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A Great Summer WHILE NO ONE REALLY NEEDS TO TELL ME THAT OUR COMMUNITIES IN THE CONEJO VALLEY AND MALIBU ARE REALLY SPECIAL, THE PAST SEVERAL WEEKS HAVE BEEN A CULTURAL EPIPHANY FOR ME. The commute to Hollywood or downtown L.A. for quality music and theater has always been a point of

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frustration for us. However, the combined power and quality of New West Symphony, Pacific Festival Ballet, 5-Star Theatricals and the Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts at Pepperdine University makes that drive almost entirely unnecessary. As Al Pacino said in the film, “Donnie Brasco,” ”Fugedd about it!” The driving, that is! New West Symphony and 5-Star Theatricals blew me away this weekend with the start of their free Summer season ”Pop Up” performances. A Broadway-quality Sondheim review at The Lakes in T.O. had me singing in my car all the way home. The next evening, New West Symphony presented a sunset performance by the remarkable and supremely talented Leah Zeger. She’s a jazz diva and for good measure also a jazz and classical violinist. How’s that for a quality evening at Northwood Park? Oh, and let’s not forget the thrilling Pacific Festival Ballet’s original production of “Camelot” and their upcoming “Wizard of Oz.” Next up is 5-Star Theatrical’s production of the iconic musical, “West Side Story.” I am writing this July 1, and as the quality of their productions has risen to new heights, I can

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INSIDE THE ISSUE AUGUST 2019

FEATURES 14 Youth in Action Student Leaders Serve Community

18 Guitar Greats Pepperdine Parkening Competitors Hit the Right Notes

26 Money Moves Making the Most of Your Retirement Assets

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28 School Rules Easy Tips to Make Back to School a Breeze

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Lifestyle Letter

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Good Times

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Giving Back

26 Financial Buzz 28 Healthy Lifestyle 30 Lifestyle Calendar 34 Parting Thoughts


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breezes can make the park cool! Picnic dinners are

KROQ and Aviator Nation on August 18 at First

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GIVING BACK

Harry Barovksy Memorial Youth Commission:

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IMPACTING COMMUNITY ARTICLE ALICIA DOYLE


THE HARRY BAROVKSY MEMORIAL YOUTH COMMISSION, CREATED IN 1999 BY THE MALIBU CITY COUNCIL, WAS DEVELOPED TO PROVIDE YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY WITH A PLATFORM TO MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE COUNCIL ON MATTERS CONCERNING THE CITY’S PROGRAMS AND PROJECTS THAT ARE STRUCTURED TO SERVE THEM AND THEIR FAMILIES. “The commission is a Brown Act body made up of 25 commissioners in Grades 7 through 12 that live or go to school within city limits,” explains Katie Gallo, the commission’s recreation supervisor and recording secretary. “The youth commission grants its members with the authority to assist in implementing quality programs and community service projects.” In the past 19 years, the commission has grown from eight to 25 appointments because of the increased number of proactive and engaged youth in the community. The commission has hosted several events, including the Battle of the Bands, Malibu Art & Music Festival, “CineMalibu” Movie in the Park, Start Smart Driving Courses, Malibu Teen Film Festival and college application workshops to promote engagement for teens in the Malibu community.

“NOT ALL OF THE REBUILDING OF MALIBU FOLLOWING THE WOOLSEY FIRE WILL CONSIST OF BRICKS AND CONCRETE; HEARTS AND MINDS HAVE TO HEAL AS WELL.”

STEPPING UP These young members have had a tremendous positive impact over the years. Most recently, the commission redesigned their City Council assignments to best serve the community as part of the City of Malibu’s efforts to offer support and resources to residents impacted by the devastating Woolsey Fire. “Not all of the rebuilding of Malibu following the Woolsey Fire will consist of bricks and concrete; hearts and minds have to heal as well,” emphasizes Gallo, noting that in June 2018, the City Council tasked the Youth Commission with providing 30 hours of volunteer service and cosponsoring six community service projects that benefit nonprofit organizations. To that end, the commission incorporated innovative forms of community service to provide support to nonprofit organizations related to the Woolsey Fire and achieve their City Council-related goals. For instance, after the Woolsey Fire, to promote environmental stewardship and the preservation of marine life, the commission partnered with the nonprofit organization, Heal the Bay, to perform beach clean-ups at Surfrider Beach and Zuma beaches. As part of this effort, teen volunteers picked up 1,456 pieces of debris and catalogued everything they collected to be entered in the Heal the Bay Marine Debris Database, an online record of trash and other debris removed from the beaches by volunteer groups. To support day laborers who lost wages or their homes, the commission hosted a canned food drive to benefit the Malibu Community Labor Exchange, a community-created nonprofit organization that provides an organized and supportive place for the people of Malibu to hire and be hired, creating opportunities for the unemployed to build independence and self-sufficiency through work.  “Following the success of the canned food drive, the commission hosted a collection drive of blankets and towels to benefit the local Los Angeles County Animal Shelter,” says Gallo, adding that 45 blankets and towels were collected to increase the quality of life and welfare of homeless and abandoned animals.  CONTINUED >

