Seniors sit-in for Our Lives in Thousand Oaks

Approximately 50 senior residents at The Reserve at Thousand Oaks held a sit-in to participate with the national March for Our Lives event on Saturday, March 24. The demonstration focused on gun control after 17 students were shot at a high school in Parkland, Florida, in February. Residents Eve, 86, and Sally Kinsell, 89, organized the sit-in.

Spelling Bee champion crowned after 28 rounds in Camarillo

March 15, 2018 – Thousand Oaks, California – during the at in Thousand Oaks, California, U.S., on Thursday, Mar. 15, 2018. Photographer: TROY HARVEY © 2018

How do you spell exhausting? Ask the two SAGE Ventura County Spelling Bee finalists who competed head-to-head in 29 rounds of hardcore spelling action that began on March 3 and ended on a second match held on March 15. Rising from the dust at the California State University Grand Salon and crowned 2018 champion was Rahul Naveen, an eighth grade student at Medea Creek Middle School in Oak Park. Naveen will represent Ventura County, his school and SAGE Publishing at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., in May. The winning word? “EFFERVESCENCE.” Dhilan Patel, an eighth-grader from Mesa Elementary in Ventura, took second place; fourth-grader Jessela Tatad of Rio Del Mar Elementary in Oxnard took third place; and Walker Stafford, a sixth-grader at Ojai Valley School, received an honorable mention. For more information on SAGE, visit