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NO book Signing of “Growing Up With G.I. Joe’s” on Sunday, November 22 at the Oaks Mall

I am rescheduling my book signing event at the Open Book at the Oaks Mall.

Hope you can come at the new time!  You can order a book on

Janna Orkney


November 21st, 2015 · Uncategorized

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Come To My Book Signing in The Oaks Mall in Thousand Oaks On Sunday Afternoon, Nov. 22

The Open Book store in the Oaks Mall is putting on a book signing for me and my brand new book, Growing Up With G.I. Joe’s.  The event is on Sunday afternoon, November 22, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.  The store is located on the second level of the Oaks Mall at the west end.

In the book I tell the story of how my Dad started a small war surplus store in a tent in Portland in 1952 and how his vision and hard work built that one store into a large retail chain in the Pacific Northwest.  For more on the book, go to or the Facebook page, Growing Up With G.I. Joe’s.

Hope to see you at The Open Book on Sunday!

Janna Orkney


November 18th, 2015 · Books

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Earthquake Early Sunday Morning In Santa Monica Mountains

      Mary Wiesbrock of Agoura Hills shared about the Sunday quake:
     “Here is the latest from Cal Tech on our earthquake:
‘A minor earthquake occurred at 4:05:01 AM (PDT) on Sunday, October 25, 2015.
The magnitude 3.4 event occurred 8 km (5 miles) NE (35 degrees) of Malibu, CA.
The hypocentral depth is 10 km ( 6 miles).’
     This trembler was almost the same distance from Malibu as Agoura Hills, located somewhere in the middle of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.  Was it in the Malibu Fault Zone and/or Agoura’s own Liberty Canyon Fault?
     I happened to be up then, and I found it odd  that I heard a loud bang with no shaking.  I thought something exploded somewhere.   Also, a neighbor in Fountainwood shared that she though something had exploded in the garage.  We both live in one-story houses.”

October 26th, 2015 · Agoura Hills, Malibu

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Triunfo/LVMWD Recycled Water Filling Station Opened Saturday, 8-22

Beth Miller, second resident to use the RW fill station

Beth Miller, second resident to use the RW fill station

If you live in the Triunfo Sanitation District or Las Virgenes Municipal Water District, it is now free and easy to fill up containers with recycled water on Saturdays (until 1:00)!  That is what I found out yesterday when I took the required health class at Las Virgenes on how to handle the tertiary-treated water.  Then I received my purple card and RW stickers to put on sealed containers to use for filling up.

While filling up is easy, it may still be a challenge to get the water to your garden, since water is so heavy to carry.  I hadn’t figured out that part yet, so did not bring containers to try a trial recycled water run.  I was thinking of bringing water jugs, but you must be able to seal the containers, and once used, the 1 gallon jugs don’t seal…so glad I didn’t do that.

Above is a photo of fellow classmate in the LV health class, Beth Miller, who became the second resident to use the fill station.  She is putting the water in a 100 gallon container, and the capacity limit for containers to fill free is 300 gallons.

As I said in the class as a board member of both Triunfo and the partnership board of Triunfo and LV, we are committed to helping residents get through the severe drought as much as possible.  For more info on required RW class, go to:

Janna Orkney

August 23rd, 2015 · Calabasas, Conejo Valley, Las Virgenes, Triuinfo Sanitation District, Water Issues

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Back in Fashion Again!


What a surprise for me to see record turntables for sale at Marshall’s this last weekend!  I thought that old record players had bit the dust permanently, but guess not.

I do remember how I loved vinyl records before music went digital.  I loved both the big LPs (long playing) and the small 45 (45 revolutions per minute) records that were so popular when I was in elementary school.  You could say that playing a 45 with one song on each side, is like playing to an itune on your smart phone.  The exception to this is that playing 45s back in the day often involved hanging out with friends and dancing!

August 18th, 2015 · Arts

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By Train, Tug, Kite and Paddle on the Columbia


The Columbia River and Columbia Gorge were mighty busy as viewed from the Hood River, Oregon, water park two weeks ago.

I was watching the kite boarders dart over the waves with my son, Sam and there was plenty of action to keep me busy taking photos.  Then I happened to notice a Shaver Tugboat heading west on the river as a long train on the Washington state side of the Gorge headed east.

August 16th, 2015 · Uncategorized

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Friend in Music Video of John Legend and Meghan Trainor

When I first moved to the Conejo Valley in 1997, I was surprised how many folks I met who worked in the entertainment industry in some way.  Well, I am no longer surprised to find that a new friend works for a studio, or is a producer or actor or musician.  This has become the new Conejo Valley normal for me, and I find it awesome that the folks I meet are like other neighbors…friendly and without colossal egos.

Anyway, I was not surprised to learn the a local friend, Gary Maxwell is in a new music video.  The song by Meghan Trainor and John Legend is beautiful and Gary adds interest in the video with his white beard, holding a dog in the rain.


August 15th, 2015 · Arts, Conejo Valley

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Fill ‘er Up, But With Recycled Water!

Possible RW jugs if OK with filling station and marked as RW only

Possible RW jugs if OK with filling station and marked as RW only

That is what customers of Triunfo Sanitation District and Las Virgenes MWD are going to be able to do, starting on Saturday, August 22.  The two agencies are creating a recycled water filling station at their joint composting facility on Las Virgenes Road and Lost Hills Road in Calabasas.

Triunfo and LV customers will be able to fill containers for at no charge, with up to 300 gallons on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

What a deal!  There are a few requirements, however.  To participate, a residential customer has to first attend a short class on how to use recycled water according to California law.  The first class is Thursday, August 20 at 6 p.m. and I will be attending that one.  The second requirement is that you bring your own containers to fill with the water at the RW filling station  For more info, go to:  You can also sign up for the required class there.

August 12th, 2015 · Calabasas, Triuinfo Sanitation District, Water Issues

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