2012-04-19 E-Edition

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Barbara Murphy dead at 64

Agoura woman fought local taxes

Barbara Murphy, an outspoken anti-tax crusader who advocated against what she believed to be excessive local government taxation and spending, died on March 31 after a six-month battle with cancer. She was 64. Hank Murphy, Barbara’s husband of 33 years, said doctors first thought his wife had sprained her right shoulder. “For six months we thought she had a rotary […]

School district turned on by solar power

A proposed contract between Las Virgenes Unified School District and a solar energy company based in San Diego will allow LVUSD to begin using solar power on district property with no initial cost. It’s a move that will also promote environmental stewardship among students, the district says. The school district recently hosted town hall meetings at Agoura and Calabasas high […]

Undefeated all the way

Gem, mineral show shines

The Conejo Gem and Mineral Club will hold its 38th annual Pageant of a Thousand Gems from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat. and Sun., April 21 and 22 at Borchard Community Center, 190 Reino Road, Newbury Park. The free event will feature exhibits and sales of gems, jewelry, rocks, minerals and fossils; youth activities; lapidary and jewelrymaking demos; silent […]

Summer Concerts in the Park

The Agoura Hills Department of Community Services announced the lineup for its 2012 Summer Concerts in the Park series. All shows will begin at 6 p.m. Sundays at Chumash Park, 5550 Medea Valley Drive, Agoura Hills. Concerts are free to the public. June 17: Queen Nation: A Tribute to Queen. July 8: Platinum Groove with a fireworks show following the […]

You and the race for Congress

Six candidates make up the final field for the newly drawn 26th U.S. Congressional District, which includes Westlake Village, Oak Park, Thousand Oaks, Moorpark and Camarillo. They will slug it out in the June 5 primary, and the top two vote-getters—no matter which party they’re in—will advance to the general election in November. Because this is the first year of […]

Old Agoura artist shares stories, promotes local tourism

One-man show to feature Fred Stone’s work at Thousand Oaks Community Gallery

Equine artist Fred Stone will be featured in a one-man show at the Thousand Oaks Community Gallery on April 27 and 28. The show is being hosted by the Westlake Village Art Guild to benefit the Greater Conejo Valley Tourism Initiative, said Craig Morton, a member of the Agoura Hills Cultural Arts Council and the art guild. A longtime resident […]

Young naturalists invited to bird hike

Mountains Restoration Trust’s youth naturalist program will feature “Birds” from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sat., April 21 at Headwaters Corner, 23075 Mulholland Hwy., Calabasas. Children ages 8 through 12 will learn about bird behavior during migration time, why they migrate and how they can fly thousands of miles to the same destination. Participants will hike, look for birds using […]

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