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Š2017 Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. All Rights Reserved. Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. Owned by a subsidiary of NRT LLC. Coldwell Banker, the Coldwell Banker Logo, Coldwell Banker Global Luxury and the Coldwell Banker Global Luxury logo service marks are registered or pending registrations owned by Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. Broker does not guarantee the accuracy of square footage, lot size or other information concerning the condition or features of property provided by seller or obtained from public records or other sources, and the buyer is advised to independently verify the accuracy of that information through personal inspection and with appropriate professionals. If your property is currently listed for sale, this is not intended as a solicitation. CalBRE Lic # 00545184.


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his year is coming to a close… By any measure 2017 has been a very uncertain and contentious year in our country. The communities that we serve, the Conejo Valley, Malibu and Pacific Palisades, are more fortunate and less impacted by many of the troubles swirling about the rest of our state, country and even the world. But what does the future hold? Will the air continue to be cleaner than it was when I arrived in California 40 years ago? Or will suddenly unleashed fossil fuel polluters destroy what has been achieved by so many years of hard environmental management? Will our liberties become eroded by dictatorial populism? Please remember that Nazism, Fascism and Communism were populist movements. Will the stark divisions so evident in the rest of the country take hold in California as well? On a social level, all of this translates to bringing our very complex and diverse society together; we also need to make an effort to better understand and respect differences. An elitist, overly politically correct attitude contributes toward increasing the divide. On the other hand, “I’ve got it and the heck with you” does the same thing. We cannot allow our communities, our state and our country to become fence sitters staring across an abyss at each other. We are better than that. The outreach in our local communities through nonprofits and individual effort never ceases to amaze me. The fact is that our communities are very affluent, but when it comes to supporting the people in our community and beyond, “we put our money where our mouth is.” Normally messages this time of year are filled with good cheer and happiness. Let’s get beneath that seasonal surface and reach out and really come together in 2018. If we do that as individuals and through our communities, perhaps the dysfunctional politicians on both sides of the political aisle can reboot and actually get something accomplished for not only their narrow constituencies but the entire country. Best wishes for a healthy and enjoyable holiday season from the Lifestyle team!

DECEMBER 2017 PUBLISHER

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Rosemary Allison presents

11925 PRADERA | SANTA ROSA VALLEY, CA www.11925pradera.com | Reduced to only $1,175,000

Beautiful 4 bedrm, 3 +bath home in Santa Rosa Valley sitting on over an acre of land. This home exudes Tuscan warmth from the customized formal living and dining room with volume ceilings & tile floors, gourmet kitchen granite counters, rich dark cabinetry with breakfast room, huge family room with fireplace & large wet bar, hardwood floors, indoor laundry, & dual heating and A/C. Master bedroom with fireplace. There is a large covered pool attached to the home. Car enthusiasts 4 car garage and a concrete driveway to allow potential RV or multiple car parking. The home is surrounded by many fruit trees and landscaping. The property is zoned for horses. One-bedroom downstairs is currently utilized as office. Huge laundry room. Reduced to only $1,175,000.

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Fabulous Channel Islands Waterfront Condo

2901 PENINSULA #137. | OXNARD, CA www.2901Peninsula.com | Offered at only $365,000 This one bedroom residence has incredible views. Highly desirable west-facing sunny location with views out to the Marina, Ocean and Islands beyond. This premium location accessible with building elevator, offers a secluded patio off both the living room and bedroom. The resort-like amenities include three pools, a spectacular waterside clubhouse, Spa, saunas, gym, tennis and more. Halfway between Malibu and Santa Barbara. This development offers the best view for the best value at the beach! In our opinion, Channel Islands Waterfront Homes is the most economical option for a beach getaway, second home, retirement, first-time buyer or a place to call home forever. Nearby is a weekly Farmer and Fisherman’s Market, summer concert series in the park next door and a lively calendar of special events. The Maritime Museum, a community center and live theater offer year-round cultural activities. Scenic sidewalks line the harbor and water activities include paddle boarding, kayaking, surfing, sport fishing, diving, sailing and more. Five of the Channel Islands are right off our coast making this a boater’s paradise. Board Island Packers for a wildlife excursion to the Channel Islands National Park or cruise about the harbor on the Scarlett Belle Paddlewheel or on a rented electric boat. Located on the Coast, halfway between Malibu and Santa Barbara and boast uncrowded soft-sand beaches in a quiet-laid-back coastal atmosphere with a mild Southern California climate. According to the Washington Post, Ventura County as the “#1 Most desirable place to live in America.”

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©2017 Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. All Rights Reserved. Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. Owned by a subsidiary of NRT LLC. Coldwell Banker, the Coldwell Banker Logo, Coldwell Banker Global Luxury and the Coldwell Banker Global Luxury logo service marks are registered or pending registrations owned by Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. Broker does not guarantee the accuracy of square footage, lot size or other information concerning the condition or features of property provided by seller or obtained from public records or other sources, and the buyer is advised to independently verify the accuracy of that information through personal inspection and with appropriate professionals. CalBRE Lic .#00545184.


Rosemary Allison presents

2850 YUCCA | SANTA ROSA VALLEY, CA www.2850Yucca.com | Offered at only $1,495,000

Located on a picturesque corner lot in a prestigious gated development of Santa Rosa Valley, this one story floor plan features classic architectural elegance. Features of this panoramic view home include: exquisite entry with hard surface flooring, and fireplace with marble surround in formal living room. The gourmet island kitchen has durable ceramic tile flooring, Corian counter-tops, large pantry, and large eat-in kitchen area. Massive family room, fireplace with brick surround. Formal dining room off the living room. The master bedroom suite is located on the northern wing of the residence with amenities that include a cozy fireplace, French doors, large walk-in closet, luxury bath and breathtaking views of the hills. There are 3 spacious secondary bedrooms, one currently utilized as an office. Additionally there is a large laundry room with sink. The rear yard with swimming pool and spa has a spectacular view. There is RV access on the south side of the property. Room for orchards and endless possibilities. Offered at only $1,495,000

