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Westlake Village | 3079 Grandoaks

In the heart of Westlake Village set atop of Three Springs with privacy and views of the reservoir and mountains, this 4 Bedroom home with office and Bonus Room is perfect for the California lifestyle. Outdoor sitting area to enjoy sunsets; bright and airy Living Room/ Dining Room is ideal to gather with family and friends. Entertain in your large kitchen with ample eat-in kitchen area, and a large picturesque window overlooking the backyard. The open Family Room with fireplace and generous sliding door opens to the private backyard overlooking open space. The Master Bedroom and Bathroom are truly a retreat with large windows to mountain views, double-sided fireplace, soaking tub, shower, and two separate sinks. The spacious Bonus Room is situated with amazing views of the Reservoir, three additional well-appointed Bedrooms, one of which is on the first floor with private bath, a first floor office/ music room near entry complete the smart layout of this exceptional Westlake residence. Picturesque, private, great school district, close to neighborhood park, close to everywhere you want to go, this light and bright house is a wonderful place to call home. Reduced to $1,349,999. See more on-line at www.3079GrandOaks.com.

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819 Corte La Cienega Camarillo, Ca.

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Mediterranean inspired home. Luxurious yet comfortable.

Located in the prestigious Spanish Hills Country Club Estates, Mediterranean inspired home is a luxurious yet comfortable home defined by a wealth of spectacular custom design elements. Over 4800’sq. ft. 5 bed, 5 baths sitting on over an acre includes a family room, living room, formal dining room, striking master bedroom with impressive architectural detailing, exquisite lighting, fireplace, sitting room & luxurious master bath with claw foot tub. Interior features include a downstairs bedroom & bath, downstairs large office & an impressive wrought iron spiral staircase. An exquisite gem your clients will not want to miss. Magnificent rear grounds offer a variety of distinctive & separate areas to enjoy a vacation-like escape; huge pebble tech swimming pool with waterfalls & sun-lounging areas. In addition the rear yard features covered patio,and bountiful space to roam. An extraordinary property. Offered at $2,295,000. Also available for one year lease furnished for $12,000 per month.

2417 E. Hillcrest Thousand Oaks

www.2417Hillcrest.com | Offered at only $1,395,000

Contemporary Elegance in the Heart of Thousand Oaks

Contemporary Elegance in the Heart of Thousand Oaks It’s the lifestyle you deserve! A stunning custom built 4 bedroom, 4 bath home with a floorplan that provides 4109sf of luxurious, light filled living spaces, custom finishes include modern hardwood floors, Viking stainless steel appliances, quartz counters, custom walnut cabinetry, solid wood 8-ft custom doors, Anderson windows and copper gutters and downspouts. The downstairs open floorplan includes living room, formal dining room, open and airy family room and stunning gourmet kitchen with informal dining area. Sumptuous master bedroom suite is found on first floor with an incredibly large walk-in closet that is it’s own room. Luxurious master bathroom with his & her vanities, make-up vanity, dramatic tub and step-in shower. Contemporary, dramatic staircase leads to second floor with large bonus/media/office, built-in tech/study center with plenty of storage space & 3 generously sized secondary bedrooms. 2 car garage and exterior auto court! Offered at only $1,395,000

The property information herein is derived from various sources that may include, but not be limited to, county records and the Multiple Listing Service, and it may include approximations. Although the information is believed to be accurate, it is not warranted and you should not rely upon it without personal verification. Real estate agents affiliated with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage are independent contractor agents and are not employees of the Company. ©2018 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. CalRE# 00545184.


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An Epicurean’s Dream Kitchen! Santa Rosa Valley | 2441 Glenside Lane

www.2441Glenside.com | Reduced to only $ 1,389,000

This tranquil European Estate rests exquisitely positioned in pastoral Santa Rosa Valley. This home is situated on lush park-like grounds. Gardens, a waterfall and a 350 yard trail rising above the valley offers spectacular views and seating areas looking towards the northern flank of Wildwood Park from several patio, bench and other viewpoints.Grand-scale interiors, a soaring 2-story foyer with a winding staircase, stone flooring, and exquisite finishes, which achieve the perfect balance of detail, scale & beauty throughout. A formal living room with fireplace currently used as a grand dining room. A renovated chef’s kitchen with pecan cabinetry satisfies the most discerning epicurean, while the adjacent family & breakfast rooms are perfect for casual get togethers. Accessed from the kitchen there is an attached private covered patio serving as a an additional private area for entertaining or dining, day or evening. The impressive master suite boasts a fireplace, generous walk-in closet and attached sun deck with western breezes coming through the screen door on summer afternoons and evenings. The lower level features the additional secondary bedrooms on the main floor. 4 car garage. Award winning SRTMS School District.Enjoy the Santa Rosa Valley lifestyle away from the hectic traffic, yet close enough to easy freeway access. This one-of-a-kind classic home, resting on an expansive garden sanctuary, was truly built to be a luxurious timeless estate. Reduced to only $1,389,000.

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13709 Swift Run Moorpark

www.13709SwiftRun.com | Offered at only $749,000

Welcome to this lovely 5 bedroom plus office & loft, 3.5 bathroom, 3082 sqft home on a cul-de-sac in the gated neighborhood of Magnolia Lane in desirable Moorpark Highlands. Good size downstairs office with carpet. The large living room has a cozy stone fireplace. Formal dining room with chandelier. The eat-in entertainers’ kitchen has granite counters, stainless steel appliances, island, double sinks, breakfast bar and lots of cabinets. The family room is adjacent and is open to the dining room. Upstairs there is a master bedroom, secondary bedrooms and laundry room. One bedroom has an en suite, and two have doors to the front balcony. Master bedroom has lots of light streaming in and walk-in closet. Master bathroom has stall shower, over-sized bathtub, and dual vanities. Hall bathroom has combination bathtub/shower and double sinks. 2-car garage. This wonderful community has 2 pools & spas and playground. Close to shops, restaurants, excellent schools and freeways. This is the one you’ve been waiting for. Reduced to only $749,000

11060 Hildreth Santa Rosa Valley

www.11060Hildreth .com | Reduced to only $1,649,000

Camelot Traditional Pool Home with RV Garage

Fabulous estate in gated community with impeccable craftsmanship throughout. Connecticut style estate offers great space, sophisticated charm, masterfully designed with double door entry lead you into this remarkable home on over an acre, where volume ceilings, crown moldings and beautiful. Fantastic views from almost every window. The main floor boasts a beautiful huge kitchen with granite island counter, eat-in kitchen. Spacious family room and a separate living room area, formal dining room, dedicated office, billiard room with walk-in wet bar, large dedicated future wine closet. Downstairs bedroom with full bath. Secluded Upstairs master bedroom has separate seating area, large walk-in closet and work out room. Huge Master bathroom. Upstairs there are three secondary guest bedrooms with their own en-suite bath. Entertainers usable backyard complete with swimming pool. 4 car garage plus RV garage. Reduced to only $1,649,000.

