Calabasas teen soars to new heights

Oaks Christian senior is a pilot, pianist, volunteer

Seventeen- year- old Peer Marie Oppenheimer knows firsthand the thrill of piloting an aircraft. The Oaks Christian School senior, who earned her pilot’s license in October, has accumulated 100 flight hours at the helm of a Cessna 172 single-engine aircraft. She said one of the most memorable moments in her aviation career so far was her first solo flight in […]

Grammy-winning guitarist in concert at church

The Elation Arts Series will present a return concert by Grammy Award-winning acoustic guitarist Mark Hanson and his wife, vocalist Greta Pedersen, at 5 p.m. Sun., Jan. 22 at Emmanuel Presbyterian Church, 588 Camino Manzanas, Thousand Oaks. Hanson, a finger-style guitarist, won a Grammy in 2005 for his contributions to the Henry Mancini “Pink Guitar” CD. Pedersen is the Young […]

Holiday flashback

It’s been one wet winter

Recent rainstorms have eased the statewide drought, at least for now, but Southern California still faces supply shortages for a number of reasons, say local water officials who remain cautiously optimistic about long-term water availability. “Conditions are better this year, but California’s water system is still broken,” said Mike Paule, a director for the Triunfo Sanitation District. Southern California still […]

No snickerdoodles or ice cream this year

Hot Flashes

We’re just weeks into 2017, and at my age, aiming to look like Christie Brinkley by Feb. 1 means I might need to consider other options. Seems my New Year’s resolution of losing between 10 and 3,000 pounds is somewhat trite. So to heck with outdoing Christie. You’re safe this year, Ms. Brinkley; I won’t be stealing your contracts. Instead, […]

Calabasas targets taxpayer dollars for private project improvements

$4-million incentive offered to developer

Calabasas officials want to use taxpayer dollars to renovate a cul-de-sac and build a parking lot at the request of a private developer who wants to construct a hotel on Las Virgenes Road just south of the 101 Freeway. The city says the 152-space parking lot would serve guests and employees of the Rondell Oasis Hotel, proposed for a vacant […]

Spiritual quest leads to insights

There is no right or wrong path to God, says Mathew Fink, a private math and science tutor and tennis instructor from Calabasas. Fink recently published a book about his own spiritual awakening in the hope that it will illuminate the possibilities for others who are on a quest for divine fulfillment. The inspiration for his book, “Be Still and […]

New laws try to stoke housing construction

Bigger, denser projects allowed as incentive for affordable units

Several new California laws will try to boost the statewide housing supply by offering builders a fast track toward construction. The new laws intend to reduce red tape and lower the building costs for developers who agree to incorporate affordable housing or special needs units into their projects. Four bills passed by the California Legislature in September expand the type […]

Mysteries revealed

Author talk at Westlake Library

Westlake Village Reads “Mystereads” program will present An Afternoon with Phoef Sutton at 2 p.m. Sun., Jan. 22 at the Westlake Village Civic Center, 31200 Oak Crest Drive. Sutton is a New York Times bestselling author, winner of two Emmy Awards and a playwright. He will discuss mysteries, finding ideas and how to create a great mystery. This event for […]


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