Those who want to make a difference

Volunteers are the unsung heroes of many organizations

In almost every case, those who volunteer express a desire to give what they’re capable of to a cause that is meaningful to them—and to make a difference along the way. The process of connecting a volunteer to the opportunity that fits them best has always been fascinating to me. With scores of possibilities available in every community, how does […]

Wild & weird

CRITTERS IN THE COUNTY—Above, a three-legged coyote runs across a meadow at Paramount Ranch during a short break in the rain that fell on March 22. Left, Calabasas resident Ari Bialo photographed this great egret, seemingly out of its marshy element, on Easter Sunday at the Hilton Garden Inn. The bird is here because there’s something in the neighborhood that […]

Brighter days ahead following installation of school solar panels

Technology helps Oak Park see substantial cost saving

It’s been less than a year since Oak Park Unified School District installed solar panels at all six of its schools, and the investment is starting to pay off, officials say. The district turned on the solar panel system in July 2017 at a cost of nearly $7 million. The project was funded by the voter-approved Measure S bond passed […]

Oaks dorm conversion receives pushback

Oaks Christian’s plan to turn an office building near its Westlake Village campus into a dormitory was well-received by the school, the community and city officials when the move was announced last month, but some of the tenants who will be affected by the dorm conversion aren’t so happy. They say they’ve been kept in the dark about the plans […]

WLV revs up for car show, street fair

Local bands, dancers, martial artists to perform for visitors

The Rotary Club of Westlake Village will host the 24th annual Westlake Village Street Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sun., April 22 on Lakeview Canyon Road, between Agoura and Watergate roads. The family- and dog-friendly community event will have over 100 vendors selling and showing arts and crafts, home décor, jewelry, toys, clothing, housewares and electronics. The festival […]

Pet of the week

SWEET GIRL—Jesabelle is a female tortie domestic shorthair cat about 10 years old. She is sweet and gets along with small children and other cats. If you would like to adopt Jesabelle ask for ID No. A3778324 at the Agoura Hills Animal Shelter, 29525 Agoura Road. Check http://animalcare.lacounty.gov before visiting the shelter.


Schools look distinguished Three Ventura County elementary schools have been named 2018 California Distinguished Schools by the California Department of Education. The schools are Oak Hills Elementary of Oak Park Unified School District, Sycamore Canyon of Conejo Valley Unified School District and Walnut Canyon Arts and Technology Magnet of Moorpark Unified School District. Schools that applied were eligible based on […]

AG blames sanctuary law in flight of sexual-assault suspect

The ongoing debate over immigration reform has thrown the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office—and Senate Bill 54—into the national spotlight. In a speech last month to the California Peace Officers’ Association, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the bill prompted the local sheriff’s department to reject a request by the Immigration Control Enforcement in January to hold an undocumented immigrant who had […]

Early sign-up open for summer camp

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley are gearing up to provide summer adventure for youth ages 5 to 17 during the 2018 summer camp. Camp registration is underway with early bird rates available through April 30. Sessions are offered from June through August at locations throughout the Conejo Valley and Las Virgenes school districts. Campers can choose […]

Magical day at the Cancer Support Community

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