Eat & Drink at Taste of Conejo

Join the crowd of local food and wine enthusiasts at the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce’s 7th Annual Taste of Conejo on October 1. Guests will enjoy sampling delicious food, wine and beer from more than 50 premiere food and beverage establishments at the Four Seasons Hotel in Westlake. Enjoy live entertainment and a silent auction, with over 100 local vendors, while sampling the scrumptious offerings from area eateries. Each paid admission comes with a souvenir wine glass and tasting tray. The festivities run from 5 to 8 p.m. Tickets start at $65.

Largest Speaker Series Celebrates 15th Season in Thousand Oaks

Already well established as a Southern California cultural institution, the Distinguished Speakers Series of Thousand Oaks has lined up some of the world’s most influential and captivating presenters for the upcoming 2015-2016 season at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. This season’s speakers include comedian John Cleese, former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and lifestyle guru Martha Stewart, to name a few. The Distinguished Speakers Series features “great speakers whose remarkable leadership, accomplishments and opinions make a real difference.”

The series begins October 20 with former Prime Minister of Israel Ehud Barak, who continues to play a role in Middle East peace efforts. Award-winning actor of Monty Python fame, John Cleese, sure to have audiences rolling in their seats with laughter, follows on November 10, and a lively conversation between former Secretary of the Treasury Henry Paulson and FORTUNE magazine’s Geoffrey Colvin about the influence of China and the environment on our nation’s economy will ring in 2016 on January 11. Award-winning portrait photographer Platon will present a living history of some of the most powerful and influential visionaries from around the globe in February and theoretical physicist Michio Kaku, with his finger on the pulse of the future, will take patrons on a grand tour of what the future might hold for us, our children, and our grandchildren on March 15. Former CIA Director and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and lifestyle guru and successful entrepreneur Martha Stewart present the last two talks of the series. Audience members have the opportunity to interact and exchange ideas with speakers during a moderated question and answer session at the conclusion of all events. Held at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza at 8 p.m., the series is open to the public in subscription packages only. Subscriptions can be purchased online at

Date Night Yoga

Yoga teacher extraordinaire Chandra Gero and her husband, meditation and stress relief teacher Jeff Gero, Ph.D., lead an evening of partner yoga poses, heart-opening meditations and positive affirmations designed to help couples reconnect and explore deeper intimacy. Open to any level yoga practice, even those who haven’t done yoga before, Date Night Yoga allows each partner to surrender and be more compassionate. Couples participating in the popular class experience a deepening of love and compassion. The two-hour class, from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, October 10, is a perfect prelude to even more enjoyment later in the evening. Held at the Calabasas Agoura Community Center, Date Night Yoga is $45 per couple.

Find Unique Handmade Treasures at the Ventura Harvest Festival

The Ventura Harvest Festival® Original Art & Craft Show at Seaside Park in Ventura has become a coveted fall tradition, complete with a pumpkin patch for kids, live entertainment at an outdoor stage, and three buildings bursting with hundreds of captivating handmade arts, crafts and specialty foods. This three-day event of food, shopping and entertainment offers something for everyone in the family, with surprises at every turn. From jewelry and handmade clothing to accessories, purses, ceramics, woodwork, photography, and more, there’s something to make everyone smile. If you can’t see it all in one day, come back for free throughout the weekend and enjoy it again for the first time. Main stage entertainment features “The Fargo Brothers,” whose vocal harmonies deliver a brand of Blues and Rock & Roll with a fire and intensity that will have you singing along. Strolling entertainers include the high- energy juggling and acrobatic duo of “Something Ridiculous,” along with “Fables of the West,” stilt walker “Friendly Frankie,” and toe tapping tunes from “Big Mama Sue & Fast Eddie.” Tickets (good for all three days) are $4 for youth 13-17; $9 for adults; $7 for seniors 62 and up.

Halloween Happenings

Who doesn’t love animals? For a great family- friendly night out, take the kids to the Boo at the Zoo, October 23-25 at the Santa Barbara Zoo. The perfect zoo for all ages, the Santa Barbara Zoo is beautifully landscaped and not too big that you’ll wear yourself out. Hike the Trick or Treat Trail, ride the Boo-Choo-Choo train, and play Goblin Games from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $14 for adults and  $10 for children 2 to 12; SB Zoo Members receive $1 off.