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Thanksgiving Is My Favorite Holiday

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hose who know me well might think that the fact I like to eat and cook and enjoy a traditional roast turkey dinner (I’ll prepare it several times a year) is why I like Thanksgiving the best of all holidays. While this culinary preference might play a small role in my choice, the fact is I think it is very important to do a complete job of counting our blessings. When I went through a divorce and some choices about who would be with whom on certain holidays, I asked for Thanksgiving. My three children were and still are an incredible blessing. Regardless of what inevitable conflicts and troubles occur during the year, a formal coming together was important. If we handle our lives as well as we possibly can, there is always something special to be thankful for. My children are now grown, have families of their own and are spread all over the country and the world, making a ceremonial Thanksgiving dinner rarely possible. We still do our best, even if it’s only by Skype or Facetime. This year, our mutual communities and our country are in serious conflict. More so than at any time since the growing pains of the Civil Rights Movement and the pain of the Vietnam War tore at our society, many of us are focused on what’s wrong. Unfortunately, there is a lot that is wrong. Particularly the resurfacing of latent hatred and racism. There is also a refusal on the part of many of our nation’s “leaders” to do anything about it. Case in point is treating the suffering of our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico as an annoying inconvenience rather than a life and death responsibility. To help me enjoy this Thanksgiving season, I am going to focus on a good thing. A happy place. An example of what is exceptionally good about the communities in which I work and live. The Conejo Valley, Malibu and Pacific Palisades are unquestionably affluent. However, that affluence does not equate to self-centered and selfish. The opposite is true. The level of support for nonprofits as diverse as the American Cancer Society, Boys and Girls Clubs, PathPoint, the Westminster Free Clinic, the Conejo Compassion Coalition and Big Brothers Big Sisters, to name just a few, never ceases to amaze me. Recently, in one evening, about $150,000 was raised for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County. WOW!! Time to say, “Thank You!”

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11925 PRADERA | SANTA ROSA VALLEY, CA www.11925pradera.com | Offered at only $1,199,000

Beautiful 4 bedrm, 3 +bath home in Santa Rosa Valley sitting on over an acre of land. This home exudes Tuscan warmth from the customized formal living and dining room with volume ceilings & tile floors, gourmet kitchen granite counters, rich dark cabinetry with breakfast room, huge family room with fireplace & large wet bar, hardwood floors, indoor laundry, & dual heating and A/C. Master bedroom with fireplace. There is a large covered pool attached to the home. Car enthusiasts 4 car garage and a concrete driveway to allow potential RV or multiple car parking. The home is surrounded by many fruit trees and landscaping. The property is zoned for horses. One-bedroom downstairs is currently utilized as office. Huge laundry room. Offered at only $1,199,000.

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730 WOODLAWN DR. | THOUSAND OAKS, CA www.730woodlawn.com | Offered at only $635,000

Largest unit in sought after Racquet Club Villas. Excellent location high on hillside. Dramatic Floor-Plan with soaring ceilings and hardwood floors. Large beautiful lush patios and balcony. Kitchen and master bedroom located on main floor without having to go upstairs. Secondary bedrooms are located downstairs. Kitchen with center island, walk-in pantry, formal dining room and large eat-in kitchen area. Master bedroom located on the main floor (no stairs to get to it) with huge master bath with oversized tub and a separate shower. Laundry room and downstairs storage rooms. Needs some updating - but what a value for those seeking a huge townhome with master bedroom on the main floor. Offered at $635,000.

RosemaryAllison ©2017 Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. All Rights Reserved. Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. Owned by a subsidiary of NRT LLC. Coldwell Banker, the Coldwell Banker Logo, Coldwell Banker Global Luxury and the Coldwell Banker Global Luxury logo service marks are registered or pending registrations owned by Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. Broker does not guarantee the accuracy of square footage, lot size or other information concerning the condition or features of property provided by seller or obtained from public records or other sources, and the buyer is advised to independently verify the accuracy of that information through personal inspection and with appropriate professionals. CalBRE Lic .#00545184.


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Old World Grandeur, Uncompromising Luxury

2269 APPLEWOOD LANE | SANTA ROSA VALLEY, CA www.2269applewood.com | Offered at only $3,799,000

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

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11411 E. LAS POSAS RD. | SANTA ROSA VALLEY, CA www.11411lasposas.com | Offered at only $1,349,500 Santa Rosa Valley Entertainers Pool Home with Guest House. Enjoy the comfort of this country estate home, with circular driveway completing the pastoral beauty of a natural setting & the privacy of an estate community! California dreaming with outdoor living. Resort style pool with spa, outdoor gas fire pit, babbling brook, outdoor kitchen featuring extensive granite counters, tumbled travertine flooring, double sink, a large gas grill, two burner stove top, pizza oven, pendant lighting, skylights, pizza/bun warmers, magnificent river rock fireplace,2 gas heaters, gas lit lantern ceiling fans, rock waterfalls, and extensive outdoor entertaining areas.The home’s interior is designed with superb attenta pit with fireplace in the great room off the formal dining room built to commodate even the largest family gathering. There are 4 gas fueled, wood burning fireplaces. Gourmet island kitchen has tumbled limestone flooring, granite counter tops, stainless appliances and built-in large storage refrigerator. The grand master bedroom suite provides a large sitting room, fireplace and luxurious master bath suite with over-sized whirpool tub and separate shower. Downstairs there is a separate bedroom, near full bath, perfect for guests. Additional amenities include: One bedroom detached guest house, and a fully paid Solar energy system to reduce utility expenses. Dog kennel area with dog run. 2 large storage sheds. Long private drive in rear accesses RV storage area. Wide variety of Orange Trees, Grapefruit Tree, 2 varieties of Avocado Trees, 2 varieties of Lemon Trees, 2 varieties of lime, Persimmon, Pomegranate, Fig , Kumquat, and a Macadamia Nut Tree. Offered at: $1,349,500.

