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By Shane Cohn and Michel Miller 11/21/2012

MISS SAIGON Through Dec. 15. A classic love story is brought up-to-date in Conejo Players’ production of Miss Saigon. Puccini’s Madama Butterfly is adapted to the modern world in a moving testament to the human spirit and a scathing indictment of the tragedies of war. In the turmoil of the Vietnam War, an American soldier and a Vietnamese girl fall in love, only to be separated during the fall of Saigon. Their struggle to find each other over the ensuing years ends in tragedy for her and a fighting chance for the child he never knew he had. $20. 351 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. 495-3715 or www.conejoplayers.org. 

THE SANTA TRAIN Saturday, Nov. 24. To experience one of Southern California’s most unique arrivals of Santa introducing the Christmas Season this year, bring your family to one of four stops along the route in Ventura County. Santa will be riding aboard the Fillmore & Western Railway Co. Santa Train, powered by a Baldwin 1913 vintage steam locomotive, the #14. Santa’s first stop will be at the Montalvo Metrolink Platform in East Ventura at 5 p.m. and will make stops at 6:10 p.m. at Alelia Avenue in Saticoy, 7:10 p.m. at Santa Paula depot and 8:20 p.m. in Fillmore. This year we are asking that families bring an unwrapped toy that will be donated to the Fillmore Volunteer Firefighter Foundation and the Ventura County Deputy Sheriffs Association, who will distribute the toys to needy children throughout the valley. Santa will distribute goodies from our sponsors to children at every stop, and asks kids of every age to bring their Christmas Wish Lists to fill his mailbag. For more infomation, visit www.fwry.com.

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