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JULY 2018 PUBLISHER

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

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WELL HERE WE ARE CELEBRATING THE SECOND CONSECUTIVE 4TH OF JULY IN A VERY UNUNITED STATE OF AFFAIRS. Yes, it really bothers us. We love the communities we cover with Conejo Valley Lifestyle and Malibu to Palisades Lifestyle. We are ready to celebrate the 4th of July and our country with family, food, fireworks, flags waving, parades, speeches about the glory of being American, while at the same time our fellow Americans and our supposed leaders are tearing us apart. Has the extreme freedom of the digital universe opened up Pandora’s Box and let loose all of the pent up frustrations and dysfunction that old technology kept hidden? Are we free to attack each other on Twitter, Facebook, Reddit and other digital platforms and not take responsibility for the poison that spews forth? Sticks and stones hurt, but so do words filled with hatred and lies. Tell a lie often and loud enough and it becomes the truth to many people. Just ask some politicians. They are quite good at it.

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I am a Vietnam War era veteran. I served during a time when our country started to not value patriotism. It began to lose its value because of a very divisive war.

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Since then I have read a great deal about how we were lied to with impunity to justify that war. Nevertheless, I will forgive and hold onto the values that actually did make America great. Those values are represented in the Statue of Liberty around whom fireworks are burst with hardly any thought of what it all really means. Time is getting short to revisit those values. We need to embrace them and reunite.

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Old World Grandeur, Uncompromising Luxury 2269 Applewood | Santa Rosa Valley, Ca.

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. See more at www.2269Applewood.com

Real estate agents affiliated 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.


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Sumptuous estate shines like a rare jewel 6848 Aviano | Camarillo

www.6849AvianoDrive.com | Reduced to only $1,149,000 Within the coveted borders of Camarillo, this sumptuous, estate shines like a rare jewel. Indoors, the gracious interior invites the outdoors in and lead you to your own five-star resort pool and entertaining spaces. Enjoy timeless, traditional design, crafted from the finest materials. Combined with an idyllic climate, this is the essence of California living. This impressive, refined estate truly shines in the details. The lavish pool, and outdoor patios begs you to entertain your lucky guests. Surrounded on a large lot with complete privacy! The moment you step inside you will be welcomed with fresh upgrades throughout. Beautiful natural light flows throughout this custom home accented by the high vaulted ceilings, creating a relaxed elegance. The kitchen has been newly remodeled and is complete with granite countertops, garden window, subway backsplash, and custom cabinets. The kitchen opens up to the casual dining and family room, perfect for entertaining. Unwind in the Master suite featuring a walk in closet, dual vanity, luxurious bath tub, European inspired “wet room” with large shower, and brand new deck overlooking the backyard. Enjoy all the modern features of today with a thoughtfully-curated design destined to stand the test of time and impress throughout the years. Four bedrooms, one downstairs with full bath. Built to take full advantage of its relaxing setting. The lavish pool, and outdoor patios and loggia begs you to entertain your lucky guests. Surrounded by views and lush grounds, every day here is a vacation. Close to freeway access. Offered at $1,149,000.

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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.


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Top of Camarillo Heights ridge with 180 degree panoramic views of the coastline and islands Camarillo | 9 Altamont Way

www.11925Pradera.com | Offered at only $929,000

Top of Camarillo Heights ridge with 180 degree panoramic views of the coastline and islands. Formal living room with ďŹ replace. Remodeled gourmet kitchen with center island and Granite counters. Large master bedroom has remodeled bath, granite counters, custom walk-in closet with organizers, large soaking tub and separate shower. The home has fresh paint, wood and travertine oors, newer carpeting, dual pane windows. Wood shutters and recessed lighting. Beach entry swimming pool and spa, covered patio, large wood deck with second story for sunbathing pleasure. Driveway has has pavers, tile roof, 2 car garage with cabinets.Offered at only $929,000.


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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!

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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.


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5+ acre equestrian Estate with pool and views Santa Rosa Valley | 11847 Barranca

www.11847Barranca.com | Offered at: $1,089,000

5+ acre equestrian Estate with pool and views. Santa Rosa Valley gated estate home on over 5 acres provides seclusion and privacy. Gorgeous rear yard with resort style pool, brick patio, and sweeping views. Huge living/great room with open beam vaulted ceiling with floor to ceiling Palos Verde stone fireplace.4 bedrooms ,2 baths open floorplan design. Views of nature from every room. Gourmet kitchen with gas range, electric convection double oven, built-in SubZero refrigerator. The eat in kitchen area is complemented by floor to ceiling brick fireplace. Master bedroom features large closet and separate Roman tub and glass enclosed shower. Equestrian estate with path leading to space for equestrian facilities, with 6 corrals and large turnout. Easy access to Santa Rosa Valley Trail system. Located in the award winning SRTMS school district. Offered at: $1,089,000


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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. 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.


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One story Santa Rosa Valley gated view estate home Santa Rosa Valley | 11060 Las Posas www.11060lasposas.com | Reduced to only $ 1,299,000

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. Reduced to only $ 1,299,000.


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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

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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. 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.


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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 floor 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 office, 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 JULY 2018

FEATURES 33 Summer Getaways Easy Day Trips

38 “A Capitol Fourth” Local Comedian Celebrates 4th of July

56 Cycling for a Cause Red Cross Riders Give Back

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60 Novel Reads Great Books by Area Authors

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26 Locally Owned 30 Culinary Creations 44 Inspired By 48 Financial Buzz 50 Trend Setter 52 Healthy Lifestyle 56 Giving Back 60 Local’s Choice 62 City Scene 66 Lifestyle Calendar 70 Parting Thoughts


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Rotary Club’s Chili Cook-Off Spices Up the Conejo The Rotary Club of Thousand Oaks’ 42nd Chili Cook-Off featured a Craft Brew Festival, delicious food, great entertainment and fun for the whole family. Attendees enjoyed some of the best local chili and craft beer and proceeds benefited local charities, including the Westminster Free Clinic, Conejo Valley Reading is Fundamental, Dreamcatcher Park, K9s for Warriors and Make a Wish Foundation. 

