Summer Fun

This summer make it a point to spend some quality time with family and friends exploring some of the many exciting activities and events around town and (not too far!) beyond. Both young and old will enjoy making memories to last a lifetime.

Broadway in Your Backyard:

5-Star Theatricals, the Ovation Award-winning resident musical theatre company of the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, is a nonprofit organization with a mission to provide the highest-quality theatre experience as well as serve their community with the many outreach programs they offer.

Aldik Home:

For more than half a century, Aldik Home has been a go-to source for anyone near Los Angeles looking to beautify their homes. For those looking to upgrade their outdoor space with high-quality patio furniture, there is nothing like Aldik Home’s collection of Summer Classics on the market.

The Importance of Childhood Hearing Testing

Most parents are familiar with the need to screen their newborn’s hearing in the hospital, but after being given the green light, they lack awareness about the importance of testing their children as they grow.

Make It a Great Summer in Your Own Backyard!

Summer has always been my favorite time, especially when I was a kid, and then when my own children were younger. How many adults view summer the same way by really taking time off work?

The Sleep Shoppe:

I’m Fred Kunke—the very proud founder and owner of all four locations of The Sleep Shoppe. Over 30 years ago, I was a young man who developed a passion for the mattress industry and how the power of sleep could improve the quality of someone’s life. Driven by this dream, I went out one day and purchased a pickup truck.…

The State of Things

More random and maybe even unorganized observations… I warned you about this when I “riffed” last month, so here goes. Will I be in the wrong if I run over a pedestrian when they carelessly cross in front of my vehicle with their nose buried in their iPhone? A batch of teenagers fumbled onto Lindero … Continued

Caldera Medical Partners with Habitat for Humanity

Agoura Hills medical device company Caldera Medical renewed their community outreach effort and partnered once again with Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County. Caldera Medical employees were tasked to build kids’ playhouses intended for military and veteran families. The Caldera team collaborated on this artistic endeavor and ultimately created three playhouses: two pirate-themed and one “under the sea” design.

July 2019 Around Town

California Dreamin’ Meadowlark Service League presents the 32nd annual Taste of Camarillo, Sunday, July 28, from 1-4 p.m. at Camarillo Ranch (201 Camarillo Ranch Road) in Camarillo. One of three major MSL fundraising events each year, A Taste of Camarillo helps support area nonprofit organizations. The event kicks off with a Wine Auction Gala on … Continued

Adroit Celebrates Westlake Grand Opening

Adroit Development led by their President Michael Owens celebrated the grand opening of their North Ranch Estates Luxury hillside gated community in Westlake Village.

“Camelot” Premieres in the Conejo

Pacific Festival Ballet celebrated the world premier of "Camelot" in the Fred Kavli Theatre at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. Composer, Eric Allaman and PFB Artistic Director, Kim Maselli created the concept, libretto and music for this original ballet. A sold-out house greeted the performance with much acclaim.

Alzheimer’s Luncheon Honors Caregivers

Talk show host and Alzheimer’s Champion Leeza Gibbons received the Alzheimer’s Leadership Award at the Alzheimer’s Women’s Initiative, Ventura County’s Second Annual “Your Brain Matters” Luncheon at the Four Seasons Westlake Village in May. Led by Chair Amy Commans of the Alzheimer’s Association, California Central Coast Chapter, the event focused on brain health and honored … Continued

LA Kings’ Bob Miller Tees Up with Local Nonprofit

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County held their 2019 Golf Classic at the Saticoy Club. This year's host was Bob Miller of the LA Kings. The event raised over $200,000 to help support, mentor and improve the lives of young people throughout Ventura County.

Lighten Up at Westlake Body Contouring:

When then-retired chiropractor Dianne Lalena Sandberg, D.C., first discovered the amazing power of LED light therapy to essentially “melt” fat and dissolve inches, she resolved to share this technology with the public.

United Way of Ventura County:

A local nonprofit is setting the bar by focusing on education, financial stability and health for the well-being of Ventura County residents.

Celebrating Men

 Eric Allaman, Composer  Former Malibu resident, currently in Sonoma County  Words to Live By: One day at a time!

