Blankets collected for homeless

California Community Church in Agoura Hills recently held a blanket drive on behalf of the 50 men and women who sleep at Hope of the Valleys Emergency Shelter Program in Sun Valley. The church collected more than 150 blankets and pillow cases along with socks and shower supplies. California Community Church hosts Sunday services at the Sheraton Agoura Hills, 30100 […]

Cause of Soteras death being investigated

No cause of death has been determined yet for Alex Soteras, the former president of the Agoura/Oak Park/ Conejo Valley/Calabasas Chamber of Commerce who was found dead at his home in the exclusive Calabasas Oaks neighborhood last Saturday. Sgt. Mark Bock of the Los Angeles County Sheriff ’s Department said a caretaker for Soteras’ elderly father found the Calabasas businessman […]

Local entrepreneur creates device to improve comfort, mobility of amputees

Biodesigns Inc. opens new patient center in Westlake Village

Jeff Fabry lost his right arm and leg in a motorcycle accident in 1988. He was 15. Determined to get his life going again, the Central Valley man did more than adapt to his physical constraints—he became a five-time world-champion archer. Fabry received bronze medals at the 2004 Athens and 2008 Beijing Paralympic games and won gold in the 2012 […]

Boutique to help homeless pets

A holiday boutique benefiting homeless pets in need of medical care will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat., Dec. 1 and 8 at the Agoura Animal Shelter, 29525 Agoura Road. The boutique is part of the shelter’s annual fundraising for Malibu Pet Companions, an all-volunteer nonprofit organization dedicated to funding medical care for sick and injured homeless pets […]

Exhibit showcases local artists

The Thousand Oaks Community Gallery will feature an artists holiday showcase from noon to 7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays from Dec. 3 through 22 with an opening reception at 2 p.m. Sun., Dec. 2 at 2331-A Borchard Road, Newbury Park. The participating artists are Pamela Fong, Dennis Griffin, Thomas Evans Howell, Janet Milhomme and Roland Roy. Visitors can view and […]

Malls use Black Friday for holiday launch

In the midst of prime-time shopping season, the region’s lighted, decked-out and holly-trimmed retail centers have reason to celebrate. A small increase in this year’s retail sales is predicted—a sign of a recovering economy. The International Council of Shopping Centers, a global trade association for the shopping center industry, forecasts a 3 percent sales increase for the U.S. during the […]

Ultra-luxury dealership nears opening

O’Gara Coach spending $6 million to improve former Chevrolet site

Amid dusty floors and noisy drills and hammers, Mitch Anderson, general manager of the Bentley and Rolls-Royce dealerships in Thousand Oaks, explains what will fill the empty spaces in the new $6-million showroom and car lot. The latest in lighting equipment will illuminate the cars at night. Service technicians will have their own lockers and showers, and there will be […]

Hospice of the Conejo presents annual tree of life celebration

Hospice of the Conejo invites the community to attend the 32nd annual Tree Lighting and Speaking of the Names ceremony at 6 p.m. Tues., Dec. 4 in the food court patio at The Oaks mall, 350 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. Refreshments and a musical performance by the Westlake High School choral group are planned. Visitors are invited to remember […]

Know how to protect children from online cyberbullying

Most parents are familiar with traditional bullying that takes place at school and on the playground, but as life has gone digital, so has bullying. “ Cyberbullying, bullying that occurs through technology like computers and mobile devices, is often harder to detect than traditional bullying. The bully isn’t immediately visible and may not even be known to the victim,” says […]

Pet of the week

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