THURS., JULY 29 Camarillo Community Band Concert at Community Center Park, Carmen Drive and Burnley Street, Camarillo. Guest conductor John Stava. Bring lawn seating and picnic dinner. Children can “conduct” band with baton. Free. Phone: 805.484.8050 Contact: Dan Rhymes Web: www .camarilloband.com Time: 7:00 p.m. Date: 7/29/2010 FRI., JULY 30 Mexican Cultural Committee Event at Sol del Pacifico restaurant, 613 […]

Bridal Premiere coming to Hyatt Westlake

Show will feature more than 60 exhibitors

Carmen Carter, singer from “Dancing with the Stars,” will be featured at the Hyatt Bridal Premiere, a day of wedding exhibits and fashion shows, on Sun., Aug. 8 at the Hyatt Westlake Plaza, 880 S. Westlake Blvd., Westlake Village. Exhibit hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and fashion shows will be at 12:30 and 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 […]

East County Job Center hosting career workshops

The East County Job and Career Center at 980 Enchanted Way, Simi Valley, will host career workshops in August. Free to job seekers. Space is limited. Preregistration is required. For more information or to enroll in any of the seminars, call (805) 955-2282. •Mon., Aug. 2: Computer Basics for Job Seekers, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Become familiar with Windows […]

Local Stock Update

Quaking aspens

Q: I was camping in Utah last year when the aspen trees were just turning colors. Some groups of trees were yellow and others were still green, and it was a beautiful sight. I want to grow some aspens in my yard but I cannot find any in local nurseries. If I bring potted aspens back from Utah, will they […]

Secret sauce

Nobody’s getting my family’s secret recipe for meat sauce. Nobody. My wife and 7-year-old son walked into the kitchen unannounced while I was making the sauce and I about flipped. “Why are you in here?” I asked. “Close your eyes—don’t look at what I’m doing.” My dad entrusted me with the secret recipe for the Picarella Family Meat Sauce, and […]

The Other Side of 50

How much do your day-to-day choices determine your long-term health and well-being? When it comes to longevity, Sophie, 95, has great genes. Most of her blood relatives have lived well past the age of 80. Now a resident of a local assisted living community, Sophie enjoys brunch, bingo, brain fitness and the occasional bourbon. Sophie learned to drive when she […]

A new visitor center is slated for King Gillette Ranch

The National Park Service has received a multimillion-dollar grant from federal stimulus money to turn a former stable at King Gillette Ranch into public visitor center. A coalition of park agencies acquired the 588-acre ranch at the southeast corner of Mulholland Highway and Malibu Canyon Road in 2005 for $35 million. The Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority manages the property […]

War veterans get assistance in Ventura

Vets get 3 days of help, tomorrow through Aug. 1

Four years ago, Rex Belisle and his wife, April, were addicted to crystal meth and living in bushes behind Wagon Wheel Road in Oxnard. Three of their children had been taken away and adopted by other families. The couple were on the verge of losing their fourth child, Jacob, to adoption. But not long after the Belisles attended the Ventura […]

News Briefs

Slurry seal to be applied to some asphalt streets The City Council recently awarded a construction contract for the annual slurry seal program in various neighborhoods throughout Thousand Oaks to Roy Allen Slurry Seal Inc. The contract for $862,362 will seal cracks and fill voids on asphalt. The procedure should prevent further deterioration and improve and prolong the life of […]