T.O. venue announces new season

The Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza will celebrates its 19th season with more than 300 performances slated for the plaza’s two theaters at 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. The Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Foundation is the private nonprofit, in-house presenting division of the Civic Arts Plaza. The foundation is privately funded and is governed by an all-volunteer board of […]

Poets, take out your pens

The Celestial Arts Society is offering a $1,000 grand prize in a free poetry contest. There are 50 prizes totalling $5,000. Poems of 12 lines or fewer on any subject and in any style will be judged by the contest director, Dr. James Cameron. Entries are due by Aug. 20 and can be mailed to: Free Poetry Contest, PO Box […]

Painted Sky

Summer fun at the Calabasas pool

All aboard for train excursions

The Fillmore & Western Railway offers a variety of train rides in August. All rides depart from and return to the Fillmore station. Trips require advance reservations and will run rain or shine. For reservations, call (805) 524-2546 or go to www.fwry.com. Weekend Scenic Excursions Train Rides from noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, […]

Disney treasures sparkle in new Reagan Library exhibit

The Reagan Library may be two hours north of Anaheim’s Disneyland, but the spirit of the “Happiest Place on Earth” and the man who created the magic has taken up residency in Simi Valley. Walking into the newly opened “D23 Presents Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives” exhibition, this 27-year-old couldn’t help but feel like a kid again. Even people […]

Come adopt a new friend

Ventura County Animal Services will host its eighth annual Hugs, Slurps and Slobbers Pet Adopt-athon from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sun., July 29 at the Camarillo Animal Shelter, 600 Aviation Drive. This public event will feature music, food, vendors, a silent auction, raffles and the chance to take home a new furry best friend at discounted adoption rate. Sponsored […]

Pet of the Week

Pets form common bond between strangers

CRITTER TAILS Lifetime companions

After visiting a pet-friendly retail store in Thousand Oaks, I met a white-haired lady in the parking lot who was leaning on her shopping cart. She gazed down at my pup, who’d taken the opportunity to loaf in the grass of the traffic median. “What a sweet, mellow boy,” she said. “Indeed he is, but he’s a bit wiped out […]

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