Boys take home the trophy

Actors celebrate each other’s achievements

Four Star Theater Awards presented this month

The Four Star Theater Awards were handed out Jan. 10 at the High Street Arts Center in Moorpark in a glamorous ceremony that is Ventura County’s version of the Tonys. The awards are presented to deserving participants in shows produced by the six member theaters of the Four Star Alliance: Conejo Players Theatre in Thousand Oaks, High Street Arts Center […]

All-inclusive gym provides space for children on autism spectrum

Described by his mother as usually “very high energy,” James Novacek planted himself behind a therapeutic puppet house designed for children with autism and spent several minutes quietly performing for an imaginary audience. James, 8, who has autism, is Mary Novacek’s older son. “I have another one chasing people around,” the Simi Valley mom said of 4-year-old Timmy, who also […]

Drone operators face new restrictions

Bill would ban flights over airports, bridges

After her proposal banning drone flights over private property was shot down by Gov. Jerry Brown’s veto last year, state Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson has introduced another bill involving drones: the State Remote Piloted Aircraft Act. The proposed legislation prohibits drones from flying over bridges, airports and other areas that may be considered vulnerable targets. Power plants, wildlife refuges, the state […]

These champs can’t be beat

Muñoz takes helm at conservancy

The Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy recently selected its new chair for 2016. Irma R. Muñoz, a member appointed by the Los Angeles mayor, was elected chair by a unanimous vote of the conservancy at its Jan. 11 meeting. Muñoz is the founder and president of Mujeres de la Tierra, an environmental-equity nonprofit that teaches women and their children to take […]

Often-unseen caregivers stepping out of the shadows

Our community is full of them. They often go unnoticed by friends and neighbors. Their role is not known to their employer. For many, their doctor is unaware of their situation. They walk among us, shop among us, work among us—yet we don’t see them for what they are: family caregivers. As you look around your workplace, your neighborhood, or […]

Gated custom home on large lot has five bedrooms

This gated custom home has five bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms and is approximately 3,558 square feet, per the appraiser. This private 1.4-acre lot with mountain views is home to 17 ancient oak trees and is zoned for two horses. There is room for a pool, pool house or studio. A custom Bouquet Canyon stone entry provides the entrance to this property. […]

Model home grand opening at The Woodlands in heart of Simi Valley

Houses are energy and water efficient to save on utility bills

The Woodlands is a new home community presented by KB Home and Lennar. Home shoppers have the opportunity to own a new home in an established location near schools, entertainment and recreation. The Woodlands is in the heart of Simi Valley, a short distance from Los Angeles and major employment centers, offering easy access to the 118 Freeway for commuting […]

Fresh twist on classic tavern

Nestled among the stately, gnarled California oak trees for which it is named, Agoura Hills’ Twisted Oak Tavern is broadening its horizons with new craft beers, food and beverage offerings, and an expanded happy hour as the popular gastropub enters its second year of operation. Located on Agoura Road just off the 101 exit at Reyes Adobe Road, the Twisted […]