Health and Wellness

Baseball mother goes to bat in fight against cancer

If it weren’t for baseball, Christine Porter wouldn’t be who she is today. The 49-year-old mother of two credits playing the sport (baseball, not softball) as a child with giving her the strength to face the many curve balls life has thrown her way. Since January she’s been dealing with her biggest opponent yet: cancer. “My family is used to […]

New exec at West Hills Hospital

Isaiah Zirkle was named the new chief operating officer at West Hills Hospital and Medical Center. As COO, Zirkle is responsible for overseeing day-to-day operations at the acute care hospital, including areas such as patient satisfaction, quality of care, physician and staff relations and organizational culture. Prior to joining West Hills, Zirkle served as vice president of operations at MountainView […]

Healing the scars of Borderline, Woolsey fire

Calabasas Behavioral Health and BrainsWay will present a forum titled “After the Smoke Clears” from 3 to 9 p.m. Wed., June 19 at Sagebrush Cantina, 23527 Calabasas Road, Calabasas. Free to the public, the event will provide residents with self-help tools, resources and support as they continue to recover from the psychological scars the 2018 Woolsey and Hill fires as […]

Dementia workshop

The Alzheimer’s Association will hold the second of three workshops of Living with Alzheimer’s, Middle Stages from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Tues., June 18 at the Senior Concerns, 401 Hodencamp Road, Thousand Oaks. Caregivers and professionals will discuss behavior changes, medications, home safety, driving, living alone and wandering for those caring for Alzheimer’s patients. For more information or to register, […]

A fit cause

Fit 4 The Cause will celebrate its five-year anniversary with a ceremony at 4:30 p.m. Thurs., June 13 at Agoura Fitness, 28716 Roadside Drive, Agoura Hills. The local nonprofit organization provides therapeutic exercise classes and nutrition education at no charge to thousands of low-income recipients including youth, seniors and individuals with special needs. The Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce […]

Community embraces Love Run

Four-time Olympian to kick off Cancer Support’s Hope Walk

Funds raised go to fight cancer

Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara announced that four-time U.S. Olympic water polo player, Terry Schroeder, will serve as the official starter for Hope Walk 2019, a community-wide fundraiser and awareness event in the fight against cancer. Following registration at 8 a.m. Sat., June 15, a health fair with wellness booths and information from the Cancer Support Community about their professional […]

Finding adequate skin protection

commentary /// Skin care

Think you’re doing enough to protect your skin from the sun? Don’t be so sure. Experts say that many people assume their sun protection routine is sufficient when it isn’t. While summer is an excellent reminder that sun protection is a vital component of health and wellness, it’s actually necessary all year round and under circumstances you may not realize, […]


Epilepsy group for parents The Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Los Angeles will present a free support group and program for parents of children with epilepsy Thurs., June 11 in the Valley Lupine Room at the Goebel Adult Community Center, 1385 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. The group is led by clinical psychologist Don Goodman. Attendees will gather at 6 p.m. […]

Riding off with the title

ACE PLAYERS—The Agoura Bronco Padres are the Conejo Valley Interleague champions in PONY Baseball. The boys were seeded eighth out of 16 teams, but went undefeated (4-0) in the playoff. The team members are, top row from left: Coach Ryan Wilkie, Zach Tirsch, Joe Tocchet, Finn Joyce and Brandon Baldi. Middle row: Ellis Green, Trace Burgoon, Josh Barton, Konrad Leichner, […]

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