March 2020 Around Town

Casa Pacifica Welcomes New Therapy Dog Pearl Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families recently welcomed Pearl, the fifth Newfoundland to offer animal-assisted therapy. Arriving on campus at 10 weeks old and weighing 23 pounds, Pearl greets and provides comfort and therapeutic support to residential youth and students. “As we continue to bring Newfoundland’s on … Continued

February 2020 Around Town

Go Red! Fifteen years ago, Go Red for Women was born as a campaign to raise awareness among women about their great health threat – heart disease. Slowly, the campaign grew into a movement – one that not only brought together thousands of women annually but became the trusted, passionate, relevant force for change to eradicate … Continued

January 2020 Around Town

Paramount Run Paramount Ranch welcomes runners to wear their best holiday costume January 25 at the trail runs. Run a 10k, half marathon, 30k, marathon or 50k while dressed in holiday garb and run in style. Awards will be given to the male and female runners dressed up with the “most” holiday spirit! Enjoy pastries, … Continued

December 2019 Around Town

805 Strong Gather the family for the 2nd Annual Ladin Subaru 805 Strong 5K, planned for Sunday, December 15, from 7:30 to 11 a.m. at the Thousand Oaks Community Park. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Ventura County Community Foundation, specifically the Conejo Valley Victims Fund and Hill/Woolsey Fire Sudden and Urgent Needs Effort. … Continued

November 2019 Around Town

Community Leaders Join Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County (BBSVC), a one-to-one youth mentoring organization, recently appointed two new officers to its Board of Directors. The new appointments are President Eric Mandell, VP, Senior Commercial Lender at CDC Small Business Finance, and Treasurer Jesus Garcia, AVP of … Continued

October 2019 Around Town

Walk for a Cause More than just a few-mile trek, the Walk to Defeat ALS® presents an opportunity to bring hope to people living with ALS, to raise money for a cure, and to come together for something you care about. The Walk to Defeat ALS is The ALS Association’s biggest annual event, which raises … Continued

September 2019 Around Town

Stand Up for Kids Honors Outstanding Couple The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley (BGCGCV) will recognize long-time supporters of BGCGCV, Cal Johnston and his wife Marje Johnston, as Honorees during the 17th Annual “Stand Up for Kids Gala Dinner & Auction” on Saturday, September 14 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Westlake … Continued

August 2019 Around Town

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 … Continued

July 2019 Around Town

California Dreamin’ Meadowlark Service League presents the 32nd annual Taste of Camarillo, Sunday, July 28, from 1-4 p.m. at Camarillo Ranch (201 Camarillo Ranch Road) in Camarillo. One of three major MSL fundraising events each year, A Taste of Camarillo helps support area nonprofit organizations. The event kicks off with a Wine Auction Gala on … Continued

June 2019 Around Town

Experience the “Titanic Live!” New West Symphony and California Lutheran University host the West Coast premiere of the greatest love story ever told presented with live orchestra outdoors under the stars. The event takes place Saturday, June 22, 7:30  to 11:30 p.m. at the CLU William Rolland Stadium, 60 W. Olsen Road, in Thousand Oaks. … Continued

May 2019 Around Town

Family Friendly Fun & Games The 63rd Annual Conejo Valley Days kicks off May 9 and runs through May 12, at Conejo Creek Park South, 1300 E Janss Road, in Thousand Oaks. The annual four-day event celebrates the area’s western roots and community spirit, featuring carnival rides, games, live music and kids’ arts and crafts. Entry: $10 … Continued

April 2019 Around Town

Sail for Seniors Senior Concerns’ 3rd Annual Boat Bash, presented by the Valdez Wealth Management Group, is planned for Saturday, April 6, from 5 to 10 p.m. at the Westlake Yacht Club. Enjoy an evening of cocktails, appetizers and a sunset cruise on the beautiful Westlake Lake, followed by food catered by Boccaccio’s and dancing. Proceeds from … Continued

March 2019 Around Town

“Matilda” On Stage at the Civic Arts Plaza A super-charged message of empowerment courses through “Matilda The Musical”: “If it’s not right, you have to put it right.” Based on the novel by Roald Dahl, this Tony-winning musical is about an extraordinary girl who dares to change her destiny. “It’s the perfect show for 5-Star … Continued

February 2019 Around Town

CASA Volunteers Stand Up for Children Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) serve as advocates for foster 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 … Continued

January 2019 Around Town

Operation Blankets of Love Lends a Hand During Wildfires Local nonprofit Operation Blankets of Love helped at an evacuation center where hundreds of pets were taken for safety during the November wildfires. “We were there giving out the multiple necessities specifically for dogs and cats, such as bedding, bags of food, treats, blankets, crates, carriers, leashes, … Continued

December 2018 Around Town

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 … Continued

November 2018 Around Town

Glitz in the Bag This year’s Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County’s 10th Annual Bags, Bling & Bubbly champagne luncheon at the Las Posas Country Club in Camarillo takes place on Monday, November 5, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This fun fundraising event features live and silent auctions, including new and vintage designer … Continued