Conejo Compassion Coalition Continues Healing Journey Led by Bob Bland, the Conejo Compassion Coalition celebrated another year of "Healing the World One Child, One Family, One Village at a Time." For more than 12 years, they have been at work helping poor and oppressed people, comforting the victims of disaster and sharing God's love in real and tangible ways. PHOTOGRAPHY BY BEN MALKIN

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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 properties already listed. To reach the Compass main office call 310.230.5478.

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Caregivers Honored at Alzheimer’s Women’s Initiative High Tea Some 300+ guests packed the ballroom at the Four Seasons Hotel, Westlake Village for the Alzheimer's Women's Initiative “Your Brain Matters” High Tea. Keynote speaker, actress, author and caregiver Kimberly Williams-Paisley received the 2018 Alzheimer's Leadership Award, Loren Shields received the 2018 Family Caregiver of the Year Award and Lily Duarte was named the 2018 Professional Caregiver of the Year. PHOTOGRAPHY BY JANET BARNETT PHOTOGRAPHY

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Big Brothers Big Sisters Appreciate Community Support Big Brothers Big Sisters Ventura County’s Big Appreciation Night celebrated volunteers and supporters of the organization. Bigs and Littles shared some of their heart-warming experiences of participating in the mentoring program, and several board members and long-term sponsors were recognized and thanked for their contributions. BBSVC.org PHOTOGRAPHY BY NATHAN SOBEL

Community Rallies to Roadside Festival for The Little Angels Project Veterinary Angels’ Roadside West Summer Street Festival featured pet adoptions, photo opportunities with exotic animals, fun family activities, a bounce house, food trucks, silent auction and a free drawing for a week’s vacation at El Dorado Ranch Golf Resort in San Felipe, Baja California. Proceeds help The Little Angels Project provide needed veterinary services for animals in need. VetAgouraHills.com PHOTOGRAPHY BY ROBIN CHESLER

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STAR QUALITIES University Village retirement community and OakView Health Center employees Kristy Ferguson and Paty Pena have been named the 2017 STARs of the Year based on their outstanding service. As excursion coordinator at University Village,

matched during the evening. Thanks to the generosity of those in attendance, that goal was reached for a total of $30,000!

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Ferguson plans excursions to concerts, theatrical

The Center4SpecialNeeds’ 36-hour informative

productions, ball games, museums and other events.

and interactive job skills program, WORK IT OUT!, is

“Kristy exemplifies our community’s core values

designed to educate potential employees with dis-

in everything she does at University Village,” says

abilities about the interpersonal and practical skills

Supervisor Jayne Austin. “The residents appreciate

needed to succeed in the workplace. Students will

her amazing attention to detail when planning the

gain critical personal insight through personality

excursions as well as her compassionate nature.

and career assessments, as well as access to real-

Her colleagues also consider her to be the ultimate

world experience via professional guest speakers

team player. Kristy is very deserving of this honor

and field trips to local businesses. Qualifying par-

and we are delighted for her.”

ticipants have the opportunity to volunteer in the

Pena, a unit secretary in OakView Health

Center’s main office, where they can practice their

Center’s skilled nursing department, was instru-

newly acquired skills and help build their resumes.

mental in the department’s transition from paper to electronic medical records. Pena’s supervisor, Maria Tang, praised her “superior organizational skills and helpful attitude

The three-part program includes: Part A: July 9-11, Interpersonal Skills, communication styles, problem solving, critical thinking, teamwork, leadership and conflict resolution

in working with other staff members. Paty always

Part B: July 16-18, Interpersonal Skills, positive

greets residents and their families with a smile

attitude, professional work ethic, initiative, time

and goes beyond what is expected of her each

management and stress reduction

day. She definitely represents what it means to be a STAR in our community.”

TEEING UP FOR BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF VENTURA COUNTY

Part C: July 23-25, Practical Skills, job applications, resumes, interview techniques and networking. Learn more at Center4SpecialNeeds.org.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County’s annual Golf Classic grossed over $250,000, making it the most successful tournament in 45 years. “The day was beautiful; the course played great. We played as if we were the only group on the course despite us having a field full of golfers; the volunteers and staff were very hospitable. It was fun, and we raised a lot of money [for the cause],” says keynote speaker former Los Angeles Rams Quarterback Vince Ferragamo. Select Staffing returned as title sponsor, celebrating 17 years of support for BBSVC’s top-performing signature fundraiser, which delivers the resources necessary to support 1,500 youth facing adversity in Ventura County.

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The first charity event at the newly reinvented

Thanks to the community's generous support,

Saticoy Club, the tournament included guest access

5-Star Theatrical’s Adopt-A-Bus program enables

to the Travis Mathew Experience, recognition of Big

hundreds of underserved children from the area

Brother Aaron Kirby and Little Brother Elijah as Big

to attend a production of “Beauty and the Beast”

& Little Match of the Year and two anonymous

at no cost. The 3rd Annual ''Day at the Theatre"

donors offering a combined $15,000 donation to be

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company of the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, the team at 5-Star Theatricals (formerly Cabrillo Music Theatre) understands the importance of exposing our community and youth to the Arts. The organization partners with the community to fulfill its mission to provide the highest-quality theatre experience to foster educational opportunities and to promote cultural and artistic enrichment to enhance the quality of life in Southern California. While everyone agrees that Arts education for children is a great idea, not all children have access to the Arts. The generous sponsors of the Adopt-A-Bus program helps ensure a magical theatre experience for over 300+ at-need children this summer! 5StarTheatricals.com

BRAVO TO LOCAL WOMEN BUSINESS OWNERS

LOCAL HISTORY Author Tricia O’Brien writes about the Conejo Valley’s transformation from home to the Chumash

Nine outstanding women were recently honored for their extraordinary and inspirational

Indians to its present day growth in her new book, Thousand Oaks and Westlake.

contributions in their respective fields at the 19th

"Once upon a time, the Conejo Valley was pri-

Annual NAWBO Ventura County BRAVO awards

marily home to the Chumash Indians, oak trees,

luncheon in Camarillo.

and animals. Eventually, ranches took over, cow-

“I am humbled by the accomplishments of these

boys made the valley their home, and the area

remarkable women. They represent the best of the

served as a country retreat for the adventurous

best in their field and we are honored they have

people of Los Angeles. The producers of numer-

chosen our community to do their amazing work,”

ous movies and television shows took advantage

NAWBO VC President Elaine Hollifield noted.

of the natural beauty that could not be duplicated

The 2018 BRAVO Honorees are:

on a soundstage. Hollywood stars found privacy.

