Schooled in the martial arts

Dawn Barnes isn’t your typical sensei. A former ballerina and stunt woman, Barnes’ approach to life- and to her business, Dawn Barnes Karate Kids- is a testimony to the power of positive thinking, and teaching. Barnes has thrown “ryu,” a karate term for school or tradition, to the mat and created a unique approach to teaching young people the art […]

Am I crazy?

My wife and 4-year-old son think I’m crazy. Friday the 13th is approaching, a day that rains bad luck on some people, and I don’t want to discover that the air conditioner in my house is broken. I don’t want to “accidentally” turn up dead. Even worse, I don’t want to find out that TCM is canceling its cable programming. […]


THURS., JUNE 5 Business Women Business and Professional Women’s Club of Conejo Valley meets 7 p.m. Hyatt Westlake Plaza, 880 S. Westlake Blvd. Christopher Christian, PhD, speaks on “The Puerto Rican Syndrome.” Men and women welcome. Tea For Newcomers Reservations due for Agoura Newcomers Club formal high tea, 11 a.m., Thurs., June 19 at member’s home in Agoura Hills. Members, […]

Patriots make history

Viewpoint softball team wins its first CIF-SS title

It turns out the third time really can be the charm. On Saturday afternoon at Deanna Manning Stadium in Irvine, the Viewpoint softball team defeated Liberty League rival Faith Baptist 21 for the CIFSouthern Section Division VII championship. The game was the third meeting between the two teams this season, with Viewpoint winning two of three. The softball championship was […]

There’s something funny going on at Stage Door Theatre

Stage Door Theatre’s comedy “No Sex Please, We’re British” lives up to its name. No sex or nudity here. You won’t see anything more than a married couple kissing and a guy in very long (and colorful) boxers. What you do get is plenty of belly laughs. This farce by Anthony Marriott and Alistair Foot pokes fun at British society […]

Highlands Model 1005

This customized Highlands model 1005 has more than 4600 square feey, 6 bedrooms and 5 baths with one of the bedrooms located on the first floor. This home is located near the end of a cul-de-sac, and the entry and family room have been upgraded to travertine and new patterned carpet. Kitchen has been updated to include granite counter tops. […]

Frenetic tranquility

A week ago, as a friend and I meandered in the woods, we stopped to sit on some boulders near a creek. Although we had been chatting loudly and goofing around, the cathedral-like oaks and soothing song of water subdued our noise. Still and silent, we soaked in all the place had to offer. To my right was a hummingbird […]


Residents are invited to participate in any of the following volunteer opportunities in the area. For more information or to sign up, call the phone number listed for the event. •The Los Angeles-Ventura Counties Affiliate of Mothers Against Drunk Drivers will host an orientation and training for volunteers from 10 a.m. to noon Sat., June 21 at the Proud Bird […]

Doulton Tour Visits Area

Michael Doulton, ambassador for Royal Doulton, makers of fine china products, will meet with collectors and sign their pieces from noon to 4 p.m. Sun., June 8 at the Royal Doulton Company Store, Camarillo Premium Outlets, 740 Ventura Blvd., Ste. 530, Camarillo. For almost 200 years, Royal Doulton has specialized in fine tableware, glassware, ceramic giftware and collectable figurines. Through […]

Agoura’s Stock named MVP

The Agoura High baseball team handed out its season awards at the program’s annual banquet on May 28. Catcher Richard Stock, a junior, was the team MVP after batting .432 while hitting six home runs in his last seven games. Junior Garrett Aries was the Pitcher of the Year. Aries beat Westlake and Moorpark, among others, while throwing three complete […]