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SEPTEMBER 2019

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West Hills Panoramic View Pool Home

8701 Delmonico West Hills On a Clear day you can see forever panoramic views in custom 4 bed, 4 bath beautifully remodeled home. Nestled above the Chatsworth Nature Reserve in West Hills. Designed to bring outside in, rooms having French doors and walls of windows overlooking the expansive grounds. Large, sun-splashed rooms impress with quiet colors, natural wood ceilings, granite, hardwood and porcelain all blending together to provide a simple and elegant setting. Exceptional quality in workmanship and materials throughout. Gourmet kitchen with granite, island, double ovens, and built-in refrigerator. Large formal dining room. Sun-splashed living room features a fireplace and soaring 2 story ceilings. The family room is spacious with beamed ceilings. The master is your haven inside the home, with a private balcony and walk-in closet. Double sinks, spa tub, and tantalizing steam shower highlight your master bath. Sparkling pool w/child safety fence is complemented by patios designed to provide relaxing gathering spots for your family or guests, as well as a large, flat yard with golf putting green, professionally installed artificial turf for easy maintenance. Control 4 home automation system making this a smart home for all devices, inc sonos, security, lighting, thermostats.

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callrosemary.com call / text 805.479.7653

www.8701Delmonico.com | Offered at $1,125,000

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The property information herein is derived from various sources that may include, but not be limited to, county records and the Multiple Listing Service, and it may include approximations. Although the information is believed to be accurate, it is not warranted and you should not rely upon it without personal verification. Real estate agents affiliated with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage are independent contractor 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.


An Epicurean’s dream kitchen!

2441 Glenside Lane Santa Rosa Valley Exquisitely positioned in pastoral Santa Rosa Valley, rests this tranquil equestrian zoned European Estate. This home features gardens, and waterfall and a 350 yard trail rising above the valley offering spectacular views and seating areas looking towards the northern flank of Wildwood Park view points. The tree lined upper acre provides an open canvas to create gardens or gently grade for horse facilities. Grand-scale interiors, a soaring 2-story foyer and exquisite finishes. Formal dining room and living room off the main entry each have a fireplace and views of the backyard. A renovated chef’s kitchen with pecan cabinetry satisfies the most discerning epicurean, while the adjacent family & breakfast rooms are perfect for casual get togethers. Accessed from kitchen there is an attached private covered patio as an additional private area for entertaining or dining, day or evening. Master bedroom has a fireplace, door to an outside deck and captures lovely summer breezes through the room. The lower level features secondary bedrooms on the main floor. Approximate 700 sq. ft. day use room adjacent to Master bedroom. 4 car garage. Covered RV or boat parking on pad behind garage. Award winning SRTMS school.

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callrosemary.com call / text 805.479.7653

www.2441Glenside.com | Reduced to only $1,325,000

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The property information herein is derived from various sources that may include, but not be limited to, county records and the Multiple Listing Service, and it may include approximations. Although the information is believed to be accurate, it is not warranted and you should not rely upon it without personal verification. Real estate agents affiliated with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage are independent contractor 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.


a Palatial Mediterranean Villa in Santa Rosa Valley

2151 Brittany Park Santa Rosa Valley

Palatial Mediterranean Villa. Located in sought after Camelot development in Santa Rosa Valley, this 2 story estate captures sunlit views across lush lawns on an acre lot with an exquisite courtyard entrance. This home exudes classic architectural elegance from the grand foyer to the superb resort pool setting. The Gourmet island chef’s kitchen features gleaming granite counter-tops, gourmet island and stainless steel appliances including large commercial Wolf range and double ovens. 5 Bedrooms + 6 Baths. The master bedroom suite is located on the west wing of the residence complete with granite counters, luxury bath, and fireplace. In addition to the master bedroom suite, upstairs there are 3 spacious secondary bedrooms & large media room/play room. Off the huge family room there is an additional large guest bedroom complete with full bathroom downstairs. Exterior features include dazzling palm encircled resort style swimming pool highlighted by a swim slide, waterfall replenished koi pond, lush landscaping and sports court. For entertaining there is an incredible outdoor kitchen complete with barbecue center with granite counter top.

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callrosemary.com call / text 805.479.7653

www.2151BrittanyPark.com | Offered at $1,749,000

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The property information herein is derived from various sources that may include, but not be limited to, county records and the Multiple Listing Service, and it may include approximations. Although the information is believed to be accurate, it is not warranted and you should not rely upon it without personal verification. Real estate agents affiliated with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage are independent contractor 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.


A Dream Equestrian Estate With 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 bannister. 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. Downstairsbedroom/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, 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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callrosemary.com

call / text 805.479.7653

www.12268sansebastian.com | Offered at $2,349,000

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. ©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.


Truly one of a kind electronically gated Tuscan Villa located in Exclusive Spanish Hills

