Beer, buddies and a blast at 14 Cannons

Acorn Epicurean

Ahoy beer buffs and brew fans: Hoist up your steins for an all-things-ale blast at the 14 Cannons Brewery and Showroom in Westlake Village. Honoring an ancestor from 1776, owner Marshall Haraden has built and dedicated the brewery and many of its beers to his great, great, great, great uncle Jonathan Haraden, captain of the Tyrannicide, an American warship in […]

Bus full of love

LOAD ‘ER UP—At top, junior Cam Fouts places bottled water inside the vehicle during Stuff the Bus at Westlake High School on Dec. 7. The students rallied to aidfire victims. Above, Nick Corso with the Warrior Football Foundation helps Kathy Clarke of Oak Park with her donation. At left, sophomore Dennis Cuadra loads a bag of clothes.

How the penguins saved Christmas

On the Trail

This was the Christmas that was not going to happen. After the enormous blunder of selling my rural Agoura home last spring, I fell unhappily into a nomad’s life. Every reminder of “home” struck a raw nerve. I blubbered to beat Yosemite’s mighty falls at their peak. The idea of observing Christmas in a strange place this year—a holiday that […]

Drama delivers paradox of ‘what is normal?’

PLAY REVIEW /// ‘The Curious Savage’

John Patrick’s “The Curious Savage” is one of those plays where eccentric characters end up appearing more stable than the “normal” people who can’t accept their personality malfunctions. Similar works, such as “Harvey” and “You Can’t Take It With You,” have endeared themselves to audiences for decades, but “Savage” also delivers a solid moral message while raising questions about what […]

Grant allows for expansion of car-seat program

The Ventura County Fire Department has been awarded a $58,900 yearlong grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety to expand its Child Passenger Safety Program. Together with Safe Kids Ventura County and Ventura County Public Health, VCFD provides safety awareness for car seat installation as well as hands-on training to parents and caregivers. According to Safe Kids Worldwide, 73 […]

Pet of the Week

TUXEDO CAT—Pork Chop is a male black and white domestic shorthair cat about 8 years old. He is good with other cats and seems to be good with dogs. He gets along well with small children. He is an indoor/ outdoor cat. If you would like to adopt Pork Chop ask for ID No. A5098092 at the Agoura Hills Animal […]


THURS., DEC. 21 Channel Islands Gulls 11 a.m. at Spanish Hills Country Club, 999 Crestview Drive, Camarillo. Bring unwrapped toy for ages 1 to 18 to donate to The Lighthouse of Oxnard. Board installation. Centerpiece raffle. Luncheon cost: $30. RSVP requested. Contact: Shirley. Phone: 805.824.4005. Conejo Valley Bonsai Society 7:30 p.m. at Westlake Village Community Center, 31200 Oak Crest Drive. […]

Santa takes time out to play basketball

GOING FOR THE SWISH— Justin Ezaki, 7, of Thousand Oaks goes head- to- head with Santa Claus during the Sports Academy Foundation Basketball with Elves event on Dec. 11 at The Promenade at Westlake.

Fuzzy tarantulas are not your typical fur babies

Many animal lovers enjoy stroking the furry bodies of their beloved pets. Precious bonding can happen between pets and their peeps during such treasured moments with cats, dogs or other fur-babies. But not all things with fur are pleasing to me. There’s one furry creature that makes my skin crawl just thinking about it: a tarantula. Arachnophiles, people who love […]

It just keeps going round and around

The Movie Nut

Do we have to lie to ourselves in order to live? Do we have to pretend we control the choices we make? We do—according to Woody Allen. He believes each of us has character flaws that make us tragic and cause us to make the same poor choices over and over again. It’s that belief that forms the plot of […]

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