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It’s 2018 and if one of your New Year Resolutions is to sell your home in 2018, then NOW is the time to call Rosemary! It just takes one simple call or text to Rosemary to put you in the hands of one of the most trusted and highly respected Realtors in the country to help you

WHY WOULD YOU SETTLE FOR LESS THAN THE BEST WHEN IT COMES TO SELLING YOUR LARGEST ASSET? Rosemary has set the standard for excellence throughout her career and is truly a legend. Her vision and reputation as a trend-setter in the science of marketing Southern California’s finest estates, established her as one of the most innovative leaders in real estate. Rosemary’s numerous honors and accolades include recognition in the Wall Street Journal as one of the top selling 250 individual real estate professionals in the USA. Premier placement in Internet search engines and full color advertisements in local magazines allows Rosemary’s listing to be seen by thousands of prospective buyers each month.

MAKE THE CALL TODAY! 805 479-7653

call/text: 805.479.7653 email: rosemaryallison@aol.com or view more properties on-line at www.callrosemary.com ©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. If your property is currently listed for sale, this is not intended as a solicitation. CalBRE Lic # 00545184.


LIFESTYLE LETTER

FEBRUARY 2018 PUBLISHER

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

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

Adrienne Wigdortz Anderson, Alicia Doyle, Tracy Marcynzsyn, Kim Pagano, Jeff Runyan

Home Is Where the Art Is...

CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS

Lien Corbin, Ed Krieger, Ben Malkin, Kitti McMeel, Alberto Santillan, Robert Yeager

WE HAVE LIVED IN WESTLAKE VILLAGE SINCE 2004. As the years have passed, when it came down to easy access to performing arts and entertainment, we have found ourselves increasingly challenged by traffic on the 101. Anytime we wanted to go to Los Angeles for theater, music, museums, dining, sports or shopping, it was difficult. An evening of world-class jazz at the Catalina Bar & Grill in Hollywood often included an overnight stay at a nearby hotel. Ridiculous if you consider the fact that Hollywood is only 30 miles away. Not ridiculous if you want to enjoy yourself and avoid a two-hour crawl into Hollywood. Bottom line is that we do not go that often anymore. Unfortunately, I no longer get to see Tierney Sutton, Arturo Sandoval or other jazz artists I so very much enjoy. I don’t remember the last time I was at the Hollywood Bowl, the Music Center or the Pantages. Too bad, since I love musical theater, ballet and much of what those fine venues have to offer. Rather than continue complaining, it’s time to live and enjoy life locally. The Conejo Valley,

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Malibu and Pacific Palisades, the communities we serve with our Lifestyle magazines, have a great deal to offer. Pepperdine University offers full seasons of diverse entertainment at their

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Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza has multiple venues offering a broad array of choices, especially from their resident companies Pacific Festival Ballet, 5-Star Theatricals and New West Symphony. Getting down to a smaller scale, we live in (or at least near) Los Angeles, a world-class entertainment capital. Excellent musicians can be found in our communities every week, for example, at Bogies or at the NABU Wines

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tasting room, where I was recently blown away by the incredible guitar work of the Paul McCallum Jazz Trio and the 70’s blues and rock of the Vinyl Gypsies. We still need to trek into L.A. for museums, a must-see show like “Hamilton” or a visit to the new Eataly in Century City. But there are many choices right here. So, save some gas and mileage and relax and enjoy what our communities have to offer. ALABAMA | ARIZONA | CALIFORNIA | COLORADO | FLORIDA | GEORGIA | IDAHO ILLINOIS | KANSAS | MARYLAND | MICHIGAN | MINNESOTA | MISSOURI | MONTANA NEVADA | NORTH CAROLINA | OHIO | OKLAHOMA | OREGON | SOUTH CAROLINA TENNESSEE | TEXAS | UTAH | VIRGINIA | WASHINGTON

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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.

Put the Power of the MLS at your fingertips

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

Rosemary will NEVER sell your personal information!

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


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

Santa Rosa Valley estate home reminiscent of Monticello

1850 FREEBORN | SANTA ROSA VALLEY, CA www.1850freeborn.com | Offered at only $1,990,000

Santa Rosa Valley estate home reminiscent of Monticello with dramatic columns that frame the entry doors and showcase the lush landscaping surrounding the entry. Elegant six-bedroom, 7 bath home, formal dining room with the finest Zuber Wallpaper Scenic Murals, step down living room. Dedicated office. The entire floorplan is on one level except for two secondary bedrooms which are upstairs. There is an abundance of windows allowing bright sunlight to flood the formal spaces. The spacious informal living areas include a large hobby/study room. An elegant stepped ceiling, accented by moldings, lends a finishing touch to the living room. The open arrangement of the kitchen, leisure room and nook provide a continuum of space that is roomy, yet comfortable. The leisure room of the Monticello plan boasts an appealing large fireplace with hearth, built-in entertainment center with doors leading to outdoor patio and pastoral view. The master suite of the Monticello plan encompasses a sitting area, direct access to home office, two walk-in closets and a large bathroom with marble shower and luxurious bath. This floorplan has approximately 6800 square feet of living area., a swimming pool, sports court and five car garage. Offered at $1,990,000

Put the Power of the MLS at your fingertips

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

Rosemary will NEVER sell your personal information!

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


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 inďŹ nity 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

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

Rosemary will NEVER sell your personal information!

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


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!

