2016-03-24

Pre -show for ‘Ragtime’



The Sedalia Ragtime Orchestra will give a free concert from 6 to 7 p.m. prior to the opening night performance of the musical “Ragtime” at 8 p.m. Thurs., March 24 at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 T.O. Blvd. The 6 p.m. free concert will take place on the plaza outside of the Kavli Theatre lobby. The orchestra, which […]

Important to take individual responsibility



Yes, teamwork, dedication and good sportsmanship are important to the success of a baseball team. However, the number one lesson that baseball teaches is the importance of “individual responsibility.” That is not the number one goal in most other sports activities, but in baseball, when the second baseman does or does not make the play, everyone knows it, just as […]

Speaker to address food, climate change



Cal Lutheran University will host a free presentation by award-winning author Willis Jenkins on the ethics of food and the politics of climate change at 7 p.m. Thurs., March 31 on the Thousand Oaks campus in the Lundring Events Center in the Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center on the north side of Olsen Road. Jenkins is an associate professor of […]

Techniques for dealing with chronic pain

COMMENTARY /// Pain management


Pain is something we all want to avoid. Fortunately, it is usually temporary pain that goes away on its own or with a help from over-the-counter remedies. Millions of people, however, are living with pain that isn’t temporary, and it often makes life miserable. This type of pain, known as chronic pain, can interrupt every part of daily life. Most […]

Infant dies following pool mishap

Child got out through doggie door, family says


A public memorial was held Wednesday in Westlake Village for a baby boy who died March 18 after being found unresponsive in his grandparents’ swimming pool the day before. George Matthews was in town visiting family with his parents, Jon and Jamie, at the time of the March 17 accident. He was just 18 months old. Jamie Matthews grew up […]

From too much to just right: downsizing made easy



The Goebel Adult Community Center and The Reserve at Thousand Oaks will host a seminar on “What To Do with Your Stuff!” from 2:15 to 3:15 p.m. Fri., April 8 at the Goebel center, 1385 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. If that session fills, another one will take place Sat., April 9 at The Reserve at Thousand Oaks. The presentation […]

Ground squirrels eye local gardens

CRITTER TAIL /// Our furry friends


Deep in the middle of a misty night when the moon was a strange blur of tarnished silver drifting among fog clouds, Nature provided the antidote to my sleepless night. An invasion of ground squirrels had devoured my fairy primroses— my only attempt at early spring color in my winter-plundered garden—leaving me quite fretful. This led me out to my […]

Final curtain for Cabrillo Theatre after two-decade run




Cabrillo Music Theatre, which for 22 years has nurtured young performers and entertained audiences at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, will suspend operations at the end of its current season, its board of directors announced this week. The season runs through July 24. Two years after an emergency fundraising campaign collected over $200,000, the board said Monday that Cabrillo’s […]

Animal abandonment rises in spring

COMMENTARY /// Wildlife care


The busiest time of year for the California Wildlife Center is upon us. It is baby bird and mammal season, and CWC is already seeing much confusion about how people should deal with abandoned or injured baby animals. If you find a baby bird or mammal, first call the California Wildlife Center. CWC will instruct you on how to care […]

Using art and beauty to glorify God

Roots of Faith


How can mortal humans ever hope to visualize the grandeur of an infinite God? A sample of great works created to share the wonders of the almighty can be seen at the “Vatican Splendors” exhibit at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley. Comprised of such mundane elements as stone, metal, paint and fabric, these pieces are not only aesthetic masterpieces […]


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