Hopping into patients’ hearts at Los Robles Hospital

Flemish Giant provides therapy

Pushing a blue stroller up and down the hallways of Los Robles Hospital, volunteer Candy Apple brings smiles to each patient she visits. But her little bundle of joy is no baby—it’s a 20-pound Flemish Giant rabbit named Henry, the Thousand Oaks hospital’s first official therapy bunny. On a recent Monday morning, Apple and Henry stopped in to see Sister […]

PASSIONATE PERFORMER—The website Chester.LinkinPark.com was set up as a tribute to Bennington— shown above in concert—and contains information and support for other people in crisis. Use #Ripchester. Courtesy of Chester.LinkinPark.com

Local fans mourn loss of Linkin Park singer

Alternative music fans in the community and around the world are still coming to grips with the sudden death last week of Chester Bennington, the lead singer of Linkin Park. Bennington was found dead at his home in Palos Verdes Estates on July 20. He was 41. According to the L.A. Coroner’s office, the singer and songwriter apparently committed suicide. […]

After director’s untimely death, the show must go on for Kingsmen festival

“Creating is the essence of life,” Julius Caesar says in William Shakespeare’s celebrated tragedy named for the ancient Roman ruler. If that is true, then John Slade led a full life, creating art and inspiration as an actor, teacher, musician, playwright and director. Slade, 69, died July 7 from injuries sustained in a hit-and-run car accident a day earlier on […]

Car crash causes fire at Liberty Canyon

WRONG WAY—Firefighters put out a small blaze that started at the southern end of Liberty Canyon Road in Agoura Hills July 18 after an elderly woman drove her automobile through a gate and into an embankment. The 95-year-old driver was not injured. She reportedly became disoriented and drove the vehicle several hundred feet off-road before it came to a halt. […]

Calabasas tree hangs it up

The renowned “hanging tree” in Old Town Calabasas is gone for good, replaced by a new tree where the old friend once stood. Folklore surrounding the valley oak dates back to a time when Calabasas was but a dusty stop on the El Camino trail to Santa Barbara. Legend has it that the tree was used for public hangings. The […]

Artists’ greatest act was teaching

The loss of two creative titans just a day apart has left Ventura County’s arts community reeling. John Slade of Cal Lutheran’s Kingsmen Shakespeare Company and Edward Francis, co-founder of Thousand Oaks Philharmonic, were two very different men, but they had one important thing in common: a passion for sharing their talents with others. For Slade, who died July 7 […]


Calabasas Burglars stole a $1,500 third row seat and caused $1,200 damage breaking into a vehicle parked in the 4800 block of Commons Way July 14. A third row seat worth $1,500 was also stolen from a car parked in the 23600 block of Calabasas Road July 14. A thief stole two cellphones valued at $800 each, two driver’s licenses […]

Pond improvements begin at Oak Canyon Park

      Work is underway to eliminate overgrown weed and algae and restore the ecosystem at the Oak Canyon Community Park duck pond. The peaceful lagoon, which is home to geese, ducks, egrets, turtles and fish, is a popular destination for wildlife viewing and relaxing. But some Oak Park residents have expressed concern about the stagnant water and deteriorating […]

Weekend riders build camaraderie

This new series explores activities residents can enjoy right here in the Conejo Valley

The Conejo Valley doesn’t have an official religion. But if it did, it might just be the church of the road bike. Thousand Oaks maintains approximately 220 miles of bike lanes, and the tortuous canyon roads that wind through mountainous terrain toward Malibu create an abundance of opportunities for anyone gutsy enough to tackle them on two wheels. This landscape […]

Agent named one of America’s most productive sales associates

Lydia Gable of Lydia Gable Realty Group with Keller Williams Westlake Village was named one of America’s most productive sales volume associates in California as part of REAL Trends America’s Best Real Estate Agents, the newly issued ranking report produced by REAL Trends and sponsored by Zillow Group. The report ranks over 12,600 residential real estate professionals based solely on […]