+ Woman Business Owner of the Year: Dawn

Soon, word spread about the tranquility and

Dyer, Dyer Sheehan Group

wonderful opportunities of the Conejo Valley,

+ Lifetime Achievement Award: Wilma Melville, National Disaster Search Dog Foundation + Innovator

of

the

Year:

Emily

and the growth began. Thousand Oaks received a name and boundaries and became a city, Lake

Barany,

VISIONALITY & ThomasFireHelp.org + Rising Star of the Year: Rachel Perryman, La Rouge Salon & Bridal Team + Community Advocate of the Year: Dena Jenson,

Sherwood expanded, Hidden Valley was no longer so hidden, and the birth of Westlake Village brought the city to the country." Find it at ArcadiaPublishing.com and anywhere fine books are sold.

Center for Nonprofit Leadership + Education Advocate of the Year: Rose HaydenSmith, University of California Food Observer + Visionary of the Year: Kim Maxwell, Kim Maxwell Studio & The Townies Podcast + Young Woman Entrepreneur of the Year: Kamie Abraham, Sagemark Consulting + NAWBO-VC Member of the Year: Natalie Ruffing, Sirens Media + Corporate Leader of the Year: Gold Coast Transit District.

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CANDU GRAPHICS:

Meeting Customers’ Needs Since 1995 ARTICLE TRACY MARCYNZSYN

GOING ABOVE AND BEYOND A CUSTOMER’S EXPECTATIONS IS BUSINESS AS USUAL AT CANDU GRAPHICS IN WESTLAKE VILLAGE, WHERE OWNER MIKE DUTRA AND THE CANDU GRAPHICS’ STAFF TAKE PRIDE IN PRODUCING TOP QUALITY PRINTING PROJECTS FOR A WIDE VARIETY OF CLIENTS. “Our philosophy of becoming a long-term business partner with each of our clients motivates us to ensure that each job surpasses the client’s expectation,” says Dutra. Since 1995, customers have counted on Candu Graphics to provide superior service for their print projects, from offset and digital printing, banners and signage, posters, banners and signs to mounting, laminating, book binding, bindery and fulfillment, mail services, variable data marketing and promotional printing. With 30+ years in the printing industry, Mike and his staff have the expertise needed to advise customers and meet their needs to produce high quality projects. Whether the need is credentials for the Super Bowl or a program for a school recital, Candu Graphics can help. “We can help with suggestions on how to lay out and print your job, meeting your needs for quality and price,” says Dutra, a Southern California native who grew up in Venice before settling in the Conejo Valley in 1990. Serving the Conejo Valley and surrounding communities, Candu Graphics operates with the deep-rooted goals of continued growth, annual profitability and maintaining a sense of community among employees and clients. Dutra believes the company’s finished projects speak volumes about the staff’s skills and expertise. Mike and his staff are involved in many groups helping the community, including the Greater Conejo Chamber of Commerce, the Rotary Club of Westlake Village, the Triunfo YMCA and Kiwanis Club of Thousand Oaks. In addition, Candu Graphics was named Business of the Quarter for Westlake Village in April 2017. “Candu Graphics’ philosophy is not trying to convince our customers of anything but trying to show how Candu Graphics will make their lives easier,” says Dutra.

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CANDU GRAPHICS’ PHILOSOPHY IS NOT TRYING TO CONVINCE OUR CUSTOMERS OF ANYTHING BUT TRYING TO SHOW HOW CANDU GRAPHICS WILL MAKE THEIR LIVES EASIER,” SAYS DUTRA.

To learn more about what Candu Graphics can do for you, call 805.652.2638, or visit them at 31133 Via Colinas Unit #107, in Westlake Village and online at CanduGraphics.com.

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LOCAL CHEFS SERVE SPECIALTIES AT CASA PACIFICA 5TH ANNUAL YUMMIE TOP CHEF DINNER CASA PACIFICA’S 5TH ANNUAL YUMMIE TOP CHEF DINNER FEATURED SOME OF THE AREA’S TOP CHEFS PRESENTING A DELICIOUS SEVEN-COURSE MEAL TO SOME 250

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LUCKY GUESTS. Sheriff Geoff Dean emceed

A trio of delicious desserts was provided by for-

the dinner, kicking off the festivities for the

mer Yummie Culinary Competition Sweet category

25th Anniversary  Casa Pacifica  Angels Wine,

3rd place winner Chef Ali Davis, owner of Sugar

Food & Brew Festival that took place last month.

Lab Bake Shop, joined by previous winner Chef

The Night of Shimmer & Jazz spotlighted local culinary master chefs, including the 2017

Alex Montoya of The Cave and Chef Anastashia Chavez of 2686 Kitchen.

Yummie Culinary Competition Savory winners:

Each course was paired with local winemak-

Chef Alex Castillo of Twenty88, Chef Ernest

ers’ best selections, including Magnavino Cellars,

Romero of J Wolf Catering & BBQ and Chef

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Sandra Cordero of Gasolina. Past winners Chef

Vineyards and The Cave. Topa Topa Brewing Co.’s

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Chief Peak IPA, the winning handcrafted ale, was

at CSUCI, Chef Bernardo Rodriguez of Ojai

also served during the cocktail hour.

Beverage Company, Chef Oscar Ledesma of

Proceeds from the Yummie Top Chef Dinner sup-

The Little Door and Chef Jason Collis of Plated

port Casa Pacifica’s vital programs and services for

Events rounded out the impressive lineup.

vulnerable children, youth and their families.

