SONIC ZOOM—Air Force F-15, F-16, F-22 and F-35 jets fly over Oak Park and Simi Valley Oct. 13 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of supersonic flight. The four jets from Edwards Air Force Base flew over dozens of schools that offer STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs in Ventura, Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties.

Domestic abuse victims get safe haven

The two-bedroom condo on a quiet street in Moorpark might not look like much to passers-by, but to Martha Venegas, it means everything. The 32-year-old mother of four was set on fire by her husband two years ago (he’s since been sentenced to prison). Through her long recovery, she stayed with family, sharing a house with 15 other people. Now […]


Bella Vita to meet Bella Vita Italian American Club will meet at 6 p.m. Fri., Oct. 27 at St. Jude Catholic Church hall, 32032 Lindero Canyon Road, Westlake Village. Dinner will be tri-tip, chicken, garlic mashed potatoes, cartwheel salad and dessert. A barbershop quartet will provide entertainment. Reservations are required by Mon., Oct. 23. Call Betty at (805) 496-6905. Donate […]

Music for kids

Do not fear, the Conejo Valley Youth Preparatory Orchestra comes in peace. The ensemble will present a pair of “Invasion from Outer Space” concerts at noon and 3 p.m. Sun., Oct. 29 in the Scherr Forum Theatre at Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., T.O. The Halloween-themed shows will expose young people to symphonic music in a light-hearted […]

Pet of the week

GETTING TO KNOW YOU— Spunky is a male brown terrier about 2 years old. He is very sweet but a little shy. If you would like to adopt Spunky ask for ID No. A5108678 at the Agoura Hills Animal Shelter, 29525 Agoura Road. Occasionally pets have already been adopted, so check http://animalcare.lacounty.gov before visiting the shelter.

Westlake needs rec advisors

The Cultural Recreation Advisory Board, established in 2003 to advise the Westlake Village City Council on cultural and recreational programs, special events and city parks, is seeking new members. The board consists of 12 adults appointed by the City Council and the appointment is for a two-year term. Meetings are typically held at 7 p.m. every other month. The positions […]

Finding just the right kind of shadiness

On the Trail

Since I was on the road a lot this summer, I opted to “rent” garden space from a friend in Thousand Oaks. The postage stamp-sized plot he’d provided me was in the shade, under the dense canopy of a Brazilian pepper tree. His lawn edged close to the tree’s base, and the sprinklers would provide irrigation so while I was […]

Family celebrates Italian-American heritage

Family Man

My wife didn’t have to tell me that October is Italian-American Heritage Month. But she did anyway, and then she told me more stuff I already knew. She brought up my very Italian-American love of family, friends, community and big gatherings. Sure, I love big get-togethers. Thanksgiving, weddings and christenings are some of the obvious ones, where we’d stuff family […]

Agoura residents big on interest income


On average, Agoura Hills residents earn almost four times as much interest on their savings accounts as the rest of the country. A study released by the New York-based financial website MagnifyMoney ranks Agoura Hills fourth in the nation for savings by households with an average income of less than $ 150,000, and 41st among all income earners. The study […]

Simi Valley home has chef ’s island kitchen with beveled granite countertops

This craftsman-style home is in the gated Glenmeadow community of Big Sky in Simi Valley. The house has four bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms in 4,322 square feet of living space on a 12,451-square-foot lot. The exterior has a porte-cochere driveway entrance, professional landscape and hardscape, and an oversize three-car garage with epoxy flooring. Inside is upgraded flooring throughout including tumbled […]

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