St. Paschal Baylon to host casino night

The Men’s Club of St. Paschal Baylon Catholic Church will host a Conejo Poker Challenge and Casino Night fundraiser on Sat., May 19 in the parish hall, 155 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. A no-host bar and casino games—blackjack, craps and roulette— will open at 6:15 p.m. The Texas Hold ’em Poker Tournament Challenge will start at 7 p.m. The […]

Assembly member seeks interns

The office of Assemblymember Jeff Gorell is accepting applications for creative, hardworking interns. The position is open to college and graduate students who are interested in broadening their knowledge of state and local government and exploring a career in public service. Interns in Gorell’s office will learn the inner workings of state government, gain firsthand experience in a district office […]

College Corner

Looking beyond your comfort zone I was at Hendrix College having lunch with a student who was enthusiastically describing the interviews she was conducting for a research project in anthropology. She had a rough transition to college, spending her first few months hiding in her dorm room until one of her professors observed that she looked depressed and invited her […]

Educating youths is key to preventing underage drinking

Communities play an important role in preventing underage drinking. “Nearly 17 percent of young adults in California suffer from alcohol dependence or abuse,” said Michael S. Cunningham, acting director of the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs. “Increasing awareness of the potential dangers of alcohol and how to prevent alcohol abuse is key to reducing this number.” Teens who […]

Presentations highlight student music, art

The Pleasant Valley School District music department and Youth Arts Academy will host events through May to showcase the accomplishments of fourth- to eighth-grade students, in the gym at Monte Vista Middle School, 888 Lantana St., Camarillo, unless indicated otherwise. Bands will perform under the direction of Reese or Trish Copsey, and students in Linda Thayer’s YAA ceramics class will […]

Walnut Elementary School celebrates 50 years

Since opening its doors in Newbury Park in 1961, Walnut Elementary School has been a place where teachers, students and staff feel like family. “People here are so warm and caring,” said third-grade teacher Danielle Staiano. “I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.” At 5:30 p.m. Fri., May 18, the school on Dena Drive will celebrate its 50 years in […]

Runners raise funds for health programs

When the Gist brothers, 7-year-old Ethan and 8-year-old Preston, heard that registration for this year’s Creekside Chase was underway, the Camarillo boys wouldn’t leave their mom alone until she signed them up for the race that raises money for local schools. “The boys love their school and they love running, so what could be better than doing what you love […]

Hands and spirits join together for national day of prayer

A song for mom

Singer’s relationship with mom deepens after diagnosis of rare cancer

Madeleine Dow has what she calls a “motherly sense” about things, especially when it comes to her son, Travis. The intuition has served the 68-year-old Camarillo woman and her son well. It helped the mother of two to realize six years ago that Travis and his exgirlfriend Katie were meant to be together. More importantly, it helped Madeleine realize that […]

Women invited to build homes

In the days leading up to Mother’s Day, construction crews of female volunteers will raise their hammers at Habitat for Humanity construction sites across the country in recognition of National Women Build Week. Habitat will host a Women Build construction event in Ventura County on Sat., May 12 at 271-281 W. Stroube St., Oxnard. All women are invited to participate. […]