Back in Session

As we (reluctantly) kiss summer days of sleeping in and freedom goodbye and gear up for the new season, let’s preserve the happiness gleaned from a few months of relaxation from the daily grind. While my type-A friends may disagree, keeping perspective and balance this school year is the goal I’m setting for my family, as the overwhelm of competing…

The Duke of Bourbon Celebrates Grand Opening

The Duke of Bourbon celebrated the Grand Opening of their new location and elegant showroom with a 
tasting of fine wines from around the world.

Stepping Out for Senior Programs

Some 2,000 participants turned out for the 24th annual Ladin Subaru Love Run in Westlake Village to walk or run a 5K, 10K or one-mile course. The Love Run featured people of all ages coming together in support of the Senior Concerns Meals on Wheels program.

Enjoy Great Burgers & Wine at Burger Fi

Burger Fi at the Malibu Country Mart serves up gourmet all natural Angus burgers, great sides and a Pali Wine tasting. 
 The setting with an outdoor patio view of the mountains could not have been more perfect.

Agoura Hills Welcomes Bandilac Art Factory

A grand time was had at the Bandilac Art Factory Grand Opening at Whizins Mall. Friends and patrons enjoyed displays of painting, 
sculpture and calligraphy in a beautiful setting.

Thinessence Hosts Health Empowerment Fair

People came from throughout the community to learn more about how to live and eat healthy at the Thinessence Health Empowerment Fair. Dr. Derek St. Thomas also demonstrated causes of pain and offered free evaluations on ways to quell pain.

August 2017 Around Town

Congratulations to the Conejo Schools Foundation for its recognition as a “Nonprofit of the Year” by the California Association of Nonprofits. The Conejo Valley-based nonprofit organization was created in 2004 to assist with challenges associated with the education budget.

University Village Seniors Go the Extra Mile

University Village resident Betty Lappinga displays her medal. Lappinga was one of 20 people representing University Village who walked or ran in the 24th annual fundraiser. University Village retirement community in Thousand Oaks fielded a full team of 20 residents, relatives of residents and staff members for the 24th annual Ladin Subaru Love Run in Westlake Village. The family
-friendly fundraiser…

An Enchanted Evening of Hope Boosts American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society hosts an Enchanted Evening of Hope, Saturday, August 5, at Eden Gardens in Moorpark to celebrate life, honor cancer survivors and recognize caregivers and doctors that serve and improve the lives of those battling cancer.

Honoring Teachers who Make the Grade

Raised by two educators in the Ventura Unified School District, Trudy Tuttle Arriaga started following in her parents’ footsteps when she became a teacher’s aide in the classroom. During this time, “someone was kind enough to say, ‘you’d be a great teacher’,”’ remembers Arriaga, of Ventura. So, she returned to school to earn her master’s degree in Educational Administration and…

Vocationally Speaking: Segue Career Mentors Share Working Knowledge with Students

With many problems to be solved in today’s society, leaders of a local nonprofit believe solutions can be found in real-world career perspectives provided to local youth in their classrooms. Segue Career Mentors, a charitable effort headquartered in Ventura, brings career speakers into local classrooms and generates workplace invitations for student internships, job shadows and workplace tours.

Educational Alternatives to Fit Any Style

Conejo Valley schools offer something for everyone. In addition to award-winning district high schools, several options exist for students wanting an alternative to traditional learning styles. Whether online, hybrid, small-group or one-on-one learning, education that fits each student’s learning style allows residents to find a program that meets their unique needs, interests and goals.

Michael Towbes Leaves a Living Legacy

Santa Barbara’s Michael Towbes built a legacy of giving back that continues, despite his recent passing last April. The 60-year Santa Barbara resident wore many hats—beloved civic leader and philanthropist, award-winning builder, successful property manager, head of Montecito Bank & Trust, and devoted family man—and touched thousands of lives and hundreds of nonprofits with his generosity during his lifetime.

Mastering Teenage Stress

Every year, the American Psychological Association takes our emotional temperature and reports the results in a research study titled, “Stress in America.” This year, for the first time, children were included in the survey and asked about their stress levels. The conclusion: Not only are our kids feeling more stressed, but unfortunately, parents aren’t aware of the stress their children…

Experience the Pure Barre Magic

Visit Pure Barre Westlake Village and experience a studio full of strong, dedicated and friendly people. Opened last August, Pure Barre’s gorgeous 2,600-square-foot space is located at the corner of Village Glen and Townsgate Road in the Westlake Plaza.

