Cultivating the Arts in the Conejo:

Established in 1969, the Arts Council of the Conejo Valley continues to this day operating on one central goal: to strengthen the cultural community of the Conejo Valley region.

Valentine’s Food & Fun

Are you looking for something fun to do for Valentine’s Day? Restaurants and venues throughout the Conejo Valley and beyond offer special events for sweethearts seeking a romantic experience, including wine and chocolate tastings and dinner dances. Here’s a glimpse of Valentine’s Day activities to choose from.

Local Playwright Discovers Passion at a Later Stage in Life

 George Corbin didn’t retire when he retired.  He left State Farm in 2004 after working for 37 years in leadership positions, including Director of Human Resources. But the Thousand Oaks resident isn’t the type to spend retirement parked in a Barcalounger glued to the TV set. He has always been active—traveling with his college sweetheart and wife of 50 years, Lien, and, until recently, staying in shape with tennis.  Corbin, 74, has also been involved in community affairs for years, particularly in education. Credits include PTA president when his now-adult daughter attended Thousand Oaks High School, co-designer of the curriculum for Ventura County Leadership Academy and member of the California Lutheran University School of Business, Board of Counselors.

Home Is Where the Art Is…

We have lived in Westlake Village since 2004. As the years have passed, when it came down to easy access to performing arts and entertainment, we have found ourselves increasingly challenged by traffic on the 101. Anytime we wanted to go to Los Angeles for theater, music, museums, dining, sports or shopping, it was difficult. An evening of world-class jazz at the Catalina Bar & Grill in Hollywood often included an overnight stay at a nearby hotel. Ridiculous if you consider the fact that Hollywood is only 30 miles away. Not ridiculous if you want to enjoy yourself and avoid a two-hour crawl into Hollywood. Bottom line is that we do not go that often anymore. Unfortunately, I no longer get to see Tierney Sutton, Arturo Sandoval or other jazz artists I so very much enjoy.

Getting into the Spirit

Folks from around the Conejo Valley and Santa Rosa Valley communities shared the joy of the Christmas season.

Malibu AVA Highlights Local Vineyards

A Sunday afternoon of tasting wines from our wonderful local wineries from the Malibu Coast AVA. Why drive or fly hundreds of miles when we have great wine in our own backyard?

Local Angels Raise Funds for Animals

Animal lovers gathered in the hills of Malibu for the 1st annual benefit for Veterinary Angels’ The Little Angels Project and their rescue partners. Proceeds go toward helping animals in need. 

Protect Your Assets with Estate Planning: Attorney Joe Engle Tells You How

You’ve worked hard to create a wonderful life for you and your family. But have you ever wondered what would happen to your family, home and other assets if tragedy should strike? While death and medical emergencies are subjects most people would rather not contemplate, the fact remains that unfortunate unexpected events can happen. The smart and savvy among us know the importance of being prepared for anything life (or death) may deliver. Here, estate planning attorney Joe Engle shares how you can protect your family and preserve your assets under any circumstances with a little foresight and planning.

Bonds: Should I Stay or Do I Go?

With the Federal Reserve Board executing on their promise to raise interest rates, the old axiom “when rates rise, bond prices fall” puts investors in a precarious situation. The question, “Should I retain bonds in the portfolio or sell them because they’ll lose value?” has merit and highlights a reasonable concern that follows the right train of thought. However, while the world of investing fits many descriptions, it most certainly is never characterized as black or white.

February 2018 Around Town

In “Memoirs of a Real-Life Dr. Doolittle,” on Feb. 4, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Stagecoach Inn Museum, 51 South Ventu Park Road in Newbury Park, animal actor trainers Hubert Wells and Doree Sitterly, and SWI’s Steve Mehren discuss Conejo Valley’s long history with exotic animals, from Jungleland to Moorpark College’s Exotic Animal Training Program. The event features behind the scenes photos and film clips, live animals and a book-signing with Hubert. Free.

Spread a Little Self-Love

Do you sometimes feel like you are always putting yourself last on your own list? Well, I’m right there with you. There are some people who put themselves first in everything they do and only think of themselves first. Some may think this is selfish, while others see it as a form of self-love.

David Mirsch Shares the 411 on His Gold Rolodex

Called the “Man with the Gold Rolodex,” Westlake Village resident David Mirisch knows a thing or two about arts and entertainment, having placed thousands of Hollywood celebrities and famous world-class athletes in over 2,500 events throughout the United States and in seven foreign countries during his five-decade career.

Community Conscience Mardi Gras Ball Celebrates Local Nonprofits

At the “Under One Roof” Human Services Center, 13 local nonprofits fulfill their missions—rent-free, thanks to Community Conscience, a nonprofit dedicated to ensuring that social services are accessible to Conejo Valley residents in need.

Art Trio Joins Forces to Celebrate Love

Three local arts organizations make musical history this month with their first ever collaboration, “Music of the Night: Love Changes Everything,” an evening of Rodgers & Hammerstein and Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Annual Wellness Fest Focuses on Healthy Living for Seniors

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The Annual Wellness Fest at the Goebel Adult Community Center is a gathering of local businesses and public service agencies that focus on supporting positive, mindful living for the senior population in and around the Conejo Valley.

