2015-11-25 E-Edition

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Pet hotel, hospital host open house

THE GRAND TOUR—Amanda Johnson, a front desk associate at the Barkley Pet Hotel, leads a tour group during an open house and client appreciation day Nov. 14 during the fifth anniversary celebration for the hotel and VCA Westlake Village Animal Hospital. Activities for the event included tours of the facility, educational talks, face painting, food trucks, and mock veterinary surgery […]

Third-grade girl writes and illustrates own book

Tale is an adventure of twins in space

Sienna Rose Miller’s interest in outer space led to the publication of a new book by the Calabasas 8-year-old titled “The Adventure in Space.” Sienna, a third-grader at Bay Laurel Elementary School, wrote and illustrated the $9.99 softcover book, which is on sale in stores and online (ISBN 978- 1-68222-356-7). Sienna, herself a twin, writes about a twin brother and […]

Moorpark Civic Ballet to perform ‘Nutcracker’

Moorpark Civic Ballet will present two performances of “The Nutcracker” at 1:30 and 6:30 p.m. Sat., Dec. 19 at the Scherr Forum, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Center, 2100 E. T.O. Blvd. Hannah Yasenchok, an eighth-grader from Chaparral Middle School in Moorpark, will dance the role of Clara. Hannah has been dancing since she was 4 years old. Pam Rossi is […]

Star-crossed lovers in OPHS play

Oak Park High School will present William Shakespeare’s classic tragedy, “Romeo and Juliet,” at the OPHS Performing Arts Pavilion, 899 N. Kanan Road. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Thurs. through Sat., Dec. 3 to 5, with a 2 p.m. matinee Dec. 5 In the play, a long feud between the Montague and Capulet families disrupts the city of Verona and causes […]

The ‘Rat Pack’ is back in town

Sandy Hackett’s “Rat Pack Christmas” will play at 8 p.m. Sat., Dec. 5 at the Civic Arts Plaza’s Kavli Theatre, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., T.O. Celebrate Frank Sinatra’s 100th birthday with this holiday show featuring Hackett as Joey Bishop, Lisa Dawn Miller as Ava Gardner, Angelo Babbaro as Frank Sinatra, Kenneth Jones as Sammy Davis, Jr. and Tom Wallek […]

Motown, rock , doo-wop and more

Under the Streetlamp, a new vocal group with two PBS top specials, will perform an evening of classic hits from the American radio songbook at 8 p.m. Sat., Nov. 28 at the Fred Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd. Exuding the rapport of a modern-day Rat Pack, the quartet— recent leading cast members of the […]

Westlake High actors take comic roles seriously

Four songs from movie are performed

As any good journalist will tell you, the best kind of interviewer knows the answer to his question before he asks it. But in the case of “Grease,” which concluded an acclaimed four-day run at Westlake High School’s Carpenter Family Theatre last weekend, director DeDe Burke threw a curve at me when I asked if her students found it easier […]

Dial M for making up lies

Family Man

Wives are always making up stuff about their husbands. So how do you go about changing your wife’s mind? Years ago, I began a tradition of watching Alfred Hitchcock movies on Thanksgiving Day. Hitch’s films have everything the holiday needs—birds, carving and someone (me) who is accused of something he didn’t do, like “The Wrong Man.” Last year, my wife […]

Scouts make Thanksgiving baskets

This year, the 10 eighth-grade Cadettes of Girl Scout Troop 60497 are working on achieving their Silver Award, the highest award in Cadette Scouting. They feel fortunate that they will have a nice meal on the table on Thanksgiving Day but know that there are many people in the community that are less fortunate and could use food donations. To […]