Home Sweet Home

From construction and design to appliances, furnishings and landscape, enlisting the expertise of industry pros makes the process of creating your dream home a whole lot easier—and helps ensure an outcome you’ll be happy to live with for years to come.

Exhibit Portrays Artist’s Evolution “From Dawn to Dusk”

Sam Francis: From Dusk to Dawn, on exhibit at Heather James Fine Art in Palm Desert through April 29, is a great opportunity to see Francis’ evolution as an artist, as it comprises 28 paintings and works on paper, spanning from 1955 to 1994.

Angelus Block Co.: Paving the Way to Beautiful Hardscapes for Decades

Since 1946 when Angelus Block Co., Inc. opened its doors in North Hollywood, building industry pros have counted on Angelus for an array of concrete block and paver products. A manufacturer of concrete blocks, concrete paving stones and decorative retaining wall blocks for municipal, commercial and residential projects, Angelus services, sells and distributes to contractors and dealer networks throughout Southern…

SHAPE Up with Vibrance Health

With spring just around the corner, followed quickly by bathing suit season, many are seeking ways to lose weight in an effort to look and feel their best.

Home Is Where Your Heart Is

My home has several meanings to me—it’s where I gathered with my family and was able to love on them, where we invited all our friends that we connected with through our kids, school, work and anyone we wanted to include in our loving home. As the saying goes, my home was truly my castle, filled with lots of loving…

Designing Dreams: Eileen Gould Design & Construction

There’s something almost magical about a well-designed space that makes one feel comfortable and at ease from the moment they enter. Whether a hotel lobby or a family home, interiors that speak to us are no accident, rather they are created and planned with intention and meticulous attention to every detail, thanks to the talent and skills of industry professionals…

AI On the Horizon

Normally, my monthly missive is on topic for the theme of the issue. Please enjoy what our writers and Tracy, our editor, worked so hard on in order to make this month’s issue interesting and compelling. What I would like to talk to our readers about is how technology is advancing to the point where … Continued

April 2019 Around Town

Sail for Seniors Senior Concerns’ 3rd Annual Boat Bash, presented by the Valdez Wealth Management Group, is planned for Saturday, April 6, from 5 to 10 p.m. at the Westlake Yacht Club. Enjoy an evening of cocktails, appetizers and a sunset cruise on the beautiful Westlake Lake, followed by food catered by Boccaccio’s and dancing. Proceeds from … Continued

Community Unites at Music Strong Borderline Victims Benefit Concert

An evening of music at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza served to bring the community together after the horrific Borderline shooting and fires shook Ventura County. Performers included Jason Mraz, Colbie Caillat, Pablo Cruise, Rita Wilson, Annie Bosko, Drew Ryn, Brett Tuggle, Mick Mahan, James Harrah, Gregg Bissonette, Rick Springfield and Fox Wilde. Photography Ivan … Continued

For the Troops Salutes War Veterans

For the Troops held a Military Tribute Gala led by Gala Chair Rosemary Allison and President Paula Cornell at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library honoring WWII and Korean War Veterans. For the Troops is dedicated to providing "We Care" packages filled with personal care items to our troops. Photography Ben Malkin

Pure Barre Open House Inspires Guests

Everyone enjoyed the Open House at Pure Barre. People came in out of the rain, stayed dry and found out how great it is to get in shape at Pure Barre. Photography Ben Malkin

Social Services Agency Provides Relief for Wildfire Victims

A nonprofit social services agency is helping wildfire victims of the Hill and Woolsey fires find comfort and hope by providing useful information for the long-term recovery process.

WDC Kitchen & Bath Center: Your One-Stop Shop for Appliances

Originating in 1981 as a 2,000-square-foot appliance showroom called Warehouse Discount Center in Agoura Hills, the family-owned WDC Kitchen & Bath Center now operates five luxurious showrooms throughout Southern California, featuring kitchen appliances, outdoor barbeques, plumbing fixtures and most recently, mattresses.

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.

