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A Dream Equestrian Estate with Lighted Arena and Direct Access to Miles of Walking and Riding Trails

12268 San Sebastian Santa Rosa Valley Have you been looking for a fabulous equestrian estate that isn’t lost at the end of nowhere? Look no further. This is the perfect home for horses and their humans. Located in the prestigious Hidden Meadows in Santa Rosa Valley. Custom built with care and attention to every detail seen throughout .From the expansive foyer with soaring ceilings, Versailles travertine, grand dramatic staircase of slab marble steps and wrought iron banister. Formal living room/fireplace. Entertainer’s home with oversize granite island kitchen, custom wood cabinets, pot filler, 2 sinks, stainless Electrolux appliances, and an over-size pantry. Breakfast nook, open family room/fireplace. Formal dining room. Downstairs bedroom/office/own bath plus powder room. Need a lift? We have an elevator to the 2nd floor with 4 bedrooms/each with ensuite baths. Luxury Master Suite complete w/oversize walk-in closet, fireplace, jetted tub,bidet, travertine & balcony. Additional 700+ sq. feet storage in attic. 3 stall barn, Lighted arena,Tack room, large arena. A Truly Rare Opportunity to Own One of the Most Beautiful Horse estates in Ventura County. Detached 4 car garage/part converted to gym, gazebo, aviary, fruit trees, koi pond. Located on Over 2 acres which has room for pool or tennis.

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The property information herein is derived from various sources that may include, but not be limited to, county records and the Multiple Listing Service, and it may include approximations. Although the information is believed to be accurate, it is not warranted and you should not rely upon it without personal verification. Real estate agents affiliated with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage are independent contractor sales associates, not employees. ©2019 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 are registered service marks owned by Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. Cal RE Lic .#00545184.


Santa Rosa Valley Estate in Gated neighborhood with over 5,700’ +1,400’ garage. views

10489 SummerView Circle Santa Rosa Valley Fabulous estate with impeccable craftsmanship throughout. Beautiful stained glass doors lead you into this remarkable home with wrap around porch on 1.2 acres. This home’s soaring ceilings, crown moldings and beautiful solid 8’ doors await you. Fantastic views from almost every window. The main floor boasts a beautifully updated kitchen with new appliances – brand new Wolfe stove/oven, great room w/pool table, formal dining and living room, wet bar and a 100+ bottle wine closet. Separate kids wing with it’s own living room, beautiful new hardwood floors throughout. The upstairs master bedroom has a separate seating area, fireplace and hardwood floors. Step out onto the balcony and take in the mountain views. The master bath has a lovely bear claw tub with a separate Thermasol Steam Shower. There is a separate upstairs guestroom/office/motherin-law quarters with private entry and separate bath. The entertainers backyard is complete with a built-in BBQ, fire pit and a therapeutic Serena Bay spa. A 4+ car garage has easy access storage with an Aladdin Lift - motorized heavy duty ceiling lift. A mud room/Gym with HVAC and separate entrance, central vacuum, numerous fruit trees and so much more

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The property information herein is derived from various sources that may include, but not be limited to, county records and the Multiple Listing Service, and it may include approximations. Although the information is believed to be accurate, it is not warranted and you should not rely upon it without personal verification. Real estate agents affiliated with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage are independent contractor sales associates, not employees. ©2019 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 are registered service marks owned by Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. Cal RE Lic .#00545184.


European romance mingles with California magic in estate surrounded by hills reminiscent of Tuscany covered with lemon and avocado orchards.

7193 Luxenberg Moorpark

Ad-a Behind two private gates, European romance mingles with Californian magic in this incomparable two-story estate exuding the ambiance of a Tuscan Villa. Capturing 360-degree sunlit panoramic ocean and island views on over 23 acres the residence is aptly situated as the crown on its own hilltop with approximately 3,000 income producing lemon and 2,000 avocado trees. The superb resort-size backyard seems to be at the top of the world, with infinity edge pool in progress, outdoor entertainment barbecue center, fruit trees, and ample space for a helipad... and horses...The classic architectural elegance of the main residence is revealed from the grand foyer, Custom Bifold Doors that open to showcase the voluminous spectacular spaces with an abundance of large picture windows framing that offer gorgeous views. Open floorplan, volume ceilings and state of the art dedicated media room. Spanning over 5,100 square feet, the main residence features 4 bedrooms, ...one with its own washer and dryer... all bedrooms have walk-in closets with custom built-ins with dressers....media room, office, two laundry rooms, one on the second level and one down. The master bedroom suite located on the... second level next to the elevator ... is a separate wing with his and hers closets, and luxury bath with separate commodes and private balcony... For the car enthusiast there are... 5 extra deep garage spaces with a large storage room. Even the garages have an amazing view. Control 4 system, 4 zone amp control, control 4 music bridge, surround sound. Separate 1100’ guest house with... amazing views and... two bedrooms, 1.5 baths and its own indoor laundry.

