Tips for making a master bathroom a relaxing home oasis

COMMENTARY /// Budget-friendly upgrades

What does your bathroom mean to you? Is it an oasis, a place to unwind, relax and let the cares of the day simply melt away? Or is it just another room in your house? If your answer is the latter, then your bathroom isn’t doing everything it could. The good news is, getting your space there doesn’t have to […]

Dam repairs underway at Malibou Lake and Lake Lindero

The board of directors for the Malibou Mountain Club homeowners group said repairs are underway to fix a broken water control device inside the lake’s 40-foot dam. Shannon Ggem, who serves on the club’s board of directors, said the dam’s water release valve became stuck in the open position allowing water the lake’s water to escape. Ggem wouldn’t say how […]

Jolly Squad spreads local holiday joy

Young dance volunteers perform in December

Thrive Dance Center’s Jolly Squad, in its seventh season, is in full swing this December. More than 100 dancers from Thrive Dance Center in Newbury Park volunteer their time and talent every year to put together and perform a 30-minute holiday song and dance show at community events and 10 assisted living facilities in Simi Valley and Thousand Oaks areas. […]

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 […]

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Sheriff’s Blotter

Agoura Hills On Dec. 1, a burglar broke into a home on Woodcreek Court by smashing a sliding door, causing $2,000 in damage. A bedroom was ransacked, and the homeowner said a $300 necklace was missing. A witness said two people got into a silver Hyundai with dealer plates that was driven by a third person. An unlocked truck parked […]

Ways to help the food bank

Manna is open for donation drop-off from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Unexpired, nonperishable food items that are unopened and in good condition are welcome. Home gardeners can also drop off fresh fruits and vegetables that are ripe and in good condition. Financial contributions can be made at mannaconejo.org. The […]

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 […]

Fires spark the need for preparedness

California has four seasons: Earthquakes, floods, fires and drought. Sadly, recent events have proved there’s more fact than fiction in the shopworn joke about the Golden State. Last week Ventura County—namely Ventura, Ojai and Santa Paula—was ravaged by the Thomas fire, whipped by powerful Santa Ana winds and fed with brush that’s been far too dry for far too long. […]

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