Moving Resolution

More than 15 years ago I made what for me was a very rare belated (in June) New Year’s resolution. It was one that thousands of middle-aged people make: “I’m gonna get back in shape.” The epiphany for me was when we were celebrating my daughter’s graduation from Brown University—what should have been a great time was a struggle. I…

Annual Wellness Fest Focuses on Healthy Living for Seniors

The Annual Wellness Fest at the Goebel Adult Community Center is a gathering of local businesses and public service agencies that focus on supporting positive, mindful living for the senior population in and around the Conejo Valley.

Pepperdine Rings in the New Year with Musical Performances to Entertain & Delight

Pepperdine University kicks off the new year with an exciting lineup of musical 
performances at the Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts at Pepperdine’s Malibu campus. Serving as an arts hub for the community, the Center links professional guest artists with Pepperdine students and more than 50,000 patrons annually.

The Shape of True Health: Work Your Body, Refresh Your Mind, Rejuvenate Your Self

“I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.” ~John Muir

Angel Flight West: 
Giving Hope Wings

It was Halloween day, and 4-year-old Tito had just undergone audiology treatment at UCLA Medical Center. Tired after a long day of treatment and travel, Tito and his mother arrived at the airport where their Angel Flight West pilot met them to fly them home to Santa Barbara County.

Sugar Plum Tea Party & Luncheon Filled with 
Sugar & Spice (& Everything Nice!)

The 19th Annual fundraiser for Pacific Festival Ballet's 24th anniversary season of “The Nutcracker” featured an enchanting afternoon of auctions, a photo booth, children's activities and a lovely lunch at the beautiful Sherwood Country Club. Pacific Festival Ballet is the Resident Ballet Company at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza.

Breakfast of Champions Celebrates Formula One Win

Mercedes-Benz of Thousand Oaks and Sun Air Jets hosted the AMG SoCal Lounge, celebrating the 2017 Formula One championship win by the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport team. Enthusiasts converged at the Camarillo Airport to enjoy the Brazilian Grand Prix with a professional audiovisual installation from Wilshire Media Systems. 

Shop with a Cop Adds Holiday Cheer for Local Youth

Ventura County Sheriff’s Foundation's Shop with a Cop Fundraiser, hosted by Silver Star 
Mercedes-Benz of Thousand Oaks, added joy to the holidays. Proceeds fueled $100 shopping sprees for local under-resourced youth to shop with a deputy. 

9th Annual Bags, Bling & Bubbly a Sparkling Success

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County’s ninth annual Bags, Bling & Bubbly champagne luncheon at Las Posas Country Club in Camarillo welcomed the honor of recognizing this year’s Wise, Wonderful Woman of 2017, Laila Ali. Proceeds benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County.

January 2018 Around Town

The longest serving news anchor in U.S. broadcast history, Ted Koppel, best known as the anchor for ABC's “Nightline,” speaks at the Fred Kavli Theatre at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Jan. 23 at 8 p.m. as part of the Distinguished Speaker Series. During his 50+ years as a professional journalist, Koppel has embodied the term “eyewitness to history.”…

184 Local Nonprofits Receive Montecito Bank & Trust’s Community Dividends® Awards

Montecito Bank & Trust presented 184 area nonprofits with a share of $1 million, as part of its Community Dividends Awards. Now in its 15th year, this unique giving program has granted a total of $15 million to Santa Barbara and Ventura County nonprofits.

Role Reversal: Planning Ahead for Parenting Your Parents

Remember the days when your parents did everything for you and you depended on them for so much? From early youth, they took care of your every need—bathing, dressing, feeding, driving you around, hiring babysitters, and making important decisions about health care, school and home. In your older years, you depended on them for advice and emotional and often financial…

University Village Thousand Oaks Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Nearly 300 residents, staff and special guests attended University Village Thousand Oaks’ 10th anniversary celebration which honored the first people to sign up for University Village, the first couple to move in and a host of original residents who have been at University Village since its opening in 2007.

The Power of Habit:

The New Year is a point of reset, often serving as a catalyst to encourage new, more favorable actions and behaviors for both individuals and businesses. It’s an opportunity to start anew and replace the “old with new” and the “bad with good,” at least when it comes to habits. And, this year may be no different, but we all…

Don’t Confuse “Income” with “Yield”

You’re not alone. Many people use “income” and “yield” interchangeably—but they’re not the same. Understanding the distinction can help you address your risk and manage your returns.

