August 2017 Around Town

“Night of Stars”

Support Ventura County Medical Resource Foundation at the 24th Annual Fainer/Tauber, MD Awards “Night of Stars” on Thursday, Aug. 17, from 5 to 9:30 p.m. at Petersen Ranch in Somis. The event includes a champagne reception, entertainment, art, dessert, silent and live auctions and an awards ceremony.

The awards recognize outstanding community contributions by those directly involved in the delivery of health care in Ventura County who, through professional, charitable and public service activities, demonstrate the ideals of generosity, excellence and integrity as exemplified by the late David Fainer, MD, and Leo Tauber, MD, who served as role models and mentors to many in the medical community. Exemplary and empathetic professionals, Drs. Fainer and Tauber were known for their motto, “The secret of care of the patient is caring for the patient.”

Funds raised at the event will support critically needed health care, including free dental, vision and mental health care to underserved children, survivorship wellness retreats to low-income women undergoing cancer treatment at local hospitals, medical student scholarship programs, a reflective parenting intervention program and patient advocacy and companionship services.

Lend a Hand

“Education can change the world,” and Caring Hand for Children has made a difference in thousands of students’ lives. The volunteer-run nonprofit aims to help underprivileged children become self-sufficient. Their 11th Annual Fundraising Gala on Saturday, Aug. 26 at 6:30 p.m. supports this mission and the public is invited to enjoy an evening of dinner, drinks, silent and live auctions, entertainment and an open dance floor. All proceeds benefit Caring Hand for Children’s programs. Held at the Hyatt Regency, 880 S Westlake Blvd. in Westlake Village, the event is $200 for adults/$100 for students. For more information, contact Anjul at 805.587.9626 or Geetu at 805.791.7524.

Team Up with the Bay Club

Come on out to the Bay Club Thousand Oaks, Saturday, Aug. 12, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (or later!) and participate in a fundraiser for Fit 4 The Cause. The event features an outdoor run followed by an indoor cycle class, a strength class and a swim session taught and supervised by Thousand Oaks instructors. The event includes the launch of a Fitness Mentor Program for selected clients of F4TC and, with the assistance of the NCCPT (National Council of Certified Personal Trainers), a scholarship for a PT Certification will be offered to help the recipient find a new career in fitness.

Fit 4 the Cause is a 501C3 dedicated to empowering and educating groups and individuals facing health-related challenges, F4TC makes an incredible impact bringing Zumba®, Strength-Training, Tai-Chi, Yoga and Kickboxing to the community, offering free community classes and programs for people who previously had little or no physical activity. A team of volunteers, medical and fitness professionals provide a minimum 40 hours a month of wellness education to those in need and have a sustainable relationship with Many Mansions, a well-managed, service-enriched, affordable housing program for low-income residents of Ventura County and its surrounding communities.

A member of the “Community Conscience” family with Ventura County office space “Under One Roof” with 12 area nonprofits, F4TC provides group exercise classes for the “Break-Through” Student Assistance program offered by CVUSD and free community classes for vulnerable children and fragile seniors in various locations.

Lunch & Learn

Join Roadside Lumber in Agoura Hills for a free lunch and learn session with local vendors. Hot Dog & Hump Days are held Wednesdays through Aug. 30, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Each week, a different vendor presents an informational session about products, from paint to siding and everything in between. Participants also have the chance to win monthly prizes. Visit Roadside Lumber at 29130 Roadside Drive in Agoura Hills.

Nonprofit Makes the Grade

Congratulations to the Conejo Schools Foundation for its recognition as a “Nonprofit of the Year” by the California Association of Nonprofits. The Conejo Valley-based nonprofit organization was created in 2004 to assist with challenges associated with the education budget.

Local legislators selected the exceptional nonprofit organization for the honor and recipients had the opportunity to visit the Senate and Assembly floors for a special luncheon on California Nonprofits Day.

“Over the years, the CSF has spearheaded initiatives to bring arts and innovation into our classrooms, enabled non-English-speaking parents to be involved in their child’s education, and partnered with the community to strengthen quality educational experiences for all Conejo Valley Unified School District students,” said Senator Henry Stern upon presenting the award. “CSF is an invaluable partner in helping our schools adapt to the changing needs of our community and I am honored to name them as our 2017 Nonprofit of the Year.”

Comprised of volunteers within the community, including parents, teachers, PTA and PFA presidents, business and civic leaders and school administrators, Conejo Schools Foundation supports programs such as “Cash 4 Conejo Classrooms,” “Parents Making a Difference,” “Hop into Kindergarten,” “All District Music Festivals,” “Get-ahead Summer School” and “Ted-X Conejo.”

“We’re extremely honored to be recognized by the California Association of Nonprofits,” said Mike Soules, president of CSF. “To have someone in our broader region with the experience and stature of Senator Henry Stern recognize the organization’s impact on students and families is truly humbling. Our mission has been, and continues to be, creating a community resource that provides support for our local schools and students and we look forward to continue working with Senator Stern and the Conejo Valley community.”

To learn more about CSF, and how you can donate or volunteer, visit