Page 1

Conejo Valley ConejoValleyLifestylePubs.com

JUNE 2018

L

I

F

E

S

T

Y

L

E

A FEW GREAT MEN

100 MEN WHO GIVE A DAMN

FIRST EVER AMG SHOWROOM IN THE USA

PATRICK CASSIDY’S FAMILY TREE


We invest in the Central Coast. Where does your bank invest?

Community Commitment

Annual Donations

Z NE

VAL W Y NE S LE

When you do business with a community bank, you’re making a difference too.

Volunteered Annually

SANTA Y

For over 40 years, Montecito Bank & Trust’s dedicated associates have made a difference by working side-by-side with individuals, businesses and nonprofit organizations to create opportunities and help the local economy thrive.

BEST OF THE VALLEY 2017 SINCE 1925

2013 – 2017

2014 – 2017

2014 – 2017

2017 Bank of the Year - Western Independent Bankers A Top Mortgage Lender 2017 - Santa Barbara Independent

montecito.bank • (805) 963-7511 Solvang • Goleta • Santa Barbara • Montecito Carpinteria • Ventura • Camarillo • Westlake Village


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.

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

JUNE 2018 PUBLISHER

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

Tracy Marcynzsyn | tracy.marcynzsyn@lifestylepubs.com CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

Men

Will Andre, Alicia Doyle, Tracy Marcynzsyn, Kiavash Nikkhou, MD, Kim Pagano, Jeff Runyan, Kateri Wozny

IN THIS MONTH’S ISSUE WE PROFILE SOME OF THE MEN IN OUR COMMU-

STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

NITIES WHO TAKE THE TIME, ENERGY AND EFFORT TO GIVE SOMETHING

Janet Barnett Photography

BACK TO OTHERS. In our May issue we did similar profiles of successful women who also give back. Just to be clear, I am talking about being there and helping out… in addition to donating money.

CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS

Will Andre, Janet Barnett Photography, Jeff Landau, Jean Lubin, Ben Malkin, Joan Marcus

Men very often get tangled up in their “male role” as the breadwinner and order giving with little time or attention to emotional involvement. When we devote editorial coverage to the many nonprofits in our community, we more often than not interact with the women who fill many of the leadership roles. When we interact with Ventura county Big Brothers Big Sisters, it thrills me to see the enthusiastic men involved with that organization. I would like to now change the focus of my male role discussion and briefly address male behavior toward women in a 21st century society that is coming to grips with centuriesold male behavior that treats women like objects rather than equals. The #MeToo movement is not political. It is the modern American net result of centuries of abuse.

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

While there is much to read in the news, I was actually motivated to address this topic after seeing a wonderful performance of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” produced by our local Conejo Valley 5-Star Theatricals musical theater company. Was Victor Hugo a

LAYOUT DESIGNERS

19th century feminist? Clearly, he was. Esmeralda, an emancipated woman if ever there was one, was objectified and destroyed by a lustful Dom Claude Frollo when she did not submit to his will. It was tragic and unambiguously critical of how men and society treated women. Have things changed that much since 15th century Paris? Well, yes and no. Women are no longer burned at the stake as witches, but it takes a loud and raucous movement like #MeToo to bring attention to modern abuse.

LAUNCH COORDINATOR PUBLISHER SUPPORT EXECUTIVE ACCOUNTANT APPLICATION ARCHITECT WEB DEVELOPERS

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

Men, we can do better.

ALABAMA | ARIZONA | CALIFORNIA | COLORADO | FLORIDA | GEORGIA | IDAHO ILLINOIS | KANSAS | MARYLAND | MICHIGAN | MINNESOTA | MISSOURI | MONTANA

Ben Malkin, Publisher Ben.Malkin@LifestylePubs.com

NEVADA | NORTH CAROLINA | OHIO | OKLAHOMA | OREGON | SOUTH CAROLINA TENNESSEE | TEXAS | UTAH | VIRGINIA | WASHINGTON

514 W 26th St., Kansas City, MO Proverbs 3:5-6

COVER PHOTOGRAPHY BY WILL ANDRE 4

Conejo Valley Lifestyle | June 2018

ConejoValleyLifestylePubs.com

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.


GLOBAL LUXURY

Conceived of the drama and romance of an exquisite New England estate. 1985 Brittany Park | Santa Rosa Valley 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.

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

GLOBAL LUXURY

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.


GLOBAL LUXURY

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


GLOBAL LUXURY

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

GLOBAL LUXURY

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.


GLOBAL LUXURY

Ultimate multi-family compound with massive family entertaining room Santa Rosa Valley | 2792 Redondo

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.


GLOBAL LUXURY

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 GLOBAL LUXURY

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.


GLOBAL LUXURY

One story Santa Rosa Valley gated view estate home Santa Rosa Valley | 11060 Las Posas www.11060lasposas.com | Offered at only $1,349,000

JEWEL BOX of Santa Rosa Valley. One story residence located in the gated Las Brisas Estates. Generous acre usable lot on a cul-de-sac street in a wonderful neighborhood setting. This home has a spacious living room with formal dining room. The gourmet kitchen with magnificent granite counter tops, and newer appliances has everything you need to cook the meal of your dreams. An attached eat-in kitchen area for your informal meals or a snack. Large master bedroom suite with vaulted ceiling, remodeled luxurious master bath with separate shower and whirlpool tub. Remodeled and expanded huge master bedroom walk in closet with custom cabinetry. Gorgeous panoramic views, and orchard. Basketball court. Four bedrooms, each with their own en-suite bath. Indoor laundry room. Three car garage. Equestrian zoned. Santa Rosa Valley is where magnificent homes rest amidst nature’s most perfect setting, located within minutes of Westlake Village, Hidden Hills, 101 Freeway providing a uniquely charming relaxed lifestyle, located close to award winning SRTMS magnet school, freeways and shopping. CALL or text ROSEMARY @ 805.479.7653 to view this home today. Offered at only $1,349,000


GLOBAL LUXURY

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

GLOBAL LUXURY

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.


GLOBAL LUXURY

Camelot Traditional Pool Home with RV Garage Santa Rosa Valley, Ca. | 11060 Hildreth www.11060Hildreth .com | Offered at only $1,829,000

Fabulous estate in gated community with impeccable craftsmanship throughout. Connecticut style estate offers great space, sophisticated charm, masterfully designed with double door entry lead you into this remarkable home on over an acre, where volume ceilings, crown moldings and beautiful. Fantastic views from almost every window. The main oor boasts a beautiful huge kitchen with granite island counter, eat-in kitchen. Spacious family room and a separate living room area, formal dining room, dedicated oďŹƒce, billiard room with walk-in wet bar, large dedicated future wine closet. Downstairs bedroom with full bath. Secluded Upstairs master bedroom has separate seating area, large walk-in closet and work out room. Huge Master bathroom. Upstairs there are three secondary guest bedrooms with their own en-suite bath. Entertainers usable backyard complete with swimming pool. 4 car garage plus RV garage. Offered at only $1,829,000.


INSIDE THE ISSUE JUNE 2018

FEATURES 24 On Stage Tuning in With Chuck Findley

34 Making Their Mark Local Men Pay It Forward

40 Branching Out Patrick Cassidy Grows His Talents

40 44

44 Driver's Thrill Mercedes-Benz Opens First AMG Showroom in US

24 DEPARTMENTS 4

Lifestyle Letter

16

Good Times

20 Around Town 22 Local’s Choice

34

24 Back Stage 29 Hot Spot 32 Healthy Lifestyle 44 Driver’s Notebook 50 Locally Owned 52 Financial Buzz 54 Giving Back 58 Trend Setter 60 Legal Compass 62 Lifestyle Calendar 66 Parting Thoughts


Aging Healthier & Living Happier

Hormone Replacement

No More Hot Flashes & Night Sweats

Mental Clarity

Better Sleep No More Mood Swings

Increased Bone Density

Lower Cholesterol & Risk of Heart Disease

More Lean Muscle Less Fat

More Energy Increased Stamina

Increased Libido & Sexual Function 150 N. Robertson Blvd. B E V E R LY H I L L S

42 4. 5 4 2 . 8 8 8 1 A s a n d r a M D. c o m

HAPPY


GOOD TIMES

Oaks Christian Legacy Gala Dedicated to Students Oaks Christian School celebrated their 2018 Legacy Gala in the Air Force One Pavilion at the Ronald Reagan Library & Museum. The evening was dedicated to OCS students and headlined by special guest General Colin Powell, USA (Ret.).  PHOTOGRAPHY BY BEN MALKIN

16

Conejo Valley Lifestyle | June 2018


Excellence Is Expecting More Than Others Think Possible Denise Arledge Founding Realtor of Compass Westlake Village With 28+ years in real estate, Denise, team leader of The Arledge Group has served three generations of Southern California families. She believes that when it comes to helping someone find their home — where they will create treasured memories, build wealth and establish a legacy for future generations — there can be no limits on service.

Call Denise Today 818.519.4429 Denise Arledge The Arledge Group denise@thearledgegroup.com CalDRE#: 01040071

TheArledgeGroup The_Arledge_Group

Recognized by The Wall Street Journal as one of the Top 1000 Realtors in the U.S. “When Denise walked through the door, she brought with her the same energy and passion that I imagine is what makes her such a successful real estate agent. Incredibly poised and well spoken, Denise gave off an air of authority and rightly so as she delved into the nuances of her market and how much she values her clients. What sets Denise apart from other agents is not only her tenacity — she won’t take no for an answer, but it is also her empathy that wins you over. Denise has been an incredible addition to the Compass family and an invaluable founding agent in our Westlake market.” — Robert Reffkin, Founder and CEO of Compass

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. No statement is made as to accuracy of any description. All measurements and square footages are approximate. Exact dimensions can be obtained by retaining the services of an architect or engineer. This is not intended to solicit property already listed.


