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Entries in Westlake Village (57)

Tuesday
Apr222014

See's Candies Coming Soon to The Promenade at Westlake in Westlake Village

This is pretty sweet, both literally and figuratively! Today The Promenade at Westlake announced that See's Candies will be opening soon, adding to the sugar mix that includes Sprinkles Cupcakes that opened on October 30, 2013 and Menchie's Frozen Yogurt.

Specific date not available as of yet. See's Candies Westlake Village will join other local See's locations at The Oaks Mall, Pacific View Mall in Ventura and Sycamore Square Shopping Center here in the Ventura County area.

From the See's website at www.sees.com:

See's Candies chocolate shops were founded 90+ years ago upon Mary See's basic principle of Quality without Compromise. To this day, we stand by this motto. Our chocolates and candies are made in our own factories located in both Los Angeles and South San Francisco. From these chocolate factories, we send our delicious candies to the rest of our See's chocolate shops throughout the country.

See's Candies has 200+ chocolate shops. Our great reputation is founded upon our delicious candies and chocolates, our free chocolate and candy samples, and our friendly customer service. To produce the best possible boxed chocolates, we follow in Mary See's footsteps and insist on using only the best ingredients (and we never add preservatives).

Monday
Apr212014

Greens Up! and Los Agaves Restaurant New Tenants at the Shoppes at Westlake Village

In previous posts here on Conejo Valley Guide, it was announced that the 240,000 sq ft Shoppes at Westlake Village development will be home to anchorss Target and Total Woman Gym & Spa when it opens this summer. Additional tenants include In N Out Burger, Olio e Limone Ristorante, Olio Pizzeria, Hook Burger and Jeannine's Bakery & Restaurant.

Several new tenants have since been announced.

Greens Up serves up tasty, freshly prepared salad meals in a matter of minutes using the finest, locally grown, sustainable produce at its two locations in Santa Monica. This summer it will bring its chef selection salads and "create your own" salads as well as fresh juices to its third location in Westlake Village. Learn more at www.greensupsalads.com.

Los Agaves Restaurant originated in Santa Barbara and serve family traditional Mexican recipes hand crafted from the finest ingredients. Specialties include Chiles Nortenos, Los Agaves Enchiladas, Mole, Ceviche and Sea & Earth Molcajete. Learn more at www.los-agaves.com.

Friday
Mar142014

Additional Tenants at the "Shoppes at Westlake Village" Highlighted

A few months ago we noted that the 240,000 sq ft Shoppes at Westlake Village development would be home to a new Target store, In N Out Burger and Total Woman Gym & Spa in the summer of 2014.

Since then, a number of new tenants have been named for this brand new property at www.shoppesatwestlakevillage.com. Here goes:

Olio e Limone Ristorante (meaning "oil and lemon" in Italian) serves "simply sophisticated" Italian cuisine in an inviting atmosphere with European hospitality. They have been operated in Santa Barbara for nearly 15 years and their second location will be right here at the Shoppes. Learn more at www.olioelimone.com.

Next door to Olio e Limone will be Olio Pizzeria, a casual concept emphasizing simple, delicious everyday artisanal Italian food with a contemporary twist. Enjoy boutique salumi and formaggi, authentic pizza and regional wines, Italian beers and signature cocktails.

All Tressed Up BlowDry and Beauty Bar is an express luxury service salon where you can sit at a luxurious blowdry bar, sip champagne or surf on complimentary iPads while undergoing your beauty makeovers. More at getalltressedup.com.

Jeannine's Bakery & Restaurant is joining the Shoppes with its one-of-a-kind pastries and nutritious, wholesome food. Jeannine's has three locations in Santa Barbara - in Montecito, Downtown and Uptown. Family owned for 30 years! Learn more at jeannines.com.

BCBC Nail Spa will also be opening at the Shoppes, offering superior nail service in a relaxing atmosphere.

Hook Burger will be opening a new location at the Shoppes too! Founded by the folks with 35 years of burger experience with The Habit. Hook burgers are humanely raised, 100% USDA lean beef and chicken is fresh and hormone and antibiotic free. Breads baked locally at WildFlour Bakery daily. Yum! You can try Hook now in its Oxnard location. Learn more at hookburger.com.

Last but not least for now, Tilly's, which specialized in action sports clothing, shoes and accessories, is opening a new location at the Shoppes. www.tillys.com

Learn more about the Shoppes at Westlake Village at www.shoppesatwestlakevillage.com.

