Photos by Viktor Budnik An exceptionally wet winter has Ventura County bursting into full bloom this spring. Nowhere is this more evident than at Ventura Botanical Gardens (VBG), 100+ acres in the foothills directly behind Ventura City Hall that are...
Story and photos by Chuck Graham Our 4x4 vehicle was taking a pounding on the gritty washboard-riddled road toward the Kalahari Desert in northeastern Namibia. It felt like our teeth were rattling inside our heads. My marine biologist girlfriend, Holly...
By Alex Wilson | Photos by Viktor Budnik When Kevin Wells and Sylvana Guidotti were married in 2000, they bonded over their affinity for the solid and welcoming feel of craftsman architecture. The hillside home they lived in, however, was...
By Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer | Photos by Matt Titone/Indoek/Italic Studio Artist, photographer, designer, surfer: Matt Titone contains multitudes. From a young age, the East Coast native loved art and the aquatic environment, and has incorporated both into his life...
By Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer Comfortable, casual and beachy — that’s very much the vibe of the Ventura fashion scene. And it’s distinctly different from what Anna Sosnicki was used to. “Europe is different than here,” the native of Poland explains....
By Karen Schaffner San Antonio, Texas is nothing if not surprising. From the friendliness of its citizens who go out of their way to make visitors feel welcome, to its preserved colorful history to the many opportunities to sample outrageously delicious...
By Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer For lovers of gourmet food, fine wine, craft beer and creative cocktails, there’s no lack of options in Ventura County. Wonderful restaurants, wineries, breweries and bars abound, with plenty of everything to tempt even the...
By Mike Nelson | Photos by Viktor Budnik It’s not unusual, driving around greater Los Angeles, to see bright fluorescent signs attached to lamp posts or fences, with notices bearing an arrow and a code word that means, essentially, the...
All photos courtesy of Moorpark Unified School District Students at Moorpark STEM School Flory Academy enjoyed a rare treat on April 23. Engineers from AeroVironment demonstrated a working replica of the autonomous helicopter Ingenuity, developed by AeroVironment, NASA and the...
By Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer Rorberto Garcia is in many ways a pillar of his community. Born in Mexico City but a resident of Oxnard for 46 years, he has gotten to know numerous locals…through more than one generation…as the...