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4th Annual "Let's Bake a Difference" Event in Westlake Village on Sunday, March 1st

4th Annual Let’s Bake a Difference!

The Ultimate Dessert Fundraiser



A spoonful of sugar makes a sweet difference in giving hope to children, adults and their families affected by cancer. No one should face cancer alone. This is the perfect way to use your sweet tooth to help others.

Join us for the biggest cupcake, pastry and dessert tasting event of the year! All proceeds from this scrumptious event go directly to Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara.

Over 50 professional and amateur bakers • VIP Lounge • Baking & Cupcake Competitions • Sweet Samples • Live Entertainment •  Free Face Painting • Cake Auction • Food & Refreshments • Photo Booth • Silent Auction • Over 9,000 sweet surprises!!

There will also be lunch food available for purchase for a minimal price for our general admission guests.
Food/Beverage Tickets can be purchased at the event.  Receive 5 tickets for $10!

Experience yummy, delicious flavors and tastings in the most delightful way, while helping a great cause. Participate in the 4th Annual:

Sunday, March 1, 2015
12 – 4 pm
Westlake Village Inn
31943 Agoura Road, Westlake Village

Everyone knows someone whose life has been touched by cancer, so “LET’S BAKE A DIFFERENCE” together, one sweet treat at a time. Show your support for “LET’S BAKE A DIFFERENCE” by registering now!

Tickets and more info at


Thousand Oaks Art Association Annual Show in Newbury Park - February 2 to 26

Thousand Oaks Art Association's Annual Open Show opens on February 2nd and runs through February  26th at the Thousand Oaks Community Gallery, 2331 Borchard Road, Newbury Park (adjacent to the Newbury Park Library). Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 pm. Artists Reception and Awards Presentation on February 8th from 1pm to 3pm, with refreshments...including homemade desserts! Free and open to the public!

3rd Annual The ABCs & XYZs of Special Needs Conference in Westlake Village 3/14

The Center4Special Needs, a parent founded non-profit organization, is making final preparations to offer its third annual conference to parents of youth with special needs, “The ABCs and XYZs of Special Needs.” 

Saturday, March 14, 2015 marks the 3rd annual conference venture by Center4SpecialNeeds, as it continues on its mission to provide the support necessary so families with children with special needs can thrive.

The full day conference will be held from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and includes 11 break-out sessions in English. Topics covered on ADHD, IEP’s, nutritional deficiencies, special needs planning, dentistry, self -determination, sensory challenges and more.   We are happy to announce the addition of Special Ability Entrepreneur Boutique featuring and supporting talented artists and their wares, which is open to the public.  The conference will also feature a resource faire of local special needs providers. Attendees can participate at a very low cost and free child care is offered and provided by Calvary and Channel Islands Social Services. Lunch is also offered at a low cost through Jersey Mikes.   Scholarships may be available. In honor of our Heroes, Military families are invited to register and attend at NO cost.

The conference is presented in collaboration with the Rainbow Connection Family Resource Center and Calvary Community Church in Westlake Village where the conference will take place.

To register for the conference, individuals may visit or call  Center4SpecialNeeds at 805.379.1681.


9th Annual Gator Run 5K, 10K, Kids 1 Mile Fun Run in Simi Valley on Sunday, April 26th

The 9th Annual Gator Run 5K, 10K and Kids 1 Mile Fun Run events will take place the morning of Sunday, April 26th, at Rancho Santa Susana Community Park, 5005 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. The Gator Run is presented by the Rotary Club of Simi Sunset. A fun, family-oriented and community event, the Gator Run is perfect for runners, walkers, beginners, recreational and elite athletes. A portion of the proceeds from this event will benefit Special Olympics of Ventura County.

Kids 1 mile fun run! (Ages 6-12 only) All fun run participants receive t-shirt and finishers prize. Registration in the 5K and 10K includes the awesome Gator Run t-shirt, goodie bag, door prizes and refreshments.

For more information and to register, visit or call 805.613.7277.


