Sound advice forfirst-time home buyers

COMMENTARY /// Taking steps towards ownership

It’s the American dream: Owning your own home. This is an ideal opportunity to buy with historically low interest rates. What better way to establish a new marriage and new beginnings together? Buying a new home can be both exciting and stressful, so be prepared before you venture out in search of that perfect home. Learn what is important to […]

Take notes, Aaron Judge

BIG HITTER—Conner Bernt of the Agoura PONY Baseball U-14 All-Star team hit a home run cycle (smashing a one-run homer, a two-run homer, a three-run homer and a grand slam) in one day during the PONY section tournament. He had six hits, six runs, and 11 RBI in two games on one day.

Fire watch

Approximately 7,000 firefighters are battling 13 large wildfires in California. Did you know that many of the wildfires are sparked along our roadways? These fires can be prevented by practicing a few safety measures. Don’t drag any parts and make sure to secure chains when towing. Check tire pressure and properly maintain brakes so you don’t expose areas that can […]

Softball girls show winning form

Upbeat sounds at the park

IN THE NAME OF LOVE—Above, Joe Heir of Hollywood U2 portrays Bono during the July 9 Summer Concert in the Park at Chumash Park in Agoura Hills. At left, Kasey Litz of Thousand Oaks dances with her 4-year-old daughter Aubrey during the outdoor show. Below, 9-year-old Nora Farkas of Agoura Hills plays a game to pass the time. The next […]

Award-winning urologist practices state-of-the art treatments for disorders

For over 20 years, Dr. Gary Bellman, founder of the Southern California Urology Institute, has treated Southern Californians suffering from myriad urological disorders. The board-certified urologist has received awards including Patients Choice and Compassionate Doctor of the Year. Bellman is often featured on television, radio and in print where he explains the benefits of treatments including the noneedle, no-scalpel vasectomy; […]

Shark meat

I was reading Ela Lindsay’s review of the Golden Panda Buffet and I was stopped in my tracks. In her list of soups offered she included shark fin. While I have since learned that the word “imitation” was accidentally omitted, meaning no actual shark fin is used to make the soup, the letter expressing my outrage had already been written. […]

Program for seniors on downsizing their stuff

The Goebel Adult Community Center will host a seminar on “What to Do with Your Stuff!” at 3 p.m. Fri., July 21 at 1385 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. The one-hour seminar will explore options and costs for those ready to downsize and get rid of possessions. The program will cover the tools and services that are available to assist […]


THURS., JULY 13 Simi Valley Community Council 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Rancho Santa Susana Community Center, room A, 5005 E. Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. David Ralphe and Gary Thomas talk about the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center and its foundation. Luncheon cost: $18 cash or check. Web: www.svcommunitycouncil.org. Margarita Mixoff And More 5:30 to 8 p.m. at […]

Optimists help cancer center

GENEROUS—The Conejo Valley Optimist Club awards $1,000 recently to the Westlake-based Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara, whose mission is to help children and families affected by cancer. From left are: volunteer Arthur Connolly, volunteer Jesse Ingalia, program director Kayo Matsumoto and Optimist president Dan Reider.

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