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"Embrace each season of life, for every sunset is a promise of a new dawn, and every ending a seed for a fresh beginning."

As the sun sets on another glorious summer, it is a bittersweet moment when we can finally reflect on sun-soaked days, backyard barbecues, and cherished staycations. While we bid adieu to summer, there is so much joy in embracing the calming pace of autumn—one of my favorite seasons. What could be better than cooling weather, big cozy sweaters, and the comforting aroma of warm drinks?

This issue, we get up close and personal with the Parmar family—Monica, Sunny, Neyha, and Navin. They are the epitome of what makes Calabasas such a warm and welcoming place to live. Passionate about giving back, they embody the very sense of community that we all love about our beautiful city.

As the school bells ring in a new academic year, we have got you covered on everything education-focused. Our backto-school special highlights the most exceptional schools, educational centers, and activities within the Calabasas area. These are the resources that make our community not just a great place to live but also a fantastic place to grow and learn.

I want to take a moment to acknowledge the immense effort it takes to bring each issue to life. It's a labor of love, sweat, and yes, sometimes tears—always good ones, I promise! I'm incredibly thankful to work with such a dedicated team. It truly takes a small village to create this magazine, and I couldn't be more grateful to our advertisers and—you, our loyal readers— for supporting us in doing what we love most: celebrating the incredible people who make up our community.

We hope this issue of Calabasas Style Magazine brings you as much joy as it has brought us in creating it. Until next month, wrap yourself in that big sweater, sip your favorite warm drink, and settle into the beauty of autumn in Calabasas.

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September 27th - October 1st

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The 10th Annual Calabasas Film Festival showcases major film premieres, student films, documentaries, and top-quality film selections from all genres that are guaranteed to entertain. CFF provides the community with an opportunity to connect over mutual passions for film and television while enjoying local wines, culinary arts, and entertainment.

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The streets of Calabasas will be paved with red carpets for a very special experience this fall—the 10th Annual Calabasas Film Festival (CFF). Join our fabulous community as many of Calabasas’ most talented residents join forces for this must-attend, five-day, fun-filled event, complete with hand-selected film premieres and lively, catered cocktail hours and afterparties. Created as a nonprofit platform for avid movie-goers, studio executives, and key players in the entertainment industry, CFF celebrates all things film by showcasing a mix of award-winning features, documentaries, and shorts.

Sisters and festival co-directors Kelley and Nicole Fries are dedicated to delivering an unforgettable festival experience by sparking conversations and captivating their guests. They credit their continuous success to their talented staff, volunteers, and board and the incredible support of the passionate residents of their headquarters in Calabasas—“where the heart of film lives.” With so many wildly talented neighbors working in the entertainment industry, the Fries sisters have taken advantage of the opportunity to bring together likeminded individuals and filmgoers within Calabasas and the surrounding areas to connect over mutual passions for film and television.

In the spirit of promoting the arts, supporting filmmakers, and inspiring film lovers, the Calabasas Film Festival traditionally dedicates its last day to honor, educate, and empower the future of the industry—local high school students who have submitted their films for judging by a panel of movie industry personnel. CFF firmly believes in the importance of keeping film alive within the education system by providing future directors, producers, and writers a path to accomplish their dreams and share their stories. With new sponsors and a fresh film lineup, this year is sure to be one for the books. Visit for more information. n

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The City of Calabasas hosted the third of four SunSets Concerts at Calabasas Lake on Sunday, August 6, with hundreds of kids, teens, adults, seniors, and furry friends in attendance. The concert featured the music of Fleetwood Mac from the band Twisted Gypsy, which had everyone singing and dancing along to all the famed hit songs. Mayor David Shapiro was on hand to thank the great City of Calabasas staff and the Calabasas Park Homeowners Association who partner to make the summer concerts series happen. The final SunSets Summer Concert took place on August 27, featuring Summer Soul Groove performing the best of Motown. The concerts are free to the public, and people are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs, picnics, and blankets. The events are held at the Calabasas Tennis & Swim Center and remain among the most popular city-sponsored events of the year.

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Installation Gala on August 8 was roaring in 1920s spirit. The newly appointed board of directors are Ann Carlton Bose, Phil Christie, Al Collins, Kathy Davis, immediate-past president Bob Epstein, Tim Gaspar, installed board president Mahsa Hadjiaghai, Steve Hornstein, Daniel Kashani, Shawn Kiley, Paul Lawler, Monique Mascari, Patrick Meherin, Rachel Tabak, Diane Taylor, Susan Tenzer J.D., Donald Weissman, and Dennis P. Zine. Councilmember Bob Blumenfield officiated the installation. The event was hosted by Mark Sterling and Rebecca Holden, and Sean McCarthy received a standing ovation for his community volunteerism. Award recipients included the Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley for the Ted O’Karma Memorial Award. Dennis T. DiBiase and Karen DiBiase were honored as the Chamber’s Volunteers of the Year with the Sean McCarthy Beautification Award. Bonnie Abel received the Ambassador of the Year Award for her commitment and enthusiasm that inspire the chamber every day.

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The 4th of July is always a special day in Calabasas, and this year was no exception. Residents started the day with the annual Lakeside Fun Run and Pet Show for the patriotic canines who attended. From noon to 5:30 p.m., the community enjoyed the Summer Splash Party at the Calabasas Tennis and Swim Center, featuring barbecues, tennis, free swimming, and games. The day concluded with the Calabasas fireworks spectacular at Calabasas High School, with a family fun zone featuring games, prizes, stilt walkers, music, and a great fireworks display. Mayor David Shapiro congratulated everyone on a fun, safe 4th of July, with special thanks to CPHA and their president, Richard Sherman, for use of the lake area, along with all city staff, including Jeff Campbell, Kathy Milbrand, and Director of Community Services Erica Green, stating that it was another reminder of what an incredible place Calabasas is and the great community spirit we share.

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Summertime brought joy and adventures with loved ones. Calabasas Style is thrilled to feature our community's cherished summer memories.

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1. Jimmy Trotter, Diane Bland, Gavin and Garrison Mathews 2. Sheva Linick 3. The Hettiarachchi Family 4. Barbara Alpert and granddaughters 5. The Hartoonian Family 6. Cindy Jacobson 7. Macy Russ 8. Drew Russ


The essence of summer lies in the shared memories of beach outings, barbecues, journeys, and joy ous laughter. These are the moments we treasure.

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1. Cristina and Korosh Borhani 2. The Mathews and Gustatis Families 3. Iris Stone and the Schoffer Family 4. Donna Petracca and Chief Denney 5. Jim and Lisa Osborn with Randy and Gayle Barnes 6. The Hernandez Family 7. Denise Marks and Doug Huberman 8. Eric and Donna Kopelow 9. Michel Handler
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Splashing pools, beachside fun, and ice cream treats— thanks for sharing your summer adventures with Calabasas Style Magazine.

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The Family Parmar

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Monica Parmar and her husband, Sunny, were drawn to the allure of Southern California's beauty and wanted to provide their children, Neyha and Navin, with an exceptional upbringing. With its small-town charm and topnotch school district, Calabasas emerged as their clear choice. A dozen years ago, they uprooted from Miami, Florida, and settled into the Oaks of Calabasas, embarking on their West Coast aspirations.

Both Sunny and Monica experienced the benefits of excellent public education in Canada. Monica's upbringing unfolded in a small town on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, where her father served as a public-school educator and a respected figure in the community. Their own children were born in Toronto, Ontario, where Sunny spent his formative years after relocating from the United Kingdom. Following a period in Miami, Sunny and Monica eventually discovered their forever home in Calabasas.

The Parmar’s adore Calabasas and its strong sense of community. “We are fortunate to have lived in this wonderful neighborhood for over a decade, surrounded by the exquisite Santa Monica Mountains and convenient amenities,” says Sunny. “The Oaks of Calabasas community gym is truly my sanctuary. It’s a place for me to tune out and breathe.” Sunny and Monica spend time playing tennis with Neyha and basketball with Navin or walking their furry family members, a 7-year-old Siberian husky named Java and adorable 6-month-old Yorkshire terrier, Cafecito. The family also enjoys dining at Crossroads, Pedalers Fork, and King’s Fish House and sipping their favorite coffee at Cafecito Cafe. The kids frequent the Barnes and Nobles bookstore and Regency movie theater, followed by Jeni’s for ice cream. Sunny and Monica also enjoy listening to cover bands at the Sagebrush Cantina and spending a night in beautiful old town Calabasas with friends.

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They are also very career minded. Sunny works as Global CFO for Regent LP, a private equity firm in Beverly Hills. After focusing on investment banking in Canada, he decided to delve into the private equity world and never looked back. He now helps transform businesses through operational improvements and strategic deployment of resources. The company’s diverse global portfolio spans technology, media, consumer products, retail, and industrial sectors. Retail companies such as Club Monaco, Drybar, Sassoon, Intermix, Alkagen, Diamondback, and Alta Cycling Group are just a few acquisitions on Sunny’s roster.

Monica’s background in the pharmaceutical industry includes work in Canada in compounding, retail pharmacy, and research and development. After moving to the United States, she decided to stay home to raise their children and become more active in the community. “I’ve enjoyed every minute of watching my kids grow up and being present in their daily lives,” she explains. “Some of my most cherished memories are daily school drop-off conversations, class projects, sports team travel days, and quick bites before tournaments. The days are long, but the years go by so fast. I’m so glad I could share such a huge part of their school years.”

Monica’s passion for science inspired her to empower other young women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math through the “Girls in STEM” project. She also worked with the American Heart Association and its “Go Red for Women” campaign, raising awareness of cardiovascular disease, the number-one killer of women. “This cause is truly personal for our family,” says Monica. “Plus, I’ve made so many wonderful relationships with physicians,

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philanthropists, and fundraisers through this amazing nonprofit. It was truly a full-circle moment of giving back while getting so much in return.”

The whole family enjoys paying it forward. Neyha graduated from Calabasas High School last year as a valedictorian, with numerous accolades for her academic success and community service work. She completed the AP Capstone™ diploma program, which helps develop students’ skills in research, analysis, evidence-based arguments, collaboration, writing, and presenting. She also received the California Scholarship Federation Gold Medal for outstanding students. Growing up in Calabasas, Neyha has been active in the community. She’s been an avid tennis player since the age of 5, competing in many local tournaments and eventually joining the Calabasas High School tennis team. She also served as a Peer Support Executive Member, advocating for student mental wellness on campus, and a tutor for the National English Honors Society. Some of Neyha’s fondest memories are the five years she shared with her mom being members of the National Charity League of the San Fernando Valley, working with amazing local philanthropies and new friends. A member of the Calabasas Coyote Girl’s tennis team, Neyha also competed with the Calabasas Swim and Tennis Center for years. Upon graduation, she received a scholarship to attend the University of Washington (UW) in Seattle in their honors program, where she currently majors in neuroscience, and she plans to attend medical school. Neyha also is continuing her philanthropic work, joining the University District Street Medicine program that helps the homeless get much needed medical attention.

Navin also hopes to make a difference in many lives within the field of medicine. Currently a senior at Calabasas High School, he looks forward to majoring in engineering. He recently completed his AP Capstone diploma, and his paper on the significance of AI (artificial intelligence) in healthcare will soon be published. Navin also coaches basketball, tutors young students, and works with the Calabasas Mayor’s Youth Council, where he leads their environmental subcommittee and participates in community leadership.

Navin’s passion for the environment began at a very young age, when he was a “green hero” on Bay Laurel Elementary’s student green team. He recently helped organize the city’s Arbor Day and Earth Day celebrations, spoke about water conservation practices with the Las Virgenes Municipal Water

The Parmars adore Calabasas and its strong sense of community.

District (LVMWD), and advocated for more sustainable businesses in Calabasas. His goal is to start a community gardening project to improve food insecurity issues at nearby shelters. Navin also believes that the Calabasas Commons sits at the heart of our community and has worked with the Caruso Management team to support additional improvements there. Impressed by their sustainable practices, he advocated for La La Land Kind Café to open.

Navin and his dad also share a lifelong passion for basketball. Sunny played in high school and college and volunteered as a coach with the Calabasas Recreation League. Both Sunny and Navin were involved with the league for eleven seasons. Navin currently plays for SoCal United and the Calabasas High School varsity team. Sunny also volunteers at many charitable basketball programs in inner-city L.A. as well as a nonprofit that teaches young people about the importance of financial independence.

Since the day the Parmars registered their children at Las Virgenes schools, Monica has been volunteering at every level—from room parenting, fundraising, and event planning to sitting on parent-faculty clubs (PFCs) and site councils that develop, review, and evaluate school improvement programs and budgets. She’s also served as a board member for nearly a decade and as vice president over the last three years for THE Foundation, a nonprofit parentvolunteer organization that works with the LVUSD and individual school PFCs to ensure that every child in the district receives the best education possible. “One of my favorite yearly fundraising events is The EVENT for LVUSD each June,” says Monica. “Through my years of volunteer work, I’m extremely fortunate to have formed wonderful relationships with local businesses and vendors while bring the community together to raise funding for such district-wide initiatives as class-size reduction and supporting much-needed counselors at every school. I am blessed to interface with so many amazing parents who work tirelessly to improve each child’s educational experience.” Monica’s work expanded from LVUSD to the City of Calabasas almost a decade ago. She is currently a commissioner for the city and has always advocated for the environment, small businesses, schools, and initiatives that local families care about.

The Parmars love Calabasas and look forward to continuing to support the area’s wonderful schools, small businesses, and amazing community programs for many years to come. We look forward to seeing what the future holds for this compassionate, altruistic family. n




The outdoor patio at Calabasas Country Club was transformed into a tropical setting for the Havana Nights club party. The evening included a special dinner buffet, specialty cocktails, and entertainment, including dancers and music performances by the Cuban Band “Cubaney,” that had everyone dancing to their great Latin beat. The dinner menu consisted of a Caribbean salad bar, ropa vieja, pan con lechon, Caribbean jerk chicken, fried tilapia with mango salsa, fried plantains, and habichuelas guisadas with besitos de coco and flan de queso for dessert.

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After months of thoughtful collaboration, Temple Aliyah and Shomrei Torah Synagogue, two prominent Jewish synagogues in the West San Fernando Valley, recently announced their merger, forming a new concept in Jewish communal participation that builds upon the traditional model of synagogue life. Under the new name, “Hamakom,” a Hebrew word that literally translates to “the place,” the best of both places of worship will create a welcoming and inclusive environment, embracing everyone interested in Jewish life, culture, and Torah. Both Rabbi Steward Vogel (formerly of Temple Aliyah) and Rabbi Richard Camras (formerly of Shomrei Torah Synagogue) will jointly serve as spiritual leaders.

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is committed to creating a new model that speaks to the next generation in search of a Jewish life.

With the hub of Hamakom situated on Valley Circle Boulevard, activities, programs, and services will be located throughout the community and online in order to reach and engage more people, fostering connections on a deeper and more meaningful level. Hamakom will continue to offer a wide range of religious services, including Shabbat and holiday observances; life cycle ceremonies, including B’nei Mitzvah; and educational programs for all ages, such as ECE Nursery School, religious school, and lifelong learning opportunities for adults.