1885 Via Aracena Spanish Hills

Truly one of a kind electronically gated Tuscan Villa located in Exclusive Spanish Hills spanning Approximately 6,957 Sq. Ft. This modern Old-World Villa provides unsurpassed quality and craftsmanship on over an acre with 5 bedrooms plus office and 7 bathrooms, 5 car garage. 2 story entry with its double custom designed wrought iron staircase, custom light fixtures and custom designed double wrought iron front doors make for a sensational welcome to this unique property. A brilliantly fashioned family room seamlessly merges with the chefs gourmet kitchen, with walk-in wet bar with wine fridge creating a sweeping and spacious flow for entertaining. The spacious kitchen has been outfitted to meet even the most demanding needs of a professional chef while never overlooking the practical necessities for family living. Among the kitchen’s many amenities are built-in Sub-Zero Refrigerator/Freezer, two dishwashers, double ovens, and a six-burner range – all by Viking. The countertops and center island have been created with stunning granite. There is a butlers pantry with built-in wine fridge. A nearby formal dining room that provides impressive setting where the kitchen’s creations can be savored with friends. Stunning step down living room presents itself with an abundance of graceful columns and arches, dual staircase with forged-iron railings. There are two main level guest bedrooms, each ensuite with their own bath, in this extraordinary home, where around each corner your every wish seems to be answered. Master bedroom suite with incredible master bath granite, second floor boasting 2 additional beautiful guest suites. Incredible outdoor entertainment area, showcasing a spectacular pool and spa, with detached pool loggia that provides rear yard entertainment and outdoor kitchen area. For seclusion the master bedroom suite offers refined elegance as it rearticulates the beautifully sculpted lines and materials from the rest of the home. With expansive windows and soaring ceilings accompanying an open and spacious floor plan. Large dual walk-in closets. The master bath is as equally luxurious featuring custom wood cabinets, masterful stonework, a double sized shower with bench seating, and a deep-soaking whirlpool tub.

www.1885ViaAracena.com | Offered at only $2,899,000

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rosemaryallison@aol.com

callrosemary.com

call / text 805.479.7653

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.


LIFESTYLE LETTER

SEPTEMBER 2019 PUBLISHER

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

Tracy Marcynzsyn | Tracy.Marcynzsyn@LifestylePubs.com CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

Give Love & Compassion ONCE AGAIN WE ARE DEVOTING MUCH OF OUR SEPTEMBER ISSUE TO THE

Alicia Doyle, Tracy Marcynzsyn, Tricia O'Brien, Kim Pagano CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS

American Heart Association, Ed Lawrence, Ben Malkin, Herb Noseworthy

PEOPLE AND ORGANIZATIONS THAT SUPPORT OUR COMMUNITIES. Call it giving back, philanthropy, generosity or just getting involved…they are all bright lights in what has become a rather divisive society that is increasingly lacking in bright lights. Bless them all. These days, everyone seems to have an ax to grind—liberal, conservative, middle of the road, it doesn’t matter. The assumption is that if you do not agree with me, then something is really wrong with you. Your opinion is worthless and you may very well be as worthless as your opinion or belief. WOW! A great example is a recent article by Mary McNamara published in the LA Times tearing apart the film “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” along with its Creator and Director Quentin Tarantino, the script, the actors and maybe even the assistants that fetched the cast and crew their lunch. She decided that because the film revisited the past, somehow it was an homage to the controversial ideas of MAGA. HUH??? Did she see the same movie I did, or is she as

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intolerant as someone on the opposite end of her political spectrum? Well, yes to both.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER Steven Schowengerdt

Frankly, I am not a huge fan of Tarantino. Many of his films are cliched and postured

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER DeLand Shore

CHIEF SALES OFFICER Matthew Perry

violence. They begin to bore me in the first 20 minutes. I don’t think he could carry

ART DIRECTOR Sara Minor

the master of that genre Sam Peckinpah’s lunch pail, but to turn a review of this film

OPERATIONS DIRECTOR Janeane Thompson

into a hate-filled rant is silly at best and actually really dumb. It really discredits what McNamara is defending and much of what I believe in. Of course, the same can be said of what many politicians have to say.

EDITORIAL MANAGER Nicolette Martin AD MANAGER Chad Jensen REGIONAL SALES DIRECTOR Eric Williams WEB APPLICATIONS Michael O’Connell

I am using her rant as an example of why it gives all of us at Lifestyle so much joy to see smiling, loving faces like those featured in this month’s issue. Give love, affection and compassion to those who need it the most. That’s what really makes America great.

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Conejo Valley Lifestyle™ is published monthly by Lifestyle Publications LLC. It is distributed via the US Postal Service to some of the Conejo Valley areas’ most affluent neighborhoods. Articles and advertisements do not necessarily reflect Lifestyle Publications’ opinions. No portion of this magazine may be reproduced in any form without written consent. Lifestyle Publications does not assume responsibility for statements made by advertisers or editorial contributors. Information in Conejo Valley Lifestyle™ is gathered from sources considered to be reliable, but the accuracy of all information cannot be guaranteed.


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INSIDE THE ISSUE SEPTEMBER 2019

FEATURES 20 Over the Moon YMCA Gala Honors Generous Donors

24 All Heart Locals Step Out to Support Heart & Stroke Walk

28 Looking Back Ed Lawrence Chronicles Early Conejo Views

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34 Clarity of Vision Dr. Khanna Focuses on Evolution of Eye Care

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DEPARTMENTS

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Lifestyle Letter

12

Good Times

16

Around Town

20 Giving Back 24 Hot Spot 26 Trend Setter 40 Open House 42 Healthy Lifestyle 46 Local Limelight 50 Lifestyle Calendar 54 Parting Thoughts


you ’re invited ! grand re-opening

3-day Open House — September 20 - 22

Join Pure Barre Westlake Village for a complimentary Pure Foundations class during our Grand Re-Opening Weekend. Come see the studio’s new renovation , enjoy some sips and treats, plus take advantage of our grand re-opening special. Pure Foundations is the perfect introduction to Pure Barre and our technique. This 50-minute class is taught in a small group setting with our teachers introducing you to the basic movements of Pure Barre at a slower pace. You’ll learn how our technique works and start to feel the benefits in less than an hour. Pure Barre also offers personalized programs to reach your goals along with modifications for all fitness levels.

