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Breathtaking Estate in Santa Rosa Valley

12416 Presilla Santa Rosa Valley Exquisite wrought iron doors lead you into one of the most breathtaking estates in Santa Rosa Valley with elevated sweeping panoramic views from an uppermost ridge. Highest quality of finishes combine to bring an extraordinary lifestyle into focus. Custom details are everywhere including exotic wall treatments, custom crown moldings, venetian plaster, soaring ceilings, and wood flooring. The open floor plan offers an elegant design, ideal for formal entertaining and comfortable family living Just off the gourmet chef’s kitchen is a set of doors that open out onto a dining and lounging terrace with cross-canyon views. On the main-level, the master suite is luxurious and spacious. The main floor features Formal dining room, family room, large office and secondary bedroom. Downstairs there are spacious guest quarters, laundry room and wine cellar. Incredible summer patio that has been well appointed with fireplace, serving area, and bar. In addition, there is a separate covered summer kitchen with barbecue. And out back, the home boasts a large infinity edged swimming pool with seating area and fire-pit that sits just beyond the lounging area and outdoor dining area. Generous amenities include an avocado orchard, over 5 acres. Three car garage. Additional parking .

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Timeless in it’s Contemporary Beauty

10457 Summer View Santa Rosa Valley

Located in the gated Rancho Rosita Estates, this rare and private stunning one-story custom-built estate home is located near the end of a cul de sac. Custom glass front entry doors welcome you into large entry providing natural light creating an ambiance that can’t be rivaled by artificial light sources . Gourmet island kitchen includes marble flooring, plentiful granite counter space, built-in SubZero refrigerator/freezer, Wolf double convection oven, Miele dishwasher, and Wolf electric range. Formal living room with fireplace, hardwood flooring, volume ceilings with glass windows. Large master suite has volume ceiling, huge closets and shoe organizers. Luxurious master bath has Roman tub, an incredible shower with dual showerheads. Professionally landscaped grounds with koi pond, water features, and smaller turtle pond. Walkways lead you through enchanting bamboo forest. Custom-built motorized patio cover. Fully fenced yard with fruit tree orchard. Many varieties of large trees providing privacy and shade. Extra deep 3-car garage with roll-up door and high ceilings for ample storage area. Premium, high-volume, EWS water purification system.

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Santa Rosa Valley Single Level in Gated Wildwood Ranch neighborhood 6 car garage

2231 Applewood Santa Rosa Valley In this picturesque neighborhood of easy living and summer strolls, equestrian trails and pastoral views, there is one home that encompasses the signature lifestyle for which the Santa Rosa Valley is famous. This one-story estate residence is in the private enclave of elite homes in Wildwood Ranch. Perfectly suited for lavish entertaining or casual get-togethers, the large entry with Versailles pattern travertine flooring and a designer Custom-Made, Hand-Blown Glass Chandelier welcome you to a place you can call “home”. The gourmet island kitchen incorporates rich cabinetry and an island topped with granite, appliances include Viking oven, microwave, gas range, Viking built-in refrigerator and Miele dishwasher. There is a huge dedicated Media room. Spanning almost 4,700 square feet, this home features three bedrooms, office with built-in cabinetry and wood floors and 3.5 baths. The master suite has his and hers vanity areas, double shower heads, whirlpool tub, and two walk-in closets. Formal dining area and living room with fireplace, family room off kitchen area has vaulted ceiling, walk-in wet bar and fireplace. Indoor laundry room with sink. Dual zone central air and heating. Dual water for reduced rate landscape watering costs. Outdoor areas include a large vaulted patio structure with built-in heaters, huge custom built-in barbecue center, pool and spa, fire pit, and fenced dog run, all located on a flat acre of land that abounds with lush greenery against the backdrop of hills. There is an attached two-car garage and a separate four-car garage accessed through electronic gates, for the car collector, or that could potentially be converted to a home office or studio. Dedicated RV parking with concrete pad. Equestrian enthusiasts will appreciate the level lot and wide drive with easy access for farrier and feed delivery. Nestled in the center of the Santa Rosa Valley, this property invites discerning buyers that are interested in serene living.

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One Story Santa Rosa Valley Pool Home 4 Bedroom

11295 Barranca Santa Rosa Valley

Within the coveted Santa Rosa Valley, this one-story estate shines like a rare jewel. Indoors, the gracious interior with Custom hardwood front doors w /leaded glass and side lights lead you into the timeless traditional design with Custom hardwood floors in living, dining, family, foyer, hall, master and study. Combined with an idyllic climate, this is the essence of California living. This impressive, refined estate truly shines in the details. The lavish recently replastered pool with electric cover and separate spa combines with the raised outdoor patio area, and Built-in barbeque and adjacent burner to entertain your lucky guests. The driveway leading to the large lot with complete privacy is stamped concrete with brick highlights. The moment you step inside you will be welcomed with upgrades throughout including Pella windows and sliding doors. The kitchen has been remodeled and is complete with granite countertops, garden window, custom cabinets, built-in Kitchen Aid refrigerator, Bosch dishwasher. Unwind in the Master suite featuring Pella windows, a walk-in closet custom outfitted by California Closets. The luxurious remodeled master bath features dual wash areas with custom cabinets, sit down vanity area with fog proof lighted mirror, Skylights, sunken bath tub and European inspired large shower. Step out from the Master bedroom sliding doors to beautiful covered patio area off master bedroom. 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, two full baths and a powder room for guests. Built to take full advantage of its relaxing setting. Storage options abound with epoxy coated flooring in garage, cabinetry designed by California closets and an attic outfitted for storage, electric lighting, shelving, with window fan. Indoor laundry with sink. Newer air conditioner compressor. Surrounded by views and lush grounds, with three mature avocado trees, 3 lemon, 2 orange, 1 tangerine, every day here is a vacation. Gorgeous home!

