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					ValleyLife
 ISSUE NO. 3 MARCH / APRIL 2007                    WEST VALLEY MAGAZINE




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Oasis
backyard


Real Estate
                                  Living Large

RENOvAtIONS
ANd upGRAdES                         Sports

Interior design
                                     EL CAMINO REAL
LEt thERE BE LIGht                   GIRLS SOCCER
people
                                     thE RIdE Of yOuR LIfE
A LEGENd LIvING AMONG uS:            Weekend Getaway
JOhN MAyALL                          “SIdEWAyS” WINE tRAIL
Community                            Body & Soul
MOtION pICtuRE                       thE OvERLOOkEd ASpECt
& tELEvISION fuNd                    tO OvERALL hEALth
  contents                                                                               MARCH / APRIL 2007 I ISSUE NO. 3




                                                                                         COVER STORY
march/april 07


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                        real	estate
                        RENOVATIONS & UPGRADES
                        HOMe	&	laNDsCaPING
                        BACKYARD OASIS
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                                                                PareNtING
                                                                ARTWORK FOR EDUCATION

                                                                HealtH	&	fItNess
                                                                                                Oasis
                                                                                         Backyard

                                                                                                  Paradise is only
                        SPRING CLEANING FOR THE SOUL
                                                                THE OVERLOOKED ASPECT             steps from your
                        THERE BE LIGHT
                                                                TO OVERALL HEALTH                 door in your own
                        DOTI: DESIGNS OF THE INTERIOR      36   WHeels                            private oasis.
                                                                TEST DRIVE
                   20   PeOPle
                        JOHN MAYALL: A LEGEND AMONG US     37   Case	stuDY
                                                                SCHOOL BUS DANGER
                   22   busINess	PrOfIle
                        THE TRIDENT INSURANCE AGENCY       38   ZaCH’s	VIeW
                                                                GROWING PAINS
                   24   COMMuNItY                          	
                        MOTION PICTURE & TELEVISION FUND
                   26   sPOrts
                        EL CAMINO REAL HIGH SCHOOL
                        GIRLS SOCCER TEAM
                        THE RIDE OF A LIFETIME
                   30   WeeKeND	GetaWaY
                        THE “SIDEWAYS” WINE TRAIL




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                             MARCH / APRIL 2007 Boaz Gabbai
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  publisher’snote                                          >> Thank you!


               O
                       n a frigid New York morning in                                            “Picked up your
                                                                                                 January/February
                       December 1987 I found myself
                                                                                                 issue of ValleyLife
                       in a cab heading to Kennedy Air-
                                                                                                 at Whole Foods at
                port to catch a flight to Los Angeles. I
                                                                                                 Canoga and Ventura
                used to escape the chilling weather of                                           the other day. Nice
                N.Y. quite often back then for a nice                                            job! I must say,
                relaxing weekend in sunny Southern                                               reading your maga-
  California. This trip was different though, as my                                              zine made me feel
  reasons for travel were strictly business. To tell the                                         privileged to live in
  truth, I had never flown to a business meeting be-                                             the San Fernando
  fore. Living in the heart of the business world I                                              Valley.”
  had no need. As a graphic designer working out                                                 —Patti Caron          Talk about a royal welcome. Major League Soccer’s L.A.
  of an office in midtown Manhattan, I used my two                                               Woodland Hills        Galaxy rolled out the red carpet for their newest star,
  feet, taxis and subway trains to get to meetings.                                                                     David Beckham, who signed a contract to put his consid-
     I must admit that flying made me feel like a          “I just reviewed the latest issue of your magazine           erable skills on display in North America for a whopping
  real business man, wearing a suit, tie, long Man-        online. It looks TERRIFIC and so does the web site.          $250 million. The Englishman, along with his former Spice
  hattan-style raincoat and hopping a flight to the        Even the ads are classy. Keep up the good work.”             Girl spouse, Victoria “Posh” Adams, should fit right in with
  coast for a meeting with only my portfolio and           —Jean Dickinson                                              Hollywood’s elite as one of the most recognizable faces
  a small handbag in tow. The thing was, when I            Calabasas                                                    on the planet thans to his prowess on the “pitch,” and his
  arrived in Los Angeles, the combination of blue                                                                       pop-star appeal.
                                                           >> inconvenienT WeaTher
  skies and palm trees gave me the feeling that I
  was on vacation. I had heard that you should be                                                                       >> Source oF Global WarminG
  careful mixing business with pleasure, but this felt                                                                  After featuring Godiva’s After Dark in
  pretty good. Two days later, on the red-eye back                                                                      our January/February issue, reports
  to the Big Apple, I was already planning a cross-                                                                     of widespread overheating have been
  country move.                                                                                                         rolling in since Valentine’s Day. Seri-
     My new client was located in Woodland Hills,                                                                       ously…Rochelle Scott’s upscale adult
  and commuting on the freeways was out of the                                                                          shop has become a “hotspot” in the
  question for a guy used to hoofing it to work, so                                                                     valley, and thankfully there are no fed-
  I decided to make my home in nearby West Hills.                                                                       eral regulations that prohibit Godiva’s
  I even found the perfect home on a beautiful hill                                                                     delightful business practices as of yet.
  overlooking the valley. Having lived in Manhattan
  for almost 10 years, I found the change refresh-                                                                      >> Face-liFT
  ing. With easy access to the best shopping malls in
                                                                                                                                                              Shelley’s Stereo & Video
  the valley and a clear path to the beach through                                                                                                            in Woodland Hills has
  the beautiful Santa Monica Mountains, I couldn’t         Who says Mother Nature doesn’t have a sense of humor?                                              experienced a fabulous
  have asked for a better place to call home.              A recent newswire headline read, “House hearing on                                                 remodeling since being
     Since that fateful transcontinental business          ‘warming of the planet’ canceled after ice storm.” Another                                         featured in our debut is-
  trip, almost 20 years have past—I’ve loved every         headline read, “Save it for a sunny day. Maryville                                                 sue. Owner/operator Alon
  minute of it. Recently, after a career of designing      University in St. Louis area canceling screening of                                                Moscovitch reports an
  Countless publications for numerous clients, I           Al Gore’s ‘Inconvenient Truth’ about global warming                                                increase in foot traffic and
  finally decided to publish my own magazine, and          because of a snowstorm.”                                                                           demand for hi-tech.
  what better subject to cover than the commu-
  nity that I have come to love and call my home?

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calendar
                           Pacific Gray Whale WatchinG triPs
        March – May 2007
                           through april 8                                                            display, as well as food and beverage booths. Gates open at 8:00 am
                           Island Packers offers whale-watching tours from the Ventura and            and the show starts at 10:00 am. Admission and parking is free. For
                           Oxnard Harbors. Trips last about 3.5 hours and cost $27 for adults and     more information, call 805.989.8786.
                           $18 for kids 12 and under. For a schedule of tours, call 805.642.1393
                           or visit www.islandpackers.com.                                            conejo valley Days chili cook off
                                                                                                      april 29, 10:00 am – :00 pm
                           “the Damsel DialoGues”                                                     Taste more than 75 different types of chili and cast your vote for the
                           march 3 – april                                                           People’s Choice chili championship at the Conejo Creek Park South
                           The Whitefire Theatre presents a new musical revue by 10-time              in Thousand Oaks. For the main contest, a panel of International Chili
                           Emmy-nominated composer Dick De Benedictis. Through song,                  Society members, cooks and local dignitaries will judge. Winners
                           dance and monologues, “The Damsel Dialogues” covers everything             advance to the World Championships to battle against the best chili
                           from love, motherhood, divorce, plastic surgery and sex. Tickets are       cooks in the world. For information, visit www.conejovalleydays.com.
                           $15 – $25. The Theatre is located at 13500 Ventura Boulevard in
                           Sherman Oaks. For tickets and showtimes, call 818.991.1485 or visit        conejo valley Days carnival
                           www.whitefiretheatre.com.                                                  may 2 – may 
                                                                                                      Come enjoy rides, games, food, live entertainment and more at
                           revolutionary War WeekenD                                                  Conejo Creek Park South in Thousand Oaks. For information, visit
                           march 2 – 2                                                              www.conejovalleydays.com.
                           The Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley presents its 6th annual
                           Revolutionary War weekend with battle reenactments, military camp          a Day out With thomas
                           life and artillery demonstrations, a Battle of Lexington recreation        april 20 – 22 and april 2– 29
                           of the April 19, 1775 skirmish at Lexington, Massachusetts, and            The whole family will enjoy a ride aboard the classic storybook engine
                           many more. Events related to the reenactments are free. Regular            Thomas The Tank Engine at Fillmore & Western Railway in Fillmore.
                           admission applies to enter the museum. For more information, call          Tickets are $16 for ages 2 and up. For information and tickets, visit
                           800.410.8354.                                                              www.fwry.com or call 866.468.7630.

                           th annual easter celebration                                              murDer mystery Dinner theater
                           march 31, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm                                               Also at Fillmore & Western Railway on selected Saturday nights
                           The Ronald Reagan Library will also host this fun-filled day the whole     year-round is the Murder Mystery Dinner Theater. The ride includes a
                           family can enjoy. Activities include games, Easter egg hunts, crafts,      three-course dinner served while you watch the mystery unfold. You
                           egg and cookie decorating, face painting, entertainment, food and          can join in the fun and help solve the mystery or sit back and enjoy
  the	valley	              more. All Easter-related events are free. Regular admission rates          the entertainment. The train boards at 6:15pm. The cost ranges from
  is	alive	with	           apply to visit the museum. Complimentary parking shuttles will run         $59 – $89 per person. Call 800.773.8724 to make reservations.
                           on Presidential Drive. For more information, call 805.522.2977 or visit
  beautiful	               www.reaganfoundation.org.                                                  relay for life
  sights	and	                                                                                         april 28 – 29
  wonderful	               sPrinGtime at the aDobe                                                    Sponsored by the American Cancer Society, this fundraiser is an
  weather	this	            march 2, 1:00 pm – :00 pm                                                over-night event celebrating cancer survivors. Held at Agoura High
  spring.	If	you	          Leonis Adobe Museum in Calabasas presents Springtime at the                School in Agoura Hills teams take turns running or walking around the
                           Adobe featuring an egg hunt for the kids, historical demonstrations        campus track to raise money for research and programs. For more
  are	keeping	             and more. Suggested donations range from $1 – $4. This landmark            information, call the American Cancer Society at 818.905.7766.
  an	eye	out	for	          museum is located at 23537 Calabasas Road. For more information,
  something	fun	           call 818.222.6511.                                                         the 200 calabasas fine arts festival
  and	interesting	                                                                                    may  – , 10:00 am – :00 pm
  to	do,	look	no	          the methoD fest                                                            The Calabasas Arts Council, located at 23975 Park Sorrento,
                           march 29 – april                                                          welcomes the 10th Annual Calabasas Fine Arts Festival featuring
  further	than	            Named after The Method school of acting, the 9th annual The Method         painters, jewelers, photographers, sculptors and hundreds of other
  ValleyLife’s	            Fest Independent Film Festival in Calabasas features American and          fine artisans along with live entertainment and food. Admission is free.
  Calendar	Of	             foreign feature and short films. It is the only major film festival in     For more information, visit www.cityofcalabasas.com.
  events.                  the country that focuses on acting. For more information, call
                           310.535.9230 or visit www.methodfest.com.                                  arts & crafts shoW
                                                                                                      may 12 – 1
                           Point muGu air shoW 200                                                   The Sherman Oaks/ Studio City Rotary Club hosts this show at the
                           march 31 – april 1                                                         Moorpark Playground Park in Studio City. Stop by and pick up a
                           The Air Force Demonstration Squadron, the Thunderbirds, headline           unique gift for Mother’s Day! Over 140 artists will exhibit their work.
                           this year’s air show. They’ll also have vintage and current aircrafts on   Admission is free! For more information visit www.rotaryartshow.org.



