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Thanks to one woman's vision and guts, a one-of-a-kind canine disaster response training center is nearing completion in Santa Paula.


Your comprehensive guide to cool and crazy summer camps for kids. Better sign 'em up soon or you may live to regret it come the long, hot days of July.


Cut 360's brunch features an endless parade of delicious skewered meats brought straight to you by tableside chefs.


8 WELCOME FROM BEYOND Greetings from the publisher and editor.


Paula Cornell wants deployed U.S. troops to feel the love tucked in every care package she sends them.


Exotic animal vet Dr. Evan Antin (also known as People magazine's "Sexiest Vet") isn't just a pretty face.


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Tara Brundrett, the brains behind a delicious new sauce, talks chocolate.

ACORNUCOPIA 22 PACK YOUR BAGS Must-have travel gadgets bring

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Don't underestimate the humble egg now that it's beaten its bad rap.

ON THE COVER: Sightings of the wild green


It's not just for the kitchen. This versatile oil does wonders for your body, too.

SIP & SAVOR 49 A guide to area restaurants serving the

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SCENE AROUND TOWN 55 Candids caught at some of the


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AROUND TOWN & BEYOND 56 As spring blossoms into summer,

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RESOURCES 65 A guide to the people and vendors

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The infamous wild green parrots— where'd they come from? Where are they going?

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n urge to try something new . . . a push of support from a loved one . . . a revelation from an offhand comment. Lifechanging inspiration springs from many different sources. At a Camarillo Chamber of Commerce Women in Business event last October, Wilma Melville took the podium and spoke about how fate led her to launch the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation, a facility where dogs are trained to locate survivors of major disasters alongside first responders. Because of this woman we have the first and only facility in the U.S. designed specifically for canine disaster search teams. And, because of our chance encounter, you can read about her fascinating story on page 37. Tara Brundrett was steadily working a desk job. But, when she couldn’t find just the right chocolate sauce for her ice cream sundae party, she created her own. Encouraged by the positive feedback of family and friends, Tara made a drastic change, launching her company, Tatter’s Treats, and following her dream. You can catch this sweet story on page 20. A casual comment from Paula Cornell’s husband about his days serving in Vietnam revealed the stark reality of everyday life for our troops. Paula’s compassionate response has grown into a fulltime mission to send a little taste of home to our deployed soldiers through her organization, For The Troops. Her story is on page 14. These women didn’t start their lives knowing they would be where they are today. Fate presented a moment which these women seized. And that igniting spark set them on a new and exciting path. So, no matter if you’re a man or a woman, there could be some event, comment or experience that will call you to action. If you listen when that opportunity knocks and open your heart, you could be an influence to others as well as fulfill a need in your own soul. What will be the moment that will change your life?

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e wait for it and wait for it until, finally, the clouds part and spring busts through in all of its color and glory. Even here, where winters are mild, we welcome spring and herald its arrival as we do the birth of a new baby. Well, she’s here now and ours to enjoy! Time to feed the garden . . . and plan for summer. That’s why we’ve included a roundup of summer camps in the area. No, it’s not too soon to get the kids signed up. Either that, or wait for their long faces to greet you in June with cries of: “So, what’r we doin’ today, Mom?” There are so many options right here in our community—some great classic summer camps with activities like archery and relay races, and specialty camps that invite kids to try out movie making, dance, robotics, surfing and, well, it makes me want to sign up myself. And while you’re planning for summer, don’t forget to check out the latest travel gadgets in Acornucopia this month. Yeah, the kids get to play but so do the rest of us. And these innovative travel aids definitely bring wandering the globe smack into the 21st century. Noise-blocking earbuds? Portable workout kit? Palm-size selfie cam? Pull out the old knapsack (or rather, put it away for good and grab your self-charging smart suitcase), it’s time to travel. On a more serious note, we meet a fascinating woman who is spending her retirement years changing the face of disaster search and rescue. Wilma Melville launched the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation 20 years ago and now the dogs and rescue teams trained in her 125-acre facility are deployed to disaster sites all over the globe. An inspirational story. We were also invited inside the home of the House Whisperer who shows how a modest home can be transformed into an artful and unique family retreat. A piano repurposed into a garden fountain? Just take a look. It’s really something. There is so much more to talk about in this issue of Beyond. I hope you take time out of your spring garden projects to read with us­—in the sunshine, of course. Until next time,

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Every month, Paula Cornell scrambles to come up with $20,000 in postage fees and another $5,000 for personal items like socks, toothpaste and baby wipes. Not a small task. As one of the founders of the Simi Valley-based nonprofit For The Troops, Paula is on a personal mission to make sure deployed military members receive some of life’s basic necessities. Each month For The Troops sends out about 1,800 parcels aptly named “We Care” packages. Paula’s passion began in 2005. The idea for FTT and its theme, “Supporting our troops one care package at a time,” stemmed from an offhand remark made by her husband, Jim. Paula noticed he’d forgotten to brush his teeth that day. “It’s no big deal,” he said. “I didn’t brush my teeth for a year in Vietnam.” A horrified Paula also learned that during her husband’s tour of

  LETTERS FROM THE FRONT   “…Who would have thought someone could get excited over a bar of soap? Well, I did. You’d think it was Christmas… ” -KRISTOFFER “…The best part of it all was the letters from everyone. I love to read the letters.” -GILBERT “…I was able to share with Army females fresh from the field and in need of many of the items. They were very grateful!” -MAUREEN “…The package I got is very much like something I might get from close family… ” -B.R., PFC “…the handmade knot hats were especially appreciated!! Many of our guys here are balding and as it’s quite cold here, they were particularly appreciated!” -GREGORY

duty he went without other creature comforts as well, like toilet paper. That casual exchange inspired a shocked and humbled Paula to take on a mission to supply U.S. troops with some of the personal items that most civilians take for granted. The operation started like a pebble dropping into water. Then a paralegal at a law firm, Paula put out a memo encouraging staff and friends to contribute items for deployed service members.

When her office cubicle filled up with donations, she collected and boxed the items on her dining room table and later in her garage. Like waves building higher and flowing out further, her efforts grew until finally Paula and her friend Janie Josephson formed the nonprofit organization, For The Troops. Now operating on a grand scale, and requiring Paula's full-time attention, FTT is based in a 3,400-square-foot storefront space donated by the Sycamore Village

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shopping center in Simi Valley, without which they couldn’t operate, says a grateful Paula. The public can tour what goes on at 2960 Cochran Street, but it’s advisable to bring items to donate, or be prepared to offer some cash or buy something onsite to support the organization because Paula is a hands-on operator—a force to be reckoned with—who is not shy about asking for things that the nonprofit needs. Although a petite lady in her early 60s, she’s a feisty whirlwind of a gal with the energy of a 30-year-old who says she’s basically been propelled all along to stick to her plan. “It’s simple,” she says, “We send care packages to troops. Period.” As the For The Troops website’s counter indicates, more than 150,000 care packages have reached deployed men and women to date, and the number grows daily. But Paula couldn’t do it all without the aid of her dedicated volunteers, many of whom have been with the organization for a long time. Toni Trotman, for instance, has been volunteering for more than 10 years. Through years of trial and tribulation, the collection, sorting, disbursement and sending of the items has become a well-oiled machine. “It costs about $13 to send this box,” says Trotman of the U.S. Postal Service’s medium flat rate box filled with items such as snacks and gum, comics and books. “But we don’t ship hardcovers because they weigh too much,” she adds. The contents of the packages has evolved over the years as well. For instance, they’ve learned that female service members need different items than men, so there’s a whole section just for the girls. And oversized boxes weighing around 50 pounds each are packed for entire units containing personal paraphernalia, comics, sports items and food. In response to the obvious question of why the postage isn’t covered by the government, Trotman quips, “They’ll ship my son overseas but they won’t ship his mail!” referring to her son, Ben, who was deployed for several years. “The downtime is the worst,” she explains. That’s why games, sports gear and comics are so important to troops. And letters. The men and women seem to really appreciate hearing from home, even if it’s just a note from an elementary school student. Asked what fuels their dedication, Paula says, “Thanks to these brave American sons and daughters, you don’t have to worry about the freedom of your own children.” And knowing they are providing these freedom fighters everyday comforts keeps the volunteers at For The Troops inspired and working hard to raise money for these goods—and the postage to send them. For The Troops accepts requests for care packages to be sent to loved ones deployed overseas. They accept donations 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Thursday and Saturdays.