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11391 GLENSIDE | SANTA ROSA VALLEY, CA www.11391glenside.com | Offered at only $1,479,000 This East Coast Hamptons residence is an estate of unparalleled craftsmanship. The grandeur from the outside is only surpassed by its interior of majestic brilliance. This house, with its abundant open space inside, sparkles with natural light in every room. Words simply cannot do this estate justice -- it must, be seen to be appreciated! Grace and character are abundant in this picturesque home which provides the MUST have list: Almost every inch of the house has been beautifully remodeled featuring gleaming tongue and groove wide plank hardwood flooring, newer windows, doors, and sliders. Kitchen features all stainless steel appliances; DCS double ovens, (DCS) 6-burner range with griddle, and double door refrigerator, custom cabinetry, and crown moulding. Family room with surround sound speaker) system, wet bar and climate-controlled wine storage. The upstairs master bedroom suite is a “dream come true” with high ceilings, extra-wide crown mouldings, built-in cabinetry, and a huge luxurious bathroom suite featuring fireplace with crushed glass medium, sunken jetted tub and double shower with rain shower head and custom-designed travertine tile and river rock floor. Oversized walk-in closet has custom shelving and drawers. Master bedroom, secondary bedroom, and huge bonus room suitable for third bedroom—all upstairs. Gorgeous second-floor laundry room.Hobby room and a full guest bedroom with bath, currently utilized as an office, downstairs. Storage space abounds throughout. Sprawling grounds include outdoor entertainer’s barbecue with granite counters, fire pit, overhead gas heater, ceiling fans, pool & spa surrounded by low maintenance landscape. The large lot provides mature fruit bearing trees and more than 60 stunning highly productive rose bushes putting on a floral spectacular every May to October. Offered at $1,479,000.

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On a Clear Day you can see Forever Santa Rosa Valley

12953 RIDGE DRIVE | SANTA ROSA VALLEY, CA www.12953ridge.com | Offered at only $1,099,000

Great opportunity to live at the east end of Santa Rosa Valley! Located at the end of a ridgetop cul de sac in the Bridlewood development, this two story estate features classic traditional architectural elegance from grand two story foyer entrance, stunning spiral staircase, archways and soaring volume ceilings. The Gourmet island kitchen features an extended eat-in kitchen area with French sliding door, granite counters, newer kitchen appliances and walk-in pantry. Upstairs master bedroom suite with sitting area, fireplace, walk-in closet and luxuriously remodeled master bath. Downstairs there is an office or 4th bedroom that would be perfect for guests as it is adjacent to full bath. Panoramic views all the way to the Channel Islands from the viewing gazebo in the rear yard. Back yard privacy and expansive feel with low maintenance. Offers possibilities for planting an orchard or vineyard. 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. Reduced to only $1,099,000.

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©2017 Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. All Rights Reserved. Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. Owned by a subsidiary of NRT LLC. Coldwell Banker, the Coldwell Banker Logo, Coldwell Banker Global Luxury and the Coldwell Banker Global Luxury logo service marks are registered or pending registrations owned by Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. Broker does not guarantee the accuracy of square footage, lot size or other information concerning the condition or features of property provided by seller or obtained from public records or other sources, and the buyer is advised to independently verify the accuracy of that information through personal inspection and with appropriate professionals. CalBRE Lic .#00545184.


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13120 ANDALUSIA | SANTA ROSA VALLEY, CA www.13120Andalusia.com | Offered at only $1,899,000 Elegance does not begin to describe this exquisite Hidden Meadows French Normandy estate with sweeping panoramic views set on 5 acres. It offers superb finishes, excellent architecture and an alluring combination of formal and informal spaces for the residents. Updated and remodeled in the last year, this home is exquisite. Open gourmet island kitchen. Large family room with views, expansive windows, custom designed salt water fish tank and walk-in wine cellar. Lushly landscaped rear yard, pool, spa and exquisite views. 4 bedrooms all on the main floor. Main floor master bedroom with walk-in closets and sitting room. Incredible sunset moments are noted from the large pool and outdoor living areas with a fire pit to gather around on chilly nights. 4 car garage. This is a magical home for the buyer who expects the best all in one package. The expansive acreage allows for creative opportunities such as a private vineyard. property is move in condition and centrally located only 30 minutes from West L.A. The lot itself offers breathtaking views and a sweeping panorama of pastoral and majestic vistas, which highlight living in the area. Offered at only $1,899,000.

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With Rosemary’s new housing app, it’s never been easier to search for new listings, find out what your home is worth and what your neighbors homes are listed for plus what see what has sold. And unlike other apps such as Zillow© and Trulia©

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Spanish Hills Country Club Estate + Guest house + 5.5 car garage + Pool house + Media room

709 VIA TERRADO | CAMARILLO, CA www.709ViaTerrado.com | Offered at only $2,279,000 Traditional Colonial Estate replete with majestic columns, one of the most magnificent Spanish Hills estates, elegantly situated on a corner lot on an acre - the crown jewel of this golf course country club community. Designed and built in 1996, the iconic 4 bedroom-residence supremely merges classic architecture with contemporary design. The legendary almost 8,000 square-foot compound is comprised of a 4 bedroom, 6 bath main residence, 1 bedroom and full bath guesthouse and large pool house with bath. Amenities suited to the most discerning taste - from a luxurious and sophisticated media room with theater seating. The open floor plan seamlessly blends indoor and outdoor living, with each room allowing guests to capture breathtaking views of the grounds. With all of its scale and grandeur, the home remains warm, and inviting, making it a unique retreat for intimate family life yet poised for large-scale entertaining. This home has a traditional floor plan w/ center entrance hall, gracious Living room, large gallery, library, formal dining room, eat-in chefs kitchen & butler’s pantry, wood paneled family room & breakfast room, lavish master suite, gym off master suite, play room, pool, spa, ideal for entertaining & cozy private porches w/ hidden patios create a rambling wonderment of elegant living. Offered at only $2,279,000.

RosemaryAllison ©2017 Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. All Rights Reserved. Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. Owned by a subsidiary of NRT LLC. Coldwell Banker, the Coldwell Banker Logo, Coldwell Banker Global Luxury and the Coldwell Banker Global Luxury logo service marks are registered or pending registrations owned by Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. Broker does not guarantee the accuracy of square footage, lot size or other information concerning the condition or features of property provided by seller or obtained from public records or other sources, and the buyer is advised to independently verify the accuracy of that information through personal inspection and with appropriate professionals. CalBRE Lic .#00545184.


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Good Times

Lynne West Honored by Big Brothers Big Sisters

The Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County's 30th Anniversary Gala at Las Posas Country Club featured a tribute to Lynne West, whose personal and professional legacy changed many lives in Ventura County. The event raised almost $150,000, including a generous $100,000 gift from the Moore Family Trust. PHOTOGRAPHY BEN MALKIN

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12243 Presilla Rd, Camarillo, Santa Rosa Valley Offered at $1,850,000 This amazing estate makes you feel like you’re on vacation in the English countryside every day. This beautiful home sits on over 8 acres, 5 of them flat. The rooms are large and the views are taken advantage of with French doors or large picture windows in every room. At 3918 square feet, not including the finished upstairs guest apartment, it still feels cozy and very much like a home. What an amazing place to come home to. You could have animals large and small, enjoy the view while watching your children explore. With the hardwood floors, French doors, hidden nooks and closets this home has tons of character. There are 2 barns, a pond and a carraige house on the property.

