Shaun Sklar

Spruce up home, garden at show

The 25th annual Ventura County Fall Home, Garden and RV Show will take place the weekend of Sept. 9 at the Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 Harbor Blvd., Ventura. Hours are noon to 6 p.m. Fri., Sept. 9; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sat., Sept. 10, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sun., Sept. 11. Patrons can get ideas from hundreds […]

Book depicts God as a father figure

The Rev. Gordy Duncan said an excerpt from pastor A.W. Tozer’s “The Knowledge of the Holy” serves as a continual reminder to him of the importance of deepening his relationship with God. The excerpt reads: “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” Duncan, senior pastor at Cornerstone Community Church in […]

Election timing changes for second time in less than two years in Calabasas

All five members of the Calabasas City Council will serve an extra year in office due to a new law that aligns municipal elections in California with the state and federal election in order to boost civic involvement. The law that passed last year requires all cities in which voter turnout has been low—at least 25 percent less than the […]

Help from around the globe help evicted couple secure mobile home

Hank and Helen Kawecki are eagerly awaiting Sept. 1, when escrow is set to close on their new mobile home. The double-wide trailer in Newbury Park may not be the 2,000-square-foot house they bought 56 years ago and planned to live out their lives in, but it’s a roof over their heads, and that’s more than Hank and Helen thought […]

Restoring, protecting Ormond Beach’s native birds and dunes

Wildlife and beaches

Spending time at the beach is a time-honored American tradition. Whether ocean or a lake, we enjoy beach and water play, often with our best canine friend. Problem is, some of the activities we enjoy endanger local wildlife. When dogs at the beach chase birds, the birds expend energy needed for migration, and nesting birds may abandon their young. Fortunately, […]

New family programs at temple

As part of its commitment to pass on the Jewish experience to the next generation, Temple Adat Elohim, the Reform congregation of the Conejo Valley, is offering two new programs free of charge to the community. Tots n’ Torah, a 30- to 45-minute service at 6:15 p.m., will take place on the first Friday of every month in the sanctuary, […]

Jam-packed ballot puts voters to the test

Voting in California in 2016 will be an exercise in endurance. A whopping 17 propositions have qualified for the November ballot, the most since 2000. Drawing the greatest amount of attention is Proposition 64, which would see our state become the fifth in the nation to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. But that’s only the tip of the iceberg. […]

Universal tale of survival is genuine

The Movie Nut

It would be somewhat misleading to call this a Western, although the landscape of run-down trailers and empty endless roadways shapes the characters as much as the experiences they’ve had. But really, it’s a universal story that could take place anywhere people somehow survive despite realizing that life is unfair, that the deck is stacked against them. “I never met […]

No A/C in the hot summer is not cool

Family Man

It was a hot summer day. A Friday. I’d been home from work about an hour. The air conditioning was pumping. All was well. But is all ever really well? There’s always something, right? And that’s when something showed itself. Just as most businesses were shutting down for the weekend, my air conditioning broke. By that point, it was no […]