GOOD TIMES

Senior Concerns Boat Party Bash a Splashing Success A fun time was had by all at the Senior Concerns Boat Party Bash Fundraiser at the Westlake Yacht Club. Guests enjoyed cocktails, appetizers and a sunset cruise around Westlake Lake, followed by dinner, dancing and a live auction. Proceeds benefit Senior Concerns programs and services. PHOTOGRAPHY BY BEN MALKIN

18

Conejo Valley Lifestyle | June 2018


The Morton Team International The MortonTeam.net

1576 Applefield Street Newbury Park Gorgeous Contemporary Remodeled Home Guard Gated Community Built in 1998 3,187 Square Feet 4 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms Offered for $1,049,000

4266 Flintlock Lane Westlake Village Beautiful Townhome Gated Community Pool and Tennis Court 1726 Square Feet 3 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms Offered for $684,900


AROUND TOWN

SUPPORT THE MAGIC OF CASA

for corporate sponsorship does as well, making it

Join CASA of Ventura County on Thursday, June

even more important for businesses in the com-

14, at 6 p.m. for a magical evening at The Tower

munity to support the Meals on Wheels program.

Club in Oxnard to support CASA’s mission to pro-

The races start and finish at 3011 Townsgate Road.

vide a powerful voice for abused, neglected and

LoveRunWestlake.com

abandoned foster children. The evening features magic, music, delicious food and drinks and a fab-

BIG BROTHER ACCOLADES

ulous silent auction. Tickets are $125 per person.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County

Proceeds support CASA of Ventura County. RSVP:

recently presented Steven M. Greenwood an

CASAofVenturaCounty.org or call 805.389.3120.

Outstanding Community Partner award in rec-

ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

ognition of his many ongoing contributions to the agency, ranging from the generosity of annual

Casa Pacifica invites guests to celebrate the

giving, service as a long-time Board of Directors

25th Anniversary of the  Casa Pacifica Angels

member, and time as a Big Brother and mentor to a

Wine, Food & Brew Festival, Sunday, June 3, at the

youth facing adversity.

California State University Channel Islands campus.

The Lewis Greenwood Foundation, of which

This year’s event promises to be bigger and better—a

Greenwood is an associate, delivers a substan-

tall order given the event’s status as Best Charity

tial gift to BBSVC every year, providing funds

Event and Best Food & Drink Festival six years

that directly provide BBSVC needed resources

running. All proceeds benefit the vital programs and

to identify, screen, train and match adult role

services Casa Pacifica provides to the community’s

models—mentors, or “Bigs”—in Ventura County

most vulnerable children and their families.

who can be matched with youth facing adver-

Casa Pacifica and the Angels are excited to

sity. In serving community youth, mentors help

welcome their generous hosts back to the festival,

break negative cycles such as drug or alcohol

including the Zarley Family; the Van Huisen Family;

abuse, poverty or gang violence, and help their

Nevers, Palazzo, Packard, Wildermuth & Wynner,

mentees—or “Littles”—discover a brighter future

PC; Conico Oil/MacValley Oil and Mission Produce.

through education, career goals and, of course,

An array of exhibitors will offer delicious food sam-

fun activities that they may bond over.

ples from restaurants, caterers, bakeries and spe-

“Steve has been a hands-on advocate for BBSVC

cialty shops, as well as palette-pleasing tastes of

for many years, and truly understands the impor-

fine wines, smooth brews and specialty beverages

tance and impact of our mentoring programs in the

from throughout the region and California.

community,” says BBSVC CEO Lynne West.

A large online silent auction and live entertainment, plus the “Best in Fest” brewery competition and the Yummie Top Chef competition ensure an incredible time. CPWineAndFoodFestival.com

RUN FOR THE LOVE OF SENIORS Join the community in supporting Senior Concerns at the 25th Annual Ladin Subaru 5K/10K and Half Marathon Love Run and 1 Mile Fun Run in Westlake Village the morning of Sunday, June 3. Thousands of runners, walkers, adults and children participate in the run each year. The Love Run raises money for the Meals on Wheels program in Thousand Oaks. The program serves seniors who are no longer able to shop or cook for them-

20

selves. Last year, volunteer drivers delivered nearly

We are always accepting submissions for announce-

35,000 meals in the Conejo Valley. Senior Concerns

ments you’d like to see included in our Around Town

never turns anyone away due to an inability to

section. Submissions are accepted via the Contact

pay. As demand continues to increase, the need

Us tab at ConejoValleyLifestylePubs.com.

Conejo Valley Lifestyle | June 2018


LOCAL’S CHOICE

/// 03

/// 02

/// 01

/// 04

BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS /// 05

OF VENTURA COUNT Y ENRICH LIVES BIG & LITTLE BROTHERS SHARE INTERESTS

01 Big Brother Aaron and Little Brother Elijah, have been matched 6 years. Disney's Points of Light Foundation sponsored a trip to Disneyland!

02 Both into all things active, they hiked Mt. Whitney together! Mt. Whitney, the highest mountain in California, is 14,505 feet!

/// 06

03 Mountain biking is another shared activity the pair enjoy. Being active and outdoors makes both Aaron and Elijah happy.

04 Aaron is on the BBBSVC Bowl For Kids' Sake committee. Aaron and Elijah participated in Bowl For Kids' Sake.

05 Fishing is a great way to hang out and visit. Elijah was thrilled to catch a fish!

06 Teeing up together is another favorite activity. The duo make the rounds at the local courses.

22

Conejo Valley Lifestyle | June 2018


Knowledge...Skill...Efficiency... Pride of Workmanship...Teamwork...Poise Can you ask more than that in hiring the right professionals to handle your Real Estate transaction? You can. How about the latest, most technologically advanced escrow processing platform in existence today? We know escrow!

difference

experience the

LIC# 96DBO-36193

AffirmativeEscrow.com • (805) 496-7254 Affirmative Escrow is a member of the American Escrow Association, Escrow Institute of California, California Escrow Association and Ventura County Escrow Association and is licensed by the California Department of Business Oversight. Affirmative Escrow offers competitive prices and superior service.


BACK STAGE

Music Strikes a Chord with

Chuck Findley 24

Conejo Valley Lifestyle | June 2018


MUSIC IS ALL ABOUT MAKING PEOPLE FEEL GOOD.

ARTICLE TRACY MARCYNZSYN

RENOWNED AS “ONE OF THE GREATEST AND MOST MUSICAL TRUMPET PLAYERS IN THE WORLD—AND MOST RECORDED TOO—” CHARLES “CHUCK” FINDLEY FIRST PICKED UP A TRUMPET AT AGE 3. Born

into

a

musical

family

in

Findley later toured with the great Buddy Rich Big Band, kicking off an award-winning career that includes

Johnstown,

performing and/or recording with a Who’s Who list of

Pennsylvania, Findley grew up having regular jam

artists, including B.B. King, Steely Dan, Miles Davis, Elton

sessions in the house with his father, who played the

John, Joni Mitchell, The Rolling Stones, Wrecking Crew,

sax and violin, and his brother Bob playing trumpet

Al Jarreau, Earth Wind and Fire, The Beatles, Michael

or piano. He would join in on the cornet. His trumpet

Jackson, Quincy Jones, John Mayer, Pharrell, Maroon Five

influences were Clifford Brown, Bobby Hackett, Freddy

and George Harrison, to name a few.

Hubbard, Conte Candoli and Doc Severinsen.

Findley joined “The Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson

Findley learned to play trombone by listening to

in 1989, and then with Jay Leno from 1994 to 2001. A

records of greats like JJ Johnson, Kai Winding, Tommy

career highlight for Findley was performing the Concert

Dorsey, Carl Fontana and Frank Rossolino.

for Bangladesh with George Harrison and Ravi Shankar at

When Findley was 17, his father passed away and his older brother was on the road with the Tommy Dorsey

Madison Square Garden in 1971, which raised millions of dollars for UNICEF and the country of Bangladesh.  

Band. Findley worked five nights a week at Paderewski’s,

Findley enjoys playing in local clubs here in Westlake

a supper club in Cleveland, playing two shows a night to

Village and finds time to play golf in the Conejo Valley.

help his mom and sister financially, while learning many

Writing and teaching are a few things he likes to do.

tunes he didn’t know, which helped him later in his career.

Findley says to be able to express yourself through

Findley’s talent earned him a full scholarship to the pres-

music, whether with a trumpet or a pencil, writing songs

tigious Cleveland Institute of Music, which he attended

to make people smile makes his life rewarding. His wife of

while studying with the renowned Bernard Adelstein, who

40 years, Zelee, has made his life very special, and he says

was the principal trumpet player with the orchestra.  

she has made him a better person. “Music is all about making people feel good,” he says. Encouraging aspiring musicians, Findley says, “You can have whatever you want, you just need to get out there and do it—there’s always room for great talent.”

June 2018 | Conejo Valley Lifestyle

25


EXPERIENCE THE FUTURE OF

Age Management DR. MICHAEL GITTER, ANTI AGING MEDICINE HEATHER FITZGERALD, NUTRITIONIST

Intelligent Management of Aging | Hormone Modulation Advanced Nutrition and Supplements | Genetic Profiles Improved Sexual Desire and Performance

www.setibagroup.com | (805) 703-0000 101 N. Westlake Blvd, Suite 220, Westlake Village, CA 91362 follow us on


NOW OPEN • We Deliver • Compounding • Pet Prescriptions • Immunizations • Fine Gifts •

2900 Townsgate Rd #105, Westlake Village, CA 91361

805.371.4000 WWW.BURTSRX.COM Our other locations: 2333 Borchard Rd. Newbury Park, CA 91320 430 Avenur De Los Arboles, Thousand Oaks, CA 91362


STOP exclusive designs for you & those you care for!

THE TUG OF WAR with Divorce Mediation Reasonable Resolutions to your unique situations since 1990 Division of Property | Parenting Plans | Spousal & Child Support Save expenses in the divorce process with moderate fees in a non-adversarial environment

CALL ME AT 805.523.8898 if you have questions or want to discuss

PETER WIERE

WIERE MEDIATION Thousand Oaks, CA 91362 (805) 523-8898 peter@wieremediation.com www.WiereMediation.com

DEEP TISSUE LASER THERAPY

SURGERY-FREE DR UG-FREE | SURGE REE E LASER THERAPY RELIEVES LIEEVES PAIN PAIN AND AND INFLA IATED D WITH: WITH: INFLAMMATION ASSOCIATED

One of a Kind Brilliant Floral Arrangements & Original Handcrafted FlowerScapes

SPRAINS & STRAINS TRAI LOW BACK PAIN

for all occasions

SHOULDER & KNEE SPORTS INJURIES

REBECC A

NECK PAIN DISC ISSUES

Owner & Designer

SCIATICA TENDONITIS & TENDONOSIS FOOT & ANKLE CONDITIONS

I will personally take care of wedding, event & special occasion flowers that mean the world to you!

