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How Does Your Garden Grow?

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ow!! Spring has really sprung this year. Plenty of rain, lower water bills, happy unstressed plants. As long as you do not live downstream from an overflowing dam, life is good—at least as far as your garden is concerned. I inherited my green thumb from my mom, certainly not my dad, who often said he wanted to cement the front lawn over and paint it green. Mom and I ignored him on that little gem of an idea. Early spring or even late winter is a good time to refurbish or completely redo your garden. I set out to first replace our very inefficient sprinklers, a cost recouped in lower water bills and healthier plants. So take the long view and stop watering your hardscape and start watering your plants. We also tore out a good amount of 10-year-old tired and stressed out shrubbery and replaced it with smaller plants that we can watch grow. Being smaller, they did not cost that much to buy and plant. They also require less water than the old plants.

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AROUND TOWN

CHECK OUT SEEDS @ CAMARILLO LIBRARY Camarillo Library’s Seed Lending Library offers a variety of vegetable seeds that patrons can check out and plant in their own gardens. Once your plants are grown, save the seeds and return them to the Seed Lending Library. Their free app offers information on planting,

6TH ANNUAL CALIFORNIA JAZZ & WINE FEST

growing and saving seeds, plus a paperless check-out system for the

Enjoy an eclectic mix of hot jazz and cool swing performed on

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spirits and gourmet food at the 6th Annual California Jazz & Wine

CRUISING FOR SENIOR CONCERNS

Fest, Sunday, April 9 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Four Seasons Hotel in Westlake Village (2 Dole Drive, Westlake Village). Artisans will also

Support Senior Concerns at the Party Boat Bash fundraiser, April

be displaying their wares while headliner Danny Janklow and jazz

22 from 5 to 10 p.m. at the Westlake Yacht Club, 32123 Lindero

bands including the Adam Clark Quartet, Lao Tizer, D.on Darox and

Canyon Road in Westlake Village. Guests will enjoy cocktails, appe-

the Melody Joy Bakers, The Barrelhouse Wailers and Bruce Forman’s

tizers and a beautiful, relaxing sunset cruise around Westlake Lake

“Cow Bop” entertain. Presented by Rotary Club of Westlake Village

before docking at the Yacht Club for an evening of merrymaking, din-

Sunrise, proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo

ner and dancing to the music of “Around the Sound,” and a no-host

Valley. $100 general admission/$150 VIP admission (one-hour early

bar. Proceeds will benefit Senior Concerns’ Adult Day Program for

entry for tasting, valet parking, preferred seating). Call 805.380.6010

seniors with cognitive or physical impairments, Meals On Wheels in

or visit CaliforniaJazzWine.com for more details and ticket purchase.

Thousand Oaks and Newbury Park, Caregiver Support Center which provides invaluable services, information and emotional support for family caregivers and other programs. Limited seating; $125 person. Call 805.497.0189 for tickets.

ROTARY STREET FESTIVAL

SPRING HOME REMODELING SHOW Talk to home remodeling experts for ideas and advice at the 43rd Conejo Valley Home Remodeling Show April 22 and 23 at the Hyatt Regency Westlake (880 S. Westlake Blvd., Westlake Village). More than 170 vendors present information on everything from kitchen

The 23rd Annual Westlake Village Rotary Street Festival on

and bath remodeling to interior decorating to landscaping, pools and

April 23 includes a variety of vendors, a car show, local craft beer

spas. Gourmet food trucks will be at the show Saturday from 11 a.m. to

and wine, food trucks, live entertainment, a kids’ zone and a new

4 p.m. Home Show hours: Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday, 10 a.m.

pet zone. Proceeds benefit multiple local, national and interna-

to 5 p.m. Get your free pass at ConejoValleyHomeShow.com. $4 at

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the door. Call 805.529.0760 for more information.

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THOUSAND OAKS CHILI COOK-OFF & CLASSIC CAR SHOW

HOPE4KIDS The all-volunteer Hope4Kids Festival and Run on Saturday, April 29 at the Camarillo Community Center Park (1605 E. Burnley Street)

Taste the best chili made by local chefs at the 41st Annual Thousand

from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. features a 5K & 10K Run and a Kids 1 Mile Fun

Oaks Chili Cook-Off & Classic Car Show, April 30 at Conejo Creek Park

Run, food trucks, silent auction, 40+ vendor booths, community per-

North in Thousand Oaks. The fun and festivities run from 11 a.m. to 5

formances and a free Kidzone (bounce houses, reptile family, rock

p.m., with chili tasting from noon to 3. The Rotary Clubs of Thousand

wall, video gaming truck and more). Created to draw attention to the

Oaks and the Conejo Valley present this fun-filled event, featuring a

shortage of foster and adoptive families throughout the county, the

Kids Zone, classic cars and three stages of music, including Eagles

HOPE4Kids Festival and Run features a Foster & Adoption Fair with

tribute band Desperado. General admission is $12, kids 10 and under

profiles of children currently in need of homes. There are approxi-

are free. Park for $5 at the event site or for free at the Conejo Creek

mately 1,200 children in the foster care system and only 500 foster

Equestrian Center on Ave. de Las Flores. Chili-Cook-Off.com

homes. Visit RaisingHope.org/Hope4Kids/run-details for more.

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Giving Back

Conejo Valley Guild Celebrates 40 Years of Service GAME DAY FUNDRAISER BENEFITS JONSSON CANCER CENTER FOUNDATION

ARTICLE ADRIENNE WIGDORTZ ANDERSON PHOTOGRAPHY JUDI GARCIA

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sa Brente-Shekter knows firsthand the devastation of losing loved ones to cancer. Her husband, father and two cousins died from the dreaded disease. Brente-Shekter found her calling when, 14 years ago, her friend Margarita Horwitz introduced her to the Conejo Valley Guild, the local chapter of UCLA’s Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation. She wholeheartedly adopted its mission to provide financial support for cancer research and to educate the public about new therapies. “It’s my passion to help raise funds so a cure can be found,” she says. “I don’t want anyone else to suffer.” Now Brente-Shekter and Horwitz, both of Newbury Park, are co-presidents of the nonprofit and co-chairs of the upcoming fundraiser, the 16th annual Game Day, taking place Tuesday, April 25, at the North Ranch Country Club in Westlake Village. They encourage already-established groups that play tabletop games, such as mahjong, bridge, pan and gin rummy, to register for the event, and they invite individual participants to sign up for bunco. “Playing games you enjoy with people you like is a fun way to contribute to a good cause,” says Horwitz. There also will be a buffet lunch, raffle of gift cards to stores and restaurants, and a boutique featuring vendors selling jewelry, women’s clothes and handbags. Twenty percent of the boutique sales will benefit the JCCF. “It’s a good time to shop for Mother’s Day and graduation gifts,” says Brente-Shekter, who expects 200 people to attend and hopes to raise $12,000. 

