Traveling blues festival makes home in Camarillo

12th annual event returns April 29

The Ventura County Blues Festival is once again making itself at home in Camarillo. Now in its 12th year, the fest returns later this month to the grounds of Studio Channel Islands, an arts center in Old Town Camarillo not far from the city’s restaurant row on Ventura Boulevard and the 101 Freeway. The site once belonged to Camarillo’s first […]

Raptors on display during open house

The Ojai Raptor Center will present its annual spring open house from noon to 4 p.m. Sun., April 9 at 370 Baldwin Road, Ojai. The nonprofit rehabilitates and releases of birds of prey and other wildlife, and provides educational programs to teach communities about wildlife and sharing the environment. At the event, attendees can see non-releasable raptors, and tour the […]

Story of triumph intrigues bishop

LDS leader inspired by children’s science-fiction series

Bishop Tom Conant is drawn to stories that depict characters striving to do the right thing despite overwhelming odds. Two of his favorites are “Ender’s Game” and “Ender’s Shadow,” science-fiction novels by Orson Scott Card. “The decisions (the characters) make and the challenges that they overcome make the story interesting for me,” said Conant, a member of the Thousand Oaks […]

T.O. temple opens Passover Seders to public

In celebration of Passover, Temple Adat Elohim, a Reform congregation, will host a series of Seders and events for members and for the community. All Seders will be in the temple social hall, 2420 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. Each Seder meal will be provided by Cielo Catering. TAE’s annual Community Seder will start at 5:30 p.m. on the second […]

A new meaning of life after death

Mom explores reincarnation after son recalls life as famous ballplayer

Christian Haupt is 8 years old. Like many kids his age, he plays sports, loves video games and wears a giant smile. He’s an extremely gifted baseball player, excelling as a shortstop and pitcher for Simi Youth Baseball. But what really sets Christian apart, according to his mother, Cathy Byrd, is that he has memories of being baseball legend Lou […]

Nonprofit group cares for unwanted and neglected horses

When Deborah Greene-Dellvon’s beloved horse Copper was injured and fell ill in 2009, she searched desperately for a place that could give him the care he needed. At the time, Greene-Dellvon and her husband, Robert, were living in Virginia, where Robert was based at U.S. Naval Station Norfolk. Copper’s injuries prevented him from climbing a steep hill at the couple’s […]


Take a garden tourThe Simi Valley/Moorpark Republican Women Federated will present its 18th annual Simi Valley Garden Tour from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sun., May 7 at six private local homes. The tour is a self-guided stroll through flowers, plants and landscapes, which participants can view at their own pace and in any order. Each garden offers something special, […]

Off-color Marines romp in an off-Broadway musical

PLAY REVIEW ‘Dogfight’

Three Marines, about to be shipped overseas to an uncertain war, have a day to themselves at a big city port and decide to seek female companionship. Given the premise, musical theater fans might immediately think the show in question is “On the Town.” But the storyline also applies to “Dogfight,” a darkly beautiful twist on the idea that shows […]


FRI., APRIL 7 Newcomers-Encore Club Of Conejo Valley 9:45 a.m. at The Oaks mall, outside food court, Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. Chat with members, learn about activities including April fashion show. Contact: Bonnie. Phone: 805.374.2815.SAT., APRIL 8 Community Rummage Sale 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Camarillo Community Center parking lot, 1605 E. Burnley St., Camarillo. Residents sell their secondhand […]

Bring the noise

BIG HITTER—Leana Venegas and the Moorpark High softball team return to the diamond at 3:30 p.m. Tues., April 11 at home against Coastal Canyon League rival Royal.