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 […]

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