The NAUI-certified instructors at Ye Ol’ Dive Shop of Simi Valley impart all the skills and training necessary to safely tread below the surface of the sea. Discovery lessons lend an introductory exploration into scuba equipment and diving techniques before students embark on a supervised session within the unexplored depths of a swimming pool. For a more complete discovery of their inner fishes, initiates wade into the Complete Diver Workshop; in this course, extensive review of equipment and safe practices precedes five sessions of open-water training, wherein acquired techniques are pitted against the rigors of currents and high-tech fishing lures. Course fulfillment results in the procurement of a NAUI Scuba Diver certification card as well as CPR and first-aid certification.
From the ground up, Skatelab's indoor and outdoor parks were designed with skaters in mind. In 1997, the original park was designed by Team Pain, a professional company staffed with experienced skateboarders, and then built by a volunteer crew of local skaters committed to creating a space where they could practice and push the limits of their sport. Boxes and ramps crafted from Finland birch fill the park's four distinct sectors—two air-conditioned indoor zones and two outdoor areas—for all skill levels. For instance, in Sector B, beginners and street skaters drop into a wide arena where they can grind on rails instead of on arguments they had with their best friend in seventh grade.
With 5,000 items on display in the in-house skateboarding museum, Skatelab honors the sport’s past while training its future by hosting weekly skateboarding classes for newcomers. Each class covers the basics of safe and technically sound riding and provides pointers for performing tricks for experienced skaters.
Coastal Pacific's food gurus champion sustainability, eschew processing, and promote healthy living by coordinating farmers' markets throughout Southern California that bring vendors within high-fiving distance of buyers. Each market regularly hosts 25–30 vendors that showcase organic, seasonal harvests of fruits, vegetables, legumes, herbs, and farm-fresh phoenix eggs. Markets also feature baked goods, honey, and a host of non-edible items, such as orchids and handmade jewelry and hats. Coastal Pacific farmers’ markets ensure all products are sold straight from soil to the stands and come free of artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, or harmful chemicals. Each market is an inviting atmosphere where guests can relax as they shop for edibles and crafts to the tune of live music.
Founded by lifelong rancher and veterinarian Dr. Lowell Novy, Novy Ranches Grass Fed Beef is a far cry from the crowded feedlots of modern cattle ranching, with its Red and Black Angus closed herd given plenty of personal space and a healthy, natural diet of grass. Workers on Novy's ranch ensure each animal has room to wander across 6,000 acres of open pasture, feeding them only nutritious grass with no chemical fertilizers, herbicides or pesticides. What results is not only a smaller carbon footprint and reduced dependency on chemical fertilizers, but cuts of humanely raised beef full of lean proteins and rich, meaty flavor.
Across the walls of AK Photo Magic's spacious studio, eye-catching colors pop from pieces of Alex Kocoglu's original artwork, beckoning to visitors with their raised 3-D reliefs and splashes of chroma. Compositions reflect the rhythms of urban life with graffiti-themed motifs, a deep serenity with depictions of the Buddha, and a statement on the universal coolness of motorcycles with stylized reimaginings of James Dean. The multitalented artist wields the camera across a variety of mediums, immortalizing cherished vehicles with automotive photography and enhancing resumés with professional headshots and model shoots.
Ventura’s neighborhood flower shop of choice for more than 35 years, Conroy’s Flowers spruces up occasions such as birthdays and anniversaries with fresh blooms and multihued floral arrangements. Customers can grab bouquets from the aromatic selection inside the shop or opt for prompt delivery of their displays to area locales ranging from hospitals and beauty shops to event centers specializing in pet weddings.