College scouting trip turns deadly

WHS senior and parents killed in plane crash

Authorities are investigating the Oregon plane crash that killed a Westlake High School senior and his parents Friday, just eight days before the varsity swimmer would have turned 18. Students have turned Brendan Zitting’s white Volkswagen coupe—which as of Tuesday morning still sat alone in the WHS parking lot overlooking the pool where he swam—into a makeshift memorial. Handwritten notes […]


The Agoura Hills Library will offer the following activities at 29901 Ladyface Court. In addition, donations to the Book Cellar help fund these and other programs. To arrange pick up of large book collections, call (818) 584- 7219. Sat., April 15 at 11 a.m., Stephen the Spectacular will present a comedy-magic show for all ages. Wed., April 19 at 6:30 […]

Meandering ‘Wilson’ goes nowhere

The Movie Nut

If you want further proof that director Craig Johnson (“The Skeleton Twins”) makes quirky movies, consider this one. “Wilson” is the tale of a rumpled and disgruntled misanthrope who discovers a child he never knew—and claims she changes him for the better. We’re not so sure he’s changed. Wilson (Harrelson) is strange, seriously flawed, alternately annoying and amusing. But unlike […]


Agoura High athlete on fast track to success

Tara Davis is past the phenom phase. Her transformation from talented youngster with promise to Charger golden girl is complete. One of the area’s most decorated prep track and field athletes crash-landed at Agoura High School four years ago, and she might be the region’s most electrifying track superstar since Olympic champion Marion Jones, who dazzled at Thousand Oaks and […]

Their painful past

Agoura Hills man educates future generations about the Holocaust

More than 70 years after the Holocaust, Nathan Spiewak still remembers how he felt when his father returned from Auschwitz. It was the middle of the night. At first Spiewak, who was 11 years old at the time, didn’t recognize the frail man sitting at his aunt’s kitchen table. The man’s arm was in a brace, and he was still […]

Springtime at the Y

CRAFTY KIDS—The Triunfo YMCA is holding its spring camp this week through April 14 at the YMCA daycare facility at Willow Elementary School in Agoura Hills. The break coincides with school spring break. The daily activities feature spring-related crafts and games. Crafts include clay modeling, water coloring, making a wind catcher, and painting and planting flowerpots. Games include soccer, a […]

Screening of ‘12 Angry Men’

In recognition of the 60th anniversary of the 1957 release of the movie “12 Angry Men,” the Westlake Village-based Law Offices of Friedman & Bartoumian will sponsor a big screen presentation of the film tonight at 7 p.m. Thurs., April 13 at the Westlake Twin Theaters, 4711 Lakeview Canyon Road, Westlake Village. The screening is free. Featuring an all-star cast […]

Time to go green, Calabasas mayor says

Maurer delivers optimistic speech to Chamber of Commerce

Conserving natural resources is good for business and for consumers, Calabasas Mayor Mary Sue Maurer told officials from the city and members of the Calabasas Chamber of Commerce at her April 6 mayoral address. The annual luncheon allows the city’s mayor to share priorities with the business community. It was no surprise that Maurer, who was elected to the Calabasas […]

Painting in the great outdoors

The Thousand Oaks Plein Air Watercolorists group consists of local outdoor landscape painters. Established in 1995, members paint outdoors from 9 a.m. to about noon on the first and third Wednesdays of each month. Some bring their lunch and stay later. All levels and media are welcome, including watercolor, oil, acrylic and pastel artists. Some group members belong to the […]

Earth Day at bookstore

Barnes & Noble will have an Earth Day Celebration featuring Debbie Widerøe, author of the “Adventures of Camellia N.” book series at 11 a.m. Sat., April 22 in Westlake Village. Through this series, Camellia takes children on global expeditions to the seven continents and under the sea where they learn about and gain appreciation for the environment, wildlife and natural […]

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