HIDDEN TREASURES—At top, the Zhang sisters of Newbury Park—Lily, 5, left, and Jasmine, 7—fill their baskets during the Easter Egg-stravaganza at The Promenade at Westlake on March 25. Above, more kids gather eggs at the event. At left, Michelle Wu, 8, of Thousand Oaks dances with the Easter Bunny during the festivities.

Is ‘Davis’ smitten or a stalker?

The Movie Nut

Sally Field is a dynamo, one of the best-loved, best-known and most respected actors of her generation. At 5 feet 2 and 69 years of age, she has 63 acting credits behind her. She’s played nuns and girlfriends, daughters, mothers and wives, but as she once said, “There are not a lot of places for an actor to explore what […]

Eye On Local Area Stocks

Old Indian stands tall in Agoura Hills

Having lived in Agoura Hills for almost 50 years, I’ve seen many changes: some I like; some not so much. We all have a right to our preferences. But I’ve become aware as time goes by that Agoura—before the “Hills” was added—has a rich local history of native inhabitants, sheep herders, ranchers and movie makers. We can well imagine as […]

Admiring wild native climbing vines

On the Trail

What native plant twines sinuously, climbs vigorously and smothers its host, not in tendrils of doom but gorgeous garlands of flowers? If you guessed clematis then you, too, have had the privilege of encountering this wild vine. In the Santa Monica Mountains, two species are found: Clematis lasiantha (Virgin’s Bower) and C. ligusticifolia (Western Virgin’s Bower). There are slight differences […]

Sax great headlines wine, jazz fest

The California Jazz and Wine Festival presented by the Rotary Club of Westlake Village Sunrise has a new home this year, the Four Seasons Hotel, and one of the great saxophone players of all time to headline the show, Tom Scott. The fifth-annual Rotary Jazz and Wine Fest will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Sun., April 17 at the […]


Agoura Chargers Fri., April 1: Last day of spring break Mon., April 4: Late start day Tues., April 5: Dance team auditions/G building/3:30 p.m. Wed., April 6: Parent education night, prom/7 p.m. Calabasas Coyotes Fri., April 1: Last day of spring break Savannah Music Festival through Mon., April 4 Sat., April 2: Cheer banquet Mon., April 4: PFC board meeting/ […]

Calabasas celebrates 25th anniversary with yearlong activities

Self-determination was impetus behind 1991 cityhood drive

Calabasas officials are assembling a collection of historical mementos and organizing a full slate of festivities that will begin in April and continue throughout the year to commemorate the city’s silver anniversary. On March 5, 1991, voters went to the polls and approved incorporation of the city by a margin of 91 percent. A month later, Calabasas became the last […]

Fountaine named to MAC

The Municipal Advisory Council in Oak Park has announced the appointment of Drew Fountaine, a professor of accounting and fi- nance at Pepperdine University, to the five-member community governing board. Fountaine will be sworn in at the April MAC meeting. Eight people applied to fill the vacancy created when Mike Paule resigned late last year after he moved to Westlake […]

How not to save water

Hot Flashes

We heard something dripping. Not Grumps or me, thankfully. No, on this fine occasion it was the plumbing in our shower or, more precisely, a leaky valve. Considering the steep fines inflicted by Cal-UnAmerican Water when one over-serves oneself with agua—heck, it’d be cheaper to run vodka through our Conejo pipes— Grumps grabbed his wrench and watched YouTube. Yes, even […]