A Lovely Celebration

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Sweethearts celebrated Valentine’s Day at Sunland Vintage Winery’s big and beautiful recently remodeled and expanded tasting room. Great wine, delicious food and upbeat music made for a fun time for all.

Hear Here!

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Conejo Hearing Center, Inc. presented the latest state-of-the-art diagnostic hearing technology and their beautiful Westlake Village facility at a recent Open House.

How Does Your Garden Grow?

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Wow!! Spring has really sprung this year. Plenty of rain, lower water bills, happy unstressed plants. As long as you do not live downstream from an overflowing dam, life is good—at least as far as your garden is concerned.

Los Robles Hospital 1st to Offer Minimally Invasive Heart Valve Replacement

Los Robles Hospital 1st to Offer Minimally Invasive Heart Valve Replacement

Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center is a licensed 404-bed acute care facility. Fully accredited by The Joint Commission, Los Robles Hospital has the only Level II Trauma Center in Eastern Ventura County and the only Emergency room in both Los Angeles and Ventura counties with the coveted EDAP (Emergency Department Approved for Pediatrics) rating. In addition, it is the only hospital certified by both counties as a STEMI-designated heart attack center for rapid heart attack response and is a certified Comprehensive Stroke Center. With over 600 physicians on its medical staff, representing over 50 medical and dental specialties, Los Robles is proud to be the community’s most trusted resource for health and a regional destination for care.

Sowing the Seeds of Service: Ventura County Master Gardeners

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When Nicole Vanole became a certified Master Gardener through the Ventura County Master Gardener Program, she didn’t know it would transform her life.
“The people I’ve met, the friendships, working in teams—all of it has been very enriching,” says Vanole, now executive co-chair of the flourishing Master Gardener Program. The national program is chartered through the United States Department of Agriculture and sponsored locally by the University of California Cooperative Extension of Ventura County and the University of California Hansen Trust.

Conejo Valley Guild Celebrates 40 Years of Service

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Isa Brente-Shekter knows firsthand the devastation of losing loved ones to cancer. Her husband, father and two cousins died from the dreaded disease.
Brente-Shekter found her calling when, 14 years ago, her friend Margarita Horwitz introduced her to the Conejo Valley Guild, the local chapter of UCLA’s Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation. She wholeheartedly adopted its mission to provide financial support for cancer research and to educate the public about new therapies.

April 2017 Around Town

April 2017 Around Town

Enjoy an eclectic mix of hot jazz and cool swing performed on two stages and unlimited sampling of wine, craft brews, boutique spirits and gourmet food at the 6th Annual California Jazz & Wine Fest, Sunday, April 9 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Four Seasons Hotel in Westlake Village (2 Dole Drive, Westlake Village). Artisans will also be displaying their wares while headliner Danny Janklow and jazz bands including the Adam Clark Quartet, Lao Tizer, D.on Darox and the Melody Joy Bakers, The Barrelhouse Wailers and Bruce Forman’s “Cow Bop” entertain. Presented by Rotary Club of Westlake Village Sunrise, proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley. $100 general admission/$150 VIP admission (one-hour early entry for tasting, valet parking, preferred seating). Call 805.380.6010 or visit CaliforniaJazzWine.com for more details and ticket purchase.

The World’s Abloom at Gardens of the World

The World's Abloom at Gardens of the World

With spring upon us, the Gardens of the World in Thousand Oaks is alive with an amazing array of flowers, trees and shrubs that define the multiple areas of the Gardens’ 4.5 acres. Annually, the city’s centerpiece hosts thousands of guests visiting the cultural and educational landmark, and one of the very best times to take in all its beauty is when everything blooms in April and May.

Thousand Oaks Fireside and Design: Sparking Inspiration

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When Bob Vartanian was thinking of adding to his chain of fireplace retail stores (Encino, Glendale and Pasadena), he looked northward and noticed that Ventura County was lacking in its offering of a quality fireside, hearth and barbecue store. Vartanian was also aware of the changing role the fireplace and hearth products were taking with regard to interior design. He knew that in order to successfully open a new fireplace and barbecue showroom in Thousand Oaks, a different way of displaying and servicing the customer had to be achieved.

Four Steps to Investment Success (Part 2 of 4)

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How would you like a free retirement nest egg or two?
Since 2004, some of the world’s largest portfolio managers, including BlackRock, Bridgewater and AQR, have increasingly been employing a new investment strategy that may boost your total portfolio return by well over 2x or 3x, while reducing your risk.

Sustainable Living to Save the Earth

Sustainable Living to Save the Earth

In honor of Earth Day, officially designated as April 22, the City of Thousand Oaks hosts its 20th Annual Thousand Oaks Arbor/Earth Day Celebration to educate the public about living sustainably year-round.
“We want to impress upon people what a beautiful world we have and how we all have to do our part to help keep our environment clean and safe for future generations,” says Jana Covell, committee chair of the event.

Garden Club Nurtures Budding Horticulturists

Garden Club Nurtures Budding Horticulturists

For the 44th year, the Westlake Village Garden Club’s annual spring Garden Tour showcases the best in landscape design in the Conejo Valley. This award-winning tour is open to the public and features several local, unique “California-style” gardens in celebration of outdoor living and al fresco entertaining.

Dream-Ality Travel: Passionate about Making Your Travel Dreams Come True

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Everyone dreams of going on a grand vacation at some time during their lives. However, it can be quite overwhelming when you actually sit down to plan your trip. Many considerations go into planning the perfect vacation. Researching on the internet can be daunting and time-consuming and can leave you frustrated.

Meadow Gardens: Bringing Gardening Visions to Life

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Walking through the doors of Meadow Gardens reveals a beautiful oasis of garden fountains and lush flora beckoning guests to explore the peaceful ambiance. Soaking up the soothing sights, sounds and smells relaxes and inspires visitors to create their own garden retreats.

It’s Spring Landscaping Season

It’s Spring Landscaping Season

Spring is the perfect time to landscape your property. And the recent heavy rainfall (“be careful what you wish for”) makes it an even better time for landscaping and planting.
Whether a complete redo or just some partial changes, landscaping your property or installing a garden now is a great way to celebrate spring. Our own garden was so stressed out from the drought and limited watering that 75% of it needed to be redone, which was also the best time to replace inefficient sprinklers. Now that the soil is happy and wet, the established plants that survived the drought are even happier, and new growth can easily take root. Just looking at some of the early leaf and blossom buds is thrilling. New additions will find a happy home. It’s going to be a riotous spring!

Celebrating the Magic You Make

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Have you ever walked into a hotel where the environment dominates your feelings in a positive or negative way? Does your home happen to be your sanctuary, or for some of you, do you see it as your garden? I want you to take a moment to think about the place that you just love to hang out in, the place that just makes you feel complete. What is it about that place that makes you feel so great? Is it the colors, the scenery or just the way you feel when you are there? Personally, my home is where I have brought in the things that I love that make me feel comfortable. Are you able to make your home or garden your castle in order to portray a message from your heart?