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The property information herein is derived from various sources that may include, but not be limited to, county records and the Multiple Listing Service, and it may include approximations. Although the information is believed to be accurate, it is not warranted and you should not rely upon it without personal verification. Real estate agents affiliated with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage are independent contractor sales associates, not employees. Š2019 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 are registered service marks owned by Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. Cal RE Lic .#00545184.


Prestigious North Ranch estate with 4.5 Acres

4548 Valley Spring North Ranch Westlake Village

Located in the heart of prestigious North Ranch, this magnificent estate enjoys a uniquely private setting on approx. 4.5 acres, backing up to acres of open space affording the opportunity to enjoy peace and tranquility, surrounded by the beauty of nature and scenic mountain views. This is a truly exquisite estate property that epitomizes gracious, elegant and exclusive living. The size of the lot, the unique architecture sets it apart in the area. The estate proudly offers 6 bedrooms, with an optional 7th bedroom or library/office, 4.5 bathrooms, and timeless interiors. The remodeled huge chef’s kitchen comes with top of the line appliances, stunning Taj Mahal granite counters and large island. An ensuite bedroom, grand formal dining room, living room, family room, powder room, and laundry complete the downstairs of this spectacular home. Upstairs boasts a large master retreat, four additional bedrooms, one which could be a second master bedroom with ensuite bath. Host a senior class prom, wedding, baby shower or end of season team party surrounded by beautiful landscaping within meticulously manicured grounds. The expansive entertaining yard offers large pool, spa, fountains and out-door kitchen with Perla Venata granite countertop, creating sumptuous outdoor spaces that offer serene views at literally every turn. Rare opportunity to own one of a kind, beautiful estate.

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www.4548ValleySpring.com | Offered at only $2,899,000

GLOBAL LUXURY

The property information herein is derived from various sources that may include, but not be limited to, county records and the Multiple Listing Service, and it may include approximations. Although the information is believed to be accurate, it is not warranted and you should not rely upon it without personal verification. Real estate agents affiliated with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage are independent contractor sales associates, not employees. Š2019 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 are registered service marks owned by Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. Cal RE Lic .#00545184.


Santa Rosa Valley One Story Equestrian Estate with Pool and Barn

11350 Glenside Santa Rosa Valley California Magic combined in this one of a kind custom one story breathtaking estate. Porte Cochere entry provides protection from the elements for yourself and guests. Custom finishes throughout. Gourmet kitchen w/rich butcher block island counter. Light and bright with expansive windows. Ceiling details incl a myriad of arch design features.4 bedrooms,separate office and 3 full bathrooms plus guest powder room. Designed with superb attention to detail this estate has a wonderful blend of elegant finishes, custom ceramic tile work, and Saltillo tile flooring throughout the residence. Fantastic outdoor living areas include lush landscape with an entertainment loggia, pool and spa complete with automatic pool cover and waterfall, barn with 2 stall covered barn (could be workshop if not into horses) and turn out area. Playhouse/tack room.RV access/carport.Master retreat w/fireplace and private spa inspired patio area. Spacious breakfast room adjacent to family room with fireplace and third fireplace in living room. Within minutes to community arena and miles of riding and multi-use trails.

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The property information herein is derived from various sources that may include, but not be limited to, county records and the Multiple Listing Service, and it may include approximations. Although the information is believed to be accurate, it is not warranted and you should not rely upon it without personal verification. Real estate agents affiliated with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage are independent contractor sales associates, not employees. Š2019 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 are registered service marks owned by Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. Cal RE Lic .#00545184.


LIFESTYLE LETTER

FEBRUARY 2020 PUBLISHER

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

Tracy Marcynzsyn | Tracy.Marcynzsyn@LifestylePubs.com

Bravo Tony!! FEBRUARY IS OUR ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT ISSUE SO I CANNOT THINK OF A BETTER WAY TO START THIS MISSIVE THAN WITH A HUGE SHOUT OUT TO TONY BENNETT. At this point in his life and career he is more than just an icon of 20th century popular and jazz musical artistry. His still considerable musical chops are somewhat of a miracle in terms of aging and ongoing popularity. He is 93 years old and still selling out the house. Just getting decent seats to his concert on January 30, 2020 at the Fred Kavli Theater at the B of A Performing Arts Center right here in Thousand Oaks—no schlep into La La Land needed—was nearly impossible. Ticket agencies doubled and tripled prices for mostly nosebleed seats.

