Wildfire prevention forum stokes new ideas

Fires don’t just burn buildings— they destroy Mother Nature herself. The Calabasas Environmental Commission hosted a forum on Feb. 21 to inform residents about the environmental impact of the Woolsey fire and to discuss ways they can protect their homes. The biggest lesson of the evening: It’s not a matter of if a fire will start, but when. Katy Delaney, […]

Motown lyricist to speak at writers’ club

The San Fernando Valley branch of the California Writers Club meeting will take place at 1 p.m. Sat., March 2 in the Saban Community Room on the Motion Picture and TV Fund campus, 23388 Mulholland Drive, Woodland Hills. Award-winning former Motown lyricist K.A. Parker will present “What it Takes to be a Great Lyricist.” Parker has written songs for Juice […]

Out of the Darkness walk

Event promotes suicide prevention

The annual American Foundation for the Prevention of Suicide Out of the Darkness Campus Walk will take place on Sat., March 9 at Kingsmen Park on the Cal Lutheran University campus, 60 West Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360 Registration begins at 8 a.m. The walk will take place 9 to 11 a.m., rain or shine. Guest speakers include Assemblymember […]

Coldwater Banker WLV agent honored for 20 years of service

Donna Benevento of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Westlake Village was recognized for her 20 years of service by the Conejo Simi Moorpark Association of Realtors at the recent installation and awards luncheon at the Westlake Village Inn. “Donna is passionate in serving her clients’ real estate needs. Tenacious when it comes to details, she is devoted to offering an […]

In the fire zone, trees can cut both ways

Last week on this page we discussed the challenges facing the state’s power companies following a two-year stretch that saw some of the worst fires California has ever experienced. Unfortunately, much of the upgraded equipment and other changes put into place by Southern California Edison came after the fires, not before. Today, both SCE in Southern California and Pacific Gas […]

Clean comedy good for family crowds

Raunchy shows can limit audiences

Stand-up shows have long been advertised with an unofficial warning: “Watch and listen at your own risk.” Many comedians work “blue,” a term used for risqué sets, to get quick, cheap laughs from audiences. The choice, however, has its limitations. Some of the biggest names in comedy, such as Jim Gaffigan and Jerry Seinfeld, work clean. As these comedians consciously […]

Disaster drill keeps medics alert

Five-year-old Johnny showed up at Simi Valley Adventist with chills, a fever, and muscle aches and pains. His worried parents looked on as nurses assessed the child, trying to figure out what might be ailing him. While treating the little boy, another patient checked in with similar symptoms, this time an elderly man who fell while trying to help his […]

Valley View Estates home backs to open space

Large backyard has built-in barbecue, fruit frees and grassy area

This Valley View Estates home is at the end of a long, private driveway on a large lot that backs to open space with views. This is the largest model with four bedrooms—one bedroom and bath are downstairs—and three baths, plus a bonus room with fireplace and wet bar. The living room has high-volume ceilings, lots of windows to let […]


Uplifting time during downtown vacation

Flying Squirrel

What’s the tallest outdoor structure you’ve ever visited, from which you’ve been able to enjoy a glass of wine and a fantastic sunset? And yes, I did say outdoors. Until this past weekend, I wouldn’t have had a quick answer to that question. Now I do. After visiting the Los Angeles Travel and Adventure show on Saturday, I walked up […]

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