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WINTER 2018

SPECIAL WEDDING SECTION 25 THEY DO!

Three local couples invite us to share their beautiful and unique wedding days. Plus, the meaning of flowers and creative cake toppers for the big day.

37 PERFECT PLACE, PERFECT DAY A comprehensive guide to the elegant, rustic and romantic places around

10 WELCOME FROM BEYOND

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Greetings from the editor.

NEIGHBORS 14 LUCY'S CHAMPION

Joey Herrick and the Lucy Pet Foundation work tirelessly for animals.

INNOVATORS 16 LIKE FLOSS FOR YOUR SPINE

How Dr. K invented a simple product for daily back treatment.

18 SOUPER MAN

He makes a steepable, sippable on-the-go broth ideal for travelers and wayfarers.

ACORNUCOPIA 20 VALENTINE'S GIFT GUIDE Let your sweetheart know how you

feel with just the right romantic gift.

READERS CORNER 44 WACKY WEDDING MOMENTS

Once the vows were exchanged, these wedding parties really cut loose.

GO BEYOND 46 THE NEW AMERICAN RIVIERA

Santa Barbara is experiencing a revival with new hotels, fresh fare and lots of new things to do.

SCENE AROUND TOWN 50 Candids caught at local fall festivities. AROUND TOWN & BEYOND 51 Music, art, theater, festivals­—

there's a lot going on here in town.

SNAPSHOT 58 ADVENTUROUS SPIRIT

Amelia Behrens-Furniss was a fearless local woman remembered for her exploits in sea and sky.

AROUND THE TABLE 22 SENSATIONAL SPIRALS

Eating your vegetables has never been so fun or so tasty.

ON THE COVER: One of two cakes at

a Camarillo Ranch House wedding. WILLIAM INNES PHOTOGRAPHY

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ho doesn’t love a good wedding? Dancing, great food, flowing champagne, tears, laughter and everything in between. It’s one of the few days when we can stop and celebrate something so positive and promising—a new family being born, no matter what the configuration. And, as the lovers hold each other’s Things look bright and rosy the day Robert Haukoos and I said “I do." hands, ready to jump into the future—together—it’s hard not to revisit our own love stories or dreams of love. So often the wedding day precedes all the real-life weights and responsibilities that follow it. Yes, I know not all weddings are prekids and pre-mortgage but, even when they’re not, this is the day that every bride is a beauty and every groom, a prince. It’s a day of dreams and promises. A day celebrating love and commitment. And, for the guests, it’s a helluva party. We are doing something different in this issue of Beyond, devoting a whole section of this issue to the topic of weddings. We peek inside three real weddings and take a few minutes to focus on a couple of the details that make a wedding sweet—flowers and cakes.   And, for readers who may be planning a special day, we’ve done a lot of the legwork for you, providing a comprehensive guide to local venues.   Those readers who may not be planning a celebration (or dreaming about one) will still find plenty to keep them Our publishers, Lisa and Jim Rule, company in this issue of Beyoung and in love while students at yond. We spend some time Menlo College. Lisa says it was a case with Joey Herrick, a fascinatof “love at first sight." ing man who has devoted a lot of his life to the well-being of dogs and cats. You might know him as the force behind the Gnarly Crankin’ K-9 Wave Maker. What, you’ve never seen a surfing dog? You’ve definitely got to take a look at this. We also venture up Highway 101 to Santa Barbara, our bejeweled neighbor to the north. She’s always been a gracious and lovely city. And now, with several new places to visit, she’s even more inviting. As always, it’s such a pleasure to bring this magazine to you. Hope you enjoy what we have to offer,

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Lucy�s Champion A lifelong love of animals drives one man's work to keep pet populations in check In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Joey Herrick quickly jumped into action to help Houston’s injured and lost pets, an act characteristic of a man who has spent his life devoted to animals. Herrick, founder of the Lucy Pet Foundation, and his team, including chief veterinary officer Karen “Doc” Halligan, hurried to Houston in September at the request of the Brazoria County SPCA, which was overwhelmed with the influx of 1,000 displaced animals. Halligan, a pet health expert known for her “Ask the Doc” segment on KTLA 5 Morning News as well as years of advocacy with the L.A. SPCA, became incident commander at the scene, treating injured pets. Herrick took on the task of making room for incoming animals by chartering jets to deliver animals already at the shelter to rescue organizations in Northern California. Actress Renee Zellweger, a native Texan with a heart for animals, made a surprise visit, helping to load animals on the plane and send them off to their new forever homes. Despite Herrick’s intense work in Texas this fall, his focus still remains on his primary passion: reducing pet overpopulation so that fewer pets end up in shelters in the first place. “You’ve got to lower the number of animals coming in. No shelter wants to kill animals but they have to for space,” he says. Herrick says it was the helpless feeling that came from knowing that adoptions were not keeping up with the number of homeless animals that inspired him to form the Lucy Pet Foundation in 2013. The Westlake Village-based nonprofit performs low-cost spay and neuter surgeries using two mobile clinics. L.A. County Animal Services took notice and now helps subsidize procedures so that even more pets can be “fixed.” Lucy Pet has done 16,000 procedures locally 14 WWW.BEYONDTHEACORN.COM | WINTER 2018

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Joey Herrick embraces Ricky the Rescue Cat, Lucy and Surfin' Jack. Herrick's passion for animals inspired him to launch the Lucy Pet Foundation which performs low-cost spay and neuter surgeries.

so far and is adding a mobile clinic in Texas. The foundation was named after Lucy, a stray Chihuahua that Herrick’s then 10-year-old son Dylan spotted in the mountainous area near their home. Herrick’s wife, Lynnda, went with Dylan to catch what they thought was a baby coyote and realized she was a little dog, a tire mark on her back, gray with mange and with nails so long they’d grown into her paw pads. “She was all alone

a long time,” says Herrick sadly. After Lucy recovered, the family took the pup to be spayed but found that she was already pregnant from her time in the wild. Lucy gave birth to five puppies. The Herricks kept one and found homes for the rest. Still Lucy’s plight haunted Herrick and he made her the namesake of his foundation. Her image graces the foundation’s logo and she still hangs out with him at Lucy Pet headquarters.


The foundation also works to spread awareness by capturing the public’s attention with their Gnarly Crankin’ K-9 Wave Maker. The 75-foot trailer outfitted with a wave generator and 5,000 gallons of water showcases surfing dogs (including Surfin’ Jack and Coppertone) and one cat (Ricky the Rescue Cat). The Wave Maker has traveled throughout the U.S. and into Canada, drawing attention to adoptable pets as well as the need for spaying and neutering. The foundation also takes Ricky and Jack to schools to educate children. “We want kids to realize that these are living animals with beating hearts that just want to be loved,” says Herrick. His own love for animals goes back to childhood, when his beloved pets slept on his bed. As a young man with a desire to help animals and armed with some innovative ideas for their nutritional needs—“Years ago I was the guy who pioneered duck and potato!”—Herrick partnered with actor Dick Van Patten to launch a wildly successful company, Natural Balance Pet Foods, in 1989. Over the years the company donated millions of pounds of dog food to various charities, but Herrick still wanted to do

more. In 2013 he used the proceeds from selling his company to Del Monte Foods to start the Lucy Pet Foundation. His latest project has taken him back to the world of pet food. Lucy Pet Products foods utilize prebiotics to support immunity through good gut health. Herrick is also proud of the Lucy Pet cat litter, Cats Incredible, which prevents ammonia from forming in litter boxes. One hundred percent of the company’s earnings go to the Lucy Pet Foundation. Meanwhile, the K-9 Wave Maker continues to make waves. At the 2017 Tournament of Roses Parade, the Lucy Pet Foundation broke the world record for longest and heaviest float with eight surfing pups. Herrick promises new and exciting things for the parade this New Year’s Day. In keeping with the theme “making a difference,” the Lucy Pet float will feature heroic animals that have saved people’s lives, he says. Herrick takes no salary from either organization so that all the money can go to helping more animals. “It’s a privilege—and has been for 30 years—to be in the pet industry,” Herrick says. “I want to change animals’ lives.”

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innovators

Rolling out the kinks

Like floss for your spine

He’s on a mission to save your back

Written by ALLISON MONTROY

Dr. Sevak Khodabakhshian, Dr. K for short, likens his invention, the IntelliRoll, to a toothbrush for your back: a handy, preventative at-home tool to keep your spine healthy and happy. And, just like brushing and flossing, he says implementing the foam roller in your daily routine will help keep the doctor (and back problems) at bay. The charismatic Thousand Oaks-based chiropractor, personal trainer and entrepreneur approaches his work with mindfulness, intention and the wisdom that comes from almost 20 years treating backs. Though he had always been interested in the inner workings of the body, Dr. K faced the struggle that comes with a spinal injury firsthand when he hit his head on a shallow sandbar as a surfer living in Hawaii. That experience inspired him to resolve to help people achieve physical health through natural medicine. In 2003, he opened Omega Rehab & Sport, a clinic and outpatient orthopedic rehab center in Thousand Oaks. Dr. K and his wife Tyaga, also a personal trainer, soon realized that traditional cylindrical foam rollers weren’t effective in reaching the key joints and muscles along the spine. They set out to design a roller that would actually help strengthen the back—not cause more pain. Dr. K literally took a foam roller to a lathe and carved it to match the angles and curves of the human body. To date, they have sold over 5,000 IntelliRolls and, to help users make the most of their tool, they created Body Fix University, a free online resource that offers proper spinal care techniques and instructional videos. Curious about the IntelliRoll, we asked Dr. K to explain how he takes preventative spinal care back to basics.