AND MUCH MORE! CALL TODAY TO TO SCHEDULE AN

APPOINTMENT

818.288.0048 FlowerPowerStudio.com Whizin Market Hall 28914 Roadside Dr. Unit 218 Agoura Hills, California 91301

28

Conejo Valley Lifestyle | June 2018

Duben Holistic Chiropractic Center therapy lasers

3625 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. Ste 172 Westlake Village • 805-494-1339 www.DocDuben.com


HOT SPOT

ARTICLE TRACY MARCYNZSYN PHOTOGRAPHY JANET BARNETT PHOTOGRAPHY

GET CRAFT Y WITH THE

GU YS MICROBREWERIES SERVE UP SUDS & SMILES

CONTINUED >

June 2018 | Conejo Valley Lifestyle

29


HOT SPOT

(CON TI N U ED)

01.

THE CRAFT BEER CRAZE HAS HIT THE CONEJO VALLEY IN A BIG WAY, WITH LOCAL BREWERIES AND TAP HOUSES POPPING UP AROUND TOWN. So grab the guys and head out to sample the extensive selection of suds on tap at your neighborhood hot spot. Many venues also feature food, live music, trivia nights and

Bottle and Pint Tap Room and Bottle Shop in Newbury

board games on the menu, so you can stay awhile and relax with

Park features a revolving selection of the world's best craft

your bros. We highlight a few favorites here.

beers on tap at all times. Whether it’s an IPA, Sour or Stout you love, you’ll find a variety to choose from on tap and in their fully stocked bottle shop, complete with a walk-in freezer to keep it frosty. The friendly staff, fun-loving regulars and food deliveries from nearby restaurants make Bottle and Pint the perfect place to gather with the guys. BottleAndPint.com

02.

From Pales Ales to Porters, Five Threads Brewing Company in Westlake Village handcrafts microbrews with love and passion, their (not-so) secret ingredients for making quality craft beer. Offering a bevy of brews to suit all styles—lighter ales and Belgian saisons, dark and delicious coconut porters and Irish cream stouts, complex triple reds and hoppy IPAs—Five Threads creates a community vibe with fun weekly events, including Taco & Trivia Night (Tuesdays) and Pint & Mic Night (Wednesdays), plus an extensive board game selection. Jenga, anyone? FiveThreadsBrewing.com

03.

Peanut Butter Cup Dessert Ale, Patient Pilsner Czech Pils, Marooner Marzen Oktoberbest, Bestlake Blonde and Point

BREWERY ROUND UP 30

Conejo Valley Lifestyle | June 2018

Dume Double IPA name just a few of the mouthwatering craft beers brewed at 14 Cannons Brewery & Showroom in Westlake Village. Showcasing the industry’s leading vendors while also producing beer by an award-winning brewer, 14 Cannons makes the ideal training ground for any craft beer enthusiast looking to build a brewery—or just enjoy a few pints of great beer with good friends. 14Cannons.com


June 2018 | Conejo Valley Lifestyle

31


HEALTHY LIFESTYLE

Beverly Hills Physician Strives to Empower Patients AS A MEDICAL DOCTOR, CHRISTOPHER ASANDRA BELIEVES IT’S VITAL TO ALWAYS BE EVOLVING—BECAUSE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY ARE CONSTANTLY EVOLVING. “It’s very easy for medical professionals to grow complacent and comfortable, but that doesn’t serve any patient well,” says Dr. Asandra. “The human body is complicated, and some cases are subsequently complicated—you have to think outside the box.”  As the Beverly Hills-based vitality expert behind NuMale Medical Center and NuFemme Rejuvenation Clinic, his goal is to empower people and improve their sense of well-being, not just for themselves, but for those around them as well.  “My goal is to provide the tools that people need to live the life they’ve always envisioned,” he says. “What we do is not a cure-all; it’s a means to a beautiful end if you’re willing to put in the work as well.”  To that end, AsandraMD, the newly branded offshoot of the successful nationwide health clinics, offers a very personalized approach and private experience.  “You’ll never spend time in the waiting room or run into other patients,” Dr. Asandra says. “And this is very important to many people who aren’t comfortable revealing that they’re on hormone replacement, or seeking help for sexual wellness issues, such as erectile dysfunction for men or painful intercourse for women due to the effects of menopause.”  Additionally, it’s not a one-size-fits-all approach to the actual treatments.  “Each patient is unique, and they’re treated as such,” Dr. Asandra emphasizes. “You meet directly with me, and are listened to.”  One of the most popular services he offers is bio-identical hormone replacement—these hormones are plant-based and are molecule for molecule the same as the ones our body produces. ARTICLE ALICIA DOYLE

32

Conejo Valley Lifestyle | June 2018


“And when it comes to what we specialize in, bio-identical hormone replacement, nothing will be done prior to obtaining the patient’s blood work to see exactly what’s going on with their body.” Unfortunately, that’s not the case everywhere else, “which is concerning,” Dr. Asandra says. “Once you’re on hormones, you will be monitored routinely with checkups and additional blood work, also something that unfortunately doesn’t take place everywhere else.”

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

His preferred method of treatment is in the form of pellet therapy. “The pellets are comparable in size to a grain of rice and are inserted between the fat and muscle in the gluteus,” Dr. Asandra explains. “This provides a prolonged and sustained release of hormone, without the roller coaster effects that people experience with creams, gels and shots, as they’re needed to be applied daily or administered often.” There are many benefits to bio-identical hormone replacement, he further emphasizes, including more energy, increased libido, an increase in lean muscle and decrease in fat—as well as feeling younger with an improved overall sense of well-being. “It changes lives,” Dr. Asandra says. “People that have been suffering from years of fatigue, weight gain, mood swings, sexual dysfunction, hot flashes and night sweats for women dealing with menopause...are relieved—and fast.” Another unique service is Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy, which is the method of extracting blood, spinning it down in a specialized centrifuge and extracting only the platelet-rich plasma which is rich in proteins called growth factors. “This therapy has a wide range of usage, from PRP for aesthetics/facial rejuvenation, to doing the same on the scalp for hair growth, to injecting it into joints where injury has occurred,” Dr. Asandra explains. “In all cases, the natural growth factors of your own body, in a concentrated form, kick the desired area into a high gear of healing and overall rejuvenation. The results are pretty extraordinary.” Above all, Dr. Asandra keeps the Golden Rule in mind with every patient. “To treat others as you’d like to be treated,” he says. “To approach each patient as the individual they are, someone who is suffering and needs help. I take a great deal of pride in holding true to my Midwest roots, where people are good neighbors, they listen to each other and there’s a shared empathy.” As far as the future is concerned, “we’re definitely looking to open up more clinics, possibly down in Orange County,” he adds. “But we’re busy now, helping people all over the country. I think the focus is really day to day, to take things as they come, and I think that’s the California way.”

For more information about Dr. Christopher Asandra, visit AsandraMD.com or call 424.542.8881.

COME SEE A WORLD OF DESIGN POSSIBILIT Y OPEN UP TO YOU. (805) 496-6660 104 East Thousand Oaks Blvd Thousand Oaks, California 91360 ThousandOaksFireside.com | Info@ThousandOaksFireside.com June 2018 | Conejo Valley Lifestyle

33


ARTICLE KATERI WOZNY

Local Men

Making a Difference T h e M o t i vat i n g Broker Darin Arrasmith HOME: Simi Valley. VOCATION: Commercial real estate broker for Westcord. PHILANTHROPY: Youth services primarily through Rotary and I’m a host parent to a Chinese student for three years. I also serve on the Board of Directors for Manna Conejo Valley Food Bank. CHILDHOOD DREAM: I wanted to be a doctor, but I never felt called to it as I was going through school.  INSPIRATION:  People who roll up their sleeves and do amazing things for others without caring who gets the credit for it. More gets done in this world with people who think this way.  REWARDS:  Receiving a handwritten note from a Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) graduate (or their parent or teacher) saying how they have changed their life due to an inspirational moment at RYLA.  ADVICE:  Don’t ever deny yourself the opportunity to do something that you think you would enjoy based on what others may say about you. Use your gift wisely.   ACCOMPLISHMENTS: My family.  FUTURE: I travel with my wife often and we might let the kids come along every now and again. I will work with an attitude of service as long as my mind and body will let me. FUN: Martial arts, snowboarding, hiking, writing and teaching.

34

Conejo Valley Lifestyle | June 2018


The Inspiring Drama Teacher Patrick Cassidy HOME: Thousand Oaks. VOCATION: Actor and performer for 40 years, teacher and director for eight years. PHILANTHROPY: In Los Angeles, I did the S.T.A.G.E. benefit to help raise money for AIDS awareness. In Palm Springs, I’ve helped [raise money for] the Jewish Family Service of the Desert. I’m constantly going to fundraising and benefit events for various causes. CHILDHOOD DREAM: To be an NFL quarterback. When I broke my collarbone senior year in high school, I found out the Drama Department was putting on “The Music Man” and I auditioned. I got bit by the theatre bug after that. INSPIRATION: Giving back—it’s the reason I became a teacher. I realized what my real calling was and it has been nothing but gratifying. REWARDS: My family. ADVICE: Prioritize life. For me, family was always first and my career has always been at a distance. I’ve always been blessed and grateful. Photo Credit: Jean Lubin

ACCOMPLISHMENTS: My children. FUTURE: I will always perform and will continue broadening my teaching—it’s the ultimate way that will ring true for me.

