Happy 2022 Agoura Hills!

sunrise over agoura hills
Sunrise over Lindero Canyon Middle School

It’s been a while since I posted here—I’ll confess, I’ve been busy with other things and most of my activity has been posted in the Parents of Agoura Hills Facebook group. I thought I’d take the new year as an opportunity to return to the blog and post some useful items and an update.

New Yoga Studio: Westlake Yoga

First, a new studio called Westlake Yoga. Opened in 2020 as an outdoor practice, last year it moved into the old YogaWorks studio in Westlake Village. I booked a class this morning so I would be forced to get out of the house and start the new year right! While I was nervous about going to an in-person practice indoors with other humans, my rusty joints and my general sense of inertia needed a kick in the pants. The new management did NOT disappoint. The flow class was exactly what I needed, and the welcoming vibe of the instructor and the other participants gave me the warm fuzzies that are still with me!

Food Scraps Go in the Green Bin in Agoura Hills

Second, this post about how to collect your organic kitchen waste. As you might have seen, a state law requires residents to put our organic food waste into our green bins. That’s right. Kitchen scraps now go into the green bin, not the garbage. And NOT in a bag. That means that you need start collecting food scraps in a container, and dumping its contents into your green bin.

Before you grumble and moan, know that this is a measure meant to help us fight climate change. This effort was actually introduced back in 2016 when CA Senate Bill 1383 was passed. This law set goals for California to reduce organic waste disposal by 75% by 2025. Today is the day residential organic food waste composting requirements go into effect! I don’t know exactly how my family is going to collect scraps. We do have a garden, so we might compost. No matter how we do it, we have to form this new habit. Already today I chuck an orange peel right into the garbage without even thinking.

Selling Agoura Hills Mom

Third, this is the year I would like to pass Agoura Hills Mom to a new publisher. My kids are teenagers and super not into me sharing their hijinks. I started this site in 2010 when our family moved here and I just fell in love with Agoura Hills.

A mom and two little boys at the top of a hiking trail in Agoura Hills
2010, in Chesebro Canyon

But I haven’t blogged regularly in a long time. I rarely if ever participate in hosted family activities or reviews anymore. For the last year or so, I have been focusing on other things. These include finishing my first novel, getting my MBA, and succeeding at work. It would be a shame to let this site and resource go to waste, however. I’d love to find an interested parent to purchase this site and its corresponding social media accounts. I’m putting this intention out into the universe…or at least the Conejo Valley.

Thank You!

If you’ve read all the way to the bottom, hello! Thank you! And happy new year! If you have any questions or tips for me to pass on, or you know someone interested in blogging about our town, you can email me at kim@agourahillsmom.com!

Dig Cycle Is the New Spin Class in Town

Dig Cycle & Strength was one of the first businesses to open in the brand new shopping center at the north end of Las Virgenes Road. Locals who like a good exercise class should appreciate Dig Cycle’s cheerful atmosphere, varied workout menu, and its big parking lot.

Dig Cycle lobby

Dig Cycle opened last year, adding another spin studio to the local area (others I’ve tried are Soulcycle and Cycle Bar). For me the location is pretty convenient, and the class schedule has many sessions that fit my own. I tried out two different instructors, and found the class as high energy and tough as the other studios. What Dig Cycle offers that the others don’t though, is an additional gym space with strength and conditioning options. You can take classes that incorporate those into your workout. For my feature, I only tried cycling.

Dig Cycle gym

Dig Cycle bikes

By now the gym is getting more popular and as I strapped my shoes on for a recent class taught by instructor Lauren, I noticed many other participants greeting each other by name and getting ready together. It was clear that they had met each other at this gym, which is a nice place to find a supportive community. Lauren’s class that evening was titled “Dig50,” listed as the gym’s signature 50-minute ride. Lauren guided us through intervals of speed cycling, simulated hills, some movement, and hand weights. The bikes at Dig have little screens that show you your RPMs, and Lauren shouted out goal RPM ranges for each of the different intervals. If you could sustain the target ranges during the specified time periods, you’d be hitting what she set as a goal for you.

Dig Cycle play

Dig Cycle nice

Well.

At my first Dig Cycle class several months ago, I felt strong enough to think I could hit those goals with an instructor named Tina. I only learned lately that Tina is considered a particularly challenging instructor. At the time though, I pushed myself so hard I thought I was going to pass out, throw up, or both. To be fair, I think that every time I exercise, so it’s not her fault at all.

The point is, I learned my lesson that day, and in giving Dig Cycle another chance I made a pledge to myself that I would take it easier this time. So in Lauren’s recent class, I did. I tried to hit the RPM goals and turn up the resistance when she ordered us to, and I succeeded most of the time. But when I felt myself being pushed too far, I backed off, turned down the resistance, and slowed down so that I could make it through the whole 50 minutes feeling good.

It worked. I was able to work up a sweat, enjoy the music and Lauren’s banter, and feel good at the end of the class while still feeling like I got a serious workout. The next time I go back will be even better. I will go back. My body is worth it.

Dig Cycle & Strength
5727 Las Virgenes Rd. (3.42 mi)
Calabasas, California 91302
digcycle.com
Classes are $22 each or available by membership or volume discount.

I took two complimentary classes at Dig Cycle to facilitate this feature. Opinions and elevated heart rate are my own.

Wonderful Weekly Wine Tastings at Vintage Grocers


Vintage Grocers, Westlake Village’s favorite neighborhood homegrown market in The Promenade at Westlake, hosts free weekly wine tastings. The store has a beautiful, intimate wine room where they pour unique, seasonal varieties – whether it be chilled whites for the warm summer, complementary meat-pairing bottles to gear up for a weekend barbecue, or the cool, newest brand hitting the shelves. Guests can also enjoy light bites and a beautiful selection of cheeses from a house-made charcuterie platter to snack on throughout the tasting.

The next wine tasting is tomorrow from 11am to 2pm when they will be pouring Kung Fu Girl Reisling!

Vintage Grocers at the Westlake Promenade
140 Promenade Way, Suite A
Westlake Village, CA 91362
Phone: (805) 230-0010

The store publicizes these events on its Facebook page, so follow them! While you’re at it, follow Agoura Hills Mom, too! And you can join the closed group, Moms of Agoura Hills, to crowdsource local recommendations, advice, and brag about your own business or successes or cute pictures of your family!