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


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

709 VIA TERRADO | CAMARILLO 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 FEBRUARY 2018

FEATURES 26 Art Scene Nonprofits Unite to Spotlight Love

30 Conejo Creates Arts Council Advocates Creative Ventures

34 Curtain Call Retirement Rouses Local’s Penchant for Plays

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38 Share the Love Valentine’s Food & Festivities to Sweeten Up Your Day

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DEPARTMENTS

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Lifestyle Letter

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Good Times

22 Around Town 24 Giving Back 26 Local Limelight 42 Financial Buzz 44 Legal Compass 46 Our Town 48 Inspired By 50 Lifestyle Calendar 54 Parting Thoughts


GOOD TIMES

Malibu AVA Highlights Local Vineyards A Sunday afternoon of tasting wines from our wonderful local wineries from the Malibu Coast AVA. Why drive or fly hundreds of miles when we have great wine in our own backyard? PHOTOGRAPHY BY BEN MALKIN

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GOOD TIMES

Getting into the Spirit Folks from around the Conejo Valley and Santa Rosa Valley communities shared the joy of the Christmas season. PHOTOGRAPHY BY BEN MALKIN

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GOOD TIMES

Local Angels Raise Funds for Animals Animal lovers gathered in the hills of Malibu for the 1st annual benefit for Veterinary Angels' The Little Angels Project and their rescue partners. Proceeds go toward helping animals in need. PHOTOGRAPHY BY BEN MALKIN 

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AROUND TOWN

LIGHTS, CAMERA, LIONS!

Selected wine from Malibu and Napa Valley

from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Stagecoach Inn Museum,

are featured in a Valentine’s Day-inspired wine

51 South Ventu Park Road in Newbury Park, ani-

tasting at NABU Wines in Westlake Village. On

mal actor trainers Hubert Wells and Doree Sitterly,

Feb. 10, for a special price of $20, guests can

and SWI's Steve Mehren discuss Conejo Valley's

taste six varieties, including wines from both

long history with exotic animals, from Jungleland to

Napa and Malibu. Guests will also receive a

Moorpark College's Exotic Animal Training Program.

long-stemmed red rose and enjoy Custom

The event features behind the scenes photos and

Cupcakes by Sarah. Reservations not required.

film clips, live animals and a book-signing with

NABU Wines is located at 2649 Townsgate Rd,

Hubert. Free. StagecoachInnMuseum.com

#200, in Westlake Village. NABUWines.com

TORCH SONGS & TRANSFORMATION

NOW SCREENING

Loving on the Edge is a one-day workshop

The 33rd Santa Barbara International Film

with a musical twist designed to help participants

Festival showcases films, tributes and sympo-

move from fear to love in relationship. Westlake

siums through Feb. 10. Featuring 200+ of the

Village author and life coach with a Master's in

best independent and international films, the

Marriage and Family Therapy Sophie Venable

SBIFF draws some 90,000 attendees. Driven

invites men, women, singles and couples of

by its mission to engage, enrich and inspire the

all ages to this fun-filled day of Torch Songs &

community through film, the nonprofit arts and

Transformation focused on creating and main-

education organization operates year-round to

taining healthy love relationships.

make a positive impact utilizing the power of

“I am excited to bring over 1,000 people together

film. Events include Super Silent Sunday, fea-

to talk about courageous love and to learn what

turing free screenings of classic silent films with

makes relationships truly work. My intention is to

live musical accompaniment on the Arlington

give people the tools and vocabulary they need

Theatre’s 1928 Wonder Morton Pipe Organ—one

in order to communicate what they need so that

of only five still in existence; and the presenta-

they can keep their lives and their relationships

tion of the 2018 Cinema Vanguard Award on Feb.

EXPANSIVE,” says Venable, who is also a jazz

1. Willem Dafoe will be honored for his remark-

singer. “Music gives us permission to indulge our

able role in Sean Baker’s “ The Florida Project,”

emotions... to process our heart sing and our heart-

an A24 Films release, which opened in October

break. The music will be there to remind us of the

to critical acclaim. For showtimes and more

timelessness of matters-of-the-heart and to give us

information, visit SBIFF.org.

common ground for our one-day pow-wow.” Loving on the Edge takes place Feb. 3, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Alex Theatre in Glendale. Call 818.243.2359 for

MARK YOUR CALENDAR! Upcoming performances you won’t want to miss

more. LovingOnTheEdgeWorkshop.com

take place next month at various venues:

GO RED!

"Sound of Music" Spring Musical, 7 to 9:30 p.m. at

Join local women advocating for more research

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WINE & ROSES

In “Memoirs of a Real-Life Dr. Doolittle,” on Feb. 4,

March 7-11: Oaks Christian students present the the Bedrosian Pavilion. OaksChristian.org

for women’s heart health at the Ventura Go Red

March 8-18: Moorpark College Theatre Arts

For Women Luncheon, Friday, Feb. 16, at the Four

students present “A Comedy Of Errors,” Thursday

Seasons Westlake Village. The luncheon features

through Saturday at 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m.

