Dec 21, 2011

CLVFF Future Notes: In 5 Years, Computers Will Be Mind Readers - IBM

"Keyboards and mice may seem like clunky artifacts of the past within the next five years, pushed aside in favor of the ultimate user interface: the human mind.

That’s according to IBM, which just published its “5 in 5″ forecast: a prediction about five innovations that will fundamentally change our world within the next five years. The most head-turning prediction: we’ll be able to use the power of our minds to operate machines."

For the full story go to Mashable Tech.

Dec 1, 2011

Nov 18, 2011

Photos From Youth Congress Leadership Opening Session

 The 2011 - 2012 Youth Congress Leadership program got underway with an orientation meeting at the Scherr Forum Theater in the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. Javier LaFianza, president and chief executive officer of Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership, spoke about the qualities of leadership and stressed that the youth of America are “not just the leaders of tomorrow but the leaders of today.” He reminded the students that “leadership requires action, not just talking about it or holding a leadership title” and shared examples of HOBY alumni who have “impacted lives and communities in a very positive way” by following their passion and a commitment to service.

Javier LaFianza, President & CEO, Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership

Nov 14, 2011

Youth Leadership Announces Schedule

The Future Foundation's Youth Leadership Program has announced its 2011 - 2012 schedule. This year's participants will get first hand introductions to public and private organizations with a central role in the life of our community. From government and law enforcement to business and education, community leaders have stepped forward to provide an inside-the-scenes look at how they conduct business and the benefits they provide to the community. It is a great opportunity for teens to gain special insight into the organizations they themselves might want to be a part of in the future. Here is the schedule:

Wednesday, November 16, 2011, Leadership Orientation
4:00 p.m. Thousand Oaks Civics Arts Plaza- Scherr Forum Theater, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd.,
Thousand Oaks

Wednesday, December 7, 2011 Law Enforcement
4:00 p.m. Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station 27050 Agoura Road, Calabasas

Wednesday, January 11, 2012 Business
4:00 p.m. Four Seasons Hotel, Two Dole Drive, Westlake Village

Wednesday, January 25, 2012 Leadership/Public Speaking
4:00 p.m. Toastmasters, Westlake Village City Hall (Community Room),
Westlake Village

Wednesday, February 8, 2012 Education
4:00 p.m. California Lutheran University, Meeting location-to be announced

Wednesday, February 22, 2012 Health Services
4:00 p.m. Los Robles Medical Center, 215 West Janss Road, Thousand Oaks

Wednesday, March 7, 2012 Parks and Recreation
4:00 p.m. Calabasas Parks and Recreation, Meeting location-to be announced

Wednesday, March 21, 2012 Human Services
4:00 p.m. Agoura Hills Animal Shelter, 29525 Agoura Road, Agoura Hills

Wednesday, April 4, 2012 City Government
4:00 p.m. Thousand Oaks City Hall, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks

Wednesday, April 18, 2012 Wrap-Up and Kiwanis Dinner,
Meeting time & location-to be announced

Oct 21, 2011

Deadline Nears for Youth Leadership Applications

Applications for the Youth Leadership Program are due in the Foundation office by November 1st.

Meetings will take place throughout the region. This is a great opportunity for teens to learn more about how their community works. Some of the venues include the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff's Station, Los Robles Hospital, Thousand Oaks City Hall and the Agoura Hills Animal Shelter.

An application form can be found at the tab on the top left of this page. Call Youth Leadership Program Chair, Mario Metzger at (805) 907-8290 or Karen Malatesta, Executive Director of the Foundation at (818) 880-1054 with any questions that you may have.

Sep 15, 2011

Youth Leadership Program is Accepting Applications

Applications for the Youth Congress Leadership Program are now being accepted. All students in grades 9-12 who attend school in the Conejo/Las Virgenes region are eligible.
2009 Youth Leadership
Students accepted into this program will have the opportunity to develop effective leadership skills while learning more about their communities. The areas covered are: Introduction to Leadership, Local Government, Law Enforcement, Health Services, Recreation, Education, Human Services, and Business. The programs will be conducted by representatives from each of the above entities and the students will meet at the particular venue where the speaker works such as the sheriff’s station, city hall, hospital, etc. Each program will be very different and will range from tours, discussions, presentations, and more. All of the cities in the region will be participating. At the end of the program, students will be encouraged to participate in a community service project of their choosing.

