Columnist publishes mystery

Sally Carpenter, an Acorn columnist, has published her sixth cozy mystery novel, “Hippie Haven Homicide.” The book, second in the Psychedelic Spy series, is set in 1967 and follows the adventures of Noelle McNabb, an actress at a Christmas-themed park and amateur spy with the SIAMESE (Special Intelligence Apparatus for Midwest Enemy Surveillance and Espionage) agency. A counterculture religious cult […]

Yarrow YMCA set to reopen

The Simi Valley Family YMCA and Yarrow Family YMCA in Westlake Village will reopen Wed., July 1. The Conejo Valley YMCA, which serves Thousand Oaks, Newbury Park, Moorpark and the Santa Rosa Valley, remains closed pending implementation of social distancing measures. Conejo Y members can use the Simi Valley and Yarrow facilities, officials said. Fitness centers are the first to […]


The Calabasas Library’s online summer reading program “Dig Deeper!” continues through Aug. 2. Participants can register online, read books—audios and ebooks count—and earn points to be entered in drawings for gift cards throughout the summer. All events are online and free. For more information, call (818) 225-7616 or visit or the library’s Facebook and Twitter pages. The library will […]

All about COVID-19

Seminar aimed at helping seniors

Senior Concerns will present a virtual community seminar titled “What Older Adults Need to Know about COVID-19” from 4 to 5 p.m. Thurs., July 9 via Zoom. The seminar leaders are Terri E. Hilliard Olson of Terri Hilliard PC and Teri Helton, RN, chair of the Ventura County Coalition for Compassionate Care. The seminar will present an overview of the […]

Old mare still has her giddyupand go

At nearly 36 she’s a centenarian in human years

When Judith Walter agreed to co-lease a horse in 2001 she knew it wouldn’t be forever. Vanessa, the horse she agreed to look after, was 17 at the time, already approaching a ripe old age. It’s been 19 years and Walter, an Agoura Hills resident, is still caring for Vanessa. The old Morgan mare will be 36 years old on […]

Virtual camp for girls

Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast will host Virtual Summer Camp 2020 from Mon. through Fri., June 22 to 26. The program aims to bring girls some camp magic and classic traditions that they can enjoy from anywhere at their own pace. This camp is open to registered Scouts as well as nonregistered girls of all ages. The camp will […]


Zoom on to YMCA family trivia nights The Southeast Ventura County YMCA, with branches in Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley and Westlake Village, is hosting free online trivia nights from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursdays. The weekly trivia contest for the entire family takes place over Zoom. Participants include individuals, families and teams who enter their answers to questions about a […]

Summer leadership program for teens

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute has taken its Student Leadership Program, typically a summer camp at the Reagan Library, to a virtual format for 2020. Each of the two courses is a two-week session of the camp online. Session one will run from July 6 through 17. Session two is July 27 through Aug. 7. The camp is […]

Ham radio is on the air

Virtual Field Day exercise weekend of June 27, 28

Ham radio operators from the Conejo Valley Amateur Radio Club will participate in a national virtual amateur radio exercise from 11 a.m. Sat., June 27 through 2 p.m. Sun., June 28. The event is ARRL Field Day, an annual amateur radio activity organized since 1933 by ARRL, the national association for amateur radio in the United States. Hams from across […]

Father and kids go for a road trip

SUNSHINE STROLL RIDE— Calabasas resident Marc Glickman takes advantage of the great weather on June 6 to walk with his children, Sam, 4, and Maya, 3, and lead them on their bikes down Old Topanga Canyon Road. But with traffic back on the rise, the days of in-the-street walking, running and riding are probably over.

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