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Truly one of a kind 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+ golf cart 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. The very finest of materials and displays showcases unparalleled architecture and design. With every amenity taken into consideration, this estate exudes luxury with beautifully orchestrated architectural accents, and unique artisan flourishes combine to invigorate the senses and make the home a showcase of distinction. Trey ceilings in living room provide soft ambient lighting to add to the expansive windows that breathe-in sunlight and views.A brilliantly fashioned family room 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; one Viking the other Bosch, Viking free-standing range/oven with a six-burner range. Butler’s pantry with built-in wine fridge. 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 en suite with their own bath. Extraordinary home, where around each corner your every wish seems to be answered. For seclusion the upstairs master bedroom suite offers a formal entry with refined elegance as it re articulates the beautifully sculpted lines and materials from the rest of the home. Expansive windows, huge outdoor balcony, large dual walkin closets, and an equally luxurious master bath featuring custom wood cabinets, masterful stonework, a double sized shower with bench seating and a deep-soaking tub. The second floor boasts 2 additional beautiful guest suites plus upper level family/media room with separate third staircase to access it. With every amenity taken into consideration, this estate exudes luxury, quality and splendor. Soaring ceilings, stunning entertainment vignettes, and an incredible outdoor entertainment area, showcasing a spectacular pool and spa, sports court, detached pool loggia that provides rear yard entertainment and outdoor kitchen area with ornamental fan. The magnificence of the rear grounds is nothing short of amazing. Completely private and serene it offers a variety of distinctive and separate areas to enjoy a vacation-like escape.

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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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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, formal dining room and formal living room with gorgeous wood flooring, 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 w/refinished wood flooring, and luxury bath. 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, lush landscaping and sports court. For entertaining there is an incredible outdoor kitchen complete with barbecue center with granite counter top. 4 car garage.

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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 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, 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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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.


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CON IS “AMAZING.” I see it on social media and hear it in conversation or on TV. I think it started with Billy Crystal’s parody of the word, “like so….Amaaaaaaaahhhhzzzzing!” He is a really funny guy—been laughing at his humor since “Soap.” However, I blame him for what has become a cliched response to almost anything good. One would think that this overstated but positive adjective would be most commonly overused by young people, but it cuts across most generations from Millennials all the way to Boomers. As a fairly opinionated and sometimes crotchety observer of what I consider to be the foibles of society, overuse of “amazing” is one of many things that drives me nuts when I hear or see it. I guess I can soldier on in the spirit of the late Andy Rooney from “60 Minutes.” But here goes! The energy, spirit and generosity of our communities, nonprofits and individuals as they all collectively worked on recovery from the simultaneous

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INSIDE THE ISSUE NOVEMBER 2019

FEATURES 22 Honoring Veterans Covered 6 Lends a Hand to Military Vets

26 Creating Legacies Montecito Bank & Trust Builds Gifts to Last

30 One Year Later Community Unites to Aid Recovery Efforts

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40 Home for the Holidays Aldik Home Creates Winter Wonderland

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22 Giving Back 40 Trend Setter 44 Healthy Lifestyle 46 Local’s Choice 48 Inspired By 50 Locally Owned 56 Food & Wine 58 Lifestyle Calendar 62 Parting Thoughts


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Boys & Girls Club Annual Gala Celebrates Community Impact More than 500 attendees turned out to recognize the work of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley. Attendees were invited to an interactive Club exhibit that demonstrated the impact BGCGCV makes in the lives of youth in Ventura and Los Angeles counties. Long-term supporters Cal Johnson and his wife Marje Johnson were special honorees.  PHOTOGRAPHY BEN MALKIN

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Eroica Trio Entertains in Westlake New West Symphony presented a thrilling performance by the Eroica Trio at a pre-season concert event at Sherwood Country Club. The most sought-after trio in the world, the GRAMMYÂŽ nominated Eroica Trio enraptures audiences with flawless technical virtuosity, irresistible enthusiasm and sensual elegance. PHOTOGRAPHY BEN MALKIN

