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  • Business of the Month

    Do you love summer? Do you hate mosquitos? Do you wish you could enjoy your summer nights minus the presence of said mosquitos? Well read on then, friend! Our Fountainwood neighbors Gali and Celine are on a mission to make our neighborhood a mosquito free zone, one stick of Frank's Skeeter Sticks incense at a time. There are few things Gali loves more in this world than spending warm summer evenings outside with her family. There's just one problem: mosquitos. Those little terrors sure do know how to ruin an evening, you don't need us to tell you how bad they can get here. In an effort to reclaim her yard, Gali gave all the "get rid of mosquitos" hacks a go, and she found the only thing that seemed to keep them at bay was smoke. And with that, an idea and a dream was born. Teaming up with Celine, these friends and neighbors got to work and created Frank's Skeeter Sticks, the all-natural way to defend your yard and body from skeeter attacks! Frank's Skeeter Sticks are DEET-free and are infused with potent essential oils that are known mosquito repellants. Oils such as Rosemary, Peppermint, Citronella, and Lemongrass are used to deter these little homewreckers. Bonus: they smell great, too. Each extra large stick can burn for up to 8 hours and creates a 12 foot radius of skeeter free safety for you and your family. Interested? Visit FranksSkeeterSticks.com to order! Brought to you by: Jessica Carter l DRE #01490419 l 818.590.4246 l JessicaCarterHomes@gmail.com www.JessicaCarterHomes.com "Your Fountainwood neighbor and local area specialist"

  • Up For Adoption- Mr. Snuggles

    Are you ready for love to hop into your life? Snuggles, or Mr. Snuggles, if you're fancy, is an all black, male short haired rabbit who is ready to burrow his way straight into your heart. At just barely over a year old this young 'un has lots of years ahead of him and he'd like to spend them with you. There's no need to fear he'll live up to any rabbit stereotypes- he is neutered, so no grand bunnies in this lifetime! Snuggles has been patiently waiting at the Agoura Animal Care Center for nearly 2 months now. You can view his profile here. If you are interested in giving him, or any other resident, a forever home you can visit the facility Monday through Saturday from 11am to 5 pm. They are closed Sundays and Holidays. Brought to you by: Jessica Carter l DRE #01490419 l 818.590.4246 l JessicaCarterHomes@gmail.com www.JessicaCarterHomes.com "Your Fountainwood neighbor and local area specialist"

  • Recipe of the Month- Creamy Shrimp Pasta

    They say the dinner you eat before running a race should be one-third lean protein and two-thirds starch. So for any Great Race runners out there, this one’s for you! Not trying to carb load? You’ll still find it tasty! Creamy Shrimp Pasta Ingredients 1lb Angel Hair Pasta (Or whatever pasta you prefer. Original recipe calls for linguine) 1lb Large Raw Shrimp peeled & deveined (21-25 count) 1 Tbsp Olive Oil 1/2 Medium Onion finely chopped 2 Tbsp Butter 1 Minced Garlic Clove 1/3 cup White Wine 2 cups Whipping Cream 1/3 cup shredded Parmesan Cheese 1/2 tsp Sea Salt 1/4 tsp Black Pepper 1/4 tsp Paprika 1 Tbsp Parsley for garnish Instructions 1. Add pasta to salted boiling water and cook according to package directions. Drain without rinsing and set aside. 2. Season shrimp with salt, pepper, and paprika. Cook over medium/high heat with 1 Tbsp of olive oil and cook until no longer translucent. Remove to a separate dish to prevent overcooking. 3. In the same pan, add 2 Tbsp butter with onion and sauté until soft. Add garlic and cook until fragrant. stir in white wine and boil down until only 25% of liquid is left. 4. Stir in cream and bring to a light boil and simmer for 2 mins. Sprinkle in cheese and stir until smooth. Simmer then turn off heat and season with more salt, pepper, and paprika to taste. 5. Stir in pasta and shrimp, tossing until everything is coated. Top with parsley and more parmesan. This recipe is delicious as is, or we like to jazz it up with sauteed spinach and/or sun-dried tomatoes. Get creative with it! You can find the original recipe from its online source here. Brought to you by: Jessica Carter l DRE #01490419 l 818.590.4246 l JessicaCarterHomes@gmail.com www.JessicaCarterHomes.com "Your Fountainwood neighbor and local area specialist"

  • Protect Your Home From Fire, Apply to the Agoura Hills Home Hardening Grant Program

