2015-07-16

A shredding success



On behalf of Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks, I want to personally thank everyone who participated in our community shred day event. As a community we made a significant impact on our environment as well as protecting ourselves and our loved ones’ personal information. Together, we shredded and recycled 6.75 tons of paper and cardboard. The environmental impact report we received […]

Oaks Literary Festival to kick off with a celebration of author Harper Lee



With the recent release of Harper Lee’s novel “Go Set a Watchman,” the Oaks Literary Festival will kick off its inaugural season with “A Literary Celebration of Harper Lee” at 1 p.m. Sun., July 19 at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. Lee’s second published work comes out nearly 55 years after her first […]

Event to raise a toast for Special Olympics



The Rotary Club of Thousand Oaks will present the 14th annual Midsummer Eve Wine Festival from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Sat., Aug. 15 at the Hyatt Westlake Plaza, 880 S. Westlake Blvd. The event will raise funds for the Ventura County Special Olympics and other local charities. More than a dozen boutique wineries and craft breweries will pour limited-production wines […]

Lacrosse team stymies competition



Beware of scams



On July 1, a message was left on my cellphone stating that an Officer Julie Smith was calling from the legal department at the IRS. With much concern I immediately returned the phone call. To my surprise, the person that answered the phone informed me that there were numerous mistakes on my tax returns and that if I didn’t send […]

Mapping America’s original inhabitants



Native American cartographer Aaron Carapella will present his work on Sat., July 18 at the Satwiwa Native American Indian Culture Center, at Lynn Road and Via Goleta, Newbury Park. The National Park Service will host presentations at 10 a. m. and 1 p.m. Carapella, an Oklahoma native of Cherokee descent, spent 14 years developing a map of the continental United […]

Free concerts at Gardens of the World



The Gardens of the World in Thousand Oaks will host its 13th annual free summer concert series titled “All That Jazz” for four Sundays in a row beginning Aug. 2 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at 2001 Thousand Oaks Blvd. The first performance will host The Mills Brothers Show with John Mills Jr. and Elmer Hopper, formerly of The […]

Jiu jitsu mat attack

Sport gains strong following at Agoura Boxing Gym


Martin Gillitt knew he had to eventually adjust with the times. The owner of Agoura Boxing Gym, Gillitt, 47, understands the significance of boxing in American history. From Muhammad Ali to Julio César Chávez to Floyd Mayweather, ringside boxing fans will cling to every punch. The days of kids idolizing Rocky Balboa, Sylvester Stallone’s character in the saga that never […]

Public should have been told



Regarding the four-month outbreak of salmonella at Brent’s Deli in Westlake Village, why didn’t the Ventura County Environmental Health Division or the California Department of Public Health tell anyone? Did William C. Stratton, Ventura County Environmental Health director, eat there with his family? In his interview about Brent’s with NBC, he says, with an obvious smirk, regarding notifying us silly […]

On the Trail




Day and night Like vampires, my dog and I come out to prowl at night on the plush suburban streets of Agoura Hills. However, all we are seeking is a comfortable place to log a brisk walk after triple-digit temperatures at our home in the steamy Santa Monica Mountains have left us too wiped out to pursue any activity more […]


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