual tree lighting.  Photography Ben Malkin

Art Museum Opens at The Oaks Mall

The VIP Grand Opening for the California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks gave art patrons the opportunity to meet their featured artist, Kevin Sloan, next to his Collection of Rarities, and to celebrate their new location in The Oaks mall.    Photography Ben Malkin

Let the Music Play

The annual Scott Medlock-Robby Krieger All-Star Concert at Saddlerock Ranch benefited St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Legendary musicians Robby Krieger of The Doors, Alex Lifeson of Rush, Lukas Nelson and more entertained while guests enjoyed food and drink from local establishments, including Mastro’s Steakhouse, Westlake Village Inn, Duke's Malibu, Malibu Family Wines and Figueroa Mountain Brewery.  Photography David … Continued

Annual Sugar Plum Tea Promises Ballet Magic for All

Pacific Festival Ballet hosted their 20th Annual Sugar Plum Tea Party at Sherwood CC. It raised funds needed to ensure that thousands of children experience the magic of ballet. Photography Ben Malkin

10th Annual Bags, Bling & Bubbly Celebrates Mentors

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County's annual event filled more tables than ever at the newly renovated Las Posas Country Club, raising over $100,000 to help area youth in need of a supporting mentor. Highlights included hearing one match tell their story, auctions and keynote speaker Renaissance woman Cybill Shepherd. BBSVC.org Photography Kristi Harris of Photography by Kristi  

North Ranch Country Club Caters Unforgettable Events

North Ranch Country Club takes pride in catering life’s important events, such as guest Eliana’s recent “Friends”-themed Bat Mitzvah. The incredible evening featured amazing décor and a delicious menu designed by Chef Karl. Family and friends enjoyed celebrating the milestone event at NRCC’s elegant beautiful grounds. Marcia Perel Photography

Stand Up for Kids Gala Benefits Boys & Girls Clubs

The Boys & Girls Club’s 16th Annual Stand Up For Kids Dinner & Auction at the Four Seasons Hotel, Westlake Village provided guests with a magical, glamorous, fun-filled evening, including dinner, a silent auction and entertainment. Event proceeds fund local Club programs that serve the many kids who attend!   Photography Ben Malkin

Ghost Shield Appreciates Customers at Annual Event

Ghost Shield held their Annual Customer Appreciation Day party at their new facility in Newbury Park, featuring displays of awesome vehicles protected by Ghost Shield, music and great food. Photography Ben Malkin

New West Symphony Celebrates 24th Season

The New West Symphony opened its 24th season with a 120th birthday Rhapsody in Blue salute to George Gershwin featuring opera star turned chanteuse Sylvia McNair and a master of the music of Gershwin, pianist Kevin Cole. The New West Symphony, our local cultural treasure and their world class guest artists were magnificent.  Photography Eugene … Continued

“Shrek The Musical” Opens 5-Star Theatricals 2018-2019 Season

"Shrek: The Musical" stars Trent Mills, Alison Woods and Marc Baron Ginsburg, with music by Jeanine Tesori, book/lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire, musical direction by Dan Redfeld and choreography by Karl Warden. Directed by Kirsten Chandler, the Broadway-style production, led by 5-Star Theatricals Artistic Director Patrick Cassidy wowed the audience of kids and grown-up kids,  Photography Ed Krieger

Ventura County Gala Benefits American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society’s 8th annual Ventura County Gala at the Marriott Residence Inn at River Ridge offered guests a stunning evening full of magic, music and decadent food and drinks. Event proceeds help fund cancer research and free services offered to cancer patients and their families. VenturaGala.org

For the Troops Celebrates Outreach Milestone

For The Troops celebrated a new milestone in support of our deployed troops throughout the world. They recently sent the 200,000th We Care package to the men and women who serve to protect us.    

