Blood relatives

What would you do if your child needed blood and none was available? A couple of years ago my daughter, a fourth-grade teacher, had a sweet and loving child in her classroom appropriately named Butterfly. This little girl was full of joy and much loved by her classmates. She was usually the first child to run out of the room […]

Cheers for science

Carnival time

Westlake Hills Elementary School will host a spring carnival from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sat., May 6. The family-friendly event is open to the public and will feature activities with a jungle theme, including carnival games, inflatable slides and courses, arts and crafts, face painting, a raffle, silent auction, food trucks and DJ music. The raffle and silent auction will […]

Psalm 23, a favorite among the faithful

Roots of Faith

When asked to recite Scripture, most Christians can recall the Lord’s Prayer, John 3:16 and Psalm 23. Of all of the 150 psalms in the Bible, why is this one the most popular? This psalm gained little attention until 1858, when preacher Henry Ward Beecher declared it the “nightingale of psalms.” By 1916 the passage was used in the Methodist […]

In praise of Richard Nixon

Today, I can say with confidence that the beginning of the 21st century is still the Age of Nixon; we’re still living in a world he played a role in shaping. Though our country has changed in many ways in the 43 years since Nixon’s resignation and 23 years since his death, the basic domestic policies and international order that […]


Calabasas The Calabasas Library will offer the following free programs and events in May at 200 Civic Center Way. Kids age 5 to 11 can stop by the library every day between 3 and 5 p.m. from May 4 to 6 for Children’s Book Week, which will have activities and giveaways featuring book characters. In addition, a story time for […]

Humorless play needs rearranging

PLAY REVIEW /// ‘Furniture’

At the beginning of Marc Warren’s new play, “The Furniture,” which was performed April 21 through 23 at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts, middle-aged Arthur Lewis delivers a nostalgic monologue about growing up in Brooklyn and lamenting what has become of the borough since he left. But this is no “Brighton Beach Memoirs,” and it doesn’t take long before […]

All Bach music, all the time

Morrison got their goats

HAVE YOU HERD?—The Morrison Ranch Estates Homeowners Association in Agoura Hills has once again called in the cavalry or, in this case, the goats. Each year, the HOA hires a goat herd to gobble up the heavy scrub that grows on an 80-acre swath around the perimeter of Morrison Ranch. These are some of the more than 500 goats that […]

Local reps weigh in on ‘sanctuary state’ bill

A proposed bill that would prevent law enforcement agencies from using their resources to help with immigration enforcement is heading to the California Assembly, and Ventura County authorities are fighting to stop its passage. Senate Bill 54, authored by Sen. Kevin De Leon (D-Los Angeles) and commonly referred to as the “sanctuary state” bill, passed the state Senate April 3 […]

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