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Contents

It’s not your mother’s lingerie

vol.7 no.8

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6 APOCALYPSE NOT NOW

Features nesting

27 One More Round A pugilistic homebuilder meets his match

about town

16 Fresh Starts Creators among us

table talk

13 Vintage California Raise a glass. Join the club.

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10 Cool Down

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mom behind Adore Diaper Service, and Michelle Stevens (p. 19) of The Refill Shoppe in Ventura, who, like Hannah, was tired of the disposable mentality so prevalent in America and offered an alternative. Camarillo’s Bruce Boring (p. 13) ran with his big idea 20-plus years ago, embracing a fresh, new thing called the Internet and leaving his printing career behind in a noxious cloud of toner. It took 1,600 customers before The California Wine Club turned a profit. But now—pay attention, this is the good part—Bruce and his wife, Pam, get to travel around the state drinking wine for work. Not a bad gig if you can get it. And you just can’t get it without a tall glass of gumption. Then there’s pugilistic property hound Richard La Plante (p. 27), who pulls no punches in his memoir about building the illusory dream house in Ojai. It’s a good read—yes, I actually read it, a little bit every night before going to bed. It gave me nightmares. Get this: He bought 20 acres of raw land without ever having set foot in Ventura County. Which means he’d never dealt with our notorious building codes. He’d never crisped in the oven that is Ojai in summer. He’d never worked with surfers. Shortly before the economic tempest of 2008, he rolled into town from East Hampton, New York with his wife, Betina, and their two young kids. What could go wrong? Everything, of course. That’s what makes the book so damn entertaining. And though it took them seven grueling years and countless hours of therapy, the La Plantes ultimately got the job done. They built their dream house, and they survived the process. Turns out it wasn’t the end of the world after all. — Matt mattk@ventanamonthly.com

Editor in Chief Matt Katz Art Director Christy Sisneros assistant editor Maxine Hurt Contributors Judi Bumstead Allison Costa Amanda Driver Betina La Plante Mark Storer Gary and Pierre Silva Leslie A. Westbrook Graphic Designers Toby Emery Bret Hooper Account Executives Warren Barrett Diane Newman Laura Rearwin Dave Stephens Sales Team leader Kelly-marie Tracy Circulation Teresa Wann-Davis human resources Andrea Baker Business manager Angela Wang Accounting Alysia Chavez VP of Finance Michael Nagami Publisher David Comden

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Stand up for kids gala Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley held their 2012 “Stand Up for Kids” gala at the Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village. Camarillo-based actor Patrick Warburton was the Master of Ceremonies, and this year’s honorees were Mary and Richard Carpenter. Linda Catlin, an active board member and local philanthropist, was presented the 2012 Cal Johnson Service Award. The Mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley is to enhance the lives of young people and their families by providing a positive environment that cultivates academic success, healthy lifestyles, good character, and citizenship. For more information about supervised youth programs, or to donate or volunteer, visit bgcconejo.org or call 818.706.0905. Photos by Judi Bumstead

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ine is infinitely complex. Subtle variations on grape types, fermentation processes, barrel aging, yeast, blending, bottling, and a million other things that can go right or wrong. For a winemaker, that is the joy, the pain of a craft that is part alchemy, part magic, and part luck. Wine is fascinating, and that’s before one even pours it in the glass. By the same token, the printing business—well, it isn’t. At least not to Bruce Boring. He was in the printing business in 1988 and didn’t particularly love it. It wasn’t fun. The competition was tough and had him working long hours on tight schedules for small profits. “It was just a fight every day,” he said. “I hated the printing business. I had 5,000 competitors in a few miles and it just killed me.” Boring, now 63, was looking for change. What happened next belongs in the National Gallery—alongside the image of IBM telling Bill Gates and Steve Bulmer that the money was in hardware, so they could keep their software license; or Ray Kroc opening a little hamburger stand. “An employee of mine got me a subscription to a wine club,” said Boring. The club, which is no longer in business, was called Wine Finders. “The wine itself was pretty bad,” he continued. “There was nothing in it that tasted all that good.” But it did give Boring a good idea. So along with his wife, Pam, and his oldest son, Jonathan, who has since moved on to start Social Spice Media in Ventura, Boring came up with the idea to start a wine club that featured only boutique wines. Using proceeds from the sale of their house in Arcadia and a loan from Bruce’s mom, The California Wine Club was born. “That idea took fire. We were packing wine out of our garage and shipping it out to people,” Boring said. “About a year later, 60 Minutes did a show that talked about the health benefits of wine and we saw a lot of additional business. Things took off then.” Still, they didn’t turn a profit until they’d sold to 1,600 customers. And once they did, nothing was ever the same. It is, in essence, an American dream story featuring all the basics: leaving behind what doesn’t work, embracing the new (like the Internet and online ordering), and pursuing a passion. “We did just that. We invented someJanuary 2013

