Thousand Oaks Fireside and Design:

For 10 years and counting, residents from Ventura, Los Angeles and Santa Barbara counties have turned to Thousand Oaks Fireside and Design for their custom outdoor grilling and fireplace needs.

Celebrating School Choice

When it comes to education, area residents enjoy a wide variety of top-quality schools and resources for enhanced learning. Now is the time to submit School Choice applications, which allow students who live outside a school’s neighborhood boundaries to apply to enroll in a particular school on a space-available basis. The abundance of area public, private, hybrid and supplemental educational…

So Much Fun It Is!

The holidays are all about gathering with family and friends to connect, eat and participate in all types of merry-making annual traditions. The many festivities set for the season provide ample opportunities for making memories. Enjoy some of these favorite holiday celebrations with loved ones, young and old.

“Be You at the W!”

Walking through the doors of Salon Westlake, guests feel instantly at ease, welcomed by a friendly staff of professionals who specialize in enhancing each client’s unique beauty and style. Salon Westlake’s motto, “Be You at the W!” exemplifies their guest-focused philosophy.

What is Happy?

We hear so much about being happy. “Happy” is one of the favorite songs of many, myself included. It truly makes me feel happy when I hear it, but is that actual happiness? I ask you, are you happy? We all sometimes reflect on our life at different stages, asking ourselves if we are happy.

Temple Etz Chaim Hosts Hanukkah Celebration with New Rabbi

Temple Etz Chaim in Thousand Oaks recently welcomed Rabbi Ari Averbach, taking the reins from former Rabbi Richard Spiegel, who served the congregation for 19 years.

Staying Connected

I asked myself whether I should stay in the “60 Minutes Andy Rooney” mode of grousing, sniping and complimenting. After all, it is the holiday season and being positive about everything is the usual approach…. but, what the heck… I’ll just keep on being me. In the spirit of love for my fellow man and … Continued

December 2019 Around Town

805 Strong Gather the family for the 2nd Annual Ladin Subaru 805 Strong 5K, planned for Sunday, December 15, from 7:30 to 11 a.m. at the Thousand Oaks Community Park. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Ventura County Community Foundation, specifically the Conejo Valley Victims Fund and Hill/Woolsey Fire Sudden and Urgent Needs Effort. … Continued

Taste of Conejo Serves Up Local Fare at 10th Anniversary!

The Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce celebrated their 10th annual Taste of Conejo at the Four Seasons Hotel. Guests had the opportunity to taste over 60 of the area’s premiere food and beverage establishments all under one roof.  Photography Ben Malkin

Athletic Society Celebrates Health & Fitness

The Athletic Society hosted a 2nd Anniversary party at their newly remodeled and upgraded facility on Willow Lane in Westlake Village. Guests and members enjoyed food, fitness, health and community. For more information, call 805.778.0888 or visit AthleticSociety.com. Photography Ben Malkin

Senior Concerns’ “Speakeasy” Featured Flappers, Fun & More!

Guests enjoyed a fun-filled evening at Senior Concerns’ annual Ultimate Dining event at the Hyatt Regency Westlake. The night included a signature Bathtub Gin Rickey, Capone’s Hideaway and silent and wine auctions, as well as food and wine pairings from local eateries. Participants also raised a toast to Philanthropists of the Year Keets and Hugh … Continued

Visit Aldik Home for the Holidays

Californians come from far and wide to Aldik Home in Van Nuys to get ready to beautify their homes for Christmas. An incredible selection of trees, ornaments and Christmas decor excites everyone in the family. AldikHome.com  

Rising Stars

The Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza recently celebrated 25 years of bringing arts and entertainment to the Conejo Valley. Pacific Festival Ballet has been a part of that story since 1994 and continues to make dance history in the community today.

Cook Smart this Holiday Season with WDC Kitchen & Bath Center

Tis the season for family traditions like whipping up special holiday meals and treats to enjoy with loved ones. Today’s smart kitchens make light work of creating the perfect holiday feast, providing convenience and time-saving shortcuts so ease and joy become the focus of the season.

Social Justice Fund Creates Change in Ventura County

 Social Justice Fund Creates Change in Ventura County  By Kateri Wozny  There’s a nonprofit in town fighting for social justice issues in Ventura County.

Cozy Up Your Home

Take a cue from the Scandinavian concept of hygge and welcome the transition of summer to autumn with a relaxing refresh Pumpkin spice, apple cinnamon and a hot cup of cocoa. Fall is all about getting warm and comfy as a chill hits the air—preparing yourself for winter, and cherishing those final moments of summer.  … Continued

Nonprofits Rewarded for Efforts

November marks the one-year anniversary of the Borderline Bar and Grill shooting (Nov. 7) and also the one-year anniversary of the Hill and Woolsey wildfires (Nov. 8).

Planned Giving Strategies with Montecito Bank & Trust

Planned Giving is an important component of and a significant contributor to the financial success and sustainability of nonprofit organizations.

