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LIFESTYLE LETTER

JANUARY 2018 PUBLISHER

Ben Malkin | Ben.Malkin@LifestylePubs.com Robin Chesler | Robin.Chesler@LifestylePubs.com EDITOR

Tracy Marcynzsyn | Tracy.Marcynzsyn@LifestylePubs.com CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

Alicia Doyle, Melanie Farber, Tracy Marcynzsyn, Rocky Mills, Kim Pagano, Jeff Runyan

Moving Resolution

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Ben Malkin

MORE THAN 15 YEARS AGO I MADE WHAT FOR ME WAS A VERY RARE BELATED (IN JUNE) NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION. It was one that thousands of middle-aged people make: “I’m gonna get back in shape.” The epiphany for me was when we were celebrating my daughter’s graduation from Brown University— what should have been a great time was a struggle. I felt miserable physically, and while not suffering from a debilitating illness, I was just tired, with aches and pains in my back, knee and shoulder—all the result of too much “good living.” Good being defined as too much food, wine, travel and an all-around couch potato lifestyle. When I got back to California, I joined a gym. I also signed on with a trainer. What I discovered was that because I was basically healthy with good cardio health, I had let that cover up my general deterioration. I could not take any credit for the cardio part—good genes took care of that. The deterioration was all on me taking

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for granted what had been a fairly athletic body and letting it go. LAYOUT DESIGNERS

Now all these years later, I continue to drag myself out of bed 90 minutes earlier than is necessary for my work and go to the gym. I do this almost every day and will do so for as long as I can. My workouts are not really about the vanity of looking good. They are about my increased stamina for work and play, overall strength and knowing that I can run around like a fool and play the tickle monster

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as I chase my grandchildren. I look forward to their graduations and actually being in better shape than I was at my daughter’s so many years ago. Your age is just a number. It’s what you do with that age that counts. So here is a Call to Action: Guys and gals, get up and get moving in 2018!

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514 W 26th St., Kansas City, MO 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 the Conejo Valley areas’ 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

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

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

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1985 BRITTANY PARK | SANTA ROSA VALLEY, CA www.1985Brittanypark.com | Offered at only $2,300,000

Conceived of the drama and the romance of an exquisite New England Estate, this one estate spans over 6,400 SF is located on an acre in the exclusive gated Camelot neighborhood of Santa Rosa Valley. Distinguished architectural bearing and the use of enduring gleaming hardwood flooring, granite and fine wood craftsmanship. Built in 1998, there are 5 spacious bedrooms each w/their own bathroom; walk-in closets, a separate office / library, bonus/hobby room, additional Media room. Large master bedroom suite is a retreat onto itself w/coffered volume ceiling w/double sided fireplace. Custom designed separate his and her closets. 4-car garage w/built-in garage organizers. The park-like ambiance completes this estate, located in Camelot, one of the most premiere neighborhoods in Ventura County. Offered at only $2,300,000.

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


Rosemary Allison presents

Ultimate Multi-Family Compound with Massive Family Entertaining Room!

2767 REDONDO | SANTA ROSA VALLEY, CA www.2767Redondo.com | Offered at only $2,795,000

Santa Rosa Valley Estate. This 10 Bedroom, 12 Bath estate is perfect for multi-generational living as well as lavish corporate entertaining. Gracious formal dining room, family room and formal living room. Spectacular craftsmanship and quality. Wood floors, crown moldings, leaded & beveled glass windows & imported iron & crystal chandeliers can be found on the main level. The granite center island kitchen has chefs kitchen with Viking Oven Range with commercial quality hood, , Wine chiller,huge granite island . The FLEXIBLE FLOOR PLAN also includes 1 bedroom, & separate office on the main level. Upstairs, a spacious master suite w/ attached marble bath, huge walk-in closet, fireplace, sitting room & private balcony. The 2-bedroom GUEST APARTMENT has a full kitchen w/Sub-Zero, fireplace, balcony & pvt. lndry. ENDLESS ENTERTAINING POSSIBILITIES in the almost 1,200 sq ft Great Room w/french doors opening to English Garden court yard. The highlight of the Great Room is the Professionally equipped bar which opens to the truly resort style pool/spa w/waterfalls. The Park like grounds also include a 1 BED,1 BATH POOL CABANA, gazebo, basketball sport court and fire pit. The most exquisite quality and detail for the most discerning Buyer. Offered at $2,795,000

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

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758 DONNINGTON | SIMI VALLEY WOOD RANCH www.758Donnington.com | Offered at only $4,500,000

Behind private gates high above the Wood Ranch Country Club, this palatial Tuscan-inspired villa captures 360-degree sunlit views across lush lawns on its lot sized approximately 23 acres. European romance mingles with Californian magic in this incomparable two-story residence which is aptly situated as the crown on its own hilltop. Classic architectural elegance is revealed from the grand foyer, archways and volume ceilings to state of the art technology and rich inlaid flooring. The superb resort-size backyard seems to be at the top of the world, enjoying a resort-style infinity pool and spa, private one acre lake, nature preserve, space for a helipad, separate guest house, outdoor entertainment barbecue center, fruit trees, lush landscaping and circular stamped drive gracing the entrance. Membership in Wood Ranch Country Club is included in ownership. The master bedroom suite located upstairs is a separate wing with his and hers closets and a luxury bath. 6 car detached garage. Wine room. Offered at $4,500,000

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


Rosemary Allison presents

2351 APPLEWOOD | SANTA ROSA VALLEY, CA www.2351Applewood.com | Offered at only $1,675,000

Sited discreetly behind the Wildwood Ranch Estate gated entry on over 1.7 acres in the heart of the Santa Rosa Valley, this magnificent French style estate resembles a private European Castle château offering impeccable craftsmanship and quality and is highlighted by uncompromising extraordinary finishes. Rivaling any 5-star resort, the two story 4 bedroom, 4.5 bath home features a gourmet chef’s kitchen located on an over 1.7 acres in the gated Wildwood Ranch neighborhood. Grand estate home features a full theater (karaoke room) with stage. Extraordinary finishes throughout this home blending the ultimate in entertaining, relaxation and recreational amenities. Resort styled rear yard boasts an oversized pool, spa, gazebo, and decorative fire pit. Formal double sided fireplace, family room with entertainment center and wet bar. Gorgeous kitchen with center island cherry finish and granite counters. Huge formal dining room. Downstairs bedroom and full bath for guests. Stunning master bedroom suite with rain head over the infinity styled sunken bath. Steam shower. Large balcony. Plenty of room in yard for tennis court or equestrian facility. Offered at: $1,675,000

Put the Power of the MLS at your fingertips

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

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On a Clear Day you can see Forever Santa Rosa Valley

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

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

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


Rosemary Allison presents

Camarillo One Story Estate with Resort Style Yard with Pool

1776 CORTE JUBLIO | CAMARILLO, CA www.1776CorteJubilo.com | Reduced to only $1,349,000

California living at its finest. Sought after 4 bedroom and 3.5 bath home. This beautiful one-story estate is in a newer neighborhood in the city of Camarillo. Incredible open floorplan with office, guest bedroom with its own bath, and huge master bedroom and luxurious master bath. The family room is open to the kitchen for easy entertaining. Walk-in pantry. Resort style back yard with stunning patio structure and great built-in barbeque with sink and fridge. Look at the photos to grasp the beauty of the yard. Sports court area on side of home. Detached spa from swimming pool for maximum enjoyment of spa features. Highly upgraded, this estate must be seen to appreciate! Reduced to $1,349,000 Seller incentives: Description: Closing Costs: $7,500.00 • Paid By: SIRVA • Comments: $7,500 credit to buyer at close for an accepted bona fide offer.

