Villa Esperanza named Nonprofit of the Year

Area Rotary Clubs award WLV-based organization

A group of area Rotary Clubs recently bestowed Villa Esperanza Services with the Nonprofit of the Year Award during the club’s annual banquet and services awards ceremony at the Hyatt Westlake Plaza. Westlake Village-based Villa Esperanza provides support for adults in the areas of employment, residential and independent living skills services. Also offered is a Community Integration Program where adult […]

Shelter dog receives a new leash on life

My friend and I were grooving to the music at a free concert at Westlake Village’s Bennett Park recently when a strange thing happened—but not onstage. As dusk began to settle, a slender dark-haired lady walked by, oblivious to the concert crowd’s raucous appreciation of the performers. She was intent on walking her dog. Even in the dim light the […]

Short cartoons teach life lessons

Terry Thoren, the production manager for popular cartoons on the Nickelodeon Channel in the 1990s through the early 2000s, including “Rugrats,” “The Wild Thornberrys” and “Rocket Power,” has turned his sights on education. The Malibou Lake resident who reigned as CEO for Klasky Csupo, the company that produced the shows, has remained busy in the fanciful world of cartoons. Thoren, […]

Animal abuse case back in court

Activists seek ‘justice for Indy’

For the fourth time in three months, groups of people gathered in front of the Van Nuys Courthouse on Aug. 14 to demand justice for Indy, a pit bull that was burned and left to die in a Los Angeles alley last summer. Carlos Duarte of North Hollywood was arrested in February on suspicion of abandoning the injured animal. He […]

Government program for teens kicks off

The Triunfo YMCA will kick off its Youth and Government leadership program for teens with a barbecue from 6 to 8 p.m. Thurs., Sept. 4 at Sumac Park, 6000 Calmfi eld Ave. Agoura Hills. The event is free. Teens can learn about what Youth and Government has to offer, meet current delegates and advisers and ask questions about the program. […]

Pet of the Week

4-H kids win ribbons at horse fair

Ross sees school board as next challenge

Three seats on the Oak Park Unified School District Board of Education are up for election in November, and four people have filed candidate papers for the job. Community volunteer Derek Ross, 40, is one of the four. Incumbent board member Allen Rosen wants another four-year stint on the panel, and Drew Hazelton, who was appointed to the board last […]

Music under the stars

Owners can learn how cats think

The Conejo Valley Veterinary Hospital will host a free cat- centric seminar with Dr. Stephanie Lipp and Dr. Christopher Schneider tonight at 7 p.m. Thurs., Aug. 21 in the hospital’s all-purpose room, 3580 Willow Lane, Thousand Oaks. The seminar will give cat owners the opportunity to meet with other feline lovers and learn about such topics as social behavior, fears […]