Keri Bowers is an autism advocate. She’s a speaker, author, filmmaker, mother, and the founder of Pause4Kids. Normal People Scare Me—her 2006 film made in conjunction with her son, an aspiring filmmaker with autism—interviewed 65 people with autism, exploring seldom-asked questions such as “Do you like being autistic?” and “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Through her films, Keri has spread awareness about autism-spectrum disorders and other disabilities, but her work gets far more hands-on as well.
Pause4Kids aims to improve the quality of special education, empowers parents to support their children, and advocates for children’s legal and civil rights. Following a whole-child philosophy, the organization’s volunteers believe that special education should cover a variety of disciplines, including the academic, social-communication, emotional, and recreation realms to enable youth with disabilities to thrive among their peers. Staff members also sponsor a monthly advocacy group and regular recreational activities, such as Art-A-Thons and Abilities Awareness events.
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The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library celebrates the life and career of the 40th president, Ronald Reagan, with informational and interactive exhibits and historical tours through the campus's museum and library. Visitors browse numerous historical exhibitions, including a fragment of the Berlin Wall, a replica of the Oval Office, and a granite memorial honoring the time President Reagan defeated Mikhail Gorbachev at arm-wrestling during the 1988 Olympics. Additionally, visitors can check out George Washington's dentures and other presidential artifacts at temporary exhibits, or explore Air Force One 27000, the Flying White House that served seven U.S. presidents from 1973–2001.
The Maori people—indigenous to New Zealand—coined the phrase "kia kaha," which translates as forever strong. To them, it's not so much a boast as a life philosophy about overcoming adversity, a philosophy shared by the staff of trainers at New Zealand Fitness. They use exercise methods from around the world—be it India's yoga, Latin America's Zumba, or the world-dance-fusion art of Danzmundo—to strengthen bodies. In addition, they provide supportive coaching to strengthen the spirit.
Ghouls, goblins, angels, and bumblebee's trample through the friendly filth at the Conejo Valley Halloween Mud Run. Racers sweat in running spandex or costumes as they complete either a 5K or 10K course complete with hay bales to hurdle, walls to climb, and mud pits to throw incriminating evidence into. The prospect of warm showers greets racers as they finish, along with food vendors, exhibitors, and live music. Racers power through the muck in groups of 75–100 fellow crazies, each affixed with an electronic chip for accurate race timing.
With more than 30 years of kid-entertaining experience, The Little Gym provides a safe and noncompetitive environment wherein wee ones and maturing moppets can exercise their brains and bodies. Visiting youngsters glean social, intellectual, and emotional skills from the facility's professionally developed parent/child program at both the Thousand Oaks and Calabasas facilities. The program features diverse activities in gymnastics, dance, sports, and parent-child yodeling, for mountain-echoing communication more effective than a squeal. Kids can enjoy Thousand Oaks and Calabasas programs for toddlers—who can participate with a parent—through grade schoolers, with programs in gymnastics catered to differing ages, muscle development, and hatred of vegetables. Each session's hands-on activities keep the indefatigable energy motors of little tikes revving, facilitate bonding, and boost listening skills, attention spans, and confidence. Check a complete class schedule for Thousand Oaks and Calabasas to confirm times.
With more than 20 high-def televisions festooning their walls, Draughts Restaurant & Bar applies a full-court press to unsportsmanlike hunger with a menu that bursts at the seams with American eats and a monster selection of draught beers. Unlike marriages between roller-skates and quicksand, a glass of "Draughts" Amber Ale perfectly suits the Long Board specialty pizza ($9.95 personal, $16.95 medium, $21.95 large), which crowns fresh dough made from scratch with shrimp brushed with olive oil and garlic, and mozzarella and fontina cheeses. Or, pit a pint against Draughts' full menu of appetizers ($2.65-$10.50), sandwiches ($7.95-$11.95), pastas ($2.50-$14.95), and desserts.
Drawing from diverse yet complementary backgrounds in fitness, ten coaches heal, motivate, and strengthen trainees during small group classes at The Pilates Studio Fitness & Wellness Center. Coaches act as the in-house certified nutritionist and lead guests through Pilates-yoga fusion sessions. Their classes are capped at about 10 students, allowing them the luxury of lavishing students with the attention they need to hone their form, posture, and guttural grunting technique. Fitness classes range from the body-strengthening Pilates group classes to the cardio-heavy Zumba to TRX, which helps patrons enhance their flexibility, balance, and core strength.
Guests can further change their lifestyles with the aid of Colleen's nutrition counseling, and pamper themselves with aesthetic services such as waxing and skincare at the hands of aesthetician Maryam. To augment washboard abs or differentiate themselves from sentient snowmen, patrons can bronze up with a custom airbrush tan.