When our very, very special Tux died unexpectedly from a heart 
attack, I was devastated. Tux had come into our lives when we rescued him and his litter mates from a fast-growing feral colony. We bottle-fed them and found his brother and sisters adoptive families. Tuxie became our furry son.

Belmont Village to Open Doors in Calabasas

Belmont Village CEO and Founder Patricia Will and team recently met with community members to share information about programs and services available at the senior living community, slated to open soon in Calabasas. Belmont Village communities offer residents chef-prepared meals, housekeeping, transportation, social activities, and support from a well-trained staff.

Rotary Youth Rally for K9s for Warriors

Rotary Youth to Save Our Soldiers completed its 3rd annual event run by Interacters from CVUSD high schools at Cal Lutheran. It benefits K9s for Warriors, a nonprofit that trains service dogs for veterans who come home with PTSD. The day included talks about PTSD, live music and more.

OBOL Blankets Homeless Pets with Comfort

Operation Blankets of Love Founder, Eileen Smulson, and her certified therapy dog, Ginger, lead the charge to help homeless animals find forever homes through outreach and education. The award-winning nonprofit animal welfare and emergency relief organization brings blankets and supplies to shelters, rescue groups and pets of the homeless. OperationBlanketsofLove.org

Community Raises Glasses for Big Brothers Big Sisters

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County celebrated a Chardonnay/Zinfandel wine challenge at the Sherwood Lake Club. Pledges from Conejo Valley community attendees came to enough for at least seven "Littles" to be matched with their "Bigs."

Therapy Pets Create Smiles, Relieve Stress 

Doc and Reba spend countless hours visiting assisted living facilities, hospitals, nursing homes and schools. Bringing joy and happiness to others has been a focus of their life since they’ve been a year old. Now 8 years old, Doc and his 5-year-old “sibling” Reba also serve as leaders, modeling appropriate behavior and assisting others in their training to become therapy…

Dog-Friendly Destinations

With their well-earned reputation as “man’s best friend,” dogs enjoy spending time with their families at home and out on the town! Luckily, more and more places are welcoming dogs than ever before. From restaurants and beaches to hotels and hiking trails, look for dog-friendly designations and be sure your four-legged friends are well-behaved and friendly before taking them out…

March 2018 Around Town

Looking to add a new family member to your clan? Visit Valley Cats Westlake Village Adoption Center, located at 790 Hampshire Road Unit H in the Westlake Village Executive Center, and meet their 30+ foster cats who are eagerly awaiting their forever homes. Conejo Valley’s FIRST cage-free facility, Valley Cats Adoption Center was founded in 1999 by Debrah Regal. The…

Indulge in Style at 
J.Weisman Beauty

Walking through the doors of J.Weisman Beauty in Westlake Village reveals a peaceful, welcoming realm where relaxation and beauty reign.

Shelter Hope Pet Shop: 
Saving Animals 
With a Little Help From its Friends

Since the Shelter Hope Pet Shop opened at Janss Marketplace in 2011, the nonprofit rescue effort has saved between 40 and 60 dogs a month—celebrating close to 5,000 adoptions to date.

National Charity League Honors Debutantes for Community Service

The Conejo Valley Chapter of National Charity League, Inc. (NCL) honored 14 debutantes for their philanthropic endeavors and community service at the 36th Annual NCL Ball. The event took place in the Grand Ballroom of the Four Seasons Hotel in Westlake Village. Collectively, the 2017 NCL class has contributed over 4,000 community service hours to local philanthropies.

Five Tips for a Happy Life from Man’s Best Friend

Ask anyone what their goal is in life and their answer will probably be, “To be happy.”  

Test Your Tax IQ

Most of the new tax laws take effect immediately. Do you think you have them figured out? Take this short quiz and find out. And, by all means, talk with your CPA or tax attorney.

The Power of Play in Malawi

On a recent trip to Malawi in southeastern Africa, my son, Richard, granddaughter, Katelin, of Oak Park, and I served as volunteers for an Earthwatch Project at the Majete Wildlife Reserve. Majete is a management project of African Parks, a nonprofit conservation organization that took over the reserve in 2003 when it was nearly void of animals due to poaching…

Foundation Fosters Flock for Service

Tucked away in the hills of Moorpark lives a flock of some very fortunate American Blackbelly sheep. These content creatures, rescued from market by two remarkable women, will now live their lives as therapy animals.

Happy Anniversary! How Should We Celebrate?

Anniversaries are special occasions often celebrated with champagne and regarded as a time to reflect on the past and as an opportunity to plan for the future. This anniversary makes for a delightful reflection on the recent past, and if I can be persuasive, presents a golden opportunity to motivate a constructive view of the future. 

They Love You Just the Way You Are

Looking for someone to love you just the way you are?

The Little Angels Project: Saving Grace for Animals

Found in a shelter with a severely damaged eye, Pirate the cat was given the very minimum dose of painkillers while waiting to be euthanized. But when The Little Angels Project heard about Pirate’s plight, he was pulled from the shelter and given the veterinary care he needed—ultimately saving his life.

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,…

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.

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.

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…

6th Annual Military Tribute Gala: Showing Soldiers “We Care”

In honor of the millions of Afghanistan War veterans and all the brave veterans who have served our country with honor, the 6th Annual Military Tribute Gala takes place this month, Feb. 24, at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.

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?

Getting into the Spirit

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

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…

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…

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…

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.

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.

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.

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.

Moving Resolution

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…

Annual Wellness Fest Focuses on Healthy Living for Seniors

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.

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

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.

The Shape of True Health: Work Your Body, Refresh Your Mind, Rejuvenate Your Self

“I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.” ~John Muir

Angel Flight West: 
Giving Hope Wings

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!)

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

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

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

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

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.”…

184 Local Nonprofits Receive Montecito Bank & Trust’s Community Dividends® Awards

Montecito Bank & Trust presented 184 area nonprofits with a share of $1 million, as part of its Community Dividends Awards. Now in its 15th year, this unique giving program has granted a total of $15 million to Santa Barbara and Ventura County nonprofits.

Role Reversal: Planning Ahead for Parenting Your Parents

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…

University Village Thousand Oaks Celebrates 10th Anniversary

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.

The Power of Habit:

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…

Don’t Confuse “Income” with “Yield”

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

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…

Balance & Purpose Promote Health & Well-Being

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…