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GOOD TIMES

Conejo Compassion Coalition Celebrates Anniversary Mr. and Mrs. Ernie Telford opened their home to friends of the Conejo Compassion Coalition for a fun evening of cocktails and hors d'oeuvres to celebrate the anniversary of CCC and share more about the mission and work of the organization. Guests enjoyed a beautiful evening catered by Celebrate Sweetly while raising significant funds for the nonprofit’s important humanitarian mission.

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As part of the Vibrance SHAPE Program, Dr. Clair investigates the underlying causes of weight gain and offers an MD supervised, safe, quick, and effective way to lose those extra pounds of fat and keep it off! “I have lost and re-gained hundreds of pounds in my lifetime. The SHAPE program helped me to break this yo-yo cycle by resetting my metabolism and naturally changing my eating habits. It has been over two years since I shed 56 pounds of fat on SHAPE and I feel great!” - Marie, Thousand Oaks “SHAPE is the fasted way I have ever been able to lose 21 pounds of pure body fat in four weeks!” - Victoria, Malibu “SHAPE was super effective and easy to follow. Lost 15 pounds in 3 weeks!” - Lura, Camarillo

“Cosmetic benefits aside, I am most proud of the dramatic improvement I see in my patients’ overall health after completing our SHAPE Weight Loss Program.” – Dr. Darren Clair, MD

Call to schedule a FREE CONSULTATION: (805) 379-0254 Located at The Landing in Westlake 32123 Lindero Canyon, Suite 205 Westlake Village, CA 91361

Darren FX Clair, MD, Medical Director of Vibrance Health, has been practicing medicine in the Conejo Valley area for over 30 years and has helped thousands of patients improve and maintain their overall health and vitality.

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GOOD TIMES

Casa Pacifica’s Annual Yummie Top Chef Dinner Winner Digs In! As the “final exam” of Casa Pacifica’s Vocational Education Program weekly cooking class, students prepared a gourmet four-course Italian meal for live auction winner Sean Leonard and 10 guests. “We were so impressed with the entire event—from the enthusiastic youth that greeted us with hors d’oeuvres to the fantastic environment and meal they prepared and served us,” raved Leonard.

SBC Beauty Keeps Guests Looking Pretty Shonan Beauty Clinic in Thousand Oaks recently hosted their annual Timeless Beauty Med Spa Open House event. Guests enjoyed a free B-12 Energy Boost shot and a Med Spa Treatment demonstration. PHOTOGRAPHY BEN MALKIN

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AROUND TOWN

IF YOU ARE CONTEMPLATING A DIVORCE KNOW YOUR OPTIONS Divorce is not a one-size fits all process. Zonder Family Law Group will help you decide whether litigation, mediation or Collaborative Divorce best serves your needs.

STAND UP FOR KIDS HONORS OUTSTANDING COUPLE The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley

Your case is unique. You deserve to be represented by a law firm that respects your individual needs, goals and values.

(BGCGCV) will recognize long-time supporters of BGCGCV, Cal Johnston and his wife Marje Johnston, as Honorees during the 17th Annual “Stand Up for Kids Gala Dinner & Auction” on Saturday, September 14 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Westlake Village. The annual Gala, themed BELIEVE, runs from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Guests can participate in an interactive exhibit and experiential journey into BGCGCV Clubhouses while enjoying a gourmet dinner, youth and professional performances, and auctions. BGConejo.org

BONNIE BOWDEN & LUNCH! The Thousand Oaks Woman’s Club invites women of all ages residing in the Conejo Valley and

Lisa Zonder, Esq. Over 25 years of experience in successfulling resolving family law disputes.

surrounding areas who are looking for stimulating and rewarding friendships with women who have a common interest in assisting with local charitable endeavors to its Charity Luncheon, September 25, at the Los Robles Greens Golf Course, Sunset Ballroom, 299 South Moorpark Road, in Thousand Oaks. Social time starts at 10:30, followed by a business meeting at 11 a.m. Lunch is served at 12 and live entertainment is at 12:45 p.m. Bonnie Bowden is September’s featured entertainment. For reservations and further information, call 805.573.6609.

CAMARILLO ROTARY CLUBS TEE UP FOR KIDS Golfers and nongolfers alike can make a lifetime of difference at the 27th Annual Care for Kids Golf Classic, taking place Monday, September 9 at Spanish Hills Country Club. Funds raised CONTINUED >

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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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ERIC LEE MD, MA Dr. Eric Lee graduated from Yale University and completed his medical school training at Boston University receiving an MD and MA. He completed his residency in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at New York University Langone Medical Center at the prestigious Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine, and his pain medicine fellowship at New York University. Dr. Lee is Double Board Certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Pain Medicine. Dr. Lee has been voted to America’s Top Doctors - Pain Management and he is California Society of Interventional Pain Physicians annual meeting co-chair.

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AROUND TOWN

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benefit Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families and its programs serving foster and at-risk youth, along with other Rotary Foundation charities. This year’s tournament, hosted by the Rotary Clubs of Camarillo, honors Sue and Ken Eastman, longtime tournament supporters and Camarillo Rotarians. Kevin Nunn and Kevin Estes return to co-chair the tournament along with Title Sponsor Advanced Motion Controls. The “Texas Scramble” style tournament will crown winners in gross and low-net flights. Several on-course competitions, including longest drive and closest to the hole contests, boast fabulous prizes, such as cars and cash. Plenty of food and drinks throughout the course—margaritas, hot dogs, shaved ice and draft beer—will keep players in high spirits. Lunch will be provided by The 2686 Kitchen and a cocktail reception and awards dinner post-tournament feature raffle prizes and a live auction. Nongolfers can enjoy a fabulous meal and bid on auction items. CasaPacifica.org

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GIVING BACK

ARTICLE ALICIA DOYLE

REACH FOR THE STARS GALA CELEBRATES YMCA Megan Glynn YMCA Gala

THE REACH FOR THE STARS 3RD

children can safely enjoy the health and rec-

ANNUAL GALA ON SEPT. 21 will raise

reational benefits of swimming.”

money for two signature programs offered by the Southeast Ventura County YMCA— Find My Genius and Safety Around Water.

