Back in Session

As we (reluctantly) kiss summer days of sleeping in and freedom goodbye and gear up for the new season, let’s preserve the happiness gleaned from a few months of relaxation from the daily grind. While my type-A friends may disagree, keeping perspective and balance this school year is the goal I’m setting for my family, as the overwhelm of competing…

The Duke of Bourbon Celebrates Grand Opening

The Duke of Bourbon celebrated the Grand Opening of their new location and elegant showroom with a 
tasting of fine wines from around the world.

Stepping Out for Senior Programs

Some 2,000 participants turned out for the 24th annual Ladin Subaru Love Run in Westlake Village to walk or run a 5K, 10K or one-mile course. The Love Run featured people of all ages coming together in support of the Senior Concerns Meals on Wheels program.

University Village Seniors Go the Extra Mile

University Village resident Betty Lappinga displays her medal. Lappinga was one of 20 people representing University Village who walked or ran in the 24th annual fundraiser. University Village retirement community in Thousand Oaks fielded a full team of 20 residents, relatives of residents and staff members for the 24th annual Ladin Subaru Love Run in Westlake Village. The family
-friendly fundraiser…

Enjoy Great Burgers & Wine at Burger Fi

Burger Fi at the Malibu Country Mart serves up gourmet all natural Angus burgers, great sides and a Pali Wine tasting. 
 The setting with an outdoor patio view of the mountains could not have been more perfect.

Agoura Hills Welcomes Bandilac Art Factory

A grand time was had at the Bandilac Art Factory Grand Opening at Whizins Mall. Friends and patrons enjoyed displays of painting, 
sculpture and calligraphy in a beautiful setting.

Thinessence Hosts Health Empowerment Fair

People came from throughout the community to learn more about how to live and eat healthy at the Thinessence Health Empowerment Fair. Dr. Derek St. Thomas also demonstrated causes of pain and offered free evaluations on ways to quell pain.

August 2017 Around Town

Congratulations to the Conejo Schools Foundation for its recognition as a “Nonprofit of the Year” by the California Association of Nonprofits. The Conejo Valley-based nonprofit organization was created in 2004 to assist with challenges associated with the education budget.

Honoring Teachers who Make the Grade

Raised by two educators in the Ventura Unified School District, Trudy Tuttle Arriaga started following in her parents’ footsteps when she became a teacher’s aide in the classroom. During this time, “someone was kind enough to say, ‘you’d be a great teacher’,”’ remembers Arriaga, of Ventura. So, she returned to school to earn her master’s degree in Educational Administration and…

Vocationally Speaking: Segue Career Mentors Share Working Knowledge with Students

With many problems to be solved in today’s society, leaders of a local nonprofit believe solutions can be found in real-world career perspectives provided to local youth in their classrooms. Segue Career Mentors, a charitable effort headquartered in Ventura, brings career speakers into local classrooms and generates workplace invitations for student internships, job shadows and workplace tours.

Educational Alternatives to Fit Any Style

Conejo Valley schools offer something for everyone. In addition to award-winning district high schools, several options exist for students wanting an alternative to traditional learning styles. Whether online, hybrid, small-group or one-on-one learning, education that fits each student’s learning style allows residents to find a program that meets their unique needs, interests and goals.

An Enchanted Evening of Hope Boosts American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society hosts an Enchanted Evening of Hope, Saturday, August 5, at Eden Gardens in Moorpark to celebrate life, honor cancer survivors and recognize caregivers and doctors that serve and improve the lives of those battling cancer.

Experience the Pure Barre Magic

Visit Pure Barre Westlake Village and experience a studio full of strong, dedicated and friendly people. Opened last August, Pure Barre’s gorgeous 2,600-square-foot space is located at the corner of Village Glen and Townsgate Road in the Westlake Plaza.

Can You Dig It? A Little Fun with Numbers

Do you remember this recurring Johnny Carson role where he’d “divine” an answer and then open an envelope to reveal the question? You can do the same with numbers! Ask your friends to pick a number from 1 to 31. Then double it, add 10, cut that result in half, subtract the number they started with, and—to their astonishment—reveal their…

Michael Towbes Leaves a Living Legacy

Santa Barbara’s Michael Towbes built a legacy of giving back that continues, despite his recent passing last April. The 60-year Santa Barbara resident wore many hats—beloved civic leader and philanthropist, award-winning builder, successful property manager, head of Montecito Bank & Trust, and devoted family man—and touched thousands of lives and hundreds of nonprofits with his generosity during his lifetime.

Mastering Teenage Stress

Every year, the American Psychological Association takes our emotional temperature and reports the results in a research study titled, “Stress in America.” This year, for the first time, children were included in the survey and asked about their stress levels. The conclusion: Not only are our kids feeling more stressed, but unfortunately, parents aren’t aware of the stress their children…

Exploring the Link Between Hearing & Cognitive Decline

Nancy was aware of her father’s lack of socialization during family gatherings. He would go in the living room and sit in his favorite chair alone and turn up the TV volume to a level that would interrupt the family conversations. He became forgetful, leaving his personal belongings in odd places and had trouble following conversations.

Back to School with a New Year & New You

As we start getting back into our normal routines once summertime comes to an end, some of us will be readying our kids for school, some will be returning to their typical work schedules, and others will continue with their lives per usual.

North Ranch Country Club Members Tee Up with Junior Golfers

This August, North Ranch Country Club members will share their love of the game—and so much more—with a handful of junior golfers at the SCGA Junior Play Day. An afternoon of golf and fun at North Ranch Country Club on Tuesday, August 8 provides the opportunity for youth involved in the SCGA Junior program and NRCC members to share a…