A Heart-Winning Combination: Wine, Chocolates and Roses

A Heart-Winning Combination: Wine, Chocolates and Roses 8

Red wine, a heart-shaped box of chocolates, and a dozen long-stemmed red roses are the perfect ingredients for a romantic Valentine’s Day. While the celebration of Valentine’s Day dates back to Roman times, the tradition of giving chocolates on this special day started in the 1800s. And as fine chocolates pair especially well with wine, lovers of both will want to enjoy the incredibly delicious array of gourmet chocolates and fine wines available in the Conejo Valley.

Peru’s Sacred Valley

Peru’s Sacred Valley 5

Despite some light rain and overcast skies, the ruins of Machu Picchu looked glorious… We spent a few hours walking around, giving us time to see all angles of the complex. It is such an incredible place that moves everyone in a different way; a rare gem of magnificent ingenuity that truly is a wonder.​
Visit Peru!

Around Town

Around Town 5

National Macadamia Nut Month is the perfect time to indulge in the health benefits of macadamia nuts. Sweet and full of essential minerals, vitamins and heart-friendly mono-unsaturated fatty acids, macadamia nuts are a rich source of energy in addition to providing numerous health benefits:

Celebrating Service

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The National Charity League, Inc., Conejo Valley Chapter honored 13 debutantes at its 34th Annual Debutante Ball. 
The 2015 class collectively volunteered 4,300+ community service hours in addition to raising money for local charities.

Here’s to Your Heart!

Here's to Your Heart!

Well here we are approaching the zenith of the holiday season. As I write this two days before Christmas and nine days before the New Year, there is plenty going on—almost too much—lots of fun stuff, while also madly wrapping up year-end business.
As February is American Heart Month, the subjects of stress, diet and lack of exercise come to the forefront. As much fun as the holiday season offers, these busy times make it too easy to overdo everything as we’re rushing around trying to fit 10 pounds of activity into a 5-pound bag, all while eating and drinking too much. Walking this path for too long may lead to high blood pressure, stroke and heart disease.

Paw Hills: Peace of Mind for Pet Lovers

Paw Hills: Peace of Mind for Pet Lovers

Taking a vacation or work trip sans pets is so much easier when you know they’re happy and in good hands. Pet owners find that peace of mind at Paw Hills Luxury Pet Hotel & Spa in Agoura Hills. The 100% full-service facility offers the finest accommodations, organic food and spa treatments for your pets. Providing boarding, grooming, training, day care, a social club for dogs in training and puppy/kitten adoptions, Paw Hills’ knowledgeable staff care for your pet’s every need. Paw Hills’ owner talks about the business.

February: The Month of the Heart

February: The Month of the Heart

The heart is often referred to as the symbol of love. While love is vital to a fulfilling life, a healthy heart is crucial to it.
A healthy heart functions without us having to even think about it. It beats about 100,000 times per day and pumps 1.5 gallons of blood through the body per minute. The more in shape the heart is, the lower the heart rate because a stronger heart can pump more volume per beat.

Healthy Body, Healthy Eyes

Healthy Body, Healthy Eyes

More than 20 million Americans have trouble seeing, even with glasses, and that number is expected to more than double by the year 2050, says the National Eye Institute. Aging, poor diet, and lack of exercise are taking their toll on our eyesight, but there is hope in improving our vision of tomorrow.
Dr. Stuart Stoll, noted ophthalmologist and chairman of the nonprofit Center for the Partially Sighted, believes this disturbing trend can be slowed dramatically with early, proper diagnoses, better health habits, and counseling with trained professionals.

Where to Dine with Your Valentine

Where to Dine with Your Valentine

Why You Love It: “We have fond memories of discovering Aroha when they opened and enjoying the warm New Zealand hospitality of Chef/Owner Gwithyen Thomas and his great food. Aroha is our ‘go-to’ restaurant. Their name means love.”
Favorite Dish: “We love the New Zealand Cloudy Bay Clams, the award-winning Horopito Crusted New Zealand Venison, Saffron Seafood Risotto, hand-cut French fries with aioli, Smoked Duck and Winter Squash Risotto, Steak and Cheese Pie, and Caesar Salad. We like to try something different each time and keep coming back.”

At the Corner of Wall Street and Memory Lane

At the Corner of Wall Street and Memory Lane

Robert A. “Rocky” Mills is a Financial Advisor with the Global Wealth Management Division of Morgan Stanley in Westlake Village. The information contained in this article is not a solicitation to purchase or sell investments. Any information presented is general in nature and not intended to provide individually tailored investment advice. The views expressed herein are those of the author and may not necessarily reflect the views of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC, Member SIPC, or its affiliates.

Cabrillo Music Theatre’s 
Children of Eden 
a Family Affair

Cabrillo Music Theatre's 
Children of Eden 
a Family Affair

Conejo Valley audiences are in for a treat this spring with Cabrillo Music Theatre’s production of Children of Eden April 8-17 at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza.
In today’s pop-culture environment, filled with reality shows and one-liners, it’s challenging to find family-friendly entertainment that will spark meaningful conversation and appeal to multiple generations. Cabrillo Music Theatre’s production of Children of Eden will do all of that, and more. Children of Eden’s combination of music, dance and storytelling makes it a contemporary and vibrant story for all ages.

Hard of Hearing?

Hard of Hearing? 4

Hearing loss can affect quality of life and left untreated, may lead to isolation, frustration and even dementia. Conejo Hearing Center aims to improve lives by providing appropriate solutions for hearing impairments and caring for each patient like a family member. The compassionate staff works with patients to diagnose and treat hearing issues, using the latest equipment and years of experience. Conejo Hearing Center Owner and Audiologist Christine Wilson provides answers to the most frequently asked questions about hearing loss.

North Ranch Country Club: A Paradise for Perfect Weddings

North Ranch Country Club: A Paradise for Perfect Weddings 4

Wedding planner and co-owner of Your Weddings, Jaime Geffen offers insight into 2016 wedding trends.
The hot colors for 2016 will be Serenity, a light blue, and Rose Quartz, which are the 2016 Pantone Colors of the Year. The Pantone favorites are often reflected in wedding design with lighting, linens, bridesmaids’ dresses and florals.
Speaking of florals, more and more wedding flowers are being repurposed and are used in both the ceremony and reception. This “greener” choice is budget-savvy and offers a nice way to tie everything together from start to finish.