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Can you believe that it’s April already? Winter is leaving, the birds are singing and the flowers are blooming. What could possibly be better? Spring represents a renewal. A renewal of spirit. One of my favorite things about springtime is being able to sit outside, listen to music or read a good book. There always is a favorite I’ll read again but I also choose one or two that have made its way on my must-read list. Our resident feature celebrates the loving Vincent Family and their entrepreneurial spirit graces our cover as our story of the month. Their love shines through the page.

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New Moon in Aries

Beverly Hills Vice Mayor Lili Bosse will assume the role of Mayor in the city's annual installation

64TH Annual GRAMMY Awards®

Santa Paula Cars & Coffee

Join the Petersen as we bring our monthly Cars and Coffee north! Every month for the past nine years, the Petersen has brought together its local Los Angeles automotive community for the monthly Breakfast Club Cruise-in. Due to our expanding community, the Petersen is bringing its monthly cruise-in to Santa

Timo Andres, Piano Bram Goldsmith Theater

First Thursdays

April 8

Live Music

5 Minutes for Earth

Based in Madrid and Ibiza TATEL represent the quintessential Spanish traditional Mediterranean recipes with a contemporary twist. An unforgettable experience where food, cocktails and live music blend into one. A high gastronomic concept with daily live music shows.

The PianistWallisSuzana

Hosted by Trevor Noah, music's biggest night will broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and will air on CBS.

April 9


Immersive Frida Kahlo

April 10

Suzana Bartal And The Calder Quartet

April 10 Palm Sunday April 15 Passover Begins Good Friday

Polaroids, screen tests and silver gelatin prints. See highlights on display. Make a reservation at Throughdorchestercollection.com.April30

Hop on the iconic Beverly Hills Trolley to explore select Beverly Hills’ businesses will offer promotions, complimentary items, discounts, prolonged Happy Hours or specialty menus. 5-9PM, beverlyhillschamber.com

April 1 through April 30 Ramadan

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Bartal returns to The Wallis with the Calder Quartet for a beautiful program of string quartets and piano quintets. 7:30PM, thewallis.org

April 5

April 1

Mayoral Installation


The Wallis

Immerse yourself in the art and life of FRIDA! She overcame pain and diversity through selfexpression turning her life into art. Tickets from $39.99, Throughimmersive-frida.com/losangelesApril30

April’s Aries New Moon is an optimal time to start a new project—Aries loves initiating plans. Use the sign’s drive and power to propel your endeavors; just make sure you have some sort of accountability and check in with yourself or another person a couple weeks after (around the time of the Full Moon).

Pianist Timo Andres has appeared with the LA Phil, North Carolina Symphony, the Albany Symphony, and New World Symphony. In his Wallis debut, Timo will perform his own composition "Honest Labor" and works by Schumann, Sarah Goldfeather, and Eric Shanfield. Tickets from $29 7:30PM, tickets.thewallis.org

The FIVE MINUTES for Earth live concert is a multi-media production featuring approximately nine originally commissioned works for solo harp from the FIVE MINUTES collection, performed by multiple Grammynominated harpist Yolanda Kondonassis. 7:30PM, thewallis.org

The holiest month on the Islamic calendar. Ramadan is a time for Muslims to put the breaks

Light Shabbat candles and enjoy homemade organic, kosher blessed chicken 6:30-8PM,soup.Free, estherleon.com


April’s Libra full moon balances out the intensity of Aries season, which often leaves us breathless from business. This full moon in particular will give you space to breathe, and remind you that all hard work also requires deep rest—that’s the wisdom of the Libra scales.

April 17 Easter Sunday

Shabbat Buddies

Bim Bam Family Fun

Every Friday

Full Moon in Libra

Every Saturday

Beverly Hills Civic Center

Join other families with children age 2 and under. There will be stories, crafts, music and more led by Robin Platt from our ECC. 10-11AM, commentary to members, $36 for 6 sessions for non-members register tebh.org/familycenter

Enjoy the fresh air with friends or family as you shop for local produce and more. The farmers market also includes a petting zoo as well as live music.

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Celebrated by millions around the world, the 52nd Anniversary of Earth Day 2022 theme is “INVEST IN OUR PLANET", focusing on the effects of climate change on the planet that we all share and what efforts are being made in the real world to mitigate it.

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1 teaspoon oregano

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

3 tablespoons shredded parmesan

5. In the same bowl with the kale, add cooled croutons, dressing, and add shaved parmesan and cracked pepper. Toss and enjoy!

½ cup water

7 oz sourdough loaf, cubed


Juice of 1 lemon

Salt and pepper to taste

Top with shaved parmesan and pepper

2. Time to make the homemade dressing. Start by adding garlic, diced anchovies, Dijon mustard and salt in a bowl. Fork the mixture until a paste forms. Season with pepper and drizzle part of the olive oil.

4 cups kale (mix of lacinato and 2curly)tablespoons olive oil


2 large eggplant or 4 smaller chinese eggplant peeled and thinly sliced vertically

¼ teaspoon turmeric powder





2. In a skillet, heat olive oil and add eggplant in batches, sear on both sides of the eggplant until golden brown until

caramelized. Set aside.

