Candu Graphics: Meeting Customers’ Needs Since 1995

 Article Tracy Marcynzsyn  Going above and beyond a customer’s expectations is business as usual at Candu Graphics in Westlake Village, where owner Mike Dutra and the Candu Graphics’ staff take pride in producing top quality printing projects for a wide variety of clients.  “Our philosophy of becoming a long-term business partner with each of our clients motivates us to ensure…

Local Chefs Serve Specialties at Casa Pacifica 5th Annual Yummie Top Chef Dinner

 Article and Photography  Casa Pacifica’s 5th Annual Yummie Top Chef Dinner featured some of the area’s top chefs presenting a delicious seven-course meal to some 250 lucky guests. Sheriff Geoff Dean emceed the dinner, kicking off the festivities for the 25th Anniversary Casa Pacifica Angels Wine, Food & Brew Festival that took place last month.  The Night of Shimmer & Jazz spotlighted local culinary…

Day Drive Destinations for Summer Fun

 Article Tracy Marcynzsyn  California offers a diverse array of getaway destinations within easy driving distance. Whether traveling the coast, inland or up to the mountains, a few hours’ easy drive can lead to exciting new locales perfect for exploring and relaxing with family and friends.  Big Bear

5 Summer Reads by Local Authors

 Article Tracy Marcynzsyn  Curl up this summer with a good book written by someone you just might run into around town. The Conejo Valley is home to many prolific authors, writing in genres from thrillers to romance. Check out the latest offerings by several local writers, several of whom will share their experiences from concept to publishing at “Everything You…

Sounds of Summer

 Article and Photography  Balmy summer evenings create the perfect setting to sway to the sounds of live music with family and friends. The plentiful selections of free outdoor area concerts liven up the summer with song.  Conejo Recreation & Park District Summer Concerts

At Tri-Valley Vacuum & Cleaning Supply, Quality Is in the Bag

 Article and Photography  There’s nothing like the look and feel of a freshly vacuumed carpet to make your home sparkle with cleanliness. Given the impact vacuuming has on your environment, choosing a quality vacuum is an important decision. With so many vacuums on the market, deciding which one to buy can be quite overwhelming. One of the first decisions consumers…

Choose 1,000 Wishes

 Article Kim Pagano  When you look at a field of dandelions, you can either see a hundred weeds or a thousand wishes. I choose a thousand wishes.   Summer is a very special time of the year. Is there something you have wanted to do that you might not be able to because of work or school? If so, now is…

What Is Money?

 Article Jeff Runyan  We all think about it. We all want it. And, we all need it. Whether you work for it, inherit it or you somehow have access to it from a spouse or another, money is an exciting resource that people handle very differently.   Money can be a source of pride for some who are pleased with their…

The Athletic Society: Bringing the Best of Fitness & Health to the Conejo Valley

 Article and Photography  The new Athletic Society in Westlake Village offers the very best in fitness, sports and health, including a wide variety of over 400 different classes—dance, cardio, strength training, boot camp-style, yoga, spin/cycle, aqua and Pilates—in addition to nutrition coaching, recovery, childcare, massage and personal training.  “We are more than just a gym,” says Marketing Manager Chyla Anderson.…

Bicyclists Honor Military, Veterans During Red Cross Ride

 Article Kateri Wozny | Photography Provided  "After riding in a combination of over 70 centuries and double centuries I was delighted to find a ride close to my home in Ventura. Little did I realize when signing up that it would be one of the best organized riding events I have ever been part of. The people were cordial, helpful and full…

Burt’s Pharmacy: Your One-Stop Shop for Health Care Supplies

 Article Alicia Doyle  With three locations in the Conejo Valley, Burt’s Pharmacy is committed to helping clients achieve all their health care goals—from treating everyday conditions to achieving personal wellness.  “Our talented and compassionate care team members can answer your questions and find solutions that fit you like a glove,” says Robbie Leark, owner of the family-operated endeavor.

