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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 strategize your next move.

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 ©2018 Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. All Rights Reserved. Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. Owned by a subsidiary of NRT LLC. Coldwell Banker, the Coldwell Banker Logo, Coldwell Banker Global Luxury and the Coldwell Banker Global Luxury logo service marks are registered or pending registrations owned by Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. 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.


LIFESTYLE LETTER

APRIL 2018 PUBLISHER

Ben Malkin | Ben.Malkin@LifestylePubs.com

“Ben, I Just Want to Say One Word to You: Plastics.” “The Graduate,” 1967

Robin Chesler | Robin.Chesler@LifestylePubs.com EDITOR

Tracy Marcynzsyn | Tracy.Marcynzsyn@LifestylePubs.com ACCOUNT MANAGER

MAJOR THEMES FEATURED IN OUR MAGAZINES THIS MONTH INCLUDE ECOLOGY, CLEAN ENERGY, ORGANIC AND HEALTHY EATING AND SUSTAINABLE LIVING… BASICALLY “LIVING GREEN” AS MUCH AS WE CAN. At a time when environmental protections have, among many things, shown great results in cleaner air here in Southern California (I still remember my kids complaining of chest pains when they played outside on smoggy days​)​, there is increased pressure form polluting industries to halt or even reverse those gains. Since we are a community magazine and apolitical in our editorial approach, perhaps we can focus locally on impacting the planet a little less and treating ourselves with a bit more care. Eliminating plastic bags in stores in California (although 10 cents for a paper bag really annoys me) and plastic straws and utensils in Malibu may not sound like much, but it really is a big deal. Think of all the plastic debris that gets into the ocean and our waterways and the damage it does to that environment. So maybe today’s Benjamin may not have such a great future in plastics. Is eating organic food better for you than dining on pesticide-coated veggies or a feedlot steak filled with antibiotics and hormones? “Duh!!!” as Homer Simpson would say. If we place solar panels on the roof of our house, will it look not quite as good as before?

Beth Friedman | Beth.Friedman@LifestylePubs.com CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

Will Andre, Quincy Harris, Tracy Marcynzsyn, Kim Pagano, Hector Perez, Diane Rumbaugh, Jeff Runyan CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS

Natalie Alvarez, Janet Barnett Photography, Ella Charon, Andrew Dietz, Elayne Haggan, Ben Malkin, Hector Perez, Tom Robbins, Thaddeus Scheel

CORPORATE TEAM CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER CHIEF SALES OFFICER CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER DIRECTOR OF MARKETING ART DIRECTOR OPERATIONS DIRECTOR EDITORIAL MANAGER EDITORIAL AD MANAGER AD COORDINATORS

Maybe. But so what, if it decreases the use of fossil fuel and eventually pays for itself? So be proud of those funky looking panels.

LAYOUT DESIGNERS

The Toyota Prius always looked to me like a reject from a Jetsons cartoon. So what! If you want more class, read about the all-electric Mercedes-Benz B250 Electric Drive or the Mercedes-Benz S550e luxury plug-in hybrid. Like Flip Wilson said when he played the Geraldine character, “If you got it, flaunt it.” Save the planet in style.

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Steven Schowengerdt Matthew Perry DeLand Shore Brad Broockerd Sara Minor Janeane Thompson Nicolette Martin Victoria Perry Lindsey Howard Chad Jensen Cyndi Harrington Alicia Huff Adella Wrisinger Jessica Soetaert Cyndi King Dana Rudolph Emily Stout Hailey Stepanek Melanie Carlisle Randa Makeen Michael O’Connell Scott Lavigne

Take care of your body and take care of the world around you. This may sound somewhat weird and personal, but I make sure to drop my used dental floss into the trash rather than the toilet so the string does not eventually find its way into the ocean. It’s a little thing but I feel good abut it. The fact is that humans have impacted our planet negatively for millennia. The little things we do add up. Let’s make those little things matter. 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

ON THE COVER The Sofa Guy Design Studio furnished this Malibu home in comfort and style.

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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.


CalRE # 00545184

Real estate agents aďŹƒliated with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage are independent contractor agents and are not employees of the Company. Š2018 Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. All Rights Reserved. Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. Owned by a subsidiary of NRT LLC. Coldwell Banker, the Coldwell Banker Logo, Coldwell Banker Global Luxury and the Coldwell Banker Global Luxury logo service marks are registered or pending registrations owned by Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. CalRE# 00545184.


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 | Reduced to only $2,199,000

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. Reduced to only $2,199,000.

The property information herein is derived from various sources that may include, but not be limited to, county records and the Multiple Listing Service, and it may include approximations. Although the information is believed to be accurate, it is not warranted and you should not rely upon it without personal verification. Real estate agents affiliated with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage are independent contractor agents and are not employees of the Company. ©2018 Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. All Rights Reserved. Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. Owned by a subsidiary of NRT LLC. Coldwell Banker, the Coldwell Banker Logo, Coldwell Banker Global Luxury and the Coldwell Banker Global Luxury logo service marks are registered or pending registrations owned by Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. CalRE# 00545184.


Rosemary Allison presents

2269 APPLEWOOD | Santa Rosa Valley, Ca

www.2269applewood.com | Offered at only $3,799,000

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

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!


23 acres plus private lake in this European estate where romance mingles with California magic

758 DONNINGTON | Wood Ranch www.758Donnington.com | Reduced to only $4,450,000

23 acres plus private lake in this European estate where romance mingles with California magic. Located behind private gates high above the Wood Ranch Country Club, this palatial Tuscan-inspired villa captures 360-degree sunlit views from every window across lush lawns on its lot 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. Reduced to only $4,450,000

The property information herein is derived from various sources that may include, but not be limited to, county records and the Multiple Listing Service, and it may include approximations. Although the information is believed to be accurate, it is not warranted and you should not rely upon it without personal verification. Real estate agents affiliated with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage are independent contractor agents and are not employees of the Company. ©2018 Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. All Rights Reserved. Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. Owned by a subsidiary of NRT LLC. Coldwell Banker, the Coldwell Banker Logo, Coldwell Banker Global Luxury and the Coldwell Banker Global Luxury logo service marks are registered or pending registrations owned by Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. CalRE# 00545184.


Rosemary Allison presents

1598 HEATHER OAKS | Westlake Village, Ca.

www.1598HeatherOaks.com | Offered at only $1,769,999

Located in the heart of Westlake Village gated enclave of homes in a spectacular setting. Sought after single story with open floor-plan. Four bedrooms plus office, three full baths and a powder bath. Master bedroom suite features bedroom area and a separate retreat area with gas fireplace. The master bathroom features his and her vanity, separate oval tub, separate shower and his and her walk-in closets. Lushly landscaped rear yard featuring three river stone, beach entry resort style pebble-tech pool and spa, with waterfall feature. Custom built-in barbecue and eat-in area. Open kitchen with gourmet center island, large walk in pantry, eat-in breakfast nook. Expansive grounds are private with majestic oak trees and beautiful lawn, mature trees, close to hiking trails. Community sport court. Offering over 3,800 square feet, on a premium lot of approximately of over 17,000 square feet. Offered at only $1,769,999

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 opulence beyond your wildest imagination

750 CAMINO TIERRA SANTA | Spanish Hills Camarillo, Ca. www.750CaminoTierraSanta.com | Offered at $ 4,498,000

Nestled in the Camarillo Foothills adjacent to the Spanish Hills Country Club and facing the Pacific Ocean lies Villa Boehm, a European masterpiece completed in 2008. Beyond the gates you will discover this extraordinary estate which has been created with over 30,000 feet of stone in nearly 12,000 square feet of sumptuous living space. This includes 1,894 square feet of indoor/outdoor living space, and 1,153 square feet of garage space. This estate is graced with 2.75 acres of views, all built with exquisite taste and attention to every detail for the most discerning eye. Luxurious, exquisite, distinctive, prestigious... mere words cannot describe this incredibly breath-taking property. With over a million dollars invested in fine custom finishes and luxurious amenities and a million dollars devoted to hardscape and water features, there is over 600 feet of panoramic frontage spanning from the Conejo Mountains to Point Mugu State Park to the Pacific Ocean, including the striking views of the Channel Islands.

