Coyote information

The City of Calabasas will be hosting a Coyote Education Workshop on Mon., Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. in Founders Hall. This is an important city event because, living in Calabasas, coyotes are a familiar part of our surroundings and this workshop will teach residents what they need to know to keep themselves and their pets safe from coyotes. This […]

Fiamme offers more than great food

It’s been three years since Liz Beddow took over a failed Italian restaurant in Westlake Village’s Paseo Marketplace and retooled the business from the inside out to create a hot new entertainment venue without sacrificing tasty cuisine. Beddow said although the eatery was renamed Fiamme Restaurant and Bar to encapsulate the fiery Italian vibe, she and managing partner Jerry White […]

YMCA hosts spring break camps

The local branches of the YMCA will present weeklong spring camps in Thousand Oaks, Moorpark and Agoura Hills to coincide with times when school is not in session. The Triunfo YMCA—serving Agoura Hills, Oak Park and Westlake Village—will host a spring break camp from April 9 through 13 at the YMCA child care facility at Willow Elementary School, 29026 Laro […]

Smeck tribute

All living things are connected and no one understands this better than Woody Smeck, superintendent of the National Park Service, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (SMMNRA). For 21 years Woody dedicated his life to the SMMNRA, a place for humans to escape the stress of urban living, connect with wildlife and habitat, and enjoy the natural world. The SMMNRA, […]


THURS., FEB. 23 Mega Mixer 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Grand Vista Hotel, 999 Enchanted Way, Simi Valley. Local businesses showcase products and services. Open to public. Contact: Patrick Ellis. Phone: 805. 529.0322. School Movie Screening 6 p.m. at Goebel Senior Center, 1385 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. One Spark Academy screens documentary “Forks Over Knives.” Dinner, movie, discussion panel. […]

St. Max ministry helps local charities

St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church in Thousand Oaks is gearing up to stock the shelves of more than two dozen charities in Los Angeles and Ventura counties through Project Response, an outreach ministry established at the church in 2001. Volunteers are collecting a variety of goods, including baby items, cleaning supplies, food, craft and school supplies, and grocery store gift […]

Food for thought

Since the early 1990s, Americans have unknowingly been eating genetically modified food (GMOs). GMOs were approved by the FDA without human studies and have grown in use exponentially in the last two decades. According to the Grocery Manufacturing Association, 80 percent of packaged foods contain GMOs. It is estimated that 85 percent of U.S. corn is GMO. A GMO is […]

Taking a trip down ‘Avenue Q’ with Sean Harrington

The performers stand quietly at attention in a row, mouths agape, waiting for the director to show up. They are unable to move, not just because they’re stuck on poles, but because they have only a head and a torso. No, it’s not some perverse murder mystery. The performers are puppets, created by Simi Valley theater genius Sean Harrington for […]

Practicing the power of presence

“How often do you have to practice the presence of gravity? All the time! Any time you forget about gravity, and fail to practice your relationship with it, you fall on your face. So it is with practicing the presence of God. We are told to ‘pray without ceasing.’ It could be said the reason we have problems is that […]