The property information herein is derived from various sources that may include, but not be limited to, county records and the Multiple Listing Service, and it may include approximations. Although the information is believed to be accurate, it is not warranted and you should not rely upon it without personal verification. Real estate agents affiliated with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage are independent contractor agents and are not employees of the Company. ©2018 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. CalRE# 00545184.


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Palatial Hidden Meadows Estate with Tennis court Santa Rosa Valley | 12432 San Sebastian

www.12432SanSebastian.com | Reduced to $1,990,000

Palatial Tennis Court Estate in Gated Estate Neighborhood Mediterranean romance mingled with Californian magic in this incomparable estate situated in exclusive gated Hidden Meadows Estates. Stunning home with regulation tennis court. Grand wrought iron doors, polished timber floors, dramatic exposed beams, stonework fireplace and travertine tiles. The kitchen is a chef’s dream with a variety of professional grade stainless steel appliances, custom Wolf range and pot filler. Coffee connoisseurs will adore the built-in Meile espresso machine, while wine lovers will cherish the large built-in wine refrigerator. Open-concept formal living room with fireplace, spacious family room with wet-bar and fireplace, plus an upstairs bonus room that could be used as a teenagers’ retreat, a home gym or a fifth bedroom depending on your needs. The master suite is set apart from the children’s wing, with floor to ceiling windows, beautifully crafted wood beamed rafters, and lovely stacked stone fireplace. Down the beautifully lit domed ceiling hall you will find three additional guest rooms, as well as an expansive bonus room with its own fireplace. A downstairs home office with built-in custom cabinetry, expanded laundry room. The resort styled rear yard is an entertainment paradise that features a swimming pool, spa and built-in state of the art outdoor kitchen area offering an outdoor Fire magic stainless steel barbecue. Hidden Meadows Estates offers residents a close by community equestrian center and playground. Reduced to only $1,990,000.

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Thanks(for)Giving

I KNOW I’M PREACHING TO THE CHOIR WHEN I SAY WE ARE SO FORTUNATE TO LIVE HERE IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, AS MEMBERS OF THESE VIBRANT, CARING AND GENEROUS COMMUNITIES THAT MAKE UP THE CONEJO VALLEY, MALIBU, PACIFIC PALISADES AND THE SURROUNDING AREAS. Still, it’s

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worth acknowledging again—even if we already know how good we have it… and on

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that note, let’s remember to share our good fortune with others, especially those who

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could really use a helping hand—we’ve all been there at one time or another. Fortunately, whatever we need, be it a friendly smile, financial assistance or help with our children, the resources in our local communities are there for the asking. From cancer support groups and housing agencies to youth organizations and senior programs, nonprofits staffed by selfless individuals aim to help those in need in so many ways. If you’re wondering how you can get involved, you’ve come to the right place, as this month of Thanksgiving and harvest provide the perfect time to lend a hand and give back to others. In the words of John Rockefeller, “Think of giving not only as a duty but as a privilege.” We are

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indeed privileged to have so many opportunities to help—“Sharing Gratitude: 5 Ways to Give Back to the Community” (p. 56) offers some suggestions. This month includes countless good causes to get involved with, making it easy to find the perfect way to give back: • Do you like glitzy handbags and sparkly jewelry? Attend Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County’s Bags, Bling & Bubbly champagne luncheon (Nov. 5). • Soup, salad and dessert please your palate? There’s Many Mansion’s Bowls of Hope event (Nov. 4). • Dinner and gifts? The Westlake Village Junior Women's Club Annual Gingerbread Boutique (Nov. 8) has got you covered! • Enjoy viewing festively decorated homes? Check out the Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara’s Holiday Homes Tour and Holiday Boutique (Dec 1-2). • Like wine? The Third Annual Conejo Uncorked Wine & Food Festival (Nov. 2) is a must. • Cycling enthusiast? Participate in the 10th Annual Mike Nosco Memorial Bike Ride (Nov. 3). However you choose to give back, monthly columnist financial whiz Jeff Runyan reminds us (“Attitude & Gratitude,” p. 62), “It is more blessed to give than to receive" (Acts 20:35)—and there’s still time to make a charitable donation before year’s end! Remember, every little bit helps, so "If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one" (thanks Mother Teresa!).

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33rd Annual Ultimate Dining Experience Rolls Out the Red Carpet The Senior Concerns Ultimate Dining event at the Hyatt Garden featured award-winning food and wine pairings from premier local restaurants and wineries. Proceeds support Senior Concerns’ programs, including the Adult Day Program, Meals On Wheels, Caregiver Support Center and Senior Advocacy Services. George and Patricia Jones were celebrated as Senior Concerns Philanthropists of the Year for their exemplary service to the senior community. PHOTOGRAPHY BEN MALKIN

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Ventura County Gala Benefits American Cancer Society The American Cancer Society’s 8th annual Ventura County Gala at the Marriott Residence Inn at River Ridge offered guests a stunning evening full of magic, music and decadent food and drinks. Event proceeds help fund cancer research and free services offered to cancer patients and their families. VenturaGala.org

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GLITZ IN THE BAG This year’s Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County’s 10th Annual Bags, Bling & Bubbly champagne luncheon at the Las Posas Country Club in Camarillo takes place on Monday, November 5, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This fun fundraising event features live and silent auctions, including new and vintage designer handbags and glittering jewelry. This sparkling event will also recognize BBSVC's Wise, Wonderful Woman of 2018, Actress, Musician, Author, Producer and Model Cybill Shepherd, as well as a Big & Little match of the year! Come enjoy an incredible day, purchase some stylish accessories or play some event games, like the Treasure Purse draw!  Proceeds benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters’ programs. For more than 45 years, BBBS has facilitated 1,500+ one-to-one mentoring relationships annually. The nonprofit organization depends on private donors for 75% of its funding. RSVP: BBSVC.org.