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Ultimate Dining Celebrates 32 Years

Senior Concerns' annual Ultimate Dining fundraiser at the Hyatt Westlake Plaza featured delicious food and wine, talented entertainers, decadent raffle items and a night of fun for all attendees. Event proceeds benefit Senior Concerns' programs, including Meals On Wheels and adult daycare. PHOTOGRAPHY BY BEN MALKIN

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injuries in Iraq. Following the program, Bryan will be signing copies of his book, No Turning Back: One Man’s Inspiring True Story of Courage, Determination and Hope. Outdoor events and the program are free, however reservations are recommended to attend the program. Veterans with valid ID receive free admission to the Museum on November 10 and 11. Active U.S. military members with valid ID are always free. ReaganFoundation.org

MEMORIAL BIKE RIDE The 9th Annual 80 Mile Mike Nosco Memorial Bike Ride takes place on Friday, November 3, starting at 8 a.m. at Dos Vientos Community Park, 4801 Borchard Road, Newbury Park. This heartfelt community bike ride is organized by Jack Nosco in honor of his brother, Mike Nosco, who was killed in a tragic car accident on the Conejo Grade on November 3, 2004. Jack started the annual bike ride in his broth-

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er’s honor in 2009, donating event proceeds to families and individuals in need in our local community. MikeNosco.com

The 4th Annual Bridging the Gaps of Hope Gala event on Saturday, November 4, from 5 to 11 p.m. features an evening of magical entertainment to benefit the Center4Special Needs parent-founded nonprofit organization. The masquerade-themed gala takes place at Camarillo’s Commemorative Air Force Museum, at 455 Aviation Drive, in Camarillo. A cocktail reception, silent auction, dessert wars and more help to raise funds for programs that enable parents to provide their developmentally challenged children with opportunities to access necessary treatments and interventions in order to thrive and become all that they can be! Center4SpecialNeeds.org

TURKEY DAY DASH The Conejo Valley's annual Turkey Day Dash is a popular community event for families and athletes who participate in a 5K run/ walk at California Lutheran University to show their commitment to healthy living. Funds raised support the YMCA’s PLAY (Physical Learning Activities for Youth) program and provide scholarships for underserved families in the Conejo Valley. TurkeyDayDash.org

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BUBBLY BENEFIT Enjoy a little bubbly at the Bags, Bling & Bubbly Champagne Luncheon Fundraiser November 6, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Las Posas Country Club, 955 Fairway Drive, in Camarillo. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County’s much-anticipated, ninth annual event

Live musical entertainment, a civil war encampment and mili-

features an amazing array of new designer and vintage handbags,

tary vehicle display are included in the annual Veterans Day Event

jewelry and accessories available for purchase or auction. This year’s

at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on Friday, November 10,

event honors the Wise, Wonderful Woman of 2017, Laila Ali. Now

from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The program honoring the men and women

making her mark as a highly regarded wellness and fitness expert

who serve in the United States Armed Forces begins at 11 a.m.,

and lifestyle brand CEO, Ali has used experience and her title as four-

and includes an honor guard, live music and remarks by keynote

time undefeated boxing champion to advocate for children as well as

speaker Bryan Anderson.

women’s equality in professional sports. The event also invites the

Bryan enlisted in the Army in April 2001 and had a “ship out” date

Big & Little Sisters of 2017 to share the story of their unique one-to-

of September 11, 2001. He served two tours of duty in Iraq and was

one mentoring relationship, a very special friendship and bond, with

stationed in the Baghdad area. He attained the rank of Sergeant

guests. Debuting as event chairperson for 2017, Marya McFadden

in the Military Police. In October 2005, Bryan was injured by an

says, “This year is shaping up to be a spectacular afternoon of glitz

Improvised Explosive Device that resulted in the loss of both legs

and charm, with a few new glamorous treats!”

and his left hand. As a result of his injuries, he was awarded a Purple

Tickets: $90, advanced purchase required. All proceeds from the

Heart. Bryan is one of the few triple amputees to have survived his

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GET A TASTE OF CONEJO The Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce’s annual event features excep-

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WOMEN WHO LUNCH The Thousand Oaks Woman’s Club’s lunch takes place November 15 at the Los Robles Greens Golf Course, Sunset Ballroom, 299 South Moorpark Road, in Thousand Oaks. Social time begins at 10:30 a.m., with the business meeting at 11 a.m., lunch at noon and live entertainment at 12:45 p.m. The TO Woman’s Club is open to all women of the Conejo Valley and surrounding areas who are looking for stimulating and rewarding friendships with women who have a common interest in assisting with local charitable endeavors. Chef ’s Choice lunch, coffee and tea is

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Surfing Sparks Sea Change for Special-Needs Kids ARTICLE ALICIA DOYLE PHOTOGRAPHY JUSTIN DELAND

A

Walk On Water provides children with

from scared, unsure and even combative to

special needs the chance to do exactly

calm, happy and laughing,” Power notes.

that—walk on water. “Our hand-picked team brings together

in other aspects of life, thanks to surf ther-

local communities, businesses and water-

apy. For instance, “parents report their child

men; all working with a single goal: help

shows improved effort and results in the

others experience the thrill of surfing and

classroom,” Power says.

the therapeutic effects of the ocean,” says Alexandra Power, development director.

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Strength and stability is also honed. “Many athletes who attend multiple events show an

A Walk On Water serves L.A., Ventura, Orange,

improved ability to stand up and balance on

Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz and San Diego coun-

the surfboard, and it has translated to improved

ties, as well as East Coast locations. The charita-

motor skills and walking. Some of the athletes

ble endeavor is open to all, and “gladly welcomes

have even advanced to being able to catch and

anyone who has special needs or disability, or

surf their own waves,” Power says.

could benefit from surf therapy,” Power says.