Own Your Health: Proactive Tips for Men

If you are burdened with complicated health problems, you have probably been referred to Dr. G. In practice for over 30 years, Dr. Miguel Gonzalez is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Pulmonary Diseases. For many years, he was busy managing hospital patients in the Los Robles Hospital ICU/CCU as well as a thriving primary and pulmonary care practice. In…

The Total Joint Program at Los Robles Health System

Thousands of hip and knee replacement procedures are performed around the country to provide patients with a better lifestyle, post-surgery. Los Robles Health System has offered the Total Joint Program at Los Robles since 2012—where patients are provided with a personalized care plan through their hip and knee replacement journeys. Since its start 7 years ago, Los Robles’ Total Joint…

Laughing Dog Inn Keeps Dogs Happy & Coming Back for More!

While some dogs dread taking a trip to a doggie daycare or boarding facility, Laughing Dog Inn’s canine visitors can’t wait to get out of the car when they arrive. A Disneyland of sorts for dogs, the Santa Rosa Valley pet resort offers boarding and daycare, training and spa treatments for four-legged friends of all shapes and sizes.

Art Studio Agoura Inspires Community Artists

“Humans have been expressing themselves through painting since before they had speech or writing. Everyone, regardless of technical ability, has something to say through their art,” says Art Studio Agoura Owner Elena Avanesova.

Good Find in Thousand Oaks

There’s nothing quite like the satisfaction of finding just the right piece of furniture or décor. Whether it’s the perfect armchair for a cozy corner reading nook, a dining set for indoor or outdoor entertaining, beautiful knickknacks or a stunning piece of wall art, it’s always fun to find that item that will add a special dash of color and…

Role Models Matter:

“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.”

Q 360 Taps Into Healing Energy

Q 360, a state-of-the-art healing center designed to foster optimal health in mind-body-spirit, uses a holistic approach to harness a wide range of energy fields to accelerate healing and amplify healing capabilities. The following Q&A features input from Aaron Cameron, Founder & CEO, and Dr. Stephen Sokolow, Executive Director.

June 2019 Around Town

Experience the “Titanic Live!” New West Symphony and California Lutheran University host the West Coast premiere of the greatest love story ever told presented with live orchestra outdoors under the stars. The event takes place Saturday, June 22, 7:30  to 11:30 p.m. at the CLU William Rolland Stadium, 60 W. Olsen Road, in Thousand Oaks. … Continued

 “Riffing”

Since this month’s issue is our Men’s Issue, this department is always assigned to me. I will take the prerogative of doing whatever I please, which is riffing on whatever comes to mind. Kind of a jazz improvisation that becomes a momentary theme. While a riff often repeats itself, I will just ride on a … Continued

Boat Bash Benefits Senior Concerns

Once again generosity and fun prevailed at Senior Concerns' annual Boat Bash fundraiser at the Westlake Yacht Club.  Photography Ben Malkin & Charles Oliver

Oaks Christian Gala Graced by Former President

Over 800 guests gathered at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library for The Oaks Christian School Dinner Auction Gala. A record of over $1.5 million was raised. The event was honored with the presence of special guests George W. Bush, 43rd President of the United States and his wife, First Lady Laura Bush (2001-2009). Photography by … Continued

Community Welcomes Yarrow Family YMCA

After 20 years of planning, designing, fundraising and construction, the 60,000-sq.-ft., state-of-the-art Yarrow Family YMCA opened its doors to the public April 27. It features a fitness center, eight-lane indoor lap pool, warm water pool, gymnasium, group exercise classes, meeting space, café and lounge—plus gorgeous views of the Conejo Valley. Photography Ben Malkin

Divorce Mediation: Creating Agreements for Life

What do we know about divorce? It can be a scary, emotionally devastating and financially destructive process that can cause long-term damage to families, especially children, but is that inevitable? 

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County: Mentoring Potential

Across Ventura County, youth are facing more adversity than ever before.

Leading Ladies

Community leaders grace us with their presence, perseverance and ability to achieve their dreams while making a positive difference in the lives of others. Here, we celebrate a handful of incredible local women who inspire with their service, accomplishments and commitment to succeed.

RestoraVita Boosts Women’s Health

As an OB-GYN, expert in Functional Medicine and the founder of RestoraVita Medical Group, Dr. Rosimar Torres-Leon—who is also a mother and wife—knows firsthand how fatigue and other debilitating symptoms can affect women striving to do it all.

Hadassah Aims for Safer Schools

With the problem of gun violence affecting so many throughout the nation and close to home, Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer served as moderator during the 5th Annual Hadassah Dine & Discuss event addressing the topic: “If Not Now, When? A Conversation About Gun Violence in American Schools.”

Journey to the Brighter Side of Life

Ladies the brighter side of life is not just a walk or a jog, it’s a journey.

