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Hacienda Oaks Estates

5k For A Cause – Newbury Park

Hacienda Oaks EstatesHacienda Oaks Estates is hosting its second annual 5K trail run on 9/23 in Newbury Park, CA. Join us for a day of outdoor fun in support of this very worthy cause.  

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Newbury Park – Creeper Alert

If you live in Newbury Park, California be on the lookout for a black truck with an extended cab and a white male in his early 30’s.

I first became aware of this man when an email was sent out from our school.  I then saw the following post on the https://www.facebook.com/ThousandOaks365

CREEPER ALERT from on of our readers. “Please be aware and spread the word. There is a white male in his early 30’s that is trying to lure young girls into his truck in the NEWBURY PARK area. He attempted to get a young girl last night and then he tried to get my daughter and her friend tonight. My daughter and her friend were in the Trader Joes/CVS parking lot when he first approached them from his truck, asking them if they wanted $100. After coming out of Trader Joes, the girls headed toward Borchard. As they came around the corner, he was on foot and followed them asking if they wanted money and waiving it at them. They ran as fast as they could home. My daughter’s friend’s parents then went back to the parking lot where he was sitting in his truck. When they approached him he sped away quickly. He had light brown hair with blue eyes. His truck was black with an extended cab, maybe a Ford or Chevy. The license plate# is 8N41864 (might be 8N41684). The cops were called, but !  only took this down as an incident report, even though this was the second report in two days with the same vehicle description and pick up line.They told us that the guy wasn’t breaking the law, so there was nothing they would be able to do.”

If you see this man and vehicle fitting this description please call the Ventura Country Sherrif Department.

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Train 4 Autism – Wednesday Night Family Fun Run

When I got an email earlier this year about a weekly Autism Fun Run in Newbury Park I was excited.
I am not a runner (well I wasn’t) and I thought it would be wonderful way for my son to get some energy out in a safe environment.
This is a place where people on the Autism Spectrum (children, teens and young adults) socialize, stretch, run and encourage each other.
Parents who can run, and help set the pace do.  Others enjoy the much needed break and social time.  There is also at least one local runner who turns up each Wednesday night just to help set pace.
Over the past 3 months I have managed to get stronger and can almost complete a lap of Peppertree Park now.  I know it’s only 0.8 miles, but with arthritis in my feet and compressed discs in my lower back this is an achievement.  My son has learnt that he needs to pace himself if he wishes to complete more than one lap.
This is a Family Fun Run where everyone is welcome:
  • Kids with AutismSamCynthiaGatorRun
  • Siblings and friends
  • Parents and caregivers
  • Runners who want to make a difference and help set the pace for a kid with Autism.
When: Every Wednesday 6:30-7:30 pm
Where: Pepper Tree Park (map)
                  3650 Old Conejo Rd.
                  Newbury Park, CA 91320
Cost: FREE!

Cynthia Conway, OTR/L, a well-known local Occupational Therapist and Owner/Director of Companion Connection, has begun coaching young people with Autism and together they recently completed their first 5K race. We want to build upon that success and encourage others on the spectrum (and their families) to come out and run, jog, walk, and have a great time! In addition to Cynthia, we’ll have volunteers from Train 4 Autism and Newbury Park Track Club to help everyone safely achieve their goals.   Water will be provided.

What do you need to do? 

  1. Get a good pair of running shoes! We highly recommend Road Runner Sports in Newbury Park to help find the best shoe for you. Jim Cera (Store Manager), Deb, and Israel are all Train 4 Autism supporters so please say hello!
  2. Join the Train 4 Autism monthly newsletter list!
  3. Join Train 4 Autism Ventura County Facebook group as this will be how we confirm our meetings and stay current on all upcoming events!
If you have any questions, you can email Brian the Ventura County Chapter President for Train 4 Autism.

Whether you are family effected by Autism or a runner who would like to make a difference in a families life we hope to see you there!

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Help Raise $4000 for Hacienda Oaks Estates

We are very fortunate to have Cynthia Conway as part of our sons Team of Therapists.  Cynthia is an Occupational Therapist and on March 24th, 2012, will be running in the Dole Great Race of Agoura.

Cynthia will be participating as a member of Train 4 Autism, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing together a community of athletes, physically-active, and socially conscious people who are committed to raising awareness and funds for research and treatment for those living with autism and their families.

Hacienda Oaks Estates,501(c)(3) mission statement is: Providing a self-sustaining farm that will offer opportunities for the community to live green and healthy, while empowering adults with developmental disabilities to lead meaningful and productive lives. (This is Cynthia’s Doctorate project through the University of Southern California)

Cynthia’s goal is to raise $4000.00 for Hacienda Oaks Estates by March 23rd, 2012.

You can donate by Clicking This Link to visit Cynthia’s personal web page and help in her efforts to support Train 4 Autism.

Please support Cynthia in her quest to raise funds for Hacienda Oaks Estates.   To learn more about Hacienda Oaks Estate you can visit www.haciendaoaksestates.org.

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Dalton & Kaylene

The System is Failing this Mom…. Can You Help?

Dalton & KayleneKaylene Boldroff is a single mom raising her Autistic son on her own.  The system that it meant to be there to support her child, has failed her many times. 

She cannot work to be able to privately fund her sons therapy because it would be very difficult for her to find appropriate child care due to his self injurious behavior.

The non-profit KPS4Parents, are working as advocates for Kaylene to help her receive the necessary support she needs to help her son and to prevent him from having to be put in an institution.

If you would like to help you can visit the following web page and donate or share this plea with everyone you know on Social Media.

Operation: Dalton is an advocacy effort being conducted by KPS4Parentson behalf of Kaylene Boldroff and her son, Dalton, to achieve appropriate programming from both his local school district, Conejo Valley Unified School District (“CVUSD“) and his regional center, Tri-Counties Regional Center (“TCRC“).