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                       &
                   WITH WEST VALLEY SUPER-AGENT kay cole, OF
                   EWING & ASSOCIATES SOTHEBY’S INTERNATIONAL REALTY




  Renovations
      Upgrades
   Before opening your wallet, make sure the
   changes you make to your home really pay.
  ValleyLife: why is it so impor-          you may have a space with a multi-        fairly expensive. The cost can still   good rate of return would be an
  tant for homeowners to be sure           tude of different themes. The basic       run about $10,000 to $15,000 per       attic/bedroom conversion. This
  that the changes and upgrades            house starts out as one style, but        bath, but the return on your invest-   may generate as much as a 95%
  that they make to their home are a       as different owners put their touch       ment is normally well over 100% on     return on investment. The most
  good investment?                         on the various rooms, the integrity       your resale capture.                   successful bedroom conversion is
  kay cole: Traditionally, the home        of the original design disappears.                                               going to be one that has nearby ac-
  was something that families lived in     For example, you may be left with         VL: what other projects would          cess to a bathroom. If there is no
  for 20 or 30 years. For a myriad of      a traditional-style home contain-         provide a good return?                 bath potential, you may elect to do
  reasons these days, and according        ing rooms that may have a Santa Fe        kay: A kitchen remodel is certain-     an attic/office conversion. These
  to the California census, most home      theme, and then a bedroom with a          ly the most challenging, because it    days, with so many people working
  owners actually stay in their houses     rainbow mural, and nothing is co-         takes a significant amount of time,    from home, this also has an excel-
  for only three to five years. This not   hesive. The critical factor in the suc-   and in the interim you’re left with    lent rate of return.
  only changes how you look at things      cess of an overall project is to have     no kitchen. Usually, when you do a        Additionally, another thing that’s
  when you purchase a home, but it         a unifying theme. That’s not to say       bathroom remodel you have anoth-       really important and not cost-pro-
  also affects the return on invest-       it has to be a boring theme or have       er bathroom that you can use, but      hibitive is storage. There are so many
  ment potential when you are ready        the same color throughout, but            (most) homes have only one kitchen.    excellent and creative storage sys-
  to sell. When considering the types      the colors need to be in the same         With a thoughtful kitchen remodel      tems available these days that suc-
  of renovations you want to make,         general palette.                          you can expect a return on invest-     cess in this area is very achievable.
  ask yourself two important ques-                                                   ment of 98% to 99% of the cost. The    If you have a lot of clutter in your
  tions: Will I use and enjoy the im-      VL: what type of renovation               average kitchen remodel for a mid-     home, the first thing people think is
  provements I am considering, and         project generally makes for a good        range home will run about $15,000      that the house is too small and lack-
  will these improvements prove to         return on investment?                     to $20,000. A major remodel, per-      ing storage. It’s very cost-effective
  be a good investment on the future       kay: According to all of the fig-         haps between $50,000 to $80,000, is    to install elements such as wall units,
  resale of the property?                  ures that I’ve seen and read, and         normally only going to get about an    baskets and other systems, which of-
                                           what I’ve experienced personally,         80% return. \While this may be the     fer storage with easy access.
  VL: what are the keys to a               the biggest cost recouped would           type of remodel that could put your
  successful remodel?                      be in bathroom renovations. For           house into a different price range,    VL: what things don’t work in
  kay: My experience with homes            our purposes we’re talking about a        a project this significant requires    terms of resale value?
  that have not undergone an inte-         mid-ranged bathroom and not the           expert advice.                         Kay: Major projects, like roof re-
  rior remodel in some time is that        master bath, as the latter can get           Another project that offers a       placements, ordinarily provide only


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about a 50% to 60% return on in-            such a significant and expensive
vestment. Of course, if the roof is         job, you may just want to get an
leaking this may be a moot point,           estimate and rendering, including
but if the roof is merely weathered,        some style options, for potential
you might consider getting an esti-         buyers to consider.
mate on a new roof and supplying
it to the future buyers. There are so       VL: How about landscaping?
many different styles of roofs avail-       kay: With more people thinking
able these days, and once installed,        environmentally, as well as finan-
it’s there to stay, so it may be best to    cially, it can be advantageous to use
leave such an important choice up
to the next occupant. Also, for the
                                            plants that require less water. A big
                                            lawn needs a considerable amount            ExpEriEncE.
money you spend on a home-of-               of water and attention. Creating
                                                                                        Quality.
                                                                                        SupErior
fice remodel, you will generally only       garden areas surrounding the lawn
get between 50% and 75% the cost            makes for an appealing visual and

                                                                                        SErvicE.
back when you sell.                         promotes conservation. In plant-
                                            ing beds, using materials like wood
VL: what about the outside of               chips can create a nice, clean look
the home?                                   that can be very visually appealing                                             With over 35 years of experience, the triDent
kay: Generally, a neatly manicured          and hold moisture longer.                                                       insurance aGency offers a complete line
look works best in terms of resale,                                                                                         of insurance products, including Auto, Home,
and this can be created without             VL: any final thoughts?                                                         Earthquake, Umbrella, RV, Life and Health
spending a lot of money. Always             kay: There are innumerable op-                                                  for both Individuals and Group. Representing
be mindful of the approach from             portunities to make great addi-                                                 Mercury Insurance Group, Blue Cross and many
the curb to your front door, as this        tions to your home and property.                                                others, we can find you the best quality products
sets the stage for what lies inside         Intelligent planning should keep                                                at highly competitive industry premiums. We
your home. Often overlooked,                you within a budget that will
                                                                                                                            consider our clients to be our most valuable
                                                                                                                            assets, and we continually strive to earn and
driveways can be easy to remodel.           not be a strain on you financially.                                             retain your business, trust and confidence.
I’ve seen some really creative treat-       Choose projects that will not only
ments that do a lot to help improve         bring a strong return on your in-           2121 ventura blvD., suite 283 / box 12, WooDlanD hills, california 913
the overall look of the property.           vestment, but will also improve
                                                                                        P. 818.88.92 i f. 818.88.00                                     LIC. #0779079
   Pools are not historically a good        your enjoyment of your home in
investment. Instead of taking on            the meantime. u




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KaY’s	tOP						reMODelING	tIPs
>> The least expensive and most effective way to make an impact on your home
is by painting. This is also a project that you can do yourself.
>> Take advantage of services being offered in the various home-improvement
stores. Most of them have staff on hand to give advice that will help guide you
through any project, large or small. You’ll be surprised at all of the free resources
that can help make your remodel very successful.
>> When selecting kitchen appliances, the rule of thumb these days seems to fa-
vor the stainless-steel look. This style is certainly popular and seems to weather
changing tastes. When considering new appliances, be sure to factor in potential
gas or electrical upgrades that may be necessary on an older home.
>> It’s always smart to get the proper building permits. These are easy to acquire
and when you are ready to sell it’s much more advantageous to be able to offer
the appropriate permits.
>> Avoid putting too definitive a statement on your home’s design. Try to stick to
both natural materials and a natural color palette to keep the design from becom-
ing too trendy.
>> Recognize early when you may be getting in over your head. No matter what
project you are considering, it’s always worth it to spend some time, or perhaps a
small investment, to get advice from an expert. Whether hiring a designer or just
scheduling a consultation, thoughtful time spent before beginning any project will
save you money and frustration later.
>> Create a visual photo gallery of your dream look. Gathering pictures of design
elements that you like will help illustrate exactly what you are looking to achieve
in your final project.


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                                       Home & landscaping




  exteriordesign                                            By DAWn RITcHIe




                        Backyard
                                       Oasis
10 VALLEYLIFE   I MARCH / APRIL 2007
LivingLarge
              ranquil sounds of cascading water relax your muscles. Radiant                                             LUXUriOUs LiViNG rOOms
              views of blossoming hibiscus thrill your eyes. Smoky aromas of
          grilled delicacies tickle your taste buds. No, it’s not a luxury vacation
                                                                                                                        T   he newest fashion in furniture
                                                                                                                            is the outdoor living room with
                                                                                                                        soft, low seating and mid-height
          at Hawaii’s Manele Bay. This paradise is only steps from your door in                                         “chat tables” that allow for casu-

            your own private backyard oasis.                                                                            al dining. Chat tables (measuring
                                                                                                                        22–24 inches in height) find their
                                                                                                                        roots in continental European de-
Home renovations are no longer an inside job. The landscaped, waterscaped,                                              signs and are taking the industry by
                                                                                                                        storm. According to John Hannon,
hardscaped backyard is the fastest-growing vacation retreat in the nation,                                              operations manager of The Patio
and contractors and suppliers are busily conceiving every possible way to                                               Collection in Northridge, there has

tweak your outdoor living experience for optimum enjoyment.                                                             been a major shift to conversation
                                                                                                                        pit arrangements within the last
                                                                                                                        two years. “Fashion rules,” states
What’s on their tempting menu of products? Read on and try to resist!                                                   Hannon, “more than any old tradi-
                                                                                                                        tional standards.”
                                                                                                                                   Curtis Simon of Woodland
                                                                                                                                Casual, a family operated
                                                                                                                                business located in Wood-
                                                                                                                                land Hills, agrees. “The de-
                                                                                                                                mand is for a lot more
                                                                                                                                seating, chaises, full ensem-
                                                                                                                                bles and sofas to face the out-
                                                                                                                                door fireplace.” His company
                                                                                                                                will soon offer oversized 13-
                                                                                                                                foot market umbrella to cov-
                                                                                                                                er the expanse.
                                                                                                                                   Since these furnish-
                                                                                                                                ings have to withstand the
                                                                                                                                harsher elements of ex-
                                                                                                                                terior environments, cast
cONNOissEUr kiTchENs                      ice bucket, under-counter lighting,    wood storage and a seating wall        aluminum is now de rigueur. But

F   orget that quaint hibachi teeter-
    ing on the back porch. The new
trend in grilling is the rambling bar-
                                          kick stand for guests cozying up to
                                          the bar or a flaming countertop fire
                                          pit. And what is a backyard retreat
                                                                                 to create a three-sided enclosed
                                                                                 area. “The total effect is a warm,
                                                                                 beautiful feature that brings an
                                                                                                                        all-weather wicker is “a national
                                                                                                                        trend that is coming on strong,”
                                                                                                                        according to Hannon. “With in-
beque island complete with built-in       without music? Get your custom         intimacy to your outdoor living        ternal framings of welded alu-
refrigerators, griddles, rotisseries,     stereo system installed right inside   space,” says Flammers.                 minum, it doesn’t get rickety
deep fryers, sinks, side burners and      in your island’s structure and enjoy      This yearning for more intimacy     over time like grandma’s stuff,
grills that attach directly to your gas   your favorite tunes as you dispense    is also having its effect on the de-   which was made out of wood.”
and plumbing lines. There’s even          your beloved microbrewery beer         sign of furnishings.                                     (Continued on p. 12)
the option of a warming drawer to         from your built-in kegerator.
keep your rolls toasty.
   The top of the range for these is-     FriENdLY FirEpLAcEs
lands can run upward of $25,000
according to Dennis Bertsch of Yard-
scape Outdoor Center in Woodland
                                          A    ccording to Scott Flammer, vice
                                               president of Outdoors & Beyond,
                                          headquartered in Chatsworth, “Ev-
Hills, but the average 11-foot ver-       eryone is looking for the next new
sion will only set you back around        item, and now it’s outdoor fireplac-
$8,500. According to Bertsch, the         es.” Hop out of that refreshing pool
most requested options are 34-inch        and plunk down in front of a wel-
grills with thatched palapa cover-        coming wood-burning fire and relax
ings that provide a tropical-island       in the luxury.
feel,” but that’s only your starter          Flammer’s company builds cus-
kit. Increase your recreational quo-      tom -engineered permanent in-
tient with a bar caddy and built-in       stallations with a compartment for


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                                         in La Crescenta, California Water-    hEdONisTic hYdrO spAs                        Exterior-design consultant Car-
                                         scapes are leading contractors in
                                         this field and serve the West Val-
                                         ley and Ventura County. Outdoors
                                                                               F   or extra pampering, don’t over-
                                                                                   look the hydro spa. Jay Wright
                                                                               of Hydro Spa Outlet in Canoga Park
                                                                                                                         leen Reinstein, owner of Westlake
                                                                                                                         Village’s Meadow Gardens, recom-
                                                                                                                         mends taking your home’s style into
                                         & Beyond designs ponds and pools      says you can get into a quality ther-     account before finalizing every de-
                                         as well, but have also carved out     apeutic spa for as little as $5,000, or   tail, from flowerpots to birdbaths
                                         a solid niche in the grotto-mak-      indulge yourself with the “full red       to fountains, that put the finish-
                                         ing market. Using GFRC (glass-fi-     carpet luxury version,” which tops        ing touches on your secret paradise.
                                         ber reinforced concrete) Outdoor      out at around $12,000.                    Landscaping designer Scott Flam-
                                         & Beyond fashions realistic-looking      He’s talking about Sundance’s          mer also advises diversity in your
                                         simulated rock faces with cascading   recently unveiled Maxxus 880 series       plantings with “contrasting colors,
                                         waterfalls and moss-covered grot-     that offers so many different types       forms, heights and textures” to add
                                         tos that can be accessed directly     of water jets, from pulsing acu-          depth and dimension to your yard’s
  WONdrOUs WATErscApEs                   from the swimming pool.               pressure to directionally adjustable      overall environmental design.

  N    o backyard sanctuary is com-
       plete without some element of
  water. An invigorating swimming
                                            Chemical-free garden and koi
                                         ponds with natural ecosystems are
                                         also excellent low-maintenance
                                                                               deep-tissue massagers, that it could
                                                                               strike fear into a professional mas-
                                                                               seuse’s heart.
                                                                                                                            A front yard’s curb appeal may
                                                                                                                         be for the neighbors to enjoy, but
                                                                                                                         the backyard is still all yours. It’s
  pool with embedded waterfall,          water features. Depending on                                                    the place where you can privately
  an exotic grotto, koi pond or gen-     your vision, they will run you any-   LUSHiOUs LANdscApiNG                      kick back with friends, center your-
  tle trickling fountain can instantly
  transport you to another world.
     Shallow streams that flow natu-
                                         where from the low to high thou-
                                         sands—but the rewards are many.
                                         Flowing water relaxes your senses,
                                                                               A     ll these delightful bells and
                                                                                     whistles are bound to enrich
                                                                               your experience in your backyard
                                                                                                                         self in a peaceful setting and truly
                                                                                                                         live large. u

  rally into ponds are very hot items    masks the din of traffic and neigh-   retreat, but you shouldn’t ignore
                                                                                                                         Dawn Ritchie is co-author of “The Emo-
  at the moment and provide oppor-       borhood noise and invites the daily   the subtler elements that make your       tional House: How Redesigning Your
  tunities for tiny bridges and secret   song of birds into your sanctuary,    outdoor space a sanctuary. It’s really    Home Can Change Your Life” (New Har-
  gardens along their path. Located      free of charge.                       all about the garden.                     binger Publications, 2005).


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no backyard sanctuary is
complete without some
element of water. an
invigorating swimming pool
with imbedded waterfall,
an exotic grotto, koi pond or
gentle trickling fountain can
instantly transport you to
another world.




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                                                    Home




  emotionalhome                                                                                               By kATHRyn l. RoByn




 Spring
 cleaning for the soul
  a	fresH	lOOK	at	OlD	traDItIONs	tHat	CaN	brING	YOu		
  rejuVeNatION,	reNeWal	aND	MaYbe	eVeN	reDeMPtION.



