2018 AIDS Walk Ventura on Saturday, March 3rd at Plaza Park

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The 2018 AIDS Walk Ventura takes place Saturday, March 3rd at Plaza Park in Ventura. Check-in and entertainment starts:at 8:30am and walk starts at 10am.

AIDS Walk Ventura is a fun, healthy way for friends, families and teams of co-workers to raise awareness and help to do their part in the fight against HIV & AIDS in Ventura County. Learn more and sign up at aidswalkventura.org.

9th Annual Wish Night Gala Benefiting Make-A-Wish® Tri-Counties in Westlake Village on 2/23/18

Make-A-Wish® Tri-Counties will be hosting its 9th Annual Wish Night gala celebrating the power of a wish to inspire hope, strength and joy to courageous children battling life-threatening medical conditions. This year’s event will be held 5:30-10 p.m. on February 23, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency in Westlake Village.

A special program highlight is the opportunity for guests to personally help make wishes come true through Fund-A-Wish. The evening also features heartfelt wish stories, a plated dinner, a wine wall, live music and silent and live auctions.

Make-A-Wish® Tri-Counties has granted over 1,500 wishes for local children throughout Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties since 1985. . For tickets and/or sponsorship information, visit tri-counties.wish.org.

"My Father's Dragon" Family Show at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza on Sat, January 20th

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Embark on an adventure with My Father’s Dragon at the Bank of America Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, Fred Kavli Theatre, Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.

Based on Ruth Stiles Gannett’s beloved, award-winning and best-selling Dragon trilogy, Enchantment Theatre Company’s My Father’s Dragon features talking animals, flying dragons and buried treasure! Elmer sets off on a daring adventure to rescue a baby dragon being held captive by the ferocious animals of Wild Island. With pluck and ingenuity Elmer makes his way to the island, outwits the wild animals and saves Boris, the dragon. But can they find their way back home? Using life-size puppets, expressive masks, magical scenic effects and original music, Enchantment brings to life this remarkable tale that reminds us all that we are never too young to make a difference.

The Enchantment Theatre Company awakens imaginations of every age with its whimsical telling of new and classic fables, myths and legends. For this production, they bring to vivid life a story that has been honored by Newbery and the American Library Association, named among the top 100 books for children by the School Library Journal, and is celebrating its 70th anniversary of publication in 2018. With “delightfully logical nonsense, appealing characters, and irrepressible humor,” (the New York Times), the production is a tale of derring-do and laughter, too. 

Single tickets are priced at $29-$19 with group discounts available. Tickets are available from Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000, online at www.ticketmaster.com (or more specifically, THIS LINK) or through the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Box Office, located at 2100 Thousand Oaks Boulevard. For more information call 805-449-ARTS (2787) or visit www.civicartsplaza.com.

Underwater Parks Day Festival at Sea Center in Santa Barbara on Saturday, January 20, 2018

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Celebrate the biodiversity and abundance of animals living in Marine Protected Areas. Dive into the world of marine science with our interactive activities and ocean-themed crafts. Underwater Parks Day at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center on Stearns Wharf. 10am to 3pm on Saturday, January 20, 2018.

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2019 Arroyo Creek Half Marathon, 5K and 10K in Simi Valley on Sunday, June 2nd

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The 2019 Arroyo Creek Half Marathon, 5K and 10K are planned for Sunday, June 2nd at Rancho Simi Community Park, 1765 Royal Ave, Simi Valley.

Run along the tree-lined Arroyo Creek bike path through the center of Simi Valley. Half marathon starts at 7am. Aid stations every 1.5 miles.

More information at www.ArroyoCreekHalf.com.

Candlelight Service of Remembrance on December 3, 2017 in Westlake Village

Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks-Griffin Memorial Park, a Dignity Memorial® provider, will host its annual, non-denominational Candlelight Service of Remembrance on December 3. The service will start at 6:00 p.m. in Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks-Griffin Mortuary’s Chapel of the Oaks at 5600 Lindero Canyon Rd. in Westlake Village, 91362.  The service is open to everyone in the community and no reservation is needed.

Additionally, Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks is a collection location for the U.S. Marine Corps “Toys for Tots” drive.  This event collects new, unwrapped toys during each year, and distributes those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted. New, unwrapped toys can be brought to the office at any time through December 18, or delivered before the candlelight service.

The Candlelight Service of Remembrance will be led by Rabbi Ira Rosenfeld, Deacon Jess Pason from St. Jude Catholic Church, and Rev. Jonathan Mulford. Harpist Peggy Skomal and The Village Voices Chorale, led by Gloria Hilliard, director, will provide the music. The service will include a candle lighting ceremony where families will be invited to light a candle in honor of a loved one lost this year. Refreshments will be served following the service.

Beginning November 24, Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks will display a “Tree of Remembrance” in their lobby. Community members are encouraged to bring a photo or other memento to hang on the tree with the ornament provided by Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks. The tree will be in the lobby until December 31 at which time residents may pick up their ornament and take it home as a gift from Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks.

About Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks-Griffin Memorial Park, Mortuary & Crematory

Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks-Griffin Memorial Park, FD1344 Westlake Village, Calif., is a proud Dignity Memorial provider in Westlake Village.  The Dignity Memorial network of more than 1,800 funeral, cremation and cemetery service providers is North America’s most trusted resource for funeral and memorialization services. Dignity Memorial providers offer an unmatched combination of products and locations serving families with care, integrity, respect and service excellence. For more information visit http://www.piercebrothersvalleyoaks.com or call (818) 889-0902.