Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura County Casino Royale Night on August 26th

Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara (CSCVVSB) will host a Casino Royale fundraiser on Friday, August 26, 6:00 pm. The event is open to the public, ages 21 and over, and tickets can be purchased at the door.

Join us at Rancho de las Palmas at 3566 Sunset Valley Road in Moorpark, a beautiful oasis with a spring-fed lagoon and lush gardens. The charity fundraiser includes casino games, a poker tournament, drinks, dinner, and prizes.

A $100 Casino Royale entry includes entry to the event, with food, 2 drink tickets and $200 in play money.

A $150 Poker Tournament entry includes entry to the event with food, 2 drink tickets and $200 in play money, plus one seat at the Poker Tournament (includes an additional $1000 in poker play money).

A ticket for dinner and drinks only can be purchased for $50.

For ticket sales and sponsorship opportunities contact Kerstin Leavitt at (805) 379-4777.

About the Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara

Celebrating 25 years of providing support, education and hope to people fighting cancer, the Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara is an independently governed and funded chapter of Cancer Support Community, the 50-member nationwide organization. Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara serves more than 3,000 local residents affected by cancer each year with programs throughout Ventura County, Santa Barbara County, and the San Fernando Valley.  Programs are offered in English and Spanish and are all provided to participants free of charge. For more information, to volunteer or to make a donation, please visit or call 805-379-4777.

Housing Opportunities For People with Special Needs Benefit in Camarillo on September 22

Ventura County Housing Trust Fund (VCHTF) is proud to announce the date of its annual fundraising event with a focus on Housing Opportunities for People with Special Needs, on Thursday, September 22, 2016, 5:00-8:30 p.m., at the historic Camarillo Ranch, Camarillo, CA.  It is sure to be an evening not to miss!

Keynote speaker will be Dr. Joshua Bamberger, MD, MPH, a foremost practicing physician aiding people living with poverty, homelessness, mental illness and disabilities. He is a leading national expert on the links between housing and health. With the San Francisco Department of Public Health, Dr. Bamberger coordinates all medical and behavioral health services for over 1750 tenants in supportive housing programs. Dr. Bamberger is the Chief Medical Consultant for Mercy Housing, a Special Advisor to the United States Interagency on Homelessness, an attending physician for the VA, and an Associate Clinical Professor at UC San Francisco’s Family Medicine Department and the Center for Excellence in Primary Care. 

The evening will also include:

  • Entertainment by the amazing 22 year old composer and multi-instrumentalist Rachel Flowers who’s life story recently premiered in the documentary “Hearing is Believing”
  • A testimonial from a special-needs young adult living on his own for the first time in supportive housing;
  • A BBQ dinner with appetizers, wine and beer; and
  • Auction of five “community-building baskets” to be enjoyed by the 39 residents of Castillo del Sol, new supportive affordable apartments in Ventura for adults with special needs.

Funds raised at the event will support developments that create new affordable housing in Ventura County, such as the Castillo del Sol apartments. The Housing Trust Fund helps finance multi-family homes for low to moderate income families and individuals with priority given to projects that create housing opportunities for Homeless, Veterans, Farm-workers, and Transitional-aged Foster Youth.

Tickets purchased in advance are $55 each or two for $100. Guests are encouraged to purchase an extra ticket to be donated to local organizations working with people with special needs. For more information, register, or if you would like to make a donation, visit or contact Karen Fraser,, at 805-330-6987.  Tax ID#: 45-3191747

Conejo Recreation and Park District "Fishing Frenzy" in Thousand Oaks on Saturday, August 6, 2016


The Conejo Recreation and Park District in conjunction with the Thousand Oaks Kiwanis Club is hosting its annual Fishing Frenzy event at Conejo Creek North Park, 1379 East Janss Road (behind Thousand Oaks Library) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, August 6th

They will be releasing hundreds of magnetic fish into the creek and children will be given magnetic fishing poles to catch them! No bait required! Fish with a magnetic pole, do arts and crafts and explore Captain Carl's Mobile Tidepool. Per child fee is $5.

For more information, visit

Free Crafts at Lakeshore Learning in Ventura on Saturdays

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Free crafts for kids ages 3 and up at Lakeshore Learning in Ventura on Saturdays from 11 am to 3 pm (updated 7/24/16):

7/30: Craft Stick Puppy

8/6: Wild About You! Friendship Bracelets

8/13: Slice of Fun! Door Hanger

8/20: Make a Face! Hand Mirror

8/27: Summer Dreamin’ Dream Catcher

The Ventura store is located at 4705 Telephone Road.  Phone 805.289.1550 or visit


2016 Bowlful of Blues Festival in Ojai on Saturday, September 17th

The long-running Bowlful of Blues festival is coming back to Ojai's beautiful Libbey Bowl on Saturday, September 17, 2016. Featuring veteran guitarist-vocalist Arthur Adams and his band, harmonica ace Mitch Kashmar, popular guiutar-harmonica duo Tom Ball & Kenny Sultan, soulful singer Jade Hendrix and her band, and the Calire-Marx Organ Quartet featuring Jimmy Calire on Hammond B-3 organ, John Marx on guitar and Mario Calire on drums. Gates open at 2 p.m. with live music on the lawn by Annieville Blues.

Plus fried chicken dinners by Rondia Kaufer, Firestone beer and local wine, vendors and more. For more info and tickets online visit

Tickets can also be purchased at these outlets: Cardinali Bros Music, Ojai Creates, and Studio Sauvageau in Ojai; Salzer's Records, Instrumental Music, and Very Ventura Gift Shop & Gallery in Ventura; Jensen's Guitars and Instrumental Music in Santa Barbara; Island Outfitters in Carpinteria; and Instrumental Music in Thousand Oaks. Early-bird tickets are priced at $35 for a limited time. VIP packages are also available.

Volunteers, vendors and sponsors are encouraged to visit the website for more info and applications. Let's make this a true community event in our world-class Libbey Bowl!

The 23rd Bowlful of Blues is a joint production of non-profit Ojai Mardi Gras Wake-Up! Krewe, Ojai Concert Series, and Ojai's real-life "blues brothers," Michael Kaufer and Lanny Kaufer. Net proceeds will go toward making blues-related musical instruments and music education available to local schools.

Libbey Bowl is located at 307 E. Ojai, Ave., Ojai.