WAGS team has better batters

TEAM SPIRIT—The Westlake Agoura Girls Softball U-10 Gold All Star team qualified for the ASA Western Nationals and played in Medford, Ore. from Aug. 1 through 5. Our local girls tied for 13th place out of 30 teams. Back row from left: Coach Mike Blanton, manager Kent Lowry, and coaches Alyse Bartelstone and Scott Stewart. Middle row: Ava Nolan, Dannon […]

Wine event helps club wind down the summer

Proceeds support three local charities

The Westlake Women’s Club will host its Summer Wine Down from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sun., Aug. 28 at the Westlake Yacht Club, 32123 Lindero Canyon Road. The event will feature wine, food from local restaurants and music. Proceeds will benefit Senior Concerns, Pets for Vets and Santa Paula Animal Rescue. Tickets are $65. The event is for ages 21 […]

A tale of two priests and the parishes they serve

Moorpark priest moves to St. Maximilian Kolbe in Westlake

A changing of the guard is underway at two local Catholic churches. Monsignor Paul Albee was welcomed as the new pastor of St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church in Westlake on July 1, and Monsignor Joseph Hernandez took Albee’s place at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Moorpark. Here’s a look at both men: Monsignor Paul Albee Albee, the pastor at Holy […]


Agoura Hills A burglar stole a $150 toolbox and a paycheck worth $ 900 from a car parked on Thousand Oaks Boulevard July 26. The culprit caused $250 in damage shattering a window to get into the vehicle. A resident reported that someone entered her locked vehicle parked on Hillrise Drive July 25 and stole items from the glove compartment. […]

Van-go for club kids

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley is taking reservations for after-school van transportation to the six club locations beginning later this month. The clubs are open for working parents until 6:30 p.m. weekdays. The cost is $50 per month, plus the after-school fee. The school pick-up locations are as follows. To make reservations, go to or call […]

Trying to create a time warp so family visit lasts longer

Family Man

My younger brother planned a three-day trip from Idaho to my house in Southern California last week, and I knew it’d go fast. That kind of time always flies. And while I wanted to have a fun visit with him and his wife, my wife, 13-year-old son and I also wanted to spend quality time with them because we hadn’t […]

Jewish education program for busy families

Congregation Or Ami in Calabasas announces a revamped one-day a week learning program called Kesher 3.0 (meaning “connection”) which engages children to explore their Jewish identities. Complimenting Or Ami’s national award-winning Mishpacha Family Learning program, Kesher 3.0 offers a spiritual journey that is accessible to busy people. This rethinking of religious education was developed during an in-depth research process with […]

Accident has upside-down ending

CRASH LANDING—A two-car collision Aug. 4 at the intersection of Thousand Oaks Boulevard and Lake Lindero Drive in Agoura Hills resulted in one of the vehicles, driven by an elderly lady, landing upside down. The woman’s injuries reportedly were not serious.

It takes a strong village to help Belizeans

Students make a difference at a health center in Central American rainforest

Agoura High students Alex Bednar and Noah August are finding ways within their community to help Strong Villages, a local nonprofit that offers global volunteer travel opportunities and dental/medical trips to provide assistance to indigenous populations worldwide. The students set out to help fund the Tumul K’in Health Center in the rainforest of Belize, Central America. Noah, a member of […]

10,000 Maniacs give it their all at The Canyon

CONCERT REVIEW /// ‘90s mania

Veteran bands know their fans welcome exposure to new music, but they come to hear old favorites so groups “give them what they want.” At The Canyon club in Agoura Hills on Sunday night, that’s what 10,000 Maniacs did, opening with those lyrics from their hit 1992 song “Candy Everybody Wants” off the album “Our Time in Eden,” followed by […]

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