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Lifestyle Letter

A Community of Givers


n April 2015, Robin and I were trying to decide if we were going to publish Conejo Valley Lifestyle magazine. While the publishing business model upon which our magazine would be built made a great deal of sense, I still was not convinced that there was room for and, more importantly, a need for another magazine in the Conejo Valley. The field was crowded and, in most cases, well-established. So why do a “me too”?

Since, as the saying goes, “content is king” in media, we focused our attention on what was NOT being done in the Conejo Valley. That meant that bling, glitz, fashionista spreads and other tributes to the materialism that the affluence in our community makes possible were not going to become an integral part of our editorial policy. The decision to proceed actually became easy the more we looked at what really makes our Conejo Valley community great—the tremendous level of community spirit and support our friends and neighbors offer each other and those in our community who are less fortunate. Our course was set. We launched Conejo Valley Lifestyle in August 2015 and made community spirit and giving back a major part of our editorial mission. What made this even easier was how our wonderful Editor, Tracy Marcynzsyn, enthusiastically embraced the concept. During the past two years, we have covered so many nonprofits and Conejo Valley folks who give time, effort and money to support them that it is impossible for me to mention all of them. What comes to mind first are nonprofits Golden Heart Ranch, Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Boys & Girls Club, the Conejo Compassion Coalition, PathPoint, FoodShare, the Westminster Free Clinic, the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and the Rotary Clubs’ activities throughout the Conejo Valley and beyond. Keep it going, folks! The Conejo Valley continues to get even better the more that we all give of ourselves.


Ben Malkin | Robin Chesler | EDITOR

Tracy Marcynzsyn | ACCOUNT MANAGER


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P.O. Box 12608 Overland Park, KS 66282-3214 Proverbs 3:5-6 Conejo Valley Lifestyle™ is published monthly by Lifestyle Publications LLC. It is distributed via the US Postal Service to some of Conejo Valley’s most affluent neighborhoods. Articles and advertisements do not necessarily reflect Lifestyle Publications’ opinions. No portion of this magazine may be reproduced in any form without written consent. Lifestyle Publications does not assume responsibility for statements made by advertisers or editorial contributors. Information in Conejo Valley Lifestyle™ is gathered from sources considered to be reliable, but the accuracy of all information cannot be guaranteed.

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Rosemary Allison presents

Tuscan Villa on over 5 acres with Panoramic Views

12127 Presilla | Santa Rosa Valley, CA

Offered at only $1,525,000

Majestic beauty and impeccable quality private secluded & serene Tuscan inspired estate with spectacular 180 degree views of snowcapped mountains in pastoral Santa Rosa Valley. Long private drive leading to circular motor court with center fountain. Designed for luxurious entertaining, this refined residence is approached through a garden courtyard with fountain leading to a grand central entry under a 25 high rotunda. Adjoining is a truly magnificent step down living room with mountain views, French doors to the East yard and served from a step down wet bar. Spacious dining room with butler’s pantry as well as a large breakfast area, adjacent to chef gourmet island kitchen. The family room features a media center, fireplace, French door leading to rear yard and the gorgeous panoramic views. Library/private office has its own wet bar and courtyard entry. Wine storage closet with storage area. There is a main floor bedroom with bath which makes a great guest room/maids room with walk-in closet and bath with access to parking pad. Indoor laundry room and large utility closet. Entered through double doors, the master bedroom suite is a private sanctuary with a fireplace, stunning views, walk-in closet, retreat/office/exercise room and access to veranda with peaceful views, and a sublime spa like bathroom with Jacuzzi tub and large double fixture shower. All secondary bedrooms have walk-in closets. Offered at only $1,525,000


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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.

Fine Luxury Estates

Exclusive Hidden Meadows Country English manor on over 2 acres

13253 Old Butterfield | Santa Rosa Valley, CA Offered at only $1,599,000

Exclusive Hidden Meadows Country English manor on over 2 acres spanning over 4300 square feet in the premier gated neighborhood. The home features 4 bedrooms and 3 Baths upstairs plus a bedroom with a full ensuite bath downstairs. In addition, there is a wonderful downstairs office. For the equestrian enthusiast there room for an arena, the neighborhood has miles of trails and a community arena. The interior features travertine flooring, a large formal dining room, gourmet island kitchen with large sunny breakfast room, Wine cellar, Media room. Rear yard has avocado orchard, brick patio area with wood burning fireplace. Four car garage. Offered at only $1,599,000



Rosemary Allison presents

European Romance Mingles with California Magic on 6 ACRE Villa

13475 Andalusia | Santa Rosa Valley, CA

Offered at only $2,995,000

Stunning two-story, recently updated residence aptly situated as the crown on its own hilltop. Classic Mediterranean architectural elegance is revealed from the grand rotunda foyer with dramatic spiral staircase, archways and high ceilings with marble and wide plank maple hardwood flooring. Distinct features include: a state of the art gourmet chef’s kitchen with commercial quality stainless appliances, a Family room with a two-story ceiling and custom walk- in wet bar, a Grand living room that opens onto a large covered outdoor patio providing panoramic views and an east wing entertainment/game room replete with a 600 bottle plus capacity custom wine room. The front approach provides a majestic fountain inside a circular motor court cobbled drive with specimen trees gracing the entrance drive up The superb resort-size backyard seems to be at the top of the world, enjoying a wide covered patio, large pool and spa, fruit trees, lush landscaping. The property is designated for horses with community riding trails and a large arena across the street. Ample space on property to build sports court, equestrian facilities, plant a pastoral vineyard, avocado or lemon orchard or construct additional luxury car storage. Offered at: $2,995,000


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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.

Fine Luxury Estates

On a Clear Day you can see Forever Santa Rosa Valley

12953 Ridge Drive | Santa Rosa Valley, CA Reduced to only $1,139,000

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 $1,139,000



Rosemary Allison presents

Old World Grandeur, Uncompromising Luxury

2269 Applewood Lane | Santa Rosa Valley, CA

Offered at only $3,799,000

Old World Grandeur, Uncompromising luxury. Electronically gated private drive, extra-large kitchen boasts granite counter-tops, fireplace and wine bar. Stainless steel appliances, dedicated theatre/media room complete w/ professional screen. Grand formal entry with wrought iron staircase. Dining room w/gleaming flooring. Family room features an entertainment size wet bar. Enormous master w/2 enormous walk-in closets and fireplace. Secondary bedrooms adjacent private baths and a full walk-in closet. 2 story world class executive library/office, 6 car tandem garage. Equestrian facilities with Barn and arena. Reduced to $3,799,000.


I'm excited to introduce my new real estate APP! It is easier to use and more accurate than the Zillow, Trulia and Redfin, now the power of the REAL ESTATE MLS is at your fingertips. Find out what your homes is worth and what your neighbors homes are listed for and what has sold! Easy - fast! Search “ROSEMARY ALLISON” in the Apple App Store or Google Play store to download the free Rosemary App!

©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.

