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 […]

Meal vs. deal

Retailers continue to encroach on Thanksgiving

As families gather around the dinner table tomorrow for Thanksgiving, many will experience a 21st-century phenomenon: the Turkey Day dine and dash. Whether out of desire to get a jumpstart on holiday shopping, or out of obligation to their employer, more and more Americans are passing on the pumpkin pie and apple tart so they can get to their nearest […]

Holiday driving tips

Thanksgiving weekend, traditionally one of the busiest travel times in America, can also be one of the deadliest. The California Highway Patrol will have all available officers on patrol during a Maximum Enforcement Period to help avoid tragedies for California motorists. The MEP will begin today at 6 p.m. Wed., Nov. 25 and continue through 11:59 p.m. Sun., Nov. 29. […]

Red Frisbee revives dog’s spirit


There are bluff-top benches above bustling Malibu beaches only a short drive from my rural Agoura home, but for Christmas 1998 my friend Tiller and I drove to Carpinteria to revisit a special beach bench. It was there my dog Zoe liked to rest after a rollicking day of Frisbee on the uncrowded shore. She was marking her 13th Christmas […]

Workshop on short-term vacation rentals

The Ventura County Board of Supervisors will hold a public workshop to discuss the regulation of short-term vacation rentals in the unincorporated areas of the county at 2:30 p.m. Tues., Dec. 8 in the Hall of Administration’s Board Hearing Room at the County Government Center, 800 S. Victoria Ave., Ventura. The county’s Resource Management Agency will present a report to […]

Agoura author recognized

The Writers’ Program at UCLA Extension announced six winners for its inaugural Claire Carmichael Scholarship in Novel Writing. The group includes Pamela Lee Blankenship of Agoura Hills. Each recipient receives three Writers’ Program classes and, upon completion, the scholars will be invited to submit 75 to 100 pages of their novel for review by Carmichael and two judges. The winning […]

Pet of the Week

SWEET BOY—BOY Mino is a male yellow Labrador retriever about 11 years old. He is playful with small children and gets along with other animals. If you would like to adopt Mino ask for ID No. A4896186at the Agoura Hills Animal Shelter, 29525 Agoura Road. Occasionally pets have already been adopted, so check http:// animalcare. lacounty. gov before visiting the […]

First superintendent of Oak Park school district dies at 81

Daniel Thompson, Oak Park Unified School District’s first superintendent, died Oct. 26. The 81-year-old had suffered from Parkinson’s disease and dementia. He spent the last five weeks of his life in a residential care home, said his widow, Marilyn. Thompson served as superintendent of the fledgling district for 10 years, from 1977 to 1987. “Everyone loved Dan, and he did […]

Good life, not a life of goods

commentary /// Eye on the environment

Ric Burns’ upcoming film, “The Pilgrims,” is expected to continue the Burns’ family tradition of documenting American history with engaging insight. In a recent interview on National Public Radio, Burns emphasized aspects of the Thanksgiving story rarely highlighted in current celebrations. The pilgrims, said Burns, came to make a “Godly Kingdom” and started with faith in God to provide resources […]

Home Depot to give it another go?

Company makes second request to build on same site

Six years after it was denied permission by the Thousand Oaks City Council to open in a former Kmart store, Home Depot appears poised to give it another go on Hampshire Road. In August, the home improvement giant submitted a pre-application to the city of Thousand Oaks to build a store at 325 Hampshire Road, followed by an updated plan […]

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