Banjo pickers unite

Mike McClellan, MA, a contestant and judge at the annual Topanga Canyon Banjo and Fiddle Contest, will lead "A Beginner’s Survey of the Five-String Banjo" from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays, July 7 through Aug. 11 at Los Angeles Pierce College Extension, 6201 Winnetka Ave., Woodland Hills. The class will introduce participants to the basics of bluegrass, frailing, double-thumbing, up-picking […]

A mentor can breed success

Getting ahead in information technology (IT) takes more than just the requisite technical skills; it also pays to have someone pulling for you, according to a new survey. Just more than half (51 percent) of chief information officers (CIOs) polled said they benefited from having a mentor at some point in their careers. The majority (72 percent) of those who […]

Unity Church bids farewell to minister on Sunday

Rev. Irma Oestmann will deliver her last message as minister of Unity Center Church at 10 a.m. Sun., June 29 at 1414 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Ste. 109, Thousand Oaks. She’s retiring to her home in the desert community of Rancho Mirage. A farewell reception will be held in her honor immediately following the service. Oestmann founded the church five […]

There are lessons to be learned from the donation drive in LVUSD

There are lessons to be learned from the donation drive in LVUSD I just find it a striking irony that during these challenging times of massive school budget reductions we can’t rally our very affluent community to give something—anything—to the recent school district fundraising efforts. We are all very proud to be able to send our children to schools in […]

Donations sought

Donations are sought for the Westlake Women’s Club garage sale to be presented from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sat., July 12 at 3230 Wind River circle, Westlake Hills. The club would welcome donations of items including clothes, tools, baby items, sporting goods, toys, exercise equipment, furniture, etc. Proceeds from their sale will be used to support the National Disaster […]

Chamber awards local students scholarships

The Education Committee of the Thousand Oaks-Westlake Village Regional Chamber of Commerce recently presented six local high school graduates with $500 scholarships. Among the criteria the winning students met was being employed in addition to attending school. A portion of the scholarship application was an essay written by the student in response to the question, "What lessons have you learned […]

Looking for family activities? Come to the Autry Museum

Looking for family activities? Come to the Autry Museum From July through September, families are invited to visit the Autry Museum of Western Heritage at 4700 Western Heritage Way in Los Angeles’ Griffith Park (across from the L.A. Zoo) to participate in a series of workshops, classes and special programs including the following. From noon to 3 p.m. on Fri., […]

STAR question was loaded with meaning

STAR question was loaded with meaning After taking this year’s STAR exam, we were disturbed by a question that pertained to the origin of the universe. We feel that it is inappropriate to place a question on the test that is based on theory instead of fact, which may infringe upon personal beliefs. We also feel that the best solution […]

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