Local Schools Make the Grade

 Article Tracy Marcynzsyn  Agoura High School  Awarded a Silver ranking by the 2017 U.S. News and World Report list of Best High Schools, Agoura High School strives to develop “inquiring, knowledgeable and caring Chargers who are active citizens engaged in 21st century learning.”

Reverse Aging Eyes with Cutting-Edge Technology

 Article Morgan Mondello | Photography Paige Morrison  On the first day of my family’s annual summer vacation to Hawaii, my mom lost one of her contacts while swimming. As she has astigmatism and hyperopia, my mom cannot see far and middle distances, and what she can see is blurry and causes eyestrain.  She didn’t bring her glasses with her on…

Norman Lear Shares Stories at University Village

 Photography Michael Adams  It was all in the family when legendary TV producer Norman Lear visited with residents of University Village Thousand Oaks for a behind-the-scenes look at his career as one of the most successful television producers in Hollywood history. The mastermind behind such iconic sitcoms as “Sanford and Son,” “One Day at a Time,” “The Jeffersons,” “Good Times,”…

Interact Club Teens Embrace Service Above Self

 Article Tracy Marcynzsyn  The largest club on campus at Newbury Park High School, the Interact Club helps students develop leadership skills through community service. Rotary International's service club for young people ages 12 to 18, some 20,372 Interact Clubs exist in 159 countries.  “Interact clubs provide students with opportunities to help their local community and collaborate with other Interact Club…

Peter Wiere Mediation: Easing the Pain of Divorce

 Article Tracy Marcynzsyn  Statistics show almost half of all marriages end in divorce. A difficult situation to be sure, divorce doesn’t have to ruin your life. In fact, a “good” divorce can lay the foundation for a brighter future.  When it comes to divorce, “There is no right or wrong, good or bad, best or worse—each situation is unique, so…

Private School Pride

 Article Alicia Doyle  Conejo Valley’s private schools provide students with a range of offerings in addition to strong, academic curriculums.  Ascension Lutheran School

Sports Academy: Full Circle Fitness

 Article Alicia Doyle  Sports Academy is a 96,000-square-foot facility that’s all about creating full-circle athletes of all ages and skill levels.   “From the beginning Chad and Leah have had a very special vision for Sports Academy—from basketball to beach volleyball, sports medicine to sports psychology, novices to pros, Sports Academy is dedicated to helping athletes grow physically, mentally and emotionally,”…

Lifelong Students

 Article Jeff Runyan  “Back-to-school” is an exciting time of year when children prepare for the productive and growth-oriented period ahead. The goal of growth in intellect and experience are the ideals of parents for their child, all to increase the likelihood of success in their future.   And, while we prep the kids with these refreshed, start the school year right…

Do You Have a Healthy Nervous System?

 Article Alan Duben, DC  A healthy nervous system is vitally important to health. The nervous system is like the perfect computer—only better.  Your brain is the central computer, and the nervous system connects the “computer” to all the parts of the body. Every tissue in the body is perfectly connected, and each part of the whole communicates through the nervous…

Dedicated Teacher Takes Top Honors

 Article Kateri Wozny  Sequoia Middle School Eighth Grade Instructor Shannon Baranski has many reasons to celebrate this year.  The 36-year-old Camarillo resident was recently awarded “Teacher of the Year,” having been named “Teacher of the Month” in April. The awards, given through collaboration with the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Conejo Valley Unified School District’s (CVUSD) “Teacher…

Back to School: Walking Down Memory Lane

 Article Kim Pagano  If you’re reading this right now you might think this was about sending your kids back to school, which was both a happy and sad time for me when my kids were younger. Back to school meant schedules and less time together. I really enjoyed that free-flowing time together during the summer.  In this case, “going back…

Discover Equestrian Vaulting for Recreation & Competition with F.A.C.E.

 Article Sharon Levinsohn  The Free Artists Creative Equestrians (F.A.C.E.) equestrian vaulting club is an extraordinary place. Founded in 2000 by two-time world champion equestrian vaulter, Devon Maitozo, F.A.C.E. teaches the innovative sport of equestrian vaulting to participants of all ages. Described as a combination of gymnastics and dance performed on a moving horse set to music, EV attracts participants who…

North Ranch Country Club: Scenic Beauty for Grand Events

 Photography The Wedding Bonanza  Nestled in the heart of Westlake Village, North Ranch Country Club sits at the top of Valley Spring Drive in a private residential community, a perfect location just outside of Los Angeles and south of Santa Barbara.  Renowned for its rich golfing tradition and mountain views, North Ranch Country Club provides a beautiful natural backdrop for…

Opening Doors in Education

Our Back to School issues in the Conejo Valley and Malibu to Palisades feature educators who have been recognized and honored as Teacher of the Year in their communities. Shannon Baranski and Madeline Walker have much to be proud of. They and their fellow educators help prepare the young people who represent the future of … Continued

August 2018 Around Town

Concert for the Cats The Concert for the Cats, 2018 features top jazz artists at Peter Strauss Ranch (3000 Mulholland Hwy) to benefit wildlife research and projects with the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. Taking place Sunday, August 19, at 6:30 p.m., the concert features musicians Kiki Ebsen and Julie Newsome (vocals), Josh Nelson (keyboard), Dick Weller (drums), … Continued

WDC Kitchen and Bath Center Champions Boys & Girls Club

WDC Kitchen and Bath Center showed their support of the Boys and Girls Club of the Greater Conejo Valley at the 9th Annual Golf Classic at Moorpark Country Club, donating a premium Big Green Egg Package and an 18″ Monogram Stainless Steel Wine Cooler. The family business prides itself in supporting the community via local charities.  … Continued

AMG Celebrates Showroom Grand Opening

AMG Thousand Oaks celebrated the Grand Opening of their AMG Showroom at 3905 Auto Mall Drive. Almost three years to the day from concept to completion, AMG® Thousand Oaks stands today as a shrine to the pinnacle of automotive performance.  Photography by Janet Barnett Photography

The Sunset Gathering for Shelter Hope Pet Shop

Animal lovers gathered at The Sunset Restaurant in Malibu to honor Humans Helping the Underdogs and to raise money for the care and adoptions of the animals at the Shelter Hope Pet Shop in Thousand Oaks.   Photography by Robin Chesler