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11411 E. LAS POSAS RD. | SANTA ROSA VALLEY, CA www.11411lasposas.com | Offered at only $1,349,500 Santa Rosa Valley Entertainers Pool Home with Guest House. Enjoy the comfort of this country estate home, with circular driveway completing the pastoral beauty of a natural setting & the privacy of an estate community! California dreaming with outdoor living. Resort style pool with spa, outdoor gas fire pit, babbling brook, outdoor kitchen featuring extensive granite counters, tumbled travertine flooring, double sink, a large gas grill, two burner stove top, pizza oven, pendant lighting, skylights, pizza/bun warmers, magnificent river rock fireplace,2 gas heaters, gas lit lantern ceiling fans, rock waterfalls, and extensive outdoor entertaining areas.The home’s interior is designed with superb attenta pit with fireplace in the great room off the formal dining room built to commodate even the largest family gathering. There are 4 gas fueled, wood burning fireplaces. Gourmet island kitchen has tumbled limestone flooring, granite counter tops, stainless appliances and built-in large storage refrigerator. The grand master bedroom suite provides a large sitting room, fireplace and luxurious master bath suite with over-sized whirpool tub and separate shower. Downstairs there is a separate bedroom, near full bath, perfect for guests. Additional amenities include: One bedroom detached guest house, and a fully paid Solar energy system to reduce utility expenses. Dog kennel area with dog run. 2 large storage sheds. Long private drive in rear accesses RV storage area. Wide variety of Orange Trees, Grapefruit Tree, 2 varieties of Avocado Trees, 2 varieties of Lemon Trees, 2 varieties of lime, Persimmon, Pomegranate, Fig , Kumquat, and a Macadamia Nut Tree. Offered at: $1,349,500.

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©2017 Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. All Rights Reserved. Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. Owned by a subsidiary of NRT LLC. Coldwell Banker, the Coldwell Banker Logo, Coldwell Banker Global Luxury and the Coldwell Banker Global Luxury logo service marks are registered or pending registrations owned by Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. Broker does not guarantee the accuracy of square footage, lot size or other information concerning the condition or features of property provided by seller or obtained from public records or other sources, and the buyer is advised to independently verify the accuracy of that information through personal inspection and with appropriate professionals. CalBRE Lic .#00545184.


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11391 GLENSIDE | SANTA ROSA VALLEY, CA www.11391glenside.com | Offered at only $1,479,000 This East Coast Hamptons residence is an estate of unparalleled craftsmanship. The grandeur from the outside is only surpassed by its interior of majestic brilliance. This house, with its abundant open space inside, sparkles with natural light in every room. Words simply cannot do this estate justice -- it must, be seen to be appreciated! Grace and character are abundant in this picturesque home which provides the MUST have list: Almost every inch of the house has been beautifully remodeled featuring gleaming tongue and groove wide plank hardwood flooring, newer windows, doors, and sliders. Kitchen features all stainless steel appliances; DCS double ovens, (DCS) 6-burner range with griddle, and double door refrigerator, custom cabinetry, and crown moulding. Family room with surround sound speaker) system, wet bar and climate-controlled wine storage. The upstairs master bedroom suite is a “dream come true” with high ceilings, extra-wide crown mouldings, built-in cabinetry, and a huge luxurious bathroom suite featuring fireplace with crushed glass medium, sunken jetted tub and double shower with rain shower head and custom-designed travertine tile and river rock floor. Oversized walk-in closet has custom shelving and drawers. Master bedroom, secondary bedroom, and huge bonus room suitable for third bedroom—all upstairs. Gorgeous second-floor laundry room.Hobby room and a full guest bedroom with bath, currently utilized as an office, downstairs. Storage space abounds throughout. Sprawling grounds include outdoor entertainer’s barbecue with granite counters, fire pit, overhead gas heater, ceiling fans, pool & spa surrounded by low maintenance landscape. The large lot provides mature fruit bearing trees and more than 60 stunning highly productive rose bushes putting on a floral spectacular every May to October. Offered at $1,479,000.

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With Rosemary’s new housing app, it’s never been easier to search for new listings, find out what your home is worth and what your neighbors homes are listed for plus what see what has sold. And unlike other apps such as Zillow© and Trulia©

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On a Clear Day you can see Forever Santa Rosa Valley

12953 RIDGE DRIVE | SANTA ROSA VALLEY, CA www.12953ridge.com | Reduced to only $1,059,000

Great opportunity to live at the east end of Santa Rosa Valley! Located at the end of a ridgetop cul de sac in the Bridlewood development, this two story estate features classic traditional architectural elegance from grand two story foyer entrance, stunning spiral staircase, archways and soaring volume ceilings. The Gourmet island kitchen features an extended eat-in kitchen area with French sliding door, granite counters, newer kitchen appliances and walk-in pantry. Upstairs master bedroom suite with sitting area, fireplace, walk-in closet and luxuriously remodeled master bath. Downstairs there is an office or 4th bedroom that would be perfect for guests as it is adjacent to full bath. Panoramic views all the way to the Channel Islands from the viewing gazebo in the rear yard. Back yard privacy and expansive feel with low maintenance. Offers possibilities for planting an orchard or vineyard. Santa Rosa Valley is where magnificent homes rest amidst nature’s most perfect setting, located within minutes of Westlake Village, Hidden Hills, 101 Freeway providing a uniquely charming relaxed lifestyle, located close to award winning SRTMS magnet school, freeways and shopping. Reduced to only $1,059,000.

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©2017 Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. All Rights Reserved. Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. Owned by a subsidiary of NRT LLC. Coldwell Banker, the Coldwell Banker Logo, Coldwell Banker Global Luxury and the Coldwell Banker Global Luxury logo service marks are registered or pending registrations owned by Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. Broker does not guarantee the accuracy of square footage, lot size or other information concerning the condition or features of property provided by seller or obtained from public records or other sources, and the buyer is advised to independently verify the accuracy of that information through personal inspection and with appropriate professionals. CalBRE Lic .#00545184.


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13120 ANDALUSIA | SANTA ROSA VALLEY, CA www.13120Andalusia.com | Offered at only $1,899,000 Elegance does not begin to describe this exquisite Hidden Meadows French Normandy estate with sweeping panoramic views set on 5 acres. It offers superb finishes, excellent architecture and an alluring combination of formal and informal spaces for the residents. Updated and remodeled in the last year, this home is exquisite. Open gourmet island kitchen. Large family room with views, expansive windows, custom designed salt water fish tank and walk-in wine cellar. Lushly landscaped rear yard, pool, spa and exquisite views. 4 bedrooms all on the main floor. Main floor master bedroom with walk-in closets and sitting room. Incredible sunset moments are noted from the large pool and outdoor living areas with a fire pit to gather around on chilly nights. 4 car garage. This is a magical home for the buyer who expects the best all in one package. The expansive acreage allows for creative opportunities such as a private vineyard. property is move in condition and centrally located only 30 minutes from West L.A. The lot itself offers breathtaking views and a sweeping panorama of pastoral and majestic vistas, which highlight living in the area. Offered at only $1,899,000.

Put the Power of the MLS at your fingertips

With Rosemary’s new housing app, it’s never been easier to search for new listings, find out what your home is worth and what your neighbors homes are listed for plus what see what has sold. And unlike other apps such as Zillow© and Trulia©

Rosemary will NEVER sell your personal information!

Search “Rosemary Allison” in the App Store or Google Play store and download the FREE app today!