Can You Dig It? A Little Fun with Numbers

Do you remember this recurring Johnny Carson role where he’d “divine” an answer and then open an envelope to reveal the question? You can do the same with numbers! Ask your friends to pick a number from 1 to 31. Then double it, add 10, cut that result in half, subtract the number they started with, and—to their astonishment—reveal their…

North Ranch Country Club Members Tee Up with Junior Golfers

This August, North Ranch Country Club members will share their love of the game—and so much more—with a handful of junior golfers at the SCGA Junior Play Day. An afternoon of golf and fun at North Ranch Country Club on Tuesday, August 8 provides the opportunity for youth involved in the SCGA Junior program and NRCC members to share a…

Exploring the Link Between Hearing & Cognitive Decline

Nancy was aware of her father’s lack of socialization during family gatherings. He would go in the living room and sit in his favorite chair alone and turn up the TV volume to a level that would interrupt the family conversations. He became forgetful, leaving his personal belongings in odd places and had trouble following conversations.

Back to School with a New Year & New You

As we start getting back into our normal routines once summertime comes to an end, some of us will be readying our kids for school, some will be returning to their typical work schedules, and others will continue with their lives per usual.

Here’s To Our Lady

This month we will again be celebrating the 4th of July, the birthday of our nation’s founding. Frankly, I do not see it as a happy birthday. The discourse between everyday people all the way up to our country’s so-called leaders is more toxic than at any time in my lifetime. I include the Vietnam War era in that assessment.…

Rotary Serves Up Community Spirit

Local Rotary Clubs host numerous events to benefit local and international causes. The Thousand Oaks Rotary Club recently served up chili at the annual Chili Cook Off. Westlake Village Rotary Club's annual Street Fair was also a big success.

Pet-Tini Fundraiser Benefits Pets & Seniors

Guests enjoyed a comedy show, silent auction, appetizers and more at the Assisted Home Health & Hospice Foundation's fundraiser to benefit the Hands to Cuddle, Paws to Love program. The program's mission is keeping pets and their owners together.

Local Ladies Jazz Up the Summer

The many benefits of living in the Conejo Valley include the numerous talented musicians that deliver top quality performances, treating locals to A-list music without ever having to leave town. Jazz vocalists Bonnie Bowden, Lola Haag and Daniela Spagnola—a few of the area’s favorite performers—share a little about their love of Jazz. Be sure to catch their upcoming performances this…

July 2017 Around Town

July 4th offers an abundance of area activities to choose from, with full days of events scheduled in Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village and surrounding areas.

Creating a Life Care Plan for Peace of Mind:

Issues surrounding health care needs often come to the forefront as we age, and many people are not prepared to make informed decisions regarding assisted living, finances and chronic care for ourselves or loved ones. Creating a Life Care Plan provides numerous benefits and peace of mind for families, as explained by Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Law Specialist Kenneth…

Summer Melodies Liven Up the Season

Listening to live music under the summer sun—or stars—top the list of favorite outdoor activities. Perfect for making memories with friends and family, young and old, outdoor concerts abound in the Conejo Valley this summer, providing plenty of opportunities to get your groove on and move to the music.

Family Fun in the Conejo & Beyond:

Summer is here and things are heating up in the Conejo Valley with activities for the whole family to enjoy, from horseback riding and hiking to exploring nearby beaches and catching a live concert. So grab the sunscreen, pack a lunch and gear up for some summer family fun with these ideas to get you started!

That Settles It:

Trade date is pretty simple. That’s the date your trade took place. But what is settlement date? It’s similar in concept to “the close of escrow” in a real estate transaction. Let’s say that on June 15, you signed documents to buy a home. You then have until the close of escrow, say, 30 days later on July 15, to…

Many Mansions Builds a Firm Foundation for Community

In 1979, community members of Thousand Oaks came together in response to the housing crisis plaguing their neighbors, especially those who were becoming homeless or being forced to live in overcrowded, run-down, and crime-ridden housing. These individuals represented a wide segment of Thousand Oaks, including the faith community, social services agencies, businesses, local government and concerned citizens.

The Great Escape

Since White Heat was the first movie filmed on the island in 1934 to 2015’s Jurassic World, Kauai has been the stunning backdrop of more than 60 movies. Check out some of the views featured in the films, including waterfalls and the Na Pali Coast sea cliffs on a relaxing helicopter tour, or dive deep into a more intimate view…

Traveling through Life

Vacationing and traveling through this thing called life seems to be a daily task for us all. What are you doing with your measured days? Are you only working through it, or are you an adventurist? Are you on a treadmill and haven't even began to think about the possibility of a vacation this year? Well, summer is just around…

Happy Father’s Day!

December of 2016 was my father, Harold Malkin’s, Centennial. Since we timed our June Men’s Issue to coincide with Father’s Day, I thought I would take this opportunity to briefly celebrate his life. Reflecting on who he was in terms of measured achievement and what he “coulda, shoulda” been in some ways by using career, status and money as a…

Aroha Restaurant New Zealand Cuisine Wine & Food Pairing 

Guests enjoyed perfectly matched New Zealand wine and cuisine at Aroha Restaurant in Westlake Village. Chef Gwithyen Thomas served up Old Coach Road Chardonnay, Maimai Syrah, Forest Pinot Noir and Sweet Agnes Reisling paired with flown-in fresh house specialties like Cerena New Zealand Venison Rack with honey, blackberries and parsnips.

