Residents lend a hand to help nature thrive

While birds chirped vigorously in the background, adults and children planted about 150 coastal oak saplings on a hillside at Gates Canyon Park. Hosted by the City of Calabasas, the tree planting on March 23 commemorated Arbor Day, an annual holiday when Americans plant trees coast to coast and learn how to care for them. The oak saplings will take […]

The Other Side of 50

Accidental caregivers Our new house brought with it many new things: a new address, a new location and new neighbors. I find it odd that people in the market for a new home would spend so much energy deciding on the location and price but give so little attention to who their neighbors might be. Some neighbors change lives forever. […]

New musical is ‘off the charts’

Hillcrest Center for the Arts and Rolling Catfish Productions will present the world premiere of “Off The Charts,” a quasi-musical comedy/drama in two acts, from March 29 through April 14 at the Theater on the Hill in the Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Blvd., Thousand Oaks. Show times will be 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 […]


The sophomore outside hitter is a rising star. Cook helped Oak Park win the Dos Pueblos Tournament on March 16, and the sophomore earned tourney MVP. “This year he’s our best hitter, for sure,” head coach Patrick Quinn said. “He’s just a terrific all-around player who can only get better when he gets bigger and stronger.” The coach said Cook […]

Police sound alarm following recent local bank robberies

The Thousand Oaks Police Department is on high alert after a bank robbery in the city over the weekend—the third in just over a month. Around 12:30 p.m. Saturday, two masked men rushed into the Citibank at 33 N. Moorpark Road, jumped over the counter and ordered tellers and customers to get on the floor. They proceeded to empty the […]

Tree people

Volunteers spring into action with planting project

Buddhist center celebrates anniversary

The Tushita Kadampa Buddhist Center (TKBC) opens its doors to the community every year on the anniversary of its move to Westlake Village. This past weekend marked the spiritual center’s second anniversary at the Water Court in Westlake, following three years on Pierce Court in Thousand Oaks. The day-long celebration included a free meditation workshop taught by resident teacher Rebecca […]

What’s new on DVD

“Life of Pi” (Fox) Blu-ray DVD + Ultraviolet. Nominated for 11 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, the film is about a young man who survives a disaster at sea and is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. Based on the best-selling novel and directed by Ang Lee, this two-disc version includes the documentaries “Remarkable Vision,” “Epic Journey” […]


Sean Crocker is arguably the best golfer in the county. The junior does it all for the Westlake boys’ golf team. Crocker has a sweet swing and spends most of his time on the greens. He thrives in the long and short game. Crocker competes yearround in American Junior Golf Association events, Toyota Tour and PGA Southern California Junior Tour. […]

Easter at the Adobe

ON THE HUNT—Quinn Porter, 1, from West Hills searches for eggs at the Leonis Adobe “Springtime At The Adobe” Easter event on March 23 in Calabasas. Besides an Easter egg hunt, activities included tortilla making, wool spinning and weaving, music from Craig Newton and, below, the petting of the adobe’s adorable farm animals.

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