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Above: Camarillo’s Bruce and Pam Boring run a wine club focused exclusively on limitedproduction wines from small, family-owned wineries. Some 23 years after committing to their dream, the Borings now travel the state sipping California’s finest and the club has matured into one of the nation’s most respected.

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thing from nothing,” Boring said. “And it’s not just us. We buy 44,000 cases of wine every year. It’s trickle down. We ship wine, buy boxes and Styrofoam, print newsletters… and that means more jobs. It’s exciting.” From a small home operation that employed Boring, his wife, and their eldest son, the business grew to a 25-person operation headquartered in 25,000 square feet in an industrial section of Camarillo. Now, almost 23 years later and with thousands of customers nationwide, The California Wine Club has become nearly standalone in its approach to getting unique, quality, and sometimes even rare wines to its customers. “Our customer has to be a bit of an adventurer,” said Boring. “That’s what it’s all about.” Indeed, Boring should know. He and Pam are first and foremost wine aficionados and their primary role with the Club is an enviable one. They travel throughout the state and taste the wines. “We love everything about it,” said Boring. He talks about a Lodi area Zinfandel he just tried with the enthusiasm of the newly converted. “I think Lodi may be producing some of the best Zins in the state.” Pam, who at 55 is a breast cancer survivor, shares Bruce’s enthusiasm. Together, they are responsible for all of the Club’s wine choices. “Most people who drink wine regularly don’t drink the same wine over and over again. We’ve found about 80 percent of our customers to be high-end: doctors, lawyers, and entrepreneurs. They have money, but what they don’t really have is time,” Boring explained. “They like to be able to taste wines they can’t normally get.” The business plan by which the Club lives is even more elegant than its customers. “When we purchase our wines from a winery, we purchase around 2,000 cases,” Boring said. “In the smaller, family-owned wineries, this is a huge quantity, which allows us to purchase at a greater discount than most other people.” In turn, the wines that the Club offers each month are sold at up to a 50 percent discount. For the small winery, which normally sells their wines within the confines of their

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own geography, the publicity they get from being exposed to thousands of customers nationwide is priceless. Each month, Club members receive two to four bottles of wine, a newsletter, and the opportunity to buy more wine if they’d like. Membership is free; customers only pay for the wines themselves, and prices range from less than 100 dollars a month to considerably more. “A lot of wine clubs work by selling bulk wine, private label stuff, and that’s wine that’s left over after bottling,” said Boring. “Some wineries will make more wine than they anticipated and not want to bottle it because it’s not up to snuff, so they sell that to the bulk market, and that’s what some clubs use. We won’t do that. All our wineries are sort of mom-and-pop or boutique wineries, and we deal directly with the winemaker.” One of the leftovers from Boring’s bad old days in the printing business is an attractive monthly newsletter. Working with an Oregon-based writer, the Club sends one out with every shipment, sharing stories about that month’s wines, updates on California wine country happenings, and Club news. With some nine different options, and working with wineries like ClaiborneChurchill, Tobin James, Chasseur, and hundreds of others—each featuring different wines at different price points—the Club is a “win-win” for everyone, said Boring. “We give a 100 percent guarantee, so a customer can stop at any time. If they get a bottle they don’t like, they can return it and get another.” Considering the high cost of doing business in the Golden State, the Borings have discussed moving. Perhaps Vegas, or Oregon. “But you know, this is home,” he said. “Our employees are here, our family is here.” And it is the California Wine Club, after all, a piece of the American dream in a state that has fewer of them. But it’s not all doom and gloom. The Borings simply saw a different future for themselves, and by giving their customers what they’re looking for they were able to realize their own dream. v


