Water rates trend upward

Water and sewer rates will continue their upward trend for customers in the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District. LVMWD officials approved a $76.2-million budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year, which starts July 1. The new budget provides funding for LVMWD’s potable water, sanitation, wastewater treatment and recycled water distribution, officials said. A three-year rate schedule adopted in 2012 is entering […]

At the Library

The Calabasas Library offers summer programs for all ages. Events are free. Patrons can earn prizes by keeping track of the books read each week. For more information, call (818) 225-7616 or visit www.cityofcalabasas.com/library. Thurs., July 3 and 17 at noon is Yoga and You with Deanne Wenger. Wear comfortable clothes; bring a yoga mat or large towel and water. […]

The sinister little wasp assassin

Recently I was offered a chance at qualifying for a new, super-duper credit card from a local bank. It wasn’t gold, platinum or silver—it was a sapphire card, and it would come with a surprise gift. Immediately I envisioned my gift arriving in the form of a sapphire and diamond brooch the size of a baked potato. Ultimately I was […]


For Cooper There’s something so painful in the space that exists between knowing there will be a loss and the actual event. It’s an anticipatory grief that can overwhelm us, the idea of that precious one who will no longer exist in the rooms they once occupied. The eyes will no longer fill with their presence. The thought of going […]

Kids go wild over animals

A passion for pastels

Art display shows works by professionals

The Pastel Society of the Gold Coast will present its Passion for Pastels show and sale from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday from July 1 through 27 at the Thousand Oaks Community Gallery, 2331 Borchard Road, Newbury Park, next to the library. In addition to award-winning professional paintings, there will also be a meet-theartists reception and charity […]

Oak Park High alumnus launches book club

Leah Gunn, a graduate of Oak Park High School who will begin her third year at the University of Virginia in the fall, launched a book club for elementary school students at Barnes & Noble in the Westlake Promenade. The club, which started last Tuesday, will meet from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. each Tuesday through July 22. Gunn said she […]

Cancer support events

The Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara presents these free programs for people with cancer, survivors and their loved ones. All events except at noted will take place at 530 Hampshire Road, Westlake Village. To RSVP or for more information, call (805) 379-4777. Making Music for Self Care with Kalani: 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tues., July 8. Options for Music Making […]

Sheriff’s Blotter

Agoura Hills A vandal scratched the driver’s side of a car parked near the Agoura Hills Animal Shelter on Agoura Road June 16. The value of the damage was not declared. A burglar caused $ 800 in damage breaking into a garage and stole a $300 pair of earrings from the property on Kimberly Drive June 11. Someone wrote graffiti […]

Native American art exhibit

Artist on hand to discuss her work

The National Park Service will host an art exhibit opening for Silvia Huerta, a Native American artist inspired by nature, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sun., July 6 at the Satwiwa Native American Indian Culture Center at Lynn Road and Via Goleta in Newbury Park. Huerta uses a combination of pen, ink, stippling and sculptures to express her artistic […]

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