Mar 20, 2012

Youth Congress Leadership Students Visit Calabasas Parks and Recreation Program

The Youth Congress Leadership Program visited the 30,000 square foot Agoura Hills / Calabasas Community Center on Wednesday, March 7th. The only joint venture Community Center, it offers numerous recreational, cultural, and educational programs to meet the needs of local residents. We were first shown the center itself and then went on a bus tour of several parks in Calabasas. Director of Community Services, Jeff Rubin, and his staff gave us such interesting information and answered all of our questions. The first stop was Juan Bautista de Anza Park, which features a conference room, 3 playgrounds, and a lighted multi-use game court. Mr. Rubin took pride in the fact that the park is always in great condition – broken nets are constantly replaced and courts are kept clean. We then visited the Bark Park for dogs. It, too, is tailored to the needs of both owner and dog and is always maintained to perfection. Our next stop: Gates Canyon Park, also known as Brandon’s Village. This park was specifically designed to provide play opportunities for both able-bodied children and children with disabilities. 70% of the utilities are accessible to children in wheelchairs, so they can engage alongside their siblings and other children. Mr. Rubin’s intern also presented to us the many opportunities for youth, including but not limited to the Teen Activities Council and the Teen Court. We finished the tour with delicious root-beer-float refreshments at the Tennis & Swim Center. Mr. Rubin hoped to change our opinions on community services and recreation – and he did just that.
                 Jane Chen
Leadership Youth Enjoy Root Beer Floats

Photos by Aakash Jha

Mar 8, 2012

Los Robles Hospital Gives Youth Congress Leadership Group a "Hands-on" Experience

This week students visited Los Robles Hospital in order to learn more about the way the hospital runs, including various different areas within the hospital. The three featured departments were radiology, ER (Emergency Room), and surgery. During the radiology session, students were able to take a look at various different x-rays, CAT scans, and MRIs in order to determine various incidents that the hospital regularly encounters. During the ER session, students learned about the challenges of keeping order and efficiency in the hospital amidst the chaos and constantly increasing number of patients. Finally, during the surgery unit, students were able to use various surgical tools in a hands-on experience, where they realized the enormous challenges of operating with such miniature and intricate tools.
                      Brian Chang

Students Get First Hand Look at Surgical Tools

Mar 1, 2012

CLVFF's Community Health Expo II Features Free Health Screenings & Fitness Events

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Healthy Living For A Healthy Future is the theme of Community Health Expo II, a free interactive event for the entire family brought to you by the Conejo/Las Virgenes Future Foundation. The second annual Expo takes place on Saturday, March 31st from 9am – 3pm at the Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center. Admission is free. “Last year’s Expo was a smash hit, so we are excited to bring this fun and informative event back to our community,” said Louis Celaya, Health Expo II Chair. Health Expo II features some of the most popular programs from last year, including a wide range of exhibits, product demonstrations, and eye-opening lectures from experts on hot topics including heart health and nutrition.

The Rotary Club of Calabasas will again be sponsoring a blood drive (walk ins welcome, or sign up in advance at Take advantage of free blood pressure and BMI screenings, and new this year the Los Robles Hospital Medical Center will be offering blood panel screenings for only $25, including a blood count, lipid profile, and glucose and PSA screenings. Limited space for walk-ins - See the advance sign-up form above – an 8 hour fast is required if you would like to take advantage of this service. The Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center’s workout facilities and rock climbing wall will be available for use at no charge – attendees are welcome to try out the facilities or join the fitness instructors for free classes. You won’t want to miss the healthy meals, snacks, and smoothies offered throughout the day by the Organic Oasis food truck.

This free event is brought to you by the Conejo/Las Virgenes Future Foundation in association with The Acorn, Los Robles Hospital Medical Center, and the Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center.

Sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities for the Community Health Expo II are still available. To find out more, call (818) 880-1054.