Stand Up To Cancer Raises Millions toward a Cure

 Article Bruce Falstein  When the curtain goes up this month on Stand Up To Cancer’s sixth biennial fundraising telecast, the stage will be filled with A-list celebrities. But just offstage will be another, less-heralded group taking their own well-deserved bows: nine dynamic women—seven of Stand Up’s original cofounders, plus two more of its current leadership, many of them bold-faced names…

Thousand Oaks Philharmonic Champions Young Artists

 Article Tracy Marcynzsyn | Photography Ben Malkin  One man’s vision to provide local student musicians with the experience of a lifetime spearheaded the creation of the Thousand Oaks Philharmonic, a nonprofit that specializes in making young artists’ dreams come true for the past 18 years and counting.  Founded in 2000 by local music teacher Edward Francis, inspired by a talented,…

Home Helpers: Caring for Community

 Article Alicia Doyle  Over an 11-year span since they’ve been in business, Home Helpers has cared for more than 850 families throughout Ventura and Los Angeles Counties.  Caring for patients with a range of health issues, including dementia, Alzheimer’s, kidney failure, liver diseases, arthritis, Parkinson’s, heart disease, stroke, cancer, PTSD and various injuries, Home Helpers aims to help those in…

Oaks Christian IDEA Lab Gives Students an Edge

 Article and Photography  Believing that students can be innovators, designers and inventors who can impact the world through their gifts, Oaks Christian School is establishing an unprecedented IDEA Lab—Innovation, Design, Engineering and Aeronautics. The 10,000-square-foot facility will be like no other in the Conejo Valley, giving OCS students a jump in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) career paths.…

You Can Master Your Triggers

 Article Jeff Gero, Ph.D.  A trigger is something that sets off a memory tape, or flashback, or a feeling that transports a person back to the event of her/his original situation. Triggers are very personal, as different things trigger different people. A pleasant trigger may be the smell of chocolate chip cookies baking in the oven. An unpleasant trigger may be a war veteran…

You (and Your Community)

 Article Jeff Runyan  At the end of the day, humans are generally selfish and our existence, for better or worse, is often an effort in “preservation of self.” That means what’s best for you, what’s best for your family, and it extends further into what’s best for your community.  However, before one can focus on helping their community, they must first make sure their…

Helping Others Embodies Community Spirit

 Article Kim Pagano  “Adding spirit to our community, while adding character to our life.”  The definition of team is clearly a group of people working together to help improve the community where they live. I love working with all the nonprofit groups and the community members who give endless hours to support or volunteer.

Committed to Community Service

Last month we celebrated the third anniversary of publishing our Lifestyle magazines. I forgot, though. But here we are at the 37th edition of Conejo Valley Lifestyle and the 12th edition of Malibu to Palisades Lifestyle. That makes it a late 3rd and an early 1st—kind of mixed up, but then I usually am, so … Continued

September 2018 Around Town

Fine Wine & Dining Gwithyen Thomas, owner of Aroha Restaurant in Westlake Village, is proud to announce Aroha’s receipt of the 2018 Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator. Gwithyen and his Sommelier Jillian Coalson put together an extensive collection of premium New Zealand Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay that enabled Aroha Restaurant to become … Continued

5-Star Theatricals Showcases “Beauty and the Beast”

5-Star Theatricals continued their Broadway-quality productions with performances of "Beauty and the Beast" at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. The cast was led by Tony Award nominee Susan Egan, Jason Chacon and Adan Holliick. This was the first production led by their new Artistic Director Patrick Cassidy and a sure sign of great things … Continued

ACT Today!

 Article Alicia Doyle  ACT Today!—Autism Care and Treatment—is a national nonprofit organization with a mission to raise awareness and provide services and support to families to help children with autism achieve their full potential.  “What makes us unique is that parents apply for the treatment they feel their child needs, as they are the best qualified to determine that need,”…

Janet & Sheri • Real Estate Agents

 Article and Photography  The first thing you’ll notice when you meet Janet and Sheri is their ability to listen. You get the distinct feeling that they care about what you want to achieve. They believe that understanding their clients’ wants and needs is of utmost importance in order to negotiate the best possible outcome.  Janet and Sheri clearly explain what…

A Wine Country Weekend in our Community

We never left the Conejo and Santa Rosa Valleys, and enjoyed Jazz Night at NABU Wines in Westlake Village featuring great music and fine wine from Malibu and Napa, hosted by Greg Barnett. An incredible premium wine tasting of 93+ scoring wine at Al Lago. Blair Allen's Santa Rosa Valley vineyard followed. Who needs to … Continued

