5-Star Launches Academy of Performing Arts

5-Star Theatricals has officially launched their 5-Star Academy of Performing Arts, an extensive and professional theatrical training ground for youth. This educational program, run by Educational Director and Artistic Associate, Tal Fox, will foster connections between theatre performance and the Conejo Valley/Ventura County community.

“We aim to introduce children and teens to professional theatre and give them the opportunity to develop into skilled actors for our mainstage productions (this season includes “Shrek,” “Matilda,” and “West Side Story”) and beyond!” Fox says. “Through work in the classroom, onstage and in the community, we strive to develop future theatre leaders by offering a program led by industry professionals.”  

The Academy offers three ongoing musical theatre classes on Thursdays and Saturdays through December 8, with plans to expand class options and schedule for next year, as well. Throughout the fall session, 5-Star will also be offering master classes with theatre professionals including actors, choreographers, casting directors, agents/managers and musical directors, providing kids and teens in the community an opportunity for top-notch expert feedback. 5StarTheatricals.com

Los Robles Support Group for the Heart

The Cardiac Rehabilitation group at Los Robles has established a monthly cardiac arrest survivor support group as a resource for survivors and their families. Held the third Wednesday of each month, from6:30 to 8 p.m., this free support group aims to connect survivors of sudden cardiac arrest and provide them with interaction and support. Survivors and families are provided with education about their “new lives” and given the opportunity to share, learn and gain strength from others that have survived similar experiences. The group meets at Los Robles Regional Medical Center, Classroom 2, 215 W. Janss Road, in Thousand Oaks, and dinner is provided! LosRoblesHospital.com


Free Bonsai Exhibition

The Conejo Valley Bonsai Society’s 15th Annual Bonsai Exhibition takes place October 6 and 7 at the Resource Center at the Gardens of the World, 2001 Thousand Oak Blvd; from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Exhibition features samples of society members’ work, representing a range of experience, from beginners to those with 20+ years working with bonsai.  

Demonstrations in the Bandstand at 1 p.m. show how a nursery tree is transformed into the beginnings of a bonsai. Members will explain techniques in examining the raw tree, determining which branches or limbs to keep or remove and the new shape to which it will be trained by wiring and trimming. The Bonsai Tree Doctor will be present to answer questions as well as society members who can provide details about the group’s activities and will gladly share bonsai information, techniques, ideas for tree planting, pot selection and anything else needed to create these living works of art. Free admission and parking along Thousand Oaks Blvd. CVBS-Bonsai.org

Stand Up for Kids Features Roaring 20’s Gala

Step back in time and experience a decade full of glitz, glamour and old-fashioned fun during the 16th Annual Stand Up for Kids Gala Dinner & Auction hosted by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley. The event centers around a 1920’s theme and takes place Saturday, October 20, at the Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village. Evening highlights include a silent and live auction, gourmet dining, entertainment and dancing. The 2018 Gala Honorees are Tom and Shelley Schlender and the Cal Johnston Award will be presented to Joe Seetoo. The annual Gala Dinner & Auction is the main fundraising event for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley and helps support over 4,000 children in quality before and after school programs, sport leagues and summer camps. Sponsorship and volunteer opportunities are available. For more information, call the Boys & Girls Clubs at 818.706.0905. BGCConejo.org

Artists Display Original Works at Harvest Festival

The Harvest Festival Original Arts & Craft Show comes to the Ventura County Fairgrounds October 5 through 7, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. With more than 24,000 original works from hundreds of exhibitors nationwide, the artful celebration boasts live entertainment, strolling performers, a Kidzone, demonstrations, contests and more. Multi-talented artists and crafters will showcase their originals of stunning jewelry, clothing, specialty foods, photography, oils, hand-turned wood, ceramics, eclectic art pieces, seasonal décor, ornaments, blown glass and much more. A portion of the proceeds support community programs. Tickets: $9. HarvestFestival.com

Make-A-Wish Teams Up with the Los Angeles Rams

“Rams Night for Wishes” at North Ranch Country Club in Westlake Village, on October 8, aims to raise funds to fulfill the wishes of local children and will be hosted by Rams Pro Bowl Tackle and Captain Andrew Whitworth and the philanthropist Andrew Firestone as Master of Ceremonies. Make-A-Wish® Tri-Counties grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. The positive experience a granted wish provides can make all the difference in a child’s course of treatment. Wishes are good medicine for the soul.

“I am honored to support Make-A-Wish and the critical work they do,” says Rams Offensive Tackle Andrew Whitworth. “There is nothing more important than helping these brave kids as they battle their illnesses.”

Guests can mingle with of their favorite Rams players, the Rams Cheerleaders and mascot “Rampage” while spurring them on in a unique Players’ Challenge. Through tips from autographs and photographs, players will compete to raise the most money for the cause. The evening includes a cocktail reception, dinner, live auction and entertainment. Tri-Counties.Wish.org