June 2017 Around Town

Come support the Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families at the 24th Annual Casa Pacifica Wine & Food Festival in Camarillo. Taking place Sunday, June 4, from 1 to 5 p.m., at CSU Channel Islands, 1 University Drive, in Camarillo, the event includes samplings from restaurants, wineries, breweries, caterers, bakeries, specialty shops, coffee and tea vendors, among others from…

Networking with Synergy

The ultimate in good cheer and networking with Synergy, a Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce Networking group. The well-attended event provides opportunities to meet other business leaders in a casual, relaxed setting.

Thinessence Celebrates Grand Opening in Westlake

The revolutionary wellness center Thinessence incorporates hypnotherapy, nutritional guidance, one-on-one coaching and state-of-the-art equipment to encourage, educate, and empower clients with the resources to achieve a peak level of mental, physical and emotional wellness.

Lauding Leaders

For 50+ years, the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce has honored individuals and organizations that better the Conejo Valley. “The winners embrace everything that defines the Conejo Valley: they are collaborative, innovative, superbly talented individuals, who carry great brand names with pride and a strategic vision for the future,” says Chamber President and CEO, Jill Lederer. “All have made…

Achieve Optimal Wellness at Thinessence

Set in the serene landscape of the Water Court, Thinessence is a revolutionary Wellness Center dedicated to delivering the most innovative and enjoyable approach to health. From the moment you walk into our beautifully designed center, we want you to feel welcome. Our goal is to encourage, educate and empower each client with the resources to achieve a peak level…

Protect Your Assets with Estate Planning Attorney Joe Engle

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…

Pursuing Passion: 3 Men Share their Stories of Success

Lucky for us, Conejo Valley is bursting with talented, capable leaders, modeling success in business and emphasizing the importance of serving others. Here, we profile three outstanding entrepreneurs, who share their experiences and advice for living a life full of meaning and joy. While their paths are varied, ranging from a realtor/Rotarian to a chef/entrepreneur and a luxury car sales…

The Perfect Match

Your wedding day is the beginning of your new life and every couple deserves this experience to be perfect. On February 25, 2017, a memory to last a lifetime took place for a local couple here at North Ranch Country Club. Los Angeles Firefighter Jack Albert and Children’s Hospital Child Life Specialist Brittany Kramer first met through mutual friends during…

Graduating Through Life’s Path

I would like to start by congratulating all the recent graduates in our community! Aren't we all graduating from something every day of our lives? I think we all deserve some congratulations every so often for our daily accomplishments. We come into this life by ourselves, yet I like to think that we all walk together. We meet people along…

“Service Above Self” Defines Rotarians

Rotary Clubs throughout the world operate on the common foundation: Service Above Self. For local Rotarians, this service has made a tremendous positive impact as members dedicate their lives to making a difference in their communities throughout the Conejo Valley. The Rotary Club of Thousand Oaks, for example, continually supports the local food pantry, Manna, and is working on a…

4 Steps to Investment Success (Part 4 of 4)

In the first three articles in this series, we explained investable benchmarks, leverage and risk control. In this final installment, we focus on leading growth stocks.

Heir Conditioning

If you were to pass away today, would your heirs have easy access to all your financial, legal and practical information? For most of you, the answer is “No.” And for some of you, it’s even “Heck No!” NO Gathering all this information can be quite a daunting task. Where do you start?

Mercedes-Benz Metris

The name Mercedes-Benz has long been synonymous with luxury and performance cars, but did you know they are also the world’s largest producer of commercial vehicles? In fact, the Benz company invented the cargo van in 1896, setting the stage for what has become a revolution in the automotive industry.

Onward & Upward!

Last year, our May issue featured several leading women in our Conejo Valley community. It was so well-received by our readers that we decided to see if we could do an even better job this year. I believe we did. I hope you all agree. Many, many thanks to our wonderful Editor Tracy Marcynzsyn. She pulled it all together, interviewed…

May 2017 Around Town

Local award-winning screenwriter/producer, author, food and lifestyle journalist, and TV host (“Simply Delicious Living,” PBS-TV) Maryann Ridini Spencer announces the hardcover release of Lady in the Window, her new novel about hope, healing and the mother-daughter bond.

A Performance of Biblical Proportions:

On Saturday, May 20, Pacific Festival Ballet will present an encore performance of “Noahʼs Ark,” a multimedia presentation featuring ballet, contemporary dance, aerial work, video and special effects performed by guest artists and select students from California Dance Theatre, the companyʼs training school. Another bravado is the original 90-minute score recorded in Russia with a 60-piece orchestra.

Teaching to the Middle & Why Halstrom Academy Exists

"Teaching to the middle” is a widely used characterization of a teacher’s efforts in a classroom environment. Sadly, this notion has taken on a negative connotation rather than a positive one. So, if you’re a classroom teacher with a class size of 15 or more, would you assume it’s appropriate to bend your instructional approach more toward accelerated students or…