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.

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.

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…

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.

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…

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…

Patient-Focused Physician Aims to Improve Vision for All

From the time we open them in the morning until we close them at bedtime, our eyes play a very important role in our lives and well-being. So when age-related or genetic issues affect our vision, an experienced, skilled physician like Dr. Rajesh Khanna of Khanna Vision Institute in Westlake Village is essential to restoring your eyes to health.

Blue Jean Ball Boosts Food Share’s Mission

Fresh off its busiest year yet, Food Share of Ventura County presents the 4th Annual Blue Jean Ball, Thursday, September 26,, from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Walnut Grove in Moorpark. The signature event helps to fulfill Food Share’s mission to feed hungry people.

Are you Collecting Friends or Building Community?

I have a vision of rebuilding the world and inspiring a new way of thinking by raising more awareness toward living on the brighter side of life. This is a big dream—too big to accomplish on my own—that’s where all of you come in. On my radio show, my podcast and my women’s group I aspire to talk only about the brighter side…

Give Love & Compassion

Once again we are devoting much of our September issue to the people and organizations that support our communities. Call it giving back, philanthropy, generosity or just getting involved…they are all bright lights in what has become a rather divisive society that is increasingly lacking in bright lights. Bless them all. These days, everyone seems … Continued

September 2019 Around Town

Stand Up for Kids Honors Outstanding Couple The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley (BGCGCV) will recognize long-time supporters of BGCGCV, Cal Johnston and his wife Marje Johnston, as Honorees during the 17th Annual “Stand Up for Kids Gala Dinner & Auction” on Saturday, September 14 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Westlake … Continued

Casa Pacifica’s Annual Yummie Top Chef Dinner Winner Digs In!

As the “final exam” of Casa Pacifica’s Vocational Education Program weekly cooking class, students prepared a gourmet four-course Italian meal for live auction winner Sean Leonard and 10 guests. “We were so impressed with the entire event—from the enthusiastic youth that greeted us with hors d’oeuvres to the fantastic environment and meal they prepared and … Continued

Conejo Compassion Coalition Celebrates Anniversary

Mr. and Mrs. Ernie Telford opened their home to friends of the Conejo Compassion Coalition for a fun evening of cocktails and hors d'oeuvres to celebrate the anniversary of CCC and share more about the mission and work of the organization. Guests enjoyed a beautiful evening catered by Celebrate Sweetly while raising significant funds for the … Continued

SBC Beauty Keeps Guests Looking Pretty

Shonan Beauty Clinic in Thousand Oaks recently hosted their annual Timeless Beauty Med Spa Open House event. Guests enjoyed a free B-12 Energy Boost shot and a Med Spa Treatment demonstration. Photography Ben Malkin

Locals Lace Up to Fund Research & Change Lives

This month on September 28, hundreds will gather at Cal State Channel Islands’ El Dorado Park to participate in the 2019 Ventura County Heart & Stroke Walk. Hosted by The American Heart Association, the Heart Walk is among 300 Heart Walks held in communities across the nation with the mission to fund research to cure heart disease and stroke.

Reach for the Stars Gala Celebrates YMCA

The Reach for the Stars 3rd Annual Gala on Sept. 21 will raise money for two signature programs offered by the Southeast Ventura County YMCA—Find My Genius and Safety Around Water.

Engineering Teacher Strives to Build Student Success

"To reach a child's mind, a teacher must capture their heart." —Dr. Haim Ginott

Local Schools Make the Grade

Schools throughout the Conejo Valley are especially unique for their award-winning programs, high test scores and graduation rates that lead the majority of their students to top colleges and universities. Here is a glimpse of what schools throughout Conejo Valley have to offer:  

Memories of Back to School

Whenever I hear “back to school,” it takes me back to when my children were young and going through the school years. Having four children, it was a busy time. Back to school meant getting back on schedules, new outfits and shoes and all new school supplies, and of course, a new backpack. I was a room mom for each…

Harmony Place: Promoting Recovery, Health & Happiness

When it comes to recovering from drug and alcohol addiction, environment is crucial. That's why licensed clinical social worker Jeff Schwartz, LCSW, created Harmony Place, where men and women struggling with addiction can go to find a safe, loving, caring and nurturing community in which to heal. Located in the serene and beautiful Woodland Hills neighborhood of Walnut Acres, Harmony…

Ascension Lutheran School Nurtures Family Feeling

With mental health issues, stress and anxiety on the rise for students of all ages, schools are looking for new and creative ways to support their students by providing a more nurturing and connected school experience for all children. Ascension Lutheran School in Thousand Oaks implemented the House System this year with exactly that in mind. Creating a school community…

College Bound

This fall, like thousands of other parents, I will take my baby to school, just as I have hundreds of other times, but this time will be different. This September, I’ll drop my little girl off at school, but I won’t be picking her up later that afternoon—no, this time she’s off to college, where she will likely remain until…

Easing Into the New School Year

Preparing to go back to school is often a combination of excitement and overwhelm. With each incredible new chapter, undoubtedly comes a new set of challenges.

