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

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

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

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

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

Taste of Conejo Serves Up Local Fare at 10th Anniversary!

The Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce celebrated their 10th annual Taste of Conejo at the Four Seasons Hotel. Guests had the opportunity to taste over 60 of the area’s premiere food and beverage establishments all under one roof.  Photography Ben Malkin

Athletic Society Celebrates Health & Fitness

The Athletic Society hosted a 2nd Anniversary party at their newly remodeled and upgraded facility on Willow Lane in Westlake Village. Guests and members enjoyed food, fitness, health and community. For more information, call 805.778.0888 or visit Photography Ben Malkin

Senior Concerns’ “Speakeasy” Featured Flappers, Fun & More!

Guests enjoyed a fun-filled evening at Senior Concerns’ annual Ultimate Dining event at the Hyatt Regency Westlake. The night included a signature Bathtub Gin Rickey, Capone’s Hideaway and silent and wine auctions, as well as food and wine pairings from local eateries. Participants also raised a toast to Philanthropists of the Year Keets and Hugh … Continued

Visit Aldik Home for the Holidays

Californians come from far and wide to Aldik Home in Van Nuys to get ready to beautify their homes for Christmas. An incredible selection of trees, ornaments and Christmas decor excites everyone in the family.  

Boys & Girls Club Annual Gala Celebrates Community Impact

More than 500 attendees turned out to recognize the work of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley. Attendees were invited to an interactive Club exhibit that demonstrated the impact BGCGCV makes in the lives of youth in Ventura and Los Angeles counties. Long-term supporters Cal Johnson and his wife Marje Johnson were special … Continued

Freedom Wine Company Toasts 3rd Annual Wine Release

Guests enjoyed five new wines made at Camarillo Custom Crush: Grenache Blanc, red wine blends called "Life," "Liberty" and "Happiness," and a Tempranillo. Grapes were sourced from Estelle Vineyard in Santa Ynez and Thomas Colburn Vineyard in Paso Robles. The event was catered by Dearmore BBQ Catering in Ventura. Wines are available at Custom Crush tasting … Continued

Eroica Trio Entertains in Westlake

New West Symphony presented a thrilling performance by the Eroica Trio at a pre-season concert event at Sherwood Country Club. The most sought-after trio in the world, the GRAMMY® nominated Eroica Trio enraptures audiences with flawless technical virtuosity, irresistible enthusiasm and sensual elegance. Photography Ben Malkin & Studio 92 Photography

Gearing Up to Make Strides in Support of a Cure

The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Greater Ventura County kick-off event inspired many who will walk to support and honor those touched by breast cancer and raise funds needed to end this disease. The walk takes place Saturday, Oct. 12, at Ventura Harbor. Registration starts at 7:30 a.m. and the walk begins at 9:30 a.m. Photography … Continued

Charity Karaoke Stars Sing for a Cause

The New Kids in the Park, singing “YMCA” took first place, winning $1,000 for Play Conejo at Charity Karaoke last month. Ventura County Firefighters Brian McGrath and Nick Cleary took second place, singing “Brown-Eyed Girl,” winning $500 for Widows & Orphans Fund. Twenty-six locals competed, raising nearly $40,000 to support local charities. Photography Laura Conway & Tracie Karasik

Rolling for Pink Raises Awareness & Funds

Dedicated to the fight against breast cancer, both in raising awareness and in raising money to fund research, RFP aims to inspire hope, tell their stories, shed light on breast cancer and raise funds for research. Their 12th annual Bunko Tournament takes place next summer! Photography by Tall Poppy Photography 

5-Star Theatricals Wows Audiences

5-Star Theatricals' production of “West Side Story” thrilled and dazzled music lovers. The production was led by 5-Star Theatricals Artistic Director Patrick Cassidy and directed by Larry Rabin. The cast with Giselle Torres as Maria and Brandon Keith Rogers as Tony, plus a host of amazing dancers and singers was Tony Award-worthy. Next is “The Music Man,” Oct. 18-27. … Continued

Casa Pacifica’s Annual Yummie Top Chef Dinner Winner Digs In!