Freshly cracked black pepper, adjust with salt to taste

3. Next, add egg yolks, lemon juice and more olive oil. Mix until combined. Lastly, add in parmesan and horseradish and drizzle remaining olive oil, mixing and whisking until creamy.

6. Add eggplant back to skillet with the onion/garlic/mint mixture, salt, pepper, turmeric and mix well. Add in 1/4th cup water, and cover until soft for about 10 minutes.



¼ cup olive oil

2 tablespoons dried mint

4. Stem and slice kale and place in a large bowl with lemon juice and olive oil. Massage the kale and set aside for at least 20 minutes in the fridge.

and kashk. Mix well and combine on low heat for 5-6 minutes.

9. Top with fresh mint, sautéed onions, more kashk.

The recipe is contributed by Lindsey Baruch, a Los Angeles, based recipe developer (lindseyeatsla.com). Lindsey specializes in start to finish video production, branded & recipe photography, recipe development, food styling and restaurant photography. With recipes to drool over, Lindsey is quickly building a loyal audience of foodies (@lindseyeats). Her mission is to share good, restaurant quality food that is impressive, simple and approachable for everyone.

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place cubed bread on a sheet tray with parchment, toss oregano, salt, pepper and olive oil and bake for 20-25 minutes until croutons are toasty. Let cool.

2 garlic cloves

1 large yellow onion, thinly sliced 4 garlic cloves, minced

1. Begin by peeling skin off eggplant, then slice eggplant vertically.

3 oil packed anchovies, diced

3. While eggplant is on heat, you can bloom the saffron. Take a pestle and mortar and grind 1/4th teaspoon ground saffron threads until it forms a paste, then add a cup with 1-2 ice cubes. Allow to melt until you get the bloomed saffron

Serve with sangkak (or bread of choice).

¼ cup extra virgin olive oil

8. Once dip is fully combined and mashed, add in bloomed saffron, salt and pepper


—By Lindsey Baruch

4. Back to the eggplant. In the same skillet, add a bit more olive oil and sauté onions until soft and golden brown.

Juice of 1 lemon

walnuts optional salt and pepper to taste


5. Add garlic and dried mint to the onions and mix on low heat until combined. Set aside about 2-3 tablespoons for topping.

½ tablespoon bloomed saffron, optional ¼ - ½ cup kashk or yogurt, depending on your


7. Mash the eggplant once liquid has dissolved and eggplant is cooked. Skip the blender or food processor, recommended to serve slightly chunky.

2 egg yolks

1 teaspoon of Horseradish


For extra decadence, top with chopped walnuts and a generous serving of dried mint, bloomed in oil, for extra flavor.

Ultimately, top colleges are looking for students who can add value to their community and continue on to do great things in the future. They’re looking for leaders who can make, or have already made, a difference in the world. Focusing on your student brand early on will allow you to become a high achiever in the areas that interest you most and give you a boost on your applications.

1. Identify your talents and strengths. The first step in creating your student brand is to think about which academic subjects and extracurricular activities come naturally to you. Which do you enjoy the most, and which do you excel in? What qualities or abilities do you and those around you value most in you? Take some time to reflect, and make your own list of your best abilities.


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3. Gain public recognition. On that note, once you’ve started exploring activities that combine your passion and your talent, you should try to find ways to gain public recognition and scale your activities, especially if you’ve started a project of your own. You want to make an impact on your community, and this kind of recognition is tangible proof of that impact.


2. Focus your passions. Next, think about your passions, both in and outside of a school setting. Even if your passion is for street art or skateboarding, which may not be fully appreciated by your teachers, that is not a reason to give up on the activities you love doing. Your student brand is equal parts talent and passion, and with a little creativity, you can always find a way to pursue impressive projects at the intersection of the two.

Much in the same way that companies have a “brand identity,” when you fill out a college application, you’re presenting a cohesive, compelling picture of who you are and what you’ve done. So what kinds of activities should you choose to pursue? This is where your student brand will help orient you — use it as a guiding principle for making smart decisions in high school. You know you need to study hard and prepare diligently for your standardized tests. You probably also know that it’s important to do extracurricular activities, like community service and sports. And if you’re aiming for top schools, you should be going above and beyond.


LAST YEAR’S COLLEGE admissions cycle was one of the most competitive to date. Acceptance rates at Ivy League schools hovered around 4-6% with anywhere from 30,000 to 50,000 applicants for the class of 2025. Furthermore, admission to elite colleges can no longer be assured by high grades and stellar test scores — to quote former Harvard president Drew Faust: “We could fill our class twice over with valedictorians.”

Very often, students make the mistake of trying to engage in many different activities throughout high school to appear “well-rounded.”

H&C Education is a college admissions consulting firm founded by Ivy League Ph.D. graduates. They provide each of their clients with a unique roadmap for success in high school and beyond. These individualized programs are designed to help students harness their entrepreneurial spirit, develop coherent academic and extracurricular profiles in line with their passions, and stand out in the college admissions process. hceducationconsulting.com

However, it’s usually a better idea to focus on one or two activities over a longer period of time, increasing your chance of gaining high-level recognition.

