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LIFESTYLE LETTER

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MARCH 2019 PUBLISHER

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

Tracy Marcynzsyn | Tracy.Marcynzsyn@LifestylePubs.com

Dedicated to Rescue Pets IN A SPEECH IN CAPE TOWN IN JUNE 1966, ROBERT KENNEDY SAID: “THERE IS A CHINESE CURSE WHICH SAYS, 'MAY HE LIVE IN INTERESTING TIMES.' Like it or not, we live in interesting times.” It definitely is a curse, not a blessing. Looking at it from the perspective of how our community deals with these

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

Adrienne Wigdortz Anderson, Alicia Doyle, Tracy Marcynzsyn, Jeff Runyan, Kateri Wozny CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS

Nora Cohen, Joy Daunis Photography, Douglas Hill, Ben Malkin, Jason Ryan Photography, Phoebe Scott

“interesting times” when it comes to our pets and other animals in our community, the Woolsey and Hill wildfires certainly made all of us wish for less of that and more boring, ordinary and peaceful days and nights. Once Robin and I realized that we had to “get out of Dodge,” during the firestorms, the first thing we did was grab Cameo, our little waif of a Birman cat to whom, along with all of her critter friends, this Pet Issue is dedicated, and secure her in a carrier and load her in the car. Only then did we get dressed, pack a few goodies and our laptops and bailed. Nothing is worse than trying to corral a frightened cat. My guess is that what we did was repeated hundreds, if not thousands, of times in homes throughout our communities. Next think about what needed to be done to care for pets, particularly large or injured animals from families made temporarily homeless and staying in shelters or hotels. What about lost pets and wild animals fleeing the fires? In this issue, we profile several nonprofits that dedicate their efforts to rescue and rehabilitate animals in

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need. They are to be applauded for their heroic work during the fires; nonprofits like

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER Steven Schowengerdt

BIG Heart Ranch, the Little Angels Project, Operations Blankets of Love and the

CHIEF SALES OFFICER Matthew Perry

Apex Protection Project, as well as many others like them need and deserve your

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER DeLand Shore

support…supplies, donations, whatever is necessary. To finish up…there are rescues everywhere, often in varied and unusual situations. The cover girl for this letter is our Cameo. We found her half-starved and very sick at

ART DIRECTOR Sara Minor OPERATIONS DIRECTOR Janeane Thompson EDITORIAL MANAGER Nicolette Martin AD MANAGER Chad Jensen

a horrible breeder. We had no intention of taking any of the cats until I spotted poor

REGIONAL SALES DIRECTOR Eric Williams

Cameo. After two years of treatment and medication she is a healthy almost 5-year-old

WEB APPLICATIONS Michael O’Connell

kitty and we all love each other. When we discussed this in our Lifestyle Letter last year, I received a long hysterical email from an extremist (I will not mention the well-known organization) about what is and what is not a “rescue.” All I can say is “don’t bother.” A rescue is anywhere you find it and you are blessed for it. Meow!!!

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INSIDE THE ISSUE MARCH 2019

FEATURES 14 Unique Ride Arrive in Style with Distinctive Carriage

18 Wolfdog Wisdom Protecting Wildlife with the Apex Protection Project

26 Natural Healing BIG Heart Ranch Connects with Love

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30 Age with Ease AsandraMD Shares Beauty Secrets

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DEPARTMENTS 4

Lifestyle Letter

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Good Times

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Around Town

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22 Financial Buzz 26 Giving Back 30 Healthy Lifestyle 34 Lifestyle Calendar


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Home Tour Showcases Local Style The Pacific Palisades Woman's Club Home Tour treated visitors to an inside look at several special area homes. Guests were shuttled to the Grenola house (the Gallery), Muskingham house (the Hidden Gem) and El Medio (the Craftsman) for a day of socializing and touring beautiful homes to benefit local nonprofits.

