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Grand Canyon in a weekend

Raise your hand if you’ve lived in Ventura County a long time and have never been to the Grand Canyon. I bet there are a lot of hands up. For some reason, visiting the Grand Canyon, as close as it is, seems like a hassle. As a result, many people never go. And that’s a shame, especially because it’s an […]

Morality tale a ‘powerful experience’

‘ Les Miserables’ When High Street Arts Center producer Ken Rayzor heard that Music Theatre International was lifting the moratorium on non-Equity productions of “Les Miserables,” he took on the hit musical that, for the first time in 27 years, was being offered to nonprofessional companies. The first of two local productions of “Les Mis” (the other begins at the […]

Robbers hit Agoura Road bank a second time

Authorities are still searching for the two men who robbed the First Bank & Trust on Agoura Road in the Westlake portion of Thousand Oaks on Monday. The bank also was the victim of a heist on May 10. In that case, a man entered the bank, jumped over the counter, opened money drawers and took an undisclosed amount of […]

Teen makes USA rhythmic gymnastics team

. Student skilled in four disciplines

Brigita Budginas, 14, of Agoura Hills made this year’s National Rhythmic Gymnastics Team (Junior) at the 2013 Rhythmic National Championships in Orlando, Fla., which was held on June 6 to 8. Brigita qualified for the championships after finishing sixth at the National Qualifier in Chicago last month. She advanced to the national finals as an Elite Level 10 rhythmic gymnast […]


THURS., JUNE 27 Ventura County Rose Society 6:30 p.m. at Ventura County Offce of Education Conference Center, 5100 Adolfo Road, Camarillo. Danielle Hahn, owner of Rose Story Farm in Carpinteria, discusses rose gardens at Rose Story Farm. Contact: Dawn-Marie Johnson. Phone: 805.523.9003. SAT., JUNE 29 Spaw Day Noon to 4 p.m. at Simi Valley Town Center, 1555 Simi Town Center […]

Four legs, two wheels, and love

With his lively personality and custom wheels, Dennis the Menace has become a neighborhood attraction in the Annandale community of Agoura Hills. Due to a degenerative spinal condition, Dennis lost the use of both of his back legs. But since he was fitted with an adjustable wheelchair, the friendly 12-yearold canine has had no trouble getting around. Dennis doesn’t realize […]

Wine, food fest returns to Calabasas

SIPPY CUP—Right, Mayor Fred Gaines and his wife Jill pose for a photo on the red carpet at the Calabasas/ Malibu Wine and Food Festival June 21. Below, Andrew Wells pours a glass of white wine from Cielo Vineyards for Westlake Village resident Lucy Swift during the festival, which took place over two days on the rooftop of Mercedes Benz […]

‘Tempest’ makes waves

The 17th annual Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival at California Lutheran University will open with “The Tempest,” directed by J. Michael Arndt. Performances will begin at 8 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from June 28 through July 14 in Kingsmen Park on the college campus, 60 E. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. The festival grounds will open at 5:30 p.m. for picnicking and […]

Bright students win national Eco Challenge

A group of six Oak Park High School students was among eight high school teams across the country to win an award in the air and climate portion of the Lexus Eco Challenge. Their participation in the environmental competition yielded a $10,000 prize. The students will use the money to install solar paneling at the Oak Park Library, which shares […]

Auditions for ‘Dreamcoat’ open

Camarillo Skyway Playhouse will hold auditions for the Tim Rice/Andrew Lloyd Webber musical “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” from 7 to 11 p.m. Sat. and Sun., July 6 and 7 at the theater, 330 Skyway Drive, Camarillo. Callbacks will be from 7 to 11 p.m. Fri., July 12. The first read through will run from 5 to 7 p.m. […]