Neighbors

New Smash RX room is all the rage

Patrons can safely vent frustrations


Over the past year, a certain building off Thousand Oaks Boulevard in Westlake Village has seen a huge increase in people smashing bottles, breaking computers and destroying all kinds of furniture—but the police aren’t investigating. In fact, the destruction is sanctioned, and it isn’t just for fun. Smash RX is what’s known as a rage room. Participants sign up for […]

Student cracks the code to win computer hackathon

Agoura youth is a whiz at coding


While many people may see a computer as nothing more than access to the internet, a means to send emails, play video games, blog and converse, Jordan Shin sees it as a tool kit. The 15-year-old sophomore at Agoura High School is an accomplished coder able to work in nine coding languages and create engaging video games in a matter […]

National League lunch bunch strikes again

Lockdown spurs creative minds



When the coronavirus pandemic hit last March, the internet buzzed with art projects and other creative things people did to pass time during lockdown. Agoura High School junior Stella Carr became inspired by the flurry of creative art pieces that began appearing online and, in July, launched an eclectic arts magazine called Ink & Stitch. She’s released four issues virtually […]

Food Share announces leadership change

Food Share, a hunger-relief organization in Ventura County, has appointed Drew West, Hannah Wirz and Mark Miller to its board of directors. The board provides strategic and financial direction to the food bank’s leadership team and participates in fundraising and networking activities. West recently retired from his position as general manager of global academic partnerships for the Trade Desk, based […]

The welcome mat is out

ACORNY MOMENT—Katie Martinez of Thousand Oaks snapped a photo of this cutie. Dubbed Tina, the furry friend “comes to our door regularly asking for her favorite snack—acorns, of course,” says Martinez about the neighborly squirrel.

Majestic, soaring

WINGSPAN—Gene Joly of North Ranch photographed this beautiful red tailed hawk. Red tailed hawks are voracious hunters of rats, mice and squirrels. Their breeding season begins in late winter; eggs are laid in early spring. The big birds are monogamous, sticking with the same mate through the breeding season and often pairing for life. Many return to use the same […]

Art show seeks student work

The Westlake Village Art Guild and the City of Agoura Hills Arts Council are sponsoring the 2021 Greater Conejo Valley Student Awards Juried Art Show. The show recognizes the students and art teachers that enrich the fabric of the community. The show is open to high school juniors and seniors attending school or living in the Greater Conejo Valley. The […]

Celebrating 30 years of hope, support

Cancer Support Community provides free services

Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/ Santa Barbara is marking the local affiliate’s 30th anniversary this year since the first cancer patient in the community was served in 1991. The community states that its mission to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and supported by community. All programs are provided at no charge due […]

STEM Club challenges

The second session of the Southeast Ventura County YMCA STEM Club for middle schoolers began Jan. 19, running through March 26. The session covers solar chemistry. Students meet online from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday. “This unit gives participants hands-on opportunities to learn how we are harnessing the power of solar energy on our planet,” says Tori Cusack, […]


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