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LIFESTYLE LETTER

JULY 2019 PUBLISHER

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

The State of Things MORE RANDOM AND MAYBE EVEN UNORGANIZED OBSERVATIONS… I WARNED YOU ABOUT THIS WHEN I “RIFFED” LAST MONTH, SO HERE GOES.

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Will I be in the wrong if I run over a pedestrian when they carelessly cross in front of my vehicle with their nose buried in their iPhone? A batch of teenagers fumbled onto Lindero Canyon Blvd at the Thousand Oaks Blvd intersection as I was making a left-hand turn onto Lindero Canyon Blvd. The light was green for my turn. They were either talking to each other, reading emails, texting or maybe playing Candy Crush. Fortunately, I was just starting up and not driving directly into the turn at a higher speed. I tooted my horn, cursed impotently, lowered my window and called them idiots (a dumb and fruitless gesture). Their response was “Duh” and a giggle. A gaggle of Bart Simpsons maybe? Had I wiped them out it would have been an interesting insurance claim as I was likely to have been left hanging out to dry and tarred and feathered. My point is that the disconnect from our surroundings and reality is accelerating. Everywhere I look, almost everyone I see who is under 35 is clutching their mobile phone or has their face buried in it as they walk along. Robin’s grandchildren need to have their iPads taken from them so we can have a conversation. Frankly, I yearn for the good old days of dirty pay phones. When I was out on business, I carried a can of Lysol with me to disinfect filthy pay phones so I could call my office, a client or call home. I don’t care!! Bring them back!

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My next rant logically enough is about social media. Why not? I just attacked the device,

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worldwide “be careful what you wish for” moment. The good news is that we are now all

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connected and can “communicate and express ourselves”… seemingly freely. The bad news is that if God thought the Tower of Babel was a good idea, then disconnecting us may be an even better idea. Humanity does not seem to be able to handle it. We are having trouble separating fact from the big loud lie, or at the very least, the big loud

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distortion. Everyone thinks they are a journalist. They aren’t. Who, what, when, where, why and how do not exist or matter in social media… just ask the clowns at Facebook. Anyway, please enjoy the summer with your family and friends. I’ll do my best to not run you over. I promise. Oh… and I rarely answer or send texts, and never Twitters! ARIZONA | CALIFORNIA | COLORADO | CONNECTICUT | FLORIDA | GEORGIA IDAHO | ILLINOIS | KANSAS | MARYLAND | MINNESOTA | MISSOURI | MONTANA NEVADA | NEW JERSEY | NORTH CAROLINA | OHIO | OKLAHOMA | OREGON SOUTH CAROLINA | TENNESSEE | TEXAS | VIRGINIA | WASHINGTON

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Alzheimer's Luncheon Honors Caregivers Talk show host and Alzheimer’s Champion Leeza Gibbons received the Alzheimer’s Leadership Award at the Alzheimer’s Women’s Initiative, Ventura County’s Second Annual “Your Brain Matters” Luncheon at the Four Seasons Westlake Village in May. Led by Chair Amy Commans of the Alzheimer’s Association, California Central Coast Chapter, the event focused on brain health and honored caregivers. ALZ.org/CACentralCoast PHOTOGRAPHY JANET BARNETT

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Caldera Medical Partners with Habitat for Humanity Agoura Hills medical device company Caldera Medical  renewed their  community outreach effort and partnered once again with Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County. Caldera Medical employees were tasked to build kids’ playhouses intended for military and veteran families. The Caldera team collaborated on this artistic endeavor and ultimately created three playhouses: two piratethemed and one “under the sea” design.

"Camelot" Premieres in the Conejo Pacific Festival Ballet celebrated the world premier of "Camelot" in the Fred Kavli Theatre at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. Composer Eric Allaman and PFB Artistic Director Kim Maselli created the concept, libretto and music for this original ballet. A sold-out house greeted the performance with much acclaim.

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CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’ Meadowlark Service League presents the 32nd annual Taste of Camarillo, Sunday, July 28, from 1-4 p.m. at Camarillo Ranch (201 Camarillo Ranch Road) in Camarillo. One of three major MSL fundraising events each year, A Taste of Camarillo helps support area nonprofit organizations. The event kicks off with a Wine Auction Gala on Saturday, July 27, from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. The California Dreamin’ themed event includes a live auction, dinner and entertainment, food and wine.

