2016-02-04 E-Edition

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Programs this month at Stagecoach Museum

Antique valentines on display Feb. 14

The Stagecoach Inn Museum will host a Valentine’s Day Sweetheart event from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sun., Feb. 14 at 51 S. Ventu Park Road, Newbury Park. At this celebration, antique valentine cards will be displayed throughout the museum. In addition, the museum will offer an orientation for anyone interested in becoming a volunteer at the museum. Volunteers are needed […]

Meals for orphans

FEED THE HUNDRY—Above, 16-year-old Joran Jones, center, of Thousand Oaks helps pack meals at Oak Christian School in Westlake Village on Jan. 30. The OCS basketball program joined with Children of the Nation to prepare non-perishable meals for 20,000 orphans in Sierra Leone and Uganda, Africa. Left, point guard and organizer Weston Crump, 15, joins in the effort. The students […]


Agoura Chargers Fri., Feb. 5: Mr. Charger pageant/ main stage/7 p.m. Mon., Feb. 8: Charger Club/ A1/7 p.m. Wed., Feb. 10: Dance marathon assembly/performing arts education center/10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Showcase/6 p.m. Thurs., Feb. 11: Late start day Calabasas Coyotes Fri., Feb. 5: Last day to change electives Sat., Feb. 6: ACT/7:45 a.m. Saturday school tutoring/ library/8:30 a.m. Outdoor […]

Westlake girls’ soccer team is No. 1 in Division 2 poll

WARRIORS SURGE TO THE TOP—The Westlake High girls’ soccer team skyrocketed up to No. 1 in the CIF-Southern Section Division 2 poll this week. The Warriors were ranked eighth last week. Westlake’s Mackenzie Hall, above, kicks the ball against Santa Barbara earlier this season. Westlake, 9-0-2 overall at press time, plays at 6:15 p.m. Friday at home against Thousand Oaks.

Storm assistance

During last Sunday’s storm a tree was blown down from the median onto Lindero Canyon Road in Oak Park. The tree was lying across two lanes and was a danger to motorists who happened by. I was driving home from church going the opposite direction, when I see a lady picking up the fallen tree and piling it back onto […]

Columnist seeks perfect partner, tech wiz

Single Files

There’s not much worse for a writer than sitting down to compose the perfect piece and the computer acts up, the system is down, a program needs updating or something equally annoying occurs. Or wanting to relax in front of the TV after a hard day’s work and the cable is out for some unknown reason. Argh! These scenarios often […]

Wilderness survival class for city slickers

Before taking a wilderness basics course offered through the Los Padres Chapter of the Sierra Club last year, Simi Valley resident Shailaja Rao considered herself “a city girl” with little experience in the great outdoors. “I started to hike a few years back and realized how beautiful the naked nature is, so I really wanted to learn how to backpack, […]

Jewish holiday of Tu B’shvat celebrates gift of nature

COMMENTARY /// Tree hugging, the Jewish way

Long before Earth Day or Arbor Day, Jews observed an ecological holiday that we still celebrate today: Tu B’shvat, the New Year of the Trees. Observed this year on the eve of Jan. 24, this holiday is discussed in the Mishnah, a Jewish sacred text codified some 1,800 years ago. It’s placed in the same category as Rosh Hashanah as […]