Calling All Angels

The Roadside West Summer Street Festival takes place May 6 at 5 p.m., at Veterinary Angels Medical Center, at 29348 Roadside Drive in Agoura Hills. The event features dog and cat adoptions, pictures with exotic animals, giveaways, food trucks, family activities, raffles and more, to benefit the Little Angels Project, a nonprofit dedicated to providing medical care for animals in need. Local sponsors include Camp Bow Wow, Front Runner, Patagonia Building Supplies, Knauer Pianos, Veterinary Angels and Drive, Smog, Lube, Wash.

Sheltering Hope

The Shelter Hope Pet Shop Gala on May 12, from 6-10 p.m. at The Sunset in Malibu features an elegant vegetarian dinner, music by Ron Moss and Friends, a silent auction and “The Rescue Me Award” ceremony. Proceeds further Shelter Hope Pet Shop’s mission to aid shelter pet adoptions, promote education and bring awareness to the communities served.

The first and only volunteer humane pet shop partnering with companies, such as NewMark Merrill, who donate store front space in busy shopping locations in order to assist with community outreach and shelter pet adoptions, Shelter Hope Pet Shop is a unique, large scale business model, which aims to eliminate puppy mill pet shops in our malls across the nation. The nonprofit provides a fun, friendly place where visitors and volunteers can meet and interact with animals needing adoption. You can also visit Shelter Hope Pet Shop for pet merchandise and know your dollars are going directly back to help save the lives of homeless pets.

Alzheimer’s Inaugural High Tea

The Alzheimer’s Women’s Initiative, Ventura County, led by Chair Cindy Morrison of the Alzheimer’s Association California Central Chapter, presents the Inaugural ‘Your Brain Matters’ High Tea at the Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village on Saturday, May 19, from 1 to 3 p.m. The event revolves around the importance of brain health and longevity and honors caregivers who care for individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias. This year’s recipient of the Alzheimer’s Leadership Award is Kimberly Williams-Paisley, who will also be the keynote speaker.

With women at the epicenter of the Alzheimer’s crisis, a group of women were charged, inspired and moved to form the Alzheimer’s Women Initiative (AWI), a volunteer-driven community group, which aims to educate families, associates and neighbors on the economic and human impact of Alzheimer’s, honor those who selflessly provide care for people affected by Alzheimer’s, expand the resources available to the local families who are living with Alzheimer’s each and every day, and advocate for more federal research dollars to find a way to prevent or cure Alzheimer’s disease.

CASA for Kids

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for foster children needs more volunteers! Please consider attending the next CASA Informational Session on Thursday, May 24, from 6:30-8 p.m. to learn how you can make a difference in the life of a child in our community. Today, there are nearly 1,000 children in the Ventura County Dependency Court System who are victims of abuse and neglect. With a string of people, often including their own parents, in and out of their lives, these children are in desperate need of a consistent adult. A CASA Volunteer becomes the one adult who stands up for a child and commits to advocating for them until he/she is placed in a safe, permanent home. For more information or to reserve your seat, contact Ken at 805.389.3120. 

BBSVC Golf Classic

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County (BBSVC) is excited to welcome Select Workforce Specialists (formerly Select Staffing) as the returning Title Sponsor for its annual Golf Classic. The organization’s top-performing event takes place Monday, May 7, at Saticoy Country Club. Former Los Angeles Rams Quarterback, Vince Ferragamo, is also returning as the event’s celebrated host and keynote speaker. The day includes golf, dinner, giveaways, entertainment and auctions, and will feature the much-anticipated Travis Mathew Experience as a special apparel opportunity for its golfers.

The BBSVC Golf Classic raises the much-needed funds to help to change the trajectory of youth facing adversity in Ventura County through long-term mentoring. The growth and professional support of BBSVC’s one-to-one mentoring programs and school site programs throughout the county rely on the generous support of sponsors and local community members. This year’s Golf Classic will bring additional attention to how the BBSVC’s youth mentoring programs are focusing on a trauma-informed model, particularly to benefit program youth in the area who were displaced and affected by the Thomas Fire last year.

Margarita Mixoff

Join Soroptimist International of the Conejo, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) volunteer organization that raises funds to help provide services for women and girls in the Conejo Valley and around the world, at its 17th Annual, Margarita Mixoff on May 10. This world class event takes place at The Gardens at Los Robles Greens in Thousand Oaks to celebrate one of Conejo Valley’s finest qualities…MARGARITAS! Some of the area’s best vendors will compete for the “Best In The West” Margarita “People’s Choice” Margarita and best Hors d’oeuvres” at Margarita Mixoff 2018! Tequila Tasting will also be featured. The margarita tastings, appetizers, music and fun in the Thousand Oaks sunshine make this a popular event every year!

Proceeds benefit local charities such as RAIN Project Transitional Living Center, Safe Passage Transitional Home (for victims of domestic violence), Hospice of the Conejo, Villa Esperanza Services (Independent living skills), Manna Food Bank, Conejo Free Clinic and others.