Tired of back pain and uncomfortable foam rollers, Dr. Sevak Khodabakhshian and wife Tyaga created a unique roller that contours to your spine. intelliroll.com 16 WWW.BEYONDTHEACORN.COM | WINTER 2018


Beyond: How did you get into fitness? Dr. K: Ever since we were young, sports have been a part of our lives. I started playing basketball and skateboarding at a very young age. I discovered surfing in my early teens and was hooked right away. Tyaga excelled at soccer in her teens and started working and weight training in a gym in high school. Beyond: What sets your product apart from other foam rollers? Dr. K: We worked . . . to create a product with accurate anatomic features to provide more surface area contact, which reduces the pain commonly associated with foam rolling and reaches a far greater area than flat foam rollers. This makes the experience more enjoyable and efficient.

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Beyond: Who can benefit from the IntelliRoll? Dr. K: Anyone with a spine. Seriously! Certainly, anyone with neck or back pain or anyone who is struggling with musculoskeletal conditions where tight muscles are an issue. Beyond: Do you have a favorite way to use it? Dr. K: We use it for 10 to 15 minutes at the end of each day on our neck and upper back as it provides so much relief from the tension that naturally builds up throughout the day. Beyond: What has been the biggest challenge so far? Dr. K: The designing and patent process was the easy part. Becoming an entrepreneur is the biggest challenge because one has to wear many hats; everything from bringing a product to market, to finding the right distribution channels, to finding the right factory and getting the lowest cost basis to stay competitive while providing a quality product. It’s a steep learning curve, but the rewards are many and we are enjoying the ride. Beyond: What’s next? Dr. K: We just released a new pink, slightly softer version called Flexy and are donating 10 percent of the proceeds to the National Breast Cancer Foundation in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We are also going to be introducing a travel and a vibratory version in late 2018. Beyond: How do you juggle life as a chiropractor, entrepreneur and owner of a multidisciplinary clinic? Dr. K: It’s not easy but I’m getting better at it with practice. I’ve always had a faith-based belief system, knowing everything ultimately happens for my personal growth, taking the good with the bad, the ups and downs as part of a greater journey toward self-discovery. Beyond: What’s it like to own a business together? Dr. K: It is both challenging and rewarding at the same time. We get to celebrate the highs and tackle the lows together. It takes awareness and planning to separate business and family. We schedule business meetings together and whenever possible avoid business discussion after the work day is over. We are both passionate about living an active and healthy lifestyle. . . . Our philosophy is simple—to enjoy life we have to keep our bodies as healthy as possible. Our mission is to help others do the same.

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Culinary convenience

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Relax. Sip. Enjoy. That’s the philosophy behind Jody Helfend’s instant, savory sipping broths. For the busy father of three and owner of three businesses, it’s also an important reminder to slow down every so often. By no means a newcomer to the culinary arts, Jody joined his family business in the ’80s, creating healthy concentrated soup bases for restaurants and hotels. But it wasn’t until 2012 that the Calabasas entrepreneur launched his own clean-label soup and broth concentrates company, Chef ’s Premium, which supplies MSG-free, “clean-label” (made using yeast instead of MSG substitutes) flavored concentrates to large soup manufacturers. With The Art of Broth, Jody is taking it to the next step, making broth concentrates available for individual consumption. He has created a 15-calorie, non-GMO, vegan, kosher and gluten-free broth using savory flavors extracted from plant-based products. By packaging it in small tea bag sized sachets, Jody has made enjoying broth as simple as steeping tea. Add hot water, wait two minutes and enjoy. The instant broths are already taking flight—literally. Since its October launch, The Art of Broth has been picked up for retail sales in 30 airports across the country, including LAX, and in several Las Vegas casinos. It’s also on the room service menu at the Venetian hotel. Beyond talked to Jody to get a better taste of The Art of Broth philosophy.

Jody Helfend's new product makes it easy to enjoy a hot, savory meal on the go. theartofbroth.com

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Sipping the comforts of home


Beyond: Where did the idea for your instant sipping broths originate and how did you make it a reality? Jody: The idea came from my wife, Ivette, who suggested one day about a year and a half ago that we create a consumer-friendly package that would allow the soup bases that I make to be offered to the public. This was the most challenging research and development project I’ve ever done. And being able to create savory flavors from plant-based ingredients was a unique challenge. But, from a business perspective, I’m really enjoying going to work. Beyond: And how about the name, The Art of Broth? Jody: Two aspects: There’s a culinary art of creating flavor that I’m passionate about. I’m passionate about creating food that makes someone smile. And there’s the art of enjoying life. Of taking a moment out of the day, out of the normal day of running and running and running. . . . Broth does that. Both are important to me. Beyond: I understand you have a very food-oriented family background. Jody: It started with my grandfather manufacturing soup bases back in the late ’60s. Building The Art of Broth was really a way for my kids to join the family business. In our household, food and family meals together have always been a big part of our family. And soup happens to be a big part of those dinners. Beyond: Why soup? Jody: There’s something about it. It brings people together. It feels like home. We’re filling a unique niche because . . . you can bring it on the plane, in a purse, wallet or briefcase to enjoy comforts of home—it’s more satisfying and filling than a cup of hot coffee or tea. When you taste it, you’ll taste the mouthfeel of chicken fats. The richness is there, but without the calories. And this is how homemade soup is supposed to taste—not like the salty bouillon cubes most people are familiar with. Beyond: You now offer three flavors: Savory Chicken, Vegan Vegetable and Savory Beef Bone. Are there any new recipes in the works? Jody: We will soon be launching two new flavors: a Thai lemongrass and a miso. Beyond: Do you have a favorite way to enjoy? Jody: I’m definitely that person that works at a frenzied pace. I’ll forget to eat or if I do eat, I’ll inhale a bite of a sandwich. I’m high up in an office building, and I have a beautiful view that goes unnoticed for so much of the day. So I’ll get a cup (of broth) and wander to the window, appreciate the view and let my mind wander. I don’t have a lot of time in my day to meditate or work out, and usually by 3 or 4 p.m. I’ve been going at it for a long time and I love taking those five minutes to enjoy the smells and tastes and get centered again.   Plus, it’s relaxing to steep. There’s something comforting about the art of dipping the sachet in the water.


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spirals

A fun and flavorful twist on veggies

  When food writer Carina Wolff came across a nifty kitchen tool called a spiralizer four years ago, she could barely contain her excitement. “I love pasta, so when I discovered this machine could make pasta out of vegetables I became obsessed with it!” she says.   Carina, who graduated from Westlake High School in 2009, had been making an impact with her healthy food blog, Kale Me Maybe, during her senior year at New York University. After loading her blog, Instagram and Pinterest accounts with her innovative spiralized veggie recipes and accompanying mouthwatering photos, she gained thousands more followers and garnered the attention of a book publisher.   “The Spiralizer Recipe Book,” published in 2016, fulfilled both her desire to write and her passion for sharing her nutrition knowledge with others. That passion for creating meals based on vegetables took another leap with Spiralized vegetables take the place her latest book, “Plant-Protein Recipes That You’ll of pasta, crusts and fries in Carina Love” (2017), which has 150 recipes showcasing Wolff's colorful recipes. vegetarian protein sources. Oddly, Carina wasn’t always a health fanatic. “My mom and grandma were really into nutrition before it was mainstream. But I hated eating healthy!” she says. In high school she rebelled and ate whatever junk she wanted. “And then I realized I didn’t feel that great.” Studying the effects of eating well—or not—on the body and mind led Carina to experiment with a plant-based cuisine to make healthy eating taste amazing. “Finding this knowledge on my own inspired me to tell others about it.” Carina’s advice for the beginner spiralizer: start with zucchini. “It’s physically easy to spiralize, plus it’s quick to cook.” Spiralized zucchini, which she calls “zoodles,” are easy to pair with other ingredients normally eaten with pasta. Carina recommends using the biggest veggies you can find that are as evenly shaped as possible for easy spiralizing.

RICHARD GILLARD

Written by ERIN NEWMAN


Portrait and recipes courtesy of CARINA WOLFF

ngela’s AFlorist Styling Weddings for over 25 years

Experienced Creative Team Providing Excellence for Each & Every Wedding or Special Occasion Zucchini Shrimp Scampi Serves 2

This scampi retains all the flavor of the shrimp while pairing it with zucchini noodles for a lightened-up but still rich and buttery flavor. Using ghee instead of regular butter removes the milk solids, making it friendlier for people with sensitive stomachs. 3 3 2 2 8 ½ ¼ 10 ¼ ¼ ½

large zucchini Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, divided Tbsp. ghee (clarified butter) Tbsp. garlic, chopped (about 6 cloves) jumbo shrimp, uncooked cup finely chopped onion cup chopped fresh parsley cherry tomatoes Juice of 2 small lemons tsp. red chili flakes tsp. salt tsp. pepper

Cut zucchini in half crosswise and slice off both ends. Spiralize using a small-noodle blade. Pat between two pieces of paper towel to remove excess moisture. Set aside. In a large pan, heat 2 Tbsp. olive oil and ghee on low heat. Add garlic and cook for one minute. Turn heat to medium-low. Add shrimp and onion and cook for 5 to 6 minutes, stirring every minute or so. While the shrimp are cooking, heat 1 Tbsp. olive oil in a separate large pan on medium-low heat. Add zucchini and toss around for about 3 minutes. Zucchini should be undercooked, as it will cook down more when combined with sauce. When shrimp are done, remove from heat. Add parsley, tomatoes, lemon juice and red chili flakes, stirring until everything is mixed evenly. Pour mixture over zucchini noodles and toss until evenly coated. Top with salt and pepper and serve warm. Reprinted with permission from “The Spiralizer Recipe Book” by Carina Wolff, Adams Media, a division of F & W Media, Inc.

