Author: Alicia Doyle

ENDING THE SHAME | Mothers of the Baby Scoop Era open up about giving up their babies

When Dale Ann Roy got pregnant as a high school senior in the late 1960s, she was immediately shipped off to a secret home for unwed mothers, where she was forced to give up her son as soon as she gave birth at age 19. “This was 1969 — the word sex couldn’t even be said in public,” recalled Roy, 67, of Simi Valley. “Being an unwed mother was a scourge to society, and even your parents thought this was the worst thing you could ever do.” Roy is among an estimated 2.5 million women in the United States...

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ONE HUNDRED SEVENTEEN YEARS AT THE OJAI | One-of-a-kind tennis tournament returns

Marcos Giron was 14 years old when he first competed in the Ojai Valley Tennis Tournament in 2008. And although he didn’t win that year, he later went on to win future tournaments in Ojai, which paved his way to winning the singles title at the NCAA Division I Men’s Tennis Championship for UCLA in 2014. “Being 14 years old, I didn’t realize how big this event really was; I figured, I’m just gonna go and do as well as I can,” recalled Giron, 23, a resident of Thousand Oaks who has played tennis competitively since the age of...

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SADDLE UP | Rancho Camulos celebrates the Cowboy Festival with Jon Chandler

A seventh-generation Coloradan, Jon Chandler’s passion for music sparked at an early age while listening to The Beatles, Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan. “Music is something I’ve always wanted to do for as long as I can remember,” recalled Chandler, 65, a multiple award-winner who lives in Denver. “I just always wanted to be a musician.” He was particularly inspired by his late great-grandfather, Morgan Patterson, who was considered a legendary figure in Colorado. Patterson was a coal miner, bear hunter and a friend of Buffalo Bill — and a talented fiddler who performed all over southern Colorado. “When...

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A CENTURY OF LIFE SAVING | Red Cross of Ventura County meets demand for those in crises

The American Red Cross – an iconic symbol recognized around the world as a sign of help and humanity – is celebrating its 100th year in Ventura County. The majority of Americans, however, are only familiar with a portion of the tremendous work of this nonprofit organization. “Most people think they know what we do, like hosting blood drives and responding to major natural disasters, but there’s so much more to this incredible organization,” said Kimberly Coley, executive director of the American Red Cross of Ventura County. The international organization has existed for more than 150 years and was...

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A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN | Oxnard girls softball league celebrates 50 years of rich generational history

What began in 1967 as an after-school program, the Mermaids Girls Softball League is now celebrating its 50th year as the only slow-pitch league of its kind in Southern California for girls ages 4 to 17. “There are no actual slow-pitch leagues or offerings at the high school, college or professional level — that’s what makes us unique,” said Lilly Guerra of Oxnard, a parent volunteer with the league whose husband, Joe, is president of the executive board. “Not every girl wants to play competitive fast-pitch softball,” Joe Guerra said. “Many of our girls just want to do something,...

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UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS

  1. Toastmasters Public Speaking “Speechcraft Workshop”

    February 6 @ 7:00 pm - May 22 @ 8:45 pm
  2. Scandinavian Festival

    April 1 @ 10:00 am - June 2 @ 5:00 pm
  3. Hamlet, Disco Dane of Denmark

    April 21 @ 8:00 pm - June 30 @ 10:00 pm
  4. “Higher Ground- the Paintings of Linda Harmon”

    May 5 @ 8:00 am - May 31 @ 5:00 pm
  5. GARDEN OF INNOCENCE BY THE SEA | Memorial service for Baby Pamela Sarah

    May 13 @ 10:00 am - May 22 @ 5:00 pm