Fine Luxury Estates

11411 E. Las Posas Rd | Santa Rosa Valley, CA

Offered at only $1,399,000

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 attention to detail with a romantic conversation pit with fireplace in the great room off the formal dining room built to accommodate 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: $1,399,000



Rosemary Allison presents

1839 Mott Court | Santa Rosa Valley, CA

Offered at only $2,250,000

This French Normandy Chateau style mansion is a timeless estate of unparalleled craftsmanship nestled in the exclusive gated Camelot Estates in Santa Rosa Valley. The grandeur from the outside is only surpassed by its interior of majestic brilliance infused with modern amenities and technology. Resting on over 1.5 acres of useable land, this 6600+ square foot residence features five large bedrooms, and seven bathrooms. Designed with superb attention to detail the floor plan flows effortlessly from one room to the other with endless detail to capture your attention. Beautiful gleaming hardwood floors, incredible millwork, custom cabinetry, formal and informal dining rooms. Additional features to enjoy include gourmet island kitchen, inviting master suite with sitting area and fireplace, en-suite secondary bedrooms Private, secluded, perfectly landscaped Rear yard with lighted regulation sized tennis court, resort styled beach entry pool with rock waterfalls, and extensive outdoor fireplace, barbecue and loggia entertaining areas. Dual water availability for reduced landscape water costs.Offered at only $2,250,000


I'm excited to introduce my new real estate APP! It is easier to use and more accurate than the Zillow, Trulia and Redfin, now the power of the REAL ESTATE MLS is at your fingertips. Find out what your homes is worth and what your neighbors homes are listed for and what has sold! Easy - fast! Search “ROSEMARY ALLISON” in the Apple App Store or Google Play store to download the free Rosemary App!

©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.

Fine Luxury Estates

Spanish Hills Country Club Estate + Guest house + 6 car garage + Pool house + Media room

709 Via Terrado | Camarillo, CA Offered at only $2,299,000

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 4 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 $2,299,000



September 2017



26 PathPoint

Leading the Way to Independence, Dignity & Pride

31 Making Waves


Good Times


Around Town


Inspired By


Inspired By


Giving Back


Locally Owned


Our Town


Local’s Choice


Healthy Lifestyle


Financial Fitness


Lifestyle Calendar


Parting Thoughts

Locals Unite for 33rd Annual Coastal Cleanup Day

34 Rev. Gary Dickey

The Heart of a Faith Community for 42 Years

38 Exploring Thailand

Feast Your Eyes on a Faraway, Unforgettable Land



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Fender Music Foundation Gives the Gift of Music

The Fender Music Foundation is a nonprofit organization that supports U.S. music education and therapy programs through grants of musical instruments and equipment. The "Give Music Life" Concert Fundraiser was held at Five Threads Brewing Company with food offered by Farm & Flame. A fun time was had by all. PHOTOGRAPHY BEN MALKIN

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ULTIMATE DINING BENEFITS SENIORS Make your reservation today for the sure-to-sell-out 31st Annual Senior Concerns Ultimate Dining event. Guests will enjoy chef specialties, wine and beer from area favorite restaurants, wineries and breweries. Event proceeds benefit Senior Concerns’ programs, including the Adult Day Program, Meals on Wheels, Caregiver Support Center and Senior Advocacy Services. Live and silent auctions combined with the best in local food and wine make this an event not to be missed. Ultimate Dining takes place Sept. 16 at 5 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Westlake. Purchase tickets at 805.497.0189 or

CELEBRATE COMMUNITY AT HOPE & HARVEST Join host Andrew Firestone at Hope & Harvest on Sept. 16 to celebrate community with a memorable evening under the stars at Sherwood Country Club. Guests will enjoy delicious, locally farmed cuisine provided by Chef Isaiah and LA Roots Catering, fine wine, entertainment, an inspiring program and fabulous auctions, as well as an after party to extend the evening fun. Presented by Sage Publishing, the event benefits Interface Children & Family Services, a nonprofit organization that provides safe shelter and 24-hour intervention to children, youth, parents and families in need. Purchase tickets at

SAVE THE DATE! This year’s annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk takes place next month, on Oct. 7 to celebrate breast cancer survivors, remember loved ones and raise funds for research and cures for breast cancer. Conejo Valley Lifestyle publisher Robin Chesler heads up a team of walkers again this year. For more information, contact Christine Wilson, M.S., CCC-A

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HOLIDAY SHOP OP The “largest indoor showcase on the West Coast” with 24,000+ original works from nationwide exhibitors comes to the Ventura County Fairgrounds next month, Oct. 6-8. The Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft

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foods, photography, oils, hand-turned wood, music, ceramics, eclectic art pieces, seasonal décor, ornaments, and much more. Each season the artists explore a variety of styles with their creations, pushing the boundaries and visit with each artist brings added meaning to each purchase. The festival’s stage entertainment, strolling performers, Kidzone, demonstrations, contests and more ensure something for everyone.


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“We work year-round to create the quintessential shopping encounter that engages our patrons on every level,” says the Harvest Festival’s Nancy Glenn. “It’s a feast for all the senses, whether you’re a DYI devotee, an art collector, or on a quest for that special handmade gift you won’t find anywhere else.” Beyond the hundreds of artists and entertainment, each showcase collaborates with local nonprofits to fundraise in support of community programs. General admission: $9.

HEALTHY FUN AT THE FOUR SEASONS Enjoy a fresh garden-to-table picnic and summertime lawn games at the Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village, Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. The California Health & Longevity Institute’s Wellness Kitchen has partnered with The Tasting Room for an al fresco evening of dinner and games. Reservations required. $60. Call 818.575.1114.


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LEMON GOODNESS The 26th Annual California Lemon Festival takes place Sept. 16 and 17, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Girsh Park in Goleta. Enjoy sumptuous lemon food, fantastic family atmosphere


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and a cornucopia of entertainment and activities. The 11th Annual Goleta Fall Classic Car and Street Rod Show also takes place at the Lemon Festival on Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. As always, the Lemon Festival includes the most extensive “Safety Street” in the county, pie-eating contests, arts and crafts vendors, and more food than you can shake a lemon-scented stick at. A petting zoo and amusement park rides add to the many things that make the California Lemon Festival fun for the whole family. Free parking and admission.

WESTLAKE YMCA HONORS MEMBERS The Southeast Ventura County YMCA Joel and Frances McCrea Memorial Award Gala at the Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village on Saturday, Sept. 23 at 6 p.m. features gourmet


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cuisine, a live band and silent auction. The event honors Doug and Penny Yarrow with the Joel and Frances McCrea Memorial Award for their leadership and commitment to bringing a new YMCA to Westlake Village. Proceeds from the evening will benefit Southeast Ventura County YMCA programs through its four branches that service the Conejo, Simi and Santa Rosa valleys and Moorpark. $250. Call 805.497.3081.

GOLFING FOR K9S The 13th Annual Ventura County Sheriff K9 Golf Tournament takes place Sept. 25 at 9 a.m. at Moorpark Country Club. The money raised goes toward the purchase of new K9s, K9 training and K9 equipment for the Ventura County Sheriff K9 Unit, funded solely through generous donations and fundraisers. $175 per golfer or $150 per golfer if purchased as a foursome. 20

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Final Opportunity to Own a Brand New, Luxury Home in Thousand Oaks Discover Montellano Estates, the final new home neighborhood within the attendant gated community of Rancho Conejo Village. Limited-edition residences on oversized lots offer expansive entertaining spaces, large backyards and incredible amenities. Tour our professionally decorated models and ready-to-own homes today. Visit for details. FURNISHED MODEL NOW FOR SALE


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LeadYoung Institute







Inspired By


world, focus on leaders. If you want to change leaders, focus on them when they’re young,” —Alan E. Nelson, Ed.D., founder of LeadYoung Institute Alan E. Nelson, Ed.D., founder, LeadYoung Institute


ith the goal of transforming the Conejo Valley into the “most

possess the aptitude for leading sufficiently as youth that allows

young leader-friendly community on the planet,” LeadYoung

them to be trained at an accelerated pace.”