Santa Monica Mountains Recreation Area Programs in Ventura County

Free events and programs at Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area locations in Ventura County and adjacent areas through January 2015 are highlighted below! (updated periodically to remove past activities). For additional details and other event locations, visit

Sun 1/25 8:30am to 11:30am at Malibu Lagoon State Beach - Beach and Wetlands Bird Watching - for all levels - bring binoculars. Meet at shaded viewpoint. 310.395.6235

Sun 1/25 10am to 11am at Malibu Lagoon State Beach - Birdwatching for Young Children and Parents - Binoculars provided. Meet at shaded viewpoint. 310.395.6235

Sun 1/25 10am to 11am at Paramount Ranch - From Set to Screen walk - learn about the history of the ranch! 805.370.2301

Thu 1/29 8:30am to 12:30pm at Malibu Creek State Park - Northern Malibu Creek State Park - 8 mile, 1000' foot gain hike. Meet at Liberty Canyon trailhead - Liberty Canyon Rd south to end, park on west side of street. Bring water, lunch, lugsoles, hat, sunscreen. Rain cancels. 818.981.4799 Sierra Club

Sat 1/31 10am to noon at Malibu Creek State Park - Docent led walk to learn aobut the area's wildlife, plants, early inhabitants and more. Meet at lower parking lot.

Sat 1/31 1pm to 2pm at Peter Strauss Ranch - Let's Move Outside: The Ranger Games - fun physical fitness activities with a ranger. Rain cancels.

Tue 2/3 8:30am to 11am at King Gillette Ranch - Easy Pace Hikers 5 mile hike, including grounds of Gillette Mansion. Meet in fee parking lot and bring water, snack, lugsoles, hat and sunscreen. Rain cancels. 818.787.5420

Wed 2/4 10am to 1pm at Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa - Plein Art Painting - all levels of artis welcome to bring own supplies and paint. 805-583-8044

Fri 2/6 6:30pm to 8pm at Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa "Opposition of Jupiter" program - the largest planet in our solar system will make its closest approach to earth tonight...observe its face, fully illuminated by the sun! Peer through telescopes to see the planet and some of its many moons. Meet at Culture Center, bring flashlight an dress warmly. Rain or cloudy skies cancels. 805-370-2301

Sat 2/7 8:30am to 10am at Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor Center - "Love Birds" walk and bird observation around King Gillette Ranch. Meet by flagpole and bring binoculars!

Sat 2/7 9am to 1pm at Malibu Creek State Park - Intro to Mountain Bike Skills - learn proper off-road riding fundamental and more. Bring bike and helmet. Heavy rain cancels. or 805-558-1606

Sat 2/7 3pm to 5pm at King Gillette Ranch - Capture a Nature Moment photography session on an easy walk. Meet at visitor center parking lot. Bring camera.

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Malibu Cars and Coffee Event on the First and Third Sunday of Each Month

The City of Malibu, in partnership with Exclusive Motorcars, Southern California's top car enthusiasts will enjoy a beautiful drive down the coast to meet at Malibu Bluffs Park, 24250 Pacific Coast Highway, from 7am to 9am. Enjoy a cup of coffee at "Malibu Cars and Coffee" while admiring some of the world's finest automobiles at an unbeatable location with gorgeous views of Malibu's coastline. Cars will arrive and be available for viewing at 7 am. Visit for more information


53rd Annual Ventura Gem Show at Ventura County Fairgrounds on March 7-8, 2015

Ventura Gem & Mineral Society, Inc. presents The Ventura Gem Show its 53rd Annual Gem, Mineral, Lapidary & Fossil Show at Seaside Park, Ventura County Fairgrounds. March 7th (10 am to 5 pm) and March 8th (10 am to 4 pm).

Gems, minerals, rocks, fossils, jewelry, exhibits, displays, dems, prizes, dealers, silent auction, kids' activities, FREE admission (parking at Seaside Park is $5).  More information at

These are great family friendly shows. Event hosts love sharing their knowledge with attendees.  Good, old fashioned fun, with typically dozens and dozens of displays, information, demonstrations, etc.  Highly recommended!


Moorpark High School 3rd Annual Groundhog Day 5K, 1 Mile Fun Run 2/7/15

The Groundhog will be running again on Saturday February 7th, 2015 during Moorpark’s 3rd annual premier 5K road race and one-mile fun run.

