2018-01-04

Mother Nature takes charge

in 2017 Year Review

FIRE, BRIMSTONE—Record rainfall along withfire and a rare total eclipse of the sun kept local residents on their toes in 2017. Above, U.S. Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) views the Aug. 21 solar eclipse at King Gillette Ranch in Calabasas. Below, workers try to tame a broken water valve on Lindero Canyon Road in Westlake Village on Jan. 12, just […]

Royal icing makes common baked goods fit for a queen

Convectional Wisdom

Culinary legend says that royal icing got its name in 1840 when it was used to decorate the wedding cake of the United Kingdom’s Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Although the earliest reference to “egg white icing” dates back as far as the 1600s, it was Queen Victoria’s 300-pound game-changer wedding cake, with its sculpted sugar topper and ornate floral […]

Bobcat sighting in Calabasas

NOW YOU SEE IT, NOW YOU DON’T—Tim Umekubo and his son Chris, 30, spot this bobcat relaxing under a tree as they drive to the beach on Las Virgenes Road, between Juan Bautista and Malibu Creek parks. Chris snapped the photos using an iPhone pressed against the lens of his binoculars. Smaller than the mountain lion, bobcats have done a […]

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City leaders building a better Agoura in 2017



The improved economic picture in 2017 gave builders all the reason they needed to dust off old construction projects in the city and get them back on track. The first component in the long-awaited Agoura Village plan for the area south of the 101 Freeway in Agoura Hills, Cornerstone, finally gained traction. The mixed commercial and residential development calls for […]

Scout owns every BSA badge in the book



Justin Zilberstein can explain the basics of nuclear science. The Oak Park High School senior is a certified scuba diver. He can detail the history of Amtrak, X-ray teeth and spot decay, and complete an electrical home-safety inspection. Justin isn’t a child prodigy, he’s an Eagle Scout. And a little bit more. The 18-year-old Thousand Oaks resident earned every merit […]

‘Odysseo’ spectacle gallops into the big top

An equestrian show in Camarillo jumped in to provide some relief for victims and first responders of the Thomas fire, the largest in California history. “Odysseo,” which opened Nov. 12 and continues through Jan. 28, hosted a free 55-minute condensed version of its regular show on Dec. 21 for fire victims and first-responders. Also invited were foster kids from Camarillo’s […]

In westside Calabasas, a true coming of age



As in Agoura Hills, commercial and residential development also dominated the conversation in Calabasas last year. In 2017, construction began on the 78-home Paxton development, and plans for the Rondell Oasis hotel were finalized during the year with construction to start this spring. Both projects are on Las Virgenes Road. Still another development is pegged for the west side: The […]

Are you ready for a family vacation?

Flying Squirrel

If you’ve spent the holidays in the company of extended family and everyone is still speaking to one another, you may be thinking: We should do this more often. If your house is full of grandparents, siblings, cousins and children, it might be worth discussing whether your family would like to travel together in the future—as in, take a vacation […]

Winging it for improv auditions

If you can think fast on your feet—and act and sing, too— there might be a spot for you in the Conejo Improv Players. The troupe, under the direction of Jeremy Zeller, will hold auditions at 10 a.m. Sat., Jan. 13 at Conejo Players Theatre, 351 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. Beginning and advanced improv performers are needed for shows […]


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