2017-11-22

Longtime Calabasas activist named to traffic and transportation commission

Suwara appointed by Mayor Maurer


Calabasas resident Joanne Suwara has been involved in community organizations since she moved to the city in 1975. She’s worked as the business manager for the city’s Chamber of Commerce, has been active in her homeowners association, and co-founded the Calabasas Coalition, an organization that works to inform residents about development projects in the city. And Suwara, 75, is the […]

Ice is nice

The Lakes shopping center’s annual Holiday Ice Rink will be open through Sun., Jan. 28, 2018, at 2200 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. Hours are noon to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; noon to 10 p.m. Fridays; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturdays, and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays. During special holiday hours, the rink will open at 10 a.m. […]

Nativity sets on display to benefit homeless

No Room at the Inn, a charity group that each year displays hundreds of nativity sets to raise funds for homeless shelter programs of Ventura County, will celebrate its 25th year this December. More than 600 crèches will be on display through the weekend of Dec. 1 to 3 at Padre Serra Catholic Church, 5205 Upland Road, Camarillo. Since the […]

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Keeping urban wildlife at a distance



Nature Neighbors, an affiliate of the National Park Service, demonstrated how homeowners can coexist with animals during a recent meeting at Agoura Bible Fellowship in Old Agoura. Cathy Schoonmaker, an urban wildland conservation specialist who has partnered with the Santa Monica Mountains Fund, conducted a seminar on how to control pesky critters without killing them. Killing wildlife with kindness While […]

Lighting up the holidays

Pet of the week

GOOD KITTY—Thumbelina is a female black domestic longhair cat about 1 year old. She is very sweet, friendly and gets along with other cats. To adopt Thumbelina ask for ID No. A5107351 at the Agoura Hills Animal Shelter, 29525 Agoura Road. Pets have already been adopted, so check animalcare.lacounty.gov before visiting.

Awed as wonders of nature flutter by

On the Trail

On a recent road trip through desert cities, I pulled over to tour the campus of a community college with an architectural style and landscaping that reminded me of Cal Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks. Like CLU, the school’s buildings reflected simple, clean lines, with nothing towering, imposing or ostentatious. As at CLU, buildings were scattered amid trees, lawns and […]

Advice for seniors: Don’t worry, be happy

Other Side of 50

I marvel at my husband, who’s asleep as soon as his head hits the pillow. Not me. If I had a nickel for every time I lay awake at night thinking about something I needed to do the next day or replaying in my mind something that happened at work I’d be rich. In my 20s I remember being embarrassed […]

Even abandoned pet rats can find love through the internet



Love is a truly unpredictable sentiment; it can attach to some rather beastly beings. Not all of us can embrace a rat as a desirable pet, especially me with my long history of battling rodents intent on dismantling my rural Agoura home. That in addition to their hoarding behind the fridge 73 pieces of purloined dog kibble in a single […]


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