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Calvary Community Church in Westlake Village hosted its inaugural car show on June 17, which was nothing short of a rousing success. With the assistance of approximately 85 church member volunteers, such as Mary Roberts and John Biggs, over 300 vehicles owned by local automotive enthusiasts motored into Calvary’s large parking area. One factor that separates the traditional Cars & Coffee from a car show is an award presentation that honors owners of the finest cars on display. Show trophies were handed out by Dick Thompson, seasoned adults ministry pastor, for a variety of award categories. But the event was not all about cars shining—the guests that arrived, adults and children—were all smiling as it was an enjoyable morning for attendees. Mark your calendars for June 15, 2024, as the second-annual event is already being planned. For more information, visit

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New Acclaimed Japanese Ramen Restaurant Opens in Topanga in October

Since arriving in the United States and opening his first JINYA Ramen Bar in the Los Angeles area in 2010, CEO and Founder Tomo Takahashi has been spreading the brand’s real ramen culture across the country to great effect. Now, the acclaimed Japanese restaurant is getting back to its roots this fall with a new corporately owned flagship location and training facility opening in Topanga on October 1.

Located in the Westfield Topanga Shopping Center, JINYA’s new restaurant marks its eighth in California as the brand inches closer to its 60th system-wide location, truly showcasing itself as the fastest-growing ramen concept in the country.

“I always had big dreams for JINYA when we first started, but I’m still so humbled at how quickly the public has embraced us over the years,” says Takahashi. “We’re

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so excited for this new restaurant in Topanga, not only because it allows us to share even more of our craft, but also because it will be a new headquarters of sorts for the brand, complete with a state-of-the-art training facility.”

One of the major reasons for JINYA’s rapid growth has been its commitment to using quality ingredients that seamlessly intertwine with authentic Japanese tradition. From a corporate standpoint, the brand also prides itself on being driven by the Japanese concept of Kaizen, or continual improvement, which has allowed for its skyrocketing growth over the past decade.

“I want all guests to experience true Japanese ramen,” Takahashi explains. “Our chefs are very meticulous in their methods of creating countless recipes, which includes developing broth flavors over the course of 20 hours and only using a specific brand of water to create consistency. That attention to detail is something that is ingrained in our culture at JINYA, and guests will see that displayed throughout our menu and restaurant design.”

JINYA invites guests to discover a wide array of authentic toppings, from tender pork chashu to shrimp wonton, and

then to elevate the experience further by pairing it with shared plates or craft beer. JINYA is ramen culture, where the relationship between broth and noodles is serious but delicious business.

Opening October 2023

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As the crisp autumn air sets in and the leaves turn vibrant shades of red and gold, it's the perfect time to gather friends and family for a harvest party. Originally celebrations of the bountiful yields reaped from the hard work of the year, harvest parties are an opportunity to come together, celebrate the autumn spirit, and create lasting memories. Whether you're a seasoned host or planning your first gathering, these ideas will ensure your harvest party is a resounding success.

Set a Festive Scene

Embrace the season by adorning your space with hay bales, cornstalks, pumpkins, gourds, and colorful leaves. Autumnal colors—such as deep oranges, yellows, and browns—are ideal for décor and table settings. Create a playlist featuring folk, bluegrass, and acoustic tunes that evoke a cozy ambiance.

Serve a Farm-to-Table Feast

Emphasize the connection to the fall harvest by creating a menu made of seasonal produce. Incorporate apples, pears, squash, and root vegetables into recipes like hearty soup, roasted meat, and delectable pie. Apple cider, spiced mulled wine, and pumpkin-flavored drinks add a cozy touch.

Encourage Costumes

In the spirit of Halloween, celebrate in style by asking guests to dress up. Have families choose a theme and dress each member accordingly. Plan costume competitions with special gift-basket prizes for a variety of categories, including most original, funniest, and best DIY.

Crafty Fall Fun

A pumpkin-carving station allows guests to let their creativity shine. Provide carving tools, stencils, and paints for an all-ages activity. A build-your-own caramel apple bar, make-your-own trail mix station, or even a pie-decorating corner double as lively entertainment and tasty snacks.

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Sun-Kissed Solutions

Helpful tips to keep your summer glow

Though we’ve bid farewell to summer, there's no need to kiss your golden skin goodbye. At-home tanning products offer the perfect solution to avoiding the risks associated with UV exposure while still maintaining a sun-kissed glow. With a few simple practices, you can achieve the perfect tan well into the autumn months and beyond.

Exfoliate : As weather turns colder, skin becomes drier, so regular exfoliation is crucial for maintaining an even tan. Twentyfour hours before applying any tan-enhancing products, prime skin with a gentle exfoliator to remove dead skin cells that can make your tan appear patchy and uneven. Pay particular attention to ankles, knees, and elbows.

Hydrate: One of the most overlooked aspects of self-tanning is hydrated skin. Self-tanning products can cling to very dry areas. Plus, properly moisturized skin retains its color better. Use a high-quality moisturizer daily to keep your skin hydrated and supple.

Stay consistent: To keep your off-season tan looking natural, take a gradual approach when applying self-tanning lotions. Consistent daily applications create a more subtle look. It’s also key to follow a skincare routine using a mild, hydrating cleanser to preserve your skin’s moisture barrier. Be sure to pat your skin dry gently after showering, as excessive rubbing can lead to blotchy tans.

Choose the right products: To extend the life of your tan, use products specifically designed to achieve your desired goal. There are a variety of products to choose from, including tinted moisturizers that subtly deepen your tan; self-tanning mousse to create a darker, instant glow; and serums that help maintain your ideal radiance.

Maintain a healthy diet: Believe it or not, your diet can influence your tan. Foods rich in carotenoids, such as carrots, sweet potatoes, and spinach, can contribute to the enhancement of your skin color—so you can preserve a healthy tan and body simultaneously. n

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Now that cooler weather is upon us, there is no better time to start swiping on a hydrating lip balm to protect and nourish your precious pout. With so many options claiming to do the same thing, it can be tough to narrow down the perfect product, which is why we recommend starting with the ingredient list.

First and foremost, it's important to look for natural ingredients that are gentle and nourishing for your lips, like beeswax, shea butter, cocoa butter, and coconut oil. Shea butter is a favorite emollient among dermatologists for its multi-tasking capability of drawing moisture into the skin while also sealing it in. Plus, it has anti-inflammatory properties which provide nice relief when dealing with painful, chapped lips. Vitamin E is another powerful antioxidant that can help prevent and delay cell damage while fending off free radicals. It is extremely moisturizing, soothing dryness and irritation.

It’s also worth noting that a small amount of the product you use on your lips is often ingested. Toxic chemicals, parabens, phthalates, and artificial flavors and colors have been linked to health concerns such as endocrine disruption and reproductive and developmental problems.

Many people prefer to avoid lip balms that contain artificial fragrances, sulfates, and petroleum-based ingredients that can potentially cause irritation or allergic reactions. Flavoring, like cinnamon, citrus, mint, and peppermint, while temptingly sweet, can be especially irritating.

Menthol, camphor, phenol, or any sort of alcohol-based ingredient may provide an immediate cooling sensation but may also irritate the skin. In some cases, these ingredients can even remove the outer layers of skin, leaving your lips unprotected and susceptible to environmental hazards.

Like the rest of your skin, your lips also need sun protection, so it’s best to use a lip balm with sunscreen to prevent sun damage if you’re heading outside. Dermatologists typically recommend an SPF of 15 or higher. Opt for safer ingredients, like zinc oxide or titanium oxide, to help block the UV rays.

With your perfect balm in hand, you’ll be set to protect that pout for whatever the fall brings, whether it be a stroll on the beach or a hike through the canyon or dining on the patio for your favorite brunch...perhaps even turning that pout into a smile. n

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Ruth Swissa, C.M.M., is a certified medical micropigmentation specialist and skin care expert whose family has been in the aesthetics field for three generations. Ruth is certified by the Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals (SPCP) and is known nationally for her outstanding work in the discipline of medical micropigmentation for her natural looking techniques. Swissa specializes in post-mastectomy micropigmentation for breast cancer survivors and has developed techniques to simulate realistic-yet-natural-looking areolas. This treatment is often characterized as the culmination of breast cancer recovery, restoring femininity and familiarity to the body and psyche of a survivor.

An areola tattoo is a less-invasive alternative to skingrafting nipple reconstruction procedures, which are often painful and prolonged. For many years, nipple reconstruction was the only available method


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‟Amazing,” “delicious,” “fantastic”—these are just a few of the many accolades that guests expressed during an intimate dining experience at Crossroads Kitchen in The Commons at Calabasas hosted by Caruso and Calabasas Style Magazine . Crossroads Kitchen, L.A.’s beloved plant-based fine-dining eatery, delighted local guests and business owners with a four-course dining experience on Monday, July 31, in the private dining room that features switch glass for complete privacy and stunning chandeliers and comfortably seats up to 20 people. To start, guests were served a tantalizing first course of watermelon salad and stuffed zucchini blossoms with almond ricotta cheese and marinara sauce. The second course consisted of kale Caeser salads and wood-fired Truffle Bianca Pizzas served family style. Three delectable dishes rounded out the main course: Fork and Knife Baba Ganoush, grilled zucchini with salsa verde, and Campanelle Bolognese with Impossible meat. To finish, guests indulged in a decadent desert

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for students and staff at Le Cordon Bleu campuses nationwide. He opened his first Crossroads at the corner of Melrose and Sweetzer in Los Angeles in 2013. In May of 2022, Crossroads’ second location in Las Vegas opened its doors shortly before the opening of the Calabasas location in October 2022. “Crossroads is not what people picture when they think of a vegan restaurant,” says Chef Tal. “Our patrons love the fact that we offer an upscale dining experience where vegans, meat eaters, and flexitarians can enjoy our creative plantbased takes on an array of Mediterranean-inspired dishes.”

With upscale décor and lighting, Crossroads Kitchen is the first plant-based restaurant in Calabasas to have a full bar with an inspired cocktail program. There are no obvious vegan cues, and most guests don't even make the connection that the menu is plant-based. Instead, patrons just know that the restaurant is comfortable and the food is satisfying and delicious. Tal explains that “Crossroads is defined not by what's missing, but by what it is—an intersection where vegans, flexitarians, omnivores, and meat eaters can cross paths to share a delicious meal and a good time. We believe great food should be enjoyed by everyone!”

Corporate Executive Chef Paul Zlatos, a graduate of the Scottsdale Culinary Institute, prepared the menu for the guests of Calabasas Style Magazine’s intimate dining experience. He was on hand to welcome attendees and shared insight on Crossroads’ seasonally rotating menu that sources ingredients at their peak and signature dishes that remain staples on the menu year-round.

course—a mini brownie sundae including ice cream, fudge sauce, coconut whip, and brandied cherries. Wine, beer, and alcohol-free beverage options, like the restaurant’s infamous Healthade Pomegranate Kombucha, flowed throughout the evening.

Local residents were thrilled that Tal Ronnen—plant-based culinary pioneer and author of the NYT bestselling cookbook The Conscious Cook —was opening his third Crossroads Kitchen location at The Commons at Calabasas. Chef Tal became known nationwide as the chef who prepared the meals for Oprah Winfrey’s 21-day cleanse. A graduate of the Natural Gourmet Institute, Tal conducts master vegetarian workshops

Crossroads Kitchen in Calabasas is open for lunch Monday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., for brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and for dinner Sunday through Thursday from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Enjoy the happy hour menu in the stylish, comfortable bar Monday through Friday from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. For more information, visit n

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The Calabasas Senior Center celebrated its seventh anniversary on June 22. The event marked seven successful years since the facility opened in June 2016. Seniors and city officials celebrated the anniversary by visiting and catching up with friends, enjoying refreshments and entertainment, and touring the facility to meet instructors and receive information on membership, programs, activities, clubs, and excursions. The facility offers classes, lectures, clubs, entertainment, excursions, and social gatherings to people 50+ in the greater Calabasas community. Refreshments were served and the rock band On Tap performed great hits from the 70s, 80s, and 90s.

Supervisor Kimberly Post said, “When you walk into the building, you’ll notice that we’re not your grandmother’s senior center. There’s a vibe of active, vibrant men and women, fifty years and better, enjoying classes like tai chi, yoga, and watercolor and oil painting and playing bridge, canasta, or Mah Jongg. There’s always something for everyone.”

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Summer Palooza Member Club Party

What’s a palooza? A wild, crazy, extravagant party, of course, where members and guests enjoyed a great night of live band karaoke, summer street food stations, lawn games, local beer and wine tastings, and lots of great dancing under the big outdoor tent. The Summer Palooza Party on July 27 was a huge hit enjoyed by all.

Summer Fitness Classes Heat Up as Temperatures Soar

As outdoor temperatures soared during the summer, members loved being able to work out in the cool comfort of the Club’s health and fitness center. Group classes included spin, body and yoga sculpt, high intensity interval training, mat Pilates, and stretch and flexibility mobility classes. One-on-one and semi-private Motivator sessions for personal training also helped members stay fit through the summer months.

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2023 Calabasas Men’s Club Championship

The Calabasas Men’s Club hosted their Annual Men’s Club Championship on Saturday, June 24, and Sunday, June 25. Both gross and net winners were awarded in the Individual Stroke Play event. The championship included tee prizes and trophies and a delicious buffet lunch. Men’s Club member Isi Tuanaki, who won the tournament in 2022, was once again this year’s Men’s Club Champion.

Fabulous Summer Fun for Kids

The Club knows that summers are special for their youngest members, so they went all out to host a slew of great kids’ events throughout July and August. Events included a Disney character brunch on July 22, laser tag for kids ages 4 to 12 on July 25, and a Super Mario Brothers dinner and movie night on August 10, where kids enjoyed meeting characters before enjoying a special screening of the summer’s biggest movie sensation.

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The McLaren 750s Spectrum

The 2024 McLaren 750S goes from standing to 60 mph in 2.7 seconds and has a top speed of 206 mph. It is more aerodynamic than its predecessor and offers more downforce. The power plant is a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 engine pushing 730-horsepower, and it is mated to a seven-speed sequential gearbox.

McLaren offers a very limited themed version: The Spectrum Theme—a stunning, new multi-tone-paint finish developed and applied by world-class paint technicians at McLaren Special Operations, which will be offered exclusively for the 750S.

“The Spectrum Theme takes what we can do at McLaren to the next level,” says Michael McDonagh, director of McLaren Special Operations. “A huge degree of attention and accuracy is required to ensure the lines of the Spectrum are completely sympathetic to the surface of the 750S’s incredible bodywork, and the new techniques we’ve developed to achieve this are a perfect match for the 750’s wide-ranging technical advances. The increasing complexity of what we can offer to customers, through themes like Spectrum, is testament to the incredible experience and expertise of our paint technicians at MSO.” For more information, visit n

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As the warmth of summer gradually fades and the anticipation of crisp fall days and the cold embrace of winter set in, there’s no better time to consider a transformative upgrade for one of the most iconic elements of your home—the fireplace. With its inherent charm, your fireplace not only provides physical warmth but also serves as the metaphorical heart of your home and can anchor and elevate your living space. Whether you’re yearning for a cozy evening in, a romantic ambiance, or a focal point that captivates your guests, a newly designed fireplace can do the trick.