By crafting your student brand early on, you’ll be able to focus on the things you love and do best. This will help you rise above the competition and increase your chances of getting into your dream school.



Third-party recognition can take many different forms: publications, newspaper profiles, awards, or TV appearances. You shouldn’t be afraid to reach out to local and national newspapers if you believe your story or project is unique. It may seem daunting, but the media are always eager to cover inspiring and unusual stories, particularly those of young people. If you’ve made an impact locally, try to expand to the national and even international levels. Don’t be afraid to think big!

Many students and families are looking for new ways to beat the odds and stand out in the college admissions process, and schools are looking for applicants who show true initiative and committed, focused interests beyond the classroom. Developing a student brand can help you identify your passions and become an exceptional college applicant.

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You may want to have your beneficiaries join you in a meeting with your advisor to make the introduction and get your children on the same page about how you invest and what you are trying to accomplish. These simple conversations and actions can lead to shared family values that may bring you peace of mind and help secure that your legacy lives in the following generations.

According to a recent Forbes article, the Silent Generation and the Baby Boomers will transfer an estimated $30 to $68 trillion to their beneficiaries. This large wealth accumulation is likely the byproduct of years of hard work, discipline saving, and smart investing. But as the adage goes, “with great power comes great responsibility.” Gen Xers, millennials, and Gen Z are set to inherit this windfall of wealth, and it could be beneficial to start having conversations now to ensure it lasts for them as well.”

Traci Fellows is an Estates Director for Fellows Luxury Group in Beverly Hills Her mission is to create wealth for her clients through real estate and has gained unique perspective to investing with over 12 years in Private Wealth Management with Wall Street firms such as Goldman Sachs. She's offering complimentary consultations through the spring season. 213-408-9912, Traci@Fellowsluxurygroup.com.


Full disclosure. The information provided here is not investment, tax or financial advice. You should consult with a licensed professional for advice concerning your specific situation.

Associate Wealth Manager at Runyan Capital in Beverly Hills shares more from his perspective. “Think back to when you were their age, cutting your teeth in a competitive industry trying to get ahead. And imagine ‘what would it be like to experience a large windfall?’ How would that affect or motivate your drive? How would it impact your hunger and motivation to achieve business goals? Of course, everyone has a different answer to these questions, but if the ‘apple doesn’t fall far from the tree’, you may think children or grandchildren will share your same work ethic. But, without conscious conversation, it may be that the drive and hunger that motivated you creates complacency in the generation


that follows to inherit. By sharing the prudent habits and techniques that ultimately led to the accumulation of your wealth, you can educate and inspire them to emulate your lifelong actions.”

WEALTH MAY PAY, BUT MAY NOT STAY. The Chinese proverb “rags to riches and back again in three generations” says that family wealth does not last for three generations. The first generation makes the money, the second spends it and the third sees none of the wealth. In the U.S. it is referenced as “shirtsleeves to shirtsleeves in three generations”. It is estimated that 70% of wealthy families will lose their wealth by the second generation and 90% will lose it by the third, according to C2Wealth Strategies. There are many reasons why this happens. Generations are taught not to talk about money, family disagreements can negatively impact family fortune, and many have no clue about the value of money or how to handle it.


—By Traci Fellows


Investing in real estate to build wealth is hardly a new concept and always been a significant driver of wealth. Generational wealth includes financial assets such as property, investments, money, or anything with monetary value that you pass down from one generation to the next. Intangibles like financial education, values, and habits are an equally important part of the

The couple has certainly had enough experience doing just that. Their Georgian French estate in Beverly Hills has been the scene of the town’s ritziest parties over the years, including an annual summer fete with a Gatsby theme – where the pool was transformed into a bed of gardenias – and lavish Christmas extravaganzas for 350 of their closest friends. On the afternoon we met, the Vincents had just finished hosting a luncheon for Tony’s friends, to which Tanya endowed a subtle Valentine’s Day theme: heart-shaped ravioli, gold-wrapped chocolates, her greeting guests in a lacquer-red Ralph Lauren day dress.

school methods. He had met a man named Lee Lathouwers, who was managing Mattei’s Tavern in Los Olivos. Tony told Lee that if the vineyard ever saw the light of day, he would hire Lee to run it. The men shook hands. Years later, Tony stayed good to his word.

It was that mindset, charisma, and determination that have fueled Tony’s foray into the wine business. “I have a great deal of optimism around it,” he said, relaxing in a lounge chair overlooking the pool at his home.