The property information herein is derived from various sources that may include, but not be limited to, county records and the Multiple Listing Service, and it may include approximations. Although the information is believed to be accurate, it is not warranted and you should not rely upon it without personal verification. Real estate agents affiliated with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage are independent contractor agents and are not employees of the Company. ©2018 Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. All Rights Reserved. Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. Owned by a subsidiary of NRT LLC. Coldwell Banker, the Coldwell Banker Logo, Coldwell Banker Global Luxury and the Coldwell Banker Global Luxury logo service marks are registered or pending registrations owned by Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. CalRE# 00545184.


Rosemary Allison presents

Ultimate Multi-Family Compound with Massive Family Room Entertaining Room!

2792 REDONDO | Santa Rosa Valley, Ca.

www.2792Redondo.com | Reduced to 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. laundry. 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.

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!


Stunning Saticoy Golf Country Club Estate

4127 CLUBHOUSE | Somis, Ca.

www.4127Clubhouse.com | Offered at only $1,999,000

Architecturally stunning single story pristine Tuscan renaissance style Villa is graced with breathtaking views of the fairway on one of California’s top-rated Golf Courses. on the Saticoy Country Club golf course in Somis. Estate has indoor/outdoor space that melds into perfect blend of intimate & luxurious living. One-of-a-kind Tuscan Villa spans over 5100 square feet. Designed with luxury elements & comfort, this home captures views from virtually every room. Serenity, privacy, sunrise, sunset luxury at its finest. True gourmet chef’s kitchen with copper sinks and huge island with free standing commercial stainless-steel range, and a built-in refrigerator/freezer. Smooth walls and ceilings finished with exposed beams provide a warm and elegant feel as you move from room to room. The master suite designed to pamper and spoil. Serene master retreat oasis, 3 additional en-suites + wood study are gorgeous. Perfect for entertaining family and friends, this discriminating home features open floor plan, vaulted ceilings and spacious living room with large stone fireplace, The luxurious, professionally landscaped, beautiful garden boasts an outdoor covered kitchen/entertainment area, in ground spa, putting green, and more. This estate is mesmerizing! Located minutes from quality shopping, dining, beach & excellent schools-a perfect opportunity to enjoy the good life when only the best will do

The property information herein is derived from various sources that may include, but not be limited to, county records and the Multiple Listing Service, and it may include approximations. Although the information is believed to be accurate, it is not warranted and you should not rely upon it without personal verification. Real estate agents affiliated with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage are independent contractor agents and are not employees of the Company. ©2018 Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. All Rights Reserved. Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. Owned by a subsidiary of NRT LLC. Coldwell Banker, the Coldwell Banker Logo, Coldwell Banker Global Luxury and the Coldwell Banker Global Luxury logo service marks are registered or pending registrations owned by Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. CalRE# 00545184.


INSIDE THE ISSUE APRIL 2018

FEATURES 24 Happy Trails Volunteers Step Up to Share Love of Great Outdoors

33 Reimagining Home Eco-Friendly Designs Offer Endless Possibilities

40 Gas Be Gone Mercedes-Benz Plugs In to the Environmental Movement

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50 Malibu Living The Sofa Guy Couches Comfort in Style

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Lifestyle Letter

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Good Times

20 Around Town 24 Giving Back

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28 Trend Setter 30 Hot Spot 44 Culinary Creations 50 Open House 52 Local’s Choice 54 Locally Owned 56 Food & Wine 58 Locals Only 60 Financial Buzz 62 Lifestyle Calendar 66 Parting Thoughts


FITNESS • SPORTS • WELLNESS

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GOOD TIMES

Oaks Christian Gets Sporty at North Ranch Country Club More than 200 enthusiastic participants enjoyed a beautiful sunny day at Oaks Christian Golf and Ladies Tennis Tournaments at North Ranch Country Club in Westlake Village. Special thanks to tennis tournament chairwomen Laura Leff, Cindy Campbell, Pamela Cole and Lisa Iezza, and golf tournament Honorary Chairs Wayne and Janet Gretzky.

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The Morton Team International TheMortonTeam.net

2958 Great Smokey Court Westlake Village Listed Price: $1,089,000 4 Bedroom • 3 Bathrooms 2545 Square Feet

Janet K. Morton

Contemporary remodeled Westlake Village pool home. House sits on a cul-de-sac on a quiet tree lined street. Close proximity to three of Westlake’s most beautiful shopping centers. Home has REAL wood floors, Ceasarstone kitchen and marble baths. Pool and Spa.

Sheri Donovan

CalBRE Lic# 01820286

CalBRE Lic# 01979794

818-307-0026 JanetKMorton@gmail.com

818-625-6824 Sheri@SheriDonovan.com


The Morton Team International TheMortonTeam.net

Gorgeous Oak Park pool home on a cul-de-sac. Remodeled open kitchen with professional Thermador range & refrigerator. Brazilian Oak floors. French Doors in family & dining rooms open to a beautiful backyard with pool, spa, waterfall & built-in BBQ. Award Winning Oak Park schools.

Janet K. Morton

961 Sterling Oaks Court Oak Park Listed Price: $1,229,000 4 Bedroom • 3 Bathrooms 2867 Square Feet

Sheri Donovan

CalBRE Lic# 01820286

CalBRE Lic# 01979794

818-307-0026 JanetKMorton@gmail.com

818-625-6824 Sheri@SheriDonovan.com


AROUND TOWN

LEGACY GALA FEATURES COLIN POWELL

puts the Princess into a deep sleep. The awakening

The 2018 Oaks Christian School Legacy Gala

kiss of a handsome Prince is certain to cast a spell

Dinner Auction promises to be an elegant evening of

on Aurora's heart and your imagination. Tickets are

philanthropy and fellowship at The Ronald Reagan

$30. CivicArtsPlaza.com

Presidential Library in Simi Valley on Saturday, April 28, at 6 p.m.  This year's gala  features former

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS

Secretary of State General Colin L. Powell USA

At a time when the aftereffects of the Thomas Fire

(Ret.), who will be sharing stories of leadership and

are likely to prolong the region’s economic recovery,

character. Guests will enjoy a gourmet dinner and

a new program from Foster VC Kids offers multiple

tours of Air Force One. Special student entertain-

benefits to the community. Businesses With Heart

ment by the outstanding OCS performing arts stu-

was developed to offer discounts on extracurricular

dents and moving alumni testimonials will also be

activities, restaurants, haircuts, automotive repairs,

featured. Silent and live auctions include vacation

family photography, goods and other services

packages, sports and entertainment events, fine

for foster youth and their caregivers, and to build

jewelry and more, with proceeds from the event

deeper connections within the community.

supporting OCS programs and students. For tickets

With nearly 35 local businesses already par-

and sponsorship opportunities, including VIP tables

ticipating, Businesses With Heart partners are

and a special Meet-and-Greet with General Powell,

benefitting from their alignment with Foster VC

visit OaksChristian.org.

Kids; corporate partner Chipotle Mexican Grill

CALDERA MEDICAL BUILDS OUTREACH

has hosted three job fairs and hired more than 10 foster youth in restaurants, Rest for Less

In line with its mission to improve the quality of

donated 16 new beds to foster families, some of

life for women, Agoura Hills-based Caldera Medical

whom were affected by the Thomas Fire, and

launched the Women’s Health Initiative in 2015, to

other businesses have seen increased foot traffic,

partner surgeons with international physicians to

cross-promotions on social media and commu-

treat women who suffer from SUI and POP through

nity recognition for their support of foster chil-

worldwide humanitarian outreach.

dren, youth and families. FosterVCKids.org

The medical device company recently expanded their humanitarian efforts closer to home during their annual corporate outing when they partnered with Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County, a nonprofit organization that aims to help families build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter. “We wanted to take the humanitarian initiatives we are doing with the patients we serve and expand upon that with Habitat for Humanity,” CEO Bryon Merade says. “Our culture consists of what we call the four C’s: Care, Collaborate, Challenge and Create. This volunteer experience gave every employee the opportunity to embrace these values and help those in need, right here in Ventura County.”