As the “final exam” of Casa Pacifica’s Vocational Education Program weekly cooking class, students prepared a gourmet four-course Italian meal for live auction winner Sean Leonard and 10 guests. “We were so impressed with the entire event—from the enthusiastic youth that greeted us with hors d’oeuvres to the fantastic environment and meal they prepared and … Continued

Conejo Compassion Coalition Celebrates Anniversary

Mr. and Mrs. Ernie Telford opened their home to friends of the Conejo Compassion Coalition for a fun evening of cocktails and hors d'oeuvres to celebrate the anniversary of CCC and share more about the mission and work of the organization. Guests enjoyed a beautiful evening catered by Celebrate Sweetly while raising significant funds for the … Continued

SBC Beauty Keeps Guests Looking Pretty

Shonan Beauty Clinic in Thousand Oaks recently hosted their annual Timeless Beauty Med Spa Open House event. Guests enjoyed a free B-12 Energy Boost shot and a Med Spa Treatment demonstration. Photography Ben Malkin

36th Annual California Strawberry Festival Delights with Sweet Treats

Guests flocked to Oxnard for a weekend of strawberry-related contests, dishes and drinks from over 50 food vendors—the make your own strawberry shortcake booth staffed by local students enrolled in culinary classes and the amazing array of strawberry treats, from chocolate-covered strawberries to quesadillas with strawberry salsa and even strawberry pizza were a huge hit!

Dance Masters Swing to the Beat

Dance Masters Ballroom celebrated the wonders and fun of ballroom dancing. Led by owners Ashlieya Mariano and Neff Fisher, a pair of experienced and talented dance professionals, a fun time was had by all.

“Tequila Nights & Wine Flights” Benefits Creative Steps

Creative Steps provides individualized day programs and vocational support for persons with moderate to severe disabilities as they leave the school system and enter community life. Their recent fundraiser helps support their Conejo Valley and Ventura County-based staffing and activities. | 818.940.8286

New West Symphony Premieres TITANIC Live Under the Stars

Thousands attended the stunning world-class U,S, West Coast première of TITANIC Live presented by New West Symphony, Ludwig Wicki, Eric Rigler Music and Maria Z at California Lutheran University. Composed by the late James Horner, the iconic score was performed by 130 musicians and singers, highlighting the high quality of the arts in the community. Photography Ben Malkin, Erin Rodewald

Caldera Medical Partners with Habitat for Humanity

Agoura Hills medical device company Caldera Medical renewed their community outreach effort and partnered once again with Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County. Caldera Medical employees were tasked to build kids’ playhouses intended for military and veteran families. The Caldera team collaborated on this artistic endeavor and ultimately created three playhouses: two pirate-themed and one “under the sea” design.

Adroit Celebrates Westlake Grand Opening

Adroit Development led by their President Michael Owens celebrated the grand opening of their North Ranch Estates Luxury hillside gated community in Westlake Village.

“Camelot” Premieres in the Conejo

Pacific Festival Ballet celebrated the world premier of "Camelot" in the Fred Kavli Theatre at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. Composer, Eric Allaman and PFB Artistic Director, Kim Maselli created the concept, libretto and music for this original ballet. A sold-out house greeted the performance with much acclaim.

Alzheimer’s Luncheon Honors Caregivers

Talk show host and Alzheimer’s Champion Leeza Gibbons received the Alzheimer’s Leadership Award at the Alzheimer’s Women’s Initiative, Ventura County’s Second Annual “Your Brain Matters” Luncheon at the Four Seasons Westlake Village in May. Led by Chair Amy Commans of the Alzheimer’s Association, California Central Coast Chapter, the event focused on brain health and honored … Continued

LA Kings’ Bob Miller Tees Up with Local Nonprofit

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County held their 2019 Golf Classic at the Saticoy Club. This year's host was Bob Miller of the LA Kings. The event raised over $200,000 to help support, mentor and improve the lives of young people throughout Ventura County.

