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Happy 1 Year Anniversary Calabasas Style! Calabasas Style Profile The Goldwasser Gang

Hidden Hills puts on the 15th Annual Hidden Hills Valentine’s Charity Musicale

Business Highlight

Calabasas Car Care & Agoura Car Care

Calabasas Style Profile with the Punwar Family

With The Hernandez Family

Local School Kids Participate

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JAMmin’ Flash Mob

Business Highlight

The Lucas Family

An Evening Under the Stars at T.H.E. Event

Business Highlight Nellie Akalp of Corpnet

The 47th Annual

Calabasas Classic

Pedalers Fork

Rachael Kronish, from Hidden Hills

Calabasas Style Profile

National Charity League Ball

The Rumack Family

Our Very Own Miss California 2012

Mark Wendell Wealth Partners

with Dawn Barnes Karate Kids

Calabasas Style Profile

The Spellman Family and Spellman Family Vineyards

Business Highlight

Host the First Annual Texas Hold ‘Em Poker Tournament

5K/10K Run and Family Fun Run

The Newest Addition to Calabasas Road

Business Highlight

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Marvin Steindler Photography

TurboSonic at Teague Pilates and the Apres Teague Boutique Spa

Raiman Rocks


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World Class Dining

Business Highlight

with Charly Emery

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with the Guanche Family

with Calabasas Mayor Fred and Jill Gaines

Business Highlight

Calabasas Style Profile Aldik Home’s Winter Wonderland

Fall Fashion & Home Furnishing Trends

Styles We Love for Winter and the Holiday Gift Guide

Dan Stepenosky and Family At the helm of LVUSD

Holiday Fashion


Bon Appétit

Styles We Love - Great Fashions for the Holidays

The Best Ways to Get Fit

Our Favorite Restaurants and Eateries

Rob and Linda Raznick

Marnie Schneider

Butch Hartman and Family

Brings Football Pedigree to Calabasas Coyotes

Fairly OddParents Creator at home in Bell Canyon

Fashions for the Season

Cool Ways to Beat the Heat

Educate, Empower and Enrich Our Kids

Mother’s Day and Father’s Day Gift Guide

The Future of Health Care

SunLife Organics

at West Hills Hospital & Medical Center

Brings a Healthy Lifestyle to Calabasas

The Wood Family of Agoura Hills

Calabasas Style Profile

with the Polacheck Family

A Historical Look at Calabasas

THE Event

Business Highlight

Calabasas Style Tribute

with Agoura Sash and Door

Calabasas Style Profile with the Romeo Family

with Luxury Tan & Makeovers Kevin Cordasco

with Pacific Patio Furniture

at Riviera Restaurant & Lounge

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The Ellen Family

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The Boys & Girls Clubs of Conejo & Las Virgenes

with the Kopelow Family

The Best Places to Wine and Dine

The Best Ways to get Fit and Healthy

Mayor Fred Gaines Presents

National Charity League Debutante Ball

Calabasas State of the City Address

The Ghodadra Family

Rebecca Amis & Jeff King

At Home in Calabasas

Revolutionizing Education

A stylish life in Calabasas

Julie Waldorf and Family Special Home Issue

Creating the home of your dreams

Summer Ideas for Kids

Holiday Gift Guide

Health Check

Home Décor

The best local camps, schools and activities

Creative Solutions for the Perfect Presents

A Guide to Health and Well-Being

Stylish Elements for the Season

Great Gift Ideas for Mom and Dad

Happy Holidays from our families to yours.

Dr. Erica Miller and Family The Story of a Holocaust Survivor

The Bender Family

The Penners

Wedding Guide

Getting a Kick Out of Life

Fought Cancer and Won

The Roub Family

of Hidden Hills

Day Trips and Mini Getaways

Educate, Enrich, Empower

with Holiday Gifts

2016 Annual Resource Guide

The Village at Westfield Topanga



Parents’ Guide: Summer Fun for Kids

Celebrate the Season

Grand Opening

Local Chefs Share their Favorite Holiday Recipes

Create the Wedding of your Dreams

Health Check

The Best Places to Get Fit for the New Year

The Meints Family of Bell Canyon Living Life in Balance

Bon Appétit

The Boyd Bunch of Old Topanga

Welcome Home

The Best Local Restaurants and Tasting Rooms

Creating the Home of Your Dreams

The Perfect Island Getaway

Great Gift Ideas for Mom and Dad

For the Whole O’hana (Family)

Summer Camps and Activities

Happy 25 Anniversary to the City of Calabasas! th

The Altmann Family Locally Immersed

Parent’s Guide

Summer Fun for Kids

The Event

In the Heart of Calabasas

Hello Beautiful!

Your Guide to the Best in Beauty

5th Anniversary Issue!

The Hartoonian Family Real Estate Profiles

Discovering the treasures of Calabasas

A tale of two sisters

Our top real estate professionals

Fall Education Directory


2017 Medical Resource Directory

The McGraw Family

Fun and love in Calabasas

Hedi Gross and Michelle Feinstein

Educate, Empower, Enrich

Inspirational People

How they’ve touched our community

The Hanson Family From the NFL to Mr. Dad

Health Check

Local chefs share their favorite holiday recipes

People to Watch in 2017

Top Business Leaders in Our Community

Celebrate the Season


Holiday gift guide

The Best Places to Get Fit This Year

Bon Appétit

The best local restaurants and tasting rooms

The Perfect Serene Getaway Retreating to The Willows

The Foxhoven Family Finding bliss in Calabasas Welcome Home

Creating the home of your dreams

Jonathan Malinger & Eva Dittrich Grounded in the hills of Calabasas Fall Education Directory

Great Gift Ideas for Mom and Dad

Educate, Empower, Enrich

Summer Camps and Activities

Calabasas Film Festival Where the heart of film lives

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The ABRAHAM Family Bon Appétit Catering To Your Every Dish Empowering Young Women

STARK Family Real Estate Profiles

Our top real estate professionals


Local chefs share their favorite holiday recipes

Celebrate the Season Holiday gift guide


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Family is what is important, especially around the holidays. This is one reason we always have a family on the cover of our magazine. Families come in all different shapes and sizes and some are not even blood related, but the one common factor is the love and support they give to each other. The holidays are the perfect opportunity to be with loved ones and cherish the memories. This holiday season we chose the Stark family for our cover. Their ability to integrate the skills used in their therapy practices into their own daily lives is inspiring. With the holidays just around the corner, there’s no time like the present to start searching for the perfect gifts. There are few better ways to spread community spirit than shopping at local businesses, and we have put together a local Holiday Gift Guide to make your shopping easier. We also acknowledge exceptional real estate agents with our annual Real Estate Profiles. If you are thinking about buying or selling a home, these are some of our area’s most notable real estate professionals. Our Epicurious section is sure to entice you with fabulous recipes from some of your favorite restaurants. Whether you love to cook or just enjoy trying new dishes for the holidays, you will impress your loved ones. Calabasas Style Magazine had an extra reason to celebrate recently with our 7th anniversary party at the Calabasas Country Club. It was a great evening to share with so many, and we truly appreciate the support from one and all. Happy holidays from all of us at Calabasas Style Magazine!

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Table of CONTENTS Auto 188 80

15th Annual Motor4Toys Rodeo Drive Concours

Calendar 185 187

November December

Community 138 142 148 162

164 166 168

Shine a Light on Human Trafficking Muddy Warriors Homes4Families Calabasas Film Festival Student Day Bell Canyon Equestrian Center Family Photos

Calabasas Country Club

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The Stark Family

Education 152 168

Get Educated The Boulevard School

Financial 184

Barriers to Financial Success

Food & Wine 170 182 194

Epicurious Mastro’s Thousand Oaks Wine & Dine

Adopt a Fur Baby

Country Club Life 102 104

Cover Feature

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Health & Beauty 72 140

146 150

Amazing Lash Studio California Spine and Pain Institute

Celebrate the Season ‘Tis the Season Holiday Gift Guide Styles of the Season Holiday Do’s and Don’ts Aldik Home Holiday Cocktails

Home Furnishings 84 86 90

C Style: Christmas in L.A. Décor WDC Kitchen & Bath Center

Real Estate 107

Exceptional Real Estate Professionals


What’s New in Real Estate

Ask the Pharmacist


Ask the Pediatrician


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From September 12 to 16, the Calabasas Film Festival held its fifth-annual five-day event. The festival premiered major films and showcased student films, documentaries, and top-quality film selections from all genres. The fun-filled film festival gave the community the opportunity to share in their vibrant passion for film and television while showcasing all the city has to offer in the entertainment industry. Hundreds of avid filmgoers and entertainment



each evening’s premieres and the lively after-parties. Sponsors included AMA Waterways, Compass, The Commons at Calabasas, Calabasas Style Magazine, and the City of Calabasas. On Sunday, student filmmakers concluded the event by submitting short films to win scholarship awards and filmmaking software. Films were screened at the Motion Picture and Television Fund Theater, Edwards Grand Palace, Founders





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CALABASAS MED SPA HOSTS 10TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION ____________________________________ ____________________________________ Photography by Los Angeles Beach Weddings (Michelle)

The Team at Calabasas Med Spa hosted an amazing Black & White party on September 27 at the Calabasas Tennis & Swim Center to celebrate their 10th anniversary of being at the Courtyard at the Commons in Calabasas. Lawrence Osman, M.D., owner of Calabasas Med Spa, is a board-certified dermatologist and a specialist in minimally invasive facial and body rejuvenation. Dr. Osman was on hand to host the evening, along with the fabulous team consisting of Launa Stone, RN; Kristin Polega, physician assistant; Rada Leese, RN; Cheri Moi, aesthetician; Melissa Calvento, aesthetician; and Gabriela Vickrey, treatment advisor/VIP patient coordinator. The expertly trained team at Calabasas Med Spa is among the best in the business and prides itself on using its knowledge and skills in using the best devices available to provide the best results possible.

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SKY FULL OF STARS PRESENTED BY THE KEVIN CORDASCO FOUNDATION ____________________________________ ____________________________________ Photography by Zac Wasserman

Kevin Cordasco, Sr., and his family hosted a beautiful fundraising event for the Kevin Cordasco Foundation, Something Yellow, and dedicated the evening of September 29 to the Heroes of Childhood Cancer. Kevin, Jr., was an inspirational young man who battled neuroblastoma, a rare childhood cancer that affects less than 700 children annually, for nearly seven years. He was an honors student, an athlete, and a musician. Kevin Cordasco, Jr., passed away March 11, 2013. The Cordasco family and their friends continue to remember Kevin through the Something Yellow Foundation. The night, hosted at the Warner Center Hilton Hotel, included a cocktail hour, dinner, dancing, and a live and silent auction, where items were offered to interested bidders. A dinner club atmosphere was created, complete with the sounds of accomplished composer/arranger Paul McDonald and his incredible Big Band, with special appearance by Kevin Cordasco and friends. For more information or to donate, visit For more photos of our events, please visit


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The Westlake Village Inn celebrated its 50th Anniversary on September 6, with a huge number of guests, dignitaries, and city officials attending to celebrate this landmark event. The now-venerable and iconic boutique hotel had its humble beginnings in 1968 when it served as a stopover locale between Los Angeles and the Central Coast. A half century later, the Westlake Village Inn has become a favorite destination for global travelers as well as locals. The property features a 141-room full-service hotel, golf course, spa, fine-dining restaurant, private lake, and lush gardens. It is also home of the Stonehaus enoteca, a local favorite hangout where friends can enjoy fabulous wines, food, and music, as well as Bogies Nightclub where they can dance the night away. As the site of countless weddings, showers, rehearsal dinners, and private parties, the Westlake Village Inn is where life is celebrated.

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Tuesday, August 28, marked a great success for Sheba Medical Center as they held their inaugural Women’s Community Luncheon. The event celebrated powerful women from Israel and the San Fernando Valley who are working to enhance the future of medicine through their support of Sheba Medical Center, the largest hospital in the entire Middle East. The




speaker Dr. Yalon-Oren, head of the Pediatric



ment at Sheba Medical Center. Dr. Yalon-Oren aims to improve the prognosis of children with brain tumors through individualized therapy. Over 180 attendees who were inspired by Dr. Yalon-Oren’s innovative work were moved to donate more than $60,000. In addition to Dr. Yalon-Oren’s presentation, guests were entertained by the event’s emcee, Brittney Hopper. The hosting committee chose Dr. Tanya Altmann as the event honoree for her incredible work as a pediatrician and best-selling author. For more photos of our events, please visit


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Practice is

Everything By Pax Ansley Photography and cover by Marvin Steindler

One of the hardest things to master in life is the con-

Throughout their time at CSUN, as their love for each

cept of “practice what you preach.” It is far easier to

other developed and grew, their love for the work-

give someone advice than to put the same concepts

ings of the human brain and emotional life blos-

into practice in your own life. For Liran and Dana Stark

somed into the makings of two successful therapists.

of Calabasas, both licensed marriage and family ther-

They finished their college careers hand in hand, with

apists, each day is another opportunity to integrate the

their collective sights set on a very bright future. The

life skills they teach in their practices into their own lives.

rest, as they say, is history.

Liran and Dana’s life journeys both began in

Fast forward a few decades to Liran and

Israel, though it would take 20 years—

Dana, now married for 21 years with three

and a move half way around the globe—for the pair to meet. Liran’s family moved to sunny California in the U.S. from Israel when he was just 6 years old. He quickly learned English and settled happily into western life. Seven years later, and unbeknownst to Liran, his future wife and her fam-

amazing children, happy to be living


ily were beginning the journey that

right here in beautiful Calabasas. After moving from Woodland Hills seven years ago, into Mulwood Calabasas, this dynamic duo and their kids were instantly taken with their new community. “I like that there are mountains all over and open spaces,” says Dana. “I like the more rural feel of the community.”

would lead then 13-year-old Dana to her new home in Southern California. “I didn’t speak any English,” Dana remembers.

This incredible family has quickly become an irreplaceable part of the heart of Calaba-

“I was 13 years old, in 7th grade, and suddenly, I was in

sas. Both Liran and Dana have been practicing as mar-

an ESL class learning the words for chair, table, and ap-

riage and family therapists for over 20 years. Liran has

ple. I think it took me about a year to become fluent.”

worked in a variety of direct-care settings, from schools for emotionally disturbed children to individual and

The years came and went as Liran and Dana settled

couples’ therapy to therapeutic groups for children of

into their new country until it was time for these two

divorce. He is currently working as an intensive case

fresh young adults to head off to university. What was

manager for a leading behavioral health insurance

the college in both of their sights? California State Uni-


versity at Northridge (CSUN)—the point where their two


stories became one. Dana and Liran’s love and passion

Dana’s impressive career has spanned from the L.A.

for philosophy led the two future therapists to the place

County Department of Mental Health as a responder

where they first met: a first-year philosophy class.

on the crisis response team for a local outpatient clinic

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PRACTICE IS Everything to her very own thriving private practice in the heart of Cal-

The oldest of the Stark children is 14-year-old Danielle. Deter-

abasas. Dana sees clients of all ages and struggling with an

mined, goal orientated, passionate, and driven, this incredi-

array of issues. Many of her clients battle anxiety, depressive

ble teen is clearly going places. Upon graduating from A.C.

disorders, addiction, and grief, to name a few of the myriad

Stelle school last spring, Danielle received the prestigious

of mental health disorders she treats on a daily basis. Dana

Calabasas Chamber of Commerce Award for Leadership.

explains, “I completed my thesis on ‘Parental Loss of a Child’

She started as a freshman at Calabasas High School this fall

where I created a treatment manual for clinicians to use in

and was recently accepted into the dance program. With all

treating bereaved parents struggling with the pain and loss

she has going on, this driven young woman still finds time to

of losing a child.” Dana’s incredibly successful practice wel-

give back. Danielle recently started the Calabasas chapter

comes all patients no matter what they are dealing with. She

of The Crayon Initiative, a nonprofit organization that col-

frequently works with clients struggling with parenting issues

lects old crayons to be melted and remolded for children’s

and often leads family therapy sessions. “I encourage my cli-

hospitals. Danielle’s enthusiasm is revealed as she describes

ents to focus on mindfulness,” she says. “I guide my clients in

the process: “They send the old crayons to a place near San

reaching their full potential both personally, in their relation-

Francisco called Danville. They remove all the paper and

ships, within themselves, as well as professionally.” Dana’s

melt the old crayons down and remold them into crayon

passion and love for her work and clients drip off her every

triangles for the kids. Triangles won’t roll off a hospital bed

word: “I believe in keeping the lines of communication open

like regular crayons do. And with no paper labels, the hospi-

in your relationships.” Seeing over 45 clients per week, Dana

tals can sanitize the crayons before giving them to the kids.”

somehow manages to juggle her successful practice with her

She adds, “If anyone has any old crayons that they want

other full-time job: being a mom of three busy kids.

to donate, there will be a donation box at Calabasas High School.” The Calabasas chapter of the Crayon Initiative has


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already collected 13 pounds of crayons as well as $300 for

says Dana. “My daughters play the guitar, and my husband

the cause.

likes to sing. We put music on in the house and just dance around. It is a fun energy.” If there is one thing to take

Liran and Dana’s 12-year-old daughter Noa is in 7th grade at

away from this inspirational family, loving mom Dana puts it

A.C. Stelle. Extremely smart and a very hard-working student,

this way: “It is of most importance to be authentic. Authen-

Noa’s true passion lies in art. Whether drawing, painting, sculpting, Noa’s artistic nature comes through no matter the medium. While her sister presents as a daring extrovert, Noa comes across as a bit more introverted and introspective. An artist through and through, her craft spills over from canvas to cookie sheet. Noa is an avid baker and loves to create delicious works of art. This talented young woman has also been involved in gymnastics and guitar lessons throughout the years. Edan, the Starks’ 10-year-old son, has dominated the soccer field since he was 4 or 5 years old. He has been playing in Barca Club Soccer under Coach Greg Kaganovsky for the past two years and recently became the captain of the team. Edan played recreational soccer for years before that. His talent for soccer is matched only by his love of the game. Edan is currently a 5th grader at Chaparral Elementary. Like his older sisters, Edan has a wonderful work ethic. So what is it like inside the family of two marriage and family therapists? “Implementing emotional intelligence into my marriage, parenting, and relationships has been my focus and passion since starting out in the field,” says Dana. “We address conflict directly, mindfully, and with empathy and understanding. We practice healthy conflict resolution that brings us closer to each other. We are all about open communication and mindfulness. In terms of parenting, I process concerns and behaviors without judgement or criticism. Using empathic attunement, I put all effort to understand the emotions behind behaviors, guiding my children and attending to their emotional needs.” Dana also stresses the importance of family dinners and making time to enjoy each other. In addition to their daily meals together, the Stark family enjoys big, weekly Shabbat din-

ticity perpetuates emotional grounding and health. One

ners cooked by Chef Dana, with all her extended family.

should not strive towards per fection as it leads to self-destruction and is an irrational, unattainable goal.” Instead,

Though things can get hectic for a busy family like the

Dana advises her children—and her clients—to create bal-

Starks, they never cease to prioritize the important things

ance and be authentic to their true selves. n

in life. “We like to host dinner parties that end up in song,”

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Celebrate the Season share in the spirit of giving By Lori Berezin and Kaylie Carafelli

With the holidays just around the corner, there’s no time like

Business Saturday® kicks off the holiday shopping season

the present to start searching for the perfect gifts. There are

and takes place each year on the Saturday following

few better ways to spread community spirit than shopping

Thanksgiving. Now, you can work off all those extra holiday

at local businesses. So, we’ve put together a variety of

calories visiting some of your favorite local stores while

options to help alleviate some of your stress so you can

spreading joy to everyone on your shopping list. You’ll love

keep family and friends, both naughty and nice, merry this

the personal attention and customer service provided by

holiday season.

our local merchants, and many of these locally based businesses have websites where you can shop online.

November 24 has even been designated as Shop Small® Saturday, in an aim to focus attention on small businesses

Let the following pages inspire you. We love to promote

throughout the community. Fortunately, we live in an area

local businesses and share some of our favorite things.

filled with great shops full of enticing gifts for this season and

Check out the fantastic pieces we’ve curated on your

every other.

behalf, from trendy ensembles and timeless beauty items to elegant bling and tasty holiday treats to make your

The Shop Small movement began in 2010 to support local

gatherings even more tasteful and bright.

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If you are looking for that exceptional gift for someone special, a

If you want to be really inspired this holiday season, Blackbird

gift from Polacheck’s Jewelers will never disappoint. You will find

General Store in Old Town Calabasas features a highly curated

the perfect combination of elegance and expertise. Established

selection of apparel, jewelry, accessories, home goods, gifts,

as one of Southern California’s most exquisite jewelers and fine

books, specialty foods, sweets, apothecary items, and more. They

watch retailers, their 5,000-square-foot showroom holds an

provide a wide variety of local, handmade, and small-batch

expansive collection of designer jewelry and high-end timepieces.

merchandise, as well as many award-winning products from

Polacheck’s design specialists and master jewelers are also onsite

across the country. Assemble products in their branded gift boxes

to assist in creating and perfecting your statement piece.

to make your holiday gifts even more special. This unique gift shop offers exceptional quality and impeccable design, built upon a

If you’re shopping for the accessory lover who must have every

foundation of warmth and modernity.

handbag and heel available, head to The Kingdom—the premier destination for luxury shoes and accessories. Owners

Take a drive out to Westlake Village and discover Sharon Segal

David Lipp and Jason Salstein bring designs straight off the

| Nina Segal. As the daughters of fashion genius Fred Segal, you

runways of Milan and Paris to their stunning store in The

can expect nothing less than the latest styles and hottest trends.