SAVE THE DATE Bring the whole family to enjoy Pacific Festival

EARTH DAY FESTIVITIES

Ballet’s production of “The Sleeping Beauty,”

Arbor/Earth Day 2018 features an array of sus-

Saturday, May 19, with showtimes at 2 and 7 p.m.

tainability-related classes and activities throughout

This classic fairytale comes to life as a ballet at the

the month, hosted by the City of Thousand Oaks

Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, Fred Kavli Theatre.

and partners. Many events take place Saturday,

The story features beautiful Princess Aurora, who

April 28, at the Grant R. Brimhall Library in Thousand

is protected from evil Carabosse's spell by her

Oaks. Events include several speakers, including

guardian fairies. Instead of dying, the Lilac Fairy

UCLA’s Dr. Glen MacDonald: Megadroughts and CONTINUED >

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The heart of your home is about to get a whole lot happier!

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AROUND TOWN

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MegaFires, Senator Henry Stern: Environmental Issues and Where the State is Headed, and City Arborist Garrett Crawford: Tree Care: Ask An Arborist! Also featured are the following: + Virtual Library: Dayna Canada, Adult Services Supervisor at the Thousand Oaks Library shares exciting new opportunities available to residents. + Eco-Hero Show: This kid-friendly show features dances or call and response to music videos and different eco topics through storytelling to explain how students can make an impact at home and school. + Home Energy Workshop:  Learn about the latest trends and technologies in clean energy, featuring displays, demos, a presentation and a discussion session about solar, battery and energy efficiency solutions for your home. + Electric and Fuel Cell Batteries: Includes everything the homeowner needs to know! Outdoor activities include: + Electric Vehicles:  Electric and fuel cell vehicles will be displayed and subject matter experts will answer questions. + Reuse Art: A mixed media event with Create Studio  for kids to create their own crafts from recycled materials. + Las Flores Garden & Master Gardener Plant Sale. + Sustainability Table: Learn about water conservation, disposal of household hazardous waste or settle the long-running argument with your spouse about what goes in the recycling bin. Additional events take place throughout the month from 6:30 to 8 p.m., including Climate Change (April 12), Turf Wars: SoCal Water Conservation  (April 18) and Community Based Energy Planning (April 24). TOaks.org

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! Prepare your taste buds for the 42nd Annual Thousand Oaks Chili Cook-Off & Craft Brew Festival, Sunday, May 6, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Conejo Creek Park North at Janss Road and Hwy 23 in Thousand Oaks. This all-day, family friendly extravaganza features over 40 chili tasting booths, and general admission includes free unlimited chili tasting. This year’s event also features the Craft Brew Festival with over 20 participating breweries! Presented by the Rotary Club of Thousand Oaks, the event proceeds benefit local charities. Live music and a kids zone offer something for everyone. Get your tickets now at a discounted rate! Chili-Cook-Off.com 22

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GIVING BACK

Conejo Open Space Foundation: HELPING TO PRESERVE, PROMOTE & PROTECT OPEN SPACE

ARTICLE TRACY MARCYNZSYN PHOTOGRAPHY TOM ROBBINS & ELAYNE HAGGAN

CONEJO VALLEY’S NATURAL BEAUTY AND AMPLE OPEN SPACE INCLUDE 151 MILES OF MULTI-USE TRAILS AND THOUSANDS OF ACRES WHERE NATIVE PLANTS AND ANIMALS THRIVE. With about a third of Thousand Oaks designated as permanent open space, owned and managed by the Conejo Open Space Conservation Agency (COSCA), the nonprofit Conejo Open Space Foundation plays a vital role in ensuring that the trails, canyons and ridgelines are preserved for future generations. “The Foundation has worked tirelessly to increase community awareness and enhance our trails and natural lands. The open space belongs to everyone, and we want everyone to enjoy and care for it,” says COSF President, Elayne Haggan, who helped establish the organization in 1995. With a mission to raise funds to promote and maintain area open space and multi-use trails and educate citizens—especially children—about their roles as custodians and protectors of open space and the environment, the Foundation partners with local organizations and volunteers to support the COSCA open space system.

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Community outreach, distributing trail maps and information, trail maintenance, habitat restoration and trail patrol are some of the programs volunteers contribute nearly 5,000 hours to each year.

“I like the fact that we have an important role in keeping these programs going,” says Foundation Vice President, Craig Percy, who also leads monthly open space appreciation hikes. Percy notes that the Foundation’s members share a contagious energy and enthusiasm: “Everybody cares passionately about open space.” The Foundation is supported through annual memberships, donations and grants, and board members donate their time and receive no monetary compensation for their services. Each year, COSF supports the Conejo Open Space Trails Advisory Committee (COSTAC) in sharing their love of the great outdoors with students during Trails Education Days, which has served almost 40,000 CVUSD students since 1992. The event involves some 80 volunteers, along with COSCA and NPS Park Rangers contributing countless hours to educate youth about the environment and their role in protecting it. Held April 23-27 this year, the event features volunteer-led nature hikes and presentations about indigenous animal species, ranger careers and trail safety and courtesy. Grants from Southern California Edison and the City of Thousand Oaks also help fund the program. Additional efforts include fundraising for projects like the bridge crossing in Hill Canyon, bike bells and resource management. The Foundation is currently raising funds to help support the recently approved Conejo Canyons Bridge, which will provide safe and easy access between Wildwood Park and the Conejo Canyons Open Space. The Foundation is also promoting the 2018 Conejo Open Space Challenge through May 31. Benefiting COSCA, the fundraiser invites everyone to experience 10 special trails, take pictures and (possibly) win prizes. To volunteer, donate and learn more about the Foundation, visit COSF.org.

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G OIN G G R EEN AT H O M E & W O R K ARTICLE QUINCY HARRIS

ENERGY CONSERVATION ENGAGES PEOPLE LIVING IN URBAN

Solar panels produce DC (direct current) energy from the sun, which

AREAS AS WELL AS IN CITIES ACROSS THE UNITED STATES, AND

is converted to AC (alternate current) energy that operates appliances

ENVIRONMENTAL COHESION HELPS PROTECT RESOURCES

and other items in the home or business. The conversion takes place

FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS. Investing in energy efficient upgrades

with an inverter connected to a separate power meter that measures

can mean big savings for home and business owners in reduced oper-

the production of the solar system. The system connects to the meter

ating expenses, allowing funds to be reallocated for other endeavors.

provided by the power company or to a bank of batteries. When tied to

Clean, green energy efficiency upgrades can help make homes

the utility’s power meter, the solar-generated power causes the utility

and public spaces more comfortable and lower monthly energy bills

meter to “run backwards,” generating credits for the customer. This

from the local utility company. In addition, reducing energy usage pre-

process is called Net Metering; some utilities issue customers checks

serves the environment and generating renewable power from local

for the extra energy produced by their solar-powered systems.

resources can improve energy security and boost the local economy. Various energy efficiency programs exist to help Americans pur-

BATTERIES

sue clean energy projects, ranging from commercial and residential

Batteries store the extra energy produced by the solar system.

lighting upgrades to solar electric and solar thermal hot water heating

During the evening hours when the energy load on the utility is

systems. Several companies also conduct energy audits to determine

lower, battery power can run designated items without having to rely

the best upgrades for home, business and community structures.

on utility-provided power.

