Woman earns doctorate despite medical challenges

Studying for a doctorate is challenging enough, but Barbara Semel Parkhurst of Oak Park earned her degree at the same time she was undergoing multiple surgeries for a near fatal brain aneurysm. Parkhust, 55, recently graduated from California Lutheran University with her health intact. Parkhurst was gardening at home over Memorial Day weekend in 2007 when the aneurysm struck. “My […]

Softball squad goes undefeated at state

BIG WIN FOR WAGS- The Westlake-Agoura Girls Softball (WAGS) U-8 Alpha team capped off its amazing season by winning all four games they played at the state tournament in Rancho Bernardo July 11-13. The weekend included an Olympic-style opening ceremony parade into Qualcomm Stadium on Friday night as part of the California State Games. The team finished the season with […]

Staying still for swallows

Recently I was exploring the dry creek bed of an underpass in the high desert. I was searching for animal tracks but found animals themselves. Instantly I was engaged by their energetic swirling flight and their alarm calls indicating my presence, a series of short one-note “veews.” Slowly approaching, I looked up and realized I had entered a colony of […]

Support group slated for parents who have lost an infant

A support group for those who have suffered pregnancy or infant loss meets at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Hospice of the Conejo, 80 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. The group is led by Dr. Beth Haynes, who had devoted her time to studying grief after the loss of her first baby. There is no charge to participate. For more information, […]

Pet of the Week

SMOOTH MOVER- Guido, 10, a male golden retriever mix, was surrendered by his owner. Guido can be adopted from the Agoura Animal Shelter at 29525 Agoura Road. To take Guido home, ask for ID No.A3847762. Occasionally pets have already been adopted, so please call (818) 991-0071 first or visit http:// animalcare.lacounty.gov/

“Journey to the Center of the Earth (3-D)”

Directed by: Eric Brevig Cast: Brendan Fraser, Josh Hutcherson, Anita Briem Rated: PG (for some intense action moments) Running time: 92 minutes Best suited for: the arcade/ video game set Least suited for: Jules Verne fans and serious action/adventure fans “Journey to the Center of the Earth (3D)” is less genuine cinematic effort than awesome theme park ride (and eventual […]


THURS., JULY 17 A ‘Merry’ Play Moorpark College Theatre Arts Department presents the musical “Merrily We Roll Along,” Studio Theatre (first floor), Performing Arts Center, 7075 Campus Road in Moorpark. 8 p.m. July 17 to 19, 24 to 26, 31. 2 p.m. July 20, 27 and Aug. 1, 2 and 3. Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by George […]

Sheriff’s Blotter

Agoura Hills A burglar stole a pair of prescription eyeglasses, a computer memory stick and various CDs with a total value of $1,300 from a vehicle parked in the 28900 block of Oak Creek Lane on July 5. The culprit also caused $1,500 in damages while attempting to break in. Vandals caused $100 in damages to property in the 5800 […]

The ‘heartbeat’ of the city

This past decade has been a golden age of construction for civic centers in our area. Calabasas, Agoura Hills and Westlake Village- three cities that were once slated to become a single, Las Virgenes entity- have defined their individual character and strength of purpose with the public buildings they’ve chosen to construct. The crown jewel in this picture is the […]

Commercial real estate follows slumping homes

A slumping national economy has finally caught up with Ventura County’s commercial real estate market. According to a midyear report released earlier this month by Camarillo-based CB Richard Ellis, vacancy rates for retail, office and industrial space throughout the county are up in the second quarter of 2008 as compared to the same time last year. The subprime mortgage meltdown […]