Setiba Aesthetics Group: A Mecca for Beauty & Health

Think of Setiba Aesthetics Group as your personal beauty and health haven. The Westlake Village med spa offers an array of heavenly state-of-the-art body and skin treatments that nourish, revitalize and rejuvenate. What’s more, Setiba’s offerings transcend traditional med spas, staffing dermatologists and plastic surgeons that perform a wide range of aesthetic and medical procedures, from eyelid lifts to tummy…

Balance & Purpose Promote Health & Well-Being

When I think of health and wellness, I think of self-preservation. I used to think that we were all indispensable for the most part, until I realized that is just not true. If you have ever had an illness creep up on you, then you know you don't have total control of it. What you do have is control of…

Together We Stand

 This year is coming to a close…  By any measure 2017 has been a very uncertain and contentious year in our country. The communities that we serve, the Conejo Valley, Malibu and Pacific Palisades, are more fortunate and less impacted by many of the troubles swirling about the rest of our state, country and even the world. But what does…

Thousands Unite in Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

The community showed up in full force to support the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in Thousand Oaks. The citywide event raised more than $60,000 toward breast cancer research.

Stand Up for Kids Gala Supports Boys & Girls Clubs

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley's 15th Annual Stand Up for Kids gala dinner and auction raised vital funds to support its educational programs and outdoor activities for the 4,200+ children it serves in Conejo and Las Virgenes valleys.

December 2017 Around Town

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County is putting out a special call for BIGS—mentors who can benefit from the friendship of a Little Brother or Little Sister. Some 150 youth in Ventura County, known as "Littles," are eagerly waiting to meet their BBSVC program role model and friend.

PRO’Active Pilates: Unsurpassed Instructors, Results & Customer Service

When it comes to Pilates, “skilled professional instructors and the highest level of customer service are essential,” says Laurie Walker, owner of PRO’Active Pilates Studio in Westlake Village.

Unwrap Significant Savings with Year-End Tax Planning

The end of the year is busy for virtually every household. With families preparing for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah and the New Year, finding time to complete everything before 2018’s new goals and resolutions are underway can be challenging.

Because It’s Better to Give… 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

Stop in to Brow Radiance for a wide array of skin and body treatments, including microblading, facials, cellulite reduction, lymphatic drainage (post-op), tattoo removal, waxing, make up, ear candling and aromatherapy. Receive a complimentary eyebrow wax or tint with purchase of microblading service throughout December!

Holiday Home Tours Open Doors for Local Charities

With Christmas just around the corner, two nonprofit organizations are once again presenting holiday home tours showcasing elaborately decorated private residences and more with the overall goal to raise money for local efforts.

Local Celebs Shout Out for Favorite Charities

‘Tis the Yuletide season when visions of charitable giving dance in your head. Wondering where to volunteer or send donations? Find inspiration in these local celebrities’ favorite organizations:

Ben’s Non-Traditional But Traditional Hanukkah Brisket

A braised beef brisket in gravy is to a family Hanukkah dinner as turkey is to Thanksgiving or ham is to Easter dinner. Frankly, as someone who has sat through many years of braised to death brisket in watery gravy or a Heinz Chili sauce concoction (instant heartburn!), I will tell you that I am not very fond of it—even…

“The Nutcracker” Heralds a Season of Giving

Tis’ the season of sugar and spice and everything nice. This includes visions of sugar plums for Pacific Festival Ballet as they prepare their 24th year of “The Nutcracker” at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza.

10 Ways to Manage Stress During the Holidays

Welcome to the holiday season—a whirlwind of gift-giving, marketing blitzes, holiday parties, family, parking lots and many activities that begin right after Halloween, build to Thanksgiving and continue gaining momentum through the end of the year. While this season is meant to bring feelings of love and cheer, it also brings holiday stress for many. In fact, more than 80%…

Drive in Style with Bumper2Bumper

What started as a hobby more than 20 years ago has become Westlake Village’s premier automotive appearance shop. Conejo Valley resident Debbie Soderberg grew up in Alpharetta, Georgia. Her passion for cars, boating and horses started at an early age. Her southern charm and hospitality combined with her passion and knowledge for cars led to the creation of Bumper2Bumper. Debbie’s…

Big Brothers Big Sisters Brighten Spirits with Holiday Angels Program

Many of the children served by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County live in economically challenging situations, making the holiday season an especially difficult time for these youngsters and their families.

Master Your Money Online: Financial Websites to Multiply Your Know-How

Let me share with you some financial websites and the type of information you can get from each.

Local Animal Lovers Lend a Hand

Local animal lovers, including Darlene 
 Geekie, RVT, and her Veterinary Angels' The Little Angels Project team showed their support at the recent Let the Animals Live charity event in Beverly Hills. Look for Darlene, Sarah Fitzgerald, The Little Angels Project and their rescue partners this month at the Winter’s Wish Brings A New Year’s Gift Gala on Dec. 2.

Giving the Gift of Life

We all have difficult times in our life, so we're not alone. If you are reading this right now, that means you have woken up to have another chance to what we all call life, and a chance to clean our slates. What are we going to do differently today to make it better?

Thanksgiving Is My 
Favorite Holiday

Those who know me well might think that the fact I like to eat and cook and enjoy a traditional roast turkey dinner (I’ll prepare it several times a year) is why I like Thanksgiving the best of all holidays. While this culinary preference might play a small role in my choice, the fact is I think it is very…

Lynne West Honored by Big Brothers Big Sisters

The Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County's 30th Anniversary Gala at Las Posas Country Club featured a tribute to Lynne West, whose personal and professional legacy changed many lives in Ventura County. The event raised almost $150,000, including a generous $100,000 gift from the Moore Family Trust.

