Hot bluegrass from the frozen north

concert review Monroe Crossing

We rarely get to see bluegrass concerts here in the Conejo Valley, so when it was announced that the group Monroe Crossing would be performing at Larry Janss’ Four Friends Gallery in Thousand Oaks, there was cause for celebration. Named in honor of bluegrass’ originator and founding father Bill Monroe, Monroe Crossing makes its home base in the Minneapolis St. […]

Macs’ March Madness

Yeshiva earns first trip to NCAA tournament, with help from local stars

Tal Gweta and Michael Hayon met when they were 10 years old. Gweta had just moved to Calabasas from Ramat HaSharon, Israel, a 20-minute car ride from Tel Aviv, and he didn’t speak much English. He was nervous about his first practice with the ABA Hoopraiders basketball club. There was, however, an American boy on the team who spoke Hebrew. […]

These beetles no song and dance

Invasive bugs chew up trees

An ecosystem is a delicate balance, and when a foreign species is introduced into the mix the results can be disastrous. Take the case of the Polyphagous shot hole borer beetle, a species native to Vietnam that has been aggressively infesting and killing local trees. With no native predator in place to stop it, the infestation is spreading. Rosie Dagit […]

Gamache with panache

Work shown by local outdoor photographer

The Agoura Hills Cultural Arts Council will present a solo artist show, “Things Seen are Mightier than Things Heard” (from a poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson), by local outdoor photographer Tom Gamache from March 16 through 28. The opening reception with Gamache will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Fri., March 16 at the Agoura Hills Recreation and Event Center, […]

Jay Leno back and brings jokes to town

Jay Leno, who spent 22 years as host of NBC’s “The Tonight Show,” is glad he walked away from the late-night race in 2014. He now prefers the slower lane of cable, where he gets to indulge his passion for classic cars and motorcycles as host of “Jay Leno’s Garage” on CNBC. But he still likes to hit the road […]

Cold winter for playoff teams

Forget about April. February has been the cruelest month. Every local high school team has been eliminated from the CIF-Southern Section winter playoffs. No one will hoist a section championship plaque. Girls’ water polo teams came close to touching hardware, but Oaks Christian and Newbury Park lost in Division 4 semifinals. BOYS’ BASKETBALL Oaks Christian’s boys’ basketball team lost to […]

Has the shine come off real estate?

Not yet, industry experts say

Tomorrow’s shopping centers will look nothing like they used to. With the effect Amazon is having on traditional shopping— and new customer buying habits taking hold—the world of retail has changed forever, real estate experts said during last Friday’s economic forecast breakfast in Westlake Village, sponsored by CB Richard Ellis. The annual CBRE commercial real estate symposium at the Four […]

Robert ‘Rob’ David Ackert

Robert “Rob” David Ackert, 38, passed away on February 11, 2018 in Camarillo, California, after several years of battling mental illness. Rob is survived by his father, David B. Ackert; his mother, Catherine E. Martin (Munzer); his sister, Elaine (Tyson) Salewske; and niece Adalia and nephew Ethan. He graduated from Glenbard East High School in Lombard, Illinois, in 1998, and […]

Reagan Library to honor young filmakers

The Reagan Library’s fifth annual Student Media Film Festival will showcase and recognize original documentary films on the American presidency created by high school students. The fest, which is open to the public, will run from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Thurs., March 8 with red carpet arrivals at 7 p.m. at the library, 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley. Each student […]

Patriots win back-to-back titles

Girls’ soccer squad rules Gold Coast League but falls in CIF playoff opener

The Patriots approached a crossroads. Win or go home, or at least, win and stay relevant. Viewpoint High’s girls’ soccer team had dropped two straight Gold Coast League games in blowout losses to Sierra Canyon (5-0) and Brentwood (3-0). The schedule was about to get tougher: The Patriots, armed with only two seniors in the entire program, were about to […]

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