California Coastal Horse Rescue "Help a Horse Day" Event in Ojai on Sunday, April 23rd

California Coastal Horse Rescue (CCHR) in Ojai will celebrate its annual “Help a Horse Day” from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 23 with an open house and family fun day at the ranch. The community is invited to this free event, which features pony cart rides for children, food trucks, beer and wine garden, games, a silent, and, of course, the stars of the day – the CCHR horses.

CCHR’s community open house is being held as part of ASPCA® (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) “Help a Horse Day,” a nationwide challenge for equine rescues and sanctuaries to raise awareness about abused and neglected horses.

In addition to raising awareness, participation in national “Help a Horse Day” allows CCHR to compete for a share of $100,000 in ASPCA grant prizes, which is vital to the work they do year-round to care for horses, many of which have been abused or neglected.

An all-volunteer, non-profit organization, CCHR’s mission is to rescue abandoned, abused, neglected and slaughter-bound horses and provide them with a second chance at living healthy, happy and productive lives. 

CCHR has rescued horses from throughout California since 2000. Once horses are brought back to physical and emotional health, volunteers work to find them loving, permanent homes.

This year’s “Help a Horse Day” celebration is in honor of the ASPCA’s 151th Anniversary. On April 26, 1866, ASPCA Founder Henry Bergh stopped a cart driver from beating his horse, resulting in the first successful arrest for the mistreatment of a horse.

California Coastal Horse Rescue “Help a Horse Day” will take place on Sunday, April 23, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 600 W. Lomita Ave., Ojai. For more information, visit www.calcoastalhorserescue.com or call 805-649-1090.

14th Annual Superstars of the Year Celebration in Thousand Oaks on Sunday, March 19, 2017

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley hosts an exciting and inspirational fun-filled afternoon that recognizes excellence in Club members and volunteers during the 14th Annual Superstars of the Year Celebration, Sunday, March 19 at 2:30 p.m.  The celebration is held at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Center – Fred Kavli Theatre, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Boulevard, Thousand Oaks. 

A main highlight is the Youth of the Year recognition, the cornerstone of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s vital Character and Leadership Development Program.  Other highlights include the Performing Arts Showcase by Club members and special guest appearances.  The event is free and open to the public.  For more information, visit the website at www.bgcconejo.org.

Entertainment to include pop/R&B/soul singer Dylan Chambers, co-host actress Brianna Chomer, dancer Kelsi Darby, gymnast/dancer Sophina DeJesus, actress McKenna Grace and actor Mateus Ward.

About the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley are open before and after school, during lunch, on weekends, throughout the summer for the camp program and all day during school vacations with tours of the Clubs available upon request.  For more information about supervised youth programs, to donate, volunteer, or register online, please log onto www.bgcconejo.org or call 818-706-0905.

Princess Day Weekend at the Santa Barbara Zoo on March 11-12, 2017

There’s no better time than the season when clocks “spring forward” to honor the world’s many and varied frogs and amphibians at Princess Day/Save the Frogs Day at the Santa Barbara Zoo on Saturday and Sunday, March 11-12, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Meet Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, and other princesses in person as they help celebrate frogs. There are also frog-inspired crafts, games, and special animal appearances. All costumed princesses welcome – as are knights, pirates, and cowboys. Learn how zoos and aquariums are working to save the world’s threatened amphibians. Cost: free with Zoo admission.

The zoo is located at 500 Ninos Drive, Santa Barbara. www.sbzoo.org

9th Annual Newbury Park High School Jazz Festival on Saturday, March 11, 2017

Newbury Park High School Panther Band hosts its 9th Annual Newbury Park Jazz Festival on Saturday, March 11, 2017, starting at 9:00am.   The Newbury Park Jazz Festival is a regional competition gathering middle and high school big bands and jazz combos together from all over the southland, allowing them to showcase their talent and receive valuable feedback from professional jazz artists and educators.  It is also a unique opportunity for local jazz enthusiasts in the surrounding areas to enjoy world-class musicians as they play at an affordable local venue. 