Helena Foulkes, president of CVS Pharmacy and

MoorparkCollege.edu/PAC

EVP of CVS Health, as the Inaugural National Chair

March 10: Superstar violinist Pinchas Zukerman

of Go Red for Women, guest speakers, local ven-

and cellist Amanda Forsyth will solo with the New

dors and more. “Together we can prevent heart

West Symphony with a program that includes a

disease and stroke,” as an estimated 80% of cardiac

Vivaldi concerto for violin and cello as well as solo

events may be prevented with education and life-

works for both instruments by Couperin, Haydn and

style changes. GoRedForWomen.org

Beethoven. NewWestSymphony.org

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GIVING BACK

ARTICLE TRACY MARCYNZSYN

6TH ANNUAL MILITARY TRIBUTE GALA:

Showing Soldiers "We Care"

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IN HONOR OF THE MILLIONS OF AFGHANISTAN WAR VETERANS AND ALL THE BRAVE VETERANS WHO HAVE SERVED OUR COUNTRY WITH HONOR, THE 6TH ANNUAL MILITARY TRIBUTE GALA TAKES PLACE THIS MONTH, FEB. 24, AT THE RONALD REAGAN PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY. “By sending one of our care packages, we are telling our enlisted soldiers, ‘We are in this together, no matter how far apart we may be,’” says Gala Chairwoman Rosemary Allison, Coldwell Banker realtor and proud “Medal of Honor” event sponsor with For The Troops, a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization that sends care packages to members of the U.S. Military serving abroad. To date, For The Troops has sent over 185,000 “We Care” packages containing basic necessities, goodies and games to soldiers serving in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Kuwait, Africa and other deployed locations. “Being a Medal of Honor sponsor of this gallant enterprise provides a sense that we are helping to bring some home comforts to those who are defending our nation,” says Rosemary, acknowledging the sacrifices made by millions of families serving abroad to protect our country. “While here at home we fill our days engaging in personal activities and spending quality time with our families, few of us stop to realize that since the twin wars of Afghanistan and Iraq began in 2001, over 2.5 million people have served—a third of them have been deployed for up to five tours of duty. In the words of Paul Rieckhoff, the chief executive officer of the Iraq and Afghanistan Vets of America: ‘When I say 2.5 million people have served in Iraq and Afghanistan, jaws drop...’ I don’t think they appreciate how many people have served, and particularly the number who have had repeated deployments. You’ve had an unprecedented demand on a small population,” she adds. Brightening up the lives of soldiers serving abroad, For The Troops’ “We Care” packages include useful items like socks, aspirin, pens and paper, toothpaste and food or snacks

TROOPS WISH LIST + athletic socks, black, brown or white + letters of appreciation to the troops from children and adults + tax deductible monetary donations for postage + non-prescription medication: aspirin/ibuprofen, eye drops, foot powder, cold/allergy medications (due to postal regulations, no

“BY SENDING ONE OF OUR CARE

aerosol containers can be mailed) + baby wipes, hand sanitizer

PACKAGES, WE ARE TELLING OUR

+ granola power bars, oatmeal

ENLISTED SOLDIERS, ‘WE ARE IN

+ tuna, chicken, chili, stew

THIS TOGETHER, NO MATTER HOW

+ dried fruit, raisins, nuts + gum, candy, hard candy + chocolate candy (Sept.-April)

FAR APART WE MAY BE,’” SAYS GALA

+ presweetened powdered drink mix,

CHAIRWOMAN ROSEMARY ALLISON,

+ coffee or tea, individual size

individual size

COLDWELL BANKER REALTOR AND

+ cotton swabs, loofahs

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such as peanut butter, applesauce, trail mix and more. To donate items, see the Wish List in the sidebar. To help cover the cost of shipping these “We Care” boxes, this year’s Gala event aims to raise $125,000, a six-month freight commitment. The night of honoring Afghanistan War veterans and recognizing all veterans includes dinner, live entertainment and live and silent auctions. Event sponsors include Logix Federal Credit Union, Gold Coast Health Plan, Amgen, HSP Direct, Union Bank and Frazier Aviation.

+ beef jerky (no pork), snack size + applesauce, fruit cups, snack size + dried Asian noodles, soup + DVDs, CDs, crosswords, puzzle books + magazines, newspapers, comics + stationery items, pens, greeting cards + hygiene products/feminine hygiene products, tubes of sunblock, toothpaste To donate, send checks to: FOR THE TROOPS, P.O. Box 12, Simi Valley, California 93062 or online at ForTheTroops.org. To request a care package for an enlisted soldier, provide their information at ForTheTroops.org.

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Art Trio Joins Forces to Celebrate Love ARTICLE TRACY MARCYNZSYN

THREE LOCAL ARTS ORGANIZATIONS MAKE MUSICAL HISTORY THIS MONTH WITH THEIR FIRST EVER COLLABORATION, “MUSIC OF THE NIGHT: LOVE CHANGES EVERYTHING,” AN EVENING OF RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN AND ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER. The brainchild of 5-Star Theatricals Director Will North, this epic event features Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Resident Companies 5-Star Theatricals, Pacific Festival Ballet and New West Symphony performing together on Saturday, Feb. 10 at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. “All three companies have been the resident companies of the Civic Arts Plaza for 23 years and have never collaborated before. It’s a synergistic partnership,” says New West Symphony Executive Director Natalia Staneva. “This is the first time in the history of the Plaza and our organizations where live ballet, orchestra and musical theatre come together.” The vision for the show originated over a year ago when North took the helm at Cabrillo. "I was surprised the three companies had never worked together,” says North, who resolved to “work not only collaboratively but in a way that is symbiotic for all three companies, with relation to introducing ourselves to each other’s audience bases and building off of the talents and amazing professionalism and product we each bring to the table.” North collaborated with Staneva and Pacific Festival Ballet’s Kim Maselli to bring their vision to fruition. “We hope this is the beginning of many more to come,” adds North. 5-Star’s Dan Redfeld music directs and conducts the inaugural collaboration, featuring popular numbers from “Cats,” “South Pacific,” “The Sound of Music” and more. The outstanding vocalists representing 5-Star Theatricals include Tony-nominee Susan Egan and Tony winner Anthony Crivello, while Pacific Festival Ballet professional dancers and Broadway-credited choreographers co-star in this performance accompanied by the masterful sounds of the New West Symphony.