Spanish Hills Country Club Estate + Guest house + 5.5 car garage + Pool house + Media room

709 VIA TERRADO | CAMARILLO, CA www.709ViaTerrado.com | Offered at only $2,279,000 Traditional Colonial Estate replete with majestic columns, one of the most magnificent Spanish Hills estates, elegantly situated on a corner lot on an acre - the crown jewel of this golf course country club community. Designed and built in 1996, the iconic 4 bedroom-residence supremely merges classic architecture with contemporary design. The legendary almost 8,000 square-foot compound is comprised of a 5 bedroom, 6 bath main residence, 1 bedroom and full bath guesthouse and large pool house with bath. Amenities suited to the most discerning taste - from a luxurious and sophisticated media room with theater seating. The open floor plan seamlessly blends indoor and outdoor living, with each room allowing guests to capture breathtaking views of the grounds. With all of its scale and grandeur, the home remains warm, and inviting, making it a unique retreat for intimate family life yet poised for large-scale entertaining. This home has a traditional floor plan w/ center entrance hall, gracious Living room, large gallery, library, formal dining room, eat-in chefs kitchen & butler’s pantry, wood paneled family room & breakfast room, lavish master suite, gym off master suite, play room, pool, spa, ideal for entertaining & cozy private porches w/ hidden patios create a rambling wonderment of elegant living. Offered at only $2,279,000.

RosemaryAllison ©2017 Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. All Rights Reserved. Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. Owned by a subsidiary of NRT LLC. Coldwell Banker, the Coldwell Banker Logo, Coldwell Banker Global Luxury and the Coldwell Banker Global Luxury logo service marks are registered or pending registrations owned by Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. Broker does not guarantee the accuracy of square footage, lot size or other information concerning the condition or features of property provided by seller or obtained from public records or other sources, and the buyer is advised to independently verify the accuracy of that information through personal inspection and with appropriate professionals. CalBRE Lic .#00545184.


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24 Making Spirits Bright

Big Brothers Big Sisters Support Holiday Angels

36 Holiday Gift Guide

Treats for Everyone on Your List

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Good Times

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Around Town

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Giving Back

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Financial Buzz

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Healthy Lifestyle

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Culinary Creations

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Inspired By

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Local Limelight

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Locally Owned

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Trend Setter

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Our Town

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Lifestyle Calendar

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Parting Thoughts

44 Holiday Cheer Found Here

Local Home Tours Inspire Season of Giving

48 Gifting Gurus

Local Celebs Present Charities they Love to Help

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Casual Fine Dining. You’re Always Welcome. WHAT IS NEW ZEALAND CUISINE?

Back in New Zealand, whether surrounded by the backdrop of the Auckland harbour or the rolling hills of green grass and the smell of feijoa trees, locals are accustomed to fresh and organic meals at home and at the local restaurants. In one of Auckland City’s top restaurants or at the nearby pizza bar, dining out is not just another outing but a oneof-a-kind experience complete with top quality ingredients, beautifully plated dishes, and most importantly, an environment designed for the laid back Kiwi lifestyle. Many restaurants flaunt their trustworthy kitchens with open passes, allowing the customers to view the chefs from their seats. While a typical United States kitchen relies on pepper and other strong seasonings, the Kiwi chef prepares dishes designed to emphasize the natural flavor of the food and allow those flavors to pop.

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Good Times

Thousands Unite in Making Strides Against Breast Cancer The community showed up in full force to support the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in Thousand Oaks. The citywide event raised more than $60,000 toward breast cancer research. PHOTOGRAPHY BY BEN MALKIN

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Good Times

Stand Up for Kids Gala Supports Boys & Girls Clubs

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley's 15th Annual Stand Up for Kids gala dinner and auction raised vital funds to support its educational programs and outdoor activities for the 4,200+ children it serves in Conejo and Las Virgenes valleys. PHOTOGRAPHY BY BEN MALKIN

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Around Town

AROUND TOWN

GIVING THE GIFT OF TIME

demonstrate to our communities each and every day,” states Chairman and CEO Janet Garufis. “Our priority is to provide flexible solutions to meet the individual needs of our customers and as loan demand continues to be strong we can be extremely responsive in offering the communities we serve the products and services they need to thrive.” Montecito Bank & Trust is the oldest and largest locally owned community bank in the Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. Founded in 1975, the bank celebrated its 42nd anniversary on March 17, 2017 and operates 10 branch offices in Santa Barbara, Goleta, Solvang, Montecito, Carpinteria, Ventura, Camarillo and Westlake Village.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County is putting out a special call for BIGS—mentors who can benefit from the friendship of a Little Brother or Little Sister. Some 150 youth in Ventura County, known as "Littles," are eagerly waiting to meet their BBSVC program role model and friend. As a part of this call to serve volunteers, BBSVC is launching their “12 Kids of Christmas” campaign, which involves matching volunteers (of all backgrounds and faiths) who are interested in getting started as a Big during the holiday season and continuing as a mentor for at least one year, with a Little. The goal is to match at least a dozen youth by the end of the holiday season. With over 150 children on the BBSVC waitlist, there are youth in every city across Ventura County who are anxiously waiting to offer

SANTA SIGHTING

their wisdom and friendship as Little Brothers and Little Sisters, and

The Camarillo Ranch’s annual Santa Nights take place December

some of these kids have been waiting for more than a year. Mentoring

6, 11, 13 and 18, at 201 Camarillo Ranch Road. Take your child’s photo

is not about changing one's priorities or schedule, but many mentors

with Santa & Mrs. Claus in the 1892 Camarillo Ranch House and visit

find that it changes their lives for the better, forever: it's a fun, easy and

Santa’s Workshop in the Red Barn. $5 admission per adult. Parking

impactful way to support a child's journey toward a positive future.

is free. Gourmet food trucks will be onsite serving up hot cocoa and

“The best present that you can give—and receive—this holiday season is a gift of your time,” says Vice President of Recruitment

tasty treats. Hours: Wednesday, December 6 & 13, 4:30-7:30 p.m.; Monday, December 11 & 18, 3-6 p.m. CamarilloRanch.org

Danica Selvaggio. “Mentoring is a gift that keeps on giving, and it impacts the lives of everyone who is involved.” All of the Littles on the BBSVC waitlist are primarily from single-parent homes, foster or kinship care, or a home that lacks two positive role models. Over 70% of the youth on the BBSVC waitlist are boys. All of the children on the BBSVC waitlist are ready for a mentor to step in as a positive friend and role model at this time in their lives and are looking forward to participating in the program. BBSVC invites all role models in Ventura County who want to make a difference this holiday season and beyond to apply to be a BIG. Anyone interested in learning more, please visit BBSVC.org/ Mentor or call Danica Selvaggio at 805.484.2282.

