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Tournament of Roses Post-Parade Showcase of Floats

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 TournamentOfRoses.com.

Wellness Fest at Goebel Adult Community Center

More than 70 vendors, nonprofit organizations and local businesses are ready to inspire, motivate and educate attendees of Wellness Fest, January 20 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Goebel Adult Community Center in Thousand Oaks. Health and wellness information, medical screenings, giveaways, health food, live entertainment and a chance to learn about local services offered in the Conejo Valley are featured at the event for people of all ages who want to improve or maintain their health and well-being. Organizations include Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center, UCLA Health, Kaiser Permanente, Atria Senior Living, Homewatch Caregivers and more. CRPD.org

Play It Again Success

Cabrillo Music Theatre, along with the Boys & Girls Clubs, sends a big thank you to supporters and community partners who contributed to CMT’s Play It Again campaign to collect gently used sports equipment to benefit nine local Boys & Girls Clubs. Throughout the production of Damn Yankees, CMT team members and their community partners Brent’s Deli, Boston Private Banks, Coldwell Banker-Westlake and Los Robles Hospital collected items for the kids at their business locations. The results: two truckloads of equipment.

“This equipment is much needed and so important to the clubs’ after-school programs,” says Boys & Girls Club Executive Director Becky Fleishman. The Boys & Girls Clubs serve more than 3,400 youth in local communities including Newbury Park, Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village, Agoura Hills, Oak Park, Calabasas and Hidden Hills, providing a safe place to play and learn.

“We at Cabrillo feel strongly about supporting our nonprofit partners and were thrilled to have collected so much equipment,” says Director of Development & Community Engagement Maureen Feldman. Thanks to community and sponsors’ support, the equipment collected during CMT’s Play It Again campaign flooded into CMT’s offices.

“Our offices looked like a sporting goods store—and this is only half the equipment collected (pictured),” says Feldman.

Walking for Well-Being

For thousands of years, ancient cultures have walked the labyrinth as a tool to gain inner peace and commune with the divine. Arranged in a circular pattern, labyrinths are not mazes nor are they associated with a particular religion. Many find walking the labyrinth to be calming and centering, and consider it a form of meditation. Benefits of walking the labyrinth include reflection, contemplation, meditation, relaxation, clearing of the mind, peace, personal discovery and growth, stress reduction and problem solving. Labyrinths are located throughout the Conejo Valley, providing a place for people to contemplate, pray and relax while walking its easy path. Find the labyrinth near you or visit them all. You can find them at Cal Lutheran University’s Samuelson Chapel in Thousand Oaks, at Borchard Park in Newbury Park and at St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church in Newbury Park.