July 2018 Around Town

Star Qualities University Village retirement community and OakView Health Center employees Kristy Ferguson and Paty Pena have been named the 2017 STARs of the Year based on their outstanding service. As excursion coordinator at University Village, Ferguson plans excursions to concerts, theatrical productions, ball games, museums and other events. “Kristy exemplifies our community’s core values … Continued

Rotary Club’s Chili Cook-Off Spices Up the Conejo

The Rotary Club of Thousand Oaks’ 42nd Chili Cook-Off featured a Craft Brew Festival, delicious food, great entertainment and fun for the whole family. Attendees enjoyed some of the best local chili and craft beer and proceeds benefited local charities, including the Westminster Free Clinic, Conejo Valley Reading is Fundamental, Dreamcatcher Park, K9s for Warriors and … Continued

United We Stand

Well here we are celebrating the second consecutive 4th of July in a very ununited state of affairs. Yes, it really bothers us. We love the communities we cover with Conejo Valley Lifestyle and Malibu to Palisades Lifestyle. We are ready to celebrate the 4th of July and our country with family, food, fireworks, flags … Continued

Big Brothers Big Sisters Appreciate Community Support

Big Brothers Big Sisters Ventura County’s Big Appreciation Night celebrated volunteers and supporters of the organization. Bigs and Littles shared some of their heart-warming experiences of participating in the mentoring program, and several board members and long-term sponsors were recognized and thanked for their contributions.   Photography by Nathan Sobel

Community Rallies to Roadside Festival for The Little Angels Project

Veterinary Angels’ Roadside West Summer Street Festival featured pet adoptions, photo opportunities with exotic animals, fun family activities, a bounce house, food trucks, silent auction and a free drawing for a week’s vacation at El Dorado Ranch Golf Resort in San Felipe, Baja California. Proceeds help The Little Angels Project provide needed veterinary services for … Continued

Caregivers Honored at Alzheimer’s Women’s Initiative High Tea

Some 300+ guests packed the ballroom at the Four Seasons Hotel, Westlake Village for the Alzheimer's Women's Initiative “Your Brain Matters” High Tea. Keynote speaker, actress, author and caregiver Kimberly Williams-Paisley received the 2018 Alzheimer's Leadership Award, Loren Shields received the 2018 Family Caregiver of the Year Award and Lily Duarte was named the 2018 Professional Caregiver … Continued

Conejo Compassion Coalition Continues Healing Journey

Led by Bob Bland the Conejo Compassion Coalition celebrated another year of "Healing the World One Child, One Family, One Village at a Time." For more than 12 years, they have been at work helping poor and oppressed people, comforting the victims of disaster and sharing God's love in real and tangible ways.    Photography by Ben Malkin

Jon Macks Pens “A Capitol Fourth”

 Article Adrienne Wigdortz Anderson  Jon Macks knows how to throw a 4th of July party. For 14 years, he’s written A Capitol Fourth, broadcast live on PBS from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. He will again this year. (Check local listings for time.)  “The ingredients are basic,” says Macks, a WGA award-winner and eight-time Emmy nominee. “Terrific hosts, great music, big stars and…

Music Strikes a Chord with Chuck Findley

 Article Tracy Marcynzsyn  Renowned as “one of the greatest and most musical trumpet players in the world—and most recorded too—” Charles “Chuck” Findley first picked up a trumpet at age 3.  Born into a musical family in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, Findley grew up having regular jam sessions in the house with his father, who played the sax and violin, and his brother…

“Just Another Family Tree” Rooted in Cassidy Legacy

 Article Tracy Marcynzsyn | Photography Provided    The star of this month’s 5-Star Theatrical production, “Just Another Family Tree,” says he feels “very blessed and very fortunate” to be a part of his star-studded family, which is anything but average.