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SAVE THE DATE! Conejo Valley's musical fundraiser, Charity Karaoke: Sing for a Cause on August 11 at The Canyon in Agoura benefits 20 local nonprofits. Each nonprofit is represented by a karaoke singer/contestant, who sings to raise money for them. In a cross between a Charity 5K, “American Idol” and “Carpool Karaoke,” singers are awarded according

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A LOCAL NONPROFIT IS SETTING THE BAR BY FOCUSING ON EDUCATION, FINANCIAL STABILITY AND HEALTH FOR THE WELL-BEING OF VENTURA COUNTY RESIDENTS. Since the United Way of Ventura County’s inception in 1945, the nonprofit has helped raise over $100 million. When the Thomas and Woolsey Fires occurred, the organization helped raise more than $5 million from more than 9,000 donors nationwide. The organization also worked with their national office to assist with partnerships, including Airbnb, who provided disaster housing coordination with its users, and Lyft, who provided ride share services. “To date, we have given financial assistance to over 1,800 households affected by the fires,” says Eric Harrison, president and CEO of UWVC since December 2014. Harrison says the main point he would like the public to know about UWVC is that they are more just than a fundraising organization, but rather they focus on building meaningful community solutions.

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“The kind of real and lasting change that benefits everyone is only possible when people from all walks of life are willing to roll up their sleeves and go where they are most needed,” says Harrison. To date, UWVC has more than 1,000 program volunteers and an additional 3,000 registered through the Volunteer Ventura County website, which contains year-round community engagement opportunities. COMMUNITY PROGRAMS & PARTNERS Some of the other UWVC programs with local partnerships include Born Learning, a public engagement campaign to help parents, caregivers and communities create learning opportunities for young children; Building Healthy Smiles, which provides dental health for children in underserved populations in the county; Earn It, Keep It, Save It, which provides access to the Earned Income Tax Credit and electronic filing of income taxes free of charge through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program; Emergency Food and Shelter Program, a national program that provides funding to local social service organizations for food, shelter and rental assistance; and Women United, a network of individuals who help resolve single mothers’ issues through their financial and leadership power. “Our programs are run by United Way Community Impact staff and volunteers who are mobilized based on interest and skill set,” says Harrison. UWVC also founded 2-1-1 Ventura County, a program of Interface Children and Family Services that connects more than 30,000 Ventura County callers and texters each year with information about health and human services available to them.

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GIVING BACK

(CON TI N U ED)

“It is the comprehensive information and referral service for Ventura County,” says Harrison. Jill Haney has been a volunteer with UWVC for 16 years and has served on the board for nine years as a co-chair and an officer. She enjoys being active in the different programs and enjoys how the organization engages the community. “I like that (UWVC) has a countywide focus and the different programs that focus on income, education and health,” says Haney. “There are so many pieces that do so many different things. Whatever tugs at your heart, there’s a place for you.” SPECIAL EVENTS UWVC also hosts three special events each year, including the Spirit Awards Gala, where the organization presents awards in recognition of individuals, corporations and organizations that provide their time, funds and talent to the community; the Women United Annual Luncheon, where educational awards are handed out to single mothers who have completed coursework at a community college and have been accepted by a four-year university, and the countywide Day of Caring, where nonprofits host hundreds of volunteers to give back to the community. This year’s Day of Caring will be held on Saturday, Sept. 28. “(UWVC) has been coordinating Day of Caring for the past 30 years,” says Harrison. Future goals Harrison has in store for UWVC is having the organization explore and discover its role when it comes to housing and homeless issues. “Since the Thomas Fire, homelessness has increased by 28% in Ventura County,” says Harrison. “From many generative internal conversations and external discussions, we determined we needed to explore this further.”  In the year 2020, the nonprofit will celebrate its 75th anniversary and Harrison says there is much more to be done. “We are proud of the accomplishments of the past and we cannot do it alone,” says Harrison. “The caring power of the community is essential to all our success.”

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Summer Fun

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THIS SUMMER MAKE IT A POINT TO SPEND SOME QUALITY TIME WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS EXPLORING SOME OF THE MANY EXCITING ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS AROUND TOWN AND (NOT TOO FAR!) beyond. Both young and old will enjoy making memories to last a lifetime.

SPLASH AROUND! Keeping cool in the pool tops every kids’ (and kids at heart) summer to-do list. Plan an afternoon to meet up with friends at one of the local public pools open to the public during the summer. Both Newbury Park and Thousand Oaks High School pools have designated open swim days, as does the Olympic-size pool at Cal Lutheran University. For a fun twist, check out the Family Float Nights or Dive-In Movies at Ventura Aquatic Center (901 S. Kimball Road, Ventura). Gather the family and friends and order a pizza or bring a picnic dinner to enjoy a family-friendly movie from the cool waters of the Aquatic Center! Dive-In Movies screen July 5 and 19 and August 2 and 16, from 7:30-9:30 p.m. $5/person. Family Float Nights take place from 6:45-8:45 p.m. July 12 & 26 and August 9. Families can bring their pool floats and order pizza or bring food and enjoy a fun evening together. CityOfVentura.CA.Gov/612/Aquatics

