So grateful.

So grateful.

In my younger years, I called myself “Tracy the Great,” part of a quartet of pre-adolescent girls known (amongst themselves) as the “Greats.” A couple—okay, maybe a few (who’s counting?)—decades later, I find a similar, if more mellowed, moniker describes me best…Tracy the Grateful. I have so much to be grateful for, from family and friends, to the wonderful community in which I live.

Community Steps Up to Preserve Trails & Open Space

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The Conejo Valley is home to miles of boundless beauty and acres of abundance, teeming with lush vegetation and providing plenty of close-to-home opportunities for hiking, biking and enjoying the great outdoors.

November 2015 Around Town

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Pacific Festival Ballet presents their 22nd Annual Nutcracker at the beautiful Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. This holiday favorite features New York City Ballet dance artists, Tiler Peck & Gonzalo Garcia. Complete with opulent sets and costumes, dazzling choreography and a mega cast, including international guest artists Kalinin Russian Dance Troupe, this season promises visions of sugar plums and a 100 percent chance of snowfall on the audience. Performances are Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 19 and 20, at 2 and 7 p.m. at the Fred Kavli Theatre. PacFestBallet.org

November 2015 Good Times

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Guests enjoyed North Ranch Country Club’s Open House, with wine tasting and beautiful weather. Golf, tennis and social events provide members with endless entertainment in a family atmosphere where friendships that last a lifetime are forged. 

Montecito Bank & Trust Expands in Ventura County

Montecito Bank & Trust Expands in Ventura County

Since its founding 40 years ago, Montecito Bank & Trust has made an unwavering commitment to giving back to the communities it serves by helping to maintain the strength and vitality of those communities in which they live. Since the bank’s expansion into Ventura County in 2004, nonprofits in our community enthusiastically began feeling the generosity of that commitment. Under the leadership of President and Chief Executive Officer Janet Garufis, who was recently named to the prestigious American Banker’s 2015 list of the top 25 Women to Watch, Montecito Bank & Trust now has three Ventura County locations in Westlake, Ventura, and its newest branch, Camarillo. As it continues to grow in Ventura County, so will its philanthropic efforts—good news for area nonprofits.

Giving Thanks for the Bounty of the County

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Food. This essential human need is taken for granted by so many in today’s world, but just one day without sustenance brings the importance of food into crystal clear focus. Thankfully, Ventura County, with its sunny weather, rich soil and thousands of acres of farmland, is home to innovative farmers who grow more than $2 billion worth of crops year-round to feed the community and the world.

Educational Options Abound in the Conejo Valley

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Conejo Valley residents have much to be thankful for, and high-quality schools at every level, from elementary through university, top the list, highlighting the high priority this region places on education. Public, private, charter and alternative educational and homeschool options abound in the Conejo Valley, allowing students to find the perfect fit for their individual learning style.

November 2015 Parting Thoughts

November 2015 Parting Thoughts

To those of us who can rattle off the phone number of the first home they lived in (Willow2-1604), the pull of memory can be powerful and bittersweet. It can shape all our future place wishes, and rarely fades with time.

Cabrillo Music Theatre Salutes the Military with Holiday Showcase

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Cabrillo Music Theatre is gearing up for one of its favorite, most heartwarming shows of the year: the annual Holiday Show for the Troops. Now in its ninth season, the holiday performance for the U.S. Military and their families takes place at the Naval Base Ventura County and features Cabrillo stars, youth performance groups and an appearance by Santa Claus too.

Can My Bonds Lose Value?

Can My Bonds Lose Value?

Definitely. While there can be a number of causes, let’s discuss the one that’s on everyone’s mind lately: rising interest rates. Generally, as rates rise, bond values go down.

Grateful for Grapes at Thanksgiving

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No doubt, fine wines hail from Australia, Europe, New Zealand and South America, but on this uniquely American holiday, why not enjoy an American wine? With the Conejo Valley’s close proximity to Central Coast wineries, several local wine stores carry selections from the major California wine regions. Cheers & Happy Thanksgiving!

Out at the Ball Game with Cabrillo Music Theatre

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Thousand Oaks Mayor Al Adam and Jeff Weaver joined Cabrillo Music Theatre and Conejo Valley Little League for a baseball game  at You Gotta Have Heart: A Cabrillo Doubleheader fundraiser. The family-friendly event featured entertainment, food and fun. 

New West Symphony Invites You to Live it L!ve

New West Symphony Invites You to Live it L!ve

Community is key to the New West Symphony’s mission, and the orchestra’s reach extends far beyond the stage. Its entertaining Symphonic Adventures concerts are presented annually to over 7,000 elementary school students, often the first time they experience a live orchestra. Its Music Van, known as a “musical petting zoo,” travels to schools and festivals to let children try their hands at playing orchestral instruments. Its newest program, the New West Symphony Harmony Project of Ventura County, is a tuition-free music and leadership program for 120 underserved students which provides access to music education and often a newfound confidence.