Seeking young artists for art show The Oak Park Library is looking for young artists from preschool through high school age and any skill level to participate in the Virtual Stay Safe Art Show. Entries must be the student’s original art and can be photography, pottery, paintings, drawings or crafts. Art must be school appropriate. To enter, youths should post […]

Preventing a child abuse pandemic

COMMENTARY /// Kids’ welfare

Even in the best of times, child welfare systems in California are beleaguered, underfunded and stressed. There are too few social workers for foster children and their troubled birth families, and these caseworkers are often overworked within a huge bureaucratic system. Last year, California had 83,000 children living in foster care—the largest number of any state in the nation. Times […]

No fair, literally—Ventura County Fair canceled

Event that began in 1875 shut down

There will be no racing pigs to gawk at this summer, no giant turkey legs to munch on. And if you’re craving a chocolate-covered corn dog, you’ll just have to make one yourself. For the first time since World War II, the Ventura County Fair is being canceled. The 12-day “County Fair With Ocean Air,” scheduled for Aug. 5 to […]

Art from the heart goes to healthcare workers

Michelle Fagnani is a labor and delivery nurse at West Hills Hospital in West Hills. The Thousand Oaks resident—who is also a nurse with the Las Virgenes Unified School District—only works at West Hills two days a week and does not treat COVID-19 patients, but she said that each day she walks through the hospital doors the experience is daunting. […]

Local family adjusts to staying at home


This is the first in a series of interviews with local residents about how they’re coping with the stay-at-home orders. Today’s Q&A is with Elisa Robichaud, 37, a studio teacher living in Agoura Hills. Q: What does a studio teacher do? A: I provide on-set teaching and welfare to child actors and models. Q: How many people live in your […]


The Calabasas Library has moved a number of events online, including the following. For links or more information, go to Story times are posted on the library’s Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages at 11 a.m. Wednesdays; 1:30 p.m. Thursdays; and 11 a.m. Fridays. The Writers’ Corner Club for students in grades three through seven will meet on Zoom at […]

Chalk it up to creativity

MASTERPIECE—Agoura Hills resident Sirena Nelson, 5, is proud of her sidewalk chalk art. She is in Mrs. Fogelson’s Journeys class at Willow Elementary School. Sirena also likes to make bubbles to blow off the balcony of her home in hopes that neighbors will see them and be happy. And she also gardens and grows her own flowers, which she wants […]

Front lawn musician brings joy to the city

Plays soothing songs for neighbors, visitors—at a safe distance

In quarantine, the little things mean the most—neighborly acts of kindness, a breath of fresh air, a few hours in the sunlight. Safely distanced from his neighbors, Kaya Ramos has been playing guitar regularly from the front yard of his home in Agoura Hills so visitors to nearby Reyes Adobe Park can enjoy some free live music during this difficult […]

Home-schoolers feel affects of distance learning

Seventh-grader Samantha Harris doesn’t mind English class but prefers art because she can talk to her friends. She likes playing Minecraft and drawing with sidewalk chalk. She has a 9-year-old brother, Riley, who she loves. She’s also home-schooled. Like her public-school counterparts, the Newbury Park resident has had to adjust to a new normal since COVID-19 forced closure of on-campus […]

Oaks Christian dorm students keep safe

School working to help pupils from Asia

Less than a month before county and state stay-at-home orders closed schools across the region, Oaks Christian cut the ribbon for its new, on-campus dormitories. The student housing at 31255 Cedar Valley Drive in Westlake Village closed with the rest of the campus in early March due to the coronavirus. But the school’s staff had already been making plans for […]

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