A Great Summer

While no one really needs to tell me that our communities in the Conejo Valley and Malibu are really special, the past several weeks have been a cultural epiphany for me. The commute to Hollywood or downtown L.A. for quality music and theater has always been a point of frustration for us. However, the combined … Continued

August 2019 Around Town

Midsummer’s Eve The Rotary Club of Thousand Oaks invites you to attend the 18th annual “Midsummer Eve Wine Festival” at the Hyatt Regency Westlake on Saturday, August 17from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sample acclaimed California limited-production handcrafted wines, microbrews and hors d’oeuvres while perusing fabulous auction items donated by local businesses and residents. Since … Continued

36th Annual California Strawberry Festival Delights with Sweet Treats

Guests flocked to Oxnard for a weekend of strawberry-related contests, dishes and drinks from over 50 food vendors—the make your own strawberry shortcake booth staffed by local students enrolled in culinary classes and the amazing array of strawberry treats, from chocolate-covered strawberries to quesadillas with strawberry salsa and even strawberry pizza were a huge hit!

Dance Masters Swing to the Beat

Dance Masters Ballroom celebrated the wonders and fun of ballroom dancing. Led by owners Ashlieya Mariano and Neff Fisher, a pair of experienced and talented dance professionals, a fun time was had by all.

Connecting Careers to the Classroom:

Walk into any classroom at the Ventura County Office of Education Career Education Center Moorpark campus and it quickly becomes evident that these are not your typical school rooms. Rather than the usual cluster of numerous desks, these classrooms may surprise campus visitors with their unusual accoutrements, including a recording studio, a radio station and even hospital beds and equipment—that’s…

“Tequila Nights & Wine Flights” Benefits Creative Steps

Creative Steps provides individualized day programs and vocational support for persons with moderate to severe disabilities as they leave the school system and enter community life. Their recent fundraiser helps support their Conejo Valley and Ventura County-based staffing and activities. AureliaFoundation.org/ | 818.940.8286

New West Symphony Premieres TITANIC Live Under the Stars

Thousands attended the stunning world-class U,S, West Coast première of TITANIC Live presented by New West Symphony, Ludwig Wicki, Eric Rigler Music and Maria Z at California Lutheran University. Composed by the late James Horner, the iconic score was performed by 130 musicians and singers, highlighting the high quality of the arts in the community. Photography Ben Malkin, Erin Rodewald

Charity Karaoke Singing for a Good Cause

At this month’s Charity Karaoke: Sing for a Cause event, 20 local nonprofit representatives will compete on stage with a live band at The Canyon, Agoura Hills on August 11, each vying to win “Best Performance” and a $1,000 prize for their charity. Before the on-stage event, contestants are collecting donations for their nonprofits, with the aim of winning the…

Summer Fun

This summer make it a point to spend some quality time with family and friends exploring some of the many exciting activities and events around town and (not too far!) beyond. Both young and old will enjoy making memories to last a lifetime.

Broadway in Your Backyard:

5-Star Theatricals, the Ovation Award-winning resident musical theatre company of the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, is a nonprofit organization with a mission to provide the highest-quality theatre experience as well as serve their community with the many outreach programs they offer.

Aldik Home:

For more than half a century, Aldik Home has been a go-to source for anyone near Los Angeles looking to beautify their homes. For those looking to upgrade their outdoor space with high-quality patio furniture, there is nothing like Aldik Home’s collection of Summer Classics on the market.

The Importance of Childhood Hearing Testing

Most parents are familiar with the need to screen their newborn’s hearing in the hospital, but after being given the green light, they lack awareness about the importance of testing their children as they grow.

The Sleep Shoppe:

I’m Fred Kunke—the very proud founder and owner of all four locations of The Sleep Shoppe. Over 30 years ago, I was a young man who developed a passion for the mattress industry and how the power of sleep could improve the quality of someone’s life. Driven by this dream, I went out one day and purchased a pickup truck.…

Make It a Great Summer in Your Own Backyard!

Summer has always been my favorite time, especially when I was a kid, and then when my own children were younger. How many adults view summer the same way by really taking time off work?