BOWLFUL OF HOPE Many Mansion's only fundraising event this year, Bowls of Hope takes place Sunday, November 4, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at California Lutheran University, 60 W Olsen Road, in Thousand Oaks. Designed to spread awareness of the need for affordable housing in Ventura County and the importance of on-site services and programs provided by Many Mansions, the Bowls of Hope event benefits the nonprofit’s many Children and Adult Service Programs. In preparation for the event, community members created 500 ceramic bowls that guests will be allowed to keep after enjoying delicious soups and breads donated by local restaurants and served by dignitaries and civic leaders. Soup, salad and ice cream for dessert, plus some wonderful silent auction items and live entertainment by local area youth will be served up with a smile. ManyMansions.org

WINE COUNTRY COMES TO THE CONEJO Venture into wine country right here in the Conejo Valley at the Third Annual Conejo Uncorked Wine & Food Festival, Friday, November 2, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Los Robles Gardens, 299 S. Moorpark Road. Presented by Conejo Valley Kiwanis, this 21-andover fundraiser promises an evening of fun, premium wine tastings, foods, a raffle, silent auction and live music. Sip some of southern California’s finest wines and learn about new and exciting varietals from the experts in a relaxed garden setting. Pair tastings with CONTINUED >

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gourmet hors d’oeuvres and sweets and stroll through the silent auction and raffle area for handmade arts, photography, jewelry, extended trips (including an African safari!), destination weekends, apparel and spa services. Conejo Valley Kiwanis proudly supports several community organizations, including Builders Clubs at Sequoia Middle School and Sycamore Canyon School, Key Clubs at Newbury Park and Agoura High Schools and Lutheran Social Services. ConejoUncorked.com

CATCH IT IF YOU CAN! The Westlake Village Junior Women's Club 38th Annual Gingerbread Boutique takes place Thursday, November 8, from 6 to 10 p.m., and Friday, November 9, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., at St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church in Westlake Village. The event starts Thursday evening with dinner, dessert, wine and a raffle ticket, followed by the boutique all day Friday. The best part—20% of all sales go directly to help five local charities: Cancer Fit, Community Cancer Support, Many Mansions, Temple Adat Elohim and Conejo Free Clinic Mammogram Fund. $20. WestlakeJuniors.org 

COMMUNITY CYCLE The 10th Annual 80 Mile Mike Nosco Memorial Bike Ride, Saturday, November 3, starts at 8 a.m. at Borchard Park, 250 N. Reino Road, in Newbury Park. This annual event is organized by Jack Nosco in honor of his brother, Mike Nosco, who was killed in a tragic car accident in 2004. Mike served his country in the Navy for 20 years and was part of a very special elite unit, HCS-5 (helicopter combat support). In 2004, Mike was scheduled to be CONTINUED >

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ARTICLE BEN MALKIN

BLACK FRIDAY FEAST DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON, FAMILIES ARE OFTEN TORN IN DIFFERENT DIRECTIONS WHEN IT COMES TO WHICH THANKSGIVING, HANUKKAH OR CHRISTMAS DINNER TO ATTEND. The bigger the family, the more varied the options. Robin and I came up with a solution for Thanksgiving—go wherever you choose on Thanksgiving, but everyone comes to us the next day for a "Non-Turkey Experience." Our Black Friday Feast features roast beef with Wine Merchants sauce, twice-baked potatoes, asparagus sautéed in olive oil and pancetta, a salad made with field greens and tomatoes (keep it simple), plus plenty of desserts the guests can bring and lots of good quality red wine (Cabernet, Syrah, Merlot) and some whites as an aperitif as well. For appetizers, anything “non-Thanksgiving” goes well; think brie, gouda, cornichons, Irish cheddar, olives. For 8 to 10 people, a full-sized and trimmed 8- to 10-pound Top Sirloin roast should do it. This cut is tasty, reasonably priced and roasts up very tender. Last year I found a great discount at Gelson’s for a Prime-graded roast. Choice will also be very good. Buy it at least three days in advance and dry rub it (use your choice of dry rub, but make sure you include Kosher salt). Leave it uncovered in the fridge until about an hour before roasting. This will dry age and tenderize it. Preheat to 450 and roast at that temp for 10 minutes, then cut back to 325 to slow roast for about 20-25 minutes per pound for medium rare (145), plus a few medium outside slices for those who do not know any better. Remember, the roast continues to cook after it is removed from the oven, so let it sit for a while. Get ready for the ravenous hordes! Wine Merchants sauce is easy to prepare. Use beef stock, red wine, mushrooms, a shallot and olive oil or butter. Steam the asparagus al dente, sauté with cooked down crispy pancetta and some olive oil. Twice-baked potatoes are also easy…. bake ‘em, mash with butter and sour cream, chives and a little Half & Half. Restuff, top with shredded cheddar and reheat. Clearly this meal is not for veggie/vegan/non-gluten food fanciers or dieters. That’s okay—more for me! Bon appetit! November 2018 | Conejo Valley Lifestyle

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» The Paso Robles AVA was established in 1983 with 17 wineries FOR THOSE OF US LUCKY ENOUGH TO LIVE IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, ONE OF THE MOST ENJOYABLE ROAD TRIPS WE CAN TAKE IS A WINERY TOUR OF THE EASILY ACCESSIBLE PASO ROBLES AVA. We came home with a wonderful supply of wine for the holidays. I always drink red wine with Thanksgiving turkey and my famous Black Friday Roast Beef. Read on and discover that Paso is ground zero for world class red wine. For white wine lovers, the Rhone varietal whites are interesting and delicious alternatives to the usual Chardonnay. A visit to Paso Robles has as much to offer as the more famous Napa Valley. It is also less crowded, less expensive and more casual.

and 5,000 vineyard acres. Today it has grown to 200+ wineries and 40,000 vineyard acres. » The wineries are 95% family owned. The visits are more personal and the owner and/or winemaker is often there to greet you. » World class wine with a strong focus on reds dominate. Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Cabernet Franc (Bordeaux), Syrah/Grenache/ Mourvedre (Rhone) and of course, Zinfandel, the region’s heritage wine grape variety, lead the pack. There are also whites, like Viognier, Roussanne, Marsanne and other Rhone whites that when blended and served well chilled can convert you from Chardonnay. » Wineries throughout the Paso Robles AVA regularly achieve 90+ ratings from Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast and Robert Parker. Our friends in Paso do not take a backseat to Napa or Sonoma. » Scenic day trips to visit winery tasting rooms on winding roads that are far less crowded and busy than those in the Napa Valley is a big part of the charm. » The square in downtown Paso is at the center of things when you visit, but it is really much lower key and also far less expensive than Napa and Sonoma. » The third weekend in May features the annual Paso Robles Wine Festival, one of the largest outdoor wine festivals in California, with four days of events and a Grand Tasting.

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Gary & Marcy Eberle

MAKING ALLIANCES We connected with Chris Taranto from the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance and he set us up with visits to some of the best wineries in the AVA. Chris is a great guy to know for all things Paso. Through him, we met several owners and renewed our friendship with my fellow Penn State alum Gary Eberle, the founder and “Pioneer” of the Paso Robles wine region. Wine country hospitality is famous for its genuine warmth and this visit once again confirmed it. We were welcomed at each stop with wine, food and a detailed and passionate description of what makes each winery unique. So where to start?

