2017-04-06 E-Edition

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Tasty treats for healthy kids

YUMMY SNACK TIME—Kids in the Triunfo YMCA before and after school childcare program have healthy snacks this school year, courtesy of Dole Packaged Foods. The Westlake Village food giant is providing cases of Dole Fruit Bowls to the Y’s elementary school childcare sites at Willow, Yerba Buena and Sumac elementary schools in Agoura Hills and White Oak Elementary School in […]

Recycled R u n way

Aut2Run to benefit Autism Society Ventura County

The Autism Society Ventura County, in collaboration with Cal State Channel Islands Disability Resource Programs, will host the fifth annual Aut2Run 5K/10K/ Fun-K Race on Sun., April 23 on the campus of Cal State Channel Islands South Quad in Camarillo. Starting times are 7 a.m. for the 10K Trail Run and 15K (both 10K and 5K) and “Hero Run.” The […]

Mosquito season can spell trouble

Mosquito season is here and the Ventura County Environmental Health Division advises residents to take precautions to protect against mosquito bites and remove standing water sources from in and around their homes. Although the VCEHD monitors and controls mosquito breeding throughout Ventura County, it relies on the public to report mosquito activity and report new breeding sites. The division also […]

Her past comes alive with music

Caterina Calandra of Calabasas, who turned 106 on April 2, uses music to bring her memories to life. Even though she has Alzheimer’s disease, the centenarian still remembers the songs she sang in her childhood, including religious melodies and Italian tunes. “She does this spontaneously, nothing planned; she could be walking down the stairs, at dinner, watching TV, it doesn’t […]

Soulful R&B band grooves over to Westlake

GOOD SOUNDS—Larry “Fuzzy” Knight and his Blowin’ Smoke Revue featuring the Fabulous Smokettes makes its Bogie’s Lounge debut tonight, Thurs., April 6. Together for over two decades, this 11-piece revue presents an energetic blend of R&B, soul, blues and rock. Band leader Knight was a former member of the SoCal rock band Spirit. Before that, he fronted several groups in […]

Extinct animals live again in charming play

‘The Gone Deers’

The Young Artist Ensemble ’s Hillcrest Players, a youth troupe that performs plays at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts in Thousand Oaks, has been a great test organization for new productions, especially the humorous and imaginative works of local playwright Victoria Sayeg. Sayeg, who has had three plays published by Dramatic Publishing, writes inventive stories using language children are […]

Spring has sprung all over SoCal

Flying Squirrel

Driving around Ventura County in the last few weeks, you may have noticed something we don’t often see: green hillsides. Yes, with the rain we’ve had this year, Southern California looks greener than it has in years. I’m reminded of a springtime road trip to Monterey several years ago. Then, as now, the drive through rolling hills (i.e., Santa Barbara […]

Local gymnasts spring into action

All the men and women gymnasts from Monarchs National Gymnastics Training Center in Agoura Hills performed well at the Southern California championships March 17 to 19 and will be included on the roster that gets to take part in a regional competition later this month. Competing at the men’s So- Cal event in Aliso Viejo, level 5 team members Xavier […]