2019-05-23

Teacher bids farewell with musical

play review /// ‘Chicago’


To those who claim that “Chicago,” the 1975 blockbuster Broadway musical about crime in the Windy City during the Roaring ’20s, glorifies gun violence, you’re missing the point. The show, which marked the pinnacle of the careers of composers John Kander and Fred Ebb and choreographer Bob Fosse, is more of a satirical statement about celebrity and the legal profession. […]

Manic farce, many laughs

If you’re hungry for frenetic farce, Conejo Players Theatre is serving up Marc Camoletti and Robin Hawdon’s acclaimed play “Don’t Dress for Dinner” from May 31 through June 22 at 351 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. Performances are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays, with additional shows slated for 8 p.m. Thurs., June 6 and 2 […]

Chili cook-off heats up in Simi Valley

The Knights of Columbus, Simi Valley Council 5803, will present the 32nd annual Chili Cook-Off and Car Show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sun., June 9 on the grounds of St. Rose of Lima School, behind the church, 1305 Royal Ave., Simi Valley. The chili prizes will be $1,000 for first place, $500 for second place and $250 for […]

Rabbi to leave Temple Etz Chaim after 19 years of leadership



On a recent Tuesday afternoon in his Janss Road office, Rabbi Richard Spiegel posed a rhetorical question: “Who is rich?” “The one who is satisfied with what he has,” he answered. By that measure, Spiegel, 68, is a very rich man. This July, the Maryland native will step down from his position as head rabbi after 19 years at Thousand […]

Love is theme of National Day of Prayer



When she was woken by a phone call near midnight last year, Claudia Bill-de la Peña said, she turned on the TV and stood in disbelief as she watched chaotic footage of young people fleeing Borderline Bar and Grill. During her invocation at a May 2 National Day of Prayer breakfast at Cal Lutheran University, the Thousand Oaks City Council […]

Camarillo home has bonus room for crafters, artists or home schooling

This spacious four-bedroom, three-bath home has curb appeal. There is a loft that could easily be converted to a fifth bedroom. The entry leads to a circular staircase. The formal living areas have updated lighting, a fireplace and vaulted ceilings. A spacious kitchen with custom island, walk-in pantry and views of mountains and the rear grounds provides ample room for […]

Guest suite above garage

This house has four bedrooms and 3.5 baths on 4,078 square feet of living space on a lot of over half an acre. The traditional estate in the North Ranch community is surrounded by meadows. The property has been extensively remodeled. The oversize double-door entry leads into a sun-drenched home. French doors and windows with custom shutters line the walls. […]

Scandinavian-inspired house has views of mountains

This one-story, Scandinavian-inspired house has four bedrooms and two baths. The kitchen has brand-new cabinets, counters and appliances. There are freshly refinished maple hardwood floors, remodeled baths, skylights, dual-pane windows and a cool-space garage conversion. Outside are turf and grass, planter beds and fruit trees placed on a private cul-de-sac. The house has mountain views and is a short walk […]

Berkshire Hathaway welcomes veteran agent

Berkshire Hathaway California Realty welcomes back Jan Bigotti to the Westlake Village/North Ranch office. Having recently moved from Century 21 Everest, she rejoins Berkshire Hathaway, where she established herself as an award-winning Realtor. With more than 25 years of experience, Bigotti’s strong work ethic and unparalleled service have earned her rave reviews with clients throughout Ventura County. Her reputation for […]

Estate overlooking Simi Hills has fireplace, media niche in family room

HOA offers pool, hiking trails nearby

This gated White Cloud two-story estate backs to open space with no home behind. The home features designer wall colors, volume ceilings, plantation shutters, and formal living and dining rooms. The family room has a slate fireplace and media niche. The kitchen has slate flooring, a center island, a chair-level breakfast bar and a stainless steel sink with a view. […]