Diane Paradise

On December 9th, 2019, Our Loving Sister and Mother, Diane Bruner Paradise, returned to her Father in Heaven. Her cherished daughter, Marina Salas, was there to help her join her parents, Franklin and Nannette Bruner. Diane was born on September 19th, 1945 in Cameron, TX and grew up in L.A. County. She earned her B.A. in Psychology and was very […]

Birds of different feathers flock together

On the Trail

All through December and into the early new year the backyard patio of my new home was very quiet. Where were the birds? Things began to change this month in my Conejo Valley neighborhood when a grove of gangly privets in the corner of my patio came to the attention of sparrows. The privets produce bushels of berries after flowering, […]

Library foundation’s newest board members

Retired Ventura County Supervisor Kathy Long will lead the Ventura County Library Foundation board into 2020 as the newly installed chair, replacing Sandy Berg, who served for two years. Also at the Jan. 8 meeting, five new board members joined the foundation. Colleen Robertson, Somis School District superintendent, and Beth Kauffman, retired LAUSD associate superintendent of special education, bring decades […]

In search of good surf

Her black curls still dripping from a morning surf session, Natasha Smith zipped up her wetsuit and grabbed her board, preparing to paddle back out to the cluster of surfers bobbing up and down on the winter swells. The 30-year-old was at Surfer’s Point in Ventura. She travels up and down the coast between Ventura and San Clemente in a […]

A valley hike that really rocks

Dramatic rock formations border both sides of the 118 Freeway between Simi Valley and Chatsworth, and hikers can step into the prehistoric scenery from a trailhead at Rocky Peak. Like a scene out of Bedrock (the town where “Flintstones” characters lived), sandstone boulders and rocky escarpments dot the landscape in Rocky Peak Park, a 4,800-acre sprawl in the Santa Susana […]

House of Hope offers classes on caring

Doulas address end-of-life issues

Our Community House of Hope’s new HOPE End-of-Life Doula Training Course will be offered as a means to help reopen the doors for the care of the dying in Ventura County. The first class of HOPE Endof Life Doulas graduated in October 2019. The next class will begin in March and take place in Los Robles hospital’s classroom 2, 215 […]

When planning to travel, also plan to ask a lot of questions

Flying Squirrel

One year from now, I’ll celebrate a milestone birthday with a big trip. Better start planning now. I’m not necessarily someone who needs a year to plan a trip. But given that I know this milestone event will arrive no matter what, why not start planning? For context, I want to travel to Paris for my big birthday. How do […]


Craft items for sale Conejo Valley Quilters will host “Trash to Treasures” Mon., Feb. 17 at Ascension Lutheran Church, Pederson Hall, 1600 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. Crafters, sewists and quilters can purchase fabrics, notions and specialty items. Items will be priced to sell first come, first served. Items made by club members will be available at deeply discounted prices. […]

Love that stands the test of time

It’s Valentine’s Day every day for these local couples

‘Very much in love’ Love came alive this week at Meadowbrook Senior Living in Agoura Hills, the home of David and Maria Stiles, who have been married for 64 years. “I was working in a restaurant and he had an eye out for me,” said Maria, an 84-year-old from Germany. “We were just attracted to each other and he was […]

Happy Valentine’s Day

This year we asked readers to share their Romantic Selfies taken with significant others. Along with the photos are the love messages they also wanted to share . . .