Conference covers a variety of health topics

The theme is ‘What If?’

Community Memorial Health System will host free sessions of the live simulcast of “TEDMED Live 2016,” an annual conference focusing on health and medicine, from a.m. to 8 p.m. Thurs., Dec. 1 at the Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main St., Ventura. The theme is “What If?” The sessions will be as follows: •“Fringe” from 8 to 10 a.m. […]

Academic Olympics is now annual

The Camarillo Academic Olympics Oversight Board announced that the CAO will take place every year instead of every other year, starting with the SuperQuiz testing next March. Fourth- through eighth-graders in the Camarillo/Somis area will have a chance to win a gold, silver or bronze medal in art, creative writing, current events, grammar, geography, history, math and speech. Any adults […]

Remodeled art building, new gallery complete

Grand opening next month

The Ventura College art department will host a grand opening of its remodeled Studio Arts building and newly constructed New Media Gallery from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thurs., Dec. 1 at 4667 Telegraph Road, Ventura. Opening ceremonies will take place across from the New Media Gallery, followed by studio class demonstrations, faculty and student displays, and a closing reception with […]

Deputies play Santa at toy drive

Sheriff’s office accepting donations

The annual Share-iff’s Toy Drive aims to put smiles on the faces of children who otherwise would have nothing to smile about this Christmas. Now in its 31st year, the toy drive is organized by the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office. Some of the 150 or so children who receive new toys are referred to the program by the county’s Child […]


FRI., NOV. 18 Simi Valley-Moorpark Republican Women 11:30 a.m. at Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 E. Los Angeles Ave. Speakers are Mary Leste and Shelley Chilton of Tender Loving Care, nursing and hospice care provider. Luncheon cost: $20 members, $25 guests. Phone: 805.630.7676. Email: charnchrg25@icloud.com. Web: simivalleymoorparkrepublicanwomen.comDocument Shredding Event 1 to 4 p.m. in front parking lot of Simi […]

Colorful and pleasing ‘Shrek Jr.’ offers message of acceptance

Storyline simplified to be more kid-friendly

Play Review /// Young Artists Ensemble There are many so-called “junior” productions of Broadway shows licensed for use by community and youth groups, all of which are meant to introduce younger audiences to musical theater without subjecting them to lengthy productions with often complex storylines. The junior version of “Shrek” is one that works well, especially with fidgety youngsters. It’s […]

Lions Club keeps its eyes on its goal to provide glasses to kids in need

Organization bought two devices to detect lazy eye and has provided exams for children countywide

Rich Cervantes started out with a simple idea. “If kids can’t see, they can’t learn,” said the 17-year member and past president of Camarillo- Somis Pleasant Valley Lions Club. With that in mind, Cervantes, 70, of Camarillo, started two years ago to organize fellow Lions Club members in an effort to get local schoolchildren screened for amblyopia, a condition that […]

Horrors of Treblinka sparked priest’s spiritual journey

Book planted seeds of commitment in Mullen’s life

The Rev. Patrick Mullen of Padre Serra Parish was a sophomore at a Catholic high school in Glendale when he read a book that changed his world view and ultimately helped lead him to become a priest. In 1975, Mullen came upon Jean-Francois Steiner’s book “Treblinka” in his school library. He read it in a single sitting. The French author […]


Jewish roots traced The Men and Women’s Club of Temple Ner Ami will present a program on Jewish genealogy at 7 p.m. Thurs., Dec. 8 in the sanctuary at 515 Temple Ave., Camarillo. Jan Meisels Allen, president of the Jewish Genealogical Society of the Conejo Valley, will discuss the topic “Finding Your Roots.” Although the program is free and all […]

This year’s holiday feast won’t cost a wing and a leg

Lower prices for poultry, produce give families a break

Good news for gobblers. A complete Thanksgiving dinner for 10 with all the trimmings will cost a little less this year, according to the American Farm Bureau’s annual tally. “The average cost of Thanksgiving dinner we will be reporting for 2016 is $49.87, a 24 percent decrease from last year’s average of $50.11,” Kari Barbic, an American Farm Bureau Federation […]