Sherwood Cares for Local Nonprofits

The Sherwood Country Club Charitable Foundation (Sherwood Cares), the philanthropic arm of Sherwood Country Club, recently reached a fundraising milestone, donating $1,000,000 to 34 local nonprofits in its first four years of providing grants. With the mission to support children and families in our community, Sherwood Cares funds programs that address medical, educational, nutritional and safety needs.

“Fostering a healthy and thriving community is important to our Sherwood Board, management and our membership,” states Board President, Thomas Vozzo. “We are looking forward to many more opportunities to support our neighbors in the years to come.”

Nonprofits include Assistance League of Conejo Valley, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County, Boys & Girls Clubs, CASA, Casa Pacifica, Camarillo Hospice, Children’s Burn Foundation, Conejo Free Clinic, Hospice of the Conejo, My Stuff Bags, Ride On Therapeutic Horsemanship, Senior Concerns, Westminster Free Clinic, American Red Cross Ventura County, Habitat for Humanity Ventura County, Interface Children & Family Services, Lighthouse for Women & Children, LSS Community Care, Many Mansions, Stand Down Ventura County Nutrition, FOOD Share, and Manna Conejo Valley Food Bank. 

Ventura County Education Leaders Earn Accolades

Two Ventura County public education leaders have been recognized at the state level by the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA). Ventura County Superintendent of School Stan Mantooth has received the 2018 CCSESA Champion Award, which recognizes a county superintendent who works to strengthen the service and leadership capabilities of California’s County Superintendents in support of students, schools, districts and communities.

CCSESA also honored Misty Key, Associate Superintendent, Fiscal and Administrative Services at the Ventura County Office of Education, for her contributions to the CCSESA Business and Administration Steering Committee (BASC) as a Steering Committee Star. This award honors steering committee members who have played a critical role in fulfilling the committee’s goals. Her colleagues in BASC selected Ms. Key as their award recipient for her hard work and dedication.

Legendary Musicians Play for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

The annual Scott Medlock-Robby Krieger All-Star Concert at the breathtaking Saddlerock Ranch featured an evening of unforgettable performances by legendary musicians, including Robby Krieger (The Doors), Alex Lifeson (Rush), Orianthi (Michael Jackson), Danny Seraphine (Chicago/CTA), Jason Scheff (Chicago), Elliot Easton (The Cars), Lukas Nelson and many others. Guests enjoyed unlimited tastings from Mastro’s Steakhouse, Westlake Village Inn, Duke’s Malibu, Woodpecker’s Backyard BBQ, Two Guys Grilling, Malibu Family Wines, Figueroa Mountain Brewery, Asombroso Tequila and Tito’s Handmade Vodka. Event proceeds, including a lively auction, benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Heritage Square Gingerbread Fest

The 10th Annual Gingerbread Celebration at Heritage Square in Downtown Oxnard takes place Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays 1 to 4 p.m., Dec. 8 to 30. Enjoy a magnificent display of gingerbread creations at Heritage Square Hall, tours, family activities, contests and more.

Dec. 8: Family Gingerbread House Building Workshop

All supplies included to build your own gingerbread house; 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Reservations required; $10 per kit/$5 per person.

Dec. 9: Mrs. Claus Celebrates Oxnard’s Cultural Diversity

Enjoy Oxnard’s cultural diversity with music/dance, demonstrations of cultural traditions and other performances.

Dec. 11-13: Holly Trolley Tours 

Tour includes Heritage Square and Christmas Tree Lane in the Henry T. Oxnard Historic District. Price includes hot cocoa and sweets along the route; $12.50; reservations required.

Dec. 14: Sip, Taste & Tour Home Tour at Christmas Tree Lane

Enjoy an evening stroll through Ventura County’s famous Christmas Tree Lane. Interior tours of historic homes decked out for the holidays. Includes food and drinks from local restaurants, craft wine and beer makers.

Light Up the Holidays

Get into the holiday spirit at the 32nd Annual Parade of Lights at Stearns Wharf in Santa Barbara, December 16, at 5:30 p.m. The event includes some 30 festively decorated boats motoring, sailing and paddling the Santa Barbara Coastline. Judging for the parade takes place from the east side of Stearns Wharf. Following the parade, just before the fireworks launch, the Honorable Mayor Helene Schneider will turn on the lights of a beautiful 25-foot Green White Fir to officially open the holiday season for the Waterfront.

Parking is available on Stearns Wharf (prior to 3:30 p.m.) and at the Chase Palm Park & Garden Street parking lots.

Holiday Fun Runs

Dec. 2: Holly Jolly Half Marathon, 5K and 10K in Camarillo: The 5K/10K course is over gentle rolling hills along the fully paved Camarillo bike path and surrounding neighborhoods. Pleasant Valley Fields, 152 Westpark Ct., Camarillo, from 8-11 a.m.

Dec. 2: Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis in Agoura Hills: Tie jingle bells to your shoes for this holiday-themed event at Paramount Ranch, 2903 Cornell Road, Agoura Hills, 8-11 a.m. Post-run/walk, meet the honorees and enjoy holiday entertainment, food, fun and a costume contest.

Dec. 15: Paramount Ranch Trail Runs Marathon, 50K, 30K, Half Marathon and 10K: Every runner has the option to compete in the best holiday costume contest. Wear your Santa hat, reindeer antlers or elf costume and run in style. Awards will be given to the male and female runners dressed up with the “most” holiday spirit!  Takes place from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m., at Paramount Ranch.