More of Backbone Trail now open to hikers

Another portion of the Backbone Trail managed by the National Park Service in Malibu reopened March 1, along with the popular Grotto Trail in the Circle X area. The majority of the 67-mile Backbone Trail is now open, with the exception of a 4-mile stretch from Yerba Buena Road to the Mishe Mokwa Trailhead and a 6-mile section from the […]

Lenore Goodman

With profound sadness we announce the passing of Lenore Goodman (née Green), our loving mother and friend to all whose lives she touched, Dec. 22, 2018. She left us while sleeping peacefully at her residence in Westlake Village, California. She was 80 years old. Born in Los Angeles on April 13, 1938, she was a devoted mother, an active member […]


THURS., MARCH 7 Conejo Valley Woodworkers Assoc. 7 p.m. in cafeteria building, Redwood Middle School, 233 W. Gainsborough Road, Thousand Oaks. Informative project demo and tool raffle. For all skill levels. No charge. Phone: 805.229.1559. Email: president@cvwa.org. Web: cvwa.org. Business/Professional Women Of Conejo Valley 7 p.m. at Brent’s Deli, 2799 Townsgate Road, Westlake. Lydia Steadman gives a travelogue on Papua […]

Trailfest event provides equine therapy via horseback helpers

Riding skills for adults, kids with disabilities

Chloe could not contain her excitement when she learned she’d be riding Rio, a brown horse with kind eyes, through the lush hills at the Meadows of Moorpark. “I’m so looking forward to it because it’s my first time riding Rio,” the 12-year-old said as she petted the horse’s mane. Chloe, whose last name was withheld for privacy reasons, was […]

New legislation tackles sensitive issue

The National Suicide Prevention Hotline will receive a much needed boost if a new bill introduced by local Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin passes through the California Legislature. Assembly Bill 645 requires that information about the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline be posted at gun shops, on gun packaging and on the state’s firearm safety certification exam. “There has been a startling increase […]

Sports, entertainment promoter dies at 87

Sports and entertainment promoter Sheldon “Shelly” Saltman of Westlake Village died Feb. 16 at the age of 87. Born Aug. 17, 1931, in Boston, Saltman is known for promoting the Muhammad Ali/Joe Frazier boxing matches and the battle of the sexes tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs. He began his career as an announcer then became a […]

Conejo Players’ musical is a cut above

play review /// ‘Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street’

Anytime a theater company decides to take on a show written by Stephen Sondheim, its creative team takes a collective breath. Sondheim shows always present unique challenges to casts due to their musical complexity, often employing difficult time signatures, range-taxing vocals and tongue-twisting lyrics. Celeste Russi has always wanted to direct a Sondheim musical, and she got her chance when […]

Trancas, Vintage celebrate Malibu roots

Malibu’s Trancas Country Market will celebrate its five-year anniversary on Sat., March 9 with a day of food and entertainment. Leading the celebrations will be host Ted Silverberg. Several Malibu bands will provide entertainment, including Spo Bro, the Malibu High School seniors who made an appearance on “American Idol” last year; Lenny Goldsmith and the New Old; and Riptide, a […]


Bucket list includes low water bill when it rains

Hot Flashes

“Can you throw in some big chunks of beef?” Peering over my shoulder as I’m stirring aromatic stuff in a massive soup pot, Mr. Fixit expressed his concern. “Big chunks?” I ask. “What am I, feeding lions at the zoo?” In truth, it’s just a cow-starved husband who could give a rat’s patootie about whole grains or antioxidants. The only […]