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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.


LIFESTYLE LETTER

MAY 2018 PUBLISHER

Ben Malkin | ben.malkin@lifestylepubs.com Robin Chesler | Robin.Chesler@Lifestylepubs.com EDITOR

Tracy Marcynzsyn | tracy.marcynzsyn@lifestylepubs.com ACCOUNT MANAGER

Heart of a Woman I AM TRULY AWED AND INSPIRED BY THE AMAZING WOMEN IN OUR COMMUNITIES. In this issue, you’ll find women doctors, lawyers, teachers, pilots, CPAs, realtors, dentists, mothers, wives, sisters, friends—all of them strong, confident, talented, empowered and powerful. We’ve heard the saying, “Behind every great man is a woman,” so what’s behind a great woman? I believe it’s heart—every one of the females featured in this month’s Women’s issue puts their all into helping others, serving as role models and inspiration for the countless lives they touch. Caring for others has been the constant thread connecting women through the decades as history progresses, glass ceilings shatter and changes result. Whether devoted to family, flying troops to Vietnam, educating our youth or performing lifesaving surgery, women care passionately about what they do, pouring their hearts and souls into bettering our lives and communities in one way or another. Thankfully, what has evolved through the years are societal mores dictating “acceptable” choices women can make about their lives, such as, for example, whether to get a

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divorce or hold a job—two actions that would have barred a woman from joining a local woman’s club in times past. “But we don’t care about that anymore!” a senior member of the club laughed at the memory, pointing out the prestigious positions held by so

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many of the women in the room. Certainly, women have shown they can be and do anything men can do—and in many cases, may I venture to add—“better”!? We hope you enjoy reading and learning about the incredible females featured in this issue—we could write an entire book about their accomplishments and activities and are humbled to share just a glimpse of their greatness in these pages.

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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 Carli DiMarco Melanie Carlisle Randa Makeen Michael O’Connell Annie Chan Harshith Potu

We honor and applaud all the wonderful women who make this world a better place. Thank you and Happy Mother’s Day! 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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Bridgehaven gated one story estate 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

If one of your New Year Resolutions is to sell your home in 2018, then NOW is the time to call / text Rosemary @ 805.479.7653 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.


Santa Rosa grand estate with pool and 4 car garage Santa Rosa Valley, Ca. | 11925 Pradera

www.11925Pradera.com | Newly Listed at only $1,169,000

Stunning remodeled 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 w/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 pool that is sheltered from damaging sun with pool roof cover. Car enthusiasts will rejoice w/ 4 car garage plus concrete driveway to allow potential RV or multiple car parking. The home is surrounded by many fruit trees and landscaping. Zoned for horses. One-bedroom downstairs is currently utilized as office. Huge laundry room. Award winning SRTMS school district. Listed at only $1,169,000


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 meld into perfect blend of intimate & luxurious living. One-of-a-kind Tuscan Villa tucked into the hillsides overlooking the fairway on one of California’s top-rated Golf Courses Located in the exclusive community of Saticoy Highlands is this amazing new single-story estate that 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 ensuites + wood study are gorgeous. Perfect for entertaining family and friends, this discriminating home not only features; an 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!

If one of your New Year Resolutions is to sell your home in 2018, then NOW is the time to call / text Rosemary @ 805.479.7653 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.


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

Wood Ranch | 758 Donnington www.758Donnington.com | Reduced to only $3,995,000

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 ooring. 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. Reduced to only $3,995,000.


Spanish Hills opulence beyond your wildest imagination 750 Camino Tierra Santa | 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.

If one of your New Year Resolutions is to sell your home in 2018, then NOW is the time to call / text Rosemary @ 805.479.7653 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.


One story Santa Rosa Valley gated view estate home Camarillo, Ca. | 11060 Las Posas

www.11060lasposas.com | Call Rosemary for price!

JEWEL BOX of Santa Rosa Valley. One story gated Las Brisas home, located on a cul-de-sac street in a wonderful gated neighborhood setting, contains spacious living room with, remodeled kitchen. Large master bedroom suite with remodeled master bath and huge master bedroom walk in closet with custom cabinetry. Gorgeous panoramic views, and orchard. Adjacent to the living room is the formal dining area. The gourmet kitchen with magniďŹ cent granite counter tops, has everything you need to cook the meal of your dreams. An attached eat-in kitchen area for your informal meals or a snack. Basketball court. Pastoral Santa Rosa Valley, equestrian zoned. Award winning SRTMS school district.


Old world grandeur uncompromising luxury 2269 Applewood | Santa Rosa Valley, Ca. www.2269Applewood.com | Newly listed 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. Listed at only $3,799,000.

If one of your New Year Resolutions is to sell your home in 2018, then NOW is the time to call / text Rosemary @ 805.479.7653 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.


Ultimate multi-family compound with massive family room entertaining Room! Santa Rosa Valley, Ca. | 2792 Redondo www.2792Redondo.com | Offered at only $2,795,000

Santa Rosa Valley Estate. This 10 Bedroom, 12 Bath estate is perfect for multi-generational living as well as lavish corporate entertaining. Gracious formal dining room, family room and formal living room. Spectacular craftsmanship and quality. Wood floors, crown moldings, leaded & beveled glass windows & imported iron & crystal chandeliers can be found on the main level. The granite center island kitchen has chefs kitchen with Viking Oven Range with commercial quality hood, Wine chiller,huge granite island . The FLEXIBLE FLOOR PLAN also includes 1 bedroom, & separate office on the main level. Upstairs, a spacious master suite w/ attached marble bath, huge walk-in closet, fireplace, sitting room & private balcony. The 2-bedroom GUEST APARTMENT has a full kitchen w/Sub-Zero, fireplace, balcony & pvt. 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.


