Shopping continues at frenetic pace

LOVE THOSE SALES—Jake Martin of Calabasas purchases a new television set on Thanksgiving day from Best Buy in Thousand Oaks. Holiday shopping continues at a strong pace throughout local shopping centers.


THURS., DEC. 14 Antiques And Collectibles Study Group 9:30 a.m. to noon at Stagecoach Inn Museum, Anderson Hall, 51 S. Ventu Park Road, Newbury Park. View holiday decorations in museum, carol singing. Bring wrapped, low-value vintage item for white elephant gift exchange. Refreshments. No charge. Phone: 805.495.3295. Email: pen1@verizon.net. Simi Valley Community Council 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Rancho […]


Chorale auditions The Village Voices Chorale will hold open auditions beginning Thurs., Jan. 4 for the spring concert season. Choral singing experience and good sight-reading skills are a plus. The group rehearses Tuesday evenings in Westlake Village. The 70-voice chorale, directed by Gloria Hilliard and accompanied by Christine DeKlotz, will present concerts titled “A Musical Carousel” at 8 p.m. June […]

New Westlake choir director debuts with school’s holiday concert

Westlake High School’s choir program entered a new chapter in its history Nov. 30 to Dec. 2 when choral music director Amy Rolniak led her students through the school’s annual holiday program. Rolniak replaces longtime director Alan Rose, who retired last spring after 35 years. Her WHS debut concert, titled “Swingin’ at Santa’s,” was closely geared to Rose’s formatting with […]

Youth musical provides color, laughs

PLAY REVIEW /// ‘Aladdin Jr.’

Behind the colorful costumes, tuneful score and wacky irreverence, Disney’s stage version of its 1992 musical film “Aladdin” teaches lessons about tolerance, the power of choice and the importance of personal freedom. The abridged “junior” version of the show was presented by Raymond Saar’s Youth Musical Theatre in a run that closed recently at Thousand Oaks’ Hillcrest Center for the […]



Tax group elects new president The Ventura County Taxpayers Association board of directors recently elected Bob Alviani to replace Dick Thompson as president and Chief Executive Officer. Alviani is a retired bank president, having spent 42 years in the banking industry. He retired from First Bank in 2014. Alviani received a degree in law in 1989. He served 17 years […]


A cantata on Heaven’s light The United Methodist Church of Westlake Village’s 50-voice Chancel Choir will perform “By Heaven’s Light” during the 9 and 10:30 a.m. worship services Sun., Dec. 17 at the church, 1049 S. Westlake Blvd. The Christmas cantata is by Tom S. Long and Allen Pote. The worshipful retelling of the Christmas story combines traditional carols, original […]

Chabad has a big heart

GENEROUS—Rabbi Shlomo Bistritzky, left, takes part in the inaugural Big Heart Toy Drive of Chabad of North Ranch with his son Levi, 7. Nearly 700 toys were collected, close to the goal of gathering 1,000 toys for children at Los Robles Hospital, members of the Friendship Circle and victims of the recent fires.

Community gathers for menorah lighting Friday

Temple Ner Simcha will light a community Hanukkah menorah at 6 p.m. Fri., Dec. 15 at The Stonehaus, 32039 Agoura Road, Westlake Village. The evening will also feature games and musical entertainment from David Zasloff, Ner Simcha’s cantorial soloist Benny Lipson and other special guests. One of the historical intentions of the holiday is for people to recommit themselves to […]