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Pet of the week

LOVING- Sammi is very sweet, loves to be petted, likes playing with toys and gets along well with the other cats in the Habikat room. To adopt Sammi, ask for ID No. A5174638 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 […]

Diabetes sisters share

Diabetes Sisters PODS group of Ventura County/San Fernando Valley is a support group for women with Type 1 diabetes seeking to connect with others who are living with the disease. The next meeting will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mon., July 9 in Agoura. Group members meet to discuss their successes, challenges and frustrations in living with the chronic […]

Rights and guarantees are a benefit that goes along with Medicare

COMMENTARY /// Senior healthcare


As a person with Medicare, do you have any rights and protections? You certainly do. You have rights whether you’re enrolled in Original Medicare— in which you can choose any doctor or hospital that accepts Medicare—or Medicare Advantage, in which you get care within a network of healthcare providers. Your rights guarantee that you get the health services the law […]

Support for Parkinson’s patients

The Parkinson’s Support Group will meet at 1 p.m. Fri., July 13 at the Simi Valley Senior Center, 3900 Avenida Simi. Dr. Nader Pouratian, a specialist at UCLA in neurosurgical brain mapping restoration, will discuss deep brain stimulation for Parkinson’s patients. He will describe how this treatment lessens Parkinson’s motor symptoms such as stiffness, slowness and tremor. Lunch will be […]

Card making for kids, adults

The Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara will host a free card making workshop for adults and kids from noon to 1:30 p.m. Thurs., July 12 at 530 Hampshire Road, Westlake Village. Participants do not need to be “artsy.” The program is for those who wish to express gratitude to those who have helped them through their donations to the Cancer […]

Los Robles Regional Medical Center and Blue Shield reach a deal



Patients with Blue Shield Covered California or off-exchange individual Blue Shield plans will have full in-network access at Thousand Oaks’ Los Robles Regional Medical Center beginning July 1. Following a four-year impasse, HCA Healthcare, Los Robles’ parent company, announced this week it had reached a deal with the insurance provider to allow those with Blue Shield coverage to return to […]

Using Lasik to fix astigmatism

COMMENTARY /// Aye eye, Doc


After many years of research and clinical testing, the ability to fix astigmatism with lasik eye surgery has finally materialized. In order to comprehend this journey and understand how elimination of astigmatism is possible, it’s important to review some basics, such as understanding astigmatism, its manifestations as well as how lasers treat nearsightedness and astigmatism. Astigmatism is a condition of […]

Sounds of refreshment

The Global Truth Center will host a special sound bath meditation led by Eric Matthew Sedorovitz from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Fri., June 29 at 880 Hampshire Road, Ste. V, Westlake Village. Part meditation and part listening exercise, sound baths are said to be restorative musical performances using Himalayan singing bowls, crystal bowls, gongs and biosonic tuning forks. Participants lie […]

Pet of the week

INQUISTIVITE—Bruno enjoys being with cats and other dogs. He is lively and fun and might be possessive of his home. To adopt Bruno ask for ID NO. A5169915 at the Agoura Hills Animal Care Center, 29525 Agoura Road. Pets may have already been adopted, so check http://animalcare.lacounty.gov before visiting the shelter.

Keep furry friends safe on the Fourth



The Fourth of July, with its noisy celebration of fireworks and firecrackers, has a reputation as the day more pets are lost or killed than any other day of the year. What can you do to make sure your pets are safe and don’t become casualties on Independence Day? First, make sure your pet’s ID/ microchip is up-to-date. If your […]


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