It’s Better to Give than Receive

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

Celebrate Every Moment

Are you celebrating? Do you celebrate only when it’s a calendar holiday or a planned party?

Mediation Delivers Long-Term Peace of Mind

Marriage, family life and divorce are common events in many of our lives. We go to school, establish careers, date, marry, raise a family and watch our children grow up and do the same. While getting divorced usually comprises a relatively short period of time, its effects can impact how we experience the many wonderful family milestones and events for years…

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.

Cutting Out the Middle: How K-8th Grade Schools Set Students Up for Success

Middle school should be a place where students can flourish without fear. The early teen years are filled with many changes. Studies have shown students attending Kindergarten through 8th grade schools benefit academically, enjoying a sense of community and opportunity to develop leadership skills that set them up for greater success as they move on to high school and beyond.…

“The Greatest Show” Featured at Interface’s Hope & Light Benefit

During a recent fall evening at Sherwood Country Club, some 350 philanthropic community members, businesses and county leaders enjoyed “The Greatest Show,” performed by Rage Entertainment to net more than $425,000 at Interface Children & Family Services’ 5th annual “Hope & Light” Community Benefit, presented by SAGE Publishing. Event proceeds will fund programs and services to help heal and protect at-risk community members…

AMG Thousand Oaks Takes You on the “Drive of a Lifetime”

There are generally two kinds of people when it comes to cars: car people and the rest. While Mercedes-Benz has long set the standard for luxury and safety on the road, their AMG division is for bona fide car people, and AMG Thousand Oaks was conceived for exactly these folks.

In Tune with the New West Symphony

As a music lover, particularly classical, jazz, the Great American Song Book and Broadway musical theater, when I moved to the Conejo Valley years ago I wondered whether I would be cut off by distance and traffic from the best our region has to offer. We live about 40 miles from the Music Center in L.A., not that far until…

Kids Love Gymboree Play & Music Thousand Oaks’ Preschool Program

Gymboree Play & Music Thousand Oaks’ preschool program incorporates four decades of child development experience with the values and curriculum of the ZERO TO THREE organization, resulting in a high quality, fun experience for young children.

We Need to Come Together

The following is entirely different from what I originally composed for our December issue. I am writing this on November 8, the morning after the violent tragedy at Borderline in Thousand Oaks. In many ways our communities will never be the same. Not just in Thousand Oaks, but throughout the Southland. There will always be … Continued

December 2018 Around Town

Sherwood Cares for Local Nonprofits The Sherwood Country Club Charitable Foundation (Sherwood Cares), the philanthropic arm of Sherwood Country Club, recently reached a fundraising milestone, donating $1,000,000 to 34 local nonprofits in its first four years of providing grants. With the mission to support children and families in our community, Sherwood Cares funds programs that … Continued

North Ranch Country Club Caters Unforgettable Events

North Ranch Country Club takes pride in catering life’s important events, such as guest Eliana’s recent “Friends”-themed Bat Mitzvah. The incredible evening featured amazing décor and a delicious menu designed by Chef Karl. Family and friends enjoyed celebrating the milestone event at NRCC’s elegant beautiful grounds. Marcia Perel Photography

Stand Up for Kids Gala Benefits Boys & Girls Clubs

The Boys & Girls Club’s 16th Annual Stand Up For Kids Dinner & Auction at the Four Seasons Hotel, Westlake Village provided guests with a magical, glamorous, fun-filled evening, including dinner, a silent auction and entertainment. Event proceeds fund local Club programs that serve the many kids who attend!   Photography Ben Malkin

Ghost Shield Appreciates Customers at Annual Event

Ghost Shield held their Annual Customer Appreciation Day party at their new facility in Newbury Park, featuring displays of awesome vehicles protected by Ghost Shield, music and great food. Photography Ben Malkin

New West Symphony Celebrates 24th Season

The New West Symphony opened its 24th season with a 120th birthday Rhapsody in Blue salute to George Gershwin featuring opera star turned chanteuse Sylvia McNair and a master of the music of Gershwin, pianist Kevin Cole. The New West Symphony, our local cultural treasure and their world class guest artists were magnificent.  Photography Eugene … Continued

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.

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. 

“Shrek The Musical” Opens 5-Star Theatricals 2018-2019 Season

"Shrek: The Musical" stars Trent Mills, Alison Woods and Marc Baron Ginsburg, with music by Jeanine Tesori, book/lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire, musical direction by Dan Redfeld and choreography by Karl Warden. Directed by Kirsten Chandler, the Broadway-style production, led by 5-Star Theatricals Artistic Director Patrick Cassidy wowed the audience of kids and grown-up kids,  Photography Ed Krieger

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…

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…

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.

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…

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. 

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…

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.    

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.

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…

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,…