Concern America

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One of the major Concern America fundraisers is its Walk Out of Poverty campaign held in Fountain Valley. This year, the 19th such event is being held April 9, featuring a 5K walk. Last year, some 940 participants raised over $72,000. More information on the walk can be found at
Nonprofit Concern America is tackling a big job—eradicating world poverty one village at a time. And Thousand Oaks attorney Ray Stuehrmann, who sits on the organization’s Board of Directors, is watching over operations and seeing positive results firsthand.

Around Town

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Since its inception on April 22, 1970, Earth Day has become an annual day of education and celebration about the natural world and sustainable living. Celebrate Earth Day this April with local festivities throughout the Conejo Valley.

Sunland Dinner

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Valentine Dinner presented by Sunland Winery at the Giovinazzo home. Wonderful hosts, great food and wine. 
A fun time was had by all!!

Four Generations of Family

Four Generations of Family

As you can see from the photo, there are four generations of Cheslers celebrating my birthday: great grandparents, Grammy (that’s me), a daughter, a son, their spouses, an uncle and even a cousin…and of course, the next generation: three toddlers and one in the oven. Wow! We had fun that evening enjoying each other’s company, some great food and most of all remembering once again that we are a family.

You Just Bought a Home…

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Several years ago we bought a really nice townhome in the North Ranch section of Thousand Oaks. What we also bought, though we did not realize it at the time, was a major remodeling project in the most expensive part of the house—the kitchen/family room. I can almost hear a Darth Vader-like voice resonating as those words are spoken.

Family Fun in the Conejo

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Next month, one of the most anticipated family events of the year, Conejo Valley Days, celebrates its 60th Anniversary. Rides, shows, games and entertainment offer entertainment for all ages during this annual five-day event, honoring Conejo Valley’s western roots and community spirit while raising funds for more than 25 local nonprofits. Coming May 11-15 at Conejo Creek Park South (23 Freeway/Janss Rd. exit) in Thousand Oaks.

How Are You Programming Your Family?

How Are You Programming Your Family?

When I was very young, I remember thinking my parents were perfect. They were my “God.” They brought me into this life, taught me the value of family and took care of me, providing a warm, loving home. As I got older, I started to realize that our family wasn’t perfect.
When I was 16, my parents divorced and life drastically changed for our family. Life as we knew it was different, but I came to learn that “different” did not always have to mean “difficult.” I realized that we have the power to make choices that affect how our family will respond to stressful situations.

Monarchs Gym

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Monarchs is a full-service children’s enrichment center dedicated to inspiring dynamic kids to grow, learn, have fun and be happy through the development of mind and body education.
Monarchs offers curriculum-based physical instruction programs geared to cultivate your child’s active lifestyle through Kinder Gymnastics and Kinder Tots (Music, Superheroes, Princesses, Yoga & Cheer), Recreational Gymnastics classes for girls and boys, Competitive Gymnastics, Tumbling, Cheer, Trampoline, Flips & Tricks, Parkour and Freerunning for children ages 15 months through 18 years.

Can I Name a Beneficiary for My Investment Account?

Can I Name a Beneficiary for My Investment Account?

Who’s going to get your investment accounts when you leave the planet?
If your investments are held in a retirement account, like a 401K or an IRA, you simply indicate your beneficiaries when opening the account. You can change these at any time. By the way, just changing your will or your trust will not affect how your retirement plan is distributed—these plans must strictly adhere to the beneficiary statement. So it’s a good practice to review your retirement plan’s beneficiaries from time to time.

Are you Suffering from a Nutritional Deficiency?

Are you Suffering from a Nutritional Deficiency?

You may be experiencing the signs of nutritional deficiency.
Food is the fuel that energizes our body for work, play and healing. It is the source of our vitality and contains all substances necessary for the regulation of bodily processes.
Human life has advanced for eons using nothing more than natural foods from plants and animals, along with fresh water and clean air.

Growing the Game

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North Ranch Country Club’s instructors are experienced experts, qualified to help golfers of all levels get their game up to par.
Director of Golf at North Ranch, Mark Wilson, has been teaching at the club for more than 18 years. In addition to being on the PGA Board and a certified club fitter with seven different brands, Mark’s private lessons have helped countless members improve their game.

Beauty from Within: Healthy Hair, Skin & Nails

Beauty from Within: Healthy Hair, Skin & Nails

We have all heard, “Beauty is just skin deep.” But nothing could be further from the truth. Our skin is a reflection of our health. You have seen the radiant beautiful skin of a healthy infant or a child. The eyes sparkle and the skin glows. You know the pale face of someone ill, the wrinkles, and the dry skin of someone who smokes or has a body filled with toxins and poor nutrition. You have seen the face of someone who is stressed, tired or depressed.

Ready, Set, Go! Steps toward a Happier, Healthier Lifestyle

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Our nation faces a unique challenge, as every day 10,000 people are turning 65. With the maturation of the 76 million “Baby Boomers,” an entirely new industry dedicated to navigating the aging process has emerged.
Custodial home care companies, placement referral agencies and various senior housing options have all blossomed in the past few years.

Jazzing Up the Conejo

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Celebrating this original American art form, the 5th Annual California Jazz & Wine Fest takes place Sunday, April 17 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Westlake Village. Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Westlake Village Sunrise through its 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundation, The Sunrise Rotary Foundation, this fundraising event benefits local and international charities, including Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and the Mark Taper and Johnny Mercer Artists Program that focuses on healing the whole child through art and music.

The Bay Club’s Pure Energy Café: A Hidden Gem for Really Good Food

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There is no shortage of casual dining choices in the Conejo Valley. The challenge is that 95% of them are at best, mediocre, and this does not include the fast food options, which are a deadly combination of bad and unhealthy. One hidden gem is the Pure Energy Café at the Bay Club in Thousand Oaks. It’s “hidden” because it is tucked away off of Willow Road inside the refurbished and under new ownership, the Bay Club Company.

How Childproof Is Your Home?

How Childproof Is Your Home?

Safety is a concern for everyone, especially when it comes to protecting infants and young children. An important part of raising children is careful adult supervision of activities in the home. Parents and other caregivers need to be aware of their children’s surroundings at all times in order to anticipate and prevent potential injury.
One of the most overlooked areas in the home is the window. Whether opened or closed, windows are a potential hazard to the safety and well-being of small children. Inquisitive children can easily climb up onto a windowsill and fall out of the window. Window locks are essential in preventing these accidents.

Interface Children & Family Services

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Comedienne and Empowerment Speaker and Writer Amy Ashton will deliver an inspiring message and present a new perspective and Commander Monica McGrath of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office and Camarillo Chief of Police will address the epidemic of domestic violence.