Westlake seeks sister city

For many who grew up attending Southern California schools, Spanish was the standard foreign language class. But as business, cultural and technological relationships grow, Mandarin Chinese is a now a highly popular option. In the same way that students are seeing a future in learning Mandarin, the City of Westlake Village is exploring the benefits of finding common ground with […]

Oak Park student has a ‘can’-do attitude

Gabriella Senderov, a senior at Oak Park High School, founded the Cans4Food Club at the school two years ago. Much has been accomplished in that time. Like its name entails, the club’s goal is to collect bottles and cans and redeem them for money for donation. At the beginning of her sophomore year, Gabriella wanted to take action, so she […]

For three

Westlake star Sammie Schalk competes in rowing, basketball, softball

On the first day of summer vacation, Sammie Schalk went to work. The incoming Westlake High senior trained Saturday morning in the Channel Islands marina with rowing coach Jake Coert. There was no time to relax in the sun. Schalk, who plays basketball and softball for the Warriors, is determined to earn a college rowing scholarship, and the sweat she […]

On stage at The Canyon

Siteman performs her debut EP

Agoura High School alumna Sami Siteman will perform as the opening act for the Dan Band at 7 p.m. Fri, June 22 at The Canyon club, 28912 Roadside Drive, Agoura Hills. Doors open at 7 p.m. Siteman, 21, is a singer/songwriter who grew up in Agoura Hills. She currently attends UC Berkeley. She released her debut EP, “What I Should […]

Stay in the game despite advancing years

COMMENTARY /// Physical fitness

Time marches on—it’s unavoidable. Should you march along with it or stay relegated to the sidelines? It’s a somewhat rhetorical question since we all know it’s important to remain active as we get older. The amount, type and level of activity are what’s on deck today, and whether striving to match the intensity you reached in your youth is possible […]

Woman charged with murder

From inside a cage for prisoners in Courtroom 14 of the Ventura County Courthouse on June 4, Bryn Spejcher rested her forehead against the bars, waiting to be arraigned for murder. When her name was called following a half-hour wait, Spejcher, dressed in a blue prison jumpsuit with an orange T-shirt, did not enter a plea but rather agreed to […]

Read to win

The Ventura County Library is offering adult patrons a chance to participate in the Adult Summer Reading Contest running through Aug. 4. Participants can submit the title of a book they have read at the Oak Park Library at 899 Kanan Road or online at bit. ly/VCL-ASR. Each entry is a chance to win a prize. Winners will be selected […]

Local football teams will air it out at Conejo Classic

Football season never ends. It merely hibernates in the spring. Several local high school football teams will compete at the Conejo Classic 7-on-7 passing tournament on Sat., June 16 at Newbury Park and Westlake. The tourney starts at 9 a.m. The title game is at 2:20 p.m. In addition to the host schools, Ventura County outfits at Thousand Oaks, Oaks […]

Art is popping up all over town

Pop goes . . . the music. And the stories. And the movies. The City of Thousand Oaks and the Thousand Oaks Alliance are teaming up to present the eight-day Pop-Up Arts and Music Festival over three weekends in June. The festival will feature free “pop-up” public performances and activities at a variety of locations throughout Thousand Oaks. According to […]

Love comes in many sizes, ages

COMMENTARY /// Pets and their peeps

This is a love story. It’s true and heartwarming, and even has some twists and turns you might not expect. It began when Lori Paszek of Moorpark fell in love with an adorable, sweet Shih Tzu named Mushu, aka “Alabama Princess.” Mushu’s human needed someone to care for the beloved dog for two months. The task fell to the woman’s […]

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