May 2019 Around Town

Family Friendly Fun & Games The 63rd Annual Conejo Valley Days kicks off May 9 and runs through May 12, at Conejo Creek Park South, 1300 E Janss Road, in Thousand Oaks. The annual four-day event celebrates the area’s western roots and community spirit, featuring carnival rides, games, live music and kids’ arts and crafts. Entry: $10 … Continued

Celebrating Women

The women profiled in this month’s issue are truly remarkable. In the communities we cover with Conejo Valley Lifestyle and Malibu to Palisades Lifestyle, there are really more very special female professional, business, nonprofit leaders and “difference makers” than we could ever profile or acknowledge in a single issue. Our communities have the resources to … Continued

“Women Elevated!”

Celebrating its 20th year, BRAVO celebrates women in business and leadership who are breaking barriers, forging new ground and pursuing their goals with fearless fortitude.

KIng & Queen Crowned at Mardi Gras Ball

Community Conscience's largest fundraiser at the Hyatt Regency featured Jerry Miller and Sherrill Hyink chosen as King and Queen. Event proceeds help Community Conscience provide rent-free space to 13 local nonprofits, enabling them to more effectively serve the community.                

Montecito Grants Nonprofits Awards

Montecito Bank & Trust celebrated their 27th Annual Anniversary Grants Program by honoring 10 local nonprofit agencies. They were all chosen by MB&T associates. Photography Ben Malkin & Clint Weisman

Los Robles Hosts Robotics Open House for Students

Los Robles Health System Hosted a Robotics Open House for Ventura County’s Safe Passage Program and Medical Explorer Post 911 Students. Their highly qualified robotic surgeons were on hand to discuss the robotic surgery process and answer questions.

The Hub Celebrates Grand Opening

The Hub Bike Shop in Westlake Village celebrated their Grand Opening. Owners Geoff and Deb Schipani have been part of our community for 12 years and they offer a commitment  of Community Minded giving back and Rider First focused service. Photography Ben Malkin

WEV

Women’s Economic Ventures—also known as WEV—is a nonprofit organization, serving Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, which provides business training, consulting and loans to help entrepreneurs start, grow and thrive in business.

Camelot Comes to the Conejo Valley

Knights of the Round Table, King Arthur, Merlin and Queen Guinevere are everyday discussion topics for artistic director Kim Maselli, as are conversations about fairies, dragons and giants.

Home Sweet Home

From construction and design to appliances, furnishings and landscape, enlisting the expertise of industry pros makes the process of creating your dream home a whole lot easier—and helps ensure an outcome you’ll be happy to live with for years to come.

Exhibit Portrays Artist’s Evolution “From Dawn to Dusk”

Sam Francis: From Dusk to Dawn, on exhibit at Heather James Fine Art in Palm Desert through April 29, is a great opportunity to see Francis’ evolution as an artist, as it comprises 28 paintings and works on paper, spanning from 1955 to 1994.

Angelus Block Co.: Paving the Way to Beautiful Hardscapes for Decades

Since 1946 when Angelus Block Co., Inc. opened its doors in North Hollywood, building industry pros have counted on Angelus for an array of concrete block and paver products. A manufacturer of concrete blocks, concrete paving stones and decorative retaining wall blocks for municipal, commercial and residential projects, Angelus services, sells and distributes to contractors and dealer networks throughout Southern…

SHAPE Up with Vibrance Health

With spring just around the corner, followed quickly by bathing suit season, many are seeking ways to lose weight in an effort to look and feel their best.

Home Is Where Your Heart Is

My home has several meanings to me—it’s where I gathered with my family and was able to love on them, where we invited all our friends that we connected with through our kids, school, work and anyone we wanted to include in our loving home. As the saying goes, my home was truly my castle, filled with lots of loving…

Designing Dreams: Eileen Gould Design & Construction

There’s something almost magical about a well-designed space that makes one feel comfortable and at ease from the moment they enter. Whether a hotel lobby or a family home, interiors that speak to us are no accident, rather they are created and planned with intention and meticulous attention to every detail, thanks to the talent and skills of industry professionals…

April 2019 Around Town

Sail for Seniors Senior Concerns’ 3rd Annual Boat Bash, presented by the Valdez Wealth Management Group, is planned for Saturday, April 6, from 5 to 10 p.m. at the Westlake Yacht Club. Enjoy an evening of cocktails, appetizers and a sunset cruise on the beautiful Westlake Lake, followed by food catered by Boccaccio’s and dancing. Proceeds from … Continued