Ventura takes the crown in county beauty pageant

Simi Valley resident is runner-up

Marley Gordon of Ventura was named Miss Greater Ventura County 2008 during the recent Miss Greater Ventura County USA Pageant. Liz Anderson, also of Ventura, was named Miss Greater Ventura County Teen USA 2008. The pageant took place at Pacifica High School in Oxnard. 29 young women participated. Miss California Teen USA Taylor Atkins and Miss Greater Ventura County and […]

What’s new on DVD for the month of July

Film and television author Randy Williams reviews the latest movies, TV shows, documentaries and music programs available online and at retail stores. Jungle Book 2: Special Edition (Disney)- The sequel to one of Disney’s most beloved pictures features Jungle boy Mowgli (Haley Joel Osment) deciding to forsake civilized village life for the “bare necessities” of the wild with his old […]

Eagles tribute concert offered

The Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District presents a free outdoor concert with Hotel California, an Eagles tribute band, at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 19 at Rancho Simi Community Park, 1765 Royal Ave., Simi Valley. Guests may bring a blanket or low chair for lawn seating. The event is part of the summer Music in the Park series. For more […]

“Journey to the Center of the Earth (3-D)”

Directed by: Eric Brevig Cast: Brendan Fraser, Josh Hutcherson, Anita Briem Rated: PG (for some intense action moments) Running time: 92 minutes Best suited for: the arcade/ video game set Least suited for: Jules Verne fans and serious action/ adventure fans “Journey to the Center of the Earth (3-D)” is less genuine cinematic effort than awesome theme park ride (and […]

County fair entries accepted this weekend

The Ventura County Fair Entry Weekend will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, July 18 to Sunday, July 20 at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. Departments accepting entries include amateur fine arts; hobbies, models and collections; arts and crafts; clothing and textiles; preserved foods; professional arts; Uncle Leo’s Barn Ag Contest and Youth Expo and 4-H/Grange. Trophies, ribbons […]

Versatile avocado tickles the taste buds

Recently at the Thousand Oaks farmers market I talked to vendor Frank Wells, who was manning the Westfield Farms stand. Westfield Farms has been in operation since 1992, and Wells has been running the farm since 1996. Westfield Farms specializes in avocados, growing more than 20 varieties including the Fuerte and the Pinkerton, but their mainstay is the Hass avocado. […]

Research your genes

The Ventura County Genealogical Society will meet at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 19 at the LDS Family History Center, 3501 Loma Vista Road, Ventura. The guest speaker is Lisa Schumacher who will discuss “Organizing your genealogy on your computer.” She has 30 years of experience in the computer field and is a selfemployed technical support consultant. Her interest is in […]


On July 9, a 20-year-old woman was arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon on the 2000 block of Plato Court. On the 2600 block of E. Cochran Street, an 18-year-old man was arrested July 10 and charged with robbery. A 30-year-old man was arrested July 10 and charged with burglary on the 2800 block of E. Cochran […]

Father Shea begins tenure at St. Rose

Saint Rose of Lima parishioners welcomed their new pastor, Father Joseph Shea to their parish Sunday, July 6. He came from Holy Family Parish in Glendale where he served as pastor for 13 years. Shea replaces Father Carcenaro, the previous pastor of St. Rose, who has been named the pastor of the San Buenaventura Mission. Shea almost came to St. […]

Lighthouse church hosts ‘One Life’ outreach concert

Christian Fellowship Church will host a One Life outreach concert at 7 p.m. Friday, July 25 at Lighthouse Bible Church, 4910 Cochran St., Simi Valley. Special guests include Parking Lot Conversations and Daryl Ogalino. There is no charge to attend. For information, call John Canovas at (805) 3902832 or email junusuketakato@yahool .com or go online to www.cfcsimivalley.com.