32nd Annual Knights of Columbus Chili Cook-Off & Car Show in Simi Valley on Sunday, June 9, 2019

The Knights of Columbus Council 5803 32nd Annual Chili Cook-Off & Car Show takes place on Sunday, June 9, 2019 from 10AM to 5PM on the St Rose of Lima church grounds at 1305 Royal Ave, Simi Valley. Sample chili, explore cars and enjoy the day with family and friends! Live bands and entertainment, large kids area, chili tasting galore, cars on display and vendors galore..

Some of California's finest arts & crafts vendors will be on hand for you to take home something unique and special from the day. There will be ample quantities of chili, hot dogs, hamburgers, polish sausage, cotton candy, soft ice cream, beer and soda.

Overflow parking is across the street at Royal High School.

The car show will feature 16 categories for Classic, Custom, Street Rods, Muscle, Sport, Trucks and Special Interest vehicles. Trophies and prizes will be awarded to all category winners, including Best of Show.

Admission is $6.00 for adults (seniors $5) and $3.00 for children (6-12). Active military free with ID. Chili tickets are 50 cents each. Overflow parking is across the street at Royal High School.

More information at www.chilikc.com.

43rd Annual Thousand Oaks Rotary Chili Cook-Off and Craft Brew Festival on Sunday, May 5, 2019

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The Thousand Oaks Rotary Club hosts its 43rd Annual Chili Cook-Off and Craft Brew Festival on Sunday, May 5, 2019  from noon (11am for VIP ticketholders) to 5pm at Conejo Creek Park North in Thousand Oaks. 

The annual event will feature a regional chili cook-off with over 40 chili tasting booths, live music featuring Justin Honsinger, Highway Starr, and Cover 2 Cover , food, beverages and fun activities for the whole family. Also features the 2nd Annual Craft Brew Festival and Classic & Custom Car Show. Over 15 food trucks and beverage booths will be on hand.

The Chili Cook-Off is proudly presented by the Rotary Club of Thousand Oaks with 100% of the net proceeds going to local charities. Day of event General Admission is $20, VIP for $30, with kids 10 & under getting in for FREE; $65 gets you all the fun of the Cook-Off plus exclusive admission to the Craft Brew Festival, and VIP/Chili/Craft Brew tickets go for $85. Visit www.chili-cook-off.com for more information. Parking is $5.00 at the event site, with FREE parking and shuttle from the Conejo Creek Equestrian Center on Ave.de Las Flores.

26th Annual Casa Pacifica Angels Wine, Food & Brew Festival in Camarillo on June 2, 2019

The 26th Annual Casa Pacifica Angels Wine, Food & Brew Festival will be held Sunday, June 2, 2019 from 1-5pm at CSU Channel Islands in Camarillo. Admission to the event includes samplings from restaurants, wineries, breweries, caterers, bakeries, specialty shops, coffee and tea vendors, among others from Northern California to the Conejo Valley, as well as continuous entertainment throughout the day and a large silent auction.

All proceeds from the Wine & Food Festival will go to Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families – the largest nonprofit provider of children’s mental health services in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties whose mission is to provide hope and help to abused, neglected, or at-risk children. 

Tickets for the event can be purchased online at www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-casa-pacifica-angels-wine-food-brew-festival-tickets-55603035175 . Event usually sells out.

Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families is a crisis-care and residential treatment facility for abused, neglected, or at-risk children in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. The agency is the largest non-profit provider of children’s mental health services in both counties and along with its campus-based programs administers a number of community-based programs which are designed with the intent to strengthen families and keep children in their homes. For more information about Casa Pacifica visit its website www.casapacifica.org or call the Development Department at (805) 445-7800.

Free Cone Day at Ben & Jerry's Locations on Tuesday, April 9, 2019

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019 is Free Cone Day from noon to 8 p.m. at participating Ben & Jerry's Scoop Shops! Nothing better than FREE ice cream! Ben & Jerry's has hosted Free Cone Day since its first anniversary in 1979. An outstanding tradition indeed!