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Potato-Crust Pesto Pizza with Avocado Serves 1 to 2 (makes 1 pizza)

Although it might sound blasphemous, this pizza contains no bread and no cheese, but it will still have you drooling over a slice. Crust 1 large russet potato 1 Tbsp. coconut oil 1 Tbsp. almond flour 1 Tbsp. flaxseed meal 1 Tbsp. olive oil, plus more for drizzling Kale Pesto ½ cup kale, stems removed, leaves torn 1½ Tbsp. walnuts 1 clove garlic 1 Tbsp. olive oil Juice of 1 small lemon Toppings ½ zucchini, uncut 1 small heirloom beefsteak tomato ½ avocado 4 or 5 basil leaves Olive oil, for drizzling Oregano Pepper Preheat oven to 425˚. Peel potato, cut in half crosswise, and slice off both ends. Spiralize using the small-noodle blade. Toss with coconut oil, almond flour and flaxseed meal. Heat a large oven-safe pan with 1 Tbsp. olive oil on medium heat on stovetop. Add noodles to the pan; form into a circular shape and pat down with a spatula. Cover and cook for 3 to 4 minutes on the stove. Remove pan from stove and place it in the oven. Bake about 10 minutes until potato crust is solid enough to transfer to a baking

Butternut Squash “Mac and Cheese” Serves 4

Get creative and use any type of cheese you like, but this recipe calls for cheddar like the classic comfort dish. The kids will have no idea they aren’t eating the real deal, as the physical resemblance is pretty uncanny. 1 large butternut squash 2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped ⅓ cup grated Parmesan cheese ⅓ cup grated sharp cheddar cheese 3 Tbsp. Greek yogurt Cut the bulbous end off the butternut squash (it won’t be used in this recipe). Peel the remaining portion of butternut squash until the top, tough surface is completely removed. Slice in half crosswise and cut off stem end. Spiralize using a small-noodle blade. Heat olive oil in a large pan on medium heat. Add garlic and squash noodles and stir around the pan so that noodles are evenly coated with olive oil and garlic. Cover and cook for about 7 minutes or until noodles are super soft. Lower flame and use a spatula to break noodles into smaller, bite-sized pieces. Add Parmesan cheese, cheddar cheese and Greek yogurt and mix thoroughly on low heat until cheese is melted and noodles are evenly coated. Serve immediately while warm.

Mexican Kale Salad with Spicy Avocado Dressing and Shoestring Fries Serves 2 to 3

If you’ve ever gotten a salad and wished you had a plate of French fries instead, this dish is for you. If you like heat, feel free to add a bit more jalapeño to really pack a punch. 1 medium russet potato 2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, divided ½ tsp. paprika 5 cups kale, stems removed, leaves torn ½ tsp. salt 1 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained 4 Tbsp. green onion, chopped 6 cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered Spicy Avocado Dressing Preheat oven to 425˚. Cut potato in half crosswise and cut off both ends. Spiralize using a small-noodle blade, pressing lightly so noodles come out stringier. Spread noodles evenly on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil, making sure they aren’t covering each other. Drizzle with 1 Tbsp. olive oil and sprinkle on paprika. Toss if necessary to coat evenly. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until potatoes are brown and crispy, checking occasionally to make sure they don’t burn. Remove from oven and set aside. Put kale into a large bowl. Drizzle with 1 Tbsp. olive oil and ½ tsp. salt. Massage kale by rubbing the leaves between your hands, using your fingers to soften the leaves. Add beans, onion and tomatoes. Toss salad ingredients with Spicy Avocado Dressing. Top with crispy shoestring potatoes and serve. Spicy Avocado Dressing 1 large ripe avocado ¾ cup cilantro 3 Tbsp. jalapeño, chopped Juice of 3 lemons 4 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil 1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar Blend avocado, cilantro, jalapeño, lemon juice, olive oil and apple cider vinegar in a blender or food processor until smooth. Dressing will be thick. Add additional olive oil if you prefer it thinner. * More recipes at beyondtheacorn.com

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sheet. It may not be completely crisp and firm yet, which is ok. It just needs to stay together so you can continue to cook it on the baking sheet. In a blender or food processor, combine kale, walnuts, garlic, 1 Tbsp. olive oil and lemon juice and blend together. Set aside. When potato crust has cooked for 10 minutes, remove from oven and drizzle with olive oil; bake for another 10 to 20 minutes or until crust is almost crispy. Remove crust from oven and increase oven temperature to 475˚. Using a peeler, create zucchini ribbons by dragging peeler from top of zucchini to the bottom. You’ll need about 5 zucchini ribbons. Thinly slice tomatoes and dice avocado. Spread pesto over crust. Place basil leaves on top of pesto and top with tomato, zucchini and avocado. Bake for about 7 to 10 minutes or until veggies are cooked. Remove pizza from oven. Drizzle with olive oil and a dash of oregano and pepper. Serve warm.


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Marilou & Laurent tie the knot at Newhall Mansion. William Innes Photograpy.

Couples are making their walk down the aisle as unique as they are, with all the trappings of a Hollywood production and the intimacy of a beloved family memory. Here are a few local love stories with very happy endings


Lauren& Aaron

La Quinta Country Club in La Quinta Priscila Valentina Photography

WEDDING PLANNER: Jaime Geffen, Geffen Events FLORAL DESIGN: Elegant by Design WEDDING DRESS: Oscar de la Renta TUXEDOS: The Black Tux BRIDESMAID DRESSES: Hayley Paige Occasions, Bella Bridal Couture HAIR AND MAKEUP: Makeup by Lettie Mix MUSIC: Jordan Music Entertainment CAKE: Exquisite Desserts VIDEOGRAPHER: David Chang 26 WWW.BEYONDTHEACORN.COM | WINTER 2018


We wanted the wedding to match our style—elegant and classic but not stuffy.

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DREAM COME TRUE: Lauren says she had always pictured what she wanted her wedding to be like and after she was engaged to Aaron she knew they both were “on the same page” with everything they wanted the day to be. “We both wanted the ceremony to be special and show how much we love and care about each other but then we also just wanted it to be the best party we ever went to,” she says. SUBTLE WITH SPLASH: They kept the colors neutral: white, gold and black with the bridesmaids dressed in a deep eggplant color. The flowers were masses of white but the florist recommended adding some anemones to the bridesmaids’ bouquets to tie in with their dresses. The hardest thing to decide on was the live band but, says Lauren with a wink, “besides deciding to marry Aaron, hiring them was the best decision ever.” IT TAKES A VILLAGE: “I couldn’t have done the wedding planning without my mom,” says the bride. “She was a lifesaver and helped with so many things. My sister, also maid of honor, was a huge help when I needed another opinion.”   And how did it all work out? “I wish we could go back and live that weekend over and over. It was everything we had hoped it would be!” says Lauren. In a word: “Perfect.”

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Say It With Flowers “There is a language, little known, lovers claim it as their own. Its symbols smile upon the land, wrought by nature's wondrous hand.” —“The Language & Poetry of Flowers”(1875)

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Marissa& Joey

Camarillo Ranch House in Camarillo William Innes Photography

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PERSONAL TOUCH: “We decided early on that we wanted our wedding day to be very intimate and personal to us,” says Marissa. That meant incorporating family and friends into the festivities, which resulted in nine ring bearers and flower girls, 15 friends in the wedding party and a special cake created by Marissa’s stepmom and brother, among many other personal touches. FLORAL DESIGN: Gisella Garcia, Angela's Florist & Gift Shop WEDDING DRESS: ASOS Bride BRIDESMAID DRESSES: Watters CUSTOM ALTERATIONS: Lili's Alterations GROOM AND GROOMSMEN'S ATTIRE: Camarillo Bridal Boutique CATERING: Martino's Catering HAIR AND MAKEUP: Bliss Bridal Beauty STATIONARY: Alysha Cordova DJ AND PHOTOBOOTH: Vox DJs CAKE: Sweets By Bre RENTALS, DECOR, LIGHTING: Party Pleasers Event Rental Co. EVENT STYLING AND DESIGN: Andrew Evans, Party Pleasers DAY OF COORDINATION: All Occasions Event Planning SIGNAGE AND CALLIGRAPHY: Brown & Co. Designs CUSTOM WEDDING RINGS: Robert Shaw Jewelers


Camarillo Ranch was the perfect spot, with its beautiful gardens and mature trees, which fit the couple’s desire for an outdoor wedding. “Joey and I have had so many memorable moments at the Ranch that it feels like home to us.”

HERITAGE: The theme of the day would be what the couple dubbed “Mexican-bohemian,” reflecting Marissa’s heritage. “I have always loved the bright colors and motifs of Mexican-inspired art and décor,” she says, adding “we celebrated Joey’s Italian heritage as the theme of our rehearsal dinner.” Dahlias, roses, peonies and gardenias in bright jewel tones made up the six dozen flower arrangements, designed by a dear friend’s mom, of course. Marissa says her bouquet was a masterpiece, weighing close to 20 pounds and wrapped in vintage crushed velvet. MAKING MEMORIES: “We loved every moment of our wedding and would not change a thing!”

