It’s the New Year and that next great adventure awaits

River cruising seen as an exciting travel alternative

Everyone wants to have their dream vacation, and how can you blame them? Sailing to distant shores, strolling atop quaint European cobblestones or tasting the fine wine from a vineyard that is centuries old: These are the things that make life truly worth living. AmaWaterways, the fast-growing river cruise company based in Calabasas, is in the business of selling dreams, […]



Thousand Oaks home features lush backyard

This well-maintained home is near the end of a cul-de-sac in Thousand Oaks. The backyard has a cascading waterfall, koi pond, lush landscaping and a fully enclosed gazebo. The home has four bedrooms and 2.5 baths. One bedroom has been converted into a home office. The living areas offer plenty of space for gathering and relaxing. For more information on […]

Couple makes a mint off rare coins

Bitcoins made headlines in 2017 for their erratic movement in the investment market, but for those wary of cryptocurrency there’s always the real thing. Coin collecting isn’t a flashy hobby, but there is money to be made in it. Woodland Hills residents Tom and Lisa Lenk have made a living buying and selling rare coins. They recently moved their business, […]

Pet of the week

GOT YOUR GOAT?— Oscar is a white male goat. He is friendly and likes people. If you would like to adopt Oscar ask for ID No. A5109588 at the Agoura Hills Animal Shelte r, 29525 Agoura Road. Occasionally pets have already been adopted, so check animalcare.lacounty. gov before visiting the shelter.

Tips for buying your retirement home

COMMENTARY /// Retirement planning

Planning for retirement means making decisions, including when you’ll stop working, how much you’ll withdraw from your savings each year, and where you’ll live. Many Americans view retirement as an opportunity to move into a house they’ll love and live in for all their golden years. In fact, 64 percent of retirees either have moved or plan to move, according […]

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 […]

2018-01-04 E-Edition

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