INSIDE THE ISSUE MAY 2018

FEATURES 24 Service for 2 Mothers & Daughters Lend a Hand

27 Girls’ Day Out 3 Places to Pal Around

36 Movers + Shakers Local Women Lead the Charge

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42 Dreams to Reality Dancing Empowers Local Youth

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Lifestyle Letter

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Good Times

20 Around Town 24 Giving Back 27 Hot Spot

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32 Open House 34 Locally Owned 46 Healthy Lifestyle 48 Financial Buzz 50 Now Open 52 Trend Setter 54 Locals Only 58 Inspired By 60 Local’s Choice 62 Lifestyle Calendar 66 Parting Thoughts


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GOOD TIMES

Montecito Bank & Trust Grants Awards

Local nonprofit representatives joined Montecito Bank & Trust employees at the bank’s annual Anniversary Grants reception. Heading into its 43rd anniversary, the Bank awarded grants of $2,000 to each of the 10 local nonprofits, all hand-selected by employees after they campaigned, rallied and voted for the organizations that mean so much to them. PHOTOGRAPHY BY CLINT WEISMAN

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AROUND TOWN

CALLING ALL ANGELS

moved to form the Alzheimer’s Women Initiative

The Roadside West Summer Street Festival takes

(AWI), a volunteer-driven community group, which

place May 6 at 5 p.m., at Veterinary Angels Medical

aims to educate families, associates and neighbors

Center, at 29348 Roadside Drive in Agoura Hills.

on the economic and human impact of Alzheimer’s,

The event features dog and cat adoptions, pictures

honor those who selflessly provide care for peo-

with exotic animals, giveaways, food trucks, family

ple affected by Alzheimer’s, expand the resources

activities, raffles and more, to benefit The Little

available to the local families who are living with

Angels Project, a nonprofit dedicated to providing

Alzheimer’s each and every day, and advocate for

medical care for animals in need. Local sponsors

more federal research dollars to find a way to pre-

include Camp Bow Wow, Front Runner, Patagonia

vent or cure Alzheimer’s disease. Alz.org

Building Supplies, Knauer Pianos, Veterinary Angels and Drive, Smog, Lube, Wash. VetAgouraHills.com

CASA FOR KIDS

SHELTERING HOPE

for foster children needs more volunteers! Please

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)

The Shelter Hope Pet Shop Gala on May 12, from

consider attending the next CASA Informational

6-10 p.m. at The Sunset in Malibu features an elegant

Session on Thursday, May 24, from 6:30-8 p.m. to

vegetarian dinner, music by Ron Moss and Friends,

learn how you can make a difference in the life of

a silent auction and "The Rescue Me Award" cere-

a child in our community. Today, there are nearly

mony. Proceeds further Shelter Hope Pet Shop’s

1,000 children in the Ventura County Dependency

mission to aid shelter pet adoptions, promote educa-

Court System who are victims of abuse and neglect.

tion and bring awareness to the communities served.

With a string of people, often including their own

The first and only volunteer humane pet shop

parents, in and out of their lives, these children are

partnering with companies, such as NewMark

in desperate need of a consistent adult. A CASA

Merrill, who donate store front space in busy shop-

Volunteer becomes the one adult who stands up for

ping locations in order to assist with community

a child and commits to advocating for them until

outreach and shelter pet adoptions, Shelter Hope

he/she is placed in a safe, permanent home. For

Pet Shop is a unique, large scale business model,

more information or to reserve your seat, contact

which aims to eliminate puppy mill pet shops in

Ken at 805.389.3120.

our malls across the nation. The nonprofit provides a fun, friendly place where visitors and volunteers

BBSVC GOLF CLASSIC

can meet and interact with animals needing adop-

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County

tion. You can also visit Shelter Hope Pet Shop for

(BBSVC) is excited to welcome Select Workforce

pet merchandise and know your dollars are going

Specialists (formerly Select Staffing) as the return-

directly back to help save the lives of homeless

ing Title Sponsor for its annual Golf Classic. The

pets. ShelterHopePetShop.org

organization’s top-performing event takes place

ALZHEIMER’S INAUGURAL HIGH TEA

Monday, May 7, at Saticoy Country Club. Former Los Angeles Rams Quarterback, Vince Ferragamo,

The Alzheimer’s Women’s Initiative, Ventura

is also returning as the event’s celebrated host and

County, led by Chair Cindy Morrison of the

keynote speaker. The day includes golf, dinner, give-

Alzheimer’s Association California Central Chapter,

aways, entertainment and auctions, and will feature

presents the Inaugural “Your Brain Matters” High

the much-anticipated Travis Mathew Experience as

Tea at the Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village on

a special apparel opportunity for its golfers.

Saturday, May 19, from 1 to 3 p.m. The event revolves

The BBSVC Golf Classic raises the much-needed

around the importance of brain health and longevity

funds to help to change the trajectory of youth fac-

and honors caregivers who care for individuals liv-

ing adversity in Ventura County through long-term

ing with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias.

mentoring. The growth and professional support

This year’s recipient of the Alzheimer’s Leadership

of BBSVC’s one-to-one mentoring programs and

Award is Kimberly Williams-Paisley, who will also be

school site programs throughout the county rely

the keynote speaker.

on the generous support of sponsors and local

With women at the epicenter of the Alzheimer’s

community members. This year’s Golf Classic will

crisis, a group of women were charged, inspired and

bring additional attention to how the BBSVC’s youth CONTINUED >

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Embrace the impeccable details of this completely remodeled home.

Compass is a licensed real estate broker (01991628) in the State of California and abides by Equal Housing Opportunity laws. All material presented herein is intended for informational purposes only. Information is compiled from sources deemed reliable but is subject to errors, omissions, changes in price, condition, sale, or withdraw without notice. To reach the Compass main office call 310.230.5478

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AROUND TOWN

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mentoring programs are focusing on a trauma-informed model, particularly to benefit program youth in the area who were displaced and affected by the Thomas Fire last year. BBSVC.org/Golf

MARGARITA MIXOFF Join Soroptimist International of the Conejo, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) volunteer organization that raises funds to help provide services for women and girls in the Conejo Valley and around the world, at its 17th Annual Margarita Mixoff on  May 10. This world class event takes place at The Gardens at Los Robles Greens in Thousand Oaks to celebrate one of Conejo Valley’s finest qualities... MARGARITAS!  Some of the area’s best vendors will compete for the “Best In The West” Margarita “People’s Choice” Margarita and best hors d’oeuvres at Margarita Mixoff 2018! Tequila Tasting will also be featured. The margarita tastings, appetizers, music and fun in the Thousand Oaks sunshine make this a popular event every year! Proceeds benefit local charities such as RAIN Project Transitional Living Center,  Safe Passage Transitional Home (for victims of domestic violence), Hospice of the Conejo,  Villa Esperanza Services (Independent living skills),  Manna Food Bank, Conejo Free Clinic and others. SIConejo.org

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GIVING BACK

N AT I O N AL CH AR I T Y LE AG U E MOTHERS & DAUGHTERS TEAM UP TO SERVE

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WITH 250+ ACTIVE MEMBERS, THE CONEJO VALLEY

“WE ARE TEACHING LEADERSHIP AND CONFIDENCE, AND PROMOTING WELLROUNDED AND SOCIALLY AWARE CONTRIBUTORS IN OUR COMMUNITY,” SAYS WILSON.