Thursday
Mar062014

Vom Fass Closed Its Westlake Village Location on February 21, 2014

Vom Foss Westlake Village closed its doors at 3815 East Thousand Oaks Boulevard on February 21, 2014 but owners indicate they will be opening a new location. Updates will be posted at westlakevillage.vomfassusa.com. Vom Foss opened here in 2010, offering gourmet culinary condiments, fruit vinegars, exquisite oils, exotic liqueurs & fine rare spirits.

That said, in a Facebook post on January 29th, Vom Foss noted "While we are excited about our pending relocation, we will unfortunately be moving out of the Conejo Valley."

Learn more about Vom Foss at vomfassusa.com.

Thursday
Feb272014

California Crisp Cafe in Westlake Village Closes Its Doors

Lauren R tipped us off on the CVG Facebook page that the California Crisp Cafe, previously located at 5794 Lindero Canyon Road, Westlake Village in the Albertson's/Michael's plaza, is closed. Hmm, I'd never even heard of the place. It actually looks (or I should looked) pretty good based on the menu at www.californiacrisp.com/westlake_wraps.htm. If they re-open somewhere else around town and I actually hear about them, I will definitely try them out!

Thursday
Feb132014

Northbound 101 Loop Onramp at Lindero Canyon Road Closed 3 Weeks Starting Feb 24

 

There will be a three-week closure of the northbound loop onramp to the 101 freeway at Lindero Canyon Road beginning 6 am on Monday, February 24th and ending by 5 pm on Monday, March 17th. The closure is necessary to ensure the safety of motorists and construction crew members as work on the reconstruction of the Lindero Canyon/101 freeway overpass continues.

The other northbound 101 onramp (from southbound Lindero Canyon Road, below the Four Seasons Hotel) will remain open. The 101 freeway can also be accessed from either Reyes Adobe Road in Agoura Hills or Westlake Boulevard in Thousand Oaks as an alternative to Lindero Canyon Road.

Visit the City of Westlake Village website at www.wlv.org for additional information about this project.

 

Thursday
Jan302014

CLU to Open Westlake Village Business, Counseling Center in Summer 2014

CLU to open Westlake Village center in Summer 2014

New facility will house business, counseling programs

This summer California Lutheran University will open a Westlake Village center to house a new business incubator and provide expanded facilities for its Community Counseling Center and School of Management.

At the core of the nearly 18,000-square-foot facility will be a business incubator and coworking space for CLU students and the public. The space is the next step in CLU’s effort to expand entrepreneurship opportunities.

CLU’s graduate programs in entrepreneurship and economics and the Center for Economic Research and Forecasting will be relocated from the main campus in Thousand Oaks to t

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Wednesday
Jan152014

The "Shoppes at Westlake Village" Scheduled to Open in Summer of 2014

On May 9, 2012, the Westlake Village City Council approved development of a 240,000 square foot retail shopping center called "Shoppes at Westlake Village," that will be anchored by a Target store. It will be located on Russell Ranch Road off of Lindero Canyon Road.

According to its website at www.shoppesatwestlakevillage.com, "With architecture reminiscent of a European village, trellis covered pedestrian walkways, a dramatic water feature and patio dining and lounge areas, Shoppes at Westlake Village will be a place to meet and gather with family and friends as well as a place to shop."

Shoppes is scheduled to open this Summer 2014. Target's target (you like that?) grand opening date is July 25, 2014. In addition to the Target store on the southeast end of the development, the west side will have a uniquely designed In-N-Out Burger restaurant built with stonework, natural tile and other "Older European" treatments to blend in with the rest of the development.

The other known tenant at this point is Total Woman Gym and Spa, in a 13,000 sq ft space perhaps strategically placed on the In-N-Out Burger side of the development. Hey, what's better than a protein-laden Double Double, Animal Style, after a solid workout!

Shoppes is being developed by Selleck Development Group of Westlake Village, which is run by Tom Selleck's brothers, for those who I know were wondering by the sheer mention of that name.

Stay tuned for updates...

Wednesday
Jan152014

Mediterranean Pita Grill "Coming Soon" to Westlake Village

Conejo Valley Guide Facebook follower Lauren R tipped us off that Mediterranean Pita Grill looks to be opening soon in Westlake Village, next to Tikka Grill at 5790 Lindero Canyon Road (near the corner of E. Thousand Oaks Blvd.). No news on timing at this point.

