Paper, rock, scissors—and polymer clay

A child of the ’70s, Shelley Kommers remembers the days when crayons, scissors and paper were the tools of her creative enjoyment, before the internet took over much of that role for many children. Shelley recalls her artistic mom encouraging her to engage in artful endeavors as early as age 3. “We created our own fun,” says the now 52-year-old […]

OP student is top fundraiser

Help the boosters; donate gift cards

The athletic booster club at Oak Park High School is collecting unwanted gift cards to raise funds for supplies and equipment for the winter sports program. Student-athletes who collect the most gift cards will receive gifts and prizes. OPHS freshman volleyball player Olivia Melendez recently won a trip to Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights as well as dinner from Bubba Gump […]

Motor4Toys revs up for holidays

Porsche Woodland Hills will present the 18th annual Motor- 4Toys Charity Car Show and Toy Drive Sun., Dec. 5 at Pierce College, 6201Winnetka Ave,, Woodland Hills. Attendees must use the entrances at Victory Boulevard or Mason Street; only these two entries will be open. Motor4Toys will be in the main lot, No. 7, off Victory Boulevard. The Motor4Toys Charitable Foundation, […]


The Calabasas City Library will be closed for Christmas from Fri. to Sun., Dec. 24 through 26. Library hours on New Year’s Eve, Fri., Dec. 31 will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The library is always closed Mondays. For the links, dates and times of story times as well as information on all events, go to www. […]

Chipping in, sorting out for America Recycles Day


Nov. 15 marked the 25th annual national America Recycles Day, and this year’s theme was “I want to be recycled.” That may sound more like the promotional slogan for an all-natural funeral services provider, but it actually built on a curious phenomenon first discovered through focus group studies conducted by the California Department of Conservation (now part of CalRecycle, the […]


Holiday at the inn Celebrate 145 years of the Grand Union Hotel during Holiday at the Inn 2021 at the Stagecoach Inn Museum, 51 S. Ventu Park Road, Newbury Park. The event runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Fri., Dec. 3, 10, and 17, and from 1 to 4 p.m. Sat., Dec. 4, 11, and 18. Decor will represent the […]

Loss of home motivates toy drive

Much loss came with the 2018 Woolsey fire, but Sophia Novotny found a way to make something good come out of it, too. Since the devastating November blaze three years ago, the now-10-year old has been helping to host a toy drive in conjunction with Spark of Love, the annual toy collection event sponsored by Southland fire departments and ABC […]

Recording pro sets up CLU studio

Agoura resident puts experience to work

Agoura Hills recording engineer Benny Faccone has put his stamp on a diverse international songbook that includes American rockers X and Tom Petty, Mexican singer El Buki, “King of Pop” Michael Jackson and pop legend Barbra Streisand. The 68-year-old also has worked alongside several A-list producers such as Quincy Jones, David Foster and Phil Ramone. Faccone, a graduate of Berklee […]

Ride on

Bus riders in Ventura County can now use a single, touch-free system to pay for fares on any of the county’s regional buses. The Ventura County Transportation Commission has launched VCbuspass, a contactless fare collection system that allows passengers to pay for fares on any of eight Ventura County regional bus systems. With VCbuspass, riders can buy bus passes online […]

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