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.
Great fun enjoying the sights, sounds and rhythm of Miami during Senior Concerns' Ultimate Dining 2016 Hot Miami Nights, while experiencing the best in food and wine as showcased by excellent local restaurants and wineries.
The 3rd annual Big Jamboree for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County at Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks featured award-winning country-rock singer/songwriter Ry Bradley (LA Music Awards’ Country Artist of the Year).
The Bay Club Thousand Oaks' 2nd Annual Workout for Paws event got everyone's tails wagging, especially those of the two dogs who were adopted! The event featured fitness classes, pet adoptions and local vendors, including The Barkley Pet Hotel, Protein for Pets, Assisted Home Health and the Pure Energy Café.
Pure Barre Westlake Village joins the largest, most established barre franchise in the nation, known for transforming women's bodies in record-breaking time. Pure Barre's total body workout utilizes the ballet barre to perform small, isometric movements that burn fat, sculpt muscles and create long, lean physiques.
Dancers of all ages and abilities turn to Arthur Murray Dance Studios to develop their skills while having a blast. Arthur Murray's expert dance instructors lead Michele Inouye’s WHISKEY, TANGO, FOXTROT event at Jeannine’s Food Hall Photography Ben Malkin
Family and friends gathered at University Village to spend time enjoying one of the best things in life: family. Special events, speakers and performances are regularly scheduled at University Village Thousand Oaks.
Deliteful Low-Carb Restaurant and Bar celebrated its opening at the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony. Deliteful specializes in healthy food "made with love." Photography Ben Malkin
Cabrillo Music Theatre's production of "The Little Mermaid" delighted audiences of all ages with its colorful cast and full professional orchestra. Through its Beyond the Footlights program, CMT treated Ventura County Boys & Girls Club members to an extraordinary musical theater experience. Photography Ben Malkin
The Ladin Subaru Love Run's 1,900 participants recently raised more than $80,000 for Senior Concerns' Meals On Wheels Program. All proceeds from the Love Run directly support the Meals On Wheels Program, which delivers two nutritious meals to home-bound seniors in need in our community.
A great 94 Point Pinot Noir and Chocolate Pairing from Sant Wines at the Camarillo Crush provided a memorable evening for all. Special chocolate truffles infused with Sant Wines were a taste sensation. Photography Ben Malkin
Back by popular demand, the Yale Whiffenpoofs brought down the house at University Village. Dressed in full evening dress and white gloves, 11 senior men from Yale performed songs ranging from Cole Porter (a member of the 1913 Whiffenpoofs) and traditional Irish tunes to Manhattan Transfer and Simon & Garfunkel. Photography Ben Malkin
Meadowlark Service League held its 18th Women’s Charity Luncheon and Tennis Tournament at Las Posas Country Club. With boutique shopping, drawings, auctions, guest speakers and more, the event raised funds for local charities. Photography Forrest Frields
The Westlake Village Junior Women's Club held a fabulous Wig & Stache themed fundraiser at the Four Seasons Hotel. Proceeds benefited local charities, including Many Mansions, the Conejo Free Clinic and the YMCA. Photography Brenda Russert
National Charity League Inc., Conejo Valley Chapter's 45th annual Modelette Fashion Show featured 10th and 12th grade girls (Ticktockers) in a public speaking and modeling presentation. The nonprofit NCL's educational and philanthropic experience teaches poise, self-confidence and social skills while benefiting Many Mansions affordable housing communities. Photography Hector Perez and Julie Wang
Belmont Village is a recognized leader in senior living. Guided by university experts, the community features a signature blend of hospitality and amenities combined with premier programs for health and wellness that appeal to couples as well as single adults. Call Angel or Shari at 805.496.9301.
Love On A Leash Therapy Dogs visit hospitals, convalescent homes, schools and more. Camarillo Library's “PAWS For Reading” program teaches children to love books and reading, attracting some eight dogs and 20 readers per session.
With the goal of completing families, Cabrillo Music Theatre invites local rescue organizations to offer adoptions at selected shows at the Civic Arts Plaza. Look for pet adoption opportunities during The Little Mermaid July 15-24.
The National Charity League, Inc., Conejo Valley Chapter honored 13 debutantes at its 34th Annual Debutante Ball. The 2015 class collectively volunteered 4,300+ community service hours in addition to raising money for local charities.
The Thousand Oaks Philharmonic's every-18 months gala honored violinist Joyce Osborn, an original board member of the organization, and her late husband Tom, who was the inaugural conductor and music director. Proceeds benefit educational programs and performances. Photography BY ron crain
The 2015 champagne fundraiser celebrated its seventh year by being oversold and raising $100,000. The much-anticipated event included silent and live auctions as well as boutique items to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County. Photography BY Jesse Watrous
At Pinot’s Palette paint and wine studio, a talented and entertaining artist teaches the painting step by step while participants sip on wine and beer. Perfect for girls' night out, date night, team building or any celebration!
Getting creative at Luna Garden's Flower Bar in Westlake Village is a fun way to spend a Sunday afternoon! Specialty holiday-themed classes guide participants in the creation of original beautiful centerpieces made from fresh flowers.
Ultimate Dining's 30th anniversary event showcased local restaurants and wineries while guests enjoyed music from the Blue Breeze Band “All Night Long” at the Hyatt Westlake Plaza. Senior Concerns’ annual fundraiser supports programs for seniors in need.
The 7th Annual Taste of Conejo featured live entertainment, exceptional food, wine and spirits from area premier food and beverage participants at the Four Seasons in Westlake Village, hosted by the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce.
Guests enjoyed North Ranch Country Club's Open House, with wine tasting and beautiful weather. Golf, tennis and social events provide members with endless entertainment in a family atmosphere where friendships that last a lifetime are forged.
Thousand Oaks Mayor Al Adam and Jeff Weaver joined Cabrillo Music Theatre and Conejo Valley Little League for a baseball game at You Gotta Have Heart: A Cabrillo Doubleheader fundraiser. The family-friendly event featured entertainment, food and fun.
Sunland Vintage Winery's 2nd Anniversary 3-Day Party with Awesome Award Winning Wines also featured scrumptious food samplings from local businesses and continuous entertainment that brought the house down! "There was lots of FUN and YUM!"
The Cabrillo Dance Marathon was a huge success, with 75 dancers dancing a collective 233 hours, and one dancer – Ginny Grady – who danced around the clock for 24 hours to support Cabrillo Music Theatre.
The Arthritis Foundation fundraiser at Aldabella Winery generated funds for AF’s California Coast Classic Bicycle Tour, an eight-day, 525-mile ride along scenic Highway 1 to raise $1.2 million to find a cure for arthritis. Photos by Capture by Light Photography, ElsjeProductions@aol.com