    The city of Agoura Hills is offering a one-time $1,000 grant to incentivize home owners to participate in the Resource Conservation District of the Santa Monica Mountains (RCD) Home Ignition Zone Evaluation Program (HIZEP). Before applying to receive a grant, homeowners must first complete the HIZEP. Once awarded a grant, those funds must then be used to address issues that came up in the evaluation. The program will run for as long as there are available funds, and it is on a first come, first served basis, so don't delay and apply today! The following information comes straight from The City of Agoura Hills Website. Click on this link if you wish to read the information straight from the source. We always write these stories using our own words, but given the specifics of this topic, we thought it best to directly quote the source material. Per the City of Agoura Hills Website: Grant Eligibility: You must be the legal property owner on record Property is located within the City limits Must have participated in the RCD's HIZEP and received a report Be in compliance with all applicable health, building, zoning, subdivision, licensing history preservation, environmental, planning and land use laws, and regulations Be currant on all taxes and fees owed to the City of Agoura Hills Have no liens connected to the property The Requirements to Participate in the Grant Program: Participation in the RCD's HIZEP Possession of a RCD HIZEP report An estimate of either a home hardening technology/product installation or service Completion of the City of Agoura Hills Home Hardening Wildfire Resiliency Incentive Grant Application Execute the City of Agoura Hills Home Hardening Wildfire Resiliency Incentive Grant Program Grant Agreement Grant agreements will require the property owner to keep and maintain the home hardening technology for five years from the City's grant agreement termination period, June 30, 2025 *Grant applicants may not begin identified improvement or technology installation until a notice to proceed is given by the City. The Home Hardening Technologies the City Grant Program Will Allow Are: Home Hardening Technologies- Fire Resistant Vents Rain Gutter Covers Plant Removal (Fire ignitable vegetation) Home Hardening Technologies- Fire Wise Landscape Plant Materials Home Hardening Services- Fire Wise Landscape Design Services Home Hardening Services- Fire Wise Landscape Installation (MUST be installed by a professional) Fence Replacement (Noncombustible materials) How To Apply: Complete and submit the City of Agoura Hills Home Hardening Wildfire Resiliency Incentive Grant Application Possess and submit a RCD HIZEP report with your grant application Present with your application documentation showing an estimate of either a home hardening technology/product installation or service application. Click on this link to see how to submit the application and documents to the city. When will I receive my grant? Grants will be provided on a reimbursement basis after all documents and agreements are fully executed, and the home hardening technology installation or service has been verified. Again, funding for this program is limited. Once the money is gone, it is gone. So if this program is of interest to you, don't hesitate to start the process! Brought to you by: Jessica Carter l DRE #01490419 l 818.590.4246 l JessicaCarterHomes@gmail.com www.JessicaCarterHomes.com "Your Fountainwood neighbor and local area specialist"

  • Restaurant of the Month- Sunrose California Eatery

    If brunch is your favorite meal of the day, you MUST visit the newest restaurant in Whizin Market Square, Sunrose California Eatery. This eatery has it all- good vibes, good eats, and an extensive drink menu. As you enter, the decor sets the tone straight away. Clean lines and warm, minimalistic,  touches create a cozy and inviting  atmosphere. Savor a Matcha Latte and a book while curled up on a couch in the “coffee house” nook,  meet up with friends at the bar for lunch cocktails, or take the family out for a casual Saturday morning brunch. Whatever your dining need may be, Sunrose has a vibe for that! Just as tasty as it is trendy, much of the menu is made fresh in-house daily, including their pastries and dressings. However, their unique touches to common dishes is what really sets them apart from other establishments. Take their breakfast sandwich, for instance (one of our favorites!). The addition of garlic aioli and avocado takes your basic bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich and elevates it to a new level. You’ll find every dish on the menu has been given these tasty little twists. Trust us, one bite and you’ll want to try everything on the menu! Sunrose is located at 5046 Cornell Road and is open daily. Market and Cafe hours are 7 am to 3pm and Restaurant and Bar hours are 8 am to 3 pm. For more information and to view their menu, visit their website here. Brought to you by: Jessica Carter l DRE #01490419 l 818.590.4246 l JessicaCarterHomes@gmail.com www.JessicaCarterHomes.com "Your Fountainwood neighbor and local area specialist"