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Finishing Touches These toppers make a wedding cake (almost) too beautiful to eat Written by ALLISON MONTROY

Wedding Kiss

Newlyweds share their first kiss as husband and wife. Her rhinestone-dotted dress reads: “when I saw you I fell in love, and you smiled because you knew.” $51.50 www.ginafreehillshop.com

The Happiest Day

A groom carries his bride, hoping for a kiss in this romantic sculpture from Lladro. $700 www.lladro.com (888) 448-3552

Wedding Promises First Dance

Westmore

The newlyweds’ names can be added to this piece from Lenox for a personalized touch. $67 www.lenox.com (800) 223-4311

A bride and groom in ivory china accented with platinum from Lenox dance in each other’s arms. $134 www.lenox.com (800) 223-4311

Written in the Stars

Glazed porcelain couple dreams of the future under the twinkle of acrylic prism stars. $59.98 weddingstar.com (403) 529-1110


Wedding Dreams

Depicting a tale as old as time, this hand-painted ivory fine china figurine of Disney’s Belle and her beast is accented with 24-karat gold. $208 www.lenox.com (800) 223-4311

Everlasting Love

A groom gently touches his bride’s shoulder in this delicate porcelain piece from Lladro. $495 www.lladro.com (888) 448-3552

Darling Point

Chic and simple, this silver ampersand from kate spade new york says it all. $50 www.lenox.com (800) 223-4311

Rose Heart

Two pewter rose vines with gold-dipped roses grow together into the shape of a heart. $47.99 www.fairyglen.com (973) 653-5147

The Best is Yet to Come

Bisque Poppy Blooms

Minimalist and elegant trio of white porcelain flowers adds a delicate finishing touch. $39.95 weddingstar.com (403) 529-1110

Designed and handmade by a young Utah couple, this gold-painted wood sign promises that the big day is just the beginning. $16 alexismattoxdesign.com


Laura& Rob

Saddlerock Ranch in Malibu Caroline Tran, photographer

WEDDING PLANNER: So Happi Together FLORAL DESIGN: Twig And Twine WEDDING DRESS: Reem Acra SHOES: Jimmy Choo BRIDESMAID DRESSES: Amsale CATERING: Urban Palate MAKEUP: Patrick Ta CALLIGRAPHER: Letters To You DJ: Red Shoe BAKER: Sweet And Saucy Shop LINENS: La Tavola RENTALS: Archive Rentals; Town & Country TABLEWARE: Casa De Perrin VIDEOGRAPHER: Imagique Weddings 34 WWW.BEYONDTHEACORN.COM | WINTER 2018


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MEANT TO BE: College sweethearts Laura and Rob tied the knot at Saddlerock Ranch in the Malibu hills. “It was the first and only venue I looked at,” Laura recalls. “I knew I wanted to pick it as soon as I saw it.” HILLTOP RETREAT: Though the Ranch has several spots for weddings, the couple chose the Chateau Le Dome, a stone house perched on a hilltop surrounded by vineyards. With dramatic panoramic views, the couple exchanged vows under an arch made from the branches of a fallen oak tree, then dined and danced with their guests just steps away while the sun set behind the surrounding mountains. The day was intimate and elegant with the romantic, rustic feel of the land surrounding them.

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I loved the idea of sharing and passing plates amongst the guests.

FAMILY TIME: “I wanted family-style (food) because I loved the idea of sharing and passing plates amongst the guests,” Laura explains. “I made sure to include hearty food … like braised short ribs, fried chicken, corn bread with maple bourbon butter.…We had mini lattice-crust pies as escort cards that said ‘Who said you can’t eat dessert first?’”   Also, it was important to the couple to have a film photographer. “I feel like film is able to capture the magic and tone of a beautiful vineyard wedding in a way digital could not,” says Laura.   Her one word to sum up the day: “Unforgettable.”

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Perfect Place, Perfect Day Carley and Nick at Hartley Botanica: SUN-DANCE PHOTOGRAPHY

A  Sampling of Fantastic Wedding Venues

Calabasas SADDLE PEAK LODGE

With four private indoor spaces and two seasonally available outdoor areas, this rustic mountain lodge once hosted Hollywood luminaries Errol Flynn and Clark Gable. 10-200 guests 419 Cold Canyon Road Calabasas (818) 222-3888, ext. 14 www.saddlepeaklodge.com

CALABASAS COUNTRY CLUB

In the evening, after golfers have gone home, wedding parties often take over on the expansive clubhouse patio, landscaped with islands of roses and magnolia trees. The property’s waterfalls, bridges and oaks add to the ambiance. 300 guests 4515 Park Entrada, Calabasas (818) 222-8111 www.calabasasgolf.com

ORCUTT RANCH

With its manicured gardens and towering oaks (including one that’s reported to be more than 700 years old), this historic ranch makes a picturesque wedding spot. A cozy guest house with two separate dressing rooms is available to the bridal party. 175 guests 23600 Roscoe Blvd., West Hills (818) 346-7449 www.tinyurl.com/orcuttranch

RANCHO DEL CIELO

Tucked into the hills above Paradise Cove, this scenic ranch house feels sky-high. Say “I Do” under oak trees, olive groves and gardens with outdoor fireplaces. 200 guests Malibu (310) 589-9398 www.ranchodelcielomalibu.com

THE ADAMSON HOUSE

The beachfront bungalow promises a romantic ceremony, tasty fare and impressive service for those looking to get married with their toes in the sand. 200 guests 6800 Westward Beach Road Malibu (310) 589-2027 www.thesunsetrestaurant.com

MALIBU SEASIDE WEDDING ELOPEMENTS

Malibu/Topanga/ Pacific Palisades Unique and historic oceanfront property with expansive lawns and courtyards is ideal for picturesque beach weddings. 151-200 guests 23200 Pacific Coast Highway Malibu (310) 457-8144, ext. 2 www.adamsonhouse.org

THE SUNSET RESTAURANT

MALIBU WEST BEACH CLUB

Bride and groom can tie the knot under a flower-covered arch overlooking the waves, then stroll down to the beach for wedding photos. 150 guests 30756 Pacific Coast Highway Malibu (310) 457-0195 www.malibuwestbeachclub.com

Saying “I Do” is a private, intimate affair on this sandstone bluff overlooking Zuma beach. After the ceremony, escape to the secluded honeymoon Airstream for a romantic evening that includes dinner under the stars. 10 guests Malibu (310) 908-1605 www.malibuseasideweddings.com

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LE’ SANGREAL

A picturesque estate tucked into the Malibu Wine Trail offers indoor and outdoor ceremony sites and reception spaces that include a fire pit, pool, outdoor bathtub and onsite parking as well as a bridal villa. 150 guests Malibu (310) 435-1100 www.theknot.com/marketplace/lesangreal-malibu-ca-997168

CASA OCEANA MALIBU

You’ll find 180 degrees of unobstructed ocean views at this serene, private home perfect for entertaining. 140 guests 6355 Tantalus Drive, Malibu (310) 924-4350 www.casaoceanamalibu.com

MALIBU ROCKY OAKS ESTATE

Exchange vows in the clouds at this elegant 37-acre vineyard venue that offers 360 degree views from its unique helipad ceremony site. 250 guests 340 Kanan Road, Malibu (877) 676-7660 maliburockyoaks.com

MALIBU SOLSTICE VINEYARDS

This estate overlooks the coast and offers a lush outdoor garden setting above Solstice Canyon. 30-200 guests 2700 Mar Vista Ridge Drive Malibu (310) 457-4827 www.malibusolsticevineyards.com

THE MOUNTAIN MERMAID

Since its construction in 1930 this charming site has been a country club, gambling house, night club, American Legion hall and Jewish boys’ school. Now it’s a unique horticultural retreat that offers garden ceremonies followed by receptions by the pool or in the great hall. 100-145 guests 20421 Callon Drive, Topanga (310) 455-3181 www.themountainmermaid.com

THE 1909

Say “I Do”under a canopy of majestic oak trees followed by a woodsy creekside reception in the meadow. 120 guests 1909 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd. Topanga (424) 272-1909 www.the1909.com

Panoramic mountain views are a highlight at this private golf club, which promises to give wedding parties “the country club experience.” 20-330 guests 4761 Valley Spring Drive Westlake Village (805) 496-1995 www.northranchcc.org

INN OF THE SEVENTH RAY

There’s conjecture that this site might once have been a sacred meeting place for Chumash Indians. It’s now a New Age-y restaurant that doubles as a romantic wedding spot, complete with “grand old sycamores, waterfalls and a flowing creek.” 40-250 guests 128 Old Topanga Canyon Road Topanga (310) 709-3571 www.innoftheseventhray.com

BEL AIR BAY CLUB

Exchange vows in a lush, romantic garden with an ocean view at this elegant private estate. 75+ guests 16801 Pacific Coast Highway Pacific Palisades (310) 230-4700 www.belairbayclub.com

Westlake/Agoura/ Oak Park

SADDLEROCK RANCH

The sprawling property features vineyards, manicured lawns, ancient oaks, rose gardens and ribbons of white fences. 500 guests 32111 Mulholland Highway Malibu (818) 889-0008 www.saddlerock-ranch.com

NORTH RANCH COUNTRY CLUB

HYATT REGENCY WESTLAKE

Hold a gala ceremony in one of the hotel’s two elegant ballrooms or keep things intimate in the garden gazebo with views of cascading waterfalls and manicured grounds. On-site planners can help with all the details. 450 guests 880 S. Westlake Blvd. Westlake Village (805) 557-1234 westlake.regency.hyatt.com

TRIUNFO CREEK VINEYARDS

The site specializes in “handcrafted weddings” set amid gently rolling, vine-covered hills with eucalyptus, oak and sycamore trees all around. 300 guests 2714 Triunfo Canyon Road Agoura Hills (818) 914-5186 www.triunfocreek.com

bi-level ballrooms, fireplaces and lakeside settings. On-site planners can help coordinate everything from custom-designed wedding cakes to music ensembles. 200 guests 31943 Agoura Road Westlake Village (818) 889-1460 www.westlakevillageinn.com

