Stand Up To Cancer Raises Millions toward a Cure

 Article Bruce Falstein  When the curtain goes up this month on Stand Up To Cancer’s sixth biennial fundraising telecast, the stage will be filled with A-list celebrities. But just offstage will be another, less-heralded group taking their own well-deserved bows: nine dynamic women—seven of Stand Up’s original cofounders, plus two more of its current leadership, many of them bold-faced names…

Thousand Oaks Philharmonic Champions Young Artists

 Article Tracy Marcynzsyn | Photography Ben Malkin  One man’s vision to provide local student musicians with the experience of a lifetime spearheaded the creation of the Thousand Oaks Philharmonic, a nonprofit that specializes in making young artists’ dreams come true for the past 18 years and counting.  Founded in 2000 by local music teacher Edward Francis, inspired by a talented,…

Home Helpers: Caring for Community

 Article Alicia Doyle  Over an 11-year span since they’ve been in business, Home Helpers has cared for more than 850 families throughout Ventura and Los Angeles Counties.  Caring for patients with a range of health issues, including dementia, Alzheimer’s, kidney failure, liver diseases, arthritis, Parkinson’s, heart disease, stroke, cancer, PTSD and various injuries, Home Helpers aims to help those in…

Oaks Christian IDEA Lab Gives Students an Edge

 Article and Photography  Believing that students can be innovators, designers and inventors who can impact the world through their gifts, Oaks Christian School is establishing an unprecedented IDEA Lab—Innovation, Design, Engineering and Aeronautics. The 10,000-square-foot facility will be like no other in the Conejo Valley, giving OCS students a jump in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) career paths.…

You Can Master Your Triggers

 Article Jeff Gero, Ph.D.  A trigger is something that sets off a memory tape, or flashback, or a feeling that transports a person back to the event of her/his original situation. Triggers are very personal, as different things trigger different people. A pleasant trigger may be the smell of chocolate chip cookies baking in the oven. An unpleasant trigger may be a war veteran…

You (and Your Community)

 Article Jeff Runyan  At the end of the day, humans are generally selfish and our existence, for better or worse, is often an effort in “preservation of self.” That means what’s best for you, what’s best for your family, and it extends further into what’s best for your community.  However, before one can focus on helping their community, they must first make sure their…

Helping Others Embodies Community Spirit

 Article Kim Pagano  “Adding spirit to our community, while adding character to our life.”  The definition of team is clearly a group of people working together to help improve the community where they live. I love working with all the nonprofit groups and the community members who give endless hours to support or volunteer.

Committed to Community Service

Last month we celebrated the third anniversary of publishing our Lifestyle magazines. I forgot, though. But here we are at the 37th edition of Conejo Valley Lifestyle and the 12th edition of Malibu to Palisades Lifestyle. That makes it a late 3rd and an early 1st—kind of mixed up, but then I usually am, so … Continued

September 2018 Around Town

Fine Wine & Dining Gwithyen Thomas, owner of Aroha Restaurant in Westlake Village, is proud to announce Aroha’s receipt of the 2018 Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator. Gwithyen and his Sommelier Jillian Coalson put together an extensive collection of premium New Zealand Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay that enabled Aroha Restaurant to become … Continued

5-Star Theatricals Showcases “Beauty and the Beast”

5-Star Theatricals continued their Broadway-quality productions with performances of "Beauty and the Beast" at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. The cast was led by Tony Award nominee Susan Egan, Jason Chacon and Adan Holliick. This was the first production led by their new Artistic Director Patrick Cassidy and a sure sign of great things … Continued

Janet & Sheri • Real Estate Agents

 Article and Photography  The first thing you’ll notice when you meet Janet and Sheri is their ability to listen. You get the distinct feeling that they care about what you want to achieve. They believe that understanding their clients’ wants and needs is of utmost importance in order to negotiate the best possible outcome.  Janet and Sheri clearly explain what…

ACT Today!

 Article Alicia Doyle  ACT Today!—Autism Care and Treatment—is a national nonprofit organization with a mission to raise awareness and provide services and support to families to help children with autism achieve their full potential.  “What makes us unique is that parents apply for the treatment they feel their child needs, as they are the best qualified to determine that need,”…

A Wine Country Weekend in our Community

We never left the Conejo and Santa Rosa Valleys, and enjoyed Jazz Night at NABU Wines in Westlake Village featuring great music and fine wine from Malibu and Napa, hosted by Greg Barnett. An incredible premium wine tasting of 93+ scoring wine at Al Lago. Blair Allen's Santa Rosa Valley vineyard followed. Who needs to … Continued

Hot Summer Nite Fest Spices Up the Conejo

The Old Boney Mtn Hot Summer Night Festival featured an international hot sauce competition, cornhole tournament and unlimited tastings of craft beers, wines and food to benefit The Grossman Burn Center Foundation’s Fireman’s Fund. Guests rated 100 hot sauces from 10 countries and 20 states on Appearance, Aroma, Texture, Flavor, Heat and Overall Impression. Photography Dana … Continued