The process of enhancing your fireplace experience begins with a visit to the stone yard, where the possibilities are as endless as the stones themselves. The act of hand-selecting materials adds a personal touch and a sense of connection to your home. Consider embracing contrast by blending a black hearth with a unique and exotic stone. This fusion of the traditional and the extraordinary creates visual intrigue that draws attention even when the fireplace isn’t lit. Each stone has a story etched in its grains, a history that complements your living space. The asymmetrical veining and touch of rust in the marble I chose for my fireplace was the inspiration for the color palette in my living room.

While materials lay the foundation for your upgraded fireplace, it’s the finer details that truly infuse character and sophistication. Dramatic edge detail and precise right angles bring an architectural dimension that turns heads. The interplay of light and shadow against these textured surfaces adds an element of drama and inspires conversation. Every line and contour contribute to the aesthetic, making your fireplace more than just a source of warmth—it becomes a focal point as well.

An important thing to consider is the scale and height. Much like furniture, these dimensions are crucial for the balance of the room. A larger fireplace exudes grandeur and invites larger gatherings, perfect for those upcoming winter parties. On the other hand, a more intimate scale provides a cozier setting, ideal for a quiet night alone or an intimate conversation. Height, too, plays a crucial role. A soaring fireplace exudes a sense of majesty, while a lower profile fosters an approachable ambiance.

One of the most exciting aspects of upgrading your fireplace is the limitless customizability it offers. Fireplaces are, at their core, blank canvases just waiting for your creative stroke. Each element—from the mantel to the surround, from the hearth to the façade—can be tailored to reflect your personal taste and style. This bespoke approach ensures that your fireplace not only fits seamlessly within your existing decor but also becomes a centerpiece that resonates with your unique personality. Whether your aesthetic leans towards the classical, the contemporary, or a fusion of both, your upgraded fireplace becomes a statement of artistic self-expression.

As the seasons transition, so too do your needs and desires. A fireplace that was once merely a functional necessity evolves into a design element that shapes the ambiance and character of your home. Including it in the design and space planning, it draws loved ones together and provides a tranquil ambiance during cold nights. With its ability to transform and adapt, a well-crafted fireplace is an excellent example of good design.

The fireplace, with its timeless charm and potential to transform, presents a unique opportunity for enhancement. From the selection of stone to the architectural finesse of mitering and angles, every detail matters. Scale and height contribute to the mood, and the ability to customize ensures that your fireplace aligns with your vision. So be creative! Let your fireplace be the source of comfort, style, and lasting memories. n

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19th century French antique fireplace fender found on a shopping trip on Melrose.

KEEP IT Natural Elevate your décor with wood accents

Decorating with natural wood accents offers a timeless and versatile way to enhance both traditional and contemporary interiors. The intrinsic warmth and organic character of wood effortlessly brings a harmonious balance to any space, regardless of the prevailing design aesthetic. Whether your taste leans towards the cozy, rustic vibes or gravitates towards minimalist, modern lines, natural wood can seamlessly integrate into your décor scheme.

The scale of wooden accents can vary based on your preferences. Small décor items, like wooden trays, picture frames, or bowls, offer a subtle touch, introducing an element of natural warmth without overwhelming the space. These accents act as delightful focal points that catch the eye without demanding full attention. On the other hand, more substantial elements like hardwood floors or wooden wall panels can lay the groundwork for your entire design concept,

serving as a neutral canvas that allows other elements in the room to shine.

The beauty of wood also lies in its ability to offer visual contrast. Mixing polished, smooth surfaces with more rugged, unfinished textures can create a dynamic visual landscape in your interior. The variation in wood tones—from light beech to dark walnut— allows for a rich layering effect, breaking any monotony in a single-tone room and adding a sense of depth and complexity.

In essence, natural wood accents are a versatile and timeless asset in interior design, serving as both a stylistic and functional element. They offer a multitude of options to suit diverse design narratives, making them a wise long-term investment for both aesthetic and practical reasons. Their enduring appeal and adaptability ensure they will remain relevant, even as your aesthetic preferences evolve over time, providing a touch of enduring organic beauty to any space. n

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


Rob N. Litman, founder and CEO of Vitoli, Inc., is a man of few words, often letting his incredible landscaping, hardscaping, pool and spa, and outdoor kitchen designs speak for themselves. What Rob does believe in is putting his money where his mouth is by supporting several nonprofit organizations in the greater Calabasas area.

After working with other landscaping and design firms for a decade, Rob decided to venture out on his own. He planted Vitoli’s first seeds in Calabasas in 2017 and grew from there. Once his company became an established entity, Rob knew he needed to find ways to give back to the community which had supported him and his team of landscapers, engineers, and contractors. Several years ago, Rob learned about The Foundation for Las Virgenes Schools and knew instantly that this organization was one that he wanted to support.

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“I know that so many of my clients choose to live in Calabasas and Agoura Hills because of the great schools,” says Rob. “Just like the projects we take on, we know every school needs a strong foundation. That includes great teachers, helpful counselors, and stimulating activities inside and outside of the classroom. I want to support those initiatives to maintain their level of excellence for our schools.”

President of The Foundation for LVUSD, Mark Madnick, shares, “I met Rob when we hired Vitoli to renovate our yard. I was so impressed with the character of Rob and his team. We discussed how important charity is to him, especially supporting children and education. From that point on, Rob and Vitoli have been generous contributors to The Foundation for Las Virgenes Schools by taking on sponsorships and making donations to THE Carnival, THE Battle of the Bands, and THE Event. I cannot begin to express how much we value their partnership in supporting public education and making a lasting impact on our students through increased learning opportunities and social and emotional well-being.”

In 2022, Rob became aware of another nonprofit organization in need of both funding and champions: Creative Steps, a program operated by The Aurelia Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization that assists teens and young adults with developmental disabilities, including physical, behavioral, and social challenges, in navigating their way in the community. Their mission is to support and nurture a lifestyle of work, play, and social engagement for every client that maximizes the potential for a lifetime of growth, health, happiness, and achievement.

“I learned about Creative Steps and The Aurelia Foundation from CEO and Board Member Bob Charney,” says Rob. “Bob and his wife, Lisa, have a son with autism and epilepsy, and like a lot of teens with these challenges, there aren’t many programs to help these kids once they age out of the system.”

Proud to be associated with Rob and the entire Vitoli team, Bob shares, “Rob Littman has arguably the biggest heart and is an important stakeholder helping Creative Steps fulfill our mission of serving people with moderate to severe developmental disabilities. He takes time to understand our nonprofit’s challenges and opportunities and proactively looks for ways to enrich our program with both financial support and jobs for the people we serve.”

Rob believes that giving back also happens organically. When Vitoli takes on large residential projects, Rob truly takes the time to get to know his customers and what they are dealing with on a personal level. When getting

to know his client Victoria Walker, he learned about the personal struggles affecting her entire family. Victoria’s mother, Gloria Walker, lived her entire life putting others first. In 2012, at the age of 63, Gloria began struggling with health issues. Over the next seven years, as Gloria’s symptoms became worse with repeated falls and multiple fractures attributed to a false diagnosis of Parkinsons Disease, endless doctors told Gloria and Victoria that there was nothing wrong. It wasn’t until Gloria was completely incapacitated that the accurate diagnosis of Lewy Body Dementia (LBD) was determined.

Fortunately, Victoria and her family were introduced to the Lewy Body Dementia Association of America (LBDA), which provided a wealth of kindness, information, resources, education, support groups, and guidance for the family. When Rob Litman became aware that approximately 1.4 million people in the United States are suffering from LBD today, he decided to support the LBDA. “I learned through Victoria that LBD is one of the most widely misdiagnosed conditions and there are no cures,” says Rob. “It has a 100 percent mortality rate. LBD attacks every region of the brain, and it affects the mind and the body, leaving families absolutely torn to pieces. I knew I had to help other families like Victoria’s, and I can do that by donating to the LBDA.”

The slogan at Vitoli is “Think Outside the Box.” Rob and his team believe that should pertain not only to their work, but to the type of charitable contributions they make. “I found that donating can also facilitate the development of connections with locals and other enterprises, which can result in new opportunities and partnerships,” says Rob. He hopes other businesses are inspired to donate and become involved in nonprofit organizations to support their community’s needs. n

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The Woodland Hills Woman’s Club (WHWC) hosted its largest fundraising event of the year on August 5 at St. Bernardine’s Parish Hall in Woodland Hills, welcoming a record-breaking 23 tables and 200 guests. The day included special guests, such as members from other women’s clubs in the area and representatives from the region and state.

All enjoyed live entertainment, a raffle, door prizes, a mimosa bar, vendors, a silent auction, a wine pull, and of course, tea. The tables were beautifully decorated by WHWC members, with this year’s best table awarded to a Franciscan applethemed table decorated by local realtor Cheri Steelman.

A very notable visit came from Fire Station 105, which graciously donated “A Fire Station Experience” for the silent auction that raised over $2000, though WHWC ultimately elected to redirect those funds back to the station. WHWC is a registered 501(c) (3) serving the local community since 1948. For more information, visit

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Choosing the Best Type of Schooling for Your Child

In the ever-growing world of education, it’s crucial for parents to become knowledgeable about all the options. From public, charter, and private schools to home and online schooling, the choices continue to grow, so learning more about each before deciding on the best course of action is truly beneficial.

Fortunately, Calabasas and the surrounding communities possess a wealth of educational opportunities. If public school doesn’t quite fit the bill, consider charter schools. These operate more autonomously than traditional public schools since they don’t have to follow state-mandated curriculums and rules. They often offer smaller class sizes and better access to technology. In California, charter schools receive state funding and are tuition-free, non-sectarian, and open to all until filled.

Private schools, whether secular or religious, charge tuition. In exchange, they often provide a wider range of educational styles, such as the studentdirected Montessori Method or Waldorf arts-based curriculum.

One of the world’s oldest forms of education, homeschooling, offers the benefit of one-on-one teaching, flexible schedules, and greater control over your child’s education. Plus, in California, the state provides a stipend to parents to help with material costs and more through independent charters. Some say the biggest drawback of homeschooling is the lack of peer-to-peer interaction, but with a little research, you can find play and study groups, park days where homeschoolers meet friends, and other activities.

During the pandemic, nearly all learning was done online. This led to an increase in online education. For kids who possess health issues or simply prefer remote learning, online public and private schools offer a viable alternative. Look for accredited programs with certified teachers as well as low student-to-teacher ratios and high graduation rates.

Whichever type of education you choose, remaining active in your child’s education is truly one of the greatest gifts you can ever give. n

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Ensuring that our children receive top-quality education is a critical mission for us all. We are lucky to have a community rich in highly ranked public, private, and alternative educational institutions. Additionally, our area is home to a plethora of outstanding tutors and educational consultants who offer personalized support to our students, ensuring their success in school and as they gear up for higher education. We are pleased to share a curated directory spotlighting some of our community’s premier educational options, helping parents familiarize themselves with their offerings, ethos, and services. A heartfelt thank you goes out to all our educators for their steadfast dedication to our students and the community. Here’s to a fantastic and healthy school year for everyone!

As the new school year commences, Calabasas Style spotlights the best in schools, educational centers, engaging activities, and invaluable resources within our community.



4111 Las Virgenes Rd., Calabasas | 818.880.4000 |

Las Virgenes Unified School District (LVUSD) is ranked among the nation’s top districts and encompasses 15 schools spanning preschool through high school and serving the cities/ areas of Agoura Hills, Calabasas, Hidden Hills, Bell Canyon, and Westlake Village. LVUSD is a destination district, with superior academics, award-winning music and art programs, and championship athletics. Their schools offer a myriad of innovative programs, including AP Capstone, Arts and Media Academy, International Baccalaureate, independent study, Early College Academy, GATE, dual-language immersion, and a Waldorf-inspired school. LVUSD students are accepted into the most prestigious colleges and universities. Their mission is to provide the highest-quality education in a personalized environment, ensuring that all programs are dedicated to enhancing student success. LVUSD’s accolades include California Distinguished Schools, U.S. News Best High Schools, U.S. Blue Ribbons, California Gold and Green Ribbons, and AP Honor Roll District of Distinction. Get to know more about LVUSD by visiting their website today.


31749 La Tienda Dr., Westlake Village |

818.575.9900 |

Oaks Christian School is a nondenominational, co-ed, college-preparatory, day and boarding school serving grades 4 through 12, with the fourth grade being the newest grade level added this fall. The high school was founded in 2000. The school is committed to the promotion of academic excellence, artistic expression, and athletic distinction within the context of Christian values and leadership development. The school has three unique institutes—arts and innovation, engineering, and global leadership—which allow individualized learning pathways for students interested in those disciplines. An impressive 100 percent of graduates receive college admission, often to highly selective, top-tier schools. Teams have earned 183 league titles, 53 CIF titles, and nine California state titles. The middle school has won several league titles and boasts student participation rates as high as 92 percent. The visual and performing arts departments stage numerous performances and exhibits, many which garner prestigious awards. Residential boarding is open to 40 international and domestic students. The hall has state-of-the-art dorms, computer and study lounges, and high-tech security. Additionally, the 13,000-square-foot IDEA Lab (Innovation, Design, Engineering, and Aeronautics) features engineering, robotics, 3D printers, physics, electrical engineering, computer science, and flex classrooms.


5801 Conifer St., Oak Park | 818.735.3200 |

Oak Park Unified School District (OPUSD), nestled between Agoura Hills, Westlake Village, and Thousand Oaks in southern Ventura County, is a highly recognized TK–12 district. Awarded as a California Gold Ribbon and national Blue and Green Ribbon school district, OPUSD's vision is to be a public education leader that inspires an inclusive learning community through innovation and excellence in academics, arts, athletics, and activities, focusing on the holistic development of each student. Their motto, "Educating compassionate and creative global citizens," reflects this vision. OPUSD also provides robust academic and mental health support with full-time counselors at all schools and Wellness Centers at secondary schools. The caring environment is underscored by nutritious food, modern facilities, dedicated staff, and the extensive counseling programs.

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LVUSD School Directory

Agoura High School


28545 W. Driver Ave. Agoura Hills

Alice C. Stelle Middle School


22450 Mulholland Hwy. Calabasas

Arthur E. Wright Middle School


4029 Las Virgenes Rd. Calabasas

Bay Laurel Elementary School


24740 Paseo Primario Calabasas

Buttercup Preschool


6098 Reyes Adobe Rd. Agoura Hills

Calabasas High School


22855 Mulholland Hwy. Calabasas

Chaparral Elementary School


22601 Liberty Bell Rd. Calabasas

Lindero Canyon Middle School


5844 Larboard Ln. Agoura Hills

Lupin Hill Elementary School


26210 Adamor Rd. Calabasas

Mariposa School of Global Education Alternative School


6050 Calmfield Ave. Agoura Hills

Round Meadow Elementary School


5151 Round Meadow Rd. Hidden Hills

Sumac Elementary School


6050 Calmfield Ave. Agoura Hills

White Oak Elementary School


31761 Village School Rd. Westlake Village

Willow Elementary School


29026 Laro Dr. Agoura Hills

Yerba Buena Elementary School


6098 Reyes Adobe Rd. Agoura Hills

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OPUSD School Directory

Oak Park Neighborhood Preschool

1010 Kanan Rd.

Oak Park


Brookside Elementary School

165 Satinwood Ave.

Oak Park


Oak Hills Elementary School

1010 Kanan Rd.

Oak Park


Red Oak Elementary School

4857 Rockfield St.

Oak Park


Medea Creek Middle School

1002 Doubletree Rd.

Oak Park


Oak Park High School

899 Kanan Rd.

Oak Park


Oak Park Independent School

5801 Conifer St.

Oak Park


Oak View High School

5701 E. Conifer St.

Oak Park


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How Kids Benefit From

School Sports

School sports offer a myriad of benefits to young athletes, from stronger bodies to enhanced cognitive abilities and camaraderie. Participating in team sports fosters self-confidence and empathy for others, while building a strong foundation for fitness. These traits go far beyond students’ school years.

