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Staying at home 101

Parents cope with children underfoot during school closures


Schools are closed, likely through the summer, and having kids at home full-time is easier for some parents than others. Oak Park resident Brenna Gutell works from home, where her two sons, ages 8 and 13, have been confined since students were sent home on March 16. “Having them home is less of an impact than having the whole world […]

Two nonprofits team up to help seniors



Seniors who are at high risk of contracting coronavirus often must choose between staying safe at home and venturing out to buy groceries and prescriptions. Two area groups have joined forces to help lift the burden on the elderly. The Malibu Foundation and the Mighty Under Dogs, a pair of Malibu-based nonprofits, have teamed up to buy and deliver groceries, […]

International Women’s Day celebrated locally

Guests hear from women mayors

The Las Virgenes Municipal Water District hosted its third annual International Women’s Day luncheon on March 11, marking the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage. District staff listened to stories of gender inequality, double standards in the workplace, real-life experiences and the empowerment of women from the mayors of Agoura Hills, Calabasas and Westlake Village. LVMWD board president and Joint Powers […]

All fired-up for women’s rights

One Spark Academy honors 100th anniversary of 19th Amendment

Casa Pacifica head says leaving is ‘bru-tiful’



It’s hard to say goodbye to something you love. Vicki Murphy is heartbroken about leaving her job as chief operating officer of Casa Pacifica, a nonprofit treatment program for at-risk youths in Camarillo. “It’s bittersweet. It’s ‘bru-tiful,’” Murphy said while on a short medical leave. Her retirement is happening earlier than she had planned due to a chronic medical condition […]

Charity League gals and moms celebrate 50th anniversary

Conejo Valley NCL chapter members host fundraiser

The Conejo Valley chapter of National Charity League celebrated its 50th year March 8 with a fashion show and boutique fundraiser at the Hyatt Regency Westlake. The event included a boutique, Day of Giving, featuring signed Kobe Bryant memorabilia, and a fashion show put on by 10th and 12th grade girls. Proceeds from the fashion show will benefit the nonprofit […]

Alternatives to balloons and other polluters

COMMENTARY /// Eye on the Environment


Years ago, pet owners were urged to “curb your dog.” It seemed too much to ask people to pick up their pet’s waste, so the best exhortation public advocates could muster was a plea for people to keep pollutants out of prime walking space. More recently, as awareness has spread about the way waste in gutters ends up in waterways, […]

Community with a conscience jazzes it up

Theatricum Botanicum

Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum announced its summer lineup of theater, music and performances taking place outdoors at 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga. The company will rotate presentations of the following five plays through Sept. 27 as well as offering several satellite events. Actors will perform each of the plays in repertory, making it possible to see all five plays […]

Sparking interest in women’s history



Every March over the past nine years, students from One Spark Academy in Thousand Oaks have given a presentation profiling notable women in America’s past in honor of Women’s History Month. This year, their Women’s History Project will celebrate the centennial of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote. The constitutional amendment was ratified Aug. 18, 1920. The […]


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