For my Weight Loss, Energy and Nutritional Supplement customers I am pledging 10% of all new sales from February 1st 2011 – February 14th 2011.  When asked how you heard about the products please put “Operation Dalton”

So please visit the pages listed above, donate or purchase if you can, or just share with your friends on Social Media.

Let’s show this mom that she is not fighting this battle on her own.

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The Flood Crisis in Queensland, Australia

It is hard for me to focus on anything other than the floods in Queensland, Australia today.  I’ve read that approximately 75% of the State is in a state or emergency.

The areas hardest hit by the latest floods are places that I grew up in.  The city of Toowoomba sits on top of The Great Diving Range at 2300 feet above sea level.  It’s not somewhere you’d expect an ‘inland instant tsunami’.  This town of 90,000 was hit by a 26-foot (eight-meter), fast-moving torrent of water that continued its path through smaller towns further down the valley.  Cars washed down streets with ease.

There are 9 confirmed dead and 66 people missing from the flooding in Toowoomba and the Lockyer Valley.

In the city of Gympie, north of the Sunshine Coast in south-east Queensland about 30 homes have been evacuated and 100 businesses have been swamped by floodwaters.  The Mary River peaked overnight at 19.3 metres – just below the 20 metre prediction.

The Sunshine Coast, where I spent my teens has quite a few low lying areas.  They’ve seen intense rain with 150 roads closed due to flooding at the moment.  If the rain doesn’t let up there is a high probability that properties in lower lying areas could flood.

Brisbane and Ipswich are bracing for the worst flooding since 1974.  Flood levels in Brisbane are expected to rise to three metres overnight, reaching 4.5 metres on Wednesday afternoon. On Friday the floods are expected to overtake the 1974 record of 5.45 metres, says Bligh.  I’ve been watching friends status updates on Facebook today to see who can get home and who is safe.   It is quite common to catch the train or bus to work in Brisbane so when areas started to be evacuated it appears everyone headed for the trains.  If you were lucky, you were able to get on a train with standing room only.

In Ipswich flood levels are around the 18-19 metre mark, expected to peak during Wednesday at 21-22 metres. In comparison, the 1974 mark was 20.4 metres. 14 people lost their lives in the 1974 floods.
The threat is not over yet and everyone will be watching to see how things progress.  I pray that people in low lying areas are evacuated in time and that no more lives are lost.
Aussies are battlers and many of my friends online have already begun rallying for those in need, collecting donations, items for auction and cash.  If you’d like to show your support here is one great network of women who are showing their support.

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Free Housecleaning for Women Undergoing Chemotherapy

Free Housecleaning for Women Undergoing Chemotherapy

I got an email today and I think it’s really important to share this today.

It’s about Cleaning for a Reason.  They offer a FREE housecleaning service to women undergoing chemotherapy in the USA and Canada.

If you know any woman currently undergoing chemotherapy for ANY type of cancer, please pass the word to her that she could get a free housecleaning – once per month for 4 months while she is in treatment.  All she has to do is sign up and have her doctor fax a note confirming the treatment.  Cleaning for a Reason will have a participating maid service in her zip code area arrange for the service. 

This organization serves the entire USA and currently has 547 partners to help these women. 

Help me spread the word and let them know that there are people out there that care. 

Cleaning for A Reason Official Facebook Fan Page

Cleaning for a Reason is looking for Corporate Sponsors in the cleaning industry and accepts online donations.

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Fundraiser for Princess Nicola

Earlier this week I came across a Facebook Group for Princess Nicola.  Nicola is a beautiful little girl who was born in September 2008 with a very rare and life threatening cancer causing genetic condition called Costello Syndrome.  She is the 14th person to ever be diagnosed in Australia, and there are only an estimated 150 people in the world with the diagnosis.

I contacted mum, Jo this week and offered to help raise funds so that they can take Nicola to the Costello Kids Support Group Conference in the UK in September.

This conference gives them a chance to not only have access to some of the doctors who actually know and understand this rare and very complex condition, but also a chance to break out of the isolation of living with a rare medical condition and spend time with other families who actually understand what they are dealing with on a daily basis.  

I am offering to donate $17 USD from the purchase of every SOCBox until Mother’s Day. 

A SOCBox costs $53.90 USD (incl GST) and provides access to an online catalogue of over 15,000 cards which can be customised.  The account includes credit for 10 cards and postage that can be mailed anywhere in Australia, Canada and the USA.  Your cards will be printed on real paper Greeting Cards, addressed, stuffed, licked, stamped and taken to the Post Office for you.  Additional cards and postage can be purchased in lots of 10 for just $22 USD (incl GST).

To participate in this Fundraiser and help send Princess Nicola and her family to the UK this September, complete your purchase here.

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What can I do with my Expired or extra Coupons?

For quite a while I have offered the coupons that we don’t use to friends and family.

As very few have children in diapers or eating baby food I often wonder how many coupons they are able to use and had considered seperating them out so I could share the baby coupons with people who need them. Honestly I don’t have the time to do that.

So I was really excited when I discovered that US Military personnel posted overseas can use expired coupons for up to 6 months past the expiration date at the commissaries. These coupons are good at commissaries within the US also, but personnel stationed overseas have ore difficulty getting the coupons.

This means that all those coupons you clipped and didn’t use, along with the coupons you didn’t need can be sent to military personnel overseas and they can save money!

It cost me just $4.95 to send a USPS Domestic flat rate envelope full of coupons to a friend of mine whose husband is stationed at the Navy base in Japan.

So if you know someone stationed overseas, ask them if they could use the coupons.

If you don’t, get on Twitter or Facebook and offer free coupons to military personnel. I’m quite sure someone will put their hand up.

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