Comics team up for fundraising night

Howie Mandel and Jeff Dunham will bring their stand-up comedy to Thousand Oaks as a benefit to help those affected by the Woolsey fire and the Borderline shooting. They are joining forces for an evening of comedy and song at 8 p.m. Sat., Dec. 22 at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. “With everything I […]

Remember these titans

Great players, teams, moments made this season special for fans

Another high school football season has gone with the Santa Ana winds, and it isn’t even snowing . . . yet. A campaign that kicked off early in August officially ended last weekend, in the middle of December. Grace Brethren of Simi Valley captured the CIF State Division 2-AA crown by defeating Del Oro 21-14 on Dec. 14 at Cerritos […]

In gratitude

As the Woolsey fire approached Oak Park, I went to Vons market in Agoura Hills to obtain drinking water for the hundreds of firefighters coming to Oak Park. The manager, Trevor Smith, gave me 84 cases of water I distributed to the first responders over the next 24 hours. On Saturday I went back and manager Liz Hartley gave me […]

Pet of the week

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS—Cherry is a friendly, sweet girl that is very affectionate. She’s a jolly good gal who loves a Kong, lounging in the Real Room, getting belly rubs, and taking her person for a walk (she’s strong on leash), but that’s being worked on! Meet Cherry, ID No. 5176998 at the Agoura Hills Animal Care Center, 29525 Agoura […]

A work in progress

Coyotes must square off against juggernauts in Marmonte League

It’s not a rebuilding year. It’s just a building year for Calabasas High’s girls’ soccer team, which has struggled to compete in a Marmonte League featuring juggernauts at Westlake, Oaks Christian and Newbury Park. “Each year’s the same,” said Coyote head coach Brian Collins, now in his fifth season at the helm. “We still have a lot of players that […]

Do’s and Don’ts

We don’t want: This monstrosity to be built, To be trapped during the next evacuation, The majority of our days spent in thick traffic, To hide Ladyface Mountain, A 45-foot-high anything, Wall-to-wall store fronts right in our faces, and Our beautiful land mutilated. What we do want is: The tranquil, peaceful atmosphere that we all moved here to enjoy, To […]

Only is lonely when it comes to pets


A reader recently told me about their attempt to adopt a pet. “I went to a rescue and wanted to adopt just one kitten but was turned down. Why would this happen?” It does seem strange for a pet rescue to turn someone down when its whole purpose for existence is to find homes for homeless animals. But rescue workers […]

Westlake plays host to Bethlehem

“Rome wasn’t built in a day, but Bethlehem was.” That’s the motto used by the 300 volunteers behind the 22nd Bethlehem Experience, a drive-thru nativity scene that brings the biblical town to Westlake Village. On Dec. 14 and 15, over 2,600 visitors drove by scenes featuring shops, villagers, tax collectors, Roman centurions, live sheep and one real-life camel. The event […]

Climate change

In response to the letter of Nancy Smeets-Tkachenko on Dec. 13, “Climate change is nothing new,” your claim that “In the 1970s scientists predicted a global ice age with global cooling” is often used by climate-change deniers to discredit scientists who raise the alarm over global warming. According to an article published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society […]

Remodeled North Ranch home on half-acre lot

Newer pool has custom tile work; property is surrounded by meadows

This North Ranch house has four bedrooms and 3.5 baths in 4,078 square feet of living space on a more than half-acre lot. The traditional estate is surrounded by meadows for privacy. A no-expenses-spared remodel of the property has been done. The oversize double-entry doors open into a sun-drenched home. There are French doors and windows with custom shutters. The […]