Put the Power of the MLS at your fingertips

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

Rosemary will NEVER sell your personal information!

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

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

©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.


INSIDE THE ISSUE JANUARY 2018

FEATURES 24 Angels Among Us Local Pilots Lift Off for Hope

32 Living Well Annual Wellness Fest Features Resources for Health

36 Music to Our Ears Pepperdine Concerts Fill the New Year with Sound

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40 True Health Shaping Up Inside & Out

32 DEPARTMENTS

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Good Times

22 Around Town 24 Giving Back 26 Healthy Lifestyle 28 Trend Setter 46 Hot Spot 48 Our Town 50 Locally Owned 52 Financial Buzz 54 Lifestyle Calendar 58 Parting Thoughts


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GOOD TIMES

Sugar Plum Tea Party & Luncheon Filled with Sugar & Spice (& Everything Nice!) The 19th Annual fundraiser for Pacific Festival Ballet's 24th anniversary season of “The Nutcracker� featured an enchanting afternoon of auctions, a photo booth, children's activities and a lovely lunch at the beautiful Sherwood Country Club. Pacific Festival Ballet is the Resident Ballet Company at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza.

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Beyond

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Oaks Christian School teachers serve as the living curriculum to inspire students through life-changing opportunities that shape their character and open new doors to discover their passions and develop their talents. Grade-level retreats extend learning beyond the classroom where students cultivate lasting friendships and reflect on God’s plan and purpose for their lives. Many of our classes, including the entrepreneurship program and the film academy, foster teambuilding and collaborative thinking where students challenge their imagination to create new concepts and tell amazing stories. Join us at our upcoming admissions event. Pre-register online.

Admissions Information Night

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Visit our website at www.oakschristian.org or call us directly at 818.824.9492.

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GOOD TIMES

9th Annual Bags, Bling & Bubbly a Sparkling Success Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County’s ninth annual Bags, Bling & Bubbly champagne luncheon at Las Posas Country Club in Camarillo welcomed the honor of recognizing this year’s Wise, Wonderful Woman of 2017, Laila Ali. Proceeds benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County.

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GOOD TIMES

Breakfast of Champions Celebrates Formula One Win Mercedes-Benz of Thousand Oaks and Sun Air Jets hosted the AMG SoCal Lounge, celebrating the 2017 Formula One championship win by the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport team. Enthusiasts converged at the Camarillo Airport to enjoy the Brazilian Grand Prix with a professional audiovisual installation from Wilshire Media Systems. PHOTOGRAPHY BEN MALKIN

Shop with a Cop Adds Holiday Cheer for Local Youth Ventura County Sheriff’s Foundation's Shop with a Cop Fundraiser, hosted by Silver Star Mercedes-Benz of Thousand Oaks, added joy to the holidays. Proceeds fueled $100 shopping sprees for local under-resourced youth to shop with a deputy. PHOTOGRAPHY BEN MALKIN

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AROUND TOWN “We are honored to partner with Ladin Subaru again this year for the Share the Love Campaign,” says Andrea Gallagher, president of Senior Concerns. “ The funding Senior Concerns receives through this effort provides vital support for our programs and services and helps ensure we can meet the needs of seniors and family caregivers here in our community.” Ladin Subaru CEO Jim Ladin notes, “Senior Concerns provides services that are not available elsewhere in our community, such as their Adult Day Program. Our partnership with Senior Concerns, through the Share the Love Campaign and the Love Run, enables Ladin Subaru to make a

TED KOPPEL COMES TO THOUSAND OAKS The longest serving news anchor in U.S. broadcast history, Ted Koppel, best known as

ilies here in the Conejo Valley.” LadinSubaru.com

COSCA CELEBRATES 40 YEARS

the anchor for ABC's “Nightline,” speaks at

Conejo Open Space Conservation Agency

the Fred Kavli Theatre at the Thousand Oaks

(COSCA), jointly managed by the City of Thousand

Civic Arts Plaza Jan. 23 at 8 p.m. as part of the

Oaks and the Conejo Valley Recreation and Park

Distinguished Speaker Series. During his 50+

District, recently celebrated 40 years of dedication

years as a professional journalist, Koppel has

to preserving open space at its Trail Work Day and

embodied the term “eyewitness to history.” He

Celebration. Since 1977, COSCA volunteers have

is recognized around the world as a trusted and

helped maintain some 15,000 acres of open space

respected voice on current events and issues of

and 150 miles of trails. The open space surrounding

global importance.

our city provides unparalleled recreational oppor-

With his trademark wisdom, wit and superb storytelling,

Koppel

shares

historical

and

current observations on the state of the U.S., providing unmatched analysis of foreign policy.

tunities and adds to the area’s high quality of life. Conejo-OpenSpace.org/

SAVE THE DATE!

He comments on cyber-security and warfare,

Next month, on Feb. 3, the Sisters of Notre

economic challenges, social issues of the day

Dame and La Reina High School and Middle

and the people behind the scenes. His recent

School in Thousand Oaks will host the 4th

bestseller, Lights Out, examines the potential

annual Nun Run 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run at 8

threats and how prepared the U.S. is for a

a.m. The event is open to runners and walkers of

cyber-catastrophe. SpeakersLA.com

all ages and ability levels. The course will start

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positive impact in the lives of seniors and their fam-

on Dover Avenue in Thousand Oaks and finish in front of La Reina High School and Middle

For the fifth consecutive year, Ladin Subaru

School. Each participant will receive a free

has selected Senior Concerns to participate as

t-shirt (while supplies last), special offers from

the “hometown charity” as part of Subaru of

sponsors and a delicious pancake breakfast

America’s Share the Love Campaign. A donation

after the race. All proceeds from the Nun Run

of $250 from every new vehicle sale or lease

5K will support the Sisters of Notre Dame Life

will be donated to Senior Concerns during the

and Ministry Fund, which allows the sisters to

campaign. Proceeds help fund Senior Concerns’

continue their various ministries in Los Angeles

core programs, including an Adult Day Program

and Ventura counties. The Sisters of Notre

for seniors with cognitive or physical impair-

Dame are an international congregation of

ments, Meals On Wheels, a Caregiver Support

Catholic women who have served in California

Center and Senior Advocates.

for over 90 years. SNDCA.org/NunRun

Conejo Valley Lifestyle | January 2018


GIVING BACK

ANGEL FLIGHT WEST: Giving Hope Wings ARTICLE TRACY MARCYNZSYN

IT WAS HALLOWEEN DAY, AND 4-YEAR-OLD TITO HAD JUST UNDERGONE AUDIOLOGY TREATMENT AT UCLA MEDICAL CENTER. Tired after a long day of treatment and travel, Tito and his mother arrived at the airport where their Angel Flight West pilot met them to fly them home to Santa Barbara County. “Earlier that day, my good friend and mission assistant pilot Jordan and I decided to stop at Target and get Tito a Halloween basket and fill it with candy and toys,” recalls AFW pilot Mark Koenig, of Thousand Oaks. “When we gave it to him, his face lit up with a giant smile! That’s when I realized how special this organization is… and I knew that I was going to continue to do this as long as possible,” says Koenig, who has Tito

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been flying volunteer missions for AFW since 2014.


The nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization arranges free, non-emergency air travel for children and adults with serious medical conditions and other compelling needs. Their network of 1,200+ pilots in 13 western states donate their aircraft, piloting skills and all flying costs to help families in need, enabling them to receive vital treatment that might otherwise be inaccessible because of financial, medical or geographic limitations. Since the organization started in 1983, volunteer pilots have flown over 70,000 missions comprising hundreds of thousands of hours and millions of miles—the equivalent of $49 million in flight costs donated by AFW’s volunteer pilots and commercial airline partners.

“AFW IS A TRULY WONDERFUL NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION,” SAYS KOENIG. “EACH FLIGHT IS A CHANCE FOR YOU TO FLY SOMEONE WHO REALLY NEEDS YOUR HELP TO GET THEM THE MEDICAL CARE THEY NEED—SOMETIMES LIFESAVING MEDICAL CARE... YOU’RE A PILOT, YOU’RE GOING TO FLY ANYWAY… WHY NOT HELP SOMEONE IN NEED WHILE YOU’RE AT IT?” HE ADDS. ALL ABOARD! AFW flights begin with a physician or case manager who verifies the passenger’s circumstances, ensuring services are directed to those most in need—a third of AFW passengers are children, half are ethnic or cultural minorities, and 80% are designated at low- or poverty-income levels. AFW’s 1,200+ volunteer pilots and 200 “Earth Angel” ground volunteers who help with outreach, pilot recruitment, arranging flights and ground

Angel Flight West Pilot Mark Koenig

transportation ensure that people in need receive necessary health care, despite the distance. All flight costs are donated by AFW pilots, located

To learn more about Angel Flight West, including how to

in 13 Western states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawai’i, Idaho,

become a volunteer pilot, Earth Angel or supporter, visit

Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

AngelFlightWest.org, or call AFW Associate Executive

Commercial airlines, including Alaska Airlines, Mokulele and

Director Cheri Cimmarrusti at 310.390.2958.

Hawaiian Airlines, also donate tickets to AFW each year to fly people from Alaska to the Lower 48, during times when weather prevents small aircraft from flying, and for island-to-island travel. NEED FOR PILOTS AFW pilots fly more than 10 missions every day of the year. Each

ANGEL FLIGHT WEST BY THE NUMBERS Years of service: 34

flight represents a chance for someone to get the medical care they

Passengers served YTD: 1,052+ (& counting!)

need. Pilots choose when to fly, how often and whom they fly, allow-

Passengers served in the last year: 1,224

ing for flexibility and rewards.

Flights flown YTD: 3,811+ (& counting!)

“Flying has always been my biggest passion in life ever since I

Flights flown last year: 4,113

was a young boy,” says Koenig, whose father was a pilot. “Since

Passionate volunteers: 2,747+

I was about 5, he used to take me up, and I remember how

In-kind donations YTD: $5,820,784

enthralled I was that we’re actually flying through the sky, defying

New members YTD: 623+

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HEALTHY LIFESTYLE THE SANDWICH GENERATION An estimated 22% of the U.S. population can be classified as the Sandwich Generation, and that number is steadily growing, with nearly two-thirds of Baby Boomers expected to be caring for an aging parent in the next 10 years. In fact, the average woman will

Role Reversal:

PLANNING AHEAD FOR PARENTING YOUR PARENTS

ARTICLE MELANIE FARBER, CSA, CEO

spend more time parenting her aging parents than her own children! The number of Americans over age 65 will leap from 34 million in 1995, to 62 million by 2025, and 80% of older adults who need longterm care receive care in a home setting from family or friends. As a Geriatric Care Manager and CEO and Supervisor of Direct Care for ADVANTAGEPLUSCAREGIVERS, I have seen firsthand the stress caregiving can cause families. Often, during a family consultation, I find that many adult children and caregivers are clueless about some basics that can ease stress and provide needed support. Advance planning is the key to prevent acting in “crisis prevention mode” when something happens. Utilizing the services of a Geriatric Care Manager, Home Care Agency, Estate Planning Attorney, or other geriatric professional can help make the process go more smoothly. Consider these caregiver basics:

REMEMBER THE DAYS WHEN YOUR PARENTS DID EVERYTHING FOR YOU AND

1. TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF: You cannot do it all. You can’t

YOU DEPENDED ON THEM FOR SO MUCH?

help anyone else if you become ill yourself.

From early youth, they took care of your every

2. FIND RESOURCES: Don’t be afraid or ashamed to ask for

need—bathing,

help. Resources are available in the community to help you.

dressing,

feeding,

driving

you around, hiring babysitters, and making

3. CONSIDER ROLE REVERSAL: Put yourself in your aging

important decisions about health care, school

parent’s position—they are dealing with loss of indepen-

and home. In your older years, you depended

dence, illness, loss of spouse and/or close friends, fear of

on them for advice and emotional and often

what will happen to them—and the difficulty of accepting

financial support. They bailed you out of many

help from their own children.

situations. They were always there for you.

4. COMMUNICATE: Communicate with your family, friends,

Did you ever think in those days of your

employer, spiritual advisor and others about what you are

youth that someday you would be called

facing; ask for support.

upon to do the same for them? Caring for their

5. INVOLVE FAMILY: Recruit siblings, adult children and local

personal needs: bathing and dressing, driving

family members to help.

them around, preparing their meals, hiring

6. LEGAL/HEALTH CARE MATTERS: Make sure that Powers

caregivers, and sometimes providing financial

of Attorney for Health Care and financial matters are in place.

help; being responsible for their medical and

Important information about medications/medical providers/

financial decisions and making sure they have

emergency contacts, and the Advanced Directive for Health

a safe place to live and adequate care.

Care and POLST documents should be easily accessible.

