Small upgrades that can offer owners big rewards

COMMENTARY /// Details can help sell a home

Anyone who’s ever bought or sold a home knows how even little things can sway a buyer to feel a particular house is “just right.” While major features such as a good location, a big kitchen, and a certain number of bedrooms and bathrooms all drive a home’s price and how attractive it is to buyers, small details like fresh […]

Photovoltaics class seems bright idea

During the fall semester 2017, Westlake High School hosted the Applied Solar Technology class usually taught on the Moorpark College campus. The dual enrollment class was open to both WHS and Moorpark College students. Photovoltaics is the conversion of light into electricity using semiconducting materials that exhibit the photovoltaic effect, a phenomenon studied in physics, photochemistry and electrochemistry. The curriculum […]

Sale of Dole Food Co. gets chopped following break in negotiations

Deal with Belgian buyer falls through

Greenyard, a fresh and frozen foods company based in Belgium, announced that talks to acquire Westlake Village-based Dole Food Company have broken off. Negotiations last month involving Greenyard’s purchase of the world’s largest fruits and vegetables company ended without a deal, the company said in a Jan. 5 statement. “We pursued all efforts to realize a transaction with financial and […]

The answer is, ‘Who is Steph Bundy?’

LADY LUCK—Calabasas resident Steph Bundy wins a two-night grand total of $19,801 on the popular TV game show “Jeopardy!” last week. Here she’s shown at the end of the first night of play. Bundy grew up in Oak Park and graduated from Calabasas High School in 2005.

Six simple ways to freshen a home, both inside and out

COMMENTARY /// Quick weekend projects

Looking for some easy ways to breathe new life into your home? Whether it’s the air inside or the decor itself, freshening things up can make your home look and feel more welcoming at any time of year. You don’t need a lot of time or money to reinvigorate your home; just a few simple and affordable, yet high-impact DIY […]

Jazz bands to play along in the South

Two jazz bands from Agoura High School will were selected to participate in the 12th annual Swing Central Jazz High School Jazz Band Competition and Workshop from April 4 through 6. Produced by the Savannah Music Festival, the event will host bands from 12 schools. AHS Jazz “A” band, directed by Bob Hackett, and AHS Studio Jazz Band, directed by […]

New rule governs the killing of mountain lions

State depredation permit is revised

Mountain lions that kill livestock no longer face an immediate death sentence. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has updated its policy for issuing depredation (right to kill) permits to residents of the Santa Monica and Santa Ana mountains. Jordan Traverso, deputy media director for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, said that in the past a kill […]

Garden club event will blossom with roses

Luncheon is also a fundraiser

Suzanne Horn, a rose exhibitor, writer and educator, will present a program on David Austin and the romance of English roses at the Westlake Village Garden Club’s 49th anniversary luncheon and silent auction fundraiser at 11 a.m. Tues., Feb. 6 at North Ranch Country Club, 4761 Valley Spring Drive, Thousand Oaks. Horn grows about 440 different roses, all in large […]


THURS., JAN. 11 Somis Thursday Club 11:15 a.m. at 5380 Bell St., Somis. Local women’s club. Members of Ventura County Gourd Artists describe how to grow and decorate gourds. Luncheon cost: $15 at door. RSVP requested. Phone: 805.388.1275. Email: crusin222@gmail.com. JNET Thousand Oaks 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Temple Etz Chaim, 1080 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. Doors open 6:30 […]

Open house at Manzanita School

Manzanita School will host a Family Open House from 10 a.m. to noon Sun., Jan. 21 at 1717 Old Topanga Canyon Road, Topanga. The independent school in Topanga serves children in grades four through 12. For more information or reservations, email admissions@manzanitaschool.org.