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40 YEARS OF HELPING

Marking its 40th anniversary this year, the local guild was launched by six women, who held meetings at each other’s homes. The organization has since grown to 211 members with bi-monthly meetings at the Westlake Inn. Madeline Bynder, who has close relatives affected by cancer and is herself a cancer survivor, joined the group more than two years ago and is on the Game Day planning committee. “I enjoy being involved, not only because the mission is meaningful to me, but also I’ve met so many wonderful, dedicated people,” she says. “Volunteering gives me a sense of pride and accomplishment.”


Since its founding in 1977, the guild has raised more than $1.5 million. Proceeds benefit cancer research, including the Impact Grant and Seed Grant programs at UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, which is rated fifth nationwide in adult care in cancer by US News & World Report and is considered a world-class cancer research facility. “Impact Grants support collaborations among faculty across campus,” says the UCLA foundation’s Executive Director Margaret Steele. “One of the advantages of research at a major university is the breadth of departments that can come together in a united interest.” A recent Impact Grant funded the work of two biologists, a molecular immunologist and a biochemist who are exploring ways to disrupt the cell cycle that can lead to cancer, Steele says. Seed Grants, on the other hand, provide start-up money to young researchers in the early stages of a project. “Their ideas are so new, no other source of funding is available and yet these novel concepts can lead to tomorrow’s breakthrough,” she notes. A Seed Grant, for example, is currently supporting a study to determine why some cancers respond to immunotherapy and others do not. This information, Steele explains, will lead to giving patients the “right treatment at the right time.” The American Cancer Society estimates 1,688,780 new cancer cases will be diagnosed and 600,920 cancer deaths will occur in the United States this year. The Conejo Valley Guild’s support is crucial, says Steele. “The guild’s efforts are both inspirational and impactful to the work at the JCCC. They help fund the next generation of researchers and the next generation of treatments. There’s nothing more important than that.” Steele’s job has made a difference in her own life. “Working at the UCLA/JCCF is my thank you to the universe,” she says. “I am the daughter and mother of cancer survivors. I’m blessed and lucky my family members are still with us, and I want to do my part to ensure other patients and families have the same happy ending.” For more information about UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center and Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation visit Cancer.UCLA.edu. For information about the Conejo Valley Guild, call 805.480.2492.

What: JCCF/UCLA Conejo Valley Guild’s Game Day fundraiser (No denim) Where: North Ranch Country Club; 4761 Valley Spring Drive, Westlake Village When: Tuesday, April 25, 9 a.m. - 3p.m. Cost: $65 RSVP by April 10 @ 805.480.2492

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Water & Woods NICOLE VANOLE

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hen Nicole Vanole became a certified Master Gardener through the Ventura County Master Gardener Program, she didn’t know it would transform her life. “The people I’ve met, the friendships, working in teams—all of it has been very enriching,” says Vanole, now executive co-chair of the flourishing Master Gardener Program. The national program is chartered through the United States Department of Agriculture and sponsored locally by the University of California Cooperative Extension of Ventura County and the University of California Hansen Trust. Master Gardeners are trained, certified horticultural volunteers who share their knowledge with home gardeners and provide the area locals with “non-biased gardening information… through public service, educational outreach and research programs.” Leah Haynes, Ventura County’s Master Gardener Program Specialist, joined the program in 2006 and has been instrumental in driving its growth. "There are 225 Master Gardeners in Ventura County who volunteer about 25,000 hours each year” to local gardening programs.

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GARDENERS In exchange for the program training, participants agree to complete 20 weeks of classes in addition to apprenticeship and volunteer work. Once certified as Master Gardeners, additional education and volunteer time are “required annually to renew certification.” Notes Haynes, “Individuals are accepted into the program based on their ability to volunteer and support university research programs and outreach programs to educate the public.” “We usually have between 60-70 people interested in joining the program and we accept around 35 people (per class). We would like to accept everybody, but not everybody is interested in volunteering,” Haynes explains. Informational meetings about the upcoming session, which runs from November through May, will begin in September and serve as “my opportunity to share” about the scope of the program, says Haynes. “Typically, Master Gardeners are individuals who are interested in science, but we have people from all walks of life.” Although about 20% of program participants work

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full-time jobs, Haynes notes that many of them are retired and have the time necessary to devote to the program. For those who are not able to volunteer, a variety of weekend workshops and classes are offered to the public, including a monthly summer series that will be held June through September at the Goebel Center in Thousand Oaks. In addition to educational programs, area Master Gardeners provide speakers and maintain facilities locally. True Colors Garden and Learning Center in Thousand Oaks, for example, is a partnership with Calleguas Municipal Water District, the city of Thousand Oaks and the Conejo Recreation and Park District. “We installed five drought-tolerant gardens there,” says Haynes. “That relationship has really spearheaded an effort for us to educate the public about drought tolerance.” Another popular component of the program is the Home Gardening Helpline. More than 20 rigorously trained volunteers take phone calls, answer emails and assist those who visit the Ventura Helpline office in person by providing “scientifically-based horticultural knowledge.” Says Helpline Committee Co-Chair Kei Zehr, “Plant health and wellness

questions are probably the most common” questions asked of Helpline volunteers who, with the support of a staff arborist and the horticulture experts at UC Davis, answered over 600 gardening inquiries from the public last year. Zehr, who became a Master Gardener in 2009, says, “Through the years, we’ve been able to grow this program and serve the needs of the community. It’s been really satisfying being part of the planning and … actually seeing the fruits of our labor.” Thousand Oaks resident Vanole also notes that “The program offers opportunities that may appeal to those who may not be physically able to do gardening work. There are other things,” like research, Helpline assistance and administrative work, “that you can do besides actually putting your fingers in the dirt,” she says. “The thing that I like most about the program is that we grow leaders that really are committed to providing UC science-based gardening education. We’re the best kept secret in Ventura County, and we don’t want to be a secret,” she adds. For detailed information about the VCMG program and the application process, as well as a calendar of events and educational programs, visit UCANR.edu/sites/VCMG.

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he Cardiovascular Institute of Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center recently became Ventura County’s only site approved by the Food and Drug Administration to replace failing aortic heart valves in high- and low-risk patients using a minimally invasive procedure rather than traditional open heart surgery. The transcatheter aortic valve replacement procedure—approved in 2011 for patients at high risk for conventional surgical aortic valve replacement and first performed at Los Robles Hospital in 2014 by Medical Director of Cardiac Services Dr. Vishva Dev—is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that repairs the valve without removing the old, damaged valve. Instead, implanting a replacement valve into the aortic valve’s place via a catheter. Los Robles Hospital became the first hospital from Los Angeles to Northern California to offer the TAVR procedure. Los Robles Hospital is currently participating in two valve replacement clinical trials: the Medtronic Low-Risk Trial, which aims to reveal outcomes of this minimally invasive alternative in low-risk patient populations, and the PORTICO IDE clinical trial, which looks at the new valve technology in high-risk populations.