Commons at Calabasas. Whether it’s a limited-edition sneaker

If you’re shopping for the fashionista in your life, look no further

or an exclusive handbag, this high-end boutique promises only

than this one-stop shop. The sisters know their contemporary flair,

the finest goods for the most sophisticated style.

fine jewelry, and sophisticated accessories make their store the premier shopping destination for the many stylish women in the

Across the way, you’ll find one of the best places to shop: Blush

greater Los Angeles area.

Boutique! Owner Sherry Thomas truly believes that “beauty is ageless” and has the knack of filling her boutiques with moderately

If you’re looking for gifts for the men in your life, Carriere Menswear in

priced clothing and accessories reflecting the contemporary,

Westlake Village is the perfect place to shop. The full-service men’s

sophisticated, yet comfortably chic elegance of Los Angeles.

store offers collections from European and American designers, like

The Calabasas and Thousand Oaks boutiques are filled with

Canali, Samuelsohn, John Varvatos, Hartford, and AG to name a

great merchandise for your winter and holiday wardrobe needs

few. Owner Bob Carriere is one of the best at bringing new and

along with fashion accessories, jewelry, hats, and bags that make

exciting collections to the area, as many men rely on him and his

perfect holiday gifts.

staff to keep them looking current and feeling confident. Continued on p.56

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Another great boutique in the Westlake area is Sugar.

for every occasion. Owner Sherry Tamjidi prides her store

Just take one step into this fabulous store, and you will

on offering some of the most chic and comfortable

want to buy everything in sight. Stella Campbell and

clothing available with beautiful jewelry, handbags,

her friendly staff make sure the family-owned boutique

and accessories to complement your style.

stays totally relevant with the most current trends from head to toe. With designer denim, cozy sweaters,

If you are looking for something meaningful and

and elegant dusters, you are apt to find something

vintage, Beaver’s Den Antiques is definitely not your

for everyone this holiday season—even yourself! And

average antique store. Collectors and enthusiasts

don’t forget to take advantage of the complimentary

will find themselves in historic heaven with a curated

gift wrapping to make gift giving even more fun.

collection of stunning treasures that hold a history, heritage, warmth, and character from the past.


While Bricks and Beams Home Decor specializes in home

over 51 years, owner Barbara Cavaleri has specialized

design and decorating services, its showroom at the

in silverplate flatware pattern matching and satisfying

Landing in Westlake Village is also filled with unique

every client with individual attention—selecting the

gift items that reflect the artful taste of owner Sussette

perfect gift for every occasion. Visit Beaver’s Den

Graham. You’ll find carefully curated selections of

Antiques in Woodland Hills to step back in time.

fashion jewelry, candles, unique vases, picture frames, designer pillows, and hundreds of accent

Whether you’re giving a gift or hosting a party

statement pieces that you won’t find elsewhere.

this holiday season, Nothing Bundt Cakes has you

If you are shopping for someone with discriminating taste, you’ll find your gift here.

covered with everyone’s favorite holiday cakes. Their perfect Bundt cake begins with handcrafted recipes made with the finest premium ingredients,

If you are looking for a unique watch this holiday

including fresh eggs and real butter. Every decadent

season, Dejaun Jewelers offers over 25 brands and

cake is baked daily and topped with signature cream

one of the largest selections of sports, fashion, classic,

cheese frosting. Choose from nine classic flavors, a

and high-complication timepieces, including a massive

seasonal featured flavor, and festive holiday designs,

variety of authentic, designer-made Swiss watches for

with stores in Woodland Hills and Thousand Oaks!

every watch enthusiast. You’ll also find an impressive collection of exquisite engagement rings, wedding

If you’re looking for the perfect “foodie” gift, visit

bands, and the most popular jewelry designers. Shop

Olive Alchemy in Calabasas—a family-owned extra

Dejaun Jewelers in The Village at Westfield Topanga

virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar tasting room

and The Oaks Shopping Center of Thousand Oaks.

and retail store offering directly sourced, fresh olive oils available on tap. Gift yourself or friends with a


El Mio Boutique is the friendly little store on the corner.

custom basket full of flavor and color or choose one

The boutique, located in the Regency Salon Studios

of the handcrafted gift baskets, hand-painted serving

in Woodland Hills, carries a variety of unique clothing

dishes, olive wood boards, utensils, or other kitchen

made in the United States, France, and Italy. At El Mio

accessories. You’ll also find organic EVOO-based

Boutique, you can find something for women of all ages

body lotions, oils, scrubs, and scents.

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Another great “foodie” gift or special treat for your holiday party

with innovative skin care technology, taking years off of your face

is ProNutz Pistachios. ProNutz products are all natural, gluten-

without any fillers or injectables. Gift certificates are available.

free, non-GMO, and preservative free. If you are craving salty or sweet, they’ve got you covered. These pistachios are grown

For the ultimate gift of beauty and relaxation, make sure to shop

locally and each of the seven flavors, including Yogurt and

at The Chair Salon and Spa in Calabasas. This unique salon and

Milk Chocolate and Salted Roasted, have added probiotics.

spa is your Aveda destination with organic, cruelty-free products

Locally, you’ll find these treats at Erewhon Markets and

designed to lead you on a journey through purification, excellence,

Pavilions—or shop online!

and beautification. The welcoming vibe of The Chair Calabasas is a full experience that blends fashion and wellness into an intimate

Looking for a unique gift? The Flower Apothecary offers products

and professional environment. Gift cards are also available for any

that have the power to heal. Flower essences are botanically

of their hair salon and spa services which is an ideal choice to show

based healing systems, existing since ancient times. This

how much you care.

noninvasive, subtle body medicine interacts with negative emotions to gently and safely bring a person back to a positive state. Flower essences differ from essential oils as they contain no scent, inherent taste, or allergens. Available at Erewhon Markets, Lazy Acres Markets, Agoura Meadows Vitamin Shops, or online.

Another great idea for a fast and easy gift is to purchase a gift certificate at CQ Nails or TK Nails in Calabasas, good for a pristine manicure, spa pedicure, or both. Men and women of all ages love to relax and be pampered, and these gift cards, available in all denominations, are ideal gifts for friends, co-workers, teachers, or anyone to show how much you care!

It’s also important to take care of yourself during the holidays,

There are also many ways to show your appreciation for family

and we have several ways to do that. One of the best-kept secrets

and friends this year. While nothing is more important than simply

in the area, Complexions Calabasas provides something to pamper

spending quality time together, sharing meals, stories, and laughter,

every skin type with a menu of unique and enticing treatments. Owner

watching smiles bloom across the faces of loved ones as they open

Natasha Vaneski offers miraculous facials, including the latest “non-

their gifts is a real joy, too.

surgical facelift,” the CACI Synergy Facial that banishes your wrinkles instantly with little to no recovery time. Complexions is a must-visit spa

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'Tis the By Marc Cohen


As I write this, I stare out my window looking at a gloomy sky.

automatically sync through your home Wi-Fi network,

What happened to the sunshine? Oh, that’s right, it’s winter

though you do have to have a Fitbit for all the syncing

again; time to think about the holidays, holiday shopping,

features. It can recognize up to eight different users and will

and heavy eggnog drinking (non-alcoholic, of course).

share your data privately. It tracks your weight, lean mass, body-fat percentage, and body-mass index (max weight

The joy of technology giving is that there is always something

capacity is 350 pounds).

new and exciting; it allows you to be creative and fun all at the same time. Let’s take look at what’s available this year.

The Amazon Echo Show is a creative device that I personally use all the time. You can ask thousands of questions. For

This is the year that smart devices and health technology

example, “What is the weather like?”, or “What is the score

seem to be converging; I bought the original Apple watch

of the Dodger game?” and “How old is Brad Pitt?” It’s fun

a few years ago and have resisted the annual upgrade until the most recent Series 4. I caved

and useful and has a visual color monitor that allows you to show videos and pictures. The price is

because it contains some very useful tools

around $129, but they recently released a

to keep us healthy. It has an EKG monitor

newer and bigger version that retails for

which allows you to keep track of your

around $229.

heart rhythm and electrical current. This can allow an early warning sign

The Plantronics Voyager 6200 UC is

to a potential heart attack. I have

the top of the line if you are looking

used the watch exerciser app and

for a Bluetooth headset. It’s expensive

it provides a great deal of useful

at $299.95, but it is far superior to the

information about your workout. One

less-expensive models. The battery life

of the best features of the watch is

is outstanding, and the sound quality

that it is a standalone unit; you no longer

is excellent. It hooks up flawlessly to my

have to carry your phone with you. It is

Apple Watch and allows me to listen to

actually an independent phone, providing

Audible books as I exercise.

most of the things you need to use. The retail price starts at around $400.

Enjoy the holidays and try not to gain too much weight. The last thing you want to hear from the voice scale is “one

If you haven’t purchased a smart TV yet, the Roku Streaming

at a time please!” n

Stick for around $50 is a great device because it allows you to access Amazon, VUDU, Netflix, Hulu, Google Play, and other online streaming sites. It comes with its own remote and mobile app and can be moved to any TV with an HDMI port. It even has a private listening mode that can connect to your smart device, which means no fighting with your loved ones about the volume being too loud! If you are dedicated to your fitness program and want to watch your weight, the Fitbit Aria Smart Scale will


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See you on the radio!

Marc Cohen


Holiday Gift Guide •

Take a peek at the great gift ideas we have in store for you. Share in the spirit of giving.

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Holiday Gift Guide POLACHECK'S JEWELERS Rahaminov Diamonds are as beautiful as the women who wear them. The 18K Yellow Gold Bezel Set Ring featuring a 5.52ct Emerald Cut H-VS2 GIA by Rahaminov Diamonds is exquisitely made to dazzle the woman you love this holiday season. The Commons at Calabasas 4719 Commons Way Calabasas 818.225.0600

THE KINGDOM The premiere destination for luxury shoes and accessories, carrying new designs straight off the Milan and Paris runways. Whether it’s a beautiful pair of heels, a limited-edition sneaker, or an exclusive handbag, this high-end boutique has something for every fashionista. The Commons at Calabasas 4719 Commons Way, #G Calabasas 818.912.6990 IG: @shopthekingdom

SUGAR Visit Sugar to see our selection of cashmere sweaters, like the Oats duster in garnet, charcoal, and denim. Sugar is a fun place to shop for all of your holiday gifts. With their complimentary gift wrapping, gift giving is a breeze. 982 S. Westlake Blvd., #4 Westlake ViIlage 805.373.0243 IG: @shopsugarstore


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SHARON SEGAL NINA SEGAL From the daughters of Fred Segal, Sharon Segal Nina Segal is Westlake Village’s premier shopping destination. Make all of your holiday wishes come true with unique jewelry and accessories and the season’s hottest fashions. The Promenade at Westlake 160 Promenade Way, #E Westlake Village 805.777.7019 IG: @sharonsegalninasegal

DÉJAUN JEWELERS The Vanguard Lady by Franck Muller embodies both dynamic and graceful characteristics. This luxury watch is the perfect gift for the vibrant woman in your world this holiday season. Visit Dejaun Jewelers to see more of the Vanguard Lady collection. The Village at Westfield Topanga 6320 Topanga Cyn. Blvd., #1650 Woodland Hills 818.888.8292

The Oaks Mall 424 W. Hillcrest Dr. Thousand Oaks 805.495.1425

CARRIERE MENSWEAR Carriere Menswear, located at The Shoppes in Westlake Village, is a full-service men’s store showing a wide variety of men’s fashions from around the world. Featuring collections from Canali, Eton, Samuelsohn, Eleventy, John Varvatos, AG, Fidelity, Hartford, Alberto, and more. 30770 Russell Ranch Rd., #B Westlake Village 818.735.9772

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Holiday Gift Guide THE FLOWER APOTHECARY Live your best life! The Flower Apothecary flower remedies provide natural relief from stress and other negative emotions using an ancient botanical healing method. They are formulated by a psychologist and certified flower essence therapist to support you in being your very best. Available at: Erewhon Markets Lazy Acres Markets Agoura Meadows Vitamin Shop

COMPLEXIONS CALABASAS Looking for the perfect way to pamper a loved one this holiday season? Complexions Calabasas is offering the newest "non-surgical facelift," CACI Synergy Facial, which banishes wrinkles instantly with little to no recovery time. Make your beauty feel even more beautiful from the outside in. Gift certificates available. 28328 Agoura Rd., #101 Agoura Hills 818.854.5684

CQ NAILS & TK NAILS CQ and TK Nails are the best nail salons in Calabasas, offering manicure and pedicure options for men and women. Both offer gift cards and walk-ins are welcome! Mention Calabasas Style for your 12% discount! CQ Nails 26500 Agoura Rd., #107 Calabasas 818.880.0499 IG: @cqnails


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TK Nails 26527 Agoura Rd., #108 Calabasas 818.880.5148 IG: @t.k.nails

BLUSH BOUTIQUE Blush Boutique caters to women who love to wear fantastic clothes at affordable prices! You’ll find a great selection of contemporary, sophisticated, yet comfortably chic elegance for your holiday parties – plus fabulous accessories, jewelry, belts, bags, and scarves that make perfect holiday gifts! 23671 Calabasas Rd. Calabasas 818.222.5874 1610 E Thousand Oaks Blvd., #E Thousand Oaks 805.497.6100

BLACKBIRD GENERAL STORE Blackbird General Store features a highly curated selection of apparel, jewelry, accessories, home goods, gifts, books, specialty foods and sweets, apothecary items, and more! All their products can be assembled in their branded wood gift boxes to make your holiday gifts even more special. 23504 Calabasas Rd. Calabasas 818.805.9205 IG: @blackbirdgeneral

EL MIO BOUTIQUE Chic, comfy, and unique clothing made in the U.S.A., France, and Italy. Jewelry, bags, and accessories from all over to match your style. Private shopping available upon request. Friendly little shop in the corner. Inside Regency Salon Suites 23361 Mulholland Dr., #21 Woodland Hills 818.515.6793

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Holiday Gift Guide BEAVER'S DEN ANTIQUES Since 1967, Beaver’s Den Antiques has specialized in sterling and silverplate flatware pattern matching and unique all-occasion gifts. It’s the perfect place to find precious treasures that hold a history, heritage, warmth, and character from yesterday for your antique collector this holiday season. 20969 Ventura Blvd., #20 Woodland Hills 818.881.0690 IG: @beaversdenantiques

PRONUTZ ProNutz are flavored pistachios with added probiotics. Whether you’re craving salty or sweet, they have you covered. ProNutz are gluten-free, kosher with no GMOs, preservatives, or artificial anything. Discover ProNutz in over 2,000 stores in the U.S.A., Canada, and Japan. Happy stashing! Available locally at Erewhon Markets & Pavilions or shop online at

BRICKS & BEAMS HOME DECOR Discover the beautiful Bricks & Beams Home Decor showroom at the Landing! You’ll find carefully curated selections of fashion jewelry, candles, unique vases, picture frames, designer pillows, and hundreds of accent statement pieces perfect for holiday gift giving! 32123 Lindero Cyn. Rd. #108 Westlake Village 805.314.0194 IG: @bricksandbeamshome


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NOTHING BUNDT CAKES Everyone’s favorite for holiday parties, gifting, and dessert needs. Delicious cakes are baked fresh daily and crowned with their signature cream cheese frosting. Choose from nine classic flavors, a seasonal featured flavor, and festive hand-crafted holiday designs. 6524 Platt Ave. West Hills 818.340.2253 Kosher certified 1610 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. Thousand Oaks 805.446.3082 @nothingbundt

THE SHOP AT THE CHAIR Give the gift of beauty and relaxation with Aveda skin, hair, body, and makeup products! The Chair Salon and Spa is your Aveda destination with organic, cruelty-free products designed to lead you on a journey through purification, excellence, and beautification. Gift cards available! The Shop at The Chair 26527 Agoura Rd., #112 Calabasas 818.912.6769

OLIVE ALCHEMY Treat your loved ones to tasty, fresh specialty olive oils and balsamic vinegars. Try the stuffed olives, gourmet salts, and artisan chocolates to share at your holiday party. Adorn your table with unique ceramic and olive wood designs. 4774 Park Granada #5 Calabasas 747.226.3767

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« WINTER FASHION FINDS Calabasas Style picks the shoes, accessories, and dresses to light up the holiday season.






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By Anna D Guanche MD FAAD Board-Certified Dermatologist Founder, Bella Skin Institutee The holidays are upon us and it will soon be time to entertain, be entertained, see old and new acquaintances, and travel. It is a time when most of us want to put our best foot forward. Enjoying the holidays involves looking and feeling great, not stressing out too much, and keeping focused on what is most important. As a board-certified dermatologist, I am asked about and informed of all of the latest in beauty trends by my own patients. Here are some holiday dos and don’ts so that you can feel great about the season and come out of December with a sense of joy and renewal, instead of exhaustion.

Do Plan ahead: Start shopping for gifts and holiday outfits now. You likely have a list of parties that you are invited to yearly. Make it easy on yourself by writing your list and checking it twice now before the holiday craze hits. This way, you can actually relax and enjoy the parties when it is time. Stress is not pretty. It causes breakouts due to elevated cortisol levels and promotes premature aging! Try corset training: Yes! Corsets can help narrow the waistline. The waist-to-hip ratio has it when it comes to dressing sexy. You will look your absolute best in that dress! I recommend three hours per day, not while standing for long periods of time or exercising. Do it when its time to relax. Try hair extensions: If you have not tried them, you might be missing out. According to Christie Brinkley, hair extensions are one of the most youth-enhancing tricks. Clip-ins are available that level up the volume, quality, and overall appearance of the hair. Christie’s line is called Hair2wear. This can take you from beautiful to bombshell in minutes. Your hairdresser can place them securely. Get a lift: There are many options for a lift of the face or a mini makeover with little to no downtime. The GuancheLift™ is strategically placed filler that lifts and

re-drapes the skin of the jowls and neck

because of the holidays, you will be sur-

with no visible needle marks. Bella FX ™ is

prised how long it takes to recover your

a new energy device that firms the neck

fitness. Besides, exercise has the benefits

and facial skin and reduces pore size with

of reducing stress and burning calories so

no downtime. We also offer Silhouette In-

that you can indulge with reduced guilt.

stalift that employs absorbable sutures to suspend the tissues of the face, if you

Starve yourself. When you crash diet,

have about 10 days before your event.

you crash your metabolism, and your body starts hanging on to every calorie

Other dos: Breathe, yoga, meditate. Put

you put in it afterward. Avoid the yoyo

things in perspective. Holidays are for joy

dieting by keeping a steady, balanced

and family memories. Don’t miss out on

diet as much a possible. If you fall off the

the meaning of the holidays by turning

wagon, get back at it without going to

it into a miserable chore. Drink plenty of


water, especially right before appetizers are served. Speaking of water, bring

Drink a lot of alcohol or caffeine on

atomized spring water on long flights to

flights. Flights are dehydrating to the skin

hydrate facial skin every hour. Take Emer-

and body due to cabin pressurization

gen-C just as you board a plane. Bring

and recirculated air. Drink water instead

hand sanitizer in your purse as well. The

and the other stuff can wait until you

last thing you need on your trip is to feel

have arrived at your destination. When

sick. And remember to breathe.

you arrive, try to coordinate caffeine

Don’t Wait until the last minute to make ap-

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pointments with your dermatologist— deductibles threaten to start over and

The holidays are the perfect time to share

vacations happen, so appointments be-

gifts, love and togetherness. It is always

come limited towards the end of the year.

easiest to feel great when we look great. Hopefully these holiday dos and don’ts

Pick your pimples and go down the slip-

have been helpful and keep things in

pery slope of turning them into mount Ve-

perspective. Happy, healthy holidays to

suvius. Contrary to what you may think,

you and your loved ones!

attacking pimples does not make them look better or go away faster (you know this from experience).

The statements in this article are for general informational purposes only and do not substitute for individual medical advice.

Go to bed with your makeup on. Makeup particles get in your eyes and cause irritation and puffiness, which then leads to wrinkles. Makeup also blocks your pores and promotes blackheads and breakouts. We’re not trying to go there for the holidays. Stress out. Instead, look over your calendar. Plan your outfits, hair and nail appointments, facials, and gifts all ahead of time so that you can enjoy the fruits of your labor without hassle. Stop exercising—try to maintain some of your fitness routine as best as you can. Stay in shape so that you’re not full of regrets in January. If you let it all slide

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For the Holidays

By Lori Berezin Photography by Ivonne Hive At Aldik Home in Van Nuys, the winter holidays begin on October 1st and continue until the last ornament comes down. In a town full of tinsel, there’s little wonder this beloved 24,000-squarefoot Southern California showroom displays more Christmas spirit and decorating ideas than anywhere on the planet (except perhaps the North Pole). This year, shoppers will discover a giant gingerbread house replete with a deliciously festive décor plus a 16-foot tunnel with nearly 50,000 LED lights and neon ropes that weave in and out of trees and garlands. There are also plenty of playful elves, a stunning variety of lights, and a dazzling array of unique ornaments, floral stems, and more. No wonder Aldik Home is considered one of the best resources for holiday décor in the country. More than 55 fully decorated Christmas trees are covered head-to-toe with colorful ornaments, luxurious ribbon, twinkling LED lights, and glittery stems. And Santa’s elves have tipped us off that black and white will be especially popular this season. n Aldik Home 7651 Sepulveda Blvd. Van Nuys 818.988.5970

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By Lori Berezin If the eyes are considered the windows to the soul, lashes

Volume lash for thicker, lusher lashes. The Volume extensions are

provide their stylish shades. Raising a curtain of luxuriously

extremely thin, multiple (3 or 6) synthetic lash strands bonded

long lashes each morning would certainly feel like a dream

together for a fuller effect. Similar to regular extensions, one

come true. Amazing Lash Studio in Woodland Hills provides the

Volume lash is also bonded to a single natural eyelash. These

perfect look for ladies with less than lush lashes.

provide clients with a comfortable, lightweight alternative, especially suited for those with fewer natural lashes.

