Music Strikes a Chord with Chuck Findley

 Article Tracy Marcynzsyn  Renowned as “one of the greatest and most musical trumpet players in the world—and most recorded too—” Charles “Chuck” Findley first picked up a trumpet at age 3.  Born into a musical family in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, Findley grew up having regular jam sessions in the house with his father, who played the sax and violin, and his brother…

“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.…

Beverly Hills Physician Strives to Empower Patients

 Article Alicia Doyle    As a Medical Doctor, Christopher Asandra believes it’s vital to always be evolving—because science and technology are constantly evolving.

Discover Your New Favorite Establishment at the Conejo Food & Wine Fest

 Article and Photography  What: The Conejo Food & Wine Fest  When: Sunday June 24, 1:30-5:30 p.m.

Power in Numbers: 100 Men Who Give a Damn

 Article Tracy Marcynzsyn | Photography Jeff Landau    Thanks to more than 100 local men who “give a damn,” thousands of abused and neglected children will receive assistance, including mentoring and legal help, through the nonprofit RaisingHOPE.

Yellow Post-It: Retirement

 Article Jeff Runyan    To-do lists scribbled on Post-it Notes can be the backbone of a constructive and productive workday. Many successful retirees and those still in the workforce may recall or relate to building business one day at a time by tackling their list to accomplish goals ranging from work and family to retirement and everything in between.

Just Meet Me in the Middle

 Article Kim Pagano    How many of you grew up as a daddy’s girl or maybe had a grandpa that you looked up to?

What You Should Know About Prostate Cancer

 Article Kiavash Nikkhou, MD    Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer and second leading cause of cancer death in men. An estimated 11.2% of men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetime. When detected and treated early, prostate cancer is a treatable and potentially curable condition with an estimated 98% five-year survival rate. Risk factors include…

Dorenfeld Law Offers Integrity, Experience & Results

 Article Tracy Marcynzsyn    From estate planning to civil litigation, personal injury and business law, David Dorenfeld and his expert team of seasoned professionals at Dorenfeld Law, Inc. approach every clients’ needs with integrity, bringing experience and delivering results. Many of the firm’s lifelong clients entrust the experts at Dorenfeld Law to handle all their legal needs.


In this month’s issue we profile some of the men in our communities who take the time, energy and effort to give something back to others. In our May issue we did similar profiles of successful women who also give back. Just to be clear, I am talking about being there and helping out…in addition … Continued

June 2018 Around Town

Support the Magic of CASA Join CASA of Ventura County on Thursday, June 14at 6 p.m.for a magical evening at The Tower Club in Oxnard to support CASA’s mission to provide a powerful voice for abused, neglected and abandoned foster children. The evening features magic, music, delicious food and drinks and a fabulous silent auction. … Continued

Oaks Christian Legacy Gala Dedicated to Students

Oaks Christian School celebrated their 2018 Legacy Gala in the Air Force One Pavilion at the Ronald Reagan Library & Museum. The evening was dedicated to OCS students and was headlined by special guest General Colin Powell, USA (Ret.).  Photography by Ben Malkin

Senior Concerns Boat Party Bash a Splashing Success

A fun time was had by all at the Senior Concerns Boat Party Bash Fundraiser at the Westlake Yacht Club. Guests enjoyed cocktails, appetizers and a sunset cruise around Westlake Lake, followed by dinner, dancing and a live auction. Proceeds benefit Senior Concerns programs and services. Photography by Ben Malkin

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County Enrich Lives

 Article and Photography  Big Brother Aaron and Little Brother Elijah, matched 6 years.  Disney's Points of Light Foundation sponsored a trip to Disneyland!

Local Men Making a Difference

 Article Kateri Wozny  Darin Arrasmith  Home: Simi Valley.

