Treasure of the Santa Monica Mountains

Summer programs are now underway at King Gillette Ranch, formerly Soka University, near Calabasas. Originally the estate of razor magnate King C. Gillette, the property is rich with natural beauty and vestiges of California’s golden past. Under the jurisdiction of The Mountains Recreation & Conservation Authority, the 588-acre park is open to visitors. For information call (310) 454-1395, ext. 106 […]

Librarian creates cool teen programs

“Harry Potter” books aside, coaxing teenagers into reading during the summer is often a struggle for parents. A librarian at Agoura Hills Library came up with a solution. “You need to be a marketing wizard,” said teen librarian Shelley Corrington about creating a summer program specifically targeted to middle and highschool students. And a wizard she was on Sat., July […]

Malibu Arts Festival to feature 250 artists

The 36th annual Malibu Arts Festival, scheduled from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sat. and Sun., July 28 and 29, will feature artwork by 250 award-winning painters, sculptors, photographers, jewelers and other artisans from across California. The event is at the Malibu Civic Center, 23555 Civic Center Way. Admission is free, and parking across the street is $7. Festival-goers can […]

T.O. Montessori school to host open house

Peace Montessori Elementary School will host an open house for families from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sat., July 28 at 3415 Erbes Road, Thousand Oaks. Teachers and program leaders will give classroom tours, review the curriculum and materials. Dianne and Philip Rammon, music directors, will give an introduction to stringed instruments. Refreshments will be available. For more information, call […]

Natural History Museum invites kids to Critter Club

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County will offer a variety of activities in August. Among the scheduled events, Critter Club, a program for children ages 3 to 5 with an adult, will examine nocturnal creatures from 10 to 11 a.m. Sat., Aug.11. The club is free with museum admission. For information, call (213) 763-3230. Patrons can also join […]

Concert coming to Calvary

Lincoln Brewster will perform at 7 p.m. Fri., July 27 at Calvary Community Church, 5495 Via Rocas, Westlake Village. Brewster is a rock worship artist whose No. 1 songs include “Everlasting God,” “All to You” and “Majestic.” He has toured as the lead guitarist for Steve Perry of Journey. Tickets are $20, or $25 to include a Mexican-style dinner. For […]

Understanding democracy

Regarding the July 19 editorial, “Democracy demands participation,” this is true, but incomplete. Democracy is the “divide and conquer” strategy of America’s elite. I have never quite understood why so many newspaper editors extol democracy rather than the concept of republicanism. Article IV, section 4 of the Constitution reads: “The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union […]

Oak Park climber Michael Reardon remembered for daring feats

Rock climbers live on life’s edge, consumed by a passion steeped in danger. One local climber pursued his deep love for the sport all the way across the Atlantic Ocean and paid with his life. Oak Park resident and worldrenowned climber Michael Reardon, 42, was presumed dead after being knocked off the side of a cliff in Ireland by a […]

Paramount Ranch revisited

The Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area will host “Living a Dream: Paramount Ranch Reborn” at 2 p.m. Sat., July 28 at the National Parks Visitor Center, 401 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. Robert Hertz, son of the previous owner of the ranch, will show a multimedia presentation of a behind-the-scenes look at how his family restored the site and […]

Chamber breakfast talk on business challenges

The Thousand Oaks-Westlake Village Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Networking Breakfast of Champions will be from 7 to 9 a.m. Fri., Aug. 3 at the Los Robles Greens Banquet Center, 299 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. Speaker Frank Maguire will discuss the challenges businesses face and how to rise above them. Registration begins at 6:45 a.m., with an early bird drawing […]