Vascular Neurology of Southern California

When Muhammad Taqi was in his final year of medical school, his father had a stroke—and a month later, he passed away.

Rising from the Ashes

In November 2018, the Woolsey Fire destroyed 1,643 residences and commercial buildings in incorporated and unincorporated Los Angeles County and Ventura County. Conejo Valley residents who choose to rebuild are not only on the path to having a place called home but also to rebuilding their lives.

Rebuilding Our Community 

Our community has recently endured some of the hardest times in as long as I can remember. Thinking back to the big earthquake of 1971, I was very young and lived in Northridge; I didn't really understand it. Then during the next one in 1994, I had my own children, making it even scarier! Of course, I’m sure my parents were…

For the Love of Dogs

In living with and interacting with our dogs, we get to know them well. Despite their inability to talk, we often understand their emotions based on their body language. Scientists now know what dog owners have suspected all along. Dogs experience a wider range of emotions than scientists once thought.

Stowell Learning Center Supports Students

Stowell Learning Center recently opened its doors in Thousand Oaks with the mission to help smart students who struggle in school.

March 2020 Around Town

Casa Pacifica Welcomes New Therapy Dog Pearl Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families recently welcomed Pearl, the fifth Newfoundland to offer animal-assisted therapy. Arriving on campus at 10 weeks old and weighing 23 pounds, Pearl greets and provides comfort and therapeutic support to residential youth and students. “As we continue to bring Newfoundland’s on … Continued

Malibu Foundation Aims to Build Resilience

Evelin Weber woke up early on that fateful morning of November 8, 2018, to the smell of smoke in the air. Home alone with her 2-year-old son and unaware of the nearby flames, Evelin decided to leave her Malibu home, packing bags and precious mementos “just in case” and loading into the car with her son and dog. At first,…

Philip Shindler Family & Cosmetic Dentistry

At Philip Shindler Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, the staff is especially proud of the relationships they build with their patients, many of whom travel out of state to the practice, and others they met as children who brought their own kids back years later.

The Ides of March

In March 2020, a major league baseball team, the Houston Astros, was caught cheating in two World Series, one of which they won. They probably practiced all season in order to get there. The punishment (there was no way of weaseling out of some punishment) was suspensions, a big fine (which to the Astros was … Continued

Synergy Mixer Kicks off Year at Westlake Yacht Club

Synergy Business Connections from the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce kicked off the New Year by hosting the Chamber's monthly mixer at the Westlake Yacht Club. The event was received enthusiastically by a very large group of local and regional business professionals. Lots of business cards exchanged and follow up appointments were scheduled. Photography by Ben Malkin

Q360 Club Celebrates Health & Wellness

Q360 celebrated the health and wellness enjoyed by their many happy and healthy clients. They all exchanged exciting the ideas and experiences they had with Q360's cutting-edge holistic health technology. For more information: Photography by Ben Malkin

Mixology Pop Up Provides Margarita Mixing Lesson

Acclaimed Mixologist Joshua Ramirez of Mexico City’s Fifty Mils heats up LA’s bar scene with a pop-up event at Prosperous Penny at Four Seasons Westlake Village. At the preview mixology event, a happy bunch learned how to mix margaritas and enjoy the aesthetics of scent, presentation and taste. Yes, it was fun! For more information: … Continued

Westlake Women’s Club Serves Community

Founded in 1968, Westlake Women’s Club celebrated 51 years of service in 2019! A member of the California Federation of Women’s Clubs, in 1971, Westlake Women’s Club joined the General Federation of Women’s Clubs.

The Best in Jazz with the Incomparable Tierney Sutton

Tierney Sutton’s recent appearance at the Catalina Bar & Grill in Hollywood was perfectly timed. For Tierney Sutton I would have braved bumper to bumper traffic, but light post-holiday traffic got us there stress-free. While there are several great female jazz vocalists, for my money Tierney Sutton occupies the top tier along with Diane Reeves, Ann Hampton Callaway, Diana Krall…

Smile and a Song Brings Dreams to Life

“Once upon a time,” and even today, many a young child has dreamed of being a fairy-tale hero. Joanna Bert is living the dream and helping make girls’ and boys’ storybook dreams come true.

A Fun Grgich Hills Estate Wine Dinner

The Four Seasons Hotel in Westlake Village has been a favorite destination for “staycations,” dining, spa days and other well-deserved treats. Robin and I discovered the recently remodeled brasserie-inspired Coin & Candor Restaurant, a casual and sophisticated dining experience complete with top-notch local ingredients and wood-fired cooking techniques inspired by Executive Chef Jose Fernandez.

Up Close with Powerhouse Sanyika “The Firestarter”

“We live in a world where the narrative drives the action and the attention—nowadays the story we tell ourselves and the stories we tell the world are the most valuable forms of currency,” says Sanyika, a resident of Westlake Village and founder of The Firestarter Nation.

