The Cat’s Meow

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Our readers may recall last year’s heartfelt tribute to our beloved cat Tuxedo, better known as Tuxie, in the March issue of Conejo Valley Lifestyle. Although he passed away a year ago in January, his spirit remains in our house…sometimes I see a shadow and think it’s him. But it was time to move on. By April, we were ready to welcome a couple of new companions into our lives.

Montecito Bank & Trust Awards $1 Million to Local Nonprofits

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Montecito Bank & Trust hosted its 14th annual Community Dividends Awards at Four Seasons The Biltmore in Santa Barbara to honor 203 local Santa Barbara and Ventura County nonprofits. Awards totaling $1 million were presented by Chairman Michael Towbes and President and CEO Janet A. Garufis.

North Ranch Country Club Promotes Family Fun

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Located in the hills of beautiful Westlake Village, North Ranch Country Club has a rich tradition of active and knowledgeable golfers, an energetic tennis membership and an incredibly warm and welcoming dining and social culture, offering year-round events fit for adults and families alike.

Grooming for Health

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Grooming is essential to your pet’s health, as it prevents matting and discomfort and keeps the skin, coat, nails and ears healthy. Regular baths prevent pollen buildup, a common allergy source, and help avoid skin problems like parasites, ticks, fleas and rashes. In many cases, dogs speak to their owner through their groomers, who often see pets more than veterinarians and may notice changes such as body lumps.

Nonprofit Rescues Hundreds of Animals for the Love of Riley

Nonprofit Rescues Hundreds of Animals for the Love of Riley

With her dream to become the first female president, Riley Rolph often professed that her first order of business was to prevent any shelter animal from euthanasia.
“She wholeheartedly believed in this and told me often,” recalled Riley’s mom, Julie Taft, of Thousand Oaks.
So when Riley passed away in 2009 as a result of an ongoing battle with a congenital heart condition, her mother decided to carry on Riley’s wish. One year later, she established the Riley Rolph Animal Rescue Foundation, a nonprofit that places animals in foster care until they can find a forever home.

March 2017 Around Town

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More than 150 kids from Oxnard, Fillmore and Santa Paula, along with fundraising volunteers, are in for a day of bowling fun and science education, sponsored by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County. The Bowl For Kids’ Sake event transports program youth, aka “Littles” to Harley’s Camarillo Bowl for breakfast, a youth motivational speaker presentation and bowling, complete with prizes and giveaways.

Debutantes Honored at 35th Annual Ball

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The Conejo Valley Chapter of National Charity League, Inc. recognized 18 debutantes for their philanthropic endeavors and community service. The girls collectively contributed 8,000+ service hours to 23 local philanthropies. The nonprofit organization of mothers and daughters in Grades 7-12 fosters community responsibility through philanthropy, leadership activities and cultural events.

Borrow from Your 401K?

Borrow from Your 401K?

If you need to borrow a small sum, you may want to see if your 401K is a good borrowing source. In this article, we’ll review the process and some of the key advantages and disadvantages.

The Little Angels Project:

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When a little kitten named Pirate came down with an eye infection, a Los Angeles shelter placed it on the “red list” to be euthanized. Lucky for Pirate, animal rescue organization FixNation saved the suffering kitten just in time, calling on Darlene Geekie, RVT, and Dr. Gary Latos, DVM, at Veterinary Angels Medical Center in Agoura Hills to help treat Pirate’s eye, which had to be removed.

Unconditional Love

Unconditional Love

We all have some loyal friends in this world, but if you have been lucky enough to find a furry friend that honors you, even when you have not brushed your teeth or have gained a little weight, you have been blessed with one of the greatest friendships of all time. Our pets represent the true meaning of unconditional love. Knowing they’ve been waiting all day for you to get home so they can just love on you is one of the best rewards of having a pet. What animals do you have a passion for? Some like large animals for throwing balls, hiking or going to the beach. Others like small animals that are snuggly, quiet and perfect for relaxing with while reading a book. Some people choose their animals just based off of their love for good company and companionship.

4 Steps to Investment Success

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Exchange-traded fund (ETF) indexing is widely considered to be the best way to invest. Asset class ETFs are often preferred for their strong relative performance, broad diversification, tax efficiency, ultra-low expenses and intraday liquidity.

Angel Canines Soar for Wounded Warriors

Angel Canines Soar for Wounded Warriors

Every year, some 40,000 critically ill American men, women and children seriously in need of medical treatment and diagnosis go untreated simply because they cannot afford the airfare to facilities and doctors who may be able to help them. Since 1999, the Hogan Angel Flight program in Newbury Park has served as a safety net for some of these financially distressed individuals when other resources are not available.

Adopted Pets Find Forever Homes in Our Hearts

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Conejo Valley residents love their pets, and rescue animals seem to hold a special place in their owners’ hearts. The Agoura Animal Care Center, run by the County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control, has contributed many of these treasured pets to our community.