Fishing fun

A world of thanks to Bud Fish, his crew and Westlake Lake Management for another amazing Kid’s Day at the Docks. Over 20 children got to enjoy the fun of fishing on our beautiful lake. Some were seasoned veterans, while others were brand new to the lifestyle. All the children had smiles as they cast their rods into the lake […]

Searching for Sophia

Assignment takes local teen to unexpected places

Nine- year- old Sophia van Hasselt lined up to die with the other prisoners. She and her parents, Simon and Geertje, and her older sister, Hermi, had been taken from the small village of Haulerwijk in the Netherlands and led to a gas chamber at the Nazi-controlled Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland on Feb. 12, 1943. In a black-and-white photograph […]

Toe-tapping good time at AHS


Youth theaters, community companies that introduce classic Broadway musicals and plays to teenagers, have become an important part of the performing arts continuum in Ventura and west Los Angeles counties. Curtain Call Youth Theatre, based in Agoura Hills, is one such group. Under the guidance of artistic director Jeff Wallach, the CCYT presents four productions a year, with the latest […]

Agoura Hills to host blood drive

Residents are welcome to take part

The City of Agoura Hills and the American Red Cross will host a blood drive Tues., Aug. 25 from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. in the community room at 30001 Ladyface Court, next to the Agoura Hills Library. To make an appointment, visit www.redcrossblood.org and use the sponsor code “cityofagoura.” For more information or for assistance with making an appointment, […]

Another reader in the crosshairs

This a reply to Kathy Martinez of Agoura Hills. I know how you feel. In my case I was driving south on Hwy. 101 when the golf ball hit my windshield. I was doing 65 mph when the ball went completely through my windshield and landed on my passenger seat. There was glass all over the place and if I […]

Fresh fare at the farmers markets

Despite the drought, local farmers are still producing a number of seasonal favorites that are available at Ventura County Certified Farmers’ Market Association venues. Although not all varieties are showing up this year, according to Karen Schott, operations manager for the VCCFMA, “The season is shorter with smaller fruit, but the fruit remains sweet and flavorful,” she said. Local farmers […]


THURS., AUG. 20 Conejo Valley Amateur Radio Club 7:30 p.m. in community room, East County Sheriff ’s Station, 2101 E. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. Fred Martin discusses satellite antenna technology as it relates to ham radio. FRI., AUG. 21 The Street Art Live 7 to 11 p.m. at Whizin Market Square, 28914 Roadside Drive, Agoura Hills. Walk the atrium and […]

Westlake shoe store a sole survivor

Some customers of Jack’s Shoes in Thousand Oaks who’ve known owner Jack Spotts for years walk into the store and ask, “Is Jack still alive?” “They know I’ve been around forever,” Spotts said. “They’re surprised but very happy to see me.” Spotts, 84, opened his first shoe store in Simi Valley in 1974—it closed in 2003 when his son, who […]

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