CHAPTER OF NATIONAL CHARITY LEAGUE, INC. offers mothers the opportunity to work with their daughters and teach them the importance of giving back. “This is a crucial time in our daughters’ lives, where they may not want to spend a lot of time with their moms—we all

Members of our chapter volunteer at the thrift shop, so that we

are encouraged to step beyond that and work together for our

may give back as much as possible to our community.”

community,” says President Anita Wilson, of Agoura Hills.

Because the Conejo Valley is considered a very affluent

“The philanthropies that we volunteer at depend upon our

area, “we are teaching the importance of giving back to our

help every week,” she says. “At times we are the only volunteers

own community,” Wilson says. “You can give to different orga-

they get, and we are fortunate to be able to be there for them.”

nizations throughout the world, but it should really start in our

Through the volunteering, “We are teaching leadership and

own backyards…we have that opportunity to give back to peo-

confidence, and promoting well-rounded and socially aware contributors in our community,” says Wilson.

ple who really do need it and they do live so close.” Currently, the Conejo Valley Chapter helps 17 philanthropies.

In addition to the group’s members, it also has more than

“Our philanthropies serve seniors, military, special needs,

200 “sustainers,” who are women with daughters that have

animals, environmental, children, families in need, the arts,

gone through the program and graduated.

medical, community and those in lower-income brackets,” says

There are many examples of how these mothers and daughters give back. Throughout the year, for instance, they help with different activities at the Conejo Recreation and Park District. “They need help teaching special needs children basketball, swimming and cooking, as well as socializing, leisure planning

Erika Owens, the chapter’s V.P. of Philanthropy. Volunteer opportunities can be one-time events, such as Art Trek Community Night, holding dogs at pet adoptions, stuffing backpacks at My Stuff Bags, or serving dinner at Therapeutic Rec Family Bingo.

and independence,” Wilson explains. “It is important to have all

“There are also more long-term commitments, such as

ages helping out to help socialize the special needs children and

Many Mansions homework tutoring, Therapeutic Rec Summer

our members fill this need…we, as volunteers, get back so much

camps, or a weekly shift at Los Robles Hospital in their volun-

more than we give through the smiles, hugs and happy faces.”

teer program,” Owens says.

In other efforts, the Conejo Valley Chapter opened Fibber McGee’s Thrift Shop in 1985.

Volunteering 10,000+ hours each year, the ladies agree, “it is equally important to say that we get back so much more than

“This thrift shop benefits our community in three ways,”

we give,” Wilson adds. “If you ask any of our daughters, they

Wilson says. “We sell gently used household items and clothing

will tell you a story of the impact that the various organizations

to our community, where the proceeds are used to award grants

have had on their lives: all very positive.”

to our philanthropy partners as well as scholarships to local high school senior girls that are not members of our organization.

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environments, and then separate relevant sounds from the competing background noise—all of these things are happening simultaneously! When we have untreated hearing loss and a loss of auditory input, our brains must work harder, and by the end of the day, this can be exhausting! Recent studies have also linked untreated hearing loss to a more rapid rate of cognitive decline and an increased risk of falls. Hearing devices today are very sophisticated digital chips that are customized by the hearing care provider to fit not only ing preferences. Devices can scan an environment 100 times per second to analyze speech and noise and focus on mak-

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The most common cause of hearing loss is damage to hair cells inside the inner ear in the cochlea. These hair cells are amplifiers for soft sounds, so the first thing we notice is difficulty understanding soft speech. We hear loud sounds, like traffic, lawnmowers, dogs barking, loud voices etc., but not the softer sounds, like birds chirping, our grandchildren, conversations in restaurants, the timer on the microwave, clocks ticking, etc. The sounds that are often the hardest to detect are the consonants sounds in the higher frequencies, such as the s, f, th, t, k, sh and ch. These sounds contribute to the clarity of speech. We can be aware people are talking, but we miss beginnings and endings of words that give us the meaning of what is being said. Age is the most common cause of damaged hair cells, but also excessive noise exposure, viruses and medications, such as chemotherapy drugs, can also be a cause. Unfortunately, at this time, humans cannot grow more hair cells, but research continues in this area. Following the hearing evaluation, the results are discussed. The audiogram is an important part, but the evaluation of the impact your hearing is having on your quality of life, the degree of communication difficulties, challenges in your daily environments and avoidance of social activities must also be included in the discussion about whether it is time to move forward and seek solutions. After the listening assessment, your hearing care provider will discuss the benefits of hearing devices and their ability to help your individual needs. Hearing is a system of two ears and the brain. Listening is where we say the brain meets the ears. It is our ears that detect the sound, but the brain must make sense of it. Our brain looks at sound differences between the ears to determine where sounds are coming from. Our brains must recognize 34

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Christine has been a licensed audiologist since 1999 and holds a B.S. in Business Administration, M.S. in Communication Disorders and Sciences (Audiology) and a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology (CCC-A) from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. A member of the American Academy of Audiology, she is the owner of Conejo Hearing Center, located at 5655 Lindero Canyon Road, Suite 506 in Westlake Village. For more information, call 818.991.3800 or visit ConejoHearingCenter.com.


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Rosemary Allison ESTATE DIRECTOR, ROSEMARY ALLISON - REALTOR WORDS TO LIVE BY: You get out of life what you have the courage to put into it. FAVORITE QUOTE: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has,”—Margaret Mead GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT:  My family. I am very proud of the adults that our children have become. They are caring, wonderful members of the community with strong integrity and good character.  HOW I VOLUNTEER MY TIME:  I have been a strong

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t h e

supporter of our local Ventura County Sheriff’s Foundation to further their objective to promote civic spirit in support of the law. I have also chaired two successful galas for the American Cancer Society so that national research and local programs can continue to be funded. I am honored to have been chosen as the Chair for the 2018 and the 2019 For the Troops Gala. I have received the Ventura County “Volunteer of the Year” award (in 2011) and the “Community Service of the Year” award (in 2013) from the Conejo Valley Board of Realtors. I am also an elected councilwoman in the Santa Rosa Valley Advisory Council. FUTURE GOALS:  I measure my success, one family at a time. Continue to ensure the financial success of my clients. 


