Hanukkah events welcome the holiday

With Hanukkah set to begin the evening of Dec. 22, local temples are gearing up to celebrate the eight-day holiday. Also known as the Festival of Lights, Hanukkah commemorates the rededication of the second temple in Jerusalem during the Maccabean Revolt. Congregation B’Nai Emet will host a Hanukkah play to kick off their holiday celebrations at 6 p.m. Sat., Dec. […]


Temple to serve Christmas dinner Temple Adat Elohim invites the community to its 25th annual Christmas dinner from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wed., Dec. 25 at 2420 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. More than 250 guests are expected to attend the home-cooked holiday meal in a decorated room filled with music. The dinner is especially welcoming to those who […]

Pet of the week

MIGHTY MOOSE—Moose, a high-energy boxer, is house trained, friendly, and walks well while on a leash. He loves his people and should be the only pet in the household. Meet Moose, ID No. A5312288 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.

Catch the cormorant karma vibe


It was reported that a famous actress of long ago would permit herself to be photographed from one angle only, as if her right profile was superior to her left. We expect humans to be vain this way, but cormorants? What’s up with them? On a recent bright, clear autumn afternoon, a large contingent of double-crested cormorant birds was lined […]