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GOOD TIMES

Freedom Wine Company Toasts 3rd Annual Wine Release Guests enjoyed five new wines made at Camarillo Custom Crush: Grenache Blanc, red wine blends called "Life," "Liberty" and "Happiness," and a Tempranillo. Grapes were sourced from Estelle Vineyard in Santa Ynez and Thomas Colburn Vineyard in Paso Robles. The event was catered by Dearmore BBQ Catering in Ventura. Wines are available at Custom Crush tasting room. PHOTOGRAPHY BEN MALKIN

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COMMUNITY LEADERS JOIN BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF VENTURA COUNTY Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County (BBSVC), a one-to-one youth mentoring organization, recently appointed two new officers to its Board of Directors. The new appointments are President Eric Mandell, VP, Senior Commercial Lender at CDC Small Business Finance, and Treasurer Jesus Garcia, AVP of Member Experience at CBC Federal Credit Union. “The mission of BBSVC is to build and professionally support relationships that ignite the biggest possible future for the county’s youth. We are excited to welcome our new officers who will help us accomplish our goal of serving 1,500 youth across Ventura County” says the agency’s CEO, Lynne West. A strong believer in community service, Eric Mandell of Thousand Oaks served as President of the American Heart Association, Board member of the American Cancer Society and the Conejo Valley Little League, and as a member of the BBSVC board since 2017. Jesus Garcia of Camarillo serves on the BBSVC board because of his commitment to mentorship. He understands the power of positive role models and credits career mentors for his greatest advancements. BBSVC.org

HOLIDAY FANTASY FUNDRAISER The Westlake Women’s Club presents “Holiday Fantasy,” Friday, November 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at North Ranch Country Club, 4761 Valley Spring Drive, in Westlake Village. The Fall Holiday Fantasy event kicks off the holiday season with a festive luncheon and entertainment. Since 1968, the Westlake Women’s Club has supported area nonprofits, including Big

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AN ARMY RESERVIST FOR 14 YEARS, MARGURIE EVANS DISCOVERED COVERED 6 WHILE WORKING AT THE POST OFFICE AND LOOKING TO UTILIZE HER SPECIALIZED SKILL SET SHE LEARNED IN THE MILITARY. “A lot of veterans come out of the service with no idea of what they’re going to do,” says Evans, 34, who found Covered 6 in Moorpark while doing an online search. “It felt like the right move,” says Evans, who took physical security and executive protection courses at Covered 6, which provides vocational certifications—and ultimately, job placement. “Jumping into the security field is… easier than anything else that is offered, because most of the jobs that are offered to veterans coming out of service are usually law enforcement-oriented,” she says. “This gives those veterans the ability to not have to jump into a job

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that’s chosen for them, but a job that they can choose.” Many veterans have difficulties transitioning back to civilian life— some attend college, obtain a general degree and acquire debt, while others don’t know how to apply their military skills. Covered 6 is military vernacular derived from service members telling each other that they are safe—in other words, “your back is covered,” explains Chris Dunn, CEO and founder of Covered 6. With active shootings and domestic terror attacks in today’s times, the need for a national private security standard is greater than ever before, says Dunn. Covered 6 meets this need through protective services across the globe, tactical and vocational training programs, and patented product innovations for first responders. When incidents occur, “those of us who are trained already are usually the first ones to step up and take action and help,” Evans says. “You hear about a veteran helping a person during a mass conflict, or a person when there is a random shooter—usually it’s a veteran that’s the first one to step up,” Evans emphasizes. “With the specialized training that Covered 6 offers, it only makes us more prepared for those who are looking to have protection for themselves and their neighbors.” Some veterans fall on hard times because their benefits run out and they find themselves disillusioned  and homeless, says Dan Arnold, president of the C6 Foundation, a nonprofit involved with Covered 6. The C6 Foundation directly supports veterans and their families who have run out of benefits, fall on hard times or need assistance to get back on track—while maintaining their  dignity, says Arnold, noting that the foundation helps provide essentials like housing, meals, clothing and tuition support. Those eligible to receive help include any first responder or veteran, as well as civilians who demonstrate a desire to make their lives better through defending, guarding and protecting others. “Many describe this desire as a calling or a way of life,” Arnold says.


