‘The Nutcracker’ at AHS

San Fernando Valley-based California Dance Academy and Dance Ensemble will present the holiday ballet “The Nutcracker” Sat. and Sun., Dec. 17 and 18 at the Agoura High School performing arts education center, 28545 W. Driver Ave. Showtimes are 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 17, and 1 and 5:30 p.m. Dec. 18. This professional production features academy dancers alongside professional guest […]

Candlelight service at cemetery brings comfort to the grieving

As the mother of a son who died at 5 weeks old, Jennifer Medina hoped to find comfort by lighting a candle in his honor at the annual Candlelight Service of Remembrance last weekend in Westlake Village. “It’s really hard. I live it every day,” said Medina, a Newbury Park resident whose son, Daniel Theodore, died April 8 from a […]

Mountain lion killed on 118 Freeway in Simi

 National Park Service biologists confirmed that a mountain lion recently struck by a vehicle earlier this month on the 118 Freeway was P-39, an adult female with three 6-month-old kittens. The death occurred Dec. 3 east of the Rocky Peak exit near the Simi Valley-Chatsworth border. A witness saw the cougar dead on the side of the road, but told […]

Rolling out legal marijuana not as easy as you think


As the New Year approaches and California’s recreational marijuana law goes into effect, consumers may want to keep a few things in mind. While pot has become legal beyond just medicinal use, the shops planning to sell recreational weed won’t be up and running for another year. It will take at least that long for the state to fine-tune its […]

A scientifically minded scholar

Amgen Foundation names Agoura Hills resident to the ‘Top 10 To Watch’ list

In recognition of the 10th anniversary of the Amgen Scholars Program, the Amgen Foundation recently named 10 up-and-coming scientists, doctors and professors who it says have the potential to greatly impact the future of their professions for the benefit of humankind. Among them is Agoura Hills native Michelle Vaisman, a 21-year-old NASA Space Technology Research Fellow at the National Renewable […]

Registration open for camp

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley will host Winter Break Camp 2016 for boys and girls from Dec. 19 to 23 and Dec. 27 to 30 at three locations. The clubs are closed Dec. 26 and Jan. 2. Activities will including arts and crafts, holiday treats, music making, dancing and sports. Camp is open to grades one […]

Prayer can be more than words

AMEN—Color Me Prayer Arts Shabbat, a new form of prayer, gives God an invitation and a new doorway to penetrate hearts and minds. In a recent Shabbat let by Rabbi Paul Kipnes, left, and Cantor Doug Cotler, artist Alex Steinhauer painted the ancient story of Jacob’s Ladder from Genesis while musicians Lisa Friedman an Sheryl Braunstein led the singing with […]


National Charity League’s 2016 debutantes

National Charity League Los Angeles Founder Chapter held its 67th annual Coronet Debutante Ball on Nov. 26 in the Beverly Hills Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Nine young women made their debut at the traditional black-tie ball wearing 14K-gold lavaliers. They were presented one by one escorted by their fathers. The group included Agoura Hills resident Micaela Danielle Cole. […]


THURS., DEC. 15 Woodland Hills Woman’s Club 10 a.m. at Woodland Hills Country Club, 21150 Dumetz Road. El Camino High School Camarata choir performs holiday music. Luncheon cost: $25. RSVP required. Contact: Jane Leisure. Phone: 818.225. 0843. Channel Islands Gulls 11 a.m. at Spanish Hills Country Club, 999 Crestview Ave., Camarillo. Social time at 11 a.m., lunch at noon. Bring […]

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