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It’s a busy morning at the Conejo Valley Veterinary Hospital. A cluster of nurses clad in blue medical scrubs huddle around an examination table. Several kittens bounce around a holding room following a routine procedure. A guilty-faced dog waits for his post-surgery check-up: he’s swallowed one of his owner’s socks again. And, by the X-ray room, Dr. Evan Antin leans over a computer screen and confirms the diagnosis of his patient: this tortoise has uroliths (bladder stones). It won’t be the only reptile in his care today. The exotic animal specialist, one of about

four at the hospital, sees at least half a dozen different species of birds, reptiles, mammals and wildlife in his office on any given day. Evan has been a veterinarian at the hospital for three years, but that’s not exactly what’s gained him a spot in the public eye. The doctor of veterinary medicine is also an Instagram sensation with 785,000 followers and counting, thanks to his informative and fascinating pictures of baby animals, exotic species and images of veterinary adventures abroad and in the operating room of the Conejo Valley Veterinary Hospital. There’s that, and the fact that he’s ridiculously good looking: Evan was recently crowned 2016’s “Sexiest Veterinarian” by People magazine. The exotic animal vet is also a fitness buff and former physical trainer whose devilish handsomeness coupled with his love of less-cuddly creatures like crocodiles and exotic birds caught online magazine Bored Panda’s attention about a year ago. Evan’s social following exploded tenfold almost overnight. “I didn’t even know about it and I remember waking up and seeing that my Instagram had jumped thousands of followers

and thinking, ‘OK, what’s going on?’”   In 2014, People magazine named Evan “Sexiest Beast Charmer.”   If his looks thrust him into the limelight, Evan doesn’t mind. For the 2013 Colorado State veterinary school grad, this bout of fame gives him the opportunity to educate the public and inspire future veterinarians about wildlife conservation and animal care for creatures and critters of all shapes and sizes. “I’ve been able to . . . share my passion with people through fun and educational and mostly positive posts.” He also uses Instagram to raise awareness about important issues, like the abuse of Asiatic elephants in Southeast Asia. Of course, those posts are usually followed by an adorable puppy photo or two (“puppies always do well”). One of Evan’s idols is the late Steve Irwin, the Australian nature expert who spread conservation awareness on a broad scale via his “Crocodile Hunter” TV show. Evan dreams of hosting a similar series where he can wrestle with some seriously wild creatures, use his medical experience and work with wildlife refuge centers to

help animals in need and spread awareness. He’s no stranger to exotic places. The 32-year-old has traveled to six continents, often to volunteer at wildlife rescues or to research particular species. While he admits to being wary of the large mammals he encounters­—a hippopotamus in Tanzania, an orangutan in Borneo, an Asiatic elephant in Cambodia—Evan’s got a soft spot for dangerous reptiles. “I’ve got a heavy respect for them. And once you get to know a species, they’re pretty predictable.” “I love cats and dogs but I’ve just always felt a special connection with reptiles. I think that’s why I decided to be a veterinarian.” Evan says his curiosity and fascination for reptiles stemmed from playing in the backyard as a kid growing up just outside of Kansas City. “There was a creek in our backyard and I’d be out there every day flipping rocks looking for snakes and lizards and animals . . . the funny thing is I’m still out there doing the same stuff, only now in places like the Philippines.” SEXY VET ON PAGE 63

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Tara Brundrett describes her chocolate sauce as a “decadent indulgence.” And now, just one year after launching Tatter’s Treats, it looks like she’s determined to spread that indulgence far and wide. After over 20 years working as a project manager in occupancy planning for financial institutions and a biopharmaceutical company, brewing up sweet sauces may seem like, well, the cherry on top of an ice cream sundae. But the Thousand Oaks local (and Thousand Oaks High School grad) is serious about her new company, tagged “Tatter’s Treats” after her husband’s pet name for her. We weighed in with Tara about her sweet sauce and loved her delicious story. Beyond: When (and why) did you start this company? Tara: I’ve always had a secret passion for cooking. I love sharing my food with others and seeing their reactions. . . . About 10 years ago I wanted to make a “mobile ice cream party.” Of course, the main ingredient other than the ice cream is the fudge sauce. I couldn’t find a sauce I liked, so I created one. Over the years, I started playing with more and more flavored sauces. In 2016 my husband encouraged me to share my sauce with the world. Beyond: What are your chocolate sauces used for? Tara: Of course you can put these sauces on ice cream. Or heat them and drizzle over strawberries, bananas, pineapple or your favorite fruit. Combine it with milk for the best hot cocoa or milk chocolate. Add it to your coffee for an instant latte. Chill it and spread over your favorite bread, cookie, pretzel or (just eat it off of ) a spoon. 20 BEYONDTHEACORN.COM | SPRING 2017

Tara Brundrett tops a massive ice cream sundae, but her chocolate sauce can be enjoyed with lots of different foods . . . or even naked on a spoon.


Beyond: You add lots of interesting flavors to your chocolate sauce. What varieties do you have? Tara: I make Fudge, Mint (my husband’s favorite), Pumpkin Pie, Apple Pie (you’ll ask me how I got the crust in there), Mellow Dark (50% cacao), Strawberry and Hazelnut. I’ll be rotating flavors throughout the year based on the season. Other flavors to look for are Cherry, Bacon, Watermelon, Pineapple, Boysenberry, Key Lime, Mango, Pistachio and Walnut. The flavor combinations are endless. Beyond: Where can someone find your chocolate sauce? Tara: You can find my sauces at the Santa Clarita Certified Farmers’ Market on Sundays (and they'll be coming soon to other Ventura County farmers’ markets), at specialty boutiques, at local events and online. And I can deliver, if you’re local. Beyond: Any anecdotes about chocolate in your life? Tara: Mom always said I was born to cook—as she tells everyone, when I was 6 I asked for a food processor for Christmas. Beyond: Finish this sentence: “Life without chocolate is . . .” Tara: Bittersweet! Beyond: What’s different about your chocolate? Tara: Mine is all-natural, gluten-free and non-GMO. My ingredient list is milk chocolate, butter, sugar and milk. The flavorings are either a spice or an extract. When you look at other sauce ingredients they are full of additives and preservatives. I use pure cane sugar, no high fructose corn syrup, no beet sugar, no GMO. I use milk and butter to thicken my sauce, no soy lecithin, no glucose syrup. (Without preservatives) you can leave it on the shelf for up to three months. Then, once you’ve opened it, I suggest you refrigerate it and it will last another three months—but I dare you to try that! Beyond: How would you describe your chocolate sauce? Tara: My chocolate sauce is a decadent indulgence. After a long day, it’s the perfect treat to make you feel extraordinary. Beyond: If chocolate were a movie character, who would he be? Tara: Chocolate would be the prince that comes to save the day.

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Eggs have beaten a bum rap. For decades, we were warned of their toll on cholesterol counts and heart health. Then, last year, the USDA finally gave eggs the credit they deserve by lowering the cholesterol count of one egg by 14 percent to 185 milligrams (the USDA recommends daily cholesterol intake not exceed 300 milligrams). And because eggs, a more affordable protein source than meat, have zero carbs, no sugar and are packed with vitamins, minerals and all nine essential amino acids, they’re easily the most economical way to get a nutritious fix any time of day.

From the source Today, choosing eggs can be as befuddling as buying a new car. But for consumers who want to purchase the healthiest, most humanely produced eggs, we’ve tried to unravel the labels that lead (and mislead) consumers trying to make an informed choice. After slogging through the marketing lingo and comparing USDA labels with the more stringent delineations made by Humane Farm Animal Care—a nonprofit certification group—we’ve concluded that the safest, most humanely produced eggs are labeled “organic, pasture-raised.” The ugly truth is that eggs labeled “cage free” may in fact have been produced by hens crammed in huge industrial farm buildings (albeit not in individual cages). And, the only access to the great outdoors that many free-range hens have might be through a tiny peep hole even though we like to picture them freely pecking at bugs in an open field. Even if you don’t have a bleeding heart for the poor hens’ lifestyle, you may be interested in the tests that have shown that eggs produced by pasture-raised hens are substantially more nutritious. And the certified organic label means hens cannot be given antibiotics and must eat chicken feed that’s free of animal byproducts, and made from crops grown without chemical pesticides, fertilizers, irradiation, genetic engineering or sewage sludge. Organic, pasture-raised eggs are available in some supermarkets, most health food stores, local farmers markets and, if you’re lucky, right there in your cul-de-sac since many suburban families are building backyard chicken coops.

How do you like 'em? Poached

  Naysayers will insist you leave poached eggs to the eggsperts but with a little trick from Julia Child, you’ll be poaching like a pro. Before poaching, use a pin to poke a hole through the eggshell and drop the entire egg (shell and all) in boiling water for 10 seconds. Then follow the normal poaching process.


  For an easy-peel hard-boiled egg, dunk your eggs in an ice bath for three minutes after boiling. And follow these boiling times to ensure perfectly boiled eggs: 4 minutes for runny, 6 minutes for soft-boiled, 10 minutes for hard-boiled.


  Skip the eggstras. Despite your go-to recipe, adding milk, cream or water just makes eggs soggy. When cooked at a low heat with a little bit of butter, your eggs will come out fluffy as a cloud.

