Healing through the arts

Hospital’s joint venture program promotes music and art as therapy

Curt and Theresa Witeby— no strangers to the Simi Valley Hospital ER and intensive care unit—are now helping patients and their families heal through the “universal language of mankind.” Beginning in mid-December 2006, the Simi Valley couple, ages 61 and 60 respectively, and their three adult children spent 15 days in the emergency ward with Theresa’s father, John Finnegan, after […]

The Movie Nut

At the end of this movie, after the credits conclude, there’s one final scene. And then there’s a final graphic: “Dumb and Dumber For. Coming in 2034.” It’s been 20 years since the original; why wait another 20 and skip number three? It starts a pattern and comes with a bonus: It will again be possible to misspell the number […]

Las Posadas event at CLU

California Lutheran University students and staff will join with residents to re-enact the Christmas story in Las Posadas from 7 to 9 p.m. Sun., Dec. 7 starting at the Ahmanson Science Center south of Memorial Parkway on the Thousand Oaks campus. In the annual event, students representing Mary and Joseph will travel by donkey through campus seeking shelter for the […]

City Council approves long-awaited widening at Roadside Drive

The Roadside Drive bridge widening project in Agoura Hills is moving into high gear. The Agoura Hills City Council recently held a public hearing to discuss environmental reports and mitigation measures for the road widening work just south of the 101 Freeway in Agoura Hills. The road’s two-lane bridge over Medea Creek is too narrow and has been classified by […]

At The Library

The Calabasas Library announces the following activities and some cancellations in December at 200 Civic Center Way. All events are free and no tickets are required. The library will be closed on Sat. Dec. 13 and from Wed. Dec. 24 through Thurs., Jan. 1. Regular hours will resume Fri., Jan. 2. For more information, call (818) 225-7616 or visit www.cityofcalabasas.com/library. […]

The Tenors in good voice at Kavli Theatre

The Tenors, multi-platinum recording artists, will perform at 8 p.m. Sat., Nov. 29 at the Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. Since releasing their self-titled album in 2009, The Tenors have performed for audiences around the world, blending classical music and contemporary pop in a distinctive vocal style. Their performances include the Diamond Jubilee […]

Dealing with painful emotions during the holidays

COMMENTARY Christian faith

I wipe the sleep from my eyes and jab the logs into flame. The first sips of early morning coffee warm me from the inside, and I consider the day ahead. And in that sweet, peaceful moment, I realize how contentment comes at a price. How a heart at peace—a real, life-transforming peace—doesn’t just happen with the sunrise. It’s a […]

New survey highlights kids at risk

During last month’s meeting, Oak Park school board members were shocked to learn how many students in the district have seriously considered suicide in the past 12 months. According to a Healthy Kids Survey administered earlier this year, 17 percent of ninth-graders and 21 percent of 11th-graders at Oak Park High School reported that they’d seriously considered attempting suicide over […]

Car show drives program for kids

Ferraris, Porsches, muscle cars and TV/movie autos on display

Dustin Troyan—Dusty to his friends—had what he calls wacky idea 11 years ago. He had already organized a small car show in the parking lot of his coffee shop, the Village Coffee Roaster in Woodland Hills. That year he asked everyone attending to bring a toy to donate to charity. After four hours, the show managed to collect 2,300 toys. […]

Auditions for ‘Iolanthe’ show

Ventura County Gilbert and Sullivan Repertoire Company will hold auditions for the spring show, “Iolanthe, or the Peri and the Peer,” from 2 to 6 p.m. Sun., Nov. 30 at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. In the story, the fairies face off with the Lord Chancellor and the House of Peers over lovers […]

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