“Our participation in these important clinical trials has the potential to revolutionize cardiovascular surgical practices,” says Dr. Gregory P. Fontana, Director of the Cardiovascular Institute of Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center. “The availability of this procedure to all patients means less-invasive and safer alternatives to those patients with aortic stenosis.” The low-risk trial comes on the heels of data showing that patients who underwent TAVR demonstrated superior survival benefits compared to patients that underwent SAVR. Through collaboration with leading clinicians, researchers and scientists worldwide, Los Robles aims to provide evidence that could expand access to TAVR patients and benefit the field of cardiovascular treatments across the country. “I had no hesitations about having this procedure, and think that it’s important that we keep in mind that with age we can’t always rely on symptoms,” said recent TAVR patient Charles Ullman. “I would strongly recommend approving this procedure for all patients.” Learn more about Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center at LosRoblesHospital.com.


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Try this simple quiz to test your financial acumen. Are you a perfect 10? 1. If interest rates rise, what will typically happen to bond prices? a) Rise b) Fall c) Stay the same d) There is no relationship 2. If your investment earns a steady 5% per year, approximately how long would it take for your investment to double? a) 25 years b) 20 years c) 14 years d) 10 years 3. “Beta” measures: a) A stock’s sensitivity to market risk b) A bond’s sensitivity to interest rate changes c) The strength of a stock’s dividend-paying ability d) When it’s better to buy a tax-free bond (Break Even Tax Advantage) 4. Diversification in a stock portfolio: a) Reduces individual stock risk b) Does nothing to reduce market risk c) Both (a) and (b) d) Neither (a) or (b)

5. A stock goes “X-Dividend” on May 1st and will be paid to shareholders on May 10th. You’ve owned the stock for years and sell it on May 5th. a) You’re not entitled to receive the dividend because you sold it before the 10th. b) You’re entitled to receive the dividend as long as you sold the stock for a gain. c) You’re entitled to receive the dividend as long as you sold the stock for a loss. d) You’re entitled to receive the dividend, regardless of the gain or loss. 6. Assuming you meet all the other qualifications, what’s the most that you (as the employer) can put into your SEP IRA for 2016? a) $5,500 b) $53,000 c) $53,000 plus another $1,000 “catch-up” contribution if you’re over age 50 d) Unlimited, but not greater than 25% of compensation  7. A “junk bond” is… a) Non-investment-grade (rated below BBB by S&P or Baa by Moody’s) b) Also called a “high-yield bond” c) Are often used to finance takeovers d) All of the above 24

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8. XYZ stock is trading at $45. You put in an order to sell 100 shares at “$40 stop.” a) Your order becomes a “market” order when the stock first trades at $40. There’s a chance you could get less than $40 if the next trade is less than $40. b) Your order becomes a “$40 limit” order when the stock first trades at $40. This means you will not accept a price below $40, which means there’s a chance it will not get sold if the stock stays below $40. c) When the stock first trades below $40, you will be notified and can decide if you wish to sell. d) None of the above. 9. You buy a stock that goes up 50% in year 1 and drops 40% in year 2. You sell at the end of this 2-year period. Assuming no costs to buy or sell, did you make a profit? a) Yes – you made 10% b) No – you broke even c) No – you’ve taken a 10% loss d) None of the above 10.  “Accrued interest” is the interest that a bond has earned since it last paid its coupon. a) When you buy a bond, you pay the accrued interest in addition to the cost of the bond. b) When you sell a bond, you get paid the accrued interest in addition to the proceeds for the bond itself. c) For determining capital gains, accrued interest is not included in your cost basis or your sales proceeds. d) All of the above. I’ll post the answers on my website:  WestlakeIA.com. Click on the WRITINGS tab. Robert A. "Rocky" Mills is president of Westlake Investment Advisors in Westlake Village.  805-277-7300. WestlakeIA.com. He is a registered representative with and securities offered through LPL Financial, Member FINRA/SIPC.  Investment advice offered through Westlake Investment Advisors, a registered investment advisor and separate entity from LPL Financial.


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or the 44th year, the Westlake Village Garden Club’s annual spring Garden Tour showcases the best in landscape design in the Conejo Valley. This award-winning tour is open to the public and features several local, unique “California-style” gardens in celebration of outdoor living and al fresco entertaining. Proceeds from the April 23 tour fund the 501(c)3 nonprofit’s scholarship program for community college students pursuing a degree in horticultural or environmental studies at a university, in addition to a dozen nonprofit organizations devoted to the enhancement and protection of natural landscapes. "This year’s tour will be a celebration of the best thing about California gardens… allowing us to enjoy resort-style living with space, large or small, devoted to relaxing, playing, CONTINUED > cooking and entertaining outdoors,” says Tour Chair Maryanne Lucas.

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(L-R): Judy Doane, president of Westlake Village Garden Club, & Laila Ibrahim of XO Bloom in Westlake Village.

With the mission to “promote gardening, floral design, civic beautification, environmental responsibility and the exchange of information and ideas,” the Westlake Village Garden Club was founded in 1969 and operates exclusively for charitable and educational purposes. The Club’s 100-plus members promote the love of gardening through community education programs and their nearly 50 years of service have been recognized by the state federation of garden clubs. “I joined the Westlake Village Garden Club for several reasons," says Kathy Gilbert, garden club member for 6 years. "I share my love of gardening with members and at each meeting we have expert speakers that increase our knowledge of plant life. And working on our annual tour is rewarding because we are promoting conservation and encouraging visitors to appreciate their own environment,” adds Gilbert.  28

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Started in 1969 by a contingent of the Westlake Village Newcomers Club interested in sharing their mutual love of gardening, today the club is affiliated with the Channel Islands District of California Garden Clubs, Inc. and is a member of  National Garden  Clubs Inc. Since hosting its first garden tour in 1971, with the exception of two years, the Westlake Village Garden Club has sponsored annual garden tours spotlighting unique private gardens throughout the Conejo Valley. FEATURED GARDENS

This year’s garden tour features inspiring custom garden homes in Westlake Village, Oak Park and Agoura Hills. Three Springs, Westlake Village This scenic overlook features a natural arroyo, breathtaking views and beautiful plants complementing a sparkling pool and creating the perfect backdrop for club members’ floral designs.

