Paso Robles: The Ultimate Wine Country Road Trip

For those of us lucky enough to live in Southern California, one of the most enjoyable road trips we can take is a winery tour of the easily accessible Paso Robles AVA. We came home with a wonderful supply of wine for the holidays. I always drink red wine with Thanksgiving turkey and my famous Black Friday Roast Beef. Read…

AdvantagePlusCaregivers.com: Providing Transitional Care to Prevent Hospital Readmission

AdvantagePlusCaregivers.com has always strived to be on the cutting edge of the latest developments in home care to provide the best services to clients. Their “concierge” style services provide the most personalization, including a Geriatric Care Manager to oversee the case.

Black Friday Feast

During the holiday season, families are often torn in different directions when it comes to which Thanksgiving, Hanukkah or Christmas dinner to attend. The bigger the family, the more varied the options. Robin and I came up with a solution for Thanksgiving—go wherever you choose on Thanksgiving, but everyone comes to us the next day for a "Non-Turkey Experience." Our…

Stop in to Bumper2Bumper for Holiday Style

‘Tis the season to start gearing up for holiday festivities, including sprucing up your ride (or your loved one’s ride) for the season. Adding a visit to Bumper2Bumper.LA to your to-do list ensures your vehicle will earn high marks for holiday style.

Create the Wedding of Your Dreams at North Ranch Country Club

When it comes to your wedding day, location is key. Choosing where to get married and celebrate this special time with family and friends sets the stage for a successful, memorable ceremony to be cherished for years to come. Local couple David and Amanda Epstein recently said their “I do’s” at North Ranch Country Club, joined by some 140 guests.

Attitude & Gratitude

As we approach the close of another year, we can enjoy the returns earned in the stock, bond, and real estate investment portfolio in a variety of ways. And, while having more wealth accumulated now than ever before is comforting, it is equally, if not more rewarding to use your increased economic power to help others. The holiday season is…

The More You Give Thanks, the More You Get to Be Thankful For

 This month, I’m sharing my personal gratitude list.  It starts with my two amazing parents who brought me into this world with excitement and passion. I’m most grateful that they were not only my parents, but that they were also my best friends—I was able to talk to them about anything. They taught me the meaning of life and love…

Thousand Oaks Fireside and Design: Outdoor Style`

Thousand Oaks Fireside and Design is a departure from the old standard “fireplace and hearth shop,” where the effort was concentrated on wood-burning fireplaces, screens, wood holders and tool sets. 

Cal Lutheran Joins with Community to Feed Hungry College Students

Cal Lutheran is taking care of its own by ensuring that students don’t go a day without a full stomach.

Prostate Cancer Update with Dr. Kiavash Nikkhou

With November designated as Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, Dr. Kiavash Nikkhou, a urologist specializing in Urologic Oncology, shares the most recent statistics and treatments about this disease.

November 2018 Around Town

Glitz in the Bag This year’s Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County’s 10th Annual Bags, Bling & Bubbly champagne luncheon at the Las Posas Country Club in Camarillo takes place on Monday, November 5, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This fun fundraising event features live and silent auctions, including new and vintage designer … Continued

Thanks(for)Giving

I know I’m preaching to the choir when I say we are so fortunate to live here in Southern California, as members of these vibrant, caring and generous communities that make up the Conejo Valley, Malibu, Pacific Palisades and the surrounding areas. Still, it’s worth acknowledging again—even if we already know how good we have … Continued

Ventura County Gala Benefits American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society’s 8th annual Ventura County Gala at the Marriott Residence Inn at River Ridge offered guests a stunning evening full of magic, music and decadent food and drinks. Event proceeds help fund cancer research and free services offered to cancer patients and their families. VenturaGala.org

Show Your Gratitude: 5 Ways to Give Back                 

November, the month of Thanksgiving, is the perfect time to reflect on the many blessings in our lives and share our thanks by giving back to others. Whether volunteering our time or donating funds, contributing to the well-being of another yields rewards beyond measure. Here, we offer a handful of ideas for giving back to the community.