Hot Summer Nite Fest Spices Up the Conejo

The Old Boney Mtn Hot Summer Night Festival featured an international hot sauce competition, cornhole tournament and unlimited tastings of craft beers, wines and food to benefit The Grossman Burn Center Foundation’s Fireman’s Fund. Guests rated 100 hot sauces from 10 countries and 20 states on Appearance, Aroma, Texture, Flavor, Heat and Overall Impression. Photography Dana … Continued

Local Schools Make the Grade

 Article Tracy Marcynzsyn  Agoura High School  Awarded a Silver ranking by the 2017 U.S. News and World Report list of Best High Schools, Agoura High School strives to develop “inquiring, knowledgeable and caring Chargers who are active citizens engaged in 21st century learning.”

Reverse Aging Eyes with Cutting-Edge Technology

 Article Morgan Mondello | Photography Paige Morrison  On the first day of my family’s annual summer vacation to Hawaii, my mom lost one of her contacts while swimming. As she has astigmatism and hyperopia, my mom cannot see far and middle distances, and what she can see is blurry and causes eyestrain.  She didn’t bring her glasses with her on…

Norman Lear Shares Stories at University Village

 Photography Michael Adams  It was all in the family when legendary TV producer Norman Lear visited with residents of University Village Thousand Oaks for a behind-the-scenes look at his career as one of the most successful television producers in Hollywood history. The mastermind behind such iconic sitcoms as “Sanford and Son,” “One Day at a Time,” “The Jeffersons,” “Good Times,”…

Interact Club Teens Embrace Service Above Self

 Article Tracy Marcynzsyn  The largest club on campus at Newbury Park High School, the Interact Club helps students develop leadership skills through community service. Rotary International's service club for young people ages 12 to 18, some 20,372 Interact Clubs exist in 159 countries.  “Interact clubs provide students with opportunities to help their local community and collaborate with other Interact Club…

Private School Pride

 Article Alicia Doyle  Conejo Valley’s private schools provide students with a range of offerings in addition to strong, academic curriculums.  Ascension Lutheran School

Peter Wiere Mediation: Easing the Pain of Divorce

 Article Tracy Marcynzsyn  Statistics show almost half of all marriages end in divorce. A difficult situation to be sure, divorce doesn’t have to ruin your life. In fact, a “good” divorce can lay the foundation for a brighter future.  When it comes to divorce, “There is no right or wrong, good or bad, best or worse—each situation is unique, so…

Sports Academy: Full Circle Fitness

 Article Alicia Doyle  Sports Academy is a 96,000-square-foot facility that’s all about creating full-circle athletes of all ages and skill levels.   “From the beginning Chad and Leah have had a very special vision for Sports Academy—from basketball to beach volleyball, sports medicine to sports psychology, novices to pros, Sports Academy is dedicated to helping athletes grow physically, mentally and emotionally,”…

Lifelong Students

 Article Jeff Runyan  “Back-to-school” is an exciting time of year when children prepare for the productive and growth-oriented period ahead. The goal of growth in intellect and experience are the ideals of parents for their child, all to increase the likelihood of success in their future.   And, while we prep the kids with these refreshed, start the school year right…

Do You Have a Healthy Nervous System?

 Article Alan Duben, DC  A healthy nervous system is vitally important to health. The nervous system is like the perfect computer—only better.  Your brain is the central computer, and the nervous system connects the “computer” to all the parts of the body. Every tissue in the body is perfectly connected, and each part of the whole communicates through the nervous…

Dedicated Teacher Takes Top Honors

 Article Kateri Wozny  Sequoia Middle School Eighth Grade Instructor Shannon Baranski has many reasons to celebrate this year.  The 36-year-old Camarillo resident was recently awarded “Teacher of the Year,” having been named “Teacher of the Month” in April. The awards, given through collaboration with the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Conejo Valley Unified School District’s (CVUSD) “Teacher…

Back to School: Walking Down Memory Lane

 Article Kim Pagano  If you’re reading this right now you might think this was about sending your kids back to school, which was both a happy and sad time for me when my kids were younger. Back to school meant schedules and less time together. I really enjoyed that free-flowing time together during the summer.  In this case, “going back…

Discover Equestrian Vaulting for Recreation & Competition with F.A.C.E.