EBERLE WINE ESTATES 3810 CA-46, Paso Robles, CA 93446 805.238.9607 | EberleWinery.com This was a most enjoyable visit with the guy who started it all, Gary Eberle. We rolled into Eberle Wine Estates at 10 a.m. I told Robin that chances were that when Gary got started kibitzing and sharing his library of wines and warm hospitality that we may be there for hours… we Halter Ranch

were. Gary is the ultimate raconteur. The delightful visit was capped off by lunch with Gary and Marcy Eberle, along with a magnum of his wonderful Reserve Cabernet. It made for a memorable experience. While premium Cabernet Sauvignon is Gary’s passion (and his is the best), you can enjoy a full range of varietals, all of which are affordably priced and excellent.

HALTER RANCH VINEYARD 8910 Adelaida Road, Paso Robles, CA

93446805.226.9455 | HalterRanch.com Several years ago there was a charming covered bridge on the property and an older building. They now have a modern building that houses a gracious tasting room. Ashley Bratton guided us through their state-of-theart production facility and then treated us to a tasting of their Ancestor Cabernet (named after an ancient Live Oak on the property) and CDP, a classic Rhone-style GSM blend. Were we in Bordeaux or the Rhone? Who cares? Delicious!

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DAOU VINEYARDS AND WINERY 2777 Hidden Mountain Road, Paso Robles, CA 93446 805.226.5460 | DaouVineyards.com

Daou Vineyards

The most beautiful and dramatic winery in Paso Robles sits on Daou Mountain and is surrounded by their vineyards. The wine matches the beauty and the drama. Visit, stay a while, enjoy. Katherine Daou was our gracious host for what was an incredible flight of their premium wines…. all 90+’ers. The focus is on Cabernet Sauvignon either by itself or blended Bordeaux style. Our favorites included the Eye of the Falcon, a blend of Cab and Petit Verdot, and their 2015 Daou Estate Soul of a Lion, a blend of Cab, Cab Franc and Petit Verdot—dramatic names and even more dramatic wines. This is a family winery. Two brothers, George and Daniel Daou, started out in the Old World in Lebanon; in the New World they realized their childhood dream—making a testament to the timeless bonds of love and family.

ECLUSE WINES

1520 Kiler Canyon Road, Paso Robles, CA 93446 805.238.4999 | EcluseWines.com We first discovered Ecluse Wines several years ago when we drove up a windy out of the way road. They are as good as we remembered. Still small-scale, laid back and ready to spontaneously offer us a barrel tasting of wine still in progress. The 2015 Ensemble, a Bordeaux blend, and their 2015 Rendition, a Rhone GSM blend, were outstanding. Small wonder that they received 92 and 93’s from Robert Parker.

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Kiler Ridge

KILER RIDGE OLIVE FARM

1111 Kiler Canyon Road, Paso Robles, CA 93446 805.400.1439 |  KilerRidge.com As we departed Ecluse Wines we came across this charming and ultimately delicious olive farm. Stated quite simply, there is so-called Extra Virgin olive oil you buy in the supermarket and there is the "real deal” that you can buy at the farm or online from Kiler Ridge. Kiler Ridge Olive Farm is a 58-acre family farm in the coastal hills of central California, just minutes from downtown Paso Robles. The central coast climate and chalky soil are ideal for olives. They use sustainable farming practices and currently maintain 2,700 olive trees, with varieties originating from Italy and Sicily. Our host Marcia Tayor graciously treated us to a tasting of several varieties. Different olives produce distinctly different tasting oils from smooth and buttery to spicy and fruity. Our favorite was Lucca Extra Virgin Olive Oil, produced from Lucca variety olives. It is a buttery, medium intensity olive

Niner Wine Estates

oil with fruity aromatics that hint of green tea and a black pepper finish. It is deliciously creamy—a perfect butter replacement. Mange, mange. 

NINER WINE ESTATES

2400 CA-46, Paso Robles, CA 93446 805.239.2233 | NinerWine.com Their very attractive and modern tasting room is right off the 101 on Hwy 46 as you enter the Westside. Their Fog Catcher is a Bordeaux blend (the 2014 was predominantly Cab Franc and has been one of our favorite wines for years). They offer a broad selection of excellent varietals at reasonable prices. Niner is also as well known for their fine dining as their wine. Their restaurant was recognized by Food & Wine Magazine as one of the best winery restaurants in America. Our lunch was worth 5 stars and the setting was beautiful. Another day in wine country…lovin’ it!

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Close Solène

CLOSE SOLÈNE WINERY

2040 Niderer Road, Paso Robles, CA 93446 805.239.7769 | ClosSolene.com Clos Solène is the most charming family winery in Paso; it is the very definition of boutique. It is also a “Love Story,” the result of “un coup de foudre”—a bolt of lightning—when Guillaume Fabre met Solène. They came to Paso Robles from France and started their own winery. The result is magic. Their estate vineyard is right outside the front Close Solène

door, dotted with small tables to enjoy wine that Bacchus would enjoy. Several wines received 95 scores from Wine Advocate for Rhone blends named after Guillaume’s wife and three children. My favorite is the 2015 Harmonie blend of Grenache, Mourvedre and Syrah.

TABLAS CREEK VINEYARD

9339 Adelaida Road, Paso Robles, CA 93446 805.237.1231 | TablasCreek.com Tablas Creek is the realization of the combined efforts of two of the international wine community’s leading families: the Perrin family, proprietors of Château de Beaucastel, and the Haas family of Vineyard Brands. Together they were the pioneers of bringing the Rhone to California. To ensure that the vines at Tablas Creek were of the highest quality and same genetic source of those at Beaucastel, the partners imported vinifera from their French estate that allows Tablas Creek to replicate the clonal selection of an established French vineyard. This passion lives on with our host Jason Haas, who educated us on their heritage and unique terroir. We have been visiting Tablas Creek for many years and over time the wine has never failed to be great. What is really amazing are two of their signature blends, Patelin de Tablas, which earns 90+ scores and can be found at retail for under $20, and its big brother, Esprit de Tablas that comes in at 95+ for under $65. These are premium Rhone blends that are simply world class. 38

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JUSTIN VINEYARDS & WINERY

11680 Chimney Rock Road, Paso Robles, CA 93446 805.238.6932 | JustinWine.com Justin may be the best known premium winery in the Paso Robles AVA. They certainly earned it with their Isosceles and Justification Bordeaux blends. Their Isoceles Reserves have been ranked among the best wines in the world. We stayed on the property at their Just Inn and enjoyed a spectacular Chef’s Wine Pairing dinner at The Restaurant at Justin. The 2014 Isosceles Reserve paired with a CAB Short Rib was sublime. Executive Chef Paul Arangorin and Grillardin Timothy Barakat outdid themselves. The next day Sommelier Jim Gerakaris treated us to a wine flight and a golf cart tour of the winery and the estate vineyards. All of this is worth the drive all the way out to Chimney Rock. Justin also announced the opening of a new tasting room in the heart of downtown Paso Robles on the Square at 811 12th Street. Every detail of the new space was artfully curated and customized—from the “infinity” New Justin Downtown Tasting Room

underground bottle display at the front alcove down to the pattern of the floor tile, which is a reproduction of the famous “Gaudí tile” designed by Catalan

Justin Caves

architect Antoni Gaudí in the early 20th century. They also offer fine dining to go with the wine. Ready to go? Please take me with you!

