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Senior Congress explores new opportunities

The Conejo/Las Virgenes Future Foundation will convene its 17th annual Senior Congress, “Turning Obstacles Into Opportunities,” from 10 a.m. to noon Wed., Feb. 24 online. The virtual event will offer four presentations advising the area’s senior population on how to navigate the challenges of the pandemic and what they can do to overcome them. The topics: Combating Social Isolation: We […]

Decibel winner hears name called out

Decibel Hearing Services held an annual essay contest titled the Gift of Hearing in December to give away a pair of Oticon premium hearing aids to someone in need who has hearing loss. The audiology collective recently named Suzanne Walker of Thousand Oaks as the recipient of the new hearing aids. Walker’s grandchildren, Vianna and Grant, nominated her for consideration […]

Benefits of plant-based diet

The ninth annual WHOLE Conference will take place online from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sun., Feb. 15. Standing for the Why and How Of Life-promoting Eating, the WHOLE conference attendees can watch from the safety and comfort of their homes. The speakers are: Dr. John Mc- Dougall, a board-certified internist and plant-based speaker and author; Dr. Kristi Funk; Dr. […]

Innovative social media approach helps in the classroom



Winnie Sloan is all about her students. The Oak Park High School science teacher will do whatever it takes to make sure they understand her lessons, including meeting them on their turf—TikTok. Sloan has been using the social media app to share videos in which she explains scientific concepts through song, dance and mnemonic devices. She’s been using the program […]

Seniors eager for COVID vaccinations

But lack of supply hampers rollout


Public Health Officer Dr. Robert Levin offered a cold dose of reality last week following his decision to expand the vaccine-eligible pool in Ventura County to include all people 75 and older. While many in the community are celebrating the fact that those most at risk of dying from COVID-19 may now be inoculated, Levin warned that a lack of […]

Learning the alphabet starts a lifetime of reading pleasure for kids



Test scores indicate that teaching a child to read through distance learning does not necessarily lead to an acceptable reading level. This is frustrating for many parents who feel incapable of teaching their child to read. After 30 years as a teacher specializing in reading, I can offer parents simple but effective methods for teaching reading. Begin by making reading […]

This girl is the ‘bomb’

Student cooks up a good way to help shelter animals

Zoey Goldsmith, a 14-year-old student from Oak Park, is in the cocoa bomb business. The Viewpoint School ninth-grader began making the delicious treats before the holidays as a way to raise money for local animal charities. What’s not to like about a tasty chocolate hollow ball filled with cocoa powder, toppings and marshmallows? Zoey and her mother, Irit Goldsmith, make […]

Oak Park seniors eligible for ecology scholarship

The Conejo Open Space Foundation will offer a new scholarship for Ventura County high-school seniors who will be attending two- or four-year colleges or universities. The application deadline is Sun., Jan. 31. Starting with the fall 2021 semester, the foundation will provide $1,000 continuing scholarships for two students pursuing environmental studies related majors. The scholarships will continue for the students’ […]

Medicine, not Big Macs: Ronald McDonald room



Clay Paschen’s memory of his first visit to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles still brings tears to his eyes. In 1977, a doctor in the oncology department had invited Paschen, a Camarillo resident, to a meeting at the hospital. CHLA thought it was time to bring Ronald McDonald House Charities to California. They wanted Paschen, who owned a McDonald’s restaurant in […]

Private schools see enrollment surge



As Ventura County public schools continue to navigate the best ways to offer hybrid instruction to students, their private school counterparts are seeing surges in enrollment as families look for new learning options for their children. Several local private schools— including Oaks Christian, Ascension Lutheran, Carden Conejo, La Reina and Grace Brethren—said interest from the community has increased by as […]


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