TUNE IN! Music fills the air this summer, with free outdoor concerts throughout the Conejo Valley. Concert series include the 2019 Summer Concerts in the Park, sponsored by the City of Agoura Hills Department of Community Services and The Acorn Newspapers. Concerts begin at 6 p.m. at Chumash Park, 5550 Medea Valley Drive in Agoura Hills. The line-up includes: JULY 7: Don’t Stop Believin’ (Journey Tribute) JULY 21: Conejo Valley Community Concert & Jazz Band (at Agoura High School) AUGUST 4: The Long Run (Eagles Tribute) AUGUST 18: Captain Cardiac & The Coronaries AgouraHillsRec.org The Free Summer Concert Series at the Janss Marketplace is on Wednesday evenings (6-8 p.m.) through July 24. The line-up: 7/10: Lights (Journey Tribute) 7/17: Space Oddity (Bowie Tribute) 7/24: Uptown Funk (Bruno Mars Tribute) JanssMarketplace.net

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SUMMER FUN

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“A COUNTRY FAIR WITH OCEAN AIR” The 144th Ventura County Fair features 12 days of fun, excitement, education and entertainment for the whole family, beginning July 31 and running through August 11. Enjoy vendors, arts, crafts, food, exhibits, displays, demonstrations, farm animals, a petting zoo, carnival rides, games and entertainment. Nightly entertainment starts at 7:30 p.m.: 7/31: Styx 8/1: Martina McBride 8/2: Melissa Etheridge 8/3: Ohio Players 8/3: The Emotions 8/3: Evelyn “Champagne” King 8/4: Dia de la Familia Concert (3 p.m.) 8/5: X Ambassadors 8/6: Tommy James and the Shondells (1 p.m.) 8/6: Brothers Osborne 8/7: Daughtry 8/8: George Thorogood and the Destroyers “Good to be Bad Tour” 8/9: Collective Soul 8/10-11: P.R.C.A. Pro Rodeo (2 and 7 p.m.) VenturaCountyFair.org 30

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ROAD TRIP! Just a short and scenic drive about an hour north brings you to the beautiful city of Santa Barbara. During the summer months, Santa Barbara hosts a variety of festivals, cultural events and activities for families young and old to enjoy. Visit the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden (1212 Mission Canyon Road),

SHAKESPEARE!

a 78-acre living museum designed completely with California-native plants and featuring five miles of easy walking trails that crisscross the wild-crafted

Gather on the lawn at Cal Lutheran

gardens, plus sweeping views of the San Ynez Mountains and Santa Barbara’s

University at 5:30 p.m. for pre-show picnics

Channel Islands. Kids will especially love exploring the Redwood Forest and

and entertainment during the 23rd season of

spotting turtles in the Bessie Bullard Pond.

the popular outdoor theatrical performances by the Kingsmen Shakespeare Company.

This summer also features a special exhibition, Garden Casitas: Playhouses Designed with Nature in Mind. Opening July 1, the inspiring installation

William Shakespeare’s “The Merry Wives

includes a collection of original playhouses constructed primarily of plant-

of Windsor” takes place July 5-7 and July

based materials to encourage kids of all ages to play in nature while sharing

12-14, and “Richard II” runs July 19-21, July

the importance of plants in everyday life.

26-28 and August 2-4. General admission is

Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors (60+), $8 for children age 13–17, col-

$25 for adults, $20 for seniors 65 and over,

lege students and active military with ID and $6 for children age 2–12. SBBG.org

$15 for students with ID and free for every-

Dinosaurs and butterflies at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

one under 18. Reserved lawn boxes have

(2559 Puesta Del Sol) will delight all ages. “Prehistoric Forest Discover Dinosaurs

room for six and are available online for $90

in the Wild” invites visitors to take a stroll back in time and come face-to-face

to $110. KingsmenShakespeare.org

with hand-crafted moving animatronic dinosaurs, including a Tyrannosaurus rex, the formidably armored Stegosaurus, high-crested Parasaurolophus, Tricer atops and Ankylosaurus mamas with their young. “Butterflies Alive” allows guests to walk through a beautiful garden with nearly 1,000 live butterflies fluttering freely. The dazzling variety of butterflies includes local favorites and exotic tropical varieties. Both exhibits are included in Museum admission ($15, adults; $12, seniors and teens; $9, children; 2 and under free). For sea life encounters, visit their sister Sea Center at the historic  Stearns Wharf. Unique events and special educational programming  include the Live Dive series and a touch-tank where visitors can interact with sharks, rays, sea stars, sea urchins and sea anemones. SBNature.org

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ARTICLE ALICIA DOYLE | PHOTOGRAPHY JANET BARNETT

Broadway in Your Backyard: 5-STAR THEATRICALS LIGHTS UP THE STAGE

5-STAR THEATRICALS, THE OVATION AWARD-

“It’s going to be one of the last live productions

WINNING RESIDENT MUSICAL THEATRE COM-

of the show for the next couple of years in the Los

PANY OF THE THOUSAND OAKS CIVIC ARTS

Angeles area due to Steven Spielberg directing a

PLAZA, IS A NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION WITH

movie remake of it, so people won’t get to see it on

A MISSION TO PROVIDE THE HIGHEST QUALITY

stage for quite some time,” Cassidy says.

