Vendors sought for Earth Day event Environmental vendors and exhibitors are wanted for the 18th annual Arbor Earth Day event from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat., April 18 at Conejo Creek Park North, 1379 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. Businesses and nonprofit organizations with environmental information or products can take part in this event. Presented by the City of […]

College Corner

Take control of your college admission process

If you are a high school junior starting to think about potential colleges, you have a choice to make about how you approach this process. You can read magazine rankings and lists of “best” schools. You can apply to the colleges your relatives have attended or the schools your friends are talking about. You can focus on the many colleges […]

When afire starts to burn

This isn’t a disco inferno. This isn’t a bonfire at Burning Man. This isn’t a wildfire of the wasteland or a blaze in a tropical ice land. The Viewpoint High boys’ basketball team has started the Conflagration of Calabasas. The Patriots, to put it mildly—or with an extra crossover dollop from Philip “Hot Sauce” Champion— are on fire. Viewpoint, which […]


The Jan. 8 editorial “Ahem, please cover that cough” incorrectly reported Paul Russell of Ventura County Public Health as saying this year’s flu vaccine is a good match for the strain circulating. The quote was taken from a 2013 press release. Russell left his position with the county the same year. In fact, this year’s flu vaccine is not a […]

When it’s time to say goodbye to a pet pal

Scout was Jerry Shevick’s special friend. She was a rescue dog that liked to patrol his backyard in Westlake Village to the point where she would break through screen doors to get outside. Rambunctious but lovable. When the female dog passed away from lymphoma several years ago, Shevick was shocked to see how his pet’s body was treated when it […]

Student honor roll

The University of Wisconsin-Madison recognized the following students for dean’s list honors in the 2014 fall semester: Jean Doh of Agoura Hills; Chandler Grenely and Taylor Steward of Calabasas; and Jared Kaufman, Jack Rickelmann and Patrick Rosenberg of Westlake Village.

Lancer’s block party

Be rational when mountain lions come calling

There seems to be no shortage of voices in our community who are willing to speak up for the plight of the area’s tiny population of mountain lions. It’s probably a good thing that people have taken up the cause to save the animal, which is not on the endangered species list but whose habitat in the Santa Monica Mountains […]

Hot Flashes

Under your glass

And so it’s the new year. We’re going on diets of gravel and kale, jogging until our sciatica erupts, scraping glitter off the piano and placing some neglected reads on the nightstand instead of watching “Pawn Stars.” For a week. As for me, well, I found my inspiration under a martini glass. Not my glass. Must have been someone else’s. […]

Public schools must record pesticide usage

Changes are coming to the Healthy Schools Act, a California law that gives parents the right to know what types of pesticides are being used around their children. Starting in January, public K-12 schools and licensed child care centers will be required to develop integrated pest management plans and send pesticide use reports to the Department of Pesticide Regulation. According […]

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