MONTECITO BANK & TRUST ADDS UP

CALLING ALL ANGELS

Congratulations to Montecito Bank & Trust, which reported its net

Come join The Little Angels Project and their rescue partners at

income grew 11.52% year-over-year, to $12.2 million, driven by strong

Winter’s Wish: A New Year Gift Gala, Dec. 2, for live entertainment,

loan growth of 16% during the same period, or $127 million, to $924

including domestic and exotic animal meet and greets, cocktails,

million. Deposits grew 3%, or $35 million, year-over-year. Assets

dinner and auctions. This fundraising gala by Darlene Geekie, RVT,

grew 3.64%, from $1.3 billion to $1.35 billion, during the same period.

and Sarah Fitzgerald benefits The Little Angels Project and their

The bank's total capital remains very strong at 12.7%, exceeding the

rescue partners. “The Little Angels Project” is a 501(c)3 nonprofit

10% regulatory minimum required to be considered well-capitalized.

founded in 2016 whose mission is to reduce the euthanasia rates of

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domestic and exotic animals with advanced medical needs throughout Los Angeles County and surrounding areas by providing surgical and medical treatment. This special evening begins at 5 p.m. with cocktails, followed by dinner and a live auction. The hosting committee includes Dot Jones, Alison Eastwood and Karn Myers. Ticket cost includes: Dinner (your choice of vegan or vegetarian), meet and greets with several

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exotic and domestic animals that have been helped by The Little Angels Project, two drink tickets and entertainment. Held at a private residence, the event is $140. RunOut Groove, a four-piece Classic Rock SemiAcoustic band featuring amazing artists from well-known bands such as Mirage and Bella Donna will entertain. EventBrite.com

HOLIDAY BOUTIQUES There’s something about doing your holiday shopping at local boutiques benefiting great causes that makes your heart smile. The Cancer Support Community Valley/ Ventura/Santa Barbara holds its 26th Annual Holiday Boutique on Saturday, December 2 and Sunday, December 3, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church, 5801 Kanan Road, in Westlake Village. The boutique complements the Holiday Homes Tour, one of the organization’s largest fundraisers. The Holiday Boutique is free to the public and does not require the purchase of tour tickets. Proceeds from this event allows

of a Beautiful Smile!

CSCVVSB to continue providing cancer support, education and hope, free of charge, for

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people affected by cancer and their families.

(A $500 VALUE)

to dozens of local projects and charities,

ORTHODONTIC EXAMINATION, CONSULTATION, X-RAYS WITH THIS AD.

Purchase tickets at CancerSupportVVSB.org or call 805.379.4777. The Ojai Valley Woman’s Club Artisan Holiday Boutique also takes place on Dec. 2, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 441 East Ojai Avenue in Ojai. The Ojai Valley Woman’s Club’s mission is to raise money for worthy causes in the community. The club has donated including the Ojai Education Foundation, the Ojai Independence Day Committee, the

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Girls' Empowerment Workshop, the "Libbey Bowl Project," the Community Assistance Food Project, "Adopt A Family" at the Holidays and many more.

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any of the children served by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura

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(CON TI N U ED)

WE GO DEEPLY INTO OUR SCREENING PROCESS TO DETERMINE WHO’S GOING TO BE THE RIGHT HOLISTIC MATCH FOR THE CHILD. SO WE ARE ALWAYS LOOKING FOR PEOPLE TO BE MENTORS. - Danica Selvaggio

wants. They rallied their staff and everybody got involved and invested. And they got to see the difference they were making with these kids.” For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated with the belief that every child has the ability to succeed

“We go deeply into our screening process

and thrive in life. Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful,

to determine who’s going to be the right

monitored matches between adult volunteers called “Bigs”

holistic match for the child. So we are

and children called “Littles,” ages 6 through 18, in communi-

always looking for people to be mentors.”

ties across the country. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County believes that all children should have the opportunity to succeed in life and live

Selvaggio adds.

up to their full potential. The mission of the nonprofit organi-

“If anybody’s interested in doing more

zation is to provide all children facing adversity with profes-

long-term giving by becoming a mentor,

sionally supported, one-to-one mentoring relationships that

we would love to have them give us a call

change their lives for the better, forever.

and I can talk them through the process,”

The Little Brothers and Little Sisters enrolled in the mentoring

Selvaggio says.

programs see big results. For instance, 98% graduate from high

Those interested in fulfilling a child’s

school on time, and are 90% more likely to enroll in college. In other

wish list through the Holiday Angels

statistics, 89% have higher self-esteem, 83% have a better attitude

Program and those interested in mentor-

toward school and 71% have improved academic performance.

ing, can contact Big Brothers Big Sisters

Additionally, 75% are more likely to obtain a bachelor’s degree.

of Ventura County at 805.484.2282.

One-to-one mentoring is considered crucial for these Little

“A few hundred kids will have wish

Brothers and Little Sisters, who are faced with more diver-

lists,” Selvaggio says. “We collect as

sity than ever before. For example, 75% of Littles come from

many wish lists as we’re able to, and we

single-parent households, 55% have been exposed to abuse,

will collect up through Christmas. We will

violence or neglect, and 31% have had an incarcerated parent.

make sure that every child who gives us

“In Ventura County, we have over 150 kids on our wait list—

a wish list will have their wishes fulfilled.”

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he end of the year is busy for virtually

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PRO’Active Pilates:

Unsurpassed Instructors, Results & Customer Service ARTICLE TRACY MARCYNZSYN

“We succeed based on our sincere

Q. WHAT SETS PRO’ACTIVE PILATES APART?

approach to ‘getting it right’ for our clients,”

A. As an endorsement to our standards, we

says Laurie, adding, “We think Pilates is

qualify as an international center for certifying

great—but ONLY GREAT when you’re getting

other instructors. All of our instructors are cer-

the most out of the hour you spend with us

tified through internationally recognized orga-

and when you’re seeing results!”

nizations and keep their certifications current.

As a long-established fitness professional

There are a lot of choices out there for

with a background in Sports Medicine and

Pilates studios and instruction. The time

22+ years of experience as an aerobics,

and money you spend is important, and we

weight training, strength training and Pilates

encourage you to check them out and to

instructor, Laurie knows how to get results.

check us out. We’re confident you’ll like what

Recognized in Southern California as a

you see and feel at PRO’Active.

Master Pilates Instructor, Laurie is certified at the Advanced Level with the Physical Mind

Q. WHO ARE YOUR TYPICAL

Institute and recognized by the Institute to

PILATES STUDENTS?

qualify as a certifying teacher.