Athletic programs also encourage participants to push beyond limitations, teaching children how to set and achieve goals for themselves, as well as the good of the team. Kids who participate in sports are also much more likely to remain active as adults. This helps curb obesity, which has become rampant over the past few decades. Physical activity reduces body fat while strengthening muscle. It also improves overall coordination. Staying active also helps lower stress and anxiety, while increasing problem-solving skills.

Most importantly, sports are just plain fun. They increase serotonin and endorphins, those feel-good hormones that enhance our minds and moods. Just remember not to ever

force kids to participate in sports they don’t enjoy. That simply adds unnecessary stress.

Playing on a team teaches members the importance of practice and persistence in achieving short- and longterm goals. Turning teammates into friends and discovering mentors among both friends and coaches proves invaluable. Becoming part of something bigger than themselves helps teens feel more socially connected, which is an essential component of mental, emotional, and physical health.

Creating relationships with fellow teammates helps students view the world from another perspective, a skill that can be useful throughout their lives. Student athletes develop leadership skills as they mentor younger athletes or advance to higher team ranks, such as captain. Exercise has even been shown to improve academic test scores in English, math, and science. From increased physical fitness and problem-solving skills to reduced pressure and obesity, school sports clearly help kids develop into healthier, more compassionate, wellrounded adults. n

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21523 Rinaldi St., Chatsworth | 818.465.8033 |

DNA Prep Academy was founded in 2016 as a private, independent, all-gender day school for the development of student athletes and artists in first through eighth grades. In 2021, DNA Prep Academy opened their new campus in Chatsworth, where students can be inspired in an environment that is interwoven with breathtaking views and unique open space. The school also expanded its curriculum by including an added focus on providing students with the necessary tools to become champions of life. The school prides itself on being a diverse and inclusive campus committed to educational excellence and providing the tools that empower students to become tomorrow’s leaders. DNA Prep Academy’s defining philosophy that drives its decisions and actions is “ DEVELOP.” This philosophy means that each day the school strives to develop students and staff to become better than yesterday, encouraging them to become the best versions of themselves–whether that means academically, athletically, artistically, or simply as humans.


4029 Las Virgenes Rd., Calabasas | 818.880.0555 |

Your children deserve a learning environment where they can thrive—and parents deserve peace of mind about their safety. Montessori of Malibu Canyon (MoMC) delivers both. They utilize the ground-breaking work of Dr. Maria Montessori to provide a Montessori education that helps each young learner build confidence and grow holistically. Their “mindfulness education” curriculum and activities go beyond your typical preschool services thanks to their individualization and educational philosophies. This Calabasas-based early childhood education center offers year-round enrollment with daily full-day and half-day program options for children 2 to 6 years old. Their child development programs include toddler and preschool services, an elementary transition program, and full-day kindergarten. MoMC believes that learning should be fun and that education should be engaging. All teachers are welltrained individuals, with a BA or higher in early childhood development as well as Montessori certifications. Schedule a tour to visit their beautiful campus today.


1 Church Rd., Thousand Oaks | 805.497.1416 |

St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School is a private, independent elementary school committed to the education of each student’s mind, body, spirit, and heart. Their mission is to inspire and equip children to courageously transform the world. Since 1963, St. Patrick’s has established a legacy of exceptional teachers partnering with diverse parents to educate and develop the whole child based on four foundational principles: academics, stimulating critical thinking in a collaborative environment; creativity, growing students’ confidence through individual expression in a loving community; service leadership, fostering a commitment to social responsibility and global citizenship; and a spiritual foundation, guiding each child to develop a moral character based on Episcopal traditions. They welcome families of all faiths and traditions since there is something to be valued and respected living in a community that proclaims the unique worth and beauty of all humans. St. Patrick's Episcopal Day School is accredited by CAIS, WASC, and the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles and is the only elementary school in Conejo Valley that is CAIS accredited.

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A Calabasas Distinguished Early Childhood Education Center


• Experienced, creative, credentialed staff

• Mindful educational environment where children can thrive

• acres of flat, tree-shaded playground space for outdoor activities and classes

• Diverse program provides a solid foundation in Math, Language Arts with Language Labs, Geography, Science, Music, Dance, Fine Arts, Cooking, Gardening, Yoga, and more 4029

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23022 Victory Blvd., Woodland Hills | 818.883.0607 |

Discover true partnership through all aspects of your child’s development with a curriculum and community that nurtures growth so that you and your child are empowered to thrive in school and life. For 50 years, The Boulevard School has specialized in early childhood education. Their program is so effective that second and even third-generation families enroll their children at The Boulevard School in Woodland Hills. Why? Because everyone at The Boulevard School works hard to create an environment that nurtures academic preparedness, creative expression, and the curiosity of a lifelong learner. The Boulevard School is an extension of home—a thriving community where families can tap into a well of wisdom. The campus features an outdoor heated pool; large, age-appropriate, park-like playgrounds; and a camera security system. Enrolling now are toddlers through kindergarten, Parent & Me classes, and AM/PM extended care. To learn more, visit or call 818.883.0607 to schedule a tour.


818.994.2961 |

The International School of Los Angeles is an independent, international school that offers a French immersion track from preschool through 12th grade and a separate international high school track preparing students for the International Baccalaureate ® Diploma Programme in grades 11 and 12. The School’s West Valley location, serving preschool through fifth grade, provides an ideal and attractive setting for children to flourish in a safe, caring, and nurturing community. The campus is an offshoot of the school’s original San Fernando Valley home and is equipped with the latest educational technologies. Since 1978, the International School of Los Angeles has been instilling the love of learning in all its students through small classes and low student-to-teacher ratios. With over 65 nationalities and 40 spoken languages represented at the school, students study and live in a diverse global community every day.


975 Evenstar Ave., Westlake Village | 805.497.7005 |

What makes Carden Conejo School so special? It could be the elementary and primary school curriculum that provides rigor and depth. Maybe it is Carden’s caring specialist teachers and small class sizes in kindergarten through fifth grade that lead to exceptional learning experiences. The Carden method in language arts ensures strong foundational skills in reading and writing. But that’s not all. Instruction in science, Singapore Math, engineering, computer science, French, the visual and performing arts, and daily sports classes sets Carden apart. Carden’s emphasis on manners, morals, and public speaking further contributes to Carden’s uniqueness. In Carden’s primary school—preschool, pre-kindergarten, and junior kindergarten—students learn and grow in a warm, nurturing environment. Carden strikes a healthy balance between work and play. Student skills and knowledge grow through teacher-directed lessons and lots of time for creative and physical play. For over 50 years, Carden Conejo has fostered a warm school community, committed to shaping not just great students but good people ready to positively impact the world.

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23620 Mulholland Hwy., Calabasas | 818.591.6500 |

Viewpoint School is committed to creating exceptional readiness for extraordinary futures by cultivating the critical skill set, courageous mindset, and resilient identity of each individual student. Beyond its legacy of academic distinction and college preparedness, their commitment is to yield world-ready graduates who are ready to excel, lead, thrive, and serve. The school's 40-acre, scenic campus provides young people in grades TK-12 with an ideal setting to grow and learn, where each student is known, respected, and included. Explore the school’s programs and you will find endless ways for students to engage in new and favorite activities and subjects with a breadth of offerings to challenge children and develop their talents and interests. Learn about the community and you will find a foundation with core values of love, honor, excellence, imagination, and optimism. Visit to discover a school where “tradition connects us and innovation propels us.”


1666 Las Virgenes Canyon Rd., Calabasas | 818.880.5437

MUSE Global School is an innovative, holistic, private school offering in-person education for pre-school through 12th grade. As a beacon of sustainability nestled on 23 acres in the Santa Monica Mountains, MUSE offers an inspirational, outdoor campus. MUSE specializes in teaching the whole child by going beyond academics—connecting with students by teaching communication, self-efficacy, and sustainability through passion-based learning. It is an internationally recognized, award-winning school that focuses on eco-literacy. Students eat plant-based food and take specialist courses that range from seed-to-table skills, performing arts, visual arts, world languages, creative writing, and more. Middle and high school students can participate in service-learning trips to Guatemala and embark on international and domestic travel throughout the year. Virtual learning is also available for first through 12th grade. Students receive a premier education with real connections and a diverse peer group of students across the globe.


Toddler & Preschool | 22322 Collins St., Woodland Hills | 818.712.9966 |

Preschool & Elementary | 22555 Oxnard St., Woodland Hills | 818.348.6563

Woodland Hills Private School (WHPS) offers an individualized program that fosters each child’s unique talents and interests within a family-oriented community. Located on two unique campuses that blend state-of-the-art and natural environments, WHPS has an exclusive science and nature center with 75+ animals and its own animal and nature studies program. WHPS is a developmental program that focuses on the whole child, identifies children’s individual learning profiles, and places equal emphasis on advanced academics and social-emotional learning (SEL). ELEMENTARY (TK–fifth grade): Students receive small-group and individual instruction in core subjects and take part in a projectbased, STEAM-enriched curriculum, including robotics, fine arts, and outdoor education. Children are supported by a team of educators with low student-to-teacher ratios and enrichment specialists.

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Brings out the best in every student

Synergy Academics in West Hills affords students from kindergarten through college the confidence to accomplish their educational objectives with positive reinforcement and hard work. With over 20 years of experience, founder Jennifer Lopata believes every student is capable of learning with an individualized program.

Synergy Academics recognizes that some students fare better with remote services, whether due to a need for flexibility or to save time or because they prefer to work from home. Synergy offers the option of either services at their state-ofthe-art tutoring center in West Hills or remote tutoring and other services via Zoom or a similar online method. With this flexibility, Synergy is able to address the learning loss that many students experience during the summer, often causing them to fall below grade level.

For the students who gain benefit from individualized assistance to reach and achieve their academic potential, Synergy Academics provides one-on-one subject tutoring in over three dozen subjects for all students grades K-12. Pairing students with compatible tutors who focus on their individual learning styles, Synergy Academics brings out the best in each student.

Additionally, Synergy Academics offers college application services. Independent professional college counselors work with students and their families to navigate the complicated college application process and assist those applying for financial aid. While some colleges have made SAT/ACT test scores optional, many students’ applications will be strengthened with strong test scores. Synergy’s excellent SAT and ACT test prep begins with an assessment test to determine which of the two tests best suits each student. One-on-one test prep with highly trained tutors has proven very effective in improving students’ confidence and ultimately their test scores.

“We set out to develop a unique model for providing tutoring and academic services both in our office and remotely,” explains Lopata. “We know that parents want flexibility to help their students navigate their busy schedules. We provide flexible programs and excellent tutors and college-counseling professionals who are not only highly qualified but also compassionate and encouraging.”

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6700 Fallbrook Ave., #101, West Hills | 818.888.8665 |

Synergy Academics is a comprehensive, state-of-the-art learning center serving students at all educational levels—from elementary school through college. Students benefit from knowledgeable and compassionate tutors who care about their success and self-confidence. Tutors strive to build students’ confidence by developing their natural strengths and turning challenges into triumphs. All students are evaluated and matched with tutors who truly understand their learning styles. Combining nurturing tutors with a positive and focused environment, Synergy proves to be successful in helping students achieve more than they might have ever thought possible. The West Hills tutoring center is ideal for one-on-one tutoring and offers an onsite study center, standardized-test preparation, college admissions counseling, financial aid services, and post-college and career counseling. Services can be booked by reaching out online or calling the office. A full-service academic resource center, Synergy offers customized services both in-person and remotely to work around a busy schedule. Synergy makes it easy to be a great student!


805.450.6434 | |

Catie Chase is a purpose-driven educator supporting each student’s journey. Her compassion and guidance are rooted in empathy and are solution focused for student-centered success. Catie is committed to empowering all teens and emerging adults. For 20 years, she's specialized in helping neurodiverse learners (individuals who think and learn differently).

Catie’s commitment to school and college readiness, admissions, and career and professional development is an asset to the successful outcomes of her clients. A certified professional life coach, Catie supports students by giving them tools and practice skills to help them create desired outcomes. She is writing her first book, a self-support guide titled “Understanding Me: A Modern Girl’s Guide to Managing Her Neurodiversity with Grit & Grace,” where she shares strength-building strategies for neurodivergent intersecting identities and highachieving and twice-exceptional gifted students navigating their road to success.


31255 Cedar Valley Dr., Westlake Village |


The Oaks Christian Learning Center has provided 10 years of educational support to students in the Conejo Valley. Whether participating remotely or on campus, students thrive at Oaks Christian (OC) Learning Center. The OC Learning Center is open to all public- and private-school K–12 students and has a full program of offerings from one-on-one tutoring to standardized-test preparation. The program has proven successful in helping students become independent learners that use skills such as goal setting and time management. Help is available for math, English, science, social studies, history, and foreign languages. Support is also available for online students and homeschool students. The OC Learning Center has served over 1,400 students in the areas of academic tutoring, SAT and ACT test preparation, and cognitive-skills development.

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Change the Cycle, Inc., a Calabasas-based nonprofit organization, provides financial assistance, mentoring, and skills training to girls in Los Angeles and around the world. Founders Amalika Ranasinghe and Chamil Hettiarachchi initiated a program called TechBar by Code in Pink—designed to teach young women technology skills and prepare them for the digital economy. TechBar is a unique social enterprise that offers IT services, such as troubleshooting and fixing and upgrading computers and phones on a mobile unit. TechBar travels to different locations in and around Calabasas, collecting used computers and providing IT help desk support. Customers enjoy a cozy and welcoming environment with coffee and cupcakes while supporting a good cause. The staff are local foster care girls enrolled in the program who receive on-the-job training, financial support, and a technology education to help them generate an income and change their lives. The program also connects these girls with mentors and role models to inspire them to pursue their passions.

Dr. Carrie Hastings believes that athletes are more than their physical talent. That is why she developed Sport Psychology, a one-of-a-kind resource and counseling center for athletes of all ages and abilities. Her goal is to support the total wellness of athletes in our community by providing a space for the sport population to address mental health needs, sharpen mental skills, and become more educated on how total wellness contributes to peak performance. As the sport psychologist for the Los Angeles Rams and the Angel City Football Club, Dr. Hastings brings her experience of working at the professional level to developing athletes in our community. Providing sport psychology resources addresses the intangibles of sports while reducing the stigma often associated with mental health issues. Services include individual counseling, process groups, workshops, and guest speakers. In addition, the practice offers a comprehensive library to educate visitors on how mindset is linked to athletic achievement.