“We are dedicated to helping in these ways because we feel this is the most effective way to get someone back in the right mindset for success,” Arnold says, adding that Ronald Reagan said it best: “If you want to cure PTSD, give a veteran a job.” “Employment sourcing is an essential part of the program,” says Arnold, noting that 85% of recipients are placed after attending the programs. “Things like self-respect, service, passion and dignity cannot be restored by temporary gratification and handouts. People need a sense of purpose to do what they are drawn to—which is protect and serve.” Moorpark City Mayor Janice Parvin officially designated August 24 as Covered 6 Day during the grand opening of the Covered 6 Patriot Center, a 20,000-square-foot state-of-the-art training facility. More than 500 people attended the event, where Mayor Parvin praised Covered 6, giving special recognition to Dunn “for finding jobs for our veterans.” “Chris is an Army veteran and former police detective in Los Angeles,” Mayor Parvin said during the event. “He employs veterans and has helped other companies hire veterans—about 700 so far. Chris is an innovator, from his training programs to his tactical products. He has chosen the right town, Moorpark, on the right street, Patriot Drive, to grow his business.” Javarre Glanton, a Marine for eight years, was working in the security industry and looking for a job online when he discovered Covered 6. “I looked into it, and I thought, this sounds exactly like something I should do,” says Glanton, 31, who enrolled in courses. “In the military, we’ve already acquired the skill set for security, so we’re a perfect fit,” Glanton adds. “I recommend this to any military vet who’s going into security or who’s already in security. There’s a lot to take away from these courses.” Covered 6 also provides camaraderie for veterans. “Everyone in our class is a military vet, so it was like coming back home,” Glanton says. “Instantly, everyone is a friend. It’s like coming to a family reunion, meeting family you didn’t know you had.” Keith Martin, a 31-year-old veteran who served in the Army for 14 years, says he enjoys taking security courses at Covered 6 with “people that think along the same lines as you do and from the same background. It gives you more of a sense of stability, because you’ve all been deployed or in the same situations, so you can understand each other and speak the same language.” Nicholas Larkins, a student at Covered 6 who served in the Marines from 2010 to 2014, notes “everyone that works here is a veteran. When you’re taught by veterans who have been in deployments, everyone comes here with the same training and knowledge, and you leave with so much more.” Larkins thanks Dunn in particular for changing his life since he left the Marines. “He made me feel like I was powerful again and respected,” Larkins emphasizes. “I hadn’t felt any respect or honor coming from anybody since I got out. Chris Dunn has given me everything—I can stand tall now.” Covered 6 is located at 868 Patriot Dr., Unit C, in Moorpark. Call 805.926.2055 or visit Covered6.com to learn more. November 2019 | Conejo Valley Lifestyle

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ARTICLE KATERI WOZNY

REMEMBERING BORDERLINE, HILL & WOOLSEY WILDFIRES A YEAR LATER

NOVEMBER MARKS THE ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE BORDERLINE BAR AND GRILL SHOOTING (NOV. 7) AND ALSO THE ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE HILL AND WOOLSEY WILDFIRES (NOV. 8). During the difficult time, many organizations and individuals throughout Los Angeles and Ventura counties stepped up to help those with basic necessities, information or even just someone to talk to. As a way to continue future disaster relief efforts, five nonprofits in Ventura County—American Red Cross, FOOD Share, Habitat for Humanity, Interface Children and Family Services and United Way—received a total of $75,000 in funds through the Sherwood Cares Foundation (SCF), an organization that serves children and families by supporting programs that address educational, medical, nutritional and safety needs. The funds were in partnership with the Professional Golf Association’s Invesco QQQ Championship, held annually at the Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks. “When tragedy struck our community last fall, these five local nonprofits went into action to help provide relief, food, shelter and assistance to those most affected,” says George Carney, president of SCF. “We are proud of all the charities we have supported over the years and how they stand ready to support those in need in our community.” Local communities are grateful and appreciative to the following organizations.

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AMERICAN RED CROSS OF VENTURA COUNTY When the Hill and Woolsey fires broke out, the American Red Cross of Ventura County (ARCVC) immediately stepped into action. Four Red Cross shelters were positioned at Palisades Charter High School, California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, Taft Charter High School and Pierce College in Woodland Hills to provide access to health services, emotional support and information from agencies participating in the recovery process. As of May, $65.2 million was raised during the 2018 California wildfires.