GUEST OF HONOR The gala will honor community leader,

Find My Genius, a free five-week summer

David H. Murdock, CEO of Dole Food

program for low- and moderate-income

Company, who was instrumental in the open-

students who are not reading at grade level,

ing of the new Yarrow Family YMCA at 31105

guarantees all children in the community an

E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. in Westlake Village.

opportunity to realize their full potential, says Megan Glynn, Chief Development Officer. “The Southeast Ventura County YMCA is

“Mr. Murdock was our major contributor to the project and is a huge supporter of the YMCA and what we stand for,” Glynn says.

committed to reducing summer learning loss,” emphasizes Glynn, noting that this program

COMMUNITY PROGRAMS

provides academic instruction, healthy meals,

Like all branches of the Southeast Ventura

physical exercise and enrichment opportuni-

County YMCA, the Yarrow Family YMCA

ties for these students. “When every student

enriches children, adults, families and com-

returns from summer break ready to start the

munities through afterschool childcare,

school year, all of our children achieve more.”

youth sports and day camp programs.

The Southeast Ventura County YMCA

“We are proud to partner with the commu-

also believes all children deserve an oppor-

nity to provide, health, fitness and wellness

tunity to learn water safety techniques,

programs, swimming and aquatics, programs

because every day, two children die as a

for seniors and teens, and other activities for

result of drowning, which is the leading

people of all ages, incomes and abilities,”

cause of death for children between the

Glynn says. “At the Y, we help build a healthy

ages of 5 and 14. The Safety Around Water

spirit, mind and body for all with core values

program, which teaches water safety and

of caring, honesty, respect and responsibil-

basic swimming skills, is open to the public

ity at the heart of everything we do. With a

and offered to participants free of charge.

commitment to nurturing the potential of

“We are committed to making drowning

kids, promoting healthy living, and fostering

prevention a priority for our community,”

a sense of social responsibility, the Y ensures

Glynn says. “Not only will we prevent these

that every individual has access to the essen-

tragic events, but we will also ensure all

tials needed to learn, grow and thrive.”

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John and Karen Bradley 2018 honorees YMCA Gala


Ronnie and Meghan Stone YMCA Gala

Wyatt McCrea YMCA Gala

The gala on Sept. 21 will take place at 5:30 p.m. at the Four Seasons in Westlake Village. Event highlights include a silent and live auction, gourmet cuisine and a live band. “Guests can expect an incredible program with inspiring moments and an after-party they will not forget,” Glynn says. The Southeast Ventura County YMCA, which has three branches serving the Conejo, Simi and Santa Rosa valleys and Moorpark, also offers a range of other programs, including youth and government, in which delegates are 63% more likely to earn their bachelor’s degree than their peers, as well as adventure guides, a summer camp and afterschool care. The YMCA also provides scholarships, financial aid, long-term disaster relief and community support. “In 2018, we distributed nearly $500,000 in financial assistance to provide our programs and resources to all families and children in our community,” Glynn says. Above all, “the Southeast Ventura County YMCA builds relationships, impacts lives and strengthens the community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility,” Glynn adds. “We want to continue to make a positive impact in our community.”

Purchase tickets at SEVYMCA.org/Gala. For more information, contact Megan Glynn at 805.497.3081 x1008 or visit SEVYMCA.org.

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Donna Jean Young and Ed Lawrence W Lake


IF YOU’VE EVER BEEN IN A RESTAURANT OR BUSINESS WITH PHOTOGRAPHS DEPICTING OPEN SPACES AND RANCH LIFE BEFORE DEVELOPMENT IN THOUSAND OAKS OR WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CHANCES ARE ED LAWRENCE IS THE PHOTOGRAPHER. Originally from Turtle Creek, Pennsylvania, Ed first visited California during Army basic training before being shipped off to Germany. After completing his tour, Ed had no interest in returning to the cold. Once he learned about the Mediterranean climate, he didn’t hesitate to settle in the Conejo Valley. Intrigued with the raw beauty of the area, he started to take pictures of his surroundings. Ed says the best part of his life was being a photographer. He just loved it. Over the next few decades he documented the transition from ranches to residences in the area. Ed and his wife, Marge, had a house at Gainsborough and Moorpark Road. They never had a car in the garage because it housed a big darkroom studio with three enlargers and a big commercial dryer. In 1959 Ed and Marge opened a photo shop with 24-hour film processing. It was a big deal—get it back in 24 hours or it was free! He still remembers the phone number as Hudson: (HU)-5-5310. Photographing horse shows and races became a specialty for Ed. With his favorite Rolleiflex camera, he photographed horse shows from Mexico to Canada. He delighted participants by shooting them in action as he ran from one jump to another or stood on a wood platform on the roof of his VW van to take group action shots. In the 1980s, he was able to offer on-site photo development, as his trailer housed a darkroom. After an event he would stay up all night developing pictures. Contestants loved being able to purchase a keepsake on the spot. His expertise led to a position capturing shots of horse jumping trials at the 1984 Olympics. With no replay at the time, Ed’s photos were used for reviewing any protests of a jump. Ed became friends with many of the cowboys and sheepherders while taking candid shots of their world on the ranches. A ranch owned by the Janss family and another ranch owned by actor Joel McCrea were two favorite spots for documenting the area. The Janss family owned a majority of the Conejo Valley land from California Lutheran University down the other side of Highway 101. In 1958, realizing the potential for growth, brothers William and Edwin Janss started to sell off acres near what is now the west end of Thousand Oaks to developers. They are credited with starting the change that took off with housing, new businesses and jobs. Edwin’s son Larry is the only family member to still reside in the area. He is a former student of Ansel Adams and continues to stay involved with community arts.