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ORCHID MAGIC IN SANTA BARBARA Thousands of blooms in every imaginable shape, color, pattern and texture will be showcased at the 74th annual Santa Barbara International Orchid Show. One of the country’s largest and oldest celebrations of orchids, this event takes place Friday, March 15-17, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Earl Warren Show Grounds in Santa Barbara. With the theme, "Orchid Magic," the Santa

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COORDINATING A WEDDING, BAR/BAT MITZVAH, OR ANY OTHER CELEBRATION IS A MAJOR UNDERTAKING. The first priorities typically include selecting a professional planner, venue, theme, caterer, entertainment and so on. Transportation is frequently an afterthought. One of the last things to worry about is how to shuttle key individuals around. Just get a limo, right? Not necessarily. When planning a special event, the transportation ought to be considered an integral component of the event theme. A Lincoln Town Car, SUV, stretch limo or Sprinter van indeed will get passengers from Point A to Point B, but an upsurge in demand for classic, vintage cars suggests that many people are looking for something out of the ordinary to complement their events. Brides and grooms, Bar/Bat Mitzvah boys and girls, prom couples and other event honorees are being chauffeured in style! Recognizing this trend, Distinctive Carriage opened for business last year to provide the Southern California wedding, special event or occasion, and corporate branding markets with transportation experiences that are a little bit different—stylish and elegant but fun. The company does this by offering clients a touch of England in the form of imported, customized, vintage London Taxis driven by seasoned chauffeurs. The vehicles’ interiors have been completely redesigned to deliver the ultimate in luxury and comfort, including fine upholstery, woodwork and air conditioning. Another “driving” factor behind the company’s strategy has been the desire to provide affordable pricing for its transportation packages. One bride looked at several limousine services, all of which had four-hour minimums at a total cost of $1,000 or more. Such minimums for weddings or other special events are the norm. Distinctive Carriage has no such requirement. Clients can reserve a chauffeured London Taxi “carriage” for as little as an hour, if that’s all they need, and put their cost savings toward other uses. 14

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Finally, recognizing the important role that the chauffeur has in ensuring a superior customer experience, the company’s personable, outgoing, London Taxi hobbyist/owner does most of the driving himself. Supplemental chauffeurs are supplied by Personal Driving Services, a top tier provider of drivers for hire. Distinctive Carriage primarily offers its services to clients in Ventura County, Malibu, and the West Valley, although it can reach a much broader area. Their first booking in May 2017 entailed taking a young couple to and from their high school prom in Calabasas. More recently, this past November, a few days after the devastating Hill and Woolsey fires started, the company’s bright white taxi was featured in a vintage-themed, evening wedding at Carondelet House, near the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. At the event’s conclusion, the bride and groom were whisked from the venue to their home, with a midnight stop at In-N-Out on Sunset Boulevard because the bride wanted to enjoy a burger while still wearing her wedding dress, thus capping off her matrimonial experience. In December, the white taxi was in Santa Barbara, transporting newlyweds from their beautiful ceremony at the County Courthouse to their reception. This month it makes its way to Rancho Palos Verdes for a picturesque wedding on the bluff, subsequently carrying the bride and groom to their reception in San Pedro. Looking ahead, the company already has several reservations through the end of 2019 and into 2020. So, when planning a wedding, special event or even just a night out on the town, recognize that you do have a choice in transportation. Traditional, tried and true limos will always be around. But if you want to stand out, then you might consider some of the more “distinctive” alternatives available.

