2012-02-16 E-Edition

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Debit cards: blessing and curse

There’s nothing quite like the feeling of being robbed. It’s a blend of anger, disbelief, confusion, anxiety and fear—but mostly anger. Those unfortunate enough to experience the theft of their personal property— whether in a home burglary or by a pickpocket—will no longer be as trusting of society. Even the eternal optimist is forced to wonder why there are those […]

Reagan Library presents the real George Washington

Approximately 100 original objects associated with George Washington—including the only surviving complete set of his famous dentures—will be on display from Feb. 22 through May 18 at the Reagan Library, 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley. “Discover the Real George Washington: New Views from Mount Vernon” will explore Washington’s views on religion and slavery, and the influence of his wife, Martha. […]

Always look on the bright side of life

Do you feel good about where your life is headed, or would you like to have greater control over it? Do optimistic people think or behave differently? One key to achieving optimism and lowering stress levels is to find ways to take greater control over one’s life, according to a new study. Sixty- six percent of Americans say they feel […]

Theater drums up an African folktale

Performances To Grow On will present “Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters” by the Dallas Children’s Theater at 7 p.m. Fri., Feb. 17 at the Scherr Forum Theatre, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. Playwright Karen Abbot tells the story through narration, African dance, drumming, song and some audience participation. The show is intended for ages 6 through adult. In John Steptoe’ […]

The power of silence

“The Pause; that impressive silence, that eloquent silence, that geometrically progressive silence which often achieves a desired effect where no combination of words, however so felicitous, could accomplish it.” — Mark Twain “For many of us, the waters of our daily life are anything but calm because we don’t create conscious space for intentional breathing or silence as part of […]


Oak park woman puts crochet skills to use

Big or small, all kind gestures can make a positive difference. Such is the philosophy of Beverly Ledesma, a retired school office manager who recently started a foundation called “Caps for Cause” to help the less fortunate stay warm. The Oak Park woman, who has three children and eight grandchildren, began to crochet scarves and blankets five years ago as […]

Chinese school helps students retain their Asian heritage

Though 7-year-old Aipeng St. Charles has spent nearly all her life in America, she still feels deeply connected to her native China. To keep her close to her heritage, Aipeng’s parents, who adopted her when she was 1, enrolled her in language and culture classes at the Thousand Oaks Chinese School set up at Thousand Oaks High School on Saturdays. […]

Young artists share the stage with professional philharmonic musicians

Concert review

The Thousand Oaks Philharmonic presented the first concert of the new year, Opus 32, on Sunday at the Scherr Forum. The concert series features young artists from the greater Ventura County area in performances backed by a professional orchestra. As always, the back- grounds and ages of the featured soloists were wideranging, the only common factor being their prodigious talents. […]

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