Agoura grad gets his shot on Broadway

A.J. Holmes caught the kind of break that many young performers dream about. The 23-year-old graduate of Agoura High School felt lucky to be the second standby for the character Elder Cunningham in the hit musical “The Book of Morman” in Chicago, but when he was called to perform the part on Broadway he was stunned. Holmes said he was […]

Business of the Month

Wolf Creek Restaurant and Brewing Company

The restaurant, which is celebrating its 15th anniversary in business and third year the Summit Shopping Center in Calabasas, is owned by Rob and Laina McFerren, who met and married while working at the Cheesecake Factory in Los Angeles. Rob was a manager and Laina trained the servers. After Laina gave Rob a home beer brewing kit for Christmas, a […]

Van Dyke incident no sitcom, but not as serious as first reported

Veteran Hollywood actor Dick Van Dyke, 87, was shaken but uninjured Monday after his car caught fire on the 101 Freeway in Calabasas. At 2 p.m. Aug. 19, the California Highway Patrol received a call about a car fire on the eastbound 101 at Parkway Calabasas. CHP confirmed that the driver of the vehicle was Van Dyke, a Malibu resident. […]

Businesswomen meet tonight

The Ventura County Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners will host its monthly dinner meeting today at 5:30 p.m. Thurs., Aug. 22 at the Sheraton Agoura Hills Hotel, 30100 Agoura Road. Networking will begin at 5:30, followed by the program at 8 p.m. Gloria Miele is a business development and leadership coach, speaker, consultant, and trainer with […]

Oak Park men run miles to help others

Friends raise money for local kids with cancer

Oak Park residents Stewart McGugan and Drew Hazelton will run, swim and bike for the love of a child. McGugan, principal of Oak View High School in Oak Park, and Hazelton, a Disney executive, will participate in the Nautica Malibu Triathlon at Zuma Beach on Sept. 8. The race will include a half-mile ocean swim, an 18-mile bike course and […]


THURS., AUG. 22 Thousand Oaks Photo Group 6:30 p.m. at Goebel Adult Community Center, 1385 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. Pete Scifres gives presentation on using ProShow Gold to prepare media shows using digital images and soundtracks. Q&A follows. Contact: Bob Peltzman. Phone: 818. 865.8464. FRI., AUG. 23 One-Woman Storytelling Show 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Simi Valley United Church […]

Brennan joins Westlake’s MNS

MNS Engineers, a Westlake Village-based infrastructure consulting firm, announced it has appointed Peter Brennan as principal construction manager for the firm’s Water Resources Division. Brennan has more than 25 years of experience with construction management on largescale water resources infrastructure programs, mainly in the realm of water treatment. Brennan’s extensive construction management experience in wastewater treatment plants, pump stations, pipelines, […]

Children head back to school as changes abound

Las Virgenes applauds smaller class sizes

The new year began for Las Virgenes Unified School District yesterday, with slightly lower enrollment, 19 new teachers, smaller classroom sizes, improved technology and enough new counselors to afford the district the distinction of having one of the best counselor/student ratios in the region. “We’re amped for the coming school year,” Superintendent Dan Stepenosky said. Wireless Internet connectivity has been […]

Westlake woman fullfills role fostering dogs in need

A retired intensive care nurse, Gale Haley of Westlake Village provides a safe haven for abandoned animals with special needs. Haley has been fostering dogs for Agoura-based L.I.F.E. Animal Rescue since 2006. L.I.F.E. is an acronym for “living is for everyone.” For just over a month Haley has been caring for an Australian cattle dog named Callie and her 10 […]

Residents needed for behavioral health board

Qualified citizens are sought to serve on the Ventura County Behavioral Health Advisory Board. The board serves as a liaison between the public, the Behavioral Health Department and the Board of Supervisors. The board gathers, monitors and evaluates input about substance use disorders and mental health in all its aspects, and makes recommendations to improve the behavioral health system. Meetings […]

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