Nordic moments

Swedish American
group celebrates at annual festival

VIKING TRADITION—At top, Rod Basler of Irvine carves a Viking symbol into a stone during the Swedish American Central Association of Southern California’s 97th Midsummer Festival at Vasa Park in Agoura Hills. Center, Midsummer Queen Lynnea Denhartog dances during the June 25 festival. At right, Rick Erickson of Thousand Oaks teaches guests about Hnefatafl, a Viking board game.

Grants go to nonprofits for theater rent

Thousand Oaks Alliance for the Arts is providing performance grants to Ventura County nonprofit performing arts groups. These grants will be in the form of credit toward the rental of either the Kavli or Scherr Forum theatres at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. No cash grants are available. Applications will be available June 30. The grant deadline is noon […]

Journalist to share his insights

Journalist Robert Scheer will give a presentation at 6:30 p.m. Wed., July 12 at the North Ranch Center, 1400 N. Westlake Blvd., Thousand Oaks. The event is free and open to the public. The talk is sponsored by the Democratic Club of the Conejo Valley. Robert Scheer has 30 years of experience as a journalist. His columns appear in newspapers […]

As you wish—freefilm screenings at Reyes Adobe

‘Princess Bride’ scheduled for July 8

The City of Agoura Hills Cultural Arts Council will present two anniversary films as part of its Classics at the Adobe series at the Reyes Adobe Historical Site, 30400 Rainbow Crest Drive, Agoura Hills. The free summer event celebrates timeless iconic movies. The outdoor venue will open at 6 p.m. and the films will start at dusk. “Princess Bride” will […]

‘Havana’ a good time in Cuba while you can

Flying Squirrel

Cuba is back in the news with the recent decision by the Trump administration to reverse several Obama-era policies on travel to the island nation. Leading up to this month’s announcement, there was an air of uncertainty in the travel community regarding how Cuban tourism from the U.S. would be affected. Now things are a bit clearer. Before I review […]

Flight pattern

HIGH PRAISE—At a recent presentation in Santa Monica, the Federal Aviation Administration gives Wright Brothers Master Pilot Awards to a pair of pilots from Agoura Hills: Scott Patterson, left, and Roger Paskell, right. The awards recognize 50 years offlying without accident or incident. Paskell was a pilot in the Vietnam War. Joining them are Karla Borden of the FAA at […]

Fork it over for a good cause

Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast will host its third annual Fork It Over fundraiser from 6 to 9 p.m. Thurs., Aug. 3 at the Palm Garden Hotel, 495 N. Ventu Park Road, Thousand Oaks. The event will feature chefs from local restaurants, caterers and food trucks creating Girl Scout cookie-inspired appetizers and desserts. In addition, spirit purveyors from across […]

A friend in need is a friend indeed

COMMENTARY /// Life in the community

Recently a friend from France came to visit for two weeks. He couldn’t stop raving about our area and was extremely impressed by its beauty and by the kindness and friendliness of the people residing here. We are so fortunate. Our daily lives are filled with the peace of mind of knowing our community is safe and the people living […]


Hands-on robotics summer program Robotics & Things of Simi Valley has scheduled its 15th annual Robotics Hands-on STEM Summer Camp Enrichment and Code Instruction Camp for boys and girls at Homewood Suites in Agoura Hills. Robotics for grades K-2 and 3-8 will meet in the morning session from 9 a.m. to noon. Code instruction for grades 3-8 will meet in […]


The Agoura Hills Library will offer the following free activities in July at 29901 Ladyface Court. To help fund these and other programs, donate used books to the Book Cellar or library. For large collection pick-up, call (818) 584 7219. For more information on programs or to register, when requested, call (818) 889- 2278. Wed., July 5 from 4 to […]