Angels, Wine, Food & Brew

Come support the Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families at the 24th Annual Casa Pacifica Wine & Food Festival in Camarillo. Taking place Sunday, June 4, from 1 to 5 p.m., at CSU Channel Islands, 1 University Drive, in Camarillo, the event includes samplings from restaurants, wineries, breweries, caterers, bakeries, specialty shops, coffee and tea vendors, among others from Northern California to the Conejo Valley, as well as continuous entertainment throughout the day and a large silent auction. All proceeds benefit Casa Pacifica, the largest nonprofit provider of children’s mental health services in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, whose mission is to provide hope and help to abused, neglected or at-risk children. Last year, the Festival netted over $450,000. For tickets, visit

Sounds of Summer

The City of Westlake Village TGIF Series kicks off its 13th season of summer music concerts on Friday, June 2 with Jazz Night, featuring the Lindero Canyon Middle School and Agoura High School Jazz Bands. Concerts take place from 7 to 9 p.m. at Westlake Village Civic Center, 31200 Oak Crest Drive in Westlake Village. Arrive early to get some food (starting at 6 p.m.) and find a great seat.

The summer lineup is as follows:

  • June 30: Cabrillo Music Theatre “Stories turned into Musicals: A Song Adventure”
  • August 11: Bonnie Bowden

Saturday Concerts in the Park take place at Berniece Bennett Park, 31800 Village Center Road at 7 p.m.

  • June 17: Tribute to The Police
  • July 15: “Bella Donna” Tribute to Stevie Nicks and Fleetwood Mac
  • August 26: “Hollywood U2”

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It’s Ojai & the Summer Is Easy

The 31st Annual Ojai Wine Festival on June 11 takes place from noon to 4 p.m. at beautiful Lake Casitas. Enjoy a summer Sunday afternoon listening to live music and sipping on a variety of wines from more than 60 wineries. Beer lovers will find some 30 premium craft beers and microbrews. This Rotary Club of Ojai-West fundraiser features a VIP Lounge and a silent wine auction, food, live music and dancing, arts and crafts vendors and free boat rides. Get tickets at or call 800.648.4881 for details.

University Village Recognizes STARS

University Village retirement community and OakView health center recently announced their 2016 STARs of the Year, Joey Gaal and Kim Lagonoy. The annual STAR of the Year employee awards program is designed to recognize staff members who provide outstanding service to residents.
Gaal is the lead safety officer for University Village’s Safety Department. The Safety Department is a full-service emergency response and community services department staffed 24 hours a day with trained emergency responders. Gaal oversees the daily operations of the department, including payroll, scheduling, employee training and performance evaluation. Prior to joining University Village, Gaal served in the National Guard for six years and was awarded the Commander’s Coin for Morale and Operational Excellence from the U.S. Department of Defense.

Gaal was recognized due to his strong work ethic, according to Safety Director Anthony Arellanes. Guests enjoyed perfectly matched New Zealand wine and cuisine at Aroha Restaurant in Westlake Village.

“Joey is extremely well-liked by residents and employees and has established himself as a ‘go-to’ employee with tremendous follow-through,” Arellanes said. “He is reliable, trustworthy, highly motivated and places the welfare of the community before himself. This is a well-deserved honor and we are delighted that he was selected from more than 350 outstanding employees here at the community.”

Lagonoy is an RN charge nurse in OakView’s skilled nursing department responsible for managing the nursing care for all patients. With more than 12 years of experience, she delegates tasks to the nursing staff and provides direct supervision of the nursing aides. In addition, Lagonoy coordinates with the patients’ physicians who might need assistance and informs them of any changes in the patients’ progress, condition or medicinal needs.

Lagonoy is “a model of dedication and shows compassion to both residents and staff. Kim is also very highly regarded by her peers and is always willing to learn new skills and take on additional assignments,” says supervisor Melinda Gomez.

University Village is a continuing care retirement community for people 60 years of age and older offering a variety of housing options and a comprehensive package of services, amenities and activities. OakView offers assisted living, memory care and a skilled nursing center. Learn more at and