Meatballs the food of choice at Swedish fest

Vasa Park Association of Southern California will host the annual Scandinavian Hostmarknad/ Fall Market and Swedish Meatball Contest from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sun., Oct. 22 at the park at 2854 Triunfo Canyon Road, Agoura Hills. The event is open to the public. Activities will include swimming, water-sliding, an Alpine tube slide, bounce house, rock climbing wall and gem […]

Joke’s on us, comedians say

The Hillcrest Center for the Arts and local professional comedian Jason Love offer Live Standup Comedy with a different lineup each month on the second Saturday at 8 p.m. at 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, across from The Oaks mall in Thousand Oaks. The next show on Oct. 14 will feature Omar Covarrubias and Dave Williamson. Doors will open at 7:30 […]

Critters breath new life into old gazebo

Before a windstorm finally demolished it, my friends had a derelict gazebo in their rural Agoura backyard for years. Modeled in Victorian-era fashion, the frail structure slumped further into ruin with each passing season. Atop its peaked roof was a weather vane bearing a large long-tailed bird, possibly a pheasant. Living birds often perched on the directional, appearing to engage […]

Upgraded home next to Hillcrest Open Space Preserve

Backyard has pebble-finished pool, spa and waterfall grotto

This single-story home in the Estates at Mountain View is at the end of a cul-de-sac next to the Hillcrest Open Space Preserve. There is only one neighbor, on the west side. The home, which has four bedrooms and 3.5 baths, has been highly upgraded. It includes a separate study, a formal dining room and abundant recessed lighting. The living […]

Estate close to North Ranch Golf Course

Includes office, wine cellar, barbecue area and sport court

This gated enclave of Island Forest is in the scenic area of North Ranch Golf Course. The Montecito-Spanish-style estate is on 1.6 acres and is surrounded by oak trees. The foyer has a spiral staircase and custom French doors leading to a park-like rear yard. The formal living room has its own private veranda. The dining room comes with a […]

Backyard has tri-level garden, no neighbors

Family room has wood-burningfireplace and bay window

This three-bedroom, three-bath Moorpark home is on a cul-de-sac with a long private driveway. The private backyard has a tri-level flower bed which could be used to grow vegetables or a rose garden. There is no neighbor behind the house. The living room has a vaulted ceiling and a large bay window that allows for natural lighting. The house has […]

Old bros still clubbing

Senior tour golfers will swing at Sherwood Country Club in October

There’s going to be a showdown at Sherwood Country Club. The PowerShares QQQ Championship, the latest golf event to land at the Thousand Oaks course that once hosted Tiger Woods’ annual charity event, will take place next month, from Oct. 27 to 29. “It should be an exciting and compelling week of golf,” said Phil Blough, executive director of the […]

Viking quest

Coyotes beat up on four bad teams (1-18 record); now face loaded Valencia

Calabasas High’s football team is not sleepwalking, but they could be bona fide somnambulists and still know where they’re going. The Coyotes disposed of their first four opponents—who sport a combined 1-18 record—like a bridezilla shredding pastel tissue. They outscored Dorsey, Salesian, Pacifica and El Camino Real 163-63 with starters barely perspiring in any win. Quarterback Jaden Casey, who hasn’t […]

BHHS ranks highest for overall repeat home-seller satisfaction

Berkshire Hathaway Home- Services, an HSF Affiliates LLC company, recently announced that the BHHS real estate brokerage network ranked highest in overall satisfaction for repeat home sellers among national full-service real estate firms in the J.D. Power 2017 home buyer/seller satisfaction study. The 10th annual study measured customer satisfaction among the nation’s largest real estate brokerage companies and their agents […]