FRI., DEC. 8 Document Shredding 1 to 4 p.m. in parking lot behind Simi Valley Chamber of Commerce, 40 W. Cochran St. Cost: $10 per 12-by-15- inch box. Limit of five boxes. Phone: 805.526.3900. Christmas Dinner Dance 6:30 p.m. at St. Rose of Lima parish hall, 1305 Royal Ave., Simi Valley. Italian Catholic Federation hosts Italian dinner, appetizers, dancing and […]

One-story house with four bedrooms, family room with fireplace

Backyard features a pool with spa, waterfall grotto, rock formations and views of open space

This one-story house is at the end of a cul-de-sac, next to the Hillcrest Open Space Preserve. The expansive Estates at Mountain View home offers mountain views from the front, side and back yards, with only one neighbor on the west side. One enters the estate through a secluded and gated courtyard. Amenities include a mahogany beveled-glass front door, hardwood […]


An article last week incorrectly stated that the Westlake Meals on Wheels program is the oldest in the country. It is only the oldest in the region. Visit www.westlakemealsonwheels.org for info about the group.

I’m dreaming of a white bougainvillea

On the Trail

I know, I know—nearly everyone this time of year is humming that old chestnut, “White Christmas.” With apologies to the mellifluous Der Bingle, I’m dreaming of a white bugambilia. My holiday heart is warmed by the recollection of a vast mounded bougainvillea plant (bugambilia in Spanish; bougie in slang). The plant was so smothered in white bracts (the actual flowers […]

A sugar plum role for two young dancers

Tis the season of sugar and spice and everything nice—including visions of sugar plums for dancers in the Pacific Festival Ballet as they prepare for the 24th year of the “The Nutcracker” Sat. and Sun., Dec. 16 and 17 at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. Since the theater’s inaugural season in 1994, Pacific Festival […]

New agent joins Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Realty welcomes Janet Dickey to the Thousand Oaks office. Dickey is pleased to work for a company that has a strong reputation built on integrity and trust, a staff to support each real estate transaction and a great company culture. Dickey’s area of expertise is the Conejo Valley. Her strengths are coaching buyers in the real […]

Time to put this giant sex scandal to bed

We suppose it was bound to happen. For the first time, a prominent politician whose jurisdiction includes local communities has been accused of inappropriate sexual behavior. Accused, we say, because despite the seemingly valid complaints filed in recent months by so many women who say they’ve been harassed—or worse— citizens of this country are still assumed to be innocent until […]

PYFL Chargers go 10-0

FULL STEAM AHEAD—The Agoura/Oak Park Chargers are the first team from Agoura to go 10-0 in more than a dozen years. The team earned the right to play in the PYFL Super Bowel championship against the Eastside Lions from Lancaster.

A funny, nostalgic look at Christmas past

PLAY REVIEW /// ‘A Christmas Story’

Whoever thought a holiday tale about the desire to own a gun could be so heartwarming and funny? That’s indeed the crux of “A Christmas Story,” New York radio announcer Jean Shepherd’s humorously nostalgic look back at a particular Christmas when he was growing up in upstate Indiana in 1940. The tale was part of Shepherd’s 1966 book “In God […]

Agent recently honored for consistent high production

Steve Young was recently acknowledged for consistent high production. He has been a Realtor for 37 years. He is one of the all-time top producing agents in the Conejo Valley, winning numerous awards, including induction into the Master’s Hall of Fame. He specializes in the areas of Oak Park, Agoura Hills, Westlake Village, Thousand Oaks, Newbury Park, Calabasas and Woodland […]

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