North Ranch, Westlake Village A vineyard and orchard in the tradition of the grand villa presents the perfect North Ranch setting to sample tour sponsor Vintage Grocers’ small bites while taking in the majestic surroundings. Oak Park The club’s traditional cookies and lemonade will be served amidst the water features and artistic mix of hardscape, succulents and droughttolerant plants in this exquisite urban paradise. Agoura Hills Fresh-baked pizzas straight from the outdoor oven and plenty of warm hospitality are served up at this suburban farm, bordering open space and home to chickens, grapevines and glorious plants. GROWING INTEREST

Garden club members enjoy sharing common interests with people from around the


world and across generations, while increasing their knowledge and pursuing their love of gardening. Members take pride in protecting native species, including trees, plants and birds, and supporting students in their pursuit of horticulture and/or environmental science degrees, while encouraging gardening in Westlake Village and surrounding communities. The rewards of joining the  Westlake Village Garden Club  extend beyond the pleasures of growing things, as noted on their website, WestlakeVillageGardenClub.com:

• “GROW YOUR KNOWLEDGE VIA TOP-NOTCH EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS AND SCHOOLS. • GARDEN FOR A PURPOSE WITH COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECTS, INCLUDING DISASTER RELIEF EFFORTS AND SKILL-BUILDING ACTIVITIES IN ECO-SCAPING, COMMUNITY BEAUTIFICATION, ETC. • PARTICIPATE IN SHARING, SERVICE AND COMMUNITY-BUILDING. • PROMOTE ENVIRONMENTAL CAUSES ON A LOCAL, REGIONAL AND NATIONAL BASIS. • HELP LOCAL STUDENTS PURSUE THEIR DREAMS BY HELPING TO PROVIDE COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS. • GROW YOUR OWN EDIBLES OR HELP NEW FRIENDS GROW TASTIER, HEALTHIER AND LOCAL FARE. • LEARN TO MAKE THE MOST OF RESOURCES, INCLUDING YOUR AVAILABLE GARDEN SPACE. • ENHANCE YOUR GARDEN’S SUSTAINABILITY AND REDUCE MAINTENANCE BY PLANTING “NATIVE” RAIN GARDENS AND SAVING WATER. • NURTURE YOUR INNER ARTIST WITH FLORAL DESIGN STUDY AND FLOWER SHOWS. • LEARN FROM THOSE WITH EXPERIENCE, AND PASS ALONG YOUR OWN PASSION AND KNOW-HOW TO NEW GENERATIONS OF GARDENERS. • SHARE YOUR LOVE OF GARDENING AND HAVE FUN!” “It takes all the members of our village to ensure that Westlake Village remains a beautiful, safe and thriving community. We are indeed lucky to have so many people in our  community, ready to work  together to support the work that we do in the Westlake Village Garden Club,” notes club President, Judy Doane “In return, we extend our deepest gratitude and many thanks to everyone who makes our good works possible.”

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n honor of Earth Day, officially designated as April 22, the City of Thousand Oaks hosts its 20th Annual Thousand Oaks Arbor/Earth Day Celebration to educate the public about living sustainably year-round. “We want to impress upon people what a beautiful world we have and how we all have to do our part to help keep our environment clean and safe for future generations,” says Jana Covell, committee chair of the event. Presented by the City of Thousand Oaks and the Conejo Recreation and Park District, the Earth Day event takes place at Thousand Oaks Community Park. “The latest information to go green will be found at this event,” Covell says. “Whether you want to know about climate change, local wildlife, recycling or why we need to keep our trees alive, this is the event to attend.” The celebration will feature approximately 100 vendors and exhibitors, including garden clubs with plants for sale and companies with information about solar panels. Richard Elsley will be in attendance to raise awareness of the Conejo Valley chapter of the Citizens Climate Lobby, a grassroots, non-partisan organization with 55,000 members in the United States and Canada.

“Our goal is to convince our governments to pass legislation that will stop climate change,” Elsley explains. “The first step is to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide we emit into the atmosphere. We are harnessing the political will of our population to build a livable world for our grandchildren.” Leah Haynes will be on hand to discuss the University of California Master Gardener Program of Ventura County. This program provides science-based gardening education and community outreach, with a goal to enhance the overall well-being of people, plants and the environment.    “Master Gardeners are certified volunteers who extend horticultural knowledge to home gardeners,” says Haynes.  “These volunteers play a vital role in providing the local public with non-biased gardening information.” Additional Earth Day highlights include compost workshops and opportunities to chat with representatives from local environmental groups. There will also be an environmental art show featuring art created by local students and school groups. “For entertainment, local resident Brooke White, an American Idol finalist, will headline the event,” Covell says. “We will also provide children’s crafts with recycled materials, CONTINUED > food vendors and more.”

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SUSTAINABLE LIVING TO SAVE THE EARTH

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GREEN YOUR LIFESTYLE The annual event coincides with the city’s efforts to educate the public year-round about ways to go green at home. “There are a variety of things residents can do at home, at work, or at school to help reduce their impact on the environment and live a sustainable lifestyle,” says Rod Cordova, assistant analyst in the sustainability division for the City of Thousand Oaks. According to Cordova, the following simple changes in routine and behavior can make a big difference: Reduce: Limit single-use consumer goods and instead choose durable/washable/reusable water bottles, grocery bags, lunch containers, dinnerware and utensils, hand towels/napkins. When shopping, buy in bulk when possible, and choose products made from recycled content and with less packaging. Recycle: Recycle paper, aluminum and metal, such as junk mail, newspapers, cereal boxes, beverage containers, tin cans, glass containers and jars. All plastics numbered 1-7 can be placed in your recycle bin (look for the recycling symbol). Conserve Water: Install low-flow water fixtures in toilets, shower heads and faucets. Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth or shaving. Turn off the sprinklers during periods of rain, and replace traditional sprinkler systems with drip irrigation systems. Replace turf and water-hungry vegetation with drought-tolerant landscaping. Collect rain water with a rain barrel or install a grey water system, and use the water for your garden and flower beds. Sweep driveways and hardscapes instead of using water. Save Energy: Turn off the lights when exiting a room. Choose energy-efficient appliances and lightbulbs. Turn off or unplug appliances and electronic devices

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when they’re not in use. Resort to natural sunlight when possible. Prevent Pollution: Cut back on driving your car by taking public transportation, walking or riding a bike. Avoid harmful fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides,  and instead use organic alternatives.  Properly dispose of  household  hazardous waste like motor oil, paint, batteries, solvents, pesticides and chemicals at your local hazardous waste collection event or facility.  Compost: Food scraps and landscape waste can be composted at home and turned into a nutrient-rich soil amendment for your garden and flower beds. Repair: Fix items when they break or need repair to extend their life and reduce waste. These items include clothing, appliances, electronics, bicycles and sporting equipment. There are many online resources, such as YouTube, to help you do it yourself. You can also check out online "repair cafes" in which people share tools and knowledge on how to repair common consumer and household goods. Take Action: Buy locally farmed fruits and vegetables or start a garden and grow your own.  Dispose of trash responsibly and pick up litter when possible. Donate unwanted or gently used clothing, toys, books and electronics to thrift stores and charitable organizations. Print on both sides of paper. Use rechargeable batteries. Carpool or rideshare when possible. Consolidate errands into fewer trips. Make sure car tires are properly inflated. Hang dry laundry. Plant a tree.   “These are just a few ways residents can green their home and lifestyle,” Cordova says. “There are many other ways to reduce their environmental impacts.” For more eco-friendly tips and resources, visit TOaks. org/Departments/Public-Works/Sustainability.

