O Little Town comes alive in Westlake

HOLY NIGHT—Right, Newbury Park resident Sara Habib and her son, Christian, portray villagers during the 16th annual Bethlehem Experience at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Westlake Village last Saturday. Below, Robin Smilie leads Caleb the camel. The church parking lot was turned into a recreation of the ancient city of Bethlehem on the night of Christ’s birth.

The Acorn Epicurean

N’Awlinz Bistro

During the holidays our home is filled with the delicious foods of the season. On Christmas Eve my family will gather together, anticipating a festive spread reminiscent of years past. While I love the traditional delicacies, this year I decided to jazz things up New Orleans—or more accurately— N’Awlinz-style. I’m serving gumbo from N’Awlinz Bistro in Newbury Park. During a […]

New year a time to upgrade detectors

The first of the year is a perfect time to change the batteries and test household smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, health and safety experts say. Nationwide, carbon monoxide poisoning claims about 480 lives every year and sends another 20,000 people to the hospital. In July 2011, state legislators enacted the Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act requiring single-family homes to […]

Book signing for Christian kids’ author

Children’s author Laurie Donahue will be signing three Christian books she has written or co-written from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sat., Dec. 15 at Christian Family Supplies, 1770 Ventura Blvd., Camarillo. The books are: “Mr. Blue-a Job for You,” a rhyming picture book about finding God’s purpose in life; “God, Should I Be Baptized?,” a preparation workbook for believer’s […]

Big band concert is a blast

The Golden Performing Arts Center will present the Big Band Holiday Blast at 8 p.m. Sat., Dec. 22 and 2 p.m. Sun., Dec. 23 at the Madrid Theatre, 21622 Sherman Way, Canoga Park. The 17- piece Angel City Big Band will perform a program of holiday songs and dancing featuring Los Angeles-based headlining vocalists Douglas Swander and Jan Roper; New […]

Missing Alzheimer’s patient okay

A missing Alzheimer’s disease patient was found unharmed after wandering from his home in the 4200 block of Meadowlark Drive in Calabasas last Saturday. At approximately 10 a.m. on Dec. 8, a Malibu/Lost Hills sheriff’s deputy on patrol in Calabasas was flagged down by a female pedestrian. The woman identified herself as the caretaker of a 66-year-old male Alzheimer’s patient […]

Synagogue to serve holiday dinner

Temple Adat Elohim will host the 18th annual holiday dinner from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tues., Dec. 25 at Thousand Oaks High School, 2323 N. Moorpark Road. The temple expects to serve more than 350 free, home-cooked meals to the guests, mostly the homeless and the elderly. This is an opportunity for many to spend the holiday in a […]

KCLU brings holiday cheer to the airwaves

. Radio station to broadcast music, comedy and stories

KCLU, a community service of California Lutheran University and the NPR station serving Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, is offering holiday programming through December. People can listen to 88.3 FM in Ventura County or visit www.kclu.org. The holiday lineup consists of music, comedy and storytelling shows as follows. Blues Shack All Holiday Special” will air from 2 to 5 p.m. […]

The holidays are when scammers go to work

The sheriff’s department advises citizens to be aware of the many scams that are common during the holiday season, a time when victims are less suspecting. Advance payment scam In this scam, someone offers to pay a victim for goods or services they have found on the Internet, usually in an advertisement, website or post. Correspondence ensues, a deal is […]

Festival of Christmas songs, readings

A Festival of Lessons and Carols will take place from 7 to 8 p.m. Fri., Dec. 21 at the United Methodist Church of Thousand Oaks, 1000 E. Janss Road. The classic Christmas story will be told through music and art masterpieces depicting the nativity. The celebration will feature soloists and musicians from California Lutheran University. The Rev. Steve Peralta will […]

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