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nspiration comes in many forms. Sometimes it’s a story idea that strikes in the wee hours of the morning, or a brilliant business idea that appears during a late-afternoon run. And then there are times when inspiration arrives in human form. Take Nick Kodenko, a 28-year-old Santa Paula resident and the owner of Kodenko Jeans, an up-and-coming line of premium denim jeans born right here in Ventura County. Though this approachable, seemingly normal guy couldn’t be further from your stereotypical fashion snob, Kodenko is someone on the cusp of greatness, inspiration personified. Though the official launch of Kodenko Jeans began with its fall 2012 line, the business has been in the works for more than five years, since Nick, a college student at the time, designed his first pair of jeans. While it might seem risky to launch a premium denim line in these rough and tumble economic times, the wheels have been in motion for several years. “I just knew blue denim wasn’t going anywhere,” he says. “It’s been around for a hundred years; it’s not going out of style.” All of Kodenko’s jeans are handcrafted in California. He selects his own fabrics, most of which are imported from Italy. You won’t see any laser-cut denim in his line; instead he cuts all of it by hand, often spending quiet afternoons bent over the cutting table at a friend’s ranch in Ojai’s Wheeler Canyon. Each pair is sewn, laundered, and hand-finished in Los Angeles (delivered there in small batches by Kodenko himself).

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Though he started this fall with men’s jeans, women’s jeans will appear in the spring 2013 line. His wares are currently available in nine international and domestic retail locations, with more on the horizon. So, what is it about his jeans? Kodenko struggles to put his finger on it, explaining that he simply designs pants that fit his look, his lifestyle. “I make my pants because this is who I am. I can only do me.” Fans of his jeans like them for their comfort, softness, and fit. Samantha Ranaraja of Spindle & Canister explains that customers at her Malibu store are drawn to “the great washes and simple clean cuts, and a quality that will last.” Kodenko loves them for the craftsmanship. “There’s something nostalgic about cutting it by hand,” he says. Though Kodenko contracts certain aspects of his business out, when it comes down to it, he is flying solo behind the scenes. Posting updates on Facebook? That’s his job. Designing his pants, handling all the logistics, coordinating timing with busy sewers, and working with the fabric manufacturers overseas? Those are his responsibility as well. He does admit that being the boss has its ups and downs. “When a store calls and tells you nothing’s selling, that hurts.” But on the flip side: “It’s your company. It’s whatever you want. That’s the beauty of it.” One of the upsides of owning his own business means the freedom to tie it to one of his greatest passions: auto racing. Kodenko grew up in a racing family, started go-cart racing at the age of ten, and then moved into

the open wheel Junior Formula ranks at the age of 17, something he still does to this day. Currently, Kodenko Jeans sponsors racecar driver Dane Cameron, with hopes of sponsoring others in the coming year. In addition to racing, entrepreneurship runs in Kodenko’s blood. Much of his inspiration comes from his parents. His father runs the family business, Kodenko Auto Parts and Machine Shop in Santa Paula, where he has been building engines for racecars and hot rods for more than 30 years. His mother uses the shop for buying and selling antiques. He feels blessed to have grown up surrounded by people doing what they love and learned early on that “nothing comes from being lazy.” While getting his business off the ground, sacrifice is the norm for Kodenko. Not surprisingly, he doesn’t get much sleep. In order to pay the bills, he also holds down a night job: test-driving cars for BMW, which brings his workweek to around 80 hours. And in the spirit of pouring every penny into his business venture, Kodenko is currently living at home with his parents. Sacrifice also means sometimes missing out on Sunday afternoons of beer and football with friends; but he doesn’t sweat it: “I’ll – Allison Costa do whatever it takes so I can do what I love to do.”  Keep up with Kodenko Jeans online at kodenko.com. The new women’s line will be available locally at Tiki Girl Boutique, 451 E. Main St. #4 in downtown Ventura, beginning in February 2013.