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“This performance will inspire community residents of all ages and celebrate love just in time to delight you on Valentine's Day weekend,� adds Staneva.

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Laura Dickinson

Adam Hollick

Anthony Crivello

THEATRE

Susan Egan

Sorensen, fulfilling their vision of bringing a

5-Star Theatricals, formerly Cabrillo Music

world-class regional ballet company to the

Theatre, is an Ovation Award-winning musi-

Conejo Valley. With a passion for the arts and

cal theatre production company and nonprofit

dance education, these professional women

theatre organization. Their Broadway-quality

created a foundation of cultivating local talent

productions have enriched the cultural lives

and introducing ballet to the community at

of residents of all ages for three decades.

large. PFB presents classic and original full-

Representing 5-Star Theatricals are

length ballets, emphasizing the importance

Susan Egan, known for her powerful

of integrating regional dancers with profes-

impressions in theatre, film, television and

sional artists. Guest performers from New

music, and Tony winner Anthony Crivello.

York City Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, American

Also featured are Laura Dickinson, of

Ballet Theatre, San Francisco Ballet and

“Phineas and Ferb”; Adam Hollick, whose

Pacific Northwest Ballet often grace the

credits include Conrad Birdie in “Bye Bye

Kavli stage with their extraordinary abilities.

Birdie”; and Kristi L. Holden, who starred

“I feel the importance of bringing world-

in “Phantom of the Opera” in Las Vegas.

class artists into our company and commu-

5StarTheatricals.com

nity,” says Kim Maselli, artistic director of Pacific Festival Ballet. “Sharing the stage

MUSIC The New West Symphony’s professional local musicians perform major works from the symphonic repertoire with international-

with dance celebrities pushes everyone to new levels and the excitement, both on and off stage, is contagious.” This

February

collaboration

brings

ly-acclaimed artists as guest soloists. Some

Broadway and ballet credited choreogra-

tenured orchestra members are Oscar and

phers Jonathan Sharp, Jonalyn Saxer and

GRAMMY® nominated artists and can be

Randall Graham to the forefront as they

heard on myriad film soundtracks, from

set the timeless ballet sequences from

“Jurassic Park” to “La La Land.” Founded

“Carousel” and “Oklahoma!” as well as

in 1995, the New West Symphony presents

the riveting Jellicle Ball from “CATS.” “MUSIC OF THE NIGHT:

six Masterpiece Series concerts annually

“To set the Carousel pas de deux which I

and provides outreach and educational

danced on Broadway goes full circle for me,”

LOVE CHANGES EVERYTHING”

opportunities for the communities it serves.

states Jonathan Sharp. PacFestBallet.org

An evening of Rodgers & Hammerstein

For “Music of the Night: Love Changes Every-

Saturday, Feb. 10, 7 p.m.

thing” tickets and showtimes, visit the Thou-

Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza

sand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Box Office, 2100

2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks

Thousand Oaks Blvd., or call 800.745.3000.

For tickets, call 800.745.3000

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ARTICLE ALICIA DOYLE ESTABLISHED IN 1969, THE ARTS COUNCIL OF THE CONEJO VALLEY CONTINUES TO THIS DAY OPERATING ON ONE CENTRAL GOAL: TO STRENGTHEN THE CULTURAL COMMUNITY OF THE CONEJO VALLEY REGION. “The Arts Council of the Conejo Valley is over 50 years old; it originally began by Dr. Adams, who taught at California Lutheran University,” says Council President Patricia Johnson, of Westlake Village. “He saw a need for the arts to grow and thrive in the Conejo.

ARTS COUNCIL

Hopefully, we continue and improve on his view of the future.”

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JOINING FORCES The Arts Council of the Conejo Valley, an umbrella organization for nonprofit cultural and art groups, has a history of successful partnerships in the community. It has joined forces and worked toward a common goal with three major partners—the City of Thousand Oaks, the Conejo Recreation and Park District and the Conejo Valley Unified School District. Membership in the council allows groups to rent rooms at the Hillcrest Center for a reduced price. It also assists members with marketing through a bimonthly Arts Scene newsletter, access to email blasts, and mention of their activities on the council’s website, ConejoArts.org. Additionally, “they are welcome to attend lectures and workshops to help grow and enhance their organizations,” Johnson says.

MUSIC & THEATRE The Arts Council’s predominant role in the community includes working with the Conejo Recreation and Park District’s Cultural Program to sponsor the Music in the Schools, as well as the All District Music Festival. “We hire the teachers and handle their payments,” Johnson explains. “We also sponsor the Young Artists Ensemble which allows youth to get professional instruction in stage performing via their many productions.”

THE GALLERIA The Arts Council also curates a number of shows for visual artists. For instance, “we curate five shows a year in the Galleria at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts,” Johnson says. “Everything from fabric, to oil, watercolor and mixed media appear so the artists can be seen, appreciated and hopefully sell.” In the spring, the annual May Open Show is designed for any visual artist, 18 years old and up, to show and sell their work. “We also give cash awards as determined by judges in each of the categories,” Johnson says. In January, the Arts Council sponsors the “Hang with the Best” art show, open to all students 6th through 12th grade.  “Again, we offer cash prizes as determined by our judges,” says Johnson, further noting artwork is accepted through February 7. “I am always amazed at what the students can do. Some are truly talented and follow through on their art education.” In other local efforts, the Arts Council collaborates with UBS Financial Services to curate four shows a year at their offices. “I wish more companies in our area would also get involved with hosting art shows,” Johnson adds. “Clients enjoy the shows and the artists gain more recognition.”

