Weekend Holiday Happenings

Conejo Valley Happening stopped by a couple of the charitable holiday boutiques this weekend: Healthcare for Homeless Animals Holiday Boutique in Agoura Hills and the Cancer Support Community Holiday Homes Tour and Boutique in Westlake Village. Now in its seventh year, the Healthcare for Homeless Animals Annual Holiday Boutique raises funds for the medical care […]

The Money Savvy Mommy: How to Stay Above the Holiday Shopping Madness

by Mira Reverente Black Friday has come and gone and so has Cyber Monday. Do you still feel overwhelmed with your shopping and holiday lists? Perhaps a bit over-stimulated with all the ads, fliers and catalogs all vying for your attention? It is inescapable. We all do need to get those holiday presents at some point, […]

The Money Savvy Mommy: How Being Grateful Pays Off

by Mira Reverente The simple act of thanking someone or being grateful for something releases “reward” chemicals such as dopamine and serotonin, making us happy and calm. Stress hormones such as cortisol are also reduced by thanking someone. In a study conducted at Kent State University, students were divided into two groups. One group had […]

The Holidays Come Alive at the Annual Tree Lighing Event in Thousand Oaks

The parking lot of the Promenade at Westlake was transformed into a winter wonderland for the 21st annual Holiday Tree Lighting Friday night. Hundreds of people from across the Conejo Valley enjoyed music and dance by the 40s-inspired Beverly Belles, snowfall, fireworks and, of course, the arrival of Santa Clause. Enjoy some of our video […]

The Money Savvy Mommy: Easy-to-Make Homemade Holiday Treats

by Mira Reverente Last week in my “10-Step Guide to Rocking the Holidays,” I mentioned making homemade gifts. I have two that are my top favorites for two reasons: they are easy to make and cost-effective. I say cost-effective because one uses an ingredient that would otherwise be discarded from the first one. I make […]

Annual Pageant Crowns Future Movers and Shakers

In its third year, Pageant 360 was held at the Agoura Hills Recreation and Event Center on June 18th. Not your typical beauty pageant, its founder, Carly Hartman, created the event to inspire young women, ages 14-24, to become confident future movers and shakers. The program consists of a two-day confidence-building conference leading up to […]

Where to View Fireworks in the Conejo Valley This Weekend

Wondering where to take in the Fourth of July fireworks this weekend? It’s always a good idea to plan ahead, especially if you’re taking the whole family. Here’s our guide to this local fireworks displays: Moorpark Friday, July 3: The City of Moorpark presents its 3rd of July Fireworks Extravaganza on Sunday, July 3rd (yes…the day […]

Author, Business Owner Team Up to Aid Family of Dying Girl

A recent CNN story about a gravely ill girl’s choice to die at home rather than in a hospital had such an emotional impact on two Conejo Valley residents that they decided to take action. Children’s book author Will Thach was stirred by the story of Julianna Snow, a 5-year-old girl from Seattle suffering from […]

5th Annual Miller Family YMCA July 4th Festival, Parade, 5K/10K Run/Walk & Car Show

The Miller Family YMCA of Newbury Park is hosting its 5th annual Independence Day/July 4 5K/10K Run/Walk and a free family festival, parade and car show. A community all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast is from 7-11 a.m. with the car show from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Awards will be given to winners of the car show’s […]

Valentine’s Day Blooms Are Aplenty in the Conejo Valley

By Mira Reverente With less than two weeks to go until Valentine’s Day, local florists are undeniably in a flower frenzy! Preparations are underway for established florists like Westlake Florist, who have been in business since 1980. “We are beefing up our fleet of delivery vans, tripling our staff and getting ready to place our […]