Health and Wellness

Healing takes cuddles

Warmkins for Healing Hugs Club at Calabasas High School raises funding for specially heated therapeutic stuffed animals for people in need. So far, the club has visited patients at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and also delivered Warmkins to seniors in the community who have been affected by the pandemic. Over the past school year, the club has raised over $600 […]

State, county in talks over ICU benchmarks



One of the six requirements for counties to get off the state’s COVID watchlist and reopen is the ability to demonstrate that they have a sufficient number of intensive care unit beds for patients who need the most medical attention. Despite Ventura County never having more than 25 COVID patients in the ICU at one time since July 18, the […]

Gesture of good will

Red Cross seeking blood donations during pandemic

Volunteers also needed for fire, disaster services


During major emergencies, the Ventura County chapter of the American Red Cross is there to help families cope, access community resources and get back on their feet. The humanitarian organization was present during the Thomas fire, the Borderline shooting and the Woolsey fire. The agency continues to work today to help locals cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. “We are fortunate […]

New Alzheimer’s director

The Alzheimer’s Association has appointed Lindsey Leonard as executive director of the California Central Coast Chapter. She succeeds Kathryn Croskrey, interim executive director, who has intermittently overseen the chapter since the retirement of former executive director Rhonda Spiegel in 2019. Leonard possesses 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector in fundraising, program development and expansion, operations management and organizational […]

Protecting nursing home residents against COVID-19

COMMENTARY /// Senior health


Nursing homes have become ground zero in the coronavirus pandemic, with outbreaks causing high rates of illness and death among vulnerable residents living together in close quarters. That’s why the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has taken a series of aggressive actions over the last several months to protect nursing home residents against the spread of the novel coronavirus. […]

Uphill hike to Nicholas Flat pays healthy dividends

Hit the trail early for elbow room



Sometimes a good dose of fresh air is the best medicine, but how about in the middle of a deadly pandemic caused by a respiratory virus? The current consensus is that rates of COVID transmission are lower outdoors than indoors, so hikers, bikers and horseback riders can safely enjoy the great outdoors if they maintain a little elbow room. That […]

Ventura County steps up antibody testing



COVID-19 antibody testing is ramping up all across Ventura County. Though residents could have tests performed privately before now, the county, in partnership with St. John’s Regional Medical Center and the Oxnard Fire Department, has begun its own sampling project to see how widespread the virus is locally. The information provided by the 50,000 tests, which are free and require […]

Diaper bank serves community

Conejo Community Outreach— a Conejo Valley-based, volunteer run nonprofit— has distributed over 100,000 diapers and nearly 200,000 wipes to families in Ventura County since its diaper bank launch in 2018. The community diaper bank is a supplemental resource that supports local families with a monthly package of diapers and wipes assistance. The nonprofit takes requests from individual families, as well […]

Mad for mushrooms



There are about 50,000 species of mushrooms in the world. They come in all shapes and sizes. Some don’t even look like mushrooms. Most people would probably only recognize the limited varieties available at the grocery store. That’s the quandary Thousand Oaks resident Donna Long found herself in earlier this month when she discovered a patch of fungi in her […]


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