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 the only Wine Spectator award winner in the Conejo Valley. An outstanding California wine selection, including two from our local NABU Wines, completes the picture, making Aroha the “go to” destination for wine and fine dining.

Expanded Coverage

As of July 1, Los Robles Health System began participating in Blue Shield Covered California and off-exchange individual plan networks. Patients covered by these plans now have full in-network access to Los Robles Health System’s hospitals, services and urgent care clinics, including: Los Robles Regional Medical Center, Thousand Oaks Surgical Hospital, The Rehabilitation Hospital of Los Robles, Los Robles Imaging Center in Moorpark, Los Robles outpatient clinics and specialty centers and CareNow Urgent Care Clinics.

“We are extremely pleased that we can provide all members of our great communities with the care that they deserve,” says Natalie Mussi, President and CEO. “Increasing access to quality health care brings us one step closer to achieving our vision of being the community’s most trusted resource for health and a regional destination for care.”

Mountain Lion Love 

Local mountain lion P-22 is being celebrated with a new plush animal toy, available next month at the P-22 Festival 2018, October 27 at Griffith Park. Lion lovers will also want to attend the P-22 The Journey Book Signing at Aldabella Winery in Westlake Village, Sunday, September 23, from 3 to 5 p.m. Chronicling the mountain lion’s challenges and triumphs traveling from Agoura Hills to Griffith Park, the book started as an educational tool to teach children about the cougar and morphed into an amazing artbook that educates adults too. Behind the story are interviews with the biologists and photographer who first encountered and are tracking him. With the loss of P-55 and the birth of new baby P’s there is no better time to discuss how to ensure these cats survive and thrive from the Wildlife Crossing to the development of land they call their home. Book and stuffed animal proceeds benefit the #SaveLACougars campaign to build a wildlife crossing over the 101. For more information, call 818.782.6974.

Senior Concerns

The Ventura County Community Foundation recently granted $35,000 to Senior Concerns for building repairs needed as a result of severe rain in 2017. Located in Thousand Oaks, Senior Concerns provides a comprehensive scope of services, including an Adult Day Program for seniors with cognitive or physical impairments, Meals On Wheels in Thousand Oaks and Newbury Park, a Caregiver Support Center, Senior Advocacy, pro bono legal and financial services, information and referrals, and community education on aging’s challenges and opportunities.

Senior Concerns also operates the Bargain Boutique & Thrift Shop and hosts two major fundraisers—the Love Run and the Ultimate Dining Experience—and receives invaluable community support from more than 500 volunteers.

The Ultimate Dining event takes place September 15, 5 to 9 p.m. at the Hyatt Westlake Plaza. The 33rd Annual event themed Hollywood Nights features award-winning food and wine pairings from premier local restaurants and wineries, silent and live auctions, a three-course dinner, and more. Then dance the night away at the  “Governor’s Ball” as the Thousand Oaks DJ Company spins the top Hollywood-themed tunes and other award-winning favorites.

Guiding Lights

The Ventura County chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners announced a new mentoring program for college seniors, graduate students and young professionals who are in their first five years of business. 

“This valuable program is designed to connect aspiring young women entrepreneurs with successful and inspiring women business owners throughout the county and is ideal for those looking to develop and grow their business skills,” states NAWBO-VC mentor program coordinator and Certified Financial Planner® for Sagemark Consulting Kamie Abraham.

Mentees are matched with appropriate NAWBO Ventura County mentors, ideally whose business is in the mentee’s industry or major, to ensure mutual goals and satisfaction. Mentor-mentee relationships will last formally for one year.

“We are thrilled that our chapter has begun offering small group educational opportunities for members and young professionals,” said Elaine Hollifield, NAWBO Ventura County president and owner of Hollifield Creative. “Between this mentor program and our new mastermind program, our chapter is demonstrating a commitment to help business women in our community achieve personal and professional growth with tangible results.”

On Board with Big Brothers Big Sisters

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County recently announced its new board members who look forward to continuing to lead youth mentoring programs in Ventura County.

“The number of youth who seek our one-to-one mentoring services is always growing, and so we are always looking for community role models who are interested in becoming mentors for these children,” says BBSVC CEO Lynne West.

BBSVC welcomes five new members to the board: Jesus Garcia, AVP of Member Experience at CBC Federal Credit Union; Adam Hammer, First Vice President & Senior Financial Advisor at Merrill Lynch; Steven Nason, Chief Executive Officer at Hygiena; Nathan Sobel, Realtor at Rodeo Realty, Inc.; and Brian Ternan, President of Commercial Business at Anthem Blue Cross of CA.