The meetings will take place from 4-5:30 p.m. on the following Wednesdays: November 16, 2011, December 7, 2011, January 11, 2012, January 25, 2012, February 8, 2012, February 22, 2012, March 7, 2012, March 21, 2012, April 4, 2012, April 18, 2012. This will make a total of 10 meetings.

Applications must be submitted by November 1, 2011 and students will be notified of their acceptance into the program by November 10, 2011. Attendance is important. Please check your calendar to make sure that you can attend all or most of the meetings. Students are responsible for their own transportation.

This is the third year of the Leadership Program, which follows twenty-five years of successful Youth Congresses sponsored by the Conejo/Las Virgenes Future Foundation. It has proven to be a very popular program, so we encourage students to apply early as there is a limit to the number that we can accommodate.

An application form can be found at one of the tabs at the top of this page. Call Youth Leadership Program Chair, Mario Metzger at (805) 907-8290 or Karen Malatesta, Executive Director of the Foundation at (818) 880-1054 with any questions that you may have.

Sep 8, 2011

Auction to Benefit Regional Art Museum

This invitation watercolor by Phyllis Doyon is a signature painting by the
local artist for the “Doyon in Action” Gallery event.
The moment Phyllis Doyon puts down her brushes, her newly completed painting will go up for sale! An immediate auction of the evening’s centerpiece demonstration will benefit RAM (Regional Art Museum). The renowned watercolorist is offering her spontaneously created painting to the highest bidder.

The mid-week event at the Thousand Oaks Community Gallery will be 7-9pm, Wednesday, September 28th and features “Doyon in Action,” a watercolor painting demonstration. Original artwork and prints by Doyon and Pam Solakian will be on sale in addition to the auction of the centerpiece painting. The $5 admission includes a raffle ticket for selected artwork and the proceeds will benefit RAM.

An art teacher for over 30 years, Phyllis Doyon lives in Camarillo where in her spacious studio she paints daily. Her subjects vary from still life —floral, fruits, vegetables—to local and distant landscapes. Her medium of choice is watercolor, but she also uses acrylic paints, printing inks for mono prints and etchings, and a variety of things to create mixed media and collages.

The award winning artist has had over forty solo shows and her paintings are in various private and corporate collections throughout the United States, England, Canada, France, Mexico and Greece. She is a former Board Member of the National Watercolor Society having serving as Fourth Vice President— Publicity. Phyllis is a member of the Collage Society of America, the Channel Islands Art Center, the Thousand Oaks Art Association, Women Painters West, and serves on RAM’s Education Committee. The Thousand Oaks Community Gallery is located at 2331 Borchard Road in Newbury Park. Current members of the Regional Art Museum will be admitted free.

Aug 24, 2011

Committee Seeks New Foundation Trustees

The 2011-2012 Nominating Committee will convene in September to select qualified candidates for election to the Board of Trustees for terms commencing January 1, 2012. Recommendations from the membership would be appreciated and may be submitted to the Foundation office at any time.

The Nominating Committee, headed by Dennis Washburn, former mayor and councilmember of the City of Calabasas, will be seeking individuals who have demonstrated a sense of responsibility and interest in the quality of life in the community and who are willing to devote time and effort to the goals of the Foundation. This is an exciting opportunity to be involved in the future planning of the Conejo/Las Virgenes region and to interact with other community leaders.

Candidates will be reviewed from September through October. If you are interested in serving on the Board of Trustees, or if you would like to recommend someone, please call the Foundation office at 818-880-1054 for additional information.

Aug 16, 2011

"The past can't see you, but the future is listening."
     Terri Guillemets

Jun 3, 2011

Youth Congress Leadership Finale

The last meeting for the 2010-11 Youth Congress Leadership Program was held on April 13, 2011 at the Oak Canyon Community Park. Students broke up into small groups to discuss what they liked about the program and also what they thought needed improvement.