A. Typically both adult men and women; we

“When you come to our Pilates studio,

also work with teenagers to improve their

we customize a fitness plan to suit your

athletic performance or as per request by a

needs while upholding the classic work of

doctor, coach or physical therapist.

Joseph Pilates,” says Laurie, who holds certifications from three nationally recognized

Q. WHAT DO YOUR CUSTOMERS LIKE MOST

Pilates organizations and the ACE (American

ABOUT PRO’ACTIVE PILATES?

Council on Exercise) and AFAA (Aerobics

A. Our excellent customer service, including

and Fitness Organization of America), as

our sincere effort to offer a schedule for each

well as certifications covering special popu-

client that is convenient and flexible for them.

lations, athletes and equestrians.

Also revered: our highly skilled instructors,

“I was introduced to Pilates by one of my mentors and together with her marketing

our fully equipped beautifully designed studio and our central location.

experience, my advertising industry experience, and the sheer love for the work, we

Q. WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT

decided to open a studio,” says Laurie.

THE BUSINESS?

More than 20 years later, Laurie and her

A. Making a difference in people’s health,

expert staff at PRO’Active Pilates offer pri-

which results in a more satisfying life and

vate, semi-private and group instruction

creating a studio ambience that promotes

in Pilates and private instruction in the

inspiration toward a more active life.

Gyrotonic Method. Laurie recently shared a little about PRO’Active Pilates.

Q. WHAT ARE YOUR FUTURE BUSINESS GOALS AND PLANS?

Q. WHAT’S GREAT ABOUT PRO’ACTIVE PILATES?

A. Staying on top of an ever-changing indus-

A. We are unique in the Pilates industry.

try and requiring continuing education work

W

We have been in business longer than any

from all the instructors that work at this studio.

hen it comes to Pilates, “skilled pro-

other Pilates studio in Westlake Village. Each

fessional instructors and the highest

of our instructors has 8+ years of experience

Check out PRO’Active Pilates, where their

level of customer service are essential,” says

and are certified with an international orga-

mission is to provide an unsurpassed

Laurie Walker, owner of PRO’Active Pilates

nization. They are capable of teaching clas-

Pilates experience, with skilled, certified and

Studio in Westlake Village.

sic Pilates as well as modifying the work for

experienced instructors in a beautiful, fully

every individual that enters our studio.

equipped upscale studio.

As the most established Pilates studio in the Westlake/Thousand Oaks community,

We were the first Pilates studio in the

PRO’Active Pilates has thrived during the

Conejo Valley to offer choreographed,

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Ben’s Non-Traditional But Traditional Hanukkah Brisket A ARTICLE BEN MALKIN

braised beef brisket in gravy is to a family Hanukkah dinner as turkey is to Thanksgiving

or ham is to Easter dinner. Frankly, as someone who has sat through many years of braised to death bris-

ket in watery gravy or a Heinz Chili sauce concoction (instant heartburn!), I will tell you that I am not very fond of it—even my Bubba’s version….and she was an incredible cook! Since I enjoy cooking as much as I do eating, I came up with a solution to my Hanukkah conundrum—it’s easy to shop for, prepare and cook. Because I include a selection of organic vegetables along with the meat, it’s also healthy. Add potato latkes and a salad to the table and the meal is complete. Everything goes into a large Dutch oven—mine is a cast iron ceramic coated Le Creuset. When I place it into our convection oven at 275 degrees, it does an outstanding job of braising all kinds of beef, chicken and even infusing pasta sauces with more flavor from the ingredients. Next, I must warn cooks who slavishly follow recipes in exact amounts. I don’t. Instead, I add small amounts of what I think will work—herbs, spices, garlic, salt, pepper, wine…and then taste and add more as needed. Basically, start small and add, because you cannot take it out if you add too much, but you can always add as needed. That way the mix of flavors is always balanced to my palate. If you think the following recipe looks more French or Italian than traditional Jewish…well, it is. Happy Hanukkah and welcome to Chez Benny! 32

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The following recipe serves 8 to 10: • A well-trimmed 5.5- to 6-pound brisket. Do not buy grass-fed beef—it is way too lean and will never get tender. This may not be trendy advice, but it is realistic. However, organic and “never fed hormones or antibiotics” is a great choice. • Add canola oil to the Dutch oven with crushed garlic. Heat until it sizzles, but do not burn the garlic. I use at least three cloves—I love garlic and hate vampires! • Dust the brisket with flour and pepper and brown on both sides. • Add enough beef stock to cover the brisket. Now here is one of my secrets: I cheat. Sometimes I use Lawry’s Au Jus, Lawry’s Beef Stew mix and/or Lipton Onion Soup mix instead. I just add water to the mixes… really works well. • Add at least a cup of dry red wine. • Add basil, thyme, oregano, a little rosemary and pepper…plus more garlic! This is all to taste. I also use dried herbs so the flavors do not get cooked out. • I never add salt—there is more than enough in the beef stock or mixes. • Heat everything to a simmer on your stove top. • Your oven should be heated to 400 degrees and then turned back to 275. • Place the Dutch oven on the lowest rack and let it braise for at least three hours. • Earlier you will have prepared your yummy vegetables—organic, if possible. Carrots, new potatoes or thickly sliced russets, green

• 5- to 6-pound trimmed brisket

beans, button mushrooms, sliced shallots or

• Beef stock or Lipton Onion

pearl onions; plus, a large can of drained and

Soup mix, Lawry’s Au Jus

cut San Marzano tomatoes. • After three hours, add the vegetables and

and Beef Stew mix

let it all braise for an additional hour.

• Dry red wine

• Place Dutch oven on your stove top. Use

• 3 cloves garlic

a good quality paper towel to soak up extra fat from gravy.

• Veggies: carrots, button

• Using a flour or cornstarch roux, thicken the

mushrooms, potatoes, green

gravy after the brisket is placed on a slicing board.

beans, pearl onions

• Slice brisket on a large serving platter and spoon the veggies on top. • Have your guests serve themselves the brisket, veggies and gravy. It is a one pot and one plate meal.

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The Drapery Guy would like to thank our friends and neighbors for welcoming us into your homes over the years. We wish everyone a happy and joyous Holiday Season! Begin 2018 with a complimentary home consultation for the best window treatments (indoor and outdoor) and upholstery. Please see our outstanding Yelp reviews and visit our website for additional services.

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J. Weisman Beauty

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J.Weisman Beauty is one of the newest and best skincare, makeup and beauty service studios in the Thousand Oaks area. With 13 years of experience as a makeup artist, lash extension artist, microblading artist and skin therapist, J.Weisman Beauty is happy to offer 20% off any service of your choice and gift certificates for lash extension packages (full set with 3 fills for $275) and skincare packages (3 appointments for $350). A great gift to yourself and your loved ones for the holiday season!