  • Up For Adoption! Dolby

    Sweet Dolby has been living the shelter life since last September. While he loves all the volunteers, he would like very much to find his forever home already. Found as a stray in Lancaster, this Shepard mix came to the Agoura Animal Care Center in November hoping to have better luck. As you can imagine, the shelter can be a stressful place, and Dolby has a hard time being himself in front of prospective parents because of this. He can be quite shy and slow to warm to new people. However, his caretakers and volunteers have gotten to know the real Dolby, and they will attest to what a kind and loving pup he is once he knows he can trust you (or you give him a treat)! Dolby would be happiest as an only dog, but could potentially make it work with a calm canine as a companion too. If he sounds like the pup for you, head over right this moment to claim him! Center hours are Monday through Saturday 11am to 5pm. Brought to you by: Jessica Carter l DRE #01490419 l 818.590.4246 l JessicaCarterHomes@gmail.com www.JessicaCarterHomes.com "Your Fountainwood neighbor and local area specialist"

  • Conejo Valley Events for May 2024

    Events season is in full swing here in the Conejo Valley. We have art shows galore, concerts in the park, festivals, and so much more. So clear your calendars, these are the only plans you'll need this May! April 25th- May 5th SANTA BARBARA FAIR AND EXPO Located at the Earl Warren Showgrounds, you'll enjoy carnival games, attractions, farm animals, food, entertainment, and everything else that comes with a fair. Consult the website for ticket information and a full breakdown of all the dates and hours. _____________________________________________ April 26th CAMARILLO OLD TOWN FRIDAY NIGHT CRUISE 4 PM TO 7 PM The cruise is back! The 4th Friday of each month from now until October head up to Old Town Camarillo and enjoy over 200 classic and/or collector cars while you dine at local eateries and shop vendor booths. More information here. More dates for this ongoing event are: May 24th June 28th July 26th August 23rd September 27th October 25th ____________________________________________ April 27th ANNUAL HUCK FINN FISHIN' DERBY 6:30 AM TO 8:30 AM Don't let the early start time scare you, this is the perfect event for any young anglers looking to hook a big one! Taking place at Rancho Simi Community Park in Simi, the lagoon will be stocked with over 1,500 pounds of fish before the kiddos cast their lines. There are 3 different age categories and it is open to children15 years of age and younger. Prizes include heaviest fish and longest fish. Click here for full details. KIDS FUN ZONE AT JANSS MARKETPLACE 12 PM TO 2 PM It's that time of year again! The last Saturday of each month from now until October the littles will enjoy this FREE event put on by Janss Marketplace. This months theme is "Bunnies in Spring". Kids 12 and under will love the shows, crafts, music, and dancing that surrounds these events. The remaining Fun Zones for the year are: May 25th "Totally Turtles and Tortoises" June 29th "Musical Puppet Show and Balloons" July 27th "Bubbles, Puppets, and Balloons" August 31st "Summer Music Jam" September 28th "Friendly Frogs and Cheerful Bugs" October 26th "Character Dress-up Fun" More information can be found here. BIKE SAFETY DAY 12 PM TO 4 PM The city of Agoura Hills is sponsoring a Bike Safety Day Lindero Canyon Milldle School. There will be an Advanced Skills Program, Bike Repair Station, Safety Station, and much more! Open for ages 3 and up, and make sure to bring your bike! First 10 kids get a free helmet! __________________________________________ May 4th COMMUNITY SERVICE DAYS 9 AM TO 12 PM Serve your community! At this day of service in Agoura Hills. Pick up trash, plant milkweed, pull weeds, or help stain fence railings. Click here to sign up for your desired position and to learn more. SIMI VALLEY STREET FAIR 9 AM TO 4 PM Event will have vendors, street food, live music, entertainment, beer and wine garden,a kids' fun zone, and more! Free admission. Takes place at Simi Town Center Way, all details can be found here. 3rd ANNUAL MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS COMMUNITY EVENT 11 AM TO 2 PM Taking place at Conejo Creek North Park, this FREE event is put on by the non-profit Childhood Matters. Attendees will enjoy a day filled of hands-on activities that will incorporate art, music, mindfulness, fitness, play, nature, animal therapy, and more. Try your hand at the silent auction, or shop the outdoor market full of local vendors. Word is they take May the Fourth Be With You day seriously, so expect some out-of-this-world guests! Fun for the whole family. ________________________________________________ May 4th & 5th 805 NIGHT MARKET 3 PM TO 10 PM Foodies unite! The best street food around will all be at one location for these two days on the campus of Cal Lutheran University. Last year's event was so fun, we went twice. Admission is free, but you do need to reserve a ticket online, which can be done here. If you like eating food out of a truck as much as we do, you DO NOT want to miss this event! Can't make it, or want to go again? Look for more of these events this summer: June 1st & 2nd- Earl Warren Showgrounds in Santa Barbara September 14th & 15th- Ventura County Fairgrounds in Ventura November 16th & 17th- Paso Robles Event Center in Paso Robles __________________________________________________ May 5th CONEJO