Local schools have an edge

Oak Park and Las Virgenes schools are at the top of their game once again. From the San Fernando Valley north to Santa Barbara County, these local school districts scored highest in this year’s API (Academic Performance Index) rankings, the California Department of Education’s measure of student achievement. Oak Park had a top score of 891, almost 100 points higher […]

Earthquake disaster simulation will test readiness

Part 2 of two parts

Seismic predictions are an inexact science at best, but experts at the United States Geological Survey (USGS) still estimate that there is a nearly 50 percent chance that an earthquake of magnitude 7.2 or greater will strike Southern California in the next 30 years. A quake of that size would shut down roadways and severely disrupt electricity, gas, water and […]


FRI., SEPT. 12 Floating Along Westlake Encore Club meets at Westlake Yacht Club, 32123 Lindero Canyon Road, Westlake Village. Refreshments, business meeting, root beer floats, boat ride. Wear soft-soled shoes, sun hat. Guests welcome. Time: 9:30 AM Phone: 805.496.3211 Date: 9/12/2008 Women Honored Girl Scouts of California Central Coast host Women of Distinction Luncheon at Las Posas Country Club, 955 […]

Tri-Valley standings

St. Jude’s Church plans annual carnival

St. Jude’s Church will hold its annual Country Time Faire from 2 to 10 p.m. Sat., Sept. 27 and noon to 9 p.m. Sun., Sept. 28 at the church, 32032 Lindero Canyon Road, Westlake Village. The fair will include rides, games, balloons, confetti eggs, bingo, food vendors, live entertainment, a marketplace, sweet shop, book sale and a cake walk. A […]


My 5-year-old son proved he’s a true Italian-American male at a neighborhood eatery with his parents the other night. The boy transformed into a mini Marcello Mastroianni when three done-up teenage girls walked into the place and sat next to us in line for a table. “My, aren’t you ladies beautiful,” my boy said in a much lowerpitched voice than […]

MAVRIC music awards accepting applications

Nominees will perform at local venues

Applications are being accepted for the second annual MAVRIC (Music Awards for Ventura Roots and Independent Creations) Independent Music Awards. Application deadline is Nov. 1. In December, the award nominees will have the opportunity to perform throughout Ventura County at locations in Ventura, Thousand Oaks, Camarillo, Oxnard and Simi Valley. Nominees will also receive free tickets to the awards show. […]

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Second Century Commission plans for next 100 years

A blue-ribbon commission comprising scientists, conservationists, politicians and other community leaders met Aug. 25 and 26 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Westlake Village to discuss the future role of America’s national parks. The National Parks Second Century Commission met in Westlake because of the city’s proximity to the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, one of 390 national park […]

High-end store dresses up community

Nordstrom opening day draws 1,750

Nordstrom was hoping 1,500 customers would pay $100 each to attend its opening gala and be the first inside the newest store at The Oaks mall. Instead about 1,750 excited shoppers turned out. The opening also served as a fundraiser. The Alliance for the Arts, the nonprofit fundraising arm of the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, and the Centennial Guild […]

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