THEATRE EXPERIENCE AS WELL AS SERVE

The show will feature a cast of 33 members, as

THEIR COMMUNITY WITH THE MANY OUTREACH

well as a 20-piece orchestra, making it a “supreme

PROGRAMS THEY OFFER.

Broadway-caliber musical,” he notes.

“When people come to see our shows, they see the

The 2019-2020 season “is going to be very special,”

highest standard of quality, just like Broadway,” says

Cassidy notes, because it’s the 25th anniversary of the

Patrick Cassidy, of Thousand Oaks, who serves as

Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, and the 25th season

artistic director at the helm alongside Cindy Murray,

of 5-Star Theatricals being the resident theatre com-

executive director.

pany in the Kavli Theatre at the Plaza.

“We have a full orchestra with up to 22 musicians,

“When I was thinking about what shows to plan, I

Broadway sets and costumes and the best talent

came up with ideas that represented the 25 years,” says

around,” Cassidy notes. “You don’t get that anywhere

Cassidy, noting that the fall show, “The Music Man,” will

up here—you would have to drive down to Los Angeles

run from October 18 through 27. “That’s the first show

to the Ahmanson to get anything comparable.”

we did at the Kavli 25 years ago, and ‘The Music Man,’

5-Star

Theatricals—formerly

Cabrillo

Music

Theatre—has been the resident musical theatre com-

personally, is very close to my heart because my mother, Shirley Jones, plays Marian the librarian in the movie.

pany of the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza for the

In 2020, from March 27 through April 5, the

past 25 years, and as such, the company makes it a

ever-popular 2008 jukebox ABBA musical romantic

priority to serve its community.

comedy “Mama Mia” will take the stage, followed by

“The Civic Arts Plaza is an incredible venue right

“Newsies,” the musical based on the real-life Newsboys

here in our own backyard,” says Cassidy, a resident

Strike of 1899 in New York City, from July 17 through 26.

of the Conejo Valley for 14 years. “I have performed in cities that are much more recognizable and larger that

COMMUNITY OUTREACH

don’t have a resident company that represents their

In addition to stellar productions, 5-Star Theatricals

community. We not only have a resident theatre com-

will present their fundraising gala in January 2019,

pany, we have the Pacific Festival Ballet and New West

called “5 Stars for 5 Stars,” featuring five major tal-

Symphony—that’s three resident companies that are

ents singing with a live orchestra. Cassidy says the

the community’s companies.”

motto of 5-Star Theatricals for the past few years has been “Broadway in your backyard.”

SPECIAL SEASON

“That’s essentially what we are, right here,” he notes.

5-Star Theatricals’ next big production is “West Side

As a nonprofit organization, 5-Star Theatricals

Story,” which opens July 26 and runs through August 4.

is involved with outreach efforts, including putting

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“ O u r c o m pa n y i s a b o u t c o n n e ct i o n to t h e c o m m u n i t y … s o t h e y k n ow i t ’s t h e i r c o m pa n y b e cau s e t h at ’s w h at w e r e p r e s e n t.”

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BROADWAY IN YOUR BACKYARD

(CON TI N UED)

on a holiday show every December at the naval base in Port Hueneme, in which volunteers present a full production, featuring stars from past shows, youth performance groups, Santa Claus and other holiday characters. “It’s one of the most important and rewarding things we do,” Cassidy emphasizes. “We’re there with families—mothers and fathers with children by themselves—waiting for their spouses to come home. All of our performers donate their time and talent and it’s a truly beautiful production.” In other philanthropic endeavors, 5-Star Theatricals features the Starlight Teens and Singers, comprised of more than 60 children between the ages of 8 and 14, who perform for free at senior citizen facilities in the Conejo Valley and beyond, as well as for Rotary Clubs in town. There are no fees to participate in Starlight Teens and Singers, and the performers are encouraged to further their education and experience with other groups, shows and entertainment, and to bring that experience back to Starlight Teens and Singers. Education is a key component, as they are taught a variety of material and songs, learning various styles and discovering great music of earlier eras. But even more importantly, 5-Star is teaching the youth to serve their community, Murray notes. Additionally, 5-Star Theatricals does outreach through its Adopt-A-Bus program, which gives children who have never seen a musical the opportunity to see a production for free. Last year they had 800 children in attendance and plan to continue to grow this program with the help of the community.

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“ W h e n p e o p l e c o m e to s e e o u r s h ows, t h e y s e e t h e h i g h e st sta n da r d o f q ua l i t y, j u st l i k e B r oa dway.”