2018 YUMMIE CHEF LINEUP 2686 Kitchen | Blvd Burger | Café Ficelle | Casa Pacifica Kitchen | Cocoa Rome | Esther's Sweet Sensations Bakery | Gasolina | J Wolf Catering & BBQ | Jinky's Café | Mouthful Eatery | Ojai Beverage Company | Old Town Café | OMG | Rumfish Y Vino | Smokin' Steve's Pit BBQ Catering | Social Tap | Spanish Hills | Sub Zero Ice Cream & Yogurt | Sugar Lab Bake Shop | Sweet Arleen's | The Cave | Twisted Oak Tavern | University Village

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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,

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CALIFORNIA OFFERS A DIVERSE ARRAY OF GETAWAY DESTINATIONS WITHIN EASY DRIVING DISTANCE. Whether traveling the coast, inland or up to the mountains, a few hours’ easy drive can lead to exciting new locales perfect for exploring and relaxing with family and friends.

D AY D R I V E

D E ST I N AT I O NS FOR SUMMER

BIG BEAR

one.

FUN

Summer is a great time to leave the crowded cities behind and beat the heat in the cozy mountain town of Big Bear in the San Bernardino

Mountains. With daytime temperatures in the comfortable 80s, Big Bear is

a cool place for all ages to enjoy a plethora of outdoor summer activities. Swim in the lake, try paddle boarding, jet skiing or fishing, go mountain biking or hike the abundant trails. Shoppers and diners will also find lots to explore at The Village, a local shopping and entertainment hub with over a hundred local boutiques, restaurants and shops. Whether renting a lakeside cabin (complete with private hot tub) with the family or enjoying a weekend getaway, Big Bear is a quick and easy two-and-a-half-hour jaunt (approximately 130 miles) to an idyllic mountain destination where you can relax by the lake or participate in many activities and festivities. During the summer, family activities abound, including the annual 4th of July celebration featuring barbecues, arts and crafts fairs and fireworks, and Old Miners Days in July, showcasing the region’s rich history of logging, mining and ranching with events like the Chili Cookoff. Adventure seekers can opt for adrenaline-inducing activities, such as helicopter rides, zip-lining and off-road jeep tours. Also check out The Cave to catch local and national bands or attend a C.A.T.S. (The Community Arts Theater Society) musical—"The Wizard of Oz” through July—at the Big Bear Performing Arts Center.

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two.

E N CI N I TA S “Everybody’s gone surfing…surfing USA,” sang the Beach Boys, immortalizing Encinitas’ Swami’s Beach for generations to come. Encinitas’ breathtaking beaches and world-class waves only begin to scratch the surface of this iconic surf town’s treasures. Located in North County San Diego, about 130 miles from home, Encinitas comprises six miles of coastline, natural wetlands, unique nurseries and gardens, a lively downtown shopping and dining scene and a friendly, easygoing vibe. Stroll the historic downtown area and explore the eclectic, beachy shops, like Bliss 101, where customers can sip champagne while discovering the store’s unique offerings, like sea glass and wave-inspired rings and one-of-a-kind gemstone necklaces fashioned by local artists. Visit the Shelter and stretch out on comfy couches in an open-air lounge while sipping specialty cocktails, enjoy the patio firepit or catch the game on their big screens. The area also boasts fine and casual dining of all types—many served with a view (try Las Olas across from the beach or the two-story Pacific Coast Grill). Known as the “Flower Capital of the World,” Encinitas will thrill nature lovers of all ages with its extensive collection of nurseries and gardens, including the San Diego Botanic Garden. With nearly 4,000 varieties of plants from around the world, the garden features more than 37 acres of exhibits, including the largest bamboo groves in the U.S., a tropical rainforest, an undersea succulent garden and the Hamilton Children’s Garden, the West Coast’s largest interactive children’s garden. Visitors can also take a free guided nature tour at the San Elijo Lagoon, where 40% of the birds in North America pass by during their annual migrations, or take a timeout at the serene Self-Realization Fellowship enjoying the meditation gardens, koi ponds and views of famous Swami’s Beach. Encinitas’ close proximity to San Diego’s popular attractions—Sea World, Legoland, the San Diego Zoo and Balboa Park—make it an ideal destination for exploring the area’s many offerings.

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three.

IDYLLWILD

Nestled in the San Jacinto Mountains among majes-

tic pines and aromatic cedars lies the quaint mountain

trails set amongst meandering streams and towering forests soaring above the Sonora desert.

hamlet of Idyllwild, known for its vibrant community of

Wherever you roam in the small town of Idyllwild,

artists and peaceful, quiet environment. An hour from

nature’s beauty is nearby, creating a rustic, laid-back

Palm Springs, Idyllwild offers cooler temperatures for a

atmosphere that invites visitors to wind down and soak up

welcoming respite from the summer heat and bustling

the soothing sights and sounds of Mother Nature. Wine

city crowds. Breathe in the fresh air and kick back in the

lovers will enjoy award-winning wines at Idyllwild's Middle

great outdoors of Idyllwild, where hiking, biking, moun-

Ridge Winery in the heart of town. All ages are welcome

tain climbing and fishing activities abound.

at the popular Mile High Café, known for their delicious

About 145 miles from home, Idyllwild features

lemon blueberry pancakes, or stop at Idyology for great

breathtaking views from mountain peaks, with

food and live music in a log cabin homey setting with a

sweeping vistas of the Coachella Valley and even

roaring fireplace and a deck overlooking a beautiful creek.

the Salton Sea, located hundreds of miles away. Take

Unique local shops include Swanktuary, carrying local

a short break at picturesque Lake Fulmor situated

artisans’ arts and crafts; the Sage and the Butterfly, offer-

along the twisting, turning road to Idyllwild, visit

ing well-crafted, organically made jewelry; and Merkaba

the Idyllwild Nature Center for trails of all levels or

Tea, with its extensive selection of organic teas.

explore the 13,000-acre Mount San Jacinto State Park

During the summer, check out the annual Rotary

and Wilderness area, where you can ride the cable

Club Fourth of July parade and the Idyllwild Arts Jazz In

car to the top of the mountain and hike 50+ miles of

The Pines outdoor music festival.

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SUMMER FUN

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four.

