The grass is always greener in fall

By Ashton Ritchie If summer’s heat and wear and tear left bare spots in your lawn, don’t fret. Late summer/early fall is the best time of year to plant grass seed. The shorter days, cooler nights, heavier dews and improved patterns of rainfall are just what new seedlings need to develop quickly and vigorously. But there is more to it […]

Donated skin saves lives

How much do you really know about the skin you’re in? Skin is the body’s largest organ-and like other organs, it can be donated to save lives, scientists say. Skin protects us from bacterial invaders, cools us down and heats us up, holds in fluid and, under normal conditions, can mend itself. If skin is too badly burned, however, it’s […]

Oak Park classes available

Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District has openings in a variety of Oak Park recreation classes for youth and adults. Most classes begin the week of Sept. 16. A sampling of classes offered include: tennis and youth sports instruction, yoga, guitar/keyboard, financial planning, dance, babysitting, photography, preschool and dog obedience. For brochure and registration information, please call (818) 865-9304.

Jewish studies classes now available

The world of Jewish literature will be explored in a number of different classes to be offered this fall in Thousand Oaks, Newbury Park and Camarillo. Classes are part of Moorpark College’s Jewish Studies Program and may be taken as credit courses. The fee is $11 per unit (classes range from one to four units) plus a mandatory $12 health […]

Spirent building is excessively bright at night

Spirent building is excessively bright at night First, a commercial break: "Remember, we’re in a power shortage … use your major appliances only after 7 p.m. and flex your power by turning off computers, TVs, stereos or other miscellaneous appliances when not in use …" Have you ever driven by the new Spirent building and asked yourself why are the […]

Museum needs docents

Individuals interested in training to become docents at the Malibu Lagoon Museum, 23200 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu, are encouraged to attend six Monday evening training sessions beginning Sept. 16. Docents will provide guided tours of the historic Adamson Beach House, which shares landscaped grounds with the museum and is picturesquely sited on the beach overlooking popular Surfrider Beach in mid-Malibu, […]

‘Buddy’ program helps patients cope

Anita Johnson knows what lung cancer patients feel upon hearing the words of the initial diagnosis of the disease. For more than 11 years, she has survived lung cancer, a disease that inflicts nearly 170,000 Americans every year. According to the American Cancer Society, the numbers are growing among certain populations, such as women. When patients are diagnosed with lung […]

J.D. Power named chairman of CSUN Foundation board

James David Power III, founder and president of J.D. Power and Associates, a Westlake Village-based firm that conducts consumer opinion surveys, has been elected chairman of California State University Northridge (CSUN’s) Foundation Board of Directors. "We’re thrilled that David Power agreed to take on the volunteer leadership of the board," said Judy C. Knudson, CSUN’s vice president for university advancement. […]

‘Mind’ is subject at church’s sermon this week

"Mind" is the subject of this week’s Bible lesson-sermon at the 10 a.m. service Sun. Aug. 25 at the Christian Science Church, 305 Conejo School Road, Thousand Oaks. The keynote text is from Exodus 16:12. Sunday School for youth up to age 20 is also at 10 a.m. Testimony meetings are at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Child care is provided both […]

Magazines weren’t trashed

by Medea Creek Middle School Please accept our response to Sheri Spinner’s letter to the editor, dated July 25 ("Magazines in Oak Park deserved a better fate"): To begin with, we are innocent of the "heinous crime" to which the writer refers. Our collection of National Geographic, which dates back to 1960, remains intact. Notwithstanding that students have available to […]