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Athletes also tend to improve their focus

A Walk On Water was inspired by a group of

Over the years, volunteers have witnessed

watermen’s desire to dispel the stigma of surfing

numerous positive changes in the athletes

as a solitary, non-inclusive sport. Born out of a

they serve, including altered behavior, “going

common goal to bring the powerful physical


As my tantrum child was being paddled off out to sea, in a hail of cheer and applause from everyone around, I could see him transform,” Wallen remembers. “My son became calmer as they moved with the water. I saw his body relax as he stretched out on the long surfboard. My child regained his composure and started to participate.”

and emotional benefits of surfing to those in need, the nonprofit was founded in the summer of 2012 on the west side of Los Angeles. The idea for this new surf therapy organization formed in the mind of Founder Pat Notaro, III, whose late father was a celebrated waterman and film industry executive with a passion for giving back to children in need. “His life of service was not lost on our founder, who would come to donate his time to organizations like Surfers Healing, THERASurf, Life Rolls On and many more,” Power says. It was through volunteering with these original surf therapy organizations that Notaro came to meet the men and women who would help make his dream a reality. Ari Markow, Jason Logan, Jeff “Swampy” Marsh, Laura Rubin, Sean Swentek and CONTINUED >

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Giving Back

(CON TI N U ED)

Steven Lippman are just a few of the driving forces behind what is now considered the fastest-growing surf therapy nonprofit in America. To date, A Walk On Water has provided surf therapy to more than 2,500 children and adults with special needs or disability, with a stated goal of growing their services by 25% year over year, ultimately reaching every individual in need across the globe. Agatha Wallen, whose two sons are autistic, was introduced to A Walk On Water when her oldest son, Mason, was 7. At the time, he struggled with any sensation that was new to him. “I knew it would be nearly impossible to get a wetsuit on him,” Agatha recalls. “He was kicking, hitting and screaming the whole time. But with help from the very patient wetsuit staff; it took five of them…we got it on him.” When Mason was placed on a surfboard, he was put in the care of Pat Notaro, who Wallen refers to as an “expert surfer/autism child whisperer.” “As my tantrum child was being paddled off out to sea, in a hail of cheer and applause from everyone around, I could see him transform,” Wallen remembers. “My son became calmer as they moved with the water. I saw his body relax as he stretched out on the long surfboard. My child regained his composure and started to participate.” When Agatha saw her son coming closer to shore, he was standing up tall with only one hand holding onto Pat's wetsuit. “There was a big ear to ear smile on his face,” she says. “As he walked onto the sand he did his signature stiffening of both hand and body in excitement and said, ‘I want to go again mommy’. ” The community can help A Walk On Water by raising funds so more therapy days can be held, Power says. “Our goal is to continue to give transformative experiences to children with special needs. We want to extend the reach to more communities throughout America and internationally.” For more information about A Walk On Water, visit AWalkOnWater.org or call 805.991.AWOW (2969).

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ARTICLE DIANE RUMBAUGH

5th Annual Ventura County Farm Day: Celebrating the Land & Hands That Feed Us O n Saturday, November 4, more than 20 Ventura

be free games, a vintage printing press demonstration

County farms will open their doors for the public

and tours of historic buildings and farm equipment.

to experience a day of agricultural activities and tours during the Fifth Annual Ventura County Farm Day.

VENTURA COUNTY FARM DAY BARBEQUE

Agriculture is Ventura County’s No. 1 industry, with

The culmination of the day’s activities is a farm-to-table

some 100,000+ acres of crops harvested in the county

barbeque at the Hansen Agricultural Center (Faulkner Farm)

in 2014, according to the Ventura County Agricultural

in Santa Paula from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The barbeque features

Commissioner’s Office. Top crops in Ventura County include

live country music by Coldwater Canyon and Friends, farm-

strawberries, lemons, raspberries, nursery stock, celery, avo-

fresh food prepared by Dearmore BBQ, locally produced craft

cados, tomatoes and peppers. Ventura County Farm Day is

cocktails, beer and wine, kids’ activities, raffles and the Farmer

the public’s opportunity to see how these and other crops

Appreciation Awards Ceremony. Barbeque tickets are $45 for

are grown, harvested and find their way into grocery stores.

adults and $15 for kids under 12. Part of the proceeds will go

Farm Day tour hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The public is

to the center’s education and outreach programs.

encouraged to visit VenturaCountyFarmDay.com to select two or three farms to visit and map out their day. Farm Day vis-

FARM FILM FESTIVAL – NOVEMBER 3

itors can travel at their own pace since they drive themselves

To get an early start to the Farm Day weekend, families

to their selected farms. Expect to spend at least an hour or

are invited to attend the Farm Film Festival at the Ventura

two at each farm. While each farm is unique, all will feature

County Ag Museum (926 Railroad Avenue) in downtown

family-friendly activities, such as free produce and mini-tours.

Santa Paula, Friday, November 3 at 6 p.m. Farm-related short films will be shown along with "Wallace & Gromit:

BREAKFAST & STORY TIME

Before heading off to the farms, enjoy a free light breakfast hosted by Whole Foods at The Collection in Oxnard

(includes popcorn). Scratch Food Truck will be onsite to offer food items made with locally sourced ingredients.

at 8 a.m. Visitors can also pick up a Farm Day map and

Ventura County Farm Day is organized by Students for

goody bag from Whole Foods (while supplies last). Kids

Eco-Education and Agriculture (SEEAG). Formed in 2008,

receive free book bags provided by First 5 Ventura County.

SEEAG’s mission is to help children understand the farm

They’ll also be a Farm Day story time for children ages 5

origins of their food through classroom agricultural educa-

and under—with farm books read by a local farmer.

tion and free farm field trips. Over 15,000 elementary school

Participating farms, museums and farming operations include Reiter Affiliated Companies at Santa Rosa Ranch,

students in Southern California have increased their understanding of the food journey through SEEAG programs.

Houweling’s Tomatoes and McGrath Family Farms in

“Farm Day attracts visitors of all ages,” says Mary

Camarillo, Apricot Lane Farms in Moorpark, Agromin

Maranville, founder and CEO of SEEAG. “Everyone comes

(organics recycler), Deardorff Family Farms and Gills

away with a greater appreciation of the hard work and

Onions in Oxnard, Calavo Growers in Santa Paula and Petty

dedication that goes into growing the food we eat. The

Ranch in Saticoy. A full list with directions is available online.

public doesn’t often get the chance to talk with farmers

Participants can pack a lunch or visit Oxnard Historic

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Curse of the Were-Rabbit." Admission is $5 per person

and hear their stories. Farm Day is truly a special event.”

Farm Park, the official Farm Day lunch location, where a

For more information about Ventura County Farm Day,

taco truck will be selling lunch items. Also at the park will

visit VenturaCountyFarmDay.com or call 805.901.0213.

