Remembering the 17

Local students join national walkout for school safety

The rising tide of school activism has reached the shores of the Conejo Valley. One month after the Feb. 14 school shooting that killed 17 people in Parkland, Fla., students staged a nationwide campus walkout on Wednesday to voice their support for greater school safety measures and tighter gun laws, and kids at Calabasas, Agoura, Oak Park and Westlake high […]

Strange plant is like a bad hair day

On the Trail

When I’m experiencing a seriously bad hair day, that’s when it appears that a plant known as Euphorbia tirucalli, commonly called “pencil bush,” has sprouted atop my head. This plant, which can range from a potted houseplant on a windowsill to a 30-foot-tall landscape tree capable of producing shade, is indisputably one weird-looking character. Think of a porcupine—with blunted, harmless […]


THURS., MARCH 15 Pleasant Valley Garden Club 10:15 to 11:30 at Seventh-day Adventist Church, 3975 Las Posas Road, Camarillo. Snacks at 10:15 a.m. Program at 10:30 a.m. Laura Maher, installer of Greywater Action, presents “How to save seeds from your garden.”Harvesting, storing and germinating seeds. Contact: Teri McDaniel. Phone: 805. 482.6933. Channel Islands Gulls 11 a.m. at Pacific Corinthian Yacht […]

Purim, Conejo Valley-style

A celebration
of costumes and games

Four factors that are affecting today’s real estate market

COMMENTARY /// What’s happening in California

Recently Leslie Appleton- Young, chief economist for the California Association of Realtors, spoke about four current factors in the California real estate environment that are worthy of sharing, particularly for those who are thinking of buying or selling a home in 2018. Interest rates are higher than this same time last year and most economists believe they will see interest […]

Campaigning early and hard in the 26th

The two Republican candidates for California’s 26th Congressional District seat have declared war on each other. With less than three months until the June primary, actor Antonio Sabato Jr. is embroiled in a fight with retired CPA Jeffrey Burum, each aiming to convince voters that the other is unfit for office. The two first-time politicians are trading barbs and accusations […]

Old-time crooners made fans swooners

Allison McCracken, author of the award-winning book “Real Men Don’t Sing: Crooning in American Culture,” will discuss the rise and decline of star crooners at 7 p.m. Thurs., April 5 in the community room of the Grant Brimall Library, 1401 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. Crooning was a style of vocalizing that became popular in the mid-to-late 1920s with the […]

Calabasas High tries on ‘Hunchback’

A REAL BELL RINGER— Above, a dance number from the Calabasas High School production of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame Santa” at the school ’s Per forming Ar ts Education Center. Show times are 7 p.m. March 20 to 23 and 1 and 7 p.m. Sat., March 24. At right, Esmeralda (Sami Staitman) speaks with Quasimodo (Blake Ferris) in the […]

Churches prepare for Easter through season of Lent

In the 40 days leading up to Easter, many Christians dedicate themselves to prayer and spiritual discipline in anticipation of celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Lent represents Christ’s journey through the wilderness, and some believers mark the season by abstaining from guilty pleasures like coffee, chocolate or meat during this time of reflection and penance. But David Anderson, the […]

Dilbeck agent receives Realtor Emeritus Award

Branch manager Chuck Lech recently congratulated Millie Gordon, broker associate with Dilbeck Estates in Westlake Village, for receiving the Realtor Emeritus Award from the National Association of Realtors. The award was presented at an annual event honoring local real estate industry leaders by Debbie Hake, outgoing president of the Conejo, Simi, Moorpark Association of Realtors. The award was in recognition […]

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