Red Cross seeks blood donors

The Reagan Library and the Red Cross will host a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wed., Jan. 26 at the library, 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley. “The Red Cross is experiencing the worst blood shortage in over a decade, with less than a one-day supply of critical blood types in recent weeks,” said Red Cross account manager […]

Toy gifts for kids’ good mental health

GIVE UNTO OTHERS—At the Calabasas Senior Center’s fifth annual Holiday Toy Drive, volunteers collected 573 new toys to donate to the Volunteer League of the San Fernando Valley. From left are Carol Washburn, Rick Young, Dotty Corcoran, Laura Weisshar, Cindy Hurwitz and David Hurwitz.

Screenings, info, lunch at fest

Conejo Senior Volunteer Program will host the 2022 Wellness Fest from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wed., Jan. 19. The event has been moved outside to the front parking lot of the Goebel Adult Community Center, 1385 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. Area seniors can discover the wellness and health-related services that are available in the Conejo Valley. The annual […]

Squirrel of the Year

IT’S SHOWTIME—We receive many engaging squirrel photos throughout the year, and this was one of our best, if not the best. In this photo, two cats in the Dave and Terry Duvarney home on Westlake Lake keep a close eye on a regular squirrel visitor at the back door. The standoff ended peacefully, we can report.


LOKI, NOT LOW-KEY—If his bright, baby blue eyes don’t get you, his sweet personality will. Loki, ID No. A5422131, is a sweet boy with lots of energy. He loves toys, tennis balls and long walks. He would fit well with an active family with children no younger than middle school age, and he’d love a calm dog companion. To meet […]

New policy for animal services

Camarillo shelter closed to casual visits

As a precautionary measure to slow the spread of COVID-19 and to align with the closure of county buildings to the public, the following changes will go into effect at Ventura County Animal Services through Tues., Jan. 25. Due to a limited workforce, the Simi Valley Animal Shelter will temporarily close. All found animals must be brought to and reclaimed […]

New church practices old-time religion

The Rev. Caleb Smith grew up in a charismatic Word of Faith church that taught faith could literally heal a believer. So when Smith was in high school and his father became ill with a neurological disease, it created a crisis of faith. Smith’s dad received one pastoral visit from his church over the 14 years he was sick. Smith’s […]


Mesivta of Greater Los Angeles admits qualified men of the Jewish faith of any race, color, national and ethnic origin, to all of the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in the admission of its educational policies, […]

Bible study on Mary

A multi-parish Scripture study will be held in person from 10 a.m. to noon Mon., Jan. 24 in room 2 of the parish center, St. Paschal Baylon Catholic Church, 155 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. Men and women can attend an in-depth study of Mary, using Scott Hahn’s book “Hail, Holy Queen.” Virtual classes will run from 10 a.m. to […]

Crisp run on a cool morning keeps hearts a-pumping

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