Students were asked to write down their responses. Their ideas were then discussed with the whole group led by Chief Adult Advisor, Pat Grant.

After the discussion students were free to socialize with one another and their parents and guests who arrived for a great dinner provided by the Thousand Oaks Kiwanis Club. Over 90 people enjoyed the delicious food and a big think you goes to the Kiwanis men who set up, cooked, and served the food.

Mrs. Grant gave thanks and read the names of the YCLP officers and Chair, Tony Milgram also gave a short talk on his experience in Youth Congress over the four years that he has been a participant. Special recognition was also given to our Web Page Journalists and Outstanding Participation/Attendance students. Certificates of Participation were distributed to all students.

Apr 4, 2011

Youth Leadership Congress Visits Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce

Students Listen to Kelli Lighthizer
On March 9th, we visited the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce in Westlake Village. The Community Relations & Events Director, Kelli Lighthizer, began the meeting with a brief introduction to her job. Ms. Lighthizer coordinates the chamber’s sponsorship events, like the upcoming Conejo Valley Restaurant Week, which features delicious fixed three-course dinners for an unbelievable $20, $30 or $40 per person, and the Spirit of Community Awards. Next, the President of the Board, Jill Lederer, and the Director of Governmental & Economic Affairs, Jan Smith, briefed us of how the chamber is the root of many businesses’ economic growth. They also reminded us of the importance of leadership and what it means to be a leader. We gave our own opinions and input, concluding that a good leader needs to promote economic vitality, be a dynamic speaker, and build good relationships. Overall, this was an extremely informative meeting on how our chamber of commerce runs and promotes our local businesses.
Jan Smith and Jill Lederer speak to the students about leadership                 

Article by Jane Chen, Photos by Inez Lam

Mar 29, 2011

Health Expo is a Great Success

Fitness with Wii

Health Expo Sponsor, The Acorn newspaper

Zumba Exercise Class Demonstration 

CLVFF Trustees, Sally Schneider and Carol Tubelis Greet Attendees
Sponsor, Los Robles hospital

Blood Donor Center run by  Cedar Sinai Med Center

A Healthy Greek Style Menu

Rock Climbing is part of the Fun at
The Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center

Kids Climb the Wall

Help is Offered with Organic Gardening

CLVFF Trustee Joan Yacavone Behind the Scenes

Mar 22, 2011

Tickets Selling for 2nd Annual TEDxConejo Conference

TEDxConejo 2011 brings the energy of ideas to the Scherr Forum at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza for the 2nd Annual TEDxConejo Conference on March 26, 2011. Tickets are now on sale at the Civic Arts Plaza, or online at Ticket Masters.

TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design, three broad areas that are shaping our future. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The theme this year is Energy, using that word very broadly to go beyond what powers our homes and transportation but really what fuels life.

TEDxConejo 2011 introduces a special added opening session of very short talks presented mainly by students from area schools. Some of the most impressive speakers at TEDxConejo 2010 were students and the program this year seeks to encourage their involvement.

TEDxConejo 2010 sold out completely in advance. TEDxConejo 2011, again conducted in association with the Conejo Valley Unified School District and open to the general public, builds on the success of and feedback from the inaugural event and features an impressive line-up of speakers, including distinguished adults and students.

Mar 15, 2011

Youth Congress Leadership Learns About Community Conscience

Youth Leadership Students Listen Attentively
Dee Crawford
Our visit to the Human Services Center center was very educational. The President of Community Conscience, Dee Crawford, gave us a brief introduction on the history and aims of Community Conscience which offers free rent to 12 charitable social service agencies in the Under One Roof building. She was followed by Michele Conaway from Interface Youth Services, Leanne Petras from Youth Employment Services, and Brenda King from the Women’s Resource Center. All of them informed us of services available to youth and openly extended their invitation to our group.