Camarillo Nurse Leaves a Slice of California With CSUCI

Dialysis nurse Cherie Nedderman loved art for art’s sake. The walls of her Camarillo home on the hill were covered with frame after frame of sycamore trees, tumbling waves and rolling green hills. Paintings echoing the peace she found in the California landscape.

Don’t Leave Any Life on the Table

This is your invitation to join in on all the community fun!

Beauty with a Personal Touch at The Chair Aveda Salon and Spa

As the only official Aveda Salon and Spa from Woodland Hills to Camarillo, The Chair Aveda Salon and Spa is a family owned business that aims to make clients feel right at home.

“Aging in Place”

Over the past decade the term aging in place has worked its way onto the list of standard health care terminology. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s definition, “The ability to live in one's own home and community safely, independently and comfortably, regardless of age, income or ability level," sounds simple enough. However, as with many things, the devil…

Learn on Your Terms with Tutorvero

Whether it’s Algebra, History or SAT Prep, finding online educational support is quick and easy, thanks to Tutorvero. The online tutoring service matches students with experienced high-quality educators to address each individual’s specific needs.

Montecito Bank & Trust Awards Community Dividends to 188 Nonprofits

The 17th annual awards luncheon at the Four Seasons Biltmore continues the tradition started in 2003 by Michael Towbes, MBT’s late owner and founder. Focused on supporting nonprofits that serve low- and moderate-income residents in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties, program funds benefit youth and education, social services, medical/health services, and the arts, granting $17 … Continued

New West Symphony Celebrates 25th Anniversary!

New West Symphony celebrated their 25th Anniversary Honoring Nancy Israel, a driving force behind the formation and growth of New West Symphony for its entire 25-year history. For information on the next four performances of the 2020 season, all conducted by Michael Christie, Music Director, visit or call 805.497.5800.

Bags, Bling & Bubbly Benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters

The 11th Annual Champagne luncheon at the Sherwood Country Club featured designer and vintage handbags, jewelry and accessories. The sold-out stylish event included recognition of the community’s Wise, Wonderful Women of 2019, shares by the Big & Little Sisters of the year, plus a gourmet lunch, sparkling champagne and a silent auction. Proceeds benefit Big Brothers … Continued

February 2020 Around Town

Go Red! Fifteen years ago, Go Red for Women was born as a campaign to raise awareness among women about their great health threat – heart disease. Slowly, the campaign grew into a movement – one that not only brought together thousands of women annually but became the trusted, passionate, relevant force for change to eradicate … Continued

Bravo Tony!!

February is our Arts & Entertainment issue so I cannot think of a better way to start this missive than with a huge shout out to Tony Bennett. At this point in his life and career he is a more than just an icon of 20th century popular and jazz musical artistry. His still considerable … Continued

PrePost Wellness Highlights Posture Alignment Therapy

Evan Litchfield, Owner & Founder of PrePost Fitness and Wellness, hosted a seminar at Relax the Back in Thousand Oaks on Posture Alignment Therapy that uses body weight and gravity to improve skeletal alignment and balance, naturally eliminating the causes of chronic pain and physical constraints.  Photography Ben Malkin

Holiday Cheer of the Year

We all look forward to Rosemary Allison's annual Christmas party. It's the Party of the Season for kids and grownups! Santa, magic tricks, good cheer and lots of camaraderie was enjoyed throughout the evening. Photography Ben Malkin

La Reina Visual and Performing Arts Academy

The arts at La Reina offer young women an additional pathway for finding their personal voice. In keeping with the vision of the Sisters of Notre Dame, the arts are an important part of the school’s mission of educating the whole person, nurturing and encouraging them to discover and foster their God-given talents, develop their creativity and imagination and participate…

Oaks Christian Dominates as Educational Vanguard

Oaks Christian School celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, looking back on extraordinary growth and accomplishment in just two decades. Early on the school established itself as an athletic powerhouse, winning five CIF championships in 2003 and kicking off a multi-year winning streak. But their artistic and academic accomplishments are also impressive, with numerous local and national artistic awards and…

Shape Up at Athletic Society

New year. New gym. New experience. The kickoff to 2020 marks the perfect time to take advantage of Athletic Society’s $0 Enrollment Special for Conejo Valley Lifestyle readers. Through the end of January, sign up as a new member and Athletic Society will waive the usual enrollment fee.

Examining Autism

Marcia Hinds and her husband, Frank, were devastated when their 4-year-old son was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The psychiatrist, a leading specialist in the Minneapolis area where the Westlake Village couple then lived, told them he would probably need to be institutionalized.

Ease Back Pain with Balloon Kyphosplasty

Dr. Erik Spayde of St. Charles Spine Institute is a resident expert in treating various back conditions, performing specialty treatments such as kyphoplasty for over 14 years.