When Calabasas residents Steven and Lisa Ruby identified an untapped market within the local beauty scene, they opened

Amazing Lash Studio’s monthly maintenance programs offer

the area’s first Amazing Lash Studio (ALS). The parent company

guests the option to receive one ($69.99) or two Twice as

of their franchise remains the nation’s largest name brand

Amazing lash refills per month ($119.99), plus myriad member

specializing in the application and care of eyelash extensions.

discounts and benefits. Since regular refills are recommended every two to three weeks, it’s a great way to save. The ALS parent

The ALS in Woodland Hills offers customers a relaxing, spa-like

company also continues to give back to the community. The

setting where they feel right at home. During the initial visit,

company, along with the Beauty Changes Lives Foundation,

guests are escorted into a private suite where one of the

recently awarded $2,250 scholarships to five lucky recipients

studio’s 15 licensed stylists evaluates the health of the person’s

looking to pursue a career in aesthetics. Locally, the Ruby’s

lashes and helps create an ideal lash-extension look. The

ALS in Woodland Hills continues to make eyelash extensions

stylist then applies individual extensions directly to the guest’s

“affordable, accessible, and convenient” for all. n

own lashes. This patented technique imparts a more natural appearance than strip lash extensions. Although maintenance is required, these look far more realistic than false eyelashes.

21785 Ventura Blvd.

In addition to regular eyelash extensions, ALS also offers a


3D “Classic” Volume lash for a wispier look and a 6D “Glam”


Amazing Lash Studio

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13TH ANNUAL DENIM, DIAMONDS, AND STARS ____________________________________ ____________________________________ Photography by Debbie Vaccarello Zac Wasserman

Bright lights and cameras were out in full force on October 7 at the Four Seasons Westlake Village for the 13th Annual Denim, Diamonds, and Stars, a red-carpet evening to raise funds for ACT Today!, the nation’s leading autism nonprofit organization providing help and support to children with autism and their families. In attendance were some of Hollywood’s most recognizable stars, families impacted by autism, and philanthropic community members. Festivities included red-carpet arrivals, cocktail reception, silent and live auctions, live entertainment, gourmet dinner catered by Four Seasons’ award-winning chefs, celebrity presenters, and special tributes to 2018 ACT Today! honorees Richard Schiff, Joanne Lara, and Rose van Wier Hein. Denim, Diamonds, and Stars is the annual fundraiser for ACT Today! and has helped more than 1,400 families that have children with autism and distributed over $1.65 million in grants since it began in 2005. For more information, visit For more photos of our events, please visit


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NIGHTS OF FREEDOM FUNDRAISER ____________________________________ ____________________________________ Photography by Zac Wasserman

Jodi and Joseph Miller hosted an intimate evening on September 8th at their home in Hidden Hills with live music, dinner, and cocktails in support of Unlikely Heroes, an organization that rescues children from human trafficking. Unlikely Heroes is an American 501 nonprofit organization that rescues, restores, and rehabilitates child victims of sex slavery around the world. Founder and President Erica Greve spoke about the organization’s amazing accomplishments of rescuing more than 400 children and opening six restoration homes in four countries around the world, while providing every rescued child with safe housing, medical care, trauma therapy, education, and job training. Erica and her team of dedicated and caring professionals have successfully built and developed restoration homes in the Philippines, Thailand, Mexico, and the U.S.A. Friends and guests raised funds and awareness for the Unlikely Heroes, providing hope and freedom to our most vulnerable populations. Visit for more information or to make a donation. For more photos of our events, please visit


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BUILD A BETTER WORLD AGOURA H.S. PEACE DAY On the evening of Friday, September 21, the Build a Better World Foundation hosted a concert and expo at Performing Arts and Education on the Agoura High School campus to celebrate UN International Day of Peace. The proceeds benefitted four education-based organizations featured at the concert. LIDE/Haiti is an organization founded by actor Rainn Wilson and his wife, author Holiday Reinhorn. International Brain Education Association, ReGeneration, and The Choral Tales Project were the other three organizations in receipt of the benefits. Many young men and women from the community performed, including Capri Corwin, Rieves Bowers, Guys in Ties, and Ava Bowers. Speakers included Mayor Koehler of Agoura Hills and Stephen Barnes. Surprise guest and United Nations Ambassador Robin DiMaggio spoke to attendees on behalf of the United Nations. To make a donation or find out more about this organization, please visit,


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Delights Dads By Dustin Troyan Photography by Steve Geldman Image Photo Motorsports Although time has passed since Father's Day, we can't forget what a special day it was in Beverly Hills. Sure, it's because it was Father's Day, but it was also the Rodeo Drive Concours, otherwise known as the "Father's Day Car Show." Mastermind of the event and all-around car-guy-extraodinaire Bruce Meyer spearheaded the show, which is now globally recognized. What could be better than checking out some of the rarest and most collectible cars while walking around with 30,000 to 40,000 of your closest friends. This year was the 25th anniversary of the event, and as always, Bruce and his team pulled off the best show to date. The theme of the day was “silver painted” cars, and they were in abundance. With collectors from all over the state and further pulling out their finest, it is an absolutely amazing show that is free to all spectators. There is another fun aspect of this show and that is that all the other exotic, classic, and rare vehicles are literally littered all over Beverly Hills wherever they can find a parking spot. As there is limited space at the Rodeo show, the entirety of Beverly Hills comes alive with collector cars. To see and hear these amazing vehicles driving down the street while hanging out in Beverly Hills is truly special. It is a who’s who of car collectors, celebrities, and enthusiasts alike. If you have never attended the event, be sure to mark your calendars for the 2019 event. It is truly a wonderful experience, and I suggest attending. Make reservations at Dad’s favorite restaurant for lunch after the show and make a day of it. n


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Christmas in L.A.

The holidays are a time to enjoy precious mo-

My base decoration is the garland, and I

es, I rotate what I put out every year so it

ments with family and friends, but all too often,

layer onto it. I add visual interest by weav-

makes it that much more special the follow-

we find ourselves stressed, rushing around,

ing in pinecones, strips of thick ribbon, or

ing year since more time has passed since it

and not taking a moment to relax and reflect.

bright seasonal berries or little ornaments

last made an appearance. And rather than

So, I always make sure I plan ahead to sched-

like wooden birds or brass bells. Deco-

lots of little items strewn about, go for larger

ule a free weekend on my calendar in order


to put up seasonal home decorations. Be-


cause once the decorations are up, it can’t

and glitter is a fun

help but put you and your family in a blissful

craft for the kids

mood for the rest of the year.

too. Whether hung






statement pieces.

There’s nothing like real garland to make a grand statement that the Holiday Season is upon us.

Plus, you’ll need less. In this case, bigger



like tall topiaries to the entrance of a

The good news is a few garlands of ever-

draped between

greens, a colorful wreath in the window, or

shelves or on the

an arrangement of candles flickering on the

staircase, or wrapped around a dining

on a console. Collections work wonderfully.

mantel can create just the right abundance

table centerpiece or light fixture, there’s

For instance, a client of mine has a beautiful

of cheer needed. Here are some quick and

space for this fragrant favorite anywhere.

collection of nutcrackers that we set out on

easy ways to make your home festive.

room or a beautiful Santa or angel

and around the piano each year. Groupings of candles are great but again, using


a more substantial sized candle will add a

It’s difficult to overdo it on THE classic winter

much more dramatic look.

decoration—a fresh garland of evergreen. And there’s nothing like real garland to


make a grand statement that the holiday

You’ll definitely want to work in and show

season is upon us. So, if you do plan on

off your special keepsake ornaments in a

adorning your home with fresh pine, the ab-

prominent place but add to them orna-

solute best place to get mixed garland in

ments that follow one theme. Ornaments

bulk is downtown at the original Los Ange-

come in every shape and color but you

les Flower Market. I always get a few dozen

don’t have to stick to the obvious holiday

yards, and Mellano & Co. is my secret stop

colors of red and green. Some of the pret-

and has miles of gorgeous garland, topiar-

tiest trees I’ve seen are adorned in colors

ies, wreaths, and more.

you wouldn’t expect, like blush, teal, and deep blue. One of my favorite places to

Moving onto the rest of the house—if you’re like me, you have dozens of boxes and containers of holiday “stuff” in your garage. While you most likely have yearly sentimental favorites that have been carefully packed away each year and unearthed every November/December, refrain from using all holiday tchotchkes in every inch of the house every year. Certainly you will have your favorites that make a yearly appearance, but it is okay if not everything makes the cut. In some cas-


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find ornaments and holiday décor is the Aldik Home showroom in Van Nuys. Create your own holiday palette using hues already incorporated into your décor. Or for a neutral look, snowflakes made of glass or crystals don’t clash with anything and always add a noticeable wow.

THE TABLE The key is cohesion. Establish a color theme and style by matching them to your China, table runner, or linens. For extra style points, swap out plain white candlesticks for a color that coordinates everything together cohesively. Use surfaces that catch the light—like mercury glass, silver, and gold. They are a gorgeous way to add some sparkle to a room and make the most of natural light. For centerpieces, use glass vases brimming with colorful glass balls or your extra ornaments. I love a natural look, and just by tucking in a pinecone here and olive or rosemary sprig there and using bowls of produce, like pomegranates and persimmons, items from nature create a beautiful look in addition to adding texture. And don’t forget the name cards. Get that host-of-the-year award by cutting gingerbread cookies into letters using alphabet cookie cutters and then put them at each place setting.

THE GIFTS Since it’s the season of giving, for a contemporary look, wrap your gifts with craft paper with natural burlap ribbon and top them with a pretty piece of greenery. Or if glamour is more your style, pick up some stunning wallpaper to wrap your gifts with. Customize your gifts with mini square prints from Hole punch the corner and tie it to your ribbon. These work great for place settings as well! n

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Décor CALABASAS ST YLE ’ S FAVO R ITE ELEM ENTS KOUROSH RUGS For over 130 years, Kourosh Rugs has cultivated a family business offering a stunning collection of intricately designed and handcrafted Persian rugs. Visit their store to see the additional in-store exclusive collectibles like antiques, crafts, and arts. 22540 Ventura Blvd. Woodland Hills 818.272.9611

WESTSIDE TILE AND STONE Create an oasis in your bath using porcelain tiles with beautiful designs, patterns, and colors. At Westside Tile & Stone, you'll find a huge assortment of designs with tiles that resist moisture, are easy to clean, and never need refinishing! 7631 Canoga Avenue Canoga Park 818.704.9222

ELEGANT FIREPLACE MANTELS Elegant Fireplace Mantels offers the largest collection of fireplace mantels in North America. They have the ability to create and recreate many different styles and designs to meet every client’s goal in materials like French limestone, Turkish travertine, and Italian Carra cast stone. 11949 Borden Ave. San Fernando 800.295.9109


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Calabasas Style has perused the local area to locate some of our favorite home décor elements, and we are excited to share them with our readers!

GLOBAL SOURCE LIGHTING Featuring the world’s finest lighting and accessories, they are proud to bring the beauty of their lighting collections to your home. From crystal fixtures and chandeliers to exterior lighting and fans, Global Source Lighting caters to your needs and specific design vision. 28501 Canwood St. Agoura Hills 818.707.6000

ALDIK If you’re looking for the coolest thing this Christmas, then look no further than these gorgeous Neon LED Rope lights, which can only be found at Aldik Home. Flexible, fun, and fabulous! Grab one while you can! 7651 Sepulveda Blvd. Van Nuys 818.988.5970

PTS FURNITURE The Stressless by Ekornes recliner is the ultimate sensation of comfort. Stressless recliners are an investment you’ll enjoy for many years to come. Donate $50 to the charity of your choice to receive $400 off this Mayfair recliner and ottoman in any size, November 21, 2018, through January 14, 2019. 250 Conejo Ridge Ave. Thousand Oaks 805.496.4804

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WDC Kitchen & Bath Center: Providing Innovative Solutions for 37 Years By Lori Berezin

For the past 37 years, family-owned WDC Kitchen & Bath Center has offered clients a wide range of creative solutions for their homes, from the newest styles in stainless steel kitchen appliances to outdoor barbeques, plumbing fixtures, and even mattresses. Founded in 1981 under the name Warehouse Discount Center (WDC), the company began as a 2,000-square-foot appliance showroom in Agoura Hills. After expanding to six locations throughout Southern California, WDC continues to provide exceptional products and customer service. Focusing predominantly on two of the most important rooms in the home, the kitchen and bathroom, WDC strives to exceed clients’ expectations. Innovation also remains a top priority. To keep up with the changing trends in the retail landscape, WDC continually interfaces with top designers, contractors, and customers. “Our direct relationship with each product manufacturer allows WDC to be well informed on all the latest styles and product features available in the kitchen and bath industry,” notes Marketing Manager Erika Gordillo. “This includes not only the styles and features of today, but those that will be available in years to come. Each of our six showrooms is frequently updated using current fashion trends and styles designed by local artisans and interior designers.” The company’s six showrooms throughout Southern California include the impressive 30,000-square-foot Agoura Hills showroom, with 15 live and interac-

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tive kitchen displays. They host educational events such as the

offering special financing, free local delivery for most orders over

Kitchen Mastery Series, a series of cooking presentations that

$399, and several installation promotions. See stores for details.

invites top appliance manufacturers to demonstrate their latest products. Such presentations give customers the perfect oppor-

“While the retail landscape changes every day, WDC is focused

tunity to see an appliance in action while learning how to cook

on adapting and innovating to meet the new expectations of our

healthier meals. WDC helps clients understand the benefits and

clients,” explains Gordillo. “We are constantly working to achieve

features of the latest kitchen appliances, get great recipes, and

a customer experience that is nothing short of exceptional.” A

even provide feedback to the manufacturer on products. As a

look at some of the customer comments on social media illus-

result, clients feel more confident about their purchases. Future

trates how WDC Kitchen & Bath Center continues to meet and

events and demonstrations can be found on the WDC website

even exceed its goals. n

and Facebook page. WDC also believes in educating its staff, which already possess-

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es an average of 17 years of experience in the field. This exten-

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sive product training makes employees an invaluable resource

Agoura Hills

for customers looking for suggestions during a remodel or build.


WDC’s outstanding customer service doesn’t stop there. They also

strive to make your buying experience as stress free as possible by

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15TH ANNUAL JAKE’S LADDER ____________________________________ ____________________________________ Photography by Zac Wasserman

The Dyne Family in conjunction with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation hosted the 15th Annual Jake’s Ladder on Sunday, October 14, at the Commons at Calabasas. Jake’s Ladder is part of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s annual fundraising efforts, celebrating Jacob Dyne, who was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at the age of 14 months. Their mission is to help people with cystic fibrosis live longer, healthier lives while simultaneously searching for a cure. Cystic fibrosis is a life-threatening genetic disease for which there is no known cure. It affects 30,000 adults and children in the United States and 70,000 people worldwide. Over the past 15 years, this event has raised over $2.1 million dollars. Jake’s Ladder is on pace to raise over $90,000 this year to help the much-needed Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Nonsense and Rare Mutations Research and Therapeutic Initiative. For more information or to get involved, visit

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INTERFACE’S 5TH ANNUAL HOPE & LIGHT BENEFIT ____________________________________ ____________________________________ Photography by Nicole Wise

The 5th Annual Interface Children & Family Services Hope & Light Community Benefit was held on Saturday, September 29, at Sherwood Country Club. Over 350 philanthropic guests were treated to “The Greatest Show” performed by Rage Entertainment to raise more than $500,000 for the organization that helps heal and protect at-risk community members from the trauma of abuse, human trafficking, and homelessness. Youth dancers sent a powerful message, with lead dancer Colton Burton and Rage founder, Veda Burton, making an emotional appeal based on Veda’s experience of rescuing Colton at age three from an abusive home. Andrew Firestone returned for a fourth year as the event host. Elizabeth Yi, event co-chair, emphasized that one in four people are victims of domestic violence. It is important to realize that you have a voice and are not alone. An anonymous hotline is provided by Interface at 1.800.636.6738. To learn more about Interface Children & Family Services, visit For more photos of our events, please visit


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club life Annual Polynesian Luau Delights Families

Calabasas Country Club hosted their annual Family Luau on August 25th – with a fabulous, authentic Polynesian food buffet. Members and guests enjoyed an island extravaganza of song, dance, and celebration from across the Pacific – with hula dancing lessons for the kids! This annual event is always a sell out!

Fall Evenings with Friends, Food, Family and Fun!

The lovely fall weather and idyllic patio setting overlooking the golf course provided the per fect ambiance for the Club’s Blues Music Under the Stars celebration and the Annual Glo Ball Dinner! Members love the casual social setting, where they can enjoy the friendship, camaraderie, food, drinks, and entertainment so close to home!

For information on membership, please visit General Information: 818.222.8111 | |

At Calabasas Country Club Endorphins Run High with Group Fitness Classes

Group fitness is a great way to get a workout in without having to think or plan. Benefits include variety in your workout, camaraderie between participants, and higher endorphin output! The Club offers over 30 Group Fitness classes a week - so getting fit is convenient, easy, and fun! With Spin, Yoga, Mat Pilates, Boot Camp, and Stretch & Mobility group classes- there is something for everyone!

Boys & Girl’s Club of the West Valley Tee Off For Kids

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the West Valley hosted TEE OFF FOR KIDS GOLF CLASSIC on September 24th. Since 1992, this organization has helped local kids and teens to participate in academic, fun, and recreational programming to strengthen their academic per formance, build character, and encourage healthy lifestyles! For more information, visit

Planning your private or corporate event? Contact Vanessa, the Food and Beverage Manager, at 818-222-8111 ext. 773 or email

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Photography by Marvin Steindler and Zac Wasserman From left to right: Melissa Westervelt, Kaylie Carafelli, Karen Dafesh, Elissa Linick, Linda Perry, Zac Wasserman, Gayle Barnes, Marvin Steindler, Debbie Vaccarello, Lori Berezin, Paige Kavanaugh (Pax Ansley, Amanda Ragatz, and Nicole Schubert not photographed).


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Calabasas Style celebrated its 7-year anniversary on the stunning outside terrace of the Calabasas Country Club. Guests included the alwaystreasured cover families, our incredible advertisers, top-notch contributors, and esteemed members from the Calabasas and West Valley – Warner Center Chambers of Commerce and the City of Calabasas. Guests enjoyed fabulous wine and savory bites—such as sliders, veggie spring rolls, and tiger rolls—throughout the evening. The Candid Moments Photo Booth was a hit with everyone, providing photo-booth fun for all. We sincerely thank the Calabasas Country Club, plus all of our readers, subscribers, advertisers, contributors, and fans for the continued support over the last seven years. Without you, this celebration would not have been possible. We are looking forward to many more years to come!

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8TH ANNUAL BENEFIT FOR FOOTPRINTS TO FREEDOM ____________________________________ ____________________________________ Photography by Debbie Vaccarello

On Saturday, October 6, Forever Found hosted its 8th Annual Benefit Dinner and Live Auction at the Hyatt Regency in Westlake. The gala helped raise money for Footprints to Freedom, whose mission is to rescue and restore child sex trafficking victims and prevent trafficking. The evening began with a cocktail hour and silent auction. A delightful seated dinner was served to all guests in the elegant ballroom, followed by a moving video presentation and the anticipated live auction. Stacy Jewell, an internationally recognized survivor leader and trainer with the Department of Justice, was the keynote speaker. She shared her experience of being abducted at the age of 19 and forced into the dark world of sex trafficking. Robert Clark, star of CBS Hunted and retired FBI agent, also spoke to attendees. He has been very instrumental in establishing an enrichment and empowerment program for victims and survivors of human trafficking. For more information, visit For more photos of our events, please visit


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PROFESSIONALS If I were asked to name the chief benefit of the house, I should say: The house shelters daydreaming, the house protects the dreamer, the house allows one to dream in peace. ~ Gaston Bachelard


hile there are many factors that contribute to home sales, experts predict that Southern California will continue as one of the most desired places to live in the country. Our climate, high-paying jobs, interesting geography, lifestyle, and recreation make our area a magnet for people around the world. Other factors—such as price growth, interest rates, and lack of new construction—still make buying or selling a home or investing in the real estate market a complex process whereby you need a professional agent by your side. The following section highlights some of the most exceptional realtors in our community. By sharing their profiles, we hope it can help you determine the real estate agent or agency best suited to fit your individual needs and objectives.

I bring my vast knowledge, experience, and tenacity to all that I do.




ward-winning Realtor Valerie Punwar has become a consistent leader over the last decade with a reputation for tenaciously protecting her clients’ interests with uncompromising integrity. One of the top-producing agents in the Berkshire Hathaway Calabasas office, Valerie also earned the honorary Chairman’s Circle Platinum title for placing within the top 1% of all Berkshire Hathaway agents nationwide. A Calabasas resident for over 22 years, Valerie provides a wealth of knowledge about the local area and schools, specializing in luxury properties in the Calabasas/Hidden Hills/Agoura/Westlake Village/Thousand Oaks areas. Growing up in Chicago, Valerie brings a strong Midwestern work ethic to her business. Valerie’s prior work in high-level TV media sales took her to jobs from coast to coast, where she developed superior, decisive negotiating skills that translate perfectly to working in real estate.

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I have been a licensed Realtor for over a decade and recently received the prestigious Legend Award from Berkshire Hathaway. I am in the top 1% of realtors nationwide for the company. My experience and attitude lead to results. I help my clients find their dream house and help my sellers achieve the highest prices by aiding them with staging, technology, and the best marketing, including video from one of the top L.A. commercial directors.

