2017 Lexus Ventura Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K on Sunday, October 22

The 2017 Lexus Ventura Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K are planned for Sunday, October 22. The race course have changed this year and now will be point to point, downhill courses running from Ojai to Ventura. Free waffle breakfast after the race too! Learn more at www.venturamarathon.com.

Additional events planned include Kids Sand Runs and 100, 62 and 30 Mile Bike Rides.

The event is managed by Vendurance Sports, a Ventura County-based running club and event management company aiming to bring high-quality, well-organized and affordable events to the region.

Also in the plans is the Ventura Beach Party 2017 on Saturday, 10/21 from 10am to 6pm and Sunday, 10/22 from 7am to 3pm. Beachfront event will feature local vendors, live music, kids' activities and a craft beer garden next to the Ventura Pier. More at www.venturabeachparty.com.

2nd Annual Singletrack Stampede 22K & 42K Trail Runs in Calabasas on Saturday, March 4th

The 2nd Annual Singletrack Stampede "Trail of the Ancients" 22K and 42K Trail Runs take place on Saturday, March 4th at 4232 Las Virgenes Road, Calabasas. Races start at 7:30am on 95% single track trails in the Las Virgenes Canyon. Register at ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=39106.

8th Annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival in Ventura March 3-4, 2017

Tickets on sale now for the Ventura Hillsides Conservancy’s 8th Annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival

Tickets are on sale now for the Ventura Hillsides Conservancy’s (VHC) 8th annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival (WSFF). Held high on the hill at Ventura’s Poinsettia Pavilion, 3451 Foothill Rd., on Friday and Saturday, March 3 and 4, the WSFF offers audiences the chance to enjoy a series of award-winning short films that celebrate the beauty and bounty of our natural world.

This very popular annual event brings a national tour of award-winning independent short films to Ventura for two nights only. Highlights of this year’s film lineup, which differs each night, include: river rafting with President Jimmy Carter, swimming upstream with a wild salmon, scaling the Seven Summits with a female Bangladeshi adventurer and the hiking 60 miles in Utah’s back country with Genghis Khan, an articulate “desert dawg” and his owner.

In addition to viewing films, attendees also enjoy live music, special guests, popcorn, home baked cookies, food, beer, wine and the chance to win high-end raffle items that include original artwork, outdoor gear, dining-out certificates and more.

Ticket prices are $20 for General Admission or $35 for “Silver Circle” seats. “Silver Circle” tickets include reserved seating plus one drink ticket for a glass of beer or wine. The festival also serves as a membership drive for VHC. For $50, purchasers receive a one-year VHC membership plus two General Admission tickets or for $100, they receive a one-year VHC membership plus two “Silver Circle” tickets.

The WSFF is supported by donations from several local businesses and community organizations. This year’s event sponsors include: Castoro Cellars, City of Ventura Environmental Sustainability, Fletcher Chouinard Designs, For Your Home Furniture, Law Offices of Richard L. Francis and Assoc., Patagonia, Poseidon Brewing Co., Rabobank, Real Cheap Sports, REI, Two Trees Brewing Co., Slaughter, Reagan and Cole, LLC, Ventura Community Bank and Ventura Water.

To purchase tickets, visit www.venturahillsides.org/events. For more information on tickets or sponsorship opportunities, call VHC at: (805) 643-8044.

The Ventura Hillsides Conservancy is dedicated to preserving and protecting Ventura's hillsides, waterways and wildlife. Founded in 2003, the 501(c)(3) non-profit organization is supported by over 500 members, local business and government partners. The land trust manages 80 acres of land near the Ventura River and is working toward the purchase of its first hillside property. Further information about the Conservancy is at: www.venturahillsides.org.

44th Annual Westlake Village Garden Club Garden Tour on Sunday, April 23, 2017

The Westlake Village Garden Club is holding their 44th annual Garden Tour on Sunday, April 23, 2017 (rescheduled from April 9) from 11 am to 4 pm. This award-winning tour includes 5 unique, one-of-a-kind gardens throughout the community.

Tickets available at www.westlakevillagegardenclub.com. Flat shoes are recommended & please, no pets. Lemonade & cookies served at one of the homes.

This is a 501(c)3 non profit organization that awards scholarships to local students and supports 12 non-profit organizations devoted to the enhancement & protection of our natural landscape.

Hugs 4 Hearts Festival in Simi Valley on Sunday, May 7, 2017

Hugs 4 Hearts Fest at 1765 Royal Avenue, Simi Valley will have with music, vendors, food, kids stuff and a silent auction. It is Sunday, May 7, from 10 am to 6 pm, Attendance is free. A booth is $50 plus a donation to the charity's silent auction. Harrison Hugs helps place AEDs (automated external defibrillators) in schools and donates them to schools as well. www.harrisonhugs.org

Arts Alive Art Festival at Studio Channel Islands in Camarillo on May 27-28, 2017

This year’s Arts Alive is expected to showcase hundreds of local, regional and national artists along with the talented Artists-in-Residence from Studio Channel Islands. Art organizations will also be on hand to partake in the festivities at the biggest and most exciting art festival in Ventura County. Enjoy live music, food trucks, entertainment, wine & beer gardens with premium local wines, and variety of microbrews and domestic beers. There will be a Kids Corner featuring a sidewalk chalk contest, face painting, fun art projects and much much more!

Event is planned for Saturday, May 27 from 10am to 5pm and Sunday, May 28 from 11am to 4pm.

Studio Channel Islands is located at 2222 Ventura Boulevard in Old Town Camarillo.

For information, visit www.studiochannelislands.org or call 805-383-1368.