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VENTURA COUNTY FARM DAY (CON TI N U ED)

PETT Y RANCH Petty Ranch is home to SEEAG’s Farm Lab where last year over 2,600 third graders received a hands-on lesson about the origins of their food. Located in Saticoy, the farm has been in the family since the 1880's. Chris Sayer is the fifth generation to manage it. Primary crops are lemons and avocados for the mainstream markets. A few acres are dedicated to experiments with other fruit, such as figs, persimmons and apples. Visitors will learn about the Farm Lab program as well as the practices that the farm employs, such as soil health and improvement measures, irrigation efficiency and the use of beneficial insects. “I think many will be surprised at the level of sophistication required to farm successfully in the 21st Century,” says Sayer. Of the 3,000+ counties in the U.S., Ventura consistently ranks around No. 10 nationally in economic agriculture value. “We are an extremely productive and important part of the national farm economy, yet most of our 800,000 Ventura County neighbors are unfamiliar with what we do,” says Sayer. “Farm Day is the day farmers and the public get to know one another better.”

REITER AFFILIATED COMPANIES AT SANTA ROSA RANCH Farm Day visitors can tour the Reiter Affiliated Companies’ operation at Santa Rosa Ranch in Camarillo to see raspberries in full production as well as acres of blueberry plants. They’ll learn about the genetics and research behind the berries and get to taste some freshly picked fruit. The “hoops houses” that visitors will see during the tour help protect the plants from the elements and provide sunburn protection for the fruit. Luis Calderon, who works at Reiter Affiliated Companies, has dedicated the past five years to growing berries in Ventura County. “Farming is a lifestyle for those who are truly passionate about agriculture,” says Calderon, whose day-to-day activities include tracking growth progress, providing production estimates and ensuring he has enough harvesters to help pick the berries. “We recognize the value of resources like land, water and our harvesters and strive to work more efficiently to create increased sustainability within agriculture. I’m excited to have the public come by Santa Rosa Ranch to meet our team.” Reiter Affiliated Companies is the largest fresh multi-berry producer in the world, growing Driscoll’s proprietary varieties of strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries. Berry.net

DIAMOND W CATTLE COMPANY Also participating in Farm Day is the Diamond W Cattle Company in Rancho Canada Larga. Owned by Mike and Lynda Williams, Diamond W Cattle Company operates on approximately 6,500 acres of leased land just north of Ventura. Visitors will hear from Mike Williams about the beef life cycle and get the opportunity to ask questions about ranching, how cattle are raised and beef production. “Farm Day is an excellent opportunity for the community to learn about food production,” says Williams. “With less than 2% of the population engaged in agriculture, Farm Day gives consumers the chance to learn about food production directly from the people who produce it. Caring for the land and these animals is not just our job, it is who we are. It is part of the ranching culture.” DiamondWCattle.com 38

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Luis Calderon Photo by Anthony Sandoval


Photo Credit: Anthony Sandoval Mary Maranville & Chris Sayer

Mike Williams

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Love of Wine: Santa Ynez Valley Vintners Score Points with World-Class Wines ARTICLE AND PHOTOGRAPHY BEN MALKIN

“IF GOD FORBADE DRINKING, WOULD HE HAVE MADE WINE SO GOOD?” —CARDINAL RICHELIEU

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ur area’s many benefits include its proximity to Santa Barbara County, some 90 minutes away. Those who enjoy excellent

Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah will find the Santa Ynez Valley to be a world-class wine aficionado destination. In fact, the Pinots from the Sta. Rita Hills AVA are so distinctive, you know where they come from the moment you taste them. During a mid-week vacation (hotel rates are 25-50% lower than on weekends), we stayed at the classy Santa Ynez Inn. Enjoying the world’s greatest Prime Rib served at Brothers Restaurant at the Red Barn also topped our to-do list, but the main purpose of our trip was to visit some very special wineries in our “backyard wine country.” We met some of the pioneers and founders of Santa Barbara wines, as well as a relative newcomer with roots in Pacific Palisades: Richard Sanford, Rick Longoria, Chad Melville, Steve Beckmen and Aaron Walker. Passionate about their chosen path in the wine indus-

try, they all strive—and succeed—to produce the best wine possible. They are also organic and even biodynamic farmers. All but one winery is located in the Sta. Rita Hills AVA, a small appellation on the Western portion of the Santa Ynez Valley closest to the ocean and its cooling influence. Cool-weather varieties dominate: 78% of Sta. Rita Hills vineyards are planted in Pinot Noir and 20% in Chardonnay. My preference is on the red wine varietals… Pinot Noir and Syrah. White wine goes with finger food or the rare occasion of being served real Dover Sole.

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Richard Sanford is the founder of Alma

We were invited to attend a wine indus-

Rosa Winery and he continues to work

try reception at Rick Longoria’s new tasting

with the current owners, Bob and Barb

room a few blocks from the popular Lompoc

Zorich. You may also know him as the orig-

“Wine Ghetto.” The historic JM Club building

inal founder, along with his wife, Thekla, of

next door to their production facility was very

Sanford Winery. We visited their new tasting

relaxed, cozy and welcoming.

room in Buellton, where he was a gracious and welcoming host.

Rick is also a pioneer and visionary. After being encouraged to explore the potential of

Richard is a visionary who 40+ years ago

Santa Barbara as a wine region by the famed

looked at bean fields and flower farms and

Andre Tchelistcheff, Rick saw the future. He

really saw the future of the wine industry. He

said he felt Santa Barbara County had the

dreamed of discovering a local climate zone

potential to produce world-class wines. It

similar to France’s Burgundy region, grow-

became his passion over the past 30+ years

ing Pinot Noir in California, and produc-

and he is honored to have his wines contrib-

ing wine that rivals the best in the world.

ute to the area’s acclaim. Longoria Fa Ciega

Using his background in geography and

Vineyard Pinot Noir has consistently scored

studying the climates of California since

90+ points. The 2013 scored a 93 in Wine

1900, Richard identified a remarkable geo-

Enthusiast as did the Bien Nacido Block N.

graphic anomaly where the valleys open to

Rick has also mentored many winemakers

the west, allowing cool maritime air to blow

who followed him, sharing his knowledge

in and moderate the growing climate.

and dedication to producing the best

After locating acreage with well-drained soils in his chosen climate zone, Richard orga-

wines. Lucky is the man who gets to live his passion and remain humble.

nized a partnership to purchase a ranch, where he planted the first Pinot Noir vineyard in the region in 1970. The rest is not only history, it’s happening today. The 2014 La Encantata is full bodied and at the same time sublime. I can say the same for the 2014 Pinot Noir El Jabali, Mount Eden Clone. Both offer that signature Sta. Rita Hills spice.