Institute is poised to launch a unique, community-based youth lead-

Nelson developed LeadYoung’s age-appropriate developmental

ership program aimed to identify and develop 10- to 18-year-olds

curricula based on interactions with thousands of students through-

gifted in organizational leading.

out the world, including Peru, Thailand, Malaysia, UAE, Canada

“Our best leadership training takes place after leaders are set in

and the United States. While numerous schools, civic groups and

their character, have formed bad habits, and are less pliable in their

churches use Nelson’s training curricula, offered through his nonprofit

cognitive abilities,” says LeadYoung’s Founder Alan E. Nelson, Ed.D.,

organization, KidLead, Inc., LeadYoung Institute marks the inaugural

who teaches leadership at USC Marshall School of Business and the

approach to creating a local focus on executive talent scouting years

Naval Postgraduate School. “One Harvard publication notes the aver-

and even decades before most organizations.

age first age of executive training is 42. The goal is to get to leaders while they’re moldable, not moldy.”

Working with parents, schools, faith communities and civic groups, LeadYoung strives to identify the top 5-10% of students expressing

With a doctorate in leadership from the University of San Diego and

leadership abilities and then invite them into ongoing training programs.

years of experience teaching leadership and organizational-related

“Like travel ball teams in athletics and AP classes in schools, LeadYoung

courses at Pepperdine, USC and the Naval Postgraduate School, in

is designed for students who exhibit an aptitude for organizational lead-

addition to writing 20 books and 200+ articles, Nelson has spent the

ing, a talent scouting program for budding CEOs. Every adult leader was

past decade analyzing how children and youth exhibit early traits of

at one time a preteen. LeadYoung’s goal is to identify and develop future

executives and how to develop these skills.

leaders now, giving them a huge head start,” says Nelson.

“The U.S. and California Departments of Education recognize

“Those who’ve used our curricula like the way it engages the

leadership as a domain in the area of gifted and talented edu-

unique abilities of young leaders, who are often pegged as bossy,

cation, yet practically nothing is done in schools to identify and

troublemakers, strong-willed and disruptors,” Nelson explains. “It’s

develop these students,” remarks Nelson. “Society commonly

also a great way for schools to tap the social influence of student

believes that anyone can lead, when, in reality, less than 10%

catalysts, who help improve the social climate of their schools.”


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LeadYoung Institute is currently accepting applications and nominations of students for consideration in its first training programs this fall. A great way to estimate a student’s leadership aptitude is to take a free online assessment on the student, available at “We define leadership as the ability to help others achieve together what they would not or could not as individuals. Based on that definition, leaders are those who catalyze leadership and leading is what they do to catalyze it,” explains Nelson, who began his own journey 36 years ago as a youth worker at a small church in Newbury Park. Having returned to the area with his wife of 36 years, Nelson plans to pour his passion for leadership into local youth and eventually expand his program to allow a wider audience to benefit from the training. “Eventually, our goal is to have hundreds of students identified, who are gifted at leading, being trained in the Conejo Valley,” says Nelson. “The most exciting thing about LeadYoung is when you see a group of student leaders learning executive skills that would astonish very seasoned adult leaders. These students also impress veteran leaders because they remind them of when they were preteens and teens. Imagine meeting a Ronald Reagan or Hilary Clinton at the age of 10! We are giving young leaders a 10- to 30-year head start in their organizational development.” For more information, visit or call 831.869.8532. September 2017 | Conejo Valley Lifestyle


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How Do Interest Rates Affect Your Bonds’ Value? W

That’s a good list to know, but not too helpful in figuring out how much exposure you have to rising rates. Fortunately, there’s a statistic calculated for each bond that gives you a pretty good sense of your interest rate risk. It’s called “Duration.” Duration tells you how much you should expect your bond to fall for each 1% rise in interest rates. So let’s say your bond has a duration of 10. If interest rates rise 2%, your bond should drop roughly 20% in value. The same logic—only opposite—applies to falling rates: a bond’s duration will tell you how much a bond ought to rise for each 1% drop in interest rates. So think of duration as a multiplier that relates interest rate changes to bond value changes. And remember, it’s an inverse relationship: When rates go up, values generally go down; when rates fall, values generally rise. The years to maturity has the biggest impact on duration: The longer the maturity, the bigger the duration. In fact, if you wanted a quick ballpark esti-

hat happens to your bonds when

mate of your bond’s duration, take two-thirds of the years to maturity. For

interest rates rise? Generally, they go

example, a bond that matures in 20 years might have a duration of 13 to 14.

down in value.

The second biggest factor is the coupon (i.e., the amount of interest your bond pays every year). The smaller the coupon, the higher the

How much depends on a number of fac-

duration. Take, for example, the smallest possible coupon—a zero cou-

tors, including:

pon bond that pays no annual interest. It’s like the old savings bonds

• How much did interest rates rise?

we had as kids—you buy it at a deep discount like $600, it pays nothing

• How long until your bonds mature?

over its lifetime and then matures at $1,000. Zero coupon bonds have

• Do your bonds have call features?

a duration equal to its years to maturity—that’s much higher than the

• How much do your bonds pay?

typical coupon-paying bond at only two-thirds of the years to maturity. When do you want to own higher duration bonds? Simple: When interest rates are falling, as they have for the past 30 years. During periods when rates are falling, higher duration bonds increase more in value than lower duration bonds. But I believe interest rates have bottomed and will begin to rise. The Fed just applied two one-quarter point rate hikes this year, indicating that they believe the economy is gaining strength and due for more growth. That, in turn, suggests higher interest rates ahead. Given that the yield on the bellwether 10-year treasury has been hovering near 30-year lows, it appears that rates have nowhere to go but up. In such a rising rate environment, higher duration bonds will fare much worse than lower durations. What is the duration of your bonds? You need to know. Ask your advisor—they’ll have it at their fingertips, for each bond and for your portfolio as a whole. If you own your bonds in a bond fund, you can pull up the fund’s duration from their website or financial sites like Morningstar. Robert A. "Rocky" Mills is president of Westlake Investment Advisors in Westlake Village. 805-277-7300 | 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. Bond yields are subject to change. Certain call or special redemption fea-


tures may exist which could impact yield. Government bonds and Treasury bills are guaranteed by the US government as to the timely payment of principal and interest and, if held to maturity, offer a fixed rate of return and fixed principal value.


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PathPoint offers programs for adults with developmental disabili-

with disabilities or disadvantages—can achieve self-sufficiency and

ties, mental illness and at-risk youth. Individuals with disabilities, for

dignity when the proper supports are in place.

instance, engage in PathPoint’s Discoveries Day Program, in which

“While most organizations target a specific population or demographic, PathPoint is unique in that we design programs that are all-encompassing and have different elements that fit different demographics,” says Charles Bloomquist, PathPoint vice president, Ventura County.

they learn various vocational skills and volunteer at local nonprofits. PathPoint







Supported Employment. “This is where we work with our participants to secure employment that is a great fit for them and then help them to be successful

Founded in 1964, the nonprofit organization serves five California

in that job,” Bloomquist says. “Think of a personal trainer at the

counties, with offices in Thousand Oaks and Simi Valley. The organiza-

gym—that is basically the role our job coaches assume to assist our

tion serves about 2,500 teens to seniors annually and 400 individuals in

participants to be the best employees they can be.”