S AN TA CR UZ

On the warmer north side of the Monterey Bay where the redwoods meet the ocean sits the coastal town of Santa Cruz. Off the beaten path, Santa Cruz is about a six-hour drive (about 330 miles) from home. It boasts picturesque beaches, sea piers, wharfs and boat harbors, as well as mountain redwood forests and multitudes of streams and lakes. Its redwood forests house vast arrays of trails and tiny mountain towns, like Ben Lomond, Boulder Creek, Bonny Dune and Lompico that look as if they’ve been preserved in time for a hundred years. Boarding the old train for a 6-mile ride from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk amusement park to Felton through a winding forest and trestle bridge railroad is like going back in time. The old-style passenger train stops in the towering Old Growth Redwood forest called the Henry Cowell State Park and Roaring Camp Railroad. Bring your flip flops, hiking shoes, mountain bikes or surfboards to suit your nature, as this outdoorsy natural town offers many activities for the young at heart.  Enjoy plenty of people watching, street performers, restaurants and shopping in the downtown center at Pacific Avenue, the heart of Santa Cruz, where local UC Santa Cruz students known for their unusual Banana Slugs mascot frequent coffee shops. After spending a little time in this town, visitors will understand what is meant by the ubiquitous bumper stickers proclaiming to “Keep Santa Cruz Weird." This fun-loving surf town located 90 minutes south of San Francisco and 30 minutes west of Silicon Valley has been a favorite getaway for these northern crowds for decades.

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JON MACKS

P E N S " A C A P I T O L F O U RT H " ARTICLE ADRIENNE WIGDORTZ ANDERSON

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CHRIS ROCK CALLED MACKS “THE GREATEST COMEDY WRI TER OF ALL TI M E,” AND HE’ S BEEN DUBBED “THE JOKE MACHI N E” BY SHOW BI Z FOLKS I N THE KNOW.

JON MACKS KNOWS HOW TO THROW A 4TH OF JULY PARTY. For 14

years, he’s written “A Capitol Fourth,” broadcast live on PBS from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. He will again this year. (Check local listings for time.) “The ingredients are basic,” says Macks, a WGA award-winner and

eight-time Emmy nominee. “Terrific hosts, great music, big stars and fireworks. Mix together and you get the biggest, best Independence Day celebration in the nation.” We’re guaranteed a star-spangled show with entertainment that includes host John Stamos, The Beach Boys, Luke Combs, Renee Fleming and a script by top-notched writer, Jon Macks.

While majoring in History at Villanova University, he had a briefs career as an underwear model appearing “in a Sears catalogue in very colorful boxers.” Legal briefs weren’t in his future either. He volunteered

The former Oak Park resident has written for the most prestigious award pro-

on campaigns while attending Villanova Law School,

grams, including 21 Academy Awards, 20 Emmy Awards, 9 Golden Globes and

and after graduating and passing the bar, he chose to

2 Tony Awards—and that’s the short list. Macks is the “go-to” guy for TV specials,

continue with politics rather than law. He was hired to

as well. IMDb lists 184 writing credits in total.

run a Congressional campaign and his candidate won!

Chris Rock called Macks “the greatest comedy writer of all time,” and he’s been dubbed “The Joke Machine” by show biz folks in the know. Macks was one of Jay Leno’s top writers on “The Tonight Show” for its 22-year run. “Out of 500,000 jokes I wrote, 482,000 are in a landfill,” he says.

With Democratic strategists, James Carville and Paul Begala, Macks worked on Bob Casey’s 1986 fourth bid for Governor of Pennsylvania. This time, Casey was victorious. 

Early in his career, Macks was a political consultant with a funny bone, a

The next day, Macks and wife Julie—who he met on

perfect fit for late-night TV and its topical humor. He was recognized in 2004

an earlier campaign—moved to Washington, D.C. for

by Newsday, as one of 20 people in TV/radio to influence coverage of the

his job with a top Democratic consulting firm.

Presidential campaign.

Fast forward to 1991: Macks started writing jokes

This unique perspective is behind his fifth book, Monologue: What

for a DJ in D.C. and, Senator Paul Simon, who thought

Makes America Laugh Before Bed—a look at how late-night shows have

Macks was funny, asked him to help with his speech at

shaped public opinion.

the Gridiron dinner. Afterwards, Bobby Kennedy’s former

A proud Philadelphia native: “My blood type is 50% Cheez Whiz and 50%

press secretary Frank Mankiewicz, who was helping

Eagles Green,” laughs Macks, noting that his parents and brother weren’t

Simon, called to say the jokes went over well and sug-

political or particularly humorous. Macks, however, was obsessed with

gested he do it for a living. “I wasn’t sure if that meant I

politics and knew he was funny since he was 15 and sent jokes to Johnny

was a good joke writer or a bad political consultant, but it

Carson. Unfortunately, Carson didn’t accept unsolicited material.

got me thinking, ‘maybe I can do this.’”

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JON MACKS

(CON TI N U ED)

The same year, Macks saw Jay Leno’s stand-up

the influence was bigger. There were fewer voices,” he

act and was “blown away.” Undeterred by his Carson

says. “The truth is, no host can change an election—

experience, he sent jokes to Leno and received a free-

they’re often preaching to the choir.”

lance agreement from NBC. When Leno replaced Carson, he asked Macks to

He thinks current shows are more one-sided and political: “That’s not a bad thing, it just ‘is.’”

join the staff. Macks told his D.C. partners he would try

After writing for the 1995 Emmys, his first award

it for 13 weeks and then return. He never went back.  

show, Macks got more calls, including from Billy

“I traveled 250 nights a year doing campaigns,” he

Crystal for the 1997 Oscars. “That was like being called

says. “If I wanted to be a father to my three children,

to pitch in the World Series,” Macks says. “I remember

I needed a job where I could be home with them.”

realizing right before the curtain went up, something

Leno gave his staff time to spend with family. Macks

I had written was going to be seen around the world.”

coached his kids’ sports teams and served as Vice President of Agoura Pony Baseball. At work, Macks’ goal was to turn in 100 jokes a day. “If Jay used four, it was a great day; three, a good day. If zero, I’d think it was over,” Macks says. But Bob Smith’s advice was never far from mind.

Macks loves live shows: “It’s the same adrenaline rush as election day for a campaign manager. You have to be prepared and ready to react any moment for a needed change.” Controversies, such as #OscarsSoWhite, can change the direction of the opening.

“Bob was the one Carson writer who stayed with Jay,”

“We had planned a hip, show business-type mono-

says Macks. “He said, ‘it’s a marathon not a sprint—

logue,” recalls Macks. “Once we saw the nominations,

don’t get too high or low over one joke or one night.'

