Choir announces new season

The 100-voice Los Robles Master Chorale will begin its 2013-2014 season in December. Under the leadership of artistic director Lesley Leighton, the chorale will perform six concerts featuring both newlycommissioned pieces and choral masterworks at a number of venues throughout Ventura and Los Angeles counties. The season will open in November with Handel’s “Messiah,” performed in the more intimate manner […]

Tips to pain-free gardening

Gardeners can lessen the aches and pains that can come from growing plants at home by heeding the advice of gardening expert and author Melinda Myers. Vertical gardening: Grow plants on a blank wall, fence or post. Height makes gardening easier and creates visual interest. Choose tools wisely: Look for ergonomic grips, long handles and ratcheted tools to keep posture […]

Teen named debutante

Las Madrinas recently announced the 37 families and their daughters who will be honored for their service to the community and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles at the Las Madrinas Ball on Sat., Dec. 21. The debutantes include Remy Jean Bessolo, daughter of Caroline Bessolo and Robert Bessolo of Westlake Village. Las Madrinas was established in 1933 as the first affiliate […]

Afternoon delight of Gilbert & Sullivan

Ventura County Gilbert & Sullivan Repertoire Co. will highlight the Gilbert and Sullivan canon in the second show of the 2013 Summer Concert Series at 3 p.m. Sun., July 14 at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. Tech and artistic directors John and Rebecca Pillsbury, along with cast members Jeff Berg, Sydney Solomon Bowling, […]

The Art of Being

No need to travel far on your voyage of discovery I believe we each came to this planet just as Christopher Columbus or Marco Polo did, hardwired to explore, to push out, grow and evolve—to discover parts of ourselves and our world we have not seen before. While visiting the Getty Museum, perched high on a hill overlooking Los Angeles, […]

Spark in the park

SUMMER SPECTACLE—Fireworks adorn the evening sky over Chumash Park following the Agoura Hills Summer Concert in the Park on July 7. Far left, Sadie Stolper, 12, and Francesca Harper, 13, groove to the music prior to the show. Left, singer Bill Fold of the group Knight Fever leads the entertainment. The city’s next Summer Concert in the Park is July […]

Wife of ‘Psycho’ screenwriter to speak prior to movie showing in Agoura

The City of Agoura Hills continues its summer tradition of Movies in the Park with the showing of Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho” at the historic Reyes Adobe on July 13. This month’s movie has an added attraction. Before the show, the city will host a Q-and-A session with Marilyn Stefano, whose husband, the late Joseph Stefano, was the screenwriter for the […]


Mockingbird mimics many sounds

A feathered friend lands close by Oak Park has an abundance of beautiful residential gardens, and part of my daily routine is to fill up the bird feeders and water the plants in my outdoor space. Out on a recent morning to do the watering at my home on Pinion Street, I looked down and saw a little bird nestled […]

Walking with the Lord cross-country

Jim Buckley may be wearing out the soles of his shoes, but his spiritual soul is stronger than ever. It’s been more than three months since the 66-year-old pastor of Newbury Park First Christian Church began his walk across the continental United States. On a mission to promote family and strengthen American homes one step at a time, Buckley set […]

Community leader’s fall from grace stemmed from insider trading

Scott London exhibits remorse, regrets friendship that went awry

Friendship can be valuable, but only to an extent. Scott London, an Agoura Hills resident and former KPMG audit partner who pleaded guilty to securities fraud July 1, says he was wrong to have shared insider information in stock trades aimed at helping a friend’s sagging business. London will be sentenced in Los Angeles Federal Court on Oct. 22 and […]