How do you give back to your community? I have been a loyal supporter and sponsor of The Foundation for


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the Las Virgenes School District. Also, at Berkshire Hathaway, we have a charitable foundation to which many of us contribute a portion of all our paychecks. Also, I am an ardent supporter and sponsor of the Calabasas football, baseball, and dance teams.

Why have you been so successful? I think the main reasons I have been successful are my core values, my background in advertising and marketing, and my relentless work ethic. I love what I do, and it shows in results. I bring my vast knowledge, experience, and tenacity to all that I do.

Photography by Marvin Steindler

What would you like potential clients to know about you?

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MARC SHEVIN RORY SHEVIN SARA SHEVIN Combining family, local knowledge, and hard work has been a very successful combination for us.


n our local real estate market, Marc, Rory, and Sara Shevin are widely acknowledged as area experts. Specializing in the cities of Hidden Hills and Calabasas, they are noted for their years of consistent success in the marketing and sale of luxury estates. With over 60 years of combined experience, they average $200 million in residential real estate sales every year and consistently rank in the Top 10 Agents of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices nationwide. Representing a wide range of clients from local families to celebrities to property developers and more, the Shevins have a unique ability to connect and communicate with their extensive client base. Their hard work, market knowledge, and attention to detail have produced many satisfied and loyal clients.

What would you like potential clients to know about your team? We started in real estate many years ago as the Shevin team, with our father, Fred. We have continued the family legacy with the team now including the next generation: Marc’s daughter, Sara. Combining family, local knowledge, and hard work has been a very successful combination for us.

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23925 Park Sorrento Calabasas 818.251.2456 : 818.251.2476 : 818.205.2095

What do you like to do outside of work? We enjoy spending time with our extended family, hiking in the local mountains, playing tennis and pickle ball, and sport fishing. We both believe our families provide a strong foundation for our success over the years, understanding the commitment required for us to succeed in such a competitive real estate market.

What do you feel is the most rewarding aspect of your work? We enjoy working with our clients, helping individuals and families find their perfect homes, and helping builders and investors looking to build the perfect home. Working with the people we have come to meet has become a highlight for us, with many clients becoming long-term friends.

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YANA & ALEX GALUZ 21241 Ventura Blvd., #209 WOODLAND HILLS 310.595.5522 CALDRE #01454066 CALDRE #01291486


os Angeles natives residing in Hidden Hills, Yana and Alex Galuz are a husband-and-wife team specializing in global, luxury homes and estates. Known for providing in-depth knowledge and strategic analysis of market trends, their success is their ability to deliver beyond the transaction of selling properties. It begins in helping clients discover their new life that awaits in their new home. Real estate is in their DNA. Alex brings 20 years of commercial and residential real estate experience; providing a unique perspective to a frequently emotion-driven process, while Yana’s background in architecture and design allows a fresh way of showcasing and featuring bespoke estate properties. Whether across the street or across the globe, the couple delivers the utmost competence, exclusivity, and passion for all that they do.


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Home is more than an object or property, but rather, the fullness of life that begins and ends the day in the most important space we know: home. Why have you been so successful? We feel the true meaning of luxury has been lost by a monolithic industry. As a boutique brokerage, our formula is simple: Evoke experience. Ensure the best possible outcome while maintaining the highest level of handcrafted service with trust and integrity.

Why should potential clients choose you? Sophisticated systems and marketing technology are just starting points. Every office has them. And while

we believe ours are superior, clients choose us because we’re their ultimate listing tool! We marry knowledge of the market, innovative strategies, and personal interest for the community we serve. Selling Calabasas and Hidden Hills is selling a lifestyle. As a lifestyle brand, we’re the only brand with an in-house yachting and aviation division. We leverage these divisions and market our listings to a discreet rolodex of buyers, having the requisites and caliber to live within our desired

gated communities. And that’s just the beginning.

How do clients benefit from your knowledge of the community and local culture? When we moved from Beverly Hills, we immersed ourselves into the local culture. Our daughters attend nearby schools, take horseback riding, and as a family, we participate in annual events. We understand firsthand the mindset of prospective buyers drawn to this neighborhood.

I am honest, ethical, fair, and very aggressive with my approach.

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30699 Russell Ranch Rd., #100 Westlake Village 818.435.5220


ordan Cohen is a seasoned real estate veteran with over 28 years of full-time experience. Jordan specializes in luxury estates in Westlake Village, Calabasas, and Hidden Hills and throughout Southern California. He has worked hard to establish himself in the sports and celebrity market, having represented 77 professional athletes as well as numerous actors, entertainers, and film executives all over Southern California. Jordan is proud to be the #1 RE/MAX Agent in the U.S.A. out of over 110,000 realtors. Annually, he closes nearly $200,000,000 in residential sales. Through luxury real estate magazines, internet, and social media, he is able to aggressively expose his listings locally as well as globally. Jordan is also a verified real estate influencer on Instagram with a following of over 218,000 people—@jordancohen1.

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What about you/ your team would you like potential clients to know? Unlike most seasoned realtors, I choose not to employ a “team.” I truly believe that I give my sellers the very best chance to sell their home so I handle all showings and negotiations. I employ just one full-time assistant to help with computer work, etc.

Why should potential clients choose you? To sell a home for top dollar, it takes extensive marketing, skill, and experience. I passionately invite homeowners to interview me so they can see why I have been able to remain consistent with my ability

to sell luxury real estate at a very high level. My reach via social media, print, and internet is unsurpassed. I pride myself on not only local marketing but a very aggressive approach to global as well.

What should potential clients know about you? I am honest, ethical, fair, and very aggressive with my approach. I only get paid when I sell a home, so I will work relentlessly until the job is finished and everyone is happy. I am happily married for 26 years and have two wonderful children. My 22-year-old son is a graduate from Chapman University, and my 19-year-old daughter studies film at NYU.

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We pride ourselves on being extremely hands-on with our clientele and offer a ‘concierge’ level of service.

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tomer fridman ISIDORA FRIDMAN 5016 N. Parkway Calabasas, #100 Calabasas 310.926.3777


reaking the $100,000,000 mark for closed sales in a single year, Tomer was recently ranked as one of America’s Best Real Estate Agents, an exclusive award presented by Real Trends/Wall Street Journal. Additionally, he was selected by Variety magazine as part of the exclusive “Showbiz Real Estate Elite” and “Hollywood’s Top 25 Real Estate Agents” by The Hollywood Reporter for his achievements in facilitating numerous transactions for high-profile clientele. He specializes in residential luxury estate properties and large-scale projects throughout Los Angeles, Israel, and Europe. Isidora, global director international markets/luxury estates of the Fridman team and estate agent at Compass, specializes in estate properties throughout Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, Conejo Valley, and Westside, as well as internationally throughout Europe, Latin America, and Israel. Isidora works with an exclusive tier of influential clients who buy and sell residential estate properties and invest in commercial properties in the U.S. and abroad.

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Yes, we recently moved brokerages to Compass, an amazingly innovative, new luxury real estate/ tech hybrid. The company’s proprietary technology brings actionable intelligence and transparency to real estate, empowering both the consumer and the agent to make decisions smarter and faster. We feel strongly that Compass will be a leader in Los Angeles luxury real estate market.

What trends do you see for the 2017 real estate market? Starting in 2017 and leading into 2018, the clientele for our local


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market is becoming more sophisticated, with a substantial amount of relocation occurring from affluent markets outside of our local area. Los Angeles will remain one of the most sought-after residential real estate markets in the world.

What makes you one of the best in real estate? We pride ourselves on being extremely hands-on with our clientele and offer a “concierge” level of service. Our exemplary negotiation and communication skills, as well as our painstaking attention to detail, are evident in every transaction.

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Are there any new and exciting developments taking place in your business?

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dana OLMES jeff Biebuyck

23500 Long Valley RD. Hidden Hills 747.888.0508 CALDRE #00944676 CalDRE #01383921


ana and Jeff are consistent top producers ranking among the leading 1% of the real estate industry. Exceptional integrity, negotiating skills, and effective marketing strategies contribute to their long-standing success. Their clientele is comprised of a wide mix of influential people, including corporate executives, celebrities, and entertainment industry moguls. They offer unparalleled attention to detail that clients deserve while maintaining and respecting privacy and treating each transaction with the utmost discretion. When clients hire Dana, Jeff, and their team, they can expect nothing less than seasoned professionals that offer unsurpassed market knowledge and a selection of tools and resources that enhance every step of the real estate experience. Today Dana and Jeff’s team is ever expanding along with Compass. Their mission is to help everyone find their place in the world.

Technology + Experience = Results

What about you and your team would you like potential clients to know? Along with Compass, we utilize the first modern real estate platform, pairing the industry’s top agents with technology, making the searchand-sell experience intelligent and seamless. In using our company’s proprietary tools, we now have technology at our fingertips and can formulate a marketing plan that provides our personal clients with real-time data and the ability to access

and pinpoint buyers with homes for sale. By using these tools, we’ve created a smarter, more-sophisticated and savvy experience for home buyers and sellers.

What areas do you specialize in? We primarily specialize in luxury homes in Calabasas and Hidden Hills. Many of our clients are repeat clients, and most of our business is generated by personal referrals. Our office is right outside the Hidden Hills Gate, and our clients love the warm and welcoming setting.

Why have you been so successful? With over 40 years of combined experience, we strive to provide our cliental with the knowledge and service they expect. Our motto is to be “community driven, globally strong,” and our goal is to provide our clients with a positive real estate experience.

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I help my clients gain access to private off-market properties to ensure they find the perfect home.

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Anat "Cookie" Erster 22144 Clarendon St., #120 Woodland Hills 818.943.8001


nat ‘Cookie’ Erster has been a Calabasas resident for 30 years and has been a consistent top producer throughout her career of more than 15 years. Her commitment to excellence, combined with her expertise, knowledge, and aggressive marketing techniques, attracts people looking to work with an honest, dedicated professional that works in all Calabasas neighborhoods and price ranges. Anat represents a wide range of clientele, including high-profile celebrities, health professionals, executives, entrepreneurs, investors, and many others. Her business is built on referrals, which is a true testament to her outstanding performance and results. Professionally, she is known for her caring demeanor, impeccable communication, and artful negotiation skills. In her personal time, she loves traveling domestically and internationally, spending time with her family and enjoying the company of her closest friends.

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I’m extremely committed to my clients and diligently work to make every transaction as easy and seamless as possible. While this is my career and how I make a living, I’m not a commission-driven agent; I find more satisfaction in helping my clients achieve their dreams and goals.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your work? I’ve been in this business for a really long time, and many of my longtime clients have turned into lifelong friends. Meeting new people, forming lasting relationships, and seeing the excitement my clients experience after a successful transaction is golden to me.


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What are some obstacles your clients face today and how do you help them navigate these challenges? In the luxury real estate market, you will see homes selling off-market, which means that buyers don’t have access to exclusive inventory if they are not working with a well-connected professional. I help my clients gain access to private off-market properties to ensure they find the perfect home. My clients can also take advantage of my vast network, locally and internationally, to bring them the highest offer with ideal terms and conditions on any property they are looking to sell.

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What should potential clients know about you?

One of my team’s main goals is to expand upon the city’s already established reputation and help clients identify the lifestyle and sense of community they are looking for but don’t always know where to find.

What areas are your specialty? I currently live in Calabasas with my wife, Ellie, and our three sons, so I know the area well. While I continue to represent buyers and sellers throughout Los Angeles and beyond, I especially enjoy working with people in the Calabasas and Hidden Hills communities, which are among the best in California to live, work, and raise a family in.

What should potential clients know about you? I am truly passionate about educating my clients about all the benefits of the Calabasas and neighboring Hidden Hills lifestyle. As managing partner and principal of The Agency’s Calabasas office, I bring more than a dozen years of real estate and mortgage lending experience to the team, remaining up to date on the variety of properties, lifestyle, amenities, and local inventory. I am fluent in four languages plus all things related to real estate. I invite current and future clients to learn more about me on Instagram at @calabasasluxurybyemil.

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What about you/ your team would you like potential clients to know?

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EMIL HARTOONIAN 23622 Calabasas Rd., #148 Calabasas 310.990.0063 CalDRE #01796925

At The Agency, you get an entire company of professionals working for you.


mil Hartoonian provides his clients in Calabasas and beyond with an exceptional understanding of real estate transactions and a high level of personalized service that has placed him in the top 10% of agents in the area. His wide range of clientele at The Agency’s Calabasas office includes high-profile personalities, heads of industry, and business executives across the entertainment, medical, and hospitality industries. Emil’s experience with such diverse profiles has inspired his ability to cater to every expectation and adapt his style to deliver a personalized experience to each individual client. He is an active member of the Southland Regional Association of Realtors and firmly believes in empowering his clients with the latest market knowledge and consistent updates to better enable them to make sound real estate decisions.

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Simple: knowledge of the Calabasas neighborhoods. I know your area. I know your street. I probably know your house, selling many homes over and over again in my 30-year career. When you choose me you get me, not an assistant or team member. I will be with you throughout the entire process, start to finish, whether buying or selling.

What makes you successful? Being local, hands-on, and well respected among my peers means finding that off-market home everyone is looking for and successfully selling it to my buyer. This constant commitment to my profession and my dedication to my clientele has meant I have

successfully remained one of the top agents in the community.

What sets you apart? For the past 31 years, I have built my business by making my name a household word. Recently, in an effort to stand out and offer clients an option and set myself apart from my competition, I teamed up with another well-respected local agent, Patte Gilbert. Together we have created a new concept in seller and buyer representation. Clients now have the benefit of two powerful agents, two powerful offices, one powerful pair. We have become very successful together in a short amount of time by using this platform to benefit all of our clients.

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Why choose Heidi?

Coldwell Banker Global Luxury •••••••••••••

Heidi Adams

23586 Calabasas Rd., #105 Calabasas 818.461.2278 CalDRE #00997097

I know your area. I know your street. I probably know your house.


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ince 1988, Heidi has assisted hundreds of people with their real estate needs in and around Calabasas. Colleagues and clients alike respect her for her comprehensive knowledge of the local area and neighborhoods. Heidi strives to keep her clients informed so that they are able to make educated decisions. She is also a proud supporter of her local community and the Las Virgenes schools. Long immersed in the community where she has raised two children, Heidi has a unique familiarity with all facets of life in the area, which continues to attract an increasing number of well-known celebrities. Proud to be among an elite group of top producers, she ranks among her company’s top 10 agents at Coldwell Banker’s Calabasas office and consistently places in the top 2% companywide.

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26050 Mureau Rd., #105 Calabasas 818.515.5028

Why have you been so successful?

What separates you from your competitors?

I’d like to think that my success lies in my honesty and integrity. My clients prefer working with me because I always tell them what I think about a property—good, bad, or indifferent—as their long-term happiness with their home, and with me as their agent, is my ultimate goal. Naturally, having great relationships with all of the agents, knowing my inventory, and being a skilled negotiator are also what make me a successful agent, but most importantly, success comes from loving what I do—and I do love my job!

For the past 29+ years, I have built my business working with past clients and referrals, which I continue to do day after day. But recently, I have also started working with Heidi Adams of Coldwell Banker, and together, we have created an entirely new concept in seller and buyer representation. Clients now get the huge benefit of having both of us: Two powerful agents, two powerful offices, one powerful pair. Imagine having us both and all the marketing that Wish Sotheby’s International Realty and Coldwell Banker Global Luxury can offer. No one else does this, and we have become very successful together in such a short amount of time using this platform to benefit all of our clients.

There are no problems, just solutions.

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eal estate agent Patte Gilbert, with Wish Sotheby's International Realty, is one of Calabasas and Hidden Hills' most-selected agents. In her 29-year career, she has maintained her popularity with clients as "the agent you can work with one-on-one." Her success lies in the fact that she works equally with both buyers and sellers so she always knows exactly how much her buyers should pay for a home and the amount a seller should ask. When not selling real estate, Patte likes to take one fabulous trip each year, play Mahjong, support the local schools, and work with a number of charities. In work as well as life, Patte's mantra has always been: "There are no problems, just solutions."

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BARBARA ALPERT MISSY ALPERT FITZHARRIS 23647 Calabasas Rd. CALABASAS 818.625.1377 : 310.801.6619 THEALPERTS4REALESTATE.COM Barbara: CalDRE #01199909

Our partnership is a nice blend of old school and new school.

Missy: CalDRE #01945879


true powerhouse mother-daughter team, Barbara and Missy offer their clients a dynamic combination of professional know­ h ow, marketing savvy, and exceptional client care. With over 38 years of combined sales and marketing experience, Barbara and Missy are consistent top producers and the #1 resident realtors in Mountain View Estates. Barbara has lived in Calabasas and specialized in gated, luxury properties since 1995. Before transitioning into real estate, Missy won several awards for her marketing and advertising at both MGM studios and Mattel, the world's largest toy company. By combining their experience, these two women deliver top-quality customer value and develop marketing plans for their clients that are second to none.


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What are your specialties? We sell what we know, and we know Calabasas. Barbara has lived in Mountain View Estates for over 23 years and knows every home. She is active in the community and serves on the architectural committee for the HOA. Both women are deeply immersed in the Calabasas community. In addition to Calabasas, they know the Valley and list and sell "condos to castles" from Studio City to Westlake Village.

What separates you from your competition?

Why have you been so successful?

We pride ourselves on our integrity, experience, strong negotiating skills, hard work, and putting our clients' goals first. Missy's marketing skills are a true differentiator. We know how to navigate the digital landscape and social media as well as traditional methods to attract potential buyers and sellers. Our partnership is a nice blend of "old school and new school."

With our extensive knowledge, we offer clients an exceptional depth of information and outstanding service. There is nothing more gratifying than helping families sell their homes and finding them their new dream home. It's about building relationships and getting clients the best deal. A philosophy of honesty and hard work attributes to our outstanding reputation and success. That's why so much of our business is repeat and referrals.

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KATHERINE STARK 23647 Calabasas Rd. Calabasas 818.590.8847

I live and breathe real estate; that’s just who I am!

CALDRE #00947256


atherine Stark represents the best of the best, proudly serving her clients for over 31 years. She is native to San Fernando Valley, giving her firsthand knowledge of the communities she serves. She takes meticulous care of her clients, providing them with her guidance and making them top priority. She has superb negotiation skills and protects her clients’ interests in every aspect of a transaction. Katherine has an unparalleled reputation within the brokerage community, known as a trustworthy professional realtor with the utmost integrity. Katherine has received many awards over the years for outstanding production and currently ranks 34 out of the top 100 agents in Southern California for Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage for the first half of 2018. Katherine loves what she does and works tirelessly until the job is done. As she always says, “It’s not work if you love what you do.”

Why have you been so successful? I believe a large part of my success is due to hard work. My attention to detail is uncompromised. I am always available to my clients. Thankfully, a large part of my business is repeat and referral business. I have a great team behind me, making sure my marketing is top notch. I live and breathe real estate; that’s just who I am!

What do you do outside of work? Those who know me know I love going to concerts! I’m a yogi

and try to practice yoga at least twice a week. Traveling is my passion. First and foremost though, I love spending time with my family. I’m fortunate that my children and their families all live close by. I’m an active member in my church and my community. I reside in Bell Canyon and have served on various committees throughout the years.

How do you help your clients navigate through today's challenges?

not as easy as one might think. The most important challenge is pricing a home right from the start. After that it takes the right combination of Realtor, company, and marketing to get the best exposure, which inevitably yields my sellers top dollar for their home. My name is extremely well respected within the brokerage community, which helps tremendously when negotiating an offer.

Getting a home sold in this market is

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I have a reputation for being an extremely hyper-focused and goal-oriented individual. At the risk of sounding cliché, I truly take great pleasure and pride in making people’s dreams come true and also exceeding their expectations, as the proverbial cream on top. Family life aside, nothing is more rewarding than the gratitude of my clients.

Are you still actively practicing law? Yes, I have a private practice based in Woodland Hills. While my primary focus is real estate sales, I still cater to several longtime clients who have been with me

for years. I also have a talented team of attorneys behind me.

What separates you from your competitors? My ability to venture outside the four corners of a typical real estate transaction. As an experienced attorney with extensive knowledge in real estate law, business, and construction, I frequently consult with other high-profile agents to assist them when their transactions extend beyond their knowledge base and expertise. Conversely my clients have the benefit of multi-level representation, which includes a partner capable of guiding them through every decision and potential obstacle.

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Jasmine Motazedi 23647 Calabasas Rd. Calabasas 818.456.0484 CalDRE# 01883102

Family life aside, nothing is more rewarding than the gratitude of my clients.


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What do you feel is the most rewarding aspect of your work?


everaging over 15 years of experience in law, business, and marketing, Jasmine Motazedi brings unparalleled professionalism, creativity, and uncompromising integrity to her clients and the world of real estate. As a high-caliber agent and attorney, Jasmine prides herself on excellent communication, creative problem solving, and the ability to always remain ahead of the curve. She is known for her tenacious work ethic, attention to detail, and desire to make each and every transaction a positive experience. Jasmine always considers herself as a partner with her clients. Her objective is to give each client her full and absolute attention. As a result, her clientele is mainly comprised of longtime clients and subsequent referrals. Jasmine represents sellers and buyers from Calabasas, Woodland Hills, Tarzana, Encino, Beverly Hills, and beyond.