Moving Resolution

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More than 15 years ago I made what for me was a very rare belated (in June) New Year’s resolution. It was one that thousands of middle-aged people make: “I’m gonna get back in shape.” The epiphany for me was when we were celebrating my daughter’s graduation from Brown University—what should have been a great time was a struggle. I felt miserable physically, and while not suffering from a debilitating illness, I was just tired, with aches and pains in my back, knee and shoulder—all the result of too much “good living.” Good being defined as too much food, wine, travel and an all-around couch potato lifestyle.

Pepperdine Rings in the New Year with Musical Performances to Entertain & Delight

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Pepperdine University kicks off the new year with an exciting lineup of musical 
performances at the Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts at Pepperdine’s Malibu campus. Serving as an arts hub for the community, the Center links professional guest artists with Pepperdine students and more than 50,000 patrons annually.

Angel Flight West: 
Giving Hope Wings

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It was Halloween day, and 4-year-old Tito had just undergone audiology treatment at UCLA Medical Center. Tired after a long day of treatment and travel, Tito and his mother arrived at the airport where their Angel Flight West pilot met them to fly them home to Santa Barbara County.

Sugar Plum Tea Party & Luncheon Filled with 
Sugar & Spice (& Everything Nice!)

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The 19th Annual fundraiser for Pacific Festival Ballet’s 24th anniversary season of “The Nutcracker” featured an enchanting afternoon of auctions, a photo booth, children’s activities and a lovely lunch at the beautiful Sherwood Country Club. Pacific Festival Ballet is the Resident Ballet Company at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza.

Breakfast of Champions Celebrates Formula One Win

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Mercedes-Benz of Thousand Oaks and Sun Air Jets hosted the AMG SoCal Lounge, celebrating the 2017 Formula One championship win by the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport team. Enthusiasts converged at the Camarillo Airport to enjoy the Brazilian Grand Prix with a professional audiovisual installation from Wilshire Media Systems. 

Shop with a Cop Adds Holiday Cheer for Local Youth

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Ventura County Sheriff’s Foundation’s Shop with a Cop Fundraiser, hosted by Silver Star 
Mercedes-Benz of Thousand Oaks, added joy to the holidays. Proceeds fueled $100 shopping sprees for local under-resourced youth to shop with a deputy. 

9th Annual Bags, Bling & Bubbly a Sparkling Success

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County’s ninth annual Bags, Bling & Bubbly champagne luncheon at Las Posas Country Club in Camarillo welcomed the honor of recognizing this year’s Wise, Wonderful Woman of 2017, Laila Ali. Proceeds benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County.

January 2018 Around Town

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The longest serving news anchor in U.S. broadcast history, Ted Koppel, best known as the anchor for ABC’s “Nightline,” speaks at the Fred Kavli Theatre at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Jan. 23 at 8 p.m. as part of the Distinguished Speaker Series. During his 50+ years as a professional journalist, Koppel has embodied the term “eyewitness to history.” He is recognized around the world as a trusted and respected voice on current events and issues of global importance.

Role Reversal: Planning Ahead for Parenting Your Parents

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Remember the days when your parents did everything for you and you depended on them for so much? From early youth, they took care of your every need—bathing, dressing, feeding, driving you around, hiring babysitters, and making important decisions about health care, school and home. In your older years, you depended on them for advice and emotional and often financial support. They bailed you out of many situations. They were always there for you. 

The Power of Habit:

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The New Year is a point of reset, often serving as a catalyst to encourage new, more favorable actions and behaviors for both individuals and businesses. It’s an opportunity to start anew and replace the “old with new” and the “bad with good,” at least when it comes to habits. And, this year may be no different, but we all know the reality of keeping those new habits in place can also prove to be difficult.

University Village Thousand Oaks Celebrates 10th Anniversary

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Nearly 300 residents, staff and special guests attended University Village Thousand Oaks’ 10th anniversary celebration which honored the first people to sign up for University Village, the first couple to move in and a host of original residents who have been at University Village since its opening in 2007.

Don’t Confuse “Income” with “Yield”

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You’re not alone. Many people use “income” and “yield” interchangeably—but they’re not the same. Understanding the distinction can help you address your risk and manage your returns.

Setiba Aesthetics Group: A Mecca for Beauty & Health

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Think of Setiba Aesthetics Group as your personal beauty and health haven. The Westlake Village med spa offers an array of heavenly state-of-the-art body and skin treatments that nourish, revitalize and rejuvenate. What’s more, Setiba’s offerings transcend traditional med spas, staffing dermatologists and plastic surgeons that perform a wide range of aesthetic and medical procedures, from eyelid lifts to tummy tucks and more. At Setiba, their goal is to ensure luxurious care and outstanding results for each client at every visit.

Balance & Purpose Promote Health & Well-Being

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When I think of health and wellness, I think of self-preservation. I used to think that we were all indispensable for the most part, until I realized that is just not true. If you have ever had an illness creep up on you, then you know you don’t have total control of it. What you do have is control of your surroundings at home and at work. However, without realizing it, things can get out of control.