Opera talk

The Friends of Platt Library will host a free L.A. Opera talk, “Opera and Social Politics,” at 6:15 p.m. Tues., April 10 at the Los Angeles Public Library, Platt Branch, 23600 Victory Blvd., Woodland Hills. Norm Cadman, a spokesperson for the opera company, will use excerpts from several operas to discuss how the composers used their work to illustrate the […]

Morrison Estates home backs to open space

This five-bedroom, three-bathroom, 3,100-square-foot home is on an over 17,000-square-foot lot in Morrison Estates. The property backs to open space. Outside is a huge gated RV parking area with dump station. One bed and bath are downstairs. The gourmet island kitchen has granite counters, upgraded cabinets and stainless steel appliances. The family room has a custom fireplace and built-ins. This […]

Parasite scare in T.O.

Giardia can cause stomach infection

County health officials are asking anyone who became really ill after eating out in Thousand Oaks in the past three months to get tested for giardia. The nasty parasite was discovered in several close friends living in T.O., causing Ventura County Public Health Director Robert Levin to suspect there may be a common source. “Usually when there is a common […]


Ignore travel cancellation policies and penalties at your own risk

Flying Squirrel

When taking a trip, there are generally three facts that matter most: where you’re going, when you’re going and what it costs. Everything else is just details, right? Maybe not. It’s understandable that most of us tend not to sweat the details. When it comes to the fine print, at best we skim through it for relevant points; at worst, […]

How to have a low-stress, on-budget DIY project

COMMENTARY /// Hints for homeowners

Owning your own home is a life accomplishment for many adults, and keeping it looking sharp and adding your personal touches brings a sense of pride. It seems there are always things you want to improve, so don’t let a limited budget or lack of knowhow hold you back from dreaming. There are plenty of ways to enhance a room […]

Protecting your eyesight

COMMENTARY /// Medicare

Glaucoma is an eye disease that causes loss of vision—usually side vision—by damaging the optic nerve that sends information from your eyes to your brain. Some forms of glaucoma don’t have any symptoms, so you may have it even if you don’t have trouble seeing or feel any pain. That’s why glaucoma is often called “the sneak thief of sight.” […]

Who should be armed, militias or individuals?

I agree very much with David Higgins’ letter of March 29 about a “well-armed militia.” However, he failed to make two points clear. First of all, the National Rifle Association receives significant funding from gun manufacturers. It is effectively a front organization for them. Secondly, there are no wasted words in the U.S. Constitution. Contrary to recent rulings by the […]

Will that be Sriracha, chocolate or pesto crackers?

Hot Flashes

I guess I was still marinating in chocolate Easter Bunny fog while strolling through the cracker section at Vons, so I purchased vanilla-flavored grahams. Huh? That’s what happens when the basic food groups from Easter— chocolate bunnies, jelly beans and champagne—get together. Yup, instead of the “original” honey grahams, I grabbed something sprinkled with vanilla pixie dust. Must have been […]

Irish eyes are smiling on Brendan’s Pub

Acorn Epicurean

“When Irish eyes are smiling Sure ‘tis like the morn in spring In the lilt of Irish laughter You can hear the angels sing.” The lyrics of “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling” may spring to mind when you visit Brendan’s Irish Pub and Restaurant in Newbury Park, Agoura Hills or Camarillo. Walking into of any one of these three establishments […]

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