Mediterranean Pita Grill has been in business nearly three years at 26527 Agoura Road in Calabasas, serving up shawerma, falafel, kabob and other fine Mediterranean delicacies. Based on its Yelp reviews, it looks to be a great addition to Westlake Village.

Learn more at www.mediterraneanpitagrill.com.

Wednesday
Nov272013

Additional Information About Proposed Westlake Village In-N-Out Restaurant

Proposed In-N-Out at The Shoppes at Westlake Village (Image courtesy of City of Westlake Villlage)

The City of Westlake Village has published a video highlighting information about the proposed In-N-Out Burger that will be covered at a December 21 Public Hearing. Featured in a Q&A session are City Manager Ray Taylor and City Planning Director Scott Wolfe. The video is embedded below but here is a summary of points covered:

  • Construction of The Shoppes at Westlake Village is moving along, with infrastructure (water/sewer) and paving in place and building foundations and initial framing underway. The target date at this point for opening of the Target store is July 25, 2014.
  • The proposed In-N-Out Burger is planned for the west end of The Shoppes development up against the existing Bank of America building.
  • The proposed In-N-Out lies on about a one acre plot, with the restaurant itself occupying about 3,700 sq ft., which is a typical size for an In-N-Out.
  • The architecture of the In-N-Out will match that of the rest of The Shoppes, including stonework, natural tile and other "Older European" treatments. It will thus have a different look than a typical In-N-Out.
  • In-N-Out originally proposed one bronze colored In-N-Out sign facing the 101 Freeway, with two others in the standard In-N-Out corporate color scheme. Working with the City, the plan has been changed such that all three signs are proposed to be bronze to match the coloring of other stores at The Shoppes.
  • The City wanted to make sure there was adequate queueing space for drive-thru traffic. Wolfe indicates typical fast food restaurants have space for 7 to 9 cars and typical In-N-Outs accomodate 15 cars. The City worked with In-N-Out to accomodate in excess of 20 cars for this particular In-N-Out Burger!
  • The City is satisfied that In-N-Out and The Shoppes have adequate walls and landscaping planned to ensure car headlights in the parking and queueing areas do not impact drivers on the 101 Freeway.
  • In-N-Out has proposed store hours of 10:30am 7 days a week, closing at 1am Sunday through Thursday and 1:30am Friday/Saturday. Wolfe indicates this is subject to City Council review.

For more information about the proposed In-N-Out restaurant in Westlake Village, visit www.wlv.org/index.aspx?NID=351.

Thursday
Nov212013

Proposed Westlake Village In-N-Out Burger Topic of Public Hearing on December 11th

PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULED ON PROPOSED IN-N-OUT RESTAURANT IN WESTLAKE VILLAGE

After several months of discussions and a number of plan revisions, In-N-Out Burger has filed an application to construct and operate a drive-thru restaurant on Russell Ranch Road along the 101 Freeway (within the Shoppes at Westlake Village retail center).

This application is scheduled to be discussed at a public hearing at the regular City Council meeting on December 11, 2013, 6:30PM.

In-N-Out Burger is proposing to occupy a freestanding building at the west end of the Shoppes at Westlake Village, which is to be anchored by Target. The Shoppes is anticipated to open in Summer 2014. The City Council’s Planning Area C Ad-hoc Committee and staff have carefully reviewed building and design plans and requested a number of changes to ensure that the building reflects the same architectural detail and standards as the rest of the Shoppes center including stonework, roofing tile, and window treatments. Additionally, at the Committee’s request, signs facing the freeway will be halo-lit and bronze colored, rather than the traditional In-N-Out corporate colors, to match the freeway oriented signage for the rest of the center.

(Source: City of Westlake Village)

In-N-Out Burger currently has 292 locations in five states, including 218 in California as well as locations in Arizona, Nevada, Texas and Utah. You'd think that with all the excitement about In-N-Out Burger that they'd have more locations by now! But this family chain, opened originally in Baldwin Park in 1948, is taking its sweet time!

Other local Ventura County area In-N-Out locations in Newbury Park (only about 8 miles away from this new proposed Westlake Village location), Camarillo, Oxnard, Ventura, Moorpark, Simi Valley, Woodland Hills and Goleta. In May 2011 an Agoura Hills In-N-Out Burger location was under consideration but the plans were withdrawn.

