Food bank CEO to ride in parade

Bonnie Atmore, FOOD Share of Ventura County president/ CEO, has been selected by Dole Packaged Foods to represent the regional food bank and national hunger relief network Feeding America as part of Dole’s float “Spirit of Hawaii” in the 128th Tournament of Roses Parade on Mon., Jan. 2 in Pasadena. This year’s parade theme is “Echoes of Success,” a tribute […]


THURS., DEC. 8 Simi Valley Community Council 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Sutter’s Mill, 3885 Cochran St., Simi Valley. Royal High School choir sings holiday music. Bring canned foods or new toys for Samaritan Center. Lunch cost: $18 by cash or check. Web: www.svcommunitycouncil.org. Ventura County Rose Society 6 p.m. at Ventura County Office of Education Conference Center, 5100 […]

Classes available on mental health first aid

Mental Health First Aid will offer the following eight-hour, mental health first aid certification courses at no charge. MHFA is an international program designed to intervene and prevent mental health problems from developing into more serious issues, including suicide. The five-step action plan taught is flexible, safe and effective. Youth mental health first aid will be offered from 9 a.m. […]



Gingerbread village pays homage to Mickey Mouse The culinary crew at University Village Thousand Oaks has whipped up a Dickens-esque gingerbread village inspired by Disney Studios’ “Mickey’s Christmas Carol.” The public can view the fantasy village from noon to 3 p.m. Sat., Dec. 10 at University Village, 3415 Campus Drive, Thousand Oaks. Fresh-baked cookies and refreshments will be served. Last […]

Yes, big things do come in small packages

PLAY REVIEW /// ‘Elf Jr.’

It’s that time of year, December, when old favorites like “A Christmas Carol” and “It’s a Wonderful Life” make their way to your local community theater stage. But there’s another production gaining favor with all audiences, young and old: “Elf,” the 2010 musical based on the successful 2003 motion picture. The “junior” version of the show is being staged for […]

Sweet new business opens at North Ranch Gateway in Westlake

Dozens of people lined up throughout the morning of Dec. 6 to get a taste of nostalgia at the new Dunkin’ Donuts shop in Westlake Village. The store at the remodeled North Ranch Gateway shopping center at the intersection of Thousand Oaks Boulevard and Lindero Canyon Road opened at 5 a.m. on Tuesday. Customers waiting outside the eatery shared stories […]

Don’t blame the lions

What is wrong with our elected officials and the community do-gooders? First build a glorified animal mating overpass and spend $60 million in money we do not have. Now, we are allowing nasty hunters with guns to shoot P-45. Let’s get real and lock the doors, buy alarms and be sure of who we are killing. Take a lesson from […]

Rockin’ the field

GIRLS RULE—The Rocking Road Runners from Agoura Hills celebrate their U-10 division title in Region 4 of the American Youth Soccer Organization. Dave McLaughlin coached the girls.

Great fare for foodies and finicky eaters

Agave Maria’s in Camarillo offers more than just Mexican food

If you’ve been yearning for some great family-friendly food and a delightful patio restaurant experience in Camarillo, Agave Maria’s is the place to go. Here you can bring even the most finicky eaters, dieters, health-conscious diners and foodies alike because this establishment knows what customers want. Owner Tracy Jeffares has over six years of experience catering to the taste buds […]

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