CONTINUED >

June 2018 | Conejo Valley Lifestyle

35


LOCAL MEN

(CON TI N U ED)

The “ B I G ” - H e a rt e d Manager Chip Mar vin HOME: Simi Valley. VOCATION: Senior Manager with Amgen in Environment, Health, Safety and Sustainability. PHILANTHROPY: I’ve been a member of the Board of Directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County for about six years and I’ve been a "Big" to three "Littles" for more than 20 years in two states. My wife and I are executing a long-standing philanthropic strategy where we give back to increase the well-being of the community, with particular attention to youth, health concerns and civil rights. CHILDHOOD DREAM: My dreams bounced somewhere between racing and drawing modified fast cars. I became an engineer as a result of those dreams. INSPIRATION:  People that do good things for people without expecting anything in return, they’re the ones who epitomize our purpose. My 89-year-old mom has a big heart and is my biggest inspiration.    REWARDS: I was named “Big Brother of the Year” in 2010. With Big Brothers Big Sisters, the best rewards come from mentoring the children. We call these “little moments,” which emerge periodically to remind us that we’re helping a child grow up with more chances for a happy life.  ADVICE: If it takes a village, be a villager! Do the right things, listen, be humble and be self-aware. ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Being married for just over 25 years. I have also accumulated a lot of great friends. FUTURE: To continue to give back and contribute to optimistic futures. FUN:  Cycling, snow skiing, golfing, traveling, cooking and music. 

36

Conejo Valley Lifestyle | June 2018


T h e C h a r i ta b l e Advisor Sal Sandoval HOME: Moorpark. VOCATION: Business Client Advisor for Montecito Bank and Trust. PHILANTHROPY: I serve on five different boards: Boys and Girls Club of Moorpark (board member/past president), Community Conscience (treasurer), California Lutheran University Graduate School of Education (board member), California Lutheran University Alumni Board (board member) and Housing Opportunities Made Easier (board member). CHILDHOOD DREAM: To get out of the inner city of Los Angeles and become a contributing citizen. INSPIRATION: My father. REWARDS:  Seeing kids that I had mentored who had challenges come back and become board members themselves; it’s so rewarding. ADVICE: Continue to look up and forward to find your inspiration. ACCOMPLISHMENTS: My immediate and extended family. FUTURE: To proudly continue serving my community. FUN: Camping with my wife and spending time with family and friends.

Photo provided

CONTINUED >

June 2018 | Conejo Valley Lifestyle

37


LOCAL MEN

(CON TI N U ED)

The S u p p o rt i v e Developer Rick Schroeder HOME: Oak Park. VOCATION: President of Many Mansions, a nonprofit affordable housing and service provider. PHILANTHROPY: Many Mansions. I was a donor to Many Mansions years before I became its president. CHILDHOOD DREAM: I dreamt of becoming a lawyer and a real estate developer and I did both. INSPIRATION: Our Many Mansions residents. When I hear their stories about the hardships they have gone through and how they have overcome them, I am inspired to do all that I can to help them. REWARDS: I thank God every day for the friends and family I have and the meaningful work that I do. ADVICE: Live a meaningful life and be a kind person. ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Having two wonderful children and a loving wife, helping build an important organization that is making a difference in the community and developing our affordable housing model, Hillcrest Villas Apartments. FUTURE: To keep working to make the community a better place, whether in affordable housing, in supportive services, in law or in some other endeavor. FUN: Running, yoga, reading, cooking and traveling.

38

Conejo Valley Lifestyle | June 2018


www.airbydesignco.com


Patrick and wife Melissa Photo Credit: Jean Lubin

“JUST ANOTHER FAMILY TREE” ROOTED IN CASSIDY LEGACY Patrick in "Have You Met Miss Jones?" Photo Credit: The New Theatre

40

Conejo Valley Lifestyle | June 2018

Patrick and his mother, Shirley Jones in "42nd Street." Photo Credit: Joan Marcus


ARTICLE TRACY MARCYNZSYN | PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED

THE STAR OF THIS MONTH’S 5-STAR THEATRICAL PRODUC-

“Family is everything,” says Patrick, numbering his priorities as:

TION, “JUST ANOTHER FAMILY TREE,” SAYS HE FEELS “VERY

“wife, number 1; children, number 2 and career, a distant third. The

BLESSED AND VERY FORTUNATE” TO BE A PART OF HIS

family foundation is most important,” he adds, naming family as his

STAR-STUDDED FAMILY, WHICH IS ANYTHING BUT AVERAGE.

greatest accomplishment.

“Sitting around the dinner table, every single family member

He lovingly recalls a trip taken with his wife, Melissa Hurley,

was in show biz,” laughs Patrick Cassidy, as he recalls memories

and their two sons when they were 10 and 7. The family traveled

about his famous siblings, Shaun, Ryan and (half-brother) David,

throughout the United States for a year, performing in “Joseph and

and parents Jack Cassidy and Academy Award-winning actress

the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” while they enjoyed exploring

Shirley Jones, who didn’t allow Patrick (at age 9) to be on the

various cities and even taking a private tour of the White House.

“Partridge Family” TV show. “She wanted me to have a normal childhood…go to high school, be a kid,” says Patrick, who set records as a quarterback at Beverly

“It was a unique experience as a family,” says Patrick, noting the strong bonds he cherishes with his family, his wife of 24 years, his brothers (and best friends) and parents.

Hills High School before a collarbone injury forced him off the football field and into the theatre.

BRANCHING OUT

My school was putting on “The Music Man,” recalls Patrick, and since

Along with touring his new show, Patrick’s future plans include

I couldn’t play football, I decided to try out—the rest is history. “I was bit

sharing his acting experience and expertise with aspiring actors

by the theatre bug,” he says. As fate would have it, his high school pro-

as a teacher, a role he “fell in love with” about eight years ago while

duction wasn’t Patrick’s first time being a part of “The Music Man”—his

teaching a musical theatre class at California Dance Theatre, a

mother had been pregnant with Patrick while she was shooting the film

dance school owned by his sister-in-law Kim Maselli and where

(in 1962), a secret she kept from everyone until Robert Preston wrapped

his wife teaches dance.

his arms around her and felt a strong kick from Patrick!

“I want to teach,” says Patrick, pointing out the varying per-

After high school, Patrick was cast on Broadway in “The Pirates of

spectives of the creative process. “Performance is about giving of

the Penzance” as Frederic, a role he played longer than any other actor.

your talent; you give of yourself, it’s all about you. As a teacher, it’s

He went on to pursue a successful acting career, with numerous roles in

really about the other person, passing on your experiences…and

TV, film and on Broadway, including “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures

helping others flourish.”

of Superman” (1993),“I'll Do Anything” (1994), “Smallville” (2001), “The

Working with performers, Patrick inspires and empowers

Pirates of Penzance,” "Annie Get Your Gun," a CBS TV series of “Dirty

them, providing a road map to wherever they want to go, whether

Dancing” and an ABC Family Series executive produced by brother

it’s “American Idol” or the Broadway stage.

Shaun, “Ruby and the Rockits” with his half-brother David.

A Conejo Valley resident since 2006, Patrick co-founded the

Patrick toured the country several times as a performer in many

Hollywood Stage Academy. He teaches acting and musical theater

shows, and in 2004, starred with his mother in “42nd Street,” becom-

at California Dance Theatre. He’s also taught master classes and

ing the first mother and son to star in a Broadway musical together.

lectured about film, television and theater at Point Park University in

“Just Another Family Tree,” Patrick’s one-man show on June 22,

Pittsburgh, and taught song interpretation and prepped graduating

tells the story of his 40-year career, providing an insightful look into

musical theater majors for their New York and Chicago showcases

what it was like growing up as a Cassidy.

at Western Michigan University. Especially challenging was working

“I’m the voice of years ago and the voice of now, passing the torch

as an acting coach for the aquatic production show, “Le Rêve” at the

to the new generation,” says Patrick, noting that growing up around

Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas. With no dialogue, the show featured only

big name celebrities who ran in the same circles as his famous par-

movement and performers that were not actors, but were aerialists,

ents was just a normal part of his childhood.

acrobats, divers and synchronized swimmers.

Narrating and singing his way through the evening, Patrick

“Life experience has given me many more tools than I could have

will provide a very intimate, charming inside look at his incredi-

ever learned in a classroom,” says Patrick, who says he’d like to open

ble life and family.

his own acting school in the area someday.

“Who doesn't want to know what it was like at the dinner table at

“I’d like to develop and bring more of an arts-oriented expression

their home? It is a beautiful story about his journey with his family

to the community,” says Patrick, and of course, to “continue to be a

right up until today, where the next generation of Cassidys are fol-

good husband and dad.”

lowing the family genes,” says Co-Producer Cindy Murray, also the Secretary of 5-Star Theatricals’ Board of Directors.

“Just Another Family Tree” premieres at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza

Patrick’s sons, Jack, a contestant that reached the Top 20 on

Scherr Forum Theatre on June 22, at 8 p.m. For tickets, visit the Civic Arts

"The Voice," and Cole, a computer engineering major, are also

Center Box Office at 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd, call 805.449.2787 or visit

highlighted in the show.

5StarTheatricals.com. June 2018 | Conejo Valley Lifestyle

41


Advertisement

Lose 3" to 23" Inches in 3 weeks... Naturally.

Contour Light Body Sculpting as seen in Conejo Valley Lifestyle

To learn more, call 818.852.7352 or visit www.westlakebodycontouring.com Westlake Body Contouring is located in the Mediterranea 1 Building, 30423 Canwood Street, Suite #205, in Agoura Hills.


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 1-866-983-1903.

State of California License #565800978. Certificate of Authority #221.


DRIVER’S NOTEBOOK

Y o u C a n ' t S p e l l "A M a z i n G "

without AMG ARTICLE AND PHOTOGRAPHY WILL ANDRE

44

Conejo Valley Lifestyle | June 2018


FOUNDED AS A PASSION PROJECT IN 1967 BY TWO

launching the nation's first-and-only all-AMG showroom not in Los

MERCEDES-BENZ ENGINEERS HELL-BENT ON CREATING

Angeles or Beverly Hills, but in Thousand Oaks?

RACING ENGINES FROM THEIR ROLLING STOCK, THE AMG

The answer is as surprising as it is simple: it's all about the experience.

