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…

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…

Temple Etz Chaim Hosts Hanukkah Celebration with New Rabbi

Temple Etz Chaim in Thousand Oaks recently welcomed Rabbi Ari Averbach, taking the reins from former Rabbi Richard Spiegel, who served the congregation for 19 years.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County:

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County (BBSVC), a youth mentoring organization, invites the public to its highly anticipated 11th annual Bags, Bling & Bubbly champagne luncheon. The fundraising event takes place Wednesday, November 20 at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks. The stylish event, benefiting BBSVC, begins at 11 a.m. with an amazing array of new designer and vintage handbags, jewelry and…

Harmony Place: Promoting Recovery, Health & Happiness

When it comes to recovering from drug and alcohol addiction, environment is crucial. That's why licensed clinical social worker Jeff Schwartz, LCSW, created Harmony Place, where men and women struggling with addiction can go to find a safe, loving, caring and nurturing community in which to heal. Located in the serene and beautiful Woodland Hills neighborhood of Walnut Acres, Harmony…

Divorce Mediation: Creating Agreements for Life

What do we know about divorce? It can be a scary, emotionally devastating and financially destructive process that can cause long-term damage to families, especially children, but is that inevitable? 

Hadassah Aims for Safer Schools

With the problem of gun violence affecting so many throughout the nation and close to home, Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer served as moderator during the 5th Annual Hadassah Dine & Discuss event addressing the topic: “If Not Now, When? A Conversation About Gun Violence in American Schools.”

The Road to Rich’s

Talking Competition, Family and Life with a CrossFit Legend Article Nicolette Martin | Photography Paul Versluis About 80 miles east of Nashville, among the winding roads of Putnam County, Tennessee, between a brick house and an old red barn, there’s a gravel road. It’s easy to miss in the expanse of rolling hills that, in … Continued Providing Transitional Care to Prevent Hospital Readmission has always strived to be on the cutting edge of the latest developments in home care to provide the best services to clients. Their “concierge” style services provide the most personalization, including a Geriatric Care Manager to oversee the case.

Los Robles Hospital “Navigates” Breast Cancer Patients to Survivorship

A program at the Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center Breast Center is bringing hope and comfort to breast cancer patients…every step of the way.

Dedicated Teacher Takes Top Honors

 Article Kateri Wozny  Sequoia Middle School Eighth Grade Instructor Shannon Baranski has many reasons to celebrate this year.  The 36-year-old Camarillo resident was recently awarded “Teacher of the Year,” having been named “Teacher of the Month” in April. The awards, given through collaboration with the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Conejo Valley Unified School District’s (CVUSD) “Teacher…

Military Tribute Raises Funds For The Troops

 Article Tracy Marcynzsyn | Photography Judi Bumstead  Nearly 600 people gathered at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library to honor veterans and service men and women serving in the Afghanistan War at the 6th Annual Military Tribute Gala, chaired by Rosemary Allison, Coldwell Banker realtor and proud “Medal of Honor” event sponsor with For The Troops, a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization that…

Affirmative Escrow Catches “Fish Philosophy”

 Article Alicia Doyle  In 2003, Affirmative Escrow Corporation embraced and incorporated the “Fish Philosophy” in its daily operation, based on the book, Fish about the world-famous Pike Place Fish Market.   

Foundation Fosters Flock for Service

Tucked away in the hills of Moorpark lives a flock of some very fortunate American Blackbelly sheep. These content creatures, rescued from market by two remarkable women, will now live their lives as therapy animals.

The Power of Play in Malawi

On a recent trip to Malawi in southeastern Africa, my son, Richard, granddaughter, Katelin, of Oak Park, and I served as volunteers for an Earthwatch Project at the Majete Wildlife Reserve. Majete is a management project of African Parks, a nonprofit conservation organization that took over the reserve in 2003 when it was nearly void of animals due to poaching…

David Mirsch Shares the 411 on His Gold Rolodex

Called the “Man with the Gold Rolodex,” Westlake Village resident David Mirisch knows a thing or two about arts and entertainment, having placed thousands of Hollywood celebrities and famous world-class athletes in over 2,500 events throughout the United States and in seven foreign countries during his five-decade career.

10 Ways to Manage Stress During the Holidays

Welcome to the holiday season—a whirlwind of gift-giving, marketing blitzes, holiday parties, family, parking lots and many activities that begin right after Halloween, build to Thanksgiving and continue gaining momentum through the end of the year. While this season is meant to bring feelings of love and cheer, it also brings holiday stress for many. In fact, more than 80%…

Financial Fitness: A Guide to Retirement Readiness

The common thread among the quotes from 6th century BC philosopher Lao-Tzu and modern-day Martin Luther King Jr. in the 1960s reminds us that achieving what we set out to becomes possible when we first imagine and then approach it with small, manageable and attainable accomplishments. Loosely translated, the goals you have in mind are indeed quite possible.