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ARTICLE ALICIA DOYLE

Prostate Cancer Update with Dr. Kiavash Nikkhou

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WITH NOVEMBER DESIGNATED AS PROSTATE CANCER

prostate exams and are encouraged to have confirmatory and

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THE MOST RECENT STATISTICS AND TREATMENTS

definitive therapy based on the new findings.

ABOUT THIS DISEASE.

+ Surgery for prostate cancer, known as Robotic Radical

The second most common cancer and the second lead-

Prostatectomy, involves removal of the prostate gland, seminal

ing cause of cancer death in men, prostate cancer develops

vesicles and regional lymph nodes. It is now a minimally inva-

because of uncontrolled mutation of prostate cells.

sive surgery using the Da Vinci® Robotic platform. Removal

“In more advanced stages, prostate cancer can locally extend

of the prostate can also improve obstructive symptoms that

out of the prostate gland or metastasize to other parts of the body,

many older men can experience and is the preferred treat-

including lymph nodes, bone, lung or liver,” Dr. Nikkhou explains.

ment for those who can tolerate surgery. Younger and health-

While the cause of prostate cancer is unknown, factors such as age, African American ethnicity and positive family history in a first-degree relative can increase the risk of developing prostate cancer.

ier men are more likely to experience cancer control benefits from prostatectomy than older men. + Radiation Therapy or Cryotherapy can be offered as monotherapy or in combination with hormone suppression. Oncologic

“Patients with strong risk factors should consider earlier

outcomes for radiotherapy are equivalent to surgery and may be

screening,” recommends Dr. Nikkhou, who shares his expertise

the preferred treatment option in elderly men who are not surgical

about the latest prostate cancer facts and treatment options.

candidates, or men who prefer to avoid surgery. Cryotherapy may be considered in some patients who are not suitable for surgery or

Q. WHAT ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT FACTORS A MAN SHOULD KNOW ABOUT PROSTATE CANCER? 01 Prostate cancer does not only affect older men—an estimated 35% of new cancer diagnoses are in men younger than 65 years of age. 02 Men with prostate cancer are often without symptoms and early detection of prostate cancer is dependent on routine screening.

radiotherapy, but have a reasonable life expectancy. Q. WHAT IS THE BIGGEST MYTH ABOUT PROSTATE CANCER? Myth: “High Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) level equals prostate cancer, and low PSA rules out prostate cancer.” “This is false,” Dr. Nikkhou says. “PSA is an antigen secreted by normal and abnormal prostate tissue,” he explains. “Many

03 There is a wide range of prostate cancers and most are

factors can lead to a rise in PSA and does not necessarily mean

slow growing. Some prostate cancers may not become clini-

prostate cancer. Conversely, prostate cancer can be found in

cally significant or require treatment. Workup and treatment are

men with low PSA, as not all prostate cancers secrete PSA.

dependent on patient’s age, medical history and risk factors.

For this reason, prostate cancer screening should include PSA

04 When detected and treated at an early stage, prostate cancer is a treatable and potentially curable condition with an estimated 98% five-year survival rate.

blood test and rectal exam.” Q. IS PROSTATE CANCER ON THE RISE? The number of men diagnosed with prostate cancer each

Q. WHAT TREATMENTS DO YOU OFFER MEN

year is on the rise, “but it is as a result of the increase in screen-

WITH PROSTATE CANCER?

ing and awareness for prostate cancer,” Dr. Nikkhou says.

Several treatment options are available for localized pros-

“Healthy men above 50 years of age should have a PSA blood

tate cancer, including Active Surveillance, Robotic Radical

test and a digital rectal exam each year to screen for prostate

Prostatectomy (surgery), Radiotherapy or Cryotherapy.

cancer,” he advises. “Men with abnormalities in PSA or rectal

More recent focal therapies, including High Intensity Focused

exam should be referred to a urologist for further evaluation.”

Ultrasound and Focal Therapy (HIFU) or Proton Beam Therapy (PBT) are available but lack robust evidence of efficacy. “The appropriate treatments are based on patient’s age, comorbidities and extent of prostate cancer,” Dr. Nikkhou explains.

Q. WHAT PREVENTIVE MEASURES CAN A MAN TAKE TO POTENTIALLY AVOID PROSTATE CANCER? “There is no proven measure to avoid prostate cancer,” Dr.

+ Active Surveillance is a reasonable option for patients

Nikkhou emphasizes. “Risk factors, including age or family his-

with low volume, low stage prostate cancer. Patients on active

tory, cannot be avoided. Routine screening, however, can avoid

surveillance are closely monitored with routine PSA and

complications of advanced or metastatic prostate cancer.”

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“THE KEY FOR PATIENTS DIAGNOSED WITH PROSTATE CANCER IS TO FEEL COMFORTABLE WITH THEIR UROLOGIST AND UNDERSTAND THEIR CONDITION AND ALL AVAILABLE TREATMENT OPTIONS,” DR. NIKKHOU SAYS. Q. WHAT ADVICE CAN YOU OFFER MEN WITH PROSTATE CANCER? Advances in minimally invasive surgery and radiation have enhanced the treatment of clinically localized prostate cancer with lower morbidity and complications, Dr. Nikkhou notes. “Prostate cancer is now a potentially curable condition. More advanced or metastatic prostate cancer can be treated with hormone suppression or chemotherapy to improve overall survival,” he says. Coping with a diagnosis of cancer can be difficult, Dr. Nikkhou adds. “Support groups can be a wonderful resource where patients can share stories, treatments and advice on management of this condition,” he recommends.   Q. WHEN IT COMES TO PROSTATE CANCER, WHAT’S THE BOTTOM LINE?  Men over 50 years of age with normal life expectancy should have annual screening with PSA and rectal exam, Dr. Nikkhou reemphasizes. “Men with significant risk factors should consider earlier screening—any abnormalities in PSA or rectal exam should be evaluated by a urologist,” Dr. Nikkhou advises. The diagnosis of prostate cancer requires long-term treatment and surveillance, he adds. “The key for patients diagnosed with prostate cancer is to feel comfortable with their urologist and understand their condition and all available treatment options,” Dr. Nikkhou says. Dr. Kiavash Nikkhou is located at 415 Rolling Oaks Drive, Suite 260, in Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 805.309.2555; or visit NikkhouMD.com.   42