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In 1933, Joel McCrea purchased property in the Conejo Valley as a fallback in case acting didn’t work out. Herd owner Nick Costa brought his sheep in from the San Fernando Valley to graze on the McCrea Ranch. A photo of Costa watching the sheep walk under the Highway 101 overpass on Moorpark Road is one of Ed’s most requested photographs. One of Costa’s shepherds found himself with a spunky lamb who preferred life as a dog to that of a sheep. As Ed developed pictures of the flock, he noticed what looked like a happy smile on the lamb’s face as he took on the role of sheep dog. His personal favorite is a photograph of the flock being herded through the streets by the dogs and this little lamb who thought he was a dog. Inspired, Ed used his Photo Credit: Herb Noseworthy

photos and partnered with his friend Gerald Halweg to create the children’s book, The Lamb That Wanted To Be a Dog. As things started to change in the valley McCrea sold many acres that were then used to build new homes. An active supporter of the community and someone who was passionate about preserving the land, he donated several hundred acres to the Park and Recreation Department. The portion that the family kept is now under the McCrea Foundation and the buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Listening to Ed talk about Thousand Oaks and Westlake Village before development while sifting through his photographs was a special, unforgettable experience. Several of Ed’s photographs are featured in the book, Images of America Thousand Oaks and Westlake Village, published by Arcadia Publishing. Tricia O’Brien is the author of Images of America Thousand Oaks and Westlake Village, published by Arcadia Publishing. She lives in the Conejo Valley.

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Pa t i e n t- Fo c u s e d Physician Aims t o I m p ro v e V i s i o n fo r A l l ARTICLE TRACY MARCYNZSYN

FROM THE TIME WE OPEN THEM IN THE MORNING

a small subset of doctors who are well-versed in the

UNTIL WE CLOSE THEM AT BEDTIME, OUR EYES

latest technologies and treatments.

PLAY A VERY IMPORTANT ROLE IN OUR LIVES AND WELL-BEING. So when age-related or genetic issues

PIE

affect our vision, an experienced, skilled physician like

Pie is an acronym: Presbyopia Implant in Eye. PIE

Dr. Rajesh Khanna of Khanna Vision Institute in Westlake

surgery offers solutions for those who can’t be helped by

Village is essential to restoring your eyes to health.

Lasik or other treatment options. Appropriate for people

With over 25 years of experience as a specialist

above 45 years of age who want to see better at all dis-

performing thousands of successful eye surgeries,

tances without the use of contacts or glasses, PIE can

Dr. Khanna provides each patient with individualized

also help those who are currently suffering from cataracts,

care, giving his complete attention to developing a

have had previous Lasik, Radial Keratotomy (RK) or other

treatment plan that addresses their specific condi-

eye surgery, or who have been turned down for Lasik.

tions and ensures their best vision.

Presbyopic implants are groundbreaking lenses devel-

“Many people can be helped, even if they’ve been

oped by optical engineers utilizing the latest techniques

told by another doctor that nothing can be done,” says

of Nano engineering that can be implanted during the

Dr. Khanna, an award-winning doctor whose extensive

PIE procedure. Presbyopia is a natural change that

experience and skills enable him to offer a variety of

occurs over time and affects one’s ability to see near

treatment options to his patients, including advanced

objects. Generally, around age 45, individuals begin to

cutting-edge procedures and techniques.

experience this condition and it continues to progress

When it comes to rejuvenating aging, vision-impaired eyes, Dr. Khanna says not all options yield the same

with age. To correct this condition, most people begin to wear reading glasses, explains Dr. Khanna.

outcome. Whereas Lasik surgery may be an appropriate

“Even people who have undergone Lasik earlier in life

treatment option for repairing vision in younger patients,

feel the need to reach for reading glasses. People who

superior procedures exist for those over 50 years of age.

already were wearing glasses would graduate to more

“Static Lasik may be used to cure myopia and to cor-

cumbersome bifocals or progressives,” says Dr. Khanna,

rect far-sightedness in young people, but Lasik cannot

noting, “This condition makes it increasingly difficult to

help older people over 50,” explains Dr. Khanna, one of

focus on objects near, middle and far.”

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“Many people can be helped, even if they ’v e been told by another doctor that nothing can be done.” CONTINUED >

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PATIENT-FOCUSED PHYSICIAN

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“Once you understand the patient s’ needs, you can apply the best technology to solve the problem” The PIE procedure is a dynamic procedure unlike

“The sooner we fix the problem, the better the chances to

static Lasik. It involves opening the dysfunctional eye

gain vision with the lazy eye,” says Dr. Khanna, who recently

lens and replacing its degenerated contents with a

helped a 13-year-old girl with her lazy eye condition.

newer synthetic biocompatible Presbyopic Implant,

“It’s okay to use these procedures in young people

which allows the eye to see near, middle and far in

when appropriate,” he says, noting that fixing the prob-

each eye. PIE procedure can eliminate dependency

lem, rather than treating the symptoms is his goal.

on glasses or contact lenses.

