By Kimberly Rivers The sun is just peaking over the ridges to the east.  It’s late fall in Ventura County and while it might get hotter throughout the day, the morning is brisk and requires a coat. Across the county...
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 Luis Chavez The small-town charm of Santa Paula can be felt most prominently in its downtown district. Main Street is lined with historic storefronts and could be mistaken for a movie set....
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...
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...
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,...
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...
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...
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...
By Karen Lindell   Satya Twena’s halo hats go through hell to become heavenly. Most hats begin as a piece of felt — not the stuff used to make kindergarten crafts, but a super-strong fabric that is essentially the compressed, matted and...