Cajun blues fest ready to smoke Simi

The 28th annual Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival will take place from noon to 7:30 p.m. over Memorial Day weekend, Sat. and Sun., May 27 and 28, at Rancho Santa Susana Community Park, 5005 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. Headlining the blues stage will be: blues- rock band the Yardbirds; the Robby Krieger Band, celebrating 50 years of […]

Date to Create studio in Westlake Village specializes in party planning

Entrepreneur Donna Lowy has launched Date To Create in Westlake Village. Date To Create is a new studio providing private custom-crafted parties, company parties and team building events as well as date night, girls night out, guys night out, or a fun night out for anyone. Date To Create is embracing the “Maker Movement” with creative workshops where the crafter […]

County unveils Community Choice green energy plan

Edison greets news with caution

A new government-run, utility purchasing collective that promises to lower bills and give consumers more clean-energy choices will soon be available to residents in unincorporated Los Angeles County—and local cities if they decide to opt in. Last month, Los Angeles County Supervisors voted to launch the community choice initiative that will offer businesses and residents an opportunity to pool their […]


Last week’s article about the new West Village development in Calabasas wrongly stated that the Calabasas Coalition citizen’s group initiated a 2016 referendum to stop the Canyon Oaks hotel and homes project that was planned for the same location on Las Virgenes Road. The “ No on Measure F” political action committee was the group behind the referendum.


Event pays tribute to service men and women who died defending nation

Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks-Griffin Memorial Park will host the 27th annual Memorial Day Remembrance Mon., May 29 at its Garden of Valor at 5600 Lindero Canyon Road, Westlake Village. Guests will see an avenue of large American flags as they arrive. Scouts will place the more than 1,400 flags at the graves of veterans buried in the Garden of Valor […]

Educator wins giant Mars map

STEAM educator Carol Mallett recently attended the National Science Teachers Association National Conference in Los Angeles where she discovered the Buzz Aldrin foundation representatives were accepting applications for a $5,000 Giant Mars Map giveaway contest. Mallett listed 101 ways her students at Sumac Elementary School in the Las Virgenes Unified School District could integrate this “hands-on” and “feet-on” map into […]


Scifres named LVUSD director of instruction

The Las Virgenes Unified School District Board of Education announced that Steve Scifres will be LVUSD’s new director of instruction effective July 1. Scifres has served the school district in various roles for the past 12 years and is currently the principal of Bay Laurel Elementary School in Calabasas. He also served as an assistant principal at Calabasas High School […]

Expo shines light on crime-fighting

Burglars and computer hackers try to use technology to their advantage, but technology and other tools can also help residents fight back, said Matt Slatoff, a public safety commissioner for the City of Calabasas during a crime prevention expo hosted earlier this month by the city and security professionals. About 100 people attended the event May 10 to learn how […]

These rockers ready to rock

“Ventura Rocks the Nation,” the national rock/gem show of the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies, will run the weekend of June 9 to 11 at the Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fri. and Sat., June 9 and 10, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sun., June 11. The sponsor is […]

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