July 26, 2012 RSS feed / Front Page

Council agrees to pay to keep East County Courthouse in session

Despite making recent cuts to its own services, the City of Thousand Oaks will contribute $65,000 to keep the East County Courthouse in Simi Valley open part-time.  More...

Health & Wellness

CLU will host Alzheimer’s walk

Walk to End Alzheimer’s is a nationwide event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.  The walk takes place annually in more than 600 communities throughout the U.S., including California Lutheran Uni More...

Organ recipient competes to raise awareness

Eight years after undergoing a lifesaving organ transplant, John Petrick still has a hard time grasping the concept of having another human’s kidney.  “It’s freaky to sit down and think about the fact that there’s someone More...

Film discusses final wishes

A free screening of the documentary film “Consider the Conversation” will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. Tues., Aug. 7 at the Goebel Senior Center, 1385 E. More...

Calendar

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THURS., JULY 26  Ride2Recovery Fundraiser  6:30 to 8 p.m. at Dan Zek Insurance Services, 2720 Cochran St., Simi Valley. DJ music, wine tasting, silent auction, raffle. $15 donation includes wine, snacks andfive raffle tickets. More...

Schools

Fight and flight: Playing war in the skies with a true ace

A DASH OF YOUTH

I was performing my usual preflight routine of folding the lower half of my toothpick body into the seat pocket in front of me when a boy appeared in the aisle, staring. More...

Robotics camp offered in Agoura Hills

Robotics & Things of Simi Valley has space available at the ninth annual summer hands-on Robotics Camp/Workshop for the two sessions that meet the weeks of Aug. 6 and 13 at Sumac Elementary School, 6050 N. Calmfield Ave., Agoura Hills. More...

Hundreds of local students earn degrees from CLU

Residents received degrees from California Lutheran University in May.  Thousand Oaks, Master of Arts: Jason McMaster (educational leadership).  More...

Pets

Pet of the week

EASYGOING—Jezebel is a 12-year-old domestic shorthair cat. She is mellow, will talk to you and loves having her chin scratched. If you would like to adopt Jezebel, ask for ID No. More...

Police

Teenagers linked to several home burglaries

Police say two were caught in the act

Police say they’ve connected two Thousand Oaks residents to four burglaries that occurred in the area in recent months.  Dillon Tunney, 19, and Leodis Wiley, 18, were arrested July 21 by Thousand Oaks police on suspicion of felony burglary More...

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park   July 10  A man, 55, was arrested for driving a motorcycle while under the influence of alcohol at W. Hillcrest and Lawrence drives.  July 11  More...

Faith

The ride of your life doesn’t start somewhere down the road

“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, ‘Wow! More...

Church seminar explores retirement

Monte Vista Presbyterian Church will host the third seminar in its ongoing series Aging in America, “How to Afford Retirement,” on Sat., Aug. 5 at 3797 W. Lynn Road, Newbury Park.  Doors will open at 8:30 a.m. More...

Clean jokes, good fun

MAKE ’EM LAUGH—Damian Gravino, above, listens as wife, Kathi, sings a song about dumpster diving during Clean Up Comedy, a family-friendly improv comedy show at Newbury Park First Christi More...

Letters

Writer offended by dirty cars

America, California or, better yet, the Thousand Oaks area, what is wrong with all of you? Wash your car.  It has not rained here forever and there are not many dirt roads to travel on. More...

Let voters decide on new school

We have a problem in the Conejo Valley Unified School District. If Gov. More...

No vacation for landscaping

I would like to know why, when school breaks for summer vacation, the landscaping breaks for summer vacation also.  I live across from Lang Ranch Elementary School, and it is a real eyesore. More...

Off and running

7 have filed paperwork to seek City Council office; deadline is Aug. 10

The early roster of candidates competing for two open seats on the Thousand Oaks City Council is filled with names familiar to local voters. More...