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place very close to our hearts—and once we tried the food at our tasting, we were sold!” From the delicious catered food—grilled salmon and the grilled portobello and vegetable stack—to the beautiful atmosphere and helpful staff, the Epsteins created “the wedding of our dreams” at North Ranch Country Club. “We loved the beautiful atmosphere and the feel of

“The staff was there for us the entire night,” Amanda

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notes, making special mention of NRCC staff member

and it felt very private and intimate, plus, the food was

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THOUSAND OAKS FIRESIDE AND DESIGN: OUTDOOR STYLE ARTICLE ALICIA DOYLE

THOUSAND OAKS FIRESIDE AND DESIGN IS A DEPARTURE FROM THE OLD STANDARD “FIREPLACE AND HEARTH SHOP,” WHERE THE EFFORT WAS CONCENTRATED ON WOOD-BURNING FIREPLACES, SCREENS, WOOD HOLDERS AND TOOL SETS. With the onset of many municipalities banning the burning of wood, the hearth industry has adapted to a market filled with realistic and efficient electric and gas-burning units suited to the tastes of today's informed consumer, explains Thomas Malinowski, manager of Thousand Oaks Fireside and Design. “The hearth and fireplace store has to adapt as well, along with the product line,” Malinowski says. At Thousand Oaks Fireside and Design, “you will find all the latest the industry has to offer set in an exquisite showroom designed to excite and tantalize.” The Thousand Oaks location is a full-service showroom selling mid-to high-end gas, electric and wood fireplaces, built-in and standalone barbecues, custom barbecue islands, pre-cast stone mantels and surrounds, gas fire pits, accessories and a full line of mailboxes. “When the Thousand Oaks showroom was being remodeled to open to the public, many passersby stopped to inquire what kind of restaurant or night club was opening,” Malinowski recalls. “They all were surprised when they were told it’s going to be a fireplace and barbecue store.” With the popularity of the Thousand Oaks location, owned by

The ultimate goal of Thousand Oaks Fireside and Design is to not

Bob Vartanian, the Encino showroom has undergone an extensive

only outperform its client’s expectations at the moment, “but to suc-

remodel in the past year and stands as a flagship of the chain, with

cessfully create an experience and atmosphere that will ensure that

additional shops located in Glendale and Pasadena.

we have a customer for life,” Malinowski adds.

Thousand Oaks Fireside and Design serves retail customers as well as commercial accounts, including contractors, interior design-

“We want you to think of no one else but us when it comes to your fireplace, hearth, mailbox and barbecue needs,” he says.

ers, architects and home builders across the county. “Design professionals and contractors love the fact that they can just send their client into the showroom, and we will take care of

Thousand Oaks Fireside and Design is located at 104 E. Thousand

their needs and then work with their contractor/builder to achieve

Oaks Blvd., in Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 805.496.6660

the desired outcome,” Malinowski says.

or visit ThousandOaksFireside.com.

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Show Your Gratitude:

NOVEMBER, THE MONTH OF THANKSGIVING, IS THE PERFECT TIME TO REFLECT ON THE MANY BLESSINGS IN OUR LIVES AND SHARE OUR THANKS BY GIVING BACK TO OTHERS. Whether volunteering our time or donating funds, contributing to the well-being of another yields rewards beyond measure. Here, we offer a handful of ideas for giving back to the community.

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ATTEND A HOLIDAY HOME TOUR: Next month, the Cancer Support

Community

Valley/Ventura/Santa

Barbara’s

25th

Anniversary Holiday Homes Tour and Holiday Boutique (December 1 and 2) presents the opportunity to lend support to programs that serve 3,000 adults, children and teens affected by cancer each year. The self-guided tour of Conejo Valley homes and the holiday boutique at St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church in Westlake Village is the signature fundraiser of this independently governed and funded nonprofit, which relies on charitable donations to offer their programs free of charge. Reserve tickets at CancerSupportVVSB.org.

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5 Ways to Give Back "IT IS IN GIVING THAT WE RECEIVE." –FRANCIS OF ASSISI ARTICLE TRACY MARCYNZSYN 56

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VISIT A LOCAL FARM: Support local agriculture by visiting farmers at the 6th Annual Ventura County Farm Day on Saturday,

November 3, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Take a free self-guided tour at a variety of farms throughout Ventura County, including McGrath Family Farm, Houweling’s Tomatoes, Gill’s Onions, Deardorff Family Farms, Reiter Affiliated Companies and Petty Ranch. This year’s Farm  Day  kicks off on Friday, November 2, with a "Farm-to-Table" barbecue at  Oxnard Historic  Farm  Park, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Ventura County Farm  Day  is organized by the nonprofit Students for Eco-Education and Agriculture (SEEAG), whose mission is to help children understand the farm origins of their food through classroom agricultural education and free farm field trips. Find a list of participating farms at VenturaCountyFarmDay.com.  

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LUNCH WITH A VETERAN: This Veterans Day is November 12, and what better time to show your gratitude for a veteran’s service than by

taking them to lunch? Ask local restaurants about meal deals and specials for veterans and enjoy a meal you can feel really good about picking up.

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TAKE YOUR PANTS OFF: Pants Off Racing's Almost 10K/5K Again for Pancreatic Cancer in Calabasas, on Saturday, November 3, from

7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Malibu Creek State Park includes a 1 mile fun run/ walk, and 5K and 10K distances. All proceeds from the event are used to assist families and support pancreatic cancer victims. Pants Off Racing's mission is to provide service to those whose lives are affected by pancreatic cancer through time, energy and goodwill; to integrate and unite generations, through sport participation, while creating public awareness about pancreatic cancer. Register at PantsOffRacing.com.

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SERVE UP THANKS: Set an extra place or two at the Thanksgiving table this year or consider serving others at a local church or facility

hosting Thanksgiving dinner for those in need. Organizations like Manna, Food Share, Senior Concerns and the Community Cupboard at CLU help feed the hungry through a variety of programs and always appreciate donations and an extra pair of hands.


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GIVING BACK

Cal Lutheran Joins with Community to Feed Hungry College Students ARTICLE KATERI WOZNY

CAL LUTHERAN IS TAKING CARE OF ITS OWN BY ENSURING THAT STUDENTS DON’T GO A DAY WITHOUT A FULL STOMACH.

According to a 2016 study conducted by Students Against Hunger and Homelessness, 20% of students attending uni-

It’s all part of the university’s Community Cupboard initia-

versity face food insecurities. Lohr-Myers says a couple of the

tive, where students who are facing food insecurities or are

students she has met include one who was living in her vehicle

low on money can grab items, such as nonperishable food,

because of family problems and was cut off, while another stu-

toiletries and $10 or $20 gift cards for perishable food items

dent was an athlete who ate one meal a day with his family and

at grocery stores. The cupboard is located at Cal Lutheran’s

continued the rest of the day without food.

