For special needs families

The Center4Special Needs, a parent-founded nonprofit organization, will present the second annual conference for parents of youth with special needs, “The ABCs and XYZs of Special Needs,” from 7:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sat., Feb. 22 at Calvary Community Church, 5495 Via Rocas, Westlake Village. The conference will offer sessions in English on ADHD, conservatorship, IEPs, sexuality, food issues, trust […]

Scholar-in-residence to lead a Torah study

Alan Morinis, dean of the Mussar Institute, a nonprofit Jewish education organization, will be the Scholar-in-Residence Fri., Jan. 31 through Sun., Feb. 2 at Temple Adat Elohim, 2420 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. Morinis will present a sermon on “What the Giver Gets: The Torah of Generosity” at the 7:30 p.m. service Fri., Jan. 31. He will lead a Torah […]

Talk on breast reconstruction

The Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara will have a free educational workshop titled “Frankly Speaking About Cancer: Breast Reconstruction” from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thurs., Jan. 23 at 530 Hampshire Road, Westlake Village. Dr. Georgeanna J. Huang will discuss breast reconstruction and non-reconstruction options, how to make a deci- sion, medical factors that can influence decisions, and how to prepare […]

Group shoots for new Calabasas film fest

Calabasas officials gave thumbs up to a new film festival that will showcase the city and highlight it’s close connection to the movie industry. The inaugural Calabasas Film Festival, presented by Pelagius Entertainment, is slated to take place Sept. 10 through 14. “Our mission is to promote Calabasas and its strong connection to the film and television industry,” said festival […]

This year’s Mardi Gras honorees chosen for service to community

Community Conscience/Under One Roof announced its honorees for the 2014 Mardi Gras Ball. Long-time Conejo volunteers Robert “Bob” Biery and Frances Prince will be crowned at the 22nd annual Mardi Gras Ball at 6 p.m. Sat., Feb. 22 at the Hyatt Westlake Plaza, 880 S. Westlake Ave. Born and raised in Pasadena, Biery served in the U.S. Army and graduated […]

Flying Squirrel

Make it your mission It’s halfway through the first month of the new year. Have you broken any of your resolutions yet? All of them? Some? Yeah, me too. Well, here’s a resolution you can still make and, even better, it will be fun and easy to keep. I want to encourage you to get out and see more of […]

Los Robles Hospital names first woman CEO

Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center announced the appointment of Natalie Mussi as president and chief executive officer last Tuesday. Mussi, 38, will oversee all operations for Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center, including its three campuses: the main hospital, Thousand Oaks Surgical Hospital and the East Campus. Prior to being named president and CEO, Mussi was the Los Robles […]

Free Kanan shuttle continues

The Oak Park Municipal Advisory Council voted to spend $75,000 to fund the Kanan Shuttle for nine more months while it seeks ways to share the cost of the popular service with riders, schools and businesses. Ventura County Supervisor Linda Parks told MAC members on Jan. 9 that charging even a nominal fee to riders would cause a drop in […]

Reliving her past

. Chumash descendent paints pictographs for museum

With every new pictograph she paints, Sarafina Julian gets to know her culture just a little bit more. The 16-year-old Thousand Oaks resident, who is of Chumash descent, has actively embraced local Native American traditions her whole life. As a young child she was often seen dressed in full Chumash regalia and dancing in local and regional powwows. Today the […]

Annual charity event is warm and fuzzy

CALIFORNIA WINTER— Above, 5-year-old Larson Kempin of Westlake slides down a hill of snow at Three Springs Park on a toboggan. He and his family came to donate coats and jackets at the fourth annual Coats for Casa charity event on Jan. 18. Right, volunteer Michelle Scruggs bags warm coats and jackets which had been sorted by size and age. […]

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