6345 Balboa Blvd., #163, Encino | 805.506.3390 |

Dr. Van Fleet is a board-certified behavior analyst at the doctoral level. She is the director and founder of Behavior Insights, Inc., and Social Skills Training Academy and is on the board of directors for Spectrum Workforce. Dr. Van Fleet has over a decade of success in teaching children, families, and schools strategies and tools to help young people overcome behavioral challenges. Behavior Insights, Inc., offers evidence-based services and assessments for individuals 3 to 18+ years of age and teaches strategies to help individuals be successful in a variety of areas. Dr. Van Fleet specializes in ADHD, anxiety treatment, emotional regulation, executive functioning skills, appropriate social skills, phobias, and attention and focus issues and uses techniques designed to teach children and young adults the necessary skills to be more successful in all areas of their life. She also works with parents and schools to ensure that children feel supported in every way. Dr. Van Fleet looks forward to helping our children and families in the best way she can.

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TechBar by Code in Pink a Social Enterprise for Girls’ IT Education

Education is a powerful tool to break the cycle of poverty and empower young women to achieve their dreams. That is the mission of Change the Cycle, Inc., a local nonprofit organization that provides financial assistance, mentoring, and skills training to girls in Los Angeles and around the world.

It was founded in 2020 by Amalika Ranasinghe and Chamil Hettiarachchi, Calabasas residents who wanted to make a difference in their community and beyond. Since then, they have helped more than 14 girls pursue their education and career goals.

What is TechBar by Code in Pink?

Code in Pink is an education program that teaches girls technology skills and prepares them for the digital economy. TechBar is a unique social enterprise that offers IT services, such as troubleshooting and fixing and upgrading computers and phones on a mobile unit. TechBar travels to different locations in and around Calabasas collecting used computers and providing IT help desk support. Customers enjoy a cozy and welcoming environment where they can sit

back, enjoy some coffee and cupcakes, and support a good cause.

The staff are local foster care girls enrolled in the program who receive on-the-job training, financial support, and technology education to help them generate an income and change their lives. The program also connects them with mentors and role models who inspire them to pursue their passions.

The organization is looking to partner with local and international sponsors to provide scholarships. They are planning a fashion show in the fall and a Gala in winter in association with the Calabasas Chamber to raise funds to launch the enterprise.

The founders believe in the power of education to transform lives thanks to personal experience— they came from Sri Lanka with just two suitcases, and education enabled them to become changemakers themselves. Now, they are creating a positive impact in the world and inspiring others.

Visit to learn more about the organization or contact the founder at for more information on how to support their mission.

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A Calabasas nonprofit organization is raising funds to offer a unique concept to help girls with technology education while serving the local community.

Calabasas High School Football Locked and loaded for success

Despite the recent “hurriquake,” the Calabasas High School varsity football team has reunited as summer fades into fall. The team’s student athletes started their training camp on Wednesday, July 26, and played their first game in Santa Monica on Friday, August 18. Last year, the varsity Coyotes had a terrific 8–5 year with a deep playoff run into the semifinals. They dispatched La Habra with a dramatic comeback win and easily defeated Ramona High School before falling by one point to San Jacinto High School in the semifinals. This year, the Coyotes have more than 90 players in the program—their highest total in almost a decade.

The varsity players are loaded and ready for another strong season, led by senior quarterback Alonzo Contreras, who committed to play at San Jose State University next year. Last year, Alonzo threw 35 touchdown

passes and had a completion rate of 61 percent. This year, the offense has dynamic weapons starting with senior Aaron Butler, a Colorado commit who plays as a triple threat: receiver, running back, and defensive cornerback. Aaron averaged 75 yards a game and had 16 touchdowns last season.

Key returning starters on offense include Anthony Simon (OL ’25); Arion Lang (WR ’25); Danye Brown (WR ’25); Julien Marx (WR ’24); and Josh Nazmiyev (RB ’24). Key returning starters on defense include Roberto Paladines (LB ’24); Sam Kijner (LB ’24); Josh Nazmiyev (DB ’24); Danye Brown (DB ’25); Brock Bomberg (DE ’24); and Arion Lang (DB ’25).

Learn more about the team and their schedule at and follow them this season on Instagram @calabasasfootball. n

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July 10 was a perfect day for golf at Spanish Hills Club in Camarillo as supporters of The Kevin Cordasco Foundation: Something Yellow hit the course for the annual tournament in honor of the heroes of childhood cancer. The four-person-team format scramble included optional competitions, like putting, chipping, and mulligans. Breakfast was served during registration, pizza lunch was available on the course, and a BBQ after-party, complete with live music and silent auction, rounded out the afternoon. The Kevin Cordasco Foundation is committed to raising awareness and much-needed funds to benefit childhood cancer. Inspired by their son Kevin, who battled nearly seven years with neuroblastoma, losing the battle at only 16 years old, their efforts are designed to support the one-in-285 children who will be diagnosed with cancer before the age of 20. Visit for more information.

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Kids Club, in collaboration with Apple TV+, believes that kids and fun go together. That’s why the team at Caruso hosts a one-hour event each Tuesday from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the courtyard area at The Commons at Calabasas, located between Marmalade Café and Toscanova. This August, Kids Club invited kids, parents, and caregivers to experience a weekly dose of fun, featuring live music, storytelling, puppet shows, and so much more. The August Tuesday-night lineup consisted of a visit from the beauty princess on August 1, drumming with Alan on August 8, the Dinosaurs of Today Show on August 15, The BeatBuds on August 22, and Snooknuk and the Robot Puppet Show on August 29. These fun, free events delighted all attendees. For more information on upcoming Kids Club events in collaboration with Apple TV+, visit events/kids-club-in-collaboration-with-appletv.

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There is no other museum like this on earth. Swirling, striking, and award-winning architectural design transports visitors on a historical journey of war, hope, cruelty, responsibility, and the beauty found in humanity's resilience…and its ability to endure and overcome. At the oldest Holocaust museum in the U.S. and the first survivor-founded one, education is a significant focus. Tours are designed to educate and enrich, including a one-of-a-kind extraordinary opportunity to converse with an "eternal survivor" of the Holocaust in a life-like holographic adventure. Guests can also view the West Coast's largest collection of rare Holocaust-era artifacts, including those from Auschwitz, the largest of the Nazi death camps. Experience the museum through audio tours narrated by actress Mayim Bialik (for ages 8+). Self-guided audio tours are available in English and Spanish on Bloomberg Connects app. Special docent-led tours are held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Nestled in Pan Pacific Park, adjacent to The Grove and the original Farmers Market, the museum is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sundays are free.


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In today’s world, parents worry more than ever about their children’s ability to be successful in social situations. With the addition of video gaming and social media platforms, children do not have the same access to in-person social interactions as they used to. Due to this phenomenon, many children lack the necessary skills to be successful when interacting with their peer groups. Many children also suffer from issues such as social isolation, lack of confidence in their social abilities, and fears of being rejected. Tammy Van Fleet, PhD., BCBA-D, opened the Social Skills Training Academy to offer state-of-the-art social skills groups designed to teach children and young adults the necessary skills to feel confident and knowledgeable in their social world. Her social skills classes are designed to teach age-appropriate social skills in an environment that is fun, interactive, and effective, where children are given the necessary tools to help them feel confident and ready to be a part of a variety of different social situations.


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Ever since Angela Diaz was a senior in high school, she knew she wanted to teach, inspire, and empower young minds. The desire to educate others to see their own academic potential came naturally to her. Today, she leads a team of nine amazing tutors, including some of her previous students from when she taught at Bishop Alemany High School in Mission Hills, California. Together, she and her team of tutors support students from preschool through college and beyond. “It is truly rewarding. I hope to continue to inspire today’s youth and help them succeed academically and ultimately reach their goals with guidance from my dedicated staff,” shares Ms. Diaz. As a native Spanish speaker, Ms. Diaz uses fun, differentiated, and interactive lessons when teaching grammar, vocabulary, and the oral language. Her private tutoring programs are available in-home or online and can be tailored by students’ curriculum or the syllabus covered in the classroom.

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Swirling, striking, and award-winning architectural design transports visitors on a historical journey of war, hope, cruelty, responsibility, and the beauty found in humanity’s resilience… and its ability to endure and overcome.

Converse with an “eternal survivor” of the Holocaust in a life-like holographic experience. View the West Coast’s largest collection of rare Holocaust-era artifacts, including those from Auschwitz, the largest of the Nazi death camps.

Experiences, exhibitions, tours, and programs

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Nestled in Pan Pacific Park, in the heart of L.A., the Museum is adjacent to The Grove and the Original Farmers Market, featuring the city’s best boutiques, restaurants, and entertainment.

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Sibling Rivalry

What a wondrous thing to share your life with a brother or sister. At least in theory. In practice, many parents soon discover their little angels exhibit devilishly competitive behavior toward their siblings. Luckily, when kids keep butting heads over sharing toys or their parents’ time, there are solutions.

First, it’s best to communicate thoughtfully so your kids can mirror your actions. Next, you can set up consequences for bad behavior, whether it's towards you or each other. Once kids are old enough, teach them how to negotiate with their siblings and express their feelings without screaming. It’s like couples therapy, and you’re the wise counselor.

Competition between siblings is generally the underlying cause of the bad behavior. This rivalry, if not managed

early and often, may continue through adulthood. Avoid comparing your children. Show them how to work together on problems and chores. When your kids fight, try not to blame one of them but recognize how both contributed to the conflict. Better yet, give them tools, such as how to compromise, to help them handle arguments on their own. Sometimes it may be necessary to send kids to their respective corners to cool off. However, make sure to discuss their feelings later to avoid similar quarrels.

It helps to speak to each child about any troubles he or she is experiencing with siblings. Taking time to understand grievances goes a long way to bolster self-esteem, making kids less likely to act out in the future. Create positive family experiences by sharing fun activities from board games and hiking to dining out and travel. Finally, remind your kids how they’ll hopefully still be part of each other’s lives long after all the toys have been put away and these day-to-day arguments end. n

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Mayor David Shapiro formed the Mayor’s Youth Council in 2019 to encourage residents between the ages of 14 and 21 to become more involved in city government leadership and philanthropic causes. The Mayor’s Youth Council makes recommendations to the City Council on matters of interest to young people in the community and helps young people understand, appreciate, and participate in the workings of our local government. Additionally, the Mayor’s Youth Council helps young people register to vote, establishes a rapport between students and student governments in the city’s schools and the city, and works with other youth councils across the United States. Each member of the Mayor’s Youth Council must be a resident of the City of Calabasas and be between the ages of 14 and 21 years old. The mayor appoints up to 20 members to an initial term of one year. These members serve on a voluntary basis without compensation.

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Growing brains are very hungry organs. In fact, they are the first of the body’s organs to absorb nutrients from the food we eat. So, certain brainboosting foods may help enhance your child’s overall cognitive development. Go the extra mile to ensure your child excels in school this year by taking a close look at his or her diet. Growing bodies need many types of nutrients, so you may want to consider incorporating these superfoods during the school year and beyond.


Fatty fish like salmon is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which are crucial for brain health and development. Instead of tuna sandwiches, make salmon salad for lunch with canned salmon and nonfat plain yogurt on whole-grain bread (another brain-boosting food).

Brain-Boosting Foods for Kids


Eggs are a great source of protein and contain nutrients like choline, which helps in memory development. Two whole eggs a day provide the choline that children ages 8 and younger require. Try breakfast for dinner one night a week.


Blueberries, strawberries, cherries, and blackberries are packed with antioxidants, including vitamin C, that protect the brain from oxidative stress and improve memory. Add berries to cereal or enjoy a mound of berries and whipped cream for a light dessert.

Almond butter

Almonds and almond butter are rich in antioxidants, healthy fats, and vitamin E, which protects nerve membranes, plus thiamin to help the brain and nervous system use glucose for energy.

Colorful veggies

Leafy greens, tomatoes, sweet potatoes— vegetables with rich, deep color—are the best sources of antioxidants to keep brain cells strong and healthy. If you have a picky eater, disguise finely chopped or blended veggies into sauces or soups.

Lean beef

Nearly one in 10 American children ages 3 and younger has an iron deficiency, which can contribute to learning difficulties. Lean beef provides an excellent source of zinc and iron. Black bean burgers are a great iron-containing beef alternative.

Of course, staying hydrated is also crucial for optimal brain function, so always ensure that your child drinks enough water throughout the day. n


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Originally founded in 1977 by a group of committed and devoted parents, Monarchs has long since been a community leader in children's physical fitness instruction. Monarchs is a children’s center dedicated to inspiring kids to grow by developing their minds and bodies. Visit Monarchs in Agoura Hills or Newbury Park or catch a mobile gym around town. Monarchs offers curriculum-based, physical-instruction programs designed to cultivate each child’s active lifestyle through kinder gym, recreational and competitive gymnastics, ninja, tumbling, cheer, trampoline, flips and tricks, parkour, and free running—all for children ages 15 months and up. Camp is also offered year-round—through summer, winter, spring, and holidays. Monarchs has private birthday parties, “Parents’ Night Out,” and daily Open Play. MonarX Parkour, a specially designed indoor parkour complex for budding traceurs ages 6+, provides curriculum-based and freestyle options. Monarchs Mobile brings the gym to you. Monarchs is open seven days a week to meet the needs of busy families.


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Aspire Dance Studio is a place for dancers of all ages and abilities to explore the joy of movement and dance. Aspire’s mission is to “Nurture and feed the soul, body, and mind through dance.” Why choose Aspire? They are family friendly. They have exceptional teachers and diverse class options. They have a positive environment, and they uphold the highest artistic integrity. Aspire Dance Studio offers classes for ages 2 through adult in a variety of styles, such as ballet, tap, hip hop, jazz, contemporary, musical theater, pom, dance acro, voice, acting, and more. Classes are open for all levels—beginner through pre-professional dancers. Aspire Dance Studio is home to the national-award-winning Aspire Dance Company youth competition and performance team. Fall classes are now enrolling, and they offer new students a full week of free trial classes. For more information, visit


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Posh & Petite Playhouse was imagined by Jennifer Deeley, a Los Angeles mom of twins with a vision of an encaptivating, whimsical place where children's imaginations can soar while parents and caregivers relax. The 4,400-square-foot venue includes a café with healthy options, a full gourmet espresso bar, a boutique with trendy children’s’ clothes, interactive playhouses, a custom play structure, a fenced-in soft play area, an adult lounge area with a clear line of sight to the children, and many toys and learning activities. Posh & Petite Playhouse encourages children to get as imaginative and creative as possible. During open play, the Imagination Explorer team leads games and activities, including puppet shows, story time, bubble dance parties, and more. Open play hours are Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. If you’re planning a special event or birthday party, Posh & Petite will help take the stress out of planning, seamlessly bringing custom theme and event designs to life.