BRAND HAS ALWAYS BEEN ABOUT DRIVING PERFORMANCE,

There are only two steps to creating a world class experience

AND IT IS NOW TASKED WITH BEARING THAT TORCH GLOB-

around beautiful cars that are meant to be driven. The first step is

ALLY FOR ITS PARENT COMPANY, DAIMLER AG. AMG's mission

to select a location in an environment that can reliably and readily

has deviated little over its 50-year history. Its philosophy of "one

inject the emotions generated by these machines into the hearts

man, one engine" is emblazoned on its corporate headquarters in

and minds of prospective owners. In this regard, it is little won-

Germany, and its high-performance vehicles are distinguished by

der why Thousand Oaks was bestowed this privilege. The second

their aggressive styling, two-number model nomenclature, and, yes,

step is to showcase the vehicles in a way that does justice to the

engines built by one person on the line in Affalterbach.

countless hours of engineering and creative expression that fuse

Meanwhile, there is a sea change underway in the automotive

together to form iconic, lasting designs worthy of a life-size poster

industry. The century-old sales and service model is being chal-

in a man cave. The three walls of floor-to-ceiling glass at AMG

lenged by the on-demand economy and vehicle subscription ser-

Thousand Oaks do nothing to hide neither the sculpted machines

vices. The federal government's Corporate Average Fuel Economy

within, nor the miles of picturesque canyon roads goading you

(CAFÉ) standards are pushing manufacturers towards greater and

on and pulling you out, as if to say, "You know, this could be your

stricter efficiency compliance. And, to top it all off, cars are beginning

playground—every day." Make no mistake, this is a menagerie for

to drive themselves. So, why then is a company like Mercedes-Benz

adrenaline addicts whose only cure is octane.

CONTINUED >

June 2018 | Conejo Valley Lifestyle

45


DRIVER'S NOTEBOOK

(CON TI N U ED)

While this strategy of "pick the right place, build the right building" is the obvious mantra for many successful real estate ventures, the reality is that AMG Thousand Oaks is the product of a rather long and fruitful dialogue between Mercedes-Benz USA and Mercedes-Benz of Thousand Oaks' General Manager, Scott Stanley. In Stanley's own words: "We began the discussion with MBUSA beginning in 2015, quite literally on the back of a napkin. As you are probably already aware from all the TV ads and motorsports victories, AMG is an ascendant brand in the industry, and while our partners in Affalterbach wanted us to increase the amount of our retail footprint dedicated to the brand, myself and the Silver Star Automotive Group executive team had a slightly bigger vision in mind. So, after many months of back and forth and two or three (dozen) sleepless nights, we took a dormant property on our campus and transformed it into the first and only standalone AMG showroom in the country. What's here today is here for driving enthusiasts because that's who we are at our core, and there are millions of people in this world who are exactly like us. We just love these cars, and there's simply no better way to share our passion than with this crown jewel of automotive performance." Do yourself a favor and experience AMG to see what it means to be "Driving Performance." AMG Thousand Oaks is on the Mercedes-Benz of Thousand Oaks campus at 3905 Auto Mall Drive, in Thousand Oaks, naturally. 46

Conejo Valley Lifestyle | June 2018


Riverside Roadside Mangaris Ad-2_Layout 1 3/28/2018 9:53 AM Page 1

Mangaris is a high quality hardwood that is extremely hard, tight grained and free of any major defects. Excellent option for all exterior and interior applications and will finish to a high quality furniture appearance if desired. • Kiln dried to 10%-12% moisture content • 20 year transferable warranty against rot, decay and damage caused by termites • Listed with State Fire Marshall for use in severe fire zones • Class A flame spread

29130 Roadside Drive Agoura Hills, CA 818-991-1880 www.roadsidelumber.com

June 2018 | Conejo Valley Lifestyle

47


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

NO CORKAGE TUESDAY SUNDAY BRUNCH 10am-2:30pm

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!

30990 Russell Ranch Rd, Unit C Westlake Village, California (805) 405-5054 ArohaRestaurant.com @ArohaRestaurant #ArohaRestaurant


LOCALLY OWNED

DISCOVER YOUR NEW FAVORITE ESTABLISHMENT AT THE CONEJO FOOD & WINE FEST SAMPLE AND TASTE YOUR WAY THROUGH A FANTASTIC SHOWCASE OF WINE, FOOD, BEER AND MORE AT ONE OF THE CONEJO VALLEY’S PREMIER EVENTS, THE 8TH ANNUAL CONEJO FOOD & WINE FEST, FEATURING CULINARY SPECIALTIES FROM LOCAL RESTAURANTS ALONG WITH PREMIUM WINERIES, BREWERIES, DESSERTS AND MORE. Be entertained as you sip and stroll to the sound of festival musicians, including lively Jazz from Kevin Stoller’s band, a wonderful silent auction with wine country packages and more. IT DOESN’T GET MORE LOCAL “Our event is about as local as it gets,” says Remo Iezza, vendor liaison. “We strive and work to make sure the newest establishments are able to participate in the festival.” If you are looking for a food and wine event but don’t like the long lines and the rush at other venues, this may be the one for you! At this event you get the chance to talk to representatives from each establishment and learn about all they have to offer while sampling a taste of their offerings. The event is at the center of the Conejo Valley, and the vendors are all local to it, which means you will have the chance to visit them after the festival. The Food & Wine Fest feature wineries such as Opolo, Nabu, Pantess Cellars; breweries Five Threads, Enegren, Figueroa Mountain, 14 Cannons, and restaurants, including Paul Martin’s, Aroha, Mediterraneo, Grill on the Alley and many more. THE VIP TENT IS THE PLACE TO BE With full size wine glasses, reserved seating, enhanced access to cuisine, champagne toast and additional wineries, the VIP tent is the place to be. It includes a lively VIP host who has giveaways and keeps the party rolling. The VIP tent is the best way to experience all that the festival has to offer. This is the event’s eighth year and the festivities are just getting going. With a large committee and the heavy lifting done by the St. Paschal Baylon Men’s Club, the Food & Wine Fest continues to grow with the help of our sponsors and vendors that continue to elevate the event each year. GIVING BACK “In the end, it is all about giving back” says event Chairman Kurt Sauter. “We have partnered with many beneficiaries over the years yielding tens of thousands in donations. This year our beneficiaries are Many Mansions and Food Share of Ventura County. These two worthy charities provide food and housing assistance where it is needed most.” The sun always shines in June, and it is always fun to see the variety of hats the ladies wear.

WHAT: The Conejo Food & Wine Fest WHEN: Sunday June 24, 1:30-5:30 p.m. LOCATION: 155 East Janss Rd (corner of Janss and

NEW PLATINUM SPONSOR This year we are proud to announce the Valdez Wealth Management Group as the

Moorpark Rd at St Paschal Baylon School campus) GETTING THERE: Onsite parking is free or take

Platinum Sponsor of the event. A special thank you to Lou Valdez along with all the

the free Shuttle Bus from La Reina High School

sponsors and vendors over the years, including The Westlake Village Inn, who are

COST: General Admission $75 | VIP Tent $125 each

the backbone of the event and allow it to happen.

For Tickets & More Information: ConejoFoodAndWine.com

50

Conejo Valley Lifestyle | June 2018


Premium Customer Service is our Priority!

• Lincoln Continental, Cadillac XTS, Chrysler 300, Mercedes S550, Stretch Lincoln Limousine, Stretch Cadillac Escalades, Stretch Hummer, Classic Rolls Royce, Sprinters, Party Bus • Approved at LAX, Burbank, Santa Monica, Van Nuys, Camarillo, & Oxnard Airports

• We Service all of California • 24hrs a day/ 365 days a year! We never close! • Weddings, Barmitzvahs, Quinceañeras, Birthdays, Funerals, Concerts, Wine Tasting, Special events, Production Companies, TV shows, Corporate/Private Service & Proms

818.502.1018 | FiveStarLimoLA .com |

TCP: 19541

GB GreggBrunoHomes Real Estate on Purpose

Valdez Wealth Management Group 2018 Sponsor of the Conejo Food and Wine Fest.

GreggBruno Realtor

UBS Financial Services Inc. 3011 Townsgate Road, Suite 300 Westlake Village, CA 91361 805-367-3666

ubs.com/team/valdezgroup

805.795.8160

GregBruno@hotmail.com GregBrunoHomes.com CalBRE #01302345

As a firm providing wealth management services to clients, UBS Financial Services Inc. offers both investment advisory services and brokerage services. Investment advisory services and brokerage services are separate and distinct, differ in material ways and are governed by different laws and separate arrangements. It is important that clients understand the ways in which we conduct business and that they carefully read the agreements and disclosures that we provide to them about the products or services we offer. For more information, visit our website at ubs.com/workingwithus. © UBS 2018. All rights reserved. UBS Financial Services Inc. is a subsidiary of UBS AG. Member FINRA/ SIPC. CJ-UBS-771683956 Exp.: 04/30/2019

June 2018 | Conejo Valley Lifestyle

51


FINANCIAL BUZZ ARTICLE JEFF RUNYAN

Yellow Post-It: TO-DO LISTS SCRIBBLED ON POST-IT NOTES CAN BE THE BACKBONE OF A CONSTRUCTIVE AND PRODUCTIVE WORKDAY. Many successful retirees and those still in the workforce may recall or relate to building business one day at a time by tackling their

Retirement

list to accomplish goals ranging from work and family to retirement and everything in between. NOTES LIKE: + Increase 401K contributions! + Make tax-deductible IRA contribution before the 15th + Request pension payout options + Use the retirement calculator and see how much I’ll need in retirement. your earning years are largely behind you, making it challenging to As you crossed off these tasks from your yellow Post-it Notes

recover a nest egg if the market were to make meaningful declines.

over the course of years, you may have thought in your final

It’s being able to enjoy the simple pleasures of retirement without

week at the office—"I’ve made it!" That final day is followed with

depleting your savings too quickly.

fond farewells to colleagues, a retirement party with friends and

If you’re younger or a pre-retiree, you might consider maximizing

family, and ultimately, a possible Rollover IRA evidencing years

your plan—which means first and foremost having a plan, identifying

of hard work and discipline.

what you want, when you want it and exercising the discipline to

However, the reality is, retirement isn’t a box that you check. Just

achieve it. Are you contributing enough to your 401k or only partici-

like living a healthy lifestyle isn’t a one-time decision to order a salad.

pating for an employer match? Are you using a 529 College Savings

A healthy lifestyle requires effort and daily decision making on a

plan to help offset expenses related to sending your kids to college?

perpetual basis. It requires recognizing when you're out of balance—

How about exploring CA Tax Exempt bonds in an environment when

too many sweets during holidays, having a deficiency of certain

income tax laws are changing?

nutrients or simply needing to drink more water to stay healthy and

You may no longer work day to day from the famously yellow

hydrated. Your investment portfolio and retirement work the same

Post-it Notes list, but it’s a great idea, as we flutter near all-time

way. Retirement is a living, breathing, evolving state that thrives in

market highs, that you include on your to-do list a reminder to

an environment where your best outcomes can be achieved when

revisit your goals and strategy. Ask yourself or the professional

attention is given and balance is secured, helping achieve the very

you work with what you own, why you own it and if the posi-

goals you once set out to accomplish.

tions are aligned to help you meet those goals. The economic

This ongoing attention includes reviewing the investment portfo-

landscape is always shifting, interest rates are rising, oil prices

lio to make sure you have an allocation between stocks and bonds

have been climbing, and the market is shifting to reflect those

that fits best for your needs now. It’s recognition that for a retiree,

variables. The question is: Are you?

