CAL FIRE is hiring for 2016

Seasonal firefighters and inspector jobs open

CAL FIRE, one of the largest firefighting agencies in the world, is accepting applications for seasonal firefighter and defensible space inspector (forestry aide) positions throughout the state for 2016. Each year CAL FIRE hires approximately 2,300 seasonal firefighters and forestry aides. These seasonal positions can last up to nine months at any of CAL FIRE’s over 350 facilities, including fire […]

Compelling tale of the Holocaust

PLAY REVIEW /// ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’

“The Diary of Anne Frank,” which concluded a five-day run at Calabasas High School last weekend, is a highly moving and dramatic play adaptation of “The Diary of a Young Girl,” which became one of the most celebrated books of 20th century literature. The original play was written in 1955 by screenwriters Francis Goodrich and Albert Hackett, three years after […]

Innovative colleges offer unusual application options

College Corner

At last month’s National Association for College Admission Counseling conference I attended a session where admissions officers from several colleges talked about new approaches they are using in applications. While many colleges use application essays in an effort to differentiate students with similar grades and test scores, these schools are providing different options for students to make themselves known to […]

Computer thieves hit local high schools


Computer thieves struck Agoura and Oak Park high schools within a span of two weeks. Five people broke into the Oak Park High School Computer Lab Nov. 18 and stole 17 new iMac computers valued at $36,000. The Wednesday theft occurred at 2 a.m., Oak Park SuperintendentTony Knight said. Seven computers were stolen from Agoura High on Nov. 6. Security […]

Kids helping kids

FOR THE CHILDREN—Ava Ghashghaei, left, 11, and Ava Putnam, 5, model traditional Iranian outfits during a fashion show at the UNICEF and Child Foundation’s Universal Children’s Day Celebration Nov. 21. Below, Nargol Rashidian, 11, plays the qanun, a Middle Eastern stringed instrument at the event. The fundraiser at the Calabasas Library for the Child Foundation also featured kids performing international […]

Reporters expose abuse scandal


Tom McCarthy knows how to tell an engaging story. He proved it in “The Station Agent;” he proved it in “The Visitor;” and as writer-director of “Spotlight,” he proves it again. The story comes with its own inherent drama: it’s “based on actual events” of a small team of reporters at the Boston Globe uncovering a widespread network of priests […]


Agoura Chargers Fri., Nov. 27: Thanksgiving holiday-no school Wed., Dec. 2: Hot Spots/ nutrition Eighth- grade IB info night/6:30 p.m. Calabasas Coyotes Fri., Nov. 27: Thanksgiving holiday-no school Oak Park Eagles Fri., Nov. 27: Thanksgiving holiday-no school Thurs., Dec. 3: “Romeo and Juliet”/pavilion/7 p.m. Westlake Warriors Fri., Nov. 27: Thanksgiving holiday-no school Tues., Dec. 1: PTSA executive board meeting/faculty cafeteria/9 […]

This holiday season, visit a gem close to home

Even if you don’t care to learn zumba, needlepoint or watch a “Hunger Games” movie marathon, there are plenty of good reasons to visit the new City of Agoura Hills Recreation and Event Center that crowns winding Ladyface Court. It’s one of the gems of the city that we can all be thankful for this holiday season. The center occupies […]

National Park Service stores to host holiday sales

Books, toys, games and other items will be available during the holiday sale this weekend at two National Park Service centers. The Santa Monica Mountains Visitor Center at King Gillette Ranch is hosting a holiday sale with items discounted between 15 and 75 percent. The three-day event is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fri. through Sun., Nov. 27 to […]

Village Voices Chorale in harmony

The Village Voices Chorale will perform “Holiday Harmony” at 8 p.m. Fri., Dec. 4 and 2:30 p.m. Sat., Dec. 5 at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Scherr Forum Theatre, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. The 70-voice choir will open the concert with “Gloria in Excelsis Deo” by Vivaldi and continue with traditional Christmas carols, Hanukkah songs and holiday favorites […]