2015-12-23

For the Love of Trees

Man plants 1,000s of native valley oaks


A local man has been on a mission to propagate oak trees in the Santa Monica Mountains, acorn by acorn. Vince Curtis, a 57-year-old Oak Park resident, has been a volunteer for the National Park Service for 15 years, working to revegetate the parkland with native valley oak trees. Many of the existing oaks have suffered during the long hot […]

Musical is a charming diversion

play review /// ‘Gift Rap’


Christmas is almost here, and if you’re still undecided on what to get for that special someone, Gold Coast Plays offered a few tips for recalcitrant shoppers, but not the materialistic kind. Last weekend, the theater company presented “Gift Rap,” a 1990 one-act musical by Richard Hellesen that evokes the spirit of giving. Although it doesn’t specifically reference Christmas, the […]

Pet of the week



A HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS—Theo is a male black Labrador Retriever mix about 4 years old. He is very gentle and sweet. If you would like to adopt Theo ask for ID No. A4899271 at the Agoura Hills Animal Shelter, 29525 Agoura Road. Occasionally pets have already been adopted, so check http://animalcare.lacounty.gov before visiting the shelter.

’Tis the season to be jolly—and kind

On the Trail

It’s a busy world on the roads of our lovely communities this time of year, and so I prefer to walk everywhere. You’d think doing your Christmas shopping on foot would be a good way to dodge all that hectic traffic. Unfortunately, distracted drivers are really distracted this season, and recently I had a nerve-jangling near-miss in a crosswalk despite […]

The very composed Jeff Beal




The shock of the terrorist attacks in Paris two days earlier was still on concertgoers’ minds Nov. 15 when they came to Walt Disney Concert Hall for the inaugural “Made in L.A.” concert by the Los Angeles Master Chorale. But the original pieces by L.A.-based composers soon comforted and inspired the audience. A composition by Agoura Hills resident Jeff Beal […]

A merry merganser Christmas




It’s noon as I write this, and the hunk of ice in my birdbath has shown no sign of melting. I shift to the tiny dock on the tiny lake in my rural Agoura community, where a shallow cove has frozen solid. Yet the birds appear to be of good cheer, and I regret whining about having developed permanent goose […]

Holiday magic shared on campus



‘Flashdance’: What a feeling!



The U.S. National Tour of “Flashdance the Musical,” a stage adaptation of the 1983 film, will make its local premiere Jan. 14 at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Thurs., Jan. 14; 8 p.m. Fri., Jan. 15; 2 and 8 p.m. Sat., Jan. 16, and 2 and 7 p.m. Sun., […]

Evolving business environment



Office Evolution opened its doors Nov. 30 at 30721 Russell Ranch Road, Ste. 140. The Westlake Village business offers executive offices and virtual/on demand business services, with 24 new, private and fully furnished executive offices ranging from 110 to 225 square feet, three conference rooms, a 360-square-foot business lounge and a 300-square-foot kitchen. Office members and members with select virtual […]

Bonding through fa la la la la

Hot Flashes

I was a tall kid with plenty of buck teeth, so I had no trouble standing out on the top riser. I couldn’t sing, but that didn’t matter because Mom and Dad knew Rudolph’s nose was red anyway and easily spotted my oversize toofers gleaming all the way to the North Pole. From the time I could tie my own […]


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