Volunteers break down barriers to learning from home

Donations ensure privacy during Zoom classes

The call for help went out Aug. 21. Making it clear she was asking as a private individual and not as an employee of the school district, Conejo Valley Unified Assistant Superintendent Lisa Miller took to social media seeking volunteers to build frames to drape a sheet over as a way to provide families with privacy during online instruction. The […]

Nonprofit supporting foster youths has a new executive director

Cassie Fernandez, a Kern County native, joined CASA of Ventura County as executive director in August with experience and background in the nonprofit arena. Fernandez will manage the CASA of Ventura County program, which recruits, screens, trains and supports volunteers who advocate in courtrooms and communities for abused and neglected court-dependent children. Before joining CASA, Fernandez served as executive director […]


Madeline Cooley has earned her Gold Award, the highest honor in Girl Scouts. For her Gold Award project, Cooley researched, created and launched an initiative to reduce the time teens spend on their digital devices. Now 18, Cooley completed her project when she was a senior at Westlake High School. “With the help of Healthy Screen Habits, a nonprofit organization, […]

Preparing furry friends for fire season

The fall has commonly been known as fire season in Ventura County, but it should now be expected all year. High heat, low humidity, dry brush and high winds occur with increasing frequency, creating conditions for extreme fire behavior. The Humane Society of Ventura County has learned to be prepared year-round. The society has assisted in the safe evacuation and […]

NPS finds feline baby boom

Five litters of mountain lion cubs have been found in the Simi Hills and Santa Monica Mountains in nearly as many months, marking the first time that park officials have found so many dens in such a short time. The 13 kittens were discovered between May and August during den checks conducted as part of the National Park Service’s mountain […]

Youth talks trash—then picks it up

For an adult, getting involved in civic issues is complicated enough. For a child, the act of community volunteering can be downright intimidating. Oak Park resident William Liu is not one to be deterred. The 11-year-old has been picking up trash in his neighborhood for years and decided it was time to push his community leaders to install trash cans […]

County in need of volunteer poll workers

Corps of older workers unavailable due to pandemic

Mirroring a nationwide trend, Ventura County is facing a shortage of poll workers this election season because many older volunteers are opting to stay home amid the pandemic. In years past, elections officials relied heavily on older workers or retirees who could remain at polling places for more than eight hours a day. During the 2018 election 58% of workers […]

Keeping up the supply

Fueling kids for school

Clinic provides food, dental kits, classroom supplies

CRPD offering range of virtual classes

The Conejo Recreation and Park District will open registration for the fall 2020 session at 9 a.m. Mon., Aug. 24 with in-person classes offered for in-district residents only (residents of Thousand Oaks, Newbury Park and the Ventura County portion of Westlake). Zoom/virtual classes are open to everyone, regardless of where they live. Fall session classes will run from the first […]

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