2013-12-26 E-Edition

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Open auditions for chorale

The Village Voices Chorale will host open auditions for its spring concert season beginning Mon., Jan. 6. The chorale is open to interested men and women singers from throughout Ventura and Los Angeles counties. Choral singing experience and good sight-reading skills are a plus. The group rehearses on Tuesday evenings in Westlake Village. The chorale’s spring concert, “Music with a […]

Pet of the Week

ADORABLE—Hank is a male brown brindle and white pit bull about 5 years old. He is sweet, loving, and very genial. If you would like to adopt Hank ask for ID No. A4658229 at the Agoura Hills Animal Shelter, 29525 Agoura Road. Occasionally pets have already been adopted, so check http://animalcare.lacounty.gov before visiting the shelter.

Movie Nut

What we have here are two small-time dreamers trying to reinvent themselves. Because everybody hustles. She’s Sydney Prosser (Adams) from New Mexico, works at Cosmopolitan magazine, bright, beautiful, going nowhere. He’s Irving Rosenfeld (Bale) from the Bronx; he’s got a string of dry cleaning businesses, deals a bit in stolen art, offers “loans” to desperate people They meet at a […]

Big-hearted teens help hospital library

A STORY OF GOOD CHEER—Young volunteers from the Centennial Teen Guild for Los Angeles Children’s Hospital read to children at Barnes & Noble book store in the Westlake Promenade shopping center on Dec. 14. Each year, the guild and the store promote a holiday book drive. Patrons were able to purchase books for the Children’s Hospital library. The Teen Guild […]

Agoura High bands are swingin’

The Agoura High School Jazz Band is one of only a dozen bands nationwide that have been chosen to participate in the Savannah Music Festival jazz band competition and workshop next year. The festival’s Swing Central Jazz events take place in March in Savannah, GA. Participating students will work with jazz masters over three days, perform in showcases on Savannah’s […]


SAT., DEC. 28 Tour Of Rancho Sierra Vista 9 to 11 a.m. Meet at Via Goleta and Portrero Road, Newbury Park. Easy one-mile hike. Meet National Park Service patrol horses, horse demo. Free, open to public. Web: www.nps.gov/samo. WED., JAN. 1 First Day Hikes 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at entrance of Santa Susana Pass State Historic Park, 10200 Larwin […]

‘Santa’ once on naughty list

St. Nicholas thrown in jail for his temper

Although St. Nicholas—the patron saint of ships, children and wrongly condemned prisoners— is generally thought of as the jolly man in the red suit who brings children presents on Christmas Eve, he may actually have had a bit of a temper. It was a temper that got him into trouble nearly 1,700 years ago. To be fair, most theologians recognize […]

Artist presents oil painting demo

The Westlake Village Art Guild will present an oil painting demonstration by Vadim Zanginian, art instructor at the Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art, at a dinner meeting on Tues., Jan. 7 at Los Robles Greens’ West Ballroom, 299 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with dinner at 6 p.m. and demonstration from 7 to 9 […]

Trapped in fishing line, Westlake swan is saved


Thanks to the watchful eye of several boaters and the helping hand of two maintenance workers at Westlake Lake, a beautiful swan is living to see another day. On Dec. 10, five kayakers from the Westlake Yacht Club kayak fleet noticed a swan a behaving oddly at the north end of the lake. The adult female fowl was bobbing her […]