Issues with Westlake park

While the new Westlake Village Community Park is quite beautiful, there are some major flaws that need to be fixed. Some type of bathroom facility is needed at the skate park, even if it is just a porta-potty. And I have personally witnessed people allowing their dogs to urinate and defecate on the fields. Since there are no signs posted, […]

Musical kicks off the holiday season

PLAY REVIEW /// ‘A Christmas Story’

Years before Garrison Keillor brought his homespun tales of Lake Wobegon to radio audiences, there was Jean Shepherd, a raconteur and cult favorite who reigned on WOR New York for almost two decades, from 1956 to 1977. West Coast audiences who were not privileged to grow up listening to Shepherd’s work are familiar with him mainly because of “A Christmas […]

Merrily we run along for charity

The 2017 Jingle Bell Run will bring a merry helping of festive holiday cheer to Agoura Hills at 8 a.m. Sun., Dec. 3 at the Paramount Ranch Western Town, 2903 Cornell Road. The jolly holiday-themed 5K run is a community event on behalf of the Arthritis Foundation. Participants wear holiday costumes or ugly Christmas sweaters and tie bells to their […]

Viewpoint taking steps to improve traffic

School wants control of Dry Canyon Cold Creek Road

Two-lane Mulholland Highway offers a scenic alternative to the 101 Freeway, but twice a day it becomes home to a traffic jam that rivals any major thoroughfare. Viewpoint is one of three schools in a three-mile stretch of Mulholland that draws hundreds of cars either dropping students off or picking them up. Last May, Viewpoint submitted a request for the […]

Celebrating our mountain vineyards

A TASTE OF THE GRAPE— John Gooden, far right, presents local wine producer George Rosenthal with the 2017 Pioneer of the Year Award at the Nov. 12 Malibu Coast AVA Wine Celebration. Gooden is president of the Malibu Coast Vintners and Grape Growers Alliance, the organization presenting the award. Below, guests enjoy the serene setting at Triunfo Creeks Vineyards near […]

Around the world

Well-traveled setter is one of greatest players to star for Agoura

On a grass court overlooking the Pacific Ocean, on a cliff surrounded by aromatic coffee trees, trembling pines and succulent plants, a 9-year-old girl started playing volleyball. Amani Dunston’s father, Chris, who tended the family coffee farm on Hawaii’s Big Island, built the court with his own hands. Her older brother Kai, an engineering student at North Carolina State, went […]

The high cost of higher education

Leslie Rosenthal, an Agoura Hills resident, has been saving money for college tuition since her daughter, Shayna, was born 13 years ago. Still, she can only afford about two years of school. Rosenthal, 44, is facing a problem common among parents— saving for school while tuition continues to rise. “This is a priority. I feel as a parent it’s my […]

Piano concert to celebrate autumn, Thanksgiving

Daniel Manoiu, an award-winning pianist and composer who is the accompanist at Emmanuel Church, will perform a classical concert celebrating fall and the Thanksgiving season at 5 p.m. Sun., Nov. 19 at Emmanuel Church, 588 Camino Manzanas, Thousand Oaks. He’ll be joined by fellow pianist Lauralie Pow Ghahremani and violist Jennifer Cheng. Autumn and fall leaves are the threads woven […]

State of mind

Shulze, Sawyer propel Eagles into CIF Division 3finals

Sarah Shulze listens to the theme from “Rocky” before every race. Sebastian Sawyer, who donned a Batman shirt at a recent practice, is the caped crusader who doesn’t need a cape, or a bag of tricks, to breeze through the finish line. Shulze is a junior standout for the Oak Park High girls’ cross country team. Sawyer, a sophomore, has […]

Xperience a down-and-dirty adventure

The third annual Xperience is an adventure-based and team-building event that will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sun., Nov. 19 at Paramount Ranch, 2903 Cornell Road, Agoura Hills. The Xperience trail run will begin at 8 a.m. for 5K and 10K runners. A 1-Mile Family Run will start at 10:15 a.m. Participants will make their way through […]