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 […]

Theatrical spectacle set in American Southwest

Cactuses, slithering lizards, fire dancers and other splendors of the Sonoran desert will come alive onstage when Momix brings “Opus Cactus” to the Kavli Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Fri., Nov. 17 at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. This full-length, multimedia theatrical spectacle—created in 2001 for Ballet Arizona—is a visual journey into the American Southwest. It’s […]

Signing day is a blast for Chargers

DOOR TO THE COSMOS—Agoura High honored athletes who inked scholarships during a signing day ceremony last week. The Chargers, from left, are Cassidy Koch, Merrimack College women’s golf; Amani Dunston, College of Charleston women’s indoor and beach volleyball; Julia Barsocchini, Lewis and Clark University women’s basketball; Tyler Goldstein, UC Santa Barbara softball; Lexy Mills, University of Kansas softball; Sawyer Atler, […]

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