                                                          d
                                                                     oes anyone do a stem-         in Egypt to the Promised Land. To-
  It’s time to clean—you know it is. Spring-clean-                   to-stern spring-cleaning      day, Kosher households worldwide

  ing is steeped in tradition. It’s all about beginning              anymore? It may be our
                                                                     dirty little secret (no pun
                                                                                                   will concentrate on cleaning ev-
                                                                                                   ery last crumb and kernel of last
  anew and washing the soot from a hard winter’s          intended, but appropriate) that          year’s grains chametz, reenacting
  ashes. Who doesn’t picture taking the rugs out          spring-cleaning as a Western secular
                                                          tradition survives only in old movies
                                                                                                   the steps their ancestors took in fol-
                                                                                                   lowing Moses’ mandate to clear out
  back and beating them within an inch of their ex-       and Victorian literature. And QVC.       the leavening. It was a matter of life
  histence, opening all the doors and windows while       Spring cleaning is still a great mar-    and death. There would be no time

  you change the drapes, sweep the floors and get         keting tool, with countless wonder-
                                                          products out there that can do that
                                                                                                   to wait for bread to rise, nothing
                                                                                                   but faith to eat. Some 3,300 years
  ready to scrub the house from top to bottom.            job better than ever before; obvi-       later, chametz is as much a part of
                                                          ously the intention lives on, if not     Passover as is the sacred feast, or
                                                          the endeavor.                            Seder. After Passover, a fresh pantry
                                                             There are traditions, however,        starts the new season.
                                                          that specifically address this clean-        In this town, where ants, moths
                                                          up time in the context of a broad-       and earwigs are a constant nudge,
                                                          er religious observance. Specifically,   is it a bad idea to clean out the sch-
                                                          the Jewish ritual of chametz preced-     mutz? No, it’s a mitzvah.
                                                          ing Passover is all about cleaning.          Interestingly, the Persians have a
                                                          Chametz—which is the name of the         similar tradition. Norouz, marked on
                                                          time period, the activity associat-      the first day of spring, is the tradi-
                                                          ed with it and the debris cleaned—       tional Persian New Year celebrated
                                                          hearkens back to the preparations        all over the Muslim world from Pak-
                                                          made by ancient Hebrews be-              istan to Albania, as well as among
                                                          fore escaping from enslavement           the Kurds, Zoroastrians, Sufis, etc.


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                                              We clean the spaces we live in, we till the soil we will soon
                                              plant in, and by so doing we refresh our own wintered-out
                                              souls in the spirit of beginning again.
                                          in, and by so doing we refresh our
                                          own wintered-out souls in the spirit
                                          of beginning again.
                                                                                     s   creen tHe stories
                                                                                         You’ve got memories that stick
                                                                                     in your craw with this room, don’t
                                                                                                                               ting met, then start by vacuuming
                                                                                                                               and dusting your living room and
                                                                                                                               your bedroom, top to bottom. And
                                             This spring, while the whole            you? Some you’d gladly clean out of       please, wash the bedding. Also,
                                          country continues its engagement           your mind. These memories are con-        give your bathroom a good scrub.
                                          in the extensive self-examination          nected to the reason this room is a       And oh, yes, at least this season,
                                          of trying to figure out how to stop        swamp. Can’t think of any? You’re         don’t go to bed with dirty dishes in
                                          changing the global weather pat-           in denial. Better read that book.         the sink. Why? Because waking up
                                          terns with our excessive use of ener-                                                to them begins your day on a nega-
                                          gy, we would do well to take a fresh
                                          look around our own homes and
                                          figure out what backlog of “leaven-
                                                                                     T   aKe action witH trasH
                                                                                         and treasure
                                                                                     The things in this room that lift
                                                                                                                               tive. Spring is the beginning of the
                                                                                                                               year for most life forms and many
                                                                                                                               cultures; start this one by renewing
                                          ing” needs to be swept up and re-          your spirits, they’re treasures. Shine    your spirit every day.
                                          moved; and, conversely, what new           them, fluff them and move them               It will be more fun if you put on
                                          things, or ways of being, can be           to a better spot. Make them won-          music, an audio book or a favor-
                                          brought in to spruce up the year.          derful. You will feel renewed, guar-      ite radio program to keep your-
                                             To do that, take inventory of the       anteed. But there might be things         self company. It makes the tasks of
                                          waste and nonsense that is using           bringing you down, too. If the stuff      cleaning much easier to face.
                                          up your energy and weighing you            in here is causing stress or making          A basic cleaning arsenal includes
                                          down—not to mention melting the            you hate it (or your life or your-        a quality vacuum, floor mop, dust
                                          polar ice cap. Use this acronym as a       self), rename that stuff trash and        cloths, sponges, cleansers (“green”
                                          guide: d.U.s.T. It will help you un-       get rid of it. If it’s not as black and   is cleaner for the environment, so
                                          earth the emotional issues also clut-      white as that, then consider your         go with those) and rubber gloves
                                          tering up your life and produce            options. Can your couch be trans-         (to protect your hands). A spray mil-
                                          ways to evict the excess. This truly is    formed, your closet redeemed? Can         dew cleanser is a big help in the
                                          spring cleaning for your soul.             you turn the trash into treasure? If      bathroom, and they come in green
                                                                                     something can be repaired, great.         varieties as well.


and devotees of the Bahá’í faith.
                                          d    iscover tHe dirt
                                                You know where it is: Those
                                          embarrassing areas of your home
                                                                                     Repurposed? Perfect. But if a thing
                                                                                     is trash, trash, trash, pitch it. And
                                                                                     voilà, renewal is yours.
                                                                                                                               sanitize your batHroom in
                                                                                                                               15 minutes
    During Norouz, spring cleaning        that just don’t work. Maybe they’re           Of course, there is a larger les-      Wipe down the porcelain with a
is consistent with the rebirth of na-     disorganized, congested, hard to           son here. If trash can be turned to       nonabrasive cleanser and polish the
ture. The tradition concentrates on       keep clean, a waste of light or heat,      treasure, that’s redemption, isn’t it?    chrome. You’ll instantly feel fresh-
the condition of the home, and also       whatever. Pick just one. You know          Repairing, repurposing, recycling—        er. Clean mirrors and put out gentle
extends to personal attire. It is the     the spot—it has issues. Write down         they’re all good. But if we can fig-      soaps and kind toilet tissues within
custom for each individual to buy at      on a piece of paper the room, the          ure out how to release the energy         reach of where they’re needed. Vac-
least one new set of clothes.             problem and a possible solution            in our trash, turning it into the trea-   uum the floor, corners and crevices,
    Christians might think about          (e.g.: the garage, no room for the         sure of fuel, well then, that’s mak-      and eliminate soap scum in your
taking from both these traditions         cars, clear it out/get rid of the cars).   ing pure gold out of excess, a value      shower with a spray mildew cleans-
to combine the practice of spring-        Now, title the paper TO DO.                we should all make into a religion.       er. Turn on the shower to rinse af-
cleaning with a trip to the mall to                                                  Repeat after me: Let there be a           ter five minutes. (Pick up a shower
purchase the kids’ Easter outfits.
We might see a bit more cross-cul-
tural enthusiasm for renewal in the
                                          U    nderstand tHe use and
                                               meaning of tHe room
                                          Every room has a practical and
                                                                                     clean spring on Earth, and let it be-
                                                                                     gin with me.
                                                                                                                               squeegee to use on tiles after show-
                                                                                                                               ering. It reduces soap buildup.)
                                                                                                                               Then tame that makeup drawer by
neighborhood. Truly, what house-          an emotional function. If you’ve           emotional House rule #2:                  tossing out products you no longer
hold is not in sore need of rejuvena-     read the definitive book on the            Keep it clean                             use. (Makeup expires.)
tion at this halfway mark between         subject, “The Emotional House:             Cleaning is the simplest way to              Now, doesn’t this room feel more
the dark of winter and the sum-           How Redesigning Your Home Can              achieve a quick, no-money make-           worthy of you? u
mer light? Call it what you will—         Change Your Life,” like I suggested        over. If you have recently spent a
liberation or resurrection, birth or      last issue, you’d know what they           night alone because your house
rebirth, mating season or spring          are. Imagine a room that is trou-          was too dirty to invite anyone over,      Besides “The Emotional House: How Rede-
recess—spring cleaning lends it-          bled as perfect. What does it give         then you know it’s time. Spring is        signing Your Home Can Change Your Life,”
                                                                                                                               (New Harbinger Publications, 2005,) Kathryn
self to hope, a fresh start and new       you? How does it make you feel?            mating season, after all. If you want
                                                                                                                               L. Robyn is the author of “Spiritual House-
growth. We clean the spaces we live       Be practical. Write it down. (Next         to encourage the possibility of           cleaning: Healing the Space Within by Beau-
in, we till the soil we will soon plant   month: Quiz.)                              your social and intimacy needs get-       tifying the Space Around You” (2001).


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                                                                      interior design




   lightingdesign                                                                                                                              By kelly BonAnno




      LET THERE BE
                                Light
  One of the easiest ways to add drama and beauty to your home is with                                                           are strictly for mood. When you’d
                                                                                                                                 like to sit back and watch a movie,
  the right lighting. It’s the one aspect of design that can truly make or                                                       or just relax with a cup of tea and
  break the desired effect of any room. Lighting creates atmosphere,                                                             good conversation, this is the type

  enhances color and highlights textures, so the lighting in your home                                                           of lighting you want.
                                                                                                                                    If you’re reading or playing a
  should make an impact. Let’s face it, whether you’re an artist, photog-                                                        board game with the kids, you’ll
  rapher, interior designer or someone who just wants to look good, com-                                                         want brighter light, so you’ll need
                                                                                                                                 a good task light. Recessed lights
  plementary lighting is your best friend.                                                                                       and hanging pendants are good
                                                                                                                                 choices. Recessed lights are versatile
                                                                                                                                 because they give indirect light, but
  WhAT’s NEW? ThE LATEsT                      ture can be a piece of artwork in        outdoor living room in your back-         they also serve double-duty as great




  L
  TrENds iN LiGhTiNG                          itself. According to Tiongco, a beau-    yard. Rather than simply having           task lighting.
           ighting that is both func-         tiful look for more sophisticated        patio furniture, the outdoor space           Art meets function with drop
           tional and beautiful is            tastes can be achieved by adding         mimics the indoor space, complete         pendants. There are beautiful op-
           always popular. Mixing tra-        color with Murano glass from Italy       with stylish floor and table lamps.       tions to reflect your taste and they
           ditional with contempo-            or with crackle glass. “Hand-paint-      Because this type of lighting is          offer excellent illumination as well.
  rary for a modern look that features        ed fixtures are also very popular,”      weatherproof, it’s suitable for out-      Rail systems with hanging pendants
  clean, classic straight lines is the cur-   Tiongco adds.                            door locations that get wet. Wall         are both decorative and functional,
  rent trend in lighting. Dustin Young           One of the most popular new           sconces help make an outdoor liv-         and are a great choice over an is-
  at Lamps Plus in Chatsworth says,           trends in decorative lighting is chan-   ing area feel cozy.                       land in the kitchen.
  “Our top sellers are contemporary,          deliers or chandelettes with black          Another emerging trend in out-            Lighting fixtures are perfect for
  modern fixtures.”                           crystal. They make a very pretty         door lighting is installing lights with   above, below or inside cabinetry.
     Sheri Tiongco, manager and as-           accent piece for a powder room,          colored or frosted glass in the front     If you’d like to showcase a piece of
  sistant buyer at La Forge Lighting          breakfast nook or master bedroom.        yard, as they tend to cut down on         artwork or special feature in your
  in Woodland Hills, says that most of        They are even popping up in un-          glare for drivers.                        home, accent lighting like adjust-
  the customers she works with are            expected places, such as laundry                                                   able downlights work well.
  also asking for something contem-           rooms and master closets. People         chOOsiNG ThE riGhT LiGhT
  porary. “We’re seeing a lot of color.       want to make even those smaller          FOr ThE jOb                               dON’T skimp ON ThE bUdGET
  They’ll take traditional designs and        spaces look appealing.                   You need more than one type of            Kim McCauley, owner of Designer
  add splashes of color with glass to                                                  light in most rooms. Decorative light-    Lighting in Westlake Village, says
  give it a more contemporary feel,           ThE GrEAT OUTdOOrs                       ing, such as a sconce or chandelier, is   one of the most important things
  because that’s one of the newer             A growing trend in design over the       not meant for tasks. While they will      in choosing lighting is allowing a
  looks,” Tiongco says. A lighting fix-       past few years is the creation of an     certainly illuminate your space, they     big enough budget. “It’s an essen-


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  “When redecorating, lighting is the last thing
  people choose, so it’s the last thing they have
  money for. This is a mistake because lighting
  is as important as flooring or countertops.”




tial part of interior design. When        glare, a chandelier should be hung
redecorating, lighting is the last        about 30 inches above a table.
thing people choose, so it’s the          Chandeliers with magnetized crys-
last thing they have money for.           tals don’t need holes, so you save
This is a mistake because light-          money because each hole costs
ing is as important as flooring or        around $10 to drill.
countertops.” Another important              With the energy crunch, most
part of the process is sizing. Light      lighting companies offer efficient
fixtures should not be too big            alternatives. Energy Star light bulbs
or too small for a space. McCau-          cost more money but help bring the
ley advises that it’s better to be        power bill down, so you will save
on the lager side then too small.         in the long run. Halogen bulbs are


                                                                                    Meadow Gardens
“Nothing looks more silly then a          known as the brighter and whiter
big gorgeous dining table with a          lights. They’ll save you money be-
little chandelier over it,” she says.     cause they are double-wattage i.e.,
                                          (A 100-watt halogen bulb gives 200
mAkiNG ThE OLd LOOk
NEW AGAiN
                                          watts of light, but only pulls 100        f u r N I s H I N G s 	f O r 	H O M e 	a N D 	G a r D e N
                                          watts from the breaker).
Updating your current lighting fix-          Another way to cut down on the
tures is an easy way to achieve a         electrical bills is to bring in more
new look. Add height and char-            natural light by installing a skylight.
acter to a lamp by replacing the             McCauley says, lighting instal-        DIsCOuNt		I		fOuNtaINs		I		POtterY		I		beNCHes		I		GIft		IteMs
shade. Give an old brass chandelier       lation can be tricky. If the job is
new life with a custom finish, such       something simple like a plug in                                                             	
                                                                                    aCCessOrIes		I		sPeCIal	OrDers		I		DesIGN	serVICes	
as oiled rub bronze, iron or satin or     sconce or standard ceiling light,
brushed nichol.                           you can probably do it yourself.          D e l I V e r Y 	 a N D 	 I N s ta l l at I O N 	 a r e 	 a V a I l a b l e
                                          However, high-tech fixtures are
Tricks OF ThE TrAdE                       difficult to install. Unless you have
Dimmers help conserve energy.             experience with electrical wir-
Most lighting experts recommend           ing, McCauley recommends leav-
putting one in every room so you          ing most jobs to the experts. You
can easily alter the mood. With a         don’t want to compromise safety.          store hours: m-f 10am – :30 • sat 10am – Pm • sun 12 – Pm
dimmer, changing the ambience of          Incorrect installation for anything
a room is literally at your fingertips.   that requires electricity can pose a
   To enhance sparkle and reduce
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                                                                   interior design




   grandopening                                                                                                                                By BRIAn sPeRo




                                                                                                                                 Unmatched
                                                                                                                                 quality, value
                                                                                                                                 and service.
                                                                                                                                 There’s never
                                                                                                                                 been a better
                                                                                                                                 time to redesign
                                                                                                                                 your home.