ENERGY SOLUTIONS FOR BUSINESS

INSULATION

Energy upgrades can help business owners reduce operating

Insulation serves to reduce or eliminate heat from penetrating the

costs and meet sustainability goals through clean energy objec-

home or business “envelope.” Most building codes require a minimum

tives. Clean energy projects assist communities maintain schools,

R30 insulation, which equates to about 10 inches. In extremely hot loca-

community centers, government buildings and multi-family housing.

tions, 13 to 15 inches (R49 to R60) of insulation is recommended. The

Energy conservation helps relieve budget pressures and reduces

two most popular types of insulation are blown cellulose and fiberglass.

health risks from mold and failing HVAC systems. Upgrades such as high-efficiency lighting, increased insula-

RADIANT BARRIER

tion and new heating and cooling systems can provide dramatic

Also called heat block, the radiant barrier is either a foil or alumi-

improvements in energy performance. In addition, studies can be

num-based paint system that is installed on the underside of the roof to

conducted to determine if the facility can benefit from solar electric

repel heat rays from entering a building. A radiant barrier blocks up to

and/or solar hot water systems.

80% of the heat and keeps attic space cooler during hot summer months.

The federal government offers incentives for sustainability assistance for new commercial buildings, and consultants provide advice

AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEMS

on how to build the most energy-efficient facility utilizing efficient

Air conditioning systems are evaluated according to the Seasonal

heating and cooling equipment, modern weatherization methods

Energy Efficiency Rating. The older the unit, the lower the rating.

and renewable energy systems. These projects include lodging facil-

Units rated at 6 to 8 SEER have exceeded their life expectancy and

ities, casinos, cultural centers, office buildings, retail space and more.

operate inefficiently, whereas newer systems rated at 13, 14, 16, 18 and 21 SEER are more efficient and offer improved performance.

SOLAR ELECTRIC SYSTEMS Solar electricity is becoming a major source of renewable energy generation in the United States and a 30% federal tax credit is still available.

Making energy efficiency a priority is a smart and prudent way to effectively operate homes and workplaces, while reducing costs and, most importantly, saving the planet!

Comprised of solar panels, inverters and racking, solar electricity systems often come with a 25-year warranty. In addition, the payback or return on

To learn more about energy efficient programs and resources, contact

investment for today’s solar systems can be realized in six to seven years.

Quincy Harris at Networks West Solar Brokerage Firm at 888.870.9781. April 2018 | Conejo Valley Lifestyle

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FARM & FLAME JOINS FORCES WITH WESTLAKE BREWING & LIBATIONS ARTICLE TRACY MARCYNZSYN PHOTOGRAPHY JANET BARNETT PHOTOGRAPHY & ANDREW DIETZ

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WE MAKE OUR FOOD FROM SCRATCH, USING THE FRESHEST LOCAL INGREDIENTS WE CAN FIND

LOCAL FOODIES ARE CLINKING GLASSES

generations-old secrets to great BBQ from her

IN CELEBRATION OF FARM & FLAME’S

father. They also source sustainably produced

RECENT PARTNERSHIP WITH WESTLAKE

meats from local farms, including Mary’s Free-

BREWING & LIBATIONS.

Range Chicken and Autonomy Meats in Ojai.

“It’s a marriage made in Heaven!” declares

“I’ve learned so much about the importance

brewery owner, Larry Moisan, who says

of eating sustainably from Florencia Ramirez,

guests are thrilled with Farm & Flame’s deli-

author of Eat Less Water,” says Heather, noting

cious dishes, served daily from 3 to 10 p.m.

the impact food choices have on preserving

“We are now a restaurant!” exclaims Farm & Flame’s Executive Chef and Co-Owner Heather

natural resources. “We care deeply about the quality of ingredients we use,” she adds.

Worrell, who started the company with sister

Menu items include Baby Back Ribs, smoked

Sunni and brother-in-law Daniel Duncan as a

over oak for 8 hours; Wagyu Tri Tip Sliders,

gourmet barbecue food truck before expanding.

marinated with fig balsamic and smoked, with

The business also includes Chef Phillip Hay,

pepper jack cheese, horseradish aioli, cara-

serving favorite family recipes with a twist to

melized onions, bacon, fig jam and baby kale;

create unique, mouthwatering appetizers and

Pretzels with Beer Cheese, and much more.

entrees. Embracing Farm & Flame’s philoso-

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phy that “the food business isn’t a job, it’s a

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“MODULAR UNITS ARE THE FUTURE, NOT ONLY FOR DWELLINGS, BUT ALSO FOR THE HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY,” SAYS WORLD-RENOWNED HOSPITALITY ICON, MICHAEL BEDNER, WHOSE FIRM, HIRSCH BEDNER AND ASSOCIATES (HBA) WAS A LEADING HOSPITALITY DESIGN COMPANY FOR MORE THAN 50 YEARS. Although Bedner retired from HBA seven years ago, the acclaimed designer says that he has never been busier, juggling a series of new projects ranging from luxury hotel and condominium developments in Miami, Hong Kong and the Philippines, to a revolutionary new modular hospitality/dwelling concept that he recently unveiled at his design studio in Malibu. Bedner explained that he and his partners, Mohan Joshi and Breeze Giannasio, had been researching modular units globally for several years when they encountered an innovative Australian unit, the “G-pod,” that maximizes space and creates an innovative, affordable, luxurious, but transportable dwelling that’s simple to set up and comfortable to inhabit. The team has spent the past two years refining a new prototype that they can adapt, especially for the hospitality industry. “We call her ‘Soli,’ because she’s a solar-powered solution that we believe can solve many dwelling and hospitably needs,” Joshi explains. Giannasio adds, “With a few alterations Soli can be a guest house, holiday home, artist, design or Yoga studio. She can even fill in as a granny flat, a home office or even a bar, mini-café or pop-up store.” For individuals who need extra space, Bedner adds, “Soli is particularly appealing because it doesn’t require building plans or years of construction and the unit can be located anywhere you can place a Park Model RV.” SUSTAINABLE LIVING As excited as Bedner and his team are about the dwelling possibilities for Soli, they are even more interested in how the units can be used in the hospitality industry, especially in recreational vehicle parks where they provide a new level of luxurious living for up-market clients. Not only is Soli comfortable to inhabit, but the structures are environmentally correct; operating off-grid, or they can be easily hooked up to any water supply. Adorned with a sweeping architectural sail, Soli is designed to hold dozens of solar panels to fuel every need.   “There’s even a Tesla hookup for devoted Tesla owners like me,” Bedner says.

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Bedner’s team is committed to using sustainable materials and organic fabrics to furnish the interior of Soli, and they proudly note that the roof is easily adapted to grow vegetables. Soli is able to withstand most fires and just about any weather, including hurricane force (up to Category 3) winds and floods. The prototype sports an elegant deck that pops out of a fireproof, watertight container, expanding to two and a half times its original size. Soli has been classified as a Park Model RV—a modular unit connected to infrastructure or off-grid application that can be deployed via sea, rail, air and road and can be set

Photography by G-Pod

up in all locations that permit PMRVs that can be relocated, moved or combined as needs change. Available in 20’, 24’, 30’ and 40’ versions, Solis can be combined to create the space desired for a home, office,

Michael Bedner, Developer of Soli, and Kathy Eldon, Founder of Creative Visions

shop or hospitality setup.

For more information, visit Soli.Space.

GIVING BACK A share of profits from sales of Soli will benefit Creative Visions, a Malibu nonprofit that has incubated more than 260 projects and productions by impact media makers—"creative activist” storytellers who use the power of media to create awareness of important issues and catalyze positive change. Inspired by the life of Dan Eldon, a 22-year old photojournalist killed while working as a photojournalist for Reuters News Agency in Somali in 1993, Creative Visions has impacted more than 100 million people through its work in 32 countries.

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Peggy Waters Resident since 2011

As a dancer, Peggy has spent a lifetime taking graceful steps. So her move to University Village comes as no surprise. From the beautiful cliff views and the friendly residents to the independent lifestyle and proximity to Cal Lutheran University, Peggy has found everything she was looking for, and more. For the same cost of homeownership, she feels like she’s given up nothing and gained so much. And that puts a spring in her step.

Hear more from Peggy at UVTO.com/testimonial. Or call 1-866-996-1462.

