‘They shall beat their swords into plowshares’ and guns into tools

The audience in the chapel at Emmanuel Presbyterian Church on March 26 sat in silence as they listened to a blacksmith in the courtyard pound on a piece of forged metal on top of an anvil. Each strike was to commemorate a life lost in the mass shooting in November at Borderline Bar and Grill. Blacksmith Michael Martin had sawed […]

Easter fun

Messy Church will host its annual Easter celebration at 5 p.m. Sat., April 20 at the United Methodist Church of Thousand Oaks, 1000 E. Janss Road. The event will feature an egg hunt, stories of God’s many surprises, Easter crafts and activities, and an interactive Easter Vigil starting around the fire pit. A light dinner will be included. The family-friendly, […]


Finding new ways to heal from grief Camarillo Health Care District will present “Honoring the Grieving Heart: A Community Healing Workshop” from 7 to 9 p.m. Thurs., April 25 at the district headquarters, F building, Stes. 160 and 161, 3639 Las Posas Road, Camarillo. This mini-workshop will show participants how to hold their grief in a place of honor while […]

Students share experience with cancer

Annual essay contest draws heartfelt response

It’s one lottery ticket nobody wants to win. Fibrolamellar Hepatocellular Carcinoma is an extremely rare form of adolescent cancer that affects only 1 in 5 million people. “A disease I could barely pronounce was taking over my life. I was 15 years old and dealt a difficult card,” said Lacey Grace, a 2018 Agoura High School graduate and keynote speak […]

Oak Park schools hailed as ‘distinguished’

Oak Park High School and Medea Creek Middle School were recently named as 2019 California Distinguished Schools, applauded for making gains in the area of academics and performance standards. The 162 schools across the state that won the award were recognized for achieving exceptional student performance for two consecutive years, or for closing the achievement gap during the previous two […]

Program on ocean pollution

Las Virgenes Unified School District will present a free screening of the documentary “A Plastic Ocean” at 6 p.m. Wed., April 24 at Agoura High School, 28545 Driver Ave. The film poses that in the near future there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. The documentary discusses where the plastic waste goes and what can be done […]

High School Highlights

Agoura Chargers Fri., April 19: Last day of spring break Mon., April 22: Late start Thurs., April 25: “Why go out of state?” College info fair/6:45 p.m. Calabasas Coyotes Fri., April 19: Last day of spring break Oak Park Eagles Tues., April 23: Classes resumes after spring break. School site council/3:30 p.m. Board of education/6 p.m. Thurs., April 25: Student […]

Honorees announced for CSC’s Evening of Hope

The Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara has announced its slate of honorees and two celebrity emcees for the Evening of Hope Gala on Sat., April 27 at the Four Seasons Westlake Village. In addition to the awards presentation, the evening will also have a cocktail reception with music by pianist Bryson de Ruyter, dinner, live and silent auctions, entertainment and […]

2019 benefit walk takes the scenic route

Event to fund programs and services for families affected by cancer

The Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara will present its inaugural Hope Walk health fair and family trek on Sat., June 15 around Westlake Lake. Activities will begin at 8 a.m. at CSC headquarters, 530 Hampshire Road in Thousand Oaks. Two walks are available in the push to raise funds and awareness for the fight against cancer: a 5.5- mile stroll […]

Author studies dementia among indigenous people

Jonathan Yahalom, a 2003 graduate of Oak Park High School, has published a book that studies issues of caregiving in a rural Mexican community —and sheds new light on how the people in the region cope with age and memory loss. Published by University of Oklahoma Press, the book is titled “Caring for the People of the Clouds: Aging and […]

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