Oaks Christian Dominates as Educational Vanguard

Oaks Christian School celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, looking back on extraordinary growth and accomplishment in just two decades. Early on the school established itself as an athletic powerhouse, winning five CIF championships in 2003 and kicking off a multi-year winning streak. But their artistic and academic accomplishments are also impressive, with numerous local and national artistic awards and…

Shape Up at Athletic Society

New year. New gym. New experience. The kickoff to 2020 marks the perfect time to take advantage of Athletic Society’s $0 Enrollment Special for Conejo Valley Lifestyle readers. Through the end of January, sign up as a new member and Athletic Society will waive the usual enrollment fee.

Examining Autism

Marcia Hinds and her husband, Frank, were devastated when their 4-year-old son was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The psychiatrist, a leading specialist in the Minneapolis area where the Westlake Village couple then lived, told them he would probably need to be institutionalized.

Fauves Studio Encourages Artistic Expression

When it comes to art studios in the Conejo Valley, we are spoiled for choice. If you don’t take your children to one of them for regular art lessons, you’ve probably been to paint night where you sipped wine with friends while painting with the guidance and instruction of a pro. But unless you’ve been to Fauves in Westlake, you…

Ease Back Pain with Balloon Kyphosplasty

Dr. Erik Spayde of St. Charles Spine Institute is a resident expert in treating various back conditions, performing specialty treatments such as kyphoplasty for over 14 years.

Navigating Divorce Without Risking Your Family’s Financial Future

The end of a marriage is rarely without heartache and emotional loss, even when the writing has been on the proverbial wall for some time. But while having to face and process familial upheaval and loss may in many divorces be inevitable, the drama, fighting and high cost of family law litigation does not have to be. 

Health and Wellness in the New Year

Westlake Body Contouring helps clients achieve their best self with state-of-the-art red and near infrared (NIR) light treatments that reduce fat cells and decrease pain to help people feel and look their best. The 25-minute noninvasive treatment helps ease chronic pain from surgery, joint or autoimmune issues that cause inflammation and discomfort in the body.  

Best Wishes for Health & Wellness this New Year

It’s the beginning of the year, and if you’re like me, you’ll find it’s a good time to reflect on the past year—what worked and what didn’t. The next thing I look at is whether there is anything I need to clear off my plate. 

Club Q360 Introduces Cutting-Edge Technology

Q360 Club, the leader in cutting-edge holistic health technology, produced an exclusive event to introduce the RASHA Scalar Energy Rejuvenation Device. The renowned Dr. Jere Rivera-Dugenio presented the benefits of this latest in holistic healing technology being offered by Q360 Club in Malibu. For more information, visit Q360Club.com. Photography Ben Malkin

It’s a New Year! (and what are we going to do about it?)

It’s 2020 and I still am puzzled about what to make of it. On a certain level I am surprised that I even made it to the third decade of the 21st century! When I was very young in the 50s, whenever I heard a plane fly over our house in the middle of the … Continued

January 2020 Around Town

Paramount Run Paramount Ranch welcomes runners to wear their best holiday costume January 25 at the trail runs. Run a 10k, half marathon, 30k, marathon or 50k while dressed in holiday garb and run in style. Awards will be given to the male and female runners dressed up with the “most” holiday spirit! Enjoy pastries, … Continued

Yoga Retreat Refreshes Body & Soul

Local Yogi Chandra Gero’s recent women’s yoga retreat started with freshly squeezed pomegranate juice picked from the gardens, followed by a hillside blessing and a rejuvenating yoga practice. Savasana final relaxation included an incredible sound bath. Participants enjoyed a healthy vegetarian feast and meditation class by Dr. Jeff Gero. The day provided an amazing, heart-opening, … Continued

Cruising on a River with AmaWaterways

AmaWaterways held their "Celebrate Fall and Family Open House. They welcomed experienced and future AmaWaterways river cruisers with warmth and hospitality as they all planned their next adventure cruising down the rivers in Europe, Asia and Africa. Photography Ben Malkin

Stay Healthy & Fit with Local Wellness Providers

Abundant beauty and natural resources top the list of things to love in this region, as do the many skilled and talented area health and wellness providers. Whatever health needs may arise, finding an expert provider to address concerns and keep us fit and healthy is a breeze. Here are a few of our favorites!

Magical Sugar Plum Tea Party & Fundraiser

On Sunday, November 10th, Pacific Festival Ballet hosted their 21st annual Sugar Plum Tea Party & Fundraiser at the beautiful Lake Sherwood Country Club. This enchanting luncheon helped raise the monies needed to ensure that thousands of children will experience the magic of the ballet.  Photography Ben Malkin

Channel Islands Marine & Wildlife Institute

It all started with the dream of 5-year-old boy living in St. Louis, Missouri. He wanted to save animals and he loved the water! Sam was also a smart, curious and adventurous kid with an easy smile and gregarious laugh. As Sam grew up so did his passion for making a difference and love of life. He worked hard to…

Los Robles Health System Enters 2020 with a 2019 Full of Firsts

Serving the Conejo Valley for more than 51 years, Los Robles Health System is starting the New Year off with new technology, an expanded facility, an internal medicine residency program slated with a summer start, and much more.

