T.O.’s turn to stage hard-hitting musical

PLAY REVIEW /// ‘Next to Normal’

Two months ago, we reviewed the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center’s production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical “Next to Normal.” This month, Panic Productions is giving the show its Thousand Oaks debut and it’s interesting to note the differences and similarities between the productions. Panic director Corey Lynn Howel, for example, has chosen a more conventional visual approach than SVCAC’s […]



Editor’s note: Senior Standouts are selected by their respective schools and profiles are compiled from questionnaires filled out by the students. Isabella Castaneda Isabella Castaneda is a world traveler who plans on putting her global perspective to work in a career in environmental science. Last year, she participated in an ecology summer program in Switzerland, completed a service trip to […]

Vietnam wall replica to visit Ventura

Structure a scale model of one in D.C.

Upon seeing his childhood friend’s name among the 58,318 inscribed on the Moving Wall, Vietnam veteran Ron Fitzgarrald “lost it,” he said. “He was killed in June of 1969. A month later and he would’ve turned 20,” the Ventura resident said. Fitzgarrald, 68, served on a Navy landing vessel in Da Nang, Vietnam in 1969 and 1970, but it wasn’t […]

Picnic celebrates Cancer Survivor’s Day


A jazzy benefit American saxophonist Kenny G will play at a Smooth Jazz Fest fundraiser from 6 to 9 p.m. Fri., June 22 at Viewpoint School’s Carlson Family Theater, 23620 Mulholland Hwy., Calabasas. All funds will support Loving Home Hospice for Children, an organization providing inpatient, home care and palliative care for children with life-threatening and terminal illnesses. In addition […]

A simple, powerful prayer suitable for any circumstance

Roots of Faith

One day, a disciple of Jesus’ said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray” (Luke 11.1b NABRE). This seems an odd request, as the disciple would have been versed in the Psalms and the traditional prayers of the Israelites. But we often ask the same question. We know the Lord’s Prayer and table graces, but in times of need we […]

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