SHERATON AGOURA HILLS HOTEL

The hotel’s on-site wedding specialist can help plan everything from the bridal shower to the farewell brunch. 150-250 guests 30100 Agoura Road Agoura Hills (818) 707-1220 www.sheratonagourahills.com

THE LODGE AT MALIBOU LAKE

This long-popular venue, shaded by sycamores and oaks and located within a private residential community, has been transformed into “a new beauty with an old soul,” according to event staff. Choose between lawn overlooking the lake or in the ballroom. 180-280 guests 29033 Lake Vista Drive Agoura Hills (818) 370-6175 www.maliboulakelodge.com

O’REILLY HALL

WESTLAKE YACHT CLUB

Get married on the club’s expanded deck overlooking glistening waters. The serene, relaxing setting offers beautiful sunset views. 200 guests 32123 W. Lindero Canyon Road Westlake Village (818) 889-4820 westlakeyc.org

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This banquet facility offers rooms of various sizes with views of the church’s park-like grounds. They also offer catering and wedding planning services. 300 guests St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church 5801 Kanan Road Westlake Village (818) 991-3915, ext. 136 www.oreilly-hall.org

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This boutique resort offers four al fresco wedding ceremony sites plus reception venues that include

BROOKVIEW RANCH

The 23-acre site features landscaped hills, mountain views, a running creek and pepper and oak trees. Whether you want a “whimsical, classic, rustic or glamorous” wedding, they can accommodate it. 75-300 guests 2972 Triunfo Canyon Road Agoura Hills (818) 575-6333 www.brookviewranch.com


PETER STRAUSS RANCH

OAK PARK COMMUNITY CENTER AND GARDENS

The center’s pavilion area has a gazebo, manicured lawns and a mountain backdrop; its banquet room has a high, wood-beamed ceiling with tons of natural light. 150 guests 1000 Kanan Road, Oak Park (818) 865-9304 www.tinyurl.com/oakparkcenter

PARAMOUNT RANCH

Lights, camera . . . weddings. The ranch, a classic movie location, is also a popular spot for rustic, Old West-style ceremonies. Call the National Park Service for info. 500+ guests 2903 Cornell Road, Agoura Hills (805) 370-2308 bit.ly/2elFRjT

The ranch, named for the Emmywinning actor who once lived there, has a small amphitheater, lawn area and oak woodlands. Contact the National Park Service for permits and reservations. 360 guests 30000 Mulholland Highway Agoura Hills (805) 370-2308 bit.ly/2wgZXVt

Thousand Oaks/ Newbury Park THE GARDENS AT LOS ROBLES GREENS  

The Garden, which is connected to Los Robles Greens Golf Course but has its own entrance and pathway, has three wedding sites: a garden, ballroom and terrace overlooking the golf course. 350 guests 299 S. Moorpark Road Thousand Oaks (805) 495-6421 www.thegardensatlosrobles.com

SUNSET HILLS COUNTRY CLUB

McCREA RANCH

Farm windmills, tractors and white rail fencing set the scene for a rustic wedding at this historic ranch. 40-100 guests 4500 N. Moorpark Road Thousand Oaks (805) 495-2163 www.mccrearanchfoundation.org

SHERWOOD COUNTRY CLUB

Find wedded bliss at this meticulously maintained club with elegant indoor and outdoor ceremony and reception sites. 200-300 guests 320 W. Stafford Road Thousand Oaks (805) 496-3036 www.sherwoodcatering.com

Plan a one-of-a-kind wedding on the outdoor lawn before retiring to the ballroom for an elegant reception with on-site catering and personalized event specialists. 250 guests 4155 Erbes Road, Thousand Oaks (805) 495-6484 www.sunsethillsclub.com

PALM GARDEN HOTEL

Casual meets contemporary at this venue, where you’ll exchange vows under the garden gazebo before dancing the night away in one of the hotel’s four indoor reception areas. 40-250 guests 495 N. Ventu Park Road Thousand Oaks (805) 716-4335 www.palmgardenhotel.com

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CHUMASH INDIAN MUSEUM

Historic venue and living history center provides a tranquil outdoor setting. 40-100 guests 3290 Lang Ranch Parkway Thousand Oaks (805) 492-8076 www.chumashmuseum.org

TOI BANQUET CENTER

A hidden gem high on the hill, Quail Ranch provides an intimacy and rustic elegance among majestic oak trees, flourishing avocado orchard and towering pines.

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The Vineyards is an ideal setting for your weddings & all special events. At The Vineyards we help you create your perfect day. For a complete list of ammenties and services please visit our website:

Exchange vows in the garden courtyard gazebo and choose between three banquet rooms for the fully-catered reception. Outof-towners won’t have to travel far for a place to sleep; the hotel offers discounted rooms for guests. 150-200 guests Thousand Oaks Inn 75 W. Thousand Oaks Blvd. Thousand Oaks (805) 413-1288 www.toibanquetcenter.com

MASTRO’S STEAKHOUSE

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Be a Guest Productions

Choose between four private dining rooms to host a tasty wedding reception dinner. Also available for catering services. 12-180 guests 2087 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. Thousand Oaks (805) 418-1811 www.mastrosrestaurants.com

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MARAVILLA GARDENS

Outdoor wedding venue in a romantic garden nursery setting. 75-300 guests 8620 Santa Rosa Road Camarillo (805) 491-1400 www.mgardens.com

McCORMICK HOME RANCH

Historic, rustic-chic ranch built in 1918 provides a lovely garden gathering spot. 250 guests 2034 E. Fifth St., Camarillo (805) 482-1549 mccormickhomeranch.com

SPANISH HILLS COUNTRY CLUB

Since 2007

Destination Weddings Kosher Destination Weddings Office 805-530-1972 Cell 805-208-1965 Beaguestevents@gmail.com

CAMARILLO RANCH

Rustic charm and Victorian elegance intertwine at this historic mansion, built as a romantic gesture by Adolfo Camarillo for his wife, Isabella. 250-1,000 guests 201 Camarillo Ranch Road Camarillo (805) 389-8182 camarilloranch.org

STAGECOACH INN MUSEUM

Get hitched in another era at this historical museum which hosts rustic outdoor weddings with the inn as a backdrop. 200 guests 51 S. Ventu Park Road Newbury Park (805) 498-9441 stagecoachinnmuseum.com

Camarillo GERRY RANCH

Picturesque rustic setting at a working lemon, avocado and blueberry farm. 200 guests 9015 Rosita Road, Camarillo (805) 377-5568 www.gerryranch.com

Elegant atmosphere evokes Spanish Mediterranean luxury with an outdoor terrace, grand dining room and ballroom complete with fireplaces and a grand piano. 264 guests 999 Crestview Ave., Camarillo (805) 388-5000 www.spanishhillscc.com

STERLING HILLS GOLF CLUB

Exchange vows under the gazebo on a rolling manicured lawn with a picturesque mountain backdrop before cocktails on the patio and then a traditionally elegant reception in the Spanish-style clubhouse. 225 guests 901 Sterling Hills Drive Camarillo (805) 285-7833 www.wedgewoodbanquet.com


Oxnard/Ventura PACIFIC VIEW TOWER CLUB

Choose from three elegant options for your ceremony: the outdoor garden, the Tower Club or on the beach. Then, enjoy 360 degree views from the indoor reception in the penthouse banquet room. 250 guests 300 E. Esplanade Drive Oxnard (805) 202-4389 www.wedgewoodbanquet.com

RIVER RIDGE GOLF CLUB

Peaceful setting overlooking the Topa Topa Mountains and the golf course with a banquet room reception. 170 guests 2401 W. Vineyard Ave., Oxnard (805) 981-8724 www.riverridge-golfclub.com

SCARLETT BELLE RIVERBOAT WEDDINGS

All aboard this paddlewheel riverboat in the Channel Islands Harbor for a memorable wedding. 150 guests 3600 Cabezone Circle, Oxnard (805) 204-0977 www.scarlettbelle.com

EMBASSY SUITES MANDALAY BAY RESORT

Whether you hold your ceremony on the beachfront lawn or in the gardens, you’re promised an unforgettable experience with onsite catering, white linens, cakecutting services and votive candles. 120-320 guests 2101 Mandalay Beach Road Oxnard (805) 984-2500 embassysuites3.hilton.com

FOUR POINTS BY SHERATON, VENTURA HARBOR RESORT

Hotel setting offers a 6,400 squarefoot ballroom, outdoor gazebo and a variety of catering menus. 20-400 guests 1050 Schooner Drive, Ventura (805) 658-1212 www.fourpointsventuraharborresort.com

MUSEUM OF VENTURA COUNTY

Located in the heart of historic downtown Ventura, the museum has a pavilion building and a garden plaza with palms, a water fountain and beautiful mosaics. 200 guests 100 E. Main St., Ventura (805) 653-0323 venturamuseum.org

POINSETTIA PAVILION

Panoramic views with spacious reception rooms. Also offers a variety of catering services. 20-300 guests 3451 Foothill Road, Ventura (805) 648-1143 www.poinsettiapavilion.org

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This enchanting ranch-style venue holds ceremonies in the grove under towering walnut trees. Eucalyptus trees shade the reception area, which is tranquil, private and situated next to a creek. 250 guests 3370 Sunset Valley Road Moorpark (805) 558-8279 www.walnutgroveweddings.com

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Host your reception in the wine room or on the patio to enjoy chef Fabio Viviani’s Italian cuisine. 75 guests 563 W. Los Angeles Ave. Moorpark (805) 532-0048 www.cafefirenze.net

EDEN GARDENS

Babbling brooks, sparkling fountains, lush lawns, meandering pathways: it’s a scene from a storybook. Choose from three ceremony and reception sites and work with onsite catering coordinator to design your menu. 300 guests 3900 Brennan Road, Moorpark (805) 208-3098 www.edengardensweddings.com

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Private estate has tropical gardens, a lagoon and a large pavilion with covered arches and beautifully lit bridges that make for a magical day. 75 guests minimum 3566 Sunset Valley Road Moorpark (805) 529-6699 www.ranchodelaspalmas.com

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Hold your ceremony at the garden gazebo next to the serene lake and waterfall or opt to exchange vows on the lawn overlooking the 18th hole. Then, celebrate with a reception in the grand ballroom or lakeview room. 300 guests 301 Wood Ranch Parkway Simi Valley (805) 527-9663 www.woodranchgc.com

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You’re ready for the perfect wedding and the talented team at the Hyatt Regency Westlake is ready to help you take it above and beyond. We will take care of every last detail and flawlessly execute the day of you. Cheers to amazing moments and memories you will cherish forever!