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Let’s start with their mission statement:

The Beckmen family established their

“We are wine growers. Not wine makers.” It

Santa Ynez Valley vineyard in 1994. Named

is with that same spirit that we were greeted

for the ranch to which it formerly belonged,

by Chad Melville, another man who is living

Purisima Mountain Vineyard was estab-

his passion. Chad considers himself a farmer,

lished in 1996. Beckmen Vineyards wines

and runs their family-owned winery with his

are composed exclusively from the 150

father, Ron. The duo are dedicated to produc-

acres of grapevine grown in these two

ing cool climate Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and

vineyards, crafted with care in the original

Syrah exclusively on their estate vineyards in

Los Olivos winery. Steve Beckmen and

the Sta. Rita Hills AVA.

his Marketing Manager Taylor Hart were

Chad says, “at the time of harvest, we

gracious hosts as we toured their vine-

consider the wines already made,” which

yards, tasted some remarkable Syrahs and

makes sense when it comes to Melville

Rhone-style blends, met the winery cat

wines. There’s no engineering or trickery

and ended the stay feeling euphoric.

to enhance a particular characteristic or

Located in a part of the Santa Ynez

another, but into the barrel it’s poured, and

Valley wine region where the micro-

that is what ends up in the bottle. Among

climate is different, Beckmen Vineyards

them are a selection of our favorite Pinot

switches the focus from Burgundian

Noirs. We brought home a few bottles of

wines to Rhone varietals. Their wines

the 2014 Block M Pinot Noir. Texturally,

come exclusively from Ballard Canyon

the wine is crisp and fresh on the palate,

and Purisima Mountain Vineyard. The reds

with an intense tannin profile that finishes

range from the very reasonably priced

with gorgeous purity and length—in other

Cuvee Le Bec ($25), a Rhone-style blend,

words, it’s wonderful!

to the 2014 PMV Block 6 ($60), which rates a 95 on my personal rating scale.

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ladling out the love Local Volunteers Fill Hearts with Bowls of Hope

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he Conejo Valley and its environs are wonderful places to live,

and proceeds going directly to support the Many Mansions programs

but finding affordable housing for our homeless and low-income

that currently aid some 500 local families. A family 4-pack of tickets is also

residents is often an issue. In fact, the dearth of affordable housing in

offered at a discounted rate of $100. Each additional child is $10.

our area has been an ongoing topic of discussion for nearly 40 years.

“We are pleased to host the Bowls of Hope once again at CLU,”

In early 1979, Frank Schillo called Thousand Oaks civic leaders

notes Many Mansions President Rick Schroeder. “They have been

together to try to find a solution to the high cost of housing here.

great partners in this event, as we try to bring awareness to the com-

Representatives of city government, business and faith communities,

munity of our housing and service programs that we provide to our

service clubs, nonprofits and others gathered to discuss ways of

formerly homeless population and others who are seeking affordable

meeting the housing challenges.

housing. This is a wonderful family-friendly event for those who wish

Out of these efforts, Many Mansions was born. The organization was incorporated as a California nonprofit August 24, 1979, with a charitable mission of providing affordable housing and life-enriching services to those in our community most in need. In order to undertake and sustain such a mammoth task, donations,

to support our mission or for those who wish to learn more about us and how they can help.” The signature Bowls of Hope Event also brings to the public’s attention the ever-growing issue of trying to accommodate the disabled, homeless, aged and veterans in Ventura and Los Angeles counties.

grants, sponsorships and fundraising are necessary on an ongoing basis. One such activity is coming up this month on November 5.

BOWLS OF SERVICE

The 16th Annual Bowls of Hope Event being held at California Lutheran

Small groups, companies doing employee team building, and various

University’s Gilbert Arena at 60 W. Olsen Road in Thousand Oaks is a fund-

other organizations get their collective creative juices flowing throughout

raiser taking place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., displaying hundreds of painted

the year with bowl painting parties to help support the Bowls of Hope

bowls looking for homes. Tickets are $45 per person, with all donations

Event. The fun never stops as everyone involved decorates their own bowl. CONTINUED >

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LADLING OUT THE LOVE (CON TI N U ED)

For a $15 donation per bowl, Many Mansions supplies the bowls and painting supplies. These fundraisers are appropriate for all levels of artistic talent and the finished, ceramic artworks are later displayed as souvenirs for every attendee of the annual Bowls of Hope Event. “I have had the pleasure of partnering with Many Mansions for several years now—coordinating bowl painting parties for our employees, host-

and California Housing Partnership. National Charity League and Bank of America also provide many volunteers to support the event. Event proceeds and donations support Many Mansions’ onsite services at the residences they manage. While the organization is an affordable housing provider, what distinguishes it from similar groups is that their emphasis is also on providing life-enriching services to their residents.

ing donation drives and helping solicit volunteers for their Bowls of Hope

These free services are aimed at helping the residents better deal

Event each year,” shares Anjanette Guerrero with Bank of America. “Many

with their life circumstances and addressing the root causes of their

Mansions is such an inspiring organization and it is an incredibly fulfilling

poverty. The price tag and proximity of these services are crucial to

feeling to be able to help them contribute to our communities.”

the Many Mansions residents, as many do not have the resources or

One of the bowl painting participants, Cynthia Gould, adds, “I love

transportation to seek out other support in the community. Children’s

the idea of not just providing a generic bowl, but one where people

programs, food assistance and case management are just a few of

are creative. By painting a bowl, we can give our love and creativity

the services provided for individuals and families under their care.

for the residents of Many Mansions. You fill the bowl with love even before it is filled with soup.” Jenny Wolpert, another budding artist, states, “Painting a bowl is

“I THINK MANY MANSIONS IS AN AWESOME

an expression of love and appreciation for what Many Mansions has

ORGANIZATION AND I ONLY WISH WE COULD DO

brought to our community. Bowls of Hope is wonderful! The fact that

MORE TO HELP THEM GROW,” SAYS VOLUNTEER

I can create something artistic that someone else can take home

TINA STOCKDALE. “THEY ARE CHANGING LIVES

because of this event makes my heart swell.” Originally designed after soup kitchens, Bowls of Hope now showcases

EVERY DAY, ONE FAMILY AT A TIME!”

wonderful soups, breads and salads from local chefs and some 15 area restaurants. Attendees are encouraged to participate in a raffle for great

MANY MANSIONS’ MISSION

prizes and a silent auction with over 15 amazing items for bid. More than

The organization’s goal in providing quality, affordable housing and

300 attendees are expected for the fun, informational and inspirational event.

empowering services for low-income individuals and families in Ventura

This year’s Event Host Sponsor is California Lutheran University. Supporting

and Los Angeles counties starts with renovating dilapidated apart-

sponsors include Union Bank, GB Construction, Tolman & Wiker, and Merritt

ment buildings or constructing new apartment buildings. Through the

Community Capital. The Patron sponsors are St. Julie Billiart Catholic Church,

organization’s efforts and with the support of the community through

Cedarstone, Gelsons (Thousand Oaks) and Boston Private Bank. Friends

fundraising efforts, such as Bowls of Hope, Many Mansions is able to

sponsors include Conejo-Simi-Moorpark Association of REALTORS®, S.L.

continue its work to put a roof over the heads of those in need.