Chris Rock [host of the 2016 Oscars] and the writers

And … ‘buy a house cheaper than one you can afford.

knew we had to address the bigger issue.”

In show business, all the money you make can disappear at the whim of a network executive.’”

Tragedies, too, affect the tenor of a monologue. “After 9/11, Jay spoke from the heart,” Macks said.

Macks’ party affiliation didn’t influence his writ-

“Days after, we stayed away from the tragedy itself

ing. “I was more likely to poke fun at Democrats

but addressed peripheral topics, like Tom Ridge and

to ensure I was balanced,” he says. Plus, he notes,

his duct tape.”

Democrats were in the White House most of Leno’s

Macks’ Wild Bronco Productions offers a variety of

tenure and presidents are always the focus of gags.

writing services. He has written remarks for clients

When setting up jokes about a politician or celeb-

from well-known athletes to Hollywood superstars.

rity, find what comes after “the comma,” he says. “The

He continues to advise U.S. senators and presidential

comma is shorthand for what defines the person,”

candidates and has assisted on debate prep in the last

Macks explains. “Hillary Clinton, cold; Al Gore, boring.”

six presidential elections.

Late-night can influence perceptions: “Sarah Palin

What does his family think of his success? "My

didn’t say she could see Russia from her house. It was

dad was proud. My mother kept telling people I was a

Tina Fey playing her on ‘SNL.’ But you can’t unring a bell.”

lawyer. My wife was happier when I was traveling. My

Macks acknowledges late-night’s impact has

kids are still fighting over who gets my money when I

waned. “When it was just Johnny or Jay and Dave,

die." Badum-Ching! 

For more, visit: PBS.org/A-Capitol-Fourth and WildBroncoProductions.com.

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MONEY? WE ALL THINK ABOUT IT. We all want it. And, we all need it. Whether you work for it, inherit it or you somehow have access to it from a spouse or another, money is an exciting resource that people handle very differently. Money can be a source of pride for some who are pleased with their disciplined, lifelong choices that have led to the accumulation of wealth. Others have been known to have said, "it takes money to make money” and spend it freely in anticipation that spending will build more relationships and business in the future. Whatever your approach, it may well be one that you don't talk about with others, and if you do, it is not likely often. Everyone grows up in a household where views, experiences and circumstances differ with handling money, and because of that, they perceive it differently. These attitudes and beliefs that each of us innately has are the underpinnings of how people choose and cope with economic decisions. That's why some who save prudently and may appear to have a "smaller annual income" based on their consumption habits frequently can surprise family and friends when, at their death, it's learned that they had large estates or significant assets.  It's the central idea of the book, The Millionaire Next Door, by Thomas J. Stanley that describes "Under Accumulators of Wealth" and "Prodigious Accumulators of Wealth" and the differentiating habits between each. The research concluded that frequently high earning professionals might accumulate less wealth than a lower earning person because they have an expensive lifestyle and consumption habits that drain wealth as opposed to building net worth. But the reality is prudent money management, retirement planning and compound interest are typically topics not taught in school, even though they are subjects that will affect you throughout life. And, given that Los Angeles is the kind of environment that might be hard not to be tempted to "keep up with the Joneses." But, if you have a competitive spirit and like keeping up, try this: Compete with what you don't see. Compete with their 401k statement value, the IRA Rollover accounts and the investment portfolios that show up in the mailbox quarterly. Imagining what the "Joneses" have may nudge you into increasing your 401k contributions and paying down your mortgage balance faster! And that competition will leave your wallet fuller and your mind more at ease. So, if you keep your focus on what you're most interested in achieving and minimize your acquisition of depreciating assets, you can find balance and enjoy both the joy of living in the here and now, while accumulating wealth to give you peace of mind, making your retirement years as comfortable as those you're in now.

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TREND SETTER

WITH THREE LOCATIONS IN THE CONEJO VALLEY, BURT’S PHARMACY IS COMMITTED TO HELPING CLIENTS ACHIEVE ALL THEIR HEALTH CARE GOALS—FROM TREATING EVERYDAY CONDITIONS TO ACHIEVING PERSONAL WELLNESS. “Our talented and compassionate care team members can answer your questions and find solutions that fit you like a glove,” says Robbie Leark, owner of the family-operated endeavor. Clients benefit from everyday low prices, in-house compounding services, preferred pricing, easy access to medical supplies—and a friendly, supportive staff that are always just a phone call away. “We focus on the service level, which usually you’re not going to find with a chain,” Leark says. Deliveries, for instance, can be made directly to the patient at work or at home. “We really try to go out of our way to help people—it’s really that simple,” Leark says. The same goes for pricing. “Low prices and value matter; that’s why we’ll always go above and beyond to help you save on your meds whenever possible at

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Burt’s,” Leark says. “If you find a lower price, we’ll do our best to match it or beat it to save you money.” Additionally, “due to our unique relationships with our wholesalers, we are often able to get products in the same day or following morning if the product is not already in stock. This includes many hard to find items and specialty medications.” As far as medical equipment is concerned, Burt’s offers just about everything, including canes, crutches and other walking aids; a variety of manual and electric wheelchairs; and power scooters and lift chairs. Burt’s also has hospital beds, equipment for bath safety, compression stockings, wound care products, and ostomy and catheter supplies. Burt’s is especially unique for its compounding pharmacy, which works with the patient and the prescriber to customize a medication to meet the patient’s specific needs. Burt’s Pharmacy offers compounding services in a range of categories, including bio-identical hormone replacement, pain management, pediatric, anti-aging and skincare, dental, and even pet medications. “What works for one doesn’t always work for another, and that means that sometimes, a one-size-fits-all approach to medication just isn’t right,” he says. “Whether the dose is wrong, a patient is sensitive to a filler in a pill, or someone only responds to bio-identical hormones rather than synthetics, we turn to the ancient art of compounding as a solution.” Burt’s Pharmacy also gives back to the community, including sponsoring the local Love Run, which benefits Senior Concerns, a private, nonprofit organization that serves frail and special-needs older adults. “We also do a lot with the local schools,” Leark says. “Most of these are brought to us by our patients and we like to support the people who are supporting us. We try to be involved as much as we can.” Above all, the main goal of Burt’s Pharmacy “is helping people,” Leark further emphasizes. “We do whatever we can to help—that’s the most important thing to us.”

