February 2017 Around Town

Take Heart

The American Heart Association Go Red for Women Luncheon on Friday, Feb. 24 highlights the fact that 80% of cardiac events are preventable with education and lifestyle changes. As heart disease and stroke cause one in three deaths among women each year—more than all cancers combined—it’s important to learn the facts. The Go Red for Women events features guest speakers and local physicians that will provide information to empower women to live their best healthy lives. The event takes place at the Four Seasons Westlake Village, Two Dole Drive in Westlake Village. Local event sponsors include Ventura County Credit Union, Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center, O’Gara Coach, Simi Valley Hospital and University Village Thousand Oaks. RSVP at GoRedforWomen.org.

February Film Festival

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts and education organization, is dedicated to making a positive impact utilizing the power of film. This year-round organization holds its main film festival every February. Now one of the leading film festivals in the United States, the SBIFF attracts some 90,000 attendees to its 11 days of 200+ films, tributes and symposiums. Bringing the best of independent and international cinema to Santa Barbara, SBIFF’s mission is to “engage, enrich and inspire our community through film.”

Its June 2016 acquisition of the historic Riviera Theatre enabled the creation of a 24/7 community center focused on the art of film. Free events for all ages and interests take place throughout the festival. View the schedule at SBIFF.org.

View from the Ivory Tower

California Lutheran University President Dr. Chris Kimball delivers a keynote at the State of the University address, Feb. 3, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at California Lutheran University. The public is invited to attend the talk, addressing the private liberal arts school’s priorities, plans and progress. Some 4,000 students representing 61 countries attend the university, which employs more than 800 people to serve its mission of education. CalLutheran.edu

Words of Wisdom

Ventura County’s very own Poet Laureate Phil Taggart, selected for a two-year term by the Ventura County Arts Council, leads poetry walks in various hiking locations throughout the area, as well as poetry readings and open mic nights. The author of three published collections of poetry, Taggart writes poetry that takes a hard look at the world around him. His recent work, Rick Sings, deals with his brother’s struggle with schizophrenia. He is a recipient of several awards, including the Champion of Mental Health award from the Turning Point Foundation for bringing awareness of homelessness and mental illness through poetry, photography and video; the Ventura Mayor’s Arts Award; and the Ventura County Arts Council Art Star Award. Visit PhilTaggart.com for event updates.

Save the Date

Westlake Junior Women’s Club Wig and Stache Party takes place March 10, from 7-11 p.m. at the Four Seasons Westlake Village, Two Dole Drive in Westlake Village. Enjoy an entertaining evening with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, raffles, dancing and fabulous silent auction items to support area nonprofits, including Many Mansions, Triunfo YMCA, Conejo Free Clinic and the Cancer Support Community. For more information, visit WestlakeJuniors.org.