November 2017 Around Town

November 2017 Around Town

The 4th Annual Bridging the Gaps of Hope Gala event on Saturday, November 4, from 5 to 11 p.m. features an evening of magical entertainment to benefit the Center4Special Needs parent-founded nonprofit organization. The masquerade-themed gala takes place at Camarillo’s Commemorative Air Force Museum, at 455 Aviation Drive, in Camarillo. A cocktail reception, silent auction, dessert wars and more help to raise funds for programs that enable parents to provide their developmentally challenged children with opportunities to access necessary treatments and interventions in order to thrive and become all that they can be! Center4SpecialNeeds.org

Ultimate Dining Celebrates 32 Years

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Senior Concerns’ annual Ultimate Dining fundraiser at the Hyatt Westlake Plaza featured delicious food and wine, talented entertainers, decadent raffle items and a night of fun for all attendees. Event proceeds benefit Senior Concerns’ programs, including Meals On Wheels and adult daycare.

Lynne West Honored by Big Brothers Big Sisters

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The Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County’s 30th Anniversary Gala at Las Posas Country Club featured a tribute to Lynne West, whose personal and professional legacy changed many lives in Ventura County. The event raised almost $150,000, including a generous $100,000 gift from the Moore Family Trust.

Thanksgiving Is My 
Favorite Holiday

Thanksgiving Is My 
Favorite Holiday 1

Those who know me well might think that the fact I like to eat and cook and enjoy a traditional roast turkey dinner (I’ll prepare it several times a year) is why I like Thanksgiving the best of all holidays. While this culinary preference might play a small role in my choice, the fact is I think it is very important to do a complete job of counting our blessings.

Financial Fitness: A Guide to Retirement Readiness

Financial Fitness: A Guide to Retirement Readiness

The common thread among the quotes from 6th century BC philosopher Lao-Tzu and modern-day Martin Luther King Jr. in the 1960s reminds us that achieving what we set out to becomes possible when we first imagine and then approach it with small, manageable and attainable accomplishments. Loosely translated, the goals you have in mind are indeed quite possible.

Farm & Flame Fires Up Fresh Flavorful Fare, Family-Style

Farm & Flame Fires Up Fresh Flavorful Fare, Family-Style 5

Heather Worrell grew up on a ranch in Texas, where she learned to smoke meats with her father and enjoyed eating the best BBQ at the Diamond W. Longhorn Ranch Chuckwagon Dinner & Cowboy Show.
With BBQ in her DNA, it’s no wonder this Texas-turned-Malibu resident founded Farm & Flame, a local catering service and eclectic fusion menu food truck serving up some of the best healthy and delicious food around.

What to Consider When Facing Divorce or Separation

What to Consider When Facing Divorce or Separation

When considering divorce or separation, many clients become overwhelmed by the prospect of radical changes to their family and financial future. There are many issues that immediately come to mind when the time comes to dissolve your marriage. Some are very obvious, such as child custody, child support, spousal support and property division, however, other issues aren’t quite so blatant. The first step to take is to prepare for family, emotional and financial challenges and find the right family law firm to help protect yourself and your family.

5th Annual Ventura County Farm Day: Celebrating the Land & Hands That Feed Us

5th Annual Ventura County Farm Day: Celebrating the Land & Hands That Feed Us 4

On Saturday, November 4, more than 20 Ventura County farms will open their doors for the public to experience a day of agricultural activities and tours during the Fifth Annual Ventura County Farm Day.
Agriculture is Ventura County’s No. 1 industry, with some 100,000+ acres of crops harvested in the county in 2014, according to the Ventura County Agricultural Commissioner’s Office. Top crops in Ventura County include strawberries, lemons, raspberries, nursery stock, celery, avocados, tomatoes and peppers. Ventura County Farm Day is the public’s opportunity to see how these and other crops are grown, harvested and find their way into grocery stores.

Ladling Out the Love

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The Conejo Valley and its environs are wonderful places to live, but finding affordable housing for our homeless and low-income residents is often an issue. In fact, the dearth of affordable housing in our area has been an ongoing topic of discussion for nearly 40 years.

For the Love of Wine: Santa Ynez Valley Vintners Score Points with World-Class Wines

For the Love of Wine: Santa Ynez Valley Vintners Score Points with World-Class Wines 7

Our area’s many benefits include its proximity to Santa Barbara County, some 90 minutes away. Those who enjoy excellent Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah will find the Santa Ynez Valley to be a world-class wine aficionado destination. In fact, the Pinots from the Sta. Rita Hills AVA are so distinctive, you know where they come from the moment you taste them.

How Much Stock Should Be in Your Portfolio?

How Much Stock Should Be in Your Portfolio?

Everyone talks about “asset allocation”—spreading around your assets into different buckets in order to reduce risk. At the highest level, it comes down to how much you put in stocks and how much you put in non-stocks (such as bonds, real estate and cash). But how much stock should be in your portfolio? In other words, given that stocks generally carry the most risk in a portfolio, how much risk should you be taking?

La Reina Advantage Spurs Girls to Achieve & Excel

La Reina Advantage Spurs Girls to Achieve & Excel 6

The advantages of a La Reina education are clear. As a girls’ school, La Reina‘s educational environment provides girls a chance to thrive in the classroom and beyond. An average class size of 20 guarantees individual attention, ensuring students develop their natural gifts and excel academically. Our teachers are experts in girls’ education, and the results speak for themselves.

Being Selfless

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The first rule to being selfless is loving what you bring into this world, and as the saying goes, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” I would like to express my gratitude for all the volunteers out there that donate countless hours to causes by voicing their opinions, lending a helping hand or even contributing monetary donations. As Mother Nature continues to show all of us this year, we are so vulnerable to the environments around us, and as much as we like to think we are in control, we are not. These days, simply waking up in a home with a roof over your head seems like a blessing.

Hope & Harvest Benefit Yields Record-Setting Fundraising for Families

Hope & Harvest Benefit Yields Record-Setting Fundraising for Families 4

Sherwood Country Club hosted some 300 guests at Interface’s 4th Annual Hope & Harvest presented by SAGE Publications, where local community theatre group, Panic! Productions, presented stories of hurt, healing and hope.
The live dinner performance, brilliantly written and executed by artist Elijah Malcomb, was the biggest surprise among many highlights, including the return of Andrew Firestone, to surpass one million dollars in net proceeds raised in only four years.

University Village Chef Serves Seniors in Style

University Village Chef Serves Seniors in Style 5

As the Food and Beverage Director at University Village Thousand Oaks, I lead our culinary staff that cooks for 500 residents every day, serving more than 2,500 meals a week at the continuing care retirement community. How do we do it? Here are some of my tried-and-true tips for keeping food exciting, tasty and healthy for the seniors in your life.