Burt’s Pharmacy has three locations: 2333 Borchard Road in Newbury Park, 805.498.6675; 430 Avenida De Los Arboles in Thousand Oaks, 805.492.2451; 2900 Townsgate Road, Suite #105, in Westlake Village, 805.371.4000. For more information, visit BurtsRX.com.

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HEALTHY LIFESTYLE

THE ATHLETIC SOCIETY : BRINGING THE BEST OF FITNESS & H E A LT H T O T H E C O N E J O VA L L E Y THE NEW ATHLETIC SOCIETY IN WESTLAKE VILLAGE OFFERS THE VERY BEST IN FITNESS, SPORTS AND HEALTH, INCLUDING A WIDE VARIETY OF OVER 400 DIFFERENT CLASSES—DANCE, CARDIO, STRENGTH TRAINING, BOOT CAMP-STYLE, YOGA, SPIN/ CYCLE, AQUA AND PILATES—IN ADDITION TO NUTRITION COACHING, RECOVERY, CHILDCARE, MASSAGE AND PERSONAL TRAINING. “We are more than just a gym,” says Marketing Manager Chyla Anderson. “We provide a complete fitness experience, which will continue to broaden and grow as we rebuild from what the former club used to be.” Creating a one-stop shop for the best of fitness, sports, rejuvenation and community at the former Spectrum Club location has involved many upgrades, from much-needed repairs to the pool, roof and HVAC, to major renovations. “We're building a brand new Kids Club, group fitness room and spin room! We're also bringing in new equipment as well as a state-of-the-art functional training center with heart-rate-monitored small group training classes,” adds Anderson. With an emphasis on helping people of all ages and levels attain their fitness goals, the Athletic Society team brings experience gained from a long history of managing health clubs to the Conejo Valley. 52

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“Our founders have been in executive roles for several national brands and have owned and operated several other brands both nationally and internationally. We know what works and what people want, and we're excited to bring that to the Conejo Valley community,” Anderson says.  Exercise newbies and gurus alike are invited to find their niche at the new Athletic Society. “We cater to not only the health-conscious, but to those who may be at the beginning of their fitness journey,” adds Anderson. “Whether you are into classes, lifting or swimming, we provide an elite fitness experience which will help you to reach your goals and maintain your lifestyle.”  The club’s membership comprises a unique blend of an existing community that has been growing roots in the location throughout the years and new members. “We enjoy giving people the means to reach their goals and live an optimal healthy  lifestyle,” says Anderson, noting that clients and potential new members should stay tuned for information about upcoming pop-up events to be hosted at the Athletic Society. “In addition to offering all of the boutique/studio amenities that everyone loves in one place, we will also be bringing Gentera Center for Regenerative Medicine into this club, which will specialize in everything from bio-identical hormone replacement therapy and PRP facials, to IV drip therapy.”

To learn more about the Athletic Society, ask about their free 10-Day VIP Guest Pass at 805.778.0888 or visit them at 2400 Willow Lane in Westlake Village.

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GIVING BACK

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ONE HUNDRED SIXTY-FIVE BICYCLISTS TOOK TO THE STREETS OF VENTURA COUNTY TO DO A GOOD DEED BY SUPPORTING THE MILITARY, VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES DURING THE AMERICAN RED CROSS OF VENTURA COUNTY’S THIRD OPERATION: RIDE FOR THE RED EVENT. The ride included three separate routes throughout the county, comprising 30, 61 and 99 miles with rest stops every 10 miles. Riders raised a total of $29,847 to support the Red Cross’ Service to Armed Forces Program and more than 80 volunteers lent a helping hand to make the ride a success. Operation: Ride for the Red was created in 2014 by local volunteers and neighbors Kevin Delson, Ken Bauer and Diane Krehbiel-Delson. “We all have a passion for the armed forces and cycling, and that’s why all the military and veteran riders get to ride for free in our event,” says Krehbiel-Delson.  “My husband, Kevin, has ridden across the country and Ken sits on the board for the Red Cross, so we thought the ride would be a great way to give back to SAF.” According to the Red Cross, since 9/11, the nonprofit has served more than 1 million military families. The Red Cross is also the only military service organization that supports military families from the day they enlist through their time as a veteran. Fifty-five of those participating bicyclists who got to ride for free were veterans, including Barry Cole, Ken Exum, Bruce Newman and Ray Tschaeche. Cole was an Army troop truck driver during the Vietnam era between 1968 to 1970 and was stationed in St. Louis and Sacramento. It was his first time participating in the event. “When I was in the service, the general feeling was not positive toward the military,” says Cole, 71, of Ventura. “Now it’s changed and being able to support the military population is a good thing to do. I wanted to be a part of it [bicycle ride].” Exum is a Navy veteran who was active from 1975 to 1996 and was deployed during Operation Desert Storm on the USS La Salle. He says the Red Cross has always played an important role in his life. “I had to deal with notifications as a call officer and when my grandparent died, I was deployed and I got a Red Cross message telling me what had happened,” says Exum, 61, of Simi Valley. “It’s important to support them.” As an avid bike rider, Navy veteran Newman rode in the event two times. Active and in the reserves between 1959 to 1965, Newman recalls being in the Western Pacific on active duty and viewing the USS Arizona in Pearl Harbor before the monument was built. “That was an emotional experience,” says Newman, 81, of Tarzana. “When you went by Pearl Harbor, you saluted the Arizona. I did it at 5 in the afternoon with the gorgeous color of the mountains and ocean in the background.” Newman says the bicycle ride is a common thread that joins everyone together. “I like the association of helping veterans and appreciate what the guys are going through,” says Newman. “The problems the veterans have now are more recognized and treated more carefully than when I went through my service.”

