Chaparral students able to see America without leaving school

Children at Chaparral Elementary School in Calabasas and Yerba Buena Elementary School in Agoura Hills have been traveling through North America on a giant 26-by-34-foot map, large enough to almost cover the school’s multipurpose room. The map is part of a National Geographic Society program sponsored by the society’s Grosvenor Council, an international group of individuals who donate $1,000 or […]

Pre-Grammy party in Hollywood to benefit homeless kids, earthquake victims

A Westlake Village woman is planning a star-studded Grammy kickoff party at the House of Blues in Hollywood on Jan. 28 to benefit homeless children in the United States and earthquake victims in Haiti. Asal Masomi, founder of We.The.Children—a business that partners with local charities, especially those which help children—had originally planned to use funds generated from the party for […]

Children’s Storyteller

FRI., JAN. 22

Rebecca Martin performs interactive musical program for pre-schoolers at Calabasas Library, 200 Civic Center Way. Free, no tickets needed. Stroller parking available. Phone: 818.224.1753 Contact: Karilyn Steward Time: 11:00 a.m. Date: 1/22/2010 THURS., JAN. 21 Pleasant Valley Garden Club Meets at Seventh-day Adventist Church, 3975 Las Posas Road, Camarillo. 9 a.m. snacks, socializing. 9:30 a.m. meeting, presentation. Superintendent Daryl Wagar […]

Change is due

It’s time for a change in leadership in the city of Agoura Hills. The Kanan interchange was completed over two years ago and we’re still waiting for promised signage. This is a city that hires a new arborist almost every year. Each year the new arborist recommends new trees and taxpayer dollars are wasted on removing healthy trees and replacing them with “new […]

Pinewood Derby winners

Westlake Village resident teaches English in Taiwan

A short glimpse at the clock jolts Chris Moodhe out of his thoughts. It’s 3:55 p.m. and English class starts in a few minutes. He grabs his books, and enters the classroom to witness a familiar scene: His best student, Jolin, is carving dents in the edge of her desk with her triangle ruler, and little Jason Wang squeezes a […]

Heart-pounding freeway drama gives sports editor a new outlook on life


There I was, spinning out of control along the 101 Freeway like a Nate Kaeding field-goal attempt in the playoffs. And, like Kaeding, I missed everything I was supposed to hit. Every year about this time I drive down to San Diego to watch my beloved Chargers choke away a postseason game in the most devastating fashion imaginable. I spend […]

Ticket grief

In the past, when I’ve read letters of complaints regarding traffic tickets in the Agoura Hills and Oak Park area, I thought, “What a bunch of whiny-butts. You broke the law, you get a ticket.” But in the last year I received three tickets in your “safe” cities. The first one was for a senior moment when I wrote the […]

Teens gain new perspective from trip to Guatemala

I have been fortunate to work closely with nearly a thousand preteens and teens in my 13 years as a cantor. Most of these wonderful kids have lived in relative affluence. Teaching them blessings has been fairly easy, but teaching them the reality of being blessed has been a challenge. On Dec. 26 I led a trip to Guatemala with […]

Donors needed for stem cell registry

A stem cell registry event to sign up potential donors will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mon., Jan. 25 at Las Virgenes Academy, in Building M on the A.E. Wright Middle School campus, 4029 N. Las Virgenes Road, Calabasas. The event is for Jeff Tohl, who was diagnosed with nonHodgkin’s lymphoma in 2006. He underwent a stem […]

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