2020-12-31

VICTOR LEPISTO

On December 28, 2020, Vic Lepisto, loving husband, father of three children, and grandfather of eight, passed away at the age of 75. Vic was born on June 29, 1945, in Los Angeles to Carl and Lorraine Lepisto. Their family, including two brothers and a sister, lived in La Canada. Vic attended John Muir High School in Pasadena where he […]

A new vocal group takes flight

Seraphour quartet aims to send spirits soaring


In the spirit of the phoenix, the ancient bird of Greek folklore that rises from the ashes of its predecessor, a new singing group has emerged from the cultural void wrought by the coronavirus. Seraphour is the brainchild of singer Heidi Valencia Vass, a voice teacher at Cal Lutheran University and music director at La Reina High School in Thousand […]

2020: Year of the pandemic

Spreading joy, not the coronavirus

First responders, schools and seniors receive masks


Having watched the coronavirus ravage her hometown of Wuhan, China, Hui Pan knew that she needed to do something in Ventura County to help keep first responders safe when COVID-19 reached the United States Pan said Wuhan wasn’t prepared to stop COVID’s rapid spread when the virus took hold there in December 2019. The city’s doctors and nurses didn’t have […]

Yerba Buena families give and get books

The Yerba Buena Elementary School PFA and school families recently took part in a Give Back Initiative that supports YB families for the holidays. This year, the school partnered with an organization called Access Books Los Angeles, which provides quality books to public school and community libraries where the majority of students live at or below the poverty line. Since […]

College Standouts

Katherine Gaspar and Arielle Markowicz from Oak Park earned dean’s list honors for the fall 2020 semester at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn. William Cutler of Agoura Hills earned fall 2020 dean’s list honors at Northeastern University in Boston, Mass. Katie Coates of Agoura Hills, Alexa Weisbond of Calabasas, and Christopher Weiner of Oak Park made the fall 2020 honor […]

Nursing class

Cal State Channel Islands launched its inaugural class of graduate students in the Master of Science in Nursing program. The 31 students can choose between two concentrations: nurse educator and family nurse practitioner. All courses, with the exception of those requiring hands-on learning, are available online in eight-week sessions.

Remembering individuals without homes

For the first time in 14 years, the interfaith community will not hold a memorial service at which those who died without a home in Ventura County in the past year are remembered by name. The Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura coordinates the memorial, a service traditionally held as close as possible to the winter solstice, the longest night, in […]

Uphill from here

YEAR IN REVIEW /// The “best” of 2020


The year 2020 has been less pleasant than bathing in hot dog water with a vampiric crocodile who yammers all night about a toothache. It’s almost over, thank goodness, but everyone will feel a little gross and unsettled for a while. The COVID-19 pandemic spoiled sports seasons for spring and fall high school athletes, time they’ll never get back. Many […]

New senior living community graces Westlake

Includes resort-style amenities such as a spa, art studio, theater

This brand-new senior living community in the village-like environment of Westlake is safe, healthy and state-of-the-art. Varenita is in a natural environment surrounded by foothills and close to award-winning neighborhoods and businesses, In this creative and cutting edge community, seniors can explore the next chapter of their life. Varenita offers a stimulating and social lifestyle that helps seniors maintain their […]