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ARTICLE TRACY MARCYNZSYN

Wo l f d o g s I n s p i r e L i fe Changing M o ve s TABOO, MERLIN, KONA, THOR, LOKI, SARGE, RIGGS AND RYDER LIVE PEACEFULLY AND NATURALLY, ENJOYING LIFE AS PART OF A WOLFDOG PACK, THANKS TO PAULA FICARA AND STEVE WASTELL. Beginning with Taboo in 2009, the couple rescued all of the wolfdogs, saving them from impending death and providing them with a safe, secure family and a loving, healthy environment and lifestyle. “Our whole goal is wanting to save these captive-bred species; they are ambassadors to their wild cousins,” says Wastell, who founded the nonprofit Apex Protection Project with his wife Paula Ficara after discovering and volunteering with a nascent rescue operation in LA County. almost 10 years ago. “Paula has always been madly in love with wolves,” explains Wastell. When visiting a wolfdog rescue to do a celebrity interview with Palisades friend Vernon Wells in 2004, the couple was so impacted by the wolfdogs, they decided to volunteer, eventually changing careers and moving from their Sherman Oaks apartment to establish their own wolfdog sanctuary. “We had adopted Taboo, a wolfdog whose owner was unable to care for her,” says Wastell. “We learned a lot. Adopting Taboo completely changed our whole life around,” he adds, noting they moved to 2.5 acres of land in Acton after being kicked out of their apartment due to one neighbor’s complaint about their wolfdog pet living in the building—“It was only one neighbor who complained—everyone else loved Taboo,” notes Ficara. “We wanted to make sure this beautiful creature had some friends; through that journey, we really learned about wolfdogs, working with experts. We learned how to work with these creatures,” Wastell explains, adding “and before we knew it, people started bringing us wolfdogs in need of a home.” Today, through their nonprofit organization, the couple has helped rescue and rehabilitate over 260 wolves and wolfdogs. Since founding Apex Protection Project in 2015, they’ve developed educational 18

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events and programs, actively advocating for captive-bred wolves and wolfdogs, as well as wolves in the wild. As part of a nationwide rescue network, Apex works to help place animals all around the country. “There are anywhere from two to seven wolves and wolfdogs in need of rescue almost every week and we try to help as many as we can,” says Ficara. “Sometimes it involves looking for placement, helping to raise money or transporting the animal to their forever home. Basically, if we can help, we will.” Ficara explains that ending up in a shelter is a death sentence for most captive-bred wolves or wolfdogs. “It's illegal for the shelter to re-adopt them out to the public in most parts of the country,” she notes. “They will only be given to a certified wolf/wolfdog rescue.” In addition to rescue efforts, the Apex Protection Project provides educational experiences and serves as an advocate for wolves, with the dream of “living in a world where the wolf and all species are highly valued, protected and respected for the balance they bring to the ecosystem and for the gifts they offer to humanity.” EXPERIENCE Providing guests with the opportunity to visit their rescue ranch in Acton and see the wolfdogs up close, even hike with them in their own territory, is one way the Apex Protection Project helps to educate and promote awareness about these often misunderstood animals. “One of the most special experiences we can offer is spending time in the presence of these magnificent beings,” says Ficara. “Feeling their gentle energy, their true nature, connecting on a level you never thought possible… Only then can you begin to truly understand how beautiful these creatures are and how important it is that we protect them. A world without the wolf would be an incredible tragedy.”

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WOLFDOGS INSPIRE

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EDUCATION Outreach educational efforts include traveling with members of the wolfdog pack to visit area schools to educate and empower youth. Interactive presentations incorporating videos and Q&A sessions at schools, including Sycamore School and Muse School in Malibu, provide vital information to students about the importance of the wolf species and the environment and the role young people can play in protecting wildlife. “Wolves are on the endangered species list federally, but not in some states…hundreds of wolves die every single year; we’re wiping them out,” says Wastell. “Our youth are the ones that are going to stop this from happening. One of the things that’s important for children to know is that the government listens to you—and the government determines how to manage our wolf population,” he adds, noting, “We’re making sure that every kid knows, even at 9, 7—whatever age you are—if you speak up, adults will listen.” Wastell is encouraged by the changing perspectives about wolves. “The next generation of farmers are more interested in sustainable farming and living with wildlife,” says Wastell, adding that a “good majority of the younger generation wants to be sustainable, living in coexistence and being protectors of wildlife.” Meeting the wolfdogs in person helps to foster goodwill between the species, says Wastell. “In our years of outreach, the greatest positive change we’ve seen occur in people’s belief about wolves is when they come face to face with our ambassador pack and spend time bonding with them. They leave transformed and ready to actively start protecting these noble creatures.” WOLF TRIBE™ TEAM-BUILDING WORKSHOP The Apex Protection Project also collaborates with Cultural Anthropologist and Leadership Development expert Philip Folsom in local workshops often held in Temescal Canyon. The unique and highly successful WolfTribe™ Team-Building Workshop focuses on one of the most powerful teams in nature: the wolf pack. Clients are guided through an investigation of the intrinsic values and group dynamics of a wolf pack that make it so successful and then are shown how to incorporate those values and dynamics into their lives to ensure their own team’s success. Organizations including Chase Bank, Red Bull, USC and Entertainment Arts have participated in these corporate trainings, learning how to work together as a wolf pack, says Wastell.