  DOTI: DesIgns Of The InTerIOr
  A new concept store

                                          The first sentence of the mission statement for the newly opened DOTI
                                          [Designs Of The Interior] store in Woodland Hills tells you all you need to know
                                          about this exciting new design studio with a twist: “DOTI promises unmatched
                                          quality, value and service in your home furnishings and interior design needs,”
                                          reads the document that owners/operators Karen and Dan Shoener put their
                                          names to. Once you get acquainted with the store and its owners, you are sure
                                          to agree that they deliver on their promise in every way.


  DOTI
                                          that happens to have furniture.”         your home to suit your taste, your       appointment, but walk-ins are
                                          One might be thrown off by the           lifestyle and your budget,” Karen        more than welcome since there are
                        is a new con-     beautiful furniture and design sam-      says. With more than 200 vendors         always designers available in the
  cept store perfectly suited for the     ples that greet you when you walk        at their disposal, including relation-   store. What happens first is a com-
  valley lifestyle, where you walk into   through the door, but what you see       ships with hand-picked contractors       plete consultation, where one of
  a furniture-showroom atmosphere         is not necessarily what you get, since   and shippers, DOTI is able to give       their highly trained and versatile
  and are treated to a range of ser-      DOTI is able to offer limitless possi-   you full-service, and the sky is the     designers will listen to exactly what
  vices that are as complete as they      bilities when it comes to choosing       limit. And with a team of designers      you have in mind, and ask questions
  are affordable. According to Karen      the items that go into your home.        chosen from the cream of the crop        to be sure he or she understands your
  Shoener, who, along with her hus-           “We’re not necessarily selling       in Southern California on staff at       desires and expectations. “We sit
  band Dan, purchased this 22nd DOTI      what’s on the floor. It’s just meant     all times, there’s never been a bet-     down and talk about what you are
  franchise after successful careers in   to show the breadth of the amaz-         ter time to start a home-remodel-        looking for, what room you might be
  finance and business operations,        ing things that we can do. We want       ing project. “We can do anything…        thinking about redoing, from your
  “DOTI is a new idea. There are a lot    you to come in, get ideas and be         the whole living environment, the        entire home to just one area. We
  of furniture stores out there that      inspired. Then you can talk to one       whole house or just a room and any       take into consideration your lifestyle
  might have a few designers who          of our designers, who are able to        style,” confirms Karen.                  and your taste. Do you entertain?
  work there. DOTI is a design studio     create a complete custom look for            You can visit DOTI with an           Do you have pets or kids? All of your


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likes and dislikes,” says Karen. The     every step of the way until the task
next step is an in-home consultation,    is completed. We’ll get everything
where the designer gets a first-hand     ordered, we’ll get everything in and
feel for the home, can take a look       we’ll schedule the deliveries. When
at any particular items or heirlooms     everything arrives, the designer will
that you are especially attached to so   be there to meet the delivery com-
that she can incorporate them into       pany. Then she will orchestrate the
the design, and really get an under-     entire set up,” Karen says. “When
standing of the physical space.          you finally walk into the room the
    DOTI designers draw from an          accessories are in place, the window
amazing wealth of resources to find      treatments are up and you really get
the perfect furnishings for your proj-   that wow! You can have a dinner
ect. Your desires are always at the      party that night.”
forefront, however, as Karen puts           It’s this type of uncommon start-
it, “We would never expect our cli-      to-finish service that makes DOTI
ents to sit down and make all of the     different. DOTI eliminates the frus-
choices. That’s what the designers       tration of waiting and relying on a
are for. They are very talented and      bunch of different people to get the
can make amazing recommenda-             job done, and since they understand
tions.” After the initial choices have   your desires and are aware of what
been made, they once again confer        you expect to spend from the get-
with you to make sure it is consistent   go, they bring the project in under




with your vision, narrowing down         budget every time. But that’s not all.
the small but important details, like    Karen adds, “What’s also different
if you want a chair with a round         about us is that our designers don’t
back and what kind of sofa you pre-      charge an hourly fee. Most design-
fer. “After we’ve gotten approvals       ers who are decent charge about
on upholstry, window treatments          $200 an hour, plus a commission on
and other furniture selections, we       the items that are sold. If you are
pull it all together within your bud-    serious about a project, we provide
get and invite you into our beauti-      the designer and make sure you get
ful conference room,” says Karen.        what you want.”
“The designer then does a presen-           With a store like DOTI, it’s eas-
tation where she shows the fabrics       ier than ever to achieve the inte-
and pictures of all of the items that    rior design you’ve always dreamed
have been selected. There will be a      of, and you can be sure that you
drawing of the room that will show       won’t bust your budget. With plans
the physical location of everything.     in place to open their second DOTI
Many of our designers do artist ren-     location (this one in Thousand Oaks)
derings so you will get to see exactly
how it will look.”
   With the vision complete, it’s time
                                         sometime in 2008, Karen and Dan
                                         Shoener not only have a winning
                                         business proposition on their hands,
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                                                                                  COMING SOON TO ThOuSANd OAkS


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                                                                                                 people




                          musiclegend                                                                                                                           By GReTcHen PARks




                                                                                                    John
                                                                Mayall
                                                                 BLues
                                                      The Godfather of British
 Photo by Randee St. Nicholas




                                                                a legend living amongst us


                    J
                                       ohn Mayall, affectionately referred to in music circles as “The   audience. In turn, as their success grew across Europe and in the United States,
                                       Godfather of British Blues,” has made his home in Woodland        African-American blues musicians, like John Lee Hooker and others, found they
                                       Hills for the past 11 years with his wife, Maggie, and two        had a large, unbiased audience in England and Europe and that they could
                                       youngest children, Sammy, 12, and Zak, 23.                        make a good living touring on the other side of the Atlantic. Many of these
                                          Growing up in Northern England near Manchester was             blues greats would travel to England and hire established bands as their accom-
                                       a far cry from where his life has taken him as a bluesman.        panying musicians—bands like John Mayall and The Bluesbreakers—since those
                    This father of six and grandfather of six started out in the music business in       young English lads would be sure to know every note of their music. Handed
                    the early ‘60s, more than 45 years ago, heading his transcendent band, John          that most honorable task, Mayall gained invaluable experience, as well as im-
                    Mayall and The Bluesbreakers.                                                        measurable enjoyment, backing such legendary performers as Hooker, Sonny
                       Being influenced by American blues music was a phenomenon of the times            Boy Williamson and T. Bone Walker.
                    for Mayall and his peers in late ‘50s and early ‘60s. Early rock bands like The          Mayall is called “The Godfather” because of his influence as a blues pur-
                    Rolling Stones adopted the music and style of their blues idols, taking from the     ist and the long list of great musicians who have cut their musical teeth with
                    tradition while modernizing it in a way that caught fire with their young pop        him. Those who started their careers with Mayall include Mick Fleetwood, John


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                                                                                                                             john mayall and the
                                                                                                                             bluesbreakers onstage with
                                                                                                                             hank van sickle and eric
                                                                                                                             clapton in liverpool, 2003.
                                                                                                                             (Photo by Darren Edwards)




                                                                                                                             vl: How often are you on the
                                                                                                                             road these days?
                                                                                                                             John: The Bluesbreakers and I usu-
                                                                                                                             ally average about 100 shows every
                                                                                                                             year all over the world. Because we
                                                                                                                             choose not to have days off and we
                                                                                                                             consolidate the shows, it comes out
                                                                                                                             to be one-third of the year away
                                                                                                                             and two-thirds at home—the best
                                                                                                                             of both worlds.

                                                                                                                             vl: tell us about some highlights
                                                                                                                             in your career in recent years.
                                                                                                                             John: The most spectacular event in
                                                                                                                             many a year was to be awarded an
                                                                                                                             O.B.E. [Officer of the Order of the
                                                                                                                             British Empire] for services in music.
                                                                                                                             Fantastic ceremony held in Bucking-
                                                                                                                             ham Palace and presented by Prince
                                                                                                                             Charles. Another highlight was a
                                                                                                                             special reunion, after 38 years, with
                                                                                                                             my original Bluesbreaker, Eric Clap-
                                                                                                                             ton. The recorded concert, a ben-
                                                                                                                             efit for Unicef, celebrated my 70th
McVie and Peter Green of Fleetwood           valleylife: How long have you been      vl: what are your favorite spots        birthday and was released on CD
Mac, Andy Fraser of Free, Mick Tay-          residing on this side of the pond?      in the valley?                          and DVD.
lor of The Rolling Stones, Coco Mon-         what originally attracted you to        John: Our local family favorite spots
toya, Walter Trout and the great Eric        california?                             would have to include Corbin Bowl,      vl: you play guitar, harmonica
Clapton. Clapton has stated, “John           John mayall: I first came to Califor-   Sunrise Little League, Baseball City    and keyboards onstage and
Mayall has actually run an incredibly        nia in January 1968 as a stop on my     and going to The Ball Yards batting     when you record. what is your
great school for musicians,” and has         first USA tour and I was stunned that   cages with our son, Sammy. Our fa-      primary instrument?
often credited Mayall with providing         the temperature was in the high 70      vorite restaurants are Yamato, La       John: Keyboard has always been my
the environment that honed his style.        degrees! That’s unheard of in Eng-      Frite and Acapulco, and Pick-Up-Stix    primary instrument. I play a Yamaha
And, to quote B.B. King: “John May-          land. After meeting Frank Zappa in      for take-out. We go to the movies at    S90, which has a great piano sound
all, he was the master of it. If it wasn’t   his Laurel Canyon home, I resolved      Winnetka Multiplex and The Regal        and a great organ sound.
for the British musicians, a lot of us       to move there myself as soon as I       at The Commons. You can usually
black musicians in America would still       could. I bought my house early the      pick up a good blues show at Cozy’s     vl: How would you categorize your
be catchin’ the hell that we caught          following year and couldn’t have        Bar & Grill. In fact, my wife Maggie    piano/keyboard playing style?
long before. So thanks to all you guys,      been happier.                           will be playing there on April 28th.    John: It’s always been boogie-woogie,
thank you very much!”                                                                And I’m a regular at Norm’s Rare        blues and a touch of modern jazz.
    At 73, Mayall shows no signs of          vl: what prompted you to                Guitars in Tarzana.                                   (Continue on page 36)
slowing down. He just wrapped up a           move from laurel canyon to
few Southern California gigs in Feb-         woodland Hills?
ruary, including a hot show at The           John: Unfortunately, a major brush
Canyon Club in Agoura Hills on Febru-        fire destroyed my house and 24 oth-
ary 24, and recently completed record-       ers in 1979, and although we eventu-             John Mayall, he was the master of
ing his 57th album, “John Mayall and
the Bluesbreakers—In The Palace Of
                                             ally rebuilt on the same foundation,
                                             the magic was never the same.
                                                                                     it. If it wasn’t for the British musicians, a
The King”. We were lucky enough to           My family and I researched several      lot of us black musicians in America would
sit with him in his home office to ask       neighborhoods in the Valley and we      still be catchin’ the hell that we caught
him a few questions about his amaz-
ing career and what he loves about
                                             happened to come across the ide-
                                             al house in Woodland Hills that had     long before. So thanks to all you guys,
living in the valley, and found out that     all the right elements and space to     thank you very much!
the legend living among us is some-          make a new home. It has turned out
thing of an ordinary family man these
days. Almost.
                                             to be the perfect place to live and
                                             raise a family.                         – B.B. King
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                                                                                                                                  MARCH / APRIL 2007
                                                                      business




  businessprofile                                                                                                                       By BRIAn sPeRo




                          experience. Quality. superior service.
   tHe	trIDeNt	INsuraNCe	aGeNCY
                                           NSuRANce. We all need it and most of us have it, so                         writes our life insurance and health
                                                                                                                       (both individual and group).
                                           why does it often seem that when it comes to dealing
                                           with insurance companies we’re left in the dark?                            vl: what benefits does one get
                                           Thankfully, there are people like DeBRA JAcKSON of                          by going with an independent
                                                                                                                       agency like yours?
                                       THe TRIDeNT AgeNcy in Woodland Hills. Debra helps                               debra: The level of professionalism
                                       ValleyLife shed some light on the work that she has been                        and education is the greatest ben-
                                       doing for the past 22 years at the company her father start-                    efit between us and a direct-writer
                                                                                                                       agent/company. With us you get the
                                       ed. Want to know how to choose an insurance agent, save                         expertise of an agent who has been
                                       money on your policy and make sure that you have the                            trained, licensed and maintains on-
                                       coverage you need? Just talk to Debra.                                          going continuing education. With
                                                                                                                       the complexity of insurance and
                                                                                                                       the ever-changing insurance envi-
                                       valleylife: trident was your             time…fantastic! Eventually I bought    ronment, it’s more important than
                                       father’s company, but when did           the business so he could retire.       ever to deal with someone who can
                                       you decide the work was for you?                                                really advise you and is not just a
                                       debra Jackson: I was in banking op-      vl: what kind of insurance does        glorified order taker.
                                       erations management when my              trident specialize in?
                                       father first approached and later        debra: We specialize in personal       vl: what about when it comes
                                       persuaded me to come work with           lines, including auto, home and per-   time to file a claim?
                                       him. At first I was hesitant. I soon     sonal umbrella, mechanical break-      debra: When an insured has an
                                       found that insurance, being a service    down, etc. We also write commer-       auto accident, he has an I.D. card
                                       business, was precisely my area of ex-   cial auto, commercial property,        with a 24-hour/7-days a week toll-
                                       pertise. Helping people fulfill a need   RV’and motorcycle policies to name     free report-line phone number.
                                       and saving them money at the same        a few. Plus, we have a division that   The report is then promptly as-




                                                                                                                       tHe	trIDeNt	teaM
                                                                                                                       (from left to right) Gigi
                                                                                                                       Duncombe, keri nelson,
                                                                                                                       Greg nelson, Debra jackson,
                                                                                                                       michelle jackson and
                                                                                                                       carrie hackett.


