Area Lutheran churches take aim at mental health

Effort part of a nationwide ministry

Local churches are acting in good faith to help people struggling with mental health issues. Six Lutheran congregations in eastern Ventura County are in the process of launching a mental health ministry to help individuals who need mental and emotional support in the wake of the mass shooting at Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks last November, as well […]

Kever Avot memorial service at Pierce Bros.

A complimentary Kever Avot memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Sun., Oct. 6 at Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks-Griffin Memorial Park and Mortuary, 5600 Lindero Canyon Road, Westlake Village. The service will be held in front of the main building. Kever Avot, which falls between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, is a time when families visit the graves of […]

Temple launches infant care center

There is a quote painted on the wall above the 12 cribs in Temple Adat Elohim’s new infant care center: “Every child is a story yet to be told.” The story of the center started its first chapter in August, when the newest addition to TAE’s child care options opened its doors. The temple on E. Hillcrest Drive has offered […]

Epiphany concerts underway

The Epiphany Music Guild will present its 14th season of recitals, concerts and special choral services at the Church of the Epiphany, 5450 Churchwood Drive, Oak Park. A special Member Appreciation event at 5 p.m. Sun., Sept. 22 will feature award-winning singer Janine Lovullo in a performance of Broadway show tunes and American standards. The music guild’s regular season will […]

Faithful visit ‘graves of the fathers’

Mount Sinai Memorial Parks and Mortuaries will host free Kever Avot Community Memorial Services Sun., Oct. 6 at 10 a.m. at Mount Sinai Hollywood Hills and 1 p.m. at Mount Sinai Simi Valley. Kever Avot, which in Hebrew means “graves of the fathers,” is an ancient custom dating back to the beginning of Jewish history. Each year, between Rosh Hashanah […]

SAT’s new ‘adversity score’ based on student hardships is scratched

College Board responds to critics

Students taking the SAT will no longer have to worry if their “adversity score,” a number based on the environmental and socioeconomic hardships they faced in their communities, played a part in their college admission. About two months ago the College Board, the New Yorkbased nonprofit that creates the SAT, announced it would add an adversity score to its college […]

A $pecial gift for teachers

WELL-DESERVED—Westlake Rotarian Stephanie Bell-Harbourne, left, donates a gift card for Staples office supplies to Nancy Avina, Conejo Elementary School manager. The Westlake Village Rotary Club launched a pilot program to support lower-income campuses of the Conejo Valley Unified School District. In the first year, Rotary gave $50 gift cards to 100 teachers at six elementary schools in the district. Teachers […]

College and career event

Career and College Knowledge Night will take place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thurs., Oct. 3 at Calabasas High School, 22855 Mulholland Hwy. The annual event is a partnership between Calabasas, Agoura and Oak Park high schools. The evening consists of three 30-minute presentations on topics relevant to choosing careers and the college-going process. Presentations will include: the UC and […]

Long walk down a short path

POOCHES AND THEIR POP—Old Agoura resident Olivier Dior takes his dogs for a walk along the Agoura High School Backtrail on Sept. 15. Navigating with three is challenging. “I need a third arm,” Dior commented while walking his dogs Luna, front; Melody, back left; and Spartacus, back right. JOSEPH A. GARCIA/Acorn Newspapers

Pet of the Week

CUTE AS A BUTTON­— Button spends all of her time freely roaming the Habikat room at the shelter, where she gets along with the other cats and has been good with visitors. She is litter-box trained. Meet Button, ID No. A5262310 at the Agoura Hills Animal Care Center, 29525 Agoura Road. Occasionally pets have already been adopted, so check Los […]

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