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."