5-Star Theatricals also offers the 5-Star Academy of Performing

In other offerings, 5-Star Theatricals presents a signed perfor-

Arts, an extensive and professional theatrical training ground for

mance for the deaf and hard-of-hearing for each production. This per-

youth that fosters connections between theatre performance and

formance, which takes place on the first Saturday matinee of each run,

the Conejo Valley/Ventura County community. The program aims to

also contains an educational component, in which professional signers

introduce children and teens to professional theatre and give them

are paired with students learning the craft of signing musicals through

the opportunity to develop into skilled actors for main stage produc-

their participation with 5-Star Theatricals, which has a focused com-

tions and beyond. Through work in the classroom, onstage and in the

mitment to making musical theatre accessible for everyone.

community, the program strives to develop future theatre leaders by offering a program led by industry professionals. In addition to offering

“Our company is about connection to the community… so they know it’s their company because that’s what we represent,” Cassidy says.

ongoing classes each session, 5-Star offers master classes with theatre professionals—actors, choreographers, casting directors, agents/ managers, musical directors and more—providing kids and teens in

For more information, visit 5StarTheatricals.com, call 805.497.8613, or

the community an opportunity for top-notch expert feedback.

email info@5startheatricals.com.

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The Importance of Childhood Hearing Testing ARTICLE RAYE ANN CLAYTON, AUD

EARLY DETECTION The good news is that early detection and treatment really work! Children that receive appropriate hearing intervention, such as hearing aids, assistive technology, therapy and/or school accommodations, can perform on par with normal-hearing peers. For school-age children in California, public schools provide hearing screenings in Kindergarten or 1st, 2nd, 5th, 8th and 10th grades, as well as when a child first enters the California public school system or a teacher or staff member is concerned and refers the child for testing. If your child fails a hearing screening at school or in the pediatrician’s office, it’s important to schedule an auditory evaluation with an audiologist. Only an audiologist can determine the type and severity of a hearing loss. EAR INFECTIONS Another situation common to parents of toddlers is ear infections. While most isolated incidents of ear infections clear up relatively quickly on their own or with simple antibiotic treatment from a physician, frequent or chronic ear infections warrant hearing testing to determine if the infection is causing hearing loss. This type of frequent/intermittent or chronic hearing loss can cause speech and language delays. If your child is under the care of an otolaryngologist, or ENT physician, and ear tubes are recommended, a referral should be made to an audiologist for pre- and post-operative testing.

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Q. WHAT IS THE CONTOUR LIGHT AND

and pain relief as well as tighter skin, reduced wrinkles and fat

HOW DOES IT WORK?

loss from the light therapy.

A. The health benefits of light have been used for centuries and

“One rheumatoid arthritis patient had less pain and was able

documented NASA research confirms its effect on healing.

to completely stop taking medications for RA after weeks of

“The use of light as a natural form of energy from nature actu-

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continued improvement, including reduced pain and swelling

cell tends to take from it what it needs,” explains NASA’s Harry

and more energy, with each session.

Whelan, M.D., whose research found light-emitting diodes

“The benefits are numerous,” adds Dr. Dianne. “Those with

(LEDs) yielded a variety of benefits, including “faster healing

rosacea, under-eye bags and lines, acne and other skin condi-

of severe burns, difficult-to-heal wounds, muscle and tendon

tions will want to experience how the light can improve these

sprains, damaged nerves and eye injuries.”

conditions by stimulating the production of collagen and elastin

The LED Light was originally developed by NASA to heal wounds before it was discovered that the technology also liquefies fat and opens fat cells, allowing fat to exit and shrink the cells. Fat burning is accelerated, metabolism speeds up and fat

and promoting healing.”

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allowing them to see the results of a single treatment right

eliminated from the body. In addition, collagen and elastin are

away. People often experience an average instant reduction of

increased, tightening skin and creating a slimmer appearance.

3-5 inches from their waistlines, hips, arms and thighs in a single 25-minute session and often report continued results, even

blood flow is increased to the pituitary gland, it increases serotonin, which we all need. When there’s more blood flow to the adrenals, it helps decrease cortisol levels, which helps patients relax and lose weight, promotes healing and reduces pain.

hours after the treatment.

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Q. ARE THERE ANY RISKS OR NEGATIVE SIDE EFFECTS FROM THIS TREATMENT? A. There’s no bruising, no swelling, no burning or pain, no

Q. WHAT CAN PEOPLE EXPECT DURING A TYPICAL

downtime nor is anesthesia required—the only side effect is

SESSION WITH THE CONTOUR LIGHT?

losing fat and feeling better.

A. During the noninvasive, pain-free treatments, patients relax for about 25 minutes, lying on a comfortable table with LED light pads wrapped around the specific areas being treated. The LED

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A. Clients’ measurements are taken pre- and post-treatment,

is flushed through the lymphatic system and is broken down and

The light increases blood flow to all areas of the body. When

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Q. HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO SEE AND FEEL RESULTS?

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Q. ARE ALL LIGHT THERAPY TREATMENTS EFFECTIVE? A. Yes, most research and studies have been done on the same

light is not radiation or UV and penetrates using 635 nanometers

LED Light strength of 660 and 880 nm, which is the same

of infrared and 880 nanometers of Near infrared NIR light.

strength as the light in our office.

Q. WHAT CONDITIONS CAN BE TREATED WITH LIGHT THERAPY?

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Q. DO YOU HAVE ANY SPECIALS FOR CONEJO VALLEY LIFESTYLE READERS?

