Everything’s coming up roses for former parade queen

Calabasas beauty will again be part of Pasadena event

On Jan. 2, Barbara Hewitt Laughray Boyd will be back in a familiar place: atop a major float in the Pasadena Rose Parade. Boyd, a Calabasas resident and ordained minister, was the rose queen of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses in 1967. Next week she’ll ride with three other former rose queens on Miracle-Gro’s “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” float. Boyd […]

Training for hospice

Hospice of the Conejo, a nonprofit, volunteer hospice center in Thousand Oaks serving the community since 1977, will offer its community volunteer training program for eight weeks from Thurs., Jan. 12 through Thurs., March 2. The class will meet for one afternoon each week. This educational program will prepare individuals to deal compassionately and sensitively with end-of-life issues and provide […]

Environment and education lead the way

Not a year goes by without a red flag being raised over the environment, and 2016 was no different. In February came word that the giant gas leak at the Southern California Gas Company’s Aliso Canyon well in Porter Ranch was finally plugged. The worst single natural gas leak in U.S. history that began in October 2015 caused some 2,200 […]


The Calabasas Library will offer the following activities at 200 Civic Center Way. The library will be closed Sun., Jan. 1 and 15. Pumpkin Patch Storytime will be cancelled Thurs. and Fri., Jan. 19 and 20. Tues., Jan. 3, Study Buddies will restart. Honors and AP high school students will tutor eighth-grade kids and younger on a drop-in basis on […]

Students look beyond the pews

From dharma to dreidels, religious education at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School is a diverse affair. For the past four years, administrators at the private elementary school in Thousand Oaks have brought in a parade of different faith practitioners to share their beliefs with students. Guests teach children about the holidays they celebrate, how they celebrate them, and the ideas […]

Hotels and the new Calabasas gold rush

Once again, land-use matters dominated the year’s political conversation in Calabasas. In 2016, two developers sought to build a pair of hotels in the city’s scenic west side, and despite strong resistance from residents, the City Council approved both projects in June. Construction of the three-story Rondell Oasis Hotel near the 101 Freeway on-ramp at Las Virgenes Road is contingent […]

County’s largest toy drive delivers smiles

The county’s largest toy drive delivered thousands of smiles this Christmas, organizers said. During the two weeks prior to the holiday, more than 4,200 foster children and kids from low-income households picked out free toys and gifts at the Ventura County Children’s Services Auxiliary’s 33rd annual Toy Store. The auxiliary’s 10-member board set up this year’s Toy Store inside donated […]

County school districts get boost in funding from settled law suit

School districts in Ventura County just got a boost in state funding to improve technology on campuses. The money came from a 13-year-old legal settlement that continues to reap benefits for the state’s educational system. A total of $11.9 million in K-12 technology vouchers was distributed last month to more than 8,000 California districts and schools as part of the […]

Westlake flies high in 2016

Westlake Village lived up to its reputation as a business-friendly and family-oriented city. In 2016, the city of nearly 9,000 residents commemorated its 35th anniversary with special 1980s-themed concerts and celebrations that concluded with a holiday singalong on Dec. 11. Over the past year, the city saw the completion of the Shoppes at Westlake retail center, which is now fully […]

Everyone loves a parade

The City of Agoura Hills Department of Community Services will sponsor a trip to the 128th annual Rose Parade, themed “Echoes of Success.” The bus will leave at 6 a.m. Mon., Jan. 2 from the Agoura Hills Recreation and Event Center, 29900 Ladyface Court, and return at approximately 2 p.m. The registration fee of $85 a person includes bus transportation […]