Aldik Home: A Christmas Wonderland Just a Short Drive Away

For more than 60 years, Aldik Home has been dazzling customers, celebrities and holiday décor enthusiasts with the most spectacular Christmas displays in the country. Stepping into Aldik Home is like walking into your Christmas dreamscape. Top to bottom, it is covered in the most stunning holiday décor, from intricate ornaments, to whimsical elves, glitter stems and twinkling lights. There…

33rd Annual Ultimate Dining Experience Rolls Out the Red Carpet

The Senior Concerns Ultimate Dining event at the Hyatt Garden featured award-winning food and wine pairings from premier local restaurants and wineries. Proceeds support Senior Concerns’ programs, including the Adult Day Program, Meals On Wheels, Caregiver Support Center and Senior Advocacy Services. Supporters Patricia and George Jones of Home Helpers were also recognized for their … Continued

Breast Cancer Update:

Breast cancer affects thousands of women and men each year, with an estimated 252,710 new cases of invasive breast cancer occurring among U.S. women in 2017, and 40,610 breast cancer deaths, according to the American Cancer Society. Thanks to advances in medicine and continued research, more and more women are beating breast cancer.

United We Stand

October is here and since I have been working with the American Cancer Society, this month represents all the incredible brave people and their families who have journeyed through cancer. You all can make a difference and I thank you for Standing up to Cancer.

Dr. James Watson Offers a Menu of Options for Breast Reconstruction

When it comes to breast reconstruction after surgery from breast cancer, the biggest myth is that there are few options available.

Waste? Or, Best Money Ever Spent?

A rewarding and exciting part of investing is watching portfolio asset values grow over time to meet and achieve the financial goals that you set out to accomplish years ago. It is also satisfying to witness a retirement portfolio generate sufficient income to provide for a lifestyle in retirement like the one lived during peak earning years. And, really the…

Tools to Communicate Successfully

Are you frustrated by communication struggles? Does your partner or family member have a hearing loss? Do you get tired of repeating yourself and talking over background noise? Remember, communication is a two-way street involving a speaker and a listener. The definition of communication is the exchange of thoughts, messages or information, or the art and technique of using words…

RestoraVita: Helping Patients Life Life to the Fullest

Rosimar Torres-Leon knew she wanted to be a doctor since high school. While attending the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, she discovered her calling to specialize in Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Work Out at Pure Barre for a Long, Lean Physique

Located on the corner of Agoura Road and Village Glen in the Gelson’s Westlake Plaza, Pure Barre Westlake Village is a 2,600-square-foot modern, bright and happy space. Most importantly, Pure Barre is changing bodies through its transformational low-impact technique and newly added High-Intensity Interval Training class, Pure Empower, as well as their personalized Clean Eating Program.

Casa Pacifica Supports Youth In Need

The challenges faced by adolescents are trying under the best of circumstances. Change is fast and hard to keep up with. Add to these challenges grief, trauma or social anxiety stemming from our mobile society and it is easy to see why, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 5 children ages 3 to 18 have…

Keep Making Strides

As we prepared for our annual October “Pink” issues that are part of our ongoing campaign dedicated to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, I began to reflect on what it all means to me as I finish my 4th year as a survivor. Once breast cancer attacks your body, even after you have been declared … Continued

For the Troops Celebrates Outreach Milestone

For The Troops celebrated a new milestone in support of our deployed troops throughout the world. They recently sent the 200,000th We Care package to the men and women who serve to protect us.    