“Just like with a fracture, if you fix the problem, it

While PIE has been used to treat vision ailments

will heal; if you just treat the symptoms (i.e., pain),

for many years, new technologies and advances have

the likelihood of the problem going away is small,” he

evolved over the years to produce incredible results.

says. Building trust with patients is also an important

“Part of the reason not many people know about it is

element of Dr. Khanna’s practice.

because only a few people have the skills and necessary

“They have to have a lot of trust in me to allow me

technology to perform the procedure,” says Dr. Khanna,

to work on their eyes,” he notes, adding that he makes

who has authored a book on the subject, called PIE Pi

it a point to develop trust with his patients. His caring

in Eye (available on Amazon and Kindle).

demeanor and supportive, knowledgeable and warm

“Advances in lasers and technology have yielded a 99.9% success rate today,” says Dr. Khanna, who is

staff ensure each patient’s comfort by addressing their concerns before beginning treatment.

committed to staying abreast of the latest advances in

“I’ve performed surgery on my own mother, neigh-

the field. “Only a handful of people have access to the

bors, physicians, children and adults of all ages,” says

new technology, and technology will keep advancing,”

Dr. Khanna. Many patients are referred to him by people

he adds, noting because of his partnership with others,

he’s helped. He encourages those with eye issues to

“I’ll be able to access the new technology, lasers and

schedule a consultation with his office.

lenses—tomorrow something new will come, and we’ll be ready to offer it to patients.”

“A skilled surgeon, with a good bedside manner, who utilizes the latest technology and is supported by a warm and caring staff can help ease any fears

PATIENT-FOCUSED

about eye surgery,” he adds. Addressing your eye

Understanding each patient’s needs is the first step

ailments not only improves vision, but often changes

to determining the best technology to solve their vision

one’s psychological persona, eliminates headaches

ailments. Dedicated to his patients, Dr. Khanna makes

and enables one to have a better quality of life.

it a priority to consult with each person and really listen

Regarding payment options, Dr. Khanna says insur-

to their concerns before performing an eye exam and

ance plans often contribute to Lasik and PIE proce-

offering specific treatment options.

dures when they can help improve one’s disability. His

Having treated patients of all ages, from near and

office also offers affordable no-interest monthly pay-

far—many travel from throughout the United States and

ment plans to help make the technology accessible to

even abroad to see Dr. Khanna, an expert in his field.

everyone who needs it.

“Once you understand the patient’s needs, you can apply the best technology to solve the problem,” he adds, noting that PIE, ICL and Lasik can even help with

To learn more about treatment options for eye ailments,

genetic issues, such as “lazy eye.”

schedule a consultation with Dr. Khanna at 805.230.2126.

Often a hereditary condition, lazy eye can be improved and even cured with proper treatment.

Khanna Vision Institute is located at 31824 Village Center Road F, in Westlake Village. Learn more at KhannaInstitute.com.

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Many local favorite hot spots will offer pouring or tasting,

crafts prohibition-era specialty cocktails. Tickets to enjoy

including Enegren Brewing, 14 Cannons, Institution Ale

the VIP section along with all the other fun the Blue Jean

Co., Flat Fish Brewery, Ventura Coast Brew Co., Poseidon

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Brewing, Strey Cellars, 8th Devil Distributing, Cantara

available at $100 per person.

Cellars, Four Brix Winery, Command Performance Catering,

More than 20 local restaurants, wineries and breweries

Stonefire Grill, Sysco Foods, Sugar Lab Bake Shop, Li Mor

will be serving and pouring at the event, along with enter-

Cakes, Dottie’s Sweet Delights, Spicetopia and Thousand

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St. Charles Spine Institute: Leaders in Neck, Back & Pain Solutions ARTICLE TRACY MARCYNZSYN

ANYONE WHO HAS EVER EXPERIENCED SIGNIFICANT NECK OR BACK PAIN KNOWS THE IMPORTANCE OF FINDING A SKILLED DOCTOR THEY CAN TRUST TO DIAGNOSE AND TREAT SPINAL CONDITIONS. At St. Charles Spine Institute in Thousand Oaks, Board-certified Orthopedic Spinal Surgeon Dr. Erik Spayde and his expert team of caring medical professionals treat a wide variety of spinal conditions in patients of all ages. “We offer the most advanced, cutting-edge technology in the area, utilizing state-of-the-art imaging, minimally invasive surgery and advanced spinal reconstruction,” says Dr. Spayde, who founded the St. Charles Spine Institute in 2015 to provide comprehensive spinal care. In addition to a variety of minimally invasive surgical procedures and nonsurgical treatment options for spine-related pain and conditions, the St. Charles Spine Institute offers a full range of spinal care services, including diagnostic procedures, an MRI and nerve center, stem cell therapy, epidurals, Kyphoplasty and outpatient treatment. The many options offered at St. Charles Spine Institute draw patients seeking help for their neck and back disorders from throughout the West Coast. Dedicated to educating patients about spinal conditions and their myriad treatment options, Drs. Spayde and Eric Lee, along with their experienced, knowledgeable staff, ensure each patient understands their unique spinal condition and the various nonsurgical and surgical solutions available to them. “Because of the breadth of our practice, we’re able to offer such a wide variety of options that not all doctors can offer. Patients know they’re getting good treatment,” says Dr. Spayde, a Thousand Oaks native who returned to his hometown after attending Stanford and then Harvard Medical School to open his practice. Here, Dr. Spayde shares more about the St. Charles Spine Institute. 42