Grant will help make stroll to school safer

T.O. gets $330,000 to add sidewalk, caution signs near Conejo Elementary

A plan to improve the safety of students walking to and from Conejo Elementary School will be completed sometime in the next two years with the help of a Caltrans grant of $332,000, officials said this week. More...

Community

Camarillo company takes charge of VISTA bus system

Roadrunner wins $5.2-million contract; pledges to keep routes the same

The Ventura County Transportation Commission unanimously voted this month to hire Roadrunner Shuttle and Limousine Service to run its VISTA bus system,which serves about 1,500 riders a day throughout Ventura County.  The vote was made during the More...

26th District donations reach $2.3 million

Brownley versus Strickland

In one of the most expensive current races for a seat on the House of Representatives, the campaign war chests in Ventura County’s 26th U.S. More...

TOPD outreach coming to Dos Vientos

In an effort to become more accessible to residents served by the Thousand Oaks Police Department, Police Chief Randy Pentis has initiated a new Community Outreach Program.  The program will take place monthly to bring the police department dire More...

On the Town

CRPD to screen classic western at McCrea Ranch

Movie stars Joel McCrea

Conejo Recreation and Park District will present McCrea Ranch Movie Night from 8 to 10 p.m. Fri., Aug. More...

Big bands to perform at Gardens

The Gardens of the World will present its 10th annual Summer Jazz Concert Series from 5 to 6:30 p.m. every Sunday in August at 2001 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., across from the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza.  More...

Sing along with ‘The Mikado’

The Ventura County Gilbert and Sullivan Repertoire Co. will hold its inaugural Mikado Singalong from 2 to 4 p.m. Sun., July 29 at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. More...

Sports

New summer club gets on track

Elite Performance Track team trains athletes seeking edge

Blake Zundel is a natural on the track.  The 8-year-old Westlake boy is already breaking records, but even natural talent needs help.  That’s where Jenny Kenyon and Maurice Greene come in. More...

Performance ice skating team dazzles

The Pacific Edge Theater on Ice Team does it all.  The ice skaters act, dance, skate and put on a dazzling show.  Brianna Weissmann of Simi Valley formed the Pacific Edge program three years ago to introduce girls to theatrical ice skating. More...

Business

Oak Park couple start beefy business

In an effort to take greater control over the quality of their food supply, an Oak Park couple took an unusual step: They bought a farm in Missouri and began to raise their own herd of cattle.  More...

New owner of Palm Garden Hotel hopes changes will bear fruit

A $1.5-million renovation underway at the Palm Garden Hotel in Newbury Park will turn a struggling business into one of the best hotels in town, according to the new owner.  Harry Selvin, a local developer, closed the deal to buy the 40-year hot More...

Resin wicker outdoor furniture growing in popularity

Serious outdoor living and barbecuing began in 1947, and the materials used for stylish outdoor patio furniture continues to evolve.  First there was basic wrought iron, which soon lost appeal because it quickly rusted and was ugly.  Then c More...

Family

Puppeteer pulls kids’ silly strings

MARIONETTE MAGIC—Above, Franklin Haynes introduces the marionette Carmen Miranduck to his audience during a variety puppet show at the Newbury Park Library on July 18. More...

Instructor teaches yoga to preschoolers

Yoga provides children with techniques and strategies that help them look inward to discover their potential power, strength and beauty, says Afi Kobari, a certified instructor who combines yoga with traditional preschool teaching methods.  More...

Local dachshund declared ‘Fastest Weiner in the West’

CHAMPION—Mr. Schnitzel, a dachshund, celebrates hisfirst-place win with his family, Grandma Ana and Luis and Lois Hernandez of Newbury Park. Mr. More...

Editorials

A little fireside chat

As Conejo Valley residents hit the road in July and August for summer vacation, fewer travelers are choosing to stay overnight in America’s national parks.  More...

Political Cartoon

Full Story

Proposed law will help sick seniors

Heatlhcare issues

California faces serious health and budget issues. Access to services, including preventive care, is critical to keeping healthy people well and to keeping those with illnesses from becoming sicker.  More...