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Tony Briggs, CEO for ARCVC, said shelters were set up within a two-hour period. The shelters consisted

pineapples, bananas, berries, tomatoes, celery, dairy and deli products from local retailers and farms.

of cots, computer equipment, blankets, water and

“It’s humbling in itself to have someone come

snacks. About 100 volunteers from around California

and ask for help,” says White. “They do not require

assisted and care kits containing toiletry items and a

proof of tax forms or anything. We just ask for name,

change of clothes were distributed.

address and how many people in their family so that

“It’s items to get them through the day and where they can say, I can at least feel human right now,” says Briggs. “We try to have everything for a safe place for people to come to in a disaster.”

we know how much food we can provide them. We distribute the food at no cost.” White says between the Thomas Fire in 2017 and the Hill and Woolsey fires, 2 million additional pounds

Briggs says case management work and recovery

of food went through the pantries. For the Hill and

planning is still being performed, which can last from

Woolsey fires, the retail value was $34 million, equiva-

one month to a year depending on the person’s needs.

lent to 13.2 million pounds of food.

Counseling is also offered. “We have trained counselors until the client feels they don’t need our services,” says Briggs. “We are with the client for as long as they need us.” During the Borderline shooting, Briggs says financial support was provided to those who were injured or lost a loved one. Reunification services were also provided at the Thousand Oaks Teen Center with the help of 25 volunteers. “We are here to alleviate human suffering and do that by the power of volunteers and generosity of our donors,” says Briggs. “We are always training, standing by and ready to help when asked.” Briggs says ARCVC will use the funds from SCF to train people in client services, replenish bottled

“It was a large amount of food being distributed going to those families affected by the fires,” says White. In 2018, the nonprofit had 2,500 volunteers that donated 29,000 hours packing food boxes, sorting food and driving trucks. “They are amazing, we couldn’t do what we do without our volunteers,” says White. White says the funds received from SCF will help buy additional food that doesn’t grow locally, including rice, beans, pears and potatoes. Every $1 is equivalent to $5 of food. “Rice and beans are some of the most popular food items at all of the pantries,” says White. “One thing great about partnerships with Feeding America is having incredible buying power.”

water and snacks, and provide fuel in Emergency

For future disaster relief, White says FOOD Share

Response Vehicles, which carry shovels, garbage

received a grant from the Albertsons Company

bags, respirator masks, gloves, sifters, cleaning sup-

Foundation during the Thomas Fire, which was used

plies and bottled water to distribute to people who

to waive shared maintenance fees that are valued at

have returned to their homes.

19 cents per pound.

“The funds will help people in need at the time that we

“In the past we collected a shared maintenance fee

need it,” says Briggs. “We are looking every other night

from the pantries,” says White. “We have waived it and

working to help a family who has suffered a house fire.”

will continue waiving that fee for as long as possible to help with additional families who are coming to our

For more information or to donate to the American Red

pantries for assistance, long after the fire has passed.”

Cross, visit RedCross.org. For more information or to donate to FOOD Share of

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FOOD SHARE OF VENTURA COUNTY FOOD Share pantries were full and ready to feed those who had lost their homes during the Hill and Woolsey fires.

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Ventura County, visit FoodShare.com.

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY OF VENTURA COUNTY

FOOD Share CEO Monica White says the 190 non-

Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County (HFHVC)

profits FOOD Share works with have a pantry that

was locked and loaded with tools for rebuilding,

carries 70% of shelf-stabled foods, including pasta,

repairing and restoring neighborhoods destroyed by

peanut butter and canned fruits and vegetables

wildfires. The assistance is free of charge and avail-

while the remaining 30% is fresh produce, including

able on a first-come, first-served basis.

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“Some homes are underinsured and families can’t get their homes rebuilt,” says Darcy Taylor, CEO of HFHVC. “Habitat helps supplement that gap with resources.”

