Campaign honors adult members

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County will celebrate National Mentoring Month in January. The National Mentoring Month campaign will acknowledge the “Bigs” (adult mentors) and the positive impact they make in the lives of their “Littles,” at-risk youths served in the BBSVC programs. For the entire month, “Littles” will take over BBSVC, producing daily social media posts, e-blasts, newsletters, […]

Family-owned restaurant known for fresh and authentic fare

The burrito mojado and the molcajete among customer favorites

Named after the family that has owned and operated it since 1999, Los Arroyos Mexican Restaurant and Take Out offers fresh, homemade fare in Camarillo, Santa Barbara and Montecito. Tony Arroyo came to the U.S. from Mexico when he was 13 years old and worked his way up the restaurant ladder, from cleaning windows and prepping to owning three establishments. […]

Lifetree looks at following one’s dreams

Lifetree Cafe will present a program titled “Follow Your Dreams Even When You Think You Can’t” at 7 p.m. Thurs., Jan. 7 in Proverbs Coffeehouse on the campus of Peace Lutheran Church, 71 Loma Drive, Camarillo. A filmed interview will feature Mandy Harvey, a jazz vocalist whose sudden hearing loss nearly derailed her dream of becoming a professional singer. Snacks […]

Program for returning Catholics

Padre Serra Catholic Church will offer its 10-week “Landings” program, intended to welcome back returning Catholics, on Wednesdays starting at 7 p.m. Jan. 6 at 5205 Upland Road, Camarillo. The program focuses on sharing and exploring faith issues, and offering returning Catholics a supportive community. Trained lay people will guide the meetings For more information, call (805) 482-6417, ext. 341.

Arm of St. Jude to be displayed at Simi Valley church

Parish to hold healing masses in the presence of the relic

Catholics in Ventura County and around Southern California will be celebrating next month when one of the church’s most venerated relics makes a visit to St. Rose of Lima in Simi Valley for three days of healing masses. It will be the first time the arm of St. Jude, which is normally kept in the Dominican Shrine of St. Jude […]

New degree offered through university

To help meet the needs of those who will work in the global environment, Cal State Channel Islands is offering a new bachelor’s degree in global studies. Students who are already enrolled in CSUCI can now declare global studies as their major, but the program won’t officially roll out until fall 2016, and it won’t show up on the CSU […]

Caring for pets helps kids grow

CRITTER TAILS I’ve always loved dogs. After years of saying no to my begging, my parents gave in when I turned 13 and allowed me to adopt a little ball of fluff I named Pierre. I loved that toy poodle more than anything in the world. He was smart, loyal and liked to snuggle, all the qualities I’d later look […]

Senator to speak to club

The Democratic Club of Camarillo will have its next general meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thurs., Jan. 7 at the Orchid Building, 816 Camarillo Springs Road. Guest speaker state Sen. Hannah Beth Jackson will discuss her achievements in the state Senate and provide insights into governance in Sacramento. For more information, visit the website www.democraticclubofcamarillo.com or call (805) 890-0498.

‘Bright and bouncy’ Chipmunk movie lacks fresh ideas

“As long as Alvin is around,” Simon observes at one point, “we’ll always be in trouble.” Three chipmunks making trouble— mixing mayhem, mischief and music—have created this family-friendly franchise: three prior movies that have earned over $1 billion at the worldwide box office. It was inevitable there would be a fourth. If you’ve seen any of the others, you know […]

Standout student honored