Scholarships available to county high school seniors

High school seniors looking for a source of income to pay for college look no further than the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute, which will award $50,000 in scholarships to worthy students.

The annual program, accepting applications now through Feb. 22, 2019, awards $50,000 for on-campus room and board, tuition and books at the student’s selected college who demonstrate “outstanding leadership, character, communication skills, academic achievement and a commitment to Ventura County.”

“The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation Scholars Program is the oldest initiative under the auspices of our Education department,” said Anthony Pennay, chief learning officer at the Reagan Foundation. “Over two decades, we have helped hundreds achieve their dream of attending college, and we look forward to hundreds more in the decades to come.”

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Thousand Oaks, Camarillo to receive lower water rates

Good news, fans of water in Thousand Oaks, Newbury Park and Camarillo: the California Utilities Commission deemed a proposed water rate increase too high, assuring that the new rate will be lower than expected.

California American Water, which serves almost half of water customers in Thousand Oaks and Newbury Park, proposed a 32.1 percent increase over three years in 2017, but the Commission sided with two administrative law judges in denying the requested increase.

The city of Thousand Oaks fought the proposal, hiring an outside law firm to assist in the effort. The new rate is not yet known.

Seniors offered Tai chi in Oxnard

Time to get limber, Oxnard seniors, as a slew of free Tai chi classes will be offered come January.

Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance is a 12-week program offered by Oxnard RSVP, a volunteer program helping people 55 years of age and older. The classes, designed for people 50 years of age and older, will be focused on improving the mobility and balance of older adults.

The Yang-style Tai chi classes will take place beginning Jan. 8, 2019.

To learn more and to register, call 805-385-8023.

Medicare special enrollment period due to fires open through March

People impacted by the Woolsey Fire will have an extended period to enroll in Medicare due to a Federal Special Enrollment Period.

The enrollment period has been extended to March 8, 2019, for those who were impacted by or live within the area of the fires where the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) declared an emergency or major disaster, which includes the Thousand Oaks, Newbury Park and Oak Park area.

The decision will give “individuals with Medicare additional time to change their Medicare medical and prescription drug plans for 2019, including Medicare Advantage plans, in the event they were unable to do so during another qualifying enrollment period,” according to Rick Beavin, California market president for insurance provider Humana.

Beavin suggests that anyone living in the Special Enrollment Period area should review their current Medicare plan, read and learn about possible options to make changes, compare plans and ask experts to further your knowledge.

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