Sunny-Side Up

  Don’t crack your eggs directly on the side of the pan. Use a hard, flat surface and you’ll have less chance of the shell splintering. Plus, your egg won’t splatter into the pan.


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EGG-spressions The humble egg has inspired many familiar expressions used commonly without regard to where they might have originated. Here are a few theories:

To have egg on your face: to be caught having done

something bad. In the early days of live theater in England, rowdy audience members would throw eggs at the players on stage to express their displeasure. Another use comes from the image of a fox in the chicken coop, professing innocence while egg is dripping down his furry face, belying his guilt.

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When someone is a bad egg: a person who’s just not

nice. This one was common among British schoolchildren in the 1800s. The image references an egg that, though it may look fine on the outside, once cracked reveals a rotten center.

To put all your eggs in one basket: investing every-

thing in a single source. Although of uncertain origin, this may be an old Italian saying that made its way into the Spanish novel “Don Quixote.” “It is part of a wise man to keep himself today for tomorrow and not to venture all his eggs in one basket.” –Sancho Panza

To lay an egg: to do something horribly wrong and look like an idiot because of it. This was show biz parlance in the 1920s. The most famous use was the 1929 Variety headline: “Wall Street Lays an Egg.”

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To walk on eggs: to tread lightly so as to avoid causing

damage. 1800s. Some politicians who took very cautious positions were said to have the ability to walk on eggs without breaking them.

To egg someone on: to incite someone to act. This one

originated not from the word “egg” but from the Old Norse word “eggja” meaning “to incite.” It has the same origin as the word “edge” as if you were “egged on” by the “edge of a sword.”

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eggs cups whole milk cups all-purpose flour large can (7 oz.) plus 1 small can (4 oz.) Ortega fire-roasted, mild green chiles, diced and drained cup sharp cheddar cheese, grated

  Preheat oven to 325°. Beat eggs, milk and flour together until well blended. Add chiles and cheese and combine. Pour into rectangular 9" x 12" glass baking dish. Bake for one hour or until edges are light brown. Serve as a side dish with steak or hamburgers or as main dish with a side salad. *For a kick, substitute 4 oz. hot green chiles. Our publisher, Lisa Rule, submitted this family favorite.

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Lyn Dutcher at Epicurean Olive Oils in Camarillo substitutes olive oil in all recipes calling for butter, vegetable oil or margarine. “It contains polyphenols and oleic acid, which have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and are associated with reduced coronary heart disease and cancers.” Try: Epicurean Olive Oils’ Blood Orange Extra Virgin Olive Oil, $13

Whole Body

Olive oil makes a great natural eye makeup remover (even waterproof mascara).


“Use olive oil on your cuticles,” says Robert Jaye of Malibu Olive Company. Extra virgin olive oil helps moisturize, repair and protect your nail beds.

Alice de Dadelsen Asquith of Ojai Olive Oil swears by olive oil’s ability to cleanse and nourish human skin. “In our tasting room, I’ve been told multiple times, ‘my grandmother has hardly any wrinkles and it’s because all she’s ever used on her face is olive oil.’” Try: Extra Virgin Skin’s Extra Virgin Night Revitalizing Face Creme, $90


Carolina Gramm of Extra Virgin Skin makes a hair treatment by mixing extra virgin olive oil with freshly squeezed lemon juice and egg yolk. “Leave it in for a day at the beach or outside. It’s great for natural highlights!”

Hair and Scalp

Give your daily regimen a boost by taking a page out of Cleopatra’s beauty book

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Olive oil is a key ingredient to soft skin, says Robert. “Use olive oil as a moisturizer for your entire body— there’s no need to rub off as it absorbs very quickly.” Try: Malibu Olive Company’s Anti-Aging Skin Moisturizer, $25

Arms & Legs

  Mediterranean cultures have long known that the key to health (and delicious cuisine) is olive oil. But this secret ingredient for longevity is also an elixir for eternal youth. Olive oil, specifically extra virgin, high quality olive oil, works wonders for silky smooth, supple, soft skin and hair. And its powers are nothing new: 2,000 years ago Cleopatra (considered one of the original beauty icons) was known for washing with olive oil instead of soap in her goat milk baths.   That’s no surprise for Carolina Gramm of Extra Virgin Skin. “What is good for the inside in this case is good for the outside,” she explains. “I was born and raised in Italy so I use it every day in the kitchen. I grew up that way . . . and it’s the only oil I’ve found that doesn’t irritate my super-sensitive skin.” But don’t grab just any olive oil off the supermarket shelves. Because this fruit-derived serum is a perishable liquid, it’s important to choose high-quality, extra-virgin (unrefined) olive oil. As Alice de Dadelsen Asquith of Ojai Olive Oil puts it, “the fresher the better!”    Robert Jaye of Malibu Olive Company touts its other uses as well. “I use olive oil for almost everything in the kitchen as well as furniture, marble and shoe polish.” But that, as they say, is another story.

“One of the simplest ways to use olive oil as a beauty product is to add it to the water when soaking your feet. When you get out, let the oil air dry a bit before toweling off,” says Alice. (But be aware that olive oil can be hard on bath towels.) Try: Ojai Olive Oil’s Unscented Olive Oil Soap, $6


Carolina loves extra virgin olive oil as a natural exfoliator. “I use it once a week mixed with cornmeal and scented with a bit of essential oil to make a natural body scrub.”

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The House Whisperer finds the story in each home he revives


Dean and Tina Sharp relax in their living room which was converted from a garage. Layers of rich color overhead are punctuated by tiny spots of light achieved by fiber optics. The hanging sword is a replica of Aragorn's weapon in "Lord of the Rings." Above, interior windows open up the dining room to the kitchen, helping to achieve a sense of spaciousness. SPRING 2017 | BEYONDTHEACORN.COM 33

“I believe a home is the most sacred temple in a family’s experience.” So says Dean Sharp, aka the House Whisperer, a designer, artist, builder and self-proclaimed philosopher whose work uncovering the individual soul of each house he revives involves much more than paint and timber. Dean says he finds his joy in helping people expose their homes’ stories and he proudly can say he has “transformed a lot of hopeless houses.” Though it may sound a bit esoteric, the nuts and bolts of Dean’s work results in homes that are unique to the families that inhabit them. After many years working as a contractor on high-end homes, Dean now takes the experience gained from working on mansions and applies it to smaller homes, finding his niche as a kind of home improvement mentor and, well, house whisperer. “The artist in me feels the house; the builder in me knows what’s behind those walls.” Dean and his wife Tina’s own Thousand Oaks home began as a bland 1958 tract house which, ironically, is part of a development with a checkered past. Seems the builder way-back-when constructed these homes without rebar in their foundations so, through the years, the neighborhood has been a kind of black mark on the local real estate market. But Dean’s the kind of guy who believes in restoring each home’s value through unlocking its soul and says he thrives on “the smell of soil and sawdust.” This house was just the kind of project he loves. Dean and Tina moved into their home in 2003. At that time it was a 940-square-foot bargain but the couple saw potential and set to work. Even now, some 14 years later, it’s still evolving. “It’s 34 BEYONDTHEACORN.COM | SPRING 2017

our home and our laboratory,” Dean explains. And their only rule: “Creativity trumps cost” although, he adds, “everything here is cheaper than it looks.” Even though Dean says he “loves small houses,” this place needed a little more elbow room so he transformed the garage into a sizable living room. And the artist in Dean had a field day with the ceiling, which is a deeply hued turbulence of color. Look closely and you’ll see tiny pin drops of light, giving the illusion of stars. They are actually illuminated by optic fibers lit by a single lamp in the attic. The technology is actually quite simple as Dean describes it; the result is otherworldly. Dean constructed a hanging barn door made of inexpensive grade wood that he aged using a wire wheel on his drill and it separates the living room from the entry (the former laundry room). Now it’s a kind of gallery for a still life Dean and Tina created from a felled tree branch from their yard. The dining room utilizes another kind of optical illusion. Not wanting it to feel as though guests were tromping through the dining room to get to the bedrooms and also not wanting to cut off the room by building a hallway, they needed a creative solution. The answer: to present the illusion of a hallway by insetting a meandering line in the flooring. He also broke through the interior wall with two glassless windows that open to the kitchen—again creating the illusion of space. The kitchen was completely gutted and now does double duty as laundry room with compact stacked appliances. To keep costs

Above left: Tina prepares a meal in the kitchen while two of the family beagles watch attentively. Top: to keep the dining room separate yet spacious, Dean created the illusion of a hallway in the slate flooring. He modeled the dining room arbor after a display in a Pottery Barn store. The chain overhead is an old engine hoist they discovered at a thrift store. Above: the barn door separating the living room from the entry was made from inexpensive grade new wood which was aged using a wire wheel on a hand sander, then painted. Right: the laundry room was sacrified to make way for a roomy entry with a mosaic tile compass floor.