Learn more at www.in-n-out.com. For updates, stay tuned here or visit the City of Westlake Village website at www.wlv.org.


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Friday
Oct252013

New Veggie Grill in Westlake Village Anticipated to be Opening Soon

UPDATE 10/25/13: Veggie Grill announced today that it will open at 3825 E. Thousand Oaks Boulevard, Westlake Village on Wednesday, October 30th at 11am! They are giving the first 50 people in line on opening day, between 10am and 11am, a $20 Veggie Grill gift card and 10 lucky guests will win “Veggie Grill for a Year.”

We mentioned back in June that the Veggie Grill is coming to Westlake Village at 3825 E. Thousand Oaks Boulevard, Westllake Village. The place looks to be moving along quite nicely, with a bright new sign up and recent staff recruitment, not to a mention on their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/veggiegrill. Based on the feedback seen on the CVG Facebook page, this place is destined to be a hit! Stay tuned.

Tuesday
Oct222013

Planned Closures of 101 Freeway at Lindero Canyon Road October 28 to November 8

Reconstruction of the Lindero Canyon Road/101 freeway overpass will force several nighttime and early morning closures of the 101 freeway in both directions. These closures will begin at 11:00 pm on Monday, October 28 and last until 5:00 am the following morning.

Closures will occur Monday through Friday for a two-week period. The final closure will take place Thursday, November 7 at 11:00 pm through Friday, November 8 at 5:00 am.

Motorists will be detoured off the freeway at Lindero Canyon Road in each direction. Northbound motorists will be routed to Thousand Oaks Boulevard and will return to the 101 freeway at Westlake Boulevard. Southbound motorists will be routed to the Reyes Adobe on-ramp via Agoura Road. In addition, both the northbound and southbound on-ramp loops to the 101 freeway will be closed during these late evening and early morning construction periods (11:00 pm to 5 am). However, one lane of traffic on Lindero Canyon Road in each direction over the bridge will remain open.

On the first two successive nights and early mornings of the closure starting on October 28, construction crews will be using jackhammers to demolish portions of the overpass as part of the reconstruction project beginning around 11:30 pm. to 5:00 am. Unfortunately, noise generated by this construction activity may be heard in residential areas adjacent to the work.

While the City is mindful of this temporary inconvenience, unfortunately the schedule of the work is dictated by Caltrans and the need to undertake this phase of the construction work in the late evening and early morning hours to coincide with the temporary closure of the freeway. Nonetheless, the City wishes to thank the community and effected residents in advance for their patience and understanding associated with this aspect of the project.

To sign up for email and text message updates on the Lindero Canyon/101 freeway overpass reconstruction project, please visit www.wlv.org and click on the blue project update icon on the left side of the homepage.

When this project is completed, the Lindero Canyon Road/101 bridge will have an additional lane in each direction of traffic, aesthetic improvements, an 11 foot wide lit pedestrian walkway on the east side and a 300 foot long sculpture on both sides of the bridge that will feaure iconic scenes of the City of Westlake Village by artist Joe Werthheimer.

Friday
Oct042013

Sprinkles Cupcakes Grand Opening Date in Westlake Village is Wednesday, October 30th

Sprinkles Cupcakes announced in July that it is opening a location at The Promenade at Westlake in Westlake Village. It will be located next to the Barnes & Noble.

Recently Sprinkles provided an update via its Facebook page that Sprinkles Cupcakes Westlake Village will be open to the public beginning on Wednesday, October 30th, just in time for Halloween!

Sunday
Sep222013

Romano's Macaroni Grill in Thousand Oaks at The Promenade at Westlake is Closed

Conejo Valley Guide Facebook follower Caren S. alerted us today to the fact that the Thousand Oaks location of Romano's Macaroni Grill has closed its doors. A sign is up indicating that a new restaurant will be coming soon, in the space located across from Paul Martin's American Grill that opened in December 2012.

There are other Macaroni Grill locations at the Simi Valley Town Center and in Ventura.

I always find it odd in this day and age when a business that is closing does not share the news via Facebook and/or Twitter, given how easy it is to do. While Macaroni Grill is now absent from The Promenade at Westlake website, there is no mention on Facebook. 

The Promenade has been through many changes in recent years, including the opening of the luxury Cinepolis Cinemas in September 2012, opening of Lemonade at the old CPK ASAP in November 2012, opening of the new Loteria Grill in the former La Salsa in April 2012, opening of the new Public School 805 in June 2013, the aforemention Paul Martin's and the Sprinkles Cupcakes slated to open sometime this Fall.

