QUESTION: I am looking for information about a variety of services and wonder if there is a single place where I can start my search. Do you have any suggestions?

ANSWER: You are looking for an expo type event where many service providers are gathered together under one roof — and you are in luck as the Conejo Senior Volunteer Program is having its 3rd annual Wellness Fest this month.

This free “Island of Health & Wellness Fest” is scheduled for Jan. 18 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Goebel Adult Community Center, 1385 E. Janss Road in Thousand Oaks.

More than 65 providers of information and services will be on hand for attendees to talk to and get to know what services are available.

The day will feature free health screenings, lunch (pick up a free lunch ticket in advance at Goebel’s front desk), games, raffles, prizes and copies of the new resource directory. Participants will be able to “ask the doctor” and “ask the lawyer.” There will be insurance and financial specialists, Area Agency on Aging personnel and Senior Concerns Senior Advocates in attendance.

Entertainment will include music, a big band, ukulele players and much more. The island theme will be carried out through décor and attire.

Sponsors of this popular event include Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center, Atria Senior Living and Home Helpers. Proceeds will help support the Conejo Senior Volunteer Program.

The CSVP has worked for more than 40 years to provide meaningful volunteer opportunities for adults age 55 and older in the Conejo Valley. Last year more than 1,000 CSVP volunteers worked more than 180,000 hours at Mary Health of the Sick, Stagecoach Inn Museum and the Thousand Oaks Police Department — known as Volunteering in Policing or VIP — to name a few. This time allotment of meaningful community engagement provides physical and mental stimulation that has proven to be essential for maintaining health and wellness in retirement.

In addition, independent research estimates this volunteer work to be valued at nearly $5,000,000 in human resource contributions. This undertaking creates a win-win result with the senior staying active and healthy and the public services able to better serve the community.

This event should be both educational and fun. For more information, call 381-2742.

Remember to pick up a free lunch ticket (limited to the first 300 attendees) at Goebel’s front desk before the day of the event. Hope to see you there.

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