Faith moves from pew to ballot box in November

Houses of worship sign up voters before fall election

Local houses of worship are urging members to take their faith to the ballot box Nov. 6. Churches, synagogues and mosques across Thousand Oaks are emphasizing the importance of civic participation ahead of the November election. Although Congress passed legislation in 1954 prohibiting houses of faith that are registered as nonprofit organizations from participating or intervening in any political campaign […]

Spirituality through the lens of gender

Padre Serra Parish will present a program on “Venus and Mars Revisited: A New Look at Male and Female Spirituality” at 7 p.m. Tues., Nov. 6 in the Serra Center, Padre Serra Roman Catholic Church, 5205 Upland Road, Camarillo. Spirituality is a broad subject area that has garnered much publicity in recent years. Men and women approach this field of […]

Couple help to uncover shared roots

On the wall of the family room and cafe at Jubilee Church on Calle Suerte, an enormous mixed-media art piece by Israeli Christian Rick Wienecke depicts a bronze lion in front of a stained-glass mosaic of a temple menorah burning brightly. The religious imagery is obvious from a distance, but up close a more specific message becomes clear: In the […]

Pet of the week

PURR-FECTLY PLAYFUL—Biju is a delight. She enjoys other felines, adores humans and is litter -box trained. Meet Biju, ID No. 4725131, at the Agoura Hills Animal Care Center, 29525 Agoura Road. Occasionally pets have already been adopted, so check Los Angeles County Animal Care and Control before visiting the shelter.

Bee-utiful autumn in Agoura Hills

PETAL POWER—One day after the first rain of the 2018 season recently, a busy bee stops to pollinate a flower along a trail in the Santa Monica Mountains. Hikers are encouraged to stop and look for such interesting details as they make their way through the local rural areas.

See raptors up close and personal

Public welcome at wildlife rehab center open house

The Ojai Raptor Center nonprofit will present its annual fall open house from noon to 4 p.m. Sun., Nov. 4 at 370 Baldwin Road, Ojai. The nonprofit organization is dedicated to the rehabilitation and release of birds of prey and other wildlife, and to providing educational programs on wildlife. The open house offers a rare opportunity for the public to […]

Veteran school board trustee sees financial challenges ahead


Angela Cutbill was elected to the Las Virgenes Unified School District Board of Education in 2013. She has pledged that if she’s reelected to a third term on Nov. 6 she will continue working on initiatives that will benefit students and teachers alike. As a school board member, she has overseen and shaped several programs, policies and projects district-wide, including […]

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