Elusive pond turtles

Walking along Craggs trail by the creek in Malibu Creek State Park, I heard a distinctive “plunk” and saw large concentric waves radiating from the point where an animal had entered the still water. I went through a mental checklist of all the possibilities: frog, water bird, snake, turtle? Waiting and watching, I was able to eliminate all options but […]

Workshop will help homeless

Representatives from the Conejo Affordable Housing Workgroup are asking those interested in fighting homelessness in the area to attend a series of meetings to discuss strategies. Subcommittee meetings will be held at Thousand Oaks City Hall at 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd. in the Acorn Room, and will take place the first Wednesday of every month. The Transitional Housing/Shelter Beds Subcommittee […]

House of Hope ‘open house’ changes date

Universal Love Foundation has changed the date of its House of Hope open house to 10 a.m. April 6 at the center, 28720 Canwood St., Ste. 104, Agoura Hills. House of Hope is a grief and loss center dedicated to helping children and their families through loss by providing peer support groups and additional services as required at no cost. […]

Mountains Restoration Trust announces summer discovery camps

Children will explore wonders of nature

Mountains Restoration Trust’s Discovery Nature Camp is accepting reservations for the three sessions held at Headwaters Corner, 3815 Old Topanga Canyon Road, Calabasas. Camp days are Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 pm. Each session includes a guided hike, related craft and field trip to Malibu Lagoon State Beach. Dates and themes for the sessions are as follows. […]

Hummingbirds find creative ways to build a home

Time to begin planting spring garden

Warm air and soil temperatures make April an ideal time to plant summer vegetables and flowers, say experts at Agromin, a Camarillo-based manufacturer of soil products. •Plant vegetables: Coastal area residents still have time to plant cool-season vegetables such as lettuce, carrots and radishes. For the rest of the county, it’s time for warmseason vegetables such as tomatoes, corn, squash, […]

A ticket to ride

Anybody who’s ever received a traffic citation, please raise your hand. We thought so. Almost everyone who drives has been pulled over at least once. Traffic tickets are an everyday occurrence and even a good driver can have a lapse in concentration that leads to getting caught. First there’s denial, then the realization that you’re going to be hit with […]

What’s that eye in the sky?

Former foster child writes book that moves people to action

Running laps in the hot Florida sun, being hit with a wooden spoon and living with 15 other children in a cramped 1,200-square-foot trailer are vivid childhood memories for Ashley Rhodes-Courter. However, most of the 14 foster homes she lived in by the age of 12 are a blur of forgettable faces and names for the now 22year-old. But one […]

Local students make dean’s list at Pepperdine

Pepperdine University has named the following local students to the Seaver College dean’s list: •Brittany Dead of Agoura Hills •Matthew Hancock of Agoura Hills •Elizabeth Sexton of Agoura Hills •Jason Eggleston of Calabasas •Eric Burdullis of Camarillo •Adam Wall of Newbury Park •Lauren Morales of Oak Park •Sarah Gullen of Simi Valley •Sarah Mitchell of Thousand Oaks •Heather Scott of […]

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