Friday
Aug232013

Panera Bread Opening Soon in Westlake Village

Final Update 8/23/13: Panera Bread officially joins the Westlake Village community on August 26 and is teaming up with FOOD Share to help raise funds to fight local hunger. Westlake Village Panera Bread will donate customer Community Breadbox™ donations at the new bakery-cafe to FOOD Share, which distributes over 9 million pounds of food every year and feeds over 73,000 people struggling with hunger in Ventura County every month.

The new Westlake Village bakery-cafe at 5784 Lindero Canyon Rd, Westlake Village will feature menu favorites such as the Strawberry Poppyseed and Chicken Salad, Bacon Turkey Bravo Sandwich, Cuban Chicken Panini, and new offerings like the Roasted Turkey Harvest Wheatberry Salad and Vegetarian Autumn Squash Soup, all in a welcoming environment with free WiFi.

Regular store hours: MondaySaturday (6 a.m. – 9 p.m.) and Sunday (7 a.m. – 8 p.m.) Call (818) 991-3100 for more information.

Update 8/6/13: Melissa W had reported that the new Panera Bread will be opening on August 26th. Apparently there are a lot of Panera fans around town!

Posted 7/29/13: Not one, not two, but three Conejo Valley Guide Facebook Page friendly followers (thanks Jessica J, Lauren R and Kelly H) have duly noted that Panera Bread is opening soon at 5784 Lindero Canyon Road, Suite A, next to Michaels Craft Store and in what used to be the Ig Boarding Shop.

There are other local Panera locations at Janss Marketplace in Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Moorpark, Ventura, Oxnard and Camarillo. Learn more about Panera at www.panerabread.com.

Panera was established in 1981 and currently operates nearly 1,700 bakery-cafes in 44 states and Ontario, Canada. Panera is a publicly-traded company under stock symbol PNRA, with a current market cap of $5.5 BILLION! Now that's a lot of dough!

Panera Bread bakery-cafes showcase the art and craft of bread making, helping customers truly appreciate and enjoy a great loaf of bread by studying its crust, crumb and craft. Panera Bread understands that great bread makes great meals, from made-to-order sandwiches to tossed-to-order salads and soup served in bread bowls.

Monday
Jul152013

Sprinkles Cupcakes Coming to The Promenade at Westlake in the Fall of 2013

Sprinkles Cupcakes Opens in Westlake Village This Fall

The Promenade at Westlake welcomes the world’s first cupcake bakery

Sprinkles Cupcakes at The Promenade at Westlake is scheduled to open its newest location at Caruso Affiliated’s The Promenade at Westlake in fall 2013.

Known for its mouth-watering treats and long lines of devoted fans, Sprinkles Cupcakes at The Promenade at Westlake will offer a sugar rush to shoppers and tourists looking to indulge in these gourmet treats.

Sprinkles will be located between Barnes & Noble and Brighton Collectibles, next to the popular outdoor fountain area.

For updates, visit www.sprinkles.com and www.shoppromenade.com.

About Sprinkles: Candace Nelson is the founder and pastry chef of Sprinkles Cupcakes, the world's first cupcake bakery. Started in Beverly Hills in 2005, Candace's sophisticated take on the classic American cupcake made Sprinkles an overnight bakery sensation. Today, Sprinkles has twelve locations nationwide, a traveling Sprinklesmobile – the world's first cupcake truck, and sells its cupcake mixes at over 250 Williams-Sonoma stores throughout the U.S. and Canada. In 2012, Sprinkles debuted the world's first Cupcake ATM and continued its foray into classic American desserts with the launch of Sprinkles Ice Cream. Future expansion plans include a franchise agreement that will bring 34 Sprinkles Cupcakes bakeries to the Middle East beginning in 2013.

Saturday
Jun292013

Vivoli Cafe & Trattoria in Westlake Village is Closed; Looks Like Veggie Grill is Coming

Vivoli Cafe & Trattoria at 3825 E. Thousand Oaks Boulevard, Westllake Village, is closed. The owner of the chain indicated on the Vivoli website that due to a partnership dissolution he had to close the restaurant and others. But he does indicate he is looking to re-open at some time and place in the future.

Look carefully at the photo and you'll see a notice on the window. The notice is from North Ranch Properties, landlord of the property, indicating 1) improvements/alterations are being made to the property that they are not responsible for and 2) The Veggie Grill, Inc. is leasing the property.

