Winter playoffs end; spring offcially arrives

Winter sports playoffs are officially over. All local Acorn teams were eliminated from state postseason action last weekend. The Calabasas High boys’ basketball team, which won a CIFSouthern Section Division 2A championship on March 8, lost a second-round Division II state playoff game 45-43 at Mater Dei Catholic. The Coyotes finished with a 28-6 overall record. In other boys’ basketball […]

assembly race

Three are in

Three candidates for California’s 44th Assembly District have set their sights on the June 3 primary, in which the top two vote-getters will move on to the Nov. 4 general election. Competing to represent the 44th District, which includes most of Ventura County and Westlake Village, are Democrat Jacqui Irwin, a Thousand Oaks City Council member; Republican Rob McCoy, a […]

Visit to Badlands does much good

He may not boast a bullwhip, brown fedora or catchy theme song, but last summer, Tariq Ali of Newbury Park enjoyed an adventure worthy of Indiana Jones. The 8-year-old cancer survivor got to spend a week searching for remnants of dinosaurs in the Badlands of northeast Montana with the PaleoWorld Research Foundation. This rare and eyeopening opportunity was made possible […]

Northwestern in the race

For the third year, Northwestern Mutual in Woodland Hills and Encino will serve as a presenting sponsor for the 29th annual Dole Great Race of Agoura Hills on Sat., March 22. The Great Race, which expects to draw 3,000 spectators, comprises six individual races: the Pacific and Chesebro Half marathons, the Old Agoura 10K, the Deena Kastor 5K, the Kids […]

Throwback musical pleases the crowd

“Thoroughly Modern Millie” is a throwback to the primordial, pre-“Oklahoma!” era of Broadway when musicals featured lively songs, lots of dancing, two-dimensional characters and disposable stories. “Millie” is fun, fancy and frivolous—one of the better musicals adapted from a motion picture. The 2002 show played for two years and won six Tonys, including Best Musical. The Conejo Players Theatre has […]

Essay contest showcases students’ personal cancer stories

Cancer doesn’t have to be faced by individuals alone— there’s a whole community willing to help. That was the message at the March 13 “Dear Cancer, It’s Me” student essay contest hosted by the Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara in Thousand Oaks. The organization reached out to 100 schools in the region and received written entries in two categories: Personal, […]

Courting the Latin vote

Candidates take notice as voter block continues to grow

According to a January report released by Gov. Jerry Brown’s office, Latinos will be the largest ethnic group in the Golden State before the end of the year. Of California’s estimated 38 million residents, 14.4 million, or about 38 percent, are Latino. They are expected to slightly outnumber the state’s non-Hispanic white population sometime in the coming year. Because Latino […]


The second annual Treasure Hunt hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Thousand Oaks Charitable Foundation will raise money for Make- AWish of the Tri-Counties. The event will begin at 4 p.m. Sat., April 26 at the Rideon Therapeutic Horsemanship facilities, 401 Ronel Court, Newbury Park. Teams of four to six participants per vehicle will get a list of clues and […]

Business of the Month

Besitos Boutique The Calabasas Chamber of Commerce has named Besitos Boutique as the March 2014 Business of the Month. Besitos Boutique moved into its new home in Old Town Calabasas, 23504 Calabasas Road, in September 2013. The shop came together as a labor of love. From the beginning, the owners wanted to create a warm, friendly, comfortable atmosphere in which […]

Technology in the classroom will change how education is delivered

There’s a television commercial that says “a baby changes everything.” The same can be said for technology—it’s expected to change everything in education starting in September. At the Las Virgenes Unified School District Board of Education meeting on Feb. 25, chief technology officer Jim Klein demonstrated how Common Core State Standards, with a focus on collaboration among students and the […]

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