 Article Sharon Levinsohn  The Free Artists Creative Equestrians (F.A.C.E.) equestrian vaulting club is an extraordinary place. Founded in 2000 by two-time world champion equestrian vaulter, Devon Maitozo, F.A.C.E. teaches the innovative sport of equestrian vaulting to participants of all ages. Described as a combination of gymnastics and dance performed on a moving horse set to music, EV attracts participants who…

North Ranch Country Club: Scenic Beauty for Grand Events

 Photography The Wedding Bonanza  Nestled in the heart of Westlake Village, North Ranch Country Club sits at the top of Valley Spring Drive in a private residential community, a perfect location just outside of Los Angeles and south of Santa Barbara.  Renowned for its rich golfing tradition and mountain views, North Ranch Country Club provides a beautiful natural backdrop for…

Opening Doors in Education

Our Back to School issues in the Conejo Valley and Malibu to Palisades feature educators who have been recognized and honored as Teacher of the Year in their communities. Shannon Baranski and Madeline Walker have much to be proud of. They and their fellow educators help prepare the young people who represent the future of … Continued

August 2018 Around Town

Concert for the Cats The Concert for the Cats, 2018 features top jazz artists at Peter Strauss Ranch (3000 Mulholland Hwy) to benefit wildlife research and projects with the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. Taking place Sunday, August 19, at 6:30 p.m., the concert features musicians Kiki Ebsen and Julie Newsome (vocals), Josh Nelson (keyboard), Dick Weller (drums), … Continued

WDC Kitchen and Bath Center Champions Boys & Girls Club

WDC Kitchen and Bath Center showed their support of the Boys and Girls Club of the Greater Conejo Valley at the 9th Annual Golf Classic at Moorpark Country Club, donating a premium Big Green Egg Package and an 18″ Monogram Stainless Steel Wine Cooler. The family business prides itself in supporting the community via local charities.  … Continued

AMG Celebrates Showroom Grand Opening

AMG Thousand Oaks celebrated the Grand Opening of their AMG Showroom at 3905 Auto Mall Drive. Almost three years to the day from concept to completion, AMG® Thousand Oaks stands today as a shrine to the pinnacle of automotive performance.  Photography by Janet Barnett Photography

The Sunset Gathering for Shelter Hope Pet Shop

Animal lovers gathered at The Sunset Restaurant in Malibu to honor Humans Helping the Underdogs and to raise money for the care and adoptions of the animals at the Shelter Hope Pet Shop in Thousand Oaks.   Photography by Robin Chesler

Day Drive Destinations for Summer Fun

 Article Tracy Marcynzsyn  California offers a diverse array of getaway destinations within easy driving distance. Whether traveling the coast, inland or up to the mountains, a few hours’ easy drive can lead to exciting new locales perfect for exploring and relaxing with family and friends.  Big Bear

Candu Graphics: Meeting Customers’ Needs Since 1995

 Article Tracy Marcynzsyn  Going above and beyond a customer’s expectations is business as usual at Candu Graphics in Westlake Village, where owner Mike Dutra and the Candu Graphics’ staff take pride in producing top quality printing projects for a wide variety of clients.  “Our philosophy of becoming a long-term business partner with each of our clients motivates us to ensure…

Local Chefs Serve Specialties at Casa Pacifica 5th Annual Yummie Top Chef Dinner

 Article and Photography  Casa Pacifica’s 5th Annual Yummie Top Chef Dinner featured some of the area’s top chefs presenting a delicious seven-course meal to some 250 lucky guests. Sheriff Geoff Dean emceed the dinner, kicking off the festivities for the 25th Anniversary Casa Pacifica Angels Wine, Food & Brew Festival that took place last month.  The Night of Shimmer & Jazz spotlighted local culinary…

5 Summer Reads by Local Authors

 Article Tracy Marcynzsyn  Curl up this summer with a good book written by someone you just might run into around town. The Conejo Valley is home to many prolific authors, writing in genres from thrillers to romance. Check out the latest offerings by several local writers, several of whom will share their experiences from concept to publishing at “Everything You…

Sounds of Summer

 Article and Photography  Balmy summer evenings create the perfect setting to sway to the sounds of live music with family and friends. The plentiful selections of free outdoor area concerts liven up the summer with song.  Conejo Recreation & Park District Summer Concerts

At Tri-Valley Vacuum & Cleaning Supply, Quality Is in the Bag

 Article and Photography  There’s nothing like the look and feel of a freshly vacuumed carpet to make your home sparkle with cleanliness. Given the impact vacuuming has on your environment, choosing a quality vacuum is an important decision. With so many vacuums on the market, deciding which one to buy can be quite overwhelming. One of the first decisions consumers…

