Race recap

On behalf of race directors Danny and Traci Greenberg, and all the vendors and runners, a big thank you to the over 400 volunteers who helped make the 33rd year of Dole Great Race of Agoura Hills even possible and this year so memorable. Their friendliness, spirit and hard work were appreciated by the runners as they passed by or […]

Celebrating Persian New Year

A JOYFUL TIME—Above, belly dancer Corina Harmon, left, and Mojgan Tamaddon dance during the Persian celebration of Norooz for the coming of spring March 17 at Darband Restaurant in Thousand Oaks. Left, Westlake Village resident Manijeh Fatollahi passes a traditional Iranian cucumber and tomato salad called shirazi. The event, hosted by the Westlake Village Iranian Organization, included dinner, entertainment and […]

Winningest coach in Ventura County history lands at Simi Valley

FOOTBALL /// The Jim Benkert saga

Arguably the most well-known high school coach in the Conejo Valley walked into the Simi Valley High front office unrecognized. The name Jim Benkert didn’t ring a bell with the woman at the front desk. Michael Maxson, a student assistant, said he had no clue the man in the tan jacket, who has led his football teams to 257 victories […]


Terrifying event

On Sat., March 17, my children and I spent some quality time at The Oaks mall. Outside, shoppers were sitting, comfortably absorbed in their cellphones, munching on Wetzel’s Pretzels, and many proudly wearing green, sharing in the St. Patrick’s Day tradition. People were very relaxed, enjoying the comfort of total safety and serenity on a Saturday afternoon. Thousand Oaks is […]

Got the blues?

San Diego blues singer Earl Thomas and Memphis harmonica player John Németh will headline the 13th annual Ventura County Blues Festival on Sat., April 28 at Studio Channel Islands, 2222 E. Ventura Blvd., Camarillo. Also on the bill will be Topanga blues queen Deb Ryder, soul ensemble the Alan Wright Band and singer Sandy Scott and her Blues to the […]

‘Hunchback’ proves a ringing success for Calabasas High

PLAY REVIEW ‘Hunchback of Notre Dame’

The theater arts department at Calabasas High School, which never fails to impress, has done it again. Under the direction of Bill Garrett, the students have put together a bold, professional quality production of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” which played March 20 through 24 at the school’s performing arts education center. The musical got its start in Berlin in […]

2018-03-29 E-Edition

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Define ‘well-armed militia’

While Mr. Backlund is correct in his letter last week that the AR- 15 is a semiautomatic rifle, meaning it only fires when the trigger is pulled and not in a continuous stream, he is disingenuous in not admitting that there are no shortage of devices on the market, both legal and illegal—triggers, bump stocks and auto-sears—that can easily make […]

Weather’s nice, might as well go biking

The unusually warm winter weather isn’t just for water babies. It beckons everyone to get out of the house and exercise outside. Bike riding is a great way to enjoy the outdoors. Simi Valley’s abundant selection of cycling lanes, bike paths and off about road trails make an afternoon of pedaling as good for your soul as it is for […]