May 2017 Around Town

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Local award-winning screenwriter/producer, author, food and lifestyle journalist, and TV host (“Simply Delicious Living,” PBS-TV) Maryann Ridini Spencer announces the hardcover release of Lady in the Window, her new novel about hope, healing and the mother-daughter bond.

Available online at, Lady in the Window is the story of Kate Grace, a woman who seemingly has it all and faces the trials and tribulations of death, romance and finding one’s authentic place in the world.

Set in Hanalei, Kauai, the novel was inspired by the author’s visit to Hawaii. “I knew that I wanted to write about family and healing,” says Spencer. “It was during a visit to Kauai in 2014 that I decided to place my novel in Kauai because of the affinity I had for Hawaii and its people. Then after my dear mother passed… the story of Lady in the Window just unfolded for me,” Spencer says.

Lady in the Window leads Kate towards her path of destiny: discovering true love, purpose and the infinite bond between mother and daughter. For more information, visit

Welcome to Westlake!

A revolutionary hypnotherapy and wellness center specializing in weight loss and lifestyle enrichment recently opened in Westlake Village. Thinessence celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon cutting last month.

At Thinsessence, taking a holistic approach to wellness allows clients to make positive changes. “Health is not the absence or presence of one thing. Instead, it is a proprietary blend of various factors that contribute to mental, physical and emotional well-being. The goal is to help educate the mind and body to work together, as they were designed.”

Thinsessence’s resourceful team includes specialists in clinical hypnotherapy, personal training and vibration therapies. “Every single service we offer provides positive momentum for your life, regardless of your weight loss goals. If it does not improve your mind, body or well-being, then we do not offer it.”

“Transcend your mind, evolve your body,” at Thinessence, located at 900 Hampshire Road, Suite 900A, in Westlake Village.


The 18th Annual Bravo Awards Honoring Women Who Create and Inspire Ventura County recognized incredible women who are “creative in their passions, talented in their fields and humble in their roles” at its annual awards ceremony last month.

THE Small Business Expert Susan Solovic served as event host and keynote speaker. A bestselling author and award-winning serial entrepreneur, Susan inspired the crowd with her enthusiasm and words of wisdom. Mimi Donaldson, the “pitch coach” from “American Inventor” served as the Mistress of Ceremonies recognizing the most inspiring women in our community for their hard work and determination as business owners, entrepreneurs and community leaders.