WAGS win Western National Championship

The Westlake-Agoura Girls softball teams have a long history of big victories and stellar accomplishments, but rarely do the girls win a USA Softball Western National Championship. Last Sunday, the WAGS U-10 Gold team won the coveted title and reached the end of the rainbow with a 7-0 victory over Placentia-Yorba Linda. The action took place all last week in […]

Bill mandates earthquake prep

Paying attention in Calabasas

All parts of the country face natural disasters of one kind or another. Most—hurricanes, blizzards and tornados—come with some advance notice, even if it’s brief. But an earthquake strikes without warning and can range from being a mild surprise to a major shakedown that can leave buildings in ruins and families without hope. To help prepare for the next high-magnitude […]

Happiness is family and pool time

The swimming pool is a symbol of a luxurious and sun-soaked Southern California lifestyle, also known for its palm trees and chaise lounges. But more often than not the pool a family-oriented place where parents, kids and friends can meet and interact. Chris and Krista Windisch of Agoura Hills wanted to build a backyard swimming pool for more personal reasons. […]

BHHS agent offers 19 years of residential experience

In top 10 Realtors companywide

Julie Knutson, Camarillo’s No. 1 Realtor at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Realty, has been a residential real estate agent for 19 years. She has a genuine passion for the business and brings a tremendous amount of knowledge and experience in all aspects of the real estate process while providing a personal touch and exceeding clients’ expectations. She has received many […]

Auditions for young actors

Young Artists Ensemble’s Hillcrest Players will hold auditions for “Duckrest: An Ostracized Ostrich’s Tale of Redemption” Sat. and Sun., Aug. 18 and 19 at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive. Appointment times will be available starting at 9:45 a.m. Saturday and 11:15 a.m. Sunday. The script is based on a story by playwright and publisher Victoria […]

New community pump station gets okay

Dispute with local residents comes to an end

The Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District board of directors has given final approval to plans for a new water pumping station on Lindero Canyon Road in Oak Park. The $15-million project developed by the Calleguas Water District calls for construction of a pumping station in the Wistful Vista open field just north of Yerba Buena Elementary School, and the […]

Rockin’ the outdoor Rorschach test

On the Trail

I’m out looking for some peace and quiet along a trail I’ve never traversed before in the Lang Ranch/Woodridge Open Space area in Thousand Oaks. The area is a quirky marriage of well-groomed subdivision and rugged trails. So there’s a bit of high velocity hiking required to out-distance the leaf blower and tree trimmer racket. In a half-mile or so, […]

Back-to-school month a good time to buy

COMMENTARY /// Real estate advice

As we get close to back to school, we generally see a pause in the market, but now may be the best time to buy. And don’t overlook a well-cared-for home that may just need some updating. There is no doubt turnkey homes have been the rage over the past several years as families are busy and prefer to have […]

Yachtley Crew to drop anchor Sunday

There will be smooth sailing this weekend when Yachtley Crew drops anchor for an afternoon of mellow music as part of the Conejo Recreation and Park District’s 2018 Summer Concerts in the Park Series. The free, family-friendly concert is at 5 p.m. Sun., Aug. 12 in the natural amphitheater at Conejo Community Park, 1175 Hendrix Ave., Thousand Oaks. Yachtley Crew, […]

Next stop, a college degree


The proverbial road to college is lined with tollbooths at every turn. Tuition, fees, books and housing make it one expensive ride. A number of recent reports—including one generated by the U.S. Federal Reserve— put the total of college debt in America at more than $1.5 trillion, leaving the average new graduate with over $37,000 in debt. Today, a generation […]