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Coldwell Banker Global Luxury •••••••••••••

Erica Fields Tiffany Cohen

23647 Calabasas Rd. Calabasas 818-822-8835 : 310-625-5959 CalDRE #01333446 CalDRE #01894806


rica and Tiffany have made a name for themselves as the go-to real estate agents for unparalleled knowledge and digital and social marketing expertise. Known for their round-the-clock availability and tenacious work ethic, this powerhouse team has earned reputations as creative problem solvers and fierce negotiators. With over 27 years combined experience and record sales, Erica and Tiffany are recognized annually as top producers. They have an astonishing track record of winning bids for their buyers in multiple-offer situations. And their aggressive marketing for listings has made them second-to-none for selling homes quickly and for top dollar. Combined with what their clients and colleagues call "the most contagious energy," their #1 title in real estate is solidified.

There is no secret to success. It is a result of passion, compassion, persistence, and hard work. What makes you the number-one real estate team?

How did you become so successful?

We've established a brand known to make every client feel as though they are our only client, including first-time home buyers, celebrity clientele, and seasoned investors. Because of this and along with our extensive experience and expertise in digital and social marketing, we are recognized annually as top producers and are currently ranked #1 in our office.

Everyone wants the best and most-experienced team representing them. Our clients love our high level of service and knowledge so they continue to use and refer us as their "go-to" real estate experts. We are naturally driven women, and together we are an unstoppable force. When we say 24/7, we mean it. We are available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week for each and every client. That

is our commitment to them, and we wouldn't have it any other way.

Why should potential clients choose you? We take pride in our honesty and integrity. We get results by building trust and going to bat for every client. It's always about them and never about "the sale." Our goal is to make this journey fun, enjoyable, and full of laughter. But most of all, we press upon everyone to trust in the process.

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What should potential clients know about you?

The real estate process inevitably has its twists and turns. An exceptional realtor is able to call on experience and problem-solving skills when it really matters. As the market evolves, I use a multi-layered approach to marketing properties and have an above-90% listing-to-sale ratio. When working with buyers, there are not many agents in the entire city that have the ability to understand and know the best locations in every price point. Getting properties ready to go to market and working with home buyers to find that perfect property are two things I love to do.

I have always thought of my work as taking care of people—start to finish—and even beyond. People are the ones that need the attention. The working relationship, whether with seller or buyer, becomes a bit of a marriage. When they need me, I am there with the best advice, like it or not. That’s my job, and that’s what they depend on me for. When clients give me the honor of working with them, whether to represent their home or to purchase another on probably the largest transaction of their lives, I show my appreciation by giving them my absolute best.

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KEVIN CORDASCO Calabasas 818.726.8791 310.308.9539 CalDRE #00969966

When clients give me the honor of representing them, I show my appreciation by always giving my absolute best.


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Why have you been so successful?


evin Cordasco of Coldwell Banker is celebrating his 32nd year of award-winning service and experience in the real estate industry. Kevin, a resident of Calabasas of 19 years, has been actively representing the people, properties, and homebuyers of Calabasas. Kevin’s hands-on, one-on-one approach, while many agents have gone to groups or teams, sets him apart and has won the loyalty of his clientele. It is why Kevin Cordasco is one of the most recommended names in the industry year after year. He truly cares about the outcome of every transaction. Kevin has been named numerous times in Coldwell Banker’s Top 100 agents of Southern California and is consistently ranked inside the top 5% companywide nationally. Kevin has been a supporter of our schools and their programs over the past 19 years, as well as a founder of the Kevin Cordasco Foundation: Something Yellow.


meny atias

23975 Park Sorrento, #110 Calabasas 310.806.2619

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CalDRE #01913200

we understand our responsibility to give the highest care and support to our clients.


ealtor Meny Atias was born and raised in Israel. Schooled at a Kibbutz and having experienced extensive military service, he learned to never give up, especially when faced with the unknown. Meny arrived in the United States in 2006 and studied real estate investment, later joining Keller Williams Realty. Within two years, Meny became CEO and team leader of the Calabasas firm. He found Calabasas to be a unique community with incredible people. Meny then grew the office from a few agents to the biggest and most successful real estate office in Calabasas and the entire West Valley, focusing on both residential and commercial real estate.

What should potential clients know about you?

What separates you from your competitors?

How do you give back to your community?

Keller Williams Calabasas is the biggest real estate company in Calabasas, and since July 2017, we have been leading the real estate industry with the most volume and units sold. Now, more than ever, we are focused on team building, keeping our team on the cutting edge, which ultimately benefits our clients.

The team at Keller Williams is not competing with anyone other than ourselves. Our passion to help others to grow and succeed, including our own agents and our clients, is sincere. We believe in dedicated work and world-class customer service.

Keller Williams Calabasas is very active with the city council and Calabasas Chamber of Commerce. We were honored multiple times by the city council and mayor and even received the Small Business Award by the chamber. Each month we are donating and supporting different causes, whether it's a Keller Williams-sponsored function or on behalf of our amazing clients.

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lisa gutman

23975 Park Sorrento, #110 Calabasas 818.535.0862 CalDRE # 00966153


ver the last 30 years, Lisa Gutman has chased down runaway horses, placed celebrities into properties, and sold some of the most expensive properties in town, all in a day’s work in Hidden Hills and Calabasas. She has received nearly every top honor in her field: Platinum Club, Hall of Fame, and Lifetime Achievement Award are just a few. Lisa treats each and every client with dignity and respect, and they never feel pushed or rushed. She considers herself an area expert and always has a pulse on the community. Do you have a home that’s hard to sell? She has a buyer! Looking for a home that’s not available? She’ll find it! Lisa looks forward to helping each client with all real estate needs.


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I am readily available and will work tirelessly to get the job done.

Why have you been so successful? I take a hand-holding approach when it comes to real estate, I specialize in one client at a time. My personal touch to real estate has literally opened doors. About 80% of my business comes from repeat clients and referrals. I have dedicated almost 30 years of my life to helping people buy and sell their most coveted possessions. I understand how stressful this process can be and my goal is

to make it as easy and joyful as possible. I go above and beyond what is considered the norm in real estate. I do everything possible to make the buying and selling process a wonderful experience. If you’re happy, I know and appreciate that you will refer me to your friends and family.

Why should potential clients choose you? When you choose to work with me, you get me, not an assistant or

team member. I will be with you for the entire buying/selling process, from start to close... and after!

What do you feel is the most rewarding aspect of your work? Nothing brings me more joy than seeing my clients happy. To know that I’ve been a part of that is an incredible feeling!

The Improta Team at Keller Williams Calabasas •••••••••••••

jAson improta missy improta

23975 Park Sorrento, #110 Calabasas 818.584.6094 : 310.597.1914

We are your partnerS throughout the entire process.

CalDRE #01265975 CalBRE #01432200


hile The Improta Team is in fact a team, Missy and Jason feel that a personal touch is the best way to conduct their business. They have a very hands-on approach which allows their clients to feel heard and cared for. In a business like real estate, which can be very emotional, this is important to all parties. At the same time, having the experience to know how far a price can be taken, or how to get an offer accepted in a tough market, are skills that require the experience of a seasoned agent. Good old fashioned hard work, coupled with cutting edge marketing and extensive professional networking are how The Improta Team fuels their success. Well that, and really loving what they do!

Why have you been so successful?

Why should potential clients choose you?

We attribute our success to consistently putting clients first and offering exemplary service throughout every transaction. Our strategic, professional marketing combined with solid industry experience yields superior results year after year.

We are your partner throughout the entire process, offering a personal approach that includes really listening to your needs and understanding your pain points. By employing tactical execution, we get the results that clients expect when working with Top Producers.

What are the biggest obstacles your clients face today and how do you help them navigate through those challenges? With all the information out there about where the market is headed, it is difficult for clients to find answers to help support their decisions. We are here to consult and advise clients to make their best decisions based on real data and experience rather than speculation.

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In nearly 30 years of real estate, I have found that the key to success is surrounding yourself with other like minds and creating a group dynamic that is second to none. As the number-one residential group in our office seven years running, I have created a team of agents, escrow and title, and other support persons that allow me to do what I do best—real estate, real estate, real estate.

What areas are your specialties? As original owners in The Oaks, I have garnered a razor-sharp knowledge of our local luxury community. I try to preview every new listing to provide my clients a first-hand account of the property before they step foot

in it. My other specialty is investment properties. I have found over the years through my own personal forays into rental properties that in the long run, there is no better source of retirement and contributes to a balanced portfolio. Owning something tangible and collecting monthly dividends is a great feeling.

What do you feel is the most rewarding aspect of your work? Clearly, real estate is a people business and my ability to connect with new clients as well as 30-year clients is truly rewarding. Handing over a set of keys and seeing the smiles on my clients’ faces is a feeling that everyone should experience once. Fortunately for me, after thousands of times, it never gets old.

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Doug Puetz DINA BRAUN PUETZ 23975 Park Sorrento, #110 Calabasas 805.795.4455 CalDRE # 00995378 CalDRE # 01402751

I have garnered a razor-sharp knowledge of our local luxury community.

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What makes you the best in real estate?


oug Puetz and Dina Braun Puetz have resided in The Oaks in Calabasas for the past 13 years and are lifelong Southern California residents. Heading up the Puetz Group at Keller Williams and maintaining full social community calendars has allowed them to keep their finger on the pulse of the local real estate market. Whether it’s our outdoor trails, local stores and restaurants, or the upcoming listings, they know all about it. We sat with Doug for a quick Q & A.

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tracy smith david smith

23975 Park Sorrento, #110 Calabasas 310.804.7079 : 310.480.7523 David: CalDRE #01503210 Tracy: CalDRE # 01898036


avid Smith was raised in South Carolina and started his love of real estate by working in the family’s construction company. Upon graduation from The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, with a degree in business administration, he went back to work with his family developing real estate rental properties. Tracy Smith grew up in Michigan and attended Wayne State University before moving to New York and then Los Angeles to run her own business as a freelance make-up artist. David and Tracy started their own company buying, refurbishing, and selling residential properties before becoming some of the first agents to join Keller Williams in Calabasas. They now have a successful business in real estate as a powerful team with multiple talents that get results, all while raising their own family.

Building a sense of community and being a contributing part of the communitY is such a rewarding part of what we do. Why have you been so successful?

How do you give back to your community?

We have been so successful because of our attention to details. We listen to the why behind the buying or selling and develop a strategy to achieve the why. It’s more than showing properties or putting a sign in the yard or an ad on social media. It’s a devised plan of action with measurable stages along the way to make sure the why is being achieved. Every sale is different; it’s not a plugged-in experience.

Outside of work, we spend as much time with our two daughters and close friends as possible. Family is our big why and carving out time to spend with the people we enjoy most is a must. We love participating as a family in community events and building a sense of community, and being a contributing part of the communities we serve is such a rewarding part of what we do.

What areas are your specialties? We are now among the best because we aren’t there to push our agenda and just go through the motions, assuming that every buyer, investor, or property is the same. We don’t list properties, we sell properties. We provide over 16 years expertise so our clients can achieve their goals, whether buying, selling, or investing. We are there to advise as the experts on what buyers are looking for and have a specific plan of action.

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brad wiseman BRAD ROTH

24025 Park Sorrento, #110 Calabasas 818.880.9900 : 818.693.2723 CalDRE #00780341 CalDRE #01235810


rad Wiseman has been serving our Calabasas community since 1990. In addition to being a managing partner of the Calabasas office for Pinnacle Estate Properties, Inc., Brad was recently promoted to the position of branch manager. Upon receiving this promotion, Brad announced the promotion of his associate Brad Roth, a 20-year veteran and top real estate agent at Pinnacle Estate Properties, to co-manager. This dynamic duo will lead the team of great agents for the Calabasas area. Both Wiseman and Roth believe in the founding principle of the company: that a real estate company is only as good as the individual agent working for the client. They are determined to provide a full-service company of trained, professional agents that provide the kind of extraordinary service clients expect and deserve but rarely receive.

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Our philosophy is reflected in our name and corporate goal – to provide the Pinnacle of Professional Service. What are your qualifications to serve as the branch manager for Pinnacle Estate Properties? I have been one of the top-ranked real estate agents in the West San Fernando Valley over the past 29 years and am consistently among the top ten in sales volume out of nearly 1,100 agents at Pinnacle Estate Properties. I hold an NMLS mortgage endorsement and have been a licensed real estate broker since 1983. I also represent clients with commercial

real estate investments across the U.S. With my vast experience and expertise, there is little wonder why I have sold in excess of $50,000,000 in just one year. I always go the extra mile for my clients and consistently provide extraordinary service to them.

What are your qualifications to be the co-manager of the Calabasas Office for Pinnacle Estate Properties? I grew up in the San Fernando Valley and studied psychology and communications.

After a memorable acting career, I spent 20 years in the Industry and sold over 400 homes with over 250,000,000 in sales. Having seen many cycles in the volatile real estate market, I can navigate the ups and downs. I was recently inducted into the Pinnacle Estate Properties Hall of Fame where I was only one of 10 to have ever received this honor.

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Nicole Van Parys Gary Nesen 22267 Mulholland HWY. Calabasas 805.795.1880

Real estate is not our job, it is our lifestyle.

CalDRE #01108944 CALDRE #01882366


icole and Gary’s independent yet complementary work strategies make them the ideal team in life and real estate. Together they provide an outstanding level of market knowledge and professionalism, allowing them to be consistent top producers in the industry. Their accomplishments stem from their continuous commitment, focus, and passion for their clients. As Engel & Völkers’ Top 8 Agents worldwide and zealous world travelers, their international presence attracts high-end buyers globally. Their success comes from their creative expertise and the insight they possess to assist clients in making intelligent real estate investments during any market cycle. With over 25 years of real estate experience in Southern California, the one piece of advice they wish to instill in every young mind is: Success comes from consistency, integrity, devotion, and diligence in all things.

What areas are your specialty? Our company has European heritage, and we specialize in the luxury market. Our listings are exquisite, and our clients are passionate. We find that our business seamlessly integrates with our personal life, highlighting Sherwood, Hidden Hills, North Ranch, and Hidden Valley as our natural niche. We would list our specialties as passion, diligence, and first-class service for our beloved clientele.

What separates you from your competitors? Real estate is not our job, it is our lifestyle. We integrate our business into every aspect of our lives, and the relationships we build fuel us. Personal attentiveness and relationships are among the foundations of our team. As our founder Christian Völkers stated, “Engel & Völkers started as a group of friends with a vision. That spirit is still alive!”

What do you feel is the most rewarding aspect of your work? The privilege of finding a client’s dream home or finding the perfect buyer is spectacularly surreal. Suddenly, the entire equation makes sense, and it is simply magic. Ushering our clients into the next chapter of their lives is truly a remarkable experience, one that connects us for life.

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I pride myself on being a fierce negotiator who listens to my clients’ needs. I hand-hold them through every step of the transaction. The realtor-client relationship is one of trust and communication; you can’t have one without the other. I make sure that there is transparency in every facet of my business so new and existing relationships can be forged.

What do you feel is the most rewarding part of your work? There’s no better feeling than finding my clients their dream homes. I consider every deal to be my own, resulting in my clients referring

business to me. In fact, the majority of my business is now referrals! It’s the best complement in the world to know my clients trust me to deliver the same high standard of service for their family and friends.

What advice would you give to a new realtor starting out? There’s a misconception about real estate that it’s an “easy” way to get rich. Far from it! Sure, there are a lot of expensive properties in the L.A. area, but to make a successful business out of real estate, you need to work passionately every day to build your brand. It’s not all dollar signs, bricks, and mortar; you’re changing people’s lives.

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What sets you apart from your competitors?

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debra O'NeilL

4774 Park Granada #8573 Calabasas 310.804.2838 CalDRE # 01881238

There’s no better feeling than finding my clients their dream homes.

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ebra is an award-winning agent who is passionate about real estate, but it’s the clients she works with that drive her to excel as one of the best realtors in Los Angeles. This is reflected in her being awarded the RE/MAX Diamond Award, being featured on the cover of Top Agent Magazine, and always getting five-star reviews from clients. Whether she’s working with a first-time homebuyer, a seasoned developer, a celebrity client, or a family relocating to the area, Debra strives for excellence in every transaction, personalizing each deal around her clients’ situations. Early in her career, she trained as an appraiser so she could evaluate property value and educate homeowners on how to get top dollar for their homes. Because of this, her properties do not sit on the market; they consistently sell for over-asking, with multiple offers, making records in neighborhoods. Debra’s business model is simple: to exceed expectations and become her client’s go-to realtor for life.

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Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage The Mardell Group •••••••••••••

patti mardell Parker Timm Nicole Golfieri Gurpinder Virdee

CalDRE #01944823

CalDRE #019700973 CalDRE #02036878 CalDRE #02050257

23647 Calabasas RD. Calabasas 818.262.3787


he Mardell Group epitomizes energy, hard work, and creativity in every service detail of each real estate transaction. Intellectual negotiations and cutting-edge marketing strategies join uncompromising integrity as the hallmark standard of The Mardell Group’s service. The Group—consisting of Patti Mardell, Parker Timm, Nicole Golfieri, and Gurpinder Virdee—collectively have decades of successful real estate experience. An award-winning team, Mardell is recognized in the top half of the top 1% in the nation by NRT (2017), has been awarded International Presidents Elite (2017), and has received multiple top-producing awards. To ensure efficient and exceptional service, the team is comprised of the finest agents as they form a close-knit family offering seamless assistance.

We have a proven track record of directly impacting our clients’ financial successes. What separates you from your competition?

Why should we hire you over everyone else?

The Mardell Group has a diverse and rich background from around the world. All members of the group have experienced the tremendous changes and growth that has transformed some of L.A.’s most sought after destinations. We have a proven track record of directly impacting our clients’ financial successes by delivering impeccable follow through— white-glove quality service for each and every client.

Our answer is simple: Don’t ask us; ask our clients. “Patti Mardell sold 34 homes for me last year. I have been involved in the real estate business as an attorney for the last 28 years, and she is one of the most exceptional real estate agents I have ever worked with. Her ability to negotiate and communicate effectively with different types of people with different needs made for seamless closings

and happy buyers. She has tremendous insight into the real estate market. Her knowledge and intuition combined with her very strong work ethic is a phenomenal asset. She went the extra mile on every transaction she handled for me without my asking. I can recommend her without qualification to both buyers and sellers of real property.” ~ Paul K.

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On August 10, 2018, Oakview Health Center invited residents, family members, and staff to celebrate its 10year




occurred on July 31, 2018. The event was Hawaiian themed, featuring luau dancers, live piano music, and a ukulele player. The culinary team treated those in attendance to Hawaiian-inspired fare, such as ceviche, spam sushi, roasted pork sliders, teriyaki chicken




rice, and pineapple-coconut glazed sticky buns. Drinks were served, complete with tropical umbrellas. Current Oakview residents who have lived in the University Village and Oakview for a total of 10 combined years were presented with a rose and special certificate of gratitude by Jeannette Ruggiero, Oakview’s administrator. It was a warm and wonderful celebration. Oakview Health Center is located in Thousand Oaks adjacent to University Village. The health center provides assisted living, memory care, and skilled nursing care. For more information, visit

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Shine a Light on HUMAN TRAFFICKING By Irene Marshall Set photoaphy by Mike Yuen Thousand Oaks residents Janet Craig and her husband,

this crime end,” explains Craig, an accomplished ac-

Doug Grossman, illuminate the growing problem of sex

tress, writer, and director. “Filmmaking is my work and

trafficking both here and abroad in their upcoming film,

passion, so I began working five years ago to make a

The Hotline Movie ( This fictional

feature. Our goal is to ignite others into action to help

story about one suburban family’s emotional upheaval

fight trafficking and reach a global audience.”

after their foster daughter is abducted and forced into human trafficking, concerns an all too real subject.

