2015-08-06 E-Edition

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Westlake Village sets artificial-turf guidelines

The Westlake Village City Council has approved an ordinance to regulate the type of artificial turf property owners can use in areas visible to the public. The city says the ordinance promotes water conservation by allowing residents and businesses to use artificial grass while at the same time ensuring that community aesthetics are not adversely affected. The new ordinance sets […]

Southeast county YMCA gets new CEO

Whether it’s a sport, hobby or other supervised activity, young people need positive outlets that will help them grow and mature, says the man who was recently named president and CEO of the Southeast Ventura County YMCA. Ronnie Stone, 43, accepted the post after a 10-year stint as director of the Agoura Hills-based Triunfo YMCA. Stone, a Conejo Valley native, […]

Moving sale at Thrift Shop

New store location this fall

Assistance League of Conejo Valley will host a moving sale from Aug. 11 to 22 at its Thrift Shop, 783 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. Sale items will be as much as half off the regular price. Store hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. When the sale ends, the store will close its doors at […]

Free classes for vision impaired

Van service from Thousand Oaks available for those who are enrolled

The Braille Institute in Santa Barbara offers free classes in cooking, ceramics, technology and mobility training for legally blind people in the Conejo and Simi valleys. Starting in September, the Braille Institute will provide a free shuttle bus that leaves the Goebel Adult Community Center in Thousand Oaks each Thursday, at 8 a.m. and returns at 3:30 p.m. Bus riders […]

Drug rehab house not the best idea for Old Agoura

Home-based addiction and recovery centers are common in Malibu, but there have been no such facilities in Agoura Hills—until now. Seasons Agoura opened recently and houses patients and staff in a leased home in Old Agoura. The state-licensed facility uses a 5,600-square-foot residence on quiet Lapworth Drive—much to the chagrin of neighbors who worry that having a drug and alcohol […]

Seeing stars

The National Park Service will co-host the third annual Summer Star Festival from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Sat., Aug. 8 at Paramount Ranch, 2903 Cornell Road, Agoura Hills. Attendees of the festival can view the night sky away from urban light pollution. The free event will begin with astronomy-themed music, followed by an introductory lecture and constellation tour by Hal […]

Girls giddyup and go at county horse fair

The Ventura County Fair began early for several young ladies of the Simoore Grange Horse Project when they competed at the Youth Horse Fair for three days beginning July 17 at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. The girls, ages 8 to 14, are residents of Thousand Oaks, Agoura Hills, Oak Park and Simi Valley. Led by volunteers Sharyn Henry and Lisa […]

Native little frog loves lives large in rural Agoura

In the nursery rhyme, there was an old woman who lived in a shoe. In the wild world of my rural Agoura backyard, there is an ittybitty frog that lives in a teensyweensy clay pot in the shape of a fanciful hen. The hen pot can barely sustain plant life, being less than 2 inches deep and 2 inches long. […]