Local Rowing Team Pulls Together in Nationals

A Team, A Crew: (left to right) Coach Jake Coert, Lauren Peters, Camden Coburn, Robbie Mills, Alex Dutka, and Danial Robbins after their finals race that ranked them nationally. Peters was ranked 22nd in the nation for single women’s and the men’s quad was ranked 23rd in the nation. This team was the youngest team at nationals this year. Rowing ranks among the most grueling sports, testing the limits of an athlete’s grit, maximum physical output and mental strength. While many would shy away from such demands, something about it…

Schooling Options in the Conejo Valley

According to the Conejo Valley Unified School District (CVUSD), K-12 public school enrollment is lower than at any time in the past twenty-five years. While a decline has been forecast since at least 2017, the current numbers show public school enrollment declining three years ahead of expectations, with only 17,397 students enrolled in CVUSD schools for the 2020/21 school year. Enrollment peaked in 2005/06 with 22,456 students. By contrast, private schools in the area have grown in recent years, with high demand and waiting lists. Some parents place preschoolers in…

Three Essential Skin Care Steps

Did you know the key to glowing skin starts with proper cleansing? Yes, cleansing. This is the most overlooked component in the skin care market today. Prepping your face with the right products and preferred techniques will deliver real results in renewing a more youthful appearance. Even though the trend in skin care is focused on the super-serums as the answer to achieving “glass” skin, using serums in the hopes of achieving radiant skin won’t deliver the maximum results without proper cleansing. Skin serums deliver active ingredients in order to…

It is Summer in the Kitchen

Fresh Watermelon Salad With summer in full swing, it’s time to focus on festive recipes for warm-weather entertaining. If there’s ever an appropriate time to be a bit over-the-top with your food presentation, the Fourth of July is it! Be it a red, white and blue trifle or an extra-flavorful watermelon salad, showcasing the color of our flag (at least in a dessert) is definitely the way to go.  Versatile and sweet, berries make a bright addition to cakes, crisps, cobblers and countless other baked dishes. Still, when berries are…

Arthritis in Pets: Warning Signs, Causes, and How to Treat It

Is your pet slowing down or having difficulty getting up and down?  For older cats and dogs, this could be due to arthritis.  Just like in aging people, our pets also develop arthritis.  Arthritis is a degenerative joint disease that progresses and has mostly some irreversible changes to the joints.  This can occur due to constant wear of the smooth cartilage in the joints.  In dogs, we diagnose this in approximately 25% of all we see. However, as many as 60% of pets have radiographic evidence of this.  Cats also…

Little Libraries Localize Reading

Next time you walk through your neighborhood, you may notice more than trees, flowers and neighbors walking their dogs. What’s that miniature house on a post with books in it, standing outside your neighbor’s house? It’s a Little Free Library (LFL) waiting for you to “Take a book. Share a book.” LFL was established in 2009 by Todd Bol to honor his book-loving, teacher-by-trade mother. Bol set out to build a miniature one-room schoolhouse on a post where he placed books for friends and neighbors to enjoy. So beloved was…

Full Circle: Former Refugee Gives Back as U.S. Doctor

Dr. Anthony Phan has come a long way after fleeing Saigon as a young boy, leaving both parents behind and hoping not to starve before he reached a U.S. ship friendly enough to take him and his brothers aboard. Today, Phan is a local physician and doctor of internal medicine, geriatrics and integrative medicine. He has a long list of credentials and accomplishments — including studying under Dr. Ben Carson — and a passion for prevention and longevity science. It’s a kind of miracle that Phan made it out of…

Our Generation, Our Fight: ZOE International

Twenty years or so ago, when Michael and Carol Hart first heard that adults could purchase a little boy or girl for sex off of a menu on the streets of Thailand, they couldn’t believe crimes like these were taking place in our day. While this generation had not been present to fight past horrors like transatlantic slavery and the Holocaust, Carol declared that if this was happening while she was alive, then this was her generation and her fight. God soon called the Harts to start ZOE International (a…

Kids, Parents, or Grandparents: Who are Community Playgrounds Really For?

Playgrounds are part of the fabric of American culture and community life. They enhance schools, community parks and recreational sites everywhere. For children, playgrounds are often the focus of recess activities. On weekends, they provide places for adventure and relaxation with friends and family. When given the opportunity, most kids spend hours hopping from one piece of equipment to another, playing games of make-believe and forming new friendships. Almost all of us can easily remember favorite moments and events that occurred at various parks in our lives. But who are…

Conejo Disc Golf Club Flies High

Behind almost every disc golf course is a disc golf club. The local Conejo Disc Golf Club started with around 15 members in 2008, and today thrives with a couple of hundred members and events which draw competitors from as far away as Nevada and Arizona. The group hosts local disc golf tournaments and partners with the Conejo Recreation and Parks District (CRPD) in the upkeep of local courses at Rabbit Flats and Sapwi Trails, both of which are open to the public. Mike Byrne, president and co-founder of the…