Snow in Southern California

RARE BEAUTY—Agoura Hills residents Hannah and Todd Fish, along with family members who were visiting for the holidays, take advantage of a photo op in front of the snow-covered Topatopa Mountains Dec. 27 at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley.

It’s a wrap with Coats for Casa

Clothing donations helped foster kids

Lydia Gable Realty Group with Compass and Rick Winters of Winters Financial Group Inc. will host the 10th annual Coats for Casa Pacifica charity event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sat., Jan. 11 at Three Springs Park in Westlake Village. This will be the final year of the popular community event. The coat drive will also have 30 tons […]

DreamCatchers make wish come true for dementia patient

Sonny Mazza sat in the front row at Sage Mountain Senior Living on Dec. 17 with his arm intertwined with his wife’s as he tapped his hands to the beat of the music as a singer performed Frank Sinatra classics like “New York, New York” and “Mambo Italiano.” Mazza, 77, has an aggressive form of dementia, but the classic songs […]

Putting Lasik into focus

New advances in laser surgery

Lasers have advanced tremendously in the last 20 years, and the difference between conventional Lasik, WaveFront Lasik and the most advanced, iDesign Lasik, is vast. The first generation of lasers was in 1997. Now we have advanced to the fifth generation of the technology. What has changed is the increase in accuracy and safety, and the ability to treat astigmatism. […]

Runners get their game on

Essay contest underway for local students affected by cancer

The Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/ Santa Barbara is taking entries for the eighth annual “Dear Cancer, It’s Me” high school essay contest. The entry deadline is midnight Sat., Feb. 29. All students in grades nine through 12 attending schools from the West San Fernando Valley to Santa Maria who have experienced cancer are eligible to submit essays. Compositions can be […]

Young men show their gratitude

THANK YOU—The West Hills Chapter 2020 Class of the National League of Young Men wrote letters to active service members during their November All-League meeting. The effort was part of the group’s Operation Gratitude. The league is open to all local men in grades nine to 12, and their mothers.

Chanukah concludes Mon., Dec. 30

LIGHT AND PRAYER—On Dec. 22, Agoura resident Ellen Bendavid teaches children how to go about coloring their Chanukah picture frame during activities to celebrate of the first night of the eight-day holiday at Chabad’s 12th annual Chanukah Festival. Chabad of Moorpark hosted the event at the Vons shopping center in Moorpark.

Pet of the week

SMOKING HOT—Smokey, 2 years old, loves play yard time where he chases the ball, engages with his human of the moment, and easily shows off his “sit” and “shake” commands. He is ready to be your only dog. Meet Smokey, ID No. A5160920, at the Agoura Hills Animal Care Center, 29525 Agoura Road. Occasionally pets have already been adopted, so […]

The dog with moon beams in her eyes

Although it was offered as a reassurance, it was still sad to tell my aging dog Mijbil this morning that she was not to fret because “I will be your seeing-eye human.” There were two opaque circles in each of her expressive brown eyes when I adopted her as an older dog in March 2017 at the Agoura Animal Care […]

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