AI in the swing of things

Practice makes perfect, but a little computer assistance never hurt. Kevin Ma is a 15-year-old tennis player from Oak Park who built a robot to help him perfect his game. Then he built a second one, to help him play ping pong better. The teenager published an academic paper on his creation last fall and hopes to have a second […]

Will youth play ball or take a time out?

COVID vs. sports

Youth sports leagues are cautiously optimistic that players will be back on Ventura County fields in time to hold spring and summer seasons. If and when that happens is dependent on a variety of factors, including a large-scale decline in COVID-19 cases, which have surged in recent weeks and pushed hospitals to near capacity. Ventura County and the Southern California […]

Getting warm fuzzies from dog blanket story

Everyone is stuck at home during the pandemic, so why not add a furry friend to the family? A pet can keep morale up and a dog, especially, gives owners a good excuse to get outside. The previous year saw a wave of pet purchases and adoptions. Pet stores, breeders, shelters and nonprofit rescues did a brisk business as 2020 […]

Top tips to care for houseplants in winter

COMMENTARY /// Home gardening

Now that winter is upon us, it’s important to make sure to keep houseplants looking their best with proper care suitable for this particular season. Make sure houseplants receive sufficient light now and throughout the winter. The shorter, often gray days of winter mean less light reaches our plants. Start by moving plants to the sunniest available window. A south-facing […]

Guitars key to keeping local business afloat

Area concert venues have been shuttered for almost a year due to the pandemic, but one club owner has come up with a way to keep the curtain from coming down. The Canyon club in Agoura Hills—an institution in the region— hasn’t been able to offer live shows since the pandemic began, so owner Lance Sterling has resorted to selling […]

Now here’s good news just for teenagers

WHS junior creates site just for teens

Young adults typically don’t turn out in great numbers on Election Day (2020 being a notable exception). Pundits say it’s because young people just don’t care. An 18-year-old might say it’s because they don’t understand the issues, they can’t follow the news or they can’t verify what information is accurate and what’s biased. Westlake High School junior Mia Burke wants […]

Calabasas Tennis team aces the love

Last month, Calabasas resident Anne Star wrapped up her 11th year donating wrapped toys and gifts for families in need in South Central Los Angeles. Star and her team of volunteers from the Calabasas Tennis and Swim Center work in conjunction with the Pete Brown Jr. Tennis Program at the Jackie Tatum/Harvard Recreation Center in Los Angeles, a nonprofit effort […]

Rare radio memorabilia dials up a new home

Valuable collection moves from local library

The Thousand Oaks Library Foundation will soon transfer one of the largest and most valuable collections of radio broadcasting in the world to the UC Santa Barbara Library Department of Special Research Collections. “It is critical that such a wonderfully curated collection documenting the Golden Age of Radio is preserved and accessible,” said Thousand Oaks Mayor Claudia Bill-de la Peña. […]

Winter wonderland

IT DIDN’T LAST—Snowcapped San Gabriel Mountains to the east can be seen from as far away as Calabasas on Dec. 29, just days after the first big storm of the season. Conditions have been dry ever since.


Dementia workshop Senior Concerns will present a workshop titled “Dealing with Dementia” from 10 a.m. to noon, Mon. and Tues., Jan. 25 and 26 via Zoom. Developed by the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving, the workshop will offer tips for caregivers on best practices for caring for their loved ones with dementia and themselves. Senior Concerns’ case managers Carie Salas […]

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