Looking back at 2020 from Staff Photographer Michael Coons

Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

  • A gopher tries to escape from a crow near Westlake Elementary School April 8 in Westlake Village. The gopher was able to escape into their hole in the ground.

  • Annabel Mitchell, 5, of Agoura slides down a snow-covered hill during the 10th annual Coats for Casa Pacifica charity event at Three Springs Park Jan. 11 in Westlake Village.

  • Moorparkís Cate Daland, right, attempts to steal the ball away from Royalís Tessa Crown during a water polo match at Fitness 19 Jan. 15 in Moorpark.

  • Ralph Shirley, left, of Moorpark helps his four-year-old grandson, Fischer McKelvey, across the monkey bars at Peach Hill Park Jan. 18 in Moorpark.

  • Isadora Dickman, 14, left, and her father, John, of Newbury Park dance together during Camarillo YMCAís Winter Wonderland Father Daughter Dance Jan. 25 at the Camarillo Community Center.

  • A Waxing Gibbous moon is seen through tree branches along the Arroyo Las Posas walking trail Feb. 5 in Camarillo.

  • Students from Royal High Schoolís Success Academy watch as crews dump debris out of the sixth-floor window at the old Farmers Insurance building on Cochran Street in Simi Valley on Feb. 7. The building was demolished to make way for a new mixed-use community of residential and commercial uses.

  • A California grey fox investigates Jacob Wong, 8, during an animal wildlife show by Nature of Wildworks at the Westlake Village Civic Center on Feb. 8. The show was part of a series of events last Saturday for the Westlake Village Discovers: Adventure program.

  • Daniel Mercuri, left, Kenneth Jenks, Steve Knight and Mike Garcia, Republican contenders for the 25th congressional district, wait for the debate at the Republican Values Center to begin Feb. 8 in Simi Valley.

  • Stan Shepard, left, of Simi Valley dips Joyce Kopkin of Westlake Village while dancing together during the Valentineís Day Dance at the Camarillo Community Center on Feb. 11. The Pleasant Valley Recreation and Park District organizes the yearly dance.

  • Sophia Basile, 5, left, and Kylee Bianco, 5, dance together during the Sweetheart Family Formal Dance at the Rancho Santa Susana Community Center Feb. 15 in Simi Valley. The Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District organized the event.

  • The Westlake High mock trial team celebrate after advancing to the finals of the Ventura County Mock Trial during the semi-finals Feb. 27 at the Ventura County Government Center.

  • In one of the last sports events in Ventura County for 2020, Rio Mesaís Nicolas de Greef competes in the 4x50 fly relay during the Spartan Relays at Rio Mesa High School March 6 in Oxnard.

  • Amber Kase, 15, heads the ball while playing with friends in the rain on the campus of Oaks Christian School March 12 in Westlake Village.

  • Shoppers line up in the parking lot while waiting to enter Costco March 14 in Simi Valley.

  • Shelves at the Target on Madera Road in Simi Valley have been emptied out in the past week on fears of the Coronavirus.

  • A helicopter takes off from the Camarillo Airport as a backdrop of snow can be seen in the foothills on March 18 in Camarillo.

  • Ed Berg of Wicked Stix and Seasonings in Simi Valley waits for customers at the Simi Valley Farmerís Market on March 20.

  • Storm clouds hang over Moorpark on March 26, 2020.

  • The 118 freeway in Simi Valley during rush hour on March 26, 2020.

  • Playground equipment at Chumash Park in Simi Valley has been covered in yellow caution tape to prevent kids from playing on it.

  • A man walks along the pathway at Port Hueneme Beach Park on April 2. The beach at the park has been closed by officials.

  • A surfer rides a wave at Surferís Knoll April 2 in Ventura.

  • Fifth grade teachers Cindy Spang, left, and Emily DeWitt hold up a large sign as they great parents and students during a Social Distance Curb Parade at Bethany Christian School April 9 in Thousand Oaks.

  • People wait in line at Laura Diamondís Agoura Hills home to receive a free face mask on April 9. Diamond has been making around 30-40 masks per day and handing them out at 3pm each day.