A. People suffering from chronic joint injuries, back/neck pain,

A. We offer a $59 full-body introductory offer for all CVL readers.

rheumatoid arthritis, concussion, traumatic brain injury, post

Contact Westlake Body Contouring today to personally

surgical pain and neuropathy report faster healing, stress relief

experience the many benefits of light therapy.

Westlake Body Contouring is located in the Mediterranea 1 Building, 30423 Canwood Street, Suite 205 in Agoura Hills. To make an appointment, call 818.852.7352 or visit WestlakeBodyContouring.com.

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The Sleep Shoppe: HELPING PEOPLE WAKE UP HAPPY FOR DECADES

I’M FRED KUNKE—THE VERY PROUD FOUNDER AND OWNER OF ALL FOUR LOCATIONS OF THE SLEEP SHOPPE. Over 30 years ago, I was a young man who developed a passion for the mattress industry and how the power of sleep could improve the quality of someone’s life. Driven by this dream, I went out one day and purchased a pickup truck. I drove that truck home with a huge grin on my face and told my family that we were going to be opening our very own mattress store. What I didn’t know back then was how much this business would allow me to get to know and connect with my community, and that has been one of the greatest gifts. Early on, I was struck by the fact that what all of my customers seemed to have in common was a nervousness about the mattress-buying process. From that point forward, I made it my personal mission and my lifelong pursuit to figure out how to eliminate the uncertainty

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ARTICLE FRED KUNKE


that seems to come along with finding the right mattress.

and enthusiasm for the industry as I do. I want every customer

The stress of mattress shopping and the fear of making

to know that we are listening intently, we have extensive

the wrong decision are what people dreaded the most,

knowledge about the products and science of sleep, and we

and it didn’t need to be that way. In my stores, if I could

are intensely committed to matching you with the perfect

create an environment that would take all of the confusion

mattress. No matter who greets you when you walk through

out of shopping for a mattress, I could make it remarkably

The Sleep Shoppe doors, you are guaranteed to be treated like

easy to make an informed decision. To create this type

family and to receive world class customer service.

of environment, it came down to three important things: Selection, Science and Service.

The Sleep Shoppe has come a long way since I bought that first pickup truck and opened my first tiny storefront. Now here

To provide our customers with the ultimate selection, I

we are, 30 years later, and there is still nothing more important

knew that I would have to grow The Sleep Shoppe and offer

to us than being here for our community in whatever we do.

the largest possible showrooms. I wanted my customers

Today we are still committed to the same traditional strong

to be impressed when they walked through our doors and

family values as the day we first opened our doors. Above

confident that this would need to be their only stop in finding

all, we pride ourselves in our devotion and loyalty to our cus-

exactly what they needed. It became my personal promise

tomers. That means making the mattress-buying process as

that customers would find a welcoming atmosphere and the

pleasant and easy as we possibly can. We will continue to do

most extensive selection of mattresses to choose from. This

whatever it takes to do that for you.

includes complete lines from all of the major manufacturers, and even an array of online mattress companies.

I hope that you will consider stopping by The Sleep Shoppe for any of your mattress needs. You can rest assured that our

As far as the science is concerned, as soon as the tech-

goal is, and always will be, to help you start waking up happy!

nology became available, I made sure to equip all of our

Thank you so much for supporting local, family businesses.

showrooms with a very scientifically advanced system

Your trust and support mean the world to us, and you are the

called bedMatch developed by The Sleep to Live institute.

reason that we get to keep pursuing our passion every day.

BedMatch runs an extensive diagnostic that identifies the

We hope to see you in our stores!

optimal postural support and pressure relief for your body. With the results in hand, our associates are expertly trained to use the information that it provides, along with your comfort preferences to find your perfect mattress match. Of course, I truly believe the heart of this whole process is

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JULY

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CITY OF MOORPARK 3RD OF JULY FIREWORKS EXTRAVAGANZA

50TH ANNUAL WESTLAKE VILLAGE 4TH OF JULY PARADE & PARTY

4550 Tierra Rejada Road, Moorpark

Starting at the corner of Lakeview

Bring your lawn chairs, picnic baskets

Canyon and Agoura Road, the parade

and blankets to this family-friendly

ends at Berniece Bennett Park.

event. Gates open at 3:45 p.m. Event

Participants are encouraged to dec-

Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

includes activities, music, a flag

orate bikes, scooters, skateboards or

This outrageous musical comedy

presentation and fireworks at 9 p.m.

wagons in patriotic colors and join the

follows the misadventures of a mis-

Food vendors, face painting, bounce

parade. Boy Scout Troop #572 hosts

matched pair of missionaries, sent

houses and more available for an

a pancake breakfast at 4415 Lakeview

halfway across the world to spread

additional charge. No BBQs, alcohol,

Canyon at 8 a.m. A flag retirement

the Good Word. Now with standing

smoking, vaping, fireworks or pets

ceremony, music, inflatables, games

room only productions in London, on

(except service animals) allowed. $5/

and more follow. WLV.org

Broadway, and across North America,

Arroyo Vista Park,

Lakeview Canyon Road & Agoura Road

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5 KINGSMEN SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL Cal Lutheran University

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2100 E Thousand Oaks Blvd,

“The Merry Wives of Windsor” centers

become an international sensation.