VALLEY "GOOD OLD DAYS" PARADE 9 AM TO 11 AM Come support the revitalized Conejo Valley Days Parade! After a 10 year hiatus, the parade is BACK, and better than ever. Parade route is along Thousand Oaks Blvd and will begin at the junction of Duesenberg Drive/Auto Mall Drive, and end at Conejo School Road. To see photos of parades past click here, for more information on this year's parade click here. 47th ANNUAL THOUSAND OAKS CHILI COOK OFF 12 PM TO 5 PM 47th Annual TO Chili Cook Off, Car Show, & Craft Brew Fest at Conejo Creek North Park. It's one of the biggest events of the year! Over 40 Chili tasting booths with unlimited tastings are included with general admission (get there early, they do run out!). Running simultaneously with the chili is a Craft Brew Festival (tickets are $75 to attend both events) and a Car Show. Live music, a free kids' fun zone, and over a dozen food trucks round out the offerings. Proceeds go to local charities. $25 GA, $40 VIP, kids 10 and under are free. More information here. STAGECOACH INN MUSEUM SPEAKERS SERIES 2 AM TO 3:30 PM “Discover Hidden History of the Conejo Valley- Rancho Guadalasca” with guest speaker Colleen Delany, author and professor at CSU Channel Islands. The audience will hear little known stories of our area that include a "holy city", Percheron horses, and possible WWll agents. Cost to attend is $10 and is at the Museum. Mark your calendars for the final date of this series, June 2nd, when Richard Foss will discuss "Victorian Taste of Conejo- Discover What People Ate and How Food Was Prepared". More information for these two events can be found here. _________________________________________ May 11th AGOURA HILLS FIRE SERVICE AND PUBLIC SAFETY DAY 10 AM TO 2 PM Taking place at Fire Station #89 on Canwood street in Agoura Hills. Meet your local firefighters and enjoy demonstrations, CPR sessions, a helicopter flyover, free hot dogs, a kid zone, and more. Free! Click here for more. ARCHANA 2024 FESTIVAL OF INDIAN FOLK AND BOLLYWOOD DANCE, MUSIC, DRAMA, AND FOOD 3 PM TO 5 PM At the Bank of America Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $50 for GA, and $30 for students and seniors. Premium tickets are $125. Show will start at 3:30 pm in the Fred Kavli Theatre and will be followed with tea and snacks after the performance. More information can be found by visiting their website. MOORPARK APRICOT FESTIVA 11 AM TO 5 PM Taking place on Moorpark's historic High Street (Between Walnut Ave. and Bard St.), this vibrant street fair promises to be an event rich in history and culture, and not to mention Apricots! Fun for the whole family, admission is free! Click here for more details. ______________________________________________ May 12th TINY PORCH CONCERT SERIES 5 PM TO 8 PM The Tiny Porch Concert Series kicks off this summer with "The Accidentals" and "Jems" performing at Peter Strauss Ranch. The concert is free to attend, but a suggested donation of $20 is appreciated and goes to benefit the Santa Monica Mountains Fund. VIP tickets are available for $60 and include a beer, wine, and cheese reception an hour before the show starts, as well as a prime seat. This summer's series continues on: June 9th- Manda Mosher with Dead Rock Wes July 14th- Mary Scholtz and Adam Ezra August 11th- The Riverside and The Salty Suites For more information on this concert series click here. ____________________________________________ May 18th ARTSFEST 10 AM TO 3 PM Features artists, vendors, face paintings, demonstrations, and more. Free to attend, though some activities will have their own fees. At Rancho Tapo Community Park in Simi Valley. Click here for more information. ___________________________________________ May 18th & 19th SCANDINAVIAN FESTIVAL 10 AM TO 6 PM* One of our favorite local festivals! Enjoy two days of Nordic music, dancing, activities, and food. Children will love the craft souvenirs and collecting passport stickers, and adults will love the vendors and demonstrations. Eat your heart out on aebleskivers, Swedish meatballs, and more delicious Scandinavian fare. ABBAFab headlines the the main stage each day. This festival is not to be missed! Takes place at Cal Lutheran University. Tickets start at $18, and kids 12 and under are FREE. Purchase tickets online here, price increases to $20 on May 1st. *Festival ends at 5pm on Sunday. CALIFORNIA STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL 10 AM TO 7:30 PM* The Ventura County Fairgrounds will host the 38th annual strawberry festival once more! Patrons will enjoy all things strawberry from over 50 food and beverage booths, vendors, a Ninja Nation obstacle course, live entertainment, and making their own strawberry shortcake. And don't forget to buy a carton of the most perfect strawberries freshly picked from the farm on your way out. Admission is $15. Military and seniors are $10, children 5 to 12 are $8, while 4 and under are free. You can visit the website here for more information. *Festival ends at 6:30pm on Sunday. *Video is from the 2023 festival and does not show the proper dates of May 18th and 19th ____________________________________________ May 19th TOPANGA BANJO-FIDDLE CONTEST & FOLK FESTIVAL 9 AM TO 7:30 PM At King Gillette Ranch. Hear sweet sounds by talented musicians and spend your day participating in jam sessions, workshops, dance offs, shopping vendors, and partaking of delicious food. Tickets are $50, and $40 for seniors and students. Learn more here. ___________________________________________ May 24-26th GOLD COAST GEM SHOW 10 AM TO 5 PM* Free admission! Takes place at the Ventura County Fairgrounds and runs through the weekend. Event features gems, minerals, fossils, rocks, jewelry, kids' activities, a silent auction, and even gold panning. A must for any rock hound! More information here. *Show ends at 4 pm on Sunday ___________________________________________ May 25th 3rd ANNUAL HAPPY FACE FESTIVAL 12 PM TO 7 AM Taking place at Rancho Santa Susana Community Park in Simi, this festival will feature a plethora of live music and entertainment. Food trucks will be out in force. Nosh while hearing bands covering the greats like The Beatles, Elton John, Led Zeppelin, and The Rolling Stones. Tickets are $25 and children 16 and under are free! Check out all the details here. KIDS FUN ZONE 12 PM TO 2 PM As mentioned earlier in this article, this event is free and located at the Janss Market. _____________________________________________ May 24-25th OJAI ART IN THE PARK 10 AM TO 5 PM Since 1977 artists have spent Memorial Day weekend here in Ojai at this annual event. Art of all mediums can be found this weekend in Libbey Park. Admission is free. Click here to learn more. __________________________________________ May 25-27th l MADONNARI ITALIAN STREET PAINTING FESTIVAL 10 AM TO 6 PM Street painters take over the Santa Barbara Mission in this Italian tradition. Witness the Mission transform with over the over130 exquisite masterpieces that will be created. Live music and food vendors round out this experience. More information can be found here. ____________________________________________ May 27th MEMORIAL DAY EVENT AT THE REAGAN LIBRARY 9 AM TO 11 AM Honor those who have fought for our nation at the Reagan Library this Memorial Day. Event is free to attend, though should you wish to visit the Library standard rates will apply. Music starts at 9 and the program will begin at 10. Click here to learn more. CRPD CONCERTS IN THE PARK 5 PM TO 7:30 PM Get ready for summer at this FREE concert in the park! Britain's Finest- The Complete Beatles Experience will sing the night away at the Conejo Community Park in Thousand Oaks. Featured food trucks are Cousins Maine Lobster, Hot Diffity Dog, and Mister Softee. Visit the CRPD website to learn more and make sure mark the rest of this series in your calendar: July 4th- Hot August Night, The Ultimate Neil Diamond Tribute July 21st- Savor, Santana Tribute Band August 11th- Blank Space, Taylor Swift Tribute September 2nd- The Spazmatics ______________________________________________ May 31st FREE JAZZ CONCERT 7 PM TO 8:45 PM The TGIF Westlake Village series kicks off this night with music by the talented students from Agoura High School and Lindero Canyon Middle Jazz bands. Concerts will be performed at the Westlake Village Civic Center and food trucks will be open for dinner at 6 pm. The rest of the series will be: June 21st- Jumpin' Joz (Swing, 50s) August 2nd- 5 Star Theatricals THOUSAND OAKS POP-UP ARTS AND MUSIC FEST 7 PM TO 8:30 PM The first concert in this extensive summer series features the talent of Ron Artis ll & The Truth at the Conejo Creek North Park. This series will will "pop-up" at various parks throughout the Thousand Oaks area and will feature a wide variety of arts and music acts. Free and open for all to attend! More information on each of these shows can be found here. Following performances are: June 1st- New West Symphony Presents Movies & the Masters at North Ranch Neighborhood Park June 7th- 5-Star Theatricals presents Queens of the Pop Age at Canada Park June 8th- The Lao Tizer Band will perform DownBeat Jazz at Triunfo Community Park June 14th- Adrian + Meredith at Wildwood Neighborhood Park June 15th- My Son the Hurricane at Suburbia Park June 21st- Brogen Bay presents Vonda Shepard at the Stagecoach Inn Museum Lawn June 22nd- TOArts presents Changui Majadero June 28th- Archertown at Northwood Park June 29th- TOArts presents Scythian at Kimber Park ____________________________________________ June 1st THOUSAND OAKS POP-UP ARTS AND MUSIC FEST 7 PM TO 8:30 PM As stated in the post above, New West Symphony will be performing a free show at North Ranch Neighborhood Park. CONEJO FAMILYFEST/HEALTH AND EDUCATION FAIR 10 PM TO 1 PM This event is presented by Calabasas Mommy & Conejo Family Events and is taking place at Mae Boyar Park in Oak Park. The whole family will enjoy vendors, fitness demos and challenges, story time, craft stations, lawn games, a superhero, sports, and princess dress-up party, and more! They do request you RSVP, More information here. ____________________________________________ June 2nd SPEAKERS SERIES AT STAGECOACH INN MUSEUM 2 PM TO 3:30 PM As stated earlier in this post, Richard Foss will be speaking. SUN SETS SUMMER CONCERT SERIES 6 PM TO 8 PM Kick off this summer concert series at Calabasas Lake with Summer Nights- Tribute to Grease! Concert is free to attend. More details can be found here, and don't miss the the rest of the dates: July 21st- On Tap Band- 80s/90s Hits August 11th- L.A.Vations- Tribute to U2 August 25th- Blue Breeze Band- R&B/Motown For even MORE events happening nearby (yes, there are MORE!) Consult our favorite website for all things Conejo Valley, The Conejo Valley Guide by clicking right here. Brought to you by: Jessica Carter l DRE #01490419 l 818.590.4246 l JessicaCarterHomes@gmail.com www.JessicaCarterHomes.com "Your Fountainwood neighbor and local area specialist"