This film was inspired, in part, by the couple’s personal experiences as foster parents and work with the

Human trafficking continues to take place right in our

homeless on Skid Row in Los Angeles. They’ve recently

own backyards in Ventura and Los Angeles counties

joined forces with RaisingHOPE, Inc., who’ve signed on

and beyond. “This multi-billion dollar business rivals drugs

as producers. Janet and Doug, a Sr. Vice President

and arms dealing as one of the world’s top three organ-

at 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, hope their

ized crimes,” note the filmmakers.

film will bring the subject even more into the main-

After listening to a trafficked victim at a Forever Found event, the couple wanted to do something to help. “I wanted others to hear her story and join me in making

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Dr. Fadly’s

California Spine

& Pain Institute

Knowledge Ethics Results

Whoever came up with the slogan “no pain, no gain” clearly never experienced its chronic consequences. Many of us have suffered, or will suffer, from debilitating pain, the kind that makes performing even the simplest tasks a struggle. Appropriately named after the Greek goddess of revenge, Poine—pain from injury or disease certainly feels like punishment as it zaps one’s life force. Fortunately, there is hope. Dr. Magued Fadly, M.D., QME (Qualified Medical Evaluator), helps put the zest back into countless lives. In 2001, after completing his residency at

By Lori Berezin Photography by Marvin Steindler

Yale and an accredited fellowship in pain management at the renowned Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Fadly established the California Spine and Pain Institute in West Hills and Encino. Since then, he has treated more than 500 fellow physicians and their families and friends, aside from tens of thousands of patients, becoming the preferred pain-management consultant in the area. His goal is to minimize distress after just one session and fully restore function within four weeks. The institute reports a whopping 95% success rate, among the highest in the country. Dr. Fadly is one of the few accredited, fellowship-trained pain-management specialists in Southern California. His vision for the California Spine and Pain Institute is to offer comprehensive, quality pain care in a compassionate and nurturing environment with spot-on diagnoses and sameday appointments. “I believe that pain relief is the core foundation of medicine,” says Dr. Fadly. “As a result, my unending goal is to conquer


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pain and restore function to each individual suffering from pain.” He strives to be available to his patients whenever pain strikes. Dr. Fadly also believes in giving back through education. He teaches students, residents, and fellows from all across the United States and continues to pioneer innovative pain-management techniques, such as ozone revolution therapy for joint pain and lasers for disc problems. His clinics utilize state-ofthe-art procedures from balloon kyphoplasty to stem cell therapy, along with time-honored treatments such as acupuncture. Dr. Fadly has been the leader for the regenerative treatment of platelet-rich plasma and stem cells. Hippocrates, renowned for his quote that physicians “… do no harm,” also stated that “divine is the task to relieve pain.” For anyone suffering from pain, there is clearly nothing more heavenly than its relief. n

Common conditions treated: Sports injuries Back pain Headache and neck pain Shoulder and knee pain California Spine and Pain Institute Sciatica 818.225.0045 Bladder pain 855.Heal.Pain Vulvodynia West Hills • Encino Fibromyalgia

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Muddy Warriors By Lori Berezin

Author and teacher Christian D. Larson wrote, “…know

The first Muddy Warriors Xperience took place on Sep-

that there is something inside you that is greater than any

tember 20, 2015, at the Paramount Ranch in Agoura

obstacle.” Two local Calabasas moms raising seven

Hills with 235 people. It has grown to over 900 runners

kids between them, Laura Brug and Klaudia Moran,

this past year, with even more expected for the up-

clearly understand what it’s like to overcome obsta-

coming race at Paramount Ranch at 2903 Cornell

cles. So, they created Muddy Warriors in West Hills to

Road this November 18. People can register as indi-

inspire others to overcome theirs.

viduals or with a team. There will be three options—one mile, 5K, and 10K—suitable for all fitness levels and ages

Originally founded in 2014, Muddy Warriors began as an

5 to adult. There will also be a fun health and fitness fair

outdoor training program to empower participants to grow

with food and entertainment plus a vendor village spon-

stronger, both mentally and physically, in order to compete

sored by local businesses. And they’ve even created a

in athletic events and lead healthier lives. A year later, the

program called Operation Kindness to give runners an

Muddy Warriors signature race, Xperience, was born.

opportunity to raise money for a charity of choice. n

“Our mission is to empower people to believe in them-

Muddy Warriors

selves and their ability to overcome both mental and phys-

6520 Platt Ave., #686

ical challenges,” note founders Brug and Moran. “Muddy

West Hills

Warriors Xperience is a trail run with obstacles which will

Laura Brug: 818.427.1945

test your strength, overall fitness, and will. This is not a

Klaudia Moran: 818.554.9958

traditional race; you will be challenged over trails, hills,

and fun-but-demanding obstacles!”


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Ask the

Pharmacist Q


I would like to try CBD oil for my pain but am worried that it contains marijuana. Does it and does it work? CBD is one of many compounds in the cannabis plant. CBD oils contain concentrations of CBD. The concentrations and the uses of these oils vary. The

least-processed form of the cannabis plant is hemp. Hemp contains most of the CBD that people use medicinally. Until recently, the best-known compound in cannabis was THC. This is the active ingredient in marijuana. Marijuana contains both THC and CBD, and these compounds have different effects. THC creates a mind-altering "high" when a person smokes it. CBD is different; unlike THC, it is not psychoactive. This means that CBD does not change a person's state of mind when it is used. However, CBD does appear to produce significant changes in the body, and some research suggests that it has medical benefits. After researching the safety and effectiveness of CBD oil for treating epilepsy, the FDA recently approved the use of CBD (Epidiolex) for two rare conditions characterized by epileptic seizures. CBD oil is legal and available without a prescription in California, however it is not regulated by the FDA so quality of products varies. When drugs do not have FDA approval, it can be difficult to know whether they contain safe or effective levels of CBD. Unapproved products may not have the properties or contents stated on the packaging. CBD is not very well absorbed orally so if it isn’t made in the right way, you may not be getting much into your system. Animal studies have shown CBD oil to be effective in treating pain, inflammation, anxiety, sleep, and other conditions. Side effects include drowsiness, diarrhea, and changes in appetite or weight.


The bottom line is that CBD oil is not marijuana so you won’t

Belmont Village, Calabasas, invited the community to attend an

get high from it and it may or may not be effective for pain

informative seminar on hearing loss and ways to improve the

depending on the quality.

quality of life through better hearing. Iris Stone, doctor of audiology and owner of Hear Clear Hearing Aids in Calabasas, conducted a presentation on the connection between hearing loss

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and dementia and how people hear with their brains and not their ears. Dr. Stone has built a thriving audiology and hearing rehabilitation practice by applying her knowledge and expertise of the physiology of hearing and the psychology of hearing loss. The new Belmont Village Senior Community opened in Calabasas this spring and serves seniors by offering independent living and assisted living options. Dr. Stone at Hear Clear Hearing Aids encourages all seniors to schedule a diagnostic hearing test, which is covered by Medicare and most insurance plans, to help improve the quality of their lives through better hearing.

UCAAN DATE AUCTION UCAAN founder and cancer survivor Rachel Shur hosted the UCAAN Buy Me Love Live Charity Date Auction on Saturday, September 22, at the Agoura Hills Calabasas Community Center. Members of the UCAAN organization handmade intricate decorations for this year’s Alice in Wonderland theme, “Through the Looking Glass.” The Live Date Auction hosted by Barry Funkhouser of Funkhouser Productions and Desiree Luethy of MixedGen Media provided attendees the opportunity to bid on other single men and women, complete with a planned date activity. Guests also enjoyed a catered meal from Stonefire Grill and Merlin’s Kitchen, a tea station with party favor tea cups, and delectable desserts. The fundraising focus of the event was to fund the UCAAN Gas Assistance Program and Emergency Transportation Fund which aid cancer patients with the expense of traveling for treatments monthly. To find out more information or to donate, visit

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Veterans with PTSD

By Elena Richards Homes 4 Families is a nonprofit organization based in the

ings as they begin new chapters in their lives. Here are

West Valley that builds homes and provides enrichment ser-

some examples of workshops developed by Homes 4 Fam-

vices to low-income veterans and military families. Some of

ilies, and art created by veteran homeowners.

the most impactful services belong to Homes 4 Families’ My TIME® (My Trauma-Informed Military Enrichment) program.

Tear Soup

Trauma-informed care is so important in helping veterans

Tear Soup is an art and writing workshop series that guides vet-

and military family members face trauma and begin the

erans through the process of identifying and overcoming grief

healing process.

and loss. One veteran who took the workshop started very shy and reserved but by

Up to one in five Afghanistan and Iraq-war veterans cur-

going through the Tear

rently suffer from PTSD, which means a total of 460,000 di-


agnosed or undiagnosed. Research shows that about 50%

covered his love and

of veterans with PTSD do not seek treatment, and only half

talent for poetry and

get “minimally adequate treatment.” When untreated, PTSD

has since written hun-

can have long-term effects on a person’s overall well-being,

dreds of poems. He

and they are more likely to experience substance abuse,

even read one aloud

anger-management issues, and severe depression.

to over 450 people at



Homes 4 Families’ anTo help military family members overcome things like PTSD, traumatic brain injury, and secondary trauma, Homes 4

nual fundraising gala.

Families offers a wide variety of modalities, including trau-

Monster in Me

ma-informed art, writing, and drumming workshops; equine

This workshop helps veterans reflect on their experiences,

therapy; and bonsai-tree gardening.

both in combat duty and in civilian life. It lets them explore the difficult emotions and gives voices to the hidden, in-

PTSD not only affects veterans mentally, it affects them

ternalized feelings as they create artwork that represents

physically as well. It affects family members, relationships,

the “monster” inside of them. This monster can be angry,

and the ability to hold jobs or advance in career. In essence,

scared, in denial, or however the artist is feeling that day.

it affects all aspects of their lives. Arts programming that

The monster may be a person, an emotion, a place, a trig-

treats these issues empowers families to become, and stay,

ger. One Vietnam-era veteran who took the workshop said he

successful as homeowners and positive contributors to the

had his first full-night’s sleep the night he drew his monster.

greater community. There is no pressure to have technical, artistic, or music skills to take these therapeutic, veteran-to-veteran workshops. They focus on introspection and offer veterans the chance to spend time with others who may have had similar experiences. The workshops have been proven to increase confidence and Homes 4 Families’ veteran homeowners’ ability to cope with life’s curveballs. Therapeutic art and writing programs can continue to help veterans diagnosed with PTSD with processing feel-


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Speak Out Masks

T ime Capsules

Artists create “Speak Out Masks” over the course of two

This is a workshop that lets military family members explore

workshops. In the first, they write down their “I cant’s”—

things like what their family brings to the community, what

all the things they can’t do or have been told they can’t

they want their futures to be like, and what it means to be a

do: I can’t sleep, I can’t forget, I can’t remember. They

resilient family. Over the course of many weeks, families work

think about the negative aspects and labels in their lives

together to gather and

and begin the process of eliminating them from their fu-

create things to include

ture. They then shred what

in their time capsules,

they wrote, literally, through


a shredder, and symbolically.

recipes, a family song,

In the second workshop, they

pictures, or a letter to a


future veteran.







them into “Speak Out Masks.” Through this process, veterans

All of the neighbor-

conquer the myths of their “I

hoods’ time capsules

cant’s” and celebrate their


“I cans,” giving them a voice

in ammo cases to be

to speak their “I cans”—I can

opened many years

get a better job, I can own a

from now. This helps

home, I can heal.

unite the family mem-



bers together and helps the families in the com-

Homes 4 Families is a nonprofit organization based in the West Valley that builds homes and provides enrichment services to low-income veterans and military families.

munity become one.

Trauma-Informed Drumming Trauma-Informed Drumming incorporates communicative and playful aspects to open up the veterans’ ability to listen to each other, bond, and work together. This workshop uses proven methods from Beat the Odds ®. It uses rhythm to



bring focus to the

Stepping Stones

beat allowing vet-

Stepping stones gives veterans a chance to identify some-

erans to relax and

thing from their past to leave behind and identify what

participate fully. This

they want to go towards as they grow. Artists make two dif-

program does not

ferent “stones” out

only have trauma-in-

of polymer clay. The

formed components

first is their “before,”

but also has histori-


cal and spiritual sig-






and some-

nificance, for




thing they want to



leave in their past

place for veterans to

or something they

express themselves.

will turn into something positive in the

This holiday season, please consider donating to Homes 4 Fam-

future. The second

ilies’ My TIME ® program. You will be helping to bring art and

is their “after” and

music into the lives of low-income military families, helping



our heroes to address and overcome PTSD and become suc-

thing they will strive and work for in their future. The vet-

cessful long-term! Please visit

eran who created the stones below made a replica of a

to help our veterans. n

bullet that almost took his life while deployed.

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Pediatrician Traveling with kids. By Dr. Tanya Altmann and Dr. Tiffany Fischman It’s the holiday season, which means time off of school and vacations for many families. Traveling, while enjoyable, can also be challenging when your kids are young. With a little preparation, however, you can have fun, carefree family trip and see the world.

Motion Sickness There’s nothing worse than when your child vomits in the car or plane. Fortunately, it’s not too common for young kids to get motion sick, but it can happen. If your child gets unexpectedly nauseous, give her or him some air, sips of water, a lollipop, or crackers. For older kids, try ginger candies. To prevent nausea and vomiting, limit reading, watching screens, and playing video games. Instead, encourage children to look out the window at objects in the distance or to simply relax. If needed, talk to your pediatrician as there are medications that can be given ahead of time to prevent motion sickness.

Ear Pain Ear pain when flying is due to pressure changes during take off and landing. The best thing to do is encourage sucking or swallowing if your child is awake. For infants, nursing or sucking on a pacifier during is best. Toddlers can guzzle down a drink through a straw while older kids can chew gum or suck on candies. If your kids are asleep, however, let them be. It is okay to fly with an ear infection, just remember to have kids take their medicine.

Pack Wisely Be prepared for illness, injury, and messes. Travel with a fever reducer, medications your child might need, antihistamine, bandages, and ointments. Also, make sure to pack clothes for all climates and any important blanky or stuffed animal.

THE CARNIVAL BENEFITS LAS VIRGENES SCHOOL DISTRICT The Foundation for Las Virgenes Schools welcomed families back for another amazing year with their fun-filled three-day carnival located at Whizin Market Square from September 7 to 9. For the fifth year in a row, the carnival offered a safe and entertaining environment for students of all ages to enjoy thrilling rides, play engaging games, and dine on tasty offerings from local restaurants like The Stand. As part of its mission, The Foundation partnered with various organizations in the community to bring the carnival to life for Las Virgenes Schools. Sponsors included Las Virgenes Municipal Water District, City of Calabasas, and City of Agoura

Tanya Altmann, MD, FAAP 23480 Park Sorrento, #109A Calabasas 818.914.4429


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Hills. The Foundation is a nonprofit education foundation that supports all 16 schools in the Las Virgenes Unified School District. The Foundation’s philosophy is that at the core of a vibrant community is a high-performing and successful school district. For more information, visit

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CHAMINADE COLLEGE PREPARATORY Middle School Open House: Sunday, December 2 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 19800 Devonshire St. Chatsworth 818.363.8127 High School Open House: Sunday, December 2 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. 7500 Chaminade Ave. West Hills 818.347.8300

LOUISVILLE HIGH SCHOOL 8th Grade Visit Day: Friday, November 2 7:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Open House: Sunday, December 2 11 a.m. 22300 Mulholland Dr. Woodland Hills 818.346.8812


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Open House: Sunday, November 4 1 p.m - 4 p.m.

Daily Tours 9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Information Night: Thursday, January 17 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. 31749 La Tienda Dr. Westlake Village 818.824.9492


23022 Victory Blvd. Woodland Hills 818.883.0607

VIEWPOINT SCHOOL Middle & Upper School Admission Preview Day: Saturday, November 17 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Lower Campus EK-6 Admission Preview: Saturday, November 17 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Kindergarten & Grades 1-5 Open House: Saturday, November 17 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

11052 Independence Ave. Chatsworth

23620 Mulholland Hwy. Calabasas 818.591.6500

Upper Campus 7-12 Admission Preview: Saturday, November 3 9 a.m – 11:30 a.m. 20801 Rinaldi St. Chatsworth 818.882.8121

OAK PARK UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT School Tours Visit for school availabilities District Office 5801 Conifer St. Oak Park 818.735.3200

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MAKING A DIFFERENCE IS MUSIC TO UNSTRAMENTAL’S EARS Unstramental, Calabasas High School’s co-ed a cappella ensemble, can be found adding its signature sound to numerous local charity events. One perennial favorite is the Holiday Homes Tour benefitting Cancer Support Community Valley/ Ventura/Santa Barbara, which occurs December 1 and 2. This will be Unstramental’s sixth year signing festive carols for those touring Conejo Valley homes to kick off the holiday season.

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Educating the Whole Child at

the Boulevard School By Lori Berezin Photography by Marvin Steindler The Boulevard School in Woodland Hills has been educating preschool students as young as 9 months old to 6 years old since 1974. Family-run since 1980, when Shirley Mauer, a teacher at the school; husband Eric; and Shirley’s brother, Morty, purchased the school. We asked founders Shirley Mauer; son Brahm, who has worked as administrator since 1985; and daughter Rodi, who is now the director, to educate us about their philosophy, courses, and more.


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Tell us a little about the school’s history and philosophy. The Boulevard School is a family-owned and operated school. We educate the whole child, not just the academic side. We teach independent self-care, listening skills, social skills, and interpersonal skills, in addition to phonics, math, writing, science, social studies, and monthly themes. Each child can progress at his/her own rate. Thus, some finish the school year reading and writing

while others acquire the basic skills that fully prepare them for kindergarten. Elementary schools place our students in high-level classes since they are able to negotiate their environment at a mature level. Because we are a private, family-run school, our teachers have a lot of flexibility to add special activities and skills to their programs.

What courses do you currently offer? We hold mommy and me classes for kids aged 8 months to 24 months. Our regular school program begins with 18 month olds and continues through kindergarten. We also offer plenty of extracurricular activities, such as karate, cooking, Judaica, sports, gymnastics, and engineering, plus free parenting classes throughout the year and swimming lessons during the summer.

What is the student-teacher ratio? The average class size is 12 students to one teacher. Our classes for 2 year olds and toddlers are each taught by two teachers.

Do you provide meals for your students? We offer hot lunches from a private caterer. Kid-friendly meals, including chicken tenders, salad, fruit, mac and cheese, pizza, and more, are delivered daily fresh from the caterer.

Can parents visit the school before, during, and after a child is enrolled? We conduct tours daily between 9:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. We also maintain an open-door policy. Parents are welcome to share their talents, skills, or experiences in the classroom. We encourage families to visit the classroom for as long as needed before a child begins our program to help him/her make a smooth transition into the school. The Boulevard School continues to ensure each child receives an individualized program addressing his/her skill level. We nurture the whole child, treating parents as partners in the child's development. A dedicated team of teachers and staff help students explore his/her environment in a meaningful way. We develop each student’s love of lear ning along with the fundamental skills they’ll need to successfully navigate through future academic years. n The Boulevard School 23022 Victory Blvd. Woodland Hills 818.883.0607 FB: theboulevardschool

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14TH ANNUAL REYES ADOBE DAYS ____________________________________ ____________________________________ Photography by Zac Wasserman

The 14th Annual Reyes Adobe Days Festival took place at the Reyes Adobe Historical Site in Agoura Hills from October 11 to 14, 2018. Reyes Adobe days is a four-day festival celebrating generations of California culture and hosted by the City of Agoura Hills. As part of Reyes Adobe Days, the RAD Run 5K, 10K, and 10-Miler takes place in the early morning of Saturday through the scenic mountains, followed by a celebratory parade. The festival offered activities for all ages with a free Day at the Adobe family festival featuring pony rides, a petting zoo, a history scavenger hunt, ranch-life demonstrations, and museum tours. On Thursday, RAD kicked off with a senior fiesta luncheon, and on Friday evening, it was Night at the Adobe for ages 21 and over offering a beautiful evening under the stars with wine and beer tasting, music, and exhibits to raise funds for cultural arts programs.

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Local Student Filmmakers By Lori Berezin Photography by Zac VWasserman Steven Spielberg made his first full-length independent

And following the awards ceremony, attendees were

film when he was just 16 years old and produced his first

treated to a catered reception hosted by Bristol Farms.

professional short while still in college. A panel of industry professionals chose 15 films created by local high

This year’s 15 film finalists include: Graduates, Motive,

school students to be screened during the Calabasas

Breaking Down Barriers, Underwater, and Tomorrow

Film Festival’s Student Day this past September. Dedi-

(Chaminade); The Pitch Room, Let Them Eat Cake,

cated to honoring the future of the industry, this special

Starfish, and Sweet Escape (Viewpoint); Smile You’re

day was focused solely on providing a platform to em-

On Camera, Enduring Love, Let’s Be Honest, and Circle

power young filmmakers.

(El Camino); Inner Thoughts (Calabasas High); and Unplugged (Oaks Christian).

More than 150 high school students from Calabasas and the


surrounding communities submitted films in five categories.

The following five films received Outstanding Achievement

This year, the New York Film Academy joined the festival

awards: Let’s Be Honest for the entire ensemble; Enduring

as Presenting Sponsor. Winning students were awarded

Love for editor Christian Morgan; Sweet Escape for writers

prizes worth over $20,000. In addition, the winner of Best

Donovan Robertson and Nathan Alexander; Inner Thoughts

Film received a one-week paid scholarship to attend The

for director Allyson Weissman; and Unplugged for Best Film.

New York Film Academy Youth Camp in Los Angeles. Prior

The movie’s director/editor/cinematographer David Sauce-

to the screenings, New York Film Academy instructor Bart

do and writer/actor Cameron Rossi accepted the award.

Mastronardi hosted an introductory camera workshop.

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Adopt a Fur Baby! If you are considering a new furry family member, Calabasas Style has partnered with Foxy & the Hounds to bring you the sweetest selection of dogs looking for their fur-ever home. The family that opens their hearts and home to these precious pups is in for a lifetime filled with love and loyalty. All pets are spayed/neutered and micro-chipped.


Two-year-old female Schnauzer/ Poodle mix Liberte had been shot multiple times with a pellet gun while she was also pregnant. She had 6 beautiful puppies. She is shy around men at first but will warm up after time.


Two-year-old Chihuahua mix Lucy was rescued from under a house in a remote California city with her puppies. Lucy’s puppies have been adopted, so she’s next! She is wonderful with all people and dogs, and absolutely loves to snuggle and go on walks.

VAL PUNWAR HOLDS OPEN HOUSE FUNDRAISER FOR LVUSD On the evening of September 21, realtor Valerie Punwar of Berkshire Hathaway hosted a lively open-house fundraiser for The Foundation for Las Virgenes Schools at 24279 Bridle Trail Road in Hidden Hills. Guests were invited to the prestigious community’s property to enjoy a live jazz performance while sipping wine and dining on an array of food offerings around the tennis court while taking in the exquisite estate which includes a tennis court, racquetball court, guest house, pool, and spa. Berkshire Hathaway and Valerie Punwar raised over $5,000 for The Foundation, an organization Valerie holds near and dear to her heart. The donations go towards helping make sure all the children in the Las

Romy & Michelle Mushu These 2-year-old terrier mixes are a very bonded pair who must be adopted together. They are both happy, playful, affectionate, and get along with other dogs. One of their favorite things to do is cuddle in bed. A great addition to any family!

Mushu is the most affectionate, goofy, and loving 4-year-old brindle Boxer mix. He is amazing with kids but can be picky about other dogs. He is housebroken, tons of fun, and gives the best kisses.

Virgenes School District receive the strongest education possible from kindergarten through high school graduation. For more information on The Foundation for Las Virgenes Schools, visit


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If the dogs pictured have been adopted, there are more dogs waiting for a good home. Foxy and the Hounds.