Jeff Runyan is the lead of Runyan Capital Advisors financial advisory team based in Beverly Hills, providing clients nationwide with wealth management and retirement planning advice. Backed by over two decades of industry experience, Jeff leads an investment team committed to designing investment portfolios that adhere to the premise, “Discipline Makes the Difference.” Learn more at RunyanCapital.com. Securities offered through Wedbush Securities Inc. Member NYSE/FINRA/SIPC.

52

Conejo Valley Lifestyle | June 2018


SALSA THURSDAYS

JAZZ FRIDAYS

BLUES/ROCK SATURDAYS

COMEDY TUESDAYS

20 YEARS IN BUSINESS CERTIFIED, EXPERIENCED INSTRUCTORS CLASSICAL & CUSTOMIZED PILATES GROUP & PRIVATE SESSIONS

June 2018 | Conejo Valley Lifestyle

53


GIVING BACK

POWER IN NUMBERS: 100 MEN WHO GIVE A DAMN

THANKS TO MORE THAN 100 LOCAL MEN WHO “GIVE

“As a business owner, the idea of setting up a 501(c)3 and

A DAMN,” THOUSANDS OF ABUSED AND NEGLECTED

running that in addition to my business was not going to be

CHILDREN WILL RECEIVE ASSISTANCE, INCLUDING

possible. However, I wanted to be involved in the community,”

MENTORING AND LEGAL HELP, THROUGH THE NON-

he explains. “Being a non-organization, it’s extremely easy

PROFIT RAISINGHOPE.

because the group is basically a bunch of guys getting together

Members of 100 Men Who Give a Damn, Conejo Valley chose

to network and hang out and helping give exposure to three

local charity RaisingHOPE as the winner among three compet-

charities at the same time,” says Ekstrand, who has watched

ing organizations (Many Mansions, Westminister Free Clinic) to

the group grow from about 75 members last June to more

receive $100 from each of the men attending the networking event.

than 185 men at their fourth most recent event in April at the

“We are so excited and honored that RaisingHOPE was

Sherwood Lake Club.

selected as the charity!” says Executive Director/Cofounder

“This is my second event of the four that have taken place

Tamalni Barnett. “What a great event and what a great group of

so far in the Conejo Valley,” says member Jeff Landau. “I loved

men who really care about their community!”

the concept from the start and my enthusiasm continues. It's

The 100 Men group is a non-organization without directors, offi-

networking with a cause. Not only do I get an opportunity to

cers, a treasurer or bank account, “because we don't collect, spend

meet philanthropically-minded men in the area, we also get to

or donate anything—it’s our members who make the donations,”

learn about three local nonprofit organizations and how they

according to the website, 100MenConejoValley.com.

help our community. And to top it off, we donate over $10,000 to

Each quarter, 100+ men attend a one-hour meeting at which

one of those organizations!”

three charities present their causes for 5 minutes each. Each of

The winning charity, RaisingHOPE, provides advocacy,

the men are asked to give $100 directly to one of three nomi-

awareness and funds to abused and neglected children, many

nated charities. At the end of the presentations, members vote

of whom are or were in the Ventura County foster care system.

to determine by majority which charity will be the recipient of

Past organizations that have participated in the 100 Men events

the $10,000+.

include K9s for Warriors, Boys and Girls Club of Greater Conejo

The group’s quarterly events run on a budget of zero by a

Valley, Fit 4 the Cause, California Association of Highway

core team of big-hearted volunteers, with assistance from very

Patrolmen, the YMCA, James Store House, The Young and

generous sponsors, who “coincidentally also give a damn.”

Brave Foundation and The Jonas Project.

“I love how simple the concept is,” says local businessman Tadd Eskstrand, who brought the idea to the Conejo Valley via his friend and business partner, Jason Dawes, a Canadian.

The group’s fifth event is scheduled to take place in July. “Feel free to invite your friends,” says Ekstrand. “The more people there that give a damn, the greater our damn impact!”

“Jason’s friends run the group in Vancouver and when Jason moved down here he told me about the group, and I thought we had to start one in the Conejo Valley,” adds Ekstrand, CEO and

For more information about 100 Men Who Give a Damn, Conejo Valley

Wealth Advisor of Invictus Asset Management, LLC.

and to nominate a charity or join, visit 100MenConejoValley.com.

ARTICLE TRACY MARCYNZSYN | PHOTOGRAPHY JEFF LANDAU

54

Conejo Valley Lifestyle | June 2018


June 2018 | Conejo Valley Lifestyle

55


The Conejo Valley would like to welcome J.Weisman Beauty as the premier makeup and skincare studio Services include: Chemical Peels Lash Extensions Makeup Microblading (805) 390 - 1974

@J.WeismanBeauty

JWeismanBeauty.com T.O. Salon Suites 1655 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. Suite #10 Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

WE PROVIDE •Multiple fully vetted local Southern California installers for you to choose from. •Complete spreadsheet showing savings and benefits... your ROI •100% financing and NO DOWN loans available

56

Conejo Valley Lifestyle | June 2018

CALL QUINCY HARRIS: 888.870.9781


Soften So S often harsh sunlight and d save

SILHOUETTE HOUETTE® CLEAR CLEARVIEW VIEW™ SHADINGS

with ith Hunter H t Douglas D l window i d ffashions. shions. hions. Light-diffusing Light-dif difffusing window fashions from om Hunter Douglas let you design esign with soft light. Enjoy generous enerous rebatess on qualifying purchases April Ap pril 14-June 25, 2018.

REBATES REB ATES ST STARTING TARTING A AT T

100* ON QU QUALIFYING ALIFYING LIFYING PURCHASES PURCHASES ES

$

* Manufacturer Manufacturer’s ’s mail-in rebate te offer offfer valid for qualifying purchases made d 4/14/18 – 6/25/18 from pa articipating ti i ting dealers d l in i the th U U.S. S only l . Of ffer f participating only. Offer excludes HDOrigins and Nantucket ucket Window Shadings, a collection of Silhouette Window Shadings. Rebate will be issued in the form of a prepaid reward card and mailedd within 4 weeks of rebate claim receipt. Funds do not expire. Subject too applicable law law,, a $2.00 monthly fee will be assessed against card balance ance 6 months after card issuance and each month thereafter nal limitations may apply participatthereafter.. Addition Additional apply.. Ask participating dealer for details and rebatee form. ©2018 Hunter Douglas. All rights reserved. All trademarks used herein are the property of Hunter Douglas or their respective owners. 18Q2MAGSCVC1 Q2MAGSCVC1

BLINDS Ȉ SHADES S Ȉ SHUTTER SHUTTERS S M-F: 10 ttoo 5 & Sa Sat: t: 12 ttoo 5 & BByy Appointment Appointment

 ‡ ZHVWODNHGUDSHULHVFRP ZHVWODNHGUDSHULHVVFRP ‡   9LD &ROLQDV &R ROLQDV  :HVWODNH :HVWODN H H 9LOODJH 9LOODJH &$

Compassionate Care For All Animals Comprehensive Health Care and Vaccines Complete Surgical Services and Dentistry General Medicine and Surgery of Dog, Cats, Birds, Reptiles, Ferrets, Pocket Pets, Small Ruminants and Zoo Exotics. QUALITY SERVICE

|

COMPETITIVE PRICING

|

F R I DAY VAC C I N E C L I N I C

29348 Roadside Drive, Agoura Hills | 818-865-1800 | www.VeterinaryAngels.com (Entering Agoura Road and Roadside Drive Next to Camp Bow Wow) • Open Monday - Saturday June 2018 | Conejo Valley Lifestyle

57


TREND SETTER

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT PROSTATE CANCER ARTICLE KIAVASH NIKKHOU, MD

PROSTATE CANCER IS THE SECOND MOST COMMON CANCER AND SECOND LEADING CAUSE OF CANCER DEATH IN MEN. An estimated 11.2% of men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetime. When detected and treated early, prostate cancer is a treatable and potentially curable condition with an estimated 98% five-year survival rate. Risk factors include age, ethnicity and family history of prostate cancer in a first-degree relative. African-American men are at increased risk of prostate cancer and developing higher risk, more advanced pathology. Men with prostate cancer are often without symptoms. The American Urologic Association guidelines recommend screening in men 55+, with earlier screenings for men at higher risk. Prostate cancer screening includes an annual physical exam, digital rectal exam and blood test for Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA). Any abnormality in rectal exam or PSA level should be evaluated by a urologist. Patients found to have an abnormal rectal exam or elevated PSA are recommended to have a prostate biopsy. The biopsy provides pathology that will determine the volume and type of prostate cancer present, which in turn guides the treatment options available. Further workup with radiologic testing may be indicated in patients with higher PSA or more aggressive pathology to determine presence of cancer outside the prostate gland. Several grading systems are used to evaluate cancer cells and provide disease risk stratification. The Gleason Grading System is used to classify prostate cancer cells and ranges from Gleason 6 to 10. A more recent Grade Group Classification (Grade Groups 1 to 5) is now used, with Grade Group 5 having the most aggressive prostate cancer. We can provide a disease risk stratification— 58