Samuelson Chapel Lounge. Community Cupboard was established by Cal Lutheran’s Campus Ministry in 2012 when an undergraduate student became a single mother and was struggling to buy food after covering her miscellaneous expenses. “Community Cupboard was created to fill in a gap that prevents our students from focusing on their studies, to help find their purpose and achieve the best of their abilities,” says Elizabeth Lohr-Myers, administrative assistant for Cal Lutheran’s Campus Ministry. Lohr-Myers says several dozen students utilize the cupboard on a regular basis, which can be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. “The lounge has an exterior door that

“This isn’t too surprising when you think about the high cost

“We are doing a better job at spreading the word about the cupboard and at keeping it stocked,” says Lohr-Myers. “All of the students that use the Community

of tuition and books and the fact that more low-income students are enrolling in college,” says Lohr-Myers. “One quarter of students also pay for college themselves without help from parents, guardians or friends. Food becomes the last priority when utilities and rent also need to be paid for.”

Cupboard are so humble and grateful for

COMMUNITY EFFORT

that assistance. The cupboard makes

donate to the cupboard, such as the

them feel loved and supported and that

nonprofit that helps with poverty relief

they don’t need to be afraid to reach out or admit when they need help.”

allows students to come and go unno-

Members of the community also Conejo Compassion Coalition, a local and development work around the world. The group has been involved with Community Cupboard since August. “It’s a way of us reaching out to local people in need because our focus has

ticed if they wish,” says Lohr-Myers. “This is extremely important

been worldwide,” says Robert Bland, chief executive officer of

on this campus because it is viewed as so prosperous and where

CCC. “This is a need that exists right in our own community and

the stigma and shame attached to being in need is very high.”

we are pleased to have the opportunity to reach out in our own

Sign-in sheets and ID checks are not required, as

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community and be of help to them.”

Campus Ministry trusts students will only take what they

Lohr-Myers says until this semester, the needs of the

need. Papers are also posted on the cupboard doors where

Community Cupboard had been met by Cal Lutheran staff, faculty

students can write requests for desired items or say thank

and other community members who are connected to the univer-

you to those who donated.

sity. Monetary donations are also used to provide students with

“A motto that has been adopted for the Community Cupboard

meal plans to eat in the university’s cafeteria, while staff, faculty

is ‘Come as you are, take what you need,’” says Lohr-Myers. “This

or students find ways to share with new incoming students about

reflects the open and welcoming policy that we in Campus

the cupboard, share their lunch or treat a student to lunch in the

Ministry and at Cal Lutheran embrace.”

cafeteria, and generate donations from campus events.

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To donate to Community Cupboard, items can be dropped off between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, at Samuelson Chapel on the Cal Lutheran campus, 68-154 W. Olsen Road, in Thousand Oaks.

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DRIVER’S NOTEBOOK

STOP IN TO BUMPER2BUMPER FOR HOLIDAY STYLE ‘TIS THE SEASON TO START GEARING UP FOR HOLIDAY FESTIVITIES, INCLUDING SPRUCING UP YOUR RIDE (OR YOUR LOVED ONE’S RIDE) FOR THE SEASON. Adding a visit to Bumper2Bumper.LA to your to-do list ensures your vehicle will earn high marks for holiday style. A Milestone! December 2018 marks 20 years of business as Westlake Village’s premier

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Bumper2Bumper.LA is a family-run operation that takes pride in surpassing their customers’ expectations again and again. “We treat our customers like family,” says Debbie Soderberg, who founded Bumper2Bumper.LA more than 20 years ago when she moved to the Conejo Valley from Georgia. Combining her automotive know-how and passion with her Southern charm and hospitality, Soderberg notes that “honesty, integrity, pride of workmanship and respect are key ingredients” contributing to the business’ success through the years as they’ve built a loyal clientele of happy, satisfied customers.

“We keep up to date with the newest techniques and technology and we are constantly

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evolving with the industry,” says Soderberg.

Westlake Village is a one-of-a-kind auto shop

“While many of our new customers are

that offers the finest cosmetic care for your

impressed with our clean and unique lobby,

car,” she adds. Since 1998, customers have

the quality of work that we provide will always

entrusted their vehicles to Bumper2Bumper.

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bodywork, paintless dent removal, window

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DONATE Studies, including one from the journal Science, prove that

“people’s sense of happiness is greater when they spend more on

power because you would not incur federal and state income taxes like you otherwise would.

others than on themselves.” While the emotional satisfaction we

While the holidays can be a busy time of the year, if you’re

receive from donating our time or money is of value, the financial

thinking about giving, it may be worthwhile to find time to visit

benefit is also worth noting. As the year comes to an end, it’s an

with your CPA or financial professional and see how you might

appropriate time for tax planning in order to minimize income tax

be able to “show by the kind of hard work you’ve endured that we

obligations and to maximize tax-deductible charitable contribu-

must help the weak, remembering that it is more blessed to give

tions that you may be considering.

than to receive” (Acts 20:35).

The current administration’s recent Tax Cuts and Jobs Act may have an impact on your tax return this coming April 15th. If you are

Neither Wedbush Securities Inc. nor Financial Advisors provide tax or

accustomed to itemizing your deductions, you may well continue to

legal advice. Please consult your tax or legal professional to discuss

this year, but the increase in the standard deduction for a family filing

your particular situation.

jointly to $24,000 will reduce the number of households that benefit from itemizing their returns compared to previous years. The shift from itemized to standard deductions is important because your charitable deductions reduce your taxable income when itemizing your tax return. For example, if you have less than $24,000 in itemized deductions including state and local property taxes (now capped at $10,000), mortgage interest expense, and all other categories, then you may consider “bunching” your charitable giving so that two or three years of planned gifts are donated in one year to secure the benefit of itemizing your return. Another benefit to be mindful of when gifting to your favorite charities this holiday season is if you are age 70.5 or older, you can take your annual Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) from your IRA and elect a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD). A Qualified Charitable Distribution is an otherwise taxable distribution from an IRA whereby you have the distribution paid directly from your IRA to a qualified charity. If you’re planning to make a

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MAGICAL DAY OF HOPE LUNCHEON

9TH ANNUAL LIVING GREEN EXPO

Hyatt Westlake

The City of Simi Valley's 9th annual

The Conejo Valley Guild of the UCLA

event features dozens of green ven-

Los Robles Gardens

Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation;s

dors, fun, free scavenger hunt games,

This 21-and-over fundraiser is the Ki-

annual fundraising event features

live entertainment, sustainability tips,

wanis Club's major event of the year,

a luncheon, fashion show by Raf-

kids' activities, recycling opportunities

featuring premium wine tastings,

fia Boutique, a boutique with new

and more. SimiValleyChamber.org

gourmet hors d'oeuvres and sweets.

and returning vendors, Opportuni-

Stroll through the silent auction and

ty Drawings, beautiful baskets and

raffle area that offer handmade arts,

grand prizes. All proceeds benefit

photography, jewelry, extended trips,

cancer research. RSVP: 805.630.2590

destination weekends, apparel and

or 805.499.2569.