Ventura County specifically, with offices in Thousand Oaks and Simi Valley.

Residential services for folks with developmental disabilities

“From youth programs to senior work training, we offer a program

include an Independent Living Services program, in which PathPoint

for every participant who comes through our doors,” Bloomquist says.

enables folks to live in their own homes.

“We take our service model as our mission and apply it to all popula-

PathPoint also provides Project SEARCH, a one-year internship in a

tions to create an inclusive organization that gives all participants the

business setting. Interns attend the program five days a week and work

attention and focus they need to find success.”

on communication, interviewing, job search, reflection and site rotations.


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For at-risk youth, 16 to 24 years old, “We

PathPoint’s programs are individualized

offer our Youth Networked Services,” says

and provide support and care while mutually

Bloomquist. “We help these folks to suc-

reinforcing the underlying goals of indepen-

cessfully transition to adulthood by teaching

dence and community integration.

them basic skills, providing meaningful experiences and other resources.”

“By accomplishing these goals, PathPoint participants are able to transition from a life

Ten years ago, PathPoint extended its

of dependency to a self-sufficient lifestyle,”

Behavioral Health Division to Ventura County.

Bloomquist says, pointing to its new intern-

Individuals with mental illness are served through

ship program at the Four Seasons Hotel in

the Life Skills Center located in Thousand Oaks.

Westlake Village as an example.

“Life Skills Center is a recovery, restoration

“We are thrilled to partner with the Four

and relapse prevention program for people

Seasons to provide intensive, real-world

diagnosed with chronic mental illnesses,”

hospitality setting employment experiences

explains Jennifer Newbold, PathPoint vice pres-

to our participants,” he says, adding that pro-

ident, Behavioral Health. “Members increase

gram participants will likely be offered jobs at

effective coping skills, decrease isolation and

the hotel upon completion of the internship.

learn skills in managing their mental health diagnosis in this therapeutic social setting.”

“This is the classic win-win scenario—the hotel will get highly motivated, dependable employees and our participants will be


Originally established as Work Training Programs in 1964 in Santa Barbara County,

gainfully employed in an amazing setting,” Bloomquist says. Learn more at

the nonprofit was renamed PathPoint in 2008. “PathPoint was founded following the signing of the Civil Rights Act,” Bloomquist says. “A small group of advocates in Santa Barbara joined together to respond to an RFP from the Department of Labor to demonstrate what it takes to help people on public assistance find work and ultimately achieve independence.” PathPoint’s founders developed programs that helped people find and hold employment, gain access to their communities, and integrate successfully into society. “Eventually, PathPoint expanded its services to include day programs, independent living services and behavioral health treatment in five different counties across Central and Southern California,” Bloomquist says. A UNIQUE NONPROFIT

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Bagged vs. Bagless Vacuums: ARTICLE JOSEPH SIMEONE

Which is Best? V


acuums as we know them have come a

regularly serviced. When the machine is turned on,

long way since they were first invented.

the dirt and dust seem to swirl around the inside of

Early vacuums were heavy, bulky and very

the chamber, but most of the dirt is up against the

inefficient. One model was installed in a horse-

main filter, which causes the airflow to decrease.

drawn wagon and used a gasoline engine to

It’s not the actual “vacuum" that picks up

operate. Hoses were brought into the house to

dirt and dust, but the airflow. Dirt and dust

clean it. Another machine that didn't last long

are picked up by a vacuum’s ability to create

weighed almost 100 pounds and proved too

airflow rather than by suction. So, in bagless

heavy to move. Still other models operated by

machines, as the main filter continues to clog

pumping a bellows to create suction.

with dirt and dust, the airflow through that fil-

The first vacuums came out in 1900 and

ter is reduced and the machine picks up less

were bagless. That is, they had no disposable

and less dirt. You may not realize this because

bag. The basic machines in those days used

you see the dirt and dust swirling around and

an internal fan to create suction or airflow,

it appears to be working just fine. All bagless

forcing the dirt into a cloth bag that allowed air

vacuums, regardless of cost, operate this way.

to escape but retained the dirt. When the bag

Now let’s touch on bagged vacuums. As

was full, you had to remove it from the machine

described above, these types of vacuums

and empty it into the trash—not a pleasant job!

use a disposable bag with a built-in seal that

This method of collecting dirt was still in use

is removed and disposed of when full. There

in 1980 with the Kirby vacuum and is still used

is no dust blow back like with the bagless

with several commercial Sanitaire models.

vacuum. A bagged vacuum does not lose

For the most part, cloth bags were replaced

airflow, because the bag is designed so that

with paper disposable bags inserted into an

the intake air is exhausted at the top of the

outer bag and this method proved to be much

bag and not through the dirt and dust.

healthier in the way that dirt was disposed.

A bagged vacuum is far superior to the

Added to that, there are now many choices

bagless type and certainly more efficient and

of disposable bags. Filtration paper has been

cleaner to use. Also, most bagged vacuums

improved greatly over the years, with bags

last much longer than bagless varieties.

having multiple layers and HEPA ratings. The

If you’re interested in the best type of

disposable bags you buy today lock in virtually

bagged vacuum, stop by Tri-Valley Vacuum &

all the dust and dirt you pick up. Many come

Cleaning Supply in Thousand Oaks to check

with self-closing slides to seal the contents in

out the most affordable, best engineered,

the bag when you toss it in the trash. Bagged

highest quality bagged vacuums made right

vacuums also have an exhaust filter to catch

here in the USA. Known as "the vacuum you

any fine dust that may get through the bag.

will flip over," it’s called Simplicity.

So, returning to our original question: bagged vs. bagless vacuums, although

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his month on September 16, thousands of Californians will join to clean up their local

beaches, creeks, rivers and lakes for the 33rd Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day. Last year’s event drew some 60,000 people who removed more than 8,000 pounds of trash from beaches, rivers and parks throughout the state. “It’s hard to believe some people actually leave their garbage on the beach or throw trash in riv-

ers and creeks, but it unfortunately does happen,” says Thousand Oaks resident Lori Luck, adding, “thankfully, we have thousands of conscientious citizens who care enough about keeping our environment clean and devote hours of their weekend to help keep our waterways clean.”



