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

Let the Music Play

The annual Scott Medlock-Robby Krieger All-Star Concert at Saddlerock Ranch benefited St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Legendary musicians Robby Krieger of The Doors, Alex Lifeson of Rush, Lukas Nelson and more entertained while guests enjoyed food and drink from local establishments, including Mastro’s Steakhouse, Westlake Village Inn, Duke's Malibu, Malibu Family Wines and Figueroa Mountain Brewery.  Photography David … Continued

Annual Sugar Plum Tea Promises Ballet Magic for All

Pacific Festival Ballet hosted their 20th Annual Sugar Plum Tea Party at Sherwood CC. It raised funds needed to ensure that thousands of children experience the magic of ballet. Photography Ben Malkin

#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.

10th Annual Bags, Bling & Bubbly Celebrates Mentors

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County's annual event filled more tables than ever at the newly renovated Las Posas Country Club, raising over $100,000 to help area youth in need of a supporting mentor. Highlights included hearing one match tell their story, auctions and keynote speaker Renaissance woman Cybill Shepherd. BBSVC.org Photography Kristi Harris of Photography by Kristi  

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…

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…