Above: Nick Kodenko has been racing cars since he was kid. He has a night job test-driving BMWs. But fashion... now, that’s a dangerous business. Right: No laser-cut denim in Nick’s line of premium jeans. He cuts it all by hand at a friend’s ranch in Wheeler Canyon, between Ojai and his hometown of Santa Paula.

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Possessed of a fighter’s spirit and the drive of an addict, property hound Richard La Plante climbed into the local real estate ring with a vision—to build the illusory Dream House. Seven years later, man and house were still standing. LESLIE A. WESTBROOK declares the bloody brawl a draw. Photography by Betina La Plante

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had to search hard for an upbeat quote in Richard La Plante’s new memoir, a fast-paced read through his homebuilding trials and tribulations. Ever the dreamer, his aspirations are dogged by mostly back luck, with an occasional glimmer of the good kind shining through. There’s a sense of doom around every corner. But still, you just can’t help rooting for the guy.

than seven years and cost considerably more than expected, was certainly more challenge than celebration. It’s all there—some good, but mostly the bad, with plenty of ugly twists and turns— for posterity, and perhaps as a forewarning to others who might fantasize about building their dream house, in the pages of his book. Anyone who has bought or built a home can relate to La Plante acting on his gut, not to

“I visit the land many times in the last days of February, searching for a Zen moment. Sometimes I find one when the clouds are like silver gray snakes winding their way through the valley and the red-tailed hawks fly in dark silent circles, above the jagged Southwestern peaks. At those times, I remember our reason for coming here.” The author/publisher, former psychiatric counselor, international importer, ex-rock musician, husband, father, Harley Davison and metaphysics aficionado, and serial home renovator/ builder is no stranger to challenges. And building his current dream house, which took more

mention the reality of what that can do to a person’s life and finances. But the task was recently completed, and Richard, his wife, Betina, and their young children are finally enjoying the fruits of their labors. January 2013 | ventana | 27


Above: The straight lines and contemporary style of the living room belie an otherwise rustic setting. Radiant heating keeps polished concrete floors warm when the mercury drops. Opposite: “Fort Knox” ended up taking seven years to build. One year in and still smiling, Richard La Plante drives the first nail. Betina watches as the water tank is installed in 2007, shortly before the economic collapse. A curved hallway (bottom right) leads to the family area.

Mr. La Plante emailed me directions to his property. I wound my way up a mountain, and perched atop found his dream house—replete with jawdropping views of the Ojai Valley. The affable author and homebuilder, a fit 67-year-old with tattoos and the swagger of a boxer (which he is), greeted me warmly and ushered me into his home. But he had about as much interest in talking about this house as a man who has completed his last meal and is already thinking about the next one. The imposing edifice was designed by an eccentric, morning drinking and tobacco puffing Argentine, an architect who occasionally disappeared for months on end into the mountains of Uruguay. Although it looks like a fortress when you first arrive, the overall effect is much less foreboding as you work your way inside. There is a lot of glass, and plenty of tranquil water elements, including the infinity pool. A certain chic cool in the decor gives way to the views. I later found out that completing the project almost killed La Plante and his wife. It certainly tested their marriage. And he really didn’t want to talk about the process; instead, he referred me to his book, which I read in just about one sitting. From it, I gleaned that La Plante seems to have been hit early on with the “Keeping up with the Joneses” syndrome. Growing up on the fringes of Philadelphia’s Main Line, he credits his hankering to build a dazzling dream house (this is not his first) on a teenage incident where a friend disparaged the size of his family’s perfectly acceptable Colonial-style home. After an earlier marriage, which included a life remodeling houses in the UK, La Plante remarried and moved with Betina to East Hampton, where he continued down the homebuilding path. But ever restless, he wanted to move west. To be closer to Hollywood. And in a town where he could raise his children