  • The Great Race is Back in Agoura Hills!

    It's that time of year again! Time for hundreds of sweaty runners (including myself, hi, Amanda here!) to pound our streets in hopes of glory and PRs. If you have lived here awhile you know the drill, but if you are new to the neighborhood, or just have a short memory, here is what you need to know about road closures and how you can be a part of it all come Race Day, April 6th! There are 6 total races in this Great Race series, 3 of which will temporarily impact the neighborhood. The Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K all start in Fountainwood at the top of Carell Ave and will run through a portion of our neighborhood. You can expect temporary road closures and runners in our surrounding area for the duration of the morning, and Kanan and TO Blvd will both experience heavy foot traffic and delays for drivers. Official Road Closures Thousand Oaks Blvd east of Kanan 5:15 to 11am Carell Ave 5:30 until 11am Idle Dr 5:30 to 11am Kanan Rd northbound will be restricted to the west lane and the Sheriff's Department will be assisting drivers at each intersection. Because three of the races will be utilizing Kanan at some point along their course, you can expect to see a steady stream of runners along it starting as early as 7:30am, and until the last few diehards trickle through around 10:30am. Many of our streets will be impacted during the race, but not fully closed. These roads will remain open, but runners will have right of way and police escorts that will stop traffic as necessary, so make sure you are alert and paying attention. If you are going somewhere leave early, this is not a good day to be running late. When Will Each Race Pass Through Fountainwood? Half Marathon Race starts at 7am and will head south on Carell Ave. Runners will exit Fountainwood by turning right onto Thousand Oaks Blvd. Runners will not have an impact on our neighborhood until they run past us going South on Kanan to finish the race. Full half marathon course map here. 10k Race starts at 7:28 am and will head north on Carell and come down Hollow Brook Ave, turn right onto Calmfield, then take a left at Eagleton before exiting the neighborhood and running South along Kanan. The latest I would expect to see any runners on our streets during the 10k is 7:45am, unless something crazy happens. Full 10K course map here. 5k Race starts at 9:05 am and will follow the same course as the 10k until reaching Eagleton. Instead of turning left and exiting the neighborhood, they will turn right and run up Eagleton until the intersection with Acadia. Runners will run the length of Acadia to Timberlane. From Timberlane they will turn onto Pinewood and effectively exit our neighborhood. I would expect the latest you will see runners in the neighborhood to be 9:30am. I think most will easily be out before then, but 5k's tend to have walkers and young families in the mix. Full 5k course map here. Party! All of the races end at Chumash Park. If you would like to enjoy the festivities with the runners I'd head over there around 8:30 and cheer on the runners as they cross the finish lines! Parking will be extremely limited, and difficult to get to with road closures, so walk or car pool over. Speaking as a runner, and as someone who will be participating in the 10k this year, please feel free to cheer on runners as they pass your houses! Cheers are always welcome and lift runners spirits, especially those of us who are wildly out of shape and will need all the encouragement they can get. It's me, I'm the one who needs the encouragement. Volunteer Let's be real, running isn't for everyone. Want to be a part of it, but without running a step? Volunteers are GREATLY needed, and races like this one could. not. happen. without the aid of wonderful volunteers. And it just so happens that The Great Race volunteer manager is our very own neighbor, Jodi over on Marlies! It takes a village of volunteers to execute a race, 300 of them, to be exact. Volunteer teams are made up of local businesses, schools, clubs, and even Pepperdine University is sending over a crew this year! However, even with all of this support Jodi is still in need of volunteers to work as course monitors (if you live along the racecourse all you would have to essentially do is stand in front of your home for a couple of hours!), and the post race party in Chumash Park is also in need of more help. Volunteers are needed March 30th, 31st, and on Race day. You will receive an exclusive race shirt as a thank you, and will create memories that will enrich your live. The minimum age requirement to volunteer without an adult is 14, and students can earn community service hours for their time. If you are interested or have any questions please visit the race website here, or send Jodi an email, she would love to hear from you! Her address is Jodi@GreatRaceofAgoura.com. Volunteering is easy, and fun! I myself have spent many hours volunteering at Spartan Races, and it is always such a rewarding experience. Being able to assist others while they are mentally and physically testing their limits is inspiring, 10/10 recommend it. And if you are paying attention, yes, I completely copy and pasted last years article. The info was good then, and it's good now. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Good luck runners! Brought to you by: Jessica Carter l DRE #01490419 l 818.590.4246 l JessicaCarterHomes@gmail.com www.JessicaCarterHomes.com "Your Fountainwood neighbor and local area specialist"