Make Time for Some Time Out 

I was out on a bike ride going up north. We stopped at Muscle Beach to have lunch and just take in the day. We had a beautiful table facing the ocean, and it was the most incredible day also. There was this one turquoise chair sitting all alone, overlooking the ocean. I was so drawn to this chair. After…

Need Care at Home?

As we age, the odds of having health care challenges, including a serious illness, hospitalizations, declining abilities and more becomes a reality for many. In fact, care may be needed at ANY age. When you or a loved one are in need of private duty help, ensure the best care possible by researching the options.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County:

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County (BBSVC), a youth mentoring organization, invites the public to its highly anticipated 11th annual Bags, Bling & Bubbly champagne luncheon. The fundraising event takes place Wednesday, November 20 at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks. The stylish event, benefiting BBSVC, begins at 11 a.m. with an amazing array of new designer and vintage handbags, jewelry and…

Be a La Reina Girl!

At La Reina, we understand that today’s young women are nuanced, complex, multifaceted and driven—they seek to change the world while still finding themselves. La Reina’s unique learning environment allows students to take center stage and develop their individual talents. 

Celebrate the Lands & Hands that Feed Us!

This month, the public is invited to visit more than 20 Ventura County farms, ranches and agricultural organizations during the 7th Annual Ventura County Farm Day Saturday, November 9, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Discover the Freedom of E-Bikes at Pedego 101

Riding a bike is often associated with the freedom of childhood, but many are discovering they can enjoy bike riding in their later years, thanks to the advent of electric bikes.

Amazing!!

One of the most overused word in our modern American lexicon is “amazing.” I see it on social media and hear it in conversation or on TV. I think it started with Billy Crystal’s parody of the word, like so….Amaaaaaaaahhhhzzzzing! He is a really funny guy—been laughing at his humor since “Soap.” However, I blame … Continued

November 2019 Around Town

Community Leaders Join Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County (BBSVC), a one-to-one youth mentoring organization, recently appointed two new officers to its Board of Directors. The new appointments are President Eric Mandell, VP, Senior Commercial Lender at CDC Small Business Finance, and Treasurer Jesus Garcia, AVP of … Continued

Boys & Girls Club Annual Gala Celebrates Community Impact

More than 500 attendees turned out to recognize the work of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley. Attendees were invited to an interactive Club exhibit that demonstrated the impact BGCGCV makes in the lives of youth in Ventura and Los Angeles counties. Long-term supporters Cal Johnson and his wife Marje Johnson were special … Continued

Freedom Wine Company Toasts 3rd Annual Wine Release

Guests enjoyed five new wines made at Camarillo Custom Crush: Grenache Blanc, red wine blends called "Life," "Liberty" and "Happiness," and a Tempranillo. Grapes were sourced from Estelle Vineyard in Santa Ynez and Thomas Colburn Vineyard in Paso Robles. The event was catered by Dearmore BBQ Catering in Ventura. Wines are available at Custom Crush tasting … Continued

America’s Best Christmas Display is Just a Short Drive Away!

If you didn’t know that there is a full-blown winter wonderland right here in Los Angeles, then you have certainly been missing out. For more than 65 years, Aldik Home has been dazzling Southern Californians (and visitors from all over the globe!) with a jaw-dropping display of the most beautiful Christmas décor found anywhere in the world. Each year is…

Eroica Trio Entertains in Westlake

New West Symphony presented a thrilling performance by the Eroica Trio at a pre-season concert event at Sherwood Country Club. The most sought-after trio in the world, the GRAMMY® nominated Eroica Trio enraptures audiences with flawless technical virtuosity, irresistible enthusiasm and sensual elegance. Photography Ben Malkin & Studio 92 Photography

Covered 6: Lending a Hand to Our Veterans

An Army Reservist for 14 years, Margurie Evans discovered Covered 6 while working at the post office and looking to utilize her specialized skill set she learned in the military.

Taking Control, Becoming Whole: Women Tickled “P.ink” with Mastectomy Tattoos

When Westlake Village resident Sherri Rosenthal, then 60, learned she had stage 1 breast cancer in 2013, she reacted calmly. Even though the invasive ductal cancer tumor in her left breast was small and not aggressive, she told the breast surgeon she wanted both breasts removed.

Cups of Courage–

“You can still be sexy after cancer!” declared Lisa Tivens as she put the finishing touches on her burlesque-style bra, adorned with roses and lace fringe. Tivens, a breast cancer survivor, was among 12 or so participants in the Cups of Courage–The Sisterhood of the Traveling Bras workshop, which took place at the Oaks Mall in Thousand Oaks on August…

The Hub Bike Shop: Locally Owned, Community-Minded and Rider-First Focused

The Hub Bike Shop in Westlake Village is unlike any other shop in Ventura County and beyond, featuring the only Retül technology in the area, certified service technicians, and an endless selection of bicycles—including kids’ bikes, electric bikes and everything in between.