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Dr. Erik C. Spayde, MD


Q. HOW DID YOU GET STARTED IN THIS FIELD? A. After graduating from Thousand Oaks High School and attending Stanford and running track, I decided on Pre-Med. I attended Harvard Medical School and discovered I liked surgery. I spent 10 years on the East Coast—four years of med school, one year of research at Howard Hughes Medical Research Institute, and five years at an orthopedic residency at Harvard; I worked at Mass General Hospital in Boston, where people flew in from around the world to be treated. Specializing in spine surgery, I worked with sports doctors, serving as team doctor for the Patriots, Bruins and Red Sox. Post-residency, I did a fellowship with foremost L.A. Spine Surgeon Rick Della Marta, receiving training in complex spinal-reconstruction surgery at The Spine Institute at St. John’s Health Center in Santa Monica. Q. WHAT CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT ST. CHARLES SPINE INSTITUTE? Dr. Eric Lee, MD, MA

A. Our state-of-the art, full-service facility is staffed with caring professionals ready to apply the most advanced medical and surgical technologies to help our patients regain function and live more active and fulfilling lives. We are the leaders in patient-friendly and exceptional spinal surgery outcomes in Ventura County. Above all, we are here to meet the needs of our patients and get them back to health and back to living. Services include minimally invasive surgeries, disc replacement, kyphoplasty, XLIF®, epidural injections, set blocks, rhizotomies, spinal cord stimulators, stem cell therapy and cutting-edge treatment protocols. We also try to avoid opiates in our practice. Q. CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THE DOCTORS’ EXPERTISE? A. I am a fellowship-trained spine surgeon with more than 10 years of experience in treating disc herniations, spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, kyphosis, scoliosis and spine fractures. My expertise with multiple complex spinal disorders and breadth of training allows me to choose the proper treatment modality for patients. My primary research interest is in artificial disc replacement and I have specialty training in cervical and lumbar disc replacement. I’ve also presented at national and international spine meetings and have published numerous scientific articles. I am active in education, research and innovation, having designed numerous surgical implants and novel technologies to better treat patients. Dr. Eric Lee, MD, MA, graduated from Yale University and completed his medical school training at Boston University. He completed his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at New York University Langone Medical Center at the prestigious Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine and his pain medicine fellowship at New York University.  Double Board Certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Pain Medicine, he has experience with patients who have numerous sports injuries and CONTINUED >

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understands the importance of returning his patients to maximum functional capacity. He is involved in cutting-edge research, new techniques to improve pain treatment and several clinical trials. He has helped advance the field of regenerative therapies, such as Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), stem cell treatments, radiofrequency ablation and neuromodulation. Q. WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT YOUR PRACTICE? A. The variety of treatments that we can provide for the patients. Seeing the breadth of various problems—children with stress fractures, scoliosis, all the way up to middle-age folks with herniated discs, to elderly who have a fracture—that we can help people with. One patient in their 80s had a fracture we treated and he went out to dinner that same night! I also really enjoy getting to work with several celebrity athletes and people from all walks of life. Q. HOW DOES ST. CHARLES SPINE INSTITUTE STAND APART? A. We are a lot more patient-focused, offering a larger breadth of treatment options within one facility. We specialize in restorative medicine and minimally invasive procedures, and we are a study site for a host of different companies exploring new procedures, techniques and technologies. In addition, we take on a lot of failed back surgeries.

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LOCAL LIMELIGHT

Interface’s Hope & Light: CELEBRATING COMMUNITY HEROES & HELPING FAMILIES

MORE THAN 300 PHILANTHROPIC CITIZENS, BUSI-

District Attorney’s Victim Service’s Manager, for implement-

NESS LEADERS AND COMMUNITY PARTNERS WILL

ing the Victim’s Assistance Center in less than 24 hours for

COME TOGETHER TO HONOR COMMUNITY HEROES AT

Borderline survivors and families of those who lost their lives,

INTERFACE CHILDREN & FAMILY SERVICES’ ANNUAL

and envisioning and opening the new Family Justice Center

HOPE & LIGHT BENEFIT SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21,

in Ventura this year; and Detective Nick Odenath, with the

FROM 6 TO 11 P.M. at Sherwood Country Club. Presented

Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, who serves as an investigator

by Sage Publishing, the annual event celebrates those who

with the Special Crimes Unit and partners with Interface on

partner with Interface in confronting the most serious issues

local human trafficking prevention and intervention efforts.

threatening the well-being of our community.

In addition, Mohan Maheswaran, President & CEO of

Returning as Hope & Light’s Master of Ceremonies, com-

Semtech Corp., will be honored for Semtech and their gen-

munity benefactor Andrew Firestone, President of StonePark

erous employees choosing to provide funding for emergency

Capital and also known for his role as “The Bachelor,” will lead

resources in response to the Thomas Fire, Borderline Incident

an inspirational, enlightening and entertaining dinner program.

and Hill-Woolsey Fires; as will Petra Puls, who partnered

Hope & Light was first imagined by Interface’s Board Chair,

with Interface to successfully restructure Neighborhoods for

Dina Furash, and is now chaired by Jane Lorin (both from

Learning (NfL) to ensure that quality early education pro-

Westlake Village). This year, they felt it was very important to

grams would remain available to 2,500 children ages 0-5 and

highlight Interface’s impact on the safety and well-being of

their parents after experiencing a 60% cut in funding due to

the community by featuring partners who join the agency in

reduced tobacco tax revenues.

responding to serious social issues and recent tragedies.

Event proceeds will sustain vital programs that heal and

“Interface serves as a critical safety net, providing invaluable

protect at-risk community members from the trauma of abuse,

services like mental health and trauma treatment, domestic

human trafficking and homelessness. Money raised this eve-

violence and child abuse prevention, and protection for home-

ning will also fund prevention and early intervention programs

less youth,” says Furash. “Additionally, Interface was there to

that strengthen families, help community members recognize

respond with timely disaster relief and recovery efforts when

the potential signs of abuse, and prevent child abuse and rela-

the community was rocked by a series of tragic events last

tionship violence from occurring in the first place.

