March 2017 Around Town 1

Animal Observations

The month of March is full of notable animal-related dates and occasions:

National Pet Sitters Week – March 1-7

World Wildlife Day – March 3

Iditarod Race – March 4 kickoff

Festival of Owls Week – March 5-11

National Aardvark Week – Second week of March

National Animal Poison Prevention Week – March 19-25

Striking It Big

More than 150 kids from Oxnard, Fillmore and Santa Paula, along with fundraising volunteers, are in for a day of bowling fun and science education, sponsored by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County. The Bowl For Kids’ Sake event transports program youth, aka “Littles” to Harley’s Camarillo Bowl for breakfast, a youth motivational speaker presentation and bowling, complete with prizes and giveaways.

After their bowling session, the Littles head to California State University, Channel Islands for a S.T.E.A.M. program featuring a science fair, panel presentation by undergraduate students about being prepared to attend college and a tour of the university campus.

“This will be a first for many of the children in our programs,” says event organizer Rene Solem. “From bowling to stepping foot onto a university campus, in many cases, these children will be the first in their family to graduate from high school and pursue a college degree! We are proud of them and are so excited to introduce Bowl For Kids’ Sake as a tool to support their educational enrichment.”

The March 11 event is one of many BBSVC-sponsored youth programs.

Mardi Gras Honors

Festivities for Community Conscience’s 25th Anniversary Mardi Gras event on March 4 include recognition of husband and wife Hugh and Keets Cassar for their many years of public service. Kicking off at 5 p.m. with a champagne reception and live music by the Riverboat Dixie Jazz Band, the Mardi Gras event features a silent auction, a Mystery Wine auction and a live auction sure to thrill. Dinner is followed by dancing to The Hodads’ music. Black tie or costume optional. For ticket information, call 805.494.3543 or visit

Celebrate National Pancake Day

IHOP restaurants nationwide offer guests a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes in celebration of National Pancake Day, Tuesday, March 7, from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. In return, IHOP asks guests to consider donating what they would have paid for the pancakes or more to the Children’s Miracle Network and other designated local charities. IHOP has raised nearly $24 million for charity through this event since 2006!

Pet-Tini Fundraiser in Oxnard

Keeping pets and loved ones together until the end is the mission of The Assisted Home Health & Hospice Foundation’s Hands to Cuddle, Paws to Love program. The organization’s Pet-Tini Fundraiser on March 8 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. treats guests to a comedy show, silent auction, appetizers and more, with all proceeds benefiting the foundation’s mission. The event takes place at Oxnard Levity Live, 591 Collection Blvd, in Oxnard. For more information and tickets, visit or call 805.379.3656.