Immerse in verse contest

The Ventura County Writers Club invites poets of all ages to enter the 19th annual Poetry Contest. The contest is open to all genres of poetry and has two youth divisions and one adult division. Entries will be accepted through 11:59 p.m. Thurs., Feb. 28. Winners will receive cash prizes and opportunities to read their poems as well as publication […]

Still under spell of the rubber monster

’Godzilla’ a powerful message about radiation

Modern movie magic has made classic monsters seem quaint by comparison. Watching a computer-generated earthquake demolish Los Angeles makes a black-and-white movie featuring a rubber monster suit seem laughable when it was supposed to be terrifying. For Agoura Hills resident Peter Brothers, the rubber monsters always win, and there is only one monster that truly matters— Godzilla. Brothers, 65, saw […]

Residents rally for Borderline families

Fundraiser held Jan. 6

Historic grove weathered Woolsey

Meadow used by Chumash, ranchers

Perched 2,000 feet above sea level in the hills between Simi Valley, Oak Park and Thousand Oaks, China Flat is an idyllic 1,100-acre oak meadow that features rocky sandstone outcroppings and native oak woodlands. If hikers happen upon the right trail, they will pass by an old cistern, a small silo and an abandoned farm vehicle that are vestiges of […]

Sign-ups open for club buses

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley is taking reservations for after-school van transportation to the following area Boys & Girls Clubs: Catlin Boys & Girls Club at Lindero Canyon Middle School, 5844 Larboard Lane, Agoura Hills. Call (818) 735-9518. Picks up from Mariposa, Sumac, Willow and Yerba Buena elementary schools. Anderson Youth Center at Los Cerritos, 1980 […]

Sixth-grader sails across the finish line

Girl wins national championship

The Westlake Yacht Club junior sailing team traveled to Dana Point last August participate in the North America National Tera Championship. The race took place outside the harbor breakwater in the open ocean, with moderate to good winds on Sat., Aug. 4 followed by light winds on Sun., Aug. 5. The Westlake team consisted of four Westlake Yacht Club Juniors […]

Borderline jam remembers the 12

Over the years, regulars at Borderline Bar and Grill bonded over ice-cold beers, pool and country line dancing. In the days since the Nov. 7 mass shooting at the bar, the camaraderie has continued beyond the four walls of the establishment, which remains closed indefinitely. Members of the Borderline family continue to gather and dance wherever they can find a […]

Kids’ author shares tips, stories on genre

April Halprin Wayland, an award-winning author of children’s books and young adult novels, will present “How Many Books Do You Write in a Week? The Adventures of a Children’s Author” at 1 p.m. Sat., Jan. 12 at the San Fernando Valley chapter of the California Writers Club. The chapter meets in the Saban Community Room on the Motion Picture and […]

How to protect homes from flood and mud

COMMENTARY /// Eye on the Environment

The Montecito tragedy at the beginning of last year raised awareness of dangers posed by rain-driven debris flows, especially for those whose homes recently survived fires in their area. Recently, over 50 people came to a workshop in Oak Park presented by the Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services and the Public Works Agencies of the County of Ventura and City […]

Welcoming the New Year, Brazilian-style

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