Focus group

Reality parties are one way to keep parents in the know

Drugs. Sex. Booze. They’re all commonplace at your average high school “rager,” say members of Straight Up Ventura County. Immaturity, risk-taking and excessiveness have long been a part of the teenage party scene, but do parents really know what their child could be getting into when out with friends on a weekend night? The youth advocacy group, which works to […]

Team makes waves for tots


THURS., JAN. 24 Thousand Oaks Toastmasters At Lunch Noon in Oak Room, third floor, T.O. City Hall, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. New president Juliet Elhouty presides. Phone: 805.807.0634. Email: 1934@toastmastersclubs.org. Web: www.1934.toastmastersclubs.org. Ventura County Rose Society 6:30 p.m. at Ventura County Office of Education Conference Center, 5100 Adolfo Road, Camarillo. Tom Carruth, new curator of the rose collection at […]

Never too late for your flu vaccine

Health workers are bracing for a harsher-than-usual flu season that is sweeping across the U.S. and making its way to the local communities. Patients are reaching for the cold medicine and chicken soup. “The virus has definitely arrived,” said Dr. Paul Russell, deputy health officer for the Ventura County Department of Public Health. “The kids are back in school and […]

Leaf blower debate is heard

The Calabasas City Council discussed a proposal to either ban or regulate the use of leaf blowers within city limits. But the proposal discussed at a Jan. 9 meeting could not gain traction due to cost issues and a lack of alternatives to replacing the noisy machines. Gardeners commonly use gaspowered blowers to clear debris and fallen leaves from common […]

Super Saturday to showcase environmental projects created by students in Oak Park

Event includes recycling drive

Community members will have a chance to test drive electric cars, watch races of solar-powered model vehicles and learn about making their homes environmentally friendly at Oak Park High School on Sat., Feb. 2. That’s the date of Super Saturday, a sustainability showcase and recycling drive presented by Oak Park middle and high school students. Oak Park Unified School District […]

Ventura County Fair poster contest needs good entries

The Ventura County Fair has opened the annual fair poster contest for youth in grades five through 12 who live in Ventura County. The theme of the 2013 Fair is “Boots, Barns and Banjos” and will serve as the guideline to the imagery. Artwork can be in any medium but may not be three-dimensional and cannot use glitter or metallic […]

Griffen lands in T.O.

The Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Foundation will present a performance by caustic comedian Kathy Griffin at 8 p.m. Fri., Feb. 1 at the Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza at 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd.. Along with being a stand-up comic, Griffin is also an actress, television personality, author and an LGBT rights advocate. Visit www.kathygriffin.net for details. […]

Foundation to close offce

The Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation, a Santa Barbarabased nonprofit organization that provides financial and emotional support to families whose children have cancer, will consolidate its Ventura office with the organization’s Santa Barbara office. The Ventura office, which opened in May 2011, has been used primarily for administrative purposes and not as a destination for the public or families served by […]