2018-03-01

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 […]


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