Leonard & Associates, Inc., St. Jude the Apostle Catholic Church, Master Tub Reglazing, Yardi, CoastHills Community Foundation, Los Robles Volunteers 46

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How Much Stock Should Be in Your Portfolio?

ANSWER THESE 4 SIMPLE QUESTIONS

ARTICLE ROCKY MILLS

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veryone talks about “asset allocation”—spreading around your

1. What is your age? Subtract that from 100.

assets into different buckets in order to reduce risk. At the high-

2. Does your income exceed your expenses? If so, add 10.

est level, it comes down to how much you put in stocks and how

3. Does your net worth exceed $3 million? If so, add 10.

much you put in non-stocks (such as bonds, real estate and cash).

4. What is your risk “personality”? This is not asking your opinion

But how much stock should be in your portfolio? In other words,

about the stock market; it is not asking you to consider your age or

given that stocks generally carry the most risk in a portfolio, how

financials. This simply reflects your feelings about taking risk.

much risk should you be taking? It’s certainly not “one size fits all.” Because everyone’s financial sit-

• If you’re a “bury it in the mattress” type, subtract 10. • If you’re a “bet it all on #7 red,” add 10. 

uation is different, the right amount of stocks for you will vary, too. In general, you can apply these concepts: • Younger investors can afford more stock risk than older investors • Clients with higher income can afford more stock risk • Clients with a greater net worth can afford more stock risk • Clients who understand and desire more risk can incorporate this into their mix.

I have yet to run across a -10 or a +10. Most clients range from -5 to +5, and average around 0. So let’s try an example—me: 1. I’m 65. So I start with 35 (i.e., 35% in stocks). 2. My income exceeds my expenses, so I add

10. I’m now at 45. 3. My net worth exceeds $3 million, so I add

How do you translate these concepts into a spe-

another 10. That brings me to 55.

cific allocation to stocks (such as 60% or 75%)? For

4. I understand risk very well. I’m not a gam-

years, Financial Advisors have used “Mean Variance

bler, but I’m willing to take a measured dose of

Optimizers” (MVO) to generate the answer. An

risk. I’d score me at +3. Final total: 58.

MVO is highly sophisticated software that consid-

The percentage of stocks for my accounts,

ers how each asset class has performed and how

then, should be somewhere near 58%. Given

much it has moved relative to all the other asset

the +/- 7% range, my stocks ought to be any-

classes. The MVO also uses assumptions for inputs

where from 51% to 65%. Of course, this is only

like interest rates, inflation and mortality. In short,

an approximation—use of an MVO and other

the Financial Advisor loads the MVO with client-

tools will get you a lot closer.

specific data (age, income, net worth, risk tolerance) and the MVO spits out an allocation. After using and studying MVOs for years, I’ve concluded:

And that’s an average stock percentage. As I’ve discussed in other columns, I urge you to become TrendWise and vary your stock percentage as long-term market trends change.

• An MVO’s outcome (say, to ideally have 55% in stocks) is still only an approximation. • In fact, you can vary this number up or down about 7% and

*The SEC’s “Beginners' Guide to Asset Allocation, Diversification, and Rebalancing” suggests using the calculator at IPERS.org/calcs/AssetAllocator.html

not significantly alter your long-term outcome. So this 55% single-number outcome becomes a range of 48% to 62%. • It takes lots of client and Financial Advisor time to complete the MVO process. • Clients generally have no idea how their inputs affected the MVO’s outcome.

Robert A. "Rocky" Mills is president of Westlake Investment Advisors in Westlake Village. 805-277-7300 | WestlakeIA.com He is a registered representative with and securities offered through LPL Financial, Member FINRA/SIPC.  Investment advice offered through Westlake Investment

Is there a back-of-the-envelope way to approximate an MVO’s out-

Advisors, a registered investment advisor and separate

put? Borrowing from online asset allocation sites (like the one used

entity from LPL Financial. The opinions voiced in this material are for general in-

by the SEC*), I use these four simple questions. Simply add these four

formation only and are not intended to provide specific advice or recommenda-

components to reach your ideal stock percentage:

tions for any individual. Stock investing involves risk including loss of principal.

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Hometown Hero

ARTICLE PROVIDED | PHOTOGRAPHY BEN CONLEY

Hope & Harvest Benefit Yields Record-Setting Fundraising for Families S

herwood Country Club hosted some 300 guests at Interface's

System, CPI Solutions, DocuProducts, Gary Timmerman, Fazio Cleaners,

4th Annual Hope & Harvest presented by SAGE Publications,

Indecomm Global Services, Kneady Bakery, Lewis, Marenstein, Wicke,

where local community theatre group, Panic! Productions, presented

Sherwin & Lee, Mission Produce, MountainView Financial Solutions,

stories of hurt, healing and hope.

Ralph and Camerina Campillo and Steve and Natalie Wagner.

The live dinner performance, brilliantly written and executed by

Lisa Queen Designs and MJN Design Studio donated their ser-

artist Elijah Malcomb, was the biggest surprise among many high-

vices to create an unforgettable evening setting, and Aja Wines pro-

lights, including the return of Andrew Firestone, to surpass one mil-

vided their award-winning wine for this event with a menu featuring

lion dollars in net proceeds raised in only four years.

locally farmed produce.