Benefitting Moorpark High School’s cross country and track programs, the Groundhog Day event consists of two runs. Starting and ending at the high school, the 5K is a fast, chip timed road race with an exciting finish in the beautiful Moorpark High School stadium. All ages and abilities are welcome including walkers and strollers and in the spirit of Groundhog Day, costumes are encouraged.  There will also be a “Catch the Groundhog” 1 mile fun run for kids 13 and under which will be held on the track with finisher medals for all.    Registration fees include a performance t-shirt for all runners.

Scott Mangers, a coach of the Musketeer cross country and track programs said the school wants to recognize and celebrate Moorpark being an active community whilst raising much needed funds for the high school’s cross country and track teams.

"Over 400 participants turned out for a terrific race in 2014.  This is a fun and healthy event for the entire family and we look forward to an even greater show of support at our 3rd annual race," he said.

Post-race festivities include the awards ceremony with medals for the top three finishers of each age group, refreshments, vendors and a raffle of wonderful prizes donated by local businesses.

Early registration fees are $15 for the 1 Mile and $25 for the 5K.  Moorpark High School is located at 4500 Tierra Rejada Road, Moorpark. There will be plenty of free parking close to the race start.

For more information and online registration please visit


World Famous Harlem Globetrotters in the Greater Los Angeles Area February 6 to 16

The world famous Harlem Globetrotters, featuring some of the greatest athletes and entertainers on the planet, will bring their unrivaled family show to the Greater Los Angeles Area for nine games at six different arenas from Friday, Feb. 6 through Monday, Feb. 16.  The 2015 “Washington Generals Revenge Tour” will entertain the Southland during the following schedule:

Friday, Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. Ontario, CA Citizens Business Bank

Saturday, Feb. 7 at 1 p.m. Galen Center Los Angeles, CA

Monday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. Saddleback College Gym Mission Viejo, CA

Wednesday, Feb. 11 at 7p.m. UCSB Events Center Santa Barbara, CA

Saturday, Feb. 14 at 1 p.m. Honda Center Anaheim, CA

Saturday, Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. Honda Center Anaheim, CA

Sunday, Feb. 15 at 12:30 p.m. STAPLES Center Los Angeles, CA

Sunday, Feb. 15 at 5:45 p.m. STAPLES Center Los Angeles, CA

Monday, Feb. 16 at 2 p.m. Honda Center Anaheim, CA

The Globetrotters will face a great challenge this year, as the infamous Washington Generals are more determined than ever to beat the Globetrotters.  The Generals are on a mission and will do whatever it takes to win.  They plan to evoke a new strategy that is sure to give the Globetrotters a run for their money, despite the Globetrotters’ 98.7 winning percentage and over 25,000 wins since 1926. 

The Generals are the master mind of the late Louis “Red” Klotz, who passed on July 12, 2014.  The last time one of Klotz’s teams beat the Globetrotters was on Jan. 5, 1971, thanks to a last-second basket by Klotz in Martin, Tenn.

Known worldwide as the Ambassadors of Goodwill™, the Globetrotters will honor a “Hometown Hero” at each of their 310-plus games in North America.  The team is searching for active, wounded or retired members of the military who have made their community proud with their brave service and exemplary character.  Fans can nominate “Hometown Heroes” at  The Globetrotters will also play a portion of each game with a camouflage basketball as a sign of respect to all who protect our freedom.

With a star-studded roster featuring Big Easy LoftonAnt AtkinsonHi-Lite BrutonThunder LawBull BullardFirefly Fisher and Moose Weekes,  plus female stars TNT MaddoxT-Time Brawner and Sweet J Ekworomadu* – the Globetrotters’ one-of-a-kind show is unrivaled in the world of family entertainment. With incredible ball handling wizardry, rim-rattling dunks, trick shots, hilarious comedy and unequaled fan interaction, this must-see event is guaranteed to entertain the whole family. After the game, Globetrotter stars will sign autographs and take photos with fans. 

Tickets are now available at and the respective arena box offices.  Information on group and scout tickets can also be found at A partnership with Metro allows riders to receive a $7 discount on select seats by showing their Metro transit receipt/pass at the box office or by using the promo code METRO when purchasing online.

