THURS., FEB. 8 Somis Thursday Club 11:15 a.m. at 5380 Bell St., Somis. Local women’s club. Ishara Bailis speaks on “10 habits to add vitality to your life.” $15 at door for lunch. RSVP requested. Phone: 805.388.1275. Email: crusin222@gmail.com. Simi Valley Community Council 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Rancho Santa Susana Park, 5005 E. Los Angeles Ave., room A, […]

Participants warm up for Pam’s Run

The 10th annual Westlake Village Pancreatic Cancer Research Run/Walk will be held Sat., Feb. 24 at Westlake Village City Hall, 31200 Oak Crest Drive. Onsite registration for what is also known as Pam’s Run will begin at 7 a.m. The 10K Run/Walk will start at 8 a.m. The 5K Run/Walk will commence at 9:30 a.m. The 1K Kids Fun Run […]

Debating SPLC

I was both amused and disheartened by Ms. Goodman’s response to a letter in which I defended the Southern Poverty Law Center. Amused by the extreme right wing misinformation which Goodman presented and disheartened by the fact that such inane attitude is still held in this day. I assume Alex Jones must be her mentor. She mentions Alliance Defending Freedom […]

Seniors can benefit from new ‘smart’ speakers

Never too old for new tricks

My husband and I recently made an investment in a Google Home Mini (on sale for $39.95). I had heard about how this smart speaker that responds to your voice could be fun and useful. You’ve probably heard about the Google Home and Amazon Echo devices, the latter commonly referred to as “Alexa.” Essentially, they’re smart speakers that respond to […]

Musical recycles Broadway themes

play review /// ‘Sister Act’

Singing nuns on Broadway are hardly a novel concept, what with the success of “The Sound of Music” (1959) and off-Broadway’s “Nunsense” (1985), but old habits are hard to break. When the Whoopi Goldberg vehicle “Sister Act” made its transformation from hit film to stage musical in 2006, few thought it more than just another attempt to appeal to Broadway’s […]

Take your Acorn on vacation

Mountain lion comes knocking in Westlake Village

Animal frightens family and small dog

Mountain lion females will protect their young at all costs. So will humans. An adult mountain lion, fixed with a National Park Service tracking collar, tried to break into a Parkwood Estates home near the Three Springs neighborhood in Westlake Village on Feb. 4. Homeowner Nadine Young said the indoor and outdoor lights at her house were on around 8 […]

DACA solution

Illegal immigration has been a main issue in the Trump administration, particularly after last September’s decision to rescind Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. A better, more effective solution would be an amnesty bill for all undocumented immigrants in the country with no record of violent crime. Granting work permits and Social Security numbers to those who can prove they have […]

Windows to the Almighty

Every morning in the chapel at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Thousand Oaks, the world is made anew. As the sun rises in the east, it illuminates the sanctuary at 1 W. Avenida de Los Arboles through a 34-foot stained-glass window depicting the moment of creation. Heavenly orbs swirl over blue waters as shafts of light reach down toward the […]

These girls have the power

The L.A. Party Dolls will sing their favorite 1960s music in a Girlpower tribute show at 3 p.m. Sat., March 3 at the Calabasas Civic Center Founders Hall (behind Calabasas Library), 100 Civic Center Way. The Dolls keep the songs of the Crystals, Chiffons, Ronettes, Angels, Supremes and Aretha Franklin alive with their vocals, cheeky humor and audience participation. Girlpower […]

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