Dad has a knack of ruining everything for his son

Family Man

Throughout history, up on the big screen, in books, on TV and all over real life, teenagers have accused their parents of “ruining everything.” I’m the first parent to agree. As a toddler, my boy was brave and open to all. I’ve been gradually destroying that. “Careful,” I told him a few weeks into kindergarten. “Don’t run wearing that heavy […]


THURS., AUG. 9 Simi Valley Community Council 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Best Western Posada Royale Hotel, 1775 Madera Road, Simi Valley. Speaker from Charles J. Evered House, division of Hi-Desert Cultural Center. Lunch: $18 cash or check. Open to community. Web: svcommunitycouncil.org. FRI., AUG. 10 Newcomers/Encore Club 9:45 a.m. outside food court, The Oaks mall, 350 W. Hillcrest […]

Extra board seat open at Triunfo

The Triunfo Sanitation Board has three seats up for election this November, but with the retirement of board Chairman Mike Paule, an additional seat is available. Paule, a Triunfo board member since 2008, retired and moved to Texas. His seat will be filled by appointment after the election. Vice chair Janna Orkney is the longest serving member of the sanitation […]

Crossing needed

Far from lying as he was accused of doing in Paul Scrivano’s letter last week, Jeff Sikich, a biologist with the National Park Service, is telling the sad truth: This area can only sustain 12 to 15 lions, therefore there’s a critical need for a wildlife crossing that will allow them to disperse. As to the deer population being a […]

YMCA soccer sign-ups

The Triunfo YMCA will hold a fall soccer league for boys and girls in pre-K through second grade beginning Sun., Sept. 16. Sign-up days are from 9 a.m. to noon Sat., Sept. 8 at Westlake Community Park basketball courts, 31107 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Westlake Village, and from 4 to 6 p.m. Wed., Sept. 12 at Sumac Park, 6000 Calmfield Ave, […]

Musical classic ages well at 75

PLAY REVIEW /// ‘Oklahoma!’

It’s been 75 years since “Oklahoma!” exploded onto Broadway and changed musical theater forever. In addition to being the first Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, “Oklahoma!” changed the genre’s very nature and structure by integrating song and dance into the storyline. The singular importance of this classic calls for candid examination each time it is staged, because there are carefully reasoned […]

New bridge for Old Agoura

A new bridge over Chesebro Creek in Old Agoura opened Monday amid an eager gathering of equestrians, residents and officials from the City of Agoura Hills. The bridge allows horseback riders and pedestrians to safely cross the dry creek and enter Old Agoura Park. After several horseback riders tested the bridge’s footing, members of the City Council christened the structure […]

It could happen

Perennial puma opponent Paul Scrivano neglected to mention the other recent episodes of cougar crime. With their “razor-sharp claws,” I’m pretty sure they were responsible for the burglary of the community center and the theft of a backpack from the Residence Inn (Thank you, Sheriff’s Blotter). With Scrivano’s frequent and vicarious prose warning us of the dangers of the mountain […]

Upgraded Westlake home on private end of cul-de-sac lot

This upgraded Westlake home has four bedrooms and three baths and is approximately 2,500 square feet. The living room includes a fireplace, plantation shutters and vaulted ceiling. The formal dining room opens to the backyard and pool. The sunny kitchen has upgraded appliances, cabinets, tile floor and a family eating area. The family room with a fireplace adjoins the kitchen […]

Make your voice heard

The Village Voices Chorale will hold open auditions beginning Sun., Aug. 12 for its 50th concert season. The group is open to men and women singers from Ventura and Los Angeles counties. Choral singing experience and good sight-reading skills are a plus. The group rehearses Tuesday evenings in Westlake Village. The 70-voice chorale is directed by Gloria Hilliard and accompanied […]

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