Cantor to perform at Chanukah festival

Program to include hot latkes and doughnuts

Cantor, singer and Agoura resident Kenny Ellis will perform at the Chanukah at the Shoppes Festival at 5 p.m. Sun., Dec. 21 at the Shoppes at Westlake Village/Target shopping center, 30770 Russell Ranch Road. The festival is open to all and there is no charge. Award-winning juggler Ivan Pecel will also appear.. Ellis will sing songs from his album “Hanukkah […]

Heal the land

The wounds of nature reflect the suffering of our own human race and there is a dire need for healing on all levels that must be attended to. I see this in many places, even here in the town of Oak Park. The creek that threads through and weaves our land together is full of discarded debris. The foothills are […]


When you’re hangin’ by a thread

I pulled the ribbon tight into a bow and placed the package beneath the tree. That’s when I saw the little ballerina ornament, delicate and suspended by her lifeline among the branches… and I thought of you, the reader of these words. Wondering how you’re holding up in this final countdown to Christmas. Seems everyone these days is carrying so […]

Happy Hanukkah

Sheriff’s Blotter

Agoura Hills Third-row seats were stolen from a white Chevrolet Suburban and a black Cadillac Escalade parked in the Sheraton Hotel parking lot on Agoura Road between Nov. 29 and 30. An iPhone 4 worth $100 was stolen from a car parked in front of a home on Thousand Oaks Boulevard between Dec. 7 and 8. A checkbook and $8,000 […]

OPUSD changes school motto to reflect philosophy

The Oak Park Unified School District Board of Education chose a new motto last week to reflect the district’s “moral imperatives,” the philosophies that guide the work of teachers and administrators. The motto, “Educating Compassionate and Creative Global Citizens,” will replace “Educating Tomorrow’s Leaders,” which was created 20 years ago. Superintendent Tony Knight said he wanted to change the motto […]

Christmas concerts at churches

•The 40-voice Chancel Choir of the United Methodist Church of Westlake Village will present “The Christmas Promise,” a program in three suites by Lloyd Larson, during the 9 and 10:30 a.m. worship services on Sun., Dec. 21 at 1049 S. Westlake Blvd. The three suites— “Let Every Heart Prepare,” “Glory to the Newborn King” and “Let Earth Receive Her King”—tell […]

Businesses want City of Calabasas to relax sign laws

Current ordinance too restrictive, Chamber says

A group of business owners in Calabasas asked the City Council at its Dec. 10 meeting to review the restrictions on sign usage in the city. The group wants more freeway facing signs, fewer restrictions on the size of monument signs and elimination of the ban on sidewalk signs. The issue was placed on the council’s agenda after it received […]

Beware of DUI checkpoint

If you’re thinking about drinking at your holiday party and getting behind the wheel without sobering up, think twice. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Malibu/Lost Hills Station said it will be conducting a DUI/driver’s license checkpoint on Fri., Dec. 19 at an undisclosed location in Malibu. The checkpoint—Pacific Coast Highway is a common target area—will be between 7 p.m. […]

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