35th Annual Ventura County Bar Association Law Day 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, July 14, 2018

Mark your fitness calendars for the 35th Annual Ventura County Bar Association Law Day 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, July 14, 2018.

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. All proceeds benefit VCBA and Ventura Co. Legal Aid, Inc., who provide legal services to the needy. The flat and fast race includes 12 age categories, with a first-place winner in each category. All participants are automatically entered into a drawing with more than $2,000 in raffle prizes to win and a lot of free food to enjoy after the race.

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

Margarita Taco Festival in Simi Valley on March 31, 2018

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On March 31, 2018, the Welcome Home Soldier Foundation (WHSF) will be hosting the Margarita Taco Festival at the Simi Valley Town Center from 11am to 6pm.

This event will have live music throughout the day starting with the Lineup, a smooth country rock style band, Hammer of the Broads, which is an all girl Led Zeppelin Band and headliner band “Relish” a fantastic high energy rock and roll cover band.

There will be a variety of gourmet tacos and other amazing food and specialty margaritas and beer! Karma Tequila and Lagunitas are our two major sponsors for this event. There will also be a vendor area with crafts, prepackaged and direct sell vendor booths.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/333235717164186/

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/margarita-taco-festival-simi-valley-tickets-41358670898?aff=efbeventtix.

10th Annual Newbury Park High School Jazz Festival on Saturday, March 17, 2018

The Newbury Park High School Panther Band hosts its 10th Annual Newbury Park Jazz Festival on Saturday, March 17, 2018, starting at 9:00am.   The festival is a regional competition gathering middle and high school bands together from all over the southland, allowing them to showcase their talent. 

This year's guest artist is two-time Grammy winner Peter Erskine and the Um Band at noon! Erskine will be joined by John Beasley on piano, Bob Sheppard on Saxophone and Benjamin Shepherd on bass.

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 sessions.  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. 

15th Annual Superstars of the Year Celebration in Thousand Oaks on Sunday, March 18, 2018

The community is invited to attend one of the signature events for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley – The Annual Superstars of the Year Celebration.  This event is open to all ages and recognizes local youth and volunteers who have made a contribution to the Boys & Girls Clubs. 

The celebration takes place on Sunday, March 18 from 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Performing Arts Education Center located at 28545 W. Driver Avenue in Agoura Hills with a VIP Reception from 2 pm to 2:30 pm. The afternoon includes the annual Youth of the Year awards, performing arts showcase by club members and a special guest performance by Dalton Cyr, an award-winning singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist actor.

The Youth of the Year winners will be selected from two categories, 14-18 years old and 13 years old and younger.  Winners will be recognized with a cash prize and certificates from local businesses.  The youth in the 14-18-year old category can go on to participate in area coastal, state and regional competitions with an opportunity to win up to $100,000 in scholarships awarded by the President of the United States.

Adding to the festivities, the afternoon includes opportunity drawings with merchandise donated by the local community.  The admission fee is $5.

For more information, or to inquire about sponsorship opportunities, call 818-706-0905.  Due to the popularity of the event, the Boys & Girls Clubs encourages those who are interested in attending to purchase tickets in advance.

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.

About Dalton Cyr

From Jacksonville Beach, FL, the awarding-winning singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, actor Dalton Cyr is currently working on his 4th album with producer Mikal Blue (One Republic, Jason Mraz, Five For Fighting, and many others) in L.A. Cyr’s third EP, “Breathe”, was accompanied by the release of a music film trilogy. Cyr concepted the multi-award-winning “Breathe” film, co-wrote, co-directed, acted and scored the music for the film which tells a story about love, loss and recovery across three songs. A prolific songwriter, described as Ed Sheeran and John Mayer meets Justin Timberlake, Cyr was named “one of the most promising upcoming songwriters in the world” by industry talent scouts and has had songs featured in film and TV and on music charts. Cyr was inducted into Robert M Knight’s The Brotherhood of the Guitar which is centered on upcoming guitarists who are the guitar legends of tomorrow. A high-energy performer who instantly captivates audiences with his powerful guitar, intense vocal delivery and lively stage show, Cyr wrote and recorded his first song at 10 years old and began touring when he was 12. As an actor, Cyr has been seen on FreeForm’s hit show “Pretty Little Liars”, starred as the lead “Judd” in Amazon Studio’s music-driven sitcom, “A History of Radness”, as Holden in the movie, “TIME TOYS”, and will be filming a feature film in April playing the role of Rudolph Valentino. Cyr supports multiple charities and is a National Ambassador for the Dream Factory, an organization that grants dreams to critically and chronically ill children. 