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additional services. After almost 25 years in this business, we

are not happy with, but are in their best

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interest—it’s a very complex and compli-

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cated relationship, not to mention stressful

cal, and help is available if you ask for it.

and exhausting for the adult child who is responsible for an aging parent along with

Melanie Farber, CEO, CSA, is the Supervisor of Di-

their own life needs. Perhaps they are still

rect Care at ADVANTAGEPLUSCAREGIVERS in Ven-

raising children at home, or helping with

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grandchildren, and working. Welcome to

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TREND SETTER PHOTOGRAPHY BEN MALKIN

184 Local Nonprofits Receive Montecito Bank & Trust’s Community Dividends® Awards

MONTECITO BANK & TRUST PRESENTED 184 AREA NONPROFITS WITH A SHARE OF $1 MILLION, AS PART OF ITS COMMUNITY DIVIDENDS AWARDS. Now in its 15th year, this unique giving program has granted a total of $15 million to Santa Barbara and Ventura County nonprofits. This year’s program marked the first awards celebration without MB&T’s late founder and local philanthropist, Michael Towbes, and included an emotional video tribute to the father of Community Dividends, one that reflected upon the history of the program, its impact on the com-

we recognize and support the invaluable role your nonprofits play in

munity, what it meant to the man himself and a look at its bright future.

enhancing the quality of life for all segments of our society. We do this

“To carry on this man’s legacy is an honor and a privilege,” commented

to encourage other organizations to follow in our footsteps. We do

Chairwoman & CEO Janet Garufis. “He set the bar high and I speak for

this to encourage our employees to volunteer to support these worthy

everyone in the organization when I say that we will work hard every day

organizations. We do this because we think it’s the right thing to do.”

to carry on his vision and we will never let him down. I want to thank

Marking another unique moment in this year’s program was the

the 184 of you that are here representing your organizations. You work

announcement by the Mayor of Santa Barbara, Helene Schneider,

tirelessly to serve the missions of your organizations and the value of your

of Michael Towbes Day of Giving in Santa Barbara, on Giving

work does not go unseen—today, we celebrate and thank you!”

Tuesday, November 28, 2017.

The Community Dividends awards were created in 2003 by

Montecito Bank & Trust, an S Corporation, is the oldest and larg-

Montecito Bank & Trust’s late owner and Chairman Michael Towbes,

est locally owned community bank in Santa Barbara and Ventura

with a primary focus on supporting organizations which serve low

counties. Founded in 1975, the bank celebrated its 42nd anniversary

and moderate-income individuals and families in Santa Barbara and

in 2017 and operates 10 branch offices. Awarded the 2017 Bank of

Ventura Counties. The program also awards dividends to organiza-

the Year (Western Independent Bankers) from among 550+ inde-

tions that serve the arts, youth and education, social welfare, and

pendent community banks headquartered in 13 western states, the

medical and health services sectors. One of the major reasons orga-

bank offers a variety of competitive deposit and lending solutions

nizations look forward to this event is the opportunity to socialize

for businesses and consumers, including business loans and lines of

with their nonprofit colleagues, share ideas, build stronger bonds

credit; commercial real estate finance; SBA loans; mortgage loans,

within the community and reflect on their impact in the community.

consumer loans; credit cards; merchant services; and online ser-

Montecito Bank & Trust has a history of unwavering corporate

vices, including mobile banking and cash management. Its Wealth

philanthropy in the local communities it serves. This commitment

Management Division provides comprehensive trust services and

was driven by Michael Towbes, who used to say, “We do this because

full investment management for all branch office markets.

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2017 COMMUNITY DIVIDENDSÂŽ VENTURA COUNTY RECIPIENT ORGANIZATIONS Â + American Cancer Society, Inc., California Division + American Heart Association, Ventura County + Anti-Defamation League + Area Housing Authority of the County of Ventura + Arthritis Foundation + Boys & Girls Club (Camarillo, Greater Ventura, Moorpark, Greater Conejo Valley) + California Lutheran University + California State University Channel Islands Foundation + Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/ Santa Barbara + Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families + Community Conscience/Under One Roof George Leis, Montecito Bank & Trust President; Jill Haney, MB&T; Michelle Foster, Simi Valley Hospital Foundation; Eric Harrison, United Way of Ventura County

+ Conejo Valley Senior Concerns, Inc. + Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Ventura County + Gold Coast Veterans Foundation + Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County + Hospice of the Conejo + Housing Authority of the City of San Buenaventura + Housing Opportunities Made Easier (HOME) + Interface Children & Family Services + Make-A-Wish Tri-Counties + Mixteco/Indigena Community Organizing Project + Museum of Ventura County + National Disaster Search Dog Foundation + NAWBO, Ventura County + New West Symphony Association + PathPoint + Planned Parenthood California Central Coast + Project Understanding of San Buenaventura + Reins of H.O.P.E.

Chairwoman & CEO Janet Garufis

+ Ride on Therapeutic Horsemanship + Simi Valley Hospital Foundation + Southeast Ventura County YMCA + Spirit of Entrepreneurship Foundation + Studio Channel Islands + The ARC Foundation + United Way of Ventura County + Ventura County Housing Trust Fund + Ventura County Medical Resource Foundation + Ventura Hillsides Conservancy + Ventura Music Festival + Women's Economic Ventures

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Annual Wellness Fest Focuses on Healthy Living for Seniors ARTICLE ALICIA DOYLE THE ANNUAL WELLNESS FEST AT THE GOEBEL

For instance, attendees can learn about an Adult Day pro-

ADULT COMMUNITY CENTER IS A GATHERING OF

gram for seniors with physical or cognitive impairment, which is

LOCAL BUSINESSES AND PUBLIC SERVICE AGEN-

considered “a vital way” for seniors with challenges to feel part

CIES THAT FOCUS ON SUPPORTING POSITIVE,

of a social family and be engaged in meaningful activities.

MINDFUL LIVING FOR THE SENIOR POPULATION IN AND AROUND THE CONEJO VALLEY.

“It is also an important step in providing the family caregiver some essential respite time for themselves,” Gallagher says.

This year’s event, scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Senior Concerns will also provide information about its Meals

on Jan. 17, is expected to bring together more than 65

on Wheels program, which is offered in Thousand Oaks and

vendors who will provide valuable information about

Newbury Park 365 days a year. Other programs will also be high-

resources in the local community.

lighted, including free Senior Advocacy services which provide

“It is important to know and understand all of the different services offered in our community—everything from our hos-

information and resources to seniors about Medicare, Social Security, housing, insurance and other senior-related topics.

pitals to care facilities to public services,” says Julie Spivack,

Senior Concerns will also have information on its Caregiver

Director of the Conejo Senior Volunteer Program who is orga-

Support Center, which provides professional and compas-

nizing the 2018 Wellness Fest.

sionate assistance for seniors and their families coping with

The annual Wellness Fest is designed for everyone with a passion for changing lives through health and wellness. Event organizers want to inspire, motivate, educate and meet older adults on their journey to be healthy.

the challenges of eldercare. “We will also offer a free File of Life for anyone that stops by the booth,” Gallagher says. The File of Life is a voluntary program designed to help local

“The Wellness Fest is a wonderful opportunity for older

first responders to quickly obtain in an emergency your neces-

adults to be able to come to one space and find out a plethora

sary medical history, your support needs and your emergency

of information,” Spivack says.

contact information.

