New hotel all decked out

TREE TRIMMING–Westlake Women’s Club members Jule Hopkins, left, and Claudette Davies, Westlake Village residents, are caught checking the ornate tree decorations before the start of the Westlake Women’s Club luncheon at the Four Seasons Hotel. See story on page 24A.

Boutique opens

The Point Dume Marine Science School will host Jingle Bell Rock ‘n’ Shop Holiday Boutique from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sat., Dec. 9 in the school auditorium and atrium at 6955 Fernhill Drive, Malibu. Call (310) 457-9370.

Breast cancer group hosts holiday party

Westlake Village After Breast Cancer support group will host a potluck holiday party from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thurs., Dec. 14 at Commercial Capital Bank, 973 S. Westlake Blvd., Westlake Village. Included will be an exchange of gifts costing between $10 and $15. For more information, call Sandy Cohen at (818) 707-6440.

Calabasas wrestlers put up a fight at Newbury Park Tournament

NOT FOR LACK OF EFFORT-Calabasas High’s Julian Jazayeri, on top, battles Rio Mesa High’s Albert Candido during last weekend’s Newbury Park Wrestling Tournament. Candido defeated Jazayeri in the 119-pound final. Royal High won the team title, with Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley and Hueneme rounding out the top four spots.

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For sheer drama addicts (and particularly Anglophiles who love the likes of “Vera Drake” and “Mrs. Brown”), “The Queen” may be a character study that’s hard to beat. This mildly humorous, deadly serious docudrama stars Helen Mirren in the title role as Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II-the detached, oblivious and arguably obsolete puppet ruler of a world power. It’s a […]

Abusing the environment

The midterm elections are over. The carnage of the illegitimate war in Iraq with its “mission accomplished” proudly announced on national television on May 1, 2003, still continues its chaotic march into madness. George W. is still the despot leader of our nation. Al Gore’s cinematized warning of global warming has been conveniently forgotten. Our suffering planet keeps spinning. So […]

Stacy Richardson

Stacy Richardson of Dilbeck Realtors and Christie’s Great Estates have completed the sale of Sophia Loren and Carlo Ponti’s ranch in Hidden Valley, Calif. The property consists of 38.5 acres with a main house, guest cottage and a pool house. The private grounds are laced with tropical bamboo plants, palms, ancient oak trees, a koi pond and horse facilities. With […]

Drug paraphernalia found at crash site

WRECK-A car with three boys said to be from Agoura Hills lands upside down just off the 101 Freeway on Canwood Street at about 7 p.m. on Mon., Dec. 4. There were no apparent injuries. Firefighters called to the scene discovered smoking pipes and other drug paraphernalia in the car.

CLU dean elected to Ventura County Community Foundation board

Dr. Charles Maxey, dean of the business school at California Lutheran University, has been elected to the Ventura County Community Foundation board of directors. “We are honored and pleased to have Dr. Maxey’s expertise and commitment to our county and its future harnessed to the Ventura County Community Foundation agenda,” said board chair Mary Schwabauer. “His deep knowledge of the […]

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THURS., DEC. 7 GOP Holiday Gala Thousand Oaks Republican Women Federated hosts holiday gala, “Christmas Festivities at Mount Vernon.” Sherwood Country Club, 320 W. Stafford Road, Westlake Village. 11 a.m. reception, boutiques. 12:15 p.m. luncheon, program. Carolers, officer installation. Guests: retired Lt. Col. Steve Chealander, “George Washington.” $50, RSVP by Dec. 4. (818) 889-4839. Hobbyists With Heart Conejo Valley Woodworkers […]