Despite the family’s various and mounting accomplishments – Tony, born Anthony Vincent Zehenni – is the son of Lebanese immigrants, started with nothing, and built an

“The question I asked myself when we got into it is, ‘are we a company of profit or a company of quality?’ For me, it has always been about quality. The wines are unique and outstanding, but it is an endless process. I’m not sure we will ever get to a place where we say, ‘I’m happy with this as it is.’ I think we always have to do better and to achieve that, we have to find out what people like and what they want. The wine business is time-consuming and costly, but it’s ultimately rewarding, and simplicity is the reward because, at the end of the day, you can sit down and have a glass of it, and it does for me is what it does for you.”



international real estate empire – the unveiling of the Vincent Vineyard and Winery a few years ago was an especially proud moment. Its first harvest yielded both acclaim and awards, and the spacious tasting room has become a compulsory stop for visitors and day-trippers to Santa Ynez.

s an unexpected bonus to the charcuterie and smoked salmon platters and award-winning French Cabernet varietals, a visit to the Vincent Vineyard and Winery in Santa Ynez may just yield another treat – owners Tony and Tanya Vincent might stop at your table to say hello, and introduce you to their favorite bottles. “We love to serve people ourselves,” said Tanya. “It’s important for us and all of our staff to host, and to always make people feel welcome.”

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Even before plans for the vineyard were underway, Tony employed his signature, old-

Tony and Tanya at Vincent Vineyards in Santa Ynez at their 2007 grand opening Tony and Tanya at home in Beverly Hills

That the vineyard even came into being is, like so much in the family’s life, almost serendipitous. Back in 2007, a friend of the family who owned property there let them know of a 25-acre site filled with olive trees that was on the market. “We bought it off a photo on a postcard,” Tanya said, smiling.

When they went to see it for the first time, she watched as her husband’s entrepreneurial and creative mind kicked into high gear. They first built a house, and then after conversations with people in the wine business, decided to construct a fully-functioning vineyard that would create the wines as similar as possible to what Tony loved the most – a rich Bordeaux. “We wanted to see if we could build the same vines here as in Bordeaux,” said Tanya. “We were told we could, that the location and climate were perfect. We wanted to build something beautiful from nothing.”

Tony’s forthrightness and generosity were two of the attributes that drew Tanya to him when they first met 28 years ago. (They have been married 20 years.) She had emigrated here


Tanya relaxing at home, enjoying pizza and wine

The girls say they were inspired by the industrious nature of their parents. “We’ve watched our mother over the years, running the winery, and father working hard,” said Joann. “So I thought to myself, if I want to start a business, why not start now?”

“I still don’t know what was said to Tony that convinced him to agree to see me,” said Tanya. “But here we are, almost 30 years later. I completely fell in love with him, his kindness, his intelligence.”

from Ukraine with her family when she was 17 years old. She became a college student, worked two jobs, and helped out her family. It was a difficult time for them, being new here, feeling adrift. They moved to West Hollywood from the Valley, where they discovered a thriving Russian immigrant community, which they reveled in. Tanya and her parents took over the management of the apartment building they lived in. One day, walking through the park, they encountered an elderly gentleman sitting on a bench. Tanya’s mother mentioned that she would like for her daughter to have a stable office job. The gentleman happened to be friends with Tony and made an introduction.

“I’ve always had sensitive skin,” said Joann. “I had been researching products that could help, and couldn’t find anything,” she said. “So while we were in quarantine in 2020 I started working on it.”

Together, the couple share four children – two are from Tony’s previous marriage, who between them have three children. Tanya and Tony’s younger children are twins, 17-year old Joann and Katherine, high school seniors and have already started exhibiting their parent’s business savvy: Katherine is working in social media marketing for a company and Joann recently launched her own skincare brand, Gemini Beauty, after more than two years of research and development.

Joann and Katherine with their one-year-old puppy Tobey

The result is three products: the Daily Brightening Moisturizer with Lychee & Cowberry, the Daily Glow Serum with Hyaluronic Acid, and

an All You Need Eye Cream with Cucumber Extract. The line has already caught the attention of multi-brand etailer thirteenlune; a portion of the proceeds from the sale of products goes to Lupus LA.


Loss of appetite. Age-related diminishing of taste, smell and vision, as well as changes in the digestive system, can make food seem less appealing. To enhance flavor, try marinades, condiments and spices, but add them in limited quantities. Older adults may be more sensitive to foods that are very spicy or sour — and of course, avoid excess salt.

Financial challenges. Most communities offer meal programs for older adults, such as Meals on Wheels or community dining programs. (Many of these programs are delivery-only these days.) Your loved one also might qualify for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

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AS WE GROW OLDER, we can face barriers to good nutrition. Let me share five common challenges and how families and friends can work with older loved ones to overcome them.

5. Memory care. People with Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia may have decreased appetite and sense of thirst. They may have trouble using utensils and swallowing food. The caregiver can prepare special meals and provide supervision, assistance and encouragement as recommended by your loved one’s health care provider.

Five ways home care supports senior nutrition


2. Shop for groceries. For seniors with mobility or cognitive challenges who spend much of the time at home, a trip to the market can be a real treat. Getting a little exercise while making selections from pyramids of produce and aisles of colorful packages provides an appetite boost.


Transportation. When it’s no longer safe for an older adult to drive, eating out and getting groceries can be a real challenge! Family and friends can offer to pick up what their loved one needs or take them to the market. Dining out together is a great way to stay connected. During the pandemic, older adults have discovered the convenience of grocery and restaurant delivery. Family and friends can help their loved one navigate the websites and install apps.