118th Ojai Tennis Tournament April 25-29 to Honor Tracy Austin

Tracy Austin Named Tournament Honoree at Storied Ojai Tennis Tournament

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Tickets Now On Sale for Special “Evening With Tracy Austin” Fundraising Event Honoring Tennis Hall of Famer and Former Ojai Champion Set For April 27

International Tennis Hall of Famer Tracy Austin has been named the Tournament Honoree for the 118th Ojai Tennis Tournament and will be celebrated at a special fundraiser during the event, which runs from April 25-29 headquartered in downtown Ojai’s venerable Libbey Park.

“An Evening With Tracy Austin” will take place Friday, April 27 at the Topa Mountain Winery. The event is a fundraiser for the Ojai Valley Tennis Club and funds raised will be used to expand and support youth tennis programs and tournaments in Ojai, as well as enhance Libbey Park and local school tennis facilities and support funding for The Ojai Tennis Tournament.

Longtime Ojai resident and renowned actor Malcom McDowell will take part in the evening’s event, as will longtime local tennis teaching pro and promoter Wayne Bryan, father of the all-time winningest doubles team Mike and Bob Bryan. The Diane Miller Band will also perform. The cost of the fundraiser is $150. For more information and to purchase tickets online, go to: www.ojaitourney.org.

The Rolling Hills resident Austin first burst onto the tennis scene winning The Ojai in 1977 (women’s open) and 1978 (Girls’ 16s), just one year before becoming the youngest player to win the US Open at the age of 16. The former world No. 1 beat Martina Navratilova in the semifinals and Chris Evert in the final at that 1979 US Open, and was later named that year’s Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year.

Austin went on to win 30 singles titles and five doubles titles during her amazing career. Austin holds the distinction as being the youngest player to be inducted into the International Hall of Fame in 1992. She can be seen at tennis’ top events and has been the face of the U.S. Open for more than 20 years for USA Network and Tennis Channel.

In recent years, Ojai Tournament honorees have included former Grand Slam champion Rod Laver, former world No. 1, Wimbledon champion and USC All-American Stan Smith, and legendary former Stanford coach Dick Gould.

For the first time this year, The Ojai will offer equal prize money in the Men’s and Women’s Open divisions. Local benefactor Mike Taggart has increased his donation for the equal prize money, which this year will total $30,200. Each of tennis’ Grand Slam events offer equal prize money, including the BNP Paribas Open which takes place each March in Indian Wells, Calif.

About The Ojai

The Ojai Valley Tennis Club, Inc., is a non-profit organization that was established in 1895 by William Thacher. In 1896, the Ojai Valley Tennis Club initiated its first valley-wide tournament consisting of a single elimination mixed doubles event and The Ojai was born. Today the Ojai Valley Tennis Club is still running The Ojai but has broadened its mission to promoting interest in physical fitness and tennis, and providing recreational facilities for young people throughout the area.

Cancer Support Community "Seasons of Hope" Gala in Westlake Village on April 28, 2018

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Spend an evening of inspiration and celebration recognizing cancer heroes in our community!

This year Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara will hold the "Seasons of Hope" Gala at the Four Seasons Hotel in Westlake Village on April 28, 2018. 

The Gala includes an evening of activities hosted by this year’s Master of Ceremonies, Cristina Ferrare, including a cocktail reception, 3-course dinner, live entertainment, dancing, silent, and an exciting live auction. The evening promises to honor those that have made a notable impact on the well-being of local cancer patients and their families through their connection to Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara. 

Proceeds from the event benefit Cancer Support Community allowing them to continue providing cancer support, education, and hope, free of charge, for people affected by cancer and their loved ones.

Click here to learn more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities, or please call (805) 379 - 4777. www.cancersupportvvsb.org