2014-06-12 E-Edition

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Too many lane closures in WLV due to events

Another Sunday with messedup traffic in Westlake, the third one in a row! Yeah, the Westlake area is nice and very scenic. My family and I would like to get out on a lovely Sunday and enjoy that without nerves being irritated due to artificial chokepoints and lane closures on the roads. Enough is enough! This makes getting out on […]

Earthlike planets a common find in Milky Way galaxy

But can extraterrestrials actually exist?

Are we alone in the vast universe? The question has spurred debate over the millennia, but with growing evidence of exoplanets— planets outside of our solar system—scientists believe it is possible that life exists elsewhere in the galaxy. Clint D. Harper, professor emeritus and department chair of physics, astronomy and engineering at Moorpark College, is hopeful that other life will […]

Take a hike to Switzer Falls

The Rancho Simi Trail Blazers, an all-volunteer group based in Simi Valley and Oak Park, will sponsor an 8-mile round-trip hike at Switzer Falls and Bear Canyon Trail Camp at 8 a.m. Sat., June 14. A moderate hike with a 1,000- foot elevation gain/loss, participants will take the shady trail from the Switzer picnic area parking lot to the Arroyo […]

Musical tells story of love, loss

YA4Ever, Young Artists Ensemble Alumni and Friends, will present the musical “The Last Five Years” at 8 p.m. Fri. and Sat., June 13 and 14 at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. This is the story of a young struggling actress and a rising novelist who fall in and out of love over five […]

Tee off to help furry friends

Golfers are needed for the inaugural Putts Fore Paws golf tournament and charity fundraiser to benefit Ventura County Animal Services on Mon., June 23 at Spanish Hills Country Club in Camarillo. The tournament is a fourperson scramble format. Net proceeds will go toward the renovation of kennels at VCAS Animal Adoption Centers in Camarillo and Simi Valley. The cost is […]

Kanan traffic is getting worse

Am I the only one who’s noticed that the restructuring of the Kanan overpass a few years ago—which was supposed to ease traffic—only made traffic significantly worse, with bumper to-bumper traffic oftentimes backed up beyond Thousand Oaks Boulevard? Now they want to put a roundabout at Kanan and Agoura. I’ve driven through many roundabouts in my life and, in every […]


Ben Zuckerman will be the guest speaker at the Ventura County Astronomical Society meeting on Fri., June 20 at 7:15 p.m. at the Moorpark College Forum. Zuckerman will discuss violent events in rocky planetary systems and the fate of advanced civilizations. The public is welcome to attend the talk. The society’s Star Parties at the Moorpark College Observatory are slated […]


Empathy can move mountains Adam Braun, CEO and founder of Pencils of Promise, recently spoke at Sonoma State University’s graduation. He described his moment of enlightenment: Upon asking a young Indian boy what he desired more than anything in the whole world, the boy answered, “A pencil.” That began a change of career course for Braun, from hedge funds to […]

Vaudeville and pratfalls in Kingsmen’s ‘Twelfth Night’

The Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival will open its 18th season with a production of “Twelfth Night” set in the vaudeville era at 8 p.m. June 27 to 29, July 3, July 5 and 6, and July 11 to 13 in Kingsmen Park at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks. The festival grounds open at 5:30 p.m. for pre-show picnicking and entertainment. […]