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True Horse Power at the Bell Canyon

Equestrian Center

To ride a horse is to truly feel alive as you canter unfettered beneath blue skies. Throughout history, horse and rider have created one of the best marriages between human and beast. From ancient warriors on horseback to the valiant

By Lori Berezin Photography by Ken Bondy and the Bell Canyon Equestrian Center

riders of the Pony Express, this dynamic duo has developed a unique relationship that continues to this day. Fortunately, those living in the Conejo and San Fernando valleys can still ride this noble animal thanks to the Bell Canyon Association, a gated neighborhood with 27 miles of trails originally designed as an equestrian community and bordered by the serene Simi Hills. Since 1969, the Bell Canyon Equestrian Center (BCEC) has served as one of the area’s few full-service equestrian facilities. Bell Canyon residents and guest boarders can experience a variety of training, including English hunter/jumper, show jumping, and eventing. The BCEC is home to award-winning trainers Kelly Jennings of Cellardoor Equestrian and Mark Bone of Huntover. The only facility of its type ever designed and built by renowned architect Cliff May, the world-class BCEC has been under major renovations over the last year, including the main building. Thanks to the leadership of Bell Canyon Board of Directors Lisa Riccomini and Geoff Abadee, both the Main Arena and the Hillside Arena have new, premium, all-weather footing. The BCEC’s gorgeous grounds include four recently renovated barns with 74 box stalls, 14 updated pipe stalls, a refurbished round pen, wash racks, large turnouts, and sun pens, as well as a superb shaded picnic area and courtyard for all to enjoy.


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The BCEC is also home to the Bell Canyon Riding Academy (BCRA), which welcomes everyone, from beginners to advanced riders, children, and adults. Designed to develop educated, well-rounded riders, the BCRA aims to create a positive, lifelong connection between rider and horse. The staff fosters a fun, instructive environment, where correct principles are taught from the beginning and safety is a top priority. A 30-minute private lesson starts at $60 for residents and $65 for non-residents. The BCRA also provides semi-private group lessons and very popular Pony Camps several times a year, where kids can learn how to ride and care for horses. The school horses include Mia, a distinguished California equitation horse, and Rushmore, a patient mount who spent many years as a Boy Scouts horse, trail horse, and special companion to troubled youths. Besides the magic of the Bell Canyon landscape, it is the love and stewardship of the residents in Bell Canyon who have contributed to the renaissance of the equestrian center that have made it a lovely and loved feature of Bell Canyon. n Bell Canyon Equestrian Center 29 Baymare Rd. Bell Canyon 818.346.9879 IG: @BellCanyonEquestrianCenter

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By Irene Marshall

In a world where we always have a camera at our finger tips, you would think we would be getting tired of family photos. But we aren’t. Family photos document events and times in our lives we want to remember. They become a recording of family history. Family photographs tell a story. And from these photographs, we can see the relationships within the family. We are thrilled to share some wonderful local families who chose to share their special moments and history with us. 1. Selena and Bronx O’Connor 2. Maurizio, Tina, Valentina, and Mia Moraccini 3. Farnaz, Persia, and Maya Fardad-Finn and Patrick Finn 4. Ali, Sherry, and Sam Jorimi 5. Phil, Tanya, Avrick, Collen, and Maxton Altmann 6. Randy, Gayle, Brianna, and Brandon Barnes; Katrina and Geoff McBreen 7. Kelly, Brody, and Blake Parker 8. Billy, Laura, Billy Jr., Dali, and Chester Solano 9. Jason, Grady, Gavin, and Kim Lau 10. Philip and Ariana Berson 11. Nina Savelle-Rocklin, Kavanna and Zane Rocklin 12. Elaine, Teresa, and Gregg Kravitz; Seth and Chelsea Lake; Jeff, Alexandra, and Ella Cantle; Ginny Oyen 13. Sean, Sharon, Dan, Kearston, and Tilly Stepenosky 14. Rob, Dylan, Dee Dee, and Ethan Frank

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LARSEN’S STEAKHOUSE: CAJUN SHRIMP Ingredients 90/10 canola/olive oil blend 6 pieces of colossal shrimp (6-8 per pound) 1 tbsp. chopped garlic 1 oz. white wine 2 tbsp. lemon juice 2 tbsp. butter 1 tbsp. Cajun spice 2 oz. heavy cream

Directions In a large sauté pan, heat canola/olive oil blend and add shrimp. Cook shrimp for about 30 to 45 seconds or until lightly browned on the outside. Add chopped garlic, Cajun spice and lemon juice. Stir thoroughly to combine all ingredients. Sauté over medium high heat until all ingredients are fully combined and shrimp are almost fully cooked. Deglaze pan with white wine and briefly reduce. Next, finish cooking shrimp, and finish the sauce with butter and heavy cream. Remove shrimp from pan and place on serving plate. Reduce sauce on low heat until thickened, and then pour sauce over shrimp to plate. Serve immediately.

Larsen’s Steakhouse 6256 Topanga Canyon Blvd. Woodland Hills 818.704.1226 Other locations in Encino, Simi Valley, Oxnard

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DAVENPORT'S RESTAURANT: APPLE GLAZED TOMAHAWK PORK CHOPS Ingredients 1 Granny Smith apple 1 Apricot 1 Diced sweet onion Thyme Crushed black peppercorns 1/2 cup Apple cider 1 tsp. Apple cider vinegar 1 tsp. Brandy 2 oz. Apricot preserves

Directions Sweat the onions in a pot for 10 minutes, then add all of the ingredients except the apricot preserves into the same pot. Bring to a simmer, until it reduces by half. Remove from heat and stir in apricot preserves. This should give it a nice glaze and alleviate any added sugar to this simple recipe. Devenport’s uses Red Duroc pork, not Berkshire pork, as we feel it is the best. The pork is grilled over oak until it reads 150°. Rest grilled pork for 4 minutes and top each piece with 2 ounces of the glaze. Serve immediately.

Davenport's 16120 Ventura Blvd. Encino 818.855.1203

Chef Nigel Davenport

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Serving Size: 6 6 egg yolks 2 oz. butter 1 cup brown sugar 1/2 tsp. salt 1/3 tsp. vanilla extract 2 1/3 cup heavy cream Garnish: Whipped cream Caramel sauce (recipe follow), sea salt, roasted peanuts

Serving Size: 6 1/2 bunch Tuscan kale (also called lacinato kale), washed, stems removed and leaves cut into 1” strips 1 cup quinoa, rinsed well 1/4 cup blanched hazelnuts 4 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced 1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint 1/4 cup dried cranberries 1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese 1 scallion, washed and sliced thin 2 1/2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

Directions In a large bowl whisk together the egg yolks and set aside. Melt the butter over medium heat, whisk in the brown sugar and salt, stir in the vanilla and cook over medium heat until sugar darkens slightly and takes on a caramel fragrance, about 5 minutes. Turn the heat to medium low and whisk in the cream pouring slowly. The sugar will harden but will dissolve as you stir. Stir until it just begins to boil. Remove from heat and temper with egg yolks. Strain and pour into serving containers. Bake in water bath at 325 covered until custards are just set but still jiggly about 50 min. Caramel Sauce 1 cup sugar 1/4 cup water 1/4 of a stick butter 3/4 cup heavy cream Combine sugar and water in heavy bottom pan and cook until deep amber. Add the butter and stir until it melts and is well-blended. Add the cream a little at a time and stir, the sugar will harden but melt again. Stir until completely smooth. To serve top with a dollop of whipped cream, sprinkle with Maldon Salt, or other sea salt, drizzle with caramel sauce and chopped roasted peanuts.


Directions Heat 1 tbsp. of olive oil in a sauce pan and cook quinoa over medium heat until lightly toasted, about 2 minutes. Add 1 3/4 cups water (or use low-sodium chicken broth) and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, covered, until the liquid is absorbed, 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and let sit, covered, about 2 minutes. Meanwhile, “massage” the kale strips with 1 tbsp. of olive oil by rubbing between fingers until glossy and tender. Toast the hazelnuts in a skillet over medium-high heat, stirring, until golden, about 3 minutes; transfer to a plate. Add the remaining olive oil and garlic to the skillet and cook over medium heat, stirring, until golden, about 2 minutes. Transfer the garlic to the plate, reserving the oil. Fluff the quinoa with a fork and spread on a sheet tray to cool. When quinoa is cool add the nuts, garlic, reserved oil, parsley, mint, cranberries, goat cheese, kale, and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper and toss. Adjust with additional lemon juice or olive oil if necessary.


32037 Agoura Rd. Westlake Village 818.889.9105

32039 Agoura Rd. Westlake Village 818.483.1152

Chef Lisa Biondi

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MORTON’S THE STEAKHOUSE: NUESKE'S BACON STEAK WITH SWEET MUSTARD GLAZE Ingredients Bacon Steak 1 piece (approx. 6 lbs.) applewood smoked bacon slab ¼ cup ground black pepper ¼ cup light brown sugar Sweet Mustard Glaze ½ cup creole mustard ¼ cup honey ¼ cup molasses ¼ cup light brown sugar 1 ½ tsp. ground black pepper ½ tsp. ground cinnamon ¼ tsp. smoked paprika ¼ tsp. garlic powder Cayenne pepper (To taste)


Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Score fat cap of bacon slab diagonally ¼ inch apart and ¼ inch deep across entire slab. Repeat going in opposite direction. Mix sugar and pepper together. Spread mixture evenly over entire pork belly. Place wire rack inside roasting pan. Lay pork belly on rack. Cover pan with plastic wrap and aluminum foil. Bake for 2 hours 20 minutes. Place on cookie sheet to cool. Slice pork belly across the belly into 1/2 inch thick slices. Place all the ingredients for Sweet Mustard glaze into a small mixing bowl. Whisk together until sugar dissolves and ingredients are well incorporated. Place oil in large sauté pan over medium heat. When oil is hot, add sliced bacon to oil. Cover pan when cooking bacon. Cook both sides until deep golden brown. Place bacon on cookie sheet. Spread 1 tsp. of Sweet Mustard glaze on each slice. Sprinkle with 1/8 tsp. of pepper. Place bacon into 450 degree oven for 10 minutes. Place on plates, and drizzle Sweet Mustard glaze on slices. Garnish with parsley or watercress sprigs.



LOBSTER MASHED POTATOES Ingredients 16 oz. garlic mashed potatoes One each 1 1/4 lbs. live Maine lobster, fully cooked 1 oz. heavy cream 3 oz. whole salted butter, softened 2 tsp. Old Bay seasoning 2 tbsp. charred scallions (we recommend taking scallions and putting them on the grill to char them, it really adds to the flavor) 2 tsp. fresh chopped parsley

Directions Start with 16 oz. of garlic mashed potatoes, and keep hot until serving. Remove the shell from the cooked lobster, reserving all the edible meat. Chop up the lobster meat and add it to a medium sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add 1 oz. heavy cream and 3 oz. whole salted butter. Add 2 tsp. of Old Bay seasoning, and bring the lobster to a low simmer, until the butter has melted and the seasoning has been incorporated completely. The mixture should be hot and frothy, creamy and still emulsified. Add 1 tbsp. of the charred scallions. Place and mound the hot garlic mashed potatoes into a large bowl for serving. Spoon the hot pieces of lobster meat and pour melted butter sauce over the top of the garlic mashed potatoes using all the lobster and all the butter sauce. Garnish with the remaining 1 tbsp. charred scallions, sprinkle with chopped parsley, and serve immediately.



6250 Canoga Ave. Woodland Hills 818.703.7272

2087 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. Westlake Village 805.418.1811

Other location in Beverly Hills

Other locations in Malibu, Beverly Hills

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BLACK AND WHITE COOKIES Cookies: 2 ¼ cup white cake mix 1 cup + 2 tbsp. pastry flour 1 cup granulated sugar ¾ cup pastry margarine 5 eggs ½ cup 2% Milk 1 3/4 tbsp. lemon flavoring Frosting: 1 ½ cup powdered sugar 1 cup chocolate fudge 3 ¾ tbsp. corn syrup

Directions Preheat oven to 350˚F. Combine cake mix, pastry flour, sugar, eggs, milk, and lemon flavoring and mix until all blended together. Then add pastry margarine until blended, usually no longer than a minute or two. To form cookies, use a pastry bag to get the rounded shape. Bake cookies for 15 minutes, or until the edges of the cookies are a light brown. An inserted toothpick should come out clean. Frosting the Cookie Mix corn syrup with the powdered sugar until you have smooth frosting with no lumps. After allowing the cookies to cool, frost one half of the cookie, then allow that side to completely settle. Mix together chocolate fudge with a small amount of hot water and a very small amount of corn syrup to break up the thickness of the fudge. Once you’ve frosted the other half of your cookie, your cookies are ready to enjoy.

Brent’s Deli 2799 Townsgate Rd. Westlake Village 805.557.1882 Other location in Northridge

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18oz. rack of lamb 1 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored & cubed 4 thyme sprigs 10 oz. butternut squash, cubed ½ tsp. ground cinnamon ½ oz. light brown sugar ½ oz. candied pecans ¼ tsp. red pepper flakes Olive Oil Garlic Fresh sage Fresh rosemary Salt & pepper

Directions Peel, core, and slice the apple. Marinade the rack of lamb for 15 minutes with garlic, salt, pepper, 2 sprigs thyme, rosemary, and sage. On one side of baking sheet, toss the thyme and butternut squash with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Roast for ten minutes. Cook the rack of lamb on a medium non-stick pan over medium heat, coated in olive oil. (MR: 8-10 minutes, M: 12-14 minutes, MW: 14-16 minutes, W: 16-18 minutes). Add olive oil and apple cubes to a hot pan. Sprinkle with half the cinnamon, and toss to coat. Cook for about 4 minutes, until the apples soften. Add brown sugar, half the candied pecans, 1/3 cup water, and red pepper to the apple pan. Stir and bring to a simmer for about 2 minutes, until the sauce reduces to a light glaze. Season with salt and add remaining cinnamon. Place the roasted squash on one side of a rectangular plate and spoon the caramel sauce on the other. Garnish with thyme and remaining candied pecans.

Zin Bistro Americana 32131 Lindero Canyon Rd., #111 Westlake Village 818.865.0095

Chef Luis Narvaez

WEST VALLEY WC FOOD & WINE TOUR On September 12, Westfield AMC Promenade transformed the theater’s foyer into an exquisite party venue filled with guests from across the San Fernando Valley to host a culinary adventure—the 12th Annual Food & Wine Tour. The West Valley – Warner Center Chamber of Commerce worked diligently to ensure the event was a success, and as always, it was. Members of the Chamber of Commerce gathered with community leaders and business women and men for the opportunity to explore different flavors, meet new people, and experience local favorites in the food and beverage industry. A variety of the Valley’s most-loved restaurants and businesses showcased their food, wine, and services. The Local Peasant, Maggiano’s, and Corner Bakery were just a few of the West Valley restaurants serving their tastiest menu items. Local exhibitors pouring their favorite wine included Amazing Lash Studio, CMIT Solutions, and Fairwinds.

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Special thanks to owner Rouz Yazdanyar, and a shout out to GM and Event Coordinator Angelica Piantadosi and Mixologist Brittney Jones 32131 Lindero Cyn. Rd., #111 Westlake Village 818.865.0095

Photography by Ivonne Hive

1) LEMONCELLO SPRITZER 2 oz. Limoncello Liqueur 1 oz. White Cranberry Juice 1 oz. Club Soda *Garnish with frozen cranberries and serve in a wine glass


2) PEPPERMINT TWIST 1 ½ oz. Smirnoff Peppermint Twist Vodka 2 ½ oz. Bailey’s Irish Cream *Serve chilled in a martini glass with a crushed peppermint candy rim

3) DECK THE HALLS 1 ½ oz. Gin 1 oz. Tonic Water ½ oz. Orange Juice Splash of Simple Syrup *Garnish with frozen cranberries and rosemary sprig

4) SUGAR ‘N SPICE WHITE RUSSIAN 1 ½ oz. Smirnoff Cinna-Sugar Twist ½ oz. Half and half ½ oz. Kahlua *Garnish with Cinnamon Spice



1 ½ oz. Vodka 1 ½ oz. Ginger Beer ½ oz. Cranberry Juice ½ oz. Lime Juice *Garnish with frozen cranberries and rosemary sprig

6) SNOWMAN COCONUT MARTINI 2 oz. Chair Bay Coconut Rum 2 oz. Half and half ½ tsp. Vanilla *Serve chilled in a martini glass with a shaved coconut rim

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By Lori Berezin At Mastro’s Steakhouse in Thousand Oaks, everyone strives to create “Guests for Life.” If the succulent steaks and savory seafood don’t convince, the expert service and sophisticated atmosphere should. From the moment you enter the dining room, with its warm tones and rich black leather upholstery, you’ll feel a sense of anticipation. Perhaps you’d like to begin with a cocktail in the piano lounge or head straight into the dining room for some caviar or succulent lobster cocktail. Try their traditional heirloom tomato and burrata salad or the Spicy Mambo Salad for something a bit jazzier. Follow it up with a main course of Chilean sea bass, Alaskan king crab legs, or perfectly cooked twin lobster tails. Steak lovers will feel they’ve gone to heaven as they savor the out-of-this-world, 48-ounce, double-cut, porterhouse, juicy filet, available in three sizes, or tender rack of lamb with a side of Alaskan king crab, black truffle gnocchi, or colossal onion rings. Just when you feel you’ve had enough, the waiter tempts you with Mastro’s signature warm butter cake or a Johnnie Walker flight tray with that evening’s featured dessert. Treat yourself and your guests to some sweet sorbet or gelato and call it a night. Or listen to a few tunes in the piano lounge, offering music nightly from 6:30 p.m. to closing. Enjoy the Elderflower Martini or the Lemon Ginger Smash, a tangy mixture of Grey Goose Le Citron vodka, agave nectar, fresh lemon, Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur, and mint, served tall with a splash of Fever-Tree club soda. Or sample one of the featured cocktails or craft beer and toast your good fortune. The Thousand Oaks location of this legendary restaurant opened more than a decade ago on November 10, 2006. Situated in the heart of the city, directly across from the busy Civic Arts Plaza, it quickly gained a loyal following. So reservations are recommended, especially during the weekend. Remember to dress up. There’s a bit of a dress code in this upscale eatery. Mastro’s rigorously trains its staff on the food, wine, and spirits. Everyone, from the executive chef to the maître d', goes above and beyond to make diners feel right at home, only better. It’s easy to see why guests return again and again for a romantic evening or special occasion. There’s also a semi-private dining area that holds up to 180 guests, perfect for holiday gatherings and other celebrations. The restaurant is open for dinner only. While they feature different items each night, the steak and seafood menu remains essentially constant. It’s nice to know what to expect, especially when Mastro’s always aims to exceed expectations. n Mastro’s Steakhouse 2087 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. Thousand Oaks 805.418.1811

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Barriers to

Financial Success

By Mark Wendell

Imagine our country if all citizens were focused on the quest for

ly financial transactions that could be harmful or beneficial to your

retirement financial security. Most people are their own worst ene-

long-term financial picture. Doing research on the internet and/or

mies while attempting to manage their wealth. When we consider

consulting professionals prior to your financial transactions may be

that the quality of our lives is the culmination of the financial deci-

well worth the time and money spent.

sions we make each day, if we tend to make more bad decisions than good decisions or, worse, if we can’t make decisions at all,

Following the herd – While investing, many people have a fear of

it shouldn’t be a surprise that financial security remains elusive for

being left behind, which is why there is a human tendency to fol-

many retirees in all financial brackets.

low the herd in times of stock market exuberance or panic. Invariably, this leads to moving in and out of the market. To diminish this

When it comes to finances and investment decisions, many people

temptation, having a professional involved with your investments

are simply not wired to be able to make decisions dispassionately,

to guide you through the highs and lows may help smooth out your

without emotions clouding their reasoning, and that’s when peo-

emotional and impulsive nature.

ple tend to make the most behavioral mistakes with their financial decisions. Understanding these behavioral mistakes and how to

Procrastinating – Procrastination, typically brought on by the in-

avoid them is crucial to achieving financial security.

ability to make decisions, is one of the primary causes of financial distress. This distress is a reason people procrastinate further and is

Impulse purchases – We’re all prone to an impulse purchase now

usually due to their inability to perceive the importance of placing

and then, but for some people, it’s more of a pattern than a one-

financial matters high on a daily to-do list.

off indulgence. And when these purchases add to debt, the damage is compounded. Paying the debt on yesterday’s pleasures

Trying to avoid risk – With little or no risk, there are small investment

with today’s income is self-defeating, especially when items pur-

returns. A moderate degree of investment risk will provide higher

chased are depreciating expenses versus wealth-building appre-

levels of returns over a long-time horizon that will provide higher

ciating assets or income-producing tools.

net-worth balances at retirement. We must consider other insidious forms of risk that may have a corrosive effect on our wealth: infla-

Using bonuses or income increases to add to lifestyle and not

tion risk, longevity risk, insurance risk, and interest-rate risk.

savings – When people lack a goal, a vision, or a purpose, they are more likely to want more lifestyle than savings. You will thank

People who have well-defined goals, a clear career/life purpose,

yourself later by putting a portion of your increased compensation

an ear for professional guidance, a proactive attitude concerning

away for a higher-quality retirement.

wealth, and a thoughtfully prepared plan in place are better able to check their emotions and muster the necessary discipline to fol-

Not paying attention to income-to-equity conversion – Often over-

low a plan to achieve finan-

looked as a strategy to grow wealth, paying down debt faster than

cial security. In doing so, they

required is a simple strategy, such as paying additional principal

are more likely to avoid many

payments monthly on your credit cards, mortgages, and car pay-

behavioral mistakes that can

ments. This strategy will help grow net worth by lowering your debt

become a barrier to growing

to income ratio more quickly.

retirement wealth.