For instance, vendors onsite offer details about care facilities,

“It could help save your life,” Gallagher says. “It is a refriger-

caregiving services and end-of-life service, as well as informa-

ator magnet with an attached red plastic pocket labeled FILE

tion about other topics, such as financial, medical, nutrition,

OF LIFE. In the plastic pocket is a tri-fold card on which you

fitness, recreation and entertainment.

can record your vital emergency information… the information

“We like to make it easily accessible for everyone to be able to

will help first responders to better assist you in an emergency.”

come and meet people and speak with these agencies,” Spivack

Gallagher added that almost universally, people do not think

says. “It is so difficult to get any face to face time these days, and I

about the various complexities of aging and caregiving for an elder.

believe just getting to meet someone and have a real conversation is

“Often seniors are thrust into difficult situations without the

a huge deal when it comes to trusting someone with your wellness.”

right information and resources to manage them,” she says.

These vendors include Los Robles Hospital, Sunrise Senior

“Senior Concerns is here to help make the journey easier, as

Living, Conejo Hearing Center and the Stagecoach Inn. Additionally, a Summit Health Group will be onsite providing chair massages.

long as folks know about us.” The 2018 Wellness Fest involves sponsorship opportunities, in

Representatives from Senior Concerns will also be sharing a

which proceeds benefit the Conejo Senior Volunteer Program. For

wealth of resources available to older adults in Ventura County.

the past 45 years, this program has provided meaningful volunteer

“The Wellness Fest is a great way for Senior Concerns to make our services better known to the community,” says Andrea Gallagher, president of Senior Concerns.

opportunities for adults age 55 and over in the Conejo Valley. Last year, more than 1,000 CSVP volunteers worked more than 180,000 hours at such places as Conejo Free Clinic, Meals CONTINUED >

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ANNUAL WELLNESS FEST

(CON TI N U ED)

The Wellness Fest is also designed to be fun—so this year’s festival is based on a Western theme. “We will have some wandering entertainment

including

mini-

therapy horses,” Spivack says. The Stagecoach Inn Museum in Newbury Park will also bring items from their Western Collection, which will be on exhibit on the Goebel stage. “We will also have a 20-pound therapy rabbit, Henry the Flemish Giant, visiting us for the fest,” Spivack says. Additionally, “Master gardeners will be providing tours of the garden in front of the Goebel Center, and Shelter of Hope Pet Shop will be bringing dogs and we will also have comfort dogs.” Although this event is free, advance tickets are required for lunch, and will be available at the Goebel front on Wheels and the Stagecoach Inn Museum. These hours

desk beginning Jan. 2. There are 300 lunch tickets available, sponsored

of meaningful community engagement provide physical

by Sunrise Senior Living at Wood Ranch and Westlake Village. Call

and mental stimulation, which is proven to be essential for

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maintaining health and wellness in retirement.

“The ultimate goal is to support the older adults in our community in

Furthermore, Independent Sector research esti-

every way possible,” Spivack says. “It is about obtaining information,

mates these hours of volunteer work to be valued at

but also about maintaining relationships, developing new ones and,

nearly $5 million in human resource contributions.

of course, having fun.”

This creates a trifecta of benefits as senior volunteers stay active and engaged by helping public services to

AFTER 50, LIFESTYLE BECOMES A STRONGER INDICA-

better serve the community.

TOR OF GENERAL HEALTH THAN GENETICS, SO LEADING

The Wellness Fest is a free event that does not require a ticket. In other free offerings, screenings will take place

A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE IS EVEN MORE IMPORTANT AS WE AGE, GALLAGHER ADDS.

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Carrie Newcomer

Australia’s best-known acts, Dragon. He also worked as a studio musician, playing on recordings for Air Supply and Men At Work, as well as thousands of commercial jingles and tunes. In the 1980s, he embarked on a successful solo career, releasing over 30 studio albums and intersecting with some of the finest musicians in the world.

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Tessa Lark

humanitarian efforts, and Boston's WBEZ named her one of the most influential folk artists of the past 25 years. In 2009 and 2011, she was invited by the American Embassy of India to serve as a cultural ambassador, leading to her interfaith collaborative benefit album, Everything is Everywhere with world master of the Indian Sarod, Amjad Ali Khan. In 2012, she traveled to Kenya, Africa, performing in schools, hospitals and spiritual communities, and in 2013, she visited organizations dedicated to nonviolent conflict resolution through the arts and empowerment of women in the Middle East. Her song, “Holy as the Day is Spent,” was named one of the best spiritual songs of 2012, and Chicago’s WFMT called Newcomer one of “the 50 most influential folk musicians of the past 50

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HAPPY TRAILS Hiking is one of the best ways to clear your mind and tone your body too! Numerous studies confirm the stress-relieving benefits gleaned from spending time in nature, making hiking nature’s remedy for today’s often hectic busy lives. Hiking is also good for the heart, improving cardiovascular health and decreasing the risk of stroke. Whatever your fitness or energy level, finding a trail nearby is a walk in the park, as Conejo Valley is home to more than 15,000 acres of open space and 150 miles of hiking trails for all levels. One hidden gem in the area is the Conejo Valley Botanic Garden, 33 acres of natural terrain with panoramic views of Thousand Oaks and acres of unique specialty gardens, including the Butterfly Garden, the Australian Garden and California Native Garden. For a list of hikes ranging from stroller-friendly to mountainscaling, and group, instructor-led hikes, visit the Conejo Open Space Conservation Agency at Conejo-OpenSpace.org. YOGA & PILATES Yoga is a centuries-old practice and meditation loved by many for its far-reaching mind-body benefits. Practicing yoga increases strength and balance, improves cardiovascular function and creates a flexible, healthy body. Beyond the physical perks, yoga also increases awareness that extends beyond the yoga mat to impact other areas of life, including diet, self-esteem and well-being, according to Harvard Health Publishing in “Yoga – Benefits Beyond the Mat.” Whether practiced solo at home or in a group setting at a studio or gym, yoga enhances the mind and body. Yoga Upstairs in Agoura Hills and YogaWorks in Westlake Village are two popular venues that offer a variety of yoga classes for all levels and ages. Pilates focuses on balancing and aligning the body to achieve better posture, health and overall fitness. Developed in the 1920s by Joseph and Clara Pilates, Pilates uses gravity, breath and spring resistance to target specific muscle groups and “re-educate movement patterns and rebalance the underlying muscular and structural systems in the body,” according to the Pilates Foundation. Incorporating the traditional principles of breath, concentration, centering, control, precision and flow, Pilates strengthens and tones the body while developing a greater awareness and trust in the body’s abilities. Often used to heal specific conditions, such as sports injuries, spinal issues and even Parkinson’s, Pilates delivers myriad mind-body benefits. Local favorite Pilates studios include Pure Barre Westlake Village, at 2806 Townsgate Road, Suite B, offering efficient 55-minute low-impact physiquedefining, fat-burning and bone-strengthening workouts led by highly qualified instructors, and PRO’Active Pilates, at 860-V Hampshire Road at the Westlake Village Water Court,

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THE SHAPE OF HEALTH

(CON TI N U ED)

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HIT THE GYM

Walking through the doors of any fitness facility opens the opportunity to work your body in a variety of exercise modalities, from

THE MOTIVATION FACTOR FUELED BY BEING

lifting weights to running on the treadmill and taking group fitness

IN AN ENVIRONMENT WHERE EVERYONE IS

classes. The motivation factor fueled by being in an environment

FOCUSED ON FITNESS CAN INSPIRE ONE TO

However you choose to move your muscles, the flow of endorphins improves your mood and sense of well-being. Area gyms abound, with 24-Hour Fitness, Gold Gym’s and YMCA locations as well as specialty workout centers specializing in martial arts, kickboxing and dance. My Health Studio, located at 31139 Via Colinas, Suite 303, in Westlake Village is one local favorite, offering small class sizes in group fitness and dance, Zumba, personal training, top of the line equipment and credentialed experienced instructors.

