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Community tunes in to Westlake band fundraiser

Science knows that walking makes the heart grow fonder

The American Heart Association will host the Heart and Stroke Walk from 9 a.m. to noon Sat., Oct. 9. The walk is a way to celebrate survivors of heart disease and stroke, raise funds and encourage physical activity. This year, participants can begin their walk from various pop-up start lines or at any location. One of the pop-up start lines […]

Century-old parish is a ‘kaleidoscope of faith’

St. Rose of Lima marks milestone anniversary


Nearly 50 countries are represented by more than 1,800 congregants who call St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church their home. This diverse representation is a “kaleidoscope of faith” that just keeps growing with each year the church serves the Simi Valley community, the Rev. Joseph Shea said. Shea, who has headed St. Rose since 2008, said this cultural diversity couldn’t […]

Mosque leader reflects on society since Sept. 11



Every Friday, those attending services at the Islamic Center of Conejo Valley pray for justice and goodness. Imam Muhammed Mehtar said they end each worship with the same prayer in Arabic that Muslims have repeated for 1,400 years. “Surely Allah enjoins justice, kindness and the doing of good to kith and kin, and forbids all that is shameful, evil and […]

Pharmacy celebrates 25th anniversary

On the front lines from home



When Jennifer Borow found a painful lump in her breast in 2017, a biopsy revealed she had breast cancer. The Simi Valley resident didn’t want to have to wait weeks to get a radiology appointment, so a friend called in a favor from Dr. Jen Kujak. Borow met the radiologist at her Thousand Oaks office to do a scan at […]

Oakmont celebrates Agoura Hills opening

Gala fundraiser for pediatric cancer

Each September, Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation invites the community to join in recognizing National Childhood Cancer Awareness month through the Gold Ribbon Luncheon. After last year’s multiple cancellations, the foundation will celebrate with supporters and families from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wed., Oct. 13 under a tent at the Plaza Del Sol, Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort, 633 E. […]

Clergy and prayer helpful tools for hospital staff in difficult times



Instead of dropping their kids off on the first day of school, some young parents spent the last weeks of August in the ICU. The medical staff at Los Robles Regional Medical Center are once again fighting to save sick community members during the latest surge in COVID-19 cases. At the same time, a small team of faith leaders are […]

Cancer survivor inspired to serve as missionary

Lay minister serves church for 13 years


When Carol Benson was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007, she said a simple prayer: “God, I don’t know what’s happening, but I trust that you do.” The Dos Vientos mother of two also asked God to remove the cancer from her body. God answered that prayer, Benson said. After nine months, she was on the road to recovery. And […]


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