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To benefit Malibu’s most vulnerable population, the

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commission hosted a toiletries collection drive, in which

In other endeavors, following the fire, the commission

more than 200 toiletry items were collected and donated

hosted a Youth Government Summit with local digni-

to The People’s Concern, a nonprofit which assists indi-

taries and leaders from California State Senator Henry

viduals who are chronically homeless, dealing with severe

Stern’s Office, former Malibu City Councilmember Laura

mental or physical illness or substance addiction, victims

Rosenthal, Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District

of domestic violence and challenged youth.

Board Member Craig Foster and AmeriCorps Program

“Lastly, to provide teens an outlet for their own stress and

Manager Amber Gibson to discuss current trends in poli-

trauma, and further promote physical fitness and mental well-

tics, nonprofit organizational leadership, civic involvement

ness, the commission also hosted an event for local Malibu

and local community issues.

youth,” says Gallo, adding that the commission partnered

Each year, Gallo asks the current appointees what their

with Malibu businesses, Pure Barre and 5-Point Yoga, to offer

personal goals are for serving on the Youth Commission, and

a complimentary fitness, yoga and meditation class to help

what they hope to achieve and gain through their service.

positively affect the health and wellness of their peers.

“Common answers are ‘team building,’ ‘environmental

“All of the projects completed by the Youth Commission

stewardship,’ ‘learning about local government,’ ‘devel-

were community service-based with no fiscal impact,” Gallo

oping leadership skills,’ ‘public speaking experience’ and

says. “With these projects, thousands of pieces of trash were

‘community service learning and volunteering,’” Gallo

removed from Malibu beaches, local homeless were provided

says. “The ultimate goal is for youth to feel involved in

toiletry care packages, labor workers were provided food, and

their local government and to know their voice matters

animals were shown kindness and compassion. Throughout

to their local officials.”

the 2018-2019 term, the Harry Barovksy Memorial Youth Commission helped strengthen the community, foster healing, environmental consciousness and promote restoration.”

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“PEOPLE CONTRIBUTING TO THE ARTS MAKE IT POSSIBLE FOR PEOPLE LIKE ME TO CONTINUE ON OUR MUSICAL JOURNEY, SUCH AS TO TRAVEL AND COMPETE IN THE PARKENING INTERNATIONAL GUITAR COMPETITION.”

MUSICIANS FROM AROUND THE GLOBE GATHERED AT PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY’S SMOTHERS THEATRE THIS SUMMER TO COMPETE IN THE PRESTIGIOUS PARKENING INTERNATIONAL GUITAR COMPETITION. Twenty-three-year-old Andrea Roberto from Italy wowed the audience and took first place with his interpretation of Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s Concerto No. 1 in D Major during the sold-out final round held Saturday, June 1. In addition to the Gold Medal and first place title, Roberto took home the $30,000 Jack Marshall Prize. Boasting the largest prize purse of any classical guitar competition in the world—totaling up to $65,000—the Parkening International Guitar Competition was founded in 2006 at Pepperdine by preeminent classical guitarist and Distinguished Professor of Music Christopher Parkening, who wanted to establish a litmus where the best classical guitarists around the world could compete. “In line with his lifetime commitment to foster the musicians of the future, Christopher created the competition to showcase the musical beauty of classical guitar and to inspire real musicality,” says Rebecca Carson, Managing Director of the Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts at Pepperdine. Competitors had to undergo a rigorous audition process, being selected by a panel of judges based on a variety of criteria, including musicality, tone, and the truth of the beauty in their art form.

