A Community of Givers

In April 2015, Robin and I were trying to decide if we were going to publish Conejo Valley Lifestyle magazine. While the publishing business model upon which our magazine would be built made a great deal of sense, I still was not convinced that there was room for and, more importantly, a need for another magazine in the Conejo Valley.…

Fender Music Foundation Gives the Gift of Music

The Fender Music Foundation is a nonprofit organization that supports U.S. music education and therapy programs through grants of musical instruments and equipment. The "Give Music Life" Concert Fundraiser was held at Five Threads Brewing Company with food offered by Farm & Flame. A fun time was had by all.

LeadYoung Institute Launches Future CEO Academy

With the goal of transforming the Conejo Valley into the “most young leader-friendly community on the planet,” LeadYoung Institute is poised to launch a unique, community-based youth leadership program aimed to identify and develop 10- to 18-year-olds gifted in organizational leading.

Duration: How Do Interest Rates Affect Your Bonds’ Value?

What happens to your bonds when interest rates rise? Generally, they go down in value. That’s a good list to know, but not too helpful in figuring out how much exposure you have to rising rates. Fortunately, there’s a statistic calculated for each bond that gives you a pretty good sense of your interest rate risk. It’s called “Duration.”

September 2017 Around Town

Brow Radiance by Lauren offered a free community event featuring their various treatment and services. During client consultations, Brow Radiance’s friendly and knowledgeable staff discuss brow shape, problem areas and desired effect to achieve each client’s preferred brow shape and design. Make an appointment today to be inspired and see examples of the best brow shapes for your face and…

Community Rallies to Clean Up Sea of Debris at 33rd Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day

This month on September 16, thousands of Californians will join to clean up their local beaches, creeks, rivers and lakes for the 33rd Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day. Last year’s event drew some 60,000 people who removed more than 8,000 pounds of trash from beaches, rivers and parks throughout the state.

Piping Pastor Served Community with Heart & Soul

When Gary Alan Dickey began as senior pastor at the United Methodist Church of Westlake Village 14 years ago, he memorized the church pictorial directory so he could call everyone by their names the first Sunday he was there. “That was about 500 people,” recalls Dickey, 71, of Westlake Village. “The first Sunday I preached I told the congregation that…

PathPoint: “Learning. Living. Building Communities Since 1964”

For five decades and counting, nonprofit organization PathPoint has thrived on the belief that all individuals—especially those with disabilities or disadvantages—can achieve self-sufficiency and dignity when the proper supports are in place.

Bagged vs. Bagless Vacuums: Which is Best?

Vacuums as we know them have come a long way since they were first invented. Early vacuums were heavy, bulky and very inefficient. One model was installed in a horse-drawn wagon and used a gasoline engine to operate. Hoses were brought into the house to clean it. Another machine that didn't last long weighed almost 100 pounds and proved too…


Smaller in landmass than the state of Texas, the country of Thailand is near bursting with culturally rich activities and once-in-a-lifetime experiences for the tenacious traveler. This peninsula in Southeast Asia crams a variety of landscapes into its small borders. From sprawling urban developments to sparse and sweeping rice fields. Thick wooded mountains reside in the North while a lush…

A Barnyard Bash Brings Neighbors Together

Neighbors gathered to meet and make new friends at the 4th Annual Rancho Santa Rosa POA Picnic. Char Virnig and Linda Kidd know the value of a friendly neighborhood and spearheaded the annual picnics held by the association to provide opportunities for neighbors to meet and greet.

Roadside Lumber & Hardware: Celebrating 42 Years of Community Service

Roadside Lumber & Hardware Inc., one of Agoura Hills’ oldest businesses, recently celebrated its 42nd anniversary. Independently owned and operated since its start in 1975, Roadside Lumber was founded to primarily supply landscaping and residential contractors with lumber, hardware, paint, tools and other materials. Today, Roadside Lumber & Hardware serves the general public as well as contractors, offering discount pricing…

Westlake Body Contouring: Light Therapy for Fat Loss, Healing & So Much More

When Westlake Body Contouring’s Dianne Lalena Sandberg, D.C., first learned about the amazing power of LED light therapy to essentially “melt” fat and dissolve inches, she knew she had to bring this new technology to the public. “I was a chiropractor and had decided to retire and devote my time to my family,” says Dr. Dianne, “…and then I learned…

Navigating Divorce: CDFAs Chart a Course to Divorce Financial Planning

As with any major life change, going through a divorce is often difficult and filled with uncertainty. Creating a divorce financial plan helps each party determine what they want and need from a settlement and how to best divide resources.

Rise as a Community Star

Please take a moment and ask yourself, "Do you sit back or step up?" I think this is something we should be asking ourselves and our family members at an early age. However, I have found that no matter what age you are, you can always find a way to step up and give back!