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                                           routine inspections, showing pride
                                           of ownership presents a better risk
                                           to the carrier and can avoid nonre-
         With the                          newals.
complexity of insurance
and the ever-changing                      vl: should people always
insurance environment,                     comparison shop?
it’s more important                        debra: I think it’s good for people to
                                           occasionally comparison shop, but I
than ever to deal with                     wouldn’t suggest doing it every six
someone who can really                     months. If you’ve checked around
advise you.                                and you know that the rate that you
                                           have is competitive, the coverage
                                           you have is at an appropriate level
                                           and you are happy with the service
                                           of your agent, then check once ev-
                                           ery other year. Companies’ rates can
                                           fluctuate, and looking to change for
signed to a claims adjuster, who           a few dollars may not be worth your
will contact the insured and send          time and effort.
any required DMV paperwork. In
addition, we offer you someone to          vl: are there any types of
answer any questions, advise you,           insurance that are a better
assist you with the completion of          value to the consumer?
DMV required forms and then go             debra: My favorite, the personal
to bat for you when necessary.             umbrella, provides the best value
                                           for the money. A typical umbrella
vl: How are you able to stay               policy for, let’s say, $1,000,000 cov-
competitive with your prices?              erage that extends over your auto
debra: Our being competitive is in         and homeowner policies, can run as
large part due to the insurance com-       little as $200 to $400 annually.
panies we have chosen to represent.
Mercury Insurance, for example,            vl: How is the market right now
keeps their rates competitive by hav-      for insurance?
ing one of the toughest anti-fraud         debra: We’re in a very highly com-
units in the industry. They also make      petitive market right now, and rates
sure that the underwriting and pre-        have really leveled off. It’s really a
miums charged are appropriate for          good time for the California con-
the risk.                                  sumer. However, don’t shop price
                                           only. Remember that service should
vl: what other ways are people             also be high on you priority list.
able to save money on a policy?
debra: Look into package policies.         vl: what should a consumer be
Combining your auto, home and/or           looking for when choosing an
personal umbrella usually provides         agent to work with?
a nice savings on all policies. Obvi-      debra: Ask how many years she’s
ously with auto insurance, maintain        been in business, how many years
a good driving record is important.        she’s been licensed and what are
If you do get a ticket, consider traffic   the ratings of the insurance compa-
school. Make sure any youthful driv-       nies that they represent. You want
ers on your policy maintain a grade        to look for an A-or A+-rated compa-
point average of 3.0 or higher. In         ny. Referrals are very important. Ask
regards to homeowner policies,             friends and family who they have
carry a higher deductible (consid-         their insurance with and if they’ve
er $2,500), keep your property well        been happy. u
maintained (keeping trees trimmed
back from the roof line, making sure
                                           You more information, please call Deb-
paint is not peeling and things like       ora at The Trident Insurance Agency,
that). When companies run their            818.887.5952.



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                                                                        community




  goldenage                                                                                                                                          By sAnDI BeRG




                    “We take caRe                                                                                               the Motion Picture Relief Fund is



                     of oUR oWn”
                                                                                                                                responsible for is the Elder Connec-
                                                                                                                                tion, which is an outreach program
                                                                                                                                to people in their homes. As more
                                                                                                                                and more seniors opt to stay in their
                                                                                                                                own homes, this program provides

                       motion Picture & television funD                                                                         home modifications to fit the client.
                                                                                                                                They make sure there is better light-
                  a retirement community for the film industry in Woodland hills                                                ing, tighten carpets to diminish the
                                                                                                                                risk of a fall, install grab bars in bath-
                                                                                                                                rooms and even install a wheelchair
  In 1921 Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, D.W. griffith and charlie                                                           ramp if needed. If the client has par-
                                                                                                                                ents that live in another state the
  chaplin established the Motion Picture Relief Fund to help people in                                                          fund is able to help find resources in
  the entertainment industry who were struggling in their chosen fields.                                                        that state. This practice started when

  It was not until 1941 that a remote 48-acre parcel of land in Woodland                                                        one board member whose parents
                                                                                                                                were out of state called wondering
  Hills would become a retirement community for the film industry,                                                              if they could help to connect them
  largely due to the charity of one man.                                                                                        with an agency where they lived,
                                                                                                                                and the answer was “yes.” “I want




  E
                                                                                                                                all our answers to always be yes. We
                veryone who has ever        nia, serving approximately 140,000        can’t, however there is never any         want our social workers to be an ad-
                watched an Academy          patients annually. But what many          discrimination. The breadth of ser-       vocate whether they’re local or not,”
                Award show has heard        people consider to be the jewel in        vices the fund provides is extraordi-     says Dr. Tillman
                of the prestigious Jean     the crown is the retirement facility      nary. David Tillman MD, CEO of the           “We take care of our own” is the
                Hersholt Award, yet         in Woodland Hills, also known as          MPTF explains, “We don’t take care        motto of the Motion Picture & Tele-
  most people don’t know for whom           the “Wasserman Campus.”                   of people who just live nearby, we        vision Fund, and they do so through
  this humanitarian award was named.           Named for MCA CEO Lew Was-             take care of people. Our market is        ongoing charity events, private do-
  Jean Hersholt was an actor who em-        serman and his wife Edie (who still       defined by their association with         nations, as well as donations from
  igrated to the United States from         serves on Motion Picture & Television     the entertainment industry wher-          payroll pledges, wills and bequests.
  Denmark during the silent-movie era       Fund board), the campus is a sprawl-      ever they live.” They have communi-       Dr. Tillman illustrates such a case
  with great ambition, but little mon-      ing community offering a multitude        ty social services with a cadre of so-    by relating the story of actress Elsa
  ey. He quickly established himself        of living accommodations. Charm-          cial workers out in the field, serving    Lancaster, who chose to support the
  as one of Hollywood’s most likable        ing cottages surrounded by mani-          the people who work in the industry       Fund by bequeathing her image
  and prolific actors. Hersholt felt the    cured lawns and gardens still re-         and their various needs.                  rights and her name. Fortunately,
  industry had done so much for him         main from 1941. What have sprung             The Relief Fund provides financial     she co-starred in one of the most fa-
  that he wanted to give something          up around the original cottages are       assistance almost immediately, says
  back. In 1941 he stunned the com-         other residential facilities, including   Dr. Tillman. “If you’re retired and
  munity by writing out a personal          the Fran and Ray Stark Villa and the      on a fixed income and all of a sud-
  check to purchase the Woodland            Country House. Counted among the          den your rent goes up $100 a month
  Hills property, which he donated to       various amenities are also the Fran-      and you don’t have that extra $100
  the Relief Fund so they could final-      ces Goldwyn lodge, as well as a 250-      to spend, we can provide you with
  ly have their much needed retire-         seat state-of-the-art theater, the        the financial assistance. Or, if you’re
  ment home.                                John Ford Chapel (which originally        young and working in the industry
     Although the retirement facili-        sat on Ford’s estate), lovely walking     and you’re going to lose your car,
  ty is limited to a few hundred res-       paths and a magnificent koi pond.         we can also help. One of the big-
  idents, its doors are open to serve       There is also a 250-bed hospital on       gest concerns of people working in
  the community with an outpatient          the campus, which includes an Al-         the industry is loss of insurance. We
  clinic that accepts private insurance     zheimer’s unit funded by Anne and         have a financial assistance program
  as well as Medicare. The only man-        Kirk Douglas.                             where we help people who lose
  date is that one must have worked            There are two different levels         their health insurance due to loss
  in the film or television industry. The   of residency at the campus differ-        of employment coverage to bridge
  Fund actually has five health-care        entiated between those who can            them over until they requalify.”
  facilities located in Southern Califor-   pay their own costs and those who            Another one of the programs


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                                                                                                                           (Front row from left)
                                                                                                                           William Pereira, Loretta Young,
                                                                                                                           Jean Hersholt, Mary Pickford,
                                                                                                                           Edward Arnold.
                                                                                                                           (Photo: MPTF Archive)




                                                                                                                           hear wonderful stories about Hol-
                                                                                                                           lywood’s Golden Age. Or you may
                                                                                                                           have the pleasure to meet famed di-
                                                                                                                           rector Charles Jarrott, whose credits
                                                                                                                           include “Anne of a Thousand Days”
                                                                                                                           (starring Richard Burton) and “Mary
                                                                                                                           Queen of Scots” (starring Vanessa
                                                                                                                           Redgrave and Glenda Jackson).
                                                                                                                           Jarrott moved in three years ago
                                                                                                                           after his wife passed away. He re-
                                                                                                                           calls, “It was a rehabilitation place
                                                                                                                           for me. It’s a very good and caring
                                                                                                                           place. I also like the freedom. People
                                                                                                                           make the place what they want to. If
                                                                                                                           you want to be reclusive, you can be
                                                                                                                           reclusive and nobody bothers you.”
                                                                                                                              Actress Lillian Adams has resid-
                                                                                                                           ed at the Country Home for a little
                                                                                                                           over a year. She’s one of the still-
                                                                                                                           working residents, having recent-
                                                                                                                           ly acted in a commercial alongside
mous horror films of all time, “The    coming 9th Annual Michael Doug-            ity of Haim and Dr. Cheryl Saban,        rapper Snoop Dogg, as well as in a
Bride of Frankenstein.” Every time     las & Friends celebrity golf event,        along with a large donation from         few episodes of Malcolm in the Mid-
there is an image or picture featur-   which will be held on Sunday, April        Jodie Foster, whose mother is very       dle. Adams jokes, “I’m still working,
ing the “Bride of Frankenstein,” the   29, 2007, at the Trump National Golf       committed to water-based physical        but I’m actively unemployed in all
Fund makes some money.                 Club in Rancho Palos Verdes. Anoth-        therapy. Even better news is that it     fields.” When she first moved in,
   Just this year, the MPTF received   er popular event is the 25th Annual        will be open to members of the en-       her arthritis was so bad that she
$250,000 from an auction of Twenti-    Golden Boot Awards, which will be          tertainment community who do not         had to hold onto the railing along
eth Century Fox studio memorabilia.    held on Saturday, August 11, 2007,         live on the premises. Dr. Tillman ex-    the walls when she walked around
Some of the auctioned items includ-    at the Beverly Hilton. Both events         plains, “It’s our goal to bring people   the facility. She happily recalls, “Af-
ed a contract signed by John Stein-    are open to the public.                    from the community here. That will       ter being here for three months
beck giving the studio the rights to      This fall, the Wasserman Cam-           increase the number of social inter-     and doing the exercises and the
his novel “The Grapes of Wrath,”       pus is opening the Saban Center            actions with our residents as well.”     controlled diet, I’m much better.”
and an internal memo changing          for Health and Wellness, complete          One of the ways the residents al-        Like Jarrott, she also revels in the
the name of Norma Jean Baker to        with a pool and fitness center. This       ready stay connected to their indus-     freedom of the campus and points
Marilyn Monroe. There is an up-        was made possible by the generos-          try is having first-run films screened   out, “I like the good disposition of
                                                                                  on the property twice a week. Quite      the volunteers and the workers, and
                                                                                  often someone from the film will         the cleanliness of the place.” These
                                                                                  come to discuss it. Just recently For-   days, Adams keeps busy on campus
                                                                                  rest Whitaker screened his film “The     attending Spanish classes and an im-
                                                                                  Last King of Scotland.” Hollywood’s      provisational group.
                                                                                  younger generation also supports            One can only imagine how proud
                                                                                  the MPTF. Leonardo DiCaprio came         Mary Pickford, Charlie Chaplin and
                                                                                  by to discuss his latest work with       many others would be to see their
                                                                                  the residents.                           legacy today. Back in 1941, Pickford
                                                                                     Any lover of Hollywood’s past         was at the MPTF groundbreaking
                                                                                  would find it thrilling to be able to    ceremony, only there was no 101
                                                                                  walk around the campus and meet          freeway in the background and the
                                                                                  some of the residents. There are a       surroundings were mostly farmland
                                                                                  million stories that can be heard        and orange groves. Yet their vision
                                                                                  here and a cornucopia of historical      of a retirement community came to
                                               David Tillman MD, CEO of the       information. Strolling the grounds       fruition and flourished, even mak-
                                               Motion Picture & Television Fund   one might meet a gentleman who           ing it a role model for other indus-
                                               (Photos: Alisa Berg)               worked on “The Wizard of Oz” and         tries to follow. u


                                                                                                                                MARCH / APRIL 2007 I VALLEYLIFE 2
                                       sports




  showtime                                                          By BRIAn sPeRo




                                                on march 3, 200, in front of an
                                                enthusiastic crowd at east los
                                                angeles college, the el camino
                                                real high school girls soccer team
                                                clinched the city championship
                                                by beating sylmar high school
                                                by a score of 3-0. for the
                                                conquistadores, who have now
                                                captured a record seven straight
              el	CaMINO	real	                   championships, winning has
                                                become a way of life, but it’s by
     GIrls	sOCCer	DID	It	aGaIN                  no means what defines them as
                                                players, students or a team.




