Make the most wonderful time of the year even sweeter with these decadent recipes. INTRO BY NANCY D. LACKEY SHAFFER PHOTOS BY VIKTOR BUDNIK The holidays simply aren’t complete without something sweet. And while we’d never thumb our noses at a good,...
By  Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer | Photos by Viktor Budnik The Oaks in Santa Paula is a special community. A short drive from town along Highway 150, and just a few miles from Steckel Park, some 200 homes nestled at...
By Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer There are few physical pursuits as demanding as mixed martial arts (MMA). Competitors engage in hand-to-hand combat, calling upon skills in boxing, jiu-jitsu, judo, karate, kickboxing, Muay Thai, taekwondo and wrestling to bring their opponents...
By Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer | Photos by Viktor Budnik Thousand Oaks might be better known for its numerous shopping centers, posh suburban enclaves, top-notch performing arts center and proximity to Hollywood (with more than a few famous names making...
By Alex Wilson | Photos by Viktor Budnik Sergio Garcia is hoping to spread the word about the Oxnard Bike HUB, a community bike repair shop and second-hand bike store that opened in downtown Oxnard last November, because he knows...
The Turtle Conservancy works at home and abroad to save turtles and tortoises from extinction. By Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer On Ojai’s East End is a little oasis of beauty and serenity, some 10 acres filled with oaks and a few...
here is proof of an afterlife. For beautiful old trees, anyway. You’ll find it at BC West Creek Gallery in Casitas Springs, where trees that would have otherwise met a woodchipper or been turned into firewood find a second life...
Story and photos by Chuck Graham The 500-pound silverback was hungry. Not hangry...just hungry. As shafts of morning light penetrated the rainforest of the Virunga Mountains in Central Africa, the mountain gorilla casually lumbered over to a dense stock of bamboo,...
Ventura County Potters’ Guild is grounded in tradition and community. By Marina Dunbar | Photos by Viktor Budnik Since the group’s inception over sixty years ago, the Ventura County Potters’ Guild has been the county’s premiere organization for artists who wield...
Beloved institution Danny’s Deli embraces its community with traditional recipes, a caring staff and a taste of Jewish culture. By Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer | Photos by Viktor Budnik Brisket roasted to melt-in-your-mouth tenderness. Bagels made fresh daily. Matzo ball soup. Fat...