Brenda King
For example, Youth Employment Services offers free job search assistance and referrals for youth ages 14-22 and even includes employment counseling and pre-employment skills training seminars. As a group, we were taught how to properly sit in a chair and shake hands during a job interview. Ken Humphrey, the past President of Community Conscience gave us detailed information about some of the other services offered in the building. Overall, this was a very enjoyable experience and helped us realize how valuable it is to have all these resources available in one place like Community Conscience. 
Jane Chen
Effie Sklavenitis gets a demonstration from Leanne Petras, Youth Employment Services.

Mar 12, 2011

Disaster Unfolds in Japan in Real Time

Communications technology has brought us to a point in human history where the world has very nearly become a single village. As the devastating earthquake and tsunami occurred in Japan, people all over the world were able to watch the horrifying events on television and mobile devices in real time. Within the last few months the same technology gave the world a very personalized window into the events on the streets of the Middle East. What this new level of connection means for the future relationships among nations and diverse peoples is open to question. But one cannot help but feel that we are on the cusp of profound changes.

Here is what spiritual author, Deepak Chopra, has to say as quoted in today's Los Angeles Times: "We are living in a very interesting time. What is emerging is that you cannot separate yourself emotionally or in any other way from what is happening anywhere in the world. We are a global community. We need to feel this pain. We need to act upon it. We need to realize that we are now entangled with everything that happens - everywhere."

Feb 21, 2011

Youth Congress Leadership Visits Las Virgenes Water District

Jeff Reinhardt Explains Water Distribution in California
Our visit to the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District February 9, 2011 was very informative. The speakers, led by Jeff Reinhardt, included, Carlos Reyes, Deborah Low, and Jacqy Gamble.  They enlightened us to the water problems currently facing California, and more importantly, the growing divide between the interests of Northern and Southern California. Using the information given to us about California’s water issues, we were divided into two interests groups. While we weren’t successful in resolving the North/South difference in interests, it was a very enjoyable and enlightening experience.  
Steven Francus

Jacqy Gamble Explains Environmental Impacts of Water Distribution

 Michael Cozzi of Calabasas High School, & Tony Milgram of Newbury Park High, present the positions of Northern and Southern California on Water

Complex Water Issues Get Students' Full Attention

Feb 18, 2011

Feb 8, 2011

Senior Congress VII a Big Hit With Seniors

Over three hundred attendees filled the community room at St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church in Oak Park to take part in Senior Congress VII, Aging in Place. The mostly senior audience had an opportunity to hear five dynamic speakers and check out the offerings of 32 different exhibitors with products and services specifically geared toward senior citizens.

Michelle Hofhine
Design Consultant, Holly Spiegel, of Adaptive Design Associates spoke on the topic. "Is My Home Safe?" Michelle Hofhine, Vice President of Accredited Home Health Services, addressed the topic, "Who is Going to Help Me?" Marcy Snider with Adult Protective Services, Human Services Agency, County of Ventura, gave a detailled view of the community services that were available to help seniors. Kathy Terry represented Long Term Care Services of Ventura County and spoke about how to choose a care community. "When is Skilled Nursing Necessary?" was the topic of Ryan Exline, Executive Director of University Village Thousand Oaks. A relaxing break was provided by Colleen Carroll, a Certified Yoga Therapist, who showed the audience how to do chair yoga stretches.

Seniors Focus on Presentations

Feb 7, 2011

Youth Congress Leadership Visits East Valley Sheriff Station

Senior Deputy Jim DeSoto
On Wednesday, January 26th 2011, Youth Congress paid a visit to the  East Valley Sheriff’s Station in Thousand Oaks. While listening to Senior Deputy Jim DeSoto, we learned what it is like to have a career in law enforcement. There are many difficult aspects to such a job, and  it takes much courage and dedication.  Sgt. Eric Hatlee explained the function of the police department and presented many statistics about crime.  The personnel at the Police and Sheriff Station really put into perspective what goes into becoming a police officer, and the jobs incorporated that go beyond traffic regulation. After the presentation, we were lucky enough to have a personal tour of the station and see the offices of many different departments. Overall it was a very enlightening visit, and we really appreciate the efforts made by Sgt. Hatlee and Senior Deputy DeSoto.
Tony Milgram

Sgt. Eric Hatlee