2014-01-16 E-Edition

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Fight lingers over homes

The 13-year debate over the development of the Heschel School property—the 71 acres just east of Old Agoura that is now being called Chesebro Meadow—seemed like it was over. Last July, the City of Agoura Hills sold the land in unincorporated Los Angeles County to a Southern California developer for $900,000. Twenty acres will be developed into 15 custom equestrian […]

Library spies test their skills

A LICENSE FOR FUN—Westlake Library’s Spy Camp on Jan. 11 taught basic skills to young agents. Above, Colin Leese, 9, of Westlake Village maneuvers through a “laser” maze. At right, Ajay Bhargava, 11, of Thousand Oaks tries on the mustache disguise he made at the camp. Below, from left, Kristofer Indra, 7, of T.O.; Asher Friedlander, 9, of Agoura; and […]


Talk by ‘Buddhist Boot Camp’ author Conejo Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will host a presentation by Timber Hawkeye, author of “Buddhist Boot Camp,” at a free community forum at 7:30 p.m. Fri., Jan. 17 at 3327 Old Conejo Road, Newbury Park. Hawkeye will discuss a nonsectarian approach to being at peace with the world and some of the ideas in […]

Love is magical in Shakespeare comedy

The Oak Park High School theater department appears to have the magic touch. Shakespeare’s comedy “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” opens tonight for four performances in the OPHS Pavilion at 899 Kanan Road. In the play, three stories are told about “young lovers loving the wrong people” as well as “the magic of relationships and human foibles,” said director Don Enoch. […]

On freeways, no pain no gain

It’s going to take a lot more than one interchange expansion to fix this area’s congested freeways. Still, yesterday’s groundbreaking for new improvements to the 101 and 23 junction was a major breakthrough for local drivers fed up with the gridlock. Ever since portions of the 23 and 118 freeways were expanded in the late 2000s, the heavily traveled interchange—which […]

Program on housing choices for seniors

Senior Concerns will present a free seminar, “Creative Housing Choices in the Second Half,” from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tues., Jan. 28 at Senior Concerns, 401 Hodencamp Road, Thousand Oaks. Andrea Gallagher, president of Senior Concerns, and Annette Broesma, a geriatric counselor, will discuss how life transitions like divorce, retirement or a change in health status can affect a person’s […]

Fighting spirit

Twins Damien and Justo Garcia boost resurgent Calabasas boys’ soccer squad

Don’t underestimate Damien and Justo Garcia. The Garcia twins, sophomores at Calabasas High, have overcome their own set of obstacles. Damien Garcia was born with facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD), a disease that causes progressive muscle degeneration. Damien is unable to lift his right arm over his shoulder and has limited movement in his upper body. That doesn’t prevent him from […]

Mark Harmon plays a funny Harry

Theater League’s national tour of “Mamma Mia!” roared into town this week for a fiveday run at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. The show has been running on Broadway since 2001, having just passed the 5,000 performance mark. Unless you’ve been sequestered in a cave somewhere, you know that “Mamma Mia!” is a brightly colored tribute to the music […]

Frisbee playing in the park turns into dog fight

I got a big smile on my face seeing the Jan. 2 Acorn cover photo of a young man playing Frisbee with his dog at the park. Great photo. Positive photo. Then I had a thought: I wondered what holier-than-thou, rulebook slapping person is going to kick up a fuss about that photo? Then I wondered: If they did, will […]