Songbirds lament at center

California Wildlife Center

In early August, a citizen turned in a trio of tiny northern mockingbirds to the Pasadena Humane Society, and a volunteer brought them to the California Wildlife Center in Calabasas. Upon intake, the three tiny birds weighed between 16 and 35 grams each, or between a half-ounce and 1¼ ounces. The young birds went into an incubator in our baby […]

School board candidate forum conducted by AHS and CHS students

The civic-minded kids wanted to know how each candidate can help education

The first student-run candidates forum for a Las Virgenes Unified School District Board of Education election was held Oct. 21 at Agoura High School. The forum featured candidates Mathy Wasserman, Linda Menges and Gary Mittin. The event was moderated by student board representatives Conrad Wahl, an Agoura High School senior, and Candice Matsumura, a senior at Calabasas High School. The […]

School tax extension gains backing

Measure E needed for educator salaries and programs

Support for the Las Virgenes Unified School District Measure E parcel tax extension appears strong in the final week before the Nov. 3 election. Measure E was passed by local voters in 2004 when California cut education funding to shore up the dwindling state budget. The measure was renewed by voters for eight more years in 2008. Most of the […]

Mission to save Mr. Oaks

Tree care

A coast live oak nicknamed Mr. Oaks occupies a wild slope above the far corner of my rural Agoura backyard. That’s probably the origin of this tree’s hard-luck status. No matter how you tilt your head, there’s no alleviating the sharp slant Mr. Oaks is growing at on the slope. Mr. Oaks’ further misfortune includes growing in the shadow of […]

Denim, diamonds and stars

Barkley open house slated

The Barkley Pet Hotel and Day Spa and VCA Westlake Village Animal Hospital will celebrate a fifth anniversary open house from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sat., Nov. 14 at 31166 Via Colinas, Westlake Village. The event will have tours of the 50,000-square-foot facility, pet healthcare presentations, pet grooming demos, celebrity dog star Little Bear, raffles, food trucks, face painting […]

Local principal caught in I-5 mudslide

No injuries, but new car is destroyed

The timing of Lupin Hill Elementary School principal Sheila Grady’s entanglement in the devastating Interstate 5 mudslide on Oct. 15 couldn’t have been more ironic. It happened to be the day of the Great California ShakeOut, a statewide drill to prepare the public and schools for earthquake disasters. Just a few hours after students participated in the simulated earthquake—and Grady […]

Trot out to Turkey Day Dash

The Conejo Valley YMCA will host its 11th annual Turkey Day Dash on Thanksgiving Day, Thurs., Nov. 26, at Cal Lutheran University, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. The 5K run/walk and 1K family fun run/walk are short enough so participants can make it home in time to prepare for a Thanksgiving gathering. The 1K family fun run/walk is at […]

Boys & Girls Clubs enjoy biggest evening ever

A record 630 supporters attended an Oct. 24 fundraiser and gala for the Agoura Hills-based Boys & Girls Clubs of the Greater Conejo Valley. The organization’s Stand Up for Kids gala celebrated its 13th year with a silent and live auction, performances by the clubs’ youth members, and tributes to several prominent community leaders. “You’re really here for a very […]

Vocal ensemble at CLU

The Areté Vocal Ensemble will kick off its seventh season at Cal Lutheran University with “An American in Paris” concert at 2 p.m. Sun., Nov. 8, in Samuelson Chapel at 165 Chapel Lane on the Thousand Oaks campus. The 30-member group will perform music by French composers Claude Debussy, Gabriel Fauré and Maurice Ravel as well as George Gershwin, who […]