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For more than three decades, people of all ages have turned out to support Coastal Cleanup Day by cleaning up trash and debris from local waterways. In addition to area beaches, Coastal Cleanup Day includes clearing rubbish from many inland sites, such as rivers, creeks, lakes and parks. “I don’t like to see so much trash tossed into the rivers and creeks in my city. Don’t people realize this trash hurts wildlife? By helping clean up, I feel like I’m doing my part to help clean up the environment,” comments Westlake Village teen Baylee Heximer, who participates in Coastal Cleanup Day with her family and friends. Sadly, garbage often finds its way into our waterways through storm drains or other channels, emptying into the sea, polluting the water, contaminating soil, damaging delicate marine ecosystems and threatening marine life. Cigarettes, for example, can leak arsenic and harmful chemicals into the environment. Thankfully, thousands of volunteers gladly turn out to turn the tides on trash and clean up local beaches and waterways. Sponsored locally by the Ventura Countywide Coalition for Coastal and Inland Waterways with the mission of “promoting clean and healthy beaches, rivers and creeks throughout Ventura County,” Coastal Cleanup Day has been recognized by the 1993 Guinness Book of World Records as the world's largest beach cleanup. GLOBAL CAUSE

As part of the International Coastal Cleanup, which includes some 800,000+ volunteers in 153 countries collecting more than 18 million pounds of trash, Coastal Cleanup Day demonstrates the power in numbers and shows the huge impact dedicated community volunteers can make when they unite to clean up the environment. The event also raises awareness about pollution and provides a meaningful learning experience for all ages about people’s impact on the environment. To take part in “the world’s largest volunteer day,” go to and choose from over 20 sites in Ventura County scheduled for cleanup from 9 a.m. to noon. Students needing volunteer community service hours are encouraged to sign up and help the environment. Coastal Cleanup Day aims to “engage people to remove debris from our beaches and waterways; to identify the sources of marine debris; and ultimately to change the behaviors that cause pollution.” Visit to find a site near you. 32

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DID YOU KNOW? The largest California Cleanup Day to date was in 2015, which included 900 sites in 54 California counties. In just a few hours, some 68,000 volunteers removed more than 1.1 million pounds of trash from the state’s beaches and waterways! Let’s make this year’s Coastal Cleanup Day a record-setting event by getting involved cleaning up at your local park or beaches! Be Prepared Community members of all ages can help clean up at the various sites located throughout Ventura County. As many participants under age 18 take part in the event with school and church groups, community organizations and Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, volunteers must provide a waiver form signed by a parent or guardian in order to participate. The waiver is available online at Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own supplies, such as water, gloves and trash-collecting buckets. While protecting the environment, participants should ensure their own safety by wearing sunscreen, hats, gloves and closed-toe shoes. CALIFORNIA COASTAL CLEANUP DAY SITES

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hen Gary Alan Dickey began as senior pastor at the United Methodist

Church of Westlake Village 14 years ago, he memorized the church pictorial directory so he could call everyone by their names the first Sunday he was there. “That was about 500 people,” recalls Dickey, 71, of Westlake Village. “The first Sunday I preached I told the congregation that they would never come to church unless they left with a feeling of God's love and forgiveness.” His initial experience was only the beginning of his most memorable moments at the church, where he officially retired on June 30, 2017. “On my last Sunday many told me, ‘thank you for keeping your word,’” Dickey remembers. “That meant a lot to me.” A LASTING LEGACY

During his tenure at the church, Dickey spearheaded several improvements to the property, including a new parking lot, new roofing and room renovations. “We also established the Memory Garden where members of the church can find a final resting place for the remains with a marble wall for inscriptions of their names,” Dickey says. During his years of service, Dickey earned a reputation for using humor in his preach-

Rev. Gary Dickey Retires After Decades of Service ARTICLE ALICIA DOYLE

ing so folks felt comfortable in church, where members often saw him in a kilt with bagpipes for many services. “Most people say after attending that ours is one of the friendliest churches they have attended,” he says. “At my last service at the


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church, following my final benediction, I piped out of church playing ‘Amazing Grace’. There were a lot of tears of love shed that morning.” SERVING COMMUNITY

Over the years, Dickey has contributed greatly to the community as well as the church, says UMC’s Director of Music Gloria Hilliard, who has worked alongside Dickey during his entire tenure. For instance, Dickey participates in the Memorial Day Service and Easter Sunrise Service at Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks each year. He also serves as Chaplain and Major of the Civil Air Patrol, Squadron 61 Camarillo and Deputy Chaplain, California Wing of the USAF Auxiliary. “He is available to those in and outside the church for weddings, memorial services and baptisms,” Hilliard says. “He has also been an active member of Rotary and has made many friends at the local Starbucks.” Considered a “people person,” Dickey is known for greeting everyone with a hug. “People like him because he genuinely cares about them and will do whatever he can to help,” Hilliard says. “His sermons have provided life lessons, and he includes humor in his sermons because he believes we should not take ourselves too seriously.” Dickey has been “a uniting force” by working to ground people in the love of Jesus Christ, says Jon Gentry, Director of Youth Ministries and Christian Education who has worked with Dickey since 2015. “Gary has sought to inspire a sense of interdependence and respect, and in the congregation he has worked hard on making the church CONTINUED >

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a safe and welcoming place for a people of

families of Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Mickey

many values and ideologies,” Gentry says.

Rooney, Benny Goodman, Kelsey Grammer,

Dickey is proud of his Scottish heritage— evident by the kilt and bagpipes he frequently dons—and takes great pride in being a Methodist, Gentry notes.

Solomon Burke, Jack Kramer, Sally Kellerman, Christopher Jones and countless others. Rev. Dr. Walter Dilg, who has known Dickey as a clergy colleague for more than

“People see how comfortable Gary is in

35 years, says Dickey brought a spirit of

his own skin and what a good thing it is to

caring and thoughtfulness, humor and

be rooted in ventures that build up the com-

gracefulness to all he did.

munity,” Gentry says. “It helps those people to

“He will long be remembered as the piping

discover a stronger and more positive identity

pastor as he so often donned his kilts and

in themselves. Ironically, it’s that experience

played his bagpipes for a variety of services

of being at home with yourself that makes a

and events in the area, such as the Easter

person more selfless and charitable—a lesson

Sunrise Service, the Fourth of July Parade,

Gary borrowed from Jesus’ book.”

the High School Baccalaureate, and numerous memorial services,” says Dilg, the new


of Westlake Village. “Gary was a people-cen-

in the Westwood Village area. He attended

tered pastor and provided solid pastoral care

University High, completed undergradu-

to folks in and out of the church.”

ate diplomas at UCLA, the University of

Dickey’s outreach to others with his car-

Oxford, and the University of Toronto and

ing heart and gracious spirit has served as

earned his Master of Divinity degree at Fuller

an example to Dilg as he begins his ministry

Theological Seminary, his Doctor of Ministry

in the community.

from Claremont Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. from Trinity Theological Seminary. He received his call to ministry through a

piping, gracious caring and deep faithfulness,” Dilg says. Since Dickey retired, he’s been approached

“At this time I felt a divine call and was

to serve on many different community boards and agencies.

of being a medical doctor for which I was

“But I have told everyone that I'm not

studying at UCLA,” Dickey remembers. “I

going to be taking on any other obliga-

heard a story of Good News and the call to

tions for at least a year,” he says. “As well, I

share God's love, forgiveness and grace. It

won't accept any responsibility that meets

changed my direction and has sustained me

at night…my wife is looking forward to

for 48 years. God has truly been good.”

seeing me at night.”

Before he became the senior pastor at the United Methodist Church, he served

Dickey added that his wife, Tami, has played a major role in his ministry.

at the Magnolia Park Church in Burbank,

“She is personable, loving and supportive

St. James Church in Pasadena, and First

and has loved my churches and people as

Church in Canoga Park.

much as I have,” he says. “We have been

“Each were wonderful churches and I have

married for almost 42 years and she has

enjoyed continuing relationships with mem-

stood by my side the whole time both in

bers of each congregation,” Dickey says.

marriage and as she has stood with me to

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“Gary will be most missed for his humor,

televised broadcast by the Rev. Billy Graham. compelled to change my vocational goal


senior pastor at the United Methodist Church

Born in Santa Monica, Dickey was raised

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maller in landmass than the state of Texas, the country of Thailand is near bursting with culturally rich activities and once-in-a-lifetime experiences for

the tenacious traveler. This peninsula in Southeast Asia crams a variety of landscapes into its small borders. From sprawling urban developments to sparse and sweeping rice fields. Thick wooded mountains reside in the North while a lush tropical rainforest blankets the South and idyllic islands rest along the coast with the lifestyle to match. So many adventures await, in fact, that Thailand is one of those rare vacation destinations that can truly tout something for everyone.