Celebrating 25 Years of the Arts

Almost 25 years ago, in 1994, the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza first opened its doors, welcoming audiences of all ages to experience the wonders of the stage. Thousands of incredible performers and some 6.3 million patrons later, the Civic Arts Plaza celebrates its 25th Anniversary with two weekends of special events, including live performances and backstage tours of the…

Westlake Village Women’s Imaging Center:

Breast cancer is the most common type of invasive cancer among women in the United States and 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during the course of their lifetime, so taking steps to keep your breasts healthy is key.

The Power of Pink

What do you think of when you see the color pink? It is one of my favorite colors—I have used it as my branding for my show, and it makes me feel happy. Pink has a different significance for me in regard to October National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, having worked with Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, Susan G. Komen…

Early Detection Is the Best Protection

Breast cancer is the second most common cancer and the second leading cause of cancer-related death in women, representing approximately 14% of all new cancer cases in the United States. Treatments for breast cancer have significantly advanced and survival rates have steadily improved since the 1990s. Early detection has contributed greatly, and one of the easiest things every woman can…

If the Bra Fits…

Happy October! Every month we enjoy producing a new issue full of informative articles about people, places and events in our little corner of the world. While each one is exciting, our annual Breast Cancer Awareness issue holds an extra special place in my heart. Having experienced the shock and scare of a breast cancer … Continued

October 2019 Around Town

Walk for a Cause More than just a few-mile trek, the Walk to Defeat ALS® presents an opportunity to bring hope to people living with ALS, to raise money for a cure, and to come together for something you care about. The Walk to Defeat ALS is The ALS Association’s biggest annual event, which raises … Continued

Gearing Up to Make Strides in Support of a Cure

The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Greater Ventura County kick-off event inspired many who will walk to support and honor those touched by breast cancer and raise funds needed to end this disease. The walk takes place Saturday, Oct. 12, at Ventura Harbor. Registration starts at 7:30 a.m. and the walk begins at 9:30 a.m. Main.ACSEvents.org/ Photography … Continued

Charity Karaoke Stars Sing for a Cause

The New Kids in the Park, singing “YMCA” took first place, winning $1,000 for Play Conejo at Charity Karaoke last month. Ventura County Firefighters Brian McGrath and Nick Cleary took second place, singing “Brown-Eyed Girl,” winning $500 for Widows & Orphans Fund. Twenty-six locals competed, raising nearly $40,000 to support local charities. Photography Laura Conway & Tracie Karasik

Rolling for Pink Raises Awareness & Funds

Dedicated to the fight against breast cancer, both in raising awareness and in raising money to fund research, RFP aims to inspire hope, tell their stories, shed light on breast cancer and raise funds for research. Their 12th annual Bunko Tournament takes place next summer! RollingForPink.org Photography by Tall Poppy Photography 

5-Star Theatricals Wows Audiences

5-Star Theatricals' production of “West Side Story” thrilled and dazzled music lovers. The production was led by 5-Star Theatricals Artistic Director Patrick Cassidy and directed by Larry Rabin. The cast with Giselle Torres as Maria and Brandon Keith Rogers as Tony, plus a host of amazing dancers and singers was Tony Award-worthy. Next is “The Music Man,” Oct. 18-27. … Continued

Walk 3to9 & the Dr. Susan Love Foundation:

The Dr. Susan Love Foundation for Breast Cancer Research—the largest national breast cancer charity based in Los Angeles—believes that ending breast cancer lies at the intersection of research and innovative partnerships.

Healthy Living Reduces Breast Cancer Risk

“Cancer is most often a lifestyle disease,” says Dr. Darren Clair, MD and founder of Vibrance Medical Group in Westlake Village, noting that “80% of breast cancer occurs in women with NO family history!” Genetics play a significant role, but only when influenced by lifestyle.

Avid Photographer Captures Early Conejo Valley

If you’ve ever been in a restaurant or business with photographs depicting open spaces and ranch life before development in Thousand Oaks or Westlake Village, chances are Ed Lawrence is the photographer. Originally from Turtle Creek, Pennsylvania, Ed first visited California during Army basic training before being shipped off to Germany. After completing his tour, Ed had no interest in…

Built to Last: Creative Woodworks Designs to Order

“Construction built from excellence” embodies the philosophy of Creative Woodworks in Moorpark, where for almost four decades customers have gone for top quality custom cabinetry and storage solutions to modernize their homes and businesses.

Interface’s Hope & Light:

More than 300 philanthropic citizens, business leaders and community partners will come together to honor community heroes at Interface Children & Family Services’ Annual Hope & Light Benefit Saturday, September 21, from 6 to 11 p.m. at Sherwood Country Club. Presented by Sage Publishing, the annual event celebrates those who partner with Interface in confronting the most serious issues threatening…

Stand-up Physician Founds St. Charles Spine Institute

Anyone who has ever experienced significant neck or back pain knows the importance of finding a skilled doctor they can trust to diagnose and treat spinal conditions. At St. Charles Spine Institute in Thousand Oaks, Board-certified Orthopedic Spinal Surgeon Dr. Erik Spayde and his expert team of caring medical professionals treat a wide variety of spinal conditions in patients of…