Jan 28, 2014

Thank you to our 2014 Senior Congress Major Sponsors

Title Sponsor:

AlmaVia of Camarillo

Buena Vista Hospice & Home Health

Home Helpers Caregivers


Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks Mortuary

Jan 17, 2014

Youth Congress Leadership at Civic Arts Plaza

Story by Heather Melendez:

On Wednesday, January 8 2014, the Youth Congress Leadership Program kicked off the new year with their third meeting at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. Here, Mr. Jonathan Serret gave us an in-depth idea of what it is like to work in a recreational theater today.  He not only touched on everything needed to make a production successful, but he also explained the current state and importance of the Arts in our community.

We began our meeting with a tour of the smaller theater which we learned is also used for City Council meetings.  Here Mr. Serret explained theatrical terms that came from the early Roman times. He also explained the importance of maintaining the theater to preserve it for the community. We then walked across to the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza where we learned about volunteer opportunities, cultural arts in the plaza and how this art plaza differed from the rest with its unique capacity both back stage and in the audience.

We finished with a back stage tour of the Fred Kavli Theater. We learned about both the technical and mechanical tools needed to make a production successful. We also learned about the history of the “Green Room” and how it got its name. Without a doubt, Mr. Serret changed our perspective on community services and how imperative recreation through the Arts is to our community.

Story by Heather Melendez

Youth Congress Leadership's Inside Look at the Conejo Valley Unified School District

 Story by Ana Gougas

On the afternoon of December 11th, the Youth Congress leadership Program participants were able to meet, once again, with Dr. Jeffrey Baarstad, Superintendent of the Conejo School District, along with co-presenter, Dr. Betsy Connolly, a board member of the Conejo School District, who told us about their experiences in the field of education. They shared with us their knowledge of what makes a great education system and their experiences as supervising members of the Conejo School District.

We then gathered into 4 groups and role-played 4 different learning styles based on students’ interests and talked about how each learning style thought school would be best suited for them. We then discussed our ideas with all the members and each group had a completely different take on the subject; whether it was the disengaged students or the overachieving students. 

It really showed us how everyone has different ideas and the schools try to accommodate most of them to make it the best it can be for all students. This meeting really showed us that the education system works and we thank Drs. Baarstad and Connolly for showing us that.

Jan 13, 2014

Tenth Annual Senior Congress - February 5


What Every Senior Should Know

The Conejo/Las Virgenes Future Foundation (CLVFF) will convene its tenth annual Senior Congress to be held Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church, O’Riley Hall, 5801 Kanan Rd., Westlake Village, from 8:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The topic for this year’s Congress is DEMYSTIFYING SENIOR MEDICAL CONCERNS – What Every Senior Should Know. A broad spectrum of medical topics will be discussed by seven different specialists. Admission to the Congress is free, however seating is limited so advance reservations must be obtained by e-mailing info@clvff.org or calling CLVFF at 818-880-1054. A complimentary light lunch will be served.

The topics to be presented include: Senior Medical Concerns - A Reality Check, Quarterbacking Your Health Care; What Everybody Wants to Know, but Nobody Wants to Talk About; No Fall is an Accident; How Health Changes Impact Seniors and Families; Is it Becoming Harder to “Do No Harm”?; and Seniors Lead Innovation – The Path to the Future of Healthcare.

The Congress has been organized under the direction of Carolyn Kopp, CLVFF Trustee Emeritus and former president and executive officer. She has an MS degree in Gerontology and also is a consultant for Coast Caregiver Resource Center that provides free support services for caregivers of persons with cognitive impairment.
A number of organizations and businesses that serve the senior community are sponsoring the event and will be present at booths where information and useful mementos will be distributed. The Premier Sponsor is UCLA Health. Major Sponsors are: Atria Senior Living, Rotary Club of Thousand Oaks, Silverado Senior Living, Thrivent Financial, AlmaVia of Camarillo, Buena Vista Hospice & Home Health, Home Helpers Caregivers, OakView, and Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks Mortuary.

This is one of a series of forums that the Future Foundation has presented for the benefit of various segments of the community. It plans to continue such programs in the future.