Easter fun

Messy Church will host its annual Easter celebration at 5 p.m. Sat., April 20 at the United Methodist Church of Thousand Oaks, 1000 E. Janss Road. The event will feature an egg hunt, stories of God’s many surprises, Easter crafts and activities, and an interactive Easter Vigil starting around the fire pit. A light dinner will be included. The family-friendly, […]

‘They shall beat their swords into plowshares’ and guns into tools

The audience in the chapel at Emmanuel Presbyterian Church on March 26 sat in silence as they listened to a blacksmith in the courtyard pound on a piece of forged metal on top of an anvil. Each strike was to commemorate a life lost in the mass shooting in November at Borderline Bar and Grill. Blacksmith Michael Martin had sawed […]

Special programs at Temple Adat Elohim

Homelessness presentation, documentary on tap for April

“Homeward LA,” a program with the real-life stories of those who have experienced homelessness, will take place at 6:45 p.m. Sun., April 28 in the sanctuary of Temple Adat Elohim, 2420 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. Teacher and choreographer Leasa Shukiar directs a cast of volunteers from various community organizations for the performance. The synagogue’s event is one of more […]

Sunrise service to welcome Easter

Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks-Griffin Memorial Park will host its 52nd annual Easter Sunrise Service at 6 a.m. Sun., April 21 in the parking lot of the main building, 5600 Lindero Canyon Road, Westlake Village. The nondenominational service, sponsored by the Conejo Valley Interfaith Association, has the theme “No, never. Yes, always.” Clergy representing churches throughout the community will concelebrate the […]

Christian Science talk

Melanie Wahlberg, a Christian Science practitioner, will give a talk on “Never Alone: How Spiritual Ideas Work in Us” at 2 p.m. Sat., April 6 at Christian Science Church, 6117 Shoup Ave, Woodland Hills. “It’s like the ideas did the work,” said the mother when her young daughter had experienced a major physical healing through prayer as taught in Christian […]


All invited to Seder in Malibu The Malibu Jewish Center and Synagogue will host its second night Community Passover Seder at 5 p.m. Sat., April 20 at 24855 Pacific Coast Highway. The catered four-course meal will have an English-Hebrew haggadah (the text recited at the Seder), traditional songs, stories and spiritual insights. The Seder, led by Rabbi Michael and Cantor […]

Local United Methodist pastors react to church-wide gay ruling

Days after the United Methodist Church voted to uphold the denomination’s bans on gay marriage and the ordination of gay clergy, rainbow table runners adorned the altar at Moorpark United Methodist Church. The worldwide Methodist church voted to affirm that “homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching,” as stated in its Book of Discipline, the denomination’s governing rules, at a special […]

Talk on modern Jewish life in Germany

The Conejo Jewish Academy will host a lecture titled “The Jews Are Back” with guest speaker Rabbi Yitzchak M. Wagner at 8 p.m. Mon., April 1 at the academy, 30347 Canwood St., Agoura Hills. One of Germany’s youngest community rabbis, Wagner was the first ordained rabbi born in Germany after the Holocaust. He is also the first rabbi in his […]

Carnival benefit ushers in Purim celebration

The parking lot of Temple Etz Chaim was taken over by bounce houses, face painters and a cotton candy booth on Sunday, but the March 17 event wasn’t a St. Patrick’s Day celebration. The conservative synagogue on Janss Road threw the party ahead of Purim, which began at sundown Wednesday night. The annual festival drew hundreds of visitors, who cuddled […]

Matzah baking, wine tasting at Chabad

Chabad of the Conejo and CKids will sponsor a Model Matzah Bakery and Passover Workshop for children at 10 a.m. Sun., March 24 at the Chabad Center in Agoura Hills, 30345 Canwood St. The workshop will explain the significance of matzah. Participants will bake their own Passover matzah from scratch to take home. The program will have a holiday Seder […]

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