THURS., APRIL 5 Friendly Book Discussion 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Grant Brimhall Library, 1401 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. Discussion of “ Thinking, Fast and Slow” by Daniel Kahneman. T.O. Stamp Club 6:30 p.m. at Goebel Adult Community Center, 1385 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. Stamp giveaway, show and tell. Contact: Jeff G. Phone: 805.358.6162. Conejo Valley Fly Fishers […]

Little Angels rescue makes big difference

SAFE AND SOUND—Taquito was rescued from the East Valley Animal Shelter inVan Nuys and taken under the wing of the nonprofit Little Angles Project in Aguora Hills. Rescuers suspect the 4-year old neutered male shorthair brown tabby was hit by a car. The cat was suffering from a badly broken jaw. Little Angeles performed more than three hours of surgery […]

Homelessness here at home

In Calabasas and surrounding areas we have an unwanted homelessness problem and it’s only getting worse. There are encampments popping up on Calabasas Road, like the guy who has set up shop with a shopping cart, filthy blankets and other garbage in the gazebo next to Peddlers Fork restaurant. My friends and I won’t go to the surrounding businesses anymore […]

Cleaning, organizing can help with stress

Other Side of 50

My mother has become a cleaning and organizing machine. Ever since my father died she has been cleaning closets, purging files, organizing shelves and rearranging furniture. Her home has always been immaculate. My sisters and I joke that we could eat off the floor. For years my mother has systematically pared down her possessions by giving stuff to others, selling […]

First-time director has a new leash on life with Camarillo’s ‘Sylvia’

The familiar theatrical cliche “chewing the scenery” was never more appropriate than in A.R. Gurney’s 1995 comedy “Sylvia,” in which a woman is cast as an adopted dog that disrupts the marriage of an upper-middle-class couple. Sarah Jessica Parker starred in the original off-Broadway production, and the show has become popular in community theaters across the country. Seven years ago, […]

Having guinea pigs in the home


It’s not entirely clear why these cute creatures are called guinea pigs because they don’t originate in the African country of Guinea nor are they part of the pig family. The scientific name of these critters is cavia porcellus, which refers to a species of rodent plus the Latin word for “little pig,” most likely bestowed because of the squeaky […]

How we should measure success

Our president is unique in many ways, most of which are unflattering. However, he has one very frightening similarity with many of the other world leaders: a hyper-emphasis on besting his counterparts. This trait has created a global culture where success is measured not by whether we are being the best humans we can be, but rather whether we are […]

Things are ‘looking up’ with Mother Nature

On the Trail

My car has an odometer and a speedometer; I have a “marvelometer.” This device records wonder-inducing sightings and happenings in the natural world. My “marvelometer” went on the fritz temporarily, rendering my surroundings sterile and stagnant. There was only one way to reverse my perception of “blah” and that was to ask myself, “What would Dory do?” Dory is the […]

Holocaust play in Agoura Hills

For the second year, Lit Live Theater Company will stage the drama “The Diary of Anne Frank” for eighth-grade students Tues. and Wed., April 17 and 18 at Valley View Middle School in Simi Valley. The script is based on the true story of Anne Frank and her family during the Nazi occupation of Austria in World War II. The […]

Pet of the week

SMART BOY—Tyler is an male brown smooth coated collie mix about 12 years old. He is a smart boy that walks well on a leash. He gets along well with big and small dogs. If you would like to adopt Tyler ask for ID No. A3503066 at the Agoura Hills Animal Shelter, 29525 Agoura Road. Occasionally pets have already been […]

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