Together We Stand

 This year is coming to a close…  By any measure 2017 has been a very uncertain and contentious year in our country. The communities that we serve, the Conejo Valley, Malibu and Pacific Palisades, are more fortunate and less impacted by many of the troubles swirling about the rest of our state, country and even the world. But what does…

Thousands Unite in Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

The community showed up in full force to support the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in Thousand Oaks. The citywide event raised more than $60,000 toward breast cancer research.

Stand Up for Kids Gala Supports Boys & Girls Clubs

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley's 15th Annual Stand Up for Kids gala dinner and auction raised vital funds to support its educational programs and outdoor activities for the 4,200+ children it serves in Conejo and Las Virgenes valleys.

December 2017 Around Town

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County is putting out a special call for BIGS—mentors who can benefit from the friendship of a Little Brother or Little Sister. Some 150 youth in Ventura County, known as "Littles," are eagerly waiting to meet their BBSVC program role model and friend.

PRO’Active Pilates: Unsurpassed Instructors, Results & Customer Service

When it comes to Pilates, “skilled professional instructors and the highest level of customer service are essential,” says Laurie Walker, owner of PRO’Active Pilates Studio in Westlake Village.

Unwrap Significant Savings with Year-End Tax Planning

The end of the year is busy for virtually every household. With families preparing for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah and the New Year, finding time to complete everything before 2018’s new goals and resolutions are underway can be challenging.

Because It’s Better to Give… 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

Stop in to Brow Radiance for a wide array of skin and body treatments, including microblading, facials, cellulite reduction, lymphatic drainage (post-op), tattoo removal, waxing, make up, ear candling and aromatherapy. Receive a complimentary eyebrow wax or tint with purchase of microblading service throughout December!

Holiday Home Tours Open Doors for Local Charities

With Christmas just around the corner, two nonprofit organizations are once again presenting holiday home tours showcasing elaborately decorated private residences and more with the overall goal to raise money for local efforts.

Local Celebs Shout Out for Favorite Charities

‘Tis the Yuletide season when visions of charitable giving dance in your head. Wondering where to volunteer or send donations? Find inspiration in these local celebrities’ favorite organizations:

Ben’s Non-Traditional But Traditional Hanukkah Brisket

A braised beef brisket in gravy is to a family Hanukkah dinner as turkey is to Thanksgiving or ham is to Easter dinner. Frankly, as someone who has sat through many years of braised to death brisket in watery gravy or a Heinz Chili sauce concoction (instant heartburn!), I will tell you that I am not very fond of it—even…

“The Nutcracker” Heralds a Season of Giving

Tis’ the season of sugar and spice and everything nice. This includes visions of sugar plums for Pacific Festival Ballet as they prepare their 24th year of “The Nutcracker” at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza.

10 Ways to Manage Stress During the Holidays

Welcome to the holiday season—a whirlwind of gift-giving, marketing blitzes, holiday parties, family, parking lots and many activities that begin right after Halloween, build to Thanksgiving and continue gaining momentum through the end of the year. While this season is meant to bring feelings of love and cheer, it also brings holiday stress for many. In fact, more than 80%…

Drive in Style with Bumper2Bumper

What started as a hobby more than 20 years ago has become Westlake Village’s premier automotive appearance shop. Conejo Valley resident Debbie Soderberg grew up in Alpharetta, Georgia. Her passion for cars, boating and horses started at an early age. Her southern charm and hospitality combined with her passion and knowledge for cars led to the creation of Bumper2Bumper. Debbie’s…

Master Your Money Online: Financial Websites to Multiply Your Know-How

Let me share with you some financial websites and the type of information you can get from each.

Local Animal Lovers Lend a Hand

Local animal lovers, including Darlene 
 Geekie, RVT, and her Veterinary Angels' The Little Angels Project team showed their support at the recent Let the Animals Live charity event in Beverly Hills. Look for Darlene, Sarah Fitzgerald, The Little Angels Project and their rescue partners this month at the Winter’s Wish Brings A New Year’s Gift Gala on Dec. 2.

Giving the Gift of Life

We all have difficult times in our life, so we're not alone. If you are reading this right now, that means you have woken up to have another chance to what we all call life, and a chance to clean our slates. What are we going to do differently today to make it better?

Big Brothers Big Sisters Brighten Spirits with Holiday Angels Program

Many of the children served by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County live in economically challenging situations, making the holiday season an especially difficult time for these youngsters and their families.