ICFS also uses 2-1-1 to send out disaster information via text messaging to larger groups of people. “We have been using text response for a couple

About 40 to 60 volunteers will help rebuild

years and it’s so much more efficient because we can

homes destroyed by the Hill and Woolsey fires,

push information out to large groups of people many

which could take years to complete. Although

times to serve them more quickly,” says Erik Sternad,

there is currently not an accurate rebuild number

executive director for ICFS.

from those fires, Taylor says two homes are cur-

The 2-1-1 website also provides resources to more

rently being rebuilt in Ojai and Santa Paula that

than 3,000 visitors each month and during times of

were destroyed during the Thomas Fire. Donations

disaster, provides incident-specific information in

for those two homes totaled $100,000.

coordination with local emergency services, includ-

Taylor says homes are rebuilt with fire-retardant materials, such as clay or tiled roofing, along with different technologies. HFHVC also supplies the home with a microwave, refrigerator and washer and dryer. “The landscape is changing on how to build houses much safer,” says Taylor. “We always get better at building safer homes as technology changes.”

ing road closures, evacuation orders and shelters both locally and nationwide. “We have the single largest database for food, shelters, counsel and legal services,” says Sternad. “Our staff responds day in and day out when folks aren’t sure where to go.” With the Borderline shooting, ICFS assisted 135

Taylor says the funds received from SCF will be

clients at the Ventura County District Attorney’s

used for home furnishing vouchers valued at $50 or

Office’s victim assistance center: 25 with completing

more for low-income households affected by the fires.

documentation forms or financial assistance, 119 with

HFHVC currently has stores in Oxnard and Simi Valley.

gift cards, three with cell phones and provided Airbnb

“It gives individuals an opportunity to refurnish the homes (they are having rebuilt) or to use the vouchers in other ways, such as to rent,” says Taylor.

vouchers for 35 nights and money to purchase food. “With Borderline, some of the trauma and mental health support work is more intensive now than it was at the beginning because there’s a long recovery that could

For more information or to donate to Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County, visit HabitatVentura.org.

last months, years or even decades,” says Sternad. With the Hill and Woolsey fires, ICFS engaged with 128 people who called in and represented 250

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INTERFACE CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICES Interface Children and Family Services’ (ICFS) staff of 45 were ready to provide mental trauma

adults and 50 children affected by providing information, including how to apply with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. “We are dedicated to long-term support recovery,” says Sternad.

support and engagement after the Borderline

In conjunction with the Volunteer Organizations

shooting and Hill and Woolsey fires through 2-1-1, a

Active in Disasters (VOAD), ICFS is also currently

comprehensive information and referral service for

developing a first of its kind community information

Ventura County. It is currently the only 2-1-1 system

exchange system to use during a disaster and for

in the state of California.

future recovery efforts.

According to the 211Ventura.org website, the ser-

“It’s exciting to see Ventura County providing best

vice connects more than 30,000 Ventura County

in class solutions for disaster coordination and bring

callers and texters each year with information about

in other parts of the state,” says Sternad.

health and human services available to them. The service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in 150

Funds received from SCF will support staff that handle 2-1-1 phone calls and text messages.

languages through phone interpretation services and

“This will help with direct support for victims and

text messaging. Individuals can also dial or text 2-1-1

also help with development of these coordination

with their zip code to receive a live two-way texting

systems,” says Sternad. “When there’s a disaster,

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to want to help, but the problem is it’s not coordi-

UWVC also works closely with ICFS with 2-1-1 by

nated. That’s why these kinds of planning systems

providing assistance for the support line. Wildfire

are very critical so that we’re even better prepared

victims’ data collected by ICFS is given to UWVC to

for the next disaster.”

provide future financial assistance.

For more information or to donate to Interface Children and

once a person’s home is destroyed, they move,” says

Family Services, visit ICFS.org.

Harrison. “If we want to give them financial assistance,

“One of the challenges we had with Woolsey is

we can’t send a check to their former address, so

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Interface helps with outreach by providing us phone

UNITED WAY OF VENTURA COUNTY

numbers and addresses.”

When the Thomas, Hill and Woolsey fires occurred,

Harrison says the wildfires have also caused

the United Way of Ventura County (UWVC) helped

homelessness to increase in Ventura County by

raise more than $5 million from more than 9,000

28% since 2017. UWVC is currently working on a

donors nationwide. The organization also worked with

landlord assistance program by partnering with

its national office to assist with partnerships, including

local cities to provide vouchers for homeless indi-

Airbnb, who provided disaster housing coordination with

viduals and pairing them with landlords.

its users, and Lyft, who provided ride share services.