Altruism

Andrea Gallagher PRESIDENT, SENIOR CONCERNS

WORDS TO LIVE BY: The only way to do great work is to love what you do. FAVORITE QUOTE:  “It can be done,” —Ronald Reagan GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: Empowering the strengths of each person on my team to reach their goals. HOW I VOLUNTEER MY TIME:  I enjoy lending my experience to local organizations such as the Conejo Senior Resource Network, Ventura County Compassionate Care Coalition, Life Planning Network, and International Conference on Positive Aging. Getting older is a relatively new phenomenon. Two-thirds of all people who ever lived over the age of 65 are alive today. A hundred years ago the average life span was 30 years younger.  It is a new world for aging, which comes with challenges and opportunities. The decisions seniors need to make are much more complex. If I can help make a senior's journey a bit easier, I feel I will have made an important difference.  FUTURE GOALS: Continue to work and volunteer in ways that motivate and challenge me.

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WORDS TO LIVE BY: Everyday is another chance to do something great! FAVORITE QUOTE: “Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love,”—Mother Teresa GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: Founding the American Cancer Society Relay For Life at California Lutheran University in 2012. Empowering young adults to come together for the common goal to save lives, celebrate life and lead the fight for a world without cancer. HOW I VOLUNTEER MY TIME: After being on the committee for the first California Lutheran University Hats and High Tea, I will be the Event Chair for the 9th  Annual Hats and High Tea to benefit student scholarships and faculty grants.  I am the Director of Disbursements for Westlake Village Junior’s, a group dedicated to improving lives through volunteer service, and was honored by the Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce as one of their "Forty under 40."  I’ve also had the pleasure of helping to deliver dental care throughout California with CDA Cares, a program that allows volunteer dentists to provide free dental services. We were able to help 1,884 people receive dental services at last year’s event in Ventura. FUTURE GOALS: To change lives, one smile at a time.

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Sara Miller McCune FOUNDER/EXECUTIVE CHAIRWOMAN, SAGE PUBLISHING WORDS TO LIVE BY: Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good. FAVORITE QUOTE: “We are all blind until we see/within the human plan/nothing is worth the building/if it doth not build the man,”—Edwin Markham GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: Founding SAGE Publishing in January 1965 and building it into the global group it has become today, with nearly 2,000 colleagues advancing our goals in academic and educational publishing and professional development. HOW I VOLUNTEER MY TIME: Supporting our school district by bringing students and teachers into closer interactions with local performing arts organizations; the Social Science Research Council; the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford; and Shakespeare’s Globe Company in London. The Globe has an amazing educational outreach program and has visited Santa Barbara for the past two years. We expect

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to foster this program in the future as well.

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FUTURE GOALS: To be a better great-grandmother.

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WORDS TO LIVE BY: It is what it is because it can’t be what it’s not. FAVORITE QUOTE: “The definition of success is being the kind of woman that I would want to have as a friend,”—Maria Shriver GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: Raising two amazing children. They have grown into incredible, caring adults and I couldn’t be prouder of all they have achieved so far.  HOW I VOLUNTEER MY TIME: I am a member of Soroptimist International of Camarillo. We raise funds mostly through our bi-annual enchilada sales and give scholarships to women and girls. This year I chaired the “Dream It, Be It” event focused on empowering high school girls.  Having over 30 years’ experience at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County, I am also part of a cadre of mentors across the country to mentor new CEOs. I feel that I have had the opportunity to mentor many colleagues, volunteers, children and staff so they could figure out their own path to success. FUTURE GOALS: Creating a capital campaign so that Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County can buy a building that would be fully paid for and house partners to holistically serve the families that need a variety of resources.  


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DANCING ARTICLE ADRIENNE WIGDORTZ ANDERSON

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D DREAMS CAN COME TRUE.

Schlachte trained in the Royal Academy of Dance system and

When 19-year-old Sarah Hansen was in kindergarten, she

attended the University of Maryland on a dance scholarship. When her

announced she would someday dance the role of the Sugar Plum

friend died in the Pan Am/Lockerbie bombing, Schlachte re-examined

Fairy. Diagnosed with a degenerative nerve disease, Hansen has

her life choices, and realizing she would never become a professional

trouble walking, let alone dancing.

dancer, switched majors, graduating with a degree in Psychology.

Nevertheless, when asked to draw a “window to the soul” for an

art project, she filled hers with ballet slippers and tutus.

After college, she worked at a restaurant supervising people with disabilities rolling silverware. “There was one gentleman, Robbie,

Sixth-grader Liam Kay, who is on the autism spectrum, discovered

who never talked. I wasn’t sure what he understood,” she says. One

a passion for ballet after seeing “The Nutcracker” when he was 5. He

day, Schlachte arrived late to work. Robbie greeted her with a grin.

too dreamed of appearing in the Yuletide favorite.

He had set up the entire station, made a pot of coffee and had her

Two years ago, Ballet for All Kids, an Agoura Hills dance studio that

teaches classical ballet to students of all abilities, produced a full-

cup set out with her two creamers. “I never again underestimated individuals with disabilities.”

length performance of “The Nutcracker.” Hansen and Kay, who train at

Schlachte found her calling. For 26 years, she’s worked with

the studio, appeared in the presentation—Hansen as the Sugar Plum

organizations serving people with disabilities and is currently the

Fairy and Kay as the Nutcracker himself.

Director of Development at People’s Care, Chino Hills.

They agree the experience was wonderful. “It was like eating all

The idea for Ballet for All Kids came one night when Schlachte was

the chocolate in the world and not getting sick," says Hansen, a col-

rocking her baby to sleep and began thinking about sharing her love

lege sophomore from West Los Angeles.

of dance. Her child didn’t have developmental challenges, but if she

Bonnie Schlachte, 48, the nonprofit’s Founder and Executive

had, where would she take classes? An online search showed nothing

Director, doesn’t think of herself as a fairy godmother. But the Ojai

was available. The lightbulb went off: She would start her own studio.

resident’s dedication to bring the joy of dance to everyone, including

Marking its 10th anniversary, BFAK in Agoura Hills has 115 stu-

those with special needs, has changed lives.

dents, offers eight classes in ballet and other dance styles, and has

Hansen says her walking has improved since she began ballet at

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age 11. She has better spatial awareness and more muscle control. “It’s easier to stay upright, and I don’t fall as much,” she reports.