“THERE ARE A VARIETY OF THINGS RESIDENTS CAN DO AT HOME, AT WORK, OR AT SCHOOL TO HELP REDUCE THEIR IMPACT ON THE ENVIRONMENT AND LIVE A SUSTAINABLE LIFESTYLE.”


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ith spring upon us, the Gardens of the World in Thousand Oaks is alive with an amazing array of flowers, trees and shrubs that define the multiple areas of the Gardens’ 4.5 acres. Annually, the city’s centerpiece hosts thousands of guests visiting the cultural and educational landmark, and one of the very best times to take in all its beauty is when everything blooms in April and May. The lush hideaway across the street from the Civic Arts Plaza is a wonderful place to relax during the day and stroll through the authentically designed, beautifully manicured gardens that represent England, France, Italy, Japan and even the California missions. The recent rains have prompted early budding of the plant life, and there is much more to come this spring. The Gardens of the World is privately owned and operated by the Hogan Family Foundation and was completed in 2001 by Ed and Lynn Hogan, former owners of mega travel company Pleasant Holidays. Today, the Gardens is a striking monument to commemorate the Hogan’s love of travel and various cultures of the world they encountered.    “We have been fortunate to have traveled much of the world and we wanted to bring back some of the beauty and culture we encountered,” Ed Hogan explains. "With the Gardens, we can showcase glimpses of a world many may not have yet discovered. We hope 34

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their experiences here will prompt them to explore new countries, meet new people and learn more about the world around them.” Noted landscape architect Wendy Harper developed the inspired design, and local builder Chuck Melber turned the concepts into a blossoming reality. The five sections of the Gardens are connected to a meandering, quarter-mile pathway that traverses the grounds, which is perfect for a leisurely stroll at lunch or on the weekend. Visitors can “brown bag it” and enjoy their lunches in the permanent picnic area. Linda Seaman, who became the Gardens’ Volunteer Coordinator in 2003, has seen an enormous amount of growth and maturation of the hundreds of plants curated in the wonderfully colorful gardens. Today, she is in charge of some 40 docent volunteers, who guide visitors on excursions Tuesdays through Sundays. Some 14 years later, she still loves coming to the Gardens every day. And who wouldn’t enjoy spending time outdoors in beautiful, relaxing surroundings communicating with people from all walks of life and from throughout the world? The Gardens welcomes new volunteer docents throughout the year and encourages those interested to contact Seaman for information on this rewarding opportunity. Training is proCONTINUED > vided for each volunteer.


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Each area in the Gardens is unique and features both perennial and annual plant varieties representative of the part of the world they depict. The English Cottage Garden is rich in vibrant colors displayed in casual array throughout some hedged areas. The Italian section is formal and emphasizes more structure than color, with hanging grapevines and towering cypress trees. The area dedicated to France is dominated by a multi-terraced fountain that cascades down the center of the Gardens, surrounded by trimmed hedges, topiaries, jasmine and more. The symbolic Japanese Garden is a serene oasis surrounded by a bonsai tree, bamboo forest, gentle waterfall and brook, and a koi pond. An open-air pagoda makes a restful place to retreat for contemplation and reading.

Beautiful year-round, the Gardens truly blossom in April and May, when the roses are in full bloom in the English Garden. In addition to the English rose, yellow, pink, white and orange varieties brighten the landscape. Then there are the colorful perennials, including foxglove, iris, hollyhock, alstroemeria, wisteria, California poppies and butterfly bush, to name a few, that present a more informal look. The Gardens’ many trees are also in their full glory in spring. London Plane trees flank the Gardens’ drive entrance and the terraced French fountain, which provide seclusion and welcome shade for the picnic area, where guests can eat at tables or bring a blanket to the American Bandstand lawn.

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“People are often amazed to learn the Gardens are privately owned and operated, yet, open and free to the public to visit,” Seaman says. “They wonder why this beautiful site is in the middle of Thousand Oaks.” Hogan notes, “When we first saw the area across from the Civic Center, there was an abandoned car and a dilapidated former bar on the lot, with a lumber yard next door. It was a distressful eyesore. We bought the entire 4.5-acre area. We felt we should do something civic minded to not only clean up the mess, but build something that could be shared and enjoyed by everyone.” GARDEN OF EDUCATION & MUSIC

Throughout the year, the Gardens also serve as a backdrop for community activities paid for by the Hogan Family Foundation. The location is ideal for education, and since 2003, the Gardens has hosted more than 50 schools and 10,000 fourth-grade students participating in a special program to teach them about early California history. In the Gardens’ California Missions area, the lessons come to life, as noted performer Bruce Bounauro dons the robes of Father Junipero Serra. The pioneering priest is credited with helping settle California and building nine missions from San Diego to Sonoma in the late 1700s, along the famed Camino Real.

To end the summer in August, the Gardens brings a series of jazz concerts to its iconic American Bandstand in the heart of the Gardens, which can host 40-piece bands like the United States Air Force Band. Thousands of visitors come to enjoy picnics and lounge on the grass, while enjoying first-class performances. The Gardens also brings in local artists to display their works at the Resource Center, where visitors can take in the talents of area artisans. The artists essentially have one-person shows for periods of five to six weeks.  The Gardens does not charge for the programs, but takes reservations on a firstcome-first-served basis for docent-led tours. Groups of six or more requesting tours must call in advance for reservations. Open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays, the Gardens is closed Mondays, most national holidays and during inclement weather. Admission is free and docent tours are available six days a week. Donations are gratefully accepted. The Gardens of the World is a true oasis in Thousand Oaks and a wonderful place to commune with nature and learn about other parts of the world. For more information, call 805.557.1135 or visit GardensOfTheWorld.info.

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ow would you like a free retirement nest egg or two? Since 2004, some of the world’s largest portfolio managers, including BlackRock, Bridgewater and AQR, have increasingly been employing a new investment strategy that may boost your total portfolio return by well over 2x or 3x, while reducing your risk. This new strategy is called “leveraged risk parity,” or “leveraged income and growth.”

A FREE RETIREMENT NEST EGG On Wall Street, diversification is known as the only “ free lunch,” and soon, “ leveraged diversification” may be known as the only “ free retirement nest egg.” Did you ever wonder why we use loans, or “leverage,” to buy our homes and cars, but not our retirement portfolios? Is this because homes and cars are better investments, or because we simply didn’t have the right investment tools and experience? For the past 25 years, I have been researching leading investment trends. I have worked in commercial real estate and high-yield bond research, long/short technology hedge fund portfolio management, and for the past 12 years as a financial advisor in Thousand Oaks, specializing in ETF strategies, and I have never seen a new investment process that is this opportunistic for investors. FOUR STEPS TO INVESTMENT SUCCESS: 1. InvestableBenchmarks.com 2. Leverage 3. Risk Control 4. Leading Growth Stocks

INVESTABLEBENCHMARKS.COM In the March CVL issue, we explained that the Income and Growth investable benchmark portfolio has materially outperformed the ETF growth portfolios recommended by Warren Buffett and David Swensen. In fact, ETF PM’s Income and Growth portfolio is the only one of the three solutions that has consistently exhibited risk low enough for investors to consider using leverage at times.

