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Jewish Services : Rosh Hashanah, which begins Sunday, starts the Hebrew year 5752.

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Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, begins at sundown on Sunday. This will be the year 5752 according to the Jewish calendar. Free bus service is available from Leisure Village in Camarillo for any senior wishing to attend services during the High Holy Days at Temple Etz Chaim, 1080 Janss Road in Thousand Oaks. On Sunday, the bus departs at 7 p.m. for the 8:15 service. On Tuesday, the bus leaves at 6 p.m. for the Yom Kippur Eve service, which begins at 7:30. Tickets, required to attend the services, can be obtained by calling (805) 497-6891. Reservations for the bus, which departs from the recreation center inside Leisure Village, must be made separately by calling (805) 987-6729.

On Friday, Sept. 13, during the Sabbath evening service at Temple Etz Chaim, Eugene Radding will speak on long-term care for the Jewish elderly of Ventura County. Radding is part of a committee organized in 1986 to explore the feasibility of establishing a Jewish elder home for Ventura County. The service starts at 8:15 p.m. For more information, call (805) 497-6891.

“Memory Loss in the Late Years” will be the topic of a free lecture sponsored by the Advantage program to seniors on Sept. 13 from 9:30-11 a.m. in Education Center 1 at Pleasant Valley Hospital, 2309 Antonio Ave., Camarillo. Roland W. Jacobs, M.D., medical director of the geropsychiatric unit at Pacific Shores Hospital in Oxnard, will discuss the difference between ordinary and abnormal memory loss as we age. Call for reservations, (805) 389-5654.

Attention, senior thespians. Apollo Dukakis, director and television and stage actor, will teach a 10-week beginning drama class at the Goebel Senior Adult Center, 1385 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks, on Wednesdays from 3-5 p.m. beginning Sept. 25. Class activities will include improvisation, theater games and beginning acting techniques. Enrollment is limited to 16 and the cost is $22. Walk-in registration is Sept. 9-13. For information, call (805) 497-1639.

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The Conejo Recreation and Park District will sponsor a lunch and field-trip for senior citizens, age 50 and older, to attend a performance of “Carousel” by the Conejo Players on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2:30 p.m. at the Conejo Players Theater, 351 S. Moorpark Road in Thousand Oaks. Seniors will meet for lunch at 1 p.m. at Cord’s Place, 1428 Moorpark Road, then caravan to the theater. Seniors must register between Sept. 15 and Oct. 15 at the Goebel Senior Adult Center, 1385 E. Janss Road, or call (805) 497-1639. Space is limited. Cost of theater admission is $7.50 plus $1 for insurance. Lunch is additional.

Shalom Seniors will celebrate its 15th anniversary with a luncheon meeting on Monday, Sept. 23, at 10:30 a.m. at the Thousand Oaks Library, 1401 E. Janss Road. The 190-member non-sectarian group is the largest senior social club in the Conejo Valley. It meets twice a month for lectures on topics of interest to seniors and to celebrate birthdays. In addition, the club honors people celebrating their 80th birthday or 50th wedding anniversay. Shalom Seniors will meet on Sept. 16 at 10:30 a.m. Annual dues is $7. Everyone age 50 and older is welcome. For more information or reservations for the luncheon, call (805) 497-0807.

The Conejo Valley and Oxnard branches of Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) need seniors, age 60 and older, to volunteer at nonprofit agencies throughout the community. The RSVP slogan is “helping ourselves by helping others.” In Thousand Oaks, volunteers are especially needed to assist at the Braille Institute program at the Goebel Senior Adult Center. In Oxnard, people are needed to assist the Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Assn. in their office and through direct support to patients. There are many other opportunities for involvement. For details, call Thousand Oaks (805) 497-2663 or Oxnard (8095) 984-4647.

National Grandparents Day is Sunday. This special day of recognition was created by a presidential proclamation in 1979, and annually is the first Sunday after Labor Day.

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