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Westlake Village Church Buys Industrial Site

January 10, 1998

Calvary Community Church of Westlake Village recently bought one of Westlake Village's largest industrial facilities from the Eaton Corp.

Escrow closed at year's end on the $18-million purchase of 35 acres fronting La Tienda Drive. The 310,000-square-foot building--once used for defense manufacturing--will become a 2,900-seat auditorium for worship, with rooms for ministries, a wedding chapel, bookstore and community meetings.

"This is a historic day for the Conejo Valley and Westlake Village," said Pastor Larry DeWitt. "Twenty years ago, a handful of area residents prayed that God would provide a place of worship. With this new facility, we'll be able to meet the needs of thousands more people."

This spring, the church will sell a portion of the property to the Price Family Foundation for $10 million. The foundation has already presented preliminary conceptual plans to the city of Westlake Village for the creation of a Christian high school in the Conejo Valley.

Calvary Community Church expects to holds the first service in its new location on Sept. 13. Until that date, services will continue at 31293 Via Colinas.

Calvary Community is known for its musical programs and outreach to high schools, singles, divorced and various support groups. Current membership is at 5,000.

For information on services, call 496-2101.

Buddhist Church to Hold New Year's Party

The Oxnard Buddhist Church will hold its New Year's party at 5 p.m. today.

Also today, the Japanese culture and language school class will be taught from 9 a.m. to noon in the social hall. At 4 p.m., the new 1998 Buddhist Church Board and Buddhist Women's Assn. will hold a cabinet installation.

On Sunday, the Buddhist Women's Assn. will begin its monthly meeting at 9:30 a.m. at the church, at 250 S. H St. For information, call 483-5948.

Temple's Annual Casino Night Is Today

Ventura's Temple Beth Torah will hold its annual Casino Night at 7:30 tonight. Tickets are $25 at the temple office at 7620 Foothill Road.

"Game tables, door prizes, Vegas trip giveaways, a silent auction and lots of desserts will be highlights," said temple brotherhood President Jay Diamond. For information, call the temple at 647-4181.

Brunch Looks at Empowering Jewish Women

Chabad and the Conejo Jewish Academy will co-host an "Empowerment of Jewish Women" brunch at 11 a.m. Sunday at the academy, 30345 Canwood St. in Agoura Hills.

Television host Chaya Teldon will speak on the topic "Not Just Chicken Soup: the Empowerment of Jewish Women."

Reservations are necessary for the $15 gourmet brunch and talk. Call (818) 991-0991.

Jewish Program on Dealing With Children

The Conejo Jewish Academy in Agoura Hills will hold a workshop titled "From Kvetching to Kvelling: How to Effectively Deal With Your Children," on Monday.

Led by psychologist Clara Zilberstien, the 8 p.m. workshop will be at 30345 Canwood St. Zilberstien's primary interest is the integration of psychology and Judaism.

Call (818) 991-0991 for information or reservations.

Temple Hosts Lox and Bagel Brunch, Lecture

Ventura's Temple Beth Torah Brotherhood invites the public to its 9:30-to-11:30-a.m. lox and bagel brunch Sunday. Miriyam Glazer of the University of Judaism will speak on "Rediscovering the Biblical Family--How Do the Patriarchs and Matriarchs Speak to Us Today?"

The brunch is $10 at the door. Temple Beth Torah is at 7620 Foothill Road. For information, call 647-4181.

Learning the Habits of Effective Christians

Ascension Lutheran Church School in Thousand Oaks is sponsoring a public workshop called "Seven Habits of Highly Effective Christians," based loosely on Stephen Covey's best-selling business book, but in the context of the Bible's teachings.

The $20 workshop will be limited to 24 people, meeting for two hours on eight Tuesday evenings. The first meeting on Tuesday will begin at 7:30 in the music room.

Ascension Lutheran is at 1600 E. Hillcrest. For information or to register, call 495-0406.

Camarillo Methodist Begins Season of Classes

Camarillo United Methodist Church begins its new season of weekly "Journey Through Stories" programs on Jan. 21. Classes for children in kindergarten through sixth grade and adults will run from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on six consecutive Wednesdays. A line-dancing exercise group also meets at the same times.

For information, call 482-4312. The church is at 291 Anacapa Drive.

Conejo Jewish Academy Sets Winter Semester

The Conejo Jewish Academy begins its winter semester on Jan. 26. In Agoura Hills, the academy is in its fourth year of providing adult education classes to the community on a variety of Judaic subjects.

More than a dozen lecture series will be offered on such topics as living Judaism, the Talmud, the Kabbalah and the Chodesh Women Study Group. Highlighting the winter semester will be a four-part lecture series and weekend Shabbaton retreat at the Sheraton in Ventura, called "Counting Down to the New Millennium."

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