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comfortably. Betina was unsure, but after seeing the views she gave in to the Ojai project and agreed to leave their East Hampton aerie. An accomplished photographer who creates powerful black-and-white images, she kept tabs on the everexpanding costs and kept her cool (if the book is to be believed) throughout the bulk of the building process, which also included several moves between rental houses while their two sons were growing into active teenagers. The house is most simply described as “two cubes and an arc”—with an infinity pool, poured concrete counters, radiant heat concrete flooring, and a killer kitchen—but as Betina noted, it is the view that really grabs you. The details are all there in the book. And there are others from La Plante’s independent publishing company, Escargot Books, which has a small but growing catalogue that includes titles by Peter Mayle, best known for “A Year in Provence”; British actor Terence Stamp; and Andrew Loog Oldham, who at age 19 discovered the Rolling Stones and went on to become band’s original manager and producer. Escargot also reprints and publishes La Plante’s own books: eight crime fiction novels and three memoirs. Two are described as “motorcycle memoirs,” reflecting his love of Harley-Davidsons, and at least one was, apparently, made into a movie—though not by La Plante, yet another story that’s woven into his book about the Ojai project. It appears the author finally met his match in the form of a mountain and a dream. The house is complete, the memoir is published, and one can’t help but wonder what’s next. As I left his hard-earned abode, a light rain coming down, I watched the dreamer’s eye wander across the canyon to another house that seems to have caught his fancy. Once a real estate addict, always an addict, I thought to myself. One can only imagine Richard La Plante’s next act. I’m sure it’ll be a doozy. v


“Never Again,” Richard La Plante’s tell-all memoir about “building the dream house” in Ojai, is available online at escargot-books.com.

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Short List Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives Through April 30 Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum D23, the Official Disney Fan Club, presents Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives, a salute to The Walt Disney Company’s marvelous creative legacy, curated by the Walt Disney Archives. From the script of “Steamboat Willie” (1928) and Walt’s actual desk to theme park artifacts, a look at classic Disney live-action movies, Marvel, and more, this astonishing exhibit features a treasure trove of more than 500 Disney crown jewels, including original artifacts, props, artwork, and costumes. It also pays tribute to the friendship between Walt Disney and Ronald Reagan. 40 Presidential Dr., Simi Valley. For more information, visit reaganfoundation.org.

Island Treasures Through March 3 | Museum of Ventura County The beauty of California’s remote Channel Islands has captured artists for more than a century. Santa Cruz Island rancher Dr. Carey Stanton was captured not only by their beauty, but also by the art the islands have inspired. See many of the works of art he collected, including studies, sketches, drawings and small paintings by his close friend Richard Diebenkorn. “Island Treasures” also includes pieces collected more recently by the foundation, such as views of the northern Channel Islands. The non-profit Santa Cruz Island Foundation, established by Stanton in 1985, owns and continues to add to the most unique collection of art related to the Islands, and this exhibit is the result of a growing relationship between the foundation and the museum.100 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit venturamuseum.org.

Outside Time When Circling the Globe Through January 14 | Harbor Village Gallery, Ventura Travel and art are linked in the life of Ventura artist Fredda Leiter. “Each moment is connected to all others, and also stands alone,” she says. “A painting can capture a moment, engaging our eyes, emotions, and physical sensations.” Leiter’s small-sized watercolor paintings will be exhibited through January 14 at the Harbor Village Gallery, 1591 Spinnaker Dr., Ventura Harbor Village. For more information, visit buenaventuragallery.org.

Art Peace January 4 - 27 | Vita Art Center, Ventura Vita Art Center in collaboration with Bell Arts will host a group exhibition of artwork focused on the concept of peace. An opening reception will be held on Friday, January 4 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at 432 Ventura Ave., Studio 30, Ventura. For more information, visit vitaartcenter.com.

