Perfect landing

Aging gracefully is more than just being OK with wrinkles, gray hair and extra pounds

Other Side of 50

Earlier this year, history.com cited the “7 Most Contentious U.S. Presidential Elections.” The current election had not, at that point, made the list. I think it is safe to say that during this past presidential race, very little grace was shown at a time when our country could have used courtesy and goodwill from our candidates. As two senior presidential […]

Testing ham radio skills

The Conejo Valley Amateur Radio Club will administer FCC amateur radio licensing examinations at 8:30 a.m. Sun., Dec. 11 in the conference room of the East County Sheriff’s Station, 2101 E. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. A fee of $15 will be charged for taking the test. For more information and to register, visit www.cvarc.org.

This year’s Christmas trees are pricey

If you end up spending a little more on a real Christmas tree this holiday, don’t blame Mother Nature. Retail prices on almost all varieties of real Christmas trees are up by around $4 to $5, “and it has nothing to do with the drought,” said Dave Lindren, who owns the 13-acre Big Wave Dave’s Christmas Trees in Camarillo, a […]

Food bank CEO to ride in parade

Bonnie Atmore, FOOD Share of Ventura County president/ CEO, has been selected by Dole Packaged Foods to represent the regional food bank and national hunger relief network Feeding America as part of Dole’s float “Spirit of Hawaii” in the 128th Tournament of Roses Parade on Mon., Jan. 2 in Pasadena. This year’s parade theme is “Echoes of Success,” a tribute […]


Gingerbread village pays homage to Mickey Mouse The culinary crew at University Village Thousand Oaks has whipped up a Dickens-esque gingerbread village inspired by Disney Studios’ “Mickey’s Christmas Carol.” The public can view the fantasy village from noon to 3 p.m. Sat., Dec. 10 at University Village, 3415 Campus Drive, Thousand Oaks. Fresh-baked cookies and refreshments will be served. Last […]

Rockin’ the field

GIRLS RULE—The Rocking Road Runners from Agoura Hills celebrate their U-10 division title in Region 4 of the American Youth Soccer Organization. Dave McLaughlin coached the girls.

Bringing Christmas to families in need

A local nonprofit is working to ensure that area families are able to provide toys and gifts for their children this Christmas. The Community Christmas Shoppe, a program of ACTION, is the organization behind this countywide holiday effort. More than 50 churches throughout Ventura County are contributing to setting up a local “shoppe” for families in need who have been […]

Fire department toy drive sparks the love

The Ventura County Fire Department is supporting the 24th annual Spark of Love Toy Drive. From now through Christmas Eve, residents can bring a new, unwrapped toy or sports equipment to any VCFD fire station. The items will be donated to local children and teens through the Children’s Services Auxiliary of Ventura County. Donors are encouraged to consider items for […]

A snowflake fantasy land

On the Trail

In January 2007, a “freak” storm swept in and blanketed Seminole Springs in rural Agoura in a thin layer of snow. Everyone marveled at the Currier and Ives transformation. By day’s end there were ice-encrusted succulents reflecting the glow of a double rainbow. We’ve had a few hunky hailstorms in the interim, but I haven’t seen snow since. Having grown […]