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Shameless Plug-Ins

ARTICLE WILL ANDRE PHOTOGRAPHY BEN MALKIN

THE MERCEDES-BENZ BRAND HAS LONG BEEN SYNONYMOUS WITH LUXURY, QUALITY AND PERFORMANCE, BUT EVEN THE CENTURY-OLD ICON OF THE AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY IS NOT IMMUNE TO THE EVER-PRESENT WINDS OF CHANGE. When the first Mercedes-Benz-branded vehicles came onto the market in 1926, the commercial engine work of Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach, and that of Karl Benz had already celebrated their respective 40th anniversaries. With its modest horizontal cylinder and flywheel and three-wheeled design, the 1885 “Benz Patent Motor Car” laid the groundwork for technological innovations and a patent portfolio that encompasses virtually every component of the modern automobile. While Mercedes-Benz has forged ahead over the years with innovations that include the first multivalve engine (1910), the supercharger (1921) and the first diesel-powered passenger car (1936), few people realize that the company first employed a battery-electric drivetrain in a vehicle early last century. Indeed, the pre-Benz Mercedes Mixte was a gas-electric hybrid vehicle designed for racing that would run up to 75 miles per hour—in 1906. Fast forward nearly a dozen decades and Mercedes-Benz is still at the forefront of advanced powertrains, and as is often the case in the automotive world, technologies that were once available only in a laboratory or in experimental quantities are now extensively integrated throughout the model range. We visited Mercedes-Benz of Thousand Oaks to experience two of their electrified models currently on the market.

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Pure Electric Luxury The Mercedes-Benz B250 Electric Drive is a 5-door compact powered by an all-electric drivetrain that moves its distinct, practical silhouette with nary a whisper of audible response as its electrons exit the 28-kwh lithium ion battery cell and put power to the wheels. Good for 177 horsepower and 251 pound-feet of torque and with seating for five, the B-Class gets its power exclusively from a plug in the wall. This particular example comes in at a palatable MSRP of $47,780 and features just about everything one could desire in a practical, eco-friendly family hauler. Its interior is naturally all MercedesBenz with real wood trim, optional heated seats and certain modern musthaves such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, Bluetooth, and even a refrigerated glove box. The B250’s upright profile gives it an airy and spacious feel that belies its compact size. While certainly no dragstrip demon, the Mercedes-Benz B250 is a stout performer on the road. Steering feel is tight and composed, body roll is minimal and acceleration is brisk enough thanks to electric motors offering 100% of torque being available from rest. Indeed, the B250 Electric Drive will accelerate to freeway speed in under seven seconds. Now, testing the car’s 0-to-60 times repeatedly will certainly have a negative impact on the car’s 60-mile range, nevertheless, it’s good to know the car will respond in a time of need—provided the battery has the juice. Overall, the B250 Electric Drive is a practical and luxurious car for the ecofriendly set. It won’t get you to the front of the valet line or even to Glendale and back on a single charge, but then again, that is not this car’s mission.

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Green with Envy Available since 2014 and updated nearly every year since, the MercedesBenz S550e is a so-called plug-in hybrid that also operates in pure-electric mode. Under the hood is a gasoline engine and in the trunk is a battery pack that combine to produce over 400 horsepower and pound-feet of torque while rocketing the car to 60 miles per hour in just over five seconds. And what is the point of multiple power sources? In this case, the answer is an effective MPG rating of 58 combined—not bad for a 5,000-pound bank vault of a car. As the pinnacle of the production-grade Mercedes-Benz passenger vehicle lineup, the S-Class is known for its uncompromising luxury and formidable road presence. This vehicle retails for $107,825 and features some impressive technology and creature comforts, like the AIR BALANCE® cabin fragrance system and rear seat entertainment screens that rival your local sports bar. Indeed, the only way to truly comprehend the luxury offered by the top of the MercedesBenz range is to experience it yourself. Should the S550e turn out to be too over the top for your personal style of eco-friendly transportation, don’t worry. The S-Class’ precocious younger sibling, the Mercedes-Benz C350e plug-in hybrid, could be just your cup of green tea.

Mercedes-Benz of Thousand Oaks is a proud member of the Silver Star Automotive Group, 3905 Auto Mall Drive, Thousand Oaks. Visit MBZThousandOaks.com or call 805.371.5400.

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CULINARY CREATIONS Crisp Apple Salad

NEW ZEALAND FRESH AROHA CREATES SPECIALTY RECIPES FULL OF FLAVOR

PHOTOGRAPHY JANET BARNETT PHOTOGRAPHY

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AROHA NEW ZEALAND CUISINE & BAR’S OWNER/CHEF GWITHYEN THOMAS CREATED A MENU THAT SHOWCASES THE MOUTHWATERING FLAVORS OF NEW ZEALAND, USING THE HIGHEST QUALITY INGREDIENTS. The menu features predominantly organic local produce—they even grow their own passion fruit, feijoa and herbs on their back patio—free-range and grass-fed organic meats primarily from New Zealand, and fresh New Zealand seafood that’s flown in less than 48 hours out of the water. Dishes are seasoned with native New Zealand plants, including horopito and kawakawa. Chef Thomas and his team take pride in creating house-made dishes, including specialty ice creams, ricotta cheese, chutneys, cured and smoked meats and seafood. Creating dishes in house enables Chef Thomas to create an allergy-friendly environment that accommodates any allergies or dietary restrictions, including glutenfree, vegetarian, vegan, dairy-free and low sodium diets. Join Aroha for dinner, Tuesday through Sunday from 5 to 9:30 p.m., brunch and lunch Sunday, 10 to 2:30 p.m., and Happy Hour Tuesday through Sunday from 4:30 to 6:30. Aroha New Zealand Cuisine & Bar is located at 30990 Russell Ranch Road, Unit C, in Westlake Village. Make a reservation at 805.405.5054 or visit them at ArohaRestaurant.com .

CRISP APPLE SALAD + 2 cups fresh arugula

+ 1 Granny Smith apple (sliced)

Smoked Scallops

+ 1 tbsp crushed roasted hazelnuts + 2 tbsp ricotta + dressing

R I C O T TA CHEESE + 1 cup whole milk + 1/2 cup buttermilk + lemon juice STEPS 1) Simmer milk, buttermilk; add lemon juice. 2) Mix; remove from heat. 3) Let separate 10 minutes; remove cheese from whey. 4) Add salt/herbs (optional).

C I N N A MON DRESSING + 1/4 tsp cinnamon + 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil + 4 tbsp champagne vinegar + 1 tbsp hot water + 1 1/2 tbsp honey + 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard STEPS 1) Combine cinnamon, vinegar, honey, mustard. 2) Mix; slowly add oil. 3) Add hot water to stabilize.

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GRILLED PEAR SALAD + 1 grilled Bartlett pear (sliced) + 2 cups bitter greens + 3 tbsp burrata cheese + 3 tbsp balsamic reduction + Half of orange segmented STEPS 1) Grill or roast pear; cool. 2) Slice and mix with greens and cheese. 3) Serve on plate; drizzle with balsamic reduction.

Grilled Pear Salad

FREE RANGE PORK BELLY + 2 lbs pork belly

+ 6 ounces roasted butternut squash + 1/2 cup guava purée + watercress garnish STEPS 1) Season pork belly with salt; bake 4 hours at 500ºF. 2) Slice butternut squash; bake with oil and salt at 400ºF for no longer than 20 minutes or until golden. 2) Slice pork belly immediately; serve with roasted butternut squash and guava purée.

GUAVA PURÉE + flesh of 15 pineapple guava + 1/2 cup white sugar + 2 tbsp champagne vinegar + 2 guava skins STEPS 1) Combine ingredients; boil 20 minutes. 2) Remove from heat; purée in blender, strain to remove seeds. Free Range Pork Belly 46

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SMOKED SCALLOPS + 3 scallops

+ 1/2 roasted beet + 2 tbsp miso emulsion + 2 tbsp vanilla parsnip purée STEPS 1) Sear scallops on high; bake 3 minutes, 500ºF. 2) Slice roasted beets; place on plate. 3) Place scallops atop purée on plate. 4) Drizzle with miso emulsion.