You Can’t Spell “AMazinG” without AMG

 Article and Photography Will Andre    Founded as a passion project in 1967 by two Mercedes-Benz engineers hell-bent on creating racing engines from their rolling stock, the AMG brand has always been about driving performance, and it is now tasked with bearing that torch globally for its parent company, Daimler AG. AMG's mission has deviated little over its 50-year history.…

Beverly Hills Physician Strives to Empower Patients

 Article Alicia Doyle    As a Medical Doctor, Christopher Asandra believes it’s vital to always be evolving—because science and technology are constantly evolving.

Discover Your New Favorite Establishment at the Conejo Food & Wine Fest

 Article and Photography  What: The Conejo Food & Wine Fest  When: Sunday June 24, 1:30-5:30 p.m.

Power in Numbers: 100 Men Who Give a Damn

 Article Tracy Marcynzsyn | Photography Jeff Landau    Thanks to more than 100 local men who “give a damn,” thousands of abused and neglected children will receive assistance, including mentoring and legal help, through the nonprofit RaisingHOPE.

Yellow Post-It: Retirement

 Article Jeff Runyan    To-do lists scribbled on Post-it Notes can be the backbone of a constructive and productive workday. Many successful retirees and those still in the workforce may recall or relate to building business one day at a time by tackling their list to accomplish goals ranging from work and family to retirement and everything in between.

Dorenfeld Law Offers Integrity, Experience & Results

 Article Tracy Marcynzsyn    From estate planning to civil litigation, personal injury and business law, David Dorenfeld and his expert team of seasoned professionals at Dorenfeld Law, Inc. approach every clients’ needs with integrity, bringing experience and delivering results. Many of the firm’s lifelong clients entrust the experts at Dorenfeld Law to handle all their legal needs.

What You Should Know About Prostate Cancer

 Article Kiavash Nikkhou, MD    Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer and second leading cause of cancer death in men. An estimated 11.2% of men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetime. When detected and treated early, prostate cancer is a treatable and potentially curable condition with an estimated 98% five-year survival rate. Risk factors include…

Just Meet Me in the Middle

 Article Kim Pagano    How many of you grew up as a daddy’s girl or maybe had a grandpa that you looked up to?

June 2018 Around Town

Support the Magic of CASA Join CASA of Ventura County on Thursday, June 14at 6 p.m.for a magical evening at The Tower Club in Oxnard to support CASA’s mission to provide a powerful voice for abused, neglected and abandoned foster children. The evening features magic, music, delicious food and drinks and a fabulous silent auction. … Continued


In this month’s issue we profile some of the men in our communities who take the time, energy and effort to give something back to others. In our May issue we did similar profiles of successful women who also give back. Just to be clear, I am talking about being there and helping out…in addition … Continued

Oaks Christian Legacy Gala Dedicated to Students

Oaks Christian School celebrated their 2018 Legacy Gala in the Air Force One Pavilion at the Ronald Reagan Library & Museum. The evening was dedicated to OCS students and was headlined by special guest General Colin Powell, USA (Ret.).  Photography by Ben Malkin

Local Men Making a Difference

 Article Kateri Wozny  Darin Arrasmith  Home: Simi Valley.

Senior Concerns Boat Party Bash a Splashing Success

A fun time was had by all at the Senior Concerns Boat Party Bash Fundraiser at the Westlake Yacht Club. Guests enjoyed cocktails, appetizers and a sunset cruise around Westlake Lake, followed by dinner, dancing and a live auction. Proceeds benefit Senior Concerns programs and services. Photography by Ben Malkin

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County Enrich Lives

 Article and Photography  Big Brother Aaron and Little Brother Elijah, matched 6 years.  Disney's Points of Light Foundation sponsored a trip to Disneyland!