“As a result, we are taking a leadership role on home-

“To date, we have given financial assistance to over 1,800 households affected by the fires,” says Eric Harrison, president and CEO of UWVC.

lessness because rental assistance was the number one category that people needed,” says Harrison. UWVC has also supported HFHVC with funding

Funds received from SCF will help with the UWVC’s

from the disaster fund while the ARCVC helped iden-

Community Impact Fund for low-income individuals and

tify the number of houses and victims impacted by

families through the organization’s programs focusing

the fire. The UWVC’s long-term recovery group then

on health, education and financial stability. If needed,

examines who has been impacted by the fires.

UWVC also uses disaster response volunteers through

“With Woolsey, we were a lot more prepared as

its Volunteer Ventura County website. The organization

a community because we had just experienced the

also works with VOAD for disaster coordination.

Thomas Fire,” says Harrison. “We took lessons learned

“When a disaster hits, we call volunteers to assist

and nonprofits responded in a really coordinated way.”

wherever they’re needed,” says Harrison. “With the Thomas Fire, volunteers weren’t needed by the county,

For more information or to donate to the United Way of

but if there’s a flood, there is a need for sandbagging.”

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RIDING A BIKE IS OFTEN ASSOCIATED WITH

spinal injuries from an auto accident years before, the

THE FREEDOM OF CHILDHOOD, BUT MANY ARE

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DISCOVERING THEY CAN ENJOY BIKE RIDING IN

Hidden Valley on a 12.5-mile hilly route.

THEIR LATER YEARS, THANKS TO THE ADVENT OF ELECTRIC BIKES.

“Linda, Pedego 101’s owner, came with me on my first ride to help build my confidence and give me tips,” recalls

Pedego 101 owners Linda Coburn and John Tajiri are

Miryam. “If you talk to anybody that has an electric bike,

passionate about the positive impact electric bikes have

it’s just a transformative experience; it’s such a wonder-

had on so many of their customers.

ful feeling and a wonderful sense of freedom,” she says.

“The first sound out of most people’s mouths when they

“Commuting to work was almost the best part of my day.”

first try an e-bike is ‘Woo Hoo!’” says John. “Almost every-

Clocking some 8,000 miles in four years of riding, Miryam

body tells us it’s more fun than they expected.”

enjoys riding her Pedego around town, shopping, to the

It’s more than fun, says Linda. “We’ve had customers

movies and meeting up with friends, as well as on some

tell us that their e-bikes make a huge difference in their

more adventurous rides. Miryam and Thousand Oaks res-

relationships, in their health and in their overall happiness.

ident Jeanne Raede, 53, recently rode their Pedegos in the

It’s so gratifying to have someone with a heart condition,

Glacier Climate Ride, a 250-mile week-long trek through

or asthma, or diabetes tell us that their e-bike helps them

Montana and Canada’s mountainous terrain.

share outdoor activities with their spouse, friends, kids

“The weather was supposed to be warm…” says

and even grandkids,” she says, pointing to studies show-

Miryam, but “it was cold and rainy; we rode through 15

ing that people riding electric bikes get a significant health

miles of hail, 35 mph winds in 40-degree weather, with a

benefit not the least of which is because they enjoy it.

wind chill factor at freezing,” she says, noting that while

“You pedal just like on a regular bike,” says Linda, “but

some of the riders had to stop because of hypothermia,

you can get a boost when you want help getting up a hill. If

fear of heights and difficult road conditions, Pedego 101’s

your knee starts to hurt or you get tired, you can still keep

team of two made it through!

going with the motor assist. Knowing that makes people more likely to go on a ride in the first place.”

“This ride was challenging and we really did it proud,” says Miryam. “We were the only two electric bikers out of

A visit to Pedego 101 includes a customer-centered

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experience where their knowledgeable staff discusses the

fun, and because we wanted to demonstrate what these

various types of models to determine the best fit based on

e-bikes are all about and to promote them along with reg-

specific wants, needs and preferences.