MI S O E M U L S I O N + 1 tbsp brown miso paste + 2 tbsp white vinegar + 1/2 tbsp Dijon mustard + 2 cups sesame oil + 1 tsp sesame seeds STEPS 1) Combine ingredients except oil. 2) Mix; slowly add sesame oil, until thick.

VANILLA PARSNIP PURÉE + 2 parsnips peeled, diced + 1 cup cream + 1 cup milk + 1 tsp vanilla paste/extract STEPS 1) Combine ingredients; boil until parsnips soften. 2) Purée.

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aroha New Zealand Cuisine & Bar Fresh New Zealand Seafood & Organic Game. Allergy Friendly.

Named after the Maori word for love and compassion, Aroha, New Zealand Cuisine and Bar was founded in September 2014 by Award Winning Kiwi Chef Gwithyen Thomas and his wife, Justine. Specializing in New Zealand Seafood and Organic Game, Aroha’s menu features Local and Organic Produce (our passion fruit and feijoa are grown on our back patio!), Free-Range and Grass-Fed Organic Meats from New Zealand,

HAPPY HOUR 4:30-6:30pm Tue-Sun $5 New Zealand Wines $5 Domestic Craft Beers $8 Speciality Cocktails and Bites Under $12

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100% Gluten-Free Optional and Fresh New Zealand Seafood that’s on your plate less than 48 hours out of the water. Dishes are seasoned with native New Zealand plants including horopito and kawakawa. By creating dishes in house, Chef Thomas is able to create an allergy friendly environment and proudly accommodates any allergies or dietary restrictions. Our entire dinner, bar, and brunch menus are 100% gluten-free or gluten-free optional.

WINE TASTING DINNERS Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for information on our wine tasting dinners and other special events!

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OPEN HOUSE

Malibu Comfort: DESIGN IN STYLE WITH THE SOFA GUY

ARTICLE AND PHOTOGRAPHY HECTOR PEREZ

FROM CONCEPT TO COMPLETION, THE SOFA GUY DESIGN STUDIO OFFERS PERSONALIZED SERVICE ALONG WITH CONTEMPORARY DESIGNS FOR THE HOME OR OFFICE. Positioned on the Pacific Ocean, this multi-level Malibu estate underwent a complete transformation. In collaboration with the estate owners,

Dining Area

Paul Trent (The Sofa Guy) carved a new house from within the old one, an undertaking that required the predetermination of furnishings prior to completion of the interior space. Interior Design by Paul Trent, The Sofa Guy Design Studio

Living Area Plush yet relaxed, the living area seats 15 comfortably, thanks to a custom-designed island sectional upholstered in a cotton/linen fabric from Robert Allen and Kravet fabric. The two handcrafted swivel accent chairs by The Sofa Guy Design Studio are uniquely designed with a contemporary look and feel. The Lava Occasional tables from Palecek feature stonecast lava rock top edges with brushed stainless steel top and polished stainless steel legs. The area rug from Jaipur’s Project Error By Kavi is handcrafted wool paired with viscose for a hand-knotted rug with a subtle sheen and an abstract as mysterious as a night sky.

Dining Area Crafted from solid oak with polished chrome finishes, the 10-foot Rene Cazares Cartegena dining table is surrounded by Capri dining arm chairs. Apart from the natural light reflecting off the sandy beach, the area is lit by two Global Views chain pendant chandeliers with drum shades finished in nickel to enhance the seaside dining experience. 50

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Breakfast Nook Adjacent to the gourmet kitchen, the cozy breakfast nook is created by the installation of a custom banquet covered in high performance Sunbrella Chenille fabric. The 54-inch Amalfi glass top table and Crystal Cove chairs offer casual yet elegant seating overlooking the Pacific.   Paul Trent, The Sofa Guy

Guest Room The pair of Ozzy chairs in the lounge space off the guest suite offer contrasting forms. The Archer sofa by Rene Cazares opposite is covered in Robert Allen fabric and offers a more than comfortable retreat for informal gatherings. The abstract wall piece is from Leftbank Art, and underneath it all is Jaipur’s Kavi Chaos area rug.

Family Area Downstairs in the family area, Trent kept the palette natural with clean lines. Seating at the bar includes three Lisa Taylor barstools connecting the old with the new and creating classic and timeless pieces with a refreshing contemporary appeal. Two L-shaped sectionals create a central focus for informal and relaxing gatherings. The French Key Everything Cabinet by Global Views is impressive, generously scaled and multifunctional, perfect for use as a media Guest Room

cabinet. The Santorini Cocktail table is from Rene Cazares.

Outdoor Space

Outdoor Spaces Exterior entertaining areas are just as important as interiors for this home which overlooks the iconic Malibu beach. Beauty, innovation and craftsmanship are the key distinctions that define each piece in the Rene Cazares outdoor collection selected by Trent. This outdoor collection offers fully upholstered furniture that combines sophistication and style, built to withstand the natural elements and bringing the comfort and style of indoor living to the outdoors...living alfresco, Malibu-style. For an in-home consultation and to learn more about this design project, contact The Sofa Guy, Paul Trent, at Paul@TheSofaGuy.com, and visit his website, TheSofaGuy.com. April 2018 | Conejo Valley Lifestyle

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ARTICLE TRACY MARCYNZSYN

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Petra’s lunch and dinner menus include traditional Jordanian

SURES LIKE THE BEAUTIFUL CITY OF PETRA IN JORDAN, YOU

dishes, such as Mansaf (lamb shank cooked in a sauce of fermented

CAN ENJOY A SLICE OF THIS EXOTIC PART OF THE WORLD

dried yogurt and served with rice), Vegetarian Maqluba (rice, potato,

RIGHT HERE IN THE CONEJO VALLEY. Family owned Petra

tomato, cauliflower, eggplant and spices), Chicken Shawarma

Mediterranean Cuisine takes pride in its Jordanian heritage, which

(served with rice, salad and hummus), Veggie Plates with grape

comes through in every tasty morsel created for its guests.

leaves and falafel, and so much more. There is nothing else like this

Nearly 40 years ago, Petra Mediterranean Cuisine Owner, Ahed “John” Rabadi, settled in the United States from his homeland of Jordan half a world away, bringing with them his family’s traditional, Mediterranean food recipes. The desire to share generations of culinary expertise led him to create Petra Mediterranean Cuisine in Thousand Oaks, where guests

culinary experience in the Conejo Valley. Visit them for lunch or dinner and expand your tastes with their delicious cuisine. “As Jordanians say, ‘You are expected to bring nothing and eat everything!’” says Ahed.

will discover an Old World oasis featuring a wide array of authentic, gen-

In addition to exceptional cuisine, Petra features a magnificent bar

erations-old recipes and spices to tantalize every palate. From delectable,

stocked with hundreds of fine wines, beers and specialty drinks, such

family-style appetizers to unique main dishes, Petra is a destination not to

as the Mediterranean Martini, made with Belvedere Vodka macerated

be missed and a place to be enjoyed time and again.

with ginger, fresh cucumber and herbs; the Star of Babylon, with

Using only the freshest ingredients and locally grown produce, Petra’s chefs offer a delicious menu of authentic salads, tasty appe-

Belvedere Vodka, ginger beer, rose water and lime; and the Galilee, with Nolet's Gin, mint, cucumber and rose water, to name just a few.

tizers, soup and main dishes featuring uniquely prepared seafood,

Try some of their specialties from 4 to 7 p.m. during daily Happy

chicken and meats. Their daily specials featuring special ethnic

Hour and join them on Friday and Saturday evenings for an excit-

dishes are also certain to please.

ing belly dancing performance. The large space can accommodate

“IN THE JORDANIAN CULTURE, FOOD IS VERY IMPORTANT AND A WAY TO EXPRESS HOSPITALITY AND GENEROSITY, OFTEN AS A FAMILY AFFAIR,” SAYS AHED. “WHEN YOU VISIT, YOU BECOME FAMILY.”

about 400 guests, making it the perfect setting for all types of events, including parties and wedding meals. Guests are sure to enjoy Petra’s recent additions of Jazz and Comedy Nights. Comedy Night takes place the second and fourth Tuesdays monthly, from 8 to 10 p.m., and Jazz Night features the finest local jazz musicians from 8 to 11 p.m. every Friday night. Visit Petra Mediterranean Cuisine for exceptional food and drinks, live entertainment and a lively, memorable experience. Offering banquets and catering too, Petra Mediterranean Cuisine is located at 3731 Thousand Oaks Blvd., in Thousand Oaks. Make a reservation at 805.497.6767 or at Petra-LA.com. Petra Mediterranean Cuisine is open Monday through Thursday, from 4 to 11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 12 a.m., and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

JAZZ & COMEDY AT PETRA Join Petra for Comedy Night, the 2nd & 4th Tuesdays monthly, 8-10 p.m., & Jazz Night, Fridays, 8-11 p.m.

