2016-07-14

The arts are alive and outdoors in Malibu



The 45th annual Malibu Arts Festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sat. and Sun., July 30 and 31 in front of the Malibu Civic Center, 23555 Civic Center Way. The Optimist Club of Malibu will serve a pancake breakfast at the site from 8 to 11 a.m. each day. The event is produced by the Malibu […]

New cougar kittens found in mountains



National Park Service researchers recently discovered two litters of mountain lion kittens in the eastern Santa Susana Mountains. A total of five kittens, three females and two males, were ear-tagged and returned to their respective dens earlier this month. The Santa Susanas are a large mountain range that provides a critical habitat connection between the Santa Monica Mountains to the […]

NIGHT Light



WESTLAKE BRIGHT—Reader Scott Hallock is positioned at La Tienda and Lakeview Canyon roads for this photo of the Westlake Village Fourth of Julyfireworks show near the Westlake Golf Course. At the bottom of the photo, lights from the cars on the 101 Freeway enhance the colorful show.

Young artists perform



The nonprofit Thousand Oaks Philharmonic will showcase eight young Ventura County musicians in its Opus 45 concert at 2:30 p.m. Sun., July 17 in Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza’s Scherr Forum Theater, 2100 E. T.O. Blvd. The program will include concertos by Bruch, Grieg, Kozebuch, Mendelssohn and Shostakovich. In addition to Dr. John Roscigno as the conductor, the soloists will […]

Petitioners want vote on new Calabasas hotel

Developer defends project


A group of Calabasas residents is gathering signatures for a petition to overturn the Canyon Oaks hotel and housing development at Las Virgenes and Agoura roads on the western side of the city. If they succeed, the 16-acre project that was approved by the City Council last month could be placed on the November ballot. A dispute between residents who […]

Juicy fruit

Local homeowner grows giant lemons


If you’re supposed to make lemonade when life gives you lemons, Shirley Duplechain has a lot of squeezing to do. She’s got lemons the size of her head. A whole bunch of them. While redoing the backyard of her Thousand Oaks home four years ago, Duplechain decided to add some fruit trees to the mix. She headed down to Orchard […]

Public can give input on future growth, development of Ventura County



The community can participate in a General Plan Update workshop sponsored by the County of Ventura Planning Division. Attendees can discuss what they like about the county, as well as issues, challenges and potential options for addressing those challenges through the General Plan. Workshops will be held at several locations throughout the county, and each session will cover the same […]

Helping raptors fly again

COMMENTARY /// Wildlilfe care


Creancing and imping. These may not be words you hear every day, but they are the basis for the important work that volunteer Diana Mullen does for the California Wildlife Center at its facility in Calabasas. Creancing and imping enable the center’s staff and volunteers to rehabilitate birds that arrive with serious feather damage. Creancing, basically flying the bird on […]

Fire runs close to freeway



AIR ASSAULT—A helicopter helps ground crews extinguish the 30-acre Rancho Fire Monday in Thousand Oaks. The blaze behind the Bay Club at Willow Lane just south of the freeway broke out at 11 a.m. and was contained by 1 p.m. Both Willow and Conejo Ridge Road had to be closed. About 125 firefighters assisted.

Order in the school’s teen court

Student earns award for helping troubled youth start anew


Michael Mottahedeh, 18, is committed to the same principles of religious freedom and personal growth that his Iranian Jewish parents held dear when they first came to the United States many years ago. Using his leadership role with the Taft Charter High School teen court program as a platform, the Calabasas teenager is helping his peers to better understand the […]


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