Health problems. Loose or missing teeth, Parkinson’s disease, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, or the effects of a stroke can make it difficult to prepare meals, use utensils, chew and swallow. These problems should be addressed with your loved one’s health care provider. Doctors and dietitians often recommend soft foods, as well as modified cooking methods and eating utensils.

Social isolation. Seniors who are lonely often forget to eat — or they might turn to unhealthy, processed “comfort foods” that are high in fat, salt and sugar. And few people are motivated to cook for one. Community dining programs offer companionship that improves the appetite. Family and friends can schedule regular meals with their loved one or have cooking gatherings to create nourishing meals their loved one can freeze.

—By Larry Anthony


4. Transportation. Grocery shopping is just the beginning. Your loved one may have regular appointments with a dietitian, a speech-language therapist for a swallowing disorder, or an occupational therapist to help with eating and preparing foods. The caregiver can take your loved one to these appointments, and on trips out and about for exercise and to stay connected.

1. Meal preparation. A trained, professional in-home caregiver can serve as your loved one’s personal chef, creating meals and snacks they enjoy, while modifying foods to comply with prescribed special diets such as soft, low-salt, low-fat or gluten-free. Your loved one can participate in menu planning; studies show food choice enhances appetite.

3. Companionship. Watching someone create the meal and set a lovely table, and enjoying pleasant conversation during mealtime are more appetite boosters. And seniors with chewing or swallowing difficulties feel more confident with a supportive, nonjudgmental person nearby.

NON-FUNGIBLE TOKENS (NFTs) are similar to unique collector’s items or antiques, but digital. They attract investments because blockchain technology prevents NFTs from being stolen like physical items. NFT transfers are not reversible–there are no credit card chargebacks on the blockchain and there is no court that can take possession of assets while a dispute is pending. The emerging technology and record NFT sale prices are creating an irrational exuberance that leads to two common mistakes.

The BAYC website says in no uncertain terms that the NFT purchaser owns the underlying art completely. Two sentences later the same, suspiciously short terms and conditions attempt to limit the right to use the art in certain ways. But if BAYC already granted ownership of the art completely, then there are no rights left to grant or withhold. This is a plain contradiction no one questioned.

Another NFT project raised money to bid on a physical object at a Christie’s auction. The object was a rare storyboard of the science fiction novel Dune, and the project’s NFT owners would have essentially limited partners in profiting off the storyboard. The project tweeted that its goal was to publish the book, produce an animated series and support derivative projects. No one realized that buying the storyboard doesn’t transfer the copyright or trademark required to pursue those goals. Three million dollars were irreversibly transferred on this false assumption.

The Baller Ape Club project attracted attention because it was similar to BAYC. In October, the creators executed a $2 million rug pull when they transferred, irreversibly, the NFT sale proceeds to their private cryptocurrency accounts and disappeared. Then, three weeks ago, the owners of the Big Daddy Ape Club pulled off the same scam for $1.2 million. A week prior to that, the developers of an ice cream themed NFT project called Frosties ran off with $1.3 million, and the Doodled Dragons NFT creator literally tweeted that, rather than donating proceeds to charity, he decided to donate to his bank account. “Cya nerds” is the last anyone heard from him. No one audited the source code for these projects to see if it prevented fraud.

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NFT project websites and social accounts make grandiose promises about how profits will be distributed and how decisions will be made as a community. Each promise must be reflected in the blockchain source code that governs the project. Bugs and glitches might be exploited just like any computer program, and average investors don’t know how to read the code. Due diligence is a real challenge, and it increases the risk of a hack or a “rug pull” – the new term for sudden theft by NFT project creators.

#1 - Not understanding what you actually own.

NFTs usually correspond to a separate digital artwork, like a .jpg file. Authors of artwork own a copyright in the art, which might also act as a trademark. They may grant some, all, or none of the rights to the purchaser of the artwork. NFT project creators accomplish this though the terms and conditions of sale on the project website. One popular NFT project is the Bored Apes Yacht Club or BAYC, which are selling for millions of dollars despite a confusing if not contradictory intellectual property assignment in the terms and conditions.

#2 - Assuming the computer code is correct.

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In just two weeks, patients can secure the ability to have children for years until they are absolutely ready. Egg freezing is one of the greatest recent medical advancements to empower women. It enables a more mindful approach to reproduction that isn’t tarnished by anxieties, pressures, and uncertainties. It’s essential to invest in your future and this is one of the finest examples of doing so. Dr. Ghadir’s advice is to “avoid procrastinating and just do it” because this is about women “empowering their life and not being under the crunch of the ever-ticking clock”.

Photos courtesy Dr. Ghadir and Christina Deravedisian

MORE AND MORE WOMEN are electing to freeze their eggs and exercise personal autonomy over starting a family. Egg freezing is giving women choices that never existed before. Women no longer have to enter motherhood under duress; they don’t have to jeopardize blossoming careers, resent their biological clocks, resign to unsuitable relationships, or feel definitively excluded from motherhood by underlying medical conditions. Instead, they can proceed with their lives in the present however they desire, while knowing that the possibility of motherhood in the future is protected.

