The Calabasas Library at 200 Civic Center Way will present these free programs in January. For more information, call the library at (818) 225-7616 or go to www.cityofcalabasas.com/ library.html. The Calabasas Library will be closed on Fri., Jan. 1 and Sun., Jan. 19. Yoga and You at noon on Thurs., Jan. 7 and 21. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a […]

Bird and tree have lasting relationship

Is it a human’s responsibility to provide habitat for wildlife? This question weighed heavily on me and my friend as we tackled a long overdue trim of a particularly unruly scrub oak in her backyard. The fire department did not like the tree. The board of directors that oversees our community did not like the tree. My friend had mixed […]


Agoura Chargers Fri., Jan. 1: Winter break-no school Mon., Jan. 4: Late start day Tues., Jan. 5: Grad Nite meeting/ A1/7 p.m. Thurs., Jan. 7: Junior Java/main quad/10:20 to 10:30 a.m. Calabasas Coyotes Fri., Jan. 1: Winter break-no school Mon., Jan. 4: PFC meeting/lecture hall/9:30 a.m. Wed., Jan. 6: Theater boosters/ black box/7 p.m. Thurs., Jan. 7: Financial aid workshop/lecture […]

Mountain lions are the 2015 Citizens of the Year

The mountain lions that call the Santa Monica Mountains home were the talk of the town in the year past. For more than 20 years, National Park Service biologists have been tracking over two dozen cougars that live in the region. Five animals that were part of the study died this year: P-32, P-34, P-36, P-37 and P-43. The death […]

One-City-One-Book program in Westlake

The City of Westlake Village, Westlake Village Library and the Friends of the Westlake Village Library are co-sponsoring the annual Westlake Village Reads, a One-City-One-Book program, during January and February. This year’s theme, “The Arts” will be highlighted in free programs for residents of all ages. The program will kick off with a concert from local singer Bonnie Bowden at […]

Pet of the week

LAID BACK CAT— Charlie is an easy-going, altered male, black, domestic cat about 6 years old. To adopt Charlie, ask for ID No. A4898703 at the Agoura Hills Animal Shelter, 29525 Agoura Road. Occasionally pets have already been adopted, so check www.animalcare.lacounty.gov before visiting the shelter.

Reading marathon at the Westlake library

The Friends of the Westlake Village Library will present a reading marathon of “The Tales of Beedle the Bard” by J.K. Rowling at 11 a. m. Sat., Jan. 9 at 31220 Oak Crest Drive. Youths age 11 and older and adults will read the book aloud in one day. Attendees will receive a bookmark, and readers will get a special […]

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.