CONEJO COTTONTAILS The Arts Council also collaborates with Art Trek in Conejo Public Art with its current project, Conejo Cottontails. These 5-foot-6-inch-tall fiberglass rabbits are painted by professional artists and purchased by local businesses and organizations and displayed for the public to enjoy. CONTINUED >

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Why Cottontail Rabbits? In the 1800s, a Spanish governor granted 48,000 acres of land to two loyal soldiers—one who named his property Rancho El Conejo—thus becoming the basis of the Conejo Valley. Conejo means “rabbit” in Spanish, of which there are likely some tens of thousands living today throughout the valley. Conejo Cottontails can be viewed at The Shoppes in Westlake, Cancer Support Center in Thousand Oaks, CRPD’s various events, the Goebel Adult Community Center and Stonehaus at Westlake Inn. Additionally, a Touchdown Rabbit purchased by the Los Angeles Rams sits at the Promenade in Westlake. “Currently, an artist is working on one for the Westlake Golf Course,” Johnson says. “There is also a rabbit on the grounds of the Civic Arts Plaza which was donated to the city by the Brooks family in honor of their mother, who originally thought of this project before ill health brought it to a halt.”  “We envision rabbits all over the Conejo and would like to see the Auto Mall, hotels and the Oaks get on board,” adds Johnson, further noting that the proceeds from this project pay for art classes for seniors and elementary schools.

LEGACY FUND In its latest endeavor, the Arts Council’s newest project is its Legacy Fund, which is strictly for scholarships for college-age visual and performing art students. “Encouraging the arts creates a vibrant, energetic, cultured community,” Johnson says. “It allows for the spirit of a person to be expressed in performance and visual art.” Currently, the Arts Council of the Conejo Valley has about 300 individuals supporting its work, along with 60 nonprofit organizations. “We need more so that the current programs and many more can be done,” Johnson says. “We want to sponsor workshops and lectures; to present more events spotlighting social and community issues. These all take money and person power.” Individual dues are $35 a year, and the groups’ fee is $60.  “Of course, donations are always appreciated,” Johnson says.

JOIN THE BOARD The Arts Council is seeking additional board members; meetings are the second Wednesday of the month at 6 p.m. at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts. “Our present board is a hardworking group with each in charge of a specific project,” Johnson says. “I would hate to ignore a project because we have a lack of person power.” Above all, members of the Arts Council of the Conejo Valley love art—both visual and performing. “In fact, some of our board members are professional artists,” Johnson says. “As for me, I’ve been singing in Village Voices Chorale for 30 years and my husband for close to 40 years. It gives us joy, improves our breathing, provides a social contact and with concerts, allows us to share the beautiful music.”  All of our lives are affected by art—from commercial to computer graphics to plays to concerts to admiring the skill of a gifted artist, Johnson adds.  “It allows our souls to grow,” she says. “Come join us in this valued endeavor.” For more information, call 805.381.1244 or visit ConejoArts.org.

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Local Playwright Discovers Passion at a Later Stage in Life George Corbin

ARTICLE ADRIENNE WIGDORTZ ANDERSON

GEORGE CORBIN DIDN’T RETIRE WHEN HE RETIRED. He left State Farm in 2004 after working for 37 years in leadership positions, including Director of

Human

Resources.

But

the

Thousand Oaks resident isn’t the type to spend retirement parked in a Barcalounger glued to the TV set. He has always been active—traveling with his college sweetheart and wife of 50 years, Lien, and, until recently, staying in shape with tennis. Corbin, 74, has also been involved in community affairs for years, particularly in education. Credits include PTA president when his now-adult daughter attended Thousand Oaks High School, co-designer of the curriculum for Ventura County Leadership Academy and member of the California Lutheran University School of Business, Board of Counselors. So it was no surprise he went on to teach HR classes at Cal State Northridge and later CLU, where for 10 years he was an adjunct professor in the Business Department. Corbin only resigned because of health issues. What was unexpected was the left turn he took onto a path he’d never considered. “I had an idea for a story and thought it would work best as a play,” says Corbin, who had no previous background in drama or writing. “It was about a group of black fraternity brothers who, 30 years after graduating, are at a remote African resort where they’re threatened by dangerous ‘boy soldiers.’ It was never staged, but it started me on my journey as a playwright.” 34