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ADVOCACY Actively advocating for wolves in the wild, Apex members get involved in a variety of ways, such as speaking at public hearings, submitting official statements to wolf management departments, communicating with government officials, signing petitions and providing actionable items for the public to access and participate in. WOLF WEEK This month, Apex Protection Project, along with nonprofit Plan B to Save Wolves, hosts the third annual Wolf Week in Sedona, Arizona. The largest annual wolf event in the country, Wolf Week takes place March 25-30, and features wolf experts, including Rick McIntyre and Carter Niemeyer; movie screenings; kids’ events; art; entertainment; and educational presentations about wolves. SedonaWolfWeek.org provides more event details. “We bring a lot to light while raising funds for advocacy and to benefit the wolves,” says Wastell. Their dedication to protecting the wolves has changed the course of Ficara and Wastell’s lives—a path they find mutually fulfilling. “It’s a full-time job and a real commitment—not something to take lightly; you can’t do things normal people can do. Most people are not aware of that,” says Wastell. But, “I got so much more back. They become your pack; they rely on you.” Learn more about the Apex Protection Project at ApexProtectionProject.org.

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FINANCIAL BUZZ

& ARTICLE JEFF RUNYAN

S TA S H C A S H B E P R E PA R E D MARKETS AND ECONOMIES MOVE IN CYCLES. And, as you may know, we’re 10 years into this current expansion. Yet, many people have become accustomed to sustained growth in the value of their stock, bond and real estate portfolio, and they have unknowingly been influenced by a theory economists refer to as the “wealth effect.” You may be familiar with the “wealth effect,” as it’s the phenomenon whereby people feel more comfortable and confident about their financial state as the assets they own climb in value, causing them to spend more. But the obvious implication of a “market cycle” means that expansion won’t continue forever. And this leads to the question at the heart of sound investment and financial preparedness: What actions are you taking in preparation for a possible economic contraction?

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I can tell you what actions cities from Los Angeles

According to the book, The Richest Man in Babylon, a

to Cleveland are taking to be prepared. According to a

publication from 1926 (more than 90 years ago), there is

January 2019 article in The Wall Street Journal titled, “Cities

“a usual truth about men and the sons of men. It is this:

Stash Away Money to Prepare for a Possible Recession,”

That what each of us calls our necessary expenses will

some cities are doing precisely what the title of the article

always grow to equal our incomes unless we protest to the

suggests: “stashing cash.” Los Angeles, the nation’s sec-

contrary." We may be at the end of a cycle. Some analysts

ond largest city, has set aside $500 million to help weather

say we are “past peak,” meaning we may want to “protest

economic emergencies and financial shocks.

the necessary spending” and reign in expenditures. Most

You may wonder why the actions of the City of Angels

think of their investment portfolio as the stocks, bonds

matter when you’re only one economic household. Well,

and real estate holdings they have. But, in the case of pre-

the reason the parallel matters is, cities have mandates

paredness, we can also be well served to have more in

that govern how they handle finances. They have a long-

short-term instruments or money market funds that can

term plan or a blueprint they use as a guideline to keep

earn over 2%; enough to help keep pace with inflation but

them on point to achieve their stated economic goals. But,

maintaining a lower level of risk.

more importantly and the reason we should reflect on their

So, while the wealth effect and its corresponding

practice is, they have learned from previous recessions and

increase in spending is more gratifying, today’s call to

market pull backs that tax revenue can decrease quickly.