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For T h e C os m o p o l i t a n

Bangkok is the largest city in Thailand, one of the largest in the world for that matter, and is brimming with all the variety that one would expect from such an exotic metro. Embrace your inner foodie and don’t be afraid of taking some time to explore the delicacies available via the street vendors on nearly every corner. As with most large cities around the world, the majority of Bangkok’s citizens know at least a smattering of English while many speak more proper English than most of the Americans you know, so feel free to take some time and ask the vendors about what it is they’re making. Be warned, though, when the Thai describe a flavor to you, take them at their word and know there is no nuance — sweet is sweet and spicy might melt your face off. As evening falls, rise above the heat of the streets and the press of the crowds and dine at one of Thailand’s multiplying rooftop restaurants. Take in the sweeping view of building names in a foreign alphabet, neon advertisements that flash across screens throughout the city and ancient architecture cropping up amongst the modernity of it all; there’s something about the bird’s-eye-view of Bangkok that truly makes you feel a world away from home.


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As you move through Bangkok’s many neighborhoods and dis-

F o r t h e O ut d o o r A d ven t ur er

Khao Sok National Park is part of the largest stretch of pro-

tricts you will find yourself enchanted when you catch a glimpse

tected rainforest in Southern Thailand. Adjacent to three other

of gleaming temples in the spaces between towering skyscrapers

national parks and two wildlife sanctuaries Khao Sok is home to

and achingly average retail spaces. However, none of these more

a rich biodiversity that includes wild elephants, gaurs, Malayan

residential temples compare with the sheer grandeur of the Grand

Sun Bears and leopards. This particular national park also

Palace, Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha) and Wat

shelters an award-laden eco-tourism company called Elephant

Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha). Make the small investment

Hills. Claiming to be Thailand’s first luxury tented travel camp,

in a guided tour of these breathtaking structures so as to try and

Elephant Hills offers a 2-4 day adventure package, which

absorb some factual information amongst the haze of intricate tile,

includes time at their socially responsible Elephant Experience.

reflective gold plating and imaginative mythical guardians.

Travelers get to wash, feed and interact with some of Elephant

Just an hour or so away from the gleaming towers of Bangkok sits

Hill’s 11 Asian Elephants who are enjoying a blissful retire-

the ancient ruins of Ayutthaya, a UNESO World Heritage site since

ment after Thailand’s government banned their use in 1989 as

1991. Originally founded in 1350, Ayutthaya was the second capital

pack-animals in the logging industry.

of the Siamese Kingdom and flourished from the 14th to the 18th

Elephant Hills tours also offer trips to a floating Rainforest

century. During that time, the city grew into one of the largest and

Camp nestled along the shores of the Khao Sok National Park’s

most cosmopolitan developments in the world until it’s destruction

nearly 64 square mile lake and surrounded by towering lime-

by the Burmese army in 1767 when the city was abandoned and

stone mountains. Powered by wind and solar energy, the floating

the capital reestablished in modern-day Bangkok. Now a sprawl-

camp includes all the comforts the most picky of travelers could

ing architectural ruin, Ayutthaya is famous for it’s many headless

desire, including wooden floors, comfortable beds and en suite

Buddha’s, decapitated by the Burmese as an insult, eerily lining the

bathrooms. Here you can relax on your tent’s private dock, take a

walls of nearly every structure and scorch marks that linger from

swim in the emerald waters of Cheow Larn Lake, kayak through

a devastating war that ended almost 250 years ago. To get to this

its khlongs and channels looking for monkeys and birds and trek

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F or t he B e a c h B u m

One could easily write volumes about the hundreds of islands surrounding the peninsula of Thailand, each one so unique in it’s own right that vacationers would need a lifetime exploring them all. Yet, for most of us, a lifetime to find the perfect beach is a bit more than our busy schedules can spare. The island of Koh Samui is considered by many to be the original beach destination in Thailand, but where it once attracted backpackers with it’s rustic accommodations and full-moon parties, Koh Samui’s island culture has evolved and now boasts some of the most luxurious beach resorts and first-class spas in the world. Among them is Bo Phut Resort and Spa, one of the finest small luxury hotels in the world (with the awards to prove it) and an unrivaled spa, which affords the perfect opportunity to partake in the traditional and ancient art of Thai massage. (For more detailed information, visit While the tourism trade has tamed much of the wild, natural landscape of the island, Koh Samui still manages to hold on to it’s authentic past. Steaming street-food stalls, secret Buddhist temples and descendants of the island’s Chinese merchant-settlers can still be found meer minutes away from the more manicured areas. Whether you’re looking for luxury or enlightenment, there is one thing all the Thai islands have in common and one thing that will keep the tourists flocking and that is the unrivaled, idyllic stretches of white sand along calm waters where true vacation-nirvana can be reached.

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eighbors gathered to meet and make new friends at the 4th Annual Rancho

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oadside Lumber & Hardware Inc., one of Agoura Hills’ oldest busi-


nesses, recently celebrated its 42nd anniversary. Independently

Acknowledging the growing DIY market, Roadside Lumber &

owned and operated since its start in 1975, Roadside Lumber was

Hardware often serves as a hub to connect contractors and home-

founded to primarily supply landscaping and residential contractors

owners. As the source for custom and professional materials not

with lumber, hardware, paint, tools and other materials. Today, Roadside

found at chain hardware stores, Roadside Lumber works to provide

Lumber & Hardware serves the general public as well as contractors,

quality direct service to consumers and contractors.

offering discount pricing on special order building materials and professional quality products that are not available at most corporate stores.

“In the age of the internet, homeowners, consumers and contractors are able to research products that they want through

Reminiscent of its small town roots, Roadside Lumber combines a

manufacturers’ websites,” says Nostrant. “In many ways, home-

personal touch and genuine appreciation for its customers with top

owners are the ones doing all of the leg work and then they turn

quality tools and materials.

the purchase order over to the contractor.”

“We give the homeowner the same access as we do the contractor in terms of purchasing, so it is a much more consumer-friendly pro-

Roadside Lumber often refers contractors to customers based on their needs and product specifications.

cess for major remodels,” says General Manager Owen Nostrant. “In

“A lot of times, consumers will contact us because they know

general, we offer a volume discount, which is what determines the

we sell the items and we can refer someone to do the installation

pricing and is a preferred choice over the bulk pricing at other stores.”    based off our network of contractors who strictly purchase the This community mainstay doesn’t stop at offering great prices on professional products—Roadside Lumber’s customer service extends

items they need from us, and we match them together based on their needs,” says Nostrant.

to holding informational events and trade shows that provide opportunities for consumers to ask questions and see products up close.