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Corbin, who is African-American and a native of Bermuda, graduated Penn State University in 1965 as a Psychology major. With no training as a writer, he realized he was out of his depth. “I enjoyed the process but didn’t know what I was doing,” he laughs. In 2010, Corbin enrolled in a playwriting workshop at the Robey Theatre Company in Los Angeles. The theatre is named for the great black actor, Paul Robeson. “The class was energizing,” says Corbin, who took three sessions, every Saturday, for over five years. “Students were creative and came from all backgrounds—from a PhD to a former gang member.” The workshop provided a place to explore concepts and to critique each others’ plays in a supportive way. “We also met with a dramaturge on a one-to-one basis, and at the end of a session, actors gave readings of our work.” The first play he tackled at the Robey was “Thunderclouds,” about the Cherokee Freedmen controversy. “After the Civil War, black slaves owned by the Cherokee and other Native Americans in the Southeast were emancipated and given tribal citizenship by the United States government,” says Corbin. “In the 1980s, the Cherokee Nation changed the rule, recognizing only those descendants of the Freedmen who proved to be Cherokee by blood. The case went to court.” The play wasn’t produced but did have a reading at Moments Playhouse in Los Angeles. A prolific author, he has written 15 short plays, nine performed at festivals, and seven fulllength plays, two of which have been professionally produced. And while not all of his works are based on historical events, such as his first produced play, “Sabado Mornings,” about finding love in middle age, Corbin likes to shine a light on obscure episodes in history. “These stories played a significant role in our country’s evolution, but few are aware of them,” he says. His most recent work, “The Daughters of the Kush,” was performed at the Stella Adler Theatre in Hollywood this past October. Inspired by a true event, it is set in 1963 during the Civil Rights movement at a black sorority, Kappa Lambda Nu, also known as The Daughters of the Kush. A white, Jewish pledge ends up dead. The campus police must figure out if it was an accident or suicide. The idea for the story came to him from a newspaper article about the 2002 drowning deaths of two Cal State LA students in what was speculated to have been a hazing ritual while pledging a black sorority. The sisters closed ranks and didn’t willingly cooperate with the investigation. “Hazing isn’t new, the thing that triggered my interest was the detective’s comments,” says Corbin. “The detective looking into the incident for one of the student’s family, said, ‘I’ve had an easier time infiltrating street gangs than penetrating this organization.’” Like in the real-life incident, the sisters in the play decide to protect their sorority from scandal and lawsuits. The play isn’t just a whodunnit, says Corbin. There are deeper issues. “There’s the moral question about loyalty to your group, in this case, the tribal connection to the sorority, versus doing the right thing,” he says.

A scene from the play.

Another point to consider is how one powerful, influential individual can hijack the best of us and the best of an organization. “You need to keep a watchful eye and act if there’s a deviation from ethical behavior. But most people just go along to get along,” he says. “The choice sounds easy in the abstract but not in reality.” The play also brings up racial bias. “Here it is, over 50 years since I graduated from Penn State. If you had told me this was still going on, I wouldn’t have believed you,” he says, describing recent racist incidents on college campuses. CONTINUED >

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In his play, it’s Clara, one of the black sorority sisters who is prejudiced against the white pledge for personal reasons. “It would’ve been too easy to set it up the other way around,” he explains. “The Daughters of the Kush” was developed at the Robey Theatre and then had a reading at the Towne Street Theatre in L.A. Its director, Veronica Thompson, is affiliated with Towne Street and had directed Corbin’s short play “Galveston,” about the immigration port known as the “Ellis Island of the West” during the turn of the last century. Mel Johnson of Moments Playhouse served as consultant, and Corbin took on the additional role of producer. “I learned a lot about mounting a play,” Corbin says. “I oversaw everything from the publicity to helping choose the cast.” At the advice of several people in the film industry, Corbin is turning “The Daughters of the Kush” into a screenplay. “I also have another play ready to go about the housing covenants in Los Angeles if someone can come up with the money,” he says. Corbin enjoys using his imagination, writing dialogue and connecting what seem like disparate elements into an interesting story. “I’m not a golfer,” he says. “Some people have a mid-life crisis and get a sports car. I’d rather be in a coffee shop with my laptop.” What he finds most gratifying is seeing his creation brought to life on stage and observing how directors and actors interpret his words and characters in ways he never thought of before. His family is proud of him and noted of

he

careers:

holds

the

Personnel

three

P’s

Director,

Professor and Playwright. Corbin isn’t the only one to flex a creative muscle in retirement. Lien, a former elementary school teacher, has become an artist.

“Just find your passion and go for it,” Corbin says. “What do you have to lose? The key is to learn something new and enjoy yourself.” 36

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Valentine's Food & Fun ARTICLE ALICIA DOYLE

ARE YOU LOOKING FOR SOMETHING FUN TO DO FOR VALENTINE’S DAY? Restaurants and venues throughout the Conejo Valley and beyond offer special events for sweethearts seeking a romantic experience, including wine and chocolate tastings and dinner dances. Here’s a glimpse of Valentine’s Day activities to choose from.

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VALENTINE'S DAY BRUNCH & SWEETHEART'S DINNER

Parmigiana and Wood Oven Roasted Filet Mignon Bordelaise.

Aroha New Zealand Cuisine & Bar is offering two special cel-

desserts, coffee and herb teas.

ebrations: a Valentine's Day Brunch and Sweetheart's Dinner.

RUSTICO RESTAURANT

Guests can enjoy a romantic brunch with their loved ones under

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Aroha’s shade-sails beside indoor and outdoor waterfalls. This

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prix fixe Valentine's Day Brunch menu offers a selection of bev-

Guests can also choose from an assortment of house made

Benedict, cinnamon crusted French toast, New Zealand veni-

SWEETHEART SUNDAY AT STAGECOACH INN MUSEUM

son sausage and Pavlova, the national dessert of New Zealand.

On Feb. 12 from 1 to 4 p.m., the Stagecoach Inn Museum in

An à la carte menu is available as well as gluten-free, vegetarian

Newbury Park will host Sweetheart Sunday. Guests can par-

and dairy-free options for every course. Seating is limited. To

take in photo opportunities in the gardens and a trunk full of

make a reservation, visit ArohaRestaurant.com.

costume hats and accessories will be available. This event is

erages, main courses and desserts, including mimosas, Eggs

AROHA RESTAURANT

very popular, so guests are encouraged to arrive early and

30990 Russell Ranch Rd., Unit C, Westlake Village

plan to use the cell phone camera or your photo devices. This

805.405.5054

event will also feature a Victorian romance speaker, Andrea

WINE & ROSES AT NABU WINES

Tice, who helped to curate the Victorian Jewelry exhibit at the Museum. Tice is considered an expert on the romantic

NABU Wines in Westlake Village will host two Valentine’s events

use of various media for remembrances in Victorian times.

a little bit early, on Feb. 10 and 11. Wine tastings are $20 for six

For instance, women often used portions of their long hair to

varieties, including wines from both Napa and Malibu. Guests

create amazing jewelry and art pieces—these were meant to

in attendance will receive a long-stemmed red rose. Custom

convey their deep bond with the men who were part of their

Cupcakes by Sarah will be served. No reservations required.

lives—men who went off to war, who travelled and were not

NABU WINES

home, and who were special members of the British society.