LEVERAGE The main principle in risk parity is to apply leverage to an efficiently balanced portfolio, with broad diversification, in order to enhance performance while reducing risk. In early 2016, Wall Street’s new leveraged asset class ETFs were finally operating long enough to be analyzed fairly, and ETF PM quickly launched the industry’s first leveraged income and growth portfolios. 38

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LEVERAGED INCOME AND GROWTH Over the past decade, we estimate that the Income and Growth 3x (IG 3x) portfolio gained 463% in total return, while the S&P 500 delivered just 94%. The Buffett and Swensen ETF growth portfolios rose by 90% and 70%, respectively. In addition to delivering extraordinary outperformance, IG 3x exhibited far lower risk than the Buffett and Swensen solutions. In the market crash of 2008, we estimate that IG 3x would have gained 2%, while the Buffett and Swensen portfolios fell by -32% and -26%, respectively.

LEVERAGED ETFS The Income and Growth 3x investable benchmark has delivered incredible performance, but there are still negative issues to understand regarding leveraged ETFs. For example, leveraged ETFs are more complicated than unleveraged ETFs, and the leveraged versions have far less actual performance history. In certain “choppy” market environments, leveraged ETFs often deliver materially distorted returns. In addition, investors in leveraged income and growth must also be mindful of the somewhat rare periods in which non-correlated asset classes endure material declines simultaneously. Regardless, all of the negatives associated with leveraged asset class ETFs seem to be somewhat immaterial compared to their potential for tremendous performance improvement, and risk reduction, when they are used effectively.   RISK CONTROL In the May CVL issue, our third step to investment success will examine how certain leading portfolio managers utilize rules-based risk controls to protect their assets, especially when using leverage.

LEADING GROWTH STOCKS Everyone would like to be an early investor in the next great company that delivers a return comparable to Apple (AAPL), Alphabet (GOOGL), Amazon (AMZN) or Facebook (FB). In the June CVL issue, our fourth part in this series will cover leading growth stocks, and our top picks for the second half of 2017. While past performance is never a guarantee of future results, be sure to catch all four steps to investment success! David Kreinces is the Founder & Portfolio Manager for ETF Portfolio Management (ETF PM), a Thousand Oaks-based financial advisor. To learn more, visit ETFPM.com or call 866.409.5844.


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hen Bob Vartanian was thinking of adding to his chain of fireplace retail stores (Encino, Glendale and Pasadena), he looked northward and noticed that Ventura County was lacking in its offering of a quality fireside, hearth and barbecue store. Vartanian was also aware of the changing role the fireplace and hearth products were taking with regard to interior design. He knew that in order to successfully open a new fireplace and barbecue showroom in Thousand Oaks, a different way of displaying and servicing the customer had to be achieved.

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A peek into Thousand Oaks Fireside and Design reveals the result. Store Manager Thomas Malinowski notes that the showroom has “a high-end club feel about it, with its black ceramic floors, halogen spot lighting and red carpet room,” adding, “When the space was being remodeled to become Thousand Oaks Fireside and Design, people would stop in and ask what kind of restaurant or bar this was to become.” The store is as far from the traditional “mom-and-pop” fireplace hearth store as one could get. Replacing many of the old standbys of a diminishing wood-burning era (tool sets, wood, baskets, pot belly stoves, etc.) are modern displays of efficient gas fireplaces, dynamic and useful retro-fit options for existing fireplaces and dazzling electric fireplaces that can be placed nearly anywhere.   “The market has changed, and there is a growing trend for an exclusive designer showroom for our products,” Malinowski states. “Our clientele has become more design-oriented, and the fireplace is looked at as a focal point in the room, not just a forgotten black box under the mantel.” The store is a favorite source for interior designers, contractors and architects, as well as the public. Vartanian planned the store to be a place for people to relax, get inspired and visualize our products in their own homes. Malinowski adds, “We are filling in the design palette for our clients.”

The visually appealing showroom is not limited to fireplaces. There are stone and wood mantels, enviable custom-built outdoor kitchen islands containing the latest grilling equipment available, pizza ovens, outdoor heating solutions, fire pits and an entire room dedicated to mailbox options. Step “outside” into the barbecue annex where you’ll find a simulated backyard grass area, a sky mural on the ceiling and a tropical mural backdrop that will surely put you in the mood to remodel your backyard space. “It’s our job to present all the possibilities and advantages of our product lines and inform the client of how to achieve the desired outcome with regard to fireplace and hearth design and outdoor living spaces,” Malinowski says. “Our primary goal is to inspire people and show them the value of what we provide, which is not only a new fireplace, barbecue or mantel, but a lifestyle.” Featured brands include Heat and Glo, Heatilator, Twin Eagles/Delta Heat Grills, Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet, Luxor Outdoor Kitchen Products, TEC Infrared Grills, Infratech, SunPak, California Outdoor Concepts and more. Visit Thousand Oaks Fireside and Design at 104 East Thousand Oaks Blvd, in Thousand Oaks, Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Learn more at 805.496.6660 or online at ThousandOaksFireside.com. April 2017 | Conejo Valley Lifestyle

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IT’ S SPRING LANDSCAPING SEASON ARTICLE AND PHOTOGRAPHY BEN MALKIN

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pring is the perfect time to landscape your property. And the recent heavy rainfall (“be careful what you wish for”) makes it an even better time for landscaping and planting. Whether a complete redo or just some partial changes, landscaping your property or installing a garden now is a great way to celebrate spring. Our own garden was so stressed out from the drought and limited watering that 75% of it needed to be redone, which was also the best time to replace inefficient sprinklers. Now that the soil is happy and wet, the established plants that survived the drought are even happier, and new growth can easily take root. Just looking at some of the early leaf and blossom buds is thrilling. New additions will find a happy home. It’s going CONTINUED > to be a riotous spring!

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The accompanying photos showcase two beautiful Santa Rosa Valley homes with carefully planned, conservatively planted landscape design and installation. There was no need to install large mature plants, because it’s so much fun to watch them grow and mature. California Landcare, Inc. performed the landscape design and installation. Contact Hector Quintero at 805.524.2614 for more information or visit CalLandCareInc.com.