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Hansen feels free when dancing: “I forget about my physical challenges and get lost in the music. It’s the closest to flying I’ve ever gotten.” For Kay, ballet class is a refuge. “Because of my autism, I feel out of place in school, but when I’m with Ms. Bonnie and my dance-mates, I don’t feel different,” says the 12-year-old from Westlake Village. “It’s the one thing I can do right.” His mother, Jamie, knew conventional studios wouldn’t be a good match.  “Liam struggles with anxiety, focus, sensory processing and social interaction,” she says. “He has problems with fine and gross motor skills.”  Jamie learned about BFAK at an Autism Speaks walk and enrolled Kay when he was 6. “Ballet has strengthened his core. He no longer falls out of his chair at school,” she says. “Additionally, Liam has no fear of performing. He’s made friends. Last year, he had a birthday party for the first time, and guests were from BFAK. They don’t tease him. They love him for him!” Schlachte says all students reap the physical and social benefits of ballet, including a boost to self-esteem and self-discipline, increased attention span and improved listening skills and coordination. Schlachte’s unique background led to the creation of Ballet for All Kids. An Air Force “brat,” Schlachte moved a lot. When she was 12, her family settled in Maryland after her father retired. She didn’t begin ballet until 8th grade. “I started late because I had severe ‘growing pains.’ My parents thought dance would hurt me,” she recalls. She convinced them she didn’t care. Dancing made her feel whole, free and grounded. “It’s interesting, when I started classes, the pain stopped.” May 2018 | Conejo Valley Lifestyle

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75 volunteers to assist. Classes are also available in Encino and the New York City area. A Chicago branch will open soon. Schlachte’s husband Paul, a writer, and daughter Tess, now 13 and a BFAK student and volunteer, strongly believe in its mission: to provide the benefits of a classical ballet education to students, regardless of abilities, body type or learning style. “We’re the only fully integrated studio,” says Schlachte. Children with cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome and other developmental disorders,  learn alongside “typical” students, who aren’t interested in

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competitive studios and prefer a supportive, caring environment. They learn ballet positions, steps, terminology and class etiquette. Teachers hold high expectations. “Simply participating doesn’t equal success,” says Schlachte. “Here, success is measured by learning and performing classical ballet.” Dancers are showcased in a spring recital and a full-length winter holiday production. Last year’s “The Littlest Star”  featured Mallory Lewis and Lamb Chop as narrators.  “Our  ‘Peter  and the  Wolf’  and  ‘The Nutcracker’  were the only all-inclusive productions of these ballets in the world,” Schlachte says. The students rehearse for months. “For some kids, crossing from backstage to onstage is a bigger leap than the Grand Canyon,” she says. “Their courage, trust and vulnerability adds an x factor to the performance that makes for some of the most beautiful ballet.” Schlachte applied her knowledge and experience working with occupational and physical therapists, speech pathologists and behaviorists to develop The Schlachte Method, key to the program’s success. This unique approach uses a variety of teaching styles to accommodate all modes of learning—visual, auditory and kinesthetic. “Everyone has a strength we can use as a springboard to learn new skills,” she explains. For example, colored squares placed on the floor help visual learners know their personal space. Additionally, all students receive a DVD, with music composed by Schlachte’s sister, a US Naval Academy choir director, that reinforces class lessons. The program has positively transformed teachers, volunteers, parents and students. “It gives hope and changes attitudes, teaching us we all have capabilities beyond our limited beliefs,” says Schlachte. Parents have told her how their children are better in school, participating in sports and making friends.  She loves the idea families are participating in an “ordinary” activity: “They’re just taking their child to ballet and being a proud parent in the audience—something easily taken for granted.” She has learned from her students, as well: “They continually teach me to be brave, tenacious, kind and to love the best I can.” Schlachte may not have wings and a wand, but, she says, “Ballet for All Kids is truly magical.” To learn more, visit BalletForAllKids.com. 44

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HEALTHY LIFESTYLE

WOMEN’S HEALTH MONTH:

5 HABITS TO KEEP YOUR BREASTS HEALTHY

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SQUEEZE IN A 30-MINUTE WORKOUT Women who are overweight or obese—indicated by a body mass

index above 25—have a higher risk of breast cancer than those who maintain a healthy weight, especially after menopause. Being overweight can also increase a woman’s risk for breast cancer recurrence. Why the increased risk? Fat cells produce estrogen, which can trigger the growth of hormone-receptorpositive breast cancers. BREAST CANCER IS THE SECOND MOST COMMON CANCER AMONG WOMEN IN THE UNITED STATES, AND ONE OUT OF EIGHT

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DITCH THE CIGARETTES Heavy smoking ups your risk for lung and mouth cancers, but studies

WOMEN WILL BE DIAGNOSED WITH BREAST

suggest that it may up your risk for breast cancer too, especially if you started

CANCER IN HER LIFETIME.

the habit before having your first child. Experts are also looking into secondhand

These statistics are pretty alarming, but luckily a few lifestyle changes can help keep your breasts in tip-top shape and lower your risk of breast cancer.

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STICK TO ONE DRINK AT HAPPY HOUR

While moderate drinking (for women, one drink per day) may provide health benefits like a reduced risk of heart disease, more than that could affect your breast health. Booze may not only damage

smoke and breast cancer risk.

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CHOOSE FISH INSTEAD OF STEAK Women who eat more red meat (1.5 servings a day) have a 22%

higher risk of breast cancer than those who only eat one serving a week, according to a study that followed 89,000 women over 20 years. The study, which was published in The BMJ, also found that replacing one serving of red meat per day with poultry reduces breast cancer risk by 17%. Instead of red meat, opt for fish, lean protein and nuts.

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DO SELF-BREAST EXAMS It’s recommended that women do a self-breast exam once a month to

DNA in cells, increasing your risk, but regularly over-

learn what their breasts feel and look like. If you detect a firm mass or something that

doing it bumps up your risk of hormone-receptor-

is stuck in place, a mass that is getting bigger or if the skin over it changes, have it

positive breast cancer.

evaluated. Risk increases with age, starting in your 40s. Various organizations offer

If you drink alcohol, it is recommended that you consume less than one drink per day. Increased alco-

differing guidelines on the frequency of mammograms and when they should start; consult with your healthcare provider for what’s right for you.

hol consumption raises your risk of breast cancer. At your next happy hour, instead of a second glass of wine, reach for soda water with lime. Remember, one

To learn more about breast health or to schedule an appointment for a breast exam,

drink is equivalent to 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of

please contact Los Robles Imaging Center in Moorpark at 805.523.8062, or visit

wine or 1.5 ounces of liquor.