Let’s Get Cooking with WDC

WDC's new Kitchen Mastery Cooking Presentations are meant to educate folks about the latest technology in kitchen appliances. Miele’s Brand Representatives Fabby Diaz and Miele Chef Michy Silverstein demonstrated their new Combi-Steam Oven at the Agoura Hills WDC showroom while cooking steamed salmon with rice and asparagus. YUM!  Photography Ben Malkin

October 2018 Around Town

5-Star Launches Academy of Performing Arts 5-Star Theatricals has officially launched their 5-Star Academy of Performing Arts, an extensive and professional theatrical training ground for youth. This educational program, run by Educational Director and Artistic Associate, Tal Fox, will foster connections between theatre performance and the Conejo Valley/Ventura County community. “We aim to introduce children … Continued

Real Men Wear Pink Unite to Fight Breast Cancer

Pink is in the air this month, as dozens of local men sport the color every day in October in support of breast cancer awareness. Members of the Real Men Wear Pink Ventura County campaign for the American Cancer Society join thousands of men throughout the country who have stepped up to help raise funds and awareness in the fight…

Los Robles Hospital “Navigates” Breast Cancer Patients to Survivorship

A program at the Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center Breast Center is bringing hope and comfort to breast cancer patients…every step of the way.

Stand Up To Cancer Raises Millions toward a Cure

 Article Bruce Falstein  When the curtain goes up this month on Stand Up To Cancer’s sixth biennial fundraising telecast, the stage will be filled with A-list celebrities. But just offstage will be another, less-heralded group taking their own well-deserved bows: nine dynamic women—seven of Stand Up’s original cofounders, plus two more of its current leadership, many of them bold-faced names…

Thousand Oaks Philharmonic Champions Young Artists

 Article Tracy Marcynzsyn | Photography Ben Malkin  One man’s vision to provide local student musicians with the experience of a lifetime spearheaded the creation of the Thousand Oaks Philharmonic, a nonprofit that specializes in making young artists’ dreams come true for the past 18 years and counting.  Founded in 2000 by local music teacher Edward Francis, inspired by a talented,…

Oaks Christian IDEA Lab Gives Students an Edge

 Article and Photography  Believing that students can be innovators, designers and inventors who can impact the world through their gifts, Oaks Christian School is establishing an unprecedented IDEA Lab—Innovation, Design, Engineering and Aeronautics. The 10,000-square-foot facility will be like no other in the Conejo Valley, giving OCS students a jump in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) career paths.…

Home Helpers: Caring for Community

 Article Alicia Doyle  Over an 11-year span since they’ve been in business, Home Helpers has cared for more than 850 families throughout Ventura and Los Angeles Counties.  Caring for patients with a range of health issues, including dementia, Alzheimer’s, kidney failure, liver diseases, arthritis, Parkinson’s, heart disease, stroke, cancer, PTSD and various injuries, Home Helpers aims to help those in…

You Can Master Your Triggers

 Article Jeff Gero, Ph.D.  A trigger is something that sets off a memory tape, or flashback, or a feeling that transports a person back to the event of her/his original situation. Triggers are very personal, as different things trigger different people. A pleasant trigger may be the smell of chocolate chip cookies baking in the oven. An unpleasant trigger may be a war veteran…

Helping Others Embodies Community Spirit

 Article Kim Pagano  “Adding spirit to our community, while adding character to our life.”  The definition of team is clearly a group of people working together to help improve the community where they live. I love working with all the nonprofit groups and the community members who give endless hours to support or volunteer.

You (and Your Community)

 Article Jeff Runyan  At the end of the day, humans are generally selfish and our existence, for better or worse, is often an effort in “preservation of self.” That means what’s best for you, what’s best for your family, and it extends further into what’s best for your community.  However, before one can focus on helping their community, they must first make sure their…

Committed to Community Service

Last month we celebrated the third anniversary of publishing our Lifestyle magazines. I forgot, though. But here we are at the 37th edition of Conejo Valley Lifestyle and the 12th edition of Malibu to Palisades Lifestyle. That makes it a late 3rd and an early 1st—kind of mixed up, but then I usually am, so … Continued

September 2018 Around Town

Fine Wine & Dining Gwithyen Thomas, owner of Aroha Restaurant in Westlake Village, is proud to announce Aroha’s receipt of the 2018 Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator. Gwithyen and his Sommelier Jillian Coalson put together an extensive collection of premium New Zealand Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay that enabled Aroha Restaurant to become … Continued