2 VALLEYLIFE   I MARCH / APRIL 2007
                                                                                                                                       here at el camino
                                                                                                                                 we try to build strong
                                                                                                                                 character in our students
                                                                                                                                 and it reflects upon these
                                                                                                                                 athletes too. i want my
                                                                                                                                 girls to be productive hu-
                                                                                                                                 man beings that contrib-
                                                                                                                                 ute to the school and the
                                                                                                                                 community. as a teacher
                                                                                                                                 that’s my job. i train them
                                                                                                                                 hard and winning is just a
                                                                                                                                 by-product of that.
                                                                                                                                 – Coach Eric Choi
                                                                                                                                 ing fun, representing our school and
                                                                                                                                 also being a part of the dynasty here
                                                                                                                                 at El Camino.”
                                                                                                                                    A common theme among the
                                                                                                                                 players and a testament to how
                                                                                                                                 much they care about each oth-
                                                                                                                                 er is how each season is played for
                                                                                                                                 not only the school and personal
                                                                                                                                 achievement, but also to send the
                                                                                                                                 seniors out on top. It’s the seniors




F
                                                                                                                                 who are the leaders of the team,
            or all those who have en-                                                                                            an honor that each player looks for-
            countered the girls soccer                                                       We have a blast.                    ward to from their freshman year. “I
            team at El Camino Real                                                    We hang out, we get                        can’t wait to be a senior,” says junior
            High School in Wood-                                                      together, we party, we                     forward Megan Quinn. “I want to
            land Hills, it’s abundantly                                               have fun together, and we                  be the oldest and help out the girls
clear that this is a very special group.
The Conquistadores, led by first-
                                                                                      have each others backs                     and just be a leader on the team. I’m
                                                                                                                                 looking forward to next year.”
year head coach Eric Choi, are as                                                     for sure.                                      Indeed, the future looks as bright
tight-knit as they are confident and                                                                                             as the recent past for the Conquis-
proud. They should be sure of them-                                                   – Michelle Oakes                           tadores, with new talent flowing in
selves, as they’ve been among the                                                     senior scoring leader                      annually from what Coach Choi de-
best teams in Southern California                                                                                                scribes as a hotbed for soccer talent
for the past seven years, and haven’t      work and dedication. The players           and things like that. It’s more than       in the valley, and a burgeoning tradi-
lost a game in the L.A. City Cham-         will tell you their new coach’s efforts    just a sport.”                             tion that the players have dedicated
pionships in that span. According to       have paid off. “He’s really helped us         The coach seems pleased with how        themselves to continue to build and
Choi, who is also an English teacher       work as a team, and we’ve gotten           the team has responded to his meth-        maintain. Of course, there’s pressure
at El Camino, has coached the boys         results,” says senior scoring leader       ods as well, and he’s upped the ante       to be the best and not let the streak
soccer team for eight years, and was       Michelle Oakes.                            by setting lofty goals for his players,    end, what Forte called a “good pres-
a strong player when he attended              Coach Choi would be the first to        and scheduling games with some of          sure” and “nothing we can’t han-
the school, there are many reasons         tell you that he’s grooming his team       the best clubs in nation. “These girls     dle.” With Coach Choi at the helm,
for their run of success.                  to be the best, but according to the       have such a workmen like attitude,”        they are sure to be prepared.
   “We’ve had some really talented         former college player, success at          Choi says. “When we hit the weights,          “My goal is to be nationally
players,” Choi says when asked about       El Camino is not only measured by          they’re hitting it hard. When we           ranked. My goal is to be nation-
how the winning ways started at El         wins and losses. “Here at El Camino        run our drills, they’re training hard.     al champions. If I aim high and we
Camino. “We’ve sent girls to UCLA,         we try to build strong character in        I can’t ask for anything more as a         miss high, we’re still up high. If we
Michigan, Cal…we’ve had national           our students, and it reflects upon         coach. Their level of intensity is un-     just settle for city champions and we
team players come through here.            these athletes, too,” Choi said. “I        real.” It’s clear that his players enjoy   miss, we aimed too low,” says Choi,
The kids all play at a high level out-     want these girls to be productive          playing soccer together, and they’re       who looks forward to the imple-
side of high school. They’re on top        human beings who contribute to             known to carry the good times off          mentation of a state championship
club teams,” he continues. Since tak-      the school and the community. As a         the field as well. “We have a blast.       tournament for the girls in the near
ing over the program from Shanna           teacher, that’s my job. I train them       We hang out, we get together, we           future. Win, loose or draw, you can
Sarris, who was head coach for the         hard and winning is just a by-prod-        party together, we have fun togeth-        be sure that El Camino Real Girls Soc-
past three years and had been with         uct of that.” It’s evident the message     er and we have each others backs for       cer will be ready for the challenge,
El Camino since the start of their         has gotten through to the players,         sure,” says Oakes. When asked what         and their coach will be proud. As
amazing run, Choi has strived to put       as confirmed by junior midfielder          she will miss about being a member         Choi says with conviction about his
his own stamp on the team, install-        Lindsey Forte, who says, “It’s not         of the team, senior midfielder Erin        team, “I couldn’t be happier to be
ing a possession-style system that is      just a team, it’s like a family. [Coach]   Kelly answers, “Just the bond be-          around this group of young wom-
used at the highest levels of soccer       Choi’s been trying to teach us life        tween the girls. The friendships, the      en. They’re fine athletes, students
and preaching a team concept, hard         lessons and how to cope in college         competition, just playing soccer, hav-     and people.” u


                                                                                                                                      MARCH / APRIL 2007 I VALLEYLIFE 2
                                                 sports




    twowheels                                                                              By loRI DenMAn




                                                                                 e have all witnessed this for-
                                                                                eign phenomenon, whether
                                                                               a cyclist is flying on the road in
                                                                             a pack or riding solo, his or her
                                                                            speed amazes us. we sit in traf-
                                                                          fic, our jaws dropped in awe as
                                                                         we catch a glimpse of their bright-
                                                               ly colored outfits. if you question their mo-
                                                               tivation, the answer is simple. they have
                                                               tapped into the ultimate satisfaction: living
                                                               in the present.
                                                                   “if you are into any long-duration cardio
                                                               exercise, after the first five minutes or so,
                                                               you enter a zen state,” explains J.c. sim-
                                                               mons, president of the conejo valley cy-
                                                               clists club. “you are not thinking about the
                                                               problems of the day. you are totally in the
                                                               now. it feels so good to not think about the
                                                               mortgage or the upcoming interview. then
                                                               when you join a group, you make new
                                                               friends and share experiences with them.”
                                                                   simmons, a jogger for 20 years, took up
                                                               cycling when one of his knees gave out on
                                                               a ski trip. Jogging was impossible without
                                                               pain and his physical therapist suggested




 the Ride Of A
                                                               cycling. now, this math teacher at reseda
                                                               High school rides up to 50 miles a week.
                                                               “riding has its benefits,” he says. “my
                                                               health is great and i can eat ice cream every




                         Lifetime
                                                               once and a while.”
                                                                   many local road riders belong to clubs
                                                               that cater to their way of life. the conejo
                                                               valley cyclists club formed 30 years ago.
                                                               they have a charitable ride in the spring
                                                               called cruising the conejo. their big ride is
                                                               on saturday (saturdays are usually social
                                                               rides for clubs), and leaves from the oaks
                                                               mall in thousand oaks. new friendships




                                      Local bike clubs offer fun and friendship
                                   at high speeds in one of the most beautiful
                                         places to hit the road on two wheels!



28 VALLEYLIFE   I MARCH / APRIL 2007
As human beings we                                                       Planet ultra event
                                                                         king of the mountain
                                                                                                                                                    encino
                                                                                                                                                    velo club
experience life on two                                                   mulholland challenge,
                                                                         april 1, 200.
feet. Then there are                                                                                                                                A Saturday race
                                                                                                                                                    at Encino
those who live to ride                                                   Legendary mountain bike racer
                                                                         Tinker Juarez climbing Stunt
                                                                                                                                                    Velodrome, an

and ride to live on
                                                                                                                                                    outdoor oval
                                                                         Road in the 2005 Mulholland                                                bicycle-racing
two wheels.                                                              Challenge. Tinker holds the
                                                                         course record.
                                                                                                                                                    track adjacent to
                                                                                                                                                    Balboa Park..



are formed while riding side by side       where they think they should be.         participate. Planet Ultra in Cala-       very important. Also, check out used
that, due to the shared passion often      Elbowing and headbutting are le-         basas produces 14 noncompeti-            bikes. It is better for a beginning rid-
stand the test of time. The exercise       gal. It’s amazing. Japan built a large   tive long-distance cycling events        er to buy a good used bike than a
is great, and the areas surrounding        portion of their post-war economy        per year, in which members from          junky new one. A new bike that may
the San Fernando Valley light their        on Keirin racing,” says Mayer.           various clubs participate. President     cost $2,000 is going to sell on the
fire, including the twists and turns in       Maria Lewis, vice president of        Deborah Bowling, a member of the         used market for about $1,000.”
the hills of Agoura, Thousand Oaks,        membership of the San Fernan-            Channel Islands Bike Club, describes         Bowling also suggests new riders
Mulholland Highway, Topanga Can-           do Valley Bike Club, describes her       their rides as timed events, not rac-    join a local bike club, where they can
yon, Westlake, Simi Valley, Hidden         group as a “recreational road rid-       es. “The majority of the riders do       train with someone above their skill
Valley and more.                           ing” club. They ride for fun and ex-     it as a personal challenge,” she         level. The journey will be smoother
   “It really is a passion, because        ercise. “We don’t actively promote       said enthusiastically. “Some peo-        and safer when the new rider finds
no one makes any money off of              the benefits of cycling, but anyone      ple do the rides just to get through     a mentor who can teach them the
it,” shares Stefan Mayer, founder          who rides with us can immediate-         them because they are so difficult.”     rules and etiquette of the road in
and vice president of the Encino           ly see how much better they feel         One of the rides run by Planet Ul-       order to be safe alongside cars and
Velo club. “We spend a tremendous          when they ride,” Lewis says. “They       tra is the Mulholland Challenge,         other bicyclists.
amount of money, wear spandex              lose weight, improve their health,       and stretches all across the Santa           “We are large advocates of the
clothing, shave our legs, live with        feel stronger, gain confidence,          Monica Mountains through Cala-           Share the Road Program,” Bowling
the arguments of our wives and             meet and make new friends, and           basas, Malibu and Hidden Valley.         adds. “We have had many of our
girlfriends…we are crazy!”                 improve their lives overall.”            Another well-known local ride is         friends hit by cars. Most of the time
   The Encino Velo club was devel-            There are also organizations that     called the Simi Ride, which starts in    it is the fault of the car driver, yet
oped by Mayer almost four years ago        produce challenging rides, in which      Chatsworth and is a very fast, diffi-    sometimes it can be the fault of a
in an effort to promote junior racing      many members of different clubs          cult course that at its peak stretches   cyclist who does not stop at a stop
and the Encino Velodrome, an out-                                                   more than 70 miles, and serves as        sign or follow the rules of the road.
door oval bicycle-racing track adja-                                                something of a measuring stick for       It is the responsibility of the cyclist
cent to Balboa Park. Mayer, a cyclist            “Anyone who rides                  local enthusiasts.                       to be mindful of the traffic and be
of 42-years, considers each person of            with us can immedi-                   Bowling, who moved to Agou-           courteous.”
the 43-member club a friend. “Some               ately see how much                 ra from Los Angeles in order to be           There are some instances where
clubs have board meetings,” Mayer
says. “We have barbecues.”
                                                 better they feel when              closer to these pristine riding loca-
                                                                                    tions, offers some advice for new
                                                                                                                             the cyclist needs to flow into the
                                                                                                                             motorists’ lane, however. There
   There is an activity scheduled for
                                                 they ride. They lose               riders. “If you are someone who is       may be glass shattered on the side
every day of the week at the Velo-               weight, improve their              a bicyclist and wants to stick with it   of the road and the cyclist swerves
drome. “On Saturday mornings, the                health, feel stron-                and join a club, you need to have a      to avoid it. So next time you see a
Keirin racing champion of Japan,                 ger, gain confidence,              proper bike. This does not have to       brightly colored jersey, stick to ad-
Henry Shaibata, teaches the sport.
There is an eight-lap race where
                                                 meet and make new                  be a $10,000, 14-pound carbon-fiber
                                                                                    lightweight bike. You do not need
                                                                                                                             miring his skill and stamina, and
                                                                                                                             be sure to share the road. Who
eight cyclists ride behind a motorcy-
                                                 friends, and improve               to spend a lot of money on a bike        knows…someday soon it might be
cle for the first five and a half laps,          their lives overall.”              that doesn’t weigh anything. We          you shaving your legs and hitting
while the motorcycle paces them                  —Maria Lewis                       call them ‘weight weenies.’ The bike     the road for a Saturday of exhilarat-
and they adjust their position to                San Fernando Valley Bike Club      has to fit. The proper geometry is       ing fun on two wheels. u



                                          channel islands                                                                                 san fernando
                                          bike club                                                                                       valley bicycle club
                                          Club members on a ride                                                                          The group preparing to
                                          into the beautiful Santa                                                                        ride (middle left) and in
                                          Monica Mountains,                                                                               full gear high in the Santa
                                          January 2007.                                                                                   Monica Mountains.




