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 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
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
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
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 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
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
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley's 15th Annual Stand Up for Kids gala dinner and auction raised vital funds to support its educational programs and outdoor activities for the 4,200+ children it serves in Conejo and Las Virgenes valleys.
The Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County's 30th Anniversary Gala at Las Posas Country Club featured a tribute to Lynne West, whose personal and professional legacy changed many lives in Ventura County. The event raised almost $150,000, including a generous $100,000 gift from the Moore Family Trust.
Senior Concerns' annual Ultimate Dining fundraiser at the Hyatt Westlake Plaza featured delicious food and wine, talented entertainers, decadent raffle items and a night of fun for all attendees. Event proceeds benefit Senior Concerns' programs, including Meals On Wheels and adult daycare.
Turning a vision into reality requires many hands. My Health Studio celebrated 10 years of successful community building, inspiring others to get healthy and live life to the fullest. Owners Esta and Scott McIntyre and staff thank everyone whose help and faith continue to drive its growth and success.
North Ranch Country Club had the incredible opportunity to host 10 kids from the SCGA Junior program and enjoy an afternoon of golf with our members. Each child was partnered up with a member and played nine holes on the Oaks course, which was followed by pizza and networking.
The Fender Music Foundation is a nonprofit organization that supports U.S. music education and therapy programs through grants of musical instruments and equipment. The "Give Music Life" Concert Fundraiser was held at Five Threads Brewing Company with food offered by Farm & Flame. A fun time was had by all.
Some 2,000 participants turned out for the 24th annual Ladin Subaru Love Run in Westlake Village to walk or run a 5K, 10K or one-mile course. The Love Run featured people of all ages coming together in support of the Senior Concerns Meals on Wheels program.
Burger Fi at the Malibu Country Mart serves up gourmet all natural Angus burgers, great sides and a Pali Wine tasting. The setting with an outdoor patio view of the mountains could not have been more perfect.
People came from throughout the community to learn more about how to live and eat healthy at the Thinessence Health Empowerment Fair. Dr. Derek St. Thomas also demonstrated causes of pain and offered free evaluations on ways to quell pain.
Local Rotary Clubs host numerous events to benefit local and international causes. The Thousand Oaks Rotary Club recently served up chili at the annual Chili Cook Off. Westlake Village Rotary Club's annual Street Fair was also a big success.
Guests enjoyed a comedy show, silent auction, appetizers and more at the Assisted Home Health & Hospice Foundation's fundraiser to benefit the Hands to Cuddle, Paws to Love program. The program's mission is keeping pets and their owners together.
Guests enjoyed perfectly matched New Zealand wine and cuisine at Aroha Restaurant in Westlake Village. Chef Gwithyen Thomas served up Old Coach Road Chardonnay, Maimai Syrah, Forest Pinot Noir and Sweet Agnes Reisling paired with flown-in fresh house specialties like Cerena New Zealand Venison Rack with honey, blackberries and parsnips.
The ultimate in good cheer and networking with Synergy, a Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce Networking group. The well-attended event provides opportunities to meet other business leaders in a casual, relaxed setting.
The revolutionary wellness center Thinessence incorporates hypnotherapy, nutritional guidance, one-on-one coaching and state-of-the-art equipment to encourage, educate, and empower clients with the resources to achieve a peak level of mental, physical and emotional wellness.
Local award-winning screenwriter/producer, author, food and lifestyle journalist, and TV host (“Simply Delicious Living,” PBS-TV) Maryann Ridini Spencer announces the hardcover release of Lady in the Window, her new novel about hope, healing and the mother-daughter bond.
Sweethearts celebrated Valentine's Day at Sunland Vintage Winery's big and beautiful recently remodeled and expanded tasting room. Great wine, delicious food and upbeat music made for a fun time for all.
The Conejo Valley Chapter of National Charity League, Inc. recognized 18 debutantes for their philanthropic endeavors and community service. The girls collectively contributed 8,000+ service hours to 23 local philanthropies. The nonprofit organization of mothers and daughters in Grades 7-12 fosters community responsibility through philanthropy, leadership activities and cultural events.
Montecito Bank & Trust hosted its 14th annual Community Dividends Awards at Four Seasons The Biltmore in Santa Barbara to honor 203 local Santa Barbara and Ventura County nonprofits. Awards totaling $1 million were presented by Chairman Michael Towbes and President and CEO Janet A. Garufis.
Good times and Christmas cheer at The Sofa Guy, My Health Studio, Veterinary Angels, Pure Barre, Rosemary Allison's and Sunland Vintage Winery. The perfect time of year to share and have fun with friends.
Over 120 guests celebrated at Sunland Vintage Winery, enjoying fine wines and appetizers from Deliteful, Moqueca Brazilian Restaurant, Celebrate Sweetly and Buca di Beppo. Sponsors Silver Star Mercedes-Benz, Montecito Bank & Trust and Rosemary Allison helped raise $1,500+ for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County and Conejo Compassion Coalition.
On a sunny Saturday afternoon, the Malibu Coast Vintners and Grape Growers Alliance held their annual event at the beautiful Saddlerock Ranch in Malibu. Attendees met many of the winery owners and sampled Malibu AVA wines from 25 wineries. Enjoy our community's "backyard wine country" in the Santa Monica Mountains.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County’s 8th Annual Bags, Bling & Bubbly Champagne Luncheon featured the nonprofit's Wise, Wonderful Woman of 2016, Cristina Ferrare, and raised funds to help area youth in need of support and mentoring. Learn how to get involved at BBSVC.org.