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All this for an old guy who can still sing his tail off. One of his secrets is that he practices the Bel Canto style of singing, as do most opera singers. Well he’s Italian, so why not?! He communicates his love for his music and for those of us in the audience who love him back. Oh, and by the way, he is also a distinguished painter whose works are on display in galleries throughout the world…. under his given name, Anthony Benedetto. The following I copied from his website, TonyBennett.com/bio.php, which says it better than I ever could: “Through his dedication to excellence and his insistence on quality, he has become

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the keeper of the flame by extolling the virtues and values represented by the Great

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American Songbook. Tony Bennett has been on the front lines of every major issue

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impacting the cornerstones of this country’s modern history. He has performed for

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eleven U.S. Presidents, is a World War II veteran who fought in the Battle of the Bulge

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and participated in the liberation of a concentration camp, and marched side by side

OPERATIONS DIRECTOR Janeane Thompson

with Dr. Martin Luther King in Selma to support civil rights. Throughout his life, Tony Bennett has been a dedicated pacifist and proactive humanitarian selflessly supporting many causes whose goals benefit the lives of millions. His love for his country has earned him the distinction of national treasure and the United Nations has named him

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a Citizen of the World as one of their foremost ambassadors.” If you do not attend a concert, get any one of his CDs. The recent ones, such as the duet album with Lady Gaga, are part of his continued miracle of excellence. You can also deep dive into a catalogue of excellence and find dozens of pop and jazz CDs that will be music to your ears. ARIZONA | CALIFORNIA | COLORADO | CONNECTICUT | FLORIDA | GEORGIA IDAHO | ILLINOIS | KANSAS | MARYLAND | MINNESOTA | MISSOURI | MONTANA

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Performing Arts Academy students presented “Newsies,” as La Reina’s Spring 2019 musical production.

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INSIDE THE ISSUE FEBRUARY 2020

FEATURES 28 Wine & Dine Coin & Candor Hosts Grgich Hills Estate

34 Display of Kindness University Art Collection a California Legacy

38 Larger than Life Smile and a Song Features Fairy Tale Dreams

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46 Arts Education La Reina Students Showcase Artistic Talents

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DEPARTMENTS 8

Lifestyle Letter

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Good Times

20 Around Town 22 Trend Setter 24 Locally Owned 44 Giving Back 46 Inspired By 50 Hot Spot 54 Lifestyle Calendar 58 Parting Thoughts


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Montecito Bank & Trust Awards Community Dividends to 188 Nonprofits The 17th annual awards luncheon at the Four Seasons Biltmore continues the tradition started in 2003 by Michael Towbes, MBT’s late owner and founder. Focused on supporting nonprofits that serve low- and moderate-income residents in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties, program funds benefit youth and education, social services, medical/health services, and the arts, granting $17 million to area nonprofits.

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Back to Health & Back to Living We are dedicated to education on spinal conditions and treatment options. We provide comprehensive spine education to aid patients in order to better understand spine issues and their non-surgical and surgical solutions. Our state-of-the art, f ull-service facility is staffed with caring professionals ready to apply the most advanced medical and surgical technologies to help our patients regain f unction and live more active and f ulfilling lives. We are the leaders in patientfriendly and exceptional Spinal Surgery outcomes in Ventura County.

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GOOD TIMES

New West Symphony Celebrates 25th Anniversary! New West Symphony celebrated their 25th Anniversary honoring Nancy Israel, a driving force behind the formation and growth of New West Symphony for its entire 25-year history. For information on the next four performances of the 2020 season, all conducted by Michael Christie, Music Director, visit NewWestSymphony.org or call 805.497.5800. PHOTOGRAPHY BEN MALKIN

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GOOD TIMES

Holiday Cheer of the Year We all look forward to Rosemary Allison's annual Christmas party. It's the Party of the Season for kids and grownups! Santa, magic tricks, good cheer and lots of camaraderie was enjoyed throughout the evening. PHOTOGRAPHY JUDI BUMSTEAD

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GOOD TIMES

Bags, Bling & Bubbly Benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters The 11th Annual Champagne luncheon at the Sherwood Country Club featured designer and vintage handbags, jewelry and accessories. The sold-out stylish event included recognition of the community’s Wise, Wonderful Women of 2019, shares by the Big & Little Sisters of the year, plus a gourmet lunch, sparkling champagne and a silent auction. Proceeds benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters Ventura County.

