Lego builders unleash their imagination on Brick City


The Acorn put out the call for inventive creators to strut their stuff during the pandemic by showing what they can do with Lego pieces. Our readers didn’t disappoint! Lots more Acorn families share their inventive Lego creations— and tell some great stories, too. The participants prove they’re not only creative, they also have a great sense of humor! More […]

Viewpoint graduate says options slim for film, media students

COMMENTARY /// Graduation and the pandemic

This year, college seniors are graduating into the great unknown. Leaving school in the midst of a pandemic and seeking work in a crashed economy isn’t the celebration they were expecting, but they’re adapting to the new normal and staying positive about the future. Students majoring in film and media are particularly nervous. Deadline, a Hollywood trade magazine, reports that […]

CLU’s undergrad Class of 2020 is largest to date

Virtual ceremony can be seen online at 10 a.m. Saturday

Cal Lutheran University’s virtual 2020 undergraduate commencement will honor a record number of degree recipients on May 16. A total of 854 students, comprising the university’s largest-ever undergraduate graduating class, are eligible to participate in the 57th annual ceremony. Of those, 734 are traditional undergraduate students and 120 are in the Bachelor’s Degree for Professionals program. One-third of the graduates […]

Artisan flatbread pizzas are flat-out delicious


The Ma Dukes story is as exciting as the food itself. An offshoot of the popular L.A. Roots Catering Co., this artisan pizza and salad spot in Agoura Hills is owned and operated by Isaiah Seay and his wife, Maria. The miracle of the restaurant’s genesis and survival during these pandemic times is part of the mystique baked into its […]

Smoking, vaping may increase COVID risk

COMMENTARY /// Good health

Doctors and many other health professionals are working to treat sick patients for the COVID-19 virus. The best ways for you to help are to stay home, wash your hands, and not smoke or vape. Here are three good reasons why you should stop smoking and vaping: Smoking doubles your risk of developing respiratory infections. In one study, 391 healthy […]

Free medical and legal services to continue

The Conejo Free Clinic in Thousand Oaks continues to provide medical, dental and legal services free of charge for low-income and uninsured individuals and families through telephone and computer communications during the pandemic. A telemedicine-type system is in place for medical patients, with lab tests coordinated remotely through Quest Diagnostics and diagnostic imaging through Rolling Oaks Radiology. The clinic is […]

Unity team provides spiritual leadership online in difficult times

They say two heads are better than one. At Unity of the Oaks, they’re putting that adage into practice. The Revs. Sherri James and Stacy Macris Ros took the helm March 1 as co-spiritual leaders at the church on Crescent Way in Thousand Oaks. James said the arrangement allows the women, who are both mothers, to serve the spiritual needs […]


Zoom fun open to all kids Chabad of the Conejo will host a CKids Virtual Zoom for children of all ages at 11 a.m. Sun., May 17. The interactive workshop will give children the opportunity to learn about the upcoming holiday of Shavuot. The event will include the story of Shavuot read aloud, as well as an interactive game about […]

Study shows coyotes are not your average canine

The final result of a multi-year National Park Service and Cal State Northridge research project on coyote diets shows that the urban canines eat differently than their suburban counterparts. The new study used several techniques including scat analysis. It found that pet cats and human food resources, including garbage and ornamental fruits, accounted for between 60% and 75% of urban […]

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