Stopping to appreciate the holidays

Commuters through Oak Park are probably familiar with Steve Melago. He’s a crossing guard for Brookside Elementary School at the intersection of Kanan Road and Conifer Street, but drivers probably won’t recognize him unless he’s dressed up as Santa Claus, or wearing rabbit ears. Melago, a resident of Oak Park, has endeared himself to parents and students because of his […]

Wee nest crafter is a creative genius

critter tail

I am holding in the palm of my hand the smallest work of exquisite, exotic art that I’ve ever seen. People pass me by, staring curiously. My dog and I are outside the Westlake Village dog park, so some of the other dog owners are giving me an odd look as if to say, “Is that a pile of desiccated […]

Warning: Laughs ahead

Members of the Conejo Improv Players will set their brains on overdrive when they take audience suggestions and spin them into off-the-cuff skits and songs at 7 and 9 p.m. Sat., April 20 at Conejo Players Theatre, 351 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. The 7 p.m. show is rated PG; the 9 p.m. show is rated PG-13. The evening of […]

Girl Scouts earn Silver Awards

GLAMOR GALS—From left, Sarah Ekmekchyan, Sydney Weiss, Makayla MacLean and Mira Evans, all of Girl Scout Troop 2616, receive the Silver Award, the second highest honor in the organization. The girls hosted a nostalgic, Hollywood-themed prom at Meadowbrook Senior Center in Agoura Hills. The Scouts will be honored at a ceremony May 8 for the completion of their work, which […]

Lion lady’s life on film

The Conejo Valley Historical Society will present the movie “Mabel, Mabel, Tiger Trainer” at 1 p.m. Sun., April 28 at the Stagecoach Inn Museum, 51 S. Ventu Park Road, Newbury Park. The film by award-winning documentarian Leslie Zemeckis is about tiger trainer Mabel Stark, who performed at Jungleland from 1938 to 1967. She also worked for circuses including Ringling Brothers. […]

Mary Poppins flies into town on May 3

Young Artists Ensemble will present Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s “Mary Poppins Jr.” from May 3 to 19 at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. The show is directed by Georgeanne Lees with musical direction by Susan Trewory- Culkins. “Mary Poppins Jr.” […]

Calabasas mulls new projects both eastside and westside

Four construction sites in the pipeline

Agoura Hills isn’t the only city that continues to grow. New development in Calabasas is proceeding on a variety of fronts. In addition to the Paxton homes under construction, and the West Village mixed retail and housing development under planning— both on Las Virgenes Road—local residents can expect to see two additional building projects breaking ground within the next year: […]

Botanic hike bursts with blossoms

In the mood for an easy hike with colorful flowers to spare? Check out the nature path at the Conejo Valley Botanic Garden. A ¾-mile nature path wraps around the 33-acre garden, meandering through hillsides lush with California sunflowers, especially this spring. To help on sunny days, a portion of the trail follows along a shaded riparian corridor under a […]

‘They shall beat their swords into plowshares’ and guns into tools

The audience in the chapel at Emmanuel Presbyterian Church on March 26 sat in silence as they listened to a blacksmith in the courtyard pound on a piece of forged metal on top of an anvil. Each strike was to commemorate a life lost in the mass shooting in November at Borderline Bar and Grill. Blacksmith Michael Martin had sawed […]

A big basket for a little boy

EGGSTRAVAGANZA—Westlake Village resident Rocky Stayart and her 5-year-old grandson Kade Hood walk near a large Easter basket during Underwood Family Farm’s Springtime Easter Festival on March 30 in Moorpark. The festival, which runs through April 22, includes a visit with the Easter Bunny, a petting zoo, a haystack, an animal show, arts and crafts, carnival games, face painting, pony rides […]

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