Author: VCR Staff

HAPPENINGS | Dec. 31, 2020-Jan. 7, 2021

ELF: THE MUSICAL Through Jan. 18 online. The Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center’s beloved 2019 holiday production returns for streaming online. Follow Buddy as he leaves the elf community in the North Pole to seek out his human father in New York City. $15-25. www.svvac.org/what-s-happening. Photo by Jon Neftali Photography Thursday – Dec. 31 STARTING RIGHT FOR 2021 HIKE 8-9 a.m. Get a jump on a healthier year with a hike. Bring a mask and physical distancing is required. Bring water, comfortable shoes and layers are recommended. Space is limited. Led by Pleasant Valley Parks and Recreation department. Register...

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POWER TO SPEAK | WWJD: Kirk Cameron, Christmas carol protests and COVID-19

by Tim Nafziger and Ched Myers “Have you ever sung Christmas carols by candlelight in a time when your state governor has prohibited you from doing that? In America?!”   These are the opening lines of a video by actor Kirk Cameron on Instagram (viewed 80,000+ times) inviting Ventura County residents to join his second “Christmas caroling peaceful protest” at The Oaks mall in Thousand Oaks. Hundreds of people responded to Cameron’s call and gathered without masks to sing at the mall on the evening of Sunday, Dec. 13 and again on Tuesday, Dec. 22.  A similar “worship protest” is...

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ADVICE GODDESS | Dec. 31, 2020

Meet Joe Slack My boyfriend does everything halfway, save for playing video games and smoking weed. He does sloppy work at his job, just the minimum to get by, and is always late turning things in. He’s gotten away with this so far, maybe because he’s charismatic and fun. In our relationship, he’ll promise me one thing and do another, and he does sneaky-lazy things like using up my shampoo but leaving the empty bottle in the shower. He’s highly intelligent and could be so much better than this. Is there a way to get him to change?  —...

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NEW COVID STRAIN IN SOCAL | State braces, announces school opening plan

Pictured: Gov. Gavin Newsom and Dr. Anthony Fauci during a live conversation on Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020. Screen capture of video.  by Kimberly Rivers kimberly@vcreporter.com Today, Gov. Gavin Newsom spoke with Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and former White House coronavirus task force member, and announced that a laboratory has confirmed the new, more contagious strain being tracked in the United Kingdom since September has been detected in Southern California.  Dr. Robert Levin, health officer with Ventura County Public Health, said he has not yet heard where the case of the...

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MISSING PERSON | Dane Elkins

Dane Elkins has been missing since Dec. 20, and was believed to have been seen last night, Dec. 27, at a gas station on Ventura Blvd., in Tarzana.    Elkins, is 21 years old and may be disoriented and confused, he suffers from mental health issues and is likely to be nervous about people following him. He is 5’11”, has brown hair and green eyes and has a beard. He was last seen wearing a blue jacket. He is believed to have abandoned his car on Dec. 20, at about 8:20 p.m. near Interstate 5 and the Templin Highway...

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