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Time your wedding vows to the sunset or celebrate next to a waterfall, then dance under the stars—all within the comfort of The Vineyards’ unique settings. 50-300 guests 2525 Stow St., Simi Valley (805) 583-2525 www.thevineyardsimi.com

BRANDEIS-BARDIN CAMPUS, AMERICAN JEWISH UNIVERSITY

With rolling hills and the Santa Susana Mountains in view, this

campus has several unique sites for indoor and outdoor ceremonies. 200-300 guests 1101 Peppertree Lane Simi Valley (805) 582-4450 confbbc.aju.edu

POSADA ROYALE HOTEL

This venue is great if you’re planning on lots of out-of-town guests, as there are overnight accommodations for up to 360. Choose between indoor and outdoor ceremony and reception sites. 50-250 guests 1775 Madera Road Simi Valley (805) 584-6300 www.posadaroyale.com

QUAIL RANCH

Secluded Spanish Revival estate and avocado ranch has a rustic elegance complete with fire pits, ancient oaks and romantic terraces against a pastoral backdrop. 300 guests 136 Tierra Rejada Road Simi Valley (805) 328-4928 quailranchevents.com

HUMMINGBIRD NEST RANCH

This hidden retreat blends elegance and whimsy in its modern romantic outdoor setting with a villa as the backdrop. 500-plus guests 2940 Kuehner Drive Simi Valley (805) 579-8000, ext. 4157 www.hummingbirdnestranch.com

STRATHEARN HISTORICAL PARK

This rustic, historic site has spacious grounds, a barn reception area and a vintage wedding chapel. 190-200 guests 137 Strathearn Place Simi Valley (805) 526-6453 www.simihistory.com


Somis/Fillmore/ Santa Paula/Piru HARTLEY BOTANICA

With two unique garden settings, this outdoor wedding paradise has aviaries and lush floral landscapes. 25-375 guests 4465 Balcom Canyon Road Somis (805) 532-1997, ext. 3 hartleybotanica.com

SATICOY COUNTRY CLUB

Tucked into the hillside with panoramic views, this versatile space promises breathtaking sunset views, old world charm and modern elegance. 25-300 guests 4450 N. Clubhouse Drive, Somis (805) 485-4956, ext. 19 www.saticoycountryclub.com

BELLA VISTA GROVES

Tucked among the citrus and avocado groves, this historical country venue enchants guests on its 34 acres of rustic beauty. 250 guests 3117 W. Telegraph Road Fillmore (805) 377-5499 bellavistagroves.com

LIMONEIRA RANCH

Charming outdoor venue surrounded by citrus groves in Heritage Valley can accommodate gatherings large or small. 75-3,000 guests 1141 Cummings Road Santa Paula (805) 525-5736 www.limoneiraranchweddings.com

THE GLEN TAVERN INN

Vintage glamour abounds at this historic Tudor-Craftsman style hotel that offers Italian-meetsCalifornian catering services. 200 guests 134 N. Mill St., Santa Paula (805) 933-5550 glentavern.com

NEWHALL MANSION

Opulent Victorian estate “where antique meets chic” offers private event space for a beautiful outdoor ceremony and expansive courtyard reception under the stars before the bridal party retires to the onsite overnight accommodations. 300 guests 829 Park St., Piru (805) 398-5042 newhallmansion.com

RANCHO CAMULOS MUSEUM

Transport wedding guests to rural, romantic old California at this idyllic National Historic Landmark and working ranch where you can say your vows on the expansive outdoor lawns and gardens or in the adobe, chapel or schoolhouse for a unique setting. 400 guests 5164 E. Telegraph Road, Piru (805) 521-1501 ranchocamulos.org

Ojai ACACIA MANSION

Italian-style villa evokes a Prohibition-era feel and includes

overnight accommodations for 12 on a sprawling and luxurious historic property. 150 guests 205 South Lomita Ave., Ojai (805) 797-4549 www.acaciamansion.com

OJAI VALLEY INN

Peaceful mountainside setting offers multiples outdoor ceremony sites like the Hacienda Courtyard and Artist Cottage Lawn, followed by a reception in one of the two expansive onsite ballrooms or on the orchard lawn. 60-400 guests 905 Country Club Road, Ojai (805) 640-2070 www.ojairesort.com

THE RANCH HOUSE

Colorful garden with meandering streams and award-winning menu makes for a romantic outdoor wedding with a variety of settings to choose from for the big day. 180 guests 102 Besant Road, Ojai (805) 646-2360 For more wedding ideas, visit www.beyondtheacorn.com

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JoAnn Mote of Simi Valley shared this picture of the Nobben wedding party striking a very Sopranos-style pose.

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Agoura Hills newlyweds Rick and Heidi Kaufman tie the knot at Saddle Peak Lodge in Calabasas in September, but their love story began over 10 years ago . . . partially because of an ad in the Acorn Newspaper!

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Westlake Village residents Karen Kimmel and Duke Luper ham it up during their wedding at the Four Seasons Bora Bora with daughter Jessica Kimmel, and other friends and family members.

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Newlyweds cut loose, with a little help from their friends.

Best man or best . . . mascot? Oak Park resident Julie Cimity surprises her husband by inviting the LA Kings mascot, Bailey, to their wedding reception.


Nordland photo: BRANDES PORTRAITS

Pearce Stewart, whose folks live in Simi Valley, finds himself caught in a tug-of-war between his groomsmen and his bride, Cassidy. (She won.) The couple lives in Rexburg, Idaho.

Now that's a party! As bride Kendell Van Cleave of Camarillo finishes off the champagne, brothers-in-law Kyle and Andrew Van Cleave celebrate with an epic chest bump.

Cathy and Robert Nordlund of Westlake Village celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary by “trashing the dress” in a steamy Malibu photoshoot.

Newbury Park resident Sharon Braverman and her bridesmaids lip-sync Diana Ross’ “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” to her husband Robert at their wedding reception 27 years ago.

Simi Valley’s Rory and Alison Mellin know just how to accessorize at their wedding.

Coming up: Bride Rachel Kleinzweig of Thousand Oaks remembers: “the boys got a little rambunctious and started stripping down and climbing trees” after a few drinks in the 100-degree heat following her 2012 Conejo Creek Park North wedding.

Rescue pets in their forever homes. Send photos to: beyond @ theacorn.com before March 9.


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SANTA BARBARA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL Now well into its third decade, the annual festival is dedicated to making a positive impact through film. Watch over 200 films and symposiums during the 11-day run that begins Jan. 31 at the historic Riviera Theatre (2044 Alameda Padre Serra). sbiff.org

HOTEL CALIFORNIAN Though the original Hotel Californian fell in an earthquake a week after its opening in 1925 and the building has taken several forms since, this past September it reopened as the modern Hotel Californian, complete with 121 luxury rooms, a spa and two restaurants housed in three buildings less than a block from Stearns Wharf. While the exterior of the hotel remains true to Santa Barbara’s iconic Spanish Colonial Revival architecture, the interior has a modern Moroccan vibe that features intricate patterns and detailed textures woven seamlessly together and unique art fixtures that nod to the hotel’s Moorish style. The hotel’s designer, Martyn Lawrence Bullard, is mostly known as a residential designer to the stars and his style evokes an opulent coziness throughout the luxury hotel. The main draw to Santa Barbara’s sumptuous new accommodations is the picture-perfect rooftop pool deck with its unobstructed views of the mountains and the coast. www.thehotelCalifornian.com

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GRANADA THEATRE Restored in 2008, the historic theater has been a Santa Barbara landmark for nearly a century and offers dance, live music, theatrical performances and lectures. www.granadasb.org

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MOXI The Wolf Museum of Exploration and Innovation (MOXI), which celebrates its first anniversary in February, encourages handson science discovery. Its seven themed interactive exhibits entice visitors to play and investigate the inner workings of technology, sound, speed, gravity, motion and light. And it’s just steps away from the train station for easy day-tripping. www.moxi.org

LOTUSLAND Reserve a guided tour between February and November to explore the 37 acres of exotic botanicals in this whimsical garden. It is the creation of Polish opera singer and socialite-turned-designer Ganna Walska, who bought the property in 1941 and turned it into a one-of-a-kind botanical destination. www.lotusland.org SANTA BARBARA SHELLFISH CO. Join the crowds along Stearns Wharf to reach this oceanic outpost that serves up a fresh catch of local seafood daily. Its specialty is Dungeness crab, but adventurous diners won’t be disappointed by the uni sashimi. shellfishco.com

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SCENE AROUND TOWN Fall festivities

Above, parade grand marshal, Olympian Deena Kastor, charms guests during Night at the Adobe, the kickoff event for Reyes Adobe Days. The annual four-day event, held in October at the historic Reyes Adobe in Agoura Hills, celebrates the community’s history and heritage. Left, Paul Bonn of Agoura Hills enjoys the evening. 50 WWW.BEYONDTHEACORN.COM | WINTER 2018

Night at the Adobe: BOBBY CURTIS

Masquerade Ball: MICHAEL COONS

Right, Lisa and Nick Iezza of Westlake Village peek from their masks during Bridging the Gaps of Hope Gala, a masquerade ball at the Commemorative Air Force Museum in Camarillo. The evening benefitted the Center4SpecialNeeds, which provides support and education for families of children with developmental disabilities and special needs. Below, dessert is a visual work of art.