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“We want you to have the bike that is going to make you happy, that is going to make you feel like a kid again,” says Linda.

raised $160,000 for the Glacier National Park Conservancy. “We’re out there to cycle, to be healthy and to promote good, safe bike infrastructure in the community as an alter-

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native to cars,” says Miryam. “Everybody [at the Climate

ing her bike as a kid and college student at UCSD. She

Ride] was incredibly inclusive and they saw the magic and

rediscovered that joy a few years back in 2015 when she

power of these bikes; it’s good to know it’s available as an

learned about electric bikes.

option for anybody to extend their bike-riding longevity.”

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Thousand Oaks resident Jeanne Raede had just started

about Pedego bikes, I found Pedego 101 nearby and I

riding her e-bike when she decided to participate in the

was there,” says Miryam. “The reason I chose Pedego is

Glacier Climate Ride.

because they were the largest selling e-bike in the U.S.

“It was really something,” says Jeanne, “The hail was

They offer a huge variety of bikes to choose from and you

like glass shards, it was freezing conditions, raining, cold

know it’s going to be the most reliable in terms of sourcing

and miserable, with 40-mph winds,” but “we got through

and getting it fixed,” says Miryam.

it. I definitely would do it again… my husband and I are

After trying various styles, Miryam selected a custom-

planning to do it together next year!” she says.

ized ergonomic model, and within six months, despite

“It’s such a mental high; such an accomplishment,”

suffering from the result of numerous knee surgeries and

she says. “There’s a lot of freedom out there, just you CONTINUED >

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and nature.” Plus, “having an e-bike, I felt confident, because you can fall back on the battery,” she notes, adding that riding her e-bike has improved her life. “I’m trying to focus on myself and my health. I’m 53, and I wasn’t in the shape I used to be in,” says Jeanne. “Hopping on the bike has allowed me to get onto a healthy path.” Jeanne enjoys riding around town and on various regional routes. “I love that I can put in as much effort as I’m feeling up to,” says Jeanne. “I’m not trying to prove anything. The battery allows me the option to let the bike help me until I feel more energized.” Wherever the road leads, Jeanne points to Pedego 101 as a guide. “I highly recommend Pedego 101. Linda and John provide the utmost in customer service, patiently letting you try out different bikes,” says Jeanne, who recommends renting various types and riding with the Pedego group to find the one you like best. “John and Linda’s service is incomparable,” agrees Miryam. “They are phenomenal; we call them our bike mom and dad—they take care of us and the bikes. The company is unbelievable, and they take care of their customers.” Pedego 101 is in the Westlake Village Industrial Park at 31332 Via Colinas in Westlake Village. They offer rentals and tours in addition to selling and servicing Pedego Electric Bikes. Call 805.379.9245 or visit Pedego101.com to learn more. November 2019 | Conejo Valley Lifestyle

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THIS MONTH, THE PUBLIC IS INVITED TO VISIT MORE THAN 20 VENTURA COUNTY FARMS, RANCHES AND AGRICULTURAL ORGANIZATIONS DURING THE 7TH ANNUAL VENTURA COUNTY FARM DAY SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9, FROM 10 A.M. TO 3 P.M. The free family friendly event includes an inside look at each farm, where visitors may participate in unique activities and try produce samples. Choose from a list of agricultural operations at VenturaCountyFarmDay.com (some require reservations) and then drive to each location and meet the farmers. Tour locations include Alpacas At Windy Hill, Apricot Lane Farms, Deardorff Family Farms, Earthrine Farm, Gill’s Onions, Houweling’s Nurseries, McGrath Family Farm, Ojai Olive Oil Company, Otto & Sons Nursery, Petty Ranch, Reiter Affiliated Companies and more.

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WestlakeWomensClub.com

and butter, salad and dessert. Aaron O’Brien’s magic show entertains.

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RSVP: Margo King 805.279.7779.

