2016-11-23 E-Edition

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Medicare hospice and benefits can help the terminally ill

COMMENTARY /// End of life

When I talk to people with Medicare about planning for the end of their lives, the statistic that always strikes me is this: If you ask people where they’d rather die—in a hospital or at home—75 percent say at home and 25 percent say the hospital. But when you look at what actually happens, only 25 percent of people get […]

Interfaith Thanksgiving Eve service

The Conejo Valley Interfaith Association will host its 40th annual Thanksgiving Eve service tonight from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wed., Nov. 23 at St. Jude the Apostle Catholic Church, 32032 W. Lindero Canyon Road., Westlake Village. The service will include music and speakers representing over 25 houses of worship in the area. Attendees are asked to bring one can or […]

Students are stellar in ‘Oz’

PLAY REVIEW /// ‘Wonderful Wizard of Oz’

L. Frank Baum’s “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” has been a staple of children’s literature for more than a century since its first publication in 1900. Since then, numerous adaptations have been produced, most notably a 1903 stage musical with songs co-written by Baum, the famous 1939 MGM motion picture starring Judy Garland and a subsequent stage musical based on […]

‘Elf Jr.’ for the holidays

Youth Musical Theatre will present “Elf Jr.,” a family musical, at 7:30 p.m. Fri., Dec. 2 at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. The eight-performance weekend run will end Sun., Dec. 11. Directed by Raymond Saar, this show is based on the Hollywood film starring Will Ferrell. “Elf Jr.” tells the story of Buddy, […]

Yep, Ringo gets by with help from his friends

CONCERT REVIEW /// Ringo Starr

Whether 8 or 80, everyone should see a Beatle once in their life. With John Lennon and George Harrison long gone, that leaves Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. The latter made an appearance Nov. 11 at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza’s Fred Kavli Theatre with his latest assemblage of geezer rockers known as the All-Starr Band. The group thrilled […]


THURS., NOV. 24 Thanksgiving Day 5K 8 a.m. at Rancho Simi Park (duck pond), 1765 Royal Ave., Simi Valley. Course is on bike path. Walkers, joggers and runners welcome. All runners receive swag bag. Portion of proceeds go to local youth groups. Cost: $55. Web: www.ThanksgivingDay5k.com. SAT., NOV. 26 Buckles And Bows Square Dance Club 7 to 10 p.m. at […]

Soccer team can’t lose on pitch

WAY TO GO—The Extra U-12 boys’ soccer team went undefeated in back-to-back seasons, reaching the Western State Championships in Nevada. Pictured, from left, are coach John Saleh, Jake Tomay, Keon Saleh, Uki Mohapatra, Matthew Hinkle, Harrison Novak, Max Peters, Ara Gyuloglyan, Ryan Chu, Tosh Johnson, Roy Haramati and assistant Ben Chu. Braylen Dritz and Jackson Turner are not pictured.

Elbaum, Diaz lead way

Veterans guide inexperienced Charger boys’ basketball team

Twelve players graduated from the Chargers’ roster last year. Only two are back. Matthew Elbaum and Chris Diaz are three-year varsity veterans for Agoura High’s boys’ basketball team. The Chargers don’t just need Elbaum and Diaz to play well, they need the senior leaders and honors students to elevate the rest of the squad, too. “Matt and Chris need to […]

A walk down memory lane with a futuristic twist

Family Man

Only turkeys walk down memory lane My son is coming home from college for Thanksgiving and I can’t wait. I miss him. In reality, he hasn’t gone anywhere—not yet, anyway. The kid is only 13 years old. He’s in junior high school. But in just five years, my wife and I will be empty nesters. I dread that. And I […]