June 25, 2015 RSS feed / Front Page

Dial-A-Ride services expanding

Seniors will be able to travel between East County cities

Starting Aug. 3, a new service will offer seniors van rides between the cities of Thousand Oaks, Moorpark, Simi Valley, unincorporated areas and other places in the East County.  More...

Health & Wellness

Minimally invasive surgery maximizes life of injured woman

Newbury Park resident was injured in fall from horse

Laura Papenfus said some of the regulars at Mission Oaks Cafe often ask her how she is doing and, for the first time in a long time, she can honestly tell them she’s feeling better.  The general manager of the Camarillo restaurant and bar More...

Second greywater workshop scheduled

The Ventura County Building and Safety Division and Calleguas Municipal Water District will host a free workshop to teach homeowners how to use wastewater from clothes washers to irrigate shrubs, flowers and trees in their yards.  More...

On the Town

Some things old, some things new

CAP’s upcoming season features favorites, first-timers

The Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza’s eclectic 2015-16 lineup includes popular singers, a highly anticipated Broadway show, a former “Late Night” host and a musical production of a Disney classic. More...

Shakespeare festival opens Friday with ‘Measure’

Tragicomedy last presented 19 years ago

This summer the Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival at California Lutheran University will present “Measure for Measure” for the first time in 19 years.  Weekend performances will be at 8 p.m. More...

Salt-N-Pepa, Huey Lewis headed to fair

The Ventura County Fair offers musical acts and rodeos free with paid admission to the fair.  The fair opens Wed., Aug. 5 and runs through Sun., Aug. 16.  Musical entertainment, as follows, will be presented Aug. More...

Sports

Thousand Oaks dominates summer stage

Lancers clobber Newbury Park in tournament final

When does football season start?  The answer: before summer even begins.  Local players and teams showed off their skills during the Conejo Classic 7-on-7 football passing tournament on June 20, a day before summer officially kicked off, at More...

Woods can’t drive, but he surfs the salty sea

Thousand Oaks teen, 15, wins big air championship at Huntington Beach

The only rush more enjoyable for a surfer than cruising through the inside of a barrel is flying high above it.  At least that’s true for 15-yearold Sean Woods. More...

Thousand Oaks Flyers zoom to relay victory

NEED FOR SPEED—The Thousand Oaks Flyers youth girls’4x100- meter relay team won the gold medal at the VCYTC/SCYTFC championships by completing the race in 51.25 seconds. More...

Pets

Is area coyote population really getting bolder?

Lack of predators could be factor

A strong coyote presence has returned to my rural Agoura community after a long absence. More...

Pet of the week

SWEET AND QUIET— Ashley is a 3-year-old brown domestic shorthair cat. She is quiet, laid-back and loves to be pet. Ashley came in as a stray in April. More...

Star-studded event benefits Paw Works

Paw Works Inc. will host its inaugural Barks N’ Bubbles Champagne Brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. More...

Family

Thousand Oaks family makes charity a priority

Siblings team up to help victims of Nepal quake

“Who have you helped today?”  This is the question Thousand Oaks resident and Nepal native Deven Pandey asks his kids, 8-year-old Akash and 6-year-old Harmony, every day after school.  “Obviously as a parent we have to tak More...

Kids have a chance to see cave paintings

Summer S.H.A.R.E is a oneday workshop from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on four Wednesdays at the Chumash Indian Museum, an archeological site, at 3290 Lang Ranch Parkway, Thousand Oaks.  Dates are July 1, 14 and 28 and Aug. 11. More...

Harbor celebrates 50 years with the fireworks by the sea

Channel Islands Harbor’s 50th anniversary will coincide with its Fourth of July celebration. Festivities will start at 11 a.m. Fri., July 3 with children’s activities, arts and crafts vendors and live entertainment throughout the day. More...

Columns

Flying Squirrel

Travel checklist

Your vacation should be relaxing. More...

Life in the Single Lane

Cougar town

Mother Nature and Father Time have been playing tricks on me lately. More...

On the Trail

The frog and the avenger

There’s a tiny lake cove in rural Agoura framed by a towering wall of iris-leaved rush. This summer the cove will become little more than a shrinking, shallow pool.  More...

