Engineering Teacher Strives to Build Student Success

"To reach a child's mind, a teacher must capture their heart." —Dr. Haim Ginott

Local Schools Make the Grade

Schools throughout the Conejo Valley are especially unique for their award-winning programs, high test scores and graduation rates that lead the majority of their students to top colleges and universities. Here is a glimpse of what schools throughout Conejo Valley have to offer:  

Memories of Back to School

Whenever I hear “back to school,” it takes me back to when my children were young and going through the school years. Having four children, it was a busy time. Back to school meant getting back on schedules, new outfits and shoes and all new school supplies, and of course, a new backpack. I was a room mom for each…

Harmony Place: Promoting Recovery, Health & Happiness

When it comes to recovering from drug and alcohol addiction, environment is crucial. That's why licensed clinical social worker Jeff Schwartz, LCSW, created Harmony Place, where men and women struggling with addiction can go to find a safe, loving, caring and nurturing community in which to heal. Located in the serene and beautiful Woodland Hills neighborhood of Walnut Acres, Harmony…

Ascension Lutheran School Nurtures Family Feeling

With mental health issues, stress and anxiety on the rise for students of all ages, schools are looking for new and creative ways to support their students by providing a more nurturing and connected school experience for all children. Ascension Lutheran School in Thousand Oaks implemented the House System this year with exactly that in mind. Creating a school community…

College Bound

This fall, like thousands of other parents, I will take my baby to school, just as I have hundreds of other times, but this time will be different. This September, I’ll drop my little girl off at school, but I won’t be picking her up later that afternoon—no, this time she’s off to college, where she will likely remain until…

Easing Into the New School Year

Preparing to go back to school is often a combination of excitement and overwhelm. With each incredible new chapter, undoubtedly comes a new set of challenges.

A Great Summer

While no one really needs to tell me that our communities in the Conejo Valley and Malibu are really special, the past several weeks have been a cultural epiphany for me. The commute to Hollywood or downtown L.A. for quality music and theater has always been a point of frustration for us. However, the combined … Continued

August 2019 Around Town

Midsummer’s Eve The Rotary Club of Thousand Oaks invites you to attend the 18th annual “Midsummer Eve Wine Festival” at the Hyatt Regency Westlake on Saturday, August 17from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sample acclaimed California limited-production handcrafted wines, microbrews and hors d’oeuvres while perusing fabulous auction items donated by local businesses and residents. Since … Continued

36th Annual California Strawberry Festival Delights with Sweet Treats

Guests flocked to Oxnard for a weekend of strawberry-related contests, dishes and drinks from over 50 food vendors—the make your own strawberry shortcake booth staffed by local students enrolled in culinary classes and the amazing array of strawberry treats, from chocolate-covered strawberries to quesadillas with strawberry salsa and even strawberry pizza were a huge hit!

Dance Masters Swing to the Beat

Dance Masters Ballroom celebrated the wonders and fun of ballroom dancing. Led by owners Ashlieya Mariano and Neff Fisher, a pair of experienced and talented dance professionals, a fun time was had by all.

New West Symphony Premieres TITANIC Live Under the Stars

Thousands attended the stunning world-class U,S, West Coast première of TITANIC Live presented by New West Symphony, Ludwig Wicki, Eric Rigler Music and Maria Z at California Lutheran University. Composed by the late James Horner, the iconic score was performed by 130 musicians and singers, highlighting the high quality of the arts in the community. Photography Ben Malkin, Erin Rodewald

Connecting Careers to the Classroom:

Walk into any classroom at the Ventura County Office of Education Career Education Center Moorpark campus and it quickly becomes evident that these are not your typical school rooms. Rather than the usual cluster of numerous desks, these classrooms may surprise campus visitors with their unusual accoutrements, including a recording studio, a radio station and even hospital beds and equipment—that’s…

“Tequila Nights & Wine Flights” Benefits Creative Steps

Creative Steps provides individualized day programs and vocational support for persons with moderate to severe disabilities as they leave the school system and enter community life. Their recent fundraiser helps support their Conejo Valley and Ventura County-based staffing and activities. AureliaFoundation.org/ | 818.940.8286

Charity Karaoke Singing for a Good Cause

At this month’s Charity Karaoke: Sing for a Cause event, 20 local nonprofit representatives will compete on stage with a live band at The Canyon, Agoura Hills on August 11, each vying to win “Best Performance” and a $1,000 prize for their charity. Before the on-stage event, contestants are collecting donations for their nonprofits, with the aim of winning the…