Conejo Valley Lifestyle | June 2018


very low, low, intermediate and high risk—by incorporating the patient’s PSA, Grade Group Score and clinical stage. Patients with lower risk prostate cancer have higher rates of overall and disease-free survival. A diagnosis of prostate cancer can be difficult and overwhelming for the patient and their family. It is important to understand the extent and type of prostate cancer found, as most prostate cancers tend to be slow growing and have high rates of cure. The urologist’s role is to relay the appropriate information, discuss treatment options and answer questions. Several treatment options are available for clinically localized prostate cancer based on the overall risk stratification, and may include active surveillance, surgery, radiotherapy or cryotherapy. More recent focal therapies, including High Intensity Focused Ultrasound and Focal Therapy (HIFU) or Proton Beam Therapy (PBT), are available but lack

LOVE WHAT YOU HEAR AND HEAR WHAT YOU LOVE!

robust evidence of efficacy. The appropriate treatments are based on patient’s age, comorbidities and extent of prostate cancer. Active surveillance is a reasonable management approach for patients with low volume, low Gleason Score prostate cancer. Patients on active surveillance are closely monitored with routine PSA and prostate exams and are encouraged to have confirmatory and surveillance imaging and biopsies. If progression in disease is seen on PSA, imaging or biopsy, the patient will then be offered definitive therapy based on the new risk stratification. Surgery for prostate cancer, known as Robotic Radical Prostatectomy, involves removal of the prostate, seminal vesicles and regional lymph nodes. It is now a minimally invasive surgery using the Robotic Da Vinci ® platform, which allows for smaller incisions, faster recovery with 1-day hospital stay and lower degree of blood loss during surgery. Removal of the prostate can also improve obstructive symptoms that many older men experience and is the preferred treatment for those who can tolerate surgery. Younger and healthier men are more likely to experience cancer control benefits from prostatectomy than older men. Radiotherapy options include External Beam Radiotherapy or Brachytherapy and can be offered as monotherapy or combination therapy with anti-androgen medications based on risk classification. Oncologic outcomes for radiotherapy is equivalent to surgery and may be the preferred treatment option in men who are older, are not surgical candidates or prefer to avoid surgery. Cryotherapy may be considered in low or intermediate risk patients who are not suitable for surgery or radiotherapy but have a reasonable life expectancy. Understanding post-treatment expectations and symptoms is crucial. Erectile dysfunction and urinary incontinence are common

Christine Wilson, M.S., CCC-A

Raye Ann Clayton, Au.D.

effects of all prostate cancer treatments. Immediately after prostatectomy, erectile dysfunction and urinary incontinence are common but can improve over time. With radiotherapy, in contrast, these treatment effects develop over the following years and progressively worsen without improvement. Patients with radiation therapy are also at risk for development of radiation cystitis or proctitis. Patients should be well-informed of the risks and side effects prior to initiating prostate cancer therapy.

Dr. Kiavash Nikkhou specializes in Urology and Urologic Oncology in

818 - 991-3800

Open Monday thru Friday, 9:00 to 5:00

5655 Lindero Canyon Road, Suite 506 Westlake Village, CA 91362

www.conejohearingcenter.com

Thousand Oaks. Contact him at 805.309.2555 or visit NikkhouMD.com. June 2018 | Conejo Valley Lifestyle

59


LEGAL COMPASS

ARTICLE TRACY MARCYNZSYN

DORENFELD LAW OFFERS INTEGRITY, EXPERIENCE & RESULTS

David Dorenfeld

FROM ESTATE PLANNING TO CIVIL LITIGATION, PER-

Q. WHAT MAKES DORENFELD LAW STAND

SONAL INJURY AND BUSINESS LAW, DAVID DORENFELD

OUT FROM OTHER PRACTICES?

AND HIS EXPERT TEAM OF SEASONED PROFESSIONALS

A. We are cost-effective and dedicated to our clients. Using our

AT DORENFELD LAW, INC. approach every clients’ needs with

vast experience and resources, we’re excellent at what we do. We’re

integrity, bringing experience and delivering results. Many of the

skilled at spotting issues, recognizing potential issues and address-

firm’s lifelong clients entrust the experts at Dorenfeld Law to

ing them appropriately. We provide a comprehensive analysis of the

handle all their legal needs.

issues and potential outcomes.

A Los Angeles litigation attorney with nearly 30 years of experience, including multiple trials and successful appeals, David

Q. TELL US ABOUT DORENFELD LAW’S LEGAL TEAM.

knows what it takes to successfully fight for his clients. He strives

A. Our experienced staff of attorneys, paralegals and assistants have

to build relationships with each client to better serve them. Read

a combined 100 years of experience in a wide range of legal areas. We

on for more about Dorenfeld Law’s services and team of experi-

understand the intricacies of the law and provide clients with clear

enced, honest professionals.

guidance to make informed legal decisions. The team includes:

Q. WHAT TYPE OF LEGAL SERVICES

seen,” says Senior Associate Michael Brown. David has been con-

DOES DORENFELD LAW OFFER?

tinuously practicing in both state and federal court for 20+ years.

+ David Dorenfeld: “David has the quickest legal mind I’ve ever

A. We are a general civil litigation practice with a sterling reputation. Our services include: + Civil Litigation, including real estate, premises liability, business law, construction and insurance coverage. + Personal Injury, such as car accidents, liability injuries and insurance defense. + Business Law, including contracts, mergers and employment law. 60

Conejo Valley Lifestyle | June 2018

He regularly sits as a pro-tem judge and serves as a pro bono mediator for the county of Los Angeles. He is committed to representing clients as if the dispute were his own and prides himself on the millions of dollars he has saved clients on attorney fees and settlements by stressing goal-oriented strategy and recognizing the costs being incurred. He also has achieved multiple million dollar plus awards for clients through trial or aggressive negotiations.


David graduated in the top 3% of his class at Whittier College School at Law and provides continuing education to the insurance industry. He is regularly consulted by other lawyers for litigation strategy and resolution of insurance-related coverage issues. David has conversational Spanish language abilities, allowing for better client communication. + Michael W. Brown: Mike has almost 20 years of experience representing individuals and businesses at the trial and appellate levels in business, commercial and real estate, construction defect, insurance and personal injury matters. He has worked with David for more than 15 years. Experienced with bench and jury trials, Mike has argued multiple times before the California Court of Appeal and has handled hundreds of depositions. He has extensive brief-writing experience in numerous state and federal courts at the trial and appellate levels. Mike prides himself on the ability to zealously advocate on behalf of his clients without sacrificing a professional, courteous relationship with his adversaries. He graduated with honors from University of California, Berkeley, in 1996 and from the UCLA School of Law in 1999. Fluent in Spanish, Mike enjoys using his foreign language skills in his profession. + Matt Selmer: Matt handles cases in several areas, ranging from personal injury and bad-faith insurance actions to defending clients accused of criminal offenses.  Experienced in civil and criminal trials, mediations, arbitrations, drafting motions, writs and appeals, Matt is committed to attaining successful results for clients through aggressive and dedicated representation of their interests. He attended Pepperdine University School of Law. Q. WHAT DO DORENFELD LAW’S ATTORNEYS ENJOY MOST ABOUT PRACTICING LAW? A. We enjoy the personal connection. Being able to help people and have a positive, tangible effect on their lives or business. Clients appreciate us going the extra mile and it allows us to build long-lasting relationships. Q. WHAT HAS CHANGED IN YOUR BUSINESS OVER THE YEARS? A. It has become more difficult to resolve smaller disputes because litigation is so labor and cost-intensive. This has made creativity a necessary skill in attacking or resolving clients’ problems. Q. DO YOU OFFER ANY SPECIALS? A. We offer free initial consultations for most matters.

Dorenfeld Law, Inc. is located at 30101 Agoura Court, Suite 210, in Agoura Hills. Schedule a consultation at 818.865.4000 or visit DorenfeldLaw.com. June 2018 | Conejo Valley Lifestyle

61


JUNE

LIFESTYLE CALENDAR

1 JAZZ NIGHT Westlake Village Civic Center,

walkers, adults and children demon-

beautiful lakeside location. For tick-

strating their commitment to the

et information or group sale pricing,

community. Proceeds benefit the

please visit OjaiWineFestival.com.

Meals on Wheels program in Thousand Oaks. LoveRunWestlake.com

31200 Oak Crest Drive

TGIF Westlake Village offers families a series of free performances. Jazz Night features the Lindero Canyon Middle and Agoura High School Jazz Bands. Food available for purchase.

3 25TH ANNUAL CASA PACIFICA WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL

11 9TH ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT Moorpark Country Club

Proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Conejo Valley. BGC-

CSU Channel Islands, Camarillo

Conejo.org or call Becky Fleishman

a night of Disney Music Under the

Admission includes samplings from

at 818.706.0905 x107.

Stars with 5-Star Theatricals.

restaurants, wineries, breweries, ca-

Also on June 29: “Tale as Old as Time”

terers, bakeries, specialty shops, cof-

2

fee and tea vendors, among others from Northern California to the Conejo

13

Valley, entertainment and a silent auc-

OPEN MIC POETRY NIGHT

tion. Proceeds benefit Casa Pacifica

Newbury Park Library

Centers for Children and Families,

Join a diverse local poetry community

Conejo Creek Park South

the largest nonprofit provider of chil-

to read, listen, encourage and inspire.

The Rotary Club of Westlake Village

dren’s mental health services in Ven-

In partnership with Phil Taggart, Ven-

hosts this annual event, featuring two

tura and Santa Barbara Counties.

tura County Poet Laureate, and host

stages, 11 artists, a full bar area, two

CPWineandFoodFestival.com

Ken Jones. Also at TO Library June 27.

