CLU jazz musicians with Enzo Villaparedes

The Blues CLUS Band, comprised of student jazz musicians from Cal Lutheran University, will team up with special guest Enzo Villaparedes to present a concert at 7 p.m. Fri., Dec. 9 in Preus-Brandt Forum, 135 Chapel Lane on the Thousand Oaks campus. Under director Uziel Colón, student performers in the Jazz Collective will play and improvise music from an eclectic […]

Sensitive tale of marriage in ‘Loving’


In some ways, “Loving” is just the story of a woman who wanted to be able to go home; its telling makes it a home-cooked feast in a fast-food world. Three years ago, in his movie “Mud,” writer-director Jeff Nichols showed what it was like to be young, to be poor and hopeful, to be living on a dream. He […]

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 […]

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 […]


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 […]

Ceremony to celebrate Sankta Lucia

Cal Lutheran University will present a free Sankta Lucia Festival today at 11:25 a.m. Thurs., Dec. 8 on campus in Samuelson Chapel at 165 Chapel Lane on the Thousand Oaks campus. The Swedish ceremony pays homage to the Christian martyr who died at the stake on Dec. 13, A.D. 304. The tradition, which was brought to America by Swedish immigrants, […]

Adventists honor war pacifist

Members of the Thousand Oaks Seventh-day Adventist Church are feeling energized following the success of the Mel Gibson-directed film “Hacksaw Ridge,” which has grossed over $50 million in the U.S. since it was released in theaters Nov. 4. The movie tells the story of World War II Army medic Desmond Doss, a conscientious objector and devout Seventh-day Adventist who received […]

Riding for a cause

WHEELS IN MOTION—The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley receive 50 bicycles donated by world-champion Peter Sagan whose popular race, the VIP Charity Ride, took place last month in Westlake Village. The charity ride helps to raise funds for children.

Holiday cheer in Calabasas

Donations needed to stuff kids’ bags

Sixteen Southeast Ventura County childcare sites are collecting items for the My Stuff Bags Foundation throughout December. In addition, students who attend the before-and-after-school YMCA childcare programs will make blankets to donate. My Stuff Bags Foundation, based in Westlake Village, provides new belongings to nearly 300,000 children around the country each year who must enter crisis shelters and foster care—often […]