Residence near Westlake Lake has fireplaces, bookshelves

Entertainer’s home features side yard with tropical pool area and waterfalls

An entertainer’s home in Three Springs Estate, this house has five bedrooms plus an office and three baths and sits on a cul-de-sac. The approximate area is 3,311 square feet for the home and 23,985 square feet for the lot. Natural light streams into the living room from many decorative and stained-glass windows, crowned by a half arch-top window. Wood […]

College goes full monty in musical madness

play review /// ‘Spamalot’

When it comes to putting on a Broadway musical, there is nothing like the exuberance of youth, which is why Moorpark College’s production of “Monty Python’s Spamalot,” running through March 24 in the college’s performing arts center, is such a joy to behold. Sometimes, however, the exuberance can get out of hand, as on opening night, when the brilliant Brandon […]

Pipe causes road collapse

A section of Stunt Road about 2 miles south of Mulholland Highway collapsed late in the evening March 9 after a water main broke and weakened the ground beneath it. Mike McNutt, the public affairs and communications manager for Las Virgenes Municipal Water District, which owns the 14-inch steel pipe, said the break was repaired within a few hours and […]

Winning festival poster is ‘a family affair’

Bright colors and whimsical figures are part of the winning poster design for the 36th annual California Strawberry Festival. Artist Aaron Trask of Glendale created his design with his 2-year-old daughter in mind. Trask and his wife grew up in Thousand Oaks. Trask’s winning entry was revealed recently to dignitaries and festival sponsors at Yolanda’s Mexican Café in Oxnard. Each […]

Grants and loan programs for first-time home buyers

commentary /// Financial assistance

Special grants and loans are available for first-time home buyers, particularly teachers. Do you want to buy a home, but do not have enough money for the down payment and closing costs? Numerous programs are offered to help homebuyers come up with the needed funds to take advantage of low interest rates and an improving housing market. Government-backed loans are […]

‘Matilda the Musical’ to make local debut

Five-star theatricals, formerly Cabrillo Music Theatre, will present the Thousand Oaks premiere of Roald Dahl’s “Matilda The Musical” from March 22 through 31 at the Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. A signed performance for the deaf […]

Clean Power presentation

Representatives from Clean Power Alliance will give a community program from 7 to 8 p.m. Mon., March 18 in the Agoura Hills community room, 30001 Ladyface Court. Clean Power Alliance is the new locally operated electricity provider for Los Angeles County residents. The representatives will talk about the new clean energy options, explain how it works, and answer questions from […]

New Orleans-style benefit

A crawfish boil fundraiser will take place from 1 to 6 p.m. Sat., March 16 at the private residence at 848 Calle Compo, Thousand Oaks. The event will feature food, music and drinks. The fundraiser will benefit the Jewel Levine Foundation, which provides support and monetary assistance to local families who are under financial duress caused by life-threatening medical conditions […]

Old Agoura ranch-style home offers rural lifestyle

Old Agoura is Agoura Hills’ only equestrian-zoned neighborhood. Old Agoura is in the award-winning Las Virgenes Unified School District. Residents enjoy a rural lifestyle that includes horses, chickens and other farm animals. No two homes are alike. Old Agoura is open to the amateur vintner, the hobbyist who needs a workshop and the in-laws who required a guest house and […]

Mucho margaritas, mezcal and mondo Mexican menu at Julio’s Agave Grill

RESTAURANT SPOTLIGHT /// Julio’s Agave Grill

After such a short time being open, including having to beat a huge obstacle of the Woolsey fire during its soft opening effort in November, Julio’s Agave Grill in Westlake Village has still managed to gain the popularity of a large part of the community. So much so that reservations are required on Friday and Saturday nights, otherwise there’s no […]