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Museum admission is a suggested donation of $4 for adults;

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$4 for seniors 62 and older; $4 for youths 13 to 21; $2 for chil-

PETRA MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE

dren 5 to 12; and free for children under age 5. STAGECOACH INN MUSEUM

Petra Mediterranean Cuisine in Thousand Oaks will feature

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live entertainment this Valentine’s Day. This casual dining restaurant offers Greek, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern

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PETRA MEDITERRANEAN

THE DINNER DETECTIVE VALENTINE’S DAY SHOW

3731 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks

The Dinner Detective, considered America’s largest interac-

805.497.6767

tive murder mystery dinner show, will present a Valentine’s

cuisine. For more details, call 805.497.6767.

VALENTINE'S DAY AT RUSTICO RISTORANTE ITALIANO A special menu is planned for Valentine’s Day at Rustico

Day Show on Feb. 10 from 6 to 9 p.m. at The Gardens at Los Robles Greens. Tickets are $64.95 plus 10% taxes and service fees. Dinner selections include chicken, fish and vegetarian entrees. For reservations, visit TheDinnerDetective.com.

Ristorante Italiano, located in a very special neighborhood

THE DINNER DETECTIVE

Trattoria nestled below the North Ranch Mountain Range.

299 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks

Appetizers include Frittura Mista Tutto Mare, which are golden

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fried calamari, shrimp and sanddabs strips with arrabbiata sauce; Ahi Tuna Tartar and Shrimp Tempura Tower, Heirloom tomato salad with creamy burrata, Imported Bresaola Carpaccio, and Kale and Brussels Sprout with Manchego cheese, dried cranberry, roasted almonds, lemon dijon dressing. A range of entrees will also be offered, including Orecchiette with "Francesca's" Meat Balls, Squid Ink Tagliolini, Lobster and Romanesco Broccoli, Fresh Mediterranean Branzino Fillet, Fresh Charcoal Broiled Skuna Bay Vancouver Salmon Fillet, Oven Roasted Chicken Breast Valdostana or Milanese or

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VALENTINE’S DAY AT TWISTED OAK TAVERN Twisted Oak Tavern in Agoura Hills will host a Valentine’s Day event on Feb. 14 from 5 to 10 p.m. Established in 2015, Twisted Oak Tavern is a distinctive gastropub and brewery offering a fresh twist on the classic tavern concept. Menu items include chicken and waffle bites, buffalo cauliflower, grilled ribeye and miso salmon. Guests can also make selections from the Twisted Oak Tavern’s bar, which was voted the best beer bar in California. Reservations are recommended for the Valentine’s Day event. TWISTED OAK TAVERN 30105 Agoura Road, Agoura Hills 818.735.0091

WINE & DINE The Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village will host a Wine and Dine event on Feb. 14 at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $65 per person, and includes dinner, a recipe and wine. Guests can cultivate the art of moderation with gourmet small plates and perfect wine pairings. This is considered a great social event for date night, special events or solo. FOUR SEASONS Two Dole Drive, Westlake Village 818.575.3000

11TH ANNUAL SWEETHEART’S DINNER & DANCE The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley will host the 11th Annual Sweetheart’s Dinner and Dance on Feb. 14 from 6 to 10 p.m. This event will feature an elegant evening under the wings of Air Force One. Guests will dine at intimate tables for two and enjoy a complimentary glass of champagne. There will be reserved and preferred table seating available for groups of four or more. Guests will be served a delicious three-course meal by professional wait staff while listening to live music. A professional photographer will be available to commemorate this special Valentine’s Day. Upon conclusion of the evening, each couple will receive a complimentary red rose to take with them. Tickets are $195 per couple (includes tax and gratuity) and reservations must be made by Feb. 8 at 8 a.m. Cocktail attire is suggested. For reservations, visit ReaganFoundation.org. REAGAN FOUNDATION 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley 805.577.4057

WINES & CHOCOLATES CLASS If you’re willing to make a short drive across the Conejo Grade, head over to the Labyrinth Winery in Ventura for a wine and chocolate class on Feb. 11 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. In this class you will learn how to properly pair the strong, nuanced, powerhouse flavors of wine and chocolate. Resident sommelier, Gregory Leon, will educate and entertain as you taste pairings of exquisite chocolates with fine wines. After this symposium, you'll be able to make perfect wine and chocolate pairings. This is Labyrinth Winery’s most popular class. Early enrollment tickets are $45; general admission is $55. To make a reservation, call the Labyrinth Winery at 805.585.2238. LABYRINTH WINERY 607 East Main Street, Suite D, Ventura 805.585.2238 40

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WITH THE FEDERAL RESERVE BOARD EXECUTING ON

Bonds: Should I Stay or Do I Go?

