Make a resolution to mentor a young person

As the new year stretches out fresh and full of promise, it is a time not only for reflection but also for making those ever-popular New Year’s resolutions. Losing weight, spending more time with the family and quitting smoking are personal promises that always make the list of things to do. This year, however, the Big Brothers and Big Sisters […]

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THURS., JAN. 4 Pretty Violets Thousand Oaks African Violet Society meets 7 p.m., Redeemer Lutheran Church, 667 Camino Dos Rios, Thousand Oaks. Visitors and their plants welcome. (805) 581-0014. Candidates Forum Democratic Club of Camarillo meets 7 p.m., UFCW Hall, 816 Camarillo Springs Road. Candidates forum. Jill Martinez, Ferial Masry, Kim Stephenson and Bob Taylor discuss recent campaigns, future endeavors.Public […]

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FURRY BANDIT—Cory and Briann Ives of Camarillo submitted this photograph of a determined squirrel stealing a bit of birdseed in their backyard. The Iveses said the squirrels have their own feeder but it seems this little guy thinks the food tastes better off someone else’s plate.

Not just anyone can teach

Over the past month or so I’ve been following the ongoing battle between teachers and their critics, those who think that any “Joe off the street” can teach. Well, I’m not a teacher; I have no relationship to a teacher. I am a parent of fifth- and second-graders. I’ve been working in the classroom weekly as a parent volunteer for […]

Maria Quiles

Maria Quiles received the award as top selling agent for October 2006 at Prudential California Realty’s Oxnard/Channel Islands office. Born and raised in Buenaventura, Quiles has been a Ventura County resident for nearly 30 years. She attended local schools and obtained her associates degree in business from Ventura College. She will earn her bachelor’s in business from Cal State Northridge. […]

Classes offered

New community classes will begin Jan. 22 at the Calabasas Tennis and Swim Center, 23400 Park Sorrento. Spanish, art, music, crafts, storytelling, theater, computers, embroidery and nutrition are among the subjects offered. Brochures are available at the center or online at www. cityofcalabasas.com. For more information, call (818) 222-2782.

The New Year is a good time to update your life insurance

When was the last time you reviewed your beneficiary designations for life insurance policies and retirement accounts? Very likely, the answer is “never.” But you should review them periodically. Various life events can signal a need to review and possibly change your designations. Consider whether any of the following events have occurred since you named your beneficiaries. You’ve married or […]

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Agoura Hills A thief stole a digital photo camera, wallet and bank cards from a vehicle parked by a restaurant on Agoura Road Dec. 25. The loss was $1,175. Vandals caused $100 in damages while breaking into a home on Gray Rock Road Dec. 20. The culprits ransacked the house but the victim was unable to determine whether anything was […]

Disgruntled HOA

The Westlake Ranch Property Owners Association and the Euclid Management Company have let down the citizens of Westlake Village. Several months ago, a large group of civic-minded citizens gathered to discuss security concerns in our North Ranch neighborhoods. We asked for assistance from the fine Thousand Oaks Police Department and we promptly got it. We also asked the Westlake Ranch […]

Charming Craftsman-Style Home

This charming Craftsmanstyle 4bedroom, 2bathroom home has been remodeled from top to bottom. It is primarily a single story that opens up to a stone- and wood-floored entry, living and dining rooms with hardwood flooring, coffered ceiling, recessed lighting and French doors leading to the balcony. The upgraded kitchen features recessed lighting, updated refrigerator with ice maker in the door, […]