5-Star Theatricals Showcases “Beauty and the Beast”

5-Star Theatricals continued their Broadway-quality productions with performances of "Beauty and the Beast" at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. The cast was led by Tony Award nominee Susan Egan, Jason Chacon and Adan Holliick. This was the first production led by their new Artistic Director Patrick Cassidy and a sure sign of great things … Continued

WDC Kitchen and Bath Center Champions Boys & Girls Club

WDC Kitchen and Bath Center showed their support of the Boys and Girls Club of the Greater Conejo Valley at the 9th Annual Golf Classic at Moorpark Country Club, donating a premium Big Green Egg Package and an 18″ Monogram Stainless Steel Wine Cooler. The family business prides itself in supporting the community via local charities.  … Continued

AMG Celebrates Showroom Grand Opening

AMG Thousand Oaks celebrated the Grand Opening of their AMG Showroom at 3905 Auto Mall Drive. Almost three years to the day from concept to completion, AMG® Thousand Oaks stands today as a shrine to the pinnacle of automotive performance.  Photography by Janet Barnett Photography

The Sunset Gathering for Shelter Hope Pet Shop

Animal lovers gathered at The Sunset Restaurant in Malibu to honor Humans Helping the Underdogs and to raise money for the care and adoptions of the animals at the Shelter Hope Pet Shop in Thousand Oaks.   Photography by Robin Chesler

Rotary Club’s Chili Cook-Off Spices Up the Conejo

The Rotary Club of Thousand Oaks’ 42nd Chili Cook-Off featured a Craft Brew Festival, delicious food, great entertainment and fun for the whole family. Attendees enjoyed some of the best local chili and craft beer and proceeds benefited local charities, including the Westminster Free Clinic, Conejo Valley Reading is Fundamental, Dreamcatcher Park, K9s for Warriors and … Continued

Big Brothers Big Sisters Appreciate Community Support

Big Brothers Big Sisters Ventura County’s Big Appreciation Night celebrated volunteers and supporters of the organization. Bigs and Littles shared some of their heart-warming experiences of participating in the mentoring program, and several board members and long-term sponsors were recognized and thanked for their contributions. BBSVC.org   Photography by Nathan Sobel

Community Rallies to Roadside Festival for The Little Angels Project

Veterinary Angels’ Roadside West Summer Street Festival featured pet adoptions, photo opportunities with exotic animals, fun family activities, a bounce house, food trucks, silent auction and a free drawing for a week’s vacation at El Dorado Ranch Golf Resort in San Felipe, Baja California. Proceeds help The Little Angels Project provide needed veterinary services for … Continued

Caregivers Honored at Alzheimer’s Women’s Initiative High Tea

Some 300+ guests packed the ballroom at the Four Seasons Hotel, Westlake Village for the Alzheimer's Women's Initiative “Your Brain Matters” High Tea. Keynote speaker, actress, author and caregiver Kimberly Williams-Paisley received the 2018 Alzheimer's Leadership Award, Loren Shields received the 2018 Family Caregiver of the Year Award and Lily Duarte was named the 2018 Professional Caregiver … Continued

Conejo Compassion Coalition Continues Healing Journey

Led by Bob Bland the Conejo Compassion Coalition celebrated another year of "Healing the World One Child, One Family, One Village at a Time." For more than 12 years, they have been at work helping poor and oppressed people, comforting the victims of disaster and sharing God's love in real and tangible ways.    Photography by Ben Malkin

Oaks Christian Legacy Gala Dedicated to Students

Oaks Christian School celebrated their 2018 Legacy Gala in the Air Force One Pavilion at the Ronald Reagan Library & Museum. The evening was dedicated to OCS students and was headlined by special guest General Colin Powell, USA (Ret.).  Photography by Ben Malkin

Senior Concerns Boat Party Bash a Splashing Success

A fun time was had by all at the Senior Concerns Boat Party Bash Fundraiser at the Westlake Yacht Club. Guests enjoyed cocktails, appetizers and a sunset cruise around Westlake Lake, followed by dinner, dancing and a live auction. Proceeds benefit Senior Concerns programs and services. Photography by Ben Malkin

Go Red for Women Inspires & Educates

Actress Mariel Hemingway keynoted Ventura County’s Go Red for Women luncheon at the Four Seasons in Westlake Village. Hundreds of women attended the annual event, which included a wellness expo and educational sessions. The American Heart Association event aims to raise awareness about risk factors and prevention of heart disease—the No. 1 killer of women. 

