Art museum announces new board

The California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks, a nonprofit organization, has selected new officers for its 2016-17 board of directors, as follows: •Tony Principe, chair. Principe is a principal and president of Westcord Commercial RealEstate Services and co-managing partner of TR Funding LLC. He has been active with Rotary Club International, American Heart Association, Braille Institute, Special Olympics Los Angeles […]

Musical placed in carnival setting

play review /// ‘The Fantasticks’

Long before Donald Trump ever conceived of building a wall, one was used as a central theme in the groundbreaking off- Broadway musical “The Fantasticks” by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt. The show racked up over 17,000 performances during its record-breaking 42-year run and is one of the most beloved musicals in theater history. An allegorical tale about love, the […]

Seniors awarded Reagan foundation scholarships

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation presented $50,000 in college scholarships to high school seniors in Ventura County on May 18. The program rewards high school seniors who have demonstrated qualities of leadership and strong character throughout their four years of high school. This is the program’s 17th year. Out of a pool of 165 applicants, 13 students were granted scholarships. […]

Confusion at the ballot box

Whose election is it, anyway? I’m a registered independent, and I was very excited on the morning of June 7 to vote for my favorite Democratic candidate. There was just one problem: I knew more about the voting process than the people running the voting process. After my registration checked out, I requested a Democratic ballot so I could vote […]

Facing and embracing the future

Just like their campus, which made it through the June 4 Old Fire in Calabasas unscathed, the graduates of Viewpoint School have been tested and are ready to start anew. Preparedness, resiliency and new beginnings were dominant themes at the 2016 Viewpoint School commencement ceremony June 11. The celebration took place exactly one week after a 500-acre brush fire encircled […]

Mad Margarita Mixoff is back

The 15th annual Margarita Mixoff and More, presented by Soroptimist International of the Conejo, will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thurs., July 14 at The Gardens at Los Robles Greens, 299 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. Restaurants in Conejo Valley and surrounding area will compete for the title of Best in the West margarita. Everyone who attends will have […]


Ethan Ross Blair Cutler of Calabasas earned honorable mention for the Foundations of Education Award at Connecticut College. The award goes to students with outstanding achievement at the college. Madison Lyon of Westlake Village earned “A” dean’s list honors at Wagner College in New York City with her 4.0 grade average in the spring 2016 semester. Jeremiah McReynolds of Oak […]

What makes America great

American exceptionalism is the unique liberty that we Americans enjoy due to our philosophy and system of government. The Declaration of Independence states that each of us has the same natural rights, and these cannot be given or taken away by another person. Among those rights are the rights to life, liberty and property. The Constitution establishes a limited form […]

All about that base

Hot Flashes

This is a story about love. And dirt. It’s a very American tale ending with sunburned cheeks, slider creep, crusty batting gloves, steamy hot dogs and sometimes innings that never end. Never. It’s a story that takes place right here in our dusty corner. Slowly. It doesn’t matter where you hide—in Moorpark’s orchards, in Camarillo’s strawberry patches or in Agoura’s […]

Three of a kind

Agoura’s Amaral family finds niche in baseball, basketball and soccer

When Mark Amaral coached the Colorado State University men’s basketball team, his two sons, Tanner and Landon, were ball boys. Hours before one home game circa 2007, Tanner sat where his dad told him to, near the baseline, ready to retrieve loose balls. Landon was nowhere to be found. “Where’s your brother?” Amaral asked Tanner, then a third-grader. The assistant […]