2013-03-07 E-Edition

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Lighten up, it’s only recreational sports

Whether it’s baseball or softball, the season’s opening day is full of possibility. Everyone is in first place, uniforms sparkle and the fields have never looked better. There’s a lot to be said about youth sports. Kids experience what it means to be a team player. They learn that practice makes perfect. They discover that, as in life, the calls […]

On the Trail

The last great best hike in the world Patting his rotund middle, my hiking buddy Tiller Montalban pondered my trail map’s description of the route I’d planned. “Strenuous,” he said, enunciating every syllable in a tone one might associate with a condemned man begging for mercy as he’s being led to the gallows. Meanwhile, waiting in the car for just […]

Kids served the trip of a lifetime

Local players attend Davis Cup matches in Florida

Katie Tavasoli usually watches Davis Cup tennis matches on her television at home. The 12-year-old Westlake Village resident never dreamed she would watch a Davis Cup match in person, just a few rows away from the world’s best tennis players. Katie and her friend Emily Ackerman, 13, of Westlake Village were chosen to attend the Davis Cup match between the […]

Kids in constant motion during show


‘Rise Up!’ The kids in Alan Rose’s Westlake High School Choral Music program got an extended workout in their latest production, “Rise Up!” which ran for four performances last weekend at the school’s Carpenter Family Theater. With choreography directed by Valerie Gardhouse, the kids in every choral group were in constant motion during the show. Credit all of them for […]

‘Spring’ not the same as ‘Easter’

I was driving by Mae Boyer Park this afternoon when I glanced at the community board to see what upcoming events would be taking place in Oak Park. I noticed that we would be having a Spring Egg Hunt. Will the “Spring” bunny be there? Will children run around with their “Spring” baskets and collect their “Spring” eggs? Everyone is […]

Documentary to screen

Pepperdine University and the Resource Conservation District of the Santa Monica Mountains will show James Redford’s film “Watershed” at 7 p.m. Thurs., March 7 at the university in Malibu. “ Watershed” is executive produced and narrated by Robert Redford and directed by awardwinning filmmaker Mark Decena. The film tells the story of the threats to the once-mighty Colorado River and […]

The soul of a Girl Scout

BEST FOOT FORWARD— Allison Royal, a senior at Agoura High School, earned her Girl Scout Gold Award with a project titled “One Step at a Time.” Allison held a shoe drive at Lupin Hill Elementary School and put on an event for more than 60 Girl Scouts. She collected more than 1,000 pairs of shoes for the Soles for Souls […]

Local artists give demos, workshops

Five artists from the Conejo Valley will host a working Artist’s Studio through March 30 at the Thousand Oaks Community Gallery, 2331 Borchard Road, Ste. A, Newbury Park. The show will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day except Mondays. The artists will use the gallery as their home studio, creating original paintings throughout the month. The […]

Council steered the wrong course

Four of our five Agoura Hills City Council members callously disregarded the will of the people and adopted Ordinance 13-400, increasing the size of oversized commercial vehicles allowed to park on city streets. Many people showed up to address the council, and all but one of the public speakers opposed passage, citing safety, aesthetics and reduced parking space concerns. Many […]

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