Books are bound for Africa

When things are easily accessible, it’s easy to take them for granted. Take electricity and clean water, for example. Most of us never stop to question how these crucial services are made available to us. But there they are. Books are items many of us take for granted and cast aside as our connection to the internet intensifies. In places […]

Westlake resident heads food drive

HUNGRY TO SUCCEED— Christy Bassiri, center, of Westlake Village, receives a bag of groceries from a volunteer during a food drive April 10 at Berniece Bennet Park in Westlake Village. Bassiri organized the event on behalf of the Manna Conejo Valley Food Bank of Thousand Oaks. More than 100 grocery bags full of canned and dry foods were collected by […]

Free fire-wise lecture series

The Ventura County Resource Conservation District is offering a free outdoor wildfire prevention virtual speaker series. The next talk will be “Understanding Wildfire and History in Ventura County” from 6 to 7 p.m. Tues., May 4 with Matthew Shapero, UC Cooperative Extension. The events will feature wildfire experts with presentations on wildfire prevention and recovery efforts, recovery funding opportunities and […]

Very ‘tweet’ reader photo

RED-CRESTED—Manju Venkat of Oak Park recently snapped this bird shot. Venkat says: “There is a lot of activity and interest in the proposed plans to restore Oak Canyon Community Park. I thought it would be very timely to include a few photographs of wonderful birds that visit the park. I took this photograph of a Ruby-Crowned Kinglet. . . . […]

Student art shines in online show

Virtual gallery displays winning pieces

For 10 years, the Cultural Arts Council of the City of Agoura Hills and the Westlake Village Art Guild have presented the Greater Conejo Valley Student Awards Juried Art Show. Before the pandemic, selected artwork was exhibited at the Agoura Hills Recreation and Events Center. This year’s show is being presented online through April 22. The virtual gallery features over […]

Art therapy for kids affected by crime

After learning about the work of Camp Hope at the Ventura County Family Justice Center, members of the Westlake Women’s Club Art and Culture Committee collaborated with camp members to create a mural at the center. Camp Hope is a program for children who have been affected by crime. The county adopted the program six years ago to support crime […]

4 cities, lots of vaccines

A Four Cities COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fri., April 16 at the Agoura Hills/ Calabasas Community Center, 27040 Malibu Hills Road, Calabasas. The clinic is open only to people age 50 and older who are residents of Agoura Hills, Westlake Village, Calabasas and Hidden Hills. Participants need to bring a California ID […]

Sailing is a breeze with summer classes

Ahoy, kids. Westlake Yacht Club’s Summer Sailing Academy will run from June 14 through Aug. 13 at 32119 W. Lindero Canyon Road, Westlake Village. The academy is for youths ages 9 to 17. Nine sessions will take place throughout the summer, each lasting five days total. Sessions run from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. Graduate certifications will be awarded weekly. […]

Eagle Scout spruces up King Gillette Ranch

For Will Kanny of Agoura Hills Scout Troop 127, perseverance paid off during the pandemic. He completed his Eagle Scout project March 28 at King Gillette Ranch in Calabasas. Will built an outdoor kiosk made of redwood where visitors to the park can find useful information. Ranger Scott Hughes, the park manager, oversaw the installation. Will’s first attempt at the […]


Earth Day activities To commemorate Earth Day, the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District is holding a scavenger hunt beginning Mon., April 12, although participants can begin the hunt anytime by visiting day. The digital version of the checklist is interactive and features educational websites. Hard copies of the scavenger hunt checklist are available at the Oak Park Community […]

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