AROUND TOWN & BEYOND THEATER NEW YEAR’S EVE

Where’s the party? On Dec. 31, pretty much everywhere. Here are some ways to ring in 2018. SWING INTO 2018

Ventura County swing kings Big Bad Voodoo Daddy ring in 2018 with originals like “You and Me & the Bottle Makes 3 Tonight (Baby),” plus tunes from their latest album, “Louie Louie Louie,” which celebrates the music of jazz legends Louis Armstrong, Louis Jordan and Louis Prima.

Kavli Theatre, Civic Arts Plaza 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks (805) 449-2787; www.civicartsplaza.com

BACK TO THE EIGHTIES

Cover band Fast Times will play their hits—“Relax,” “Tainted Love” and “Jump”—helping you flash back to the ’80s before you flash forward into the new year.

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

LAUGH IN THE NEW YEAR

Paul Rodriguez headlines the comedy club’s “West Coast Countdown” celebration.

“MADAGASCAR: A MUSICAL ADVENTURE JR.”

Jan. 11-14

“MOTOWN THE MUSICAL”

Presented by Theater League, this jukebox musical charts the rise of Motown Records founder Berry Gordy, who helped launch the careers of Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross and Michael Jackson. All the label’s hits are here, from “ABC” and “My Girl” to “Super Freak” and “Brick House.”

Kavli Theatre, Civic Arts Plaza 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. Thousand Oaks (805) 449-2787 www.civicartsplaza.com

“BROADWAY BOUND”

Neil Simon wraps up his threepart autobiographical saga with this play about two siblings trying to break into show business while coping with their parents’ impending divorce.

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

MIDNIGHT ON THE RAILS

Jan. 23-27

Fillmore & Western Railway Co. 364 Main St., Fillmore (805) 524-2546; www.fwry.com

JAMMIN’ JAZZ

Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox will inject modern pop hits with jazz, ragtime and swing rhythms during this New Year’s Eve show.

Walt Disney Concert Hall 111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles (323) 850-2000; www.laphil.com

HAVANA NIGHTS

Celebrate New Year’s Eve with a Cuban twist at this celebration powered by the Afro-Cuban beats of percussionist Louie Cruz Beltran and his band. There will be a DJ, dancing, raffles, champagne and appetizers.

Bogies at the Westlake Village Inn 32001 Agoura Road, Westlake Village (818) 889-2394; bogies-bar.com

Hilarity ensues when Marty the Zebra and his pals—including Alex the Lion and Gloria the Hippo, plus a couple of plotting penguins—escape from New York’s Central Park Zoo. The production is a joint effort of Conejo Theater for Everyone and Young Artists Ensemble.

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

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Levity Live, The Collection Riverpark 591 Collection Blvd., Oxnard (805) 457-5550; oxnard.levitylive.com

Make tracks for 2018 aboard a vintage passenger train. You’ll get to dance, eat dinner (prime rib or chicken cordon bleu) and hobnob with performers playing “interesting personalities.” Champagne toast at midnight.

Feb. 2-18

“HEDDA GABLER”

Pepperdine Theatre Department performs a new adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s classic tale about a woman trapped in a dead-end marriage.

Lindhurst Theatre Pepperdine University 24255 Pacific Coast Highway Malibu (310) 506-4522; arts.pepperdine. edu

“SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN” This stage adaptation of the splashy 1952 movie musical is set in the waning days of the silent film era.

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

Feb. 2-March 4

“FIVE WOMEN WEARING THE SAME DRESS”

Alan Ball, creator of the television series “Six Feet Under” and “True Blood,” penned this comedy about bridesmaids who realize they have more in common with each other than the bride.

Camarillo Skyway Playhouse 330 Skyway Drive, Camarillo (805) 388-5716 skywayplayhouse.org

Feb. 21-24

“BUYER & CELLAR”

“THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE”

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

Smothers Theatre Pepperdine University 24255 Pacific Coast Highway Malibu (310) 506-4522; arts.pepperdine.edu

Jan. 24-Feb. 11

Brian McDonald stars in this whimsical one-man play about a struggling actor who gets a job in Barbra Streisand’s basement.

Pepperdine Opera hits the high C’s for Gilbert & Sullivan’s swashbuckling comedy.

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“KINKY BOOTS”

Cyndi Lauper’s high-heeled Broadway smash is about the owner of a struggling shoe factory who turns his company around with help from a fabulous drag queen named Lola.

Kavli Theatre, Civic Arts Plaza 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. Thousand Oaks (805) 449-2787 www.civicartsplaza.com

Feb. 24

“NOW BOARDING”

Four short plays, a musical, a ballet and a short film—each based on the theme “every dream begins with a dreamer,” and each set in an airport terminal—will be performed by elementary, middle and high school students in this festival to benefit performing arts programs in the Las Virgenes Unified School District.

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ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA

After six decades on the podium and hundreds of recordings to his credit, acclaimed conductor Charles Dutoit is taking a victory lap with the Royal Phil. On tap: works by Debussy, Haydn and Stravinsky’s “The Firebird.”

CHRIS HILLMAN AND HERB PEDERSEN

March 14-April 1

EZRALOW DANCE COMPANY • PILOBOLUS

Jan. 26

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

CARRIE NEWCOMER • TIME FOR THREE

The Canyon 28912 Roadside Drive, Agoura Hills (888) 645-5006 wheremusicmeetsthesoul.com

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

Gilbert & Sullivan shake up the Medieval fairy tale formula with this operetta about a princess who chooses to start a women’s college instead of marrying a prince.

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The singer-songwriter behind “Me and Bobby McGee,” “Help Me Make It Through the Night” and “Sunday Morning Coming Down” performs favorites.

Performing Arts Education Center at Agoura High School 28545 W. Driver Ave., Agoura Hills (818) 591-1209, ext. 2 performingarts.lvusd.org

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Jan. 13

In this classic Shakespeare tragedy, an aging king descends into madness as he divvies up his kingdom between his three daughters.

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

March 16-April 15

“CANDIDE”

Leonard Bernstein’s comic operetta based on Voltaire’s satire of innocence, optimism and the unexpected lessons of life features a book adaptation by Hugh Wheeler and lyrical contributions from Stephen Sondheim.

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

Jan. 27

Country-rock pioneer Chris Hillman (the Byrds, Desert Rose Band) plays songs from his new Tom Petty-produced album, “Bidin’ My Time,” with help from longtime collaborator Herb Pedersen.

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

Jan. 27

TONY PACE

The entertainer mixes music, comedy and impressions in a high-energy show presented by the Oxnard Community Concert Association.

Oxnard Performing Arts Center 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard (805) 216-7075 www.oxnardcca.com

Jan. 27-28

NEW WEST SYMPHONY

Guest conductor Kynan Johns leads the orchestra in works by Rachmaninov (Symphony No. 1 in D Minor, Opus 13) and Tchaikovsky (Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Opus 74, Pathétique) plus the premiere of a new work


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The Conejo Valley Youth Orchestras present an afternoon of ultra-catchy, can’t-get-’emout-of-your-head classical pieces, including the “Hoedown” movement from Copland’s “Rodeo” ballet, the “La Gazza Ladra” overture by Rossini and the fourth movement of Dvorak’s “From the New World” symphony.

Kavli Theatre, Civic Arts Plaza 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. Thousand Oaks (805) 449-2787; cvyo.org

Feb. 10-11

MUSIC OF THE NIGHT: LOVE CHANGES EVERYTHING

Civic Arts Plaza’s three resident companies—New West Symphony, 5-Star Theatricals and Pacific Festival Ballet—join forces for an evening saluting the music of Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein and Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Kavli Theatre, Civic Arts Plaza 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. Thousand Oaks (805) 449-2787 www.civicartsplaza.com

Feb. 11

THE MUSICAL BOX

Journey into a world filled with moonlit knights and gutterflies when this renowned French Canadian Genesis tribute band performs the “Black Show” version of the band’s 1974 “Selling England By the Pound” tour.

The Canyon 28912 Roadside Drive, Agoura Hills (888) 645-5006 wheremusicmeetsthesoul.com

March 1

MILES ELECTRIC BAND

Drummer Vince Wilburn Jr., the nephew of legendary jazz trumpeter Miles Davis, celebrates his uncle’s groundbreaking musical

legacy with help from world-class musicians: bass player Darryl Jones and pianists John Beasley and Robert Irving III.

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

March 7

JARROD SPECTOR

The Broadway veteran, who spent six years playing Frankie Valli in “Jersey Boys” and three years playing Barry Mann in “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical,” shares songs that have shaped his life.

Smothers Theatre Pepperdine University 24255 Pacific Coast Highway Malibu (310) 506-4522; arts.pepperdine. edu

March 9

ETHAN BORTNICK

In concert, this 17-year-old pianist mixes hits by the Beatles, Neil Diamond and Michael Jackson with compositions by Chopin and other classical masters.

