2011-12-01

Student swimmer excels



USA Swimming recently recognized its members who excel in both the classroom and the pool. This year, 1,759 swimmers made the Scholastic All-American Team, including Julia Farfan, a Westlake High School 11th-grader who lives in Agoura Hills. Student-athletes with a grade point average of 3.5 or higher and who have achieved the required time standard in a single event are […]

Ventura County SELPA to hold public hearing



The Ventura County SELPA will hold a public hearing to review the proposed annual budget plan and program descriptors/ annual service plan for special education at 5:15 p.m. Mon., Dec. 5 at 5100 Adolfo Road, Camarillo. The program descriptors list the types of special education services provided in the SELPA. The SELPA includes all school districts and the County Office […]

Academy promotes creativity



Sometimes, it starts with a dream. The Academy for Salon Professionals, a L’Oreal affiliated Cosmetology and Esthetics school in Canoga Park, began that way. Jill Murphy, the founder of the academy, decided in 2005 to create a different kind of school. Murphy’s goal was to use her 14 years of experience as an educator with Redken to change and improve […]

Gardens of the World seeks artists to exhibit



Each year, the Gardens of the World in Thousand Oaks hosts local artist exhibits in the Resource Center. Dates for 2012 are now available to artists on a first come, first served basis. Viewing hours on reserved dates at the Resource Center are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. Each artist receives display time of five to six […]

Gay lesson plan coming to school

New state law will require attention to diversity


Local school districts are starting to pay attention to a new state law that requires certain textbooks to highlight the achievements of the gay and lesbian population in California and the United States. How Senate Bill 48— an amendment to the state Education Code signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in July—will play out in local classrooms remains uncertain. Although the […]

Westlake Village council approves website overhaul




Westlake Village will soon have a new gateway to the digital world. The City Council recently voted for a $24,000 revamp of the city’s website. The new Westlake Village site will include effective tools for interactive communication between elected officials, government employees and citizens. “The website is the first place people will want to go. It’s more than just a […]

What is cyanide fishing?



Dear EarthTalk: I heard of a practice called cyanide fishing, which is used mostly to collect aquarium specimens, but I understand it is also used to catch fish we eat. Isn’t this very unhealthy? — Phil Seymour, Albany, N.Y. Cyanide fishing, whereby divers crush cyanide tablets into seawater in plastic squirt bottles and puff the solution to stun and capture […]

Let Conejo Players entertain you with ‘Gypsy’

Play review


“Gypsy,” the musical based on the life of burlesque star Gypsy Rose Lee, has often been called “the perfect Broadway show.” Critics have likened it to “King Lear” and “Death of a Salesman” in its depiction of a fractured family and its struggle to stay together. The Conejo Players Theatre’s current production, which runs through Dec. 10, delivers on all […]

Holidays come alive in benet home tour



The Wellness Community Valley/Ventura has announced the themes for the four Conejo Valley homes featured on the self-guided 20th annual Holiday Homes Tour from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sat. and Sun., Dec. 3 and 4. We Believe is a Malibu View Estates home featuring nativity sets from around the world, a North Pole village collection and a Treasure Tree […]

Soccer teams reach their goal