—By Marissa Montgomery



Dr. Shahin Ghadir

Dr. Shahin Ghadir of the Southern California Reproductive Center is one of Hollywood’s most well-known fertility doctors. His career of over 25 years represents the intersection of groundbreaking medical technology with personalized care. It’s his unwavering personal commitment to his patients that sets him apart from others in the industry. Dr. Ghadir and his team recognize how overwhelming this process can be. In order to make it as comfortable and stress-free as possible, the office operates on a highly communicative, holistic level. There is always someone there to speak to, whether it’s Dr.Ghadir or a member of his team, to reassure you on this journey so you never feel alone. Dr Ghadir and his team are constantly calling and emailing through a special portal to check in. Nestled in the heart of Beverly Hills, a visit to the SCRC feels more like a trip to the spa than to the doctor’s office. It’s not hard to understand why Dr.Ghadir has accumulated such a starstudded clientele including the likes of

Jamie Chung, Lance Bass, and Caroline de But,Campos.theprocess for freezing eggs? What does it actually entail? Eggs are harvested in a four-step process that takes place over approximately two weeks. The first step involves “Testing and Optimization”, ensuing process will be safely and accurately tailored to the individual. It entails a comprehensive assessment of the patient’s medical history and a series of diagnostic tests.

The second stage, “Stimulation” refers to the 10-14 day period where patients will self-inject hormones daily at home while visiting the office every few days for monitoring. Once Stimulation is complete, “Egg Retrieval” is ready to happen. This is where the patient’s eggs are harvested through a 30-minute outpatient surgery conducted under mild anesthesia. The final step, “Cryopreservation,” occurs on the same day as the Egg Retrieval and consists of selecting those mature eggs to be frozen until whenever they are to be used.


Overall, Knebel attributes her success to her current job in public works: working with words on a daily basis, reading, and understanding how words are put together on signs in front of her.

WHEEL OF FORTUNE is one of the most syndicated shows on television, racking in millions of viewers daily. It is no surprise that actually getting onto the show as a contestant is literally one in a million. For an opportunity like this, many contribute their success to luck. For Ilene Knebel, active member of the community, mother to Beverly Hills alumni, and Executive Assistant to Public Works director Sean Epstein, perseverance got her to the finish line. Knebel, who won on Wheel of Fortune in December of 2021, spent over 30 years trying to make it onto the“Ishow.wasinitially inspired by my cousin” she said. “Thirty years ago she was on the show and won on her first day. I wanted to do the same!”

As part of the audition and application process, candidates must complete a written test and puzzle with only a few letters showing. Knebel recalls “the test was extremely hard and was difficult to pass.” After her fifth time, she finally did and producers asked her to come back in six months. However, Knebel started having a family and finding the time to go back became difficult. Eventually, when her children grew up and life settled down, she went back in and tried year after year until the pandemic hit. The application process during COVID pivoted to accommodate the social distancing enforced at the time. Knebel had to create a one-minute video, of which she captured on Santa Monica Blvd, to send in as step one of the audition. Making it past that first round, Knebel went on to the second round of screening— playing a game on zoom in front of producers. After 30 years, Knebel finally got the call she had long awaited— producers wanted her on the show. In December of 2021, Knebel went on to become a contestant and to her amazement . . . won.

—By Arielle Harris

Ilene Knebel at her "watch" party

“I had to sign an NDA and couldn’t tell anyone I had won for six weeks. I had to sit there and pretend like I didn’t know the outcome of the episode once it aired.”

Photo courtesy Ilene Kneeble

Her episode premiered in January 2022 and Knebel was crowned the first grand prize winner of the season, taking home a grand total of over $100,000 dollars in cash and prizes. As an avid donor, philanthropist and Girl Scout, Knebel plans to contribute some of the money towards her favorite foundations and communities, some of which include Nourish LA, Elks Club, The Amanda Foundation, Girl Scouts, and her community temple.





OVER THE PAST 25 YEARS , Tower Cancer Research Foundation in Beverly Hills has been a catalyst for cancer research and community support—bringing resources to physicians and patients alike with a mission of increasing awareness and finding a cure for the disease. Tower provides research and community grants, issuing millions in funding to those embarking upon research and community support. From hospitals like CedarsSinai, to independent researchers, the Foundation offers funding in various tiers, allowing a spectrum of recipients at different points in their research to obtain support and continue making strides in their fields.Anoteworthy feature of the Foundation includes their internal patient services division. Tower offers cancer patients and survivors the Magnolia House— an educational support system to equip any and all patients and survivors, no matter where treatment was received—with both physical and emotional tools to integrate into daily life.



Photos courtesy Tower Cancer Research

Not only does the Foundation focus on helping patients now, but they also place a huge emphasis encouraging people of all ages to see the benefit of investing in our future. “If COVID has been an indicator of how quickly we can develop vaccines and combat diseases, with enough money and brain power, the same can be applied to cancer diseases,” saysTheDavid.Foundation’s annual Tower of Hope gala takes place this May 2022 at the Beverly Hilton. Learn more about upcoming initiatives and events, the organization’s website offers helpful information.

