9021Pho moves to The Lakes

The French Vietnamese restaurant 9021Pho held its grand opening at The Lakes in Thousand Oaks last week as the upscale shopping center on the boulevard continued to see a change in tenant mix. Lassen’s Natural Foods & Vitamins store will open soon in the anchor position at the north end of the center previously occupied by Claim Jumper restaurant. Only […]

Mountain land-use plan gets county’sfinal OK

Grape growers remain mified

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved the Santa Monica Mountains Local Coastal Plan on Aug. 26, ending a decades-long effort to place more control of the region in the hands of the county rather than the California Coastal Commission. The commission approved the LCP on April 10, but the supervisors made 60 modifications before casting a final vote […]

Giving the gift of life

GENEROUS DONORS—Below, phlebotomist Jenny Zamora of Pacoima scans blood donated by Kimberly Sweet of Oak Park for the American Red Cross Blood Drive held at the Agoura Hills Community Room on Aug. 18. At right, Ben Corron, the mobile operator for the Red Cross, keeps track of the donated blood during the event.

To be a swinging fundraiser

Take a trip back in time to the swinging 1960s at Senior Concerns’ 29th annual Ultimate Dining Experience fundraiser at 5 p.m. Sat., Sept. 20 at the Hyatt Westlake Plaza, 880 S. Westlake Blvd., Westlake Village. The event will kick off with chef’s samplings and wine tasting in the garden, along with live music and a silent auction featuring trips, […]

Flying Squirrel

Immersive travel If you ask a good many people where they went on their last vacation, chances are you’ll hear stories of sugary beaches, frozen tourist drinks and wellworn paperbacks. Equally common vacation tales include anecdotes about museums like the Smithsonian and iconic sights like the Grand Canyon. These are all great ways to spend your well-deserved vacation time. While […]

‘Anne Frank’ carries deep, personal meaning

For three of its cast members, the Conejo Players’ production of the heart-wrenching “The Diary of Anne Frank” has personal significance: Each of them has a direct connection to the horrific events that occurred during the Holocaust. The show runs through Sept. 20 at the Conejo Players Theatre in Thousand Oaks. Larry Shilkoff, who plays the fussy dentist, Mr. Dussel, […]

Teens lost in storm drain

Two teenagers were found safe and unhurt on Labor Day after getting lost in the storm drain system in Oak Park. The youths used their cellphones to call for help at about 3: 40 p. m. Firefighters from Ventura and Los Angeles counties responded to the residential area of Maplegrove Street and Pinewood Avenue. According to authorities, the teenagers were […]

Learn about ham radio

The Conejo Valley Amateur Radio Club will offer a free five-session course for anyone wanting to prepare for the FCC Technician’s Radio License. Classes will be offered from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on five consecutive Saturdays, Sept. 6, 13, 20, 27 and Oct. 4, at the East County Sheriff’s Station, 2101 E. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. The licensing test […]

Ask the Arborist

Is it lack of water or . . . ? A homeowner once asked me if I could save her formerly beautiful pine trees, which were brown with bark popping off the upper trunks. I had to tell the woman that they were dead and beyond hope. The pines most likely began to decline from a lack of water, making […]

Young sharpshooters

POWER PLAY—At right, Ignacio Spayne, 9, left; Sebastian Cummings, 10, center; and Henri Hasa, 9, try out for the Valley Thunder Youth Basketball program on Aug. 29 at the Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center. Below, Sebastian, a Thousand Oaks resident, sets up a shot. Valley Thunder Basketball is a club program that prepares student-athletes in the West San Fernando Valley and […]