More anti-Semitic hate in Oak Park

Detectives from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office are looking for the public’s help in identifying four individuals who allegedly posted anti-Semitic notes on the doors and mailboxes of eight homes in the 5900 block of Conifer Street in Oak Park. One of the homes belongs to Chabad of Oak Park, a Jewish outreach organization. On Sat., Feb. 11, authorities responded […]


Agoura Hills A vandal caused $ 200 in damage scratching the body of a car parked in the 30800 block of Agoura Road Feb. 1. A thief stole a $100 cellphone from an unlocked vehicle parked on Forestridge Drive Jan. 31. Someone broke into a car parked in the 5000 block of Kanan Road Jan. 29 and stole a $1,500 […]

There’s magic in the mist

On the Trail

I am the mud-encrusted curmudgeon of rural Agoura. I can’t recall the last time I stepped inside a pair of dry shoes. If I hear one more person exclaim, “Don’t you just love all this rain!” I fear I’ll lose my mind. I used to be a cheerful sort. That was before rain runoff began flowing copiously down the center […]

Students reflect on their creativity

The spotlight is shining this year on student creativity, especially locally. PTA Reflections is a nationally acclaimed student recognition program that encourages creativity in many forms. In the 12th District PTA— comprising schools in Ventura County, including Oak Park, Thousand Oaks, Newbury Park, Simi Valley, Moorpark and Camarillo— hundreds of entries were received this year and scores of students were […]

Pack up the kids and move in with Mom and Dad


Making housing affordable for today’s young buyers seems like the can that just keeps getting kicked down the road. It’s always somebody else’s problem. The latest statistics from Cal Lutheran’s Center for Economic Research and Forecasting show that only 26 percent of the population, one in four people, can afford to buy a median-priced home in Ventura County (see today’s […]

A roaring good time

KING OF THE CAMPUS—Above, Ira the lion inspects one of his gifts during his third birthday celebration Feb. 4 at the Teaching Zoo at Moorpark College. Below, mom Neri Gauthier of Agoura Hills crowns her 4-year-old daughter, Noa, with a tiara during Ira’s birthday party. The zoo is open to the public from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends, excluding […]

Workshop on yoga, relaxation, meditation

The Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara will host a free workshop, “Introducing iRest Yoga Nidra,” from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. at 530 Hampshire Road, Westlake Village. The six-session special workshop, which has already started, will continue Wed., Feb. 22 and March 1, 15, 22 and 29. iRest Yoga Nidra meditation is a research-based practice of deep relaxation and meditative inquiry, […]


Figuring out the best time to retire

The choices you make can affect spouse and children

Enjoying a comfortable retirement is everyone’s dream. For over 80 years, Social Security has been helping people realize those dreams, assisting people through life’s journey with a variety of benefits. It’s up to you as to when you can start retirement benefits. You could start them a little earlier or wait until your full retirement age. There are benefits to […]

Hospital shows heart for women and their health

West Hills Hospital and Medical Center will host a Women and Heart community health event from 6 to 8 p.m. Thurs., Feb. 23 at the West Hills Hospital Cafe, 7300 Medical Center Drive. Women will have the opportunity to learn tips about heart disease prevention. The event will include a cooking demonstration on the value of nutrition and its impact […]

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