Sponsored by World Vision, Greyhound Lines and Baden Sports, The Harlem Globetrotters® are celebrating their 89th consecutive year, continuing a world famous tradition of ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry, and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that continues to thrill fans of all ages. Harlem Globetrotters International, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Herschend Family Entertainment Corporation, the largest family-owned themed entertainment company in the U.S. Throughout their history, the Original Harlem Globetrotters have showcased their iconic talents in 122 countries and territories on six continents, often breaking down cultural and societal barriers while providing fans with their first-ever basketball experience. Proud inductees of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the Globetrotters have entertained hundreds of millions of fans-among them popes, kings, queens, and presidents-over more than eight thrilling decades. For the latest news and information about the Harlem Globetrotters, and to purchase tickets and team merchandise, visit the Globetrotters' official Web site:



Oak Park Neighborhood School Snow Carnival on Saturday, February 28, 2015


Laugh Out Loud Comedy Night in Westlake Village on Wednesday, February 4th


7th Annual Bandit 50K/30K/15K/6K Trail Runs in Simi Valley Sunday, Feb 15th

Welcome to the 7th Annual BANDIT 50K/30K/15K/6K Trail Runs

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Start training for the 7th Annual Bandit 50K and 30K Ultra Trail Runs! Starting times are 7 a.m. (50K), 7:30 a.m. (30K), 8 a.m. (15K/6K).

The course starts in Corriganville Park (also known as Hope Town was used as a set for over 3,500 films and television series with actors like Roy Rogers, Cisco Kid, Rin-Tin-Tin, Wild Bill Hickock).

Aid stations are located at the Start/Finish line, and at the half-way point on the 30K. Aid stations include medical personnel, water, food and restrooms.

For more information and to register, visit or call 805.823.3409.


Inaugural "Nun Run" 5K and 1 Mile Run in Thousand Oaks on January 31, 2015

The Sisters of Notre Dame and La Reina High School in Thousand Oaks will host a 5K and 1 Mile event called the Nun Run on January 31, 2015 at 8:00 a.m.

The inaugural race is open to runners and walkers of all ages and ability levels.  The course will start at Notre Dame Center in Thousand Oaks, circle around residential areas near Janss Road and finish at La Reina High School. Professional chip timing technology will be provided to 5K runners by Vendurance Sports.  Each participant will also receive a free t-shirt (while supplies last), special offers from our sponsors and a delicious pancake breakfast after the race.

All proceeds from the Nun Run will support the Sisters of Notre Dame Life and Ministry Fund, which allows the sisters to continue their various ministries in the Los Angeles and Ventura counties. The Sisters of Notre Dame are an international congregation of Catholic women religious who have served in California for over 80 years.

There are many alternative opportunities to get involved in the Nun Run through race sponsorship, donations and volunteer positions. Please contact Anne Interrante at for more information or visit


2015 XTERRA Boney Mountain Trail Run 21K/6K in Newbury Park on March 22

The XTERRA Boney Mountain Trail Run 21K and 6K take place in Point Mugu State Park at Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa National Park in Newbury Park on Sunday, March 22 2015. (ORIGINALLY JANUARY 11 BUT RESCHEDULED DUE TO CLOSURE OF PT MUGU STATE PARK AS A RESULT OF MUDSLIDES). This event is not for the faint of heart, but if you dare to enter you'll experience some of the most scenic back country in the Santa Monica Mountains. The 6k is a great intro event with paved roads and singletrack along Upper Sycamore Canyon.

All participants get a great race t-shirt, cool finisher medal, hot breakfast with all the fixin's, coffee, entry into the raffle of swag, and the satisfaction of completing one of the best races around!

The event field is limited, so enter early! Please note that the course closes at 11:30am, so you must finish before then!

Race Day Registration starting at 6:30am at The Village at Dos Vientos Ranch, 360 Via Las Brisas, Newbury Park.

To learn more and register, visit


Ventura Hammer Half Marathon and 5K on Sunday, January 25, 2015 

The Ventura Hammer Half Marathon and 5K take place on Sunday, January 25, 2015 at 255 W. Stanley Ave, Ventura. Half marathon starts at 8 am, 5K at 8:15 am. Race to benefit Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County.