THEIR PROMISE TO RAISE INTEREST RATES, THE OLD AXIOM “WHEN RATES RISE, BOND PRICES FALL” PUTS INVESTORS IN A PRECARIOUS SITUATION. The question, “Should I retain bonds in the portfolio or sell them because they’ll lose value?” has merit and highlights a reasonable concern that follows the right train of thought. However, while the world of investing fits many descriptions, it most certainly is never characterized as black or white. First, a quick reminder on what a bond is and how it works. A bond is essentially an investment whereby you loan money for

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YOU’VE WORKED HARD TO CREATE A WONDERFUL LIFE

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will benefit High Hopes, a Southern California-based nonprofit that deals with brain injury. “For years it was named in honor of my dear friend Pat Boone. But, this year their Board of Directors decided to name it in my honor to recognize my work for them and hundreds of other charities,” says Mirisch. “After putting on over 200 celebrity golf tournaments that were hosted by major stars, I feel this is ‘capping off my life’s achievements.’ I am humbled and honored with this distinction.” February 2018 | Conejo Valley Lifestyle

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RUNS THROUGH FEB 10 33RD SANTA BARBARA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

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live blues and rock bands, a tribute to

ra International Film Festival draws

David Mann, beer, food and more! $15;

some 90,000 attendees and offers

12 and under free. Military with ID: $10.

11 days of 200+ films, tributes and

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3 4TH ANNUAL NUN RUN

10 7TH ANNUAL CIVIL WAR DAYS ENCAMPMENT Strathearn Park

in 1862; experience the sights and sounds as re-enactors show the

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Westlake Village author and life

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9 THOUSAND OAKS JAZZ BAND DINNER DANCE

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The TOHS Jazz Band hosts an en-

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(CON TI N U ED)

F E B R U A RY

LIFESTYLE CALENDAR

est books. Maryann Radini Spencer

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nuanced, powerhouse flavors of wine

er Helena Foulkes, president of

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Self-Love DO YOU SOMETIMES FEEL LIKE YOU ARE ALWAYS PUTTING YOUR-

SELF LAST ON YOUR OWN LIST? Well, I’m right there with you. There are some people who put themselves first in everything they do and only think of themselves first. Some may think this is selfish, while others see it as a form of self-love. In order to truly be happy, it is important to incorporate some form of self-love into our lives. However, some of us might not know how to love ourselves, how to receive love or even how to accept compliments. This is a great time of the year to learn how to not only love yourself, but also how to love and appreciate the important people in your life. I have many tips for you all to practice self-love while also showing your love and appreciation for others. You can start doing this by admiring others for their inner beauty and noticing their reactions. Also, make an effort to find out what others’ perceptions of giving are in regard to showing their love for others. You may find out that some people in your life really have a flair for it! The next step you can take is to find a mentor you admire and have them teach you something you want to get better at in life. Start your days by putting a zip in your step, as this could be the change you’ve been needing to make that will lead you to living your best life. In your everyday life, is your automatic response to things usually a positive loving one, or would you consider it negative criticism? If you start to voice your daily responses with compassionate feelings, you will definitely see positive changes in your relationships with those around you. Counting your blessings is another great place to start on the path to selflove. Do you have dreams and goals? Or, are you someone who always thinks that having dreams and goals are not worth it? Well, I am here today to say that your dreams and goals are very important, and you are so worth it. Chasing your own dreams and goals is a great form of showing self-love, as it will make you feel more accomplished once you start reaching for your dreams and goals. We all need to learn to be our own best friends and cheerleaders in life and know in our hearts that we are worth it. When we work with others from a heartfelt place, we not only gain our own power back, but we also take away any negative feelings that may be holding us back. Always remember to help others in life, especially when you start reaching your own personal goals. Don't forget to turn around and help the next person in line in your life. Always stay humble, be kind and be good to others. Most importantly, don’t forget to always love yourself. Happy Valentine’s Day! Please tune in to the brighter side of life on 1590 KVTA on Saturday mornings or tune in to my podcast on ITunes/the Kim Pagano Show. You can also sign up to receive updates from my weekly newsletter.

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You are going to need a valid pilot’s license. For the plane, too. The nation’s first and only standalone AMG® showroom has landed at Mercedes-Benz of Thousand Oaks. With over 3,000 square feet of iconic, modern design, the AMG Elite Performance Center is the latest manifestation of 50 years of fanatical dedication to the pinnacle of automotive performance. Come experience the soul-stirring rumble of hand-built V8 motor, or configure your dream machine in life size on a video screen that’s bigger than most garage doors. The world’s fastest family finally has its own home, and it’s right here in Thousand Oaks. Fly on in any time.

Mercedes-Benz of Thousand Oaks

3905 Auto Mall Drive Thousand Oaks, CA (805) 371-5400 www.mbzthousandoaks.com


Start with a Sprinter. Behind the doors of one of the automotive world’s most distinctive and versatile vans lies a world of unlimited possibilities. With 325 pound-feet of torque from its standard V6 engine, and configurations for cargo, crew and passengers, the options are virtually endless for where you can go and what you can bring with you in a 2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter. Build your dream van through Mercedes-Benz Master Solutions™ and explore financing options with Mercedes-Benz Financial Services. Whether you need a family adventure van, executive transport, or custom gear hauler for a life on the road, the world is yours when you start with a Sprinter.

3905 Auto Mall Drive Thousand Oaks, CA (805) 371-5400 www.mbzthousandoaks.com/sprinter

Conejo Valley, CA February 2018  

February 2018 Issue of Conejo Valley Lifestyle

Conejo Valley, CA February 2018  

February 2018 Issue of Conejo Valley Lifestyle