Area nursery sprouts hope, optimism, jobs

When Jenn Rodriguez gazes across thousands of native succulents and oak seedlings at the plant nursery she manages, she doesn’t just see profits growing. She sees the transformation of lives. With the start of each workday, her employees perform stretches and greet the morning with a newfound sense of optimism and hope. Growing Works is not just a nursery providing […]

Jazz club finally back in the swing of things after lockdown

The smooth sounds of live jazz wafted through the halls of the Simi Valley Town Center on a recent Sunday afternoon. The pleasing melodies emanating from inside 99.1 The Ranch radio station were not only music to the ears of shoppers, but they represented the sound of relief to members of the Simi Valley Jazz and Dance Club. The nonprofit […]

Speech and writing contest

The Thousand Oaks branch of AAUW will host the inaugural Speech Trek, a public speaking and writing contest open to any high school student living in the Conejo Valley Unified School District area. High school students will prepare and present a five-to-six minute speech on the topic “Has the United States lived up to its pledge of ‘liberty and justice […]

Activist led the charge to protect environment

Sue Boecker, a noted environmentalist who formerly called Oak Park home, died Dec. 31, 2021 following a bout with breast cancer. She was 77. Boecker was a onetime member of the Ventura County Planning Commission who also served two years on the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District’s Oak Park Committee before moving to Fort Bragg, California, about 14 years […]

Learn your local history

The Stagecoach Inn Museum’s speaker series takes place on select Sunday afternoons at 51 S. Ventu Park Road, Newbury Park. Guests can hear authors, historians, archaeologists and entertainers share their knowledge of local history and other topics. Jan. 23: Author Jeff Maulhardt is a fifth-generation descendant of the Jacob Maulhardt and Doretta Kohler and the Johannes Borchard and Elizabeth Schwedhelm […]

Remote learning is back at CSUCI

Jacob Jenkins isn’t a fan of teaching university classes remotely. Like many professors, he’d much rather be interacting with students in person. The Cal State Channel Islands communications professor thought online classes would only be needed for a couple of weeks when lockdowns were first imposed nearly two years ago. “We shifted suddenly, dramatically. I had heard rumblings of this […]


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Conejo Valley-based quartet releases album of spiritual songs

Even as the pandemic brings disease and darkness, a new musical group is singing that “bright morning stars are rising.” Seraphour is a women’s vocal group formed by professional local musicians in 2020 after the pandemic canceled their performance calendars. The members have recorded an album of sacred music featuring tunes like the traditional Appalachian song “Bright Morning Stars.” The […]

Local car clubs combine forces

EYE IN THE SKY—A drone keeps tabs on the activity at the Shoppes at Westlake Village shopping center, which saw its biggest turnout to date for a local car show. The Ranch Car Club, which normally meets there, combined with the 101 Cars and Coffee group on Jan. 8 to become a new club, County Line Cars and Coffee. The […]

Calabasas actor stirs up a ‘Revolution’

It’s not a stretch to say that Adam Wylie has had a remarkably elastic career. Not only has the Calabasas resident acted on TV and Broadway, but he’s flexed his sleight-of-hand skills in some of the nation’s top magic clubs. On his YouTube channel, he leaves you wondering “How did he do that?” as he performs close-up tricks with cards, […]

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