Lights, Camera, Lions!

In “Memoirs of a Real-Life Dr. Doolittle,” on Feb. 4, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Stagecoach Inn Museum, 51 South Ventu Park Road in Newbury Park, animal actor trainers Hubert Wells and Doree Sitterly, and SWI’s Steve Mehren discuss Conejo Valley’s long history with exotic animals, from Jungleland to Moorpark College’s Exotic Animal Training Program. The event features behind the scenes photos and film clips, live animals and a book-signing with Hubert. Free.

Torch Songs & Transformation

Loving on the Edge is a one-day workshop with a musical twist designed to help participants move from fear to love in relationship. Westlake Village author and life coach with a Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy Sophie Venable invites men, women, singles and couples of all ages to this fun-filled day of Torch Songs & Transformation focused on creating and maintaining healthy love relationships.

“I am excited to bring over 1,000 people together to talk about courageous love and to learn what makes relationships truly work. My intention is to give people the tools and vocabulary they need in order to communicate what they need so that they can keep their lives and their relationships EXPANSIVE,” says Venable, who is also a jazz singer. “Music gives us permission to indulge our emotions… to process our heart sing and our heartbreak. The music will be there to remind us of the timelessness of matters-of-the-heart and to give us common ground for our one-day pow-wow.” Loving on the Edge takes place Feb. 3, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Alex Theatre in Glendale. Call 818.243.2359 for more.

Go Red!

Join local women advocating for more research for women’s heart health at the Ventura Go Red For Women Luncheon, Friday, Feb. 16, at the Four Seasons Westlake Village. The luncheon features Helena Foulkes, president of CVS Pharmacy and EVP of CVS Health, as the Inaugural National Chair of Go Red for Women, guest speakers, local vendors and more. “Together we can prevent heart disease and stroke,” as an estimated 80% of cardiac events may be prevented with education and lifestyle changes.

Wine & Roses

Selected wine from Malibu and Napa Valley are featured in a Valentine’s Day-inspired wine tasting at NABU Wines in Westlake Village. On Feb. 10, for a special price of $20, guests can taste six varieties, including wines from both Napa and Malibu. Guests will also receive a long-stemmed red rose and enjoy Custom Cupcakes by Sarah. Reservations not required. NABU Wines is located at 2649 Townsgate Rd, #200, in Westlake Village.

Now Screening

The 33rd Santa Barbara International Film Festival showcases films, tributes and symposiums through Feb. 10. Featuring 200+ of the best independent and international films, the SBIFF draws some 90,000 attendees. Driven by its mission to engage, enrich and inspire the community through film, the nonprofit arts and education organization operates year-round to make a positive impact utilizing the power of film. Events include Super Silent Sunday, featuring free screenings of classic silent films with live musical accompaniment on the Arlington Theatre’s 1928 Wonder Morton Pipe Organ—one of only five still in existence; and the presentation of the 2018 Cinema Vanguard Award on Feb. 1. Willem Dafoe will be honored for his remarkable role in Sean Baker’s “The Florida Project,” an A24 Films release, which opened in October to critical acclaim. For showtimes and more information, visit

Mark Your Calendar!

Upcoming performances you won’t want to miss take place next month at various venues:

March 7-11: Oaks Christian students present the “Sound of Music” Spring Musical, 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Bedrosian Pavilion.

March 8-18: Moorpark College Theatre Arts students present “A Comedy Of Errors,” Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m.

March 10: Superstar violinist Pinchas Zukerman and cellist Amanda Forsyth will solo with the New West Symphony with a program that includes a Vivaldi concerto for violin and cello as well as solo works for both instruments by Couperin, Haydn and Beethoven.