Ultimate Dining Serves Up a Sizzling Good Time!

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Great fun enjoying the sights, sounds and rhythm of Miami during Senior Concerns’ Ultimate Dining 2016 Hot Miami Nights, while experiencing the best in food and wine as showcased by excellent local restaurants and wineries.

The Charhouse BBQ & Grill

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Yes, I am the “Hard to Please Guy.” Never with a chip on my shoulder, but I do expect to be served food that is better than what I can make at home at a reasonable price, accompanied by friendly and professional service.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Rock Out

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The 3rd annual Big Jamboree for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County at Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks featured award-winning country-rock singer/songwriter Ry Bradley (LA Music Awards’ Country Artist of the Year).

Making Strides Towards a Cure

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The community turned out for the annual Making Strides walk in full force to raise funds to end the fight against breast cancer and to especially honor breast cancer survivors.

Casa Pacifica Angels Shine Spotlight on Style

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The Casa Pacifica Angels and Neiman Marcus Topanga’s 15th Annual “Spotlight on Style” Fashion Show and Luncheon on Saturday, Nov. 5 is an event not to be missed. Taking place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village, the event includes boutique shopping, a silent auction, lunch and a runway fashion show hosted by Susan and Ken Bauer and produced by Carin Holmenas featuring Fashion Designer Margi Kent.

Giving Thanks for Family Traditions

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As the holidays approach, my heart is warmed by the many traditions my family has created. In order for a tradition to survive, an equal effort must be made by the family to consciously repeat the tradition year after year.

Social Security Income Crossover

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Your choice determines your benefit, as illustrated in the chart below.
Obviously, if you take it early, you’ll get a lower benefit amount for the rest of your life, but you’ll start to draw the funds sooner. On the other hand, if you take a delayed payment, you’ll get paid at a higher rate but will have missed out on several years of payments. So what’s the right answer?

Forever Homes Found!

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The Bay Club Thousand Oaks’ 2nd Annual Workout for Paws event got everyone’s tails wagging, especially those of the two dogs who were adopted! The event featured fitness classes, pet adoptions and local vendors, including The Barkley Pet Hotel, Protein for Pets, Assisted Home Health and the Pure Energy Café.

Tuscany’s Villa Lucia:

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Lucy (Lucia) Luhan never imagined that the 500-year-old abandoned farmhouse she saw while visiting Tuscany in 1985 would become her home, a cooking school, a wedding location for Americans and a bed and breakfast for the next 30 years.

Grateful for Good Health

Get the Facts about Cancer Prevention

Living a long life has been a human obsession since before Ponce de Leon’s 16th century search for the Fountain of Youth. While numerous pills, potions and elixirs have been tried and failed, new longevity research reveals how you can extend your life further than you ever thought possible.

Court Appointed Special Advocates Speak up for Children

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Children in the foster system depend on Court Appointed Special Advocates to serve as their voice and ensure their best interests. These volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Ventura County also provide reassurance, guidance, comfort, representation and advocacy in times of extreme uncertainty for foster children ages 0-21.

Hassle-Free Holidays at North Ranch Country Club

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Twinkling lights and holiday cheer are right around the corner. ‘Tis the season for coworkers to mingle casually without the usual office pressures to deal with. Depending on who caters your office parties, the event could be a blast or a bummer. Let North Ranch Country Club provide catering services and an amazing venue for your office gathering this holiday season. What better way to treat your coworkers to a lovely evening of food and cocktails than to let the staff at North Ranch Country Club plan your event, so you can sit back, relax and enjoy the evening with them. Holiday parties don’t have to be in December like many think. Why not wait until the hustle and bustle of the holidays subsides and plan an event in January when your guests can really relax and celebrate the completion of a successful year?

Wellness Dental Center

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A beautiful smile speaks volumes about your health and well-being, so keeping your teeth in top shape is essential at any age. At Wellness Dental Center in Westlake Village, their caring experienced team makes it a priority to offer biocompatible dentistry services to meet all of your dental concerns.

Local Farms Feed Families Far & Wide:

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mong the many benefits of the Conejo Valley is the abundance of locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables. Many are surprised to learn that Ventura County is actually one of the top-producing agricultural regions in the nation, with 100,594 acres of crops harvested in 2014, according to the Ventura County
 Agricultural Commissioner’s Office.

Westlake Village Symphony Strums Up Food for Manna

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The Westlake Village Symphony’s recent Fall Music Festival and Food Drive helped stock the pantry at Manna of Conejo Valley while providing a magical musical evening under the stars for the community to enjoy.
More than 500 people turned out to take part in the festivities, including an exotic car show, open galleries, pet adoption display and food drive, and of course, inspiring live music by Westlake Village’s very own 60-piece orchestra.

Blue Jean Ball Benefits Share

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FOOD Share’s inaugural Blue Jean Ball, held outdoors at the beautiful Walnut Grove at Tierra Rejada farms, helped raise the support necessary to feed food-insecure Ventura County residents.
Guests at the regional food bank’s signature fundraiser walked the denim carpet, enjoyed an extensive local food and beverage line-up and danced to live entertainment by Jade Hendrix and Justin Honsinger. An interactive “Jail ‘N Bail” featuring local celebrities provided additional entertainment in support of FOOD Share.

Westlake Village Welcomes Pure Barre

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Pure Barre Westlake Village joins the largest, most established barre franchise in the nation, known for transforming women’s bodies in record-breaking time. Pure Barre’s total body workout utilizes the ballet barre to perform small, isometric movements that burn fat, sculpt muscles and create long, lean physiques.

Remembering the Heroes:

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To many Conejo Valley students and parents, Veterans Day is a school holiday that brings a welcome break between Halloween and Thanksgiving. But to the almost 10,000 military veterans living in the area, November 11 has a much deeper significance—as a day to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism and service.

November 2016 Around Town

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The Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast’s 2nd Annual Fork It Over fundraiser at the Palm Garden Hotel featured culinary creations created with girl scout cookies. Local competitors included noted chefs from popular local restaurants, caterers and food trucks, who offered samples of their Girl Scout cookie-inspired appetizers and desserts. Conejo Valley Girl Scout moms Merley Greenidge and Alison Boring wowed the judges with their Savory Lemon Cookie Crusted Chicken with honey-kissed mustard and razzle berry BBQ sauce, landing them the Judges Choice Award. Find more local winners and recipes at GirlScoutsCCC.org.

An Evening in the Vines on 9-11

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Some 320 regional leaders, businesses and residents attended “Hope & Harvest: An Evening in the Vines” presented by Union Bank to help Interface Children & Family Services meet the needs of thousands of local children and families in crisis.
Set among the picturesque Triunfo Creek Vineyards in Agoura Hills, the Hope & Harvest event featured award-winning locally farmed cuisine, fine wine, local entertainment and extraordinary auction items and experiences.

Cultivating Gratitude

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As you sit down to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner this month, please remember to include the many local farmers in your list of things to be thankful for as their hard work and dedication makes it possible for us to enjoy an incredible abundance of healthy foods each day.