The good, the bat, the ugly

Creatures vital to ecosystem

Jason Miller wishes more people appreciated bats and understood their value in nature. Miller, a professor at Cal State Channel Islands in Camarillo, studies bats as an expert in math, not wildlife biology. Miller said that as Halloween approaches each year, bats become a symbol of spookiness. While it’s true bats have the potential to spread rabies to humans, he […]

Young leaders

The Conejo/Las Virgenes Future Foundation is accepting applications to the Youth Leadership Program for students in grades nine through 12. The program will kick off its 13th year in November. Teens accepted into the program will have the opportunity to develop leadership skills and learn from a variety of speakers with different perspectives. The virtual program will be conducted online. […]


Party for rec and park district Oct. 25 marks Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District’s 60th anniversary. The district will hold a community grand finale Sat., Oct. 23 at Rancho Santa Susana Community Park, 5005 E. Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. The celebration kicks off with a picnic in the park from 2 to 4 p.m. with games, cornhole, ladder […]

COVID long-hauler stared down death

Conejo resident documents near fatal experience

When death from COVID-19 came knocking, Neal Murphy was prepared to let it in. The 76-year-old biologist and former dentist contracted the virus in March 2020, likely while on a commercial flight to visit his son, Ryan Murphy, a physician at University of Utah Health. Neal Murphy ended up in the ICU—and for a time under his son’s care. The […]

‘Spelling Bee’ musical is letter perfect

Oak Park High School will present the Tony Award-winning musical comedy “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” at 7 p.m. Thurs. to Sat., Oct. 14 to 16 with a matinee at 2 p.m. Oct. 14 at the school’s Performing Arts Pavilion, 899 N. Kanan Road. The play, winner of the Drama Desk Award for Best Book, was written by […]

99-year-old’s birthday wish comes true on ‘General Hospital’

For 58 years, countless fans have tuned into the daytime soap opera “General Hospital” and its cast of characters living in the fictional town of Port Charles. But few could consider themselves as big of a fan as 99-year-old Felicia Tabbi. How big a fan? Tabbi—who celebrated her birthday by making a background appearance in a recent episode thanks to […]


Vaccine booster shots available The Calabasas Senior Center is partnering with Courtyard Pharmacy to hold a COVID Booster Clinic and Wellness Fair from 9:30 a.m. to noon Sat., Oct. 23 at Founder’s Hall, 100 Civic Center Way. Both Pfizer and Moderna shots will be available. Those getting shots can register for their self and one additional person. Bring ID and […]

Modern Druids mark autumn equinox with music, offerings

Group honors ancient traditions

On Sept. 22, the autumn equinox with its uniform day and night fell into perfect equilibrium. To mark the changing of the seasons, a group gathered Sept. 18 among the oaks at Sage Ranch Park in Simi Valley to connect to the Earth and each other. The group, Raven’s Cry Grove, which calls itself a “neopagan druid fellowship,” was founded […]

Creatures of the night

A new art exhibit called “Night Visions II” is on display through Sat., Oct. 30 at the Santa Monica Mountains Visitor Center at King Gillette Ranch, 26876 Mulholland Hwy., Calabasas, Visitor center hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Wildlife photography taken with a camera trap—a remote camera triggered by a motion sensor—reveals animals that humans might […]

Blood drive

United Methodist Church Westlake Village, in conjunction with Vitalant blood collection agency, will hold a blood drive from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sat., Oct. 16 at the church, 1049 S. Westlake Blvd. The coronavirus pandemic has diminished normal blood supply levels. There is a need for all blood types, especially type O. Safety protocols and COVID guidelines will be […]

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