Thinking of the upcoming holiday season in December as I write this letter (in October), I reflect on its current state of “madness.” December madness beats “March madness” by light years and has become a national catharsis that transcends in many ways the religious significance of Christmas and Chanukah—not just in our Conejo Valley community, but throughout the U.S.

Celebrating Hanukkah: Happenings & Highlights

The upcoming holiday season includes a wide range of joyous celebrations in our local community for families of all faiths. This year, Hanukkah begins at sunset on December 6, lasts for eight days and concludes the eve of December 14. Hanukkah, or “Chanukah,” as it is sometimes spelled, is a festival of lights celebrated by many to commemorate the victory…

Making Spirits Bright

Pile family and friends in the car and drive through the many neighborhoods decked out in an awe-inspiring dazzling display of lights. Here are a few to ignite your holiday spirit:

Holiday Gift Guide

Light up that special someone’s season this year with McClave Jewelers Diamond Halo Pendant in 14K White Gold (starting at $395) and matching Diamond Halo Earrings in 14K White Gold (starting at $595). Specializing in custom jewelry, McClave’s offers seasonal specials through the New Year of up to 75 percent off. Visit them at the Oaks Mall or online at…

Anything Is Possible Because of Hope

To contribute to Because of Hope's mission, visit their website, BecauseofHope.org. Also see our Holiday Gift Guide for jewelry made by Ugandan women and educational support options for the children.

Nativity Displays Celebrate the Real Meaning of the Season

You know a good story when you hear it…how about more than 600 versions of the same one? The story is the happening of the first Christmas—the birth of Jesus, presented in many different ways with the same cast of characters at No Room at the Inn’s 23rd Annual Nativity Display.

A Holiday Spectacular

he time-honored tradition of attending Pacific Festival Ballet’s famous Nutcracker Ballet featuring guest artists Tiler Peck and Gonzalo Garcia, principal dancers from New York City Ballet, is upon us.

Rootementary Opens in Westlake Village

The Conejo Valley may quite possibly have more genuine entrepreneurs per capita than any other place in the United States. And statistics aren’t necessary to prove it, as the evidence is the spirit and presence of so many new businesses and independently successful people in the local business community.

Fun, Friends & Fine Art

At Pinot’s Palette paint and wine studio, a talented and entertaining artist teaches the painting step by step while participants sip on wine and beer. Perfect for girls' night out, date night, team building or any celebration!

A Floral Affair

Getting creative at Luna Garden's Flower Bar in Westlake Village is a fun way to spend a Sunday afternoon! Specialty 
holiday-themed classes guide participants in the creation of original beautiful centerpieces made from fresh flowers.

30 Years of Ultimate Dining

Ultimate Dining's 30th anniversary event showcased local restaurants and wineries while guests enjoyed music from 
the Blue Breeze Band “All Night Long” at the Hyatt Westlake Plaza. Senior Concerns’ annual fundraiser 
supports programs for seniors in need.

Wrap Less, Remember More

December is a month of remembrance and celebrations, but too often it is also a month of overwhelming obligations and rampant commercialism. The combination of guilt, stress, lack of sleep and overspending tend to turn the last month of the year into a whirlwind of overextended schedules.

A Tasty Celebration

The 7th Annual Taste of Conejo featured live entertainment, exceptional food, wine and spirits from area premier food and beverage participants at the Four Seasons in Westlake Village, hosted by the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Dealing with Stock Market Risk

“Diversification”—holding many different stocks instead of just a few—helps to mitigate individual stock risk, and as such, is a staple of prudent portfolio management. But it does nothing to offset market risk.

​The GLA: Mercedes’ Smallest CUV

Compact crossovers continue to populate the automotive landscape. These scaled-down utility vehicles are primed for urban use because they are small enough to slip easily through congestion, haul various kinds of cargo and do so while returning good gas mileage.

December 2015 Around Town

The Holiday Ice Rink at The Lakes in Thousand Oaks is open through January 19. This idyllic outdoor rink provides the perfect place to ice skate for young and old alike. Take a stroll around The Lakes and its various shops while you're there. With plenty of places to eat nearby, The Lakes is a perfect place to enjoy a…

Are Silver Fillings Compromising Your Immune System?

Based in Southern California, internationally renowned holistic dentist David Villarreal, D.D.S., treats patients from around the world who seek him out for his expertise in biocompatible dentistry. Noting that every tooth in the mouth corresponds with an organ in the body through the energy meridians identified by Chinese medicine and other ancient cultures, Villareal says putting in a filling, pulling…