To water or not to water

City explains new restrictions

Thousand Oaks residents are eager to know the bottom line when it comes to water-use restrictions.  That was apparent when more than 100 people came to the first of two city-sponsored information meetings concerning recently imposed mandates.&nb More...

Know your trail etiquette?

Common sense is the rule of the off-road

With hundreds of miles of walking, cycling and equestrian paths, the Santa Monica Mountains and Ventura County backcountry are a magnet for people who enjoy the outdoors. More...

Community

Assisted-living plan met with opposition

Firm would like to build facility on parcel currently zoned rural

A proposal to build an assisted-living facility on Rolling Oaks Drive in Thousand Oaks is coming under intense scrutiny. More...

Boulevard ad hoc committee gets down to business

City leaders began discussions about how to jump-start the revitalization of Thousand Oaks Boulevard this week.  One idea: to allow more onstreet parking along the thoroughfare.  More...

Newest council member greeted with fanfare

The Thousand Oaks City Council chamber was packed to capacity Tuesday with family members and supporters, who cheered and applauded after Rob McCoy was sworn in as T.O.’s newest council member.  McCoy, a senior pastor at Godspeak Calvary C More...

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THURS., JUNE 25  Portuguese Fraternal Society of America  11:30 a.m. at Main Street restaurant, 3159 E. Main St., Ventura. Meeting open to anyone of Portuguese descent or interested in the culture. RSVP. More...

Schools

Happy trails, ‘Dr. B’

Friends, colleagues honor departing CVUSD Superintendent Jeff Baarstad

MR. CVUSD—Above, Jenny Baarstad hangs a lei around the neck of her husband, Jeff, during a retirement celebration June 17 at Los Robles Greens in Thousand Oaks. More...

Westlake grad completes Naval Academy

JOB WELL DONE—Julie M. Miller, a 2009 graduate of Westlake High School, has completed four years of training at the U.S. Naval Academy. More...

YMCA’s Camp Sequoia is just around the corner

An information and rally night for the Conejo Valley YMCA’s Sequoia Lake resident camp will take place at 6:30 p.m. Fri., July 17 at the Y, 4031 N. More...

Business

New group offers support to students looking to start a business

Club is based at T.O. Teen Center

Middle and high school students with a serious interest in starting their own business are being encouraged to join a new club dedicated to connecting young entrepreneurs with experts in the field.  More...

Briefs

Wells Fargo opens new branch in T.O. Wells Fargo Bank opened a new branch June 15 in the Westlake Plaza shopping center in Thousand Oaks. More...

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Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park   May 24  A man, 62, was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, methamphetamine and less than 28.5 grams of marijuana in the 2400 block of W. More...

Faith

St. Paschal golf tourney held in honor of Father Joe

The St. Paschal Baylon Men’s Club will host its 34th annual Golf Classic on Thurs., July 16 at the Moorpark Country Club.  This year’s event will be in memory of the Rev. Joe Scerbo, former pastor of St. More...

New rabbi to lead Adat Elohim

Temple chooses social justice leader

After a two-year search, Temple Adat Elohim in Thousand Oaks has found a new spiritual leader. Rabbi Andrew Straus will join the temple July 1. More...

The Art of Being

Life in the fast lane requires mindfulness

“Have you ever noticed that anybody driving slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac?” — George Carlin   I love the above quote by George Carlin because I can see myself in it, and I am wonderin More...

Letters

The sound of dripping water

I was born in Ajmer in northern India. Ajmer is surrounded by the Aravalli mountain range and sits on the borders of the Thar Desert; consequently, there’s minimal rainfall.  More...

State should try desalination

California is in a severe drought. There are two ways to deal with this problem. One way is have more storage. More...

The rich aren’t conserving

In my 80-plus years of traveling around the country I have found that the rich will never change their attitude about helping out where it is needed, forget it.  Recently a couple of us took a drive around 6 a.m. More...

Editorials

If the grass has to go, let it go naturally

As we’ve been reporting for the better part of a year, the Conejo Recreation and Park District is undergoing a drastic transformation in response to the state’s never-ending drought.  More...

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