2009-02-19

Powder-coated hilltops sparkle



Young naturalists gather



Datebook



THURS., FEB. 19 Pleasant Valley Garden Club Meets at Seventh-day Adventist Church, 3975 Las Posas Road, Camarillo. Social time 9 a.m. Meeting 9:30 a.m. Bob Vieth discusses “uncommon and unusual fruits.” Guests welcome. Phone: 805.484.5484 Contact: Sandy Roth Time: 9:00 a.m. Date: 2/19/2009 Friends of Platt Library Larry Mantel, host of “Air Talk” on National Public Radio station KPCC, speaks […]

Boys’ hoops squads open postseason



High school boys’ basketball playoff action in the CIFSouthern Section tipped off Wednesday night. Second-round games take place Friday, with the majority of the contests slated for 7:30 p.m. starts. Marmonte League champion Thousand Oaks was awarded the top seed in Division IIAA. Two other Marmonte schools, Simi Valley and Westlake, were in the Division IIA bracket, as was Camarillo […]

The Academy Awards



Hollywood’s lightened up a bit this year, and Oscar offers up an astute, grab-bag selection of mostly characterdriven, occasionally ambivalent films. Choosing this year’s winners is more difficult than in years past. I also believe Academy voting, divided by empathies, politics and insidetrack gamesmanship, may lead to some dark horse winners this year. One guilty secret: The tabloid junkie inside […]

Sentimental journeys



Traveling across the nation this winter, I was astounded by the amount of movement—thousands of people driving or flying hundreds of miles from their homes and back again. I pondered why. Was it to visit family, see new places, take a break from the norm? Each person had their own reasons and, each person was putting up with any number […]

Grant helps park service



The National Park Service recently was awarded a $2.6 million federal grant to build a visitor center at King Gillette Ranch in the Santa Monica Mountains. The center, which is expected to cost $8.4 million, will offer educational and recreational resources and establish a home for federal, state and local park agencies whose task is to preserve the Santa Monica […]

Wildlife center desperate for funds



After 10 years in operation treating more than 16,000 animals, the California Wildlife Center near Calabasas is low on funds and has only six weeks of operating expenses left in the bank. “We operate on a shoestring budget and it is critical for us to be prepared for baby season,” said Victoria Harris, the center’s director. “The baby care unit […]

Remodeler opens new T.O. location



Westside Remodeling has opened a new showroom at 1164-B Newbury Road in Thousand Oaks, off the 101 Freeway at Ventu Park Road. The showroom features top-of-the-line kitchen and bath displays with five awardwinning cabinet lines, including FSC certified cabinets and the latest trends in counter top surfaces such as Caesarstone and Silestone. Westside Remodeling has been in business since 1985 […]

Chargers a more confident group

Agoura at home in Round 1

At the beginning of the season, Agoura High girls’ water polo coach Jason Rosenthal set three goals for his squad: come together as a team, claim the Marmonte League title and win a CIF-Southern Section Division II championship. Having already taken care of two of the three goals, Rosenthal and the Chargers (21-7) now set their sights on winning a […]


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