Homes needed for tour

The Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara invites area families to open the doors of their residences for the 22nd annual Holiday Homes Tour on Sat. and Sun., Dec. 7 and 8. The self-guided tour is one of the organization’s largest fundraisers. The organization is interested in homes with a story to tell, extensive holiday decorations, unique heirlooms or collections on […]

$72-million water district budget approved

Capital projects are in the works

The Las Virgenes Municipal Water District (LVMWD) board of directors approved a new fiscal year budget effective July 1. The $ 72- million package includes funding for LVMWD’s three core services: potable water, wastewater treatment and recycled water distribution. The budget includes operating expenses of $46.8 million, capital project expenses of $22.4 million and debt service payments of $2.7 million. […]

Flying Squirrel

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 […]