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Educational Places


Authentic learning takes more than just memorizing information and solving equations. Meaningful experiences outside of the classroom help children build knowledge and develop a sense of appreciation beyond what textbooks can teach.


Step into a world of the past at this one-of-a-kind destination offering ancient Greek and Roman art, tranquil gardens, and ocean breezes. Explore 4,000 years of art, from the Stone Age to the final days of the Roman Empire, and enjoy the Outer Peristyle garden, featuring a stunning reflecting pool. |

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Bask in the natural beauty of the world without traveling far. Peaceful, cultural-themed botanical gardens feature a variety of vibrant blooms, distinctive trees, lush greenery, and a magnificent waterfall. Docent-led tours are an exciting way to learn about the different gardens, plants, and culture. | 805.557.1135 | Thousand Oaks


Explore an active paleontological research site and witness science in action right in the heart of urban Los Angeles. Journey back to a time when Ice Age L.A. was home to mammoths, saber-toothed cats, and giant sloths. Witness live excavation sites and 3D presentations, marvel at stunning fossils, and enjoy captivating exhibits. | 213.763.3499 | Los Angeles

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Pinstripes is the perfect destination for families seeking a memorable experience. With a unique blend of timeless games and high-quality food and beverage offerings, everyone—from kids to parents—is sure to have an exceptional time. Kids can enjoy the thrill of bowling and bocce ball on the kid-friendly lanes while the attentive staff creates an atmosphere of fun and friendly competition. Meanwhile, parents can indulge in a from-scratch Italian/American bistro menu. From delectable chef-crafted dishes to a thoughtfully curated beverage menu, Pinstripes provides a best-in-class dining experience. Relax, savor the flavors, and enjoy some adult time while your kids are fully engaged in play. Pinstripes is also the go-to destination for unforgettable birthday parties. Let their expert event team take care of all the details, from planning to execution, while you focus on creating magical memories with your loved ones.


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Team G Tennis is a professional youth tennis academy training athletes in the San Fernando Valley. Their goal is to create opportunities by removing restrictions and creating access, where success is guaranteed with the right skills, support, and drive.Founded by Gerald Mathews in 2010, Team G Tennis was started to create elite level athletes and build a competitive atmosphere for junior elite tennis players to achieve their goals of college or professional tennis. Gerald has a history of high achievement with all the athletes he has mentored and trained, including bringing the CHS tennis team to win the 2019 division 2 state championship! His expertise in “Movement Training” and tennis skill development and its team of former college professional tennis players is what makes his program so exclusive. Today, Team G Tennis is expanding to accommodate the community demand for junior competitive tennis of all ages. For the first time in a decade, they are accepting new athletes for beginner and intermediate levels, including adult tennis and pickleball classes at their Pierce College partner location.


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With two whimsical, entertaining 18-hole courses to choose from, Golf N’ Stuff in Ventura offers the area’s premier miniature golf experience. Golfers play in the ocean breeze amidst magical scenery and world-class obstacles on themed courses, like the Mystic Castle, Gold Mine, Western Scene, Shipwreck at the Tiki God, and the King’s Krypt. Kids and parents alike can also take the driver’s seat on the Lit’l Indy Raceway to race around twists and turns and maneuver bumper boats through a treacherous lagoon of excitement. Ram-Rods Bumper Cars provides a classic, electrifying bumper-car experience as guests dodge friends and oncoming traffic in the arena. The game room boasts nearly 100 interactive and challenging arcade games for all skill levels and a prize redemption center to redeem ticket rewards. Golf N’ Stuff is also available for birthday parties or special events by reservation.

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Returning for the 11th year to the Calabasas High School Performing Arts Education Center, MET2 gathered local actors from kindergarten through college and even some parents to bring “America’s Happiest Musical” to the stage for two lively showings on August 4 and 5. The Music Man is a heartwarming musical show, rich with nostalgia of a time gone by, with book, music, and lyrics by Meredith Wilson. Featuring classics such as “Seventy-Six Trombones,”

“The Wells Fargo Wagon,” “Ya Got Trouble,” “Til There Was You,” and “Lida Rose,” the show featured many roles for cast members of all ages. All the townspeople, library kids, band members, “Pick-a-little Ladies,” salesmen, and other cast members had the opportunity to kick up their heels in River City, Iowa. MET2 is a nonprofit organization that has served the greater San Fernando Valley area for 35 years, offering high-quality art education for young people of all ages. For more information, visit

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Calabasas Pediatrics Tips for School Success

Health and school success should be at the top of every parent’s mind. Lifestyle choices, including nutrition and sleep, play a major role in school performance. To ensure your kids are on track for a healthy, happy, and successful school year, we’d like to share our best back-to-school tips with you.

Seven Ss for School Success


During the summer, kids stay up later—whether running around the neighborhood or playing video games—and it’s now time to start moving that bedtime up by 15 minutes every few days until you reach an appropriate school-night bedtime. Kids need at least 10 hours of sleep—teens too! Three days before school starts, set an alarm, wake your kids up lovingly, and practice your morning routine. With a few days of practice, the first morning of school should run smoothly.


Summertime often means more screen time. Sit down as a family now and discuss school-day media use and screentime rules. That may mean a limit of one to two hours per night (official American Academy of Pediatrics maximum recommendation) or no screens at all on school nights. Make sure you have screen-free zones in your home, such as the kitchen table and the beds. Set an electronic curfew, meaning that an hour before bedtime all screens get turned off and charged out of the bedroom so as not to interfere with sleep.


When school is out, kids often eat more “fun” foods, but on school days, healthy, protein-rich meals are critically important to help kids concentrate and stay energized longer. Try to decrease or eliminate sugar in the morning and feed your kids a healthy, protein-rich breakfast to start the day off right. Good options are eggs, dairy products, nut butters, and whole-grain bread. Pack healthy snacks and a refillable water bottle with plain water for the school day.


Every child needs to be up to date on vaccines; it’s a California state law. Touch base with your pediatrician and get

your child checked out from head to toe, brain and mental health included. Your kids can’t learn if they aren’t healthy, focused, and mentally prepared.


Be sure to pick a backpack with padded straps that isn’t going to be too heavy (not more than a ¼ of your child’s body weight). Some students prefer rolling backpacks. Just keep in mind that these can be difficult to fit in lockers and carry upstairs.


Your kids need a clean, quiet, and organized space to do their homework and study. Whether it’s a bedroom desk or the kitchen table, keeping it clutter-free and without distractions will help your kids stay focused and engaged in their work.


Beginning the school year can be a stressful time for everyone. Talk to your kids about any concerns they may have and discuss the school-day routine. Re-introduce them to old friends and encourage them to make new friends too. A few days before school starts, go to the school and get a “lay of the land” so that your children feel more comfortable on the first day.

If your family needs help with any of these tips or health or wellness issues, let us know. At Calabasas Pediatrics Wellness Center, we specialize in helping all kids and teens be healthy, well-adjusted, and successful students.

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Lessons From Research: How Parents Can Help Prevent Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are serious psychological disorders with dangerous medical consequences. Typically, the whole family suffers when their loved one struggles with an eating disorder. Fortunately, there are some lessons from research that parents can utilize to support a healthy relationship with food and help prevent eating disorders:

1. Have regular family meals. Studies show that having frequent family dinners decreases the risk of eating disorders as well as the risk of adolescent substance use, violence, depression, suicide, and school problems.

2. Discourage/disallow dieting. Restrictive dieting is one of the strongest predictors of an eating disorder. Not only does restrictive dieting lower your metabolism and necessitate further food restriction to achieve weight loss, but the deprivation mentality can potentially trigger binge eating. “Yo–yo” dieting has been linked to serious health problems such as coronary artery disease.

3. Model behavior that you want your child to adopt. Teens who perceive that parents “never diet” are much less likely to engage in unhealthy weight control measures than teens who perceive that their parents “diet a lot.”

4. Poke holes in media messages to allow your child to recognize diet culture and the impossible standards displayed

in the media. Discuss advertising “tricks” like Photoshop and social media algorithms.

5. Prepare pre-teens for adolescent transitions. During early adolescence, we can expect a weight gain of about 10 pounds per year, and in girls, body fat typically goes from 16 to 27 percent. Often pre-teens will get extra adiposity around their middle before they start their growth spurt. This is all normal. Because teasing and critical commentary have a well-established impact on body image and disordered eating, you can teach responses to teasing about normal pubertal development.

6. Seek help early if you see warning signs. Go to a trusted health care professional if you see worrisome signs such as frequent meal skipping, weight loss, disappearance of food, or vomiting after meals. Research tells us that early intervention predicts greater recovery success. n

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West Hills Hospital recently became the first hospital in the country to use TOPS™, an innovative solution recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration after extensive clinical trials that demonstrated the system’s safety and effectiveness in alleviating back pain and improving physical function. It is the latest motion preservation spinal device to treat spinal stenosis and spondylolisthesis. The groundbreaking procedure was performed by Jared Ament, MD, a renowned board-certified fellowshiptrained neurosurgeon at West Hills Hospital. The first-of-its-kind operation marked a significant milestone in the treatment of complex spine disorders, providing a beacon of hope to millions of patients suffering from debilitating leg and back pain. As the only technology of its kind designed to preserve mobility post decompression, the device offers a revolutionary alternative to the 350,000 patients annually who traditionally undergo lumbar spinal fusion. For more information, visit

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My Chiropracter Prepared Me for Rosh Hashana

Every other year in the days surrounding the High Holy Days, I find myself running to my chiropractor, Joel Silbar, so that he can adjust me, bringing some solace to my sore back. Sometimes, when I have ignored until too late the damage I have been doing to my body and soul, this man of gifted hands will meet me backstage at the Fred Kavli Theatre in Thousand Oaks just before Congregation Or Ami’s High Holy Day services. There, he lays me out on the floor, and in an act reminiscent of the spiritual teshuva (repentance/return) Jews are instructed to engage in, he turns me from the pain piercing my pre-prayerful preparations back on a path of wholeness and healing.

After each emergency adjustment, I arise again feeling fine. Each time he leaves me with a hug and a smile and a suggestion that, in addition to attending to my sermons, I might also spend time attending to the stresses that build up in my body. Each time I leave him with a hug and a promise—too quickly forgotten or ignored—that I will do the core work necessary to combat the crick that confounds my preferred pre-service calm.

This year, as Rosh Hashana (September 15–17) and Yom Kippur (September 24–25) approach, I have committed to finally listening to my chiropractor’s advice. This year, I am spending as much time focused on my body’s core work as I put into the spiritual core-work I do for myself.

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Just as I have long encouraged others to prepare well ahead for the spiritual journey that comes with the Jewish High Holy Days, I am trying to practice what I preach.

I have been taking online courses with the Institute for Jewish Spirituality ( to develop on my spiritual core, creating and strengthening new pathways for my whole person. I am rededicating to my morning rituals, a spiritual practice to return me to soulfulness. I am up early for meditation using the Calm app ( to practice breathing through the vicissitudes of life.

Then, while listening to Spotify playlists of Modeh Ani (prayer of thanks), I do my gratitude work by writing down three things from the previous 24 hours which I am thankful for and why I am thankful. These remind me in the midst of life’s pressures that I am surrounded by a bounty of blessings.

Imagining my chiropractor’s smile cheering me on, I dedicate time to core strengthening exercises to prepare my weary body to carry me through. Often I am listening to podcasts from The Happiness Lab (drlauriesantos. com/happiness-lab-podcast) or On the Other Hand: Ten Minutes of Torah (

Finally, onto exercise—swimming or treadmill time—to integrate all this mind, heart, and body work.

It takes time to take care of ourselves. Each of us deserves the attention of heart-mind-body work as most of us are plagued with too much stress, anxiety, and other real-world pressures. During the upcoming Yamim Noraim (the Days of Awe), we will be asked if we are on the path of promise or if we have pursued less positive pathways leading in directions not good for our soulcenter. Often we stress about carrying the burden of the past and the worry about the future. Might we do the wholeness work now to focus on returning our present to promise and inner peace? Such focus will refill our depleted stores and strengthen our weakened cores.

As for me, my core work is already showing signs of success. I’m breathing better. I’m more focused. I have more stamina. My soul seems more satisfied.

On Rosh Hashana, we will sound the shofar, a ram’s horn that calls us to commit to internal transformation. Its piercing sounds send us on a journey back to our authentic selves.

the bimah (stage) at the Thousand Oaks Bank of America Performing Arts Center, we hope to bring together the right combination of moving music (traditional and contemporary); spoken word (ancient prayers and modern poetry); guided meditation; and authentic God talk to touch people’s minds, hearts, and souls. We will weave together core messages and spiritual core work to guide the gathered to let go of the constant pain or ongoing pressures that stress our minds and souls. We will help each other return to authenticity.

Jewish tradition and time-tested experience teach that these messages move deeper inside when we each are already prepared. Will you be ready to hear the shofar’s call?

Begin your core work today. Strengthen your physical core even as you deepen your spiritual core. That way, neither you nor I will find ourselves strewn out on a backstage floor somewhere seeking a last-minute adjustment. Rather, we will be reaching out and reaching up with a freedom of movement that comes from ongoing mind-body-soul core work.

Wishing all those who observe a spiritually fulfilling, intellectually engaging, musically uplifting High Holy Days. And may we all be blessed. n

Rabbi Paul Kipnes —author, innovator, and a spiritual leader of Congregation Or Ami—leads the High Holy Days at the Bank of America Performing Arts Center in Thousand Oaks. You can also stream online at no cost at Information at

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When Cantor Kyle Cotler, Rabbi Lana Zilberman Soloway, and I (Congregation Or Ami’s clergy team) stand up on
"It takes time to take care of ourselves. Each of us deserves the attention of heart-mind-body work as most of us are plagued with too much stress, anxiety, and other real-world pressures."
Photography by Michael Kaplan

According to American Heart Association statistics, roughly 350,000 adults experience an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest annually, with 70 percent occurring in a private home. Misunderstandings about CPR can prevent people from acting, so here are some tips to keep you confident and ready.

Get trained: Take a CPR course from a certified provider. This will teach you the proper techniques and procedures for performing CPR effectively. While you don’t have to hold a certification to perform CPR, you should strongly consider taking a CPR course to be prepared—especially if you have children. Instructor-led courses are available locally and video courses are available online.

Know the signs of cardiac arrest: Learn to recognize the signs of cardiac arrest, such as sudden loss of consciousness, no pulse, and no breathing. Research has shown that each minute CPR is delayed the odds of survival decrease by about 10 percent, so acting quickly is critical.

Save a Life With CPR

Call 911: In any emergency situation, it is important to call for professional medical help immediately. If possible, have a second bystander make the call. The 911 operators can help guide you through CPR.

Perform chest compressions: If someone is in cardiac arrest, start by performing chest compressions. Place the heel of your hand on the center of the person's chest, between the nipples. Interlock your fingers and position your shoulders directly above your hands. Push hard and fast, aiming for a rate of 100–120 compressions per minute. (You can use the rhythm of the BeeGee’s “Stayin’ Alive” or have someone Google “metronome” and enter “110.”) Allow the chest to fully recoil between compressions.

