Finding strength together for the holidays

COMMENTARY /// Thanksgiving

For many of us in our community, Thanksgiving is complicated by the memories of the past year: the Woolsey fire, the Borderline shooting and, of course, the personal and communal ongoing recovery from both of these devastating events. To gather as an acknowledgement of gratitude on Thanksgiving is challenging when families still mourn and hundreds are still without homes. For […]

Archangel Michael: God’s army general in the fight against evil

Roots of Faith

In the battle of good versus evil, God has angels who fight for him. In the third part in the series on angels, we examine Archangel Michael. Ancient peoples believed that each nation was protected by a unique guardian deity (Deuteronomy 32:8). Like humans, the gods and angels likewise battled among themselves. Wars fought in heaven affected life on Earth. […]

Church remodels its space for new ministry

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Thousand Oaks celebrated the opening and dedication of a newly expanded and renovated Honey Tree Early Childhood Education Center and a remodeled fellowship building on Nov. 17. Over 125 people attended the opening, toured the new spaces and took part in an all-congregation Thanksgiving dinner. The Rev. Erik Goehner, senior pastor, gave thanks to God […]

Green salon knows how to cut waste

Eco-consciousness is more than a trend—more and more people are waking up to society’s effect on the environment and taking steps to minimize that impact. It’s especially a challenge for business owners, who have to consider their customers’ willingness to go along with what is often an inconvenient or costly method of operating. Raychel Harrison, the 38-yearold founder of Salon […]


Healthcare for homeless animals critically important

Kailey, a young Chihuahua, arrived at the Agoura Animal Care Center from Downey with a fractured pelvis and a dislocated hip. The assumption was that she was hit by a car. The dog was unable to walk, and an examination revealed she had an infection. She was hospitalized for two days. Her veterinary service, including surgery to repair her injuries, […]

Pet of the week

EAT YOUR GREENS— Social and outgoing, Gordita gobbles her food. She is an easy to handle and hold. She is reported to be good with children and cats. Meet Gordita, ID No. A5332222 at the Agoura Hills Animal Care Center, 29525 Agoura Road. Occasionally pets have already been adopted, so check Los Angeles County Animal Care and Control.