5-Star Theatricals Showcases “Beauty and the Beast”

5-Star Theatricals continued their Broadway-quality productions with performances of "Beauty and the Beast" at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. The cast was led by Tony Award nominee Susan Egan, Jason Chacon and Adan Holliick. This was the first production led by their new Artistic Director Patrick Cassidy and a sure sign of great things … Continued

Janet & Sheri • Real Estate Agents

 Article and Photography  The first thing you’ll notice when you meet Janet and Sheri is their ability to listen. You get the distinct feeling that they care about what you want to achieve. They believe that understanding their clients’ wants and needs is of utmost importance in order to negotiate the best possible outcome.  Janet and Sheri clearly explain what…

ACT Today!

 Article Alicia Doyle  ACT Today!—Autism Care and Treatment—is a national nonprofit organization with a mission to raise awareness and provide services and support to families to help children with autism achieve their full potential.  “What makes us unique is that parents apply for the treatment they feel their child needs, as they are the best qualified to determine that need,”…

A Wine Country Weekend in our Community

We never left the Conejo and Santa Rosa Valleys, and enjoyed Jazz Night at NABU Wines in Westlake Village featuring great music and fine wine from Malibu and Napa, hosted by Greg Barnett. An incredible premium wine tasting of 93+ scoring wine at Al Lago. Blair Allen's Santa Rosa Valley vineyard followed. Who needs to … Continued

Hot Summer Nite Fest Spices Up the Conejo

The Old Boney Mtn Hot Summer Night Festival featured an international hot sauce competition, cornhole tournament and unlimited tastings of craft beers, wines and food to benefit The Grossman Burn Center Foundation’s Fireman’s Fund. Guests rated 100 hot sauces from 10 countries and 20 states on Appearance, Aroma, Texture, Flavor, Heat and Overall Impression. Photography Dana … Continued

Local Schools Make the Grade

 Article Tracy Marcynzsyn  Agoura High School  Awarded a Silver ranking by the 2017 U.S. News and World Report list of Best High Schools, Agoura High School strives to develop “inquiring, knowledgeable and caring Chargers who are active citizens engaged in 21st century learning.”

Interact Club Teens Embrace Service Above Self

 Article Tracy Marcynzsyn  The largest club on campus at Newbury Park High School, the Interact Club helps students develop leadership skills through community service. Rotary International's service club for young people ages 12 to 18, some 20,372 Interact Clubs exist in 159 countries.  “Interact clubs provide students with opportunities to help their local community and collaborate with other Interact Club…

Norman Lear Shares Stories at University Village

 Photography Michael Adams  It was all in the family when legendary TV producer Norman Lear visited with residents of University Village Thousand Oaks for a behind-the-scenes look at his career as one of the most successful television producers in Hollywood history. The mastermind behind such iconic sitcoms as “Sanford and Son,” “One Day at a Time,” “The Jeffersons,” “Good Times,”…

Reverse Aging Eyes with Cutting-Edge Technology

 Article Morgan Mondello | Photography Paige Morrison  On the first day of my family’s annual summer vacation to Hawaii, my mom lost one of her contacts while swimming. As she has astigmatism and hyperopia, my mom cannot see far and middle distances, and what she can see is blurry and causes eyestrain.  She didn’t bring her glasses with her on…

Private School Pride

 Article Alicia Doyle  Conejo Valley’s private schools provide students with a range of offerings in addition to strong, academic curriculums.  Ascension Lutheran School

Peter Wiere Mediation: Easing the Pain of Divorce

 Article Tracy Marcynzsyn  Statistics show almost half of all marriages end in divorce. A difficult situation to be sure, divorce doesn’t have to ruin your life. In fact, a “good” divorce can lay the foundation for a brighter future.  When it comes to divorce, “There is no right or wrong, good or bad, best or worse—each situation is unique, so…