Downtown Ventura Walking Food Tour January 12 | Downtown Ventura Ventura Food Tours offer a unique blend of food tasting, local history, and culinary education. The walking tours run approximately three hours and stop at six different locations—some for large sit-down tastings, others for a few bites and a conversation with the chef. 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Bella Maggiore Inn, 67 South California St., Ventura. Tickets are $59 per person. If you buy two or more tickets, the cost is $49 per person. Price includes tastings at six different locations and all sales tax. For more information, visit venturafoodtours.com.

Camerata Pacifica’s January Program January 13 | Temple Beth Torah, Ventura Camerata Pacifica’s January program features three great friends,  Warren Jones, Catherine Leonard, and Richard Yongjae O’Neill,  in a program both intimate and powerful. Catherine and Warren open the program with two violin sonatas: Johannes Brahms’ 3rd Violin Sonata in D minor, Op. 108  and  Maurice Ravel’s posthumously published Violin Sonata.  The second half of the program opens with the first of two  Duos for Violin & Viola  of  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.  The program closes with an überromantic Viola Sonata (Op. 49) by Anton Rubinstein. 7620 Foothill Rd., Ventura. 3 p.m. $40. For more information, visit cameratapacifica.org.

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January 19 | Ojai Art Center World of Wonder charms audiences of all ages with the actor’s imagination, the mime’s skill, and the conjuror’s craft. Beginning with the amazing and lost art of shadowgraphs, or hand shadows, Leland conjures up an amazing menagerie of silhouettes using only his hands. He is recognized as an expert on the history of this antique art. Discover classical magic from the Far East as a Japanese magician lets folded paper butterflies fill the air with color in a beautiful homage to Old Japan. 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. 4 p.m. For more information, visit ptgo.org.

Fiber Art Master Pieces January 19 through March 31 | Ojai Valley Museum The Ojai Valley Museum’s first exhibit of 2013 will feature original art that juxtaposes contemporary fiber art with antique textiles. The fiber artwork will include wearable art, crochet, embroidery, pieced silk, knitting, mixed media, needlework, paper, quilting, spinning, surface design, textile design, and weaving. The exhibit will encompass examples of antique and contemporary quilts and textiles, fiber art portraiture, sculpture, and wearable art. 130 W. Ojai Ave., Ojai. For more information, visit ojaivalleymuseum.org.

Local Food & Wine Challenge January 24 Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach Hotel & Resort, Oxnard Teams of local chefs and winemakers will match up to see who can create the best food and wine pairing in Ventura County. The winner of the “Best Food & Wine Pairing” award will be chosen by a blind-tasting panel of judges and announced during the evening. Attendees also have a big part to play in the evening’s festivities with the all new “People’s Choice” award. Together, the very best pairing will be selected and awarded the 2013 trophy. The evening includes champagne and live jazz. Proceeds will benefit Ventura County FOOD Share. 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. $45 or $60. 2101 Mandalay Beach Rd., Oxnard. For more information, visit venturacountywinetrail.com.

Folksinger John McCuthcheon January 25 | Matilija Auditorium, Ojai Considered one of America’s finest folksingers, John McCutcheon is also an amazing instrumentalist and storyteller. With more than 27 albums to his credit and three Grammy nominations, his concerts (called “little feats of magic” by the Washington Post) have gained national attention for their exploration of community, continuity, and hope. 703 El Paseo Rd., Ojai. 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit ptgo.org.

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The Skin of Our Teeth January 25 through February 24 Ojai Art Center Theater Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1942, this classic comedy by Thornton Wilder follows the Antrobus Family as they survive the Ice Age, the Great Flood, and the Apocalypse, all by the skin of their teeth. A velociraptor and a mammoth, a fortune teller and a sexy upstairs maid, a demanding stage manager and some audience participation, all add up to a creative night in the theater. $90 or $75. 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. or 7 p.m. on Sundays. 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. For more information, visit ojaiact.org.

