Businesses help stimulate local economy––but challenges remain


Retail sales and commercial real estate continue to drive the local economy, but lack of affordable housing for the workforce could put a damper on future expansion, experts said last week. And if local workers can’t live where they work, they’ll spend their dollars elsewhere. "This comes back to ‘buy local,’" said Cristina Bremner, marketing manager for The Oaks mall. […]

Eagle Scout enhances trail

Children’s books exhibited through March

Children’s books exhibited through March Sharon Fogarty, a supporter of the Oviatt Library on the campus of California State University Northridge, loved children, books and learning. In her memory, her family has created the Sharon Fogarty Young Readers’ Collection at Oviatt Library. From Feb. 19 through March 31, "Once Upon a Time . . . The Sharon Fogarty Young Readers’ […]

Teenage ‘art scholars’ are sought

The California State Summer School for the Arts/InnerSpark program is conducting the California Arts Search to identify "the most talented teenage visual, literary, media and performing artists in California." The teenagers who are selected will be designated California Art Scholars and will attend "one of the country’s premier summer arts institutes" on the campus of the California Institute of the […]

Gan Israel Day Camp opens up registration

Gan Israel Day Camp opens up registration Gan Israel Day Camp of Agoura Hills has opened early-bird registration for its summer program. The camp offers programs of sports, drama, martial arts, Red Cross-supervised swimming, field trips, arts and crafts, as well as "Jewish Heritage Time." "The camp emphasizes doing, and the children never find themselves bored," said Rabbi Yisroel Levine, […]

Cops urge caution after surge in armed robberies


A recent jump in armed robberies should serve as a reminder for local citizens to be cautious when they’re carrying or spending cash. Banks, convenience stores and ATM machines are normally the biggest targets of robbers, according to Dep. Shawn Brownell of Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station. While the Calabasas, Agoura Hills and Westlake Village areas aren’t frequently threatened by armed […]

Events mark de Anza’s epic journey

Two special programs will be offered the weekend of Sat., Feb. 21 and Sun., Feb. 22 to commemorate the visit of Juan Bautista de Anza to what is now the Las Virgenes-Conejo Valley region. At 1 p.m. Sat., Feb. 21 at Peter Strauss Ranch, 30000 Mulholland Hwy. (at Troutdale Drive), Agoura, David Smith of the Juan Bautista de Anza National […]

Natural hormone therapy supplements now available

A growing body of evidence supports the use of natural herbal supplementation for offsetting some menopausal-related symptoms. Proper nutrition and exercise also play a very important role in balancing hormones. During physical activity, your body releases endorphins, a natural painkiller and mood enhancer. By participating in a holistic hormone therapy program, women can achieve a healthy balance of hormones no […]

High schools receive grants from Theater League

Theater League has awarded a total of $5,000 in grants to high schools in the Conejo Valley and in Oxnard. Among the local schools that will receive funding are: Agoura High School, Thousand Oaks High School and Newbury Park High School. The grants focus on enhancing musical theater experiences for high school students by providing extended production and promotional opportunities […]

Another reason to love it here: Whale-watching trips in Oxnard


It’s a beautiful Saturday in February. The rains earlier in the week pushed out the haze and left white puffs of clouds and azure-blue skies—perfect weather for taking a boat to the Channel Islands to watch the annual migration of the Pacific Gray Whale. I’ve never been whale watching, though I’ve lived in Ventura County for more than two decades. […]