Show and sale will blossom with lots of orchids

Demos both days

The Conejo Orchid Society will present its annual free Orchid Show and Sale fundraiser from noon to 6 p.m. Fri., June 3, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., June 4 and 1 to 3 p.m. June 5 at the Grant Brimhall Library, 1401 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. In addition to learning about orchids, shoppers can select from a wide range […]

Westlake Athletic Club will host tennis tournament

The Westlake Athletic Club will be home to the United States Tennis Association Men’s 45 National Hard Court Championships, which begin May 31 and conclude June 5. The public is invited to watch internationally and nationally ranked players battle for the crown. Admittance is free at the club, 32250 W. Triunfo Canyon Road in Westlake Village. The semifinals will be […]

Crow teaches frog to take it on the chin

There’s a toy frog in my backyard that has logged more air travel than the average flight attendant. How is this so? The frog is from one of those shops that sells realistically rendered ren- versions of critters to nature buffs, or rather, nature purists. The latter group doesn’t approve of frogs wearing vests with brass buttons and pocket watches. […]

Deadly drug destroys family

A grieving mother talks about her daughter’s struggle

Lacey Weitz, like many people whose lives are taken by prescription drugs, didn’t want to die. But she rolled the dice for that irresistible high only an opiate can provide and paid the ultimate price. Weitz overdosed on fentanyl March 26 at her workplace, an Agoura Hills veterinary clinic. Fentanyl, a synthetic opiate, is up to 100 times more powerful […]

Don’t forget to take those vacations days

Flying Squirrel

I recently gave a presentation on the relationship between Americans and their paid vacation days. To put it mildly, it’s a strained affair. The two sides are barely on speaking terms. Americans receive an average of 10 paid vacation days annually. Do they use them all? No, not even close. In a recent survey, 41 percent of respondents said they […]

El Toro topples Lions

Marmonte League champs put up a fight in Division 1 second-round game

The Lions went from worst to first. They won a Marmonte League title and earned respect from foes, frenemies and admirers. They were the most improved team in the Conejo Valley, without a doubt. Oak Christian High’s baseball team battled to the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division 1 playoffs before falling 1-0 at home on Tuesday to El […]

Pet adoptions, mermaids at event

Part Of Our World is a free, family-friendly event, a collaboration between Cabrillo Music Theatre, PawWorks.Org, and Sheroes Entertainment LLC, from 1 to 4 p.m. Sat., June 11 in Carpenter Park, outside the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. T.O. Blvd. At the event, Paw Works will host pet adoptions and educate kids and parents about animal rescue. Activities […]


WWII interviews becoming rare

America’s aging World War II veterans have captured the imagination of Agoura High School senior Rishi Sharma. Rishi, 18, has already documented the lives of 40 local veterans in video interviews, each of which will be stored in the vast archives of the U.S. Library of Congress as part of its Veterans History Project. The family of each veteran also […]

Alarming statistics on drug use

A record number of deaths were caused by opioid use in 2014. Opioids include pain relievers and heroin. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 500,000 Americans died from drug overdoses from 2000 to 2014. Oxycodone and hydrocodone are the most commonly prescribed opioid pain relievers. The drugs lead to more overdose deaths than any other opioid […]

Hiker tailgates horses while on the trail, but with caution

On the Trail

In order to keep pace with my friends Vance and Lacie, I must ponder a new mode of trail transportation. They kindly invited me to explore a trail they were enthused about in Malibu Creek State Park in Calabasas. Two of their trail buddies joined in as well. When we converged at the designated meeting spot, there was a total […]