Scorpions, Spartans excel at CIF meet

Camarillo boys’ relay teams break school records; Rio Mesa freshman wins two CIF titles

SWIMMING & DIVING /// CIF-Southern Section championships They came. They swam. They conquered. Local prep swimmers fared their best against the best at the CIF-Southern Section Swimming and Diving Championships last week at the Riverside Aquatic Complex. Westlake, the preeminent program in Ventura County, flexed its muscles when the boys’ squad captured sixth place in Division 2 with 148 points. […]


FRI., MAY 19 Simi Valley/Moorpark Republican Women 11:30 a.m. at Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 E. Los Angeles Ave. Two guest speakers: Matt Valenzuela is director of Museum of Military History in Simi Valley Town Center. Buzz Patterson was the military aide carrying the nuclear codes for President Bill Clinton. Luncheon: $20 members, $25 guests. Phone: 805.630.7676. Email: charnchrg25@icloud.com. […]

An enchanting take on ‘Alice’

New version of old classic features fine performances

Children’s literature has always been ripe for theater adaptations. Stage versions based on classic books like “The Wizard of Oz” have proved popular for more than a century. Looming large in this category is Lewis Carroll’s popular “Alice in Wonderland,” which is being presented through Sunday in a lively production by the Young Artists Ensemble at the Hillcrest Center for […]

Greeters needed

The Reagan Library is accepting docent applications for weekday and weekend shifts. The next training class will take place in September. This opportunity is suitable for retirees, working professionals, college students and high school students who are at least 16 years of age and who enjoy history. Docents will greet and engage visitors from all over the world. For more […]


Foundation bestows grants The Livingston Memorial Foundation has presented grants of more than $394,000 to 24 nonprofit organizations that provide assistance to Ventura County residents in health-related fields. The Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association, a nonprofit home health agency which has an office in Thousand Oaks, received the largest grant of $180,000. The Thousand Oaks- and Oak Park-based Westminster Free […]

Gamma Knife Center achieves milestone

Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center recently hit a milestone when its Neuroscience Gamma Knife Center performed the hospital’s 1,500th procedure. Coinciding with this achievement was a visit from U.S. Rep. Julia Brownley to learn more about the tumor-eradicating technology and its benefits. The center is the only one of its kind serving Ventura and Los Angeles counties and along […]

School food policy change sparks debate

Proponents say kids throw away food; opponents argue healthier options are beneficial

Preparing healthy school lunch menus that kids like is a constant trial-and-error process, local food services directors say. Toss in mandatory federal nutrition standards and their job gets even tougher. “It is a little hard to provide food that the kids will like and still hit all the (nutrition standards) they’re asking you to,” said Patrice Parr, food services director […]

Humane Society holds open house

The Humane Society of Ventura County will celebrate its 85th anniversary with an open house from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sat., June 10 at its Ojai shelter, 402 Bryant St. In addition to viewing animals up for adoption, attendees can get a behind-the-scenes look at the shelter, interact with animals, tour the kennels and clinic, meet the staff and […]

Single moms get makeovers

Zoo opens safari camp

America’s Teaching Zoo at Moorpark College is accepting applications for enrollment in the Junior Safari Summer Camp program that runs June 19 through Aug. 4 for children entering grades one through six in the fall. Camp hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., with “early bird” and “night owl” options available. The camp gives children the opportunity to interact with […]