2016-12-15

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Defend livestock by using dogs



Having just read the article about the mountain lion versus alpacas, I believe someone should get in touch with rancher Victoria Vaughn-Perling about a nontechnical way of protecting her beloved pets. Great Pyrenees and Anatolian shepherd dogs have been protecting sheep and other livestock against predators for thousands of years. If Ms. Vaughn-Perling is willing to make a call to […]

Supreme decorator makes a cool Yule

Hot Flashes

Wiser and lousier We don’t deck the halls; we deck it all, baby. We leave no sleigh unturned, no garland unfurled. ’Tis the season for let it rip, let it rip, let it rip. Camino de Christmas is just a bad holiday sweater that morphed into a house. From Santas with attitude in striped leggings to salty old Wise Men […]

Garrison Keillor bringing his wit to T.O.



The Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza will offer a presentation by storyteller and humorist Garrison Keillor at 7:30 p.m. Thurs., Jan. 26 at the Kavli Theatre, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd. Keillor started his career at Minnesota Public Radio in 1969 and is best known as the creator of the live variety show, “A Prairie Home Companion,” which he hosted from […]

Free program on mental illness



NAMI Westside Los Angeles, the local organization of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, will offer its Family-to- Family Education Program from 6 to 8:30 p.m. every Tuesday, Jan. 3 to March 28 at St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church, 28211 PCH, Malibu. The NAMI Family-to-Family program is a free, 12-session education course for family, partners, friends and significant others of adults […]

Wildlife bridge poses danger



Contrary to apparent popular belief, not everyone in town is in favor of the freeway crossing for lonely carnivorous cougars. I represent the Friends of Pepperdine, a group that supports 37 mule and blacktailed deer residing on or near the campus in Malibu. They can routinely be seen standing in the ivy near the law library, munching on the flora […]

Fighting hunger with a big rig

Interactive experience on wheels gives visitors a glimpse into the lives of people who struggle to put food on the table


In addition to their fitness classes and gym workouts, guests at the Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center were treated last week to a lesson in compassion. About 300 people visited the “This Is Hunger” mobile exhibit that came to the center and gained valuable insight into what hunger looks like in America. The exhibit’s Dec. 7 and 8 Calabasas visit was […]

Rose to retire after final holiday show

CONCERT REVIEW /// ‘One Magic Holiday’


“When I started this job, I was 6-foot-3,” joked the famously diminutive Alan Rose, longtime choir director for Westlake High School’s Choral Music Department. This year’s Christmas show, titled “One Magic Holiday,” is Rose’s 32nd and final one in his career at Westlake. He will retire in June 2017 with a lavish concert at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. […]

Hospital’s stroke center is accredited

Los Robles is first medical center in Ventura County to earn honor

Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center has been awarded the Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification from DNV GL-Healthcare. Los Robles becomes the first hospital in Ventura County to achieve this accreditation, and one of 14 hospitals in California to be named a Comprehensive Stroke Center. The accreditation reflects the highest level of competence for the treatment of acute stroke events. Comprehensive […]

Don’t blame the cougar



The owner of these poor alpacas states, “I don’t know what to do.” Isn’t it obvious? Get rid of these defenseless animals before another gets killed. The cougar is only doing what is natural in the wild. Vaughn-Perling made the decision to keep those poor creatures unprotected in this environment and now she wants outside help to fix her problem. […]