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Olivia, 6 months old, entertains her grandparents. Dean turned two large blocks of sawtooth Idaho flagstone into a fire pit. A piano, long past its prime and headed for the trash heap, finds new purpose as a water feature in the Sharps' garden. Windows discarded by one of Dean's clients create the illusion of an outdoor room. Below, one of eight hens that supply the family with fresh eggs daily.

down, Dean chose a lower grade slate for the flooring, kitchen counters and backsplash, less expensive because of its richly variegated colors but just perfect for the colors and nuance the Sharps wanted. “We allow ourselves one indulgence in each part of the project,” Dean says. In the kitchen, it’s the hood that Tina desired. Outside, the same rules apply. The one indulgence is the massive fire pit. Dean cut through the stone himself and later built the deck around it, using inexpensive framing wood topped with a heavy duty oil seal. The garden walkways and walls are made of pieces of the concrete patio that Dean removed to make way for the deck. And decorative garden windows are left over from a job Dean completed some time ago. And, yes, that’s a piano in the garden. Long past its time for making music and headed for the dump, the piano has been repurposed in the garden as a unique water feature. And so, the artist/philosopher/builder/graphic designer has unearthed another gem and turned it into a home for his own family. “Houses need stories,” the House Whisperer explains. “They don’t need huge budgets.” Dean shares his house wisdom on a weekly radio show. Tune in to “Home with Dean Sharp, the House Whisperer” Sundays from 10 to 11 a.m. on KFI AM 640 or listen live on the iHeartRadio app. 36 BEYONDTHEACORN.COM | SPRING 2017

TO THE RESCUE The Unsung Heroes of Disaster Response



Written By Allison Montroy

hen disaster strikes, Zack arrives at ground zero with one mission: to locate victims buried alive. Reflective orange vest across his back, Zack makes his way across the precarious pile of rubble where a building once stood. For most, the terrifying task of navigating wires, broken cement, glass shards and sharp metal rebar on unsteady ground to find what is essentially a needle in a haystack is an impossible feat. For Zack, it takes five minutes. A black German shepherd with bright eyes and a knack for speed, Zack possesses the perfect trifecta of temperament, top-notch olfactory senses and four-legged agility to make him an important part of disaster rescue efforts. That’s why he’s one of about a dozen dogs currently living at the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation’s new training center in Santa Paula. He’s just saved a volunteer “victim” trapped in the on-site Rubble Pile, one of several different zones he’ll train in during his year residency at the center.

Today may have been just a routine exercise, but if Zack graduates from the program, he could soon be bound for a tsunami, hurricane, earthquake or train wreck disaster zone any place in the world where his training will be crucial for saving human lives. The SDF, founded in 1996 in Ojai, is a nonprofit organization with a mission to strengthen disaster response in America. The foundation is the only organization in the country that recruits dogs from shelters and breed-specific rescue organizations and partners them with firefighters and first responders (at no cost to their departments). After graduating from SDF training, these teams will be certified through the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) and will be ready to save lives in disaster situations. “We don’t (expect) terrorist attacks, hurricanes, tornadoes, train crashes . . . but should any of these horrors happen, we’re ready. Because if there is a possibility that someone is alive in there­—that is the purpose of these dogs,” explains SDF’s founder, Wilma Melville. At 83, the petite, rosy-cheeked, white-haired former physical education teacher, mother of four and total force of nature, seems anything but her age. Twenty-plus years ago, a recently-retired Wilma had two interests: horses and dogs. She spent her days either distance riding near her Ojai home or training at the Gilroy Sundowners training kennel with her black Labrador, Murphy, to obtain FEMA Advanced Disaster Search Dog certification: at the time, just another hobby. “I just kind of thought, I’d like to train a dog to do something special,” she explains. She and Murphy were one of only 15 certified disaster search dog teams in the nation. Wilma Melville says canine trainer Pluis Davern taught her the In 1995, Wilma and Murphy embarked on their first deployessentials to building a successful search dog team: choosing the right dog, choosing the right handler and ensuring the best training for both. ment: the Oklahoma City federal building bombing. Search dogs found one survivor. That eye-opening experience propelled Wilma to launch a project that would fundamentally change the ways



From left: Huck, Tanker, Rugby, Riley and Pearl, all SDF graduates, stand with their first responder partners during the christening of the train wreck set, right, at the training center in 2015.


dogs are used in disaster rescue. “I just thought civilians shouldn’t be here. This should be a firefighter at the other end of my dog’s leash.” Wilma knew that the nation needed more canine disaster search teams, faster training regimens and better-equipped handlers in order to make a difference. In her mid-60s, Wilma had found her second calling: starting a national search dog foundation to increase the number of canine-handler teams ready for FEMA certification. “I said to my horse, ‘OK, horse, I’ll be back in six months.’” But Wilma never went back to her quiet retirement. Instead, she partnered with Pluis Davern, a renowned canine trainer Wilma met during her own training. Together Wilma and Pluis developed the foundation’s training principles. Pluis trained the dogs, and Wilma trained the first responders (“I was a P.E. teacher who raised four sons—I could handle some firefighters”). From there, “all the pieces just fit together and I just couldn’t stop doing this.” Twenty years later, at the cost of $20,000 a team, the SDF has successfully certified 140 canine rescue teams. Almost 40 percent of the 260 active certified teams across the nation were trained at the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation before continuing on to complete FEMA certification. When disaster strikes, canine teams are deployed to hurricanes, tornadoes, plane crashes, parking garage collapses, landslides and explosions. Thirteen teams were at the 2001 World Trade Center attacks. Teams were also deployed to the 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami and the 2015 Nepal earthquake. Now the nation’s first and only training center of its kind is almost complete, much in part to a collective “can-do” attitude from its founder and the many volunteers, sponsors and nearly two dozen employees tirelessly contributing time and money. “You work your butt off year after year and after 20 years you

At the National Training Center in Santa Paula, dogs and handlers complete practice rescues on a multitude of courses. Top: search team Jake Armendariz and Clancy investigate the train wreck set. Above: search team Eric Gray and Riley practice on the training center's rubble pile.

Above: search team Eric Gray and Riley of Camarillo deplane in Japan during a deployment in the aftermath of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Right: the Search Dog Foundation generally recruits from breeds known for temperament and agility. Far right: a somber scene from the World Trade Center following 9/11.

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poke your head up and wow, look where you are,” Wilma says. In 2010, with a $1.5 million donation from the McGraths, a family with deep roots in Ventura County, the Search Dog Foundation broke ground on the training center, located on the historic Willett family ranch in Santa Paula. The entire facility is funded by donations and grants from no less than 885 individuals, families, clubs and foundations, and each building, path, structure and bench bears tribute to a sponsor: the Newman’s Own Foundation Search Team Showgrounds, Maggie’s Rubble Pile, Carlee’s Train Wreck, Meadowview Foundation Tilted House. The SDF training center encompasses 125 acres of disaster courses. There’s a jungle gym-like moving obstacle course for beginners; a rubble pile; a “Search City” of burned buildings; small plane crashes; hurricane-damaged homes; and a convenience store knocked from its foundation as it might be in an earthquake. Farther into the center’s bowl-shaped canyon, the “Industrial Area” is still being built. A pair of train cars sit toppled and tangled in a simulated collision. Cement structures mark the future site of a mock collapsed freeway. A school bus waits to be put to use. A strip of underground tunneling will train dogs to hunt underneath collapsed buildings. “So, that’s our place—that’s our gift to America,” says Wilma, who notes that many of the structures were constructed by Seabees as military deployment training. “It’s a unique place. There’s nothing like it.” During training sessions it’s not uncommon to see Wilma, the heart and soul of this nonprofit, putt by in one of the center’s shiny new candy apple-colored golf carts, her pups Newton and Darwin riding shotgun. After a cruise around the center, the tenacious founder pulls into the Petco Foundation Canine Pavilion (another donation-earned namesake). A handler jogs by with one of the resident Belgian Malinois, who excitedly leaps into the golf cart and gives Wilma a wet kiss. She waves the dog away, clearly used to these encounters. “That one’s got a few more months of training,” she says, cracking a smile. The foundation doesn’t accept just any kind of dog. Most commonly, they rescue Labrador and golden retrievers, German shepherds,


Belgian Malinois, border collies and similar breeds that commonly possess the energy, drive, strength and temperament for rescue work. “The dogs we select have to run over rubble like it was grass,” Wilma explains. Even if a dog doesn’t graduate from training to be paired with a handler (about 15 percent don’t), the foundation finds the animal a home through its Lifetime Care Program. Some dogs are destined for greatness as a service dog, while other pups find their purpose as part of a family. Just like the program’s mission is to leave nobody behind in a disaster, the foundation ensures no dog gets left behind, either. As of January, SDF still needs about $2.8 million to complete the training center. But, Wilma says, it’s not much when compared to the $25 million already raised. The numbers don’t faze her—Wilma’s confident that the center will be in full functioning form and ready for the public by its grand opening at the end of the summer. Until then, Wilma limits the number of public visits to the center—“unless you’re looking to donate”—and continues to expand the organization and the number of certified, disaster-ready search dog teams across the nation. And she has no intention of slowing down. That’s because, as Wilma puts it, “What I have an abundance of—it’s not height, not beauty, not intellect—it’s perseverance. And damn it, when you’re that close to a goal, you’re sure as hell not going to stop.”

