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Oaks seniors see future on big screen



Oaks Christian School became one of the few schools nationwide to debut a full-length feature film completely directed, produced and filmed by high school students. “Missperception” was released on May 18. The premiere was originally scheduled for Regency Theatres last spring but was delayed more than a year due to the pandemic. After searching months for venues, even outdoor ones […]

SENIOR STANDOUTS • OAK PARK •

Oak Park High School selects these students as their 2021 Acorn Senior Standouts

Ethan Grinberg Oak Park graduate Ethan Grinberg said he loved “ a l – most every second” of high school. Those forgettable pandemic days being the notable exception. “Except for the part where I was online for a year, it was a great experience,” he said. “I loved learning to speak Spanish, and being involved in theater because I got […]

SENIOR STANDOUTS • LA REINA •

La Reina High School selects these students as their 2021 Acorn Senior Standouts

Sophia Bryson Sophia Bryson hit all the right notes while at La Reina. The 18-year-old Moorpark resident was deeply involved in music while attending the all-girl Catholic school. She participated in the Regent Chorale Artists, the God Lead Singers choir and La Reina’s vocal arts program. She served as a teacher’s assistant for her music teacher in 11th grade. “If […]

Fried ends long LVUSD career on a high note

Esteemed music teacher is retiring


Being a musician means following the composition note for note. But sometimes a piece of music, like life, requires improvisation. Greg Fried, 64, once taught at the college level, but unexpectedly found his calling in middle school, introducing students to stringed instruments and fostering their passion for music. Fried is retiring after 26 years as the director of the Lindero […]

Senior network welcomes in-person events

Members stay in contact during pandemic


Times were difficult for everyone during the pandemic, but older adults likely struggled the most. Every trip to the grocery store, doctor and pharmacy presented itself as a life-threatening challenge. Now that case rates are falling and vaccines are widely available, area seniors are as eager as anyone to begin socializing in person. They can welcome grandchildren into their homes, […]

Online program will honor family caregivers

Celebration is Sunday on Zoom

The Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara will host its National Cancer Survivor’s Day Celebration for cancer survivors from 11 a.m. to noon Sun., June 6 via Zoom. The guest speaker is Linda Northrup, Agoura Hills council member and cancer survivor. The event will also have an Easy Summer Smoothie demonstration by Kerri McDonald, RD, clinical nutrition manager of Los Robles […]

Exer offers school sports physicals

The Exer Urgent Care Sports and Schools Program was created recently to provide high schools with complimentary sports screening exams and EKGs as interscholastic youth sports resume after a full year of inactivity due to the pandemic. Medical teams from Exer Urgent Care will give the physicals over multiple days, as opposed to hosting a one-day event, following health and […]

Mental support for LBGTQ+ allies

PFLAG Ventura will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Tues., June 15 via Zoom. The group is for family, friends and allies of the LBGTQ-plus community. For more information, call Kerry Newlee at (805) 765-1672 or email pflag.ventura.ca@gmail.com.

Exer offers school sports physicals

The Exer Urgent Care Sports and Schools Program was created recently to provide high schools with complimentary sports screening exams and EKGs as interscholastic youth sports resume after a full year of inactivity due to the pandemic. Medical teams from Exer Urgent Care will give the physicals over multiple days, as opposed to hosting a one-day event, following health and […]

Students use essays to express feelings about cancer



As if dealing with the pandemic wasn’t enough, many area high school students struggled with a cancer diagnosis during the past year: Either they received the bad news or family member did. The act of writing has proven to be good medicine, and each year the Thousand Oaks-based Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/ Santa Barbara invites students to take part in […]


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