The course is out and back along a bike path that runs from Ventura to Ojai. The weather is typically cool and the course has no major hills although the first half does have a slight incline so the second half has a slight decline. There will be 4 water stops along the way. The 5K is out and back along the same course. The venue has great parking and the event provides a low key but fun atmosphere with great people and food. All pre-registered half marathon participants will receive a technical running top and all pre-registered 5K runners will receive a free event t-shirt.

Finishers Tile (custom ceramic 4.25" tile) for all 1/2 marathon finishers!

Visit to register!


3rd Annual Seaside Half Marathon, 5K, 10K in Ventura on Sunday, February 22nd

The 3rd Annual Seaside Half Marathon, 5K and 10K is planned for Sunday, February 22, 2015 along the Ventura coastline and the historic Old Rincon Highway.

Start and finish at Ventura Promenade park along the beautiful oceanfront boardwalk. It then will travel along the Ventura bike path to the Historic Old Rincon Highway along the Ventura coastline.  Miles of ocean views will keep you in awe as you stroll to the turn around point and back to the start/finish line.  Aid stations every 1.5 miles. Half marathon starts at 8 a.m. Other races start at 8:15 a.m.

To learn more and register, visit


Pleasant Valley Lions Club 5K Peel Out and 1 Mile Run in Camarillo on Sunday, Apr 12th

The Camarillo-Somis Pleasant Valley Lions Club in partnership with the Pleasant Valley School District is proud to present the 5K Peel Out, 1 Mile and 1/4 Mile Run on Sunday, April 12, 2015. The event will be held at the beautiful Camarillo Ranch House on a flat course with plenty of post-race giveaways. There will also be a Wellness Expo. Learn more and sign up at


4th Annual She.Is.Beautiful, The Pinkest 10k and 5k in Santa Barbara on September 20th

The 4th Annual She.Is.Beautiful The Pinkest 10k and 5k is coming back to Santa Barbara on Sunday, September 20th.

This women's only race is known for it's sass, inspirational quotes, fun, and course flair. welcomes women of all ages and encourages everyone to strut their sassiest pinkest outfits! We have had everyone from moms with strollers to professionals racing for prize money. In addition to promoting self-esteem, camaraderie and health among women, our proceeds benefit Girls Inc. in Santa Barbara.

Visit to learn more and to register.


3rd Annual Autism Society of Ventura County Aut2Run Event on Sunday, April 19th

The Autism Society of Ventura County is excited to host its 3rd Annual charity race “Aut2Run!” at California State University Channel Islands on Sunday, April 19, 2015. The event features a 10K trail run at 7:30 am, 5K Run/Walk at 9 am, 15K "Hero Run" (10K and 5K combined!) and a Fun-K at 10:30 am. Open to competitive runners, casual walkers, families & the community. Learn more and register at Sign up early as the race sold out last year, with over 2,100 participants.

Proceeds benefit the Autism Society of Ventura County. ASVC is a local chapter of the national Autism Society, a 501c3 not-for-profit organization whose mission is to improve the lives of all affected by Autism. ASVC was founded in 1994 by local parents and educators to provide support groups, community events, information and resources to families and individuals on the Autism Spectrum.


4th Annual Civil War Encampment at Strathearn Park Simi Valley February 21-22

Two Day Civil War Encampment at Strathearn Park on February 21st-22nd

Strathearn Historical Park & Museum is hosting a Presidents’ Day weekend Civil War encampment. Visitors are invited to step back in time and experience the sights and sounds as re-enactors show the soldiers’ way of life throughout a typical encampment day in 1862 with Union, Confederate and civilian re-enactors.

On February 21-22, there will be “Living History” presentations throughout each day which provide insight into the daily activities of Americans on both sides who served in America’s greatest trial by fire.

The re-enactors will be actually living the soldiers’ way of life for the entire weekend – pitching tents, cooking, cleaning, firing muskets and pistols and telling their stories in a non-battle environment. Both men and women had roles in this important period in our country’s history.

In addition to encampment activities, all buildings within the park will be open for touring, with docents available for historical information.

The public is invited on Saturday from 10am to 4pm and on Sunday from 10am to 3pm. Daily admission is $5 for anyone over age twelve - $3 for children 5 to 12 years old. Children under five are free.

Strathearn Historical Park & Museum is at 137 Strathearn Place in Simi Valley (the street behind Target off Madera Road)

More information at or call 805-526-6453.