Free Dignified American Flag Disposal Offered to the Public at Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks

Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks – Griffin Memorial Park, Mortuary and Crematory has announced that it will provide free dignified U.S. flag disposal year-round to the community. Community members are encouraged to bring tattered and worn flags to the office at 5600 Lindero Canyon Road in Westlake Village. The flags will be transported to the Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks Crematory and destroyed in an appropriate manner.

“The United States flag is a revered symbol of freedom and justice and should be treated with the highest respect,” said Tamara Eacker, general manager. “This extends to its eventual retirement and destruction, which is why we are offering this free service to our community.”

No other symbol captures the power and glory of our nation. It has flown as our national emblem in some form without interruption since 1777. The American flag remains a living piece of history and a source of pride and unity for all Americans. It embodies the very qualities that make our nation great: liberty, justice, freedom, love of country and national purpose.

The United States Flag Code formalizes and unifies the traditional ways in which Americans give respect to the flag. It states that, “The flag, when it is no longer a fitting emblem of display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.” The code also provides information on the use and display of the flag. Visit this link to read the complete U.S. Flag Code.

For more information, contact Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks at (818) 889-0902.

About Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks

Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks Memorial Park, Mortuary and Crematory, FD 1344, in Westlake Village, Calif., is a proud Dignity Memorial provider. The Dignity Memorial network of more than 1,800 funeral, cremation and cemetery service providers is North America’s most trusted resource for funeral and memorialization services. Dignity Memorial providers offer an unmatched combination of products and locations serving families with care, integrity, respect and service excellence. For more information, call (818) 889-0902 or visit

Elderly Female Snow Leopard Zoe Passes Away at the Santa Barbara Zoo

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An elderly snow leopard named Zoe passed away on Thursday, February 14, 2019, at the Santa Barbara Zoo. Though she was advanced in age and being treated for related ailments, her death was sudden and unexpected. A keeper in the vicinity alerted the Zoo’s veterinary team, which attempted to resuscitate the 15-year-old big cat, but were unsuccessful.

“Zoe was being treated for osteoarthritis of her hind legs, early renal failure, and hypertension, which are common in geriatric large cats,” said Dr. Julie Barnes, the Zoo’s director of animal care and health. “Given the suddenness of her death, I suspect a heart attack or a stroke.”

A necropsy was performed Friday, February 15, but revealed no specific findings to explain Zoe’s sudden death. Tissues have been submitted to a lab for analysis, which may provide more information, but the results will not be available for two to four weeks.

Zoe’s body has been sent to Midwestern University in Arizona as part of a vascular anatomy study in snow leopards, which is supported by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (AZA) Species Survival plan for snow leopards. The species is highly endangered it its home range of Central Asia.

“This study will contribute to the knowledge of snow leopard anatomy which has not been documented in detail,” adds Dr. Barnes.

About Zoe and Snow Leopards at the Zoo

Zoe was born on May 18, 2003 at the Akron Zoo in Ohio. She arrived at the Santa Barbara Zoo in 2010. Everett is six years older and arrived at the Zoo in 2011 from the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, Illinois.

Though Everett has a genetic disorder that made him sterile, he showed an unusual amount of interest in Zoe when she first arrived. Keepers did careful introductions, and the two became contented companions.

“In the wild, adult snow leopards are solitary unless it is mating season or a female is raising young. So it was a rare treat for our guests to witness the two snow leopards not only get along, but actually romp and snuggle together,” says Dr. Barnes.

Dr. Barnes notes that animals under human care are living longer due to the high quality of geriatric care now available. Gingerbread, an African lion, lived at the Santa Barbara Zoo for 13 of her 18 years before passing away in February 2017. Her lifelong mate Chadwick, now aged 20, currently receives special care related to age and poor vision. Zoo staff has decided to have him live out the rest of his life at the Zoo without the stress of introducing new lions.

At age 21 years and seven months, Everett is currently the oldest snow leopard in any accredited AZA zoo.

“Given his age and current geriatric medical conditions, it is not in Everett’s best interest to be moved,” says Dr. Barnes. “As with Chadwick, we will continue to care for him for the rest of his life.”

Snow Leopards are Critically Endangered

Snow leopards are critically endangered and currently number between an estimated 3,900 and 6,400 in the mountains of Central Asia. They have long been prized as hunter’s trophies, destroyed as predators of domestic flocks, and sought as a source of valuable fur.

Adapted for the extreme weather, snow leopards have been viewed at elevations as high as 19,600 feet in summer. Their furry feet help them to stay on top of the snow by providing a greater surface area – like snow shoes – and their fur keeps their paws warm and dry, providing traction as well. Unlike most big cats, snow leopards don’t roar, but they do make vocalizations.

About the Santa Barbara Zoo

Known as one of the world’s most beautiful zoos, the Santa Barbara Zoo is located on 30 acres of botanic gardens and is home to nearly 500 individual animals in open, naturalistic habitats. It is accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA), representing the highest level of animal care, and participates in AZA endangered species programs for Asian elephant, California condor, island fox, and Western lowland gorilla, among others. A private 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, the Santa Barbara Zoo depends on community support, not tax dollars, for operations and improvements.

It is open daily from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; general admission $18 for adults, $13 for seniors aged 65+, $11 for children aged 2-12, and free for children under 2. Parking is $11. Visit

Made in Italy Italian Deli & Bistro Coming Soon to Westlake Village (TBA)

Update 2/18/19: Grand opening planned for tomorrow delayed due to plumbing issue.. Still hoping for this week. Updates at

Update 2/5/19: Opening February 19th.