Thousand Oaks Fireside and Design:

For 10 years and counting, residents from Ventura, Los Angeles and Santa Barbara counties have turned to Thousand Oaks Fireside and Design for their custom outdoor grilling and fireplace needs.

Celebrating School Choice

When it comes to education, area residents enjoy a wide variety of top-quality schools and resources for enhanced learning. Now is the time to submit School Choice applications, which allow students who live outside a school’s neighborhood boundaries to apply to enroll in a particular school on a space-available basis. The abundance of area public, private, hybrid and supplemental educational…

So Much Fun It Is!

The holidays are all about gathering with family and friends to connect, eat and participate in all types of merry-making annual traditions. The many festivities set for the season provide ample opportunities for making memories. Enjoy some of these favorite holiday celebrations with loved ones, young and old.

“Be You at the W!”

Walking through the doors of Salon Westlake, guests feel instantly at ease, welcomed by a friendly staff of professionals who specialize in enhancing each client’s unique beauty and style. Salon Westlake’s motto, “Be You at the W!” exemplifies their guest-focused philosophy.

Temple Etz Chaim Hosts Hanukkah Celebration with New Rabbi

Temple Etz Chaim in Thousand Oaks recently welcomed Rabbi Ari Averbach, taking the reins from former Rabbi Richard Spiegel, who served the congregation for 19 years.

What is Happy?

We hear so much about being happy. “Happy” is one of the favorite songs of many, myself included. It truly makes me feel happy when I hear it, but is that actual happiness? I ask you, are you happy? We all sometimes reflect on our life at different stages, asking ourselves if we are happy.

Staying Connected

I asked myself whether I should stay in the “60 Minutes Andy Rooney” mode of grousing, sniping and complimenting. After all, it is the holiday season and being positive about everything is the usual approach…. but, what the heck… I’ll just keep on being me. In the spirit of love for my fellow man and … Continued

December 2019 Around Town

805 Strong Gather the family for the 2nd Annual Ladin Subaru 805 Strong 5K, planned for Sunday, December 15, from 7:30 to 11 a.m. at the Thousand Oaks Community Park. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Ventura County Community Foundation, specifically the Conejo Valley Victims Fund and Hill/Woolsey Fire Sudden and Urgent Needs Effort. … Continued

Taste of Conejo Serves Up Local Fare at 10th Anniversary!

The Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce celebrated their 10th annual Taste of Conejo at the Four Seasons Hotel. Guests had the opportunity to taste over 60 of the area’s premiere food and beverage establishments all under one roof.  Photography Ben Malkin

Athletic Society Celebrates Health & Fitness

The Athletic Society hosted a 2nd Anniversary party at their newly remodeled and upgraded facility on Willow Lane in Westlake Village. Guests and members enjoyed food, fitness, health and community. For more information, call 805.778.0888 or visit AthleticSociety.com. Photography Ben Malkin

Senior Concerns’ “Speakeasy” Featured Flappers, Fun & More!

Guests enjoyed a fun-filled evening at Senior Concerns’ annual Ultimate Dining event at the Hyatt Regency Westlake. The night included a signature Bathtub Gin Rickey, Capone’s Hideaway and silent and wine auctions, as well as food and wine pairings from local eateries. Participants also raised a toast to Philanthropists of the Year Keets and Hugh … Continued

Visit Aldik Home for the Holidays

Californians come from far and wide to Aldik Home in Van Nuys to get ready to beautify their homes for Christmas. An incredible selection of trees, ornaments and Christmas decor excites everyone in the family. AldikHome.com  

Rising Stars

The Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza recently celebrated 25 years of bringing arts and entertainment to the Conejo Valley. Pacific Festival Ballet has been a part of that story since 1994 and continues to make dance history in the community today.

Social Justice Fund Creates Change in Ventura County

 Social Justice Fund Creates Change in Ventura County  By Kateri Wozny  There’s a nonprofit in town fighting for social justice issues in Ventura County.

Cook Smart this Holiday Season with WDC Kitchen & Bath Center

Tis the season for family traditions like whipping up special holiday meals and treats to enjoy with loved ones. Today’s smart kitchens make light work of creating the perfect holiday feast, providing convenience and time-saving shortcuts so ease and joy become the focus of the season.

Cozy Up Your Home

Take a cue from the Scandinavian concept of hygge and welcome the transition of summer to autumn with a relaxing refresh Pumpkin spice, apple cinnamon and a hot cup of cocoa. Fall is all about getting warm and comfy as a chill hits the air—preparing yourself for winter, and cherishing those final moments of summer.  … Continued

Nonprofits Rewarded for Efforts

November marks the one-year anniversary of the Borderline Bar and Grill shooting (Nov. 7) and also the one-year anniversary of the Hill and Woolsey wildfires (Nov. 8).

