Midsummer’s Eve

The Rotary Club of Thousand Oaks invites you to attend the 18th annual “Midsummer Eve Wine Festival” at the Hyatt Regency Westlake on Saturday, August 17from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sample acclaimed California limited-production handcrafted wines, microbrews and hors d’oeuvres while perusing fabulous auction items donated by local businesses and residents. Since its inception, the event, for adults ages 21 and up, has raised over $450,000 to benefit the Ventura County Special Olympics and the Thousand Oaks Rotary Foundation, which supports many local charities and provides student educational scholarships. Advance tickets: $75 per person; $100 at the door. MidsummerEveWineFestival.com

Touching Lives

This year, reGeneration Education celebrated its 14th anniversary. Headquartered in Conejo Valley, reGeneration advances peacebuilding through innovative approaches to the education, development and resilience of young children in crisis zones so they are able to imagine and create a better future. Since its founding in 2005, reGeneration has touched the lives of thousands of children, teachers, and parents in Southern California and the Middle East.

reGeneration’s impact includes:

  • 1,105 Palestinian and Jewish Israeli childhoods nurtured with trauma-informed early education
  • 2,708 Jews, Christians and Muslims participated in U.S. interfaith peace groups
  • 500 refugee children fleeing war taught by reGeneration trained trauma-informed teachers
  • 1,215 teachers enriched with trauma-informed education training throughout the Middle East
  • 33 Southern California interfaith groups united by reGeneration-initiated organizing.


Jazz in the Garden

The 17th Annual Summer Jazz Concert Series at Gardens of the World, 2001 Thousand Oaks Boulevard, takes place on Sundays from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., August 4-25.

The 2019 lineup:

  • August 4: Barbara Morrison – Queen of the Blues
  • August 11: Freddy Lopez and the Vibe Tribe – Featuring the blues and gospel legend, Tata Vega
  • August 18: The Carl Verheyen Band – World-class guitar virtuoso and singer
  • August 25: Darrell Leonard’s Line Up – The best horn blowers meet the best rhythm players.

Parking is available on Thousand Oaks Blvd and may be available at the Civic Arts Plaza (fee may apply). Arrive early for the best seats! Lawn seating, please bring lawn chairs/blankets for your comfort. No pets, smoking, alcohol or glassware allowed. GardensOfTheWorld.info

Engage & Enlighten!

Ferguson Case Orr Paterson LLP hosts law professor and United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression David Kaye, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., August 26, at the Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main Street in Ventura. A leading voice on human rights in the digital age, Kaye will discuss his new book, Speech Police: The Global Struggle to Govern the Internet.” The Internet, more than any other communication development of the past century, has transformed the way information is exchanged. It impacts how billions of people interact and influences how they see the world. As the struggle to control the Internet intensifies, governments, platforms and activists compete to control online discourse. Kaye, a graduate of Westlake High School, is currently a clinical professor of law at University of California, Irvine, where he teaches international human rights law and international humanitarian law and directs a clinic in international justice. His research and writing focus on accountability for serious human rights abuses and the law governing use of force. Free; RSVP required. FCOPLaw.com