Giving Breast Cancer the Boot

Last October we devoted a major portion of Conejo Valley Lifestyle to the fight against breast cancer. Here we are a year later and the fight goes on. At a recent event in preparation for October’s month-long recognition of that fight, a good friend expressed a bit of impatience, exasperation and maybe some overload on the subject. In her words,…

My Health Studio Marks a Decade of Getting Fit

Turning a vision into reality requires many hands. My Health Studio celebrated 10 years of successful community building, inspiring others to get healthy and live life to the fullest. Owners Esta and Scott McIntyre and staff thank everyone whose help and faith continue to drive its growth and success.

North Ranch Country Club Members 
Tee Up with SCGA Juniors

North Ranch Country Club had the incredible opportunity to host 10 kids from the SCGA Junior program and enjoy an afternoon of golf with our members. Each child was partnered up with a member and played nine holes on the Oaks course, which was followed by pizza and networking.

Locals Unite in Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and since 1993, millions of passionate participants have joined forces to take steps against breast cancer in the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer annual 3- to 5-mile walks each year.

October 2017 Around Town

Oct. 7-31: The Reign of Terror Haunted House at Janss Marketplace starts off the scary season on Oct. 7, from 7 to 11 p.m., at the Janss Marketplace, 275 N Moorpark Road in Thousand Oaks. In its 18th season, the Reign of Terror Haunted House opens for 13 nights, featuring more than 100 rooms, making it one of the top-ranked…

Enchanted Evening of Hope Supports American Cancer Society

More than 100 guests came together at Eden Gardens in Moorpark to spend an Enchanted Evening of Hope raising money to support the important work of the American Cancer Society. For the past 10 years, the Enchanted Evening of Hope event has raised more than a million dollars to fund cancer research and ensure the organization's ability to provide free…

Journeys of Hope: Breast Cancer Survivors Share their Stories

Cancer-free for 24 years, Harriet Sheinberg’s breast cancer journey began in 1986, when her younger sister was told that her tiny little bump was “nothing” because she was too young to have breast cancer. “The needle biopsy proved she was not too young,” Sheinberg recalls. Beverly had surgery to remove the tumor and radioactive seeds implanted in her breast—and at…

Beautiful Brows & More at Brow Radiance: A Q&A with Lauren Schroeder

Brow Radiance, a division of Natural and Pure, offers a wide array of skin and body treatments, including microblading, facials, cellulite reduction, lymphatic drainage (post-op), tattoo removal, waxing, make up, ear candling and aromatherapy.

The Byrds’ Roger McGuinn Flys Solo at Smothers Theatre

The indisputable music icon Roger McGuinn returns to Pepperdine University's Smothers Theatre in Malibu on Thursday, October 5 at 8 p.m. As a founding member of The Byrds, Roger McGuinn delivers a mesmerizing evening of story and song. From his signature 12-string Rickenbacker sound, to his instantly recognizable vocals on hits like "Turn, Turn, Turn," "Eight Miles High" and "Mr.…

New West Symphony Stars Shine in 23rd Season

New West Symphony, with performances in Thousand Oaks, Oxnard and Santa Monica, opens its 2017/2018 Masterpiece Series season this month. Kicking off its 23rd season with a tribute to Hispanic Heritage Month, New West Symphony’s “Grand Season Opening” Oct. 6-8 features favorites from Argentinian and Spanish composers, Piazzolla and Falla, as well as symphonic classics by Mozart and Beethoven. Renowned…

History Repeats Itself: What Will You Do?

Sir John Templeton, one of the world’s greatest investors, was known to have said: “Bull markets are born on pessimism, grown on skepticism, mature on optimism and die on euphoria.” The quote is dramatic, but helpful in illustrating market cycles. A heightened awareness of market cycles raises questions like: “Where are we in this cycle?” and “What am I doing…

The Sleep Shoppe Family: Spreading Smiles for 30 Years

Thirty years ago, a young man surprised his wife with a pickup truck, as she stood on the stoop of their home with their two young sons. Naturally, she asked, "What is this honey?" Smiling his signature grin, he replied, "Our delivery truck for the new mattress store I'm opening." A testament to their love and level of trust, she…

Oaks Christian Students Boast 100% College Acceptance Rate

Oaks Christian School is a nondenominational, co-ed, college-preparatory school serving Grades 5 through 12. The high school was founded in 2000. In 2009, the middle school moved into a new building, allowing growth for both the middle school and the high school. The school is committed to the promotion of academic excellence, artistic expression and athletic distinction within the context…


In real estate, it’s: “Location, location, location!” In stock investing, it’s: “The market, the market, the market!” We know that even the best of stock portfolios will likely perform poorly when the stock market performs poorly. We all remember the devastation on portfolios from the crashes of 2000-2002 and 2007-2009.

Pirates, Exotic Animals Steal the Show at University Village Family Day

University Village Thousand Oaks residents, their adult children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren kept a weather eye open for pirates, exotic animals and other unusual visitors at the retirement community’s recent Family Day. More than 2,000 residents and their family members attended the community’s annual event, set to a pirate theme this year.

Sharing Stories Sparks Hope & Inspiration

Each of us lives our own story. In one way or another, we are surviving or thriving. Last year while in Ecuador, I met a new friend, Karen Marie Dion, who shared about her journey with breast cancer. As we kick off this year’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event, so many individuals and families touched by the big C…

Cancer Support Community Paints the Town Pink

Serving about 3,000 individuals affected by cancer each year, the Cancer Support Community thrives on the belief that no one has to face cancer alone. “There is no other organization like us in this area,” says Kayo Matsumoto, program director of the Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara.

