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 […]

You know it’s fall

In addition to winter, spring and summer, fall is my favorite. OK, so I can’t make decisions. Now that the sun’s headed into remission, here’s a helpful guide as you sweep leaves and blow dead grass into the street. You know it’s fall when . . . you root for the Angels, then the Dodgers, then switch to the Cubbies […]

Boutique benefits preschool

The annual Holiday Boutique to support Temple Adat Elohim’s Early Childhood Center will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sun., Nov. 1 in the temple social hall at 2420 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. This year many past exhibitors will return; the event will also host new vendors, which come from all over California to participate in this event. […]

The legend of Willow Hollow

Being a “fraidy-cat” has always given me a bad rap at Halloween. Ghoulish masks and fake blood make me run for cover. I’d faint dead away if ever I found myself on the doorstep of a haunted house, with my last conscious thought being the time my diabolical brother dared me to watch “Psycho.” So, during Halloween season I endeavor […]

Aged to perfection

BEFORE AND AFTER—Tal Datner, 24, and Gabriella Abutbol, 21, of Agoura Hills are going all out this Halloween. They designed lifelike masks and costumes and took on the role of an elderly couple.

Halloween around town

Charity gala

The fifth annual Care and compassion Fall Gala for the Newbury Park- based Mary Health of the Sick will take place from 5:30 to 11 p.m. Sat., Nov. 7 at the Sheraton Agoura Hills. The red-carpet event will include wine, hors d’oeuvres, silent and live auctions, entertainment by the Angel City Big Band, dinner and honoree presentations. A “choose your […]

Train to be a basketball official

Federation certification course offered

The Conejo Recreation and Park District will conduct a Southern California Municipal Athletic Federation Basketball Officials certification course in November and December. Individuals 18 years and older who are interested in officiating basketball can attend. The course, taught by two California Interscholastic Federation officials, will have four classroom sessions covering rules and officiating mechanics as well as on-court work at […]

Chalking up votes for the school board candidates


Three candidates are running for two seats in the Nov. 3 Las Virgenes Unified School District Board of Education election. Among the issues in the race are school finances and the future of the new Common Core standards. One candidate, Gary Mittin, declined to be interviewed for this feature. Wasserman Mathy Wasserman, a candidate for a seat on the Las […]

Young squirrel could use a parachute


A long derelict water tank looms above my backyard, its corrugated metal growing more rusted and faded with each passing season. No one seems to know its origins or history, but my rural Agoura community (now a mobile home park) was once a hot-springs resort. Perhaps in that era of wellness-seeking tourists flocking to the countryside, the tank served as […]