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Borchard Community Center

on the exploits of Sir John Falstaff, one

All you can eat pancakes ($5) served

of Shakespeare’s most beloved comic

until 11 a.m. kick off the day's events,

characters. Grounds open at 5:30 p.m.

Los Robles Golf Course

including a Senior Home Run Derby,

for pre-show picnicking and entertain-

Enjoy unlimited tastings of wine, craft

ages 50+ at 9 a.m.; free family Open

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beer, artisan spirits, food and hot

High School pools; Concert in the Park at Conejo Community Park; and the Fireworks Spectacular at 9 p.m.

4 JULY 4TH 5K/10K RUN/WALK

The Gardens at

sauce. Live entertainment, a corn hole

Swim at CLU and Newbury Park

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tournament for cash prizes, a silent

DIVE-IN MOVIE

Foundation, injured firefighters and

auction and wine lectures too. Event proceeds support the Grossman Burn

Ventura Aquatic Center

the broad range of programs dedi-

Order pizza or bring a picnic dinner

cated to survivors of fire and abuse.

and enjoy a family friendly movie

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from the cool waters of the Aquatic

Dos Vientos Community Park

Center! Movie begins at 8 p.m. $5/

Race proceeds benefit the Jewel

person. CityOfVentura.ca

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31ST ANNUAL SANTA BARBARA FRENCH FESTIVAL

CONEJO VALLEY CARS & COFFEE MEETUP

Celebrate Bastille Day and all things

Old New York Bakery and Deli

mimosas, crepes, delicious pastries,

Company, Newbury Park

music and dance. Three stages and

Conejo Valley Cars and Coffee meets

a pooch parade, along with more

every first and third Saturday of the

than 50 booths offering everything

month. The general public and car

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classics, muscle cars and exotics.

"The Book of Mormon" has truly

person. Moorparkca.gov

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JULY

LIFESTYLE CALENDAR from crepes and French pastries

Concert in the Parks program, the

the area’s finest restaurants, along

to face painting and henna tattoos.

concert is free and open to the public.

with California Dreamin’ style music

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AgouraHillsRec.org

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CENTRAL COAST BRITISH CAR CLUB SHOW

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144TH ANNUAL VENTURA COUNTY FAIR

More than 150 British cars from

Enjoy appetizers, wine, brew and

The fair features arts, crafts, food,

the 1930's and up, including post

champagne while perusing the live and

exhibits, displays, demonstrations,

war sports cars from the 1940's to

silent auction items. Event includes

farm animals, petting zoo, carnival

1970's will be on display. The event

a gourmet dinner and dessert with

rides, games and entertainment.

includes an auto parts swap meet,

music. TasteofCamarillo.com

Styx kicks off the nightly concerts.

Harbor View Park, 3600 Harbor Boulevard

food

booths

and

Camarillo Ranch

Ventura County Fairgrounds

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entertainment.

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PARTING THOUGHTS

make it a great summer in your own backyard! ARTICLE KIM PAGANO

SUMMER HAS ALWAYS BEEN MY

bedroom, and it has made such a huge

FAVORITE TIME, ESPECIALLY WHEN

difference. This is where we want to

I WAS A KID, AND THEN WHEN MY

relax—even our children were excited.

OWN CHILDREN WERE YOUNGER.

Be sure to create a space that is calming,

How many adults view summer the

not cluttered, with some comfortable fur-

same way by really taking time off work?

niture to relax in. Consider how to make

As the days grow warmer, and most

your backyard summer-ready—maybe

of our kids are out of school, do you

it’s new patio furniture or planting flow-

have things scheduled or are you a

ers or a garden. Maybe it’s just taking

spur of the moment planner? While my

down some drapes to let the natural light

family is more the spur of the moment

brighten your home. I know this sounds

type, obviously it’s often wiser and

cliché, but it really does make a differ-

more cost effective to plan.

ence. Ask yourself, what brings you joy?

Planning also gives you something to

Take a look on Pinterest or search for

look forward to. For example, planning

pictures that make you happy and re-

a staycation and perhaps inviting a few

create the scene, so you can have the

friends and family members over to enjoy

best summer in your own home and yard.

a well thought-out easy menu, catered or potluck meal is amazing. Enjoy games,

Make this your most relaxing summer yet, filled with love and joy!

movies, jacuzzi or just swimming. We spend so much time and money

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fixing up our homes and yards, we should

Kim Pagano is brought to you by the

make time to enjoy them. If you’re not

award-winning talk radio station AM 1590

exactly happy with your yard or patio,

KVTA. She brings you the Brighter Side of

take a moment to see how you can give

the 805, Saturdays from 7 to 8 a.m., remind-

it a fresh look. If that’s not your forte, ask

ing us how important it is to “Look Good,

someone to give you some ideas. We

Feel Good, Do Good.” Subscribe to her pod-

just revived a patio next to our master

cast: ITunes/The Kim Pagano Show. 

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