7TH ANNUAL OAKHEART COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL

beer gardens, food trucks, vendors, a kids' area, game/activities and line dancing all day. Kids 12 and under free. OakHeartCMF.com

2

3 AUSTIN MCCUTCHEN FREE CONCERT Peter Strauss Ranch,

15 SEMTECH CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT 2018

River Ridge Golf Course, 2401 West

30000 Mulholland Hwy, Agoura Hills

Vineyard Ave. Oxnard

Austin McCutchen brings his song

This year’s tournament at River Ridge

writing and performing talents to the

Golf Course benefits Interface Children

Oaks Auto Mall, 3610 E Thousand Oaks

Peter Strauss stage with country-folk

& Family Services. Semtech is commit-

Blvd, Westlake Village

stories about life and living on the road.

ted to raising awareness for Ventura

Held the first Saturday of every month,

Laura Jean Anderson is the evening’s

County’s nonprofit programs. To date,

this event showcases Southern Califor-

guest musician, playing her own works

the charity golf tournament has raised

nia's most intriguing cars, including ul-

that stretch the boundaries of tradi-

over $200,000 for a variety of charities

tra-luxury, exotic, super and classic cars

tional Rock-and-Roll and New Wave.

in Ventura County. Semtech.com

from private owners, collector groups

TinyPorchConcerts.com

WESTLAKE GRANTURISMO CARS & COFFEE

and local dealerships. Open to the public. WestlakeGranTurismo.com

3 SENIOR CONCERNS LOVE RUN

10 THE 32ND ANNUAL OJAI WINE FESTIVAL

20 CASA OF VENTURA COUNTY INFORMATIONAL SESSION Ventura

11093 Santa Ana Road

CASA of Ventura County empowers

2815 Townsgate Road, Westlake Village

Enjoy 60 wineries, more than 250 se-

everyday citizens to be a reliable adult

The 25th Annual Ladin Subaru Love

lections of wine, a selection of 35 craft

and advocate for an appointed foster

Run draws hundreds of runners,

brews and live entertainment in one

child. The District Attorney’s Office will CONTINUED >

62

Conejo Valley Lifestyle | June 2018


We’re at ll abou ! the care

AdvantagePlusCaregivers.com® “Concierge” Caregiver Services Elderly, Rehab, Disabled

Home Care Aides • Companions • CNA, CHHA 24/7 Care (Hourly, Shift) • Registered/Trained Caregivers Transitional Care Team (Hospital to home assistance)

805-322-8822

S TAT E O F T H E A R T

Da Vinci robotic platform

Worker Comp/Long Term Care Insurance Accepted. Locally Owned and Managed! Over 20 Years of Experience! Helena Mossembekker | CFO, CSA Melanie Farber | CEO, CSA CA License #564700019

TRI-VALLEY Vacuum & Cleaning Supply

U R OLOGY AND U R OLOGIC ONCOLOGY

Mi n i mal l y Invasi ve R ob oti c Surg e r y fo r B e n i g n an d Mal i g nant Con d i ti ons

World's Best Vacuums

B e n i g n Pro st ate En larg e m e nt // Uro l i ft ® K i d n e y an d Blad d e r Ston e s Pro st ate , K i d n e y an d Blad d e r Can c er s Me n's He al th // Vas e c tomy Ere c ti l e D y s fun c ti on // Pe n i l e Pro sthe s is

41 5 R ol l i n g Oak s D r. | Ste . 26 0 Th ous an d Oak s , CA 9 13 6 1

LARGEST ONE-STOP VACUUM & CLEANING SUPPLY STORE IN THE CONEJO VALLEY SINCE 1971

805.495.8259

trivalleysupply.com

(8 0 5) 3 0 9 -25 5 5 www.Nikkh ouM D. c o m

2974 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. one block west of Hampshire Rd. June 2018 | Conejo Valley Lifestyle

63


join CASA in presenting another advocacy opportunity that provides services to thousands of victims every year and seeks qualified volunteers to make an important contribution to public safety and crime victims in Ventura County. CASAofVenturaCounty.org

22 "JUST ANOTHER FAMILY TREE" Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza

Patrick Cassidy presents this one-man show about growing up in the Cassidy family. Presented by 5-Star Theatricals. 5StarTheatricals.com

23 32ND ANNUAL RED, WHITE & BLUE BALL

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library

The Conejo Valley Chapter of The Military Order of World Wars honors the US Marine Corps and the Patriotic Citizen of the Year, with dancing to the Harry Selvin Band and excellent dining. Military Uniform or business attire. $150/ person. Call 805.496.5286.

24 CONEJO FOOD & WINE FEST St. Paschal Baylon School, 155 E Janss Road

This community event highlights the finest food, wine and beer in the Conejo Valley. Proceeds benefit St. Paschal Baylon School. ConejoFoodandWine.com

27 THOUSAND OAKS WOMAN'S CLUB LUNCHEON

Los Robles Greens Golf Course, Sunset Ballroom

The TO Woman’s Club is 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 lunch includes coffee and tea. Cost is $22, includes live entertainment by The Sparketts Tap Dancers. Reservations: Ann Calderaro at 805.498.8294.

64

Conejo Valley Lifestyle | June 2018

JUNE

LIFESTYLE CALENDAR


JUNE

WE ARE BUYING, RENOVATING AND SELLING HOMES IN VENTURA AND LA COUNTIES, & MAY HAVE A SOLUTION OR OPPORTUNITY FOR YOU. WE ARE A REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT COMPANY, NOT REALTORS. SELL A HOME OR MAKE A REFERRAL

Life changes happen that can impact property ownership. We have solutions for people that find themselves in financial distress (possibly impending foreclosure), or with an unwanted occupied or unoccupied property that may need maintenance or repairs. We are professional investors living and working only in your neighborhood. We do not charge fees or commissions and will never apply pressure. We are eager to share our expertise with the hope to help anyone we meet, whether we complete a transaction, or not.

REFER CONTRACTORS

I hire licensed contractors with good reputations and offer consistent work where they can focus on their craft rather than having to market themselves. Please refer me to your favorite contractor and earn a referral fee.

LEARN MORE ABOUT US

Please visit our website to learn more, and call or email anytime to discuss our services.

We will pay cash for homes in any condition or financial situation, in any neighborhood, up to $2M in value. We can refer out-of-area properties to other professionals we know. We will also pay a referral fee to you, if applicable.

CALL OR EMAIL TODAY OR ANYTIME YOU WOULD LIKE TO DISCUSS.

We will always respect your time, will never pressure you and look forward to meeting and working with you.

info@bluepeakproperties.com

(805) 467-6400 | BLUEPEAKPROPERTIES.COM 1336 N Moorpark Rd #284 Thousand Oaks, California 91360

law offices of

raymond stuehrmann 100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd, #231 Thousand Oaks, California 91360 (805) 230-1288

FRIENDLY, PERSONAL SERVICE • LONG-TIME AREA RESIDENT

Sponsorships Become a AvailableTODAY! NOW! Sponsor

Day to include Contests, Lunch, Live Auction, Buffet Dinner Proceeds allow us to never turn any youth away for lack of ability to pay for our programs. Contact Becky Fleishman for questions, bfleishman@bgcconejo.org or 818-706-0905 x107.

FOCUSED ON PERSONAL ATTENTION TO YOUR NEEDS, BASED ON FAMILY, LONG-TERM GOALS, PARTICULAR NEEDS EXPERIENCED IN NOT ONLY TRADITIONAL TRUSTS AND WILLS, BUT ALSO WITH PROBATE, CONSERVATORSHIP, AND ISSUES IN TRUST ADMINISTRATION

FREE HALF-HOUR INITIAL CONSULTATION

in deciding what kind of estate plan you need or whether you need an update

June 2018 | Conejo Valley Lifestyle

65


PARTING THOUGHTS

JUST MEET ME

ARTICLE KIM PAGANO

IN THE MIDDLE

HOW MANY OF YOU GREW UP AS A DADDY’S GIRL OR MAYBE HAD A GRANDPA THAT YOU LOOKED UP TO? I feel like the respect for men is slipping away. Maybe it was a fairy tale growing up thinking our Prince Charming would show up, we would fall in love and live happily ever after. Oh, and that we would take care of each other till death do us part. I know women wanted to be more independent, which I believe is a good thing—at least that is how I was brought up watching my mom work and fulfill her business goals. Some men can and are threatened by this. Well that’s the era I thought I grew up in. As I’ve gotten older, it’s been a rude awakening from what I thought about our respectable presidents to our dignitaries and down the line. Is this the new normal or has the world always been this way? It seems every movie or TV show has someone being unfaithful. Why? What happened to “Leave It to Beaver” type shows or the “Brady Bunch”? I realize those were just shows we grew up with, but at least it felt safe. I have sons and now sons-in-law. I want to see them respect the women in their lives and also see my daughters respect the men. I want them to respect their relationships and working with their marriages as a partnership. Where did this concept get lost in translation that relationships are disposable? When things don’t feel right or you’re bored, you throw it to the wayside. I would like to see being faithful through thick and thin make a comeback—knowing you’ve got a partner as well as a soulmate. Are you with me? I know there are some amazing men out there—these are the men I want to hear about. Let’s get our boundaries in line with our families and make commitments to our relationships. In the long run that will not only give us some stability in our life but will be an example to our children. I realize nothing is forever, and I know life is not forever, but our love could be by bringing respect back into our relationships. Remember, relationships take a lot of work; some of us put more effort into our jobs, our homes and our hobbies than our relationships. If you have met your soulmate, honor and respect that person, as we are always better together.

Listen to the Kim Pagano Show Saturdays from 6-8 a.m. on 1590 KVTA, visit KimPaganoShow.com or tune in to her podcast at iTunes/The Kim Pagano Show for inspiration. 66

Conejo Valley Lifestyle | June 2018

BEING ABLE TO FIND SOMEONE YOU CLICK WITH SO NATURALLY IS THE BEST FEELING EVER. YOU FEEL LIKE YOU'VE BEEN BEST FRIENDS YOUR WHOLE LIFE, IT FEELS LIKE YOU' RE COMING HOME. YOU' RE SO COMFORTABLE WITH THEM. MAYBE THAT'S WHAT A SOULMATE IS. NOT SOMEONE WHO SHARES EVERY SINGLE THING IN COMMON WITH YOU, BUT SOMEONE WHO FEELS LIKE HOME. THEMINDJOURNAL


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

Mercedes-Benz of Thousand Oaks

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


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

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

Conejo Valley, CA June 2018  

June 2018 Issue of Conejo Valley Lifestyle

Conejo Valley, CA June 2018  

June 2018 Issue of Conejo Valley Lifestyle