Fauves Studio Encourages Artistic Expression

When it comes to art studios in the Conejo Valley, we are spoiled for choice. If you don’t take your children to one of them for regular art lessons, you’ve probably been to paint night where you sipped wine with friends while painting with the guidance and instruction of a pro. But unless you’ve been to Fauves in Westlake, you…

Health and Wellness in the New Year

Westlake Body Contouring helps clients achieve their best self with state-of-the-art red and near infrared (NIR) light treatments that reduce fat cells and decrease pain to help people feel and look their best. The 25-minute noninvasive treatment helps ease chronic pain from surgery, joint or autoimmune issues that cause inflammation and discomfort in the body.  

Navigating Divorce Without Risking Your Family’s Financial Future

The end of a marriage is rarely without heartache and emotional loss, even when the writing has been on the proverbial wall for some time. But while having to face and process familial upheaval and loss may in many divorces be inevitable, the drama, fighting and high cost of family law litigation does not have to be. 

Best Wishes for Health & Wellness this New Year

It’s the beginning of the year, and if you’re like me, you’ll find it’s a good time to reflect on the past year—what worked and what didn’t. The next thing I look at is whether there is anything I need to clear off my plate. 

Club Q360 Introduces Cutting-Edge Technology

Q360 Club, the leader in cutting-edge holistic health technology, produced an exclusive event to introduce the RASHA Scalar Energy Rejuvenation Device. The renowned Dr. Jere Rivera-Dugenio presented the benefits of this latest in holistic healing technology being offered by Q360 Club in Malibu. For more information, visit Photography Ben Malkin

January 2020 Around Town

Paramount Run Paramount Ranch welcomes runners to wear their best holiday costume January 25 at the trail runs. Run a 10k, half marathon, 30k, marathon or 50k while dressed in holiday garb and run in style. Awards will be given to the male and female runners dressed up with the “most” holiday spirit! Enjoy pastries, … Continued

It’s a New Year! (and what are we going to do about it?)

It’s 2020 and I still am puzzled about what to make of it. On a certain level I am surprised that I even made it to the third decade of the 21st century! When I was very young in the 50s, whenever I heard a plane fly over our house in the middle of the … Continued

Yoga Retreat Refreshes Body & Soul

Local Yogi Chandra Gero’s recent women’s yoga retreat started with freshly squeezed pomegranate juice picked from the gardens, followed by a hillside blessing and a rejuvenating yoga practice. Savasana final relaxation included an incredible sound bath. Participants enjoyed a healthy vegetarian feast and meditation class by Dr. Jeff Gero. The day provided an amazing, heart-opening, … Continued

Cruising on a River with AmaWaterways

AmaWaterways held their "Celebrate Fall and Family Open House. They welcomed experienced and future AmaWaterways river cruisers with warmth and hospitality as they all planned their next adventure cruising down the rivers in Europe, Asia and Africa. Photography Ben Malkin

Magical Sugar Plum Tea Party & Fundraiser

On Sunday, November 10th, Pacific Festival Ballet hosted their 21st annual Sugar Plum Tea Party & Fundraiser at the beautiful Lake Sherwood Country Club. This enchanting luncheon helped raise the monies needed to ensure that thousands of children will experience the magic of the ballet.  Photography Ben Malkin

Stay Healthy & Fit with Local Wellness Providers

Abundant beauty and natural resources top the list of things to love in this region, as do the many skilled and talented area health and wellness providers. Whatever health needs may arise, finding an expert provider to address concerns and keep us fit and healthy is a breeze. Here are a few of our favorites!

Channel Islands Marine & Wildlife Institute

It all started with the dream of 5-year-old boy living in St. Louis, Missouri. He wanted to save animals and he loved the water! Sam was also a smart, curious and adventurous kid with an easy smile and gregarious laugh. As Sam grew up so did his passion for making a difference and love of life. He worked hard to…

Los Robles Health System Enters 2020 with a 2019 Full of Firsts

Serving the Conejo Valley for more than 51 years, Los Robles Health System is starting the New Year off with new technology, an expanded facility, an internal medicine residency program slated with a summer start, and much more.

Celebrating School Choice

When it comes to education, area residents enjoy a wide variety of top-quality schools and resources for enhanced learning. Now is the time to submit School Choice applications, which allow students who live outside a school’s neighborhood boundaries to apply to enroll in a particular school on a space-available basis. The abundance of area public, private, hybrid and supplemental educational…

So Much Fun It Is!

The holidays are all about gathering with family and friends to connect, eat and participate in all types of merry-making annual traditions. The many festivities set for the season provide ample opportunities for making memories. Enjoy some of these favorite holiday celebrations with loved ones, young and old.

Thousand Oaks Fireside and Design:

For 10 years and counting, residents from Ventura, Los Angeles and Santa Barbara counties have turned to Thousand Oaks Fireside and Design for their custom outdoor grilling and fireplace needs.