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Silver Medalist Alec Holcomb, 24, of Nashville, Tennessee, received $15,000, and Bronze Medalist Sergey Perelekhov, 22, of Russia, was awarded $7,500. The three finalists were selected from the original 15 competitors hailing from seven different countries. Bokyung Byun, 24, of South Korea came in fourth place; Junhong Kuang, 19, of China placed fifth; and Riccardo Calogiuri, 29, of Italy took sixth place during the semifinal round on May 31—all receiving $1,000 awards. The competitors’ required and free-choice pieces were rated on musicality, tone, technical ability, and stage presence. Despite the fact that many competitors came from different countries and did not speak the same language, the competition demonstrated the universal language of music. “The emotional aspects are tangible when playing [guitar],” shares competitor Samuel Hines of Long Beach, who says he feels “a strong responsibility to share (the music) with others.” He describes his passion for playing the guitar as a “natural love and appreciation [that] grew like a relationship.” Tengyue Zhang, of Beijing, China, expressed his immense gratitude to the donors and mentors along the way who promote music and the arts so that artists like himself can pursue their dreams. “People contributing to the arts make it possible for people like me to continue on our musical journey, such as to travel and compete in the Parkening International Guitar Competition,” says Zhang. In addition to hosting the Parkening International Guitar Competition, Pepperdine presented the Parkening Young Guitarist Competition for guitarists ages 17 and younger on Tuesday, May 28 and Wednesday, May 29. Cash awards for the Young Guitarist Competition included $3,000 for the first-place winner and $750 for each of four finalists. The remaining five competitors received $500 awards.

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THIS FALL, LIKE THOUSANDS OF OTHER PARENTS, I WILL TAKE MY BABY TO SCHOOL, JUST AS I HAVE HUNDREDS OF OTHER TIMES, BUT THIS TIME WILL BE DIFFERENT. This September, I’ll drop my little girl off at school, but I won’t be picking her up later that afternoon—no, this time she’s off to college, where she will likely remain until Thanksgiving break in November. Am I proud of her? Yes, without a doubt! But that doesn’t dissolve the lump in my throat or stop the flow of my watery eyes as I think about this next phase of life for us. I still see my 18-year-old daughter, Hannah, as my baby, although realistically, she’s actually considered a “young adult.” And while I’ve been here before—having my child leave home and attend college (with my firstborn son)—somehow it seems harder this time, because Hannah is my youngest child and when she leaves, I’ll officially be an “empty-nester.” The mixed emotions I feel range from pride and happiness to loss and sorrow. It’s amazing how life’s passages can conjure up so many varied feelings at once. As we shop for her dorm room and pack up the car for our 5-hour road trip to Santa Cruz, I can’t hold back the floodgates of my heart, as I know our lives are moving on, she’s growing up, and in the words of REM, “It’s the end of the world as we know it!” As we are often told, change is the only constant in life, so rationally I know I’m going to have to adjust and accept the inevitable—but how did this happen so quickly? I remember days gone by, hanging out at the park or having pizza with the kids when they were younger and well-meaning passersby telling us to “enjoy every moment because it goes so fast.” Yet, I still have trouble believing that their childhood is now a memory and that I am a parent of two young adults. Sniff, sniff.

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Despite the well-meaning warnings to enjoy every day and the countless years of preparation for getting into college, it still does not seem possible that the day has come to drive my daughter to college, where she will spend most of her days and nights for the next four years. Am I prepared? Probably not, but it does not matter how I feel, this is happening, just as the days turn into night over and over again, there’s no stopping it! The road to college acceptance was a rough one—Hannah, like many of her friends and classmates, applied to 19 colleges, spending way too many hours (in my opinion) filling out applications and answering questions about her goals, skills and interests. She struggled through stress and deadlines, SAT tests and rigorous AP/IB classes requiring (again too many) hours of homework and effort to arrive at this point. Her hard work paid off in the form of several college acceptances from colleges as far away as Pennsylvania to CLU, in our own backyard. Luckily for me, she chose to remain in state, albeit five hours north, and attend University of California Santa Cruz. We visited the campus last April for a campus tour, during which we were thrilled to encounter a deer on campus, lending to the beauty of the college, set amongst the redwoods overlooking the Pacific Ocean—not a bad place to spend the next stage of her life. The student body there is diverse and she will meet all sorts of new people and hopefully learn a thing or two along the way. I am so grateful for the experiences she will have and I’m genuinely excited for her new adventures. Still, I find it difficult to picture actually hugging her goodbye before getting in the car and driving home—alone. It will probably be the hardest road trip I’ve embarked on thus far… and I take some solace in knowing thousands of other parents have traveled this way before. We simply must move forward, put the car in gear and drive, trusting that the path of life will lead us to fascinating destinations that are as yet unknown. Each and every turn in the road holds the promise of newfound adventures, but what gets me through the rough patches is knowing that I can always turn the car around and visit if it gets too tough! While we can’t stop progress, we can enjoy the ride! 24

