Oak Park gardeners find common ground

Crowded developments and miniscule backyards are driving homeowners up a wall. Community gardens are a popular way for residents caught in the urban squeeze to keep their gardening skills intact and their neighborhood looking beautiful, and it’s a trend that’s growing. Community gardens are a sign that people care. The flowers, fruits, herbs and vegetables that fill the community garden […]

Calabasas grad tracks wild turtles

Stephanie Goodman’s “what I did over summer vacation” story reads differently than most. The 2001 Calabasas High School graduate took the trip of a lifetime and traveled to the island of Trinidad in the Caribbean Sea where she helped tag wild sea turtles. Goodman, who is now a high school special education teacher in Watts, joined a research team on […]

St. Jude’s Church to host blood drive

St. Jude’s Catholic Church will host a blood drive from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sun., Aug. 20 at the church, 32032 Lindero Canyon Road, Westlake Village. Potential donors should call the church for further details at (818) 889-1279.

Sign up for YMCA swim class

Sign-ups for fall group and private swim classes will be accepted in person on Sat., Aug. 19 at the Conejo Valley YMCA, 4031 N. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks, according to Erin Pierik, YMCA aquatics director. Signups will be taken outside the pool lobby. Classes take place in the YMCA’s indoor heated swimming pool. A variety of lessons are available for […]

Methodist services

The Rev. Gary Alan Dickey continues a 10-part sermon series of “Being a Great Church for God” with the message “Four Vital Experiences for the Church” at the 8, 9 and 10:30 a.m. worship services Sun., Aug. 20 at the United Methodist Church of Westlake Village, 1049 Westlake Blvd., Westlake Village. Sunday School classes for all ages will meet at […]

Stop the war

Regarding the letter, “Stop the war (theirs, not ours),” I would like to propose a simple solution to the seemingly endless battles in the Middle East. Accept the fact that Israel has a right to exist. They are a peaceful nation and only respond to aggression when attacked-let history be the judge of that. Could you image what it would […]

This Home Has A Ceiling Fan And Plush Neutral Carpeting

This single familysingle story 3-bedroom and 2-bathroom home sits on more than 10,100square-foot lot. The cozy living room has a ceiling fan and plush neutral carpeting. The open kitchen has a convenient breakfast bar, some newer appliances and Pergo flooring which leads to the informal dining room with a sliding glass door access to the covered rear patio and pool-size […]

School nurse shortage cited

'We're not a healthcare provider,' superintendent says

The shortage of trained school nurses in the Las Virgenes Unified School District reportedly is among the worst in California. According to a recent study, the average nurse-to-student ratio in California is 1-to-2,791, while the district ratio is 1-to-12,104. The school district said it plans to conduct a health and safety needs assessment in the mmediate future. According to Calabasas […]

Program provides employment to special adults

Villa Esperanza serves a diverse population

The City of Calabasas has awarded Villa Esperanza Services Vocational Program with a $4,000 grant to benefit adults with developmental disabilities who are seeking employment. Villa Esperanza Services West Region Vocational program provides a landscape maintenance training program for developmentally disabled, yet physically capable, adults 18 and older. The program provides full-time employment in basic ground maintenance and ongoing vocational […]

Multitasking adversely affects learning system

Multitasking affects the brain’s learning systems, and as a result, we don’t learn as well when we’re distracted, UCLA psychologists report this week in the online edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. “Multitasking adversely affects how you learn,” said Russell Poldrack, UCLA associate professor of psychology and co-author of the study. “Even if you learn while multitasking, […]