Search Dog Foundation Deployments As of October 2016, the Search Dog Foundation has sent search teams on 142 disaster deployments around the world, including these: 2001: 2004: 2005: 2005: 2008: 2008: 2010:

World Trade Center attack, New York Hurricane Ivan, Florida Hurricane Katrina, Missouri and Louisiana La Conchita mudslide, California Chatsworth Metrolink crash, California Hurricane Ike, Texas Tornadoes, Oklahoma

2011: Earthquake and tsunami, Japan 2012: Superstorm Sandy, New York 2013: Tijuana landslide, Mexico 2015: Earthquake, Nepal 2016: Hurricane Matthew, U.S. East Coast

FUN IN THE SUN Guide to kids’ summer camps

Compiled by ERIN NEWMAN


ummer’s just around the corner. And, though it’s great to see the end of the school year in sight, most parents have an inkling of dread contemplating the kids melting on the sofa while racking up endless hours of screen time. That’s why this guide to summer day camps is here just in the nick of time. Our region offers a bounty of options including specialty camps for your little techies, dancers, surfers, golfers and actors, and classic camps where your child comes home with happy memories of new friends, activities and experiences. Browse the dozens of choices and get those summer plans in gear—before it’s too late!

Camp Summertime Go-karts, boating, fishing, rock climbing, swimming, crafts, soccer, theme weeks and inflatable obstacle course. Ages 4 to 15

Malibu (818) 706-7335

Camp Turtle Rock Sports, archery, climbing wall, swimming, crafts, nature program, inflatables and theme days. Ages 5 to 14

Cal Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks (805) 375-2267 Phoenix Ranch Summer Camp Aquatics, drama, go-karts, nature lore, kids’ night out, sports, dressup days. Grades K through 8

Simi Valley (805) 526-0136

Young Set Club Summer Camp Leadership and team building, hiking, aquatics, cooking, technology, design, sports and archery. Grades K through 8

Newbury Park (805) 263-5597

PERFORMING ARTS Kingsmen Shakespeare Summer Theatre Camps Campers can choose from acting workshops on beginning and advanced Shakespeare, musical theater or puppet manipulation. Ages 8 to 16

Cal Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks (805) 493-3452

CLASSIC CAMPS Camp Keystone Boating, inflatables, waterslide, horseback riding, archery, go-karts and a zip line. They also offer a sports camp. Ages 3 to 13

Agoura Hills (818) 889-2224

Camp Kinneret Swimming, arts, nature, field games, gymnastics, mini golf and ropes course. Grades pre-K through 9

Agoura Hills (818) 706-8255

Pam Rossi’s Dance Ten Summer Camp Ballet, tap, jazz, choreography and costume design plus crafts. Ages 4 to 10

Moorpark (805) 529-1958

Thrive Dance Center Summer Workshops and Intensives Workshops geared for all skill levels teach technique and choreography in several dance types. Ages 3 and up

Newbury Park (805) 375-9988

Youth Musical Theatre Workshop explores techniques of musical theater performances with focus on acting methods for song interpretation, scene study, voice and song selection, dance and movement, character study, audition techniques, monologue selection and preparation. Grades 6 through 12

Thousand Oaks (818) 884-9909

SPORTS Monarchs Gym Summer Camp Circuit set-ups on each apparatus combined with games promote participation and skill development. Ages 4 to 14

Agoura Hills (818) 889-3634 Newbury Park (805) 375-4663

Los Angeles Rams Camps Teaching the x’s and o’s of football while creating an unforgettable experience for all participants. Grades 2 through 12

Various locations throughout L.A. (805) 540-4875

Junior Golf Camp Fundamentals of golf including full swing, chipping, pitching, sand play, putting, rules and etiquette in a fun learning environment. Ages 6 to 16

Camarillo Springs and Sterling Hills Golf Courses Camarillo (805) 484-1075

Nike Malibu Tennis Camp Instruction by Pepperdine University coaches, drills, match play and court games, plus beach trips and a talent show. Ages 6 to 11

Pepperdine University, Malibu (800) 645-3226

Skatelab Summer Camp Famed skatepark’s summer camp includes instruction on skateboard or scooter in the indoor airconditioned facility. Ages 6 to 16

Simi Valley (805) 578-9928

SPORTS ACADEMY Sports Academy features Nike camps, Pro Series camps and Showcase camps. All Sports: A combination of Lacrosse: A progressive several sports to develop campers curriculum of specific skill entry-level skills in a positive training sessions. and encouraging training Grades 3 through 5 environment. Grades 1 through 5 Volleyball: Multiple camps identified by skill level and age, Basketball: Multiple camps that so every camper is challenged are identified by skill level and appropriately. Includes a college grouped by age, so every camper prep camp. is challenged appropriately. Grades 1 through 12 Grades 3 through 12 Football: Multiple non-contact Baseball/Softball: Video camps, identified by age and/ analysis hitting camps utilizing or position, and coached by a HitTrax, the first and only well-rounded group of former baseball simulator. and current NFL players and Grades 5 through 12 coaches, and elite high school coaches. Beach Volleyball: Multiple Grades 1 through 12 camps for middle school and high school skill levels, including Track & Cross-Country: two college showcase camps. Camps and clubs for middle Grades 6 through 12 school and high school runners interested in improving their Futsal: Two camps to help mechanics, form, speed and younger kids identify and endurance. develop their individual abilities, Grades 6 through 12 and older campers will learn to improve speed of play and Thousand Oaks tactical decision-making skills. (844) 518-7246 Grades 1 through 8


Pacific Camps Spiritual atmosphere with Christian worship, character development, games, climbing wall and field trips. Grades K through 8

Newbury Park (805) 499-8676 Camarillo (805) 482-5250

Underwood Family Farms Interact with farm animals, bring home fruits and veggies picked from the field and put on an animal show. Ages 4 to 15

Moorpark (805) 529-3690

SPECIALTY CAMPS Movie Making Camps Hollywood Special Effects: Create green screen and CGI using your iPods. Ages 6 to 13 Lego Star Wars: Your mini figures will star in your stopmotion animated movie. Ages 6 to 12 Minecraft Movie Making: Use Lego blocks and iPods to create a Minecraft movie. Ages 6 to 12 Star Wars–Claymation Galaxy: Build Jedi Knights and Sith lords and use stop-motion animation to bring them to life. Ages 6 to 12 Lights, Camera, Action: Learn all the steps needed to film your own movie. Ages 7 to 13

Calabasas, Agoura, Westlake Village (818) 702-6000

Bizzy Girls Camp Entrepreneurship skills. Campers develop a product line, write business plan, learn branding, marketing and sell products at a pop-up store. Ages 6 to 12

Westlake Village and Thousand Oaks (844) 310-0190 Camp Gan Alonim Jewish life experienced through singing and Israeli dance plus horseback riding, a climbing wall and hiking through 2,800 picturesque acres. Grades K through 6

Simi Valley (877) 225-6646

Camp Helping Hands Hands-on experiences include field trips that help make the community a better place. Ages 6 and up

Cal Lutheran University Thousand Oaks (805) 244-5071

Cali Camp Offers a classic day camp plus a variety of specialty camps.   Classic Day Camp: Go-karting,   crafts, theater, music, archery,   horseback riding and swimming. Ages 3 to 15 Equestrian Wrangler Camp: Western, English and bareback riding in arenas and on trails. Ages 6 to 14 Adventure Camp: Explore ancient Indian caves, learn animal tracking, zip-line and beach adventures. Ages 9 and up Aerial Arts Camp: Trapeze lessons, silks and lycra instruction, poi, juggling, acrobatics and hula hooping. Ages 6 and up

Topanga (310) 455-0404

Elvenstar Riding Academy All aspects of horsemanship including riding skills and horse care, plus games and crafts. Ages 7 and up

Moorpark (805) 529-2800

Jr. Safari Science-based learning experiences with the zoo’s animals. Grades 1 through 6

America’s Teaching Zoo Moorpark College, Moorpark (805) 378-1441


SCIENCE AND TECH Destination Science offers several camps, each with its own theme. Ages 5 to 11 Robotic Mystery Camp: Design and build a robot. Crazy Contraption Demolition Camp: Design forts and contraptions. Journey into Space & MovieMaking Camp: Build a Mars rover and produce a movie. Coaster Science and Mad Chemistry Camp: Construct roller coasters and create lab experiments.

