2018-06-07

Have you hugged a tree today?

On the Trail

We’ve all seen those “Best” surveys around town. “Voted best pizza, veterinarian, gym, nail salon” . . . fill in the blank. My quest was to locate the “best tree to hug when you need a friend.” This kooky desire to embrace a tree—whether for comfort or in jubilation—arose some years back during tours of various Northern California parks featuring […]

Pet of the week

DIVA—Sasha is a female calico and gray tabby domestic longhair cat about 5 years old. She is sweet but should be the only pet in the house. If you would like to adopt Sasha ask for ID No. A5182080 at the Agoura Hills Animal Shelter, 29525 Agoura Road. Occasionally pets have already been adopted, so check http:// animalcare.lacounty.gov before visiting […]

Water district contest honors local students

Winner says ‘Save every last drop’

Twelve students were honored as finalists in the 2018 Las Virgenes Municipal Water District annual Water Awareness Student Art Contest at a ceremony during the district’s board of directors meeting May 22. All posters centered on the importance of water in daily life and what the budding artists consider to be “water heroes.” The winning artworks were selected from more […]

Irwin leader in 44th



With a decisive vote Tuesday, locals have narrowed the race for California’s 44th District Assembly to two. Appearing on the November ballot will be incumbent Democrat Jacqui Irwin and Republican attorney Ronda Baldwin-Kennedy. Democrat Robert Zelinsky, a chiropractor from Oak Park, finished a distant third. Irwin, earning 51 percent of the primary vote, is running on her record of addressing […]

In honor of all seniors

INSPIRATION ON THE RUN—Pete Petersons, shown at right with his wife, Joyce, gave a presentation May 31 at the Agoura Hills Recreation Center in honor of May as Older Americans Month. Petersons spoke about growing up in Latvia, an idyllic life until 1940 when the country was invaded by successions of Soviet and Nazi troops. After fleeing to Germany and […]

The unkindest coot of all



It’s probably not fair for humans to critique how wildlife raise their young. It’s not as if we don’t hear harrowing tales of aberrant behavior on the part of human parents. Still, it’s hard to stand mute while a drama unfolds before you, in this case among coots on a lake in rural Agoura. Chicken-shaped, coots are black with white […]

Or Ami graduates stand tall

CHILDREN OF THE COVENANT—Twelfth-graders of Congregation Or Ami in Calabasas celebrate their confirmation, a ceremony affirming their commitment to the Jewish religion. From left are: Canto Doug Cotler, youth program manager Jen Quick, Ethan Cameron, Aviva Hollander, Ethan Epstein, Steven Suffin, Maya Weiss, Jacqueline Osborn, Amanda Front and Rabbi Paul Kipnes.

Gabriel best in 45th



Oak Park native Jesse Gabriel, a Democrat, won the top spot in Tuesday’s runoff election to represent California’s 45th Assembly District. The 36-year-old Gabriel will finish the remainder of former representative Matt Dababneh’s term, which lasts until the end of the year. Gabriel defeated Republican Justin Clark, a 19-year-old resident of Calabasas. The 45th District, which includes Calabasas, Encino and […]

Ahoy all mateys, landlubbers and buccaneers

It’s Pirates Day at Ventura Harbor June 10

A newly designed pop-up experience will take place at the 13th annual Pirates Day event from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sun., June 10 at Ventura Harbor Village, 1583 Spinnaker Drive, off Harbor Boulevard. For one day only, the village will transform into the Streets of Port Royal. Venture along the waterfront to find pirates in sword fights by professional […]

Chabad to celebrate with festive gala

Chabad of the Conejo will present its annual banquet gala at 5 p.m. Sun., June 10 at the Four Seasons Westlake Hotel, Two Dole Drive, Westlake Village. With a theme of “Aspire to Inspire,” the fundraiser will feature entertainment by violinist Asher Laub, singer Itay Benda and comedian Avi Liberman. The event will also honor activists and entrepreneurs David and […]


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