While we decorate our trees and sip on egg nog, we often get caught up in the holiday fun and miss out on the dire need of others. This year, the need is greater than ever. Though we hear about food drives and charity events, it can be overwhelming to keep track of them all. That is why we did that for you this year. We have bolded organizations, events and the charities to which these events are benefiting and they are listed in chronological order. Not all have made the list, but tune in next week for more.

This week
Women’s Economic Ventures will be having a Holiday Soiree and Fundraiser Gift Sale online Dec. 9, from 3 to 8 p.m. Twenty percent of all sales will be donated to WEV. WEV is a nonprofit organization that is supporting small businesses through training, loans and counseling. So stop by www.shopwithacause.com and shop till you drop.

Boys and Girls Clubs of Port Hueneme and Oxnard are presenting a Battle of the Bands at The Club in Oxnard. This special occasion is being held to help these bands become successful to a wider audience. Come on down to The Club off of W. Fifth Street on Friday, Dec. 10, at 6 p.m, to help support local talent. Free admission but bring some money for the raffle later that evening.

The Channel Islands Figure Skating Club is producing its ninth annual holiday ice show for charity, “The Nutty Nutcracker on Ice,” Dec. 10, 11 and 12, at the Channel Islands Ice Center in Oxnard. Tickets range from $10 general admission to $42 on ice table seating. All proceeds go to holiday gifts foster children. Come on down to your local ice rink and help donate and have fun some fun while doing so.

Firefighters and the police are set to duke it out in the Battle of the Badges. This event is being held at the Oceanview Pavilion on Sunday, Dec. 11, to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Oxnard and Port Hueneme and the Volunteers in Policing. This boxing match brings together the Los Angeles Police Department, Santa Monica police and fire departments, Oxnard police and fire departments, and the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department. Tickets range from $25 for general admission to $100 for ringside.

Panera Bread Bakery-Café in Thousand Oaks will be having a cookie decorating extravaganza for customers on Saturday, Dec. 11, from 9 am till noon. Cookie decorating will be free for children, ages 12 and under. Donations will be accepted to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Tri-Counties.

United Cancer Advocacy Action Network’s Gift Wrap 4 A Cause is being held in the Janss Marketplace at Thousand Oaks. The community can bring in their gifts and have the volunteers wrap them for just a small donation. The volunteers will be wrapping gifts from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Dec. 15, and 24. This will help the UCAAN get noticed and can help further their contributions for the cure for cancer.

Ongoing for a short time
Tackle Hunger 2010 is a charity event running from November to January. As Ventura County’s regional food bank, Food Share INC. distributes millions of pounds of donated food to Ventura County residents throughout the year through 150 services run by churches, temples, civic organizations and community groups. The goal is to obtain 150,000 pounds of food and $120,000 in donations by Jan 10. Go to www.foodshare.com to find out more about helping their cause.

LA Workout is joining forces with Oxnard’s new thrift store Please Help Us, to help raise funds for cancer patients.

They are accepting “barely used” to “not used” clothing, and small common items at the LA Workout location in Camarillo. LA Workout will also be doing a food drive at their new Oxnard location located at 1751 N. Lombard St.

Both events have already started and will be ending shortly after the New Year begins.