2016-04-21

Controlling anger is all the rage

Roots of Faith

One of my favorite animated movies is the delightful “Meet the Robinsons.” One character is driven by revenge, fueled by an ancient resentment he allowed to fester and grow. When he finally allows this anger to dissipate, he’s at first confused, and then thrilled, by his newfound freedom. Corrie ten Boom, who had watched her sister die in a Nazi […]

District leans Democratic, but no guarantees



Nearly 1 million people live in the state’s 27th Senate District, which includes Calabasas, Agoura Hills, Westlake Village, Thousand Oaks, Moorpark and Simi Valley. Approximately 40 percent of the area’s 518,000 voters are registered Democratic and 32 percent are Republican. The 27th District was redrawn in 2011 to also include Malibu, the western San Fernando Valley and a small portion […]

Giving up the getup shop

Longtime costume store owner ready for next phase of life


Costume Alley, a costume shop in Westlake Village, is closing after two decades of dressing up the Conejo Valley in unique outfits. But this is not the end of the clothing line for energetic store owner Linda Bredemann. A competition dancer, former theater director and grocery checker who also dabbled in real estate, Bredemann, 69, is well-acquainted with change, and […]

Film challenges war’s new rules of engagement

The Movie Nut

Like a dinner in a 5-star restaurant, there’s not a lot on the plate, but what is here is choice. “Eye in the Sky” is a realistic, morally complex war story based on the new rules of engagement, where commanders sit at computer screens continents away from their targets. And the choices get more complicated in the battle zones. Director […]

OPHS thespians get their ‘acts’ together tonight



The Oak Park High School annual Spotlight production will be an evening of one-act plays at 7 p.m. Thurs., and Sat., April 21 and 23, in the school’s Performing Arts Pavilion, 899 N. Kanan Road. A matinee will start at 2 p.m. Sat., April 23. The evening will consist of seven one-act comedies and dramas, all student run. The plays […]

Bible program opens sign-ups



Children ages 4 years through sixth grade in the fall can participate in a week-long Vacation Bible School at the United Methodist Church of Westlake Village, 1049 S. Westlake Blvd. Cave Quest VBS will take place from 9 a.m. to noon. Mon. through Fri., June 13 to 17. The week will conclude with a free family picnic and fun night […]

Owl habitats will help rodent control



The Las Virgenes Municipal Water District Board of Directors was presented the first of eight barn owl roosts from Ty Kastendiek, an instructor at Camp David Gonzalez in Malibu Canyon, at its April 12 meeting. District staff looked into providing owl habitat in response to growing regional concerns about the use of rodenticides and the harm they cause to predators […]

All that jazz



A FINE YEAR—Above, Vito Panaro of Panaro Bros. Winery pours wine for Westlake Village residents Christina Thompson, left, Laura Gordon and Thompson’s husband, Trevor, during the fifth annual California Jazz and Wine Fest April 17 at the Westlake Four Seasons Hotel, presented by Westlake Rotary Sunrise. Right, headliner Tom Scott blows a mean horn.

Greens thumbs up for garden



GROWTH—Calabasas High School students Chaya Gruber, Emmy Becker-Spector, Alexandra Barr and Lucy Shiller sell baked goods at the recent Earth Day festival in Calabasas. Proceeds will be used to expand a native community garden that was created two years ago on the CHS campus. Although the plot is small and self-funded, students will receive help from the city during an […]

Local alumni chosen to study in European ethics program



Abraar Karan, a Calabasas High School graduate and currently a student at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and Dayton Martindale, an Oak Park High alumnus who is now a first-year student at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, were both chosen by FASPE (Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics) to participate in a […]


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