As fire burns, heroes emerge

Community rallies around victims of mass shooting, destructivefire

Las Vegas. Sutherland Springs. Parkland. Orlando. Thousand Oaks has taken its place among these and dozens of cities whose names will forever be associated with gun violence. But its shown itself to be a community that takes care of its own when they’re hurting most. Since 12 innocent people were slain Nov. 7 at Borderline Bar and Grill, over $771,000 […]

Communities of worship respond to twin tragedies of past week

As terrified family members made their way to the Thousand Oaks Teen Center last Thursday to learn if their loved ones had survived the worst mass shooting in the city’s history, Rob McCoy was there to wait with them. The Godspeak Calvary Chapel pastor and Thousand Oaks City Council member was one of several faith leaders available to Borderline victims’ […]

Santa Paws is coming to town

The Humane Society of Ventura County’s annual holiday photo shoot will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sun., Dec. 2 at the shelter in Ojai, 402 Bryant St. Adults, children and pets can pose in photos with or without Santa. The shelter will have festive costumes available to dress up pets. Pocket pets, reptiles, rabbits and birds are […]

A chance to help local foster kids in need

Resource parents are needed

More than 800 Ventura County children, from newborns to teens, are in foster care. They need nurturing resource families to help them thrive while separated from their families of origin. Youths come to Foster VC Kids when they have been exposed to neglect, domestic violence, parental illness such as mental health or drug/alcohol abuse that affects the child’s safety. Children […]

A roaring time at Boys & Girls Clubs gala

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley held a successful Stand up for Kids Gala Dinner and Auction, the organization’s major fundraiser of the year, on Oct. 20 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Westlake Village. The annual event highlighted the impact of the nine clubs that serve over 4,000 youth and their families in the community, and […]

Opera talk on ‘Hansel and Gretel’

The Friends of Platt Library will host a LA Opera Talk on at 6:15 p.m. Tues., Dec. 11 at the Platt Library, 23600 Victory Blvd., Woodland Hills. A representative of the LA Opera will discuss the upcoming performances of Engelbert Humperdinck’s “Hansel and Gretel.” The beloved fairy tale comes to the operatic stage with 12-foot-high creatures, fantastical sets and elaborate […]

Animals abound in art show

Museum has event at new location

Some five decades after the Jungleland animal park closed in Thousand Oaks, a new menagerie has moved in. Penguins, elephants, turtles and rabbits—even a swan inspired by a Jungleland boat ride—are part of a new exhibit at the California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks, which has migrated from a spot near Civic Arts Plaza to its new home at The […]

These kids make beautiful music

SWEET PERFORMANCE— Above, Lubin Hill Elementary School’s second grade chorus sings Nov. 7 in front of Peachwave Frozen Yogurt at Las Virgenes Village in Calabasas. At right, 9-year-olds Paige Dobkousky and Sydney Tiaro, both of Calabasas, keep time with Lubin Hill’s Fabulous Fiddlers.

Healthy computers

Other Side of 50

Recently my husband attended a tax conference in San Diego. He came home with a complimentary backpack filled with “swag” that included a journal, highlighters, pens and logo’d Post-It Notes. Also inside the backpack was a webcam cover. This was a new one to me. My husband routinely has a piece of tape over his laptop camera, but I assumed […]

Beastly fire affects critters large and small