ON THE HORIZON “Night of Stars” David C. Fainer, MD Awards Gala Dinner February 21 | Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Hotel Nine healthcare professionals in Ventura County will be honored at the 20th Annual David C. Fainer Gala Awards Dinner and Fundraiser. The evening will feature a champagne reception, dessert auction, silent and live auction, entertainment, and complimentary wine at dinner. The awards are handed out each year by the Ventura County Medical Resource Foundation in recognition of members of the medical community who embody excellence and dedication to the community. Money raised from the event will go toward providing support for the Trauma Center at VCMC. Tickets $200. For more information, visit vcmrf.org.

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OAK V I E W O R C H A R D E S T A T E S

ROOM FOR UP TO 4 HORSES CUSTOM ENGLISH TUDOR

PRIVATE, GATED CUL DE SAC ESTATE This delightful custom built 1982 estate home in Somis is situated on 4.80 acres with ocean and pastoral views. With 6,895 square feet of living space it features one bedroom downstairs.The Master Bedroom has a sitting room, fireplace, and view balcony. The spacious family

room also has a fireplace. There is a formal dining room, island kitchen, and breakfast room. A covered outdoor patio features a fireplace. With lush landscaping, a variety of mature trees, including fruit trees and shrubbery, the grounds are complete with a gazebo, pool and spa. Also has

a 4 car garage and RV parking. Contact Ray De Silva, Troop Real Estate, 805-444-3848.

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A Modern Kitchen features Brazilian Granite back splash, Oak Cabinets, Black Glass GE Profile Oven and Cook Top plus a SubZero 2 zone wine cooler and deep Kohler sink. Bay window/slider opens to private deck. Master bedroom has private slider to outside deck. Master bath hosts custom 2 person steam shower, brushed nickel fixtures and Kohler sinks. Guest bath has soaking tub recently remodeled. Living areas has 13x13 imported Italian tile. The outdoor swimming pool is surrounded by a 1000’+ of

Rose Slate for entertaining. It also has Dual pane Lowe custom vinyl windows with custom disappearing screen. HOA provides horse trails, hiking, washing station for horses. This is an awesome property! Contact Judy Fairchild, RE/MAX Gold Coast Realtors, 805- 339-3585.

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$2,250,000

ONE-OF-A-KIND 1928 ENGLISH COUNTRY ESTATE

JUST STEPS FROM THE DOWNTOWN OJAI VILLAGE

MANDALAY BEACH HOME

SPACIOUS WITH PRIVATE GUEST QUARTERS This 4,000 square foot contemporary beach front home has ocean, beach and island views from the living room, family room, dining room, kitchen and spa room. There is a one bedroom guest unit with a private entrance with a kitchenette. Located on the Southern end of Mandalay Beach near Amalfi Way, this home has multiple decks, beautiful natural light throughout due to ample large windows and a kitchen skylight, and a modern floor 36

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lifestyle. High ceilings and ‘walls of glass’ maximize the stunning views to the Channel Islands. Built in 1990. Architect: DesignArc. Contact Ariel & Karen, Coldwell Banker Beach Office, 805-746-2070, 805-824-2004.

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Escape to the English countryside without ever leaving California; just 20 minutes from the beach, this charming property is nestled among mature trees and lush landscaping. Entertaining options abound with the open floor plan, formal dining room, remodeled English country kitchen and French doors that lead from the great room to one of the spacious outdoor entertaining areas. The home is approximately 3,474 square feet boasting a casual dining area in the remodeled kitchen, and outdoor dining and entertaining areas, aside from the formal dining room. This approximately 18-acre Ojai horse property is complete

with a two-stall barn, turn-out pen and fenced pastures, as well as a separate driveway leading to the horse facilities. Imagine enjoying the Pink Moment and mountain views from your expansive patio as the two old-world fireplaces fill the windows with the romantic glow of firelight. Contact Nora Davis, Ojai Valley Estates, 805-207-6177.

