Paint-out planned

CALLING ALL ARTISTS— Allied Artists of the Santa Monica Mountains and Seashore will have a plein air paint-out and demo with pastel artist Bruce Trentham at 9 a.m. Sat., Feb. 13 at Dan Blocker State Beach, 26000 Pacific Coast Hwy. For more information, visit www.allied-artists.com.

Ladyface Ale looks back on first year

The Conejo Valley’s first brewery, Ladyface Ale Companie, celebrated its sixth year in business last month by serving food and artisanal craft beer made at the Agoura Road restaurant. From Jan. 18 to 24, the brewery and gastropub hosted dinners and events, including commemorative glassware and anniversary ale releases. “This year’s anniversary ale, named The Iron Lady, refers to the […]

Western Fairs Association selects president

Quaid also serves on Ventura Chamber

Barbara Quaid, chief executive officer and general manager of the Ventura County Fairgrounds, was elected president of the Western Fairs Association’s board of directors. She was inaugurated at the association’s annual conference in Anaheim. Quaid will serve a one-year term as president. Previously she served as 2015 vice president and 2014 treasurer. As president of the 19-member elected board, Quaid […]

Calabasas schooled on Klubhouse shortfall

Preschool and senior center pose financial challenges

A city-run preschool in Calabasas can’t make financial ends meet, prompting government leaders to explore new fees and payment options for users. The city’s new senior recreation center hasn’t even opened and it, too, is facing economic challenges. Both enterprises are owned and operated by the City of Calabasas and came under discussion at the Jan. 13 City Council meeting. […]

Belinda Lee Jesse-Carr

Belinda Lee Jesse-Carr, 54 of Agoura Hills passed away on December 26, 2015 with her family by her side. She was born on November 4, 1961 in San Diego, the daughter of Marsha L. Stoughton and Larry L. Jesse. Belinda is well known and loved at Rite Aid in Agoura Hills where she worked for many years, welcomed everyone with […]

Masterful chef makes Whizin restaurant a go-to place


Don’t be fooled by its Hollywood roots and celebrity clientele: Hugo’s Agoura Hills is all about authenticity—no touch-ups, no body doubles and no special effects. Just real food prepared by people who love what they do. It’s an old-fashioned, salt-of-the earth approach to food service that’s refreshing—literally and figuratively—in the day of GMOs and processed everything. More important, it’s a […]

Chamber names board member

David Kirken, General Manager of the Hyatt Regency Westlake, has been named to the board of directors for the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce. Kirken will also serve on the Conejo Valley Tourism Improvement District board of directors. “We’re delighted to have David’s outstanding hospitality experience along with the Hyatt Regency brand on the Chamber’s board of directors,” said […]

Calabasas teen saves elderly man from fire

Heroic action in the face of danger

The smell of ash still lingers, even though the fire that destroyed 82-year-old Ron Lallone’s Calabasas home occurred two months ago, a few days after Thanksgiving. Though he lost his home, he’s kept his sense of humor. He placed a sign in front of his scorched property that asks, “So how did your deep-fried turkey turn out?” “People have to […]

Oaks Christian celebrates its 15-year history

Founding board and faculty members celebrated the 15-year anniversary of Oaks Christian last week, giving special recognition to David Price and Dallas Price-Van Breda, the builders of the school who were considering a West Los Angeles location for their Christian values campus before deciding on Westlake Village. “The moment I saw it I knew this was the place,” Price said […]

Point made about the proliferation of native cacti

On the Trail

Only four members of the cactus family occur naturally in the Santa Monica Mountains, and that’s certainly enough for anyone who has ever encountered coast cholla. All four species belong to the genus Opuntia, and all but one— the beavertail cactus, Opuntia basilaris—are characterized as “very spiny.” The beavertail is without spines. However, as local wildlife author Milt McAuley explains […]

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