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                                                                    travel & leisure




   weekendgetaway                                                                                                                                By BRIAn sPeRo




  Santa Barbara Wine Country
  The “SidewayS” wine Trail
  One of the most appealing aspects of the movie “Sideways,”                        rently the most popular, is their in-
  which chronicles the tale of Miles (Paul giamatti) and                            formation on the Santa Barbara re-
                                                                                    gion, and what they call the “Side-
  Jack’s (Thomas Haden church) week-long trip to Santa                              ways” Wine Trail. From cozy inns to
  Barbara’s wine country, is the way in which it features                           rest your head to good eats both
  the natural beauty and culture of the region.                                     fine and divine, and, of course, the




  W
                                                                                    main attraction, wine tasting, Joe
                    hile the storyline in   locals alike. The boom in business      and Janelle have it all worked out.
                    “Sideways” is cer-      can partially be attributed to “Side-
                    tainly engaging and     ways”, but one must also give thanks
                    the acting brilliant,   to other factors, namely that some          hiGhLiGhTs OF
                    the success of the      of the oldest and most prestigious          ThE WiNE TrAiL
  film had as much to do with timing        wineries in California reside there,    wHere to stay
  as it did artistic merit. Simply put,
  the release of “Sideways” coincided
  perfectly with a burgeoning inter-
                                            not to mention a most fortuitous
                                            geographic set-up courtesy of Moth-
                                            er Nature. These days, wine lovers
                                                                                    T   he first thing you will need is a
                                                                                        proper place to stay if you want
                                                                                    to experience wine country in style,
  est in wine among Americans, and          from around the globe are making        and high on the list is the Fess
  the increasing recognition world-         the Central Coast their chosen des-     Parker Inn. Choosing the Fess Park-
  wide of California as one of the          tination, while at the same time, lo-   er as your starting point will auto-
  premiere places to grow wine’s one        cal communities like ours have wo-      matically put you three steps ahead       you baby-boomers, the owner and
  and only key ingredient: Grapes.          ken up to the brilliant bouquet that    of the game. First of all, you are here   namesake of the Inn made his fame
  That’s not to say that wine produc-       has been right under our noses for      to taste some great wine, and Fess        and fortune on the late ‘50s as TV’s
  ers didn’t find this symbiotic rela-      so long, and are heading up the 101     Parker just happens to be a winery        Davy Crockett. And finally, there’s a
  tionship beneficial as well, as “Side-    freeway for an arousing exploration     in addition to being an Inn, and by       very strong “Sideways” connection.
  ways”’ brushfire popularity spurred       of the “Sideways” Wine Trail.           all accounts is one of the most sce-      In one of the movie’s most memo-
  a whole new crop of wine lovers,             If you are planning a quick get-     nic in California. Secondly, for all of   rable scenes, Miles gets the news
  who in turn packed up their picnic        away to the Santa Barbara wine
  baskets and made their way to Cali-       country, then we have a great re-
  fornia in search of spicy Zinfandels,     source for you. A website was start-
  oaky Cabernet Sauvignons and the          ed by wine enthusiasts Joe and
  silky tannins of a good Pinot Noir. Of    Janelle Becerra, a couple who have
  course, no one has to drink Merlot if     been venturing from their home in
  they don’t want to.                       Buringame, for 30 years in search of
      While well-known West Coast           great wine and friendly faces. Ap-
  wine destinations like Northern Cal-      propriately called www.winecoun-
  ifornia’s Sonoma and Napa Valley’s        trygetaways.com, the site is loaded
  have been packing in the crowds           with information on everything you
  for decades and reaping accolades         need to know about the experience
  around the world, the wine destina-       of visiting locations where wine is
  tion Santa Barbara only recently has      produced. One of the most enjoy-
  become a hot spot for tourists and        able aspects of the website, and cur-


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                                              Whereever the
                                              “Sideways” Wine Trail
                                              leads you, or even if
                                              you meander off the
                                              path and blaze a trail
                                              all your own, you are
                                              sure to find fine wine,
                                              fantastic food and
                                              plenty of adventure
                                              in the wine country
                                              to the north that is
                                              truly world-class.
                                           you might have been privy to a ce-
                                           lebrity encounter, as the pourer in
                                           the movie, Chris, who is not an actor,
                                           would have likely been the guy fill-
                                           ing your glass. Since then Chris has
                                           moved on, however, under the own-
                                           ership of the world-renown Terlato
                                           Wine Group, Sanford’s fabulous vin-
                                           tages are attraction enough to make
                                           this one of the most important stops
                                           on the “Sideways” Wine Trail.
that his book is not going to be
published and immediately returns          a fine pairing                              “the	best	Place	to	be!”
to the tasting room to tie one on.
                                           W      hat better place to end your



                                                                                           ValleyLife
He repeatedly asks for a refill, and              day and fill your belly with
when he is turned away he goes             some excellent local cuisine than
haywire with the dump bucket and           the very restaurant that sets the
makes a terrible scene. You are in-        “Sideways” storyline in motion?
vited to have a great time at the          This is the restaurant that the two                West san fernanDo anD conejo valley maGaZine
Fess Parker, but if you try to recre-      friends frequent throughout the
ate movie magic, you will surely be        movie, and where Miles’ love in-                            reach over 10,000* readers
escorted off the property.                 terest, Maya (Virginia Madsen),
                                           works. The Hitching Post II was
can’t-miss tasting room                    established in 1986, but shares a

L    ocated on Santa Rosa Road in
     Santa Barbara, Sanford Winery
was the first to identify the potential
                                           tradition with the original Casma-
                                           lia Hitching Post, where since 1952
                                           Frank and Natalie Ostini have been
of the overlooked Santa Rita Hills re-     perfecting their Santa Maria–Style
gion for grape growing, where cool-        BBQ, which dates back to the days
growing varietals like Pinot Noir and      of Spanish Rancheros who cooked
Chardonnay thrive in geographical          their food over an open redwood
conditions much like France’s famed        fire. These days, the menu has ex-
Burgundy province. Sanford’s “Side-        panded, and the restaurant has
ways” connection is a good one. This       earned a reputation for serving up
is the site of the first winery that the   a delectable array of food, as well
bachelor party buddies visit, where        as some extremely fine house-pro-
Miles explains the nuances of tast-        duced wine. u                               for advertising information, please call 818.340.3362
ing wine, perhaps delving a little too
deeply for Jack’s crude palette (as he
                                                                                           or email us at: ads@valleylifemagazine.com
                                           Special thanks to Joe and Janelle Becerra
also catches Jack chewing gum). If         for the valuable information and lovely
you visited Sanford around the time        photos. Please visit their website,
that “Sideways” was still in theaters,     www.winecountrygetaways.com.                        *Based on 100% Direct Mail Circulation of 40,000


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                                                                      parenting




  artistickids                                                                                                                          By kelly BonAnno




  A                                       Artwork for education
               rtwork for Education is
               a unique program run
               by Worldwise Educa-
               tion that fosters cre-
  ativity and promotes self-esteem
  while offering an alternative to        If you’re a parent, you probably wonder what you can do with the adorable
  food-based fundraisers.
     In this program students’ art-
                                          pictures your child brings home from school. Worldwise education has
  work is featured on greeting cards      come up with an inventive program that showcases your children’s
  that are sold in boxed sets of 12. To
  raise money for the school, the art-
                                          artistic talent and raises money for their school at the same time.
  work from each student is put into
  a custom brochure that includes a       cation says, “It gives children the    cards made by students at Oak             shiny and come packaged nicely.”
  form for kids to take home and try      opportunity to participate in help-    Hill and Red Oak Elementary               He also points out that distribu-
  to sell. The cards can be sold year-    ing their school. There is nothing     schools, with a portion of the            tion is easier because the product
  round, and they make special gifts      the school has to buy in order to      sales going to the schools.               doesn’t parish, nor does it take a
  for friends, family and teachers.       sell. The children produce it and         David Hirsch, principal of Wil-        lot of space to store as with other
     The program began in the             they get artistic credit on the back   bur Avenue Elementary School in           types of fundraisers.
  fall of 2005, and more than 100         of each card. It’s a timeless keep-    Tarzana, is thrilled with the pro-           This program is a smart alterna-
  schools are currently participating     sake as well as a useful product.”     gram. “I can’t believe someone            tive to fundraisers that ask kids to
  in California. Maureen Feldman,            Even certain retailers are sell-    didn’t think of it 20 years ago. It’s     sell candy and cookie dough be-
  vice president of marketing and         ing the cards. Beanscene Espres-       been a blessing. It’s money well          cause childhood obesity is such a
  development for Worldwise Edu-          so in Oak Park carries selected        spent. They’re high-quality, glossy,      problem in this country. It also helps
                                                                                                                           get art back into the schools in the
                                                                                                                           wake of art-education cutbacks.
                                                                                                    “i made this              Cindy Hein, PTA president for
                                                                                                    card to help           Serrania Avenue Elementary School
                                                                                                    teachers and           in Woodland Hills, says the parents
                                                                                                    my school”             wanted something with value that
                                                                                                                           also had a personal touch, and this
                                                                                                    – Isabel, an 8-year-
                                                                                                                           met their needs. “The kids were so
                                                                                                    old attending
                                                                                                    Allen Avenue           excited to see their art published. It
                                                                                                    Elementary School,     was such a high for them.” u
                                                                                                    San Dimas.
                                                                                                                           For information, visit www.worldwise-
                                                                                                                           education.com. If you are interested in
                                                                                                                           having your child’s school participate,
                                                                                                                           call 800.932.2140


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pAciFicscene
                             Lexington recreation of the April 19, 1775 skirmish at Lexington, Massachusetts,
                             and many more. Events related to the reenactments are free. Regular admission
                             applies to enter the museum. For more information call (800) 410-8354.

                             th annual easter celebration
                             March 31, 10:00am – 3:00pm
                             The Ronald Reagan Library will also host this fun-filled day the whole family can
                             enjoy. Activities include games, Easter egg hunts, crafts, egg & cookie decorating,
                             face painting, entertainment, food and more. All Easter-related events are free.
                             Regular admission rates apply to visit the museum. Complimentary parking shuttles
                             will run on Presidential Drive. For information call (805) 522-2977 or visit www.
                             reaganfoundation.org.

                             sPrinGtime at the aDobe
                             March 25, 1pm – 4pm.
                             Leonis Adobe Museum in Calabasas presents Springtime at the Adobe featuring
                             an egg hunt for the kids, historical demonstrations and more. Suggested donations
                             range from $1.00 - $4.00. This landmark museum is located at 23537 Calabasas
                             Road. For more information call 818-222-6511.

                             the methoD fest
                             Scheduled for March 29 - April 5, 2007
                             Named after “The Method” school of acting, the 9th annual The Method Fest
                             independent film festival in Calabasas features American and foreign feature films
                             and short films. It is the only major film festival in the country that focuses on acting.
                             For more information call (310) 535-9230 or visit www.methodfest.com.


                             Point muGu air shoW 200
                             March 31 & April 1
                             The Air Force Demonstration Squadron, the Thunderbirds headline this year’s air
                             show. They’ll also have vintage and current aircrafts on display, as well as food and
                             beverage booths. Gates open at 8am, the show starts at 10am. Admission & parking
                             is free! For more information call (805) 989-8786.

                             conejo valley Days chili cook off
                             April 29, 10am – 4pm
                             at Conejo Creek Park South in Thousand Oaks.
                             Taste more than 75 different types of chili and cast your vote for the “People’s
                             Choice” chili championship. For the main contest, a panel of International Chili
                             Society members, cooks and local dignitaries will judge. Winners advance to the
                             World Championships to compete against the best chili cooks in the world. For
                             information visit www.conejovalleydays.com.

                             conejo valley Days carnival
                             May 2 – May 6 at Conejo Creek Park South in Thousand Oaks. Come enjoy
                             rides, games, food, live entertainment and more. For information visit www.
                             conejovalleydays.com.

                             a Day out With thomas
                             April 20-22 & April 27-29
         sUNsET OVEr
         ThE pAciFic OcEAN

                                                                                         Photo: Boaz Gabbai
                                                                               MARCH / APRIL 2007 I VALLEYLIFE 33
                                                                           JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2007 I VALLEYLIFE 33
                                                                    HealtH & fitness




  stretching&flexibility                                                                               By sTeve JoRDAn



                                                                                       entire realm of benefits that corre-
                                                                                       late with the mind and soul. Stretch-
                                                                                       ing releases the tension that you
                                                                                       inevitably store in the muscles in
                                                                                       your neck, back and legs. Simply put,


   the	Overlooked	aspect	
                                                                                       stretching makes you feel good.

