Author-sleuth Michael Connelly comes to town

Talk on Nov. 29 at Agoura High

Bestselling crime fiction author Michael Connelly will include an appearance in Agoura Hills on the book tour of his new release, “Dark Sacred Night.” A reception, including refreshments, will take place at 5:30 p.m. Thurs., Nov. 29, followed by Connelly’s talk at 6 p.m. at the Agoura High School performing arts education center, 28545 Driver Ave. Connelly will discuss his […]


THURS., NOV. 22 Turkey Day Dash 6:30 a.m. registration opens at Cal Lutheran University, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. Costume contest at 7:15 a.m. 1K family fun run/ walk starts 7:30 a.m. 5K run/walk at 8 a.m. No pets. Jogging strollers OK. Proceeds benefit Conejo Valley YMCA programs. Race-day registration: $60 individuals and $125 family of up to five […]

Thankful, indeed

Thank you to our wonderful first responders for protecting us and our property during the recent Woolsey fire. Thank you to the City of Agoura Hills for keeping its residents informed. We signed up for Agoura Hills City alerts, “e-notify,” and they were invaluable, from keeping us informed about voluntary evacuations, then the telephone call when it was time for […]

At the library

The Calabasas Library will offer the following free programs in December at 200 Civic Center Way. For more information, call (818) 225-7616 or go online to cityofcalabasas.com/library. The library will be closed Sat. through Tues., Dec. 22 to 25 for the Christmas holiday as well as Mon. and Tues., Dec. 31 and Jan. 1 for New Year’s Eve and Day. […]

Fractured fairy tale is enchanting

PLAY REVIEW /// ‘Once Upon a Mattress’

“Once Upon a Mattress,” the fractured version of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Princess and the Pea,” has been an enduring favorite on the community theater scene since it made its debut nearly 60 years ago. Young Artists Ensemble’s recent run of the show, Nov. 2 to 18 at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts in Thousand Oaks, was interrupted by […]

Firefighters, yes!

I just wanted to say a great big thank you to all the fire fighters, auxiliary personnel and sheriff’s personnel for their hard work during our fire locally. My neighbor’s house burned down on Adamor. I have some damage, but, we are alive— cranky, but alive. That is the most important. Everyone did an exceptional job in preventing things from […]

Like a phoenix rising from the ashes

Hot Flashes

Just weeks before election day, that loveliest time of the year when Americans fling verbal grenades at lightning speed, Mr. Fixit and I escaped the crossfire for a long-awaited trip to Paris. We hauled our sorry old behinds, well-aged like USDA prime, across the pond as fast as our anti-inflammatories would carry us. Days before our departure, we realized a […]

Officials see spike in smoke-related illness

Not only have the Woolsey and Hill fires carved a destructive path through more than 100,000 acres of Ventura and Los Angeles counties, they’re creating continuing respiratory risks for everyone—especially kids, the elderly and people with pre-existing lung problems, officials said. On Tuesday, air quality in Ventura County areas impacted by the fires was deemed “unhealthy” by the Ventura County […]

Fire prevention?

It is a shame that billions of dollars are spent on missiles, other fancy technologies and driverless cars while nothing is spent to develop simple fire detection-, extinguishing- and prevention systems. By employing fire retardation chemicals, pressure flow, satellite detection, drones and many more ideas that existed since caveman times, we could prevent billions of dollars lost such as what […]

Leibovitz paints picture about her career with celebrities

Celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz wowed the crowd at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza on Nov. 6 with tales of life on the edge in the early 1970s when she worked as a lead photographer at Rolling Stone, one of the leading counterculture magazines of its time. Leibovitz, a guest of the Distinguished Speaker Series, shared insights into the photographs […]