Dina Furash, chair of Interface's board of directors and founding event

The evening's live performance was produced by Panic! Productions and

chair, responded to the call from members of Interface's east county

directed by Ginny Grady, who invited 10 child actors to volunteer their time

regional advisory board to add surprise elements and an unparalleled

to help the audience better understand the trauma experienced by Interface

guest experience for sponsors and attendees.

clients seeking help and safe shelter. Thank you to Roxanne Chevalier,

"Our dedicated volunteers have extremely high expectations and

Natalie Esposito, Jesse Fulton, Alex Gabriel, Calista Loter, Zoë Reed, Marcello

we surpassed them this year. I was so proud to see our very generous

Silva, Ashley Kiele Thomas, Taylor Lynda Thomas, Jessica Wallace and pro-

and compassionate community come together to support our most

duction crew members, Travis Gibson, Reggie Reed & Studio C, In-the-Mix,

vulnerable. Preventing domestic violence and child abuse, keeping

Sam Kriser, Sofia Lyon, Cyrus Moretti, and Dominick Riches.

families together and youth in our community safe, off the streets and out of the foster care system are Interface's highest fundrais-

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Interface Children & Family Services is Ventura County and sur-

life-changing and safety net programs would not exist," says Furash.

rounding community’s most comprehensive nonprofit human services

Another new addition to the event was an after-party sponsored by

safety net. Founded in 1973, Interface works to prevent and heal the

Mint SIM by Ultra during which Elijah Malcomb reappeared to sing a

effects of child abuse, neglect and abandonment; domestic violence;

show-stopping rendition of John Legend's “Ordinary People,” accompa-

family conflict and mental health issues. Their 24 distinct programs

nied by Big City Sing-Along pianists Kevin Krohn and Vince Orlandi.

represent six core service areas, including mental health and trauma

In addition to this year's presenting sponsor, SAGE Publications, Hope & Harvest's platinum sponsors included Amerihome Mortgage, Banc of

treatment, domestic violence and child abuse prevention, youth crisis intervention, human trafficking and justice services.

California, Clay Lacy Aviation and Ron and Judi Polito. Other major sponsors

Serving approximately 35,000 local individuals annually, plus assist-

included EllieMae, Impact Housing, PwC, Land Rover/Lexus of Thousand

ing 150,000 callers to the 2-1-1 Helpline across the state, Interface offers

Oaks, Mint SIM by Ultra, RJ O'Brian, Rabobank, EverBank, Montecito Bank

effective solutions to the urgent needs of families and individuals in

& Trust, JP Morgan and Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Gold sponsors

crisis. This important work is sustained through donations and grants

were Abbott Downing, Capsilon, JLL, Bill and Elise Kearney, Merrill Lynch

from individuals and organizations, as well as by the work of dedicated

Bank of America Corporation, United Agencies Inc., Western Alliance, Gary

volunteers and staff. For more information please contact Interface

West Productions and Ventura Rental Party Center. Community sponsors

Children & Family Services, located at 4001 Mission Oaks Blvd, Suite I,

were Amanda and Danny Lewis, Ari Lash, Community Memorial Health

in Camarillo, at 805.485.6114 or visit ICFS.org.

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Lifestyle Calendar

November NOVEMBER 3 9TH ANNUAL MIKE NOSCO MEMORIAL BICYCLE RIDE DOS VIENTOS COMMUNITY PARK This worthy event is organized by Jack Nosco in honor of his brother, Mike Nosco, who was killed in a tragic car accident. Event proceeds provide financial relief to families and individuals in need in our local community. For more information and to register, visit MikeNosco.com.

NOVEMBER 4 3RD CHINESE CULTURAL DAY MARY AND RICHARD CARPENTER PLAZA PARK The Conejo Chinese Cultural Association hosts its 3rd annual event. Activities include traditional cultural exhibits, calligraphy, a tea ceremony, origami, dance performances and a raffle.

NOVEMBER 4

NOVEMBER 5

MAGICAL DAY OF HOPE LUNCHEON

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The Conejo Valley Guild of the UCLA Jonsson Cancer Center Founda-

The 5th Annual Ventura County Farm Day features visits to farms

tion annual fundraising event and 40th anniversary celebration is hosted

throughout Ventura County. Farm Day is a free self-guided tour in

by Emmy Award-winning actor Eric Martsolf (Brady Black on “Days Of

which over 20 participating Ventura County farms open their doors,

Our Lives”). The luncheon, boutique, raffle baskets, grand prize raffles

enabling the public to learn about agriculture firsthand.

and live auction benefit cancer research. For more info: 805.630.2590.

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MANY MANSIONS "BOWLS OF HOPE" EVENT

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The fair and artisan marketplace features fun for the whole family.

Many Mansions' only fundraising event of the year benefits the Chil-

Takes place the weekends of Nov. 4-5  and 11-12. Admission is $12

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in advance or $15 at the gate. Ages 12 and under are free, up to two

bowls created by local community members for guests to keep. Enjoy

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delicious soups and breads donated by local restaurants and served

NOVEMBER 4 PRESERVING OUR HISTORY ONE PICTURE AT A TIME

by dignitaries and civic leaders. Silent auction and live entertainment by local area youth too. ManyMansions.org

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NOVEMBER 5

This tribute to the legacy of Ed Lawrence benefits the local history

19TH ANNUAL SUGAR PLUM TEA

collections at the Thousand Oaks Library. TOLibrary.org

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NOVEMBER 5

This masquerade-themed gala for the Center4Special Needs features

7TH ANNUAL CARE & COMPASSION GALA

magical entertainment, a cocktail reception, silent auction, dessert

SPANISH HILLS COUNTRY CLUB

wars and more. For tickets, visit Center4SpecialNeeds.org.

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NOVEMBER 8 OPEN MIC POETRY NIGHT NEWBURY PARK LIBRARY Bring your own poems to share or come just to listen! TOaks.org/library

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FOUR SEASONS HOTEL WESTLAKE VILLAGE The Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce hosts the annual event, featuring an allinclusive evening of exceptional food, wine, beer and spirit tastings from over 50 local restaurants, breweries and wineries. Enjoy live entertainment throughout the evening. TasteofConejo.com

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Parting Thoughts

BEING SELFLESS ARTICLE KIM PAGANO

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he first rule to being selfless is loving

people that have miraculously shown

what you bring into this world, and

up in your life when you needed them

as the saying goes, "What doesn't kill you

the most. Even when we might be going

makes you stronger." I would like to express

through our hardest moments in this jour-

my gratitude for all the volunteers out there

ney called life, pause for a moment and

that donate countless hours to causes by

remember that someone less fortunate

voicing their opinions, lending a helping

than us is going through a harder time at

hand or even contributing monetary dona-

that exact moment. We all need to create

tions. As Mother Nature continues to show

a strategy to embrace our outcomes by

all of us this year, we are so vulnerable to the

knowing that these journeys were meant

environments around us, and as much as

for us and that we will grow stronger by

we like to think we are in control, we are not.

getting through them—perhaps with a

These days, simply waking up in a home with

little help from our friends.

a roof over your head seems like a blessing. Every day is a blessing and life is so pre-

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Whether you go to bed counting your blessings or wake up creating a list of gratitude, take a moment to be thankful for everything and everyone that sweetens your life. Remember to take notice of the simple pleasures in your life. Be grateful for the

Don’t wait for things to get easier, simpler, or better. Life will always be complicated. Learn to be happy right now. Otherwise, you’ll run out of time.

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