This year the school is proud to announce two headliner concert events that will both take place in the NPHS Performing Arts Center at 456 Reino Rd., Newbury Park. The first concert will start at noon featuring internationally renowned jazz drummer, percussionist, clinician, author, and educator Steve Houghton who will perform with the Cal State Northridge Jazz “A” Band.  Steve initially received acclaim at age twenty as the drummer with Woody Herman’s Young Thundering Herd. Since then he has shared stage and studio with such luminaries as Freddie Hubbard, Rufus Reid, Gary Burton, Joe Henderson, and many others.  As an author, Houghton’s publications boast more than thirty educational books, videos and DVDs and he is in constant demand as a guest artist, clinician and educator.  

On Saturday, March 19th, at noon, the audience will enjoy the Cal State Northridge Jazz “A” Band under the direction of Matt Harris, featuring trumpet legend Chuck Findley.  The flagship ensemble of the CSU Northridge Jazz Studies Program will play some of the music that they bring to life at their performances, both nationally and internationally.  They will also present pieces from Chuck Findley’s new album “Star Eyes”. 

Then Saturday evening at 6:30pm, Gordon Goodwin will close the festival with a special performance of the LA College of Music Big Band under the direction of Willie Murrillo.  Having amassed 21 Grammy nominations, four statues and three Emmy wins, Gordon Goodwin is the most decorated big band leaders in the 21st century. He is leader of Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, an internationally known ensemble with a reputation as one of the most exciting large ensembles in jazz.  He has written and worked with artists like Ray Charles, Christina Aguilera, Johnny Mathis, John Williams, Natalie Cole, David Foster, Sarah Vaughan, Mel Torme, and Quincy Jones, to name a few.  In addition to being an accomplished composer and performer, he is also one of the most influential and in-demand jazz educators in America. 

For the low price of $10, attendees will receive an All Access Pass for the entire festival.  This includes access to clinics, competitions, both concerts, and a wealth of tempting cessions.  Watch as students in big bands and combos perform and receive feedback as well as individualized post-performance clinics.  All proceeds support the NPHS Instrumental Music Department.

36th Annual Huck Finn Fishin' Derby at Rancho Simi Community Park on April 29, 2017

The 36th Annual Huck Finn Fishin’ Derby is scheduled for Saturday, April 29, 2017 at Rancho Simi Community Park, 1765 Royal Avenue, Simi Valley from 6:30 a.m. (park opens at 6 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Little ones will be hooked on fishing fun while scanning the water for the biggest and best fish to catch. The derby will be held along the banks of the two-and-one-half acre lake at Rancho Simi Community Park. Parents are advised to bring their children to the lake as early as possible to ensure a great spot. For safety reasons, no spinners/lures allowed. The lagoon will be stocked with over 2,000 pounds of fish before the event.

The annual event is open to boys and girls 15 years of age and younger. The Huck Finn Fishin’ Derby has been around for more than three decades. Many of the parents are returning to the event to share their childhood fishing experiences with their children. Whether rain or shine, the fishing event goes on.  Open to the public.  Call 805.584.4400 or visit www.rsrpd.org/events/huck_finn_fishin_derby.php for more information.  FREE

34th Annual Ventura County Bar Association Law Day 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, July 1, 2017

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Mark your fitness calendars for the 34th Annual Ventura County Bar Association Law Day 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, July 1, 2017.

The 5K run starts at 8:30 a.m. and 1 mile family fun run starts at 9:30 a.m. at Ventura Community Park, 901 S. Kimball Road. Flat and fast course.

Visit runsignup.com/Race/CA/Ventura/LawDay5KVentura to register.

Nite Moves Run, Swim, Duathlon Series in Santa Barbara May 3 to Aug 30, 2017

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The 29th Annual Nite Moves - Swimming, Running & Biathlon events every Wednesday evening at Leadbetter Beach, 801 Shoreline Road, Santa Barbara from May 3rd through August 30th, 2017 starting at 6pm. Event features food, entertainment and fun! Onsite registration at 5pm.

Ocean conditions vary...Many brave this distance without a suit...Great workout for getting swim experience in a crowd as we usually have a 100 swimmers at the starting line...5K footraces begin at the east end of Shoreline. Out and back course with majestic views of the Santa Ynes Mountains circling Santa Barbara, race back and view Stearns Wharf, finishing in Leadbetter Beach Park. Family friendly events!

More information at www.runsantabarbara.com/nite-moves or sign up directly at www.active.com/santa-barbara-ca/water-sports/swimming-races/nite-moves-2017.