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…

Leading Ladies:

A Chamber Ambassador since 2012, Esther Bleuel currently serves as a team captain on the executive committee, sharing her extensive business knowledge and inspiring the group. The founder of Tough Talk Coach, Esther provides executive coaching and training to empower employees to resolve conflict successfully, to have difficult conversations with ease and confidence, and to deal with challenging people effectively.

Get Fit for Life at My Health Studio

In an unassuming 3,600-square-foot studio located across from the Four Seasons in Westlake Village, life-changing transformations and personal breakthroughs are familiar occurrences. During its nearly 10 years in business, My Health Studio has provided an alternative fitness environment where those who would rather not attend a big-box gym have successfully made great strides to achieve healthy, fit bodies.

AAUW: Empowering Women Since 1881

In celebration of Women’s History Month, five young ladies portrayed five women who have earned a reputation for leading their lives with conviction—including a marine biologist, politician, author, ballet dancer and shark expert. The portrayals were part of this year’s Women in History Project, presented by the Thousand Oaks chapter of the American Association of University Women. The presentations took…

4 Steps to Investment Success

In the first two parts of this series, we explained how InvestableBenchmarks.com uses leading exchange-traded funds (ETFs) to deliver extraordinary performance. In fact, these efficient investment portfolios may enable you to grow a “free retirement nest egg!”

Creating Community

Growing up in a theatrical family in Vermont, Kim Maselli developed a love for the arts at a young age. “My father loved to sing and my mother was a professional dancer. One of my first childhood memories is sitting in the corner of my mom’s dance studio watching the ‘big girls’ dance,” Kim recalls, whose passion for the stage…

What’s Your STRATEGY for the Next Downturn in the Market?

With the stock market at record highs, it’s a great time to review the strategy you have in place to deal with the next market downturn, whenever it comes. Let’s start here: Hope is not a strategy. Hoping the losses won’t be too big, or hoping the market will come back up does not qualify as a sound financial approach.…

Be Your Own Hero

In a world filled with so many expectations for women, I like to live in a world full of unexpected surprises, where we can all choose our lifestyles and our careers according to our dreams. For as long as I can remember, my mom always did her best to help out in my childhood classrooms, as well as offering to…

Leading the Way

When picturing a conductor, most people conjure up the image of someone standing on a podium dressed in a tuxedo, baton in hand, and decidedly male. Like many professions, the world of music has a glass ceiling few can crack. Oak Park resident JoAnne Wasserman faced discrimination on her path to becoming a conductor of note. She made history when…

Lifting Limits: National Association of Women Business Owners 18th Annual Bravo Award Winners

As a child, Marta dreamed of being a stewardess, but changed her mind as a teenager, deciding to pursue engineering instead. “I loved math and science and figuring out how things worked,” says Marta, who aspired to have her own company throughout college. “I worked at various companies and government agencies from junior high through college trying to really figure…

How Does Your Garden Grow?

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.

Hear Here!

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.

A Lovely Celebration

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.

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…

Conejo Valley Guild Celebrates 40 Years of Service

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…

Sowing the Seeds of Service: Ventura County Master Gardeners

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…

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…

What’s Your Financial IQ?

Try this simple quiz to test your financial acumen. Are you a perfect 10?

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.

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…