Get Crafty With the Guys

 Article Tracy Marcynzsyn | Photography Janet Barnett Photography  The craft beer craze has hit the Conejo Valley in a big way, with local breweries and tap houses popping up around town. So grab the guys and head out to sample the extensive selection of suds on tap at your neighborhood hot spot. Many venues also feature food, live music, trivia…

Applauding Altruism

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

Big & Little Sisters Match Up

 Article and Photography  MAC Mineralize Foundation  Nordstrom Rack, $19.97

National Charity League

 Article Alicia Doyle  With 250+ active members, the Conejo Valley Chapter of National Charity League, Inc. offers mothers the opportunity to work with their daughters and teach them the importance of giving back.  “This is a crucial time in our daughters’ lives, where they may not want to spend a lot of time with their moms—we all are encouraged to…

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…

Military Tribute Raises Funds For The Troops

 Article Tracy Marcynzsyn | Photography Judi Bumstead  Nearly 600 people gathered at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library to honor veterans and service men and women serving in the Afghanistan War at the 6th Annual Military Tribute Gala, chaired by Rosemary Allison, Coldwell Banker realtor and proud “Medal of Honor” event sponsor with For The Troops, a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization that…

Cruising the Conejo With Pedego 101 Electric Bikes

 Article Tracy Marcynzsyn | Photography Ben Malkin  When Linda Coburn and John Tajiri rented Pedego Electric Bikes during a vacation in Seattle, the Simi Valley couple’s life took an unexpected turn.  “It was so much fun … and there was so much interest in them while we were riding around, we decided to see if we could bring this amazing…

Women’s Health Month: 5 Habits to Keep Your Breasts Healthy

 Article Provided  Breast cancer is the second most common cancer among women in the United States, and one out of eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.  These statistics are pretty alarming, but luckily a few lifestyle changes can help keep your breasts in tip-top shape and lower your risk of breast cancer.


 Article Provided  Many have watched the newest Belmont Village Senior Living Community, a California Mediterranean-style building, being built on the hill overlooking the 101 Freeway. The site of the 12th Belmont Village Community in California was chosen for its proximity to The Commons retail area and an array of other community facilities to make it easy for residents and their…

What’s That You Say?

 Article Christine E. Wilson, M.S., CCC-A  Do you feel that you can hear people, but don’t understand? Do you have difficulty following conversations in groups, on the telephone, at work or with family members? Do you find yourself withdrawing from social events and avoiding the things you love to do? These are all signs that your hearing may be affecting…

Share Your Stories & Life Lessons

 Article Kim Pagano  Share your story and your journey and know these are your life lessons; don’t leave them untold. My parents, taught me that I can do anything I put my mind to. They were my best cheerleaders.  In high school, I got my manicure license while finishing Cosmetology school so I could make an income while attending school.…

Dancing to New Heights

 Article Adrienne Wigdortz Anderson    Dreams can come true. 

Females & Finances

 Article Jeff Runyan  In the recent nine years, the stock, bond and real estate markets have charged ahead, benefiting the portfolio of most investors. However, when it comes to identifying investment goals, selecting investments to achieve them and handling the portfolio along the way, there is an observable difference between the behaviors of women and men. In 1992, the book…

Affirmative Escrow Catches “Fish Philosophy”

 Article Alicia Doyle  In 2003, Affirmative Escrow Corporation embraced and incorporated the “Fish Philosophy” in its daily operation, based on the book, Fish about the world-famous Pike Place Fish Market.   

Compass’ Leading Ladies Guide Clients to Real Estate Success

 Article Tracy Marcynzsyn  Whether a family home or a getaway retreat, luxury real estate starts with Compass’ all-star agents. With the mission to help everyone find their place in the world, Compass pairs technology with local talent to guide clients through an intelligent, seamless search and sell experience.  Compass’ new Westlake Village office features several top female realtors dedicated to…

May 2018 Around Town

Calling All Angels The Roadside West Summer Street Festival takes place May 6 at 5 p.m., at Veterinary Angels Medical Center, at 29348 Roadside Drive in Agoura Hills. The event features dog and cat adoptions, pictures with exotic animals, giveaways, food trucks, family activities, raffles and more, to benefit the Little Angels Project, a nonprofit … Continued

Heart of a Woman

I am truly awed and inspired by the amazing women in our communities. In this issue, you’ll find women doctors, lawyers, teachers, pilots, CPAs, realtors, dentists, mothers, wives, sisters, friends—all of them strong, confident, talented, empowered and powerful. We’ve heard the saying, “Behind every great man is a woman;” so what’s behind a great woman? … Continued

Go Red for Women Inspires & Educates

Actress Mariel Hemingway keynoted Ventura County’s Go Red for Women luncheon at the Four Seasons in Westlake Village. Hundreds of women attended the annual event, which included a wellness expo and educational sessions. The American Heart Association event aims to raise awareness about risk factors and prevention of heart disease—the No. 1 killer of women. 