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California Strawberry Festival Celebrates Its 35th Year ARTICLE DIANE RUMBAUGH

IF YOU LIKE STRAWBERRIES, THE 35TH CALIFORNIA

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AND EVEN STRAWBERRY PIZZA! The festival takes place May 19

The Berry Best Hat Contest takes place in the Strawberry Promenade

and 20 at Strawberry Meadows/College Park in Oxnard.

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There is no charge to enter and winners all receive prizes.

Festival. Ventura County's Oxnard Plain, with its unique coastal

Live concerts are on three stages and included in the admission

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price. The medley of music offers something for every musical taste.

tures, is ideal for growing the luscious fruit. Strawberries are Ventura County's largest crop, generating over $655 million in value a year.

Arts & Crafts Showcase highlights the talents of 200 artists who specialize in paintings, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, specialty foods, furniture, children's toys, photography and more. Artists are on hand

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to visit with festival guests and often personalize gifts.

According to the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Americans eat an

The two-day festival attracts almost 60,000 visitors each year

average of three-and-a-half pounds of fresh strawberries each

from throughout California. Since its inception, the California

per year. The California Strawberry Festival helps bump up those

Strawberry Festival has contributed over $4.65 million to more than

numbers—an estimated 1.5 million strawberries will be consumed

30 charitable organizations and funded scholarships to children of

during the two-day festival.

migrant farm workers.

All of the event's 50 food vendors are required to provide at least one strawberry-related item for sale at their booth. That means there is a tasty strawberry delight for everyone just waiting to be tried. Desserts, main courses and thirst-quenching delights, such as beer, margaritas and smoothies are served at the festival. Some of the most unusual dishes are strawberry nachos, strawberry chimichangas, deepfried strawberries, berry kabobs, strawberry tamales and strawberry popcorn. Just-picked strawberries, directly from local fields, are also available.

Strawberry Festival Details DATES: Saturday & Sunday, May 19 and 20, 2018 LOCATION: Strawberry Meadows/College Park in Oxnard (3250 South Rose Ave.) FESTIVAL HOURS: 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., both days ADMISSION: Adults: $12; seniors 62+, active military and dependents with ID card: $8; Youths (5-12): $5, Free for kids 4 and under

Strawberryland is a special part of the festival designed just for

GETTING THERE: Strawberry Meadows/College Park is flanked

kids. It offers loads of childhood fun with puppet and magic shows,

by Rose Avenue, PCH and Channel Islands Blvd. Onsite parking is $10.

live animal acts, carnival rides ($1), bounce houses and climbing walls.

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Strawberry Promenade is a tented area packed with cooking

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ECO(nomic)

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ARTICLE JEFF RUNYAN

APRIL IS AN ECO-AWARENESS MONTH. Eco-awareness is an

in value, they may still not represent enough to make a meaningful

“awareness of environmental issues.” Naturally, in communities where

difference. This leads to obtaining benefits in a conscientious deci-

this article runs, from Pacific Palisades to Malibu, from Lake Sherwood

sion-making process. If you like a position, own enough for it to be

to Agoura Hills, residents and business owners alike exhibit great care

significant, usually 5% to 15% of your portfolio. If it is less than 5%, ask

in how they treat and care for our environment. They do so because

yourself if you are comfortable buying more to make it represent 5%. If

the ramifications have a meaningful impact on our beaches and

the answer is no, then maybe it is not a position you should own at all.

ocean, property values, and desirability to live and work in the places

Not that many years ago Malibu grocery stores offered plastic

we call home. Similarly, the effort required to keep an environment

bags at checkout. Now, you have trained yourself to carry your own

like your community clean and free-of-harm is necessary to keep an

reusable bags. Even in recent weeks, Malibu City Council banned

investment portfolio as “clean” and as free-of-harm as possible.

plastic straws and utensils. If we are in an environment of hyper-

However, this takes effort. Positions in assets such as inherited

awareness, let it benefit you in more ways than your physical envi-

stocks and Beneficiary IRA’s can sometimes clutter your portfolio

ronment. Take this opportunity to tune in and make sure you have a

because the investments may not be suitable for you to own. After

portfolio that is sustainable if the market were to decline, one that’s

all, you are a different investor with a potentially different risk toler-

eco-friendly, or unlikely to cause undue economic harm. A state of

ance, tax circumstance, time horizon, or financial goals. How about

awareness and conscientiousness can be of great value, not just

positions you have owned that haven’t produced sufficient returns?

for your community, but within your household too—in fact, within

We have been in a robust expansionary market cycle, and if you have

your eco(nomic) household.

investments that haven’t yielded similar rewards, yet have congruent equity risk, then that is a red flag indicating they likely merit review. Whether logical or not, investors will sometimes continue to own a losing position simply because they are waiting for it to achieve the

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There is also the problem of owning fragmented positions. These

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experience. As Chief Executive Manager

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investment team committed to designing

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APRIL

LIFESTYLE CALENDAR

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14 & 15

JAZZ NIGHT

20TH CHUMASH DAY POWWOW & INTERTRIBAL GATHERING

Petra Mediterranean Cuisine

Enjoy the finest local jazz musicians

and unique one-of-a-kind pieces. Fun for all ages with exhibits and sales of gems, jewelry, rocks, minerals and fossils. Special youth activities. Lapidary

Malibu Bluffs Park

and jewelry-making demonstrations.

Friday nights at Petra. Monthly lineup

The Chumash Day Powwow cele-

Silent auction, door prizes, plant sale

features Michael Falcone (4/6), Ca-

brates Native Americans from all over

and snack bar. CGAMC.org

labria Foti (4/13), Jay Jackson (4/20)

the country, representing hundreds of

and Rick Jarrett (4/27). Petra-LA.com

tribes, This noncompetitive powwow

10 COMEDY NIGHT Petra Mediterranean Cuisine

features Native American food, craft vendors, tribal ceremonies and danc-

21 & 22

es. Park offsite on the corner of Civic

SCANDINAVIAN FESTIVAL

Center and Webb Way and take the

Cal Lutheran University

free shuttle to and from the park. Free.

The 43rd annual event celebrates the

MalibuCity.org/ChumashDay

cultures of Denmark, Finland, Iceland,

Enjoy local live comedy, the second

Norway, Sweden and the Sami peo-

and fourth Tuesdays monthly while

ple from the Arctic regions of Scandi-

enjoying a delicious meal. For reservations, call 805.497.6767. Petra-LA.com

14 6TH ANNUAL ROUND-UP, A ROCK 'N COUNTRY MUSIC EXTRAVAGANZA

14 CONEJO VALLEY CAMP FAIR

navia. Enjoy music, dancing, food, lectures, demonstrations, vendors and activities for all ages. Scandinavian

Conejo Creek North Park

foods inlcude Swedish Meatballs, Ae-

The Conjeo Valley Camp Fair is a

bleskivers, Swedish Pancakes, Lefse,

free summer camp expo event where

Danish Pastries and more. $10 adults.

