Be a La Reina Girl!

At La Reina, we understand that today’s young women are nuanced, complex, multifaceted and driven—they seek to change the world while still finding themselves. La Reina’s unique learning environment allows students to take center stage and develop their individual talents. 

Lighten Up at Westlake Body Contouring:

When then-retired chiropractor Dianne Lalena Sandberg, D.C., first discovered the amazing power of LED light therapy to essentially “melt” fat and dissolve inches, she resolved to share this technology with the public.

Good Find in Thousand Oaks

There’s nothing quite like the satisfaction of finding just the right piece of furniture or décor. Whether it’s the perfect armchair for a cozy corner reading nook, a dining set for indoor or outdoor entertaining, beautiful knickknacks or a stunning piece of wall art, it’s always fun to find that item that will add a special dash of color and…

Renowned Writing Program Prepares La Reina Students to Succeed

Effective communication is about much more than the simple text messages that we have grown so accustomed to. Great communication is about the subtleties of word choice, being able to use logic, and above all, having a clear voice.

Show Your Gratitude: 5 Ways to Give Back                 

November, the month of Thanksgiving, is the perfect time to reflect on the many blessings in our lives and share our thanks by giving back to others. Whether volunteering our time or donating funds, contributing to the well-being of another yields rewards beyond measure. Here, we offer a handful of ideas for giving back to the community.

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,”…

5 Summer Reads by Local Authors

 Article Tracy Marcynzsyn  Curl up this summer with a good book written by someone you just might run into around town. The Conejo Valley is home to many prolific authors, writing in genres from thrillers to romance. Check out the latest offerings by several local writers, several of whom will share their experiences from concept to publishing at “Everything You…

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County Enrich Lives

 Article and Photography  Big Brother Aaron and Little Brother Elijah, matched 6 years.  Disney's Points of Light Foundation sponsored a trip to Disneyland!

Big & Little Sisters Match Up

 Article and Photography  MAC Mineralize Foundation  Nordstrom Rack, $19.97

Fresh & Local

Since 1991, local farmers have shared their harvests with Conejo Valley residents at area farmer’s markets. The nonprofit Ventura County Certified Farmers’ Market Association is a farmers’ cooperative with over 140 members.

The Sleep Shoppe Family: Spreading Smiles for 30 Years

Thirty years ago, a young man surprised his wife with a pickup truck, as she stood on the stoop of their home with their two young sons. Naturally, she asked, "What is this honey?" Smiling his signature grin, he replied, "Our delivery truck for the new mattress store I'm opening." A testament to their love and level of trust, she…

Roadside Lumber & Hardware: Celebrating 42 Years of Community Service

Roadside Lumber & Hardware Inc., one of Agoura Hills’ oldest businesses, recently celebrated its 42nd anniversary. Independently owned and operated since its start in 1975, Roadside Lumber was founded to primarily supply landscaping and residential contractors with lumber, hardware, paint, tools and other materials. Today, Roadside Lumber & Hardware serves the general public as well as contractors, offering discount pricing…

Educational Alternatives to Fit Any Style

Conejo Valley schools offer something for everyone. In addition to award-winning district high schools, several options exist for students wanting an alternative to traditional learning styles. Whether online, hybrid, small-group or one-on-one learning, education that fits each student’s learning style allows residents to find a program that meets their unique needs, interests and goals.

Teaching to the Middle & Why Halstrom Academy Exists

"Teaching to the middle” is a widely used characterization of a teacher’s efforts in a classroom environment. Sadly, this notion has taken on a negative connotation rather than a positive one. So, if you’re a classroom teacher with a class size of 15 or more, would you assume it’s appropriate to bend your instructional approach more toward accelerated students or…

Thousand Oaks Fireside and Design: Sparking Inspiration

When Bob Vartanian was thinking of adding to his chain of fireplace retail stores (Encino, Glendale and Pasadena), he looked northward and noticed that Ventura County was lacking in its offering of a quality fireside, hearth and barbecue store. Vartanian was also aware of the changing role the fireplace and hearth products were taking with regard to interior design. He…

BodyRestoration Chiropractic Takes a Holistic Approach to Wellness

Good health is widely recognized as one of your most valuable assets. While insurance is helpful when things go wrong, it’s the healthy choices you make every day that help prevent and reduce the risk of disease. Protecting your health starts with proactive wellness care that includes regular exercise, a natural foods-based diet and physical care to protect the neuromusculoskeletal…

Taking a Proactive Approach to Prevention

Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October featured many community activities highlighting good health practices for the early detection of breast cancer. Incorporating these strategies into a monthly routine and getting regular mammograms as well as understanding changes in breast tissue can help ensure breast cancer is found at its earliest stage. While men can also develop breast cancer, it is…

Priority Hearing Aid Group

If you suffer from hearing loss, you’re in good company, as some 48 million Americans report a decline in hearing ability. As hearing can deteriorate gradually or suddenly, as a result of exposure to loud noise, many people are surprised to learn they have some measurable degree of hearing loss.

Conejo Valley Days

A tribute to our valley’s western roots and community spirit, the 60th Annual Conejo Valley Days takes center stage May 11-15 at Conejo Creek Park South (23 Freeway/Janss Rd. exit) in Thousand Oaks. The five-day event features entertainment for all ages. This year will again showcase top-rated RCS carnival rides, midway games and world-class headliners performing live music. Also scheduled…

Where to Dine with Your Valentine

Why You Love It: "We have fond memories of discovering Aroha when they opened and enjoying the warm New Zealand hospitality of Chef/Owner Gwithyen Thomas and his great food. Aroha is our 'go-to' restaurant. Their name means love." Favorite Dish: "We love the New Zealand Cloudy Bay Clams, the award-winning Horopito Crusted New Zealand Venison, Saffron Seafood Risotto, hand-cut French…

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…