A weekly “Hot Dog & Hump Day” held Wednesdays during the

Roadside Lumber & Hardware’s thriving partnership with the

summer provided a free lunch and informational sessions with vari-

community and contractors during the past decades has fueled its

ous vendors giving product demonstrations and allowing customers

current expansion and relocation into the building next door.

to ask questions and learn about specific products and processes. This month, Roadside Lumber & Hardware holds its annual trade show showcasing 25+ vendors that is open to the public. “Our goal is to match vendors with contractors who are installing

“We didn’t move far—just next door,” laughs Nostrant, noting its original building will become a warehouse to accommodate Roadside Lumber’s expansion. “We are moving forward with gusto and looking forward to the next 20 years and beyond.”

a product so they can touch the material and get a feel for it and not play the guessing game,” explains Nostrant. “It eliminates a lot

Roadside Lumber & Hardware is located at 29130 Roadside Drive in Agou-

of having to bring the homeowner samples and waste valuable time,

ra Hills. For more information and upcoming events, call 818.991.1800 or

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Healthy Lifestyle


Healing & So Much More


hen Westlake Body Contouring’s Dianne Lalena Sandberg, D.C., first learned about the amazing power of LED light ther-

apy to essentially “melt” fat and dissolve inches, she knew she had to bring this new technology to the public. “I was a chiropractor and had decided to retire and devote my time to my family,” says Dr. Dianne, “…and then I learned about the contour light therapy and decided I had to share this amazing technology with people.” She opened Westlake Body Contouring two years ago, initially focusing on sharing the fat loss benefits of the light with her clients. “The technology liquefies fat and opens fat cells, allowing fat to exit and shrink the cells,” she explains, noting most clients experience an average instant reduction of 3-5 inches per 25-minute session. And the results often continue for days, with many clients reporting additional fat loss and an overall reduction of inches from their waistlines, hips, arms and thighs. Dr. Dianne says increasing numbers of men are now taking advantage of the light’s fat-zapping ability, as both men and women appreciate the jump start to fat loss they experience with each contour light session. “The men benefit as much as the women,” says Dr. Dianne. “When guys see the women in their life getting great results, they want to explore what the light can do for them too!” BEYOND FAT LOSS

In addition to the incredible fat loss results Dr. Dianne has observed her clients experience from the contour light, her patients are also reporting health benefits—from chronic pain and rheumatoid arthritis relief to faster wound healing and drastic improvements in skin conditions like acne, rosacea and wrinkles. “It’s extremely exciting and gratifying to see the light easing the pain and improving the quality of life for so many people,” says Dr. Dianne, explaining further. “The light increases blood flow to all areas of the body. When blood flow is increased to the adrenals, it helps decrease cortisol levels, which helps patients relax and lose weight, promotes healing and reduces pain,” she says. “There’s no bruising, swelling, burning or pain, nor is anesthesia required—the only side effect is losing fat!” The health benefits of light have been used for centuries and documented NASA research confirms its effect on healing. “The use of light as a natural form of energy from nature actually activates the normal biochemistry of the cell so that the cell tends to take from it what it needs,” explains NASA’s Harry Whelan, M.D., whose research found light emitting diodes (LEDs) yielded a variety 50

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cult-to-heal wounds, muscle and tendon sprains, damaged nerves and eye injuries.”


of benefits, including “faster healing of severe burns, diffi-

During the noninvasive, pain-free treatments, patients relax for about 25 minutes, lying on a comfortable table with LED light pads wrapped around the specific areas being treated. The LED light is not radiation, UV or laser, and penetrates about 10 inches deep to stimulate healing in red and near infrared ranges, measuring Dr. Dianne says her patients with chronic joint injuries, back pain, rheumatoid arthritis and neuropathy report faster healing, stress relief, chronic pain relief and arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis relief, as well as tighter skin, reduced wrinkles and fat loss from the light therapy. “A recent rheumatoid arthritis patient had less pain and was able to completely stop taking medications for RA after a few light treatments,” says Dr. Dianne, noting the patient reported


approximately 635 nanometers.

continued improvement, including reduced swelling in the joints, less pain and more energy, with each session. “The benefits are numerous,” adds Dr. Dianne, who is very excited to offer a new facial rejuvenation and anti-aging proacne and other skin conditions will want to experience how the light can improve these conditions by stimulating the production of collagen and elastin and promoting healing.”


gram to clients. “Those with rosacea, under-eye bags and lines,

Contact Westlake Body Contouring today to personally experience the many benefits of light therapy. Westlake Body Contouring is located at 30423 Canwood Street, Suite 205 in Agoura Hills. To make an appointment, call 818.852.7352



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Financial Fitness

Navigating Divorce: CDFAs Chart a Course to Divorce Financial Planning A ARTICLE KATHY COSTAS, CDFA®

s with any major life change, going

qualified to serve as an expert witness and

through a divorce is often difficult and

testify as to the validity of financial projections.

filled with uncertainty. Creating a divorce

In order to achieve a CDFA® designation, a

financial plan helps each party determine

candidate must first have at least 3 years of

what they want and need from a settlement

experience as either a financial advisor or a

and how to best divide resources.

legal professional. In addition, they must com-

The planning process begins right from the

plete several months of study and successfully

start of the divorce proceedings, setting the

pass a series of subject matter exams and a

course for both sides to come to an agreement

final case study exam based on an in-depth

based on solid financial projections extending 5,

study of the financial aspects of divorce.

10 or even 20 years into the future. Creating a

By hiring a CDFA® as part of the divorce team,

plan and setting goals at the outset saves time

clients benefit from the experience of hundreds

and money during the legal process. And when

of other divorces and a solid planning process

children are involved, the goal is to emerge from

that encourages creative problem solving. Each

a divorce as an amicable parenting team with

divorce is different and requires unique financial

each household on stable financial ground.

decisions to be made. There may be businesses

Most people are aware that California is a

or partnerships to divide in the form of a buyout

no-fault, community property state. In theory,

or creation of a new partnership agreement.

this means that all property earned or acquired

One spouse may need additional income for a

during the marriage is divided 50/50 between

time, while the other would rather have assets

the spouses. What most couples don’t know is

upfront to purchase a new home. Modeling

that with the help of a CDFA® and a solid divorce

these different scenarios, including taxes or

financial plan, individuals can make their own

other future liabilities allows parties to make

decisions and come to their own agreement

well-informed decisions that are not clouded by

about how each half is determined.

emotion. CDFA®s focus on the numbers to help clients formulate a solid financial future while


navigating an often very stressful time.

Working together with the attorney or media-

While divorce may be difficult, including

tor (and a forensic accountant if necessary), the

an experienced CDFA® on your team ensures

role of the CDFA® is to analyze the joint finan-

informed, individual decisions are made based

cial picture and then create different potential

on solid financial planning and the overall goals of

settlement options based on long-term finan-

preserving assets and creating a stable, fresh start.

cial projections. The goal is to help the parties make well-informed decisions based on robust

Kathy Costas, CDFA®, is an Investment Advisor

analyses of potential future financial scenarios

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Lifestyle Calendar

September SEPTEMBER 1 - 4







This two-day festival features 40+ fine artists in a juried art show and

Event features chili (Chili Cookoff is Sat/Sun), carnival rides, live en-

50+ street chalk artists creating colorful waterfront murals. A variety

tertainment, a silent auction, food for sale, vendors and more. Admis-

of fine arts and crafts, including pottery, painting, photography and

sion is $10/day. Toddlers are free. To obtain tickets or Four Day Event

jewelry, will be available for purchase.