Diagnosing, Treating & Surviving a Breast Cancer Diagnosis

More than 200,000 women nationwide are diagnosed with breast cancer annually. Most commonly, breast cancer is detected by screening mammogram. When found and treated early, breast cancer is usually curable. When not curable, breast cancer may still be treated to prolong and improve quality of life. Ongoing improvements in detection and therapy continue to incrementally drive better patient outcomes.

A Community of Givers

In April 2015, Robin and I were trying to decide if we were going to publish Conejo Valley Lifestyle magazine. While the publishing business model upon which our magazine would be built made a great deal of sense, I still was not convinced that there was room for and, more importantly, a need for another magazine in the Conejo Valley.…

Fender Music Foundation Gives the Gift of Music

The Fender Music Foundation is a nonprofit organization that supports U.S. music education and therapy programs through grants of musical instruments and equipment. The "Give Music Life" Concert Fundraiser was held at Five Threads Brewing Company with food offered by Farm & Flame. A fun time was had by all.

LeadYoung Institute Launches Future CEO Academy

With the goal of transforming the Conejo Valley into the “most young leader-friendly community on the planet,” LeadYoung Institute is poised to launch a unique, community-based youth leadership program aimed to identify and develop 10- to 18-year-olds gifted in organizational leading.

Duration: How Do Interest Rates Affect Your Bonds’ Value?

What happens to your bonds when interest rates rise? Generally, they go down in value. That’s a good list to know, but not too helpful in figuring out how much exposure you have to rising rates. Fortunately, there’s a statistic calculated for each bond that gives you a pretty good sense of your interest rate risk. It’s called “Duration.”

September 2017 Around Town

Brow Radiance by Lauren offered a free community event featuring their various treatment and services. During client consultations, Brow Radiance’s friendly and knowledgeable staff discuss brow shape, problem areas and desired effect to achieve each client’s preferred brow shape and design. Make an appointment today to be inspired and see examples of the best brow shapes for your face and…

Piping Pastor Served Community with Heart & Soul

When Gary Alan Dickey began as senior pastor at the United Methodist Church of Westlake Village 14 years ago, he memorized the church pictorial directory so he could call everyone by their names the first Sunday he was there. “That was about 500 people,” recalls Dickey, 71, of Westlake Village. “The first Sunday I preached I told the congregation that…

PathPoint: “Learning. Living. Building Communities Since 1964”

For five decades and counting, nonprofit organization PathPoint has thrived on the belief that all individuals—especially those with disabilities or disadvantages—can achieve self-sufficiency and dignity when the proper supports are in place.

Bagged vs. Bagless Vacuums: Which is Best?

Vacuums as we know them have come a long way since they were first invented. Early vacuums were heavy, bulky and very inefficient. One model was installed in a horse-drawn wagon and used a gasoline engine to operate. Hoses were brought into the house to clean it. Another machine that didn't last long weighed almost 100 pounds and proved too…

Community Rallies to Clean Up Sea of Debris at 33rd Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day

This month on September 16, thousands of Californians will join to clean up their local beaches, creeks, rivers and lakes for the 33rd Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day. Last year’s event drew some 60,000 people who removed more than 8,000 pounds of trash from beaches, rivers and parks throughout the state.

A Barnyard Bash Brings Neighbors Together

Neighbors gathered to meet and make new friends at the 4th Annual Rancho Santa Rosa POA Picnic. Char Virnig and Linda Kidd know the value of a friendly neighborhood and spearheaded the annual picnics held by the association to provide opportunities for neighbors to meet and greet.

Roadside Lumber & Hardware: Celebrating 42 Years of Community Service

Roadside Lumber & Hardware Inc., one of Agoura Hills’ oldest businesses, recently celebrated its 42nd anniversary. Independently owned and operated since its start in 1975, Roadside Lumber was founded to primarily supply landscaping and residential contractors with lumber, hardware, paint, tools and other materials. Today, Roadside Lumber & Hardware serves the general public as well as contractors, offering discount pricing…


Smaller in landmass than the state of Texas, the country of Thailand is near bursting with culturally rich activities and once-in-a-lifetime experiences for the tenacious traveler. This peninsula in Southeast Asia crams a variety of landscapes into its small borders. From sprawling urban developments to sparse and sweeping rice fields. Thick wooded mountains reside in the North while a lush…

Westlake Body Contouring: Light Therapy for Fat Loss, Healing & So Much More

When Westlake Body Contouring’s Dianne Lalena Sandberg, D.C., first learned about the amazing power of LED light therapy to essentially “melt” fat and dissolve inches, she knew she had to bring this new technology to the public. “I was a chiropractor and had decided to retire and devote my time to my family,” says Dr. Dianne, “…and then I learned…

Navigating Divorce: CDFAs Chart a Course to Divorce Financial Planning

As with any major life change, going through a divorce is often difficult and filled with uncertainty. Creating a divorce financial plan helps each party determine what they want and need from a settlement and how to best divide resources.

Rise as a Community Star

Please take a moment and ask yourself, "Do you sit back or step up?" I think this is something we should be asking ourselves and our family members at an early age. However, I have found that no matter what age you are, you can always find a way to step up and give back!

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…