Boat Bash Benefits Senior Concerns

Once again generosity and fun prevailed at Senior Concerns' annual Boat Bash fundraiser at the Westlake Yacht Club.  Photography Ben Malkin & Charles Oliver

Oaks Christian Gala Graced by Former President

Over 800 guests gathered at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library for The Oaks Christian School Dinner Auction Gala. A record of over $1.5 million was raised. The event was honored with the presence of special guests George W. Bush, 43rd President of the United States and his wife, First Lady Laura Bush (2001-2009). Photography by … Continued

Community Welcomes Yarrow Family YMCA

After 20 years of planning, designing, fundraising and construction, the 60,000-sq.-ft., state-of-the-art Yarrow Family YMCA opened its doors to the public April 27. It features a fitness center, eight-lane indoor lap pool, warm water pool, gymnasium, group exercise classes, meeting space, café and lounge—plus gorgeous views of the Conejo Valley. Photography Ben Malkin

KIng & Queen Crowned at Mardi Gras Ball

Community Conscience's largest fundraiser at the Hyatt Regency featured Jerry Miller and Sherrill Hyink chosen as King and Queen. Event proceeds help Community Conscience provide rent-free space to 13 local nonprofits, enabling them to more effectively serve the community.                

Montecito Grants Nonprofits Awards

Montecito Bank & Trust celebrated their 27th Annual Anniversary Grants Program by honoring 10 local nonprofit agencies. They were all chosen by MB&T associates. Photography Ben Malkin & Clint Weisman

Los Robles Hosts Robotics Open House for Students

Los Robles Health System Hosted a Robotics Open House for Ventura County’s Safe Passage Program and Medical Explorer Post 911 Students. Their highly qualified robotic surgeons were on hand to discuss the robotic surgery process and answer questions.

The Hub Celebrates Grand Opening

The Hub Bike Shop in Westlake Village celebrated their Grand Opening. Owners Geoff and Deb Schipani have been part of our community for 12 years and they offer a commitment  of Community Minded giving back and Rider First focused service. Photography Ben Malkin

Community Unites at Music Strong Borderline Victims Benefit Concert

An evening of music at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza served to bring the community together after the horrific Borderline shooting and fires shook Ventura County. Performers included Jason Mraz, Colbie Caillat, Pablo Cruise, Rita Wilson, Annie Bosko, Drew Ryn, Brett Tuggle, Mick Mahan, James Harrah, Gregg Bissonette, Rick Springfield and Fox Wilde. Photography Ivan … Continued

For the Troops Salutes War Veterans

For the Troops held a Military Tribute Gala led by Gala Chair Rosemary Allison and President Paula Cornell at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library honoring WWII and Korean War Veterans. For the Troops is dedicated to providing "We Care" packages filled with personal care items to our troops. Photography Ben Malkin

Pure Barre Open House Inspires Guests

Everyone enjoyed the Open House at Pure Barre. People came in out of the rain, stayed dry and found out how great it is to get in shape at Pure Barre. Photography Ben Malkin

National Charity League Inc. Celebrates 37th Debutante Ball

Families and friends attended NCL's Conejo Valley Chapter Debutante Ball at the Four Seasons Hotel in Westlake Village to congratulate the young women for their six years of community service. NCL comprises mothers and daughters working together to serve local philanthropies, including Art Trek, Manna, Many Mansions, Hospice of the Conejo and Mary Health of … Continued

Conejo Valley Advanced Wellness Offers Health Options

Conejo Valley Advanced Wellness introduced their cutting-edge health and wellness treatments and solutions such as Veju Body Sculpting and cellulite reduction laser to the Conejo Valley. Photography Ben Malkin

Patrick Cassidy Hosts 5-Star Inaugural Gala

5-Star Theatricals held an Inaugural Gala at the Palm Gardens Hotel. Hosted by Artistic Director Patrick Cassidy, the evening of enjoyment of Broadway and TV talent and the always great Harry Selvin Orchestra was a blast. Joley Fisher, Obba Babatunde, Cassandra Murphy, Eric Martsholf and Rex Smith had guests begging for more. Photography Ben Malkin

Montecito Bank & Trust Gives Back to Community

Now in its 16th year, Montecito Bank & Trust’s unique Community Dividends awards program has granted a total of $16 million to local Santa Barbara and Ventura County nonprofits. This year’s event at the Four Season Biltmore’s Coral Casino ballroom gave a share of $1 million to 188 central coast nonprofits. Photography Ben Malkin

Mercedes-Benz Hosts Shop With a Cop

Mercedes-Benz Thousand Oaks hosted the Ventura County Sheriff's Foundation Shop With a Cop event to raise funds for under-resourced children. Photography Ben Malkin