Day Drive Destinations for Summer Fun

 Article Tracy Marcynzsyn  California offers a diverse array of getaway destinations within easy driving distance. Whether traveling the coast, inland or up to the mountains, a few hours’ easy drive can lead to exciting new locales perfect for exploring and relaxing with family and friends.  Big Bear

Candu Graphics: Meeting Customers’ Needs Since 1995

 Article Tracy Marcynzsyn  Going above and beyond a customer’s expectations is business as usual at Candu Graphics in Westlake Village, where owner Mike Dutra and the Candu Graphics’ staff take pride in producing top quality printing projects for a wide variety of clients.  “Our philosophy of becoming a long-term business partner with each of our clients motivates us to ensure…

Local Chefs Serve Specialties at Casa Pacifica 5th Annual Yummie Top Chef Dinner

 Article and Photography  Casa Pacifica’s 5th Annual Yummie Top Chef Dinner featured some of the area’s top chefs presenting a delicious seven-course meal to some 250 lucky guests. Sheriff Geoff Dean emceed the dinner, kicking off the festivities for the 25th Anniversary Casa Pacifica Angels Wine, Food & Brew Festival that took place last month.  The Night of Shimmer & Jazz spotlighted local culinary…

5 Summer Reads by Local Authors

 Article Tracy Marcynzsyn  Curl up this summer with a good book written by someone you just might run into around town. The Conejo Valley is home to many prolific authors, writing in genres from thrillers to romance. Check out the latest offerings by several local writers, several of whom will share their experiences from concept to publishing at “Everything You…

Sounds of Summer

 Article and Photography  Balmy summer evenings create the perfect setting to sway to the sounds of live music with family and friends. The plentiful selections of free outdoor area concerts liven up the summer with song.  Conejo Recreation & Park District Summer Concerts

At Tri-Valley Vacuum & Cleaning Supply, Quality Is in the Bag

 Article and Photography  There’s nothing like the look and feel of a freshly vacuumed carpet to make your home sparkle with cleanliness. Given the impact vacuuming has on your environment, choosing a quality vacuum is an important decision. With so many vacuums on the market, deciding which one to buy can be quite overwhelming. One of the first decisions consumers…

Choose 1,000 Wishes

 Article Kim Pagano  When you look at a field of dandelions, you can either see a hundred weeds or a thousand wishes. I choose a thousand wishes.   Summer is a very special time of the year. Is there something you have wanted to do that you might not be able to because of work or school? If so, now is…

What Is Money?

 Article Jeff Runyan  We all think about it. We all want it. And, we all need it. Whether you work for it, inherit it or you somehow have access to it from a spouse or another, money is an exciting resource that people handle very differently.   Money can be a source of pride for some who are pleased with their…

The Athletic Society: Bringing the Best of Fitness & Health to the Conejo Valley

 Article and Photography  The new Athletic Society in Westlake Village offers the very best in fitness, sports and health, including a wide variety of over 400 different classes—dance, cardio, strength training, boot camp-style, yoga, spin/cycle, aqua and Pilates—in addition to nutrition coaching, recovery, childcare, massage and personal training.  “We are more than just a gym,” says Marketing Manager Chyla Anderson.…

Burt’s Pharmacy: Your One-Stop Shop for Health Care Supplies

 Article Alicia Doyle  With three locations in the Conejo Valley, Burt’s Pharmacy is committed to helping clients achieve all their health care goals—from treating everyday conditions to achieving personal wellness.  “Our talented and compassionate care team members can answer your questions and find solutions that fit you like a glove,” says Robbie Leark, owner of the family-operated endeavor.

Bicyclists Honor Military, Veterans During Red Cross Ride

 Article Kateri Wozny | Photography Provided  "After riding in a combination of over 70 centuries and double centuries I was delighted to find a ride close to my home in Ventura. Little did I realize when signing up that it would be one of the best organized riding events I have ever been part of. The people were cordial, helpful and full…

Rotary Club’s Chili Cook-Off Spices Up the Conejo

The Rotary Club of Thousand Oaks’ 42nd Chili Cook-Off featured a Craft Brew Festival, delicious food, great entertainment and fun for the whole family. Attendees enjoyed some of the best local chili and craft beer and proceeds benefited local charities, including the Westminster Free Clinic, Conejo Valley Reading is Fundamental, Dreamcatcher Park, K9s for Warriors and … Continued

United We Stand

Well here we are celebrating the second consecutive 4th of July in a very ununited state of affairs. Yes, it really bothers us. We love the communities we cover with Conejo Valley Lifestyle and Malibu to Palisades Lifestyle. We are ready to celebrate the 4th of July and our country with family, food, fireworks, flags … Continued

July 2018 Around Town

Star Qualities University Village retirement community and OakView Health Center employees Kristy Ferguson and Paty Pena have been named the 2017 STARs of the Year based on their outstanding service. As excursion coordinator at University Village, Ferguson plans excursions to concerts, theatrical productions, ball games, museums and other events. “Kristy exemplifies our community’s core values … Continued

Big Brothers Big Sisters Appreciate Community Support

Big Brothers Big Sisters Ventura County’s Big Appreciation Night celebrated volunteers and supporters of the organization. Bigs and Littles shared some of their heart-warming experiences of participating in the mentoring program, and several board members and long-term sponsors were recognized and thanked for their contributions.   Photography by Nathan Sobel

Community Rallies to Roadside Festival for The Little Angels Project

Veterinary Angels’ Roadside West Summer Street Festival featured pet adoptions, photo opportunities with exotic animals, fun family activities, a bounce house, food trucks, silent auction and a free drawing for a week’s vacation at El Dorado Ranch Golf Resort in San Felipe, Baja California. Proceeds help The Little Angels Project provide needed veterinary services for … Continued

Caregivers Honored at Alzheimer’s Women’s Initiative High Tea

Some 300+ guests packed the ballroom at the Four Seasons Hotel, Westlake Village for the Alzheimer's Women's Initiative “Your Brain Matters” High Tea. Keynote speaker, actress, author and caregiver Kimberly Williams-Paisley received the 2018 Alzheimer's Leadership Award, Loren Shields received the 2018 Family Caregiver of the Year Award and Lily Duarte was named the 2018 Professional Caregiver … Continued

Conejo Compassion Coalition Continues Healing Journey

Led by Bob Bland the Conejo Compassion Coalition celebrated another year of "Healing the World One Child, One Family, One Village at a Time." For more than 12 years, they have been at work helping poor and oppressed people, comforting the victims of disaster and sharing God's love in real and tangible ways.    Photography by Ben Malkin

Jon Macks Pens “A Capitol Fourth”

 Article Adrienne Wigdortz Anderson  Jon Macks knows how to throw a 4th of July party. For 14 years, he’s written A Capitol Fourth, broadcast live on PBS from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. He will again this year. (Check local listings for time.)  “The ingredients are basic,” says Macks, a WGA award-winner and eight-time Emmy nominee. “Terrific hosts, great music, big stars and…