Ensemble jazzes it up

The Conejo Valley’s Jazz Community Service Ensemble treated the residents at Sunrise Senior Living in Westlake Village to a holiday jazz concert on Dec. 6. The senior residents were treated to holiday jazz tunes. The jazz ensemble is a volunteer student-run group that performs jazz concerts for those in the community. The target audience includes the aging, sick and those […]

Pacific Festival Ballet wows with ‘Nutcraker’

Call for art show entries

The Thousand Oaks Art Association’s annual juried show will take place Feb. 2 through 27 at the Thousand Oaks Community Gallery, 2331 Borchard Road, Newbury Park. The show is open to all artists residing in Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles, San Luis Obispo and Orange counties. Images, entry form and fees must be received no later than Jan. 8. Prize […]

“Up in the Air”

George Clooney might just be Hollywood’s favorite weatherman and “Up in the Air ” his latest prediction of cultural precipitation: gloomy today, with a chance of emotional drizzle tomorrow, and clouds of despair possible for the foreseeable future. Clooney plays Ryan Bingham, a “corporate downsizing specialist” who travels the Midwest, firing people from their jobs. He’s unmarried, blissful in his […]


A photo caption in last week’s paper regarding the Agoura/Oak Park/Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce Penland Award failed to include the name of Bernie Wickman, owner of Reeds furniture store in Agoura Hills. Wickman’s store hosted the award presentation.


A resolution worth keeping

As we come to the end of another year, some of us are thinking about making New Year’s resolutions. But think back: How did those vows for 2009 turn out? Maybe a few people stopped smoking or drinking last Jan. 1; maybe several more gave up overeating and lost weight. The majority of us had good intentions, but most of […]

Westlake Lutheran moves into new digs

Westlake Lutheran Church, part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, is moving from 2630 Townsgate Road, Unit C, in Westlake Village. The church has purchased a new facility from Christian Church of the Hills. Worship services will begin Sun., Jan. 3 at the new facility, 29295 Agoura Road in Agoura Hills. A contemporary service will be at 8:30 a.m., […]

Student takes group home residents under her wing

Cookies in hand, Aubrey Alvarez has brought holiday cheer to mentally disabled adults on her street for the past six years. Now a 21-year-old college student, Alvarez first noticed her Katherine Street neighbors who live in group homes affiliated with the TriCounty Regional Center of Ventura County on one of their daily walks. “I would see the residents walking every […]

Shabbat healing concert

Elohim Hu Ahavah will present “New Beginnings,” a Shabbat healing concert, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. today, Jan. 1, at the Harbor Room, 3100 Preble Ave., Ventura. Elohim Hu Ahavah is a stream of Judaism acting as a bridge between the Jewish and Christian communities. Liliana YaskyMcDermott is the spiritual leader of the congregation.