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Holiday Home Tours Open Doors for Local Charities ARTICLE ALICIA DOYLE

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ith Christmas just around the corner, two nonprofit organizations are once again presenting

holiday home tours showcasing elaborately decorated private residences and more with the overall goal to raise money for local efforts. The Meadowlark Service League and Cancer Support

Community are both offering home tours this year in which proceeds will benefit important causes. For instance, money raised through the Meadowlark Service League’s home tours will benefit FOOD Share as well as local Veteran’s organizations, while funds raised through the Cancer Support Community’s home tours will help ensure free programming for people with cancer and their loved ones. Here’s a glimpse of a few special details about both of these nonprofit organizations and their home tours. MEADOWLARK SERVICE LEAGUE

The Meadowlark Service League is a group of local women volunteers that focus on fundraising for important causes in the community. The organization of about 40 women includes all ages, from active young mothers to grandmothers. The Meadowlark Service League’s Homes for the Holidays 39th Annual Charity Event will take place on Dec. 10. This event features a Home Tour & Red Barn Holiday Boutique. The home tour features residences that are “dressed for the holidays”—plus shopping and refreshments at the Camarillo Ranch House Barn.

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“It is a very special event because it comes early on the second Sunday in December and helps us all begin the holiday season in true holiday spirit,” says Gwen Speakes, president of the Meadowlark Service League, noting that Judy Sitko and Kristie Akl are co-chairs of this year’s tour. “We have three beautiful homes this year, two in Somis on the Saticoy Country Club golf course, and one in Camarillo on the Las Posas Country Club golf course,” Speakes says. “Each home has unique architectural details, furnishings and accessories that reflect the owners’ styles. All have fabulous views and are great for entertaining.” The homes are open for viewing from noon to 4 p.m., and the Red Barn Holiday Boutique is open for shopping from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The boutique is open to everyone, and those that purchase a home tour ticket are admitted free to the boutique. Non-ticket holders pay a $5 fee for admittance. Tickets for the home tours are $30 each. Guests can also purchase a brunch and a ticket for $65. The brunch is available from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by calling 805.630.7257 or online at MeadowlarkServiceLeague.com. “Tickets make great gifts for family, friends and employees and service vendors, such as your barber, hairdresser, babysitter,” Speakes says. “For just $30, everyone will get to enjoy a lovely day with family and friends and at the same time contribute to our community through the 30-plus charities in Ventura County who receive funding from Meadowlarks.” This year’s holiday event is hoped to generate about $40,000. “The funds are distributed to about 33 charities in Ventura County who deal directly with people who need help,” Speakes says. “We fund programs such as FOOD Share, hospice, various health care organizations, Veterans’ organizations, arts and music, and various counseling programs.” Recipients served in 2016 include the Boys & Girls Club of Camarillo, Camarillo Family YMCA, Conejo Free Clinic, Gold Coast Veterans Foundation, Brain Injury Center, New West Symphony and Mary Health of the Sick Convalescent Hospital. “The Meadowlarks are unique in that we don’t donate to just one charity or service. We donate to several organizations,” Speakes says. “Every family in our county will probably benefit from at least one of them at some point. Our fundraisers enable us to help charities that may not have many sources of support, and it helps Ventura County continue its goal of providing services to all members of our community.” CANCER SUPPORT COMMUNITY

The Cancer Support Community presents its 26th Annual Holiday Homes Tour on Dec. 2 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This event, attended by more than 3,000 guests each year, includes a self-guided tour of private homes in the Conejo Valley and surrounding communities, which have been decorated to display the family’s personal tastes and traditions for the holidays. A holiday boutique will complement the event on CONTINUED >

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HOLIDAY HOME TOURS (CON TI N U ED)

Dec. 2 and 3 at St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church in Westlake Village from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The self-guided tour is one of the organization’s largest fundraisers, allowing the Cancer Support Community to continue providing cancer support, education and hope, free of charge, for people affected by cancer and their families, says Donna Baharouzi, development director at Cancer Support Community. “This is basically an event in our community supporting our community of people that are affected by cancer and their loved ones,” Baharouzi says. “It’s important for them to know that we’re here for them and they don’t have to face cancer alone.” All the offerings at the Cancer Support Community are free of charge, which are made possible through fundraisers that take place year-round, including the holiday home tour. “We’re free of charge so they don’t have to be burdened with more fees,” Baharouzi says. “We offer professionally licensed therapists and Zumba and meditation classes… we also have professionally led workshops.” One hundred percent of proceeds from this year’s holiday homes tour will directly benefit the programs offered by the Cancer Support Community. “We currently have three houses that will be open to the public, and one is a VIP exclusive,” Baharouzi explains. “Most people are used to us doing the home tour over two days—we’re only doing the home tour one day this year. But our boutique will be open for two days, and proceeds from the boutique will also benefit our organization.” In other changes this year, morning and afternoon tickets will be available to diminish crowding, because the home tours are taking place in one day. Available times are from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and 1:30 to 5 p.m. Tickets for the home tour only are $40 each if purchased by Dec. 1. Tickets can also be purchased on the day of the tour for $45. Tickets for the VIP exclusive are $125 each. Those who purchase VIP tickets will also receive a VIP brunch with champagne and have access to a private shuttle that will take them to the homes on the tour. “Then they’ll get a special little gift in the exclusive house,” Baharouzi says. For tickets, visit CancerSupportVVSB.org. The ultimate goal of the Cancer Support Community is to ensure that adults, children and teens impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action and supported by a community. Since its inception, the Cancer Support Community has served more than 28,000 local residents affected by cancer with programs throughout San Fernando Valley, Ventura County and Santa Barbara County. “The Cancer Support Community is just a way for them to have that support system so they can have hope,” Baharouzi says. “That’s really the key to our program and our success—just giving people hope.”