Conejo Valley families can meet rep-

ScandinavianCenter.org/Festival

resentatives from 60 participating camps and learn about their programs. A "one-stop shop" for finding the best

21 & 22

Rancho Simi Community Park

camp for your child, there will also be

The Kiwanis Club of Simi Valley in-

food, kids' activities and raffles to win

FESTIVAL OF THE FLOWERS

vites music fans to experience coun-

free camp sessions from participating

Eden Gardens

try music, line dancing (with lessons),

camps. LASummerCamps.com

A live interactive theatrical experi-

food and craft vendors, drawings, ac-

ence that brings the history of Rome

tivities for the whole family and much

to life, this event takes guests back

more.  All proceeds benefit the youth and the needy in Simi Valley. $25 presale/$30 at the gate; 12 and under, free. RoundUpSimi.org

14 44TH CONEJO VALLEY HOME REMODELING SHOW

19 OAKS CHRISTIAN SPRING SPECTACULAR

Over 170 vendors will be on hand with information on everything from kitchen and bath remodeling to in-

in time to Rome’s epic celebration of spring. Meet characters from the past, witness gladiator reenactments along with feasting, games, music,

Calvary Community Church

dancing and live theater. This floral

Enjoy an evening of music and dance

event is like nothing experienced.

as Oaks Christian's high school or-

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chestra, choirs and bands present the music of the Beatles. Also April 20 at 7 p.m. OaksChristian.org/Arts

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gems and fossils, worldwide specimens

21 & 22

21 BOAT PARTY BASH Westlake Yacht Club

Join Senior Concerns for an evening

terior decorating to landscaping,

"PAGEANT OF A THOUSAND GEMS"

pools and spas. Gourmet food trucks

Borchard Community Center

and a sunset cruise around West-

will be at the show on Saturday.

The Conejo Gem & Mineral Club's 44th

lake Lake. The boats will dock at the

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APRIL

LIFESTYLE CALENDAR Westlake Yacht Club for an evening including dinner and dancing, live auction, 50/50 drawing and more! Proceeds help support Senior Concerns' programs and services. $125. Call 805.497.0189.

22 WESTLAKE ROTARY COMMUNITY STREET FESTIVAL

28 HOPE4KIDS 5K/10K AND KIDS RUN & FESTIVAL

Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara. Activities include a cocktail reception, 3-course dinner, live entertainment, dancing and a silent  and live auction. Proceeds benefit the Cancer

Thousand Oaks

Support Community. 805.379.4777.

This event raises funds for foster,

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former foster, abused and neglected children in Ventura County and Conejo Valley! The free festival features a silent auction, vendors, food trucks, free kidzone (bounce houses, gam-

28 OAKS CHRISTIAN SCHOOL LEGACY GALA DINNER AUCTION

Westlake Village

ing, etc.) and stage performances,

The Rotary Club of Westlake Vil-

as well as a Foster Gallery with video

lage's annual festival includes mu-

and photo biographies of children in

Presidential Library

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This year's gala features former Sec-

The Ronald Reagan

dors, kids' activities, food trucks,

retary of State General Colin L. Pow-

classic car display, a special pet

ell USA (Ret.), who will be sharing

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27 FASHIONS ON PARADE

28 ARBOR/EARTH DAY

stories of leadership and character. Guests will enjoy a gourmet dinner and tours of Air Force One. Student

Grant R. Brimhall Library

entertainment, alumni testimonials

The celebration includes films and

and silent and live auctions also in-

discussions, kids shows and activities,

cluded. OaksChristian.org 

displays, hands-on workshops and

Hyatt Westlake Plaza Hotel

presentations. Subject experts and

The Westlake Women's Club Fash-

staff will be on hand to answer all your

ion Show & Luncheon features

sustainability-related questions. Indoor

boutique shopping, complimentary

and outdoor activities. TOaks.org

champagne, door prizes and a silent auction. $75. Call 818.991.2790. WestlakeWomensClub.com

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42ND ANNUAL DENIM & DIAMONDS GALA & AUCTION

THOUSAND OAKS WOMAN'S CLUB LUNCHEON

Camarillo Ranch House

Join the community for a cocktail reception, music and silent and live

Los Robles Greens Golf Course,

auctions to benefit the Ventura Coun-

Sunset Ballroom

ty Council Boy Scouts of America.

The TO Woman’s Club is open to

VCCBSA.org

all women of the Conejo Valley and surrounding areas who are looking for stimulating and rewarding friendships with women who

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have a common interest in assist-

"SEASONS OF HOPE" GALA

ing with local charitable endeav-

Four Seasons Westlake Village

We are always accepting submissions

ors. This year's charity is Luther-

Spend an evening of inspiration

for events you'd like to see included

an Social Services. Chef ’s Choice

and celebration recognizing can-

in our Calendar section. Submissions

lunch includes coffee and tea. $22.

cer heroes in our community with

are accepted via the Contact Us tab

805.498.8294.

the Cancer Support Community

at ConejoValleyLifestylePubs.com.

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PARTING THOUGHTS ARTICLE KIM PAGANO

RUNNING

YOUR OWN

RACE

CHOOSING TO BE YOUR BEST SELF IS REALLY

I think it is important for us to start loving ourselves healthy. While some things

ONE OF THE EASIEST DECISIONS YOU CAN MAKE

seem so simple, such as losing weight, it is not as easy as it sounds, especially

IN YOUR LIFE. This is what I like to call “running your

when we eat food we know is not healthy. We have to be more mindful about

own race,” at your own speed. When you are authenti-

unhealthy food and what it does to our bodies. If we start only eating what is

cally being you, you don’t have time to make excuses

known as “real food,” what effects would that have on our bodies? Our nutri-

or lie to keep up with your life. By staying on the path

tion directly affects our minds and is similar to feeding our souls. I’ve always

to your personal best journey, you begin to learn your

thought that if we eat good healthy food, we will feel and do good.

purpose. It is important to remember that you are only in a race with yourself. You shouldn't feel like you have

Do you ever overwork your body or your mind? It’s so important to listen to your body for any aches and pains and to stay in touch with your inner self.

to change to be like anyone else. You will encourage

Do you dress for success so you can feel and be better? Do you take time

and inspire others, while also letting others do the same

to make decisions and take a breath before you ultimately decide? Do you

for you. When running your own race, it will be to your

ever take into consideration that every decision you make is usually paired

advantage to work hard to be healthy and balanced.

with a consequence? Do you surround yourself with empowering people? Are

Isn’t that what we all want for our bodies? Step into your

you open to learning from your journey and from the people that are messen-

own power by taking a moment to close your eyes and

gers in your life? I truly believe that each person that comes into our lives has

meditate. Focus on yourself and your transformation to

a message to share, so always be open to listening to them. Consider some of

maintaining a beautiful and healthy body.

these questions I’ve raised as tools to help you in this race called life. None of

Let’s start from the top: How do you take care of your

us should live with any regrets, if we take the time to think life through.

mind? Do you start your day in a positive way by medi-

Another thing I want to remind you of is to never allow others to make up your

tating, praying or reading affirmations? As for self-care,

mind for you. By doing this, you are letting others steal your thunder that you have

how do you keep up with your hair routine? Are you on a

worked so hard for. Remember to take a breath before you make any major life

maintenance plan to consistently condition, cut and care

decisions. Also, make it a point to prioritize your health and keep up with your self-

for your hair? Do you take good care of your skin? This

care rituals. Focus on your own body, because all the answers you will need in life

could include getting facials and using good products to

are inside you. Take these thoughts with you as you win your own race of life!

nourish your body and skin, as well as protection from the sun while getting enough rays. When you think about these self-care practices, it seems pretty simple, so why aren’t more of us doing it? How about scheduling yearly checkups with your dentists and doctors? Some of us tend to take better care of our homes and cars, and even our pets, than we do ourselves. It’s no wonder some of us are not becoming our best selves, as we are focusing on

Have a business or story you would like to share on

other areas of our lives or possibly others.

the Kim Pagano Show? Call 805.419.0008.

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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.

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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.

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