How we should measure success

Our president is unique in many ways, most of which are unflattering. However, he has one very frightening similarity with many of the other world leaders: a hyper-emphasis on besting his counterparts. This trait has created a global culture where success is measured not by whether we are being the best humans we can be, but rather whether we are […]

Things are ‘looking up’ with Mother Nature

On the Trail

My car has an odometer and a speedometer; I have a “marvelometer.” This device records wonder-inducing sightings and happenings in the natural world. My “marvelometer” went on the fritz temporarily, rendering my surroundings sterile and stagnant. There was only one way to reverse my perception of “blah” and that was to ask myself, “What would Dory do?” Dory is the […]

Holocaust play in Agoura Hills

For the second year, Lit Live Theater Company will stage the drama “The Diary of Anne Frank” for eighth-grade students Tues. and Wed., April 17 and 18 at Valley View Middle School in Simi Valley. The script is based on the true story of Anne Frank and her family during the Nazi occupation of Austria in World War II. The […]

Pet of the week

SMART BOY—Tyler is an male brown smooth coated collie mix about 12 years old. He is a smart boy that walks well on a leash. He gets along well with big and small dogs. If you would like to adopt Tyler ask for ID No. A3503066 at the Agoura Hills Animal Shelter, 29525 Agoura Road. Occasionally pets have already been […]

Local artist gives viewers ‘pop of spring’

When most 6-year-olds were scribbling in their coloring books, Steve Stein was displaying his paintings at the Chicago Art Institute. That was back in 1941, and Stein, now a Westlake Village resident, is still going strong as an artist. He’s showing off his latest creations in a pop-up show called “Pop of Spring” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sun. […]


Free cooking class The Las Flores Community Garden will host a cooking class with April Tucker at 9 a.m. Sun., April 8 at its pergola at 1300 E. Avenida de Las Flores, Thousand Oaks. Tucker will share new recipes using foods from spring crops and gardens. Let the 2018 games begin Conejo Valley Guild of the UCLA Jonsson Cancer Center […]

Conejo Players take on a challenging show

play review /// ‘Candide’

“Candide,” described as a “musical operetta,” has had a long and checkered history since its first Broadway production, which survived only 73 performances in 1956. The musical adaptation of Voltaire’s novella was designed to modernize the author’s satire of the Catholic Church’s religious purges during the Inquisition by taking on the anti-communist hysteria and mindless optimism of the Eisenhower era […]

Super Charger

Ellie Shorten shatters school record from 1980

An Agoura High girls’ swim record stood for nearly 40 years. It didn’t have a chance to stand once 15-year-old freshman Ellie Shorten arrived on campus. Two months into her prep career, Shorten swam the 200-yard freestyle race in 1 minute, 53.20 seconds at the Ventura County Swimming Championships on March 22 at Buena to break the school record of […]

Locals named the best administrators in region

McGugan and Roberts hail from OPUSD

Two employees of Oak Park Unified School District received Administrator of the Year honors from the Association of California School Administrators Region 13, which serves Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties. Stewart McGugan, principal of Oak View High School and Oak Park Independent School, was named the Continuation/Education Options Administrator of the Year. Susan Roberts, director of pupil […]

Hike passes Two Ponds

In landlocked Conejo Valley, it’s easy to forget the Pacific Ocean lies just on the other side of the Santa Monica Mountains. The Vista del Mar Trail in Dos Vientos is the perfect reminder that the coastline is just a mountain range away. Starting at the trailhead on Rancho Dos Vientos across from Via El Cerro, follow the path for […]

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