Water restrictions in place for Oak Park

H2O guzzlers will face penalties

Oak Park residents and businesses must reduce their water use by 15 percent between now and June 30, 2010 or face fines and higher monthly bills. California’s ongoing drought and recent court decisions to restrict water flow due to an endangered fish are forcing water suppliers to institute strong conservation measures. “After one year, if Oak Park Water does not […]

Forum will address universal healthcare

A forum to discuss universal singlepayer healthcare or mandated insurance will be at 6:30 p.m. Wed., Aug. 12 at the Grant Brimhall/Thousand Oaks Library, 1401 E. Janss Road. Proponents of state Sen. Mark Leno’s Senate Bill 810 in California and U.S. Rep. John Conyers’ HR 676 in the House will discuss the issues and answer questions. Guests will include Dr. […]

Teach kids about money and budgeting

Teaching children and teens how to stick to a budget not only can save their parents some green in the short run but can prove valuable in the long term. “It’s a smart idea to teach kids responsible money management skills while they’re young and their finances are simple,” said Aaron Patzer, CEO of online personal finance service Mint.com. “With […]

“Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”

Directed by: David Yates Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Alan Rickman Rated: PG (mild sensuality, mild violence, some scary images) Running time: 154 minutes Best suited for: The salivating Potter hordes Least suited for: those jumping into Pottermania midstream, the sorcery squeamish Harry Potter (household name Daniel Radcliffe) begins his sixth year and sixth film at Hogwarts School […]

This Home Has A Large, Private Front Courtyard, Neutral Beige Carpeting And Tile Flooring

This five-bedroom home with three bathrooms is approximately 3,111 square feet. It has a large, private front courtyard and neutral beige carpeting, tile flooring and a wrought-iron staircase. The living room has a fireplace. The home has a formal dining room with a door opening to the rear yard and pool. The kitchen has updated appliances, breakfast bar and walk-in […]

Calabasas alumnus excels in music, organizes fundraising concert

Taylor Shubert taught himself to play piano, and he can read and compose music. The recent Calabasas High School graduate conducted a musical piece this spring at the Calabasas Finale Concert. This weekend, Shubert, 18, is directing a musical performance featuring local students. In the fall, Shubert will attend The Boston Conservatory to study musical theater on a merit scholarship. […]

Free to Breathe walk in August

The third annual Free to Breathe 5K run/walk will be Sun., Aug. 2 at Dockweiler State Park, 12001 Vista Del Mar, Playa Del Rey. Registration opens at 7 a.m. The 5K and 1.5-mile walks begin at 8:30 a.m. Registration is $30 on event day and discounted for early sign up. For more information, see www.FreeToBreathe.org.

Remarkable comeback for former O.C. baseball star

After fracturing a vertebra in his back, Sean Spear's odds of ever returning to the diamond were slim, but he had a different plan in place

Sean Spear dove for a groundball, one of thousands he has scooped up in his life. The shortstop extended his body across the grass infield. Then, he heard a crack in his back. After Spear threw the ball to first for the final out of the inning during a 2007 tournament game in Santa Maria, he collapsed. “The pain was […]

Strauss ranch hosts music, art event

“The Best of the Best” music and art show will take place Sun., Aug. 9 at the Peter Strauss Ranch, 3000 Mulholland, Agoura Hills. An art exhibit will be open from 1:30 to 6 p.m. and the concert will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Music at the “Folk Festival” will be combined with “Nature in Art,” a sale of […]

Writer to discuss new book, ‘Killer Pizza’

Author Grey Taylor will discuss and sign his new book “Killer Pizza” at 7 p.m. today, July 30 in the children’s department of Barnes & Noble in the Westlake Promenade. “Killer Pizza” is an actionpacked thriller for middle grade readers age 10 and up. Taylor is a screenwriter of such movies as “Jumanji,” “Harriet the Spy” and “Prancer.” Admission is […]

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