You'll find a local Ben & Jerry's at The Collection at Riverpark in Oxnard as well as at 523 East Main Street in Ventura.

More details and other scoop shops listed at www.benjerry.com/scoop-shops/free-cone-day

Santa Monica Mountains Fund Spring Celebration in Calabasas on Sunday, June 9, 2019

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The Santa Monica Mountains Fund invites you to join us Sunday, June 9, 2019 from 5-7pm for a celebration of renewal and rebirth in the mountains at the Anthony C. Beilenson Interagency Visitors Center at King Gillette Ranch. November 2018, the Woolsey Fire raged through this area, destroying 88% of the National Park Service land within the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. The fire wiped out miles of trails, wildlife habitat, Western Town at Paramount Ranch, multiple ranger houses, the Rocky Oaks archives building and more. The road to recovery is long and difficult journey, but progress is being made. The glorious green hillsides and wild flowers after the rain offer hope at a difficult time. While there is still much to be done, we would like to celebrate the rebirth of life to the mountains.

There will be small plates, drinks, music and a silent auction.

Before the evening program, we invite you to join a ranger for a guided visit at one of two locations in the mountains: Paramount Ranch or Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa. The guided visit, beginning promptly at 3 pm, will include a short walk and talk, taking in the views and learning the rich history of the sites. Then come along to the celebration, and share your experiences with other guests! directions will be provided after registration.

A donation of $100 ($82.50 tax deductible) will reserve your spot at the event at samofund.org/spring-celebration.

36th Annual California Strawberry Festival in Oxnard Set For Weekend of May 18-19, 2019

The 36th Anniversary California Strawberry Festival will be held at Strawberry Meadows of College Park, 3250 South Rose Avenue, Oxnard, on Saturday and Sunday, May 18 and 19, 2019.

Festivalgoers can taste strawberry treats from dozens of food and drink vendors and take part in strawberry pie eating contests, strawberry relays, strawberry tart tosses and other free contests. An estimated 1.5 million strawberries will be consumed at the festival. The two days also feature a vendor marketplace, live music on two outdoor stages, carnival, cooking demonstrations and kids' rides and entertainment at their own Strawberryland. Since its inception, the California Strawberry Festival has donated over $4.5 million to southern California charitable organizations. Free shuttle service to the festival is available ($10 to park onsite).

General admission is $12, seniors 62+ are $8 and children ages 5-12 are $5. Kids 4 and under are free.

Event is 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. each day. Save gas and $10 parking fee by parking at the Camarillo Premium Outlets or other designated locations and taking the free Strawberry Shuttle to the event. Visit www.strawberry-fest.org for more information or call 888.288.9242. Tickets available online or at the gate.

33rd Annual St. Joseph's Day Celebration at St. Paschal Thousand Oaks on March 24, 2019

The Italian Catholic Federation (ICF) is hosting its annual St. Joseph’s Day festivities on Sunday, March 24, 2019 from 4-7pm at St. Paschal Baylon Church, located at 155 E. Janss Road in Thousand Oaks.

The event, now celebrating its 33rd year, will feature a pasta dinner with raffle prizes and live musical entertainment. Proceeds from the event benefit St. Paschal Baylon Church and other charitable organizations.

St. Joseph’s Day is a centuries-old Italian tradition honoring St. Joseph which began after rains ended a severe drought in Sicily. Each March, Italians worldwide celebrate this event with a procession, a beautifully decorated table or altar with flowers, fruit, candles, wine, fava beans and baked goods, and a large Italian dinner.

Dinner ticket prices are $15 for adults and $8 for children for general seating, or a limited number of reserved seating packages are also available and priced at $20 each. Tickets and event schedule are available online by visiting www.icfbranch380.org or by calling 805-368-3384.

About the Italian Catholic Federation The ICF was founded in San Francisco in 1924 by Italian immigrants keen to preserve their faith and pride in their shared heritage. Today, the ICF has nearly 10,000 members across the United States consisting of men, women and children of all ages. ICF members promote and support the Catholic faith and its values, family togetherness, fellowship, apostolic and charitable works, and celebrate Italian American heritage and all the heritages of their communities.