History Repeats Itself: What Will You Do?

Sir John Templeton, one of the world’s greatest investors, was known to have said: “Bull markets are born on pessimism, grown on skepticism, mature on optimism and die on euphoria.” The quote is dramatic, but helpful in illustrating market cycles. A heightened awareness of market cycles raises questions like: “Where are we in this cycle?” and “What am I doing…

Duration: How Do Interest Rates Affect Your Bonds’ Value?

What happens to your bonds when interest rates rise? Generally, they go down in value. That’s a good list to know, but not too helpful in figuring out how much exposure you have to rising rates. Fortunately, there’s a statistic calculated for each bond that gives you a pretty good sense of your interest rate risk. It’s called “Duration.”

LeadYoung Institute Launches Future CEO Academy

With the goal of transforming the Conejo Valley into the “most young leader-friendly community on the planet,” LeadYoung Institute is poised to launch a unique, community-based youth leadership program aimed to identify and develop 10- to 18-year-olds gifted in organizational leading.

North Ranch Country Club Members Tee Up with Junior Golfers

This August, North Ranch Country Club members will share their love of the game—and so much more—with a handful of junior golfers at the SCGA Junior Play Day. An afternoon of golf and fun at North Ranch Country Club on Tuesday, August 8 provides the opportunity for youth involved in the SCGA Junior program and NRCC members to share a…

Heir Conditioning

If you were to pass away today, would your heirs have easy access to all your financial, legal and practical information? For most of you, the answer is “No.” And for some of you, it’s even “Heck No!” NO Gathering all this information can be quite a daunting task. Where do you start?

Leading the Way

When picturing a conductor, most people conjure up the image of someone standing on a podium dressed in a tuxedo, baton in hand, and decidedly male. Like many professions, the world of music has a glass ceiling few can crack. Oak Park resident JoAnne Wasserman faced discrimination on her path to becoming a conductor of note. She made history when…

Snow Orthodontics’ Dr. Sharon Crowder: Spreading Smiles

Walking into Snow Orthodontics’ Agoura Hills office reveals a smiling, friendly staff in a warm and inviting environment. The relaxing tone of Snow Orthodontics mirrors lead orthodontist Dr. Sharon Crowder herself, whose caring and confident demeanor puts patients instantly at ease. And it doesn’t take long to note that Dr. Crowder’s genuine kindness extends beyond the office to the community…

Montecito Bank & Trust: Dedicated to the Community

Montecito Bank & Trust’s Abuse and Financial Exploitation (SAFE) program earned it national recognition from the American Bankers Association Foundation, which presented it with a 2016 Community Commitment Award. The award was given to the bank for its efforts in the Protecting Older Americans category and was presented during the ABA’s annual fall convention in Nashville.

North Ranch Chef’s Love of Food Rooted in Childhood

Food has always been a big part of Karl Holst’s life as a fifth-generation Ventura County resident whose family first moved to the area to farm in the 1800s. Karl fondly recalls family cooking nights during his childhood, when his mother assigned cooking duties to each member of the family.

Advantage Plus Caregivers: Quality In-Home Care for All Ages

When it comes to aging, most people agree that they prefer to “age in place” and stay in their own homes as long as possible.

Dr. John A. Horton: Westlake’s Physician for the Stressed

Dr. John A. Horton is a general practice physician in Westlake Village committed to preventive medicine and developing an integrated, holistic approach to treating patients. He focuses much of his attention on helping to eliminate and manage people's stress levels, because he believes stress opens the door to illness and disease.

What Dads Need to Know about Testosterone

A good father makes all the difference in a child's life. He's a pillar of strength, support and discipline. His work is endless and, oftentimes, thankless. But in the end, the efforts pay off in the sound, well-adjusted children he raises.

The Morton Team: Caring for Community

At Keller Williams Westlake Village, a team of women stands out from the crowd for many reasons. The Morton Team International has linked talented individuals who cooperatively work as a team in their business model. Teamwork is defined as the combined action of a group of people, especially when effective and efficient. If a problem arises, “two heads are better…

Beauty from Within: Healthy Hair, Skin & Nails

We have all heard, “Beauty is just skin deep.” But nothing could be further from the truth. Our skin is a reflection of our health. You have seen the radiant beautiful skin of a healthy infant or a child. The eyes sparkle and the skin glows. You know the pale face of someone ill, the wrinkles, and the dry skin…