Banding together to aid residents - Benefit efforts pop-up everywhere

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With the Conejo Valley reeling from the mass shooting at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks and the destructive force of the Woolsey and Hill fires, musicians, arts groups, restaurants and stores are coming together to help out. Here's a look at a few of the benefit events being planned:
Arsenal Comics: The Easy Evil record label will present a benefit concert for victims of the Woolsey fire and Borderline shooting at 5 p.m. Sat., Nov. 17, at the comic book store, 2333 Michael Drive, Newbury Park. Admission is $5 at the door.
The store also plans to raffle off a weeklong badge to the 2019 San Diego Comic Con. Books, statues and other merchandise will be sold too. Raffle tickets are $15. Proceeds will go to the Ventura County Community Foundation. Call ( 805) 499- 6197 for information.
Nabu Wines: The winery at 2649 Townsgate Road, Westlake Village, will hold a benefit for Borderline victims from 1 to 5 p.m. Sun., Nov. 25. Fleetwood Mac tribute band Twisted Gypsy will perform. The event will also have a raffle. Memorial T-shirts will be sold. Food from The Habit, Farm & Flame, Kona Ice and Chronic Tacos will be available. Call (805) 778-1100 or visit
REO Speedwagon: The band, known for hits like “Keep On Loving You,” plans to donate proceeds from its already scheduled Jan. 12 show at the Kavli Theatre in Thousand Oaks to the Ventura County Community Foundation. In the works is a second fundraising gig at the Kavli on Jan. 13; tickets could go on sale as early as today.
REO Speedwagon has deep local roots: singer Kevin Cronin, guitarist Dave Amato and drummer Bryan Hill all live in the Conejo Valley.
“The REO family's prayers are with you all,” Cronin said on the group's Facebook page.
Sir, Please - a band featuring Cronin's sons Shane and Josh - will open both Kavli shows. The group played at the Borderline earlier this year.
For information on the Kavli concerts, call the T.O. Civic Arts Plaza at (805) 449-2787.
Originally appeared on Moorpark Ahorn. Reprinted with permission. For more updates of events and how you can help, visit

ENCI is an actor and recently turned writer and director. She is an urban cyclist, passionate about living intentionally, about leaving less behind and about living healthy. Enci is a member of SAG and AFTRA and is on the board of the 501(c)4 Bikeside and is co-founder of the Bike Writers Collective. Enci teaches all over town about web etiquettes and social media and is involved with the East Hollywood Neighborhood Council where she serves on the Arts & Culture Committee. Enci is passionate about leaning new things and currently she is studying ASL. You can visit her at or read about her adventures at