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NEW HEIGHTS.

HIT THE GYM »»

where everyone is focused on fitness can inspire one to new heights.


RETREAT Making time for self-care and silence results in profound and lasting benefits that reverberate across all areas of our lives. When we’re stressed out and running ourselves ragged, our emotional and mental states reflect it and eventually compromise our immune system if we don’t take a break. Relieving excessive stress and recharging regularly keep us feeling sane and stable, leading to a more balanced, happier state of mind and improving health and well-being. Whether it’s a week, a weekend, a day or even a few hours, taking a timeout is essential—and easy—considering the abundance of local options. The Four Seasons Westlake The Spa is famous for its signature retreats that take an integrated approach to wellness designed to strengthen the connection between mind and body for increased health and happiness. Choose from a four-day, three-night, all-inclusive Signature Retreat that employs technology and science to curate workouts, cooking classes and workshop experiences that help guests meet their wellness goals, to a half-day Daycation that includes a massage or facial, poolside cabana rental and lunch. Halo Salt Spa in Westlake Village immerses guests in a relaxing salt room to enjoy the benefits of Halotherapy, a holistic natural therapy that uses microparticles of pure salt to clear the nasal passages and lungs, clarify the skin, and reduce overall stress levels. Massages, Reiki treatments, sound healings and group yoga, qi-gong, breathing and meditation in the salt room also promote deep relaxation and peace. If time is short, visit Setiba Aesthetics Group, at 101 N Westlake Blvd in Westlake Village, to enjoy a variety of pampering skin and body treatments that make you feel and look good. Dedicated to treating clients like family, the local med spa is staffed by experienced professionals who ensure your experience is relaxing and rewarding. Those wanting to venture out of town may find their Shangri-La at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, a world-class resort offering a full range of spa services, personal journeys and mind/body programs to soothe the soul and refresh the spirit. A bit further down the road in Avila Beach near San Luis Obispo, Sycamore Mineral Springs invites guests to relax and soak in the naturally heated mineral spring water sourced from natural, underground resources. The 23 open-air private hillside hot tubs are open to the public, providing majestic views and a serene environment while the healing water nurtures your skin, body, heart and soul. Here’s to enjoying the journey to true health and wellness—your body (and mind) will thank you!

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Located in Thousand Oaks, Newbury Park & Westlake Village

In the Conejo Valley Unified School District, we believe ALL students deserve an exceptional educational experience filled with opportunity and choices. At CVUSD we have a right fit for every family and we believe each child has unique gifts to discover. Our schools are positive, safe and inviting learning environments. We believe in a partnership between the community, parents, students and faculty. Doing things, “The Conejo Way,” ensures ideal academic outcomes for our students as we use teamwork, relationship-building, trust and accountability to together lead the way into a bright future. We will nurture your child’s passions - “The Conejo Way!”

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ARTICLE TRACY MARCYNZSYN

Setiba Aesthetics A Mecca for Beauty Group: & Health THINK OF SETIBA AESTHETICS GROUP AS YOUR PERSONAL BEAUTY AND HEALTH HAVEN. The Westlake Village med spa offers an array of heavenly state-of-the-art body and skin treatments that nourish, revitalize and rejuvenate. What’s more, Setiba’s offerings transcend traditional med spas, staffing dermatologists and plastic surgeons that perform a wide range of aesthetic and medical procedures, from eyelid lifts to tummy tucks and more. At Setiba, their goal is to ensure luxurious care and outstanding results for each client at every visit. Celebrating their Grand Opening last October, Setiba Group is the brainchild of owner and founder Emilia Khajavi, a certified esthetician with 20+ years of experience in the medical spa industry. “It’s such a happy business, working at a med spa, because everyone there is excited about something—a wedding, bridal shower, birthday—they’re getting a procedure to do something nice for themselves that makes them feel and look great,” says Emilia, who got her start in the business after feeling disappointed about the care she had received at other med spas. “Plastic surgeons are often too busy to sit and talk with their clients,” says Emilia “That’s why at Setiba Aesthetics Group, we treat our clients like family; taking good care of them is our top priority,” she adds. We caught up with Emilia to learn more about Setiba Aesthetics Group.

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Q. WHAT TYPE OF SERVICES DOES SETIBA AESTHETICS GROUP OFFER? A. We offer quite a wide range of services, including skin tightening, facials, IPL Laser Treatment, injectables, microdermabrasion, hormone replacement therapy and even vaginal rejuvenation. For many women, vaginal rejuvenation eases medical conditions, such as incontinence and chemotherapy side effects like dryness and pain. Q. WITH SO MANY SERVICES, HOW DO CLIENTS KNOW WHAT TREATMENTS ARE THE MOST EFFECTIVE FOR THEIR SPECIFIC CONDITIONS? A. Every procedure begins with a personal consultation with our experienced, expert staff to determine which services are best for each person. Clients will be fully informed about their procedures and treatments and a tailored plan will be customized just for them. Q. HOW DOES SETIBA AESTHETICS GROUP STAND APART FROM OTHER MED SPAS? A. Our customer service! Our doctors, nurses and physician assistants take time to really listen to the clients and find out what their needs are to decide which treatments can best help them. Then, after the treatments, our staff follows up to make sure the client is supported. One of our medical experts will recommend the ideal home regimen suited to the client’s condition. We stand by our core values of service excellence, teamwork, respect, trust and integrity, and optimism to be sure every client is cared for like family and has a great experience and top-quality procedure. Q. WHAT SHOULD CLIENTS AND POTENTIAL CLIENTS KNOW ABOUT SETIBA AESTHETICS GROUP? A. We use advanced technology when providing our services. Clients can expect that only state-of-the-art facilities are being used, and rest assured that all procedures are performed by our skilled doctors with years of experience. All of our employees are RNs, physician assistants, cosmetic surgeons or physicians. Q. WHAT DO YOUR CUSTOMERS LIKE MOST ABOUT SETIBA AESTHETICS GROUP? A. They like the fact that we have experienced, qualified experts— dermatologists, cosmetic surgeons, RNs, PAs—that can perform various procedures: eyelid lifts, breast augmentation, tummy tucks, nutritional therapy and IV infusion, Botox and so much more. We have a very experienced staff. Q. DO YOU HAVE ANY CURRENT SPECIALS? A. We’re offering a special on microdermabrasion, a painless remedy that treats different skin conditions, such as blackheads, age spots, skin discoloration, scars, large pores and wrinkles. The procedure exfoliates the skin to give it a youthful, refreshing look and feel. Currently, clients can receive six microdermabrasion treatments for $500 (a $1,000 value)! To learn more about how Setiba Aesthetics Group can help you look and feel your best, make an appointment for a free consultation at 805.703.0000 or visit SetibaGroup.com. Setiba Aesthetics Group is located at 101 N. Westlake Blvd., Suite 220, in Westlake Village. January 2018 | Conejo Valley Lifestyle

