Catch wildflower spectacular before it’s gone

On the Trail

Limited precipitation that arrived late in SoCal’s erratic “rainy season,” combined with May’s persistent periods of dank, raw, gray gloom, has enabled native wildflowers and shrubs in the Santa Monica Mountains to achieve ninth-inning glory. A forecast for temperatures to heat up in June should prompt haste if you wish to catch a spectacle best described as a series of […]

Local moms meet to pray for families, kids, community

Fourth-grade teacher Iris Van Dyke thinks kids today are under more pressure than ever. Van Dyke, who teaches at White Oak Elementary School in Westlake Village, said the prayers of local mothers help to strengthen educators whose hearts are burdened as they walk alongside families hurting in unimaginable ways. She dropped by the annual Moms in Prayer celebration brunch May […]



Editor’s note: Senior Standouts are selected by their respective schools, and profiles are compiled from questionnaires filled out by the students. Photos courtesy of Cornerstone Photography. Khai Berry Khai Berry attended Oaks Christian for four years and is a proud captain of the Oaks swim team. In the days ahead he looks forward to continuing his passion for classical music […]

Agoura Hills fight leads to stabbing

A man was hospitalized after being stabbed outside the 7-Eleven on Thousand Oaks Boulevard in Agoura Hills on May 26 around 5 p.m. Sgt. Matthew Dunn of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Detective’s Bureau said the altercation may have resulted from a roadrage incident. “Two males had some words amongst each other, one guy approached another guy and hit him […]

Pictures worth more than a thousand words

Hot Flashes

Last weekend, I organized digital photos. I’ve been at it for three days and there’s still no daylight. In the process, I’ve learned that if a picture is worth a thousand words, I need to shut up. So yes, over the Memorial Day break, when we honor our fallen warriors, I schlepped through memory lane. And in Shakespeare’s words, my […]

Shabbat services move outdoors

Temple Ner Simcha’s summer series of outdoor family Shabbat services begins Fri., June 1 at Oak Canyon Community Park in Oak Park. Shabbat services will be held on Fridays throughout the summer starting at 7 p.m. at the park. Joining Rabbi Michael Barclay and Cantor Benny Lipson for the summer series will be multiple recording artists who have earned worldwide […]

College-bound grad crafts cool customized kicks

When Westlake High School senior Kylie Wexler got accepted to Indiana University in Bloomington last fall, the fourth generation in her family to do so, she wanted to show her school spirit. Looking for something to do on a lazy afternoon, she used permanent paint markers to decorate a white pair of Vans with IU-inspired images. She gave another decorated […]

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