action is a jumpstart so you enjoy the reward of the “sav-

This would cause a need for additional resources to cover

ings and liquidity effect.” That means any economic con-

shortfalls. Those types of revenue shortfalls can happen

traction can be met with the comfort and confidence that

for a state, a city, and of course, for a household too.

you have already incorporated that preparation and taken

When the economy slows, business profit margins

the first step to success.

shrink. Leaner profit margins lead to a decrease in business spending, and that means fewer total sales and ultimately lower tax revenue for a city. In order to be prepared, cities are feverishly putting funds away so they feel less pain than

Jeff Runyan is the lead of Runyan Capital Advisors financial

experienced in the previous market cycle. If cities, which have

advisory team based in Beverly Hills, providing clients

much larger asset bases and resources than households

nationwide with wealth management and retirement planning

do, are taking this preventative action, it seems prudent that

advice. Backed by over two decades of industry experience, Jeff

households should too. It doesn’t mean you have to fund a

leads an investment team committed to designing investment

low or no-earning savings account. But it does suggest one

portfolios that adhere to the premise, “Discipline Makes the

should add aggressively to build a base of shorter term bonds

Difference.” Learn more at RunyanCapital.com.

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through connection with rescued animals.

PROGRESSIVE, INCLUSIVE AND LIFE-AFFIRMING EXPERI-

“Since January 2006, BIG Heart Ranch has been helping disad-

ENCES IN NATURE WITH THE HELP OF A RESTORATIVE HERD

vantaged children and families by providing therapeutic interaction

OF RESCUED FARM ANIMALS.

with rescued animals,” says Landolphi. “We are self-funded and have

“We take all of our cues from the natural world,” says Manager Nora Cohen, explaining that people can learn so much by spending

donated over $750,000 in therapeutic services to children, families, veterans and those healing from trauma.”

time in nature. “Getting people back into nature” helps them recon-

Beginning her own healing journey by participating in a wild

nect to their natural energies that society often disconnects us from.

horse gentling program, which she continues to provide as a

“We come from nature; these energies flow through us as well. At

post-traumatic growth activity for veterans and organizations,

BIG Heart Ranch, people get a chance to do that with the animals

including the EOD Warrior Foundation at Lifesavers Wild Horse

modeling the natural behavior,” adds Cohen.

Rescue, Landolphi created Horse Inspired Growth and Healing

With the belief that “humans + animals = healing,” BIG Heart Ranch

(HIGH) Horse Inspired Psychotherapy (HIP) to increase positive

provides individuals, youth and families who may be struggling with

self-worth and life skills by helping participants with all aspects of

life’s challenges with an opportunity to connect with rescued farm ani-

relationship building.

mals and experience firsthand how the natural world models healthy practices and values that can be applied to their own lives.

“Through the responses from the horses, participants see the immediate positive results of behavior change and intention. When

“We meet people where they are on their path, just as we do with our

positive change happens, faith in self and others begins to heal and

rescued animals,” notes Cohen, adding that more than 100 rescued and

grow,” she explains, adding that the HIGH and HIP programs provide

rehabilitated animals, including chickens, bunnies, goats, pigs, horses,

culturally appropriate horse activities to “increase physical strength,

donkeys and alpacas, help visitors and volunteers experience physical,

endurance and emotional resiliency; honors principles, spirituality

emotional and spiritual growth and healing through BIG Heart Ranch’s

and cooperation between horse and humans; models life mentoring

principled, clinical practices and facilitated experiential programs.

for successful goal attainment; and creates a safe environment to

“Our values and principles—respect, boundaries and kindness—

explore trauma issues and opportunities for healing.”

are modeled in nature, and that’s what the animals model for us,”

A Senior PATHH Guide, equine therapist and licensed MFT in

explains Cohen, a former New York advertising executive who dis-

Virginia and California, Landolphi offers private sessions, full- and

covered purpose and meaning through her work at BIG Heart Ranch.

half-day retreats and training and certification programs.

