What It Means to Be a Dad

June is Father’s Day month. A whole lot less is made of Father’s Day than Mother’s Day in May. Not surprising, since who was it that gave birth to us and did most of the heavy lifting and nurturing during our early years? Mom did. Besides (and this may sound sexist, but who cares?), you better be nice to the…

Around Town

Join the Casa Pacifica Angels on Sun., June 5, from 1 to 5 p.m. at CSU Channel Islands in Camarillo. Admission to the event includes samplings from restaurants, wineries, breweries, caterers, bakeries, specialty shops, coffee and tea vendors, among others from Northern California to the Conejo Valley, as well as continuous entertainment throughout the day and a large silent auction.…

Local Boys Give Back

The Conejo Valley offers a wonderful lifestyle for families and businesses to grow and prosper. While its natural beauty and mild temperatures make it an idyllic place to live, it’s the caring for one another that unites the community and creates a haven we proudly call home.

It Was the Best of Times, It Was the Worst of Times

Robert A. “Rocky” Mills is a Financial Advisor with the Global Wealth Management Division of Morgan Stanley in Westlake Village. The information contained in this article is not a solicitation to purchase or sell investments. Any information presented is general in nature and not intended to provide individually tailored investment advice; tax impacts have not been considered. The views expressed…

Meadowlark Service League Loves to Help

Meadowlark Service League held its 18th Women’s Charity Luncheon and Tennis Tournament at Las Posas Country 
Club. With boutique shopping, drawings, auctions, guest speakers and more, the event raised funds for local charities. 
Photography Forrest Frields


From Westlake Village to Newbury Park, the caps and gowns are coming out this June with over 2,300 high school grads leading the procession. The Conejo Valley Unified School District’s 28 schools, representing more than 19,300 K-12 graders, and local independent and magnet charter schools, comprising some 3,000 students, are all celebrating some form of graduation this month.

Taking a Natural Approach to Emotional Health

Doctors Alan Duben and Lindsay Erickson at the Duben Holistic Chiropractic Center provide insight into their unique methods of supporting patients’ emotional health. “We share with our patients that they should live an active life rather than a reactive life,” explains Dr. Duben.

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. Many families think of hearing loss in black and white terms, believing one has either normal hearing or deafness. Actually, hearing loss is much more…

Ladin Hyundai at the Thousand Oaks Auto Mall Presents the 2016 Hyundai Genesis

This review is from the perspective of a consumer who has always owned, leased and driven sedans, my favorite “ride” since I have no need for an SUV or crossover. My sedans have included Mercedes Benz, BMW, Cadillac, Infiniti, Mercury and Buick. I have always preferred a reasonable combination of performance and comfort (I’m 6’ 2” and I need my…

Wigs & Staches Wow Westlake!

The Westlake Village Junior Women's Club held a fabulous Wig & Stache themed fundraiser at the Four Seasons Hotel. 
Proceeds benefited local charities, including Many Mansions, the Conejo Free Clinic and the YMCA. 
Photography Brenda Russert

Teatime at Tiffany’s

National Charity League Inc., Conejo Valley Chapter's 45th annual Modelette Fashion Show featured 10th and 12th grade girls (Ticktockers) in a public speaking and modeling presentation. The nonprofit NCL's educational and philanthropic experience teaches poise, self-confidence and social skills while benefiting Many Mansions affordable housing communities. 
Photography Hector Perez and Julie Wang

Dads are just Grown Up Sons

The men we love play such an important role in our lives. I have been so fortunate to have my dad as one of my best friends. Growing up he was always there for me to talk to, and he always has the best advice and so many stories to tell. I still use his lessons every day. I use…

Wine & Dine with North Ranch Country Club

North Ranch Country Club hosts five special wine dinners in 2016. Each dinner matches wine from a winery, a country or a theme with inspired food pairings. The most recent dinner featured Cakebread Cellars. Next up are dinners featuring Grgich Hills wines, Somm’s wine and a Taste of France.

University Village “Brides” Display Wedding Dresses

In a timeless display of love and romance, 13 wedding gowns stole the show at the University Village Thousand Oaks retirement community. The gowns—one dating back more than a century—were worn by the residents and their mothers and reflect the fashion of their day.

Where Do We Go from Here?

My interest in electric bikes was piqued by my son who raved about his experience with the bikes during a visit to Schliersee, Germany. The electric, or e-bike, is equipped with an electric motor that assists a rider when going up hills. The e-bike may seem like a new technology, but, in fact, it is nearly 120 years old and…

Thank you to Our Honorable MENtions

Conejo Valley Lifestyle magazine honors the enterprising and talented male business owners and advertisers that partner with us to bring the best of Conejo Valley businesses, places and people to our readers each month. Thank you for your ongoing support of our mission to spotlight the best of the Conejo Valley. We look forward to growing and prospering together while…

Community Says the Show Must Go On

For the past 22 years, Cabrillo Music Theatre has served the community by entertaining thousands with their Broadway-style shows produced in our own backyard. As Conejo Valley residents well know, this vibrant community theatre contributes so much more than high-quality stage productions to enhance quality of life in the area. Cabrillo Music Theatre is famous for its many outreach programs…

Aiding Animals in Need

As a veterinary practice owner and licensed veterinary technician, I have often struggled with how to help those experiencing financial distress with their veterinary care without putting financial strain on my practice. Last year alone, we donated over $40,000 in veterinary care for rescues, shelters, wildlife, 501(c)3 exotic facilities and financially distressed clients. As a growing practice this has become…

What Dads Need to Know about Testosterone

A good father makes all the difference in a child's life. He's a pillar of strength, support and discipline. His work is endless and, oftentimes, thankless. But in the end, the efforts pay off in the sound, well-adjusted children he raises.