Honorees announced for CSC’s Evening of Hope

The Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara has announced its slate of honorees and two celebrity emcees for the Evening of Hope Gala on Sat., April 27 at the Four Seasons Westlake Village. In addition to the awards presentation, the evening will also have a cocktail reception with music by pianist Bryson de Ruyter, dinner, live and silent auctions, entertainment and […]

2019 benefit walk takes the scenic route

Event to fund programs and services for families affected by cancer

The Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara will present its inaugural Hope Walk health fair and family trek on Sat., June 15 around Westlake Lake. Activities will begin at 8 a.m. at CSC headquarters, 530 Hampshire Road in Thousand Oaks. Two walks are available in the push to raise funds and awareness for the fight against cancer: a 5.5- mile stroll […]

Author studies dementia among indigenous people

Jonathan Yahalom, a 2003 graduate of Oak Park High School, has published a book that studies issues of caregiving in a rural Mexican community —and sheds new light on how the people in the region cope with age and memory loss. Published by University of Oklahoma Press, the book is titled “Caring for the People of the Clouds: Aging and […]

Pickleball players learn rules of the game

Pet of the week

NEEDS A FRIEND—One half of a bonded pair, Sonny was left behind when his BFF was adopted. He needs a loving family to help him regain his confidence and enjoy a loving home. Meet Sonny, ID No. A5268090 at the Agoura Hills Animal Care Center, 29525 Agoura Road. Pets have already been adopted, so check Los Angeles County Animal Care […]

Wee nest crafter is a creative genius

critter tail

I am holding in the palm of my hand the smallest work of exquisite, exotic art that I’ve ever seen. People pass me by, staring curiously. My dog and I are outside the Westlake Village dog park, so some of the other dog owners are giving me an odd look as if to say, “Is that a pile of desiccated […]

Lion lady’s life on film

The Conejo Valley Historical Society will present the movie “Mabel, Mabel, Tiger Trainer” at 1 p.m. Sun., April 28 at the Stagecoach Inn Museum, 51 S. Ventu Park Road, Newbury Park. The film by award-winning documentarian Leslie Zemeckis is about tiger trainer Mabel Stark, who performed at Jungleland from 1938 to 1967. She also worked for circuses including Ringling Brothers. […]

‘They shall beat their swords into plowshares’ and guns into tools

The audience in the chapel at Emmanuel Presbyterian Church on March 26 sat in silence as they listened to a blacksmith in the courtyard pound on a piece of forged metal on top of an anvil. Each strike was to commemorate a life lost in the mass shooting in November at Borderline Bar and Grill. Blacksmith Michael Martin had sawed […]

Easter fun

Messy Church will host its annual Easter celebration at 5 p.m. Sat., April 20 at the United Methodist Church of Thousand Oaks, 1000 E. Janss Road. The event will feature an egg hunt, stories of God’s many surprises, Easter crafts and activities, and an interactive Easter Vigil starting around the fire pit. A light dinner will be included. The family-friendly, […]


Finding new ways to heal from grief Camarillo Health Care District will present “Honoring the Grieving Heart: A Community Healing Workshop” from 7 to 9 p.m. Thurs., April 25 at the district headquarters, F building, Stes. 160 and 161, 3639 Las Posas Road, Camarillo. This mini-workshop will show participants how to hold their grief in a place of honor while […]

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