Oxnard Performing Arts Center 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard (805) 486-2424 www.oxnardperformingarts.com

March 10-11

NEW WEST SYMPHONY

Guest conductor/violinist Pinchas Zukerman and guest cellist Amanda Forsyth join the orchestra for works by Vivaldi (Concerto in B-flat Major for Violin and Cello), Haydn (Divertimento in D Major for Cello and String Orchestra) and Mozart (Rondo in C Major for Violin and Orchestra, K. 373).

Kavli Theatre, Civic Arts Plaza (March 10) 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. Thousand Oaks

Oxnard Performing Arts Center (March 11) 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard (866) 776-8400 www.newwestsymphony.org

March 14-17

“SONGFEST”

A tradition since 1973, this variety show features “a cast of hundreds” telling stories through song and dance.

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


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March 15

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

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Violin virtuoso Joshua Bell leads the ensemble in works by Mozart and Beethoven, plus a new violin concerto by American composer Edgar Meyer.

March 29

KATHLEEN BATTLE

The Grammy-winning soprano performs “Underground Railroad: A Spiritual Journey,” an evening of spirituals chronicling the quest for freedom by America’s slaves.

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

COMEDY Jan. 10

DENISE CARTER

When the Oxnard native learned her dad was dying of prostate cancer, she decided to study comedy so she could “make him laugh every single day.” Now she’s busy performing at clubs around SoCal.

Levity Live The Collection Riverpark 591 Collection Blvd., Oxnard (805) 457-5550 oxnard.levitylive.com

Feb. 23-24

CHRIS HARDWICK

The comic likes to poke fun at ghost-hunting shows, ’90s-era “soul yodeling,” hamsters, nerds and “gramp stamps.”

Levity Live The Collection Riverpark 591 Collection Blvd., Oxnard (805) 457-5550 oxnard.levitylive.com

March 1-4

TONY ROCK

The host of “All Def Comedy” on HBO told The New York Times earlier this year that he’s less political and cutting-edge onstage than his older brother Chris Rock. “I talk to the audience like I talk to my friends on the stoop,” he says.

Levity Live The Collection Riverpark 591 Collection Blvd., Oxnard (805) 457-5550 oxnard.levitylive.com

PILOBOLUS

The dance troupe combines gymnastics, weight-sharing, pop dance and performance art in what it calls a “delightfully whimsical human circus.”

Feb. 8-10

“DANCE IN FLIGHT”

Emerging student dancers and choreographers perform original works.

Smothers Theatre Pepperdine University 24255 Pacific Coast Highway Malibu (310) 506-4522; arts.pepperdine. edu

Feb. 9

STEP AFRIKA!

Against a backdrop of 60 colorful panels by painter Jacob Lawrence, the dance troupe performs “Migration,” which tells the story of African American families in the early 1900s who migrate to the urban North to escape sharecropping and poverty in the rural South.

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

Feb. 25

DUBLIN IRISH DANCE

The troupe performs “Stepping Out,” the story of a bygone generation that crossed the Atlantic in search of the American dream as they escape famine in Ireland.

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

FINE ART Through Feb. 1

“BIOMYTHOGRAPHY: CURRENCY EXCHANGE”

Artists explore how our sense of self is shaped by myth, history and biography.

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


Through Feb. 1

“CONVERGENCIA/ CONVERGENCIA”

Paraguayan artists pay homage to their country with paintings and sculptures.

Kwan Fong Gallery of Art and Culture, California Lutheran University 120 Memorial Parkway Thousand Oaks (805) 493-3697 callutheran.edu/kwanfong

Through April 8

“IN HIGH STYLE”

Ventura native Neal Barr raised the bar for fashion and beauty photography, helping break the color barrier in mainstream women’s magazines with his iconic cover shot of AfricanAmerican model Naomi Sims for Ladies’ Home Journal in 1968. This exhibit surveys Barr’s 50-plus-year career, during which he’s photographed some of the world’s most famous faces.

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

“contendah” at the 1955 Oscars, winning best picture, best actor (Marlon Brando) and best director (Elia Kazan). See it on the big screen, with New West Symphony performing Leonard Bernstein’s Oscar-nominated score live.

Jan. 19-April 15

“STRINGS: DATA AND THE SELF”

Six artists try to make sense of a world where people’s lives are increasingly defined by data, from Facebook feeds to stock market tickers.

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

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

WINE AND SPIRITS Jan. 27

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Winemaking masters from around the state will pour their latest vintages. Ticket price includes commemorative crystal wine tasting glass, live music, wine tastings and appetizers.

Jan. 31-Feb. 10

SANTA BARBARA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Fess Parker Resort 633 E. Cabrillo Blvd. Santa Barbara (800) 936-3126 californiawinefestival.com

The 33rd annual fest, a key stop on the road to the Oscars, features celebrity tributes, panel discussions and a host of red-carpet premieres.

Various venues (805) 963-0023; sbiff.org

“ON THE WATERFRONT”

Feb. 2

TERRY VIRTS

The former commander of the International Space Station discusses life high above our big blue marble.

Kavli Theatre, Civic Arts Plaza 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. Thousand Oaks (805) 449-2787 www.civicartsplaza.com

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Jan. 10

“THE HAN DYNASTY COLLAPSES”

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Grant Brimhall Library 1401 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks 805-493-3958; www.callutheran. edu

Through Jan. 1

LECTURES

Feb. 24

In a series of lectures, California Lutheran University professors examine how societies crumble. In this talk, David Nelson discusses the Han Dynasty’s fall in 226 B.C.E.

Enjoy an eye-popping spectacle with 30,000 flashing colored lights, animated characters, lit trees and holiday music.

Plaza Park 500 S. C St., Oxnard

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HOLIDAY ICE RINK

Feb. 13-March 5

The Lakes 2200 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. Thousand Oaks (805) 209-9788; shoplakes.com

Set a course for adventure aboard the tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain which sail into local waters for battle sails, hands-on history lessons and onboard tours.

Christmas is over, but the icy fun at this outdoor rink hasn’t melted away—not yet at least.

Through April 30

WHALE WATCHING TOURS

Our watery backyard is a busy thoroughfare for gray whales as they make their annual roundtrip breeding voyage between Alaska and Mexico. Spotting one of these majestic creatures is a sea-soaked thrill.

TALL SHIPS

Ventura Harbor 1586 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura (800) 200-5239; historicalseaport. org

SWEETHEART’S DINNER AND DANCE

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at this annual event featuring dinner under the wings of Air Force One.

Reagan Presidential Library and Museum 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley (805) 577-4066 www.reaganfoundation.org

Island Packers 1691 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura (805) 642-1393; islandpackers.com

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WINTERFEST DOG SHOW

Competition will be ruff at this all-breed show, which features dogs squaring in best-in-show, obedience and rally events.

Ventura County Fairgrounds 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura vcdfa.weebly.com

Jan. 20

“MY FATHER’S DRAGON”

Enchantment Theatre Company uses puppets, masks and scenic effects to tell the story of a boy’s friendship with a yellow- and bluestriped dragon.

Kavli Theatre, Civic Arts Plaza 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. Thousand Oaks (805) 449-2787 www.civicartsplaza.com

Feb. 3

IRA’S BIRTHDAY PARTY

Sing “Happy Birthday” to Ira the Lion as he celebrates his fourth birthday and bites into his presents. Guests will get a piece of birthday cake and kids can make crowns to wear in honor of Ira, nicknamed “King of the Campus.”

America’s Teaching Zoo at Moorpark College

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Feb. 19

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Feb. 25

HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS

These hilarious hoopsters will put a smile on your face with their oncourt wizardry. Watching them sink 4-pointers from 30 feet away is a thing of beauty.

Staples Center 1111 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles (213) 742-7340 harlemglobetrotters.com

March 17-18 and 24-25

ZOO SPRING SPECTACULAR

You’ll have a wild time as critters strut their stuff in this annual show, produced by students in Moorpark College’s Exotic Animal Training and Management program.

America’s Teaching Zoo at Moorpark College For more on what's up in the area 7075 Campus Road, Moorpark go to www.beyondtheacorn.com. (805) 378-1441 zoo.moorparkcollege.edu Submit calendar listings to beyondcalendar@theacorn.com

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s u o r u t Adven it She was just a wisp of a girl, 5'1" and 118 pounds. But Amelia Behrens-Furniss had the guts and courage of a superwoman. Raised by her father, who ran a commercial dive operation serving the oil industry, Amelia grew up around deep sea diving. So when asked to dive 162 feet down a pipe to retrieve some tools that were blocking a drilling operation on Carl Proud’s ranch in Simi Valley, Amelia was game. The year was 1921. Amelia was 25 years old. The young woman made five dives into that 24-inch pipe wearing gear that weighed nearly 450 pounds. Water filled the lowest 45 feet of that pipe and that’s where the tools were. She got stuck once, during a dive that lasted some 3 hours, but ultimately succeeded in retrieving the tools. The press called her “fearless.” Amelia, who once won first prize in a redhead contest, also did some wing walking on the bi-wing airplanes of that time, appearing in movies and air shows. While filming a scene for “The Perils of Pauline,” Amelia had to jump from a 110foot beam into the ocean while being chased by a villain. The film’s hero rescues her but, according to Amelia, the actor was not a good swimmer and nearly drowned her. Amelia also served as a WAC nurse during World War II. She was inducted into the Women Divers Hall of Fame which rewards a grant in her name to women who want to pursue training as hardhat divers. —LGH 58 WWW.BEYONDTHEACORN.COM | WINTER 2018

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Beyond The Acorn Winter 2018  
Beyond The Acorn Winter 2018  

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