So it appears we will be getting a Veggie Grill here! This should make some people happy! According to a recent press release, "Veggie Grill’s menu features a satisfying and energizing variety of hot sandwiches and burgers, entrée salads, homestyle plates, daily soups and housemade desserts made from hearty “veggie-proteins” and wholesome ingredients. With 16* locations in California, Oregon and Washington, Veggie Grill renders the impossible possible: 100-percent plant-based food that is convenient, affordable and craveable."

* Now 19 locations, with the closest one in Encino.

Visit www.veggiegrill.com to learn more about Veggie Grill.

Friday
Jun282013

City of Thousand Oaks Summer Beach Bus to Zuma Beach June 18th to August 22nd

The City of Thousand Oaks has launched a special Summer Beach Bus (Orange Route) to Zuma Beach during summer school recess, beginning June 18 through August 22.  This is the first time the service is being offered by Thousand Oaks Transit and is a collaborative effort between the City and Conejo Recreation and Park District.

There will be two round trips daily on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays (excluding July 4th). Round trip fare is $5.00 ($2.50 for seniors aged 65 and older and persons with a disability) and includes free local bus transfers. Ten trip discount passes are available for $40 ($20 for seniors/disabled). Pre-paid tickets and passes are available at the Transportation Center, 265 S. Rancho Road, or the Thousand Oaks Teen Center, 1375 E. Janss Road. Pre-paid tickets/passes or exact cash is required. The service is not eligible for the Smartcard bus pass.

There are three convenient pick-up and drop-off locations:

  • Borchard Community Center in front of the main entrance

  • Thousand Oaks Community Center**

  • Thousand Oaks Teen Center bus stop

**Note: Effective July 9, we will no longer stop at the Thousand Oaks Community Center. We are going to replace it with a stop at the Transportation Center after we stop at the Teen Center. This should improve access to the Beach Bus for those riders that can't make the Green Route connections at the Teen Center. It will also shorten the time on board the bus for our riders getting on at the Borchard Community Center. (Update from 6/28/13)

Each stop is marked with an orange bus stop sign and timetable. As a regularly scheduled bus service, rides are available on a first come, first served basis with no reservations required.

The City is contracting with Roadrunner Shuttle to provide a 50-passenger motorcoach equipped with air conditioning, seatbelts, and storage for surfboards, chairs, umbrellas and coolers. A lift to accommodate passengers with mobility devices will also be available.

For more information about the Summer Beach Bus, visit www.totransit.org.


Friday
Jun282013

Thousand Oaks Deputies Recognizing Good Citizenship by Youngsters with 7-Eleven "Operation Chill" Slurpee Coupons

Thousand Oaks Deputies Recognizing Good Citizenship by Youngsters with 7-Eleven "Operation Chill" Slurpee Coupons

School’s out for summer and kids in Thousand Oaks may actually look forward to their next encounter with the “heat” this summer, thanks to 7-Eleven® stores’ popular Operation Chill program that rewards positive behavior with a very cool treat.

Through Operation Chill®, Thousand Oaks Station patrol officers can “ticket” youngsters caught in the act of doing good with Slurpee® beverage coupons. Appropriate “offenses” might include helping another person, deterring crime or participating in a positive activity in the community. Each coupon can be redeemed for a small Slurpee drink at participating 7-Eleven stores. The Thousand Oaks Police Bike Team began handing out the coupons in June this year to reward kids for wearing helmets while riding bicycles or skateboarding. The program is expanding to all Thousand Oaks Station patrol officers and is focusing on the summer and back to school months to promote good citizenship. The coupons are great for officers who are on patrol in the community. It’s an icebreaker, a way to encourage dialogue in a non-threatening, non-law enforcement situation.

Since its inception in 1995, Operation Chill has grown to include several hundred law enforcement agencies in the United States and Canada each year, and more than twelve million coupons have been distributed to officers on the beat in cities and towns where 7-Eleven does business.

Operation Chill was developed by 7-Eleven, Inc. to positively reward and encourage good behavior by kids during the hot summer months, when communities may experience increases in loitering, shoplifting and graffiti, and to support law enforcement agencies’ community relations projects. The Thousand Oaks Police Department uses the Operation Chill program to reward youth for their good deeds as well as to enhance their relations with the young people of their city.

Source: Ventura County Sheriff's Office www.vcsd.org