It’s a draw . . .

REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE—Winners of the Calabasas Environmental Commission’s 2016 Recycling Drawing Contest display their masterpieces. Each child won $25 and gave a presentation about the drawing at the commission’s Dec. 6 meeting. The annual contest, which started 12 years ago, received over 1,400 submissions.

Christmas traditions dead as a doornail

Family Man

It doesn’t feel like the holidays. Maybe that’s because I’ve been so busy I’ve missed traditions like watching “Santa and the Three Bears,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” I haven’t read one poem from “It’s Christmas” by Jack Prelutsky, and I haven’t listened to a single song from my Reader’s Digest “Christmas Through the Years” […]

Pets teach children patience, compassion

Lily Symone Cagle is a 5-yearold kindergartner at Sumac Elementary School in Agoura Hills who recently became a first-time pet owner. The daughter of Brian and Loren Cagle of rural Agoura, Lily is in the dual-immersion language program at Sumac and is learning to speak Spanish. Outside of the classroom, she’s busy learning the language of cats. Earlier this year, […]

Stir the pot

Wolfgang Wood is cooking with Cal Lutheran men’s basketball team

Christmas came early for the Cal Lutheran men’s basketball team—really early. The Kingsmen welcomed Wolfgang Wood, the former Arizona Christian University standout, to the squad this past summer. While he’s no chef, the 6-foot- 4, 195-pound senior forward is cooking on the hardwood this season, averaging a team-high 21 points through the team’s first six games. “We knew he was […]

Changing of the guard puts Maurer in charge


Veteran City Councilmember Mary Sue Maurer has taken the reins as mayor of Calabasas and promises to boost public engagement during her upcoming year at the city’s helm. The new mayor and her colleagues took on their new roles at a government reorganization meeting last week. The council chambers were packed with family members, friends and representatives from other government […]

Happy Holidays

WESTLAKE CELEBRATION—The Shoppes at Westlake Village host the city’s 35th anniversary celebration Dec. 11, featuring a special holiday singalong. Above, the Westlake Village Inn carolers join in “Frosty the Snowman.” Above left, Santa gets a visit from the Morrales sisters: 3-year-old Monica on Santa’s lap and 6-year-old twins Sarah, left, and Emma. Far left, Kallie Gustafan tries her hand at […]

‘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 […]

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