October 2018 Around Town

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 … Continued

September 2018 Around Town

Fine Wine & Dining Gwithyen Thomas, owner of Aroha Restaurant in Westlake Village, is proud to announce Aroha’s receipt of the 2018 Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator. Gwithyen and his Sommelier Jillian Coalson put together an extensive collection of premium New Zealand Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay that enabled Aroha Restaurant to become … Continued

August 2018 Around Town

Concert for the Cats The Concert for the Cats, 2018 features top jazz artists at Peter Strauss Ranch (3000 Mulholland Hwy) to benefit wildlife research and projects with the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. Taking place Sunday, August 19, at 6:30 p.m., the concert features musicians Kiki Ebsen and Julie Newsome (vocals), Josh Nelson (keyboard), Dick Weller (drums), … Continued

July 2018 Around Town

Star Qualities University Village retirement community and OakView Health Center employees Kristy Ferguson and Paty Pena have been named the 2017 STARs of the Year based on their outstanding service. As excursion coordinator at University Village, Ferguson plans excursions to concerts, theatrical productions, ball games, museums and other events. “Kristy exemplifies our community’s core values … Continued

June 2018 Around Town

Support the Magic of CASA Join CASA of Ventura County on Thursday, June 14at 6 p.m.for a magical evening at The Tower Club in Oxnard to support CASA’s mission to provide a powerful voice for abused, neglected and abandoned foster children. The evening features magic, music, delicious food and drinks and a fabulous silent auction. … Continued

May 2018 Around Town

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 … Continued

April 2018 Around Town

The 2018 Oaks Christian School Legacy Gala Dinner Auction promises to be an elegant evening of philanthropy and fellowship at The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley on Saturday, April 28, at 6 p.m. This year's gala features former Secretary of State General Colin L. Powell USA (Ret.), who will be sharing stories of leadership and character. Guests will enjoy a gourmet dinner and…

March 2018 Around Town

Looking to add a new family member to your clan? Visit Valley Cats Westlake Village Adoption Center, located at 790 Hampshire Road Unit H in the Westlake Village Executive Center, and meet their 30+ foster cats who are eagerly awaiting their forever homes. Conejo Valley’s FIRST cage-free facility, Valley Cats Adoption Center was founded in 1999 by Debrah Regal. The…

February 2018 Around Town

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…

January 2018 Around Town

The longest serving news anchor in U.S. broadcast history, Ted Koppel, best known as the anchor for ABC's “Nightline,” speaks at the Fred Kavli Theatre at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Jan. 23 at 8 p.m. as part of the Distinguished Speaker Series. During his 50+ years as a professional journalist, Koppel has embodied the term “eyewitness to history.”…

December 2017 Around Town

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County is putting out a special call for BIGS—mentors who can benefit from the friendship of a Little Brother or Little Sister. Some 150 youth in Ventura County, known as "Littles," are eagerly waiting to meet their BBSVC program role model and friend.

November 2017 Around Town

The 4th Annual Bridging the Gaps of Hope Gala event on Saturday, November 4, from 5 to 11 p.m. features an evening of magical entertainment to benefit the Center4Special Needs parent-founded nonprofit organization. The masquerade-themed gala takes place at Camarillo’s Commemorative Air Force Museum, at 455 Aviation Drive, in Camarillo. A cocktail reception, silent auction, dessert wars and more help to…

October 2017 Around Town

Oct. 7-31: The Reign of Terror Haunted House at Janss Marketplace starts off the scary season on Oct. 7, from 7 to 11 p.m., at the Janss Marketplace, 275 N Moorpark Road in Thousand Oaks. In its 18th season, the Reign of Terror Haunted House opens for 13 nights, featuring more than 100 rooms, making it one of the top-ranked…

September 2017 Around Town

Brow Radiance by Lauren offered a free community event featuring their various treatment and services. During client consultations, Brow Radiance’s friendly and knowledgeable staff discuss brow shape, problem areas and desired effect to achieve each client’s preferred brow shape and design. Make an appointment today to be inspired and see examples of the best brow shapes for your face and…

August 2017 Around Town

Congratulations to the Conejo Schools Foundation for its recognition as a “Nonprofit of the Year” by the California Association of Nonprofits. The Conejo Valley-based nonprofit organization was created in 2004 to assist with challenges associated with the education budget.

July 2017 Around Town

July 4th offers an abundance of area activities to choose from, with full days of events scheduled in Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village and surrounding areas.

June 2017 Around Town

Come support the Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families at the 24th Annual Casa Pacifica Wine & Food Festival in Camarillo. Taking place Sunday, June 4, from 1 to 5 p.m., at CSU Channel Islands, 1 University Drive, in Camarillo, the event includes samplings from restaurants, wineries, breweries, caterers, bakeries, specialty shops, coffee and tea vendors, among others from…

May 2017 Around Town

Local award-winning screenwriter/producer, author, food and lifestyle journalist, and TV host (“Simply Delicious Living,” PBS-TV) Maryann Ridini Spencer announces the hardcover release of Lady in the Window, her new novel about hope, healing and the mother-daughter bond.

