What teen drivers need to know

By improving their driving skills, teen drivers can reduce their risk of spinal cord injuries. According to the experts at Shriners Hospitals for Children, motor vehicle crashes are the number one cause of death for those between the ages of 16 and 24. Motor vehicle crashes are also the leading cause of spinal cord injuries in all age groups. Being […]

Oak View students serve as Santa’s helpers

The greatest gift you can ever give

“As we encounter the questions— Who are we? What do we love?—the gift we bring will be easy, because our gift naturally emerges from who we are. The offering we bring is ourselves, just as we are. Our gift is our true nature. There can be no greater gift than this.” — Wayne Muller “How Then Shall We Live” Can […]

Regarding childhood hunger

Regarding “Calabasas student takes stand against childhood hunger” on Dec. 1, your article was very misleading. There are no hungry children in Los Angeles inner schools unless their parents are irresponsible. The federal food program gives free breakfast and lunch to each student who goes to school if they need it. There is even a program for the summer months. […]

Christmas cheer at The Commons

Authors read to children

Book signing at Ventura museum

The Museum of Ventura County will host a special free story time and book signing from 2 to 4 p.m. Sun., Dec. 18 at the museum, 100 E. Main St. in downtown Ventura. Local children’s book authors and illustrators will read and sign their books. The authors include Carol Heyer of Thousand Oaks and Alexis O’Neill of Simi Valley. Admission […]

B’nai B’rith hosts singer

Haverim B’nai B’rith of the Conejo Valley invites prospective new members, couples and singles, to its monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m. Mon., Dec. 19 at Temple Adat Elohim, 2420 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. The evening will feature singer Arianna Reznik of Calabasas, a 14-year-old honor student at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, where she performed […]

Letter writer laments so-called ‘war on Christmas’

I’ve just received my first Christmas card wishing me a “happy holiday” so I’m bound to advise all and sundry as we hurtle towards the 25th of December that if you are kind enough to want to wish me anything at all, please make sure that it is a Happy Christmas. Since I understand that 95 percent of Americans celebrate […]

Red-nosed flying Rudy

In a whimsical mood, the dog and I set out in search of proof of Christmas in the Santa Monica Mountains: a sighting of elves, scrumptious giant candy canes, silver bells the size of bowling balls or maybe a tubby whitewhiskered bespectacled gent in red flannel union suit. This is what happens when you watch “The Polar Express” 20 times […]

Gardens of the World developer gets new lease on life

At the age of 48, Charles “Chuck” Melber of Agoura Hills had run out of hope. His medical nightmare started in 2000 when he had his first heart attack at the age of 44. By 2004, more than 30 stents had been placed in Melber’s heart. Doctors told him there was nothing else they could do to repair his heart […]