Oak Park and Woodland Hills (888) 909-2822

iD Tech Camps Learn coding, robotics, video game design and video production. Ages 7 to 17

California Lutheran University Thousand Oaks (888) 709-8324

SPECIAL NEEDS Camp Al Paca Field trips to the beach, the zoo, and a local farm as well as busy days at the ranch cooking, playing sports, music and games, doing art projects, caring for the ranch animals and hiking. Ages 14 and up

Golden Heart Ranch (310) 798-9933

Ride On Horse Therapy Mounted lessons and horse care plus crafts for both special needs and able-bodied riders in a combined setting. Ages 7 and up (volunteers 14 and up)

Newbury Park (805) 375-9078

The Friendship Circle Special-needs campers enjoy field trips, music, arts and crafts and special performances in a spirited camp environment with one-on-one interaction with teen volunteers. Ages 6 and up

Agoura Hills (818) 865-2233

We Rock the Spectrum Summer Camp Arts and crafts, cooking and music for kids with special needs as well as any interested kids. Any age special needs

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NONPROFIT AGENCIES Don't forget to check out your local YMCA, Boys & Girls Clubs, parks and rec district and community centers, which typically offer full-day camps featuring weekly themes, arts and crafts, songs, sports, group games, nature walks and field trips. Enrichment camps for preschoolers and field trip-based camps for teens are also often available. We’ve listed just a few of the many in our region. Conejo Recreation and Park District Ages 4 to 12 Thousand Oaks, Newbury Park (805) 495-2163

Southeast Ventura County YMCA Grades K through 10 Conejo Valley, Simi Valley (805) 497-3081

Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District Grades JK through 9 Simi Valley, Oak Park (805) 584-4400

Boys & Girls Clubs Grades K through 12 Conejo Valley, Calabasas, Moorpark, Simi Valley, Camarillo

Tableside chef Raymond Curtis Brown brings a skewer of meat directly from the open fire to a guest's table.



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  When Dino Papanicolaou dreamed up the concept for his Westlake Village restaurant, Cut 360, he married a Brazilian churrascaria (steakhouse) with the hearty American appetite for a new and unique culinary adventure. Borrowing from the cooking style of old-time ranchos, Cut 360 slowly roasts their meats on skewers over an open fire. Tableside chefs bring the meat, still on skewers, to each table where patrons choose their cut, which is sliced and served right there. The skewer is then re-seasoned and placed back on the fire so each piece of meat is roasted from the outside in. “It’s an endless tasting experience where the chef comes to your table to serve you,” Dino explains. “It’s interactive, with the chef explaining meat cuts, seasonings, flavors.” The restaurant offers at least 10 different types of meat at each meal with additional, chef ’s special meats added all the time, such as wild boar or picanha (a special cut of top sirloin). The grilled pineapple, another favorite, is lightly seasoned and grilled over the open fire as well. Dino says the pineapple is a real crowd-pleaser. In addition to an artisan table option—an all-you-can-eat buffet feast—the endless tasting offering features fun stop-and-go cards for diners that director of marketing Angelica Terrazas calls the “feed me/don’t feed me” cards. When the green “yes” side is face up on the table, tableside chefs will bring the freshly grilled meat selections to you. When you’ve had enough (or are just resting for a bit), simply flip the card to the red “no” side. Brunch at Cut 360 includes the roasted meats as well as more typical morning fare, such as eggs Benedict, French toast, omelets and their famous Chicken n’ Waffles, plus Brazilian specialties like lamb empanadas. Pork tenderloin piccata, fried bananas and tempura fish with mango salsa fill out the menu. The Artisan Table buffet includes a hearty variety: smokedsalmon deviled eggs, maple Cajun bacon, organic salads, artisan

cheeses and charcuterie, oven-roasted rosemary potatoes and maple bourbon glazed ham. Freshly baked breads and pastries include favorites like pillowy-soft cream-filled éclairs dripping with chocolate. And while guests are tasting to their heart’s content, lively samba, bossa nova and tango music fills the air.

The friendly warmth of general manager Rafael Gomez and owner Dino Papanicolaou help guests feel at home at Cut 360. Of course, the spirited bossa nova tunes that fill the air while chefs bring delectable meats directly to seated guests do their part as well.

For libations, brunch guests can choose the endless mimosa or caipirinha, Brazil’s national cocktail, a simple and sensual rum with lime cocktail. Dino, who also owned Roxy’s Famous Deli in Thousand Oaks for years, has these words of advice to his guests: “you’ve got to come hungry,” because this place takes the all-you-can eat concept to a whole new level.


Sunday Brunch Fried Bananas Grilled Pineapple Caipirinha Lamb Empanadas

Fried Bananas 2 2 2 3 2 ½

Tbsp. butter Tbsp. brown sugar Tbsp. cinnamon, ground bananas, medium-sized eggs, whites only cup unseasoned breadcrumbs

Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Slowly add brown sugar and cinnamon, stirring until well combined. Cut each banana in half and place in saucepan. Cook for 7 to 8 minutes until banana is softened and golden brown. Whisk together egg whites. Coat each banana lightly, then top with breadcrumbs and fry for 2 to 3 minutes. Serve immediately.

Combine brown sugar and cinnamon in a bowl. Set aside. Cut rind off pineapple. Quarter pineapple lengthwise and place on skewers. Rub dry mixture on pineapple slices. Place on grill for 5 to 6 minutes. Serve immediately while still hot.

Caipirinha ½ ½ 2

lime tsp. sugar oz. Cachaça or other Brazilian rum Mint leaves for garnish

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Bring vinegar to a boil in a small saucepan. Add currants; set aside. Heat oil in a large skillet over mediumBRUNCH RECIPES ON PAGE 63




AGAVE MARIA’S RESTAURANT & CANTINA $ MEXICAN | Award-winning Mexican food and margaritas. Menu offers a wide variety of entrees such as chile verde, chicken mole, rib-eye steak and barbecue chicken salad. Pixie margaritas on the patio are a special treat. 710 Arneill Road (805) 383-2770 LD MONEY PANCHO $$ MEXICAN | Family-run restaurant serves authentic, homemade food and the best margaritas in town. Book your event in newly redesigned dining area and bar or have Money Pancho cater in your home. 3661 Las Posas Road (805) 484-0591 BLD NEWBURY PARK COUNTRY HARVEST $$ AMERICAN | Old-fashioned country-style cuisine. Newbury Park’s hot spot for food just like home. Great food, friendly staff. 3345 Kimber Drive, Ste. C (805) 375-4598 BLD THOUSAND OAKS DARBAND GRILL $$$ PERSIAN | Considered by fans to be the best Persian food in Southern California. Darband has been serving enticing kabobs (chicken, lamb, filet mignon or fish) paired with exotic rice dishes for 30 years. Full bar and entertainment. 868 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. (805) 449-1323 LD DELITEFUL $$ LOW-CARB | The folks at Deliteful believe that food is medicine and should be free from harmful additives. The meat is nitrate- and nitrite-free with grass-fed options. Dishes are spiced with fresh herbs and not with MSG or other chemical enhancers.

Great spots to dine, drink and enjoy the local flavor

Their motto: It tastes good because it is good. 322 W. Hillcrest Drive (805) 418-5118 BLD HONEYFISH POKE $ JAPANESE | This fast-serve poke restaurant serves some of the finest Hawaiian- and Japanese-inspired poke on the mainland. If you like sushi you will love Honeyfish Poke. 3835 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd #G (805) 230-0007 LD MOQUECA BRAZILIAN RESTAURANT $$ BRAZILIAN | Savory seafood dishes are cooked and served in handcrafted clay pots. Delicious fresh vegetable stew. Steaks, salads and pastas are also a must try as is the Caipirinha, Brazil’s signature cocktail made with cachaça, to complete the authentic Brazilian experience. 1610 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. (805) 230-3585 LD Res

THE GRILL $$$ AMERICAN STEAKHOUSE A contemporary steakhouse with exceptional cuts cooked over a live fire, robust sides and impeccable wines and spirits in a chic ambiance with modern décor. 120 Promenade Way (805) 418-1760 BLD, Sunday Brunch, Happy Hour AGOURA HILLS BISTRO 101 JAZZ & BLUES $$ MODERN AMERICAN WITH A FRENCH TWIST | Fine dining, specialty drinks, live jazz and blues music set in a modern and intimate environment. Great vibe for good people and music lovers. 29020 Agoura Road (818) 597-1900 LD, Sunday Brunch

THE LATIGO KID MEXICAN RESTAURANT & CANTINA $-$$ MEXICAN | Family owned and operated for 29 years, here you’ll find authentic, homemade Mexican food prepared fresh daily for your enjoyment. Come and enjoy an “Honest Margarita” in the cantina or outdoor patios. Private dining rooms and catering are available for all your special events. 5617 Kanan Road (818) 889-1195 LD TWISTED OAK TAVERN $$ GASTROPUB | A unique twist on the classic tavern. Twisted Oak combines an in-house brewery and full bar featuring craft cocktails with a scratch kitchen preparing pub cuisine. Awarded Best Beer Bar in California by 30105 Agoura Road (818) 735-0091 LD

WESTLAKE VILLAGE BIG FISH POKE $ JAPANESE | Master Sushi Chef Kimura, who has worked with some of the finest chefs in the world, prepares exquisite poke, sushi and chirashi as well as other fine Japanese dishes. 2728 Townsgate Road #6 (805) 719-1151 LD HARVEST KITCHEN & BAR $$$ AMERICAN | Local and seasonally inspired cuisine is served in two private dining rooms as well as on the patio warmed by fire pits and in the relaxing lounge area. Happy hour is daily from 4 to 7 p.m. 880 S. Westlake Blvd. (805) 557-4710 BLD

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Vintage Garden & Bloom • Garden-inspired gifts • Specialty pottery • Mid-century statuary • Weathered iron garden accents • Handcrafted birdhouses 805.379.1418 | 1696 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. Thousand Oaks (at intersection of Erbes Rd & TO Blvd.)