  • Local Events for April 2024

    *UNDER CONSTRUCTION!- this article takes a lot of time to put together and honestly we are all hands on deck getting ready for the NEIGHBORHOOD YARD SALE on April 6th. I will make it pretty ASAP, in the meantime, The Conejo Valley Guide is our go-to source for all local events! April 6th -Neighborhood Yard Sale! Go check out the deals! April 6 & 7th -24th Annual Chumash Day Powwow and Intertribal Gathering at Malibu Bluffs Park. 10am-6pm. Free! April 7th -Celebration of the Whales Festival at Channel Islands Harbor. 10am to 3 pm. Free! -Welcome Walk at Malibu Creek State Park. Walk starts at 10am, learn about park history, plants, and animals. Parking fees apply. April 13th -The Great Race! Once again, good luck runners! -Calabasas Earth Day Festival at Las Virgenes and Agoura road from 2-5pm. Over 50 exhibitors and activities for children. April 20th -1st Annual Spring Arts, Crafts, & Antiques Festival. 10am to 4 pm Stagecoach Inn Museum. Free! -Arbor Earth Day Celebration at the TO Community Center. 10am to 2pm. Bring the family, free! April 20-21st -47th Conejo Gem & Mineral Club “Pageant of a Thousand Gems”. 10am to 4pm Borchard Community Center. Fun for all ages, free! April 25-May 5th -Santa Barbara Fair & Expo. You know it’ll have all the fun things and yummy treats! Earl Warren Showgrounds. April 26th -Camarillo Old Town Friday Night Cruise is back! 4-7pm. Classic cars and craft vendors. 4th Friday of every month through October. May 5th -47th Annual TO Chili Cook Off, Car Show, & Craft Brew Fest. 12-5pm at Conejo Creek North Park. $25 GA, kids 10 and under free. Brought to you by: Jessica Carter l DRE #01490419 l 818.590.4246 l JessicaCarterHomes@gmail.com www.JessicaCarterHomes.com "Your Fountainwood neighbor and local area specialist"

