Wailani and Rescue + Freedom Project

There is nothing better than looking good and doing good at the same time. Jessica Yuda-Humer, founder and president of Wailani Beauty, shows the way.

Animal-Loving Nonprofits Come to the Rescue During Wildfires

Area residents will not soon forget the harrowing days of the Woolsey and Hill fires when raging firestorms burned thousands of acres, destroying hundreds of homes and causing more than 200,000 people and their pets to take refuge in evacuation centers.

Nonprofit Donations to Benefit Borderline Shooting, Hill/Woolsey Fire Victims

A local nonprofit has dedicated its time and energy by focusing on preserving Ventura County and giving back to its residents who were affected by two recent tragedies.

Stage Presence: 5-Star Theatricals Entertains & Educates

5-Star Theatricals is the same beloved Cabrillo Music Theater—just under a new name—that showcases Broadway-caliber productions to the community by hiring professional actors, both equity and non-equity, to perform with a live orchestra. 

Music Director Leads Symphony to New Heights

“And now for a big surprise. Tonight is a joyous celebration and I cannot imagine a better time and place to make this announcement, in front of 300 close friends of the Symphony,” teased Natalia Staneva, chief executive officer of New West Symphony, at the organization’s December gala. “Ladies and gentlemen, it is my great pleasure to introduce to you…

Love Is in the Water at Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort and Spa

February, the month of love, presents an ideal time to take a road trip to the beautiful Central Coast, where the legendary Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort and Spa offers guests the perfect good-for-the-heart getaway.

Go Red for Women Addresses Matters of the Heart

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States, accounting for 1 in 4 deaths each year. Thankfully, heart disease is often preventable by living a healthy lifestyle.

Date with the Arts

The Conejo Valley offers a myriad of options for enjoying the arts around town. Make a date this month with your sweetheart to appreciate some of the many cultural offerings right here at home.

Picking Up the Pieces

If there’s one thing Malibu resident Rodger Halston learned about losing his home in the Woolsey Fire is that he’s grateful that he and his children, Maverick, 7, and Avalon, 13, made it out alive.

Senior Fitness: Shaping Up Safely

After indulging in heaping helpings of holiday treats and lounging on the couch watching “A Christmas Story” marathon, it’s no surprise the top of most New Year’s Resolution lists begin with “Start Exercising!”

A Big Thank You

When disasters like devastating wildfires strike in our community, an outpouring of support, relief and rescue efforts follows close behind. Such was the case during the recent wildfires that ravaged the local area last November. First responders from in and out of state, including sheriff’s offices, fire departments, police departments and paramedics, flooded in to ensure the safety and well-being…

#TOStrong: Community Unites to Grieve, Honor & Help

The tragedy at Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks last November rocked the community to its core, transforming its persona as one of America’s safest cities into one of national notoriety where yet another mass shooting claimed the lives of innocent people.

It’s Better to Give than Receive

Brighten the holidays by volunteering and donating to charities. Find inspiration from these celebrities:

Cancer Support Community’s Holiday Homes Tour Kicks off the Season

Since its inception in 1992, the Cancer Support Community’s Holiday Homes Tour has showcased more than 100 beautifully decorated private homes, drawing more than 3,000 visitors each year.

Rosemary Allison Closes Deals and Opens Doors

Earning impressive accolades for her breadth of knowledge, ethical practices and expertise in negotiating, real estate agent Rosemary Allison is considered one of the most well-respected and sought after agents in the business. 

The Nutcracker Magic Continues for 25 Years at Pacific Festival Ballet

Who says it doesn’t snow in the Conejo Valley? For 25 years the patrons of Pacific Festival Ballet receive a flurry of sparkle and snow as they sit spellbound by The Nutcracker’s snow scene. Not only does it snow onstage but magically, light snowfall descends upon the audience as well.

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…

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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,…

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…

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.”

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

Sports Academy: Full Circle Fitness

 Article Alicia Doyle  Sports Academy is a 96,000-square-foot facility that’s all about creating full-circle athletes of all ages and skill levels.   “From the beginning Chad and Leah have had a very special vision for Sports Academy—from basketball to beach volleyball, sports medicine to sports psychology, novices to pros, Sports Academy is dedicated to helping athletes grow physically, mentally and emotionally,”…

Dedicated Teacher Takes Top Honors

 Article Kateri Wozny  Sequoia Middle School Eighth Grade Instructor Shannon Baranski has many reasons to celebrate this year.  The 36-year-old Camarillo resident was recently awarded “Teacher of the Year,” having been named “Teacher of the Month” in April. The awards, given through collaboration with the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Conejo Valley Unified School District’s (CVUSD) “Teacher…

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

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…

“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.…

Local Men Making a Difference

 Article Kateri Wozny  Darin Arrasmith  Home: Simi Valley.

Applauding Altruism

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

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…

Dancing to New Heights

 Article Adrienne Wigdortz Anderson    Dreams can come true. 

Shameless Plug-Ins

The Mercedes-Benz brand has long been synonymous with luxury, quality and performance, but even the century-old icon of the automotive industry is not immune to the ever-present winds of change. When the first Mercedes-Benz-branded vehicles came onto the market in 1926, the commercial engine work of Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach, and that of Karl Benz had already celebrated their…

Soli in Malibu:

“Modular units are the future, not only for dwellings, but also for the hospitality industry,” says world-renowned hospitality icon, Michael Bedner, whose firm, Hirsch Bedner and Associates (HBA) was a leading hospitality design company for more than 50 years.

Malibu Comfort:

From concept to completion, The Sofa Guy Design Studio offers personalized service along with contemporary designs for the home or office. Positioned on the Pacific Ocean, this multi-level Malibu estate underwent a complete transformation. In collaboration with the estate owners, Paul Trent (The Sofa Guy) carved a new house from within the old one, an undertaking that required the predetermination…

Conejo Open Space Foundation:

Conejo Valley’s natural beauty and ample open space include 151 miles of multi-use trails and thousands of acres where native plants and animals thrive. With about a third of the Conejo Valley designated as permanent open space, owned and managed by the Conejo Open Space Conservation Agency (COSCA), the nonprofit Conejo Open Space Foundation plays a vital role in ensuring…

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…