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Renovate & Refine

MEADOW GARDENS: BRINGING GARDENING VISIONS TO LIFE ARTICLE TRACY MARCYNZSYN | PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED

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alking through the doors of Meadow Gardens reveals a beautiful oasis of garden fountains and lush flora beckoning guests to explore the peaceful ambiance. Soaking up the soothing sights, sounds and smells relaxes and inspires visitors to create their own garden retreats. Meadow Gardens Owner Carleen Reinstein makes it her mission to help customers grow their garden visions into realities. “From A to Z, from concept to home installation, we are a full-service exterior decorating store,” says Carleen. “We make the garden sing and come to life.” Meadow Gardens’ unique selection of discount high-quality fountains and U.S.-made concrete pottery paired with knowledgeable, expert design and installation services have made it a favorite local resource for helping clients, designers, architects and contractors envision and bring to life the garden of their dreams. “Gardens help us naturally unwind and offer so much beauty, enhancing our lives everyday as if we were on holiday… an oasis at home,” says Carleen, who makes designing a beautiful garden affordable for any budget. “We run everyday low prices, 365 days out of the year, and offer merchandise and specialized service that you won’t find in other stores,” says Carleen, who traded in her briefcase and boardroom meetings to pursue her passion when she founded Meadow Gardens in 1997. “I translated my knowledge of retail and merchandising into my personal passion of gardening and decorating my yard,” explains the former department store buyer of 26 years. “My store is my passion and hobby.” Now celebrating 17 years of business, Carleen says her customers are the best part about the business. “My clients have been coming here for 15 years, some of them are doing their third or fourth house,” says Carleen, noting Meadow Gardens services customers from Malibu to San Luis Obispo and Temecula. “They don’t want to go anywhere else, saying ‘We love 48

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your service and assortment’; they keep me energized,” she adds. Meadow Gardens’ willingness to go the extra mile extends to client requests for custom colors and installations. The knowledgeable delivery team has been with Meadow Gardens for 16 years, delivering and installing fountains. Their hands-on approach includes fountain installation and maintenance, making them a trusted choice for home fountain installs across Ventura County and beyond. In addition to a wide selection of fountains, fine statuary and pottery, Meadow Gardens offers an array of wonderful unique gift shop accessories and iron décor perfect for outdoor gardens. Their slow-burning, hand-poured perfumed candles include Tyler, Mixture, Root and Volcano, which delight the senses and accent any home environment. For full-service expertise in garden design, delivery and installation services, stop into Meadow Gardens and get inspired to bring your own garden retreat to life. Meadow Gardens is located at 31149 Via Colinas, #604, in Westlake Village. Contact them at 818.879.9555 or at MeadowGardensInc.com.


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Everyone dreams of going on a grand vacation at some time during their lives. However, it can be quite overwhelming when you actually sit down to plan your trip. Many considerations go into planning the perfect vacation. Researching on the internet can be daunting and time-consuming and can leave you frustrated. “Leave it to the experts,” says Shantha Mony, co-owner of Dream-Ality Travels. “We do the heavy lifting for you so that you can get on with your normal lives with the assurance that the planning, to the minutest detail, is in good hands. Each trip is unique and we tailor your vacation just for you.” Shantha and Sam are co-owners of Dream-Ality Travels, a boutique family travel agency based in the Conejo Valley. The husband and wife team are passionate about creating dream vacations for their VIP clients. With over 10 years of experience in the travel hospitality industry, they find joy in curating perfect vacation experiences. 50

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Dream-Ality Travels is proud to be a member of the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce. Shantha is an Ambassador of the Chamber and helps to welcome and support new members. In addition, they are honored to be chosen as the Chamber Travel consultants for the second year in a row. Last year they arranged a trip to Peru and the Galapagos islands. This year they are planning two unique itineraries to Cuba in November and December 2017. For the first time in decades, Cuba’s doors are open to American travelers. The People to People program allows Americans and Cubans to share meaningful interactions while enjoying the rich history and culture of this amazing country. All people-to-people interactions weave seamlessly into the daily visits around the country, serving to enrich and enlighten.

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Lifestyle Calendar

April APRIL 1

APRIL 9

2017 SCANDINAVIAN FESTIVAL

6TH ANNUAL CALIFORNIA JAZZ & WINE FEST

CALIFORNIA LUTHERAN UNIVERSITY

FOUR SEASONS HOTEL WESTLAKE VILLAGE

Enjoy music, dancing, food, lectures and demonstrations celebrating the

This annual event features live jazz and swing on two stages plus

Nordic cultures of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and the Saa-

wine, craft brews, boutique spirits, gourmet food and local artisans

mi people from the Arctic regions of Scandinavia. ScandinavianCenter.org

displaying their wares. Saxophonist, producer and composer Dan-

APRIL 7 CONEJO RECREATION & PARK DISTRICT ANNUAL CONEJO SPRINGFEST

ny Janklow headlines. Proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley. $100/$150 VIP admission. Call 805.380.6010. CaliforniaJazzWine.com

CONEJO CREEK SOUTH PLAYFIELDS

APRIL 15

Bring the kids for egg hunts, game booths, inflatables, crafts, face

SPRING EGG HUNT AND ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW

painting, live entertainment and more. Refreshments and baskets

MAE BOYAR PARK

available for a small fee. $5. CRPD.org

The Rancho Simi Recreation & Park District event features ven-

APRIL 8 20TH ANNUAL THOUSAND OAKS ARBOR/EARTH DAY CELEBRATION

dor booths, including jewelry, clothing, toys, candles, soaps and more. Egg hunts start at 9:30 a.m.  Food, inflatables, slides, a train and mini ferris wheel included. RSRPD.org 

THOUSAND OAKS COMMUNITY PARK

APRIL 15

This free zero-waste, family friendly event features environmental ex-

EARTH DAY CELEBRATION/GREEN EXPO

hibitors and workshops providing tips and products to help families

CALABASAS

"Go Green.” Children’s activities, wild animal exhibits,  a bike rodeo,

Sponsored by the City of Calabasas, this event features 50+ exhibi-

food trucks and live entertainment round out the event.

tors from Los Angeles and Ventura counties to help participants take

APRIL 8 WALK MS CONEJO VALLEY

actions that will save them money through efficiency while protecting the planet. Free. CityofCalabasas.com/earth-day.html

CONEJO CREEK PARK

APRIL 21

Raise awareness and funds to find the cause and cure for multiple scle-

"THE FURNITURE"

rosis at this family friendly event featuring a 5K and 1K walk, roll or stroll.

HILLCREST CENTER FOR THE ARTS 

Registration opens at 8 a.m., opening ceremonies at 9:30 a.m., walk at

Christy Romano Rooney ("Kim Possible," "Even Stevens") stars

10 a.m. Entertainment includes food, music, team booths, sponsor give-

in Marc Warren’s fast-paced comedy about sex, lies and uphol-

aways and more. Call 310.479.4456 or visit WalktoEndMS.org.

stery. Old rivalries come to the fore and secrets are revealed when

APRIL 8 & 9 19TH CHUMASH DAY POWWOW

three sisters gather to divvy up the family furniture. Show runs through April 23. HillcrestArts.com

AND INTERTRIBAL GATHERING

APRIL 22 & 23

MALIBU BLUFFS PARK

22ND ANNUAL NEAL TAYLOR

This noncompetitive powwow celebrates Native Americans from

NATURE CENTER FISHING DERBY

around the country, representing hundreds of tribes. Native American

CACHUMA LAKE RECREATION AREA

food, craft vendors, tribal ceremonies and dances featured both days.

