Gearing Up to Make Strides in Support of a Cure

The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Greater Ventura County kick-off event inspired many who will walk to support and honor those touched by breast cancer and raise funds needed to end this disease. The walk takes place Saturday, Oct. 12, at Ventura Harbor. Registration starts at 7:30 a.m. and the walk begins at 9:30 a.m. Main.ACSEvents.org/ Photography … Continued

Charity Karaoke Stars Sing for a Cause

The New Kids in the Park, singing “YMCA” took first place, winning $1,000 for Play Conejo at Charity Karaoke last month. Ventura County Firefighters Brian McGrath and Nick Cleary took second place, singing “Brown-Eyed Girl,” winning $500 for Widows & Orphans Fund. Twenty-six locals competed, raising nearly $40,000 to support local charities. Photography Laura Conway & Tracie Karasik

Rolling for Pink Raises Awareness & Funds

Dedicated to the fight against breast cancer, both in raising awareness and in raising money to fund research, RFP aims to inspire hope, tell their stories, shed light on breast cancer and raise funds for research. Their 12th annual Bunko Tournament takes place next summer! RollingForPink.org Photography by Tall Poppy Photography 

5-Star Theatricals Wows Audiences

5-Star Theatricals' production of “West Side Story” thrilled and dazzled music lovers. The production was led by 5-Star Theatricals Artistic Director Patrick Cassidy and directed by Larry Rabin. The cast with Giselle Torres as Maria and Brandon Keith Rogers as Tony, plus a host of amazing dancers and singers was Tony Award-worthy. Next is “The Music Man,” Oct. 18-27. … Continued

Casa Pacifica’s Annual Yummie Top Chef Dinner Winner Digs In!

As the “final exam” of Casa Pacifica’s Vocational Education Program weekly cooking class, students prepared a gourmet four-course Italian meal for live auction winner Sean Leonard and 10 guests. “We were so impressed with the entire event—from the enthusiastic youth that greeted us with hors d’oeuvres to the fantastic environment and meal they prepared and … Continued

Conejo Compassion Coalition Celebrates Anniversary

Mr. and Mrs. Ernie Telford opened their home to friends of the Conejo Compassion Coalition for a fun evening of cocktails and hors d'oeuvres to celebrate the anniversary of CCC and share more about the mission and work of the organization. Guests enjoyed a beautiful evening catered by Celebrate Sweetly while raising significant funds for the … Continued

SBC Beauty Keeps Guests Looking Pretty

Shonan Beauty Clinic in Thousand Oaks recently hosted their annual Timeless Beauty Med Spa Open House event. Guests enjoyed a free B-12 Energy Boost shot and a Med Spa Treatment demonstration. Photography Ben Malkin

36th Annual California Strawberry Festival Delights with Sweet Treats

Guests flocked to Oxnard for a weekend of strawberry-related contests, dishes and drinks from over 50 food vendors—the make your own strawberry shortcake booth staffed by local students enrolled in culinary classes and the amazing array of strawberry treats, from chocolate-covered strawberries to quesadillas with strawberry salsa and even strawberry pizza were a huge hit!

Dance Masters Swing to the Beat

Dance Masters Ballroom celebrated the wonders and fun of ballroom dancing. Led by owners Ashlieya Mariano and Neff Fisher, a pair of experienced and talented dance professionals, a fun time was had by all.

“Tequila Nights & Wine Flights” Benefits Creative Steps

Creative Steps provides individualized day programs and vocational support for persons with moderate to severe disabilities as they leave the school system and enter community life. Their recent fundraiser helps support their Conejo Valley and Ventura County-based staffing and activities. AureliaFoundation.org/ | 818.940.8286

New West Symphony Premieres TITANIC Live Under the Stars

Thousands attended the stunning world-class U,S, West Coast première of TITANIC Live presented by New West Symphony, Ludwig Wicki, Eric Rigler Music and Maria Z at California Lutheran University. Composed by the late James Horner, the iconic score was performed by 130 musicians and singers, highlighting the high quality of the arts in the community. Photography Ben Malkin, Erin Rodewald

Caldera Medical Partners with Habitat for Humanity

Agoura Hills medical device company Caldera Medical renewed their community outreach effort and partnered once again with Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County. Caldera Medical employees were tasked to build kids’ playhouses intended for military and veteran families. The Caldera team collaborated on this artistic endeavor and ultimately created three playhouses: two pirate-themed and one “under the sea” design.

Adroit Celebrates Westlake Grand Opening

Adroit Development led by their President Michael Owens celebrated the grand opening of their North Ranch Estates Luxury hillside gated community in Westlake Village.

“Camelot” Premieres in the Conejo

Pacific Festival Ballet celebrated the world premier of "Camelot" in the Fred Kavli Theatre at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. Composer, Eric Allaman and PFB Artistic Director, Kim Maselli created the concept, libretto and music for this original ballet. A sold-out house greeted the performance with much acclaim.

Alzheimer’s Luncheon Honors Caregivers

Talk show host and Alzheimer’s Champion Leeza Gibbons received the Alzheimer’s Leadership Award at the Alzheimer’s Women’s Initiative, Ventura County’s Second Annual “Your Brain Matters” Luncheon at the Four Seasons Westlake Village in May. Led by Chair Amy Commans of the Alzheimer’s Association, California Central Coast Chapter, the event focused on brain health and honored … Continued

LA Kings’ Bob Miller Tees Up with Local Nonprofit

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County held their 2019 Golf Classic at the Saticoy Club. This year's host was Bob Miller of the LA Kings. The event raised over $200,000 to help support, mentor and improve the lives of young people throughout Ventura County.

Boat Bash Benefits Senior Concerns

Once again generosity and fun prevailed at Senior Concerns' annual Boat Bash fundraiser at the Westlake Yacht Club.  Photography Ben Malkin & Charles Oliver

Oaks Christian Gala Graced by Former President

Over 800 guests gathered at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library for The Oaks Christian School Dinner Auction Gala. A record of over $1.5 million was raised. The event was honored with the presence of special guests George W. Bush, 43rd President of the United States and his wife, First Lady Laura Bush (2001-2009). Photography by … Continued

Community Welcomes Yarrow Family YMCA

After 20 years of planning, designing, fundraising and construction, the 60,000-sq.-ft., state-of-the-art Yarrow Family YMCA opened its doors to the public April 27. It features a fitness center, eight-lane indoor lap pool, warm water pool, gymnasium, group exercise classes, meeting space, café and lounge—plus gorgeous views of the Conejo Valley. Photography Ben Malkin

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