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INDOOR – OUTDOOR LIFESTYLE IS RIGHT AT HOME This sweet beach cottage has been lovingly improved and the large lot has been maximized with an incredible yard, the spacious patio for entertaining and the deck with hot tub for relaxing. Dual-pane windows and skylights allow in plenty of light but block street noise. Built-in bar and open kitchen flow through to the patio for easy entertaining. A 130 square foot detached studio with high ceilings makes a great home office. The front of the home has an oversized driveway that can accommodate up to four vehicles, including an RV! Location, location, location here - in only a few minutes, walk or bike to the beach, enjoy the dining

offerings on Seaward, or hop on the bike path that leads to Ventura’s Promenade and pier. This is a jewel in the heart of Pierpont. Freeway close for commuters to Santa Barbara and Los Angeles. Awardwinning Pierpont Elementary School too! Contact Ariel Palmieri or Karen Stein, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, 805-746-2070 or 805-824-2004.

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$567,000

CAPTIVATING T E R R A L I N D A P O O L H O M E !

GORGEOUS DREAM HOME This Exquisite Home, with over 2,500 square feet of living space features a Bonus Room, downstairs Bedroom & Bathroom. High Ceilings, Recessed Lighting, Large Dual -Pane Windows, A/C, Security & Intercom System. Downstairs Has Plantation Shutters, Vaulted Ceilings & Custom Tile Floors. The Gourmet Kitchen has Granite Countertops, Double Oven, Gas Range, Stainless Steel Appliances & Pantry. The Entertainers Backyard is complete with a Covered Patio, Sparkling Salt-Water XX

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Pool, Large Hot Tub & Fountain. Close to Parks, Restaurants & Freeway Access. Contact Christy Rueckert, Troop Real Estate, 805 -377-4746 or visit www.ChristysHouses.com.

BEDROOMS:

4

BATHROOMS:

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PRICE:

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Hillcrest Cottage Delightful custom English Tudor in Somis. Cul-de-sac location. Private, gated estate on over 4.80 acres with ocean and pastoral views. 6BR + 5.5BA. One bedroom/bath is downstairs. Built in 1982 with 6,895 sq. ft. Lush landscaping and a variety of mature trees, including fruit trees, and shrubbery. Master bedroom with sitting room, fireplace and view balcony. Formal dining room. Cathedral ceilings. Spacious family room with fireplace. Island kitchen, breakfast room. Pool and spa. Covered outdoor patio with fireplace. Gazebo. 4-car garage + RV parking.

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Las Posas Estates single story home with backyard view of the 16th fairway of the Las Posas CC Golf Course. Built in 1962 with 3 BR, 2 full baths and 2 half baths, over 2,700 sq. ft.. Fully landscaped lot of 20,140 sq. ft. Tastefully remodeled. Formal living room with fireplace and dining area. Great room adjacent to kitchen with spacious breakfast bar and built-in appliances; a delightful space for entertaining. Butler’s pantry. Den with mirrored wall and bright sun room. $810,000

Spanish Hills custom single story built in 2006 with 4BR + 3.5BA. Approx. 4,787 sq. ft. Upstairs bonus room – perfect for office or media room. Custom wrought iron front door and balustrade. Limestone flooring in living room, dining room and walkways. Wood flooring in the family room. Gourmet island kitchen w/granite counters, 2 dishwashers, built-in refrigerator. Adjacent breakfast room. Master bedroom w/fireplace, master bath w/jetted tub, dual vanity, shower. Fireplace in the enclosed, private courtyard that wraps around the living room, dining room and secondary bedrooms. Low maintenance landscaping. Easy commute to Los Angeles and Santa Barbara. $1,375,000

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Choice Opals One of the true oxymorons in the gem business is “perfectly matching opals.” In the purest sense of the phrase, opals never do match perfectly, except in the lower grades. So when I’m able to find a pair of opals that are bright, beautiful, fine quality, and come reasonably close to matching, I buy them. Now here is the “Choice” part: Not only are the opals “Choice” quality, we make the earrings with a number of choices so they fit you and your style perfectly. The earrings are #4 in my Pure Design series and are about 1 5/8 inches long on average. The length can be from about 1 1/4 inches, up to about 2 inches. They are available with diamonds as shown, with just the opals alone, or with most any color of sapphire. And finally they are available in yellow gold, white gold, sterling, or in two-tone. Please come in to see the beautiful opals and make your choice!

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