Better Together

We often see ads looking for a small dog for company or looking for a big dog to run with or be a companion. “Need a cat that doesn’t require a lot of upkeep for a new companion. Looking for a bird to just watch and listen to.”

Ride in Style with Distinctive Carriage

Coordinating a wedding, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, or any other celebration is a major undertaking. The first priorities typically include selecting a professional planner, venue, theme, caterer, entertainment and so on. Transportation is frequently an afterthought. One of the last things to worry about is how to shuttle key individuals around. Just get a limo, right?

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.

Dedicated to Rescue Pets

In a speech in Cape Town in June 1966, Robert Kennedy said: “There is a Chinese curse which says, ‘May he live in interesting times.’ Like it or not, we live in interesting times.” It definitely is a curse, not a blessing. Looking at it from the perspective of how our community deals with these “interesting … Continued

March 2019 Around Town

“Matilda” On Stage at the Civic Arts Plaza A super-charged message of empowerment courses through “Matilda The Musical”: “If it’s not right, you have to put it right.” Based on the novel by Roald Dahl, this Tony-winning musical is about an extraordinary girl who dares to change her destiny. “It’s the perfect show for 5-Star … Continued

Burt’s Pharmacy: Compounding Medications for People & Pets

Owning a pet entails its share of expenses, including vet bills and medication. Many pet owners are surprised to learn they can often save money by filling their pet’s prescriptions at their local pharmacy. Burt’s Pharmacy, with locations in Newbury Park, Thousand Oaks and Westlake Village, boasts over 35 years of experience serving the community. Their dedicated, friendly and compassionate…

National Charity League Inc. Celebrates 37th Debutante Ball

Families and friends attended NCL's Conejo Valley Chapter Debutante Ball at the Four Seasons Hotel in Westlake Village to congratulate the young women for their six years of community service. NCL comprises mothers and daughters working together to serve local philanthropies, including Art Trek, Manna, Many Mansions, Hospice of the Conejo and Mary Health of … Continued

Conejo Valley Advanced Wellness Offers Health Options

Conejo Valley Advanced Wellness introduced their cutting-edge health and wellness treatments and solutions such as Veju Body Sculpting and cellulite reduction laser to the Conejo Valley. Photography Ben Malkin

Patrick Cassidy Hosts 5-Star Inaugural Gala

5-Star Theatricals held an Inaugural Gala at the Palm Gardens Hotel. Hosted by Artistic Director Patrick Cassidy, the evening of enjoyment of Broadway and TV talent and the always great Harry Selvin Orchestra was a blast. Joley Fisher, Obba Babatunde, Cassandra Murphy, Eric Martsholf and Rex Smith had guests begging for more. Photography Ben Malkin

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…

Pepperdine Law Students Host Disaster Relief Clinic

In the wake of recent natural disasters in California, the Clinical Education Program at Pepperdine University School of Law launched the Disaster Relief Clinic, which provides pro bono legal services to those harmed by wildfires in Southern California in 2018.

Happy Heart Day

Valentine’s Day has always been one of my favorite holidays, as it was my mom’s. But now it’s just a sad reminder, as the day before Valentine’s Day, my sweet mom passed away unexpectedly.

AsandraMD: Helping Patients Live their Best Lives

Thousands of people from coast to coast credit Dr. Christopher Asandra for putting them on the path to better health and improved quality of life as they age. One of the world’s leading hormone experts, Beverly Hills-based vitality expert Dr. Asandra founded AsandraMD, the NuMale Medical Center and NuFemme Rejuvenation Clinic with the aim of helping patients live life to…

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.

A Look at Presbyopia Implants in Eye

The newest technologies to increase precision and safety of vision correction procedures includes Presbyopic Implant in Eye (PIE). Here, specialist Rajeesh Khanna of Khanna Vision Institute addresses patients’ most frequently asked questions about the procedure.

Montecito Bank & Trust Invests in Community

Montecito Bank & Trust is the oldest and largest locally owned community bank in the Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.