Tower Cancer's Magnolia House

Power Tower 5k Walk/Run


Dr. Press Check

Jan and Robert Ackerman, Tower of Hope Gala

—By Arielle Harris

Group gathering at Magnolia House

Due to the digital solutions COVID introduced, Tower has embraced the opportunity to expand this patient services division online and reach more people. "There has been an increase in the attention to sciences and the medical field over the past couple of years,” says Executive Director Linda David. As a result of increased attention and the ability to access online services, The Magnolia House has seen a twofold increase in community engagement and class sign-ups since going fully remote,” says David. The program now hosts over ten thousand visitors within the 130+ classes they offer every month. This support system is free for those who sign up and gives both patients and survivors a place of solace and community while navigating life with, or as a result of, cancer.

—Bymillion.Jessica Varone

FRIEZE LA art fair debuted for the first time ever in Beverly Hills this past February. Set up in a pristine, park-lined tent next to the Beverly Hilton, the contemporary show spanned four days and attracted over 30,000 visitors with a showcase of 100 local and international galleries.

Thaddaeus Ropac sold Georg Baselitz’s Eisdiele (2020), a loose oil portrait of the artist’s wife Elke (one of Baselitz’s longtime subjects), for €1,350,000. In addition, the European gallery sold an untitled 1998 work by Robert Rauschenberg for $1.1 million.

David Zwirner sold three paintings by Lisa Yuskavage—recent oil paintings on linen depicting voluptuous women in domestic settings, like Artist’s Model (2022), in which a nude woman poses amidst pinkon-pink cushions, carpets, and curtains. The works by Yuskavage ranged from $600,000 to $1.5 million. Zwirner also sold a painting by Alice Neel for $1

Hauser & Wirth sold out its booth of paintings by the French artist Camille Henrot, who has never shown in Los Angeles before. The works, which combined sleek digital collage with expressive mark-making, ranged in price from $20,000 to $140,000.


Various contemporary art pieces at the Frieze LA Art Fair in Beverly Hills Photos courtesy of Jessica Varone

White Cube sold a Beatriz Milhazes painting for $1,200,000 and collage for $200,000.




“Beverly Hills has proved to be a central location between the east side and the west side and we saw collectors, artists, institutions and visitors from all across the city,” said Christine Messineo, appointed director of Frieze New York and Los Angeles this past November. “We’ve received lots of compliments."

You can enter at www.beverlyhills.org

• 1 cup shredded beets = pink on white eggs, maroon on brown eggs


4 R’s: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Regulation

• 1 cup red onion skins = lavender or red eggs

• 1 bag Red Zinger tea = lavender eggs

• For every dozen eggs, plan on using at least four cups of dye liquid.

One Beverly Hills

—By Arielle Harris.

In an effort to reduce single use plastic, Beverly Hills has a city ordinance in place surrounding disposable foodware accessories (utensils, napkins, straws, etc). These items are no longer automatically included with to-go options, but instead must be requested. The city has also created a more sustainable approach to waste collection services: trash, green waste and recycling collection. You no longer need to separate your recyclables as the city now does it for the community. BLACK containers are for all household trash including recyclables and GREEN containers are for yard clippings only. The mixed waste from your black container is sent to a material recovery facility where recyclables are separated from all other trash. The yard clippings are sent to a composting facility. As a result of these regulations, the City has both met and exceeded the state mandated 50% diversion of waste from landfills.


As Easter events come to fruition in Beverly Hills this month, considering alternative ways to make Easter eggs can be environmentally friendly and sustainable. After dozens of eggs are decorated, they become inedible from

• 1 cup chopped purple cabbage = blue on white eggs, green on brown eggs

• 1 cup yellow onion skins = orange on white eggs, rusty red on brown eggs

19th Annual Earth Day Farmer’s Market

chemical dyes. Simple, all natural alternatives could already be in your kitchen! Additionally, avoiding wasteful tendencies, an environmentally friendly alternative to your Easter egg hunt could be pine cones, or paper

• 2 tablespoons ground turmeric = yellow eggs

• Add one tablespoon white vinegar to every cup of strained dye liquid.

Beverly Hills will be hosting a virtual cleanup where volunteers are encouraged to clean up plastic and trash pollution on their own schedule and self-selected location, to be mindful of social distancing. Volunteers who participate can submit photos of the trash collected and the first 100 to be registered will have a tree planted on their behalf. Additionally, the city will be conducting an Earth Day Virtual Art and Video contest. The contest is open now and ends on Sunday, April 24th, 2022.

for Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs

Easter and Sustainability

Photo courtesy DBOX

Beverly Hills launches its 19th Annual Earth Day event at the Farmer’s Market, Sunday April 24th from 9-12pm. This year’s theme is “Investing in Our Planet.” The city will have the Public Works department at a booth advising on sustainability efforts, as well as a free compost giveaway and free shredding services. A fun fact to note is that the city collects e-waste (electronic devices, batteries, etc) at the farmer’s market the first Sunday of every month.


