The Healing Power of Martial Arts

Jamie Smith had a mild stroke 14 months ago at age 50. Smith decided to be kinder to himself. He stopped drinking alcohol, quit eating red meat and dairy and started drinking a gallon of water a day. Smith also opened a taekwondo school in Simi Valley’s Wood Ranch Shopping Center and wrote a book about his healing and losing […]

Medicare services can help you stay healthy

COMMENTARY /// Medicare

At its most basic, preventive healthcare means living a healthy lifestyle. Eat a balanced diet. Exercise regularly. Maintain a healthy weight. And stop smoking. Like anyone else, people with Medicare can benefit from healthy living habits as it covers a wide variety of shots and numerous tests to help detect diseases early, when they’re in their most treatable stages. You […]

Students, there is a better way

Like so many other people, the college admissions scandal has infuriated me on so many levels. As the college advisor at Calabasas High School for over a decade, I try to remind parents and students that there are over 2,000 degree-granting, four-year institutions in the United States. The average 11th-grader can probably name about 10, all “brand-name” colleges. Just this […]


THURS., MARCH 21 Simi Valley Art Association 6 p.m. at Rancho Simi Rec and Park District Activity Center, 4201 Guardian St., Simi Valley. Demo by animator Pete Michels, supervising producer at Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, Burbank, and director for Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim show. Admission: $5 SVAA members, $7 nonmembers. Web: simivalleyart.org. Ventura County Rose Society 6:30 p.m. doors open and […]

Radfar Specializes in Seniors

Dr. Dar Radfar of 805 Dentistry is now a Medicare provider for certain dental procedures. His passion for helping patients over the age of 65 stems from his work within the Ventura county community in treating sleep apnea and snoring. He has treated hundreds of Medicare patients for sleep apnea. When Medicare approved his office for certain dental procedures to […]

Ride for the Red along scenic routes

The American Red Cross will hold the fourth annual “Operation: Ride for the Red” bicycle event on Sat., May 18. The ride will start and finish at the American Red Cross headquarters, 836 Calle Plano, Camarillo. Registration opens at 6 a.m. on race day. There will be three supported rides through Ventura County: Century: 100-mile ride starts at 6:30 a.m. […]

Shouldn’t stop the executions

Now that the governor has stopped executions, can he please stop murders from happening? Oh, and what about the victims and those who were murdered— what will he do for them? Richard RobinsonCalabasas

Director returns to helm musical

PLAY PREVIEW /// ‘Matilda: the Musical’

A familiar face from the not-too-distant past has returned. 5-Star Theatricals welcomes back Lewis Wilkenfeld, who was the company’s artistic director back when it was known as Cabrillo Music Theater. From 2005 to 2016, Wilkenfeld led the troupe during some of its most rewarding as well as challenging years as the Conejo Valley’s resident professional theater company. Wilkenfeld was asked […]

Agoura High students win Spotlight semis

The Music Center recently named 110 Southern California high school students as semifinalists in its 31st annual Spotlight program, a free scholarship and arts training program for teens. The local semifinalists are: Benjamin Conn, jazz instrumental, and Jackson Lewis, acting, both of Agoura Hills and Agoura High School students. The program provides students the opportunity to acquire the skills they […]


Free program on dementia Senior Concerns will present a community seminar titled “Understanding Dementia: Signs, Symptoms and Treatment” from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Tues., March 26 at Senior Concerns, 401 Hodencamp Road, Thousand Oaks. The seminar, led by James Sutton, M.D., medical director of the Pacific Neuroscience Medical Group, will help attendees learn how to recognize the symptoms of dementia; […]