                                                                                       TYpEs OF sTrETchEs


   to	Overall	Health
                                                                                       There are three different types of
                                                                                       stretching: Static, in which you hold
                                                                                       the stretch for 20–30 seconds; active,
                                                                                       where you hold the stretch for 4–6
                                                                                       seconds; and dynamic, which is con-
   FlexIbIlITy Is One OF The key IngreDIenTs                                           trolled movement as you take spe-

   to an overall positive way of life and healthy plan                                 cific joints through various ranges of
                                                                                       motion. The latest scientific research
   to create longevity, be free from disease and                                       suggests that for certain activities
   improve the way your body functions.                                                that are more dynamic, like running,
                                                                                       it is not recommended to use static
                                                                                       stretching before the activity, as




   I
                                                                                       was thought to be the case. For your
            n my 10 years of experience      a workout will allow your muscles         body to move more optimally dur-
            as a personal trainer and fit-   to be worked to their fullest extent,     ing these types of activities, and to
            ness expert, I’ve found that     improving symmetry and increas-           prevent injury, you should perform
            flexibility is often what peo-   ing muscle growth. Stretching after       an active, and then dynamic stretch.
            ple are least interested in.     your routine will help reduce lac-        You want to warm the muscle up by
            Many people are not aware        tic acid build-up in the muscles and      taking it through a range of motion
   of the benefits of being flexible,        increase blood flow, enabling your        for a short period of time (the same
   and in most cases, have had very          muscles to repair themselves faster.      motions that you will employ during
   little exposure to it. They see it as         As you know, or will soon dis-        the activity you are preparing for).
   something that athletes do before         cover, the older you get the more         Static stretching changes the length
   they compete or what people do            aches and pains you experience.           of the muscle by holding stretches
   who are into yoga.                        Many times when the body aches            for 20–30 seconds. If the muscle is
       One way to get you more focused       it’s because your muscles are tight       too long, it’s not going to have an
   on stretching is to explain what it’s     and they are actually pulling your        optimal length-tension relation-
   all about. Flexibility is nothing more    body out of alignment. By keep-
   than range of motion. Everybody has       ing your muscles loose you are able
   to have flexibility in order to move.     to achieve better body alignment
   Most of us these days basically live      and will generally experience
   behind a desk, or the wheel of a car,     less pain. Besides the posi-
   moving less than ever. This creates       tive physical perks you
   tightness in our muscles. By intro-       receive by stretch-
   ducing a flexibility program into         ing, there is an
   your daily exercise regimen you will
   help to improve the health of your
   muscle tissue, strengthen your mus-
   cles, improve performance and pre-
   vent injury. Plus, stretching before




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ship and won’t produce the same          cles you allow the shoulder, a joint
amount of force, making your per-        similar to the hip, which is the only
formance far less explosive. After       other ball-and-socket joint in your
the activity is when you want to use     body, to have the greatest degree
a static stretch.                        of freedom possible in your upper
                                         body, as well as your lower body.
ThE prOGrEssiON                          Your hips and your shoulders move




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                                           valleycars                                                                                        By BRIAn sPeRo




 john mayall
 (Continued from page 21)

  vl: and what is your guitar
  of choice?
                                           Testdrive
                                           Out here you need a set of reliable wheels, so you might as well enjoy
  John: I always use a Fender Strato-
  caster that I customize myself. I cut    the ride. This issue we take a look at two cars perfectly suited for life in
  the body up and decorate it with         the valley: The brand-new performance-enhanced AcUrA rDx spOrT
  gemstones and carvings. A guitar
  tech at Norman’s Rare Guitars helps
                                           UTIlITy, and the groundbreaking TOyOTA cAmry hybrID seDAn.
  put the thing back together so it will
  work. The smaller size feels good to
  me and it conforms to airline hand-                                                                  A new ShAde
  baggage regulations.
                                                                                                       of green
  vl: who’s in your band now?                                                                          toyota camry
  John: Joe Yuele has been my drum-                                                                    Hybrid sedan
  mer for the last 21 years now, and                                                                   MSRP: $26,200
  Buddy Whittington on guitar isn’t




                                                                                                       W
  too far behind with 12 years as a                                                                                    e all know about the Prius, Toyota’s
  Bluesbreaker. Rounding out the                                                                                       eco-friendly wonder car that has
  lineup is my long-time regular bass                                                                                  dominated the L.A. landscape for
  guitarist, Hank Van Sickle.                                                                                          drivers with a conscience and a healthy
                                                                                                       fear of rising oil prices. Now it’s time to be introduced
  vl: any new cds we should be                                                                         to Toyota’s latest hybrid triumph, which comes in the
  looking out for?                                                                                     familiar form of the Camry, long hailed as “America’s
  John: It’s always a good feeling                                                                     best-selling sedan.” While the new Camry does have
  to have a record company that is
  supportive of my career choices          Something new                                               more visual appeal than models past, the reason’s why
                                                                                                       this one will remain among the hottest-selling cars on
  and allows me to make new CDs            acura rdX                                                   the road goes beyond aesthetics. First and foremost,
  every 18- months or so. Our lat-         MSRP: $32,995 – $36,495                                     there’s the EPA rating of 43 mpg for city driving and
  est album is due April 17, and the




                                           S
                                                                                                       37 on the open road that piques consumers interest,
  theme pays tribute to one of my                       o you are thinking of moving over to more      an amazing number for a hybrid sedan that boasts
  all-time favorite blues influences,                   of a family car, but aren’t ready to give up   187 horsepower. Then there are the industry-leading
  Freddie King. It is entitled “John                    the power and handling of your luxury          safety features, like seven airbags and the neat tire-
  Mayall and the Bluesbreakers—In                       sedan? The all-new 240-horsepower, 2.3-        pressure monitoring system, both of which come
  the Palace of the King”.                 liter, I-VTEC four-cylinder turbo-powered Acura RDX         standard on all models. And finally it’s the way the
                                           with Super Handling All-Wheel Drive may be just             Camry hybrid drives, with near-seamless transition
  vl: do you record locally?               the ride you’ve been looking for. This small SUV is         between its electric motor and gas engine. In fact,
  John: Yeah. Our last several albums      the perfect car for the urban/suburban driver who           if you didn’t know it was a hybrid, you would hardly
  were recorded at American Re-            likes to get out on the road on the weekend for             be able to tell from behind the wheel. So for the
  corders in Calabasas. The new one        family outings, like a trek to Big Bear to play in the      valley driver ready to join the “green” army, but not
  was recorded at LAFX in Burbank.         snow or a cruise through the canyon packed with             interested in wearing it like a badge, as has been the
  We rehearse at The Sound Arena           all the accouterments for a successful Malibu beach         case with the more conspicuously “special” Prius, the
  in Van Nuys.                             outing. This is not the SUV to go way off-road, and         Camry Hybrid is the feel-good ride of the year. u
                                           with a first-rate navigation system, all the modern
  vl: at 73 years of age, do you ever      amenities (Bluetooth, voice command, live traffic
  think about retiring?                    data, rearview camera, stereo with DVD audio and
  John: As long as I have my good          10-speaker surround-sound) and a rack-and-pinion
  health and energy, retirement            steering system based on Acura’s TSX sport sedan,
  doesn’t even cross my mind.              why would you want to? With a stylish and refined
                                           look that Acura is famous for, and a turbocharged
  For more information on John May-        engine that will leave other cars in its class in the
  all, including tour schedules, CDs       dust, the RDX is built solid and garners a respectable
  and merchandise, visit his Website at    fuel economy at about 19 mpg around town and 23
  www.johnmayall.com. u                    on the highway.



3 VALLEYLIFE   I MARCH / APRIL 2007
                                                                       case study




currentbuzz                                                                                                                                     By kIM sMITH


While america
focuses on global
warming and
other pressing
environmental
issues, easily
forgotten are the
dangerous effects
of air pollution…
on your kids.
recent reports
show that diesel
emissions from
school buses can

                                            sCHOOl-bus	DaNGer
be a significant
source of pollution
exposure for
children.                                   Yet Another InconvenIent truth


K                                                                                      Tailpipe exhaust
               ids aren’t exposed to        trigger asthma attacks and can cause                                            School Bus Pollution Report Card
               toxic fumes when they
               are safely inside the bus;
                                            chronic lung problems.
                                               None of the 50 states received an
                                                                                       could dirty the                      2006, was recently performed. As
                                                                                                                            one of the authors of this Report
               it’s outside where fumes     ‘A’ grade in the Union of Concerned        air inside school                    Card, Patricia Monahan insists that
               accumulate, right? Not       Scientists (UCS) National School Bus       buses oftentimes in                  federal funding is needed to over-
necessarily. In fact, the 2005 issue of     Report Card, and the state with            more concentrated                    haul the bus system. She comment-
the Environment Science and Tech-           the highest grade, Delaware, re-           amounts than outside                 ed, “We feel that school districts
nology Journal stated that tailpipe
exhaust could pollute the air inside
                                            ceived a ‘B’ for emitting 9 pounds
                                            of soot pollution per bus last year.
                                                                                       the bus. children                    should not pay money for these
                                                                                                                            alternative-fuel efficiencies.” The
school buses oftentimes in more con-        The Union is requesting a number of        ride buses to school                 International Truck and Engine
centrated amounts than outside the          improvements to be made, such as           daily for years,                     Corporation, which produces
bus. Children will ride buses to school     replacing buses more than 12 years         resulting in a higher                cleaner-burning Green Diesel bus-
daily for years, resulting in a higher      old with newer, more efficient mod-        risk of emphysema,                   es, collaborated with the UCS on
risk of emphysema, bronchitis and
cancer later in life. For every ton of
                                            els. “The oldest buses seem to pump
                                            out soot every time they climb a hill
                                                                                       bronchitis, and                      the bill and helped pass it before
                                                                                                                            Congress. The International man-
school-bus pollution released, the          or accelerate,” said Dennis J. McLer-      cancer later in life.                ager of public affairs at the Amer-
amount inhaled by 40 or more chil-          ran, executive director of the Puget                                            ican Lung Association, Tom True-
dren is equivalent to or greater than       Sound Clean Air Agency in Seattle,      alternative-fuel school buses. This     blood, states, “Old school buses
the amount inhaled by all other peo-        Washington. He also stated that         program, headed by the Depart-          need to be replaced. The problem
ple in an urban area.                       older buses can produce as much as      ment of Energy, calls to set aside      is there isn’t enough funding for
   More than 23 million children ride       20 times the pollution of the new-      $300 million to help retire older       it. This legislation enables schools
on school buses every day. Most bus-        er models. Other advancements in-       school buses that omit toxic fumes.     to purchase alternative-fuel buses.
es run on diesel fuel, a type of gas        clude alternative-fuel buses or in-     In 2002, $40 million was allotted       Patricia Monahan and the Union
that contains carcinogens, hydrocar-        stalling older buses with emission-     with an additional $10 million pro-     of Concerned Scientists have been
bons and particulates, which account        trapping filters. Both of these ap-     vided each year to follow. The mon-     great to work with in this effort.”
for smog that can be inhaled. Stud-         proaches can reduce a child’s toxic-    ey includes all state taxes and is to   With cooperation through agen-
ies have shown that excessive expo-         fume exposure.                          be used in collaborations with pri-     cies like the UCS and the American
sure to diesel exhaust can cause can-          In 2001, the Clean Green School      vate-sector fuel-cell bus developers.   Lung Association, there have been
cer, in particular of the lung, and is      Bus Act was passed before Congress         A study conducted by the UCS         significant efforts in recent years
accountable for 125,000 cancer cases        to implement a nationwide grant         and endorsed by the American            to turn these sooty yellow school
across the nation. These tiny particles     program to help districts purchase      Lung Association, known as the          buses into “green” ones. u


                                                                                                                                MARCH / APRIL 2007 I VALLEYLIFE 3
  zach’sview                                                                                                                            By zAcH MclARTy




   growing Pains…
                                                                               Things have changed so quickly.          ing by a 4-year-old looking for a
                                                                               Recently, my wife and I entered to       place to hide. I was impressed.
                                                                               win a baby-room remodel from a           Not sure exactly what my mom

   The Second Time Around                                                      TV show. Seriously. A baby-room
                                                                               makeover show!
                                                                                  Please don’t get me wrong, this
                                                                                                                        thought when she found him
                                                                                                                        there, a mere three hours later. I
                                                                                                                        grew up the oldest of three boys,
                                                                               is a very exciting time for me. I’ve     and we were a handful to say the




  M
                 y wife and I are mov-   and some intangibles. Then you        always envisioned having a family        least. When I was 12, I actually re-
                 ing to a new house      just crunch the numbers, plug         of my own, going on vacations to-        member looking at my father and
                 outside of the city     them into a formula and see what      gether, starting holiday traditions      hearing Howard Cosell’s voice in
                 where the mortgage      type of performance is just around    and even the occasional Sunday           my head saying, “How is this man
  will be three times our current        the corner. I picture an analyst      picnic. I’ve dreamt of watching          still standing up?”
  rent. It means being away from         looking over my personal stats.       my son grow up to be a profes-              Will I be a bewildered-looking
  my close friends, and an even lon-        “OK, let’s see here: 6-foot, 170   sional athlete (I will groom him         man standing on the sidelines of
  ger commute to work. Did I men-        pounds, 32 years old, that’s good.    like he’s Tiger Woods), and raising      a youth soccer game in 10 years
  tion that my wife is pregnant? I       Self-employed as an actor, um,        our daughter to abstain from sex         daydreaming about the moves I
  wasn’t even married a year and a       that’s not so good. Oh, man! Mar-     forever. These are things to look        would be putting on these kids
  half ago. In the words of the late     riage + new house + big mortgage      forward to. These are the memo-          if only I was still in shape? Will I
  Vince Lombardi, “What the hell’s       + kid on the way, all at the same     ries that last a lifetime. And I think   spend the next few years showing
  going on out here?”                    time. He’s already peaked. SELL!      back to the times when I was a kid       up at auditions looking like I just
     When Ron Burgundy in “An-           The pattern shows a steady and        and to all the things my family did      went three rounds with Joe Fra-
  chorman” said “Wow! Well, that         rapid decline. SELL, SELL, SELL!”     together and how it all seemed to        zier? Perhaps. Only time will tell.
  escalated quickly,” he could have         Have I peaked at the age of 32?    make sense.                              In my heart I believe being a hus-
  been talking about my life. I can’t    Are my glory days behind me? Of          One of my earliest memories is        band and father will suit me just
  believe it’s all happening so fast.    course, I won’t know the answer       of my younger brother dropping           fine. I’m just going to enjoy all of
  Marriage, house, kids…the trifec-      to these questions for some time,     two unopened 12 ounce cans of            these changes as much as I can
  ta, the whole enchilada, the fun-      but just the idea of questions like   green beans off the second-story         and soak up this new phase of my
  vacuum. Call it what you will, but     these surfacing at all is certainly   balcony and onto my head. Boom.          life. That, and maybe go to Vegas
  I am sure of one thing: My life        cause for concern (make that sheer    Boom. There was a lot of blood.          one last time and party like I was
  will never be the same. Recently,      panic). I mean, two years ago I was   I needed stitches. My brother ran        in college again. u
  I’ve come to take account of my        traveling around the country visit-   away from home and hid in a
  life like you might an athlete, or     ing friends, enjoying frequent golf   small bushy median in the middle
  a stock. There’s my past-perfor-       weekends with the boys and tear-      of a busy three-way intersection.        Zach McLarty is an actor and comedian
  mance statistics, a few variables      ing up Las Vegas now and then.        That was some good quick think-          living in the San Fernando Valley.




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