  • Hospital employees watch as officers from the Camarillo Police Department circle the entrance of St. Johnís Pleasant Valley Hospital with their lights and sirens as a salute to health care workers April 14 in Camarillo.

  • Peter Armerding of Thousand Oaks attaches a sign to the side of his vehicle during the Ventura County Drive for Freedom at the Ventura Government Center April 24 in Ventura.

  • A man, who asked to not be identified and who claims to be a medical professional, counter-protests the Ventura County March for Freedom at the Ventura County Government Center in Ventura on May 1.

  • Andrea Horvath, a clinical lab scientist at Los Robles Hospital, participates in a vigil for health care workers on Lynn and Janss Roads May 7 in Thousand Oaks.

  • Poll worker Kalei Pele-Allen cleans the screen of an electronic voting machine between voters during the Special Election for Congressional District 25 at the Simi Valley Library on May 9.

  • An employee places an order on a stool for pickup at the Barnes and Noble in The Commons at Calabasas on May 9.

  • The Air Forceís Thunderbirds demonstration team perform a flyover of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library May 15 in Simi Valley.

  • Sean Smith, bottom, a park ranger with Conejo Open Space Conservation Agency, and Justin LeGrand with Conejo Recreation and Park District put up signs warning visitors that Paradise Falls is closed at Wildwood Park May 30 in Thousand Oaks.

  • Katie Buston, left, and Yoyo Ikenna-Obioha cross Thousand Oaks Boulevard at Westlake Boulevard with other protesters during a rally against police violence May 30 in Thousand Oaks.

  • Family members take video of Noah Harris shaking hands with Principal Matt LaBelle during a graduation ceremony at Adolfo Camarillo High School on June 2.

  • Thousand Oaks Police officers keep an eye on the protest from the Mastroís Steakhouse parking lot on June 2 in Thousand Oaks.

  • Tamaira Kaster of Newbury Park cries as she speaks to a few hundred protesters while kneeling on Thousand Oaks Boulevard in front of Thousand Oaks City Hall on June 2.

  • Simi Valley High Principal Dean May, left, hands a carnation to Hailey BaÒaga during a drive-through graduation ceremony June 5 at Simi Valley High School.

  • A large group of protesters gather in front of Simi Valley City Hall on June 6.

  • Durell Fowlks of Simi Valley and his 4-year-old daughter, Destiny, protest on the on corner of Tapo Canyon Road and Alamo Street June 6 in Simi Valley.

  • Hundreds of people walk along Thousand Oaks Boulevard to Thousand Oaks City Hall for a candlelight march and vigil to remember George Floyd and victims of racial violence on June 9.

  • Comet NEOWISE is seen above the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library July 15 in Simi Valley.

  • A boat traverses the waters at Westlake Lake July 30 in Westlake Village.

  • A C-130 air tanker from Coulson Aviation drops fire retardant on the Shirley fire July 31 in Canoga Park. The fire burned about 35 acres near Box Canyon Road, just north of Woolsey Canyon Road.

  • Chuck Damato of Thousand Oaks receives a hair cut from stylist Carrie St. John in the parking lot at Euodia Salon and Day Spa Aug. 1 in Moorpark.

  • Belen Quezada stacks up boxes of donated fruits and vegetables for residents during Westminster Free Clinicís drive-thru distribution event at United Methodist Church Aug. 12 in Thousand Oaks. Over 400 families were expected to take part in the event. Food, school supplies, dental kits and gift cards were handed out during the event.

  • A very large plume of smoke from the Lake fire is seen from Conejo Creek Park South Aug. 12 in Thousand Oaks. The fire is burning north-east of Castaic Lake.

  • Michelle Hayashida, an English teacher at Calabasas High School, conducts her first class for the school year over video conference on Aug. 19.

  • Taylor Burns of Agoura attaches blue tape to a pickup truck window to show support for law enforcement during the Simi Cops are Tops appreciation parade Aug. 22 in Simi Valley. Participants gathered in the Simi Valley Library parking lot and drove to the police station to show support of law enforcement.

  • Marilynís Mediterranean Kitchen on Los Angeles Avenue in Simi Valley has closed down.