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HEALTHY LIFESTYLE

EASING INTO

ARTICLE BRITTNEY HENDERSON

THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR PREPARING TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL IS OFTEN A COMBINATION OF EXCITEMENT AND OVERWHELM. With each incredible new chapter, undoubtedly comes a new set of challenges. The good news? You are going to be fine! The following tips can help ease the back-to-school transition:

Preparation.

Start practicing the school year bedtime routine

two weeks before school starts. Beginning the routine 30 minutes before bedtime allows for less stress and time to get ready for bed, get cozy and read a book. Starting the bedtime routine in advance can help ease the transition from summer to the school year.

Communication.

Communicate with your child’s teacher

before the school year begins. Introduce yourself and discuss any pertinent information regarding previous school years or struggles. Be open and honest with your children. Talk to them about how they are feeling and listen to what they have to say.

Be Attentive.

Breathe.

Take a breath and stay calm. If we are frazzled, over-

whelmed or stressed out, this is the message our child receives, and they will mirror our emotions.

Watch for Red Flags. Warning signs—withdrawing, mood swings, weight loss, eating issues, physical complaints and chronic

It’s easy to become distracted but remaining

present and engaged is essential. Be aware of your child’s behavior and focus on the positive aspects of the new school year—getting to see friends again and making new friends—and encourage your child to engage in activities they enjoy, like sports, singing or art.

Reminders. Send a note saying how much you love them and

anxiety about school—may indicate something more serious, such as bullying. Talk to your child and provide the support they need.

Resources.

Be actively involved and discuss any concerns

directly with the educators at your child’s school. Schools have a plethora of resources for children, including school psychologists/ therapists, teachers/staff, guidance counselors, tutors and peer

are proud of them. Place the note in a discoverable place, such as a

support groups. Encourage your child to talk to someone they trust

backpack or lunchbox.

about their feelings and what is happening.

Traditions. Take a picture of your child on the first day of school

Most importantly, let them be kids! They are only young for a

holding a sign with their grade on it. This will become a beautiful

short time. Embrace their journey and growth! Be present for them

tradition to share together each year.

and for every precious moment.

Make Memories.

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PARTING THOUGHTS ARTICLE KIM PAGANO

MEMORIES OF BACK TO SCHOOL

+ Share everything. + Play fair. + Don’t hit people. + Put things back where you found them. + Clean up your own mess. + Don’t take things that aren’t yours. + Say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody. + Wash your hands before you eat. + Flush. + Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you. + Live a balanced life—learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.

+ Take a nap every afternoon. + When you go out in the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands and stick together.

+ Be aware of wonder. Remember the little seed in the Styrofoam cup: the roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that.

WHENEVER I HEAR “BACK TO SCHOOL,” IT TAKES ME BACK TO WHEN

+ Goldfish and hamsters and white mice and

MY CHILDREN WERE YOUNG AND GOING THROUGH THE SCHOOL

even the little seed in the Styrofoam cup—

YEARS. Having four children, it was a busy time. Back to school meant get-

they all die. So do we.

ting back on schedules, new outfits and shoes and all new school supplies,

+ And then remember the Dick-and-Jane books

and of course, a new backpack. I was a room mom for each of their classes,

and the first word you learned—the biggest

even though it was busy, I really enjoyed being involved in all of their activities.

word of all—LOOK.

Looking back, I’m so grateful for all the memories I have from that time. At the time, I never really thought that these years were so limited; if I could

It’s like waiting for your beautiful painting to

share one thing with new parents it’s that this time flies. I see it now with my

be finished. Now I get to watch my beautiful

grandchildren—it’s like a time zone of where you are in your life, counting the

grandchildren grow up.

years till they are on their own. Have you ever thought of that? Looking back, I have no idea how I did everything I did, but I would love to have a do over knowing what I know now. When my kids were just born,

Our greatest gifts in life are our children— don’t miss out! Truly embrace the brighter side of “back to school!”

nobody ever shared with me that you really only have them until they’re 18 years old and to cherish that time.

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