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GIVING BACK

(CON TI N U ED)

Barry Cole

Bruce Newman

The 2018 ride was also Tschaeche’s second year. As a veteran of the Air National Guard from 1977 to 2017, he was deployed in support of Team Spirit in Korea and had the opportunity to work with a patriot missile group during an Army exercise in New Mexico. He says the ride is important to bring awareness to veterans and the military. “When my father-in-law died, I was deployed and my wife got a hold of me through the Red Cross,” says Tschaeche, 60, of Simi Valley. “I appreciate the Red Cross volunteers. They help a whole new world and I will support wherever I can.” Krehbiel-Delson says looking forward, she hopes to see Operation: Ride for the Red throughout the U.S. “My vision is for it to be as big as the Amgen Tour and Tour de France where bikers ride the streets and passersby acknowledge by saluting them,” says Krehbiel-Delson. For more information and to get involved, contact Elizabeth “Liz” Baker, Ventura/Central Chapter Program Manager, at 805.322.7691 or visit RedCross.org.

"AFTER RIDING IN A COMBINATION OF OVER 70 CENTURIES AND DOUBLE CENTURIES I WAS DELIGHTED TO FIND A RIDE CLOSE TO MY HOME IN VENTURA. LITTLE DID I REALIZE WHEN SIGNING UP THAT IT WOULD BE ONE OF THE BEST ORGANIZED RIDING EVENTS I HAVE EVER BEEN PART OF. THE PEOPLE WERE CORDIAL, HELPFUL AND FULL OF ENERGY. THE SETUP OF REST STOPS WITH RIDE-THROUGH MARKERS WAS REALLY THOUGHTFUL. AND, THE COURSE WAS CHALLENGING, BUT WITH MOST OF THE CLIMBING EARLY ON, WAS A GREAT TOUR. I HOPE TO SEE IT ON THE CALENDAR AGAIN NEXT YEAR!" - J I M L A N U M

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Races” were performed by the Tong-

the summer concert stage singing

too. The Independence Day concert is

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and travel orientation. The “Moon

The show-stopping LA Allstars retake

chairs, picnic baskets and blankets to

for an additional charge. $5/cash only.

storytelling, cultural activities, games

the moon. Learn the significance of

The public is invited to bring lawn

bounce houses and more available

CHUMASH SONGS & STORIES: MOON RACES UNDER THE MOON

Conejo Community Park

blankets. Food and drink for purchase

works. Food vendors, face painting,

7 The first peoples used the night sky for

Arroyo Vista Park

music, a flag presentation and fire-

sic cars from private owners, col-

Rancho Sierra Vista

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10 JAZZ WITH JULIE NEWSOME 32001 Agoura Road, Westlake Village

Local jazz event featuring Julie Newsome, vocals; Chris Conner, bass; Jack LeCompte, drums; and Karen Hammack, piano. Free/reservations suggested. JulieNewsome.com

12 OLD BONEY MTN. HOT SUMMER NIGHT FESTIVAL

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Vote for your favorite hot sauce, label, craft beer and food at the Rotary Club of Newbury Park and Old Boney Mtn. Hot Sauce festival. Music and a cornhole tournament round out the evening. Proceeds benefit the Grossman Burn Foundation. $60. OldBoneyMtnHotSummerNight.com

14 THE LONG RUN EAGLES TRIBUTE Berniece Bennett Park, 31800 Village Center Road, Westlake Village

The City of Westlake Village Saturday Concerts in the Park offers free music outdoors. A limited number of chairs and tables are available on a first-come, first-seated basis. Food is available for sale from local restaurant vendors each week. WLV.org

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with the stars” on a majestic wooden ballroom floor. Bring your own dinner or purchase it from a gourmet food truck onsite. Full beverage service on hand. CityofVentura.net

28 25TH ANNUAL OXNARD SALSA FESTIVAL 500 S C St., Oxnard

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Latin sounds, exotic dancing and spicy culinary flavors are all part of the 25th Annual Oxnard Salsa Festival. The festival is a celebration of all things salsa—the food, music and dance. Festivalgoers are treated to live salsa bands, salsa dance lessons, a tasting tent with dozens of different varieties of salsa and hot sauces and a salsa recipe challenge.

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ARTICLE KIM PAGANO

CHOOSE 1,000 WISHES

PARTING THOUGHTS

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WHEN YOU LOOK AT A FIELD OF DANDELIONS, YOU CAN EITHER SEE A HUNDRED WEEDS OR A THOUSAND WISHES. I choose a thousand wishes. Summer is a very special time of the year. Is there something you have wanted to do that you might not be able to because of work or school? If so, now is a great time to start making a list—some call it a bucket list—I call it a wish list. If I had time, I wish I could...? What’s on the top of your wish list? Some of us know, while others are just wishing. Stop wishing and start putting some action steps into place so you can live with abundance not only in your life, but your activities. We have so many amazing places nearby, and many of us have beautiful backyards, yet we look for fun in other places. I love my home, and when I take time to feel the warm air, close my eyes and relax my body, I feel rejuvenated in my own surroundings. I’m in the process of clearing and simplifying my life and home—another project to consider undertaking this summer—whatever you need or want in your life can be yours.  I like to divide our summer in sections. Traveling is one thing my husband and I love to do. We’ve been going to the lake for years with our children, and now that our children are grown and have busy schedules, we travel with our kids and their families at different times. Our twin grandsons live close by, and we’re so grateful to have them, as well as spend time with our other two via FaceTime. We love spending time with them and watching them learn; it’s such a precious time. We also love music and plays and, best of all, trying new restaurants—we are definitely foodies! One of our new favorites things is our smoker, thanks to our oldest daughter and her hubby. While we used to have large parties, now we prefer to visit with a few couples, which allows for more intimate conversations. During summer, my roses and garden are also in full bloom, and I love harvesting fruit and flowers. Take a moment this summer to surround yourself with the things that make you happy. Remember, we’re all busy making money—don’t forget to make sure you’re making memories.  Enjoy your summer and stay on the brighter side of life with the Kim Pagano Show, Saturdays from 7 to 8 a.m. on 1590 KVTA. Visit KimPaganoShow.com or tune in to her podcast at iTunes/The Kim Pagano Show for inspiration.

This summer, put your phone away for a few days. Make some memories that no-one knows about. Make some memories that are just yours.


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July 2018 Issue of Conejo Valley Lifestyle

Conejo Valley, CA July 2018  

July 2018 Issue of Conejo Valley Lifestyle