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OUR TOWN

University Village Thousand Oaks Celebrates NEARLY 300 RESIDENTS, STAFF AND SPECIAL GUESTS ATTENDED UNIVERSITY VILLAGE THOUSAND OAKS’ 10TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION which honored the first people to sign up for University Village, the first couple to move in and a host of original residents who have been at University Village since its opening in 2007.

10th Anniversary

Master of Ceremonies and UVTO resident Frank Welch kicked off the program and introduced speakers from University Village senior management, including Executive Director Ryan Exline, Manager Bob Bouchard, Marketing Director Ernie Sandlin and Managing Partner for Continuing Life Warren Spieker. Dr. R. Stephen Wheatly with California Lutheran University also spoke about the symbiotic, positive relationship between the residents of UVTO and the students on campus. “You attend our games and concerts and bring your applause and enthusiasm,” Wheatly remarked to the residents. “We’ve gained as much from you as hopefully you’ve received from us.” Spieker recognized Siri Eliason and Evelyn Ballsun, the first residents to make a deposit to live at University Village a few years before the community opened. “Thank you for taking the original plunge and for getting it started,” Spieker said.

Warren Spieker, of Continuing Life, which provides business services for University Village Thousand Oaks, presents flowers to 10-year resident Evelyn Ballsun, one of University Village's first residents.

Sandlin also introduced Jerry and Lois Friss, 10-year residents who were the first to move into the community. Ginger Detterman, current chair of the University Village Resident Council, introduced past chairs as well as the current council. Also singled out for recognition were residents who have donated their photography talents and resident volunteers who assist with activities, newsletters, hospitality and numerous clubs and programs on campus. The anniversary program ended with a lighthearted video created by resident Tom Simondi which captured the 10-year history of the community.

“YOU ATTEND OUR GAMES AND CONCERTS AND BRING YOUR APPLAUSE AND ENTHUSIASM,” WHEATLY REMARKED TO THE RESIDENTS. “WE’VE GAINED AS MUCH FROM YOU AS HOPEFULLY YOU’VE RECEIVED FROM US.”

A sumptuous anniversary dinner was served that evening. Residents also received a memory book featuring a collection of residents’ memories and tributes to UVTO residents. University Village is located at 3415 Campus Drive, near Cal Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit UVTO.com or call 800.806.0171.

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LOCALLY OWNED

DON’T CONFUSE “INCOME” WITH “YIELD” DOING SO COULD INCREASE YOUR RISK OR LOWER YOUR RETURNS!

ARTICLE ROCKY MILLS

YOU’RE NOT ALONE. Many people use “income” and “yield” inter-

This is a hypothetical example and is not representative of any spe-

changeably—but they’re not the same. Understanding the distinc-

cific situation. Your results will vary. The hypothetical rates of return used

tion can help you address your risk and manage your returns.

do not reflect the deduction of fees and charges inherent to investing.

First, for this discussion, let’s define the two: › Yield = How much cash is generated by a stock and bond portfolio in a given year. The cash comes in the form of a dividend or

The amount of “desired income” still has to be reasonable. For further information, take a look at Bill Bengen’s seminal research on “The 4% Rule” (Journal of Financial Planning, 1994).

interest payment. › Income = The amount of money you want or need to with-

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draw from a stock and bond portfolio in a given year. The cash

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capital gains distributions, etc.

He is a registered representative with and

Let’s say you have a $1 million portfolio: 60% is in stocks that pay

securities offered through LPL Financial,

a 2% dividend; 40% is in bonds paying 3% interest. Your total yield

Member FINRA/SIPC. Investment advice

on this portfolio is $600,000 at 2% + $400,000 at 3% = $24,000, or

offered

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Advisors, a registered investment advisor and

3%. What are your choices?

through

Westlake

Investment

separate entity from LPL Financial. The opinions voiced in this material are for general information

1. If you believe that all income must come from yield, you’d have to sell all of the 2%-paying stock and buy more of the 3% bonds. This, of course, eliminates any upside potential you had in the stocks. 2. Again, if you believe that all income must come from yield, you could sell your 3% bonds and replace them with bonds yielding

only and are not intended to provide specific advice or recommendations for any individual. The payment of dividends is not guaranteed. Companies may reduce or eliminate the payment of dividends at any given time. Stock investing involves risk including loss of principal.

4.5%. Now your total yield would be $600,000 at 2% + $400,000

Bonds are subject to market and interest rate risk if sold prior to

at 4.5% = $30,000. But in going from bonds yielding 3% to bonds

maturity. Bond values will decline as interest rates rise and bonds are

yielding 4.5%, you likely increased the risk in your bonds by either (a)

subject to availability and change in price.

reducing their quality or (b) going out longer in maturity. 3. But all income does NOT have to come from yield. To get from $24,000 to $30,000 per year, you could keep the portfolio pretty much as it is—you’d simply have to sell $6,000 worth of securities (or just 0.6% of the portfolio). 50

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FINANCIAL BUZZ

THE POWER OF HABIT:

THE NEW YEAR IS A POINT OF RESET, OFTEN SERVING AS A CATALYST

ARTICLE JEFF RUNYAN

TO ENCOURAGE NEW, MORE FAVORABLE ACTIONS AND BEHAVIORS FOR BOTH INDIVIDUALS AND BUSINESSES. It’s an opportunity to start anew and replace the “old with new” and the “bad with good,” at least when it comes to habits. And, this year may be no different, but we all know the reality of keeping those new habits in place can also prove to be difficult. So, let me encourage a delightful read by Charles Duhigg, the Pulitzer

Prize-winning columnist and author of The Power of Habit, on the New York Times bestseller list. Reading it can be a great start to foster growth and launch the habits you hope to see more of in the year(s) ahead. Then let’s rifle through this Top 7 List of changes you can implement

immediately that can quickly and swiftly help you graduate to a higher tier

of financial success: ››› 1) Start using your 401k or other retirement plan to maximize your taxdeductible contributions, or, exercise the Roth 401k (many employers now offer) and put away after-tax dollars.