Since 2007, the nonprofit has become an integral part of the community, impacting thousands of lives through their nature-based experiences.

COMMUNITY

“We have basically three tiers of programs to bring together peo-

Fostering a “conscious community connection,” BIG Heart Ranch

ple and nature,” says Cohen. “The Animal Rescue; the Conscious

believes in the interdependence of community, a principal that

Community Program, providing animal-inspired growth and learn-

became essential during the recent wildfires.

ing; and our Volunteer Program, which provides community service

“Our community was devastated by the Woolsey Fire, which

opportunities that encourage growth and foster healing. Those are

quickly transformed into a mega-Malibu fire, hitting Malibu hard and

at the center of our heart.”

fast on Friday, Nov. 9,” recalls Landolphi.

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GIVING BACK

(CON TI N U ED)

“It was wild how everything happened—the fire came so fast— within 10 minutes it was down to PCH; people were screaming and crying and we watched a fire tornado destroy five houses in a row in our neighborhood,” recalls Cohen. “But, as fast as the fire came, so did the love and support,” she adds. Despite the chaos, “Our epic team of volunteers sprang into action and successfully evacuated 66 rescued animals out of harm’s way,” Landolphi shares. “Luckily, the majority of our property has been spared, however our organization took a huge hit with these unforeseen crisis expenses.” SERVICE While the community copes and recovers from the devastating losses caused by the wildfires, BIG Heart Ranch continues to serve those in need. “Our vision is to continue our work of rescuing animals in need— there are so many more now out there that are displaced and needing a home—while supporting people displaced and grieving from our beloved Malibu and Los Angeles communities,” says Landolphi. Cohen notes that traumatic times can also help build resilience. “When huge trauma hits our community, how do we honor and respect what happened in a compassionate way and tap in and develop our resilience?” she asks. Supporting the community by acknowledging, working through and growing from chaos and hard times, BIG Heart Ranch provides opportunities for healing and helping each other. “BIG Heart Ranch is committed to not only help our Malibu community and neighbors rebuild after this unforeseen devastation by way of our BIG Heart Village Program, but also continue to provide a safe place for people to come out and connect, connect, connect! Connect to their grief, their experiences, their emotions, their healing, their balance, their well-being, with each other and their higher wisdom of all of it!” says Landolphi. While providing free animal-inspired programs for the community, BHR needs donations and help to rebuild the beloved animal rescue sanctuary and community wellness center. “Donations are greatly appreciated and will go a long way in supporting our animals and the people in our community overcome this devastating event,” says Landolphi, noting that efforts are especially needed to prevent further damage from mudslides. “Materials are needed to build safety structures and to address water diversion ASAP, as we have more rain coming,” she says, adding that making a tax-deductible donation to the Equestrian Relief Fund through the  Boys & Girls Club of Malibu will support these efforts and that community organizations and corporations, including Southern California Gas Co., have also provided grants to help. In addition, BHR has designed a line of extra soft and cozy zipper hoodies and t-shirts to remind everyone of the community’s strength. “For every BIG Heart Ranch Malibu Strong shirt and hoodie purchased, we will give the same hoodies/t-shirts to individuals and families affected by the Woolsey Fire, along with free BIG Heart Ranch animal- and horse-inspired growth and support sessions,” says Cohen. Hoodies and shirts are available at BigHeartRanch.com. 28

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“We are beyond grateful for our incredible staff, BIG-hearted volunteers, our supporters and our veterinarians at Conejo Valley Equine!” says COHEN. “We are also SOOOO grateful for our amazing community and supporters for donating much-needed resources during this very uncertain and difficult time. Thank you everyone!!!!” For more information, visit BIGHeartRanch.com.


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by the Malibu Parks and Recreation Department and Malibu Library,

Smothers Theatre,

art, snacks, giveaways and a special

Pepperdine University

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The day includes face painting, Weisman museum tours, backstage tours of Smothers Theatre and food for purchase at some of Los Angeles' popular

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