Conejo Compassion Coalition: Helping the Global Family

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As a Civil Rights activist in the 1960s and 70s, Robert Bland learned early on that he had a desire to help others make a difference in their lives. Some 50 years later, now as head of Newbury Park’s Conejo Compassion Coalition, Bland has remained true to his early mission “to heal a broken world, one person, one community, and one village at a time.”
Throughout his busy career at the Port Hueneme Naval Base and as a part-time counselor and instructor at Oxnard and Ventura colleges, Bland was driven to help others. He initially coordinated the CROP Hunger Walk through Church World Services to raise funds to feed the hungry and later became active in the Homeless Shelter Program in the Conejo Valley, having spent the past 20 years managing those efforts.

One Spark Ignites Passion for Learning

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When it comes to education, one size does not fit all. Teachers, educators, parents and especially students agree that the current educational model does not serve all students.
“Not every student learns the same way, and they need to have an environment that addresses their learning style,” says Lori Peters, who founded One Spark Academy as a learning center for middle schoolers (ages 11-14) after 15 years of working as a public alternative school teacher in the Conejo Valley Unified School District.

Stressing Wellness

Stressing Wellness

Health and wellness extend beyond the physical body to encompass the mind and spirit. And in today’s fast-paced world, where stress is a constant companion in many people’s lives, finding time to relieve stress and live a balanced life is the key to true health and well-being.
Today we live in a society that equates relaxation with wasting time. Actually, our productivity and health improve when we periodically relax, release stress and become centered, because then we are in control of ourselves rather than allowing stress to control us.

Workouts for Every Body

Workouts for Every Body 4

Getting in shape in the new year tops many a list of resolutions, and there’s no shortage of options for working out in the Conejo Valley. With new gyms and specialty fitness programs sprouting up to join local favorite workout spots, finding a routine to fit any style is a walk in the park.

New Year!

New Year!

Here comes 2016! Wow! It seems as if 2015 went by in a flash. It did.
We started Conejo Valley Lifestyle in 2015. Work began in April and by the end of June we had put the premier August issue to bed. This is issue #6 and thanks to our writers, led by our Editor Tracy Marcynzsyn, our readers seem to love us. Our advertisers—bless them—have shown their love by supporting our editorial mission with their outreach to our readers.

WundaBar Pilates: 
Fitness for All Ages

WundaBar Pilates: 
Fitness for All Ages

Join the 2 Weeks 
to Wunda challenge

Simply attend a Wunda class each day for two weeks, as part of a group or on your own. Take before and after pictures, and the results after just two weeks will astound you! Participants have reported increased energy, toned abdominals, increased strength, decreased weight and an overall healthy and fit feeling. What do you have to lose? Try WundaBar and post your own results to share your success and inspire others.

Bags, Bling & Bubbly Breaks Records

Bags, Bling & Bubbly Breaks Records

The 2015 champagne fundraiser celebrated its seventh year by being oversold and raising $100,000. The much-anticipated event included silent and live auctions as well as boutique items to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County. Photography BY Jesse Watrous

A Gala With Strings Attached

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The Thousand Oaks Philharmonic’s every-18 months gala honored violinist Joyce Osborn, an original board member of the organization, and her late husband Tom, who was the inaugural conductor and music director. Proceeds benefit educational programs and performances. Photography BY ron crain

Managing Pain

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Anyone who has dealt with recurring or chronic pain understands the importance of obtaining pain relief. And when it comes to pain, Dr. Kamyar Assil, medical director of Conejo Pain Specialists Medical Group, specializes in diagnosing, treating and relieving even the most painful conditions.

Duben Holistic Chiropractic Center: Balancing the Master System

Duben Holistic Chiropractic Center: Balancing the Master System 1

Optimal health is established and maintained through a properly functioning nervous system. The nervous system is the master system of the body; it monitors and controls every system of the body in coordination with the brain and nerves. This includes management of hormones, enzymes, digestive juices and neurotransmitters.
Therefore, anything that interferes with the proper function of the nervous system—the master system—can impact any of the other systems and disrupt your body’s health and wellness.

You’re Invited to Join the Great Purge & Clean of 2016!

You’re Invited to Join the Great Purge & Clean of 2016!

Happy New Year! Now that you’ve got your fitness and wellness goals firmly in place, it’s time to look closely at the space around you and ask yourself, “Are things looking a little cluttered?” or “Are my closets bursting at the seams?”
Why not set a goal to declutter and, more importantly, to simplify this year?

Around Town

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An up-close look at the beautiful floats of the 127th Rose Parade is offered on Friday, January 1, from 1 to 5 p.m. (4 p.m. final entry) and on Saturday and Sunday, January 2-3 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Senior citizens and disabled visitors are welcome to an early viewing on Friday and Saturday from 7 to 9 a.m. The floats are completely covered by flowers or other natural materials such as leaves, seeds or bark. Bring your camera and wear comfortable walking shoes, as viewing all of the floats will require walking a distance of approximately 25 miles and will take at least two hours. Viewing starts at the end of the parade route on Sierra Madre Blvd. Admission is $10. For more information and parking/shuttle options, call 626.449.4100 or visit

What Does It Mean For You?

What Does It Mean For You? 1

What is inflation? How is it measured? And, most importantly, what does it mean for you and your family?
In its simplest form, inflation is the rise in prices of the things we buy. If a 16-ounce steak at your favorite restaurant cost $40 last year and it’s now going for $41, the cost of that steak has inflated by $1, or 2.5%.
There are a number of statistics that attempt to measure how the prices of all goods and services in our economy have risen. The most well known is the Consumer Price Index (CPI). Headline CPI is what is most commonly reported—it incorporates a thorough set of goods and services. Core CPI is headline CPI reduced by the more volatile food and energy components.