Wild sage shrubs are wise old plants that are making a big comeback

On the Trail

What does “back from the brink” look like in the world of chaparral shrubs? Just a short time ago, it meant seeing random tufts of freshlysprouted black sage leaves appear on otherwise massive mounds of brittle ashy-gray, utterly expired looking branches. Or it might’ve been seeing sunlight glinting with a silvery sheen on an artemisia’s soft, thin, unfurling foliage. Anyone […]

Pet of the week

LET’S PLAY BALL—Boots is a male black potbelly pig about 2 years old and about 200 pounds. He is very social and likes to play ball. He needs a yard to play in. If you would like to adopt Boots ask for ID No. A5039097 at the Agoura Hills Animal Shelter, 29525 Agoura Road. Occasionally pets have already been adopted, […]

Foundation scholarships

The Westlake Village Community Foundation is accepting applications for scholarships from graduating senior students who have had significant involvement in the music or performing arts programs at their high school or in the community. The scholarships will help cover expenses related to students’ continuing education. Eligible students must be Westlake Village residents who plan to attend a four-year university, a […]

Optimistic in the Conejo

DONATION—Dan Rieder, president of the Optimist Club of Conejo Valley, presents a check for $500 to Susan Murata, executive director of Hospice of the Conejo. The local Optimist International club helps to support many nonprofit organizations, such as Hospice. The club meets at 12:15 p.m. every Wednesday at Los Robles Greens Golf Course in Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit […]

Philately lately?

The Ventura County Philatelic Society will offer adult education stamp collecting classes and free stamp collection reviews and evaluations from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sat., May 6 at the Bonaventure Community Building, 10949 Telegraph Road, Ventura. The 45-minute classes will be run as follows: What to collect at 9 a.m.; How to collect at 10 a.m. and Understanding a […]

Puppy search ends with adoption of shelter elder citizen


As we travel through life, we vow to “never make the same mistake twice.” And after having experienced years of tremendous heartache and disappointment with an older stray dog I’d adopted, I vowed to never again adopt a dog more than three months old. Well, maybe it’s time to mothball all those sensible old maxims, because I am sitting here […]

Robots come alive

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