PrePost Wellness Highlights Posture Alignment Therapy Evan Litchfield, Owner & Founder of PrePost Fitness and Wellness, hosted a seminar at Relax the Back in Thousand Oaks on Posture Alignment Therapy that uses body weight and gravity to improve skeletal alignment and balance, naturally eliminating the causes of chronic pain and physical constraints. PHOTOGRAPHY BEN MALKIN

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AROUND TOWN

GO RED!

FOR THE TROOPS HONORS VETERANS

Fifteen years ago, Go Red for Women was born

For the Troops’ annual Military Tribute Gala

as a campaign to raise awareness among women

honoring World War II and Korean War veterans

about their great health threat — heart disease.

takes place Saturday, February 22, from 5:30 to

Slowly, the campaign grew into a movement — one

10:30 p.m. at the Ronald Reagan Memorial Library.

that not only brought together thousands of women

Featuring keynote speakers, entertainment and

annually but became the trusted, passionate, rel-

dinner, the event raises funds to support For the

evant force for change to eradicate heart disease

Troops’ programs, including sending care pack-

and stroke. Go Red for Women provides a platform

ages to soldiers in active service. Tickets are $125/

for women and their families to lead healthier lives

person. ForTheTroops.org

and drive collective action for community transformation. The Go Red for Women luncheon on

“BEYOND IMPRESSIONISM”

February 21 at the Four Seasons Westlake Village

Lori Mohr will visit the Hill Road Library in

serves as the cornerstone event of the Go Red

Ventura at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, February 12,

for Women movement in local communities. This

to deliver the talk “Beyond Impressionism: Van

empowering event focuses on preventing heart

Gogh, Gauguin, Cezanne.” Mohr is part of the

disease and stroke by promoting healthy lifestyles,

Santa Barbara Museum of Art’s Community

building awareness and raising critically-needed

Speakers Program. In late 19th century France,

funds to support research and education initia-

Impressionism dominated avant-garde painting.

tives. AHACamarillo.ejoinme.org

But a diverse group of up-and-comers—Van

MELEKO MOKGOSI: “ACTS OF RESISTANCE”

Gogh, Gauguin, and Cezanne among them— found fault in the focus on style versus subject. Unlike Impressionists, they were unified not by

The William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art at Cal

a single aesthetic—fleeting effects of light in the

Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks presents

real world—but by a shared interest in exploring

this installation by Meleko Mokgosi through April

the artists’ perception of the real world. Let the

9. The artist examines formal and informal acts of

camera capture reality! Given their differences in

resistance, placing equal emphasis on both. He

style, technique, and subject matter, defining Post

defines resistance as any instance where a sub-

Impressionism can be difficult. However, by trac-

ject refuses to give in to the oppression of their

ing its history, its artists, and pinpointing distin-

spirit. While formal resistance takes aim at the

guishing characteristics, we will better understand

state and institutional forces, informal resistance

how the unique contributions of these innovators

encompasses everyday acts, both conscious and

formed the artistic roots of modern art for the next

unconscious. Mokgosi’s paintings confront the

80 years, from Fauvism to Cubism to Surrealism.

politics and histories of representation. From a

Free and open to the public. 805.677.7180

Eurocentric vantage point, black figures are almost always interpreted as representing difference. In this exhibit, Mokgosi compels viewers to give his subjects more complex consideration. Their beautiful attributes, emotional bearing, interrelationships and geographic contexts push away generalizing categories and marginalizing reactions. Born in Francistown, Botswana, Mokgosi is an artist, assistant professor of practice at New York

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He did his initial research fellowship at Brown University in Rhode Island and went on to complete his Neurology residency training at the University of Tennessee. He further completed a clinical fellowship in Neurocritical Care, Vascular Neurology, and Endovascular Surgical Neuroradiology at Medical College of Wisconsin in 2012 Dr. Taqi runs stroke programs at Los Robles Regional Medical Center and West Hills Hospital and Medical Center. He is a senior member of the Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery (SNIS), a fellow of the American Heart Association (FAHA) and a member of the Society of Vascular and Intervention Neurology (SVIN). In 2019 Dr. Taqi treated the first brain aneurysm patient in the USA with the minimally invasive Comaneci embolization assist