Originally posted 12/26/18:

Straight from Italy himself, Antonio Sessa will be opening Made in Italy Italian Deli & Bistro sometime in early February 2019 in the North Ranch Mall at 3825 E. Thousand Oaks Boulevard, Westlake Village. This was previously the home of Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, which closed its doors in September 2017., sandwiched (so to speak) between the recently opened Mythpoint Bistro and Western Bagel.

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Farmer Boys Coming to Thousand Oaks in Fall 2019

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Rumor has it that Farmer Boys is opening its first Ventura County location later this year here in the Conejo Valley; specifically in the Newbury Park section of Thousand Oaks, in the new Lowe’s / LA Fitness area.

Farmer Boys offers breakfast, burgers, salads, sandwiches and more in a fast-serve setting.

Learn more at

Black Bear Diner Coming Later This Year to Simi Valley

UPDATE 2/17/19 - Well, it’s taking longer than originally anticipated and there’s no date, but Black Bear Diner still appears to be opening at some point in Simi Valley.

Originally posted 5/28/18:

Founded in 1995, Black Bear Diner is a fast-growing family restaurant serving home-style comfort food classics at over 110 locations. It will be opening a location at First Street and Los Angeles Avenue in Simi Valley this year. Nearest locations are currently in Tarzana and Santa Clarita.

Breakfast is served all day, including omelettes and scrambles, classic 2-egg combos like chicken fried steak and thick-cut smoked bacon, pancakes, waffles and French toast and other items. Lunch includes burgers, sandwiches, salads and other specialties. Dinner items include a number of down home favorites like Housemade Meatloaf and Slow-Cooked Pot Roast, steaks, chicken and waffle, etc.

Learn more at

The founders of Black Bear Diner tell their story.

Dave & Buster's Thousand Oaks Hiring Over 230 Staff in Anticipation of Grand Opening on March 4th

Update 2/15/19: Planned grand opening is still March 4th!


Posted 1/18/19:

Dave & Buster’s is slated to open its Thousand Oaks location in the Janss Marketplace on March 4, 2019, and is looking to hire over 230 enthusiastic individuals to join the team. There are both front and back-of-house positions available, including servers, bartenders, hosts, line cooks, game techs and more. Interested candidates should complete an online application at

The new Dave & Buster’s location will feature 40,000 square-feet of entertainment including chef-crafted food, inventive drinks, hundreds of the newest arcade games and the state-of-the-art D&B Sports Bar filled with dozens of HDTVs. The dynamic environment also provides the perfect setting for corporate and group events.

Dave & Buster’s offers employees far more than the average restaurant or bar by providing a fun and exciting work atmosphere with like-minded individuals who pride themselves on delivering an unparalleled guest experience.

Dave & Buster’s employees are encouraged to take advantage of:

  • Excellent Benefits: Dave & Buster’s offers a comprehensive benefits package for several positions. Benefits include medical, dental, vision and a 401K.

  • Internal Promotion Opportunities: Dave & Buster’s offers a High Potential program, encouraging high-performing employees to move up quickly to new positions. More than 30 percent of the brand’s current management base was promoted from within the company.

  • FUN!: Dave & Buster’s employees love working in an entertaining atmosphere that offers upscale dining, shows the biggest sporting events on massive television screens and is home to the hottest new games.

About Dave & Buster’s:

Dave & Buster’s Entertainment Inc. (NASDAQ: PLAY), headquartered in Dallas, TX, operates 121 high-volume restaurant/entertainment complexes throughout North America. The exciting environment of Dave & Buster’s also provides an impressive selection of high-quality food and beverage items, combined with the latest games and attractions. Guests can watch sporting events in the D&B Sports Bar and play state-of-the-art simulators and games of skill they can’t play anywhere else. For more information, visit

Chick-fil-A Simi Valley Grand Opening on Thursday, February 21, 2019

Chick-fil-A Simi Valley at 2460 Sycamore Drive will be opening its doors on Thursday, February 21, 2019.

Residents with valid ID showing they live in the following zip codes (91301, 91313, 91360, 93015, 93040, 93065, 91304, 91319, 91362, 93016, 93062, 93094, 91307, 91358, 91377, 93020, 93063, 93099, 91311, 91359, 91381, 93021, 93064) are eligible to participate in the opening celebration and a 12 hour First 100 Campout.

Registration for the First 100 Campout will begin at 6 pm on February 20th and the event will end at 6 am on the 21st. The restaurant opens at 6:30 am. This is a 12-hour campout.

Visit for more information.

Previously at this location was a Denny’s that served the community for many decades.

More details on the 12 Hour Campout:

The 12 Hour Campout works as foll

Fows. The first 100 people that arrive at 6 pm the day before the grand opening (most Campouts are 24 hours and begin at 6 am the prior day – the Simi Valley Campout is just 12 hours). If less than 100 people show up, your eligibility will be verified and you will be registered for the event. If more than 100 people show up, there will be a drawing to select 100 individuals and 10 alternates to participate.

You must then remain onsite for the next 12 hours and participate. Bring tents, sleeping bags, games, books, etc. for the overnight campout. You must stay onsite. You can’t sit in your car or switch places with someone else. You may also bring up to five guests, ages five and up. Rain does not cancel the event.

The next day, the chosen first 100 customers that participate int the event until 6 am will receive Chick-fil-A digital offer cards pre-loaded with 52 Chick-fil-A #1 meal per week for a year. Each meal contains a chicken sandwich, medium waffle fries and a medium drink.

FAQ at