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FINANCIAL BUZZ

FEMALES&FINANCES

ARTICLE JEFF RUNYAN

IN THE RECENT NINE YEARS, THE STOCK, BOND AND REAL

result in outperformance of their male counterparts. Men are more likely

ESTATE MARKETS HAVE CHARGED AHEAD, BENEFITING THE

than women to redirect investments, selling one position and replacing it

PORTFOLIO OF MOST INVESTORS. However, when it comes to

with another, whereas women might hold their positions longer and ride

identifying investment goals, selecting investments to achieve them and

out market volatility. They are also more likely to ask for guidance and

handling the portfolio along the way, there is an observable difference

direction (imagine if you are lost while driving with a drained iPhone bat-

between the behaviors of women and men. In 1992, the book Men are

tery—who is more likely to stop and ask for directions?). These tendencies

from Mars and Women are from Venus was published and has sold more

allow for a more educated and informed approach to investing, ultimately

than 51 million copies by addressing the fundamental psychological differ-

providing further conviction about the investment decisions made.

ences that exist between women and men. Interestingly, when it comes

Studies show women are better savers than men; on average they

to achieving financial goals through investing, money management and

set aside more each month for goals like retirement. They also partic-

operating the economic household, several characteristics that women

ipate at higher rates with employer-sponsored retirement plans. But,

demonstrate can work to your financial advantage, regardless of gender.

the word “saver” is where there is a genuine opportunity to improve.

Research from the Quarterly Journal of Economics, “Boys Will Be

Women often contribute to savings, money markets and other lower

Boys: Gender, Overconfidence, and Common Stock Investment”

risk funds, and they less often consider investments that could poten-

reveals that female investors focus on longer-term, non-monetary

tially offer a greater long-term rate of return. Part of that “saving” men-

goals by keeping the “bigger picture” in mind. Instead of viewing

tality comes from their natural risk aversion, which has its benefits but

money as a means to purchase something, women tend to see money

may also limit them from keeping pace with or exceeding the rate of

as a representation of something more; i.e., economic independence

inflation (the increased costs of goods and services over time).

and financial security. And, that should not be surprising. Economic

Despite the characteristics women often share that promote finan-

independence coupled with sufficient investment knowledge can help

cial success, research shows they at times lack confidence in the

any person secure their financial future, but it may be more critical for

area of investment planning and implementing investment strategies

women than men. Women have a longer life expectancy than men,

for their future. Working with a professional may help both men and

so having a portfolio that can endure an extended period is essential.

women more accurately identify their specific financial goals to craft

Because women often take more time when making important

an ideal investment portfolio designed to achieve those goals. I guess

decisions, they tend to be good decision makers. Obviously, mak-

there is a good reason that LouAnn Lofton wrote a book titled Warren

ing educated and well thought out decisions is required in max-

Buffett Invests Like a Girl: And Why You Should Too. It is a refreshing

imizing results to achieve any goal, including investment results.

reminder of characteristics that can lead to great outcomes.

Spending time upfront to identify what financial goals and objectives are important leads to fewer reactionary changes to the markets’ gyrations over time. And, while we have not seen downside market

Jeff Runyan is the lead of Runyan Capital Advi-

fluctuations in recent years, keep in mind the periods like October

sors financial advisory team based in Beverly

2007 to March 2009 (Dow Jones Industrial Average declined more

Hills, providing clients nationwide with wealth

than 50%) and January 2000 to March 2003 (Dow Jones Industrial

management and retirement planning advice.

Average lost 35%). So, identifying a goal, having a plan to achieve

Backed by over two decades of industry ex-

it and being persistent, especially during periods when one could

perience, Jeff leads an investment team com-

easily become discouraged, keeps a disciplined decision-maker on

mitted to designing investment portfolios that

track to more likely arrive at the intended destination. Evidence from the same study also suggests that women have natural tendencies toward patience, humility and risk aversion; these traits can 48

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LOOKING THE 101 FREEWAY. The site of the 12th Belmont Village Community in California was chosen for its proximity to The Commons retail area and an array of other community facilities to make it easy for residents and their families to enjoy an active lifestyle. However, location is only one aspect of helping residents maintain their valuable connections with the surrounding community. Belmont Village staff members work to foster a "community-within-a-community" environment through a robust schedule of programs, activities and service projects of interest to residents. Belmont communities often act as neighborhood hubs, inviting local organizations to hold meetings in the building to further support community engagement.    "Many of our Belmont residents have lived in the neighborhood for decades when they make the move to our community," said Patricia Will, Belmont Village Founder and CEO. "They want to maintain the connections they’ve built over the years, and their input is invaluable in developing programs and activities that allow them to continue to enjoy those rich connections, with the added support and security that our community provides. We often hear from family members that their mom or dad is more active than they have been in years." Exclusive to Belmont Village Calabasas is a new art gallery featuring 16 original works by eight artists who are UCLA Emeriti and Retirees. This "Emeriti Art Show" was created to showcase retired professors and highlight their second talent as artists. Belmont Village Senior Living enjoys a long-term relationship with the UCLA Emeriti and Retiree Relations Center through its affiliation with Belmont Village Westwood. A companion "Emeriti Art Show" featuring different art and artists will be on display in the coming months at the Westwood community. The shows illustrate how one can meaningfully continue to contribute during retirement years.       According to Will, "We can build a wonderful building with warm ambience and innovative programs, provide well-trained staff who are both supportive and encouraging, but ultimately, it’s our residents who shape our buildings and turn them into the communities they become."


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CRUISING THE CONEJO WITH PEDEGO 101 ELECTRIC BIKES ARTICLE TRACY MARCYNZSYN PHOTOGRAPHY BEN MALKIN

Q. WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT PEDEGO 101 ELECTRIC BIKES? A. The joy it brings to people. Every person who rides a Pedego gets a big grin on their face. Many of our customers have told us that it has been literally life-changing. WHEN LINDA COBURN AND JOHN TAJIRI RENTED PEDEGO ELECTRIC

You know that adage, “You’ll never work a day in your life

BIKES DURING A VACATION IN SEATTLE, THE SIMI VALLEY COUPLE’S

if you love what you do?” Well, we’ve found it’s totally true.

LIFE TOOK AN UNEXPECTED TURN.

We love that we can do this business together and we

“It was so much fun … and there was so much interest in them while we were

love the people we’ve met in the course of doing business.

riding around, we decided to see if we could bring this amazing technology to the suburbs,” says Linda, who opened Pedego 101 Electric Bikes in Westlake Village

Q. HOW DOES YOUR BUSINESS STAND

with her husband John in November 2014.

APART FROM OTHERS?

