CMH program seeks to help patients breathe easier

In December 2017, the N-45 face mask became the most popular fashion accessory in Ventura County. Now, Community Memorial Hospital is highlighting the importance of “breathing easy” with its pulmonary rehabilitation program, Breathing Easy, a six-week program for people with chronic breathing problems.

People with chronic lung disease suffering from a shortness of breath but wanting to be able to do more are “good candidates” for the workshop, says the hospital.

Juanita Trine, CMHS Pulmonary Rehabilitation Coordinator, said that participants in the program have told her of the improvements in their daily lives from having taken part.
“Time and time again, people tell me that they are experiencing less shortness of breath while doing things in their everyday lives like going shopping, walking, showering and doing tasks around the house,” said Trine.

A wide range of topics are covered during the course, which meets twice a week for two hours at a time. Anatomy, bronchial hygiene, medications, nutritional education, breathing retraining, stress reduction and relaxation are covered during the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation-certified course.

For more information and to see if you are eligible, call 652-5346.

County farmers markets off to slow start

Farmers market shoppers, be aware: The spring season is off to a late start. Thanks in part to cooler weather, farmers who typically set up shop at the many Ventura County certified farmers markets may have short supply of produce.

According to the Ventura County Certified Farmers’ Market Association, several market regulars are experiencing delays in regular produce season.

“I expect our fruit season to start a little later this year because of the cooler weather and run later as well, predicting mid- to late September,” said Gregory Mizuno of Mizuno Farms.

There is good news, however. Two new vendors will be taking part in the Saturday and Thursday markets, including Vida Natural Baking Company offering “Brazilian cheesy snack-size bread” and Caroline’s Marmalade, serving French-inspired recipes.

Ventura County Certified Farmers’ Market Association has two farmers markets in Ventura, Wednesdays at the Pacific View Mall from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Saturdays in Downtown Ventura from 8:30 a.m. to noon. The Thousand Oaks Farmers’ Market is held Thursdays at The Oaks Shopping Center, 1:30 to 6 p.m.

Moorpark seeks councilors for Agency on Aging, Library Board, Teen Council

It’s a free-for-all in Moorpark where the city is seeking applicants to sit on various boards as vacancies need to be filled.

The Area Agency on Aging Advisory Council is in need of applicants to serve a two-year term beginning on July 1, 2018. Applicants must be 60 years of age or older, reside within the city of Moorpark and be registered to vote. The agency’s primary function is “planning and coordinating senior-citizen programs and the administration of all Older Americans Act funds.”

The Library Board is looking to fill one vacancy for a term that ends in 2021. Applicants must be Moorpark residents, registered to vote in Moorpark,and, preferably but not required, “have a special knowledge of libraries, library programs or related subjects.”

Finally, the city is seeking interested persons to submit applications for appointment to the Teen Council’s one-year term. The positions are open to Moorpark teens entering seventh to 12th grades in the fall. The council will “meet monthly (beginning in September 2018), and will assist the Recreation Supervisor with planning and implementing teen programs.”

For information on any of these vacancies and to apply, visit

Earthquake rattles county

A magnitude 5.3 earthquake shook much of Ventura County on Thursday, April 5, at approximately 12:29 p.m. Residents across the county reported feeling the quake, which was centered 38 miles to the south of Ventura, 17 miles off of the coast of Santa Cruz Island.

No Tsunami warning was issued for the quake, according to the National Weather Service, as framed photos of loved ones were casually straightened.