The Athletic Society: Bringing the Best of Fitness & Health to the Conejo Valley

 Article and Photography  The new Athletic Society in Westlake Village offers the very best in fitness, sports and health, including a wide variety of over 400 different classes—dance, cardio, strength training, boot camp-style, yoga, spin/cycle, aqua and Pilates—in addition to nutrition coaching, recovery, childcare, massage and personal training.  “We are more than just a gym,” says Marketing Manager Chyla Anderson.…

Choose 1,000 Wishes

 Article Kim Pagano  When you look at a field of dandelions, you can either see a hundred weeds or a thousand wishes. I choose a thousand wishes.   Summer is a very special time of the year. Is there something you have wanted to do that you might not be able to because of work or school? If so, now is…

What Is Money?

 Article Jeff Runyan  We all think about it. We all want it. And, we all need it. Whether you work for it, inherit it or you somehow have access to it from a spouse or another, money is an exciting resource that people handle very differently.   Money can be a source of pride for some who are pleased with their…

Burt’s Pharmacy: Your One-Stop Shop for Health Care Supplies

 Article Alicia Doyle  With three locations in the Conejo Valley, Burt’s Pharmacy is committed to helping clients achieve all their health care goals—from treating everyday conditions to achieving personal wellness.  “Our talented and compassionate care team members can answer your questions and find solutions that fit you like a glove,” says Robbie Leark, owner of the family-operated endeavor.

Bicyclists Honor Military, Veterans During Red Cross Ride

 Article Kateri Wozny | Photography Provided  "After riding in a combination of over 70 centuries and double centuries I was delighted to find a ride close to my home in Ventura. Little did I realize when signing up that it would be one of the best organized riding events I have ever been part of. The people were cordial, helpful and full…

United We Stand

Well here we are celebrating the second consecutive 4th of July in a very ununited state of affairs. Yes, it really bothers us. We love the communities we cover with Conejo Valley Lifestyle and Malibu to Palisades Lifestyle. We are ready to celebrate the 4th of July and our country with family, food, fireworks, flags … Continued

July 2018 Around Town

Star Qualities University Village retirement community and OakView Health Center employees Kristy Ferguson and Paty Pena have been named the 2017 STARs of the Year based on their outstanding service. As excursion coordinator at University Village, Ferguson plans excursions to concerts, theatrical productions, ball games, museums and other events. “Kristy exemplifies our community’s core values … Continued

Rotary Club’s Chili Cook-Off Spices Up the Conejo

The Rotary Club of Thousand Oaks’ 42nd Chili Cook-Off featured a Craft Brew Festival, delicious food, great entertainment and fun for the whole family. Attendees enjoyed some of the best local chili and craft beer and proceeds benefited local charities, including the Westminster Free Clinic, Conejo Valley Reading is Fundamental, Dreamcatcher Park, K9s for Warriors and … Continued

Big Brothers Big Sisters Appreciate Community Support

Big Brothers Big Sisters Ventura County’s Big Appreciation Night celebrated volunteers and supporters of the organization. Bigs and Littles shared some of their heart-warming experiences of participating in the mentoring program, and several board members and long-term sponsors were recognized and thanked for their contributions. BBSVC.org   Photography by Nathan Sobel

Community Rallies to Roadside Festival for The Little Angels Project

Veterinary Angels’ Roadside West Summer Street Festival featured pet adoptions, photo opportunities with exotic animals, fun family activities, a bounce house, food trucks, silent auction and a free drawing for a week’s vacation at El Dorado Ranch Golf Resort in San Felipe, Baja California. Proceeds help The Little Angels Project provide needed veterinary services for … Continued

Caregivers Honored at Alzheimer’s Women’s Initiative High Tea

Some 300+ guests packed the ballroom at the Four Seasons Hotel, Westlake Village for the Alzheimer's Women's Initiative “Your Brain Matters” High Tea. Keynote speaker, actress, author and caregiver Kimberly Williams-Paisley received the 2018 Alzheimer's Leadership Award, Loren Shields received the 2018 Family Caregiver of the Year Award and Lily Duarte was named the 2018 Professional Caregiver … Continued

Conejo Compassion Coalition Continues Healing Journey

Led by Bob Bland the Conejo Compassion Coalition celebrated another year of "Healing the World One Child, One Family, One Village at a Time." For more than 12 years, they have been at work helping poor and oppressed people, comforting the victims of disaster and sharing God's love in real and tangible ways.    Photography by Ben Malkin