Use rescue breaths: Hands-only CPR can be effective for the first few minutes after cardiac arrest in adults and teens. However, mouth-to-mouth resuscitation—two rescue breaths after every 30 compressions—is important for infants and children and if someone's heart stopped because of choking or drowning. Tilt the person's head back slightly, pinch their nose shut, and give two rescue breaths. Each breath should last about one second and make the chest rise visibly.

Continue CPR until help arrives: Keep performing chest compressions and rescue breaths in a cycle until professional help arrives or the person shows signs of life. n

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Nearly 400 people gathered in support of the LucStrong Foundation on Saturday, August 5, for their 7th Annual Kickball Fundraiser at Del Prado Playfields in Newbury Park. Twenty teams gathered donations to support the foundation leading up to the LucStrong event, named after the son of founders Matt and Stacy Bodden, who started LucStrong in his honor after he tragically passed away at the age of 10 from complications due to sickle cell disease. Team DHL, captained by the Boddens’ son Shane, won the championship game, becoming the first back-to-back champions in the history of the fundraiser. The Ballers team, captained by Rose Catherine, won the fundraising championship, bringing in nearly $8,000 of the $40,000 raised to help 20 families with children suffering from sickle cell disease. The Ballers are the first back-toback champions in fundraising efforts. For more information or to make a donation, visit

Ask the Pharmacist

Should I get the new RSV vaccine?

Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) has been around since 1956, and yes, we finally have a vaccine for it. RSV is a common respiratory virus that usually causes mild, cold-like symptoms. It is most common in children, and reinfection remains common throughout life. Reinfection in adulthood often produces only mild to moderate symptoms that are indistinguishable from the common cold or a sinus infection. RSV, however, can cause more serious illness in infants, older adults, and patients with compromised immune systems. RSV is usually spread through direct contact with the virus, such as when droplets from another person’s cough or sneeze contact your eyes, nose, or mouth. It can also be spread when you touch a surface that has the virus on it, like a doorknob, and then touch your face before washing your hands.

Symptoms of RSV infection may include runny nose, decrease in appetite, coughing, sneezing, fever, or wheezing. Most people recover in a week or two. More serious symptoms include shortness of breath and decreased oxygen levels. RSV can lead to further complications resulting in hospitalization and even death.

The CDC recommends adults 60 years and older may receive a single dose of RSV vaccine—based on discussions between the patient and health care provider. The RSV vaccine may be given at the same time as other vaccines. Side effects of the vaccine include pain, redness, and swelling where the shot is given, fatigue, fever, headache, nausea, diarrhea, and muscle or joint pain.

Your decision to get the vaccine should be based on your personal circumstances and discussion with a health care provider.

Inside Gelson’s Market

22277 Mulholland Hwy., Calabasas

M – F: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Saturday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Sunday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

P: 818.223.8656 F: 818.223.8750

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Southern California Sinus Institute

Climate change has brought about a variety of issues—such as more rain, longer pollen seasons, and increased dust and mold—which all increase pollen-related allergies. Thankfully, renowned sinus expert Dr. Alen N. Cohen helps patients maintain nose and sinus health at the Southern California Sinus Institute in West Hills, whatever the season or cause.

“Many people in Southern California experience congestion due to seasonal or perennial allergies," explains Dr. Cohen. “If the mucus can't drain from the sinuses, then infection, postnasal drip, cough, sinus pain, and pressure often develop.”

The Southern California Sinus Institute specializes in minimally invasive office-based, outpatient surgical procedures to relieve seasonal and perennial allergies, nasal and sinus obstruction, recurrent sinus infections, nasal/sinus polyps, and sinus headaches. They offer a full range of sinus care, from blood allergy testing to sinus CT scans and treatments. They treat a variety of nasal conditions from deviated septum, where the nasal cartilage shifts out of alignment, often restricting airways, to

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Treating nasal obstruction, sinusitis, sinus headaches, deviated septum, snoring, and more

chronic sinusitis and nasal polyps, which are growths that appear where the sinuses open into the nasal cavity. Larger polyps can cause obstruction as well as loss of smell, leading to frequent congestion.

People suffering from more than three or four sinus attacks per year, or symptoms lasting over two to three months, may benefit from a quick 30-minute in-office Balloon Sinuplasty ® procedure. Chronic sinusitis can usually be handled in the doctor's office under local anesthesia. More-advanced cases may require a short outpatient surgical procedure. Either way, Dr. Cohen can resolve nose and sinus issues permanently.

The doctor recommends a variety of treatments for environmental allergies and sinusitis, including sinus rinses or saline sprays to help clear allergens or irritants in the nose and sinuses. He also suggests sprays, including Flonase ® , Nasacort ® , and Astelin ® ; decongestants, such

as Sudafed ® ; or antihistamines, including Claritin ® , Zyrtec ® , and Allegra ® . Some patients may also require oral antibiotics or oral steroids to alleviate any infection or inflammation.

A board-certified otolaryngologist/ENT surgeon specializing in rhinology (nose and sinus disorders), Dr. Cohen is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS) and the American Rhinologic Society (FARS). He is also CEO and founder of the prestigious C/V ENT Surgical Group with offices in Encino and West Hills. As one of only a dozen nationwide-designated Sinus Centers of Excellence, Dr. Cohen trains other ENT doctors in the art of in-office Balloon Sinuplasty. A Los Angeles Magazine Super Doctor since 2013 and a Castle-Connelly Nationwide Top Doctor since 2017, Dr. Cohen has performed more sinus balloon procedures than anyone in Los Angeles. These require virtually minimal recovery time. Patients can breathe easy knowing their health is in excellent hands every day of the year. n

Southern California Sinus Institute

7345 Medical Center Dr., #510 West Hills 818.888.7878

FARMERS MARKETS ——— Explore Your Local

We have a great selection of farmers markets in our area. Treat your family to some fresh air and even fresher produce while supporting our local farmers and family businesses.

Old Town Calabasas

23504 Calabasas Rd.



Saturdays 8 AM to 1 PM

Agoura Hills (Whizin Market Square)

28914 Roadside Dr.

Agoura Hills


Saturdays 11 AM to 4 PM

Westlake Village

2797 Agoura Rd.

Westlake Village


Sundays 10 AM to 2 PM

Thousand Oaks (Oaks Mall)

350 W. Hillcrest Dr. Thousand Oaks


Thursdays 12 PM to 5 PM

Malibu (Legacy Park) 23500 Civic Center Way



Sundays 9 AM to 2 PM


17400 Victory Blvd. Van Nuys 818.708.6611

Sundays 8 AM to 1 PM

Sherman Oaks

14006 Riverside Dr. Sherman Oaks 818.591.8161

Tuesdays 3 PM to 8 PM

Warner Center 21255 Burbank Blvd. Woodland Hills 818.699.6204 LNRWarnerCenterCFM

Wednesdays 10 AM to 2 PM


18111 Nordhoff St. Northridge 818.591.8161

Tuesdays 10 AM to 2 PM

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The Calabasas Chamber of Commerce honored Calabasas Mayor David J. Shapiro at the Annual Mayoral Luncheon on August 17 on the terrace at Calabasas Country Club. Over 150 guests, chamber members, city officials, and community sponsors attended the event, including California State Senator Ben Allen, representing the 24th Senate District, and Congresswoman Julia Brownley, representing California's 26th District. Also in attendance was Steve Freedland, mayor of Hidden Hills, and Chris Anstead, mayor of Agoura Hills.

David Shapiro has served on the Calabasas City Council since January 25, 2012, and served as the city's mayor from 2014 to 2015 and then for a second term from 2018 to 2019. He is currently in his third term as mayor—from 2020 to 2023. The overall theme of Mayor Shapiro’s speech was “partnership,” and he stressed that much of the great success and many accomplishments of the City of Calabasas are due to the vast number of partnerships and alliances that the city and city council members have forged since Calabasas was incorporated on April 5, 1991. In his role as mayor, David’s primary goals are to keep the City of Calabasas safe and prepared for natural disasters and to keep the city financially strong. David is also a true advocate in supporting the LVUSD schools and students and the senior community, and he continues to provide environmental leadership.

The four Elite Sponsors for the Mayoral Luncheon were The Wella Company, Las Virgenes Municipal Water District, Waste Management, and The Commons at Calabasas. Table sponsors included Michael Bloom, Realtor at The Agency; the Law Offices of Mark L. Levinson; West Hills Hospital and Medical Center; and the City of Calabasas.

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2 lbs. boneless chicken breasts or thighs

1 large egg, beaten

2 cups finely crushed corn flakes

2 tbsp. whole wheat flour

Kosher salt

2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling

1 lb. Brussels sprouts, halved

2 shallots, quartered

2 tbsp. fresh thyme


Hot Honey Mustard

4 tbsp. salted butter, melted

1/4 cup honey

1/4 cup Dijon mustard

2 tbsp. lemon juice

1-2 tsp. cayenne pepper

1/2 tsp. chili powder

1/2 tsp. smoked paprika

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

Kosher salt

Sheet Pan Hot Honey Mustard Chicken and Crispy Brussels Sprouts


Preheat the oven to 450° F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or grease with oil. Add the chicken and egg to a bowl. Toss to combine.

Add the cornflakes, flour, and a pinch of salt to another bowl. Dredge the chicken in batches through the crumbs, tossing to coat. Place the chicken on one side of the prepared baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil. Add the Brussels sprouts and shallots to the other side of the pan and toss with 2 tablespoons oil, salt, and pepper.

Bake for 20 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through. Reduce the oven temp to 400° F. Meanwhile, make the sauce. Combine all ingredients in a bowl until smooth and creamy. If the sauce stiffens, warm in the microwave or on the stove. Spoon the sauce over the chicken, coating each piece. Toss the sprouts with 1 tablespoon oil. Return everything to the oven for 3 to 5 minutes.

Serve the chicken with extra sauce and the Brussels sprouts on the side. Top with fresh thyme

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Fall Recipes

Cinnamon Swirl Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Butter Bread


Preheat the oven to 350° F. Grease a (9x5 inch) bread pan. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the pumpkin butter, pumpkin puree, melted butter, maple syrup, eggs, and vanilla until combined. Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, and salt; mix until just combined. Fold in the chocolate chips. In a bowl, combine the granulated sugar with the remaining 1 tablespoon of cinnamon.

Spoon half the pumpkin batter into the prepared pan. Sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar, reserving 2 tablespoons of sugar for topping the loaf. Add the remaining batter over the sugar. Run a knife down the center of the loaf 1 to 2 times to gently swirl the sugar. Sprinkle the remaining cinnamon sugar over top of the batter.

Transfer to the oven and bake for 55 to 65 minutes, or until the center is just set. Cover the bread with foil at the 30-minute mark to prevent the top from burning. Remove the bread and let cool for at least 30 minutes before cutting.


1/2 cup pumpkin butter

1/2 cup pumpkin puree

1/2 cup melted salted butter

1/2 cup pure maple syrup

2 large eggs, at room temperature

2 tsp. vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. + 1 tbsp. ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg

1/4 tsp. ground ginger

1/4 tsp. ground cloves

1/2 tsp. kosher salt

1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

1/2 cup granulated sugar

Wendy Gale is a 36-year resident of the Calabasas area and mother of three. She found her passion for cooking and baking driven by her desire to make elaborate family dinners, spending many hours reading cookbooks and many afternoons preparing multi-course meals. She really loves challenging herself with trying new recipes and food presentation.

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TAKEOUT, DINE IN, or Delivery

Barney’s Gourmet Hamburgers 4776 Commons Way, #D Calabasas


Brent’s Delicatessen & Restaurant 2799 Townsgate Rd. Westlake Village


Crossroads Kitchen 4776 Commons Way, #A Calabasas 747.230.4210

Emil’s Bake House 5005 Kanan Rd. Agoura Hills


Farfalla Trattoria 160 Promenade Way Westlake Village


JINYA Ramen Bar

6600 Topanga Canyon Blvd., #1280 Canoga Park 424.433.6577

King’s Fish House 4798 Commons Way Calabasas


La La Land Kind Café 4799 Commons Way, #E, Calabasas

Lovi's Delicatessen 24005 Calabasas Rd. Calabasas


Mastro’s Steakhouse 2087 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. Thousand Oaks


Mediterraneo 32037 Agoura Rd. Westlake Village 818.889.9105

Morton’s The Steakhouse 6250 Canoga Ave. Woodland Hills 818.703.7272

Nothing Bundt Cakes 6524 Platt Ave. West Hills 818.340.2253

Paul Martin’s American Grill 100 S. Westlake Blvd. Westlake Village 805.373.9300

Pearl District 982 S. Westlake Blvd., #8 Westlake Village 805.230.9944

Pedalers Fork 23504 Calabasas Rd. Calabasas 818.225.8231

Porta Via 4799 Commons Way, #J Calabasas 818.746.2020

Sagebrush Cantina 23527 Calabasas Rd. Calabasas 818.222.6062

Seabutter Sushi 180 Promenade Way, #E Westlake Village 805.221.6096

Social Monk Asian Kitchen 4000 Thousand Oaks Blvd., #C1 Westlake Village 805.370.8290

Soom Soom Fresh Mediterranean 180 Promenade Way Westlake Village 805.917.2008

Sugarfish 4799 Commons Way, #G Calabasas 818.223.9966

Sunrose California Eatery 5046 Cornell Rd. Agoura Hills

Sweetfin 180 Promenade Way, #I-7 Westlake Village

Sweetgreen 100 Promenade Way, #A Westlake Village 818.806.0400

Sweet Lady Jane 23653 Calabasas Rd. Calabasas 818.914.5080

The Six Social House 26500 Agoura Rd., #116 Calabasas 818.222.6969

The Stonehaus 32039 Agoura Rd. Westlake Village 818.483.1152

Toscanova 4799 Commons Way, #A Calabasas 818.225.0499

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

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Treat yourself to a night off and support our local eateries. Contact the restaurants directly for details. The days and hours they are open are often updated.
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The Allure of California’s HIGHWAY 1 T

raversing California’s Highway 1, commonly known as the Pacific Coast Highway, offers a quintessential experience of our California coast, one steeped in breathtaking natural vistas and vibrant culture. Extending over 650 miles alongside the Pacific Ocean, this iconic thoroughfare facilitates a journey that engages all senses: the magnificent scenery, the invigorating smell of the sea, and the soothing sound of waves breaking against the shore. Those privileged with time should seize the opportunity to explore the stretch from Malibu to Monterey, a trip that promises to be indelibly etched in one’s memory.

Embarking from Malibu: An overture in natural elegance

Our journey begins in the coastal enclave of Malibu, often associated with celebrity residences and private beaches. However, to anyone local, we know the true magnetism of Malibu lies in its preserved natural beauty. The sandy stretches of Zuma Beach offer an authentic entry point to Southern California’s distinctive surf culture. A visit to Point Dume State Beach provides an opportunity for a modest hike that culminates in a rewarding visual

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A scenic journey from Malibu to Monterey

experience. On days graced by clear skies, one may even be fortunate to glimpse the distant Channel Islands against the vast backdrop of the Pacific Ocean.

Santa Barbara: A fusion of Mediterranean and Californian attitudes

Continuing northward, approximately two hours from Malibu, you will reach the city of Santa Barbara. The landscape where California’s native beauty melds seamlessly with a Mediterranean aura. Palm trees and Spanish colonial architecture punctuate the scenery, substantiating its moniker as the “American Riviera.”

