Kara Ralston named new CEO of Camarillo Health Care District

Says feedback from community is vital to improving programs

Kara Ralston, the chief operating officer of the Camarillo Health Care District for six years, said the agency is constantly seeking ways it can improve upon the programs and services it provides to the 31,000 clients who pass through its doors each year. “I hold very dear the trust the Ventura County community has in us,” Ralston said. “We are […]

The Acorn’s guide to what’s going on

FRI., JUNE 19 The Street Art Live 7 to 11 p. m. at Whizin Market Square, 28914 Roadside Drive, Agoura Hills. Artists create live street art along atrium. Solo artist show with Eddy Lee upstairs in the Street Art Loft. Free. Phone: 818.707.2000. Email: info@thestreetartloft.com. Web: www.thestreetartloft.com. SAT., JUNE 20 Women’s Health Symposium 7:30 a.m. to noon at Ventura Beach […]

Show features work that embodies America

The Blackboard Gallery at Studio Channel Islands Art Center is having an open call for entries for its “Americana” exhibit taking place July 2 through 24 at 2222 Ventura Blvd., Camarillo. This juried group art exhibit will display works that embody America. Submissions should reflect artists’ personal relationship with America. Cash prizes will be $500 for first place, $200 for […]


Play review ‘Pack of Lies’

Cold War play is a ‘subdued and thoughtful’ drama

The truth hurts in “Pack of Lies,” the latest play by Panic Productions, a community theater troupe based in Thousand Oaks. This 1983 drama by Hugh Whitemore may be unknown to many theatergoers but it is well worth the ticket. Based on a real incident, it’s the story of lies, loyalty and the clash between friends and country. It’s 1960, […]

Minimally invasive surgery maximizes life of injured woman

General manager at Mission Oaks Cafe focused on recovery

Laura Papenfus said some of the regulars at Mission Oaks Cafe often ask her how she is doing and, for the first time in a long time, she can honestly tell them she’s feeling better. The general manager of the Camarillo restaurant and bar underwent a successful spinal surgery four months ago and is feeling stronger every day. “I feel […]

Coppers and Choppers a free family event in Camarillo

Children can explore vehicles

Ventura County residents will have a chance to get up close and personal with the distinctive yellow-and-blue helicopters used by the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office during the second annual Coppers and Choppers event Sat., July 18 at the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office Air Unit hangar at the Camarillo Airport. Sgt. Carl Patterson with the sheriff’s office said the 11 a.m. […]

Endowment benefits university

California Lutheran University has received $2.32 million from the estate of Darlene and Wilbert Carlson to advance programs in ministry, science and education, fields that were important to the family. The Carlsons were Camarillo residents. Darlene died in 2013, and Wilbert died exactly seven months later in 2014. The couple specified how the money is to be used. An amount […]

Check out the summer tunes at Camarillo Library

The Camarillo Public Library started its free Summer Music Series on June 14 at 2 p.m. with a performance by the Ventucky String Band, a local bluegrass quartet. The series will continue at 2 p.m. Sun., July 26 with Kimera, a Latin flamenco band based in Los Angeles that focuses on rumba, flamenco, boleros, Brazilian and Latin jazz. The last […]

Honor student lauded for academic success