Today, after less than four years of selling, renting and servicing Pedego

A. Going into a bike shop can be a daunting experi-

Electric Bikes for their neighbors in San Fernando, Simi and Conejo Valleys,

ence, especially if you’re not a “cyclist.” People who

“We just moved into a new space that more than doubled our original store

come to our shop feel very welcome and immediately

on Agoura Road,” grins Linda. With generous support from the corporate

on entering our space they know that we are going

leadership at Pedego headquarters, the couple enjoy sharing their passion

to do everything we can to help them achieve their

for e-bikes with others, creating a fun and healthy lifestyle that embraces

riding goals. Many of our customers have not ridden

their motto, “Hello Fun!”

a bike in a very long time and we are there to patiently

We caught up with John and Linda to learn more about Pedego Electric Bikes.

help them feel confident about riding again.

Q. WHAT SHOULD PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT PEDEGO ELECTRIC BIKES?

Q. DO YOU HAVE ANY UPCOMING

A. Pedego bikes are not about bikes with power. They are about empowering

EVENTS OR SPECIALS?

people to ride bikes. Our aim is to make riding enjoyable so that people will

A. We do a monthly group ride that is normally on the

think about riding their bikes for more than just fitness. Our customers often

first Sunday of the month (occasionally it changes due

end up riding their bikes to work or to do their grocery shopping because it’s so

to holidays or weather). The ride is for Pedego owners

much fun and better for their health and the environment.

and we also offer rental bikes for just $25 (a 50% discount) for people who want to see what all the buzz is

Q. WHO TYPICALLY RIDES A PEDEGO ELECTRIC BIKE?

about. We also host Pedego Owner’s Group rides just

A. Our customers tend to be people over 50 and people with physical chal-

for Pedego owners and lead guided tours upon request.

lenges that preclude them from riding a pedal-only bike. We have several customers who can’t drive a car for various reasons and the e-bike empowers them to be independent.

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dego Electric Bikes at Pedego101.com and on Facebook,

A. It makes them feel like a kid again!

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THE U.S. Military serving abroad. Gala attendees raised $150,000 to support For The Troops, while enjoying an evening featuring dinner, live and silent auctions, entertainment by Melissa Manchester, a moving color guard display, and a testimonial from Captain Brick Conners, USN (retired), about the great joy he felt in receiving a “We Care” package while deployed. Event sponsors included Logix Federal Credit Union, Gold Coast Health Plan, Amgen, HSP

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to keeping our loved ones out of harm’s way,” says Rosemary.

Allison,

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sacrifices they make for us,” says Rosemary, whose nephew serves founder, Paula Cornell, is married to a Vietnam Veteran who served in the 101st Airborne during 1968-1969 and is a Bronze Star Recipient.  In addition to the annual Gala event, For The Troops hosts an Annual Heroes’ Golf Tournament to support soldiers and raise needed funds.

The tournament will be held at the Wood Ranch Golf Club on Monday July 9, 2018. For information about the Golf Tournament, contact Golf@ForTheTroops.org or call 805.306.0830.

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“Being a Medal of Honor sponsor of this gallant enter-

teers to donate their time and efforts to help this organization.

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“We contribute our part and stand with those enlisted sol-

home comforts to those who are defending our nation,” says

diers, who dedicate their lives to keeping our loved ones out

Rosemary, acknowledging the sacrifices made by millions of

of harm’s way,” says Rosemary. “Every day there are between

families serving abroad to protect our country.

15 to 45 volunteers who help at For The Troops’ headquar-

Contact Rosemary Allison for information about tickets,

ters, not including the very generous public who drop off

auction items or sponsorship of next year’s Military Tribute

donations to be included in our ‘We Care’ packages,” adds

Gala, scheduled for February 23, 2019.

Rosemary, noting that For The Troops collects, prepares and

For more information, visit ForTheTroops.org, or email

packages care packages Mondays through Thursdays and

Rosemary at RosemaryAllison@aol.com.

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Quoting from a description of the book: "Imagine a workplace where everyone chooses to bring energy, passion, and a positive attitude to the job every day. Imagine an environment in which people are truly connected to their work, to their colleagues, and to their customers." “This is what you can expect at Affirmative Escrow,” says Brynne DesMarteau-Ray, Escrow Operations Manager at Affirmative Escrow Corporation. By “Choosing our Attitude” each day, we remain in control of the way we react to each other as well as to our clients, she says. 

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She highlights a quote from Stephen C. Lundin, one of the authors of Fish: “When we come to work we bring an attitude. We can bring a moody attitude and have a depressing day. We can bring a grouchy attitude and irritate our coworkers and customers. Or we can bring a sunny, playful, cheerful attitude and have a great day.” “We care about both the escrows we are entrusted with, as well as

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Affirmative Escrow takes tremendous pride in the process and enjoys celebrating with clients and each other as they close escrows. “Nancy Kelley, our Escrow Officer and I bring a combined 65 years of escrow experience to the table,” DesMarteau-Ray says. “With my main focus on quality control, I continually consult with clients, agents and with my staff, advising the best way to process, proceed or handle the transactions.”  Nancy works hands-on with the staff and clients, while directing the work flow of the office.  “Our teamwork allows us to close our escrows on time,” DesMarteau-

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LIFESTYLE CALENDAR Specialists returns as the event spon-

auction and "The Rescue Me Award"

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3RD ANNUAL GIFT OF LIFE GOLF TOURNAMENT

VENTURA COUNTY SERVE DAY

Moorpark Country Club

Serve Day is a day designated for

dreds of other fine artisans, as well

Event includes golf, a ball drop, live

churches, businesses and agencies

as childrens' activities and more.

auction, raffles, breakfast, lunch and

to serve together across Ventura

CalabasasArtsCouncil.com

dinner. Proceeds benefit providing

County. ACTION finds needs within

care to children with heart disease.

our communities and helps match

Gift-of-Life.org

volunteers to local projects. In 2017,

5 CALABASAS FINE ARTS FESTIVAL Calabasas Civic Center

This premiere, two-day, free outdoor event features live entertainment and over 150 painters, sculptors, photographers, jewelers and hun-

6 ROADSIDE WEST SUMMER STREET FESTIVAL

1,850 volunteers served in over 500

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Veterinary Angels Medical Center

17TH ANNUAL MARGARITA MIXOFF

Pet adoptions, pictures with exotics,

Los Robles Greens

giveaways, food trucks, family ac-

Soroptimist International of the Conejo

tivities, raffles and more benefit The

presents this adults-only event fea-

Little Angels Project, a nonprofit ded-

turing margaritas and appetizers.

icated to providing medical care for

Beer, wine and soft drinks included.

animals in need. VetAgouraHills.com

Proceeds benefit local women in need. Tickets are $40. SIConejo.org

6 42ND ANNUAL ROTARY CHILI COOK OFF & CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL

projects at transitional living centers, mobile home parks, schools and homeless shelters in their neighborhoods. ActionVC.org

12 LOS ROBLES CHILDREN'S CHOIR SPRING CONCERT St. Julie's Catholic Church

Enjoy the sounds of children's voices

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as they perform songs of all styles and genres in their spring Kaleidoscope concert. SingingChildren.org

Conejo Creek North Park

Conejo Creek Park South

The annual event will feature a re-

Celebrate the area’s western roots

gional chili cook-off, sanctioned by

and community spirit at this four-

the International Chili Society, live

day event, featuring entertainment

"THE SLEEPING BEAUTY"

music, food, beverages and fun activ-

for kids, teens and the whole family,

Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza

ities for the whole family. Admission is

carnival rides, games, live music and

The whole family will enjoy Pacific

$20 or 2 for $30. Kids 10 and under

kids’ arts and crafts.