Ultimate Dining Celebrates 32 Years

Senior Concerns' annual Ultimate Dining fundraiser at the Hyatt Westlake Plaza featured delicious food and wine, talented entertainers, decadent raffle items and a night of fun for all attendees. Event proceeds benefit Senior Concerns' programs, including Meals On Wheels and adult daycare.

November 2017 Around Town

The 4th Annual Bridging the Gaps of Hope Gala event on Saturday, November 4, from 5 to 11 p.m. features an evening of magical entertainment to benefit the Center4Special Needs parent-founded nonprofit organization. The masquerade-themed gala takes place at Camarillo’s Commemorative Air Force Museum, at 455 Aviation Drive, in Camarillo. A cocktail reception, silent auction, dessert wars and more help to…

5th Annual Ventura County Farm Day: Celebrating the Land & Hands That Feed Us

On Saturday, November 4, more than 20 Ventura County farms will open their doors for the public to experience a day of agricultural activities and tours during the Fifth Annual Ventura County Farm Day. Agriculture is Ventura County’s No. 1 industry, with some 100,000+ acres of crops harvested in the county in 2014, according to the Ventura County Agricultural Commissioner’s…

Surfing Sparks Sea Change for Special-Needs Kids

A Walk On Water provides children with special needs the chance to do exactly that—walk on water.

What to Consider When Facing Divorce or Separation

When considering divorce or separation, many clients become overwhelmed by the prospect of radical changes to their family and financial future. There are many issues that immediately come to mind when the time comes to dissolve your marriage. Some are very obvious, such as child custody, child support, spousal support and property division, however, other issues aren't quite so blatant.…

Farm & Flame Fires Up Fresh Flavorful Fare, Family-Style

Heather Worrell grew up on a ranch in Texas, where she learned to smoke meats with her father and enjoyed eating the best BBQ at the Diamond W. Longhorn Ranch Chuckwagon Dinner & Cowboy Show. With BBQ in her DNA, it’s no wonder this Texas-turned-Malibu resident founded Farm & Flame, a local catering service and eclectic fusion menu food truck…

Financial Fitness: A Guide to Retirement Readiness

The common thread among the quotes from 6th century BC philosopher Lao-Tzu and modern-day Martin Luther King Jr. in the 1960s reminds us that achieving what we set out to becomes possible when we first imagine and then approach it with small, manageable and attainable accomplishments. Loosely translated, the goals you have in mind are indeed quite possible.

For the Love of Wine: Santa Ynez Valley Vintners Score Points with World-Class Wines

Our area’s many benefits include its proximity to Santa Barbara County, some 90 minutes away. Those who enjoy excellent Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah will find the Santa Ynez Valley to be a world-class wine aficionado destination. In fact, the Pinots from the Sta. Rita Hills AVA are so distinctive, you know where they come from the moment you taste…

Ladling Out the Love

The Conejo Valley and its environs are wonderful places to live, but finding affordable housing for our homeless and low-income residents is often an issue. In fact, the dearth of affordable housing in our area has been an ongoing topic of discussion for nearly 40 years.

How Much Stock Should Be in Your Portfolio?

Everyone talks about “asset allocation”—spreading around your assets into different buckets in order to reduce risk. At the highest level, it comes down to how much you put in stocks and how much you put in non-stocks (such as bonds, real estate and cash). But how much stock should be in your portfolio? In other words, given that stocks generally…

La Reina Advantage Spurs Girls to Achieve & Excel

The advantages of a La Reina education are clear. As a girls’ school, La Reina‘s educational environment provides girls a chance to thrive in the classroom and beyond. An average class size of 20 guarantees individual attention, ensuring students develop their natural gifts and excel academically. Our teachers are experts in girls’ education, and the results speak for themselves.

University Village Chef Serves Seniors in Style

As the Food and Beverage Director at University Village Thousand Oaks, I lead our culinary staff that cooks for 500 residents every day, serving more than 2,500 meals a week at the continuing care retirement community. How do we do it? Here are some of my tried-and-true tips for keeping food exciting, tasty and healthy for the seniors in your…

Hope & Harvest Benefit Yields Record-Setting Fundraising for Families

Sherwood Country Club hosted some 300 guests at Interface's 4th Annual Hope & Harvest presented by SAGE Publications, where local community theatre group, Panic! Productions, presented stories of hurt, healing and hope. The live dinner performance, brilliantly written and executed by artist Elijah Malcomb, was the biggest surprise among many highlights, including the return of Andrew Firestone, to surpass one…

Being Selfless

The first rule to being selfless is loving what you bring into this world, and as the saying goes, "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger." I would like to express my gratitude for all the volunteers out there that donate countless hours to causes by voicing their opinions, lending a helping hand or even contributing monetary donations. As Mother…