Valley Jewish Community Center

Jewish Traditions, Lives, and Values

20350 Ventura Blvd. Suite 100
Woodland Hills, CA 91364
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Posted Friday, November 2, 2018

On Thursday, August 23rd, the Men’s Club visited the National Weather Service in Oxnard.  We meet our tour guide, John Dumas, upon arrival.  John is an ex Navy Meteorologist and served 20 plus years for Uncle Sam.  He has been with the National Weather Service for just over 5 years. 

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Posted Friday, November 2, 2018

On Saturday, October 27th, The Men’s Club visited what is now known as Oakridge Estates.  Some 80 years ago Barbara Stanwyck purchased a piece of property in the San Fernando Valley.  The property bordered on the north by Devonshire Blvd, on the east by Reseda Blvd, on the south by what is now Lassen, and on the west by what is now Wilbur.  On this property Ms. Stanwyck and Zeppo Marx, her agent and one of the Marx Brothers, built separate homes.  Additionally, a thoroughbred training track and ranch were added.  During this time period, Barbara and Zeppo called this the Marwych Ranch.  

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Posted Monday, March 19, 2018

On Saturday, February 17, 2018, The Men’s Club visited the Santa Susan Depot Museum and Model Railroad display in Simi Valley.  Our docent, Curt, was very outgoing and added so much to the tour.  We were limited in time to two hours, but, I’m sure Curt could have gone all-day with the history and stories about the depot.

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Men's Club Visits Santa Susana Depot

Posted Monday, March 19, 2018
by Chas Phillips

Santa Susana Depot Museum and Model Railroad

On Saturday, February 17, 2018, The Men’s Club visited the Santa Susan Depot Museum and Model Railroad display in Simi Valley.  Our docent, Curt, was very outgoing and added so much to the tour.  We were limited in time to two hours, but, I’m sure Curt could have gone all-day with the history and stories about the depot.  It was built in 1903 by the Southern Pacific railroad and operated until 1974.  The building was moved to its current site in 1975, adjacent to the Southern Pacific main line between Los Angeles and San Francisco.  Within the building are a multitude of pictures and memorabilia depicting  the days of operation of the Depot.  Additionally, Curt added so much history of the depot and surrounding area.  Mannequins were in strategic places helping to depict the operations.  The Mannequins had names of the actual people that worked the depot.  

In addition to the depot, a Model Train Club has built an extensive display with multiple tracks, towns, and mountains.  The trains and scenes transport you back to the simpler days of life and the beauty our country.  The lighting will take you from 

daylight to nightfall, through the night with moonlight, and then to the sunrise of the area.  Quite an experience.

Of course, no Jewish outing would be complete without food.  We had a marvelous lunch at the Old Susana Café, just down the street from the Depot.  I can assure you nobody left hungry.

Good food and plenty of it.   

Submitted by:  Chas Phillips

 

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