Library gains reputation as local cultural center

SEA TALES-Above, trellis shadows give an interesting look to the entrance of the Agoura Hills Library, which is currently hosting the exhibit “The Voyages of Zheng-He, 15th Century Chinese Admiral.” Pieces from the exhibit, including the statue at right, celebrate the 600th anniversary of the Chinese treasure fleets that carried exotic goods to distant lands. The library hosts similar displays […]

Park service to host information meeting

The National Park Service will host “The Great Backbone Trail Get Together Celebration” at 11 a.m. Sat., Sept. 9 at Peter Strauss Ranch, 30000 Mulholland Hwy., Agoura. The park service and several nonprofit organizations will distribute free information to anyone interested in taking the “Great Backbone Trail” hike. The park service will be accepting signups for the 2006-07 annual hike […]

Happy birthday, dear Wolfgang

INTENSE CONCENTRATION-Sally Borman and Araksia Nazlikian give their full attention to their music as they perform with the Bright Light Chamber Players who were celebrating the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s birthday in a concert at the Westlake Village library recently.

The Ratings Game

Another end of summer, another U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges list. While college administrators may publicly dismiss rankings as beneath them, when the rankings are favorable, you’ll find them featured prominently on a school’s website. Admissions deans are under constant pressure to improve their rankings. The fact that the University of Pennsylvania, my alma mater, fell from fourth […]

Westlake Lutheran to present the Alpha Course

Westlake Lutheran Church will offer the Alpha Course beginning Sun., Sept. 10, a program for those not active in the Christian faith or those with questions about religion. A free dinner at 5:30 p.m. will be followed by a video presentation, “Christianity: Boring, Untrue or Irrelevant?” and an open discussion. The program will be at the church, 2630A Townsgate Road, […]

UCLA Live opens ‘Spoken Word’ series with English novelist

UCLA Live opens its 2006- 07 season and Spoken Word Series with award-winning English novelist Zadie Smith, whose bestselling, critically acclaimed 2001 debut, “White Teeth,” earned the then-23-yearold comparisons to Salman Rushdie, John Irving and Martin Amis. Her most recent novel, “On Beauty,” was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and recently won the 2006 Orange Prize for Fiction. Smith […]

On A Scenic Corner Lot

This 3-bedroom, 2.5bath house is on a scenic half-acre plus corner lot, private, with five majestic oaks and set far back from the street. It’s conveniently located for golfers, just a stroll from Los Robles Golf Course. If you like to hike, a hiking trail is just a few yards away that leads through the Santa Monica Mountains. Yet it’s […]

Freedom Walk to pay tribute to 9/11 victims

U.S. troops, vets honored The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Military Connection.com are hosting the inaugural Simi Valley Freedom Walk at 5 p.m. Mon., Sept. 11 to pay tribute to the victims of the attacks of 9/11 and to honor U.S. troops and veterans. The 1.8-mile walk will begin in the Reagan Library’s courtyard at 40 Presidential Drive in Simi […]

Local youth shakes up music scene

Ryan “Greeny” Greenfield is a gifted musician. Although the Agoura Hills youth is just 15 years old, his musical brilliance has set him on a path of early achievement and acclaim. Dubbed “Greeny” by Matt McKagan, Lindero Canyon Middle School’s band director since 1990, Ryan is a jazz, classical, and classical rock musician and composer, who already has received a […]

Special events firm will give hospice a hand

Westlake Village special events production company, 11H, will oversee production of the Hospice of the Conejo’s “Las Vegas Cool” casino night on Sun., Sept. 10 at The Oaks mall in Thousand Oaks. More than 1,000 guests are expected to attend this annual fundraiser. The group 11H creates events for large businesses, nonprofit groups and municipalities throughout Southern California. They recently […]