2016-02-18 E-Edition

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Luxury home development affecting Westlake will go to a vote

The Thousand Oaks Planning Commission is expected to decide Monday on a developer’s request to subdivide 24 acres of land southwest of Westlake Lake for the purpose of building three giant multi-million dollar estates. The land, at the southern tip of Highgate Road just inside the Ventura County line, was approved for 48 homes in 1987 but construction never began. […]

Concert honors African American history

In recognition of Black History Month, the United Methodist Church of Thousand Oaks will host a special gospel concert at 5 p.m. Sat., Feb. 27 in the sanctuary at 1000 E. Janss Road. The public is invited to attend. During the event, local U.S. Postmaster Linda Catuogno will unveil a new stamp commemorating Richard Allen, founder of the African Methodist […]

The yellow brick road runs to T.O.

Conejo Players Theatre will present the musical “The Wizard of Oz” from March 11 through April 10 at 351 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. Show times are 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. There will be no show Easter Sunday, March 27. The play is based on the book by L. Frank Baum with music and […]

Manna to purchase Shepherd’s House building in T.O.

Sixty years after its founding pastor built a small A-framed church near what was then Ventura Boulevard (later Thousand Oaks Boulevard), the congregation of Shepherd’s House Foursquare Church is leaving, and not for the reason some might suspect. The 3,000-square-foot building not far from City Hall is bursting at the seams. Even after renting space across the street, there’s not […]

Calabasas approves fitness club at Avanti

The Calabasas City Council voted unanimously to allow an indoor cycling fitness club at the Avanti development on Park Sorrento. The Village at Calabasas project, also known as Avanti, was approved in 2013 and is under construction. It will have 80 condominium units in seven buildings, including one multi-use structure that will house 11,000 square feet of retail and restaurant […]

Cyclists gear up for challenging course


Taking off from the Amgen campus in Newbury Park, the pack of world-class cyclists will head south on Borchard to Reino before making a sharp left turn on Potrero. They’ll follow the winding road through Hidden Valley to Westlake Boulevard, where they’ll head south through the Santa Monica Mountains toward PCH. The 2016 Amgen Tour of California route was released […]

Drama gives insights into life and dying

PLAY REVIEW /// ‘Tuesdays with Morrie’

“ Tuesdays With Morrie” is sports journalist Mitch Albom’s emotional memoir of his weekly encounters with Morrie Schwartz, his sociology professor at Brandeis University nearly two decades earlier and now in the throes of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease). The book was published in 1997, with a popular television movie starring Hank Azaria and Jack Lemmon broadcast […]

Growing a solid faith from the ashes of Lent

Roots of Faith

In a classic Peanuts cartoon, Charlie Brown tells Lucy, “Life does have its ups and downs, you know.” Lucy replies, “I don’t want any downs. I just want ups and ups and ups and ups!” Don’t we all? If given our druthers, we’d rather have a life of ease and comfort, much like the black-and-white world of the movie “Pleasantville,” […]

SOAR debate comes in for local landing

Having some of the nation’s strictest urban sprawl laws hasn’t come without consequences for the Ventura County economy, said Lynn Gray Jensen, executive director for Ventura County Coalition of Labor, Agriculture and Business (CoLAB). Jensen said those consequences include stunting the earnings potential of the county’s biggest industry: produce. “People think that farming is just growing things. Well, it’s not. […]