Age-in-place network gets launch date

The Conejo Valley is about to get a new village, but slowgrowth advocates needn’t worry. This village is entirely virtual. Born out of discussions by the Thousand Oaks Council on Aging, Conejo Valley Village is now an official nonprofit, having received its tax exemption paperwork earlier this year. CVV is part of the 16-year-old Village to Village Network, a nationwide […]

Take a book, leave a book

OUTDOOR LIBRARY— The Boy Scout Eagle project by Oak Park High School student Rocky Caruso features a series of book-share kiosks where readers can take a book and leave one. At left is a stand at Brookside Elementary School, one of six that he placed on school campuses. Rocky is in BSA Troop 127.

Mute swan impresses awed bystander

CRITTER TAIL /// Local wildlife

One morning I arose and thought, “Let’s put all the trials and tribulations of life on the back burner and find something exceptionally joyful to behold today.” And while I was visiting Westlake Lake that afternoon, a procession of mute swans magically materialized before me. This is the swan of legend, beloved by poets, painters, composers, choreographers and bystanders like […]

Supervisors look through haze for clarity on pot

With vote near, medical marijuana still frowned upon

Even as legalized marijuana looms on the November ballot, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted June 28 to continue their ban on the cultivation, manufacturing and distribution of medical cannabis in unincorpo- rated county areas. Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, who represents the local cities and rural Santa Monica Mountains area, cast a single opposing vote. Kuehl said the ban […]

Marching on the Fourth

BEST FOOT FORWARD—Above, families line up for the start of the eighth annual Fourth of July Parade in Agoura Hills’ Liberty Canyon. The parade, which drew some 300 participants, began at the intersection of Liberty Canyon and Country Glen roads and proceeded south on Liberty Canyon, east on Park Vista, north on Patrick Henry Place and west on Country Glen. […]

Bargain boutique needs volunteers

Store benefits Senior Concerns

Senior Concerns’ Bargain Boutique and Thrift Store in Thousand Oaks is seeking volunteers to perform a variety of functions at the shop. Volunteers greet and assist customers, monitor and organize clothing racks and merchandise displays, operate the cash register and handle money transactions. Volunteers also assist with sorting donated items and preparing them for the sales floor. The Bargain Boutique […]

Pet of the week

UPSIDE DOWN—Jesabelle is a female torie domestic shorthair cat about 8 years old. She is very sweet and likes to cuddle. To adopt Jesabelle, ask for ID No. A3778324 at the Agoura Hills Animal Shelter, 29525 Agoura Road (http://animalcare.lacounty.gov).

One Fourth makes community whole

CALABASAS COOL— Above, firefighter Todd Guess and Calabasas resident Noah Weintraub, 9, wrestle with a hose at the summertime Salute To Our Firefighters event at the Chabad of Calabasas. Below, Agoura Hills Mayor Harry Schwarz takes a ride in the Liberty Canyon Fourth of July parade. At right, Uncle Sam gets a bird’s-eye view of the action at the 47th […]

Final OK given for west side lodging

Calabasas officials have approved both the Canyon Oaks and Rondell Oasis hotels slated for construction on Las Virgenes Road. Responding to the concerns of city leaders and citizens, both developers agreed to scale down their hotels in the gateway to the Santa Monica Mountains from four stories to three stories. The City Council voted 3-2 June 22 to change zoning […]

4th of July puts pets on parade

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