Per cup of water use the following:

Under current development on Santa Monica and Wilshire Blvd is the One Beverly Hills — set to be an ultimate luxury urban-resort and the one of the country’s largest private net-zero greenhouse emission projects. With Botanical Gardens set to operate at maximum sustainability levels, comprising mostly water smart plans, greenergy, and an irrigation system deriving from the project’s greywater system, One is committed to being environmentally responsible and innovative. The building will be constructed from recycled materials and will offer EV charging stations to residents and visitors. The grounds are determined to demonstrate how technology, like moisture sensing and design, can offer a gate into sustainable practices in everyday life.

Clean, Green, and Artsy


Once you pick your favorite brow service, you could easily brush your brows and walk out your doors without thinking twice about having a bad brow

MOST PEOPLE OVERLOOK THEIR BROWS and do not realize how important the up-keep can be. So, I sat down with master Brow Artist, Barbara Yniguez (@barbarabrowsnlashes) and got her insight on how to master your brows.




Some brow services include brow shaping, brow lamination and brow tinting. “Brow shaping is the most widely known and available services. But, have you tried a brow lamination? You may have heard the term in passing or have already tried this popular service. A brow lamination—sometimes called a “brow lift” is a semi-permanent process that chemically restructures the hair. The brow artist pushes the hair into the desired shape by various techniques. Once the hair is molded upward and outward it is processed and then reshaped with tweezing or waxing to accommodate the new hair placement. The results can be magnificent. Thin anemic

a handful of options to fill in and shape brows. Pencils have become less waxy and much thinner. The automatic skinny pencil is a trusted favorite of mine. Look for one that goes on smoothly and also blends into the hair easily. Another recent favorite of mine is tinted brow gel. The newer formulas may contain micro fibers that adhere to hair creating a fuller brow. This works great for thinner space brows. For already naturally full brows, a sheer tinted brow gel is sufficient to keep brows in place throughout the day. Brow soap or wax has been used for decades but has had a recent resurgence. This clear solid product comes in a bar or tin typically. It is a great option for a very natural, youthful look. A brow or mascara wand is coated with the wax before brushing the brow hairs into place. Brow wax does not have the hold that a liquid brow gel does but does give a bit of gloss and grooming.”



Photos courtesy Chroma Colour

about brow tinting? ”Tinting brows is not new per se. However, brow tinting is permitted in California as of January 1st. So, you may start noticing your esthetician or brow artist openly offering the service. Brow tinting is more than just darkening brows. A brow artist is able to enhance the overall fullness and shape by strategically applying tint. Not to mention, the tint adds richness and depth to a fading arch. Results can last 3-4 weeks.”

“Brows are notoriously known to make or break a face. One over-zealous waxer or clumsy trim can set you back months. Keeping up with trends and the 'perfect brow shape for your face' has never been easier or more fun," noted Barbara.

Beverly Hills based celebrity makeup artist Tatiyana Elias is renowned for her expertise in creating natural, glowing skin. It’s this key principle that drives a signature style that is both natural and luminous. www.tatiyana.com

brows can become full and even fluffy. Brows that stubbornly grow downward or out are now smooth and lifted. Brows that have a “hook” or are over tweezed get magically reborn into a balanced new arch. The reorganizing of the brow hair creates a lifted look to the eye while also physically moving the brow higher on the face, resulting in a refreshed youthful new look. Results last approximately 8-12 weeks,” shared



Another tool that could be used are brow products like pencils, stencils, brow gels and even powders. Barbara noted, “In the past, the big question was—pencil or powder? Now, we have

Beverly Hills Police Department

DCS Coordinator (310) 288-2672

Beverly Hills Community Farm

Meals on Wheels

Lots of volunteer opportunities available to help save homeless animals. bestfriends.org/volunteer jvarone@bestversionmedia.com

Beverly Hills Education Foundation

Spring Volunteers Needed

Need volunteers? Send us your program information and we can feature in a future issue. Email

A non-profit volunteer organization of parents and community leaders that raises funds to support the five public schools in Beverly Hills. (310)bhef.org557-0651

Volunteer to help feed homebound people residing in the Beverly Hills area by delivering (310)mealsonwheelswla.orgmeals.423-3517

Best Friends Animal Sanctuary

Volunteer to spend time in our farm space and help the farm team with all aspects of vertical, hydroponic farming. May include seeding, harvesting, checking the nutrient and water levels and cleaning the towers. For those not ready to work in the farm location, they can always use the help in other ways such as community and school outreach, program support, graphic design, grant writing and fundraising. Contactbeverlyhillscommunityfarm.orgJen(310)801-2157

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For adults, Volunteers on Patrol program is open and includes opportunities like Neighborhood Watch. Disaster Communications Systems volunteers are an integral part of the City’s Emergency Preparedness Plan. The Explorer Program is suited for teens, ages 14-18, interested in law enforcement. Volunteerbeverlyhills.orgCoordinator (310) 285-2128

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