2013-12-05

2013-12-05 E-Edition

FINE WINE

Local vineyards grow in popularity


It didn’t happen overnight. In fact, it took almost 30 years after the first vineyards were planted in the Santa Monica Mountains before they were considered for inclusion under the new Malibu Coast American Viticultural Area. Now their day has come. Pending approval by the federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, the new AVA will validate the efforts […]

Stepping out into the great outdoors



FUN AT THE RANCH—Pat Neville of Westlake Village helps his daughter, Sara, 3, with her long jump skills during the Let’s Move Outside event at Peter Strauss Ranch in Agoura Hills on Nov. 29. Kids and families were invited to “work off the turkey” at a mini-obstacle course that included activities such as jump rope, hula-hoop and Frisbee toss. At […]

Family nonprofit headed to Simi




Interface Children & Family Services, a countywide nonprofit offering mental health and abuse counseling resources and services, will bring a satellite office to Simi Valley as part of the Under One Roof project. The project is still in the beginning of its capital campaign to raise $2.5 million before tenants can occupy the leased space and city-owned development services center […]

‘Idol’ finalist at T.O.’s Scherr



Singer/songwriter and “American Idol” finalist Brooke White will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wed., Dec. 18 at the Scherr Forum Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd. In the seventh season of “American Idol,” White earned a fifth-place finish in the competition. The former nanny’s first full-length album, “High Hopes and Heartbreak,” released after the competition was a […]

Shedding the turkey and stuffng is fun



Agoura council introduces Koehler as mayor

Buckley-Weber new mayor pro tem


Agoura Hills Mayor Pro Tem Bill Koehler took the oath of office as the city’s new mayor during Tuesday night’s City Council reorganization meeting. He replaces Denis Weber as Agoura Hills mayor. Councilmember Illece Buckley Weber was named mayor pro tem. Koehler praised the city, which was recently ranked as the 14th safest in California by SafeWise, a business consortium […]

Safeguarding the past

City historian’s new book features insights, images of Westlake Village past


Westlake Village straddles two counties because of a mistake made by state legislators. Before Ventura County was created in 1870, legislators established an area between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara counties based on rather vague borders between the Conejo and Las Virgenes ranchos. “They thought they were defining the border between land grants in the Conejo and Las Virgenes regions,” […]

Animals are stars at fall family fest



A dickens of a festival



Simi Covenant Church will present the second annual Dickens Festival from noon to 7 p.m. Sat., Dec. 7 and noon to 6 p.m. Sun., Dec. 8 at the church, 4680 Alamo St., Simi Valley. The event will have English food, craft and gift vendors, a tea house serving traditional tea and scones, Victorian dances, Christmas vendors, street performers as well […]


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