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BACK PATIO CELLARS $-$$$ WINERY | Small boutique winery crafts artisan wines that have the casual elegance to be enjoyed with a good meal or relaxing on your back patio. Mostly red wines. Raise a glass and become friends and family. 930 Flynn Road, Unit F (805) 388-3457 No food service

CANTARA CELLARS WINERY $-$$$ TASTING ROOM AND EVENT SPACE | Perfect setting for a fun afternoon of wine tasting or enjoying a glass or a bottle of wine accompanied by a lovely cheese plate. Call for event planning. 126 N. Wood Road #104 (805) 484-9600 L, Appetizers WESTLAKE VILLAGE NABU WINES $-$$$ TASTING ROOM | NABU makes wines from grapes grown in the local Santa Monica Mountains and the Napa Valley. Currently producing chardonnay and syrah from Malibu and pinot gris, merlot and cabernet sauvignon from Napa. 2649 Townsgate Road #200 (818) 835-3704 No food service

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Ashley Ing and daughter Emma of Newbury Park celebrate reaching the top of Half Dome with a selfie in front of Yosemite Valley.

The future (of selfies) is female! Craige Story of Westlake Village and her granddaughter Sidney Durham at the January Women's March.



Beyond readers commemorate their most adventurous moments by snapping some pretty impressive self-portraits. Pics or it didn't happen, right? Dust-covered and sun-kissed, Kay Saillant of Newbury Park and Noel Hazard say "cheese" at Burning Man Festival.

Doug Hume of Thousand Oaks catches a colorful wave of cyclists while cheering on riders in the Amgen Tour of California on Cornell Road in Agoura.

You might think the selfie was invented by millennials, but this image proves otherwise. Rigmor Werner of Thousand Oaks says her grandfather, holding the cord at center, was a true camera buff. This was taken at his home near Oslo, Norway in 1907.

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Larry Schwartz of Thousand Oaks knows that a trip to the Great Wall of China calls for a great selfie.

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Lovebirds danced the night away under the giant wings of Air Force One during Valentine's festivities at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley.

Left: Lee and Elizabeth Mitchell of Santa Clarita hit the dance floor. Above: Sandra Salamone and Loren Ledin of Simi Valley cut a rug.

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The Community Conscience Mardi Gras Ball at North Ranch Country Club was resplendent this year. The annual costume gala benefits Under One Roof which houses 13 Conejo Valley social service nonprofits in one rent-free office space.

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ROUND-UP—A ROCK ’N COUNTRY MUSIC EXTRAVAGANZA » Parmalee (“Already Callin’ You Mine”) and Wade Hayes (“Old Enough to Know Better”) headline the Kiwanis Club of Simi Valley’s annual country music festival. Other performers include Luke Robinson, McKenna Faith, Justin Honsinger and Cherry Bomb.

Rancho Simi Community Park 1765 Royal Ave., Simi Valley (805) 807-5100;

April 2:

ARETÉ VOCAL ENSEMBLE » The group wraps up its eighth season with a salute to 20th century French composer Francis Poulenc. His sacred classic, “Gloria,” will be the centerpiece, but expect to hear his jazz-influenced cabaret songs, too.

Samuelson Chapel at Cal Lutheran University 165 Chapel Lane, Thousand Oaks (805) 493-3308;

June 8-11:

OJAI MUSIC FESTIVAL » The boundary-pushing fest, now in its 71st season, features the world premiere of Vijay Iyer’s Violin Concerto, written for and performed by Jennifer Koh (pictured); chamber orchestra world premiere of Courtney Bryan’s “Yet Unheard,” which memorializes 28-year-old Sandra Bland, who died in the custody of Texas police in 2015; and “Conduction,” a 60-minute piece for a 20-member ensemble that’s composed as it’s being performed.

Various venues, Ojai (805) 646 2094

April 7-8:

June 2-3:

» The orchestra, led by guest conductor Kynan Johns, digs deep into the emotional subtext of Hector Berlioz’s “Symphonie fantastique,” an epic piece from 1830 inspired by the composer’s obsessive love for Irish actress Harriet Smithson. Also on tap: Francis Poulenc’s “Gloria,” featuring soprano So Young Park, the California Lutheran University Choir and Areté Vocal Ensemble.

» The group’s concerts will feature Beethoven’s “Hallelujah,” John Williams’ “Duel of the Fates” from “Star Wars: Episode I—The Phantom Menace” and “Java Jive,” a 1930s-era tune made famous by the Ink Spots.


Oxnard Performing Arts Center (April 7) 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard Kavli Theatre at Civic Arts Plaza (April 8) 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. Thousand Oaks (866) 776-8400;

April 9:

GOLD COAST WIND ENSEMBLE » The group’s 26th annual spring concert mixes works by Alfred Reed (“A Jubilant Overture”), Genaro Codina (“Zacatecas March”), Gustav Holst (Second Suite in F) and John Williams (highlights from the “E.T.” score).

Scherr Forum Theatre, Civic Arts Plaza 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. Thousand Oaks (805) 449-2787;

April 16:

COREY FELDMAN » The “Goonies” star’s outrageous musical performance on the “Today” show last year went viral, eliciting both savage criticism and high praise. Now Feldman’s on tour with his allgirl band, dubbed Corey’s Angels.

The Canyon 28912 Roadside Drive, Agoura Hills (888) 645-5006;

May 14:

ROSE’S PAWN SHOP » The band blends rock, folk and bluegrass influences into a “wholesome mishmash of creek mud, rusty nails and your mom’s cookin’.” Country duo Pretty Polly opens the show, a fundraiser for the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy Fund.

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Scherr Forum Theatre, Civic Arts Plaza 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. Thousand Oaks (805) 449-2787;

June 11:

RABBIT WILDE » The Washington state quartet plays Americana tunes hopped up with indie-rock energy at this benefit for the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy Fund. The rootsy sounds of L.A. duo Steps of Doe open the show.

Peter Strauss Ranch 30000 Mulholland Highway, Agoura

THEATER Through April 15:


» A teenage girl transforms from social outcast to sudden star in this Tony-winning musical. Miriam Durrie-Kirsch directs.

Conejo Players Theatre 351 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks (805) 495-3715;

Through May 7:


» A waitress teaches a young Marine about love and compassion in this musical, based on the 1991 film starring River Phoenix.

Camarillo Skyway Playhouse 330 Skyway Drive, Camarillo (805) 388-5716;

April 5-8:

“THE INTERFERENCE” » When a female college student is raped by a star athlete, her struggle for justice is impeded by corrupt cops, feckless administrators and a culture of misogyny on campus. This production marks the U.S. premiere of Lynda Radley’s play, which was commissioned by Pepperdine



University for the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Smothers Theatre, Pepperdine University 24255 Pacific Coast Highway Malibu (310) 506-4522;

April 14-May 7:

“ARSENIC & OLD LACE” » Joseph Kesselring’s classic comedy is about a pair of homicidal spinsters and an uncle who thinks he’s Teddy Roosevelt.

High Street Arts Center 45 E. High Street, Moorpark (805) 529-8700

April 21-30:

May 5-21:

» To boogie, or not to boogie? That is a question California Lutheran University drama professor Ken Gardner answers with an unequivocal yes as he sets Shakespeare’s “perfect play” in a New York City disco.

» Venture down the rabbit hole with Alice as she meets the Queen of Hearts, the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat and Tweedledee and Tweedledum in this Young Artists Ensemble production.


Black Box Theatre, California Lutheran University 141 Memorial Parkway Thousand Oaks (805) 493-3452

May 5-7:


April 15-May 21: » The Andrew Lippa-John August musical tells a powerful, heartfelt tale about fathers, sons and the stories we use to define our unique identities.

» Based on Miguel Cervantes’ “The Adventures of Don Quixote,” this timeless musical by Dale Wasserman includes the indelible showstopper, “The Impossible Dream.” Presented by McCoy Rigby Entertainment.

Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center 3050 Los Angeles Avenue, Simi Valley (805) 583-7900

Valley Performing Arts Center 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge (818) 677-3000


May 31-June 18:



Hillcrest Center for the Arts 403 W. Hillcrest Drive Thousand Oaks (805) 381-2747

» Sylvia Milo stars in this poignant tale about Mozart’s piano-playing sister, Nannerl, who was heralded as a musical genius—until her younger brother came along.

Rubicon Theatre Company 1006 E. Main St., Ventura (805) 667-2900

June 30-Aug. 6:

May 25-28:


» When a die-hard musical theater fan begins to play his favorite cast album, the recording suddenly springs to life. Youth Musical Theatre is staging the show, which New York Magazine called “the perfect Broadway musical.”

» Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend us your ears: The outdoor Kingsmen fest returns for its 21st year with two Shakespeare classics. “Love’s Labour’s Lost” is a rollicking tale of love and language; “Julius Caesar” packs so much political intrigue that it could be ripped from modern-day headlines.

Scherr Forum Theatre Civic Arts Plaza 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. Thousand Oaks (805) 449-2787

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HASHTAGCOMEDY » Need to laugh, but dread the drive to the comedy clubs in L.A.? Then check out this monthly series from HashtagComedy L.A., which features Hollywood stand-up stars right here in our own backyard.

Hillcrest Center for the Arts 403 W. Hillcrest Drive Thousand Oaks (805) 381-1246

May 4-5:

JEFF DUNHAM » The ventriloquist and his stable of irreverent puppet pals—including Walter, the curmudgeonly retiree; Bubba J, the dumb-but-lovable redneck; and Achmed the dead terrorist—bring their Perfectly Unbalanced Tour to Ventura County.

Oxnard Performing Arts Center 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard (805) 486-2424

May 7:

LEWIS BLACK » The loud-and-livid comic doesn’t know the meaning of anger management, which is what makes his tirades—on everything from politics to artisanal bagels—so hilarious.

Fred Kavli Theatre Civic Arts Plaza 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. Thousand Oaks (805) 449-2787

DANCE May 5-6:

“MOVING IMAGES” » This spring dance concert features works choreographed by students and faculty members.

Preus-Brandt Forum California Lutheran University 135 Chapel Lane, Thousand Oaks (805) 241-8515

May 13:

MARTHA GRAHAM DANCE COMPANY » The renowned modern dance troupe, now in its 91st year,

performs classic pieces with scores by Scott Joplin, Samuel Barber and Carlos Chavez in a rare collaboration with music ensemble wild Up. Also on tap: “Woodland,” a new commission created by Pontus Lidberg and set to music by Irving Fine.

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May 20:

“NOAH’S ARK” » Pacific Festival Ballet brings the Old Testament tale to life, complete with aerial feats, multimedia montages and a replica ark. It’s the brainchild of the company’s artistic director, Kim Maselli, and film/TV composer Eric Allaman.

Fred Kavli Theatre Civic Arts Plaza 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. Thousand Oaks (805) 449-2787


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Through April 2:

“LARRY BELL: PACIFIC RED” » The artist uses his signature materials—glass, plastic and industrial coatings—to create a sitespecific installation that pushes the boundaries of vision and perception.

Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, Pepperdine University 24255 Pacific Coast Highway Malibu (310) 506-4851

Through April 3:

“MASS APPEAL: THE ART OF CORITA KENT” » In the 1960s and ’70s, the late nun/artist earned fame— and a Newsweek cover—by creating pop art-style prints that posed philosophical questions about racism, war, poverty and religion. This exhibit spotlights those advertising-inspired slogan posters as well as her popular “Love” prints.

California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks 1948 Thousand Oaks Blvd. Thousand Oaks (805) 405-5240;

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“ET IN ARCADIA EGO” » Artists reinvent and reinterpret the timeless myth of Arcadia, a region in ancient Greece, as they explore “what it means to be human in the temporal world while standing on the precipice to the next.”

William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art, California Lutheran University 160 Overton Court, Thousand Oaks (805) 493-3697

Through May 6:

“CALIFORNIA FIBERS” » Seventeen artists address the theme of “time” via fiber art. A panel discussion with some of the artists will take place April 22.

Studio Channel Islands Art Center 2222 E. Ventura Blvd., Camarillo (805) 383-1368

Through May 22:

“MASTERWORKS OF THE MUSEUM” » Works from the Museum of Ventura County’s permanent collection, including Carlisle Cooper’s monumental canvases depicting the human form; Hiroko Yoshimoto’s diptych illustrating the destruction of nature; painter John Nava’s religion-themed “Dancing Mienad”; and a piece by legendary ceramist Beatrice Wood called “Chalice.”

Museum of Ventura County 100 E. Main St., Ventura (805) 653-0323;

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» A juried exhibit devoted to the discovery, introduction and promotion of emerging artists in the Conejo Valley and beyond.

California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks 1948 Thousand Oaks Blvd. Thousand Oaks (805) 405-5240;

SCREENINGS April 22 & 26:

THE MET: LIVE IN HD » The New York Metropolitan Opera’s production of Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin,” with Anna Netrebko as Tatiana and Peter Mattei in the title role,

is being broadcast in theaters nationwide. Another Met transmission, on May 13 and 17, features Renée Fleming playing Marschallin in Strauss’ “Der Rosenkavalier.”

Muvico Thousand Oaks 14 166 W. Hillcrest Drive Thousand Oaks


CALIFORNIA JAZZ & WINE FEST » Sample wine and craft brews, enjoy gourmet food, browse artists’ booths and enjoy hot jazz and cool swing at this sixth annual event presented by the Rotary Club of Westlake Village Sunrise. Saxophonist/composer Danny Janklow, an Agoura High grad, is the headliner. Also performing are Adam Clark Quartet, Lao Tizer Quartet, D.on Darox and the Melody Joy Bakers, The Barrelhouse Wailers and Bruce Forman’s Cow Bop.

Four Seasons Hotel 2 Dole Drive, Westlake Village (805) 380-6010

June 4:

WINE, FOOD & BREW FESTIVAL » The Casa Pacifica Angels’ 24th annual fundraiser features wine and craft beers from around the state and delectable eats along with culinary competitions, live music and silent auctions.

California State University Channel Islands 1 University Drive, Camarillo

June 25:

CONEJO FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL » Dozens of restaurants, wineries and breweries will offer samples at this annual culinary event.

St. Paschal Baylon School 154 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks

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WESTLAKE VILLAGE GARDEN CLUB TOUR » During this 44th annual fundraiser, you’ll visit four homes with “California-style” gardens that celebrate outdoor living and al fresco entertaining.

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VENTURA COUNTY BLUES FESTIVAL » The Ventura County Blues Society’s 12th annual fest features the Phantom Blues Band, Debbie Davies, Chris Cain, R.J. Mischo, Michael John and the Bottom Line, Crooked Eye Tommy and Jim Gustin & Truth Jones.

Studio Channel Islands Art Center 2222 E. Ventura Blvd., Camarillo

April 29-30:

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May 11-14:

DOG AGILITY REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS » Dogs put their athletic skills to the test at this West Valley Dog Sports competition.

Camarillo Community Center and Park 1605 Burnley St., Camarillo

May 27-28:

CAJUN & BLUES MUSIC FESTIVAL » Boogie on the Simi Valley bayou with a host of Cajun, Creole, zydeco and blues musicians; dine on jambalaya and crawfish; and check out the Mardi Gras parade at the 28th annual Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise fest.

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May 29:


» The high energy L.A. All Stars cover band launches the Conejo Rec and Park's annual series.

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June 17:

MUSIC IN THE PARK » Aeromyth, the “ultimate Aerosmith tribute band,” plays hits from the all-American rock group.

Rancho Simi Community Park 1765 Royal Ave., Simi Valley (805) 584-4456

June 18:

CONCERTS IN THE PARK » Bring friends, food and a picnic blanket to Agoura Hills Rec's first summer concert of the season.

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So why settle down in the not-so-wild Conejo Valley? Simply put, it’s where he feels at home. “I love it out here . . . it fits right into my comfort zone,” Evan says of life in the ’burbs with his Chihuahua, Henry, cats Willy and Blue, monitor lizard, snake, tortoise and fish. Evan pauses while walking through the treatment room to comfort a small, wide-eyed dog hooked to an IV. “Toby here has chocolate toxicity . . .” he begins, but a veterinary nurse interrupts him. There’s another dog that needs an echocardiogram in the next room. Whether he’s helping local pets at the Conejo Valley Veterinary Hospital, creating educational videos as People magazine’s new “Pet Vet” or chasing crocodiles and venomous snakes abroad, it’s all done for the love of animals. “Yes, if I catch a cobra, I’m in heaven. But I wouldn’t call it fearlessness. I don’t do this for the rush. It’s a genuine passion for and fascination with animals.”

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