Life of Magic Castle piano man celebrated

Like Mark Twain’s characters Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer, David E. Bourne would have gotten a hoot out of attending his own memorial service at Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills on March 15.  The Agoura Hills resident and 48-year career saloon piano player at the Magic Castle in Hollywood would have been pleased to witness the hundreds of people who traveled from across the state and the nation […]

Calabasas hotels a ‘bad idea’

I’m writing in reference to the recent hotel proposals for Las Virgenes Road that I’m sure many are familiar with at this point. I was on the Calabasas General Plan Advisory Committee several years ago when the uses of the parcels along Las Virgenes Road were discussed and hammered out with extensive input from public. By the end of the […]

On mattresses, dockwalking and rare birds

Mattress recycling Even after a law passes requiring a new program to boost recycling, program proponents depend on a large network of government, nonprofits, businesses and the public to turn an idealized vision into an implemented reality. For the past year, I have had the privilege of serving on the California Mattress Recycling Advisory Committee. This group has been researching […]

Contest invites essays about mom

With Conejo Valley Days falling on Mother’s Day, May 10, the festival will hold a Mother’s Day essay contest. The winner and mother, father and up to four siblings will receive CVD entry passes, unlimited rides wristbands and vouchers for food at any CVD food court vendor. Entrants must be in grades three through five and write on “Why my […]

Remembering life as a Jewish spy

She is now 95, but Marthe Cohn still recalls her life as a Jewish spy during World War II. Cohn spoke about her experience with espionage during a March 9 event at the Hyatt Westlake Plaza. The Conejo Jewish Academy sponsored the talk, which was open to the public. Cohn charmed the standingroom only audience, which came to hear about […]

Oak Park residents fear crime not being reported

Concerned about a March 20 home invasion in which four armed men tied up a 73-year-old woman and robbed her home in Westlake Village, a group of residents in Oak Park told the sheriff  they are worried about crime in their community as well. The residents called for a community crime prevention meeting at Oak Park High School on March […]

No more water

I would like to hear much more from leaders in our Conejo Valley communities and the Las Virgenes Water District about how, with the current drought and water rationing, we are going to provide water for two, four-story hotels containing over 400 rooms and 70 additional single-family homes. These projects are just a few examples of the uptick in development […]

Spring family fun at the fairgrounds

The Ventura County Fairgrounds Foundation will host the inaugural spring carnival over Easter weekend at the fairgrounds, 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura. Event hours are 5 to 10 p.m. Fri., April 3; noon to 10 p.m. Sat., April 4; and noon to 7 p.m. Sun., April 5. The new event will have a petting zoo, an Easter egg hunt, games […]

Send in the berry best strawberry recipes

The California Strawberry Festival presents the annual Berry Blast Off Recipe Contest. The grand prize winner will receive a Cutco studio knife set valued at nearly $500 as well as a three-day, two-night getaway vacation from their choice of Palm Springs, San Diego, Cabo San Lucas or Branson, Mo. Airfare is not included. The runner-up will receive an overnight stay […]

Passover Seder in Malibu

Community is invited to attend

The Malibu Jewish Center and Synagogue will host an interactive second night Passover Seder with song and dance at 5:30 p.m. Sat., April 4 at the center, 24855 Pacific Coast Hwy. The public is invited to the retelling of the story of the Israelites’ exodus from Egypt. To RSVP, call (310) 456-2178.

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