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LOCAL CELEBS SHOUT OUT FOR FAVORITE CHARITIES ARTICLE ADRIENNE WIGDORTZ ANDERSON

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Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation/UCLA, Cancer.UCLA.edu Open Hearts Foundation, OpenHeartsFoundation.org Rubicon Theatre Company, RubiconTheatre.org St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, StJude.org The Warburton Celebrity Golf Tournament, TheWarburton.com Young Storytellers, YoungStorytellers.com

JANE SEYMOUR Best known as Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, Jane Seymour wears many hats. The Emmy and Golden Globe winner is a big and small screen star (look for her in the features, “Just Getting Started” and “The War with Grandpa” and on TV in “Let’s Get Physical.” Also a mother, grandmother, dancer, artist, designer, entrepreneur, lecturer and author, Seymour still finds time to devote to nonprofits, and in 2010, launched her own Open Hearts Foundation. This year’s beneficiaries were the Bay Area Lyme Foundation, committed to making the disease “easy to diagnose and simple to cure,” Exceptional Minds, an animation/visual effects school for young adults on the autism spectrum, and Global Mobility USA, providing customized wheelchairs for the disabled. The foundation’s name reflects the philosophy of Seymour’s mother. “She said life always has challenges. Your instinct is to close your heart and keep your struggles to yourself. But if you can accept what happened and open your heart, even if it means sharing with someone going through something similar, love and solutions will come. By helping others, you’ll move forward in your life,” she says. Seymour believes philanthropy is important because everyone wants a purpose. “It’s wonderful to get in the trenches and be hands-on. If you can’t, get the word out or donate money. Philanthropy is a gift for the giver.” 48

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“We call ourselves an accelerator. We support the extraordinary work of lesser known charities by raising money for them, telling their story and giving them exposure at our annual gala,” says Seymour, a board member who helps choose award recipients.


ERIC MARTSOLF Nothing like the troubled Brady Black character he portrays on

“Days of our Lives,” Eric Martsolf is a family man and genuinely good guy who uses his musical theater talents to help nonprofits. “Many of the soap opera fan events I participate in are affiliated with charities,” says the Daytime Emmy Award winner. “I respect those good souls who empathize with people in need.” Most recently, Martsolf entertained at Magical Day of Hope, hosted by the Conejo Valley Guild of Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation/UCLA. “I became aware of the guild through my mother-in-law, a member of the group,” says Martsolf, a father of 11-year-old twins. “They’re keeping the fight alive to eradicate cancer by raising money for research. It’s disheartening to know this disease still runs rampant. I want to leave my boys a cancer-free world someday.” The cause is personal. “My wife had an abnormal mammogram resulting in preventive surgery this year. Thankfully her story had a happy ending, but so often for others, that’s not the case,” he says.

“You learn owning high-priced items doesn’t necessarily translate to happiness and is irrelevant in the big picture,” he says. “I understand Santa Claus. It feels good to give back.”

Martsolf finds the older you get, the more fulfilling it is to be involved.

JULIETTE GOGLIA An actress since age 8, Juliette Goglia, now 22, claims nearly 40

credits, including the daughter on “The Michael J. Fox Show” and two films, “Fog City” and “The Way You Look Tonight,” coming out next year. It was her appearances on numerous Disney Channel series that prompted her involvement with Young Storytellers, a nonprofit serving public schools primarily in Los Angeles County. “Fifth graders write a short play with the guidance of a mentor,” says Goglia, a Westlake High School alum. The scripts are performed by celebrity actors in the program’s “Biggest Show,” she explains. “ The project gives students focus and structure, and once the scripts are brought to life, they realize their goals are attainable.” Goglia first participated in 2012 and again

“I love inspiring kids to unleash their creativity and

a few months ago. “What a workout! I ran all

find their voice,” she says. “It’s magical to see their joy

playing the most imaginative and exciting

over the stage, acting in 10 different scripts, characters,” she says. Raised by a compassionate and loving fam-

when we perform in front of their classmates, and

ily, Goglia grew up helping others and advo-

they get the recognition they deserve.”

She points out how important Young

cates for many causes. Storytellers is today when many schools are cutting arts curriculums. CONTINUED >

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LOCAL CELEBS SHOUT OUT (CON TI N U ED)

JOE SPANO

Emmy Award-winner Joe Spano knows that theater can have a

"A Christmas Carol"

powerful effect on people’s lives. “My parents were children of immigrants and worked hard to achieve what they did. They came to value knowledge of and exposure to the arts as imperative to becoming human,” says Spano, best known for his television roles in “Hill Street Blues” and “NCIS.” Also a veteran stage actor, Spano became involved with the nonprofit Rubicon Theatre Company in Ventura in 2001. “I found the folks there loving and supportive,” he says. “I love the joint!” Spano not only performs at fundraisers but also appears in productions—currently “A Christmas Carol” and late next year in “Heisenberg.” As a board member, he helps “our fearless leader, artistic director Karyl Lynn Burns, in her very difficult job of keeping an arts institute growing and moving forward in a difficult climate for nonprofits.” Spano encourages people to support the Rubicon. “It’s an equity theater company, unrivaled in the area,” he says.

“We draw our artists from the best in the country. We also have an excellent and effective community outreach and educational mission.” He adds, “We need the arts more than ever! The community would be much poorer without this priceless asset.”

PATRICK WARBURTON Even without seeing his face, when you hear Patrick Warburton’s distinctive, comedic voice, you know it’s him. He’s a busy actor in both animated and live action films and TV shows, including Puddy on “Seinfeld,” and most recently, “Lemony Snicket: A Series of Unfortunate Events” and the National Car Rental commercials. Warburton and his wife, Cathy, grew up in conservative Catholic households with parents who frequently volunteered. Continuing the tradition, they looked for a cause involving children. “About seven years ago, I attended an event that raised funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and in a classic ‘St. Jude Moment,’ we conceived the idea for The Warburton, a celebrity golf tournament,” he says. Blessed with four healthy children, Warburton thinks there’s no greater cause than finding cures and treatments for children with catastrophic diseases. “St. Jude is the best! Once a patient, always a patient, and no family ever receives a bill,” says Warburton. The couple has visited the hospital, located

“Philanthropy is essential to the well-being of our

in Memphis, Tennessee. “We’ve always been

planet,” Warburton says. “All of our board members are

are such troopers!” he says.

volunteers. They make us look really good!”

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and is free and open to the public. The Winter Wine Walk (4-7 p.m.)

from private collections on display. The Friday Gala features enter-

showcases world-class wineries in your favorite downtown busi-

tainment, light appetizers and a no-host wine bar, donation $30. The

nesses. Guests receive a tasting cup and a map of participating

display continues Saturday and Sunday, $5 donation. A Silent Auction

tasting sites. Enjoy live jazz and blues entertainment, holiday light-

and Children’s Corner take place through the weekend. NoRoom.org

ing and snowfall from 6:45 to 8 p.m. VenturaWinterWineWalk.com

DEC. 1-3, 11 A.M.-5 P.M.

