Chili and cars, a perfect weekend

Are your taste buds ready? The 43rd annual Thousand Oaks Chili Cook-Off and Craft Brew Festival will be from noon to 5 p.m. Sun., May 5 at Conejo Creek Park North, 1379 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. VIP ticket entry is 11 a.m. The all-day, family-friendly event will feature over 40 chili tasting booths. Free unlimited chili tasting is included […]

Program on ocean pollution

Las Virgenes Unified School District will present a free screening of the documentary “A Plastic Ocean” at 6 p.m. Wed., April 24 at Agoura High School, 28545 Driver Ave. The film poses that in the near future there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. The documentary discusses where the plastic waste goes and what can be done […]

Shapiro named SCAG rep

Calabasas Mayor David Shapiro has been elected as the Southern California Association of Governments, Regional Council District 44 representative. SCAG is the nation’s largest metropolitan planning organization, representing six counties, 191 cities and more than 19 million residents. SCAG undertakes a variety of planning and policy initiatives to encourage a more sustainable Southern California. “I am honored to have been […]


Westlake library program on stopping bullying A program on Bullying Prevention for kids ages 5 to 17 and their caregivers will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. Sat., April 20 at Westlake Village Library, 31220 Oak Crest Drive. Attendees can learn about bullying and the tools to prevent it. The workshop will be presented by GET SAFE, an organization […]

Take a chance on a zesty show

play review /// ‘Mama Mia!’

The modern era of the jukebox musical began with “Mamma Mia!” This insufferably effervescent show, built around the greatest hits of Swedish pop group ABBA, debuted in London in 1999 and made its way to Broadway two years later where it lasted for over 5,000 performances before finally closing in 2015. Since then, it has become a permanent part of […]

High School Highlights

Agoura Chargers Fri., April 19: Last day of spring break Mon., April 22: Late start Thurs., April 25: “Why go out of state?” College info fair/6:45 p.m. Calabasas Coyotes Fri., April 19: Last day of spring break Oak Park Eagles Tues., April 23: Classes resumes after spring break. School site council/3:30 p.m. Board of education/6 p.m. Thurs., April 25: Student […]

City of Agoura Hills at crossroads with multiple projects pending

In 10 years the heart of the city will be Agoura Village, but how the buildings will position remains unclear

Commercial real estate construction goes in spurts, and when the economy improves the floodgates often open. In Agoura Hills, almost half-a-dozen new retail and residential building projects are in various stages of planning. Cornerstone, The Ave, West Village, AN Investments and Utopia Hills are the first constituents poised to give life to Agoura Village, a 98-acre stretch of prime real […]

How one city weathered Woolsey’s cost

Reports show the Woolsey fire caused an estimated $6 billion in damage to the region. Local cities will be on the hook for damage to parks and other public property unless they can obtain FEMA insurance reimbursement, just like the owners of private property. Even though Westlake Village was mostly spared by the flames in last November’s huge blaze, the […]

An Iris by any other name . . .

On the Trail

Do girl babies given names like Fern, Poppy, Jasmine, Rose and Iris develop a particular leaning toward those plants as they grow up? You have to wonder if there are surveys and statistics tracking such phenomena. Did my elementary school friend Rose Fiorucci become a rosarian or even an annual participant in Rose Parade festivities? Nope, she shied away from […]

Witch hunts continue to incite citizens

play review /// ‘The Crucible’

Cries of “witch hunt!” have been in the news for the past couple of years, but many people probably don’t know the origins of the accusation. If you think it comes from “The Wizard of Oz” or “Wicked,” you’re way off base. Witch- phobia dates back to at least the Middle Ages. In 16th- and 17th-century Europe, thousands of suspected […]

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