  • Up For Adoption- Sansa

    Like her Game of Thrones namesake, Miss Sansa is destined for greatness. Life is never easy for a Stark, and this sweet girl had the misfortune of starting her life with a greedy owner who bred her over and over. She bravely escaped, only to find herself in another conundrum- being one of the longest residents at the Agoura Animal Care Center. Sansa is a 3 year, 4 month old Belgian Malinois, a breed that usually requires a knowledgeable and experienced owner. However, the staff say she is not very Malinois-y, and would do well in most active homes (she likes her walks!). She ADORES people, but is rather choosy about her canine companions. Given the right environment, this girl will surely rise to become the queen she is destined to be! The Agoura Animal Care Center hours are Monday through Saturday 11am to 5pm. They are closed on Sundays and Holidays. Brought to you by: Jessica Carter l DRE #01490419 l 818.590.4246 l JessicaCarterHomes@gmail.com www.JessicaCarterHomes.com "Your Fountainwood neighbor and local area specialist"

  • The Great Race Needs YOU! To Volunteer

    It’s that time of the year already! Time for hundreds, nay, thousands, of runners to pound the pavement of our streets once more. With that many runners, and with 6 different races, you can imagine this is an all hands on deck type of situation. Race organizers rely heavily on the over 300 volunteers it takes to ensure a smooth race day. Volunteers are needed for variety of tasks, such as: handing out registration packets, operating check points along the routes, and working water stations. Individuals, adults, friends, family members, clubs, and students can volunteer. Students can even earn needed community service hours! Volunteers will receive an exclusive race shirt as a token of appreciation. The minimum age requirement to volunteer without an adult is 14. We’d like to thank our neighbor over on Marlies, Jodi, for bringing this opportunity to our attention, and for all the amazing work she does as the Volunteer Manager for this race series. If you have any volunteer related questions you can reach her at jodi@greatraceofagoura.com. To sign up to volunteer simply visit the Great Race website. We also have the direct link to register on our website. If you are unable to volunteer in an official capacity, we do hope you will be able to stand along the race route and cheer on runners as they pass! The 39th Annual Great Race will take place on Saturday, April 13th this year. As has become our tradition, April’s edition of the Fountainwood Forum will have a break down of race times and street closures to prepare you for the influx of traffic to our neighborhood (the highlighted link is to last years article. The date will of course be different, but all other information should be the same). Thinking of running it yourself? There is still time to register! Visit the website and pick your distance. We’ll see you on the course! Brought to you by: Jessica Carter l DRE #01490419 l 818.590.4246 l JessicaCarterHomes@gmail.com www.JessicaCarterHomes.com "Your Fountainwood neighbor and local area specialist"

  • Yard of the Month

    Meticulously maintained with not so much as a blade of grass out of place, this home on Colina Vista has been on our Yard of the Month list for a while now. It is not uncommon to see owners Soraya and Ali Ganji out there working tirelessly on it, dutifully pulling weeds, hand watering, or planting flowers. Their love for the yard is immense, and evident in every bud that blooms. Now retired, Ali and Soraya are both able to spend an ample amount of time in their yard, and they enjoy every minute of the work and care they pour into it. While Ali’s domain lay largely in selecting hardscape and other design features, including an eye-catching flat stone walkway that can be found beautifully embedded amongst the lush lawn, Soraya’s passion has always been with the flowers. She has personally planted nearly every tree and bush, and she joyfully spends her days with dirt under her nails tending to it all. Over the years the Ganji’s front yard has gone through many changes and looks; be it from Soraya frequently changing out plants to find which grows happiest, or in the design. A few years ago they decided to make their yard a little more sustainable and manageable by trading out half of the lawn for brilliant white gravel, which makes for a dramatic backdrop to both the Purple Beautyberry tree and New Zealand Tea tree. Full of a variety of plants such as Mexican Heather, Silver Dollar, Dusty Miller, and more, the most prominent feature of this yard, without question, has to be the three towering Queen Palm trees. They stand sentinel over the yard and draw you in to admire the lawns many other beauties. A big thank you to the Ganji’s for being our Yard of the Month. It was a pleasure to meet you! Brought to you by: Jessica Carter l DRE #01490419 l 818.590.4246 l JessicaCarterHomes@gmail.com www.JessicaCarterHomes.com "Your Fountainwood neighbor and local area specialist"

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