Planned Giving Strategies with Montecito Bank & Trust

Planned Giving is an important component of and a significant contributor to the financial success and sustainability of nonprofit organizations.

Make Time for Some Time Out 

I was out on a bike ride going up north. We stopped at Muscle Beach to have lunch and just take in the day. We had a beautiful table facing the ocean, and it was the most incredible day also. There was this one turquoise chair sitting all alone, overlooking the ocean. I was so drawn to this chair. After…

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County:

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County (BBSVC), a youth mentoring organization, invites the public to its highly anticipated 11th annual Bags, Bling & Bubbly champagne luncheon. The fundraising event takes place Wednesday, November 20 at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks. The stylish event, benefiting BBSVC, begins at 11 a.m. with an amazing array of new designer and vintage handbags, jewelry and…

Be a La Reina Girl!

At La Reina, we understand that today’s young women are nuanced, complex, multifaceted and driven—they seek to change the world while still finding themselves. La Reina’s unique learning environment allows students to take center stage and develop their individual talents. 

Need Care at Home?

As we age, the odds of having health care challenges, including a serious illness, hospitalizations, declining abilities and more becomes a reality for many. In fact, care may be needed at ANY age. When you or a loved one are in need of private duty help, ensure the best care possible by researching the options.

Celebrate the Lands & Hands that Feed Us!

This month, the public is invited to visit more than 20 Ventura County farms, ranches and agricultural organizations during the 7th Annual Ventura County Farm Day Saturday, November 9, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


One of the most overused word in our modern American lexicon is “amazing.” I see it on social media and hear it in conversation or on TV. I think it started with Billy Crystal’s parody of the word, like so….Amaaaaaaaahhhhzzzzing! He is a really funny guy—been laughing at his humor since “Soap.” However, I blame … Continued

Discover the Freedom of E-Bikes at Pedego 101

Riding a bike is often associated with the freedom of childhood, but many are discovering they can enjoy bike riding in their later years, thanks to the advent of electric bikes.

Boys & Girls Club Annual Gala Celebrates Community Impact

More than 500 attendees turned out to recognize the work of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley. Attendees were invited to an interactive Club exhibit that demonstrated the impact BGCGCV makes in the lives of youth in Ventura and Los Angeles counties. Long-term supporters Cal Johnson and his wife Marje Johnson were special … Continued

Freedom Wine Company Toasts 3rd Annual Wine Release

Guests enjoyed five new wines made at Camarillo Custom Crush: Grenache Blanc, red wine blends called "Life," "Liberty" and "Happiness," and a Tempranillo. Grapes were sourced from Estelle Vineyard in Santa Ynez and Thomas Colburn Vineyard in Paso Robles. The event was catered by Dearmore BBQ Catering in Ventura. Wines are available at Custom Crush tasting … Continued

November 2019 Around Town

Community Leaders Join Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County (BBSVC), a one-to-one youth mentoring organization, recently appointed two new officers to its Board of Directors. The new appointments are President Eric Mandell, VP, Senior Commercial Lender at CDC Small Business Finance, and Treasurer Jesus Garcia, AVP of … Continued

Eroica Trio Entertains in Westlake

New West Symphony presented a thrilling performance by the Eroica Trio at a pre-season concert event at Sherwood Country Club. The most sought-after trio in the world, the GRAMMY® nominated Eroica Trio enraptures audiences with flawless technical virtuosity, irresistible enthusiasm and sensual elegance. Photography Ben Malkin & Studio 92 Photography

Covered 6: Lending a Hand to Our Veterans

An Army Reservist for 14 years, Margurie Evans discovered Covered 6 while working at the post office and looking to utilize her specialized skill set she learned in the military.

America’s Best Christmas Display is Just a Short Drive Away!

If you didn’t know that there is a full-blown winter wonderland right here in Los Angeles, then you have certainly been missing out. For more than 65 years, Aldik Home has been dazzling Southern Californians (and visitors from all over the globe!) with a jaw-dropping display of the most beautiful Christmas décor found anywhere in the world. Each year is…

Taking Control, Becoming Whole: Women Tickled “P.ink” with Mastectomy Tattoos

When Westlake Village resident Sherri Rosenthal, then 60, learned she had stage 1 breast cancer in 2013, she reacted calmly. Even though the invasive ductal cancer tumor in her left breast was small and not aggressive, she told the breast surgeon she wanted both breasts removed.

Cups of Courage–

“You can still be sexy after cancer!” declared Lisa Tivens as she put the finishing touches on her burlesque-style bra, adorned with roses and lace fringe. Tivens, a breast cancer survivor, was among 12 or so participants in the Cups of Courage–The Sisterhood of the Traveling Bras workshop, which took place at the Oaks Mall in Thousand Oaks on August…