Montecito Bank & Trust Grants Awards

Local nonprofit representatives joined Montecito Bank & Trust employees at the bank’s annual Anniversary Grants reception. Heading into its 43rd anniversary, the Bank awarded grants of $2,000 to each of the 10 local nonprofits, all hand-selected by employees after they campaigned, rallied and voted for the organizations that mean so much to them.

Unite 4 Israel

On Sunday, January 21st, one hundred teenagers came together to show their support and solidarity for Israel at the second annual Unite 4 Israel Day. Activities included educational lectures, an array of engaging workshops and a festive Israeli lunch.

Oaks Christian Gets Sporty at North Ranch Country Club

More than 200 enthusiastic participants enjoyed a beautiful sunny day at Oaks Christian Golf and Ladies Tennis Tournaments at North Ranch Country Club in Westlake Village. Special thanks to tennis tournament chairwomen Laura Leff, Cindy Campbell, Pamela Cole and Lisa Iezza, and golf tournament Honorary Chairs Wayne and Janet Gretzky.

Belmont Village to Open Doors in Calabasas

Belmont Village CEO and Founder Patricia Will and team recently met with community members to share information about programs and services available at the senior living community, slated to open soon in Calabasas. Belmont Village communities offer residents chef-prepared meals, housekeeping, transportation, social activities, and support from a well-trained staff.

Rotary Youth Rally for K9s for Warriors

Rotary Youth to Save Our Soldiers completed its 3rd annual event run by Interacters from CVUSD high schools at Cal Lutheran. It benefits K9s for Warriors, a nonprofit that trains service dogs for veterans who come home with PTSD. The day included talks about PTSD, live music and more.

OBOL Blankets Homeless Pets with Comfort

Operation Blankets of Love Founder, Eileen Smulson, and her certified therapy dog, Ginger, lead the charge to help homeless animals find forever homes through outreach and education. The award-winning nonprofit animal welfare and emergency relief organization brings blankets and supplies to shelters, rescue groups and pets of the homeless. OperationBlanketsofLove.org

Community Raises Glasses for Big Brothers Big Sisters

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County celebrated a Chardonnay/Zinfandel wine challenge at the Sherwood Lake Club. Pledges from Conejo Valley community attendees came to enough for at least seven "Littles" to be matched with their "Bigs."

Malibu AVA Highlights Local Vineyards

A Sunday afternoon of tasting wines from our wonderful local wineries from the Malibu Coast AVA. Why drive or fly hundreds of miles when we have great wine in our own backyard?

Getting into the Spirit

Folks from around the Conejo Valley and Santa Rosa Valley communities shared the joy of the Christmas season.

Local Angels Raise Funds for Animals

Animal lovers gathered in the hills of Malibu for the 1st annual benefit for Veterinary Angels' The Little Angels Project and their rescue partners. Proceeds go toward helping animals in need. 

Sugar Plum Tea Party & Luncheon Filled with 
Sugar & Spice (& Everything Nice!)

The 19th Annual fundraiser for Pacific Festival Ballet's 24th anniversary season of “The Nutcracker” featured an enchanting afternoon of auctions, a photo booth, children's activities and a lovely lunch at the beautiful Sherwood Country Club. Pacific Festival Ballet is the Resident Ballet Company at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza.

Breakfast of Champions Celebrates Formula One Win

Mercedes-Benz of Thousand Oaks and Sun Air Jets hosted the AMG SoCal Lounge, celebrating the 2017 Formula One championship win by the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport team. Enthusiasts converged at the Camarillo Airport to enjoy the Brazilian Grand Prix with a professional audiovisual installation from Wilshire Media Systems. 

Shop with a Cop Adds Holiday Cheer for Local Youth

Ventura County Sheriff’s Foundation's Shop with a Cop Fundraiser, hosted by Silver Star 
Mercedes-Benz of Thousand Oaks, added joy to the holidays. Proceeds fueled $100 shopping sprees for local under-resourced youth to shop with a deputy. 

9th Annual Bags, Bling & Bubbly a Sparkling Success

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County’s ninth annual Bags, Bling & Bubbly champagne luncheon at Las Posas Country Club in Camarillo welcomed the honor of recognizing this year’s Wise, Wonderful Woman of 2017, Laila Ali. Proceeds benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County.