2013-04-18

Students bring butterfly garden to life

WHS teacher spearheads idea after summer in Costa Rica


A new ecosystem has come to life at Westlake High School. Over spring break, March 27 to 29, around 45 AP science students pitched in to plant a butterfly garden on one of the campus hillsides. The approximately 30-by-16- foot plot contains a variety of native plants—including milkweed, lupins, sunflowers, marigolds and asters—all meant to attract and support life forms […]

Pet of the Week



Temple presents creative writing class



Hollywood screenwriter Alex Litvak and Rabbi Jon Hanish will examine how rabbis and modern day writers use their creative writing skills to explain the deeper meanings of Torah in a Midrash and Creative Writing Class at 7 p.m. April 22 and May 6 and 20 at Temple Kol Tikvah, 20400 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills. Participants will write their own modern-day […]

Fountainwood peeved at school district’s plan to expand Mariposa




Some members of the Fountainwood neighborhood in Agoura Hills say they oppose a plan by Las Virgenes Unified School District to expand Mariposa School of Global Learning, an alternative K-8 school that shares a campus with Sumac Elementary School. About 50 people attended an HOA meeting last month to discuss issues such as safety and increased traffic that might result […]

A different kind of path



After their retirement, my parents loved to walk along the pathways in the nearby state park. It was there they noticed the first signs. My mom said she noticed my father wasn’t swinging one of his arms while walking. And he was stumbling over small roots on the path. Not long after they came to visit me in California, and […]

‘Phantom’ to haunt Agoura’s new theater

And show will be music director’sfinal production


Agoura High School will debut “The Phantom of the Opera” in its new performing arts education center Wed., April 24. The show runs through April 27. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony Award-winning musical holds the distinction of being the longest running musical on Broadway. It will be music director John Mosley’s final production before he retires from Agoura High School on […]

Two women serve on missions




Rachel Lang, a 19-year-old from Westlake Village, was in her freshman year of college when Thomas S. Monson, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, made an announcement that threw her plans up in the air. Monson changed the age requirements for the LDS church’s missionaries. Women can now serve missions at age 19 instead of 21 […]

Going green with kids & critters



Applications for Oak Park committee



The Oak Park Unified School District Board of Education is seeking applications for membership of the Citizens’ Oversight Committee. The task of the committee will be to review projections and collections of Measure R, Measure C6 and Measure C funding as well as twice yearly review of budgets, revenues and expenditures using the funds for each of these measures. The […]

Helping seniors avoid scams, fraud and identity theft




Seniors make up one-third of the scam victims in America, and one out of five older adults is a victim of financial scams, according to Betty Berry, a senior advocate for Senior Concerns. Members of the older generation are more vulnerable to identity theft, scams and fraud because they were raised to trust people, said Berry during a lecture last […]