Gleeful fun with Westlake High choir

Show choirs have been around for several hundred years but only recently have they become mainstream successes, thanks in part to films like the “High School Musical” series and Fox’s hit television show “Glee,” which has triggered a craze for group choral performance. Westlake High School’s choral director Alan Rose has been doing this for years and is celebrating 25 […]

Joy comes from giving

The holidays are a time of giving and receiving gifts. The question most often asked of people is “What did you get?” Much less frequently asked is “What did you give?” Invariably, the inquiries concern material gifts. Purchasing gifts can certainly be thoughtful and a wonderful gesture, especially when it’s backed up by actions. However, the most valuable presents are […]

Seniors encouraged to adopt older pets

Over the years, Duane and Margaret Westrom have opened their door and their hearts to the several cats that have shown up on their Camarillo doorstep. The last cat died a year ago, and the house just hasn’t felt the same, the couple said. And they felt a cat would be good company for Margaret while Duane is in the […]

High school pools won’t be closing

But jobs still lost

The Las Virgenes Unified School District Board of Education approved sweeping budget cuts at its Dec. 8 meeting, but decided against closing the aquatics programs at Calabasas and Agoura high schools. Counselors at all levels of school will be affected. Elementary school counselors will be eliminated and middle and high school counselors will be pared to bare bones services. High […]

‘A Christmas Carol’ coming to Civic Arts Plaza

Thousand Oaks Repertory Company presents a musical version of “A Christmas Carol” from Dec. 10 through 15 in the Scherr Forum, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. in Thousand Oaks. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Fri. and Sat., Dec. 11 and 12 and 2:30 p.m. Sat., and Sun., Dec. 12 and 13. Children’s performances will be at […]

Newcomers welcome at weekly gathering

The Conejo Valley Newcomers Club invites all new and long-term residents of the Conejo Valley area, including Camarillo, Moorpark and Simi Valley, to a Walk and Talk every Friday.  For more information and location, call (805) 677-2628.

Hands are washed

I logged in to the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District website intending to pay my bill online, thinking I will save a stamp. So I register with the LVMWD website and proceed to pay my bill. At the point I hit the pay bill screen to verify the information is correct, I see there is a more than $6 convenience fee—what a […]

Oak Park water rates become open spigot

A near 50 percent hike this year alone

This January Oak Park Water Service customers will pay an additional 22 percent for water. That’s on top of a 27 percent increase imposed in September. Water officials are defending the repeated rate hikes and say they will help finance the new $8 million Oak Park water tank that will begin work in the spring, build Oak Park Water’s reserves […]

New dog park a treat for Oak Park

The Oak Canyon Community Dog Park where canines can run and play is moving forward at a brisk pace. During its Dec. 3 meeting the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District Board awarded a $71,000 contract for the fencing and concrete ditch construction at the new Oak Park facility. A Simi Valley construction company earned the contract, chosen from seven […]

Shopping for jammies

HOW’S THIS LOOK?— Evan Einbund, 6, a Westlake Hills Elementary School kindergarten student, shops for pajamas with his mom Wendy during the Oak Park High School boys’ basketball team holiday boutique fundraiser at the Oak Park Community Center on Dec. 2 in Oak Park.

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