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Enjoy summer music in an intimate location, hosted by Tiny Porch


Concerts and the National Park Service.

Event features a car/motorcycle show, live music, vendors, food and more. $15 admission. Active military with valid ID $10. Children 12 and


under are free.



LOS ROBLES GREENS GOLF COURSE Enjoy an evening of wine tasting from local wineries, live jazz mu-


sic, a silent deluxe auction and more, followed by a delicious three-


course dinner. Tickets $135;  proceeds support cutting-edge med-


ical research, education programs and care for patients with IBD

The Chili Cook-Off includes food, wine and beer, a car display, craft

(Crohn's & colitis).

beer tastings, kids' activities, live entertainment and more. Event benefits Camarillo Hospice. Tickets are $20 (includes chili tasting). Kids


12 and under are free.



TIERRA REJADA FARMS Event features food and drink pairings from local vendors, silent and


live auctions, Jail & Bail and entertainment. Proceeds benefit FOOD



Beautiful park setting and great music. Refreshments such as hot dogs, popcorn, snow cones, etc. are available for purchase.




Local chefs and breweries offer samples of chef specials and brews,


served with live musical entertainment. Choose from 85+ craft beers

The Arterie's Figure Drawing Workshop features a

on tap and flavorful food.

male draped a la classical Greek Sculpture. Students must bring their own materials (newsprint and char-


coal/pencils). Studio provides bench easels and drawing


boards. $15.



Join some 60,000 people in cleaning up local beaches, rivers and creeks. Promoted by the Ventura Countywide Coalition for Coastal and Inland Waterways.

OXNARD BEACH PARK Enjoy jazz, food, refreshments and more in a beautiful setting. For details and times, visit 54

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SEPTEMBER 16 & 17 26TH ANNUAL CALIFORNIA LEMON FESTIVAL GIRSH PARK, GOLETA Bring the whole family to celebrate lemons, including pie-eating contests, foods of all lemon varieties, arts and crafts vendors, a petting zoo and amusement park rides. On Saturday, the event also features the 11th Annual Goleta Fall Classic Car and Street Rod Show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. 

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SEPTEMBER 16 HOPE & HARVEST SHERWOOD COUNTRY CLUB Enjoy delicious, locally-farmed cuisine provided by Chef Isaiah and LA Roots Catering, fine wine, entertainment, an inspiring program and fabulous auctions with host Andrew Firestone. An after party extends the evening fun. Proceeds benefit Interface Children & Family Services.

SEPTEMBER 17 4TH ANNUAL WESTLAKE ROTARY POKER TOURNAMENT WESTLAKE YACHT CLUB Join the Westlake Rotary for poker lessons at 3:30 p.m. Tournament play starts at 4 p.m. Buy-in is $100. Net proceeds benefit the Triunfo YMCA. 

SEPTEMBER 20 ROADSIDE LUMBER & HARDWARE TRADE SHOW ROADSIDE LUMBER & HARDWARE This public event features more than 25 different remodel/repair product distributors displaying products and answering questions.

SEPTEMBER 23 SOUTHEAST VENTURA COUNTY YMCA JOEL AND FRANCES MCCREA MEMORIAL AWARD GALA FOUR SEASONS WESTLAKE Gourmet cuisine, music from Lenny Goldsmith and the New Old and silent auction. Honoring Doug and Penny Yarrow for their longtime leadership and commitment to the Y. Proceeds will benefit the YMCA's Safety Around Water program and financial assistance programs through its four branches that serve the Conejo and Simi valleys, Westlake Village, Oak Park, Agoura Hills and Moorpark.\


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Parting Thoughts



lease take a moment and ask yourself, "Do you sit back or step up?"


• Are you computer-savvy? Share your skills at a local senior center.

I think this is something we should be asking

• Volunteer as a tutor in a subject that you love or are

ourselves and our family members at an early age.

knowledgeable about. Often there are many tutoring

However, I have found that no matter what age you are,

opportunities in the community.

you can always find a way to step up and give back! So many meaningful service opportunities abound in our community! Your children can start with service clubs at their schools or religious organizations. It is important to know that you don’t always have to be a member

• Into history? Local museums often need volunteers to serve as docents and guides. • Are you sporty? Volunteer to coach or referee a sports team. • Creative? Donate homemade blankets or artwork to charitable groups.

to participate in outreach programs. Strike up a conversation with

• Another idea is to volunteer to set up and manage social media

parents, friends, teachers and neighbors—the most important thing

accounts for nonprofit organizations.

you can do is take the first step in finding a cause you are passionate

• Do you bake? Participate in bake sales with your favorite recipes for

about and learn more about a specific organization’s mission and

charity events or local craft fairs.

vision rather than moving from charity to charity. You might enjoy

• If you are a musician, volunteer to give music lessons to people in

being more involved, and the organization will surely appreciate your

your community who can't afford it.

dedication and commitment. Start by trying out working with different organizations to see which one speaks to you.

My daughter’s husband was a Marine, so she started her own campaign sending thousands of packages and cards to deployed troops,


veterans and wounded soldiers. Maybe you’ve heard of it? It’s called

• Search your home to find gently used items that aren’t needed anymore

Locals to Locals. This was a great idea that filled her heart.

to donate to local shelters. Schools may also collect items for needy stu-

It is up to you to choose the cause, the amount of time you have

dents. Ask if they need volunteers to sort or distribute donations.

available, and the type of service in which you want to participate

• Local food banks are another great resource to support. Most of us

in as community service. For example, you can start a campaign to

have nonperishable items that we know we are never going to use, so

raise awareness about anything you’re passionate about or volun-

go ahead and donate them. When you drop off these items, ask if there

teer for a cause according to your schedule and pace!

are any volunteer opportunities available that you might be interested in.

The best advice I have regarding stepping up in your community

• Police and fire stations, as well as foster agencies and hospitals

is to not leave your gifts undiscovered and to share them with the

often welcome new or gently used toys and stuffed animals. Check to

world. When we give back, we are also receiving. Always remember

see what their needs are throughout the seasons.

to use your knowledge for the better. Believe it or not, the knowledge

• Gift certificates are always a great donation. I did this during the

we take for granted can really make a difference in someone else's

holiday seasons; I admire the idea of becoming a secret gift giver by

life. So, go ahead and try some of these ideas and think about how to

paying off someone’s holiday gift balance.

make your own gifts shine as you become a community star.

• On your next birthday, consider asking your friends to donate to a charity in your name.

Listen to the Kim Pagano Show Saturdays from 6-8 a.m. on 1590 KVTA,

• Reading materials for libraries and schools are another thing

visit or tune in to her podcast at iTunes/The Kim

needed, as are volunteer readers.

Pagano Show for inspiration.

• Consider helping on local political committees. • So many of our neighbors might not have any family; offer yard work or do household errands for someone in need.


Conejo Valley Lifestyle | September 2017

3905 Auto Mall Drive (805) 371-5400

POP QUIZ: Where will the 2017 Metris change your life?*

A) at home.

B) at work.

The answer is right here. 3905 Auto Mall Drive


(805) 371-5490


*Change is expected unless, of course, you already have a van that can hold 60 sheets of drywall, 331 pounds on its roof, seat up to eight, fight crosswinds, has 15,000 mile scheduled maintenance intervals, the best-in-class turning radius and can fit in your garage.

Conejo Valley September 2017  

September 2017 Issue of Conejo Valley Lifestyle

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