Benefit provides toys for hospital patients

WARM FUZZIES— Calabasas residents Bob and Marsha Allen speak with Jenni Moore of BuildingBrightMinds.com while shopping last Monday at a fundraiser for OwieBowWowie and Friends at Olivos Restaurant in Simi Valley. OwieBowWowie is a hospital-approved stuffed puppy given to comfort children at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles. The event included wine tasting and a boutique to benefit the Thousand Oaks-based charity.

Word on the street

Here’s what Marmonte League head football coaches are saying about Friday night’s championship game between Moorpark and Westlake: Charlie Wegher, Agoura: “Moorpark has a little bit tougher defense, and it’s really difficult to beat someone twice in one season. That should give Moorpark a little extra motivation. I’m sure they feel kind of embarrassed about what happened last time, and […]

Not made in U.S.A.

I have a question. When did the United States become a dumping ground for all of the subpar, flimsy, poorly manufactured products coming out of China? I blame the American manufacturers who, in their quest to further fatten the bottom line, have decided that it makes perfect sense to have their products manufactured in China where labor costs and horrid […]

Moms cultivate character in youth

Two local mothers have formed a new nonprofit group to instill in children a lifelong love of philanthropy—without the usual formalities of attending luncheons and other gatherings. Since Caring Crew was founded in March 2009, Hidden Hills resident Julie Hainer, her friend Pamela Davies of Bell Canyon and their crew of young volunteers have rallied to give handson support to […]

Justin Regan helps renovate ranch to earn Eagle Scout rank

For his Eagle Scout project, Justin Regan of Agoura Hills led a team of 50 volunteers on a renovation project at Paramount Ranch. He earned the top Scouting rank on Nov. 2. A senior at Agoura High School, Justin, 17, has been a member of Boy Scout Troop 127 since he was in fifth grade. Justin is one of 80 […]

Bullish on AYSO soccer

CHAMPS— The Bulls take the trophy in AYSO’s Area 10-E Tournament on Dec. 5 and 6. The U10 team members are, back row from left: Cameron Kohler, Coach David Kohler, Ryan Pelino, Jake Marek, Klemens Anderson, Armand Abadi and Hunter Ballard. Front row, Robert Weeks, Jonathan Paik and Nolan Cass.

OCHS faces Serra in clash of unbeaten powers

As far as championship rematches go, this one ranks near the top. The undefeated football teams from Oaks Christian and Serra high schools will do battle Friday night for the CIFSouthern Section Northwest Division crown. Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. at Serra High. Oaks Christian throttled Serra, 63-28, during last year’s Northwest championship, winning the program’s record-setting sixth consecutive […]

Standup kids

It has been my pleasure to be on the receiving end of all the good deeds and work done by the students, parents and faculty of A.E. Wright Middle School over the last seven years. They have collected used clothing, shoes and household items for needy families that are delivered by me directly to the family. They have collected and […]

The anatomy of joy

“I define joy as a sustained sense of well-being and internal peace—a connection to what mat ters.” — Oprah Winfrey Have you ever given thought to the emotion of joy? With the Season of Joy upon us, I am making a commitment to myself to become the observer of how, when, where and why joy arises in my experience. This […]

Special voices to sing on Hanukkah

Congregants won’t hear the usual sermon at the Sabbath services tomorrow, Dec. 11 at Temple Aliyah in Woodland Hills. Instead, the congregation will hear music sung by the Voices of Hope choir. Led by Cantor Mike Stein, the group is made up of about 15 special needs members ages 11 to 20 from the Conejo and San Fernando valleys. The […]