Dr. Taqi enjoys his personal life and professional life equally. He is dedicated to providing excellent and comprehensive care to his patients in this region. Triple board certified in Neurology, Vascular neurology and Critical care neurology Recipient of the Outstanding Scholar Award for his achievements in clinical research Recipient of 40 under 40 award for Conejo Valley for his contribution to stroke care

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ARTICLE KIM LAMB GREGORY, COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST CSU CHANNEL ISLANDS PHOTOGRAPHY CAL STATE UNIVERSITY CHANNEL ISLANDS

DIALYSIS NURSE CHERIE NEDDERMAN LOVED ART FOR

faith, her friends, her family, her art and the cats who came through

ART’S SAKE. The walls of her Camarillo home on the hill were

her life, including her furry companions, Oreo and Frodo.

covered with frame after frame of sycamore trees, tumbling waves

“She was very generous,” Ted said. “She always had a soft spot

and rolling green hills. Paintings echoing the peace she found in

for people who struggled in life with depression, insecurity and

the California landscape.

homelessness. She gave a lot of money away, not only to her church,

“She would sit outside and gaze at the hills, that was the view from her backyard,” said Art Program Chair and Professor of Art Liz King. “Inside her home, her art was in every room, every corner.”

but to her community, to the Humane Society, to Gabriel’s House in Ventura and many other charities.” Cherie became interested in California art after getting acquainted

When Nedderman died unexpectedly in January of 2019

with a neighbor who gave her a painting done by renowned Santa

during a relatively common heart procedure, her brother Ted

Paula artist Douglas Shively. Cherie then began seeking out and

Nedderman and his wife, Nancy, of Gig Harbor, Washington,

collecting paintings of early 20th century California.

were shocked and heartbroken.

“The landscapes... they’re alive!” King said. “In the seascapes there

“Cherie was 71 and had so much more living ahead of her,” Ted said.

are crashing waves, and the way the mountains are depicted—it’s so

It now fell to Ted and Nancy to find a home for Cherie’s precious

dramatic. Whether or not you’re from this area, it evokes the feeling

collection of 58 “en plein air” or “outdoor” paintings of Southern

of California. Whoever painted these was observing every detail.

California done between 1905 and 1965. The Neddermans decided

These paintings are not static.”

CSU Channel Islands (CSUCI) would be ideal. “We wanted it to be near her,” Nancy said. “And she was a nurse and there’s a wonderful Nursing program here.”

Costache is excited about the collection both as an art historian and an educator. “This is also a great teaching collection, which our students will

Faculty members from the Art program were thrilled to receive

be able to study up-close and learn how to examine original works of

the collection, not only for its quality, but because of the art lover

art, conduct research and write catalog entries,” Costache said. “It’s

who put it together. Professor of Art History Irina D. Costache, Ph.D.,

great for students to learn from actual works of art not reproductions.”

pointed out that Cherie was not a high-end collector who really

Costache said the collection contains several women artists

didn’t understand the paintings. She was a savvy collector who

who were somewhat unknown at the time, as women artists

understood the paintings.

were not taken as seriously then.

“She was a nurse trained to carefully observe, who understood the

“One of the women was better known because she used a

value of looking at paintings in connection with her profession, and

man’s name: Roger Scott,” Costache said. “Studying this collec-

loved the artworks enough to buy them,” Costache said.

tion will help students learn how artistic recognition is developed

“She collected art because she loved it,” said King.

in our culture and how values change in our history—in this case,

Cherie and Ted grew up in Portland, Oregon. Ted was the out-

views on gender.”

doorsman, joined the U.S. Army and became an endodontist, mar-

Costache and King are making plans for the collection, which

rying his college sweetheart, Nancy. Older sister Cherie was artistic,

is currently being safely stored. The educators plan an exhibition

nurturing, and a born collector.

and perhaps an interdisciplinary course with the Nursing pro-

“She had lots of antiques and collectibles,” Ted said. “She always loved art and was an artist in her own right.” Cherie studied nursing at Walla Walla University where she became lifelong friends with two other nursing students who convinced her to move with them to Southern California. Cherie enjoyed a career as a Registered Nurse in the Dialysis Unit

gram, as Cherie was a nurse. “It’s a very important trend in the medical field to use the skills of art history—looking and observing very closely—and transferring those skills to the observation of a patient,” Costache said. The Neddermans believe Cherie would be happy with the collection’s new home.