Get Crafty With the Guys

 Article Tracy Marcynzsyn | Photography Janet Barnett Photography  The craft beer craze has hit the Conejo Valley in a big way, with local breweries and tap houses popping up around town. So grab the guys and head out to sample the extensive selection of suds on tap at your neighborhood hot spot. Many venues also feature food, live music, trivia…

National Charity League

 Article Alicia Doyle  With 250+ active members, the Conejo Valley Chapter of National Charity League, Inc. offers mothers the opportunity to work with their daughters and teach them the importance of giving back.  “This is a crucial time in our daughters’ lives, where they may not want to spend a lot of time with their moms—we all are encouraged to…

Applauding Altruism

 Article Kateri Wozny  The Luxury Realtor  Rosemary Allison, Estate Director, Rosemary Allison - Realtor

Big & Little Sisters Match Up

 Article and Photography  MAC Mineralize Foundation  Nordstrom Rack, $19.97

Cruising the Conejo With Pedego 101 Electric Bikes

 Article Tracy Marcynzsyn | Photography Ben Malkin  When Linda Coburn and John Tajiri rented Pedego Electric Bikes during a vacation in Seattle, the Simi Valley couple’s life took an unexpected turn.  “It was so much fun … and there was so much interest in them while we were riding around, we decided to see if we could bring this amazing…

Gathering With Girlfriends

 Article Tracy Marcynzsyn | Photography Janet Barnett Photography  Celebrate friendship with a girls’ day out. Whether a pampering day at the spa or a fun-filled afternoon or evening sipping wine and enjoying live music, local venues ideal for friend adventures abound. Here we cover a few of our favorite locales for female festivities where fun and lasting memories are sure…

Military Tribute Raises Funds For The Troops

 Article Tracy Marcynzsyn | Photography Judi Bumstead  Nearly 600 people gathered at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library to honor veterans and service men and women serving in the Afghanistan War at the 6th Annual Military Tribute Gala, chaired by Rosemary Allison, Coldwell Banker realtor and proud “Medal of Honor” event sponsor with For The Troops, a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization that…


 Article Provided  Many have watched the newest Belmont Village Senior Living Community, a California Mediterranean-style building, being built on the hill overlooking the 101 Freeway. The site of the 12th Belmont Village Community in California was chosen for its proximity to The Commons retail area and an array of other community facilities to make it easy for residents and their…

Women’s Health Month: 5 Habits to Keep Your Breasts Healthy

 Article Provided  Breast cancer is the second most common cancer among women in the United States, and one out of eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.  These statistics are pretty alarming, but luckily a few lifestyle changes can help keep your breasts in tip-top shape and lower your risk of breast cancer.

What’s That You Say?

 Article Christine E. Wilson, M.S., CCC-A  Do you feel that you can hear people, but don’t understand? Do you have difficulty following conversations in groups, on the telephone, at work or with family members? Do you find yourself withdrawing from social events and avoiding the things you love to do? These are all signs that your hearing may be affecting…

Dancing to New Heights

 Article Adrienne Wigdortz Anderson    Dreams can come true. 

Share Your Stories & Life Lessons

 Article Kim Pagano  Share your story and your journey and know these are your life lessons; don’t leave them untold. My parents, taught me that I can do anything I put my mind to. They were my best cheerleaders.  In high school, I got my manicure license while finishing Cosmetology school so I could make an income while attending school.…

May 2018 Around Town

Calling All Angels The Roadside West Summer Street Festival takes place May 6 at 5 p.m., at Veterinary Angels Medical Center, at 29348 Roadside Drive in Agoura Hills. The event features dog and cat adoptions, pictures with exotic animals, giveaways, food trucks, family activities, raffles and more, to benefit the Little Angels Project, a nonprofit … Continued

Compass’ Leading Ladies Guide Clients to Real Estate Success

 Article Tracy Marcynzsyn  Whether a family home or a getaway retreat, luxury real estate starts with Compass’ all-star agents. With the mission to help everyone find their place in the world, Compass pairs technology with local talent to guide clients through an intelligent, seamless search and sell experience.  Compass’ new Westlake Village office features several top female realtors dedicated to…

Females & Finances

 Article Jeff Runyan  In the recent nine years, the stock, bond and real estate markets have charged ahead, benefiting the portfolio of most investors. However, when it comes to identifying investment goals, selecting investments to achieve them and handling the portfolio along the way, there is an observable difference between the behaviors of women and men. In 1992, the book…