  • Deborah Baber uses a megaphone while campaigning for President Trump during the First Friday MAGA Rally on the corner of Sycamore Drive and Cochran Street Sept. 4 in Simi Valley.

  • The sun sets through a thick layer of smoke on Sept. 8 in Simi Valley.

  • Recreation Leader Andrea Gutierrez lays out kidsí artwork to dry during Before and After School Enrichment Camp at the Arroyo Vista Community Center Sept 15 in Moorpark. Kids created sponge art with the theme of ìfall.î

  • People eat dinner and hang in their vehicles during Street Food Cinemaís drive-in movie night at King Gillette Ranch Sept. 19 in Calabasas. The movie was Jordan Peeleís thriller, ìGet Out.î

  • Smoke from wildfires throughout California create a dramatic sunset Sept. 24 in Moorpark.

  • Motorists and bicyclists flow through the intersection of Triunfo Canyon Road and Saddle Mountain Drive Oct. 2 in Westlake Village. Mark and Jacob Iskander, 11 and 9, were on a walk with their family Sept. 29 when the two boys were hit by a car while they were in a crosswalk at the intersection of Triunfo Canyon Road and Saddle Mountain Drive in Westlake Village. Mark Iskander was pronounced dead at the scene. His brother Jacob was transported to Los Robles Regional Medical Center and died several hours later. The rest of the six-member family escaped injury.

  • Parents and students gather in front of Conejo Valley Unified School District to rally the district to reopen schools Oct. 21 in Thousand Oaks.

  • Wendy Sparks, mother of Borderline victim Noel Sparks, visits the memorial on Nov. 7, 2020 that still stands in front of the shuttered Borderline dance hall where 12 lives were taken by a single gunman on Nov. 7, 2018.

  • A couple walks at Arroyo Vista Community Park at sunset on Nov. 10 in Moorpark.

  • Valor Trembly, 7, left, and Aubrey Litz, 7, eat dinner while waiting for the movie, "Spies in Disguise,î to begin during a drive-in movie night at Conejo Creek Park South Nov. 13 in Thousand Oaks. The Cypress Elementary School PTA organized the event.

  • Dottie, a four-year-old Boxer, poses for a portrait next to a mailbox with her likeness painted on in the Bridle Path neighborhood of Simi Valley on Nov. 14.

  • Trees along Triunfo Canyon Road in Westlake Village have turned bright red, orange and yellow with the fall season on Nov. 19.

  • Michael Carner, left, of Moorpark and his father, Charles, play football at Tierra Rejada Park Nov. 21 in Moorpark.

  • A woman sits near the playground as the sun sets at Rancho Madera Community Park Nov. 24 in Simi Valley.

  • Deb Davila with the Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise hands a Thanksgiving meal to a senior during a drive-through distribution of dinners at the Simi Valley Senior Center on Nov. 25. The Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise organizes the annual event. Restrictions from COVID-19 turned the event into a drive-through with volunteers and local boy scouts packaging and handing out the dinners.

  • Power for homes and streetlights were shut off on Eileen Street in Simi Valley on Dec. 7 for a public safety power shutoff by Southern California Edison.

  • A home on Stonegate Street in Westlake Village is fully decorated with Christmas spirit.

  • Eva Reeder, left, a nurse with Ventura County Public Health, administers the COVID-19 vaccine to Dr. Raj Bhatia, director of the Intensive Care Unit at St. Johnís Regional Medical Center, during a press conference at the Ventura County Public Health office Dec. 16 in Oxnard.

  • Christian Dominguez, 6, left, and his 8-year-old sister, Yamily, pick out their toys with help from Dep. Mason DeMatteo of the Los Angeles County Sheriffís Department during a toy drive at the Yarrow Family YMCA Dec. 17 in Westlake Village. The Southeast Ventura County YMCA and the Lost Hills Sheriffís Station teamed up to give away around 500 toys to 120 students and their siblings of the YMCA's "Find My Genius" program.

  • The planets Jupiter and Saturn as seen from Newbury Park on Dec. 17. The planets appeared to be getting closer together with their conjunction into the ìChristmas starî on Dec. 21.