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“She didn’t know she was going anywhere, but we had a conver-

also a medical insurance auditor, and later graduated from Cypress

sation once and she said, ‘When I can’t enjoy these paintings any-

College as a Certified Medical Records Specialist. She was dedi-

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As a young actor, she appeared in community and professional

While Elsa from “Frozen” is currently the most popular charac-

theater, as well as won spots in commercials and small roles on TV.

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She continues to light up local stages. In 2018, Bert won a VC On

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Stage’s “Vee-Cee” award for her performance as Lina Lamont in High Street Arts Center’s production of “Singin’ In the Rain.” Besides her acting credentials, Bert has extensive experience

Averaging 10 parties a weekend, Bert suggests making reservations six weeks in advance. “But always try!” she says. “There might be random openings.”

working with children. At the Santa Monica Playhouse, she was a

The most popular party is the 90-minute Basic Birthday Package. It

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face painting and photos. A deluxe package includes a coronation cere-

“I’ve also done a princess-themed acting class for the Actor’s

mony with an autographed certificate and a crown for the birthday child.

Repertory of Simi and conducted musical theater workshops at

There are options for a 60-minute party and a 30-minute “drop-by” a

Woodland Hills Elementary,” she says.

child’s house or school, as well.

Bert enjoys working with youngsters, and they are drawn to

The ideal number for a home party is 15 or less, Bert says.

her: “Kids are intuitive and can feel your energy. Even when I’m

“That way, the birthday child gets ample one-on-one time with

not in costume and in a public place, they’ll talk to me. I can’t help

their favorite character.” The target age for a typical party ranges

but interact with them.”

from 3 to 8 years, “although, we do plenty of ‘Alice in One-derland’

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parties,” she says.

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ative interests and talents. She had worked for another party company but wasn’t happy with how the business was run. “I had a clear vision how I would make improvements and succeed,” she says. She researched similar enterprises, developed a business plan and—Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo!—Smile and a Song was born. It was 2012, and the timing was perfect. With a pantheon of animated princesses popping up on screens and being aggressively marketed, the princess craze was and still is strong. “Characters are popular because they lead exciting lives and go on adventures,” Bert says. “They’re strong and brave. It’s what kids hope to be when they grow up.” She continues: “Fairy tale heroes face challenges. Kids going through tough times—big or small—see they are not alone. We all can relate.” With guidance from her father, who has experience opening small businesses, Smile and a Song has prospered and has expanded to 15 performers.   

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SMILE AND A SONG (CONTINUED)

Appearances aren’t limited to small gatherings. The troupe has entertained at large corporate and charity functions with hundreds of people attending. “We’re fortunate to be the character company of choice for the Directors Guild of America,” Bert notes. “Last December was our fifth year performing at its annual holiday party.”  Other engagements have included a performance by Elsa and Anna at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza’s “Frozen” Sing-Along, a preshow by the Sanderson Sisters from “Hocus Pocus” for Street Food Cinema at Los Angeles’ Million Dollar Theatre, and a 30-minute original “Alice in Wonderland” musical for tea parties at the Kimberly Crest House in Redlands. Plus, Alice and the Mad Hatter promoted the Los Angeles Chocolate Festival and Pastry Show on “CBS2 News.” Although the company primarily serves Los Angeles and Ventura Counties, the group has flown twice to Northern California to perform 20-minute scripted, interactive musical shows for parties. Bert credits her passion as key to the company’s success. “It’s a boutique company. I like to keep it small and the quality high,” she says, citing her attention to detail that sets her company apart from others. The costumes and wigs aren’t just off-the-rack.  “They’re expensive, labor intensive, custom-made pieces,” she points out. The performers are trained musical theater vocalists who go through a rigorous audition process.

“It’s important they look like the characters, are talented and enjoy children,” Bert explains. “We aren’t just pretty faces doing high-pitched princess voices. And we’re not exact copies of the films. We work hard putting our own stamp on portrayals, bringing these beloved characters to life!” She adds, “That’s why we’re well-loved and highly recommended in the community.” Indeed, online reviews are glowing. It’s not easy owning a business, says the young entrepreneur. But the positives far outweigh the negatives. One of her most special experiences was when she visited a little girl struggling with cancer. The child was shocked to see her favorite character, Merida, from the movie “Brave,” in her home. “The foundation I was representing had raised funds for the family’s first trip to Disneyland. I presented the tickets,” says Bert. “I read my story to her and we talked about how brave a warrior she was, just like Merida.” Bert looked up as the two were singing together and saw the mom’s face full of tears. “That touched my heart,” she says. “I love knowing we impact lives, fostering imaginations and bringing children and their families joy.”  In those magical moments, it’s easy to believe … all live happily ever after …  THE END. For more information, contact 805.794.6804 or visit SmileAndASong.com. 40