››› 2) If you’re already using a retirement plan, increase your participation. The maximum contribution you’re eligible for in 2018 has increased to $18,500 and if you’re age 50 or older, you’re still eligible for a catch-up provision of $6,000 annually. That allows a total of $24,500 contributed in the year. (By the way, if your employer contributes a hypothetical 5% to your plan, don’t contribute only to achieve the match … go for your maximum. The free money is great, but remember you’re putting money away to be able to retire not just to achieve a minimum match.)

››› 3) Increase the principal payment to your mortgage monthly. You may not even notice the small difference when deducted from your checking account, but the life of your loan will diminish and you’ll achieve your payoff much faster.

››› 4) If you have children and want to help them with future college expenses, launch and fund a College Savings 529 Plan (it allows opportunity to achieve tax-free growth for college expenses).

››› 5) Review the interest you earn in your checking and savings accounts. If the yield is shockingly low and you have significant balances in cash, consider short-term bond alternatives and/or money market funds that may generate more income (if, of course you're willing to accept more risk).

››› 6) Identify your financial goals, and if they’re genuine, make your actions reflect that which you hope to achieve.

››› 7) If you have credit card or other revolving debt, pay it off. Even people that have significant assets can at times surprise me with debt on credit cards. Check the interest rate, whatever it is—you’re probably rewarding your bottom line by paying it off. This short list can affect the trajectory of your financial future in a significant and

meaningful way. Just like cutting late-night snacks from your daily diet can lead to a slim physique, these fine-tuning adjustments can radically affect your financial economic household for the better and lead you to an exciting financial future.

7 TIPS TO INCREASE FINANCIAL HEALTH & WELLNESS

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TOURNAMENT OF ROSES POSTPARADE SHOWCASE OF FLOATS

THE END OF CIVILIZATIONS LECTURE SERIES

Get an up close view of the 129th

Cal Lutheran University presents this

Rose Parade floats. Senior citizens

lecture series exploring the "collapse"

2018 WELLNESS FEST

and disabled visitors can get an early

of civilizations, led by Michaela Craw-

Goebel Adult Community Center

viewing on Jan. 2, 7-9 a.m. Wear com-

ford Reaves, Ph.D. and faculty friends.

With an aim to change lives through

Pasadena

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tickets: $12 presale/$15 at the door. HillcrestArts.com

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fortable walking shoes! Viewing all

health and wellness, local nonprofits

the floats will require walking approx-

and local businesses provide free in-

imately 2.5 miles and takes about two hours. Call 626.449.4100 or get tickets ($15) at TournamentOfRoses.com.

RUNS THROUGH FEB 2 BIOMYTHOGRAPHY: CURRENCY EXCHANGE

RUNS THROUGH JAN 14 MOTOWN THE MUSICAL Fred Kavli Theatre

Theater League presents the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched

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21 GOLD COAST WIND ENSEMBLE CONCERT

Newbury Park High School

William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art

the careers of Diana Ross, Michael

Performing Arts Center

This exhibition investigates multiple

Jackson, Smokey Robinson and more.

This professional-level wind orches-

forms of currency and the ways they

Featuring classic songs such as “My

tra is comprised of local musicians

are encoded in today’s culture. Con-

Girl” and “Ain’t No Mountain High

with the goal of enhancing artistic

temporary artists from Costa Rica,

Enough,” experience the story be-

life in Ventura County. Student/senior

Southern California and elsewhere use

hind the music in the record-breaking

discounts available. GCWE.org

multimedia to draw attention to and

smash hit. CivicArtsPlaza.com

understand the idea of cultural currency. Featured artists include Guillermo Bert, Audrey Chan, Christian Salablanca Diaz, Chuck Feesago and more.

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Curated by Chris Christion and Jessica

HISTORY BOOK DISCUSSION

Wimbley. CalLutheran.edu

Goebel Adult Community Center

Considered one of Australia’s most sig-

This Friends of the Library presenta-

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HEATHERS THE MUSICAL

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Based on the classic 1989 film, "The

STAND-UP COMEDY ON THE HILL

Heathers." Heather, Heather and Heather,

Hillcrest Center of the Arts

the hottest and cruelest girls in all of Ohio,

This monthly series presents a new

meet their match when misfit Veronica

lineup of professional comics every

Sawyer rejects their evil regime. Directed

month! Local comedian Jason Love

Broadcast Journalist Ted Koppel is the

by Timothy Reese. $20/$15 students &

produces a top-tier show, bring-

longest-serving news anchor in U.S.

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ing some of Hollywood's funniest

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J A N U A RY

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anchor for ABC's Nightline, from 1980

an enchanting home in the Malibu hills,

until his retirement in 2005. With his

where the grass is golf course green,

trademark wisdom, wit and superb sto-

Alex, an unemployed actor, works for the

rytelling, Koppel shares historical and

lady of the house in her basement mall,

THE TEMPTATIONS

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and wow, does he have a story to tell!

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Fred Kavli Theatre

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The New West Symphony presents

house has propelled the Temptations

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PARTING THOUGHTS ARTICLE KIM PAGANO

Balance & Purpose Promote Health & Well-Being WHEN I THINK OF HEALTH AND WELLNESS, I THINK OF SELF-PRESERVATION. I used to think that we were all indispensable for the most part, until I realized that is just not true. If you have ever had an illness creep up on you, then you know you don't have total control of it. What you do have is control of your surroundings at home and at work. However, without realizing it, things can get out of control. When my mother passed away, I was not ready to release all of her things that reminded me of her and all the memories I had with her during my childhood. It's been almost two years now and saving these things has made my life feel cluttered. I have learned that instead of saving all the personal items from my mom, I can choose the most memorable items and pictures to save, because the memories with my mom will always be there in my heart to cherish. To preserve your own health, it is important not to take on more than you can handle. This is a huge lesson learned from someone like myself who loves having her fingers in lots of projects and businesses. I have always felt like an energy bunny because I routinely take on new projects. I have realized that taking on too many tasks can lead to spreading yourself too thin, which results in more stress. With the many incredible guests over the years that I have had on my show, I’ve learned so many lessons—the most important being that life is what you make it. Starting your day in a positive way, planning your success and strategizing your life and your decisions sets you on the right path toward living your best life. I have also learned to always be mindful of the people you allow in your life. Are they lifting you up or pulling you down? This is important to know because we usually end up being like the people we surround ourselves with. Are you being kind to yourself? Sometimes it's not anyone else bringing us down, but maybe our own experiences are creating automatic negative thoughts in our heads. Fall in love with yourself, cherish your body and your gifts, and most importantly, don’t forget about your purpose that you bring to this universe. Lastly, being grateful for all the things that we have in our lives is very important because it can all slip away as fast as it comes. So when you rest your head at night, take a moment to reflect on how you've spent your day and if you are spending it in a wise way. Know you’re worth it and remind yourself that you are perfect just the way you are! Wishing you a Happy, Healthy & Prosperous New Year! Listen to the Kim Pagano Show Saturdays from 6-8 a.m. on 1590 KVTA, visit KimPaganoShow.com or tune in to her podcast at iTunes/The Kim Pagano Show for inspiration. 58

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