3RD ANNUAL CONEJO VALLEY KIWANIS UNCORKED WINE & FOOD FUNDRAISER

Simi Valley Town Center

spa services, donated by local businesses and residents. 5:30 p.m.

3 10TH ANNUAL MIKE NOSCO MEMORIAL BICYCLE RIDE

3 6TH ANNUAL VENTURA COUNTY FARM DAY

More than 20 local farms offer tours and

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agricultural activities for the public of all

THOUSAND OAKS HIGH SCHOOL HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE Thousand Oaks High School

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ages. VenturaCountyFarmDay.com

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Borchard Park

Boosters hosts its annual Holiday

MANY MANSIONS "BOWLS OF HOPE"

The 80-mile annual ride starts at 8

Boutique in the Multipurpose Room

California Lutheran University

a.m. in Newbury Park. Organized by

at Thousand Oaks High School, fea-

Many Mansion's only fundraising event

Jack Nosco in honor of his brother,

turing more than 25 vendors, food

of the year benefits Children and Adult

Mike Nosco, who was killed in a tragic

trucks and chalk paintings created by

Service Programs. Designed to spread

car accident, proceeds from the event

professional artists.

awareness of the need for affordable

are used to provide financial relief to

housing in Ventura County, this event

people in need in our local community.

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5 BAGS, BLING & BUBBLY CHAMPAGNE LUNCHEON FUNDRAISER Las Posas Country Club

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County’s 10th annual luncheon features the "Wise, Wonderful Woman of 2018," as well as a BBBSVC Big & Little match of the year! On display will be an exclusive silent auction, new and vintage designer handbags and glittering jewelry. Purchase some stylish accessories or play some favorite event games. BBSVC.org

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7 DRUM NIGHT 703 Rancho Conejo Blvd. Thousand Oaks, CA 91320

Led by the founder of Drumtime, John Lacques, who has facilitated hundreds of drum circles since 2003, this event welcomes all ages. Whether you've never touched a drum before or are a seasoned professional, you will find a sense of belonging and community in a drum circle; 6:30 p.m.

8 WESTLAKE VILLAGE JUNIORS' 38TH ANNUAL GINGERBREAD BOUTIQUE U R OLOGY AND U R OLOGIC ONCOLO GY

St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church

The Westlake Village Junior Women's Club hosts its 38th annual boutique, from 6 to 10 p.m. The event includes dinner, dessert, wine and a raffle ticket for an amazing gift basket. Tickets: $20; 20% of all sales goes

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10 VETERANS MEMORIAL MONUMENT DEDICATION Constitution Park

The City of Camarillo has partnered with local American Legion Post 741 to expand the Camarillo Veterans Memorial to include a monument with several plaques listing the names of all fallen service members from Camarillo/ Somis from WW II to present. Refreshments to follow.

12 VETERANS DAY EVENT The Reagan Library

In honor of the men and women who serve in the United States Armed Forces, this annual Veterans Day event includes live musical entertainment, a civil war encampment, a military vehicle display and a program honoring all branches of our military. ReaganFoundation.org

22 TURKEY DAY DASH California Lutheran University

The Conejo Valley YMCA hosts the 14th annual Turkey Day Dash on Thanksgiving morning. The 5K run/walk and 1K family fun run/walk welcomes all ages and abilities. A costume contest precedes the kids' race. Proceeds benefit Conejo Valley YMCA youth and senior programs. TurkeyDayDash.org

30 NICOLE HENRY, SET FOR THE SEASON Pepperdine University

Renowned for her potent combination of dynamic vocals, impeccable phrasing and powerful emotional resonance, acclaimed jazz singer Nicole Henry brings new life to classic holiday repertoire. Performing favorites such as “O Holy Night,” “The Christmas Song” and “Angels We Have Heard on High,” her heartwarming holiday show is not only nostalgic, but inspiring; 8 p.m.  Pepperdine.Arts.edu

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PARTING THOUGHTS

the more you give thanks, the more you get to be thankful for ARTICLE KIM PAGANO

THIS MONTH, I’M SHARING MY PERSONAL GRATITUDE LIST. It starts with my two amazing parents who brought me into this world with excitement and passion. I’m most grateful that they were not only my parents, but that they were also my best friends—I was able to talk to them about anything. They taught me the meaning of life and love and integrity. I’m grateful for having had a relationship with my grandparents. I’m thankful for all my mom’s and grandma’s recipes that still bring me right back to those great childhood times. As I look back at where I grew up and my childhood memories and friends, I’m so very grateful for all of those experiences and memories. I recall driving without seatbelts, staying out until the street lights came on, respecting my teachers and principals, loving school and wanting to get good grades. I’m thankful that my parents bought me a car when I turned 16 because they thought I deserved it, not because I was entitled or to keep up with the neighbors. I’m grateful that I learned that time and timing is everything. I learned to grab life and all there is to experience. I’m thankful for my husband and for the experiences we've shared as a couple—and that we are still happy together after all these years! I’m most grateful for our incredible children and for being their mom—they are my life! As they form their own beautiful families, I’m grateful for the friendships with my children and their spouses. I watch the seeds that we planted grow and blossom. I’m beyond grateful for our grandchildren; they are another beautiful gift, along with the relationships we are forging with them every day. I’m grateful that I have the ability to make things look beautiful and for having a vision for beauty. I never realized that was a gift that was handed down to me. My hair therapy and my decorating impact my daily life, turning anything into beauty. I celebrate all my beautiful friendships and the infinite knowledge I’ve learned from hosting my radio show. I’m thankful that I have a sense about people and getting to know them. I’m grateful that I have a loving home and that my neighbors have been extended family. And, of course, for our pets and their unconditional love and our garden that yields our golden nuggets. These are all things that I am personally grateful for. Taking a moment to write down the things that you are grateful for and that have made a difference in your life may well lead to a journey down memory lane that will cause you to give thanks about the many things in your life for which you are grateful. Listen to the Kim Pagano Show Saturdays from 7-8 a.m. on 1590 KVTA, visit KimPaganoShow.com or tune in to her podcast at iTunes/The Kim Pagano Show for inspiration.

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Conejo Valley, CA November 2018  

November 2018 Issue of Conejo Valley Lifestyle

Conejo Valley, CA November 2018  

November 2018 Issue of Conejo Valley Lifestyle