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GIVING BACK INNOVATIVE STORYTELLER AIMS TO POSITIVELY IMPACT THE WORLD

UP CLOSE WITH

P OW E R H O U S E S A N Y I K A “ T H E F I R E S TA R T E R ”

ARTICLE ALICIA DOYLE PHOTOGRAPHY RYAN WEST PHOTOGRAPHY

“WE LIVE IN A WORLD WHERE THE NARRATIVE DRIVES THE

Movement. This is the impact The Firestarter Nation wishes to

ACTION AND THE ATTENTION—NOWADAYS THE STORY

make in the world.

WE TELL OURSELVES AND THE STORIES WE TELL THE

Through The Firestarter Nation, “we get an opportunity to tell the

WORLD ARE THE MOST VALUABLE FORMS OF CURRENCY,”

narrative to create real-world change,” Sanyika emphasizes. “We

SAYS SANYIKA, A RESIDENT OF WESTLAKE VILLAGE AND

were led by the intention to tell a story, create awareness and pro-

FOUNDER OF THE FIRESTARTER NATION.

duce a real-world solution. As a result of our collective efforts with

“My goal through coaching executives, in my talks and as an

Donor Three Sixty and Bears for Humanity, we’ve developed more

artist and innovative storyteller is to change the narrative, so that

than awareness or a one-time fundraiser; we’ve created a sustainable

it drives people to take powerful actions in support of causes that

fundraising mechanism for the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement

change the world.”

with the capacity to generate over half a million dollars or more.”

The Firestarter Nation creates powerful storytelling campaigns

This courage led him to move from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C.,

to ignite people into action, ultimately raising awareness and

where he pursued a career in entertainment. He later booked five nation-

money for organizations that move the world forward.

ally televised acting jobs, which led him to pursue his talent of writing and

In previous campaigns they’ve taken on world poverty (World Be

performing. He then got signed to a label on Universal Music Group and

Free Campaign) and veterans’ causes (Thank You for Your Service),

wrote chart-topping songs for artists, including Nick Lachey/98 Degrees

and now they’re taking on gun violence and protecting kids in school

and Too Short. But no life is full unless it also includes challenges.

through the Teddy Bear Campaign (TeddyBearCampaign.org).

Sanyika hit his lowest point at age 33, when he was in what he

“We’re taking on the cause of the school shootings and gun vio-

calls a “rock bottom sandwich.” Rock bottom on top of rock bottom,

lence in our country because we’re tired of thoughts and prayers,”

he was in the middle. He had a drinking problem that resulted in

Sanyika says. “We watch the news, we see the devastation but how

two DUIs and he couldn’t admit to himself or anyone else that he

can we make it resonate on a deeper level to create change? By

was broke financially and broken spiritually. All this occurred while

driving home the real world impact we don’t see—that for every kid

working a low-level job in Los Angeles making next to nothing.

lost in a school shooting there’s a lonely teddy bear.”

“One day, the owner of the company approached me and made a

The Firestarter Nation’s “Teddy Bear Campaign” has partnered with

request. ‘Sanyika, I want you to stop using your first name because

Bears for Humanity, a Fair Trade-certified teddy bear manufacturer,

it confuses clients,’” he remembers. “My response was ‘What the

and Donor Three Sixty, a crowdfunding platform that sells teddy bears

bleep!’ That day the owner and I argued, but that night I was in tears.”

to raise money for the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement.

At that point, Sanyika decided to change his own story and

The Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement was founded by Scarlett

step into his power. He watched motivational videos, read books

Lewis after her 6-year-old son, Jesse Lewis, was murdered at Sandy

and consumed content every day about people who made it to

Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, in December

the top from a personal rock bottom.

2012, alongside 19 of his first-grade classmates and six educators in

“The thing that transformed me the most during this period of

one of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history. Scarlett found out

time were powerful stories of triumph. Those stories gave me the

after the tragedy that Jesse had used his final moments to heroically

perfect amount of entertainment, information and inspiration to

save nine of his friends.

feel like if they can find a way up, I can too. Then it hit me. Maybe

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the starting point in my journey—and any journey—is finding the courage to tell your story and change your story.”