A visit to the Santa Barbara Mission offers an engaging historical perspective, showcasing the city as a living museum of California’s past. For the art and food enthusiast, the Funk Zone provides an eclectic blend of

galleries, eateries, and wine-tasting venues that express Santa Barbara’s unique culture.

Morro Bay: The charm of unpretentious beauty

Continuing the journey north, our next stop is Morro Bay. The skyline here is dramatically punctuated by Morro Rock, an extinct volcanic plug that stands sentinel at the entrance to the harbor. This humble fishing community provides an oasis of tranquility amid the grandeur of the Californian coast. For those who enjoy fresh seafood, Morro Bay offers an abundance of local fish markets and independent restaurants, each committed to serving seafood of unparalleled freshness. For adventurers keen on a more tactile engagement with the environment, kayaking within the bay allows for a close-up experience with the resident wildlife, which ranges from playful sea otters to seals basking in the sun.

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The sublime artistry of Bixby Creek Bridge and Big Sur

As we advance along the iconic highway, the quaint coastal town of Cayucos serves as a brief yet charming waypoint, a prelude to one of the journey’s architectural and scenic highlights. Emerging on the horizon is the aweinspiring Bixby Creek Bridge, a marvel of engineering set against a stunning natural backdrop. This structure serves a role beyond mere functionality; it acts as a metaphoric threshold, signaling a shift from one remarkable phase of the journey to another even more transcendent one.

Upon crossing the Bixby Creek Bridge, you enter the realm of Big Sur, a geographic masterpiece that can be considered nothing short of nature’s own gallery. This stretch of coastline is where the ethereal grandeur of California’s landscapes achieves an almost mythical status. The towering redwood forests stand as ancient sentinels, their lofty heights dwarfing those who pass beneath their canopies. These magnificent trees eventually give way to a series of steep, jagged cliffs that serve as a dramatic frame for the vistas beyond.

Monterey: A confluence of marine splendor and artistic heritage

Our journey concludes in Monterey, a city distinguished for its exceptional marine life and its contributions to American literature and art. A visit to the Monterey Bay Aquarium is requisite; the Open Sea exhibit stands as a vivid testament to the complexity of marine life, offering an immersive experience that brings visitors face-toface with the natural wonders of the oceanic world.

In addition to its ecological treasures, Monterey offers a dive into American history and literature through Cannery Row. This waterfront street once served as the nucleus of a bustling sardine-packing industry, an era immortalized in prose by the iconic American writer John Steinbeck in his novel also titled Cannery Row. The area serves as a tangible link to the city’s past, presenting both historical resonance and modern-day attractions, including a variety of shops and restaurants that continue to draw visitors.

The journey along Highway 1 from Malibu to Monterey provides an unparalleled travel experience that encapsulates the multifaceted essence of California. Each destination en route boasts its own unique charm and attractions, yet they are united by the omnipresent allure of the Pacific coastline. The drive serves as a sublime testament to the beauty and cultural richness of the Californian landscape—an experience that invites adjectives yet ultimately transcends them. n

Robby Krieger

Headlining the Sagebrush Cantina music festival

By Judy Abel Photography by Jo Lopez

Legendary guitarist for the Doors to celebrate

55th anniversary of “Waiting for the Sun”

The music of the iconic rock band the Doors will be featured this October at the 2023 edition of the eagerly anticipated Sagebrush Cantina Music, Food & Fun Festival. This year’s headliner is Doors guitarist and founding member Robby Krieger.

Krieger was an unthinkable 19 years old when he joined Jim Morrison, Ray Manzarek, and meditation buddy John Densmore to form the epochal Los Angeles-based psychedelic quartet in 1965. When the Doors broke onto the scene, their swirling jazzinflected improvisations and brooding, Blake-ian lyrics were the antithesis of the then-dominant San Francisco-based peace and love stylings. The baritone crooning by a Dionysian Morrison matched Krieger’s hypnotic fingerpicking, which mixed garage rock chords with folk, jazz, and classical guitar.

The band’s self-titled debut album was a smash in no small part due to the first song Krieger penned for the group at the urging of the band’s frontman, Morrison. “Light My Fire” shot up the charts with the group’s signature sound, and it remains a lasting gift for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist. The song has been covered by artists as diverse as Stevie Wonder, Shirley Bassey, Julie London, and of course, Jose Feliciano. Krieger recalls, “It was pretty crazy. It certainly sold the most. The main thing is more people copied that song than any other Doors song.” Krieger went on to write several of the Doors’ most enduring hits, including “Love Me Two Times” from the group’s sophomore effort and horn-heavy “Touch Me,” which features a blistering solo by jazz saxophonist Curtis Amy.

Krieger’s appearance at the festival promises to feature “mostly the Doors music. It’s the 55th anniversary of our album ‘Waiting for the Sun,’ so we’ll be doing most of the songs from that record and a lot of others too.”

It’s anticipated that Krieger, named by Rolling Stone as one of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time, could be joined on stage by some celebrated musicians he’s befriended over the course of a sixdecade career. “Definitely,” says Krieger. “That happens more often than not.” At 77, Krieger’s not touring as frequently as he once did. “Not a whole lot. Not that much since covid.”

During the pandemic, he created a widely celebrated series of YouTube guitar tutorials. “It seems to be pretty popular,” shares Krieger. He’s thinking of adding a few more lessons where he showcases his memorable riffs and lessons on improvisation.

Krieger confirmed that he never plays a solo the same way twice. “I try to keep it fresh. Back in the Doors days…it was always different every night,” he explains. “I look upon it as more of a freeform kind of a deal. I’ve got some licks I’ve been doing for the last four or five years that have stuck, but you never know what’s going to come out.”

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Expect some new music too. Krieger just finished a song about Brandon Lee, star of The Crow and son of martial arts legend Bruce Lee. “Some of my friends are trying to get a movie made about Brandon’s life,” he says. “Lou Diamond Phillips wrote the screenplay, and to get it going, I wrote a song for it. It came out pretty good.”

Today, the soft-spoken Krieger seems the antithesis of the smirking badass featured in the Doors’ 1968 performance on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour variety show, where the guitarist sports a prominent black eye. “They wanted me to wear makeup, but I thought it would be kind of cool to just go along with it and have a black eye and have some controversy,” Krieger says. The genesis of that

Robby Krieger

shiner has been a source of persistent journalistic inquiry ever since, with rumors of Krieger failing to duck a punch meant for his unpredictable bandmate Morrison or even Morrison decking Krieger in a barroom brawl. The speculation was concededly fueled by contradicting stories told over the years by the Doors themselves. For those interested, Krieger comes clean with the real story, recounting a sad chapter in his life in his recently published memoir, Set the Night on Fire: Living, Dying, and Playing Guitar with the Doors

While a baby boomer icon for more than five decades, Krieger seems delighted that he’s being discovered by younger fans now too. “It’s cool both ways,” he says. “But I really do love it when a young kid comes up and says he loves the music, because that’s going to be a whole new generation.” Krieger reminisces about a 10 year old who approached him after a performance last year at the Santa Monica Pier, “The kid had a little toy piano and he said, ‘Hey, listen to this,’ and he played ‘Riders on the Storm.’ He played Ray [Manzarek]’s solo perfectly. I’m sure I’ll see him again. He was amazing.”

You can catch Krieger along with his son Waylon on October 7 at the Sagebrush Cantina Music, Food & Fun Festival.

For more information on the event and to buy tickets, visit n

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Cancer Support Community Valley/ Ventura/Santa Barbara (CSCVVSB) held its inaugural Caravan for Cancer Car Drive on Sunday, June 25. Hosted by board member John Cofiell, the event welcomed 50 attendees in a variety of makes and models of vehicles. A light breakfast was served before the cars caravanned from the Cancer Support headquarters in Westlake to Malibu through Lake Sherwood and then returned to the headquarters for a BBQ lunch cooked by the Thousand Oaks Kiwanis. The proceeds from the day, about $5,000, go towards supporting programs that help people overcome the challenges of a cancer diagnosis. Programs include counseling, support groups, workshops, and social events provided at no cost to patients, survivors, family members, and caregivers. CSCVVSB helps adults, children, and teens who are impacted by cancer, enabling them to regain control, reduce isolation, and restore hope. For more information, visit

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Rain or shine, local vendors bring a variety of fresh, seasonal fruits, veggies, and flowers; artisanal baked goods; prepared foods to go; and much more to Old Town Calabasas. Call 818.591.8161 for more information.



Shops and restaurants at Whizin Market Square in Agoura Hills will roll out the red carpet with special local musicians, artists, food, and drink offerings each month. Every locally owned business will add their own flair to the Thursday events, so be sure to check out the shops around The Square. Visit for details.




The Foundation for Las Virgenes Schools is excited to bring families together for a fun weekend with THE Carnival at Whizin Market Square in Agoura Hills. The Carnival includes exciting rides and thrilling games for all ages. Admission is free and everyone in the community is welcome. Visit



Join the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley at the luxurious Four Seasons Hotel in Westlake Village for an unforgettable evening of entertainment, delicious food, and a silent and live auction while supporting their mission to enable all young people to reach their full potential. For more information, visit

SEPTEMBER 9 | 9 AM – 12 PM


Help beautify the city of Agoura by removing trash from creeks, waterways, and open spaces with other community volunteers. Light morning snacks will be provided. Meet at the south/west corner of Kanan and Agoura Roads. Sign-ups are required at

SEPTEMBER 9 AND 10 | 10 AM – 5 PM


Enjoy a weekend on the coast with artists showing and selling dazzling artwork and street painters creating colorful chalk pastel murals on Ventura Harbor’s sidewalks. Admission is free. Visit

SEPTEMBER 11 | 8:30 AM


Take a swing for Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families and the Rotary Club of Camarillo at Spanish Hills Country Club. One of the longest-running charity golf tournaments, the event features a four-person “Texas Scramble” format, with on-course competitions and an online auction and awards banquet. Register at

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Creative Steps hosted a special rock concert fundraiser on Friday, July 28, at the Rosenthal Wine Bar & Patio in Malibu where guests had a rocking good time. The theme was dubbed “Where Hollywood Bowl Meets Malibu,” as guests were invited to bring their own picnic, purchase food from food trucks or pick up to-go dinners from nearby restaurants. Guests enjoyed fabulous wine provided by Rosenthal Winery and danced the night away to music performances by Notice of Intent and the Weasels.

Creative Steps is a community-based day program for adults with diverse intellectual and developmental disabilities. The organization was founded on the belief that everyone deserves the chance to continue to grow and learn as valued members of society.

Creative Steps strives to provide young adults with a variety of options for activities in the community, vocational training, and job support and provide access to cultural experiences, activities, and events.

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SEPTEMBER 17 | 4 PM – 8 PM


Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara will host the highly anticipated Celebration of Hope Garden Party and Awards dinner at Los Robles Greens in Thousand Oaks, gathering colleagues, friends, and loved ones who have been impacted by cancer to connect, share stories, and honor local oncology heroes. Purchase tickets at




Join the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra for an unforgettable evening of music and entertainment at the most anticipated event of the season, their annual fundraiser gala. Guests will enjoy special performances by the orchestra and a surprise-guest piano virtuoso while sampling cocktails, wines, and elegant hors d’oeuvres. Reserve tickets at

SEPTEMBER 21 | 5:30 PM – 8 PM


Enjoy margarita tastings and appetizers plus wine samples, a DJ, photobooths, a silent auction, and more—all in the name of charity! Benefitting Soroptimist International of Conejo Valley, attendees will also vote for the People’s Choice Award for “Best in the West Margarita.” Located at The Gardens at Los Robles Greens in Thousand Oaks. Purchase tickets at



Join our fabulous community as many of Calabasas’ most-talented residents join forces for a must-attend, five-day, fun-filled event, complete with hand-selected film premieres of all genres that are guaranteed to entertain plus lively, catered cocktail hours and after-parties. Purchase tickets at


OCTOBER 5 | 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM


The premier event to raise money for local Kiwanis community charities, this special evening hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Thousand Oaks celebrates the best in food and wine that the Conejo Valley has to offer at The Garden at Los Robles Greens. Enjoy live entertainment, a silent auction, and a variety of local restaurants and wine and beer vendors. For tickets and information, visit

OCTOBER 6 TO 8 | 10 AM – 5 PM


There is much to celebrate as the Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show returns to the Ventura County Fairgrounds, welcoming attendees back for a fun-filled weekend for all ages. This one-of-a-kind event offers more than 24,000 handmade creations from hundreds of exhibitors, specialty foods, strolling performers, a Kidzone, and more. Visit

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OCTOBER 7 | 4 PM – 11 PM


A world-class boutique music festival will take over the grounds of Sagebrush Cantina and Leonis Adobe, featuring legendary guitarist of The Doors, Robby Krieger. Sip and savor offerings curated by local restaurants and food trucks, jam out to legendary bands, and peruse the vendor village. Tickets available at

OCTOBER 7 TO 8 | 11 AM – 5 PM


The City of Agoura and 2023 Grand Marshal Matt McKagan invite adults and kids out for a free weekend of fun, featuring the RAD Fiesta, RAD Parade, and RAD Ride. The festival also includes live music, beer and wine, food trucks, artisans and vendors for shopping, children’s activities, adobe tours, and more. Located at 30400 W. Rainbow Crest Drive. Visit for more information.



Join the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Jacob Dyne, who was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis (CF) at the age of 14 months, in the fight to find a cure for cystic fibrosis. The festive event will be held at The Commons at Calabasas with all revenue received benefitting the CFF Nonsense and Rare Mutations Research and Therapeutics Initiative. For more information or to make a donation, visit

OCTOBER 14 | 6:30 PM – 11 PM


Benefitting the Kevin Cordasco Foundation: Something Yellow, honoring the heroes of childhood cancer, this very special evening will include a cocktail hour, dinner, dancing, and great live entertainment in a dinner club atmosphere, complete with the sounds of accomplished composer/arranger Paul McDonald and his big band. For tickets and information, visit

OCTOBER 15 | 9 AM – 4 PM


Come together in celebrating the best of Thousand Oaks—family, community, and service—at the highly anticipated and largest event of its kind. Enjoy live entertainment, window-less shopping with over 300 vendors, lots of fun rides and activities for all ages, delicious food choices from a variety of food trucks and vendors, and an opportunity to meet local first responders. Visit

OCTOBER 22 | 10 AM – 5 PM


Held at Juan Bautista De Anza Park (3701 Lost Hills Rd.), the festival offers families with children of all ages an opportunity to enjoy a safe, fun-filled, festive experience. Carnival games, arts and crafts, booths hosted by local businesses and organizations, marketplace and food-court vendors, and much more. Visit



Boogie for breast cancer with the Calabasas/West Valley Hadassah Chapter at their annual Breast Cancer Event. Light food and plenty of beverages will be served, and there will be auction items, gift bags, dancing, and more—all to help find a cure. Register at

Please note that some events may be subject to change or cancellation. Check with the event organizers beforehand to confirm the details. Send calendar submissions three months in advance to

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