This year’s fishing derby includes prize categories for multiple types

Free admission. Park off site at Civic Center and Webb Way; free shuttle

of fish, including crappie, catfish, trout, bass, sunfish and carp. Win

service to and from the park. Call 310.317.1364 or visit MalibuCity.org.

cash prizes, fishing gear and more! Register at TroutDerby.org. CONTINUED >

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APRIL 22 & 23 43RD CONEJO VALLEY HOME REMODELING SHOW HYATT REGENCY WESTLAKE More than 170 vendors offer information, ideas and advice for kitchen and bath remodeling, interior decorating, landscaping, pools and spas. Gourmet food trucks onsite 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday; show runs through Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. ConejoValleyHomeShow.com

APRIL 22 & 23 43RD ANNUAL CONEJO GEM & MINERAL CLUB "PAGEANT OF A THOUSAND GEMS" BORCHARD COMMUNITY CENTER Vendors selling jewelry, minerals, gems and fossils and worldwide specimens and unique one-of-a-kind pieces are featured at this event. Exhibits, youth activities, lapidary and jewelry-making demonstrations, a silent auction, door prizes, a plant sale and snack bar provide something for all ages. CGAMC.org

APRIL 22 SENIOR CONCERNS PARTY BOAT BASH WESTLAKE YACHT CLUB Enjoy cocktails, appetizers and a sunset cruise around Westlake Lake, followed by an evening of merrymaking, including dinner and dancing to the music of “Around the Sound” and a no-host bar. The evening also features a live auction, 50/50 drawing and more. Proceeds support Senior Concerns’ programs and services. $125. Seating is limited to 78 people. Call 805.497.0189.

APRIL 23 23RD ANNUAL WESTLAKE VILLAGE ROTARY STREET FESTIVAL WESTLAKE VILLAGE This family friendly event features 100 vendors of arts and crafts, home decor, jewelry, accessories, toys, housewares, electronics, clothing and more. The festival also includes a car show, local craft beer and wine, food trucks, live entertainment and kids’ and pets' zones. Proceeds benefit multiple local, national and international initiatives through the Westlake Village Rotary Club. RotaryWLV.org

APRIL 23 44TH ANNUAL GARDEN TOUR WESTLAKE VILLAGE The Westlake Village Garden Club's award-winning tour includes five unique gardens showcasing “California-style” gardens and the best in landscape design in the Conejo Valley. Flat shoes are recommended; no pets. Proceeds benefit local awards scholarships and nonprofits dedicated to the enhancement and protection of natural landscape. WestlakeVillageGardenClub.com

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Lifestyle Calendar

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APRIL 25 CONEJO VALLEY GUILD OF UCLA CANCER CENTER “GAME DAY 2017” NORTH RANCH COUNTRY CLUB The Conejo Valley Guild of the UCLA Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation's annual fundraising event includes a buffet lunch, boutique, raffle and games. $65. RSVP by April 10: 805.480.2492.

APRIL 28 THOUSAND OAKS WOMAN'S CLUB

FINAL HOMES NOW SELLING New homes in the heart of Thousand Oaks

CHARITY LUNCHEON LOS ROBLES GREENS GOLF COURSE, SUNSET BALLROOM Open to local women looking for stimulating and rewarding friendships with an interest in assisting with local charitable endeavors. Social time begins at 10:30 a.m., business meeting at 11 a.m., Chef's Choice lunch at 12 p.m. and live entertainment at 12:45 p.m. Coffee and tea included. $21. Call 805.484.7741 for reservations.

APRIL 29

Don’t miss out on this beautiful community of solar powered homes! Discover the best of smart innovation and local charm at The Oaks Collection by City Ventures! As one of the only communities in Thousand Oaks, this enclave in the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains is an ideal and central location to enjoy a variety of activities. With great schools and exceptionally safe neighborhoods, it’s a family-friendly city providing the lifestyle you’re looking for in a location you’ll love. • 26 Mediterranean style tri-level townhomes

• Shopping & dining nearby

• Direct 2-car garage access

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• Miles of open trails for hiking & biking activities

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• Safe neighborhoods

family, rock wall, video gaming truck and more).

• Award-winning schools

HOPE4KIDS FESTIVAL & 5K/10K RUN CAMARILLO COMMUNITY CENTER PARK This all-volunteer event features 5 and 10K runs and a kids 1-mile fun run, food trucks, a silent

Proceeds benefit Ventura County foster youth;

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APRIL 30 41ST ANNUAL CHILI COOK OFF & CLASSIC CAR SHOW

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Parting Thoughts

t h e M a g i c Yo u M a k e G e t t i n g t o K n o w t h e P e r s o n Yo u W i l l B e ARTICLE KIM PAGANO

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ave you ever walked into a hotel where the environment dominates your feelings in a positive or negative way? Does your home happen to be your sanctuary, or for some of you, do you see it as your garden? I want you to take a moment to think about the place that you just love to hang out in, the place that just makes you feel complete. What is it about that place that makes you feel so great? Is it the colors, the scenery or just the way you feel when you are there? Personally, my home is where I have brought in the things that I love that make me feel comfortable. Are you able to make your home or garden your castle in order to portray a message from your heart? Does your home talk to you? Does it bring you feelings of peace or contentment? If this is something that you are interested in feeling, but haven't experienced, I'd like to give you some tips to help you feel more complete in your daily life. First, you need to be in sync with your sense of style. Are you elegant, modern or eclectic? What moves you?  The feeling that I get when I think of my style is a little bit of everything. I look for things that speak to me. When my home

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is cluttered, it tends to make me anxious and can be overwhelming, making me feel unproductive. If you're the kind of person who likes everything to match, consider looking at it as a total design; create a plan for each room if you think that will make it easier. Take it from one door to one drawer. Don't overwhelm yourself with trying to make everything perfect. My dad is a decorator and he has always suggested to have lights on each side of the bed. Even though this is a simple tool, it is a standard that you see in most hotels and room layouts. I think there are many basic ideas to homes and gardens that we should all abide by. After those first steps, it's up to you to decide what magic touches you want

to add that will bring forth the warmth and special feelings in your home. Some great ideas for easily changing the mood and energy in your home could be adding candles, colorful pillows and plants or flowers. I hope that my words have encouraged you to look at your castle and come up with some new ideas to add more of your love and joy into it, so that you can really enjoy having it as your happy, calming and passionate place. I truly believe in the saying, "Your home is where you hang your heart."  Kim Pagano is brought to you by the award-winning talk radio station  AM 1590 KVTA. She brings you the Brighter Side of the 805, Saturdays from 6 to 8 a.m.,  reminding us how important it is to "Look Good, Feel Good, Do Good."  Listen to the Kim Pagano Show at your leisure by subscribing to her podcast:  ITunes/The Kim Pagano Show.  Kim is a hair therapist in Westlake, a motivational speaker, a mother and so much more.


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