Kids enchanted by fairy tales

Ventura County Fair in full swing

Daily musical acts on grandstand stage are free with admission

The Ventura County Fair runs daily through Sun., Aug. 16 at the Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura. Gates open at 11 a.m. and the Carnival opens at noon. The fair has contests, exhibits, farm animals, carnival rides, games, food, dancing and music. Following are the special admission days: “Feed the Need” food drive: Thurs., Aug. 6. Adults […]

Pet of the week

Far-reaching rodenticides

This is a case against using rat poison. Sometime in May we noticed a pair of scrub jays building a nest in our backyard. Our kids were especially excited to spy on the birds and look for eggs and chicks every so often. Forward to late June and, much to our dismay, one of the adults and a chick lay […]

Hot Flashes

Just a kid

Spring is the season for it. It’s the season when a kid burns through cleats because his feet grow so fast. It’s the season when he learns that Batman underwear and sliders don’t mix. It’s the season when a hot dog and a bag of Big League Chew go together like Buzz and Woody. It’s the season that makes it […]

Preparing children to make wise choices in college

Your child is leaving for college and you can’t quite wrap your head around it. For years you have planned for this moment, yet you find yourself struggling with the transition. Their room is filled with boxes; old stuffed animals and posters are being discarded, and their time with you seems to be dwindling away. This moment is an important […]

Squirrel of the Month

Faith restored

We’ve been bombarded lately with all sorts of disturbing and depressing news: horrific acts of random violence, unabashed and blatant racism, graphic abuses by those who are supposed to protect and serve, nasty and inappropriate rhetoric by political candidates. Amid it all, the kindness of strangers has seemingly become nonexistent in our society. But then it happened. My 16-year-old son […]

Flying Squirrel

Sixty hours in California

I often write about relaxing ways to vacation—places where you can kick back, perhaps near a pool or beach, with a good book and a tropical drink in hand. For many of us, our hectic lives necessitate we take time to unplug and recharge. But there are times where you might consider doing the opposite, where you try to do […]

Schools are accepting applications for new year

Registration is open for Kinder Prep, an academic program for 4-year-olds that prepares children for kindergarten in a competitive school district. Class runs 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Thursday with one-to-nine teacher/student ratio. The class is limited to 18 students. The school follows the Las Virgenes Unified School District calendar. To register or for more information, email Brandon Ferguson […]