Festival Ballet’s production of this

are free. $5 to park across the street

Entry: $10 for adults, $5 for kids

classic fairy tale. CivicArtsPlaza.com

at Conejo Creek Park South. Chili is

6 through 12 and free for kids 5

included. Chili-Cook-Off.com

and under. Find festival hours and carnival ticket information at

7 BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF VENTURA COUNTY GOLF CLASSIC Saticoy Country Club

This annual golf tournament provides the funds necessary to support

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12 1ST ANNUAL SHELTER HOPE PET SHOP FUNDRAISER

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19 "YOUR BRAIN MATTERS" HIGH TEA Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village

The Alzheimer’s Women’s Initiative, Ventura County, presents this event about the importance of brain health and longevity and honoring caregiv-

The Sunset, Malibu

ers who care for individuals living

1,500 youth who are facing adversity

Enjoy an elegant vegetarian dinner, mu-

with Alzheimer’s disease or related

in Ventura County. Select Workforce

sic by Ron Moss and Friends, a silent

dementias. ALZ.org

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19 35TH ANNUAL CALIFORNIA STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL

Strawberry Meadows of College Park

Taste strawberry treats from dozens of food and drink vendors and take part in strawberry pie-eating contests, strawberry relays, strawberry tart tosses and other free contests. The festival includes a vendor marketplace, live music, carnival, cooking demonstrations and kids' rides and entertainment. Free shuttle service to the festival is available, Strawberry-Fest.org

20 58TH ANNUAL TOPANGA BANJO-FIDDLE CONTEST & FOLK FESTIVAL Paramount Ranch

Features a main stage with over 100 instrumental and singing contestants competing for cash and gift awards, many professional bands, a dance barn with square dancing, clogging and other dancing to live music, jam sessions (bring your instruments), a children's area, folk art and wares, great food and more. TopangaBanjoFiddle.org

23 THOUSAND OAKS WOMEN'S CLUB LUNCHEON Los Robles Greens

Open to all women of the Conejo Valley and surrounding areas who are looking for stimulating and rewarding friendships with women who have a common interest in assisting with local charitable endeavors. Chef’s Choice hot lunch, salad, bread, coffee and tea will be served. Cost of the hot lunch is $22. There will be live entertainment after every lunch. ThousandOaksWomansClub.org

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SHARE YOUR

STORIES

& LIFE LESSONS

PARTING THOUGHTS I was the rock for my oldest daughter. Think of the songs “I Am Women” (“watch me roar”) and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” (“to make me break”); I used to hear those in my mind. I went through several battles during our divorce and we were able to settle. It was a difficult time, but I always turn to a couple sayings, “pick yourself up dust yourself off and keep going on” (from my dad) and “fake it till you make it,” when I’m feeling low. That’s what kept me going and, of course, my daughter Brittany. Six months later I met my husband that I’ve SHARE YOUR STORY AND YOUR JOURNEY

been married to for 29 years. Of course, I need

AND KNOW THESE ARE YOUR LIFE LES-

to say I was not looking—I was living my life,

SONS; DON’T LEAVE THEM UNTOLD. My

working and, quite honestly, trying to survive.

parents taught me that I can do anything I put my mind to. They were my best cheerleaders.

We met at the Northridge mall where he was remodeling; I had driven in there because I saw

In high school, I got my manicure license while

displays that I thought might work for my salon.

finishing Cosmetology school so I could make an

Yes, I got my display and a husband, but not for

income while attending school. I received my

many years. My husband says he knew that day

Cosmetology license and went to my favorite

that he was going to marry me, and he also fell

salon to see about getting a job; they asked me

in love with my daughter (and she him)—a very

if I was there to buy the salon—6 months later I

important component for a marriage.

bought my dream salon. First goal met!!

We hit a few more brick walls through the

My salon was in my home town, and friends

years. My husband had several brain surger-

stopped by to get their haircut and visit. It quickly

ies and I got Chickenpox, which turned into

became a very fun and successful business, along

Meningitis. I was paralyzed from my waist

the lines of the old TV show “Cheers.” Shortly after

down, and then I got Valley Fever and became

I met my first husband we bought our first home—

paralyzed again. As always, I “picked myself

another goal met. Our first daughter was born—a

up and dusted off.” We got married and had

dream come true. Life seemed good. Sixteen

three more beautiful children. I sold my salon.

months later I was expecting another baby, and

I am a hair therapist in Westlake, a distributor

we were very excited. From the beginning, some-

for a great non-smudge makeup and skin care

thing felt off. I kept telling my doctor, but he didn’t

line, and the host of the Kim Pagano Show,

seem to worry. When I went in for my last appoint-

sharing “the brighter side of life.” Now in my

ment and went into labor about three weeks early,

10th year, I’m awed that the show has opened

I got a C-section, and things quickly progressed

so many doors in my life.

for the worse. My baby girl passed away at birth, but the doctors revived her. My

sweet

baby

girl

We are blessed with four grandchildren: identical twin boys, an adorable grandson and our

was

born

with

first granddaughter. Every day is a gift. We all get

Hydrocephalus (water on the brain). The feel-

taken off course. Live with your navigator tuned

ings I had during my pregnancy (that the doctor

to positive. I’ve learned to look at the brighter

dismissed) was her enlarged head. At that time,

side of life, even when life might not be so bright.

ultrasounds were not as common. The doctors and therapists advised us not to bring our Courtney Nicole home, as they were sure she would not live long; they gave her less than a year. Our world had been turned upside down along with our marriage. My husband was a mechanic, but he could not fix our little girl. This ARTICLE KIM PAGANO 66

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Join me on my radio show or podcast or visit my

was hard on us. Our daughter passed away at 11

website, KimPaganoShow.com to tune into the

months and shortly after, we divorced.

brighter side of life.


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