Take a hike into movie history

Mike Malone, a retired park ranger and current National Park Service volunteer, leads hikes to park locations with a film history theme. The following are his upcoming hikes open to the public. Hike into Movie History at Lasky Mesa, Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sat., Dec. 5. Easy to moderate 3-mile distance. Exit […]

Moorpark Civic Ballet to perform ‘Nutcracker’

Moorpark Civic Ballet will present two performances of “The Nutcracker” at 1:30 and 6:30 p.m. Sat., Dec. 19 at the Scherr Forum, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Center, 2100 E. T.O. Blvd. Hannah Yasenchok, an eighth-grader from Chaparral Middle School in Moorpark, will dance the role of Clara. Hannah has been dancing since she was 4 years old. Pam Rossi is […]


Agoura Hills Someone damaged a mailbox at the Malibou Lake Mountain Club in the 29000 block of Lake Vista Drive Nov. 11. A thief stole $550 worth of work tools, a $450 pair of prescription eyewear and a $ 300 pair of sunglasses from a vehicle parked on Hunt Club Court Nov. 9. The theft of a $20 front gate […]

Keeping shoppers safe

The busiest shopping days of the year are here. Malls, retailers and grocery stores will be more crowded than usual with busy shoppers. To keep them and their purchases safe, shoppers should keep the following in mind: Lock vehicles. Whether the vehicle is parked at a store or in a driveway, lock it and hide or remove all valuables from […]

Pet hotel, hospital host open house

THE GRAND TOUR—Amanda Johnson, a front desk associate at the Barkley Pet Hotel, leads a tour group during an open house and client appreciation day Nov. 14 during the fifth anniversary celebration for the hotel and VCA Westlake Village Animal Hospital. Activities for the event included tours of the facility, educational talks, face painting, food trucks, and mock veterinary surgery […]

Meal vs. deal

Retailers continue to encroach on Thanksgiving

As families gather around the dinner table tomorrow for Thanksgiving, many will experience a 21st-century phenomenon: the Turkey Day dine and dash. Whether out of desire to get a jumpstart on holiday shopping, or out of obligation to their employer, more and more Americans are passing on the pumpkin pie and apple tart so they can get to their nearest […]

Holiday driving tips

Thanksgiving weekend, traditionally one of the busiest travel times in America, can also be one of the deadliest. The California Highway Patrol will have all available officers on patrol during a Maximum Enforcement Period to help avoid tragedies for California motorists. The MEP will begin today at 6 p.m. Wed., Nov. 25 and continue through 11:59 p.m. Sun., Nov. 29. […]

Red Frisbee revives dog’s spirit


There are bluff-top benches above bustling Malibu beaches only a short drive from my rural Agoura home, but for Christmas 1998 my friend Tiller and I drove to Carpinteria to revisit a special beach bench. It was there my dog Zoe liked to rest after a rollicking day of Frisbee on the uncrowded shore. She was marking her 13th Christmas […]