DECEMBER 2

FOOD SHARE'S 6TH ANNUAL CAN-TREE COLLECTION

WINTER'S WISH: A NEW YEAR'S GIFT GALA

FIGUEROA PLAZA, VENTURA

MALIBU

The CAN-tree Collection is Ventura County's most festive holiday

This fundraising gala by Darlene Geekie, RVT, and Sarah Fitzger-

event! Join us as we build hundreds of holiday trees made of cans to

ald benefits The Little Angels Project and their rescue partners. The

help FOOD Share meet its goal of raising 200,000 pounds of food in

event features live entertainment, domestic and exotic animals, cock-

just three days! FoodShare.com

tails, dinner and live and silent auctions. EventBrite.com

DECEMBER 1

DECEMBER 3

VILLAGE VOICES CHORALE HOLIDAY CONCERT

JINGLE BELL RUN/WALK FOR ARTHRITIS

THOUSAND OAKS CIVIC ARTS PLAZA

PARAMOUNT RANCH

Gloria Hilliard directs, accompanied by Christine DeKlotz, opening

This 5K holiday-themed event raises money for arthritis research.

with “Gloria in Excelsis Deo!” by Berkey. Reminisce with tradition-

Tie jingle bells to your shoes and join the fun. Registration is $40 for

al carols, like "O Holy Night" and familiar holiday classics, such as

adults/$20 for children under 10. After the run/walk, the festival zone

"That's Christmas to Me" arranged by Pentatonix and enjoy festive

allows participants to meet honorees and enjoy holiday entertain-

Chanukah songs. The 60-voice chorale also performs Holiday Magic

ment, food, fun and a costume contest. JBR.org/ThousandOaks

on 12/2 at 2:30 p.m. $25. VillageVoices.org

DECEMBER 2

DECEMBER 3 WINTER CELEBRATION

26TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE

LEONIS ADOBE MUSEUM

ST. MAX O’REILLY HALL

Enjoy holiday arts and crafts for the kids, feeding the ranch animals,

Featuring a variety of vendors, the Holiday

live music with Craig Newton and much more. $8; under 2, free.

Boutique complements the Holiday Homes

LeonisAdobeMuseum.org

Tour fundraiser. It is free to the public and does not require the purchase of tour tick-

DECEMBER 5

ets. This Holiday Boutique will be held Dec.

STATE OF THE CITY THOUSAND OAKS

2 and 3. CancerSupportVVSB.org

CALIFORNIA LUTHERAN UNIVERSITY

DECEMBER 2

The mayor will address the current state of the city, discuss accomplishments that have been made under their leadership and offer high-

ARTISAN HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE

lights of what is on the horizon for the year to come. Draws a sold out

OJAI

crowd of 300+ guests comprised of business leaders, government and

Join the Ojai community for a very special holiday boutique featuring

area city officials. Program includes lunch. ConejoChamber.org

local Ojai and Southern California artists and vendors.

DECEMBER 2

DECEMBER 6 CHARLES DICKENS' "A CHRISTMAS CAROL"

26TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY HOMES TOUR

RUBICON THEATRE

CONEJO VALLEY

Back by popular demand, the critically acclaimed, world premiere hit

Cancer Support Community VVSB's 26th Annual Holiday Homes

Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" returns to the Rubicon Theatre

Tour includes a self-guided tour of beautifully decorated, private

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Lifestyle Calendar (CON TI N U ED) Company with Broadway veterans Peter Van Norden (RTC’s "Copen-

autos and other fun stuff! The carnival features games, inflatable at-

hagen") and Emmy Award-winner Joe Spano (“NCIS,” RTC’s "Bucky and

tractions, entertainment, arts & craft vendors and food. Visits with

Sylvia") as they reprise their roles in this innovative, but faithful retelling

Santa Claus too (after noon). PVRPD.org

of the holiday classic. RubiconTheatre.org

DECEMBER 13

DECEMBER 7

OPEN MIC POETRY NIGHT

BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS BIG NIGHT AT PIZZSCOTTI

NEWBURY PARK LIBRARY

PIZZSCOTTI BAKERY & BAR

Everyone is invited to bring their original poems to share or come just

This special mixer highlights Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring pro-

to listen. TOaks.org/Library

grams and the positive impact they have on youth in Ventura County. An art gallery will display pieces created by Little Brothers and Little

DECEMBER 15

Sisters anxiously waiting to be matched with a Big! Free appetizers

ANNUAL HOLIDAY BINGO

and drink specials. RSVP by Dec. 5: 805.484.2282. BBSVC.org

GOEBEL ADULT COMMUNITY CENTER Enjoy an evening of fun playing everybody's old time favorite game,

DECEMBER 9

Bingo. Players receive a free bingo game card and a free raffle ticket.

INDOOR COMMUNITY FLEA MARKET

A minimum buy-in to play is $18, and dinner is on us. The evening's

AGOURA HILLS/CALABASAS COMMUNITY CENTER

proceeds benefit the Goebel Senior Center Commission. CRPD.org/

Enjoy food trucks and up to 30 vendors showcasing antiques,

GoebelAdult

jewelry, clothing and other household items. Call 818.880.2993 for more information. AHCCC.org

DEC. 16 & 17, 2 & 7 P.M. "THE NUTCRACKER"

DECEMBER 9

THOUSAND OAKS CIVIC ARTS PLAZA

SANTA'S VILLAGE HOLIDAY CARNIVAL

Prepare for visions of sugar plums at Pacific Festival Ballet's 24th year of

CAMARILLO COMMUNITY CENTER

“The Nutcracker.” This year’s cast and New York City Ballet guest artists

The 56th Annual Camarillo Christmas Parade begins at 10 a.m., at

Tiler Peck and Gonzalo Garcia grace the stage. Tickets available at the

Las Posas and Temple Avenue. The parade features floats, bands,

box office, Ticketmaster at 800.745.3000 and at PacFestBallet.org.

5-STAR THEATRICALS formerly Cabrillo Music Theatre

Kavli Theatre - Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza

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FOR THE MINI SEASON

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5-Star Theatricals is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

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GROUP RATES AVAILABLE!

5startheatricals.com


Time for Three January 31

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Parting Thoughts

Giving the Gift of Life The greatest gift we have is the gift of life ARTICLE KIM PAGANO

W

e all have difficult times in our life, so we're not alone. If you are reading this right now, that

means you have woken up to have another chance to what we all call life, and a chance to clean our slates. What are we going to do differently today to make it better? That is the question on the table. Take a moment now

to choose your path for today's present. Gifts don't have to always be monetary, in fact, sharing positive thoughts and gratitude through the holidays and really throughout the whole year is the most amazing gift you can gift yourself or anyone else. The effect can have a tangible impact on our well-being and allow us to share happiness during stressful times. Simple handmade gifts are another form of gift-giving. Think candles, favorite recipes or another gift that you do best. Share those gifts with everyone! We all have a gift that we have been given, and others will appreciate your original and personal ideas. I saved the best idea for last, and, as we are all so busy, giving our time is still by far the best gift you can ever give anyone, especially your family. Making memories is something we can never replace, and we are all busy. Just decide not to leave any regrets on the table, celebrate the people in your life and remember the gift of life that we've all been given.

“ The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.� - Pablo Picasso

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