With that, he was inspired to do three things: 01 Tell his story to anyone that would listen; 02 Embrace his failures and the lessons he learned from them; 03 Take pride in his accomplishments and validate the dreams from his story to find his fire. This was the birth of The Firestarter. “One of the first human innovations was the discovery of controlled fire. So the very first leaders of our time were the people that started the fire. The shamans, the healers, the elders... they were the firestarters,” he explains. After realizing his own fire, “I remembered to not see my life through the story of my failures. Most importantly, I realized my life’s purpose: lighting the fire within myself to ultimately light the fire in others.” Today, “through my work with individuals as an executive coach, my work with organizations as an innovative storyteller and speaker, my entire life is dedicated to teaching people how to transform their stories so they can live a powerful life. When you can transform the narrative for yourself, you can achieve your wildest dreams; when your organization transforms its story you can literally change the world. As a leader and Firestarter, my job is to light the fire within, help reshape these narratives so people and organizations can light up the world.”

For more information, visit FirestarterLive.com/, call 323.375.4714 or email Hello@FirestarterLIVE.com.

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La Reina Visual and Performing Arts Academy FOSTERING CREATIVITY PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF LA REINA

THE ARTS AT LA REINA OFFER YOUNG WOMEN AN ADDITIONAL PATHWAY FOR FINDING THEIR PERSONAL VOICE. In keeping with the vision of the Sisters of Notre Dame, the arts are an important part of the school’s mission of educating the whole person, nurturing and encouraging them to discover and foster their God-given talents, develop their creativity and imagination and participate in activities that support personal transformation. Some of La Reina’s students desire a strong academic program while pursuing an arts-oriented career. For these students, the VPA Academy was developed to provide the education and experience necessary to progress to both university and professional study. The VPA Academy takes imaginative critical thinkers and expands their abilities to evaluate, organize and produce innovative solutions in our complex world. Opportunities abound both inside and outside the classroom—from solo singing and theatre to graphic design.  Students who demonstrate a commitment to the arts and wish to graduate as

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PARTING THOUGHTS

DON’ T LE AVE ANY LIFE ON THE TABLE

Tune into the brighter side of life on Saturdays, 7-9 a.m. on 1590 KVTA!

ARTICLE KIM PAGANO Moving into Camarillo, there are several great restaurants, one being Manhattan of Camarillo, a supper club for Italian dining, plus live entertainment and Trivia on Thursdays. I will be hosting Bunco night in their beautiful private room in the new year. They also have a Madison Beer Garden, offering full bar and craft beer selections in a more casual atmosphere. THIS IS YOUR INVITATION TO JOIN IN ON ALL THE COMMUNITY FUN!

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If you’re into art, a must is Studio Channel Islands Art Studios where you’ll find great events

If you are already partaking in our incred-

and talented artists. I should also mention the

ible community, good for you! That would

various community wine and brew festivals, fea-

mean you have ventured out to see the arts

turing local vendors and all the food you can eat.

and entertainment right here in our own back-

These events are not only fun, but many of them

yard. We have so many venues—let me share

help support the amazing organizations that help

a few of them with you. Let me start with

our communities give back.

our beautiful Civic Center, known as Bank of

Moving closer to Ventura is another one of my

America Performing Arts Center in Thousand

favorites, the Rubicon Theatre, which always fea-

Oaks, which always has incredible shows.  In

tures excellent shows. Of course, the beaches are

the same venue you’ll find 5-Star Theatricals,

full of pure beauty all the way up the coast, as is

the Award-winning resident musical theatre

the quaint town of Ojai. So, when you’re thinking

production company of the Civic Arts Plaza.

about entertainment, think local—even the movie

Down the street is Conejo Players Theatre,

theaters have monthly comedies and great movies.

home to talented screenwriters highlighting

In this new year, plan to enjoy something new

their plays. Several area wineries offer great

every month. I love to support these talented

tasting wine and brews and often feature live

artists and local businesses. I invite you to live

music and comedy shows.

outside your box and give them a try!

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Pass is valid for 30 consecutive days and must be redeemed before 02/27/20. Must be a first-time guest. Must be 18 years or older or accompanied by an adult. Must have valid local ID. Additional fees and/or restrictions may apply.

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Conejo Valley, CA February 2020  

February 2020 Issue of Conejo Valley Lifestyle

Conejo Valley, CA February 2020  

February 2020 Issue of Conejo Valley Lifestyle