Fall—all accomplished in partnership with heroic emergency

Hope & Light is made possible by the generosity of

response and law enforcement partners.” Lorin wants it known

Presenting Sponsor SAGE Publishing and Signature Sponsor

how “Interface worked behind the scenes to help restore calm

Mackey Construction. Other top sponsors this year are

and a sense of safety during this devastating period and to

NexBank and Wells Fargo, Amerihome Mortgage, RJ O’Brien

make sure others are aware of the vital role Interface had

Fixed Income Group, Deutsche Bank, Jim and Dina Furash,

during the worst of times, and all of the time.”

Karen and Tom Pecht, Ron and Judi Polito, Alison and Peter

Interface partner honorees include, among others: Ventura

Ratcliffe, Abbot Downing, Digital Risk, Ellie Mae, Freddie Mac,

County Sheriff Bill Ayub and Undersheriff Monica McGrath,

JPMorgan Chase & Co., Mint Mobile, Optimal Blue, Poms

who collaborate in many areas, including efforts to reduce

Associates, and United Agencies Inc. Insurance.

domestic violence incidents and increase public awareness surrounding the issue of human trafficking in our community; Mike Jump, Chief Deputy District Attorney (Victim &

For more information and to register,

Community Services Manager), and Rachael Watkins, VC

visit ICFS.org or call 805.485.6114, ext. 641.

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SEPTEMBER

LIFESTYLE CALENDAR

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TRIBUTE TO STING & THE POLICE

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the promenade and enjoy original artwork available for purchase. Free.

Conejo Community Park

Regarded as the most authentic Police Tribute Band in the world, The Police Experience transports guests back to the 80s with this dynamic show featuring songs legendary artist Sting made famous. Free. CRPD.org

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Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area

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Southern California walkers, survivors

27TH ANNUAL CARE FOR KIDS GOLF CLASSIC

Research Foundation, an organization

and volunteers walk to raise funding and

Spanish Hills Country Club

awareness to benefit the Dr. Susan Love that funds Breast Cancer research, including Metastatic. Walk3to9.org

Funds raised benefit Casa Pacifica

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Centers for Children and Families

COFFEE WITH BETTE @ THE STONEHAUS

Foundation charities. This year’s

and its programs serving foster and at-risk youth, along with other Rotary tournament, hosted by the Rotary

21 REACH FOR THE STARS 3RD ANNUAL GALA

32039 Agoura Rd. Westlake Village

Clubs of Camarillo, will honor Sue

Hosted by Bette Alkazian, LMFT.

and Ken Eastman, longtime tour-

This annual gala event and dinner

Open forum Parenting Chat. Bring

nament supporters and Camarillo

raises proceeds for the Southeast

your parenting questions. Bring your

Rotarians. CasaPacifica.org

Ventura County YMCA special pro-

friends. Bring your kids. Come and go as needed. Cost: Free (except your food and beverage).

grams. Dole CEO Robert Murdock is

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the honored guest. SEVYMCA.org

17TH ANNUAL STAND UP FOR KIDS GALA DINNER & AUCTION

6 THE CARNIVAL FOR LAS VIRGENES SCHOOLS

Four Seasons Westlake Village

Four Seasons Westlake Village

The Boys and Girls Club of Greater

21 35TH ANNUAL VENTURA COUNTY COASTAL CLEANUP DAY Various locations

Whizins Market Square

Conejo Valley annual event raises

Be one of 60,000 people helping

The Foundation for Las Virgenes

important funds for local programs

to clean debris from California's

Schools presents "The Carnival"

and services. BGCConejo.org

coast, creeks, rivers, lakes and

through September 8. Free admission. Discounted ride tickets and daytime wristband available until 2 p.m. TheFoundationLVS.org.

shorelines. Register to volunteer at

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VCCoastCleanUp.org.

OUT OF THE DARKNESS COMMUNITY WALK TO FIGHT SUICIDE

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487 Carmen Drive, Camarillo

Raise awareness and funds to allow

VENTURA ART & STREET PAINTING FESTIVAL

the American Foundation for Suicide

21 INTERFACE HOPE & LIGHT FUNDRAISER

Sherwood Country Club

Prevention to invest in new research,

Interface Children & Family Services'

Ventura Harbor Village

create educational programs, advo-

annual

This waterfront juried art festival

cate for public policy and support

heroes. Presented by Sage Publishing,

features more than 40 talented

survivors of suicide loss. There will

the event celebrates their partners

street chalk artists creating col-

be a 3k walk, bead ceremony, guest

who confront the most serious issues

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speakers

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Village create

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event

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community

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PARTING THOUGHTS

ARE YOU COLLECTING FRIENDS OR BUILDING COMMUNIT Y? ARTICLE KIM PAGANO

can lend a hand, or maybe you know a new mom who could use a little help. Perhaps someone who hasn’t chosen to be alone would really appreciate your invitation. Please be the sunshine in someone else’s life. Raise your hands, friends! Life is too short to sit back and not have a voice, and I’m here to let you know that your voice counts. Take a moment to think about what organization could use your skills. Maybe volunteering is your thing—we need you! I’m sure you’ve heard me say this many times before, but I truly believe it: “many hands make little work.” I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for letting me and warm-heartedly welcoming me and my family into this community. I have so many beautiful memories and friends that enhance my life everyday. I am truly grateful for having a huge part in this community. If you see me or you’re reading this, please take the time to say hello, and reach out to your neighbors. We’re all here for only a little bit of precious borrowed time. Don’t live in a “could have, would have” life. Today is the best part of your life, don’t leave any life on the table. I HAVE A VISION OF REBUILDING THE WORLD AND

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