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Reflections on 20 years in Afghanistan

Reflections on 20 years in Afghanistan

by Chris Bailey

Sign-Ups Underway For Simi YMCAs’ Free “Safety Around Water” Program; Classes Begin Sept. 13

Sign-Ups Underway For Simi YMCAs’ Free “Safety Around Water” Program; Classes Begin Sept. 13

Thousand Oaks, Calif.—The Simi Valley Family YMCA is signing up kids for “Safety Around Water” (SAW). This one-week program will be held September 13 through 17 at the Simi YMCA. SAW is designed to teach children water safety and basic swimming skills. It is offered at no cost to participants and is open to the […]

Announcing An Online Charity Drive In Partnership With St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Announcing An Online Charity Drive In Partnership With St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Join the Coldwell Banker® online charity drive for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. This August, you are invited to join the Coldwell Banker community in supporting the lifesaving mission of St. Jude: Finding cures. Saving children. By donating to St. Jude, you can help ensure that families never receive a bill for treatment, travel, housing […]

Mom Puts Her Kids on a ‘Screen Detox,’ Shares Amazing Results of Its Positive Impact

Mom Puts Her Kids on a ‘Screen Detox,’ Shares Amazing Results of Its Positive Impact

BY DAKSHA DEVNANI In this fast-paced world where technology is at the tips of our fingers, parents are constantly faced with the everyday decision of how much time kids should be spending on smartphones, iPads, and video games. While one mom of five thought she had things under control limiting her kids’ screen time, the results of a […]

We Need You, Dads: The Importance of Fatherhood

We Need You, Dads: The Importance of Fatherhood

BY JEFF MINICK Years ago, my wife and I operated a mail-order company selling books to homeschooling families. During the spring and summer, we also traveled to homeschool book fairs, peddling our wares directly to customers. At these gatherings, I was an occasional speaker, usually instructing parents on the topic of teaching Latin at home. I […]

St. John’s Hospitals are a Family Affair for These Proud Moms

St. John’s Hospitals are a Family Affair for These Proud Moms

On Mother’s Day, proud moms celebrate sharing employment alongside their sons and daughters at Dignity Health St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital (SJPVH) and St. John’s Regional Medical Center (SJRMC).  In the case of SJPVH, registered nurse (RN) Lori Gilbert, her commitment to caring, inspired her two daughters, Jamie Gilbert and Kaycee Seibers, to follow in […]

Film Review: ‘Dolittle’: Doesn’t Just Dolittle, It Does Nothing

Film Review: ‘Dolittle’: Doesn’t Just Dolittle, It Does Nothing

  BY MARK JACKSON, EPOCH TIMES   Hugh Lofting’s stories of Doctor Dolittle have never done well in movie form; 1967’s musical version “Doctor Dolittle,” with Rex Harrison as the titular doc, flopped (although at 7 years old, I personally loved it). And the late ’90s “Dr. Dolittle” that starred Eddie Murphy should never have existed. […]

Free Pictures with Santa at Simi YMCA – Saturday, December 14

Free Pictures with Santa at Simi YMCA – Saturday, December 14

Simi Valley, Calif.—Kids and families can get their picture taken with Santa Claus when he visits the Simi Valley Family YMCA on Saturday, December 14 from 10 a.m. to noon. The pictures will be sent to parents by email. The community is welcome and picture taking is free. Children will be given a treat after […]

Touch A Truck, December 7, 2019, 9:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

Touch A Truck, December 7, 2019, 9:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

The Simi Valley Police Foundation is hosting its annual Touch A Truck & Toy Drive Event on Saturday, December 7, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the City Hall parking lot. Admission to the event is free, but please consider donating a new unwrapped toy for the Salvation Army Toy Drive. This popular […]

Simple Ways to Create Christmas Food Traditions With Kids

Simple Ways to Create Christmas Food Traditions With Kids

BY RACHAEL DYMSKI Soon after my husband and I bought our first house—a major fixer-upper that needed renovations in every room—we found out I was pregnant. I stood in what would become our living room with my feet covered in drywall dust, my hands caked with mudding putty, and I tried to imagine my home at Christmas time: […]

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