Montecito Bank & Trust Grants Awards

Local nonprofit representatives joined Montecito Bank & Trust employees at the bank’s annual Anniversary Grants reception. Heading into its 43rd anniversary, the Bank awarded grants of $2,000 to each of the 10 local nonprofits, all hand-selected by employees after they campaigned, rallied and voted for the organizations that mean so much to them.

Unite 4 Israel

On Sunday, January 21st, one hundred teenagers came together to show their support and solidarity for Israel at the second annual Unite 4 Israel Day. Activities included educational lectures, an array of engaging workshops and a festive Israeli lunch.

“Ben, I Just Want to Say One Word to You: Plastics.” “The Graduate,” 1967

Major themes featured in our magazines this month include ecology, clean energy, organic and healthy eating and sustainable living…basically “living green” as much as we can. Who is not for that? Hmmmm. The White House? The Interior Department? Unbelievable, but it seems to be true when an obsolete and filthy source of energy like coal is suddenly highly touted.

Oaks Christian Gets Sporty at North Ranch Country Club

More than 200 enthusiastic participants enjoyed a beautiful sunny day at Oaks Christian Golf and Ladies Tennis Tournaments at North Ranch Country Club in Westlake Village. Special thanks to tennis tournament chairwomen Laura Leff, Cindy Campbell, Pamela Cole and Lisa Iezza, and golf tournament Honorary Chairs Wayne and Janet Gretzky.

April 2018 Around Town

The 2018 Oaks Christian School Legacy Gala Dinner Auction promises to be an elegant evening of philanthropy and fellowship at The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley on Saturday, April 28, at 6 p.m. This year's gala features former Secretary of State General Colin L. Powell USA (Ret.), who will be sharing stories of leadership and character. Guests will enjoy a gourmet dinner and…

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.

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…

Going Green at Home & Work

Energy conservation engages people living in urban areas as well as in cities across the United States, and environmental cohesion helps protect resources for future generations. Investing in energy efficient upgrades can mean big savings for home and business owners in reduced operating expenses, allowing funds to be reallocated for other endeavors.

Farm & Flame Joins Forces with Westlake Brewing & Libations

Local foodies are clinking glasses in celebration of Farm & Flame’s recent partnership with Westlake Brewing & Libations.

New Zealand Fresh

Aroha New Zealand Cuisine & Bar’s Owner/Chef Gwithyen Thomas created a menu that showcases the mouthwatering flavors of New Zealand, using the highest quality ingredients. The menu features predominantly organic local produce—they even grow their own passion fruit, feijoa and herbs on their back patio—free-range and grass-fed organic meats primarily from New Zealand, and fresh New Zealand seafood that’s flown in…

Fresh & Local

Since 1991, local farmers have shared their harvests with Conejo Valley residents at area farmer’s markets. The nonprofit Ventura County Certified Farmers’ Market Association is a farmers’ cooperative with over 140 members.

What’s Your Home Safety IQ?

Safety is a concern for everyone, especially when it comes to protecting infants and young children. An important part of raising children is careful adult supervision of activities in the home. Parents and other caregivers need to be aware of their children’s surroundings at all times in order to anticipate and prevent potential injury.

Petra Mediterranean Cuisine Serves Up Fresh Old World Flavor & Fun

If you have ever wanted to visit beautiful Mediterranean cities and explore ancient treasures like the beautiful city of Petra in Jordan, you can enjoy a slice of this exotic part of the world right here in the Conejo Valley. Family owned Petra Mediterranean Cuisine takes pride in its Jordanian heritage, which comes through in every tasty morsel created for…

California Strawberry Festival Celebrates Its 35th Year

If you like strawberries, the 35th California Strawberry Festival has it all—from chocolate-dipped strawberries to strawberry shortcake and even strawberry pizza! The festival takes place May 19 and 20 at Strawberry Meadows/College Park in Oxnard.

“Running Your Own Race”

Choosing to be your best self is really one of the easiest decisions you can make in your life. This is what I like to call “running your own race,” at your own speed. When you are authentically being you, you don’t have time to make excuses or lie to keep up with your life. By staying on the path…

Eco(nomic) Awareness

April is an eco-awareness month. Eco-awareness is an “awareness of environmental issues.” Naturally, in communities where this article runs, from Pacific Palisades to Malibu, from Lake Sherwood to Agoura Hills, residents and business owners alike exhibit great care in how they treat and care for our environment. They do so because the ramifications have a meaningful impact on our beaches…