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7TH ANNUAL VENTURA COUNTY FARM DAY Ventura County Farms

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Ventura

County

Visit

promptly at 10 a.m. The second

ranches, nurseries and agricultural

Honor the men and women who

workshop begins at 1 p.m. Materials

operations for free tours, product

serve in the United States Armed

provided. All ages welcome.

samples and activities. Locations

Forces. Activities include live musical

include Alpacas

Hill,

entertainment, a civil war encamp-

Apricot Lane Farms, Deardorff Family

ment, a military vehicle display and a

Farms, Earthrine Farm, Gill’s Onions,

program honoring all branches of our

Houweling’s

military. ReaganFoundation.org

At

Windy

Nurseries,

farms,

VETERANS DAY EVENT

pottery. The first workshop begins

McGrath

Reagan Library

Family Farm, Ojai Olive Oil Company, Otto & Sons Nursery, Petty Ranch, Reiter Affiliated Companies and more. VenturaCountyFarmDay.com

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20 BAGS, BLING & BUBBLY

320 W. Stafford Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91361

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County is sparkling with excitement for its annual champagne luncheon!

Support youth mentoring in Ventura County with Big Brothers Big Sisters. BBBSVC.com

21 "BANDSTAND"

2100 E Thousand Oaks Blvd Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

From three-time Tony Award® winner and Hamilton choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler. Six soldiers

return from war, and through the power of music, finally find a place to call home. “The show defies you not to be moved” (Time Out New York). Runs through

Nov. 24th; Thursday, 7:30; Friday, 8; Saturday, 2 and 8; Sunday, 1 and 6:30. CivicArtsPlaza.com

22 "RAGTIME"

24255 Pacific Coast Hwy

Set in the volatile turn-of-the-century New York, three individuals—a stifled upper-class wife, a determined Jewish immigrant and a daring Harlem musician—are united by their courage, compassion and belief in the promise of the future. They confront history's timeless contradictions of wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice, hope and despair, and what it means to live in America. Arts.Pepperdine.edu

28 15TH ANNUAL TURKEY DAY DASH California Lutheran University

The Conejo Valley YMCA hosts the 5K run/walk and 1K family fun run/walk for all ages and abilities. Professional timing is provided for 5K runners. Come dressed in your favorite Thanksgiving Day costume to participate! Top 3 winners receive prizes! Proceeds benefit Conejo Valley YMCA youth and senior programs. TurkeyDayDash.org

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NOVEMBER FULL SERVICE SALON & EXECUTIVE BARBER SHOP UNDER ONE ROOF!

Barbers Offering

Fades · Shaves · Hot Towel Facials & Scalp Massages

Stylists Offering

Modern Haircut Designs Blow-Outs · Extensions Special Occasion Styles Color Touch-Ups · Balayage, Ombre, Highlighting & Vivids

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Facials · Waxing · Makeup Manicures & Pedicures

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PARTING THOUGHTS

MAKE TIME FOR SOME TIME OUT I WAS OUT ON A BIKE RIDE GOING UP NORTH. We stopped at Muscle Beach to have lunch and just take in the day. We had a beautiful table facing the ocean, and it was the most incredible day also. There was this one turquoise chair sitting all alone, overlook-

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ing the ocean. I was so drawn to this chair. After I ordered my lunch, I went and sat in it; it was breathtaking. It was so relaxing, and in just a few minutes replenished my cup. I took a moment to take in the scenery and thought about how many things I have to be grateful for. I love finding things throughout the day that help heal me from the inside out. When my husband and I wake up every morning, we start our day in a positive way by being thankful for all the wonderful things in our life—we actually take turns saying them out loud. It’s such a great practice! Today, I went into my living room and just sat on a rocking chair and took a break from my work. Sometimes I will go into my back or front yard and just sit and stop my activity to take some time out. Look around your home or really anywhere, and just learn to take some valuable time out. Most of us are running on the endless clock. I really want to encourage you to take a few moments to take some time out to restart and recharge yourself. Ahhhh!! Enjoy your surroundings and take a moment to close your eyes and look inside and be grateful for everything you already have.

Kim Pagano is brought to you by the award-winning talk radio station AM 1590 KVTA. She brings you the Brighter Side of the 805, Saturdays from 7 to 8 a.m.,  reminding us how important it is to “Look Good, Feel Good, Do Good.”  Subscribe  to her podcast: ITunes/The Kim Pagano Show. 

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