Renowned Writing Program Prepares La Reina Students to Succeed

Effective communication is about much more than the simple text messages that we have grown so accustomed to. Great communication is about the subtleties of word choice, being able to use logic, and above all, having a clear voice.

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.

Readers Chime In

While I know that our feature articles and locally focused content like Around Town and Locally Owned are very well read, I often wonder if anyone reads our Lifestyle Letter. I put a lot of energy and emotion into the ones I contribute. That was especially true with our December and January issues. We were … Continued

February 2019 Around Town

CASA Volunteers Stand Up for Children Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) serve as advocates for foster children in the Ventura County Dependency Court System who are victims of abuse and neglect. With a string of people, often including their own parents, in and out of their lives, these children are in desperate need of a … Continued

Montecito Bank & Trust Gives Back to Community

Now in its 16th year, Montecito Bank & Trust’s unique Community Dividends awards program has granted a total of $16 million to local Santa Barbara and Ventura County nonprofits. This year’s event at the Four Season Biltmore’s Coral Casino ballroom gave a share of $1 million to 188 central coast nonprofits. Photography Ben Malkin

Mercedes-Benz Hosts Shop With a Cop

Mercedes-Benz Thousand Oaks hosted the Ventura County Sheriff's Foundation Shop With a Cop event to raise funds for under-resourced children. Photography Ben Malkin

La Reina Celebrates the Holidays

La Reina High School and Middle School staff and families kicked of the Christmas season with their annual tree lighting.  Photography Ben Malkin

Art Museum Opens at The Oaks Mall

The VIP Grand Opening for the California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks gave art patrons the opportunity to meet their featured artist, Kevin Sloan, next to his Collection of Rarities, and to celebrate their new location in The Oaks mall.    Photography Ben Malkin

Romantic Santorini

Plan your Romantic Getaway to the Historic Island in the Aegean Sea Article Nicolette Martin Stay: Sun Rocks Boutique Hotel Sun Rocks Boutique Hotel is considered one of Santorini’s most romantic hotels. The elegant couples-only cliffside hideaway—named a Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice 2018 award winner—features luxe, minimalist rooms and suites carved into the side … Continued

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.

The Road to Rich’s

Talking Competition, Family and Life with a CrossFit Legend Article Nicolette Martin | Photography Paul Versluis About 80 miles east of Nashville, among the winding roads of Putnam County, Tennessee, between a brick house and an old red barn, there’s a gravel road. It’s easy to miss in the expanse of rolling hills that, in … Continued

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!”

Health and Wellness & Their Intersection with the Law

In our more than 60 combined years of practice, the attorneys at DorenfeldLaw have honed a safe, thoughtful and caring approach to managing each client’s emotional (and physical) health during our time together.

Finding Hope & Healing: Life After Tragedy  

Our community was recently devastated by unfathomable events. First, the horrific tragedy of the Borderline Bar shooting, followed immediately by the devastating wildfires. These shocking events, coupled with the holiday season, fuel intensified feelings of hopelessness, emotional dysregulation, forgetfulness, sadness, confusion, depression, anxiety, inability to regulate emotions, inability to cope with life stressors, and an overall impaired ability to function…

Health & Wellness for the New Year

It’s the beginning of the year and if you’re like me, you’ll agree it’s a good time to take a moment to reflect on the past year—what worked and what didn’t. Re-book all your appointments and family and friends’ birthdays. As we’re all regrouping for the new year, writing our to-do lists and resolutions, be sure not to forget about…

Strength From Adversity

Just about everyone in the communities of the Conejo Valley and Malibu have their story regarding the challenges they faced as individuals and as a community during the dark days that started on November 7 with the horrible mass shooting at Borderline Bar & Grill, followed the next evening by the Woolsey Fire. Of course, … Continued

January 2019 Around Town

Operation Blankets of Love Lends a Hand During Wildfires Local nonprofit Operation Blankets of Love helped at an evacuation center where hundreds of pets were taken for safety during the November wildfires. “We were there giving out the multiple necessities specifically for dogs and cats, such as bedding, bags of food, treats, blankets, crates, carriers, leashes, … Continued