2015-12-30

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Looking back, looking ahead



As the clock winds down on 2015, it’s time to reflect on some of the year’s top stories—and look ahead toward a fresh new year when we have yet another chance to get it right. It’s easy to get stuck on old ideas and thoughts, but as inspirational speaker and business maven Colleen Ferrary has said, “You’ll never move forward […]

Introduction to mindfulness



What is mindfulness and who can practice it? Learn about this nonreligious stress reduction practice from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tues., Jan. 5 at the Westlake Village Library, 31220 Oak Crest Drive. The program is free and for adults only. The presenter will be Audrey Walzer, who teaches several 10- week “Learn Mindfulness Meditation” courses in Ventura County. For information, […]

Building bears for charity



VERY BEARY SWEET—The girls from Lupin Hill Elementary School Daisy Troop 2296 in Calabasas make stuffed bears at a Build-A-Bear workshop in Thousand Oaks. They later donated the cuddly creations to the My Stuffed Bags charity in a gesture of holiday giving.

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Oh, the power of motherly love

Single Files

I love Henry David Thoreau’s saying “There is no remedy for love but to love more.” Probably like most of us, I find I have the capacity to love many people in different ways. For one, I love my dear friends. They support me and stand by me no matter what, and there are those who’ve essentially “adopted” me as […]

Westlake club celebrates nature in art



The Westlake Village Garden Club will meet Tues., Jan. 5 at the North Ranch Community Center, 1400 N. Westlake Blvd., Thousand Oaks. Refreshments will be served at 9.30 a.m. followed by the meeting from 10 a.m. to noon. Artist Susan Rios will present “Garden Celebration in Painting. A self-taught painter, Rios has been painting with acrylics for more than 30 […]

Church ‘doctor’ called to help guide Westminster Presbyterian




The Rev. Dr. Charles Svendsen, the new interim pastor at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Westlake Village, has traveled the world to help congregations in transition. Westminster, a congregation of about 800 members, is his 23rd pastorate. As transitional pastor, Svendsen will help Westminster get ready for a new minister. He will also work with the congregation to make sure it’s […]

Opinion about rodenticide



Sylvie Belmond’s recent article dealt with rodenticides, so why bring other classes of poisons into the discussion? The article provided no references for its statement: “Pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and rodenticides carry both benefits and drawbacks.” It is not substantiated that rodenticides carry benefits; and at best, rodenticides defeat their so-called purpose by destroying the predators that keep the pests from […]


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