Not tracking progress monthly in a spreadsheet – If growing wealth

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year after year is important to you, a vital monthly exercise must be your use of a budget spreadsheet and a net-worth computation that reflects your monthly growth or shrinkage of wealth. Complacency is a common reason why this important step is not taken. Ignoring tax implications in your daily financial affairs – Due to the complex U.S. tax code, there are frequent ramifications to your dai-


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Rain or shine, residents and visitors flock to Old Town Calabasas where a weekly farmers market replaces the old general store. Local vendors bring their fresh and exotic fruits, vegetables, flowers, baked goods, and prepared foods to go.

november NOVEMBER 8, 6PM – 10PM & NOVEMBER 9, 10AM – 6PM 38TH ANNUAL GINGERBREAD BOUTIQUE Join the Westlake Village Junior Women's Club (WVJWC) for a fun shopping experience. Gingerbread is your one-stop shop for all your holiday gifting needs. They have over 35 vendors— something for everyone. Thursday night grab your friends for their girls’ night out. Your $20 ticket gets you entry, a raffle ticket for the amazing gift basket, photo booth participation, dinner, drinks, and dessert. On Friday, go by any time and check people off your shopping list. Located at St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church in Westlake Village. For more information, visit

NOVEMBER 9, 6PM – 9PM 10TH ANNUAL TASTE OF CONEJO The 10th Annual Taste of Conejo, presented by the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce, returns to the Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village. Food and wine enthusiasts will enjoy an all-inclusive evening of exceptional food, wine, beer, and spirit tastings from over 60 local restaurants, breweries, and wineries. Returning favorites will be creating unique guest experiences, including a caramel apple dipping bar from Newberry Candy, martini tastings via an ice luge from Partysserie, and a strawberry fondue station by Celebrate Sweetly. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

NOVEMBER 9 – NOVEMBER 17 CURTAINS PRESENTED BY THE PEPPERDINE THEATRE DEPARTMENT It's the brassy, bright, and promising year of 1959. Boston's Colonial Theatre is hosting the opening-night performance of a new musical. When the leading lady mysteriously dies on stage, the entire cast and crew are suspects. Enter a local detective, who just happens to be a musical-theatre fan! Curtains is the final musical from the American musical-theatre composing giants Kander and Ebb, who brought us such works as Cabaret, Chicago, and Kiss of the Spider Woman. The original Broadway production garnered eight nominations at the 2007 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Located

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VALLEY WOMEN’S CLUB LUNCHEON The Valley Women’s Center hosted its annual fundraiser at Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Woodland Hills on September 23. Jerry O’Connell hosted the event while event co-chair Landon Newson (also known by Matriarch) gave a moving performance in tribute to honoree Captain Kathleen Ryan, a female trailblazer in law enforcement. Captain Ryan has been at the forefront combatting sex crimes, violent offenses, and homicides in Los Angeles. Also included in the day was a fashion show by M. Fredric, boutique shopping, a silent auction, and a raffle. Many community figures came out to show their support, including Mayor Bob Blumenfield and former Calabasas mayor and VWC board member Lucy Martin. Valley Women’s Center, run by director Lulu Kamatoy, provides therapy and resources to women, children, and families who have been victims of violence and domestic abuse or who suffer from addiction. They restore lives and reclaim family stability. To find out more, visit


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at Pepperdine University, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. For more information, visit

NOVEMBER 10 SPECIAL MASS TO HONOR VETERANS St. Mel Catholic Church in Woodland Hills is planning a mass and special event to honor all our many veterans of the armed forces. If you served, please submit your name, phone number or email address, and branch of service to Patrick Bobillo in the parish center at 818.340.6020 or pbobillo@stmel. org. Gold Star Families, St. Mel would also love to honor you and your sacrifice. Please reach out to Patrick if you have a family member that died during military operations.

NOVEMBER 28, 2PM – 5PM 5TH ANNUAL SOLIS FAMILY READING FESTIVAL This free event is a day of family-friendly entertainment, live music, and arts and crafts. All donations go to Literally Healing at the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, which uses books to lift the spirits of patients and their families, providing them a source of distraction during their recovery. Children and parents alike will delight in the reading of their favorite books by their teachers, principals, firemen, policemen, city councilmembers, and even the mayor! Activities include a video booth, therapy animals, arts and crafts, and a raffle. Located at Founders Hall, 200 Civic Center Way, Calabasas. For more information, contact

NOVEMBER 30, 8PM & DEC 1 AND 2 CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL CONCERTS “STAR OF WONDER” The Cal Lutheran Choral Ensembles and University String Symphony combine forces to present the annual Christmas Festival Concerts. Welcome the holiday season with this special musical gift, featuring a narrated performance of Christmas music guaranteed to put you in the holiday mood. As always, the program for this longest-running annual event will include delightful lesser-known carols as well as familiar favorites. Wyant Morton and Yoshika Masuda conduct. Doors open one hour before the concert. Tickets are $15 and must be purchased in advance. For tickets and information, call the Music Department at 805.493.3305 or visit

december DECEMBER 1 – DECEMBER 2 HOLIDAY HOMES TOUR For 25 years, Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara (CSCVVSB) has been showcasing family traditions and beautifully decorated homes in the Conejo Valley. This year’s homes are located on Westlake Island and in Westlake Village and Agoura Hills. Tickets sales go directly to help families cope with cancer. CSCVVSB offers support services free of charge to our community. Enjoy this festive experience while

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15th Annual Motor4Toys Charity Car Show and Toy Drive

By Dustin Troyan thal Photographyby Tommy Huth & David Rosen

The 15th Annual Motor4Toys Charity Car Show and Toy Drive will take place on Sunday, December 2, at Pierce College. The presenting sponsor of the event is the Keyes Automotive Group who will be adding tremendous value to the event and toy drive. The car community and community at large always supports this great event by coming out in record numbers. Cars from all over the Western United States will show up with cars packed with toys to donate to underprivileged children. It has become an annual tradition for thousands of people, and we will collect tens of thousands of toys! This year, we have a new venue, Pierce College. We expect to fill every single spot at the college with show cars. Just about every car club imaginable comes out to support the event, from Ferraris and Lamborghinis to classics, imports, hot rods, 4x4s, and everything in between. Over the last 14 years, Motor4Toys has collected well over $5,000,000 in toys distributed to children in need all over the state. A little grassroots movement has turned into one of the largest toy drives in the state. Motor4Toys has continued to grow outside of the car community. Partnering with schools, businesses, clubs, and volunteer organizations, it is the foundation’s goal to include as many people as possible who can assist during the holiday season. Our goal is to grow outside of the car community and to hopefully cover the entire state of California, helping as many kids as possible. We would also like to dedicate this year’s event to our good friend Jim Ring. You are missed and loved. For more information, to participate, or donate, please visit n


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helping fund programs that provide hope to thousands of cancer patients and their families. It’s the best gift ever! For more information, visit

DECEMBER 1 – DECEMBER 24 FULL-SERVICE HOLIDAY GIFT WRAPPING UCAAN is offering full-service gift wrapping at The Oaks shopping center this holiday season, with a large assortment of wrapping paper for Christmas, Hanukkah, birthdays, New Year’s, and more. UCAAN now offers text and pick-up service too! When gifts are ready for pickup, they text clients to let them know. All donations benefit UCAAN, a nationwide grassroots cancer organization focused on bridging the gap between cancer patients and their immediate needs. Suggested donations are $3 to $5 for small gifts, $5 to $7 for medium gifts, $7 to $10 for large gifts, and $10 to $15 for XL gifts. Located on the 2nd floor of The Oaks next to Sleep Number in the outdoor part of the shopping center. For more information, visit

DECEMBER 2, 6:30AM - NOON MOTOR4TOYS CHARITY CAR SHOW & TOY DRIVE Motor 4 Toys’ mission is to bring the motorsport community together for the holidays to collect as many toys as possible for less-fortunate children. Entrance to the event is free for everyone. They ask that each guest bring at least one new, unwrapped toy valued at over $10. Join them for a beautiful, sunny day with the most spectacular high-end automobiles the world has to offer...and all for a wonderful cause! Located at Pierce College, 6201 Winnetka Av., Woodland Hills. For more information, visit

DECEMBER 8, 1:30PM – 3:30PM SANTA AT REYES ADOBE Santa will at the Reyes Adobe Historical Site at 30400 Rainbow Crest Drive in Agoura Hills. Holiday activities geared towards kids ages 3 to 8. Admission is $2 per person and free for children under age 2. For more information, contact the Agoura Hills Recreation & Event Center at 818.597.7361 or visit

DECEMBER 15 & 16, 2PM AND 7PM THE NUTCRACKER PRESENTED BY PACIFIC FESTIVAL BALLET This 25th Nutcracker season promises visions of sugar plums and a 100% chance of snowfall on the audience! New York City Ballet guest artists Tiler Peck and Gonzalo Garcia return to join their resident company. Complete with opulent sets, costumes, and dazzling choreography for a mega cast, including Kalinin Russian Dance Troupe. Located at Fred Kavli Theatre, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Boulevard, Thousand Oaks. To purchase tickets, visit Send in any calendar submissions three months in advance to:

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FATHER-SON FANTASY FOOTBALL DRAFT It was a fun-filled Labor Day for fathers and sons who joined together for a special bonding event at The Stand, enjoying tasty snacks and each other’s company. The 11 pairs of local Calabasas fathers and sons held their 7th annual fantasy football draft, but it was the first time they ever held their draft at a local restaurant. Danny Bennish and all of the fantasy football league's participants extend a special thank you to the recently opened restaurant, The Stand, for hosting their special event.

PAINT THE TOWN PINK The Oaks Mall and Los Robles Hospital joined together to kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month on October 2 with a fun night out for all who attended to raise funds for Cancer Support Community. Attendees enjoyed signature cocktails,




desserts, and a fabulous silent auction. Celebrating more than two decades of providing support, education, and hope to people fighting cancer, the Cancer Support Community serves more than 3,200 local residents affected by cancer each year. Among their priorities are enhancing the health and well-being of those affected through professionally led support groups, educational workshops, nutrition, exercise programs, and mind/body connection classes. The Cancer Support Community allows people with cancer the opportunity to learn vital skills that enable them to regain control, reduce isolation, and restore hope. For more information or to make a donation, visit


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21ST MAYOR STATE OF THE CITY ADDRESS With a focus on “building bridges,” advocating the need for stronger gun control, and spotlighting the completion of the Lost Hills freeway overpass, Mayor Fred Gaines delivered the City’s 21st Annual State of the City Address on Thursday, September 20; for the first time, the speech was given outdoors in the Calabasas Civic Center Amphitheatre. With a special introduction by National Merit Scholarship semifinalist Sanath Sengupta, Gaines recapped the City’s accomplishments over the past year while providing those in attendance with a look at upcoming projects and goals. Gaines named Calabasas resident Mark Sikand as Citizen of the Year, honoring him for his work with the Calabasas Planning Commission and other community service activities. Gaines paid tribute to the forward-thinking residents of the City, noting that Calabasas has “the greatest people in the greatest town, and that’s how we’re going to build a bridge to the future.”

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Cinque Terre

Journey to the Heart of the Italian Riviera By Lori Berezin and Irene Marshall

town by a tunnel under a medieval castle. Visit the Church of San Francesco, with its impressive Van Dyck crucifixion

A visit to Italy’s charming, jewel-colored Cinque Terre region

painting. Sunbathe and stroll along the romantic promenade

will capture your heart and revitalize your spirit. Dotting the

then catch a golden sunset at a seaside bar with locals and

rugged Northwest Ligurian coast, this remote portion of the

fellow travelers.

Italian Riviera contains five-centuries-old fishing villages stretching languidly between Genoa and Pisa. Its name,

Head south towards beautiful Vernazza. Climb its mountainous

in Ligurian, means “Five Lands.” Perched high above the

terrain past olive trees and stunning terraced vineyards dug

boundless Mediterranean, these towns, north to south,

right into the landscape to the shrine of Nostra Signora Di

include Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola,

Reggio (Our Lady of Reggio). Visit the ancient Doria Castle,

and Riomaggiore. Each possesses its own dialect and other

14th-century Santa Margherita d'Antiochia Church, and

unique qualities worthy of exploration.

16th-century Belforte Tower. Toast the day under a shady

Monterosso al Mare and Vernazza: Two Gems by the Sea

umbrella drinking refreshing Aperol spritzers by the sea.

The popular Monterosso al Mare has the biggest beach and

Corniglia and Manarola: Small in Size, Large in Beauty

grandest assortment of hotels. It is also the only town that

Corniglia is the area’s smallest, most-remote village. Still, it

allows cars. The resort area is separated from the historic old

offers a cornucopia of culinary delights with more than 20


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restaurants along its winding, cobblestone streets. It is the only town unreachable by boat. You can, however, take the train to this enchanting spot. The second-smallest town, Manarola, is no less incredible, with its craggy shores, sweet SciacchetrĂ wine, ancient relics, and revered hilltop cemetery, boasting views of the Italian coastline and timeless Mediterranean.

Riomaggiore: Rustic Cuisine to the East Nestled in a valley, the easternmost Riomaggiore is alive with medieval churches whispering tales of ages past and authentic local cuisine, including delicate anchovies fished daily from nearby seas; focaccia bread, which originated in this region; and pasta al pesto, created lovingly with local basil, garlic, pine nuts, and olive oil. Drink in the scenery along the tiny harbor.

Cinque Terre National Park The stunning Cinque Terre region is also a national park, with more than 75 miles of glorious trails. You can crisscross the area or take the coastal route that once linked all five villages— known as Sentiero Azzurro. The pathway between Manarola and Corniglia, however, is currently closed. Many also visit via cruise ship or train through long tunnels first carved during the 1870s. Whichever way you arrive, you’re likely to leave with one word in mind: magnifico! n

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MORTON’S THE STEAKHOUSE 6250 Canoga Ave., Woodland Hills 818.703.7272 |

DAVENPORT’S RESTAURANT 16120 Ventura Blvd., Encino 818.855.1203 |

Morton’s The Steakhouse Woodland Hills is the perfect destination for dinner with an extensive wine collection, USDA prime-aged beef, succulent seafood, and decadent desserts.

Enjoy fresh seafood, steaks, sushi, and chef-inspired cocktails in a comfortable atmosphere. Dine on the patio with fire pits, a wonderful place to relax and enjoy good food and friends.



BRENT’S DELI 2799 Townsgate Rd., Westlake Village 805.557.1882 | for additional location

THE STONEHAUS 32039 Agoura Rd., Westlake Village 818.483.1152 |

Free appetizers from 4-6:30 p.m. Mon-Fri, $5 well drinks and appetizers from 3-6:30 p.m. on weekends. We didn’t invent Happy Hour, we just made it better!

This venue is the area’s most popular “meeting place” where guests can relax over coffee or wine– New menu with healthy breakfast, lunch, and dinner items. On the grounds of the Westlake Village Inn.



LARSEN’S STEAKHOUSE 6256 Topanga Cyn. Blvd., #2280, Woodland Hills 818.704.1226 |

MEDITERRANEO 32037 Agoura Rd., Westlake Village 818.889.9105 |

Larsen’s Steakhouse is an upscale steakhouse offering the finest prime steaks and freshest seafood. Choose a wine from their extensive list with over 300 wines available.

Mediterraneo is a top Zagat-rated restaurant and bar serving fresh, European-style cuisine with unparalleled quality and value. Located on the grounds of the beautiful Westlake Village Inn.


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Wine & Dine NIGHTLIFE BOGIES BAR AND LOUNGE 32001 Agoura Rd., Westlake Village 818.889.2394 | Enjoy the ambience at the new Vista Terrace Patio with lake views and lush lounge seating. Enjoy craft cocktails with live music and great DJ’s at this hot nightclub!

STEAKHOUSE MASTRO’S STEAKHOUSE & OCEAN CLUB 2087 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks | 805.418.1811 18412 PCH, Malibu | 310.454.4357 | Mastro’s Steakhouse offers a menu of the best prime steaks and premium fresh seafood, served in a sophisticated, classic atmosphere. The result is a truly unparalleled dining experience.

ZIN BISTRO JUMPS IN FOR BREAST CANCER Each year, Zin Bistro Americana in Westlake Village partners with Susan G. Koman for the Cure to help raise money for breast cancer awareness and research. The entire restaurant, staff, and customers were decked out in all pink to show their support for breast cancer awareness.In addition to donating a percentage of the restaurant’s sales for the day, the staff col-


lects additional donations so that the owner, Rouz Yazdanyar,

ZIN BISTRO AMERICANA 32131 Lindero Cyn. Rd., Westlake Village 818.865.0095 |

fall short of exciting and impressive—unfailingly increasing do-

Nostalgic cuisine with a synergy of cultural flavors. Beautiful lakeside setting. Sunday brunch is popular with locals. Thursday through Sunday evening for live music and dinner on the lake!

jumps in the lake in a pink tutu. This incentive never ceases to nations! Both this year and last, Maurizio of Rustico restaurant in Oak Park joined in on the fun, with both restaurant owners jumping in the lake dressed in pink tutus. Zin Bistro Americana proudly supports Susan G. Komen for the Cure in increasing breast cancer awareness and finding a cure.

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Real Estate “Now, one thing I tell everyone is learn about real estate. Repeat after me: real state provides the highest returns, the greatest values, and the least risk.” Armstrong Williams


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Welcome to Villa de la Palmas Spanish Hills Country Club Estates in Camarillo | Offered at $2,598,000

Prestigiously located in the upscale community of Spanish Hills in Camarillo. This extraordinary and privately gated estate was custom built in 2000, boasting approx. 7,000± sq. ft. of luxury living at its very finest. Upon entering, you are presented with the cascading and stunning dual carrera marble staircase, and a grand crystal chandelier, with a spacious living room showcasing its huge custom carved limestone fireplace. Honey Onyx stairs take you to the formal dining room of which are separated from the living room with majestic Corinthian pillars. Glistening sunlight comes through the beveled glass palladian windows. There is a state-of-the-art Neff German kitchen fit for the finest chef, and a home theatre-media room with a built in Phyliss Morris bar with oputlant green onyx counter tops. A gorgeous solid black walnut library with coffered ceilings, and a stunning marble fireplace, and staff quarters with private entry. Graced by 5 stunning bedroom suites, and 5 fabulous baths. The master suite is elegantly appointed, with stunning ocean views. A large exercise room i son the second level, with a stunning custom beveled dual glass door entry. The estate features finely crafted interiors through-out, combining classic and contemporary elements. European custom moldings with 24 carat gold leafing, French and Italian marbles, magnificent Italian crystal chandeliers. Set on a lush flat private acre, close to the country club. The estates grounds also include canary palms, many established rose bushes, 10 fruit bearing trees, a grecian pool and spa with Italia hand painted tiles, and a built in outdoor marble kitchen, with a fabulous outdoor fire pit with bench seating. This extraordinary estate is waiting for its buyer. Stunning, serene, luxurious and located in the best climate cities in Southern California.

Michelle M. Ouellette Estates Director Michelle Ouellette Estates Group

Mobile: 805.427.1333

Sotheby’s International Realty 3075 Townsgate Road, #100 Westlake Village, CA 91361 Mobile: 805.427.1333 DRE#00976687

Sotheby’s International Realty and the Sotheby’s International Realty logo are registered (or unregistered) service marks used with permission. Operated by Sotheby’s International Realty, Inc. Real estate agents affiliated with Sotheby’s International Realty, Inc. are independent contractor sales associates and are not employees of Sotheby’s International Realty, Inc. SIR DRE: 899496

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Sq. ft.

List Price

Sales Price

24652 Via Tecolote

Calabasas Hills




24868 Paseo Primario

Calabasas Hills




24278 Park Granada





23430 Park Hacienda

Classic Calabasas




4516 Park Livorno

Classic Calabasas




4602 Park Mirasol

Calabasas Lake




23318 Park Sorrento

Calabasas Lake




23163 Park Pinta





23180 Park Blanco





3619 Calle Joaquin

Calabasas Park Estates




24915 Palmilla

Calabasas Park Estates




3902 Coral





22335 Cairnloch

Mulholland Heights




22522 Faubion

Mulwood Heights




27010 Dunne

Calabasas View




26535 Alsace

Mont Calabasas




5815 Reefton

Mountain View




25515 Gaylord

Mountain View




25522 Hamilton

Mountain View




25273 Prado De La Puma

The Oaks




23557 Long Valley

Hidden Hills




24835 Eldorado Meadow

Hidden Hills




25039 Lewis and Clark

Hidden Hills




24884 Jim Bridger

Hidden Hills




24520 Wingfield

Hidden Hills




5550 Bonneville

Hidden Hills




*Sales represent closed transactions between 9/1/2018-10/15/2018 (Standard Sales only)

Information based on information from the CRIS-Net Regional FT MLS as of 10/1/17. Display of MLS data is deemed reliable but is not guaranteed accurate by the MLS. The Broker/Agent providing the information contained herein may or may not have been Listing and/or Selling Agent. CALBRE#01491245 Š2018 BHH Affiliates, LLC. An independently operated subsidiary of HoneServices of America, Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate, and a franchisee of BHH Affiliates, LLC Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices and the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices symbol are registered service marks of HomeServeces of America, Inc.Ž Equal Housing Opportunity.Calabasas Style 203


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OFFERED AT: $5,750,000

MARC SHEVIN | 818.251.2456 RORY SHEVIN | 818.251.2476 THESHEVINS.COM Marc: DRE #00559629

Rory: DRE #00671618

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