April 2017 Around Town

Enjoy an eclectic mix of hot jazz and cool swing performed on two stages and unlimited sampling of wine, craft brews, boutique spirits and gourmet food at the 6th Annual California Jazz & Wine Fest, Sunday, April 9 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Four Seasons Hotel in Westlake Village (2 Dole Drive, Westlake Village). Artisans will also be…

March 2017 Around Town

More than 150 kids from Oxnard, Fillmore and Santa Paula, along with fundraising volunteers, are in for a day of bowling fun and science education, sponsored by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County. The Bowl For Kids' Sake event transports program youth, aka “Littles” to Harley’s Camarillo Bowl for breakfast, a youth motivational speaker presentation and bowling, complete with…

February 2017 Around Town

California Lutheran University President Dr. Chris Kimball delivers a keynote at the State of the University address, Feb. 3, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at California Lutheran University. The public is invited to attend the talk, addressing the private liberal arts school’s priorities, plans and progress. Some 4,000 students representing 61 countries attend the university, which employs more than…

January 2017 Around Town

My Health Studio in Westlake Village proudly hosted the U.S. Marines and their Christmas season Toys for Tots drive, collecting toys for area children in need. In line with its commitment to the community, My Health Studio takes an active part in area charities and enjoys helping good causes, such as empowering individuals to shape up for good. Taking a…

December 2016 Around Town

The New West Symphony announced two subsidized programs offering discounted tickets for students and families throughout the greater Thousand Oaks, Oxnard and Santa Monica communities. The VIP Family Club provides subsidized tickets for families with children ages 7-13 to attend the 2016-2017 Masterpiece Concert Series and the CONNECT! Club offers subsidized tickets for high school and college students. VIP members…

November 2016 Around Town

The Girl Scouts of California's Central Coast’s 2nd Annual Fork It Over fundraiser at the Palm Garden Hotel featured culinary creations created with girl scout cookies. Local competitors included noted chefs from popular local restaurants, caterers and food trucks, who offered samples of their Girl Scout cookie-inspired appetizers and desserts. Conejo Valley Girl Scout moms Merley Greenidge and Alison Boring…

November 2016 Around Town

The Girl Scouts of California's Central Coast’s 2nd Annual Fork It Over fundraiser at the Palm Garden Hotel featured culinary creations created with girl scout cookies. Local competitors included noted chefs from popular local restaurants, caterers and food trucks, who offered samples of their Girl Scout cookie-inspired appetizers and desserts. Conejo Valley Girl Scout moms Merley Greenidge and Alison Boring…

October 2016 Around Town

The Thrive Dance Center in Newbury Park is excited to announce the start of its 2016-17 new dance season. Classes for all ages are in session. Come exercise and have fun while learning ballet, jazz, hip hop, tap, contemporary, lyrical and pointe dance, as well as musical theatre, tumbling and break dance. Call 805.375.9988 for more details or register online:…

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Senior Concerns’ 31st Annual Ultimate Dining Experience Gala, “Hot Miami Nights” on Saturday, Sept. 24 at the Hyatt Westlake Plaza showcases some of the region’s best wineries and culinary creations of fine dining restaurants and caterers from the Conejo Valley. Guests enjoy chef’s samplings and wine tasting in the Hyatt garden, along with a silent auction before moving into the…

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Join Celebrate Sweetly at its second annual “The Only Holiday in August” event. This engaging evening features a preview of Celebrate Sweetly’s Holiday 2016 selection, samplings of gourmet local and artisanal finds, entertainment and more. Twelve gift baskets will also be raffled, and 100% of the raffle proceeds will benefit the Conejo Compassion Coalition. RSVP by August 15 for the…

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The 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular, coordinated by the Conejo Recreation and Park District, the City of Thousand Oaks and other local sponsors, is preceded by a full day of fun family activities, culminating with an impressive fireworks display on the hill behind the Hillcrest Center of the Arts in Thousand Oaks.

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Join the Casa Pacifica Angels on Sun., June 5, from 1 to 5 p.m. at CSU Channel Islands in Camarillo. Admission to the event includes samplings from restaurants, wineries, breweries, caterers, bakeries, specialty shops, coffee and tea vendors, among others from Northern California to the Conejo Valley, as well as continuous entertainment throughout the day and a large silent auction.…

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Belmont Village is a recognized leader in senior living. Guided by university experts, the community features a signature blend of hospitality and amenities combined with premier programs for health and wellness that appeal to couples as well as single adults. Call Angel or Shari at 805.496.9301.

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Since its inception on April 22, 1970, Earth Day has become an annual day of education and celebration about the natural world and sustainable living. Celebrate Earth Day this April with local festivities throughout the Conejo Valley.

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Make your reservations now for the Thousand Oaks Woman’s Club Annual Charity Luncheon Friday April 22 at the Los Robles Greens Golf Course Sunset Room in Thousand Oaks. Proceeds benefit Ride On, an organization that teaches adaptive horseback riding to children and adults with physical and cognitive disabilities in our community. More than 5,000 riders are provided lessons each year…